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Seventy-Five Years of Editorial Freedom

VOL. LXXVI, No. 153



Convocation. Recognizes



"The Brain Workers" was the
subject of that speech given 43
years ago; the speaker was Uni-
versity President Marion L. Bur-
ton; the occasion: the first hon-
ors convocation held at the Uni-
versity of Michigan.
The honors convocation, Presi-
dent Burton said, was intended
to "put a fitting emphasis on
scholarship, scientific attainment,
capacity to think and 3 genuine
research, the things representing
our first real task as teachers
and students." And on this day,
when the University recognizes
the undergraduate students who
have earned distinguished records
in its schools and colleges, the
statement still largely holds true.
Honors are given those students,

freshmen, sophomores, juniors and
seniors, who have attained a 3.5
average for the past two semesters.
Special recognition is given An-
gell scholars, seniors who have
achieved a 4.0 average over the
past two semesters.
When the first convocation was
held in 1924, President Burton's
address was aimed at only 250
students, all seniors in the liter-
ary college; today all undergradu-
ate classes are honored.
Procedure, too, has changed ov-
er the years. In 1924 the cere-
monies began with a march down
State Street to Hill Auditorium
by honors students and faculty.
Today, the convocation begins
with a procession onto the stage
at Hill, led by the president, fol-
lowed by the Regents and the fac-

ulty, who are clad in black robes
and bright hoods.
Though the original convocation
included only undergraduates hon-
ored by the university, for over
twenty years honors graduate
students, honor societies, and re-
cipients of fellowships and schol-
arships were included in the pro-
Probably the most noted of the
honor societies acknowledging
student achievement at the con-
vocation was Phi Beta Kappa,
originally founded as a men's fra-
ternity in 1776, and now a nation-
al honorary society.
The society aims for the well-
rounded student, one who has done
well academically and has also
been active in extra-curricular

A host of other major honorary
societies also participated in the
programs, such as Phi Kappa Phi,
Sigma Xi (science), Tau Beta Pi
(engineering), Alpha Omega Al-
pha (medicine), aSi Order of the
Coif (law), and Sigma Delta Chi
But in 1953 the programs grew
too large and Erich Walter, now
Secretary of the University, was
appointed to find a way out. He
decided to eliminate graduate stu-
dents and honor societies from the
program, making it the under-
graduate convocation it is today.
1953 was also the year of the
first Michigan Daily honors sup-
plement, suggested by Waiter to
give recognition to the students
who had been eliminated from the
convocation. This has enabled

acknowledgment of the achieve-
ments of even more groups, in-
cluding, for example, athletes arnd
outstanding students at the Flit
and Dearborn campuses.
The Committee on Honors Con-,
vocation has changed somewhat
since 1924. Originally, the Sen-
ate Council (now Senate Advisory
Council for University Affairs)
established a committee of three
to be appointed by the president
to organize the convocation; in the
early years it consisted of the
dean of students (who headed it),
the registrar, and three Senate
members chosen by the president.
Mr. Walter, who was the last
dean of students, carried his po-
sition as chairman of the commit-
tee into his present job. In 1953-

54 two student members were add-
ed to the committee.
The Registrar's chief task is to
list the students who are to be
Throughout the years many out-
standing speakers have given the
convocation address. Among them
are Viscount Halifax, British am-
bassador to the United States from
1941-46; James Bryant Conant,
noted educator and former presi-
dent of Harvard; Marjorie Nich-
olson, a Michigan alumna who un-
til recently was dean of the gradu-
ate school at Columbia University;
Alistair Cooke, journalist and ra-
dio and television broadcaster;
Robert Goheen, the present presi-
dent of Princeton; Sir Leslie Mun-
ro, the New Zealand ambassador
to the United States and president

of the 12th United Nations Gener-
al Assembly in 1957; Arnold Toyn-
bee, a well-known historian; Glenn
Seaborg, the chairman of the
Atomic Energy Commission; Har-
land Cleveland, a State Depart-
ment undersecretary of state; and,
last year, Prince Bernhard of the
Thus the speakers have banged
from a man whose job dates back
to the origins of royalty thousands
of years ago to once whose occu-
pation could only have been a
creation of the twentieth century,
when the atom was first split by
The format of the honors con-
vocation has even been copied;
this was done by the University
of Texas about 18 years ago when
it remodeled its honors program.

Gordus Tells
Of Expansion
In Honors
Program Will Retain
High Standards While
Admitting 425 in Fall
Acting Editor
"Thank you for your letter. It
made the difference! My applica-
tion to Harvard is in the process
of being withdrawn. I have read
the copy of the abstract to the
NSF and can hardly wait to get
down to work. I'm looking for-
ward to seeing you at orientation."
That was the letter Prof. Adon
Gordus, associate director of the
Honors Program, interrupted him-
self to read during a chat with a
visitor last week.
Gordus' letter came from a
bright high school senior who had
been accepted by the University's
Honors program and-up to that
point, at least-was trying to de-
cide between schools.
Evidently intrigued by the Hon-
ors program as presented by Gor-
dus and Prof. Otto Graf, program
director, the student is one of
about 425 freshmen who will be
entering the program this fall.
Gordus talks about a "fantastic
increase in the caliber of next
year's Honors students-so im-
pressive some National Merit
Scholarship semifinalists aren't
being invited into the program."
About half of those invited for
fall, 1966, are in the top one per
cent of their high school graduat-
ing class, and about half had com-
bined verbal and mathematics Col-
lege Board scores of over 1400, he

The Tribe of Michigamua is an all-campus senior men's honorary
for excellence in activities and athletics. ,Members dress for "Rope
Day" (initiation day) in Indian costune and turn the chosen palefaces
into young braves through an ordeal that takes the selected ones on
a duck-walk journey "seven flights up and seven flights down" the
Michigan Union. Initiates are doused with brickdust and water and
are given secret Indian names, revealed only at the end of the year
at the next Rope Day. Founded in 1901 to serve the University,
Michigamua is the oldest existent campus honorary.
Outstanding senior men in every school but engineering are
eligible for Druids, which chooses as initiates for achievement in
athletics. and activities. "Saplings" (those tapped) become mighty
trees through plenty of water and green dust. Duckwalking around
the Diag and the reciting of Joyce Kilmer's "Trees" also is a tradi-
tional part of the ceremony. New members are given tree names which
are announced publicly at the initiation. Druids, named after the
forest priests of old England, was founded in 1909.
Participants in either of the three ROTC programs are selected
on the basis of leadership, patriotism, efficiency, loyalty and. honor
for Scabbard and Blade.
Initiates are tapped in the starlight with sabers, and during the
trial period must guard the lions and defend the scabbard and
blade in front of the flagpole.
* * * *>
Senior Society recognizes independent women with high scholastic
averages who have actively served their dormitories.
Girls recommended by their house directors and presidents are
tapped by members, who sing, "In and out the halls we wander singing
as we go; of the girls we're going to favor with our pin of black
and gold."
During the initiation ceremony, each member's name-is added to a
long yellow ribbon with the names of all members since the organiza-
tion's founding.









Gordus' correspondent was par-Another local organization,
ticularly enticed by a chemistry women for leadership, character
department research project Gor- Members are tapped after hou
dus is proposing to the National night comes a sound of voices. Scr
Science Foundation. But his liber- Its purpose is to promote coop
al arts colleagues won't be bored dents and further interest in camr
eith r, Gr f and Gous s and scholarship to a junior affiliated
College Honors 199 among other and need.
innovations, we try to keep the
program as flexible as possible. As A junior men's honorary est
long as an idea makes academic neophytes for its courts by the sar
sense, there's no obstacle," Graf Men may be tapped from all scho
says. Red brick dust and water transf
Tm soand then the initiates must crawl
inaugurating new Honors courses River Nile. When they reach the b
on Southeast Asia and the history fountain) Liey must prove theirv
of science. It now offers over 200
courses, including the freshman of water. Members are given secret:
Great Books course, the Unified* *
Science program, special College The only mortal acceptable ii
Honors courses, honors courses and senior engineer who has served the
concentration seminars within de- Neophytes are abducted in the nig
partments and honors sections in th back to campus. Then V
regular courses. terwybc ocmu.Te
College Honors 290 is an inde- blacking themselves with oil, ax
pendent study course, in which ,the underground steam tunnels. Each
individual student tailors his own name of a god and the society, f
course, complete with readings, engineering college and the Univers
papers or other activities, and
works closely with a professor of
his choice. About 15 students have j G1d d
started such courses. rt r
In College Honors 199, an "in-,
dependent-seminar" course, groups
of students may work with a pro- By GRAYLE HOWLETT
fessor and establish courses like
last fall's seminar on American When Will Shakespeare, a lousy
foreign policy, led by Prof. William sportswriter, said, "A rose by any
Gamson of the sociology depart- other name smells just as sweet,"
ment he couldn't have been talking
At least in part due to earlier about football. All the literary
criticism of past standards for ad- greats in the world would have
mission into the program, Graf failed' to convince the Wolverine
and Gordus have also taken a look footballers that a Big Ten cham-
at various statistics about its stu- pionship was just as prestigious
dents and changed the admissions as a trip to Pasadena.
process Having made the trip to the
Effective next semester, some roses in 1964, Michigan was ineli-
__ U_ 1.1... T-,-- I oil t+ n oA wet a -ain this past

