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   Mass Media (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Boston, Massachusetts                                INDEX diMlflidt Lttttrt Editorial Notleti Fwtuft Op Ed THE MASS MEDIA CITY EDITION ipace for climtfiedi and available In members of the University community In the Media Details page A VOL VIII NO 14 THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT BOSTON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6 1974 Columbia Point Campus Opens Students Respond to School by Susan Bond Evert the students were smiling as they departed from the commuter bus and shook Chancellor Golinos greeting hand on the first day of classes last Monday Who would have believed that the MBTA would be adequate that the University Bus System would run without a hitch and that the Southeast expressway would flow smoother than normally For some veteran students used to shuffling between Park Square and the Combat Zone it felt like they were becoming real college students after all these While one student wistfully hoped that the garbage fill would hold us all others were con cerned with the fortressed peninsular that the University now possessed Most dazzled but bewildered View from College Catwalk Photo by Monroe New Vice Chancellor Tubbs Wants to Serve Student by Susan Lane LeVester Tubbs was recently appointed Vice Chancellor of Student Affiars A new member of the ad ministrative staff Mr Tubbs served for three years as Dean of Students at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Missouri During that time Tubbs was a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri in Educational Administration Tubbs hopes to create a student ac tivities office that will provide a flexible framework in which to operate and for mulate policy I am here to serve students and my door is always Tubbs said I think student government should play an active part in evaluating the functions of the University and help to effect change when Tubbs hopes that he will be able to work with students and staff in organizing a Stu dent Activities program that will serve as a model for other institutions I want this office to remain responsive to the actual needs and desires of the declared Tubbs Responsiveness and flexibility will also play a large role in our relations with the Columbia Point community Vice Chancellor Tubbs said that he thinks the University will strengthen their lives We are going to work with the community cooperatively and find out what their needs are We are not going to try to force ourselves on He feels that we can extend ourselves to the people provide leadership and work with the community in helping them to realize their goals Depending on com munity feedback there could someday be a continuing education Tubbs said Working directly with the Columbia Point people will not be a new policy for the past two years the UMB Office of Community Development has been in the Point talking to the people about their needs According to Vice Chancellor Tubbs University education should be rethought fh this decade to determine whether the universites are actually meeting their ob jectives of educating and serving the peo ple He is in favor of cooperative education programs in which students have some amount of field experience before graduating Tubbs noted that it is quite possible that at Columbia Point will be the last statesupported university in this country to be built in this decade By our example of innovative and creative educa tion we can show that an urban university can be a positive experience for students faculty and community by the Cambridge Associates architec tural floor plan just wanted to make it to their classes through the maze of un marked corridors glass tunnels and hidden stairways Bruce Raught a Vet and student thought the brick and glass struc ture was right out of Another stu dent Viveke Jorgcnsen an art major was turnedoff by the cold and austere although she added I do think Ill skip less classes I was distracted downtown but not Ed Doyle loved the place but wondered Hows the pro ject feeling about this Why are we so much prettier than they are While Ella Jackson another observer thought the campus needs more life how about ballet troupes dancing in the catwalks for the whole university to see Tommy Suraceno a commuter from Medford wanted to know when he would have access to the sports facilities Im happy the campus moved because now there will be a place for intramural terms to meet whats a campus without some sports Some students anxious to use the new facilities were disappointed that the ping pong room had no pingpong tables the billiard room no pool tables and the lounges no Betsy Boehne an assis tant dean explained that due to slow truck ing the energy crisis and mixups in purchase orders some equipment had not arrived yet but was expected by the second week in February A Long Haul to the Point Evidence of the arduous Task of finding a site for the new campus and co ordinating services for the new location did not show in the seemingly carefree first week of classes In the shiny new buildings those at forgot that they were located at the site nobody wanted The sunshine reflected off the sea made people forget the gloomier issues with the UoRxnnctedly with the emphasis on public transporta tion a gas shortage and a parking fee commuting to the school ran smoothly But the other issues of housing and the universitys role in a depressed community and an urban university away from the urban center had not rippled to the surface in the confusion of the move Some students could not forget thai was on un ubundoned