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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, May 01, 1990, Image 10

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THE PRESS EDITORIAL CCSAmay be in ~trouble Something is missing this spring semester on the Cortland campus. For the first time in Cortland State history the CCSA execu- tive board elections have been postponed until the Fall due to, what else, lack of student participation. No one has applied for any positions for next year. . The chalked sidewalks, the catchy campa1gn slogans, the heated debates and all thee xc itement an election brings to the campus are absent this year. . One of CCSA 's major responsibilities is the allocation of funds for the student run campus organizations. CCSA is the backbone behind all the clubs they sponsor, of which include The Press, CSTV, WSUC, The Emergency Squad, The Print Shop, BSU, LSU, andanyotherone you may be a member of. Who knows who will control the thousands of dollars allocated to dubs each year. CCSA is our student government. Their actions display their devotion to students. They are currently fighting the parking fee, for you the students. Members have protested in Albany against SUNY budget cuts and have sat on committees for the nomination and selection of such positions as the Provost. They are responsible students taking responsibility for the entire student body. So why is it th~iris no one to fill their shoes after they leave office? CCSA stands for Cortland College Student Association. If there aren't any students to fill the vacant positions, could it be a faculty member or several faculty members may have to step in? It seems, the few students who do get involved and those who have been involved in the past have worked too hard to keep the limited student power that exists in the hands of the students, to allow this to happen. Student involvement is not very high on our campus with CCSA being no exception. So where was the push last Spring and last Fall for more students to join the student senate? Why didn't the executive board alert the students to the shortage of qualified students to hold these important positions? As it stands now, to qualify as a candidate, a student must have served one full semester as a student senator. This require- ment immediately dismisses more than 99 percent of the student body. Could it be Todd Warren, Debi Tracey and others serv- ing on the CCSA board did not see the possibility of this embarassing situation thus, they did not prepare for it? Or maybe it was kept quiet in fear of attracting the \wrong\ people to these positions. . Todd Warren, president and Scott Roman, treasurer wtll be staying on this summer, until the fall elections, when some on the senate will be meet the one full semester requirement, and hopefully run for office. The underclassmen should seriously consider this situation and plan on doing something to ensure it doesn't happen again. CCSA is the core of student activities at Cortland State and it shou.ldn 't be taken for granted that they will always be there for you.. CCSA cannot fall into the wrong hands unless the students Jet it. THE PRESS Non 1/legitimus Carborundum Pamela R. Kujawa Editor in Chief Kelly A. Hogan Managing Editor Technical Advisor ............................ Terrence P. Brennan News Editor ....................... : ........................ Lisa Bradway Cartoonist. ...................................................... Dave Street Entertainment Editor ................................ Maryam Tasnif Sports Editor .................................................. Corey Wiles Photography Editor ..................................... Stephen May Opinions Editor .............................................. Kelly Jones Copy Editor ............................................ Andrea L. Crowe Business Manager .........•..................... Susan M. Gaertner Assistant Busines~ Manager ...................... Kristine Webb Sales Managers .............. Joanne Howe, Mike Bundschuh Darkroom Manager ..................................... Stephen May Staff Writers ........................•. Michelle Kennedy, Leanne .......................... Kinney, Charlene Martin, Sonia Leachs Ad Builders ................. .Amy Colucci, David Yannas.coli Photographers .... Scott Bobosian, Lisa Clark,Tom Walsh Faculty Advisor .............................................. Syed Pasha Typesetting Staff.. .. , ........... Lisa Bradway, Tanya FurgaJ ....................................... Mary Micciche, Coleen Carroll The Press Room 111, Corey Union Cortland, New York (607)753·2803 COMMENTS STUDENTS! Get Your Receipts From the Library or Pay! To the Editor, Did you ever wonder what ever happens to the library books once you return them? I have been pondering this question ever since 1 returned a book at the library and they called me up to say they had never received the book I returned. So now what do I do? I went to the library only to find myself in a verbal war.l was saying \I returned your book\ and the librar- ian was saying \Sorry we don't have it.,' Furthermore, the library goes so far as to blame the victim by saying \students swear up and down they have returned books when months later they find them.