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TIIL MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 12. 1961

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GC ELECTIONS COMMITTEE PRESENTS:

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andidates

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Platf orms

for

)AM SHERMAN
senior-SGC treasurer
member, Faculty Committee on Student Relations

MIKE
KOENEKE

SHARON LOWEN
freshman-women's hours organizer
member, Stockwell Council
TOM WESTERDALE
grad-SGC incumbent

Chairman, Student Housing
Association
Chairman, Student Voter
Registration
Student Traffic Advisory Board

Carol
Hollenshead
Organizer of Students forj
Educational Excellence
Secretary of " State, 1966 Mich.
Youth Legislature
President Pro-te h of Senate,
1967 Mich. Youth Legislature

E. O.
KNOWLES

Student. Government can mean
something on this campus--it can
have a real impact on the Uni-
versity. We hope to convince you
from our past record and plans
for the future, that we are the
knowledgable, imaginative and ac-
tive candidates that SGC needs
if it is to live up to this expecta-
tion.
What does SGC do now? What
should it do in the future?
1. SGC directs projects that
tackle important problems where
the individual student is too fre-
quently at the mercy of larger
forces. SGC provides services to
meet well-defined needs in im-
portant areas.
THE PRESENT
Student Housing Association,
Association, Student Consumers
Union, Legal Aid Service, draft
counseling and the course evalua-
tion boklet are ongoing SGC pro-
jects that confront concrete prob-
lems obstructing students every
day. We support these efforts.
High on our list of priorities are
SHA's attempt to gain an eight-
month lease for student renters,
and the efforts of the Course
Evaluation Booklet.
THE FUTURE
" $GC must devote more time to
the academic concerns of students.
Students must gain more informa-
tion about and control over the
quality of their education.,Coun-
selling should be investigated by
SGC-it must be improved.
" SGC should encourage the for-
mation of student cooperatives to
deal in food, books, and course
supplies. SGC should investigate
the possibility of a student-run
discount restaurant or cafeteria.
Plans for incorporation and finan-
cial independence should be im-
plemented..
" SGC should establish an Of-
fice of Ombudsman (or complaint
center) that will seek out griev-
ances and problems of individual
students. It will refer these prob-
lems to appropriate bodies in the
University for action. Follow-up
investigations w ill determine
when existing structures are in-
adequate to student needs or
when altogether new arrange-
m'ents are needed. A group like
this would constitute both an
on-going service to students and
an important source of new ideas
for SGC projects and action.
" North Campus: SGC must sup-
port the efforts of Bursley and
Baits residents to .;et a fair deal
from the University.
2. SGC must serve as a medium
through which students can as-
sume greater control over deci-
sions important to them -- deci-
sions that affect their physical en-
vironment and the quality of their
education..
THE PRESENT .
* Individual conduct: we support
SGC's action of the last semester
guaranteeing students the right to
make rules that govern their per-
sonal conduct.
THE FUTURE
" A major need for the future is
the mobilization of expertise in the
interests of informed student par-

