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THE TULANE HULLABALOO, June 1, 1981 Business School Dean Quits Tulane By GEORGE CLIFFORD Walter O. Spencer became dean of Tulane ' s Business School in 1979, " firmly believing that the potential of the school is exceeded by none. " Spe ncer, a former Sherwin-Williams chief executive, promised that within ten years Tulane would be recognized nationally as one of the top schools of business administration. Little more than fifteen months later.in October, 1980. Spencer resigned. He said that his main reason for leaving was because the decision-making power at Tulane is overly cen- tralized, and that he is frustrated with the financial situation he encountered here. " I feel that a compre- hensive university like Tulane must be managed with a high degree of autonomy within various schools. " he said. " Most successful business schools are run this way. The tradition at Tulane, however, has been a high amount of centralized decision- making. " Spencer stated that Tulane ' s financial pro- blems also figured in his decision to resign. " Tulane is not a well endowed university, " he said. " We have a resource problem. The lack of funds led to considerable frustrations. " Business School faculty members pointed out that while the business school is reponsible for raising a large portion of Tulane ' s endowment, they recieve a disproportionately small amount of these funds. " 1 think this fact contributed to Spencer ' s frustration. " said one professor. " When you have a guy like Spencer, you can ' t play financial parlour games with him, " said Professor Jeffery Barach of the Business School. " You ' ve got to give him support, you don ' t play Mickey Mouse. If that (financial allocation) was the reason he decided to leave, I think it was a good one. " " Because I was unhappy I felt that since there was going to be a new president, it would be a good time for me to resign and let them get a new dean to work with the new president, " Spencer said. Then acting president Eamon Kelly accepted the resignation " with con- siderable reluctance and regret. " Dr. James Murphy, associate dean of the School of Business filled in as acting dean when Spencer ' s resignatio n became effective. PFM BEGAN operating on campus in August, 1980. Food Service Changes Again By GARDNER DUVALL The third food service organization in four years began operating on campus this year after a breakdown in contract negotiations between Tulane and ARA, the University ' s previous food service. According to University sources, ARA terminated its contract with Tulane when the administration declined to underwrite up to $50,000 in possible losses for the food service over the next year. As a result of the inability to reach an agreement with ARA, the University hired Profes- sional Food-Service Management (PFM) to operate the campus food and catering services. PFM ' s Southeast Regional Director James C. Gailey said that his company is not a food service for the University, but rather a management firm in charge of the schools ' s food operations. " We are not the University ' s food service, " he explained. " We ' re monitoring your food service. " According to Don Moore, vice-president and dean for student services, the differences between ARA and PFM made for some contract differences, but " we have projected that the financial deal proposed by PFM is approximately the same as with ARA. " Unlike ARA, however, PFM did not ask to have any of its losses underwritten. Moore contended that during the annual contract re-negotiations in the spring, Tulane and ARA reached an agreement approximately equal to the one in effect now with PFM. The deal was never finalized, however, and on July 10, 1980, ARA returned to him with an agreement similar to the original but also asking the University to under- write the food service ' s losses up to the amount ARA paid Tulane for monthly utilities. ARA asked the Univer- sity to underwrite up to $15,000 in losses per month, or as much as $186,000 ove a one year period. When Tulane balked at the agreement, ARA lowered their demands to $50,000 annually, but when the University refused that figure, " the cont,ract was cancelled by ARA, " Moore stated. ARA terminated their contract on August I, 1980, and by the end of the month PFM was oper- ating on campus. $1.3 Million Surplus Bolsters Improved Budget B) IRA ROSENZWEIG I u 1 a n t University boasted a SI. 3 million surplus for its last fiscal year, far surpassing an earlier figure estimated at S500.000. Thik was the first time in leveral decades the University finished the year with its budget so much in the black. lulanc President Eamon Kelly explained that the final surplus eclipsed the earlier figure by such a great margin because his earlier estimate was