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Queens College Senate Report


A Queens College Senate report describing the Virginia Student Help Project as well as the Big Brother, Big Sister program


Queens College (Queens, NY)
Student Government
Student Help Project


Queens College Senate




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QC Senate Report
Volume II, No. I
April 17, 1963
Public Relations Committee
Virginia Tutorial Program
The Virginia Student Help Project was conceived by Fredrick McCarthy and Paul Friedman in August, 1962. They perceived the need for someone to take the responsibility often delegated to “Charlie” (as in “leave it to Charlie.”) There were 1400 Negro children sitting in Prince Edward County, Virginia --- abandoned by the white community which had closed the schools in order to prevent integration --- abandoned by the NAACP in favor of a court fight. These two “Charlies,” both incipient teachers, started writing letters and contacting foundations, organizations ects., in the hope of gaining financial and other support for their idea. By January they had a commitment from the Human Relations Committee of the United Federation of Teachers. At this point they started securing the help of Queens College students. Phoenix published an article about the project asking for volunteer tutors; the response was gratifying. With the help of Drs. Leonard Kornberg, Rachel Weddington, and Sidney Simon, all Education Department, the program was organized.
This summer, at least thirty students will be going to Prince Edward County to live with, teach, and help the Negro families who are victims of racial prejudice. Since the schools will most likely be closed, the Q.C. students will instruct the Negro students in local churches. All materials will be supplied by Q.C. students, and interested people, and generous organization so the poverty stricken families will not be burdened.
As a means of screening and training all those interested in going to Virginia, a student-help project is being established in South Jamaica. The South Jamaica program which will begin in the near future will develop into a full year program.
A coordinating committee under the chairmanship of Leonard Hausman has been established; the other members are Dr. Sidney Simon, Dr. Rachel Weddington, Fred McCarty, and Stan Shaw. Plans have been made for the Jamaica Tutorial to begin on Saturday, April 20th. The Springfield Methodist Church and the St. John’s Episcopal Church have pledged their support in the Jamaica Project. They will get the students and are supplying books, money and possibly supervision from paid staff. To date more than forty students have volunteered for this project, with many applications coming in daily. In the summer or the fall the operation will be expanded to include more of the groups which have asked for help.
There will be a meeting for everyone interested in the tutorials on April 17, this Wednesday in the Terrace Lounge of the College Memorial Center at 12 noon. There will be reports from several Queens College Virginia Project Members who went to Prince Edward Country during the recess. Many of the arrangements have been finalized and there will be an opportunity to ask questions about them. In addition, Miss Kathy Rogers, who has been sparking the Northern Student Movement in their student-help projects in Harlem will tell of her experience in both Northern and Southern Tutorials. Everyone is invited to attend.
The National Student Association of the Queens College Senate is sponsoring a book drive. Bins will be set up in the lobby of the cafeteria and in the College Memorial Center from April 22 until May 17, for the collection of all types of books: educational, recreational, novels, review books, textbooks, comic books, etc.. There is also a request for school supplies, athletic equipment, games, clothing, pain and any other useful materials. The Welfare Committee is sponsoring a student-faculty baseball game to raise money for the tutorials. It will be held Friday, May third at three in the afternoon on the lower field. The contribution will be 50 cents. This game will not only raise money for the student-help projects, but will be a great aid in fostering closer student – faculty relations and greater school spirit.
A project of this magnitude and worthwhileness has never been undertaken by a group of Q.C. students. It is remarkably well organized and well planned. In praising the Tutorial, a Q.C. senator said, “it is one of the worthiest causes ever to come out of any group at Queens.” But it is not all praise; Dr. Simon pointed out that there are many problems to face. He said, “I would like to say that Virginia is still a long way off. There is over all of us a heavy, romantic, glamorous curtain. We may say ‘It’s not going to be easy,’ but we haven’t faced up, I don’t think, to all that it may entail. This spring must be used to separate the men from the boys.” We agree that there are many problems with which they must cope, and we hope that the entire Queens College campus will do its utmost to help make this fine project a success. Manpower, books, money and materials are needed; we are sure your help will be greatly appreciated. It is time for every student to face up to his responsibilities to himself, his school, and his community. We strongly urge that this project be an undertaking of the entire student body of Queens College. Once again we would like to express our gratitude to the members of this project and to wish them the best of luck. Anyone interested in working on the Tutorial Inquire in the Office, A-8.
Freshman entering to the fall of 1963 will participate in the first full school “Big Brother & Big Sister Program” in the history of Queens College. Last year an experimental program involving a 150 freshmen was conducted. Using the knowledge gained from this program an executive board consisting of Carol Anshien, Steve Felsenstein, Bob Geitzer, Barbara Kaplan, Laurie Rashkin, Robie Roshfeld, and Mike Schenkler, is planning this year’s program.
The aim of the big brother program is to assimilate the entering freshmen into the Queens College Community. Each Big Brother will be assigned groups of four or five freshmen, It will be the job of the leader to acquaint the freshmen with Queens, its academic demands as well as its clubs and social organizations. The leader will be available to answer any questions of the freshmen and to direct the freshmen to the proper source when he is unable to help them. The Big Brother must be an outgoing individual and willing to devote himself to the freshmen assigned to him; he must have a strong desire to help the freshmen find their place in the college community.
Applications for Big Brothers and Big Sisters are available in the lobby of the Caf, in the Memorial Center, or in the S.A. Office CMC 212. All applicants will be interviewed by a committee established by the Executive Planning Board. The applicant should have a general knowledge of the academic and social aspects of the campus. He must be understanding and willing to devote time to the freshman.
Approximately 350 accepted applicants are needed to participate in the program. There will be a meeting at which these people will be informed of the duties and responsibilities. At a meeting prior to Freshman Orientation the leaders will be assigned freshman whom the will meet at Orientation. The Big Brother is also expected to help the freshmen in his group during registration. The leader will meet with his group several times during the first few weeks of the term; all subsequent meetings will be called at the discretion of the leader or upon the request of the freshmen. After the first few weeks the main means of communication will be the telephone. There will be a meeting after five weeks of the term, to discuss the problems that the leaders have found. An evaluation meeting will be held at the end of the term. Essentially the duties of the leaders have been explained, but the program goes beyond assignments and meetings; the program is an attempt to give the freshman an outlet for their troubles, and advice and guidance for their problems. The success of each group depends upon what the freshmen want from the program and what the leaders are willing to give.
Anyone interested in being a big brother or a big sister: Applications are available in the lobby of the Caf or in the Memorial Center – For Further information inquire in the Student Association Office, CMC 212….

