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Volume XIII, Issue 8 we'll print anything New College still part of USF, but bill is moving by Kathryn Dow ew College is now officially sepa rated from USF. What happens now'! Don't w dcseiV to k ?" The igns were not an April Fool' joke or an attempt to incite discw sion about Senate Bill 0086, which would es tablish ew College a a separate, independent entity of the state university system, and more au n my to USF t Sarasota/Manatee. The signs were, in fact. an honest mistake. Titree stu nt! who ked not to be id ntified, put the signs up last Friday night. According to Student X. Mathematics Pat McDonald had told Student Y that ew College wac; officially independ nt ftom US Student Y told Students X and Z. Up.;et that no tud seemed to kJ w anything about it, that night they decided to post igns-signs which caused a fair bit of conf'w ion and some amount of McDonald told my Calc class that the Senate had voted and we were scpamted after our problem SCiiSion last Wedoosday. We tried to check on th Senate webpagc but it was do\i 11 friday night I assumed that he knew what he was talking about, but apparently som ne told him a com mittee hatl pas.scd it and he thought the entire Senate had We did not mean to confuse everyone. We just thought that people 1 uld know what wac; going on with their school.'' On Monday, McDonald told the Cutalyst that the student-; had miscon .trued his tatement. "I said that separati n, as far as the state Senate is concerned, is a done deal,'' he said. lie added that he was baring hi opinion with not staring hard facts about the legislation. In an e-mail respo to the Caial:yst, 'CSA co-pre ident Molly Robinson wrote about the original signs, "I think 1. 1 ff Profe:;sor Dimino show d photogr Eudora Welty took when working for the Missi:; ippi Works Progres\ Administration. Photos courte:!.y Prufe sur Andrea Dimino. by Anna Maria Oiaz-Balart "One million mega ton. of narrative energy"', is how Professor Andrea Dimino described Eudora Weltv' 1970 novel Losing Battles. The novel i the subject of Dimino's current research which was howcased March 21 a part of the New College Faculty Lecture Scrie I ler I ee l re focu ed on her analysis of narrative structure in the novel and a recounting of some crucial, and often hum rous, ele m nts of the story. Through the cour: e of the lcclute, she outlined the different cctions of the book, di cu sing th different narrative tmc tures. Welty's writing featured, a Dimino put it, "exciting things," featuring women characters, ncv plot, and distinctly outhern humor. Dimino's intere tin Welty's work can be traced back to her research on William F ulkner, .,; hich began in the 1970 The tudy of narrative in Welty' writing was a natural link to her Faulkner work, of which narrati e. humor and intertextuality were important parts. One of the things that interest d her wa the different ways in which Welty treated family and gender i ue, in her writing. To Dimino it was clear that "there were powerful thing. going on in how Welty developed her nar rative.'' In an inter"F.E' )IMII o" PAGE 5 April 11, 2001 Dueling Opinions Independence: yea or nay? Splitting away from USF would bring New College new opportunitie but would also rc. ult in new threats to our way of life. See in ide for two different arguments dis cu: ing this mo t complicated of issues. 0PJNJO PAGE 7 Get a job without selling out I there life after ew College? Can a ew College tudent survive in the 9-5 world that looms beyond our cozy campu ? Assistant Coordinator of the Career Center Cathy Cuthbert on went to tud nts to gather their thoughts on these and other strcs -inducing 1 ue CONTRJBCITION, PAGE 6 ergeant Vickers: the man, the myth, the legend Wherefore art thou. Sergeant Vicker '! A Vickers by any ther name would smell as sweet. Or would he? One Catalyst writer con ider. the e questions, and more, in a portrait of the life and time of thi notabl campu figure. STORY. PAGE 5 entertainment Are you a urvivor'? More im portantly, do you have what it take to be a true Survivor fan? Staff writer David avarese pre. ent his view on "the mo t important televi ion how in the hi tory of mankind." EsTERTAJNME. 'T, PAGH 4


2 The Catalyst BY DARREN GUILD Tension with China continues A top ecret American spy plane collided with a Chinese military fighter on April 1 and has become the focus of an international standoff between the two countries. Both countries have traded accusations over blame for the incident. The Pentagon stated that China intercepted the U.S. aircraft in an "unsafe manner," and China stated that the U.S. plane had "violated flying reg ulations." After the mid-air collision, the U.S. plane, a Navy EP-3 Aries II, made an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan. None of the 24 crew members were reported injured. The U.S. is calling for the return of the plane and crew and expressed concern that China might be inspecting the air craft, an action considered illegal under International law. "This is a very, very sensitive piece of equipment and one the U.S. will not want sitting in Chinese territory," aviation expert Jim Eckes commented. China has assured the U.S. that both the crew and the plane are safe, but it bas been reluctant to return the plane without investigating the matter further. They have also demanded the U.S. apologize for the crash and discontinue spy plane missions over their territory. The responsibility fully lies with the American side. We have full evidence for that," President Jiang Zemin said. Talks are ongoing about this matter between the two superpowers. President Bush said "every day that goes by increases the potential that our relations with China could be dam aged." There is no indication of a solu tion to come, however, as both sides are in a standoff. China is demanding an official apology, mostly for the fighter plane that was lost and crew member who is presumably dead, and the U.S. refusing to go beyond expressing regret over the incident. Meanwhile the crew members have been in contact with the U.S. and their families and