The Cowl - v.30 - n.1 - Sep 27, 1967S U B S C R I B E R ' S A D D R E S S T H E COWL P R O V I D E N C E
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V O L . X X X , NO. 1 P R O V I D E N C E C O L L E G E , P R O V I D E N C E , R. I., S E P T E M B E R 27, 1967 10 P A G E S
Student Congress to Join National Student Association
The Student Congress of Providence College had its first meeting of the year on Monday, Sept. 25.
The major topic on the agen da was whether the Student Congress would join the Nation al Student Association. Albert P. Pepka, sponsor of the b i l l to join the N.S.A. , pointed out that the Association is made up of 326 student governments throughout the country. Advan tages in joining N.S.A. were, accessible l ibrary of references explaining what other student governments are doing, a life insurance policy for students at a reduced price, and better bargaining power when dealing with singing groups for con certs. Also more than 15,000 volunteer workers have come from the N.S.A. to help the Of fice of Economic Opportunity with some of its various pro grams. A roll-call vote passed the b i l l for joining N.S.A. unani mously.
The point was made, that the Student Congress belonged to the National Student Associa tion about three years ago but resigned upon request of the College. It was felt at that time the N.S.A. was a Communist orientated organi2ation. Mr . Dunphy, Congress President, re marked, that "this has been proven false in the events of the past year" and therefore to
rejoin the organization would be feasible.
James Montague sponsored a b i l l that would petition F r . Haas, to reduce prices of paper back books ten percent. The reason given was that Mr. Hen- sen of the Brown Book Store told Mr . Montague that hard cover books bring in a profit of 20% while paper-backs bring in 30%. For this reason he lowered the prices of his paper-backs by 10%. Mr. Montague went on further to say that if the re quest was not granted the pas sage in the Student Handbook which states that "students should buy books from the Col lege Book Store since it is more economical," should be stricken from the handbook. The b i l l was passed unanimously.
A b i l l to protest the alleged "hearding" of students to the convocational Mass was tabled for further study.
Among the first matters of business was the appointing of students to the Student Fac ulty Board. Representing the class of 1968 w i l l be Paul V . Byrne and Dennis S. Baluch. The Class of 1969 w i l l have Jo seph T. McAleer and Lindsay E . Waters. Br ian J Murphy and Robert W. Palmer w i l l rep resent the class of 1970. Of the six students three are day-hops and three are dorm students.
New P.C Chaplain Appointed; Father Walsh Assigned to Post
F r . Paul Walsh, O.P., has been appointed chaplain at Providence College. He suc ceeds F r . Adr ian Wade, O.P., who has been assigned to the Saint Thomas More Center at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
ington from which he received the degree of Lectorate of Sa cred Theology last June. Last summer F r . Walsh was assigned to St. Vincent Ferrer 's Church, New York.
F r . Walsh w i l l have five as sistant chaplains. They are: F r .
F A T H E R P A U L W A L S H , O P .
F r . Walsh, a native of Wan- tagh, L . I., graduated from Prov idence College in 1959 with a major in classics. He entered the Dominican Order that same year. After a year of novitiate F r . Walsh entered the Domini can House of Studies in Wash-
George Concordia, O.P., F r . Wil l iam Folsey, O.P., F r . Walter Heath, O.P., F r . James Sullivan, O.P., and F r . Gerard Vander- haar, O P .
A brother of F r . Walsh, Mich ael, is a member of the class of 1969.
Campus Improvements Highlight '67 Vacation
The first stages of what ap pears to be an ambitious long range program of improvements to the physical plant of the Col lege is well underway. Official confirmation of a much dis cussed "10 year program" of building and remodelling has not been made as yet. How ever, the most casual tour of the campus reveals an unprece dented state of activity that perhaps is an indication of a bright future for the College campus.
Adding considerable weight to rumors that a 10 year expansion program is to be inaugurated is the recent formation by Very Rev. Wi l l i am Paul Haas, O.P., President of the College, of a permanent building committee. The objective of the committee, as outlined by F r . Haas, is to oversee construction presently underway and to formulate and recommend plans for new con-
Promotions, New Titles
Several staff appointments, promotions and reassignments at Providence College have been announced by the Very Rev. Wi l l i am Paul Haas, O.P., presi dent.
The Rev. John F. Cunning ham who has been director of the Liberal Arts Honor Program becomes Director of Residence with responsibility of overall supervision of residence faci l i ties. Named his assistant was Andrew A . Del Corso, a former professor of military science at the college.
The Rev. John S. Peterson, O.P., assistant b u r s a r , was named financial aid officer to coordinate a l l student aid pro grams.
