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Volume XIV, Issue 6 now checking all submissions for ALL YOU SPACE ARE BELO G OAULT Installation artist arrives this week, will lecture Thursdav at 7 "' by Christine Bottom 'ew College i rife with would-be movement maker For very variation of the cau e on campu lhere also ecm to be a ridiculous comucopia of ways to speak out "The Man.'' ovo Collegians seem o no trouble e pressing the1r po t -adolc cent-acade miccti vist angst. but there s always a new way, a new venue to voice the latest social hot potato. Lucky for cw 'of lege weB-established artist Julie Ault, a l eadin g practi tioner o f art as a catalyst for political discour. e and social change, will give a public lecture on art activism and Pa ilion. Ault i an artist who ind' pendent! and collaboratively organize exhibitions and mul tiform projects. Ault views exhibition making as a medium and frequently a sumes a cura torial role as a form of arti tic practice. Her projects include Outdoor Systems, Indoor Dis tribution in collaboration with Martin Beck at GBK (Berlin: Summer 2000); Power Up: Si ter Corita and Donald Moffett, Interlocking at the UCLA Hammer useum (Los Ange les: Winter 2000); and Cultural Economie : Hi tories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC. Th Drawing enter ( ew York City: 1996). It is hard to describe Ault's work without initiating a discussion about temporality, context, and the d finition of the art as a concrete phy ic, I object to be viewed versu the definition of art as amorphou SEE UL P1WE. Admis ions prepares "arsenal'' to recruit new students by .Jag Davie Why wa th Board of Re g nt reorganiz d? Are 'cw College budget problem. going ro affect my cholar hip? J it safe to vi it Florida, you know. with all the anthrax and terrori t hideout and so on? In 'cw ollege's fir t year of independence, the Admision office has had a particularly bizarre array of que tions to contend with as they an mpt to recntit the in coming class for the 2002-03 hool year. However. now that 'ew College's admini tration is separate from U t, it should eliminate confusion among pro. pccti ve t dents and hope fully help attract a higher caliber of tudents to ew ol lege in the future. In the coming yea dmi sions will unveil a new series of promotional ma tetiaL. increase the involvement of current students in the rl! cruiting proce and host tl fir t open house of New Col lege of Florida. Righ now, the top priority of Admission. i to facilitate an incrca e m student involvement in the recruiting proce "While we do have student intems and office a sistant ," aid Dean of Admi sions Joel Bau man, "it would be great if there could be more leadership from student in contacting pro pcc tive students in order to identify which students are mo t likely to succeed here." "Even if students are very bright and have good academic backgrounds," Bauman continued, "it doe n 't mean that they wi II ncce ari ly ucceed at ew 'allege, becau e of the motiva tion and the independence that we require of our students. o, it's very important that prospec tive student t.alk to student here in order to get a clear pic ture of what it's like here, both academically and ocially." In tere ted students should contact Bauman at 359-4269, or in his of tee at Robinson Hall. Another priority for Admis sion is the improvement of both the quality and the variety of promotional materials that are available to prospective stu dent According to Bauman, "What we're trying to do is at tract some of the best students in the country to come to school h re, o that both the clas Toom experienc and the social expe rience i a quality e peri nee. However, this top two percent of students in the country are being wooed by every other school in th c untry as well. schools with million of dollar in their recruiting budgets." In a recent audit by George Dane & Associate a con. ul tant to various liberal art colleges around the country. th y id ntified the quality of 'ew College's promotional 1 aterials as a particular weak n ss. In response, Admi sions has produced an "arsenal," or sequence of mat rial d signed to lead the pr pc<.:tive tudent through the decision-making proce s the applicati n proce s and finally the enrollment October 24, 2001 Shelt r -or suffocation Robert chober' nomadic in flatable plastic housing eems i d ea l for the Ne-w College com munity particularly con id ering the high ratio of alums who are expected to wind up a transients Th campus police, rult.!d -STORl; PAGE 3 ew York, ew York If New College was hit hard by the terrorist attacks and their aftermath imagine what it mu t have been like at the fr nt lines. One C(ltal st reporter traveled to 1ew Yorl<. o er fall break. Inside, he heels son light on how the Big Apple's residents are coping. STORY, PAGE 2


