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STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE
In February, George Dressler,
Administrative Officer, said
"nobody gets the ax" as he
addressed a Capitolist staff
meeting. He was referring to
"reorganization" of the Student
Affairs Office in the wake of the
resignation of Kathy King as
assistant dean. At the time
Dressler announced her position
would be left vacant. He has
held true to his word and Ms.
King's office is now used as a
storage facility. Kathy was a
student advocate and she
apparently resigned, not because
she was forced to do so, but in
the context she felt she could no
longer attain her objectives
through the campus
Dressler and Provost Robert
E.McDermott "reorganized" the
Student Affairs Office to the
point where Dean of Student
Affairs Dr. John Grimm was
virtually stripped of his
authority. The residence living
coordinators were taken from
Grimm and were instructed to
report directly to Dressler. In
the past few months, the
Counseling Center and the
Placement Office have in
actuality been instructed .to
bypass Grimm and go to
Nancy Colnes resigned her
position as Student Activities
Coordinator last month, using an
acceptable excuse of her pending
marriage. Yet, she said it was
just as well she was leaving," the
way things are going around
here." However, her post will be
filled by June.
Last week, Bob Stanley,
"resigned" a s
Coordinator, effective July 31.
Actually, he was forced to
resign. He was asked to do so by
Dean of Student Activities Jerry
South. When Dressler was
contacted as to who actually
forced Stanley to resign, he had
nothing to say. In the past,
Stanley has had much conflict
with South and Dressler over the
athletic program budget. The
topper carne a few weeks ago
when Stanley had a
confrontation with the proVost's
secretary over his personnel file.
I witnessed the event and do not
purport to defend Stanley's
behavior. But Dressler was called
out of a budget meeting and you
can bet Dressler was not at all
happy with Stanley.
Now we come to the
situation of Dr. Grimm. In the
fall and winter terms, one who is
involved in student activities
could not help but see him in
the halls. Yet this term, he is
never around. He drops by his
office every few days to pick up
mail and on Wednesday
mornings, when students are
scarce, he works in his office.
When Dressler was contacted
regarding Grimm's status, he said
Robert W. Bonaker
'a sk e d if Grimm has been
fired. One may conclude that
Grimm has seen the handwriting
on the wall and is merely putting
in time. His job has been in
jeopardy since the fall term.
Evidence to support that
statement comes in the form of
Grimm's plea to me at that time
to write a series of articles
entitled "What is Student
Affairs?," of which four were
published. He was obviously
trying to save his job then. And
there are many other examples
to support my claim.
What all of this boils down to
is the phasing-out of the Student
Affairs Office. In my opinion,
the "reorganization" • cannot
succeed. I do not like to pass
judgement on individuals,
because I feel it is not my place.
But Grimm has been ineffective
in his past. I think he is sensitive
to student concerns, but he has
rarely stuck up for the students
in the two years I've been here.
He infrequently attended SGA
meetings and not once did he
attend a meeting of the Student
Affairs Committee of the
Faculty Council, of which he
and I are members. I could go on
with Grimms negative point, but
it would serve no constructive
purpose. Although I think he is a
kind, friendly man, he has not
been the right man for his job as
a student advocate. Accordingly,
I am not sorry to see him go.
I think something may have
been lost in the transition,
though. While the Student
Affairs Office is being
"reorganized," the idea of a
unified office for the students
has disappeared. Granted, many
other colleges and universities
throughout the country have
disbanded such offices, but I
don't think that such a move, if
Dressler has it in mind, is a good
idea for Capitol Campus. I hope
that the position of Dean of
Student Affairs will not be
eliminated merely because an
ineffective man is now in that
position. I hope that Jerry
South's and Terry Turnbaugh's
and Pat Murphy's jobs will be
maintained, because they are
I urge the campus
administration to softly tread
the line between purging `bad'
people at the expense of a
cohesive Student Affairs Office.
Kathy King and Bob Stanley,
both student advocates and in
their own way emotional people,
are gone or will be gone soon.
Let us hope the subtle removal
or disappearance of prominent
campus officials will come to an
What I am arguing for is the
campus administration to relax a
little and let more people know
what's going on around here.
After all, don't we have a
common goal; quality higher
Kathy King's office is used as a storeroom.
Nancy Calms' desk is virtually empty.
