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THE Volume XV, Issue 2 Presidential search advances, haltingly by York for the meeting on Friday, and That martmt s gomg to look good was more concerned with the integrity to?ight," Presidential Comthan the speed of the process. "Atten mtttee Chatr Rolland V. Hetser at the tion must be paid," she said. "I'm con end of Friday's grueling meeting. cemed there is a taint on these proceedThe committee shortened the list of ings ... we can't be unfair to the whole potential New College presidents from process." 22 candidates to seven, but disputed Norman Worthington, a committee how many to keep and what member who did not attend Friday's status to gtve them. Some committee meeting, sent a letter to the committee members wanted to cancel the search encouraging Michalson's immediate altogether and select interim President nomination: Michalson immediately, while others With the late entry of Mike Michalobjected to abrogating the process. son," Worthington wrote, "I would supThe meeting was the first since curport and encourage the committee to rent New College Pres i dent Gordon E. make an accelerated recommendation "Mike" Michalson announced his canin s upport of Mike's candidacy and dis didacy. Consequently it faced "gaps of pense with the delay of any further for unanimity," as Math Professor Dave mal search process." MulJins, a committee member, put it. "New College will gain an enorBauer wanted to cancel the gether. "It looks like a done deal if Michalson is elected," he said. Alumnae/i Association Board Mem ber Dr. Cally Waite flew from New dency with a clear mandate and I strongly believe we should seize this opportunity." I SEE "SEARCH'' PAGE 3 September 18, 2002 .lim"'"''"" nu,unn here in voting for current President Gordon Michalson to become a semifinalist. Semifinalists Votes Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson Interim President, New College of Florida Alan Dillingham Provost, St. Mary's College of Maryland Marvin Henberg Vice President for Academic Affairs, Linfield College Axel Steuer Former President, Gustavus Adolphus College John Cranor Trustee, New College of Florida Dean of Faculry, Mount Holyoke College Bob Kustra Senior Fellow, Council of State Governments 23 (out of23) 23 19 18 14 5 Decrepit dorm repairs making some progress HOUSING UPDATE Above: Pei 243's unrenovated bathroom by David Savarese Housing Coordinator Keith Yannessa said, "For a long time the people that worked for maintenance believed, 'Well, it's just going to break again, anyway!"' Now, with rampant reconditioning and renovations, the Physical Plant and Housing Department is successfully battling dilapidation of dorms, while they attack regular problems like frigid water. Third-year Kate Goltermann's Goldstein room has a leak in the ceiling. She said, "It didn't get fixed over the summer. [Maintenance] said there is nothing they can do. Its a leak is caused by the room above us and ap parently our room is leaking on the room below us." Aside from Goldstein's shower leakage issues that may have been plaguing the building since it's con struction, the Housing department is facing a barrage of difficulties while they attempt to make our dorms habit able. Not only must Housing surmount the last 40 years of ill-funded and conse quently deferred maintenance, they must also deal with the bureaucratic contract systems that independent pub lic schools face in Florida Yannessa's position as a liaison be tween housing and physical plant allows him to make adjustments to the way in which his department accom plished tasks in the past. With New College's independence and active in terest in improving the quality of the dorms, the much-needed adjustments put everyone on the same page. Hous ing is fully staffed, the increased costs of living on campus is putting money back into the department, and a strong relationship between Housing and Physical Plant has been established. "We are now dependent on ourselves," said Yannessa. "Now that our fully-staffed housing office has a great relationship with Physical Plant, we can meet student needs," said Yannessa. '1f we are inno vative, we can accomplish tasks and save some money." I SEE "HOUSING" P..tGE 2 Basic training at the Fitness Center More New College students are getting in shape, says Fitness and Recreation Coordinator Colin Jordan, who is again organizing "Basic Training" STORY, PAGE 4


2 The Catalyst NEWS September 18, 2002 Will improving the campus' physical space improve the residential life? ou ing 1s an "aux iary epart ment," which mean it receives no additional funding from the tate. The only monies it does receive are from Hou ing fees and room-damage fees charged to the students. Third-year Audrey Troutt said, "It takes money and it takes time for what they are doing. We can't just expect everything now, now, now." Other stu dents share her sympathy for the staff that strives to keep student's rooms clean and safe. Second-year Devon Barrett said, "I've never really had a complaint with housing. The [recent lack of] hot water was a problem, but when I complain it gets fixed. I'm pretty content." Third-year Thomas Patteson said, "I filled out a work order, and as far as I know, it has not been worked on. But I know that they are understaffed and under-funded. In light of that, I think they do a good job." Even though there was asbestos in the Pei tunnels and the Dart/Goldstein rooms have a propensity for flooding, and despite the fact that in previous years black widow and brown recluse spider have been growing their popu lation in anticipation of an all out