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------------the EW COllEGE OF FLO IDA ATALYST VOLUME XVII ISSUE I SEPTEMBER I 0, 2003 Kit Reilly's tragic death over this past summer forces New College to both grieve, and celebrate his life. Page 8 SAC shells out the bling for projects at Mara hon by Nathaniel Burbank members allocated money to pay for new hilliard balls for the pool table, to Bolstered with three new members, bring Latin-American speakers from the the Student Allocations Committee Mexican Solidarity Network to New (SAC) doled out $13,433 at last College as part a national awareness Saturday's "marathon" allocations, for campaign about the Free Trade Area of student projects, clubs, equipment, and the Americas, and to bring feminist entertainment, including increased fundartists, the Guerilla Girls to campus in ing for The Catalyst. Lasting more than November. seven hours, the once-per-semester While the SAC has historically given meeting was a lengthy introduction for at least partial funding to 97 percent of first-year representatives Isaac Liu and the proposals it receives, according to Iya Salhab, and third-year representative statistics gathered by The Catalyst for Ya'e] Morowati, who were-elected to the the 2002-2003 fiscal year, they remain committee on Sept 4. adamant about cutting costs as they seek The SAC, which has existed in its to discriminate between creative genius current incarnation since 1988, decides and the impractical, unethical, or simply which projects, events, and ideas wiU impossible proposals. Fourth-year rep get a part of the $80,000 set aside each resentative Chris Altes, the fiscal year by the New College Student conservative on the committee whoopAlliance (NCSA) for student endeavors. posed more proposals in the last The NCSA is funded from activity, serallocation year than any other member vice, and athletic fees that are charged to of the SAC, would only support the Nathaniel Burbank/Catalyst every student as "tuition and fees." Fourth-year representative Christopher Altes ponders funding decisions Environmental studies program takes root by Valerie Mojeiko -Political Science Professor Frank Alcock hopes to see New College's Environmental Studies Program gain national recognition within the next five years. That may have seemed a lofty goal for a dis cipline historically devoid of official faculty, but three new fac-Nathaniel Burbank!Cataryst Professor Frank Alcock teachers a Global Environmental Politics on Monday, Sept 8. ulty additions make the goal less daunting. Many know the new Environmental Studies faculty member as Psychology Professor Heidi Harley, the Psychology disci pline's dolphin expert. She is the frrst faculty member to be officially assigned to the Environmental Program in its 31 years of existence. Harley is teaching Introduction to Environmental Studies this semester along with Environmental Studies Co-Director Julie Morris. Alcock's coriunitment to the success of the en"vironmental stud ies program comes by way of teaching political science courses with an environmental studie focus. He is currently teaching an intennediate erninar on global en vironmenta1 politics and will offer a sustainable development course in the spring. New College Board of Trustees member, fonner Selby Gardens Director and Rainforest Ecology re searcher Meg Lowman will join the program in module two as a visiting professor. The Natural Sciences Division unanimously voted to offer Lowman this opportunity. Although Lowman will be hired under the umbrella of the Natural Sciences Division, she will be as signed directly to Environmental Studies. Lowman's course offer ings will include Communities and Ecosystems, and Conservation Biology-Rain Forest Case Studies. With many of the environmen tally-active faculty currently facing retirement and environmental stud ies becoming a more common major among undergraduates na tionwide, the time has come for official faculty involvement. In response to Alcock's goal of national recognition, Environmental Studies Director Jono Miller thinks it is pos ible. "I think the program has always had strengths that et it apart from other programs in the nation. We've al ways had a greater emphasis on the social science and the humanities. We've tried to emphasize field,work and direct experience ," Miller said. "I think it will make a differ ence to have a faculty person dedicated to Environmental Studies, to have [faculty J offering regular clas es that we can depend continued on 7 Housing cracks down on paint and pets by Maria Lopez The New College pet policy in re idence halls is old, but its strict enforcement is just beginning. The residence life contract states, "Students may keep small fish in in dividual roorns .. .no other pets are allowed." Students caught by Residence Life Staff with a pet have 48 hours to remove their loved ones. If the pet remains after that it will result in a cancellation of their housing contract In addition, students caught with pets on campus will receive a $350 charge regardles of whether or not the animal is removed. Because of the recent strict enforce ment of the policy many first-year