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State Regents Proposes 3-Year Scholarship Hike

by Roberta Chiascione

Ted Stock, Director of Financial Aid, and Henry Boorse, Assistant to President Peterson, attended a meeting last week to discuss the New York State Tuition Assistant Program. The meeting, which was held at Fordham University, was called by New York Assembly Costigan to explain to representatives of New York schools the proposed changes in the current Scholar Incentive program and the Regents Scholarship program.

Citing rising costs and in- creased student need, the state

 

      

graduated increase in the Scholar Incentive program, and a change in the Regents scholarship program. The plan calls for an immediate doubling of the maximum scholar in- centive award for 1974-75 to $1200 per year for freshmen and sophomores, and $1,000 for juniors and seniors. If the proposal is carried through, by 1976-77, the maximum award will be $1,700 for freshmen and sophomores and $200 less for juniors and seniors. By this time, the amount of Regents scholarship will be altered from (Continued on page 2)

It was officially anounced at Tuesday’s senior class meeting that Dr. Margaret Mead, noted anthropologist and‘ a Barnard alumna, will speak at commencement this spring. (photo by Jack Mitchell)

Barnard French department, suggested that Ms. Bree is one of the best people to “put this sort of book in perspective."

In an article entitled “Novelists in Search of the Novel: The French Scene," Ms. Bree explained the changes in

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Women Academicians to Examine

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Currently t.he CCCSO con- stitution or list of regulations stipulates that, “The principal officer (of a Columbia organization) must be an un-

dergraduate registered in Columbia or the School of Engineering." This list of

requirements must be met by all

portant meeting of’ the BULLETIN staff today at 2:00 p.m. in the BULLETIN office, 107 McIntosh. All current members of the staff are earnestly requested to attend this meeting. Anyone interested in joining the staff is also invited.

Impact of Feminism on Scholarship

by Ellen McManus

The Barnard Women's Center will sponsor an academic con» ference in May to examine “the impact of feminism on scholarship.” The all-day con- ference will be called “The Scholar and the Feminist” and will include panel discussions by twelve women scholars and workshops in which panelists, Barnard faculty moderators and the audience will participate.

Susan Sacks, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Barnard and Coordinator of the Conference, said, “We want to emphasize the participatory aspect of the conference. We would like the audience to take part in the panel discussions and the workshops. We don't want it to be simply a presentation of papers."

The conference will include three concurrent panels in the morning followed after an in- formal lunch by small workshops planned around the theme, “Scholarship and Feminism: Conflict, Compromise, Creativity."

The presentations of the panelists will answer the questions: what has been the

impact of feminism on my

scholarship; how has it affected my understanding of women, and how has it affected my un— derstanding of my field. They will discuss how a feminist perspective has affected their research. Each panelist will talk for about 15 minutes and then a member of the Women's Center executive board will coordinate questions from participants in the audience.

The twelve panelists, who were elected to represent a variety of disciplines, age groups, degrees of notoriety and geographical location include: Electra Arenal, Hispanic literature, Richmond College; Carolyn Shaw Bell, economics, Wellesley College; Constance Carroll, classics, University of Maine; Kate Ellis, English, Rutgers University; Lee Ehr- man, biology, SUNY; Gerder Lerner, history, Sarah Lawrence College; Linda Nochlin, art history, Vassar College; Miriam Schneir, history; Victoria Schuck, political science, Mt. Holyoke; Janet Siskind, anthropology, City College; Judith Jarvis Thomson, philosophy, MIT; Naomi Weisstein, psychology, SUNY at Buffalo.

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faculty members, mostly professors of women‘s studies courses, will moderate fifteen small workshops. Although all the workshops will have the umbrella theme of “scholarship and feminism," each workshop will have a subtopic.

“In organizing the workshops,” said Coordinator Sacks, “we’ve made the effort to maximize interaction. Members of the audience will not be assigned beforehand to specific workshops and we hope each vorkshop will include par» .icipants of different backgrounds and interests.“

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Planning for the Conference was begun last spring by the executive board of the Women's Center. Last year the Women’s Center sponsored a regional conference called “Women Learn from Women,” which explored some of the central issues of the women's movement through a series of workshops attended by over 900 women. This year, the board decided that the con- ference should be smaller and should emphasize the academic component of the women's movement. They wanted the conference to examine the scholarly aspect of a woman's life as opposed to the career aspect.

