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Facult, Administrators Discuss

Because the current, University calendar ends in June, both
faculty and administration are sending out tentative feelers to
investigate new concepts of scheduling being developed around the
The University "is not thinking of any radical change," Erieh A.
Walter, secretary to the University, says, but it is being careful to
give new calendaring ideas "a lot of consideration."
This summer, at the request of the University of Pittsburgh, the
University sent Prof. Paul S. Dwyer of the mathematics department
to their "Conference on the Trimester Calendar."
Prof. Dwyer, who chaired a University Calendaring Committee in
1958, said he was sent to Pitt because the "University wants to be
kept informed on the development of trimesters."
Trimester System
The trimester system, one of the most popular of the current
organizational innovations, is based on the theory that the institu-
tional plants stand idle or half-used for too many months each year,
wasting buildings, denying education to students, and being generally
uneconomical, at least from the businessman's point of view.

With trimesters, the school plant is filled continually. At Pitt,
the year is divided into three periods: Fall trimester, which runs from
early September to Christmas vacation, winter trimester from Janu-
ary through April, and the Spring trimester from April to August.
This leaves only one month for institutional idleness before the
beginning of the fall period.
The Pitt semester is slightly shorter than the University's, leaving
15 weeks for classes and examinations, while the University aims for
a 15-week period of classes and a two-week examination schedule.
Not Adequate Substitute
"As a teacher, I don't think a 15-week semester is an adequate
substitute for the present length. You can't get as much done-there
is only a certain amount of course content you can fit into a shorter
time," Prof. Dwyer says.
"We might raise the semester length by cutting down on the
final exam period," he adds, "but the University's traditional emphasis
on final exams would tend to make the faculty reject this idea."
The alternative to cutting down on either semester length or
exam periods, while remaining in the trimester system, would be to
extend the trimester to 16 weeks, and have it run through the entire

See Pa"e 4


Seventy Years of Editorial Freedom

VOL. LXXI, No. 28



Dean Bacon
Cites Stand
On Drinking
Alcohol Rule Breach
Violates Honor .Code
Dean of Women Deborah bacon
said yesterday that, contrary to
the Impression given by a letter
read Wednesday at Student Gov-
ernment Council, she was acting
according to established proce-
dures in removing two women from
Cambridge Hall for alleged viola-
tion of regulations concerning al-
coholic beverages.
"Residence halls are all run by
the University, and they are all
state buildings. Drinking is not
allowed in residence halls, regard-
less of the age of the students,"
she said.
The regulation allegedly violat-
ed by the two Cambridge occu-
pants says: At NO TIME may a
girl have intoxicating beverages
in her room, REGARDLESS OF
Last spring, when the Cambridge
apartments were being organized
rules were set up by the Women's
Judiciary Council, Assembly As-
sociation, and a committee of
women who would live in the
apartments. Two meetings took
place at which the regulations
were explained to all women plan-
ning to live in Cambridge Hall.
Contains Copy
In addition, every apartment
contains a copy of Judiciary rules
booklet published especially for the
honor residence hall.
Cambridge Hall has an honor
system for hours, wherein women
do not sign out, and must fill
out a slip for the housemother if
they come in late.
Women are on their honor to
report apartment mates who do
not come in on time, for their own
protection. They are also on their
honor to observe the drinking and
male guest regulations, as no one
is supposed to be regularly check-
Ing on them.
Directly to Office
Breaches in the honor system
concerning hours are handled just
as in sorority houses, with cases
going to the house Judiciary and
Women's Judic, depending upon
their seriousness.
However, cases concerning male
guests after calling hours and the
consumption of alcoholic bever-
ages go directly to the Dean's Of-
"Women's Judic has agreed that
In the first year or so of this
highly experimental method these
will be left in the Dean of Wom-
en's hand," Miss Bacon explained
She stressed that Cambridge
Hall is a "pilot plant," and added
that if the honor system works
there, "Women's Judic is hoping
we can spread this across the
board. Our great hope is that ju-
niors and seniors could all oper-
ate on this basis, in residence halls
and sorority houses alike."
Council Holds
initial Meting
The Graduate Student Coun-
cil held its first meeting of the
school year last night in the
Rackham Bldg. to. organize and
plan activities.
Council President Edgar Man-

