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Features Bioluminescent phytoplankton -pageS Life off-campus? It does exist -page4 Opinion Movie violence hitting a little too hard -page7 Volume XII Issue 2 Be n Ruby isn't our only writer. We swear September 20, 2000 USF considers restructuring ofNG, UP relationship Town Meeting draws record crowd by Ben Ruby The Town Meeting, which holds supreme authority in the New College Student Alliance was scheduled fo r 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 13. The Town Meeting is a microcosm of New College traditions and values. This one, which started 15 minutes late was no exception. By by Ben Ruby the end of the meeting everything from the national presLast Wednesday's Town Meeting idential electiops, to the destruc t i o n of the mural to the brought a surprising announcement, possible redefinition of New College's administrative as New College Student Alliance and financial relationship with the University of South President Rachael Morris related the Florida had been presented, discussed and in some cases news that Campus Dean and Warden voted on. Michael Bassis had announced at the The meeting began with the confirmation of NCSA faculty meeting earlier that day: President Rachael Morris cabinet appointees. FourthUniversity of South Florida year Molly Robinson was unanimously confirmed as the President Judy Genshaft was serivice president for student affairs / speaker of the student ously considering plans that would assembly the same position she had held last semester. separate New College from the First-year Titus Jewell was confirmed as secretary with University Program (UP). one abstention. Second-year India Harville was unani The Lovely Rachael Morris addresses her gathered minions at the Town Meeting, while Molly Robinson, Titus and Shanon Ingles lie in wait to cull any uprisings. Genshaft has advanced three pomously confirmed as the New College Foundation o ..... presen -year and ce Lucado wa restructuring could mean for New mously confirmed as the New College Alumnae/i The meeting then proceeded to branch reports. College and the UP. All three plans representative. Lucado was initially going to be conMorris announced that the new Marine Science building involve separating the administrafirmed in absentia, but arrived just before the vote took woul d open soon, and detailed the other geographical tion of New ColJege from that of the place Morris introduced her, amidst cheers and catcalls, shifts taking place on campus in the near future. The CUP. Genshaft would also like to see as, "the Candy everybody wants." Later in the meeting Store will move to the end of the Hamilton Center dining the .UP move to a new location third-year Bonnie Read agreed to take the vacant posiroom relatively soon. The Four Winds Cafe has men within Sarasota which would be bettion of vice-president of academic affairs, and was duly tioned December 1 as a "TowN MEETING," PAGE 31 ter suited to its role as a local, non-residential program. Both the UP and New College stand to gain a great deal if this goes forward. Morris cited the proposal, which was presented to the USF deans early last week, as a sign that "im proving New College's relationship with Tampa was high on Judy Genshaft's agenda." Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss said, "I think [the proposal] deserves our support," but added, "Even if this is USF's plan, it's not ner..:essarily the legislature's plan. It's not written in stone." NC students head up Kine-Kult film Part of the impetus for this reor ganization is the Sullivan bill, which is still under consideration in the Florida State legislature. The bill, put forward by State Senator William Sullivan, was the source of major controversy last year, as it proposed severing the USF branch campuses from Tampa. Sullivan wanted USF St. Petersburg to be come Suncoast University, and New College to move towards inde ndence. EE 'PROPOSAL," PAGE by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. Filo will reveal the secrets of the universe, Conan the Librarian will slice in twain that fool who does not un derstand the Dewey decimal system, and a chihuahua will swim in a punch bowl once more as the Burns Court Cinema's magnificent new "Kine-Kult Late Night Series" opens Friday, September 22 with a free midnight showing of "Weird" Al Yankovic s immortal classic UHF. This phenomenal project is the brainchild of Hans Will, Sarasota Film Society and Burns Court Education Director, and New College students/lunatic film buffs Leah Schnelbach and Mike Carlisle. Will has long been a forerunner of Burns Court Cinema's community out reach programs, and the Kine-Kult Series is but the latest in his long series of efforts to attract a younger brand of palron to the hallowed altar of independent film that is Bums Court. The Burns Court Cinema is a state-of-the art-deco three-screen theater in the historic district of downtown Sarasota, just off of Pineapple Streel. The Burns Court Cinema is furthermore the home of the aforementioned Sarasota Film Society, a synergistic group of the rich and the stylish who bring independent, classic and foreign films to the cultural playground of Sarasota. The Sarasota Film Society, in tum, sponsors the KineVision program, which aims to aid the layman in "Appreciating the signifigant closeness between a Renoir, a John Waters trash flick, and a Hitchcock film." At the end of this tangled web of Hollywood devotees dangles the nascent KineKult, which aims, in the words of co-director Leah Schnelbach, "to offer New College students [and other young people] something interesting to do in this boring-ass town." We at the Catalyst could imagine few people more qualified to orchestrate a glutting of Sarasota's celluloid gullet with madcap movies than Carlisle and Schnelbach. Two true-blooded gourmets of obscure films, they are already famed for their showings of such epics as Cannibal: the Musical and Princess Mononoke both on the east wall of 1st Court and in their own home. For this Kine-Kult series, they plan to show such eternal classics as Carnival of Souls, which feamres some young people who find themselves in an unpleasant circus shortly after their seemingly-gruesome deaths in a car accident, and Hudson Hawk, the Bruce Willis camp-noir dud, featuring the hit song "Would You Like to Swing on a Star." An appropriate series of shorts will be offered before each film, themed towards the month in which it is shown. For instance, FILMS," PAGE 5


