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The Racquette. (Potsdam, N.Y.) 1927-current, February 03, 1977, Image 1

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Potsdam ral books elated to i instruc- the class- i goals, and :ompleted >e was ex- 1 19 saves me North aal. st played vacation, iugher op- fant is an the game important Bryant are lind very vhen Bry- nanswered ites of the the Volume 47 Number 18 The State University of New York College at Potsdam February 3, 1977 Index Diversions Pullout Ed-Op Pgs. 6, 15 k News Briefs Pg. 2 \ Police Blotter Pg. 5 Sports. Pga 19, 20 jfcsv* '* <? A, / ! \ i I Edward Beane, director of business affairs at Potsdam State New FTE Alters Potsdam Ratio From 19:1 To 17:1 by Nancy Doane \It is unfortunate that a de- partment of government, which has no connection with the Un- iversity system should play with numbers to our disadvantage,\ stated John Ryan, union repre- sentative for Potsdam State -pro- fessors. Ryan made this statement last week in reference to the change in calculating annual average full-time student, (FTE's- by the New York State Bureau of the Budget. The change appears within the '77-'78 proposed budget for the New York State University System. Previously, FTE was known as full-time equivelant. This figure was calculated by multip- lying the average number of cre- dit hours per student by the number of students, then div- iding that number by the num- ber of teaching faculty. The standard FTE previously was a student with 15 credit' hours. In addition to this, cour- ses were weighted giving more points for upper division cou- rese. This is not taken into ac- count Under the new system. The new FTE represents \full time equated\ students. A full- time equated student is anyone who pays full-time tuition. For example, a student tak- ing 12 credit hours per semes- ter is one equated student, while someone who is taking 16,18 or 20 credit hours is also an equ- ated student. Edward Bean, director of business affairs at Potsdam said \the reason behind the change was to place the SUNY system on a comprable basis with CUNY and private schools in regard to state aid.\ Richard Hutcheson, Dean of Liberal Studies, believes that al- though the FTE will create pro- blems, \it will provide an ac- curate accounting system.\ \It will keep us honest,\ Hutcheson said. \There will be no profit to generate empty cre- dit hours.\ i One of the problems foreseen by Hutcheson, will be determin- ing the proper enrollment for a department.\ Also an \honest faculty workload will be diff- icult to calculate,\ he said. According to Hutcheson this will result in \more crowded classes.\ It will be necessary to increase the class size \to gen- erate a faculty position,\ he added. There is a discrepency bet- ween the faculty-student ratio generated by the new FTE and the ratio established by the old FTE. According to the old FTE the ratio is 19:1, by the new FTE the ratio stands at 17:1. Hutcheson is worried about this difference. \They (the state) will say that we have a better student ratio, when it isn't true,\ he pointed out. Beane questions whether it \is right to compare SUNY col- leges against CUNY and New York State private schools.\ Hutcheson, along the same vein believes there may be \un- due emphasis on state aid to pri- vate schools.\ Ryan believes that this change will \hurt\ the State University system and will have \serious consequences in the long run.\ Questions Raised On Validity Of Duggan Senate Appointments by Nancy Doane Due to resignations and grad- uations the SGA senate is pres- ently operating with 13 vacant seats. John Duggan, president of SGA, has appointed seven people to fill vacant positions. Only three of these appointees however, were accepted at the last senate meeting. The other four were not present to be voted upon. The three accepted by senate are Mark Skwarek, Bob Craig and Peter Ford. During the senate meeting, senator Doug Chilton raised a question as to the validity of these senate appointees. Chilton argued that within the constitution, the president only has the power to appoint temporary senators. These sena- tors would hold office until an election could be held. According to Duggan the val- idity of his actions lay behind the fact that 34 appointments to senate had been made in the past two years without an elec- tion. \I was acting upon the prec- edence of past years,\ said Duggan. \We more then went out. of our way to facilitate an election\ said Duggan, refering to the elections held in the fall semester. Mark Skwarek, newly appoin- ted senator, believes that senator Chilton \brought up a valid point.\ \There really ought to be an election,\ Skwarek said. \Just because it was done before doesn't make things right.\ Bob Craig, another senate ap- pointee, took a different tract. \I can see Duggans point,\ Craig said. \We have to get things rolling. Whats the point of having an election if there isn't anybody to run against.\ Both Skwarek and Craig said they \wouldn't mind running if there was an election.\ When Duggan was asked how the remaining senate seats would be filled, he stated \It's up to the election committee, they will decide whether or not there.will be a campus election.\ hack Oj Input Slows Up Judiciary Implementation by William R. Herrick Although the President and Senate of the Student Govern- ment Association at Potsdam State have been in the center- ring for the last few weeks, it can not be said that the Judicial Branch hasn't had its troubles. The main problem is simple; it isn't functioning. At the next Senate session, Senate is expected to approve .seven appointments to fill nine •vacant seats in the SGA Supreme Court, and two prospective members of the Student Judic- iary. The Attorney General, Gary Lefkowitz was approved last fall. The reasons- attributed for the incompleteness and dorm- ancy of the court system is con- sidered by SGA President John Duggan to be three-fold. \It would've worked if they came to me,\ stated Duggan as he explained why his orig- inal method of appointment failed. Duggan asked Senate, the At- torney General, professors, and dorm councils to help him find students for the courts. They suggested no one. Duggan termed this a \gross in-cooperation.\ He added, \I tried something but it failed.\ Traditionally, the President selects the courts, with little out- side soliciting. This route was rejected by Duggan because of speculation that he, himself, would be facing the courts. \I was damned sure I was,\ stated Duggan when asked of the possibilities of student court act- ion against him. Duggan's spec- ulation stems from threats of court action by two former SGA Treasurers. \I was afraid of criticism (of appointments),\ said Duggan. Kilmartin Appoints Six by Andrea Matros \Recent budget cuts have made it necessary to keep run- ning tabs on general expendi- tures of SGA organizations,\ stated Tom Kilmartin, treasurer of SGA. Kilmartin has found it necess- ary to appoint assistant treasur- ers to \help do the job more efficiently.\ The assistant trea- surers will insure that money spent has been allocated for. Dr. Spencer, economic pro- fessor at Potsdam State sponsor- ed students through the econ- omics department to become as- sistant treasurers. Six students have been ap- proved by Kilmartin to take the assistant treasurer positions. Mason Wexler, Charlie Gold, and Diane are filling the posit- ions on a voluntary basis. Barb Kurpita, Dorothy Graham, and Carol Maishfield must be approved by the student senate before taking office. The latter three will have the power of signature for checks up to $50. At this time, the assistant treasurership is a one semester position. According to Kil- martin, if the position proves to be beneficial to the student government as a whole, the senate could pass a bill to make the position permanent. The assistants work will entail bookkeeping, handling disbursing orders, and the re- creation of last years books.

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