1973-02-02; Central Michigan Life
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The Li behind FU was to foster the exchange of knowledge and connect people who wanted to share a learning experience, Class At Home In contrast to the stifling subject matter and rigid student- teacher relationships of most university classrooms, classes were taught in private homes, dorms. University rooms and even bars, Wright says. Teachers were recruited by word of mouth and through "friends of friends of friends." At one point, according to Wright, a third of the instructors were on the. university staff. . ' * ' Sometimes a person would sign up' to teach a class and then Jose interest; other times someone would be really anxious to teach * class, hut then only a few people, would enroll in it, Wright explains. FU had no formalized lectures, no required attendance, ho. lengthy reading assignments, no tests and no grades. ; Lack Of Incentive Ironically, this may have' accounted for lack* of participation. According, to Wright, the high drop- ■' out rate was in part due to students having no incentive to come to class ] because no credit was offered. -' Offering credit was discussed . Wright says, "but although credit would attract more people to free U, it would also draw away from the concept of community education. The whole idea of Free U is « counter-university outside the University. If we could preserve that with credit..." . Steve Bison, Manistee graduate student, who tought a FU class says, "in - some . schools,- people with practical experience have the op portunity to teach and express this practical experience to classes. They're not qualified as teachers but _ they have practical experience in the course.''- t ".The University should give more support to the establishment of courses that have a practical, immediate benefit to students-, based not on whether or not they fit into the programs,.- but on their immediate importance and benefit," Rison says. Loose Organization Rison feels that FU was a sincere attempt, but that some of the classes were too loosely organized. "There wasn't enough confidence by the students in Free U's ability to establish a strong alternative educational program," he says. In Ann Arbor, the Program for Educational Social Change offers nominal credit from the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts for JFU-type programs. John Sinclair taught a successful prison class through this program, Wright says. At CMU, some classes were reported successful and gratifying both to teachers ana" students.,What makes for success? Successful Classes Albert Culver, Economics, had such success in teaching Radical Economics for two sessions. ■ "Many of the people who attended the first time attended the second," he says. r "Lots of people want to be in a learning situation where there isn't the conventional' social distance between student and teacher,-where the teacher is seen as a human being." . •- . Culver's ~ class was small, averaging eight or nine students. more .taught a FU cIsbs in Spinning which is now being offered through the Center for Cultural and National History in the Old Library. Smith says she is enthusiastic about continuing the class. "It's great! It's really nice to share something you enjoy." ' She describes her class as free-'/ flowing. "People come when they can* and, want to. They aren't all', university people. Some are com-*1 m unity people." Relaxed Atmosphere Rison, who taught a class in European Vagabonding, says the nature of his class was conducive to success because it was not academic and it provided an alternative learning situation, in a loose, pressure-free and relaxed atmosphere. N vThe students realized they can do it themselves," he says* "In fact, that was one of'the demands~of the class - to go to Europe." • "I was able to maintain excitement. There's a little adventure in everyone and I was able to draw it out and reinforce it," Risen continues. "The use of slides as pictorial representation was extremely helpful and effective.1* No definite plans for getting FU back on it's feet have yet been made but people interested in reviwing FU may contact Mike Wright at 778' 3866. Funeral services for Nolde at Sacred Heart Funeral services for Lt. Col. William B, Nolde, the last official American casualty in Vietnam, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the family &nnou»c^4 Water **H*!#,*t *<*•=«- A wake service is planned for Friday at 8 p.m. at the J.J. Rush Funeral Home. 503, E. Broadway, Burial .will be in Arlington National Cemetery following a chapel service at 9:45 a.m. Monday. THE SECOND PERFORMANCE-ot Orchesis' show "Illusions" will be tonight in Warriner Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. The two members; of the modern dance club, above, perform one of the several numbers that make up the production. Boyd favors naming hall for Nolde By Loretta Pizzo LIFE Staff Writer President William B, Boyd said bat he was in favor of naming a jniversity hall in honor of Lt. Col. jilliam B. Nolde, former CMU JBsistant professor of military pence and the last official U.S. path before the Vietnam cease-fire. Boyd made the announcement faring a late afternoon press conference Wednesday, .Boyd commented he was in favor of naming a hall after Nolde, but that Central Hall, which houses the Military Science Department is scheduled for demolition by fall. He feels such an honor would be shortlived. Senate petition deadline delayed ES w With seats still open on Student pate, due to lack of student Nponse petition deadlines have pn postponed for a full week. The P petition deadline is Feb. 7 and • |ections will be Feb. 14. "We are postponing the election |f a week because we want to double our efforts. There aren't liny people filing petitions because' |ey don't know about, the elections, fee media has not been used to the - Pest extent," said Student Body psident Tim Horan, South Haven pnior. "Of the 24 available positions, ply 15 petitions have, been filed. Jsere are 13 openings in the at-Iarge Itegory and nine have been Applied I?; nine dorm openings, 6 have been PPjied for;^ and two positions jailable in married housing. Only in |errig is the Senate race contested, 1 "There was a low interest in the 1" elections, but >this time it is l^se," said Brad Wick, Student "4y Vice President. "I don't think I* reason is because of lack Of invest specifically, but I am of firm f«ef that there was a definite Fjmunications - gap between CM ^E and the Student Government this failed to let the students* f°* what was going on," Qualifications for becoming * pttw include being * full-time student, being a constituent of the area of representation, having a 2.0 or better average and having Monday nights free after 8:00. Petitions