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Volume XIV, Issue 1 September 12, 200 1 CAMPUS IN URMOILA ERTERRORIS AT 1\CKS State University Systenz closed until further notice; Student Affairs mobilizes counselors by alcric Mojeiko Second-year Maxeme Gomez was one of the tudcnt \\ ho wa prot ting at Bush'. visit to Booker lementary the n w hit Tuesday morning. 'The radio an noun d that two plan had hit th World Trade to\\er and th n they t lking about what had h, p pen d in D. .," aid Gomez. were in the cat, aiting to leave and I the pr idcntial mo torcade] dn v by real! fast.'' At the time the Catalyst went to pr 1 uc day after noon, both towers of the World rade enter had collap ed after having been stm k by air planes; the Pentaoon was struck y an airplan and par-Department A cording to 50,000 people /.R_(t: r, de.}trian:. jlee as Trade Center collapse Right: New College student look Oil in horror through 1V (phO(O\ lr.AP & IAAid .'Xll'r'r..t') place o w can deal with i -If [ tht; tudcn t ra mcntca. \\e don't know what they arc doing or how they arc fcelin ." Televisions w re tun d into news programs in both Hamilton Center and Sudakoff, and long-distance phon s were available for students o all ri nds nd ami Counseling center staff. cam pus rnir i tic .. RAs, professors, and President Michalson also came to where students had congrc ated. tudents I elped out by donating blood bloodmobile parked in a near ew College administration grapples with problems, ti les 'Fhe challenge: creating a new college with nlini1nal funding h Ryan McCormick Esq. 1 his past summer, at long Ia t, 1 ew College became free. Tew College of Florida was officially announced as the eleventh chool in the Florida stat university system and was dcdart:d an indept;ndcnt entity, eparatcd from the Uni ersity of South Florida after over twenty year With thi great new pow r. however, comes great n w respon ibili ties. lirst and forcmo. t, 1 Tew Coli ge ha. had to beoin the painfully slow procc of cre ating its own administrative i11 Jastructure. This is not merely a matter of changing the I tterheads on the office tationery; new position have b en cn:atcd throuohout th university, and many admini trators have found them elvc with a uniqut: new set of re sponsibilities. and new titles to go with them. Complications ha e further arisen following Governor Jeb Bush s veto of 1.2 million in funding for 'ew College, fund that were cannarkcd to aid the school in its traus!lton year.. The Gov rnor lat r turned about and r ouped $500.000 for the school. The ew Regime Taking the helm as our school rides rough ea into an ra of independence i Gordon "Mike" Michalson, who was dean of New College from 1992 to 1997. Michalson ha been recommended as interim pre ident by a committee ap pointed by the b ard of tnJ tees. and will act in that role until such time as a perma nent president can be located. "The tran ition to an interim Prt;sidcnt has gone very smoothly,'' acknowledged Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss. "and Mike i exactly th type of individual we needed for the next few month to to get us to the point we can get a per manent [President Michal on] is familiar with th chool. he's familiar with lib eral arts. he's open and rc pon ivc to people needs ... he's been very cathartic at a time I think that was real im p rtant." While the President will guide the campus as a whole, it will primarily be the rc::>pon i bility of the offices of the Provost and the n wly-hircd Vice President of Finance and Administration to sec to the daily busine of the chool and to iron out the details of Acting Interim Prr.\'ide11t Mike Michelson, back. in the saddle again the new college. dcpartmt;lll of ew College. Charlen Callahan, for-ha hccn appointed Provost. a merly of the Psychology NTJEPF;\'DR 'CE 1 /'AGE


2 The Catalyst NEWS OF TH WORLD conference. Similar bittemcs aro e a the niteJ S ate and European countries fought to en urc that no legal rep rations would be ought agtinst them after agreeing to apologize for their rc pcctivc practices of slavery. At one point. the debate were o bitter that Australia proll: ted the final word ing of the accords: "Far too much of the ti111c at the l: nfcrcn t: as con umed b; bitter divisive e. change on issue whkh hav don nothing to advance the cau. e of combating raci m." JS (,ovcrnmcnt no longer eeks breakup of Microsoft September 12, 2001 Friday morning. "The depat1ment is eekino to trcamline the case with the goal of. ecuring an effective remedy a quickly a possible." Instead of pr posing a breakup, the Justice Department aid it would use th, other interim remedies ordered by Judge Jackson last year as a model for proceeding. Tho e remedies in ludcd limiting Microsoft's ability to prevent computer makers from modifying soft ware package and pre luding onerous licensing agreements. ew drugs bring hope against AIDS Although offi ial clinical testing will not begin until mid-2002, a new group of ''theratxutic," or immune ba ed, drug. are in development that will hopefully ucce d in making AIDS a treatable infection. Katherine Harris testifying before a congressional committee investigating the F/oridtt election. Will Sarawta send her to (AP photo) Last Thursday. the government re v r:cd a st n e it held for even years and announced that it would not eck the br akup of computer oft ware giant Micro oft. This represents a dra tic change from the Clinton admini tra tion 's view that Micro oft abused 11 monopoli tic power, and that breaking the company down was the only way to keep it in check.. For an AID patient today, treat ment requires a daily 'cocktail' of numerous m dication that have many unpleasant and sometimes dangerous compiled by Michael Gimignani Katherine Harris, now famous for her role in the 2000 Presidential elec tion, is expected to enter the race for the 13th Di trict of Florida's seat, expected to be vacated in 2002. he 13th District includes much of Sara ota and Manatee auntie area that in tlr pa t ha e been predominant l y Republican. Its ge ograp h ic bou n daries i elude the ew Co lege campu Harrt. wh r d Sara ota in th tate enate for four years before her term a Secre1ary of State, cannot seek r; -lection to her pre ent post due to new law that make the Secretary of State an appointed position. he's going to have