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Page 2 The Clarion March 4, 1987
Student opinion ... 7 * L
Meeting with Dean gives students sounding board
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by April M. Woods
Just how many issues were brought up at last month’s dinner
More than this reporter is willing to count. The length of the list is a testimony that the
meeting between students and the dean went well.
It is true that the complaints outnumber the compliments. But that can only be existed
since the purpose of the dinner meeting was for students to air their opimons on how at
BC can be improved. Besides, some of the questions have already b^n addressed by
Langley, who has since spoken with both the head of ARA and the head of maintenance.
For example, the variety of desserts we’ve had in the cafeteria has improved.
The list of issues is broken into five basic areas: food services, bookstore, maintenance,
student affairs, and academic affairs.
Complaints: Predictable menu, hours are too early (students are not hungry by 11
a.m.), should not run out of food in the middle of a meal, special foods should be served on
separate nights instead of all on one night, ARA should ask students what they like, And is
it possible for ARA to give students the option of eating at the Storm Cellar at night? ARA
should never run out of hamburgers.
Compliments: Breakfast is great.
Complaints: Books are priced high and buy-back is terrible (not based on condition),
maybe the College could take the bookstore back and have business majors help run it,
other items cost three to five times more than they do at Roses.
Complaints: Water in Green Hall is scalding—very dangerous, it takes forever to get
things fixed (two to four weeks to fix a light or drain is not uncommon), should not ham
mer or make unnecessary noise during quiet hours - If students must obey quiet hours, so
should staff, locks in Green can be opened with a credit card - there is no security, keys do
not always fit the locks, workers are not respectful or courteous; they often act as though
they are doing students a favor by fixing something.
Comphments: Thanks for renovations and doors on stalls.
IV. Student Affairs
The Mellon Patch by Pat Mellon
Are you listening?
Note: I am a satirist. My job is to write
satires—that is, literary works that are
humorous, sarcastic, or ridiculing. For
some reason, I have no problem with that.
That’s how 1 think. But when I was sitting
at my desk writing this, something went
wrong. The following is the result.
Hockey and soccer are similar sports,
but no one is really sure why airline tickets
cost so much. After all, chess is a game of
skill, and the longer you go without waxing
your car, the greater the chances are of ac
tually being bitten by a cobra.
Speaking of laundi7 detergent, my next-
door neighbor has a Labrador Retriever
named Muffin, which explains why I can
never find a parking space near the en
trance of the mall. Besides, it doesn’t mat
ter who wins or loses, it’s the color you
paint your house that counts. Now, don’t
get me wrong—peanut butter is nutri
tional. It’s just that I don’t understand how
parrots can talk. I mean, who do you know
‘ that can row a boat that fast?
I do, however, like to waterski, even
though I’m always afraid I’m going to
miss part of the movie if I go for popcorn.
But, the Lone Ranger never did take off his
mask, so why should (Cadillac owners have
to pay extra for anchovies? It’s not their
job to Uke out the trash. So what if sofa-
beds are expensive? That still doesn’t
change the fact that the Buccaneers
haven’t been to a Superbowl.
Now, even though the milk’s gone sour,
my car stiU gets pretty good gas mileage!
But, you shouldn’t underestimate the
abilities of midget-wrestlers. I’ve always
been Uught that it’s better to give than
receive, but Reagan can't run again in
1988. So go ahead and buy that air-
conditioning unit-my little brother
already has a tricycle.
Comolaints- Arcade games are a decade behind the times, fix piano in SU for music
stuZl to play for everyone, change visitation to 9 or 10 p.m. - quiet hours begin at 8
p m but are not enforced, townies do a lot of damage - they should be r^tricted to vista-
Eon days or be a guest of a BC student, point system should be changed - favoritism is
shown rules should be enforced because people can too easily find ways around them,
dorm dinners were not known to everyone, students are responsible for electing poor
leadership to SGA, but SGA needs more guidance and support from staff students
should make sure good people are elected to SGA so it can be used as a better tool next
year, there needs to be something for students to do besides intramurals — a swim team or
golf team for example, perhaps classes.
Compliments: Music performances at the SU are good, intramurals are good.
V. Academic Affairs i. j j • 1:^11.
Complaints: Advisors don’t understand the system and often give bad advice. English
Lab isn’t used and neither are tutoring labs, there should be some way to avoid having
three or four tests on one day - perhaps scheduling certain periods for tests on certain
days would work, bells should be cancelled on days when there are no classes — the pre
sent system appears high schoolish, students should be treated like young adults rather
than children and should be held responsible for the rules, day students are set apart,
there should be orientation which includes them.
Compliments: Math lab is good, higher academic standards are good, higher admis
sions standards are good, the freshman class is better than it was last year in that it is
more interested in academics, meetings with the Dean are a good idea.
Miscellaneous: j * * •
Complaints: Communication is bad, students don’t read memos, perhaps a dot matrix
board could be set up in the cafeteria with daily events — time on the board could be sold
for birthdays, club announcements, etc. to pay for the board, pep rallies should be held
during orientation to introduce teams, athletes, and coaches, social events can be put on
cards on tables in the cafeteria, students are more likely to open an envelope which is ad
dressed to them and sealed, forest parties are becoming too drug oriented - someone is
going to get hurt — Brevard is becoming such a retirement community that there is little
for younger people (townies or BC students) to do here.
Hopefully, as some of these problems are solved, there will be less tension between
students and administration. Progress such as this can only lead to a better overall at
mosphere at BC.
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I remember a couple of years ago, I saw
a girl mowing the lawn. When I asked her
name she said she’d never played racquet-
ball, but that she’d be more than happy to
give me a ride to the florist.
So, vou can see how truly dangerous
hang-gliding is, but with so many houses in
one neighborhood, one can’t help but get in
the express-lane with more than eight
items. But, do bears really hibernate all
I guess the real problem here is
mathematical. Coins can’t lay eggs so
there’s really no way to be in two places at
So, hypothetically speaking, the fina'
outcome of a transitional period of
metamorphosis is determined primarily
by the extracurricular activities of the
species being studied.