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New Dean Has
by Dave Snyder
He can be seen racing the halls
between committee meetings. St.
Andrew's new Vice President and
Dean of the College Dr. Thomas Ben
son can also be seen talking with a
colleague in his office, where he
comes from behind his desk and
meets over a low table. He listens in
tently while jotting down notes in a
little book he carries around with him
like a Bible.
"The very positive impressions of
St. Andrews that I gained last spring
have been deepened during my first
weeks in the Dean's Office," Benson
He comes to Laurinburg after
spending the first half of 1986 in
China, his second time there. Former
ly he was an associate professor of
philosophy (Chinese philosophy his
passion), director of the General
Honors Program and director of the
Interdisciplinary Studies Program at
the University of Maryland.
Benson, a vegetarian, plays tennis
and golf and engages in a "tortured
following of the Baltimore Orioles."
The relaxed lifestyle of Laurinburg is
a welcome change, but he and his 15
year-old son are already beginning to
miss the jazz clubs and bookstores of
his former home near Washington,
D.C. He wishes that St. Androids, in
cluding himself, could easily travel
off campus and enjoy an intellectual
urban culture. But he also recognizes
that St. Andrews has "an especially
vital campus life, with all that energy
turned right back on campus."
Benson is a dreamer. Politically, he
respects visions of "what the world
could be." Without any illusions
about the violence and hatred of the
Cultural Revolution, he is never
theless diappointed to see the aban
donment of Mao's idealism in China.
In the politics of the world, one
dreamer has very little impact.
But a dreamer at St. Andrews can
affect radical change. The margins of
his ever-present notebook probably
~ _ _ _______
New Dean, Tom Benson, mixes realism and idealism in his vision of
reveal dozens of scribbled-in ideas,
some mundane and others visionary.
Some of his more "meaningful,
realistic projects" include reviewing
and expanding international studies
at St. Andrews, establishing more
pre-professional or career-oriented
organizations, and a "2 plus 2" pro
gram with Sandhills Community Col
lege, allowing solid students the op
portunity to get a four-year degree
Dr. Bob Hopkins makes opening remarks at the Japanese Festival
Japanese Exec Discusses Mitsubishi
By Myla Garren
Tadaaki Mizoguchi, a Mitsubishi
Semiconductor America, Inc. ex
ecutive, spoke Wednesday after
noon, September 24, in Avinger
Auditorium. The main topic of
discussion Wednesday was
Japanese Management Style. With
the experience of 25 years (since
1961) with Mitsubishi, Mr.
Mizoguchi, nicknamed "Tad", has a
good background to base his
management knowledge on, as well
as his theories for excelling now and
in the future.
In 1985, Mizoguchi's company,
the largest in Japan, manufactured
$88.1 billion in electronics and
machinery of all kinds.
In 1983, Mitsubishi Semiconduc
tor opened a plant in Durham, N.C.
and manufactured 2 million devices
of memory carriers. For example, one
micro chip takes tremendous time
and effort to make, and consists of
256,000 memory cells.
In discussing management and
employment trends, Mizoguchi men
tioned first that most employees stay
in one company for a lifetime. Like
himself, most Japanese, once in a
company, remain for a very long
time. Loyalty is highly regarded, and
it is a goal to create a "family-like at
mosphere", as he says, in the com
pany. The Japanese also undergo
long term training or education for a
particular job with the purpose of
self-growth and self-development.
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from St. Andrews by spending the
first two years at Sandhills.
If he does have more lofty goals,
he is not revealing them. Generally,
they include helping St. Andrews to
"recapture considerable national
recognition as a center for innovation
and leadership in higher education.
The campus has an opportunity to
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By Mary Snyder
A subcommittee of the Faculty Ex
ecutive Committee (FEC) is in the
final stages of drafting "a policy on
sexual harrassment." Proposed in
1984 by Dr. Bill Alexander, the policy
will provide a method of grievance
for those who feel they've been sex
ually harassed. The final policy must
be approved by the faculty and
Board of Trustees.
"Having a policy ensures that if a
situation arises, it can be handled
justly and humanely," says Dr. Bob
Martin of the Student Life Commit
tee one of several committees asked
for its input.
The current interim policy is
modeled after the not yet approved
final policy. Currently, students who
feel they have been sexually harrass-
ed can approach either Dr. Mel
Bringle or Dr. George Melton, interim
grievance officers. They help the
person with a complaint to recognize
her or his rights in an
informal, confidential setting.
They will also listen to the accused's
version. Often, one does not realize
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