name recogni tion beyond reason." aid Ed 1oorc, pre ident o the Jame Madison ln t itutc. a con erva t ivc public poli y re carch group in Tallahas ee. That and r wealth (pr esent l y c timatcd at 6.5 million) make her a trong front nmner for t h e scat. Harris gained infamy when she b l ocked proposed hand rccount in three heavily-populated Flonda coun ties I a t faiL a decision that ultimately led to a upreme ourt case that now Pre idem Bu h won. CA A If sh runs for Congre s, she rejoins a widely-watched drama in Florida that began with the Presidential election and continues o.Nith th >anticipated battle of Governor Jcb Bush v challenger and ex-Auom y en ral Jan t Reno, also in 2002. L Con ference on racism closes On Saturday, the nited rations C onf< renee o n raci s m. th larg t on -\ n:nc v r n h cl Durban, South Africa. Although faced with collap e earlier in the week amidst debates over the conflicts in the Middle F..a t, the talk ended peacefully one day later than originally anticipated. "We ha not I en deterred ftom making a breakthrough here m Durban," U1' Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robin on aid wh n asked how the Middle F..a. t talk. affected the conference. Iran and Syria remained scriou. ly deadlocked with I. ra I and its allies over accu ed inju. tice committed by the Jewish tate. yria also demanded langua e in the acco(d condemning Zi ni m-th id logical ba kground for I racl -as a racist policy. a de mand that was ignored by the rest of th oo "We hope to bring the Micro oft case to a re olu tion in all of our lifetimes,>, a senior antitrust official at the .. ... .. : .... Microsoft did not violate antitru t laws by incorporating their Internet Explorer software with their Windows operating ystems. a charge that lawyer for Microsoft have disputed. Last June a federal appeals court is sued an opinion that was skeptical of th breakup and made it more dif tcult to challenge Micro oft' practice of bundling its pr gram "We hope to bring the .Micro oft cas to a resolution in all of our life times,'' a cnior antitrust official at the Ju tice Department said. I he department i taking these tcp in an effort to obtain prompt, ef fective and certain relief ior consumer ,'' the Justice Department suid in a separate tatcment issued ide effect The Aventis Pa teur vac cines arc designed to replace at least partially the e drug and thereby lower a patient's suffering. Th new treatment is basically a ca nary pox viru that ha been re-engineered with several IllY genes. As a vaccine, it acclimates the immune system to fight the AIDS virus if the viru wer to ent r the blood tream A r a time) with varying AIDS-killing med ication, it will reduce HIV infection to harmlessly low levels. In a clinical trial involving individu al leaving other treatments, vaccinated mdiv1dual did have detectable levels of HIV afler their treatments, but six of tho c treated with the new drug did at ka t keep the infection at a very ageable level (as opposed to only one of the non-vaccinated five). This shows that it i at least partially effective against the prcad of HlV. Larg -scale testing is scheduled to begin in the summer o{ next year. Source: Associated wire, The ew Y01 k Times, and the BBC. 7he Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://ww>v.sar.usfedul-catalystl Genera l Editor Mtchael Sande1 on L a out Edi tor Enn M. Bla!>co Man aging Editor Max Campbell The Cawlyst is un academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the ew Colkge Publication Office using Adobe Ph to hop and Quark Xpre s for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton /Jerald with money provided by the I 'cv. ollege tudent Alliance. 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The Catalyst NEWS September 12, 2001 3 Campus Computing security aimed at bandwidth hogs by Valerie Mojeiko Thinking of starting up that live camera child pornography website from your campus computer this year? Think again, says Duff Cooper, director of campus computing and media ser vices, "If you are dealing in child pornography web ite and someone complains about it, we will be able to see what kind of web activity has been happening on your computer." Campus computing is bigger and badder than ever this year. with a new server for New College complete with added security feature new ew College e-mail addresses and a new website address, This change was made because of the split of New College and USF. New College plans to assess how much bandwidth is being used and where. Last year, the New College dorms used up to 10% of the total incoming bandwidth for USF at one time of measurement, said Cooper. New Colleges copious use of bandwidth was due to extensive file sharing with off-campus computers. "I have no way of knowing exactly what caused it," said Cooper. "It could have been the internet video cameras, inter net phones, or sharing of music and Bandwidth is being monitored in an ticipation of the death of New CoJJeges free i ntern e t service I'm jus t g ues ing, but there will probably be an increase in the residence hall rates when New College has to start paying for the con nection in the residence halls, said Cooper. USF i currently allowing us to use its internet for free, but a soon as fall of 2002. New College students will need to tart paying. One student who successfully en joyed his T 1 connection to the fullest extent was fourth-year Paul Malkowski. "I ran an FTP server and I had pirated music and movies on it," said Malkowski. "I shared with people outside of campus, which you are not supposed to do. [Campus computing] turned off the port in my room, so I plugged into another port. Then they turned that one off, so I plugged into another port, and they turned that one off, too." Malkowski is not a reckless cyber-outlaw, however. He added, "I knew that I shouldn't be doing it, but at that point [last year) there were no offi cial consent forms or rules given out about what was and was not allowed." Countless other students also con tributed in excessive bandwidth usage last year by participating in off-campus file-sharing through the infamous Napster. WJ nownwi dress (the senal from the ethemet card) with campus computing in order to access the Internet from campus. In the past, student simply jacked into their rooms ethernet port for in tant