The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 51, No. 21, Ed. 1, Friday, March 11, 1966 Page: 4 of 8
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Friday March 11 1966
(ACP) Gone are the days of torchlight parades for campus poli-
ticians massive marches on the Capitol and rigged cheerleader
elections says the Daily Texan University of Texas. Election turn-
out is the same as ever appallingly small but in the olden days
at least a portion of the student body seemed to care about the Uni-
versity's brand of personal politics.
Student government has gone "responsible." Candidates and
electorate no longer care about the froth that once consumed so
much sound and fury. This trend toward seriousness could be for
the better but unfortunately the Student Assembly and Students'
Association are still geared to the days when somebody really cared
about getting his best friend appointed to the sweetheart nominee
appeals aboard sub-committee.
Today students are asking for a role in the governing of the
University. They are willing to sit through hours of droning Regents
meetings plow through acres of administrative red tape delve into
important but unspectacular aspects of University policy. Student
leaders have approached the Board of Regents asking for seats on
some of the policy-making committees and the Regents have shown
a willingness to consider their requests.
This plea for a voice in University affairs is a plea for the very
life of student government. For if students cannot have a significant
voice within the University they will attempt to influence it from
the outside through such methods as demonstration and unionization.
If student government is not granted a greater degree of power
fewer and fewer outstanding University students will be attracted
to it. Even now independent groups attract many potential leaders
by confronting significant issues such as integration American
foreign policy and academic ills which student government most
We hope this year's campaign platforms will reflect thoughtful
suggestions for reform rather than tired promises to solve the park-
ing problem and hold regular office hours. There has been a
change in attitude among thoughtful elements of the student body.
But if student government does not herald or at least reflect this
change it will alienate itself even more from potential leaders and
lose its opportunity to articulate and help solve the University's
LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS
What is the trend of the student government on our
campus? The trend has been the last several years to elect
someone to the Senate or the House of Representatives and
then pay no more attention to him or her.
The Student Congress here takes care of such things as
Adopt-A-Child Day the Carnival SCAT Homecoming student-level
chartering of organizations the co-ordinating of
any all-school event.
The Congress does an admirable job for what it does. It
does have its failings. The All-School Trip this year was
primarily organized by the Cheerleaders after the Senate
voted down the projected trip to Six Flags because of ap-
parent dis-interest. The Shreveport trip to the Centenary
"basketball game is perhaps a happy indication of future trips.
The Congress seems not to care anymore than the ma-
jority of the student body how many people are involved in
carrying out all these worthy projects. The constituency
you and I don't want to be seen at Congress meetings. One
might think the Congress doesn't care whether anybody
comes to the meetings or not outside of Congress members
since no overt action of any duration has taken place to get
other students to the meetings.
To what end the criticisms? Student government is
more than a student-governing body. It is an opportunity
to learn how to involve oneself with more than just oneself.
This is a University. The name comes from the word "uni-
versal." We're not here just to learn how to spout back what
we have memorized out of books. We're not here to be
isolated from the rest of the community. We're here to learn
how to live with ourselves and our society.
College students are supposed to be the leaders of tomor-
row. Politics is one thing we should be learning to live with.
You hear "If you don't vote don't complain." If you do vote
you should have some criterion to go on besides who a candi-
date is. A candidate should have some reason to be a candi-
date. The potential voter should familiarize himself with
what the various and sundry candidates say they stand for .
After a candidate is elected it is the responsibility of the
voter to check on what that office-holder is doing to re-inforce
what he said he stands for. This is why the Brand has en-
couraged attendance of non-Congress members to all Con-
grew meetings Senate and House.
It' a ?ig tough world out there- ftfow is th time to
drpelop the proewww of invovttt jfrtvtWtf;pcriblt.
Xxprndrnx m tiie bt tencber Cfhviomlf we are notf going
to get the me; expeftande fci college tbat yr wiU gM after
we graduate. But at least we can be learning to learn.
llWeu. Mp& PgLANEY you'll juer have to stop
MAHINte- POTATOES UNTIL THIS RASH CLEAKS UP. "
Letter by Wayland Dean
This is on excerpt from a letter Wayland Baptist College aca-
demic dean Dr. Robert Collmer as carried in last week's Brand. The
Wayland Trailblazer had carried an editorial by the Brand editor
concerning the Baptist Education Study Task (BEST).
2. Baptist schools have been under fire at state conventions
through state denominational newspapers and from many pulpits.