2 The Catal NEWS OF THE WORLD October 24 2001 U.S. at war, week three New York still "stunned and scared" by Michael Gimignani nited Slates military opera tions continued i n Afghanistan this week. including the ftrst confirmed ground fighting of lhe contli .t. U.S. commandos staged a daring raid into a command compound of Taliban leader Mohammad Omar, wounding or killing Taliban fighter seizing intelligence material and de troying the facility. U. officials aid aturday. The raid were part of a broader U.S. tratey aimed at sowing discord and defections among Taliban commanders who might be unwilling to d i e to protect u peeled terrorist Osama bin Laden Further uch operations arc expected in the days to come as the U nited tate wages war more with small and clande tine raids than with the large. highly vis ible advance of wars pa t. In a reJated development, Taliban rulers ordered their large weapons unsheathed Sunday to counter U.S. ground attacks. Earlier. the weapons the m from the airsfr:ikes. Th e o rd e r cam e as U.S j e t s shifted efforts from city targets to the 1aliban front against the opposition nonhem alliance. Attack concentrated on the Taliban po tt10ns outside Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. two citie that may prove crippling to the Taliban if lost to the al liance. Anthrax spores found in bulk mailing to Argentina Health official in Argentina report d Saturday that they had found anthrax pores in at least one vacation brochure ent with a Miami c TilE Gen ral Editor Michael Sanderson Layout Editor Marie Bla co Web Editor Michael Gimignani po tal permit to Buenos Aire This is the first pos ible case of the potentially deadly bacteria showing up in a bul mailing. The announced d i scovery of anthrax pores in the vaca tion offer from a Fort Lauderdale time hare company s t off what authorities called a "very important panic" in Buenos Aires Municipal elections were canceled Satur day, security forces scrambled to cover border cro sings and worried people rushed to empty shelves of antibiotics Federal authorities in south Flotida, wary that further testing might turn up no contaminat i on, said they were still trying to sort out the repon from Argentina. They said they didn't know the brochure s exact route from outh Florida to a neighborhood in Buen s Aires. o tests were underway at south Florida postal facilities. Ru ia do i g communication-monitoring ite in Cuba Ru sian president ladimir byUzPalomo To a ca ual observer riding the subway a t rush hour. it might seem a though every thing is back to normal in ew York City. But despite appear ances ew York college students have undergone quite a change in attitude since the eptember 11 incidents Ellis Dixon, a third scm ter student at the Fashion Institute ofTechnology in New York City, said ..It l ike everyone' stunned and scared School was out for the rc t o the week [after September 11) Crime rate have even gone down Everyone's just trying to take in what hap pened since th World Trade Center fell." It re a lly i hard for people to walk around the streets of Man hattan withou t being constantly reminded of recent events Visi bility i till noticeably poor around the site of the wrc. and some people hold disposable masks over their faces to avoid breathing in n xiou particles, like a be to a1 d m rcury, that 00 words. Letter to th Editor should be no more 250 words. Submissions hould be labeled a Letters to the Editor or contributions and names and contact infom1ation. Pnnted submissions may be placed in campus box 75. and all other contributions may be e-mailcd to No anonymous subm1ss1ons will be accepted. Editorial A i t nt Graham Strou e Direct submis ions and inquiries to: The ataly t 'taff Writers 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ ncfedu All must be received by 5:00p.m. tn orde to appear in the following w k's lSSUe. Ryan McCormick Price, Esq .. David Savarese, Valerie Mojeiko. Jag Davies. Chri lane Bottom Christopher Renee Maxwell. Lit Palomo, Abby Weingarten 1he Catalyst reserves the right to edit ubmissions for space, grammar or style. lnfonnation about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.


The Catalyst b. Abby We in arten It was ust a coi id nee that the Ringling Mu-cum of Art' current exhibit "One ati n'' open on Oct. II, n nth flcr th day that ca t a shadow on th Amenc n canvas. ubtitkd "Patriot nd Pirate Ponrayed by 1 Wyeth and Jame \Vy th." lh theme. ot be mor apropo Ratsmg question. th, t arc appli able now more than th how ask what does it mean to be an Am What i patri tism? 1 d how have th c d finttton changed ov r ur lifctirne ? ln 0 painti1 g and dmwings by gri.lndfather a d ?rand 1 an Ja Wy th. \.