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Ap'lll25-/11a.v 1, 1994 Castor Visits for 20th Anniversary of USF in Sarasota '8Wf.!Ue44. -------------The twentieth anniversary celebration ofUSF in Sarasota kicked off with a reception for USF President Betty Castor and Interim Provost Michael Kovac last Thursday afternoon in College Hall Over 110 people were in attendance According to Dean and Warden Michalson, Castor had been in Sarasota not only for the celebration, but also for the Board of Trustees meeting of the New College Founda uin a brief speech she gave, Castor mentioned the continuing growth of the Sarasota campus. In particular, she cited the growth of New College,s student body and curriculum as being i1nportant and worthy of notice.,, Lion. That meeting was held on Thursday and Friday In a brief speech she gave, Castor mentioned the continuing growth of the Sarasota campus. In particular, she cited the growth of New College's student body and curricu lum as being important and worthy of notice Talking with Castor briefly during and after the re ception, she admitted that the anniversary celebration was a way to focus public attention on the campus. A s k e d about raising faculty salaries, which Castor continues to high light as one of her most important jobs, Castor replied that the legislature has passed a four per cent faculty raise She did not make any mention of reducing the discrepancy be tween New College faculty salaries and the higher salaries of USF faculty The year-long anniversary celebration will begin on October 8, with a party at the bayfront for local USF alumni. The Steering Committee in charge of the celebration is headed by Charles Baumann, a 1971 USP graduate and a stockholder at Kerkering, Barberio and Co., P.A. C.P.A.'s. I Volume 1 Num6e'l17 Gender Studies Resource Center 'Z)4Hf.dte -----------The Gender Studies Resource Center which is located in the thesis room of the library is now ready to be used by students! The following is a guided tour so that you can see what is available The thesis room is oflen locked but until about 10pm on most days the reference librarian will let you in As you enter the center, to your right is a stack of four shelves sto c ked with one hundred and twenty-eight books which have been bought, donated, or loaned many which are not in the Sarasota Library or in the USF library system They cover su c h categories as Feminist lheory, Minority Women's Studies, Literary Theory, Fiction, Poetry, Queer Theory, Practical Guides on things from Health to Harass ment, Men s Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies, Spirituality, and Anthropological and Sociological Studies of Women and Gays / Lesbians 1here is a card catalogue system to check them out. There is also a sheet where you can request new titles There are a few periodicals and will be much more as we are requesting sample issues of them. We will have lots from alternative and underground presses. On the cover of each periodical is a comment sheet where you have to option to tell us whether we ought to subscribe to this peri odical. We also invite people to respond to articles, write their comments on a sheet, and clip it to the front of the article so that people can read one another's comments Against the back wall is a filing cabinet wbkh is continually being filled with information on such as old syllabi used in past tutorials which pertained to Gender Studies, information on graduate programs, various essays, catalogues of alterna tive presses and periodicals, women's health, ecofeminism, social activist information and organizations, international women's concerns, catalogues for erotic toys and literature, etc lf any of you have information which you would like to share with the larger community, this is an open file and you can come in any time and file that information or make a new file. On top of the drawer is a bulletin board. You can pin information comments, poetry or whatever on it. There "Resource Center" Continued on page 2