ticipation in decision-making of
all sorts. We think part of the
answer to this problem lies in the
creation of academically-based
student planning seminars. These
would consist of students from
diverse academic backgrounds
coming together in the format of
an interdepartmental colloquium
to attack jointly a plenning prob-
lem faced by the University. This
kind of panel will most certainly
generate more informed and ex-
pert student thinking.
* In general SGC should place
increasing emphasis on an area
relatively neglected up to now -
organizing and encouraging grass-
roots interest groupings. SGC
should concentrate not just on
providing services for students, not
tjust on winning victories for the
principle of student decision-mak-
ing - but on working with stu-
dents in seeking solutions to felt
problems. For example, FRESH-
MAN WOMEN'S HOURS - The
organizing now going on among
freshman women (e.g. by Sharon
in Stockwell and by the Blagdon
house council) insures that no ar-
bitrary conduct rules will be im-
posed upon them.
The Westerdale-Davis motion
(passed by SGC) recognizing the
right of freshman women to set
their own hours encourages this
organization as does the person-
al contact work of Tom and Sam.
The legal cornerstone o: this ap-
ptoach is the JJC policy which
Sam worked for last spring. The
actual cornerstone is the power of
concerned students to organize
and the ability and willingness of
individual council members to
help.
3. SGC must act as a delibera-
tive body. It should focus campus
attention on issues, generate new
ones, and provide a forum for in-
telligent discussion of all matters
of public interest.
THE PRESENT ...
f We endorse both the appropri-
ateness and the substance of
SGC's positions on important
public issues such as the recent
strike by University employees and
the war research controversy. On
the latter issue, we support SGC's
motion calling for an end to the
participation of Michigan in the
Thailand Project and calling for
a joint faculty-student discussion
of relevant issues.
We oppose classified research on
campus. It is not consistent with
principles of open inquiry; and it
obscures knowledge of the con-
sequences of specific projects for
the rest of the University. The ex-
tent to which the University con-
nects itself to powerful outside in-
fluences through its research pro-
grams is a question of importance
to the whole community. As such,
it should be debated openly among
all segments of the University.
THE FUTURE...
While this is not an area in
which SGC can legislate, Council
should sponsor an intensive cam-
paign of public discussion on this
vital issue in coordination with
such student groups as 'VOICE
and the Engineering Council.

Off-Campus Housing Board
In order to be a dynamic cen-
Student Housing Advisory Board ter of student self-government
Former SGC Personnel Director and involvement now and in the
future, SGC must develop long-1
Advisory Board to Vice-President range priorities as well as imme-
Pierpont diate objectives in order to move

.._. _ _

"Student Power" What is it?
These two words have been tossed
around for almost a year now un-
til finally they are becoming
somewhat hackneyed. Actually,
SGC's concern has not been for
achieving that nebulous goal of
student power, but its concern has
been with the idea of student
decision making.
During the past 12 months,
SGC has directed the great ma-
jority of its efforts toward the
principle of "letting the students
decide" or to be more specific "let
those who are going to be directly
affected make the final decision."
SGC's action concerning the
revamping of the rules and regu-
lations governing individual con-
duct, and their recommendation
concerning freshman women's
hours have supported its convic-
tion to this principle.
The question arises of how much
time should SGC devote toward
this principle of student decision
making. The success of SGC in
anything it does rides on its abil-
ity to reach and serve the students
directly. The idea of student de:
cision is perhaps one way of doing
this, but it is certainly not the
only way. There has to be an
equal amount of emphasis place'
on such programs such as the
eight-month lease for student:
renting from Ann Arbor lan '
lords, showing the University that
they have the resources to build
single unit apartments for stu-
dents, registering students to vote
in Ann Arbor elections, and de-
veloping an accurate course eval-
uation booklet to assist students
in registering for classes. These
are all concrete programs which
SGC has initiated but as of yet
not emphasized enough.
SGC can be effective on this
campus. But the only way it can
be really effective is by striking
some kind of a balance between
the time it devotes toward the
idea of student decision making,
and the time it devotes in other
areas such as pushing for the
eight month lease in the Ann Ar-
bor Apartment market.