2 The Catalyst Gore and Bush Deliberate Debate Schedule Officials from AI Gore and George W. Bush's presidential campaigns are deliberating a debate schedule that will feature one town hall forum, one talk show forum, and one traditional two lectern event. r./'1 Aides to Gore were willing to accept the three format plan, which the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates proposed in January. C\j Republican Bush had earlier balked at the sug..s:= gested formats, but bowed to the plan after r./'J. coming under criticism. ,..-4 The presidential debates are to be held Oct. 3 01) in Boston, Oct. 11 in Winston-Salem, N.C. and ,..-4 Oct. 17 in St. Louis, with each lasting 90 minutes c..:; starting at 9 p.m. EDT. A 90-rninute debate be tween the vice presidential candidates, Democrat Lieberman and Republi:;an Dick Cheney, .,.0 will take place Oct. 5 in Danville, Ky. All the de bates will be on college campuses. Green Party nominee Ralph Nader and Reform Party nominee Pat Buchanan, both registering sin gle digits in national polls, most likely will not meet the commission's threshold of 15 percent for inclusion. Let the Games Begin! A woman with a rifle bagged the United States' first gold medal of the Sydney Games. Nancy Johnson of Downers Grove, Ill., won the women's 10-meter air rifle event on Saturday. Her father watched and wept with joy. Johnson scored 497.7 points to beat Kang Cho hyun of South Korea, who had 497.5. China's Gao ling finished third with 497 .2. 1: Jenny Thompson became the first 0 to win six Olympic golds Saturday, an :> choring a U.S. women's 400-meter freestyle relay jiiiillthat set a world record of three minutes, 36.61 sec onds. Australia's teen idol Ian Thorpe set an Olympic ..,._. mark in the prelims of the 400-meter helped edge out the dogged American team in the men's 400 O relay, setting a world record of 3:13.67. "I believe til he's the best swimmer in the history of the world," :.. American swimmer Josh Davis said. jiiiillThorpe's teammate, Michael Klim, broke the individual world record for 100 meters on the first = leg of the relay. The United States had never lost a men's 400 free relay in Olympic or world compe tition. catalyst General Editor Kathryn Dow Layout Editor Michael Sanderson OnUne Editor Zak Beet Managing Editor Max Campbell Photographer Kelly Jones Advertising Coordinator Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Staff Writers Darren Guild, Zachary Konkol, David Savarese, Bill Outlaw, Gigi Shames, Ben Ruby, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. News The inaugural Olympic women's triathlon ended with a tight finish when Switzerland's Brigitte McMahon outkicked Michellie Jones of Australia in the finallOO meters and won the gold medal by two seconds. The American men's soc cer team played Cameroon to a 1-1 draw, after tying the Czech Republic 2-2 on Wednesday. In basketball, Shery 1 Swoopes scored 29 points and Lisa Le lie had 24 as the United States opened its drive for the gold medal with an 89-75 win over South Korea. On Saturday, events took a tragic tum the reported death of Maria Teresa Salisachs-Rowe, wife of International Olympic Committee presi dent Juan Antonio Samaranch. Samaranch had left Sydney to be with his gravely ill wife in Barcelona, just hours after presiding at the open ing of the Games. SalisachsRowe was 67 Poet Maya Angelou Falls Ill Celebrated poet and author Maya Angelou went to a hospital emergency room Friday morn ing, hours after she left an appearance at the University of Nebraska in a wheelchair. The 72year-old Angelou spoke to 2400 people at the university's Lied Center for Performing Arts. During her speech Thursday, Angelou told stu dents that they are not in college to get a degree, marry, and buy a three-bedroom house with a two car garage. Instead, she said, they are learning to compose "this world you find yourself in." Angelou, author of the 1970 autobiographical novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, advised people to look to poetry for inspiration. "It is im perative that you have it," she said: Showbiz Elite Thrns Out for Democrats The same week that AI Gore and Joseph Lieberman took the entertainment industry to task for marketing adult-rated movies and video games to kids, the industry threw a concert in their honor. Hollywood's elite turned out in force for Thursday night's Democratic National Committee fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The wall-to-waH celebrities included Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas, all of whom lauded the Democratic nominees. Lieberman took a light tone, garnering laughs when he said at one point in his address, "One thing I could never have dreamed of six weeks ago is that I'd be here at Radio City as the opening act September 20, 2000 for Bette Midler." Philippine Rebels Captured Philippine President Joseph Estrada cut short his visit to the United States and called an emer gency cabinet meeting to combat the violent actions of a fringe group of political extremists. The Philippine rebel group daims it is fighting for an independent Islamic state in the impoverished south. Nineteen tourists and missionaries had been kidnapped by the extremists and were being held hostage. Estrada said he decided to abandon months of negotiations and order the attack after the group continued to seize new victims. "Enough is enough," Estrada said. "We will not allow kidnappers or other lawless elements to mock our laws or control our lives." Seventeen extremists were capfured, Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado said. The extremists were holding three Malaysians, one Filipino cap tured in April, two French journalists, twelve Filipino Christian ev1ngelists and an American Muslim. On the Stranger Side After a Schneiders Hot Dog promotion ma chine (the Blaster, intended to shoot free franks into the stands at Toronto's Sky Dome during base ball games) went awry in April, pulverizing the hot dogs and spraying fragments into the crowd, a vegetarian Blue Jays' fan told the National Post newspaper she would sue if she got spritzed. "What if I had my mouth open and a piece of hot dog landed in my mouth?" According to a Seattle Times report, the Great a I is moving toward a goal of demonstrating that chim panzees should have some of the same legal rights as humans. According to the Times article, this in volves "[becoming] people with rights to life and liberty and perhaps even the pursuit of happiness." In May, the Quebec Superior Court and Quebec's Administrative Tribunal ruled that Alain Desbiens had the right to have his tattoo removed at government expense, because the tattoo ad versely affects his psychological well-being. The cost of erasing the blue and gray caricature of a death's head above his right bicep was estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Information taken from, and Bored. com. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored 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. Tarniami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usf. edu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. 