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the STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF EW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA Under the Bigtop ATA YST Moscow Circu s come t o Sarasota, Orr Report See Page 9 CATALYST.NCF.EDU VoL U M E XVII IssuE 4 OctoBER I 2003 New lege emerges stronger from SACS process SACS committee offers 11 reconunendations, ZI suggestions and one commendation following intense four day Campu s visit by Nathaniel Burbank Two year two month. and 25 day after New College became Florida's eleventh indepen dent public university, a team of nine professor and administrators from peer institution aero the southeast gave its oral report following four days of intense on-the-ground examination. With the ite-visit process complete, New College cleared the last major hurdle in its ongoing pro cess to formally join the Southern As ociation of College and Schools (SACS) and gain full inde pendent accreditation "This i a mile s tone moment for ew College i n w hich all o f u can t ake con i de r able p ri d e,'' aid N ew C ollege P res id e nt G o rdo n ''Mike" Mic h el on i n a mes age sent to studen ts, faculty and staff following the release of a draft version u its historical relation hip with the Univer ity South Florida, is eeking independent accredita tion as stipulated in the statute separating the two chools. The que tion going into this weeks ite vi it wa not whether New College would receive its accreditation, but rather the breadth of changes the college still needs to make in order to be fully compliant with SACS accreditation cri teria. ew College's accreditation i expected to be approved during a meeting of the 77 Commissioner of College in June 2004. "Accountability is the name of the name of the game in Florida ," s aid Speci a l A s i tan t to the Pr es ident Su z anne J a nn ey, w ho has coordin at ed the accredita t io n process over th e pas t three year "We have to s h ow that we do what we say we do s 1 ssoclate Executive Director of the Commission on Colleges Tom E. Benberg gives opening remarks before a site visit team oral report. The accreditation process is expected to be complete in June 2004. await the team' final report, it i clearly evident that ew College is on a smooth glide path to in dependent accreditation ." ew Colleg e, i c urrentl y accredited through recommendations concerning areas of non-compliance with SACS 436 requirements for continued on 4 Cranor f Is top Foundation position by Jack Short "You have to kind of hook your thumb under your armpit ,"said John M. Cranor mas he demon trated, with some re ervation, a few of the finer nuances of proper chicken-dancing. Cranor's expertise on the subject was not developed at New College, though he was a member of the first graduating cia in 1967. It was developed during a ceremony celebrating the opening of the 4000th international Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, the company for which Cranor was CEO at the time. The ceremony in Shanghai was compri ed of a group of approximately 150 traditionally-dres. ed Chine e first-grader and one CEO dancing rel u c t ant l y at its center. When CNN broadcast their coverage of the event in the tate Cranor found it "quite embarra ing." Almo t ten years later, Cranor di t ract him elf fr o m t h e memory of his internationally b roadcas t chicke n dance b y occupyi n g himse l f in hi d u ties as a hu s b a n d, father of two boys, an d t h e p resi d e n t o f the New College Fou nda t ion. Whe n as k ed w hy h e cho e to a b andon lucrati v e po ition at the h elms of KF C, Wil on Sporting Goods, and Pep iCola East amo ng o th ers to work a t New College, he attributed hi love of th e c h ool. C ranor indica t ed tha t any experiences e njoyed duri n g hi s lif e cou l d be traced back to the education provided by New College and that erving as president of the Foundation was an opportunity to remunerate hi alma mater. Cranor attended New College becau e, like all National Merit Finali ts at the time, he received a mailing describing the chool. He wa drawn to the idea that, at a fledgling school. everything accomplished would be a precedent. He was also drawn to Arnold Toynbee, a prominent English historian, who wa to be a professor. Also, New College's policy of refu ing no one because of financial need allowed him to be admitted with a scholar hip. In the 1960s, Cranor said, things were very different. There were no contracts or electives and all 100 stu d ents had core requirements. AI o cla es ran year-roun d for thr ee full term an d ISP's. Living q u arters were no t ec ur ed for at lea t ix mo nth s so C r anor lived, at ftr t in a hotel on Lido K ey an d a f terwar d on the second floor of what was t h e n a two s t ory b arn ( no w the F our W i n d Cafe) One th i ng abo u t Ne w College re main s t h e arne. He ays th e sc h ool is mall, intimate, and int e ra ctive and beca u se i t s students are forced to defen d th eir ideas, it i an o pportun ity to develop an d trength e n continued on 5 Nathaniel Burbank!Cataryst The NCSA has alloted funding for sports. Complications arose because their was no committee to allocate this money, so one was created. See page 3


The Catalyst DAY WEATHER Today: Sparce Storms -High 85 Thursday: Scattered Storms 82 Friday: Isolated T-Storms -85 Saturday: Isolated T-Storrns -85 Sunday: Isolated T-Storms -85 Monday: Sunny -87 Thesday: Crisp & Cool -82 WALL ASSIGNMENTS Friday: Brian Cody & Marina Williams -" Octoball" Saturday: Marcus Michelson & Alex Brown I the CATALYST Copyngln 2003. n., Cotal)>t. All right' r<:'-C

