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Scientj -Sixth Year

egents: Arbiters of U' Problems

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily ex press the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

U' Must Save Center:
Put Pressure on Legislature

OBSERVERS have long since gotten
used to the University's traditional
bout with the Legislature, and, lately,
with the State Board of Education, but
there ought to come a time when their
tolerance of the political dance ends.
That tolerance should have ended yes-
terday when Gov. George Romney, ac-
cepting a board recommendation, asked
in his budget for only "10 to 15 per cent"
of the $1 million which the University
requested to expand its Center for Re-
search on Learning and Teaching.
ulty. (CRLT).
The CRLT was established by the Re-
gents in 1962 at the request of the fac-
ulty. Since then its staff, which has sim-
ultaneously found time to teach, has
done some significant work in the adap-
tion of modern technology to the creation
of faster and more efficient -ways of
In an era in which both the knowledge
and the population explosions have made
it almost impossible to teach or learn
adequately, it is difficult to imagine re-
search more necessary.
MOREOVER, the proposals which CRLT
put before the Legislature were ones
which would have gone into effect al-
most immediately. The $1 million, and
the $1.54 million to have been requested
in the next two years would have gone
-A computer network to link the
state's colleges in a web which would al-

low for "programmed teaching" on a
large coordinated basis,
-A central clearing house for infor-
mation on improved methods of learning
and teaching,
-Research on the way in which the
instructional process becomes meaning-
ful and valuable to the individual stu-
-Attempts to better prepare teaching
fellows and part-time instructors for their
tasks, and
-Much-needed systematic curriculum
revision research.,
that to politics.
Nor is the loss all Lansing's fault. The
University's relations with Lansing are
in horrible condition for a variety of
reasons; when a University administra-
tor talks, no one in Lansing listens. Years
of a false sense of University honor and
of vague groundless feelings that it
should somehow be above politics are now
taking their toll.
THE UPSHOT of it all is that the state
is in danger of losing a meaningful
CRLT in the near future, just the years
in which it will be most needed. For what'
it is worlth at this late hour, the Uni-
versity should immediately request a sup-
plemental appropriation for the propos-
ed center and it should do so in such a
manner that the, request will be accepted
as a valid one.

Regents has been the focal
point of much controversy in the
past few months, but many of
their most important activities,
in the long range perspective.
have gone unexamined.
Housing problems, free speech,
the selection of a new University
President after the retirement of
President Hatcher in 1967, the
allocation within the University
of student fees; a proposed resi-
dential college and types of edu-
cational facilities to be built were
issues most popular among six of
the Regents, as they discussed
the future of the University.
REGENT Carl Brabiec, of Pose-
ville, commenting on the housing
shortages in Ann Arbor sees it as a
perenial problem for which there
is not a final answer. "The dif-
ficulty stems from the number
of students attending the Univer-
sity posing a strain on Ann Arbor
and University housing facilities,"
he said.
"Ostensibly, a solution would
be to cut back student admissions
until a balance is reached," Brab-
lec continued. "This, of course, is
not feasible in view of our objec-
tive to allow all qualified students
an opportunity for higher educa-
tion in Michigan. A solution will
have to be reached taking into
account both factors-a multi-
plying student body and limited
housing facilities."
Brablec has served as a Regent
of the University since 1957. He
previously worked as a member
of the State Corrections Commit-
tee for Juveniles, on the Gover-
nor's Committee on Educational '
Finance, the State Advisory Com-

mittee on Teacher
Certification and
director of the
Governing Boards
and Colleges.

