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"All The News That Fits .... We Print"
Vol. IX, No. 10
SGA. Acknowledges Petition;
Moves Graduation to the Campus
The Student Government
Association totally reversed a
decision it had made merely 72
hours earlier, and voted 17 - 0 -
1 to hold the June
Commencement ceremonies on
campus during a meeting last
Thursday night.
On Monday, March 5, the
SGA accepted a
recommendation from its
Campus/Community Service
Committee to stage all
graduation activities at the Farm
Show Arena in Harrisburg. That
recommendation was accepted
by the senators in a 9 - 4 - 3
The committee originally
planned to stage the ceremonies
on campus, utilizing huge tents
for protection against the
elements. However, further
investigation reportedly found
the tent concept unfeasible in
logistics, cost and convenience.
Two of the tents could
accomodate only 2,600 people,
including the over 600
graduating students. Supporting
poles were expected to block the
view and the entire project,
costing over $2,000 , cut deeply
into the alloted budget,
according to committee
spokesmen. Rental of the Farm
Show facilities was estimated at
a more acceptable $5OO.
Upon hearing of the
committee's proposal, Senator
Bonnie McSweeny (Sr.,
Humanities) launched a petition
campaign against having
graduation in "the cow palace".
The Faculty Organization
last week overwhelmingly
approved a proposal to
cooperate with Harrisburg Area
Community College. The vote
was 84-8 with one absention.
Contingent upon final
approval from the HACC
faculty, now begins the process
to effectively implement the
formal cooperation mechanisms.
The Faculty Council will
reportedly establish committees
to "firm up" the proposal.
The heart of the faculty
resolution called for "joint
faculty and administrative
committees" of HACC and
Capitol to "be created to
implement this policy in areas of
admissions, curriculum planning,
dual enrollment, exchange of
students and faculty, as well as
joint utilization of facilities and
other resources," while
continuing a belief in "the
separate missions" of the two
Hot line Shuts Down
The Hotline will temporarily
cease operations during the term
From March 17 7 28, those
needing someone to talk to may
dial the Youth Information
Center anytime at 232-0521.
The Hotline will be back in
commission on March 29, the
first day of classes for the Spring
By the time of the meeting on
March 5, she and others had
gathered over 140 signatures for
a petition that called for
Commencement exercises to be
held on campus, only utilizing
the Farm Show Arena as the
alternative in case of inclement
weather. Yet, as was stated
previously, 'the SGA voted to go
to the Farm Show.
During the course of the
meeting on March . Barbara
Biancone, who proxied for
Senator McSweeny, formally
presented the petitions to
President Mike Dini, with an
additional 200 signatures of
graduating seniors. In the face of
such massive support of the
petition, Senator Mike Leasher
(Jr., Social Science), introduced
the motion to hold the
ceremonies on campus, but
without the tents.
In another motion, the time
of the ceremonies was moved to
3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16,
to be able to utilize the Farm
** * *
Show alternative. The vote was
11 -6-1. It had been mentioned n v
earlier that Farm Show Lir • • •Spr in g
authorities had to be notified of
definite plans the preceding
evening, as the activities were Banquet Set
originally scheduled to begin at
1:30 p.m. The SGA apparently
thought that one and a half
hours will make a difference. In
still another resolution, the SGA
voted to allow those students
who expect to graduate at the
end of the summer term to
participate in the June
Graduation. The motion passed
In other news, Dini
announced that Karl Salmon
(Jr., at-large), had resigned from
the Senate , effective
immediately. Salmon, who is
active in York County politics,
felt he could not devote the
required time to SGA affairs.
Dini presented a report
submitted by a student
representative on the Faculty
Organization Bookstore
Activities Committee. The
committee reported that the
bookstore will remain open until
7:30 p.m. on the last day of the
drop-add period next term in
order to be of greater service to
graduate students. Currently, the
store maintains evening hours
during the initial weeks of the
term, following registration.
Treasurer Tom Dixon
announced that the Finance
Committee had turned down a
request for $lOO from the
Institute of Traffic Engineers.
He explained that no lump sums
for allocation are currently
available as money must be
reserved to keep the campus
yearbook, The Capitolite, "out
of the red". Marilyn Levin of the
Election/Screening Committee
set the date for SGA General
Elections in the last week of
The Campus/Community
Service Committee set the ticket
price for the Texas Bar-be-que,
an activity commensurate with
Commencement, at $2. Don
Snyder of the Social Affairs
Committee announced that
a benefit concert for the Spring
Music-Arts Festival will be held
on April 14.
McDermott Goes
With SGA
.Robert E.
McDermott, in compliance with
the SGA decision, has decided to
state the June Commencement
cermonies on campus, utilizing
the Harrisburg Farm Show
Arena only in the case of bad
However, McDermott said,
the new plan will provide for an
extra cost in the already limited
graduation budget as another
plan in addition to the Farm
Show alternative must be
established. Originally,
graduation was to take place at
the Farm Show, as was approved
by the SGA on March 5, but
reconsidered on March 8.
by Victor Pawluk
Delta Tau Kappa, the
international social science
honor society, held a club
meeting on March 6.
President of the club, Brent
Lawson, asked for volunteers to
serve on the Constitutional
Committee which will revise the
present DTK Constitution as
motioned for at the last meeting.
