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Crises on the Campus: Times Herald, Carroll, la. C Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1967 <* Everybody Burns 'the Midnight Oil By ROGER DOUGHTY (NEA Staff Correspondent) (Last in a Series.) FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Visit- Ing the Parsons College campus today is almost like touring one of the nation's military academies. Those students who remain here are up to their ears in esprit de corps. "I can see the point of those who packed it in when the school lost its accreditation," says one junior from New Jersey, "but I like it here and I'm of the opinion that we'll get our accreditation back early next year. The NCA could reinstate the school then and if they do, we'll work things out. Besides, the two new guys who are running the show seem to know what they're doing." The two men in question are Dr. Wayne Stamper and Dr. Charles O'Hare, who hold the position of provost and dean respectively. No new president has been named yet. Their chief job, they feel, is to convince the North Central Association of Colleges and 1 Secondary Schools that the days of controversy ended when Millard Roberts packed his bags and shuffled off to Buffalo. Some of the Innovations of the past decade, including the second-chance philosophy, remain. "In a sense, we're trying to implement the best of the Parsons plan," O'Hare told an interviewer recently. One of the things that Stamper and O'Hare feel the school needs least at the moment is publicity. Robert L. Rasmusseti, th» school's director of public relations, explains, "We've been burned so often that it's easy to understand the feeling. One magazine did a spread on the school a couple of years ago that was especially bad. Many of the photos were staged t« make things look much worse than they really were and much of the copy was inaccurate. That story set the standard. Everything else that's been written about us has been a rewrite on that in one form or another." Or, as one secretary at the school put it, "The feeling here is that if we don't say anything at all we'll be better off. Our treatment in the press has been terrible and there are reasons behind that treatment that ought to be told." While no one can deny that the departed but far-from-forgotten Dr. Roberts had his weaknesses (he increased the chooPs debt from about a half- million dollars to around $10 million during his stay at Par- ions), some of the circum- itances leading to his downfall are more than suspect. "Th* way I see it," says one brmer faculty member, "Roberts was the one guy in the lowans' Votes in Congress WASHINGTON (AP) Here! is how Iowa congressmen were, recorded on recent roll calls: i i Senate On passage, 78 to 6, of bill increasing Social Security bene-• fits a minimum 15 per cent and i raising monthly minimum pay-| ment to $70 from $44. For: Hick- \ enlooper and Miller. ! On Williams, R-Del., amend-1 ment, rejected 27 to 49, to in- i crease Social Security taxes to j 4.8 per cent next year rather than in 1969. For the amendment: Hickenloopei; and Miller.: On Curtis, R-Neb., amend-! ment, rejected 22 to 58, to cut a i proposed increase in Social Security benefits from a minimum 15 per cent to a minimum 12% \ per cent. For the amendment: j Hickenlooper and Miller. I On Long, D-La., amendment, ; adopted 43 to 37, to establish a system to determine low-cost, i effective drugs to be eligible for use by welfare and medi- care patients. Against the amendment: Hickenlooper and Miller. On Williams, R-Del, amendment, adopted 54 to 23, to remove the ceiling on interest on Series E government savings bonds. For the amendment: Hickenlooper and Miller. On Harris, D-Okla., amend ment, adopted 39 to 36, to re quire states to put into effec by July 1, 1969, plans to provide assistance to dependent children of unemployed fathers. Againsi the amendment: Hickenlooper and Miller. House On passage, 167 to 143, of a $2.19 billion foreign aid appro- propriation bill. For: Culver Mayne and Smith. Against Gross, Kyi and Scherle. No voting: Schwengel. On Gross, R-Iowa, motion, rejected 141 to 203, to reduce th authorization for this year for the Peace Corps to $105 million For the motion: Gross ant Scherle. Against: Culver Mayne and Smith. area who was making h i s school grow. Other Iowa educators came under a lot of pressure from their boards of directors who wanted to know, 'If this guy can build his school from 250 students to 5,000 in 10 years, what's the matter with you?' There was no love lost between any of the 'traditional' educators in Iowa and Roberts. He didn't consider education to be in the same untouchable class as motherhood and the American flag. They were oul to get him and eventually they did. They couldn't keep up with the guy." One paper 'that has been highly critical of Parsons is controlled by a family with close ties to another small col lege in Iowa that's in a situa tion of direct competition with Parsons. Collusion can't be proved, but at best it's a sus picious situation. But the prevailing feeling in 'airfield is that one era has ended and another, hopefully a letter one, has begun. The midnight oil is being burned here not only by the students but by staff and faculty members as well as they plot to regain accreditation, keep the present students and their parents satisfied, increase enrollment and live on their drastically cut salaries. "You might say," comments one teacher, "that we're fighting our own personal war on poverty." The loss of accreditation means that Parsons graduates will have to find a way to pick up extra credits to teach in many states, will have a tough time getting into many graduate schools and will be unable to transfer credits to other undergraduate schools. Despite the problems, optimism is the key word on the campus. Everyone seems to be confident. Stemper and O'Hare are convinced that the school can be a Fairfield, Iowa . . . could be Anywhere, USA. It's an unlikely setting for an education revolution, but this little town has seen more than its share of controversy. great institution. They concede that they'll have to struggle for "four or five years" to solve many of their problems, but they're willing. The faculty members who have stayed on are obviously dedicated. Many of those who had to leave because of fi> n a n c i a I pressure feel that when the school regains its accreditation they'll be able to return as the enrollment goes up and the money rells in. And the students are gung ho. They share the feelings of Dr. Everett Hadley, a faculty member, who told them at a recent convocation, "Pity the poor Yale man and think of the sheltered life he leads." 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