deliberately kept low. " I didn ' t want anyone fudging the figures, " he remarked. Of the extra million added to the original $500,000 half came from the unexpected athletic surplus and half from " a single unrestricted gift that we didn ' t mclude as one of our regular gifts. " said Kelly. (he $500,(J00 gill was donated by the Ingram C o r p o r I a t i o n , Kelly related, and wasjust one of the pluses provided by the University ' s development office, which had a record- breaking performance last year. " Warren Johnson and the entire development staff have done a superb job, " added Kelly. The success of the development office was only one laclor leading to the surplus, according to Kelly. " We ' re doing a more accurate job of revenue projecting, which was a problem in previous deficits, our cost controls have been very effective, and our endowment revenue is in the top one percent of all non-profit funds in the country. " " In addition, " Kelly stated, " the University hospital, under Chancellor John Walsh ' s leadership, turned in a surplus very early in its history. " This unexpected surplus will go towards easing the hospital ' s multi-million dollar deficit. Kelly noted that the extra funds have been utilized in different ways. The athletic surplus, created by a successful football season including lucrative regional tele- vision appearances, will " be used to make sure that this year ' s athletic budget breaks even. " C) I the r e m a i n i n g $500,000, a reserve for bad debts was created and ,$.100,000 was added to the University ' s endowment. 443
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June 1, 1981, THE TULANE HULLABALOO FLASHBACK Algiers Shootout NEW ORLEANS —The killing of three Algiers residents by New Orleans police who were invest- igating the murder of a fellow officer has resulted in an FBI investigation into the case. Patro Ima n Gregory Neupert was murdered on Nov. 8 and his killers were Reagan Wins identified as Algiers residents. Four days later police killed two suspects and a woman who was living with one of the men. Police claims that the suspects fired first were contested by neighbors who told the FBI that the police did not even identify themselves before en- tering the houses. Residents also claimed that the woman, who was shot through the eye and who received shotgun wounds to the stomach and knee, begged not tobe shot. The woman alle- gedly pulled a .22 calibre revolver on the police, but it misfired. LOS ANGELES — President-elect Ronald Reagan promised Tuesday to fire all the members of President Carter ' s cabinet and all appointed agency heads when he takes up residence in the White House next January. Reagan won the election in a landslide Tuesday. Carter ' s last minute flight home over the weekend to deal with a possible break in the hostage system apparently didn ' t persuade Americans to vote Democratic. NBC News announced Reagan the winner at 8:15 p.m. EST. With 98 per cent of the votes in, Reagan found himself with 483 electoral votes. Carter with 48, and Independent candidate John Anderson with none. Anderson did, however, pull in enough votes to qualify for retroactive federal financing for his campaign. In other election wrap-up news, Billy Carter accepted a share of the blame for his brother ' s defeat. And in Washington, Anderson hinted at running for the presidency again in 1984. Whither Poland? POLAND — The United States and other Western powers continue to issue warnings to the Soviet Union following the USSR ' s buildup of troops along Poland ' s borders. Poland ' s labor problems this summer contributed to divided leadership In the Polish government and the Soviet ' s actions have been interpreted as a move to stabilize political unrest. The Soviet forces are now in a position to move should they feel a need for military intervention. In a statement Wednesday, President Carter told the Soviets that " the attitude and future policies of the United States toward the Soviet Union would be directly and adversely affected by any Soviet force in Poland. " The Soviet Union proceed ed interventions in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and in Afghanistan last January with similar military buildups. Italy Wracked NAPLES — Earthquakes continue in southern Italy, already ravaged by a series of major quakes that have destroyed villages and injured or killed thousands. In the aftermath of the quakes, looters racketeers and black market operators have proliferated. Survivors of the original November 23 earthquake are now living in tent cities and temporary shelters that are threatened by the more recent quakes. Emergency aid and relief supplies were prevented from reaching the victims due to black market operations, and many are blaming the Italian government with inadequacy. " The fabrics