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THE Volume X/111 Issue 7 We kid because we care April 41 2001 Gender and Diversit ens, will expand in coming months by David Savarese The gender and diversity organizations have gone though quite a struggle to obtain a secure area to kick up their feet Now that they have one, that is exactly what they aren't going to do Seven years ago, a group of students calling themselves the Gender Studies Collective began to gather all of their material and put them in a small room adjacent to the New O>llege Thesis Room. ThL<> small, closet-like has grown, moved and changed many times over the years. Finally, together with the Diversity Circle they have established a plush sitting room close to Ham Center in the east half of the old mailroom. Now they can more than simply share read ing materials; the Gender and Diversity Center is a place ripe for presentations and meetings that will enable our student body to embrace the ideas of social unity, gender re lations and community divexsity. Alumni Carly Earnshaw fust -year K.:m Larson and second-y ear M yriamAivarcz all p layed a key role in establishing the present day Div Center. o O>Ucgians often hold the ideas of diversity close to their heart, and the etiort<> of many alumni
2 The Catalyst NEWS OF THE WORLD April 4, 2001 by Jagdeep Gabriel Davies U.S. spy plane, Chinese fighter collide A U.S. Navy spy plane with 24 crew members aboard collided Sunday over the South China sea with a Olinese jet fighter sent 10 intercept it The Chinese plane crashed and the American ain..1aft made an landing on a Chinese island The fate of the Chinese pilot wa un known. The American cre:w was reported 10 be uninjured and safe at a military airfield on the Otinese island of Hainan. The Bush administration said diplo matic efforts were under way to gain release of the crew and their EP-3EAries II aircraft. It's a four-engine turboprop loaded with highly classified equipment capable of intercepting radar, radio, telephone signals and other electronic emic;sions. directed that the standard be set at 10 parts per billion. The Bush administra tion ays it will withdraw the Clinton standard, which would have taken ef fect later this year. Health and environmental groups have been campaigning ince 1996 to reduce the standard. The EPA acted as part of a court settlement after the National Academy of Sciences found in 1999 that arsenic in drinking water can cause bladder, lung and skin cancer, and might cau c liver and kidney can cer. Locke said Bush's action is ju t the latest in his "anti-environmental initia tives." "Tvvo days later, the president an nounced that he thought our national parks, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, have great potential for oil drilling," the governor said ... We urge the president in the strongest terms to protect our environment."' Study challenges crack babies Chinese officials blamed the United States for the crash, and U.S. defense offi cials responded with warnings that the Chinese should not enter 1he top-secret aircraft, which the Americans insisted was "sovereign tenitory." The "crack baby"' phenomenon is overblown, according to a study that Bush over arsenic rules suggests poverty and the use of cigaPresident Bush is leading a strategic rettes, alcohol and other drugs while assault on the environment after he anpregnant are ju t as likely as cocaine to nounced plans to rescind a Ointon-era cause developmental problems in chil regulation limiting the amount of ardren. senic allowed in drinking water, a The study follows last week's rllllillil'iciillllllemiiiior .. lisiailldilliSajltuilridaliyi.l.k.o Supreme Court ruling barring public Bush is in the pocket of big business for drugs and giving lhe results to poand is taking his cues from the energy lice without consent. That case industry. involved a South Carolina hospital's 'It is the wealthy donors and the now-abandoned drug-testing policy, depedal interests that helped put him in signed to stop pregnant women from the White House who want to loosen harming fetuses by using crack. It re environmental controls," Locke said in suited in 30 arrests. the Democrats' weekly radio address. This analysis appears in .. As a result, their problems are his Wednesday's Journal of the American pro.blems, and the environmental reguMedical Association. In an accompany latiOns that are m tbeir way, are m hts mg ed1tonal, Dr. Wendy Chavkin of way too." Columbia University said the crack The current arsenic standard, set in baby "has become a convenient symbol 1942, allows a maximum of 50 parts for an aggressive war on drug users beper billion. Last year, the cause of the implication that anyone Environmental Protection Agency rec-who is selfish enough to irreparably reducing that to 5 parts per a child for the sake of a quick btlhon as demanded by many environhtgh deserves retribution." mentalists, but President Clinton "This image, promoted by the mass CATALYST media, makes it easier to advocate a simplistic, punitive response than to ad dress the complex causes of drug use," she said. Bush angers Europe by eroding pact on global warming European leaders frequently bristle about American behavior, but President Bush's abrupt decision this week to abandon a treaty on global warming ha provoked even more than the usual level of anger and frustration. "Irresponsible," "arrogant," even "sabotage" are just a few of the charges that Europeans have leveled at Mr. Bu h since he announced his refusal to follow through on the treaty, the Kyoto Protocol. And European Union repre sentative will take their ca e in favor o.f the accord to Wa