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SPECIAL ELECTION ISSUE THE Volume X\0 Issue 8 oh yeah, you should vote in the real election, too November 5, 2002 Third-year Kit Reilly brandishes a torch at Saturday's Palm Court Party. "We definitely made him put out the torch, said Chris Sabatelli, who worked security. STORY, PAGE 6. Pei residents gave them, among other treats residents had on hand. by Caitlin Young eight other kids from the Keys 'T m a freaky goose person to the Future program dashed who likes ki1ling candy," a madly through the Pei dorms in young boy explained before search of tricks and treats on dashing up a set of stairs in the Halloween. Second Court of Pei. It might The kids bubbled over with not have been obvious what his a childish excitement that most costume was, but his delight of the Pei residents have proba was perfectly evident as he and bly lost. But a little bit of that ugh Pei remembered spirit resurfaced as many students participated, handing out candy, dressing up, or giving out special treats. The kids are on campus every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. as part of an after-school program. The goals of the pro gram are to teach the kids com puter skills and give them ac cess to u e and learn on new computers. The program also wants to expose the kids to col lege life. 'College suddenly becomes something that isn't only attain able through a basketball schol arship;' said Education Coordi nator Konnie Kruczek. On Halloween, they started their rounds at around 3:30p.m. It was chaos from the beginning SEE "TREATS" PAGE 6 NCSA election gets increasingly competitive by Whitney Krahn Just two days after espous ing the 'virtu's of diversity and 'consistent moral visions' at the Town Meeting last Wednesday, New College Student Alliance presidential candidate Michael Gimignani abandoned the "used car lot of human destiny." In other words, Gimignani dropped out the race Saturday morning, leaving the other can didates adjusting to the new dy namic. More dramatic than Gimig nani's exit was Brian Lee Bon fonti's entrance into the presi dential campaign. With poetic flair, Bonfanti delivered a speech at the Town Meeting that sparked inte e t throughout the crowii. o o c to surprise over the weekend as "Vote Brian Lee" appeared on ketchup packets in the cafeteria and e-mail arrived in student's inboxes announcing Bonfanti's hostmg of both an informa tional dinner and a Drunk Funk CATALYST all in one night. Not to be outdone, Maxeme Tuchman held a MAXwell House Lounge Party Friday night. She also spoke to stu dents nightly last week, ched uling discussions in Palm Court, B-dorm, Viking, and the Dortstein crease. Flyers have been posted around school with Tuchman's e-mail address in bold print, attesting to her pro fessed accessibility. Sydney Nash and Robert Schober have also been cam paigning, as evidenced by their flyers complete with a dissec tion of the terms 'Honors Col lege' and 'L:beral Arts College.' They have a discussion planned for Tuesday evening in HamiiC nter. According o Girnignani, it was the formidable co-presi dential ticket of Nash and Schober that led him to cut his campaign short. "I don't want SEE "ELECTION" PAGE 4 OVERAGE The New @bJlege Student Alliance Presidential Election INE The candidates answered the Catalyst's ue tions on the goals of their presidencies and othersuojects. Several have plans to challenge the New College administration' plans. ONLINE ONLY The campaign season kicked off last Wednesday at the longest Town Meeting in New College history. The candi dates defined themselves, then hit the ground running. STORY, PAGE 5 Students aren't just voting for the president or presidents. He, she or they will appoint the Executive Committee-a cabinet-that will actually run the NCSA. Current cabinet members discuss what their positions entail. STORY, PAGE 4 studeritweb. ncf .edu/ catalyst


2 The Catalyst NEWS November 5, 2002 President Michalson in his element at Sarasota Reading Festival by Christopher DeFillippi Last Saturday's fifth annual Sarasota Reading Festival was a free, volunteer-based affair geared towards encouraging literacy in the young and reading as a pastime through costumed entertainers, book-signings, and special presentations by award-winning au thors. Among the volunteers were New College students, who were largely rel egated to giving surveys to attendants, asking them their thoughts on the festi val. New College President Gordon "Mike" Michalson volunteered as well, as the moderator for the formal discus sion "Tolerance and Diversity: The Challenge and Benefits of a Pluralistic Society." Geared towards addressing the way society will look at world politics after Sept. 11, the discussion took place at half past noon inside the spacious Sarasota Opera House. With the mostly elderly audience taking up nearly every eat in the house, it was one of the Festival's most widely attended events. On the discussion panel were reli gious historian Bruce Feiler, political historian Carol Berkin, and book critic and biographer of Zora Neal Hurston, Valerie Boyd. Each panelist contributed something from their area of expertise to facilitate the discussion. Both Berkin and Boyd focused on how America should resist reacting to the events of Sept. 11 wtth bigotry. Berkin, who had studied the struggle for rights of women and immi grants, used such as examples. Boyd would often liken anti-Arab and Islamic sentiment to that suffered by African Amencans, a theme with which Zora Neal Hurston dealt heavily in her literature. Feiler tended to focus on how reli gious differences were the root of much conflict, moving on to propose how the common roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam would suggest that reconcili ation between the faiths is possible. He would then elucidate (repeatedly) how his latest book, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths, dealt with these ideas. Common sentiment among the pan elists included the idea of the danger inherent in world powers acting with out concern for less powerful nations and non-state actors. About half-way into the discussion, Michalson summa rized this sentiment with an analogy to a meeting of Florida College and University Presidents. 