The Catal NEWS Ad-hoc committee allocates $18,000 in On Monday Sept. 22 nearly $18,000 in athletic funding was recommended for allocation to campus sports teams and clubs. This money is part of a $30,000 athletic fund for the year. An ad-hoc committee made tough choices, and not everyone go1 the funding they hoped for. Decisions were made by the New College Student A!liance executive cabinet, the Fitnes1.> Center reps, and the two SAC meml er in attendence. Fitness Center D1rector Colin Jordan also attended. He not given a vote. but Jordan did offe r recommendations to groups applying for funding This helped v.ith the commi ttee's job of di iding limited fundmg The votes v. ere o y recommenda tions, as sport f unding is now under the sole jurisd1ct on of the president However, N SA Maxeme T\.1chman has taken steps to remove herself tiom the rts funding process _1ust as soon as tt c me under her con trol. Foundatll n Rcprel>entative Lawrence Bov. dish said Tuchman -wanted an adv'sory committee .. rtoJ get as many pco l e mvol ed as p sJhk. The funding has only recently come under the pre,ldenfs jurisdiction. 1 hstor1cally, lle SAC 1a handled sport funding Mo t voting tllember believed a mass e-mail v. as sent out to infonn po tential applic< nls for funding of the need to apply. An e-mail was sent to many voting JileniberS and some appli cants, mostly those who previously applied, though not to the general student body. Bowdish said "There might be a bit of an uproar over low advertis ing for the committee." Bowdish called the situation "a good top-gap solution for time being." SAC member in attendence Chris Altes said not all members knew about the meeting. Altes sa1d it was a "neces sary thing," and not an emergency meeting as some viewed it. Alumni Representative Mike Burch said he attended "to make sure every one gets money, except for the groups I voted against." Most applicattans were ubmitted by the deadline, but few were thorough. Bowdtsh said too many groups seemed as if they were applying for an ac count." Altes compared what's happening here to athletic deprutments at oth:er schools, .. There they have a staff with accounts. Here, because we are small enough and we care. we can look at every allocation in it's own light and of it's own merit." However, running ath letic allocations like the SAC did not scerr be an ophon for sports funding. Bowdish speculated of a solution to Account Proposal "This committee can't be expected to meet every few week ... athletic clubs would have an account with (student affair ), when they want money, they go there. Money that' not pent at the end of the semester would just be back in." The recent cnanges in tJie system fOi allocating funds have created confu sion. Aside from invited voting members not knowing of the meeting, which Altes discounted since the ''SAC doesn't need to be there in force _. we're tough as nails," the interim na ture of the system has made permanent theories of sports funding at New College only speculation. Most of those involved feel a per manent y tem wiU be worked out. Burch said, 'Were ju t like a regular bureaucracy, everything takes time." Most theorie ay the presidency will hold jurisdiction for only a short time, putting it under a new conunittee oon. The actual deci ion will be made in an advisory council similar to the one that convened Monday. .1any member were in consensus that a permanent committee should encompa s a many facet. of New College life as possible, with SAC members and executive cab inet member mcluded, as well as the fitness center Re. ident Life repre enta tive T e meeting was generally viewed a a "uccess and the money was allo cated. Bowdish said "it could have \or. e we did "' good JOb for the lir:>t time, although there was httle order The committee worked dilli gently to en 'Ure the process was fair and that all views were given equal time. "It's your elected representatives. you have no choice but to trust u ,'' Alte aid. October hletic ees Eva Gutierre2'1Catalyst voted on convened for this purpose: Fencing $200 Soccer $2813.70 (men's and women's) $800 Sparring $200 Tennis $3000 Golf$510 Sail-$1500 $200 Eliptical $2500 (contingent upon USF paying other $2000) $6000 Total$17,723 List of those voting members in attendance: Nikash Patel Fitness Center Rep Chris AltesSAC member Knstin PsiakiFitness Center Rep Michael BurchAlumni Rep Isaac UuSAC member Lawrence BowdishFoundation Rep Brian CodyArchivist Corey CallahanExecutive VP Audrey Nicoleau VP Academic Affairs Sarah ZellVP Student Affairs


The Catalyst NEWS October 2003 SACS site visit a i lestone moment' for New College Produce the audit and management letter for the period ended June 30, 2003. All application Institutions must provide two years of fully audited financial statements to be eligible to apply Since New College only recently completed its second year as an independent Institution. the second year's statement is not yet available. Develop and implement a systematic, ongoing plan for assessment of effectiveness in educational support services. The committee found little evidence that support services such as the Carrier [ Center, admissions publications. and Hbrary services are rigorously accessed for effectiveness. Wrthin the philosophy of the college's mission, state an expectation of educational 8XIHM'i181'Mi* required for each undertakings above the elementary level. The committee felt that rigid standardlZ,ed requirements for areas of concentration would go against the philosophy of New College, ft saw "the benefit for general curricular oversight in estabfishing flexible Document and JIAtify on an Individual basis full or part-time faculty who do not hold the fonnal academic preparation required for teaching at the baccalaureate level. While stating that all full-time faculty hold a doctorate or teoninal degree in their field, the report notes two instances that the committee discovered of professors teaching upper level classes outside of their filled, where 'no documentation was provided to justify their qualifications in lieu of formal academic preparatiOn." Review the academic and professional preparation