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Tuesday, March 28. 1961—Vol. 52, No. 33
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Harcoutt bows out;
special election set
By ED STEPHAN
FOGHORN Editorial Assistant
FOGHORN editor Rich Harcourt dictates the last few
lines to linotypist Pete Hegre of the Garrett Press as he
watches his final edition go to press. A moment of
calm recollection, his term ended, Harcourt adds the
traditional —30—■ to another year of FOGHORN
FOGHORN editor Rich Harcourt has resigned.
In a note sent last week to the University
Administration, Harcourt informed them that
he was leaving, subsequent to "a recent administrative decision" concerning his "seeming abuse" of the "unlimited cuts" privilege
extended to members of Alpha Sigma Nu.
The administrative decision stated, in effect, that Harcourt was suspended from the
privilege of non-attendance at classes as of
March 20, 1961. He remains a member of
the honor fraternity, enjoying the privilege
of exemption from final exams in the Senior
With class attendance made necessary, Harcourt felt that he would not be able to spend
the necessary time in his editorial capacity,
including several trips a day to the Garrett
Press, and would therefore be unable to continue as editor. It was this belief that prompted his resignation.
The resignation actually will not take effect until a new editor has been elected. Harcourt has called an early meeting of the Publications Council for the purpose, scheduled
for the afternoon of April 6th. The regular
election meeting is usually held in the early
part of May.
The retiring editor has asked those who
are interested in the post of editor (for the
remainder of this year and the whole of next)
to contact him prior to noon Tuesday, April 4.
Harcourt said that the position need not be
filled by a present member of the FOGHORN
staff; the election is open to the general student body.
Harcourt's action is the culmination of a
year of change for the FOGHORN. During
his term of office he has brought stability to
the formerly erratic publishing schedule, financial responsibility to the business department, and an entirely new format to the
pages of the FOGHORN.
The FOGHORN somehow retained the vestiges of a "daily" from last year, while in
reality it had been publishing on a t\vo-or»
three-a-week schedule. Harcourt, recognizing the needs of the campus and the size of
the FOGHORN'S operation, brought the FOGHORN back to its older classification of
weekly. Provision was made, however, for
the publication of extra editions when necessary.
In the area of finance, Harcourt appointed
Garrett Ruhl as business manager with the
strict assurance that the FOGHORN would
keep within its allotted budget. Ruhl established the first bookkeeping system the FOGHORN has had in several years. At the end
of the first semester the FOGHORN was actually in the black.
Ruhl also terminates his association with
the publication of this edition. His business
managerial duties will be taken over by his
assistant, Larry Hackett.
Other members of the editorial staff leaving the FOGHORN include Focus editor and
drama critic Ed Griffith, women editors
Kathe McDonnell and Judy Alexander; editorial assistant Darrell Saloman, editorial secretary Ann O'Brien, photography editor Mike
Svanevik, editorial cartoonist Dan O'Neill.
The editors explained that their termination
would afford the newly-elected editor an opportunity to train and develop his staff for
the coming year.
Merrell reverses plans
The Club President's Council passed a resolution last Thursday seeking to limit the
powers of the Treasurer of the Associated Students. The resolution, directed toward the
student legislature, requested such "amendments as necessary to insure the reasonable
autonomy of the various campus organizations."
general statement was
followed by specific requests for
an amendment to restrict "jurisdiction over intra-organizational
matters to the individual organizations," and to "limit the power
of the Association Treasurer as
custodian of funds of all chartered studenl organizations to jurisdiction over the funds of an intra- or supra-organizational level,
and to exclude his jurisdiction
over such organizational funds as
are obtained by dues or assessments paid by the members of
the respective organizations."
The resolution was submitted
by Joe Zorc, representing the
Alpha Sigma Nu fraternity. It
would affect sections of the
ASUSF Constitution: X, B; V, B;
II, C, 4; IX, B, 1.
Treasurer Ralph Merrell, contacted by the FOGHORN immediately after the clubs meeting,
issued the following statement:
"After witnessing student opinion regarding the standardization
of club accounts, and after examining the results of the auditing
committee, seeing the impossibility of installing and maintaining
in future an adequate standardized system, and after sensing the
difficulties clubs have in establishing and operating under unorganized financial systems —
both as student and as treasurer
of the ASUSF—I feel we have no
alternative but to place responsibility for the income and expense of clubs in the hands of
the clubs. An effective periodic
audit by the Associated Students'
Treasurer would assure solvency
and proper handling of funds by
The issue arose over the statements by Don Albach, Grand
Knight of the Knights of Columbus, at a Clubs meeting several
weeks ago. The Knights stated
that they had been discriminated
against in the distribution of
Mardi Gras booths and games.
Then the perennial problem of
Mardi Gras finances brought
Treasurer Ralph Merrell into the
The Knights of Columbus complained that they understood no
club was to have games which
could be considered gambling.
This was at first defined as
"games in which cash prizes are
given." Later, ASUSF Vice President Jim Hecht, was told by the
police department that games
could be played with cash prizes,
but that no games specifically referred to as "gambling" could be.
The Knights were not notified of
The resolution cannot be
brought before the legislature
meeting until its next business
meeting, Monday, April 10.
Nationally-known philosopher Seymour Cain takes
time from his busy schedule to discuss the religious
aspects of Arab-Israeli dispute. See Pa^e 3.
USF Senior Bob Lanbon wins the FOGHORN
photo contest. His prize-winning photograph is pub-
lished on Page 6.
Laos, Count Basie, TV and "Gaqstractions" head-
line the myriad of features in this week's Focus Section, Pages 8 and 9.
* * *
Liturgist George Define brings the spirit of Easter.
Week to the pages of the FOGHORN. Read Page 7.
* * *
Dr. Ralph Lane, USF Sociologist, becomes the neiv
FOGHORN faculty moderator. See story, Page 2.