access to the system. Now that campus computing has each computers individual address on file, future Paul Malkowskis will not be able to dodge from port to port. The switch to the new campus com puting system has created lots of work for third-year Peter Dow. His official title is re idence hall network adminis trator and his duties include overseeing all of the witches and the wiring in the network in the dorms. He has had about twenty calls so far this year from stu dents who needed help. They weren't all registration-related. Some of them just had cables that didn't work or other internet-related problems. The biggest problem [with the new system] is the inconvenience for new students who need a campus e-mail ad dress to get [their service] to work. Students lacking campus e-mail ac counts were forced to physically visit the campus computing office and fill out forms, whereas students with existing accounts simply registered through the New College website. New e mail ad dresses wi \\ be issued to all students and within two weeks. The old acbemg forwarded to Some of the more paranoid students on campus may he somewhat fright ened by Cooper' ominous statement about child pornography and wonder if the new system allows us to be watched by big brother. Dow. a trusted member of the student community, relieves these fears with some words from the inside. "What [campus computing] sees when they look at the network is activ ity. if you are running a erver they will sec [excessJ activity on a particular port on a switch. They have always been able to look at which IP addresses and sites that per on has visited but nobody really care They are more concerned about bandwidth, they don't want peo ple running servers because it slows down the whole network." Cooper adds, "We only look into it if somebody from the outside com plains. We don't actively look for things. The information goes through the USF internet connection at 45 megabytes per second." This is fast. Cooper cautions that last year a stu dent introduced the code red virus to the campus network. This is a virus that sends -random documents from your hard drive, along with a copy of itself, to people on your address list. He offers these last words of wisdom for protecting )'OUT electronic privac)'. "Maintain "Animatronic" cat watches Town M e e t ing talk of lifting pet ban by David avarc e This September 10, 2001 an event occurred-an event like no other. Student issues were exposed and ex plored. Discussions that took place may affect the way we live at this college. forever. Arguments took place concern ing the transition of this fine educational institution we call home; and changes were even proposed to the manner in which we eat. It was a New College Student Alliance Town Meeting, it was in Palm Court, and this time there was pizza and cold beverages. Twenty pizza to be exact, and that would have been enough if only Novo Collegians knew how to share. Forth-year Emily Meade the meeting, and she was greeted w1th _a round of well-earned applause. he ts this year's Speaker of the Assembly, a job that corresponds w1th her position as Vice-President of Student Affairs. Meade told the Catalyst this year's student cabinet_ is, "Dealing with the transition and the other issues step-by-step. We will b, dealing with the revisions to the con stitution and the student code, and other issues held over from last year." After students confinned the adjust ments made to the Pre idents' cabinet. Co-Pre ident Molly Robinson ex plained the important alterations concerning our change mto an independent institution. She _men tioned that change had occurred 111 the admini trative structure of the school, and that there is a committee dealing with the details of the tran ition. The committee i called the "Transition Committee." Concerns were rai ed about the up-coming accredttation proce s the possibility of educat1on re quirements, and D1rector of Affairs Mark Balweis quelled the a1r of angst by stating, "There will most likely be no change, we just have to ex plain what we do here and we it." For the present time we wJil remam under the blanket of the University of South Florida's accreditation; changes may take place in the next two years .. Second-year Mark Hengge then diS cussed a meeting for P P planning; students intere ted in planning should contact him. Hengge then discussed the possibility of establishing a level of accountability for people checking equip ment out of the equipment room. Five minutes of discussion brought many tricky details of the issue to light, so a committee was formed to discuss the dilemma. The name of the committee was announced as "The B st Damn Accountability Committee, Ever!" (It really was.) Member of the New College Democrats then announced an emer gency meeting in Dort .. The Democrats were rushing to moblltze so that they could harass the current President of the United tates who was paying a vi it to an elementary school. Members of both the Democrat Club and the New College Greens then raised some basic organizational com ments. These student political organizations are seemingly united in their hate for all things Bush. Mike Campbell, Director of Housing. was asked to explain_ the fu ture of pets on campus. As Mtke was di cussing the possibility of future ad ministrative acceptance of pets on campus, a loveable "animatronic" kitty licked its paws on the porch of a room above. Second-year Lawrence Bowdish, Food ervice Representative then mod erated a discussion for the hours of our cafeteria. Grievances were mentioned from natural science and sociology stu dent the primary consumer of breakfast Ia t year. Second-year Chris Altes said that, "Breakfa t is the mo t important meal of the day." The final di cussion concerned the formation of an ad-hoc committee to review tudent Court policie and adVISe the Constitutional Revisions Committee. Tho c interested in being on this committee should contact Emily Meade. Mary hanks, another fir t-year student, said that, "The Town Meeting was very informative. I like how they try to use parliamentary procedure, at least a little." Forth-year hannon Dunn aid "I think [this town meeting] was orga nized in a better fashion then was done at the end of [last] year. I was im pressed. Time limits were impo ed and observed, and it wa quick."


