Friday, March 28, 1969
SUPPLEMENT TO THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Separatist institutions doomed to fail
By RICK PERT OFF
"I think separatist institutions are
doomed to failure," says Dr. James Lawson,
the speaker at today's honors convocation.
"What is needed:is an atmosphere of cul-
tural diversity," he explains. "And cultural
diversity is not generated at all white or
all. black universities."
Lawson's analysis is based on experience.
For the last three years. he has been presi-
dent of Fisk University, a small all-black.
school in Nashville, Tenn.
It is the interplay between both blacks and
whites that Lawson sees as being instru-
mental in creating the proper environment
"The humanizing of whites is a major part
of any black studies program," hensays. And
he believes universities that enroll only
blacks can deprive their students of this
essential exchange of ideas.
At Fisk. attempts have been made to in-
volve both blacks and whites in the learning
process. Lawson points to the school's
African-Caribbean studies program in which
groups of white students from Vanderbilt
University also participate.
"It can be a different sort of racism at
the all-black university." he explains. "The
idea there is to get all the blacks together
and raise their self-esteem by i expressing
a separate identity."
As a result, he warns, the communication
at these institutions is between black and
Two 'U' grads named
black. "Then learning suffers," Lawson ex-
"In order to generate a humanizing in-
fluence on whites," he says, "the number
of black students and faculty in the large
universities must be increased. We have to
recruit them and the burden then rests with
qualified white faculty. It's a movement in
Lawson explains that a university presi-
dent must insure this two-way movement
by seeking to establish a flow of white and
"Ideally, we should have white presidents
of black universities. But it would be dif-
ficult in these times for a white to marshal
the necessary forces to keep the peace," he
"Blacks would always be charging him
with racism and thorgh he might not be
guilty, the charge could hurt his rapport
with the university community."
Lawson believes that the president should
ideally try to act as a mediator between
students and faculty and as an innovator.
"White or black, he has to get away from
being a symbol of a hierarchical institution,"
The basis for the entire educational pro-
cess, Lawson -continues, must be commit-
ment. The entire university community
must be committed to the idea of education.
For this reason, students at Fisk have
been given a voice on all the curriculum
committees, he explains.
Responsible participation in academic de-
cisions is Lawson's conception of the stu-
dent's role in the university. He encourages
students to prevail upon faculty to do more
teaching and less "outside research activi-
Lawson also thinks students should parti-
cipate in decisions which affect their living
"There is the recurrent request at Fisk
by students to revise the regulations on
D)r. Jamies R. Latt'son
By BARBARA WEISS
Two University graduate students in
political science have been awarded Con-
gressional Fellowships for the 1969-1970
Ndrman Ornstein and Thomas Mann will
spend ten months in Washington learning
the workings of Capitol Hill. Besides working
with Congressmen, the two will also have
time for research in their own particular
areas of political and legislative interest.
Each year only 30 students-ten in jour-
nalism and 20 in political science-are
awarded Congressional Fellowships. This
year only two candidates were selected from
the entire Midwest area. Both ale from the
Selection of fellows is based on candidate
applications and recommendations and on
an interview with a review panel composed
of political scientists and journalists ap-
pointed by the American Political Science
Approximately one candidate out of every
two or three who apply is given an interview.
Of those interviewed, one out of every five
is chosen for a fellowship.
Congressional Fellowships are sponsored
by the American Political Science Associa-
tion under a Ford Foundation grant. Pro-
spective candidates apply directly for the
fellowship rather than through their school
After a two-month orientation period,
Mann and Ornstein will spend four months
working with a senator, and then another
four months working for a representative.
They will also do outside research in their
own specific interest areas.
Mann says that the work will be of a
varied nature-anything from speechwriting
and committee work to serving as a con-
Fellowship recipients either choose or are
chosen by congressmen and senators based
on interviews with them regarding the na-
ture of the work to be done.
Both Mann and Ornstein became in-
terested in the fellowship program as a
result of previous interest in legislative be-
Mann is involved in an Institute of Social
Research survey of representation in the
American Congress as it involves the re-
lationship between congressmen and their
Ornstein is particularly interested in the
program in relation to his dissertation topic,
which concerns the congressional staff and
its influence on the legislative process.
Ornstein termed the program a "fantastic
opportunity" for learning about the legis-
lative process, doing individual research and
also for gaining knowledge which would be
useful in teaching courses related to Amer-
ican government and the legislative process.
Mann says the program is geared much
more toward an academic interest in legis-
lative politics rather than a future political
"I'm too young to run for office," joked
Walter Beach, a director of the program,
says that it is very unusual for two fellows
to be chosen from the same school. "But
they are both very well qualified," he ex-
Political science professor Warren Miller
attributes the unusual choice of two candi-
dates from one university to the "quality of
University graduate students in general."
