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Seventy-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom

The Sinking S hip of State

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FRIbAY, OCTOBER 20, 1967


Student Self-Government

THE Residence Halls' Board of Gover-'
nors has recommended the abolition
of freshman hours, thereby affirming
the justice of students' rights. The
Board's action - and all Vice Presi-
dential and Regental decisions to fol-
low will merely be the belated recogn-
ition of a reality which students have
been creating here during the past
In the residence halls, in Student
Government Council and Joint Judic-
iary Council students have asserted two
principles: the right of students to set
their own collective standards for non-
academic behavior, and the right of
students to appoint the judicial agen-
cies that enforce these standards.
The University administration, while
defending the legal authority of the
Regents and of its existing regulations
has said it will not impose penalties
on those who violate those rules while
obeying the student-passed ones. The
power it does leave itself - to recom-
mend expulsion to a student's college
for gross cases of misbehavior - can-
not be readily applied against whold
groups of students, such as freshman
women in the dormitories, unless their
behavior is a genuine menace to the
safety of others or to University
No one, whether in the Office of Uni-
versity Housing, in the literary college
or elsewhere, has ever suggested that
these violations of visitation rules, or
hours policy, could, ever by themselves
justify such action.
tration must do is legally ratify the
authority which students have - de

facto - already obtained. To delay
this is to have the worst of both
worlds: no practical control over stu-
dent behavior by "legal" authority,
and no legal authority in the hands of
those (House Councils, SGC, JJC)
with the practical control.
Students, for their part, should
make sure that when all the dust has
settled, not only a more liberal hours
and visitation policy, but the student
body's de facto authority to make such
rules will be institutionalized - in the
eyes of the Regents, administrators,
faculty, and the students themselves.
There is no need for attack on the
legal responsibility of the Regents if
they in turn understand that the most
important single merit of any policy
on student standards is its origin in
the free collective will of the students
Eventually, a university composed
of "estates" like a medieval city, with
separate legal "privileges" for students,
faculty, and administration, should
give way to an institution completely
democratic. in its internal workings,
with all who are concerned - faculty
as well as students - discussing
housing, academic, and financial pol-
STUDENT decision-making is a step
toward this goal, not - as some
have charged -- away from it. Com-
munal self government in the Univer-
sity is not built-in to the law of Michi-
gan, or any other American jurisdic-
tion. But it is not forbidden either, and
we should certainly forge ahead to
build it.

THE S.S. AMBITION, steaming its way to the Virgin
Islands with 44 of the nation's governors on board
holding their annual meeting, was waylaid early this
morning by torpedo fire and is badly foundering and in
danger of going down.
The captain and crew of the boat were killed by the
initial explosion of the blast, and there is currently
great anxiety on the AMBITION because nobody is
exactly sure how the ship runs.
The first one to offer himself up .for command of
the vessel was George Romney of Michigan and for a
while there was much satisfaction with him. But it
soon became obvious that despite the vigor of his clench-
ed fist and the rakish angle at which he wore his
captain's hat, he knew nothing of navigation, com-
munication or engineering. Just before being relieved
of command Romney made an emotional speech to his
cohorts, imploring them to remain steadfast, and not
cast him aside.
"We must weather the despair of this crisis while
still remaining steadfast and committed to the reality
of the moment and never surrender the proud heritage
that our forefathers who sailed the seas in birch-bark
canoes left us."
When asked exactly what they should do in con-
crete terms, Romney answered "swim."
THE NEXT CANDIDATE was Lord Nelson Rocke-
feller of New York, an astute sailor who at one time
was bucking for captain aboard another ship. He de-
clined the emphatic pleas of his present shipmates by
saying "I am no longer in the navy."
Despite subtle efforts by Time Magazine to have
Rockefeller assume the ship's command by printing his

