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The Maroon October 30,1981 Vol. 60, No. 9 Loyola University, New Orleans Prospective faculty must meet Loyola's goals New university directive By Mike Tifft Maroon University Reporter A directive requiring candidates for full-time faculty positions to submit a written statement on how they can contribute to Loyola's goals is a step toward maintaining and strengthening Loyola's image as a Jesuit institution, said the Rev. Stephen Rowntree, S.J., a member of the Task Force on Jesuit Identity. "We are a Jesuit and Catholic institution; that's the appeal we make in advertising, in recruiting and in seeking funds," Rowntree said. "If we maintain that identity, it will be to our benefit." The directive from the Very Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., president of Loyola, states that candidates for faculty positions must "submit a written statement [at least one typewritten page, no more than two] stating how it is that they can positively contribute to the pursuit of Loyola's goals if they are hired." Candidates will be given copies of Loyola's Goals and Character and Committment Statements as early as possible in the hiring process. "Loyola has a lot of outstanding religious lay people. We think we should be looking for people like this in the future. Say one out of five people looking for a position has a religious commitment, that's going to be a consideration in hiring," Rowntree said. "With the prospect of declining enrollment I think schools with a definite identity will prosper." Dr. James Gaffney, chairman of the University Rank and Tenure Committee, did not see the directive as a big issue among faculty members. "I think the faculty's response will generally be positive." He said the directive will not affect tenure decisions. Gaffney believes the requirement of such a statement will not turn away otherwise qualified candidates. "I think if it's well handled and if the people who are doing the hiring are tactful, it should not necessarily alienate candidates," he said. According to the memorandum containing Carter's directive, the idea of inquiring about a faculty candidate's commitment to Loyola was proposed by the Task Force on Jesuit Identity.The Loyola Board of Trustees then incorporated the recommendation into the university's Affirmative Action Statement. The statement says that while Loyola is firmly committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, it "reserves the right to grant preference to men and women, minority and majority members, who qualify for positions and who accept and support its Christian and Catholic heritage. . . . This it must do to maintain its religious and institutional integrity." Inside Sic MAROON looks at enrollment at Loyola, past and present. The figures may be deceiving.. . . Page 2 'Spider Jax' is resurrected after being destroyed by vandals Page 4 Trading tap shoes for teaching, former June Taylor dancer Gavlc Parmelee instructs Loyola ballet dancers Page 8 Monsters, masks and favorite haunts for a good time this Halloween in Life Timeg Page 9 Only 11 representatives from the 80 organizations chartered by the Student Government Association attended last week's meeting of the Council of Presidents. The possibilities of receiving diplomas at graduation and publicizing teacher evaluations were discussed. —Photo by Cynthia Hite Slow day at the office Jesuits give reaction to pope 9s appointment By Renee Lechner Maroon Reporter Many Loyola Jesuits are undecided about Pope John Paul Il's appointment of the Rev. Paolo Dezza, S.J., as his delegate to the worldwide Jesuit order. Dezza, a 79-year-old conservative Italian Jesuit, was named last week as the pope's personal representative to organize the General Congregation. This international assembly will elect a replacement for the Rev. Pedro Arrupe, superior general of the Society of Jesus. Arrupe, 74, is suffering from a stroke. According to a press release issued on Oct. 23 by the United States Jesuit Provincials, confusion exists among Jesuits concerning Dezza's precise role as a delegate of the Jesuit society. The press release asked "all American Jesuits for obedient acceptance of Pope John Paul Il's decision." Loyola Jesuits feel some confusion about the appointment. The Rev. Edward B. Arroyo, S.J., a religious superior on campus, said, "Nobody knows what the appointment means by 'delegate.' " The reaction expressed by most Loyola Jesuits about the Pope's announcement was one of surprise. Arroyo said, "This has never happened before; it is an unusual step in the church." The superior general is appointed for life and is usually not replaced until he dies. "/ feel that we [the Jesuits] have always been experimenting in trying new things. " Arroyo said Pope John Paul II has voiced a dissatisfaction with Jesuits over the years. He said the pope was unhappy about Jesuit tendencies toward secularization. The Rev. Leo A. Nicoll, S.J., history faculty member, expressed his personal feelings about the pope's view of the Jesuits. The pope, Nicoll said, has a feeling that the Jesuits are too liberal and should follow a more conservative line. Nicoll said if the pope has concerns about the Jesuits, he hopes he will voice them. The Rev. Stephen C. Rowntree, S.J., philosophy faculty member, said the pope's announcement was an "extreme measure." Rowntree said he was upset and disappointed the pope had to take these measures, but it could be a blessing to get problems within the society resolved. Concern about the pope's dissatisfaction with the Jesuits also was expressed by Arroyo. "We have questions as to how we can be of better service and understand the Holy Father," he said, adding, "I feel that we [the Jesuits] have always been experimenting in trying new things. I do feel that we have been a progressive source." Arroyo said Dezza is "judged by most as more conservative and traditional than others." He said Dezza knows the working of the Jesuit society very well. Nicoll said the pope chose Dezza because "he has knowledge of the society." He added that at the present moment it is unclear as to the length of the appointment. The Very Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., president of Loyola, was contacted for comment concerning the pope's appointment. The matter was referred to the Rev. Hilton Rivet, the highest ranking Jesuit official at Loyola, and to the Rev. Thomas Stahel, the Provincial of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus. Stahel, the highest ranking Jesuit official in the southern United States, was out of town and unavailable for comment. Rivet, the rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola, said, "Everything is speculation. Nobody knows."
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