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Seventy-Six Years of Editorial Freedom
Freshman Seminar: Close Student-Facultj
By MICHAEL HEFFER take the seminar. The college will and performing than has been ex- in teaching this, he must have a would utilize readings in fiction working well, we would talk about but not ready to learn from each
While the Residential College is open in East Quadrangle next pected of traditional freshmen," lot of freedom." and non-fiction. what was happening on campus, so other."
still a year off, professors here are fall and is expected to occupy its reported Prof. Wunsch. The four professors teaching it The course also emphasized writ- that our conversation had a chance On the other hand, "the seminar1
6nthusiastic about their experi- own building by the fall of 1969. Proponents of the course see it now "are all pretty free in what ing, for the professors saw the to be better than casual or desul- was not a true seminar. The stu-
ments with a key innovation for Total enrollment is projected at as an opportunity for more free- they want to talk about" in a course as giving the student, "for tory, and could even at times be dents definitely wanted a teacher
the school called freshman semi- 1.200. dom for both the professor and his course that could be taught "with the last time, programmed assist- more substantial than the semi- in the center and did not enjoy
nar. The residential college is an at- students. With the emphasis on almost any kind of subject." said ance in learning to write well." nars," says Gaylord. working together and were not
The two English professors who tempt to combine the educational exposing the student to differ- Thuma. The seminar serves as a substi- 'The course was exciting. The overly impressed with each other
taught a pilot project version of environment of warmth and inti- ent "intellectual committments Gaylord taught the first sec- tute for the freshman English re- students felt privileged to be ac- as scholars."
the 12 student seminar last se- macy in a small college with the and values." and increasing the tion of the seminar last fall to quirement, but is not an English corded our special treatment and
mester offer a unanimous ap- facilities offered by a large uni- student's understanding of his pilot project freshmen. After course. responded with the best they had. Gaylord says "most students
praisal. versity. place in the world, topic selection teaching another section last win- Gaylord's seminar met twice Despite the inevitable dead spots seemed to go deeply into them-
"At the end of the course I Burton Thuma. associate dean becomes secondary ter, he and Thuma wrote reports each week for lunch, and stayed and blunders through one's first selves, d;Ien srislyedt
knew more about those twelve as of the literary college and direc- "The subject matter isn't es- on the course, giving opinions on together until 2:00 p.m. Thuma time through an improvised into the world; I am satisfied that
students and as people than did tor of the residential college. sees sential; they can discuss any- its success and recommendations said he expected that in the resi- course, I felt morale was high," in this seminar they began to have
any other 'adult' in the Univer- the seminar as part of the stu- thing," Thuma said. "The topics for changes. dential college, most professors commented Wunsch. some sense of what the examined
sity." says Prof. Ellis Wunsch. dent's orientation into college, a are to serve as frames for the stu- "The American College" and teaching the course will probably Some of the criticsm of a course life" would entail.
Prof. Allan Gaylord reports that course where the professors try dent's introduction to college life." "the American City" were the eat at least once each week with like the freshman seminar is that Yet Gaylord says that thesemi-
his students were so anxious for to get the students to "think of said Prof. Alan Gaylord of the topics Gaylord and Wunsch chose their seminar students. Residential it tends to become a "bull session." nar was not ideal for all. "There
more time to meet with him that their own problems,examine their English department. to use in their 12-student four- college planners hope that such Gaylord, who considers participa- were a few students, however, for
they had an all day retreat on a own prejudices and clearly think In the residential college al- hour section. contact will bring students and tion in "bull sessions" an import- whom the freedom in the seminar
Saturday to continue their discus- things through" most all faculty members will Gaylord, in introducing the professors closer together. ant part of college life, said stu- was threatening. They needed
sions. "Most of us see the seminar teach a freshman seminar each course to his students, emphasized The luncheon part of Gaylord's dents considered "bull sessions" grades, shrunk from open ends,
All freshmen students in the as an orientation to a more de- year, said Thuma. "But if we that the approach to the sub- seminars were not formal discus- at another level in their education; wanted to be told more definitely
residential college's first class will manding way of thinking, feeling are going to interest a professor ject was interdisciplinary, and sions, "but when things were they were willing to argue with, what to do and think." They were