picture on its cover in a snappy captain's uniform, Sir
Nelson refused to leave his shuffleboard game.
Looking up from his deck-chair, Rockefeller told a
delegation from the bridge and boiler room that "there
comes a time when a man simply no longer needs to be
captain, when he is willing to patiently sit in the life-
boats and eat rations with everybody else."
THIS THREW THE whole ship into a desperate
quandary, for there was a growing need for somebody
to take over. The Democrats threw up a hasty caucus
and found not only that they were ignorant of the ways
of the sea, but their chief Admiral in Washington evi-
dently didn't much care. They wired him for immediate
instructions and the best he could come up with was
the terse reply: "present condition of ship unimpor-
tant. Must think in terms of what is best for whole
navy. Am dispatching a tug-boat from New York to
rescue you. Should be there in ten days. Rest of fleet is
in Pacific."

put down and told to be patient, for soon something
would be done. The Democrats leaked the news that in
ten days the tug boat from New York should be arriving
and perhaps there would be room for them if they didn't
cause trouble.
Shaken up by the threat of insurrection, a new
Golden Boy arrived on the scene from California. Tell-
ing his shipmates how he had once played a naval
captain in one of his best pictures, the story of John
Paul Jones and the Boston Tea-Party, second-rate
character actor Ronald Reagan decided it would be
wise for him to have a go at command.
By this point the spirit of the ship was so downcast
that there was no objection. Reagan took over with the
ship in bad straits, but soon resigned in anguish, saying
"I found the stick-shift okay, but I don't think there
is any clutch on this car."
AS YET THERE IS NO information about who com-
manded the one-man submarine that was sighted mo-
ments before the first torpedo struck.
There is a rumor circulating that an itinerant lawyer
who has lived in California, Washington and New York
City was inquiring about renting such a vessel a few
days ago in Miami. He is described as unusually
swarthy, with shifty eyes anddcarrying around some
'pancake cosmetic' which is usually used by television
performers L make their beard less noticeable during
a performance so they seem less disreputable.
A second possibility is that the supreme Admiral him-
self snuck down to Florida to destroy the ship, thereby
insuring that he would be .the only possible candidate for
his next objective, resident God.
But the inside word from an unusually good source
is that it was Che Guevera.


Broken of spirit and hopelessly disappointed,
Democrats resigned themselves to going down with
ship and are now' scurrying around looking for


BY THIS POINT morale on board had reached a
new low. The compass was jumping wildly around, the
ship's wheels turning madly. The cabin boys and
stewards on board, natives from the Virgin Islands who
claimed they hadn't wanted to work on the ship but
were shanghaied, decided at this point that they could
best handle the situation themselves and erupted from
the kitchen and ward room with their pots and pans.
They stormed the bridge briefly, but were quickly

Letters: why He Returned His DraftCard

To the Editor:
THE FOLLOWING is a copy of
the letter I sent my draft board
after taking part in the nation-
wide return ofdraftscards to the
Selective Service System on Oct.
Michigan Local Board No. 87
Wayne County
Board Members: -
This letter is to inform you that
I, as a member of the Resistance,
am renouncing the 2-S deferment
I have held on your sufferance for
the last seven years. I absolutely
refuse to cooperate in any way with
the Selective Service System. En-
closed is my classification card. I
have returned my registration card
to the Federal Marshal in New
York City.
I refuse to cooperate for the
following reasons:
(1) The Selective Service Sys-

tem is grossly unjust. It divides
black from white, poor from rich.
non-student from student. The 2-S
deferment is a class privilege which
I can no longer accept.
(2) While you have sent the
black and the poor to fight and
die you have bought much too
cheaply the political emasculation
of the white and the well-off. As
long as I accept a 2-S deferment,
I am politically irrelevant to the
task of making radical social
change in this -country. I can no
longer permit you to do this to me.
(3) The Selective Service Sys-
tem feeds the manpower require-
ments of the war in Vietnam--a
brutal, vicious, immoral war vio-
lating the demands of political
wisdom, national interest and
common humanity. You insist on
cooperatng with those who run
this war. I will not.
(4) Selective Service is part of
a system which aborts attempts

