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February 10, 1961 - Image 9

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Cohen Cites Wide Education Opp(

-Daily-Henry Yee
ORGANIZED CONFUSION-Students register for next semester. Clutching their identities on little
punched cards 24,044 scholars queue up for the purpose of securing an education. In the end they
struggle out of the gymnasium with the next five months neatly laid out on a program card. To the
victors belong the spoils, the losers get the 8 o'clocks.
Efficienc Speeds Registration

Students who view college as
"nothing more than a meal ticket"
miss the most important opportun-
ities of a university education,
Martin A. Cohen, assistant dean of
the Hebrew Union College said
Speaking before the orientation
convocation on "Resources Beyond
the Vocational," Cohen said "I
wonder for how many of you a
career is the be-all and end-all of
"People who feel this way ne-
glect important questions; what
kind of a person do you want to
be? To what causes do you want.
to devote your lives?"
He described a university as "a
place to build a life."
Cites "3 E's"
Cohen cited his own "3 E's" of
He noted enlightenment as the
first of these. "Enlightenment," he
said, "is that glimpse of Joy ,from
studying humanity and not just
"Many people see no sense to the
humanities because they decided
to devote their full time to study-
ing for a career. But the obvious
danger of this can be seen in
that definition of a specialist as
'someone who knows more and
more about less and less and
less . ..'
Cohen also criticized the belief
that all knowledge of the humani-
ties is concentrated in a few
intellectuals. "This is the shame

and challenge of our times," he
Labels Concerns
Politics, art, music and books
are areas which can concern
everybody, he said. "To this ex-
tent, these things will broaden
and humanize our lives."
Emancipation, the second of his
"3 E's," is "freedom from all that
tends to obstruct human ideals
and love of one's fellow man.
"There are books written about
the best way to find happiness but
the proverb 'the best way to find
happiness is to give it away before
it is completely yours' is the best
"Every advance in human civili-
zation has been accomplished by
men and women who have tread
the gritty road from egoism to al-
Ennoblement is the final "E"
Cohen cited. "Of all the conflicts'
a human faces, by far the most
arduous is with himself,". he "said.
"There are many individuals
who attempt to destroy religion
but are more democratic than the
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with 14 coupons to be filled, has
To most University students the also helped to streamline opera-
process of registration is nothing tions.
but a semi-annual headache. Greatest Problem
However, in comparison to other Registration personnel at Water-
universities, registration here is man handle about 1000 students
much easier and more efficient, an hour, Pickering notes, and on
Robert L. Pickering, director of the average it takes the rtudent
registration, claims. 30 minutes to go through the
"Our system works better mainly registration process.
because registration procedures The greatest problem faced by
are centered in Waterman Gym," registration workers is students
Pickering explained. "At some who attempt to register before
other schools the students have their -scheduled time. Three con-
to go from one academic building sequences face the student caught
to another to enroll in their doing this: an "invitation" to leave
separate classes." the gymnasium; confiscation of
The new registrationnaire which registration material so he would
replaced the old "railroad ticket" have to register later; cr wppear-
Closed Circuit TV Programs
Aid in Orientation Procedures
discussion of Prof. Peek's talk and
An experimental series of closed answered questions about the poli-
circuit television programs were tical science department,
included for the first time in the Participants also filled in ques-
or entation program of several of tionnaires on their reactions to the
the University's estimated 1,000 program. They were asked whether
new students. they would, rather have seen the
Director of Orientation Jack program on television or heard
Petoskey hopes to see television the lecture in an auditorium with
programs play an increasingly im- 300 other students.
portant roll in orientation pro- They were also asked whether
cedures, they would have preferred a ques-
Televised -information sessions tion and answer session with Prof.
for incoming students were held Peek to the discussion period con-
yesterday and Wednesday in the ducted by the orientation leaders.
Frieze Bldg. and involved the use Other Lectures
of speech department facilities by P
technicians from the University f. MorondH ried othe
teleisio stuio.anthropology department, Prof.
television studio. Hazel M. Losh of the astronomy
Rules Committee department and James F. Ross of
Yesterday's program began with the philosophy department also
a talk by Prof. George A. Peek, gave introductory television talks
Jr., of the political science depart- to entering students.
ment who spoke about the Rules Petoskey said the purpose of
Committee of the House of Repre- these programs is to allow new
sentatives. students to see outstanding cam-
Prof .Peek advanced the thesis pus personalities they might not
that there is no difference between otherwise meet, and to gain some
procedure and actual policy mak- idea of what courses with these
ing in the House of Representa- instructors are like.

ance before Joint Judiciary Coun-
But there are other perhaps
more demanding factors facing
the workers, Pickering says. In the
.r giitration procedure the inter-
ests of many University elements
must be coordinated in regard to
the presentation of course times
and the type of class cards and
election cards required.
Physical Preparations
The physical preparations for
registration at Waterman are im-
mense, Pickering adds. Arrange-
ments must be made for hundreds
of tables, chairs and telephones.
The course boards showing the
sections of classes still open must
be set up and maintained. One
hundred and thirty workers, most-
ly students, must be trained.
There are also difficulties in
anticipating and correcting errors
by students. For instance, last fall
many students threw away their.
green tuition receipts and kept
instead a white instruction slip
warning them to keep the green
If students are too sick to re-
gister themselves, proxy registra-
tion cards must be filled out for
persons registering for the ill stu-
But regardless of these problems
and students' grumbling, Pickering
still thinks that registration is
functioning smoothly.
"And as new machines are de-
veloped to assume more of the
human work involved," he says,
"the registration process will be-
come easier for the student."

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