appoint Page Two - THE SKYSCRAPER - December 7. 1967 Open school board to greater lay role In keeping with current trends established by Vatican II, the Chicago Archdiocesan School Board re organized itself to give the laity equal representation with priests and religious. The prospective board, which assumes its duties in January, is composed of seven laymen and seven clergy from the Chicago metropolitan area. Although Cardinal Cody, archbishop of Chicago, continues to appoint the fourteen board members upon the recommendation of these nominating committees, it must be realized that the equal representation of laymen and clergy on a policy-making board allows for greater representation of grass root's thought. Furthermore, in the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, the Council Fath- i ers assert that the laity should constantly laymen foster a feeling for their own diocese . . . and be ever ready at their bishop's invita tion to participate in diocesan projects. In addition to the increased number of laymen, it was announced that board meetings, which were pre viously closed, will hereafter be open to the public and press, excluding executive and personnel sessions. Such a step poses a challenge to both non-member lay men and clergy to assume the role of responsible par ents, teachers and administrators concerning the future of Catholic education. Perhaps the board's reorganization will open the doorway for further lay participation in policy-making decisions in matters related not only to Catholic edu cation, but in those involving the formation and devel opment of parishes in the metropolis. As the Vatican II document on the laity so elo quently stated: the laity should accustom themselves to working in close union with their priests in their particular parish. Vatican II issued the challenge of in volvement to the laity; the Chicago Archdiocese's re sponse to this summons manifests its hope that all re sponsible Catholics will eventually participate in activ ities and discussions that serve to enrich a Christian life. The saga of Omni-Teach 'Twos the week before Christmas when all through MC, Not a creature was lively, not even faculty; Commuters were nestled all snug in their homes While nightmares of term-papers danced in their domes. The luggage was stacked in the dorms with great care. In hopes that vacation soon would be there; And my friend with her papers and I with my test. Had just settled our brains for a short midnight rest When out in the hall there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the closed door I flew like a flash. Tripped over a suitcase and fell with a crash. The light on the tiles of the uu-polished floor Showed a fear of finals in the faces at each door; For what to our bloodshot eyes should appear. But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. And a little slave-driver, with so lively a screech I knew in a moment it must be Omni-Teach More rapid than eagles his courses thin/ came. And I shuddered and cried as he called them by name: Now, Music now, English', now Russian and Drama On. Hegel on, Kepler on, Buddha and Brahma From the lop of the page, to the last pen (all Now write away, write away, write on them all And waving a grade slip all made out t?i red. And giving a nod. down the hallivay he fled. He sprang in his sleigh with a loud cry to his team, And away they all vanished like smoke, from my dream; But I heard him exclaim, ere I woke with a fright: Happy Exam Week to all, and to all a Merry Christmas Sounding Board open doorway Your editorial regarding hours is interesting. To my knowledge no student proposal has ever been presented for serious consideration allhough I understand a resident com mittee is researching the proj ect. When its data has been collected, I know of no reason why the recommendation of the committee would not re ceive a careful study by all parties concerned administra tion, faculty-ln-residence. and the Resident Council. I agree that the most crucial prob lem Is the method that will permit a no-hours policy to op erate practically. I would hardly agree that the solution Is to employ a student from midnight to 8:00 a.m. Sister Mary Cramer, BVM OH EXAM WEEK LOOKS SO FRIGHTFUL BUT THE WEEK AFTER IS SO DELIGHTFUL SINCE THERE'S NOT TOO MUCH WE KNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW THE WORK NEVER SHOWS SIGNS OF STOPPIN' AND THE TAKE-HOMES KEEP A POPPIN' AND THE NO-DOZ SUPPLY IS L'-W LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW IF WE HAPPEN TO SLEEP ONE NIGHT HOW WE WOULD HATE STEPPING OUT OF THE ROOM BECAUSE WE KNOW WE'VE LOST THE FIGHT AND THEN ALL THE WAY HOME WE'D FEEL DOOMED. THOUGH THE STUDENTS ARE SLOWLY DYING THE PROFS KEEP ON ASSIGNING. BUT THERE IS ONE CHANCE THAT EXAMS CAN GO LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW Kathy Downey Three cheers of sheer ela tion for the Skyscraper Be yond merely reporting what's happening within the parochial confines of our little academic world, you've chosen the les ser part of valor, by polariz ing opinion, stirring contro versy, and doing so articulate ly. Many people I've met may not like what you're saying, but at least they're talking about you. And I would agree with P. T. Barnum that this in itself can be satisfying. Ellen Gutenkauf In answer to Miss Emmons' letter published in the Sky scraper. Dec. 1. may I merely ask if the governed have such little faith in the good judge ment of the council? I would seriously doubt it. Unfortu nately, it is often a vocal mi nority who make themselves heard and perhaps this is the reason for Miss Emmons' sense of futility. Al'hough I w is not able to attend