are reported to be NEWS OF THE WORLD April 11, 2001 held in good conditions. Senate shows independent thinking First, on Monday, they reformed Bush's campaign finance reform. Then, ending last weeks session, they passed a budget plan that would scale back Bush's tax cut. Instead of following the President's lead, the 50-50 senate has shown it has a mind of its own. Senator John B. Breaux, a conservative Democrat from Louisiana had this to say about the week's decisions. "In a 50-50 Senate, bir-partinanship is not just a theory. It's a reality. It's a neces sity if you are going to get anything done." The Florida recount continues The Miami Herald and USA Today released the results of a statewide examination of more than 60,000 Florida ballots that did not reg ister a clear vote for president. Unfortunately, even this effort has turned out to be unclear. The final result depends on how the ballots are classified and whether the votes from partial recounts are included. There is also the question of the more than 110,000 ballots that could not be reproduced when The Herald reexamined the ballots last winter. The Herald and USA Today expect to report sometime next month on their analysis of these ballots,. most of which are mar ed or two can idates. here is also another baJlot counting operation underway by a larger media consor tium. Dark Energy and Einstein It seems as though the scientif ic genius of Albert Einstein could be viewed as even greater, if that is possi ble. New astronomical evidence has suggested that one of Einstein's theo ries, one he actually denounced as "too weird," is potentially true. Einstein's theory was that empty space is not quite empty, but contains a kind of invisible energy. This energy causes galaxies to repel one another rather than attract. Circus clowns in danger of being sued? In London, circus clowns were told to take out custard pie insurance to avoid the risk of being sued by specta tors who failed to see the joke. The request was made by Clowns International at its annual convention. "With an increasingly litigation crazy public, the ethics and legal implications of 'splatting' and 'sloshing' are expected to be hotly debated under the Big Top." As of yet, no clown has been sued by the recipient of a face-full of custard, but the organization fears it may be just a matter of time. Martin "Zippo" Burton, the groups honorary vice-president, said pie-facing activities should be restricted to fellow clowns and celebrities. times a month. In several cases mem ory scores worsened over the course of a year. One of the study's coauthors, Dr. Konstantine K. Zakzanis of the University of Toronto, said this is "pre liminary evidence" that long-term users of ecstasy may experience memory problems. Dr. Zakanis admitted, how ever, that there is yet evidence to say that using the drug once or twice in a lifetime causes progressive or perma nent memory loss. Previous research has tentatively linked ecstasy to reduced levels of seratonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood, memory, and other functions. Bush Budget Comes Under Fire President Bush released the details of his $1.96 trillion budget on Monday, trimming funds to protect the environ ment, train doctors and put more police MIA search team killed in crash on the street in a drive to curb spending. Six people died in a helicopter crash The budget is completes the picture that on April 7 in Vietnam while searching Bush gave Congress on 28th with his for the remains of Americans missing in 10-year $1.6 trillion tax cut while hold action from the Vietnam War. The ing growth on spending outside Pentagon reported seven U.S. troops mandatory benefits programs to 4 per and nine Vietnamese dead in the accicent. dent. The joint U.S.Vietnamese team Democrats criticized the budget for had been doing advance work for excaculling programs-including funds to vations to recover the remains of train health-care workers and project to Americans listed as MIA. hire police officer initiated by Bill Technical problems and hazy Clinton-saying Americans would feel weather have been cited as possible the consequences of such measures. mg e eras .. aut on te ve c i ren e in e envi nme eexpressed concern about the reported hind and access to health care behind-in looting of the wreck. A local order to pay for huge tax breaks for the Vietnamese newspaper said that a resimost fortunate," said Senator Jon dent stole nearly 1000 lbs. of wreckage Corzine, a New Jersey Democrat. from the helicopter after it crashed. An Bush has countered saying, "It's a official of the commune where the helibudget that protects taxpayers, protects copter crashed, however, called this an children, protects our surplus. It's a exaggeration. "Some children took litbudget that recognizes there are some tie pieces away but we have been able good programs here in Washington that to get all those things back." need to be funded. This budget funds Ecstasy Use may Impair Memory Regular use of the increasingly pop ular drug ecstasy may impair memory, Canadian researchers reported. The study used 15 people aged 17 to 31 who took the stimulant an average of 2.4 our needs without the fat." Part of Bush's argument is that the country needs tax cuts to pull the economy out of a downturn. Information taken from The New York Times and CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:/ /www.sar. General Editor Max CampbeU Copy Editor Zac Konkol Managing Editor Michael Sanderson Web Editor Kathryn Dow Staff Writers Photographer Crystal Frasier Ben Ruby, Darren Guild, Henry Belanger, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Zak Beck Anna Maria Diaz-Balart, David Savarese, Jag Davies, Valerie Mojeiko The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Pbotoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosb 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 catalyst@virtu.sar. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or s.tyle. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. 