students and transfers have opted to live off campus in order to keep their furry friends. First-year and Catalyst staff writer Holly Lillis commutes from Anna Maria Is1and so she can keep her redbone coonhound "Scout" and her Dachshund 'Tais. Toi" (which tran lates to "shut up" in French). Lilli said that if her pets had been pennitted on campus she would have been much more likely to live in a dorm Companionship with animals is of uuno t importance to Lillis, 'They are a constant emotional boost. They always make you feel good." First-year and transfer student Bebhinn Nagle felt that her cat Djembe was e sential to her housing deci sion. "Pets are a little piece of home. As a pre-vet student I need animals around me," she said. Infestations of fleas, the stench of unkempt cat litter, and negligence have been the biggest contributors to no continued on 4


The Catalyst Today: unny; 91l72 Thursday: I olated torms 88l71 Friday: St:atten:d 88/72 Saturday: cattered torm 87/72 Sunday: cattered torms, 87/72 Monday: I olated Ttonns, 87/72 The day: Mostly Sunny, 87/72 Friday: Ian "Guapo" Thomas Saturday: Ryne Ziemba thl' CA ALYST ONLINE EDITOR SENIOR STAFF WRfT'ER STAFF WRntRS Valerie ojeiko Maria Lopez Eva G ienez Hotly Lillis Jack Short Gregory Hanis Emma Jay The Cat4/yst i an academic tutorial spon ored by Profc or aria esperi. It i developed in th cw College 1 Puhli<;ations Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpre s for PowerMacinto h and printed at the Bradenton J lcrald with money provided by the" cw Coller tudent Alliance Direct saons d inquiries to: fhe C-atalyst 5700 lamiami rr. Box #75 FL 34243 cataly t@n cdu (941) 359 The Cltalyst reserves the right to edt sions for space, grammar or style ... 'o anonymou submi sions will be ace pted. See contribution guideline for further information. All ubmi-;. ion must he r dved hy 5:00 p.m. aturday in order to appear in th( following wt'ek's is U('. Informa ion ahout upcoming events welcome throughout the week. VIsit The Cata yst online at : :1/ st N ws BRIE s September 10, 2003 by Jack Short As You Like t, You'll L e It! A part of flfth-year Bo Bentele's the 1 Shake peare's "As You Like It" will receive a dramatic (no pun in tended) distillation that Bentele hope will erve a a comment on the original work. In the original work, class, cul tural, and sexual transgrc ion flare up between its eight central characte and arc cvcntua11y re olved through four marriages between These mar riage Bentele says. contain implications about hetero. l:Xuality, clas convention and cultural tereotype In other word. by th end of the play ev er)'one i to paraphrase Bentclc, happy, hetero exual. and married (conve niently) according to his or h r tation. These ocial conventions con titut e the purpose of Bentele's adaptation, which fall into an a yet unnamed cate gory of adaptation that drastically reworks Shakespearean plays and the resolutions that occur throughout them. Accordingly, Bentele ha distilled the drama and tran gre s10n of eight origi nal characters into one couple and shortened the work length to approxi mately an hour. Though the proce s of daptation is clearly not o simple as this. any more detail would be unfair to the audience wh e curio ity can be . of the Caples Fiue Arts Complex when the play open at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 'ov. 6, but not after aturday, ov. 8, when the final curtain fall New College i Good Co pany Remember admoni tions about th company you kt.::ep? According to everal publication who bu ine i the quality of education and its cost, 'ew College of Florida has nothing to fear after being featured in some impressive lists in var iou <."'llege guide After joking that such prestige makes Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Joel Tango Night Bauman job ea ier, Provo t Charlene Callahan admitted that, '1'o be able to, on a national level, compare ourselves with ( orne of the other) schools on the hst is quite a feat." She was referring pecifically to the Fi ke Guide to Colleges, a leading gu1de to the nations college for twenty years to which NCF was added recently for its high quality academic and low cost "The ew College of Florida blos som with a mad hatter' world of unique students, edge-of-the-envelope tradi tion and the ability to create an academic future entirely of your design. These are the word of the Fi ke Guide's author and former educatio1 ed itor of th New York Times, Ted Fi ke. CF ha al o be n named among ju t 20 other colleges on a list of the na tions mo. t innovative schools in Kaplan' annual Guide to the 328 Most Intere ting Colleges in which its "moti vated, free thinking student..,, price tag, and"unique and unstructured curricu lum" are noted. The Prin eton Review's college guidebook for 2004 elected New College and 19 others from 351 of the nation school. a 'The be t aca demic bang for your buck." Vis't tbe G der & Diversity Center or any student at ew College who ar not y familiar with the orne great rea on to top by Hamilton Center and check out the programs of fered. Coordinated by Ta hia Bradley, the center uses programming, research, advocacy and