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August 24, 1965 - Image 13

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Associate Managing Editor
' The end of an era at the Uni-
versity was marked this summer
when the Regents approved the
plans for the University Activities
Center, representing a merger of
thenactivities wings of the Mich-
igan Union and the Women's
Until this year, the Union and
the League had separate activities
programs directed by different
sets of officers, each responsible
to their respective boards. The
merged student activities organ-
ization will be responsible to the
governing boards of both the
Union and League.
The League's celebration of its
75th anniversary in February of
this year was the last official
function of the League as a wom-
en's organization. It climaxed a
history dating from 1890 when
Mary Butler Markley declared
that the University needed "some
society which should unite all
college girls irrespective of de-
partment, class fraternity and
which. should tend to promote a
more decided college spirit . .."
Turn of Century
The Union was founded around
the turn of the century as a club
for male students. It was the
counterpart of the parlors-of Bar-
bour Gymnasium, the social cen-
ter. for women, which later gave
way to the League.
As late as the early fifties, a
man sat at the front door of the
Union to make sure sno female
entered. When University Presi-
dent Harlan Hatcher arrived here
in 1954 he first went to the Union
and was told that he could enter
but his wife and young daughter
would have to stand outside in
the rain. Soon afterwards women
were permitted to enter and use
some of the facilities of the Union
but that is where the integration
Both the Union and the League
weredivided into two sections-a
service wing which directed busi-
ness operations and an activities
wing which sponsored student
functions such as MUSKET and
Soph Show. Until recently both
wings of each organization :func-
tioned separately from the cor-
responding wings of the other or-
In recent years this division
along sexual lines came to be re-
garded as highly artificial. Sug-
gestions for the merger of the
Union and League have been toss-
ed about since the end of World
War II.
Nothing Done
Nothing wasnseriously done
about the situation until the pub-
lication of the Reed Report, a
study of the University's philos-
ophy of student affairs, in Feb-
ruary, 1962.
The purpose of the University
is to "stimulate in each student
the maximum intellectual growth
of which he is capable and to en-
able him . .. to make maximum
contributions to his society," the
report stated.
Extracurricular life is as im-
portant as the classroom in
achieving these goals, the report
added. It went on to spotlight "the
cleavage in philosophy and policy
symbolized by the geographic
separation of men's and women's
residence halls and by the exist-
ence of the Union primarily for
men and the League primarily for
women, rather than a student
union for all students.
"The committee believes that
the young people who enroll in
the University are primarily stu-
dents seeking to learn, seeking to
develop, not in isolation as men
or women, but together as equals




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In November the League Execu-
tive Council, the Union Board of
Governors and the League Board
of Governors accepted the report
of the merger committee.

as a poverty symposium, creative ties like Homecoming and Musket
arts festival, the UAC calendar to fill the interest on campus, but
(formerly the Union-League cal- there is a definite need to sup-
endar), plus the old favorites- plement the academic experience
Homecoming, W i n t e r Weekend, which is becoming increasingly
Musket and Soph Show. narrow through trimester,' Kropf

To be put into
er still needed
the Regents and
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Before this approval was forth-
coming there was still one area
of disagreement to settle - who
would have control over the
merged organization.
Members of the Union Board of
Directors held they should have
exclusive jurisdiction over the
Center, but the League Board of
Governors demanded that author-
ity be held jointly.
A compromise plan was finally
adopted making the UAC respon-
sible to the governing boards of,
both the Union and League.
President of the League Execu-
tive Council Nancy Freitag, '66,
argued that the original plan to
place the UAC under the direction
of the Union Board exclusively
was inadequate because it was
contrary to the concept of a true
In. effect, the original plan
would have given one of the
League's major functions to the
Union rather than have truly
merged the two organizations,
Miss Freitag explained.
The other major revision in!
previous plans for the merger was
the decision to have the Union
and League give financial support
to the UAC according to the ratio
of men to women students. Ear-
lier plans had called for an equal
division of this cost.
Close to Reality
With these problems solved, the
merger was well on its way to
realization. Union members ap-
proved the plan in a referendum
in Februaiy and Regents approval
came this summer.
Looking toward the merger, the
student activities wings of the
League and Union began cooper-
ating on many of their projects
in the fall of 1964.
The new officers of UAC were
installed in March. Heading UAC
are James Kropf, '66, president;
Michael Holmes '66, executive
vice-president; Pamela Erickson,
'66N, administrative vice-presi-
dent, and Gail Howes, 66N. co-
ordinatng vice-president.
The scope of the activities and
services to be offered by the UAC

