The Witan, 1976-1977 Academic Year, V. 4 No. 8, March 1977

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The Witan, 1976-1977 Academic Year, V. 4 No. 8, March 1977


Viewpoint, The Importance of Being Jimmy, Carter Foreign Policy, The All-American Boy or Almeda Street Blues, Placement News, Broads Offer Cash, Foreign Policy


Bro. James Gray, Raymond A. Desmore, David Barara, Mike Robbins, Suzi Hall, Ruth Russell, Mary Beth Carmody, P. Flachs


St. Mary's University School of Law San Antonio Texas, St. Mary's University School of Law Student Bar Association, Sarita Kenedy Law Library




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Volume 4, No.6.

March, 1977

Student Newspaper Of St. Mary's Uni,versity School Of Law, San Antonio, Texas

Considerable lack of informatfo~ or even 'Tlisinformation seems to be abroad about the student activity fee. This fee has remained unchange since it was first establ ished almost al decade ago, while the cost of all tnei a tems to b~ supported,by the fe: ha,ve l 'W isen drastically. EVidently this Slt, uation is long overdue for adjustment.' However, apart from any such' quest ions of adjustments or changes in the fee, the actual present facts regarding the fee and the extent to which the operations it supports are in deficit, should be 'clearly communicated. The following summary lists the activities that are supposed to be covered by the student activity fee, the current size of the budgets so to be covered, and the current allotment of the estima·ted $102,800 income from the student activity fee for 1976-77.
Activities Athletics University Center Rattler Diamondback Student Senate Swimming Pool Health Center Golf Course Student Bar Association

by Bro. James Gray, S.M.






school taxes are assessed to people who no longer have children 2. In particular, it should be pointed out that we do not have at St. Mary's University two parallel structures -a Student Bar Association or Law Student Senate on the one hand for certain students and an undergraduate Student Senate for others. Preceding the admission of any of the current students enrolled in St. Mary's into St. Mary's, the University has, and has had for many years, a University Student Senate which is a senate for the entire student body of the University. Right, wrong, or indifferent--this is a fact. The administration has generally regretted the low profile of part icipation by students in the School of. Law in this Senate. 3. The University administration has also recognized that the special interest of the law students are unique enough so that a separate and identifiable student structure within the School of Law itself has been approved. This is an added structure, in no way changing the university-wide nature of the University Student Senate. Whether or not it should be that way might be a question to be raised; that it is that way is merely a fact. 4. As the above figures show, the total student activity fee income is barely enough to cover half of the University-wide (not located in any single school) activities which the fee is supposed to support. The student activity from students in all schools go to support these activities. It is both incorrect and prejudicial to continue to speak as if law student fees were going to support activities in one of the other schools. They are merely bearing their share of expenses which ar e associated with the overall general University body. (Continued on Page 7)

101,669 24,411 12,308 16,956 11,356 32,924 3,220

76-77 Allocation

76-77 Budget Needs


64,000 26,000

9,580 3,220




102,800 100,144


Some brief comments about the above figures: I. At St. Mary's University, by tradition, structure, and policy intercollegiate athletics, the University Center, the University Student Senate, the University Health Center, the RA TTLER, and all of the other above activities except the Student Bar Association are University-wide structures or activities, as is customary in most colleges and universities. They

are to be supported by fees assessed to all students. University administration is aware that many students, like many tax-payers, are preoccupied with trying to trace the relationship between their activity fee payment and individual benefits that seem to come, or not to come, to them directly from the various things covered by the fee. Socially, this is an almost impossible undertaking. It reflects somewhat the same logic, or lack . of logic, by which

