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state legislature will still be in
session for part of that time,
most likely continuing to stall
any move toward an appro
priation. During that time,
several 'moves have been
planned to emphasize the
We are facing a dilemma. The world's food supply is
remaining constant, while its population is growing ex
ponentially. This means that we may all soon be starving. The
United States is the only industrialized country in the world
with an excess food supply. It is this fact that is going to leave
us with a big decision to make, and sooner than we think.
According to gathered evidence, Americans normally eat
between one-and-a-half to two times as much food as they need
and then waste a third more. This ridiculous practice is
considered normal and accepted behavior by the American
The question is, will we be able to change this norm in the
near future? Although we are resistant when it comes to
changing our norms, we had better change this one. If the less
privileged countries are starving and we do not supply them
with any of our excess food, it could be the start of World War
The Undergraduate Student Government has gone too far
with their latest letter writing contest. I am writing in regards
to the letter contest to see which floor can write the most
letters to Harrisburg concerning the tuition increase. The
winners of their little contest will receive tickets to USG
movies and cash to be used for a party.
I cannot believe the mentality of those that support such a
contest. We who are in college are supposed to be thinking
people. Why then is USG treating us like the mindless mass,
whose only motivation in life is parties and movies? If the
state legislature ever hears the real reason why most of the
pro-support letters were written they may disregard all of the
letters including those from us who wrote our representatives
before all this contest nonsense started.
This inane caper may damage our cause much more than it
could ever help. It may also help perpetuate the myth that
Penn State is just a party school. If movies and booze are the
only things that can get the Penn State student body moving,
perhaps we don't deserve any state money after all.
With everyone complaining about the budget crisis and
cutbacks in library services, I see one place where some
large-scale trimming can be done. That is with the ap
proximately 120 resident assistants currently employed by the
RAs are currently Costing the University almost a quarter of
a million dollars a year in •foregone tuition and room and
board. Most college students living in dormitories are between
18 and 21 years old. Do mature adults of this age need such
highly-paid babysitters? The students have been conditioned
by their families and society to conform to social norms for
their entire lives.
Is Penn State saying that these students cannot conduct
themselves properly and need a "big-brother" constantly
looking over their shoulders? The University could be trying
to preserve a homey atmosphere by providing a designated
RA for the student to turn to with all of his troubles and to have
a sense of traditional authoritarian power governing him. But
this deprives the student of one of the basic functions of
schooling away from home: social adjustment to independent
If a student cannot live in a foreign environment for 3
months at a clip without being led by the hand by such costly
RAs, he should go back to his mother to be weaned some more.
I think that a few cheap, warm teddybears are what is needed,
not 120 expensive RAs.
behind that of University
Park, the turnout should be
That move.has been coordi
nated with the other state-re
lated schools, and the students
plan to meet in Harrisburg on
Nov. 15. Any students who can
Letters to the Editor
Now that the pink slips have been distributed, 322 students
found themselves blocked out from the one Accounting 102
section offered. In the college of Business Administration
there are basic core requirements the students must take,
included in those requirements is the sequence of introductory
Accounting courses 101 and 102.
At present, there are 689 students enrolled in Accounting 101.
A total of 693 students requested Accounting 102 for Winter
Term. This high number of requests should have been ex
pected because of the sequence of these courses. Space was
offered in the 102 section for Winter Term for only 371 students
53 per cent of the total number requesting the course.
In speaking with personnel from the college, it was
suggested to us that those students disturbed by the situation
speak with Dr. Schrader, head of the Accounfing Department.
His office informed us that an additional section of
Accounting 102 would not be offered due to a lack of faculty.
The office of Robert Dunham, vice president for
Undergraduate Studies, was then approached. Here we were
referred back to the personnel at the• college of Business
After this run-around, several questions remained unan
swered in our minds. For example, Accounting 403 has a
capacity enrollment of 80 students. Presently, there are 39
students requesting this course, leaving 41 openings. Already
one section of this course has been canceled due to lack of
Why can't they consolidate the sections of Accounting 403,
leaving a faculty member available for an additional section
of Accounting 102?
Through past years' experience and the present enrollment
in Accounting 101, it does not seem logical why the expected
number of requests for Accounting 102 was not taken into
consideration and space made available.
Name withheld on request
Changes for the worse
During our years here at Penn State we have seen many
changes in The Daily Collegian. Some have been for the better
( i.e., the addition of the weekly "In Edition" column, more
equal sports coverage) and some have been for the worse.
