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Flags Exchanged At Vietnamese Embassy A strong interest in politics and foreign affairs led University student Arthur Collingsworth (third from left) into study of Viet Nam and a subsequent visit to the country. Earlier this fall the founder of the campus-based Conference 011 Viet Nam Steering Committee attended the National Symposium on Viet Nam in Washington, where be was among

a contingent visiting the South Vietnamese Embassy to exchange flags between the two countries. With him are (from left) Jay Parsons of Johns Hopkins University; Jolynn "Capo, a Michigan State University graduate student; Deputy Ambassador Anh; and Chon Wong, a counselor at the embassy.

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By Virginia Westover in our country fail to realize is [they lack the communications "We hope to contact the U-M "Students today have a great that .there are 36 cou?tries no~ system whic~ the!~? world fraternities, sororities, service ~}:!!!l'2 to iunnel their efforts into sen~mg troops t,O VIet N a~, has; he pointed o~t;- T ~ ,e y groups and _the like' and get somettimg constructive, They re eoittrrgsworttr said. M-atia,+?on t .. ~ na-,B{k Ve.4.!Uu" 'em lirteTeSten-:-fw' adopting a exp~riencing a ,v~cuum of f~s- New Zealand and South Kor~a It~~ VISIOn. , Viet Nam orphan, . . tration, and activism, often mIS- have ~ore men ~ver there. III Some areas are v~allY yn.· Collingsworth also expressed guided, offers to fill this void." proportion their population touched ?y ~?e war,') Colling- hope that a national conference The speaker is Arthur J. Col· than we do, wor,th -s~Id. Hue, the ancle~t on Viet Nam will be held here lingsworth a 21-year-old Uni- He also said that "student capital, . IS" one example. Per next semester. The Chi c ago versity poiitical science major leaders in Hue and Saigon look haps -this IS be c au s e of thr- Daily News and the Marshall who probably is an exception ul?on the U.S. inter~st, and ~ffort sa,cred attachment the.p e 0 p IfF i e 1 d Foundation have examong students _ and among WIth hope and optimism. they still h?ld towards th~ CIty. . pressed interest in backing such many Americans _ w hen it relize that only if South Viet Collingsworth belIe,ves ~ hat a conference, comes to "filling the vacuum.'} Nam can determine her des- one of th~ co~nt~y s biggest --"----~-~=====---' , ,. tiny -wi]l there be a good future problems. IS bridging the gap ThIS peripatetic young m.a n for her." between the educated, you n g , from Tecumseh IS a firm believ, elite and the country peasant. er .in rounding out education .Chotllmgsw.ho,rthatttsen.ded anhallBecause' of this he calls the with practical experience. rug te~c -m a argon were South Viet Nam floods earlier a resolution was adopted to send hi blessi di , Wh ere h as thiIS Ie d him? rm. th f t So th Viet Nam stu- t IS year a essmg m isguise, To Viet Nam and to Brazil. de~t ~:~e af~n abroad "The students developed. a To the debating floor and the The de1e~ation visited Ann real sense of the country's probsp~aker's. forum, To the cam- Arbor last Frida. lems when the fl,oods c am e. paign office and the conference "I was mor/.free to travel They ?eglln w:orkmg as volunroom., , than I thought I would be ii, teers I~ the. villages, and the Collingsworth IS the, founder Viet Nam " Arthur said, "so I country s. N a t 1 o-n a I Volunof lh~ Conferen~e on Vl,eti Nam made the ~ost of this." te~,r Services developed." Steering Comm,Ittee whl~h was One of the most impressive Th~ r~~ponse was, o,~ e ~formed last spring following !he things he said he came across whelming, Arthur said. ThIS campus "teach-in," and WhICh was near Da Nan A nearb summer alone there were 5,000 t r~cently gathered together 2;057 village of some 20,~OOVietnarI participating as volu':!teers, The I signatures s.upportmg the U,S, ese has been re-developed by students helped rebuild f 10'0 d policy m, VIet Nam and sent Marines assi ned to the area, ravaged ,areas, a~ well as ~sthem to the State Department. "The men g volunteered to re- sisting WI~~ teaching and SOCial Pr~f: Jame,s K. Pollock of t~e build. to teach and assist in prob~en:s. .' . political sClenc~ department IS com~unity projects. All t his T~ls Isn't ~he ,fIrst tI~e that the group's adviser. was done on their s are time, C.ollulgsw?rth s interest I~ forAs a result of th~ local efforts, It's made an amazing differ- ergn affairs has taken him to he ?-ttended the Viet Nam Con- an".. in th.. ~r••~" h.. ~dil••d another l",a""n",d ••, ,__ "



