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THE Volume XII, Issue 6 the paper to end all papers October 25, 2000 Circus McGurkis? Quakers host people, performers and activists Saturday in St. Pete There probably won't be a Drum-Tummied Snumm from Frumm on the premises, but the 29th annual Circus McGurkis promises to be great fun anyway. With the wide variety of craftspeo ple, performers, and community activist groups in attendance, this people's fair will have something to interest almost anyone. This ear' Circu will be held thi s Saturday at La k eview P ark in St. Petersburg. Admi ion is free. (Image from STORY, PAGE 6 'The roof leave Dort hatch open, cause damage by Michael Sanderson The Dort and Goldstein residence baH have experienced several de structive act since the academic year began, costing over a thousand dollars so far, and not all the bills are in. Many school officials are upset, because the destruction is not a result of acts of God. They are rather, as Residence Life Director Mike Campbell said, "acts of stu dent." On the weekend of September 16-17, during which the area was threatened by Hurricane Gordon, some students found their way to the roofs of Dort and Goldstein through a hatch in the utility closet. "The roof people did a couple of things," Campbell told the Catalyst. "First-this is just very bad-they left malt liquor bottles upside down on the lightning rods." Second, in Goldstein, the hatch to the roof was left open by intrud ers, and flooding caused extensive damage to the fire alarm system. The alarm system was repaired out of the Housing auxiliary budget, because "we couldn't have an out-of-commission fire alarm," Campbell said, but the question of ultimate responsibility remains. The final figure was $899.33. Third, according to Campbell, the elevator in Dort was vandalized and broken for several weeks. Housing paid $225 for a weekend ervice call (just so it could be looked at and taken out of commission) and the final amount for repairs has not been established. According to Director of Physical Plant Richard Olney, the problem was that "someone bad broken a beer bottle, and broken glass got into the track and broke the mechanical mechanism." Officer Henrietta Lange of the [5EE 1'ROOF PEOPLE" PAGE 3 PCP policies, cake and song at record-short Town Meeting By Ben Ruby October 11 the New College Student Alliance Town Meeting convened in Palm Court once again to discuss issues of impor tance to the student body. This Town Meeting was exceptional, both because it lasted only one hour and because it occurred on the New College Foundation's birthday. The Foundation supplied a cake, the NCSA sup plied the pizza and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly Robinson, who acted speaker, suggested the Town Meeting sing happy birthday to New College. The as em bled students did just that. NCSA President Rachael Morris was not able to attend the meeting because her car had broken down. This heretofore unheard of situation did not prevent the student body from moving on with the students business. S e cond ye ar Ma ggie Phill i p s was nominated to fill the post o CSA vice-president o academic affairs, which was vacated when third-year Bonnie Read took a leave of ab sence several weeks before. The Town Meeting approved Phillips' nomination in stantly. Director of Student Affairs told the as sembled students that University of South Unknown to most students, Political Science Professor Eugene Lewis moonlights as a sculptor. In his current work he said he is ''investigating biomor phic forms and solid geometric forms that are unstable and are about to explode." A show of his art, currently at Caples Fine Arts, presents 20 sculptures ranging from geomet rical, crystalline shapes, to soft, flowing organic visions and in cluding explorations of the human form. Professor Lewis has been sculpting since the early '60s, and has honed his art over the years. The show continues until Friday. STORY, PAGE 4 Florida President Judy Gen haft had sent a plan to the Board of Regents that would in volve separating New College and the University Program administratively and fi nancially over the next several years. The plan, one of three that Genshaft bad consid ered, caUs for building a separate campus for the University Program in Sara ota. Since that time Genshaft has split the University Program and New College administratively (see Page 8). Thesis-student Christan Blystone took the floor next to discuss the topic that would dominate the rest of the Town Meeting. Blystone, who is helping to organize this Saturday's Halloween Palm Court Party, explained some of the new security measures that would be in place this year. The security measures, which PCP organizers worked out in conjunction with Campus Police, will invo ve wristban s for everyone attending the party as well as other new rules. Green wristbands will be handed out to New College students. Blue wristbands will be handed out to guests of New College students who obtain a guest pass from Student Affair Red wristband will be for unsponsored WEE '(TOWN MEETING" PAGE 61


2 The Catalyst Clinton lowers the bar for drunkenness After a three-year struggle with congress, and over the protests of restaurants and alcohol industries, President Bill Clinton signed into law a measure re quiring states to establish a 0.08 percent blood alcohol level as the legal limit of drunkenness. Supporters of the law say that it will result in 500 fewer highway deaths a year. The Associated Press quoted Clinton calling the measure "the biggest step to toughen drunk driving laws and reduce alcohol-related crashes since the national minimum drinking age was established a 1 generation ago." Nineteen states and the District of Columbia al ready have 0.08 laws, while 31 states require a 0.10 blood alcohol percentage before a driver can be de fined as drunk. In 1999 alone, 15,786 traffic deaths were attributed to drunken driving. These fatalities in clude more than 2,200 children. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) bas cited studies which show that a driver with 0.08 blood alcohol content is 11 more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than a completely sober driver. According to statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration, a 170-pound man could chug about four beers in an hour on an empty stomach be fore reaching the 0.08 limit. A 137-pound woman could manage about three drinks under the same con ditions. Opponents have protested that it will penalize social drinkers without addressing the problem of heavy-drinking repeat offenders. Mediocre candidates trouble voters After weeks of ads, debates and alleged subliminal messages the American public continues to bemoan its choice of candidates in the 2000 election. According to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, more than eight out of 10 people said that they learned nothing from the res"dential debates that led them to u e e candidate. Voters remain uneasy about AI Gore as a person: more than half of those polled said that they believed Gore would tell people what he thinks they want to hear, rather than what he actually believes. George W. Bush is generally regarded as a straight talker, but vot ers consider him less likely to care about the average person than AI Gore is. In addilion, most of those polled said that Bush would band off responsibilities for foreign crises to his advisors, while Gore would deal with them personally. Thus far, neither of the candidates has a definite edge. Among likely voters, 44% said they supported Bush, while 42% said they supported Gore, a statisti cal tie. Four percent said they would cast their vote for Ralph Nader. Among Bush and Gore's own affirmed supporters, meanwhile, four out of 10 said they are Cii'talyst General Editor Kathryn Dow Layout Editor Michael Sanderson Online Editor Zak Beck Managing Editor Max Campbell Photographer Kelly Jones Advertising Coordinator Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Staff Writers Darren Guild, Zachary Konkol, David Savarese, Bill Outlaw, Ben Ruby, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. NEWS less than thrilled with their candidate. "This is a tough vote this time," John Ryan, 61, of Massachusetts told the Times. "The parties have stuck these candidates in our faces and you have to choose the lesser of two evils." Radicals stall affirmation of Serbian government When the Serbian parliament met on Monday to approve the transitional government and set the date for the next elections, Radical Serb nationalists orga nized a filibuster to try and block the proceedings. During a parliamentary debate, Radical Party delegate Aleksandar Vucic called the coming agreement "a crime, a coup against the state." The plan put forth by new Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica and his Democratic Opposition party calls for them and the Socialist party to share top posts in key government ministries until the next elec tions, scheduled for December 23. The Socialists control 110 of the 25.0 seats in the Serbian assembly. The Associated Press quoted Socialist Party secretary general Zoran Andjelkovic as saying, "The Socialist Party made the agreement in order to defuse tensions in Serbia, and allow the citizens of Serbia to make their choice in December elections." The Radicals, who hold 82 seats in the legislature, fared badly in the September elections and lack the votes they need to block the opposition's transition plan. Instead, they have bit upon the filibusterin an at tempt to delay the move. The new elections will give Kostunica the chance to rid the Yugoslavian govern ment of the last remaining stronghold of Milosevic's support. No end in sight to Middle East violence In a move which Israeli peace advocates and Palestinian officials warn could ultimately bury any . Minister Ehud Barak formally opened talks with hawkish opposition leader Ariel Sharon on forming an emergency coalition. By including Sharon in his gov ernment, Barak could salvage his failed parliamentary majority and thereby forestall the need for new elec tions. Recent polls have given Barak's rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyabu, the advantage if elections are held. Sharon was the leader of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, during which Christian militiamen killed hundreds of Palestinians at refugee camps in Beirut. Palestinians blame his visit to the Al-Aqsa mosque for setting off the current tide of violence. In exchange for his support, Sharon is seeking a veto on future con cessions in any peace talks. He insisted, however, that he wasn't seeking veto power alone--diplomatic and security policies also had to be agreed upon. October 25, 2000 According to Silvan Shalom, a member of Sharon's Likud party, "If be [Barak] wants us to be in the gov ernment, we must be able to have a real influence on the diplomatic process." Barak called on Sunday for a ''time out" in the peace process, but was answered with resistance among his cabinet and reported displeasure in the Clinton administration. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat responded with the declaration that the Palestinian march on Jerusalem would continue, and that Barak could "go to hell." Barak has said that a Palestinian declaration of in dependence would result in his unilaterally ordering the fortification of the Israeli-Palestinian border. Palestinian officials claimed that he was speaking in bad faith. On the odder side: Pakistani police took custody of an ancient mummy on Sunday, during a raid on the house of an unnamed "important personality" in the village of Quetta. The mummy was a well dressed specimen of her kind, found laden with jewels, including a crown and a golden plate at her chest. Police said that initial information had suggested that the mummy had for merly been in the possession of someone in the port city of Karachi, now murdered. Acting at the request of the Chicago Board of Elections, Judge Michael Murphy of the Cook County public court bas ordered a website which claims to be buying votes to suspend its operations pending further legal action. The site,, claimed to be combining the spirit of democracy with that of capitalism. Upon presenting proof of their vote, voters were. to receive payment from of Elections said that the sites very existence was a crime on federal, state and local levels. Yu1ia Chigir, a 46-year-old Belarus lawyer, was found guilty last Friday of biting the ear of a police man and given a suspended sentence to two years in prison. The Biting occurred when Chigir, the wife of a former prime minister then on trial on charges of cor ruption, got into an altercation with police outside the courthouse. Chigir said that the policeman had man handled her. Medical evidence showed that the wound her teeth inflicted required stitches. Sources: The New York Times, Reuters, and the Associated Press. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www. sar.usfedu!-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or sty1e. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Submissions may be saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder in the on the "Public" file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed to catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5:00p.m. in order to appear in the following week's ISSUe. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.


