The capitolist. (Middletown, Pa.) 1969-1973, October 14, 1970, Image 2

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    distribution without representation - tyranny!
Once again budget time rolls around. Yes, it’s that time of the year
len organization presidents are seen groveling on their knees outside
the SGA office. But this year something is different. . .
SGA King Lee Levan declared that the funds will be doled in closed
ssion. This is unusual, to say the least. To say the most, it’s a damn
iame that students who are paying their tuition and fees have no say in
here their hard-earned cash is going. Since when does an SGA president
we the power to hold confidential sessions when over ten thousand dol
rs for twenty-three clubs is up for grabs?
Levan rationalized his closed 1 session by noting that the presence of
sople could influence the votes of the senate. Astute observation,
ee, but then you may dismiss half your senate, as a number of them hold
ositions in various organizations. And you better believe they’ll fight
>r their share of the funds.
Why didn't our senators speak up for us ? Why didn’t they tell Lee
hat their constituents wanted to attend these sessions? Why can’t the
leep in SGA listen to the people who sat them in Senate seats? It is
jvious that the people have the power, but they don’t know what to do
ith it!
Something else is different this year. This newspaper sees its re
sponsibility to the student body, all of it, not only the SGA. We refuse
to accept closed budget sessions because our own budget is at stake. We
refuse to tolerate blatant governmental errors because printing costs are
held over our heads. When you’re wrong, SGA, we’ll tell you. And we’re
telling you now!
Spiro vs.
by Maurice
On Friday, September 25, 1970
lile everyone was pondering the
urses and teachers they will be
aking this semester, Vice-President
tgnew met with students and stu-
Lent leaders on the David Frost
)w. One imagines that such a
eting would be a real battle (or
e a puppet show).
The kids were intelligent, sensi
ve, and inquisitive/ which is prob
)ly predictable. Since SDS, the
’eathermen and the Black Panther
:ty were not represented, the tone
s moderate and controlled. Per-
ps too controlled to communicate
e real feeling of despair one gets
)m watching the Vice-President’s
ck jockeying. His contentions are
ide from the position of patriotic
rillusionment and fear. His poise
a conservative is that unerving
ility to position himself as the
il-informed and confident law
fl-order advocate.
If the meeting was a formal de
te, the kids would have been killed
Staff of the CAPITOLIST
Assistant Editors:
Business Manager:
Circulation Managers:
J. Kane Jr.
since the facts interpreted by Spiro
sound reasonable enough. That is,
if you can shake the uneasy feeling
that something sinister is happening
in the US of A. Lest I begin to
sound like a radical, I must say that
I really want to believe that we are
getting out of Vietnam, that student
demonstrations go too far, and that
Civil Rights is not being undermined
by the emphasis on the economy.
However, I cannot believe these
What new was learned of the ra
tionale guiding government policies?
Nothing. What did the Vice-Presi
dent learn of student unrest? Noth
ing. What new respect was gained
for the Government? None. What
was learned was that students are
confronting politicians, asking mean
ingful questions and being turned
away by policies and decisions cloud
ed in obscurity and priority. What
was also learned was the need to
learn how to survive in a frustrating
and arrogant political beaurocracy.
October 14, 1970
Letters to the Editor
Well what’s with the new social
committee? A simple enough ques
tion that might be asked by any col
lege student at any typical college.
The answer at any typical campus
might be: “Well, this week there
will be a concert and dance or a
movie and speaker and a variety of
things to do on campus.” Probably
at the beginning of the term the stu
dents purchased an activities card
and from these purchases the com
mittee has used the money wisely to
provide the students with numerous
activities, not simply one dance a
week or one movie a week but a va
riety of more than one activity in a
given week. Perhaps these students
were required to purchase the activi
ties card and those who do are pleas
ed because what they get is plenty
of activity but alas that is
what usually takes place at a typical
campus, but this is Capitol Campus.
At last year’s elections it was
voted to have an activities card. So
for the neat price of $7.50 per term
-the lucky purchaser is privileged to
attend one super activity per week.
Then there’s the other student who
figures maybe $7.50 is a little too
much to waste on dances or 3-year
old movies this student decides to
attend one of the better events of
the year. He gets there and is greet
ed by a sign: “activities card holders
free, others, $1.25”. That’s better
yet, social committee! The reason
for this outrageous price was be
cause it supposedly included a break
fast, but then I guess one must re
member that the remainder of the
money could be used “wisely” for the
next dance. Maybe then the punch
could last a little past 11 p.m.
Now students, the rush is on! This
is supposedly the last big chance for
you to purchase your activities card.
If not, be prepared to spend at least
$l.OO for “great” activity. So get
ready. Get out your dancing shoes
and popcorn. It looks like it’s going
to be an unforgettable term, and, for
activities card holders, a most unfor
gettable waste of $7.50.
Concerned student
Capitol Campus
Peace Action Day
October 31, 1970
Leave Name and Number
in room Wll2