GOLF: PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
I REQUEST RETRACTION OF GROUNDLESS STATEMENTS AND INNUENDO CONTAINED IN "ON AND OFF THE FAIRWAYS" IN SEPT. 29 ISSUE REGARDING UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, LET ME QUOTE FROM PRESIDENTIAL ANNUAL ADDRESS TO FACULTY SEPT. 12, 1958: "A YEAR AGO WE ABOLISHED OUR FACULTY COMMITTEE ON EXCEPTIONS TO ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS. IT WAS INTENDED THAT AN EXCEPTION WOULD BE MADE BY THE PRESIDENT ONLY WHEN CONSULTATION REVEALED A GROSS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE. DURING THIS PAST YEAR APPROXIMATELY 900 COLLEGE STUDENTS NOT IN GOOD STANDING ELSEWHERE SOUGHT BUT WERE DENIED ADMISSION TO THIS UNIVERSITY, I HAVE REJECTED EVERY CASE APPEALED TO ME....
"THIS FACULTY HAS INSTITUTED AND IS EXECUTING A POLICY OF SUCH STRICT GRADING THAT...AFTER THE FALL SEMESTER MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF OUR STUDENTS HAD EITHER QUIT VOLUNTARILY, WERE UNDER SUSPENSION FOR A FULL YEAR OR WERE UNDER ACADEMIC PROBATION OR WARNING.... WHILE I TAKE NO JOY IN SEEING YOUNG PEOPLE FAIL TO MAKE THE GRADE AND AS AN OLD PROFESSOR I FULLY REALIZE THAT SOME OF THIS PERCENTAGE OF FAILURE MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO INADEQUATE TEACHING, I STILL KNOW OF ONLY ONE WAY FOR A GREAT FACULTY TO MAKE A GREAT INSTITUTION OF LEARNING AND THAT IS TO INSIST UPON HIGH STANDARDS FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR STUDENTS.... I AM GLAD TO REPORT THAT SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE I HAVE KNOWN OF NOT ONE VIOLATION OF ATHLETIC CONFERENCE AND NCAA RULES NOR HAVE I HEARD OF ANY REQUESTS FOR ACADEMIC EXCEPTION FOR ANY ATHLETE."
CLANTON W. WILLIAMS
President, University of Houston
?The University of Houston was established in 1934 as a municipal institution governed by a board of Houston citizens. It was substantially endowed (and substantially influenced) by Houston Oil Millionaire Roy Cullen, rapidly became the second-largest educational institution in Texas. But despite its size and wealth the University of Houston failed for 20 years to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Dr. Clanton W. Williams, a nationally known historian of the Air Force and academic administrator, assumed the presidency in 1956 and since then his made rewarding efforts to raise academic standards.—ED.
FOOTBALL ISSUE: CRITICS, YET
Why foul up an otherwise stunning Football Issue with a painting (Pigskin Combat) that looks like a midnight frolic in an opium den?
East Orleans, Mass.
Can't guess why you should spoil the Football Issue with a double-paged nothing by a Mrs. Saul Steinberg.
She should look as "humorous" as you say this blob is.
PHILIP MANSFIELD SEAMANS
You state that the artist's individualism "leads her to deny membership in any [art] school."
Perhaps the art schools denied her membership.
Please print viewing instructions.
W. HOWARD GRIMES
WOODBURY VS. ROARING SPRING
I have been associated with baseball all my life, but for the first time have become involved in a practical problem that has caused much discussion and controversy. The following is an account of the whole incident as it happened: