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Features Profile: Jacquelyn Tuerk -page3 N onnal -page 5 Volume XII, Issue 4 Crimes on campus do happen by Darren Guild A college campus can become a thiefs favorite meal dining on a bike here or a computer there. Fortunately for New College, crimi nals overwhelmingly stick to stealing property and avoid crimes against people. This good news is seen in charts showing yearly crime statistics at the University of South Florida Sarasota/New College be tween 1996 and 1998, which are filled with zeros in most of the seri ous categories: murders, arsons, and robberies. The bad news however, ......---.....-:is that property crimes still happen, and could happen to anyone. Students should know a few simple preventative tactics in order to de crease the chance of becoming a crime victim, as well as the proce dures to follow in the case of a crime to ensure the maximum response by the authorities. The easiest and most important tactic is using locks. Locking the door to your room will help keep out potential thieves and ensure your personal safety upon returning to your room. If you have a bike-use a Jock, preferably a steel-plated "U shaped lock." Your bike is much less likely to be stolen if it is locked up. Locks can be cut or broken, bow ever, so with your bike,at least, there are a few other things you can do such as being aware of where you lock your bike and registering your bike. Transfer-student Katie Solli bad her locked bike stolen from the bike rack in front of Hamilton Center last week. Solli commented "I'd heard that bike thefts were the number one crime on campus. I fig ured there were a lot of bikes, but mine was the one chosen. In the future I will probably get a different bike lock and park it in first court." Putting your bike in your room is probably the safest thing to do. If you can ''CRIME," !AGE 4 Opinion AI Gore's Populist message -page 7 in which there is a lot of gore October 4 2000 AI Gore speaks at airport rally Gore told the crowd, "Florida ... may well have the decisive voice" by Michael Sanderson Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, September 30, Al Gore disembarked from Air Force Two and spoke to an enthu siastic audience of thousands. Gore, in Sarasota to prepare for the debates, said, "You know if you've got something that's really important to you, and you're looking for the best place in the country to go, you can't go wrong with Sarasota, Florida." The rally was held at Jones Aviation, a cluster of alu minum buildings and hangars on the the northeast corner of the airport runway, and the top of the Asolo Theater was visible far behind the stage. Metal detectors were set up at the entrance, and perched atop the buildings sur rounding the rally were snipers. His plane dramatically turned as it approached the rally, with U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" pia in over the louds eaker Afte o e Gore took more than a few minutes to appear, leading to chants of "We want Gore!" When he appeared on the stage, the crowd went wild. The speech consisted of nothing new. Gore made sev eral references to Sarasota, mentioned the names of local candidates, and gave a litany of positions that have be come the issues of his campaign, each one an applause line. But nothing resonated with the crowd at the level of his final statement. "I want to ask you for something" he said. "You know I want your vote and your support, but I want to ask you for something more then that. I want to ask you to open your heart and genuinely believe that we can do the right thing and be the better for it." Gore said that the debates "will be not so much a competition or a contest, but an opportunity to speak di rectly to the American people about the kind of America their children and grandchildren deserve." At that, a group of about a dozen in the crowd started to jump, wave homemade signs and chant "Let Nader de bate!" As they drowned out Gore, just a minute into his speech, the crowd shushed them angrily. They soon be came quiet and were not heard from again. Gore ignored them, turning to point out the "average ,, ing him during his debate preparations. Then he gan the substantive body of his speech, saying, "Florida is now going to be the state that may well have the decisive voice in determining the direction of the country in the next four years." The event was not designed to attract national atten tion. Gore appeared without his wife or running mate,Senator Joe Lieberman. A plane "GoRE" PAGE 3 And the crowd goes wild "I lived in Texas, and for that reason I would never vote for George W Bush" By Gigi Shames and Zachary Konkol September 30, a large crowd eagerly anticipating the arrival of presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore gathered outside Jones Aviation. Many adorned them selves with Gore T-shirts, stickers, and pins, which all helped set the tone for the afternoon. Numerous cars in the parking lot adjacent to the tarmac area sported "GoreLieberman 2000" bumper stickers. Spirits were high