I personally feel that many of our present travails emanate from the existence of a med iocre relationship between the University , "t he Hill " and the law school. See . Even a special nomenclature is utilized , imbued with a threatening " us vs. them" context. What or who caused or incited the present situation is rather irrelevant. The polarization, I am reasonably sure, was not made out of ill will or with a black heart. Perhaps the culprit is more likely competing academic interests which is understandable. Yet the net effect of the situation clearly calls for an abrupt about face by the law school and the University community damned quick. The tuition dollar and student fee has been in the news of late and will continue to be. And it should . The students have an undeniable right in knowing where the $80 a credit hour goes and in having access to basic University and law school financial data. But I personally feel that many of us d,eal with the $ issue in the wrong vain . That is to say, I believe we must have a self perception of being a part of St. Mary's University and of not being St. Mary's law school which may be incidentally or indirectlv attached to the University " up on the hill ." It has been my experience in dealing with the Univers ity administration that they have been extremely open , patient , courteous , and sympathetic with the law students. When the S. B.A . needed cash , it was the University Admin istration which arranged funding that ultimately came out of the law school budget. It was the University Administration which supported the Witan a while back, assuring that this tabloid would be afforded the protection of free expression so essential in an academic community . It was t he University administration which communicated with the S.B.A. over the student service fees and even attended an S.B .A. meeting . And although there is certainly room for criticism of present policies relative to University financing, I have found my few and brief encounters with the University administration to be forthright and completely open-minded. I guess what I am trying 'to say is that St. Mary's University should be viewed federalistically. That is to say , we are made up of concurrent republics if you will , the law school , the graduate school , Arts al)d Sciences , and Business School on the one part and the University superstructure on the other. All parts are integral to the whole . And neither can exist without the other. Even though we law students have a greater academic burden to bear this shouldn 't result in an ipso facto disenfranchisement from University life . And although I am not lobbying for a greater turn out at the pool or the Rattler home games , a better quality of involvement on our parts with the University is needed . For instance, the law students rarely have chosen to run for any of the four seats allocated for graduate school representation (of which we are a part)' in the University Senate. This indifference and apathy is probably the biggest burden to overcome. The University Senate has access to a lot of dollars and " ears" , yet it is a source truly foreign to the law school community. And I am not saying that in some respects we shouldn't be autonomous . I believe for instance, in the efficacy of an independent law school student government and newspaper. Many of our endeavors, events , and functions are structured in such a manner that a truly " local" approach is justified . But these entities have not and should never operate in a reclusive manner. We must always remember from whence we came and of what we are a part. I am not castigating the law school per se, and I sincerely believe that the best interests of the students have been the focal points of its endeavors, although I frankly believe that the P.R. of the school is less then adequate. Yet I really think , for instance, that had we had a better relationship with the University in the past , the idea of a separate law school graduation exercise of which I am strongly in favor, would be far more palatable to them . As it stands now, it is not hard to understand the University's reluctance in bifurcating the ceremony. Perhaps if we rally around the old school with a little more ferver and actively take part in University affairs which is structured for our input , we would not find ourselves on the end of the program in May .

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The Importance of Being Jimmy
Spring is on the way, Jimmy is in the White House, God is in his heaven, and all is well. Well? Well, maybe not quite. President Carter's two main objectives for his administration are to lower unemployment and improve America's energy posture. Unfortunately, the Carter administration will hit a stone wall in both of these noble and necessary goals. The reason? The weather, or so we're told. The entire nation has experienced a bizarre winter. Due to subzero terr:nperatures, high winds, and many feet of snow, business and industry in the Northeast have all but come to a standstill. Even schools and churches have been closed in an effort to conserve enough natural gas to keep ~ hospitals and homes warm. As a result, . . an additional I V4 million Americans were. out of work in January. The reason? An energy shortage. Amer ica doesn't have enough natural gas on hand to cope with the most severe winter in over 100 years. There is even s()me doubt as to whether enough can be produced to alleviate the problem within the next fiveregardless of weather conditions. The fact is that there is just not enough gas or oil to meet the tremendous needs of American society this year, next year, or any year hereafter. Another stubborn fact is that within our lifetime, the world's supply of gas and oil will be exhausted. There has been a great deal of controversy within the halls of Cone greSS as to whether the current natural gas shortage is real or merely contrived by the producers to drive up the price. To regulategas prices or to deregu late is the current discussion raging in Washington. Your reporter offers no commentary on this polemical patter. The opinion here offered is that the new administration has a more crucial goal which requires major surgery, not the band aid emergency measures, and vote getting consumer advocacy for which congresspeople and senators are famous. Conservation is a necessary measure, especially since we waste more than we import. But it doesn't address the long range energy problem--we're running out of gas and oil. We are recognizing this fact and are looking to coal and nuclear power for our salvation. Another thumb in the dike. Our coa l will also be gone, or at least seriously depleted, in our lifetime . And nuclear power is dangerous and uncertain. What are the alternatives? The sun, the wind, and water. Once the technologies for utilizing and storing e lemental energy are developed, the road to energy independence will be clearly mapped. There will always he sunshine, wind and running water,and if we awake one day and find any of these e1prnents absent, it won't matter
by Raymond A. Desmore anymore. David E. Lillienthal, former chairman of. the Atomic Energy Commission, in an artic le appearing in the New York Times of December 28, 1976, asserts that a lthough nuclear and coal power will be needed, electrical energy from running water is a major energy asset in the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest. In fact, the Federal Power Comm ission estimates that our underdeveloped water power could supply the elec trical needs of 40 million people and replace 2 billion barrels of oil per day in the Northeast alone. Moreover, the cost of developing our waterpower in terms of both time and money is at least 75% lower than development of nuclear power. Most important, wind, water, and sunshine are renewable, do not pollute, are readily available, and inexpensive to develop. . If sun, wind, and water are all these things, why haven't they been developed? Greed. The' major petroleum producers are investing in coal and nuclear power, both of which are dead end streets. The "majors," like all entrepenuers, are motivated by profit. (Continued on Page 5)