war-things are looking up. a school is looking into legal action against the contractors that built Gold stein, and we fmally have a pest control service to call our own. Yannes a said, "This is a big step for us." Rent-a-Kill has sprayed and killed -the -poisonous spiders -that-, until this year, were only eradicated by student efforts. Rent-a-Kill promises a simpler manner of ridding our school of spi ders. ants, roaches and rats--although it is not nearly as interesting as student spraying evil spiders with fire out of aerosol cans. Other improvements were made over the summer. The Pei dorms, where most fust-year students reside, are nearly all tiled. Walls have been rebuilt in some Pei bathrooms, all the bath rooms were painted with anti-mold and anti-bacteria paint that is also pleasant to look at and admire, and all the air conditioning vents have been cleaned and sprayed out. A contracted service called PST evaluated the air quality in the Pei dorms, and to the surprise of many, "the air quality is good," accord ing to Yannessa The fact that the air conditioning systems are not spouting poison is accompanied with the good news that nearly 50 percent of the rooms have been repainted with the mold-fighting paint. Across the Tamiarni Trail, B-dorm and Viking also received some care. Down at B-dorm, the bathrooms were finished Over at VIking, the air condi tioning was fixed, the rooms were all painted and the furniture was replaced. Yannessa accredits the accomplish ments to this summer's work crew team. "With a work crew of seven kids, we got a lot accomplished. I am really proud of them," he said. The work crew is provided with a two-month window over the summer to make improvements and renovations, which is why housing enforces the checkout guidelines so stringently as of late. Yannessa aid, "Thi past year, stu ei ei room on time and reasonably clean and empty, as opposed to previous years. It was of great assis tance." Yannessa said, "We now have work ers that care about the maintenance of the college, and their attitude reflects in their work. I oon' t waat .anyone to worry about work not getting done. I hope that students can have a little more faith in the Housing office." So if your air conditioning is spray ing heat or hail; if your parents are complaining about seemingly urine stained light fixtures; if you are living in second-year Megan McHugh's old room and are having problems with a dishwasher that she did not break (but From the archives: the ultimate in renovations The following article ran in the November 28, 2001 Catalyst: Pei Lives! by Erin Marie Blasco In the pring of 1999, there was a fire in a second court Pei room. The room was wrecked and then reno vated-today it's the model towards which all future Pei rooms wiU aspire. Spending millions to fix Pei is worth it, Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss said. "When [the second court room] burned down, and it was hot fire, you could literally, according to [Director of Physical Plant] Richard Olney, go to the room next door, put your hand on the wall and not feel it. That's the beauty of Pei. It's safe, it promotes social interaction com pared to most residence halls, it's definitely worth the $5 million to fix it. We could not replicate Pei anywhere close to that-it'd cost twice as much. So it's worth fixing." Campbell said he thinks Residence Life should explore the architectural importance of the dorms as part of I.M. Pei's portfolio-it was his first pro ject south of the Ma on-Dixon line and he worked on it during the 1960s,. during a time whe n he was very popular. I don t think that I.M. Pel's going to come down here with a checkbook and say, 'Gosh, here's some money to take care of my buildings' but I do think that organizations that care about Pei's work and his contributions to architectl:lre mi-ght be -int&ested in tlw-se buildings and might be in a position to help us," Campbell said. Campbell said that, although it seems to be a "consistent rumor" on was charged for), then go to the web. Fill out a work order on the campus in tranet, and if it is a safety issue that is not addressed in one working day, con tact Keith Yannessa. If it is a non-safety campus that Pei wasn't pleased with how the dorm turned out and architec ture books don't usually recognized it as one of his projects, he doesn't think Pei is displeased with the dorm. A friend of Campbell's, and a New College alum, once met Pei and men tioned he attended New College. "[Pei] didn't storm off or start scream ing or spitting," Campbell said. "He also didn't give [him] a big hug and say 'how are those buildings?'" Though Pei probably wont help New College out, the site architect who oversaw construction of the dorms still lives nearby and may help shed some light on the best way to go about reno vations, Campbell said. From the February 11, 1999 Catalyst: ... All of [the student's] belong ings, and those of a few of her close friends, were destroyed by the fire. According to [another student],her room was "burned to a crisp." "The dressers were melted down to about half their size," she said. "The bookshelves looked like s ome thing out of Alice in Wonderland: all warped. The mattresses were totally gone, ,bed J.otally burned .. paint was peeling off the walls ... everything was black." Nine inches of concrete preserved the integrity of the adjoining dorm rooms. If the fire had occurred in one of the other dorms, the damage would have been more severe. "We were-t&ld-by-the fire-mars-hal -that if it had happened anywhere else the building would have been gone," said Tim Richardson, Acting Director of Student Affairs. issue that is not addressed in three working days, once again, contact Keith. The Housing office is located near the front door of Hamilton Cen ter, next to Alena Scandura's office. CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at General Editor Managing Editor Michael Sanderson Erin Marie Blasco Web Editor Photo Editor Michael Gimignani Sarah Zell Staff Writers David Savarese, Christopher DeFillippi, Liz Palomo, Abby Weingarten, Sydney Nash, David Higgins, Whitney Krahn, Maria Lopez, Caitlin Young . The Catalyst ts 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@ ncfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. 