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Seventy-Six Years of Editorial Freedom
-U'LState ight Blocks New Campus Constri


By ROGER RAPOPORT campus buildings as a new Archi-
Daily News Analysis tecture and Design School. Key
For the student sitting on the state legislators make it clear that
drafty floor of his overcrowded the University will have to wait
Chinese history course or the, pro- until the sun hits the earth if it
fessor with a basement office in expects to get state money for
the century-old Economics Build- campus buildings unless it gives
ing, the University's capital out- the state the right to supervise
lay construction schedule is about planning of construction.
the only way out. The predicament is acute. En-
But it appears that neither the rollment has jumped 20 per cent
student nor the professor is going to 36,063 since the music school-
to be moving anywhere in the the last academic building built
foreseeable future. here-was completed in 1964.
The University's dispute with The first new academic space to
the Legislature has curtailed state be opened in nearly four years will
appropriations for such deeded be in the present administration
An Editorial...
AS DISCLOSED YESTERDAY, the University administration ap-
pears ready to approve a plan to dip into the General Fund and
spend up to $4.3 million of the student tuition fees and from $1.2 to
$1.7 million from the $55-M Fund Drive for a University theatre.
This financing plan poses many serious questions for the Univer-
sit, two of which demand immediate and careful attention.
First, was the decision to finance the theatre in this way sound?
The need. for a ney theatre is certainly evident. Lydia Mendelssohn
and Trueblood Theatres have accurately been described as totally in-
adequate for present-day needs. Hill Auditorium-which increasing
demand has forced into service for dramatic presentations-was intend-
ed to be an auditorium and has few of the necessary facilities to serve
well as a theatre.
But, as classes begin anew this seiester it is also evident that the
University faces a host of other critical needs.
In the late 1950's the University ranked among the top five
schools in the country for faculty compensation in the Association of
American University Professors ratings. Last fall we were 17th.
Two studies of individual departments, one made in 1957 and the
other released last summer, show that of 20 departments studied, the
University's position relative' to other schools rose in only seven depart-
ments over the period and fell in 1-3.
Most important: From 1957-1966, total enrollment rose 42.5
per cent-but the General Fund in real terms (adjusted for inflation)
rose only 33.7 per cent.
THE OUTLOOK for a solution to these financial problems in the
Legislature is dim at best. University officials confess the have no
idea how the 1967 Legislature will treat their record $93 million General
Fund budget request; past evidence suggests the Legislature will not be
overly sympathetic.
Further, the Sesquicentennial S55-M Fund Drive has been regret:
tably unsuccessful in winning unrestricted donations which could
ease such problems. At this point, only $1.6 million has been offered
the University for general use. A graduate library addition and the
theatre are already slated to get from 52.9 to $3.4 million of the total
amount of uncommitted gifts eventually received.
Taking $4.3 million out of the General Fund budget can deplete
funds for faculty salary increases, equipment procurement and sup-
porting staffs. Moreover, it all but cancels out whatever budget flex-
ibility the Office of Academic Affairs has ever been able to maintain to
shore up sagging programs and support promising new ventures.
And taking from 51.2 to S1.7 million from the M55 Million
Fund's undesignated gifts means that this money will not be able to
go into such needed academic projects as endowed professorships, schol-
arships and higher salaries.
SINCE THE CURRENT MEANS of financing the theatre are clear-
ly contestable, a second question emerges: was the process which
promulgated this decision fair and structurally sound?
Good faith has been abused. In formally announcing a $1.3 million
k gift toward the theatre from former Regent Eugene Power, the ad-
ministration gave assurances that the remainder of' the cost of the
building would be paid for by gifts, but that has now changed. More-
over, the cost of the building has soared from the first estimate of $2.5
million (March, 1965) to $3.5 million (August, 1966) to its present
range of $4.5-5 million,
THE STRUCTURAL PROCESS of decision-making on the theatre
plan has also beei highly unsatisfactory. Indeed, one might even
question how the decision was made within "the administration." For
"the administration" seems, in this case, to mean primarily President
Hatcher. At least three vice-presidents are known to have had doubts
about the theatre's financial plan.
Moreover, little effort has been made to consult the deans of the
schools and colleges on a question of priorities obviously vital to them.
While a faculty planning committee for the theatre has been at work
since 1964, its efforts have largely been confined to establishing archi-
tectural and stage requirements.
Furthermore, although students are paying for over half its costs
via tuition, there has been absolutely no formal consultation with any
students-as individuals or as groups-on the theatre.
Hence the way the administration plans to pay for the theatre and