NEWS September 12, 2001 4 The Catalyst Harlem Renaissance presented by scholars r._ ... b David Tramp Savarese ric. Take note of the distinctive posters on campu "In some places the autumn of 1924 may have and in the community. they provide descriptions of been an unremarkable semon In 1/arlem, it like the events occurnng bd\\C n now and November 21; H on 21, Dr. James Horton of George Washington a foretaste of paradise."-i\nw d "Lifting the Veil: The Harlem Rena1 sance and the University will pre cnt an academic di an. Anthropology of Performance" series i currently prestory session concerning the re-enactment of htston-f d h I t cal event in our country. If you ever wonder what senting a diver c collection o actors sc oar o our college and community. In the weeks the tho c people arc thinking when they are locked up '.n ideas and aesthetics of the Harlem Renaissance arc the Colonial Williamsburg stockades. come to thts being pre cnted every other Wednesday at 7:30 session ... or read Chuck Palahniuk's Choke. in Sudakoff Conference Center. The presentatiOns On August 29, Dr. Lee Baker of Duke will explore the cultural significance of differ.ent began this cries with an academic lecture and drsues and public figures that played a part m thts cus ion on 'The Idea of Africa in the Harlem l "' "[The Harlem Renais ancc] is a great historical mofigures and the socio-political history of the era. The Anthropologists Lee Baker and Maria Ve.\peri ment. This eries is not ome watered-down culture audience of students and community members ervcd Up Some strapping questions and Baker responded to this movement. Still, it promise to include more than thing; we will be discussing erious issues and serious d d ( r th t sn 't enough) them with the ea e and style of a true intellectual. anthropology an aca emta as 1 a t. people." Second-year Kara Larson stated, "I appreciate but the program will have theatre and passiOn to boot. A theatrical presentation conccmmg the gemus writer Zora Neal Hur ton is coming very soon. Phyllis Maria Vesperi's work on this series becau e rew Sponsors of this. program McEwen. a poet and performance artist from Tampa, College lacks specific coursework in African Florida Human1t1es Council Florida will theatrically promote Hurston today, American or Africana studies." New College Foundation Terisa Shoumate. a second-year student, also at-Greater Newton Devel9pment Corporation September 12 LeR tended the fitrst discussion in the series. She stated that Bradenton Housing Authority Following this Wednesday's performance, oy R h 1 t t'v h ''The qual1'ty of the program was very high. and it was Community Act1on esearc nl 1a I e Mitchell Jr. of Tampa, Florida will take t e stage as. c 11 ott f th 0 and Warden very informative. I plan on going to a couple more of New o ege ICe o e ean "James Weldon Johnson, Florida's Renaissance t11ese." New College Anthropology Fund M an." Johnson was an important Floridian in the F y Her1'tage House Inc The Harlem Renaissance not simply an African-amt Harlem Renaissance. This will be on eptember 26. Sarasota County Arts Council On October 24 there is a defmite "don't miss" in American artistic movement; the Harlem Renaissance Florida House lnstitute for Sustainable q leae in is an important part. nilcd 's soc -----;; 1 rrn rn c arac e artistic renaissance corresponde with the uayal or'Langston Hughes. The title of this segment political and social change all over the country beis, "A Writer's Life: On the Road with Langston cause many African-American artists, intellectuals Hughes." Pace is an anthropological scholar and an and community members rose as a powerful voice in accomplished actor; his range of skills should provide a country that ignored the burdens they faced This sean interesting discussion on the role of literature in ries intends to show interested Novo Collegians and anthropology. members of the arasota community exactly what Of course, these are not the only parts of this sehappened in Harlem and the rest of the country during I IIC: I ll City of Sarasota The Advisory Committee for this Project was: Fredd Atkins David Brain Taheerah Lawrence Edna Sherrell-Holliman Maria D. Vesperi, Project Director Cell biologist tailoring teaching to familiar New College environment Biology Professor Amy Clore (Photo by Crystal Fmster) by Renee Maxwell You don't need to have a profound appreciation for biology to relate to the latest addition to the fac ulty in the biology department. Although her background is in the sciences, Professor Amy Clore is no lab geek. She narrowly escaped being an English major, and she has also studied and taught dance, in cluding ballet, jazz and modem dance. Professor Clore has been trying to balance her diverse interests since she was an undergraduate at Kenyon College, a small private college in her home state of Ohio. She had hoped to pursue science writ ing, but was deterred by the long waiting lists for upper-level English courses, and as a result, focused her attention on the sciences. "I decided to give [biology I a try and I got hooked on research and discovering new things." She ended up graduating with a bachelor's degree in biology, has no regrets. Clore went on to receive her doctorate in plant sci ence from the University of Arizona, with a minor in molecular and cellular biology. She did her post-doc toral research at North Carolina State University, where she worked on a NASA-funded program in volving plant gravitational biology. She remained with that program for three years before she