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Wensa.Jnur ,15 THE ,.MICHIGAN DAILY ...,MAGAZINEac Pon Fiften



Changing Values in College' a Provocative Volume


(Continued from Page 2) quently about "production line actions of those around him. The groups-one taking social science
civic responsibilities or to take teaching methods." The value of student takes a much more per- classes, and one not.
inteoest in public affairs, despite the college, however, seems to be missive attitudes towards break- Students studying liberal arts
their wish to integrate well with expressed in terms of its prestige iug the law, radical thinkers and do not always seem to be more
their neighbors. According to one or job-getting value to the stt- sexual relations-towards all moral liberal than those in other fields
report cited In the ok, only three dent, rather than the school as a and social values. However, these of study. At one college, in fact'
per cent gave top preference to fountain of knowledge, attitudes do not reflect his own was rated more li ral than thuse
being active in national politics The college experience seems to actions. If anything, students tend in liberal arts concentrations.
and 17 per cent thought partici- be confined to a process where the
pating in community a fsirs would young person acquires the atti- to conform more in their thinking Of all the factors in higher edu-
be one of three most satisfying tudes of a college student. The and behavior. One study included cation, the individual instructor
activities in life, student's attitudes on many sub- in the book says many students has the most influence on the
jects change, but his basic values acquire these more permissive at- attitudes of the students. The book
DESPITE his passive attitude to and goals either remain or be- titudes not from exposure to other shows cases of students tested be-
life, the college student feels come intensified. students, but merely from the fact fore and after taking one of two
that a college education is im- The change in attitudes tames.that they expect to adopt these sections of a course taught in
portant. He complains most fre- how ever. in his tolerance of the college attitudes" when they exactly the same way. One group
enter-colleg.e. scored significantly higher on
i' oiiu riitiyo us

of their students. These schools,
unfortunately, are few and too
small to really exert any effect on
their contemporaries in other col-
leges and universities.
Prof. Jacob has written a brief
of the attitudes and beliefs of col-
lege students. The work he has
done is clearly stated and the
bibliography is a guide to anyone
who wishes to make an exhaustive
study of the subject. More im-
portant, though, he defines work
that is yet to be done.
Along with further studies to
more sharply define student atti-
tudes, we need to know where,
when and how these views and
values came into being. This is the
Prof. Jacob has blazed a trail,
and it is now for us to widen it
and find where it ends. The re-
sult could be a drastic and much
needed change, so that higher edu-
cation may lead to a rebirth of
individualism and freedom on the
part of faculty and student alike.

(Contised from Page : gibes up lis individ
in order to carry
tiieaudience credit for "recog- from producers wht
nixin' the advances in the art by financial ne ccs
made by D. W. Griffith, discover- movie maker and
ing star personalities, rejecting the can challenge thi
spuriously 'arty'." Griffith's ac- trend by a prograi
ceptance came so easily, not be- cation. Surely, if
cause of any perception on the could claim richer
part of the audience, but because would be capable
the field itself was so new, the cepting films of a b
aesthetic unformed. The novelty The book at hand
of Griffith's method was a further ful beginning for s
factor in the public's acceptance of education. Whate
of his work; a fact supportable by Knight's preference
a comparison of the earliest Cine- the book can be co
mascope movies and concurrent list of further rea
productions by Stanley Kramer in the volume. The
and others utilizing the normal gaging so many o1
screen, in terms of the relative simultaneously, can
box-office returns. By and large, knowing hands, the
" films like The Rabe and Re- any single art. Tha
neath Twelve Mile Reef win the the fact of leisure,
money race, against pictures like for entertainment,
The Men or Cyrano. reasons why it is i
As to the star system, it is less we try to keep "th
likely that the audience discovers alive.
a star personality than that such -
a figure is spawned on the con-
certed typewriter carriages of a
given studio's staff of publicists.
Just compare the bright glow
around Jayne Mansfield or Tab,
Hunter with the relative obscurity
of Betsy Blair or James Daly. And!
certainly it is unfair to applaud
the audience for rejecting some-
thing that is falsely arty when
that audience seems congenitally
i n c a p a b l e of distinguishing a
genuine work of art from the mil-
lions of feet of celluoid pap that ' I
is fed to it yearly.

NOR DO the courses studied in
college have an effect on atti-
tudes. Social science courses are
commonly thought of as giving
the student more humanitarian
.ttitsudes: however, another study
shows that there is no significant
difference in the values of two

abllity to think critically because
of the impact of the particular
PROF. JACOB does not paint an
altogether black picture. Some
colleges, he demonstrates, do have
atmospheres which are genuinely
conducive to influencing the values

ual expression
out mandates
0o are blinded
sitY. Both the
the moviegoer
s unfortunate
o of self-edu-E
the audience
creteria, they
finally of ac-
better quality.
d is a success-
uch a process
ever imbalance
might afford'
irected with a
dings included
e film, by en-
f our faculties
transcend, in
limitations of
t thought, and
with more time
are two more
mperative that
e liveliest art"

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