The N.C. Essay
CAMPAIGN ISSUES PRESENTED
Sieve Bordner, Candidate
for President of S.C.A.
The newly approved Constitution of the
Student Council Association says very little
about the office of the President of the S.C.A.
It makes provision for that office and enum
erates the committees on which he will serve
but that’s about all. The responsibilities of the
President go a little deeper than that. The
President of a student government is the
spokesman for the student body to the Ad min-
istration/Faculty. He, perhaps more than any
other representative, is responsible for and the
representative of student rights, those enum
erated in the Constitution and their inalien
able rights as human beings. He must, there
fore, be in constant touch with the mood of
the students and any other group, eg., Ad-
ministration4 His first duty is to the students
of this school.
Although the student government is not
new, it has undergone a rebirth in becoming
the Student Council Association. There seems
to be a rebirth of student interest as well in
seeing an effective student government estab
lished and we now have a formal structure to
work from. Therefore, it would seem that the
Preskient’s task next year is one of building a
firm foundation from which the student
government can grow in the futme. I believe
that the following ideas will help to establish
1. The establishment of the Student
Council as a living, breathing reality from the
paper indications of the Constitution.
2. The broadening of honest communi
cations between the students and the Ad minis-
3. The establishment of an active pro
gram of social activities.
4. To take one of the enumerated stu
dent powers, ‘Ecnouragement of all artistic or
school projects offering experience valuable to
the students and our institution.’, several steps
further^ I would advocate as much support as
possible from the S.C.A. for all student con
ceived and produced artistic endeavors.
5. The lowering of prices on goods sold
by campus concessions.
6. A student voice on the Faculty Coun
cil, that committee which, as stated m the Con-
stitutk)n, ‘Considers general educatk>nal pol
icies of the institution and assists the deans in
every way possible to Hnd the most satisfactory
operation of the School’s educational program.’
This will allow us to achieve a curriculum which
will be more relevant to the contemporary
problems within our society.
The students at NCSA are becoming more
aware of the problems of their school and of
problems of the world around them. I feel
that the materialization of the above kleas will
institute the Student Council Association as a
viable organization and will re-institute student
faith in a student govenunent that can be
representative and productive.
The student government MUST win back
the faith of the students and, in return, the
students Mmst make known their feelings in
order for their needs to be answered.
I’m not promising to make decisions for
you rather, if I am elected, I promise to be
governed by the student body and to serve
them to the best of my ability.
Candklate for Secretary of the SCA
At last the student body of NCSA has a
chance to develop a representative student gov
ernment, one which will do more than plan a
few dances in the cafeteria. We hope that the
hem Student Council Association will function
as an elastic, intermediary body between the
Administration/Faculty and the students; as an
organization that, in the varjous policy making
bodies in the school, will, more than merely re
presenting student opinion, do its best to bring
about reforms in the areas of judicial, ciuricular
and social activity.
This school generates egocentrism which to a
certain extent is as it should be; we are all here
to master our art forms and acquire some kind
of an academic educatbn. However, we must
overcome some of our apathy towards the pro
blems of this institution that are everywhere
around us when we come out of the studios.
Changes will be made ONLY when the students
make an organized, concerted, concerned ef
This effort can and should be directed by
the Student Council. It might be a tremendous
ly popular, attention-getting device at this point
to promise, if elected, to be fantastically anti-
Administration next year, I can’t do that. I
can only say that if I am elected Secretary of
the Student Council Association I wUl endeavor
as I have done in the past, to be a responsible
representative of the student body in aU areas—
judicial, academic, artistic and social- of stu
dent concern. Thank you.
RIDES TO NEW YORK
Any students or faculty who will be driving
to New York between June 12 and June 15
please contact Dr. William Baskin at once.
Any students and faculty who will need
transportation to New York during this period
please leave your names with Dr. Baskin. An
effort is being made to obtain transportation
especially for students and faculty participating
in the Siena Summer Session.
Friday, May 29,1970
1; 30 P.M. Commencement Rehearsal
All graduating students.
6:30 P.M. Buffet Supper - Lawn near
8:15 P.M. Commencement Concert
Saturday. May 30, 1970
10:00 A.M. Coffee in cafeteria
11:00 A.M. Commencement Exercises
Miss Agnes de Mille, speaker
for Drama Department Representative
If elected as your Drama Representative, I
plan to work in four areas both in relation to
the total school community and to the Drama
Department in itself-
1 want to see the Student Council first of
all and very strongly approach the creation of
curriculum committees, both in the academics
and arts departments. These committees should
have student representation and should make
their basic goal to keep the curriculum rela
tive, exciting, and meaningful to students, fac
ulty, and aU connected with the school.
I hope to see the S.C.A. and interested
students make a move for better and more
active public relations. 1 feel our image should
be one much more appealing and exciting to
the public. I feel too we can and should pre
sent the public a better understanding of
what young people today are all about. With
the creation of the future radio station here
at the school, a marvelous opportunity to
communicate constructively with the society
outside our community will be provided.
I feel strongly that it is time we began
thinking of our school as a conmiunity. 1
hope to see programs begun to further allow
students and departments to learn more about
each other, to care more about each other,
and hopefully to reach a state where we
don’t think of one another as others.
One point 1 plan to push particularly in
the Drama Department, but in the overall
school as well is the need for more time for
students. More time for students to explore
private projects. In school workshop pro
ductions time should be of minimum signifi
cance with progress and growth in the number
one spot. And even more basic, students
need time just to be. It’s time we end our
surpressing of our normal human qualities. We
are people first, and even the greatest actors
and musicians, dancers, writers, or what have
you, though devoted and genuine as they may
be, they must be and are, first of all, people.
The pressures in all areas of the school 'are
now such that many students feel cornered
and tied. These conditions must be altered
for as stated in the General Statutes of the
State of N.C. that created NCSA, our pur
pose is more than jsut to train performers.
It is to help create responsible, constructive,
healthy citizens as well, and that requires a
well rounded person first of all.
Personally, I really don’t want to be elec
ted. Frankly, 1 doubt that I’ll gain any great
enjoyment from serving; 1 don’t even think
it will give my ego a boost, but it’s a job that
needs to be done, needs to be done well, and
1 can do it. I feel too, that my thoughts are
clear on the areas forementioned, and my
abilities such that my feelings will be known
and reacted upon.