'The President of the small 650-stu dent liberal arts institution doesn't just want to be tolerated. It wants in on the conversation It was agreed upon that America's acting in its own self-interest with reck less disregard for the concerns of the rest of the world was what had gotten the U.S. into the mess of Sept. 11. More of the same wasn't going to get it out. Although the panelists had differing opinions regarding the extent to which different political and belief systems could be reconciled, and whether toler ence of different systems or no less than acceptance is sufficient, the rivalry and jockeying for attention between the panelists was consistently good-na tured. While Michalson had to do very lit tle to keep the panelists in line, Boyd, the only non-author-of-history on the panel, was often left out and at certain points Michalson had to re-direct the conversation (at one point quoting Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God in reference to acceptance) to let her back into the discussion. The only controversy that arose was the result of questions and statements from the audience. One audience mem ber, who had criticized the attempts made to change the Boy Scouts' homo sexual scout-leader ban, was booed with surprising ferocity from the over whelmingly senior audience. Diplomatically defusing the com ments, Michalson stated, "Well, that's certainly food for thought," before di recting the panelists to other topics. An audience member who had been around for the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor commented indignantly that the United States did not take greater actions on Sept. 11. While this seemed to rile the panelists, they all agreed that in the case of the recent tragedy, a whole country could not be targeted when only a terrorist organization located within it was responsible. A comment from an audience member alleged that the panel was originally planned to in clude an author of Islamic dissent, before the organizers of the discussion decided against it, prompting surprised murmurs from the audience. Neither Michalson, nor the panelists, had any response. Advice from the newly revamped campus recycling program contributed by Nathanl Thanks to the efforts of many stu dents and staff the recycling program on campus is up and running again. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so we can recycle more effectively: -Dirty Pizza Boxes CANNOT be recycled. Sorry guys but while the cardbord it self is recyclable anything that has food stains on it is not. These go in the garbage. -cardboard Milk and Juice Cartons CANNOT be recycled. Same princi ple as the pizza boxes. These are contaminated with food and they fre quently have plastic linings on the inside. on't Put Cardboard in the Paper Bins. This may be counterintuitive, but cardboard and paper go through different recycling processes. Please keep them separate. -Separate your bottles and caps: Plastic caps are made usually made from different type of plastic than the bottle is. You should put the cap in the garbage. Glass bottles frequently have metal caps. You can put these in the recycling bins for metal. -check what type of plastic it is before putting in the bin: Only certain types of plastic can be recycled. You can not tell wether plastic is recyclable simply by looking at it. Luckily all plastic items have a little recycling symbol on them, and a number. If this number is 1 or 2 then you can recycle it. Most plastic consumables, such as soda bottles and milk jugs are type 1 and 2. But If it is labeled 3,4,5,6 or 7, than you can't. Attempting to recycle the wrong type of plastic can ruin an entire batch of plastic at the recy cling plant, so be careful! For more infomation on what can and can't be recycled, vist the world's shortest recycling guide at: lrecyc/e/guideslshortest.html CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar. usf. edul-catalystl ,.,..,. J"'t.-C'-1 The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored Contributions may range in length from 250 to General Editor Managing Editor by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more Michael Sanderson Erin Marie Blasco New College Publications Office using Adobe than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh either Letters to the Editor or contributions and Copy Editor Photographer and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money include names and contact information. David Higgins and Photo Editor provided by the New College Student Alliance. Printed submissions may be placed in campus Sarah Zell box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed Online Editor and Direct submissions and inquiries to: to No anonymous submissions General Manager Layout Editor will be accepted. The Catalyst All submissions must be received by 5:00p.m. Michael Gimignani Caitlin Young 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box 1175 in order to appear in the following week's Sarasota, FL 34243 lSSUe. 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TheCatalyst NEWS OF THE WORLD November 5, 2002 3 a identified as 'crisis state' as medical malprac tice lawsuits cause Insurance hikes, forcing doctors out of business unnn<"I AMA held at fLorida Hospital Orlando. n:'any h1gh-risk peciali ts. The profe 10nalliabi lity cri i i the rea. on why a pregnant woman can find no doctor to deliver her baby, a mother cannot find a phys.ician to read a mammogran1, and a nursmg home doctor to care for aging grandparent is difficult to locate Other phy ician particularly those now finishing their residency, cannm find an insurance company even to them a policy. Matt Ram ey, a thtrd year pre-medicine tudcnt, agre d that malpractice premium would affect where he finally cho e to ettle down going to chool here [in londaJ, he said adamantly, adding that he would "definitely not" practic in lorida How did thi happen? prices," explained Harty-Golder. The government regulates what physician. can charge lea ing little room for ad ju tment. Thi m ans that the money mu t come from omewher 1 : in come, taff salaries, money paid to con ultants or accountant etc. Eventually thi. result in lost job for n edical staff and con ultants, and at o decreased acce s to care for patient 'The American Medical Association is gravely concerned that unJe s re form. are pas. ed. more Horida phy icaans will be forced to lea e the tate, retire arty, or stop performing certain high-ri k procedure ," aid AMA Pre identlect Donald Palmisano. Physicians can no longer afford malpractice insurance and are closing, leaving gaping holes in medical care. of thi i cau ed by rapidly in crea mg malpractice premiums, forcing doctor out of practice, the state. and performing high -ri k procedure .. Who i. to blame for the hi g h rate ? The t rial l awye r have sa id again and a gain that the cri i i s being cau se d b y b a d d octors an d greedy in u ra n ce compani es, whll e a dvocacy s u c h as the The amount of money is not in significant, either. ome ob tetricians in South lorida are paying more than $200,000 per year for liability in 'Uta nce Many phy icians have faced incre a se of over 50 percent in their p remi u m ov e r the l a t few "One of the first things to go is a trauma center said Barbara Harty-Golder M.D., J.D, who p r act i ce s bot h law and medicine in t h e Sara sota area, and is a forme r ing the center dney ash On a Friday night thi pa t July. 25year-old Justin Fi hell attempted a stunt on an all-terrain vehicle. Unfortunately, the Maryland resident did not think to put on a helmet and wa in bad shape when