must have 50 signatures of the candidate's constituents. Petitions are available, in. Room 1 of the Student Government offices in the lower level of the U.C. , , "I think that after people Saw the problems that the Senate had with the union last semester, a lot of people are disillusioned with the apparent lack of progress and clear cut direction of the Senate," Horan said. "We've learned from the failures of Senate the first semester that imperative changes must be made in order to attract people to Senate and provide it with meaningful and productive direction. . "We want to capture and retain the essence of the student union concept even though the concept was not met with complete success. Many creative and useful ideas were, r*ised that Student Senate,could expand upon," Horan said. Wick said, "I hope that people will run who will be definitely interested and involved in Senate activities. I would hope that we will have responsible senators this semester." If the ROTC department moves to a new location of it's own, he thinks it would be appropriate to name that building for Nolde. . , . Other issues raised at the conference were the status of next year's operating budget, progress of the new Health, Physical Education and Recreation building, cease-fire after effects, guidelines for .'closing the University during epidemics and the possibility of requiring sophomores to live in dorms next fall. Also discussed were the proposed Student I.D. credit card system, graduate study at CMU, "instant fresh," traffic flow studies and the lowering of mandatory retirement ages for faculty and staff members. ^ More Land For Mall Boyd hopes that when Central Hall is torn down, the area will be landscaped and. added to the mall between Warriner Hall and Bellows Street. '.'I wish, it were feasible to renovate Central Hall. It's not a beautiful building, but at least it's' quaint" Boyd remarked. i Possibilities for the future of Finch Fieldhouse include turning it over to the School of Education, or using it', for recreation and intramurals. Boyd termed use of Finch by the School of Education "unrealistic." Optomistic About Budget ., After recently attending a conference with the Governor's7staff, Boyd is optimistic about next year's operating budget. "My impressions were favorable," he said. Central asked for approximately 2.5 million of new money. \ Boyd's comments en the cease-fire - were, "I'm hoping the cease-fire jgill work* I hope it wiil lead to a peace." Responsibility for deciding to close the University due to an epidemic rests with Health Services director, John ""A. Vandrick, Boyd revealed, It is unBkely that the campus would shut down now that Health Services has expanded, he explained. Boyd also said there is a strong possibility sophomores will be required to live in dorms next fall. He added he doesn't like to require anyone to live in a dorm but it may be neccessary, "If we • have to require they (sophomores) live in dorms.'we will simply start looking for all the legal ways to make dorms seem the best place to live," he said. I.D. Credit Cards Boyd feels "it's just & matter of time" before the proposed student I.D. credit card system of accounting is adopted. Under the policy, all students would have an "account" with the University and would pay all fees, room and board, tuition, and bills into their account. Any extra money paid would show as credit for the student. Graduate studies at CMU are expected to remain at the same-level with only minor expansion in fields where Central could offer a "unique" program Boyd remarked. Planning continues for adopting a program whereby high school juniors could be placed in college as freshmen, or seniors could go straight into the sophomore year of college. "I'm terribly anxious that it not be, or appear to be, a raiding of the high schools," Boyd remarked. Traffic Planning Also discussed were plans to eventually close, off Washington, Franklin and Preston streets. The University, along with the city, is presently working on an agreement which would call for the building of new roads and improvement of existing ones during the next.ten years. " Possibly mandatory Sophs in dorm? -1 An open hearing to examine a possible sophomore requirement to live in the dorms will be Feb* 5 at 4:30- p.m. in the University Center announced Albert Miles, vice-president of Student Affairs Thursday. ' "We want to lay out .the facts and get some reaction," Miles said. * This idea is just one alternative being discussed in the administration's attempt to fill the dorms to their total capacity of 6,000 residents. The dorms presently hold 5200 students, 800 short of capacity. The final decision, to be made sometime during the' next two weeks, rests with President Boyd, said Miles. According to Susan Repp, assistant director of Housing Programs, decrease in student enrollment naturally has a negative impact on the resident has, since the majority of occupants, are freshmen. Problem is Fewer Enrollees Miles agreed the problem stems from the decline in the number of freshmen enrollees, explaining that it leaves a gap that must be filled, It is not a result of too few upperclassmen signing up for dorms, he pointed dut. Incoming freshmen in Fall 1971 totaled 3,400, but the number dwindled to 2,900 a year later,. Many courses of action are being considered. Keeping the cost of dorm life at its present state, expanding .coeducational living, letting students decide their dorm's policies, adding meal options and installing' cable TV are a few ideas. Survey Taken Student Affairs and Housing Operations aref studying the situation. They randomly sent a survey tot one out of every ten dorm-dwellers. Results, if accurate, indicate there will be 3,699 students returning? to residence halls next semester. -» "We're determined to .give on-campus students educational advantages," Miles sayed. Working toward this goal, administrators have,, innovated such things as tutoring programs, • newspapers, credit for recreational planning and'more, liberal lifestyles. Decision Soon "We want to finalize the decision early enough so students won't already have signed off-campus housing contract," Repp said. "Eastern Michigan University announced identical action during the summer and was ' forced io dematriculate about 30 sophomores who had off-campus obligations," she added. CMU aftd the University of Michigan are the only schools in the state without a sophomore residence requirement, v. v i i '■: ,» If.1 , ' <*! ''v 1 i ' ' l! . I t • I'.i - -' i I'll' '! I 1 ■ , .iff! $ :•! .f'1 li i» 1 >i i ■ I, / !
|Title||1973-02-02; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, February 2, 1973 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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