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the A STUDEIU IIEWSPAPER OF YHE IIEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA Ari'ALYST YOLiftE XVI ISSUE j WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 200J Fate of Bright Futures program less than dazzling by Whitney Krahn If Governor Bush has his way, funding for Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program will decrease while tuition rates i ncrease That's a costly proposal for the Sunshine State's best and brightest tudents including over 350 attending New College Bush recently cut Slll.5 million from the State Univers ity System budg e t and signed off on a 7.5 percent tuition increase to h elp bridge the budget breach Each school's board of trustees was also given a green light to raise tuition an additional five percent, for a total hike of 12. 5 percent Tnstate ew College students could easily pay an extra $375 next year, and there's a chance Bright Futures scholarsh i ps won' t hav e the funds to cover the increase. Tuition increases are nothing new to Florida 's public schools. In 2001-2002 tuition rntes increased 7 5 percent, 55 percent greater than the nat i onal average. The Legislature raised rates five percent the year before Since Bright Futures' inception in 1997, tuition has gone up over 39 percent, far more than the rate of inflation Until now, scholarship recipients did not have to worry about tuition hikes because Bright Futures covered the increases Bush's proposal to "decouple" award amounts from tuition costs would widen the gap between where Right: NCSA Vice-President for Student Affairs Sarah Zell submitted a resolution to the Board of Trustees, asking for their support in opposing any changes to the Bright Futures program. Lefl: President Michalson, in charge of conveying the trustees' wishes. the scholarship money runs out and the cost of tuition ends The program's ability to defray the costs of books and instructional materials is hazy. The Bright Futures Program itself is facing criticism Medallion Scholars receive scholarships for 75 percent of tuition costs However the award's eligibility requirements fall below the state average In 1999, the average SAT score was 997, though the Medallion requirement was only 970. The minimum grade point average required is 3 .0. The State University System averages 3.5. 'The threshold is set too low said New College Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Johnson About 80 New College students are Medallion Scholars. I continued on page 3 I Reins in good hands as Michalson officially becomes president by Sydney Nas h New College has once again put its trust in Dr. Gordon Mike Michalson Michalson's understanding and knowledge of a newly independent New College set him apart from the other candidate and on Jan. 7 he was confirmed as the fl!St President of New College of Florida "f personally chose Michalson because he knows New College," explained second-year Audrey Nicoleau, one of the student representatives on the Presidential Search Committee "I felt like he was the best person to lead New College through this transition period The search committee of which Nicoleau was a part, unanimously recommended Michalson to the New College Board of Trustees who then confirmed the committee's selection on Jan 4 Michalson's entry into the search pool was surprising, having previously announced his desire to return to the classroom. "I realized T was enjoying it [the presidency] more," Michalson explained of his decision to remain in an administrative position He willingly went through all of the processes of the selection, including formal interviews with faculty, staff, and students touring the campus, as well as answering detailed essay question posed by the search committee Although the members of the committee agreed that all four of the final candidates were extremely qualified, Michalson's intimate knowledge of New College made the difference. "Mike has a set of attributes that make him an ideal president," said Psychology Professor Gordon Bauer, a faculty member of the search committee. "He is a recognized scholar who has continued to publish despite the intense demands of administration. lle respects cholar hip and understands its critical relationship to teaching He is an eloquent advocate for New College He quickly masters new administrative tasks He has developed excellent relationships with important state government officials. He will be a persuasive fund rdiser Michalson came t o New College in 1992 as dean and warden, a position he held until 1997, when he opted to return to the classroom instead of continuing as dean. In fall of 2001, with New College's new independence, Michalson was asked to return to the administration as interim president. At the time, he made it clear that he was interested only in serving until the search committee was able to fill the position permanently. He stressed that the classroom was where he wanted to be. "f love the classroom, it's where my heart and soul are," Michalson commented last fall after his appointment as interim president. Michalson told The Catalyst that he would continue to miss the cia sroom, but hopes that as things settle down he will be able to do some teaching. "I'm still working on tutorials with my former students, Michalson pointed out. He also expressed interest in holding a Wedne day seminar class in the future when the current political turmoil had somewhat abated Although he has been recruited for presidential continued on page 10 CATALYST this week 2.12.2003 Bet to win get a trlfectal Dare to dream Welcome to Protest Theater Who hasn't passed by the dog track on University and just been a little bit curious? Find out what you're m i ssing. Story page 5 Dareclvi! is the latest in a long line of Marvel Comics adaprat i ons to hir the silver s c reen Does the Man Without Fear sizzle o r burn? Story page 6 In an atrempt t o spice up rheir prorest of the impending war with Iraq, a group of New College srudenrs tried something different. Story back cover
The Catal st CONTENTS Campus News Briefs page 2 Entertainment page 5 -Mike's Movie Pick page 6 -Movie Times page 6 Half-Life page 7 Announcements page 10 Perspective page II 7-DAY WEATHER Today: Mostly Sunny, 67/45 Thursday: Mostly Sunny, 68/49 Friday: Partly Cloudy, 72/55 aturday: Partly Cloudy, 76/56 Sunday: Scattered Showers, 7 5/52 Monday: Scattered Showers, 71/51 Tuesday: Partly Cloudy, 71/50 rc AT A L Y S T CCip)'nl)llOOJ, 17N All flllw! ..-c1 GENERAL EDITOR MANAGING EDITOR DESIGN EDITOR COPY EDITOR PHOTO EDITOR ONUNE EDITOR SfMIOR STAff W1UT'ERS STAFF WRITERS Michael Glmlgnanl Sarah Zell Caitlin Young Whitney Krahn Nathaniel Burbank Sydney Nash Abby Weingarten Michael Sanderson Christopher DeFIIIIpp Marla Lopez Katelyn Weissinger Josh Orr S arah Stamper Erin Marie Blasco n,e is an academic tutorial sponsored by Profe>sor Maria Vesperi. It is d"""loped in the New College Publ:cations Office u ing Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowcrMacontosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald woth money pro vodcd by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquirie& t01 The 5700 Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 cata l ystncf edu (941) 359-4266 The Catalyst reserves the to edit submissions for space, grammar or srylc.No anonymous submissions will be accepted. See contribution guidelines for further information. All submission mu.r be receh>ed by 5:00p.m. Saturday in o rder to appear in the following week's issue. Information about upcoming c-.ocnrs is welcome th.roughout the week. VIsit The Catalyst online at : http:j jstudentweb.ncf.edujCatal ON CAMPUS Edited by Erin Marie Blasco VagJna Monologues once again rewriting social mores This year's production of the Vagina Monologues, directed by third years Maxeme Tuchman and Jessica Casciola, reflects the love of props demonstrated by a woman in one of the monologues. 1n 'The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy," the speaker says, "I wore outrageous outfits when I dominated women-lace and silk and leather-and I used props: whips, handcuffs, rope, dildoes." This year's production not only stars seven fabulous women, it also stars some outrageous props one of which is named "David." It also features two brand new monologues, and many original ones have been reworked. "If you've come once, come again," Thchman said. This year's production, which will benefit four local non-profits, also counts a male as part of the casl Alum and Four Winds Sabatelli wrote his own monologue in response to a national question about how your community would be without violence against women. "Ever since I read the monologues a long time ago, I've always thought they were really powerful," Tuchman said. "It really is a Bermuda Triangle. Not all women can talk about it as I now can." Tuchman went on to use the word "vagina" sixteen times in the next three minutes. See (J}mouncements for dates, times. Sewer lines, not dinosaur bones, explain digging Recent digging in front of Pei's First Court was, in fact, not related to buried treasure or dinosaur bones. According to Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell, contracted workers were laying sewer lines to the USF portables located behind the Shell station. The area can once again provide space for Frisbee and bocce games. Financial Aid working harder after two employees leave Every seat in the waiting area of Palmer Building E is taken, meaning it's rush season at the Financial Aid Office. But this semester, the office has two fewer employees, cutting down on the availability of walk-in appointments. Another employee is leaving later this month, though Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Joel Baunl811 says most students wiJ I not experience any change in the quality of service. Associate Director of Admissions Scott Briell is temporarily Acting Director of Admissions, allowing Bauman to help out at the Financial Aid Office. A fonner New College financial aid officer who moved away has temporarily returned to help out, and searches for a new assistant director and a coordinator for the office are already underway. Bauman also said that the Admissions Office is not feeling much of a strain despite his devoting most of his time to the Financial Aid portion of his duties, even though this is a busy time of year for the Admissions Office. Financial Aid Office liberates Itself from USF software system In a few months, New College students will no longer have to check their Financial Aid status through the USF system, which processes 32,000 non-New College students. New College is creating its own software sy tem and hiring a new financial aid coordinator to smooth the transition from the USF-based Online Access Student Information System (OASIS) to the independent system. "I f anything goes wrong [New College students] will be able to oome right to this office and say ifs our fault," said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Joel Bauman. "We should be happy because they're our mistakes, not USF mistakes. We should celebrate that fact."Tblrd Court Lounge gets makeover, avoids collapse Third Court residents have been hoping for a long time that Physical Plant would just rip their lounge to pieces and build a new one. Physical Plant meant to, but their plans stalled just after the "ripping out" part. Physical Plant was short-staffed; the Heiser Natural Sciences Building needed attention, and a wall that was going to be knocked down turned out to be load-Courtesy of Public Affairs. bearing, and supporting a group of Pei rooms upstairs. Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell predicts the renovation will be completed in a few weeks. He said he would consider hiring outside workers if this is necessary to finish the project sooner. Renovations will include new sinks and plumbing, extra counter space, a better air conditioner, and a less creepy bathroom. Campbell would also like to install overhead lighting with dimmers, ''not the horrible institutional fluorescents," he said. Second-year Residence Life Representative (and Catalyst Photo Editor) Nathaniel Bwbank also rescued a huge blackboard that was being thrown away for the IOWJge. Fixing up the lOWJge is a bigjob. ''fit's] a fairly major renovation. lfs not something cosmetic so that's why ... Physical Plant got so behind," Campbell said. But that doesn't mean they want to. "[Physical Plant is] anxious to finish," Campbell said. "In fact l think they'd rather be doing this, because this is more fun; they get to kind of create something." Second court suffers attack The Second Court lOWlge and adjacent laundry room in the Pei residence halls was closed after being vandalized with paint last Friday nighl Students that live in Pei were forced to use Dort and Goldstein for cooking and laundering facilities as the Third Court lOWJge was already closed for renovations. The vandal spread almost a gallon of yellow paint sporadically across the walls and floors, damaging the work of third-year students, Tlll8 Gardiakos lllJd Veronica Fannin, who are renovating the lOWJge as part of an Individual Study Project. Campus police have identified the perpetrator, who was not a ew College student, but have not made his or her identity public. At time of this writing, it remains unclear whether the Second Court IOWlge is officially open, but residents of Pei have resumed usage of the facility. -Natha niel Burbank