Papers Lack Aims,
Lindstrom Charges
New Book Blames Newspaper Ills
On Failure to Lead Community
"Most of the ills and failures of modern journalism can be at-
tributed to the fading consciousness of the newspaper's function to
supply news," a former University journalism professor says.
"The concern of the newspaper should be more than Just to
report the styles, manners, tastes, deportment and caprices of man-
kind. Its function is to help establish real criteria of taste and
style, to establish manners, to encourage and keep alive the civic
conscience, to create a climate favorable to cultural life," Carl E.
Lindstrom adds in "The Fading American Newspaper," published to-
In the publisher's concern for cultivation of the common man
and total circulation, he has forgotten the "uncommon man." "I ad-


mire the newspaper publishers in
this country who have the cour-
age to refuse to conform to me-
diocrity-the courage to open
their mouths, which is a good
deal these days when journalism's
high priests of the First Amend-
ment do not know that it also
sanctifies free speech," Lindstrom
Another problem of today's
press is that it is violently op-
posed to internal change.
"By comparison with other in-
dustries, the amount of research
done by the newspaper industry
is negligible. For an industry that
grosses more than four billion dol-
lars a year such neglect of the
principles of self-preservation is
to court disaster."
Lindstrom says the newspaper
press is too costly and too big
for what it does. It is ineffectual,
working at top speed and produc-
ing news hours behind electronic
Commenting on the editorial
pages-of today's newspapers, Lind-
strom objects to the fact that
people no longer become angry
over anything that appears in edi-
torial pages.
"Editorial writers are serious,
competent people, but in its pres-
ent character of being all things
to all men, the editorial page
strives for neutral ground, even
if there isn't any.
See LINSTROM, Page 5

WSU Faces
Court Case
By Merchant
Book Store Owner
Asks Injunction
The owner of a small Detroit
book store will bring Wayne State
University to court at 11 a.m.
this morning because it would not
allow the ".Global Book Forum"
to hold a meeting tonight on its
Mrs. Helen Winter, owner of
the Global Book Store and secre-
tary of the forum, will ask Cir-
cult Court Judge George E. Bowles
for an injunction preventing
WSU's Board of Governors from
cancelling the meeting.
Mrs. Winter was convicted of
advocating violent overthrow of
the government in 1954, but the
decision was reversed-by the Unit-
ed States Supreme Court. WSU
forbade the meeting in spite of
its month-old policy which lifted
a ban against Communist speak-
ers on campus.
WSU President Clarence Hil-
berry forbade the meeting yester-
day, saying it would not "con-
form" to the educational purposes
of McGregor Center, the site of
the proposed event. The organiza-
tion had a signed contract with
the University for the use of the
center and had already paid the
$25 rental fee when the cancella-
tion statement was issued.
"The Forum met twice before
at McGregor with no problems,"
Ernest Goodman, Mrs. Winter's
lawyer, said last night.
"The reasons the university gave
Mrs. Winter for forbidding the
meeting are only vague references
to their policies. My guess as to
the real reason is pressure put on
the school in the wake of recent
publicity about the relaxation of
rules against Communist speakers
on campus."
Goodman's law partner, George
W. Crockett. is scheduled to speak
before the forum later this year.
Harvey O'Connor, author of "Em-
pire of Oil" was to speak tonight
on "Upheaval in Latin America."

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. unintelligent actions

Shapiro Raps1
Cuba Policy
"Both the United States and
Cuba are acting unintelligently in
the current crisis," Prof. Samuela
Shapiro of the history depart-J
ment at Michigan State University
said yesterday.
In speaking to the Political Is-
sues Club and the International
Student Association, Prof. Shapiro
pointed out the fault of the United
States in the present crisis. "We
cannot ignore Ca~stro and hope
he'll go away," he said. "We tried
this with Communist China and
it didn't work.
"We have to try some way to
keep our diplomatic lines open,"
he said. "Telling Americans to get
out of a country means that we
expect some armed conflict. We
must stay in Cuba and come to
terms with them."
Prof. Shapiro indicated that Cu-
ban Premier Fidel Castro had tried
to come to terms with the United
States after his victory, "but he
felt the United States didn't like
him." He said that Castro, after
b e i n g rebuffed by President
Dwight D. Eisenhower, turned to
the Communists for support. .
He said that our embargoes and
severance of diplomatic ties only
"hands over Cuba to the Russians.
When we took away our sugar
allowance, we took away $92 mil-
lion a year from them.
Touristsfe Dn
Spy Charges

Maze Tests Human Learnng Abilties

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