the vehicle roBed. He was only around eight minute from the local ho pi tal. but it wa, 84 minute before he wa eventually treated at the Univer ity of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore By the time he fi nally got to Baltimore. his brain was severely swollen and doctor bad to re move two-thirds of hi kull. Why? The trauma center at the local ho pital wa clo eo because the ho pi tal could no longer afford to pay the physician. who staffed it, and the physician could no longer afford to work. Although this may ound distant and not applicab1e to the readership of thi paper, similar situations are now occur ring or wi11 be occurring in Florida. Fi hell' ituation is ju tone indication of the seriousness of a problem that af fects a number of tates in crisi including Maryland and Florida. Several south Florida ho pital are con sidering closing or downgrading trauma centers. In Orlando, admini tra tors of one of the tate's four largest trauma centers may be faced with closcontinue to rise. Un trauma "We have a number of good doctors Reform Act, center are not the only problem facing pa ing outrageous malpractice fees be-economic damage. (pain and suffering) Florida as a result of the cu ent profe cau e of the mi. take of quack who to $250.000. MICRA i. considered by ional Jiability cri is. have 10 or 12 judgments against them." e. pert to be the only working piece of Phy icians can no longer afford aid John Morgan of Morgan. Colling tort-refonn legislation in the nation. their malpractice in urance premium & Gilbert, a per onal injury law firm. and ha kept malpractice premium in and are dosing or partially clo ing He also explained that in urance comCalifornia table for over 25 years. practice leaving gaping hole in high panies are blaming the t iallawyer for Legi lation modeled after MICRA ri k area of medical care all around the thi cri i ha already pa sed the U.S. Hou e of country. "One of the fir t thing to go i The "bad doctor" hypothe i doe Repre entative in the form of HR a trauma center,'' aid Barbara Hartynot hold water, however, con idering 4600. Currently, HR 4600 companion Golder M.D., J .D, who practice both the fact that all the e bad doctors hapbill S 2793 i facing controver y is the law and medicine in the Sarasota area, pen to practice in the arne four Senate. According to Palmisano. the and is a former Florida Medical high-ri k specialtie And a to the Senate bill currently lack 17 votes. A sociation (FMA) trea urer. "They greedy in urance companies. many either of Florida' senators i cur (ho pi tal and phy icians] can't afford have left the tate or topped offering rently upporting the bill. the insurance,'' she added. Thi affect medical malpractice insurance. Why "If lawmaker are un ure what type everyone, young or old, male or female. would they do thi i if they were of refonn work, all they need to do is It might be advisable to wear a helgreedily trying to uck money f om look to Califomia and its comprehen met while riding a bike thee day Or doctor ? They've done it becau e sive law known as MICRA, which has at least, hope that if something were to they're Jo ing money due to ridicuprotected patient and physicians in go wrong, a neuro urgeon would be lou ly large awards in many California for more than 25 years," aid available. A look through the Sarasota malpractice lawsuits. Palmisano. Yellow Pages yielded only four neuroLarge jury reward in many mal.. MICRA will work," said Hartyurgeons, m two different practices. practice cases ha e forced in urance Golder. Two year ago, the phone book listed companies to hike their premiums three major practices with nine neuroagain and again, e pedally in high-risk surgeons. specialties that are the most likely to be This crisis is responsible for an avued. When a physician's premiums go erage of a seven-hour waiting time in up, they must compensate somehow. central Florida emergency rooms. It's "A physician whose malpractice premi why it takes months to get in to see urn go up has no way to raise their Information from the Associated Pres The Florida Catholic Newspaper, and the Florida Medical Assockltion was used in this report.


--4 The Catalyst NCSA ELECTIONS November 5 2002 The president's cabinet: the executive branch of the NCSA by David Savarese The pre sident of the NCSA appoints the Executive Committee to advise and assist him or her in organizing all the branc h es and committees m the student government. Each position has de ig nated respon ibilitie. and the members of thi. cabinet are essentially the sole leadership for many of the major admin istrative dealings bet\veen the students and the faculty and administration. Each member serves on the Executive Committee in an advi ory capacity to help the president make and enact his or her decisions. Third-year Lawrence B owdish. this year's Foundation R epresentative. said. ''In the Executive B ranch we try to work on a more group based system, and to that end a consensus system. I feel that my opinion would hold as much weight as any of the other mem-be rs. In order to accomplish the obligations provided by the constitution, the Executive Committee must, for example, negotiate the separation between New College and University Program funding. Negotiating the. e fees is an intensive obligation undertaken by the cabinet as a whole, and the cont:J.ibutions they make are in addition to the personal respon i bilities that their positions require. At la t week's Town Meeting, none of the candidates for president had the speaking time to addres the role that the Executive Committee would play in their presidency. Presently. many campus lead ers fill these cabinet positions and have finn attachments to the administration. a well as other campus groups. ln the pring, the Executive Committee will be reappointed in accor dance with the newly-elected president's sugge tions and the Town Meeting's ap-THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE by David Savarese The Executive Committee i the pres ident's cabinet and the executive branch. Including the president, the committee consists of seven \)O&itions: Execu tive Vice Preside n t Third year Mark Hengge holds the po sition of execut iv e v ic e pres ident thi s l as t term. Hengge said, 'The executive vice president is an ad-hoc position estab lished during the second term of Andrew [Hossack]'s presidency, as to lighten his load but eliminate the confusion of a co presidency. It gives him an opportunity to send someone in his place to smaller meetings where student input is important but his presence isn't necessarily needed. It's a position without authority. I can's sign paychecks or approve policy; everything I do has to be approved by Andrew. It's a lot of gopher work: finding this out, or talking to various people.'' A it is not a constitutional po ition, the re sponsibilities of the executive vice president are those delegated by the pres ident. Vice