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The Catalyst NEWS Marriott server down, up, etc. by Ben Ruby Thursday March 22 the hard drive to the central computer that processes food card transactions crashed. New College stu?ents returned from spring break to fmd that every time they bought somethmg from the Marriott Food Services, they had to give their box number in addition to their food card. It was not until last Wednesday April 4, that the computer system fully repaired. It took a few days after that for all the transactions to be entered into the computer, and for things to re turn to normal. The computer that went down lo cated in the office of Marriott Manager Jerry Dixon, did not go down for a particularly complicated technical reason. "The hard drive died," Dixon explained. "It didn't spin, and it didn't lock into it's gears as we took people's card numbers and their box numbers for v_erification." The computer proved re Sistant to software solutions and had to be shipped physically to the special systems division of the SodexhoMarriott Corporation, where they gave it new drivers and shipped it back. Dixon pointed out, "As bad as it was, it definitely could have been a lot worse. It was great; the computer com pleted a backup before it died. We were able to retrieve data off of the back up disk." The backup disk held information about student's food card balances up to March 22. After the computer was re paired five Marriott employees spent 4-5 hours apiece entering in the trans action from the time the computer had been down. On Friday they had bal everything to the last penny. Dtxon commented, "There was a very small handful of bad transactions. Less than two percent out of over 1 000 transactwns. It was such a small num-ber that they were probably legitimate errors. With the things that are said about students these days I think this is rean y supportive." The computer crash did not affect students too adversely. When asked about the computer crash second-year Andrew Jay responded, "Oh, there was a computer crash?" Third-year Christy McCullough said, "Well, other than the extra ten sec onds waiting in the Marriott line it didn't rock my world that much." 3 The offending computer, located in General Manager Jerry Dixon's office Second-year June Gwalthney said, been taken to insure nothing similar I felt really sorry for all the Marriott happens in the future, and that student who had to enter all the with questions about their balance numbers mto the computer, but it did should talk to him. not affect my life." Dixon stressed that measures had Residence Life undertakes "social norms" marketing campaign by Anna Residence Life wants to know what you're doing, but not for reasons you might think. Currently, a survey is being circulated through classes at New College. The survey focuses on student heath and wellness issues. The survey, and the research project that is a part of, is overseen by Lindsey Dedow, the act ing coordinator of residence life, who has a doctorate in psychology. Results of the survey, called the Campus Health and Wellness Survey, will be u ed in a two-part campaign to. promote wellness among students, faculty and staff. The survey was adapted from a sur vey used by the University of Arizona. jFROM "LEGISLATION" PAGE 1 are false or 2 causing confusion because people believe they are true." Convincing or confus ing, the signs certainly did not go unnoticed. They prompted response signs, posted Saturday by NCSA secretary Titus Jewell. The response signs read, "As of April 7, 2001 New College is not independent The bill which would make New College indepen dent has passed one conunittee and one subcommittee. It has yet to pass the Senate, the House, and escape the Governor's veto. Please attend next week's town meeting to learn more." The bill itself was introduced in the Florida Senate on March 7, where it was referred to the Education Committee, the national New College survey ask about beliefs and behaviors, like the other surveys; however, they have been tailored to ad dress New College student life. Survey topics include alcohol, tobacco, drug use, sexuality and mental and physical health. The first reason for the survey is to find out which issues are of greatest im portance to students. Residence life will use the results of the survey to better guide their programs. The survey will be used, as Dedow put it, "to figure what is going on out there." The second purpose for the survey is Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, the Appropriations Corrunittee, and the Rules and Calendar Committee. It passed the Education Conunittee by a 10-1 vote on March 20, and the Appropriations subcom mittee on Education by a 7-0 vote on April 3. It is now waiting in the wings of the Appropriations committee. If it passes in all the committees, it will go to the Senate. If it passes in the Senate, it will go through much the same process in the House before being handed over to the Governor, who will either sign it or veto it A Town Meeting to discuss the legisla tion has been called, and General Heiser, who has come out in favor of the split, has been invited As of Monday, the Town approach to education pelling inaccurate perceptions of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. This sur vey will be used to how the positive behavior that many students engage in. This approach is a change from the scare tactics used in many education programs in the 1980s. Those programs focused on the negative consequences of unhealthy behavior, but did little to actively encourage other choices. The social norms marketing campaign is late to arrive at New College. It has been used in many places since the late 1980s. Meeting was scheduled for tomonow at 6. Jewell commented, "I think people are over reacting General Heiser says he doesn't expect the bill to pass Wltil May ... I think we'll have plenty of time to talk about it, though I don't think we're really in a position to do anything about it." Whether or not it eventually passes, New College students can go to the Florida Legislature's webpage at m and track Senate Bill 0086. There is also some disa.Jssion taking place on the e-forum, and tomonow's town meeting shouJd prove to be, if nothing else, lively. suits wUJ be worked into many programs coordinated by Residence Life. The results will be ordered in rather genera) areas, such as on-campus and off-campus students, first-year and last-year students, and a few topics will al o be ordered by gender. The survey is being administered to a random sam pling of students. Questions regarding the survey can be addressed to Dr. Lindsey Dedow and Dr. Mike Campbell, both at the Residence Life Office located in First Court Pei. New College is now officially separated from USF. Don't we desetve to know? The text that caused so much confusion


