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Atlligau Biatty
Seventy-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom

The Waxing of Skis and Waning of Life


Where Opinions Are Free, 420 MAYNARD ST., ANN ARBOR, MIcH.
Truth Will Prevail

NEWS PHONE: 764-0552

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Drawing a Clear Line
On Conflict of Interest

MICHIGAN ATTY. GEN. Frank Kelley's
announcement that he will rule on
possible conflict of interests concerning
the business activities of Michigan State
University President John Hannah and
MSU Vice President for Business and
Finance and Treasurer Philip J. May
is a wise decision.
The statute concerning conflict of in-
terest was passed in the 1966 session of
the legislature and further clarification
of the law is necessary. Kelley's decision
will lay the groundwork for clearly de-
fining the proper activities of university
officials and their relationships to com-
panies doing business with their educa-
tional institutions.
Both Hannah and May have made con-
siderable sums of money in East Lansing
real estate. In Hannah's case it may
have been unintentional. In May's situa-
tion, it may have been the actions of
an intelligent businessman investing
HOWEVER, HANNAH and May are not
businessmen but officials of a major
state-supported university which is con-
tinually expanding and thus continually
offering opportunities for lucrative in-
vestments. A different code of conduct
may be necessary to determine whether
their actions are indeed legitimate.
The Attorney General in September
ruled that it was not the proper role for
a University official to remain on the
board of a company conducting business

with that educational institution. The
ruling on Hannah and May will afford
Kelley another opportunity to further
define what is legal and proper for state
The facts of the Hannah and May busi-
ness transaction are extremely compli-
* From 1940 to as recently as 1963,
Hannah accumulated some 180 acres of
land adjacent to the campus. He says he
purchased the land for retirement pur-
poses, but sold the parcel this past July
for nearly $1 million to the Walter Neller
Real Estate Company of Lansing. Vice-
President May is on the board of the
Neller Company.
" May and the Philip Jessee Company,
a holding company whose secretary
treasurer is May's wife, purchased land
from the Whiteley Foundation on Michi-
gan Avenue, opposite the MSU campus
last year. After securing a $1.1 million
mortgage from Michigan National Bank,
(MSU's chief fiscal agent), the Philip
Jesse Company contracted to build an
office building on the site. May resigned
his post as director of the Michigan Na-
tional Bank following Kelley's September
conflict of interest ruling. A portion of
the building is leased to International
Business Machines, Inc. IBM does a sub-
stantial amount of business with MSU.
the air about the propriety of these

4 AM SITTING here waxing the skis I just bought,"
writes the Fish from Boston, "and I am thinking how
it was in Ann Arbor just before the first snows. It
wasn't so good."
Perhaps Marty the Fish, itinerant drifter, has be-
come our last tangible symbol of sanity. More or less
broke and largely homeless, the Fish last year severed
the umbilical cords that tied him to society and ever
since has been making it wherever he can find it.
Neither a hippie nor a professional 'head,' he lives
these days doing what he calls "daring the army to find
me." He has evolved a long way from the first days
when he showed up on this campus, "hot as hell to get
myself into Harvard Law School and the good life." He
did serve a brief stint in medical school, got scared that
socialized medicine was going to take all his money, and
then cold split.
The world is going mad, he says. The bourgeois style
of life no longer is merely debilitating, but now it has
become dangerous. "You can't find yourself in what you
own, so you start figuring maybe it's because what you
own isn't enough so you set out to get more. You have a
bunch of people crazy to get more, and it's bound to
explode. It's starting." Dialectical materialism according
to the Fish.
"I guess I like money, but not enough to sell my soul
for it. The only easy out is to find me some millionaire
woman who wants to support me forever. I am looking,
but it seems they aren't too accessible except to mil-
lionaire's sons."
ANYWAY, THE FISH drops me a note now and
then from wherever he happens to be. They are refresh-

ing because he is neither political ("if I ever vote it
will only be on a bet-As long as the government stays
away fro mme, I'll stay away from it") nor self-con-
sciously intellectual nor arty nor 'in.'
He is simply the Fish-hopelessly heathen, non-vio-
lent and pretty-much asocial He won't make the world
work any better, but then again he won't make it any
And this is what he writes these days from Boston.
"I am sitting her waxing the skis I just bought and
I am thinking how it was in Ann Arbor just before the
first snows. It wasn't so good.
."I hear it's not so good there now, either. Got a
long letter that says the spirit on campus is real bad.
People are going through the motions they have always
been going through, but it says they seem to be getting
steadily less and less out of them. Maybe it's the war,
and the fact that most of the older boys don't really
know where they'll= be next year because of the draft
situation and it's starting to blow their minds. Especially
since so many are morally opposed to the war and are
worrying about what they'll do if they get their notices.
"Maybe I'm in way over my head, talking like this,
but it sure seems that the quality of the lives of the
people I kno whas never been so low. Everyone admits
it. The standard question of greeting is not 'how are
you?' but 'how are you-really?'
"Very few people feel like they're into anything
that's real. The standard feeling is like you're standing
outside yourself, watching somebody else live life badly
and knowing that it's you.
"It's so damned hard to believe. In aything. It seems
all the reliable faiths have somehow failed us. Was
talking with a girl a while back who said 'the thing so

