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Speech and Journalismr
(Continued from Page 1) programs, and, between training and requirements. He said those under the
FRYE STRESSED that the social research. old program would have the option of
scientific approach of the Journalism "The new concentration requiremen- being "grandfathered out or switching
Department, and humanistic approach ts will not be an ignorant addition of the to the new program."
of the Speech Communications and two old sets of requirements," said HOWEVER, SOME students are still
Theater Department would be Clarke, presently Chairman of the concerned about the change in
represented in the new unit. Journalism Department. Ile added he
"We're not going to give up and sim- didn't see problems in the transition "I'm worried that all the classes I
ply have the social scientific approach period since' students will have until took will be to waste," said Shelley,
or the arts approach. We want the best winter term to make their decisions. Seeger, a junior speech and journalism
balance possible," said Frye. He added Frye assured those students already major.
there was to be a balance between the in a concentration program would be Frye also guaranteed the present
undergraduate and graduate protected against additional level of faculty would be sustained for
the time being.
"We're going to hold things down un-
til the departments get together in-
tellectually, and then they will undergo
the same scrutiny as the rest of the
college," said Frye. "This is not a way
to cut down on finances, but it is an ef-
fort to. make the departments
ACCORDING TO Colburn, all the
faculty members in both departments
are optimistic about the change. He ad-
. ded it would be a "positive thing" for
the University.

"There is a trend all over the country
at the major universities to combine the
communication departments, and it is
important that Michigan keep in step
with the times.
"I'm astonished at how much we (the
departments) have in common, and I'm
convinced that it's going to work," said
Journalism Professor William Porter,
who is co-chairman of the committee
forming the guidelines.
CLARKE SAID there would be a lot bf
new creative input into the departmetit
because there are several faculty
vacancies to fill due to retirements.
The teaching assistants (TA) in both
'departments were also optimistic aboat
the change.
"I think this is the best thing to do;"
said Journalism TA Mark Lewisox.
"The print journalists don't know
anything about the other media at this
school, and they should know radio and
However, Lewison expressed concern
that basic newswriting courses, which
are extremely important, would be
"lost in the shuffle."

'Dr. Diag' convicted
in assault charge

Richard Robinson, better known to
University students as "Dr. Diag," was
convicted yesterday in 15th District
Court of assault and battery in connec-
tion with an incident last Nov. 14 in the
Witnesses testified that Robinson,
who is often seen perched atop a litter
container on the Diag, was in the Mason
THEA Play by
I-LB Nikolai Gogol
Philip LeStrange
as the Mayor
Wed-Sat., Feb. 14-17,8 PM
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Hall-Haven Hall lobby picking up litter
and removing signs from the walls. Ac-
cording to their testimony, Joshua
Banner, a Literary College junior, at-
tempted to place a notice lying on the
floor back on the door of the Fishbowl.
AT THIS POINT, one witness said,
Robinson grabbed at the notice and
"began to hit Josh in the head, chest,
and back, got him in a headlock, and
pushed him up, against the glass."
Robinson admitted to hitting Banner,
but claimed that it was in self-defense,
I figured, here is a nut who is
getting violent because IPh
taking a piece 'f litter off ,
-'Dr. Diag'
Robinson told the court he was in the
Rishbowl picking litter off the floor and
doors and was headed toward a
wastebasket to dispose of his collec-
tions when Banner grabbed him to stop
him. Robinson said he felt that he was
being attacked. "I figured, here is a nut
who is getting violent because I'm
taking a piece of litter off a door," he
Assistant City Attorney Adele Lapor-
te, who handled the prosecution,'said
that a criminal complaint was filed by
Banner after the incident and that the
Ann Arbor Police Detective Bureau
conducted an investigation. Following a,
report by the Detective Bureau, Robin-
son was charged with assault and bat-
"He has had considerable police con-
tact," Laporte said of Robinson. He
faces a maximum fine of $100 and/or 90
days in jail on the misdemeanor
charge. Sentencing is scheduled for
early March before Judge S.J. Elden.

Tickets at the PTP Box Office
in the Michigan League
313/764.0450 & through
all Hudson's Stores.
The University of Michigan
Professional Theatre Program
Guest Artist Series 1979
Power Center ."Ann Arbor
Presented as part of an
all campus Russian Arts

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