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Breakfast with Singletary:

Kernel Staff Writer

The University’s financial
problems stemnot from competition
with other state colleges, but from
trying to become a nationally
competitive and signifigant in-
stitution of higher education, ac-
cording to UK President Otis

“The legislature has to realize
thatthis will never be a great state
without a great state university,”
said Singletary, paraphrasing
former UK President Herman

Singletary made these comments
during an “informalbrakfast chat”
with 14 students yesterday in the
President's Room of the Student
Center. The meeting was the firstin

a series of student-administration
conferences to be sponsored by the
Student Center Board.

During the meeting, Singletary
commented onhisplans for UK,his
view of UK’s role in the state, and
his role as school president.

Many people similarly misin-
terpret his role at the school, said

“Some people think it’s like the
movie Mr. Chips; they think] have
leisurely days where I just sit
around, smokemy pipe, and discuss
the weighty matters of education
and philosophy with instructors and

“It‘s not like that though. Ad-
ministrators spend most of their
time wading through the volumes of
paperwork necessary to keep this

Many of the school’s monetary
problems are causedby the fact that
some legislators and many people in
general do not understand the
complete mission of the University,
he said.

Singletary characterized UK as
having three principal jobs:
teaching, research, and service to
the state.

“Most students, and for that
matter,most of the people in the
statedo not see us as anythingmore
thana place where people come to
get a degree.

“We have alot of people here the
student never sees, never comes in
contact with. Students can look at
this schoolas the place where they
came to get a degree, but I don’t
have thatluxury. I see it not only as

a teaching institution, but as a
research facility which has some
obligation to the world at large, and
as a service institution whichhas a
particular obligation to the state at
large," said Singletary.

Singletary said the legislature
doesn’t understand the University
must fulfill all these roles to be a
complete institution. “They don’t
understand that the schoolis really
more than thesum of its collective

That lack of understanding, and
the resulting lack of sufficient
funding, he said, is the greatest
problem facing UK. “The state must
begin to fundthis institution insome
better way thanit has been funded,
or we might as well face thefact that
it’s not going to remain the type of

UK president discusses budget situation,
role at University ever meet with students

institrtion it Is now; there’s going to
be a further deterioration of quality

Asked about his plans for UK,
Singletary said that if sufficient
funds become available, he’d like to
see the University catch up with
bnchmark schools in surrounding
states in terms of faculty and staff

He added that he considers the
University's student and faculty
recreation facilities very inadequate
and would like to see them ex-

Greg Kupar, program adviser for
the StudentCenter Board, said the
Singletary breakfastwas the first of
its type hdd oncampus. He called
the response to the ad for the
meeting “very encouraging.”




Volume LXIX, Number 53
Tuesday, November), I977






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Limited access

Agencies resist state information laws

Kernel Staff Writer

There is one major problem in
getting public agencies to obey the
state Open Meetings Law of 1974:
many such agencies have
traditionally done things their own
way, regardless of how accessible
their actions are to the press and

Louisville Courier-Journal attorney
Jon Fleischaker, reporter Mike
Wines of the Louisville “mes, and
Lexington Herald Reporter Rush

The panel‘sts spoke to a group
primarily consisting of journalism
students and professors on the Open
Meetings Law and also on Open
Records Law, adopted in 1976.

“The laws aredesigned to make

resistanceto comply. A problem of
the attorney general’s officeisthe
number of requests we get to allow
access to records denied to repor-
ters. We‘re trying to develop a
system for handling emergency
requests (such as by reporters for
breaking news stories)."

“The Open Records law is a very
effective tool for journalists,” said
Fleischaker. “But it is veryhard to

Said Wines, ”There are all kintb of
ways they can breakthe law and get
away with it. Theonly way reporters
can getthestory is search out the
dissidents James Reston-style.”

Under the Open Meetings Law, a
public agency may have closed
meetings,butthey must be voted on
in a public meeting, and no final
action can be made duringa closed
meeting. For example, an agency


Thatwas the consensus reached

or, ,. .



sure public officials alone don’t
yesterday afternoon by Kentucky decide whatthe public wants,” said becauseithasalready beenheld and

Atty. Gen. Robert Stephens, Stephens. “There is a lot of

-I)evld O'Neil

you can’t reconstruct it.”

Kernel Staff Writer

Thelast place most students go for
help with problems concerning the
University is often the first place
they shouldgo.

Judy Marshall, assistant to the
vicepresident for business affairs
and ombudswoman for the business
office, can help students with
problems of safety, housing, meal
tickets and fee payments.