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The Catalyst NEWS September 18, 2002 3 Candidate 'short lists' number seven, five, four, three, and one Search Committee Chair Rolland Heiser, a trustee and president of the New College Foundation, with Charles Bunting, who repre sented the executive search firm New College contracted. Dr. Charles Bunting, repre sentative from New College contracted executive search firm A.T. Kearney, provided another perspective: "The can didates applied with the under standing there were no internal candidates," he said. "When the other on the short list hear New. Colle e T.rustee John] anor and 1 didates as we11, they may change their minds." One candidate, Andrew Abrams, already withdrew his application for reasons relating closely to the perceived "inter nal candidacy" of Cranor and Michalson, according to Bunting. When a ked if the Presiden tial Search Committee could cancel the fonnal proces New College General Counsel David Smolker said, "I don't think the search committee could cancel anything ... it's po sible that the Board of Tru tees could cancel the search." "New College has never undertaken a search process since it has become indepen dent," Smolker continued, "and o there's an argument that we have to go through this process." Seven of the 22 candidates, including Michalson and Cra nor, made it through the first vote the committee took on Friday. These seven (the "short list") were di cussed at length, and the debates became heated at times. lege Board of Trustees Chair man Bob Johnson, a committee member, "and I don't want to meet ju t to shorten the short list. Let's shorten the list now." Johnson maintained through out the meeting that he pre ferred three or four candidate at most. At that point, Bunting said that to shorten the list too much the road. "We would do the initial reference checking and the preliminary interviews of whomever the committee de cides on," Bunting said. He added that these basic steps have not been taken. The committee decided eventually to vote a second time, shortening the official list to five names. The top five in the second vote are now considered officia1ly "semifinalists." The two rerminingnarres\\6e placed "under pecial consideration." All seven are still in the running, but it remains to be een how many will be invited to tour the campus and for mally interview in the coming months. After the meeting, Heiser pointed out to the Catalyst that the vote was very close, and that the search was far from over. "All seven are attractive candidates," he aid. The Presidential Search Committee publicly maintains that it will follow the schedule it set several months ago. On campu interviews are set for October, with selection of one or two "preferred" candidates" in December. As yet, no official to COsition," said New Col,..,_.... ... . Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Johnson. The Board will ratify the Committee's choice. been sent to any candidates. Heiser, at the meeting, wanted two-day interviews for anyone invited. 'They should have interviews with the fac ulty, staff ... and the students," he said. The New College Board of Trustees meets November 9, and parts of that meeting will concern the progress of the rruttee 1tse not set an cia) follow-up date. As per Florida sunshine Jaws, all meetings and minute pending approval, are open to the pub lic, and should be advertised conspicuously and in advance. Semi-finalist bios: Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson, 53 SARASOTA, FL -Interim President, New College of Florida (200 1-) -New College of USF/Aorida (1992-present) -Oberlin College (1977 -1992) -Davidson College (1975-77) -Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion, Princeton University, 1976 -Rei. M., Philosophy of Religion/Theology, Claremont School of Theology, 1972 -B.A., History, Yale University, 1970 General Counce[ David Smolker; who provides New College with legal advice PRESIDENTIAL Photos by Sarah Ze/l; graphic by Michael Sanderson. "New College has never undertaken a search process since it has become independent," said General Councel David Smolker, "and so there's an argument that we have to go through this process." "I don't want to interview anyone who isn't the best for the 'tion," said Ne-w Psychology Professor Gordon Bauer wanted to cancel the search altogether. "It looks like a done deal if Michalson is elected," he said. -B.A., Economics, University of Texas-Austin, 1969 Marvin Henberg, 54 MCMINN\'aLE, OR -Vice President for Academic Affairs, Linfield College (1994-) of Idaho (1976-1994) -Ph.D., Phtlosophy, University of Texas-Austin, 1976 -B.A.IM.A.,Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Oxford University, 1973/1983 -B.A., English Literature and Philosophy, Washington and Lee University, 1970 -M.A., Philosophy. Harvard University, 1967 -A.B., Philosophy/Psychology, Occidental College. 