started to look for a teaching job. Although she enjoys research, she says "I wouldn't want to just do research ... it's a little too-I want to say 'reclusive'-but that's not totally true. There is such a thing as collaborative research, but I like teaching." One of the main reasons that New College ap pealed to Clore was its small size, a quality she came to appreciate at Kenyon College. "Ever since I went to a small school for my bachelor's degree, I've al ways wanted to teach at a similar place," she said. I did research as an undergraduate, and so I had that as a model ... I was looking for a place where I could really interact with undergraduates and do re earch with undergraduates." So far, New College has ex ceeded her expectations. "The student interactions are even better than I hoped Even in my lecture class there's a pretty good dialogue Almost every student participates. almost every time. I was pleasantly sur prised about that." Clore is teaching Cell Biology as well as Topics in Plant Development, an upper-level seminar. She is also sponsoring a tutorial in advanced cell biology, and co-sponsoring a thesis on stem cell therapy. In ad dition, she has organized an informal dance group that meets at the fitness center on Friday afternoons. In the future, Clore expressed interest in developing new courses to meet student demand, for students are al ready approaching her requests. Meanwhile, she is trying to get settled in (she's still working on a bor rowed laptop computer). Finally, when asked if she would be following the latest warm-toned hair-color trend on campus, she replied that she would not although she indicated that this was more due to a clash with her yellow skin tones than to a concern for her professional image. Apparently, she feels more comfortable in cool col ors. Perhaps she could be coaxed into blue Regardless of her choices in hair color, however, Clore appears to feel right at home at New College.


6 The Catalyst NEWS September 12, 2001 New College independence comes with a price jFROM "sEPARATION" PAGE II p o s i t ion that has been resurrected from New College's storied past for the new ad mmtstration. "My position is a combination of Dean Bassis's and Malena Carrasco's, so the school got a real deal," Callahan jests, "Two for one!" Callahan is "chief academic offi cer" for the school, a position that places her in immediate authority over the academic divisions and makes her responsible for the academic program and everything which impinges upon the academic program. "Which is es sentially everything," Callahan points out, from the grounds to the buildings, Student Affairs and Housing ... I have to deal with it if the air conditioning isn't working in one ofthe classrooms: John Martin, an administrator with well over 20 years of experience both at Florida State University and the University of Houston, has been hired to act as Vice President of Finance and Administration. He has some familiar ity with New College as an entity, having come into contact with the campus when working with FSU at the Asolo Theatre, and he was excited to have the opportunity to help build an administration infrastructure for a school that was already an established and bist.orical institution. ing an internal financial and administrative system in a school that wasn't a neo phyte like, say, Florida Gulf Coast University, is a rare and exciting one," said Martin in a pleased tone. He has been very_ impressed with New College Interim Provost Charlene Callahan, who oversees academic issues, and VP of Finance and Administration John Martin, most rece/11 experience is at Florida State University. (Callahan phoro by Crysral Frasier: Martin phow counesy public aj)!lirs) since his arrival, although he sees a dismy job description!' because we're just Florida senate. Bush had come out tinct need for a man in his position. feeling it out as we go along." against independence, calling for a "The academic structure is in place, and Provost Callahan agreed, comment"heartier debate" on the issue. Bush arit's unique, and it's great," Martin states ing that: "Our jobs are still defining gued that voters should see the enthusiastically, "but what we're going themselves ... there may be some du"inequity of the idea" in that an inde to need as an independent entity is a plication of efforts at times, but that's pendent New College would require the good strong administration to comptenot a bad thing." These many-hatted state to spend more money per student ment the academic side of the house." administrators will need every bit of than on any other Florida state univer-Martin's principal responsibilities support they can muster as they go sity. Therefore it is not wholly will involve setting up the campus' fi-about the business of extracting the surprising that Bush vetoed the $1.2 nances and creating an administrative daily affairs of New College from its million destined for Novo Collegian structure such that the school will meet 25-year entanglement with the coffers, although it is reassuring t.Ml h.e accreditab atate requiremen&& at of South Florida re toted en o t e year. t s kind of a oneman its first year of transitory independence. shop at the moment," Martin admits Fallout from tbe Veto Newlyappointed Vice President of with a smile, "but there's been incredi-Governor Bush, in vetoing New Finance and Administration John ble, wonderful support from a lot of College's funding, was following Martin is quick to point out that this folks. Because we're so small, all of the through