Scroll honors senior affiliated
and loyalty.
rs by the group singing, "Out of the
;roll is now tapping its loyal crew."
Aeration between alumnae and stu-
pus activities. It also grants a $100
woman on the basis of leadership
ablished in 1905, Sphinx chooses
me standards as the senior groups.
Dols except the engineering college.
orm the neophytes into Egyptians
on their stomachs looking for the
Nile (usually known as the League
worth by a final dip in that body
Egyptian names.
n the eyes of the god Vulcan is a
University in activities or athletics.
ght and taken out of town to find
hey undergo a public initiation by
nd carrying torches through the
member is given a mythological
)ormed in.1904, works to serve the
ity as a whole.

PRINCE BERNHARD OF THE NETHERLANDS last year addressed the Honors Convocation participants in Hill Auditorium, where
Arnold Cantwell Smith, Secretary General of the British Commonwealth will give the major address for the 1966 Honors Convocation.
Speaker Smith Has Varied Career

To Focus on
English Loss.
Of Control
British Secretary
General To Appear
At Hill Auditorium
The. honorable Arnold Cant-
well Smith, secretary general of
the Brtish Commonwealth of Na-
tions will deliver the major ad-
dress at the 43rd annual honors
convocation today at 10:30 a.m. in
Hill Auditorium.
Smith's speech, "The Common-
wealth in World Politics," is ex-
pected to focus on the loss of cen-
tralization in controlling the Brit-
ish colonies.
Today's convocation gives of-
ficial Universitywrecognition to
upper classmen who have received
a 3.5 or higher academic grade-
point average over the last two
semesters in any of the under-
graduate schools or colleges of
the University. Freshmen are also
listed, on the basis of their first
semester grades.
University president Harlan
Hatcher will preside at the con-
Other Honors
In addition to academic honors
at the convocation, undergradu-
ates are being honored for su-
perior performance in many types
of achievement. Initiates to the
many campus honorary societies
as well as recipients of special
awards and scholarships are listed
in this honors supplement to The
Convocation procedure is the
same now as when it originated
43 years ago. The Regents are led
by the president onto the stage,
followed by faculty members clad
in black robes with academic
After the processional, the Star
Spangled Banner is sung by the
The honor students are thenin-
troduced by Erich A Walter, se-
retary of the University.
Glee Club
The men's glee club will sing
before and after the address.
After the address, the annual.
citations for honor in service are
awarded by the Regents. Many,
honorary degrees are also an-
nounced at this time. The pro-
gram concludes with the audience
singing the Yellow and Blue.
An annual event in the after-
noon following the convocation is
the tea given by President and
Mrs. Matcher. The Hatchers wel-
come this opportunity each year
to personally congratulate the
honors students and their parents
in an atmosphere which is not
easily found in such a large uni-

Arnold Cantwell Smith, secre-
tary general of the British Com-
monwealth and principle speaker
at today's Honors Convocation,
has had a varied and colorful
career in the educational and
diplomatic worlds.
He was born in Toronto, Can-
ada, in 1915. The roll-call of col-
leges he attended reads like an
honors list: Upper Canada Col-
lege, Lycee Champoleon in Gren-
oble, France, Toronto, Grey's End
in London and the Christ Church
at Oxford where he pursued studies
as a Rhodes Scholar on the uni-
versity grounds once trodden by
John Milton, the immortal English