NEWS April 11, 2001 week rai es awareness of alcohol, poisoning by 1is Valerie Lynn 1oj iko ''[ 'tudent A1 is constant! pa sang out." aid fir l-year Carol. n Gros man of her o crvations on campu alcohol a u c. "{ tudent B) i t:On t. ntly rolling round on the floor .. I know other p opl \\ ho ju. t ntmuousl; omit.'' 'he add d, "My mother told m that 1 should moke put instead of drinkin r bccm. e il i le s addictive.'' Tv:o day. after the rein tateme.nt of Drunk FunTue day on Apnl 3, Parkvicw P ycholog Residents Beth Muller and Larry Mark descended upon th cafeteria at lunch and _dinner time bearing the Alcohol c Dtsorders Id ntification Tc t. tudents pondered over qu :lion. like ''How many drink. do you nsume in a typi al \ eek?" nd "I low often do you expericnc guilt aner drinking?" first-year Chris Alles was one of the targets. "I'm curious of\; hal they have to say" he aid. "I'm sitting here any way I might as well do this." The urvey were an outr ach effort for ational Alcohol creening Day, by David avare Survivor is the mo. t important tele vi ion show in the history of mankind. A ocio-culturaJ thriller with hunks and babe to boot, this popular "lour day night event plays a huge role in the live of many and the heart of few. What does it take to be a true Survivor fan? It i not intellectual trength or tru tworthy character. It doe. n't take the charisma of a miling celebrity, or the trength of Pat McDonald or the Delgado brothers. AJl it take i a tele vi ion, a case of beer and maybe a pizza which was Ia. t Thur day. Informational video:-., pamphlet, key chains and magnet were pro ided in addition to the ;lcohol a sessment. The survey gath red data for national li tics center and re ealed pos tble personal alcohol problem to the partic"I feel like people hen ecm to be very re pon ible drinker:; first vear Jaclvn Bergamino "Drinking at c\\ College is the sam [as other choob]_hut ticeable b cau e most umverstllc don t allow tudcnts to drink beer in the cafe teria.". aid third-year transfer Matthew William According to Acting Coordinator of Rcsidenc Life ind ey Dedow, who has a doctorate in psychology, we ce few :-.erious alcohol-related accidents at New College becau c ''Students _take care of each other and are not afra1d to talk to the RAs.' he at o Ire. ed that hould n t feel alienated: here are a lot of tudents who don't drink." or two.1o put it bluntly, Survivor bet ter than a wet dream, but only if you want it to be. For two sea. ons Survivor and Survivor II: Outback have taken the country by storm, not becau c our President is stupid, but becau e we know the true value of entertainment. For tho c of you unaware of the premise of thi wonder-filled reality spectacular, here is a summary: variou individual are dropped into a wild, un domesticated terrain with minimum upplie and each week one per on is 0 1 A bathtub full of beer i emial for throwing a party, but if thh is your personal \la!ih, you may have a problem. A good example i third-year trans fer Sarah Hus in. ''I don't think alcohol hould be u cd. It' far too me sy of a drug,'' she aid. Parkview offer free and confiden tial coun elling for tudent with voted mai ning per on wins a million dollar Recently, the remaining survivor from Survivor II have tarted to tarve. This past ea on orneone fell into a fire and burned him elf severely (a cason highlight). I predict that the cute girl, Elizab th, will win. If she doe n't, I will probably stop watching the how. Who re lly wants to watch a show where an old man and a cowboy quare off against each other in a battle of wit and fortitude? 'ot J. For the e pa t two years, when I have wanted to e cape the cruel tedium of my life, I have turned to Survivor. 'This show has taught me to ub titute my boring life through vicarious living of television pseudotars, dare I call them idols, who have the ability to gain fame and fortune for motivating tudent at vari ou college forums. Two characters from the fir t Survivor paid a visit to 'F this past year. In my opinion, that is tudent money well spent. The e istence of hows like Survivor, Temptation !land (the ec ond m st important television how in human hi tory) and Boot Camp comfort uh tancc abuse problems as well as other ervice. to promote mental and physical wellness among the student body. r that omeday soon 'the rna ses wiJJ accept the production of bows like Stephen King/Richard Bachman en vi. ioned The Running Man and flow !lot Can You Take It?. We can all leep ea y knowing that someday oon, even those of u with heart condition will be able to compel again t each other (on treadmills) for the almighty dollar. During a discussion concerning re ality tel vision, fir t-year Amanda Crutchley aid, "Pride and Prejudice is awe orne." During that arne di cu ion, the is tudent and avid Survivor viewer Chri. tan Bly tone aid, "It' exactly what people want. People enjoy, on a vi cera] level, eeing other people struggle." First-year Alex Krieg, in an exclusive final interview with David avare e, said, "I have o much to say about urvivor that it hurt ." However, what they say really d es n 't matter. 1 hi is my piece, and I am going tell you what' good. Survivor i good. It's a Jot better than getting your bicycle borrowed ( tolen) for four weeks by an inconsiderate girl with long brown hair and low cut jeans. It i not a fun, though, as finding out where thi girl Jive. and cementing her thiev ing as into her room. I'll let you know if thi hypothetical female i a survivor.