of faculty members who teach interdisciplinary courses and justify and document the faculty members' qualifications. The report notes that afaculty personnel files do not generally exhibit the justification of each faculty member as qualified to teach a specific interdisciplinary course. ,, ________________________________ I hope our visitors have recognized at this point that although all small colleges claim to be special, New College really is. -President Gordan "Mike" Michalson in opening remarks prior to the deliverance of the SACS site-visit team oral report. '' continued from 1 accreditation that the college must ad dress and document formally before the accreditation can be approved. In addi tion, the draft report gave 21 suggestions, items campus administrators are likely to respond to but are not required document formally, and one commendation for New College's "commitment to the unique mission of the college." The four-day visit consisted of a brisk series of meetings and events that in volved faculty, students and staff, designed to educate and inform the sitevisit team about all things New College. Through planed and informal events, the committee sought to verify the claims made in New Colle e's compliance audit. which was submitted Aug. 15 2003, as well offer practical advice for improving New College 's institutional design. "You have all treated us so well. We are very grateful for your hospitality. The accommodations were wonderful. The food was fabulous," said Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of North Carolina and SACS site-visit committee chair Anita Lawson in opening remarks prior to the oral report. ''But what wa best here was the people. We have really appreciated getting to know the New College peo ple. You let us into the New College community and we carry away many wann experiences." "Keep on fil& official academic transcripts of all teaching faculty, both full and part-time. The draft report states that "in several instances, the official transcripts for part-time ol" visiting faculty could not be found.'' Secure all student records in the Registrar's office in locked, fireproof file cabinets. Current system of keeping records locked non-fire-proof file cabinets, with no back up, does not conform to SACS standards. Evaluate all contract agreements regularly. This refers to fiscal contracts, not faculty-student academic contracts. These recommendation comes in The committee's suggestions and recommendations for changes ranged from minor technical details to larger academic and institutional issues. One recommendation stipulates that stu dent records be kept in a fireproof file cabinets. Another requires that area of concentration requirements be more clearly defined. A committee suggestion that New College "pursue all action which might facilitate the relocation USF/Sarasota-Manattee" drew applause from campus administrators, faculty and students gathered to hear the oral report. The deepest changes, however, have already been made. The largest aca demic shift made in response to SACS criteria came with the creation of Liberal Arts Curriculum requirement for the in coming class of 2002. The liberal arts requirements that in place new requirements for computer literacy, math competency, writing proficiency and academic diversity, above and beyond AOC requirements, the core of which is a stipulation that all students must take at least one "liberal arts curriculum class" from each of the three divisions. According to Janney, there was dis agreement among administrators about necessity of the new requirements. Some felt New College students were already getting plenty of academic diversity. "We did an audit of students transcripts in 2001, and found out that [student ] were not dolng it," said Janney. response to the lack of formal assessment p[ocess for all annual contracts. Regularly and systematically evaluate the library to insure that it meets the needs of its users. The committee cnticized the library for it lack of a "well-embedded and systematic institutional effectiveness program." The committee suggested benchmark comparison, and focus groups potential ways to fulfill this requirement Clearly state policies for the allocation "nd use of infonnation technology resources. The draft Natharnel Faculty have also been required to update graduation criteria for individual areas of concentrations. There has been an increased campus-wide focus on insti tutional research as an important avenue for self improvement: new surveys are being conducted on incoming and outgo ing students to determine how the school can better serve future students needs. But the unique program of faculty-stu dent contracts, and faculty evaluations without grades was maintained. ''What we did is systematicall)1 go through these criteria and figure out ways to package what we do, and what we have done before, in ways the SACS would approve of and understand," said Provost Charlene Callahan. "It was quite a chal lenge. But we did not want to change the [academic] program, because we believe that the program we have works." Other changes were less controver sial. The Career Center was created in response to SACS criticism that New College was inadequately preparing its students for non-academic carriers; the Math Clinic was also formed in response to SACS accreditation requirements. committee report commends campus computing for "highly responsive to New College's needs", the committee stated that official cnteria to guide project priories, wo1.1ld be beneficial. Provide a clearly ritten statement of the institution's responsibilities regarding student publications. The report noted that for student publications, including The Catalyst, ''there appears to be minimal administrative oversight of this process or guidelines on the funding, selection of editors, responsibilities for editorial content. etc."