1965 John Cranor, 55 LOUISVILLE, KY (New College Tru tee) Partner, Medici Group LLC -President, Long John Silver's (1996-99) -President, KFC (1989-94) -Pre ident. Pepsi-Cola East (1988-89) -President, Wilson Sporting Goods (1984-1985) -Founder, Center for EWorld Axel Steuer, 59 Education, Bellannine University EDINA, MN (1990-2002) -Former President, Gustavus -MBA, Harvard Business School, Alan Dillingham, 53 Adolphu College (1991-2002) 1971 VALLEY LEE, MD -Occidental College (1980-1991) -BA, Economics, New College, -Provost, St. Mary's College of -"On the faculty" of several col-1967 Maryland (1999-2002) lege 1970-1980 -Olinois State University (1976-1999) -Ph.D., Religious Thought, -Ph.D., Industrial and Labor University of Pennsylvania, 1974 Relations, Cornell University, 1979 -S T B Th 1 H d ., eo ogy, arvar -M.A., Economics, University of Divinity School, 1969 Information compiled from presidential search materials available in the library. --" ............. ,_. ...... ,_ ......... ---__ -


4 The Catalyst FEATURES S ep t em be r 18 2002 Jordan, Fitness Center going "nowhere but up" Fitness Center employees strut their with r. Left to right, Andrea Garrod, Fitness and Recreation Coordi1Ultor Colin Jordan, Robert Ford, Amelia Bird. Every day, the rich and famous pay thousands of dollars for the expertise and know-how of personal trainers. Anonymou sly po o r Novo C ollegians c an rece ive the s am e benefits as the se celebrity hipsters but without the cost. Little do most students know, there is a fitness guru in their midst who is more than willing to show them the ropes Fitness and Recreation Coordinator Colin Jordan has been a personal trainer since 1986. When he first c e w College in 1998, he noticed that there was ''a kind of institutional attitude to ward working out and sports, and that atti tu de was 'that's not f or us,"' he s aid. Because New Co ll ege is an honors col lege the focus i s mainly academic. Not to say that somebody who is into sports can t be academically inclined, said Jordan, but you only have so many hours in a day Lately many students are taking the "Not to say that somebody who is into sports can't be academically inclined," said Fitness and Recreation Coordinator Colin Jordan, "but you only have so many hours in a day." opportunity to spend one hour of day consulting with Jordan about theu fitnes goals. "I have rea11y seen a change this year more so than ever," he said. Jordan prescribes workout rou tines. takes body fat percentages. monitors success, and instructs students on proper fom1. He is also the founder of 'basic training,' a workout regime that con sist of in ten e exerci es based on those practiced in the military a program many copycats have since adopted. He patented ba ic during his term as Assi tant Director of Fitness at Bath & Racquet. In 1996, a member' husband, who was a cameraman for NBC and CBS, heard about it, took some footage, and sent a tape to "Hard Copy." It air e d about a month later, and t h e thr ee min ut e s egm e nt r an more than a d oz en times that year. In 1997, it was featured on The Leeza Show," a then-popular daytime body makeover specials. The producers flew Jordan to Paramount Stu d ios in Ho lly wood t o put o ne o f the g ue sts through bas ic, and the result s were dra matic Sarasota Magazine St y le Maga z ine and some local newspapers caught on and ran articles on the basic training program. On the side, Jordar continues to market bas i c training to health clubs in Venice Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Clearwater Jordan wrote a manual on how t o teach basic and recruited and traine d thesis-student Peter Dow to lead the current program at New College, four days a week for six weeks at a time "There has been a very po itive re sponse," said Dow. "I had figure d I would just do the one class, but after that first six weeks, everybody kept coming back." Dow said about Jor d a n "He's an incredible resource that mos t people don't know about." Word is spreading however, and Jordan is pleased with the n u mber of students who have recently been making appointments with him. "There are s o many people corning in and working out and that's really great to see," h e said. ''It's a l wa y s good to get to know th e peo pl e that are goi n g to be coming in The s p o rt s program is a l so st arting t o ki c k u p ," as Jord an pu t it. Alena Scandura i s really s tepping in an d get ting students fired up about it. he said. =.l\o.wLU

The Catalyst FEATURES H S September 18, 2002 orace tevenson, Hamilton Center custodian for 29 years, retires at 65 5 by Whitney Krahn Everyone around can say that they have been at smce It became an independent state Only a select few can ay they have been here smce the school was independent the first time around. Until his retirement this fall, Horace Stevenson worked for New College since it was in dependent and privately owned. That would be before 1975, for those not up-to-date on their New College history. Asked when he first came to work for the school Stevenson answered, "Before the state came." He added, "It's been so long I can't remember." Back then, Stevenson did a little bit of everything, includ ing delivering mall, carpeting rooms, building walls and digging ditches. "Evetybody used to hate [dig' ging ditches]," he said. "We didn't have as good equipment then.'' After taking a couple of years off, Stevenson came back around '73 or '74, he said, and was as in Center. There, his job entaded mostly cleanmg ... the regular routine.'' The regular routine involved mopping floors, clean ing and shampooing upholstery. Upon sensmg the students' sensitivity to the removal