President for Academic Affairs Thesis-student India Harville serves as vice president of academic affairs. This position also runs the Council for Academic Affairs (CAA). The purpose of the CAA is to represent the student body in the academic, disciplinary and faculty/administrative actions of the school. The CAA consists of the repre sentatives from each academic division and programs like Gender Studies, Campus Planning, and International Studies. It also has representatives from the Admissions Committee, Student Academic Status Committee (SASC), the Library Committee, and the Educational Policy and Plann ing Committee (EPPC) The council is sup posed to meet every month. The vice pre ident for academic affairs serves as an ex-officio member of man of these subconunittees, and meets with the provost regularly to address student concerns. Vice President for Student Affairs Third-year Michelle Brown was last term's vice president of student affairs. Brown said, "I keep in contact with [Dean of Students] Mark Blaweiss and the students. I feel that we [the members of the executive branch] are like infor mants to the student government. I am the person that finds student representa tives for unexpected ad-hoc committees. I'm also in charge of keeping an eye on the Council of Student Affairs (CSA). More often than not, I'm meeting with Mark Blaweiss. We update each other of the goings-on of the week and about the various committees that we both serve on." In addition to running the Town Meetings and serving as the student advi sor to the Student Affairs office, the vice president for student affairs serves as the chairperson for the CSA. The CSA con tains members of the sub-committees for: the Student Allocations Committee (SAC), the Fitness Center Advisory Committee, the Resident Advisors and the Food/Housing Committee. Brown said, "So far we've only had one meeting. Since it's a committee with in frequent meeting schedules, everyone showing up for the meeting is unlikely because of class schedule conflicts." Archivist Second-year Audrey Nicoleau is this proval. This new cabi n et will h ave to fill the void of the long-standing members that are either working on their thesis or studying abroad, like thesis-student India Harville and third-year Michelle Brown. None of the candidates have any ex perience in the executive branch, and for tha t rea on, understanding the ro l es these positions p l ay would help to how t h e connection betwee n the exec u tive branc h and the NCSA as a who l e. Eac h cand ida t e may discuss their plans for the NCSA by di cussmg their qualifications or plat form, but the NCSA's accomplishments are based on the work p u t into these posi tions by all the members of the cabinet. Participation in the NCSA i what empowers the NCSA. Executive Vice P re ident Mark Hengge said. "Th ere is a trend th at th e most invo l ved students t end to be involved in one way or another, of tentimes above or beyond their t erm's archivist. The dutie s of the archi v i st ar e inten e and demanding and the y requir e a s trong relation s hip with the s tudent w ebmaster. Mos t of the job is the taking of minutes at executive and Town Meetings, and ensuring that they are available for students within 48 hours of said meet\n Use of the NCF tud alias account and the NCSA website have eased the job of making the information available but the timeframes are still h ard to meet. The archivist is also re s ponsible for maintaining th e ar c h ives o f the student body. Nicoleau said, "A lot of issues are brought out during the executive cabinet meetings, issues that might change poli cies and put our current academic life in danger. [The executive branch] provides input for the student body Foundation Representative Third-year Lawrence Bowdish was this year's New College Foundation repre sentative. Bowdish said Really, what I do is meet bi-weekly with the General [Roland Heiser]. My biggest responsibil ity is letting the Foundation know what is going on at New College, not letting the students know what is going on in the Foundation. A lot of what is going on in the Foundation, for example, is the con struction of their new building. That's not as important to the students as, say, the con troction of the new dorms I talk at town meetings when appropriate, and go to board meetings when appropriate." Alumni Representative Thesis-student Maggie Phillips worked as the alumni representative during Hossack's last term. The purpose of this position is to maintain a relationship be tween the student body and the alumni office. For this position, Phillips also serves in an advisory capacity during the overview of alwnni-based scholarships. respo n s i bilities. In this last fall of this ad ministration, we are increasing the accountability of the student positions by enumerating their responsibilities. A lot of kids get elected, but don't know what that means or entails.'' Every student is a member of the NCS A. Participation can go beyond To w n Meeting attendance. Each student can participate in committee meetings, sugges t i deas and attend executive cabi net meetings. Over the years, there has been a sentiment in the student body that the executive branch is too far removed from the student members of the NCSA. Alumni Representative Maggie Phillips said, "It is up etting to me tha t there are members of the stu d e n t body, who are all members o f th e NCSA, wh o think that the executive branch i s elitist. W e really wan t m ore peopl e t o c o m e to mee tin gs. I don t know h o w to d is pel these mi sc onceptions. Presidential race gets FROM "ELECTION" P.4GE J to run i n a campaign w here I am unde r minin g someo n e wi th great i deas.... [I d idn' t wan t to] take away vote s Gimignani sai d "At fi rst. I was the only candid a te ." Once other people entered the race, Gimig n a n i decided to step down becau s e he s aid th e ele ction w a s "No longer a popularity cont e s t. In leaving the race, he endorses Nash and Schober's campaign Another factor in Gimignani 's dec i sion was his reluctance to leave hi s po sitions as Online Editor and General Manager of the Catalyst as he promised at the Town Meeting "The Catalyst is the thing I love the mos t. I would have missed it too much, he said. Speculation ran high throughout the weekend as to whether Gimignani's public relations team of Brian Ellison, Thomas Patteson, Eric Sosnoff and Justin Vickers would continue to cam paign in the name of Gimignani, even though their candidate's name was offi cially removed from the ballot. Sosnoff could not commit to contin uing the campaign, though he did have an explanation for Gimignani 's behavior on behalf of the World Spirit. "As crazy as this sounds the World Spirit had mis calculated," Sosnoff said Though the World Spirit believed Gimignani was "the greatest among secular candi dates," New College could return to pol itics as usual, explained Sosnoff.


