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Guilford Editors Attend Psychedelic Happening at
Washington, D. C. Within the psy
chedelic setting of the Sheraton-Park
Conference rooms in the city gathered
approximately 500 editors many repre
senting U. S. Student Press Association,
from around the country for what was a
"happening" in every sense of the word.
The conference was marked by emo
tion. Many editors objected to the tune
of the conference and the left hippies.
But it was original. There was no keynote
speech. Instead a light show and a multi
microphone discussion involving the edi
tors and participants centered around the
theme "Alternative Futures and Present
Choises," a phrase from the French philos
opher Bertrand d'Jouvenal. "Seeding"
The Curriculum Part 111
My Opinion About What Opposes Change
Dr. Suri pointed out in class one day
that American Colleges are forever trying
to be two institutions at once. They are a
kindly Dr. Jeckle liberal arts college ded
icated to learning and the advancement
of knowledge and a horrible Mr. Hyde
"diploma mill" whose justification is
economic: it turns out factors of pro
duction, graduates, for business. Bus
inesses usually have to train graduates be
fore they can work, but Toby Ives
summed up our conclusions aptly: "The
diploma says to the business man, 'I
beat my brains out for four years to get
this, I'll beat my brains out while I'm
working for you!'"
In less adequate words the diploma is
a predictor of sucess, as is the S.A.T.
test, only the diploma says you have
"stickability." It saves the businessman
from having to figure out himself who can
learn and hold down a job.
GREENSBORO, N. C. FEBRUARY 16, 1968
the session was Robert Theobald, orig
inator of the concept of the guaranteed
annual income; Charles DeCarlo, director
of automation research for IBM; Alvin
Toffler, writer and author; Tom Koch,
producer of Canadian Broadcasting Com
pany public affairs terevision; John McHale,
director of World Resources Inventory
at Southern Illinois University; and Sur
indar Suri, Political Science Professor at
"The object in life is to do your own
thing, be free." With this statement,
Peter Rabbit of Drop-City, Colorado be
gan discribing his approach to living an
alternative future. "We build houses out
of car roofs and other odd things ... We
By Steve Tashiro
For testing "stickability" sucessful note
taking in dull lectures and uncreative
work is just as good as any educational
experience. In fact, it inspires more con
fidence than more indefinite creative paths.
Students may not find dull methods
pleasant, but they provide a measure of
certainty for the perspective diploma
buyer about what will happen in a course
and how little he can get away with doing.
To change the curriculum radically
toward a creative experience will, sub
sequently, mean to change the com
position of the student body radically.
It may not mean raising admissions stand
ards in a purely academic way; low
scores on the S.A.T. test don't mean
you can't survive in a creative curriculum.
The creative curriculum simply dosen't
attract the diploma buyers, and those
who just want their B.A. ticket into a job
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have carpenders, mechanics, and arch
itects . . . And we're free," says Peter
Although many of the editors were
alien and objected to the kind of al
ternative futures that were discussed,
many gained a sense of creativity through
such discriptions by Peter Rabbit.
On the other side many people were
concerned with predicting the future.
Many were concerned with the more
practical aspects of the paper and how the
U. S. Student Press Association should
relate to individual papers. Resolutions
supporting the U. S. stand in Vietnam and
against such a stand were discussed in
fighting words only.
Other facets of the conference in
cluded films as "Year 2000" and "The
War Game" and "Life In A Tin Can" as
well as a press conference with Senator
Eugene McCarthy which proved to be
disrupted as several far left people carried
in a coffin symbolizing the sickness of
this country . . . perhaps the death.
The conference was pluralistic, as the
future is likely to be. There were many
things happening at once.
"The conference is a design itself,"
says David Lloyd Jones of USSPA, the
Analysis of Statement of
Student Rights and Freedoms
Phil Semas (CPS)
Although the Joint Statement on the
Rights and Freedoms of Students moved
a giant step closer to formal adoption last
week, it still faces many problems before
it can become generally accepted on
The Joint Statement was drawn up
last summer by representatives of five
national education organizations, the A
merican Assocaition of University Pro
fessors (AAUP), the American Associat
ion of Colleges (AAC), the National
Student Association (NSA), the National
Association of Student Personnel Ad
ministrators, and the National Associat
ion of Women's Deans and Counselors.
The AAC voted last week to approve
the document. NSA and the AAUP's
executive council had approved it earlier.
Approval from AAUP's membership and
the other two organizations is expected
Two major problems must be faced
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