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Volume XIV. Issues irritate the few, amuse the many A merica goes to wa r cam us re actio n muted h 11 cConnick Price., F...sq. After long w k of threat ening and a eernin<>lv inter b .J mmablc milit, ry uildup in the nations and eas urround ing Afghanistan, the l nitcd States launch d an of fen ive in conjunction \\ ith Briti h ore On Sundav October 7. an air for c ing B-1 and B-2 bombers and numerou s maller figh ter jets took w i n g u pport ed by misile harraoe fr om n av a l fo rces in th Indian Ocean and the Pe r i an Gulf. Further a ttack were launched Mond ay. October 200 I invo l ving o nl y A m erican forces. Five b o mber and ten support craft wer e u cd and 15 Tomahawk crui e missile fired A 'The e raids are ju t on mall part of the entire effort." Defen c Secretary Donald 1-e_ft: The lJ.S. military pr'pares to llgain bomb the Tali han, who have declared jihad 011 1u. R rght. A U.N. employee standing in from of the ruin of a bombed building. feld said. The c r uise iban irumediately condemned ings. Tony Blair of Britain nu stle. and bombers are not the assault as a "terrorist atstated his iron resolve for the going to olve this problem. tack". while proclaiming its coming conflict. and Presi know that. It i not simple. ineffectuality. Rabidly anti-dent Jacques 'hirac of France It rs not neat. There is no ilnstantl Th alta k have drawn a wide range ol reaction from world govemm nts. The Talpopulac s of Palestine. Iraq and Iran al o har hly condemned the bomb-accordmg to Defense Mm1ster Alain Richard "i strictly com parafw:E P.

2 The Catal st N WS OF THE WORLD October 10, 2001 WAR! U.S. Al.fA KS AFGHANISTAN tory anthrax in the nited tates since 1978 kills one Flmida man and potentially infects a second. by Cry 1a1 Frasier The United States, with British and Canadian assis tance, began an a ault against specific targets within Afghanistan Sunday, October seventh. According to pre ident Bu h, the US 1 under taking "carcfu1ly targeted ac tions" in rder to puni h the Tali ban. invol ement with terrorism and for their failure to comply with demands re volving around the Septem ber 11 attack on the World 1 rade Center and Pentagon. While there i orne hope that the military actions wJll result in the capture or death of 0 runa bin Laden, that i n t the primary goal of the at tack. Military forces have been carefuJ to limit their targets to tho sites directly involved with the Taliban and the na tion air defen e In addi tion. bombing planes have dropped food package over ci Hian areas, hoping to win the civtHan t t id of mcm is under attack. While the military action arc not necessarily aimed at toppling the Taliban, U De fense cc etary, Donald Rum feld .. aid they wanted .. to alter the military balance over time by denying the Taliban the offcnsi e ystems that hamper the progres of the various oppo ition forces." The Middle East has showed a vanety of reactions to th attack. gypt condones the attack if the United tates can produce olid evidence that the Taliban was involved in the attacks. Paki tan. forGeneral Editor Michael Sanderson Layout Ed'tor Erin Marie Blasco Web Editor Michael Gimignani mer ally of the Taliban, has supported US involvement smce the September attack.The Arab League urged re traint and warned again t expanding mtlitary operations to include any Arab country. Mo t Western nation upport th actions. A tatemcnt from the European Union declares "The European mon declare. full olidarity with the United States." Bush Administration Pre dicts Long onflict eneral Richard Myers. chainnan of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. announced Monday that the United State has entered a contmumg conflict that could last years, though he acknowledged that Sunday and Monday' attacks agamst target in the capitol city of Kabul, the aliban stronghold of Kandahar and citie Mazar+ harif and Kunduz were effective and succes ful. De cnsc ccretary Donal_d theory "We necxl lo be pa tient," he said. We have to understand that it's going to be a very long and sustained effort. There s no silver bullet, no single thing that is going to win this effort for the coalitJOn force ." Mr. Rum feld also added that the nited tates had entered a conflict 'much like the Cold War." B1it1sh allies confirm. "We are certainly not talking days, unles omething dramatic happ n ," said British For eign Secretary Jack Straw. Florida Anthrax Outbreak The fir t case of respira-y Robert Stevens, a 63-year old photo edttor for The Sun tabloid, was admitted to a Mi ami-Dade ho pital on 0 to ber fourth with respiratory an thrax, a rare tram that is lc contagious but more deadly than other anthrax trains, becoming fatal in of ca. es once ymptoms appear. Monday, an un pccificd coworker te ted positive for the di ea e from a routine nasal wtpc tc t performed on all employees who work in the Boca-Raton office build ing. Thankfully, the spores were imply lodged in his na al cavities, and the man was not infected himself. The FBI has begun mve tigating the outbreak. Attorney General John A hcroft said during a news conference in Washington, "We don't have enough information to know whether thi could be related to terrori m or not." lnve tigations have revealed traces of the virus on Steven's office keyboard. piratory anthrax i still a naturally-occuning form of the disease often found in live stock, though not common to Florida. The ba terial" pore are capable of, urviving, dor mant, in the soil for years. Stevens wa de ctibed by coworker a an outdooThman and avid gardener. Svria Wins U Security Council Seat Despite it place on the United States' list of nations sponsoring tcrrori m, Syria won a seat on the nited Na tion's Security Council with no American opposition. pointment, though numerou Jewish organizatiOns and 38 members of the S Congress urged president Bush to re ist Syria's election. Israel's U Ambas ador Yehuda Lancry said Syria's election went again t the '' pirit and letter" of the Charter, which supulate that e cry candidate for the ecu rity Council "should prove its adequacy in tenns of its con tribution to international peace and security." He also added, "Syria indeed backs tenori t groups inside Syria and outside Syria. It is really a sheer ab urdity and a sheer Council." Syria's UN amba sador Mikhail Wehbc refc1Ted to the 160 to 17 vote m favor of Syria's po ition on the scat as "very excellent message to the world." Saudi Arabia's U1 ambas sador, Fawzi Sh bok hi, said ''Syria deserves to be a member of the Security ouncil ... becau e they represent a re sponsible government and the world's people, and play an important role in our part of the world." News from the New York Time, and the BBC. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide; Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ -anaging Editor M x Campbell Photographer Crystal Frasier The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Profes or Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the 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. Editorial A i tant Graham Strou.e ew 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 Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed to cauuyst@virtu.sar.usfedu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. taft Writers 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sam ota, Fl.. 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu Saturday in order to appear in the following week's i sue. Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., David Savarese, Valerie Mojeiko, Jag Davies, Chri tine Bottoms. Chri topher DeFillippi. Renee Maxwell, Liz Palomo, Abby Weingarten The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week. ..


