The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 11, 1968 · Page 24
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 24

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, November 11, 1968
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24 Palm Beach Post. Monday. Nov. 11. 18 Violence On Campuses Now Subsiding By dr: benjamin fine NEW YORK (NANA) Although student unrest is still found on many campuses, the wave of boycotts, demonstrations and violence that took place in colleges and universities last fall and spring has subsided. College officials and administrators are keeping their fingers crossed. They know that student uprisings may still take place, but from all evidence the campus crises are about over. One reason may be that the colleges are now calling in student leaders to map out various programs. The New York University demonstration, over the firing of John Hatched, head of the Martin Luther King Center, because of his racist views, fizzled and is a thing of the past. Student pro- degrees of influence. Such committees advise faculty and administratois on student views at Temple University and New York University's school of education. Throughout the country, at colleges and universities, student involvement has become realistic and, it is hoped, constructive. The students want to feel that they are part of the educational institution, particularly in the large universities with its thousands of students under one administrative head. It is to be hoped that through student, cooperation, and administrative acceptance of the students as co-partners in education, that the riots, demonstrations, unrest and violence of last year will be a thing of the past. Higher education will be stronger for it. A tittle Cori 9 Lonej Way! At Ol kMl W.h wekTFd tour cm " THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT I will continue to be your dedicated, full time County Commissioner for all of Palm Beach County. I will appreciate your cooperation in the future as in the past. Sisned E.W. "Bud" Weaver County Commissioner tests, together with arrests, have taken place at the University of California at Berkeley, but that too was minor compared with previous demonstrations. Nothing comparable with the Columbia University disaster has taken place, nor does it look as though it will. Perhaps educators have learned a costly lesson from the student riots. In colleges throughout the nation students are being given a greater say in the curriculum, and in the general development of campus programs. A three-day student-faculty conference held at Stony Brook University (N.Y.) brought constructive suggestions from all concerned. Faculty members said they learned much that they had not realized about the views of the students and the cause of unrest. Recently the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania held an open meeting at which leaders of student groups met with faculty members, administrators and trustees to recommend changes in university government. A commettee was set up, to develop the changes. The idea of framework on an Institution to bring about changes they deem desirable. Their efforts have assumed various forms, including seminars and conferences on higher education, curriculum and course studies and reviews, curriculum committees, programs to supplement the curriculum and student-initiated courses. The most widespread form of student involvement in educational policy-making has been at meetings of curriculum and academic committees. Student status on such committees ranges from observer to full member. A joint student faculty committee to re-examine the teaching situation has been formed at the University of Wisconsin for the purpose of studying new teaching methods and curricula, interdisciplinary programs and the role of students in academic decisions. The Harvard-Radcliffe policy committee, an organization of students, faculty and administration, also deals with educational issues. It is composed of fourteen undergraduate students, the dean of Harvard College and the dean of Radcliffe College and three faculty members selected by the rest of the group. Ail-student committees, functioning either as subcommittees to the faculty, or autonomously, exercise various llltiTT A WVYA GUI Cod ca B'o r m.l i; sv. I" mi i: s. ii" Bit U II" the committee originated from the student body, including members of the Students for a Democratic Society. President Gaylord Hamwell of the U. of 0. said that the committee would "explore, suggest and implement change, which may serve as a model to other institutions." College and university administrators consider student unrest one of the biggest challenges facing higher education. According to a report by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, responsible action by administrators, faculty and students is the key phrase on college campuses. In the wake of disruptive protests, administrators are urging students to continue their quest for change, but to channel their energies and protests in ways that can be effective. Dr. John W. Schwada, chancellor of the University of Missouri, voiced this concern in a convocation address to the students when he said: "Some of the people involved will, in the eyes of others, be unreasonable. Solutions may not be ' found as readily as any of us would like. But in the final analysis the reasonable and orderly process of seeking solutions will be far more productive. More importantly, these processes will preserve the essential orderliness and democratic processes that characterize this university and our society." Writing in the Teachers College Record, Robert Schwebel, a student at Antioeh College, declared that students must play a vital part in efforts to awaken "our sleepy universities." He listed the "irrelevance" of subject matter as one cause of student complaint. 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