The Catalyst NEWS Dimino shares t d f" April11, 2001 s u y o one of the great American comic novels" 5 view done lecture, Imino said that Welty," is considered one of the great est living American autpors. While a research scholar and Adams House at Harvard in the early '80s, she was able to attend a series of lectures given by Welty herself. Dimino said, "Every lit erature professor hears talks, but Welty's talk had the strongest effect of any author I had seen." In order to get a seat in the packed lecture haJJ, she had to arrive an hour early. Dimino's enthu siasm for her work is unmistakable; she describes Losing Battles as an "exhila rating experience" and say that it has a "roller coaster pace." But it is not just the subject of study Professor Dimino showed photographs -top left, top center, and abovetook working with the Mississippi Works Progress Admmzstratwn. Photos courtesy Professor Andrea Dimino. --"''&"'"'-that is so fascinating; it is also the method. Dimino focuses on in tertextuality, narrative genre. Her work with in-s Faulkner and in nanative." Many of her students have worked with women's fiction, espe cially African-American women's fiction. Dimino said that this type of work, "is a kind of analysis that excites a lot of students" as it offers a deeper understanding of literature. The focus on narrative is an area of study that has become more and more important in literature. Dimino recently presented her Welty research at a con ference of the Society for the Study of The heartwarming story of a man and his uniform by Jag Davies Names can be seductive. Names can be exciting, alluring or downright repugnant. They can provoke images of fear, greed and lust, or of beauty, passion and truth. Think of names such as "Madonna" "Einstein" "Hitler" or "f ormer Secretary of State Warren Christopher". Each conjures up a tan gled web of emotion and sensation to the forefront of our minds. Now think about the name "Vickers". What does this name mean to you? Does it repre sent corruption and unsubstantiated authority? Or does it represent warmth, care and good old-fa hioned American values? We here at the Catalyst invite you to decide for yourself. Before assuming the midnight pa trol shift at New College, Vickers, whose first name is guarded under strict secrecy, led a fairly interesting lite. After growing up in Brooklyn, he served with the armed forces from 1966-70 in Vietnam, and joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD) transit police in 1973. Vickers was promoted to sergeant in 1984, and to lieutenant in 1989, working as the midnight platoon commander for the east side of Manhattan. He also re ceived a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Behavioral Sciences from the New York Institute of Technology. One year after retiring from the NYPD in 1995, Vickers was hired as a police officer at New College, where he as sumed the midnight shift and a more relaxed lifestyle than the one he led in New York. Although he said that "the kids here manage to come up with some interesting problems," he also said that ... nothing too serious really goes on here. Most of the stuff that goes on is just stupid silliness, rite-of passage type stuff". Vickers recalled one memorable incident in which a group of now-for mer students dressed up a friend of theirs as a woman for his 21st birthday, and attempted "to pimp him out on 41." Said Vickers: "That was not a briJliant idea. You know, we've had a few of those incidents, and I've got to go out there and teJl them, 'look, let's get it back inside.' That might be allowed in Palm Court, but it's not gonna go over too well on 41. You know, there's a place and time for everything." In hi spare time, Vickers enjoys at tending plays with his wife at the Eudora Welty Narrative Literature. Scholars from a wide academic range attended this con ference. From the questions she fielded at the New Co1lege lecture, it is obvious that her study has a very wide appeal. Professors from different disciplines asked many questions, often relating themes from the lecture to their own work. Dimino said, I like wild books!" and was clear at the lecture that peo ple hke how she studies them as well. A')olo, and playing tennis with his son. "I like playing tennis," said Vickers, "I'm just not very good at it. I used to be able to beat my son once in a while, but now I'm just his ball chaser." Overall, Vickers is satisfied with his choice to enter the law enforcement profession. "The one thing I got to say about police work is that in the 22 years I spent in New York, and the five years I've been here, I've always enjoyed going to work. It's been fun. It's been different every day something inter esting always happens. I have a lot of friends who made a lot more money in their careers, but never had as much fun going to work as I did."