The Catalyst NEWS October 10, 2001 3 Gender and Diversity Center campaigns by Valerie Mojeiko "Racism is still alive at New College as good intentioned as many people are, said Coordina tor of Diversity and Gender Pro grams Tashia Bradley. "To me it's problematic that there aren t many people of color on this campus." motes. "One is to attempt to en courage more ethnic and racial di on campus," said Bradley against insensitivity The Diversity and Gender Cen ter onto campus last semes ter m a storm of drywall and nails it moved into its current Iacatton the east half of the mail room The center came to life on July 29 when Bradley was hired as the new coordinator. Bradley is a selfproclaimed "work-a-holic ." Aside from work ing, she is able to do handstands a full split cartwheels, and round offs She also holds a master's de gree in Higher Education Adminis tration from the University of Kansas She has worked at Mil likan University as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Interna tional Student Services She has taught middle and high school m Orange County Flor i da [Our other goals are] to sustain the diversities that already exist on campus to support the gender studies program to facilitate the use of the center, and to handle dis ability services The center along with Hillel and Student Affairs, sponsored the us Week of Dialogue on So Cial Justice Issues" last week The week was initiated with The Building of a Sukkah Project" on Sunday afternoon. Other activities included a video showing a one woman stage play a conscious ness-raising facilitated by profes sor Elzie McCord and the "Make a Difference Dinner." The Diversity and Gender Cen ter has big plans for this year -a lecture series book shares and a video series. On Thursday Octo ber 11, they will be hosting a speaker Mauro Barrios Barrios will give a lecture entitled, Jose Marti meets Jim Crowe Cubans in the deep south ." The Our Voices series ts an ?ther future event. "We are target mg people of color to come on campus ," s aid Bradl e y The con cept is to bring different voices to campus that don t s e em to be rep Lectures will be given tttled Hip Hop Culture and "Women and Higher Education," among other things Students who are interested in upcoming events should watch for Diversity and Gender Center cal which will soon be appear mg m all mailboxes. They should also check their campu s E mail for announcements. The goals of the D iversity and Gend er Center are almost as di verse as the activities which it proThe Sukkah was erec t ed out of plastic, PVC duct tape string and palm fronds on the north side of the first-court Pei dormitories It was constructed in honor of the Jewish Sukkot t he festival of booths Signs insi d e o f t h e S u k k ah exp l ain e d th at So me J ews eat and sleep in the Sukkah." Bradley con firmed that she did witness a stu dent sleeping in the structure. I a m h ere to tal k to," sa id B radley. "Everyo n e is welco m e [in the Diversity and Gender Center}. It is not an exclusive club. Every one is expected to come." Signs inside of the Sukkah explained t hat "Some Jews eat and sleep in the Sukkah." Coordinator of D iver ity and Gender Programs Tashi a Bradley confirm e d rhar Accreditation will separate us from by David Savarese New College's administration is op timistic about accreditation Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Charlene Callahan Callahan expressed that optimism to the Catal yst: "New College already meets the criteria that the SACS require, and the only diffi cultly remains in proving it. Because of the unique nature of our programs, it will take extra effort to prove that we produce the product the SACS wants. We just have to show evidence." The battles between a quantitative and qualitative analysis of our school wages on as New College seeks inde pendent membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the accreditation that comes with this membership. Membership in SACS will allow New College to become independently rec ognized as a scholastic institution, and reinforce the identity of our school both internally and in the outside world. To ensure a positive outcome, the SACS Steering Committee consists of concerned faculty members, adminis trators, students, staff members and trustees working towards a school-wide effort of attaining this goal. To become an accepted, freestanding college re quires massive effort from every area of the school, and Provost Callahan, and Special Assistant to the President Suzanne Janney explained the impor tance of taking the steps towards accreditation. Callahan said that, "The SACS ex amines every aspect of the school, from board policy to student services and re quires standard levels of quality in each of these areas It is a lengthy process, and in order to meet the criteria estab lished by the SACS New College must prove our competence Janney explained the future process of accreditation, "The school must pre pare approximately forty pounds of paperwork describing the educational environment in detail, and we must par ticipate in a dialogue between the accrediting board that analyzes the de tails of the paperwork" In the effort to attain educational in dependence, New College began attempts to receive independent accred itation last year by collecting concrete information from entering and exiting classes. New Col1ege has already begun to compile the necessary data in order to demonstrate that we do have a high quality program. Last year, graduating seniors filled out a "baccalaureate stu dent survey and audit" before they left the school. It surveyed the students' ex periences, their opinions of the education here, and their expectations and needs Now, after our separation from the University of South Florida, this ac creditation is a necessity. Although we are accredited under the USF blanket until they are reviewed for accredation in four years, accredation will make our school independent and self-sustained in the eyes of the SACS and federal government. When asked what independent ac creditation would bring to this college. Janney said, "SACS accreditation rein forces our institutional identity It will also secure us an independent sector of governmental financial aid, because it makes us a separate unit in the eyes of the United States Board of Education. Independent accreditation allows us to apply for additional grants, it increases our recognition and allows our statistics