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Page 16 text:
More than 300 students of Larned Hall
were evacuated early one February morn-
ing when a fire reportedly caused by an
electrical appliance, occured on the north
side of the sixth floor.
Norman Maclntosh, RA, discovered the
blaze at 1:10 a.m. while investigating the
blackout of his television. Macintosh saw
smoke coming out from under the door of
Room 630, where the fire started, and im-
mediately alerted the two residents of the
room who were asleep.
The Framingham Fire Department re-
sponded at once and extinguished the blaze
within one half hour according to a Fire
College Administrators and Fire Depart-
ment officials have not been able to esti-
mate the exact amount of damage, but a
precise figure was to be released.
Students living on the north side of the
sixth floor were unable to return to their
rooms after the fire because of excessive
smoke damage, and were housed in friend's
rooms or empty rooms in Larned Hall.
Ms. julie Clavin, director of Residence
Life, stated that a number of fire safety regu-
lations were violated.
On Friday November, 4, a number of
Framingham State College students became
ill on what was suspected to be food served
in the Student Center Cafeteria.
Approximately 200 students were taken
to the infirmary and released. Twenty stu-
dents were taken to the Framingham Union
Hospital and released. According to a ques-
tionairre sent out by Assistant Dean of Stu-
dents, Wendy Noyes, 391 students reported
they got ill.
At the time it was not known what was the
cause of the sickness. State and local health
officials and an inspector from the Con-
tagious Disease Division of the Massachu-
setts Department of Public Health, were
brought in to investigate. They immediately
shut-down the cafeteria but upon complet-
ing their inspection they found the cafeteria
in order, with no sanitation violations.
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On November 17, the Gatepost reported
that the college physician, Doctor Robert
Sumner believed the illness to have been
caused by toxins from staphyloccus ingested
with food. In a report released on February
2, 1978 from George Waterman, M.D., the
Assistant Director, Division of Communi-
cable and Veneral Diseases, for the Com-
monwealth of Massachusetts Department
of Public Health, Dr. Waterman stated: Be-
cause staphylococcus, phase type 6f47f
54f75 was isolated from a burn on the hand
of one of the foodhandlers, and because of
the clinical findings, of those who were
ill, he fully agreed with Dr. Sumner's find-
ings. He went on to state that it is entirely
possible to have only a relatively small of the
food contaminated, and have no pathogenic
organisms isolated from the food samples
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The Mini Course Program was developed
to facilitate small groups in which people
could share leisure time, interests, skills and
hobbies outside of the classroom. It was also
an excellent opportunity for commuters to
become directly involved in campus social
life. The courses were open to all students
at minimal or no cost with an additional S2
per course charge for non-students.
Funding for this program was made pos-
sible through a portion of the College Cen-
ter Trust Fund Budget entitled Life Skill
The Mini Course Program was developed
through the Student Activities office in
conjunction with the Special Programs
Committee of The Student Union Board.
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Page 17 text:
Speaking for the administration, Dr. D. justin
McCarthy, FSC president, denied charges the
administration made any efforts to block abor-
tion rights advocate Bill Baird from speaking at
The charges were made prior to Baird's lec-
ture April 10 by Roland Van Liew, former SUB
Van Liew charged the administration made
two efforts to block Baird from speaking pre-
viously and made a third attempt this time to
stop him from speaking in addition to telling
Baird the reason he could not appear at FSC was
that a room was not available at the college.
Van Liew also charged the public was barred
from a lecture for the first time since he was on
SUB, and South Middlesex News was allowed to
attend only after strong pressure to let them.
Van Liew told the South Middlesex News that
FSC is "a state-supported college, supported by
public funds," and that "they have no right to
keep the public out."
Pres. McCarthy responded by saying they
have every right to keep the public out from an
activity paid for by FSC students if allowing the
public in threatens the possibility of FSC students
attending and that Baird was brought to the
campus by FSC students funds and not public
Assistant Dean of Student Activities Susan
Siegal, had been named as the main person in-
volved in the Bill Baird affair by Roland Van
Van Liew said that Dean Siegal told him Baird
could not speak at FSC because he was Bill Baird,
and that she requested him to call Baird and tell
him that a room was not available.
Dean Siegal said that she opposed Baird speak-
ing at FSC because she felt he would have an ad-
verse effect on the college community. She felt
she had to think of the college as a whole and
that some people might have been offended by
The signifance of the charges and answers in
the Baird affair, Van Liew stated, was that the ad-
ministration found out they cannot tell students
who they could have speak and who they could
not have, because if they do the students will
use their student government and lawyer to
make sure their rights are kept up.
FSC Student Government Association
President Patricia Coulter, charged the col-
lege of misusing the damage fee account.
The damage fee account is composed of
the 51350 damage security deposit each dor-
mitority student pays yearly.
Ms. Coulter said "It appears that funds in I
the account are being carried forward from
one year to the next, students are not re-
ceiving interest on their deposits and the
account has been used for 524,000 loan to -
the dormitiory authority account, which
pays the salaries of maintenance personnel."
The college claims 517,692 were used for I
repairs since September."
Barry Walker, SGA attorney, said "In ef-
fect it appears to us the damage account has
been treated as some kind of excess ac- I
count from which disbursements can be
made willy-nilly to finance other obliga-
Frank Haley, director of fiscal affairs, said,
"The Board of Trustees gives us the author- '
ity to carry funds forwarded from one year I
to the next, and added, "It is done this way
at all state colleges."
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