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No decision reached
Qn state senate seat
By PETE BARNES
Collegian Staff Writer
' No decision has yet been reached
concerning the possibility of a special
election to fill the seat of State Senator
Joseph S. Ammerman after he resigns to
f)epreent the 23rd District in the U.S.
House of Representatives, according to
John Plubani, an aide to Lt. Gov. Ernest
In a telephone interview, Plubani said
that the decision on the matter would be
made according to the Lt. Governor's
agenda and added that in the meantime,
i„pnator Ammerman "will probably
ffiaintain contact with his constituency
until the last possible moment."
When asked when a decision could be
expected, another official, Jim Pianco,
the Centre County coordinator in
Harrisburg, said Friday that the Lt.
Governor, who is responsible for the
dkision, "is probably more concerned
about Christmas now than about the
At the local level, County Democratic
Chairman C. Guy Rudy said yesterday
that nothing official could be done in
regard to the special election until
*merman, who must vacate his set
seat by Jan. 4, resigns. Rudy said he had
discussed the matter with other county
chairmen in the party, but did not in
dicate if any decisions had been made.
He added that there had not yet been a
meeting of the Democratic County
'Dorm contract procedure same
By HARRY GLENN However, there will still be some small
Collegian Staff Writer doubles and triples.
The University has made no major Concerning 'this year, Mulberger . said
,ghanges in the dorm contract allocations those students currently in the small
Procedure for next year. If the demand doubles and triples who wish a change,
for residence hall space is as great as it can be reassigned if they apply before
was this year, small doubles and triples the end of the term's seventh week. _
Will be used again next year, William He also said that all students currently
Mulberger, assignment office manager residing in temporary housing should be
said. moved out this week. At the end of last
However, he said that there would be a week there were 37 students in tern
different assignment sequence. They porary quarters, but there were 53
plan to assign more temporary space students who failed to show up for
next year. After the cancellation Winter Term, •so those in temporary
deadline, the assignment office will housing will be reassigned to those
compare the number of contracts given spaces.
out to the amount of space available. In reference to questions concerning
If the demand exceeds the space, the stricter alcohol policy, Mulberger
Mulberger said they plan to assign said that the housing office is unable to
Mdditional temporary space instead of determine if the policy has effected the
forcing small doubles and triples. demand for residence hall rooms.
Police examine noise
A loud sound described as an ex- • heard the noise at the same time last
plosion sent State College police to the Thursday but he could not determine
100-block of S. Fraser Street last where it had come from.
night. Police said they thought the sound
The noise reported at 9:57p.m. also might have come from Hammond
was heard by a campus policeman on Building. However, there was no sign
College Avenue at Fraser. A caller of damage there either.
told police the noise sounded like an
One police officer said he thought
eight-inch gun of a Navy ship being
the sound might have been a sonic
fired. A man in the Penn State Diner
said he thought it was an earthquake
at first. An officer at police headquarters
. . .
Police searched the area around said the explosion report was un-
Keystone TV & Appliance on Fraser founded. He added that something
and found no evidence of an explosion falling down in an apartment or a
or any type of disturbance. heating system coming on could
The cashier at the diner said he possibly have made such a noise.
olle • ian
Committee, indicating that one would
take place after Ammerman's
resignation, arrd that there was a
reluctance among some committee
members , to call" for .d' special eledtion
because high expenses and the
possibility of a low turnout wouldn't
justify such an election.
Virginia Eisenstein, Democratic state
committeewoman from Centre County
said yesterday that if a special election
were to be approved by Lt. Gov. Kline, it
would be held "in April, at the earliest."
She added that the cost would be $80,900.
Eisenstein, who is one of 50 members
of the State Democratic Executive
Committee, indicated that the com
mittee would be meeting after the 34th
District seat is vacated to make
recommendations to Kline over whether'
to hold a special election or to wait until
the primary elections to fill the post. One
of the committee's functions is to decide
who the Democratic candidates will be
for primary elections.