to be published in national publications. It basically proves to that a school is not a fly-by-night, diploma producing, not so-educational business. Provost Callahan explained that the importance of accreditation goes be yond proving our independence to the outside world. She stated that "It is not a wasted effort, there is a point to this assessment beyond accreditation. There will be a feedback loop that shows what our mission is, how we will get there, what we have to do to get there, and what we can do to improve upon the way <::allahan explained that there was a statewide focus on schools becomi n g more student-centered, and t hat New College will be a pinnacle of student centeredness. Janney stated that, "We are going to focus on the fact that New College is a students-centered place. We can't talk about that without show ing that students guide their own educational experience without men tioning tutorials, ISPs and the like. They are central to the educational pro gram." Since systems like tutorials are not normally examined by the board, they are not discussed in the prelimi nary paperwork provided to the SACS. "The SACS will be invited to look at tutorials on their own because it was too complicated to include in the pre liminary paperwork," Callahan said. She added, "We love tutorials and the SACS will too." Third-year India Harvi11e, member of the steering committee and NCSA vice president for academic affairs, said that "Students are on the committee so that we can insure that student interests are brought to the forefront of discus sion. If any students are interested in making a suggestion [to the commit tee], they should not hesitate to contact me." If we stay on the projected time frame, an on-site evaluation of the school, the final hurtle, will take place by the winter of 2003.


4 October 10, 2001 Cha rman o the board taking no prisoners in ates "cha enge" by Michael imignani Robert John n is used to fighting adversity, start ing from scratch. and defending what he believes in. A hairman of the cw ( o11ege Board of Trustees, h will have plenty of time to do all of that. However, h remember hi first fight for the chool a ending lss th n a orab\ l i a\\ didn t n e much about w College, be ause it wa a pnvate clwol." John!>ort aid of hi first visit ro the New College campus. "I came to debate a Philadelphia Quaker on the Vietnam War. and the debate ended with th mediator telling the audience to bum th ir draft card first impressions being what th y were. John. on went on his merry way. That is, until th crippling in flation of the 1970s nearly killed w ollege. forcing John on to take an active role in maintaining the school, a role he has never relinquished. John on a1d, .. a_ ing haL 'e Colleg is bankrupt 'What arc you noing to do?' The JfSt thing I aw in ew (oil ge pia wa 1 -tory nght next to th Rin ling Mu eum I ol to ave th chool, th mu urn. and th It) fr m that. and I' en in ol ed with e\\ ollege e er ince.' ohnson' li. t of accompli hment how h1 pio n crino, fightmg pirit. A hicrh chool dropout John on n verthele ttend d lorida lat mver. it He oraduat d in 19 g \\ ith very honor th y tll c ron a man." He enli. ted in the Air Force. part of the\ cry first on putet training cia .. ofcred in the An 1ed Fore s. and cv ntually became a Captain and commander of a computer supp rt _quadron. He I ft the Air orce in 1961. studying at Duke Univer ity or one year. and then left for the nivcrsity of Florida. wh re here eiv d hi law de gree in twenty-six months. "The night of my graduation. I drove home to ara ota. and art d work the vcr' next da ." Johnson. aid. He never left Sara ota. and even represented it in the Florida legislature for eventecn years. For his service to the arts. for which he raised over tOO mil lion. Ronald Reagan appoint d him to the ational Council on the Arts, where he served from 1985 to 1993. He continues to erve on many board in the local area a well as statewide. Ever ince writing the law that made ew College a tate-owned school. John on ha taken a wide-ranging and succes ful role in ew College growth. ith the oH e roundati n lohn:-;on build an endowment o over 3 million from zero. "In the mid-seventic aid John on. "New College was basically pumping along on one cylinder. It cxi ted at the mercy of the state; it had no sepamte independent resources. General (and Foundation President Rolland V ] Heiser and 1 have worked as partners at many succe sful undertakings, as far as building the library, new dorms. the [Hci -er] atural Sciences Building. and through all thi gaining tate funding." 'Our Song' deals with the aw wardne s of life b Renee Maxw I Brooklyn. wardness. and compassion. If you've ever wondered how it feels to be a yOtmg girl growing up in Brooklyn, this movie will tell y u more than you 'vc ever wanted to know. Withou trying too hard. it manages to confront the more ubtle yet very real challcng of facing adulthood .. a a marriage of comcnicnce that had d finitely nm it course. Manatee nd ara ota ( ountic ere fighting er -.; ho wa gomg to get a branch of US and in e 1 w C'olleg va on the county line. it mad en to combine l F and w ollc John on aid of our th pa tion rna n v r hav t.tken place had lJ r fulfilled all of it prom es ov r th ear Th constant tu -of-war with thin s like [I and profe s r tenure. and th on-t nt chan o c n ry with hat U F w nt d to do, hurt u hurt ew Coli ge." Althounh h believe ind p nd nc may not be any easier for the chool. Johnson wa nothing if n t confident. "We ha 'e a ery good board off to a great tart. We ar b olutcly ready and ager. [Pr sidentj Michalson, for on has done an e cellcnt job,'' aid Johnson. According to Johnson. his tas a chairman of tl hoard i. to entertain all thought on improving 'ew Colle c. but to keep tho e dream in perspective. "We'r only limited by our vision." he aid, .. but we have to pay for our ideas ... in many way New College is like a newborn infant. I know we have to build from scratch. I ab olutcly cc thi. as a per onal challeng to make the finances work. to get the be t student faculty. and admini tration we possibly can. But we can show the state a lot by going from scratch on the best way to do things. We are small, but the state expects a lot of us. they would like to see 'ew College's tumout p itive o they can replicate it acros th state. .. y_ bottom line has always been to make Sarasota and Manatee the best place in the world to live. I would like people to believe I am dedicated to New College. and that making our city the best means making ew College the academic crown jewel of the state of Florida. And that means working together, means that if we neglect any one part of what makes 1ew College great, it w i ll fall apart. But right now, and hopefully for a long while, College does what it doc better than any place I know in t his nation." Our Song is an 'ntimate portrayal of three 15-year-old girls growing up in Brooklyn, Y, and was written. produ ed. and di rected by Jim McKay. A an independent film, it is in many ways reminiscent of Kids but a lot l painful. Sti I, it gmppl with some tough i ues. ranging from abortion to suicide to teen parent ing. The documentary-style mood of the film makes it especially easy to forg that the people on the screen are actor.