hington on Monday, though their arguments are not expected to prevail. Europeans are angry that the United States appears oblivious to widespread environmental concerns across most of Europe. They are frustrated that the United States, by virtue of its size, can undermine a treaty that was negotiated by more than 100 countries. Dominique Voynet, France's minis ter for the environment, called Mr. Bush's decision "completely provoca tive and irresponsible" and warned the United States against "continuing the cided to embrace the goals of the kyoto agreement on their own. Le Monde, the French daily newspaper, caUed Mr. Bush's decision "a brutal form of uni lateralism." In London, The Independent reported that "history will not judge George Bush kindly." When Mr. Bush met with the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, in Washington on Thursday, Kyoto formed a central disagreement. .. We will not do anything that harms our economy, because first things first are the people who live in America," Mr. Bush said. This kind of America-first sentiment prompted sharp criticism from the European Union Commission president, Romano Prodi "If one wants to be a world leader, one must know how to look after the entire earth and not only American industry," the former Italian prime minister told La Repubblica newspaper. High Court Mulls "Medical Necessity" for Marijuana Providers I Avoids Federal Supremacy Question Supreme Court justices heard arguments for the fir t time today on whether orgauizations or individuals who violate federal marijuana laws may raise the defense of "medical necessity" to avoid a criminal conviction. Lawyers for the Justice Department appea l ed a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision rendered in July that stipulates there ex ists a class of patients who benefit medically from marijuana, and that they should not face federal criminal penalties for using it. The Ninth Circuit decision added that this legal protection should also extend to organizations that supply such patients with marijuana. Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules, state laws allowing quali fied patients to use marijuana medicinally remain afely intact. Since 1996, nine states Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washingtonhave adopted legislation exempting patients who use marijuana under their doctor's supervision from criminal penal ties ..llDdet s\a.le. law o .da.te feder offi cials have not challenged the legality of any of those measures. Justice Department officials did initially threaten to sanction physicians who recommended marijuana to their pa tients in accordance with state law. However, a federal court enjoined the government from doing so, finding that a physician's right to discuss marijuana therapy with a patient is constitution ally protected. Sources: The New York Times, Salon.com, and Yahoo.com. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http: //www.s ar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Max Campbell Copy Editor Zac Konkol Managing Editor Michael Sanderson Photographer Crystal Frasier 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 PowerMacintosb and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. 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. Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed to email@example.com. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Web Editor Kathryn Dow Alleged Staff Writers Ben Ruby, Darren Guild, Henry Belanger, Ryan McConnik Price, Esq., Zak Beck, Anna Maria Diaz-Balart, David Savarese, Jagdeep Gabriel Davies, Miss Valeri!.' Mojciko Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org. usf edu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. All must be received by 5:00p.m. m order to appear in the following week's lSSUe. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.
The Catalyst Cohen Brothers' latest an epic of dark comedy by Zak Beck 0 Brother, Where Art Thou? is prob ably going to be the only movie thatTll have enjoyed seeing in the theatres for some time, though this opinion could be a symptom of those afflicted by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. For fans of the Co en brother earlier work, in cluding films such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and The Hudsucker Proxy, 0 Brother is more than a movie: it is an epic. For others, it might be funny in parts, disturbing in others and some thing that you will probably never watch again. Whether you are going to like the film or not depends on how much you liked Barton Fink. If you have never heard of it, you probably won't like the movie. Those who recognize the title of this obscure, early film by the Coen brothers will like it. Basically, it will never be the mainstream success that was Fargo, though there is definitely a lot more to it. The title, 0 Brother, Where Art Thou?, comes from the Preston Sturges film Sullivan's Travels and, not surpris ingly, the Coens' latest feels like a Sturges comedy much of the time. It follows the story of three convicts who escape from a chain gang in circa 1937 Mississippi. Not too subtly implied (it is announced during the opening cred its), the story is based loosely on Homer's The Odyssey, the epic tale of Ulysses trying to find his way home. Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), with his unlikely compan ions Pete (John Turturro) and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), are beset by blind Oracles, one-eyed Bible salesmen and a demon disguised as a justice--crazed sheriff. The best part of most Coen brothers' films is the dialogue, and the smoothtalking Everett McGill nicely fits the role. However, the banter between characters, the stuff from which great Batman comics comes from, is almost totally absent. McGill's companions are not nearly as well-spoken or witty and most of their tend to be with tereotypical morons from the deep South. The result is a more muted type of humor than found in their other films, such as The Big Lebowski (which averaged about three 'f' words a minute). The music in the film is extremely well-crafted, setting a very believable mood with its mix of bluegrass, hymns and slave songs. In fact, music is one of the major themes in the film. It is so ev ident that it may even be classified as a psuedo-musical, if that were even a real word. The cinematography is also very good, even slightly experimental, a thread that runs through all of the From the Archives ,. Many first years may have beard of the legendary Fetish Ball, but probably don't know what to expect, or think it will be another overhyped Palm Court Party. With Fetish Ball upcom ming., the Catal st resents this past coverage of Fetish Ball, orginally printed December 5, 1995. Fonner Catalyst Editor Rocky Swift became the Business Editor of the Charlotte Sun Herald before moving to Japan to teach En.gL_ish. FETISH BALL: GOOD CLEAN FUN April 4, 2001 3 Coens' films. However, this film is not for every one. With Coyote Ugly opening as well as it did, and otbers such as Tomcats following it, 0 Brother may not be up to the caliber that most people expect. Simply put, if you don't like the movie, then you are stupid and have bad taste (though you also probably make more money than I do). ewer [ans of the Coens' earlier works might be disap pointed with the humor and the setting. The die-hard, never-look-back fanatics who happen to watch the films will think that it is a success, possibly one of the best films ever, and will eagerly await more I, personally, thought it was worth the horrific price of a movie ticket ( I do believe that the only way the theatres get away with it is they are run either by aliens or the mob). Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, \etters and/or editoriot an o-pinion tb.at _\s tbe Editor shoul be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum fo r free advertising. C on tribution : A factual ar ti cle written by someone not on staff. Contributions sh:ould be informative and pertment to the interests of New College students as a Contnbutions may range m length from 250-5UO words. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest msts do not necessan ly represent the views the Catalyst, but rather optmons of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest columns m
4 The Cata/ st From the Environmental Club: Earth Day shindig to be held on April 22! The main event will be held Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Events will include workshops, lec ture series, music and dance, a movie, and a drum circle Food will also be provided For more informa tion, contact Michelle Conner at 355-6834, or e-mail terrademe terOl@hotmail.com. Now playing at the Sainer Pavilion: Wedne day, April 4 Martinu Sextet 9:30am Bach Branden 5 11 :30arp Mendel Piano Quartet 2:30pm Thur day, April 5 Martinu Sextet 9:30am Bach Branden 5 -!1:30am Editors' disc/amer: These SAC minutes are real. No April Foolin on our part. Member in attendance: Shannon Dunn (chair), Lindsey Luxa ( ecretary), Emma Jay, Jag Davies (proxy for Eric N owa k ), A dam R ive r R ob Ward, Ju lia Skapik and Ca andra Tannenbaum quest was made by Michelle Conner on behalf of the New College Environmental Club, requesting $2000 for an Earth Day shindig; to be held Sunday, April 22nd from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The money requested would fund food for cooking (by vegetarian chel), catering, publicity, tent rental and comedian costs. The club i wil ing to sacritke the comedian (not literally) from their since that is a large chunk of the money requc. ted ( 700). There \\iII be 10 workshops and i, lc turcr at thee cnt. In tead of a tent, the S.A.C. suggested rc erving College Hall for the c ent or talking to the Diver ity Committee (Myriam Alvarez) who will he u. ing a tent at the hay front on April 21st. The S.A.C. also would like the Environmental Club to search for cheaper food. We feel like the chef is a really great idea so we will definitely fund that, but the other meals we feel arc unnecessary and WAY too much food. We think money for nacks i more reasonable ($200). We defi nitely don't think the comedian is worth funding. $700 i a lot of money to fund somebody that probably not to many people have heard of. You did a great job at finding free peaker Julia made a motion to allocate $300 from the food reserve ($100 for the chef and $200 for snacks) and the motion was unanimously approved. Julia also made a motion to allocate $30 for flyer and decoration The motion was unani mou ly approved. For the re t of the ANNOUNCEMENTS A ril 4, 2001 Mendel Piano Quartet 2:30pm Pre-concert Lecture 4:30pm Friday, April 6 Bach Branden 5 9:30am Mendel Piano Quartet !0:30am Martinu Sextet-11:30am Letter to the Editor: SAC got NORML's mission wrong Saturday, April 7 Bloch Piano Quintet 9:30am Debu sy Biliti 11 :30am Mozart Quintet2:30pm Pre-concert Lecture 4:30pm Sunday, Apnl 8 Mozart Quintet9:30am Debussy Biliti. 11 :OOam Bloch Piano Quintet 2:00pm Brahms Trio 4:00pm I am writing regarding the March 21st Cataly t. On page 8, in the SAC minutes, it i stated that New College NORML is an organization for mari uana legalization. This i not true, and is an unfortunate misrepresenta tion of fact. NORML is the National Organization for the Reform of M