gar bage dump Liz Genowitz commented that she had seen mice on the fourth floor of the Science Building I can just imagine what theyre feeding she add ed While Bob Meyers a biology mtjor pointed out The garbage that is settling is producing methane gas that pollutes and could be lethal in large enough quan The campus has been in the works for ten years The 1300 students that first attended classes ui the old Gus Building in Park Square have increased to 6100 students and a faculty of 400 The new SI30 million complex is just the first in u threephase development plan which will include buildings for College III which stayed downtown planning to move in the Colleges IV and V and a complete gymnasium Enrollment is pro jected to maximize at students Photo by Porter Classy concourse connecting colleges USAC Left Out In Cold RSO Allocated Little Space Mass Media News Staff No space was allocated the USAC who hud to temporarily liberate Room 4168 in College I to conduct their business Both College I and College II SACs had been given office space in their respec tive colleges but in the move to the Point somehow the USAC was overlooked The two meetings of the Ad Hoc Univeisitywide SAC consisting of the Collcpc I and College II SACs and the University were held in found space in College I Space Allocations j Chairperson Bellpno reported ihut the SAC had no permanent office space assigned He asserted that administrators had been elusive in dealing with the problem of providing the SAC and twenty eight other recognized Student Organizations with space He further charged that student space was being reallocated for other purposes whenever the need arose noting the fre quency with which doors were changing color in the College I building Responding to this call for action LeVester Tubbs recently appointed Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs promised that he would follow through on iny for mal requests made to his office for space It had been previously decided that the colleges did indeed have responsibility for the allocation of space and tha each college had separate methods for dealing with space allocutions In College II allocutions could be made directly through the Deans office Prinio Vanicclli Associate Dean of College II however assured the Committee that College II had not made any permanent decisions on space and would remain responsive to USAC requests He urged the USAC to draw up a list of specific recommendations In College I however its own college wide SAC was to submit recommen dations to the Senate or to the Dean ac ting in consultation with the Senate before any final decisions could be made Both colleges seemed to place particular emphasis on their own SACs Miss Debra McCutcheon a SAC member from College II and a member of the College II Senate suggested th t for the time being the USAC work through its college affiliated member in order to acquire the needed spice In response to a charge by Mr Bcllone that the college deans were only interested in controlling ihcir own Gerald Sullivan Deun of College I replied that the colleges were waiting for a list of com prehensive proposals that would make sense to the university at The SAC then agreed to form a com mittee composed of members from each SAC university and college wide which would determine RSO needs and compile a list of specific recommendations Director of Student Atlmties The five nominations for Director of Student Activities were submitted to the Chancellor us he requested In order of the SACs preference Jeffrey Petrocelly David Brubaker Peter Farago John Graves and Shelly Kaplan were duly sub mitted for the Chancellors consideration David Brubaker was the de facto first choice of the Committee because Jeffrey Petrocelly had found another position Bellone the importance of reaching a decision in this matter as quick ly us possible particularly in light of Mrs Evans SAC bookkeeper departure next week Considerable Lag Reggie Cagle Student Trustee con fronted the USAC with a charge that he had witnessed a considerable lag in the USACs responsiveness through its Com munity Action subcommittee to LeVester Tubbs Arming Campus Police Discussed By Security Review Committee by Les MacMurray The alternative to arming Campus Chief John J Carpenter slates is to call the Boston police out to Colum bia Point over any incident If we have the power of the police responsibility we feel we should be equipped as Some of the responsibility the Campus police bear besides security here und at the main building in Park Square includes com munications protection moving monies from the toll booth safes and making sure your new textbooks bought at the bookstore stay yours The Security Review Committee has been discussing the arms issue for almost a year now as reported in past issues of THE MASS MEDIA In the interest of objectivity the committee was made up of students faculty and staff A majority and minority report was issued to Chancellor Golino who is expected to rule on the com mittees recommendations in the near future The question of allowing the Campus police to bear arms follows the move lo Columbia Point closely When was situated in Park Square the police were literally around the The brown uniformed cum pus police contrasted with the security guards in blue have all completed a 13 week ruining and arms familiarization course identical to regular police The security guards would not be armed at uny time Safely seemed to he u primary con sideration for the cumpus police officer Carpenter said no one would be armed without proper training Iliyh quality holsters with locking straps would be used lo prevent another tragedv