Carter Foreign Policy
This year's Presidential election served as a referendum on foreign policy. The opponents of Mr. Kissinger's secretive, pragmatic style, were represented by Mr. Carter. Without denying the reputed benefits of a purely pragmatic strategy, they sought to inject two additonal elements that would allegedly compliment and give peace and stability. First, the United States needed an "cpen" and candid decision-making process that would permit input and oversight. Second, America needed "morality." In order to provide fullness, humanitarianism, and direction to our pursuits, the government would have to justify and explain long range objectives, rather than continue negotiations that were little understood, quickly manuevered and sometimes antithetical to our own democratic principles. Everyone knows the meaning of "morat" and "open," but few understand just how these ideas can become integrated into decision making without sacrificing our military might. For many, the fear of the

by David Barara



Dear Editor,


I would like to know if there is anything that can be done about the dis functional water fountain by the palm tree near Room 101. If there is some specified procedure, please let me know. My right thumb is geeting stiff trying to squeeze water out of the thing and this has been going on for months. Thanks, Pete Bloodworth ' Editor's Note: The Witan is sorry about your pressing problem and hopes the stiffness subsi des.

Soviet Union, and doubts about Kissinger's Detente, acted as a catalyst, making Mr. Carter's newly espoused approaches an acceptable alterna t ive. It didn't make sense that we wou ld sell Russia wheat, depleting our own supplies, causing prices to skyrocket. The Helsinki agreement mystifi ed Americans as the Ford Administration continued placating without making the slightest effort to enforce its human rights prov isions, being extravagantly violated by the Kremlin . As Mr . Kissinger staunchly defended his bend over backwards, give them a slice of apple pie strategy, worry abounded when new statistics revealed that the Soviet Union was pursuing an aggress ive military proliferation that might soon re legate us to an infer ior mi Ii tary position. The irony of Mr. Kissinger's execution of foreign policy was tha t it contrasted vastly from his teachings while he was a professor at Harvard University. In fact, if orlle reads his book American Foreiqn Policy: Ex(Continued on Page 7)


The Death of Wystan (:;rey
by E. Schroeder
The Death of Wystan GRey Grey strangeness, Yellow muon-eyes, Wystan, thy mists feet No longer will glide throu' The deep winter flax, Where thy foe-beast's Cruel shadow now stalks, Slips unchallenged, and Lo, when the spring wakes Thy lady will flee.


Even yet the last foot-falls So soft on the terrace Still echo the passage Of grey light to black.

