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THE LANCE
THE LANCE
St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Laurinburg, N. C. 28352
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Time For Action
tt’s about time.for students to take the Initiative. There Is
potential in student government if and only if it seizes the bases
of power and with a united force attacks the roots of the pro
blems students face.
Channels of communication have proved unwieldy and often
have broken down entirely. Practically, students cannot avoid
working with someone else unless they take over total con
trol of the college from the trustees. Ideally, students could,
however, deal directly with the President and through him
with the Trustees, eliminating such groups as the Student Life
Committee. Student government cannot afford to be merely a
dormitory/academic decision-making body. By refusing to
piddle about In the refuse erf every other group on campus, by
asserting aggressively the power of eight hundred students,
the governing body of those students would have a very strong
ar^ining point. The details of running a campus could be
handled efficiently by faculty, student, and student-faculty
committees. All dormitory business would l>e handled In dormi
tories according to the much-vaunted comcept of dorm autonomy
which Is little seen these days.
However^ students must elect and then be prepared to support
officers who will constantly and vocally exert pressure for a
radical change in student government and in ways of looking
at student government. It is the only way to prevent the bogging
down and eventual collapse of the student government we now
know.
Chapel Hill Retreat
Features PARABLE
BY GARY MALLARD
Thirty-four people from St.
Andrews went on the Christian
Council retreat that was held
Valentine’s Day weekend at
Camp New Yope, near Chapel
Hill. The retreat was open to
the whole campus.
The participants saw the
movie “The Parable” which
has no dialogue because It was
first produced for an Inter
national audience at the 1965
World's Fair. One person com
mented that the film’s silence
could mean something more —
Freshman Psalm
A man is my teacher, I shall
not pass. He maketh me sit in
the classroom. He leadeth me
to the blackboard. He handeth
me the chalk. He guldeth me
In a straight path for my grade’s
sake. Yea, though I walk through
the valley of knowledge I lear-
neth not; for I am dense. My
notebook and pencils accom
pany me. He maketh me to show
my Ignorance before my fel
low students. He hath annolnted
my head with examples, my
fountain pen nmneth over. Sure
ly CiC and math shall follow me
all the days of my life and I
shall dweU In the freshman
class forever.
THURSDAY, FEB. ig, igyj
Hayden Calls For Work On Image
BY WILBURN HAYDEN
After attending various meet
ings concerning open dorms,
drugs and other campus issues,
St. Andrews community should
seriously consider the Image
that It Is presenting to the
Laurinburg community and oth
er areas. It appears that drugs
and our not too many campus
r e s t r 1 ctlng regulations are
causing unfavorable repercus
sions that could discourage po
tential St. Andrews students.
I have never been too con
cerned about Image, The cam
pus image for example has ne
ver worried me even though I
know It dropped somewhat when
I and other blacks were enroll
ed here. In such a situation,
I think that the campus Image
should be placed second. There
are times, however, when we
need to examine our image and
work toward presenting it truth
fully to the outside community.
Some people outside the SA
community blame the school
tor much of the Laurinburg
drug problem. In essence, how
ever, SA, as well as other
colleges, plays only a small
part in the national drug sit
uation. I find It hard to be
lieve that colleges are the
only source contributing to the
national billion dollar Illegal
drug industry.
There are people in the out
side commimlty who believe
that open dorms mean a break
down In morals and that rea
listic drinking regulations are
contributing to alcoholism on
the campus. Some people even
believe that we don’t bathe.
As a campus community, should
we worry about these people?
Yes. If we let this image con
tinue to grow, we will remain
scapegoats of this society (just
as my people have been and
stUl are). As a campus we can
do something about It and we
must. Many people outside of
SA are just waiting for a bust,
a drinking incident or a ma
jor infraction of the open dorm
policy.