of the type where un of ficer was disarmed and shot with his own service revolver A new emergent1 phone number has been introduced und is main lained 24 hours a day Ex 02111 Committee Against Racism Protest Students in he Committee Against Racism are currently waging a bailie at over the issue if armed campus police A member of first heard of such a plan while talking to a security guurd near the end of last semester On Januarv 17 an article appearing in the Boston Globe again brought forward lie issue Tlis aiticle disclosed thai 13 iiembers of the l4person campus police I rce had just completed u 12week special training program at the Boston Police Academy All huve had 43 hours of iruin i g on the firing range und have qualified revolver Final decision on the issue will be based 01 a reporl by Ihe Universitys Security Review Committee The reporl suggests three possible plans a 24hour armed guard no arms ut uny lime and arming guards only ut night This lust sugges ton is unacceptable to because fiey believe it would merely be the first s ep towards a gradual introduction of armed police on campus at all hours This administration likes to play at be said u member on c iienmg day and is therefore sensitive to t is kind of criticism Thevll probabl tr type of compromise like only allow i g guards lo carry guns at nighi Then ti eyll find some excuse for extending the h mrs using an incident like a purse s itching as justification Its a strange s rt of police force needs lethal weapons lo prolecl people from being r At this time the officers all carry and have full police powers on ciiinpus The Commiltee Against Racism is a national which opposes racist academics as well us racist social polic based on the current theories of genetic cultural inferiority of Blacks and Latins In iheir view arming campus police jusl as the Universit moves next lo the Columbia Point housing project a primarily Black and Latin could only be justified hv racism believes that students ure ulready afraid of Columbia Point residents because of misleading publicity given to the area by the Boston media They insist that armed police would serve only to reinforce peoples fears of the neighboring housing projectv creating an insurmountable barrier between students and residents I ihmk U Mass is still eyeing the housing project for student commented someone in as he was passing out leaflets They wouldnt be able to displace those people if students und residents united und said The best way to prevent such unity is with a mixture of armed cops and Chancellor iolino is expected to an nounce his final decision on the matter soon Students lacaltv and Columbia Point residents shnuld all look toiwaid u it and to the response IMMI K problems associated wilh the Community Action program As an example he pointed to the Hand to Hand Program in Chinatown a Community Action spon sored which had been underfunded and was in danger of collapsing without prompt USAC action Al Cugles requesl the SAC funded the Chinatown project with the Little House project with The Community Action Subcom millees credibility was somewhat tar nished when upon inquiry it was learned thai no chairman for thai committee ex isted Mr Caglc himself seemed quilt starllcd to learn thai he liud been ap pointed to that position SACs Unify At Assembly by Mary Ann Stefanski The University Assembly approved a proposal uniting the College I SAC the College II SAC and the University SAC into one body Presently these three separute SACs are acting as one on an ad hoc basis Acceptance by two thirds removes the ad hoc status of the university SAC and allows it to function n accor dance with the Constitution Amendments were added to this proposal which set forth more clearly how the student members would be elected Originally all students were to he elected on a universitywide basis But concern was voiced that by so doing college con stituencies could not be properly served Mr Bellone USAC Chairperson ex pressed his willingness to accept such changes as were deemed necessary by the Assembly He offered to meet with a com mittee to clarify any questions hut urged that the proposal be dealt with soon so that the changes could be implemented before elections were held this spring In fact 1 see students upset because they cannot take courses offered in other colleges They are artificially constricted and limited They have to go through college and univcrsii struct tips to yet things dune which makes things harder and students more alienated I personal think a certain amount of autonomy gcod Inn the issue of student elected representatives is not the place to argue out the merits olthai distinction I think the basic idea of a unified SAC im portant to coiiueraci the fragmentation and increased alienation thai has been result of this college system College II SAC member Debra Mcluteheon stressed that the students of the college SACs had voted to unif because they did not want to share in the duplication and contusion that this un iversity seems to tolerate and argued that refusal to give the students the opportunity in make their decision was unfair SAC Setup Amendments dividing the 24 student members into two equal groups of 12 hull lo be elected Iroin the member colleges and In atlarge elections was accepted It was also decided that no less than 3 members Iron1 each college were to be elected Discussion quick turned to the im plications such a change in SAC structure would have for the future of the college wide divisions Rusts Symonds voiced his concern over the effect the proposal would have on the Continued on page 5   

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