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TH Ml .HIG N bAI Y

Thursdoy, September 8, 1977

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, September 8, 1977

Poli.

SCI.

with a Prez:

Ford takes the podium

By BARBARA ZAHS '
The University added a new
professor to its political science
department this spring, one with
an unusual set of credentials.
The, man was Gerald Ford,
University alumnus circa 1935,
graduate of Yale Law School
and-oh yes-former 'resident
of the United States.
FORD ARRIVED on campus
April 4 accompanied by an en-
tourage of Secret Service agents
for a hectic five-day stint as a
visiting professor.
During his brief stay, he
spoke to ten political science
classes and attended numerous
breakfasts, luncheons and other
functions.
But members of the Univer-
sity community were divided on
whether or not the former pres-
ident's visit was worthwhile.
"I THOUGHT IT worked out
extremely well and I was very'

happy about it," said University
President Robben Fleming.
He added that the 63-year-old
Ford was tired but pleased fol-
lowing his stay at his alma
mater.
"He went away with a very
happy feeling," observed Flem-
ing, but he added, "I thought
he really took on more things
than one would have wanted
him to."
POLITICAL SCIENCE Prof.
George Grassmuck, who teaches
a course on the American Chief
Executive, was also satisfied'
with the former'president's visit.
"I'm genuinely pleased with
what went on," he said. "It ex-
ceeded our expectations."
. Ford appeared twice before
the 73 students in Grassmuck's
class. "All those I talked to
thought they gained a great
deal," he said.
"He gave a little more mean-
ing to the course. It came to,
life."
FORD, HE added, "gave a
new perspective to the presi-
dency, especially the process of
intelligence-gathering."
During question and answer
sessions, Grassmuck said Ford
"kept asking for the hard ques-
tions."
However, he quipped, the for-
mer president, though frank in
his responses,'sometimes"show-
ed traits of being a professor-.
he gave (the students) more
than they asked for."

president is tentatively slated
to lecture again on campus this
year.
Prof. John Kingdon, who teach-
es a course in the Legislative
Process, was also pleased with
Ford's visit, saying, "I thought
he had some fascinating things
to say; he organized himself
well. I think both I and the stu-
dents benefitted from his visit."
Kingdon added that the an-
swers which Ford gave to stu-
dent questions w e r e "pretty
frank" and "forthcoming." The
responses tended to confirm ma-
terial which students had rea'd
during the course of the term,
Kingdon said, adding, "That, in
and of itself, is important. Stu-
dents need to know the readings
are accurate."
, NOT, ALL instructors were as
enthusiastic however.
"I feel that he just didn't con-
vey very much information to
our students," said Political
Science Prof. David Singer.
Singer had criticized the po-
Mtical science department in
December for extending the vis-
iting professorship offer to Ford,
calling the invitation a "public
relations decision."
"I FEEL NOW that my res-
ervations turned out to be justi-
fied," Singer said following the
visit. "I found his responses
alarming. Either he was ill-in-
formed or he was overly-pru-
dent."
Singer placed part of the
blame on the students for asking

Daily Photo by PAULINE LUBENS
lectures to a political science class during his five-day stay on campus as a visit-
last April.

Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
Under the old CRISP system, students had to stand in line for
hours to receive prime registration appointment times. A njw
plan implemented this year eliminates those early-bird lines.
End of the li11ne for
old CIPs'ystem

STORE FOR
MEN

GRASSMUCk said he believedwhat hetrmed naive tnd By LORI CARRUTHERS assemblying in line at dawn for
it 'would be "very helpful" to "badly articulated" questions. C R I S P appointment tickets.
have Ford visit again. The ex- See JUST, Page 11 Camping out on the concrete
,,steps of Angell Hall to obtain an Those who got in line earliest
tearly CRISP registration reimes, and, consequently lister
a pointment has now become Uni- ties ad cnsen ette
This u versity history, thanks to a new- odds of getting their first-choice
: lv insitued cmpuerizd ~ classes. Students wishing to eni-
* Valuable linstituted computerized sys- eroll in hard-to-get pre-mied cour-
Coupon In an effort to give all stu- ses like Chemistry 124 usally
dents a "fair deal," a computer packed up their sleeping bags
Is Worth now determines the time in d teddy bears to orm tse
Iiwhich a student will register for' lines at dawn s early light.
25c on classes. The new system has stu- But with this new Systim, sen-
L dents divided into eight alpha- ior priority of registering first
PINBALL !betical groups, based on last no longer exists as it had in the
or names. past. This is the new program'A
r ,MT E main disadvantage. Seniors now
FOOSBALL i THIS YEAR, these groups are: stand in line with juniors, soph-
A-Cap, Caq-Fen, Feo-Her, 'Hes- omores and freshfolk to compete
C O Sat ! K, L-Mom, Mon-Rid, Rie-Sto and for choice registration times.
EYE1 Stp-Z. These eight groups will'
CROSS EYED MOOSE ;l 'sih roet~l THIS SPRIANG, LMA junior
MOOSE~~~ rotate one shift so eventually TlSSRNLAjno
613 E LIBERTYi within a four year period all stu- Ginny Rose complainfed: "I've
dents will have had the equal waited three years, and now I
OneOubon er customer per do. REDEEMABLE ANYTIME Iopportunity to register first and won't get any priority for my
RE Sept. 22, 1977. Good for 25c worth of -pinball. last.years to get classes, but for a
it~ *M~wwtw" i.r~leae~. r~r..In past years students began See END, Page 11

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