North Carolina Newspapers

    The Lance
Volume 22, Number 2
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September 9, 1983
Loftus Accepts
Interim Position
By RICK HANNA
“When the position was
first broached to me it was a
hard decision to make. I
thought long and hard for a
few days. Once I made my
decision I was pleased with
it. All the uncertainty is gone
and I felt 1 made the right
decision,” said Dr. William
Loftus, the interim dean of
students for the 1983-84
academic year.
The decision was a dif
ficult one for Loftus because
while serving as dean he will
not be teaching any courses.
“This is a totally new change
and adjustment for me. If I
was to teach, I feel that it
would only cause me to give
less time to the office or less
time to the courses.” Loftus’
absence in the foreign
language and SAGE pro
grams will certainly be a loss.
Orientation was Loftus’
first job as dean and he said,
“Craig (Hannas) has set up a
great program and
everything went very well.
Everyone in the Student Life
Office took the plan and
worked together. I was very
impressed.”
Turning towards the new
year, Loftus said, “The im
mediate problem is the Safe
Roads Act, which changes
the laws concerning the pur
chasing and consumption of
alcohol.”
“This affects St. Andrews
directly. Student parties will
have change to bring us in
compliance with that law
within the month.” Loftus
characrterized the problem
as everyone’s not, “just an
institutional one.” The Safe
Roads Act goes into affect
on October 1.
In order to insure com-
phance with the law, Loftus,
the Student Life Committee
and Laurey Murphy, assis-
tand to the dean of students,
are working together very
closely. Mrs. Murphy and a
student representative are
scheudled to attend a con
ference at Duke University,
which will address the ques
tion of how the law affects a
college campus.
“My major concern, as it
was with my predecessors, is
to bring student and
academic life closer together.
Secondly, I would like to ex
pand the idea of what stu
dent activities means. I will
work with Laurey Murphy
and student groups. There
will be no radical changes.”
Loftus encourages people
to offer him assistance and to
realize that his doors are
always open to advice from
students, faculty and ad
ministration.
No it’s not the New York Stock Exchange, it’s Fall Registration!
Convocation
Opens School
0
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By Beth Davison
To the music of the
bagpipes marched the
somewhat anxious freshmen
that were- swsooeded-by the
faculty dressed in their color
ful robes. This procession
marked the beginning of the
twenty-second opening Con
vocation for the Class of
1987 held in Avinger
Auditorium. Only four years
later will the faculty and
these students march in this
fashion again, remarked
Dean Ronald Crossley.
The Convocation was
given by Dr. W. D. White
followed by Rev. Dr. Robert
Martin, Jr. who gave the In
vocation. President A. P.
Perkinson then welcomed the
Class of 1987 to an “in
teresting, vibrant, and caring
community,” and expressed
to everyone that Saint An
drews exist to serve . the
students and help the in
dividual expand horizons,
reach for goals, and share the
journey.
Dr. William Loftus, in
troduced as the dean of students
students to replace Dean
Craig Hannas, said “Saint
Andrews is an excellent place
to hve, learn, and to grow.”
Dr. Neal Bushoven spoke
briefly to pass on informa
tion to parents concerning
meeting places following
Convocation
Next, the President of the
Student Association, David
Saunier, spoke on the impor
tance of getting involved and
voicing one’s opinion. David
feels with the newly created
eivironment at Saint An
drews, there is a greater
responsibility to become in
volved by taking advantage
of opportunities.
Dr. William Alexander
gave the address entitled
“The Foreign Car Competi
tion in Higher Education;
Or, Why You Are Getting So
Much Junk Mail.” In his
speech he talked of how col
leges make false promises
and claims, such as
guarantees of jobs, and
social success “by providing
the right contacts”, in order
to compete with the competi
tion. Alexander claimed
Saint Andrews does not pro
mise these “myths”, instead,
“we can promise the oppour-
tunities to learn, which was
pointed out through the
naming of Saint Andrews’
distinguished professors and
their accomplishments.
Dean Ronald Crossley said
a few words stating that one
was “well come” if he is
eager to learn, willing to take
risks, and open to new ex
periences. The Convocation
was ended by the Benedica-
tion given by Rev. Laurey
Murphy.
Saunier Stresses
Communication
Christie Williams
Breaking down traditional
barriers with an emphasis on
communication is a main
point included in student life
president’s, David Saunier’s,
plan for this year.
“Students should know
exactly what is going on, and
who plays what role in our
government system,” said
Saunier.
Before long term goals are
looked into, immediate at
tention is being given to in
ternal organization.
“Our officers need to feel
their way around in their new
duties and with the new con
stitution they will be working
with,” said Saunier. “Elec
tions still need to be held for
dorm social chairpersons.
Then we can look to break
ing down barriers between
students and faculty, and
within the student body
itself.”
Besides working with a
new constitution, the student
government is also operating
with a new dean of students.
Dr. William Loftus. And
with North Carolina’s new li
quor law, the government
will be up against a lot of
new aspects to deal with and
incorporate.
“A lot of positive things
can be done to change St.
Andrews: but the ones that
will last must be generated by
the students themselves,”
said Saunier, “So much can
be done if both the faculty
and students realize we are
all working toward the same
common goal.”
Already the government
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