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'U' Communication

"In. the interest of the Univer-
sity community and supportive of
the general educational goals of
the University to provide for an
exchange of information between
students and the executive officers
of the University" five student ad-
visory boards to the Vice Presi-
dents were set up last April. ]
Vice President for Student Af-
fairs, Richard L. Cutler originally
conceived the idea in the spring1
of 1966, but a year passed before:
the committees were actually for-;
mulated and functioning.

The advisory committees were
set up in response to student de-
mands for more voice in the deci-
sion making of the University.
"Although the students do not
have a direct decision-making role
as a result of these committees;
this system allots the student a
tremendous amount of influential
power and also gives the student
an outlet for his opinions," says
George Vance, a member of Vice-
President Cutler's committee and
a graduate student in community
adult education.
"Both the faculty and the stu-

work together and possibly, in that
way, clear up a lot of questions
and problems," explains A. Geof-
frey Norman, Vice-President for
The research advisory commit-
tee, chaired by David Knoke, '69,
has held several meetings this
summer, after which the commit-
tee report was submitted concern-
ing the area of biological warfare
research allegedly going on at the
University. Another area of inte-
rest to be explored this fall is the
availability of research jobs for
students in University laboratories.
At present, according to Norman,
1800 University students are em-
ployed in research departments.
"I am well pleased with the in-
teraction between myself and the
committee," Norman says. "Our.

main undertaking now is to gain
an understanding of students' in-
terest in research. At present,
much of our work is done with the
applied and graduate schools."
Since the committees were of-
ficially begun April 1 each has met
with the Vice-Presidents about
four times. Their concern was
primarily in laying the ground
work for more intense meetings in
the fall. Orientation concerning
the workings of each of the respec-
tive offices were given to the ad-
visory committees and general
guidelines for the relationships
between the Vice-Presidents and
the individual boards were set up.
In addition to meeting with the
Vice-Presidents, several of the
committees have met with sub-

committees of the Senate Ad-'
visory Committee on University
Affairs, the executive arm of the
faculty assembly.
The advisory board to the vice-
president for academic affairs, Al-
lan F. Smith, has met with both
the vice-president and the SACUA
education policy committee. In one
of the preliminary meetings, Dr.
Abraham Kaplan warned the com-
mittee that, "in its advisory ca-
pacity, they cannot expect to make
demands, only gather information,
express ideas and give advice."
One of the topics to be discussed
by this committee in the fall is
the rising costs of tuition.
The advisory committee for
Vice-President Cutler has met for
several "informal discussions," ac-
cording to one committee member.

Such topics as recreation facili-
ties have been discussed but no
extensive study has been done.
The advisory committee to Vice-
President Michael Radock was
formed prior to the creation of
the other committees and has been
functioning for over a year.
"During the year, the commit-
tee has had periodic meetings with
various University officials con-
cerned with topics which were of
interest at that time. Discussions
were also held concerning the SGC
break with the Office of Student
Affairs, and The Daily-Board in
Control of Student Publications
crisis. This group greatly facilitat-
ed the information flow," com-
ments Cleland Wyllie, director of
media relations and an assistant
to Radock.

Other topics to be considered Each committee is composed of
by this group are orienthtion prac- from five to eight members, se-
tices and students' participation lected by a six man board -
in the introduction of the new three members from SGC and
president, Robben Fleming. three from GSC. The appoint-
Bi-monthly meetings with the ments were subject to the approv-
vice-presidents are not open to al of the two groups. Each per-

the public and the reports sub-
mitted to the executive commit-
tees are confidential. However,
public meetings of the committee
with representatives of the admin-
istration present, will also be held
Members of the board can
only be removed if 20 per cent of1

son applying for a position was re-
quired to be a student pursuing an
approved course of study, and no
person is eligible to serve concur-
rently on more than one advisory
board. Seventy-two applications
were received and 22 persons were
finally seated on the boards.
The committees are required to

As stated in the introduction dents are constantly criticizing the
to the structural statement, the administration. It would be a
advisory committees are primarily beneficial and welcomed develop-
designed to facilitate information ment if these two groups, the stu-
flow between the administration dent advisory committee and
and the students. . SACUA faculty committees could

the membership of either GSC or meet twice a month with the re-
SGC presents a written request, spective vice-presidents and then
or, if recommendation of a mem- !t veubite-prien t ofdthe
ber of the Presidential Advisory to submit a written report of the
Board is made, and approved by proceedings to the Executive Com-
a two-thirds vote of SGC and GSC. 3 mittees of GSC and SGC.

