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THE MAROON Vol. 63, No. 12 Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 November 16,1984 Decision on PKT may be released before end of term By Rene Sanchez The future status of Pi Kappa Theta fraternity in Loyola's Greek community will be determined before the semester ends, according to Joseph Kavanaugh, assistant vice president for Student Affairs. After meeting throughout the semester, the Committee on the Quality of Greek Life has formed recommendations concerning PKT's possible reinstatement, according to Kavanaugh. He said the recommendations will be submitted to Vincent P. Knipfing, vice president for Student Affairs, who will make a final decision after Thanksgiving. Kavanaugh would not disclose the committee's recommendations. PKT lost its charter and university affiliation in the spring of 1982 after a number of violations in university policy. Since that time, the fraternity has continued to exist on campus, but without any lies to Loyola's Greek system. Kavanaugh acknowledged, however, that the university is aware PKT has made positive strides since losing its charter. Just Fiddlin' Around David Ellis, music freshman, practices a jazz chart on the upright bass. Ellis and other music students frequently make use of the sound-proof rooms located on the first floor of the Communications/Music Complex. The small rooms offer the students the chance to practice in solitude. —Photo by Darlene Pierce Burger suggests a jury of experts By Michael H. Kleinschrodt Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, speaking in Nunemaker Hall Saturday, suggested that "blueribbon" juries composed of experts be chosen to serve in lengthy and complex trials dealing with issues in their field. Burger, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by Richard M. Nixon in 1969, was delivering the first lecture of the Ainsworth Memorial Lecture Series when he called for the development of alternatives to the current system for handling civil jury trials. The lecture series was established to honor Judge Robert A. Ainsworth, a Loyola law school alumnus who went on to serve on the District Court and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before his death in 1981. According to Burger, the blue-ribbon jury is a viable alternative and would aid in the administration of justice because the "common sense of the ordinaryordinary jury cannot be brought to bear unless there is comprehension of the facts and the law." The blue-ribbon jury may be one way to ensure this comprehension, Burger said, although some may consider the idea undemocratic. However, the chief justice was not overly confident of the public's acceptance of this alternative. He said there are fixed beliefs in this country on how justice should be administered. One of those beliefs is that the public has a constitutional right to a trial by a jury of its peers, Burger said, adding that the Seventh Amendment is often cited as providing for this right. "It did not create the jury," he said. "It only preserved the system as it existed in 1791." Since the amendment only required preservation of the civil jury trial procedure as it existed in 1791, it is clear that changes can be made without violating people's constitutional rights, Burger said. A common practice in colonial America was for a judge to dispense with a jury if he thought the issues involved in a case were too complicated for the jury to understand properly, Burger claimed. He added that the framers of the constitution could not have predicted the growth of the United States and the complexity of the legal problems resulting from this growth. According to Burger, cases that take several months or more to resolve overburden the judge, crowd the court's docket and overwhelm the jurors and witnesses involved in the ease. Burger said, "It borders on cruelty to trap people to sit [on a jury] for months and sometimes longer and [force them to] try to cope with issues they sometimes cannot understand." Chief Justice Warren Burger speaks in Nunemaker Hall. —Photo by Darlene Pierce See Reinstatement /page 5 The Maroon will not publish on Nov. 23 because of the Thanksgiving holidays. Publication will resume Nov. 30.
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