K Ties
"not ready for independent work.'
To residential college planner
this raises the question of whom t.
admit to the new college. The3
plan to admit students of compar-
able quality as the literary colleg
has (i.e. the same proportion 0:
honors students) but they mighi
not all be prepared to take ad-
vantage of the college.
The question is raised says Gay-
lord, "whether some students wil
never do as well in a freshmar
seminar as in, say, freshman En.
In the residential college, the
freshman seminar will be part :
a "core" program all students mus
take. The other courses will b
the history of western man, logi
and language, the science of be
havior, and aesthetics, and, fo
non-science majors, a general sci
ence course.


Ex-Berkeley Professor
Hits 'Student Tyranny'

A new form of student "tyran-
ny" has caused freedom of speech
to vanish from what was once ad-
mired as the "best-balanceduni-
versity in the country," a former
professor of philosophy at the
University of California's Berk-
ley branch charges.
In an article appearing in the
current Atlantic Monthly maga-
zine, Prof. Lewis Feuer labelsthe
new concept of free speech which
has appeared on t he Berkeley
campus since last year's student
revolt as "unilateral, a freedom
for the New Left which the latter
has denied to others." Feuer
claims that, since the acceptance
of the Faculty Resolution on Free

Speech by the university adminis-
tration," "Political dialogue on
the Berkeley campus has tended
to become merely one between
factions of the New Left."
"Freedom of speech, freedom of
debate have never been at a lower
estate in any major American uni-
vberisty in the last generation,"
Feuer writes.
Feuer, who left Berkeley this
year to take a post at the Uni-
versity of Toronto, refers to Chan-
cellor Roger Heyns as "a praction-
er of adjustment" who "approach-
ed the maladjusted with the spirit
of a humane scientist." Heyns
formerly University Vice President
for Academic Affairs, left the Uni-




A MEETING TO DISCUSS selection of a write-in "peace"
candidate for U.S. representative from the Second Congressional
District, which includes Ann, Arbor, will be held at 7:30 tonight in
Room 3-RS of the Michigan Union.
Local groups who oppose U.S. policy in Viet Nam and feel
they cannot support either Marvin Esch, Republican candidate
or Weston E. Vivian, incumbent Democratic candidate, are spon-
soring the meeting.
STUDENTS WHOSE ADDRESSES and phone numbers were
not recorded on registration forms have been asked to report the
information to 2226 Student Activities Bldg. by Tuesday in order
to make it available to this year's Student Directory.
A UNIVERSITY ECONOMICS professor, Paul McCracken,
says an income tax hike may be necessary despite President John-
son's anti-inflation proposals.
"One of the limitations of this action is that the real bite on
the business industry is apt to come around the second quarter of
next year," McCracken said. "What we should have had is tax
action which would take hold immediately with the possibility
that you could let your foot off the brake pedal by the middle
part of next year."
But, he said, Johnson's action in suspending the 7 per cent
business tax credit on plant expansions is a "good policy in a time
when some of our economic problems were clearly becoming
rather severe."

versity to become cancellor at
Berkeley a year ago.
Feuer goes on to say that the
Berkeley administration has ac-
quired a "Machiavellian reputa-
tion," one no university adminis-
tration can afford. Suspicion and
mistrust have become the norm
in the Berkeley community," he
Feuer adds that "a process of
political selection has begun at
Berkeley. He claims that this can
be shown by the fact that several
of the leading moderates and
liberals have recently resigned -
most notably, Seymour Lipset, di-
rector of the Institute for Inter-
national Studies, Dwight Walko,
director of the Institute for Gov-
ernmental Studies, and Paul Sea-
bury, a former national officer of
the Americans for Democratic Ac-
Feuer predicts that in the future
Berkeley could become a univer-
sity "whose tone will be set by the
students and teachers of the new
Feuer places the blame for the
deteirioration of freedom of speech
at Berkeley on the adoption'of the
faculty resolution last year. He
claims that "perhaps in a less
crisis - ridden atmosphere the
Berkeley faculty could have con-
tributed constructively to defining
freedom of speech for the univer-
sity setting.
The faculty resolution stated
that the only regulations concern-
ing political activities on campus-
es should be those of "time, place,
and manner."
j He added that the faculty prom-
ulgated a charter which could be
used to safeguard the advocacy
and planning of immediate acts
of violence, illegal demonstrations,
terroristoperations, interferences
with troop trains and obscene
speech and action."
Feuer reports that Berkeley's
experimental college, begun under
the immediate impact of the stu-
dent uprising and comparable to
the proposed University residential
college, is on "the verge of foun-
"This latest quest for an educa-
tional utopia, to which so many
students had attached a touch-
ing faith and hope was by spring
in a sorry pass." he concludes.