publications to ensure the uccess of all tudent by focu ing on the underrepre ented minorities on cam pus. The l:enter provide book and video re. ource facilitate meeting and pre entation. and celebrates appropriate historical month and date In addition to thi organization such a the Diversity Circle. PRIDE, Cam Mini try, Student for a Free Tibet, the Mu hm Student As oc1ation, Feminist Majolity Leadership Alliance, Amnesty International, the Young Democrat. and others are ponsored here. Bradley added that the center may be re erved for meeting any time, though diversity and gender-related group will get priority. Some upcoming events: -On Saturday, Sept. 20 at 12:30 the in formational leadership develppment program, "Leadershrp for Change" will be held --On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 12-2:30 fa cilitator Bryant K. Smith will conduct diversity training for any who wi h to at tend. On Monday, Oct 6 the center will fea ture a one person/multi-character play entitled, "Essential Personnel.'' The play will be ho. t to race, gender and class t sues a part of a campus of Dialogue on race and class. An Ounce of Prevent' on Despite rumor.> circulating about cond m availability and budget cut condoms are avail able at the Parkview Counseling and Wellness Center and from Re ident Advisors, according to Counseling and Wellncss Director Ann Fi. her.-Fi her confmned that the tate's bud-t cut igh h v a H alth D partm 'nt Program. condom charge to New College students. The Counseling and Wellne s Center received 8000 lubricated condom for di tribution to tudents. Additionally. due to the ef forts of facilitator Megan Jordan and the rest of the Femimsts \ifajority Leadership Alhance, 2000 approved last year by the SAC will be u ed for pedal orders (non lubricated and non-latex condom ). While it is better to have any condom ori hand than none at all, Fisher advised student to u e di cretion when taking condom becau e, when taken in large amounts, they are often tored inappro priately. A such, they can be more prone to failure. Should mi haps occur Plan B emergency contraception was purcha ed with SAC support pf FMLA and given to Parkview to di tribute to women who might need it. Peli-Boat Educational Tour Leam hO'N to tango for an hour and a half then strut your stuff for the rest of the night Wrth fun like that who cares if the aowd is mostly midd aged and older? You've passed his th store north of the airport and maybe you've thrown your spare change into his colleotion Jars rn local resta rants. Now team from the Pelican Man himself. Where Cafe of the Arts, 5230 N Tamiaml Tra1, Sarasota When: Thursday Septembe 11; Lesson from 8:00-930 p.m, open dancing begins at 9 30 p.m Cost Lesson is $10 open dancing is $4 More info: 941. 351.4304 Christine Kane Pollstar .com says people 1nterested in Kane are also interested" Tori Amos and Ben Harper Kane's website says she has for many humanitarian events No matter what, e s playrng right here on cam pus so just go. 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The Catalyst NEWS Closed minds contribute to attrition by josh Orr As New College attrition looks to be on the upswing for the fir t time in a decade, the student community finds it elf at the core of the problem and possible solution Attrition rates, or the per centage of enrolled students who permanently leave New College, steadily decrea ed from 20.2 percent during the 1991-1992 chool year to II percent for the 2000-200 I year. However, attrition jumped up to 19.6 percent during the 2001-2002 year. "I think [the 2001-2002] year was a huge fluke," said Dean of students Mark Blaweiss, citing the traumatic College can and mu t fix. Social alienation is the biggest ob tacle for tudents, said thesis-student Jessica Mazza, who examined cau es of New College attrition last emester in A i tant Psychol ogy Profe or Kim Ryan's Pri mary Prevention class. "Con ervative students feel like they don't fit in," Mazza concluded, after conducting a erie of on-campus urveys and focus group "Many peo ple who don't use drugs or drink heavily feel like they can't be part of campus culture either," he said. "We [at New College] like to believe that we're better than other college campuses, but we're really very similar," said Diversity, Gender and Educa' political climate and a re-I feel that this is a campus where some students are not welcomed. -Tashia Bradley mary Prevention data. "People come here and decide there aren't enough cia es offered," Carro11 said. "Many new students find them selves running around trying to find all the details about dead line and event and ti11 not knowing what to do," he said. "It can feel overwhelming," said thesis-student Dustin Frid kin, recalling hi early New College career. "I always felt frustrated with administrative stuff and deadlines I didn't know what to do with. It's dif ficult to find out how to do a lot of thing you need to around here." Such frustration, Fridkin said, caused him to withdraw from New College during his second year. September 10, 2003 No New College Students? irt No shoes .. NO SERVICE! Nathaniel Burbank/Catalyst USF Sarasota/Manatee placed a