In addition to Beach, Mann and Ornstein
were interviewed by two political scientists
from the University of Wisconsin and a
journalist who last year was a Congressional
normal duties and encourage students and
faculty to become more active in solving the
problems of ghetto residents," he says.
He add that academicians must speak
out, urging the university to become more
active in assisting small business men and
helping with consumer problems.
Lawson feels that training generalists,
rather than specialists in particular fields,
would help assure a more liberal commit-
ment to aiding the communities.
Generalists could be trained, he con-
tends, by interdisciplinary programs like
Fisk's African-Caribbean studies program.
By MARCIA ABRAMSON
Associate Managing Editor
The University will honor more than 2500'
undergraduate students today for outstand-
ing achievements at the forty-sixth annual
University President Robben Fleming will
preside over the convocation, which begins#
at 10:30 a.m. in Hill Aud. President and
Mrs. Fleming will also hold an afternoon
reception in the Vandenberg Room of the
League for the honors students and their
Addressing the convocation will be Dr.
James Lawson, president of Fisk University
in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Lawson will speak
on "The Role of the White in the BlackI
Born in Louisville, Ky., Dr. Lawson at-
tended Fisk where he received a BS degree
in physics. He attended graduate school
at the University, receiving MS and PhD
Dr. Lawson was professoriand chairman
of the department of physics from 1957
until 1966, when he became acting president
of the school. He was appointed president
Before he joined the Fisk'° faculty, Dr.
Lawson was professor of physics and depart-
ment chairman at Tennessee A&I State
University. He has also held teaching posi-
tions at three other colleges.
As a physicist, Dr. Lawson's specialty is
infrared spectroscopy. He is a recipient of
such honors as Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma
The honor convocation is planned and
organized through the office of Herbert
W. Hildebrandt, University secretary and
assistant to President Fleming.
Music for the convocation is provided by
the Men's Glee Club under the direction of
Dr. Philip A. Duey. Prof. Marilyn Mason,
chairman of the organ department, will pro-
Traditional ceremonies also include a
luncheon in honor of the guest speaker.
The speaker for the convocation is chosen
by a convocation committee whose members1
are the University registrar, Dr. Hildebrandt,
and two students chosen by Dr. Hildebrandt
and President Fleming from a list of five
suggested by Student Government Council.
Over the past 45 years, speakers have in-
cluded such diverse personalities as Arnold
Toynbee in 1961, Prince Bernheard of the
Netherlands in 1965, and U Thant in 1966.
Last year's speaker was Wilbur Cohen, who
this year accepted the appointment of dean
of the education school beginning July 1.
The first honors convocation was sug-
gested by University President Marion
Burton in 1922, and the first ceremonies
were actually held in 1924.
Several University-wide honors are tradi-
tionally announced each year at the honors
One of these is the designation of Angell
scholar, which is awarded to undergrad-
uates who maitain an all-A average for two
consecutive terms, excluding summer ses-
sions. Students who have earned all A's for
three or more terms are recognized In-
dividually at the convocation.
Another honor is the Branstrom award for
freshmen in the top seven per cent of the
class. In addition, the various honorary
organizations announce their new members,
and schools and departments announce
special awards to their students.
Classes which conflict with the convoca-
tion have been cancelled to enable honors
students and faculty to attend.
r Pro &g a
President Robben Fleming, presiding
Variations on "America" .. Charles Ives
Prince of Denmark's
Star Spangled Banner.........Audience
honored guests ..,..H. W. Hildebrandt
Laudes Atque Carmina Gayley and Stanley
The Men's Glee Club
of honor students .... H. W. Hildebrandt
of honor students .... Robben W. Fleming
Convocation address ... . James R. Lawson
In order to generate a humanizing influence on whites.
the number of black students and ffaculty in the large un-
uersities must be increased. We have to recruit them (nd the
burden then rests with the qualified white faculty. It's a
movement .in both directions..i .
hours. Many are interested in the elimina- This is one way for students to be liberally
tion of all such restrictions," he explains. educated, he says.
He also believes deeply in university in- Lawson objects to black colleges imitating
volvement in the community. Lawson thinks white universities in shaping curriculum.
university policies must be redefined to per- However, he believes that there is now
mit more student involvement in community every indication black schools will explore
problems. with their own resources the benefits derived
"Students shouldn't wait until they grad- from enriching curriculums through teach-
uate to become active in educating ghetto ing both black and white culture courses.
children," he explains. He says the all-black colleges must imple-
Lawson also envisages a role for the black ment a curriculum "relevant to the heritage
educator in community affairs. "He has an of blacks but also to the problems of pre-
opportunity to make a professional con- sent-day culture."
tribution to the local communities by lend- The student's curriculum must be geared
ing the university's resources to communi- to social diversity and an interplay between
ties." blacks and whites is -instrumental in achiev-
"Educators must take away time from i ing it. he concludes.
