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Government Seeks To
.Put Lid on Use of LSJJ

State Board Calls for Autonomy of MTU Branch

In July, Gov. George Romney
signed into law a bill making the
manufacture and possession of
LSD a felony.
This action is part of a series
4 of events illustrating the great
concern of adults around the na-
tion about the use of LSD. Con-
gress has held hearings on it to
find out how widespread its use
is and what should be done about
it, if anything.
A special corps of undercover
agents is going into action on
college campuses and elsewhere to
combat the illicit manufacture,
sale and use of the mind-expand-
ing drug LSD, the Food and Drug
Administration has revealed.
FDA Commissioner James L.
Goddard said LSD has been un-
der intensive investigation by med-
ical researchers since it was dis-
covered by accident in 1943, and
that no legitimate medical use
has ever been found for it.
'Pure Bunk'
Asked, what he thought of the
widely-published claim that LSD
"expands" the mind and makes
possible a sort of mystical spiritual
experience, Goddard snapped,
"Pure bunk."
"It's an extremely dangerous
drug that can precipitate serious
psychiatric illness or even suicide,"
he added.
Goddard said that no one real-
ly knows how widespread the cur-
rent LSD fad is. "You hear loose
talk about 30 per cent of college
students using LSD, but I know of
no reliable data on the extent of
the usage, he said. "That's one
of the things we're trying to find
out now."
Goddard said the FDA, together
with the National Institute of
discover how widespread abuse of
Mental Health, would attempt to
LSD has become.
"Along with this will be an edu-
cational effort aimed at college
students and others who seem to
be particularly at risk, to try to
acquaint them with the dangers of
thed rug and to counteract this
dangerous publicity that others
have put forth advocating the use
of the drug for mystical experi-
ence," Goddard said.
He revealed that special inves-

tigators are in training now at the would hate to see them charged!
University of California at Berke- with a crime," Goddard said.
ley. The FDA issued a warning to
"We now have 60 men working college administrators in April
out there; who are being trained saying that use of mind-manifest-
as undervocer investigators. We Ing drugs was increasing and call-
have already graduated two class- ed it an insidious and dangerous
es and there will be more brought activity.
into the program after July," he Whatever the number of users,
said, to most school administrators any
Three states-California, Neva- incidence spells trouble. Despite
da and Michigan - have passed the kinds of pressures that can be
laws banning the manufacture, applied to schools by parents as
sale and use of LSD and have im- well as governmental bodies, ad-
posed severe penalties on viola- ministrators generally seem to be
tors. Other states have bills pend- taking the situation in stride.
ing which would make possession "The g e n e r a 1 denunciation
of the drug a felony. against LSD is not expressed in
Campuses Awash warnings against its use on moral
There has been a flood of re- grounds, but that it is dangerous,"
ports which make it appear that says Howard Becker, sociology pro-
America's colleges and university fessor at Northwestern University
campuses are awash with marit n Evanston, Ill. He is author of
juana, lysergic acid diethylamideOutsiders,' a book which deals
LSD-25 - mescaline, psilocybin with deviant behavior by youth.
and other drugs, such as pep pills Another professor suggests that
and goof balls. even warnings about a danger
There is evidence that at schools is diffiult to eloncer ned ears.
all over the United States there lose his mind with LSD when he
are some students who have had knows he can have his whole head
some experience with LSD or known .ecn .nve Nam."a
grass, as marijuana is now called blown of f in Viet Nam.
bytehip or in groups. Talks with students land faculty
by the.hBt ow mgr y? at various schools from coast to
Some. But how many? coast appear to bear this out.
No one really has any concrete Users Doubt Danger
figure. No one knows how many ofU D a
the nation's 5,320,294 college and 'Grass has been accepted on
university students are using, or campuses because no one really be-
have used psychedelic - mind- lieves it is harmful," says a Uni-
manifesting-drugs. versity of Texas student.
Leary, a pioneer ex- "Too many people who are edu-
TimonyLenter with LSD estime cated-you know, we can read and
that perhaps one-third of the servatioand rea on d en erom r-
nation's young college students are ence, that stories about mar-
experimenting with the drug. He Juana simply are not true. They
baseshis'estimate on information are convinced that the threat to
he hays he has received from cor- health and morals is no greater
respondents - about 700 letters a than with ordinary tobacco and
week-students and faculty who certainly far less than with alco-
have attended his lectures, and hol."
from numerous sources among Is this dabbling with drugs a
college and high school age groups. tell-tale sign that the college gen-
Goddard gave some clue to the eration is going to be lost to real-
extent of college use at a Senate ity? How does one assess the gen-
hearing at which he rejected sug- eration?
gestions by Sen. Thomas J. Dodd "I do not despair for this college
(D-Conn) that use of LSD be generation," says Northwestern's
made a crime. Dr. Wolff. "They are more intel-
"It would automatically place ligent, more alert, thinking more,
maybe 10 per cent of hundreds doing more, and are probably
of thousands of college students physically healthier than any oth-
in the category of criminals. I er generation in our history."