many people have in common now, almost the only
thing, is despair.'
"THIS ALL BRINGS me back to how Ann Arbor is
after all the leaves are gone and you can't sit outside
on the Diag anymore. That was the way I always dated
the year, whether or not it was warm enough to go out-
side and sit.
"But when it wasn't, and when you first realized
that it wasn't anymore, it was as if something inside of
you had died again and there was nothing to replace it
unless you were in love. I could never understand the
feeling, there was something of genuineddesperation
to it, but it always hit. In November.
"It wasn't, either, just finals on their way and papers
due. It was more like something real, maybe the only
thing that felt real, in your life had gone and for a
while you couldn't figure out what was different but
you just knew that everything had somehow changed.
"Well, me and Flora-who is now helping me wax
my skis-are tired of writing this letter. I think we will
make our way to the bar where we drink these days.
Flora used to go to school too, and thinks that it's
something in the education process itself that's de-
structive and makes everybody tired and stale by the
time they're through.
"I'll have to do a little more drinking with her before
I can tell you if she's right or not. Never trust anybody
until you've drunk with them."
AND AS ALWAYS, the Fish had spoken truth with
his characteristic flair, leaving it for the pundits to pick
up the pieces and try to paste everything back together



Letters: Alternative to LIU's Deteriorating Society

Putting Waterman in a Mail Box

that seemingly inevitable slow-down,
the University's current advance classifi-
cation and registration process works
pretty well.
Ernest Zimmermann, assistant to the
Vice President for Academic Affairs and
head of the Registrar's office, will be
making several modifications on the pres-
ent system: the lines going into Water-
man Gym during Winter Registration
will be split between those people who
advance classify and those have not;
address cards will be distributed early
in December to avoid the tie-up in the
Natural Resource Building; and one of
the many cards may be eliminated from
the registration process. All these changes
work within the present system.
PUT THE SYSTEM itself must be
changed. Waterman Gym, home of so
many students during registration-es-
pecially grad students who cannot ad-
vance classify, will be torn down in the
next three to five years, possibly to make
way for a pharmacy annex. Zimmermann
said that a decentralized registration at
the IM building, Yost fieldhouse, or the
yet to bebcompleted Special Events Build-
ing would be a "nightmare."
Increased use of computers would speed
up the entire process and registration by
mail, such as the system used at Michi-
gan State University, would eliminate
Waterman entirely. Each of these changes
will need careful consideration.
The present system has great flexi-
bility. Advance classification begins early
and lasts for ten Weeks. Associate Dean
of the literary college James Shaw, be-

lieves students are asked to make choices
on next term's courses before they are
far enough into the present term. Stu-
dents can drop and add courses during
advance classification. If a time sched-
ule is turned in early enough, a student
can have the time and teachers he de-
sires. But this flexibility lessens the effi-
ciency of the system.
A COMPUTER SYSTEM would guaran-
tee courses but not hours. Advance
classification would have to be manda-
tory and course changes could not be
made until classes start. Student selec-
tions would be - run off together with
courses divided as Shaw suggested as
"must have," "possibles," and "alter-
Adapting a computer to a multitude of
variables will be expensive. However, in-
creasing Enumbers of students and the
desire for efficiency will eventually result
in more use of computers. The undesire-
able schedules that could accrue from
such a system would be adjusted by
making the results of the programming
available several days prior to the begin-
ning of classes. Adjustments could then
be made by humans.
Registration by mail would require a
minimum of inconvenience. Students can
complete the necessary cards for Univer-
sity files during the preceeding trimester.
To assure an accurate count of students,
a down-payment on tuition would have
to be sent in with the registration form.
With such a system the process of ad-
vance classification can be made more
efficient and less bothersome while re-
taining the flexibility of registration.

