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Seventy-Three Years of Editorial Freedom

LXXIV, No. 1




New Center Strives
To Improve Teaehing
Unit Attempts To 'Bridge Gap'
Between Theories, Classroom
The improvement of college teaching and student learning is
the goal of the Center for -Research in Learning and Teaching,
established last September.
Prof. Stanford C. Ericksen, director of the center, explained
that it is working to "bridge the gap" between the human research
I laboratory and the classroom. "We want to make available to Uni-
versity faculty members the accumulated knowledge of experimental








... academic affairs

OAA Rules
; Academies
Academic affairs at the Univer-
sity are directed from one office.
In 1962 the administration of
.academic affairs had become so
cumbersome that then Vice-Presi-
dent and Dean of Faculties Mar-
vin L. Niehuss was promoted to
executive vice-president and dean
of the literary college. Dean Rog-
er Heyns was named to the newly
created post of vice-president for
academic affairs.
The Office of Academic Affairs
is the result of a splitting of Nie-
huss's old duties of being the ad-
ministrative vice-president and su-
pervisor of academic affairs.
Governmental Relations
Niehuss handles most of the
University's relations with the
state and federal governments,
aids in ceremonial functions and
? serves- as acting president when-
ever President Harlan Hatcher is
out of town.
As vice-president for academic
affairs, Heyns has the general re-
sponsibility 'for the faculty and
academic programs of schools and
" This involves supervision over
the hiring of faculty, their salary
and fringe benefits levels and the
retaining of faculty in the face of
competition from other institu-
State Coordination
Heyns' office will also partici-
pate in University coordination
efforts with other institutions both
on the state and regional levels.
The Office of Academic Affairs
also received the Offices of Regis-
trations and Records and Admis-
sions from the Office of Student
Affairs as a result of the recom-
mendations of the OSA study com-
Heyns' position tends to be a
more functional and clearly out-
lined one than the one Niehuss
holds. His major concerns have
been "the size and the complexity
of the University and coordinat-
ing different activities for a bet-
ter education."
Negotiate with Others
Nwegotiating with Delta College
officials, consulting extensively
with faculty on a new literary col-
lege, helping to shape the new
University Senate Committee on
Conditions for Staff Excellence,
talking with professors on appoint-
ments and promotions-these are
some of the time consuming as-
pects of his work.
In addition, he has formed an
1 "Academics Affairs Advisory Coun-
cil"-informal meetings with the
deans to improve communications
and receive advice on problems
such as the "baby boom," in-
crease in admission applications
and plans for and growth in de-
partments and schools.
'U' Rents Prints
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'psychology, the behaviorial
sciences and educational re-
search," he explained.
Begin Programs
The center has begun a num-
ber of programs divided into two
broad areas:
1) Service programs designed to
aid faculty members improve the
quality and effectiveness of teach-
ing methods; and
2) Research programs in all
phases of learning and teaching.
Start Projects
Several projects to aid faculty
in teaching have been under-
taken. The center is working with
members of the medical and den-
tal schools on individual teaching
It also sponsored a-series of 10
lectures on learning and teaching
for the Medical School faculty.
These talks are the first step in
a broader programs of improving
instruction in that school. The
faculty will consider the meaning
of these lectures at a conference
this fall and will decide whether
to undertake a more extensive
program with the center.
Other schools and colleges are
considering similar programs but
nothing has gone beyond the pre-
liminary discussion stage.
Plan Series
The center is also planning a
series of workshops and symposia
on programmed learning. These
sessions will help assess whether.
this teaching method is relevant
in the various schools and col-
It will hold discussions on clos-
ed circuit television and its use
in the classroom.
Another area under study is the
training and orienting of new
teachers within individual depart-
ments. "Every department owes its
graduate students some respon-
sibility in preparing him to handle
future classroom responsibilities,"
Prof. Ericksen declared.
Clearing House
The center will serve as a clear-
inghouse for literature on all as-
pects of University teaching.
Prof. Ericksen said that he
"hadn't realized that so many dif-
ferent teachers in so many differ-
ent areas would be so anxious to
investigate any and all methods
of improving their teaching."
The center's services are offered
"on a purely voluntary basis," he
Tight Squeeze
Its efforts, Prof. Ericksen com-
mented, will be concetrated on
"those areas where the squeeze is
tightest," in the freshman and
sophomore distribution courses.
The center, established upon the
recommendation of the University
Senate Committee of the Improve-
ment of Instruction, is attached to
the Office of Acadeiic Affairs.
The committee acts as the center's
advisory board.
Prof. Ericksen came to the Uni-
versity two years ago from Van-
derbilt University where he had
served as psychology department
chairman for 15 years. Currently,
there are only two full time mem-
bers of the center-Prof. Ericksen
and Frank Koen, also from Van-