The Catalyst NEWS October 1, 2003 Alumni John Cranor returns as Foundation President continued from 1 confidence in their capabilities. for senior executives at the re quest of the President of Bel larmine University during 2000-2001. Now Cranor works where his education began The for mer Foundation President Gen. Heiser retired in the spring and current Vice President Jim Har mon was serving as interim president. Cranor was inti mately involved with the search for a new Foundation president when the remaining board members requested his service instead. The transition was, Cranor ays, very smooth from Harmon to himself. ''The Foundation is a rem nant, if you will, of New Col lege as a private college," Cra nor said. ing to Cranor, the state of Florida provides for 21-l stu dent to faculty ratio and since New College currently enjoys an 11-1 ratio there is a disparity between services provided by the school and their cost. The Foundation is responsible for covering the majority of these and other costs inc1uding sup port for faculty development, admissions, and administration. They will also provide $700,000 in scholarship sup port this year. Nathaniel Burbank/ Catalyst John M. Cranor Ill, a graduating student from New College's first class poses in his Foundation office. Cranor says it is this capa bility that helped him gain ad mission to Harvard's business school. He earned an MBA there, but not befor e he was drafted to serve two years in the army during the Vietnam War. "To have been [in Vietnam] was well worth the opportu nity", he said. After completing his education, Cranor went on to serve as a successful CEO at a number of international cor porations including Long John Silver's and Wilson Sporting Goods; president of two Pepsi Cola divisions; and a Senior Executive for Frito-Lay, and General Mills, according to a copy of his resume provided by the foundation,. He also served as Director/Advisor to five early stage companies and cre ated an executive education program (for which he s ecured $600,000 i n privat e fundin g) In 1975 New College Cor poration changed to New Col lege Foundation. Its purpose is to secure funds, primarily from private donors and to aid in sev eral aspect s of the educational Fo r in s tan ce, accordCranor says the Foundation has been successful but he and the remaining members will en hance it. They are estimating that the Keating Center, a new building to be used exclusively by the foundation (they cur rently share Roberston Hall with the Admissions Office) will be finished in February In addition, Cranor indicated he would like to hire two or three professional fundraisers in the future Eva Gutierrez This year's rape prevention program is .tnore intense than in the past. Parkview Counselor Anne Fisher runs the program and said historically, many students show up to rape prevention ac tivities only after an issue arises. The power of preemptive interest is underes timated. Fisher wants to "be out there" collaborating with other programs and working with students throughout the year, so dialogue on rape is not always reactionary. On the other hand, all stu dents should be aware of what resources are available to help them at New College if they are assaulted. Fisher already provided information to first years and residential advisors dur ing orientation. For the first all-encompassing activity, she is helping licensed psychologist Jill Langer host the Rape Awareness Workshop Wednesday, Oct. 1. According to Fisher, a goal of the program is dispelling the "myth at College that everyone is sweet here." Langer says the regard for New College as a totally safe place actually "increases [students'] vulnerability, be cause it keeps them from taking the necessary precautions." If people deny the possibility of being assaulted, they deny themselves "the chance to take ac tion." Langer said college women are "the most at risk group for sexual as sault," but she will provide information for both men and women about how to take steps against victimization. Included in this is how people can "in crease their assertiveness in sexual situations," and an examination of peo ple's "beliefs about their sexuality and gender roles." She will alsoreview re sources available to victims. Langer has counseled college students for more than seven years, two at New College. Fisher emphasizes that students do not need to live in perpetual fear, but they do need to "be responsible for them selves." Comparatively, New College is a safe college, but common sense is still required. For example, students should not wonder off alone at night without telling anyone, or take drinks fiom peo ple they do not know. She says they need to realize alcohol and drugs do limit their own abilities to make good choices. Fisher said New College encourages stu dents to ''think for themselves," but without the use of common sense, which reduces risk the most, there is an "abuse of [that] freedom." Fisher is planning to coordinate with other events at New College. For exam ple, during Woman's Awareness Month, the rape prevention program welcomes "Melody" to come to New College and talk about domestic violence. Fisher also wants to do work with Voice for Planned Parenthood and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. There are a plethora of re ources available to students at New CoUege. For example, if students feel in immedi ate risk at any hour, they can pick up a blue phone and contact the campus po lice. They can also always feel free to make an appointment at Parkview to discuss rape related issues. One main resource for students is Victim's Advocate Ruth Poole. Before New College, she worked for the Sarasota County Sheriffs Office for 15 years. Her last six years there she worked as