The Nittany cub. (Erie, Pa.) 1948-1971, January 29, 1971, Image 1

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WEATHER: Today’s Chuckle:
Stormy weather ahead? “This is the year of
Cold wave expected! communication”
Dear Mr. Carr
■Over the past several weeks thoughtful con
sideration has been given to the students request for
visitation at the Behrend Campus. Attitudes and
opinions have been sought from University Park of
ficials, other Commonwealth Campuses, Behrend
Students, and the Advisory Board.
Commencing February 1, 1971, the Open House
program* successfully operated last year, will be
extended as follows:
1. Open House may be conducted in Perry Hall and
Niagara-Hall on Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight, and
Sunday afternoon fronr2p.m. to sp.m.
2. Doors to rooms in which visitors are present will
remain fully open.
3. In order to permit freedom of choice and
demonstrate responsibility, the Women’s Residence
Council and the Men’s Residence Council will in-
dividually, via their respective presidents, request a
weekend Open House by written note to the Dean, of
- “ -SiudeftL Affairsr:-Tkisrr,tusL be
each week before Open House. Lack of a request by
either group would cancel out the Open House for that
particular weekend.
Details of the above are to be restricted to individual
floor options with procedures approved by the Dean of _
Student Affairs.
This procedure will be reviewed at the end of the
Winter Term and conclude at the end of this academic
year 1971.
Students involved
In intervisitation
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Student crowd awaits st. jnt jrs
discussion on intervisitation in Niagara-Hall.
Anxious crowd awaits Mr. Kochel’s decision in
RUB Quiet Lounge.
Sincerely yours,
Irvin H. Kochel, Director
Hood, S.G.A. Vice-President, speaks to
students in Niagara Hall.
Dave Carr, S.G.A. President, announces
decision on intervisitation.
Original Visitation
Proposal Rejected
On Wednesday, January 27, the Student Government Association conducted another
sequel to the never-ending saga of visitation. President Dave Carr dispensed with other
business so that the main issue could be given proper prominence. Carr started off the
session by reading Mr. Kochel’s recent statement on the subject.
Kochel called for visitation
from 7_p.m. until midnight every
Friday and Saturday in addition
to the already popular Sunday
afternoon program. Kochel’s
statement also included an “open
door” policy to protect the in
There were mixed. emotions
among the three hundred-plus
crowd -of concerned' citizens.
Opinions ranged from mild
frustration to threats of open
rebellion. Student leaders Carr,
Hood and Crawford tried
diligently to control the
disgruntled crowd.
Carr called for-* questions and
comments from the floor. After
clarifying a few points and
listening to dozers of complaints,
Carr turned the meeting over to
Benjamin A. Lane, .Dean of
Student Affairs. Lane also an
swered questions until an S.G.A.
represetative demanded that all
Student Affairs personnel leave
the room. Lane graciously
President Carr then read a
letter from J.R.C. chairman
Edwsr.d._ (Buf^y ) Buchan. The
letter stated That the Board of
Review found Mr. Kochel’s
decision unsatisfactory and that
the Board would keep that in
mind while hearing cases con
cerning visitation.
Voices from the crowd
demanded that the R.A.’s state
their opinions. They ranged from
“no comment” to implied con
currence with the feeling that
was rapidly spreading
throughout the room.
Eric Hefler then proposed that
the original J.R.C. statement on
Intervisitation be initiated im
mediately. Carr adjourned the
S.G.A. meeting and the crowd
voted to accept Hefler’s idea.
Students Attempted
Correct Channels
On November 2, the Joint
Residence Council passed the
original visitation policy. Two
days later, the Student
Government Association
unanimously passed the same
proposal. It was then
presented to Dean Benjamin
A. Lane. The Student Affairs
staff passed it on to Director
Irvin Kochel with their
evaluations and recom
mendations. One day during,
the last week of November,
Kochel set February 1 as his
target date fora decision. The
students trusted that to be
reasonable and agreed to*
wait. And then, on January
27, the news broke. The
decision was made. The
crowds formed to hear the
news. Everyone was there-
The students then retired to their
respective dorms to discuss the
ideas. < -
After the crowd departed, Dean
Lane returned to the center of
activity to hear the decision.
When Carr informed him, Lane in
what appeared to be a temporary
fit of anger, informed Carr, Hood,
and Crawford that the Sum
mar,al Suspension-Act would be
involved if the J.R.C. proposal
were carried out.
An hour later, at 9:45 p.m.,
there was another mass student
meeting in the Niagara Hall
Recreation Room. Carr ex
plained the Suspension Act in
detail. The floor was then opened
for discussion. Suggestions
ranged from violent revolt to
rational, tactical planning. Hood
promised to meet with President
John Oswald on Saturday to
discuss the situation. Carr will
take a student petition with him.
After the meeting, Carr and
Hood had a private audience with
Dean Lane to explain the new
over three hundred kids,
Dean Lane and his three
“inferior executive” officers
the S.G.A., the J.R.C., Mr
Woerner, . the Student
Government Advisor, and the
crowd control expert,
Deforest Halberg, Jr.
President Carr then read
the decision. We got thirteen
hours a week, for four months
Editorial Opinion page 2
Letters page 2
S.U.B. page 3
Sports page 4