The capitolist. (Middletown, Pa.) 1969-1973, February 04, 1971, Image 4

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by Skip Lewis
Does the Senate have the
constitutional right of
confirmation over Presidential
appointments? This question,
long a point of controversy
between the Executive and
Legislative branches of our
Student Government, was finally
laid to rest when the Senate
decided to turn the matter over
to the Student Court for
deliberation, and a final decision
on the intention of a somewhat
vague constitution. Although
only given the power of hearing
and recommending action in
cases of student misconduct, and
then only if the student chooses
to have his case heard by the
Student Court, the Student
Court was able to act in a
decision-making capacity by
virtue of the authority vested in
the Student Court by the
Senate, and on the good faith
expressed in action as well as in
deed by both the senate and
executive board.
The Honorable Chief Justice
James Lewis, the Honorable
Justice Leroy Howell, the
Honorable Justice Karen
Johnson, the Honorable Justice
Dave Keller, the Honorable
Justice Carol Sims, and the
Honorable Justice Dennis
Lonergan met in closed session
on January 25th, to decide on
constitutional intention. Cases
representing both arguments
were presented before the
Justices by President Lee Levan,
spokesman for the Executive
Branch, and by Frank Dulisse,
spokesman for the Senate.
The test case which prompted
the action of the Senate and
consequently of the Student
Court evolved around the
position of the treasurer. Since
the beginning of school, when
the duly elected treasurer Lucien
Cross resigned, there has been
debate as to how the position
should be filled in case of such
an event. The Constitution was
vague on the point, and many
interpretations could be
understandably obtained.
Controversy subsided when
President Levan appointed Patti
Patterson and when the Senate
gave her appointment what was
termed a “vote of confidence”.
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Opinions on the interpretation
flared again when the Executive
Branch gave Miss Patterson a
“leave of abscence” for the
Winter Term and appointed
Steve Wesley as acting treasurer
without asking for the
confirmation by the Senate.
The situation was made even
more arguable by accusations of
inefficiency on the part of Miss
Patterson. So stood the situation
when the Senate voted to have
the Student Court hear and
render a decision on the
constitutional interpretation of
Senate Confirmations of
Executive Appointments.
The text of the Student
Court’s decision may be found
in the Letters to the Editor
column in this issue of the
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continuing education. During
Fall Term there were 331 traffic
violations issued. Many of these
331 violations were for failure to
register the vehicle. Out of this
331 there were 72 appeals filed
of which 46 were excused. The
number of persons who paid
fines was 156.
Traffic fines collected are
deposited in the Student
Government account. During the
Fall Term $319. was deposited
from this source. In general,
most pay $l. to $3. However,
the fines based on the
accumulation of violations has
amounted to as high as $5O. for
one student.
One area of discontent seems
to be centered around the
issuance of moving violations.
The last issue of the Capitolist
reported that the Meade Heights
Board has threatened to remove
all speed limit signs and stop
signs from Mead Heights if “Mr.
Paul continues to enforce
moving violations so rigidly.”
The Vehicle Registrar reports
that only three citations were
issued during Fall Term that
involved moving violations and
only one of these was in Meade
Heights. That can hardly be
called rigid enforcement. There
were approximately 120
university persons (students,
faculty and staff) stopped for
poor driving habits on campus
and warned about the dangerous
situation they were creating, not
only for themselves but possibly
for others. Also approximately
eighty non-university personnel
were stopped.
Many take the position that
because we are a university
community we warrant special
consideration under the law and
that it is not necessary to
enforce driving regulations on
campus. Serious accidents can
occur here; an experience two
years ago proved that. No one is
out to harass the students. One
concern of the university is the
protection of each student’s
person and property. Persons
who ignore the speed limits and
signs on campus are a threat to
your person and your property
as well as to their own.
Some Complaints by a Student
Driven Insane by Chaucer
M. J. Kane, Jr.
I have a few words to dispel
Some gripes inspired by Lee Nell.
So here I submit for your view
My rambling poetry, poor though true,
My head aches with the pain of it;
I apologize for this exhibit
Of Midi-evil phrasing and display.
‘One’s head must follow,’ so some say,
‘The path that delivers him of peace.’
And after reading Chaucer I have ceased
Students, forgive me but it all must out
By motely meter and ragged rhyme.
To ‘pitch my bitch’ here comes the time.
As has been said in times of old,
I buckle on my courage and make bold,
The truth will follow freely as a bird
Aloft on golden wing lets go a turd.