The All-American Boy or Almeda Street Blues
by Mike Robbins
\Jho is this dude, the Reasonable and Prudent Man '? Well he's an ordinary Joe Friday sort of a guy. He's married. His wife is also a Reasonable and Prudent Man. They have a twelve year old son named lieason and a fifteen year old daughter named Prudence. They live on tllackacre in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Their beloved son is of the exact same age, exper ience, and mental capacity as your average kid. Prudence is, in some situations, of this, exact same age, experience, and capacity, but is often j(Jst a Reasonable and Prudent Adult. He votes for the winner in every election, but sometimes regrets his vote if the winner is subsequently proven corrupt. Unhappily, R.P.M. is not well. It happened one day when he, while driving his C hevy, came upon a dangerous railroad crossing. He slowed down to a safe speed, looked in both directions, and, seeing no train, star, He goes bow ling every Tuesday ted across the track s. At the very night with the boys--except for one moment he crossed, a flaming helitime when he didn't because the copter crashed on his head. Now, headlight on his car was burned out-- ' he lies seriously ill in the hospital, and plays golf every Saturday. He regretfully reflects on his life an ~Qlways shouts "Fore!" before hitting decides that, if he could' do it all over the golf ball. again, he'd have beccme a pimp. Needless to say, R.P .M. never breaks the law. Not that he isn't tempted to, but his best judgement always prevails. He complains that he always gets picked for jury duty, but he never makes up excuses and is never dismissed.

The Reasonable and Prudent Man (hereafter called R.P.M.) is a solid middle-classman with a solid middleclass job. He deals at arm's length at work and adheres to the standards of his profession. He wouldn't think of dealing unfairly with his associates, but he always looks out for number one.

by P. McNair and T. Hailstead

The winners of the new Client
Counseling Program for 1977 were

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He always slows down for small animals. He wouldn't think of breaking the speed limit. He always shovels the snow from his sidewalk. He doesn't frequent massage parlours or gay bars. His favorite TV show is CHARLIE'S A NG ELS, his favorite magazine is Reader's Digest, and his favorite song is ,"Moon River."

Richard L. Reed and Lawrence A.Potter. How to "cross-examinate" your client in an effort, to ascertain

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all relevant facts in preparing an adequate representation was the purpose of the competition. Shortly, Lawrence and Richard will travel to

Memories of Semester First
by G. Tucker
Memories of Semest er First In the car on that"first day Wondering what's ahead Arriv e fifteen minutes early Not a bad start. The regis tration line Assessing those around me Knowing somehow they're smarter Why am I here ? That fi rst week My act is definitely not together A br.ief ? That's underwear. Don't let him callan me. Limmerman v. Shreeve Fourteen terms laboriously copied a notebook Only took thr ee hours Some progress.

Placement News
As you may know, your Director of Placement also occupies the position ;)f Director of Alumni Affairs for the law school. In the latter capacity I have recently been making trips throughout the state visiting with our alumni. One result of these trips is some programs in the area of placement. One firm which has never interviewed on campus at St. Mary's has agreed to do so next fall; several firms have promised to inform us of any future openings; a number of current job possibilities have been suggested to us and we will be checking them out soon; plus, more and more alumni are assuring us that they will inform us in the future of job openings in their geographical area. When you have contact with our graduates in future times, encourage them to keep us informed of opportunities they hear about. It is the most effective way I know of for us to stay in tune with the small firms in areas removed from San Antonio who have openings very infrequently. And we hope that you, us students, wi II do the

by Suzi Hall

same and forward to us any rumblings or rumors you might hear of positions ,for associates or law clerks. The spr ing semester is traditionally much slower in terms of on-campus interviews than the fall. This year is no exception.


Promisor ? Promisee? Flower power ? Oh, he's looking my way Got the guy in back Some days you live right. Coffee, learning names finally Not so alone now Little time for old friends And I think law talk bores them . My name--he said my name! On my feet ... My mouth is moving, bu t I think I'm speaking Greek In my seat again my pulse still pounding. "T ouch, blow or contact" T urn off brain--it's one a.m. why can 't I sleep '~ "touch, blow or contac t."
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The Placement Committee met with 'me February 14 and decided on topics they would like to see presented this . spring. The two most popular topics were a panel of lawyers from various sizes of law firms and a program on LLM programs in tax. These two are currently in the planning stages--as well as perhaps a third on what employers look for in interviewing prospective employees. I am sorry I don't have dates for you yet. Watch for notices on bulletin boards if you are interested in any of these ,topics. And if you are interested in being on the Placement Committee, come in and let us know. It is not a :::Iosed society and we welcome inter-, ested new members.

