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THE MICHIGAN DAILY?'

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29,1967'

THE MICHIGAN DAILY TUESDAY, AUGUST 29. 19G7

'U'Regents: Unfamiliar Faces, Powerful r

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nominated at the state Republican
convention. If the Democrats had
asked me to run, then I probably
would have run as a Democrat."
Why did Mrs. Heubner choose
to run at all?
"Well, I've never been the gung-
ho back-to-campus type, but as a
graduate of the University I've al-
ways been interested in what goes
>n there. Frankly, I was somewhat
naive at first. I didn't know how
much work being a Regent entails.
But believe me, it's quite a bit,"
she explains,
"I've never really added it up,
but I must spend pretty close to
two months in time out of a year1
working as a Regent. But I'm
not complaining, because it's work
that I enjoy doing," says Regent
William Cudlip, a board member
since his election in 1964.
But what is it, exactly that the
Regents do?
"We hold conferences between
meetings," continues C u d 1 i p,
"sometimes by telephone and
sometimes in person. We're also

:alled upon to meet with faculty 1in" held during the abortive 'stu-
groups, administrative groups and ' dent power' movement last year
alumni groups. And we meet with attracted over 1500 students, and
the city of Ann Arbor to work out received nation-wide publicity.
cooperation between the city and What do the Regents think about
the University in the area of phy- such protests?
sical plant expansion. And we're "Well," says Briggs, "there have
always doing public relations always been people who registered
work, too." protest. The protest of today seems
"But there's a limitation on the to be more coordinated, more vig-
amount of work the Regents can orous. I happened to be one who
do, because we have to earn a believes that the right of protest
living, too," comments Regent Ro- is valid. I don't object to protest,
bert Briggs, who was appointed to but I think there are ways to pro-
the board in 1964 to replace the test that are reasonable and there
deceased William McInally. are ways to protest that are un-
Briggs emphasizes that the Re- reasonable. But for a student to
gents are informed and up-to- protest within the realm of rea-
date on what happens in Ann Ar- son - I have no objection to it."
bor. Wielding the 300-page agen- Regent Paul Goebel of Grand
da for the next meeting, Briggs Rapids, who joined the board in
said that each Regent is familiar 1961, says that "students today
with its contents. are much more conscious of social
Then why is there so little dis- problems, and that's good. But it
cussion at the monthly regent's' seems to'me that the methods the
meetings? activist use to work toward social
"Well, the Regents familiarize 3hange are wrong - and some-
themselves with the material in times they're self-defeating."
the agenda, and then discuss it Goebel, who as head of the Uni-
in private meetings. Much more versity's $55 million fund drive is
can be accomplished there in the perhaps in closer contact with
informal 'let your hair down' ses- alumni than anyone else in the
5ions held before the public meet- University, says that "the reaction
ings," notes Regent Otis Smith, on the part of University alumni
who was just recently appointed to to activist demonstrations in Ann
fill the post vacated by the resign- Arbor is bad. The activists engen-
ation of Allan Sorenson. der a great deal of resentment on
"So most of the issues that come the part of the older people. And I
up at the public meetings have think a great deal of this resent-
been hashed out and'decided be- ment stems from the methods the
forehand," Smith says. activists use to achieve their ob-
An issue which was raised jectives."
higher than ever in the past year Mrs. Heubner agrees that "many
was one of student demonstrations people feel that 'appearances' are
on campus. The "lunch-hour sit- all-important. An alumnus who is
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about to write a check to the Uni-
versity reads that the kids are
smoking bananas on campus and
wow, that's the end of the world.
But I think the kids would be
pretty dumb if they didn't try
bananas."
However, Mrs. Heubner also says
that she doesn't always admire
the techniques or the methods the
activists use, because sometimes
I think they'll antagonize more
people who are in a position to do
something about it," says Smith.
But he adds that "overt and hos-
tile and destructive tactics in a
protest are completely unnecessary
when there is a procedure by
which one is able effectively to
register complaints."
What about that - register of
complaints? A persistent problem,
it seems, has been one of com-
munications - or lack of them -
between the students and the Re-
sents.
Smith says that there are chan-
nels, although "the students who
:rotest the most actively wouldn't
think so. The Regents are around
quite a bit, both individually and
in meetings, and they're quite
acutely aware of what the prob-
lems are. Insofar as knowing
what the gripes are - what the
issues are - I think we're pretty
well informed."
"The Regents are always happy
to get any sound council or ad-
vice on anything that will make
this a better institution than it
is," adds Goebel. "I don't know of
any sound suggestions that have
come forward to the executive of-
Ficers or the Regents that have not
been accepted. I don't care where
the suggestion comes from - I
don't care if it comes from the
corner traffic cop or the fellow
that scrubs the hallway. If it's

Students are Encouraged To Attend Monthly Regents' Meetings

i good suggestion, that will better
the University, we'll take it," Goe-
bel explains.
Briggs, who worked with a stu-
dent committee in the selection of
a new president for the Univer-
sity, feels that the group was a
"tremendous help" to him, and
that the committee-type of vehicle
would work well in other situa-
tions: "If a small group of stu-
dents would honestly sit down and
weigh the problems they want to
talk to the board about, and re-
quest that we sit down and spend

a couple of hours together, I think
we can make some real headway."
Cudlip, says that "in appro-
priate areas, the advice of stu-
dents, through whatever chan-
a very good thing. I think that
nels are deemed appropriate, is
students, through their elected
representatives, can comment and
have a place in determing certain
things about community life at
the University.4
Smith adds that "of course
there's all the difference in the
world between getting a message

across and getting action on it.
As I said, the Regents are quite
conscious and concerned with stu-
dent problems. Of course the Re-
gents get the other side too: from
faculty people, parents, and alum-
ni-who figure they're just "as
much a part of the University."
"I suppose everybody would like
the idea of marching up to a
Regent and having a direct con-
frontation ..but the. Regents
just don't have enough time...
there aren't enough hours in the
day."

Goebel

Briggs

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series of interviews between
The Daily and the Regents. All
the Regents but the following
three were interviewed:
* Regent Frederick Mattha-
ei, Jr., who was appointed to
the board this summer to re-
place his father, who resigned.
There was, unfortunately, not
enough time to interview Mat-
thaei before the publication of
this article.
* Regent Alvin Bentley, who
was appointed to the board to
fill the vacancy created when
Eugene Power resigned last
year, is recuperating from a
serious operation at his home in
Owosso, and was not available
for an interview.
1 Regent Robert Brown of
Kalamazoo refused to be inter-
viewed by The Daily.
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