Eisenstein explained that a special
election would have to take place within
60 days of Ammerman's resignation. If
no election is held, then the District's
next state senator would be chosen by
the voters in the primary on May 17, she
said. The district, then, would be
unrepresented for that length of time.
She also said that the new Senator would
hold his position until the 1978 elections.
Student leaders study lobby
By MARK GRIFFITH
Collegian Staff Writer
The possibility of a student lobby for the state-related
universities was the most important item to be
developed during Saturday's Student Leaders' Con
ference, according to Paul Stevenson, Undergraduate
Student Government director of political affairs.
Stevenson plans to work together with Benita Marcus,
the University of Pittsburgh's student government,
representative, for the formation of a student lobby
which would represent in Harrisburg the interests of
students attending state-related schools.
The state-related schools are the University of Pitts
burgh, Temple and Lincoln Universities, and Penn
Stevenson said that the first problem to overcome in
the formation of a student lobby is to obtain funds for it.
Currently, he said, the University does not allow
student funds to be allocated to "outside" activities
such as a student lobby.
Marcus - said that the current student government at
Pitt has "been looking forward to it ( the creation of a
student lobby) for a long time, "and hopes to pass on
this support for the lobby to the new student govern
ment executives who will take office in February.
Another Pennsylvania student lobbying group in the
formative stages is the Pennsylvania Independent
Student Association (PSIA), which is being started by
Steve Biddle of the University of Pennsylvania's
Student Lobbying Committee and Frank Viggiano,
chairman of the National Student Association.
Money, alcohol conference topics
By DOROTHY HINCHCLIFF
and MARK GRIFFITH
Collegian Staff Writers
Student officials from 25 different Pennsylvania
schools examined and proposed possible solutions to
contemporary student issues at the •Student Leaders'
Conference sponsored by the Undergraduate Student
Government on Saturday.
Finance and budget, the alcohol laws, student lob
bying, and student apathy were some of the issues
discussed as being problems to most schools.
Rick Glazier, former director of the USG Department
of Budget and Finance, used the instance of the
University's own budget problems as an example why
student leaders should be familiar with their school's
budget. This year, he explained, the State Board of
Education's recommendation to the legislature and
Gov. Shapp that the University receive only $ll4 million
of The 126 million requested for the 1977-78 school year
could lead to a $lOO per student tuition increase if ap
propriate actions are not taken.
At the alcohol
_policies workshop, many student
goVernment officials agreed that few students have
actively supported efforts to cope with related
problems. USG Vice President Dave Hickton said about
150 people attended the alcohol hearings held here
during Fall Term in response to the student out cry
against the new alcohol enforcement policy. "It was not
a good showing for a school this size," he added.
Although Hickton said the change has been "like
night and day" in the social stmosphere at Penn State,
University of Pittsburgh representative Benita Marcus
said they still have a number of parties on Pitt's
"We were told that there would be no alcohol in the
Carter to settle treasury, commerce posts
WASHINGTON (AP) President
elect Jimmy Carter plans to name W.
Michael Blumenthal, chairman of
Bendix Corp., to be secretary of the
treasury, sources close to Carter. said
last night. '
The sources also said Carter was
"almost certain" to name Jane Cahill
Pfeiffer, a former vice president of IBM
Corp., as secretary of commerce.
Blumenthal, 50, who was born in
Germany, headed the Kennedy Round of
international trade negotiations in
However, he did point out that the
number of contract exchanges for
Winter Term 1976 decreased from the
number in the winter of 1975.
According to University regulations,
all freshmen must reside in University
residence halls. Under the current plan
initiated last year, the remaining un
dergraduate students requesting
residence hall space will be classified
into four groups.