Education and
as a regional
Association of
of Universities

REGENT Irene E. Murphy, of
Birmingham, expressed interest in
two major issues, the area of stu-
dent fees and their use as well as
maintaining and promoting a
"Free University."
"A careful examination into the
use of student fees and a value
assessment of this use has not
been made recently. This work
could be of great value in Uni-
versity planning and would prove
satisfying to students at the Uni-
versity. "Students, as citizens of
the state need to know exactly
what tuition is being spent for,"
she said.
"In addition, the freedom of
speech at the University is a
source of pride and an institution
that should be encouraged," she
Mrs. Murphy has served as a
Regent since 1957. She has direct-
ed the case work program for the
Detroit Public Welfare Depart-
ment and has organized family
services for United Community
Services. She worked in the Philip-
pines to organize postwar relief
centers, and served on the U.S.
mission to Manila to administer
foreign aid.
REGENT Frederick C. Matthaei.
of Ann Arbor, is especially con-
cerned with the type of edu-
cational facilities needed by the
University. He said he prefers the
"classroom" approach of the Dear-
born branch of the University as
opposed to the "cultural" approach
of Oakland University. Recrea-
tional and cultural facilities are

very necessary in his estimation,
but "in terms of long range plan-
ning, it is better to spend the
bulk of state funds for facilities
directly related to classroom edu-
Matthaei has served as a Regent
since 1960. He is founder of the
American Metal Products Com-
pany and served as its president
until January, 1954. He played an
active role in the establishment
of th Detroit Civic Center, and
was chairman of the Detroit
Olympic Committee.
REGENT William B. Cudlip, of
Detroit, concentrated on the ques-
tion of finances. Someday the
public will probably pay for a
larger portion of college education,
similar to the public subsidy of
high school education today, he
projected. He added, however,
that today there are many prob-
lems in meeting University costs
with the limitations imposed on
the University by its budget.
"In terms of University growth,"
Cudlip explained, "we are de-
pendent upon funds available
from the state and upon federal
research grants-as well as con-
tributions and student fees. We
have to do with these funds what
the people of the state demand;
we must educate doctors, lawyers,
eningeers and offer a superior
liberal arts education to students
"The faculty and the student
body are the University," Cudlip
said. "We are trying to maintain
our excellence. A fine faculty, with
appropriate pay, combined with
the best method of selecting good
students-we are always aware
of the fact that these factors con-
tribute to maintaining the excel-
lence of the University.

Cudlip has served as a Regent
since 1964. He served as a delegate
to the Michigan constitutional
convention, 1961-62.
REGENT Robert P. Briggs, of
Jackson, considers the selection of
the new President of the Univer-
sity as the most important prob-
lem before the Regents. "The role
of the new President will be cru-
cial to the growth and success of
the University," he said.
"The whole area of educational
facilities is another matter de-
manding careful consideration,"
Briggs continued. "As the needs
of the students change, the Uni-
versity must change its facilities
to meet these demands. In light
of present trends, the proposed
residential college is an impor-
tant consideration for the Univer-
(The residential college is a
proposal providing for a combina-
tion of living and educational fa-
cilities in a college of the Uni-
versity to be located in the area
of North Campus.)
But, Briggs noted, there are
obstacles in the way of such proj-
ects. "The first demand on the
dollars we have is in terms of
rising costs for the University.
Faculty salaries serve as an ex-
ample here. The second demand
is the need to accommodate ad-
ditional students each year. After
these considerations we can look
toward possibilities for improving
the situation of students presently
at the University and such bene-
ficial projects as the residential
Briggs has served as a Regent
since 1964. He joined the Univer-
sity of Michigan faculty in 1927
as an instructor in economics; he
was later promoted to professor
of accounting in the Business Ad-
ministration School and to vice-
president for business and finance
in 1949. From 1941-44, he served
as chief of the general office di-
vision of the Detroit Ordinance
REGENT Paul G. Goebel, of
Grand Rapids, looking to the fu-
ture of the University said, "We're
constantly planning ahead, not
only in terms of physical facilities,
but in terms of better educational
programs too. Our major con-
sideration is that we. plan ade-
quately to provide the best edu-
cational opportunities for students
and' still meet the growing de-
mands of rising costs and increas-
ing enrollment.
"This look into the future is
essential to maintaining the Uni-
versity's status in the educational
community," he emphasized.
Goebel has served as a Regent
since 1961. He has served three
terms as mayor of Grand Rapids
and was a delegate to the state
constitutional convention in 1961-
62. He is presently serving as na-
tional chairman of the University's
drive for $55 million in private
Regents Eugene B. Power, of