and the crowd's enthusiasm refused to dwindle even after Gore made his speech. Seventy-year-old Republican Zoe Schwendeman plans to vote for Gore. She commented, "I lived in Texas, and for that reason I would never vote for George W. Bush. I voted for Reagan and Bush [Senior] but I won't vote for little Bush." Donna Leffert of Sarasota came to the event with her husband Gary and their two children. She named educa tion as the issue most important to her. When asked why, Leffert gestured to Daniel, 8, and Allie, 4. "Right here," she answered. Chelsea Epperson, also from Sarasota, turned 12 years old the day of the rally. "(I'm here] because I want to vote for Gore. But I'm too young," she said ruefully. When asked why she wanted to vote for Gore, Epperson replied, "He's nice. And I don't like Bush." Then, point ing happily to her white entrance ticket, "See, look. September 30, that's my birthday." Emma Spyropoulos from Anglewood attended the event with her husband. She 11CROWD'' PAGE 6 I


2 The Catalyst Globalization opposed globally The first -ever meetings of the World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund on former Communist soil occurred from September 25-27 in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. While optimism was high for the meetings, they ended in disa ter for the globalists as rioters and .-.. protesters laid waste to the cobblestone streets of Q) the Peace Square district, where the Velvet Revolution helped to peacably toppple Communism 11 years ago. One of the major problems Prague officials faced, according to eye witness accounts, in containing the riots was the U hesitan

The Catalvst News October 4, 2000 3 Jacquelyn Tuerk, visTng Art story structor by David Savarese "One of the many cool things about Profe or Tuerk i that she's doing what she love and he' excited about it. She embodie the spirit of life long learning! We hould definitely keep her here." That is what fir t year student Jenney Weaver had to say about Visiting Art History Instructor Jacquelyn Tuerk, who is here for the 2000-2001 academic year. This semester Tuerk i t aching Vi ual Vocabulary and The Power of Image : I sue, m arly hri tian and Byzantine Art. These cour es parallel her interest in the ever-prevalent question and subject of her di ertation, "}low can words and image do thing ?" That has also been the basis of many of her archeological expedition and travels. Her studies have taken her all over Europe, and he feel that being a traveling Archeologi t I Art I li tori an I ocial Historian 1 Philosopher I Professor is "the b t job ther i !" After gr wing up n Wa hington, D.C., Tucek attended the University of Virginia. Biology wa, her first interest, but then she began to engage in Philo ophy, in which she received her bachelor's degree. She continued her education at the State Univer ity of New York-Stony Brook, earning a ma ter's degr e in Contemporary Art Critici m, and then enrolled at the University of Chtcago. he expects to receive her doctorate within the year. Tuerk most closely identifies the atmosphere of New College with her time at the University of Chicago. She said "(Here] students ar not afraid fact it i quite the opposite: tudents are stimulated by detail and not put off by knowledge. You can walk up to a line in the grocery store wondering aloud who the fir t Assyrian king was, and the people around will help you find a seriou determination of the an wer." She like tudent triving to be intel lectuals. She said, "My approach to education corre pond. v well to the New College ideals that students are being trained to be intellectuals. Students here learn a-way of thinking, a way of organiz ing experience, a way of pu bing your elf, a way of training yourself to become more intelligent. Intellectual curiosity isn't omething that i just fun, it i actually a t 1 for growth." Tuerk has not encountered any diffi culty in adapting to the ew ollege cia room after teaching at the Univer ity of Chicago and Ohio State. he ays that, "[Here] it's not a matter of me being in ntrol of the clas its a matter of, 'Is the cia moving in a profitable way?'" The cla se she offers delve into detail and hi tory. While studying the image many time first hand at the Ringling Mu eum, student are identifying with hi torical judgments and vi ual cue In class stu dents are amazed to learn that the Virgin Mary wa not accepted Catholic dogma for many centuries. Second-year Katie Anania said of Tuerk, "The passion she has for what he's doing i key. She e i ry a mo.t eaut "-JC e hedonistic discipline ever ... which is preuy aeuGore delivers promise afte prom se, eac k'ROM 'GoRE'' PAGR 1 I that usuaUy carrie the bulk of the national pre s corps did not appear. "This is not about me," Gore rold the crowd. "It' not about George W. Bush, it's not about my family, it' not about hi familyif about you and your family. It's about whether we're going to keep our prospetity going and make sure no one is left behind. I want a pro perity that enriches all of our families and not just a few. "We've cut