> and not just a bunch of teenagers. This is a tribute to the performance of the Also featured is a group of tal ented teenagers who are not acto : The Jackie Robinson Step rs as themselves. The opening scene of the movie hegins with a drill session of the whose style qm only be descritxxi as triool pcrcu ion and hip-hq> dance meets the marching band. Their energy, inten. ity and militarytyle drill provid a harp contrast to the rest of the movie. You can't help bu be imp sed by their pcrfonnance. 'The sensitivity that is evident throughout the film is also reflected in the credits, oddly enough. 'The opening credits coo tain the pretty standard introduction of a black screen which read "A Film By:" and seconds later the screen is crowded by the names of the en tire cast 'The final credits also c ntain some quirky and unusual recognition. For example. the five or ix baby itters for the cast are Independent film capture$ feeling of street life for women young act as well as to the pro-ducers. The ing of the film also adds to the sense of reali m, in that it wa<; shot entire! y in the Crown Heights nei hborhood of Otherwise. there aren't too many upbeat moments in this movie. so if you're I king for a lot of laughs, skip it, although it does have. me epi. of comic relief B, ically. this movie is a lot like life. with all of its pain, awk-all listed. Brooklyn for a few weeks. Jnstcad Thjs movie i all about real of lookin to the major networks life. and in l.hat sense it i defi-or to H Uywood for entcrtain nitely worth seeing. if only ment. I would ucr est upporting because it exposes so-called real-our local ind pendent film venue ity TV for what it really is: cheap, at Bwns Court Cinema in down superficial melodrama. Perhaps town Sarasota, where Our Song is the next Survivor ca t should currently howing-one of only rough it out on the streets of three theaters nationwide.


The Catalyst NEWS As President, Michalson reaffirms his mission by Abby Weingarten When Dr. Gordon "Mike Michalson first came to New College in 1992. "it was a very demoralized. sad place,"' he said. Only 490 students were enrolled and the attrition rate was nearly 50 percent. In the midst of a budget crisis. no one in the state had received a raise for over two years. ''But it still had a lot of undercur rent of real vitality," Michalson said. He sianed a b tive-year contract With New College as Dean and Warden and wrote "The Growth and Enhancement Plan: New College in the 21st Century." Now that that century has arrived, New College has been transformed from the once dispirited place that Michalson remembered. "The recent record sug gests that when we set a goal, we reach it." he said. Last Saturday at the Board of Trustees meeting, Michalson read the plan in order to check the progress that has been made since its inception in 1993. Though many of the goals he conceived have since been met, Michalson recognized that there is still a ways to go. The point he made very clear throughout the speech was the necessity for New College to remain a leader among liberal arts colleges. ''[New College] has this strong sense of being different that I rejoice in along with everyone else, but we need to translate that sense of being a little bit outside the box into a sense of leadership," Michalson said. ''I think the events of the past month have just un derscored how important the values we stand for are, and how what we stand for connects immediately with civic virtue. The whole point of a collegiate setting such as o going to be a community based upon recognizing and appreciating differences. Liberal arts colleges are beacons at this point in our nation's history and we should take pride in that," he said. In accordance with the issue of diversity, one of Michalson 's goals was to increase enrollment from its 1992 standing at 490 to 650 students by the miUe nium. That figure was met and has since been raised to 800. "[Increased enrollment] allows us to justify having more faculty to teach more things, and to di versify the faculty and student body," he said. "When I left the Dean and Warden's office in 1997, my biggest disappointment was that New College was not left more diverse," he said. "Students graduating in the 21st century are going to work, reto, report to, and be bosses of people who are very different from them. We're not giving the best possible educational background unless they're experiencing more diversity here during their college years." The many efforts that have been made by Tasha Bradley hrough the Gender and Diversity Center are greatly appreciated by Michalson. "If we can keep building on the sorts of things Student Affairs is cur rently doing, we'll be ... able to improve the atmosphere,'' he said. Michalson also said he supports bringing more musicians, artists. and guest speakers to the campus "to foster a stronger sense of intellectual community." of the Religion Dept. at Oberlin College m OhJO for 15 years. he said, "with a music conserva tory there, there were over 300 concerts and recitals every year. That's what I was used to. I came down here and there was virtually nothing in the evenings." Attendance at events has increased since then. "We're getting a richer program of activities," he said. He was especially pleased to see that the Harlem Renaissance program and a Tibetan monk guest speaker were both on campus one evening. "If we can create the situation where one of our big problems is 'what am I going to choose to go to tonight?' I' 11 be very happy,'' he said. Michalson stressed the importance of having out side academicians and alums to periodically