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THE Volume XV, Issue 4 cryptic messages in this space since 1994 October 9, 2002 Armed suspects flee police dangerously close to New College Criminal pursuit crosses East Campus last Wednesday morning by Abby Weingarten A little after rt;1idnight on an otherwise tranquil Wednesday morning, two robbers aban doned a hijacked a car not far from New College and fled through the East Side of cam pus. Chased by a low-flying helicopter and two police squads, they managed to elude all pursuers, and their where abouts are still unknown. The graveyard shift was just beginning for New College of Florida Police Department dis patcher and thesis-student Caroliz Perez when a startling phone can rang in from the Sarasota Police Department. Two robbery suspects bad been College on foot from University Parkway. The men were identified in the police re port as "black adult males. The first was wearing all black and had three to four gold teeth. The second male was wearing a white T-shirt, medium build, and armed with a 9 mm." The New College and Sarasota police conducted a complete search in the area. On duty that night was Officer Ken Vicker who remained in con tact with the Sarasota police late into the morning but never received word of any arrest. He spoke with an officer from the SarasotaBradenton Airport who speculated that the men the rental lots and then high tailed it off the premises, though nothing could be cer tain until the Sara ota police surveyed the site. Detective Glover from the Sarasota Police Department shared a election of the fol low-up report with the Catalyst. Glover explained that a stolen Buick Century was dis covered at Airport Circle and University Parkway that night. Earlier into the eve of the crime, at 23rd and Palm Madelia Avenue, two men matching the police description accosted two other men in their parked Buick. The armed men Classic Car Museum Evil in the liberal arts college President Michalson work in the philosophy of religion has for decades grappled with the concept of evil. He recently talked with the Catalyst about what relevance evil has at New College. by Michael Sanderson Evil is a term very much in the news lately, presented to the world by President Bush and others first as an explanation for the terrorist attacks of Septem ber 11, 2001, and now as a rea son to go to war against Iraq. Much of the nation and world have rejected the term on sight, and at New College, that rejec tion is particularly unsurprising. Not only because of our liberal, ecular orientation, but also because our academic days are spent constructing a worldview that will not accept explanations with religious foundations. So does the concept of evil rightly have no place in New College's discussions of the contemporary world? Not nec essarily. While remaining suspi cious of the political motivation of evil, the work of President Michalson, a professor of humanities as well as the leader of New College, contains a chal lenge to the assumptions of ra tional thinkers who are heirs to the enlightenment. He recently discussed his work and its implications with the Catalyst. In 1990, as a professor of re ligion at Oberlin College, Michalson published Fallen Freedom: Kant on Radical Evil and Moral Regeneration. It ad dresses the ''vacillation," also termed "ambivalence," "awk wardness," and even "irony'' in the attempts of 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant to admit evil into the ratio nal, social-scientific construc tions of the world of the enlight enment. "Now the curious thing about Kant is that given his sta tus as an enlightenment thinker, he should have embodied that position [evil as a product of ignorance] in his own philoso phy," Michalson said, "But in stead he rooted evil not in igno rance but in the will ... And that position sounds very much like the Christian idea of original sin." This concept of why we do evil has particular relevance for New College, as we try to find ways of comprehending the contemporary world. ""I think to an extent all of us in liberal arts colleges are heirs to the en lightenment, thinking that knowledge is a good thing. which can improve human kind," Michalson said. "But what if we're wrong on all those things?" This is part of what make Kant such a striking point to dis cuss the relationship between enlightenment, academic ratio nality and the contemporary world: Kant wrote his major painting behind him, which appeared on the dust Jacket of his book Fallen Freedom, is by 19th century English painter John Martin. work on the subject in 1794, as the French Revolution had al ready moved from "it begin nings of great promise" to mass executions of civilians by guillotine, ''the Terror"-a period that gave us the tenn "terror ism." "Kant was a very careful ob server of developments in France, a were most German thinkers and most European thinkers,'" Michalson said. "And I think the turn to terror greatly influenced his sense of what hu1 SEE 11BVIL" PAGE 5 I


2 The Catalyst NEWS October 9, 2002 USF's Crosley plans may find insufficient funds in Tallahassee THE CROSLEY ESTATE DEVELOPMENT by Sarah Zell USF Sarasota!M:anatee may have a hard time getting the $22.5 million it needs to develop the Crosley E tate. Since the state of Florida has re quired that USF Sarasota/Manatee relocate its campus, New College and USF are in an awkward position. Both schools are creating master plans on the te\)arate campuses by 2005, save the few shared services. However, financial obstacles are surfacing. USF's Board of Trustees gave permission to proceed with the USF Sarasota/Manatee Master Plan Update, as presented to the trustees on Sept. 4. The master plan calls for the relocation of the campus to the Crosley Estate and the construction of what will amount to 250,000 square feet of academic build ings, a total of 1,000 parking spaces, and a new entrance complete with traf fic light. USF Sarasota/Manatee's project schedule has USF