sign on the door to the West Side Student Center, the Wedge, aimed at parents, students, and faculty alike. Recent programs, like ex tended orientation and weekly lunches with administrators, have helped new students ease into the New College routine, Blaweiss said. He added that Resident Advisors are initiating more interactive programs in their residence halls this year and ...... dents. "We had more emer gency leave in three weeks than we u ually do in a year," Blawei said. The attrition rate for sum mer term of 2002-2003 is pending, but logged rates for the chool year's fall and win ter terms are the higher than tho e of 2001-2002, according to tatistic compiled by the Registrar's Office. "The [attrition] numbers can eem a little cary," Blawei said, noting that some current tudents, like those in student exchange programs, are included in the attrition count. To Blaweiss, however, "the mo t realistic numbers are [those concerning] how many kids go through room draw and live on campus, since most of our student body" lives on campus. ''We had the largest number of students in history go through room draw last spring," he said. More troubling to Blaweiss than attrition are its unneces sary causes. Students departing for a less intense education are to be expected, he said, but at trition due to feeling unwel come, isolated, or unappreci ated is a huge issue that New "We talk about being individu als here, and being able to think critically ... but I feel that thi i a campus where some tudent are not welcomed," she aid. Bradley said some liberal tudent fail to under tand why New College even has Repub lican students. Republicans are here because they have the right to be, she said. "Why are [liberals] o threatened? Why can't they en gage in a conversation with [Republican ] about what their political ideals are, and still be able to believe and defend [their] own?" she asked. Bradley and Blaweis both agree the Gender and Diversity Center's forum for di cussion of sensitive topics are an im portant step toward raising awareness and lowering attri tion. "Do [faculty] do you a ser vice by allowing you all to be lieve it's okay to only interact with people who think like you? No. That's not fair," Bradley said. The individualized nature of academia at New College also drives many students away, said third-year Jason Carroll, who also collected Pri-students of Ryan's are planning a student drop-in center as the econd pha e of their Primary Prevention class. "It's going to be a hub of in formation, o that student can go to one spot to find all details about ew College and the sur rounding community," Carroll said. "We plan on having a rQom for di cu sion event _calendar fax machines. We want to provide referral infor mation for all ort of physical and mental health, o that stu dent can come to us without fearing the stigma of being seen entering Parkview [Coun seling and Wellnes Center]," which is a common fear, he said. Carroll and Mazza stressed that the drop-in center is still in the beginning stages, but they hope to have the operation run ning by the end of the semester. In the meantime, students can attack attrition through more con cious ocial and aca demic interaction. As member of an intimate community, Bradley said, New College stu dents must "realize that what [they] say to other people re ally does matter."


The Catal t NEWS September 1 2003 New staff fill vacancies in Student Affairs Offices by Holly Lillis It's 3 a.m.-you and your roommate are at each other' throat but the Residence Advisor on duty is nowhere to be found. Or maybe it's '3 p.m. and you just realized that what tlus school re ally needs is a bowling festival. Either way, recently hired Director of Student Affair and Community Engagement Konnie Krosczek and Coordinator of Residence Life Donita Pace have the re sources to help students in need. Just don't call them at 3 a.m. for the bowling festival. Among her many responsibilities, Krusczek coordinates and supervises some of the well-known ongoing er vices at New College. Her duties include over eeing both Keys to the Future and the Governor's Opportunity Alliance. The e two program arrange a coopera tion between local public schools and New College through education and mentorship. Keys to the Future, now in its fourth year, offers weekly meetings in which middle school students do home work, express themselves, and receive guidance from college students. The Govemor's Opportunity Alliance is a mandatory program or 11 members of the State University System where colleges "adopt" local schools for tutoring in preparation for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. For Krusczek who has master's de gree in education from the University of Florida and taught at schools throughout the state. these programs lie close to her heart. "Kids are my pas ion," she said. Krusczek also says the programs are a "wonderful resource for anyone intere ted in teaching." Krusczek's office in Student Affairs is the hub of activity for all tudent-run events. Not only doe he po es the all-important Student Event Forms, but it i only with her and Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss' signature