6 The Catalyst NEWS April 11, 2001 Bones bounce back and win two in a row Contributed by Brian Thrk Two weeks after they went down to Dr. Hothersall,s Jawbreakers, the New College Bones are back on track, win ning their last two games by a combined margin of 2 runs. But no matter how close the score, both games ended up in the win column for the Bones, bringing their overall record to 7-1. Two Sundays ago, the Bones took on a team from Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Undaunted by a 7-1 deficit, the Bones came to bat in the bottom of the third inning and added eleven runs to their score. Eight Bones got hits that inning, with big RBI single coming from Doug Langston and Rick Coe. The highlight of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning, when out fielder Phil Poekert blasted a two-run hom run over the left-center fence. It had been years since the last time a Bone hit one out of the park. Phil ,s homerun truly was a shining moment in Bones history, and it increased the Bones, lead to 5. In the top of the seventh inning, Holy Cross scored 7 big runs and took the lead, 18-15. The Bones knew that if they wanted to come out on top, they had to score 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Bones also knew that their opponents had God on their side, but this did not stop them from playing tough until the very end. With one out and based loaded, E.T. Pracht stepped to the plate and deliv ered the game-winning hit, a deep shot over the right fielder,s head. When it was all said and done, the scoreboard read: 19-18. The stars of the game were, of course, Phil with his homerun and Ed Moore, who went 5 for his 5 at bat This past Sunday, the Bones took on the guys from Gulfshore Mortgage. Unlike the previous game, this was a low-scor ing, defensive battle. The Bones scored 5 of their 6 total runs on a two-out rally in the second inning. Although Gulfshore came back in the fifth inning and tied the score at 5, solid defense from the Bones prevented them from scoring in the top half of the sixth inning. Then the Bones came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth and put the go-ahead run on the board. In his only at-bat in the whole game, first baseman Jeremy Collins delivered the game-winning hit, a nice line-drive right up the middle. Jeremy had not played a game with the Bones in a month, but he took the first pitch he saw and turned it into a win for the Bones. Gulfshore failed to score in the top of the seventh inning, so the Bones happily went to the parking lot after their second consecutive one-run vic tory. The Bones have next Sunday off for Easter Sunday. But they will be back in a big way at 8:15 P.M. on April 22 to take on the Goodyear team. The Bones play all of their games at 17th Street Park. Like its name implies, the park is on 17th Street, about a mile or so east of Beneva. The Bones really appreciate all the support we, ve gotten from the fans this season. We hope to see you all there on April as the Bones try to win another one. Contribution: New College students give their thoughts on careers What goes on in the minds of New College students when you ask them about going to work after college? we asked a few about life after graduation and whether they'll attend the upcoming on-campus Career Fair. Here's what we learned: b! Cat -, Cuthbertsoa, Asalstaat studying psychology. "There were lots Coo-rd to S /New C t: e nd o a' Career Center It's the time of the dead zone in Hamilton Center, around 2 p.m. on a ra.iny weekday afternoon when most everyone has scurried off to classes or slipped away for siesta. But not these three. Rebecca Wood, Jasmine Hoover and Bonnie Strelitz are hunkered down on a back table drinking sparkling grape juice and eating card-board to futti pizza from the C store. For these three, work after college looms gray and far away in some nine to-five nether world where only nerds are hipless enough to wear suits and slave away in some Dilbert cubicle. "If I had to work nine-to-five, I might, I just might shoot myself," said second-year Rebecca Wood. "I mean, it's just not the type of thing I could handle right now. I feel like I should go the career fair, but if I go, it may be just a bunch of 9 to 5 jobs." "I went to a career fair once in high school, but it was all entry-level stuff," added Bonnie Strelitz, a second-year n 't require degrees. All I want to do is make enough money to get by on to live and eat." Jasmine Hoover, a third-year study ing religion, plans to pursue a life of Unitarian ministry, so she's hard pressed to find motivation for job shop ping. While most students eschew the work-a-day world, reality dictates that eventually, most wil1 go to work. For students ready to plumb the icy depths of earning a paycheck, a golden oppor tunity presents itself April 19 when employers and organizations come to campus to recruit interns and (gasp!) employees. "We'll have more than 60 employ ers including non-profits and a variety of organizations that will set up booths and participate," said USF/New College Career Center Coordinator Karen Patriarca. "Students should plan to attend and explore internship and ca reer opportunities. And definitely, they should bring their resumes." Generally speaking, most Novo Collegians, about 60 to 75 percent, are grad-school bound, noted Patriarca. But many take time off from school after earning their bachelors degrees. "Those students could benefit imme Patriarca. "They should take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the or ganizations that interest them, for both jobs and internships." Speaking more esoterically, former New College alum Henry Smyth offers his take on students' work views. "Most students are quite positive about their experience at New College and feel the academic program and small student population combine to create an experience of accelerated and intensified intellectual development," wrote Smyth in an e-mailed cyberview. "At the same time, these students are fearful that contact with the 'real world' will eviscerate the special quality of their New College experience. But one of the main points I want to make to students is that education at New College is a life-transforming experi ence. As such, the intellectual development attained ... does not evapo rate upon contact with the 'real world'. The opposite is in fact the case; the 'real world' is where the true value of the New College education is made manifest." Smyth, who graduated