the unemployment rate and cr ated 22 million new job but I'm not ati. fied; you ain t een nothing yet. I don't want to be rewarded for pa t performance. I'm not asking anyone t vote for me on the basis of the economy we have, I'm a king for your upport on the ba i of the better, fair r, tronger economy we're going to create together," he aid. Education, an issue which George W. Bush ha tried to use against Gore, also received a line. ''I think il' time to make education the number one pri ority in this county, and to treat teachers like the professionals they are. I think its time to make m st college tuition tax-deductible,' he said. Heath care also was mentioned: "I think it' time to take the medical de cision away from the HMOs and give them back to the doctor And for goodne 'sake it's time to give all of our seniors a prescription drug plan." rate." When a ked if he would like to stay here at ew College Profe sor Tuerk re. ponded, .. 1 would jump at any opportunity. I like the beach. l like the birds. l \"\c the in. ects. I like having stu-......,,_ __ terested m topu;s that l am mtel' red in." an app ause line "Fight, AI Gore, fight," someone houted. "I want to congtatulate Senator Bob Graham and all of the others who helped him in our administration in aving the Everglades," Gore aid. "We've got a long way to go, but I want you to know that I feel very strongly about protecting the environment, the air that we breathe, the water that we drink, taking on the global environmental problems. I think that pollution is another form of debt. We should no more saddle our kids with cleaning up our pollution tbc:n we should addle them with paying off our debt. We need a dean environment for the future." Vice PresidenJ AI Gore laughs with the excited crowd at Jones Aviation "Yeah, yeah, Al!" someone else shouted. "We need to bring our people together and we need to respect our dtfferences and understand and appreciate the diversity of our country," he said. He continued, "On the basis of real genuine respect we'll then transcend dif ference to embrace what we all have in common, and we need a hate crime Jaw:" Finally, near the end of his speech, he brought up the controversial of abortion. Hi stance was unambiguous: "We need to protect a woman s right to choose in this country."


4 The Catalyst News October 4, 2000 Protect yourself from criminal activity (or don't) jFRoM "CRIMI:.," PAGE I I not do that make sure it is not parked ch e to your n om and as far from Highway 41 as possible. Campu. Postmaster James Marshall com mented that the bikes locked up in the Hamilton Center area "might disappear more now that the Campus Police can not watch over them.'' Also make sure to properly lock the bike-with the lock going through the frame, the front tire, and the bike rack. Registering your bike with the Campus Police Department is important in increasing the chances of you getting your bike back if it is !olen. The Campus Police correspond with local law enforcement agencies who will return the bike to you if it comes into their possession. Bike registration is free and can be done at the Campus Department. More serious crimes can and do occur in the area, though, and it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Some simple thing you can do include staying in well-lit area at night, checking the inside of your car before you get in, and traveling in groups rather than alone. Campus Police Captain J.D. Withrow said students tend to take these precautionary mea. urcs only after some thing happens or when there is a public !hn::at loose in the surrounding community. Another tactic to help you deal with crime is to take one of the twelve Crime Prevention Programs offered each semester (see boxed information). Captain Withrow mentioned that the Campus Police "rarely get called" by stu dent interested in participating in a Crime Prevention Program and he intends to make an effort to recruit student intere tin the pro grams. Information about how to schedule a program is available from the Campus Police Department or your RA. If you become a victim of a crime the first thing you should do is call the Campus Police and report it. Captain Withrow stre sed that the police wilJ meet a student anywhere who wants to report a more seri ous crime and who does not feel comfortable doing it at the Police Department. And remember, if you need immediate as sistance or need to contact the police for a police escort, you can use one of the many blue telephones on campus. These phones dial the Campus Police directly. Crime Prevention Programs: -Date/Acquaintance Rape for both Men and Women -Rape Aggression Defense -Personal Safety-Reducing Your Risks -Drinking and Driving-DUI Information -Drugs-Health Risks, Liabilities -Burglary and Theft Prevention -Operation ID-Engraving -USF Police Department-Who we are and what we do -Bike Engraving and Theft Prevention -Cash Handling and Robbery Precautions -Violence in the Workplace -Child Safety For more information, or to schedule a course, see the Campus Police or your RA.