Ann Arbor. and Allan R. Soren-
son, of Midland, were out of the
state and unavailable for com-
THESE, THEN, are the obser-
vations of the Regents. It appears
that each of the Regents have an
appreciation of various influences
crucial to the growth and success
of the University. What is needed,
then, is a compilation and evalua-
tion of these observations into a
fully detailed plan for University
growth, specifically stating Uni-
versity financial priorities.
In essence, the future of the
University is at the disposal of
the Regents and the President.
Their role must not be passive.
Planning for rising costs, increas-
ed matriculation and the improve-
ment of present educational fa-
cilities necessarily brings with it
a need for some comprehensive
What is more important-meet-
ing rising costs, offering more
students an opportunity for edu-
cation here or improving educa-
tional facilities at the University?
The traditional, but somewhat
tacit, priority scale followed by>
the Regents ranks these goals in
the order presented above.
This scale may be appropriate;
but it should also be adequately
examined and publicized so that
exceptions are understood clearly
and greater 'confidence can be
placed in Regental decisions-via
reference to this scale.
THE EMOTIONAL culmination
of the University Book Store issue
last Friday serves to illustrate the
fact that today there are mis-
understandings surrounding the
whole concept of what the Uni-
versity does-and what the Uni-
versity 'should-place highest on
the priority scale in view of limit-
ed funds.
If there were a clear under-
standing of how demands on Uni-
versity dollars rate respectively
and a clear concept of where the
University is going, then there
could be a narrowing of the gap
between the Regents, faculty and
students. There could be more
cooperative, constructive efforts,
more dialogue and more give-and-
This is a long-range projection
with long-range benefits.
However, right now, opportuni-
ties are before the Regents to in-
clude students in some stage of
current decision making processes.
The selection of a successor to
Hatcher is one responsibility that
should be geared toward close
interaction between students, fac-
ulty and Regents.
goals would aid the University, not
only in formulating plans for the
future, but also in clarifying ques-
tions in the minds of today's stu-
dents and faculty who wonder
where, indeed, the University is


1 9

Flint Must Compromise


THE STATE BOARD of Education will
meet with a Flint citizens group Sun-
day to make another attempt at settling
the question of expanding the Univer-
sity's Flint College branch.
It is essential for both the University
and the board that an agreement be
reached soon, but to date the adamant
refusal of Flint community leaders to
The Overlooked
B loodbath
HILE DEBATE continues over this
country's role in Viet Nam, a much
more costly holocaust, considering its
duration, goes largely unnoticed in near-
by Indonesia.
In a vicious manhunt which has only
been sporadically reported or commented
upon by government and news media
here, Indonesian Moslems have led the
country in the liquidation of approxi-
mately 100,000 Communists since the sup-
pression of a Communist-led coup last
October. (The Viet Nam war has account-
ed for .about 150,000 deaths over a period
of five years.)
Unfortunately, our government has
made no public statement decrying the
fact that the "interests of the free world"
are linked to a policy of mass political
annihilation. .This differs considerably
with the stance taken by our officials with
respect to Fidel Castro's bloodbath of 500
after his rise to power, or of our stated
opinions on the terrorism practiced by
the Viet Cong.
THIS COUNTRY'S news media also have
avoided any editorial comment on the
Indonesian massacre, although they ran
several optimistic feature stories on the
failure of Communist Chinese aims in the
Time magazine, for instance, has al-
lotted about eight inches to Indonesia
in the past two weeks, without even men,-
tioning the manhunt. Newsweek "took
the lead" on the issue this week with a
story of at least five inches, and even ex-
pressed an editorial comment:
The horror of the events reported
by Sukarno was undeniable. But his
speech seemed a clear attempt to
discredit the army which now con-
trols Indonesia, and it dismissed too
lightly the fact that it was the Reds
who began the bloodletting.
(How nice.)
Crtainly a ,ta1Pmmn+ hy -m,. - .

