This is a tale told in the hypothetical. It answers the question: “Who would the student body select to be Lawrence University President from the faculty or the administration, if President Tarr were not in the running?” The names of the students have been omitted to protect the cowardly.
Dean Broderick and Miss Draheim received the most votes, from the randomly selected student survey. Without hesitation, snapped out their choices and reasons why. A sophomore boy declared, “Miss Draheim is really cool. She would really liberalize the school.”
“Dean Broderick has the most on the ball,” commented a junior.
Other students selected Broderick because he communicates with faculty, parents, administration and, most importantly, with the students. They felt him a man for new ideas, a wide background including experience as director of the Peace Corps in Ghana. Others thought him extremely personable, dynamic, inspiring confidence, with a great felling for people.
Of course, there were other nominees. A senior suggested a triumvirate of Mr. Chaney for image, Mr. Smalley for work, and Mrs. Bateman to keep them both moving. “Mr. Hah would be great,” one girl said. “He would give great speeches, and there would be no red tape in the administration; as a matter of fact, there would not be any tape at all.”
Mrs. Koffka received votes because she would treat students as adults, considering it her business to educate minds, and not to play mother. And Mr. Schneider, of the anthropology department, was selected because of his individuality. Mr. Wall of Admission received a vote because “He is the greatest person I have ever met.”
“I wish Mr. Tank could be chosen,” remarked a possible geology major, “so we could afford to buy a meteor.” Mr. Tjossem received an enthusiastic vote because “he is the best looking, he speaks well, and he is cynical.” Someone added that Mr. Goldgar should be his sidekick.
Several students would like to see Mr. Waring as president; they felt they could trust his judgment and had great respect for him. Mr. Breunig received support because he is “well-organized, capable, perceptive, and is in contact with students as well as the faculty.”
“Because of his sincere interest in education, Mr. Sager would be a good president,” commented a senior girl. “he would be willing to change, and would challenge the rest of the administration.” Another person believed that Mr. Cloak would be a fantastic president because “he is concerned with the world and the things close to home. He is a literary man and what he says is so meaningful.”
A new member of the English department, Mr. Linfield, was suggested. “Frankly,” said one girl, “we could use a little class around here.” And Mr. Thelin of Conkey’s Book Store was given overwhelming support since “he runs the school anyway.”