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The Catalyst jFRoM "TOWN MEETING" PAGE 1 I tentative date for moving into the old C-Store space. Morris also mentioned plans to construct an amphitheater for outside performances near the Westside Student Center. Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss, speaking for the Student Life Committee, men tioned that an extra $10,000 bad been allocated to Student Affairs by the legislature this year. He also discussed the committee s plan for this year's New College Day, which is to be held on a future Saturday at Caples. The professors have agreed to come on a weekend and to eliminate the academic element of the day and focus on what Blaweiss de scribed as, "plain fun and insanity." The Saturday New College day would feature a barbecue and a bonfire at night where the faculty and alumni would tell stories. Activity and Service fees, which are figured in as part of every student's tuition at 95 cents per credit hour, at 16 credit-hours a semester and four for an Independent Study Project, was the next item on the agenda. Morris wanted a significant increase in the fees last year. A&S fees pay to maintain Ham Center, the Fitness Center, the NCSA (including the Student Al locati ons Committee ) and a v ariety of other thing s tan t to campus life. The l e gislat u re approve d a n increase last year, but only of ten cen t s. T h is se mester Morris announced she was convening another A&S fee committee, which would look at the problem and hopefully recommend another instarted with an explanation the C8lria:UaitiOIIi the previous Town Meeting. explained that the campus listserv had been moperable and that two large signs posted in front of Ham Center were taken down. Morris said she suspected one of them had been blown off by the wind, but added, "If you know anyone who tore down the Town Meeting sign, please convey my personal News September 20,2000 3 hatred to them .'' Morris also discussed plans to increase the range of New College radio so that it will broadcast to the west side of campus. The only pom tential conflict is with WUSF, which operates on 88.7. New College radio operates on 88.9, and a stronger signal could be disruptive. WUSF has threatened legal action if the power of our transmitter is boosted. Morris pointed out that "according to the general council, one part of USF cannot sue another part of USF." Morris then announced that the matter would be further investigated. The topic then shifted to the tennis court mural. The mural had been destroyed over the summer which came as a surprise to many stu dents r eturning to campus Morris explained that the mural painted by N ew C o lle g e alum ni Erik Lung and M ar c B yrne, b ad b een slated for demo lition for years and was understood to be temporary when it was painted. Morris added that, "Campus Architect Rick Lyttle understands the need for space for student art work." Lung has .. ,u ... :J to consider the special item immediately. The topic that generated the interest was USF President Judy Genshaft's proposals for reorganizing USF Sarasota and New College (see article on page 1). The much-coveted Town Meetmg ptzza arrived at about this time, and the meeting broke into a brief piranha-like frenzy. Though a notable lack of plain cheese pizza was much lamented by the throng, it did not stop them from reducing the available selection to crumbs in a matter of mo ments. After the proposa l s were discussed, and the pizz a laid to waste, four candidates in the NCSA f a ll e lect io n s sp o k e briefly. M orris then in tr o duced a mot i on proposing that the NCSA end orse Ralph Nader and the Green party and invite Na d er to come and speak here. Several students s p oke and Morris got the impression tha t students di d not feel i t was app-ropriate fo-r tb.e NCSA to enThe record attendance, students, had thlrin.dlil!d somewhat by this point. _Morris, when sa-:' sign-in sheet, took the mtcrophone and satd, is the largest town meeting I have ever seen. Thts Le k 't is great. t s eep 1 up. Proposed Restructuring of NC, UP stirs up campus advocating this particular model, he wrote, "this model would the lf'ROM uPROPOSAL" PAGE 1 I As part of a compromise reached the functional status of USF New College from that of _a pr?gram on a end of the legislative session, a is_currently ________ l campus to that of a residential hberal arts feasibility of that separation. AccreditatiOn was a maJOr Blaweiss commented, "It would be a complete of issue last year, and Genshaft has already put forward_a ''It wou d be a what New College would be. It would be a great thmg new organizational model that USF St. Petersburg ts for New College." But, he aded, there would be happy with. The plan, which is modeled after the cam-complete shift of dles to overcome. For example, "Hamilton pus of Arizona State University _West_, w?uld put ail the Fitness Center are funded by joint aUocat10ns wtth executive officer with an appropnate tttle m charge of ll the UP program." the St. Petersburg campus. The new head of USF St. what New Co ege Morris, although expressing enthusiasm for the Petersburg would have autonomy,_ proposal as a whole, stressed that Ham and the would report directly to the USF addth?n, would be I t w o uld Fitness Center "[were] not outside my when USF St. Petersburg would pursue regiOnal accredttaasking about A&S fees." Activity and Servtce fees, tion. b g eat thing for which are set by the legislature as a part of stuGenshaft would also like to see New College pursue e a f dent's tuition, pay for the upkeep ?n those butldmgs. regional accreditation. This would allow ,., Morris who favors an increase m those fees, was to be considered separately from USF m N ew C o lleg e pointU:g out that the UP program, which currently prohigher educational Genshaft s vides half of the money for that upkeep,. would no proposal, the chief admm1strat1ve officer ?f _Mar k Bl a w e i s s longer do so if removed to a different location. College would report directly t? the USF pres1dent _mMorris commented, "[Genshaft] said that by the stead of a vice-president. This officer would enJ?Y end of the month she'll have reorganized the campus considerable autonomy and actively pursue fund-ralsstructure." Fot all the momentum they may have behind them, lng and other actt'vt,es designed to increase New College's national I Bl s made clear no detads proposals remain just that-proposa s. aweJs prominence. t SPntp .... J.l )l;lye j(oPJ!Q .o.u.t.:'. .In. a SJlemo 9\lUO. t.h.e.JllPtts. GQll.l.OJ.,_UJU }' .W\ "r "'""'J,!J "'


