Tumbleweed (Helena, Mont.) 1975-1977, April 27, 1976, Image 1

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And Still More Challenges to Higher Education By Allan Rabinowitz (CPS) - America’s system of higher education is failing. Studies conducted by govern­ ment agencies and well-respect­ ed foundations are coming to the conclusion that many disgruntled students have been expressing for a long tim e; A m e rica’s system of higher education is failing. The interpretations and recom­ mendations of these various studies may conflict, but the general conclusions about college concur: the hallowed institution is crumbling. That attitude has now reached into the government itself. The Office of Education (under the Department of Health, Education and Welfare,) came out with a policy statement on career edu­ cation which reflects the criti­ cism currently leveled against American education. The crux of that office’s conclusions is that American education is failing to prepare students for the “ world of work.” The policy statement includes that: -Too many people leaving the American educational system are deficient in the basic skills required for a modern, rapidly changing society. -Too many students fail to see the meaningful relationships be­ tween what they are being asked to learn in school and what they will do when they leave the educational system. -American education, as pre­ sently structured, meets the educational needs of that minor­ ity of people who eventually graduate from college. It fails to give attention to the vast major­ ity of students who will never graduate from college. -American education has not Student Life Sub-Group Formed The last meeting of the College Council for the spring semester was held on Apr. 13. Student Life was the major item of discussion as it has been for several meetings this semester. Frank Kromkowski presented a paper calling for the Council to commit itself to the project of creatively resolving the Student Life problems articulated during the Council’s discussions. In the paper he stated, “ As a policy­ making group, the College Coun­ cil is in no position to resolve the concrete, day-in day-out issues of student life-these are, finally and clearly, the responsibility of the individual student, faculty and staff member of the college as they work together here and there on campus to embody, in their way, the visions they have of meaningful engagement in work and study. The College Council can, today, here, help to create the vision of what student life at its fullest can be at Carroll College by officially calling for appropriate groups to follow up on the important issues which have been identified here and hold those groups and commit­ tees ACCOUNTABLE for (1) Toysrv The second annual “ Tour of the Yellowstone and Stillwater River Valleys” (Toysrv) will be spon­ sored on May 20 and 30 by the Billings Bicycle Club. Toysrv ’76 will begin in Billings and follow the Yellowstone River Valley and Rock Creek Valley to the foot of the beautiful Beartooth Moun­ tains. Overnight lodging (bring your own sleeping bag) and meals will be provided in Red Lodge. The tour will continue through the breath-taking Still­ water River nestled along the Absarokee Range. The descent from Red Lodge through the Stillwater River Valley provides a pleasant tiding experience. The first day’s ride will be 65 miles, the second day 87 miles. Crack the Quack Afraid of cancer quacks? By giving to the American Cancer Society, you help fund its com­ prehensive clearinghouse of in­ formation on unproven meth­ ods of cancer management. examining these issues more deeply, for (2) finding practical, effective, systematic strategies for creatively resolving these problems and for (3) involving wide and varied segements the community in the process of developing awareness of the problem and of deeper solutions to the problem.” After discussion the Council established a sub-committee whose job is to begin a process which will result in the identifica­ tion and implementation of effective, creative solutions to student life problems. The sub-committee is composed of three Council members and three non-Council members. It has met to begin its work and it will continue to meet this summer as well as next semes­ ter. The sub-comm ittee will invite various groups and indivi­ duals to share their preceptions of the problem. Anyone at Carroll who would like to share their perceptions of the problem are encouraged to contact Frank Kromkowski (Rm 204, St. Char­ les), Fr. Bob Butke (157 Ralph St.), or Jim Senkler (Rm 48, Borromeo). Coming Toysrv is not an endurance contest, a race or a test of stamina. It is a recreational and social rally for bicyclists. All ages are w elcom e ; however, those under 14 should be accom­ panied by a responsible adult rider. All riders are reminded that they should not attempt Toysrv unless certain that they are capable of the full mileage of 152 miles. The cost of Toysrv for each rider is ten dollars. This includes transport of your sleeping bag to Red Lodge and return to Billings, your Saturday evening meal, your Sunday morning breakfast, refreshment stop enroute to Red Lodge, refreshment stops on return to Billings, trip packet and souvenir. The entry deadline is May 22, 1976. The tour will be limited to 250 riders. For an entry form and full information about the tour write or call: Toysrv, 2408 Custer Avenue, Billings, MT. 59102, 1-406-656-8342. kept pace with the rapidity of change in our “ post-industrial occupational society.” As a result, when worker qualifica­ tions are com p ared with job requirements, there are tremen­ dous numbers of over-educated and under-educated workers. The boredom of the over-educated worker and the frustration of the under-educated worker have con­ tributed to “ growing worker aleination in the total occupation­ al society.” -T h e growing need for and presence of women in the workforce has not been reflected adequately in high school or college. -Insufficient attention has been given to learning opportunities which exist outside the structure of formal education. -The general public, including parents, business and labor, has lot been given an adequate role n the forming of educationsl jolicy at all levels. -American education does not neet the needs of minority or iconomically