slated to re ceive funding from PECO (Public Education Capital Outlay) for the two phases of construction in July 2003 and July 2004 respectively. PECO in pieces PECO funding is used by schools, universities and community colleges. Over the next couple of years, the amount of funding available through this utility-company tax is expected to decrease by nearly 50 percent each year. The usual $800 million is shrink ing succe sively, and along with that, the amount of money that is slated for construction is insufficient for the projects scheduled to take place in Florida's schools. In the 2003-2004 academic year it is estimated that only $60 million will be spent on new uni versity buildings; only $30 million is expected to trickle down in the follow ing year. Among the Florida projects high on the list for receiving funds is USF Sarasota/Manatee's relocation. USF is expected to acquire $10.5 million in each of the next two years. Voters, however, may have something different in mind. If funding for the construction of a new Crosley campus is cut because of a lack of PECO monies and/or the reallo cation of funds available for education to new amendments, "the money won't be there for USF to relocate and we would have to co-habit the New College campus]," said New College President Gordon "Mike" Michalson. Not only will USF and New College continue to share space, but also New College projects may be in danger of being tabled due to insufficient funds. "It would limit growth plans," said Michalson. Vice President for Finance and Administration John Martin said, "such an occurrence would cause a lot of short term frustration, followed by cre ative thinking." Legislative uncertainty An article in the Sept. 23 issue of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune mentioned Florida Senator Ken Pruitt, who is an ticipated to be the next appropriations chairman for the Senate and who will play an important role. Pruitt is now the senator of District 27, which in cludes Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach Counties, and he serves on the Appropriation Steering Group and Education Committee, among other committees. Pruitt high lighted the legislative power that delegations have in acquiring funding for construction projects at the univer sity level. "With that said, if the constitutional amendment passes, it doesn't matter how much clout you have. There just won't be the money there to do it," he told the Tribune. The tricky part, however, is that in cluded in the proviso for general appropriations for New College of Florida is a section that mandates USF's relocation. When the Crosley property was pur chased by USF and New College in 1991, it was with the intent that it would be the site of the future campus of USF Sarasota/Manatee. This was long before the notion of independence for New College occurred to the state legislature. When USF tried to develop the estate in the '90s, it was a lack of fundin that prohibited continuation o the project. "USF is getting back on a plan that was devised in the '90s," said Michalson. "The irony is that we may be about to repeat history." No classrooms for smaller classes The Nov. 5 election will not only elect local official in each of Florida's districts, but will also detennine the fate of a majority of Florida's education funding. On the ballot is a referendum limit ing class sizes for kindergarten through twelfth grade. The reduction in class sizes is expected to cost up to $27.5 lion. Also in question is a proposal to provide voluntary free pre-K programs to all 4-year-olds in the state, which could cost another $650 million. If either of these amendments on the ballot are passed, legislators may have to use PECO money to offset the extra costs. (See adjoining story.) The whole kit-n-caboodle The possibility that USF Sarasota/Manatee may not receive funding for the relocation of its campus looms on the horizon. In the meantime, USF Tampa is enjoying the gifts lav ished upon them by the legislature. USF Tampa got "$25 million this year for a new Alzheimer's Center that it didn't even request," according to the Herald-Tribune. This money comes by way of assistance from incoming House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, Republican representative for parts of Hillsborough County. The University of South Florida re ceived $41.4 million in pork barrel projects from the US Congress this year, more than any other US univer sity, according to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education. This money comes from the federal budget and the $41.4 million allocated to USFfrom the $117.9 million floating around in Florida schools. The pork barrel fun will be used to a a variety of projects from cancer research centers to anti-terrorism projects throughout the country. Pork barrel funding is funding that legislators acquire to use as patronage, usually within their own districts. While USF's main campus has seemingly little trouble getting funding, USF Sarasota/Manatee can only hope to be as fortunate. Information from the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Associated Press used in this report. CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web af http://www.sar.usfedu!-catalyst/ General Editor Michael Sanderson Copy Editor David Higgins Managing Editor Erin Marie Blasco Photographer and Photo Editor Sarah Zell Online Editor and General Manager Michael Gimignani Staff Writers David Savarese, Christopher DeFillippi, Liz Palomo, Abby Weingarten, Sydney Nash. Whitney Krahn, Maria Lopez, Caitlin Young The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ ncf edu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or tyle. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either Letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to catalyst@ncfedu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5:00p.m. m order to appear in the following week's iSSUe. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.