\. s uch hifts 111 pubhc emimcm from the 20th century to th preen!. ( ommi ioncd b th gO\icrnment to r ord some of th mo t crucial vent the Wyeth help d shape our pact trc of An ri an hi tory C. Wyeth (1 2-194 wa them t amous il hi ?ay, prolilic tw n 1912 and 1945. tht. pcnod of two \ orld wars. he illustrated cia stc novel and magazine article and crl:. ted im ag fi r tlropaganda jXl. t r .. His oil painting of World War 1 uch a 11ze Bat(1910) and The Bloody Angle (1912) con cy th dt comfort of a tormy battle round. I e combine m thick. humid, Ru n sque bru h tro with d b, cam uflag un euling realism, he cap-Above, Soldiers of the 01 1942 by N.C. "Yerh. Right, tur th h m ted facaal exprcs ions of oldie in a propaganda po. ter from WW/1. combat. jacket and motorcycl glo s, symbolic f the r bel-A World War II propaganda po ter, Amateurs at lious attitude of young pcopl during the 1etnam ra October 24, 2001 3 War: American Soldier in Acrion (1943) show a Magaz ine commi sioned lame to record detenrun d ncle Sam marching in front of an Amer-h fir. t s t of trials in lving organizer of the Wa his brawn caricaturized lik a comic o. e rna 1 "Jaf ap arance m Buy Bo po t r from 1942. only rie of pencil sketches of lh An illu. tration for Women' Da Maga ine in I 945 "American Character: Trial and Triumph." A people called l11e Home Coming d picts a oldicr returning topped gl ifying politics and tarted re<:ognizing it hom to greet hi family-a hopeful remind r for the foible humanism hecam th focu of an. women of th era with hu band at war. fn recent effott Jan did a painting of vcc N .. Wyeth's painting and ill strations empha-Pre id nt Gore' hou e in 1996, and wa asked by iz the trial of war, y t hi propaganda po ters tre Pre idem Clinton to do A tudv for Dawn, th White its heroi m. At a time when patrioti m was evcryon Hou e in c lebration of the building s 200th birthday re ponsibility. these contrasting image maint in d at the millennium. t .ir loyalty to th country, while till whispering According to informati n pro ided at th show. doubt Rmgling wa chedul d to begin a th med ries. During the 1960 when political and social ideal .. Celebrating n rican Art: A tar-Span led Season were continually being challeng d. Jam s Wy th 2001-2002," with One ation' a. the headliner. The (1946-) came of ag Vi tnam and Wat rgate 1 vcalcd exhibit wa initially put togeth r b aine' the fallibility of govemm nt. and citizen were amsworth Art Mu urn to celebrate the electi n of beginning to re-cvaluat th ir pride. B ing patriotic t e 43rd President and the beginning of the 21st cen wa not ju t about serving the country, but abo tury. protc ting it a w II. After it three-month run at Pennsylvania Tlz Draft Age (1965) how portrait of th Brandywine iver u um ended on ept. 3. Rioartist's childhood friend wearing a bla k leath r gling wa the ne t to receive One EWS scene in which school children gather cheerfully on a hillside, waving An rican flag in the air. In tl e Ringling gallery. tiny table are topped with illustrated book uch a nzc Flllg We Lme and Uncle Sam and Old Glory. A sign on th wall reads, "It i hildren that we fir t leam about patriotism. Looking at and ames Wy th's work. we all get th chance to revi it ho fir t awakenings of national con ciou nc in our elves. Children ar th futu We are all childr n." ow, in th mid t four na i n recent "awak ning,'' hat kind of images will thi ra' children produce? Th how i located in th west win gallery and will nm until January 6, 2002. Mu urn h ut ar. 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a wee. Admi -sion for tud nt i f with l.D. Ad Ions urges tude t to he p attract app ca ts, not scare th m '"-----------'-----' proce s. The fir t r und f materials focu. on the em tional and sory qualities of w allege. e ec nd ro nd of material focuses on th school's unique academic qualitic and the third round describes particular expe riences f student with c mments fi rn both student and faculty. Also, in the w k leo: ding up to faJI break, y u may have noticed a strange man with a camera lurking in the shadow around campu His name i tev partana. and he is a p tographer who i !ping to as emble w 'ollege' first new view-boo in th years. b view-book will includ quote from t dent and fac ulty to complement the photograph a well as inf< rmation about n t w rthy alums a d requircm nts for admi sion. "We n a view-book that i a high quality as o r acad mic program," said Bauman. On ovem r ll. in he udakoff Cent r. ew Col lege of Florida plan to h ve its inaugural "Open House" for pro pccti v t d nt and ir pare ts. t the open h us '. stud nts and faculty will howca e th ir work. and w ollege dub and organizati n will be present to howcase their effons and hopefully recruit n w membe of th ir own. All in aU, the attitude of th dmi. ion Offic is quite upbeat. "At t.hi point, ing w ollege of Florida. w have a much cri per pr fil id Bauman. "Bee ing independ nt i a great thing. Th o traditi n of a li ral art college in 1-1 rid o it m y take pe pi a while to catch on. In any case, w arc pro rooting our elve. aggr s ively-if we want to continue to attract high-caliber smd ts. we have to continue to proj t an image lh t inspire confid nee."