the way it decided on its plan are both questionable. We urge that .the
current financing plan for the theatre be reevaluated and that the Uni-
versity's financial decision making process be revised: -
! The administration and Regents should reconsider the plan and
finance the remainder of its cost beyond Power's gift through gifts
made specifically for the theatre-.-and not through the allocation of
General Fund money or unrestricted $55-M fund drive donations.
* The administration and the Regents should carefully scrutinize
the design of the theatre. Both the administration and the Regents ap-
proved'the residential college only after some $1.5 million was cut from
its plan. Similarly, they should certainly check every detail of the

building, which is being willed to cause sufficient anticipated gifts State legislators expect the year. (The $5 million was spent "hopeful we can settle this (dis- Science I building, a $6.2 million
the literary college when top offi- have not yet materialized. r, University to continue to refuse largely on medical and dental pute) by the end of the year." Architecture and Design building,
cials move into a new administra- The heart of the problem is tied to accept the terms of P.A. 124. school projects that were approved But, as Vice-President and Chief a $4.9 million Math and Com-
tion building late this year. up in the fact that the University As a result they are planning not before P.A. 124 went into effect). Financial Officer Wilbur K., Pier- puter building, $5.2 million in
But the net space gain will to give the University any funds But top legislators balked at the pont has said, "We have no idea Residential College library and
traditionallynbuilds classrooms for planning the $28 milliond g hs when this matter will be resolved." science facilities and $2.7 million
barel replace what was, as lost with state money.wotofpjesia of giving the University any,
this summer when the old West The state has agreed to begin t o funds for new construction until Pierpont thinks one way out of for General Library renovations.
Physics building was torn down. panning on $28 million worth ofkn the school complies with P.A. 124. the dilemma might be through a In the meantime, the school Is
Despite pressing space needs in University construction projects. ed sources, Governor Romney "The University may get nothing legislative vote not to remove the going ahead as planned on pro-
the architecture and design school, But the administration has re- consulted with legislative leaders (for capital outlay) for the next s jects like the administration
teucartieturend design school,andlo fud to acptrlaning fs about proposed capital outlay ten years," one ranking memberclause i P.A. 124. But Lansing building and the library' addition,
lege, no new classroom buildings because they t would have to con- appropriations for the University of the State Senate's appropria- sources indicate renewal of this These projects are being built
are expected to be ready until the ply with a clause in a state law- in fiscal 1967-68. tions committee told Governor clause is a virtual certainty. With non-state sources, primarily
$11.8 million Residential College Public Act 124 - which deprives His plan called for a $8 million -Romney. The projects tied up in the dis- student fees and gifts, and thus
is finished in the fall of 1968. But the school of the right to design capital outlay appropriation for Vice-President Marvin Niehuss pute include a $4.3 million Modern are not affected by the University-
even that project is in doubt be- and plan its own buildings. the school, up from $5 million this said last September that he wasPLanguage building, a $5.1 million Legislature dispute

No Plans Set
For Student
Power Action
Voice Delays Further
Discussion of Protest,
Speakers Bureau
The student power movement
which produced three sit-ins and
two teach-ins at the University
last semester is now stagnant. No
student organization has of yet..:::.:.....:.
formulated any concrete clans for
action this semester.
Voice political party, which met
last nght, postponed discussion of
tactics to be used in reactivating;
the student movement until its
meeting next Tuesday night.
At that meeting participation in
the Speaker's Bureau, protest ac-
tivities during the Sesquicenten-
nial celebration, the Student Un-
ion and the three commissions
outlined by President Harlan
Hatcher last November will be
Speaker's Bureau VIET NAI
The Speaker's Bureau will send
speakers to all campus housing Prof. M. M. Thomas, Indian visiting
units to discuss complaints about
living conditions. in Aud. A on the "War in VisctNami
The Student Union was organ- lida, Grad. In the panel discussio
ized to present student grievances for the American policy in Vietnam
to the administration and to pro- Vietnam would not cause a "failure
vide services to the student body. . national peace-keeping force, such
Members of Voice disagreed ____..~__~-
about the potential of a continu-
ing student movement at the Uni- S TILL EXPANDING:
versity this semester.
Michael Zweig, Grad, chairman
of Voice said, "I think that there
is a lot of potential for the move-
ment, but the membership of Voice
has not yet decided how to act."