Na~,"lh-as, he pointed outr "T h.e Y groups and the like" and get itralia, don't tr-av"61 and ~(N ~1U, em ~Ef<t:"in adopting a" New Zealand and South KQtea ited vision," V· t N h have more men over there in "Some areas are virfJUally un- . ~e .am orp an. '. .. proportion to their population touched by the war,'! Colling- h COlltlDhgStwortht'; also1 exPfressed than we do" th id "H th . t ope a a na iona con erence The speaker is Arthur J. Col·' wor. .s~1. ue, e ancle~ on Viet Nam will be held here lingsworth, a 21-year·old Uni- He al~o said that . "student capital, . IS .'one example. Per' next semester. The Chi c ago versity political science major leaders m Hu~ and Saigon look haps this IS b e c a use of tho Daily News and the Marshall who probably is an exception upon the U.S. interest and effort sa.cred attachment thep e 0 p 1 (, Fie 1 d Foundation have examong students - and among wit.h hope and op~imism. "th~y still h?ld towards th~ CIty. ,pressed interest in backing such many Americans _ w hen it relize that only ~f South VIet Collingsworth bebe~es ~ hat a conference. comes to "filling the vacuum.') '~am ~an deternune her des- one 9f th~ cOl;lnt:y s biggest "--~'-----======--~ This peripatetic young m 'a n tiny-will there be a good future problems, IS bridging the gap · f' b li for her" between the educated, you n g , fro m T ecumse I1 IS a rrm e lev·' I li d h . rounding out education Collingsworth attended an all. e ite an t e c~unJry peasant.] with practical experience, . night teach-in at Saigon where Becau~e of this he calls ~he , . a resolution was adopted to send South VIet Nam floods earlier Whevr~ h aNsthis led htlm?B '1 the first South Viet N am stu- this year a blessing in disguise. oT ie t am an d 0 razu, d t d 1 e ati b d "The students developed a To the debating floor and the e;1 ed 10t~a ro~ 't' d A real sense of the country's pr~b.