Dennis C. McGovern, former University of Rhode Island bas ketball star, has been named assistant to the Student Affairs Director. Mr . McGovern w i l l direct class scheduling and co ordinate student social activi ties.
Gerald E . Morris has been named head cataloger in the college l ibrary. For the past three years he has been L i - barian at the Marine Historical Association, Mystic, Conn. He holds an M.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in library science from the Drexel Insti tute of Technology.
Rene E. Fort in , associate pro fessor of English, has been named director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program succeed ing Father Cunningham. He was formerly assistant director.
Charles F. Bargamian has been named audio-visual and television officer.
J . Joseph Hanley, professor of chemistry, has been designated coordinator of physical science facilities.
struction. The committee is to serve as an advisory board for a period of 10 years.
Members of the committee are: F r . Robert A . Morris, O.P., Vice President for Institutional Development; F r . Francis C. Duffy, O.P., Administrative As sistant; F r . Charles V . Fennell ,
Mr. Joseph L . Byron, Business Manager.
Work on the new library is running well ahead of schedule. It is certain that the January 1969 completion deadline of the building contract w i l l be met. There is a possibility, barring unforeseen delays due to strikes,
President Breaks Ground for Library O.P., Bursar; F r . Charles B. Quirk, O.P., Chairman of the Economics Department; F r . John P. Kenny, O.P., Chairman of Philosophy Department; and
weather, that the long awaited facility may be ready by Sep tember of 1968.
The total cost of the library (Continued on Page 6)
Renovated Donnelly Hall Realized; Houses Temporary Student Union
Among the various physical changes which have taken place on the P.C. campus during the summer recess is the refurbish ing of Donnelly H a l l , in order to serve as a temporary Student Union. F r . Robert Morris, O.P., Vice President for Develop ment, has indicated that Donnel ly is only a "temporary mea sure, unt i l permanent facilities can be provided." F r . Morris noted that a permanent Student Union was one of the topics dis cussed in the Development Com mittee meeting Sept. 25.
Mr . Arthur J . Newton, Direc tor of Student Affairs, pointed out that, under the Management of Mr. James Donahue, and his
assistant, Mr. Wi l l iam Paniccia, the Administration hopes to pro vide at Donnelly the recreation al needs of the students. Along with the pool tables, T V . lounge, Carolan and Dil lon Club offices, Mr. Newton hoped that the two conference rooms, which would be used on a ro tating basis, would satisfy many of the students' needs.
Mr . Newton added that since Donnelly is to serve as a stu dent activities center, it is his intention that the students ac tively participate in the manage ment of the facility. For this reason, he has recommended that the Student Congress " i m -
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On the Riots Summer '67' marked the emergence
into the limelight of two of the greatest war mongers in American History. This infamous duo did not however, call for the total destruction of Viet N a m , nor did they even press for an escalation of the Vietnamese War . Chaos in South east A s i a was not "the objective of these demons. Their cause was far more ghastly : T o corrupt the very roots of American Society by promulgating a massive civil war of bigotry.
The "campaign of violence" which was incited by the words of H . R a p Brown and Stokley Carmichael, clearly followed the lines of Communistic ag gression.
They preached in Ghettos to the poor, the ignorant, the jobless and the impressionable young. This is obviously a captive audience typical of those which the Communist prey upon.
They demanded that the Negroes arm themselves with rifles and fire bombs and strike out at the white world which tormented them. These agitators promised that vengeance and riots would bring a better way of life for the oppressed Negroes. T h e y could loot and steal what " W h i t e y " had not let them earn. They could kill and plunder like savages until they brought " W h i t e y " to his knees, then the Negro would reign supreme.
This formula of civi l war should be familiar to the student of modern his tory. It has paved the way for the a d vance of Communism which has en veloped nearly half of the globe.
Most Americans steadfastly agree
that Communism could not possibly i n vade our beloved country, but we are presently sitting on a powder keg of re bellion which could at any moment ex plode. The effects of the summer of riot ing were devastating and hideous, but yet we scoff and claim that the events were coincidental.
Did the riots just happen haphazard ly , or were they part of a master plot to undermine our society? T h e future of Democracy may hinge on the answer to this question.
The Poverty P r o g r a m which have been initiated in order to aid the inhab itants of the Ghettos are commendable efforts, but they can only attempt to prevent the secondary causes of wide spread rioting.
Litt le has been done to check the p r i m a r y cause which is the instigation of the omnious oration (Brown and Carmichael) .
Congress did manage to formulate a bil l which was supposed to make it a federal offense to cross state lines for the purpose of inciting a riot. However, this law does not seem to be worth the paper it was printed on because both Brown and Carmichael continue to preach hate and violence throughout the country.