Marshall (formerly Singleton)
said students are too frequently
given the run-around when trying to
get their problems solved.

“Red tape and ‘That’s not my job’
frustrate students. I am here to help
the students get their problems

The office Marshall heads was
started in February, 1976 to solve
student problems as well as those of
faculty and staff.

Marshallsaid that in creating the
office, Business Affairs Vice
PresidentJack Blanton was hoping
to see more students who had

do anythingabout a secretmeeting,

may call a secret session to discuss
collective bargaining, but only if
Continued on page 3

To end run-around
Marshall puts student needs first

problems who were not being heard
by the administration. “The policy
of the University is to serve the
majority, but there is always a
portion that the policy does not

Most questions are solved at
Marshall’s office. She said she
doesn't like to send students any
further because by the time they
reachher, they have already “been
every place else."

Because of complaints she has
received, the priority rating for
dorm space has beer changed to
benefit community college students
transferingto UK. It was a solution
to an importantproblem that came
to light through Marshall’s office.

Most problems concern fee
payments. Marshall said often it is a
student trying toget out ofpaying
the $5 late payment fee. She noted
that a big problem occurred when
snow slowed everything up last
spring semester. “We did make
exceptions then, and the students did
not have to pay the late fee.”


—Bccliy Lulgarl

'l'licre have been many requests from the media for opinions ongetting
public records, said Kentucky Atty. Gen. Robert Stephens yesterday.

Another common complaint is
housing or rather, the lack of it.
Many students come in seeking to be
placedhigheron the waiting list for
dorm space. However, Marshall
said that’s onesteadfast rule; no one
gets moved up onthe waiting list.

Many student problems result
became of misunderstandings about
University policy. Often Marshall’s
task issimply informing students of
University rules. Marshall said
often problems occur because
students fail to read all the print. She
ends upexplaining rules students
don’t know or understand instead of
solving true ‘problems.’

Marshallis concerned most about
helping students; and reminding the
administrationthatthei purposeis
to help students. “The ad-
ministration sometimes forgetsthat
it is here to servethe students...we
are civil service workers. Our job is
to help the students.”

Some departments are easier to
deal with thanothers Marshall said,
noting this is especially true if she
has not dealt with the department

before. However once these
departments realize that she means
business. Marshall said they usually
respond in a more positive way.

Jean Lindley, assistant director of
auxilary services and director of
University housing, deals with
Marshall when there is a problem in
housing or meal service. She said
that Marshall‘s office provides a
good service for students.

“Often I am not aware of student
problems and through Marshall’s
office, I can identify the trouble
spots and hopefully correct them,“
Lindley said.

Marshall said itis unfortunate but
true thatbeing female affects her
dealings with some administration
personnel. She said there is a ten-
dency for some officials not to take
her seriouslybecause they view her
as “just Blanton's secretary."

“I‘m not herefor the benefit of the
administration...and it does hurt
because I am dealing with student's
problems...but (Blanton) backs me
up so eventually they realize I mean



\lll l.I-;lt told striking Stearns Mining Co. coal miners
and their wives yesterday not to give up a lt'rmonth
ct’tortto win a UMW contract.

Miller spoke at a crowded union hall and visited
some miners jailed after picket line confrontations
\tlth police at Stcarns‘ Justus mine.

Miller said he hopes to meet with Gov. JulainCarroll
soon to rcsolvr- the Stearns dispute.

He also indicated the union will not shrink from
striking next month if necessary to obtain a favorable
contract with the coal industry nationwide.

’l‘lll-Z l .S St I'IIEME t‘Ol'RT REl-‘l'SED to hear
Jefferson ('ounty Judge Todd llollenbach's appeal of
the school desegregation plan which went into effect in
September l975.

tn ruling against llollcnbach, the court wiped out the
last remaining legal challenge to the desegration
program instituted by US District Judge James


llollcnbach told a news conference late yesterday
that “the highest court In the land has spoken. The
important thing now for this community is to look to
the tulurc."


IdM-ilttn' I'l..\N a major boost toward congressional
enactment yesterday by approving a multi-billion-
dollar colcction of taxes and tax credits designed to
conserve cnergy and reduce U.S. dependence on
foreign oil.