Being Jimmy
Profit is derived from ownership and exploitation of resources. The reason that the majors have turned their backs on sun, wind, and water is because nobody can own the sun, wind, and water. However, the delivery and storage systems for energy from these sources can be exploited--very profitably. For example, Time Magazine recently reported on "Terraset," a public grammer school built into the side of a hill and heated and cooled by solar energy. During the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo, the Fairfax County Virginia School Board developed a plan for this energy saving school. Unfortunately, the School Board couldn't get a grant from the Federal Energy Research and Development Administration. However, the board did get a $700,000 grant from an Arabian institute. T erraset begins operation this month w ith a projected annual energy cost of $10,000 as opposed to $40,000 required for conventional heating. The disappointing part of this story is that no American backing was provided for this project. As a result, the Arabs are Jetting the benefit of the developI

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,nental technology born of the project. When oil and gas reserves are used up, the Arabs will sell our technology back to us, thereby insuring our dependence on foreign energy for several more decades. ' It is unfortunate to see a new president thwarted in his attempts to get our nation back on the road to full employment and independence. However, there is an everwidening gap between energy supply and demand, and as long as we are totally dependent on non-renewable resources for the production of energy, the shortage problem will never go away. Employment and energy dependence cannot be cured with myopic programs built on the accelerated depletion of non-;renewable energy sources. Since the majors are not interested in sun, wind, and water, the importance of being Jimmy is to guide America to energy independence. If Mr. Carter is going to realize his goal, he must immediately institute developomental programs for turning sunshine, wind and water into useable energy.

Study at 'your place? All day Saturday? Can't think of anything I'd rather do. Outlines, outlines, outlines I'll give you one tort And rai se you two Betsy Halls' Six dollars and twenty cents into the Xerox's voracious stomach. Finals--I don't be lieve they're here Never make it •. No way to spill it all out The way they want Grades dribbling in Made it after all Gearing up for another term Thank fu I that fi rst semesters never come again .•.•.•....•.

Waco Competition
by Mary Beth Carmody St. Mary's sent two three-member . teams to the regional Mock Trial competition held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, January 27 to 29. Professor Tom Black, Moderator, accompanied Tom Halstead, Larry Hayes and Steve Wynn, who comprised one teqmj and Paul Ireland, John Hunt and Wqde Noble, who comprised the other tedm. Twenty teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana law schools participated in the single-elimination competition. The team of Halstead, Hayes and Wynn made their way to the. quarterfinals. They eliminated a University of Texas team in round onej Loyola of Louisiana in round two, befor'e bowing - to yet another University of Texas team in the third round. Our second team of Irelanq, Hunt and Noble beat the University of Tulsa in their first round only to be defeated by the home team, Baylor in round two. Only two schools had both their teams intact after the opener: the University of Houston and St. Mary's. St. Mary's can boast that we lost to the winners, however, as Baylor beat the University of Texas in a close contest in the finals.

Positions Open
The Legal Research Board is currently accepting applications for poslitions on the Board of Directors for the academic year 1977-1 978. The following positions will be available: Chairman Client Relations Director Business Director Four (4) Writinq Directors Applicants for one or more of the above positions must be current Staff Writters or Staff Writer Candidates who anticipate attaining staff writer status before the end of the current semester. Persons desiring to apply may pick up an application form in the Legal Resear ch Board office or contact any one of the following Board members: c.J. Madonna, Pete Susca, Kevin Reilly, Tim O'Shaughnessy, Ken Kreis, or Bill Rou ton.

Broads Offer Cash
by Ruth Russell

The Women's Law Association presented a lecture and discussion entitled "Women and Employment' on February 23 at 7:30 in Room ra3 of the law library. The topic concerned sex discrimination in employment.' Pauline Martinez, an investigator with .Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Randolph Tower, a local attorney were the featur ed speakers.

The Women's Law Association again offering two $ 100 scholorshi avai lo.ble to all students. Forms 'are located on the bullet(n board in the classroom. The criteria for eligibili ty is financial need, academic standing, and participation in activities. The deadline for applications is March II. Any and all students are urged to apply.

The following individuals havt been selected as associate editors on ' the St. Mary'S Law Journal: Gregory N. Jones, Kenneth L. Malone, Suzie oarrows, Robert E. Corlew III, William R. Crow,Jr., Gail Dalrymple, Jeffrey S. Doerr, . Robin Vaughan Dwyer, Rebecca Gregory, John. Aun,t , Connie B. Leones, Will is Luttrell, Claude M. McQuarrie III, and Patricia t:.. Swanson. Student organizations ill the School of Law are ' urged , to review the current Law School bulletin and if they wish to alter any part of their respective descriptions, proposed changes should be submitted to the Dean's Office not later than Friday, ' March II.

