Faculty approves core curriculum proposal

by George Cordes Jr.

and Randy Walker

The college’s proposal to create a more “‘liberal’’ core cur- riculum was overwhelmingly approved by the St. Michael’s faculty in December, and is ex- pected to pass the college Board of Trustees when they meet in February.

e proposal, which passed 61-21 when faculty mail-in ballots were counted on Dec. 12, advances now to the Educa- tion Policy Committee of the trustees board. Dr. Ronald Pro- vost, vice president for academic affairs, ‘‘anticipates”’ that the committee will recom- mend that the proposal be ap- proved.

If the trustees pass’ the change on Feb. 13 the college will implement the altered distribution requirements in 1982 for the

by Jacqueline Smith

President Edward L. Henry has agreed to release $25,000 for structural and collections improvements at Durick Library, according to Ronald Provost, vice president for acedemic afieirs. The budget

- boost was announced last week,

after reports received from a library consultant and a New England reaccreditation team confirmed recommendations made previously by faculty, students and library officials about the overcrowded library.

According to library director Joseph Popecki, $15,000 is ear- marked for additional shelving and 120 new study carrels. The carrel tops, which will replace 80 open tables, should provide for more effective seating and improved privacy, the director said. “‘The object is to minimize the noise and visual disturb- ances due to 300 to 500 people

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- believes that the ‘‘overwhelm- ing support” shown by the faculty for the proposal will speed approval by the trustees.

The Defender erroneously reported last week that the faculty had not yet voted on the measure. Faculty members were informed of the ballot count before returning for the spring semester.

“We discussed it. We agreed and disagreed. Finally, we put it out to a vote,” Provost, an ex- officio member of the Faculty Assembly, said. The ballots were distributed and counted through his office by Provost and Dr. Edward Murphy, moderator of the assembly.

Provost, who ‘‘works very closely with the faculty Cur- riculum Committee,” backed the proposal and-was not sur- prised by the vote. Committee chairman Dr. Frederick Maher,


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in the library at one time,” said. The carrels are aaa within the next one or two months.

The remaining $10,000 is slated for the purchase of books and other library materials. This amount will be divided

_evenly between the graduate -and undergraduate programs.

“T could easily spend $5,000 (for books) in each of 12 depart- ments and not waste any of it,” Popecki said. Because inflation has pushed the cost of books up twice as fast as the library’s budget, book purchases have declined in the past eight years.

Popecki said that $10,000 is not much when buying books, but it is an important starting point for the remedial changes being- made at Durick. The money will be plugged into those academic areas that are weakest in terms of library resources. He cited education and Middle Eastern history as

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pointed out that the 61 ‘“‘yes”’ votes represent an absolute ma- jority.

“Even if all 20 of the faculty members who did not return their secret ballots by the Dec. 12 deadline had voted no, the new curriculum still would have passed handsomely,’’ Maher said.

The mailing of secret ballots to faculty members is a tradi- tional way of dealing with

“momentous matters,’’ said Maher, adding that the process is employed about four times a year.

Murphy said the faculty will meet again in the third week of February.

Although the proposal in- dicates that three or four poten- tial courses in each requirement category will be listed for students to select from specific classes have yet to be determin- ed, Maher said. ‘‘Most of them

Henry boosts library budget

two possible subject areas.

The results from library surveys sent out last semester have not yet been tabulated, but will probably be considered by the Library Committee in determining where money should be spent. Popecki said that all materials “nust be ordered, received and paid for

cont. on page 2

will be introductory in nature,” he said.

A remedial writing skills course is also being considered under the current proposal as a means of raising basic skills to the college level, Maher explain-

ed. ‘‘The course would rank a notch below the current college writing course available from the English department,’’ he

said. English professor, Dr. John cont. on page 9

Bob Toner arches gracefully in the air while competing in a Jan. 14 swimming meet against Middlebury. SMC took Middlebury 65-46. Ths felloying day the men’s team traveled to Norwich University to extend its winning streak to 4-1..(David Walsh Photo)

NEASC accredits SMC despite criticisms

by Georges Cordes, Jr.