of posters and flyers, Stevenson stood clear. "I didn't bother that," he said. The free table was of special interest to I Can't Cook by Sydney Nash I thought cooking a hardboiled egg was the epit ome of simple. You need: a pot, water, a stove, and an egg. I consulted several people as to boiling time. The ftrst egg broke when I attempted to drop it into the boiling pot, so I used two spoons to lower the next two eggs into the pot. The second egg was under cooked and tasted horrible in my salad. I didn't even try the third egg-it landed in the trash, shell and all. I won't bother to tell about my baked potato disaster; you get the point. My situation is not unique: many students have difficulty with the transition from meal plans and Mom's cooking to cooking for themselves. New College students move into Viking, Dortstein, or off campus and are suddenly faced with the arduous task of cooking for oneself. "Last year [when I moved into Dort]. I thought I was going to cook, but I didn't. This year I think I'm just going to buy some Marriott money," said third-year Mateo Duque. Granted, there are campus gourmet chefs who rel ish the opportunity to cook for them elves. You know the type: cooking elaborate meals several times weekly, the ones who actually used the lounges to cook in Pei. "When I was in Pei I still made an effort to cook, but it's just so much easier here," said Ya'el Morowati, who loves to cook. "At the end of the day, I don't have paint, so this is my art form. It's relaxing .. it's like breathing.'' However, for those of us who dread cooking, we are left with a few simple options. First, you can invest in a meal plan on top of your housing costs. For anyone without a large financial Horace Stevenson, above, retires from New College, but plans on retunzing to workout at the Fitness Center. Stevenson. "It helped in so many ways," he said. Upon finding "nice clothes, nice shoes, nice silver ware," Stevenson would regularly give the items he found to people in need. His congenial spirit led to a good rapport with students over the years. "We used to shoot pool to gether," he said of one particular student. Stevenson even recalled once telling a Novo Collegian, "Hell yeah," when he asked if he hould skip class. "But that was only one day," Stevenson aid package, Dort/Goldstein or Vtking housing costs with a meal plan on top will stress the pocketbook. Besides, for most people, the food leaves a little bit to be desired. Or you can, like Duque, invest in "Marriott money" at fifty cents to the dollar after the year has started-if you can ftnd someone to sell it to you. Provided you can obtain transit to and fro, you could go out to eat every night. But unless you have an endless cash flow, you might want to reconsider this option. If you are so lucky as to have a friend or a room mate who is one of the aforementioned "gourmet chefs," you can always hang around when they're cooking and beg for a meal. Morowati's roommate, Stefanie Marazzi, has definitely capitalized on her roommate's love for cooking. "All I have to do is say I'm hungry and she drop what's she's doing. [Ya'el] taught me to cook," said Marazzi. You can also offer to reimburse them for ingredients in exchange for the meal. For those of us without Cooking Channel fans as roommates, large pocketbooks, or superfluous finan cial aid, we simply either learn to cook or we don't eat. So you buy all the pots and pans, you stock your fridge and pantry, and you still don't know what to do. All those "easy recipes" on the back of the pasta boxes require numerous ingredients you don't have, despite your stocked fridge. Your best bet is probably to buy a "college cook book," or one designed for "minimalist cooking." They require a lot less ingredients, and a 7 year-old can follow the instructions Or, call up your parents or ask any cooks you know how to make a few simple dishes. (Hardboiled eggs, for example.) Their instructions tend to be real istic and you can always call them up halfway through reminded. About the student body a a whole, Stevenson told the Catalyst, "When you get to know them, they're fun to be with." "The work got to be more challeng mg, Stevenson said. "I thought I should be making more than I was.'' A one-time represen tat1ve for the umon, he walked out of a job review where he ''felt unappreciated.'' Overall, Stevenson did like his job. He had "nice bo se ,""no conflicts with students," and "nobody bothered me,'' he said. Retirement has not ended Stevenson's trips to the campus. He plans to stay in shape at the Fitness Center, with the occasional training advice from Robert Ford, who works there full-time as mainte nance support. Other than that, Stevenson is "getting the whole retirement thing straightened out. He also wants to work in his yard and maybe even make a trip or two to New Orleans, the city he considers an other home. The former custodial worker might even take up "cro s guarding for the kids" at a local ele mentary chool. Though Stevenson has to stay out of work for a year to avoid losing his retirement, he has not com pletely ruled out returning to work for New College. "I'd think about it," he said. do next?" or "Is this supposed to be yellow?" For those who don't think learning a few simple recipes will cut it, you might try to meet some of those gourmet chefs around campus. Or even just find someone to help you out. A great way to do this is to form a cooking group, where cooking duties rotate nightly. Second-years Sarah Zell (Photo Editor of the Catalyst) and Nathaniel Burbank have started a group that meets Sunday through Thursday for food. Don't worry