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volume 13, Num^r 14 ANDREWS PRKSBYTCRIAN college. UlmmBlFR"
Edimstcn: Congress Inept
Thursday. April li, 1974 (4)
Rufus Edmisten, Chief ad
ministrative assistant to N. C.
Senator Sam Ervin, told a St.
Andrews audience Tuesday
that the Watergate affair was
a culmination of a number of
trends which have occurred in
the last few decades. Ed
misten, who has first-hand
knowledge of the scandal from
his work as deputy counsel to
the Senate Watergate Com
mittee, identified the ex
panding powers of the
Presidency, the increasing
complacency and ineptitude of
Congress, and the growth of a
powerful White House Staff
responsible only to the
President as factors having a
major causal effect towards
Watergate. He specifically at
tacked several chief ad
ministrative assistants to
President Nixon (such as H.
R. “Bob” Haldeman), whom
he called ‘ ‘ad agency men who
are used to selling something
at any cost.”
Despite his long service with
Senator Ervin, Edmisten
claimed not to be an apologist
for Congress. He reprimanded
Congress for its willingness to
let Presidents of recent years
assume powers which were
not delegated to them by the
Constitutional or Statutorial
means. He gave the example
of Presidential impoundment
of funds, by which recent
Presidents have nullified
Congress’ power of the purse
by preventing allocated funds
from reaching their
destinations. Because of this,
said Edmisten, “a president is
able to serve in a lawmaking
capacity instead of an
executive capacity.”
He also cited executive
agreements with foreign
nations as a weapon of power
which the President has taken
upon himself. While formal
treaties must be Con
stitutionally ratified by the
Senate, an equally binding
executive agreement need
not. Congress has taken no ac
tion to stop this increase in
Presidential power. “The
Congress has got to achieve an
overview role,” claimed Ed
misten, pointing out that
Congress must demand to
have the right to confirm or
reject more Presidential ap
“The Presidency in the last
few months has taken quite a
nosedive—there’s no doubt
The well-known English
oik Singer, Peter Bellamy, is
coming to St. Andrews Wed
nesday for two performances
ursday and Friday nights,
formerly of the English Folk
group, The Young Tradition,
oellamy has branched out to
®^me an accomplished solo
performer. Though he usually
smgs unaccompanied, he oc
casionally employs the con-
«rtma and guitar to back
J'mself up. Bellamy had
ecently set a number of
oeras by Kipling to his own
1C and writes original
cesas well. To quote a com
mentator at the Norwick
Triennial Festival: “He is,
with his bizarre clothes and
long hair which doth hang like
flax upon a distaff, an aston
ishing sight to behold. But
how well he knows and co
lours his songs, singing them
in that strangely antique
way which makes them real
period pieces. . .” Dr. Joyner
of History and Social Sciences
fame will begin the programs
Thursday and Friday nights,
Thursday in the LAA at 8:00
and Friday in the Cafeteria at
about that,” Edmisten said,
but later added that he didn’t
think impreachment
proceedings would seriously
weaken the office, which may
not be near its lowest ebb. The
attack on a single President
should not be equated with an
attack on the office of the
Presidency. “The trouble in
America today is that we’ve
almost equated the word ‘im
peachment’ with a word like
‘cancer.’ ”
Edmisten pointed out that
the office has been gaining
power in great amounts from
F. D. R.’s time to the present.
“In recent years we have had
almost royalty in the U.S.,” he
said, pointing out that the
President is served by over 60
personal servants and seven
Boeing jets. This power ex
tends to “assistant presiden
ts” like Haldeman and John
Ehrhchman. “They thought
that parts of the Constituion
could be suspended. We have a
system of government that
works very well except when
certain parts of that govern
ment exceed their powers.
The Watergate episode is the
Rufus Edmisten in
Watergate Hearings.
Senate Caucus Room during Senate
story of insatiable hunger and
thirst for, power. . . I am
speaking as a Democrat, but
facts are facts.”
Edmisten was the second of
two political speakers brought
to St. Andrews on grants from
the S & H Foundation.
A Hope Of Community
Convocation was a series of
contradictions and desperate
cries for community in the
troubled times we face.
Dr. Samuel D. I^octor, was
the speaker and he too pointed
out the strange effect the
conglomeration of cultures
and traditions had on him.
Ceremonies do have a function
in society but they must be
conscious efforts to integrate
the community.
Dr. Proctor’s address was
moving and hopeful. Con
vinced of the possibility for a
genuine community in the
United States he set forth the
role that education should
play in bringing forth the
potential within all people.
The strength of community
rests on a core of shared
values to which all members
ire committed.
Proctor proclaimed the
United States as a non
community due to its political
and racial polarization and
rigid classes. In fine arts,
sports and money realms
there is some sense of com
munity but that is superficiaJ,
transitory and does not main
tain genuine community
The educational process can
discover ways to strive for
community. Proctor gave
three criteria for a teacher; 1)
vivaciousness, 2) a sense of
appreciation for those who are
different, 3) the ability to
relate experiences and basic
skills to individual students. It
is most important that
teachers be able to respond to
the individual needs of the
student even if it is trouble
with the verb “to be.” He
discovered a method of
teaching this to a student and
the student wanted to know
why his regular teacher had
not used Proctor’s method.
Proctor said that the teacher
probably did not understand it
either and only “quoted the
rules expecting the students
to guess the password.”
It is also crucial in
education to relate all subjects
Administrative Changes
Conn will con-
an Easter Sunrise Com-
®‘on Service on Chapel
Island Easter Sunday, April
14, at 6:45 a.m. He recom
mends bringing something to
sit on.
Two changes in ad
ministrative posts at St. An
drews Presbyterian College
were announced this week by
Dr. Victor C. Arnold, Dean of
the CoUege. Dr. James F.
Stephens will succeed William
E. Pauley as registrar, and
Robert Y. Valentine will fill
the new post of assistant dean
for student academic affairs.
Stephens, assistant
professor of chemistry, will
assume the duties of registrar
from Pauley on June 1.
Pauley, who also has served
as assistant professor of
American Studies, is leaving
the college to accept a call as
pastor of the 300-member Mt.
Pisgah Presbyterian Church
in Harnett County near
Dr. Stephens will continue
to teach advanced courses in
the chemistry program in ad
dition to his duties as
registrar. He joined the
chemistry faculty in 1969 af-
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on a broad spectrum and to
stop examining one culture as
superior and another as bad,
etc. His presentation of an
American funeral was in
sightful and humorous. It
revealed how we continue old
traditions without reviving
them, without bringing them
into correspondence with the
needs and tenor of the present.
So the “Black Baptist from
Harlem among Southern
Presbyterians having been led
in by a bagpiper” addressed
himself to the need for a
restored community in
America and indirectly to the
need for renewed traditions
and values. The necessity
for political and economic
change was implicit in his
address; as the community
he called for it is not possible
without radical alterations in
those structures.
Wright Resigns
Mrs. Ramonna Wright,
Director of the Career Plan
ning and Placement Center of
Students Personnel Services
has announced her
resignation effective at the
end of April.
Under her leadership, the
Career Planning and
Placement Center has ex
panded its services to include
post graduate job placement,
summer employment, and
part time work during the
college year. Mrs. Wright has
brought dozens of em
ployment counselors to the
campus, representing firms
from the entire eastern
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