NEWS February 12, 2003 The C atalyst Colum ia tragedy rocks economy, floods eBay by Nathaniel Burbank The destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia over Texa on Feb. 1 is creating serious economic fallout for thousands of Americans who had no pe onal relationship with the seven astronauts that were killed. rom vendors of merchandise that have already made large profits off of the ac<:ident, to thousands of Floridians who may be laid off in the coming months due to the grounding of the shuttle program, the ac<:ident has changed the fortunes of many. The potentially lengthy grounding of tbe Space Shuttle fleet will negalivcly impact more than 2 pace contractor and 15,000 employee of the Km1cdy pace cent r that are based in Florida. The space industry genemtes S4.5 billion of Florida's oconomy annually, and the nppl oflayoffi and downsizing will be felt in Tallahassee, where even before Columbia s fate was known, the tate had a $4 billion budget gap. Florida Today reported that the Florida pace Authority, a state run bureaucracy dedicated to providing economic development through space-related business, bas told Florida Governor Jeb Bush to expect a 13 to I -mon1h grounding of the huttle llcet. Though large numbers of workers and corporations related to the pace program are located in aod around Brevard County, others are spread poradically throughout the tate, including arasota. Medical Education Technologies, Inc., located on Fnritville Road, recently won a contract to des1gn and build medical simulation programs for use in space. As the National Bright Futures program i peril continued Bush's proposal offers students at the Medallion level full tuition at a commllllity college instead of 75 percent at a four-year school. This would cost the state about 1,600 per student instead of $2,100 per semester These savings, and one-fifth of the money raised from the nrition increase, arc slated for need-based aid. Such changes were opposed in a resolution passed by the ew College Student Alliance. The resolution protem any alterntions to the existing Bright Futur Program and was approved almost unanimously by students in attendance at the Town Meeting on Feb. 5. A of last aturday, ll c tudcnts and the Board of Tru tees stand in disagreennenL At the board meeting Feb. 8, CSA Vice-President of Student Alfaixs and Cataly t Managing F..ditor rah Zcll proposed a BOT resolution on the Bright Futures Program. The Board tabled the resolution in favoc of a letter stating their resolute opposition to changes negatively impacting Bright Futures. CSA President Maxeme Tuchman was also turned down in a motion asking ll1e letter to oppose dccoupling and need-based aid. The Board rejected adoption of the GSA's rcsol1rtion bccnuse opposing all changes meant no cbange, even if Bright Futures could be made better, Johnson said. '"We are resolutely again t any changes that would negatively impact Bright Futures," be added. President Gordon E. M ichalson will take the letter with him on his trip to Tallahassee later this week. Students are also carrying their complaints to the capital. Students from the II State University System schools will protest cbanges to Bright Futures on Thursday. New College wiU be joining florida Gulf Coast University in their trip up the coast on Thursday. FGCU has promised to foot the bill for transpOrtation cosrs. The Florida Student Association organized the rally; it will take place while legislative committees meet to discuss the full.lre of tbe scholarship program. At a Jan. 24 pre conference, FSA Chaim1an and Florida Atlantic University Student Body President Pablo Pacz id, "We will act and fight to save this program." For Novo Collegians who want to rock the boat but will miss the bus, signature cards in upport of B.right Futures are circulating They were in Hamilton Center throughout January, passed out to parents during New Weekend, and will be nt to local high school tudents. Paez hopes to collect 250,000 ignatures. He is concerned Florida s best students will leave the tc without Bright Futures. "The future of Florida hould be our number one priority," he SS!d. "Thi is our future." Aeronautics and Space Administration reconsiders its financial obligations in light of the shuttle tragedy, METT may be among the list of local parties negatively impacted by the shuttle's destruction. Perbap the most insensitive result of the accident is the influx of products and services related to Colwnbia being sold at exorbitant prices. Within hours of the shuttle breakup, O.'ET.com reported that hundred of items related to Columbia were listed for sale on eBay's online marketplace as price kyrocketed. Tn one case, a decorative belt buckle sold for more than 300 at\er being placed onhne will1 an opening bid of just $9.99. Days later, eBay was flooded witb merchandise ranging from customized Columbia dog tags, to commemorative 1 hirts and badge Many eBay merchants are making the laudable, but non.verifiable, claim that a portion of their profits will be donated to variou memorial fund eBay ha monitored the li ting of Columbia related merchandise to prevent the sale of actual relics from the shuttle on its website. The astrooau families are not expected to join in this windfall, however. Legal experts say thi incident is not likely to lead to multimillion dollar payouts for the families of the seven astronauts, as was the case in the 1986 Challenger explosion. A 1988 Supreme Cottrt ruling upheld the so called "governmentcontractor defense," protecting corporatio from liability for an accident if they followed reasonable directions from government ofticial and warned the government of any problems they recognized. Further, the United pace Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. that runs tbc day-to-day operations of the huttle fleet, i specifically shielded from liability for ac<:idents in its contract with the government due to the inherent danger of space travel. The fol!owing sourres wero used in compiling this report : CNTcom, The Tampa Tribune, Florida Today, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a1uJ The Wa hington Post. Keating Center groundbreaking b Erin Mari Bla..-co Both Mote Aquarium and Ringling School of Art and Design have buildings named afler Ed and Elaine Keating, and now ew College will be building its own $1 million, 7,500 sq. ft. Keating Center to house the e College Foundation, the Alumnacli Association, and the Library Foundation. The Longboat Key r idents donated $600,000 to the project in addition to their annual donations to New College. The groundbrea ing took place at the site for the new Keating Center off of College Drive on Feb. 7. President Gordon E. ichalson called the Keating Center, "symbolic of the fact !hat we're all rowing 1ogcthcr," because it will allow organizations that ork together to actually do so in the same building. lie also told The Ctlra/ys1 that planning and con tructing the Keating Center would have been impossible before independence New College Founda tion President General Rolland Heiser, pointing to an architectural rendering of the center, expressed his thanks to the architect, who included a BMW in the center's parking lot. "l just have to a ume it comes with it," he said Tree-hugger can also than the architect enior Architect/ Project Manager Karl Brown from SMRT, Inc. de igned the center in an Lhape to avoid cutting down a large oak tree The center will include pace for 17 offices, two conference rooms, a catering kitchen, reception hall, and an outdoor plaza. It will be built on a one acre lot on the bayfront side of campus, near the Pritzker building The Keating Center will be in the "Mediterranean" style so loved by ew College-meaning it will look a lot like the pinki h-orange Caples Fine Arts Complex. The space provided by the new center is much needed. Currently, employee of the Qrgani7.ation who will move into tbc Keating Cent r are working in many different buildings on the bayfront campus. Some are working out of a trailer ncar Robertson Hall. Elaine Keating a ked, "I the little trailer gone?" o, Elaine, not yet.
