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LOYOLA MAROON / Vol. XLIV Loyola University, New Orleans, La., Friday, January 26, 1968 No. 13 Theology issue settled By STEVE VAKAS Hours reduced The minimum theology requirements were reduced from 15 to 12 semester hours, by the Rev. J. Emile Pfister, S.J., head of the Department of Theology, in a meeting last Monday night in Danna Center. Father Pfister said the minimum course requirements for theology majors and minors will remain unchanged.The decision was the result of an intensive selft-evaluation of the department's curriculum which began late last semester, he said. After the announcement, faculty members and student representatives discussed possible theology course revisions. Father Pfister said the theology curriculum will probably be broken down into four large areas, each employing six to eight courses. To fulfill the minimum requirements, he said students may choose one course from each of the areas. He said, however, this would not be a restrictive measure because any student may engage courses from any number of the areas. Father Pfister said a Catholic university "is and must be a university in the full sense of the word . . . striving forever to excel academically . . . giving the Christian witness. The theology department is trying to achieve the greatest amount of academic freedom for the student," he said. It is possible Loyola will soon offer in-depth courses in Judaism, contemporary spirituality, comparative religions and dogmatic theology. Some of the courses will be offered for the summer semester, he said. Father Pfister said it is time for theology to "take its place as an academic discipline." He said since theology is academic in nature it should be used to "educate, rather than to indoctrinate" individuals. Students and theology department members disagreed on nearly all points discussed at the meeting. A major source of contention was the question of whether or not course continunity could be achieved under Father Pfister's plan. The Rev. John MacCandless, S.J., said that "continuity in theology flows from in-depth study," and not by the "superficial courses" now present at Loyola. Some theology instructors argued that it was asking too "ich of the student for him to learn, or for the instructor to teach, in one semester a course such as scriptural appreciation. Father MacCandless said the Bible must be taught slowly, one aspect at a time, in conjunction with various other religious aspects in order for it to be meaningful to the student. The 30 persons present at the meeting also discussed the possibilities of introducing more seminar and workshop classes into the current theology curriculum. An entrance examination for freshman students for use in counseling was also discussed, a service the theology department may expand widely on in the future, said Father Pfister. Only the reduction of theology hour requirements was decided upon at the meeting Monday. The other issues—distribution of courses and course subjects—will be discussed at another theology meet'+ ing. No date was set for the meeting. ""C* Photo by Ed Curda THINKING THEOLOGICALLY: The Rev. J. Emile Pfister, S.J., is shown during the meeting of the theology department. He made the announcement at that time of the new course requirements. The two sisters with Father are Sister Irma, O.P. and Sister Lucia, O.P. Ross very happy with the financial progress of CFE By ED ANDERSON I I The university administration is "very satisfied" with the financial progress of the Campaign for Excellence (CFE), said Donald Ross, Vice- President for Development and Public Relations, in a recent interview. Ross said that according to latest * figures (Jan. 19) the CFE has received $3.8 million in commitments from private sources toward the Campaign goal of $11.9 million. He also stated that the Campaign is "about one-third of the way toward the final goal after the first year of a three year program." However, Ross added that the administration "can't be happy with the Uway fund-raising is going until the goal has been reached or surpassed." In his end-of-the-year report to the Very Rev. President Homer R. Joli ley, S.J., concerning the activities and plans of the alumni, development, and public relations office, Ross said: "Not reaching $4 or even $4.5 million by the 31st (of December) is a disapj pointment. Proportions of giving by ' sources are as anticipated . . ." His report also stated that "unless $8 or even $9 million in total commitments to the campaign is attained by the end of 1968 the program's goal will not be met by the end of 1969." Ross noted in the report that as of the end of 1967, the gift-giving average was "considerably above normal," especially among the alumni. How\ ever, the report states that he expects it to level off somewhat as the number of donors increase. The report also shows that as of I Dec. 31, the members of the Unim versity's Board of Regents have \* pledged a total of $1,213,819 to the CFE while the Loyola faculty and staff have pledged $67,540. Alumni giving Ross' report indicates that "increases in corporate support reaffirms our decision to resign in 1966 *• from the Louisiana Foundation." The report says that even with some of the national companies declining to support Loyola since it is no longer a member of the Louisiana Foundation g "the number and total gained in 1967 far exceeds proceeds from the Foundation in the past and ever anticipated."Concerning the timetable involved with the physical aspect of the CFE, Ross said: "Construction of