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Page 2 September. 1977
When the student Goverment made the motion to have a committee go see
Dean Evans in their meeting Sept. 5th, it was their goal for “General Studies
required attendances and grading system from last year be continued and the
present system be discontinued! (Quote taken form minutes recorded by
Margaret Bender:, Secretary 9-5) Yet according to SGA President Rex
Hoffman the committee and Dean Evans came to a deadlock, and thus a
compromise was made. The compromise being that required attendances be
cut from 30 to 26 for a letter grade A. In convocation Monday the j:l2th , Dean
Evans announced that the compromise was a drop from 30 to 27, not the
previously agreed upon number of 26! Only after the SGA conlftonted Evans,
a second time did he agree to the number 26.
Now for an examination of Dean Evans considerations leading to the
decision to instuitute letter grades listed for the reader on page one of this
issue. No. 1-While General Studies is a credit course here at MAC, it is not
a'transferable credit.' Other colleges will look at our grade point average af
fected by General Studies, but not accept the G. S. credit. No. 2-Every
student I’ve talked to coidd care less if someone got the same grade they
received by going to Convocationlor Chapel a less number of times. Students
want to go to hear the announcements, speakers, and other entertainment, not
to get a grade. No. 3-Why should an honor student demonstrate superior
performance in this course as well as others when G. S. will not transfer? It is
because the other subjects transfer that the students seek to excell in them.
No. 4-Okay, it will help the A.E. students, but let’s remember that they are a
very small minority. As in any democratic system majority rules! It is
agreed that it will not do much injustice to students who excell academically.
Maybe an eithth on a point could be lost. As for number 5-WE ARE NOT
NUMEROUS OTHER COLLEGES. We are different. PTL. Let’s prove it.
I suggest that Dean Evan’s new system is merely a tool in prodding more
students out of their rooms and into Convocation and Chapel. Improve the
quality of the speakers and the entertainment and students will attend 27 or
more times. 'Thatis just an added suggestion. The overwhelming desire from
the student body is for the new system to be dropped irifa'vorlof the old.jOut of
1(X) persons petitioned this week 1(X) were not satisfied with the new policy and
favored the old. . „
What Happened to the S.U.?
Some of MAC’s students were
asked their opinion on the
elimination of long Tuesday-
'Thursday classes. Here are some of
“I like the shorter class hour as I
am able to pay much better at
tention. A negative point might be
that it is harder to plan your
schedule.’ Sandy Edmisten
“Fifty-minute class periods seem
to work out better. Attention is
greater and everyone doesn’t go to
sleep.’ Bill Bunn
“Tuesday-'Thursday classes were
alright because it gave the student a
break with only two class meetings a
week.’ Jerry McPeters
“I do not really/care,for this new
schedule. It’s impossible to read a
novel in three nights! ’ Kaye Beasley
“I like the new system better than
the hour and a quarter classes over 2
days. I think it i\si MORE
ORGANIZED.” Carrie Wolfenden.
“The old system was much more
orderly. Many classes are missed
due to misunderstandings about our
schedules. We end up using all our
class cuts just trying to learn our
“. . .1 tend to like the old system
better because it was more
organized and I enjoyed the con
sistency of the class schedules and
getting out at the same time on
certain days.’ Ben Fortson
“I am relieved that this year I won’
t be falling asleep on Tuesday and
Thursday.’ Chad Kapfhamer .
“The new schedule seems to be
chatotic now, however, maybe later
things will become more organized.
Personally, I am fighting to get used
to it.’ Leslie Lehr
“I’m really glad that we don’t have
the long Tuesday-Thursday classes,
but its going to take awhile,to'get
adjusted to this schedule since it’s so
different.’ Beth Johnson
“.. .1 would like to have more time
in class to talk to the teachers.’ Beth
“The classes seem to fit a lot of
people’s idea of decent class length.
I am happy that I don’t have to be
“trapped’in the same room for so
long.’ John Kiricoples
“I appreciate the new schedule,
for all the classes have the same
allotted time span.’ Bryan Cun
As everyone probably knows, the
student union is closed this year.
For those of you who ask why, you do
deserve an explanation. First of all,
the college does not own the building
by Lake Susan in which the student
union is situated, but rents it from
the Montreat Association,- Inc. This
year the college has regretfully
decided ' not to rent this building.
At the i moment, plans are being
made by Mrs. Andrews to open the
gym as a game room to com
pensate for the closing of the student
union. Details as to what the hours
will be or what the game room will
consist of are indefintite at the
present time, but will be announced
in the near future.
The newspaper staff would greatly
appreciate it if you, the students,
would let us know your opinions on
this matter by writing a letter to the
editor of the newspaper.
The Administrative Staff has decided that for the
year 1977-78, there will be no admission to home
athletic events. The intent of this decision is to
encourage more participation by Faculty and Staff
and we look forward to an increase in numbers at
The continuation of the Cavalier Club was ap
proved and all Faculty and Staff are encouraged to
join and support the Club.
We, the members of the Aletheian staff, have one foremost goal and that is
to uphold our name—ALETHEIA, the Greek word for truth—in everything we
Our second concern is to cover all activities, happenings, etc., occuring on
the MAC Campus or outside events affecting MAC. We will cover all news as
out limited time and space permits.
Letters to the Editors concerning anything of interest are more than
welcome. We will attempt to answer any questions about previous articles,
the mechanics of the paper, important decisions made by the faculty con
cerning students, and anything else felt to be within reason by the Editorial
staff. All letters will be printed with signature unless otherwise requested.
Letters should either be given personally to the Editor, or dropped off in the
box marked newspaper in Ga ither. (first office on left)
Positiur.j are always open for new staff members. Just see the Editor.
THE ALETHEIAN STAFF
. KEN LAIKEN
ALETHEIA is the student newspaper of Montreat-Anderson College and is
published bi-weekly. It is printed by the Black Mountain News in Black