disadvantaged stu- lents. -Education after high school las not given enough emphasis to >ccupational programs being “ in larm ony with academ ic pro­ grams.” The Carnegie Corporation, a irivate educational foundation ■vhich gave over $13 million in grants last year, also came to the inclusion that higher education las not fulfilled its obligations and is headed for serious trouble. But, contrary to the govern­ ment’s stress on more career- oriented education, the Carnegie report found that there has been too much emphasis on economic and career goals. The Carnegie study was capped by an essay by its president, Alan Pifer, entitled Higher Education in the Nation’s Consciousness. Pifer warned that unless great changes are made, the nation’s colleges could end up as an “ array of stagnant institutions, plagued by low morale, unable to meet the demands of society.” To counteract this trend, said Pifer, universities “ must stop trying to sell higher education to potential students on the grounds primarily of its economic bene­ fits.” The emphasis, rather, should be on developing “ intel­ lectual abilities, humanistic un­ derstandings and aesthetic sensi­ bilities.” The Carnegie finds also conclud­ ed that liberal arts, “ which are the very heart of higher educa­ tion,” must not be neglected. “ We dare not turn out narrowly trained graduates who lack the breadth and flexibility of mind that will be required for intelli­ gent decision-making in a rapidly changing world.” “Oliver” Coming to Helena On the evenings of April 30 and May 1 and 2, Helena will be treated to a truly professional performance of the hit musical, “ Oliver!” , with a matinee per­ formance on Saturday, May 1. The production, co-sponsored by the Educational Arts Association and the Helena Big Brothers and Sisters Organization, will be presented on the stage of the Helena Civic Center, with profes­ sionally designed sets, costum­ ing, lighting, and a specially augmented sound system. The show is directed by Elsom Eldridge, Jr., who holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard, Lower Tuition Puts Pres Behind Sink - (CPS) - At private schools where tuition has soared during the past decade, new plans of action for reducing costs to students have been devised by thrifty administrators. At Franconia College in New Hampshire, cutting tuition al­ most $700 a year has put the college’s president and its dean of students in the dining hall washing dishes while students try their hands at cooking, running the bookstore, keeping the school’s books and recruiting next year's freshman class. The changes are all part of a radical reorganization which has cut the administrative staff by 40 percent. The idea, according to Franconia president Ira Golden- berg is to attract students of more modest means (although tuition is still $4,985 a year) and help the college break even financially next year. More important, Goldenberg claims, is starting to take “ the concept of community seriously. Even if we were in fat city, we would be doing the same thing.” now Arts and Humanities Coordi­ nator for the State of Montana, working with the State Superin­ tendent of Public Instruction’s Office. Mr. Eldridge’s music and theatre experience includes the direction of more than 80 plays and musicals on the east coast. Hundreds of Helena people are involved in the production in various ways. A local business is taking care of the bookkeeping. Progress, Inc., has furnished the Golden Rule for rehearsals. The Patron com m ittee for “ Oliver!” includes Governor and Mrs. Tom Judge, Mr. and Mrs. John Baucus, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Estenson, Mrs. A. T. Hibbard, Congressman and Mrs. Max Baucus, Mr. A1 Lundborg, Mrs. Louise Galt, Mr. George Larson, Mrs. S. H. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Pyfer, Mr. and Mrs. Van Sherriff, and Mr. and Mrs. Alan Shumate. The cast of “ Oliver!” includes over 100 people. The part of Fagin will be played by Jim Caron, one of the directors of the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Nancy will be played by Sue Burns, who was a soloist with the Helena Chorale in the “ Messiah” . Mr. Sowerberry will be played by the Rev. James Hunter, also a member of the Chorale. Mr. Bumble will be played by Steve Palmer, who recently starred in the Grand Street Theatre production of “ Bye Bye Birdie” . Don Byrd, teacher at Helena High School, will play the part of Dr. Grimwig. Mary Musick, also of the Grand Street Theatre, will play the Widow Corney. Mrs. Sowerberry, Helen Sheldon; Mr. Brownlow, Doug Harper of Town­ send; Charlotte, Theresa Effing; Noah Claypole, Jimmer Sullivan; Bill Sikes, David Anderson; and Mrs. Bedwin, Donna Schmauch. The children’s lead roles have been double cast, with each youngster appearing in several performances. The part of Oliver will be played by Andrew Ahon and Carl -Posewitz. The Artful Dodger, Reed Gilbert and John Cooper. The part of Bet will be played by Cricket Leonard and Stephanie Albright. Many other Helena people are involved in the cast, staging, advertising, publicity, wardrobe, and music for the production. Eight choreographers are re­ hearsing the cast in the many dance numbers. A 14 piece orchestra will provide the music, which is an important feature of the production. Proceeds from the perform ­ ances will be divided (after expenses) between the Educa­ tional Arts Association for estab­ lishing a statewide creative arts summer program, and the Hele­ na Big Brothers and Sisters Organization for enriching its Helena program. Evening performances will be held at 8:00, matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at many Helena stores, and from mem­ bers of Big Brothers and Sisters. After the Helena performances, the show will be taken to Billings and Bozeman. Students Vote “NO” on Athletic Budget A vote was recently held on campus to determine whether or not students favor the proposed $3.00 activity fee increase for the Athletic Dept. The results of the vote show 280 students (56 percent) against the increase, and 223 students (44 percent) favoring the increase. Since the vote was so close, a final decision on whether or not the increase will be implemented had not been made at the time the Tumbleweed went to press.

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