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Foreign Policy
ponded edition, 1974, the reader might think it was written by Mr. Carter. In Chapter Nine, "The Com peting Elements of Foreign Policy," Mr. Kissinger admonishes against excessive pragmatism. He says, "The pursuit of peace must therefore begin with a pragmatic concept of coexistence ••• We must of course avoid becoming obsessed with stability. An excessive pragmatic policy will be empty of vision and humanity •.• By the same token, America cannot be true to itself without moral purpose.

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can successfully pursue democratic ideals speaking aga inst f-{ussian op pression, while sjmultaneously following a path of coexistence without being myopic. It is too early to predict, but perhaps economic sanction and competition will replace military provocation. Possibly economic sanctions will become America's number one weapon against oppression and unilateral advances ur:lder the guise of detente. It is hoped that President Carter will proceed in this encouraging direction.

5. Despite the inability of the stuactivity fee income to meet all of he University-wide student activity e obligations, and indeed its ability to barely meet half of these, the University Planning Office proposed last year that a small portion of the fee be directly allocated to the Student Bar Association for some of their needs. This was adopted as a budgetary element by Bro. John Donohoo, Vice President for Student Personne l Services, and included in the budget. This was meant to increase and 'expand funds dedicated to law student activities already provided in the budget prepared by the Dean of the School of Law. The administration was disappointed to see that these latter funds had later been eliminated in the law budget by action within the School of aw itself. I 6. If you look carefully at the above allocations, you will note that the Student Bar Association item is funded by the student fee this year but that the University Student Senate is not. The remaining needed $100,00 of support for these University-wide activities comes entirely from the budgets of the other schools and not from the budget of the School of Law. , I 7. The only final conclusions one can make from the above is not that student activity fees from the School of Law are supporting the University Student Senate, or the University Center but rather that the other schools of the University are under writing comp.,letly the remaining $100,000 deficit in this general account, a fair share of which should be underwritten by the School of Law also. And, further, the only student organization this year directly supported by the activity fee, at the request of the Office of University.

A purely pragmatic policy provides no cri t eria for other nations to assess our performance and no standards to which the American people can rally." Judging from the performance of the nascent Carter Administration a balance has been struck between excessive pragmatism, and imaginary idea li sm. Kissinger, the professor, would likely commend Mr. Carter in his new approach to detente with the Soviet Union, separating bilateral military reductions from humanistic objectives. As such, President Carter

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10. The fee problem is real. It is in a complex area of general social ser-' vice that does not lend itself to any easy answers or make any individual's 5imple or personal interpretation the law of the land. It is an area in which budgets have to b, balanced ar.ld also e 8. It is not a prerogative of newly on area in which some activities and orr ived law students at St. Mary's services can be curtailed if the input University, or indeed students in any from the general student body indiindividual one of the schools, to cates that these are, indeed, not that decide to rearrange the structure of highly desired by students in general. the University, to demote the Univer- It is not an area in which a number of sity Student Sena te to an undergrad- students can determine that these seruate Senate and to promote the Stu- vices are fine but should be put entiredent Bar Association to a completly Iy on the back of eertain other independent and parallel organization students. removing the law students still furII. An illustrative example of the ther from the general University administration's attempt to deal with community. student fee matters in as dialogical manner as ' possible lies in the Univer9: On the other hand, it is a valid sity' g61f course. A number of adminipreoccupation fpr the entire student stratbrs desired to turn the southwest body, in all schools, to provide some corner of St. Mary'S property into a input (along wi t, h input from alumni, nice small' 9-hole golf course in the from administration, from admissions sincere belief that this would ' be a people, etc.) to raise questions about much desired and much appreciated and express in formed opinions about feature for student recreational purhow extensive ly and expensively they poses. A budget for special care taking value a program of intercollegiate ath- and supervision rapidly grew to be an ' letics, they want a University year- annual $12,000 budget pushing this book to be included in and sustained by added demand to the student activity the student activity fee, they desire to fee. A serious investigation, suggested see a non-campus golf course devel- b h A I t' I St d' G ' t y t e na y Ica u les roup, In 0 oped and made into a highly functional t h e usage a f th'IS f aCI' I't y Sh owe d th a t , I I d h' tid and attractive student recreational by actua ata, t at It was no va ue facility. Past exploration by the Exec-, b tl t d t t t In use y "Ie s u en s a any grea utive Council, as you note from the t A th' 'd t exten. s soon as IS was eVI en , blanks above, have terminated the d " , d' b d d th If a ministratIOn IS an e e go existence of the DIAMONDBACK and I f h f 'I ' 'I course budget, e t t e aCI Ity aval of the golf course as elements of the 'bl d d d II 'I a e an open, roppe a specla care, Un.iversity budget thus removing apd I 'd d th t th I $ an mere y provi e a e norma k f h t' Proximately an additional 30,000 that groundsk ' eeplng wor , 0 teen Ire would eventually have had to be cov- U " t k th ' f nlversltyattempt a eep IS area 0 ered by a program of planned growth in h d II t ' d t e property as neat an we - nmme the student activity fee. h f th I U ' 't as t e rest a e genera nlversl y campus.