Report Hanoi
Soviet Side
Increased Flexibility
Toward Negotiations
Seen as Possibility
MOSCOW -North Viet Nam
moving reluctantly into the SoviE
sphere of influence and away fror
Communist China, the New Yor
Times reported yesterday.
The result could add flexibilit
to the Communist strategy to en
the Viet Nam war, according t
Western sources here.
In the past, Soviet efforts to en
courage the North Vietnamese t
negotiate with the United Stat
were rebuffed, and the hard lii
of the Communist Chinese' domi
nated North Viet Nam's Presider
Ho Chin Minh's approach.
Diplomats now judge the Rus
sians to be in a stronger uositio
than ever to presstheir counsel o
the leadership in Hanoi.
The change in Hanoi's positio
came last month, according to tli
diplomats. China's erratic interni
politics is believed to have die
illusioned the North Vietnames
with their Chinese alliance ani
consequently, increased their dc
pendence on Moscow.
North Viet Nam's Premier Phai
Van Dong conferred with Sovi4
leaders last month in a signif
cant meeting. Several days ago,
high North Vietnamese officu
met with Soviet Communist Pan
Leader Leonid Brezhnev.
An indication of the meeting
sensitivity is that neither side hi
officially acknowledged that ti
meeting took place.
There is widespread speculatic
that last month's high-level mee
ing between Soviet and Nor
Vietnamese leaders concerned a
ternative courses of action.
The analysts considered th
new interest in negotiations cou
have arisen from either side. .
North Vietnamese could have i
formed Moscow that they= we;
now interested in more serioi
peace feelers, or the Russian
newly confident in their positi
with regard to Peking, could ha
renewed suggestions that mo
could be gained by negotiate
than by fighting.
Either way, the diplomats sai
the Chinese are no longer in
position to make their argumen
against negotiations stick
However, it is apparently st
against President Ho Chi Mint
policy to allow North Viet Nan
be tied irrevocably to one Con
munist power or another.

A COLD, GREY COMPUTER SEEKING UNIVERSITY STUDENT S to match up with other University students has been seen wan-
dering around campus, but these students surveyed by The Daily did not seem very anxious to respond to its questions. They are. (top
row, from left to right): Karen Kartheiser. Bob Kraft, Ricki Graff (bottom row): Jan Supovitz, Bob Ross and Karl Schneider.
Com uter Datixng Service Viewed
By tudnt with Mixed Reactions

What did you think of your
computer date who was scienti-
fically chosen for you by the most
modern techniques?
"I would rather have gone out
with the computer!" is the com-
ment of Jerry Grossman, '70. This
comment expresses the feeling of
the majority of students whose
opinions were sampled on campus
"The problem which arises with
computerized dating is not the
fault of the computer but rather

it is the fault of the students who
fill out the quesionnaires," says
Jan Supovitz, '69. "Therefore, any
mismatches which arise are due to
exaggeration or outright lies made
by the students." Mimi Bales, '70,
agrees: "Some boys fill out the.
forms as if they were the ideal
date just so they could go out
with a neat girl."
Blonds don't seem to have more
fun in computerized dating. "My
date called me and all he asked
was what color my hair was," ex-
plains Karen Kartheiser, '69.