4 The Catalyst ________________ There is life outside of campus, though it may be hard to find by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Looking for an action packed weekJy calendar and wild, glamorous nightlife'? Well, you are living in the wrong city. However, if you are look ing for fun, affordable activities that offer a change of pace from campus life, they can be found in Sarasota. It helps if you have a car, or a friend that does, and a few dollars to spare. Whether you are a easoned ovo Collegian or a recent arrival to the area, fear not: you too can have fun off campus. Downtown Sarasota has some interesting places, and is a good place to wander around for an afternoon. Sarasota News and Books is a good place to go for a fancy latte. Chances are you'll ee a familiar face behind the counter too. Main Street has some good restaurants, most notably Tropical Thai (good lunch special ) and Patellini's Pizza. It also ha two bookstore including the fabulous Main Street Bookshop that features three floors of discounted and used books, a well a used mu ic and videos. Nightlife in Sarasota is not cheap, but it can be fun. Main Street ha a Your first stop should be the latest Re idence Life Bulletin. It often con tain information about upcoming events in the area. Also, you can find out about di counts and specials for ew College tudents through the bul letin. Some other choice for a little off-campus activity are roller-skating at Stardust, bowling at Rip Van Winkle and mini golf at Smuggler's Cove. All of the e place have offered promotional rates, so call ahead and find out when it is most affordable for you to go. Rip Van Winkle and Smuggler's Cove are also within biking distance from New College. If you are looking for something a bit more sedentary, try the movies. Sarasota has three great theaters, Hollywood 20, Bums Court, and the Parkway 8. Hollywood 20 has all the blockbuster movies in stereo surround sound, and with 20 screens, you are bound to find something you like. They also give student discounts with your New College ID. Burns Court has great artsy, indepen dent films. Your New Co1Jege ID gives you a di count on tickets there, too. Parkway 8 offers all seats at $2.25 and is a great option for seeing movies that have already been in theaters for a little while. ub tantial bar cene and some of the places feature live music on the weekends. New College students have been seen in the past at the Cock and Bull, the Gator Club, and Two Senoritas. These places are all within walking distance of each other. There are a few nightclubs in the area offer ing different theme nights, so call ahead and find out if there is something for you. In Extremis and Margarita Maggie's can both be fun when groups of students go together. Going out to eat is always a fun alternative to Marriott, and if you take advantage of early bird specials or lunch pecials it can be economical too. There are lots of good Thai, Italian and Cuban restaurants in town: your best bet is either to ask around m;, to go through the phone book. There are also lots of specialty grocery stores featuring Latin American, Vietnarne e, Middle Eastern and natural foods. These too can be found in the phone book and are we]] worth the drive. Ultimately the ecret to entertaining yourself off campus is persistence. here is life out there; sometimes it is just hard to find it. Bonk-Aid offers experimental audio/video entertainment The festivities will raise money for Bonk 2001 and in many respects, that is precisely what Bonk is. The unusual name has its origins in the first an nual BONKFest. "It's onomatopoeic," explained Rob Constable, an adjunct professor of music at New College and a member of the Bonk Board of Directors. "It actually came from a piece by Paul [Reller, also of the BONK Board of Directors] that was done the first year." Reller: "And it had a note at the end that went 'Bonk!' So we started applying that phrase, 'Bonk' to everything." And, of course, the correct term for participants or fans of the festival is "BONKsters." BONK-Aid is a benefit for the long running BONK.Fest, Tampa's premier experimental music festival. Started in 1992, and running again from March 4 through 10 of 2001, BONK.Fest show cases the latest in avant-garde and experimental music. Sponsored by The Weekly Planet, L'Unione ltaliana,, Aardvark's Music and Rental Center, and the Tampa Bay Composer's Forum, Bonk-Aid will present a taste of Bonk-Fest's New Age sound, and offer a venue are vou a BONKster: Would vou like to support vour beloved BONKfest: to upcoming new arti ts. Rob Constable, the vice president of BONKFest, i the leading organizer for BONK Aid, which is scheduled for this Saturday, September 23. When asked to describe what the scene is expected to be like, Constable said, "[It' Six bands are slated .to play, including November Foxtrot Whiskey, SHIM, Orange BONK: n sounds like a firm slap taiba head, and in manv res1ects, that is 1recise1v what BONK is. Stoole Chariot, The Unrequited Loves (formerly Nailbiters), Handshake Squad, and Popcanon (from Gainesville). Interspersed throughout the bands' performances will be ftlm shorts from sev eral of the Tampa Area's video artists. According to Constable, "Every wall space [will be] filled with visual distraction." With admission costing only $10 a ticket, you get each band for about $1.65 a piece. The musical genres are extremely varied. Constable has booked "a kind of a punk band to an experimental jazz band and everything in be tween" for those attending the show, which runs from 7 p.m. on Saturday evening until 3 a.m. Sunday morning, with the bands to start promptly at 8. Each band will be allowed a forty-five minute set, and the turnaround for each show is expected to be no more than fifteen minutes. One need not worry for something to do in between perfor mances, as films and other visual art will be shown continually. BONK-Aid will be held at the Italian Club which is located at 1731 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City. Due to the ize of this three story venue, Constable expects over 800 people from the Central Florida area to be in attendance. There will be plenty of good food and drink for everyone in attcadanc:e. BONKFest, the premiere experimental mustc festival of the Tampa Bay area, won't start until March 4. In past years, the BONK.Fest has played our New College and many other area bot spots in the SarasotaManatee area. This year, the closest show will be on March 5, 2000, at the Salvador Dali Museum of Art in St. Petersburg. Also, there will be two shows on March 7 and 9 at the University of South Florida's Tampa Campus, and shows on March 10 and 11 at the Springs Theatre in Tampa. For those who demand every last detail, BONK-Aid has its own web page, which may be found at For the computer illiterate, questions, comments and requests may be directly forwarded to Rob Constable, the one who created BONK-Aid, via telephone at (813)248-3316. BONK-aid will be held THIS SATURDAY, September 23, at the Italian Club on 7th Ave in Ybor Citv. Tickets are 10 bucks, and proceeds go to benefit the annual BONKfesl. Doors open at 7, and the music starts promptlv at 8.