Planning and the Vice President for Student Personnel Services and on the plea of law students from last year, is the present allocation of $3,220 to the 3tudent Bar Association.

eLA in Austin
by C. Billines

S.B.A. Reports

by P. Flachs
Efforts are still under way to resolve certain differences of opinion 'concerning these budgets and a committee headed by Preston Silvernail will be in contact with Bro. Gray to examine these more closely. Mike Sadler, a student and CPA, has gra:::ious ly volunteered his time to assist in this effort. As you may have read in the last WITAN (all the news that's fit to print), the Library hours were temporarily extended until midnight from Monday until Thursday. Well, due to student use, those hours are now permanent.


The Criminal Law Association of I'm certain the vast majority is St. Mary's University held their annual aware of the referendum c oncerning luncheon with the justices of the Court a "dead week" or more flexible exam of Criminal Appeals in Austin, on F eb- schedu le. This referendum was an effort to determine the Student ruary 4th. Judge John Onion informed the Body's feeling concerning such a resoThe results indicated an group that the Court currently has a lution. backlog of 780 cases from 1976 and overwhelming (3 to I) desire for over 200 appeals have already been change (of what we're not exactly filed this year. This does not include sure) Consequently, the Senate passed the number of post convic tion writs of a r esolut ion to take the matter to the habeas corpus. All of this gives the Faculty Counci I. Texas Court of Cr iminal Appeals the Two new Senior Senators havE 1 heaviest caseload of any state appel- also been elected in recent weeks. late court in the nation. There are Congratulations are in order to John ppproximately 50 trial courts from Redlein and Bill Mundell. Iwhich appeals may be received. The practical effect of this situation is an The Senate has voted to fund the 'increasingly long wait for a case to be annual "Assqult and Flattery" gala se" heard, even though the judges are for March 25. doing more work. Judge Onion then The separate graduation pet itior jfielded questions from the students, l land there was discussion of the death circu , ated some weeks ago was pre!penalty, the Texas' system of jurispru- 'sented to the Faculty Council whic~ idence and the possibility of expanding vot ed it down I I to 10. Perhaps a l ,the court to nine members. The formal similar attempt next year will have q athering then ended, with students more favorable outcome. Eileen Sulreturning to San Antonio, and the jus- livan should be complemented for her tices retiring to their chambers to efforts in preparing and organizing this petiion. 'Catch up on some work. ,

PREVIEWS OF COMING EVENTS A faculty evaluation sheet will probably be distributed this Spri Dean Raba appears to favor such evaluation. Ihe SBA Budget will be submitted ,in the next few months. Anyone who has suggestions concerning worthwhile proje<;ts they - feel should be funded by the SBA should see Carter Crook (yes, he is the treasurer and tllat is his name).

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Bro. James Gray, Raymond A. Desmore, David Barara, Mike Robbins, Suzi Hall, Ruth Russell, Mary Beth Carmody, P. Flachs, “The Witan, 1976-1977 Academic Year, V. 4 No. 8, March 1977,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed December 9, 2019,

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