The Catalyst Entertainment October 4, 2000 5 New Col ege's Sem-Normal celebrates the semi-strange by Kelly Jones Set at the elegant bayfront entrance of College Hall, the Semi-Normala New College hallmark event commenced at the stroke of midnight, September 23. The night was spangled with white lights, draped in gauze and carpeted in a cool metallic silver. These decorations, though charming, were only a pretense of what took place. The Semi-Normal celebrates the weirdly n ewfa n g l e d and freakishly ornate; it celeb r ates the semi-strange That night, ew o lege WI ing y dressed epa oen s arne costumed in wigs, masks, boas, fur, and adorned in spikes, glitter, beads, sequins, and the most theatrical of makeup. It was a scene not performed since five years before. This year, fourth-year and SAC Secretary Cathy Heath, decided to revive the tradition with "German Disco Prom Night from Hell." It was the kind of random idea that normally comes to one during a hot summer vacation in Germany. But Heath had the gumption to follow it through. The nights festivities kicked off with the ceremonial crowning of Mr. & Ms. Semi-Normal. Fourth-year Amber DiPietra and third-year Sam Kraegal were paraded into the crowd as Mr. & Ms. Semi-Normal, and were also hon ored as Birthday Girl and Boy. The first performance was a dance trio. Fourth-year Naomi Shvorin per formed as Vanilla lee witb third-years Cat Hughes and Jessica Hedges. Next up was an other dance performance, this one entirely male. Fourth-year Vijay Sivaraman, first-year Mateo Duque, third-year Sam Ozer, and fourth-year Peter Brinson caused the guy crazy crowd to stampede the steps of College Hall in hysterical screaming. This reporter was nearly stamped out by the throng. Last (but not least), was a spirit act. Fourth year Julia Skapik, alum Sara Himmelhaber, third-year Kim Gropper and fourth-year Maggie Ray were cheerleaders, boasting about New College's unique attributes. (1) We have no grades. (2) We have no sports. (3) We have no fraternities or sororities." The competition was close. The crowd had to be polled twice, but the "boy band" regis tered loudest on the applause-a-meter, and teenie-bopped into first place. j The party lasted until 3:45 a.m., at which point the function was shut down due to three felony arrests (see Police Log, Page 7). The of ficer in charge no longer felt comfortable Semi-Normal Attendees, posing. Above left: Audrey Troutt, Andrew Jay, Monica Hoffine, Emma Jay and Jese Wilk es. R ig ht: A li Quinn an.d Julia Orth. ot om e : orgzmzer 1 ..... Cathy Heath. Bottom right: Brandon Keene, Jeff Lundy and Thomas Patteson (all photos by Kelly Jones) .. trying to secure the crowd of an estimated 375 people. It was a hart-lived event for the extensive amount of planning involved. "Any [party] at College Hall has to be booked four to six months in ad vance," Heath said. "I had to get forms signed by all the different department ." This included approval from the Coordinator of Public Function the Student Activities Coordinator, the Student Affairs Director, the Phy ical Plant. and Campus Police and Parking. The SAC allocated a grand total of $1,164 for the event. Heath indicated that parties don't usually cost this much, but security was added into the bud get; cops were paid $360 in over-time security. ''We came in at $75 under the budget," Heath said. L j 1 I I l I I


6 The Catalyst News October 4, 2000 Green Party supporters bring debate issue to Gore rally By ZakBeck The publicity for AI Gore's September 30 ap pearance paled in comparison to George W. Bush's appearance the previous week as Gore's appeamce was not announced until the Thursday before the event. The local Green Party chapter did manage to organize a respectably sized protest squad, however. Approximately twenty protesters came into the speech area under the guise of Gore supporters though unlike most, they carried under their shirts signs bearing phrases such as "Open the Debates" and "There are 100 million Silent Voters in this Country who want Another Choice." These signs were revealed at Gore's mention of his preparation for the upcoming debates and were accompanied by chants of "Let Nader Debate!" While not hostile the crowd's reaction to the disturbance was not exactly friendly. Some in the crowd hissed, "Shh," in the protesters' general di rection, while a few shouted, "Pipe down!" and "Be quiet!" The Green Party's attempt at being broadcast by the television media was thwarted by Gore supporters holding their pro-Gore signs in front of the protesters signs. This modem dance like struggle lasted about two minutes before the protesters were escorted out. Aside from the loud and highly visible protest of the main branch of Green Party supporters, there were also a few members distributing pam phlets throughout the crowd. Though not nearly as disruptive as those chanting, they