The Catalyst Entertainment September 20, 2000 5 Sai Woo or Seafood? Long-time andmark cha ges i s face by Gigi Shames 'o matter how you slice it, local Chine e food restaurant Sai Woo ha recently been re placed by eafood chain Barnacle Bill's. Located two block from ew College on Tamiami Trail, a1 Woo was a Sarasota land mark, and not just becau e of the giant bronze Buddha statue out front. Meaningful tradition. were b rn within Sai Wo walls, traditions that hecame abruptly moot when Barnacle Bill's mo ed to town. With o many offices witching location on campu it come as no urprise that the outer world beyond New College hould also be changing, much though some of us hate to admit it. Thesistudent Leah chnelbach commented, "It' the end of an era." Second year June Gwalthney added mourn fully, "Somewhere Charles Choi is crying.'' Asked to elaborate, Gwalthney continued, "Charles knighted a New College student in Sai Woo. It was the kind of place where you could do that sort of thing." friends. "Sometimes there would be a crowd of twenty, somet;mes it was clo er to ix," Cataly t general editor Kathryn Dow recounted ofberex p rience. '1 hough NC student hold varying opini ns on the quality of ai Woo's food, Dow as erted, "With Charle it wa alway good." New College student and taff di traught over the loss of Sai Woo can take solace in Barnacle Bill' intriguing failure to remove the aforementioned Buddha tatue from in front of the restaurant Legend ha it that before the Buddha wa bolted to the ground, it would my teriously tum up in Palm Court, captured during the dead of night by unknown pranksters. Firmly anchoring the Buddha statue to Sai Woo turf, however, forced the stealthy pirates to change track As retribution, the e hardy tudent took it upon themselve to adorn tho Buddha in com ical clothing. A bronze Buddha welcomes potential patrons to Barnacle Bill' eafood restaurant. Choi, a former Cataly t editor who graduated spring of 1999, had galvanized many students into joining his tradition of monthly Sai Woo dinners. The first evening of his five years at New College, a rather lonesome Choi wandered to Sai Woo, where he immediately befriended the employees. Impressed with the cuisine and friendly Sai Woo staff, he returned monthly to the restaurant with an ever-owin rou of When asked his stance on what should be done with the Sai Woo statue, jaded fifth-year Michael Shannon replied, "I think the CSA should buy the Buddha. What the hell does Barnacle Bill's need with a Buddha?" Perhaps some questions are best left unanswered. The jury is still out on whether Palm Court would benefit from the addition of a jolly, motionless religious figure. In the meantime, go by and ee the famed Barnacle Bill's Buddha on Tamiami. Then drown your sorrows in a cup of clam chowder. Bu rns Co rt to show co t ms l"F.a.MS" FROM PAGE 1 I Carnival of Souls will open sometime in October, coinciding with Halloween, and will be shown with the boy-and-dead-dog classic Franken weenie, and the animated short Vincent. This is Tim Burton' first no table work, which features a young man who wishes to be horror legend (House of Wax) Vincent Price, and which is indeed narrated by horror leg end Vincent Price. The October showing of Carnival of Soul and the preceding shorts will be accompanied by a Halloween party ("Costumes are welcome, although we probably can't afford to give anyone a prize, or any thing. We're on a pretty tight budget," cautions chnelbach) which will be covered by rockin' radio tation 105.9 FM, who e DJ will be broadca ting from the event. While the full cbedule for the Kine-Kult Series has not yet been determined, r st a sured that up dates will be posted in the Cataly t and on campu as they become c.oncrete. Furthermore, Carli Je and Schnelbach encourage students to offer sugge tions via the Suggestion Box that will be put up at all Kine-Kult howings, and to offer their e-mail addre es so that they may receive up-to-the-month update on happening at Bums Court. Students of rew College are, there fore, strongly encouraged to seek out the Bums Court Cinema, particularly this Friday, September 22 at midnight. Not simply because it is the duty of the intelligentsia to support independent film, nor simply becau e everyone Kine-Kult has got it all on UHF. wor hips ''Weird" AI Yankovic as a god. The most important reason to at tend the Kine-Kult showings, according to Mike Carlisle, i "Booze. Discounted beer. Come on down, and buy some beer, o we can afford to pay John Maiko ich to come talk to u ." What nobler cau e, we at the Catalyst wonder, could there be? Feeling frea ((islt? Come on out to t e Semiormal this Saturday n i ght at College Hall! So me m ixers w ill be provided, b t pl ease bring y o o w n a l coho l i f yo u p an to drink.


