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Volume 21 Number 10
ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
Thut^ay, April 14, 1983
Student Life Revamped
R.A. 's, Salmon's Position Eliminated
By BILL LIDE
In a move that will affect
several areas of student life.
Dean of Students Craig Han
nas announced last week that
the Assistant Dean of
Students and the Residence
Assistant spots will be
eliminated on June 30 this
year.
While no reasons for
eliminating the assistant
Dean’s spot were given Han
nas cited several reasons for
ending the Residence Assis
tant (R.A.) jobs.
The R.A. positions were
made to ease the load of
responsibility of the Resident
Directors, help with the stu
dent self-governence within
the dorm and to help keep
troubles within the dorm.
Hannas said the R.A. job
was eliminated because it
conflicted with the idea of
student self-governence,
some of the current R.A.’s
weren’t fulfilling their oblig
ations and that by ending the
position the school could
save $8,000-$10,000.
“1 feel that having paid
student employees in
residence halls impedes the
student self-governence pro
cess. The wav T understand
the system suite leaders and
dorm officers are encourag
ed, and within reasonable
limits, are expected to play
an important role in hall
operations. Indeed, many
people have assumed a great
deal of responsibility for dor
mitory operations as either
elected officials or as
volunteers, however commen
surate with our system of stu
dent self-governence it is felt
that students will take a more
active role in and accept
more responsibihty for their
living and learning in the
absence of students who
serve as Residence
Assistants,” said Hannas.
“Secondly, too many of
our present residence
assistants have failed to
fulfill their obligations in the
residence halls during the
course of this year. What has
happened this year is that the
residence directors, ad
ministrators and student
volunteers have had to carry
out the functions that were to
been performed by Residence
Assistants,” said Hannas.
“Thirdly, by eliminating
the positions of Residence
Assistants the college will be
Dean Craig Hannas and outgoing Assistant Dean Mike Salmon
able to use the
$8,000-$ 10,000 it will save on
more useful programs,” said
Hannas.
The move to end the Assis
tant Dean of Students spot
was not explained, but Dean
Hannas said that the respon
sibilities of the position
would be divided up by the
remaining members of the
student life staff.
The Assistant Dean posi
tion, entailed such tasks as
head of housing contracts,
advisor to the College Union
Board and running the Resi
dent Directors meetings.
Outgoing Assistant Dean
Mike Salmon did not know
the reasons behind the
elimination of his job, but he
said that he had enjoyed
working at St. Andrews.
“I have enjoyed working
here. I found the students I
was dealing with here were
helpful, friendly, understan
ding and willing to meet you
half way, which is something
that you usually don’t find,”
said Salmon.
Students Struggle Against
Possible Rise In
Drinking Age
Some of the recent snowfall that hit the St. Andrews campus during Spring Break.
[Global Glance
Along the Mississippi
basin several
' ousands of people had to
s evacuated because of
I “nderous rains and record
hooding. The storm,
* >ch covered most of the
outheast last week, claimed
‘V lives,
space shuttle
allenger, after spending 5
days orbiting the earth 80
times, returned to earth safe
ly on Saturday. The flight,
which included a 4 hour
space walk by astronauts
Story Musgrave and Donald
Peterson, was a success that
was only marred when a
satellite that was ejected
from th ship went into a
mishapen orbit.
The new MX missile pro
posal, which calls for 100 of
the 10-warhead MX to be put
in the existing Minotemen
silos and the development of
new single missle mobile
units, is all ready under fire
from Senator Earnest Holl-
ings D-S.C. Hollings said
the new prospoal did nothing
to change the problems
within the plan.
By DAVID GAEDE
- Student political
involvement isn’t dead. It’s
just wetter.
Student lobbyists are swar
ming in unprecedented
numbers this spring over
state legislatures considering
raising their legal drinking
ages to 21.
And in what has become
an annual spring tide of bills
to hike drinking ages, the
lobbyists are using more
sophisticated civil arguments
this time around. Those
arguipents, moreover, seem
to be more effective in some
places.
The Georgia Student
Association, for example,
“just beat” a proposal to
raise the drinking age from
19 to 21 by “avoiding the old
argument that if you’re old
enough to fight for your
country, you’re old enough
to drink,” reports GSA
President Jeanie Morris.
Instead, “we went before
the state Senate, had our
arguments down and had the
oposition’s arguments down.
We showed that drunk driv
ing was high in the whole
20-to-34-year-old age
bracket, and we challenged
that it would be selective pro
hibition to only restrict
18-to-21-year-olds.”
“I view it as a civil rights
issue in terms of fairness,”
Bob Bingaman, field director
of the State Student Associa
tion in Washington, D.C.,
agrees.
The new argument used by
18-year-old drinkers’ ad
vocates, he says, seems to be
that the new higher drinking
ages make young people pay
for sins committed by older
drinkers, too.
“I would never deny there
is a problem with alcohol
abuse in this country,”
Bingaman says. “But 18-to-
21-year-olds shouldn’t be
singled out for a society-wide
problem.”
Singled out or not, the
state legislative trend toward
hiking legal drinking ages has
only gotten stronger this
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