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loyola maroon Vol. XLVII Loyola University, New Orleans, La., 70118, Friday, February 5, 1971 No. 15 President rejects new proposal to extend open house in dorms The university president this week rejected proposals for expanded dormitory visitation policies and served notice to Loyola residents students that existing policies would be more strictly enforced. The Very Rev. President Michael Kennelly, S.J., took took the position at a Tuesday meeting with seven dorm students that included members of the Men's Residence Council (MRC), the Women's Residence (WRC) and two dorm students unafilliated with the councils. The meeting was held the day after a Monday night rally in which some 250 Loyola students met in the Danna Center to protest what is apparently an administration crackdown on several areas of dorm life. Both the students at the Tuesday meeting with the president and those at the independently organized rally Monday night were objecting to the administration's refusal to extend visiting hours for members of the opposite sex in the men's and women's dorm. Also at issue is a controversial ban on the burning of incense in dorm rooms. According to MRC president Andy Tipton, who attended the meeting with Father Kennelly, the president constantly reiterated that the students were "wasting (his) time" coming to him with complaints about dorm regulations. Tipton said Frank Wagar, vice president for student affairs, had told the MRC any changes in the open house policy had to be approved by Father Kennelly. Members of the student delegation who met with Father Kennelly said the raason the president gave for refusing to make any changes changes in open house hours was that extension of the rules would be a violation of Christian ethics. According to Tipton, Father Kennelly reminded the students that Loyola is a Catholic university controlled by the Jesuit fathers. Mrs. Lynne Neitzschman, Dean of Women, said Wednesday she thinks the reason for refusing the open house extension is "obvious". Mrs. Neitzschman noted that students in both dorms had been caught flagrantly violating open house hours by allowing unauthorized visitors in their rooms after open house hours. The resident students were informed of the dormitory regulations concerning open house and incense burning during the first week of the spring semester. In response to residents' complaints that the rules were unfair, Wagar met with the MRC this past Monday and Mrs. Neitzschman met with the WRC Thursday, Jan. 28. At the WRC meeting, students voiced opposition to the administration's refusal to allow Buddig Hall to have on a trial basis the same open house hours in effect at Biever Hall. The WRC petitioned the administration for this privilege shortly before the Christmas break. The open hours in effect in Biever are 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and from noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. Currently Buddig Hall's open house is 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. every other Sunday. At the MRC's meeting with Wagar students wanted to know why the men in Biever were not allowed to determine their own visitation hours. Wagar pointed to violations of open house hours. Asked by student Pat O'Keefe if the dorm would have open house next year, Wagar replied that the chances are "very poor". Also discussed at the WRC and MRC meetings was the rule against burning incense or scented candles in dorm rooms. Initially the students were told that there may be no incense whatsoever, however the policy has been modified by Wagar since the time of the meetings. In a letter Wednesday, Wagar notified residents that incense may be burned in specified areas of the dorms such as floor lounges. The reason for the ban is that incense and scented candles can be used to cover the odor of marijuana, according to Mrs. Neitzschman. She said Wednesday that the administration has received reports that the use of marijuana in the dorms is common. In Biever Hall another reason given for the ban on incense burning was that the resulting smoke can damage the air conditioning system. According to Mrs. Neitzschman, the burning of incense and candles in the dorm is a violation of the city's fire code. Article 10.11 of the New Orleans code, however, does not mention incense. Concerning the burning of candles or other open flames, the code says that such flames may not be taken to any place where "highly flammable, combustible, or explosive material is kept, unless such light or flame shall be well secured in a glass globe, wire mesh cage or similar device." Small rally registers protest Approximately 250 students were present at a protest rally Monday night which dealt with the university housing policies. The attack centered on the open house rules in both residence halls and the controversial ban on the burning of incense. Although most of the students supported the rally, there were some who did not. A sophomore male, who pointed out that a majority of the students involved were freshmen, felt that they were going about it incorrectly, but said, "the freshmen ought to have their fling. I went through this last year." Another student said she thought the rally was "a farce." Due to being hastily assembled, the rally evoked various responses from incoming students. "Does this happen after every basketball game?" queried one young lady, while another curious coed asked, "Is this to attract attention?" A freshman, his mind obviously on more entertaining reunions, said, "Whose party is this, anyway?" The organization of the protest posed an apparent problem since there was some confusion. One coed suggested to her friend, "Maybe we should come