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Doing Something More
To Make the Split Felt

sus on the Vietnam war from the con-
gressional Republicans has begun to
crack. This week' joining the anti-war
wing of the Democratic party in verbal
attacks on the administration's conduct
of the war were two key GOP senators,
Clifford Case of New Jersey and Thruston
Morton of Kentucky.
The former assailed the President's
"highly irresponsible" use of the 1964
Gulf of Tonkin resolution to widen the
scope of the conflict. The latter took up
Michigan Gov. George Romney's "brain-
washed" theme and applied it to the
"military-industrial complex's" influence
on the President to seek a military vic-
tory in Vietnam.
Despite the vitriolic and jingoistic ver-
bal counterattack by GOP stalwart Ever-
ett Dirksen (Ill) on Case's Tuesday
speech, the conservative wing of the op-
position is finding it increasingly diffi-
cult to prevent its members from making
a political bid to capitalize on rising an-
ti-war sentiment of the populace. As
1968 elections draw nearer, the defection
rate from Johnson's pro-war camp is
likely to rise geometrically.
THUS FAR THERE has been little evi-
dence that verbalizing disgust with
the war, even in the highest legislative
chambers in the nation, has had little
effect on altering the main trends of the
war. Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn)
recently confided that fully half of the
Senate opposes the war and wants to
get out of Vietnam with all due speed.
Yet that prospect has not appeared on
the horizon..
The defection of United States econom-
ic and political allies also increases stead-
ily over the continued bombing of North
Vietnam. Canada presented a four point
cease-fire plan that emphasized the
"first priority" of a halt to the bombing.
Hanoi has come in for its share of cri-
ticism after rejecting United Nations
Ambassador Arthur Goldberg's peace pro-

posal that called for a North Vietnamese
guarantee for negotiations before a halt
to the bombing.
The impasse on this essential point of
pre-conditions to what may or may not be
meaningful peace talks has effectively
tied up the diplomatic front for the fore-
seeable future.
THE ALTERNATIVE prospects for end-
ing the war seem to point in one direc-
tion: a direct confrontation between in-
digenous anti-war elements and the war
Paralleling this confrontation, the
Buddhists of Saigon have made their
first public bid for power in 18 months.
They face a more firmly entrenched re-
gime backed by U.S. military might. But
the Buddhists have strong allies in the
pro-peace sentiment of two-thirds of the
Vietnamese voters who cast ballots for
pro-peace presidential candidates.
It is now up to the anti-war sentiment
in the United States to manifest itself in
demonstrable opposition to the Johnson
war policies. Active peace organizations
have called for continual confrontations
with selective service and war machine,
culminating with a mass march on Wash-
ington on Saturday, October 21.
SOME GROUPS will take radical action
like returning draft cards and trying
to tie up the Pentagon with a sit-in'.
Others may confine their action to pick-
eting or listening to anti-war rallies. In
any event, committed people will choose
their own paths to express their opposi-
For all persons who have moved beyond
the stages of doubt or wavering about
the evil of the war, the active expres-
sion of dissent is necessary and welcom-
ed. If enough people will engage in open,
non-violent and unyielding civil disobed-
ience perhaps the crack in the Johnson
consensus can be widened sufficiently to
cause a discernible change in our pres-
ent war policy.

AT THE RIPE OLD AGE of 150, this University still
tolerates a student counseling service that is mired
in the ignorance and misinformation of a system which
has no idea where it is going.
The nightmare of pre-registration is upon us again-
a time when students must play pin-the-tail on the
course-selection booklet to determine which classes should
be taken next semester. There is simply no satisfactory
way-outside the hearsay of another student-to deter-
mine the value of a course. Counselors in their Angell
Hall cubby holes must rely on word-of-mouth or their
personal acquaintance with the instructor-which is
hardly indicative of that individual's teaching skill.
The whole situation is so tragic-and stupid-that it
should long ago have become the cynosure of interested
administrators, faculty, and students. But the academic
arena has been neglected so long that all parties now
accept pot-luck as the best path to choosing a course
that will fulfill one's expectations.
The problem, of course, is more complicated than the
condemnations of an outraged student. Essentially, the
question of counseling involves two areas: course descrip-
tion and course evaluation. The technicalities of require-
ments, electives, and majors are adequately described in
booklets and by counselors. Yet, on any individual course
itself, information is either scarce or unavailable.
FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION, a loose-left notebook
of classes provides some information, though nebuolus
and incomplete. Moreover, the few volumes are only
found in the counseling office (inevitably hidden beneath
a pile of magazines) so that students rarely take ad-
vantage of them. It is no wonder that students are so
confounded during the first week of classes when courses
materialize as far different from what their names imply.
But if even a beginning has been made in the realm
of course description, the all-important field of course
evaluation has been a dismal failure. Attempts at pro-
ducing a course evaluation booklet have resulted in pitiful
products of past years that have been more condemned

