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Seventy-Two Years of Editorial Freedom

LXXIII, No. 91


Legislators Jockey for Position in Early Bus











iannah Proposes Re-evaluation

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Grade Syste Courses

Recall Students on Assembly

Twelve representatives on the
University of Chicago Student As-
sembly were recalled in a special
election held last week.
The purged students were mem-
bers of POLIT, the liberal cam-
pus political party, which holds a
majority df assembly seats. The
recall action carried by a narrow
margin and resulted from an as-
sembly approved condemnation of
the Cuban blockade last October.
At that time the 50 member
assembly voted 16-9 to send Pres-
ident John F. Kennedy a staie-
ment which read in part, "We
deplore the actions of the United
States in establishing a naval
blockade on military weapons
shipped to Cuba."
One Escapes
The student body then held a
special referendum which favored
the blockade 3 to 1. The recall
action was then initiated against
13 of the 16 voting for the anti-
blockade statement. However
Pamela Procuniar, a Junior and

now acting chairman of POLIT,
escaped recall.
Among the twelve recalled are
Leonard Friedman, former chair-
man of the Illinois-Wisconsin re-
gion of the National Student As-
sociation, Laurie Gelles, Bruce
Rappaport, Theresa Ray, and
Robert Workoff. One representa-
tive, Richard Jacobson, was re-
called by 20 votes and demanded
a recount.
The recall vote also deminished
the 10 member executive com-
mittee to four persons. These four
persons, however, all belong to
POLIT, and can fill the vacancies.
Express Resentment
Miss Procuniar said the students
probably wanted to voice resent-
ment that the student body was
not questioned about its stand cn
the Cuban blockage issue before
the assembly' approved'the state-
ment, but did not want to oust the
12 assembly members.
"Only slightly over half the stu-

Regents Approve Absences
For Off-Campus Duties

dents voted and if the recalled
students were to run tomorrow
they would probably be re-elect-
ed," she said.
Howard Abrams, '63, Student
Government Council m e m b e r,
thought that the University of
Chicago student body expressed a
feeling of neglect by rather than
a disapproval of POLIT. He also
said that this action was not a
blanket condemnation of off cam-
pus issues.
Attract Vote
Thomas Brown, 63BAd, SGC
executive vice-president thought
that the students who voted at
Chicago were really upset over the
Cuban statement. But it concerned
an issue, much like the NSA ref-
erendum here at Michigan, and
attracted more students to vote.
Brown also thought that the re-
call.showed the fallacy of Student
Government expressing opinion in
areas it has little control over,
especially off campus issues. "It
is difficult to represent students
on off campus issues when there
are so many groups on campus
with diverging opinions," he said.
Ralph Kaplan, '63, chairman of
Voice, explained that unlike
POLIT, Voice has taken no stand
on the Cuban issue. "At the time
of the blockade Voice membeis
were both for and against it. It
is my personal opinion that one
of the resulting dangers was the
frightening unity of public opinion
behind the President's actions.
"The action at the University of
Chicago serves to emphasize the
dangers of dissent in such a cli-
mate of opinion even at a prom-
inent and innovative university,"
Kaplan said.
POLIT is one of a large num-
ber of campus poltical parties
that emerged on the campus
scene'in the late 50's and early
60's, with the revival of student
interest in off-campus politics to
go along with concern for cam-
pus events. It is one of the better
known campus parties along with
those at Berkeley, Oberlin and
the University.

Among the leaves of absence
granted by the Regents at their
regular meeting in January were
permissions for Prof. Kenneth S.B
Boulding of the economics depart-
ment and Professors Wesley H.
Maurer and Leland Stowe of the
journalism department..
Prof. Boulding, who will be ab-
sent from campus all next year,
will be serving as Danforth Visit-
ing Professor at the International
Christian University in Japan.
Prof. Stowe will be on leave this
semester and also next semester to
carry on research on Latin Amer-
ica and to complete a book on
international trends and crises
since 1926.
Prof. Maurer, chairman of the
journalism department, will be
absent this semester to visit for-
eign newspaper interns, past and

present, and former students, both
foreign and domestic, who have
attained posts in journalism
throughout the world.
Also receiving off-campus duty
assignments were Prof. Keith W.
Hall of the - engineering college
for two years effective immedi-
ately, Prof. Helen D. Prince of the
astronomy department for three
months beginning March 1 and
Prof. Richard Schneidewind of
the engineering 'college for the
current semester.
Professors Hall and Schneide-
wind will represent the University
under the engineering college edu-
cational program in Brazil and
Prof. Prince, associate director at
the McMath-Hulbert Observatory,
will be visiting various observa-
tories in Europe.

... academic freedom
Low Taxes
To Influence
U.S. Budget
tion of a tax reduction program
would enable the Federal budget
to give a powerful push in the
economy this year, Prof. Paul W.
McCracken told a county chapter
of the National Association of Ac-
countants recently.
The stimulus of a $6 billion tax
reduction and a $6 billion pro-
jected increase in federal expen-
ditures would begin to produce
echo effects on consumer spend-
ing and business capital outlays
later this year. If so, he predicted,
the gross national product would
increase by $30 billion.
Prof. McCracken expects some
tax action will be passed by Con-
gress during its current session.
He pointed out, however, that
some frown on tax reduction be-
cause of the implication for even
larger deficits, while others be-
lieve federal spending on welfare
programs should be stepped up

Sees School
As Forum
Of Opinion
President Notes Need
For 'Radical' Change
Michigan State University Pres-
ident John A. Hannah has propos-
ed a re-examination of curriculum
and a re-evaluation of the grading
system for MSU in a recent "State
of the University" message.
He also discussed the problem
of academic freedom, seeing the
role of a university as a forum for
ideas, however controversial.
"We (MSU) must effect radical
changes in our procedures if we
are to accommodate the larger
numbers of students without dilut-
ing the quality of the education
we can offer to them," he said.
"Our fundamental need is not for
structural alternatives, but for
radical changes in our thinking,
out of which would naturally grow
the structural changes necessary
to give effect to new ideas."
Minute Fraction
Hannah said that the number
of courses offered in the catalogue
far exceeds the possibility of any
student taking more than a mi-
nute fraction of them. "Must we
not ask ourselves -how many of
these courses are offered princi-
pally to demonstrate the versa-
tility of our departments and fac-
ulty rather than to serve the
needs of the students?" he said.
"Extensive reorganization of the
course structure offers our best
hope for making available the
substantial sums of money we need
to bring our salary scales up to
the levels at which they should be,
and to provide some of the equip-
ment and other facilities you re-
quire to do your best work," he
told faculty members.
Hannah then turned his atten-
tion to the problem of grades and
methods of encouraging intellec-
tual constructive abilities. He ex-
See HANNAH, Page 7

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