compromise has effectively blocked a
The controversy began' one year ago
when Gov. George Romney refused to
provide funds for Flint College expan-
sion in his recommendation for the Uni-
versity's general funds budget. The gov-
ernor modified his position in April to
conform to a state board ruling that the
University could go ahead with its plans
to enroll a freshman class in 1965 at the
previously junior-senior branch; the
board stipulated, however, that no more
freshman classes be admitted so that the
branch would return to its former two-
year status until it could be replaced by
an autonomous state school.
THIS RULING met with justifiable re-
sistance from the University and Flint
citizens. However, the board has since
prepared a compromise proposal which
would permit the branch to continue of-
fering a four-year curriculum in ex-
change for an agreement to a plan to
phase out the branch in favor of the in-
dependent college. Maintaining a four-
year program would eliminate one ma-
jor objection to the earlier stance-the
danger of creating a "gap" in Flint's sys-
tem of higher education during the ,tran-
sition from branch to autonomous school.
According to Romney and state board
President Thomas Brennan, the Univer-
sity has already privately indicated its
willingness to go along with the board's
compromise plan, contingent on coopera-
tion from the Flint community. But, in
spite of a series of meetings between
Romney and Brennan and the Flir:
community, this cooperation has not been
forthcoming. In fact, opposition to the
board plan has united Flint's labor groups
and industrialists, a formidable power
bloc which wields considerable political
THIS OPPOSITION is not totally with-
out basis: Flint industry has a sub-
stantial investment in the branch, and
union members are unconvinced that the
promised autonomous school will be able
to replace the existing branch, which, de-
spite many failings, has served the Flint
community well.
Nevertheless, the Flint expansion dis-
pute has broader implications which more
than counterbalance these reasons and
make cooperation with the present board
position essential.
For example, the board's prestige to
a considerable extent is riding on settle-
ment of the Flint dispute, and, if they
feel threatened, board members might
try to take the Flint case to court as a

r* 1 k~- 196TR~


Letters: *Send
Convicts to Viet Nam

"Mom, what does the 'high priced spread' taste like . . ."

Peace Offensive Had To Fail

[HE REASON why the peace
offensive failed is most cogent-
ly revealed in the Mansfield re-
port on the state- of the war.
President Johnson has been try-
ing to obtain by propaganda the
victory which he has not been
able to obtain on the battlefield
-that is to say, the acceptance in
the whole of South Viet Nam of
a government which has lost con-
trol of a very large part of South
Viet Nam.
The peace offensive was bound
to fail, and the grave decisions
which the President hoped to cir-
cumvent and avoid are now before
If he is to make these decisions
wisely, he must recognize that in
international politics peace settle-
ments are possible only as and
when they reflect the real balance
of power. In the world war, for
example, Churchill and Roosevelt
had to settle with Stalin for a
Soviet political frontier in the
midst of Germany and of Europe.
That is where the Red army had
arrived when the peace negotia-
tions began.
The same principle will hold in
Viet Nam. There wrill be no settle-
ment until the terms of peace
reflect the military reality.
THE PRESIDENT will be dis-
appointed again and again as long
as he and Secretary Rusk ask for
n .r+t1P -nf wic inPfaent de-