The Catalyst NCSA ELECTIONS THE TOWN MEETING asses off. I represent the peo ple who are drunk in a Palm Court gutter with their work done," he sai d Tuchman delivering Above: Sydney Nash and Michael Gimignani wishing each other well JUSt after the meeting. Three days later he would leave the race and endorse her and her co-candidate, Robert Schober. the meeting that New College "I think s h e h as a great plans to enroll 800 sruden t s b y tdea of wh a t she 's in f o r. .. She the year 2005 a b so lute fo llow-thr o u gh, he "I would like to challenge Thchman sru.d Brian Le e B onfanti gestu res dra m atica ll y d u rin g h i s speech any other candidates to oil ''I plan to reharness my energy" Gimignani wrestling,'' Bonfanti told the Thchman began with a disCatalyst after his speech. "I ''My gender is n e gotiable" pute of N_ash_ 's comment during G' ., h by Whitney Krahri Officially, the Town Meeting on Oct. 30 never ad journed. The longest Town Meetin in ew College Student Alliance history can be attribu ted to the confu sion that followed a motion from NCSA presidential campaign veteran Titus Jewell to nominate third-year Lawrence Bowdis h a s a president i al candidate. The overwhelming hunger of the crowd and enticing stacks of pizza on a wall in Palm Court prevented any pos s ible call to order. However once the politi cal smoke cleared and the pizza boxes were emptied, four offi cial presidential tickets re mained : Mike Gimignani, Syd ney Nash and Robert Schober Maxeme Thcbman and the lat est addition to the race, Brian Lee Bonfanti. Bonfonti "I'm not just a party favor'' Each ticket was allotted four minutes to peak and third-year Bonfanti had the first tum. Something of a dark horse in the race, Bonfanti dressed appropri ately in a black suit, black shirt, and silver tie. Piercings were in tact. ''What the hell is Brian Lee standing here for?" was the question Bonfanti said he as sumed was running through the minds of his audience. "I am standing here because I must," he answered. The factionaliztion of New College is what led him t o see k pres i dential candidacy. It al so led Bonfanti to adapt a part of Matthew 12:25 to make an ef-ective c n slo an. A think it would be a damn good th mngnaru s speec brought e quest10rung period following the t l h fr indication of character and vemos aug ter om his soher ticket's speech. To Nash's ailed" racity of spirit. Whether he 1 s 1 c s pmtual siblings," using c rum that "None of the candib d joking about the wrestling or dates sym ousm an Machiavellian not, Bonfanti said he intended to NCSA to express his -po\nt His moral vision for New Col-itself will not tand," When a student asked B-onfanti pre ident seriously, should he how he would reunite the spirit elected. of New College, he replied, "I have personal relationships ." Bonfanti 's s peech addressed three topic s, the first of which was his appearance. I have the capacity to play roles," he said. "Thi s is a role I can play, he added also commenting on his suit for further proof of his abil ity effectively to play ''presi dent." Next, Bonfanti attested to his responsibility This past summer, he was a part of the work crew that cleaned, painted and retored the dorms. He cited Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss and Residence Life Director Mike Campbell as references. As his qualifications, Bon fanti stressed his age. At 28, he is eight years older than the sec ond-oldest candidate. "I have real-world experience," he aid. Between the ages of 18 and 21, the common age of college stu dents, Bonfanti worked for a liv ing. As Bonfonti could only say himself, "I am not a party favor." Bonfanti doesn't solely rep resent the party animals, either. He is a man of the workhorses. "I represent the people who work their asses off. I also repre sent the people who party their Schober and Nash ''Very much a New College thing'' With a voice hindered by laryngitis, Schober with his co candidate, led a speech tinged with radicalism If Nash and Schober are elected to the presi dency, they believe New Col lege can again be radical," Schober said A co-presidency is complimentary with the spirit of a radical college. We will get sruff done," Nash promised Sruff as Nash defined it, would mean working on the NCSA website filling empty NCSA position and finding an alternative to small focus groups as a measure of student opinion. Nash said the CAA needs to be clarified and it should also be elevated to equal status with the Srudent Alloca tions Committee. Nash told stu dents, ''We will make the consti tution work for you." Schober and Nash are also opposed to indefinite expansion of the school. They see expan sion as a process, not an end goal. Expansion was a theme throughout the Town Meeting as students were tol d earlier in race." She did point to her year served as a justice on the Student Court as an example of ber con tribution to the NCSA. Later, third-year and Catalys t staff writer David Savarese asked, "What did you do on the Student Court?" Thchman explained that he familiarized herself with the laws of the court. It's not like we could create cases ," she said. No cases were tried while Thch man served on the Student Court Tuchman stressed her desire to seek diversity at New Col lege "We are just going to go out and get black srudents," she said. She looks at diversity from all angles, including sex, gender, religion ethnicity, and race. Tuchman believes in affirmative action, and she detined it for the crowd. Affirmative action i opening up the application pool, she said, rather than ac cepting unqualified students based on their diversity. Lastly, she reiterated her abil ity to work 365 days a year, even on Christmas and during walls. I don' t come to walls that much, if ever," she said. Current NCSA president Andrew Hosack endorsed Thchman s candiror," he said. Gimignani invited Novo Collegians to "Enjoy the meat of what makes our student body so strong and independent." If elected, he would like to see all students ''dine at the same table'' where ''no one is sruck taking scraps," he said. He al o said, "We must be wary of the Trojan horse of dogma and fal e knowl edge. We must question everything ." He told the crowd, 'We are standing in the used car lot of human destiny.... What will it take for me to get you into this car?'' Hossack needed a better deal. He asked Gimignani to talk about concrete issues. In re sponse, Gimignani said, "We need to communicate better, that's obvious He also wel comed all students to come to more than just Town Meetings. I want committee meetings to be like this, and not just because of the free food," he said. VOTE Wednesday, Hamilton Center