The Catalyst NEWS October 9, 2002 3 Two amendments dealing with education on Florida ballot by Michael Gimignani Florida voters will have several pro posed Florida constitutional amendments coming their way on Election Day, Nov. 5. Two of these, Proposed Amendments 8 and 9, would significantly affect the Florida educational system if passed. However, with the gubernatorial elec tion looming that same day, these amendments have become a battle ground for Governor Jeb Bush and his Democratic opponent, Bill McBride. Nevertheless, any changes to the edu cational system will cost money, and with an ever-shrinking pot to draw such funds from, either of the amendments de scribed below may have an effect on higher education resources. A St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald poll found a 71 percent support rate for the class size amendment among state voters, which dropped to 49 percent when those polled were told how much the initiative would cost. Amendment 8: Liberty, justice, and free pre-K education for all Amendment 8 requires that the state provide a "high-quality pre-kindergarten learning opportunity," which would be free to all 4 year-olds by fall 2005. J>roP,ose,4 (Paren or ss ucation or OUf Kids), and part of a campaign led by Miami mayor Alex Penelas, the volun tary education program should be ''free without taking away funds used for existing education, health, and develop ment programs." The amendment defines high-quality pre-K as "an organized program de signed to address and enhance each child's ability to make age-appropriate progress in an appropriate range of set tings in the development of language and cognitive capabilities and emotional, so cial, regulatory, and moral capacities through education in basic skills and such other skiJJs as the Legislature may detennine to be appropriate." Both Bush and McBride publicly support the initiative. "There is simply no question that children who fall behind in an early grade tend to fall even further behind over time," Bush said in the Lakeland Ledger on Sept. 6. "Many chil dren currently arrive in kindergarten with underdeveloped learning skills, and I be lieve the pre-K ballot initiative addresses this concern responsibly." Amendment 9: Hey guys, it may be size after aU Amendment 9 is a proposal to limit clftSS, i n lower (K-12) education. If passed, the amendment wo oroe schools to hire one qualified and active teacher per 18 students in kindergarten through third grade, 22 in fourth through eighth grade, and 25 in high school. The amendment was proposed by the Coalition to Reduce Class Size, led by state Senators Kendrick Meek and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and former legislator of the Florida House of Representatives Anthony Hill. The amendment would require the state, beginning next year, to provide "sufficient funds to reduce the average number of students in each classroom by at least two students per year," with a fmal deadline of the 2010 school year. According to the Associated Press, state economists estimate that the plan to limit class size would cost between $20 billion and $27.5 billion over the eight years that it would take to construct addi tional classrooms and hire teachers. After the initial construction it would require $2.5 billion per year to maintain the size limits. Bush has attacked this proposal, bringing on sharp criticism from his Democratic opponents, especially McBride According to a report by the Associated Press, Bush told Florida law makers of his "devious plans to circumvent the amendinent to cap class "We might want to consider having a full ... a full monty. A full cost and bene fits so that the consumers, voters wiU have the full ramifications, including which tax will go up and which programs to give an alternative," Bush said at a meeting attended by a Gannett reporter. "If you want it, here's the tax to pay for it, and here's the program cut." Bush, who did not know that the meeting was being taped, later caJled his comments 'sarcas tic.' ''We've got a different Governor Bush behind closed doors than we have in front of the cameras," said Tony Welch, a McBride campaign spokesman. "It's an issue that's central to the campaign: can Floridians trust Jeb Bush to be their ad vocate on education?" Amendment 10: there are a lot of amendments on the ballot In other news, Proposed Amendment 10 would make it illegal to confine a pregnant pig in an enclosure or with a leash. Information from the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, Tampa Tribune, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Lakeland Ledger, and the Associated Press was used to compite this report. What other people are saying about us: college guides on New College by Christopher DeFillippi With 164 post-secondary options in Florida and 4,182 nationally, prospec tive students often rely upon college guides to narrow their options. For prospective college student, deterrmn ing which college guide to invest trust in is nearly as overwhelming as the col lege decision itself. Which would you have picked: Complete Book of Colleges, the guide with picture of the ivy-covered edifice of Princeton University? The Insider :S Guide to the Colleges, a compilation from The Yale Daily News? Or Ka plan's The Unofficial Biased Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Col leges, featuring a bright orange cover and dopey photographs of the guide book's authors? If a look at campus life, accurate in formation, and a narrative evaluation not lifted from a college's admissions office are important to you, you might be better off with the orange one. In terms of its summation of New College, The Unofficial Biased Insider's Guide was consistently accurate in its statisti cal information, in-depth in its summa tion of what academic structures make this school distinctive (e.g. mini-The Fiske Guide to .Colleges described the posh living conditions in the four-bedroom "Dart" dormitories. classes, ISP's, tutorials, theses), and up to-date regarding New's inde pendence and division requirements. At least the text was not biased com pared to the guidebooks featured in a June 2000 Chronicle of Higher Educa tion study and publication The Best Colleges That Sent in a Check. Accord ing to the Chronicle, a number of col lege guidebooks charge colleges and universities for coverage. "[Some] guidebooks fail to disclose that many colleges essentially buy cov erage," it said. "Several publishers of college directories including Peter son's and the Princeton Review, two of the largest sell space in their books to admissions offices that want to add their own messages to the standard pro files." Of all the college guide publications available, the Chronicle only noted Making a Difference College & Gradu ate Guide, Peterson s College & Uni versity Almanac, and the aforemen tioned Princeton Reviews Competitive Colleges for charging institutions featured in their text. Of these three, New College was only featured in Competi tive Colleges. The greater concern regarding the presentation of New ColJege, however, is is false information in "in-depth" and "up-to-date" guidebooks. Some of the errors are of minimal importance, such as Insiders Guide to Colleges describ ing The Catalyst as a New College ex tracurricular -it is the product of an academic tutorial (see the masthead, opposite page). The Fiske Guide to Colleges de scribed the posh living conditions in the four-bedroom "Dart" dormitories. The Fiske Guide also misrepresented the out-of-state population as comprising 37 percent of the school (it is closer to 25 percent) and gave no mention to the school's lack of minority representa tion, presenting an inaccurate picture of New College's diversity. Independence from USF "[gave] us a much crisper profile in the larger world,'' Dean of Admissions Joel Bau man told the Catalyst, yet a number of 2003 guidebooks didn't notice. While none of the commentary from the potentially biased Complete Book of Colleges is reproduced by the Admis sions or Public Affairs Office, ex.erpts from the inaccurate Fiske Guide are. "lf they like us, and correctly cap ture the spirit of the place, it's notewor thy," said Director of Public Affairs Steve Shroer of the criteria for guide book commentary reproduction. "We make a point of promoting our inclu sion in Barron's Guide to the Most Competetive Colleges, The Fiske Guide, and Kiplinger's Best Value be cause we consider them reliable. Guidebooks have become a big busi ness and new ones keep popping up." Shroer mentioned Kaplan's Biased Insider's Guide, the aforementioned "orange book." "The Kaplan people put out a new book this year, and they bad some nice things to say about us," he began. "But they tried a little too hard to be cool, marketing the thing as the ultimate insider's guide, so we had a tough time taking it seriously. Maybe it was be cause it was written by a guy named Seppy Basili.... Sounds like a condi ment, not an author." .......................... ... .. ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. ...


4 The Catalyst NEWS October 9, 2002 Are Ringling students sketch-y? Campus Police respond to increased numbers of off-campus visitors from the Ringling School by Liz Palomo ''Who are you and where is your neck?'' This i what third-year Nick Vagnoni say he feel like aying when ever he ees Ringling student at walls. And he' not alone in his entiment; ap prehen ion toward Ringling students is wide pread. Not everyone feel this way about visitors from Ringling, however. "There' this stigma attached to Ringling kid ," aid third-year Beki Martin. "I'm tired of New College kids being all snooty about them. The three Ringling boys I know are good guys, and I think it was a lot more trouble than necessary to convince [police offi cers] Vickers and Cathy to let them stay [at the wall]." New College Police Department officer Ken Vicker denies there being any singling out of Ringling tudents as troublemaker but in i t that it i un invited out ider that are the problem. "Our problem with Ringling students i n 't o much your boyfriend, or that guy's girlfriend," he aid. "It's the asso ciated people that come with them. They have no vested intere t in the campu and they treat the campu a a party place, that's all they want to do, and they could care less. We have to try to keep tho e people out." Uninvited outsiders at walls can be a disturbance in several way A major one is theft. "If two kids come in here [on campu 1 and they're both on one bike, they're leavmg with two bike ," said Vicker The way to combat this problem is for students to secure bikes, as well as to register them at the cop shop. An unregistered bike i untrace able. Another problem that anse is due to the difference between ocial norm at New College and tho e in the out ide world. ''Out iders ... don't under tand the flamboyance of ew College,'' said Vicker "Some of the male students like to wear dresses ometime and tuff like that. It' not even saying that the guy is gay or not, it just means that he want to wear a dress on that partic ular day. Other students are used to it, they accept it. But out iders will make a comment about it, and it can create problems we don't need. They can get very insulting." Mi understandings between New College tudent and uninvited out siders have, on occasion, led to violence. "We've had a problem with high school kids thinking that New College is a place to get free beer," aid Vicker On one occa ion, three high school students were arrested for assaulting a Novo Collegian who would not give them beer. The be t way to minimize incident such a the e is for students to call the cop shop when they see omeone suspi cious. "If you ee omeone who isn't ours, especially at an oddball time or an oddball location, call u said Vicker "We'll come check them out, we have no problem with it, we're not doing that much." Outsiders are always