a victim's advocate and says she "worked with victims of violent crime." Poole is available through phone contact 24 hours a day for crisis intervention. She usually goes over the New College handbook with victims to discuss their options. She can also help students file reports and is willing to go to the hospital with assaulted students. Poole says that she is the person who can help someone get through the "ini tial shock stage" of assault. The focus for the rape prevention program is reducing the risk of rape. If rape occurs at New College, Fisher said it is an "extremely divisive issue for the campus." This is a small school, and people can watch out for each other .. Rape Awareness Workshop Aeenda: "Aquaintence Rape Awareness" "Values Clarification" "Sexual Assault and Rape: definitions, statis tics, and risks" "Date Rape Drugs" "Warning Signs" "Wbat you can do to protect yourseir' & "What Men Can Do" TODAY, Oct 1 6:30PM In the Fishbowl Brownies Provided


I p david higgins and alex hauge -pei 204 NCF D D a look at the classier sid Sure, everyone wants to live I between a strict paint policy, 15x15 room to be shared with 1 only ten months, it's a little diffio out the dream. Difficult, but not impossil dwellers put in the hard effort necessary to tum something room into a verifiable crib. designers are thesis-students D i Alex Hague, Ian "Guapo" Thol year Marina Williams. Higgins and Hague, roo made the switch back from G "largely for the design possibili was rather bleak when they s Higgins, "the room had a dark kind of bled down the walls, liJ .:..::._-----------------------------------------------with varicose veins." He says i in a crack-house sort of wa i .. The walls are now a g pale yellow accent stripe. 1h .Jes1 4'"" 1 ; -.. ..:;...........


j of Pei live like a rock star. But limited budgets, and a ith another person for cult to actually live Many dorm ort and design mojo g as bland as a Pei r.Arnong these nllrri ts David Higgins and Thomas, and secondoommates in Pei 204, rn Goldstein this year, sib ilities." The picture started. According to ark purple ceiling that ls, like a giant bruise ys it was "inte resting iut unfortunately it g light blue, with a Jesign is very clean, and according to Hague, sometimes called girly. ''Our roomisn'treallyfeminine," he said, "but when there's anything organic or clean about a dorm, that's the assumption." 1'be vibe is sophisticated and restful. Framed photographs of Anton Chekhov ana Ben Johnson, the boys' thesis topics, hang on one wall. The opposite wall is adorned with custom cut glass message boards, under which the wall has been painted. Between is an artful combination of Minipod speakers and Pottery Bam wall-mounted flower vases. The centeipiece of the room is a table made of two L-shaped pieces of wood topped by a sheet of 3/4 inch thick glass. It was custom made and priced at $400, but Hague and Higgins acquired it for only $10 through an eBay pick-up auction. It's hard to find something not from an estate sale or thrift store in Williams' room. As a RA, she has the space all to herself, and has filled it with a unique combination of items. '1t's inspired some by very formal art elements," she said. "Line, color, very simple things, but they all work together I really like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Andy's the Man in my book." The room is separated into Several areas : living space, art studio, bedroom, library. Her kitchen and dining areas are outside on her double balcony, which is an interesting way to free up some room. Williams needs the room because she's a self proclaimed "thrift-store junky." Most of her furniture she gets purchases second-hand and restores herself. The main table in the "chiUaxin" area is a Lane piece. Adjacent is a matching Lane side table, however the two pieces were acquired separately, and their matching is just a stroke of good luck. Piece s o'f her collection are actually New College antiques. Previous 242 resident Andrew Jay left her a multi-colored dresser which is actually magnetic and is now covered in poetry pieces. There's also an antique toaster that once belonged to alum Robert Schober, and the futon cover that used to call thesis student and Catalyst writer Emma Jay's room home. More than these potentially familiar pieces, Williams' hospitable personality gives the room an upbeat feel. ''What? You're leaving? But you didn't have any cake?" is a frequent response to a tentative attempt at exiting. Baked goods are frequently present, and there' always a background soundtrack, as Williams' 120 GB hard drive is currently hosting 1,275 music videos and mp3 files. Across the way in third court, fellow RA Thomas has also set out to make the best of living alone. He moved back to Pei this year after living with friends in a house, and that may be one reason for his room being separated into seven separate areas. He designed the space with two main concerns in mind. '1 have a job that lets me work at home and I have a thesis that kinda needs to get done, so I wanted a place that I could enjoy and not get bored with," he said. Also, he wanted "to have a room that promoted conversation. To me, the biggest part of being an RA is caring for my residents." Text and photos by Caitlin Young Thomas says he follows the newest design mantra: "design for use." Everything is planned with functionality in mind. The walls were left white to promote the illusion of open space. Decorations were kept to a minimum for this reason as well. Due to the whole thesis thing, Thomas generally keeps the room fairly low-key. "Normally it's a nice sanctuary, but when I kick it, I kick it right. You know what I'm saying?" When he tried to guess how his residents would describe his room, he came up with thi "'He's always naked. It takes like 5 minutes for him to answer the door. And there's always noises coming from the closet. Apart from that he's got a lot of toilet paper. I really like his balcony, it's like a mini Pei room outside!" "Come feel the magic," Thomas offers. He has a pretty open door policy, but if you don't feel like making the trip, you can see it all online at There are many more fabulous Pei rooms, along with a plethora in Dortstein, B-Dorm and Viking. However, the show is over and in the infamous last words of almost every player featured on Cribs, "get the hell out of my house." guapo pei 342


