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PAGE 4 THE THUNDERBIRD TUESDAY MAY 26, 1987 THAT CLEAN, FRESH SCENT OF SPRING Spring is in the air, or to be nrore precise, the scent of fresh manure is wafting through our senses as graduation draws closer at hand. For the first time, graduating students will be spared that clean fresh scent of spring, because ceremonies for the school's 451 graduates will take place indoors in the Centrum. During previous years, graduation usually took place in the lower or upper quads. As crews of groundskeepers frantically cleaned the outside areas before graduation, previous students could bet their diploma that their friends and loved ones would get the privilege of sitting or standing on the dewy fresh fertilizer used to brighten the green, green lawn. This year marks a new tradition for SUSC's graduates. They will now get to use the new Centrum for their commencement activities. The Thunderbird lauds this new tradition in an effort to make friends and families of the graduates feel comfortable and welcome at the ceremonies held in SUSC's new special events facility. You have to admit that it would be a bit embarrassing to seat grandmother on the freshly manure soaked lawn. And as SUSC grows, we see the need to use a larger facility to seat all commencement participants and their guests. It is The Thunderbird's hope that future ceremonies may continue in the Centrum. Perhaps the college should also consider extending the same courtesy to its graduates receiving vocational and associate degrees. Granted, they're not spreading it as thick as they used to around here in terms of manure; but still, who wants to see someone's feeble grandmother trying to assume an upright position as the graduates leave the upper quad for home? Scheduling should not be a problem for the two ceremonies. Both ceremonies can make use of the chairs and equipment placed in thff Centrum for the commencement ceremonies and spare the people in maintenance the second trip over to the in previous quad to set up chairs for the vocational degiees on are scheduled separate days. years. The two ceremonies What is the harm, if the chairs and audio equipment are left overnight in the Centrum for the next day's commencement activities? There probably isn't a harm. A few janitors may have to clean and straighten between ceremonies, but at least maintenance wouldn't need to set up another ceremonial area. There are other benefits to holding the combined baccalaurate two-yedegree ceremony in the Centrum. Besides creating a welcome and comfortable environment for these graduates and their guests in the Centrum, we are also sparing them the need to worry about the weather conditions and alternative rain sites. After all, we want to make all of our guests feel welcome during their visits to SUSC. a-- , ar Just how 'general' should knowledge be? 'Access' is a recurring column through themselves to topics of concern andor interest. This week's column is by LARRY BAKER, who is the director of publications at SUSC. We've been lately hearing about how poor our educational system is in this country and, more pointedly, about how our young people the future leaders of this world are dullards when it comes to the basic facts of historical and cultural significance. They are, it's said, more knowledgable concerning someone such as John Bon Jovi than concerning Aristotle or, for that matter, someone as relatively contemporary as George McGovern. The name Robert Dole, I'm sure, would bring blank stares from innumerable voung people. Working with college students, I've seen this building over the years: this disregard for what used be called "general knowledge." recall speaking with one soon-to-b- e graduate who wished to e network anchorwoman. We become a were talking about the value of common knowledge. challenged her to tell me who the lieutenant governor of Utah was. She couldn't meet that challenge, but defended herself by saying, "I'll look those things up when need to know them. Or, I'll I 1 HE MUDENf NEWS AND VIEWS OF SOUIHEKN UIAH STATE VOLUME 81, NUMBER COLLEGE C EDAR CITY, UTAH 33 Editoria and News Directors: Jane Laird Danny Stewart Senior Staff Writer Kris Johnyan Copy Editor Greg Prince Photo Editor Richard Engleman Production Manager Gavin McNeil Teri Gadd Advertising Representatives Sports Editors Dale Cummings Brooks Washburn Kellie Jensen Entertainment Editor Dawn DeBusk Faculty Adviser Larry Baker Lisa The Thunderbird is published each Monday of the academic year by and for the student body of Southern Utah State College and is not affiliated with the College's department of communication The views and opinions expressed in The Thunderbird are the opinions of the publication's individual writers and do not necessarily retied the views ot the institution, faculty staff or student body in general. The unsigned editorial directly above is the opinion of The Thunderbird as a sing'e entity Letters to the editor must be typed and include the name and phone number Only the name will be printed Names will not be withheld under any circumstances and the editor reserves editing privileges Letters must be submitted by noon Friday for inclusion in the following week s edition The Thunderbird editorial and advertising offices in SUSC Library 103 Mail at SUSC Box 7758 9384, Cedar City, UT 84720 (801) which members of the campus community may address big-tim- I I have one of my flunkies look it up." I'll lay odds that a flunky would already know it. The truly intelligent and knowledgable are often the minions to the beautiful, the talented and the lucky. In television, particularly, success most often comes via looks and charm rather than intelligence and knowledge. But forget about the important things like the fact that Boston is north of New York City or when Columbus discovered America or why the fogged photographic plate in Becquerel's laboratory was so significant to our history. These kids of today have even lost contact with the trivial. At first, thought it was that was getting older, losing touch. When was forced to argue with a student officer that it was not Frankie Valli who starred with Annette Funicello in Beach Party, (playing here Friday), knew that our culture was in trouble. "Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello weie the Sean and Madonna of their day," said. "Annette was hot stuff. She was the first Mouseketeer to wear a bra." "What's a Mouseketeer?" he asked with a look of mistrust. Time marches on. I I Faculty, staff support overwhelming TO THE EDITOR: The support of the faculty and staff on clean up day, April 24, was overwhelming. It's great to know so many people are interested in the appearance of the campus. The grounds department is grateful to each and every one who worked so us together continues. hard to clean and beautify the campus. The spirit that has pulled Gary Davis Supervisor, Grounds Department in past endeavors Thanks to everyone.