The 32-35 Senate vote sends the fifth and final piece of
thc I’rcsidcnt‘s cncrgy package to a House-Senate
conference committee which has already begun work
on non-tax aspects of the plan.

t'l..\|\l|\ti 'l‘lltll'SANDS "I“ .IDBS ARE A'I'
SHIN-Z. a major clothing workers union asked the
t'nt'li'r administration yesterday to impure penalties
on imports of apparel and textiles from eight South
American and Far Eastern countries.

The mootomcmlwr Amalgamated Clothing and
'I'cxtilc Workers Union charged unfair competition in
formal petitions filed with the Treasil'y Department.

'I'lll-Z Sl'l’ltl'IMI'I t‘tll'lt'l‘ YESTERDAY Rl-IFl'SED
'I‘o ltl-Z\'II'2\\' the contempt of court conviction of an
Idaho newspaper reporter-- an indication that the
justices hclicvc reporters have no right under any
circumstances to withhokl information from a court or
grand jury.

The court‘s refusal means James Shellady of the
Len iston 'Irinmc now faces a :ttHlay jail sentence for
refusing to disclose to a state court the name of a police
source hcquotcd in an article which sparked a libel suit
against the newspaper.

The Supreme (‘ourt also barred former Atty. Gen.
.lohn Mitchell and cit-White Home aide John D.
I~thrichman from practicing law before the Supreme
t 'ourt because of their Watergate cover-up convictions.


'I'IlE I'Nl'l‘ED S'l'A'I‘I-ZS. ltltl’l‘AlN, AND l-‘RANt'E
said yesterday they would veb three African

resolutions in the UN Security ('ounell calling for
economic sanctions and other stringent measures
against South Africa.

The Western powers, supported by West (icrmany.
(‘anada amt Japan on the Ifrmcmbcr council, have
proposed only a six-month mandatory arms cm-
bargo subject to renewal againstthc whiteminority
government in l'rctoria.

The only African resolution expected to win council
approval dcmands that South Africa lift its bans on
organiztions and news media opposed to apartheid.


t l "I m 10".“ “IT" \t ll .\\('l-. 0|- Slltt“ ERS,
possibly a few lhundcrshowcrs duringthe afternoon.
Highs In the mid tins Tonight and tomorrow continued
c londy w ith a chance of showers l ows tonightaround
.30 llighs tomorrow in the mid Mls It. Iin c hances 50 per
cent tonight and tomorrow night.

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Disorganized crime

WASIILVG’I‘UN— You may have
noticed the Russians have had to
take turns with organized crime as
our Number One worry. When the
gangsters ebb, the Russians flow,
but just now it‘s the other way
around. We'reshort on stories about
the ferocity of the newest com-
mun'st bomb. butglutted with in
telligence concerning the latest in
Mafiosi malevolence.


von hoffman


Well organized criminals are
buying cigarettes by the tractor
trailer load in low tobacco tax
Southern states and shipping them
into high tariff jurisdictions. Since
law enforcement officials admit
they really haveno way of stopping
the trade. some legislatures may
have to do what no legislature can
stand doingw cut the taxes.

Some gangstersrichly deserve not
only to be deploredbut decapitated.
They are the only ones who rob
people and injureand kill them. But
some racketeers are simple
illegitimate businessmen com-
mitting necessary crimes for their
own and others‘ good.

Such a one is theevilly named loan
shark or bum-rapped shylock
collectinghis extortionate vigorish.
The shylock is an economiccriminal
who breaks the price-control laws on
interest rates He‘s been known to
charge 200 or 300 per cent foraloan.

Why would anybody borrow
money on such terms? Because that
somebody is a bad risk, and. as all
lenders, legal and illegal. will tell
you, the formula is the greater the
risk the higher the interest.

That's why the prime or lowest
interest rate the Bank of America
changes is only available to the
biggest, most solvent corporations.
Some people. however, are such bad
risks that noone will lend money to
them at legal interest limits.Then
you have to go to a usurer, a
medieval term which makes
breaking the pricecontrollaw sound

A recent series of articles in
Women‘s Wear Daily 0n Mafia
penetration of the garment industry
pointed out that the shylockssupply
a considerable amount of in-
vestment and working capital that
"legitimate businessmen” can‘t get
from any other source.

In this instance, at least, one of
those celebrated cleanups with lots
ofpeople going tojail might harm an
entire industry.

Sometimes ifa businessman fails
topay his loan, the mob muscles in
on him. That is. they demand a piece
of the action, a percentage of the
ownership, and you get the Cosa
Nostra for your partner. That also
happens on Wall Street. The dif-
ferenceis that when Citibank does it
with a company which has defaulted
on a loan, it‘s called conversion of
debt into equity; that is. the bank

prefers to have its loan satisfied in
the form of stock rather than force
the borrower into bankruptcy. It's
done all the time and it's considered
quite ethicalunless the person doing
it has a vowelat the endofhis name.