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The Catalyst FEATURES October 1, 2003 Shameless American circus fun comes to Sarasota by Josh Orr torically, a favorite of Russian rulers dating back to the 19th century. Its performance was equated with ballet Even without a traditional big top tent, the circus or opera. Communist Russta pushed state ctrcus drew a crowd so large to Sarasota's Robart's Arena on schools intensely until its collapse in the early 1990's, September 27. Between the trance music, fire dancers, churning out thousands of skilled entertainers and ere glow toys, and vendor elling light-up pacifier the ating farruly legacie .. Moscov. State Circu to unsuspecting visitors, is more In the absence of animal exploitation typical to like a rave than a circus. But the troupe's innovative most circu. es, the Moscow State acts primarily fea methods won over the citizens of a city with deep cirturcd acrobatic feats. The husband and wife Dynamic cus root Duo balanced and suspended themselves between two There are no lion tamers, no elephants, and no freak long ribbons; a juggler performed while balancing atop shows in the Moscow State Circus a fact the self-proa giant ladder; one member of the brotherly Karinas claimed "circus of the future" duo balanced on his partner's head on a 20-foot-tall boat. Aside from Jacko the', ______________________ dancing monkey with whom any spectator can po. e with for seven dollar the Moscow State Circu uses no artirnal performers, and has successful! y entertained the world with exclu ively human performance since communist Russian Circuses connote innocence, and the ideal of middle America. That's why I come: to recapture the magic. era. -Eric Delp Last Saturday the crowd spilled ----------------------' out of the stand and onto the show floor. Cro s-legged at ringside wa the be t seat in the house, among the wonder truck faces of children who, suprisingly, weren't creeped out by the clowns. "Clo ns usually creep me out," said Sarasota other Monica Hall during intennis ion. 'They al ways have, ever since I was a kid. But my daughter loves these [clown I y re not as creepy as mo t other clowns. Maybe it's because their make-up is less cartoonish than mo t," she said. "They make [the circus] funny," six year-old Laura Halls, a first-time circu attendee, said about the bum bling jesters. She said couldn't ee how the clowns could be scary at all. Elders couldn't help but notice the mass of children inching closer and closer to the ring during clown in terludes. They exemplified the fleeting charm of youth, particularly alongside New College student<> who cheered loudest during two acrobats' suspended tag team pole dance. But not all New College attendees carne for limber Russians. "Circuses connote irmocence, and the ideal of mid dle America," said third-year Eric Delp. That' why I come: to recapture the magic," he said. Circus i a celebrated tradition in Rus ia and. hi platform. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Karinas performed magic tricks together. Aerobats doubled as clown the equin-tuxedoed ringmaster helped the crew spin ropes, and certain per formers even adju ted light and sound between their perlormances. It was very much a team effort all night long, and every performer seemed to be doing it for the o eo e show. Love, however, does not pay the bills. "Remember that our vendors are walking around elling official Mo cow State Circus souvenirs for sale, parents. Ju t raise a hand and they'll come on over," an unexplained American announcer said quickly at the show' start. Then, seemingly tangentially, he said, "All the kids in the house rai e your hands!" Parents swatted their children's hands down as fast as they could. Yet many more parent taken off guard, gave in to their off pring' unwitting request for con sumption. And to rake in a few more dollar from awe truck kid and their parents, internationals en. ation Spongy appeared at intermission to take photos with children whose parents would pay for it. Spongy is a gigantic foam character who looks and acts exactly like cartoon favorite Spongebob Squarepants. He ha no cartoon of hi own, at least not Josh Orr/Catalyst Photos with 'Spongy,' Jacko, and this snake bring much needed b\ing to Moscow State reus, acrobats .,.... tills 27 in America. Spongy is what the circus ticket labeled. in fine print, as an "impersonator." Spongy i a way for the circus to profit off of Spongebob's likeness without infringing on copyright law The Spongy phe nomenon i a goldmine ince, unlike Jacko, he's merely a co tume that needn't be fed, or leashed, or kept in submis ion As the line of kids waiting to buy a photo with the sponge-boy forced an extended intermission, one couldn't help but appreciate the Moscow State Circus' brilliant adaptation to American culture. After the fa)} of communist Russta left their nation in di array and their company without direct funding, these circus per formers managed to maintain their tradition while embracing the American tradition of shameless capital ism. In the city that circu impresario John Ringling built, it was a bright day.