The Catalyst NEWS October 25, 2000 3 Writing Resource Center wants students to visit by KeUy Jones Did you procrastinate on that paper due Monday? Do you clam up at the thought of a first draft? Need help with thesis planning? Are you just grammatically confounded? Have no fear. The Writing Re ource Center (WRC) i prepared to placate all your writing distress, from preliminary planning to placing the last comma. The WRC is a pilot program serving both New College and University Program students with six stu dent writing assistants, a WRC Web Board, and a room full of computers, dictionaries, and thesauri. The Student Writing Assistants (SWAs) are avail able to focus on the process of writing with students and provide feedback. WRC Coordinator Jan Wheeler aid she has been "overwhelmingly impres ed with the writing tutors. They are really connected to the idea of the Writing Resource Center." The WRC recently launched its web board, which extends the hours of operation to "reach student who can't come into campus, and who are more comfort able working from home," according to Wheeler. The WRC is al o in the process of installing com puters on site. Students can bring their work on disk, check out the writing software, log on to OWLS (Online Writing Labs) and sites that provide docu mentation format. All these resources, Wheeler points out, are come told the Catalyst, "I was called over to the DRH [Dort] and GRH [Goldstein] Dorms due to the fact that the fire alarms had gone off." The fire department found there was a problem Mike Campbell: "Future climbers be warned: Mike Palmieri is watching '' you with the entire alarm system in Goldstein. "First we thought [the water] was just corning from the econd floor," Lange aid, "then when we went t? the second floor we found it was coming from the thud floor. We found the whole third floor had been saturated because the roof hatch had been left open .... [Water] had en tered into the wiring of the alarm system shorting out the entire system." "In addition, persons unknown did damage the elevator to DRH," Lange said. "The damage was done was financially extensive." Although estimates vary, Campbell said the the elevator was out of corn mission for several weeks ponents of the two main goals of the Writing Center: to focus on the development of an idea, and to foster a collaborative environment. This philosophy of Writing Centers, "just fits so well with New College," Wheeler said. "We are really keen on engaging tudents in a conversation about their work." The idea of a Writing Resource Center started with suggestions and discussions as part of the "Blueprint for the Future" process. Over the summer of 1999 a committee developed a proposal for a Writing Center. Jan Wheeler then researched Writing Centers, dis cussed her findings at faculty meetings, and advertised for SWAs. Six students were chosen out of 30 appli cants. Last summer, they attended a two-week training class focusing on Writing Center philosophy, collaborative practices, and compositional details. Finally, Wheeler said, the WRC was set up in the Media Center as "we began to create the physical and intellectual space." The WRC's future includes expanding its website and providing more workshops held during evening hours. "Writing Grad School Application Essays" was the first workshop, hosted by Associate Writing Assistant and New College Alumnus Jason Palmeri, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. inside the WRC. More thesis work shops and a workshop on "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Grammar" are in the works. Now there is a call for students coming in with on and have their parties up there," Lange said with di dain. "If anyone is found on the roof through whatever means they will be dealt with They will _be charged at least with trespassmg, she sard. Furthermore, she continued, "If I catch somebody, it's not going to go to student government. I feel it hould go further." How they attained access to the roof rema1.n a question. "Some of the roof people are sk1lled climber ," Campbell said. "It's just a rumor-1 don't know. Or there's a key out there or a contractor or somebody." The hatches to the roof (in both Dort and Goldstein) give acce s from the third floor ets. They have since been padlocked from the m Ide, but formerly were unsecured. Moreover, the closet door does not lock from the in ide. This meant that once entry had been gained to the roof and closet area, people could go freely between the closet, roof and outside hallway. "Fortunately, our crack investigator Mtke Palm1en [coordinator of residential conference ] discovered the trick," Campbell sa1d. Once they got in there they stuffed paper into the door so that the door would close but not lock. Then they went up on the roof, frequently, in fact. "The roof people should know that if they are wily and persistent enough, Mike Palmieri can see the roof directly from his balcony [in second said. "Future climbers be warned: Mike Palm1en IS watching you." "One of the scary things about this," Campbell said, "[is that if] someone under influenc_e climb ing up on the roof has a slip... he traded off, ominously. "The major question now is who ought to pay for writing dilemmas because as a pilot program, the WRC is up for review after each semester. "Student interest is crucial for the program to prosper and con tinue ... We are not seeing a many students as we are capable of seeing," said Wheeler. The Center is also seeking writing assistants, as it will al o need to re place the SWAs who are leaving. Applicants will be sought in mid-November for a one-week training class in January. Positions will be for ten hours a week and will pay $8 an hour. Those intere ted should contact Jan Wheeler. The Student Writing Assistants for this Semester are: Britt Dunn Regina Gelfo Kelly McClanahan Christy McCullough Sarah Parshall Tash Shasheen Hours: Monday-Wednesday 4-9 p.m. Thursday 3-6 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday 4-8 p.m. Visit the Writing Resource Center online: http!// viduaJs, we may ..... aovetJUIIeJlt to pay die repairs." Punishment wiJJ pursue on two ttacb, Student Affairs and University Police. "FinanaaJ restitution is a possibility," be said. Moreover Goldstein recently carne out of its oneyear warrant;, as Dort did. xear. !he office of residence life, Campbell a1d, IS now. our routine maintenance needs are," and w1th faciiilles planning developing "a maintenance plan lai_d out f?r several years duration so we can ee at what time we ll have to undertake what repair ." Police Officer Henrietta Lange told the Catalyst, ''If I catch somebody, it's not going to go to student government. I feel it should go further." Furthermore, Olney said Dort and Gold tein have comphcated repaus. When Goldsetin was built, we assumed it was going to be a mirror image of Dort, which it was suppo ed to be," he said.


4 ARTS October 25, 2000 The Catalyst Eugene Lewis: political science professor, mixed media sculptor Contributed by Leo Demski ('91) Are you intere ted in eeing the work of an arti. t killed in organic, geometric and figurative sculpture? Do the rich color. and texture of a highly polished piece of marble make you wonder how uch a beautiful and kaleidoscopic object is a rock? Does the grain and deep earthy hue of a tropical wood make you feel like you arc eeing a sunset within the tree? Do you appreciate the imple, natural beauty of a gnarled tree trunk, a piece of driftwood, a cave talagmite, or a view from the wall of the Grand Canyon? If any of the above de cribc. you, or if you are just intere ted in in what can e c eat w w at l vision and pcr.cverancc (plus some tools), you are in luck! Beginning Friday the 13th and running through the 27th of October, Profe or Eugene Lewis of New College's Political Science faculty will be exhibiting a collection of his recent wood and stone sculptures in the Betty I errnan Caples Fine Art Gallery. The gallery will be open daily, and admission i free. Mo t of the culptures arc also for sale if you are interested. 'l he show presents 20 sculpture ranging from geo metrical, crystalline hapcs, to soft, flowing organic vi ions and including exploration of the human fonn. Profe or LewL ha been sculpting since the early '60s, and ha honed his art over the ears. He ay that one of his current projects is, "investigating bio morphic forms and solid geometric forms that are unstable and are about to explode." This is quite e i dent in the current how, as many of the culptures eem t c m space. In fact, some of them appear to be frozen in time, as if stopped in the middle of a geological trans formation or a biological growth process. All in all, the show is well worth seeing. Not only can you experience a master arti t' vi ion in some of the most amazing and beautiful material but you can ee the embodiment of New College in Profes or Lewi exploration and free expres ion in his art. His are beautiful and luscious forms, and the contrasts be tween the colors, textures, and shapes of his culpture are really exquisite. Plus it' free and within walking distance of campus! What more can you a k for? Check it out!


