APO to present McBay with Big Screw award
Tenure policy has remained more or less unchanged since its beginnings at MIT in the l940s. Tenure is an agreement to keep professors until age 70, at which time they may be released. However, a recently passed state law makes it illegal to require anyone to retire solely on the basis of age.
The law makes an exception for tenured faculty at private universities, thereby allowing MIT to continue to retire tenured professors at age 70. Nevertheless, the MIT administration, spurred on by this state law, is planning an Institute-wide discussion of tenure policy for the fall of l985.
The goal of this discussion, as stated at a Feb. 7 meeting of the faculty-administration committee and department heads, is to create a tenure policy that is "responsive to the times and to individual as well as institutional interests." In the meantime, tenure policy at MIT will remain unaltered.
By Harold A. Stern
Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay will receive Alpha Phi Omega's Big Screw. She collected the most money of any official candidate ($296.35).
She was, however, outshadowed by President Ronald Reagan's unofficial candidacy. The MIT community chose Reagan as the individual most deserving of the 21/2-foot-long left-handed aluminum screw, giving $407.25 in his name.
Reagan drew the most donations but will not receive the award this year, according to Roseanne Hennessey '85, coordinator of APO's annual contest.
The total amount of money collected was $1034.34, which will be given to the Aid for Ethiopia fund, the charity chosen by McBay. "This is the first time in recent memory that Big Screw has broken a thousand," said Diana ben-Aaron '85, publicity chairman for the contest. The competition last year netted $600.
An official candidate, according to ben-Aaron, is "someone who says APO may collect money in his name and he will accept the Big Screw if he raises the most money of official candidates." A candidate must have a connection with MIT in order to qualify.
ben-Aaron said that in the president's case, a connection might have been made through ROTC. As commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Reagan is technically the head of the corps.
APO called the White House Press Office to ask if the president wished to become a candidate, Hennessey said. The office informed APO that an answer would take at least four to six weeks to arrive. APO declared McBay the winner because they had not received the reply by spring break, Hennessey added.
Unofficial candidates have gathered the most money in the past, Hennessey said. "Usually McBay takes in a lot of money, but she has always refused to run."
In previous contests, McBay was a "disassociated person," which meant that APO was not allowed to collect money in her name. This year McBay "willingly accepted the candidacy," she continued.
ben-Aaron credited McBay for accepting the candidacy. "She deserves to be congratulated for running because everyone knows who she is and so she could raise more money than a professor who is known to at most a few hundred people."
Hennessey attributed the increase to a "real battle among the students" between supporters of Reagan and McBay. One individual donated $50 in the president's name, she continued.
"The students who campaigned for Reagan really contributed to the success of the drive," ben-Aaron said. She hoped this would help banish the "Newsweek on Campus perception that we are all Reagan supporters."
MIT Vice President Constantine B. Simonides '57, who was also an unoficial candidate, finished third in the competition, with $46.18 donated in his name.
Simonides was followed by Robert W. Field, professor of Chemistry ($38.23). Professors Jay and Margaret Keyser, housemasters at Senior House, collected $24.25 despite their status as unofficial candidates.
Hartley Rogers Jr., professor of Mathematics finished sixth, with $20.60 donated in his name, followed by Hale V.D. Bradt, professor of Physics ($19.67), Bernard T. Feld, professor of Physics ($14.84), and David K. Gifford, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ($13.32).
The award will be presented to McBay at the All-Tech Sing, to be held over Spring Weekend on May 4.