Senate Hears President s Reply; Votes To Send Petition To Trustees
A Weekly Journal of News and Events
At St. Andrews Presbyterian College
LAURINBURG, north CAROLINA, THURSDAY, MARCH 11,1976
DR. W.D. WHITE of the English Program takes notes during last week’s faculty student advising
retention seminar. In the background (left to right) are LANCE editor Lin Thompson, Financial
Aid Director Mac McMillan and Admissions Counselor Lyne Gamble. (Photo by David Swanson).
College Holds Workshop On
Retention, Orientation, and Advising
by Michael Greene
and Suzanne Hogg
1976 Orimtation Chairman
'niursday, March 4, the St.
Andrews faculty cancelled
classes for the day and held
workshop on retention, orien
tation and advising of studen
ts. 'Die workshop was con
ducted by Dr. L. Richard
Meeth, Aaociate Professor of
Higher Education at State
University of New Ywk in
Buffalo. Coordinated by Dr.
Ron Crossley and the Reten
tion Task Force set up by the
faculty last fall, the
workshop’s purpose was to
acquaint the faculty, and the
students present, with the
problems of attrition, reten
tion, orientation, and ad
vising, and how to apply these
problems, and their possible
soluticHis, to St. Andrews.
Student groups in at
tendance were the In
terdormitory Senate, the
Student Association Orien
tation Committee, the Cabinet
and the Student Association
The album of the week «i WSAP is Loggins and Messina’s
Native Sons.” You can catch it tonight at 11 p.m. at 640 AM or
91.1 FM cable.
Wednesday, March 17 - A Common Experience/Educatiwi
Seniinar on Alternative Teaching Opportunities. Keynote ad
dress by Asst. Director of Public Instruction Jerome Melton is
11; 30 in Avinger Auditorium; a round table discussion begins
3t 1:30 in the Main Lounge of the College Uniwi. Free.
Sunday, March 14 - “The Touch.” Ingmar Bergman’s First
^erican film stars Elliot Gould, Bibi Andersson, and Max von
ydow. 7 p.m. in Avinger Auditorium. Free.
President, the Student Life
Committee, as well as the en
tire faculty and represen
tatives of the freshman class.
After coffee and doughnuts.
Dr. Richard Meeth presented
a program on “Reducing At
trition.” Professor Meeth
pointed out that some students
expect programs whidi are
not actually offered and con
sequently leave while some
students plan “only a year at a
Christian college” and
therefore after a year should
not be considered dropouts,
Meeth went on to add that it
is important for the college to
choose its students for reten
tion, and he pointed out that
there appeared to be
correlations between the per
cent of homes visited, the per
cent of prospective students
who visit on campus, and the
attrition rate of the college.
Religious affiliation also
seemed to increase the reten
tion as did the selection of
students who had decided on a
major (whether it is their
definite and final major is not
important, just the fact that
one has been chosen). Dr.
Meeth stated that whether the
institution was the studeiit s
first, second or third choice
also influenced the attrition
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The Senate met last night to hear College President A. P.
Perkinson’s response to the petition on the Smith tenure case
submitted to him three- weeks ago. The President’s posititm,
that due process in the denial of tenure to Art Professor Mark
Sm ith was observed, remained unchanged in his reply to the
Senate-sponsored petition which received the signatures of
over four hundred St. Andrews students.
The general reaction of the Senate was one of resignation.
“What did you expect?” remarked one senator. Helen Mosley,
Senator from Orange Hall, immediately moved that the Senate
send the petition to each the thirty two members of the Board
A lengthy discussion ensued over what supporting
documents, if any, should be included with copies of the
petition. The question initiallv centered on whether or not a
letter should be included explaining the wording of the petition
which the President, in his letter, and the senators, in their
meeting last night, noted was rather vague.
The question grew, howevo", to include whether or not copies
of previous correspondence between the Senate and the
Administration should be submitted with the petition. Karl
Jennings (Winston-Salem), arguing that the President’s
previous letters should not be included.,
said, “It’s like a defense attorney arguing for both the defense
and the prosecution.” After further discussion, however, the
Senate voted unanimously to send aU pertinent material to the
Trustees as part of their request for reversal of the tenure
The Senate also heard several items of business presented
by Student Association President Keith Gribble. The first dealt
with the need for a revision of rules governing the operation of
Farrago, the college’s coffeehouse/entertairunent center.
Gribble said that the recent expansion of the building would
cause it to become a location for more and larger campus
activities and parties, rendering previous operation regulations
Gribble discussed a draft of the new regulations submitted by
Farrago Director David Niblock, as well as the possible
problem created by Niblock’s intention to run for President of
the Colleg Union Board this spring and his desire to retain his
After considerable debate on the issues raised by Gribble, the
Senate passed a motion by Lin Thompson (Granville) to
establish the relationship of Farrago to the College Union
Board and proposing regulations for the operation of Farrago,
as well a the question of multiple office holding on the two
Boards.” A main concern behind the motion was the fear
expressed by a number of Senators that for one person to direct
both Farrago and the CUB might lead to the coffee house
coming under the control of the Board.
Appointed to the committee were TTiompswi, Darlene Hailey
(Albemarle), Fran Newbold (Wilmington), and Hampton Peele
(WinstOTi-Salem). The committee plans a meeting tonight with
Niblock, College Union Director Jerry Surface, and College
Union Board President Betsy Neff to begin work on the
Acting on another motion by Thompson, the Senate also
established a committee to study the possibility of merging
extant student committees on health and food services with a
proposed committee on campus security. ITie motion was
based upon a suggestion by Gribble, who said it had developed
from conversations with Dean of Students Malcolm Doubles.
The new committee would be charged with overseeing all three
areas of concern.
Set for Wednesday
St. Andrews’ Education
Program will host a Common
on Alternative Teaching Op
portunities Wednesday, Mar
Keynote speaker for the
event will be Dr. Jerome H.
Melton, Deputy Superin
tendent of Public Instruction
in North Carolina. Dr.
Melton’s address will be given
during the Common Ex
perience hour (11:30 a.m. on
Wednesday) and will deal in
broad terms with teaching op
tions open to students ou^de
the traditional fields of public
elementary and secondary
Following Dr. Melton’s ad
dress and lunch, a seminar on
the subject will be held in the
main Lounge of the Collie
Union. Present for the
Wilmington To Sponsor
Sunday, April 26,
Wilmington Hall will be spon
soring a performance the Win-
ston-Salem (N.C.) Symphony.
The concert will be held Sun
day evening at 7 p.m. on the
DeTabmle Library Terrace.
Dorm president, Julie
Cramw, told THE LANCE
that the symphony will play a
variety of music, both
classical and pops. Folbwing
the concert there wUl be a
reception in the Student Union
Lounge for the audience and
the Symphony members.
Tickets will be available star
ting Wednesday, March 10th
in the Student Union for two
weeks. Student/F acuity
tickets will be $2.50 and
General Admission tickets
will be $3.50. These tickets
cover the concert and the