't(;)l Page 2 Editor : K n Burru (355-0751) Layout and Design Editor: Ari Wein tein. StaffWrite r : I.e lie Shiller.( 58-0561) Contributors: 1ark Breimhorst. YOI is typeset in Page.Maker 5.0, with body te t in Garamond, b line i n Bru h ript, and headline in Aria! Black. YOl i printed by the Campus Copy Center. "Resource Center" Continued from page ubmitted will often be acti i t information on this board ab ut I bian and &'lY rights meetings in Tampa, marches on Wa hing ton, cholarship opportunities ... Also there is a list for people to ign their nam are a s of Gend r tudies they are knowlcd cable in, and a re a of interest. 1bi way people in th community can use each other a res urce ince we have few formal resources o n campu That' the b a ic tour. I want to urge to you that thi i yo u r center created with your money. Please rna e it what )'OU want. To ma k e this thing work, we need folk to file their information, donate more book request new book g o to professors an d request that th y contribute yllabi, in formation, and books, write their names on the information e chang e Any idea for the enter, reorganization ad\ i c, or rili i m is n ded, wanted, and encoura ed. ty bo num r i 86 and my phone number i 351-0714. If you would lik e to volunteer your time and energy please get in touch with me. Corrections In La t week' issue of YO!, the bu iness toea ed to the outh of the Pei dorms was incorrectly identified. The correct name Bellm' Cars a nd Mu ic of Ye teryear. In Ia t week article cov ring the minutes of the AC meetings, it wa ta tcd that Fritz Ca per wa allocated 2 0 He was a llocated $ 150. Trujillo Charged with 1st Degree Misdemeanor I'W#It tk S t. 7tutu ------On Wcdne day, April 20, 199tf, the Times n 'W paper reported that el on a F tudenl accu ed of mak ing telephoned ath threat. to a ay and lesbian tudent gr up ha been charg d ith a hate crime. Ac ording to cburt r ords, Trujillo a charged with making threatening tcle phon calls bctwc n at min Day and 1arch 17 and i d n ed prejudice based on the ual orientation of the vi tim. 1l1c hate crime de ignation enhance the charge from a e ond to a first degree mi demeanor, puni hable by a rna a mum of a year in jail and 1000 fine Trujill has been accu d of idenlifying himself a a killer and ing in anonymou all to the U F Ga les bian, and Bise ual C aliri n that a m n, l bia and bi exual would b killed on crtain dates. Trujillo ha ince be n u pend d from F fort o years Letter to YO! To whom it may concern. lL i not the ae, a ccn to be in this week Yo!, [-i/ 1 i u d ) that there a a lack of any cleanup" in connection with Fritz Casper' produ Lion of Catui.y mul hpDey Ia t fall. 111 re ere pro lem but Fritz took full rc ponsibil ity and the ituation wa olv din a timely ay to my ,ali -fa Lion a pot or and to the ati fa Lion of th admini tration. Fritz ha the apr roval of the Div ion of Humanitie whi h pervi ain r au htorium, for h u of th facility thi pring Fritz haplayed the most important role of an one on campu in maintainin the quality of theater work at l)ic College th year. }olm F. McDiarmid A ociatc Profe r of Literature Parking Changes In the traffic cir Le in front of Hamilton Cemer the arran ement of parkin pa has been chan ed. A pq!vi ou handicapped pace a moved, han in the onfi ura tion of the circle There arc now three new 1 minute par ing pace and the two previou 15-minute paces ha l en changed into a handicapped pace The changes were made after repealed complain about car blockin the traffic in the circle, dally durin large campu even The previous handicapped pa al o did not onform to th le al rcquiremen while all of the new on do. tudents v..ill be allo ed to use the IS-minute vi itor spaces but the univer. i y police department as that tud nts respect the 1 S-minute limat. Apn/25,1994 ----------------------------------


Students Attend COOL Conference 4 L edk S'4! & -----Fourteen New Colle g e students and M ark Breimhorst (Student Life Coordinat or) attended the Campus Outreach Opportunity League confer e nce in Boston from April 1 4 to 17. COOL i a national n onprofit organiza tion that promotes and supports student involvement in community service and social action. The conference consisted of ide n tity groups, speakers, resource fairs, and workshops geared to educate tudents on student voice, diversity, community service, and social change. Identity groups were set aside as "space" for persons of partiOJlar identities, backgrounds, conditions, orientations, gender, or other traits La Lalk with others who also belong to that group. Different identity groups included American In dian, Asian and Padfic Islander, European American, Latina / o, Pan African, Women, Men, Persons with Disabilities, Bi sexual/Lesbian/Gay, and MulticulturaJ. Workshops were times set aside for people of differ ing backgrounds to come together to talk and leam about different ubjects Workshops covered ground from publish ing-with the editorial stall of the new magazine Who Cares on hand to answer questions-to radsm, AIDS education and prevention, homelessness, volunteerism, and careers in public ervice A presentation by the participants to the 'ew Col lege tudent body will be held at some point in the near future tudents who attended the conference ere u Chon, Amy tultz, Dorothy Hoppe, josh Tickell, Leslie ha.fTer, Kaia Roman, Kayla Drogosz, Jill Ross, Sara Kuppin, Ed Moore, Halley Grossman, Thomas ims, Robin Stockseth, and Seth Cloues Funding for the trip to Boston was provided by the AC, the ew College Foundation, the csA Presidenl, Dean Michalson' Office, and numerou bake ales, a car wash, and a Ham Center sale. European American Identity Group The disrussion opened v.ith a questions abom what "European American means. Does it mean -white'? How exactly i "White" defined and who defines iL? The group was workin towards offering a chance to ul about race and racism--to "heal the hurt" inflicred b early experiences of learnin o fear difference.. The problems of bein While/European American were d' cussed as a "non-herita e, bein White onl mean in that we aren't people of color. 1 oticin the color of our kin and realizin that everyone has very diLTerent experi ences based upon the color of their in was seen a instru mental in unra elin racism-and that included no lon er "COOL"' Continued o n p age 4 "tDI Page 3 Mark's News ----------1his Friday, April 29, at 5:30 l will be eating my din ner in the dining hall and fadlitating a discussion on lhe "When Harry Met Sally Question. Find us and share your views On Wed April 27, at 4 :30 and Wed May 4 at 3:30, ancy Long and 1 will be leading a group interested in dis cussing food, body image and self-esteem 1nere will be regular meetings next year that this session wiU help shape. Location TBA You may have noticed the nifty, computer-generated Community Calendar in Ham Center fadng the dining room Let me explain it's function since it can't work without everyone help 1 am trying to address what I have heard is a lack of communication and event coordination be(V.:een faOJity, staff and students. This Community Calendar is an attempt to centralize the information so publidty can become consolidated and easier to undertake. If you want to add programs or events (like your organization's meetings or your Baccalaureates) please leave a spedfic note in my box or on my board so I can type it into the calendar. If you are interested in offering input to the Sex, Dru s & Rock n Roll Orientalion program, meet at my office Tue April 26 at 7pm. friday Dinner DiscuSSIOn, April 29, 5:30pm, Dining Room, 1be fben HalT) .Uet Sally Question The prin Dance Jarathon is happening F eta pril 29th at 9pm until Saturda the 30lh at 9pm_ If you are interested in oin to Disneyland/Epcot. Center on 1ay l, please see me. Soccer me. Wednesda;, -.lSpm. ter and Pei v.oeen Ham CenApril 25, 1994


Page 4 Announcements Anthropologist Jay Sokolovsky will give a slide presen tation titled, A Thousand Points of Blight: The I lome less Aged on American Streets". It will take place on Wednesday, April 27, at 3 : 30 pm in Library Room 218 Everyone is invited to attend. The campus community is invited to a free Sunset Con cert on Saturday, April30, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Caples llayfront. The Yellow Dog Jazz nand, specializing in jaZ7. from the 1890's to 1920's, will be playing Their leader and composer, Robyn Wetterau, is a past winner of the St. Louis Ragtime festival, and the eight-piece band was recently fea tured at the local French Film Festival's Arts Day For more info, contact Mary Newton at 351-4114. Planned Parenthood needs your help! There will be a United Way Day of Sharing on Saturday, April 30, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to help refurbish the Prospect Street fadUty, including painting the exterior, reland scaping the grounds, cleaning the interior, etc. Food, t-shirts, music, and fun are provided for volunteers on this project. Please call Anne Fisher (x4254) or Darbara Zdravecky (3653913) for more info or to volunteer. 111e Queer Salsa Pool Party will take place on May 7, from 3:00 pm to 9 :00 pm. "COOL" Continued from page 3 keeping the "White part" in the closet, ceasing to view race as White and other and beginning to see instead a variety of races with a variety of cultures attached and no longer privi leging the White As a means of working towards this goal, ethnic back grounds and affiliate identity groups were discussed to reveal the variety of cultural and class backgrounds that the word "White" is a cover term for. Anyone interested in organizing a European Ameri can discussion tea before the end of the semester should con tact box 373. Where do you draw the line? This was a workshop on ethics with the goal not of teaching right and wrong but of letting people learn that ev eryone defines personal and situational ethics differently The goal was to work towards more effective personal communi cation by recognizing these differences. With five groups of five people each working on and discussing different ethical situations and how acceptable they were in different spheres such as business, the general public, and within the group the interpretations and questions and decisions for each situ ation became hugely varied. Creative Reflections This was a workshop on the clements of good storytelling through different mediums of expression. 'l11c hope was to learn to inspire community service through the telling of stories Even reasons for telling stories were dis cussed in terms of encouraging others, building a sense of community, exposing injustice, giving others a voice, and pre serving small victories. Various clements important to a story were sensitiv ity to the audience, (occasionally) personal, active voice, in teraction, motivation, honesty, graphic detail, raising qucs empathy, pace, structure, context, purpose, contrrsts, ethics, and more Women's Identity Group With over a hundred women in this group, close1dis cussion was impossible. Everyone was asked to name 1one particular area of interest for discussion, resulting in a large, hugely diverse list including ceo-feminism, single body image, AIDS, teen pregnancy, gender socialization, vio lence against women in its various forms (domestic, rape, sexual harassment, etc .). lesbian issues, women in the military, women in sports, women without romantic relationships, women as portrayed by the media, and more The one Ppint of meeting for the larger group was that as women we have "to tally" different experiences from men. From this point, the larger group divided into smaller groups to break the discussion down to Women in Various Fields, 13ody Image, Violence, and Women in the Family. For the most part, the Violence discussion centered on date rape, with violence prevention as key Preventing violence by teaching children at a young age about non'vio Jent conOict resolution and respecting other people and their bodies was seen as a hopeful solution. Respect : the key value needed to prevent violence. Jf men respected women, they wouldn't do these things Respecting the power of NO!. Doth men and women must respect refusal. Men can stop rape by respecting refusal and respecting silence as not being consent. Women can respect their own refusal by not giving mixed signals Women arc taught to not offend and to be nice po lite and not respect their own feelings. Respecting yourself means "say what you mean and mean what you say." Trust ing you instincts-respecting your feelings-was the best self defence. Men's Identity Group (by Thomas Simms) One of the my more interesting experience at the conference was a men's identity group meeting I attended on the second day. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was extremely curious to learn about tl1e experience of men at other colleges Overall, 1 found myself in disagreement with "COOL" Continued on page 8 April 25, 1991


Upcoming AJ>ri/26 : "lhirty Years of Reorgani7.ation in the U.S. Postal Ser vice: Structural Complexity and the Impact of Professional Management on Organi7..ational Design", by Samuel H field. Sponsored by Dr. Lewis, Dr. Brain, and Dr. Docnecke. 4 : 00 pm in College llall room 221. "Subaltern Modes of Subjective Autonomy, or 1owards a Genealogy of Melancholy in Eighteenth-Century Britain", by Douglas Robertson Sponsored by Professors Harkin, Cuomo, and Moore. British and American Literature Area of Concentration 3 :30 pm in the Solarium of Cook I I all. Aprl/27: "A Computer Simulation of Glycolysis", by Keith Allen Albury. Sponsored by Dr. George Ruppeiner, Dr. Sandra Gilchrist, and Dr. John B Morrill. Natural Science Area of Concentration 12:30 pm in PMA 213. An Analysis and Critique of Selected Areas in Sover eign Immunity Law", by Leigh Derenne Braslow. Social Sci ences Area of Concentration. Sponsored by Richard Coc, Margaret Bates, and Justus Doenecke 1 :30pm in Conference Room of Cook llal1. "1hc Ideology and Practice of Liberal Nationalism in Prussia from Herder to the Wars of Liberation", by Karin Breuer. History Area of Concentration. Sponsored by l..aszlo Deme, Glenn Cuomo, and Justus Docnecke 3 :30 pm in Cook I I all Solarium "Sisters Are Doing It For 1hemselves: Imperative Sur vival and Mother-Daughter Relationships in African-American Women's Literature", 2 thesis by Rosana "Soul Mama" Cruz Sponsored by Professors Dimino, Brain, Carlidge, Green, and Berggren. 10:30 am in the Conference Room of Cook 1 fall. "Social Stratification in a Maine Island Community", by Hillary W Dodge Sponsored by M D. Vesperi, A .P. Andrews, and J.D. Moore. Anthropology/Linguistics Area of Concen tration. 3 :30 pm. No location given. "Searching for Somethingness: Women, Water, and the Quest for Identity in Twentieth Century White Women's Fic tion", by Jill Stansbury Humanities Area of Concentration Sponsored by Drs. Dimino, Hassold, and I larkin. 3:30 pm in College Hall Pomeii Room. "The Synthesis and Characterization of 1,4,7-Triazacyclononane-1-Acetic Add and Its Complexes with Zinc", by Duncan Steward. Sponsored by S. Sherman, K I lenckcll, P Scudder, and). Stephens 1 :30 pm in College llall room 221. Aprl/28: "How to Get a Fish Out of I Ip", by Nikki Caputo. Biology Area of Concentration. Sponsored by A. Beulig, S Page S Gilchrist, and M Miller. 4:00 pm in Library room 248 A Double Meaning Shows a Double Sense"?: 1110mas Hood's "Miss Kilmangegg and her Precious Leg", by Carlos Hernandez. Sponsorship committee not listed Area of con centration not listed 9:30 am in Conference Room of Cook Hall "Beyo nd the Madness Label: An Exploration of Other in Literary Text", by Sondra Wolkov. Sponsored by John M c Diarmid, Cris I lassold, and Robert Knox 3:30 pm in Cook I laB Solarium. Aprl/29: "Surx:rnaturalism and the Quest for Transcendence in the Poetry of Spenser and Shelly", by Damon Cochran Phi losophy/English and American Literature Area of Con c entra tion Sponsored by John M c Diarmid, Doug I..angston, and John Moore 1:30 pm in Cook Hall Solarium. "'Jhe Rhyme is the Rebel : African American Cultural Resistance and !Tardcore Rap", by R E. Greenbaum. Spon sored by Maria Vesperi, justus Doenecke, and David Brain Social Sciences Area of Concentration 2 :15 pm in Rita Kip Music Room of College I !all. A Historiographical Analysis of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 Petrograd", by Kate Jennings. Sponsored by Dr Laszlo Deme, Dr. Doene cke, and Dr. Carrasco. History Area of Con centration. 10:00 am in Cook Hall Solarium A Mostly Experimental Thesis Involving Superconduc tivity, SQUIDs, Electronics, Measurement Techniques, I li tory, etc .", by Todd Leonhardt. Physics Area of Concentration Sponsored by Dr George Ruppeiner Peter Kazaks, and Paul Scudder 2 :30 pm in Selby 3 (physics lab) Child Sexual Abuse Prevention : Effects of Personal Safety Training on Rate of Disclosure by Fourth Graders" by Robert N Rodgers Psychology Area of Concentration. Sponsored by Drs Callahan, nauer and Rosel. 8 :30 am in room E-223. May2: "Significant Figures: Language / Poetry / Poetics / Politics", by Taylor Brady Sponsored by Dr. A Miller, Dr. !..aura Olson, and Dr. Douglas Berggren 3 :30pm in Cook Hall conference room "An Exploration of Public Utility: Rate-of Return Regula tion with Application to Diversification", by Dawn C. Chaney. Sponsored by Dr. Elliott, Dr. Coe, and Dr. Poimenidou Economic Area of Concentration 2 : 00 pm in the Anthropology Lab "'lhe Stoic Concept of Man as Cosmic Fragment and Agent of Reason", by D ]. DeLucca. Philosophy Area of Con centration Sponsored by Professor Langston, Professor Berggren, and Professor Moore. 7 :30 pm in the llcbraica Room April 25, 1991


't{;}l Page 6 Nazi Propaganda Film Preaches Hate -----------In the early evening hours of April 22, 1994, several members of the New College Historical Society along with various members of the community gathered to watch the fUm ]ud Sass, joseph G6obels's twisted interpretation of the events in Stuttgart around the year 1733. Although the film evidently is based upon the historical execution of a jewish minister of state, the events leading up to his demise were almost entirely the product of the warped imagination of the Ministry of Propaganda. Not unlike many B-class Hollywood productions of the 1940s, the film seems almost ridiculously trite in its char acter portrayals Ordered by Hitler to be viewed by young soldiers before their departure to the Eastern Front, the film presents powerful, entrenched interests battling the small, le gitimately grieved ordinary folk Here we have Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, complete with the little guy's triumph over the cynical, ruthless powers-that-be, with one important twist : the ruling authority is a stupid, corrupt constitutional monarch who is little more than a dupe for a wily jew. Unsurprisingly, every hackneyed stereotype, every attribute of the archetypal, villainous Jew depicted in such works as Metn Kampfis employed. The lecherous Suss, the lead character in the film, is able to assume a position of great power within the government of Stuttgart by insuring the debts of a debauched German Duke. By taking personal command of the tax structure in Stuttgart, Suss begins to collect massive sums for his own use while wreaking discontent in the coun tryside and the city. Loyal only to his own ambitions and to the clannish network of jews he brings with him to the city, Suss is depicted by the film as dividing the legitimate, albeit incompetent ruler against his people, and the army against the masses. Undeterred by threats of civil insurrection, Suss continues in his rapacious ways until at last the Duke suffers a stroke or heart attack (the film is unclear on this point), leaving the constitutional, popular government of the Estates to condemn him to death and drive the remaining jews out of the city. Several circumstances in the film, pointed out before the viewing by thesis student josh Oboler, shed light upon its uses for the Ministry of Propaganda. An appeal made to Christian morality to the Duke against Suss comes in the form of an admonition from Martin Luther. The protest is not made against any particular immoral actions of the part of jews, but rather on the religion itself. Luther, quoted in the film, de scribes the Jews as the greatest enemy of Christians next to Satan, and calls Germans to physical violence against this common enemy. Although the film premiered in 1940, two years after the Krl.stai/nacht violence, Luther's words can be seen as both a justification for past anti-Jewish violence and an admonition for its furtherance Interestingly enough, in the end Suss is not hanged for such crimes as "immorality and "extortion," but rather for possessing "ca rnal knowledge of a "Christian woman.1 In this final sequence Hitler's fears of adulteration of the Ger man "race" and his innuendoes about Jewish lust, so clearly seen in Metn Kampf, rise to the surface. 1hat Suss possessed carnal knowledge of many "Chr istian women" in the film, from his debauched mistress to a defenseless German girl whom he rapes, is indicative of !Iiller's hatred of Jewish "as similation" into the German people. Although poorly directed and thoroughly obnoxious, jud sass reminds us all of the immense suffering caused t11roughout history by racial hatred Educational Policy Discussed t'f -----------A lot of exciting issues were addressed at the ew Col lege Foundation meeting on Thursday, April 21. I attended a meeting on educational policy Along with the Foundation members, Dean Michalson and Professors Carrasco, Demski, and Gilchrist were in attendance. We discussed the role of undergraduate research and the need to promote our record for outstanding undergraduate research in order to acquire funds to support student travel and research Under the topic of internationalizing the ew Col lege curriculum, we discussed ways to incorporate new ex perience into our education Student exchanges with other schools broadens our education as well as giving this com munity the experience of a different perspective from the vis iting student. Foreign language majors should travel abroad. fl was suggested that faculty could be offered incentives to take time off to research a new subject with the intention of forming a new course in an area not previously covered. We should be careful not to isolate an area like minority studies, because all faculty should include such topics in the courses already developed. If a special division is set up, then faculty can push a student to that group instead of taking account able measures to incorporate cultural diversity into their own curriculum Many areas were discussed under the topic of the Natural Sciences Division here Along with the new build ings, we would like to keep up our good interaction with the Mote Marine Laboratory without becoming dependent on their facilities. We need our own! Also, more non majors should be taking science courses (haven't we heard this before?) Two questions asked were: is it the responsibility of profes sors to push students to take these courses, or is it the responsibility of Natural Sciences faculty to offer more? C lasses for non-majors prove to be harder to teach, and with limited resources for such courses, the strain is placed on the indi vidual teacher. Depth of understanding should not be sacri ficed for the sake of a "required" non-major class As we see the physical reality of a new building, students who fear sci ence should look at this time as an opportunity for a new experience. Aprl/25, 1991


Alternative Course Catalog ''In the last a11alysis each student is responsible for his or her own education." One of the things that I really like about New College is the ability to study stuff that is not in the official course cata log Independent Reading Projects, solo and group tutorials, and projects can all provide insight into subjects that interest you There are two problems with the theoretically rosy na ture of independent study at New College. One of these problems is that the professors are some times less than helpful. A common reply to an enthusiastic proposal is, "That is out of my field, which is pretty silly considering that most everything is out of our limited faculty field In this situation the best thing to do is to convince the professor that it will be an Independent study, and hopefully bring the subject matter closer to her/his field Sometimes even when a proposal is firmly in the professor's field they will refuse to sponsor it. For instance I proposed a module IRP on Anti Establishment U.S. History to Professor Doenecke, the only person who U S I Iistory here. He refused on the basis that I had never taken a class with him Which is also silly, because if he wanted to know how responsible I am he could look up my other IRP evaluations, if he wanted to know more about the project or knowledge of the subject he could have agreed to my request for a meeting. The only conclusion I could draw was that he felt it necessary for all students of U S History to listen to his lectures. The lesson I learned from this is that sometimes people are less than help ful. The other major problem (that i have thought of) with independent study at New College is that it is nearly as isolated as it is independent. 1his is a subject that others are working on (e.g the Alternative Contracts posted on the People's Walls, and the attempt to collect the Spring Tutorials (on a wall outside, why?)). Professor 13erggren made a sug gestion (apparently this has been discussed in the past, though I don't know if anyone has accomplished it) of creating an Alternative Catalog, to contain IRP, tutorial, and project ideas. So if you want to study a subject, but don't think it is going to be taught as a class anytime soon, you could write down a description of what you want to study, how you would like to go about this, whether or not a faculty member has agreed to sponsor your work, and whether you would like it to be open to the New College "community". After everyone in New College sends one of these in, I or someone like me, will collate them into a big and exciting Alternative Studies Catalog, hopefully to be distributed before we leave, defi nitely to be distributed in the first week of the Fall Semester Send ideas to box 549. Page 7 On the Death of Nixon SelltimentaUty Cannot Obscure the Facts ---------An editorial in the St. Petersburg's Times titled" An Ameri can tragedy ran the day after Richard Nixon's death last Fri day In it, you could read, "lhere are those who will not weep today for Ric hard M Nixon Yet his death is still, for all of us an occasion of sadness ... That same day, in the National Writer's Workshop in St. Petersburg, Phtladelph!a Datly News Editorial Page Editor Richard Aregood spoke. I Je took a few moments to remark on Nixon, stating, "I didn' t think the son of a bitch would ever die," and, "I think the next ceremony in the Rotunda should be where they drive a stake through his heart." You don't have to agree with Aregood to know that what he said was a great deal less hypocritical