The capitolist. (Middletown, Pa.) 1969-1973, February 24, 1972, Image 1

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Vol. VI, No. 7
This week
This past Monday,
pre-registration advisment for
the spring term began. Students
can obtain registration materials
(packet and master schedule) by
requesting them at the counter
in room E-106, February 21st
through the 25th. Upon receipt
of the packet, the student must
contact his advisor for assistance
and approval of course selections
applicable to the spring term.
With the aid of the advisor,
the student will complete the
packet. The student must leave
the packet with his advisor. The
Academic Services Office will
collect packets from the advisors
on Monday, February 28th.
Students who have to revise
their schedule due to conflicts or
course closings will be notified
by mail. New students and those
returning students who were
notified .must register on
Tuesday morning, April 4th.
Students who were not notified
to reschedule their courses will
register Tuesday afternoon. The
times will be presented in the
master schedule. There will be
no fee for drop-adds performed
at registration.
Late registration will be
Thursday, April 6th in room
E-106. All late registrants after
the deadline of 4:45 p.m. on
Tuesday, April 4th, will be
subject to the $lO late privilege
If you do not intend to
return for the spring term, you
must present a written notice to
the registration and scheduling
officer. To receive a tuition
refund• under the general policies
of the University, your notice
must be received by the
scheduling officer no later than
4:30 p.m. on April 4th.
Mr. Walter F. Slygh,
Academic Services Officer,
believes pre-registration
advisment to be crucial. "It is
imperative that students see
their advisor during the week of
counseling. About 90 per cent of
student problems surrounding
registration could be alleviated if
students see their advisors and
correctly complete registration
forms. If a student can't see his
advisor , he should go directly to
the program chairman," asserts
Slygh also points to the
reasons students will register on
a Tuesday and classes don't start
until Thursday. "Once
everybody is registered, a final
check on registration data is
made. On Wednesday, the cards
are put through the computer at
University Park to finalize the
records and to print class
Many students question the
reason for the charge of $lO for
late registration. "Students can
only register late on Thursday,
April 6th, not on Wednesday. In
order to offset additional
computer expense caused by late
registrants, the late fee is
charged," Slygh responds.
Classroom assignments appear
in the master schedule which
comes out this week. Limits on
class size are specified by the
program chairman. "Only the
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Head Shop Drug Conference
The Capitol Campus Head
Shop presented a conference on
drug awareness on February
16th. The program revolved
around an address by the Hon.
Milton Berkes, a member of the
Pennsylvania House of
Berkes spoke to a small
gathering in the auditorium
about "Drug Legislation and
Prospective Programs". He spoke
of a desire to achieve total
reform in drug rehabilitation.
"To do this, a variety and
flexibility of programs is
necessary," he said.
Rep. Berkes, a Democrat
from Bucks County, is a
co-author of a drug law reform
bill. The bill would make a first
offense of a marijuana
conviction a misdemeanor with a
maximum sentence of 30 days.
It also provides far more
reaching drug rehabilitation
Currently in Pennsylvania,
people convicted of possession
of marijuana on a first offense
can be sentenced from 2-5 years
and fined up to $2,000. The bill
was recently approved by a
legislative committee and will
soon be tested in the House and
Berkes emphasized, "Many
people who are addicted are
afraid to surrender to treatment
because they are afraid of severe
criminal prosecution and of
withdrawal pains. We must
establish programs to reach out
and rehabilitate addicts."
He pointed out, "There are
plenty of studies that show
marijuana should be legalized.
Yet, there are just as many and
just as competent surveys which
say it should not be legalized.
So, the legislature should
conduct its own research and
formulate its own conclusions."
Berkes and his legislative
colleagues plan to ask the
Federal Government to launch a
crash program to research drug
problems and to develop real
answers. "We must try to
alleviate the causes of addiction;
it is alienating and breaking up
our society," he asserted.
During the question and
answer session, Berkes was asked
if his committee studied drug
reform • programs •in Great
"All The News That Fits
Britain. He said it did but the
legalization of heroin was, in his
opinion, a failure. "Heroin
legalization has not wiped
out the black market, it has only
minimized its activity. Addicts
get prescribed doses from their
physicians then go to pushers for
more. Also, since heroin was
legalized in England, the number
of addicts has steadily
Berkes mentioned that petty
political haggling and red-tape
delayed his reform bill for
almost a year. Now that it is out
of committee he expects the
bill's enforcement powers to be
revised, but "I expect it to
Berkes said under current
state law a person's vehicle
operation license is revoked for
one year if he is arrested for
possession of marijuana, even if
the individual is not convicted of
the charge.
The Representative
emphasized the drug reform bill
pertains to marijuana, narcotics,
and alcohol, all classified as
dtugs. "The program is for all
drug users; young and old, black
and white. It is unfortunate that
it took the affliction of the
white middle dm to define it as
a problem, because for many
years it has been a problem in
the black ghetto."