October 24, 2001 Will pneumatic structures be the homes of the_f_u_tu_r_e_. -------, could house six people 50 percent by Valerie Mojeiko On a breezy Sunday aflen oon, Roben Schober sat in the middle of the Dort-Gold tein crease-the area be tween the Dort and Goldstein re idence halls putting the finishing touches on his large pia tic bag When he was fini hed. he hooked it up to a small fan and pumped it full of air. hen he in stalled a zipper on the side and climbed into the newest building on campus -an inflatable structure. Thing that you can do inside of 'chober's inflatable structure include but are not limited to: reading textboo playing with ferret stretching. watching trashy cheerleader movies. and living. "'I have Ii ed in three rooms in Goldstein," said Schober. 'Tvc moved three times and L feel like I have been Ji\'ing in the arne place." Though it is not spatially coruJectcd, Schober's plas tic dome could qualify as a noticeable modification to hi current Goldstein room. I Ie has taken decorating one step further than hanging up a new tape try or painting the purple wall blue. According to Schober, his structure more people than a Dort or Gold tein Q room and 200 percent more people than a Pci room. It took approximately five hours to build. The cost of materials, in cluding the fan, wa approximately 30. Schober plans on demonstrating the livability of his struclurc by filling it with touch light and inflatable furni ture. "I'm going to live in it for a week outside," he said. Schober later admit ted that he might usc the shower in one of the dorms. Schober's goal is to get more ew College students e cited about inflatable structures so that he can form a thinktank to create ideas of what to do with these things. want to do a workshop in 1ampa on how to [build these]," said Schober. "My idea i to build of bunch of thes in large parking lots, empty strip malls, and other wa ted spaces." Schober's new club, the Pneumatic romadic Society will soon hold it's first meeting. "We're going to have our meetings inside (the structure] and project digital svoQcstco A blueprinJ for future .\t rucwres. which Schober hllnded orlt in New York. art on the side of it." said Schober. Schober. There has been one small setback in "(The inflatable structure] lends it-Schober's vision. The campus police self to a nomadic lifestyle," he said. "[It asked him to take it down because it is ideal for} omeone who wants to be was an "unauthorized structure." They com 1ransient." also ca lied it a suffocation hazard. "I think I need to get permission Schober can be contacted at [before I can set it up again)," said cmta>l!Nmail .co m rcomme c a The Iron Monke): the ruli>s of phy ic.\ c/o not llpply by Christine ottoms Set in feudal China, Iron Monkey riginally released in 1993, Miratells the story of mild mannered Dr. max is re-releasing Iron Monkey, Yang (Yu Rong-guong), who plays hoping to benefit from the success of Robin Hood to an oppressed village by last year's ubiquitous Crouching Tiger; night as the Iron Monkey. The corrupt Hidden Dragon. Iron Monkey is di-Governor Cheng (James Wong), issues rected by Yueo Wo Ping, stunt a crackdown on the vigilante, in antici coordinator for the blockbu ter film pation of the arriva. of the Imperial The Matrix and Crouching Tzger, a Mini ter, a heretic Shaolin master (Yan point that Miramax i quick to point out Yee-kwan). Yang later joins forces with to promote this film. Unfortunately. thi a monk named Wong Kei-ying (Donnie is a case of good movie, bad marketing Yen), who had oliiginally been black strategy. Without the proper preparamailed to capture him. Obviously the tion, Iron Monkey comes off as a live plot is hackneyed and flimsy. action version of Dragon Ball Z, sans That's not to say that the movie is dubbing. hut with subtitles just as corny without merit. Where Iron Monkey has as if it was tlubbed. its flaws. those flaws actually make the portant thing to remember is that the movie is part of a long tradition of kung fu films. It was never meant to appeal to an audience unaware of the genre's aesthetic. If you must see this movie, but have little exposure to kung fu be yond Crouching Tiger, here are a few of the rule to appre iating the art form: #l-Law of Empirical Domestic Application: It is possible to incorpo rate martial at1S into any aspect of life. #2-Law of Differentiated Gravi tation: Whenever omeone or something jump is throv.-11, or other wise rendered airborne, gravity is reduced by a factor of four. #3-Law of Temporal Variability: ime is not a constant. Time tops for the hero whenever said 'hero' does something 'cool' or 'impressive.' Time slows down when friends and lovers are being killed and peeds up whenever there is a fight. #4-Law of Nominative Elocution: The likelihood of success and damage done by a martial arts attack is directly proportional to the volume a which the full name of the attack is announced. And so on. Iron Monkey also offers a few other gem for the kung fu flick fetishist. The story itself revolves around the character of young Wong Fei-hong, whose adult exploits are chronicled by Jackie Chan in the classic Drunken Master films. Feminists should he happy to know that Iron Monkey's younger version of Fei-hong g 7..e,.man .. and her action sequences are some of the most impressive in the movie. Along with Miss Orchid (Jean Wang) and one heretic Shaolin priestess. the movie boasts a strong exhibition of fatal female fists, just as impressive as tho e of their male co-stars. for all its sketchy plot and ridicu lous dialogue. Iron Monkey is redeemed by it action and slick pro duction. It would be a shame. but inevitable, to see flop at the box office. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, there are reports of some controversy over minor "revisions" (such as changing the name ''Miss Ho" to "Miss Orchid") Miramax made to make it appeal to a broader audience. Having seen both the original and the re-release, this reviewer sees nothing worth creating a fuss. However, Miramax should never have attempted to market this movie a something that will appeal to the rna s. Iron Monkey is no Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and there is no guarantee that annie Yen does all his own stunts like Jackie Chan. The movie was never meant to be a crossover film. But if you want action, flame engulfed showdowns, and you want to catch the trailer for the up coming Lon/ of the Rings flick, you should definitely check out Iron Monkey. Iron Monkey is mted PG-!3 for vio lence, and brief sexuality. It is IWW playing at Hollywood 20.


