North Carolina Newspapers

St. Andrews Presbyterian CollegS
Official Publication of the Student Body of St. Andrews Presbyterian College
VOL. 14, No. 13
Compromise Sought Between Graduation
Committee and Senior Class
Renewed efforts to secure a
speaker for St. Andrews’ May
23 graduation ceremonies got
underway this week following
an acrimonious meeting of the
senior class last Tuesday. The
meeting, called by the
Graduation Committee to
review progress made and
resolve the matter of choosing
senior and guest speakers for
the commencement program,
quickly degenerated into a
heated argument between the
seniors and the committee
over Oie all-female list of
speaker nominees presented
by the committee. As ex
plained by the Conunittee
member Dianne Hogg, the
unisex nature of the list was a
reflection of the fact that “few
women are in positions of im
portance here at St. Andrews
and St. Andrews students
rarely get to see women in
such positions.” ReferrL^g to
the limited funds the com
mittee has available with
which to attract a speaker,
Hogg also noted that women
speakers are in “much less
demand and therefore ought
to be both cheaper and easier
to get.” The original list in
cluded of Gail Parker,
President of Bennington (Vt.)
College; Barabra Jordan (D-
Tex) the black
Congresswoman who gained
fame in last year’s televised
impeachment hearings; M. C.
Richards, a professor at Black
Mountain College now at the
University of Chicago; Anne
Erlich, environmntal scientist
and author; and Lette Russell,
a professor of theology at Yale
Considerable discontent
with the list was voiced by the
seniors, who were pointedly
reminded by Committee
members Jeanette Mc
Clelland and Nat Rackett
their two attempts had been
made to secure suggestions
from the seniors with a mea
ger response. With no real
interest shown by the seniors
and no precedents to guide
the Committee of three in its
efforts, the members under
took to draw up and research
a list of their own. Many
Seniors replied, however, that
they had not received any
thing from the Committee
about the process and ob
jected to being given such a
limited dioice just because
the initial response had been
poor. There was a small but
vocal'group as well who dis
liked the absence of any male
candidates on the list, one of
whom, registered an un
passioned plea for a “token
inale” in the group.
The Committee countered
with the argument that there
was insufficient time to
adequately research a new list
and contact them all. As Dr.
Hart was this year calling the
nominees by phone rather
than inviting them by mail.
One student observed that the
time saved by not using the
mail would give the Com
mittee time to check out a new
The debate continued back
and forth rather heatedly for a
while longer before a com-
(see ‘Speaker List’ p.2)
American arts and letters sin
ce 1950 with a selection of
slides from his famous collec-:
tion. Wednesday evening at
7:30 in the Vardell Choir
Room, fielding Dawson will
read from his work. A
(see ‘Jargon’p./;
Jargon Festival Continues in
Black Mountain Tradition
St. Andrews College opens
its week-long celebration of
the famous Jargon Press Sun
day afternoon at 2 with a
unique exhibition of Jargon
publications, letters, and
memorabilia, as well as an
exhibition of photographs by
Lyle Bonge, whose “Sleep of
Reason” was recently
published by Jargrni Books.
Mr. Bonge will be at the
opening to discuss his work. A
special feature of the event
will be a talk by Theodore
Wilentz who will discuss
American arts and letters sin
ce 1950 and the role of the
small press in bringing to the
public significant new voices.
Mr. Wilentz himself is a small
press publisher. As director of
Corinth Books, he has
published early works by
Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg,
Jack Kerouac, and LeRoi
Jones. The exhibition and
opening will take place in the
Vardell Gallery on the St. An
drews Campus.
Further events during the
week include a reading by
Jonathan Williams, poet and
founder of Jargon Press, to be
given in the Vardell Choir
Room at 7:30 Monday
evening. Mr. Williams will
speak again Wednesday mor
ning at 11:30 in the Vardell
Choir Room, and will
illustrate his discussion of
Jonathan Williams, founder of Jargon Press and The Jargon
Society, will participate in a festival celebrating those two North
Carolina-rooted organizations this month. The event is on the
campus of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg.