Two changes which we feel have bee?' for the worse and would
like to see reversed relate to "Doonesbury" and the AP
First, we realize that the Collegian is printed only 5 times a
week, but is this any reason to stop printing the Saturday strip
of "Doonesbury?" You used to do so, so why stop? The day
was always extra special when there were two "Doonesbury"
strips to read over breakfast. Now one-sixth of "Doonesbury"
fun is missing from our lives each week.
Second, the AP picks were always well-written, humorous
and provided a quicker access to the more important football
games of the weekend. Now we have the Las Vegas picks with
their dull format giving no insight into the reasoning behind
their picks, and alongside are the Collegian picks which
rarely say anything different.
Please, give us back our Saturday "Doonesbury" and the
AP football picks! Thank you.
Scat back blues
I feel a few comments are necessary on the subject of Lynne
Margolis' review of the George 'Benson concert in Monday's
You are correct, Lynne; someone in War does indeed play
harmonica in "The World Is a Ghetto." That 'someone' is Lee
Oskar, generally regarded to be among the best rock-blues
soul harmonica players today, along with Stevie Wonder, Paul
Butterfield, John Mayall and a few others. A superb musician
should be given his due credit.
break. It can be used in more
productive ways. Write your
legislator. Visit Harrisburg on
Nov. 15 if at all possible. Let
yourself be heard.
Return from break ready to
fight harder than ever for the
School days end, the fun's ahead
I'm graduating soon and I'm real glad.
I've got a job all lined up in a city where
you can see three double features a day
and nobody thinks you're strange. So,
I'm happy to be leaving school.
But sometimes, late at night when I
should be sleeping but can't, I get
scared. I mean, you can't take real life
pass-fail.' There's no drop-add option out
there among the grown-ups.
And that's frightening. Being in school
was easy t Your life was governed by ten
week periods. Go to class. Read
assignment. Cram for exam. Take
That's the way it usually went. Out
there in the real world I'm not going to
be able to take my job only ten weeks at
a time. There won't be any midterms or
final exams. Every day will count.
Nonetheless, I'm real enthusiastic to
be finishing up. Being in school has been
like living in suspension. You had to put
off a lot of things because it just wasn't
practical. For example, I'm really
looking forward to buying furniture. I've
Phyllis L. Coleman
Paul E. Post
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never bought any before because there
was never any point. ,
I am also eager to live in the same
place for more than six months. Between
moving to an apartment in State College,
moving to the cities where I had in
ternships, and moving home, I haven't
stayed put in the same place for longer
than six months in the past three years.
That much moving can wear a person
Finally, I don't want to have to worry
all the time the way you do while you're
Margolis seems to be bowled over at the concept that a
musician can actually skat and play the same melody
simultaneously: While I do not wish to put down George
Benson, whom I feel is a tremendously talented guitarist and
composer, the use of skat-instrumental soloing is by no means
new, or even that rare.
Skat-playing was first popularized in the late 1930 s and early
19405, primarily by the great bassist Slam Stewart. Today it is
used by everyone from George Benson to Edgar Winter and
Yes' Patrick Moraz.
I am sure that Margolis' review of the concert was accurate.
I just feel that she should have researched her topic a little
more fully. It takes more than being a "confirmed George
Benson fan" to write a good George Benson review.
Loss of self
In this highly industrialized world of ours, many things are
becoming so commercialized and taken for granted that even
people are being regarded as things and numbers. This is
especially the case here at Penn State.
With student enrollment reaching such a high number, it
becomes a necessity (maybe an evil one) to categorize
everyone as a number, a thing, as it is quite easy and quick to
punch out numbers and feed cards into a computer, not to
mention the money which can be saved.
Consequently, I lead to the probable source of the deper
sonalization, in our society. All the new industrial and
technological advances we have made in the past years take
away the personal involvement our forefatheis once had with
their work. Rather than people making, building, teaching,
and learning, the machines are now taking over. Computers,
now being used so widely, can do a job in less than half the
time and with no errors. it is no wonder why corporations,
large universities, and other large organizations use com
puters for their work.
People are no longer needed for some of the jobs which once
required physical work, thus personal aspects in the lives of
some are no longer growing. These machines make jobs much
less personal and make people numbers rather than names.
We try to write it all down as the progress of man, however,
there seems 'to be a descrepancy between meeting
technological needs rather than meeting human needs.
The result here is a tug-of-war between the forces of
modernization and the personal sentiments of tradition, with
social disorganization being an end result. If we are to cure
our materialistic society we must stabilize ourselves and be
what our Creator really intended for us to be real people.