review academic programs. "It brings the outside expertise to both celebrate what we do well and to have a moment of self-criticism," he said. Natural Science and Studio posal, and the Environmental Science program is scheduled for review this year. In 1997, when his first term as Dean and Warden ended, Michalson was re-appointed for another fiveyear term, but he decided to move from administration to full-time teaching instead. He re ceived a year of leave, and in that time, spent more time with his son, Eliot, now four years old, and wrote a book, Kant and the Problem of God. He has also written Fallen Freedom: Kant on Radical Evil and Moral Regeneration and Lessing's 'Ugly Ditch': A Study of Theology and History, and was American consulting editor for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modem Christian Michalson expects to continue his term as presi-October 10, 2001 5 President Michalson, our fearless leader dent at least through the end of this year until the search committee selects someone to fill that position permanently. Some wish to postpone the search until the spring when more progress has been made in budget building and accreditation. Until things are less tentative, Michalson said, "We may not be able to re cruit the best possible candidate to be president." After a replacement is found, Michalson plans to join the faculty again. "I love the classroom. It's where my heart and soul are," he said. He taught at Brown last spring and is still "in conversation" with Orafi1im and New College alum, graduated in 1996 when Michalson was Dean. Strouse welcomes his return to administration. "He will be a crucial asset," said Strouse. "He is a masterful bureaucrat in the best sense of the word and he has a knack for getting things done. He's able to get people talking and he knows how to work within the system to make changes. J think it was very generous on his part that he made like Atlas and shouldered the burden once again." Michalson said, "Over the long haul of life, when we're surrounded by people who simply tum on the TV all the time, liberal arts education keeps the thoughts going and the eyes open to the world." America goes to war; Campus reaction muted Physical Plant understaffed, [FRoM "wAR"PAGE I ble to that of Britain." Here at New College, response has been muddled. Many students did not initially hear of the assaults, although unknown persons did take the trouble to chalk the legend "As of 1:00 PM, We Are Bombing Afghanistan" on the wall of Second Court Pei. One student, second-year Eric Nowak, heard about it while walking through Ham Center Sunday afternoon. "There were a bunch of people crowded around the TV ... I looked up and found out ... hey, we're going to war. That was grand." Bitterness towards the executive branch and the American military seems to be a prevalent attitude on campus. Second-year Jeremy Racicot said "I knew we were going to strike them [the Taliban] as much as I didn't want us to, but what I'm worried about right now is what happens afterward. This country has an ungodly shitty record of foreign policy in post-war eras," said Racicot, "and I think Eric Cartman [beloved "South Park" character] spoke for all of us when he said: 'Dude, this is fucking weak."' workers underpaid IROM a PHYSICAL PLANT'' PAGE lj One example of a problem caused by the antiquity of the buildings is an event that occurred during the recent tropical storm. According to Olney. the door of the roof of College Hall blew open and stayed that way for about eight hours, letting in huge amounts of rainwater. The door, which needed replacing, cost $1,000, but the most expensive thing was replacing the plas ter, which amounted to $4,200. All the money had to come from the Physical Plant's budget. One way that students could help with the Physical Plant's budget would be to recycle more. According to Olney, the recycling companies give back some money with each load, for the weight of glass, paper and alu minum. The other is to pick up after yourself. "When I see Lrash that's lying right next to an empty trash can, that's annoying," Olney said. "The crew spend most of their time picking up trash as they go. They should be clean ing buildings, and cleaning sidewalks with power-washers. It would make people feel more appreciated if we could get more help with the trash and with recycling."


6 The Catalyst NEWS October 10, 2001 New brown "racing stripe" highlights Pei improvements by Jag Davies As students returned to New College last August many must have wondered "My housing fees increased by three hundred dollars and all I have to show for it is that brown racing stripe on top of Pei?" However the "racing stripe" is only one small part of a vast series of improve ments to the Pei dormitories slated to take place over the next two years This past summer, $400,000 was spent on renovations to the Pei dormitories Of that money, $30, 000 was spent to add the new stripe. Forty -five rooms were stripped of thei r carpet, and had tiles put in their place. Every room got a new door and mulch was added to the gardens in each of the three courts. Also four or five of the rooms were completely rebuilt with new wails. In the coming years new sliding glass doors will be in stalled in each of the rooms, and all rooms are slated to get tile. Dean of Student Affairs Mat B\aweiss oversaw the "We wanted new students to walk in here, and see something that looks halfway decent. We wanted something that looked a bit more respectable. If [Pei] gets fixed completely, it could be one of the best residence halls in the country It's big it has a lot of glass, it's got private baths, and it's designed so that there's a lot of social inte raction with your neighbors. Bu t when it falls into disrepair, it can be a ghetto." The decision to pa in t the stripe did not occur overnight, and holds a great deal of sym bolic value, according to Blaweiss. "I wanted to make a statement to the world ," said Blaweis s. "First, that we 're making our own decisions not USE For twenty years, we wanted to pain t that stripe We're our own bastard s, we're going to make our own deci sions." Over the summer, students participating in the work crew, along with student government co-presidents Molly Robinson and Andrew Hossack, reached a consensus as to the ex.act color of the stripe. However, fourthe wa individual who originally se lected the particular shade of brown. Aside from its aesthetic