The Catalyst NEWS Fe bruary 12, 2003 New o utreach program gets mixed reviews from prospectives by Maria Lopez This is the most diverse campus that I've visited in Florida." declared prospective student Jen Roberts from Tallahassee, Florida. Roberts was one of twelve attendees at New College s first Multicultural Weekend intended to help recruit and display people of diverse ethnicities and attitudes on campus. Prospective students came and spent the night this past Friday and Saturday in order to get a better perspective on campus life. Most were impressed by the social and academic environment at New College However while they thought campus viewpoints were vast and varying they found ethnicity was not as well represented. Teagan Keating from Tallahassee said, ''There is not really divers i ty of race, but in the types of people who attend The issue of diversity on campus has been a pressing one as of late and the Diversity and Gender Center Coordinator Tashia Bradley, has been given the difficult task of trying to diversify New College. Bradley saw the necessity for New College Multicultural weekend right away, "Many campuses host a weekend similar to this effort We were responding to the overwhelming statements that several multicultural students who visited commented on about their visit." Bradley described the relationship between the hosts and prospective students as positive, especially since students could interact and engage" with the Nathaniel Burbank/ Coto!Js Multicultural Students' Weekend was part of the festivities of New College Weekend. The barbecue, which was free to students, was well attended, and over I 00 parents and alumni also showed. Dine In or Take Out Palmetto Sarasota 7378 8th Ave. West 5131 N Trail 729-0440 358-9958 pro pective students in a personal setting When asked about what prospective students could gain from spending the night with other diverse students Bradley replied, "I think that there are lots of opportunities for students to perhap talk about issues that a fellow multicultural student may have an answer to because they have experienced it. Helping to share that it is indeed a 'safe place."' The hope is that in maintaining programs such as this one New College will encourage a more diverse group of students to attend "We hope that it increa es ethnic diversity, particularly in areas that are in high need, for example ... black males No one seems to notice that but it seems really odd to me that people aren't up in arms about that. We are a premiere institution but not to all communities, particularly traditionally oppressed commun i ties, Bradley said What qualifies as "diversity varies depending on who is asked Overall New College lacks ethnic diversity, but prospective student Lee Osorio from Atlanta, Georgia, appreciates that New College is trying hard to change that. "I commend New College for its recognition of the importance of diversity and its efforts to improve diversity among the student body Students here are among the most open-minded and academically excited students I have met." Some of the prospective students said that they felt too forcefully placed in the multicultural" aspect and would have much rather been invited under the umbrella program of "New College Weekend." While some have raised issues about how to advertise and attract more ethnically diverse students at New College, the prospective students seem confident that the school is making an effort to reach out to a specialized group of students, to create a more varied student body Heather Drymon from Tallahassee definitely experienced New College as a warm and accepting environment. "I had an amazing experience that I will never forget. It's unbelievable that this is these people's everyday lives. I have never seen a more friendly environment," Drymon said New faculty coming soon by Sarah Stamper Through current faculty searches New College will expand the faculty roster to include three new academic areas of study The searches for Judaic Studies, Environmental Studies German and Medieval/Renaissance His tory professors have been under way since early October. The application process was completed in late December and the division chairs are finalizing the candidate selection. "I am extremely happy with the progress of the searches. The Search Committees have invited three excellent candidates for each position to visit the campus said Social Sciences Chair, Dr. Richard Coe All of the positions are expected to be filled by the end of the month According to President Gordon E. Michalson, the division chairs are looking for candidates with "the ability to develop and maintain positive working relations with students, people who would be strong candidate's for tenure after six years here, a strong ambition to continue their own research and remain current in their field of study the willingness to enter into campus life, including committee service, and flexible interests insuring openness to conversations with colleagues outside of their field The new professors would be responsible for offering tutorials, sponsoring senior theses, supervising student productions, sponsoring independent study projects and teaching two courses a semester. With the hiring of these four faculty members, New College will have sixty-three professors for the fall term. The New College administration is actively seeking candidates who are women or minorities to add to the diversity of the faculty. Increasing diversity will give New College a better representation of the outside world and to strengthen the variety of educational activities available. Each of the candidates have made trips to New College in order to meet faculty, staff, and student The candidates also gave a guest lecture in their personal field. M ichalson greatly encouraged students to continue their involvement by attending the guest lectures and student lunches that arc hosted as part of the candidate's visits to New College. "These positions, three of which are new, will deepen and enrich the curriculum while also helping us to maintain our student/faculty ratio at a desirable level, given our enrollment growth plan,'' Micbalson pointed out. According to position advertisements placed in educational journal and on the Internet, New College is trying to increase the variety of courses offered to "develop comprehensive programs of interest to a broad spectrum of I iberal arts students."
