THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1950
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A lot of people must have made a lot of mistakes and failed to In the Phoenix Project you have an opportunity to demon-
make the most of a lot of opportunities in order to produce a world like strate that your generation is looking at the re-building of a decent
the one we're living in now. But of course some right things were world as a long-range project with real deep-down human welfare
done, too. as its objective. Time and effort and money invested in Phoenix is
evidence enough that you can look ahead. For you know Phoenix
The right things can survive, and the wrong things pass, only if won't achieve much of great importance tomorrow, or the day after.
the generation that's coming up - and that means you - will But some day, when you have had your inning, you will look back
assume a greater sense of responsibility for the care and feeding of and realize that what you started in 1950 at Michigan may have
civilization than any generation ever has before. helped turn the tide. Certainly no group of University students has
ever faced a more important, far-reaching significant job.
The making of a new and better world is pretty much in your
hands, to shape as you please. We can roll up our sleeves and make a Many of the mistakes of the past - mistakes that brought
good job of it, or let things slide and deliver up, when we're through, about our present situation - were mistakes of omission. People were
an even greater wreck to those who follow. too busy to look ahead, plan ahead, and invest time and effort in the
future of their country and their world. They had opportunities that
might have made all the difference - but they muffed them.
Anyone seeking a sign, an indication of which it will be, won't
have far to look or long to wait. The question may shortly be an- Well, from here out it's up to you. Don't sell the human
swered, in a large measure, right here in Ann Arbor. race short.
Twenty-two thousand of you are here - certainly as good a Don't lay the groundwork for' another advertisement like
cross-section of the coming generation as exists anywhere. this to be written 50 years from now.
SUPPORT THE PHOENIX PROJECT AS THOUGH EVERYTHING DEPENDS UPON IT. tcttn eetheta
FRED SMITH, the man who proposed the idea of the Michigan Memorial-Phoenix
Project, wrote this statement which was endorsed by the undersigned campus leaders
who feel that the ideas embodied in it keenly express their sentiments about the Phoenix
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