qualities the stripe also serves a practical function as a water sealant. "We were going to have to do something for that any way," said Blaweiss. So it made sense to [paint] it at the same time." And, for tho se who are fans of the brown stripe, there is more yet to come. In the com ing years, student government hopes to add a br-:>wn ra cing stripe to Hamilton Center, the Hamilton Classrooms building, and the Sudakoff Center. These additions will be intended to give the east side of campus a more cohesive look. So far, no plans have been made to add a brown racing stripe to College Hall. For the most part, students have been reluctant to endorse the stripe. "It makes me feel like a big, apathetic pile of dirt," said second-year Michelle Connor. .. They should have painted that shit pink," said third -year Sarah Turk. it' weird that they're trying to get everything to match," said second-year Daina Crafa. "Suddenly, I feel l I Black and white captures what Pei looked like before Take a red marker to your copy of the Catalyst to see how it looks now. like I'm on a college campus inquite collegiate," said second stead of a summer camp. I liked year Jesse Glickstein. "I feel it better when things were that it 's quite an improvement painted blue and green -we to our campus. I feel the stripes were very disappointed to see are quite Harvard-esque." the benches painted." Said Blaweiss: "We knew "It looks like ketchup that's that the whole world was been rotting in the sun a few watching us A number of peeyears," added fellow secondpie from the legislature wante_d year Kelsey Harris. us to fmd a way to make thts However, a number of stuplace look better, and we dents also appreciated the wanted to show them, that with effo and reco ized that {or ust a little bit of mone and our better or worse, Pei can't stay own hard work, this is what we the same forever. "I actually can do." think the racing stripe looks Students go to Washington for futile anti-war protest by Christopher DeFillippi Seven New College stu dents, along with two from Manatee Community College, were among tens of thousands of demonstrators who arrived in Washington DC on Saturday, Sept. 29 to protest racism and the war against Afghanistan. All wishing to make their opinions regarding the war known, some students were more concerned that civilian lives would be lost in a conflict, while others had greater issue with the govern ment actions and institutions that sow the seeds of war. Despite these differences, there was a consensus among the New College attendees that the demonstration itself was mod erately successful. "It was a success to the ex tent that it brought together a tremendous amount of peo ple," said Brendan Carnie!, a New College first-year. "And that our participation did a minimum of damage to the movement." "It was hard to tell how many people were there," said Kevin 'Sigismund' Meek, a fifth-year student commenting upon the attendance of the rally. "You could climb up a street light and look in both di rections and not see where the crowds ended However, as pleased as they were with the large turnout for the demonstration, all of the students had issue with their treatment in Washington. "The Anti-Capitalist Con vergence dido 't have permission to be there," said New College first year Meghan Rimelspach. "So the police made a ring around them and held them there for hours." "It's so unconstitutional," said first-year Raea Hicks. "Eventually, a court order came saying they could leave." The rally drew passionate demonstrators from both sides of the debate. "About a dozen counter protesters were stationed before the Navy Archives," said first year Will Sanders. "They were holding signs like 'Welcome Traitors,' and there was this one guy who was painted red, wearing animal fur, and was holding a sign saying 'If we nuke them, there won't be a war.'" There were anti war pro testers who made their points in an equally blunt manner. Rimelspach described a child between the ages of six and ten wearing a 'Fuck War' T-shirt, who insisted upon running up and down the street and flip ping off the police. Despite the fact that pro testers arrived to the rally in droves, the New College demonstrators agreed that their preparation for the rally was, at times, wanting. "It could have been more organized," said first-year Meghan Conley. "We didn't discuss our ideologies in depth." "Originally, a bunch of peo ple were going to go down to protest the IMF and World Bank," said Rimelspach. "When the protests were can celed, we decided to protest the war." Rimelspach offered the last minute change of plans as an explanation for the lack of planning. "I wish we had developed a plan to deal with the media," Meek stated. "We should have discussed responses to ques tions ." Meek then recalled an incident where, when ques tioned by a reporter, a member of their group casually men tioned parties and the novelty of the 60s reminiscent atmos phere as a draw to the protest. He then expressed his concern with how such statements may have changed the media's per ception of the seriousness with which the demonstration is being taken. Surprisingly, the 'Power Puff Girls' party hats the group wore to keep lrac k of each other in the crowd seemed to strike no one as a threat to the seriousness of the group's cause. "It's only too bad there wasn't more media coverage," said first-year Sarah Skowronski, echoing the com plaints of nearly every other New College student involved. "There was a news blackout in coverage of this event,'' said Camiel. "The media rrusrepre sented the sophistication the numbers, and the concerns of the protesters." Despite the problems encountered during the rally, however, all of the students left the demonstration descr i bing some incident that made it worth their while. For having done this, most of the students are even more eager to partici pate in future protests. "I just hope the anti-war protests become something regular," said Carnie!. "I just hope the anti-war, anti-capital ist, anti-statist and anti-racist inclination becomes stronger, and New College students will have an opportunity to partici pate." "I've been to a Free Trade Areas of the Americas protest, with only five people," said Conley, as she listed her other experiences in civil disobedi ence. "I also went to a candlelight vigil to protest the death penalty, which was also with five people. This was my first major protest."