on statements he had made in veto was not a singularly crippling administrators are wearing a lot of hats April of 2001 while New College's inblow to the school, although it certainly right now. No one says 'That's not in dependence was being argued in the does curtail immediate expenditures. Updates from the President: "While in point of fact, operating a stand-alone institution is more costly than operating an institution within a bigger costly than operating an institu tion within a larger operation, we stilL received what we received in the past. It's not a case of the government taking away all this money from us, it's simply that we did not receive as much new money as we would've loved to have had." Excerpted from the memos of Acting Interim President Gordon "Mike" Michalson. Provided by Suzanne lanny, Special Assistant to the President. July 17, 2001 As you know, the New College of Florida Board of Trustees had its initial meeting on Saturday, July 14. The Board elected former Senator Robert Johnson as its Chair, and former New College student Robert Schiffman as Vice-Chair. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for August 11, at 11:00 A.M. In short, and independent New College is up and running! I'm honored that the board has ex pressed its confidence in me this way, and I pledged to the full Board that I look forward to working closely with it as we steer New College through this transitional period. I expressed particular thanks to Senator Johnson and General Heiser for their steadfastness on behalf of the College over the years, and for their special attention to the difficult issues associated with the cent legislative session. Everyone at New College is profoundly in their debt. We are similarly indebted to the other board members for their willing ness to work on behalf of the College during this challenging time .... Despite these challenges. my own view is that tliis is a period of great op portunity and promise for New College and an exciting moment to be here. We enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to communicate our message about the virtues of honors-quality liberal arts education undertaken in a setting em phasizing active, individualized learning. This message has never been so timely. Despite all the confusion as sociated with the reorganization of higher education in the state of Florida, we remain clear about our central mis sion, and we are rich in human resources. The two facts will enable us to overcome any difficulties that may be associated with this transitional period .... September 4, 2001 As you know, the New College of Florida Board of Trustees appointed me on July 14 to be the Acting President for a period of 60-70 days. I learned on Friday that the Board's search committee charged with identi fying an Interim President for the full school year will recommend that I continue in this role until a permanent President is on campus. Naturally, I'm grateful for this expression of confidence, and I'm particularly grateful for the support the work of my office has received from many quarters since mid-July. The very tangible way in which trustees, faculty, staff, and students have been pitching in to help the College during this transitional period indicates that our future is very positive indeed. Despite the obvious pressures, I think we should try during this period to maximize the benefits of small college life-collegiality, good communica tions, a sense of common purpose, and opportunities for informal fun .... Shared Services The University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee and New College of Florida will, so far as most prognostica tors can see, continue to share a campus as they have in the past. While some of ficers within New College's administration encourage making plans anticipating the time when the University Program inevitably strikes out on its own, UP CEO Laurey Stryker has been forwarding plans to build fur ther USF buildings on the Crosley Estate, the stretch of pristine scrubland that borders the northwest end of cam pus which has remained untouched for decades. An independent campus for such a small program as USF at Sarasota-Manatee !SEE NEXT PAGE would be a costly


The Catalyst Q pIN I Q N September 12, 2001 7 Old school dropout makes sincere plea: create new good memories Guest column by Jeb Tennyson Lund negative role models has stifled, even dessicated Palm Court. Previously, even the most disappointingly Occasionally I felt that I'd rather barf up my liver (and I might soon enough) than hear Simon and Garfunkel's I don't want to see any rapings or beatings. I don't want to see people spitting on anyone. But a person wide eyed on bargain-basement burnout crank, walking around with a stuffed fish under his or her ann would make my day. Make no mistake: there is a critical lack of maniacs, be they male or female, wandering around campus without supervision. dull/naive waif could walk out at two in "Cecelia" one more time. But she was When I first arrived at this college in the fall of 1997, most of the truly outra geous people were either dead or slowly becoming so through a combi nation of lifestyle and pharmacopoeia. Death was graduation, however mirac ulous. Those becoming dead either slipped through the baccalaureate cracks or transferred to USF. As the years passed, graduation within four years became rampant, class attendance woefully sufficient, and fewer and fewer people were out chatting at three a.m. I believe Dart Stein robbed us of our privilege of going