of the public structure were torn, " said Interior Minister Virginio Rognoni in defense of government efforts. " Pope Pronounces MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Pope John Paul II told President Ferdinand E. Marcos Tuesday that violations of human rights cannot be justified " even in exceptional situations. " Roman Catholic Church officials said the statement was the strongest pronouncement by John Paul to date on the question of human rights. On the first day of his six day visit to the Philippines the pontiff declared that the citizens ' basic rights cannot be curtailed even for " legitimate concern for the security of a nation, as demanded by the common good. " The Events of 1980-81 Saturn Shots PASADENA — As Voyager 1 moves closer toward Saturn, scientists are reporting sharper photographs of the ringed planet. The photos are used by scientists at the Jet Propulsion Labratory as targets to track wind vectors and the global circulation of the atmosphere. At this time. Voyager is approximately 6.3 milli on miles from Saturn and 9.5 million miles from earth. Missile Blows Up AMARILLO, TEXAS — A nuclear warhead, believed to have been ejected by a missile silo explosion last week, has been sent to a Texas atomic weapons plant for disassembly or analysis. The warhead is thought to be in the nine megaton range. The explosion stemmed from a fuel leak that resulted when a workman dropped a wrench that punctured the missile ' s fuel tank. The explosion killed one serviceman and injured 21 others. Following the explosion, an Air Force investigation of the safety of the nation ' s 18 Titan II missile sites was ordered by Secretary of Defense Harold Brown. Somoza Killed ASCUNCION, PARAGUAY — Anastasia Somoza, former iron-fisted ruler of Nicaragua, was killed Wednesday by a " six man hit squad " armed with machine guns and a bazooka. The ambush, which took place close to the Nicaraguan presidential palace, also killed Somoza ' s driver and bodyguard. The United States was responsible for installing Somoza ' s father as head of the Nicaraguan National Guard in 1925. Since then, the Somoza family controlled Nicaragua either directly or through puppet rulers. The 43-year-old dynasty ended last year when pressure from the U.S. and the Sandinist National Front forced Somoza to resign. Hostages Finally Freed WIESBADEN. WEST GERMANY — After 444 days of captivity, the 52 American hostages held in Iran since the Nov. 4 takeover of the United States embassy in Tehran were finally freed, following a complex series of negotiations that culminated in the hectic final two days of the Carter presidency. Coinciding with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan, the hostage release sparked cele brations across the country and at Wies- baden, the location of the U.S . Air Force base where the hostages were taken for debriefing. Carter, now Reagan ' s special envoy to the ho St age s, flew Wednesday to West Germany to greet the hostages, amidst specu- lation as to whether Reagan would honor the hostage deal. Reagan officials generally felt that the deal would go through, but it still faces a number of legal ch allenge s. Basically, Carter traded approximately $10 billion in Iranian assets frozen in November, 1979. 442
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June 1, 1981, THE TULANE HULLABALOO Dixie Dateline ' Explores Regional Awareness By LISA VAUGHAN A thousand people attended a symposium at Tulane on Febuary 6, 198 1 called " Dixie Dateline: The South in an Age of Change " to hear II top journalists discuss aspects of the changing South. The panelists discussed Southern politics, race relations, the Southern economy, urbanization, the Sunbelt, and the rural South. Cultural aspects of the region including religion, education and the arts were also studied. Hodding Carter III highlighted the event Friday evening with his address, " The South and the World. " Carter, former editor of the Delta Democrat Times, recently resigned from his post as spokesman for the U.S. State Department. " The South is in a condition of very rapid change but, as the panelists said, no one knowsexactly where it is going, " Tulane history professor Dr. John Boles claimed after the symposium. Boles directed Huma nities. Southern cities are becoming more like big cities in the nation due to urban and industrial growth. Boles said " Southern education is catching up with the rest of the U.S., especially in region as it becomes more urbanized and indus- trialized, " stated Boles Ed Yoder, editor of The Washington Star, treated this topic of " the disappearing South. " Yoder stated that sym- posiums on the South are ' A central theme was whether the South will disappear as a distinct region as it becomes more urbanized and industrialized. ' — John Boles the