To the Editor:
CAUGHT IN the throes of Viet-
nam and the racial problem,
American Society and polity is
faced with a crisis. Both of these
issues are virtually interrelated due
to diversion of resources from
Great Society needs to Vietnam
requirements. They are enormous
issues which are eating away at
the body politic, spreading like a
cancer, creating profound dissen-
sion, division and polarization of
A major element in this crisis
is the failure of presidential lead-
ership. After an excellent start on
Great Society programs, President
Johnson has permitted himself to
become mesmerized and paralyzed
by the exigencies of the war in
Vietnam. Instead of becoming a
master of that conflict, he has per-
mitted it to overwhelm him. As a
result, he and we with him are
wallowing in a state of helpless
Under the circumstances, we feel
that as liberal democrats we have
no choice but to consider alterna-
tives to Johnson in 1968. Obviously
there are several such potential al-
In this spirit we call upon our
colleagues, friends, and associates
to come and hear Senator McCar-
thy on his visit to Ann Arbor on
Friday, November 10.
-Alexander Eckstein
Prof. of Economics
-Samuel Eldersveld
Prof. of Political Science
-Theodore Newcom, Prof. of
Sociology and Psychology
-Allbert Reiss
Prof. of Sociology
-William Willcox
Prof. of History
To the Editor:
U NDOUBTEDLY compelled by
unconscious drives to make
their assertion about declining IM

To the Editor:
implication in a Daily article
(Nov. 4) that appraisals written by
professors in answer to student re-
quests should be screened by the
University's Appointments Bureau
so that unfavorable letters would
not be sent to prospective employ-
ers. A student may choose as care-
fully as he wishes before asking a
professor for a letter, and he may
discuss the content of the letter,
with the professor it both agree
to do so. But just as the professor
feels obligated to produce an hon-
est evaluation, so must he be able
to expect that this appraisal will
in fact reach prospective employ-
ers. It is obviously in everyone's
interest to keep the reputation of
the Bureau untarnished.
-Bernard A. Galler
Department of Mathematics
and Communication Sciences
-Bruce W. Arden
Department of
Communication Sciences
To the Editor:
IT IS FINE for The Daily to take
the position against the Uni-
versity accepting contracts for
classified military research. But
does not The Daily, in the very
same issue in which a front page
editorial condemning war research
appears, print a quarter page ad-
vertisement for which The Daily
accepted money from the Law-
rence Radiation Laboratory of the
University of California which en-
gages in the exact same activities
which the editors condemn? The
mere acceptance of this advertise-
ment makeshme doubt the ser-
iousness with which you back
your statements. .
-Charles Benet, Grad

Seven to One
To the Editor:
I HAVE $10 that says Miss Rose-
Grace Faucher is wrong in her
statement that there is one copy
of a title for every seven students
to whom the title is assigned in
the Closed Reserve System. I have
four classes requiring Closed Re-
serve Reading: Econ. 421, Econ.
457, Econ. 465 and Psych. 453.
The reading lists were distributed
at the beginning of the semester
so there has been "sufficient
time to allow their purchase as
well as making of the necessary
records." Nor, I believe, are any
of the assigned titles out of print.
Miss Faucher may have my $10
if she can find an aggregate rate
of one book to seven students in
my classes. Otherwise, I would be
happy to receive her money. Are
you game, Miss Faucher?
-Bill Hayden, '68
To the Editor:
W HY HAVEN'T there been any
articles in The Daily on the
proposed Student Government
Council Constitutional Conven-
tion? The SGC elections are less
than a week away and yet students
have had no opportunity to be-
come informed about this impor-
tant issue.
There is still enough time for
The Daily to redeem itself for its
negligence in reporting.'How about
interviews with some SGC mem-
bers-including, of course, Don
Tucker-as well as the SGC can-
didates? It is extremely important
that students know how the candi-
dates themselves feel so we know
who really has the students' in-
terests in mind.
--Brad Ginter
, LSA, '74


"IF~ 1715 (I.INN. -'AY'RE AFEfR,


sports come true, The Daily
sports staff is making every effort
to deny the existence of the Inde-
pendent League. No mention has
been made of the results of Mon-
day's Independent League cham-
pionship game, in which the
Dusobs defeated a good Geology
Club team 6-0, capping a perfect
season. Prior to that game the
Dusobs had scored an average of
29 points a game, were unscored
upon, and had yielded but four
first downs.
No playoff between the fra-

ternity and dormitory champions
will determine the overall IM
champions. It is obvious that our
team can't show its superiority if
we are ignored. We suggest that
there be a four team playoff be-
tween the winners from the fra-
ternity, dormitory, independent,
and professional fraternityleagues,
thus representing all facets of
the IM football program. The
winners will be the true overall
champions, and they will be the
-Frank Starr
Manager, Dusobs