were discovered and asked to leave. Their low-key tactics, though, did buy them an extra ten minutes or so inside the rally area. The pamphlets distri'Juted outlined a few basic distinctions between Ralph Nader, the Green Party's presidential nominee, and the other presi dential candidates. Though one leaflet contains the mildly shocking phrase "Ralph Nader-a real person, not some corporate donkey-ass," the ideas in the pamphlets were well-presented. The same leaflet also states, "If you choose to support the lesser of lesser of the two evils, you get the evil of two lessers." Despite their expulsion from the airport to the roadway, some Green Party members had almost complimentary opinions of those that threw them out. Said Cole Pratt, a member of the Manatee and Sarasota County area Green Party, "They were quite friendly ... they're pleasant enough out here." Heidi Neale, another of the Green Party's en tourage, said, "As you can expect, they asked us to leave, threatened us with arrest if we didn't leave, and confiscated some of our signs." This is in con trast to the George W. Bush rally, where some protesters were allegedly bullied and bodily re moved by police. Despite the Green Party's short-lived presence inside the convention area, the protest was consid ered a success by Pratt. "Anytime that we get the message that Ralph Nader is running for president and that there are some different ideas out there and different politics, that makes it a success. I think we did that." Pratt also emphasized that "It's always good to show these politicians that not every liberal supports Gore." Supporters weigh issues; NC student calls Gore ''so sexy!'' (FROM PAGE II commented, "I want to show my support, and so does my husband. I followed Lieberman during my days in Connecticut and I think he'd make a wonderful vice-president, and president if necessary." Hope Turlingtoe came to show her support for Tipper Gore. "1 work in '" of families and individuals interviewed were proudly pro-Gore. "I brought my daughters to meet the future President of the United States," John Staley of Sarasota enthused. With him was 10-month-old Shaina and 9-year-old Sabrina. Staley gestured to Sabrina, who was decked out in a Girl Scout uni. c' ' I'm for her. I can tes tif y w ha t 's n e eded there." S cou t uniform." As an a du l t h o w e ver, S ta le y has not been a f an of William Holt, a jovial man wearing a bumper sticker that proclaimed Republicans "They seem too caught up in the whole deal about p e r s ecuting "Not another son of a Bush in the White Hou s e said he hopes that Gore [Bill Clinton]," he commented. They acted too self-righteous, which they 're "sets the tone for the debates instead of getting personal r-----------------. not. At all. It doesn't work for me." like Bush been doing." "I have had Sue Nurczyk of Sarasota brought her 7-yearold Fourth-year New College student Lauren Rathvon daughter, Molly, and a collection of toys and trinkets to sported a red t-shirt with iron-on letters that said "AL keep her amused during the hour and a half wait. "I several dreamS GORE." Rathvon declared, "I think he is such a wonhope [Gore) will speak about his drug policies and the derful, respectable, hilarious man. And he's so SEXY! Patient's Bill of Rights," she said. The issue most im-b Al G I have had several dreams about AI Gore." When asked portant to Nurczyk in this election is "our ability to a OUt Ofe. which issues are most important to her, Rathvon said, control our health care." "Obviously, he would not do anything to impede the Molly said she favors Gore's policies "because peo--Lauren Rathvon disbursement of RU-486. And ... Jesus, everything pie who don't have any money can buy some medicine Environmental issues. Everything." After Gore's and food." ..._ _____________ ___.speech, she was seen dancing around and shrieking Medicare and education were not the only issues that concerned the about having met Gore. "He touched me! We shook hands and took a picture! crowd, however. Brian Hall, a student at the Ringling School of Art and Oh my God, this has got to be a dream. If this is a dream and I wake up, I am Design, said there were "several important issues" he would like Gore to adgoing to be PISSED!" dress: "the anti-ballistic missile and Bush's policy on drilling in Alaska to Michelle Dawkins from Port Charlotte also had a favorable reaction to control petroleum prices." When asked if the speech would make an impact Gore's appearance. She commented, "The speech was great; really, really on how he votes in November, he said "No, I'm already set on a Democratic good. He included all the important issues." When asked what effect she nominee." Gore did not address either of the above issues. thought the speech would make, she responded, ''Most people are well-off in "I'm interested in the enviromental question," Marvin Mills from