3-aM- St. Andrews * S t N e w s p a p e r ancc President Board Speaks to S.A. Community by John Hess and Tristy Lee McKenney Dr. Board talks with students and hands out apples before his speech to the St. Andrews community. Ytr I A large portion of the St. Andrews conmiunity gathered in front of the Bell Tower, on Tues day, March 22, to hear the new St. Andrews President, Dr. Warren Board, speak publicly about his plans for the college. Board emphasizedkey words in his speech such as quality, com munity, effort, and change. Board stated that we need not cling to old traditions that no longer work. He said, "The way it is, we must pre serve. This to me is a tragic error." We need to gather as a commu nity to improve the quality of St. Andrews. In a personal interview, he was more specific by saying, "We need to recruit students who want what St. Andrews has to offer." Board emphasized the need for people to work as a commu nity to put this plan into action. He stated, "We're going to be members of a new college." Board said that he would like to see St. Andrews become known as the place to get the best Liberal Arts education on the East Coast. He has hopes of doing this during his term as president. Board illustrated the need for community involvement andcon- cem for one another. He men tioned the need to do little things such as keeping the campus clean, taking care of our residence halls, etc. Board spoke of the faculty in high regards when he mentioned the quality of the education avail able here. see BOARD on page 2 St. Andrews To Offer B.F.A. in Creative Writing St. Andrews, which now of fers more than 30 academic ma jors and is already widely recog nized as a writers’ college, will add the B.F.A. in fall 1994. The creative writing program will be grounded in the college’s core cur riculum and breadth requirements, as well as offering beginning and advanced courses in the writing of fiction, drama and poetry. A the sis and public reading will top off the creative writing major’s se nior year. The heart of the new program is already well in place. St. Andrews has been identified as a leader in creative writing for more than a quarter of a century and has become a mecca for writers of all sorts. Each week the Fortner Writ ers’ Forum is held on campus, with students reading alongside literary luminaries. At almost ev ery forum there is an open micro phone time that invites students to try out their new work on an audi ence that is both sophisticated and friendly. Among the many visit ing writers who have read from their work through the years are Tom Wolfe, James Dickey, Reynolds Price, William Stafford, Happiness is Buckminster Fuller, Robert Creeley, Robert James Waller, novelist and television scriptwriter Alan Hines, playwright Romulus Linney, former St. Andrews pro fessor Clyde Edgerton, Basil Bunting, Yale Younger Poets prizewinner Judith Johnson, former South Carolina poet laure ate Grace Freeman and North Carolina poet laureate Sam Ragan-just to name a few. Most return with frequency and gener ously spend time talking with St. Andrews students about the craft of writing. Many of the college’s gradu ates have gone on to successful careers in writing or publications, including editorships of some of the larger papers in North Caro lina and several national publica tions. St. Andrews has twice served as host institution for the Intemational Interdisciplinary Conference on the Fine Arts of the 20th Century, with writers par ticipating from throughout the United States and 10 other coun tries. The college library contains the complete canon of Yukio Mishima’s work a gift from the Professor Ron Bayes will be part of the core faculty for the new B.F.A. in creative writing. Japanese writer’s widow. One reason St. Andrews ap peals so strongly to writers is its pastoral setting, with a large lake splitting a campus of vast open acreage. But, most people date the birth of St. Andrews ’ literary repu tation to the day in 1968 when writer-in-residence Ronald H. Bayes arrived on campus. Distin guished Professor of Creative see B.F.A. on page 2 not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. Margaret Lee Rurbeck

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