Group A consists of continuing
students currently residing in residence
halls. Group B is composed of students
transferring from the Commonwealth
Campuses. Students on practicums,
student teaching, or studying abroad
winter or spring terms will be classified
into Group C, while transfer students
from other colleges, returning students,
students desiring residence hall spaces
who are currently living off campus, and
readmitted students will be classified in
The number of contracts received
from each of these groups will be divided
into the total number of contracts the
four groups have filed. A resulting
percentage figure will be multiplied
times the available space to calculate
the space to be allocated to each group.
Contract cards will be distributed
through the mail to continuing students
currently residing in the University
residence halls on or before Feb. 25,
Contract cards for Fall Term 1977 will
not be accepted prior to March 10, 1977,
and must be submitted by March 25,
Also according to the policy, room
mate requests can best be honored if
both students submit their contracts
together as early as possible.
Biddle, who was representing Penn at the conference,
said that it is best that each sector of post-secondary
education state-owned, state-related, private,
community and vocational organize its own state
wide lobby. He pointed out that attempting to represent
all of these sectors was a major cause of the demise of
the Pennsylvania Student Lobby (PSL).
Biddle, a former PSL director, said PISA is being
organized for the private schools sector in Penn
sylvania. PISA currently is trying to obtain the
memborship of 25 to 30 of the larger private schools in
' the state so that the initial costs of starting a student
lobby are not assessed unfairly on the smaller private
schools, he said.
Biddle said PISA hopes to have an office with full
time staff members in Harrisburg by February and is
planning to have a monthly newsletter started by the
time the office is opened.
Convinced that there is a basic common ground for all
students, Biddle said there are many issues where
lobbies representing both public and private
educational sectors can work together. He pointed out
that the lowering of the drinking age is one issue on
which most students agree.
The only functioning Pennsylvania student lobbying
organization is the Commonwealth Association of
Students (CAS), which represents the 80,000 students
attending the state-owned colleges and universities.
According to CAS executive director Eugene Carroll,
CAS was founded in the summer of 1973 as a result of the
restructuring of the Pennsylvania State Association of
dorms, but most of the RA's won't report you unless the
parties get out of hand. Most try to look the other way,"
Hickton pointed out that the "hallways are private as
far as canvassing goes here, but not for the alcohol
policy." He added that the number of RA's reporting
students for drinking in the dorms has increased
significantly since last year.
However, even though many schools are enforcing
strictly the drinking age, Eugene Carroll, executive
&rector of the Commonwealth Association of Students,
said he thinks the bill to lower the drinking age to l 9 has
a good chance of getting passed when it is re-introduced
to the legislature in January.
"There is very little support for the 18 year old bill,"
Carroll said. "I see that as having little chance of
getting passed. A lot of people are afraid of alcohol
getting into the high schools."
One group that lobbied strongly against a lower
drinking age was the American Automobile Association
because they were afraid it would increase traffic
fatalities, Carroll said.
"In January of 1975, the law was changed so that 18
year olds can own a bar, serve liqour, or be a bartender,
but they can't drink it," said USG Senator Colleen
DeCourcy. "It's really rather absurd."
"The way this bill will be won," Carroll said, "is with
a very effective letter writing campaign when the time
According to Lycoming College (Williamsport)
representatives, their student government is making a
list of legislators to send to other schools so that
students 'will know who to write to in their area to ex
press their feelings.
In addition, student government officials said they
Geneva from 1963 to 1967
He was one of 16 bankers,
businessmen and economists who met
with Carter Dec. 1. Carter said then that
members of that group were likely
choices for top jobs in his ad
Blumenthal came to the United States
in 1947 and became a U.S. citizen five
years later. He holds a doctorate in
economics from Princeton University.
In 1961, he joined the John F. Kennedy
administration as deputy assistant
secretary of state for economic affairs.
Two years later, Kennedy appointed
Blumenthal deputy special repregen
tative for trade negotiations with the
rank of ambassador. He held that post
Carter's office in Plains, Ga., an
nounced earlier yesterday that he would
announce two and maybe three cabinet
level nominees this week.