Entering into the British diplo-
matic corps, Smith served two
years (1938-1940) as attache to
the British embassy in Tallinin,
Estonia. He also taught economics
at the University of Tartu in Es-
tonia and held down the position
of editor of "The Baltic Times"
before Estonia was swallowed up
by the USSR as a sidelight to the
War Years
During the war years he was
actively involved in the diplomatic
circles in several foreign capitals:
Cairo, Egypt; Moscow and Kuiby-
shev, USSR; and Ottawa, Canada.
For a year and a half he was
director of the National Defence
College in Kingston, Ontario, be-

fore he was chosen as an alter-
nate representative to the United
Nations Security Council and
Atomic Energy Commission in
Since that time he has'served
in several different capacities as
member of United Nations dele-
gations, North Atlantic Treaty Or-
ganization ministerial meetings
and Canadian ambassador to the
United Arab Republic in Cairo.
From 1955 to 1956 he served
as the International Truce Com-
missioner for Cambodia, supervis-
ing the developments following the
French defeat and withdrawal
from Southeast Asia. It was here
that he picked up a working
knowledge of Southeast Asian

problems and politics.
Coupled with his experience in
African affairs, he became an ar-
dent proponent of economic aid
programs as the best means to
help struggling new nations gain
solid ground by developing their
Smith has been married to the
former Miss Evelyn Hardwick Ste-
wart for 28 years and has two
sons and a daughter. He divides
his residence between his home
in Rockcliffe, Ottawa, and hisof-
fices as Commonwealth Secretary
General at Marlborough House
London, England.
Smith lists fishing among his
favorite recreations, belonging to
the Rideau Club of Ottawa, the
Gezira Sporting Club of Cairo, the
Bath Club and the Institute for
Strategic Studies in London.
The Commonwealth in modern
form is attempting to loosen the
former strong centralization of
power in the British Isles. The
younger Dominions backed a move
to establish a new secretariat to
define the structure and goals
common to the union; they unan-
imously turned to the new world
for their selection of the secre-
Smith's experience in diplomacy
gives him a depth of knowledge
fitted to his job. Said Max Freed-
- -- 0 -_ n ~~ ~2 n-.

rs Flounder but Cagers Soar with Cazzie

Several underclassmen distin-
guished themselves in 1965 giving
the Wolverines notice of a bright
future. Most notable is junior Jack
Clancy who set a Michigan record
with 52 receptions this past year.
His brilliant catches, especially in
the Michigan State game, provided
a few bright spots on otherwise
dismal afternoons.
Also returning are backfield men
Carl Ward and Dave Fisher. Com-
bining for a rushing total of over
1200 yards, these two Chicagoans
pro t me on1 .. ~~>r or .r+ v -n v

ended in November and started up
again in September. However, the
likes of Van Tillotson, Dan Brown,
Jim Myers, John Thompson, John
Clawson, Ollie Darden, and one
Cazzie Lee Russell Jr. awakened
the fans from the midst of last
season's football dreams and
brought them streaming into Old
This past season was no differ-
ent. The 1965-6 cagers added a
third straight Big Ten champion-
ship and once more finished in the
+-n f pn AT~n f hav hoon.CiCfor thP.

tional championship teams. individual performances from 123-
Playing hot and cold hockey pounder Bob Fehrs and sophomore
all year, the Wolverines were able heavyweight Dave Porter. Both
to parlay a couple streaks into a won their weight classes in the
fifth place finish. Big Ten meet and Porter went on
Gymnastics to become the NCAA heavyweight
When figuring out the final Big champ, Fehrs was defeated in the
Ten standings in gymnastics, finals by Mike Caruse of Lehigh.
Michigan's name is placed at the Michigan finished fifth in the
top without even a second thought. NCAA meet, one notch above
The 1965-66 season was no differ- Michigan State.
ent, as coach Newt Loken's charges Splashers
made it six straight Big Ten In swimming, Michigan again
crowns. Pressing them all the way had to beat Indiana to wrap up
wa, intrastate rival Michigan the crown and ain it was the


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