insane. With the advent of the new dorms, campus existence has be come fragmented, insular and shockingly studious. Elder students whose peculiarities and sense of entitlement to indulgence once fueled most intell al and real fires have sealed themselves in a he the morning and find a gnarled or sunny or silly or blissfully apathetic mentor. Pseudo-generational clashes in person ality inspired ambition in the young and a renewal of vitality in the old. Intellectual pissing contests drove stu dents to extremes that, while perhaps dreadful, form the basis of most the anecdotes we tell to new students. When fourth years can sit ten-to-a room in Dart-Stein, getting stoned and stretchingout, mind rushing like a thun dercloud, campus loses out. They should be getting stoned in Palm Court and passing the joint to someone who is afraid of it. They should be having dangerous conversations with the unconverted. They should be corrupt ing the youth. The first-years when I first came here owed stories, fun, booze and drugs to the older students. Yet, somehow, the elders have lost the sense of tribal re sponsibility the obligation to raise the young. Sometimes Ayleen Perez drove me up the wall. At times it seemed as if she only knew how to play and sing about four songs. But, damnit, she had a good t ve had a hard suite existence. heart not to think about and whistle trying, you jerks, and no one else was. Someone once pooped on her doorstep. ostensibly in prote t. Stupid, yes. But it reqUired the employment of thought outside the classroom. a con cept becoming ever more foreign here. Stephanie Martin's Feminists, Womyn Unite! read like a twentypage book report on (perenniall; uncapitalized) bell hooks, but she worked hard enough to piss students off. When was the last time that someone in their room by midnight, studying, talking to a roommate or making out with a lover managed that much? The old magazines I wrote with 1 osh Harrold were born of, and nurtured in, beer; and I'd just as soon set fire to half the pages, in them. as read them again. But, hey, at least I was drinking in the Pub Lab when we wrote them. And be-cause of that, someone somewhere has a story about overhearing the words, "Let's put Gator Boy in a fiery Yurt," uttered in a maniacally amused half whisper. Maggie Ray can raise the dead with her voice, but she is usually calling other eo le to join her. Kelley Nichols was a drunk ani:f a Jac ut v beer to strangers he'd met minutes be-The subsequent disappearance of along with later in their nights. NEWS fore. Jake Reimer wouldn't stop being nice to you unless you were an absolute prat. And Hazen Komraus was a boob, but at least he had a drill. Josh and I might have reached out only to extend a finger, but so many others reached out with a helping hand, or with an unintended gesture that made a point or colored an impression that in delibly made New Collegedefined it -in other minds. As I say this next bit. I'm sure Dean Bassis and al,l the other straights are spinning in their offices, but here goes: Go back to Palm Court! Sit there until someone else shows up. There is a rea son why for three decades it was called "The Center of the Universe.'' It is not anymore, but it can and should be. You can make it grand and wonderful, and the experiences you have there can make you wonderful, too. If you're not eager for that... if all fun happens in your room ... you might as well have gone to community college. Unless you're out there, stay in your room long enough to pack your bags, then go home. Jeb Tennyson Lund is a history thesisstudent on leave this semester. His curr-ent projects include the E-8 Summit Even New College shared services dependent on USF jFROM PRE;VIOUS PAGE I project and acadministers the Police Department and tinue to provide the services we ____ .......... Ph 1 PI t have, w1th focus on New College pn-cord!ng to the Umve_rstty of the the slash in anticimarily because residential students are Flonda Oracle fundmg tOr t e m e"bTt endent cam "did not occur" in the pated funds are being felt across_ the our resp?nsi I 1 y. itself p p cam us even in the shared serv1ces, Fmancral Atd has found last round of budgetmg. t h f hIh ;eceive half their funding from foundering a bit without a functwmng Regardless of plans or t e uture, w 1 ularl si nificant New College business office to work both schools continue to share yus g Police. with. They have had to petition the space for the moment, and the diVISIOn Impact. IS t e E p O'C 0 Federal Board of Education to be recof. po_wer in campus to of ognized as an "additional location" functiOns has remamed a pomt of connow as c P 1 D W"throw the University of Southern Florida m tention until only recently, when an the rettreroent 0 1 owe; order to be allowed to disperse federal agreement was struck. In essence, New the police are tmanpwht.le aid Financial Aid also relies on the C II 1 1 b g re shortages at a cnttca JUnc ure, o ege wt s ow y egm b ed. as "Banner" system and must have thetr spon.sibilities of its own but Wl.ll recetve they W student refund checks cut by USF. contmued support and serv1ce from the t than the University Financial Aid, in fact. is one of the USF i_n areas not yet capable ?f Florida Police Department. clearest examples of the Gordian Knot hand_lmg. Most espec!all_y, USF_ l"kely that the school, with such that binds New College to provtde New College wtth contmue t tS un 1 et will be able to hire According to Financial Atd access to their large-scale serv1ces such a truncate1_d budffig to the next