The Catalyst FEATURES October 25, 2000 5 Rident stolidi verba Latina; Professor Rohrbac oves Lati b. Zak Beck Latin has long been considt:red the bane of high school and college shtdents required to take a lan ruagc class. II has been portrayed as a dead language, u cful only for medical and cit:ntific terminology, or for those with a ick ob:c sion that refute mere trans lations as acceptable readings. For Latin Professor David Rohrbacher this view is held by the i 'llOrant, tho. c who fail to sec the wealth of knowledge and beaut. that is to be found in th c texts of the Classical Period. Rohrbacher has much to say, both about this stilted view of the language and about the e pe ricnce of teaching at cw College. Eloquent and cas) -going. the profes or has found ht:re student ho share his enthusiasm about the Cia sical period. a dra.:tic change from man. institutions"' herem eting gradua tion reguirements. a. oppo ed to learning and enjoying the subjects. is the main focu of many st tcknts. 'I he profc. sor spoke warmly of the enthusiasm he found with which students view all of their undertak ings. n1ere is a great feeling of excitement," notes Rohrbacher when asked about his students. Rohrbacher has found that many students arc ex tremely receptive to his cour c work, and that they actively participate in class and in tudy. Rohrbacher, who ha taught at everal othet higher-le el educational institutions, said that at hi other schools "a lot of students were being taught [Latin] becau e it wa their language requirement," a view that hinders both hi ability to teach and his students ability to learn. Wh ask d directly ab ut the students found here at Col! g dent are brighter than any I've ever had." And Profe sor Rohrbacher has had many student to teach. After receiving his doctorate from the nivcr ity of Wa hington in Seattle, the profe sor spent a short time teaching at the Univer.:ity ot Puget Sound, al:o in Washington. l lis migration to the Southeast pau ed along the way at the University of Tennessee, where he pent .orne time, but eYentuall became di illu ioncd by some of hi p er Rohrbacher noted that, at ome schools "there are some professors who try to do as little as po sible.'' IIis drive to participate in an intense educational sys tem, with profc sor and students alike who arc interested and excited about their subjects, had much to do with his choosing cw College as his new home. Although Rohrbacher is pre ently teaching three I vcls of Latin. he p >. :esscs much broader aspirations in terms of course offering. in the semc tcr. ahead. 1 he include a course on 1 he Ancient ovel and a course on Crrcek and Roman Civilization he plans to offer next year. However, Rohrbacher's main interests lie in the late antiquity and early Medieval authors of the ourth and fifth Centurie "I like things that arc funny." commented Rohrbacher, who appreciates much of the Roman satire that appeared during this p riod, a wt:Il as a great deal of the love poetry that appeared during the ame era. Rohrbacher'. student feed oft his enthusiasm. When a ked about her cia ses with the professor, Cataly t G neral Editor Kathryn Dow quipped, "He is obviously extremely enthu ia tic about Latin, and I think that' cool." TERTAINME T Eloquem and easy-going, Latin Projessor David Rohrbacher has found student<; t-vho share his enthusi asm. (Photo by Kelly Jones) Movie Review: Bedazzled (not t o b e c o fused with Bamboozled) hy ax Campbell Bedazzled doesn't have much in the way of pro found wisdom to impart, but docs offer the refreshing suggestion that eternal damnation may not be o bad. Directed by I Iarold Ram is, this remake of a 1960. flic of the ame name tells the tale of I:lliot Richard (Brendan Fraser), a lonely computer nerd who falls afoul of temptation under the tutelage of the Devil (Elizabeth Hurley) in his quest to nsnare the woman he loves. The movie starts off with a bang with its opening credits, featuring a pop-up display of who naughty and who' nice in the world a the Devil hone in on her victim of choice. Sadly, the introduction of aid victim immediately dunks the film into its cheesy wor:t. Fra er starts off with an unimaginative rendi tion of that old Hollywood staple, the poor lo er who tries way too hard to fit in. Elliot's painfully inept an tics with his coworkcrs erve little purpose other than expo ition, highlighting his hopele s infatuation for the unreachable Alison (France O'Connor). Fortunat ly, the film picks up with the Devil's en trance. De. pile a predictably awk vard tart, ra. er and Hurley ar soon displaying orne wonderful on-creen chemistry. I IavinlJ been granted even wishc in for hi immortal soul, Elliot fumble de perately for in. tant gratification, always failing badly a the Devil mangle hi intentions. His fantasie make up the greater part of the film, and also provide for some of its funniest moments: upon wi hing to become the most sen itive man in the world, for example, lliot i tran formed into an overemot ional wreck ho flies into repeated hour of hysterical weeping o er the sun et. What really makes the movie work, however, arc the little things. It sometimes take a keen eye to ob-erve all the details, such as the Devil cheerfully transmuting people' parking meters to "expired," or Elliot sweating gallons as a pro ba ketball pla _:er faced with a reporter' over-impres ive vocabulary. Viewer may al o get a kick out of the constant changes of hair and costume, as the same actor pop up again and again in every fanta y. he film docs have a point, if only a mode tone as Elliot comes to rcaUz how far you go is much less important than how you get there. With such a sympa thetic Devil-Elliot' oest friend. he tells her by the end-good and evil emerge as purely human con structions. The be, t thing we can do i to content oursclvc with living the lives we already have by liv ing them well. lliot's final encounter \i ith Ali on, on the other hand, undet cores the fact that doing the right thing won't always get you e actly what you want. The moral is rather obviou but the film itself i. hardly moralistic in tone. Harri 's reproduction is no-.v two steps removed from lht: legend of aust and Mephi tophcle which in pi red the original, a fact which has drawn much moaning from ome film crit ics. Viewers can expect lot of lowbrow humor and sexual innuendo. The film' heights of clevcme. s, however, are not to be ignored. All thing considered, Bedazzled is a damned good movie. Milton couldn't have had it more wrong. Elizabeth Hurley as the devil in Bedazzled.