Sarasota, but in the surrounding towns and communities, {the effect] will be Sarasota said. "I've never seen Gore in person and I'd like to see his presenbig time.'' tation." Mills also added that regardless of the speech, he plans to vote for Ted Morgenstren from Sarasota commented that the speech was "Nothing Gore. new. He said all the things he said before." Not everyone who attended the rally does. Nick Manoluka from the Five-year old Maggie Orourke enjoyed the event immensely. "This is the Green Party of Sarasota asserted, "The citizens for Ralph Nader are here. Our best party I've ever been to," she smiled. whole mission today is to open up the debates. It's the only chance in a "Why did you come here today?" Orourke was asked. democracy for every candidate who has a chance of winning to be heard." "Because I wanted to see him. Because I wanted to see President Gore Manoluka stressed, "Greens aren't just advocating that Nader be let in [to the today," she replied, grinning ear-to-ear. presidential debates]. There are seven candidates that have cleared very dif"Did you Jike the speech?" ficult hurdles to be included. We believe they should be let in as well." "He's President Gore." Manoluka and a small faction of Green Party members, including several "Okay. And what did you think of him?" New Co11ege students, circulated through the crowd banding out leaflets. "Yeah." Despite this resistance to the present two-party system, the vast majority


----The Catalyst Opinion October 4, 2000 7 Gore's platform has populist appeal by Ben Ruby Vice President A1 Gore continued to emphasize his populist message when be spoke to the crowd assembled to greet him at the Sarasota Bradenton International airport. Unsurprisingly Gore did not lay out any new positions during his short speech, but he succeed in striking a balance between generalizations and referring to specific policy initiatives. Incidentally, anyone who remembered Gore's acceptance speech at the de mocratic convention would have recognized several po itions that Gore had staked out at the convention. Gore, who made only one reference to his opponent, spent most of speech talking about the specific ways he wanted to help working families. The po sitions Gore laid out on Saturday relate back to his promise that he will "fight for the people, not the powerfuL" This message, which has become the cen tral theme of the Gore campaign over the past two months, represents a move back towards more traditional Democrat populist rhetoric. Gore's opponent, George W. Bush, who spoke at Dolphin Aviation on Friday September 23, has had trouble recovering his momentum. Bush, who enjoyed a sizable lead up until the Democratic convention, bas been at tempting to make tax cuts the central issue of the campaign in the days leading up to the debates. Both Bush and Gore have outlined long-term tax cut plans, but they dis agree on the appropriate size of the cuts Bush has proposed cutting taxes by $1.3 trillion over the next ten years, while Gore's tax cuts add up to $500 bil lion over the next five years. Unlike Bush's plan, which would cut taxes across the board, Gore favors a series of target reductions. Gore mentioned some of these reductions on Friday, saying, "It's time to make most college tuition tax deductible." Bush has attacked Gore's plan, arguing that the government shouldn't de1 termine who gets tax relief and who doesn't. Gore asserts that Bush's plan is irresponsible because it doesn't leave enough money to balance the budget, pay down the debt, and save social security and Medicare. Bush aids have as serted that the governor's plan leaves enough mone y t o d o all o f th os e things althouglrthey have a o admi e a i o underst and. Gore has also attacked Bush's tax cut initiative for favoring the wealthy, pointing out that under the governor's plan $667 billion in tax relief would go to the wealthiest one percent of America's families. Bush, who talked about taxes while appearing in Sarasota, said, "Al Gore trusts the gov ernment, I trust the American people." Gore, who did not refer to Bush's tax plans directly on Friday, outlined many other populist positions. Speaking to an audience made up of everyone from union members to registered Republicans, Gore spoke about the neces sity for raising minimum wage by a dollar, passing a hate crimes law and enforcing current civil rights legislation. He specifically mentioned the im portance of, "an equal day's pay for an equal day's work," eliminating the national debt, protecting the environment, protecting abortion rights, and reining in the HMOs with a patients bill of rights. Bush, who has spent much of the campaign trying to establish himself on traditionally democratic ground advocates a governing philosophy that be calls, "compassionate conservatism." However Bush offered almost no Lauren Rathvon finally meets the man of