Student Association Announcements
On Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30 there will be a campus-wide referendum. The referendum was initiated by a petition with more than 200 signatures. The vote will be to amend the Student Association Constitution. It deals with the lowering of the required index for senator from 2.25 to 2.00; it would lower the index for president, vice-president, and chief officer of senate from 2.5 to 2.25. We urge everyone to vote on Thursday or Friday. Freshmen and sophomores will vote in the College Memorial Center; juniors and seniors will vote in the caf lobby. The following dates may be postponed pending a Court ruling.
The referendum will be on April 29 and 30. Freshmen & sophmores vote in CMC. Juniors & Seniors vote in Caf.
Our congratulations to Cynthia Bisman and the Cultual Affairs Senate Committee on a very fine and successful Folk Festival.
The Senate Report is prepared by an editorial board of the Public Relations Committee consisting of Michele Crown, chairman, Aby Falk, Mick Schenkler, Susan Kantor, Gene Gratz.
Any announcements for future Senate Reports or any letters or comments should be left in the public Relations box in the Senate Office, C.M.C. 212.
Our thanks to Stan Shaw for his help on this issue.
Remember… all Senate meetings are open- everyone is invited. They are held on Fridays at 3:15 p.m. in the dome of the Social Sciences Building.

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Queens College Senate, “Queens College Senate Report,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 17, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/210.