\ I say libraries have sworn up and down that they haven't received the books when they have! Of course, after a month and a half of this book in limbo, the library found my book. And do I get an apology for the false accusations? No apology was given to me. So, what happens to the p<J()funlucky student who returns a library book but the library says the stl.ldent didn't? Basically, the stu- dent loses out because the library has the power to put students on the stop list unless they pay for the book. If the library had not found my book I would have had to pay $65.00 for the cost()fthe book. Therefore, if students don't have any \proof of return\ then it's their tough luck! I suggest to all students that you get a receipt when you retU!fl your library books because if the library makes a mistake it is you who will end up paying for it .. Is there any silver lining in this type ()f situation? This is what the h- brarian told me \Well we will not charge you the one-dollar-a-day fee that we normally charge the students for late returned books.\ How kind! Now I don't have to worry about paying $365 at the end of the year! Don't get yourself in this situation. Take a few minutes and get your receipt. Sincerely, David Kaleta Secondary Education in Spanish Senior SUCC shoUld not have an enforced attendance policy Letter from the Editor An issue which needs to be addressed (again) here at the State Univer- sity of New York at Cortland is its attend1Ulce policy. . The bottom line is SUCC should NOT have an enforced policy. The students here at SUCC are supposed to be considered as adults and as adults isn't it only fair that we choose whether c;,r not to ~tt~nd our classesH! I am not saying that it would be wise or very adult like to miss every class per semester but it is not fair that if a stu~ent misse~ beyond~ fourth class in a three credit course he must be penalized by havmg one thtrd of a letter grade taken off his final average. • . Many students keep up with their studies independently outstde of the classroom and do quite well, so why should they get a lesser grade because they have missed more than the number of the allowed absences? By not attending a class does not mean that the student is not intelligent or even lazy, it may just mean that he was busy that day or didn't feel good. And, for those of you who are going to argue that if you don't feel well that you should then go the the infirmary for a legal excuse don't bother arguing. It is almost impossible to get a legal excuse especially if a student only felt ill for one or two days. Many other colleges an universities thr<Jughout the country do not have attendance policies and that is the way it sho11ld be here atSUCC!!! A person should know when it is important to attend~class and ifthe student cannot or does not want to attend that class it should be his option!! Would SUCC rather have students attending classes because they want to be thereorwould they rather have students going to class because they are forced. to1 Stu- dents will learn when they want to learn and forcing students to go to class by threats of grade reduction is, quite frankly, a very .lame way for people to learn about anything. Most students have enough pressure on them to learn from themselves, a 'Big Brother' attitude is real!y f!Ot going to help students do any better. Many students do better by attending cla.sses while others use theircl~s time for independent learning which is to h~lp them do be~er in so:ttool. Th1s is a choice we the students should have. We' are adults thus .we should be treated like adults and not as if w.e are in the seventh ~rade! Let us hop that SUCC will revise its attendance policy-starting with Fall semester of 1990! II Sincerely, K~fltJortes Opinion~! Editor Two political science professors make the department one of Cortland's most successful programs To the Editor, We would like to address the en- tire college community in recogni- tion of two professors of the Politi- cal Science Department. These two professors are Dr. Carl Feur and Dr. Thomas Pasquarello. These two gen- tlemen single-handedly run one of Cortland's most successful aca- demic programs. The program of which we speak is the Political Science Department's concentration in Public Administra1ionand Public Policy or (P.A.P.P.). As a result of their excellence in teaching, determination, and guid- ance the program boosts a 100% job placement rate after completion of the program's one year master's degree agreement with State Univer- sityofNewYorkatBinghamton.As graduating seniors with a concentra- tion in P.A.P.P., the reason for our praise goes far beyond the statistical success of the program. These two professors continually go beyond the traditional role of pro- fessor, and become role models for excellence in public sel'Vice in their commitment to he-lping those in· need. The.y alsQ ensure that their students acq~ire both tbe -q.uanma.-, 'tive afltl'tjtialitiltive skills needed ·to become leaders,in.the political arena. On a. personal note,.du.e to their encouragement and traini11g, we will · both be attending Ivy League Uni- versities in pursuit of our master's in PublicMfairs. Wethankthemooth, for withouttheir support it would have never been possible! SillCerely, Micltael G. Paul Woodrow Wilson National Fel- low attending ColUIDbia Univer- sity Fall 1990 Robert Wappman attending Cornell University Fall1990 NYPIRG says thank you for voting to keep· them on campus next year To the Editor, i am writing this on behalf of all 'the members of NYPIRQ to thank you for voting overwhelmingly to keep us on campus. 93% of you voted yes for NYPIRO. As a result we will remain on c~pusr<>r at least 2 more years t<J conti11ue defending the environment and your·rights as consum¢rs. Once again I~dJike to thank you foryoursupportandinvite you to Join us next semester. Sincerely, Bob .S~.ttigu.e . ' t • ~\. .... 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