THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, March 31, 1972
Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, March 31, 1972
FEW INNOVATIONS THUS FAR
Rhodes looks to 2nd year as LSA dean
(Continued from Page 1)
who further asserts that certain
areas of graduate work are lacking
in the undergraduate program.
"We've got a law school right
across the- street, but it might as
well be in Chicago, for all the good
it does LSA students," Witke says,
adding that the medical and ar-
chitecture schools, in addition to
the, law school, should contribute
some of their teaching resources
to the proposed course pool-and
be financially compensated for -it.
Addressing himself to the LSA
language program, classics scholar
Witke cites falling language en-
rollments as evidence that "there
is no context for language study;
now.'' As a remedy, he proposes
a "perspectives on language"
course, dealing with how lan-
guages relate to human values and
c u l t u r e s. If implemented, the
course could serve as a gauge for
review of the college's language
Rhodes'other new associate
dean, Charles Morris, is in charge
of counseling. "The real object of
.ounseling is to fit the interests,
of the student into the framework
of what he wants from his four
years at the University," saysE
Rhodes, and Morris would seem to
"Too often,.a counseling session
concerns itself with technical mat-
ters such as distribution require-
ments without getting around to
the important question of where
the student is going educationally,"
Morris believes that this de-
ficiency can be corrected largely
through expansion of the counsel-
ing program and more widespread
use of group counseling, thus of-
fering more counseling time to
students needing individual atten-
tion. Also, he suggests that the
counseling staff, be composed of
community members as well as
students and teachers, to insure
a broad base.
Shortly, the literary college will
begin to combine its resources
with pre-professional training and4
counseling. Next year, a six-year'
combined program for students program.
working towards a medical degree During
will get under way. - members
In addition to his supervision of semester,
counseling, Morris recently headed tee raised
a committee considering possible the young
changes in the LSA Administrative inclusion
Board. With the dual role of over- versity c
seeing academic discipline in the the quali
college and interpreting academic Universit3
requirements, the board consists ceive aca
of six faculty members and an taught by
equal number of non-voting mem- ly PESC
bers, including two students. taught 1
For several months, the LSA sonnel.
Student Government has urged Apparei
that students be given equal voting was the
rights on the board. This "parity Within a
plan," as well as a plan to divide leased a
the board into disciplinary and ad- whether
ministrative functions, are now student
meetings with PESC
at the beginning of this
the Executive Commit-
d two major objections to
g PESC program: 1) The
of public auditors in Uni-
ourses might downgrade
ity of those courses. 2)
y students should not re-
ademic credit for courses
y outside personnel-name-
's "community" courses
by non-University per-
itly the latter objection
more serious of the two.
few days, Rhodes re-
the policy of letting a
attend the community
n~ .fnrm of mdepndernt
the center stemmed from a report
by the LSA Executive Committee
which cited the center's inability
to become self-supporting. How-
ever, supporters of the program
asserted that its annual allocation
from the literary college was mi-
croscopic when compared with the
resources that the University
spends on military research.
Having just returned from a
geological seminar in his native
Britain, Rhodes defended the Ex-
ecutive Committee's position be-
fore the Regents. Psychology Prof.
Robert Hefner, director of the cen-
ter, countered that the committee's
one-page report grossly mistated
the center's financial status, but
the Regents sided with Rhodes'
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partof the review committee's Usa10111In a subsequent letter to Rhodes'
report, which was released Tues- study was, in fact, a veiled office, the LSA Student Govern-
day. method of adding curriculum to ment complained that the college
According to the committee's the college. Rhodes .then referred administration had acted to close
recommendations, the new admindtepatets htoryh n ol the center "without previously
otrtitubod ulouoniaul~ydepartmentsehistory and politia-c nsutngthe LSAhStudn ov
istrative board would consist of sconsultingnthetLSAStudentepav-
four students and four faculty scencS inveathuenRbohdeptat-I ernment or any other students."
members, while the new judiciary l re aveangassured Rhodes The government went on to assert
board would consist of seven of aeen that "resources should have been
each. These plans are now subjeo ent study have been no different found to sustain the center through
each Thse lan arenowsubectfrom those of previous semesters. hev fiacldfiutes t
to review by both the LSA faculty frThe net result has been a "stand- whatever financial difficulties it
and the Regents. offish" attitude towards PESC on has recently experienced."
Since moving into the dean's the part of the college. In Rhodes' Rhodes, however, disclaims any
office last July, Rhodes has had view the position is justified, since responsibility for the decision to
to weather two conflicts with so- "the question of the open univer- close the center, calling it a hold-
cial-reform groups in the college. sity is a problem for the Univei- over problem from the priorI
The first involved the closing of sity and the state to tackle to- administration.
the Center for Research on Con- gether."-
flict Resolution at the request of The closing of the Center for;
Ithe LSA Executive Committee Research on Conflict Resolution
immediately a f t e r Rhodes' ap- lRs yrepresented Unlo tNHA M
po ntm ent. The second occurred l s u y r p e e t d a b o ow e t d n s a d p o e s r f p o r s i i m i h n v r i ysfr E u ai n l a d s c a n oii a ul o ,i h
wh e n t d etPnd p of s osgf p o g e si i m in t e n v rs t
social and political outlook, in the
the Program for Educational and eyes of many students.
Social Change (PESC) appoached One of the nation's first peace
the college for approval and fund- research institutes, the center had Student Power
ing at the beginning of this se- drawn controversy through its sup-i
mester. port of radical causes. Notably, ,
PESC, whose goal is gradually during the minority admissions VOTE APRIL 3
to integratethe community into strike at the Universitytlast spring,
the University, and vice versa, it had lent its offices to members paid pol** c*l adv
had hoped to secure the bulk of Iof the Black Action Movement
its budget from LSA. Not only did The Regents' decision to close
it receive a negative response on Tc -----_--____--
the funding question, however, but
it also raised some eyebrows
among literary college officials N EED RESEARCH AND
concerned about the validity of its
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