""'"Da11y-.ThOmnas R. Copi
professor of World Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, spoke last night
from the Asian Perspective." Also speaking from the Asian perspective was Japanese student Yoshio
n following Thomas' lecture, Prof. Inis Claude of the Political Science Dept. acted as an apologist
which both Thomas and Ilida attacked. Thomas maintained that American withdrawal from
of confidence in the U.S. by its Asian allies, as long as the U.S. force was replaced by an inter-
as the United Nations.

Faculty Quiet
On Financing
For Theatre
Raise Few Objections
Against Proposed-Use
Of Student Funds
Initial faculty reaction to the
pronosed financing of a Univer-
sity theatre indicated little con-
cern yesterday to the use of stu-
dent fee in the project.
Calling the theatre a "real, vital
thing for students," Prof. Joseph
Wehrer of the architecture school
said he was not sure that the
theatre would serve student needs
as sufficiently as other projects,
but that it would provide needed
cultui'al expansion.
Several faculty members refused
to comment on the financial ass
pects of the theatre because of
lack of information on the money
policies of the University admin-
istration. They tool the view that
if needed monies can legitimately
be taken from the General Fund,
the University should not be
faulted for doing so.
They said, however, that the
theatre would be a welcome ad-
dition to the University ,com-
munity for the cultural opportuni-
ties it would give the student.
Ed Robinson, '67, President of
Student Government Council call-
ed the theatre proposal "unwise"
in that the administration did not
consult students and faculty mem-
bers before making a decision that
affected both groups.
"Since the theatre project will
include non-gift money, spent on
a year to year basis, it will effect
students and therefore the stu-
dents should have a part in the
final decision-making," said Rob-
Dick Wingfield, '67,, commented
that the proposed "theatre is just
as worthwhile a purpose as things
that are drawing student fees."
Wingfield stressed that while some
of the students that are now pay-
ing the funds for the theatre will
not be able to enjoy the benefits,
the theatre will initiate a "de-
formalization of education that is
useful to all students."
The administration has pro-
posed pledging annual payments
of $175,000 in student fees out of
the University's general fund over
the next 25 years to repay a $2
million loan (at five per cent in-
t'erest) on the theatre.
This would be added to a gift
of $1.3 million from Regent-emer-
itus Eugene B. Power and from
$1.2 to $1.7 million worth of un-
.designated funds from the Uni-
versity's $55M drive.

ors Third Decade at 'U';
forInnovative Approach

Starting from Scratch
Voice member William Sachs
disagreed. "I think what's going
to happen is we're going to have
to start from scratch again. We're;
not going to be able to call a
mass meeting or a sit-in and get
large numbers of people."
Other student organizations in-
volved in the student power move-


By DAVID KNOKE One might think that architects Second World War, Likert, a psy-
First of two parts could have planned ahead for an chologist by training, headed a
The Institute for Social Research expected growth-especially since division of program surveys that
has a way of thumbing its nose ISR scientists make prediction somehow outgrew its original
at traditional ideas and methods their speciality-but such is the function in the Department of
r4' ,,,,,, n or n. -.1 f phenomena of ISR that the Agriculture of serving many fed-