dent's supporters that his critics
propose no alternative to what he
is doing. If that was ever true, it
is no longer true today. It is not
true since the Mansfield report
and since the Gavin statement.
The President should reduce his
war aims, which today are impos-
sibly high in the light of the con-
ditions described in the Mansfield
report. He should alter his strategy
along the lines proposed by Gen.
Gavin, making it a holding opera-
tion pending the eventual negotia-
tion of a political settlement.
THE Mansfield report shows
that Rusk's objective-the rule of
Gen. Ky or his successor over the
whole of South Viet Nam-is un-
attainable no matter how much
the war is escalated. The burden
of disproving the conclusions of
the Mansfield report is on those
who have been proved wrong about
the escalation of last summer, on
those who are now asking for an-
other escalation in order to redeem
their failure, on those who want
+o radnnhlc the stck , irdern o

ious victory or for some kind of
dazzling political triumph. It is
no trick for pulling rabbits out
of a hat. It is a formula for liqui-
dating a mistake; for ending a war
that cannot be won at any toler-
able price, for cutting our losses
before they escalate into bank-
ruptcy and for listening to com-
mon sense rather than to war
whoops and tomtoms.
Because we are neither omnis-
cent nor omnipotent, we, even
we Americans, cannot always win.
But I cannot help feeling in my
bones that a display of common
sense by a proud and imperious
nation would be a good moral in-
vestment for the future.
(c), 1965, The Washington PostCo,

To the Editor:
day's Daily, after giving sev-
eral reasons for not drafting stu-
dents on the joint basis of class
standing and standardized test
scores, said, "Ideally, the draft
boards should seek sources other
than the univer'sities for man-
power." Being a student, I heartily
There exist several groups which
I feel should be given the honor
of fighting for their country be-
fore students, and 'which, as far
as I know, haven't yet even been
considered by Gen. Hershey for
this purpose. As a citizen of this
country, I would like to do my
share by pointing out to him the
many sources of manpower he
has apparently overlooked.
CONVICTS would make ideal
soldiers. Many of them have ex-
tensive experience with firearms
and are accustomed to living in a
state of constant danger. Some
would not even require basic train-
ing. Hospital patients are also high
on my list. They certainly aren't
doing their country any good ly-
ing around collecting medicare

and pinching nurses. Give them
guns and wheel them into the
jungle. Better yet, haul them into
trees and make snipers of them.
Dope addicts, alcoholics, cripples,
occupants of rest and old folks'
homes, widows, orphans, unwed
mothers; these are the people who
should be defending us. Then,
even if we lost the war, we could
gain a moral victory, by leaving
them over there, forcing the Viet
Cong to take care oft them.
My plan would also help elim-
inate hypochondriacs and reduce
crime-people would think twice
before going to their doctors' of-
fices which would now be merely
fronts for local draft boards.
Would-be criminals would shy
from lives of crime for fear of
running into a prison warden who
was actually a recruiting sergeant
in disguise.
I CAN only say I find it amaz-
ing and unfortunate that these
advantageous possibilities have
escaped Gen. Hershey's attention.
Perhaps when he is confronted
with these suggestions he will
change his opinion of students.
-Walt Livingston, '68


Schutze,: The Ark's Capt0 White


THE SOLEMN and steadfast in-
tent of this corner has always
been to serve as an example of
righteous propriety and unfailing
good taste for the rest of The
Daily staff to emulate. It is with
this burdensome function in mind
that we demand the immediate
and final dismissal of Joyce Wins-
low from her position on The
An audacious article written by
tirrv ~ n M.icc a Wins n i

found lacking because it already
boasts crowd-pleasing features like
George Abbott White, the Spike-
drivers, George White, ecumen-
icalism, and George White, all
available at a reasonable 50c cov-
er charge.
But even Mr. White's gracious
response could not erase the ugly
fact that Joyce Winslow had sul-
lied his name and-questioned his
managerial ability. And auestion-

didn't pass Creative Writing 223
Mr. White's recent appointment
as chief ecumenicist, navigator
and maitre d'hotel of the church-
es of Ann Arbor rounds out his
already stunning list of accom-
plishments, among which was a
passing grade in Creative Writing
Perhaps Miss Winslow did not
realize that by attacking the Ark
rI',r. -' attnw -rkinr n-rnir.n r.


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