Uses $3 Millio1
Sponsored Funds Support Studie
In Physical, Life, Social Science
The University handled approximately $36 million d
Mars in sponsored research last year and this figure is expec
to possibly reach $100 million by 1970.
"Research expenditures at the University have t
doubling every four years recently. If they should conti
to grow in this way, in 1965 they would be $50 miflion and
1969 they would be $100 million," Vice-President for Resea
Ralph A. Sawyer said last January.
Approximately 55 per cent of sponsored research fu
goes into engineering and the physical sciences. Health
biological sciences come next,
followed by the earth and
social sciences. 1s
Research Squeeze

STUDENT THEATRE-The University Players not only present plays by famous authors, but also provide an opportunity for student
playwrights to demonstrate their talent. Students bear a major portion of the responsibility for the production, serving as actors, scene,
and costume designers and stage hands under faculty direction. "Land Ho" by Jack O'Brien, Grad., is virtually an all-student production
with the exception of a faculty director.
Speech DepartmentGuides Student Actors

Theatre on campus has long
been supported by the University's
speech department, which estab-
lished the University Players 658
productions ago to present an an-
nual season of plays.
Once again film classics will be
available for student viewing.
The Cinema Guild, a related
board of Student Government
Council, has prepared a fall pro-
gram of films ranging from "The
Mouse that Roared," a modern
British comedy classic, to "Grapes
of Wrath," an American master-
Foreign language classics and
silent films are also scheduled.
Two programs are scheduled
each weekend. One is usually
shown 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thurs-
day and Friday nights in the
Architecture Aud. The other is
scheduled for the same time Fri-
day and Saturday nights.
Programs for the Cinema Guild
are selected by a Student Govern-
ment Council-appointed board
composed of both experts on films
and student connoisseurs so that
all possible interests are represent-
The Cinema Guild wll resume
its polity of allowing student or-
ganizations to sponsor guild show-
ings and share some of the per-
foriance's profits. The organiza-
tion petitions the board for this
privilege and must supply ticket
sellers for the nights it sponsors.
This policy had been abandoned
last year because the guild had
been losing money.

Directed and designed by facul-
ty members, the plays are pre-
dominately student-cast and have
student crews. The plays have a
four-night run.
The faculty directors choose the
plays, cast them and oversee the
production. Students handle back-
stage mla n a g e m e n t, theatrical
makeup, lighting, and costume and.
stage changes. Thus students have
a chance to apply what they
learned in the classroom in a
semi-professional atmosphere.
Four Comedies
The fall-spring 1963-64 season
will be unusual for the Players in
that four comedies will occupy the
first four positions in the season.
Moliere's "The Miser'' will open
the playbill Wednesday through
Saturday, Oct. 16-19. It will be
directed by Prof. William Halstead
of the speech department.
Second on the playbill will be'
Jean Anouilh's "Thieves' Carni-
val," Nov. 13-16. It is a mixture of
f a n t a s y, farce and straight
Another s o r t of "civilized
comedy" moves to center stage
Dec. 4-? in Oscar Wilde's "The
Importance of Being Earnest," to
be directed by Prof. Claribel Baird.
Biedermnann, Firebugs'
The Swiss playwright M a x
Frisch will be represented on the
playbill in his "Biedermann and
the Firebugs," directed by Prof.
Jack E. Bender. A biting social
and political satire, the tite char-
acter is a hair-tonic manufacturer
living in constant fear of arson-
ists. He can't help 'ending a hand
when he is actually beset by them.
A premier production of a new
play by a University student, pro-
duced in cooperation with the
English department playwrighting
classes taught by Prof. Kenneth
Rowe, wi21 be selected for present-

