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PAGE 20 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24,1971 THEJOURNAL $**********************^***********^ CONGRATULATING each other__on_a real team effort in collecting food for Thanksgiving on behalf of the Neigh- borhood Center and the Meals on Wheels Program are students Timmy Lpckwood, grade 1, George Hall Elemen- tary and Don Ashley, George Hall Jr. High. The food collectedthroughout the city's schools will be delivered to the Ogdensburg Center tomorrow. (Shatraw Photo) Committee Urges New University BURLINGTON (AP) — A joint committee on higher education recommended. Friday that the University of Vermont, the state colleges and the Regional Community College System be combined into a new Vermont University. Dr. Frank Smallwood, vice chairman of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, and chairman of the planning committee, said the proposals must be approved by the boards of trustees for the University of Vermont and the state colleges. • If approved, he said, the proposal will be presented to the 1972 session of the General Assembly in the hope of gaining enabling legislation. Smallwood said the two boards of Eye Use Should Nof Diminish As Age increases ROCHESTER — \Reaching retirement years doesn't mean people should retire their eyes,\ Dr. Murray I. Blanchard, President of the New York State Optometric Association, said today, in a message to the White House Conference on the Aging, convening in Washington, D.C., next week. Dr. Blanchard endorses a statement by Dr. Leonard Werner, chief of the Geriatric Vision Clinic of the Optometric Center of New York, that it is vital to continue to use the eyes. \Too many people start to turn off the world because of vision conditions that can be corrected by professional help,\ said Dr. Werner On the basis of his clinic's extensive work with residents at nursing hojnes and other elderly persons. The optometrist expressed concern about the prevalent old wives' tale that Vision can be prolonged by using the eyes only sparingly. \Like other muscles or organs in the body, the eyes cannot be worn out. The normal deterioration is solely the result of age andnot of use. When eyes are tired, rest them-but when they're not tired, using the eyes is far better than not using them,\ he said. As individuals approach the age of forty, they can expect to notice blurring of near distance vision, the doctor said. \This blurring, or dimming in the eye is a gradual \physiological change in the lens of the eye, which takes place as the lens tissues become less elastic.\ Dimming in the eyes is a natural and common occurence, according to. Dr. Werner, but it brings distress and misconception to many elderly persons. \They notice this change in their vision and mistakenly assume that nothing can be done about it. \In many cases, when an aging person becomes aware that his vision has become impaired, he experiences a psychological and emotional shock, \Dr. Werner said. \This is because he doesn't understand or is not informed about the tremendous strides that have been made in eye care and in .the field of optics in the last decade. \The fact of the matter is that much research is constantly being performed to correct abnormalities in the eyes,'' the doctor said. \Why at one time, surgery for cataracts, the most common form of eye abnormality in the elderly, was regarded as a major operation. Today, however, it is probably one of the easiest to perform.\ Dr. Blanchard advised, \It is in- creasingly important, as one gets older to have the eyes checked by a professional vision care specialist-an optometrist or opthamologist-at least twice a year-\ He said that members of the New York State Optometric Association urged the public of all ages to inform themselves about vision and eye care. He recommended two sources of useful information: \Ask your eye doctor or write to the Association's headquarters, 250 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y., 10010, for educational materials.\ trustees would meet in Burlington on the weekend of Dec. 3 to vote on the proposals. According to the planning com- mittee's report, the legislature would be asked to create a public corporation, known as the Vermont University, to assume all of the purposes and assets and perform all the duties of the public colleges and universities of the state. The plan would designate each of the individual schools as a separate educational component of the Vermont University. Each would have its own president and provisions would be made for each component to use for its own benefit bequests and gifts made the unit. One of the major points of the enabling legislation, however, would be a stipulation that educational planning be tried out between the proposed Vermont University, the private college and universities in the state, the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., the Vermont Higher Education Facilities Com- mission and the state Department of Education. • . The plan also called for establishment of a single board of trustees for the Vermont University, which would have administration responsibilities for all programs of.higher education in the state. It would consist of 21 members, with the governor being an ex officio member of the board. Terms would run for six years. Six of the board members would be elected by the legislature, one would be appointed by the governor with the consent of the state Senate, and six would be elected by the board of trustees from nominations made by themselves. The proposed super board of trustees would supersede the existing boards, which if they approve of the plan would in effect vote themselves out of existence. The super board also would appoint the presidents Of the University of Vermont, Castleton, Lyndon JokSOll and Vermont Technical Colleges and the Community College System. The plan also called for the ap- pointment of an executive officer for the Vermont. University, probably a chancellor„to serve at the board's pleasure. • Smallwood said the report was sent to all the trustees of the affected colleges, the college presidents, Gov. Deane C. Davis and legislators. Dr. Robert S. Babcock, provost of 'the state colleges, quoted Davis as saying the plan was \one of the most important things to have happened in higher education in his memory.\ It was Davis who earlier in the year made strong suggestions to the boards of UVM and the state colleges to find ways of closer cooperation and coordination. His suggestions were made in light of increasing costs in the field of higher education. Babcock said, \I think this is a bold, and dramatic proposal. It goes further than any other state in integrating all aspects of higher education.\ The provost said he was backing the -plan now, despite opposition in previous year to reorganization, 'because the individual state colleges have grown strong enough to keep from being ab- sorbed. Dr. Edward Andrew, the president of •UVM,. backed that insight. He said the. reorganization proposal would leave the University of Vermont and the State College \with their individual identity and with their autonomy.\ During questioning, Dr. Babcock admitted the proposal meant that his job would be eliminated. But, he quickly put to rest any speculation about his assuming the chancellor's post. \I would have absolutely no desire to be that guy,\ he said. Mallwood said the planning com- mittee did not think the proposal would mean the saving of massive amounts of money, but that it would make for better use of funds. He said one example of how the higher educational system could be improved was in the effective use of resources. Currently, he said, enrollment at Johnson State CoUege was high, while the student levels at Castleton State and at UVM were below what had been anticipated. Under. reorganization, he said, the figures could be balanced. 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