her dreams. (Photo submitted by Lauren Rathvon) specifics during his speech in Sarasota. Instead he inspired the crowd by say ing things like, "they have not led, we will," and, "I will restore honor and dignity to the Oval Office." Although this message has resonated with con servative voters whose hatred of Clinton, and by extension Gore, is practically limitless, Bush bas yet to lay out many specific policy initiatives. Starting Tuesday, October 3, Bush and Gore debate three times. For many undecided voters the debates will be the time they begin paying attention. Gore, despite his slim lead in the polls, must be careful not to reinforce the voter's perception of him as wooden and distant. Bush must work against the perception that he is a lightweight who lacks sufficient command of the is sues. Both candidates enter the debate with advantages and disadvantages. Gore has participated in over 40 debates in his 24 years of public service, whereas Bush, who has only held public office since 1994, has significantly less experience. On the other hand, Gore's reputation as a skilled debater means that expectations are very high for him. Bush, whose aides have worked to lower the expectations of his performance, will look better if he holds his own. One thing is certain, the race, which appears to be tightening, will be ex tremely close. Gore said on Friday, "Florida is now going to be the state that may well have the decisive voice in determining the direction of the country in the next four years." With polls showing Gore ahead by a statistically in significant three percent, he may be right. 1,() J .. I 09.16.00 1: 58 p.m. Petty theft. Goldstein resident reported a box of miscellaneous items missing from her vehicle in parking lot one. 109. .oo 3: 'T'I. .!.. jects arrested during New CoJiege Semi-Normal. One NC student, one Ringling student, and one minor. Charge of possession of controlled substances, including cannabis, am phetamine pills, ecstacy pills, and a fraudulent J.D. Two subjects booked at Sarasota County Jail; mir.or referred and released. 09.25.00 8:10 p.m. Grand theft from an automobile in parking lot 17. Right rear window broken, one CD player and 30 CDs reported stolen from the vehicle. 9:40 p.m. Theft from automobile. Persons unknown entered vehicle in parking lot 17 and stole a wallet containing credit cards and J.D. 09.26.00 1:15 p.m. Student re ported theft of bicycle from Heiser Natural Sciences area. Value $60. Bicycle not secured or decaled. 10.01.00 5:50p.m. Criminal mischief. Unknown person or persons' vehicles ran through locked chain-link fence gate at the boiler room. Gate com pletely destroyed. Damage amount pending estimate by Physical Plant. Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previ at:ticles, letters that is }ntended o be shared with the student body. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. 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8 The Catalyst News October 4, 2000 Government approves RU486, the abortion pill by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Thur day, September 28, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug RU486 for use in the United States. Known as the "abortion pill," RU486 has been used for many years in countries such as France and Great Britain. The process of getting FDA approval has gone on for twelve years in the United States, due mostly to the tense political debate that surrounds abortion. The generic name of the drug is mifepristone and it should be available to physicians in the next month. It will be used in combination with the drug misoprostol, which has already been FDA approved to treat other conditions. This drug combination is more than 92 percent effective in terminating preg nancy with the first seven weeks. In the United States a small company called Danca Laboratories will market mifepristone under tlie brand name Mifeprex .. The manufacture's identity will be kept secret. Both the original French manufacturer of the drug and another American pharmaceutical company have decJined to man ufacture it in the United States. Anti-abortion activists oppose the FDA approval and they have vowed to keep fighting against the use of the drug. Laura Echevarria, of the National Right to Life Organization told Reuters, "American women need to know it will take the life of their unborn child, and there is a seriou health risk to themselves." Pro-choice activists ee the approval a tremendous gain for women re productive rights. Gloria Feldt of Planned Parenthood told CNN, "Mifepristone, or the early abortion pill, is as significant a technological ad vance for women's health as the birth control pill was 40 years ago. It will enable them, if they choose to terminate a pregnancy, to do that earlier (and) to do it with out surgery. For many women, that is a very positive thing." Along with the FDA approval