Women's Wear Daily quotes an
undercover detective who worked as
a shylock saying, “TV and the
movies have developed an image.
The victims think their house will be
burneddown and their legs broken.
When I was a shylock anda guy
started giiving me excuses, all I did
was raise my voice two octaves and
this guy just shut up."

If WWI). is to be believed, the
Mafia also controls the trucking
services on which the garment in-
dustry depends.

By preventing new entries into the
garment trucking business and not
permitting competitive bidding
among the extant trucking firms,
the Mafia prevents what‘s
sometimes called cut-throat com-
petition. By fostering price stability
and insuring profitability themob is,
however. violating the anti-trust

This function is also performed for
the airline industry by the Civil
Aeronautics Board.

The moral of this may bethat it’s
not organized crime but
disorganized crime we ought to be
worried about.


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Business gets kind of slow around
the Kernel office sometimes and the
place becomessort of like the track
bar after the fourth race. We tend to
sit around and wonder “What
happened to that sure thing?" and
pose other great philosophical
questions to one another. ()c-
casionally. it is an educational ex-
perience. We discover things about
one another. for instance. Last week
Kernel Staff Writer Richard Mc-
Donald and I discovered that we
think alike on some points. As a
result, he is going to write my
column this week.


Standing in line seems to be the
universal college experience.

It makes no difference whatschool
a person attends. be it Harvard or
Podunk Community College, when
asked what his biggest complaint
about the schoolis. nine times out of
10, the answer will be something
about how much the place makes
you stand inline.

There was a letterin the Kernel
last week along these lines. The
writer said something to the effect
that UK demonstrates its lack of
concern for students by making us
stand in line for things like football

The line is short
for the 'Big 0’

tickets. The writer went on to hint
that if he were not a student, he
wouldn‘t stand for such shabby

lronically,UK students are great
line-standers. We‘ve developed
waiting in single file into an art.
Nobodyknows as well as a Kentucky

_ to

student about how to dress for sub-
zero or all night stands. There isn‘t
another institution of higher lear~
ning in this country in which the
students know more about which
liquid libations will best ease the
pain of sleeping or standing on hard
surfaces like concrete sidewalks and
terrazo hallways,


All of this goes to explain why,
when I saw the adin the paper an—
nouncing the Student Center Board‘s
breakfast with (His Singletary
(accompanied with the appelation,
“()nly the first 10 students will at-
tend"), I envisioned a great line of
students allcla moring to meet with
the president.

Withthat scene in mind, I left
home at 7 am. the day of the sign-
up, hopingl wouldn't be too far back
in the line.

I wasn't disappointed.

I was not only the first person in
line; I WAS the line. The only other
people in the Student Center were
the cafeteria workers and the folks
from I’PD (Physical Plant
Division). Eventually six other
people did join me.

Thethings for which we will stand
in line saya lot about our priorities.
The line for homecoming tickets
started the day before the tickets
were to be distributed. The line for
(‘2 parking stickers started at 4:30 in
the morning when the stickers
weren'tgoing to be distributed until
9 am. There were four long line
standing in front of the Coliseum
yesterday morning to get tickets for
a Kris Kristofferson concert two
weeks from now. There was no one
in line to have breakfast with the
presidentof the school.



New Yorker is told where

On the map

I would like to know what at-
tracted (Jeanne Ronnie) Michaels to

I have lived in Lexington‘for most
of my life and have seen it grow
from a town of 60,000 to a city of
almost 200,000. Ms. Michaels. if
everyone is laughing. why is
evereyone rushing b move in?

Lexington ismy home and I guess
if anyone could love a place,I love
Lexington. Can you believe that. Ms.

I may be wrong my dear Northern

friend.butcontrary to your letter I
can assure you that Lexington has
been onthe map for about200 years.
But unlike yourhome, New York, it
was not population that put us onthe

It was thepeople and "Southern
hospitality“ and anattraction to our

Kentuckians were hard working
people, reaching always to get the
mostout oflife. People in Lexington
have and still do take pride in
themselves, their way of life and
their city.

If you believe a large population
has putLexington on the map,then I

believe you are way off base.
Lexington is on the map now, for
many of thesame reasons we were
on the map as a town of 60,000.

