Tuesday, May 14, 1974 ^
Few Would Recommend Drama School
SURVEY, From Page 1
students checked “incapable, of running
the department” and “incompetent” and
3 students checked “weak” and
“incapable of running the department.”
Only four students said Pollock was
“competent” and none checked a box
marked “highly competent.”
Most written conunents made in
designated spaces were unfavorable but
some students, a small percentage, made
“The teachers themselves are quite
willing to communicate with students on
an individual level...” said one student.
i like the atmosphere and am
optimistic about changes in the
department,” said another.
When shown the unofficial
questionnaire results now in, Pollock
said, “I cannot give a quick and
The results confirm a feeling on
campus expressed privately and at
random by students for some time. The
survey is the first time students have
researched the depth of the resentment
and issued a report.
1716 report was initiated by Brad
White, student government president,
■ in an effort to let Dr. Suderburg (our
new Chancellor) know of the problems
or lack of problems) of our Drama
Department,” according to a statement
attached to the survey forms.
■ I believe this is a good opportunity to
express our voice to a new ear,” the
White said he was conducting the
survey "only as an interested student
and not as SCA president.”
White said “Ron tries to please
everyone and by doing so pleases no one.
1 really like him and I thmk he is really a
nice guy but he can’t run the
1 eople ,i|. . [loinu to Europe to
«et away, apathy is really a serious
problem in ttie drama department right
now, and there are drama seniors here
with no arts classes,” White said.
“I’m not out to save teachers or to cut
their throats, I just want to see the
department become what it should be.’'
White said about 80 of the survey forms
were distributed to drama students.
There are 78 students in the drama
department. He said he prepared the
questions with the help of a non-drama
faculty member whose name he would
He said that everyone in the drama
department either was handed a
questionnaire or one was put in his
mailbox. White said that he kept a list of
names of the people who returned
completed questionnaires to prevent
Results of the survey are unscientific
because there was no way to determine
who actually filled out the questionnaires
since they were anonymous.
Aaron Levin, a senior drama major,
said about the survey, “I did fill it out,
thought twice and tore it up. The survey
was poorly constructed, unobjective, and
very biased. The sentences were con
structed to get the negative response. I
agree that one can say anything one
wishes no matter whether it is poorly
constructed or not, but I personally
refuse to be akin to what was going on. I
refuse to do it. It’s so ugly.”
Amy Wood, a junior drama major said,
“I was told it was not to be used as a
weapon of any sort. I regret having
participated in the survey, I regret it.”
“I think everyone in the department
should have been invited to attend the
meeting in Ward’s office Monday.” said
London Program For
Drama May Be Scrapped
By SONNY LINDER
Kssay Staff Keporter
Chancelor Robert Ward said in a
iiuclum (III M.u a that the yt-ar in
I'in^land lor certain drama juniors and
seniors was still being planned, but
warned .students that the program could
be cancelled if too few students sign up.
Ward met with 16 drama juniors and
seniors as well as Dean Ronald Pollock
and speech teacher Ms. IxJsley.Hunt.
Other topics such as travel, housing,
health care, classes, and tuition and fees
were also di.scu.ssed in the hour-long
iiiwting hold in Crawford Hall's recital
Ward and Pollock expressed concern
about the recent number of withdrawals
from the program by drai*ia .students.
Ward said that if any fewer than the
sixteen students who were present at the
meeting decided to go on the 8-month
london .session to begin in Oct., 1974, he
seriously doubted whether the trip would
When asked by SCA president Brad
White, who also attended the meeting,
whether the students knew why they
were going on the junket. Ward received
answers from the students generally
confimiihg the benefits of the 1-ondon
environment such as theatre, classes,
and culturc. In answer to a question
. I bout the fate of the returning North
Carolina students. Ward replied that the
drama departiiient would probably
continue as il has in pa.st vears.
The chancellor al.so said that the NCSA
I'oiindation would provide $10,000 in
financial help for needy .students in the
l ondon program.
Answering student’s questions about
the Ix)ndon program’s generalities, Dean
Pollock explained that all housing, “bed
and board” and health care would be
included in a $1000 fee asked of
participating students. This fee would be
in addition to the regular room, board,
and tuition fees paid by regular stateside
drama students of NCSA.
Pollock .said that one fourth of the $1000
would be paid in September and one
fourth in January of the coming school
yeai’. Students enrolled in the program
already have paid $250 in March, 1974,
and will owe another $250 in June, 1974.
The remainder of’the tuition and fees
would be paid on a semester basis in
September and January of the upcoming
school year. Pollock said.
The two officials explained that the
reason for the March and June $250
deposits was in order to pay for plane
tickets from Montreal, Canada, instead
of New York City or Washington, D.C., as
was originally anticipated. The recent
rescission of international youth travel
discounts made Montreal the only
feasible departure location, explained
Ward. The government of Canada still
allows youth discount rates, he said.
(’lasses would be supervised and
programmed by Mr. James Dodding in
conjunction with Morely College,
lx)ndon, and several independent acting
and movement teachers in the greater
london area, said Pollock. (See N.C.
KSSAY story ‘Drama London
Program”, April, 1974 issue.)
Ready To Go
The program looks practically ready to
go as of now, said Dean Pollock. They
just have to make certain enough spaces
are filled by students, and that the
inflation situation does not change
between now and October.