So far as I know not once has a Baptist student risen up to defend
the institution that he claims as his "Cherishing Mother" (which is
what "Alma Mater" means). Not long ago a group of University
of Oklahoma students formed a committee and initiated a cam-
paign called "SOP" ("Save Our Professors"). Realizing that com-
petent teachers were leaving the University because of more ample
facilities and more adequate salaries elsewhere the students petition-
ed the State Legislature to increase allocations. Have you ever heard
of Baptist students requesting their home churches to increase their
contribution to their colleges or have you ever seen Baptist stu-
dents picketing the State Convention for adequate support for the
colleges? Though granted that Baptist colleges do not receive the
percentage of their income from their constitutents that tax-supported
schools receive from legislatures nevertheless the relation of de-
pendence is somewhat analogous.
As far as goes the Baptist stu-
dent rising up to defend his
"Cherishing Mother" I'm not
sure that the Baptist student
knows that he has "permission"
to do something like this. Demon-
strations of any kind are feared
on the Hardin-Simmons campus
not to speak of any other Baptist
The recent demonstration by
the three colleges in Abilene
McMurry College Abilene Chris-
tian College and HnSU -concerning
Viet Nam was endorsed by
some group on each campus such
as the student government with
the notable exception of H-SU.
Student participation in the
recent first phase of our Carr
Collins endowment campaign
was not actively solicited. One
student that I know inquired
whether students should be in-
volved. The impression that stu-
dent received was that of ". . . not
necessary at this time."
And there's not much a Baptist
student can do to raise the sal-
aries of Baptist college profes-
sors as far as avenues of en-
deavor are concerned. A majority
of students are aware of the gross
inequity of salaries. Yet if a Bap-
tist student or a group of Baptist
students were to present them-
selves to some official body I
daresay that they would be told
not to interfere in things that
were of no "concern" to them.
To illustrate my point the
opinion has bean expreaeed to
me by Jwverml Bptist educators
fhd laymen tkat iptitt ettnUnt
aren't "mature'' tnetogk t under
stand the reasons behind "What
is Christian education?" and how
it is accomplished.
For a student or student group
to champion a cause without
knowing what that cause in-
volves is like sending out a min-
ister who doesn't know God.
And I wonder what kind of
reception a student would get
suggesting that a church spend
less on buildings and more on
Christian education. Yet the
.churches' monetary support is
the key to the continuing success
of Christian institutions.
It all boils down to what I
said last week about involvement.
If we the students of Baptist in-
stitutions are not actively in-
volved in what Christian educa-
tion is we're not going to care
now whether teachers' salaries
are raised whether H-SU can
build a new library or what-not.
And to reiterate and reiterate
and reiterate if we don't care
now we're not going to care
when we get the results of our
"piling up" of sufficient credits
to get out of "non-involving"
"About all children are de-
jrcfoMil of lwwiwUya Ja self.
By JOHN WOFFORD
Tho Student Congress met in
joint session Monday evening
March 7 in the Presidents Room
of the Student Center. The top
subject of interest was the up-
coming student election slated for
March 23. The Senate voted to
extend the final date for submit-
ting nominating petitions to Dean
Berkshire's office from Friday
March 11 to Monday March 14.
This was done because University
offices are now closed on Satur-
days. During upporclassman Chapel
Monday March 14 there will be
a short orientation period con-
cerning methods of voting and
campaigining. This also will be
given during freshman Chapel
the following Wednesday. On Fri-
day the 18 the presidential
candidates will give their cam-
paign speeches. Campaign Kick-
Off Day is the 21 of March with
elections rallies scheduled for
both Monday and Tuesday night.
Senator Chuck Cox brought a
report on the final exchange
assemblies. Bruce Ayres H-SU's
representative to Abilene Chris-
tian College presented a program
of folk and western songs to the
Wildcat assembly and was
Federal Career Serv.
To Interview March 1 6
On March 16 representatives
of the Federal Career Service
will be at the Placement Office
of Hardin-Simmons University.
Individual interviews can be ar-
ranged by contacting the Place-
ment Office now.
These representatives are pre-
pared to answer questions and
advise students on career oppor-
tunities in the Federal Service
according to Louis S. Lyon Reg-
ional Director for the Dallas
Region U. S. Civil Service Com-
mission. He said the Federal Gov-
ernment the nation's largest em-
ployer affords opportunities for
graduates of any discipline.
Mr. Lyon said the variety of
Federal agencies affords a unique
opportunity for individual devel-
opment and personal satisfaction
in a virtually limitless span of
professional occupations. In addi-
tion he pointed to promotions
based on merit liberal annual
and sick leave provisions com-
prehensive health benefits and
a host of other provisions for em-
ployees as typifying the progres-
sive personnel policies of the
government. Appointments to
positions in the Federal Career
Service are made without regard
to race religion sex creed na-
tional origin or political affiliation.
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