that the e events can be earned out. Kru czek aid, ''These forms are really a way to make sure that students interested m planning activities will run things by me frrst." Thi enables student to utilize her as a resource for, funding, ideas for improve ment, making contacts and acting as a liai on between police and students. Nathaniel Burbank/ Catalyst Nathaniel Burbank/ Cataryst Though her office itself has no money to fund students' efforts, Kru czek has the contacts to get in touch with, and is ready and willing to help plan a funding proposal. As a general rule, tudents should get in touch with her one to two weeks in advance for an event, especially if it is large, so that the campus police can be notified for park ing or safety concerns. Director of Student Affairs and Community Engagement Konnie Krusczek (left), and Coordinator of Residence Life Donita Pace (right) help students become acquainted with New College and teach them to ertgage in community-building activities, like events planning. Having been both a Residence Advisor and a member of student government here at ew College before he graduated in 1995, Krusczek has "defi nite ideas of where things have been and were e o courages students to come see her becau e her job is to "support what stu dents want to do." While Krusczek may be left to rem inisce about the RA days, residence advising is the lifeblood of our New Residence Life Coordinator Donita Pace. She's been carrying out this position in colleges across the nation and having been an RA during her college years, residential activities have always played a large role in Pace's life. She hopes to translate her enthusiasm into improvements through a strong avenue of communication with students. According to the State University position description. tial living area. "I put the 'life' in residency here. This isn't just a dorm, we want you to live in the Residence Halls," Pace said. She encourages any students with ideas on residential activities to stop by her office in Pei 14L Theme weeks, movie night and themed living are just a few of the headings under which motivated and imaginative people could improve the quality of student life. The Wellness Housing Area, which promotes holi tic healing and sub stance-free rooms, came about through cooperation between students and the Residence Life coordinator. Pace is also respo.ible for She is on-call 24 hours a day, ready to respond when a RA is unavailable, or if a situation becomes too intense for a RA. Pace stresses the importance of reaching out to the New College community. "You're not alone here, and we are certainly not the enemy" is a statement that she extends to students, advising, ''The sooner [first year ] involve themselves the better." New, or old--housing strictly enforces policies continued from page 1 pet tolerance policy. Campus Police Officer Henrietta Lange said, "School is not the place for animals." Thus far the threat of cancellation of student hous ing contract appears to be working. Third-year Ganit Gershenson wa<; pet-sitting a kitten named Stitch and quickly had it removed in compliance with the new pol icy. ''I had no idea they were enforcing it so strictly this year," Gershenson said. Life without pets is not the only adjustment student are experiencing. but also a new approach to the painting policy. Students arc no longer allowed to paint their room anycolor. but rather they mu t go through a three step. process requiring a 1gnature from a member of Residence Life staff in order to proceed. urge to paint most unnecessary. "I don't understand why people have the need to paint the rooms. You can pruce up the environment in more creative ways than slapping latex on the wall" said Mazza. The second step is to tape-off the room. protecting base molding, ceilings, windows, door frames, and out Jets. This must be approved by a member of the Residence Life Staff. Nathaniel Burbank!Cata(y:s-t The first step students mu t complete to paint their room i to get the color of The final step is paint completion. Once students have finished painting their rooms they will be checked to ensure that an even coat has been painted. Tho e going through this process will ensure that they will not be charged the a penalty fee for ignoring guidelines. The fee ranges between $600 to $1,000 for a professional re painting. Thesis-student Kasi Narine said of the painting pohcy, ''If it's a decent color like light blue there shouldn't be a problem. Someone should check the color of the paint, but there shouldn't be o many steps." Second-year transfer student J.R Lentini stands with his cat Sarah, off-campus. Lentini has been driven off campus by the new pet policy. pamt approved. To many students' despair no midnight black, blood red, or other dark colors will be pennitted, hov.'ever pastels are encouraged. Students should also be aware that ceiling doors, balconie and floors are not to be painted. Thesis-. tudent Jessica Mazza fmd the Although the enforcement of the policies may seem grim, students will find more creative ways of decorat ing their rooms for themselves and the only pete; allowed: fi h.