A team of educators which evaluated St. Michael’s College last spring suggested a reorganization of the Board of Trustees, development of the faculty, additional financial support for Durick Library and “long-range planning” concern- ing enrollment in a report sent to President Edward L. Henry.

The report prompted the Commission on Institutions of

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Higher Education to recom- mend the ‘continuing ac- creditation” of the college by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. of Burlington, Mass. The ex- ecutive committee of the NEASC approved the 10-year reaccreditation of the college on Dec. 4.

The evaluation team, which visited the campus April 13-16, 1980 stated that Edmundite Superior General Edward L. Leary’s position as ex-officio chairman of the trustee board “represents a potential conflict of interest,” and suggested the position be elected by members of the board.

The roles of the chairman and

the president, the team sug: gested, ‘‘need refinement’ to define more clearly the authori- ty of each, and non-faculty members of the Society of St. Edmund should replace four Edmundite faculty on the board to avoid another ‘‘con- flict of interest.’

The team, which based its suggestions upon a two-year self-study by the college, as well as interviews and observations made while on campus, found the faculty “very dedicated” but lacking in balance by age and sex.

“The team expressed some concern,” the report stated, “that 66 percent of the faculty

cont. on page 9

GA discusses Serra, calendar, spring weekend

by Fran Dwyer

In its first meeting of the spr- ing semester, The General Assembly announced a response to the resignation of Sister Jeanette Serra, and discussed Winter and Spring weekends, as well as the possibility of changing the schedule for spring semester next year.

In regard to the investigation of Serra’s resignation, Dwyer said that a letter written by the executive committee will be sent to Rev. Tom Hoar, Rev.

Mike Cronogue, and President

Edward L. Henry. The letter will convey their uneasiness over the matter, with the hope

that any future situations will be handled more directly on all counts, and there will be less confusion, said Dwyer.

Winter weekend has been changed from February 20-21 to February 6-7. Smuggler’s Notch cancelled the St. Michael’s reservation, said Tom Malone. Social Committee chairman, “‘leaving us to either reschedule the date or find another place to have it. The theme is ‘‘Keep it Wild,” Malone said.

Malone announced a snow sculpture as a new addition to the weekend. There will be an entrance fee, with a maximum of ten teams. The top three

cont. on page 10


Computer terminal to aid nT offices.

by Randy Walker

Two IBM computer termi- nals costing about $4,000 each should help ensure a Happy New Year for Director of Hous- ing Thomas Cullen and Director of Development James Kraus. Final installation of the new equipment last Friday now allows the two administrators direct access to the college's central computer in Jemery Hall.

“Before last Friday, making an entry in the computer en- tailed writing up the informa- tion formally on Standard Register data sheets and walk- ing them over to the computer center,’ Kraus said. The sheets were very expensive and ‘‘with the center serving other cam- pus offices simultaneously, it sometimes took several days before our information could be processed,’ Kraus explained.

Now updated alumni, parent and student addresses, phone numbers, contribution records and other data can be “‘plugged directly into the computer” by use of the terminal in Kraus’s office.

“Tt's going to be eliminating a lot of tedius, manual record- keeping,” he said.

The terminal in Prevel Hall will service the development, alumni and public information offices. Personnel in the devel- opment and housing offices are currently training to program the computer, but most of the equipment’s basic functions have already been mastered by the two administrators.

“Preparing freshman room lists used to take at least the first two weeks in August,” Cullen said, ‘‘but now. you're talking about a couple of day’s work."' The terminal’s 21 vertical-inch visual display identifies students by identifi- cation number, name or campus address. An error function points out rooms with too few or too many occupants, mis- typed ID numbers, and non- existent rooms mistakenly assigned, Cullen explained.

“The thing can be program- med to isolate privileged hous- ing for assignment randomly to senior students, to identify problem damage areas on cam-

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pus, or for virtually any other purpose you could possibly dream up,”’ he said. Although room draw will remain a hassle for the 95 percent of students that will change rooms this spr- ing, the process will be con- siderably simplified ad- ministratively.