CATALYsT volume xvi issue 1/ 2.12.2003 Welcome to a kinder, Spending a day at the RACES gentler Palm Court Party by]C*h Orr This weekmd's Palm Court Party duhlxxJ hA Care Beat Affair," will shower New College with Jove and pastels. But don't lube up yourcrotchl bearsuitjustyet, for this bash is more tenderhearted than the noon. On Saturday night, Palm Court will be transformed into the cloudy kingdom of Care-A-Lot, domain of the emblem-dad and ever-
I S1W05C QOI11p3ring Dored.;?viJ to Sp.derMan, the most recent conuc-book hero-basod mulll-fllilhon dollar production, would be 1.Nl easy way out So l lldo it o, but ri ty, the companson is pertinent TIIC title sequences of both movies begin with ominous music and dark CGI inlaga)' bounotng 11> and fro, aDd movies fcarun: the death of a furruly member. mo5t imponaruly, bolh fC31Unl ll\lng. pul--upoo kid giddily usong super wcrs to gel back at thejcrlcs who made litedifticult for him. Except, of course, in Spldcr-}.1an, you can vicari01.1:>ly enjoy the thrill of him humi bating bis antago When a young version of the blind Sl.lperhcto Daredevil pummels hi oppooeuts with kung fu and a wallang stick, the effect isn 'I the same. You just cringe as cw:zy fiber of political concctness, good-caslc, and logic m )'OUf being winces i diS(()mfort Based oo tbe Mar.-d comic book series of the same name, Daretkvil follows Mau Murdock, the son of a bas-Occn bolter in HoD's Kitchen. Seeing his f: thcl-wori
_ Th_;_e ....:....;Cac:....:..;ta:::..;..oiYo...;:_.t:..__ ____ c_A_T_A_L_Y_s T Entertainment February 12 2003 Jungle Gardens: from impenetrable swamp to tropical oasis from page 5 are still a lot of things to do there Shows occur daily Among them are : Bird of Prey Birds of the Rainforest, Reptile Encounter, Critters & Things, and Meet the Keeper Additionally, keepers will take random animals out and let people pet and play with them. Arthurs enjoyed showing off a pair of ball pythons named Bert and Bernie. I had to read up on ball pythons so r could bring Bernie out into the public," he said. "I would take her out and stand there, and people could come and pet her It was a lot fun because a lot of time people who were horribly afraid of snakes and hated snakes eventually, if you talk to them enough, you can talk them into touching the snake That was cool, to turn people who were deathly afraid of them into realizing a little bit that they were not so bad and it was a really nice snake." Another thi ng to do is visit the posing area There, you pick a parrot out of the many species available, and a keeper will place him on your arm Bring your own camera, or there is a Polaro i d available for 3 dollars. Jungle Gardens has a massive collection of parrots mostly donations from owners who tired of the pets. All of the predatory birds were injured or sick when they arrived and have been profe sionally cared for The Gardens are not only a beautiful tourist spot, but a rehabilitation facility as well Many visitors question whether the Asian black leopard, Rambo has sufficient room in his cage Actually, for a leopard ... that size his current enclosure is actually much bigger than the required cages In general, they're not very active cats Arthurs said. "It's a small cage, I agree But you can't really assess how much an animal needs just by its size You have to factor in its behavior as well." Everyone always comments on it, but few people ever donate, Raich said Jungle Gardens is currently fundraising to build a larger area for Rambo. There are -+-i;=.l":;....=: 1 donation jars in the gift shop \-Lt=P"t and the snack bar. Proceeds from photo sales also go .... H-1-+'-+"'r.:::'i towards t his goal. R ambo is both students' favorite though they MopQ11ul.com agreed that all the animals are wonderful. Or, almost all. "There s an evil male swan Raich said. "Apparently he hates all the female workers They think that he can recognize the uniform He was just really evil and would watch, and from anywhere in the park he'd come after you I saw him attack a couple of wo r kers The swan, despised by all the keepers and still unnamed after several years, was placed in "jail" for this year's breeding season. He gave a few guests trouble last year and t he Gardens decided t o put him out of the way as a preventative measure Arthurs did not have much trouble with the swan, potentially because he is not female "The swan act ually has a special place in my heart, as ridiculous and horribly behaved as he was," Arthurs 'HalfL i fe' by Christopher D eFillippi SO Tllf" NTft IIJ AT Sl SAYS "IF A GJ/1 WtTH A AEHT CALLS, TELL. HIH 11fT GAH#!!! WITH Hf EflJN'fllN& I' L vP To THE IAAt;IIIAfrOHJ WHL, THAT SOVJJO So BAD, You ( OVLD NAVE A RCO!ttMATE WITH THE said Do not fear, there a r e many things you can do far away from potential swan attacks. The jungle trails meander around the property and switc h back through the exhibits The lay of the land was originally designed by David Linsay, the first owner, and Pearson Conrad, who helped plan the waterways and brought in many of the plants Sarasota Jungle Gardens opened in 1940 for public admission It has been owned since 1971 by Arthur Allyn, a former owner of the Chicago White Sox SarasoTa Jungle Gardens is open daily from 9am ro 5pm. Closed Chris/mas Day For more informaTion ca/1941 355 5305 or visiT Their website at www sarasotajunglegardens com.