Voice: Radical Consciences in Action

Voice Political Party represents
one of the oldest continuing stu-
dent liberal-radical organizations
in the nation. During its seven
years in existence, the structure
and function of the group has
undergone s e v e r a 1 significant
In its latest phase, Voice has
been active in bringing the stu-
dent-power concept to the cam-
pus and in organizing activities
of protest and radical education
in conjunction with Students for
a Democratic Society, the na-
tional leftist political organiza-.
tion to whichVoice is affiliated.
Voice is firmly grounded in the
belief that "participatory democ-
racy" must lie at the basis of any
viable organization. Meetings are
open to the general public and
officerships are rotated on short-
term bases. However, the decen-
tralism of the organization has
not prevented the continuing
membership from being carried by
a small, cohesive group of stu-
dents nor has the desire to spread,
responsibility among as many
members as possible prevented
much confusion among the gen-
eral public-particularly Univer-
sity administrators who are often
volubly confronted by Voice griev-
ances - as to the aims of the
Actually, the appelation "Po-
litical Party" has become some-
thing of a misnomer; Voice has
not availed itself of such formal
political chanels as running can-
didates for SGC since affiliating
with national SDS five years ago.
During that time, having become
more attentive to national issues
such as civil rights and opposi-
tion to war, the picket-line and

M sit-in have become favorite tac-
tics both as political strategy and
as publicity devices.
During the past year Voice was
most noticeably Instrumental in
sponsoring with SGC the draft
referendum and the subsequent
sit-in confrontations with the ad-
ministration in an attempt to end
class-ranking for the Selective
S e r v i c e; informational pickets
against CIA recruiters on campus.
Seven members of Voice were
arrested in Toledo, Ohio, in May
on charges of "disturbing the
peace" when they attempted to
disrupt an Armed Forces Day
pageant which featured a military
assault by national guardsmen on
a mock Vietnamese village.
Voice also played host to the
national SDS convention which
was quickly routed to Ann Arbor
when accommodations for some
150 delegates could not be found
at the intended Antioch College
site. Key decisions at the SDS,
convention to oppose the draft
and the war in Vietnam by form-
ing draft resistance unions and
agitation both within and outside
the armed forces will probably see
implementation locally by Voice in
the coming months.
Many of Voice's activities are
not so dramatically visible. In-
dividually, campus radicals may
have allied themselves with the
Vietnam Summer Project, a sum-
mer 'teach-out" program aimed at
organizing discussion groups on
the war on the neighborhood level.
Other Voice members have been
actively engaged in the Children's
Community, a vigorous radical
elementary education experiment.
In the past, Voice has supplied
talent and hands to the now de-
funct Free University of Ann

Arbor and many of the several
teach-ins (the concept of which
first originated among faculty and
students at the University two
years ago) on such topics as the
Vietnam war, South Afrfca, China
and student power. Another en-
terprise which has been eclipsed
but may be revived is the Stu-
dent Economic Union (UMSEU)
which, while it was active suc-
ceeded in gaining a wage hike for
student employes and sending
members to testify before state
legislators on economic conditions
for students at the University.
The outlook for Voice does not
appear bright. National $DS
hiked dues to $10 a year, the de-
funct student - power movement
has drained energy from further
large-scale confrontation for some
time to come, and declining mem-
bership has been in the offing
since the University turned mem-
bership lists over to the HUAC

in compliance with a subpoena
last fall.
In Voice's earlier phase, be-
tween about 1960 and 1963, a
greatideal of intellectual activity
and idealistic fervor on the part
of founders like Tom Hayden,
Alan Haber and Robert Ross built
Voice and SDTS into a broadly-
based, wide-ranging organization
such as it has not been since the
departure of these charismatic
Perhaps the most spectacular
demonstration in whichVoice has
participated was the October,
1965, sit-in at the Ann Arbor
draft board in conjunction with
the International Days of Protest,
in which 38 students and faculty
were arrested. About two-thirds
of the persons accused of tres-
passing chose not to plead guilty
and the case is currently being
appealed through the higher

courts. More important recrimi-
nations from the protest were the
changing of draft deferments by
the boards of several of the men
under orders from the Selective
Service headquarters. The subse-
quent outcry by civil libertarians
resulted in the restoration of de-
ferments in most cases.
Coming to a conclusion about
the probable future of Voice is
difficult because of the protean
nature of the organization. At
times the group appears to be
fighting a rear-guard action for
the simple right to survive against
declining memberships, an un-
friendly administration and cops
on campus. But should an issue
arise in which radical consciences
are roused to action-such as the
eviction of students from their
apartment on the basis of race-
the durable Voice membership is
sure to be on hand to draw atten-
tion to injustices.

Radio 640 Beams Signal
To 12, 000 Listeners

The student operated radio
station WBCN is the largest col-
lege broadcasting facility in the
nation. Housed in the basement
of the Student Activities Building,
the station reaches a large group
of undergraduates with a varied
program schedule.
Although its broadcast signal
can only be picked up in the
dormitories and a few scattered
housing units, the station in re-
cent years has accumulated some
12,000 listeners, making it one
of the major stations in the area.
The station is completely man-
ned and governed by students
with one of the largest staffs of
any student organization, and
each year it takes on new stu-
dents in announcing, engineering,
advertising, and news capacities.
WCBN moved to the SAB two
years ago from its offices in
dormitories, and its present stu-
dios are superior to most profes-
sional radio stations. There are
three fully equipped broadcast
studios, a large newsroom with