The State Board of Education3
approved last June the expansion1
of the Sault Ste. Marie branch ofk
Michigan Technological Universityi
to a four-year degree-grantingf
institution. The branch presentlyf
offers only the first four years.
The board also named Harold T.<
Smith of Kalamazoo to the post of
Project Director for development
of a State Plan for Higher Edu-
The board also approved a pro-
gram leading to independence of
the branch within a six year per-
iod. Michigan Technological Uni-
versity is expected to ask the state
Legislature for authorization and
funds towards an autonomous1
Sault branch.
Representatives of the univer-
sity said they hope that the auton-
omy can be granted sometime be-
tween 1968 and 1972. This actionE
would bring to 12 the number of
four-year state-supported institu-
tions of higher learning.
The board's decision on, the,
Sault branch was based on an ad-
visory committee recommendation
made last October that the branch
be expanded beginning this fall.
Thomas J. Brennan, board pres-
ident, said that one consideration
in the Sault decision was the fact
that the board has "clearly stated
its opposition to -additional uni-
versity branches and its desire
that those which do exist should
become autonomous in the near
This statement could very easily
have an effect on the University's

putes over whether the Flint
branch should remain under Uni-
versity administration or be grant-
ed autonomy was not raised. How-
ever, the Sault decision may pre-
sage a potential board policy to
convert all branches of the present
state colleges and universities to
autonomous units.
Smith has been Economic Pro-
gram Director of the Upjohn In-
stitute since 1957 and prior to
that was a professor and later
vice-president of Kalamazoo Col-
lege for 11 years.
The education plan is expected
to be ready in its final form early
in 1967, according to board mem-
ber Charles Morton. Discussed by
educators for almost a decade, the
idea behind a master plan for
post-secondary education is to
establish uniform guidelines which
can be applied to individual policy
decisions relating to Michigan's
rapidly expanding system of high-
er education.
Branch Controversy
For example, a state plan with
an explicit policy on the proper
role of branch colleges would have
been applicable two springs ago
when a heated controversy arose
over the addition of freshman
sophomore classes at the Uni-
versity's Flint College branch.
MSU Request
Michigan State University re-
quested the State Board of Edu-
cation to approve expansion of
MSU's new two-year medical

granting program.
The request came in the form of
a letter from MSU President John
Hannah to the board, saying the
MSU trustees instructed him to
ask approval of a 'full degree pro-
gram in human medicine."
The two-year MSU College of
Human Medicine will open this
fall with a class of about 25 stu-
dents. Original approval of the
controversial college came before
the board began operating, but the
school needs board approval to

gave its consent. Last November
the board decided not to take a
position on the question because
the Legislature had already acted
upon it, though Board President
Thomas Brennan indicated at that
time that the board planned to
consider budgeting of the MSU
Brennan commented that he

Flint branch. The question of dis- school to a four-year, degree-, several years until the Legislature[


does not know what the expansion
mittee report will weigh heavily.
decision will be, but said the coin-
Study reports during 1962-63
had backed an 18-month medical
program at MSU while shying
away from a two-year course cur-
riculum because it would appear
as a commitment for future es-
tablishment of a full medical




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