|Paper||Westminster College Student Newspapers|
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|Paper||Westminster College Student Newspapers|
THE PARSON Page 2 Unity A Must S.G.A.C. A September 21, 1964 Dictatorship? Prexy S.G.A.C. can be a dictatorship! hearty welcome to you freshmen and returning Students, the scholars. Welcome to the NEW Westminster College. power of S.G.A.C. lies in the hands of a few. Our Yes, Westminster College is growing up in every government as it is established hides behind the conceivable way. Many new innovations can be seen mask of representation. Is this what we want? on our campus this year. Credit the progress to If our government is to be a representative body, the foresight of Dr. W. Fred Arbogast, President it must represent the students views and not solely of the college. Dr. Arbogast saw a lot of potential the leaders. The voting power of S.G.A.C. comes for Westminster when he came here two years ago. from the different organizations on campus; this Last year was the year of transition, however change means that there are twenty seven votes deciding was imminent. Dr. Arbogast addressed the college the issues. Are your opinions backed up by a at Convocation last' spring on the subject of change. vote or are they intrusted in the hands of your He emphasized the fact that change is not easy, possible dictator. Granted, the situation could only but that it is inevitable in our modern and changing be solved by mass voting, which would be impracA society. Dr. Arbogast has proven himself to be a man of action. Our new library is the best example of the progress that we are making under his administration. New additions in facilities are planned. Other key changes in Dr. Arbogast s diversification program include new administrators and faculty members, and an increase in our enrollment. The student-facul- ty ratio has been raised to 17-- 1 (still very favorable) and all of our buildings on the campus have been remodeled to some extent. The parking lot has been paved. Many new varsity sports have been added to our athletic program. Football could become reality next year on a smaller level. Look around and you will see the NEW Westminster shaping up. These changes are just a part of Dr. Arbo-gas- ts five year development program. tical, inconvenient, and time consuming. The finger then is pointed at you. The representation lies in your hands as students and as leaders. Insolution must come from initiative itiative which can only be found within you the student, and you the leader. Now that this has been pointed out, the question is, does the responsibility lie within the leader to make sure he represents the student, or does the burden rest on the student to make sure his views are expressed by his leader? The K. G. Letters to the Editor The PARSON welcomes letters from students, faculty members and college staff. Any letter to the editor not obscene or libelous, shall be printed. The letter should contain not more than 300 words; nothing will be changed except for the slightest grammatical errors. Letters express the opinion of the writer only. AH letters must be signed but name wUl be withheld at writers request. Westminster College students no longer have any reason to be apathetic, indifferent, or pessimistic about the state of affairs on our campus. The new administration has done, and is doing what it can. As for our own problems, most of which are of a social nature, it is up to us to resolve them. Pres- ident Kennedy said, It is not enough to lend your talents to deplore present solutions. Most educated men and women on occasions prefer to discuss what is wrong, rather than to suggest alternative courses of action. past we have 4been too quick to blame any of our social failures that we have had on the administration, particularly the dean of students. How immature can we get? The student catalogue clearly defines what is expected of us on this campus. We accept those terms when we register here. StuIn the dents have complained about the lack of a collegiate atmosphere in the student lounge and at other school functions, but what have they done about it? Students town-dor- m have also complained about the students conflict, and the various cliques that have frequented the campus. So what has been done about it? Again, nothing. The gripes have been too numerous to list here. It seems as if these kind of people have no trouble whatsoever in finding fault with Westminster College on the one hand, and yet they keep coming back, on the other. Let it end here and now. so-cal- led This is a new year. The NEW Westminster College can live up to its great expectations if the attitude of the students, as well as that of everyone involved with the college, is positive. Lets think positively. We believe that school unity at Westminster can be achieved. The conditions are favorable. The forces that unite us are stronger than those that divide us. Let us bring all the problems out in the open this year. Let us support the activities that we would renounce. If we are to achieve the unity that we seek, it will be up to us, and not to the administration, orvthe faculty, or anyone else. As the college rises to new heights, so must we. As we receive more from the administration, faculty, and S.G.A.C., we must give more. We must strive to be responsible and not reckless. We must be didicated to Westminster and not disloyal. The college is only going to be as good as we make it. As Westminster College continues to grow, so must we. This is our challenge we must meet it. NEXT DEADLINE September 25, 1964, at : 12 Noon PARSON OFFICE 1ST FLOOR FOSTER A Word From The President I would like to take this opportunity to welcome each student to the campus and to give you a report of the progress made during the summer here at Westminster. Our new W. T. Nightingale library will be completed in the early part of the school year. Major renovation has been completed on the exterior of Ferry Hall. The roof has been repaired and several classrooms have been painted. A new look has been given to the entrance of Converse Hall, the floors have been resurfaced, and the exterior walls have been painted. The exterior woodwork on Foster Hall has also been painted. The campus in general has been manicured, and we have new asphalt roads and parking improvements made. May I assure you that many more improvements are to be made in the near future. We are encouraged by the publics reception of the $1,500,000 development program. Under the direction of the board of trustees, several capital gifts have already been received and more are anticipated. The faculty and staff have been strengthened with the appointment of a number of highly competent individuals. As we continue our efforts to bring quality and excellence to our educational program here at Westminster, we sincerely invite the support, interest, and participation of all students, alumni, and friends of the college. W. Fred Arbogast, President by Stan Clark S.G.A.C. Pres That was a week, wasnt it? Fun, frolic, happy fatigue, friends new and renewed, all combined to set our hope sand ambitions high for a great year. We now turn to the ac- ademics of college with our eyes on that old 4.0 GPA (whats that about high goals7) Well, well work hard anyway. Since college is more than classes and studies, lets consider the role of student government in college life. The purpose umn which will appear regularly is to help keep you abreast of the ideas being discussed in and the opportunities open through S.G.A.C. Opinions also will be given. In the letter to returning students, your offi, . cers stated we would ex- pect more individual initiative and involvement in student affairs. This expectation is also addressed to each freshman. Three dates which will set the tempo for our year are; 1. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, is our first S.G.A.C. meeting. We will discuss the Fall Retreat, the Hootenanny, and generally get our feet on the ground. This will be held in Robinson Room during the break. 2. Saturday, September 26, the Fall Retreat, will review the year as planned last spring and discuss new ideas. It will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the northeast corner of Fairmont Park. 3. Tuesday, September 29, is our second semi- monthly S.G.A.C. meet- ing. Voting on the appointed offices and confirming working committees ! are the. major items. . , All students are invited to any S.G.A.C. meeting.