Capitol times. (Middletown, Pa.) 1982-2013, November 08, 1982, Image 1

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    Jordan to replace Oswald as University president
Published by students of Penn State University, Capitol Campus
Build strength,then negotiate
By Donna Kirker
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter
spoke to a small Capitol Cam
pus audience last week, on the
issue of nuclear disarmament,
resounding the Reagan
ideology—first, build strength
then “talk turkey.”
“We have to be strong to be
able to negotiate,” Specter said.
“Carter was perceived as
weak and vacillating,” but
President Reagan has “shown
strength” and this has given the
U.S. more power to negotiate on
equal terms with the Soviet
Union the Senator explained.
After personally speaking
with the President, Specter
believes “the President is
dedicated to arms reductions,”
and Reagan “has good in
stincts” on the sensitivity of the
When asked how much defen
sive deterrent is too much,
Specter replied, “What we’re
(the government) is doing now
is updating the process, we’re
paying for future decade’s
technology and defense.”
By Pat Wenger
Dr. Bryce Jordan, newly
elected president of The Penn
sylvania State University,
granted an exclusive telephone
interview with the CAPITOL
TIMES this week. Here’s what
he had to say:
“Capitol Campus holds a
special affinity for me,” Dr.
Jordan said. “Because I found
ed an upper-division school I
have insight into your unique
opportunities and problems.”
Jordan founded the Universi
ty of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in
1971 and in the ten years follow
ing it grew from an institution
Actively involved with the
issue of arms reducation,
Specter announced, “I’m
prepared to take a leadership
role on this issue, and you (the
audience) should also be
prepared to voice an opinion.”
“I do this because I believe
we need a dialogue in the nation
on this issue, and I hope to
generate one here,” he told the
audience. “I have been meeting
at different colleges to
stimulate interest and
Jokingly but with an edge of
seriousness, the Senator added
that this issue is too serious an
issue to leave iust in the
goygxnment’s hands.
Specter’s personal involvment
includes a successful campaign
last May to persuade the Senate
to adopt a resolution calling on
President Reagan to meet per
sonally with Soviet President
Brezhnev to discuss nuclear
arms reductions. Plus, to force
a vote on the proposal, Specter
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with 50 faculty and 40 students,
housed in a single building, to a
university with 250 faculty and
more than 7,000 students, hous
ed in 14 buildings.
While there are many
similarities with his Texas ex
perience, there are also distinct
differences. UTD is 50 percent
graduate school and offers 11
Ph.D. programs, mainly focus
ed on the natural sciences.
Possibly because of his own
background in historical
musicology and comparative
literature, Jordan hastened to
mention that he feels “we
should not forget the
humanistic end of education.”
According to Jordan, “Capitol
Campus’ graduate studies in
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political science and public ad
ministration are appropriate”
because of our proximity to the
state capitol.
When asked if he might be
more responsive to our campus
because of its upper-level
status, he said, “I will be
responsive to all the com
monwealth campuses.”
Jordan, 58, and his wife,
Jonelle, have two daughters
who recently graduated from
the University of Texas at
Austin (UTA) where Jordan
himself earned his bachelor and
master degrees after World
War 11.
Jordan taught music at
Hardin-Simmons, the Universi
ty of Maryland, and was chair
man of the department of music
at the University of Kentucky
at the same time John Oswald
became president of that
university in 1963.
Asked if he felt Oswald
helped him in the selection pro
cess for the PSU presidency,
Jordan said: “I doubt it very
much because I didn’t see him
very much. I knew him for the
two years I was there but our
relationship was only that of a
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