FEATURES October 24, 2001 5 Julie Ault's work appropriates others' images for new artistic purposes I FROM ''Amr" PAGEl J It is 0 reate t e rea tty of work aesthetics. Some of Group Materdiscuss the ins outs and dele' ate a catalogued projects include Democracy, the roles the' invoived e cata ogue for Ault s Dra Art Foundation (New York would 1 h collaborative project Outdoor City 1988) AIDS Ti r ay m er latest mstallaS t 1 d 0 zme me, t1on prOJect (as the Catalyst went ys ems, n oor tstnbutron Berkeley University Art Museum to press the f h d Beck) describes the work as (Berkeley, California: 1989); and happened). mee mg a not yet a an:angement of Americana, Whitney Museum of Resident Artist ro ram coor1mages, graphtcs. vtdeos, American Art (New York City: dinators expect thep to be texts on Site to 1 Ault lives in New York completed over the of four artJ_culate an envtronment .w.h!ch <;tty, but she teaches at art instituFriday afternoons. This is the time the exhtbttJOn ttons on a visiting basis. Her most period that Ault and the students aren't recent stints as a teacher have wiJI be working together. At the ;lmp Yd 0 m a room. been at &ole superieure d'art viprojected end of Julie's stay there n:_tea d thed space is suel in Geneve, University of will be a one-night exhibition of ac Ivate an a the components California in Los Angeles the finished ro.ect Thursda cohalel to present the room as a (UCLA) and Rhode Island School vember 15 i-oo p m Atyp, Nreoss w o e p1ece of art f D o es1gn (RISD). time, the exhibition space had yet In 1979. Ault co-founded Thursday's lecture is open to to be determined. Any student inGroup the general public. At 4:30p.m. on terested in the ro ect should unttl Tuesday, October 23, before the contact Professor p Jslie Fry at produced mstallat10ns and pubhc Thursday lecture, she will have a New College, 359-4679, or Susan Left: Ault,detail He Kills Me (Donald Moffet, J989!97)from Power Up: Trovas at the Ringling School, S1ster Conta and Donald Moffet interlocking instalation 359-7536. Visiting professor McGee Young: would-be Fitzgerald substitute by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. and asked him to teach Fitzgerald's id e nt Gordon "Mike" Michalson. Almost every New Colle g e s tud e nt cla sses i n hi s p l ace. I was lucky. Dr. Michalson being ha idly y ---."':U' ltv" .. ,b.v, far-flung future, returning to sylvan and said 'Do you want to come teach at Sarasota to become a member of the New CoJJege?' and I thought about it revered faculty of their dear alma for about three seconds and said 'Yes, mater. Many students do indeed return actually I would, yes."' and teach here, but few have made the Young moved down to Sarasota trip back so quickly as McGee Young. from New York, after making arrangeYoung graduated in 1996, majoring ments to work on his dissertation down He hired me on for the year and now I get to teach two classes while Dr. Fitzgerald also gets to teach his own classes." Young is teaching Introduction to American Government and a course on in Political Science/Economics and writing a thesis on "The Politics of Sugar" for Dr. Eugene Lewis, Dr. Richard Coe, and Dr. Keith Fitzgerald. Thereafter, McGee Young entered the graduate program at Syracuse Univer sity, where he became a teaching assistant in his second semester and began writing his dissertation on inter est group politics under the sponsorship of Dr. Kristi Andersen, which he plans Independence put Professor Fitzgerald back in the classroom. Fortunately for Young, who had already completely rearranged his life in order to come teach at New College, "Dr. Michalson ... decided not to screw me." to complete by next year. "I swore I was never going to do anything with interest groups again after I finished my thesis," lamented Young, "and now I'm writing my dis sertation on them and I'll be teaching a class on them next semester. It just goes to show that you can never teJI." The circumstances behind the return of one of New College's prodigal sons to the fold of the Political Science fac ulty is an intriguing one. During the early stages of reorganization last year, during the first throes of independence, Dr. Keith Fitzgerald was appointed to the position of Associate Dean and Warden, in place of Dr. Malena Car rasco. Fitzgerald called McGee Young at Syracuse after accepting the position here, and waded through the morass of paperwork that one must ford to teach at a state school. He was all prepared to begin teaching this semester when dis concerting news arrived. "Over the summer, when the inde pendence thing was really going into full swing, Dr. Fitzgerald's position was sort of dissolved, so he returned to the teaching faculty ... and they were stuck with me, having hired me to teach the classes of someone who was now going to be teaching his own classes." Fortunately for Young, who had al ready completely rearranged his life in order to come teach at New College, the reorganization which had been such a chaotic influence him also provided him with salvation in the form of Presthe Politics of Congress. "It's just halfway through the semester and I haven't flunked anybody yet, so they still like me," Young said with a grin, "but I'm having fun with it. I'm taking advantage of the quality of New Col lege students as a way to design good courses and interesting assignments, what's best is that I don't feel that I have to dumb it down at all. I can explore issues on a much more intellectual level than I could [as a teaching assistant] at Syracuse." Young began teaching courses at Syracuse University as a TA almost im mediately, and found it to be a largely worthwhile experience, giving him a crucial background in designing courses, writing exams, and learning how to motivate students and lecture effectively gram and the Preparing Future .. r .-.;. program. The FPP and the PFF. They were a great help for me as a teacher because they gave me a good ground ing in the really basic stuff which gave me that much less to worry about. That's important, because New College is one of the more challenging places to teach at as far as having to be at the top of your game for each and every class." Young's experiences at Syracuse University have made him treasure his time so far at New College all the more. The greatest problem with teaching there, he said, was "not the smart stu dents, since the smart students at Syracuse were just as smart as the smart students at New College. Nor were the distracted students really the problem." McGee Young's primary problem was "the undifferentiated mass." "They were the majority of the classes ... the boys wear hats and follow the sports team, and drink beer and plan to get into their father's business and the girls are all heavily into the Greek lifestyle ... and they're not interested in learning so much as just graduating. The most beautiful thing about New College is that there IS no undifferenti ated mass ... there's no blob of faceless students without direction or inspira tion filling the classroom. That, along with many other things, is what makes teaching here such a privilege."