if you can't cook; beginners are paired with more experienced chefs so they can learn. "There are six pairs. It's mainly vegetarian, but there are some omnivores ... occasionally we'll throw something meat-like in the meal," said Zell. "You and your part ner are responsible for dinner that night, and if something messes up you order pizza, or some other take-out." And even for the cooking group, things do occa sionally "mess up." "The frrstweek of cooking group, the Third Court Lounge was out of order and the Second Court Lounge was being used by [Intervarsity Christian Fellowship], so we were scheduled to cook in the Dort Lounge. There was no water, so people had to run up and down the stairs to use omeone's kitchen," said Zell. She also recounted the surprise of students hoping to do laundry at finding member of the cooking group using the table for folding laundry to spread out the food. Despite how it seems at times, learning to cook isn't impossible. Luckily there is plenty of help to be found around campus. See Maria's Recipe Comer Page 8


6 The Catal st CONTRIBUTIONS September 18, 2002 SAC M th All t Allocated: $1,500.00 ara On OCa lOllS *ChrisAltes abstains. Minutes, September 9 Members in attendance:Jeanell Innerarity, Heather Rasley, Damayanti Byars, Sydney Nash. Emma Jay, Chri Alte Andrew Jay, Patrick Hickey All decisiOns are unanimous unle otherwi e noted. Damayanti Byars, as chair, abstains unless otherwise noted. e Women's Weightlifting Shannon Carpenter Requested: $4,380.72 for weights and other equipment. Allocated: $1,110.00 from the Athletic Fund for weights and balls. e Backwards and Ugly Casey Bums Requested: $2,656.55 for 400 copies. Allocated: $2,657.00 e NC Ben & Jerry's Devotional Society Tom Hoke Requested: $220.00 for ice cream, sorbet, and supplies. Allocated: $115.00 NC Bike Shop Andrew Jay/ Kit Reily Requested: $166.42 for sup plies. Allocated: $167.00 *Andrew Jay abstains. e NC Bike Shop-Community Bike Project Andrew Jay/ Kit Reily Requested: $150.00 to build community bikes. Allocated: $150.00 *Andrew Jay abstains. e NC Canoe and Kayak Club Andrew Jay/ Pete Dow Requested: $300.00 for Swaney River canoe race reg istration. Allocated: $300.00 from Athletic Fund. *Andrew Jay abstains. e Soccer-"Funk" and "Uglies" Pinray Huang Requested: $154.98 for balls, nets, and gloves. Allocated: $155.00 from Athletic Fund. e Spanish Club-Latin Ball Talya Dayton/ Max Tuchman Requested: $675.00 for DJ, decorations, food, and dance instructor. Allocated: $520.00 e Spanish Club-Tea Party Talya Dayton/ Max Tuchman Requested: $150.00 for food, table ettings, and utensil Allocated: $35.00 e Latin Food For Thought Max Tuchman Requested: $460.00 for food and supplies. Allocated: Tabled. e NC Democrats Max Tuchman Requested: $22.00 for pens and signs. Al1ocated: $8.00 for pens. e Jazz and Poetry Bash Max Tuchman/ Tashia Bradley Requested: $1,500.00 for por tion honorarium and food. Allocated: $435.00 e Pedro Perez-Sarduy Speaking Engagement Max Tuchman/ Tashia Bradley/ Sonia Labrador Rodriguez Requested: $1,000.00 for hon orarium. Allocated: $200.00 towards onorariurn. e British Food for Thought Max Tuchman/ Tashia Bradley Requested: $300.00 for tea, scones, and sandwiches. Allocated: Tabled. e Promises (film) Max Tuchman/ Tashia Bradley Requested: $850.00 for rights for one showing and food. Allocated: $0.00 e The Catalyst Mike Sanderson/ Erin Blasco/ Michael Gimignani Requested: $3,662.00 for 12 issues Allocated: $700.00 for first two issues. *Sydney Nash abstains. e NC Environment Club Vermicompost Margie Stieren Requested: $665.80 for worm box, wonns, shipping. Allocated: Tabled. e NC Permaculture Kate Chanton Requested: $583.00 for plants for Four Winds Cafe. Allocated: Tabled. e Tom Brown, Jr. Erik Rimm-Hewittl Emily Mann Requested: $3,000.00 for speaking fee. e First Court Movies Nights Emma Jay Requested: $50.00 for popcom for the semester. Allocated: $50.00 *Emma Jay abstains. e Equipment Room College India Harville Erin Rodgers/ Devon Barrett Requested: $535.00 for weath er-proof coverings, billiard balls, cables, etc. A1located: $20.00 for y cables. Reque ted: $1560.00 for 12week NIA series tos, mounting, display. Allocated: $62.80 *Emma Jay abstains. *Chris Altes abstains. e New College Tennis Laura Navarro/ Jessica Jermier Allocated: $240.00 from Athletic Fund. e Pool Table Maintenance Sean Carney/ Pat Blower Requested: $950.00 for resur facing, releveling, cues, etc. Allocated: $472.00 from Athletic Fund for one table resurface/relevel and misc. *Chris Altes opposes. Requested: $7,840.00 for 112 additional hours of lesson at $70/hr. e Digital Video Camera Brian Cody Allocated: $280.00 from ath letic fund for half cost of 56 additional hours at $10/hr. Requested: $2,557.70 for Digital Video Camera, case, equipment. Allocated: Tabled. *Sydney Nash opposed. *Heather Rasley abstains. e New College Dance Group Emily Dangelmaier Requested: $3,000.00 for adjunct dance professor. Allocated: Tabled. e New CoUege TheatreVera Wilde e Click Photograph J.J. Stein Bo Bentele/ David Bryant Requested: $2,350.00 for trav el, production, musician/ artis tic fees Requested: $509.00 for phoAllocated: Tabled. SAC Minutes 9/16 e Wellness Room TA's The Catalyst would like to print this India Harville/ Racbael Jenson week's SAC minutes--,-furJhe Qleeting in ........ ..... e te : 2,244.80 or operating hours Allocated: $400.00 for reduced hours/ cost. w c it actually gave us the money we asked for! -but the SAC secretary hasn't sent them to the editors as this issue goes to press. Although unexpected, it figures: e NIA Classes at New She's also a Catalyst staff writer. Letter to the editor: Adjuncts deserve our respect To the Editors, Liz Palomo's piece, "Just Visiting" [Sept. 11 ], which discussed the increase in the num bers of visiting and adjunct faculty at the college this year, was on the whole a fair and balanced report, but I am a bit concerned that her use of the word "madness," even if tongue in-cheek, to describe it may give some Novo Collegians the impression that visiting and adjunct faculty are somehow second-class professors. That, in my view, would be a great misfortune. All of our non tenure track faculty are highly trruned professionals, whom we are lucky to have, and co11ective1y they enrich considerably the educational possibilities available to the student body. For the rest of the faculty, their presence allows us to take much-needed assigned research leave, which we need in order to remain on the cutting edge of our fields, so that we may be the kind of teacher-scholars that New College students de serve. I believe that I can speak to both worlds, as I taught as an adjunct instructor at three schools in the Dallas area for two years before my arrival at New College. Visiting or adjunct employment is difficult for a number of rea sons: the pay is generally low and employment is short-term, with prospects for renewal un certain at best. Visitors have to juggle the responsibilities of teaching at one institution while applying for positions at others, often while completing or revising their disserta tions. Because of its unique academic program, New College takes longer for new comers to get used to than many other schools, and New College students, while among the most enjoyable to work with, are also among the most demanding. It would surely be a mistake for New College to rely primarily on visiting or adjunct faculty to teach courses, as many community colleges do, for they could not give the conti nuity, the institutional memory, or the unusually high faculty service commitment that a place like New College requires. Nonetheless, these guest scholars have an important contribution to make, and all of us, faculty and students, should let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. Sincerely, David Allen Harvey Assistant Professor of History New College of Florida


The Catalyst NEWS Week of Dialogue 0 R September 18,2002 7 n ace encourages diversity among homogeneity by David Higgins "R to the Office of ace Itself lS not an important issue Adrmsswns, the New College student is_ 85 percent 6 percent satd Diversity and Gender Coordinator Hisparuc, 3 percent Astan, 2 percent American, and 0 percent Native T ashia Bradley; "but th th Amencan. Although we are one of the e way at We most "open-minded" campuses in the approa h nation, we are also one of the most hoC race ISSUeS IS Important. mogeneous. Racial is ues have become an invisible undercurrent on our campus. and New College administration wants to confront them head-on. In an effort to spark thought and discussion on racial issues in our lives and in our community, the Diversity and Gender Center began this year's Campus Week of Dialogue on Race last Monday. "Race itself is not an important issue," says Diversity and Gender Coordinator Tashia Bradley, "but the way that we approach race issues is im portant. When students come to me because people are making comments about a student's intelligence or percep tion that a student is on fmancial aid because they are a person of color, I know we have a problem. I think that we have a problem when people do not want to talk about it, either. I guess the idea is that if you do not talk about or address it, that it will somehow go away .... That s a privile e to even think in those terms.'' As part of the Campus Week of Dialogue on Race, Anthropology Professor Uzi Baram will facilitate a panel discussion titled, "Race in our Community: Does it Still Matter?" to morrow night. Professor Baram specializes in the Middle East -and often confronts issues of race, racism, ethnic ity and social identity in his scholarship. Panelists will discuss is sues and respond to questions or anecdotes from the audience. The members of the panel will include New College Students Audrey Nicoleau, Eric Sosnoff, and Maxeme Thchman, Visiting Professor of Visual Arts Young Moon, and a representative from the NAACP. Baram cited a poll conducted by the Ford Foundation in 1998 asking Americans about racial attitudes. Of the people surveyed, 94 percent thought that colleges and universities should talk about race. "There's big questions about whether universities, especially social sciences and humanities, over state the issues of race. But if we look at polls, there's that sense that col lege students should be confronting it; they should have a better sense of race issues,'' said Baram. "With issues of race, it can go in so many different directions," said Professor Uzi Baram. "It can run so many different levels. And whoever's there [at the panel discussion], I think, will gain a sense of that dynamic." "Race is a dynamic concept," Baram continued. "When I teach a course on race, one of the components I emphasize over and over again is that race isn't everything, even if it seems to be everywhere. There's a lot of local racial issues, localized racial issues; there's a dynamic-it's always chang ing. "As an anthropologist, I'm Jess in terested in saying, 'race is x,' or 'racism is y,' as in understanding all its com plexities and why, so many decades after the country seems to have turned its back on racism, it's stiU here. By having a dialt>gUe, by inviting ftialogue both among the panelists and with who