United Press International facili-
ties, a record library, executiveI
offices, and a conference room
often used as a studio for inter-;
view and panel programs. Almost
the entire studio complex was
constructed by the station's own
engineering staff.
The station's varied format has
attracted a wide range of per-
sonalities. On a normal broadcast
day, the station programs about'
five hours of rock, an hour of!
jazz, several hours of easy listen-
ing music, and two hours of clas-
sical music, all interspersed with'
Station manager Joe Quass-
rano emphasizes that not every-
one need be a polished radio per-
sonality to join the station's
staff, as there are so many differ-
ent activities which make up the
station's productions.
In recent years, news has been
the largest growing department.
The station has sent its reporters
as far as the University of Cali-
fornia at Berkeley for documen-
taries and news reports and has

greatly enlarged its coverage of
local and campus events. For the
past two years it has received the
UPI award for news excellence.
It has become one of the best
opportunities on campus for stu-
dents to gain professional on-the-
job experience, and several WCBN
alumni are now pursuing careers
in broadcasting.
WCBN is self-supporting, draw-
ing funds from local and national
The station is governed by a
board of directors, students elect-
ed each year by the staff and is
assisted by professionals and. in-
terested faculty members.
Programs produced by the sta-
tion have been aired on the
Canadian Broadcasting Corpora-
tion, and stations. WJR, WKNR,
and WXYZ in Detroit, and over
the University Broadcasting
The station's staff looks for-
ward to the near future when the
Federal Communications Com-
mission may grant them a com-
mercial broadcasting license.

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Student Power Movement Fails;
Grievances Remain Unresolved
(Continued from Page 1) sit-in which seemed to threaten many of them. SGC began to way-
At the meeting, Vice Presidents the functioning of the University er on its pledge to make the rank-
utler and Pierpont were present. by tying up the office of a key ing referendum binding (a last-
ice-President Cutler spoke for Vice-President, and rumblings. minute walk-out had prevented
ice-President Pierpont, who re- from above materialized Noven 'them from formally doing so) and
ised to speak throughout the ber 12, when Cutler announced the on the viability of the Movement
.eeting. The event created more enactment of a sit-in ban. itself.
ad feeling on all sides, but it was Student Government Council The next teach-in, on Thursday,
ardly necessary-the "Pierpont (SGC), which had been assured drew fewer participants than the
t-in" had done the damage. the Thursday before that no such four thousand that had attended
The Regents took notice at the legislation w a s' f o r t hcoming, the first one, and it ultimately
threatened to break its ties with dissolved into disorder, passing no
_ _ _ _ _Cutler's office if the ban were not motions and neither accepting nor
lifted. That was at a special meet- rejecting the Hatcher proposals.
ing on Monday, November 14. Concurrently the faculty was
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the considering the question of rank-
17th, SGC elections took place, in ing. Many expressed the feeling
which 10,000 students voted 2-1 that to rank was contrary to their
against the continuation of the consciences and that they would
University policy of ranking stu- not give grades to students who
dents for the Selective Service. On didn't want them. Over thirty fa-
Thursday, the administration had culty members signed a pledge to
not yet retracted the ban and SGC that effect.
broke its ties. On Monday, December 5, how-
At the same time the adminis- ever, the literary college faculty
tration reiterated its stand on voted that there would be no pro-
ranking-it would not honor the vision made to allow individual fa-
referendum. culty members wishing to withhold
On Friday a meeting occurred grades. The administration soon
which had been called by Voice, made clear that students who did
but which most of the student not receive letter grades would,
body had been led to believe was after one month's time, be counted
to be a meeting under the leader- as having failed. Dissident faculty
ship of SGC. The meeting called members then offered the choice
of them." for a teach-in the following Mon- to their students, and there were
day. no takers.
Over the weekend a "special Early in March SGC appointed
committee" met to draw up an members to sit on the Hatcher
" agenda. The- meeting was chaired commissions. The Movement thus
;ation by SGC president Ed Robinson officially ended.
and attended by leaders of various
campus organizations. Monday IN APRIL the Hatcher commis-
their slate of possible actions was sion on ranking reported that
presented to over 4,000 students the University should continue
at Hill Auditorium. A motion to to rank. The Hatcher commission
open that list of alternatives to on University decision-making has
IFY) other suggestions was defeated. only begun to outline its objec-
,t Cara, The course of action to be taken tives.
in order to force the administra- So, there it was.
*r~pf tion to discontinue ranking and to The University administration
retract the sit-in ban was a sit-in acted throughout the year with
of one hour (at lunch) in the lob- but one purpose in mind - the
by of the administration building. preservation of their own power.
Another teach-in would follow. At no point was there an effort to
at Thanksgiving vacation interced- understand what was behind the
Q ed, but on Tuesday, November 29, grievances other than finding
1500 students sat-in, despite Hat- ways to stop the Movement.
cher's offer to delay implementa- It was then and it remains now
tion of the sit-in ban and to es- enough to say that the adminis-
tablish commissions on the sit-in tration feels administrators should
ban, on ranking, and to study the exclusively run a University, and
M im University decision- making pro- that students feel students should
cess. have an active if not decisive voice
At this point, however, moderate in matters of student concern. The
elements which had been drawn resulting power struggle lasted as
into the movement began to drop long as the students who cared
off. Hatcher's concessions satisfied could keep things going.

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