6 The Catalyst HALLOWEEN November 5, 2002 Halloween PCP's Hell hath no fury by David Higgins vented them from working up a sweat. Or perhaps the mix of "hip-hop and electrobreakbeats" had something to do with it. when they get some alcohol in them," Kessie remarked. At about 9 p.m. Saturday, the shadowy minions of the Halloween Palm Court Party were stirring up their own special brew of decorative mischief in preparation for the coming hordes. The voice of PCP organizer and third-year Chris Cox came over a walkie-talkie: "If we have any people out there who don't have shit to do: In keeping with Lucifer's notorious proclivity for broken promises, there was not the hyped ''bubble Satan" in sight. Perhaps even the Prince of Darkness was wary of having his retina detached by the black lighting, while being unable to discern who he may be dancing with. There were also not four fog machines, as had been promised. but only one, which filled the air with an evil, eerie mist for about ten minutes. The crowd remained fairly large all night, however, which did lend a bit of much-needed credibility to the Inferno theme. The bathrooms in Third Court were so crowded that some sketchy characters could be seen sneaking behind Third Court or into the trees near Hamilton Center to relieve themselves. Nail babies to trees!" Second-year Devon Barrett turned to hi helper ghouls and replied with gusto, "Okay! We got to baby nail it!" This year's Halloween PCP was one of the most highly anticipated and ostensibly ambitious in history. Palm Court underwent a start1ing transformation from the center of the universe to the ninth circle of Hell, which apparently consisted of some bluish-silver foil wrapped with devil-may-care abandon about the bot toms of palm trees. And oh yes, tiny baby dolls, of minutely varying izes averaging six inches in length, were nailed to the trees in just the right way so that they could be noticed if you happened to be intoxicated enough to bump perhaps accidentally into the palms. The devil did work in mysterious ways around Pei that night. Somewhere around 2:30a.m., when a PCP is usually hitting its stride, the music cut out and the denizens of the underworld were left in a contemplative silence. It wasn't long before booing and heckling started. A rumor quicldy spread that the music was in tentionally stopped in order to trick some of the uninvited visitors into leaving, a trick used in years past. It wasn't a trick this time, but it did succeed in getting townies and Novo Collegians alike to leave the Hel1 and seek other forums of fun. Sgt. McCue and plain-clothes Corporal Stuart of the Campus Police denied that the cops bad anything to do with the stopping of the music. Cox's personal equipment had shorted out due to some melted wires, apparently unable to handle the loud vol ume. According to third-year Andrew Jay, who was de facto in charge of music, "[The equipment] asphyxiated on its own electronical vomit." It took an hour before organizers finally rolled out the standard wall equiment and got the music back on again. An ambulance and EMT unit arrived at around 4:00 a.m. According to Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell, an unidentified minor who was not a New College student was having "most likely substance-re lated" problems, but her condition was not considered serious. The campus police had called for the ambu lance after being alerted by the Resident Advisors. The power of Hell's hoarfrost seemed to be weaken ing at last around 5:00a.m., when the music stopped for good and the few remaining merrymakers milled about hesitantly, stiJJ waiting expectantly for the actuality of the event to match their anticipation. But Satan's terror izing plastic ice was clearly melting just as a genuine November pre-dawn chill set in. When the witching hour arrived, which in New College time was around 12:30 or so, the hordes of Hell began peopling this devil's lake in steadily increasing numbers. It's remarkable the diversity of cu1tural fig ures, occupational types, and various species that are being damned these days. Abandoning all hope, those who entered included a smurf in blue body paint, a samurai, various incarnations of the Statue of Liberty, devils and angels in every possible variation, pederastic priests. a sexy firefighter, a sexy princess. a sexy Toad, 0 single piece of transparent plastic strung across the trees Security was tight but controversy was minimal. Accotrur tg e i er op e, above the crowd's heads definitely cast its Hellish icy chill on the usually energetic dancefl.oor, where revelers were bobbing somewhat expectantly and hesitantly. Perhaps the glacial blasts from the foiled palms preoff-campus visitors, had to be asked to leave the party for reasons such as unwelcome sexually explicit danc ing, and the occasional expressions of wrath and pride. A potential fistfight was squelched before it had the chance to break out. "Guys, you know how they get The aftermath of PCP Pei residents help kids get sugar high this Halloween I FROM "TREATS': PAGE 1 I as the eager boys split into groups and attacked the doors. Rustling p1astic bags and shouts of glee echoed in the court yards as the kids rushed up to doors and knocked. Not seconds later they'd be dashing off, obedient screams of 'Thank you!" trailing behind them. "Did they even say 'trick or treat'?" one resident questioned. 'There's candy, there's candy!" they yelled, figuring out the system of pump kins on second story walls. Paths crossed as one group would stream up the stairs and one group wou1d stream down, using those few seconds to compare booty. The prize of the evening was fake vampire teeth that one resident was handing out. "Who has the teeth, who has the teethr' those without asked the lucky few who had them. By the end of the treating, most of the kids had a pair. The larger group of kids hit First Court first, and some residents weren't quite ready. The kids thought they were done and were ready to head for Third Court when three voices yelled at once, ''We've got candy!" Confused but ex J ... .. ... cited, the kids split apart like jacks, rac ing to find more sugar. 