Room changes can be official- ly recorded almost simultane- ously with the student’s deci- sions to move.

Although five campus offices now enjoy the advantages of direct computer access (the ad- missions, treasurer’s and registrar's offices were con- nected in 1980), only the com- puter center can produce a printed record of data (hard copy). But before terminals were installed, orders for hard copy were commonly delayed by a week or more due to the in- credible volume of work han- dled exclusively by computer center personnel.

The terminals are equipped with a hard-copy order function which allows same-day pickup in the computer center.

‘We believe all chief adminis- trative offices (except financial aid) may now be served effec- tively, and the system’s time- saving feature should allow the new equipment to pay for itself in less than two years,”’ said David Smith, computer center director.

Smith is anxious to develop innovative new programs for use by academic offices, but personnel problems are hamper- ing his efforts.

“Our regular programmer Marie Scarpon has been on maternity leave for five mon- ths, so (1980 SMC graduate) Gerry Monette has been doing most of the programming,” Smith said. The center has been advertising for an additional programmer since last Novem- ber with only limited response.

With the new terminals operated by administrative per- sonnel, Monette expects to have more time available to establish new programs and streamline existing ones.

“Paper reports and manual computation of statistical data will soon be things of the past at St. Michael’s College,” Smith predicted.

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Student life office secretary Jan Lukanan refines her skills on the office’s new computer terminal installed : 4

last week. According to Housing Director Tom Cullen, the computer will significantly speed up housing

assignment schedules. (David Walsh Photo)

ae Extra funds to improve Durick

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by the end of the fiscal year in June, under the school’s pre- sent accounting system. This means the $10,000 allotment will not apply to materials received after July 1, 1981. Money for the library’s budget increase came from revenues generated by increas- ed student enrollment and a

$10,000 gift from IBM. ‘‘Presi-.

dent Henry was most generous in allotting this money,” Pro- vost said. ‘“‘We know (improve- ment of) the library will con- tinue to be an important objec- tive for him.”

A major structural addition may be in the library’s future, but only after all other alter- natives have been exhausted, Provost said. In the meantime, library officials will work with architects in projecting future space needs and analyzing how existing space can better be utilized.

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e Enlisting the help of faculty |

members in ‘‘weeding out’ those books that are no longer necessary in the library’s collec- tion. Popecki estimates this process would take 12 to 24

months to properly implement.

e Placing volumes that are in- frequently used in a ‘dead storage’’ space that is still ac- cessible, but out of the way. Popecki said that perhaps 20 percent of the library’s collec- tion could be disposed of in this way.

e Rearranging study and book shelving space in such a way as to minimize noise and visual distractions.

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“We know there are phan a many ideas we haven’t thought , of,’ Provost said. ‘““But we’ always open to ani

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Maryknoll sisters fear more violence in El Salvador

by Susan Roberts The repression of the people of El Salvador and the flagrant

human rights violations in that |

country which are virtually ig-

nored by the U.S. government

were among the topics addressed at a slide show and discussion con- ducted by two Maryknoll Sisters

Tuesday evening.

Sisters Helen Carpenter and Agnes Cazales, of the Maryknoll Mission for Education and

_ Justice, showed slides depicting the plight of the Salvadorans under a military junta which con- trols the country.

The slides showed junta made ‘up of young militants supported by the U.S. the existing govern- ment, in October 1979. Soon after

_ aU.S. defense survey team arriv-

ed uninvited to observe govern-

_ mental operations.

On Januray 3, 1980 the civilian members of the junta resigned citing flagrant human rights abuses under the junta.