The freedom of speech is indeed precious, bpt it seems somewhat absurd that subversive savages who call for mass destruction and the humiliation of the A m e r i c a n Negro would be pro tected under the guise of civil rights action. Possibly new legislation should be enacted.
Student Prefect System Student discontent with the rules
and regulations that govern campus res idence has been a major issue at P r o v i dence College and many other inst itu tions for some time. In recent years a trend has developed at most colleges which has increasingly shifted the main tenance of dormitory discipline from stringent sets of rules to an emphasis on individual responsibility. This idea of developing order and control through more personal freedom rather than more discipline constitutes a healthy and mature approach to a problem which should be non-existent.
Unfortunately the lot of the campus resident at P . C . is not improving fast enough. One area of the campus resi dent program which needs improvement is the student prefect system. T h e necessity of the existence of such a pro gram is not in question. T h e question concerns just what the role of the pre fect should be in relation to the stu dents on his floor.
The student prefect system this year seems to be a greater burden to both students and prefects. T h e role of the prefect should be that of a councelor and friend to the students on his floor. This image of the prefect however is being
lost through a sort of police type bur eaucracy instituted for efficiency. P r e fects are now expected to remain on their floors f r o m 7:30 P . M . to 6 A . M . on weekdays unless they have official permission to be absent. E a c h week they must submit a report to the office of the Director of Residence and to their Rector and faculty prefects con cerning individual students and u n usual occurrences among other things. This policing by the prefects is an insult to the matur i ty of the students on their floor and is unpleasant for both prefect and student. Such duty is a definite burden to the student prefect who must sacrifice free time and assume great responsibility for a meager salary of ten dollars weekly
It would be of great benefit to both prefect and student i f the duties and amounts of time demanded of the pre fects were relaxed and their salaries raised to a level commensurate with their responsibility. T h e atmosphere of a dormitory floor should be one of m u tual trust and harmony brought about by the exercise of individual responsi bility and consideration for others. T h e prefect must promote this condition by personal contact and example not by being a disciplinarian.
Women on Faculty It seems strange that the absence
of women from the undergraduate school faculty of Providence College was so little questioned in the past. F o r tunately, the need to debate the issue i n the future has been precluded by the Committee on Academic R a n k and Tenure.
We commend the Committee for ap proving the applications of three wom en, the first to teach undergraduate courses here. A t the same time we wel come M r s . Roland Folter (German) , M r s . Carlos M . Angulo (Spanish) and Miss Roseanne Vaire, a graduate assis
tant in the E n g l i s h Department, to the Providence College community.
D r . Paul v a n K . Thomson, V i c e President for Academic A f f a i r s and chairman of the committee, has said qualifications, and not sex, are the de termining factors in the acceptance of faculty members. It is not inconceiv able that a nun or religious brother will be on the faculty in the future, he said.
W e view the committee's at t i tude— and more especially, its recent a c t i o n — as a sign of the growth Providence Col lege is now undergoing.
M E M O -
F R O M THE EDITOR Another academic year is upon us. On behalf of The Cowl staff, I extend a warm wel
come to the College community, with hope that the sum mer break has proven profitable and that a successful year lies ahead for a l l .
Unfortunately a situation has arisen that necessi tates the beating of an old drum, namely apathy.
In recent years the topic of campus conversation has been the lack of a fall sport to fi l l the void before the basketball season starts. Nevertheless, as in the case of the weather, there was much talk and little action.
Last Fall however, several interested students ini tiated a drive to establish a Club Football program. Club Football is a student managed organization which re ceives no f inancial assistance from the College. In order to assure success for the program, it was essential that the Football Club procure $10,000 in capital . Because of this seemingly insurmountable obstacle, several camps, including the College administrat ion and an ele ment of the Sports Department of a local newspaper viewed the project as a farce. Despite such odds, the Football Club has had the last laugh. Various fund raising projects have made Club Football a reality at Providence College.
It now appears that the administrat ion is trying to save face by tossing another obstacle into the path of success. Approximately sixteen football players have been effected by the refusal of the Dean's Off ice to make schedule revisions for individuals who have a con f l ict between their class schedules and practice sessions. The argument presented by the administration is that schedule adjustments are made only for varsity athletic clubs. Whi le it is true that Club Football is not a varsity sport, consideration should be given to the fact that the Football Club is an intercollegiate program under the sanction of the N C A A , and that unlike intramural clubs, the Football Club represents the College as a whole, and should be treated accordingly. It is too much to ask for some cooperation from the administration?
Gerald P. Feeley
. . . I turned down a scholarship to Notre Dame . . . Come to P.C. to play football . . . then I'm scheduled for a 3:30 class . . . Who's this guy "Pop"?
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