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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
ext of OSA Study Committee Report

create the office of vice-president
for studnet affairs, it was stated
that he should have responsibility
for the coordination and develop-
ment of this whole area of the
non-academic aspects of student
life and University relationships,
but this charge was never included
in the Regents' minutes, nor has
it yet made its way into the by-
laws. The University's chart of
constituent administrative units
shows him directly responsible for
admissions, Bureau of Appoint-
ments, Bureau of School Services,
Health Service, International Cen-
ter, and registration and records.
He also is responsible for religious
affairs and residence halls as an
ex-officio member of their govern-
ing boards, and he has a more
tenuous relationship to the Michi-
gan Union, the Michigan League,
and student publications. Under
him in the narrower. domain of
student affairs are the dean of
men and dean of women, occupy-
ing roughly parallel positions. In
matters relating to driving permits,
student government, and student
activities the dean of men's office
operates as a dean of students of-
fice for both men and women, but
in the critical areas of counseling,
conduct and discipline, and hous-
ing the dean of men's and dean of
women's office operate quite separ-
ately. Nonacademic counseling is
diffused even beyond the two
deans' offices and is carried on
by such other agencies as the
Mental Hygiene Unit (located in
Health Service), the Bureau of
Psychological Services, the Office
of Religious Affairs, and the
Bureau of Appointments. In view
of all this, it is not surprising
that, as the committee has found,
there is confusion for the student,
inconsistency between policies, and
ambiguity as to sources of
authority.
As said before, these conclusions
indicate to the committee the need
for the adoption by the Regents
of a statement of philosophy of
student affairs, a clearer man-
date to the responsible officers,
and the revision by these officers
of the structure of the OSA.
Student Affairs
Philosophy
A. Philosophy of Purpose: The
high educational aims of the Uni-
versity are to stimulate in each
student the maximum intellectual
growth of which he is capable and
to enable him through resultant
development of character and
abilities to make maximum (con-
tribution to his society.
Toward the accomplishment of
these aims the academic pro-
grams of the University are di-
rected, with their carefully, de-
signed patterns of curricula, in-
struction and research. The stu-
dent is expected and encouraged
to grow in knowledge and in wis-
dom so that he can make informed
and judicious choices when con-
fronted with major questions. He
is actively encouraged to question,
to accept nothing submissively and
uncritically. This questioning, It

is hoped, will be constructive so
that it may lead him to new in-
sights, to new knowledge of him-
self, to a heightened understand-
ing of the world around him, and
to a keener ability to sort out
fact from fiction, the genuine from
the meretricious, and the excel-
lent from the third-rate. Closely
allied to this purpose of inducing
individual intellectual growth is
the University's desire to awaken
or reinforce in each student a
sense of service. Specifically, to
the extent possible, each student
must be made to realize that he
is a steward-that his talents and
intelligence are held in public
trust, which requires of him that
he use these skills wisely and re-
sponsibly in tackling the many
problems that confront him and
his fellow men living in a free
democratic society.
Assuming acceptance of these
as valid goals for the University it
scarcely can be denied that these
goals relate to the extra-classroom
experiences of the student quite
as importantly as to those in the
classroom. As Henry Wriston, for-
mer president of Brown Univer-
sity, has pointed out in his book
Academic Procession, the univer-
sity must recognize that if it is
"to be educationally effective every
conceivable environmental stimu-
lus to the growth of the student
must be developed." The Uni-
versity cannot disclaim respon-
sibility for and should not deny
itself the opportunity of pursuing
its educational goals in the con-
text of the life experiences of its
students. To the extent that the
University's nonacademic actions
are not in harmony with its aca-
demic purposes, it is in real dan-
ger of developing institutional
schizophrenia.
College is not preparation for
life. It is life itself-life at one
of its most vital moments. For the
young person, college is a period
of critical moral decision wherein
character is shaped more through
personal decision than through
the dictates of family or other out-
side authority. For the freshman
living for the first time in a social
group larger than the family it is
a period of adjustment, adaptation
and decision regarding his respon-
sibility for community well-being.
And for the student animated
from every side by new knowledge
and ideas, it is a period of eager
discussion, of debate, and of test-
ing not only of knowledge and
ideas but also of institutions and
of himself.
If the student's life at the Uni-
versity both within and without
tle classroom is to stimulate him
to make maximum use of his
abilities and maximum contribu-
tion to society, he must be con-
sidered a participating member of
a "community of scholars," with
responsibilities and opportunities
commensurate with his capacities.
He should be expected to partici-
pate fully in decisions affecting
his welfare. He should help to
formulate, uphold, and enforce
the rules by which he is to live

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Art Devaney at the Rubaiyat

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tuesdaty:
gourmet night
. . french
cuisine .. .

A television, radio and recording
artist, who played for several, years
with FREDDY MARTIN, will make
his Ann Arbor Debut at the
RUBAIYAT, on Thursday, February
22.
Mr. Devaney will delight you with
his versatile piano interpretations
with the best of dinner and listen-
ing music. He will be playing every
THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATUR-
DAY at 6:30 P.M.

it

the Clarence Byrd Trio

wednesday:
smorgasbord
341 S. Main St.

will follow FRIDAYS and SATUR-
DAYS with their sophisticated
rhythm.
Onceagain the RUBAIYAT brings
the best to the City of Ann Arbor.
Phone NO 3-2401

B'NAI B'RITH HILLEL FOUNDATION
1429 Hill Street;
PROGRAM Feb. 22-28
Feb. 22, Thursday, 7:30 P.M.
I ST LECTURE: "The Jewish Background of the Synoptic
Gospels-The Jewish World of Jesus."
ISRAELI FOLK DANCING. Beginners and Intermediates
THEATRE and WORKSHOP. Marvin Diskin, Director
Enrollment, for above events. OPEN
Feb. 23, Friday, 7:30 P.M.
SABBATH SERVICE (Also, Saturday, 9 A.M.)
Feb. 25, Sunday-
1-5 THEATRE and WORKSHOP
4:30 PERFORMING DANCE GROUP
6 SUPPER Club. Film, "Idea of the University,"
Music, Dancing.
Feb. 26, Monday, 4 P.M.-
Class: "BASIC JUDAISM." (Enrollment Open)

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