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The Catalyst PERSPECTIVE October 1, 2003 oin the NCSA for o e day or more, as a p oxy Is getting elected to the student government a bother, but do you still know someone who wants to join? Have all then power and responsibility, without an election, appointment, or confirmation. Proxy positions are available by the semester. Michael Sanderson OPINION At every fall and spring election, New College students elect dozens of in dividuals to position in the ew College Student Alliance. It would be nice of this actually meant something. After the election, to make this im possible bureaucracy of New College students function, the NCSA regularly undercuts its own legitimacy by relying on the haphazardly-defmed sy tern of "proxies," or substitute office-holders, to do its work. A proxy system has a value for the NCSA, but it must be clearly de fined and limited, to prevent these ctw c abuses. I should mention that I'm actually a student representative to the faculty' Educational Policy Committee. Since join ing it in February I have attended its only meeting, although I did once send a proxy to a Council of Academic Affairs meeting. The most egregiou use of proxies in recent memory occurred on a committee that actually does have a well-defined proxy system. In spring of 2002, Emma Jay, then a econd-year member of the Student Allocations Committee, took a leave of ab ence from New College. Since she wa no longer enrolled and thereby automatically left her NCSA of fice, the provisions for vacancies in the constitution should have taken effect. Instead, according to current SAC Chair Sydney Nash, then a first-year SAC member, "The chair [Shannon Dunn] appointed a proxy, because we're allowed to. It says so in the constitution." Nash clarified: "In the constitution it says that if a member is going to be ab sent, [he or she] can appoint a proxy or the chair can do it. We did it on a more an asis since it w election for another six months." Nash added that the proxy later won that election. Emma Jay, now a Catalyst staff writer, said she knew nothing while on leave. Most recently, the issue affected the Student Academic Status Committee, known as the SASC. The SASC decide the future of students who get into aca demic trouble. A sociate Regi trar Kathy Allen, who handles cheduling for the SASC, said the three faculty members and two stu dents couldn't arrange a meeting time. One student had an evening class during the set time, the other a temporary con flict. "Usually it works out," said Allen. "This emester it was just o tight." So at the ftrst meeting of this year, the two students acting on the SASC were proxies. The Registrar's Office had asked the tudents with scheduling con flicts "to find someone." Allen added, "Students have to be represented on the committee. The beginning of the year is particularly important." The elected student repre entatives chose their proxies. ''That's what was suggested be done, since it's a student issue," said Allen. The SASC set this precedent in fall of 2002, when due to a semester-long scheduling conflict, a proxy served for all of the fall. repre entative to choose proxies, "They can't just pull a student off the road-it has to be someone responsible, who will come in and understand the privacy is0 campus herpes raises student safety concerns Elizabeth Coons GUEST OPINION on your mouth (Herpes Simplex I), you can actually contract/tran mit the disease genitally. Another popular misconception i that herpes is curable; Herpes outbreaks can be controlled and even suppressed, but once a person contracts Herpe they have to live with it forever. And they may not be the only one. In the state of Florida, it is against the "One of the major complication of law to conceal a herpes infection from a herpes i that if a woman with herpes sexual partner. However, students at gives birth and has an outbreak, she will New College haven't gotten this roeshave to have a C-section. If not, the child age. Mo t of you are aware that an could die," Fischer said. "If you think you outbreak has spread among t us. For have Herpe you could culture it, or get a those of you who aren't, please take all blood te t, but it can take up to three po ible precaution before engaging in months to detect the viru because it con any type of sexual activity. tinues to multiply and can't be detected Not only does herpes often go un een until it reaches a certain size.' on exual partners, but transmi ion i Although the breakout are quite e possible even with the u e of condoms. vere initially, they eem to get les and Herpes can develop on areas that conles so with time. A recent supplement doms don't cover and even momentary that appear to suppress breakout is contact can cau e transmis ion. Another called ly ine, an amino acid, and can be frightening fact, a propo ed by Director purchased at mo t local drug tores. A of Parkv1ew Ann Fischer, is that genital diet high in lysine and low in arginine herpe (Herpes Simplex ll) can be trans(both of which are found in mo t food ) mitted orally. In other word if you are help decrea c viral replication. given ot .oral :with an activ ore r t Qt lPf P.. 1)1\ed ..... . ........... .. t .. ....... tt t Parenthood said, ''If you take a 24-7 out break suppre sant, it has even been shown to reduce transmission," which is ju t another rea on to get tested and, or treated