welcome to stay at New College if they are regi tered as guests. Students can ea ily register their guests by taking them to the cop shop and signing a form, together with their guests. NC Students try to get their views on globalization heard in D.C. A protester Eleven New College tudents attended the protests, and at least two were arrested. by Caitlin Young Battalions of police in mob gear line the streets. Their shielded eyes watch every move as thousands of citi zens voice their discontent. No, this is not a documentary from history class, this is Washington, D.C. last Sept. 2728. Two weeks ago, 11 New College tudents headed to Washington, D.C. in order to participate in the march against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. First-year Elissa Lane and 2002 graduate Kevin "Siggy" Meek traveled to the capital as well, but arrived earlier. Both were arrested while participating in Friday's events. "We were in a snake march .... It's a non-permitted march where basically you don't have a planned route and you go around the city and try to di rupt traf fic," Lane said. "We were doing noise blocks ... the next thing we know there were cops on the side, and they were pushing us from back, from front, and from one side into the Citibank build ing. They had us pushed in really tight and they were shoving people with their batons. Then they started picking people off, ju t grabbing people ... and arrest ing them." Protestors' goals differed. Most were there to advocate debt-forgiveness, but some were there also to express anti war sentiments and to support global AIDS help. Along with debt-forgive ne s, many also think that the institu tions bould just be abolished. "I don't think [World Bank and IMF] can be reformed,'' aid first-year Mon ica Cano. 'The e in titution were ere-'you're not doing anything really, you're just going around being a bunch of punks' .... But the point is to get out a and dissatisfacear d o t external debt and now for most Third World countries it ranges from millions to billions of dollars of external debt. There's no way for them to be reformed only becau e there's o much corruption in the institution especially because the US has the bigge t shareholder power, which mean it po es the mo t influence in the institutions. First World countries don't really care about im proving the economic market of Third World countrie ," said Cano. The main contingent of student par ticipated in the events on Saturday, in cluding a march for global justice. The march was legal and organized. Some tudents also participated in the Quaran tine, an action where prote tors tried to sunound the building where the meet ing took place. The action was meant to quarantine World Bank, becau e their policies are "infectious to the rest of the world," according to a protester cited in a Yahoo! news report. "I think that my pre ence at move ment like the one in Washington, D.C. this past weekend is worthwhile, just because even though we might not the IMF and World Bank's poli Cies nght away, we're starting a move ment. At I'm doing something. Even though 1t may seem like it's in significant, it satisfies me in the sense that I'm not just sitting around com plaining," Cano said. Lane agreed about the sense of ac complishment. "A lot of people criticize people going to protests, [saying], people realize you're not going along with World Bank and IMP' policie I feel like if 650 people got arrested ... it wasn't nice to be arrested, but it accom plished something." "This country reminds rne more and more every day of a totalitarian state becau e the police have so much power. I'm not saying all cops are corrupt, but many seem to abuse their power," Cano aid. The D.C. police were accused by many, includingjournali ts, of being too heavy-handed when dealing with the protestors. The protests against the IMF and World Bank were held, as the Anti-Cap italist Convergence website explains, because of their roles in enforcing and expanding global capitalism and imperi alism. Both organizations act as lenders to Third World countries. In exchange for loans, the countries must follow pre scribed economic and ocial programs. World Bank says their programs indi vidually help each developing country onto a path of stable, sustainable, and equitable growth. The Convergence ar gues that the e policie put and keep people in developing countries in poverty. They also claim that the lender groups force the countrie to keep their environmental, labor, health and safety standards minimal to facilitate interna tional businesses setting up shop in those countrie where they can make "the biggest profit by exploiting the en vironment and people the most.''


The Catalyst FEATURES October 9, 2002 5 Evil at New College and the contemporary world an interview I FROM "Evu" PAGE 1 1 f(n"fh,i; ;;jif. ;J:i;; ;;;.;;;. ;:-:-; .-;;;;;;;----...!:.---_.!:_ ________ ___ ..., lin thts edzted mtervze w wzth the man n a ture was finally all about. Keep in Catalsyt,Pre s ident Michalson discussed mind he was also getting old which may ignorance, the and the implications also have had something to do with his New College. pe simism In any case, his position ba sically says we can t be tmsted to pro mote our own best selfinterests when left to the exercise of our own free will." A popular leftist explanation for Al Queda today argues that terrorists emerge from the poverty of societies rendered destitute by American policies This belief evokes, at least implicitly, Marxian notions that Michalson ad dressed in his work: 'The Marxist op tion," he said, argues "the problems we face in human life are problems at the so cial, or corporate level at the struc tural level, if you will. Until we address those, no amount of tinkering at the indi vidual or personal level will do us much lasting good. You can't have healthy in dividuals until you fix the structure or social level. For this group of thinkers, politics always