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The Catalyst CATALYST Entertainment February 12, 2003 At the Sarasota Kennel Club, the sport of queens runs high continued from page S Clubhouse every summer for charity events. "The whole clubhouse would be closed those nights," he said, "and they'd be dressed to the hilt" On first-floor Security Officer Douglas Pupek offered an insider's perspective on the action-packed crimina I activity he has witnessed at SKC over the past two years. ''My first day, some old people fell down the escalator; he said, pointing to the hazardous moving staircase. Pupek added, "Hey, you're a pretty girl. You should come back some time and get to know me." Going upstairs (immediately), the second floor grand tand level produced Security Officer Harry Shepherd. Rwninating on an instance of mayhem, Shepherd said, "An 80 year-old and an 85 year-old started fighting over a seat one time," and it was his duty to break up the hot-fisted senior citizens. One slightly bitter teller declined to state his name but commented freely on the caliber of clientele: Just look at them," he whispered, laughingly. "They'll bet on both dogs to win all the time. They'll bet against themselves." A social hierarchy exists within the building, the teller explained. Atop this pyramid is his floor, the grand stand, which boasts the more highly evolved participants. '"These people actually do have a brain," he said '"They're more refined" But downstairs is a different ball game, he said '"Those are the gamblers.'' Indeed, if there's anything SKC is really about, it's class. Like an elegant wine tasting or formal evening at the opera, an afternoon at the tracks with the "greatest generation" is truly a lesson in old-world sophistication. Grey areas Last Saturday, two animal rights activis t groups, Sarasota's In Defense of Animals and Tampa's Voice of Compassion, picketed aero s the street from SKC between I I am. and I a.m. This is an annual protest that has been going on for I 0 years. According to SKC Information Director Leo McCarthy, "It's rightful because there is abuse," he said. "But there are also good things that come out of [greyhound racing]." A percentage of the tax money, he UPCOMING EVENTS ew College Vagina Monologues Feb. 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m. (free) Come downtown and see this juried art show with over 150 exhibitors. This show Also Benefit Matinee at I p.m. Feb. ($20) 15 has been voted one of the top art shows in the state of Florida. Sainer Auditorium Faith Ringgold, In Retrospect For more than forty years African-American arti t Ringgold has been telling stories about her life, her heritage and her encounters with the art of Europe's great master, through her work. The exhibition will also present Ringgold's paintings, sculpture, children's books and the story quilts that helped her break through the barriers of race and gender. through Feb. 15 Mon-Sat I 0 a.m. to 4 p.m., The. to 7 p.m. Selby Gallery, MLK, Jr. Way just cast of 41, Sarasota 941-359-7563 A Raisin in the Son Pulitzer Prize-winning play presented in observance of Black History Month. Feb.l3-Feb. 20, 8 pm nightly, 2 & 8 pm Sat. 1247 First St., Sarasota 941-952-9170 Downtown "Festival of the Arts" Feb. 1516 Main Street, Downtown Sarasota (941) 951-2656 Annual Festival or the Arts Sat Feb. 15-Sun Feb. 16 10am-5pm Main Street 1818 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone: (941) 951-2656 Caught In the Act: Japanese Women Mystery Writers and Social Critici m Dr. Rebecca Copeland associate professor of Japanese language and literature at Washington University, speaker. Feb. 19, 7:00p.m. Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL (72 7) 864-8297 Dendy-McNair Auditorium Black History Month Speakers Wed. Feb. 19 at 6:00pm, Sudakoff Reverend Patmore Henry will be delivering a presentation oo Rastafari as Liberation Theology. Fri. Feb. 21, 6:00pm. Sudakoff Reverend Patmore henry, will be delivering a presentation of the Cerribean Christian reaction to practitioners of obeah and other traditional non-Christian African-Caribbean religions. Monday. Feb. 24, 6:00pm, College Hall Wande Abimola. a Nigerian professor of Religion at Boston University, will be presenting "I fa: A West African Literary and Philosophical System." said, is donated to cancer research and the Boys and Girls Club. "We get all the negative press. But we've made great strides as far as the adoption process is concerned." SKC trainers spend nearly 18 hours a day with the hounds, he said. '1bat's more than most people spend with their children." On average, 1,000 to 1 ,200 dogs are needed to sustain a racetrack operation. As dogs are eliminated because of injury, age, Sarasota Kennel Club In short Matirwes 12:30 M, W, F, S Nightly 7:30 except Sunday Most be 18 years or age For more infonnation, call355-7744 Here's a glossary of betting lingo: Win -The first dog to cross the finish line wins. Bet to win and collect a pay-off if the selected dog finishes first PlaceThe seoond dog to cross the finish line places. Bet to place and collect a pay-off if the selected dog finishes either first or second ShowThe third dog to cross the finish line. Bet to show and collect a pay-off if the selected dog finishes either first, second or third. Quinlela -The first two dogs to cross the finish line produces the quiniela. Select two dogs and win if the selected dogs fmish first and second in either order. or by losing enough races, they must be replaced by new dogs. Dogs begin racing at the age of I 8 months and that most racing careers are over by the age oftwo. A few highly competitive dogs remain in the industry until the age of three or four years. It is at these young ages that their fates are decided whether they can find their way into a rescue or adoption program, are brought back to the farm for breeding or are killed. Perfecta The first two dogs to cross the f anish line in the exact order of finish is the perfecta. Select two dogs and win if the selected dogs run first and second in that exact order. llifeda -The first three to cross the fini!.h line produces the trifecta. Select three dogs and win if the selections finish first, second and third in the exact order the bettor cbooses. Superfecta -The first four to cross the finish line produces the superfecta. Select four dogs and win if the selections finish first, second, third, and founh in the exact order the bettor chooses. BoJ.ing -Select any number of dogs (3 or more). In a superfecra box, if the selections fanish one, two, three or four, in any order, the bettor wins. 