than what the St. Pete Times ran ''Philadelphia Daily News Editorial Page Editor RichardAregood spoke. He took a few montents to renzark on stat ing, 'I didn't thitzk the son of a bitch would ever die,' and, ui think the next cerentony in the Rotunda should be where they drive a stake through his heart." Nixon did have his successes, mostly in foreign af fairs. Ile also participated in witch hunts while serving on the House Committee on UnAn1erican Aaivities. One need hardly mention Watergate, the scandal which destroyed the public's trust in government. He s the only president to ever resign, and he did that to avoid being impeached For these reasons, newspapers, including the St. Pete 71mes, attacked ixon for twenty years for the destruction he wrecked on the White I louse s image They were right to do so Yet now it seems as if everyone is backtracking ixon s no longer a crook; he's an honored statesman He's no longer a liar; he's a man who did not have the right chemistry, ac cording to the St. Pete. 71mes. It is only natural for sentimental reasons to speak well of a person recently after their death That does not mean the faciS should be obscured, especially in a newspa per. 111e truth is, ixon committed crimes and did more than anyone else to hurt the nation s faitl1 in its leaders He 'll be remembered for that. April 25, 1994


't(;}l Page 8 "COOL" Continued from page 4 most of what was said at the meeting I don't think that was too important though because I actually enjoyed the discus sion. I had never really been to a group before, I was impressed with the meeting's openness and sensitivity 1be majority of the men came from either big state schools or small Christian schools, and so I was exposed to a group of men who experienced a radically different environment than the one here at NC. uThe majority of the men tended to complain of a double standard. The felt that a man,s complaints of sexual harassment weren,t taken as seriously as a woman,s, due to the uimage" of1ne1l as oppressors.,, The majority of the men tended to complain of a double standard 1ne felt that a man's complaints of sexual harassment weren't taken as seriously as a woman's, due to the "image" of men as oppressors They also felt that in terms of service opportunities, their options were severely limited. Thus, it was acceptable for a man to engage in such masculine service activities such as Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for the poor, but that it was unacceptable for a man to partidpate in more loving or caring service activities, such as tutoring programs or homeless shelters. While I couldn't identify with a lot of what was being said I could see that all of these men were genuine and They truly felt there was a double standard, and that they were slaves to the masculine image. By the way, if anyone's interested in attending a Men's Group here on cam pus, contact Tony Lenzo (box 156). Schools Sue State Government for Additional State Funding ek-St. 7UN.u -------School systems throughout Florida made a surprising admission Friday: In many cases, they re failing to educate our kids The reason, they said, is lack of money. So they filed a lawsuit claiming that the state has vio lated its own Constitution by giving the education system too little money. The lawsuit claims that because of meager finances, schoolchildren are deprived of the opportunity to obtain an adequate educ ation Jt says Florida pupils often fail to learn "even the most basic skills including reading, writing, and simple arithmetic 'The people who filed the lawsuit are in a position to know. They run many of Florida s schools. The plaintiffs: school systems from 43 of Florida s 67 counties, including Hillsborough, Pasco, I Iernando, and Cit rus; and a handful of parents and schoolchildren. "We' re not only angry, but we're disappointed and we're frustrated," said Tim Starling, president of the Florida Associa tion of District School Superintendents. "It's time somebody stood up for children in Florida The school districts have raised $250,000 for what is sure to be a costly legal battle over the next two years. TI1e lawsuit names Governor Lawton Chiles, Senate Presi dent Pat Thomas, House Speaker Bo johnson, and Education Commissioner Doug Jamerson as defendants. 2080 Ringling Blvd., Suite 302 Sarasota, Florida 34237-7030 813/954-6011, Fax 813/951-1721 April 25 I 1994

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