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Editorial "Academic Life"
Editorial "Academic Life"
The first in a series of editorials analyzing the President’s Committee (PC) report to Study Campus Relationships. The PC decided that intellectual stagnation on campus is due to "a homogeneous student body, faculty irresponsibility and an unimaginative curriculum." The editor finds the admissions policy of the university at fault for limiting "intellectual ferment." There are no programs to recruit students. The writers states: "One of the most obvious results of the admissions policy is the fact that racial segregation is still a reality at the University." The writer notes that despite an end to official segregation at the University, there are only two black students at Richmond College, and four black students at Westhampton. Only one black students was admitted for the 1969-1970 academic year, and only one of the six black students lives on campus (mostly likely a reference to Barry Greene R'72). The editorial also notes that there is only one black faculty member at the university, and "only a handful of professors who are not protestant or Baptist." The editorial also states that faculty are not involved enough in creating relationships with students, and do not update their coursework year to year. Calls are also made for changing the curriculum and giving faculty control of choosing commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients.
“Academic Life.” The University of Richmond Collegian LVII, no. 5, (October 10, 1969): 2. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL19691017.2.7&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-
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