That announcement was made after
Carter attended services and sang
Christmas hymns at the Plains Baptist
Carter flew to Atlanta yesterday to
meet with Vice President-elect Walter
F. Mondale and Hamilton Jordan, who is
directing his talent search, and then
today with advisers and potential
Carter had said last week he expected
to name his entire cabinet by Christmas,
but the statement yesterday said that he
plans to have his cabinet-level apoint
ments "substantially filled by Christ
Carter said he was "very happy with
the response I've had from the people
I've asked to advise me on the possible
Tomorrow, Carter meets represen
tatives of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Yesterday was the second anniversary
of Carter's announcement that he
planned to run for president.
Partly sunny, blustery, and cold today.
Chance of a few snow flurries this
morning. High only 22. Clear and con
tinued cold tonight with diminishing
winds. The temperature will fall to 10 by
midnight, then start to rise before dawn.
Becoming windy and noticeably warmer
tomorrow. High 40.
Ten cents per copy
Monday, December 13, 1976
Vol. 77, No. 84 14 pages University Park, Pennsylvania
Published by Students of The Pennsylvania State University
As the church services began, the Rev. denominational minister from Albany,
Clennon King, a black who has at- Ga., about 50 miles away, whose efforts
tempted to integrate the all white to join the congregation prompted the
congregation, refused two invitations to formation of a "watch care" committee
worship there until he becomes a church to judge membership applications. The
member. committee has not yet acted on his
The Rev. Mr. King is a non-
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Student Governments, an organization of little power
which was started in the 30's.
Instrumental in the establishment of CAS, Carroll
said, was state Department of Education Secretary
John Pittenger, who philosophically agrees with the
policies of CAS and with what the organization can do
for students. CAS's existence, Carroll added, is due to
the broad institutional support the organization has
received from faculty, administration and students of
the state-owned schools. Carroll said that the faculty
and administration can see that a viable student lobby
can help strengthen the state-owned school system
politically and can provide for direct student par
ticipation in their environment and therefore a better
CAS Associate Director Micheal Sommers said in a
recent interview that the association joined the AFL
CIO, Department of Transportation and other in
terested parties in lobbying for House Bill No. 1833,
which would have appropriated $27 million for the state
owned schools and $1.7 million for Penn State. The bill
passed the House 183-7 but was "officially lost" when
the Senate adjourned in November.
Sommers added that the association helped to
organize various citizens groups so they could lobby for
the passage of the Appalachian Trail Bill.
CAS's objectives for the spring, Carroll said, include
re-introducing House Bill 1833, obtaining a 12 per cent
budget increase for the state-owned schools, lowering
the drinking age to 19, decriminalizing marijuana, and
increasing CAS membership. CAS currently has 25,000
dues-paying members throughout the state.
hope to unite Pennsylvania schools in a lobbying effort
to lower the drinking age. However, because of inherent
differences among state-owned, state-related, and
private schools, Carroll said the development of several
lobbies shotildbetter represent students.
Student apathy, another issue which has been
plaguing schools across the state, is being transformed
to antagonism against student governments, many of
the leaders said.
Also, a number of student representatives said that
only a handful of people get involved in their govern
ments every year which is not enough to adequately
represent the students.
"The fault lies in the times," Penn State represen
tative Tony Gaertner said. "People are more interested
in competing for grades. There hasn't been anything for
the students to lobby around."
Many of the representatives said they thought the
conference was successful. Scott Kronenwetter,
representing New Kensington Commonwealth Campus,
said, "It's been pretty good. I think I can take back a lot
of information. It's the first time I've really seen
USG President W. T. Williams said he thought the
conference was the first step in the right direction. He
added that students "do have the resources to exert
In closing, Student Leaders' Conference Committee
Chairman Jim Hoffman said he would like to see all the
schools get together on planning, leading, and funding
the workshops. "I think we had a good conference
today," Hoffman said, "but it's important that we see
more meetings like this in the future."
Hoffman added that he believes the group should
meet again before this spring.