Williams himself will read from his works Wednesday, March
10, at 7:30 p.m. He’s the one (above) with the cigar. Williams, a
student at Black Mountain College, NC, now shares his time
between homes in Highlands, NC, and Yorkshire, England.
Hurley Attempts to Bridge Gap
Between Business-Educatiori
between the academic and
business worlds is being
narrowed by St. Andrew^
Presbyterian CoUege.
A major and far reaching
new program designed to
create “better understanding
and cooperation” between
corporate and educational
communities was launched
early this year under the
direction of Frank Hurley, and
is already producing results.
Starting in his “own
backyard,” Hurley, a former
Greensboro resident with
broad experience as a
management consultant, has
begun a series of projects in
volving business and college
leaders, and plans to expand
the program gradually to a
state and regional basis.
“We have two broad pur
poses in mind,’* the St. An
drews Director of Corporate
Relations explained. “We are
exploring possible ways of
achieving greater un
derstanding between business
and higher education. And we
are seeking ways in which St.
Andrews can better make its
unique resources available to
the business conraiunity.”
There is a definite gap bet
ween the two worlds. Hurley
acknowledged, and it was
probably best described by
Charles H. Reynolds, a
prominent textile” executive
and original member of the
North Carolina Board of
Higher Education, who recen
tly said:
“The academic community
has had a tendency to be
critical of the business com
munity, and not as familiar
with the free enterprise
system as it should be. On the
other hand, business is ill-
advised to be overly critical of
higher education because too
many businessmen don’t
really understand its
problems, or appreciate its
achievements-they ought to
learn more about it. ”
Business and college
leaders will have the op
portunity to follow Reynolds’
advice under the new St. An
drews program. Already
Hurley is increasing emphasis
on the involvement of
(see ‘Business Affairs p.7)
PIRG Elects
New Members -
Battles Brown
Lung Disease
Elections held last week to
fill vacant seats on the St. An
drews Public Interest Resear
ch Group Board resulted in the
selection of seven students to
serve two year terms. Leading
the ticket was junior Glen
Kennedy with 128 votes,
followed by another junior,
Shoon Ledyard, 128,
sophomore Elizabeth Scott,
120, and freshman Margaret
Thompson, 105. Freshman
Rodney Mathews and Ann
McCoy tied with 98 votes a-
piece, and were followed by
sophomore John Copeland
with 89. Running behind the
top seven were freshmen Ran
dy Kauffman with 80 votes,
Buzzy Pierce with 70, and
David Swanson, who rounded
out the field with 69 votes.
According to outgoing board
member and State PIRG
treasurer Greg Dickie, the
new and old board members
mil meet together this spring
to achieve an orderly transfer
of authority and to help the
new members familiarize
themselves with the work of
PIRG. Its most recent activity
has been a petition entered
with the Textile Workers
Union of America, asking the
U. S. Department of Labor for
new standards regulating cot
ton dust in textile mills.
“The Labor Department has
delayed firm action on this
standard for over four years,
while cotton mill workers in
North Carolina and
throughout the country suffer
grave and irreversible
respiratory damage,” said
Wib Gulley, N. C. PIRG Direc
tor. “Our petition formally
places the Labor Department
on notice that an effective cot
ton dust standard is expected
immediately, and that further
delays will not be tolerated.
In a letter accompanying
the petition to Assistant
Secretary of Labor for Oc
cupational Safety and Health
John Stender, N. C. PIRG
charged that the Labor Depar
tment’s delay in promulgating
a cotton dust standard was
politically motivated. A
memorandum written in 1972
by the tnen Assistant
Secretary of Labor George
Guenther details a strategy of
delaying the cotton dust stan
dard as a sales point to attract
corporate donations to the
Nixon re-election campaign.
Mr. Guenther proposed that “.
. . no highly controversial
standards (i. e. cotton dust,
etc.) will be proposed by
OSHA (the Occupational
Safety and Health Ad
“Our research further
reveals that efforts to manage
(see ‘Brown Lung’ p.7)

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