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A View o the Growing University
What New Problems Will Be Cr
Continued from Page Three
the same time a result'of such a
f breakdown. This lack of commit-
ment is expressed in a general lack
of interest in the Faculty Senate,
and in a faculty value-system.
which places departmental affairs
well above all-campus affairs.

The Place of Alumni at the
How Great Is Their Influence
and How Is Their Value Shown?

eated ?

By Robert Junker

It would appear that the extra-
classroom life of the student pro-
vides the most fertile field for the
development of a philosophy of the
University that c r o s s e s college
lines. Housing and student activi-
ties are organized on a University-
wide basis. But student life does
not seem to ieflect a pervasive
educational goal, primarily be-
cause it is often administered on
a day-to-day basis rather than on
a long-range, self-conscious plan.
The educational effects of the
Michigan House Plan for residence
halls are dubious, largely because
the majority of these halls were
built under pressures for space
rather than in response to a com-
prehensive notion of their poten-
tial learning value to those living
in them. Affiliated housing is, be-
cause the individual character of
its units, less susceptible to a per-
vasive educational goal.
Student activities function with-
out a coherent policy from faculty
{ and administration regarding their
educational role.
Though adherence to a unified
:>}w educational program in both hous-
ing and student activities, the Uni-
versity can affect the student in

his role as student rather than as1
a member of a specific school. In
order to function successfully, the
University must utilize the extra-
curricular life of its students to
promote goals that are related to
its academic ones.

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IN THE last analysis, a univer-
sity is not a college. It is by defi-
nition much more, and the educa-
tion which it provides its students .:-. . ...
ought to be more than a highly
specialized, limtedone
If the University-its students, t.
faculty, administrators-is content ...
to remain only a collection of de-
partments, schools, and colleges
(which in themselves may be ex-
cellent) it has lost all right to call
itself a university. If colleges and
schools are not taken into the pat-"
tern of an all-University educa-
tional purpose, they too may suffer
the consequences of isolation in a
decline in their own quality.:
To energize the elements of the
University into a functional en-
tity,. all members of the com-
munity must make a determined
effort to establish and articulate
the bases for comprehensive uni- -
versity education. Only if this self-
conscious examination is under-
taken, will the University retain
and improve its standing as a eat .
educational institution.
Men's Honoraries at Michigan:
Their Values and Drawbacks

WHAT GOOD are alumni, any-i
way?
"The. value, the real measure of1
an institution, can be seen in its
alumni," Harold M. Wilson ofN
the Alumni Association declares.I
"Alumni are its product. The
good that they are doing for the
world is what counts; they shouldt
not be viewed by an institution as
dollar signs." .-
"Their most important job isI
influencing the public's view to-1
ward the University," Vice-Presi-
dent for Student Affairs James A.7
Lewis says. "This influence ex-
tends to prospective students,
legislators and the public at large.
"T E PREPONDERANT alumni
viewpoint is concern for the
University in an academic sense.
They take great pride in the tra-
dition and standing of the Uni-
versity. By and large, their con-
cern is not with the fringe things
like football."
"We have the greatest alumni
I've ever seen," Athletic Director
H. O. "Fritz" Crisler declares.
"They have a wholesome interest
in athletics, enthusiasm and loy-
alty.
"Our alumni don't cause much
trouble; they're not hell-raisers.
Their criticism is generally con-
structive, and welcome. Alumni
are a lot less trouble here than
they were at the other three
schools at which I've worked."
"Alumni are a great help to
the University; they are the grad-
uate members of the University
community," Dean of Men Walter
B. Rea declares. "There is quite
a family spirit in the alumni
group."
T E ALUMNI are pictured as a
helpful group and are consid-
ered by the University as mem-
Robert Junker is outgoing
Daily city editor. He is a sen-
ior in the literary college ma-
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bers of the Michigan community.
They are a large group-185,000
living, 5,000 being added per year.
They are scattered all over the
world, and in all professions and
walks of life.
And as a group they have been
successful: the University has the
third highest number of graduates
in Who's Who; has produced three
times the number of leaders in the
automobile industry (source: "Au-
tomotive News") as the next high-
est school, Harvard; numbers five
current United Senators and 13
Representatives among its alumni.
The University has an interest-
ing task in dealing with this
group, for they must be made an
integral part of the University
while at the same time control of
the University is kept firmly in
Ann Arbor. The problem: How do
you get alumni to contribute time
and money to the University with-
out allowing them to take' control
away from the responsible Uni-
versity bodies.
THE ALUMNI have their own
organization, the Alumni As-
sociation. This group has its head-
quarters in Alumni Memorial Hall,
which it shares with the Develop-
ment Council, a group operating
directly under the Regents, which
is in charge of fund raising from
alumni sources and corporations.
Alumni are tied to the University
through a series of 900 alumni
clubs throughout the United States
and several foreign c a u n t r i e s.
Membership in these clubs has de-
clined in recent years, John Tir-
rell, general secretary of the Alum-
ni Association, notes.
Tirrell believes that alumni in-
terest, especially in athletics at
the University, is vastly overrated.
He points to conclusive evidence
on this point: their reaction to

