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'U' Budget Cuts:

Spanking the
AFTER UNIVERSITY administrators
send the budget request to Lansing
each year, they smile enigmatically and
sit tight. At first, they make vague, opti-
mistic comments about how state rev-
enues are up and how the University can
naturally expect more money from the
state which last year forced the Univer-
sity to raise tuition and go on an austerity
But then the governor takes a close
look at the University's request and issues
his recommendations of how many dol-
lars he thinks this institution deserves.
Tlis year, he chopped $11.1 million off
the University's request and administra-
tors started to frown and fidget.
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Allan F. Smith commented, "If they ac-
cept the governor's recommendations, we
have to get legislators to realize the dol-
lars to achieve our objectives aren't
However, administrators brace them-
selves to hear legislators' recommenda-
tion. For legislators, especially senators,
have shown themselves to be even more
tightfisted than the governor. Monday
the Senate Appropriations Committee
slashed the governor's recommendations
by $3.4 million.
THIS LEAVES the University with only
$61.3 million of its original $75.8 mil-
lion request.
The Senate Committee's action came
almost concurrently with release of the
substance of Auditor General Albert Lee's
report. Lee charged that University aud-
iting practices "have resulted in an over-
statement of expenditures and an under-
statement of available cash."
Although committee chairman Frank
Beadle (R-St. Clair) said "it had no ef-
feet on the figures in the bill," senators
were reportedly pounding the tables with
their fists when they heard what the
auditor had to say. The University, long
looked at as the spoiled favorite of the
Michigan educational system, was con-
sidered to be misusing its status.
Most administrators wouldn't admit it,
but they really didn't expect the legisla-
ture would go very far toward meeting
the needs of this institution, or indeed of
any institution in the state. And the aud-
itor general's report can hardly be blamed

Spoiled Child
for the general lack of concern for the
welfare of state schools.
Administrators suspect that despite
arguments against doing so, legislators
would ask out-of-state students to pay
more of the actual cost of their educa-
tion. Some out-of-staters already are be-
ginning to look elsewhere for an educa-
tion-just in case fees skyrocket again.
AND THEY aren't afraid they'll be miss-
ing much because students, faculty
and administrators are all quietly aware
that this school is headed downhill and
has been ever since state funds started
being cut.
Again this year, administrators are
plotting how to make do with insuffi-
cient dollars. Although executive officers
were unwilling to consider the possibility
of a tuition increase for a second con-
secutive year, it seems more and more
apparent that student fees, especially out-
of-state fees, are the only source of rev-
enue that can be tapped.
In the past, when state funds have not
met needs, the University has established
a list of priorities. This year, salary in-
creases for teaching staff, the addition
of new teachers and supporting staff are
already earmarked for first priority. The
University requested a 9 per cent salary
increase, but may have to accept the
governor's 6.3 per cent as an absolute
To allocate increases to priorities, the
University will have to drain $3.4 million
from other important areas. In the past,
supporting staff have not been hired,
facilities have not been rehabilitated.
BUT THIS YEAR, the governor recom-
mended increases to only one of the
six general areas of University need, that
of instruction. So the library, student
services and basic operations will doubt-
less be hardest hit by the senate recom-
mendations, if adopted by the legislature.
The library is due to receive only $4.7
million, student services are slated for
$3.4 million and operational costs are to
get a meager $17.5 million according to
Romney's breakdown. The $3.4 million
senate cut, even if balanced over the six
areas, could prove disasterous to a uni-
versity already walking a financial tight-



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Malcolm X Service: Black over White

"IN THE PAST, yes, I have made sweep-
ing indictments of all white people.
I never will be guilty of that again-as I
know now that some white people are
truly sincere, that some truly are capable
of being brotherly toward a black man.
The true Islam has shown me that a
blanket indictment of all white people
is as wrong as when whites make blanket
indictments against blacks."
Last week the Afro-American Libera-
tion Movement sponsored a memorial
service for Malcolm X at Canterbury
House, which included speeches, a short
poetry reading, and a jam session by the
Don Morrow Combo. One of the young
black girls who spoke said that it has
taken us three years to understand what
Malcolm X was talking about. It may take
longer than three years.
"I don't speak against the sincere, well-
meaning, good white people," the girl said.
"I have learned that there are some. I
have learned that not all white people are
racists. I am speaking against and my
fight is against the white racists. I firmly
believe that Negroes have the right to
fight against these racists, by any means
that are necessary"

