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THE MICHIGAN nATi v

Tall' Illt'afllEauti1 "lt~l V.5UJ TUESM,

AY, AUGUST 29, 1967

dvisory

Panels

Facilitate

'U' Communication

By BETSY TURNER
n the interest of the Univer-
community and supportive of
general .educational goals of
University to provide for an
ange of informattion between
nts 'and the executive officers
e. University" five student ad-
y boards to the Vice Presi-
swere set up last April.
e President for Student Af-
Richard L. Cutler originally
ived the idea in the spring
66, but a year passed before
:ommittees were actually for-
ted and functioning.
stated in the introduction
he structural statement, the
ory :committees are primarily
ned to facilitate information
between the administration
he students.

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-
dents are constantly criticizing the
administration. It would be a
beneficial and welcomed develop-
ment if these two groups, the stu-
dent advisory committee and
SACUA faculty committees could

work together and possibly, in that
way, clear up a lot of questions
and problems," explains A. Geof-
frey Norman, Vice-President for
Research.
The research advisory commit-
tee, chaired by David Knoke, '69,
has held several meetings this
summer, after which the commit-
tee report was submittedconcern-
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- Other topics to be considered
ties have been discussed but no by thisegroup are orientationiprac-
extensive study has been done. tices and students' participation
The advisory committee to Vice- in the introduction of the new
President Michael Radock was president, Robben Fleming.
formed prior to the creation of Bi-monthly meetings with the
the other committees and has been vice-presidents are not open to
functioning for over a year. the public and the reports sub-
"During the year, the commit- mitted to the executive commit-
tee has had periodic meetings with tees are confidential. However,
various University officials con- public meetings of the committee
cerned with topics which were of with representatives of the admin-
interest at that time. Discussions istration present, will also be held
were also held concerning the SGC bi-monthly.
break with the Office of Student Members of the board can

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Each committee is composed of
from five to eight members, se-
lected by a six man board --
three members from SGC and
three from GSC. The appoint-
mnents were subject to the approv-
al of the two groups. Each per-
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
meet twice a month with the re-

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Affairs, and The Daily-Board i
Control of Student Publication
crisis. This group greatly facilitat
ed the information flow," com
ments Cleland Wyllie, director o
media relations and an assistan
to Radock.

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nnly ha ramncrarl if 9A mmi- n, "i- of

a wy e Iemovau t n per cent oi
is the membership of either GSC or

- SGC presents a written request, spective vice-presidents and then
- r, if recommendation of a mem-tsubtai-rien t ofdthe
f er of the Presidential' Advisory to submit a written report of the
it Board is made, and approved by proceedings to the Executive Com-
a two-thirds vote of SGC and GSC. nittees of GSC and SGC.

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oice: Radical Consciences in Action

By DAVID KNOKE
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
changes.
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 which Voice 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
party.
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

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 Africa, 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 SDS
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
great deal of intellectual activity
and idealistic fervor on the part
of founders like Tom Hayden,
Alan Haber and Robert Ross built
Voice and SDS into a broadly-
based, wide-ranging organization
such as it has not been since the
departure of these charismatic
individuals,
Perhaps the most spectacular
demonstration in which Voice 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.

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LARGEST COLLEGE FACILITY:
Radio 640 Beams Signal
To 12,000 Listeners

By DAVID BERSON

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

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United Press International facili- greatly enlarged its coverage of
ties, a record library, executive local and campus events. For the
offices, and a conference room past two years it has received the
often used as a studio for inter- UPI award for news excellence.
view and panel programs. Almost It has become one of the best
the entire studio complex was opportunities on campus for stu-
constructed by the station's own dents to gain professional on-the-
engineering staff. job experience, and several WCBN
The station's varied format has alumni are now pursuing careers
attracted a wide range of per- in broadcasting.
sonalities. On a normal broadcast WCBN is self-supporting, draw-
day, the station, programs about ing funds from local and national
five hours of rock, an hour of advertising.
jazz, several hours of easy listen- The station is governed by a
ing music, and ,two hours of clas- board of directors, students elect-
sical music, all interspersed with ed each year by the staff and is
newscasts. assisted by professionals and in-
Station manager Joe Quass- terested faculty members.
rano emphasizes that not every- Programs produced by the sta-
one need be a polished radio per- tion have been aired on the
sonality to join the station's Canadian Broadcasting Corpora-
staff, as there are so many differ- tion, and stations WJR, WKNR,
ent activities which make up the and WXYZ in Detroit, and over
station's productions. the U n i v e r s i t y Broadcasting
In recent years, news has been Service.
the largest growing department. The station's staff looks for-
The station has sent its reporters ward to the near future when the
as far as the University of Cali- Federal Communications Com-
fornia at Berkeley for documen- mission may grant them a com-
taries and news reports and has mercial ,broadcasting license.

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(Continued from Page 1)
At. the meeting Vice Presidents
Cutler and Pierpont were present.
Vice-President Cutler spoke for
Vice-President Pierpont, who re-
fused to speak throughout the
meeting. The event created more
bad feeling on all sides, but it was
hardly *necessary-the "Pierpont
sit-in" had done the damage.
The Regents took notice at the

A Sit-In by Voice Members Sparked Last Fall's Student Power Movement

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sit-in which seemed to threaten many of them. SGC began to way-
the functioning of the University er on its pledge to make the rank-
by, tying up the office of a key ing referendum binding (a last-
Vice-President, and rumblings minute walk-out had prevented
from above materialized Novem- them from formally doing so) and
ber 12, when Cutler announced the on the viability of the ' Movement
enactment of a sit-in ban. itself.
Student Government Council The next teach-in, on Thursday,
(SGC), which had been assured drew fewer participants than the
the Thursday before that no such four thousand that had attended
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
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 and members to sit on the Hatcher
agenda. The meeting was chaired commissions. The Movement thus
by SGC president Ed Robinson officially ended.

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and attended by leaders of various
campus organizations. Monday
their slate of possible actions was
presented to over 4,000 students
at Hill Auditorium. A motion to
open that list of alternatives to
other suggestions was defeated.
The course of action to be taken
in order to force the administra-
tion to discontinue ranking and to
retract the sit-in ban was a sit-in
of one hour (at lunch) in the lob-
by of the administration building.
Another teach-in would follow.
Thanksgiving vacation interced-
ed, but on Tuesday, November 29,
1500 students sat-in, despite Hat-
cher's offer to delay implementa-
tion of the sit-in ban and to es-
tablish commissions on the sit-in
ban, on ranking, and to study the
University decision- making pro-
cess.
At this point, however, moderate
elements which had been drawn
into the movement began to drop
off. Hatcher's concessions satisfied

IN APRIL the Hatcher commis-
sion on ranking reported that
the University should continue
to rank. The Hatcher commission
on University decision-making has
only begun to outline its, objec-
tives.
So, there it was.
The University administration
acted throughout the year with
but one purpose in mind - the
preservation of their own power.
At no point was there an effort to
understand what was behind the
grievances other than finding
ways to stop the Movement.
It was then and it remains now
enough to. say that the adminis-
tration feels administrators should
exclusively run a University, and
that students feel students should
have an active if not decisive voice
in matters of student concern. The
resulting power struggle lasted as
long as the students who cared
could keep things going.

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