come many restrictions on how mifepris tone will be used. Only doctors who are specifically trained to diagnose the duration and type of pregnancy can administer the drug. Also, only doctors who are able to perform surgical abortions can administer mifepresone. This is because in some cases, the drug does not work completely and a surgical abortion is needed. The administration of the drug is expected to cost about the same as surgical abortion. Information for this article gathered from Reuters,, and the Associated Press. Announcements The Origami Club meets pretty regu larly, Wednesdays at 5:30 in the West Side Student Center. Instruction and materials are cheerfully provided. No experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Sonia at or at BURNS COURT CINEMA: All NC students are members of the Sarasota Film Society! Go see a movie for the discount price of $4.50, and get free popcorn refills. Mmmmm. Popcorn. MODEL$! Boys or girls, nude or not. Earn $8 an hour. Call 358-7163 for more info, or drop a note in box 293. NADER 2000the Green Party: A winning alternative. Florida Campaign office: 850-4 7 4-1495. Find out more about ader/Laduke at http://www. The floppy frisbee we referred to in issue 2 was not the ring-shaped "aer obic." Thanks, though, to the person who suggested that. The floppy fris bee was a disk, made of a very flexible rubber. It could be folded and put in a pocket. We still have no idea what it was called. Need help with you paper, but can't make it to the Writing Resource Center during regular hours? Just log on to the spiffy new virtual WRC, at and experience all the excitement and intensity of a real writing consultation without the has sle of going to the library. BE A WINNER! Enter the 15th an nual Bayboro fiction contest. If you are a registered full or part-time USF or NC student, you are eligible to enter one unpublished short story of 2000 words or less. Keep a copy of your story, as submissions will not be returned. Put the title of your p g. a sheet with your name, address, phone number, campus, major and the title of your work. First prize is $250, second prize is $100, and third is $100. Not to men tion the priceless feeling of accomplishment. The deadline is October 13, so act fast! Mail your entry to Niela Eliason 636 15th Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg FL 3704 Phone:727-823-4877 e-mail visit the website: for more information. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Fishbowl. All are welcome. Toastmaster's Speech Craft is a sup portive group offering guidance and encouragement in public speaking. For more information call: Kelly 360-5446 Work for Africa! A life changing experience for you can make a better world: -Teach rural families how to prevent diseases -Train farmers in basic skills -Build latrines together with families -Combat AIDS!! With knowledge and actions -Be an English teacher and a sports instructor at a school for street children -14 mo Development Instructor prgm. -Starts with training and work camp inCA -No prior experiences needed! a phone (1) 415 637 79 99 or 530 467 4082 The Catalyst's editor is starving! Do you have too much food card money? Call kat at 355 7446, or leave a note in box 51. ATTENTION ARTISTS! If you are not taking art courses this semester, please get your stuff out of the paint ing studio. You have appproximately two weeks before it is assimilated or destroyed. Contact Gail if you have any questions. Semi-Normal Queen Cathy Heath would like to thank: Sbvorin and first-year Katherine St. John for helping set up and decorate the day of the party, fourth-year Brian Turk, third-year Katie Helms, and third year Lori Zurkuhlen for helping to bring the wall equipment down to College Hall, fourth-year Julia Skapik for arranging the music, and Ben Sherman for helping clean up. If blurring musical boundaries sounds fun and exciting to you, please join Jason WEDNESDAY 8pm Caples 212 (aka, the music room) MAPS is the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, based right here in Sarasota. Our \. USF at the College Hall bayfront meet and greet September 26 (photo by Kelly Jones) purpose is to enlighten and educate about the therapeutic and spiritual aspects of medical marijuana and psychedelics. MAPS has pioneered research in many areas, both creating and funding research all over the world. MAPS will meet October 4 (that's tonight!), at 8 p.m. at the Four Winds Cafe. For more info, log onto: Willow you shall never defeat me! Muahahahaha! =" .. "= USF Psychology Department is pleased to announce a colloquium by DOUGLAS KENRICK, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology "Sex, Evolution, and Dynamical Systems: Living in the Gutter, Looking up at the Stars." Time: Thursday, October 12, 2000 4:00 to 5:30p.m. Place: CPR 115 (Tampa campus)

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