The Catal t Fitness Center 26% $536 collected from each student in Athletic and Activities Fees per year 2002-2003 Budget of A&S and Athletic Fees $326,000 NEWS 4-Winds Cafe $6,000 Mac-Lab $5,320 *SAC sllocations do not necessary indicate funds have been di tributed to vendors. **Sta:tting with the 2003-2004 fiscal year, the SAC no longer controls the athletic reserve. reducing its annual budget to SAC complements penny-pinching with extravagance from page 1 1 $6,000 Guerilla Girls performance after receiving assurances that it would be more than an expensive anti-boredom campaign In the end he admitted tha th "ar a of ass." But other ideas pushed the envelope too far. The SAC refused to fund a Nice Random Acts of Kindness (Nice RAK) proposal for 200 tire pressure meters that were to be distributed to students free of charge as part of the first annual "Intergalactic Tire Pressure Awareness day." Third-year representative and SAC chair Sydney Nash reminded Nice RAK organizer Matt Ramsey that "the SAC is not your sugar daddy." The SAC paid for 10 meters. "For every cool idea that works out there are three harebrained ones that don't," said Nash. "We try to cut costs where we can." Some of the more notable requests for allocations in the recent history of the SAC that have not been granted funding include: $50 for a new bikini for the sis-student Tim Gomez after hers was bleached in an Ebullient Transportation (SWEEn request for $3,000 to buy the New College student body its own school bus; fourth-year students Emma Jay (also a Catalyst staff writer) and Vern Fannin's request for $1,584 to buy a genuine Santa Clause suit from North Pole, inc.; third-year student Laura Navarro and thesis-student Jessica Jermier's requt{st for $7,840 to pay for 112 hours of professional tennis coaching at $70 per hour. On average, 79 percent of funds requested were al located over the pa t fiscal year with 54 percent of requests being fully funded. The SAC traditionally has not been fond of paying for speaker honorariums that frequently cost thousands of dollars, only allocating 44 percent of the requested funds over the past fiscal year. The SAC was more receptive to allocations for student-led plays and publications, funding them 98 and 77 percent respectively. A ignif1cant porspent. Of the o ar ocated by the SAC last year, only $66,158 was has been distributed to ven dors. Perhaps the best response to critics who feel the SAC allocates money unfairly came from a former Student Allocations Committee. The minutes for the last proposal for theApril2, 2001, meeting of the SAC read, "The tenth proposal was made by the SAC on behalf of overall bitching at New College. We would like to allocate $.35 to everyone who has a problem with things we don't/do allocate. Call someone who gives a sh*t, we're just doing the job we're elected to do." Where in the world do YOU want to study? Office of Caree Services & Off-Campus Studie Palmer E; 359-4261


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September 10, 2003 byEmmajay New College alum April Wagner ( '03) s miled widely as she watched a school bus disgui ed a a Sperm whale pass by her. She tood looking out at this from the in ide of a giant pinning kaleido-cope that tood two torie above the cracked white earth of the dry prehistoric lakebed known a the playa The tinted window s of the kaleidoscope s lowly moved around her and color e d her v iew of the in ternationally known art-filled spectacle that i the Burning Man Festival. Wagner, along with a number of other New College alum joined about 30,000 folk from Aug. 25 through Sept. 1 in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles ea t of Reno, Nevada For one week the e alums lived and played in Black Rock City, the annually con tructed phy ical manife tation of the Burning Man Project. Wagner came to Burning Man after he heard about it through fellow alum, Jonathan ommer "He c uldn t p talking abou t it," she saxd as she d ed f er realm of e aleido cope, "and about how wonderful it was and how it changed hi life." Burning Man began on Baker Beach in San Francisco California in 1986 with about 20 people. Larry Harvey, one of the founders of Burning Man, built an 8-foot im provi ed wooden effigy of a man with the help of a few friend in honor of the summer sol tice. A the figure went up in flame the number of bystanders doubled and reacted powerfully to the sponta neou act. Larry came back the next year and burned a 20-foot man in the presence of 50 attendees. From it modest beginning on Baker Beach, the statue that in 1988 Larry deemed "Burning Man" grew each year, a did the crowd that gathered to witness the burn. In 1990 Burning Man outgrew its original home of Baker Beach, o the man and hi revelers made the move to the blank canva of the Black Rock De ert in Northwe tern Nevada. Thi year the man's skeletal figue tood about 77 feet tall, including his base that was modeled after a Mayan temple, and glowed in blue neon in the center of Black Rock City. In the 18 years since the fir t burn on Baker Beach the number of participants ha grown from mere dozens to well over 30,000. Burning Man i known for its unique emphasi on radical elf-reNEWS Emma Jay/Catalyst The Burning Man Festival was held in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada. liance and radical elf-expre sion. Participants are expected to bring with them ab olutely everything they need for t heir week on the as there is .a no vending Black Rock City. The Burning Man Project has declined numerous and generous offer of corporate spon-orship in keeping with their commitment to a community without commodities, bartering, or transaction of any kind. Larry Harvey clain1S that the project has "originated both an ethos and an economic y tern that is devoted to the giving of gifu Participant are expected to be wholly elfufficient while at the same time reaching out to others and creating ocial bond and bridges through the act of gift giv ing. Alum Simon Davi ('02) described hi participation in the gift economy, "I had an extra dispo able camera and went around taking bizarre photos then decided to u e that a a gift. I gave [ orne one] a half taken roll of film." Wagner said, ''I love the blind generosity ... anything you need, everyone i like, 'Oh, I've got it' or 'I krmw someone who has it.' It' cool to have people helping each other out, like at New College, where if you needed omething you could go around and ask people and they'd let you borrow it.:. because it' a mall community and it's amazing to me that it work here as tlus is uch a large community." "If you have something to give, you hould," aid Davis. For one week Black Rock City glowed with more lights than the Strip in L as Vega d i played mor e works of art than any gallery in t h e world, and was home to thou and of partici pants willing to endure grueling hot believable du t tonn of Burning Man. This was Davis's first time as a Burning Man participant. He wa drawn to Burning Man, "looking for omething in which there wa no previou protocol for creation" and becau e he understood Burning Man to be a "notoriou experi ence." Simon came to Burning Man with two other New College alums Jake Byrnes ('00) and Davina Rhodes ( 99). "I think that there i deftnitely a lot in common in the type of person who would go to Burning Man and the type of person that would go to New College. You have to be sort of open to a very random experience," said Davis. When asked to recall their fa vorite random experience from their week in Black Rock City, alums had a great deal to say Jonathan Frommer greatly enjoyed dres ing up as a large cacti and en tertaining the roving crowds of Burners in the streets. Liz Collins ('03) wandered the open playa and happened upon a giant globe, built by a high chool physics teacher, constructed in such a way that he could lift the world on her boulder. Wagner most ea ily recall drinking iced horchata (a Mexican rice drink.) from a Burning Man participant' blue trap-on phallic The Catalyst New faculty added continued from page 1 on in the curriculum," said Harley. It is hard to say, 'Here are the requirements for Environmental Studtes and we promi. e they will alway be otfered' when you don't have faculty who can make that their major focus." Harley the program'. continuation, de spite lack of faculty. to Morris and Miller. ''Julie and Jono are so dedicated. Their working on the tructure has made [Environmental Studies) possible.'' Harley said. l ew College alums Miller and Mmri who were officially recognized a JOb-sharing staff in 1984, have worked with faculty to spon. or tutorial and courses relating to the environment. Harley also points out that the program might not have succeeded with a less independent student body. 'ew College students [uphold] that they are respon sible for their own education and they take that pretty seriously." Harley said. Before Harley was assigned to the program, all faculty participation was through volunte r participa tion. "Many faculty at New College seem to be willing to help out motivated tudents even if it means stretching themselves beyond their area of a ademic e pertise or comfort," aid the is-student Zachary Shahan, who has taken environmental studies cour. es every erne ter since Fall of 2000. The Environmental Studies Program has been de pendent on faculty philanthropism since ew College was it. teens. Biology Professor EmeritUs John also taught ... """""liteJrature that their names are not bemg eenly ft-n ... Miller and Julie Monis. retired Art Professor Gail Mead and Philosophy Profe sor Emeritus Douglas Berggren also supported the program. "I feel1ike the more attention and resources given to the program the better,'' Shahan said. "I think there is a lot of excitement and potential in the ew College student body with regard to environmental studies generally. but I feel that it could be drawn out more by the school than it currently is. I think that more faculty with an environmental orientation helps tremendou ly with this." "[Environmental Studies] continues to be one of the more popular programs on campu ,"said Miller. "With more faculty involvement, we are trying to pro vide a little more tructure, a little more rigor, and a little more opportunity for students.'' beverage di pen er. ew College alum partied the night away atop of "La Contes a,'' a chool bus trans formed into a Spani h galleon, received bles ing from a woman who spoke in a foreign tongue, enjoyed free rna sage from a man dre ed a Santa Clause, and danced under an incredible night ky with stilt-walkers. In a ru h of ew College no talgia, Wagner aid, "We had a lot of freedom to do stuff like this at New College ... people run around in crazy co tUmes andju t let loo e ... the freedom aspect i very imilar. The parties we've had there, although they're on a much lower scale, like a PCP, I feel like it has the arne ambition I feel like PCP is the frr t step towards omething this crazy." At the end of a very long night Wagner lay in the "Bunnydome,'' a geode ic dome filled with plu h bun nie from wall to wall, pau ed to throw a bunny at the ky and aid, "it's crazy and yet feels like home.''