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NEWS The Catalyst February 12, 2003 And they shall choose a leader to guide them contmued from page I positions by other instirutions, most with far larger salaries, Michalson decided to remain with New College. "It's sometimes an ornery place, but it's a wonderful place," he said about New College. He explained that his belief in the values of ew College make his job easy, as he enjoys promoting New College to the outside world. "Serving as spokesman is the most enjoyable part of [my job) ... Tt would feel very artificial to work U1at up for another school." Upon taking over the dean and warden's position in 1992, Michalson wrote the "Growth and Enhancement Plan: ew College in the 21st Cenrury." Asked about the goals of these plans, Michalson responded ''we've finished it." The plan called for growth of enrollment up to 650 students (from 490) without loss of the srudent-faculty ratio or other aspects that make New College special. Michalson outlined his three main goals for the school in his presidency: keeping the mission of New College clear, building up the administrative infrastructure, and garnering resources. One question Michalson is concerned with i s, "how big is too big?" Michalson will be leading the school through to new enrollment goals of 800 or more students, but he also wi hcs to preserve what is special about ew College. He is concerned with finding the point at which the unique qualities of New College would be lost, and making sure such a point is never reached. Michalson has made a point of looking for feedback from students on this, as well as many other important matters. He is well known among srudents for being willing to listen and make time for them. "I feel good that if l have an important issue-Qr if anyone has an important issue-he will have time to sit down and li ten," said icoleau. In fact, probably only the s tudents who do not get to take his classes next seme ter will be upset at his appointment to the presidential position. An intelligent and witty professor, Michalson will be missed in the classroom as much as he himself misses the classroom. "He is a person of great integrity," said Bauer. "Most important of all, he is a very funny guy." Michalson holds a B .A. in European Intellectual Hi tory from Yale, a M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from the Claremont School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from Princeton Before coming to New College, he held the position of Professor of Religion at Oberlin and Show school spirit, bumper style by Katelyn Weissinger After the release of New College li cen e plates in Nov. 2002, a rivalry with Florida Gulf Coast University arose. FGCU, which is nearly five times the size of New College, had only sold 510 plates through Dec 2002, despite the fact that the plates have been on sale since the summer of 1998. New College Director ofPublicAffairs Steve Schroer says he, "Would love to be able to compete with Florida Gulf Coast University" and that he is, "Counting on that famous ew College loyalty." Fifty-four New College license plates were sold in the fiTS! two months they were on sale. That number is ex pected to be much higher with the release of this year's first quarterly re port. The plates sell for $27 and generate $25 in scholarship money each. Custom plates cost an extra $25 for 5 characters and generate $50. Several staff mem bers, including the Provost Charlene Callahan, are already showing their support with customized plates New College hopes to beat FGCU's numbers by sending flyers about the li cense plates to the 857 New College alums that live in Florida and by adver tising the plates on the New College website. Vanity plates like this one generate $50 in scholarship money Davidson Colleges. He also taught briefly at Brown University. President Michalson is the author of several books and other publications, including Kant and the Problem of God; Fallen Freedom: Kant on Radical Evil and Moral Regeneration; and Lessing's 'Ugly Ditch': A Study of Theology and History. He also served as the American consulting editor for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modem Christian Thought. President Michalson resides in Sarasota with his wife, Susannah, and son, Elliot. "He is a person of great integrity. Most important of all, he is a very funny guy. -Gordon B1uer Michalson has sig ned on for a three year contract as President. SAC M inutes 2.10.2003 Mcmbcn in an
The Catalyst A self-help guide to dealing with email@example.com Anyone frustrated by the volume or content of the students @ncf.edu listserv has three basic choices : I) Send a message to list appealing to students' sense of education I for one Nathaniel have tried this a11d can say from experience, it Burbank does not work. ---2) Complain about it to OPINION your friends and colleagues, Campus Computing or maybe even The Catalyst. Though I don't have personal experience with this avenue, it does not seem promising. There is something else you can do that is imple, and guarantees to alleviate your e-mail related stresses Every computer sold today, and probably every computer sold in the last five years, comes with some sort of free e-mail software; the most popular ones are Microsoft's Outlook Express, Qualcomm s Eudora and Apple's Mail. These types of software are specifically designed for reading, writing, and organizing e-mail, and offer loads of useful features that are just not possible though the web One of these features filters (they are also sometimes referred to as rules) allow your computer to sort your e-mail automatically. They could, for example, filter your incon1ing e-mail so that every c-mai I sent to the student list is automatically moved to trash, or (as I personally prefer) moved to a separate folder so you can look at them when you please While these preferences do take some time to set up, anyone who i bothered enough by the list to be trying out option #2, should certainly take these steps for their own mental well-being, as soon as possible. Nathaniel Burbank may be reached at nathaniel bur:bank@ncf .edu. P E RS PECTIVE February 12, 2003 Mommy, where does spam come from? New College Campus Computing recognizes spam annoying, unsolicited e-mail-as a problem, and employs a program to scan and mark outside messages accordingly Unfortunately for students, most spam is messages from other people with ncf. edu addresses On Feb 3, the first day of the semester, 19 messages were sent to the students@ncf edu list. The next day, 23 messages were sent including an appeal to keep messages off the list. In a message titled "Bocce Tournament Announcement Numero 2, a second-year wrote, "Sending a message out to everyone is easier than sending it out to those who are actually in the tournament." Sure much a yelling is easier than walking all the way across the library to talk to someone. Campus Computing set up the e-mail server and students@ncf e mail list, but Provost Callahan mandated all students would be required to have the accounts and receive mail from students @ncf. Provost Callahan said messages such as this one aren't what she intended: "Sorry for junking up your mailbox with this could someone inform a hermit-like, very clueless first year what classroom CHAE stands for and what building it's in. I have a class there in a few hours However amusing the more ridiculous messages are, the problem now is the p r evalence of minor, trivial messages. The Microsoft Outlook web based server is convenient, but one of its drawbacks is the lack of a way to preview messages and the lack of a way to delete and go to the next unread message. Since readers must either delete each message without seeing it or open the message in a new window, each separate message adds to the irritation For third and fourth years, the problem is especially annoying because students have already dealt with this exact problem before When the New College Student Alliance created a listserv about three years ago the result predicted what has happened on the ncf.edu list : People sent political screeds, rants trivial and poi ntless question items for sale or trade etc. The CSA president appointed a paid moderator Also, the e-forum was created a web-based discussion group where people could seek out for things Michael Sanderson OPINION do this The moderator should remain a position appointed by the NCSA president and paid by the NCSA Currently, the firstname.lastname@example.org "moderator" is Jenny Smitha, best known as Mark