Several DTK members
volunteered to serve on this
crucial committee.
The banquet welcoming new
members and newly elected
officers of DTK was discussed.
The banquet is to be held on
April 10, 1973 at the Creekside
Inn near Mechanicsburg. Cost of
the banquet is $6.25 per person
with Dr. James G. McAree as the
scheduled speaker. The banquet
will include a cocktail hour at
6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m.;
Dr. McAree speaking after
dinner; and a band providing
dancing music at 9:00 p.m.
A guest speaker at the
meeting, Dr. Richard I. Ammon,
spoke about a future pilot study
he will be conducting during the
spring term. This study is aimed
at "ironing out" problems for a
future standarized study which
will measure four . levels of oral
language to determine if the
ability to read and write are
influenced by the linguistics of
an individual. Dr. Ammon asked
for DTK volunteers to aid in the
initial project.
Dr. James L. Knestrick,
advisor to DTK, talked about
the possibility of DTK getting
into more activities of an
academic level such as seminars,
discussions, and speaker oriented
meetings rather than holding
meetings of a strictly
business-like nature.
The meeting was adjourned
with the next meeting to be held
on April 3, 1973 in the T.V.
Faced with the threat of a
student boycott of the $7.50
parking fee next term, Provost
Robert E. McDermott has
decided to reduce the fee to one
He said he has agreed for a
long time that the fee is too high
and is taking the action to call
attention of it to the attention
of University Park authorities.
When reducing the fee, the
Provost declared that no student
will be allowed to appeal a
citation for failure to possess the
mandatory sticker while parking
in the lot to the rear of the main
Reportedly, stickers
restricting parking to the
The subject of calendar
revisions, a "hot" issue since last
October, is in the news again.
Provost Robert E.
McDermott, who has submitted
three such modifications of the
1973-74 University Calendar to
main campus authorities, staged
a joint student, faculty and
administration meeting last
Friday. Following a discussion
of the three alternatives and
finding agreement from those
present, he has decided to push
for what has been termed
"Alternative II."
Following is a detailed
description of that proposed
The Fall Term, 1973 will
begin on September 26, the
arrival date being September 23.
Classes will end on December 5,
and final exams and seven days
later. Thanksgiving vacation is
scheduled for November 21-25.
The Winter Term, 1974
begins with registration on
January 2, and classes start the
following day. Classes end on
March 13 and exams finish by
March 16.
After a one week break, new
students register for the Spring
Term, 1974 on March 22 and
classes begin on the 25th. Classes
end by May 31, and finals are
over June 5 and graduation
follows a few days later. The
Summer Term, 1974 starts with
registration on June 17, and
classes a day later. The term
ends by August 16.
In actuality, the proposed
calendar is basically the same as
the one currently in operation,
with the Winter and Spring
terms being "squeezed" to end
the academic year by early June.
The calendar issued by
University President John
Oswald, which pertains to
Capitol until further notice, even
with academic "autonomy", has
many disadvantages, according
to McDermott. With the
University Park calender, Capitol
would probably lose over half of
the projected 160 junior college
transfer and readmission
students for the Winter term.
Many students and faculty at the
meeting argued that the divided
Winter term in the calendar
issued by Oswald will "ruin" the
March 15, 1973
dormitory, Meade Heights and
University Apartments areas will
continue to be issued freely.
On March 5, the Student
Government Association
advocated the boycott when it
supported Vice President John
Sheridan's motion by a 17-0-1
vote. SGA officials were to
reimburse students receiving
citations for agreeing with the
boycott by not purchasing a
sticker. The SGA was to utilize
the parking fines, which it
receives on a comparatively
regular basis, as the
reimbursement monies.
Upon hearing McDermott's
decree of the fee cut, the SGA
voted to stop the boycott.
term and that it is the worst of
the old semester concept where
the fall semester did not come to
a close until after the new year.
Following is a brief
description of the University
Park calendar:
The arrival date for the Fall
Term is September 3 (Labor
Day) with classes beginning on
September 10. The term ends
prior to the Thanksgiving
holiday on November 21. The
divided Winter Term, 1973-74,
shows classes beginning on
December 6 and the Winter
holiday recess begins on
December 19. The term resumes
on January 3 and ends by March
2. The Spring Term begins
March 14 and ends with
Commencement on June 1.
McDermott cited the
advantages of his previously
explained "Alternative II"
calendar modification. Firstly, it
would guarantee the enrollment
of winter term transfer students
that are "badly needed" in the
face of declining collegiate
enrollment throughout higher
education. Secondly, it would
eliminate the highly
controversial divided winter
term. Thirdly, Capitol would
start the academic year later but
finish "about as early" as
University Park and the other
Commonwealth Campuses.
Inherent in the Provost's
argument for his revision was a
belief that the present calendar
is highly acceptable as compared
to the main campus claendar.
The only disadvantage
,McDermott saw in "Alternative
ll' was the probablity that it
would be "out of phase" with
University Park's data
After McDermott said he
would fight for "Alternative II",
he charged members of the
Faculty Council ad-hoc Calendar
Committee to continue working
on a calendar for 1974-75,
remembering a faculty
resolution declaring that Capitol
be allowed to develop its
calendar for that time. Members
of that committee apparently
favor a semester system, such as
HACC has now, while retaining
the unit system where each
course is worth four credits.