“The important question which the idea of the conference began to center around was how has a woman’s scholarship been affected by her feminist ac- tivities," said Ms. Sacks. “Of the women we invited, not all are sure that their scholarship or

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the present graduated distribution to a flat rate of $250 per year.

The Regents proposal,

released last week, cites studies of New York City college going students, which indicates students from high income families have a much greater opportunity to attend college than those of lower income families. At the same time, the present student aid program does not differentiate between costs of public education versus private education to students of the same economic cir- cumstances. In public in- stitutions, more than half of the cost is covered by outside aid,

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feminism, or, if it has, in what ways. These are the questions we would like the panelists to address themselves to. For some of the panelists, it will be the first opportunity to look at scholarship in the light of feminism."

Ms. Sacks said she expects the,

Conference to be attended largely by teachers of women's courses, by graduate students and people doing research on women and by students who have been acquainted with the conference through their women’s studies courses. “The conference is for people who are serious about doing research on women’s studies.“

Although the Conference is being held on May 10, the day after final exams end at Barnard, Ms. Sacks thinks that it will attract some students. “A personal note from the student members of the Women's Center

 

 

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the flyer that was sent to students. A special breakfast will be held for students before the Conference and provisions will be made to put students up in the Barnard dorms."

The Conference is actually the first part of a three year academic project of the Women's Center. “We hope next year to hold fall and spring seminar days on women and work, women and history, etc.,” said Ms. Sacks. “We are looking for funding for this project and the Conference will be a model for it."

“I would like people to go away from the Conference willing to ask questions of their particular field," explained Ms. Sacks. “I would like them to go away

having heard what other scholars have said about feminism and their own

research. I would like them to have more information and new questions’ about feminism, and scholarshi " '

    

  

five years. All I can say is I hope it will be increased again this year. However, I don’t anticipate much of an increase from Bar- nard funds. We hope to get more

instead from the state and federal government." According to Dorothy

llemberg, Assistant Director of Admissions, it is too early to tell whether rising tuition costs will have an effect on admissions or on the number of financial aid applicants to Barnard. Ms. hemberg could not make long- range predictions as to how rising tuition costs at Barnard would affect the number of applicants from each economic group.

Reciprocity. . .

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at Barnard prohibiting Columbia or Engineering men from holding any post in a Barnard organization. The College Activities Office regulates all student organizations at Bar- nard. In order for an organization to gain recognition from CAO: 1. they must submit a constitution to CAO; and 2. the organization must be open to all Barnard students. There is no general rule concerning official positions or who may hold such positions.

Each organization at Barnard has its own constitution which determines all rules of the club. Each club may make its own rules as long as they remain within the two guidelines set up by CAO. Unlike Columbia, Barnard has no umbrella con- stitution to which all organizations must. subscribe.

Simonds said that Pouncey’s request will be discussed at Monday's meeting of the com- mittee but he added that he does not think a vote will be taken. “Pouncey is asking for assurance of a ‘constitutional reciprocity,” he said, “but as Barnard has no document comparable to the CCCSO list of requirements, there is no rule that we can make allowing Columbia to hold top posts in Barnard organizations. However, such a rule already exists in a defacto sense simply because there is no rule prohibiting them.”

He added, however, that he did not think that CAO should insist that Barnard organizations admit Columbia if they did not want to. Claire Fay, Barnard Director of College Activities, said, “As far as I know, there are no Barnard organizations with exclusionary constitutions. However I don't think that I can

    

Claire Fay assure Dean Pouncey or CCCSO that all Barnard organizations will allow Columbia men to be their chief executive because I have no control over what goes into their constitution. I would never tell a Barnard club what to put in its constitution. “Columbia is much more structured in its rules for organizations. However, ap- parently they can make ex- ceptions to their rules if they want. Barnard, on the other hand, has no general rule prohibiting Columbia from

holding positions in its organizations, but‘ each in- dividual organization can

prohibit men if they like. I don’t think the Lesbians at Barnard or the Women’s Collective would want a man for their chief executive, for example. However, there are Barnard organizations in which men do hold_ the top position."

“Shop on Main Street” will be shown by Columbia- Barnard Filmmakers Friday, February 22 at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium, Altschul Hall. “Suspicion” will be presented by Zoopraxinographoscope Monday, February 25 at 7:45 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium. Admission to both films is one dollar.