trumps therapy." The existentialist alternative "would n't put much hope in politics." But as 20th century existentialist John Paul Sartre said, "'Even when I brew a cup of tea I change the world.' That's shorthand for: through a free decision and an act of will I can remake myself. The Marxist 1lIic:it challenge to what we're all about, to our core sense of assurance that the pursuit of truth and knowledge improves hu mankind. Maybe all it does is insure the construction of the ever more efficient death camp. C: Coming back to the contemporary world, how do we deal with the tension of admitting the concept of evil in an an alytic understanding of the world? M: I guess then the question is are we satisfied with the explanation social sci enti ts, for example, provide us with genocide? Are we satisfied with the ac count of the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis that would come simply as a social scientific explanation? I think it raises questions about the limits of a strictly academic explanation, and the limits of the academic imagina tion. Proper limits I'm not complaining about that, I don't think academic explanations should draw on religious interpretations to carry them through. But I think there's a sense in which the purely metaphorical and liter ary heritage of our biblical past conveys some themes that can be helpful .... And I might point out that one doesn't need to indulge religious ideas in order to draw fruitfully say, from what someone IiJce Dostoyevsky had to say about the evil that the human heart is capable of. C: What do we do when confronted with fighting evil as a rational for going to war? M: .. .I it's imperative to look through the rhetoric to see what the sub stance under it is, because the world is filled with evil things and evil people and evil happenings, and if that's our ra tional for mobilizing national resources, we' 11 never stop. So to suddenly appeal to evil as a basis for international policy strikes me as awfully selective and a little bit sus pect. And as I s ay it might be part an effort to di s tr act the public' s attention from something I t's like C orne l Wes t said several months -the President artists are thugs ... the real thugs were running Enron. Parenthetically, I have no doubt that it's correct to say in some colloquial way that Saddam Hussein is an evil person, if half of what's been published about his behavior is correct, of course he's an evil person. President Michalson ended with: M: [My expertise is in a] historical per spective on our historical understanding of ourselves, the nature and limits of our freedom, the extent to which we exercise our freedom in ways that are self destructive-the es ence of Kant's position on evil is 'we are free, and we inevitably use freedom in de tructive ways.' That' a very scary message in a ra tional, liberal arts culture-that's a scary message for New College, where we prize freedom and think of it as the ulti mate hurray word, "yeah, I want my freedom." Well here's an author who says you're bound to misuse it. That's a cautionary tale if I ever heard one. And the combination of those points is we don't truly know ourselves. I think I know myself in my acts of freedom, but if my acts of freedom produce evil re sults, or unproductive results did I really know myself? And this whole issue of the problem of self-knowledge, and the limits of self-knowledge, is very fundamental to our sense of what the Western tradition is all about -


r 6 The Catalyst NEWS New College hosts real-life 'Cops' chase FROM PlJRSUIT' PAGE 1 forced the two victims out of their car and demanded that they lay down on the ground. A witness saw the car abandoned at University Parkway and US 41 and con tacted the police, who set up a perimeter around the area that included portions of the New College campus. Details are still under investigation, and although the fate of the fugitives is not yet sealed, New College's involvement with the case undoubtedly is. "That's basically it," said Vickers. ''We just froze the area for about a half an hour or 45 minutes and I told some kids to stop playing laser tag." Third-year Eric Sosnoff was on RA duty when he got the caD from the New College police to mobilize: "They said, 'There are two armed robbers around Dortstein. '" The police gave him the physical description and walked him through the standard protocol, advising him to instruct all Dort and Goldstein residents to retreat back into their rooms. ''I proceeded to tell everyone that the campus police advised them to From the University Police web site. 09.28.02, 12:25 AM: An underage New College student was found in pos session of an alcoholic beverage during a "Wall" party in Palm Court. The stu dent will be referred to New College Student Affairs for further action. 09.28.02, 3:12AM: An underage New College student was found to be in po -session of an alcoholic beverage at the "Wall Party" in Palm Court. The stu dent will be referred to Student Affairs for further action. 09.29.02, 2:58AM: The Airport Police reported that they had discovered two suspects burglarizing vehicles on their property; but one of the suspects, an apparent juvenile, had fled onto our east campus. Though numerous officers checked the campus they were unable to locate him. 09.29.02, 12:45 PM: A New College student reported that someone took her unsecured bicycle from in front of a dorm room in Pei Dorm South [Third Court]. The bike was valued at $350.00, but the serial number had not been recorded. 