The Catalyst OPINION October 1 0, 2001 7 Opinion: Bin Laden is a terrorist, not a Leftist by Political Science Professor Keith Fitzgerald In its 26 September issue, the Catalyst ran an opinion piece by Raj Ghoshal. Ghoshal's article makes it clear that he is in total ignorance of bin Laden and no one should believe what he has to say about him just because the thesis I sponsored tangentially con cerned bin Laden. Ghoshal's article presents a com pletely false picture of Osama bin Laden. Ghoshal writes: "apart from his religious beliefs and his acceptance of violence, I would gu(!ss that his world view is consistent with a lot of Left leaning Novo Collegians." This guess is completely silly and amounts to nothing more than a self-serving projection. If the term means anything at all, "the Left" includes an embrace of some key values. The Left has always been about the separation of church and state. To say that except for the fact that he is a theocrat bin Laden would be a leftist is like saying accept for the fact that a crow is black it would be white. The Left has always had universalistic aspirations. This now involves an embrace of fundamental rights for all people regardless of race, gender, religi r national ori ins. Democratic ti m economie"nghts such as economic security. The Left also emphasizes the right to political participation and self-determination for all. Indeed, the Left generally asserts fulsome human rights, and this assertion is precisely where its objections to much of U.S. foreign policy comes from. Not only does bin Laden's resort ing to mass murder demonstrate his his support for several extremist regimes, including those in Sudan and Afghanistan. These regimes not only reject the principle of religious freedom, they en gage in religious repression enforced by torture and summary executions. Their treatment of women includes public executions for extramarital sex or appearing in public without a veil. Homosexuality, indeed any degree of sexual freedom, is punished in the most brutal tenns. These regimes repress free discussion, not to mention the press. They do not strive to establish economic rights as the Left bas defined them-on the contrary. Democratic participation in a self-governing polity is anathema. They already know what society is supposed to look like and anyone who has a different view must be coerced to conform. These are not expediencies fortransitional purposes, these are the means of social control that bin Laden sees as ideal. When Ghoshal refers to the "local determination" that globalization erodes, that means the power of small sectors of religious zealots to control every aspect of their subjects' lives, and a total absence of restraints in how that control is exercised. Sexual freedom. gender and racial equality. human rights, spaces for human striving and expression these Leftist values are repulsive to bin Laden. Indeed, the ef fort of bin Laden and his followers is to eradicate these values from the face of the Earth. Since the 1960s, the Left has increasingly embraced principles of cultural tolerance. Most Leftists I know owe cultures different from our own reshould not be asking how or culture, our spect. Bin Laden rejects this value economic practices, and our govern absolutely. He is not a multiculturalist ment's foreign policy have contributed who objects to the United States' forto a world climate where such hatred eign policy for the threat it has posed to and extremism thrives. It does not die his own perspective of what Islamic tate that an unrestrained violent reaction practice would entail. He is a monoculis wise or justified. Nor does it suggest turalist who hates the United States for that we should abandon our rights and the very fact that it is a place where peaour moral duty to participate in the pub pie of different religious backgrounds lie debate about what the United States live and work together collectively enshould do in response to the terrorist at gaging in forging new cultural patterns. tack against us. As people who believe And here is the hard part: globalism, in democracy, in contrast to bin Laden, for all that we may criticize it, is prewe should actively strive to debate and cisely the force that is spreading argue for what we believe in, even if it multicultural tolerance and pressures for is unpopular. But, can we not be foolish both personal and democratic self-deteras we do so? mination across the globe. Some (not By implying that it was not our val all) people on the Left object to globalues that bin Laden attacked, Ghoshal ization because they believe it encourages us to believe that everyone contributes to ecological degradation in the world would be as happy as clams and economic inequality. Bin Laden is if we were in charge. By blaming the more offended by the former than the U.S. government, he reinforces a ten latter. If some leftist Novo Collegians dency of some of us on the Left of really faced up to this reality rather than absolving ourselves of the difficult task fantasizing that bin Laden would be just of recognizing how complex the world like us except for that religious thing, is and what our place in it is. This allows they might have to rethink what "globGhoshal to engage in the repugnant alism" is all about. moral vacuity of suggesting that mur-Let's get this straight, fellow Novo dering thousands of people is less Collegians: bin Laden doesn t simply appalling than their \oved ones reacting re ect U.S. forei n olic He reects in an er or their fe\1ow c\t1zens reeverything we believe in. When "l!pOidtnl' dered those innocent people on have to react to an unspeakable human September 11, he was not just striking tragedy with the horror that decency re out at the State, he was trying to murder quires, but with a kind of us. He does not want to annihilate just self-satisfaction lhat the event confirms American capitalism, or Republicans our view of the world. This is not a time who belong to all white country clubs, for us to rehash self-serving rhetoric. or culturally intolerant people, he wants This is a time for self-examination and to destroy our way of life yes, yours hard work. and mine. Column: Glorious new titles for same old campus offices by Max Campbell In the latest memo issued from the office of President Mike Michalson, Michalson announced that he will no longer be known as president. He ex plained that his title has been modified to reflect the college's new policy of enhancing administrators' titles in the hopes of gaining greater leverage in ac quiring much-needed funds for the campus. This precedent was first set with the "promotion" of Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss and Director of Admissions Joel Bauman to "Dean of Student Affairs" and "Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid," respec tively. Michalson's own new title will be "God-Emperor of New College." "We have already had great suc cess," Michalson told the Catalyst, "with the handling of Mark and Joel's titles. And then we thought, 'Say. if big ger titles mean bigger salaries, why shouldn't we take fuller advantage of that?' So we did." He added, "It is our hope that my promotion to God-Emperor will give us the money we need to bribe the Southern Association of Colleges a::1d Schools to get us accredited before 2003." In keeping with this policy, other administrators have also had their positions re-titled. Charlene Calahan, formerly "Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs," will now be called the "Grand Chancellor and High Priestess for Academic Affairs." Fonner Vice President for Finance and Administration John Martin will now simply be called "King." Eugene O'Casio, once Interim Chief of the NCPD, has had his title changed to "Shogun," or, literally, ''The BarbarianDefeating General." And the list continues. "Of course, the increased salary which will come with these new titles will be used in flexible ways," Michalson said. "But my fellow admin istrators have been real troopers about that. And if any of them aren't so happy ... well, with these new salary rates, we'll be able to attract better ad ministrators anyway." Indeed, the campus reaction to the new titles has been generally positive. Michalson said that he thought the stu dent body has reacted especially well to having been collectively dubbed as "Knights of the Realm." Some, however, have expressed dis appointment that their new titles were not quite august enough. Among the faculty, some Division Chairs complained that they had only been promoted to "President." "I had requested that my title be Grand-Poobah," Blaweiss mourned. When informed of such complaints, Michalson responded with the promise that future promotions for staff and administrators would "almost certainly'' be forthcoming. He also announced the creation of a new campus office, to be filled as soon as a worthy candidate becomes available: the "Czar of Phantom Employees Whose Salaries Are Used to Fund Buildings." Correction The October 3 article on the Board of Trustees misidentified General Counsel David Smotker. The Catalyst regrets the error.