Berkes thinks it feasible to
legalize drugs. "That way we can
find out how much is being
used, where it comes from and
how we can control it," he said.
Another part of the Head
Shop's "Responses to the Drug
Culture" was a display of
narcotics at Troop H
headquarters of the Penna. State
Police in Harrisburg. There was a
speech and a film about drug
abuse presented by Help, Inc.,
the Walk-in Crisis Intervention
Center and Free Clinic,
As part of the afternoon
program, Dr. Michael McKee
from the Dept. of Behavioral
Science at the Hershey Medical
Center discussed current
research on drug abuse
rehabilitation. That night, in the
New Birth coffeehouse, Capitol's
Dr. and Mrs. Ed Racey spoke of
an existence that is "beyond
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Director Herpel To Retire
Coleman Herpel, Director of
Capitol Campus, will retire July
1, 1972, after more than 35
years service with the University.
Herpel, 60, has served as
Director of Capitol Campus
since its establishment. Penn
State Capitol began classes in
October, 1966, with 10 full-time
faculty and 122 students. It has
since grown to 112 faculty
members and over 2,000
graduate and undergraduate
A native of McKeesport,
Herpel received his bachelor of
arts degree from Penn State in
1932. He entered graduate study
at Harvard University on a John
W. White Fellowship from Penn
State and earned his master of
arts with a major in mathematics
in 1933.
He continued his studies at
Harvard until 1936 when he
joined the Penn State faculty as
the Hazelton Campus, where he
became administrative head in
1939. He combined active
teaching and administrative
responsibilities at Hazelton until
1943 when he went on active
military duty, serving in the
Navy. He is now retired as a
commander in the Naval
Herpel returned to Penn State
in 1946 at the Altoona Campus
in dual capacity as teacher and
administrator. When he left
Altoona in 1955 to become
Director of the University's
Ognotz Campus in surburban
Philadelphia, he ceased active
classroom teaching, although he
still holds faculty rank as
associate professor of
Herpel served as Director of
the Ognotz Campus until 1966
when he was selected to head
the new Capitol Campus.
Herpel, who feels he is
"graduating, not retiring", has
been affiliated with Penn State
in some capacity since entering
as a freshman in 1928. He has
been with the University for 44
of its 117 years, over a third of
See Nancy
Anyone who is interested in
working on the Senior Dinner
Dance in the Spring is asked to
contact Nancy Colnes in the
Student Activities Office
I.T.E. Meeting
A meeting of the 1.T.E.,
traffic engineers, will be held
tonight, Feb. 24, at 7:30 in
room E-315. A guest speaker,
Mr. Gerald Shea of the
Harrisburg Engineering firm
known as TAMS, will speak, his
subject being "Harrisburg Area
Transportation Service".
Anyone interested is invited to
Thursday, February 24, 1972
its existence. He has seen Penn
State grow from a college of
4,000 to a university of over
48,000, including branch
He has served under four
different presidents, including
Milton Eisenhower, brother of
the late President of the United
States. Under his leadership,
Capitol has thrived and has
firmly established itself as a fine
institution of upper-division and
graduate students.
Herpel and his wife, the
'former Margaret Yotter of
Easton, are the parents of four
children: John, 29, a 1965 Penn
State graduate, employed by a
computer science consulting
firm in Cleveland, Ohio; Dr.
Gretchen Stein, 26, a graduate
of Pembroke and of Stanford,
presently pursuing research in
molecular biology at Stanford;
Anne, 22, a 1970 Penn State
graduate now serving as an
administrative aid in the office
of undergraduate studies at
University Park; and Karl, 20,
who will graduate from Penn
State this year.
On March 7, the University
Faculty Senate will vote on a
petition to grant Capitol Campus
more autonomy. If the proposal
passes, Capitol will be able to
devise its own curricula with no
specific approval from the UFS.
The question could be as
important for Capitol's
development as the appointment
of Dr. McDermott to the Provost
Last year, on behalf of the
Capitol faculty organization, our
Faculty Council petitioned the
University Faculty Senate for
the right to set up curricula with
tacit, but not requiring direct
approval of the UFS. Capitol
was the first campus to request
this autonomy in what will be a
landmark vote.
After introduction, the
matter was referred to the
Intra-University Relations
Committee for study and
recommendations. The
committee, in considering the
measure last fall, heard a
presentation in support of the
petition from a 'task force' of
Capitol Campus faculty and
administrators. Our
representative on the committee
is Dr. Winston Richards who is
joined in the University Faculty
Senate by Capitol Professors
Knight, Lee, Lewis and Poore.
University President Oswald,
Vice President Ikenberry, and
the late Provost Althouse all
spoke in favor of the autonomy
proposal. More recently the
Intra-University Relations
Committee has also
recommended passage. Even so,
according to one faculty
member, the vote on March 7
may be a close one due to the
precedent this might establish
for other campuses.