than commended. Last fall, a course evaluation supple-
ment appeared that was the inspired project of a small
core of inadequately financed students. The scope of
courses analyzed was small, the analyses themselves shod-
dy. It became the gravestone for a long line of such
independent efforts, and until last spring, no one breathed
a word about it's resuscitation.
THE WHOLE SITUATION has been resurrected anew
by two committees established last spring. One is a stu-
dent committee, which has been recruiting workers this
week toward publication of a booklet hopefully by next
semester's pre-registration period. The other is a faculty-
student committee which is discussing the methods and
directions of the course evalution booklet. Members of
these committees seem optimistic about the publication
of a booklet that can be technically sophisticated and
For these committees to succeed, they will need the
cooperation of all parts of the University-factions which
in the past have proved sorely lacking in leadership.
* The faculty has hardly been a strong critic of the
weak course evaluation system. Though many professors
have expressed concern about the problem, faculty bodies
have rarely taken the lead in reform. In fact, their past
action seems practically indifferent to the self-evaluation
that should be so necessary to excellence in teaching.
How many professors really know how their students
judge their course? What improvements could be insti-
tuted in course structure by a thorough evaluation?
O The students have generated sporadic interest in
a course evaluation booklet. But like the proverbial farm-
boy who never realizes what he is missing, students ad-
just themselves to a counseling system that has no logical
election process or judgment scale. Only a glance beyond
Ann Arbor will reveal the success of course evaluation
material at Berkeley or Harvard (or the University of
Oregon, whose students last week released their second
annual Course Survey Bulletin, a 94-page soft-bound
bookelt containing 250 reviews of faculty members).

* And the administration, a traditional wasteland
for any progressive leadership at the University, has
provided little initiative toward recognizing the gaping
hole left by no course evaluation system.
ONCE THE PROBLEM has been finally realized-and
the appearance of two committees on the subject pro-
duces some hope-the solutions become easier. A thorough
course evaluation booklet should be institutionalized into
the class structure, discarding the previous "pick-up-at-
your-convenience" questionnaires littered around the
diag and dormitories. For practicality, the information
should be programmed into computers for statistical
analysis, and a staff of upperclassmen and graduate stu-
dents should supply verbal descriptions. The booklet
should be readily available to all students before the pre-
registration period.
The immediate obstacles to this plan are staff and
publication costs-both of which can be eased, simply
enough, through money. Though the booklet could even-
tually be sold (the Oregon U. booklet costs $1), the first
year's product should perhaps be distributed freely so
that confidence will be established. The financing should
come from the Office of Academic Affairs or Office of
Student Affairs. In fact, perhaps the Regents could al-
locate some funds for the course evaluation book, for
which estimates range as high as $10,000.
ALL SEGMENTS of the University community realize
the squeeze on funds created by low legislative appro-
priations. Nonetheless, course evaluation is an area which
has been neglected so long that whatever it now receives
could hardly repair the injustices done.
If the course selection process is to remain a moronic
exercise in guesswork, then the University's ranking as
one of the top educational institutions of the world is
foolish. What is the purpose of academic excellence if
those most affected can neither judge their treatment
nor make intelligent selections?



Letters,* Supporting a Prisoner's Dilemma

The Indispensable Professional

To the Editor:
(Daily, Sept. 28), raises sev-
eral questions:
1) Warden Sartwell refers gen-
erally to "many outright errors"
in the Sept. 20 story but fails to
point them out. What lies were
told, what truths omitted?
2) It is not clear to me (and
perhaps others) why reporting of
conversations with this type of
inmate should be limited in the
first place in the way described.
What is the "harm done" by ex-
ploringthe point of view of a
political prisoner?
3) Or does "harm done" refer
to the personal details given? I
fail to see how they can serve as
a significant description of any-
one. Has the man in question ac-
tually protested use of this in-
among the brethren can step for-
ward to help us get the "true pic-
ture" that Warden Sartwell cor-
rectly assumes we want but does
little to provide.
By the way-I suggest we do not
wait for Mr. Rapoport-he so
seldom deigns to bring anything
to the meeting but the bomb.
-Louise Palazzola
Disgraceful Professor
To the Editor:
State University we are in
the process of being taught the
virtues of clear reasoning, crisp
logic, and measured response. As
professionals we must one day be
able to function comfortably and
successfully with their use.
Wednesday night in Hill Audi-
torium Professor Roger C. Cramp-
ton made clear his utter lack of
respect for these virtues. Throwing
them to the wind and sinking to
the lowest level of personal vin-
dictiveness he cast shame upon the
University of Michigan Law School
and his profession. Whatever may
be one's opinion of Mark Lane and
his crusade, there was no justifi-
cation for the rudeness and emo-