6 The Catalyst NEWS October 24, 2001 Litigation is not an option or is it? by Renee Maxwell David Smolker is not your typical lawyer. Why? Because as New College's newly-appointed General Counsel. he's working at a substantial discount. This charitable bargain is not just an act of altruism on Smolker's part. As a New College alumnus, he is motivated by a genuine affection for the school. "I love College and I want to see it succeed, and this is a time when it's definitely challenged." Smolker told The Catalyst. ''It's also a profes sional challenge for me." Smolker's area of expertise is in property rights litigation, as well as environmental law, a subject he is teaching this semester as an adjunct professor. Smolker said, "When you become 'instant university,' you also become instant university law expert. So that's what I'm working on. My objective is to become an expert in the next 60 days." As if that weren't enough to keep him busy for the next two months, Smolker is also responsible for all the legal matters relating to the operation of the college in the meantime. Accord ing to Smolker. "the next challenge has been trying to prioritize the tasks that need to be done and to essentially lay out a shon-tenn plan to get the infralnpendent Organizations structure in place." Smolker compares this to dealing with the legal issues of a small city, and he ought to know: he served as the City Planner of Bradenton for four years. He was also the Chief Assistant County At torney of Pasco County for three years and the Assistant County Attorney the year before. This was essentially a di verse local government law practice involving civil and admin. trative litiga tion, with an emphasis in zoning, land use and environmental law. He also serve as the legal advisor to the Plan ning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. As New College General Counsel, Smolker will be able to put his previous experience and legal knowledge to good use. He will be working on cer tain issues in conjunction with the General Counsel of USF as weJ I, in order to work out agreements in shared services. Smolker did point out how ever, that "we have to be careful about what sorts of things we contract with USF in providing legal services, but there are some areas where there is no real issue of conflict of interest: workers' compensation claims and things of that nature." The legal matters that concern New College as a newly-independent entity New College of Florida Board of Trustees Acting Direct()( Public Affairs Acting President VPFmance & Admmistrat1on Dean. 1\dmissioos & FinanCial Aid Shading Indicates services shared with USF Sarasota-Manatee Humanities Natural Social Sciences Env. Studies CARl create unique complications for Smolker. While New College has been endowed with all the responsibilities and duties of a university. it cannot start exercising all the authority it has due to the practical matters of redefining its relationship with USF, both administra tively and physically. "It's actually like a motorcycle with a sidecar, and you're trying to rewire the sidecar so it can be a separate motorcycle, while you're also driving it down the road," said Smolker. Meanwhile, Smolker's job is to es tablish a legal safety net for New College. As Smolker stated, "We live in a highly regulated society. Universities are very highly regulated within that framework, and so what you find is that just about everything a unversity does, maybe with the exception of the actual academic teaching, is in some form or another regulated by something. It's my responsibility to make sure that to the extent that there are legal requirements imposed on New College as an institu tion, we're following them." Incidentally, Smolker enrolled at New College while it was a private col lege in the '70s, and a year later the merger occurred with USF. Therefore, he has seen both sides of the process of independence for New College. He also David Smolker: minimum-wage lawyer. served as President of New College Alumnae/i Association Board of Direc tors for four years, and is still a member of the board. Finally. he served on the New College Foundation Board of Trustees as well. Since he certainly did not take this job for the money, Smolker's dedication to New College is obvious Special Assistant to the President campus Jldvancemenl Resdence Ute & Food Public Alumni Affairs Special Busmess& Financial Services Events Student SeNJCeS Student Life Services Faculty Faculty Support Services Academic Program Development Not acting anymore SeNor Academy The Catalyst presents this organization chart, showing the administrative relationship of New College and USF Sarasota. (Courtsey Office of the President)