ation. It will be free to buyers of
season tickets and will be pre-
sented April 2-4.
Shakespeare's "Henry V" will
appear April 22-25. The only play
not presented at the Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre, "Henry V" will
take place in the Trueblood Audi-
torium at -the Frieze Building,
which contains a semi-Elizabeth-
an stage. Prof. Halstead will be the
The playbill series will conclude.
May 8-13, as the music school and
speech dc;artment present a full-
length opera., which will be an-
nounced during the second semes-
ter. Directors for the opera will be
Prof. Ralph Herbert of the music
school, a leading baritone with
the Metropolitan Opera Company,
and Prof. Joseph Blatt of the
music school, the University's con-
ductor of orchestras.
Season tickets for the fall-spring
playbill are being sold by mail
order at $6.50 and $4.50, with
additional charges for Friday and
Saturday performances. Brochures
are available by writing the Uni-
versity Players, Speech Dept.,
Frieze Bldg., Ann Arbor. Students
ordering tickets during the sum-
mer and early fall are free to
change dates for individual pro-
ductions as long as tickets remain
Last year's playbill included the
Italian commedia dell'arte style
production "The Servant of Two
Masters" by Goldini and Jean Gir-
odoux's "The Madwoman of Chail-
Last summer's opera production
was Puccini's "Madame Butter-
The Players' productions are
presented -in Trueblood Aud. or
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at
8 p.m. Mendelssohn has just been
reconditioned, including the addi-

tion of air conditioning and the
enlargement of the wing area ' to
allow use of modern staging de-
vices that allow whole sets to be
wheeled off the stage.
A rt M useum
A large variety of periods and
styles in art has been featured in
both special displays and the
permanent collection at the Uni'.
versity art museum.
An Art Nouveau sampler was at
the museum by the students in
History of Art 607 last December.
In it, samples from the various
forms of the Art Nouveau, such as
architectural and interior design,
glass and ceramics, paintings and
graphics, and metalwork were dis-
A change of pace was last year's
exhibition of paintings by Chi-
kwan Chen.
Contemporary Art
Another loan collection included
the widely-differing trends in
contemporary American painting.
Selections from the Neuberger
Collection reviewed such works as
Willem de Kooning's "Marilyn.
Monroe," I. Rice Pereira's "Deep
Vision," and John Marin's "The.
The permanent collection of the
art museum contains samples from
Byzantine bronzework to the rich
and detailed works of the Flemish
masters. Modern pieces such as
Picasso's "Horse" and sculptures
by Jean Arp are also a part of the
The University art collections
See ART, Page 7

These figures bring up the
question in the minds of many
faculty members of whether or not
research in the humanities is be-
ing slowly squeezed out. Although
much work is done. in this field,
the heavy emphasis on defense
and technical research is over-
whelming the arts, and in the be-
lief of these faculty members,
converting the University into .a
giant scientific factory.
However, University officials
are aware of this problem. Vice-
President for Academic Affairs
Roger W. Heyns noted that the,
University follows an "elevator"
policy pumping University funds
-such as the Rackham Fund-
into research in less prosperous
areas to equalize federal or pri-
vate support in other areas.
Prof. Rensis Likert, director of
the Institute of Social Research
and chairman of the University
Senate committee on research,
said that his group also keeps
close watch on research balance.
Federal Funds
Most of the funds come from
the federal government. The de-
fense department being the largest
single contributor, with the Na-
tional Science Foundation, the
National Institute of Health, the
National Areonautics and Space
Administration and the Atomic'
Energy Commission also serve as'
large sponsors of University re-
search activities.
In its bid to attract the new'
NASA space center to Ann Arbor,
the University lost out this year
to the Boston area. The amount'
of money spent by NASA at the
University is $4 million dollars.
However, the agency has granted
the University $1.75 million for a
building to house its research.
Top Rank'
Concerning the large federal
allocations here, Sawyer said,
"These are large figures and they
place the University in the very
top rank of American universities
in the amount of research which
is being done for the federal gov-
ernment. Our defense. contracts
place us probably fourth or fifth
among the universities of the na-
tion, and in research done for the
National Institute of H e a 1 t h,
fourth or fifth. The University is
certainly not lagging in research
or research in new areas."
Michigan is also looking to the
University and other educational
institutions in the state for a help-
ing hand through research.
Automation, Change
Autornation, decentralization
and the change in the type of
growth industries h a s- robbed
Michigan of much of its economic
vitality. Political leaders of both
parties have seen the need to en-
courage research to aid technolog-
ical development of industries
within the state.
The new House Committee on
Economic Growth has sought to
encourage research projects. A
state $750,000 research fund is a
result of this committee's early
The University's main institu-
tion for stimulating * research is
the Institute of Science and Tech-
nology. Created in 1959, IST
See 'U', Page 8 .
Discuss Policy

