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7 > Image 7 of Kentucky alumnus, vol. 3, no. 08, 1917

Part of Kentucky alumnus

if ' I THE KENTUCKY ALUMNUS. 5 Our University could certainly lose nothing by submitting itself to the scrutiny of the Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation. If we stand approved, we enjoy honor and reap rich benefits; if we stand rejected, we are shown our l deficiencies and have at least the benefit of wise counsel in correcting our short- mmiugs The truth cnn do the just no harm, . -<>- There has been considerable criticism at timcs l I0**i 0* N*im open and impliedof the Board of Trustees on l -; the practice of nepotism. The appointment of Q relatives of members of the faculty and members of the Board itself to high fi positions in the University, whether they were best qualified or not for such 5 positions, must force the Board to recognize the fact that it places itself in a j - >` position to be criticised. Not only should the Board be not called upon to em- g barrass itself by passing upon relatives of members of the Board or some mem- . tj, ber of the Board itself who may be an applicant for a position, but it should not i YQ . be embarrassed by applications at all, especially for the most important positions on the staff. It is well recognized professional ethics that University and College i { men will not actively seek the higher positions. The practice in most colleges Q ' 5 and universities of high standing is to invite men to join the faculty and they are ; considered solely on their fitness for the position. j _ V; In order to relieve itself of such a handicap and to reassure the public mind ` V if of its position in this respect, the Board on its own initiative adopted a rule ij bearing specifically on the question, which appears at the close of this article. ' The Alumnus approves the action of the Board and believes that it will ll inspire confidence in the public mind. The Alumnus believes that the Board _ u should go a little further and offers the following suggestion which it entertains _ H i` as being no less pertinent along this line than the resolution concerning nepotism, l' e which is: That no person be appointed on the academic staff of the University it , who does not hold an academic degree. l The resolution adopted by the Board is as follows: n Be if ]<`s0lz0d by the Board of Tr11.v1c0.r of I/ze Z'ni;021rily: ; `C That no appointment hereafter be made to any position in the University or _ >f Experiment Station of any member of the Board of Trustees for at least two I >' _, years after his term of oflice has expired, nor of any person who is a near rela- ; c- tive lny blood or marriage of any person already holding a position in the L`ni- l}' versity or Experiment Station, or of any member of the Board of Trustees. i qu __~0J_ i liv Y . . . . E of , _,. Alpha Zeta is an honorary fraternity in the Agri- l to ij TM Mgggn $n:d.St"]* cultural College, corresponding to Tau Beta Pi in as engineering. Although Kentucky has had a chap E nl tv of Alpha Zeta for only a few years, Scovell Chapter, as it is called, has long since made its presence felt in encouraging better scholarship and generally l , higher standards among the agricultural students. Competition for admission Q; to its membership has long since become very keen. : \ I Y I ~ I