Ms. Wood referring to a meeting called
by the chancellor. Selected students
received memorandums from Chan
cellor Ward saying “I would very much
like to meet with you to discuss in
formally certain matters relating to the
Drama program. Would it be possible for
you to meet with me in the Conference
Room next to my office at 12:30 P.M. on
Monday, May 13? I believe that it will not
require more than a half hour, so that
perhaps we can all have some lunch first
and then meet.” Twenty-three students
were invited to attend the meeting.
The survey contains 13 numbered
questions, some with sub-questions and is
two pages long.
In response to the question “Do you
feel that anything will be done by the
Drama Dept, to improve the
department as a result of this inquiry?”
I'hirty students said they did not think so
and 7 said they did.
When asked why, students said: “The
students are considered least important.
What we say, do, want, need or feel is
totally ignored by the dean and faculty.”
“Give this to Chancellor Suderberg and
something might be done-but otherwise,
how can an incompetent dean and faculty
choose competent new teachers? They’d
be out of a job!” said a student.
In response to a question asking for an
explanation of what is thought to be the
drama department’s major problems,
“There are no policies. I can’t think of
one. The faculty is hostile to each other.
There is no organization at the top of the
“There are no policies that are kept
due to a Dean that can be pushed
around,” said a student.
“This dept, isn’t geared to training
actors—it’s geared to the distraction of
any talent that happens to walk into this
Fifty students said they felt the drama
department does not proceed in an
organized fashion. There were no
students who said it did.
When asked to explain why, students
“The dean does not stick to policies and
is weak and ineffective,” said another
“There is not enough space and paper
to tell you!” said a student.
“Because nobody in the department
knows shit about what they should...if
Ron were a good dean, we’d have a good
Other conmients were: “It seems a
disinterested dean is the basis of all, or at
least most of our problems...He has been
just getting by for too long.”
Of those responding 7 said they are in
high school, 10 college freshmen, 12
sophomores, 13 juniors and 10 seniors.
Forty said the department was
disorganized before the resignation of
members of the faculty and 3 said it
occurred after those resignations. Forty-
one said it would continue and one said it
Donald Hotton, the instructor who
resignedthis year,won an overwhelming
34 votes in a question asking students to
pick their favorite teachers. Barry Boys
was second with 11 votes, and Robert
Murray was third with eight.
William Dryer, James Beard and
“none” tied with 3 votes each and
William Jaeger, and Ronald Pollock
received no votes.
Among other results:
Thirty students said they don’t feel just
acting teachers should direct major
productions. Two said they should.
Thirty-four said visiting directors
should direct a majority of the major
productions and eight said they should
Twenty-eight students said they would
return next year and 13 said they would
not. Of those who said they would not, 10
said it was because of the present
Only three students said they think the
casting of non-paying NCSA graduates in
school productions can benefit them; 45
said they thought it could not.
The drama department has had a
history of discord. In December of 1970
drama students marched into chancellor
Ward’s office and demanded im
provements in the drama program. In
1971 interested students presented
recommendations for improvements to
the drama faculty. This year student
representatives have been meeting with
the drama faculty to discuss changes in
policy and curriculum.
SCA Allocates *24,300
For Next School Year
By DAVID WINSLOW
Essay Staff Reporter
The Student Council Association, after
lengthy debate, approved on May 1 uses
of $24,300 in student funds for the 1974-75
The groundwork for the distribution of
the money was laid in a committee
meeting headed by Bill Williams,
business secretary. The expenditures
part of the budget is based up on a
projected enrolhnent of 540 students at
$45 per person. The $45 is paid by all
students at $15 a trimester under the
heatog of the student activities fee.
• Highlights of the budget include:
• Film series, up $800 from last year to
• N C Essay, up $200 from last year to
• Applause, up $500 from last year to
• Maintenance and repairs, down $600
from $1600 last year.
• A 60 to 100 per cent salary increase for
all SCA officers (except the president).
• A salary increase for Judicial Board
• Creation of a salary for Review Board
• $500 for the Creative Learning Center,
$100 of that amount for percussion in
David Belnap, director of student
activities, stated that the $800 increase in
the film series would go toward bringing
in such films as “Butch Cassidy and the
Sundance Kid,” “A Qockwork Orange”
and “Gone With the Wind.”
The $200 increase slated for the Essay
is to cover the cost of purchasing used
typewriters, increased printing costs and
a $150 salary increase for the advisor.
The increase in the Applause budget
was approved on the assumption that the
allocation would be paid back to the
council by the end of the year. Applause,
under the direction of Prudence Mason,
aknost broke even this year. Next year it
is projected to be a profit-making ven
ture for the council.
No reason was given for the decrease
in the maintenance and repairs portion of
The budget committee felt that salary
increases were needed for SCA officers to
allow for additional duties that they have
recently been assigned. The business
secretary, for example, must handle the
refrigerator rentals each term and other
new SCA projects.
The increase in salary for the position
of Judicial Board chairman was ap
proved after Steve Wellman, present
Judicial Board chairman, explained to
the council in an earlier meeting that
many hours are involved in his duties.
After someone pointed out that the
Review Board has a similar work load, it
was moved to salary that position also.
The allocation of $100 for the percussion
instruments for the Creative Learning
Center caused the most debate. Council
members passed the $100 allocation only
after an understanding was reached that
it was not to be an annual allocation.