_ A month later Archbishop Ar- } turo Romero requested the U.S.

to halt military aid to the na- _ tion already on the verge of civil _ war. On March 23 Romero ad-

dressed the human rights pro-

_ blem speaking specifically to

_ the military, during a mass in

San Salvador, the nation’s


The following day he was gunned down at the altar by the

_ sharpshooter while saying

Mass . His funeral was attended

by 1 000° Salvadorans who

fran ic Nea aoe fired from the rooftops. In the past several years seven priests have been killed in El Salvador, 27 have been forcibly expelled and the entire Jesuit order in El Salvador has been threatened. Most recently, in December 1980, three Maryknoll Sisters, one lay mis- sionary and two agrarian refor- mists were killed. Their bodies were located after an _ anonymous note from a village was slipped under the door of a

Jesuit monastery, according to Sister Carpenter.

Widespread poverty exists in El Salvador, where much of the land is used for coffee and sugar plantations according to the slide presentation. Sixty per- cent of the population is il- literate and plantation workers receive salaries of $80 a year. A major agrarian reform was planned for El Salvador last spring, but plantation owners redistributed their land to relatives in anticipation of government redistribution. This effectively eliminated the possibility of peasants and farmers getting allotment of land.

U.S. multinational corpora- tions are in abundance in El Salvador, a major reason the government supports the military operations in El Salvador, according to Sister Carpenter. The McDonald’s hamburger chain sells food at the same price in both El Salvador and the United States, yet Salvadoran workers earn only $3 a day, according to the slide presentation.

The United States has spent much money in support of the military junta in El Salvador, and $5.5 billion is to be ap-

propriated to that country for-

military hardware in the com- ing fiscal year. Former Presi- dent Jimmy Carter recently sent a task force to El] Salvador, and President Ronald Reagan has been quoted as saying he

would not rule out the use of Y- such a force.

The Salvadoran military force is made up of civilian men drafted into service. There is no way out for them except suicide. If they defect, their families are executed, according to Sister Cazales.

Sisters Carpenter and Cazales expressed outrage at the treatment of Salvadorans by the junta, as well as fear for the prospect of more bloodshed. “They are in a state of civil war there although the government has not declared war,’ said Sister Carpenter.

Sister Helen Carpenter, one of two Maryknoll nuns who presented a slide show and discussion on El Salvador, in the SMC chapel told students about the tragic political situation in the small Central American country. (David Walsh Photo)

Both Sisters spoke of the mass killings of peasants and land reformers. As a result groups have formed in revolt and to protect themselves.

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by Susan Hoberts

The multi-purpose Landsat satellite system used to survey geological land masses, was the topic of a lecture and slide presentation in Bergeron Educational Center, Tuesday evening, by Roy A. Whitmore, Jr. chairman of the forestry department at the University of Vermont.

Thanks toa number of grants from NASA, Whitmore has been involved in a series of pro- jects using the satellite to monitor land cover and land changes from a new perspec- tive.

The satellite circles the earth once every 103 minutes and makes repetitive coverage of every point on the earth, except for a few polar points, once every 18 days, according to Whitmore. This allows monitor- ing of short-term change on the earth’s surface, he added.

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“They have been forced . take up arms; there seems to be no other way,’ said Sister Cazales.

“We're (the U.S.) backing a


government that’s repressive of people. While we say there’s a middle of the road, there isn’t,” said Sister Carpenter. ‘‘Our aid to them goes to the military and that is the junta, and that is repressing the people,” she add- ed.

The Sisters advocate a total withdrawal of the U.S. from El Salvador to let the people work out some type of solution on their own. They pointed out Nicaragua as an example.

Why does the U.S. continue to support a repressive govern- ment in El Salvador? The U.S. government leads the American public to believe that the Revolutionary Democratic Groups springing up in revolt are guerillas and terrorists ad- vocating a communist form of government, according to the Sisters.

“We have a tremendous fear of Communism to the point that we can’t talk of any other way of life for people,” said Sister Carpenter.

If the situation in El Salvador sounds oddly familiar, it could well be. Sister Carpenter said a recently released film depicting the conflict is entitled ‘El Salvador: Another Vietnam?”

utilizes satellite

Whitmore has been involved in several major projects using the Landsat satellite. One of them included a 1978 study of the defoliation of Vermont vegetation caused by the Forest 10 caterpillar.