some 20 years ago, frequently returns to the campus to speak to students about work and graduation angst and how to cope tions will seem if you don't Jove what you 're doing or feel strongly it is a necessary step to what you even tually want to do," added Smyth. "Conversely, in the pursuit of one's dreams, almost any privation or obsta cle can be endured." The Career Fair takes place Apri119 from 3 6:30 p.m. at Sudakoff Center. More than 60 organizations, both profit and non-profit, will attend. A short list includes Manatee Glens Behavioral Center; IMG Academies; Sarasota Opera; Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches; FBI; Genesis Health Services Inc.; Astra Zeneca; Kelly Scientific Resources; The Bradenton Herald; FCCI Insurance Group; South Florida Museum Bishop Planetarium; and Manatee County Schools to name just some. For more information drop by the Career Center, Building PME in the Palmer Court Complex. ---------------------------------------


The Catalyst OPINION April 11, 2001 7 Editorial: Independence subjects New College to dangerous politics Members of the New College com munity who support independence should take pause at recent events at Florida Atlantic Univer s ity. When that college's theatre department staged the controversial play Corpus Christie, which portrays a gay Jesus figure, state legislators threatened t o cut millions from FAU's budget. While the funds went through and the show went on the legislators sent a clear message: "We don t have to condone and encourage certain behaviors, and if we find it is of fensive, then we'll let our feelings be known," state Senator Donald Sullivan, R-Pinellas County, told the Palm Beach Post. Florida state Senator Skip Campbell, DTamarac, also attacked FAU in the Post, in terms that have chilling implications for how the legis lature will treat an independent New College: "People at FAU have to realize this is offensive to about 80 percent of the people in Florida .... It's offensive to me And you don t offend someone who controls the purse s trings. That money could be here today and gone the next." Now Sulliv an and his powerful compatriot Senate President John McKay, R-Bradenton want to give New College i ndependence in the dents), should alarm everyone. Thi s board will have broad control over New College. Its ideas about the the acade mics or social activities on campus may not concur with those of current students and faculty. That board could make changes itself or raise objections to the attention of politicians. Florida State University System. Everyone supports the notion of "indepen dence from USF," but that enthusiasm has blinded us to It is an open secret that some New College social \ events are probably offen sive to at least 80 percent of the fact that the Florida political process cares nothing for the ideals of New College New College supporters need to recognize that independence will subject the school to dangerous political pressures. We must therefore, even if begrudgingly, oppose separation. The New College Board of Trustees, a group that Governor Jeb Bush will appoint this summer (probably from politica11y connected Sarasota resithe people in Florida. As of this writing, the front of Hamilton Center displays a sign advertising Queer Ball 2001, stating in foot high, block letters: "BEERS, STEERS, AND QUEERS HOTTEST DRAG SHOW THIS SIDE OF BACKSTREET." The University of South Florida provides a layer of bureaucracy be tween New College and the politicians, and it's just as easy for them to leave us alone as not. While there have been fights over resources, some of which New College has lost, those who fanta size about controlling the campus should consult the text of the bill itself: Annually the College Board for New College and the Campus Board of the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee shall adopt a man agement agreement that covers the shared facilities ... If the boards fail to reach agreement, the President of the University of South Florida shall make final decisions concerning the facilities and services in question." Future gener ations of leadership will probably not appreciate these disadvantages in com peting for resources. USF President Genshaft's reorgani zation, which would grant New College much autonomy and eventually move the University Program to another cam pus, will not bring us to utopia. But 25 years in the USF system allowed the college to grow and prosper, and New College should not trust its fate to conervative politicians. Guest opinion: Independence presents once-in-a-generation opportunity by '91 nursing, and_ other bankruptcy in Nonethe l ess, if For far too long, New College and m thts years legftelds .the needs of restdents New College IS a Jewel i t needs more the USF-Sarasota/Manatee programs tslattve sessiOn will have a profound and busmesses m the area. poli s h t o s u s ta i n the kind of exce llence have competed for r esources and space effect on the future of New New has achiev e d remark-we have managed to continue throu gh o n the same campus. Althou g h both 1)1e Colle g e and those who ,Sl;IPp

8 The Catal st "I'm not concerned with saving people, but when I see someone jumping off a cliff into hot lava, I get concerned." Mentors needed for summer day camp here on campus! The Keys to the Future summer program will have three two week sessions, running from June 11th through July 27th. Approximately 25 middle school/high school students will attend each ses sion. Mentors will work in pairs to develop courses/workshops for the students. These could include art and crafts, drama games, building instruments, sports, dance, writing, etc. Four mentors are needed. Mentors will receive summer housing on campus and a small stipend. If you are inter ested please contact Konnie in Student Affairs or by email at kruczek@ban shee.sar. Spring 2001 Elections. April 18th from 1 Oam-6pm. Ham center. A list of positions available has been sent to the list serve and is on all of the signs in Hamilton Center and on the forums. Maggie Phillips will be supervising and all petitions are due in box 590 by 5:00 on Friday the 13th. the no.rlhedy one). The event will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Any questions should go to Leslie Fry To All New College Earth Day Shindig Participants! This is Michelle Conner. I'd like to preface the following with a huge thank you, and oh I'm so excited, to all of you for participating in what promises to be a great big wonderful day full of educational fun. The fol lowing is the low-down. I am including herein a copy of the tenta tive schedule and a list of participating organizations. If you're on it, please write to me to confirm everything, or ask any questions you may have. Oh, I wanted to mention fundraising. The event is a completely free one. Our E-mail to the Editor: Get the life The writer for the Jesus week col umn needs to relax. If it was a booty slappin boobs grabbing week, then he would worship that god. Notice that god is in small letters. If anyones "bites the dust" without accepting Christ, then it is hell without him. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Peace!! Lavelle Gathings San Diego, California ANNOUNCEMENTS 8th Annual New College Pride Symposium Schedule of Events pril 11-14, 2001 Wednesday, Aprilll 7 p.m., Sudakoff Center Homos Across Florida Meet activists and GLBT community leaders from throughout Florida, in cluding the Univerl)ity of Tampa and the Sacred Grounds Coffeeshop in Tampa; ALSO for gay youth and the Southwest Florida Business Guild of Sarasota; and the Palms of Manasota Adult Retirement Community in Palmetto. 9 p.m., Sudakoff Center If These Walls Could Talk-2 Film featuring three vignettes about the American lesbian experience. Featuring Sharon Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, and Vanessa Redgrave. Thursday, April 12 goal is to provide entertainment and education and food to the public at no cost. But, if participating organiza tions wish to fundraise and/or ask for donations feel free. Not only do we want to increase community aware ness, but we'd also like to increase .-.._ Tables will be provided for all the organizations that respond before April 17th and should be set by 8:45am, April 22nd, 2001 behind College Hall ( direc tions to follow). They should run from 9am-4pm, but these times are not un bendable. If there are any concerns about duration and/or location please aJJow me to address them: terrademe Attention aU Actors The Asolo Theater Institute is offering a ten-percent discount to New College students on their Spring classes. For more information, see their website at or contact Carole Kleinberg at 351-9010 ext. 3310. Senior Theses The deadline for submitting 2001 se nior theses to Cook Library is 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 21. All theses should be ubmitted to Nancy Allen in LBR 133b. Internship Opportunity The Florida House of Representatives is accepting applications for the 2001-2002 Intern Program for post baccalaureate students who are interested in the legislative process while pursuing their graduate studies. The participants will work 20 hours per wee] Sept. through Jan. at the rate of $10.53 per hour. Application forms and information are available at 5:30 p.m., Hamilton Center Women's Seder-All genders are wel come to participate in this traditional Jewish meal. hosted by Hillel. 1 p.m., Sudakoff Center Queers Against Racism YouthPride-Atlanta, an activist organi zation, brings us two of its staffers to talk about addressing racism. 9 p.m., Sudakoff Center The Brandon Teena Story and I Am My Own Wonuzn Award-winning true-1ife films about a young transsexual's short life, featuring Hillary Swank, and the exceptional life of Charlotte von Mahisdorf, Berlin's most distinguished transvestite. Friday, April 13 4 p.m., Sudakoff Center As Is-The Sarasota AIDS Theatre Project conducts readings from this William Hoffman play about a man di agnosed with AIDS, and the shunning he receives from family and friends. 7 p.m., Sudakoff Center Keynote: Social Justice and MultiI, J .. .,()f) .... -.... Q Burglary, Grand Theft. New College student reports that unknown suspect(s) broke the passenger side window of his vehicle and removed his AIM F/M CD player. Damage: $200.00, Loss: $700.00 for stolen system. Occurred in Parking Lot 4A. 4.07.2001, 11:17 a.m. Criminal Mischief in Parking Lot 4A. Sometime between 0100 and 1100 hours. Unknown suspect( s) broke the passenger window on New College student's car while parked unattended. No indication vehicle was en tered. Total Damage: $200.00 4.07.2001, 7:01 a.m. Petit Theft in Westside Student Center. Officer discovered that sometime between 0700 and 1900 hours unknown suspect( s) broke into two candy/gum dispenser ma chines, taking approximately $20.00 in change and change drawers. Approximately $150.00 damage. A ril 11, 2001 Issue Organizing-Craig Washington, executive director of Atlanta's Gay/Lesbian Center, talks about work ing with groups that examine the multiple and intersecting nature of op pression. 9 p.m., B-dorm B-dorm Soiree Saturday, April14 Noon to 6 p.m., volleyball court Bar-B-Que(er)-Food, live music and fun for all. Plu New College receives the "Friendly College" award from Equality Florida, for registering more than half its student body as GLBT friendly voters during the 2000 presidential election. FMI: visit http:/ / /pridesymposium. Or email us at newcollegepride@ The New College Campus Greens will host "Fair Trade, Not Free Trade: Fight the FTAA" on Sunday, April 15, at 7:00 PM, intSudakoff. The FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) will be the topic of discussion at the Summit of the Americas, to be held 22 in Quebec Similar to NAFfA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), which went into effect in 1994, the FTAA would limit the power of national governments to enact taxa tion and labor and environmental regulations on corporations involved in international trade. Citizens are holding rallies, teach ins, and other events in communities across the Western Hemisphere through the date of the event, in order to educate their friends and neighbor about this pending international agree ment. We will have four speaker on April 15: Eric Rubin, of the Tampa Bay Action Group (TBAG) and Peoples' Global Action (PGA), will give an overview of the FfAA Michael Keeney, also of TBAG and PGA, will relate his experiences with the Zapatistas in Mexico; Monica Vasquez, of Witness for Peace, will discu s her recent trip to Colombia; and Rick Smith, regional director of the Service Employees nternational Union (SEIU), will speak about NAFTA, the FfAA, and U.S. workers. All speakers will be available for indi vidual questioning afterwards. The New College Campus Greens are students working for justice and democracy. David Nezelek Treasurer, New College ampus Greens (941) 360-5442

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