back when something starts." Students gather in the Danna Center Monday night SGA lends support to dorm councils By BILL LAM Maroon Staff Reporter The Student Government Association (SGA) Tuesday, passed a resolution strongly objecting to the administration's stance' against extending visitation hours in Biever and Buddig Halls. Extended visitation hours were denied both the Men's Residence Council (MRC) and the Women's Residence Council (WRC) at a meeting Tuesday with the Very Rev. Michael Kennelly, S.J., university president. Previously, 85% of Biever residents had signed a petition requesting self determination of open house hours. Father Kennelly said that his decision was based on Jesuit Christian principles, according to MRC president Andy Tipton. SGA backing of the MRC and WRC move came in a motion by College of Arts and Sciences president, Danny Hynes, who stated that no concrete evidence had been offered that Jesuit principles have been violated. Hynes further argued that extended hours will not be detrimental to the Catholic Jesuit nature of the university, and that no conclusive argument has been forwarded for the curtailing of open house. In old business, Hdgar "Dooky" Chase, SGA president, noted that Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., academic vice president, is aware of Loyola's inadequate library and is negotiating with Tulane for use of its library facilities at no charge to Loyolans. Chase said Father Carter told him that lack of funds has kept Loyola from improving its own facilities. Two motions passed in an attempt to improve faculty and administration representatives' committment to all university committees and to give students more say in policies concerned with student interest. Wally Schneidau, A&S senior, who made the motions explained that the purpose of the first motion is to force administration and faculty representatives either to participate and conduct meetings of the committees or let the students who are on these committees do their own work. Schneidau cited as an example the Student Affairs Policy Advisory Committee which has not met since last year because the administration representative who usually calls such meetings has not yet done so this semester. The motions which were adopted as by-laws to the SGA's Statutes of Procedures follow. -"The SGA requires that letters be sent to the appropriate members of the faculty and administration inquiring as to their representatives on all university committees and to the time of the next meeting of each committee and the business each committee shall handle. If replies are not received within two weeks, the SGA shall assume that their representatives to such committees shall have tacit approval to conduct meetings of such committees and handle such business as seems appropriate to them. —"The SGA again urges the other segments of the university to seat students on the Board of Directors, the Board of Regents, the Admissions Standards and Policies Committee and committees in which students have u prime interest." S(iA members listen at the first meeting of the spring semester Senate approves new advisory committee By MIMI GRIFFITH Maroon Desk Kdilor News that the university president has formally accepted the University Senate's plan for a rank and tenure committee kicked off the senate's first meeting of the spring semester last week. Miss Janet Riley, senate chairman, read to the senate a letter from the Very Rev. President Michael Kennelly, S.J., which announced his approval of the University Rank and Tenure Committee (URTC). The senate finally passed the URTC proposal at an emergency session shortly before the Christmas break. The faculty-elected URTC will have authority to hear matters of rank, tenure, termination, promotion and other faculty-related matters not settled at the departmental or college level. According to the approved proposal, the URTC's decisions will be considered final, "except in rare cases and for compelling reasons, and that the reasons be returned to the URTC in writing." Elections for the committee took place this week. Action by the senate at last week's meeting included a close vote approving the establishment of an Advisory Committee to the President which would include student, faculty, and staff representation. The committee plan was submitted by senate member Francis (iravois on behalf of the Coordinating Committee from last fall's Conference on Academic Goals. As senate chairman. Miss Riley cast the deciding "yes" vote which broke the 16-16 tie on the motion to establish the committee. The close vote followed senate debate over the utility of such an advisory committee for the president. The main reason for opposing the committee formation given by senate members who voted against it was that it would duplicate the advising function performed by existing groups such as the senate itself and the Student Government Association (SGA). Some members who spoke against the committee were Rev. Joseph Tetlow, S.J., dean of A&S; Dr. Conrad Raabe; and Dennis Rousseau, executive assistant to the president. Some speakers who favored the committee expressed wholehearted agreement with the committee's aim to be a small advising group to the president. Others merely said the senate ought to go along with setting up the committee, that if the president would find such a committee useful to him, the senate should approve it. Among the senate members who spoke in favor of the committee were Gravois, who made the motion, Dr. Robert McLean, and Dr. Arthur Rayhawk. Also favoring the advisory committee was Jules Sauvageot, faculty member and chairman of the Coordinating Committee from the Conference on Academic Goals which is sponsoring the motion through