1965-05-28; Central Michigan Life
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Volume 46 Central Michigan University, Friday, May 28, 1965 Number 27 Testify Before Senate nquiry Monday DR. KENNETH L. UGLUM, chemistry, shows how the new telescope functions to the Life photographer. The telescope is the latest addition to Brooks Hall. Final Session Senate Wants Reasons For Faculty Departures By Neil Hopp Life News Editor In its last legislative session for the spring semester, Student Senate Monday night I unanimously passed a resolution expressing concern over | the departure of "many valuable instructors from this | campus," The resolution read, "Where- l as, a university is maintained for the purpose of producing mentally alert individuals, who are capable of thinking and acting correctly, and whose behavior is motivated by social insight, moral fortitude, ethical discrimination and spiritual I values. 'Whereas, realization of these I express purposes largely depends upon the quality of instruction at a university, "Whereas, the quality of instruction directly depends up- lon the quality of the faculty, j and whereas many faculty I members are leaving Central j Michigan University. I "Be i t therefore resolved I that, Student Senate express jits concern to administration, ■faculty and students over the | departure of many valuable Instructors. And that the rea- pons for their departures be [ascertained, and that correc- jtive steps be taken, if neces- l?JFy7 to assure that Central ■Michijian University maintain |at all times the highest quality Instruction possible. | During discussion of the res- FUtioru one senator asked for pecrfic examples of instructs leaving and reasons why. Student Body President Gene Ragland answered the query by naming nearly a dozen faculty members who are leaving CMU after this semester. Ragland also mentioned that he knew of others who are in the process of looking for other positions. When asked for reasons, Ragland responded that some of the departures are concerned with higher salaries, lighter teaching loads, choice of teaching subjects, better curricu- lums and the obtaining of higher teaching degrees. However, Ragland said other reasons concerned the operation of the university, but he did not give specifics since some of" the dissatisfactions "were given to me in confidence and I do not want to attach names to these reasons publicly until they (the instructors) do so themselves." The discussion on this resolution evidently spurred more action as Senate unanimously passed another resolution which read: "Whereas a number of valu- able instructors are leaving CMU, Student Senate recommends that departing instructors take the invitation of the State Senate investigating committee to make public their reasons for leaving CMU." Barring any special sessions, a new Student Senate will convene in September under the present administration of Ragland and Student Body Vice President John Johnson. difficulty in finding the time and encouragement to do research," he explained. When asked about infringement on academic freedom, Dr. Stewart answered, "No one has ever imposed themselves on what I do in the classroom in a direct sense." Concerning the topic of faculty involvement in administration, Dr. Stewart commented, "I don't believe the pres ent administration has found it convenient or acceptable to accept recommendations o f faculty in good grace." He added that many faculty members are willing to let all decisions be made by people in authority and to accept them without questioning. The final faculiy member to testify Monday was Dr. Dillingham who said that he (Continued on Page 4) Valedictorian Earns 3.80; Salutatorian .02 Behind By Emory Daniels Life Managing Editor The questioning of Central faculty mem- hours and convened until June 7. bers by the Senate investigating team Mon- Soeaking critically of the administration day disclosed such problems as promotion were Dr. George Blackburn, history, Dr. Rob- policies, change of grades, encouragement ert Stewart, sociology, Dr. Harry Dillingham, for research, faculty involvement and the sociology, and Lewis Rhodes, educational quality of administratve leadership. The television council director. Supporting the committee questioned five faculty members administration was Dr. Rolland Maybe, his- and one administrator for a total of three tory, and Dr. George Lauer, registrar. W h il e discussing Central's —_— , transition from a teacher's college to a liberal arts university, Dx\ Blackburn commeted, "the administrators date back to teacher-college days and they have teacher - college ideas, while many of the faculty, especially the younger faculty, have university ideas." "It is not the intent of the faculty to run the school," he said. "The Board of Trustees is the constituted body and the Board makes all final decisions." But he added that it was apropriate and necessary for faculty to become involved in such areas as curriculum, personnel. Although Dr. Maybee supported the administration he did have one reservation. "The only thing I wonder about," he said, "is the question of the President reporting back to the faculty. I do think this is a problem." Asked by Sen. Edward J. Robinson (D-Dearborn) if Central has an educational philosophy, Dr. Maybee answered, "Sure, we are always going someplace and that direction is one of improvement. Under this administration we w ere expanding in terms of land, buildings, dormitories and in other areas ... I don't feel we have any more problems than other schools." Sen. Don Potter (R-Lansing) asked if the educational op- poi'tunities afforded the student at Central had improved during Dr. Maybee's 33 years at Central. "Amazingly, yes!" Dr. Maybee answered. Rhodes proclaimed, "We are being administered but we are not being led, and in the dif- frence between these terms lies the explanation for much much of the faculty unrest." "Insufficient leadership shows up in missed opportunity, unmet potential and in the sad words of what might have been." he said. "It is not enough for the university to provide tools for growth," he added, "it must provide leadership." As an example, Rhodes explai ned ,"We are utilizing less educational television than we were five years ago and we have been able to do little with programing." Dr. Stewart stated that he was leaving Central because he concluded he could.no longer perform adequately his academic functions at Central. "I simply found that as years have gone on I have not been able to keep atop of my field in areas as diverse as I have been required to teach," he explained. The reason for this, he said, was because he was required to have a 12-hour teaching load requiring three preparations and sometimes four. f'l have found substantial Dale F. Wolfgram, Hemlock, with an accumulative point average of 3.80 will be valedictorian of Central's June graduating class. Salutatorian is Ruth Bowen, Mount Pleasant, with an average of 3.78. Wolfgram. the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Wolfgram, will receive the B.S. degree on the secondary education curriculum with a major in chemistry.. He pi ans to teach high school chemistry in Gary, Ind., where a new program called Chem-Study will be instituted. Wolfgram said that he will probably be sent to a National Science Foundation Institute next summer to gain background to help put the new program into the curriculum. Motors scholarship for four years at CMU and has been on the Teacher Education Project five-year plan. He has been president and treasurer of Gamma Delta, campus Lutheran group; a member of Phi Delta Kappa, men's education honorary; Kappa Mu Epsilon, mathematics honorary; Alchymist Club, chemistry and physicsc departmental organization; and the Student Education Association. Dale Wolfgram Ruth Bowen Miss Bowen, salutatorian, is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Elbert R. Bowen, Her father is a member of the CMU speech department. She will receive the A.B. degree on the liberal arts cuiriculum with a Spanish major and library science minor. She plans to go on to graduate school to do further work in library science and is interested in reference or research librarianshi'p. Miss Bowen is president of Senior Women's Honor Board and of Alpha Beta Alpha, library departmental organization;" is listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universitiesc; and is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Student Senate and Phi Kappa Phi honorary. This year she was delegate to the Michigan Association of Studen-t Governments and was chairman of the Homecoming Ball. She has also worked as a student assistant in the reference department of the CMU library for four years, has been in the concert band and the sympnonic w i n d -ensemble and is a member of the First Methodist Church choir. 'HI '$. >! ft'-WiL-m ■ r:fs."'''.'-;'V*-'**^>''
|Title||1965-05-28; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, May 28, 1965 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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