( e e 11 d 's d it d 15 te e- ~n )r lf :~·STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, COLLEGE AT CORTLAND~ Volume XVII· Number to November 21, 1986 SUNY board ·violates public law Lack of members· create,s problem for SAScJ IJQa-rd By VIRGINIA MARTIN The public law requiring three members of lhe SUNY BOard of Trustees to be pre- sent during the Board's Public Hearing was violated Wednesday, said Fred Asczarte, SASU vice presi- dent of campus affairs, dur- . ing his presentation. Only Board members D. Clinton Dominick. and Everette Joseph were present for the hearing. Acting chancellor Jerome B. Komisar was also present. Asczarte said this em-. phasizes there is a lack of members present for the hearings. The reason the hearing w.as moved to Albany, he said, was to ac- comodate the Board members. In the past, he ad- ded, the members had to rotate cities . Asczarte said he wants to see Board members going out to campuses-;tQ~et· i~pqt in-· . ' Let it Snow! stead of having everyone come to Albany. Cortland College St~dent Association president, James Cullen, made a presentation regarding the negative conse- quences of seif-sufficient dormitories. Despite the fact that SUNY dorms have become self-sufficient, Cullen said, students statewide are paying higher rents this year than in the p,ast. The . State Unversity Col- lege at Cortland, SUNY at Buffalo, and SUNY at Binghamton all expect in- crease in dorm rates for 1987-88, Cullen said. \These increases in light of severe federal financial aid cuts pose serious threats to the ac- cessibility of higher educa- tion in SUNY,\ he said. Dorm rates have to be.con- tr<~lled by budget subsidies for the accessibility to SUNY to be preserved, Cullen said. IIi · J;lla.nx. ~\ltKY:~ pi~tric~~ 1 Cullen said, a surplus of cheap off campus housing exists. As dorm rents in- crease,. it's only understan- dable that students will move off campus, he said. This on- ly means, he added, that the students who do live in dorms will have to absorb additonal costs. The new 21-year-old drinking age has also driven students off campus, accor- ding to Cullen. · \Both increased costs and stricter alcohol policies will have the same effect in the long run - an even larger in- crease in room rent,\ Cullen said. Many SUNY schools, C.ullen said, are forcing se- cond year students to live on campus, often against their wills. MOFe campases may be forced to do this, he said, as enrollment drops and other factors take their toll. \When a 'system has tore- ly on forceful, repressive means to work it may be an indication that the system is fundamentally flawed,\ Cullen said. Self st~fficiency gives cam- pus administrator§ budgeting he said, when ... • ~- .... • • > • ..... This weeks snpw makes_ it ha~d to travel no r#ati~i:. ~hich way you prej~r io go, oy bike or car. Tuesdays snow vanous.~nowba/l,fights occured around Neubig Road. More snow W/l,J\Ji' ~~ . . , •. . the students should have the major role. Students should also assume tenant status, Cullen said, like other people living in 'public housing' in New York. \At the very least, basic civil rights of students should be respected in the dorms.\. A representative from Maritime College presente9 his ideas on student recruit- ment. He emphasized that the problem isn't limited to just one campus, but is na- tionwide. As a result, he said, a task force should be established by the Board to look into the problem. The task force should work seriously with a · receptive attitude ·and not distribute a report of inac- curacies as a previous task force had done. ' ... basic civil rights ... should be respected in the dorms.' Jim Cullen CCSA The president of the Stu- dent Association at Buffalo presented the Board with the problems of abestos on camJ pus. It should be a strong con- cern, he said, since a strong correlation was establish in the mid 1930s between abestos and cancer. Still, he added, it's used in fire pro- tection and sound proofing. \\Parts of the Student Union on the Buffalo campus, he said, have been forced to close because of an abestos problem. One section is threatening to be closed, he said, because of darkness. He went on to explain how the En~ vironmental Health Organization has pronounc- ed this· particular area dangerous to change the light bulbs, therefore, the bulbs cannot be changed without abestos particles filtering down. Positive steps need to be taken, he said, before the problem gets even worse. Open discussion held on Cortland's water By DANETTE GILSON ''No measurable amounts of TCE (trichloroethylene) have been found in the city of Ccrtland's water,\ said public forum moderator Craig B. Little, member of the SUCC sociology I Anthropology department, at a meeting Tuesday evening in Sperry 209 entitled \The Water We Drink.\ The event, sponsored by CCSA, the Socio- logy/ Anthropology dep3!tment, and NYPlRG, gave several guest speakers the chance to present different aspects of the water problem to students and city residents. Little also said that toxins in the water are still a serious issue for the city and college co~munity because of prediction that the chemicals will reach city ground water within one year. Members of the panel inclNded Jim Cullen, CCSA presi- dent, Carmen Pace, co-chairman of the Cortland County Clean Water Committee, RiChard Novitzki, member of the U.S. geological survey, Dr. James Bugh, SUCC geology dept., Richard J. Brickwedde, regional attorney of the N. Y.C. of Environmental conservation, and Ken Deutsch, NYPIRG representative. Smith Corona declined the offer to send a representative on their behalf. Cullen put the water crisis in the proper perspective by say- ing th~t no traces of TCE were found although the chemical is headed towards the city water supply. Cullen told students and citizens that CCSA wants a water filtration system installed with Smith Corona absorbing all costs. He also said that CCSA urges the college and the com- munity to pressure Smith Corona into following the Com- munity Right to Know Law. A six point monitor of the water situation was proposed by Pace. Some points· . included in' his speech were a full continued on page three ,, ' ·'