THE FIFTH SPEAKER of the service,
a spontaneous inclusion, was a young man
in Eastern clothes. He came to the speak-
er's stand and said he was "disgusted"
that an integrated audience should try
to make a memorial to Malcolm X. Citing
Malcolm's statement that all that he liked
about integration as "coffee with cream"
as an example, the speaker gave an inter-
pretation of Malcolm X's message-that
the best thing for the black man to do is
to have as little contact with the white
man as possible.
He wasn't talking about Black Libera-
tion, but segregation of black against
In Nobody Knows My Name, writer
James Baldwin tells of how he left Amer-
ica and went to France-and when he
got there, he found that he was American
first and black second, whether he liked
it or not. This is what the black and white
populations of the United States in the
twentieth century must know, as Mal-
colm X found out in Mecca-that there
can be no black liberation without white
The black man say he wants full com-
mand of his society, having the same con-
trol that the white man has exercised for

four hundred years in this country. But
in seeking the identical power as the
white man has held in the past, the black
is not asking for a Black Liberation to
replace the white domination, but a black
domination over the whites.
But this young man deserved part of
the applause he got because he did do
one thing---he stated for all to hear the
basic truth that Malcolm X proclaimed
throughout his life-"Whitey is the
HE WAS RIGHT-the devil of history,
of South Africa, of Vietnam, of Hiro-
shima, of Asia, Africa, Latin America and
the United States the unquestioned Satan
of non-white history has been the "Chris-
tian" white man. His gift to the non-
white populations has been constant
poverty, oppression, exploitation, cruelty,
murder, emasculation, and rape. This
speaker knew the truth-that the white
man is the devil and he was not afraid
to say so to whoever might have been
listening-black and white.
There was just one catch in the speak-
er's argument-his concession' that "I
have been convinced that some American
whites do want to help cure the rampant

racism which is on the path to destroying
this country."
There were white people in the room at
Canterbury House, probably wanting the
same justice, the same freedom, same
human dignity that Malcolm X stood for.
The fourth speaker, a young minister,
another spontaneous addition to the serv-
ice, told the story of the young college
girl who came to Malcolm X and asked
"What con I do?", to which Malcolm re-
plied, "Nothing," sending her away in
tears. That story comes from page 286 of
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and it
is an important part of his memory. But
there is, another story from page 362,
eighty pages later which was not part of
the service.
"... I WAS in my car driving along the
freeway when,'at a red light, another car
pulled alongside. A white woman was
driving and on the passenger's side, next
to me, was a white man. "Malcolm X!"
he called out-and when I looked, he
stuck his hand out of his car, across at
me, grinning. 'Do you mind shaking hands
with a white man?' Imagine that! Just as
the traffic light turned green, I told him,
'I don't mind shaking hands with human
beings. Are you one?'"

Letters: Smothering of Smothers Bros.


Lee's Folly Victimizes U'

STATE AUDITOR General Albert Lee told
The Daily yesterday that his report on
University accounting "was not intended
to be inflamatory." Lee must be incred-
ibly naive.
His statement implies chicanery on the
part of University officials at a time when
the Senate Appropriations Committee was
meeting to decide on cuts in the Univer-
sity's budget. And although the auditor
general refuses to publically release the
full 85-page document, several copies of
the preliminary report were circulating
throughout high Lansing circles as the
appropriations committee met to discuss
the higher education bill.
The committee chairman Frank Beadle
(R-St. Clair) said the report caused "quite
a bit of controversy in the hearings" but
denies it had any effect on the outcome of
the deliberations. A close observer de-
scribed the committee session as a fierce
debate, with committee members shout-
ing and pounding their fists on the table.
University President Robben W. Flem-
ing called Lee's report "potentially ex-
tremely damaging to the University" and
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representative Raymond Smit (R-Ann
Arbor) said it was "an attempt to find
an excuse to cut appropriations to the
All this from an ostensibly non-inflam-
matory statement.
LEE'S EVALUATION of University fi-
nances was no less naive than his
views on the effect of the report. He
recommended that unrestricted gifts to
the University be used to reduce state ap-
The recommendation borders on ab-
surdity. What donor would provide funds
to the University if he knew his gift would
simply be marked off the legislature's
appropriation to the University? Further-
more there would be absolutely no incen-
tive for the University to attempt to so-
licit such gifts for they would in no way
increase the funds available to the Uni-
Should the University be penalized by
the legislature because its alumni have
generously contributed to its growth and
expansion. Obviously accountant Lee
knows very little about the operation of
a university.
The auditor general has also suggested
that projects funded by private gifts or
federal funds should be charged with a
full share of ongoing overhead costs to
the University, thus reducing the require-
ment of funds from legislative appro-
nature earmarked for specific use only.
Foundations are unwilling to pay the
overhead costs on gifts. Should the Uni-
versity turn down a large grant from a
foundation merely because it doesn't pro-
vide for operating expenses? Federal