Marijuana vs. Alcohol

"WHETHER OR NOT marijuana is a
more dangerous drug than alchol is
debatable -I don't happen to think it
Dr. James L. Goddard, Commissioner
of the U.S. Food and Drug Administra-
tion, opened himself up to blasts of
criticism from self-termed narcotics ex-
perts when he expressed this opinion
Dr. Goddard further said that he
favored removing all penalties for the
possession of marijuana, leaving pen-
alties only for its sale or distribution.
"We don't know what its long-term, ef-
fects are," he said and added that "we
need more research on chronic use ...
and I think this rsearch will start now."
IN RESPONSE to Dr. Goddard's com-
ments, Dr. Robert W. Baird, a cam-
paigner against marijuana and other
narcotics, demanded Goddard's resign-
ation as head of the Food and Drug Ad-
He said Dr. Goddard's comments had
done "irreparable"damage across the col-
lege campuses as well as in the high
To strengthen his contention that
marijuana is much more harmful than
alchohol, Dr. Baird claimed he could
produce a dozen youngsters who had
become involved in accidents of one kind
or another after smoking marijuana.

And someone could produce 100 more
who hadn't. Or someone could produce
at least a thousand people who had
become involved in accidents of one kind
or another after having a few alcoholic
beverages too many.
Dr. Baird's arguments are typical of
the die-hard opponents to the legalized
use of marijuana - or at last a rational
and restrained discussion of the drug. The
belles of the prohibition campaign
couldn't hold a candle to Dr. Baird and
his comrades.
DR. BAIRD'S demand for the resigna-
tion of Dr. Goddard is absurd.
Dr. Baird may well have to demand
that numerous other doctors renounce
their right to practice for making a
similar statments. The discussion of mar-
ijuana is no longer limited to dimly-lit
back rooms. Many prominent doctors
have supported the legalization of mari-
juana and many states, including Michi-
gan, may soon be considering legislation
legalizing its use.
Dr. Goddard said that it is time ade-
quate research to be done on, the subject.
It is also time for a rational and wide-
ranging discussion of th drug and its
effects. And indignant reactions such as
Dr. Bairds will not contribute one iota to
this discussion.

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in the underdeveloped world to
make social revolution. Iran,
Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Re-
public, and Vietnam are a few of
the ugliest and most blatant ex-
amples. I do not share your para-
noid anti-Communism. There are
rich nations and there are poor
ones. Revolutions will occur in the
later. I refuse to cooperate with
your attempts to prevent them.
formed to organize and encourage
non-cooperation with, resistance
to, and disruption of the Selective
Service System. I am now working
with this group.
-David Zimmerman, Grad.
New York City
Unholy War
To the Editor:
IN A RECENT issue of Ramparts
Magazine appears this: "There
are 145 Congressmen and Senators
who have 190 sons registered for
the draft. Of these 190, only one
has been sent to Vietnam and he
asked to go. The present draft
system smells to high heaven."
Congressman Alvin O'Konski of
Wisconsin has this to say: "There
are approximately 500 boys from
my district serving in Vietnam
Every single boy comes from a
iedium or low income family.
The draft system is most undem-
ocratic and grossly unfair."
IT IS DOUBTFUL if, in the en-
tire history of the world, there
has been a conflict more universal-
ly unpopular, more barbaric in its
conduct, and more destructive of
vital domestic needs than the un-
holy affair now taking place in
How in the world can any intel-
ligent person say that we can or
will achieve a "victory."
We strongly condemn the Ger-
man people for being a bunch of
sheep, and permitting Hitler to
carry on as he did. But actually
just how much better are we by
remaining silent and submissive
while Johnson and the Pentagon
dissipate our very life's blood in
an ungodly and outrageous in-
volvement in a tiny country 10,000
miles from our shores.
-Charles C. Lockwood
Class of 1914

"Be Assured We Are Keeping Her
In A Secure Place"