Coordinator Ramona Arnold: "There h F 1 Ad "B network more po tee o tcers pnor d as t e mancta. t und of fund in from the Florida legare no clear delineations yet. We o a the ?ASIS system, and Acc!din to O' Casio: lot of the processing ourselves but we wtll spht costs 50150 Wit_h New_ d man are always still rely on USF for a lot of things we on a important servtces_ utlhzed by an fa rottem because a res-just can't do yet. This is uncharted terthe ent1re campus. These mclude the somet mg 0 P b t P l h J B C ok idential college campus nngs up a n ory. o tee Department, t e ane 0 t f needs We hope However he assures that thts year L"b PI 1 PI t Campus volummous amoun o ., N Fonner Dean & Warden Michael Bassis takes the money and runs. The Board of Trustees voted to pay his dean's salary. $140,000, for his one-year leave of absence. This is what's known as a 'goldt rary,_ 1YSICa ident and board maintain us at will be "business as usual at ew Computmg, and the Busmess Office. the rresl are at and lets us grow in College. Provost Callahan agrees, stat-en paraclwre., University Program CEO the ;ve we W .11 have our hardships ing that: "We may say. further in the See Page 8 for a fun contest Stryker will oversee the the newe budget, but no matter year. that oops, we wish we had involving former Dean Bassis! Office and Campus unhder ll fghten our belts and con-money,' but for now things are gomg Services while Vice President Martm w at we 1


8 The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS September 12, 2001 Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group Time: Wednesdays 8:00-9:30P.M. Location: College Hall Music Room The Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group meets weekly to study and practice traditional Mahayana Buddhist meditation. Participation is open to all: it requires no prior knowledge of or commitment to Buddhism Attendance is free of charge. The Mahayana "Great Vehicle" tradition of Buddhism was taught by the Buddha, developed in India. and then transmitted to Tibet. Today it is practiced and taught by many Tibetan teachers, most notably His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group is Jed by John and Beth Newman, who have studied Buddhism under Tibetan teach ers for twenty-seven years. The first few meetings will cover some of the basic theory and practice of meditation. including the definition and types of meditation, sitting posture, concentration on breathing, and ele mentary mindfulness techniques. If you wish to sit on the floor in tra ditional meditation posture, bring a pad or blanket and a finn cushion (the room has a hardwood floor). Chairs will also be available. Spread the word about your meeting, performance, tutoriaL or other non-com merial happening on the Catalyst announcements page in 60 words or less. Send your what-where-when-who why to by 5:00p.m. Monday for Wednesday's issue. ,f)J .. July 24, 12:40. Trespass/Criminal Mischief. Goldstein, 207 D, ballet campers. Value damaged: $100.00 Suspects identified. Waiver of Prosecution signed by vi ctim. August 8, 16:35. Overpass White, male juvenile non-stu-" 41. Complainant/Victim signed Waiver of Prosecution. Suspect and three other friends issued written tresspass warnings. Augus t 13 12 : 4 5. Petit Theft. U .S.F fla g from o ve rpass flagpole taken sometime between 8/12 and 8/13 2001. Value: $80. August 16, 9:55. Petit Theft, bi cycle. Sometime between 8/15 at 2200 hours and 8/16 at 0945, a bicycle was stolen from the are a o f G o ld s t e in R e sid e n ce Hall. Bike was secured to two concrete blocks. Value: $250.00. September 1, 15:40. Petit Theft. Victim reports person(s) unknown did steal vehicle tag, FL A81 RWP, from vehicle parked in Parking Lot # 2. Occurred between 5/28 /0 1 and 9 / 01/01 Valu e $3 0.00 Hey Kids! This week's Dean Bassis interactive activity is on Page 7. What do you think should be prin ted on his name tag? Entries we like will be printed in an upcoming issue. Send your entries to Opinion page/ Co n trib u tion G u id e lines: Editorial: A statement of the opinion of the paper determined by the editorial board. At the Catalyst, editorial boards are formed on all ad hoc, issue-by issue basis and consist of editors and staff writers. Only the editorial board can produce editorials Opinion! An op-ed piece written by a member of the Catalyst staff or a guest contributor. Opinions do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst. but rather opinions of \vhich we feel the New Colfege community should be made aware. Opinion pieces Tange from 250 to 500 words in length, and the editors should be contacted beforehand in order to in ure space for guest opinion. Letter t o the Editor: A reader's tesp<>J.lse to previous article:s. letters, editorials or opinion p ieces, or a response to an issue or event related to New CoHege not covered in the Catalyst. Letters ro the Editor s)lould be no more than 250 words. Contributions: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be infonnati ve and pertinent to the interest:> of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. AU submission should be placed in box 75 or e .. maHed to catalyst@virtn.sar.usf.edtt by Friday at 5:00 p.m. to appear in the foHowing Wednesday's issue. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit all submission tor space. grammar or sryle. Bi\1.1. m c -olf'ite dres s e d as your E 0 u orite ... or if you are aCready G ... en c 0 -... cu u 0 How the Other H alf L i ves" wil l app ear -

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