Editor's Note: The following
is a letter sent to Larry Carino,
general manager of WJBK TV,
the CBS affiliate in Detroit.
LAST SUNDAY night we watched
the Smothers Brothers show on
Channel 2 specifically to hear the
songs of Pete Seeger. Deploring
the reactionary censorship which
had barred him from the major
networks for so many years, as
well as the CBS policy which had
deleted one of his songs from an
earlier broadcast, we were an-
xious to see him allowed to pre-
sent his views over your station
in song form. Unfortunately, as
General Manager of WJBK, you
took it upon yourself to delete that
portion of the song which you felt
was improper or perhaps unfit for
the American public.
Your apologist on CBS radio,
J. P. McCarthy, claims that your
rationale for censoring the song
"The Big Muddy" was that you
felt that it demeaned the office of
the President of the United States
and consequently was unfit for
public consumption. The implica-
tions of your action is that the
American public is not prepared to
assimilate variant opinions on
publicaffairs and that your sta-
tion is obligated to protect them
for a satirical song and directed
at American policy in Southeast
Asia and the leaders who direct
this policy. Whether or not you
agree with Mr. Seeger's position,
he does not stand alone. and your
action of censorship raises a va-
riety of questions about the nature
of American society today, more
particularly as viewed by WJBK
TO BEGIN WITH, the notion
of "sacred" in public office is both
outdated and ludicrous when
compared with the political pro-
cess in the United States today.
The wisdom of the President is
questioned daily in the newspapers
by various editorial commentators
and the Detroit area public is not
normally protected from this type
of information. Secondly, it is just
this type of censorship which is
characteristic of the thought con-
trol which supposedly character-
izes totalitarian states. Why in
the United States is this type of
action acceptable when it is just
this type of activity which we de-
plore elsewhere? Third, is the in-
stitutional foundation of democ-

American way of life, to the
American political process?
IT WOULD SEEM in conclusion
that the right of the broadcaster
is viewed as predominating over
the rights of the viewing public
and the foundations of the demo-
cratic ideal on which this country
is historically founded. Both my
wife and I are deeply concerned
with regard to the action taken
by WJBK in censoring the songs
of Pete Seeger. We deplore your
censorship of the Smothers Broth-
ers show and would like to recom-
mend that you reconsider the
broadcasting policy of your sta-
-Prof. and Mrs.
William B. Hauser
Rent Arithmetic
To the Editor:
AT PRESENT there is great
concern over landlord accep-
tance of the 8-month University
lease. The Daily and other stu-
dent organizations have given this
strong support; however, I feel
that the University lease has been
distorted by the inadequacy of the
demands placed upon it.
By requesting only an 8-month
lease, SHA and SGC are probab-
ly doing more harm than good.
The reason is simple. There is no
stipulation providing for a rea-
sonable percentage increase in
monthly rent if the landlord ad-
heres to the new 8-month lease.
The result of this campaign has
been a 25 per cent increase in
rent concomitant with acceptance
of the 8-month lease. This is a
regression from the current 12-
month lease since the student will
be paying a greater total rent
during the academic year.
Under the new policy the land-
lord receives 25 per cent more
rent for eight months or the
equivalent of ten months rent
under a 12-month lease. Thus
during the four month sublet the
landlord needs only 50 per cent
of the regular rental (under a
twelve month lease) or two full
months rent to earn the same to-
tal rent as accrued under a twelve
month lease. (i.e., 8 mo. and 25
per cent of 8 months and 50 per
cent of four months.) Any
amount over 50 per cent of regu-
lar monthly rent results in great-
er profits for the landlord under
the new 8-month lease.

8-month lease. The total rent
would be $2000 for the 8-month
lease and $2400 for the 12-month
lease. However, considering the
average sublet (case "a," at 60 per
cent for regular rent for four
months and case "b," at 70 per
cent for four months) the aver-
age total rent for the 12-month
lease would range from $1920
(case "a") to $1840 (case "b").
Taking this hypothetical ex-
ample, a_ four-man apartment at
$250 per month under an 8-month
lease would rise at least $80 to
$160 for most tenants. This seems
like a very high price to pay for
apartment "reform."
-Robert P. Morris, '68
To the Editor:
ON FEBRUARY 23, 1968, I
went to Ann Arbor City Hall
to register to vote. I informed the
clerk of my intentions and he im-
mediately proceeded to question
me. Of course, his first question
was: "Are you a student?" I could
hardly deny my student status.

Then, answering that this criteria
made me ineligible to vote and
without further questioning me
to determine whether or not I was
eligible to vote, he informed me
that state regulations were such
that I was ineligible to vote in
'Ann Arbor. Now, I had reviewed
the requirements as listed on The
Daily's editorial page in a recent
issue and considered myself elig-
ible to vote in Ann Arbor. I im-
mediately proceeded to volunteer
information to establish my elig-
ibility. In the end, he grudgly ac-
cepted my eligibility to vote here
disapproval of my persistence to
but, not before he demonstrated
The Daily has begun accept -
'ng articles from faculty, ad-
ministration, and students on
,ub.iects of their choice. They
are to be 600-900 words in
length and should be submitted
to the Editorial Director.

his disapproval of my persistence
to register.
I have registered in other gov-
ernment offices and was never
subjected to such treatment but
I walked away from this office
with the distinct impression that
the city clerk's office has a subtle,
systematic means of depriving
some students of their right to
vote. They do this by harassing
the student as they did me, by
first asking the question pertain-
ing to student status and drawing
inferences from that, by failing
to question the student fully, and
by forcing the student to take the
initative in proving his right o
voe. By this means, they are able
to deny this right to those who
are not quite as aggressive as my-
self, to those who are not fully
aware of the statures governing
eligibility to vote, and to those
who are easily convinced by what
others 'tell them; none of these
traits are pertinent to voter eligi-
bility. I would suggest that the
city clerk's office review their
voter registration procedures.
-C. Michael Taylor, '68 Ed


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