toward an ultimate goal - that
of involving students more effec-
tively in both their own student
government and the University,
structure itself.
LONG-RANGE PLANS:
A. Increased Student Involve-
ment in University Government.
1. The role of the student in
policy decision making must be
determined. SGC should (a) press
the President's Commission for
an early decision concerning the
role of the student within the
University, and (b) work to in-
sure the implementation of the
Commission's recommendations.
2. Students should become in-
volved in the formulation of pol-
icy guidelines within the OSA.
This would involve a two step ap-
proach: (a) The extension of the
Advisory Board system within all
offices under the OSA. (b) The
transformation of the advisory
role to one of actual policy for-
mulation.
3. The establishment of a Joint
Advisory Committee of students,
faculty, and administrators, as
recommended by the Knauss Re-
port. Such a tripartite "melting-
pot" of personnel and ideas is
desperately needed.
B. Increased Involvement in Re-
presentative Student Government
1. Implementation of a massive,
recruitment-training program toE
develop student expertise.
2. Hold Constituent Assemblies
once a semester in order to set
the general policy goals of SGC.
II. IMMEDIATE GOALS-con-
crete projects aimed at dealing
with key' student problems.
1. 8 Month Lease - Work
through the SHA and SRU to ac-
tively support favorable landlords,
and, if necessary, selectively boy-
cott hostile realtors.
2. Course Evaluation - Work
to insure the success of the SGC
Course Evaluation Committee in
its efforts to publish an effective
course evaluation booklet.
3. Voter Registration - Work
through the SHA voter registra-
tion committee and the SLU in
order to secure more equitable
interpretation and enforcement of
state voting laws.
4. Community - Action Curri-
culum Concept - work toward
providing academic credit for so-
cial, cultural and community
work.
Parking - Establish a system
of student paid parking providing
students an opportunity to use
certain spaces within University
parking structures.

One term on council
Director Student Legal-Aid
Services
Director Speaker's Bureau
Police-University Relations Board
SACUA Legal Aid Subcommittee
Member, Health Service
Study Commission
Member, Counseling Study
Commission
Member, Student-City Liason
Board
Business Manager, SGC Publjc
Relations Booklet
The most important problem
f a c i n g Student Government
Council in the near future is its
relationship to the students. In-
dividual conduct, war research,
student power, and refined struc-
ture are all important admittedly,
but if SGC cannot establish its
relevance to the students at this
university, and rally a much more
active backing from all segments
of the student body, then it has a
bleak future indeed.
Projects such as student hous-
ing, voter registration, legal serv-
ices, and student consumer's un-
ion are an excellent start, but on-
ly a start. They must continue to
broaden their basis of support
and new projects must be added
to their ranks. The most promis-
ing new area for SGC's participa-
tion is the virtually untouched
realm of academics for it is the
most important issue to every
person at this university.I
Council members must begin to
take seriously their obligations to
the people who elect them and
become regular speakers around
the campus. They must push for
new programs of concrete merit
to their constituents and try to
actively involve many more peo-
ple in council's work.
Student Government Council
must also establish a series of
priorities concerning the areas it
will concentrate in with projects
receiving a greater share of time
and energy of the people on coun-
cil.
Many times, complaints are
made about the apathy of the
students in regards to council,
but the blame does not lie en-
tirely with the student body, but
to a large extent with SGC which
has never really concentrated on
becoming a relevant and conscien-
tious student government.
The climate is favorable for
change, and it has become es-
pecially imperative for students
to be elected who truly care about
making SGC an important and
positive asset to student's lives
at this university.

WAYNE A.
MILLER
LSA, Pre-professional studies,
3.16 accumulative, 3.35 in major.
Dormitory Council
Dormitory Social Chairman
Fraternity Social Chairman
Fraternity A lu m i Relations
Chairman
IFC Special Events Committee
IFC Membership Committee
Chairman
UAC Homecoming '65, '66; Win-
ter Weekend '66
UAC Sesquigras Sub-Committee
Chairman
UAC Homecoming Central Com-
mittee, Treasurer.
Relevancy, responsibility and
efficiency are the key words con-
cerning the issues of this election.
Relevancy of issue is extremely
important. T h e advancements
achieved by SGC in the theoreti-
cal and idealistic areas of stu-
dent government and student
power are very necessary. However
many problems that directly af-
fect students in their daily exis-
tence have been overlooked in or-
der to fulfill these aims.
I believe that if more time and
money were to be devoted to areas
of Student Housing, Student Con-
sumer Union, Voter Registration,
Draft and Legal Counseling, etc.,
SGC would be able to elicit more
student support; therefore it would
be in a better bargaining position
for extension of power and ability
to affect University policy decision
making. Attempts in these so-
called "student power" a r e a s
should definitely continue, but
the "service" areas should be ex-
tended to bring further interest
and backing from students.
Responsibility implies that I be-
lieve a more responsible, represen-
tative government is needed. A
Constitutional Convention is ques-
tionable at the present, due to
lack of research into alternate
plans and lack of student interest.
But initiation of further investi-
gation and increased attempts to
rouse student awareness - to lay
the foundations of a constitution-
al convention - should be begun
this semester, with plans for the
completion of restructuring to be
done by Fall 1968. The main area
of work in this field seems to
be towards a different voting
structure to yield a more represen-
tative government.
Efficiency is needed in every
aspect of SGC. Lack of research,
uncoordinated action, and inade-
quate publicity have caused the
failure of many worthwhile pro-
jects and aims of SGC. I can only
say that my ability to accomplish
after plans and decisions are made
is shown by my record in other
campus activities.

