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MAROON LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS OCTOBER 8,1976 VOL. LIU N0.5 Campus rip-offs rising By Timothy Mitchell Won't lock doors, says security chief Larceny, theft, rip-off—call it what you will, it is growing at Loyola. According to Francis B. Oschmann, director since April of the Department of Security, there were some 55 reported thefts during the 1975-76 academic year. At the present time, 10 weeks into the academic year 1976-77, thefts stand at 14, -an increase of approximately 50 per cent ~oVer last year at this time. Things look even worse when you consider that the value of what has been stolen so far, over $3,000 worth, is already one half the total for all of last year. Incidents reported from all over campus contribute to the gloomy picture: -On August 12th, a JVC video cassette recorder worth SI,BOO was taken from one radio room in the Department of Co m muni cations. WLDC-TV chief engineer J.P. Bloom, who had been working on the machine only a few minutes before its disappearance, says, "It's obvious that someone was watching very closely, waiting for his chance." — Brad Taylor, general manager of WLDC radio, confirms that record theft continues to be a problem. Since the end of May, according to Taylor, approximately 100 records have "walked-out," including the entire Maynard Ferguson collection. —On September 20th, an original art work by Mario Avati, worth $375, was stolen from the Student Union Art Cage in Danna Center—in broad daylight. It was one of the most valuable of the 40 "mezzotints" on exhibit. — The rip-off problem at Loyola's College of Music in the words of Acting Dean Dr. Thomas W. Tunks, is "worse now than ever before." Items recently taken include an $875 electric piano, a $200 tape deck and a stero amplifier and speakers. According to Tunks, the problem is complicated by the fact that Music now operates four different buildings at diverse locations around the campus, including the particularly vulnerable Preparatory Building on Calhoun Street. This building is now locked at an earlier hour each night, and as a further precaution, Tunks has installed work-study students in the Mac Donald and Cummins Buildings, in order to monitor who comes and goes and generally keep an eye on things. Asked why he thinks campus theft is on the rise, Oschmann cites the lack of security awareness on the part of both students and faculty as the number one reason. "Our society is far from being a Utopia," says Oschmann, "and Loyola, as part of that society, reflects the trends that exist there. One can't go off and leave doors unlocked and expensive items unattended and expect nothing to happen." According to the New Orleans Police Department, the sector that contains Loyola, Tulane and Dominican is a high-theft area. Larcenies comprise 51 per cent of all the crimes committed in this area, compared to 17 per cent for the entire Second District. Oschmann says that the main thrust of his attack on campus rip-off will be a concerted publicity campaign. An idea new to Loyola, the purpose will be to make the university community more security conscious than they are at present, especially with respect to the things they can do to hold larceny in check: —Dorm residents and office workers should always lock their doors, even if leaving for only a minute, but must at the same time remember that this doesn't automatically guarantee security. Things are constantly being taken from "locked" rooms, so it's best not to leave purses, calculators, cameras, etc. laying around in the open. —Buddig and Biever residents should also be mindful of stangers in the halls, particularly if they are seen going around trying doors. Try to develop a general idea or "feeling" for who belongs in your dorm and who doesn't. —Keep your auto locked, never leave the keys in it, and avoid leaving property where it is visible on the seats;store it in the trunk instead. —Do not hesitate to call the security office (Ext. 3434) if you see anything or anyone even vaguely suspicious. These calls are welcomed and encouraged and are by no means considered a nuisance. Loyola security guard Sgt. Eddie Hasselbeck checks out a broken window in the rear of the Field House. Over $3,000 in merchandise has already been stolen in the first ten weeks of the school year. photo: Alan Citron Ministry staffer fired by McGill By Gretchen Hock The recent termination of a member of the Campus Ministry staff by the department's dean was disclosed this week by Dr. Robert Preston, Vice President of Academic Affairs. The staff member involved, Sr. Kathleen O'Hara, S.C., declined to comment on her termination by the Rev. Joseph P. McGill, S.J., dean of Campus Ministry. Fr. McGill also declined to comment on the matter. "It's not a question of incompetence or dedication, but conflicting views," Preston explained as the reason for Sr. Kathleen's dismissal. "There's a certain view of the 'team' of campus ministry. If you're on his team, you have to accept his view," Preston added. Preston made his comments this week after receiving a recommendation from an ad hoc committee appointed to determine if Fr. McGill had acted within his capacity as acting dean and to "determine if he had made his decision on the basis of sufficient reason." " "I gave instruction (to committee members) to decide if Fr. McGill had the power (to fire) and if he acted properly," Preston said. According to Preston, the committee was chosen in the following manner: Sr. Kathleen submitted a list of five names from which two were selected; Fr. McGill did the same, and Preston named a chairman, the Rev. Thomas J. Mulcrone , S.J., acceptable to both parties. The committee unanimously agreed with Fr. McGill, rendering "his decision just and sustained," according to Preston. A reconciliation was attempted between Fr. McGill and Sr. Kathleen if Sr. Kathleen would agree to certain conditions , said Preston. He did not wish to disclose the conditions but said he informed Sr. Kathleen of the situation last Thursday, told her to take some time to think it over but had not seen or heard from her since. Commenting on his position Preston said, "I'm in the middle and my hands are tied. I have both of these very holy people reporting to me and had to make a; decision." Preston said he was not at liberty to comment on reports that within the past year there were two previous efforts to terminate Sr. Kathleen. Fred Tancke, a senior history major and close friend of Sr. Kathleen, said the first time was strictly financial reasons. "There wasn't money enough to keep her on, but it was found, so she was reinstated, " Tancke commented. The second incident occurred last spring, Tancke said, when the Rev. Patrick Phillips, S.J., was dean of Campus Ministry. Tancke also said, Sr. Kathleen went to the defense of Sr. Grace Swift when she was asked to move from her room in Buddig Hall by Vincent P. Knipfing, Vice President for Student Affairs. Knipfing refused to comment on the decision to ask Sr. Grace to leave the women's residence hall, saying his comments might be construed as a personal affront to Sr. Grace even though they were not. According to Tancke, Fr. McGill and Sr. Kathleen had differences in ideology which resulted in part from Sr. Kathleen's defense of Sr. Grace. "It seems such a dangerous precedent; anyone who disagrees with his boss can be removed," Tancke said. Sr. Grace declined to comment,saying , "no one knows the full story; maybe in five years (all the facts will surface)." The Rev. Benjamin Wren, S.J., assistant history professor and a close friend of Sr. Kathleen, sp#ke out in her defense. ' Evidently she (Sr. Kathleen) went to the defense of Grace Swift over being moved out of the dorm," said Fr. Wren. "She found out in no uncertain terms,!last week that she was fired)," Fr. W.en continued. "A lot of professors, lay and Jesuits, have gone to bat for her," Fr. Wren said. He suggested the MAROON speak to those who made up the committee saying, "the ones who made the decision have to live by it and go by the music." Three of the four committee members felt the matter confidential and that they were not at liberty to discuss it. One member was not available for comment. Ordinarily "a staff member does not have the protection that faculty members have," Preston said. "You're just fired." The ad hoc committee was formed for Sr. Kathleen 'on the grounds of due process," he explained. In a letter to the MAROON, Preston said he found notifying Sr. Kathleen of her termination "personally very painful." In his letter to Sr. Kathleen, Preston thanked her "for the significant contribution she had made to the spiritual life on campus." Sr. Kathleen's salary "will be paid until May 31,1977, or until she obtains a position at a comparable salary," according to Preston. Editor's note: see Letter to the Editor, page 5.
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