To start with the environs here around
Were made for a military-style town
And not condusive to the noble pursuit
Of honest, moral learning that is the root
Of all our being here. But let that be
We adapt as best we can, you see,
And seem to find our knowledge in the books
Of learned men and not in a building’s looks.
I protest an ignoble deference
That prohibits students from the chance
To hear finer music and oratory
That is entombed, as in a mortuary,
In our library. We second-class citizens
Are not permitted to take into our humble dens
These records that the faculty can.
I do protest for to a man
Our equipment is much better.
And if you find some fault within this letter
You’ll find more fault with me.
But, let me repeat my simple plea,
‘Let Students be as honored as Faculty
For without us where would you be.
Though you have not the integrity
To allow our clumsy hands to play
These records where we chose today,
Tomorrow you’ll complain about our rock
And jazz while you hoard the classic stock!’
Another thing before I depart
I’m troubled to the very core of heart
To find I reason for the fee
We pay to add a course to three.
Two dollars is not much, I do ordain,
But what is it but a trifling pain
In places where I will not dare to say?
For an extra course one does not pay
Tuition; but this trifling sum still stands
Perhaps to feed the computer’s greedy hands,
Or does it go to pay a well paid clerk
Who begrudgingly does the boring work
Not ‘Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam’
But enter you who have the sum!
To speak in prose and utter rhymes instead.
I bear this heavy burden into my bed
Where wifey love is set in fine desire
But rhyming thus extinguishes her fire.
At last its done and now I go
To try and expiate my woe.
And if you wish to curse this verse
Curse me too, for I am the worse;
I fear the days are all but gone
When I was wont to don
Bell-bottom jeans and a shabby coat
And say ‘Funky!’ For now I gloat
In tattered rags of Monk’s visage
And read aloud a biblical passage.
And time to time I swear in Anglo-Saxon
For never to grasp a wench with flaxen
Hair with breasties round and full,
I pine away in celibate disguise.
And people tremble in my eyes
For ghastly is the sight they see
For Chaucer has been demise to me!
by Roger L. Hawkins
Rising Birch tall meek and slender
Towering over and making all surrender
Your generosity will long be remembered
Or will it?
The many faces you have brightened
Doors you have opened and cracks you have shut
Put you no doubt amongst nature’s very best
But as your competitors increasingly unfold
Man and cities alike
Trampling and infuriating you for cheaper and more
Meaningless gains
Your elegance diminishes
Still somehow you preserve your existance
The strength you maintain is imperishable
No earthly bound creature can attain your veracity
Only can they mutilate in a naive capacity
Yes you continue to hold your head
Far above the storms of man
And take the last and final stand
Into the priceless walls of vanity land
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After her Berlin engagement,
she assembled her first
one-woman show, Female of the
Species, which she presented at
settlement houses, churches and
schools. She followed this with
Shout Freedom, another
compilation of staged poetry,
prose and excerpts from Gibran,
Benet, Thurber, Edward Field,
Alice Childress, Alan Paton and
others. Shout Freedom won
wide acceptance and acclaim on
college campuses throughout the
country. Walk Together
Children, her newest
compilation, had its origin in a
church service at the St.
Clements Church, New York
City home of the American
Place Theater. The
overwhelming response
encouraged Miss Burrows to
expand the program and the
90-minute show opened on
November 11, 1968, at
Manhattan’s Greenwich Mews
Theatre, to wide critical acclaim.
Walk Together Children has
recently been recorded by
Spoken Arts.
Miss Burrows explained her
reasons for doing a one-woman
show: “As a black actress whose
talents have never been fully
used in our theatre, I have
turned to solo performances, not
merely to find employment but
also to gain a greater measure of
artistic fulfillment and personal
satisfaction. In creating the six
completely different programs in
my solo repertoire, I have
tapped a rich vein from my own
black culture and heritage.”
The campus Cultural
Programming Committee urges
all students, faculty, staff and
friends to attend this
performance at 8:00 p.m. in the
auditorium on February 8,
1971. Miss Burrows performance
should be one of the highlights
of this year’s series. Don’t be
one of those who say the next
day “I sure wish I had been
there last night, I hear Miss
Burrows was tremendous”.
Due to the apparent lack of
student interest, the charters for
the following student
organizations may be revoked by
the SGA: Delta Tau Kappa
(Social Science Honor Society),
Flying Club, Pnarque (Literary
Magazine), Outing Club, and
Sigma Delta Chi Sorority.
If there is any student who
wishes to revive any of these
organizations or, who for any
reason, does not believe that one
or more of these charters should
be revoked, please contact either
Tom Black at 238-7479, any
member of Student
Government, or Dean South.
CALL (215) 878-5800
24 hours 7 days
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