tionalism displayed in response to
Lane's skeptical questioning of
the Warren Commission Report.
Certainly Mr. Cramption by vir-
tue of his professorial position and
legal acumen should have been
able to present his case, as a rea-
sonable man, with effectiveness
and tact. This he failed to do and
for this we apologize to those stu-
dents who undoubtedly received
an inaccurate impression of the
stuff of which a legal mind is
-Nels Hultberg
-Robert Booten
To the Editor:
I'VE NEVER SEEN nor heard
Mark Lane speak before. Ihavd
not read his book. Wednesday

night I came to Hill Auditorium
mostly out of curiosity.
I left with a sense 'of gain
over the whole evening. There
are other words one can use to
sum up such an experience: "re-
warding," "enlightening," "profit-
able," all of which can't help but
fall short of how I really felt.
For the truth is I felt somehow
differently-even changed.
had been a long time since the
mention of the assassination
grasped my attention.nThe inci-
dent seemed long, long ago -
away somewhere in a time where
one found oneself grabbing up
magazine articles; watching and
listening for every shred of news.
It was a time of shock for most
Americans, who could manage lit-

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tle more than a sheepish mutter
of "Why?" The nation stood stun-
ned; wide-eyed in a search-for
some reason-an explanation.
Less than a year later the War-
ren Report supplied one, and with
it came a national sigh of relief.
There were echoes of, "Oh thank
God, it wasn't a conspiracy." And
most Americans, myself included,
grateful for the commission's
findings, began to forget.
MARK LANE refused to forget
-he couldn't. As he showed Wed-
nesday night, he had many rea-
sons for suspecting the Warren
Reportwas false. He had evidence,
and he presented it-convincing
evidence; sometimes alarming evi-
dence. And as he did, one could
gradually see unfold the makeup
of the man: a man willing to re-
arrange his life and take up a
search for the truth regardless of
the consequences.
The Mark Lane I saw Wednes-
day night was no opportunist. He
was sincere, and a man to be deep-
ly respected, regardless of wheth-
er he reaches his goal or not. That
is why it seemed particularly dis-
turbing to hear Professor Cramp-
ton begin by condemning him as
having a lot of "gall" to come to
the University of Michigan, and
then 'dive into a biting oration
that seemed to be aimed at either
just sparking a hot debate or con-
vincing all present that he was
there not to argue for the report
but, rather, to dismiss Lane as a
In any event, whatever was
rambling through his mind as he
sat waiting for Lane to finish, it
was a tactless presentation. And if
it did anything, it demonstrated
first hand, or at least represented
what Lane referred to as his
greatest fear of all-the willing-
ness of Americans to accept what
could be a lie as the flat truth-
no argument; the case closed.
-Joe Lamancusa, '69
To the Editor:,-
MISSnKENNEDY has perhaps
been overzealous in condem-
nation of Panhel in her editorial

.(Daily, Sept. 29). She states, "Last
spring Panhel and IFC decided to
demand a referendum on the issue
of non-students in student orga-
nizations, after the majority of
SGC members voted differently
from the Greek representatives on
this Issue."
Having been present at that SGC
meeting, I must take acception.
First of all, there was not i def-
inite schizm between IFC and
Panhel representatives and the
other council members as she
intimates. Indeed, I believe the
final motion carried by a majority
of only one.
Furthermore, IFC and Panhel
did not "demand" a referendum.
The referendum was proposed In
orderly fashion, voted on by
Council, and passed by majority
-Howard Miller, '70M
Well Done
To the Editor:
IWOULD LIKE to compliment
Mr. Rapoport on his close-to-
realistic article (Daily, Sept. 23)
about the excellent speech of Mr.
Gary Allen.
The credit is due to the John
Birch Society - advocating the
conservative ideas-who invited
Mr. Allen to speak here.
I wonder why the University
passes on this opportunity when
the interest on the part of stu-
dents is so great?
We sure need to hear more sen-
sible speeches like Mr. Allen's.
The Daily does its job--report-
ing what the speech contained,
and giving credit where credit is
due. Please fulfill both!
--Mrs. Julia Veetion
The Daily has begun accept-
ing articles from faculty, ad-
ministration, and students on
subjects of their choice. They
are to be 600-900 words in
length and should be submitted
to the Editorial Director.


