Letter from BGSU President William T. Jerome to H.H. Warner
Jerome, Wm. Travers (William Travers), 1919-. “Letter from BGSU President William T. Jerome to H.H. Warner.” Digital Gallery. BGSU University Libraries, 18 June 2020, digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/collections/item/17269. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.
|Title||Letter from BGSU President William T. Jerome to H.H. Warner|
|Subject||Bowling Green State University -- Students -- Political activity|
|Warner, H. H.|
|Jerome, Wm. Travers (William Travers), 1919-|
|Bowling Green State University. New University|
|Bowling Green State University -- Administration|
|Description||A letter from BGSU President William T. Jerome to H.H. Warner defending student-organized teach-ins and expressing his philosophy that allowing unrest at the university level prevents violence from occurring in the streets.|
|Creator||Jerome, Wm. Travers (William Travers), 1919-|
|Source||William T. Jerome presidential papers; UA-0002f; Center for Archival Collections; University Libraries; Bowling Green State University|
|Spatial Coverage||Bowling Green (Ohio)|
June 12, 1970
Mr. H.H. Warner
Dear Mr. Warner
Thank you for your letter of June 4 addressed to both President Fawcett and to me. Since I was not at the hearings, I do not know what attitudes you are objecting to.
The disrobing incident which you mentioned was an unfortunate one and I do not condone it. The event was not well reported, however. The so-called "instructor" was a student. The so-called "class" was simply a voluntary session in what students call the "New University."
I share your concern about campus disturbances. There are at least two points, however, which should be made:
1. Our society is probably fortunate in having universities as a safety valve. Much of what has happened on our campuses otherwise would take place in the streets of our cities since many people are upset by our society's continued failure to attack the problems of poverty, discrimination and war.
2. Too many persons are trying to find excuses for their shortcomings as parents or citizens by blaming disturbances on the few who are exploiting those who want to get their education. In my opinion this is a superficial analysis of what is happening and obscures the magnitude of the problems facing the nation.
Again, let me express my appreciation for your taking the trouble to write. I do share your concern as I said before. Much of what is happening on our campuses, however, is good and should lead to better universities in the future and a stronger America.
Wm. Travers Jerome III
cc: President Novice Fawcett