6 The Catalyst s A Meeting: 9/11/00 In attendance: Julia Skapik, Cathy Heath, Shannon Dunn, Pete (proxy Oscar Lopez), Shannon Dunn and Lindsay Luxa All votes are unanimous. 1. Organization: Diversity Circle Myriam Alverez Requesting: $35 food for first meeting, $3 for copies, $5 for large paper. Allocated: $43.00 2. Organization: Jessica Turner Wall Productions Jessica Turner Requesting: $79 .12 for film and development for wall Allocated: $79.12 3. Organization: Dortstein BBQ Sept 16. at 3 pm in the Crease Jessica Turner Requesting: $300 for food and drinks for BBQ Allocated: $300 "German Disco Prom Night from Hellwith Spirit Pageant, Cathy Heath (abstains from voting) Reque stin g : $ 1,1 64.00 for deco rations drinks and cop rental Allocated: $1,164.00 5. Organization: SAC Investments Cathy Heath (abstains from voting) Requesting: $1,115.00 +ship ping for 4 lights and paint a set from Stumps! Allocated: $1,115.00 6. Organization: SAC Cathy Heath (abstains from voting) Requesting: $80.00 for food at Marathon Allocated: $80.00 7. Organization: SAC Cathy Heath (abstains from voting) Requesting: $10 in office supplies c M Allocated: $10 8. Organization : Nestor Gil, Productions Nestor Gil Requesting: $1,100 honorium Allocated: $1,100. Marathon Allocations: 9/17/00 In attendance: Michelle Brown, Emma Jay Pete Summers (proxy Oscar Lopez), Lindey Luxa Shannon Dunn Cathy Heath, Julia Skapik. Third year to be appointed. All votes are unanimous with the exception of the chair who does not vote. Chair: Shannon Dunn box 137 sdunn5 @ Secretary: Cathy Heath box 481, cheath@virtu.sar .usf. edu Reserves 1. Security Reserve $6,000 2. Food Reseerve $5,000 3. Special Projects (instillation, play 4. Symposium $3,000 5. Speaker Reserve (for SAC only) $10,000 6. Balls, Wall s, and The me Parties $5 ,000 7. PCPs $3 000 8. Publicat i ons $5 000 9. Ras $5,000 total: $48,000 Allocations }.Organization: Ras Charles Ferrin (Cathy and Julia abstain) Requesting: $4,570 for activities Allocated: $1,370 2. Organization: Ben and Jerry's Devotion Society Lindsey Luxa (abstains) Requesting: $300 for two meet ings Allocated: $300 I N u 3. Organization: Jukebox Cheyanne SimonWilliams Requesting: $1,000 Allocated: Tabled due to fact that cost is unknown. 4.0rganization: Catalyst Kat Dow Requesting: $3,260 Allocated : $3,245 for printing and film 5.0rganization: NC Radical Cheerleaders Margie Requesting: $220 for paint and megaphone Allocated: $120 6 Organization: NC Bike Shop Shannon Dunn (abstains for vot ing) Requesting: $561.00 Allocated: $561.00 for tools and parts 7. Organization: SAC Shannon Dunn A11ocated: $50 8. Organization: Jon S p ector Prod u ctions J on Spect o r Reque s ting : $600 f or 11Attempt s on Her Life" Allocated: Tabled. 9.0rganization:Lighting Equipment Jo Requesting: $3,250 Allocated: Tabled. 10. Organization: New College Soccer Team RafaeV Ivan Requesting: $400 for league fee Allocated: $400 11. Organization: Four Winds Cafe Jessica Willis Requesting: $4,012.15 to pay off September 20 2000 E s loan Allocated: $4, 013 Total allocations: $10,059.00 Meeting: 9/18/00 In attendance: Julia Skapik, Cathy Heath (secretary), Shannon Dunn (chair), Pete Summers (proxy Oscar Lopez), Lindsey Luxa. All votes are unanimous with the exception of the chair who does not vote. 1. Organization: Camera Equipment Cathy Heath (abstains from voting) Requesting: $45 for bag and Tri-pod. Allocated: $45.00 2. Organization: Organic Gardening Jessie Noon Mosquera Requesting: $101.00 Allocated: $101.00 3. Organization: Studeents for a Jason Rosenberg Requesting: $9,885 for fees and a performance of monks. Allocated: $115.00 f or cop i es sup p lies, a nd chapter fee, rest t a bl ed. MacLab I PC TAs Kat Dow (Head TA) 10 hours a week at $5 15 Michael B o tz e nmayer 10 hours a week at $5.15 Equipment Room Jason Grimste 5 hours a week at $5.15 Wall TA Vijay (stipend of $100) for training a new TA. THE SAC NOW MEETS ON WEDNESDAY AT 9 PM IN HAM CENTER. TURN IN PROPOSALS BY 5 PM WEDNESDAYS TO BOX 137.