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speaker's forum. To the cam- Able 1 eteFg~dIOn VIS1e n n lems when the floods c a m e. . f ffiIce an d th e con f erence r"I or as nay. f . paign t t 1 They began working as volun- I room.s was more· ree 0 rave . 'h '11 d h ". . than I thought I would be t teers III t e ,VI ages, an t e Collingsworth IS the founder V· tN' " A th 'd" I' country's N a t i o-n a 1 Volunf th C f V' t N ie am, . r ur said, so . °St ~ onCeren~tet on' am made the most of this." teer Services developed.' eermg ommi ee w 1C was 0 .. "The response was 0 v e rformed last spring following the . ,~e of th~ most impressive whelming," Arthur said. "This I campus "teach-in." and which things he said he carne across 1 th 5 000 i , was near Da Nang A nearby summer a one ere were, t recently gathered together 2,057 'II f 20 00' 0 V· t participating as volunteers ." t . , S VI age 0 some, Ie nam· . '. The signa u~es supporting the U .. ese has been re-developed by students helped rebuild f 10'0 d policy m ,VIet Nam and sent Marin ig d t th ravaged areas, as well as as· them to th e Stat e D epar t men. ties "The men assi ne 0 e area. . tiing WIt . h teac himg an d socia. 1 volunteered to reo SlS Prof. James K. Pollock of the b ild t t h d . t . problems." 1 m' ~t eac , atn Aalsls1tsh·m This isn't the first time that political science department is courn th 'd . urn y proJec s. IS. . . e group s a viser. was done on their spare time Collingsworth's interest m forAs a result of th~ local efforts, It's made an amazing differ: eign affairs has taken him to he attended t.he ylet Nam Con- ence in the area," he added. another land. . fer~nce at P~mclPIa Colle~e ~ast "It's become truly pacified, a,nd In 1958, he was appomted to s~nng and discussed the su.b~ect there's a real rapport between a specially created post of Bra:"lth St~te Department officials the villagers and the Marines," z.ilian g?ve.rnment r:e~resenta. in Washington. La~t w~eke.nd he "This helped our military ef- tive to Mlchl%an and OhIO. was at Emo~.-y U~lverslty m "\t. forts in the area too, Arthur . At time, he was menla,nta debating m r a teac~.m added, "because the p e 0 pie ~~oned ,m the pres~ to be" the WIth such notables as Sen. Rich- were now willing to cooperate." world s youngest diplomat. He ~l'd Russell and Nor man During his -travels in Vie t undertook ,a program of generrhom~s. . _ Nam, Collingsworth ran in t 0 al pron;otlOnal efforts on the ~ r, 1 s s,ummer Collmgsworth several U.M alumni helping out country s behalf .and when he' to or. " trip aroun~ th~ world in hospitals and schools. turned .. 15, he was fete~ at. a and spent a month m VIet ,Nam "Good medicine in .the .Viet huge birthday celebration .~,n throu~h a tra.vel grant :tr0m the Nam hospitals is a problem," New York given by the BrazillAm~ncan Fnel~ds .of VIet Nam, Arthur said, "b e c au s e the a~,government. '. a p~lvate organization. whole family moves in with the' My age permltt~d me to do .His e:cpe:Hmces there, com- patient when he is admitted." more unorthodox things t~~t an bined wlt~ mtense study on the The average man, on the ~lder person c.ould"notdo, Colcountry, Its pr?blems. and. the street, particularly those Viet. Im~sworth said, a~d ~ could wa~, have provided him WIt h n a m e s e in the primitive vil- be more .Olltspoken. Hl~ work ~rtl('ulate opinions on the sub- lages, are n.ot very aware of resu.lte~ in two cO.mpame.s esject .. • the war, and why. it is beingl tablishing branches in ~r~Z1l. Se8te~ in hIS 'apar~ment at 326 fought. This is largely because .~t age .16 he was invited to E. Madison, he cordially sh ' VISit Brazil as a personal guest some of these, in the midst of of the government, and spent his husy on-and-off -campus three weeks touring the country, schedule. meeting with student leaders Phone calls from fellow cornand government officials. mittee workers, the com i n g s Other activities, too, h a v e and goings of roommates and served to round out his educa'the passing-by of a neighbor tion and add riew perspectives, asking to borrow an egg beater In 1964 he dropped out of school failed to break his t r a i n of for a semester to gain practical' thought andrhts enthusiasm on experience in politics by jointhe subject at hand. ing the staff of former Congress"I think our involvement in man George Meader. Viet Nam is necessary as a He is foreign affairs analyst continuation of our policy of for the Michigan Daily and. educontainment," he said, "and is cation chairman for the U·M a response to curb and counter Republican Club. He was reo the Chinese expansion we have cently named to the National seen since World War II. Young Republican Club's f o.r"If we can keep China' coneign affairs committee. tained," he continued, "then the Collingsworth, son of Mr. and Chinese leadership may mitiMrs. Neri Collingsworth of Tegate its military. And maybe cumseh, is working on a plan' if expansion is frustrated by the with the Conference on Vie t , West, the Chinese may decide Nam Steering Committee simito go north, to Russia. In fact," lar to a Village Adoption Plan he added, "I understand that launched at Michigan S tat e there's some border trouble University, whereby the s t ubrewing now." . dents "adopted" a village in "One thing that many people South Viet Nam . 1

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Student Fills...vacuum with trips, speechs, debates  

"Student Fills Frustration Vacuum with Trips, Speeches, Debates", Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 4, 1965. by Virginia Westov...

Student Fills...vacuum with trips, speechs, debates  

"Student Fills Frustration Vacuum with Trips, Speeches, Debates", Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 4, 1965. by Virginia Westov...