the NSA convention for persoml reasons, I do feel that a small point of information should be injected a point which Miss Emmons tactfully left unsaid. The purpose of my attending the conference was not mere ly to attend an NSA function, but rather to attend a work shop on women's hours and (teneral residence policies for schools from all over the na tion. Such a conference would have been most beneficial to a resident council that is work ing to keep pace with a quick ly growing resident body and particularly to satisfy the needs and complaints of such apparently disturbed students who comprise a dissatisfied vo cal minority. Although my position on the council does not enable me to vote, I have every confidence in each voting member, that she, in good conscience, rep resents the members of her floor. They are forthright ard hard working women who are doing their part to make this the best year possible in resi dence. Rosemary O'Brien President Resident Students' Council 'Well, we don't know. Mefc- be we'll take a poll or some thing.) Anyway, about on- campus news . . . please don't make our horizons any more narrow than they are at pres ent in the MC ghetto. There are plenty of bulletin boa ids for campus news, if anybody reads them. (Not to say B.B.s take the place of a newspaper rather we should make fullest use of the vehicles of Inner college communlcatlcin.) The most appropriate place for Viet Nam comments Is NOT a B.B. because of the tem poral aspect of them, in other wo'ds: B.B.'s are day to day media as are most innerecl- lege Info. Our newspaper Is a once-a-week publication, thus more thoughtful and reflec tive. Thus it's more suited to thoughtful and reflective is gt;- sues. i Both Inside and outside MC.i ALSO: We'd like to extend a rather colloquial TOUGH to Tally. We really enjoy it. . Maureen McLain Betty F. Grudzien Anticipating an exciting kick-off campaign speech by Senator Eugene McCarthy which would offer a new choice to the American voter regarding Viet Nam, domestic policy and national purpose, just as the posters broadcast ed, we experienced a night of disillusionment en the cold concrete floor of the Conned Hilton Exhibition Hall listen ing to a piped-in McCarthy tsee Tullyi spout pious politi cal platitudes on the Immoral ity of the Vietnamese war. Not only did McCarthy not say anything that hadn't been said before, he didn't even say what had been said before bet ter than anyone else. He of fered not one practical sugges tion for ending the war In Viet Nam nor did he even men tion his views on domestic pol icy and national purpose. How can anyone be expected to sup port a presidential candidate who has no concrete plan of action? Mary Kate Cooney Janet Sass Americas display myth-making mien by Kathy Riley Dr. Larry Grimes ls a true pragmatist. As director of the Institute for Contemporary Latin American Studies in Guerna- vara. Mexico. Grimes Is well qualified to discuss solutions to the ever-growing problems of Latin America. Nevertheless. In his Nov. 29 speech In McCormick Lounge, he limited himself to de fining those problems and advocating a reasoned approach to them. CENTERING his discussion on the myth versus the reality of Latin America and the United States, Grimes sees In modern times an unfortunate Paradox. Never before in history have we had knowledge to be truly rational beings . . . yet we are in a mythical era, he asserted. Living in an age of confu sion, people create myths rep resenting their aspirations the problem comes In when myths are utilized destructive ly by politicians. According to Grimes, the legend of Che Guevara, the Marxist revolutionary' killed in Bolivia a few weeks ago. Is a P:lme example of myth-mak ing. With the help of the press, the U.S. State Depirment dubbed Guevara a destruc tive anarchist who warred against friendly govern ments. Most Latin Americans were not in favor of Che. Grimes said, but many swung over because of the Establish ment myth. Consequently. Che's hero image was greatly enhanced among the New Left who called him a Latin American Jesus Christ. NEITHER the Establish ment nor the New Left treated Che rationally. Grimes stressed. Guevara was simply a brilliant and aggressive Marxist who believed in guer rilla warfare, a man who erred in choosing Bolivia as the birthplace of his revolution. He was not part of a strongly organized communist move ment in Latin America as the myths implied: rather. Grimes continued, he was only a product of conditions . . . new Ches will be created. To Grimes neither the State Department nor the New Left represent anything near a ra tional approach to the future of the Western hemisphere. The United States has sup ported military regimes, rigged markets and used es pionage destructively, he be lieves, while the New Left has distorted the Latin American situation by charging that U.S. policy Is solely a product of Wall Street and that the CIA is responsible for the fall of all progressive governments south of the border. ELABORATING the prob lems of Latin America, Grimes described a continent plagued by a feudal structure. a population explosion ?p- proaching China's birth rate, a revolution of rising expecta tions, and gross exploitation of the masses. Concluding with faith In nothing but human reason. Grimes called for a rational outline of the problems of Lat- in America. VOL. XXXVIII December 7. 1HH7 No. 8 The SVyicropor n published weekly. October lo May inclusive encept durmq am and vocation periodi. by ihe student* of Mundelein College. 6363 N Sheridan Rood. Ch.coao. Ill 60626 Second class postage potd al Chicago. Illinois.
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