symposium, which was partially funded by a grant from the Louisiana Council for the Human- ities and the National Endowment for the universities. The South is still the poorest in income, but it ' s rising, " he added. " A central theme was whether the South will disappear as a distinct an example of the regional self-consciousness that keeps the idea of the South alive. " The South is a state of mind... those who keep it alive are the intellectuals. Revisions Bring Order to Curriculum (Curriculum, from Page 1) student to broad areas of knowledge. " It forces students to approach their studies in new and different ways, " said Sullivan. Starr added that it will depart " from the present smorgasbord of courses. The faculty was not interested in dictating a menu for the students, they just wanted to- offer a balanced meal. " Under the new curric- ulum, general studies will stress four areas: the natural world cultures and societies, aesthetic expression, and reflection on values. In order to determine which present courses fit into which areas, and in order to establish and tailor new ones, a joint sub-committee of the Curriculum Committee was formed. This process of deter- mination is underway, and according to Gordon, the information will be printed in next year ' s student bulletin. Both Sullivan and Gordon added that the process is a never-ending one . " We will be constantly evaluating courses, updating old ones, and adding new ones, " added Sullivan. This, said Starr, " will expose the student to a range of different fields and areas, and by reorganizing existing courses and establishing new ones, it will enable the student to find some coherence among the hundreds of courses offered. " The structure of the major programs will remain the responsibility of the respective depart- ments. The job of restructuring the curriculum was a major one. " The faculty worked around the clock " The faculty was not interested in dictating a menu for students. " FREDERICK STARR MARTHA SULLIVAN " It will provide a common goal for both A S and Newcomb students. " to get it into shape, " said Starr. " It was a sustained effort by all the faculty. " " Reassessing all of the offerings was an enormous task that took a lot of time and effort, " he added. Starr sees the adoption of the new curriculum and plus minus grading system as a step forward for the University. " The idea of a curric- ulum change has been a long recognized concern of both studentsand faculty, " said Starr. " As the number of applications rose, so did expectations of quality. It became neccessary to improve the quality of education at Tulane. " He added that this was part of " a responsibility to give students the best education for their money, " and also, " a responsibility to raise our standards so that those of secondary schools will rise as well. " The new curriculum will mark the first time A S and Newcomb will share a common curriculum. The last major change in A S curriculum occurred in 1974 when the foreign language requirement was dropped. journalists, novelists and historians who write about it, " Yoder remarked. Yoder questioned the realities that lie behind the myth of the South. He used Allan Tate ' s meta- phor to compare the South to a jaguar looking at itself in a pool. The jaguar becomes so entranced by its reflection that it falls in the water. Yoder said he is " fatigued " with the Southern myth and the South ' s narcissistic self- consciousness. However, Roy Reed, chairman of the Depart- ment of Journalism at the University of Arkansas, says there is a South and there will be for a long time. " People who talk about the death of Dixie need to go up into the country and stop at one of those roadside places with a sign that says ' Eats ' ... youTl see it ' s alive. These talks here are a view of the South from the city, not the country. " Future Hinges on South Carter spoke on the future of the South in his keynote address. " What is exciting about the South today is that there is no convincing reason to say that the future is fated to go one way or another, " he stated. He compared the South to the rest of the world in its experiences with poverty, inequality and defeat. The South has faced the problem of being " scorned by its neighbors for generations, " claimed Carter. He then pointed out that the United States can learn how to deal more effectively with the rest of the world by studying Southern patterns of history and change. " On the basis of our regional experience, the South could play a constructive role in determining the nation ' s policies toward the rest of the world, " Car- ter declared. The panel discussions were based on papers the participants prepared and circulated to the other members of the Dixie Dateline panel. 444
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