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maroon 111 111 \i\ i \ i i;H n.\i u Min i w- \ ~i. ii \., i_• iii Confidential files frozen BRIAN KENSEL Editor—in—Chief Student opinion evenly divided Student opinion appears to be about evenly split over Loyola's policy on the release of confidential information under a new public information act. Last week the university said it will table until January 2 any requests by students to see material in their files that was obtained confidentially. The disclosure law, sponsored by New York Senator James Buckley, gives universities until that date to release files to students at their request. The problem lies in the failure of the law to specify whether confidential material in the files must be disclosed, thereby breaking the confidence. "I believe the law makes light of, and even tramples upon, traditional rights to confidentiality inherent in the standards of ethics of all professions," said Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., Loyola president. The university hopes that by the January 2 deadline there will be further clarification of the law through court cases or federal guidelines. Old Policies Will Be Used Until that date, Loyola is operating under its former disclosure policies of releasing to a student his academic record and any Student Affairs information that was submitted by the student himself. Student reaction to this approach is apparently widely divided, with 25 of the 44 Loyolans polled agreeing with the university stand. Peter Zuppardo, a Law junior, said, 'The university has a duty to the people who wrote confidential recommendations of a student before the law was enacted. I feel it should keep it confidential." A Music sophomore echoed that thought. "Anything binding before the law should remain so." As did Arts & Sciences senior Paulette Charbonnet, "I think it should stay confidential." Business senior Janelle Masden said sha agrees with the delay until January to wait for further clarification, but added that, "At the end of the waiting time what's in your file now should still be there and they should show you that." But there were students who disagreed entirely with the delay. "I think it stinks," said an A&S junior. "They should reveal it because that's what the law says," she added. "You should be able to see it now," said Law senior Larry Simmons. "It seems like you should have the right to see anything that might be detrimental to your career." Another provision of the university policy on disclosure of confidential files is a committee to establish permanent campus—wide standards on the subject. The committee will include a number of Loyola administrators who maintain student records, as well as student representatives from the Student Government Association. Vice President of Student Affairs, Vincent P. Knipfing, will chair that committee. "I hope to have some recommendations wrapped up by December 20," Knipfing said. The group's first meeting was scheduled for today. If any student has an urgent need to see his confidential files before a permanent policy is established, his specific case will be examined by Knipfing, Loyola's president, and university attorneys. In those cases, Knipfing said, "We'll try to meet the student's request." Fee, rent hikes okayed SEAN WELCH Staff Reporter The Board of Directors passed a proposal to increase the Student Center fee and residence hall rents, effective next fall. The Student Center fee will increase $15 next year; residence hall rates will be $78 higher per semester. The purpose was to provide more varied programming in the Danna Center and eliminate the growing deficit in the residence halls. Additionally, the Board approved both proposals to make the facilities self—sustaining operations. "The financial situation is such that if we didn't raise the rates, we would step back into financial difficulties," said Rev. Ernest Ferlita, S.J., Chairman of the Board of Directors. Regarding the residence halls, Ferlita said "improvement of the facilities in the halls was necessary and we could not possibly do this without an increase." Both proposals centered on the question of "maintaining what we have and improving facilities," said Ferlita. "I am very happy that Mr. Knipfing's proposal has passed and this will enable him to make this one of the finest centers in the United States," said Henry Asher, Student Union Director. Vice President of Student Affairs, Vincent P. Knipfing, submitted both of the proposals. "I am please about the decision, it will improve the quality of student life in the residence halls and in the programming in the center," Knipfing said. He believes the Board "saw the financial and educational need for the increases." There are certain questions in the proposal that have to be worked out, said Knipfing. The number of professional staff to be hired for Danna Center is in question and the kinds of improvements to be made are some areas that will be settled later, said Knipfing. "I think the Board looked realistically at the proposals and the action was considerate and considered necessary," said Rev. Robert Ratchford, S.J., Vice President of Academic Affairs and Board member. Student reaction was generally favorable. "If they keep their part of the bargain, I support the proposals," said Russ Meyerson, A&S sophomore. "I don't mind the rates being raised if there will be improvement," said Mark Bonner, A&S junior. Holiday bells silent while tapes ring out CAROLYN PORTIER Correspondent Few people have been to the top of the bell tower of Holy Name Church to see the carillon of bells silently housed there. Fof fifty years the twelve regular bells and one large swing bell rang in the celebrations of Easter, Christmas, Graduation day, and large feast days. The large bells are silent now, except on Sunday mornings when they are rung electronically by the organist who controls them from the choir loft. Br. Henry Donellan, S.J., my guide for the long trip up to the tower told me of the bells' fate. A tape recorder with five enormous speakers has filled the air with the sounds of tolling bells, precisely every thirty minutes since December of 1972. At that time the system used to ring the bells broke down and the tape set was donated to the Church. "One who doesn't know of the change couldn't gell the difference," he said, "but I can tell. You can adjust the volume of those tapes but you don't have the reasonance of the real bells." Christmas time was especially made more joyous by the bells, Br. Oonnelan said, remembering carollers in large groups who gathered in front of Marquette Hall, singing to the music of the bells. Following Br. Donellan, I climbed innumerable steps in almost total darkness. I kept expecting a bat to dart out of one of the many dark corners. We finally reached the top and entered a large, airy chamber. In the corner of this chamber, a ladder made of thin metal pipes extended twenty—five or thirty feet up to a hole in the ceiling. The ladder swayed with every upward step I took and I couldn't think of anything on the way except that this was also the only way down. I quickly pulled myself through the hole in the ceiling, which was now the floor, and there they were: Twelve large, silver—gray bells, supported by old wooden frames, arranged in a wide circle around the room. On its own platform, the larger swing bell gracefully hung. Each bell had the name of a saint inscribed on it: Ignatius, Marie, Elizabeth, James, Joseph, Cecilia (patron saint of music), Virginie (in honor of the Virgin), Henry, Alphonse, Aloysius, Agnus, and Peter. Below each name, looking like the ancient writings of some forgotten age, a verse or psalm spoke of the bells. Attached to the walls of the chamber were five speakers. One speaker was aimed uptown, one downtown, and three were aimed beyond the tree tops of Audubon Park. "There are a lot of people over there (beyond the Park) who like to listen to these bells," Br. Donellan said, explaining why the majority of the speakers were aimed in that direction. Why aren't any speakers aimed toward Loyola's campus? "Well," he said, "we received so many complaints when the old bells rang that we decided not to aim one that way." They'd disturb the dorm students, he explained.
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