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    Board hears appeal:
Decision reversed to Salmon
On Thursday morning
December 3 at 8:30 a.m. in
Belk Main Lounge, the
Student-Faculty Appellate
Board held an open hearing
to consider Ross Bannister’s
appeal of the administrative
decision of November 12 to
revoke his housing contract.
Bannister had been sentenced
for holding a weeknight par
ty in Suite 2, Granville
without approval from the
Student Life Office.
Appellate Board members
Jerry Hudgins, Rick
Thomas, Student Life
Representative Dr. Ronnie
Newman, Faculty Represen
tative Dr. Jack Roper, and
Chairperson Bruce
Junkmann heard the case.
Professor Ronald Bayes was
defense counselor for Ban
nister, and attorney-general
Ike McRee represented the
Defendent Bannister was
introduced by McRee. Ban-
nistei addressed the court
and pleaded “not guilty due
to extenuating cir
cumstances” to a charge
issued by Assistant Dean of
Students Mike Salmon that
he “deliberately and inten
tionally, with full knowledge
of the college/residence
policy (concerning weeknight
parties) and the possible ad
ministrative consequences,
did in fact violate said
Dean Ronald C. Crossley
was called as first witness in
the hearing. He said the Ap
pellate Board had no
jurisdiction to hear the case
stating that appeals may only
be made to the president of
the college. He reminded the
court that the trustees are the
legally empowered owners
and operators of the college.
These trustees, he said,
delegate to President Perkin-
son the authority to oversee
certain areas of college life.
The president, in turn,
delegates portions of this
power to faculty members,
the Student Life Office, and
the Student Life Committee.
New Core
Curriculum at SA
Change seems to be the
watchword here at St. An
drews this year. The core cur
riculum, a unique element of
the academics of the college,
has been revised this year.
SAGE (St. Andrews General
Education) has replaced the
old SAS (St. Andrews
Studies) program. In actuali
ty, SAGE is the old “Chris
tianity and World Cultures”
that was part of the core
curriculum several years ago.
The objective of SAGE,
taken by freshmen,
sophomores, and seniors, is
to provide a more com
prehensive and universal
view of Man’s civilization. '
The newest addition to this
program, SAGE 104, is
taken along with SAGE 101
and 102 during the freshmen
year. Taught by an inter
disciplinary team of the
faculty, the course deals with
the time period from “The
Big Bang” to the Fall of
Rome. Professor Neal
Bushoven is both teaching
and serving as Chairman of
the 104 team. Other section
leaders are Alexander, Ap
plegate, Bullock, Gratz, Ir
vin, and Roper. The course
meets during the old STMS
time slot (11:30-12:30 on
Mondays, Tuesdays,
Thursdays, and Fridays) with
a lab period scheduled on one
weekday afternoon. During
the labs, activities will in
clude films and planned lab
exercises using the lab equip
ment. Other laboratory ac
tivities planned are guest lec
turers and various creative
Bushoven and the other
members of the 104 team are
eagerly anticipating Spring
Term and being able to teach
this new program. When ask
ed to commen on the
changes, Bushoven stated
that “This course is intended
as an antidote to the rampant
civic illiteracy on our college
campuses. It is designed for a
generation who has lost sight
of its historical values
beyond those proposed by
the representative mass
Never, Crossley emphasized,
have the SLC and the Stu
dent Life Office operated
Speaking for the Appellate
Board, Dr. Jack Roper based
the validity of the Board to
hear the case on a letter from
President Perkinson to Pro
fessor Bayes. In this letter,
the President declined to
hear Bannister’s appeal
before its consideration by
the Student-Faculty Ap
pellate Board.
Crossley then continued
his testimony. He informed
the court that he had been in
structed by President Perkin
son to consult with Dean
Salmon concerning Ban
nister’s sentence. At their
meeting, Crossley and
Salmon reviewed several op
tions for punishment sug
gested by Dean of Students
Robert Claytor. Crossley ad
vised Salmon to revoke Ban
nister’s housing contract
because it was a clear viola
tion of dorm and SLC
policy. He said no student
had reported the party in
fraction, and Bannister had
assumed a lead role in the
party and was currently a
member of the SLC.
Therefore, Crossley stated
the administrative decision
“was just, (and) demanded
by circumstances.”
Prosecution representative
Ike McRee then called
Business Manager and
former Assistant Dean of
Students Jerry Surface to in
form the Board of previous
housing contract revoca
tions. Surface told the Board
that previous warnings of ad
ministrative actions had been
given to students within 24
hours of their infractions.
Salmon testified next. He
emphasized that the revoca
tion of Bannister’s housing
contract was, justified
because earlier contract
revocations were not always
limited to cases of drunk or
disorderly conduct. He
reiterated that he accepted
Crossley’s advice to revoke
Banniter’s contract because
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Senior at 19?
Ruth Swaringen
Ruth Swaringen is a nine
teen year old senior at St.
Andrews graduating in May.
Ruth began kindergarten
at the age of four, by passing
a special test in California.
Ruth went to elementary and
junior high school as usual,
but once in high school, she
began taking college courses
at night, which helped her to
graduate at the age of six
Two days after her high
school graduation, Ruth
came to St. Andrews summer
school. She followed the
regular semesters, taking two
summer schools at S.A. and
one at George Williams Col
lege in Downes Grove, Il
linois (near her hometown).
After three years of St.
Andrews, Ruth will graduate
with a bachelor degree in
Psychology, but her school
ing isn’t over with yet. She
plans to work a year and then
go to Northwestern (in Il
linois) graduate school. Ruth
plans to get a PhD in Clinical
Psychology or go to law
So much work in such a
short time; was it worth it
and why was it done? Ruth’s
family moved from Ken
tucky to Illinois and she was
bored. She was ready to get
out on her own and her
mother encouraged her to go
ahead and push forward.
Looking back, Ruth
realizes that sixteen is an ear
ly age to be in college. She
feels she would have had a
higher GPA, had she started
college at a later age. She was
still an adolescent with a lot
of maturing to do, Ruth
Just the same, Ruth is a
perfect example of ambition
and hard work. It really will
get you somewhere!
Ruth Swaringen

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