The Catal st 0 znzon Hollywood goes too far with Cell by Ben Ruby The the. new surrealist movie starring Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn, 1 occas10nally a very pretty movie. Mo t of the time it' a mora s ?f hor:or, a poorly together tableaux of grue orne images poorly unified m an pomt that_ is neither correct nor well thought out. If anyone had to see mov1es cen t?is would be one of the best argu m the1r Becau e of the ms1dtous nature of censorship, The Cell IS exactly the kind of harmful trickery that must be protected. But the fact t?at movies !ike this should be protected doesn't mean they should be seen. The Cellts the story young child-p ychiatri t who uses breakthrough technology to enter the mmd of a comatose serial killer and discover the whereabouts of his latest victim. Time is short becau e the unfortunate young woman is trapped in an automated cell that will eventually flood it self and drown her. The camera takes us into the killer's mind where we see horrible images of child abuse, torture, and vivi ection. The camera also tabs the victim. She is increasingly desperate and hopeles Her pn on occas10nally showers her with water to remind her of her eventual fate. This is .all part of her tormentor's cruel plan to suspend her agony as long as posst?le .. we, fortunate and passive voyeurs, get to ee all of thi 'J?e question ts not whether.or the things we see are disturbing. They certamly should be. The quest10n 1 whether or not there i any particular reason for us to ee them. Certainly violence in the movies can be enter but is a between good guys hooting bad guys and of ch1ld abuse. I doubt any movie could have a point that would JUstify such unplea ant and graphic imagery. E I e c t 0 n The first candidates named have been elect ed to the following posi tions: First Year SAC Representatives (2): Michelle Brown 119 Emma Jay 86 Eric "Nysis" Nowak 58 Lawrence Bodish 37 Analiz Rodriguez 18 95 Abstain Public Defender (1) Raj Ghoshal 62 Jeff Lundy 49 The following positions on the ballot will be filled by presidential appoint ment: International Studies doesn't movies can't take on serious or di turbing subject in a or artistic way. The Cell doe n't do anything like that. The clo est thmg the movie has to a point is the cene where the killer dies. (If you don't to movie ends, don't read any further.) We find out the IS dlvtded mto an abu ed little boy and a monstrous, orne maJestic creature that is respon ible for all the horrible sadistic thing killer has done. When the psychiatri t lures the both parties into her own mmd, she first appears as the Madonna. Then she kills the monster and in do'ng so, the little boy As the monster dies be whis ers "Me bo ." This then is the point of the movie. e killer has done awful thnlgs needs to be put down, but that doesn't mean he deserves to die without love. t--------------4 The image of Lopez as Mary, smiling beatifically down at the boy who in the real world of the movie is an evil man, is not nearly as deep as the film makers intended it to be. In fact it's a shallow attempt to link religious imagery to ridiculous pop-psychology. All this movie really succeeds in doing is implicating the audience in its own gory view of the world. It's ironic that a movie notable for its images should be so profoundly engaged in an anti-aesthetic trick. The viewer is made to be complicit in this un pleasantness because we don't know how else to react. For two hours our senses are assaulted with images of brutality and suffering. At the end, stumbling bleary eyed out of the theater, disoriented and slightly sick to their stomach, the average moviegoer may conclude that anything so unsettling can only be profol;lnd art. This is not the case. The Cell is a fraud in every respect. It is an attempt to present an ex tremely obvious and banal idea as a profound and subtle understanding. It is an attempt to present unnecessary images of brutality and violence as un flinching depictions of reality. The Cell tries to mix special effects, pseudo-intellectualism, and a blatantly inaccurate portrayal of the psychol ogy of a killer and come up with something serious. The result is a shallow series of horrific images that can only leave you a worse person than they found you. Again, the solution is not censorship of any kind. The solution is to be an active viewer. The passivity and receptivity that the modem world trains us into serve you well when you want to lose yourself in Star Wars: A New Hope, or a romantic comedy. But you shouldn't lose yourself in this movie. Disturbing images, even in a well-done movie like Silence of the Lambs, should always be signals to hold yourself back somewhat as a viewer. This is a movie you should have no problem walking out of, or turning off. There is simply no reason to watch this movie or movies like it. They are cheap attempts to jerk you around by showing you things that can't possibly be u eful or interesting, only horrible. So turn off The Cell, and rent The Rock, or Con Air. They're violent, but for the most part movies like them are cartoony, and stay within certain lines. The Cell not only crosses those lines, it targets your own squeamishness by showing things that should make you squeamish, assuming that you'll remember it's all a movie. 09.13.00 1:01 a.m. Noise complaint at Dort. Unfounded. 09.14.00 12:07 a.m. Water Leak at Pei Dorm East. 09.14.00 1:35 p.m. Stolen Bicycle Reported. 09.16.00 2:41 a.m. exit light pulled down in Dort. 09.17.00 8:40 a.m. A number of fire alarms began to go off in Dort and Goldstein, due to nearby hurricane. 09.17.00 9:35p.m. Non-student trespassed from the College Hall bayfront area. Se tember 20 2000 7 Results Committee (1) Housing Committee (1) Food Service Committee (2) Space Committee (1) If you have interest in fill ing the above positions, email Rachael Morris at Constitutional Amendment (2/3 majority required for passage) Addition of the following to the anti-discrimination clause of the Preamble: ... on the basis of, but not limited to, age, ancestry, sex, gender identity, appearance, sexual ori entation, (dis)ability ... NO RESULTS PROVIDED Contribution Guidelines A ous articles, letters 8Dd/or editorials, or an opinion that is intended to 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. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions range in length from 25050Uwords. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest columnists do not necessar ily represent the views of tne Cataly_st, but rather opinions of which we feel tlie New College commu nity should be made aware. Guest columns mry range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be turned into box 75 or e-mailed to, -


