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Lewis Resigns After Serving 10 Years
As U' Vice-President for Student Affairs



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affairs in the spring of 1953,
have the appointment as soon as shortly after he was inaugurated.
possible, but nobody's been picked:Atshoyte he wafinaugurat-.
yet, and we're not close." At the time the Office of Stu-
Niehuss said that the Regents dent Affairs was headed by a
and the administration had in- dean. It also included a dean, of
formally discussed a number of women and various agencies, but
candidates, most of whom are cur- there was little coordination be-
rently within the University. tween them.
President Hatcher doesn't re- SL Support
turn until the end of the month, In the fall of 1953, Student
and the Regents, who have to ap- Legislature, the predecessor to Stu-
prov3 any appointment, don't meet dent Government Council, sup-
until September. Nevertheless, al- ported the concept of a vice-pres-


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though Niehuss wouldn't confirm
this, there is a general feeling
among administration personnel
that the new vice-president will
be named fairly early in the com-
ing semester. Lewis, a professor of*
education, is scheduled to begin
teaching as of January.
In picking a successor for Lew-
is, President Hatcher is expected
to consult on a formal or informal
basis with faculty members.
Whether or not he will consult
with students is less certain.
School Services Chief
James A. Lewis became the Uni-
versity's first vice-president for
student affairs on April 20, 1954.
He had been at the University
for a year as director of the Bu-
reau of School Services, a unit
which provides several aids, in-
cluding accreditation, to the state's
high schools. Prior to that he
had been superint'endent of schools
in Dearborn (1948-53) and St. Jo-
seph (1946-48).'
President Hatcher first consid-
ered a vice-president for student

idency as "desirable to promote
the close contact between the stu-
dents and the University adminis-
tration and Regents so necessary
tow effect the concept of an edu-
cational community."
Other student groups, notably
The Daily and Interfraternity
Council, followed suit. Daily Edi-
tor Harry Lunn, '54, wrote a num-
ber of editorials in favor of the
idea, while IFC went so far as
to endorse Acting Dean of Stu-
dents Walter B. Rea (later to be-
come dean of men and now direc-
tor of financial aids) for the post.'
Lewis' appointment was a sur-
prise. It came at a time when he
was on leave getting his doctorate
in education at Harvard. The new
vice-president was made respon-
sible for the Office of the Dean
of Men, Office of the Dean of
Women, Office of Admissions, Of-
fice of the Registrar, Bureau of
School Services, Lane Hall (which
housed the Office of Religious Af-
fairs at the time) and the Inter-
national Center.

Lewis' 10 years in what most ob-
servers agree is a delicate job have
often been marked by contro-
versy. He has often been a target
for both dissatisfied students .and
In 1958 he was heavily criticiz-
ed for refusing to support an SGC'
decision which declared Sigma
Kappa sorority guilty of discrimi-
natory policies. The Sigma Kap-
pa case was a confusing one, ab-
sorbing SGC for over two years.
In 1956 Lewis backed SGC's
finding that the sorority was guil-
ty. But two years later he de-
cided that Sigma Kappa had
cleared itself and urged SGC's
Board in Review-a student-facul-
ty-administration group-to void
punitive measures imposed on the
Lewis, on the other hand, is
credited with a strong role in the
creation of SGC. In a 1960 inter-
view he declared: "We're trying to
give the students a chance to
make real decisions, not play ones.
Put them in real situations where
they are not protected by advis-
Referring to Sigma Kappa in
that same interview, he regretted
that "this one issue . . . obviated
everything I've stood for." He
maintained that SGC's power to
withdraw University recognition
of a student organization, as it
wanted to do with the sorority
was not supported by the Regents'
bylaws. Lewis strongly backed
SGC's efforts to obtain this au-
thority from the Regents, which
it did last year.
In May, '1961, the faculty's Stu-
dent Relations Committee,
prompted by studnt complaints,
issued a sweeping criticism of the
OSA, centering on paternalism in
the dean of women's office. this
rebuke led to the resignation of
Dean of Women Deborah Bacon
and a thorough evaluation of the
The evaluations committee,
chaired by Prof. John Reed of the
Law School, issued a report warn-
ing of "institutional schizophren-
ia" inr the OSA and called for a
restructuring of the office along
functional lines. Lewis accepted
the bulk of the report; the Re-