Dean Grimm is boxing his belongings.
CAPITOL EVENTS CALENDAR
MAY 17 The Philadelphia Chamber Soloists, a classical music group, will
be in the Gallery Lounge at 2:30 p.m. The event kicks-off the Spring
MAY 18 From 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. of the following day, a film
festival will be held in the Student Center. Staged in conjunction with the Arts
Festival, the film showing features "Reefer Madness" and "Our Gang" and
W.C. Fields" movies.
MAY 19 - The Arts Festival, Part 11l features a folk concert at the main
event site near the engineering laboratory, beginning at Noon. At 8:00 p.m.,
there will be mini'concerts and a block party in Meade Heights.
MAY 20 - The Arts Festival culminates with a rock concert at the main
event site beginning at Noon.
MAY 21 At 9:00 a.m., Bud Gibbons and Frank Kolving presents a
surprise two-man show in the Gallery Lounge. At 6:30 p.m., the Resident
Student Council meets in the third floor lounge of Church Hall. Also at 6:30,
the Head Shop meets at the New Birth, 946 A Kirtland Ave., Meade Heights.
Again at 6:30, the Student Government Association convenes in E-335, Main
Building. At 7:30 p.m., there is martial arts instruction at the Rec/Ath
MAY 22 - The Meade Heights Board of Governors meets at 6:30 p.m. at
the New Birth. At 7:00, the Photo Club meets in the darkroom at the
Placement Office. The Social Committee sponsored a dance beginning at 10:00
p.m. at the Student Caster.
MAY 23 - At 6:00 p.m. on WZAP, "Campus Dialogue" has Asst. Dean of
Student Affairs Jerry South as guest. In the afternoon, the annual Bathtub
Race, sponsored by PSPE will be staged, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the
dormitory parking lot. The modern dance class meets at 7:00 p.m. in the
Rec/Ath Building as does the instructional golf unit at the same time and
MAY 24 - At 8:00 p.m, there are films at the New Birth, including
Rudolph Valentino in "Eagle'."
The Capitolist is in search o f
a new name, that's right, a new
name. Why? We think the
reasons are obvious. So, starting
today we are asking that you get
your heads together and help us
out. After all, we are giving away
free money and that should be
incentive enough for any good
`capitalist' who likes easy work
and good pay.
The contest starts today and
ends no earlier than ten good
names. So, it's important to
submit them as soon as possible.
The sooner it's over the sooner
you get your five bucks.
Judging will be done by Bob
Bonaker, Charlie Holeczy, and
All entries must include your
name and phone number and of
course the name for the paper.
All entries must be submitted
to the Capitolist office, first
floor, W-104, (that's between
the nurse and WZAP).
Enter as often as you like,
we're not proud either. We need
ideas. ( we need help on next
year's staff too. You'll be in the
office, why not sign up?)
We're serious and hope you
are too. Five dollars can be a lot
of money if you're broke.
And don't worry, no matter
how dumb your entry is, we
promise not to laugh.
Pennsylvania is about to
reinstate• the death penalty as a
deterrent to crime. Not one
letter to the editor have I seen in
the newspapers opposing or
proposing capital punishment.
Life and death, at one time
the most mysterious terms in the
human language, today are not
worth either editoral space or
public concern. Television brings
these phenomenon of man into
the home nightly - - it has
wrought the evil of dulling the
American senses. Both the
retentionist and reformist are
pro-life imprisonment; but, this
is only a scapegoat for society or
the lesser of two evils.
Many say life imprisonment is
too expensive. Therefore, capital
punishment puts an end to the
expense. (It makes no difference
about the life of the criminal!)
This is the problem we are facing
today. Just last week
Connecticut and Arizona both
reimposed this barbarous act
called the death penalty -- will
Pennsylvania be next?
** * *
Recently, two campus traffic
accidents resulted in damages
totalling an estimated $9OO,
according to Mr. James Paul,
Campus Security Chief.
On May 3, two Fruehauf
employees were involved in a
two car accident in the
•northbound lane of First St.,
north of R Street. One car had
to stop as a result of a traffic
backup and the second car
"skidded into him," Paul said.
Dimage was set at $7OO.
Paul reported "another minor
fender-bender" occured last
week on R Street adjacent to the
Main Building parking lot with
damage estimated at $2OO.