The Glory Lost
To the Editor:
ONE HUNDRED and fifty years
of academic and athletic ex-
cellence stands the University of
Michigan. So what?-
Today, Michigan stands stag-
nant, crumbling in its regretable
Educationally, the U of M still
remains among the top, but unlike
the others, refuses to move. With-
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.

in the next few years, Michigan
State University's law and medical
schools will compete openly with
those of Michigan.
Athletically, the University seems
to think contests are won through
the "great gods of the past." The
fabulous records of the forgotten
past cannot recruit strong teams
of the .future.
The once great U of M Band
showed things for what they are
in their October 14th decaying
performance of "Michigan Firsts."
It exemplified the fact that Mich-
igan's mind is sponging on the
glory-filled, but dead past.
Whatever it takes to rejuvenate
the dying giant, it must be done
quickly. Come on Michigan, look
ahead. GO BLUE, before it's too
late !
-James Benjamin
Grand Rapids, Michigan


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Reincarnating Renaissance Man


Tradition of Marching on Washington

SO, MY SON, you want a Forthright
Fellowship. We of the nominating
committee must pick your mind a bit.
Why, indeed, do you so desire said funds?
"Well, Sirs, I would consider it the
supreme test of my creative abilities to
creatively spend $9,000."
Ah, yes. And now to get more to the
point. Do you, my son, see an inherent
unity in Herodotus?
"Why yes, of course. Herodotus was
indeed one of the most unified. Any dis-
crepency between his early works and
his late and great masterpieces is easily
eliminated by his intuitive middle en-
AH YES. I see you are applying to the
University of Chicago in history. What

has turned up the highly interesting fact
that the South was not really pro-slave
but the dupe of Sweden."
Ah Ha! That was a bit too quick, my
kid. Crackenhood is at Penn and his field,
far from being the South is actually the
Italian peasantry.
My son, we must know, why did you
leave blank the space marked "Religious
Affiliation" on your application? Are you
a religious person? Or are you ... a hum-
Do you see any relationship between
this fact and your unusually low marks
in the second term of the sophomore
A Y SON. there is no need to be taciturn

Second of Two Parts
FOM TIME to time segments
of the American public descend
upon the nation's capital to dem-
onstrate against their plight or
air their grievances.
Coxey's "army," the Bonus
Marchers, the 1963 march for
"jobs and equality"-there is a
traditional American belief that
if the people speak loud enough,
their elected officials cannot but
hear and obey.
from 50,000 to 100,000 persons
are expected to descend on the
Lincoln Memorial. In the shadow
of the Great Emancipator's statue
they hope to hold the largest
anti-war rally ever seen in Wash-
Plans call for a parade to the

anti-war sit-ins at Oakland and
the University of Wisconsin ear-
lier this week, people taking this
action could be letting themselves
in for more than nonviolent
"Liberation" and co-chairman or
this weekend's protest, said that
"simple dissent is no longer ade-
quate: this is a no-nonsense
movement at this point." He said
that leaders could not agree to
limit picketing to "administrative
areas" in which government rep-
resentatives have tried to bind
While Dellinger and other pro-
,test leaders have publicly commit-
ted themselves to maintaining
nonviolent protests, they are ne-
cessarily unable to control either
the opposing law enforcers or the

bility for the consequences of
their actions. This means not re-
sistance to arrest by violent
means, but gaining leverage from
small numbers of nonviolent re-
sistance, e.g., going limp and thus
compelling the police to drag the
protesters away.


The reason for breaking statu-
tory limits is to bear witness to
higher laws. To attempt non-vio-
lently to close down the Pentagon
is, as Staughton Lynd puts it, "to
dramatize to our neighbors how
deeply we feel about this wvar."
FOR AMERICANS of all walks
of life, from all backgrounds and
all political persuasions, to come
to the nation's capital to demon-
strate dissent from their elected
officials' foreign policy is to as-
sert claims to basic rights of free-

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