The Catalyst OPINION October 24, 2001 7 Guest Opinion: Campus raccoons and animal trapping in bayfront park by Claudia Cuomo The May 9, 2001 Catalyst contained an article about trapping and (suppos edly) relocating campus raccoons during the summer As I have dealt with the unauthorized trapping and killing of raccoons by some grounds workers, I became concerned when I read who would be in charge of the project. There was next to no doubt in my mind that these animals would not be going "to a better place." Our campus community, I feel, should be better informed about this issue. Let me fill in some of the gaps: About 2-3 years ago, an Uplands resident told me that she repeatedly observed how some USF grounds workers set traps under the mangroves in the northern part of the college's bayfront park. The resident was concerned about the legitimacy of such trapping in the most natural and most remote part of the campus. Soon I encountered two grounds workers carrying a trapped rac coon. I told them I knew from Animal Control that they were not allowed to remove a raccoon from this area. They refused to let it go, but promised to stop the trapping. A few weeks later I saw them with another trapped raccoon. The campus administration had not autho rized anybody to trap animals in that area. I told the men, but they insisted they had a right to trap on state land and confirmed they would kill the animal. My husband (professor Glenn Cuomo) and I contacted Julie Morris and Richard Kendrick about the contin ued trapping. Richard Kendrick informed us per e-mail that he had talked to grounds personnel and had issued a "cease and desist" order. He asked us to inform him of any further trapping. Early this Friday (October 19). I en countered the grounds worker I had seen with trapped raccoons. He men tioned that he had been asked to trap raccoons by the dorms this summer. I did not go into the trap-release issue with him. As I had feared, the same people who caught and killed raccoons in the past were put in charge of "relo cating" them! I hope this will not happen again and in the future, wildlife and animal rights organizations will be consulted for something as complex as wildlife relocation. People knowledgeable about wildlife should handle trap and release projects. And hopefully, our campus community will start to deal Guest opinion: FMLA explains posts of things to come by Sydney Nash Some New College students had to look twice at signs posted around campus yesterday. "MANDATORY: Effective this semester, all female donn rooms must be painted pink. Your resi dent advisor will provide you with the nece sary supplies" read one such sign. However, if you were struck enough by Although this day of action is taking place on October 18 around the coun try, FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance the organizers of the event) felt that it was an impor tant event, and scheduled it after fall break so that all students could be a part. NYWDA was started to remember the death of Rosie Jimenez, a 27-year denies women federal Medicaid fund ing for abortions. Although the day traditionally hi lights reproductive rights, it is also a day of activism for many different causes. These include welfare and im migration reform, economic justice, access to jobs and education, disability rights, environmental justice, gn to ning for a m ment and you read a little closer you would have noticed that it say in slightly smaller letters: "If a woman loses her reproductive rights. who knows what rights she could lose next." from an illegal abortion. She had in her addition to trying to get people to think pocket a $700 scholarship check, which about these issues through signs, she refused to use for a legal abortion, FMLA will also be circulating petitions as it would have meant abandoning her on various issues that will be mailed to education. She was six months away government representatives. One of from graduating with a bachelor's dethese causes is Million4Roe. Two of the gree in education. Rosie was the Supreme Court justices are approach victim of the Hyde Amendment, wh1ch ing retirement If this happens, This sign, and others like it, are part of ew College's participation in ationa! Young Women's Day of Action. IT'S AfiAzlllff #ow rUE ro wAR CAN S11r'E. RY FvNDAMENTAL A5PEcTs oF LIFE., /10 ttiAT TE R How FAR iEtrfo'iD FRoft11H. AcT(IAL D[AT/f5 You fJJAY BE THE !frA/tiiEk I!W w'HicH IJtTERA(T WILL No r CHAIIvE DRASTICALLY. WITH So /l1AHY PE.oPL E S INC, EMoTIONALLY Wf THIS TRAG-EDY, WILL #o LDII&ER 8 AN AC(EPrABL 5v85TITvT FoR GENVItl INSIGHT. /ltoDf.MTE-TH!tikRS, fJtE 5i/{tJ!fY/rYNS WlTH ITHE. 1 RlfTIONAL' L jf. '1/JIAT THE. (oliRE.cT RES!OIIS) ? IN HUIMN INTERflT!ON. ARE TREk ANY (ON5 I5TENT RIGHT with raccoons in a responsible way: tightly closed trash containers and no feeding. I am also deeply concerned about gray foxes. other wildlife, and cats end ing up in traps. Cats can become violent when trapped, and there is the danger that they would not be released in their home territory. The same is true for the foxes who roam this area, especially the bayfront park. Some neighborhood cats have disappeared, and several people have remarked how they used to see many more foxes on the bayfront. A large albino raccoon and a mother rac coon with three babies. who often stared into our sliding glass door in the dark, have not come in months. We sadly remember their wonderful faces and wish humans were better at coex isting with wildlife. President Bush could appoint two jus tices who could overturn the decision in Roe vs. Wade. The goal of Million4Roe is to stop this from happening. If you are interested in helping out or signing petitions, or if you just want more information, you can contact Maxeme Tuchman at 360-5326 or the ationa\ Coordinator at 413-559-5859. visit The website explains the situation, as well as what you can do to help keep abortion legal. Editor's note: At the time the Cataly t went to press, e\ents described in the past tense had not yet happened. ftAH. L II