Sociologist Bendix Inaugurates Lecture Series,
Part of New History Masters Degree Program

"When I told him it was blonde,
he said I hate blondes' and hung
up!" Even though the boy event-
ually - did take her out, Karen
vows, "I'll never go on one of those
computer dates again."
Ricki Graff, '69, feels that the
computer dating system puts the
girls at a disadvantage which the
boys can avoid.
"When a boy receives his date's
name, he can check her out to see
what she is like; that way he only
takes out the girls whom he thinks
are good enough for him. The girl
can't do this and must accept
whomever decides to call her up,"
she said.
How do the boys feel about com-
puter dating? Sandy Levison, '70,
"would like to examine the com-
puter system before he would ac-
cept the results."
Karl Schneider, '70, believes
that the computer dating takes all
of the fun out of looking for a
Sometimes mismatches occur
which are difficult to explain.
"I called my date to find out
what time I could pick her up,"
relates Dave Willard, '70, "and I
found out that she was two years
older than I was and hadn't even
filled out the form. It turned out
that she and the girl I was sup-
posed to date had the same name
and that I was given the wrong
telephone number by the dating
What type of person signs up for
a computer date? Many boys like

that her date will be someone with
whom she might not be comfort-
able," she said.
Computerized dating services
for college students vary greatly
in accuracy and selectivity. The
Collegiate Dating Game, which
most students are familiar with,
operates through the mail and re-
lies on the honesty of the appli-
cants. Questionnaires, which were
distributed throughout c a m p u s,
were the basis of matching of
Not only is specific information
sought about the students' phy-
sical appearances, hobbies, etc.,
but also about the applicant's so-
cial and moral attitudes.

NSA Services to Students
Lack Sufficient Publicity

Prof. Reinhard Bendix, reknown
sociologist at the University ofj
California at Berkeley, will give
the first of a series of collo-
qpia on comparative studies in
history tomorrow night. His talk
will mark the establishment of a
new Masters Degree Program in
Comparative Studies in the his-
tory department here.
The program culminates several
years work by the history de-
partment toward integrating com-

sented during the semester in
conjunction with the history de-
partment's new program. Also es-
tablished as part of the program
is a special seminar for faculty
and graduate students to be offer-
ed in the winter term by Bernard
Cohn, professor of anthropology
and history at the University of
"The establishment of a degree
of MA in Comparative Studies is
the logical outcome of the depart-
ment's commitment," John Bow-

students whose training cuts
across the normal chronological
and geographical divisions of his-
tory while using the methods of
at least on other social science,"
says Bowditch.
"At the same time, the require-
ments for the degree have been
carefully designed to fit efficient-
ly into work for the PhD. Even
the special theme of comparison
for the Master's degree in compar-
ative history can be developed in-
to one of the fields for the gen-

the formal master's degree pro-
gram and a series of activities
made possible by funds from a
portion of a grant for finterna-
tional studies given to the Uni-
versity by the Ford Foundation
last spring.
In addition to making it possi-
ble to bring specialists from oth-
er campuses to the University to
participate in the colloquia and
the special seminar, the grant will
provide funds for the development
of cooperative research programs

"More important, each year, sev-
eral graduate studies courses and
seminars have been offered. A
great deal of practical experience
has been gained by the faculty
and student reaction has been en-
thusiastic. Participation in courses
offered by the department and
personnel from other departments
in the social sciences and the hu-
manitis has steadily increased."
He noted the key role played
by Prof. Sylvia Thrupp, interna-
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Every spring, near the bottom,
of the Student Government Coun-
cil election ballot appear the
names of several candidates run-
ning for "National Student Asso-
ciation delegate."
Often this is the last anyone
hears of these people.
Yet every year four elected and
four or five appointed delegates
are sent by SGC, at a cost of
from $1000 to $1500, as repre-

cifically, whether the Universi
is making the fullest possible u
of NSA.
NSA can be most directly ben
ficial to the University throu
the general services it offers
all member schools. The Stude
Government Information Servi
is a lending library of documer
on over 400 topics which anal3
common problems and suggest
tablished solutions to them. It
designed to help member scho
solve specific problems by provi

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