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ONCE A YEAR the University pauses to honor those of its
students who have excelled in the classroom. This is a most
ptoper exercise Nevertheless, it is no signal for complacence.
In this complex institution the meaning of the academic
experience often becomes shrouded, covered by a multiplicity of
false pursuits and non-pursuits. The value of education may be
lost in the din of a Yost Field House crowd; it may be destroyed
by the pseudo-pedantry of an honors program.
Despite overwhelming pressures to the contrary, education.
can suffer neither a grade nor a dollar value; it carries its own
meaning with the individual.r
AS THE UNIVERSITY branches into more and more areas,
as each area requires more and more specialized training, the
danger becomes great indeed that the student will forget the
broad, intrinsic purpose of education: to instill an awareness, anh
understanding of the world in which we live. The student who
leaves the University without a social conscience and an ability
to act has learned nothing.
The educated man is neither chemist nor historian; neither
lawyer nor doctor; neither businessman nor politician. The edu-
cated man is a sensitive human being who has developed his in.
tellectual powers to the fullest in order to cope with the problems
surrounding him. His scope, his involvement know no bounds.
You who are participating in this 41st honors convocation
deserve commendation for your accomplishments. But you have
a challenge to meet which is far greater, far more important
than your past.
IF YOU ARE the elite of this elite institution, you must apply
your knowledge to the society of which you are already a part.
You cannot dissolve your responsibility to participate in the
pressing issues of the moment and to enunciate the broader prin
ciples which underlie them. However specific your pursuits may
become, you cannot forget the community of mankind.
The University has given you a privileged education. In
the classroom you have responded well. But that is only a begin-
ning. Your obligations to society are commensurate with your 3
abilities. -H. NEIL BERKSON
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Give Recognition for Scholastic Achleven

Honors convocations have been held annually by the University
since the first one was instituted May 13, 1924, by President Marion
LeRoy Burton. On these occasions the University has publicly recog-
nized and commended the undergraduate students who have earned
distinguished academic records in its schools and colleges.
It is appropriate that those students be honored who have most
clearly and effectively recognized the first reason for a university's
existence-to offer educational opportunity of the highest quality.
"The Honors Convocation takes rank with the Commencement ex-
ercises among the important ceremonies of the University year," said
Secretary of the University Erich A. Walter.
The Committee on the Honors Convocation is made up of three
deans, two students and two ex officio members. This yeai' the mem-
bers are Dean William Haber of the literary college; Dean Rhoda R.
Russell of the nursing school; Dean Floyd A. Bond of the business
administration school; Secretary of the University Erich A. Walter,
ex officio; Director of the Office of Registration and Records Edward
G. Groesbeck, ex officio; Kay Ann Donahue, '64, and Thomas Grant
Draper, '65.
The deans on the committee are appointed by University Presi-
dent Harlan Hatcher. The students on the committee are appointed

by President Hatcher from a list submitted to him by Student Gov-
ernment Council.
Those students who have earned records for the last two semes-
ters equivalent to at least half A and half B qualify as honors stu-
dents. Freshmen are judged only on first semester grades.
James B. Angell scholars are those students who have earned
an all A or "four-point" record for two consecutive semesters or more,
and Angell scholars are given a special place in the program. William
Darrel Ensminger, '65, and Arnold Revzin, '64E, are being especially
recognized for achieving seven consecutive semesters of all A'sy
Those who achieved five consecutive semesters of A's are Susan
Gain Cohn, '64, Sharon Beth Feiman, '65, and Marcia Ann Ilton, '64.
One student, Scott Elliot Monroe, '65, has four semesters of all A's.
There were 64 Angell scholars last year and this year there are
79, an increase of 15. Also there are several hundred more honors
students this year than last, in spite of the much-bemoaned pressures
of the trimester scheduling. In fact, the facts might even indicate
that it has improved scholarship.
The honors edition of The Daily originated in 1953 at the sug-
gestion of Secretary Walter. Twenty years ago, the Honors Convoca-
tion included both undergraduate and graduate honors students. "The