09.29.02, 12:47 PM: A Faculty mem ber reported 3 skateboarders in the area go inside," said Sosnoff, patting himself on the back. "Two or three groups of students laughed and said, 'We know."' People began to congregate near the east side of the Dart/Goldstein crease, "robber watching,'' as Sosnoff recalled. "When I looked down on the second floor of Goldstein, I saw innocence and chaos,'' he added. "I saw the helicopter with the searchlight and a policeman holding a rifle, and I said to myself, 'Is this a college campus or a police state? I just don't know anymore."' As it turned out, it was college campus. But was it a safe one? According to Vickers, instances of this nature have been few and far be tween around here, but that's no reason for residents to start getting complacent. "You've got to be careful,'' be said. "You've got to pay attention. You're surrounded by a regular city with all kinds of normal problems and occasion ally they're going to use this as an escape route." Vickers referred to an in cident that occurred last year in which a car was stolen behind the boiler room and two thieves were held at gunpoint. ''The students were smart,'' he said. of the Library, last seen east bound onto the east campus. The officer was unable to locate the subjects. 09.29.02, 4:50 PM: A Food service worker for the Hamilton Center cafete ria reported that her estranged husband came to campus and engaged in unwanted conversation with her. They are in the process of divorce proceed ings, and she wishes no further contact with him. The subject was gone prior to the officers' arrival. The complainant was asked to contact UPD should her husband return, and she was advised to seek an injunction against her husband. 09.30.02, 12:44 AM: A New College student reported that he felt ill, and believed it may have been the result of food poisoning. Though EMS had arrived, he waived treatment and trans port. He was transported to a local hos pital by private conveyance, and was treated and released. 09.30.02, 9:09AM: UPD units assisted the Florida Highway Patrol with the investigation of a vehicle crash in which two vehicles collided on U.S. 41 and came to rest on University Property in front of the Campus Bookstore. A third, parked vehicle belonging to the bookstore's manager was also damaged. A female passenger in the at fault "They stayed away. And that's what we want you to do. If you see something going on, go back in your room and close the door." And that was exactly what students did until mid-day Wednesday when the fog cleared. Students flung open their doors bright and early to decorate the campus grapevine with rumor. Self-proclaimed student authorities on the matter were quickly born. These vital few exten sively briefed the rest of the student body on the murder and mayhem that went down while they were unsuspect ingly 'drunk-funking it.' Messengers of truth were later sad dened to find out that the scandal was collectively "no big deal." After 24 hours had passed, students were already back to their normal concerns, racking their brains about what kind of dinners they could organize that would free Tibet and getting honked at and propo sitioned on US 41 while protesting the war in Iraq. With an Old Navy boycott on the horizon and a wealth of Katherine Harris signs to deface, who has time to think about armed robberies anyway? vehicle left the scene on foot, but was located in Manatee County by UPD units and returned to the scene. EMS responded to the scene, and eventually transported the female passenger to the hospital for possible injuries. The driver of the at fault vehicle had also struck another unattended vehicle in the parking lot of the Airport Shell Station and left the scene prior to this crash. He was apparently intoxicated, and was taken into custody by FHP for DUI. Aside from the bookstore manager's vehicle, there was minor gouge damage to the university parking lot surface. No university-affiliated individuals were involved in the crash 09.30.02, 12:12 PM: UPD assisted the Sarasota Police Department with another vehicle crash that occurred in the intersection of U.S.41 & General Spaatz I College Drive. The accident did involve a university staff member, but there were no injuries, and both vehicles were driven from the scene. 100102, 12:08 PM: A New College student reported the theft of his moped from the area of B Dorm. The $ 800.00 vehicle was entered FCIC as stolen, as a prosecution affidavit had been signed by the owner. October 9, 2002 From the University Police: The University Police Department reinforces personal safety awareness for all members of the campus com munity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to take precautions, i.e. always report suspicious persons to the police immediately; be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times; avoid walking alone in remote, dark, deserted places; park in well lighted areas; keep doors locked and windows rolled up at all times. Report any threats, assaults, or ha rassment to the University Police immediately. You are reminded to carry some sort of identification on your person at all times. In the past, one of our students was involved in an accident and was admitted to a hospital as "Jane Doe" due to the lack of identi fication on her person. Needless to say, this created unnecessary prob lems and concern for both the student and her family. Carry ID with you at all times. 10.01.02, 2:00 PM: A New College staff member reported the theft of a metal cabinet from inside Hamilton Center. The cabinet belonged to the New College Student Alliance, and was valued at $ 200.00. 10.02.02, 12:02 AM: The Sarasota Police Department advised UPD that two armed robbery suspects were last seen fleeing toward our east campus on foot. Our units and SPD searched the campus, but were unable to locate the suspects. Officers warned students to remain indoors, and a close patrol of the area was maintained. 10.02.01, 1:04 AM: UPD received a complaint concerning a suspicious vehicle which had pulled off the road near the Viking Dormitory. Investigation revealed the driver resided at 524 Edwards Drive, and had pulled over to use his cell phone. 10.02.01, 3:25 AM: An officer provid ed back-up for an Airport Police Officer while he conducted a vehicle stop of a possible DUI suspect. The incident was eventually handled by the Sarasota Police Department.