the Science Complex is on schedule; com/ pletion is anticipated by the end of this year. Construction on the new $1.8 million Law School Building will begin before the end of this year." Ross also said that the university ■ president is also in favor of increased Si on-campus recreational facilities for V students. He said that plans for the Wolf's Den are "being drawn up now and renovations for it aren't far behind."Ross explained that although the School of Music, the College of Business Administration, and the library are not specifically included in this phase of the Campaign, they will nonetheless benefit indirectly from the increased classroom space provided by the Science Complex. Tuition not for CFE Ross said that the recently increased tuition rates will not he used in any way to supplement the Campaign. He stated that the CFE and the tuition rates are for different purposes.Ross added: "There is a great deal of difference between operational and capital improvement expenditures. Operational expenditures are those necessary to keep the doors open. The largest percentage of the operational expenditures goes toward faculty and staff salaries. "Tuition, even with the increase, will only cover about 64 per cent of the actual costs of student education. The rest of the operational deficit comes from other income and auxiliary enterprises. If the tuition were raised so it did cover costs of student education, it would be way beyond the financial means of all, except a few students." He said that the Campaign, which falls under capital improvements, is funded by pledges from private sources and by government funds. First-time donors Concerning his reaction to the CFE thus far Ross said, "I am especially delighted with the 115 corporations and firms supporting the Loyola Campaign." He pointed out that over half of the dollar amount committed to Loyola so far is coming from first-time donors. He attributes this response to the Campaign to "the Campaign for Excellence leaders, Father Jolley and other religious and lay leaders and volunteers who have solicited these gifts." Ross also said that "teachers and faculty have assisted us greatly, but we can't succeed without the help pf those both on and off the campus."He added: "Loyola is apathetic for a campus where things are happening. Students and faculty have got to represent the program just as well as anyone in the development office. The faculty should and can be the best salesmen for the University." He said that although 87 per cent of the faculty has pledged close to $70,000 last year's student drive was a "miserable failure." He stated that a second student drive is not planned "unless the leaders feel it is practical and successful." "We must wait for it to come from the students," added Ross. "We can't force it down their throats." Operators' dispute ends Salary in question Student switchboard operators have abandoned efforts to obtain a salary increase, but are still dissatisfied with their present operating conditions. Originally, the switchboard accepted only emergency calls after 11 p.m., and the night operator was allowed to sleep when not answering the few calls which came in. In 1967, however, Buddig Hall residents requested an extension on the call curfew, and eventually the board was opened to calls 24 hours a day. Operators were at first upset by the changeover, said Ariel Campos, president of the operators, because they felt that there would be an overflow of calls to handle. He said, however, that "it turned out not so bad last year, and operators found that they could catch a few hours sleep during the lull between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. in order to get to their morning classes that day." At the end of the academic year the Rev. Joseph J. Molloy, S.J., Vice President of Student Affairs, old operators there had been complaints of unprofessionalism and that some late calls were not being answered because operators were sleeping. Campos said the operators agreed to try for better service and also asked for an increase in pay to $1.40, which they received. At that time, said Campos, Father Molloy suggested that the bed be removed from the office, but during the summer the matter was not mentioned again. Then, in the fall semester of 1967, Father Molloy again mentioned a lack of professionalism and on Dec. 15 the bed was removed. Campos, representing the operators, explained to Father Molloy that with exams beginning that day it would be a bad time to expect students to stay up all night without sleep when they were to take tests, Father Molloy agreed to a trial period and operators were again allowedallowed to sleep during the night duty, until the bed was again removed Dec. 26. Operators held a meeting and decided to refuse to work unless they were able to sleep during their hours. A full time professional operator was hired by the university to work nights from midnight to 7 a.m., and student workers would answer late night calls only on weekends. Father Molloy met with operators at which time they said they would like to work weekends only \i they were given a cash increase in pay equal to that of the professional operator. In response, Father Molloy agreed to take up the matter with the vicepresident in charge of finance. Operators were soon informed that they would have to continue to work at the same amount of pay, with the only change that they would receive weekend pay in cash, and anyone not wishing to work under that stipulation could ask to be replaced. After a student vote, the operators agreed to the