“We’re constantly aware of the turmoil at Columbia University,” Secretary of the College Lynn C. Bartlett told The New York Times as Vassar’s fall orientation began.  “It has taught us all that unless you listen to students and take them seriously you’re in trouble.  Beginning right now with orientation we want to show them we feel this way.”  A list including The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Black Power, by Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton, replaced the usual European and American classics as required summer reading for the 419 members of the Class of 1972.  “We want to show freshmen,” political science Professor Glen Johnson, the dean of freshmen, declared, “that, contrary to students’ major criticism now, college can be relevant to real life.  This demonstrates that intellectual pursuits at college can relate to the vital issues facing the country.”      The New York Times