The University w i11 rede
approximately 3200 new freshn
this fall, Gayle C. Wilson, as
ciate director of admissions,
He added that about one tQ
of these new students will be fi
Wilson said that the Univers
in looking for a very special t
of student, is very selective a:
whom they admit. For exam
80 per cent of this fall's freshn
class were in the top fifth of tl
high school class. In the' liter
college, Wilson noted that
student must have a B average
academics. Extra-curricular ac
ities' are also highly regarded
the search for well-rounded
dents, who have better char
of being selected.
This year ends a two year
ploratory period" in which Mi
igan high school applicants a
required for the first time to t
college board examinations.
examinations, it was deci
would now be a permanent
quirement for all prospec
freshmeh, not limited to out.
state students as in the past.
Major Factor
However, Director of Admiss'
Cylde Vroman said recently 1
the major factor in admissior
freshmen would continue to
their high school records.
On the other hand, it is no
be disregarded that the col
board exam is one of the best v
of identifying a student's caps
Ities and advising him on whel
he is wise to come to the I
versity, Vroman added.
In addition to the college be
exam, scholastic aptitude tests
required ,of out-of'-state stud
before they are admitted and
in-state students as a requ
ment for final enrollment.
Transfer Students
Transfer students are requ
to present a C-plus average f
their previous schools to be c
sidered for admission. Thirty
cent of all transfer stidents
from outside the state of M
igan with preference given
children of alumni.
There are two types of trar
students: the transfer from

APA Company To Present Fall Drama Festival



The University Professional
Theatre Program will present its
second Fall Drama Festival with
the Association of Producing Art-
ists this fall.
The APA, the PTP's resident
company, was founded in 1960 by
Ellis Rabb, who is now its artistic
director and president. The dra-
mas to be presented in this sea-
son's Fall Festival have not yet
been announced.
Last year the APA presented
Eva LeGallienne in Henrik Ib-
sen's "Ghosts" as its special guest
in the Fall Festival.
'Historic' Linkage.
"For her to join the APA rep-
resents an historic dramatic link-
ing in-the evolution of the Amen-

Grass," the drama was the winner
of the PTP's playwright-in-resi-
dence project. Written mostly in
verse, "We, Comrades Three," is
a "re-creation of Whitman's ex-
periences in the Civil War and the
moral corruption of the recon-
struction period," says author Bal-
dridge. He was in residence on
campus under a special grant from
the University and co-directed the
play with Ellis Rabb. The play
was chosen from nearly 300 en-
tries in the newly-instituted play-
wright project.
Varied Career
Baldridge was producer-director
for the Brattle Theatre Company
at Cambridge, Mass., and has also
directed operas for the Lyric

United States, the Civic Repertory
Theatre in New York.
Rosemary Harris played Lady
Teazle, the role she played in' the
New York production. Will Geer,
featured performer at the Ameri-
can Shakespeare Festival at Strat-
ford, Conn., recreated his role of
Sir Peter Teazle.
In addition to Miss LeGallienne
and Miss Harris, the APA com-
pany featured three other Broad-
way leading women in last fall's
season. Anne Meacham, a star of
last season's Broadway production
of "A Passage to India," is the.
recipient of critical awards for her
portrayals in both "Hedda Gabler"
and the original Cathy in "Sud-
denly Last Summer."
Enid Markey was the original

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