GoddessHof the Inland
Seas ..................Gayley and Peters
The Men's Glee Club
The Yellow and Blue..........Audience
Variations on The Austrian Hymn,
Op. 3 .................... J. K. Paine
President's Tea for honor students and their
families in the Vandenberg Room of the
League, 2:45 - 5 p.m.
fail to save
By PHIL HERTZ -
Record setting. Coaching changes. A
probable Big Ten all sports championship.
That was the 1968-1969 sports year.
The year produced a Hero: Ron Johnson,
who broke. all the records and pushed the
Wolverine gridders into the race for the
And behind the scenes, there was a dif-
ferent kind of pace-setter: new athletic
director Don Canham, who since June has
been building up the Athletic Department.
Canham has already appointed 11 new
coaches and has set about creating a strong-
er financial * basis for Michigan's athletic
However, in a way it was only the future
of athletics that benefited last, year. Most
observers considered the season performance
somewhat disappointing, despite the sur-
prising football team. And although the
hockey and gymnastic squads captured Big
Ten crowns, no Michigan team earned a
place in the NCAA championship as a group.
The last chance for a team championship
was lost only two weeks ago when the
gymnastics team, which had little trouble
capturing the Big Ten title, finished second
to Iowa in NCAA in the preliminaries when
the Big Ten representative was chosen.
And certain Wolverine specialists-like the
trampolinists-will not be represented in the
In football Coach Bump Elliott's gridders
compiled an impressive 8-2 record, only to
| finish second in the Big Ten, although it
was the Wolverines' best season since their
1964 Big Ten and Rose Bowl victories.
The 8-2 record surprised most football
observers around the country. Before the
season opened, Michigan was given little
chance of finishing higher than fifth and
was picked by many to finish in the bottom
third of the conference. Playboy, in fact,
tabbed the Wolverines dead last in the con-
The gridders entered the season's finale
needing only a triumph over Ohio State
to be bound for Pasadena roses. But the
Buckeyes were not about to let the Blue
halt their march toward the national cham-
After the season opener against California,
Playboy's sports buff appeared to have dem-
onstrated proficiency with the football
crystal ball. California ran through the Wol-
verine's line at will as they scored a 21-7
Fortunes rose as the Blue rolled to easy
victories over Duke and Navy. Murmurs
about a Wolverine football revival were
heard in the Diag.
When Michigan rallied to beat Michigan
State and Indiana, the team became the
And when Michigan coasted to a 34-21
triump over Minnesota we were all smelling
The Wolverines followed the Minnesota
game with 35-0 and 36-zit romps over
Northwestern and Illinois. Then lowly Wis-
consin threatened all.
In a rain-drenched and hope-sogged game,
in an eight-man conference in Bo's five
years of coaching. And some of Bo's prede-
cessors turned out to be Ara Parseghian and
The Wolverine's basketball season, though
not spectacular, ended with one the best
records since the days of Cazzie Russell, as
the Wolverines compiled a 13-11 mark.
The Wolves' basketball, squad opened the
season with new coaches when the season
began. Johnny Orr, last year's assistant, re-
placed Dave Strack as head coach and Fred
Snowdon became the new assistant.
In the beginning of the Big Ten season
Michigan made effective use of the overtime
to topple Iowa and Indiana.
Against the Hoosiers All-American Rudy
Tomianovich put on a phenomenal shoot-
ing exhibition enabling him to tie Russell's
Michigan single game scoring record of 48
In the first road game, against Minne-
sota, the roof caved in. The Wolves were
shelled 92-67 in what may have been the
team's worst performance all year. And that
game may have snowballed more incon-
sistency for it was "on and off Michigan"
from then on.
But Michigan managed to find itself in
a second place tie with two games remaining.
The team faced both Ohio State and Pur-
due on the road. And two defeats later,
Michigan was destined for a fourth place
Coach Al Renfrew's hockey squad copped
the Big Ten crown, while failing to gain a
berth in the NCAA hockey championships.
and Bob Wedge in the triple jump were the
only Wolverines to capture individual cham-
pionships at the Big Ten meet.
The track squad also was turned over to
a new coach, as Dave Martin took on Can-
ham's old job.
The swimming team placed second to
Indiana in the conference swimming meet
for the ninth successive time. Michigan's
Juan Ballo set the only Big Ten mark of
the meet in the 200-yard individual Medley.
Michigan wrestlers copped a third place
tie in the Big Ten championships. Two
members of Coach Cliff Keen's squad cap-
tured individual championships.
Jesse Rawls won the 167 pound division
while Lou Hudson captured the 130-pound
shoots against Badgers
and set Big Ten rushing and scoring records
for a season.
While Michigan fans buzzed about John-
son's Herculean performance no one could
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