CARL J.
BLOCK

DON
RACHETER

'student representation in student
government. The issues of most
concern to the students are given
low priority, whereas issues which
concern a very small minority, for
example, classified research, oc-
cupy a major portion of SGC's
time. The students have learned to
expect so little from SGC it's not
surprising that they are so apathe-
tic towards it.
The reason for this problem is
lack of communication. Before a
student can become involved in
student government, he must know
the problems being considered.
Before student government can
operate effectively, it must know
what issues are most important to
the students. If either of these
communication links disappear,
SGC becomes less representative.
I see three solutions to this
problem. First, through a speakers'
bureau, the members of SGC
would speak before various stu-
dent groups on the issues and ac-
tions of SGC. Second, a bulletin
would be published through the
Bureau of Student Publications
which duplicate the efforts of the
Speakers Bureau through the
media of the press. Third, the very
structure of student government
can be altered to be more repre-
sentative of the university body,
students and faculy. In this is the
best chance for success. Several
changes have been suggested but
they are beyond the scope of this
paper. If these changes are made,
problems involving parking hous-
ing, bussing, high prices, Women's
hours, and the source of authority
would be more efficiently handled.
To a student government repre-
sentative of student concerns, I
dedicate my candidacy.
PAID POLITICAL
ADVERTISEMENT

vresiaent 196t-1968u
Judiciary Committee 1967-1968
Hallmark (Honorary)
INTERHOUSE ASSEMBLY 19-67
19681
Executive Vice President
STUDENT GOVERNMENT
COUNCIL
Have sat in the IHA ex-officio
seat, 1967
SGC Speakers Bureau
STUDENT MEMBER, BOARD OF
GOVERNORS OF T H E RESI-
DENCE HALLS 1967-1968
COLLEGE REPUBLICAN CLUB
1966-1968
Campus Affairs Committee
Community Action Committee
(Continued on Page 7)
TUESDAY
OR WEDNESDAY
THIS WEEK

West Quad Judiciary FROST HOUSE COUNCIL 1965-
Williams House Judiciary 1967
Founder and former president of Parlimentarian
the University of Michigan Chess Publicity Committe Chairman
2u yConstitutional R e v i s i o n Co-
12112 years a member of Phi Kap- Chairman
pa Tau fraternity
3 years a resident of the resi- MARKLEY COUNCIL 1966-1968
dence hall system. Dress regulations committee
1,'2 years a Resident Advisor in chairman
West Quad. Open-open committee chairman
Constitutional Revision Com-
Discontent with the actions of mittee Chairman
SGC indicates a need for morel -.4- 0

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VOTE TUESDAY OR
WEDNESDAY BETWEEN
8 A.M. AND 5 P.M.
Polling Stations Will
Be Located at:

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HELP TALLY
ELECTION
RETURNS FOR

REFERENDUMS
ISSUE ONE:
Shall the SGC Resolution of April 6, 1967, allowing
for the formation of Student-Community, as well
as Student organizations, stand?
Yes 3
No [
ISSUE TWO:

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