Honors Edition

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Seventy-three Years of Editorial Freedom


VOL. LXXIV, No. 170



To Dedicate

Union Peace Corps Plaque

Commemorates First
Unveiling of Proposal
Kennedy Announced Plan on Union
Steps in 1960 Campaign Speech
A plaque commemorating the unveiling of the Peace
Corps plan will be dedicated on the same historic spot that the
proposal was originally made by presidential candidate John
F. Kennedy in 1960.
Harlan Cleveland, assistant secretary of state for in-
ternational organization affairs, will dedicate the Kennedy
Peace Corps plaque at 1:45 a.m. today in front of the Michi-
gan Union.
Kennedy, in his 1960 campaign speech, called upon the
youth of the country to face up to the critical nature of the
situation facing America, and
to offer their own abilities and
work to the cause of interna-

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THIS PLAQUE will be placed
on the Union steps where the
late John F. Kennedy first an-
nounced his Peace Corps pro-
posal in 1960.,

tional good will.
The plaque being placed at the
Union is one of two that have
,een prepared. The University is
also sending a plaque to the Ken-
nedy Memorial Library being built
at Harvard University.
Kennedy emphasized in the
speech that he was not asking
the student group for its political
support but for "your support for
this country over the next decade."
The future of 'this country and
"all those who look to the United
States with any degree of hope"
is dependent not only on the Pres-:
ident but "heavily on the people,"
he said.
Shortly after Kennedy became
President, the Peace Corps propos-
al was enacted by Congress with
Sargent Shriver as the head. The
organization has since come to
be a flourishing one with recruits,
many of them from United' States
colleges and universities, working
around the world to accelerate the
technological development of the
underdeveloped nations.
The University has played an
important role.in the Peace Corps
program since its inception in
1961, serving as a training area
for various Corps programs. In
addition, Prof. E. Lowell Kelly of
the psychology department help-
ed establish the selection proced-
ure for corpsmen.

Acting Managing Editor
A new and unique division of
the literary college will help re-
vive the battered concept of lib-
eral education, University plan-
ners hope-
The residential college, soon to
be established somewhere in the
campus area, will be a small lib-
eral-arts college essentially self-
contained: its students will both
reside and attend classes within
its building or closely-knit group
of buildings.
In this format, planners hope-
to maintain a small-college "espir-
it de corps" centering around in-
tellectual c onc e rns -- concerns
which are shared because students
will have many classes in common.
Also within the small-college
framework educational innova-
tions are envisioned which would
be difficult and expensive to try
out in the large, already-establish-
ed literary college. One proposal
has advocated an improved fresh-
men, sophomore curriculum and
the orientation of courses toward
independent student study, pos-
sibly including class-less "reading
periods" during the term.
These innovations would tend
to free faculty members to give
tutorials for advanced students,
specially requested courses, more
individualized consultation, a n d
small discussion and seminar ses-
Proponents also maintain that
location near the University will
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rogram To Honor
Undergraduate Work
Secretary of International Affairs
Accepts Keynote Invitation from 'U'
Harlan Cleveland, assistant secretary of state for inter-
national organization affairs, will deliver the address at the
41st annual honors convocation today at 10:30 a.m. in Hill
Cleveland replaces Pierre Salinger, former press secre-
tary to the late President John F. Kennedy. Salinger is cam-
paigning for the Senate in California, and told the Univer-
sity Sunday that he would be unable to come here to deliver
the convocation address.
Cleveland will also dedicate a plaque on the steps in
front of the Michigan Union. The plaque commemorates the
late President's first an-, ,

Sets Budget
At New High
University appropriations f o r
the coming fiscal year survived
several Legislative attempts in re-
cent weeks to cut Gov. George
Romney's o r ig ina1 operating
budget recommendation of $44
million. The capital outlay budget'
also passed at $5.4 million.
This record levy of $44 million,
which is 15.2 per cent higher than
the current $38.2 million operat-
ing budget appropriation, will
allow priority programs to be met
next year, University administra-
tors indicate.
The funds for priority budget
needs were placed in danger when
the House Ways and Means Com-
mittee voted the higher education
budget bills out of committee with
a five per cent across the board
cut. The. funds 'cut by the com-
mittee were restored in the budget
by House floor action.
Previously the Senate Approp-
riations Committee considered cut-
ting the budgets of the three larg-
est state universities, but finally