--. lristopher lit ReiiiV In Memorial by Craig Schuetze I said goodbye to Kit for the summer and as fall arrives, I am forced to confront the fact that he is actually gone and all of the implications that has on my life here. I confront it every time I think of something that he would laugh at, every time I ride hi bike, or every time I want to go sailing with him. I think about the memorial service and everything that we said. I think how our comments reflect our values as much as Kit's. His grandfather accentuated Kit's own sense of Christianity, Raffa Jo focused on his whimsical approach to life, Pete Dow emphasized his competence, Moana McClellan said what a great father he would have been, Amelia Bird highlighted his ability to make small differences in the community, Ray Connor emphasized his unconditional acceptance of life. The student in each of us said how smart he as, th dreame h imagination, the child in us praised his ability to make life a story. We all emphasized the beauty of the ephemeral--the shooting star, the magical movement of time we spent with him that cannot be captured in the words we now utter, the perfect moments we shared--in an effort to come to grips with the loss of this beautiful force we had all assumed to be integral throughout our whole lives. And in all of this r wondered what we were saying about him and what we were saying about ourselves, and if these were really different concerns. Couldn't Kit's values be understood through the values of his fritmds just as our own aspirations could be seen through the way that we remember him? Or should I look instead towards what he talked about? 1119-2083 I thought about what Kit valued when he spoke of others. I remember him talking about the most amazing street performer he ever saw, om where in France I think. t wa guy who balanced quotidian household objects, one upon another. He marked aff a part of the sidewalk with ropes and just worked his way up. As I tried to place this story within Kit's framework of values, I first thought that this must highlight his value of balance. Surely he was one of the most well-rounded people in the sense of western values. He had straight A's in life. He was artistic, academic, athletic, affectionate. But I think there was something more I asked Kit what it was about the performer and I can't remember what it was that he said, but I think Kit valued the sense of familiarity that the performer cultivated, the awareness of the niche that he had created. I remember debating whether the performer could balance any objects or merely the set he had selected. I think we decided that the street performer could work best, if not only, w m ch tain lampshade, irregular bookends and tarnished silverware. It wasn't that the objects were weighted or illusory in any way special, it was that the performer made them special through familiarity. I trunk that Kit valued the performer's awareness of hls place in the world, his sense of his limits. That performer didn't push his luck, only hi experience, his familiarity with a set goal. He stayed in his roped-off area. He stayed home on windy days. I think Kit valued people who had honed in on their love and their skill, which for him were necessarily one. I remember his critiques of philosophy, especially of jargon and pretense. Amelia was right, he worked on a local level. When he looked up at the sky, he may have felt that wonder for metaphysical explanation, but he didn't dwell on it. Instead he focused in on S3567, or the third moon of Jupiter--the details. I think back on my memories and I wonder how much of myself I am putting into my impressions of Kit. I think that the understanding of Kit through the impressions of myself are all that I can ever approach anyway. I don't know the essence of Kit, all I know is the Kit I experienced. All I can do is share a story of him and try to make the most sense of it that I can. It almost seems tautological that I come to terms with my loss through the cultivation of stories. I think of the song I sang at the memorial and I realize that it's obvious that I should want to tell stories about Kit. I want to feel like a child the way I did when he was around. And I want to hear yours. I want to write them all down so that I can better understand them. I want to make a book, a collage, an impression. I want to understand Kit in the only way I now know, through stories Coming back to New College, I places in our grief. Some are at peace and others are still very troubled by their loss. Some people want to talk about their feelings and others seem afraid to talk about him as if the idea will upset people. I am sometimes at peace and sometimes still very troubled. I don't think that there is any prescriptive ways to deal with such a loss, but for me, stories keep me closer to Kit. For my comfort, I think of what Kalhil Gibran said concerning death in The Prophet: "Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And only when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then you shall truly dance." Through our stories we have the ability to help Kit continue to sing. I

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