Since last summer Landsat has been used to produce ‘‘com- plete land cover classification” of the entire forest ground for the state of Vermont, said Whitmore. -

Another project, with the soil conservation service, involves monitoring the water quality of lakes and ponds in the state, as well as Vermont’s 19 major watersheds, he said.

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It costs NASA ‘hundred of millions of dollars” to design, build, launch and operate Land- sat, but “as far as our own operation is concerned we spend ‘$15,000 to $20,000 in just hardware systems alone,”’ said Whitmore.

The Landsat satellite is the third in a series launched by NASA. The first, launched in July 1972, was known as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS). It carried a multi-spectral scanner, ‘which was subsequently augmented by a second satellite’ in January, 1975 according to Whitmore.


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Bad business

Business majors may or may not be surprised to hear it, but the team of educators that examined St. Michael's last spring found a few major flaws in their department.

Those students have probably realized what the reaccreditation team reported to the New England Association of Schools and Col- leges that the SMC business program is too career-oriented for a liberal arts college, its instructors are underqualified, it courses have too much of an administrative bias.

Where are the courses in business ethics, how are other studies integrated, why can centrators get away with a technical-school education?

The team also pointed up the fact that an outstandingly com- prehensive economics program here is stradled ~ stifled by that same concentration. Its doctorate-degree instructors teach business majors who decide their fates on the word of master- degree businessmen.

Major changes in the development and nurturing of business majors will have to be made by this college. The education of that 30 percent of the school’s population could well render the tag “liberal arts’’ meaningless at St. Michael's.


Day 4 The Reagan Crisis

On Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 12 noon Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President of the United States amid rampant speculation that the hostages were about to be released. About 38 minutes later, 52 former American ‘‘prisoners of war’ (as Reagan would refer to them later in the day) left Iranian air space on a precisely timed flight to freedom.

PARS, the Iranian news agency, gloated publicly on Monday that Jimmy Carter would not be able to welcome the hostages as President because their release would be delayed deliberately until after he left office.

They cruelly kept their word. Carter did not receive official news of the hostages’ release until after he boarded his flight home to Plains on Tuesday afternoon. F

Today in Washington, D.C. the oldest U.S. President in history faces a domestic agenda that calls for reducing taxes, curbing Federal spending, rolling back regulations on corporate activity, holding the line on hiring, dismantling at least one Cabinet depart- ment, and moving back to the states some functions of the sprawl- ing Federal government. }

With a hairline Republican majority in the Senate and a seven- to-four GOP minority in the House of Representatives, it appears improbably that the new President will be able to forge an effective coalition with Congress to carry out his conservative proposals.

The above factors in perspective, his potential effectiveness in the oval office remains in considerable doubt.

Ironically, at the close of the hostage dilemma it may well be time to begin tracking the days of yet another national ordeal: “the Reagan crisis: Day 4.”


The Defender

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Editorial Staff

Executive Editor: George Cordes, Jr. Managing Editor: Randy Walker

News Editor: Susan Roberts

Features Editor: Wendy Lambert

Sports Editor: Gavin Keefe

Copy Editors: Jacqueline Smith, Bill Michaels Photography Editor: David Walsh

Art Director: William Brady

Business Staff Business Manager: Tim Kelleher Circulation Manager: Brian Flynn

Faculty Adviser: Richard A. Raquier

The Defender is an independent periodical published by the SMC Student Publishing Association. It is printed by Vermont Journal, Inc. of Essex Junc- tion, Vt. every week of the college year with the exception of official college holidays and examination periods.

Deadline for advertising, letters to the editor and all other copy is 6 p.m, Sunday. Letters to the editor and all other copy must by typed, double- spaced. All letters must be signed. Campus or off-campus address and phone number must accompany each letter.

The editor reserves the right to edit or omit any letter for the sake of space or clarity. While all letters cannot be published, the editor will make an effort to publish those reflecting a diversity of opinion.

Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of St. Michael's College faculty or administration.