for the di ea e. She al o aid "Clamydia is really bad, as well a HPV (genital warts), which is one of tho e ones that doesn't go away.'' HPV is also one of the STD spreading around cam pu It can be suppressed in nearly the same ways as Herpes: through examina tion (preferably a blood test) and treatment. Fischer said the mo t important as pect of prevention is simply to "Be aware, talk to people, and ask them what their history is. Think carefully when you are by yourself about what you re ally want to do." If a person isn't even responsible to discu s sex with their partner, is it hon e tly fea ible for them to have it? Resident Advisor Zee han Hafeez went so far as to caU this school on "Red alert,'' but that doesn't seem to stop mo t people from being un afe. Love yourelf. respect your elf, and consider your future. You only ha e one life to live. Li e it well. sues and the process.'' The problem here is that the faculty handbook states that the tudent mem bers will be "chosen by student procedure ." There is no provision for proxies as student representative Consequently since the beginning of the year the SASC ha been making official decisions with students who have no of ficial authority to do o. There's the impropriety of elected of ficials passing their responsibilities off at will, and as NCSA President Maxeme Tuchman noted, "there's no accountabil ity." The NCSA need some reliable person or system to track what its mem bers do in their positions, and to notify or even sanction them in the case of abu e Regarding the SASC, however, the students aren't named here because they, ironically, committed a bureaucratic nafu while trying to be conscientious. Allen stressed the importance of tudent repre sentation on the SASC, and said "Students are usually reliable, these past two years have just been scheduling problems. This bureaucratic improvisation, however justifiable in the past, is a cur rent problem and President Tuchman create a proxy structure for the commit tees that actually need it, and build in some much-Qeeded accountability. Have an opinion that is different than this one? Speak Out! email: catalyst@ncf .edu snail mall: box 75 phone: 359-4266 All submissions must be received by 5 pm on Friday in order to appear in the following week's Issue.


(Top) Holly before her haircut. ( Surrounding) In the process of her free trim and the final touches of her makeover FEATURES by Holly Lillis --Some students deal with it through dreadlocks. Some shave their head. Some even grow it out, tangled and banging in their eyes. But at some point, whether it is visiting parents or going to a job interview, one must inevitably get a profes sional haircut. This results in a many-faceted obstacle for even the most resourceful student, as it demands not only finding a worthy salon, but also a considerable amount of money. However, Novo Collegians need not tret, for coiffure estab lishments exist closer (and cheaper) than one could have hoped for. On St. Armand's Circle, just above the Columbia Restaurant, is a hair salon that most college students cannot even afford to step into. Les Ciseaux has been a staple of Longboat cou ture since its opening in 1982. Boasting an international group of hairstylists with a steady eye on the latest in hair fashion, they also have a price tag of $45 to $65 per cut. But if people are looking for more than a trim and are willing to serve as a hair model for Les Ciseaux's brand-new creative workshop, the coifs are free. "We are looking for o p en-min d ed people who are willing to let us get a little crazy,'' said wo r kshop creator Dawn T afesse. 'IJ:le' ts afte s tud i a t hi h cla s s sem inars taught by such fashion legends as Toni & Guy or Vidal Sassoon, have the know-how to cre ate haute couture styles. "Vidal [Sassoon] works October 1 2003 on live models, but students at the seminars work off of mannequins," said Tafesse, displaying her table of well-coiffed mannequin beads from her most recent cut-and-color eminar. The stylists, however, do not have the opportunity to fully ex press these talents during the day. It was in response to this that the workshop was created. Now in its second week, the workshop is a source of pride for Tafesse. Every Thesday at 5 p.m., willing participants are welcomed at the salon, where one of seven stylists from such places as Vietnam, Jamaica, France, and London will work their magic, just for the joy of creating. Both genders are needed, especially now that men's cuts are becoming longer and more cre ative. "If someone doesn't feel beautiful, then they won't look it. So if a customer wants some thing that doesn't entirely flatter them, I'll go along with it to a degree. But in the workshop, no way. If you're getting a free cut, then you'll look how I want," said Tafesse. Giving the hair stylists free reign on one's hair is not as scary as it may sound. Not only are they experien ced ; t h ey are bent on giving great hair cuts. "I just love givi n g s ome o n e a new look, making someone feel beautiful" said Ta f e s s e in the midst of her interview/haircuttin g e s ion. Stylists at Les Ciseaux express a true commitment to their profe sion, giving an artist's touch to their work. Holly poses above, sporting her new 'do. It was an adventure, getting a haircut in which she had no say, but she was very excited about the result.

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