South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 3, October, 1975 Page: 2 of 8
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Pife 2 ANNOTATIONS October 1975
SBA President's Report
UP THE LIBRARY
South Texas College of Law budgeted $71,000 exclusive of
salaries for the library in 1974-75. Twenty-four of 158
ABA-approved schools budgeted less - including Baylor and St.
Mary's in Texas. But the trend is to higher costs.
The real reason is inflation. The Rice University library has
recently reduced its subscriptions for legal materials, especially
journals, because of the sharp increases in subscription rates. But law
schools can't cut back, they must bite the bullet and pay through
Most students, and indeed most lawyers, measure a law school by
ito faculty and its library. The library is most important - anyone
can walk through the door and make their own decision ... no one
likes a skimpy-looking library.
Our library, while it has grown tremendously since the dark days
ot the early '60s, is still inadequate. We need some duplicate sets of
very expensive materials like Shepard's Citations. There are still
some alternate research sources we don't have at all, although we
now have the best of the American research materials in sufficient
numbers. During the past year the only real increases in the library
were in the visual materials, up-keep and replacement volumes, and
some gifts. ^
Dean Jones, who makes the budget, says he has a tight budget
which will only increase if more money can be taken in. He doesn't
want to increase tuition.
There is probably no idle money around this school... "No
frills," they call it, and no frills it is. But for the library, so
important to students, something must be done.
The current library fee is $10 each semester. If the fee were
doubled to $20, an additional $26,000 could be fed to the library.
That would buy a good many real bound volumes for our shelves.
Do you want a better library? Are you willing to go $30 a year
TAUGHT BY EXAMPLE
Last summer Annotations received a letter from a student irate
about the long wait for spring grades. If he had just taken the
"right" professors he would have seen his grades by the
faculty-imposed deadline. The letter was worthy of publication, but
we lacked space. This editorial is based directly on that letter, and to
that student we say "thanks."
"Here we are taught by example."
It is in law school that we learn the sloppy, slovenly habits that
tive lawyers a bad name. What is the reward for being punctual?
What is the penalty for being late? Apparently, if you are high
enough up the ladder (and professors apparently are that high) you
can do anything late without penalty. There is no statute of
limitations for grading a final exam, wherein the student wins a fine
mark by default on the part of the professor.
If there were such a statute, we are sure that "Member Order of
Lytae" could be printed routinely on all student's transcripts before
the first garde is entered.
But those professors who are habitually late for no good cause
show us more than their slovenliness. They are telling us loud and
clear that they disregard all the values of human decency that make
us men instead of pigs.
Editor Paul McGuffey
Business Manager Peter J. Sarkesian
Circulation Manager E. Lynn Grisell III
Assistant Editor Summer Milton
Associate Editors .Joe Colletti, CarolynWhittington,
Staff Writers Steve Gano, Bill Ilall, Bob Regent, Terry
Wyrick, Jim Skelton
Artist James Dairym pie
Columnist Rob Hopper
Annotations is published by students at South Texas College of
South Texas College of Law does not discriminate in admissions
or employment for reasons of race, religion, sex, or national origin.
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By SAM GEORGE
WE'VE LOST A FRIEND
The Students of STCL began a new school year
without an old friend. As many of you know, Mrs.
Nina Mcintosh died suddenly in the last weeks of
August. She was a great help to me, and I became
an admirer of hers when I witnessed many fimes
her frank concern for the students who grini each
The Student Bar Association in a joint effort
with the STCL Alumnus Association is beginning a
fund drive to establish a memorial in Mrs.
Mclnstosh's memory. The purpose of the
memorial will be to create a Library Fund for the
purchase of books helpful to law students - in
honor of Mrs. Mac. Much of the planning has
already been done, and mailings will begin within
This semester marked the beginning of a new
tactic by those who plan the schedule. For want of
a better name, I will call it class gerrymandering.
The game is comprised of offering two sections
of one subject taught by two different teachers at
the same time on the same day. The clincher
comes when those who registered for contracts
(for example) learn that they have David instead
of Manne, or vice versa.
Persons with last names beginning with A-L go
to one professor, while the rest of the alaphabet
goes to the other. No one knows who they have
until they go to class. Somehow this insults my
sense of fairness and I freedom; of choice.
The new 1975-76 Student Directory has been
sent to the printer, thanks to the individual effort
of Tom Ross. Tom spent several hours planning,
organizing, and assimilating the directory. His
ultimate haul was getting BRI to totally fund the
issue. The only SBA expense was paying a typist
to type the rough draft. I might add that Jim
Lombardino's wife did a great job on the typing.
Randy Stout, Senior Senator, has planned an
excellent fall speakers program. It is well balanced
with varied and sometimes controversial speakers.
The speakers program can be one of the most
informative learning experiences that you will
receive as a benefit of attending this law school.
Please try to attend the programs.
In a joint effort with the Boy Scouts of
America, the SBA is attempting to organize an
Explorer's Post at this school for high school
students between the ages of 14 and 18.
Specifically, the post will be a "Law Explorers"
post and will enable interested high school
students to become exposed to the legal
profession. The SBA needs a few volunteers to
help get this off the ground. Let me stress that we
need both men and women.
Law Explorers is open to either sex, and,
according to available information from the high
schools, student interest in the law is evenly
divided among men and women for the first time.
BLUE CROSS - BLUE SHIELD
Have you ever wondered what it would take to
get a quality Group Hospitalization program for
The answer is that there must be at least 75%
participation of those eligible to qualify for group
membership. For example, if we designated the
group as all fulltime students, then at least 75% of
all fulltime students would have to participate in
As to expenses, the rates would vary according
to the coverage. A "ballpark" figure for adequate
coverage for STCL students would be $9.00 to
$14.00 a month.
I am presently supplying more detailed
information to Mr. Don Sturr, who is a highly
qualified Blue Cross - Blue Shield representative.
Again, our program is getting the participation.
Participation is the key to success in any
organization. Many students always advise me
"Why doesn't the SBA do this or that?", yet I
never see them at the meetings.
If you hve an idea, come to a meeting and
propose it. I cannot nor can anyone else propose
everything I hear.
There is no officer of the SBA who receives free
tuition or salary. I repeat, no tuition or salary. All
the work that we do, from the Spring Banquet to
the outline file, is uncompensated. It is probably
better that way.
At any rate, if you have an idea, participate!
A Letter to Ed.
Tis a rare newspaper that can
refrain from generous scoops of
destructive criticism even in the
best of times. But, Ed, ol*
Buddy, you did it. The July
1975 edition of the Annotations
left me with a feeling that
something is right in Sin City.
Can't remember when the
Annotations said something nice
about someone on just about
every page. It was a positive, but
fair and honest, approach that
will help us endure these trying
moments that will soon be the
good ol' days.
Say something negative and
sophomoric once in a while so we
won't think you're an arm of the
Administration or simply naive.
You're a good man, Ed. Thanks.
P.S. Love your snide cartoons,
but I rarely understand them.
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