6 The Catalyst NEWS October 25, 2000 People, performers and activism this Saturday in St. Petersburg CIRCUS McGURKIS by Kathryn Dow The Circus McGurkis is more than just a circus, al though performers and entertainers will certainly be on hand. It is, in the words of Circus founder and or ganizer Christine O'Brien, "one day where the world is what we want it to be." Like Morris McGurk in the Dr. Seuss story If I Ran The Circus, O'Brien and her friends created the\r own circus back in 1971. This year, the Circus will be held Salurday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakeview Park in St. Petersburg. Admission is "free and easy, and open to the public," their website stated. "When Circus first started," O'Brien wrote in an e mail to the Catalyst, "it was quite small, but we thought it was fabulous that anyone came at all." The night before the first Circus, the organizers put hand made signs all over St. Petersburg that looked like directional arrows, with the words "Circus McGurkis" inside. O'Brien continued, "The vendors in the early years were often fine artists because there were no other art shows in the area at the time." She went on to describe a "geodesic dome" and a "space frame" built by par ticipants. "It was totally cool, but I don't think it had a purpose other than to catch the breeze and astonish everyone." "These days," wrote O'Brien, now 51, "the Circus requires a Jot more planning and care." Now in its 29th year, the festival touts an impressive lineup of enter tainers and activists, working together for a day of peace and community. Among the participants this year will be Positive Expressions, a non-profit gallery supporting the creative work of people living with HN and AIDS; Food Not Bombs; Save our Strays; Freethinkers; the Workers Rights Project; and Color Me Human Tampa Bay. O'Brien also mentioned that Crescendo, the Tampa Bay Women's Chorus, will be performing. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Nation 0 tion fo Women ha: e -sistently involved with Circus McGuckis through the years. The Circus is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Peace Education Projects and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), of which O'Brien is a member. Her Although Circus McGurkis is in ust a few days, it is still possible to register for a booth if you wish to sell handmade goods or dispense important information. Registration for non-profit organi zations is $20, and $30 for for-profit organizations. If you are not sell ing anything, registration is free. For more information, or to regis ter, see http:/ / circus is probably best known as a founder of The Farm, a commune in Tennessee. For more information about Gaskin, see This Saturday, before partying all night at Halloween PCP, you can party all day in the socially conscious atmosphere of Circus McGurkis. St. Petersburg is 30 to 45 minutes from campus, and you can't beat the price of admission. After all, it's not eve da ou et the c ance o e d ce for free. Information for this article taken from the St. Petersburg Times (All pictures are T-shirt images from commitment to peace and social justice, as well as an enriching community, is reflected in the atmosphere of this annual festival. But the festival isn't just about peace and calm. It also features wild and outlandish fun, and a great deal of energy. How to get to Circus McGurkis (from One of the more outlandish events of Circuses past was the Missile America Pageant. This spoof "had different Missiles from the US and USSR competing," wrote O'Brien. One can expect similarly bizarre events at this year's festival. There will also no doubt be plenty of en thusiastic campaigners for tbe upcoming presidential election. Tables have been se cured by both Green Party and Natural 11tw Party supporters, and Outlaw Party candidate Stephen Gaskin is scheduled to speak. Gaskin AveS 28th AveS lr;: c ::I 6' :f ;:r ::I 00 fl.}' (/) ;-" '!> -.. ?:: r MrGurki .. 7\ Lake Maggiore New PCP policies went over well with Town Meeting, approved jFRoM "TOWN MEETING" PAGE 1 !visitors over the age of 21 and black-and-white will be for those over the age of 18. Unsponsored visitors will be charged for admission. Another new rule is that there will be no glass bottles of any kind permitted. PCP organizers have arranged for beer to be served in Hamilton Center, where there will always be a campus police officer. Non-alcoholic drinks like water and punch will be distributed in Palm Court. The beer will be free. The other important innovation will be the student security force of New College students equipped with Physical Plant radios. The Campus Police dis patcher will also have a radio, so that students working security can report vandalism or violence instantly. Green wristbands will be put in each student's box. Blystone emphasized, "If you think any cops don't know you, wear your wristbands." The Town Meeting then turned its attention to the revised PCP regulations that had been tabled at the Meeting two weeks previously. Immediately after a motion to limit discussion to 15 minutes was approved, a motion was made to approve the regulations as they stood. The motion passed 58 to 1. Robinson had the last piece of buisness before the Town Meeting adjourned. She announced that there was a vacancy for a third-year representative to the Student Allocations Committee. Robinson said that anyone who was interested should speak either to SAC Chair Cathy Heath or to Morris. ....... ........... ,_,,l' .. .......... ,. .. ............


