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Image 8 of Kentucky Alumnus, vol. 7, no. 6, June 1916

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.. = ,fsQ%\ina" i ‘ ` . . l ‘ 5-:Y, · ·‘r `· . " Qlfii _ ' F 8 ‘ THE KENTUCKY ALUMNUS . _ 4 _;;.Y_,¢.* . . 2, T .` élkgqft tl From the January number of the Purdue " `=’*i' »·* A "ctnisge wan M....·· Alumnus it appears that there is a situation at . » a _ . §_ . . ~ Y Purdue which may be of some interest to us. It I '_ if arose over the President declining to re-employ a foot ball coach, after his con- ‘ · \ lg} tract had expired. Tliis was the occasion of some hard feeling among the student pu $ » lf ity; ‘ body and alumni against the President. When the President’s reasons were ·· M-,`··%z· 52% , . . lat i _ ‘ }l·`ji’;§ij ,;! i made known, however, it appears that he had good reasons for his 3.Ct1OI1. The Ur r ‘ _ if unpleasant situation arose more from a lack of information than from any— of ’ T V thas else ti I . ` The results are instructive, as showing how those who have the direction of O? fi- l _`·` Q ` I affairs may get into trouble by not taking into their confidence the peoplewhose Cel T`, N affairs they are directing. A clear understanding among all concerned about Ur if °‘ what is to be done and what is going on is a good thing and conduces to a tm r `f”`i"i' Tiili:i’l s irit f c - er ti n and general ood feelin Q , ~ _ §£·,;; p o o op a·o g · g ' g. »t._ ,.' itil In a long article upon the situation, Prof. George W. Monroe suggests a _ ` bureau of publicity as a remedy for such misunderstandings in college affairs. gi]? Some plan of this sort may be worth consideration, so we quote this part of his inf ’* _·g··,_ at g . _ _ _,§;t : lp article. . liz" fi? ;é;Z ( 3 . . . Q Q I El igiv". #*1* "What is needed seems to be vehicle, a ‘_College Wise Man,' who shall be Qi. » . .%=.;_`;.fl , close enough to the students so they will _drop in to his office to talk freely and tt l ` F: man thoroughly informed on all university (affairs. This rsfuggestioln came front ¥;’.`_,t . a student to the President, w1o mentione it to me. o get t e matter lll ‘ A concrete form for discussion I have elaborated it as follows: _ _ {V “Assuming that the truth though known will injure no_man, the publicity » agent should have every means of knowing the_facts regarding every phase of Un ii T;_.t‘%’» , ` : university activity. He should attend the meetings of fthle Eoard of Trustees, M, IXSEQI ; and the faculty and should be notified of all meetings o ,t e acu ty committees Z and have the privilege of attending. His access to university records and V1 ‘ iuzéii if *_ correspondence should be unquestioned. He should be furnished with proper S? $15 V stenographic and clerical assistance and have a fund for publicity work such ns his ` - sending news letters to the alumni or the press of the State. That he be free ES · from even the suspicion of undue influence, he should be responsible only to CO, ' .· the Board of Trustees direct. He should be answerable only for the truth ot d 4 gg {ifi? r his statements and judged only by the results obtained in completeness of O· ;€,\_g§ ‘ H understanding between the university authorities, the students and the people for .; of the State. His door should have a sign reading, ‘PURD JE IS A PUBLIC AS TY id i` INSTITUTION AND ANY MAN IS ENTITLED TO KNOW ANY y l’¥·Q ‘ FACTS REGARDING ITS CONDUCT OR MANAGEMENT FOR ANY .· ‘lf_ .· REASON OR FOR NO REASON. IT IS MY BUSINESS TO KNOW yl ` THESE FACTS. ASK ME.’ U - F`? `. . . . . 1 " i€§·,,_ = “In short, my remedy for the present lack of understanding is "P1t1less dg .. ‘ ‘< Publicity.” TL `_i'°i,'2' ‘· ill! Mt 4 V I €X» Y I ..» ?§Q}l ir I-fi} zi é t 2 ti » E . ,2,t;;‘3¢:-'i·t=‘l, ‘ , ,— `· . tt j¤ _= . _ . 5 Q? ff ` jc . · if; is %`i\;§"¤·¤·`l'i Y? if " ` <*`*"""""` ~ —--e· A · ~-—+-~~ — ~ or *‘r**“·

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