Gravois. Sauvageot told the senate that the committee of students, faculty, staff and presidential appointees would provide more representation in the Loyola administrative process. The motion to form the committee calls for representatives on all standing, ad hoc, or subcommittees to come from those elements of the university community which the committees affect. The proposal for the formation of the advisory committee grew out of discussions by members of the Conference on Academic Goals, held this fall. Conference members interested in gaining a more decentralized administration for Loyola have held a series of meetings with the president, and drawn up their proposal for an advisory committee. Other tction at the senate's meeting included the adoption of a motion by Father Tetlow to mandate the senate's handbook negotiations committee to consider a clause for maternity leave. Such a provision would guarantee that female faculty may take time off to have children and still be able to return to the university in the same job or one similar to the one held before leaving. The senate also approved a motion by Rev. James Carter, S.J., academic vice-president, which called for the senate's election of faculty to a committee to form a policy on disruptive demonstrations. The committee which will form the demonstration policy is a tripartite committee composed of students, faculty and administrative appointees. The senate committee on committees will present the senate at its next meeting with a slate of candidates for the senate to consider. Nominations from the floor will be accepted also. An SGA proposal that the university suspend classes for an hour and a half one day early in the semester to give time for a Metropolitan Goals Conference received seante approval. The conference will be sponsored by the SGA to acquaint Loyola students with the New Orleans area Metropolitan Goals foundation. Through the conference the SGA hopes to interest students in becoming involved with the foundation's efforts to study and solve the problems of the city. In a letter to the senate, SGA president Kdgar "Dooky" Chase asked the faculty representatives to make it easy to hold the conference by giving class time. Chase said Father Carter had endorsed the plan pending faculty approval. URTC organized Run-offs Monday The final step in the formation of the University Rank and Tenure Committee (URTC) will be taken Monday with the run-off elections of the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and the School of Law faculty representatives. None of the faculty nominated for the five A&S slots or the single law school slot on the URTC received a majority of the votes cast. Elected from the other schools, however, were Dr. Irving Fosberg from the College of Business Administration, Dr. Patrick McCarty from the College of Music, and Mr. Frank Stass from City College. The law school run-off is between Miss Caroline Heriot and Joseph H. Lawson. A&S run-off candidates are Dr. Carl H. Brans, Peter J. Cangelosi, Rev. A Win Holloway, S.J., Dr. Anthony Lala, Dr. Robert McLean, Rev. John Miller, C.S.C., Dr. Walter G. Moore, Rev. James Piller, 0.M.1., Dr. Hilda C. Smith and Mr. Lawrence Strohmeyer. Flections for alternates to the committee will take place after the results of the run-off elections come in. The university president recently approved the URTC plan that the University Senate passed after last semester's deliberation. Candidates for URTC were nominated by both the President and faculty members. The URTC will be authorized to deal with matters of rank, tenure, promotions and violations of academic freedom. Such disputes will be submitted to the URTC only after exhausting the established review procedures. The committee is to submit its findings and decisions to the president. The decisions of the URTC are to be considered final except for rare cases. If the administrations reverses a decision of the committee, the reasons must be returned to the URTC in writing. Law school bids go out Loyola is now in the process of asking for bids on (he construction of the proposed new law school building. The building is lo cost an estimated $3 million according to John Hckholdt, vice president for business and finance. EckhoMi said the bids would be going out between now and next Friday. The action on the bids follows the quick sale of some $3 million worth of bonds at 6V4 and 814 per cent to finance the construction of the building. The bonds which went on sale January 25 were completely sold lour days later. The way was cleared for the sale of the bonds when the education office of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare awarded Loyola an interest subsidy grant, January 23. According to John Christman, vice president lor research, the grant is to pay all of the interest on the bonds over and above the three per cent over a 12-year period. Christ man estimates the total interest paid by the grant will total more than $1,365,000. I ckholdt estimates thai the actual construction will begin about the middle or end of March this year and will take 13 months. According to his predictions, the building ought to be ready in September, 1972. The awarding of the interest subsidy grant was the climax of a long campaign by the university to get funds from the government. The campaign began in the spring of 1968 with a proposal filed with HHW for funds. After federal funds ran out, the proposal had to be refiled in the spring of 1969. The proposal had to be refiled under the Nixon administration in 1970 and finally resulted in the finds being approved this year. "We've waited a long time - so we're very happy," said Marcel Garsaud, dean of law school.
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