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Panhel's Lip Service

tion Wednesday issued a resolution in
support of the Zeta Tau Alpha chapter of
Albion College, recently put on probation
by the national ZTA for pledging a Negro.
Now Panhel can proudly point to itself as
a proponent of freedom, justice, etc.,
when the group is actually paying mere
lip service to a now popular cause.
This is not to say that Panhel should
not have supported the Albion ZTA chap-
ter; it is more to say that they have
stopped hypocritically short. Their cen-
suring of ZTA's national by means of the
resolution was a fine gesture. But they
also completely absolved the University's
chapter: Panhel officials say that it is
not necessary to ask the local chapter
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The oversimplicity of this stance re-
flects dubiously on the Panhellenic Presi-
dents' Council. The attitude voiced by one
Panhel officer, "It would be like killing
the body to get rid of the disease," ignores
the basic fact that the local chapter
of ZTA is a contributor to the disease.
A national sorority is only made up of
respective chapters and the alumni there-
of; if the organization as a whole is
guilty of any crime-which Panhel con-
cedes-then each part of that whole is
also guilty.
WHO MAKES POLICY for the national?
Quite evidently, the members. If the
members are not guilty, then who is?
What Panhel should do, if it is actually
.'---- ........ .4... -,0-t ~' ,

Daily Guest Writer
AS THE VIETNAM war rages on,
the frustration of liberal Dem-
ocrats is increasing. The prospect
of another four years of Lyndon
Johnson raises no hopes for the
termination of the Asian morass
and its attendant domestic dis-
content. The likelihood of the
nomination of a hard-line Repub-
lican, while theoretically permit-
ting a fresh approach to peace
talks, will undoubtedly result in
a further escalation of the war,
with a more reactionary approach
to urban problems and to foreign
policy in general.
Given the political situation as
it now stands, a person concerned
about the war and its effect upon
domestic policy has no significant
outlet for dissent at next year's
polls. Nor does a third party move-
ment inspire hope. While a third
party provides a means of register-
ing a protest, it lacks the possi-
bility of political effectiveness. At
best, it would be an educational
With these political realities in
mind (Democrats think in terms
of political realities), the search
for a Democratic "peace candi-
date" of stature has been mounted
over the past several weeks.
The field, however, is sparsely
populated. Such notable "doves"
as McGovern, Gruening, Morse
a d n-h r Rff rn rmlack of

Carthy is resolved to open up the
Democratic party for dissent. It
is important to point out that Mc-
Carthy is of a totally different
political persuasion than another
famous McCarthy, Joseph. As the
New Republic notes, "The Mc-
Carthy from Minnesota is the an-
tithesis of the one from Wiscon-
Eugene McCarthy, 51, senior
senator from Minnesota, former
economics professor, long-stand-
ing liberal, member of the Senate
Foreign Relations, Finance, Stan-
dards and Conduct Committees,
member of the Senate Democratic
Steering Committee-is the man
who gave one of the most eloquent
nomination speeches in memory,
when he presented Adlai Steven-
son to the 1960 Democratic Na-
tional Convention in Los Angeles.
In a sense, he has carried on the
lonely Stevensonian tradition by
trying to refocus the misdirection
of American foreign policy.
eralism is well established. While
he has not been as vociferous and
noticable as Morse and Gruening
in his opposition to the Vietnam
war, McCarthy has been out-
spoken. These are the highlights
of his record:
In January 1966 he helped drag
a letter, signed by 15 Senators,
to President Johnson calling for
continuation of the bombing pause

tending hearings, writing articles,
and answering roll calls.
In an interview in The New
York Times last week, he said he
was weighing the possibility of
offering himself in opposition to
President Johnson in some of the
preferential primaries. But, he
added that the anti-war dissent
should involve more than this and
should include attempts to obtain
an anti-war plank in the 1968
party platform; to instruct dele-
gates to the 1968 convention to
oppose the present Vietnam pol-
icy and to send favorite son can-
didates to the convention to op-
pose the President. He wants to
make Vietnam the central issue
of the convention.
ered such action a proper use of
the party's political machinery
and believed that it might be
the only way the party can hold
the support of academicians, re-
ligious leaders, and youth.
What is now emerging is a con-
fluence ofMcCarthy'sdesire to
force Johnson to moderate his
Vietnam policy, and the desires of
disenchanted Democrats across the
country, who, distressed by John-
son's foreign policy and its nega-
tive effect upon domestic legisla-
tion, want to "dump Johnson" in
favor of a peace candidate. Anti-
Johnson Democrats are beginning
to organize and some have al-
ready taken up the banner of

Sen. Eugene McCarthy

Senate gave President Johnson to
pursue his Vietnam policy in the
early stages of the war.
IN A DAILY interview this past
April, he expressed the view that

first public figures to acknowledge
the necessity of providing the Viet
Cong with a role in any coalition
government set up in the South
during and after the phased with-
drawal of American forces.

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