ever's in the audience, it's an opportunity to capture what people are thinking, how to talk about it (because that's always difficult) and frankly, how people are feeling about it. ... "With issues of race, it can go in so many different directions. It can run so many different levels. And whoever's there, I think, will gain a sense of that dynamic." All interested students are invited to attend and share their thoughts and experiences tomorrow night in Sudakoff. On Monday night, the Diversity and Gender Center hosted "Break the Fast and Havdalah for Yom Kippur." On Thesday, Bryant K. Smith kicked off the Week of Dialogue's Opening Program and Reception in Sudakoff. Smith, a distinguished lec turer and social commentator, is Director of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services at Millikin University and the author of "Black, Not Blind." Tonight, Sudakoff will be screening "Show Me the Way to Go Home," a documentary by thesis-student Ken Silverman about the Japanese intern ment camps in the United States during World War II. "The Japanese-American expen owe e e (and] what can happen when people act on fear and racism," said Bradley, "and how you reconcile that experience and still live and love the United States." The full title of the week is Campus Week of Dialogue: The President's Initiative on Race. In l997, fermer President Clinton formed a race-rela tions advisory board to look at issues of housing, education and the judicial sys tem, and enacted his race initiative. In an effort to improve race relations in America, the initiative was a broad na tional program including town hall discussions and monthly events. Numerous colleges and universities across the nation have maintained the Campus Week of Dialogue on Race an nually since then. In 1997, encouraging dialogue on race, Clinton said, "Now, when there is more cause for hope than fear, when we are not driven to it by some emergency or social cataclysm, now is the time we should learn together, talk together and act together to build one America." In the post-9/11 world of 2002, however, his words take on an even greater im port. International terrorism has raised new fears, doubts, and questions that relate directly even to our own insular Gender and Diversity Center Coordinator Tashia Bradley, 2002 Campus Week of Dialogue on Race Remaining Events "Show Me the Way to Go Home" Documentary and Discussion By Ken Silverman VVednesday,Sept. 18 6:30 p.m. Sudakoff Conference Center "Race in Our Community: Does it Still Matter?" Panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Uzi 1..-. Thursday, Sept. l9" '. t 0 7:00p.m. Sudak:off Conference Center Unity Jazz and Poetry Bash With guest jazz artist Galen Friday, Sept. 20 7:0C p.m. Sudakoff Conferenee Cellfer Light refreshments. For more information, contact the Diversity and Gender Center at 2-4642. community at New College. The Week of Dialogue is intended to be just one starting point on a long and continuing road of education and exploration on the topic of race rela tions. Said Bradley, "If you want to learn and continue learning it is a start ing point for some and a continuation for others and a confirmation for many .... When asked about similar events happening in the future, Bradley replied, "But of course this is just a cat alyst to continue the dialogue." Information from was used in this repon


8 The Catalyst &c. September 18, 2002 Correction -Last week's issue misidentified the Last week's issue misidentified the year of second-year Laura Ginsburg. academic concentration of music a1ui physics major Audrey Troutt. The The Catalyst regrets the error. Catalyst regrets this error as well. Spread the word about your meeting, performance, tutorial, or other non-commercial happening on the Catalyst Announcements or Calendar page in 60 words or less. Send your what-where-when-who-why to by 5:00 p.m. Sunday for Wednesday's issue. Left: As a special bonus, the Catalyst is pleased to print the following cartoon, which originally accompanied an article about the presidential search. DoEsli'T TIIAT Aofl FisT#' .Is A fflRA.SE rHAr W4Rks SOfiiiD A BIT folf AllY fJCCASZoAI. WEDDif/GS: "'W SILLf! TH GA1NE/lfD HERE ro CfLEBtATE TN Jo& 's 3cl S T :\ FobiATUfl OF A VNroN, OIIE. I'.ANAC,:I/1 c; THAT WILL 8E fASIER oPL .... To BREAJc THAN THE (ot.D Oil TobA>'3 SPECzAL; srvFF Maria's Recipe Corner Recipes? E-mail Maria Lopez at newcollege21@ San Francisco Special omnivore 1 loaf semolina or sourdough (un sliced) 1 can dam chowder soup (or substi tute to your taste) Take the loaf of bread and cut the top portion off. Tum the loaf of bread into a bowl by leaving only the crust. Place the tom pieces of bread in a separate dish. Cook the soup either in the microwave or on the stove. Use milk if you prefer a thicker texture, and make sure not to water down the soup too much. When the soup is fin ished pour it inside the bread bowl. Use the crust and bread bits to dip into the soup-enjoy! Serves 2 Colorful Veggie Cabaret herbivore 1 cup mushrooms 1 cup com 1 cup tomatoes 8oz {dry) rice Cook the mushrooms in a large pan with a thin coat of olive oiL Keep the temperature on medium for about 10 minutes. Next add the corn and toma toes and cook them for about 10 more minutes. In a separate pot, cook the rice according to the directions on the bag. Once the rice is cooked, mix it in with the vegetables. Add your fa vorite spices or other favorite vegetables. Serves 3 :t MEAii How 1/AitO CofiLO rr 8 To SifJIPLY DIRcT THE THOCifrlfT.S AND AcTIO,\IS OF THE HERE. i' XNG AT zT k!I7H AN IRON Fxsr.

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