Federation of Teachers of New York
City's offer of a "fantastically good"
$135-million wage package, that city's
three-week-old teachers' strike is now
over. In its wake, it is interesting to note
just what happened to that energetic
corps of parents, supervisory personnel,
and other volunteers who flocked so eag-
erly to play school marm when the pro-
fessionals walked off the job.
The opening days of the strike saw
valiant attempts by amateur volunteers
to "keep the kids busy" by showing them
filmstrips, conducting "show and tell"
sessions and leading them in singing.
One or two of the volunteers even at-
tempted to teach a class in several aca-
demic subjects.
But the strike dragged on, and the fu-
tility of volunteer efforts began to make
itself felt. Parents realized that ,their
children weren't learning much, and so
the kids started staying away. And the
few supervisory personnel who had felt
more dedication to the school system
than sympathy for the teachers began
to get disillusioned with the lack of at-
VARIOUS STOPGAP measures, such as
closing the schools for two days, were
tried, but the situation deteriorated. The

Council of Supervisory Associations, rep-
resenting most district superintendents,
principals and other school administra-
tors, expressed concern over "hazardous
conditions" existing in the schools and
stated that they would "no longer use
unlicensed or unpaid personnel in the
operation of the schools." The 400,000-
member United Parents Associations also
got into the act, sending a telegram to
Governor Rockefeller and the state edu-
cation commissioner urging them to de-
clare a "state of emergency."
Things got so confused that even the
staid New York Times gave Mayor Lind-
say's intervention the blaring -head-
line, "Lindsay Steps in as Schools Face
Total Collapse." Luckily, the offer that
came out of that intervention was one
that makes it fairly certain that the
striking is over with-at least for this
BUT WHAT THOSE volunteers who self-
righteously declared that teachers,
as professionals, should not strike, have
perhaps learned by the experience is that
teachers, as professionals, are indispens-
able, and should in the future be treated
with respect, if not because of their lit-
eracy and dedication, then at least be-
cause they cannot be replaced.

The McNamara Wall


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Shades of Ann Arbor,* A Tree Once, Grew

A Voice in the Darkness

HE UNIVERSITY'S fourth major event
in the Sesquicentennial celebration
will begin tomorrow with the arrival of
over 20 international dignitaries. Scien-
tists, statesmen, authors and artists will
join the University community for a week
of formal presentations and informal
discussions. Topics ranging in diversity
from electro-thermodynamics to the birth
of the opera will be scrutinized by experts
and laymen together.
University officials will make no ef-
fort to shelter the visitors from stu-
dents. Unstructured sessions have been

the opportunity to mingle with students
and faculty members on a person-to-per-
son basis. Many have set up office hours
while others will lecture in classroom sit-
coming not only to speak but also to
be spoken to. They will be prepared to
debate not only with one another, but
with students and faculty as well. The
importance of the exchanges which will
take place on campus next week should
not be underestimated.

Daily Guest Writer
M'r. Geer is a leading actor
in the APA company that is
now presenting PantagIeixe at
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Besides being an expert Shake-
spearean actor, Mr. Geer also
hold a degree in horticulture.
HERE WAS an apricot tree in
T the Walled League Garden. It
was there before the League. It
grew from an apricot tossed along
the fence of the boarding house
that stood there at the turn of
the century.
It was cared for, and has grown
annual crops of fruit. Thousands
of students have sat under its
shade. Gardeners have made cut-
tings and grafts, and planted
seeds of the fruit in their gardens.
It was a most unusual tree for
this climate. As sturdy as a large

prized tree should make way for
improvements. They had an ex-
pert say that the tree was very
old and was likely to die in a few
years anyway.
WELL, THIS old forester that
has sat in the apricot shade off
and on since 1921 was there to
see it cut down and carted off on
a drizzly yesterday.
Its heartwood was certainly
sounder than the fiber of the in-
stigator of the crime.
That apricot would have made
a better race to turn the century
than any of us; than any of the
Martha and George Washingtons
who will say; not I .. . it's
just a tree.. ."
".. chains-we'll put in shock-
ing pink mangnolias."



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