This Is why we need to show
concern alx>ut our image. It Is
up to us, as a community, to
make some attempt to prevent
the drug situation on campus
from becoming an excusp
people to condemn us it
to us to convince th;s“i:
Pie that we aren’t alcohoh?"
and we do Jook uDon uer.!
hygiene as they do. ft
to us to show how open donT
really are. If ourimageJ?
lowed to destroy us aM
^ that is happening here
then we will be the ones
suffer.
■nie issue of drugs has be®
distorted and discussed m,
ttan any other campus
Every member of our camp;
community realizes or stZ
realize that the widespread use
possession, and sale of med’
Ically unsupervised drugs isu
regulation. Any member of the
campus found guUlty by our
judiciary system of violating
this regulation will be pum^
ed. If any member of the cam.
pus or the outside community
has a more realistic means of
controlling the situation that
would not endanger the rights
of students, it will be wel.
corned in my office.
Response To The Laos Invasion;
Why Isn't The Nation Reacting ?
BY MARSHALL GRAVELY
The recent events of the war
In Indochina and the corres
ponding lack of response a-
mong protest groups here at
home seems to tx)lnt to a new,
very dangerous phase of anti
war movement in the United
States.
The South Vietnamese army
has recently sent a large strike
force Into the Southern pan
handle of Laos, Its supposedly
neutral neighbor to the west.
This is one with full U. S.
air and logistical support, and
there are some accounts of
troops sent In as well. The
much-vaunted Cooper-Church
amendment has supposedly pro
hibited this action, but the U.
S. policies are testing it to
extreme limits.
What seems more worrisome
than the new invasion, however,
is the response back home a-
mong anti-war groups. That
perhaps it was saying that love
needed to be shown in action,
not just words. The main
character of the film is a clown,
dressed in white, who is seen
helping a man water his ele
phants, taking the place of a
black man sitting in a cage who
gets dunked in water when the
customer’s ball hits the tar
get, and finally, as he takes
the place of people in a “living
puppets” act in the main cir
cus, Is stabbed and beaten to
death by people he has of
fended in helping others. The
movie symbolized Christ and
how he bears our sins and
showed forth suffering love.
The discussion that followed
was sparked by a person’s plea
for action—that we open up and
start acting In love. All the
discussions were t^n and live
ly, but with lltUe argument.
‘The Polarities of the Chris
tian Faith”, the tiUe of the
conference, were not too evi-
dent.
All in all, it was a great
weekend. We had plenty of free
time and we really got to know
new people better. We felt that
the foundation was laid for a
very real Christian unity. The
program ended, symbolically
with communion Sunday, out
doors, and overlooking a beauti
ful lake.
Nixon still seeks a military
solution in Indochina is of lit
tle doulit, but the role of pro
test has been to limit lUs plans.
For example, the uproar after
the Cambodian Invasion last
spring caused him to accept
the Senate’s ruling limiting his
power in making new war. There
has been no such action after
this latest Laotian escalation
of the already protracted war.
Have we as students finally
tiecome isolated from the e-
vents of the war? The nation
wide campus mood towards the
war seems now to be one of
numbness or apathy. So pro
test cannot effectively respond
to the Laos invasion.
The danger In this numb
ness is the possibility that Nix
on may judge the silence to be
acqulesence—which in fact it
may be. The nation, and espe
cially most students are war-
weary and drained of emotion
HAVe A
toward It. But Nixon Isn’t. We,
by not protesting, may provide
the opportunity for him to es-
pand the war further.
Then what response is open
to us? Part of the numbness
was caused by the government's
tacit refusal to respond to the
mass protest of the last two
years. Perhaps political ac
tion may succeed. But some new
determination of purpose Is
needed. The students who pro
mised involvement In the
system for last year’s elec
tions and then did not work
must renew their collective
drive.
Perhaps protest to Nixon’s
war policy, then, should tun
away from marching toward
hard work. Whatever form Is
taken, though, some protest Is
necessary. Otherwise we may
just be beginning a large war
rather than witnessing the final
moves of a smaller one.
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