College ProficiencyExam College Proficiency Examina- tions in over 25 different subjects will be administered at 17. loca- tions across the State on May 4 and 5, the State Education Depart- ment announced recently . The ap- plication deadline date is April 3. Examinations are offered in history, foreign languages, nursing sciences, literature, education, freshman English, accounting, applied music, health education sciences, and natural sciences. A new test will be offered in African . and Afro-American history. College Proficiency Exam- inations make it possible for individuals to earn college credit and meet teacher certification requirements, according to Donald Nolan, director of the Division of Independent Study. Now, for the first time, CPE's may also be applied directly toward meeting general ed- ucation requirements of the new' Regents External Degrees, the associate in arts and bachelor of science in business administration, he added. Anyone may take a CPE, regardless of how he obtained his college-level knowledge. Individuals prepare for the tests through college courses, indepen- dent reading, on-the-job experience, adult study or correspondence courses, and in many other ways, Nolan said. Over 17,000 College Proficiency Exam- • inations have been administered since the Program's inception inl963, and 25,000 college credits have been · awarded on the basis of CPE results, · Most colleges in New York State, and many out-of-State, grant course credit · for acceptable CPE grades. There are no prerequisites for taking a proficiency • exam. CPE's are developed and graded by · outstanding faculty memhers from New . York colleges and universities, under the guidance of staff in the Department's Division of Independent Study. The ; tests usually correspond to material • covered in one or more semesters of a . regular college course. For information on CPE's and how they may be used for college credit, teacher certification requirements, and to · meet Regents External Degree require- ments, and for application forms, write to the College Proficiency Examination Pro- gram, New York State Education Depart- ment, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210.

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Dr. James Schlesinger, Chairmanof the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission says that the U.S. is planning to "phase out at Amchitka," the site of last November's controversial nuclear test. Schlesinger added that in ten years there could well be more advanced ABM systems - "and not those represented by the Safeguard system. However, these are all dependent upon the success of the SALT talks ." The AEC chairman discusses the possibility of the disposal of radioactive wastes and said that someday we may have to load these materials aboard a spacecraft and shoot them to the sun, where they woule disintegrate . "Some people have thought of placing them on the moon, " said Schlesinger, "but that's not fair to the moon. The sun can take it, I reckon." My only question is: I wonder if he really believes that the earth can take it. In New Haven, Connecticut, a student at Yale and his wife, who is not a student, tried to register to vote . Although they had lived off campus for more than six months and although the student's car was registered in Connecticut, he was told that he could not register until six months after he obtained a Connecti- cut driver's license. His application was denied on grounds of residency, but his wife, who is a non-student, was able to register. In Alabama, college students and their wives must com- plete a questionnaire listing their background, property holdings, and plans after leaving school. If any of the answers is unsatis- factory a strong presumption arises against allowing the studertt to register in the college aommunity. No other voter applicants are subjected to this type of questioning. It seems that all over the U.S. students are getting hassled when they try to register to vote. Some states have advanced arguments as to why students should not be permitted to vote in the areas where they go to school if their parents do not live in those areas. According to one argument, "irresponsible" students would be inclined to "take over" local governments. This years presidential candidates are trying especially hard to please the "younger generation" with their promises and atti- tudes - Vote for ME, and I'll get you THAT. A better way to please us might be for the candidates them- selves to push - to make sure that we·all get that chance to vote. They, as well as we, want our votes, but any failure to partici- pate will only be a result of the refusal from the 'other side' to allow us that


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