Specialized Programs
"In the future, the new UAC
will increase specialized program-
ming to supplement classroom
procedure. The emphasis will be
to provide events for the more
diversified interest on campus,"
Kropf said.
"We feel we are sponsoring
enough large co-ordinate activi-;

"This year is the first year of
the UAC-it will be a year of ex-
perimentation, and the problems
that arise will have to be dealt
with in a pragmatic manner.
However, we feel confident that
it will grow into the strongest
activity organization on campus,"
Kropf predicts.

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Study Committee
On the basis of the Reed Re-
port, the Union Board of Directors
decided to create a committee to
study merger feasibility, and ap-
pointed Associate Dean James H.
Robertson of the literary college
to head it.
The 14-page Robertson report
was submitted to the Union and
League Boards in May, 1963. It
recommended that both wings of
the Union be joined to their coun-
terparts in the League.
It called for the merging of the
business wings to form a Univer-
sity Center which would draw
from all segments of the com-
munity for membership and direc-
tion. The proposed center would
be managed by a single Board of
Directors composed of students,
faculty, alumni and administra-
tors which would replace the
separate Union and League gov-
erning boards. The master service
institution was to have a coedu-
cational standing committee in
charge of student activities.
At their October, 1963 meeting
the Regents rejected the section
of the Robertson plan providing
for a business-wing merger be-
cause it called for students to
participate in the managerial and
financial operations of the pro-
posed University Center. This par-
ticipation they termed "inappro-
priate" and "ineffective."
Elaborating on this point at a
press conference after the Regents
meeting, President Hatcher said
the Regents simply questioned
whether student involvement in
operations and policy outside -the
"student activities" aspect was a
"legitimate expenditure of their
time and energy."
They did, however, endorse the
concept of a co-educational stu-
dent activities organization. On
this point the Robertson report
had been sketchy so the Regents
called for the establishment of an
implementation committee "to set
forth the organization of this stu-
dent activities function, its finan-
cial and space needs and its re-
lationship to other student ac-
tivities on the campus."

An implementation group, com-
posed of student executive officers
from both organizations, labored
more than a year to put together
the merged activities structure.
The Final Report of the 1964-
1965 Union-League Senior Officer
Merger Committee proposed the
formation of UAC, stating that
although the proposed merger is
"ostensibly an amalgamation of
the existing structures, the scope
of its activities should be broad-
enedbeyond the current range of
endeavor of the Union and the
Under Union Board
The senior officers, in their
unanimous final report, placed
UAC solely under the jurisdiction
of the Union Board of Directors
for several reasons:
-The UAC should be associated
with, at least, one of the govern-
ing boards, since the student ac-
tivities of both the Union and
League currently "derive a major
part of their strength and value
through associations with their
individual boards;
"-To avoid an inefficient du-
plexity of responsibility, the stu-
dent organizations should be ac-
tively associated with only one
board of directors;"
-The UAC should be under the
supervision of the Union Board of
Directors since "students are most
fully integrated with faculty and
alumni under the Union struc-
League Not Responsible
The student officers and the
student activities functions of the
merged organization would have
no responsibility to the League
Board of Governors, although the
students would sit on the League
Board to insure space in the
League Bldg. for student activi-
ties. However, the senior officers
of the merged group would re-
main the executive officers of the
Union Board of, Directors.
The proposed plan for the mer-
ger had to be approved by the
League Executive Council, the
Union Board of Directors, the
League Board of Governors, the
Regents and the student and
alumni members of the Union.

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