the Big Ten's decision to drop out
of the Rose Bowl. The "aroused"
alumni communicated their feel-
ings to The Michigan Alumnus,
the alumni publication, or at least
four of them did. Tirrell cites this
as evidence that the old pennant-
waving stereotype of the past is
no longer characteristic of these
people.
They are not the aroused, fiery
students of the 1920's; they are
substantial businessmen or pro-
fessionals, many of whom have
lost interest in their institution.
Tirrell emphasizes that the Alum-
ni Association has to interest them
in Michigan, to bring them back
into the University community
fold.
THIS, TOO, is the job of the
Development Council, both in-
teresting alumni in their school
and soliciting contributions. Much
of this money goes into the Alum-
ni Fund, which finances student
scholarships, research and other
local projects. I'he recent cam-
paign to raise two million dollars
for continuing Phoenix Project
research was also handled by the
Development Council.
James K. Miller, assistant direc-
tor of the Development Council,
said that the Alumni Fund, which
started in 1953, has been successful
and is getting more so. Each year
over 120,000 alumni are solicited
for contributions to the fund. Last
year, 16,302 alumni gave the Fund
$389,825.48. Non-alumni gifts from
corporations and individualsswell-
ed the Fund to $1,598,882.18.
The Development Council is
attempting to broaden the base
of alumni contributions. No long-
er is a single donor like William
Cook (the Law Quadrangle and
Martha Cook dormitory) or Ar-
Continued on Page Twelve

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Continued from Page Five
Some even foresee the campus
in years to come without Michi-
gamua.
While the latter is still con-
jecture, some honoraries 'are on
the way out. This is especially true
of the junior honoraries.
"They are completely without
direction, and other than drinking
and good times, they are good for
nothing," an administrator says.
"As it stands now they do noth-
ing but perpetuate themselves."
Many members of junior honor-
aries have expressed discontent
with. the organizations. It is be-
coming increasingly difficult to
keep members' interest as the year
progresses, according to members'
reports. Eventually these groups
will cease to exist, whether it is in
10 years or 25 years.
BA R R I N G a change in the
trends of the past several years,
honoraries in general will be los-_
ing prestige as a greater part of
the students' time is occupied with

study. The rah rah college days of+
the '20's are over, and honoraries
will have a much more difficult
time holding their place in an in-
creasingly sophisticated campus.
Yet the decline of honoraries
will not be without loss to the Uni-
versity and the student body, ac-
cording to a great many observ-
ers. Michigamua is reputed to
have a great influence in certain
areas of student affairs. It is re-
ported to have either initiated or
greatly aided in pressuring for a
Student Activities Building, the
formation of Student Government
Council, student aid in raising
funds for the Phoenix Memorial
Project and obtaining student rep-
resentation on the Development
Council.
The group is also said to work
with the athletic department in
such areas as aid for athletes.
Vulcans, the senior men's honor-
ary of the engineering college is
said to have originated the idea
for the Engineering Honors Coun-
cil and Engineers Weekend.

THESE groups cannot acknowl-
edge or confirm these reports
as it would break the traditional
secrecy of their meetings. In ad-
dition, these groups avoid publici-
ty as much as possible, and prefer
to work quietly, with as little no-
tice as possible.
It is only fair to believe that
honoraries have done much more .w
than has been reported here. The
projects mentioned have taken
place during the last decade. A
great deal undoubtedly went on
during the years before.
The honoraries, then, remain an
enigma. It is certainly unfair to
judge them only by their contro-
versial Initiation and tapping pro-
cedures, for they work through the
school year with no general pub-
lic recognition of their existence.
The two-day splurge of brick dust
and cold water cannot be said to
outweigh weeks and years of hard
and useful work and service to
the University community.
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they should not improve where
they now fail.

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