terms. The question of student operators now is why they cannot receive pay equal to that of the professional, when they say, they are performing the same service. And they complain that the cutback in their hours has caused them to fall behind in paying their tutition. In an interview, Father Molloy explained that the operators are already allowed to work more hours than other student assistants. The professional operator was hired he said, because "it is asking a lot for the students to stay up all night, and when they are working we expect them to be working, not to be sleeping."As to the difference in pay rates. Father Molloy said "it is immaterial what the professional makes. This is a professionally trained operator, and she does not work at her convenient hours, as the students must do. I think that makes it a little different." DONALD ROSS Issues CFE report SC President reports last semester best ever "In the course of one semester the Student Council has accomplished more than any other council has in an entire year," according to a report to the SC written by President Tom Wright Wright said the report was prepared for two reasons: the first to "summarize the many achievements" the council has been instrumental in producing, and also to propose several recommendations which he hopes will be met with the "careful consideration of every Council member" for possible future action. There were 16 recommendations in the report. Among them was a call to reconstruct the Council administration by "establishing a separate, but responsible executive board" for the Council. In this recommendation he asked for presidential veto power. Wright's report also asked that a "watchdog committee" be immediately established to "gather facts and data" regarding the new policies of Saga Food Service. Saga's new policy evolves around "recent arbitrary decisions" made by the Service "regarding catering and charges," accordingaccording to the report. It further recomended that Saga demands be met with "stern opposition." The report recommended that SC closed meetings be abolished, that work be continued on the reduction of theology-philosophy requirements, that a pass-fail system be introduced at Loyola and that the SC tax be raised to $3 per year. With the information and data gathered thus far by the Council, the report also recommends that membership in the National Student Association should be given a trial for at least a period of one year. Among the "many achievements" of the Council, according to the report, reference was made to the Distinguished Speaker Series and the efforts of the Acedemics Committee in getting the library open on Sundays. The report also mentioned various programs this year's council has maintained: the Used Book Exchange, the Newsletter, and the College Bowl Series. The report praised the SC for its work on establishing the Committee on the Rights and Freedoms of the Students. M. Williams, Tom Bell to edit New Orleans Review magazine By DWIGHT OTT "We're really excited about it," said bearded English professor Miller Williams, with a sparkle of excitement beneath his bushy brows. "It will bring much prestige to Loyola, the New Orleans Consortium and New Orleans in general." he said. The "it" is a new magazine to be published in New Orleans in the Fall of 1968 called the New Orleans Review and the "we" is the small group of Loyola professors and instructors who will staff the magazine along with personnel from other schools. The Review will be edited at Loyola and will be primarily financed by the Consortium, the collegiate union of Loyola, St. Mary's Dominican College and Xavier University. Loyola will provide only the initial money for the Review's first issue, after which the Consortium will assume the full financial burden. "It will be a broad-based, widespectrum journal designed for educated and curious persons in all fields. It will include the most recent fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews and articlesarticles on any subject in rhe humanities or the sciences," said Williams. "One of the running features of the magazine," continued Williams, "will be a regular interview with an important person. Our editor-at-large John Corrington has booked interviews with persons like Hodding Carter, Lester Maddox, and Thomas Altizer, the most publicized spokesman of the God is dead movementt" "Book and record reviews will be offered also," he adds. "We're so excited about it," said Williams, "that we're already sending out promotional fliers and mailings to every library in the country." The staff of the magazine =»t present is: Williams, editor; Tom Bell managing editor; Thomas Preston and the Rev. Hubert Schiffer, S.J., associate editors; Hodding Carter, John Ciardi, David Daiches, James Bickey. Walker Pecu, the Rev. L. J. Twomey, S.J., all advisory editors; Corrington, editor-at-large.. The coordinator of the Consortium Mrs. Helen Mervis of Xavier says she too is excited about the Review. "The magazine promises to bring much recognition to the Consortium schools. When it is nationally popularized it will make a big difference in the quality of faculty and the type of students which will be attracted to Loyola and other schools," says Mrs. Mervis. The first issue of the Review is scheduled for Fall 1968. Library hours The library is now open on Sunday from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. announced James Volny, head librarian. Volny said this new procedure will remain in effect until the end of the semester.
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