gents adopted it; and next fall
the OSA was without a dean of
men or women. Instead, cutting
across sexual lines were directors
of housing, financial aids, student
activities and organizations, etc.
Lewis once remarked that it
was the job of the OSA to create
"a laboratory within which the
students have some opportunity to
apply the knowledge they acquire.
I believe part of the total edu-
cational experience lies outside the
classroom. ' . . At any rate, the
knowledge gained from books does
not always change behavior. We
must give the opportunity to de-
velop more citizenship and more
Recently he declare d that
working with students had been
"very satisfying. As I look back
over 10 years, I feel students have
moved forward in many areas -
student government, the speaker
policy, human relations. We're go-
ing in the right direction."
Lewis said the shuffling of his
office along functional lines had
worked out well. He declared that
the OSA's greatest need right now
is added staff to meet the de-
mands of full year operation. Then
he reiterated, one more'time, his
yearning to teach. "This was the
major part of my decision. I've
been away for too long."




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RUSH is your pportunity to find out.

Student Hits Health Service
For After-Hours Clinic Fee
New charges for after-hours calls to Health Service are likely to
deter students who need emergency medical care, a University gradu-
ate student predicted recently.
His claim drew a quick rebuttal from Melbourne Murphy, assistant
to the director of Health Service.
The new policy, in force since June 1, levies charges of $3 or $5'
on a student coming to Health Service outside of regular clinic hours.
- Only if he has been injured in a

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All-campus open houses will be held in State Street fraternities Sunday
afternoon, August 30. You're invited to stop in for a pleasant preview
of, fraternity life.
The Mass Rush Meeting, an informative introduction to the particulars
of rush and fraternity life at Michigan, will be held on Wednesday,
September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

There will be

And rush itself begins on Sunday, September 13.

at U of M this year
Hill Auditorium 8:30 P.M.
Tickets: $2.00, $1.50, $1.00

University building or in Univer-
sity-sponsored athletics does he
automatically escape this fee.
*rvosy *"s"uciently seere
emergency entitled a student to
free after-hours care.'
The graduate student, George
N. Vance Jr., said that "my con-
cern is about the student who
learns about this charge, then gets
sick one night and says, Tll just
live with it until morning. By 9
a.m. he may be in a coma. This
is the thing that's atrocious to
Vance, who holds a master's de-
gree from the public health
school, said that a major problem
in public health is to get people
See Related Story, Page 3,
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needing medical care to see a doc-
tor. He said the institution. of the
Health Service fee is a step away
from this goal.
But Murphy denied that any-
one need pass up medical care
because of the new fee. Students
unable to pay their bill may have
it waived by Health Service Di-
rector Dr. Morley Beckett.
He said the after-hours fee was
prompted by the increased ex-
pense involved in maintaining a
doctor on duty or on call during
off-hours. Even with the new
charge, he pointed out, the Serv-
ice loses money, on after-hours
calls. Whether the tab amounts to
$3 or $5 depends'on the call.
Vance commented that he be-
came aware of the new policy only
after he was charged for a Satur-
day afternoon call. "If they must
maintain the fee, they should at
least publicize it," he declared.

Also the Student
NEW bicycle


presenting the Men's Glee Club, acclaimed by
many as the outstanding college glee club in : the
nation. Since its founding, and particularly in re-
cent years under the direction of Philip A. Duey, the

Glee Club's history have been their victories in the
International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.
In 1959 the Club was the first American choir to
ever win the male choir competition. In 1963 it again
took first place in the Eisteddfod by winning over 20

certs throughout southeastern Michigan during the
school year.
THE HIGHLIGHT of the year for the men will begin
on April 28 when they begin the first leg of a 14-
day tour of the West Coast. On the tour the Club will
visit Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Barbara,

Club has gained nationwide recognition, appearing




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