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Along those lines... a

To the Editor:

Reading Sue Roberts’ editorial (unless another staff member writes under the in- itials SR) in the Jan. 16 issue of The Defender reminded me of a

_ haunting experience that I en-

dured previously, although not haunting enough for ‘‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not,’’ perhaps some readers will appreciate my experience.

Prior to the official opening of classes, some of my fellow scholars and I engaged in a knock-down, drag-out game of “‘go fish’’ to pass the time, when out of nowhere a_ next-door neighbor wizzed by my room. He said that he was on his way to the Ross Sports Center to register, and that we’d better follow him.

We, the ‘“‘card sharks,’ or should I say ‘‘fish sharks,” laughed off this action as the result of an exhausting vaca- tion. Not long after that, the frenzied neighbor tornadoed by my door again, creating a big- ger fracas than before. With even greater hints of doom in his voice, he told us that it was our last chance to register ‘‘or else’’ we wouldn’t go to class. Since this last threat did not ap- peal to us, we continued to play our game, attributing the maniac’s mental instability no longer to an exhausting vaca- tion, but rather to incestuous

breeding. Just before he collapsed face- first, though, he mentioned

something about ‘‘the longest lines” that he’d ever seen in his life at Ross. Instantaneously, we threw up our hands, grabbed our straws, and bolted for the sports center.

When we arrived at Ross, we found a crowd too large to define (at least in this paper). We also discovered that the lines were really for registra- tion. We were livid! Looking in our hands, we angrily declared, “That's the last straw!’’ As much as we didn’t want to, we decided to wait in line, being

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that we had nothing planned for that afternoon, evening, or the

- following morning.

My gloom soon turned into optimism when I only had to

wait 15 minutes in the first line, .

thinking it would be a cinch from here on in. Then I discovered that I was in a line

for the water fountain. I then -—

moved to the next line, and after this 30 minute ‘‘express”’ moved me to the front, I found I was in the wrong line.

Deciding that I was getting nowhere fast, I went to the in- formation line. There I was issued a road map, compass, and sea rations, along with directions to the other lines in which I had to wait. The rest of the afternoon consisted of go- ing from line to line.

I waited on the lines for ‘‘blue cards,’’ athletic questionnaires, and other petitions. I felt that I was deprived when I finally received my meal-ticket because I’d already missed at least two meals just waiting for the damn thing. Besides, while between lines I had stumbled into a telephone booth and ordered out a Mac’s pizza.

Things got worse. My mind was sapped, and my nerves were wearing thin. I waited ina line at the front of which a reception desk moved more than the suckers in line. Se we played ‘‘follow the line’ to three different localities.

This was more than I could handle. I developed insomnia from my restlessness and for- tunately stumbled into the line of a ‘‘make-shift’” barber and slept if off in his chair during a shave and a trim. Awakening to nature’s call (and an overdone crew cut), I found the line to the gent’s room.

Somehow I found the line to the exit and, asleep again, followed a line of co-eds to their dorm. I was pleasantly awaken- ed in a shower stall after follow- ing one student from Ryan Hall. At last, thought I, here is a line worth waiting in! However, the naked girl had






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other thoughts that she ex- pressed at the top of her lungs. Alas, I had overstayed my welcome. OR SG a Dissapointed and _ broken- hearted, I left the dorm and

headed for Saga, where I thought I’d gain sc i quiet and re

There were lines Alliot.

I then went upstairs to drown my sorrows at the Rat. I saw the door, and much to my disbelief and exultation, there was no line. I pulled on the door and it dawned on me that the bar was closed. ae

I finally returned home to where there are never an waiting lines my bedroom. I~ finally cooled my nerves, wash- ed the lines from my face, and retired to bed with my bo Waiting for Godot. At reading for awhile, I looked to the heavens and thou, upon the maxim, “Heaven is for those who wait.”’

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News commentary

by John Engels Jr.