My purpose in writing this letter is to question the existing
student seating policies at Penn State home football games.
After several weekends of arriving at the stadium about
sunrise, sitting through monsoons, and then trying to stave off
muscle spasms after hours of sitting on hard benches, I know
there must be a better way.
For example, Ohio State University provides student ticket
holders the same privilege as any other ticket holder, in other
words, a reserved seat. At least that was their policy when I
was last there in 1972.
Simply, is there some overriding reason why a similar
policy could not be adopted at Penn State?
Share the wealth
In reference to Mr. Cerwonka's letter in the Nov. 7 issue of
The Daily Collegian, I would like to offer the following ob
servation. Mr. Cerwonka has made illogical and invalid
assertions in an attempt to refute statements that were never
even made in Mr. Tiemeyer's letter (Less Meat, Nov. 2).
Laura J. Burden
12th-home economics education
in school. If you're not actually worrying
about the school work you're doing,
you're busy worrying that you should be
doing it when you are goofing off instead.
The nice part to a 9 to 5 job is that at 5,
you can pretty much leave it (unless
your boss works overtime and, you
decide you should too to impress him).
I won't have to feel guilty anymore
when I take off an entire evening to read
one of those spectacularly trashy novels
that you're embarrassed to buy and that
you burn as soon as you finish. I won't
have to feel the angst of work un
completed on the nights when I turn on
the TV at 8 and sit there in front of it like
a zombie watching "Sharon: Portrait of
a Mistress" and similar fare until the
"Star-Spangled Banner" comes on. I
won't have to spend Sunday evenings
trying desperately to make up for all the
studying I planned to do during the rest
of the weekend but, for unexplainable
Of course, there are going to be things
about college life and Penn State I'll
I do not believe that Mr. Tiemeyer was proposing that
Americans eat less meat so that the grain saved from cattle
production could be shipped to underdeveloped countries;
rather, he was attempting to call attention' to the need for
maximum efficiency in food production in the face of an ex
ponentially growing world population and rapidly vanishing
The U.S. is the obvious target for criticism because it is the
biggest consumer of world energy and resources barely 5
per cent of the world's population consuming about 30 per cent ~
of the world's resources. This must be the affluent society that
can certainly afford to please the majority of its people that;
Mr. Cerwonka made reference to in his letter. We may be able'
to afford to please our people, but can the rest of the world
The millions of starving people in the world would probably
answer "no." But is it the U.S.'s responsibility to feed these , .
starving people? It must be the responsibility of every nation,
to help feed the world. Remember that countries are man- .
made abstractions, and the productivity of land varies greatly
from nation to nation. Can we, as Americans, simply because
we live in• a fertile land, condemn to starvation millions of
people who were born in a country where neither the
technology nor the land exists for meeting their own food'
It is time for the "world powers" to stop being the "world
exploiters" of underdeveloped nations. A new economic order
is needed to ensure that world resources are used to maximum
efficiency to benefit the maximum number of people, or
civilization is doomed.
Life and liberty
I wish to express my sincere appreciation and good feelings
to the two dancers whose freedom of expression, zest for life,
and lOve for jazz music made the George Benson and
Preservation Hall concerts more memorable occassions for
me and many others.
Your spontaneous movement and vibrant verve not only
blended well with the spiritual essence of jazz, but also in
spired those with more passive visions of the world to get off
their butts and start enjoying the here and the now, right here,
People make the place, and the love the esprit— of living
which the two of you radiated have certainly made this place
and its people more meaningful to me. When the day comes
when each of us can catch the beauty of, each moment and
express it with a smile as you two did, this certainly will be the
happiest valley of them all.
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miss. I know I'm going to miss seeing
trees and mountains everyday. I'm
going to miss those little chipmunks that
scurry across the campus lawns and into
their hidden holes. I'm going to miss
sleeping late the mornings I don't have
class until third or fourth period: I'll
miss studying in the library; I've liked
that. And mostly, I'll miss that sense of
starting something new every ten weeks.
Nonetheless, I am glad to be leaving.
College was too much like high school,
only the classes were longer and you
didn't need a pass to go to the bathroom.
I didn't like high school much and I've
never been too gung-ho about college.
Always seemed to me that there was an
awful lot out there in the real world that
was just, as challenging and fun as
anything, I ever did in a'classroom, and
I'm eager to find out if that's true.
If it isn't, well, there's always grad
Leah Rozen is leaving Penn State after
this term and has accepted a position at
Advertising Age magazine.
10th-general arts and sciences
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