Blaweiss s secretary though moderating students@ncfis like being the gatekeeper when there i n 't a fence Campus Computing and the rest of the administration doesn't have any interest in regulating content going to students, and shouldn't. Bill Thomas, who currently holds the position, has said he's ready to do it. The only reason this solution Provost Callahan should have heremail address on the students@ncf list. hasn't gone forward already as I found out, is that administrators don't quite realize there's a problem, because they only receive mail sent to "faculty" or "staff. When I asked Director of Campus Computing Duff Cooper-by e-mail, of course-such as political discussions, sales, tutorial meetings, etc A message stating, "Use the e-forum" with its address was placed at the bottom of every listserv message Everything was fine until fall of 200 I, when students found out their newly-created ncf.edu addre es could not send mail to the new listserv. Over winter break that year, the e-forum's server was taken over by an Internet hacker, unplugged by Campus Computing, and abandoned. The old listserv still funct i ons, but now actually creates annoyance, since any messages sent to it are also sent to the tudcnts @ncf list, so they appear in users' in boxes twice The solution is so obvious it's laughable: The old listserv moderator should take over for the administration mandated ncf.edu student e-mail list. The old listserv should be shut down since it's effectively never used, anyway. Campus Computing said that w h ile it would require some technical adjustments, they can and are willing to what he would say to students about the problem, he replied : "Since I'm not on the list, I couldn't say. Perhaps you could give me an idea of how many you receive I wouldn't think that 5 or o a day would be problematic. Then again I receive many more tha t that! Receiving too much 'spam' can be annoying. 'I feel your pain. : )" Perhaps, but until steps are taken, Provost Callahan should have her addre s added to the students@ncf list which she has agreed to That will make the problem erious She may not have interest in buying textbooks used last semester, or in a job gluing costume type jewelry, or in becoming Jesse Parkhurst's roommate either does almost everybody el e. Provo t Callahan in particular may not realize how inconsiderate others can be. The person who put the "un" in "unsolicited" has never sent mail to students@ncf Michael Sanderson may be reached at email@example.com. Want to bitch about the forum, while not on it? Want to respond to these opinions? Want to respond to any article or fea ture in The Catalysr? Want to discuss something happening on campus, locally, or the world in general? Great! Go to www.studentweb.ncf.edu/catalysU and check out the response section. You can contact the writers individually about their stories, or submit a letter to the editor. 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The Catalyst FebtUIIIY 12, 2003 NEWS High drama on the Trail as rad i cal students protest war i n Iraq by Erin Marie Blasco A group of about twenty people and their bike-mounted cardboard tank attacked" a busy intersection on Tamiami Trail Feb 4 to protest America's oil dependency They performed street theater, using the tank as a prop, in front of the Ringling School of Art and Design, which faces three gas stations. Students from ew College, Ringling, and area high schools participated along with nontudents "The important part was [that] we had a lot of fun and it was really creative. It wa one of the funnest little protests I've been to in a long time ," said first-year transfer student Graham Coreil-Allen The stationary protest was preceded by a mass bike ride that took up one lane of 41 heading south towards the intersection with Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Transfer student Zach Blackburn, who had the tank mounted on his bike, chased bikers with "oil" written on the back of their shirts, "to symbolize our war on Iraq as trying to secure the other half of the world's oil resources," said Coreil-Allen Others, with "education, "healthcare," or "civil liberties" written on their backs, rode behind the tank as things that have been sort of run over in the wake of our war on terrorism," Coreil-Allen said Once they reached the intersection, they performed street theater between green lights Protesters representing issues that have been ignored during the war on terrorism hobbled into the intersection with canes and then a protester dressed as George Bu h knocked their canes out of their hands In another Coreil Allen dressed a an Iraqi citizen and was run over by the tank "Zach [Blackburn] would charge towards me My belly said 'stop the war' and Zach would nm me over and kill me dead in the intersection," he said. Many people honked or gave thumbs up from their cars, but some responses were negative "Probably the most articulate response I got was from a car that was sitting at an intersection," Coreil Allcn said. "It was filled with, like, four guys. This one guy starts talking to me and was like 'You know what we should do is just carpet bomb Zachary Blackburn, as a U S tank chases "oil" in parody of war. them.' He went on to explain to me that we should have B52s just completely carpet bomb Iraq. When I asked him why, he said, 'To kill" all the terrorists and stuff who bombed the World Trade Center."' While the group isn't a formal organization, local radical activi ts Rebecca Wood and Abigail Fletcher helped organize the protest. They are plarming to hold a protest on Feb. 15. "The Green Party here is doing a rally downtown," Coreil-Allen said. "We're going to go to that and do our own stuff in addition to the rally. We're gonna take over the rally with our tank." Red carpet r o lled out for visiting parents by Maria Lopez New College recently hosted its second annual New College Weekend. Parents, alumni, and students gathered together to celebrate the ingenuity and creativity of the campus Ciresi ('78), a novelist, and Adi Abiose ('89), an immigration Jaw specialist, spoke in depth about their fields of interest. Students walked the President Michalso n and rellow Novo Collegian aHempt to kee p a beach-ball anoat using water noo dles d uri n g a ew College Weeke nd eve n t e n titled "What Flavo r is your Mood?" The activity grew out or a leadership ISP. The faculty presented various discussions in their areas of expertise. Music Professor Maribeth Clark gave a presentation on "The Birds, the Bay, and Nature Writing". Political Science Professor Keith Fitzgerald presented on the conflict in Iraq and Biology Professor Leo Demski discussed "Exploring the Aquatic World". Alumni Rita Labyrinth, an ISP-inspired creation, just behind Goldstein The barbecue down by the bay was a success with great food, a live band, carnival games, and a tropical inspired atmosphere with flamingos adorning the tables On the last day there was a brunch served by The Four Winds which was followed by a pleasant two hour cruise that traveled along Siesta and Lido Keys February 14: Bo Bentele February 15: Valentine's PCP The editors would like to thank a number of people at New College for their assistance in the updating and redesign of the CAT A L YST. Without their patience and generosity, it is likely we would not have a newspaper before you this day. The short list, as follows: Steve Schroer Lisa Croy Barbara Berggren Mark Blaweiss Jenny Smitha Carol Scungio and, last but cer-tainly not least, the fabulous SAC. Oh, and everyone else we forgot to mention. We love you all.