'The mad scientist is getting madder, he doesn't like carrying heavy bags of candy," one of the smaller boys com plained. Many of the kids had to get ad ditional bags to carry all their loot. The kids hadn't brought their Hal loween costumes with them, so Kruczek helped them make home-made varia tions. Self-described, some of the kids were: "an African, or a Jamaican per"" M diGr son. a ar as person, "a vampire, I guess," "Michael Jackson with a FUBU shirt," and of course, the mad sci entist and the freaky goose person. The most ornate costwne was probably one boy who had a huge bow around his neck and a "Gilligan's Island" style hat with origami creations poking out every where. He described his whole costume quite simply as "a geek." Nothing too bad happened with our own unique cast of characters. Most stu dents were excited, like the residents of 244 who squealed, "Oh yay! ... Trick or treaters!" when the kids knocked. The residents of 346 played 'The Right of Spring" off their balcony and into Third Court, which added a spooky back ground music to the children's giggles. Erin Mahaney in 331 went all out, dressing up as a witch. Mahaney and her roommate stood in their doorway, which was decorated with hanging crepe paper and pumpkins. One kid got a hold of a condom, but quickly threw it away. A Second Court resident briefly consid ered handing out cigarettes, but decided not to. "It's all I would have had to give them," he explained. But the kids re ceived very few tricks, and many treats like cupcakes. Some also got dollar or change from a maintenance lady who happened to be outside. After moving through the Pei dorms like whirlwinds, the kids gathered to gether again and began the swapping and bragging ritual that is an essential part of Halloween. They complained about their heavy bags, but it was with smiling faces that soon got covered in chocolate. Anyone who participated in the would have been amply re warded 1f they saw how excited and happy the Keys to the Future kids were at the end of the day. -. I' .."' .. Who had the better costumes? The Catalyst presents these juxtaposed selective lists of costumes from the two Halloween events covered in this issue. Who was more creative, New College students or underpriveledged kids? New College Students: -a smurf in blue body paint -a samurai -various incarnations of the Statue of Liberty --

The Catalyst From the Editors: The Catalyst editors will not offer a recommendation in this year's race for NCSA president. We would if a candidate or set of candidates clearly would be the best choice for New College, but that is not the case. This is not to say that the election doesn't matter, or that the candidates haven't distinguished themselvesthey have. They have different goals and personal styles, and their presi dencies would be different. But there are not compelling reasons for the Catalyst to urge students to vote for one ticket over another. We urge everyone to vote Wednesday in Hamilton Center. A Call for Papers and Creative Writing! (and a little help from the faculty) If you want to write, that's great. If you want to write, win prizes, go to Orlando to have people hear your writing, and bring glory home to New College, then this announcement is for you. The Florida Collegiate Honors Council i again sponsoring its annual writing competition for students enrolled in honors programs at Florida colleges 1and universitie Winne will c h prizes and have an opportunity to pre ent their writings at the FCHC Conference in Orlando, February 14-16, 2003. We've had several New College win ners in recent years. Research papers, critical es ays, and creative writing en tries are all welcome. The deadline to submit your writing is Thursday, November 7 at 5 pm. For contest guidelines, or to enter, contact Sonia Wu in the Admissions Office, at 359-4461 or ANNOUNCEMENTS &C. November5,2002 7 Clarification In last week's article about Circus SAC Minutes-October 28, 2002 McGurkis, third-year Julia Onnie-Hay clarifies that she said, '"This festival is a beautiful example of unity in diversi ty ... In the last issue, the captions on Page 1, of third-year Aidan Delgado, and on Page 8, of the prote t, were omitted. The protest caption, contributed by Eliza Sydney, read: Saturday, October 26, two to three hundred protesters gathered at the Manatee County court house in Bradenton to show their oppo sition to war on Iraq. People stood on the sidewalk with signs adressing the moral and economical repercussions of a strike on Iraq, and signs asking for peaceful solutions. Peace organizations, politicians, religious leaders, singers and veterans from many parts of Florida lead the crowd through speech, song and prayer. The protestor were riled up by New College professor Lee Snyder's phrase, "George Bush is a dangerous man," repeated many times during his speech. Dance Thtorial Announcement dancer shine in all their kinaesthetic splendour. It's a smorgasbord of arti tic dancerly delight. Sainer Pavilion Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 Doors open at 7:30p.m. Performance begin at 8:00 p.m. In attendance: Emma Jay, Damayanti Byars, Christopher Altes, Heather Ra ley, Patrick Hickey, Andrew Jay, Sydney Nash. All deci ions unanimous unless otherwi e noted Damayanti Byars, as chair, abstains un less otherwise noted e African People's Solidarity Committee Corrections Julia Onnie-Hay Requested: $25.00 for refreshment Allocated: $25.00 e Halloween PCP Chris Cox Reque ted: $70.00 for decorations Allocated: $70.00 e New College CIPHER-peaker JoLane K. Abrams Julia Onnie-Hay, Chelseah Hall, Jo ephine Ratikan, Eliza Sydney Requested: $75.00 for food and honorar ium Allocated: $75.00 e Spanish Club Kelly Jones, Laura Navarro, Vianella Hal sail Allocated: $90.00 *Chris Alte oppose e Student Farmworker Alliance Catherine Clouse, Amy Staebler Requested: $ll5.17 for protest upplie, thirts Allocated: $65.00 for protest upplie e the "Family Reunion" David Robinson, Eric Delp Half-Life by Christopher DeFillippi Requested: $120.00 for performance rights Allocated: $120.00 e Speaker-Rev. Patmore Henry Julia Onnie-Hay Requested: $800.00 for honorarium Allocated: $400.00 e BONK Festival of New Music Page LaubhelDler, Robert Constable Requested: $800 for performance Request tabled. e "W;t" Dru Herring Reque ted: $695.00 for copyright props, make-up, costumes, etc. Allocated: $340.00 for performance rights and props e 1 t Court RA's-Cou.rt Meeting India Harville, Emma Jay Requested: $30.00 for Popsicles Allocated : $15.00 *Emma Jay ab tain e 2nd Court RA' -Court Meeting Andrew Jay Vern Fannin Requested: $15.00 for Popsicles Allocated: $15.00 *Andrew Jay abstains Chillout Room Emma Jay. Vern Fannin Requested: $100.00 for refreshment Allocated: $100.00 *Emma Jay and Andrew Jay ab tain --


The Catal st Debate descends into drunken immaturity; considered success Above: third-year Aidan Delgado, second-year Devon Barrett and second-year transfer student Brian Cleays heckle. At right, top: the debators stand for the National Anthem. At right, bottom: the hecklers perform the National Anthem. by Abby Weingarten One might say that last Tuesday's "Midnight Debate" wa an d n, th m t ulated event New College has seen all year. Barriers, stereotypes, and a major fire code were broken when the audience reached an estimated 274 people in a room with maximum capacity for only 200. While a roof and a ruckus were raised, so was the occa sional political issue. Students even learned things, like that the topic ofhealthcare is boring and unsexy, and that, thank fully, the war on drugs is not waged against alcohol. As neutral moderator, third year and organizer Eric Sosnoff encouraged the crowd to re move their biases, and in re sponse. the crowd encouraged panelists to remove their britches. Thanks to the persis tence of third-year audience member Chris Altes, a continu ous echo of "Take off your pants!" shook the walls of Su dakoff Center. Five issues were tackled, half of what was initially planned: gay rights, American foreign policy, education, the war on drugs, and abortion. Mid-way into the debate around midnight, Sosnoff no ticed, "Thus far, most speakers have not been able to get up and say their piece. If you could use your interjections more carefully, then maybe we could proceed in a more rec 1 manner." Des ite his generous use of an antique horn, the audience and hecklers remained rather unruly. Behind a beer-and-donut strewn table, 11 hecklers lead the crowd in a round of the "Star-Spangled Banner," with friends (two 1 2-packs of "beast," a case of Heineken, one flask of gin, and a quart of undisclosed liquor) at their sides for moral support. In a dress, heckler second year Eliot Chayt represented the transgender demographic, interjecting periodically with bits of wisdom like, "I would 1 ike to repeat that peaches come in a can." Because he was struck with laryngitis, third year Robert Schober's butcher's apron with 'Eat the Middle Class' written in blood like red marker spoke for him. And thesis-student David Bar nett's persona) heckling state ment can be found in Webster's 1999 American English Dictio nary. To exhibit their devotion to the issue of education, hecklers began singing "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Hous ton, reitering that "[They] be lieve the children are our fu ture.'' During the discussion about school vouchers, Bar nett's commentary was, "I can EVENTS vouch for that.'' Hecklers proved that th obvious} be lieved serious matters called for serious measures. Not only were Republicans, Democrats and Greens repre sented, but one of the lower profile parties on campus also made a cameo The Freegan Table. In a nutshell, the Free ganist platform is "to make a conscious effort to reclaim food that might otherwise go to waste," said first-year Graham Coreil-Allen. Wearing aT-shirt that read, "Life begins at 40, then goes to Hell," first-year Freegan Zach Blackburn em bodied the spirit of the party by munching on salvaged waste all night. In rescuing a two-liter bottle of Lemon Lime soda that had rolled in front of the stage, Blackburn's shorts came down, and with them, any doubts the crowd may have had about Freegans being upright politi cians. Archenemy to the Freegans was first-year Republican de bater Bryson Voirin, whose ballsiness made them go ballis tic. On the issue of abortion, Voirin gave the statement, "You will all make your choices, and perhaps, you will burn in Hell for them," sending a shock wave throughout the crowd. After Voirin's jesting about killing a cow in order to get the leather for his portfolio, one Free an even ran up to Voirin with a paperback copy of the New Testament. Voirin's rebut tal: "Get a job.'' But Freegans weren't the only ones on the defensive; the audience took a no-holds barred approach when it came to heckling Republican pan elists. Debaters could barely get a word in edgewise be tween boos and insults. Sosnoff said, "The way you guys are re sponding to Republicans is vul gar and dogmatic." Second year Joseph McCue concurred, ''There was heckling on all par ties, but there was outright shunning of the Republican Party." Afterward, however, Sos noff noticed that, despite criti cisms, Republicans were "not upset as many administrators had predicted." This sentiment may be due to the humanitarian effort on the part of Republican second-year and Catalyst Web Editor Michael Gimignani. To remedy the fact that "There [seemed] to be a very anti-Re publican bias towards the drop ping of pants," as he had gath ered, Gimignani dropped his own as a peace offering. Post-debate, two $25 gift certificates to Barnes & Noble were presented when debaters voted for the best heckler and 8 vice versa. First-year David Alexander, a self-proclaimed Stalinist, had replaced first year Yair Kagan on the Repub lican panel at the last minute. The heckling squad gave prai e to Alexander's knowledge of a political system he claimed not even to believe in. Winning the best heckler award was the onJy female on the squad, third year Carolyn Grossman, who said, "I feel warm and cuddly inside, like a moist vagina.'' By 1:00 a.m .. the festivities had wound down, and Sosnoff was already sitting back with his hands behind his head. "When I went in front of the SAC and asked for money, I told them I was hoping for 200 people," said Sosnoff. ''They laughed." Thesis-student Maggie PhilJips said, "I've never seen a programming event with this many students. I think this was even more than orientation." Whispering an anecdote to the Catalyst, Sosnoff said, "When we got here, this wasn't set up." He claimed that only l 00 seats had been arranged, and that it was supposed to be the job of the Physical Plant to take care of it. In about 45 min utes, Sosnoff and his cohorts heroically put the show to gether. Said Sosnoff, "It started in chaos and ended in glory.''

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