The Catalyst Extermination of wasps and other bugs undertaken by Whitney Krahn A couple of weeks ago, un suspecting third-year and Ad missions Office intern Gigi Shames didn't know that her usual day at the office would result in a stinging memory. Prior to giving visitors a cam pus tour, Shames went outside to round up the golf cart Be fore she knew it, a wasp flew from the gate, buzzed up her sleeve, and bit her shoulder. "I ripped my shirt off," Shames said. "I was standing there, in my bra, swatting at the ground." Despite her sore shoulder, Shames went ahead with the tour, after she put her shirt back on. The wasp that bit Shames wa a paper nest wasp, said Biology Professor Elzie Mc Cord. "All these wasps are re ally beneficial," he said. Wasps eat spiders, mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. Putting up with a wasp sting here or there may mean a few less West Nile virus-ridden. mo ito and couple less flies buzzing around at lunchtime. Visitors to Historic Caples recently may have noticed the gargantuan wasp nests under the windows that surround Caples' bayside terrace. Over the weekend of Sept 29, Orkin Exterminating Company came in and exterminated the wasps. ''They should be dead by now," said Land/Groundskeeping Su perintendent for the Physical Plant Allen Matthews. Sure enough, the terrace looks more like a battlefield than an outdoor retreat. Wasp carcasses cover the tiles and broken pieces of nests have been scattered to and fro. The only thing missing is a white flag. The size of the wasp nests at Caples indicate that the wasps had plenty of food to eat, McCord explained. "It's probably a good thing that they were there," he said. Without the wasps, the spider and mos quito population at Caples will now have the chance to grow. McCord himself has not noticed an overwhelming amount of wasps on campus. He reminds, "Wasps are only defending their territory." They aren't poi onous and allergic vidual. Housing Facilities Coordi nator Keith Yannessa recom mends that anyone with insect complaints should take their concerns to the Housing Of fice. Inside the office is a note book in which complaints can NEWS Oh, the humanity: rotting exoskeletons and nest debris litter the grisly landscape behind Old Caples. be recorded. Every week, Ren tokil Pest Control Services comes to campus and uses the notebook to help discover problem areas. However, Ren tokil is mostly concerned with spiders, rats, and mice. The company has been "doing a pretty good job," Yannessa said. With the recent departure of the many of the wasps, spider control may not be a bad idea. A general rule of thumb to e J: e c complaints is that the Housing Office and custodia] crew han dles indoor problems and the grounds crew handles outdoor problems. As for less serious wasp cases, Matthews said, "We usually have been taking care of them [ourselves]." Sending in a work order may not bring the quickest re sponse, as Brad Bryan, admis sions counselor and Shames' boss, has discovered. Though Bryan submitted a work order on Sept. 19, he has not been contacted regarding the order and the little wasp nest remains haunting the golf cart. "I would never intention ally let Gigi get stung by a wasp," Bryan said. The wasps are still there, but time has al l ed a worlcin relationship to develop. Bryan has discov ered there are no problems .. if you are friendly and open the door slowly." October 9, 2002 7 SAC Minutes Corrections for 9/16 1. On the minutes it says $30 ($2 from copy reserve) was allocated to "Spa Day". It should be $33 ($5 from copy reserve). 2. The minutes say $155 ($35 from copy reserve) was allo cated to Backwards and Ugly. This should read $115 ($25 from copy reserve.) The Catalyst is considering doing a story on the profes sional liability ("medical malpractice") crisi currently occurring in the state of Florida. If you or someone you know has been denied medical care (either by a specific physician or for a specific pro cedure), and would be willing to be interviewed, please con tact the Catalyst. We're looking for someone who has had trouble receiving certain kinds of care, or getting med ical procedures that are not covered by insurance compa nies. Also, if you are a pre-med student who has been affected by the current crisi in you fit these parameters, please contact us! PRIDE event: Coming out stories. Movie to be an nounced. Thursday 8:00 p.m. at the Four Winds Cafe. Half-Life by Christopher DeFillippi This comic originally ran in our November 14, 2001, issue: M AN1II511ftfNTARIAtv 4-ID


The Cata EVENTS Hot-n-sptcy Latin all heats up Hamilton Center second year in a row Latin dance instructor Mateo DeLaRosa; First-year Emily Payne wih a Ringling student known only as 'John'; and a Latin flourish. At right, top: Ringling students Andro Poole and Kristin Lyundo ; bottom: second-year Justin Vickers, first-year Julia Davis and fourth-year Eliza Khuner. by Maria Lopez The heat of the salsa the dance, not the dip brought back the second annual Latin Ball. The front of Hamilton Center was decorated beauti fully with colorful beads, balloons, plants, crepe paper, as well as a tropical fish pinata. Some of the food served in the Diversity and Gender Center included arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), tortillas with salsa, and cake. Students wandered back and forth be tween dance and refreshments an night long. Before the festivities began dance le sons were held for those new and old to the tech nique of Latin dancing. New College alum Kati Griess said, "Dance lessons were definitely cool. I hope that we have more events like this one in the fu ture." The room was filled with a fiery spirit as people danced to the passion of the Latin-in spired beats played by a DJ who was hired for the event. She played a variety of styles of Latin music such as salsa, merengue, bachata, and cumbia. Although many came and celebrated at Latin Ball, Maxeme Tuchman, who coor dinated the event with third-year Dania Trespalacios, was slightly disappointed by the turnout. She said that last year it was packed, but this year the spirit of the event was stil1 the same. Second-year, Brian Calayes said, "It was a colorful soiree fitting in well with the time honored tradition of fabulousness at New College.'' Students really got into the spirit of the ball by wearing in tricately decorated masks with glitter, feathers, and sequins. Some students simply tried to dress as close to the "carnaval" theme as possible. Third-year Dania Trespalacios, one of the organizers of the event, said that Latin Ball first began last year and was originally di rected by thesis-student Miriam Alvarez. Trespalacios said that the event was pulled off "thanks to the magic help of Tashia [Bradley] and her re sources at the Diversity and Gender Center." As it got later into the evening the crowds began to dwindle a bit but a smattering of devoted dancers remained. Some students lounged around the Diversity and Gender Center munching on what wa left of the tortillas and salsa and discussing the music and parts of Latin culture. Third year Gigi Shames felt very included. "As an honorary Hispanic, I think that the music was fabulous. And I now have a new-found love of salsa dancing," Shames said. The Latin Ball was overall a success in bringing students together.

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