ment are Student Government search programs. sprawling complex finds itself go- I eral agencies.
Council and a Speaker's Bureau Institutions often follow a pat- ing in many unpredictable, and After the war, about a dozen
committee, which presently con- tern of growing spectacularly on fruitful, directions at once. members began looking around
sists of about 50 people. -ter inital etuathn In Unique Position for a more congenial location
SGC. which will meet Thursday reaching a peak after which they ISR is in the unique position of from which to study man in his
night, has taken some steps in the live on their prior reputation while being the largest university-based social setting. The academic en-
direction of cooperating with the younger centeirs, sometimes found- social research institute in the vironment of Ann Arbor enticed
commissions outlinedby Hatcher. ed by their own alumni surpass world. Its reputation grows as fast them from the East. With the help
SGC is in the process of select- them The ISR is a exception if not faster than its physical of University faculty and admin-
ing people to serveon thesecom- that breaks the rule, size. Not a week goes by without istrators, the Social Science Sur-
missions which are still largely The ISR, now entering its third the results of some important sur- veys Project, now called the Sur-
unstructured. The Speaker's Bu- decade, shows no sign of slowing vetor the study of small-group vey Research Center, was set up.
reau too is only in the early stages. down. Just ten months after mov- interactions making headline con- Likert was named director and
The Voice members announced ing its vast operation to the sleek tributions to one of the many along with him came such long-
St their meeting that members of brick-and-glass six-story structure disciplines gathered under its roof- time members ofCSR as Angus
Voice will discuss the group's goals on Thompson Street, the place Economists in the. Survey Re- Campbell, Charles Cannell, George
tand specific actions on WOTA for became so overcrowded that more search Center of ISR recently ex- Katona and Leslie Kish.
15 minutes on Tuesdays at 9:05 offices were rented in the down- ploded the myth that high-income Kurt Lewin, a psychologist char-
a.m tonT: n Civil Center Building, people view income taxes as a acterized by Seashore as "a dy-
_m C C B . - - "disincentive" to work harder and namic innovator" in the experi-
i earn more. George Brooks last mental study of small group pro-
T1 year discovered a startling posi- cess, had established a Group Dy-
j'M SU T o E ase R e ulations tie link between supectibiity to namics Center at the Massachu-
the gout and super-intelligence, setts Institute of Technology. Af-
opening avenues to further study ter Lewin's death in 1946, the
O ver Student A ctivities of how people learn. senior staff of the center decided
The institute started under a to. move to another' university
tentative Regental decreein 1946 where the orientation to the social
The Michigan State University 'tions, procedure for amending and as the Social Science Surveys Pro- sciences was stronger than in MIT.
Academic Council last night ap- revising the report and general ject, charged with "research and Form Second Center
proved the final draft of a sweep- recommendations - including a service projects in the field of Lewin's students and colleagues
ing report liberalizing rules and provision for an ombudsman for public opinion survey, on an ex- formed a second center, the Re-
procedures in student activities students. perimental basis . . ." Although search Center for Group Dy-
and student affairs. The report now goes to MSU's the Regents still maintain power namics, which together with the
Passage was assured after Pres- Academic Senate for approval. to terminate ISR's operations and Survey Research Center, now di-
ident John A. Hannah told the The Academic Senate - composed although no employes, even the rected by Piof. Angus Campbell,
Council that reformulation of a of all tenured faculty-can akcept 60 full-time Ph.D.s, are tenured, were officially named the ISR in
controversial section on student or reject, but not amend, the the institute "needn't worry about 1947, with Likert as director of

from federal agencies, industry
and private foundations.
Careful management enables
ISR to recover the indirect costs
that usually run research projects
into the red. This small but cru-
cial surplus permits ISR occasion-
ally to launch new projects for
which a sponsor cannot at first
be found or to enlarge the scope
of current projects.
Sponsorship by outside organi-
zations does pose problems. Staff
initiative or willingness to accept
research proposals offered by
sponsors are the primary ways in
which studies are initiated. Pro-
jects must meet the ISR require-
ment of freedom and publication
(only. one classified project has
ever been undertaken) and meet
the standards of public contri-
bution and ethical propriety.

Mrs. Huebner Urges
Democratic Regent

Mrs. Trudy Huebner of Bloom-
field Hills, one of the seven Re-
publican Regents now on the Uni-
versity Board, has indicated that
she feels Gov. George Romney
should appoint a Democrat to fill
the vacant seat left by the resig-
nation of Allan R.' Sorenson of
Romney is expected to make the

. Republicans mentioned as a re-
placement include Mrs. Marcia
Strickland, Bloomfield Hills, who
is backed by Regent Alvin Bentley,
and Lawrence B. Lindemer ,.of
Stockbridge and John Feikens of
Detroit, who are both former Re-
publican state chairmen. Feikens
recently resigned as chairman of
the Michigan Civil Rights Com-

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