Students: This Side of the Vision

By liberalizing the rules and brightening the students, Notre Dame's President Theodore M. Hesburgh has been trying to create the liveliest Roman Catholic university in the U.S. But in the past "winter of discontent," as he and Jack Kennedy put it, Hesburgh has been repaid with student editorials crying for freer rules and for his removal in favor of "a renowned lay educator." Result: faculty censorship of three articles in the magazine Scholastic, the resignation of three student editors; and a sizzling letter from Hesburgh to all 6,700 students.

"Discontent is not all bad," wrote Hesburgh. It affects any feeling...

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