May I suggest that the handthat is
"feeding us“ as you say, maybe at
the hands ofthe ”0,000 people who
are strangling us.

Now I ask, why are you here? Are
you here to make us another New
York orN ewJ ersey? I ask how have
you “builtus up." become the “hand
thatis feeding us" and once again,
whois laughing?

This “ignorant" Kentuckian
would liketo pointsome thingsout.

The term “Southern" refers to


9"“ ’ ...¢

political, not geographical.
Lexington is politically Southern.
whereas Cincinnati is politically
Northern. The location of Kentucky
seemedto bother you in your letter.
Confused yet?

Try this.

In your letter, you seem to think
that Lexington is owned by “out—
siders." Let me confuse youwith the

()ver 60 per cent of the businesses
here are owned by life-long
Lexingtonians. About 87 per cent of
the business owners have lived here
for more than 20 years. Conversely,
six per cent of this town‘s business
owners have lived here for less than
15 years.

Who owns Lexington?

You asked, “W10 have you
produced besides Boone and Clay?“

Have you ever heard of Jefferson
Davis? How about Abraham Lin-
coln? Zachary Taylor was a Ken-
tuckian most of his life. He adopted
us, how about that?

Kentucky has had a great and
colorful past, but better than that,
we have a promising future.

Does New York?

Incidentally,what’s wrong with a
Kentuckian studying about great
Kentuckians—looking at the
Commonwealth‘s artists and

Kentuckians getting married as
children are the exceptions today.

Howevenmarrying at 16 was a
matter of survival in Kentucky
years ago. What is the disgrace in
that? Have you seen recent figures
of unwed mothers 14 years of age or
younger in New York?

Now, that‘s disgraceful!

Percentage wise, we are richer.
We pay less for the cost ofliving, live
longer and spendless time working
or getting to work.

We have more free time and are
less suscettible to disease. Our air
pollution comes from what is blown
down from “up North."

In conclusion, my hot-heated
friend, I love my town, I feel
cramped that youare here.

One final note. I have sat inmany
outhouses, where their cleanliness
far surpasses the “sanitary
restrooms" of some New York
restaurants and gas stations I've
been in.

Samuel Lee Palmer
ll istory-Political Science Junior

No class

(Regarding Jeanne Ronnie
Michael's letterto the Kernel.)

Nothing stirs pityin my heart (and
tne nausea in my stomach) more
than the spectacleof an insecure and
frustrated Yankee.

[do hope thetrouble soul can kick

to get

the sour gapes attitude and learn to
savor thegoodlife of the South. and
hopefully to acquire some of its
class, respectand gentility which, as
evidencedd, is absent from
Michaels‘ character.

Robert W. Kellerman
Second year Law student

Yankee ego

In reading theletter to the editor
last Friday I was shocked.

If a certain person doesn't like
Lexington, she can go back to her
rotting big apple and keep her
overinflated Yankee ego up there.

Thepeople of Lexington do not
need or want her type.

Michael J. Sawyer
Business Major

P.S. Confederate Memorial Day is
celebrated June 3 in Kentucky and
eight other states in the South. It’s
alsothe day of JeffDavis‘birthday.


Concerning Arts Editor Thomas
(‘lark‘s Oct. 28 review of Macbeth, a
few obsrvations:

1) As graduate students in the
Department of English, we were
literally astonished to learn that
Shakespeare was a Victorian
playwright. It hadhitherto been our
mistaken impression that he lived
during the Renaissance period
(some 300 orsoyears earlier) under
Elizabeth I and James I of England
and weare grateful for having been
corrected in the matter—
particularly before our oral
examinations for various degrees.

2) We are pleased to note that the
performanoedid “take a dramatic
turn,"evenif only “at times.“ This
no doubtreflects the factthat “from
the moment the audience entered
into the auditorium. they (sic) just
knew it was a tragedy“—an im-
pression thatdoes indeed seem to be
abroad intheland.

3) Neverthelessit is good toknow
that the “awkwardness of
Shakspearean rhyme" (in blank
verse, yet!) wasovercome and that
“the script was one of the few
trouble spots of the evening“—
although it was quite a “noble"
attempt. really, to render
Shakespeare less complex by
dcletinglarge segments of the text.
As a former student in ENG fill has
observed, “In reality, when parts
are cut from a play, it only takes
away from theplay.“

4) From the first irrelevant
paragraph about economy cars to
the last unlamented loss of “some of
the original flavor" of Macbeth.
(‘lark‘s review even more than the


play itself ~ leaves the reader
“grasping (sic) in its wake," in part
becauseits author is the arts editor
(no staff varlet. he!) of thecampus

It is a review full of sound and
fury. and signifying nothing.