8 The Catalyst Introduction to Sculpture Class Installation Wednesday, October I 0 Sunrise to Sunset Caples Fine .Arts Aocade & Forum Our Intro. Sculpture students have been instructed to envision the Forum as a body of water, rather than a field of grass. See where inspiration has taken them. Guidelines require all sculptures to be larger than 2' but smaller than a person. The material of choice is plaster with chicken wire, wood or steel framework. Admission is free. Exhibit continues daily through November 4. Sarasota Mahayana Bud dhist Meditation Group Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 p.m. College Hall Music Room The Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group meets weekly to study and prac tice traditional Mahayana Bud dhist meditation Participation is open to all: it requires no prior knowledge of or commit ment to Buddhism. Attendance is free of charge. If you wish to sit on the floor in traditional meditation pos ture, bring a pad or blanket and a fum cushion (the room has a also be available. Unidos: Many Countries, Many One Community Thursday, October 11, 2001, 6-7p.m. Diversity and Gender Center Jose Marti meets Jim CrowCubans in the Deep South (Tampa; 1895) Presented by Maura Barrios of the USF Latin American and Caribbean Stud ies Department. For more info ANNOUNCEMENTS October 10. 2001 .. CAREER CENTER l' What's Happening Wed. Oct. 10 3:30 pm, FSU College of Medicine, Teaching Auditorium. HCL-08. Find out about this new program which focuses on medicine in rural and underserved areas .. Teach for America now offers an online application on the w e b As a teacher, you will see first hand the challenges your s tudents face and how the sys tem is currently set up to respond to these challenges. As a result, you will gain valu able insight into the solutions needed to create effective in stitutional change far beyond your two-year commitment. contact the Diversity and Gender Center 2-4642 A Shared Illusion A Shared Illusion Lecture by Robert H. Davis, Ph.D. presented by the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota Sainer Pavilion 7 : Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud met for the first time on a Sun day in Vienna in 1907. They needed each other badly and met with high hopes. But the one sure thing they brought to the table that November day was a shared illusion: each man thought he could change the other. We'll discuss some of the similarities between them and some of their differences. Open to the public. Admission: MemApplication materials and a re cruitment video are also available in the Career Center. Student Conservation Association offers paid intern ship opportunities that mix public policy and practice for a one of a kind professional ex perience. Feb. 1 Aug. 15, 2002 in Washington, DC and various National Parks. While on Capitol Hill interns receive $450/week, housing will be lo cated and secured by SCA. While at a National Park in terns wi II receive a transportation stipend. free housing and a living allowance for food. For further informa tion and to apply: bers $5; Non-members $10: students, faculty and staff of New College and USF free. Brazilian Shaman Coming To New College Tuesday Oct 24, 8:00 p.m. Sudakoff Paulo Roberto Silva e Souza is KTa:>:ttt:tn r l1 io eader in an ayahuasca church. He is travelling the country to teach about his religion and campaign for religious freedom in the USA. While working as the psychologist for the Brazilian government in Amazonia, he studied psychological and spiri tual effects plants of the rainfor est have on communities of na tive people. Souza has been invited to many universities and conferences to share his knowl-The Harlem Renaissance and the Anthropology of Performance All events begin at 7:30 p.m. in Sudakoff October 10 '"Madam to You': An Exploration o Langston Hughes' Characterization of the African American Domestic Worker." Barnes Johnson, Ph.D., The New Place, Tampa, FL. Theatrical per formance and discussion. October 24 "A Writer's Life: On the Road with Langston Hughes." Charles Pace, Department o Anthropology, Centre College, Dan ville, KY. Theatrical performance and discussion. November 7 "Jesse B. Simple: Characterization in the Fiction of Langston Hughes." Kwabena Dinizulu, St. Petersburg, FL. Theatrical perfor mance and discussion November 20 "Acting in the Living Museum." James Horton, Ph.D., Department of History, Geor ge Washing o n v Smithsonian Institution. edge of Christian-Spirituality and the psycho-spiritual work of Amazonian corrununities. Sex, Drugs, and RevolutionA reflective workshop for com munity organizers and activists. October 27-28 (Sat. and Sun.) Are you interested in activism, drug policy, and/or drugs? This is a free weekend workshop (approx. 9 hours) presented by Theo Rosenfeld and Sandra Karpeter. For more information and to sign up, visit www.geoc i ties. com/sarasotadrugin fo (Call941.360.5284 if you don't have internet access.) Hurry, space is limited! How the Other Half 'Lives' by Christopher DeFillippi

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