THE PHYSICS and Astronomy Departments are reaching new heights in the large, towering Physics-
Astronomy Bldg. on East University St. Completed last summer, the building houses a library, labs,
offices, classrooms and lecture halls.
Plan New Buildings on Campus

Numerous new University build-
ings and projects are either un-
derway or in the planning stages,
and old facilities are being re-
modeled to meet the projected
needs of the University, Richard
Schwartz, capital program analyst,
said last week.
In the final stages of comple-

tion on the growing North Cam-
pus is the new $4.1 million School
of Music building, scheduled to
open this summer.
Housing Project
Right behind the School of
Music is the site of the North
Campus Housing project, for
which the plans are not yet final-
ized as completion isn't expected

Successful. Athletes Bring TItles to 'U'

until the spring '66 semester.
North Campus Center nearby
will provide a Union or League
type facility for the students oc-
cupying the new housing. Con-
struction has been started on this
$1.4 million project, with comple-
tion planned for 1965.
Construction on the first part
of the new $10 million Dental
Bldg.,directly behind the present
facilities, will start next spring.
The present building will be event-
ually torn down, and the second
stage of construction begun on the
site. A research wing and library
are special features of this pro-
ject, with completion set for 1968.
The 13,000-14,000 seat Univer-
sity Events Bldg. for basketball,
graduation and similar events is
expected to be ready for the win-
ter season of 1966, Schwartz said.
A bid has been taken for an
Institute for Social Research
building,and constructionhwork
should begin this fall on the $2
million project, which will be on
Thompson Street.
The telescopes which are now
housed in the old Astronomy Bldg.
near the hospital will be moved
to the Astronomy Observatory to

nouncement of his proposal to
establish the Peace Corps-a
proposal made when Kennedy
spoke to an early-morning
crowd assembled on the Union
steps to hear him speak during
the 1960 presidential cam-
World Situation
Cleveland's address isexpected
to emphasize how successes in
past international relations have
created new problems for the
United States and how these and
future problems must be met by
the setting up of international
Today's convocation provides of-
ficial University recognition and
commendation for distinguished
undergraduate students: those
who have received a 3.5 grade
point average (half A's and half
B's) or better over the last two
semesters in any of the under-
graduate schools and colleges of
the University.
University President H a r 1 a n
Hatcher will be presiding at the
In addition to honor students,
undergraduates are being recog-
nized in many other areas for su-
perior achievement. Initiates to
the many campus honorary socie-
ties and recipients of special
awards and scholarships are list-
ed in the honors edition of The
Also included in the convoca-
tion program will be selections
performed by the University Men's
Glee Club. A tea given by Presi-
dent and Mrs. Hatcher to honor
the participating students and

A football season of ups-and-downs was climaxed by a winter
sports season which brought unprecedented recognition to the Univer-
sity in the athletic world.
The winter sports teams brought home five Big Ten trophies in
all - a feat never before accomplished by any school.
The hockey, basketball, wrestling and gymnastics teams parlayed
their Midwest dominance into a national array of honors that includ-
ed a first, two thirds and a sixth place, while the swimming team,
runnerup to Indiana in the conference, emerged as fourth place fin-
isher in the nation.
The Michigan football tradition, somewhat tarnished in the past
few r v . alsn shnwed definite signs of regaining the national nrom-

Tea' Given
For Students
An annual event in the after-
noon following the Honors Con-
vocation is the tea given by Uni-
versity President Harlan Hatcher
and Mrs. Hatcher.
President and Mrs. Hatcher will
receive those students being hon-
ored for their academic achieve-
ment at the convocation at a tea
from 3:45 to 5 p.m. today. The

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