The Catalyst NEWS October 25, 2000 7 Annual Clothesline Project returns to Palm Court this Friday by Bill Outlaw shirts, the DC Clothesline project berings the issue of violence against women into the public eye." Students who wish to have no part of the event are advised to stay away from Palm Court that Friday. When asked about this particular bit of controversy, Shames said "Some of the shirts could be graphic. This may be emotionally difficult for some people, but it is not our intention to make anyone uncomfortable. If this is going to upset you, avoid Palm Court all day on October 27 The Clothesline Project, a display of anti-domestic violence T-shirts intended to raise awareness of mis treated women and to honor those who have been killed in the frontlines of their battle, will come to Palm Court this Friday. It is sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leadership Allience. The creation process will involve the personal cre ation of color-coded T-shirts. White shirts will symbolize women who have died of violence. Yellow or beige shirts are dedicated to women who have been battered or assaulted. Red, pink and orange shirts are dedicated to women who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Blue and green shirts are for women who have survived incest or child sexual abuse. Ppurple and lavender shirts are dedicated to women who have been attacked because of their sexual orientation. Finally, black or gray shirts symbolize women who are survivors of poverty. l r First-year Gigi Shames said "Violence against women is occurring all over the world at every mo ment. It is not an easy thing to think about or talk about, but there are both students and staff on campus who have experienced violence. If we can break the stigma and silence surrounding this issue and talk about it, we will have done some good." According to the official pamphelet released by the DC Clothesline Project in partnership with My Sister's Place, a shelter for battered women and their children, the idea behind this display is awareness: "Our mission is to bear witness to violence against women by providing an opportunity for those affected to share their stories. By creating and displaying T-T-shirt creation will be coordinated through a se ries of open house meetings around the campus; participation is free and materials will be provided. Two were held on Monday and Tuesday nights. A fe male-only open house will be held tonight in Pei 305 from 7 to 9 p.m., and a co-ed creation space will be Friday in Dort 106 from 5 to 7 p.m. This solution, simple though it may sound, does not sit well with some residents of the Pei complex. When asked about his feelings on the solution for those who do not wish to view the project, first year student Brewster Mitchell said "That is preposterous. They are giving us two choices: walk around the Pei dorms or be exposed to their stupid exhibit." Despite the controversy, the Clothesline Project will occur. Students seeking further info should look for signs or visit the project website at I eberly -ctr/ clothesl.htm. From the Archives The New College Student Alliance archives contains many interesting items. These two letters were found under "Military Speaker 71-72." Only the addresses and telephone numbers have been removed. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FOR UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RECRUITING SERVICE Chairman Student Executive Committee New College 16 Sept. 1971 Dear Mr. I am writing this letter to inquire about the present student feelings toward Military Recruiters on campus. As you must know the Military Recruiters have not actively visited the New College Campus for quite some time. I am sure that you will agree that there are some students on campus that would like to have the opportunity to discuss the benefits the Military has to offer. I would appreciate any information you could give me reguarding [sic] the present feelings and attitudes of the students in this matter. Thank you for you attention to this matter. Sincerely, Niel T Wilson, TSGT. USAF Recruiter A carbon copy of the response is also in the archives: September 21, 1971 Dear Sergeant Wilson: ----This letter is in reply to your request for information concerning "student feeling toward Military Recruiters on campus". [sic] Though I do not speak with the assurance of our President that I accurately represent the attitudes of the majority of my constituency, I believe that most of our students regard "the military" with something less that warmth. I cannot, therefore, honestly say that you will well received at New College. It unthinkable, however, to deny you the right to speak with those students who wish to hear you. If our nation is to be free it must have the universities that serve as forums for all ideas. If you would like to speak on campus, please phone our Student Services Office at ... to make arrangements. I am fairly confident that our students will, at least, be courteous. Sincerely yours, Fred Silverman Chairman student Executive Committee 10.08.00 10:30 .. t eftatC Goodwill Employee's Party. Unknown persons re moved $20.00 US currency and a costume coconut bra from room 221. No wit nesses. 10.16.00 8:43 a.m. Petit Theft Physical Plant employee reJ?orts the theft of US and NC flags laft in tent on bayfront after Brunch on the Bay. Value $180.00 10.16.00 3:06 p.m. Criminal Mischief Maintance staff person re ports unknown person( s) pried padlock hasp from underground utility tunnel. Damage $10.00 Below the end of the text, different color pens have handwritten "You must be kidding" "Fuck off!!!" "Come 1 1 and get us" and "WE'LL BE WAITING. WE HAVEN'T HAD A MURDER AROUND HERE FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS."