Newsweek characterized Ronald Reagan’s and Alex- ander Haig’s plans for the military as ‘A Policy. of Resurgence.”” The American defense budget has exceeded $200 billion for the first time in history and Americans are talk- ing about and preparing for war in a way that would have been impossible only a few years ago.

In fact, one of Carter’s 1976 campaign promises was to cut defense spending an average $5-7 billion a year. Instead Carter increased defense spen- ding by more than 50 percent.

Mentally, too, Americans are preparing for war. Mac Parker, a-member of the Burlington Area Draft Counselors (BADC), in a letter to the Vanguard Press, sees a ‘‘resurgent militaristic sentiment in our country today, a militarism which to us goes far beyond the needs of ‘defense’ and becomes instead a force of aggression to guard U.S. economic and political interests around the world.’ Seeming to have forgot- ten the American ventures in Asia, Americans have cheerful- ly returned to the shaky

Reagan, Halg may promote national war ! mentality

truisms that marked the Cold Wer.

Convinced of its ‘moral superiority’”’ and its increased sense of fear of the ‘‘malevolent forces” surrounding it, America has chosen to rearm, to flex its military muscle and to meet any Soviet challenge, instead of

reassessing its global obliga- tions in light of its seemingly inept control of world affairs, i.e. Iran, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, etc.

In light of these attitudes,

the reinstitution of registration:

for a possible military draft received little opposition either

‘Story Theatre’ to compete in college theatre festival

. by Joan Dickinson

“story Theatre,”’ last

yard ‘semester's major theatre pro- ion, has been chosen as one ©

DS 72 plays nationwide to com-

pete in The American College Theatre Festival XIII at the regional level. The play is St. Michael’s College drama de- partment’s first entrant in the festival.

The American College Theatre Festival is “primarily a performance showcase for col- lege and university students,” according to its brochure. Last year St. Michael’s and the Uni- versity of Vermont co-hosted the New England regional festival, at which this year’s host, Brandeis University, was chosen for the national festival, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

There are 12 regional festi- vals, and up to 10 productions will be invited to Washington for a three-week, non- competitive festival, with all ex- penses paid.

Last fall the play was judged by Robert MacDonald, a mem- ber of the drama department at the University of Connecticut, and Nancy Enggass, a member of the Department of Theatre Arts at Mount Holyoke Col- lege. Enggass is the Region 1 chairman for festival.

Some of the criteria evaluated in this first round of competi- tion was choice of play, ‘‘direc- torial concepts,’’ costumes, lighting, setting, and, as a whole, ‘‘the elements of produc- tion as perceived,’’ said Donald Rathgeb, director and chairman ot the St. Michael’s fine arts


oe Story Theatre” is a collec- tion of 10 tales that are based on Grimm and Aesop, plus other stories of the past. “The Little Peasant,” ‘“‘The Fisher-

this year’s

man and His Wife’ and ‘‘The Golden Goose”’ are a few of the major pieces.

Currently, the cast and crew of ‘Story Theatre” are rehears- ing and building refinements in- to the set. “‘Some new elements have been incorporated into the action to give a sense of spon- taneity,” said Rathgeb.

Structural changes will in- clude exits, entrances and the placement of the orchestra and portions of the set.

On Jan. 28 the 17 member cast, five technicians, five musi- cians, and the directors will travel to Brandeis, and perform the next evening. The day of performance will involve un- loading the truck, setting and focusing lights, checking costumes, and familiarizing the actors with the stage. A crit- ique follows the performance, but the final decision of 10 na- tional winners will be announc-

ed in February.

Finally, the set will be struck after the critique for the next day’s plays. Rathgeb estimated that the entire day’s activities could take 17 hours or more.

Another part of the festival will include the Irene Ryan Act- ing Scholarship auditions. Michael Lucey, a junior and member of the cast, is one of 40 contestants who will give six- minute auditions at the Region 1 festival’s opening.

A costume entry by Therese Bruck will also ‘be judged as another portion of the festival activities.

In preparation for the festival there will be two public per- formances of ‘“‘Story Theatre” at the McCarthy Arts