Lavonda Evanoff, Shearle Fumish
()kcy (Ioode. Debbie llill

()d's llill. Bill llutchins
Department of English


All urban areas face very difficult
problems and our community is no
exception. It is therefore of the ut-
most importance that we elect
capable and dedicated persons for
service in our Urban County

MrsAnne Gabbard, candidate for
the Fourth District seat, is such a
person. I have known her for a
number of years and am impressed
with her qualifications.

Because of her association with
UK she knows about its problems as
a memberof the community and the
problemscreated by the presence of
this large educational institution in
our midst I verym uch hope that she
will be elected.

Amry Vandenbosch
Professor Emeritus of
Political Science

Gingko Festival

We are pleased to announce the
coming of the seventh annual
Ginkgo Festival. This milestone
comes after yearsof musing about
man and his relationship to the
grand tree.

We of the Ginkgo Guild inthe past
years have tried without success to
dispel all rumors of the “stinko”
gingko. We have tried without
success to have Stoll Field planted
with ginkgos as atrue symbol of art
and beauty.

We have tried witout success to
have the ginkgo dedicated as the
school tree. We have tried without
success to gather funds for a Ginkgo

This year we again feel the time is
ripe to bring to attention theim-
portance of this tree. Therefore,we
would like to put forth aproposal to
the president. faculty and students
that a bronze plaque be placed at the
foot of eachginkgo tree on campus
to denote their historical
significance in the founding of the

We invite all supporters and
general celebrators to join us at the
Ginkgo festival, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.at
the ginkgo tree next to King Library.

Executive Committee
of the thgo Festival

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Political study
doesn't just

train lawyers

By I'Al‘l.t‘RAY(‘RAFT
Kernel Reporter

Political science majors
are generally thought of as
pre—Iaw students. but ac-
cording to Dr. Michael
Baer,“a large group are, but
this is stilla minority."

Baer, chairman of the
political science department.
said the reason the major is
appropriate for pre-Iaw is
because ”laws came out of
the political process."

“We cover behavior of
judges which is helpful toa
lawyer, and a lot of law
students have political
careers in mind so that a
major in political science
could help them,"Baer said.

Although the major is
popular with pre-Iaw
students, Baer said the
department has little contact
with the law school. The
courses offered in the law
schoolare not similar to the
political science courses at
all, he said. ‘

Students often are in
terested ina political science
major because their families
are involved in politics or
because they became in-
terested after freshmen and

sophomore classes in political
science. said Baer.

If astudent does not have
law school aspirations. Baer
said they usually look to
careers with federal, state or

local governments,
education. business or

Baer said political science
majors analyze data con-
cerning elections, and
budgets and conduct surveys
on elections and issues.

Despite the corruption in
pol it ics that has been exposed
in recent years, Baer said
"there has beenno great drop
in the number of political
science majors."

According to Baer, the
department has been trying
to institute courses that
"keep up with the times."
(‘ourses on special interest
groups, campaign strategy
and techniques“tohelp both
in terms of getting jobs and
being active in the com-
munity " are being prOpOSed.

A special one-credit data
lab will be offered this spring.
said Baer. which will“in-
troduce students to the
technigucs of analyzing
political data

Delay hinders
media efforts

Continued from front page
bargaining is going on at the

School boards are often
suspected of having illegal
secret meetings, and
Stephens said he felt a
primary reason for this is
that school boards have
traditionally been closed

”The attorney general‘s
office issues about five
opinions per week on school
boards.”An opinion is issued
when a newspaper files a
complaint with the attorney
general‘s office, charging a
violation of a law.

Wines feels the reason that
so many complaints are filed
regarding school boards is
became “education is sucha
volatile issue."

He also outlined what he
feels are several weaknesses
with the Open Records law.
The three-day period an
agency is given for providing
requested records can
hopelessly delaythe amount
of time it takes towrite a

“It can takethree days for
a reporter to get certain
records, and if they happen to
be the wrong ones, then he

has to waitthree more days to
get the right ones."

Also. the specificity
required ofa reporter looking
for records is often a hin-
drance. "A lot of times
reporters don‘t really know
what they‘re lookingfor. But
the law says you have to know
which records you want."

Wines also said state
agencies keep poor