8 The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS October 24, 2001 Introduction to Sculpture Oass Installation Wednesday, October 10 Sunrise to Sunset Caples Fine Arts Arcade & 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 November4. Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 p .m. College Han Music Room The Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group meets weekly to study and prac tice traditional Mahayana Bud dhi t meditation. Participation is open to all: it requires no prior knowledge of or commitment to Buddhism. Attendance is free of charge. If you wish to sit on the floor in traditional meditation posture, bring a pad or blanket and a firm wood floo r ) C h airs w i ll als o be a v ai l a ble. Sex, Drugs, and Revolution--A reflective workshop for commu nity 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 (ap prox. 9 hour ) presented by Theo Rosenfeld and Sandra Karpeter. For more information and to sign up, visit www.geoci (Call 941.360.5284 if you don't have internet access.) Hurry, space is limited! Psycho-Spiritual Practices in ROCKY HORROR PICfURE the Brazilian Amazon SHOW, complete with cosSainer Pavilion turnes, props, and a lengthy 8:00 p.m. Tonight virgin sacrifice! Lecture featuring the head of a Bring your friends and enemies, Christian Brazilian church that bring your sunglasses and uses the plants of the Amazon squirtguns, and come partake of ritually. He was a psychologist the ULTIMATE AUDIENCE for the Brazilian government PARTICIPATION EXPERIstudying Amazonian communiENCE. ties and their relationship to the plants of the region. Open to the public. Admission is free. Activism Into Art Thursday, October 25 Sainer Pavilion 7:00p.m. Lecture featuring artist Julie Ault, a leading practitioner of art as a catalyst for political dis course and social change. Ault., who is based in New York, views installations and exhibi tions as a medium and pioneered the idea of the curator as an equal and active participant in art making. New College of Florida and the Ringling School of Art and Design have collabo rated to bring Ault to Florida as a Visiting Artist who will interact with students during the latter part of the fall semester. Open to the public. Admission The Mummy Returns Movie series presented by the USF Student Government Sainer Pavilion Sunday, October 28 3:00p.m. Rated PG-13. Open to the pub lic. Admission: $1, free to USF and New College students with a valid school ID. Opinion page/ Contribution Guidelines: Editorial: A tatement of the n of the paper determined by the editorial board. At the Catalysz, editorial boards are fonned on an ad hoc, tss1ue-tw-tss1 basis and consist of ..,.,.,, .--...... and staff v,'Iiters. Only the editorial board can produce editorials. response to previous letters, editorials pieces, or a response an issue or event related to New College not covered in the Catalyst. Letters to the Edicor should be than 250 words. Contributions: A factual article written by CAREER CENTER not on staff. Contribution should be informative and pertinent to the interest New College students as a whole. Contribution may in length from 250 to 500 words. 's Happening October 25th :30 am USF Medical Sudakoff Center Robert Larkin, Director of Admissions will discuss medical school admissions USF College of Medi-Monday, October 29th 5:00 pm Applying to Law School, H CL-08 Alma Miro, FlU College of Law will discuss getting into law school. Stop by the infonnation table in Hamilton Center from 11:30 am to 1:30pm. The Harlem Renaissance and the Anthropology of Performance All events begin at 7:30 p.m. in Sudakoff October 24 "A Writer's Life: On the Road with Langston Hughes." Charles Pace, Department o Anthropology, Centre College, Danville, KY. Theatrical performance and discussion. November 7 "Jesse B. Simple: Characterization in the Fiction of Langston Hughes." Kwabena Di nizulu, St. Petersburg, FL. Theatrical performance and discussion November 20 "Acting in the Living Museum." James Horton, Ph.D., Department of History, George Washington University and the Smithson ian Institution. f.,., Circus McGurkis? Quakers host people, performers and activists Saturday in St. Pete There probably won't be a Drum-Tumrnied Snumm from Fromm on the premises, but the 30th annual Circus McGurkis promises to be great fun anyway. With the wide variety of craftspeople, performers, and community activist groups in attendance, this people's fair wiJI have something to interest almost anyone. This year's Circus will be held this Saturday at Lakeview Park in St. Petersburg. Admission is free. More information about this year's circus is at, and you can read about the past circuses on the Catalvst's web site. www.sar usf.edul-catalyst. How to get to Circus McGurkis 22nd AveS fJ) ....

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