8 The Catalyst Career News Thursday, September 21, 12:10 PM Information Session: USF International Study Programs & Financial Aid for Study Ab r oad, Hamilton Center Fishbowl: Find out about affordable programs in over 30 c ountries Bring your lunch if you like. "Some men hunt for sport... Some men hunt for food ... But the only thing I'm hunting for, is an outfit that looks good ... SIGN-UP FOR THE USF/NEW COLLEGE BOWLING TOURNA MENT! "See ... my ... vest! See my vest! Made of real gorilla c h est." SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH FROM 1:00-3:30p.m. AT RIP VAN WINKLE LANES! Accepting sign-ups throughout the month of September. Participation is limited to 50 persons, so preference will be given to c u rrently e nr olled USF and New C o ll e g e s tu dent s (Staff and Faculty will be allowed t o participate on a space-available basis) You may sign-up via e-mail, or come by the Fitness Center and sign the enrollment sheet. Persons of ALL skill levels are en couraged to participate! "Feel my sweater; there's no better than authentic Irish setter!" "To Amelia Roxan Bird. 111 never forget that night I saw my 1st shoot ing star with you. I couldn't have asked for it to be any more perfect." Announcement s (Amelia, if you know what the hell this is all about, you can e-mail cata for this fellow's email address. He certainly seems to miss you.) "And this hat, 'twas my cat. My evening wear, vampire bat ... The Origami Club meets pretty regu larly, Wednesdays at5:30 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 359-4 4 61. .. These white sli p pers were a l bino Mrican en d angered r h ino ... Information Session: USF International Study Programs & Financial Aid for Study Abroad Thursday, September 21, 12:10 p.m., Hamilton Center Fishbowl. B rin g y our l un ch if y o u l ik e. ... Grizzly bear underwear; of tur tle's necks I have my share. Beret of poodle, on my it shall rest!" BURNS COURT CINEMA: All NC students are members of the Sarasota Film Society! Go see a movie for the discount price of $4.50, and get free popcorn refills Mrnrnmm. Popcorn. ... Try my red robin suits, they come one breast or two! See my vest! See my vest!! See my vest!!!" HOMOCOMING! Saturday, September 30 at College Hall. For students and the community. Didn't feel quite like you fit in at your high school dance? Come to this one, and help make it fabulous! "Like my loafers? Former gophers!" MODEL$! Boys or girls, nude or not. Earn $8 an hour. Call 358-7163 for more info, or drop a note in box 293. "It was that or skin my chauffeurs." NADER 2000 the Green Party: A winning alternative. Florida Campaign office: 850-474-1495. Find out more about Nader/Laduke at http : // Remember. those floppy frisbees? Do you remember what they were CALLED? We can't. please let us know. It's driving us batshit. E-mail and re cieve eternal gratitude. "... But a greyhound-fur tuxedo would be best ... Need help with you pap er but can t make it to the W ri tin g Re s ource C en t e r during regular hours? Just lo g on to the spiffy new virtual WRC, at http:/ /webboard.sar. t ingcenter alld ex erience writing consultation without the has sle of going to the library. "So let's prepare th o se dogs ... Hate FAGGOTS ? Neither do we! Help New College register over 50% of our student body as gay-friendly voters! This will: earn us gay friendly status with Equality Florida, and help us to maintain our status as most gay-friendly college in Florida. Register at Ham Center during lunch/dinner. Don't have to be 18 don't have to be a Florida resident or September 20, 2000 previously registered. ("Kill two for matching clogs!") 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 story on each page. Include a cover sheet with your name, ad d r e ss, phone numbe r campus, maj o r and the title o f your wo r k. First prize is $250, sec ond p rize i s $100, and third is $100 N o t to men tion the priceless feeling o f accomplishment. The dea dlin e i s October 13, so a ct fast! Mail yo ur e n t ry to N i ela E liason 636 15 t h A ve N E., St. Peters bur g F L 3704 Phone:72 7 -823-4877 e-mail niela@prodig y .net vi s i t the webs i te: for mor e i nformation. See my vest see my vest, o h please, won't you SEEEE my VEST!!! meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Fishbowl. All ar e welcom e. I r e ally like the vest! "I gathe r ed t hat sir. Play "ANNOUNCEMENTS CHANCE!" If your sign is posted close enough to the Pub Office by Sunday evening, it'll make it into the Catalyst! Free publicity, kids .... The Catalyst cond o nes t h e nee dl e ss slaughter only o f cartoon anim als. (Die P i k a c h u d ie!) Bioluminescent phytoplankton light up students' (night)life by David Savarese Bioluminescent phytoplankton, being rampant just off our Sarasota shores, have become a fa vored late-night viewing escapade these past few weeks. Students on this campus seem to be extra ordinarily interested in having little glowing creatures swim against their un-clothed flesh. Is it the love of scientific organic study, the sociologi cal interests of observing peer interaction within the New College culture, the "pretty, pretty" floating lights or just the opportunity of seeing naked people that compels students to gq to Siesta Key and Lido Beach at two in the morning? The an swer lies within the individual, but the organic biochemical phenomenon seems to bring joy to groups of us who really should be studying. Phytoplankton are actually very fascinating crea tures. They are cool enough to "rock [ChrisAltes'] face off." "[Phytoplankton) are the basis of the food webs," as stated in the fact-filled website Hamilton Harbour s "Fun with Phytoplankton (http:/ / i olog y /h ar bor). These cool, photosynthesizing microscop i c bad boys are also "the primary producers of o x ygen and organic matter in aquatic habitats. Of course all phytoplankton doesn't glow, but the cool pop culture kind does The reason that these happy tiny creatures glow in our bay and our gu l f is that they as stated on "The Bioluminescence Web Page" ( is to: "create a large energy quantum by a chemical process with a recombination of radicals particu larly oxide or hydroperoxide radicals, and excitation by this energy of some energy level of the luminescent molecule leading to decay of cbemiexcited species to the electronic ground state. This decay is accompanied by the emission of a photon, producing the light we observe." After topping his brain off with incomprehensi bl e facts o n phy toplankton this reporter headed t o t h e beach l a s t Saturd ay night w i th a group o f excited No v o C o lleg i ans. Amidst the squeal s o f de l ight were the s e various utterances: "Oh my God!" "Eeeeeeee! Does it eat humans? Yes Agggggggghhhhh! "Ohhhhhhhh .. and [The phytoplankton] is so pretty, I want to marry it! All this happiness and joy was great fun but it seemed strange there were no bioluminescent phytoplankton in the water that night. First-year Audrey Troutt, just before she was stealthfully assassinated, stated that the fish in the bay ''were j umping and glowing green. It was ab solutely beautiful." Many students at New College support the idea that phytoplankton are cool. So if you see someone sitting down by the bay with a stick stirring the water, don't make fun of him or her. Sit a while and enjoy the curious of nature. ...

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