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August 25, 1964 - Image 58

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Honors Council To Push Public RelationsI

Citizens' Group Suggests
Closing of Jones School


The Honors 'Council will wage
a stepped-up infcrriation cam-
paign this year aimed at drawing
more top-rank high school sen-
iors into the 1965 freshman class.
The campaign is geared to
pointing up the advantages of the
University and its honors pro-
gram. Information will be dissem-
inated through a new booklet, co-
ordination with high school coun-
selors and direct personal contact
with potential honors students.
The director of the Honors
Council, Prof. Otto Graf of the
German department, has appoint-
ed Prof. Adon A. Gordus of the

,hemistry department to assist him
with the information project.
The admissions office is also in-
creasing high school liaison. It
has appointed a high school rela-
tions counselor who will work with
secondary school officials and the
Honors Council.'
Good News
The guiding philosophy behind
the information program "is to
tell the number of good things
about the University which we
take ' for granted," Prof. Gordus
durrently, the Honors Council
distributes only a small brochure,
accompanied by a letter, to pros-

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pective honors students. Nearly
all of these pupils are already ac-
cepted by the University.
The campaign will not seek to
overrepresent the merits of the
University, "nor will we try to
coerce students into coming here,"
Prof. Gordus asserts.
The impetus for this program
has been provided in the past few
years by the example of other,
universities. Michigan State Uni-
versity's quantity of bulletins, bro-
::hures and personal contacts have
spurred both Honors and admis-
sions officials here to re-examine
their public relations efforts.
Scanned Competition
During the past year, Prof. Gor--
dus chaired an Honors Council
subcommittee which . probed the
publicity and scholarship programs
at other institutions.
Correlating these studies with
feedback from high school. prin-
cipals, Prof. Gordus comments
that one factor is obvious: "We
aren't known."
But both men staunchly deny
any attempts at "direct recruit-
ment" or "academic pitchman-
ship," labels which University of-
ficials have been accused of pin-
ning on Michigan State Univer-
The Whole Truth
False pretenses will be delib-
erately avoided. One way is by
personal diplomacy. "Our empha-
sis is on what the University and
the honors program offer the stu-
dent personally," Prof. Graf


Both men hope to utilize alum-
ni and current honors students to
supplement campus interviews in
creating. personal ties with the
high schoolers.
Prof. Gordus feels that Michi-
gal. State -has been much more
energetic in giving its potential en-
rollees a feeling for the institu-
tion. He cited MSU dinners in
major American cities which in-
troduce the students to officers
and professors.
"If we can just get them to
Ann Arbor to see the campus and
talk with us--they'll come here
in the fall," Prof. Gordus says.

A citizens' committee this sum-
mer asked that Ann Arbor's Jones
Elementary School be closed to
correct "racial imbalance."
The group asked that Its 200
students-over three fourths of
them Negro-be transported to
other city schools.'
Its recommendation, now under
consideration by the local board
of education, received support
from most of the 300 people who
attended an open meeting called
to discuss the problem. Supporters
of the plan made two claims:
-Children attending the school
receive a poor education. Various
citizens at the open meeting men-
tioned "incompetent" teachers,
low academic records achieved by
their children, racial prejudice
and one Jones teacher's rejection
of a child the teacher termed "in-
capable of learning."
-Jones is a case of "de facto
segregation." The local unit of the
National Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored People con-
tended that "in a society domin-
ated by white people, the welfare
of Negro children forced to live
and learn in a segregated environ-
ment will be adversely affected .
Nothing short of full integration
as equals can reach into the hearts
and minds of Negro youngsters in
a way which will repair the dam-
age segregation has already done
to their sense of personal dignity
and their motivation to succeed'
and develop their capacities."
A spokesman for the Washtenaw
County Conservatives, George F.
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Lemble, delivered a statement
against closing 'of the school. He
said the closing is "a most radical
departure from normal procedure"
and would involve "damaging"
psychological effects upon chil-
dren who would attend schools
outside their neighborhoods.
One citizen lauded the neighbor-
hood school concept and claimed
that closing Jones school would
destroy the identification and
loyalty which close-by school af-
ford. But a second citizen thought
it would be beneficial to break
down neighborhood lines in order
to achieve city-wide integration.
Other advocates of closing men-
tioned related economic factors-
high rents in Ann Arbor and the
inability of Negroes to move out
of the Jones district.

Potential Conflicts Face SGC

The Jefferson Falls

SHOWN HERE IN ITS BETTER days-which ended in July-the
Jefferson Apartment Bldg. at Jefferson and Maynard Streets is
being torn down. By next summer the area between West Quad
and the SAB will be a Welcome recreation area for students on
the West side of campus.

Student Government C o u n c i 1
this fall faces two possible con-
flicts with the Office of Student
In one controversy, a student
cooperative organization which re-
cently applied to Student Govern-
ment Council for recognition faces
an administrative roadblock if
SGC does choose to recognize it.,
Vice-President for Student Af-
fairs James A. Lewis announced
that if Student Government Coun.
cil votes to recognize "Students for
Cooperative Enterprise," he will
be forced to put a "stay of action"
on the move.
A postcard ballot has not yet
produced conclusive results.
Halt Recognition
This would halt recognition
pending a review by the Commit-
tee on Referral - a student-fac-
ulty-administrative board which.
can recommend approval or veto
of SGC actions, when Lewis seeks
their advice.
Lewis said that the organiza-
tion, which was founded to push

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the Co-op book store, intends to
assist a "cooperative mercantile
organization." A Regents' policy
statement has forbidden the Uni-
versity to give "special advant-
ages"--such as those which go
with recognition-to, cooperatives.'
The president, Sarah Mahler,
'65, indicated that the group has
tentative plans to appeal Lewis'
ruling to the Regents.
In the second controversy, the
Office of Student Affairs has
asked Student Government Coun-
cil to clarify the procedures in-
volved in scheduling apd approv-
ing student-sponsored events.
Requesting the clarification,
John Feldkamp of the OSA said
recently he believes SGC does not
understand that it has the final,
say in approving events.
But in the meantime, Feldkamp
is informing all student organiza-
tions with events planned for the
fall that SGC still has to approvel
them. .
The confusion stems from the
fact that before an organization
can put on an event, it must go
through a two-step process -
scheduling and approval. First, the
event must be assigned a date
which doesn't conflict with other
student events or vacation periods.
Second, it must be .approved for

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its purpose, planning and fi-
Last December, Council set up
a University Calendaring Commit-
tee in most ambiguous terms,
Feldkamp reports after a thorough
perusal of SGC minutes.
T h e student-faculty-adminis-
trator committee, according to
Feldkamp's interpretation, appears
to have been empowered to carry
out "scheduling" functions - as-
signing time, place and date to
student as well as non-student
He feels that SGC retained the
power to carry out "approval"
Thus, the sponsoring group
would have to go to both calendar-
ing committee and Council before
its event would become official.
But Feldkamp explained re-
cently ,that SGC members don't
seem to understand these proced-
ures. Apparently, some questions
exist as to whether the calendar-
ing committee does not both
'"schedule" and "approve."

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