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VOL. 49, NfJ. 35
_Centra| Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Tuesday, February 18, 1969
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While black militant .leaders are taking
over many college campuses and causing
considerable unrest, Central's Student Government and concerned students are in the
inidst of developing ways to benefit both black
and white students.
They are doing this by sponsoring a Black
Symposium, establishing an Afro-American Center
on campus and bringing to. Central an all-Negro
The purpose, according to group leaders, is to
give students the opportunity to become better
acquainted with the American Negro's life and
history through a series Of workshops,, discussions,
displays and lectures by prominent men known for
their stands concerning racial issues.
Dick Gregory to Speak
Actor-comedian Dick Gregory will speak during'the Black Symposium, April 14 to 22, along
with 12 other internationally noted lecturers and
"The Black Symposium, entitled 'A Place in the
jSun,' is being planned with the express purpose of
showing Central students, that Negroes do have a
history of which to'be,proud, as iwell as to promote
some, interest drid' Knowledge in ^current U.S.
events," according to Robert Jilek, Student .Senate's special events and projects committee co-
Initial work began in-late September under
the direction of Dave Wolds, student body president, with James E. Hayes, special grants and
studies, acting as consultant.
Finances for the non-profit operation were donated by the Special Grants and Studies office,
the Senior Class and Student Social Activities committee. *
Other speakers on the agenda will be Milton
Henry, bjack separatist, IVEchigari JSe$A philJip.„A,..
Hart, Edward Vaughn, owner of the largest black
bookstore in Detroit and' Francis Kornigay, militant leader.
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^C-5 REALLY "lacked out the jams" at their
concert SaturdayBght in Finch. The bill was
snared with the--"pleasure Seekers/' an all-
jemale band from Detroit, which.sang material
mai the Beatles to James Brown. The MC-5
up to their billing as "self-styled guerril
la, i -*- *" ««?** juuung as »eii-_iyi«su yuw»«
en they shouted obscenities at the audi-
S?.?nd when one member ended his "serenade to a girl in the fcont row with a kiss. The
general opinion of members of the audience
£<Jt walked out-was ''The Measure Seekers"
were good, but the MC-5 were too loud and
™a« Summing tip the general attitude of the
wjcuence one male student shdute, "MC-5, go
Dr. H. Lockett, University of Michigan medical
professor, and Harrison Salsbury, New York Times
editor, will also be present, in addition to numerous artists and sculptors.
Interaction Committee Sponsored
Plans are underway for the establishment of
an Afro-American Center on campus and sponsorship of an all-Negro Theatre group by the Student
Interaction Committee, an organization designed
to help inner-city high school students attend
Plans for an Afro-American Cultural Center
are still in elementary stages but are rapidly being
developed and put to work. SIAC has already received President William Boyd's approval and
permission to set up the center in the lounge of
the Old Park Library.
Two representatives from Chi Alpha Psi, Kings-
men and SIAC will meet sometime this semester
and select a seventh member as chairman to over- .
see discussions on outfitting of the center.
Make Campus Aware
A selection of SIAC's goals for 1969 states the
purpose of the center. "We feel this campus must
be made aware of the masterpiece of literature, the
arts and sciences of the Afro-Americans."
The all-Negro concept, East Theatre Group of
Detroit and St. Joseph High School, Saginaw, will
present an SIAC sponsored program April 28 in
Warriner Auditorium. The time has not yet been
Three one-act plays performed by the Detroit
group are "The Dutchman" by Leroy Jones, "A
Son Come Home" by Edward Bellum and "Happy
Ending" by Douglas Turner. Students from St.
Joseph's will exhibit talent in various songs,
dances and poetry readings.
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BLACK AND WHITE students have already debated constructively on campus this year and
once again, this spring and next fall, the students will work on programs to spread ideas,
philosophies and knowledge beneficial to the
development of racial understanding.
Hew Head of Arts and Sciences Named
President William B. Boyd announced
Thursday that Richard V. Dietrich, associate
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at
Virginia Polytechnical Institute, has accepted
the position of dean of the School of Arts and
Sciences at CMU.
Dietrich's appointment becomes effective Sept.
1. Until that time, Edward H. Whitmore will continue as acting dean, a position he acquired when
Cleon C. Richtmeyer retired at the beginning of
Tribute fat Work
by JOHN TURNER
Life Academics Editor
Cleon C. Richtmeyer, recently retired dean
of the school of arts and sciences, received a
resolution of tribute from the Michigan Senate
for his 45 years of service to Central.
A copy of the resolution, adopted January 23,
stated "The Michigan Senate accord a unanimous
tribute to Dr. Cleon C. Richtmeyer for his nearly
half-century of creative, service and professional
expertise that significantly contributed to Michigan's citizens and to her prominence m science
^RicXeyer came to CMU in 1924.immediately
following his graduation from Albion College.
£om his instructor in mathematics yanking he
moved ahead to department head m 1938. Three
vears later, Richtmeyer was named director of
fnsteuction?and in 1956 he became dean of faculty,
/iter another three years, Richtmeyer was appointed dean of the school of arts and sciences He
served in this position until his retirement on Jan.
*' Wilbur E. Moore, vice-president of academic
affairs remarked, "Those of us that worked with
Seon ove^ a period of time fully appreciate his
SoLship. He represented his field as well as
^Stmeyer had two math textbooks published.
Onf of these, "Business Mathematics," has been
revised to a fourth edition, and is still in wide use
across the country.
Dietrich has been a member of the VPI geology
faculty since 1951 and has been a professor of
geology since 1956. Besides his position of dean,
Dietrich will also be a professor of geology at
Wilbur E. Moore, vice-president of academic
affairs andt chairman of the Advisory Committee
for the Selection of Deans said, "I'm very impressed with his credentials and extremely happy
to have him here at Central. His scholarship and
administrative experience speaks for itself."
Dietrich received his bachelor of science from
Colgate University in 1947, where he ranked first
in his class. In 1950 he earned his master of science
from Yale, and a year later he earned his doctorate.
The new dean has written more than 75 papers,
delivered speeches as far away as Norway and
has written two books, the second of which was
published last month.
The school of Arts and Sciences is the largest
of all schools at CMU. Over half the classes offered
belong to this school and it includes more than
50 per cent of the faculty. Thirteen departments
compose the school.
Dietrict is married and has three children. Rick,
21, is a senior at Carleton (Minn.) College. Kurt,
17, is a senior at Blacksburg (Va.) High School,
and Krista, 14, is a freshman at the same school.
Mrs. Dietrich attended the University of Rochester where she earned a nursing certificate. She
plans to receive her bachelor of arts degree in
history this June from VPI.
Students may pick up copies of Phoenix, literary magazine at no charge, Friday in the University Center, Brooks, Anspach, and Pearce Halls.
This issue's editor, Greg Gordon, said due to a
reduced press run, only 4,000 copies will be available.
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