8 The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS October 25, 2000 From the Listserv: NC, UP split The following is a letter po ted to the NC Students e-mail list by Rachael Morris. Dear Student I have the plea ure of announcing wonderful new Yesterday, USF President Judy Genshaft made the decision to separate the administrations of New College and the University Program. Michael Ba sis i now chief executive officer of New College only. He know report directly to the USF President rather than to the Provost for Academic Affairs. Hi title will be changed at a later date. Mark Blawei s i now the Director for New College Student Affairs only (the offices are now eparated). Further, and most exciting, New College has been given permis ion to pur ue ep arate regional accreditation from USF. If we atisfy all criteria (which we should), New College will be listed separately in all college guides and magazines (US ews and World Report, etc.). Thi will give a tremedous boost to our admissions office and improve the national reputation of the College. Laurie Stryker has been named chief executive officer for the Univer. ity Program. As for physical separation: It is in the works, though it will not be implemented for everal years. It is now clear that New College will become the sole entity on this campus. It is not yet determined where the UP will move. In the meantime, New College and the University Program will continue to share space on this campus, but are now ad ministratively separate entities. Take care and congrats to us all ... Rachael Friday Night. 7pm. Improv Workshop 8:30pm Improv Performance. Sudakoff. Come play with us! Heh heh heh ... A Harm Reduction Table is being orga nized for this weekend's PCP. The main focus would be in distributing informa tion on commonly used drugs. If any of you are interested in helping organize or run this table it would be greatly appre ciated. There will be a meeting at 9:00 Thur day night to organize this project. Contact Anne Belt at 2-5213 if you can help earlier or for more information. The Late Fall NCSA elections are here. The following positions are open for election: Student Body President 4th Year SAC (1) 3rdYearSA (1) 2nd Year SAC (l) 1st Year SAC (1) 3 Student Court Justices To be placed on the ballot for the above positions, please collect signa ture on a petition stating your name, box number, and the position for which you are running. The petitioning period will open on Wednesday, October 25 and close on Tuesday, November 7th at 5pm. To be placed on the ballot for tu ent o y resi lect 50 signatures. All other po ition require 25 signatures. You may place completed petition in Box 578 DUR ING THE PETITIONING PERIOD 0 LY. The Late Fall Elections will take place on Thursday, November 9th. The new Pre ident will take office on January 1st. I strongly suggest to anyone who is running for this position to make plans to be on campus over ISP. I will be holding a work hop for those who want to be Student Body Pre ident this Saturday, October 28th from 12pm to 5pm. Thi po ition requires an ex tremely strong commitment of time and energy. I urge all tudents who want to be President to come, whether they want to run this year or sometime in the future. Good luck to all, and I'll see the new CSA President this Saturday at the workshop. Rachael the foreign film club will not be show ing anything this week in support of the clothesline project and the sun et cele bration this coming friday. The next film will be on the 3rd of November ..... RU LOLA RU ........... Alcohol Awarene s Week event : Wednesday: 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Respon ible Drinking Fair info and giveaways from various campu and community groups about health and safety issues involved in responsible drinking and substance use. 7 p.m.: free dinner and discussion in fishbowl. Dinner most likely Thai Food, an ER doc from the hospital will give a brief presentation on alcohol poi soning and how to prevent it, RAs will follow up with some que tions/answers about substance use at New College. Thursday, 7 p.m. in Palm Court: cavenger Hunt, with prize See your RAs for more info, meet us in Palm Court at 7! (Did we mention prizes?) Friday, 5:30 p.m. on the bay: the 2nd annual Sun et Celebration. Free ice-cream, non-alcoholic beverages, and music; visual effects by mother na ture. All events are substance free, plea e! WMNF Halloween Party Tuesday, October 31st9:30 New World Brewery Admission $2 Bands: Diaphragment Bride of the New Millenium Papal Smear Reckless Deer Hunters WMNF DJs spinning between the bands. Be there or be scared. "Narcissus," by Robert Boyd. Boyd will deliver a lecture Thursday at 7 p.m. in Sainer. She will give a pre entation about the Peace Corps on Thursday, October 26 at 7 PM in HCL 7 (the Teaching Auditorium). Finally, she is available to interview students with a eriou interest in joining the Peace Corp For more information or to chedule an interview contact the Career Center in PME, 359-4261, or TION & INTERVIEWS ar.u On Thursday (Oct. 26) and Friday (Oct.27), Shirley Triano, a Peace Corps recruiter, will be on campu She would welcome the opportunity to peak to student about the Peace Corps. Ms Triano will have an information table in the Hamilton Center dining area on both days. The RAs have a new cell phone. Always page the RA on duty (941 951 9820at lea t twice. the pager sometimes doe n't work) and if they don't answer try the new cell phone941 780 8441. SAC MINUTES 10-11-00 In attendance: Michelle Brown, Pete Summers, Lind ey Lu.a, Shannon Dunn (chair), Cathy Heath (sec). and Bo Bentele (Proxy Julia Skapik). All vote are unanimous with the ex ception of the chair who does not vote. 1. Organization: Halloween PCP 2000 Christian B. Requested: $1,115.00 for ecurity Allocated: $1,11-.0o from Security Re -erve 2. Organization: Clothe -line Project Gigi hame Reque ted: $459.00 Allocated: $459 3. Organization: ailing Club Liz Collins Reque ted: $250.00 Allocated: $250.00 Allocated: $250.00 4. Organization: William Shakespeare Play Bo Bentele (he abstains) Requesting: $400 Allocated: $335 from Plays and Special Thing Rc erve 5. Organization: Light Inc Jon pector Requesting: 2,000 Allocated: $2,000 6. Organization: Muffy! Regina and Carly Requesting: 2,080 Allocated: Muffy! Re -erve of $2,000 SAC meets on Wednesdays in Ham Center at 9 pm. Turn in proposal by 5 pm to Shannon Dunn box (137).

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