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Students, Take The Bus
And Leave The Deciding To Us

hers of Bursley Hall and the Engineer-.
ing Council to obtain expanded bus serv-
ice between Central and North Campus
have resulted in a phenomenon rare to
our times: students requesting change in
an orderly fashion through the estab-
lished- channels, intelligently and in a
well-prepared manner.
Possibly the only thing that could make
this even more of an oddity would be to
have something constructive done by Uni-
versity officials in response to this re-
quest. And wonder of all wonders, it is
beginning to seem as if not even this
is beyond hope.
THREE WEEKS AGO, a representative
from Bursley and a representative
from the Engineering Council met with
Director of University Housing John Feld-
kamp. The students came prepared with
a survey showing that 88 per cent of the
Bursley residents would not only like, but
would use, extended service on Friday
and Saturday nights, and increased
service on Sunday afternoons.
The administration, it turned out, was
taking a survey of its own. They were
counting passengers at various times of
the day to judge where they needed
more buses and where they could take
some off. Feldkamp told the two rep-
resentatives to go back and get more
information of their own.
Here the plot thickens. Contrary to the
established style of Kahn, Baumann, and
Co., no one organized a boycott of the
bus service, a sit-in on Feldkamp's desk,

or a mass rally on the Diag with speeches
by the original bus boycotters from
Birmingham, Alabama.
Instead, the students took Feldkamp's
advice. The vice-president of Bursley
organized his own bus survey. The rep-
resentative from the Engineering Coun-
cil reported back to the Council. In order
to make their demands even more legiti-
mate, they looked for support from Grad-
uate Assembly, Baits housing units,
Northwood Terrace Association, IHA, and
students of the Music School, who have
classes on North Campus.
The administration meanwhile has
been examining the results of the pas-
senger-count survey it has been taking.
Robert Hughes, assistant to Feldkamp,
met Tuesday with John Ellsworth, Direc-
tor of Transportation, to discuss this sur-
vey and begin to talk figures and finances.
IT'S COMFORTING to know that ration-
ality and preparedness still count for
something. With such an auspicious,
level-headed start, the chances for ac-
complishing something seem good.
Now it is up to the Engineering Coun-
cil and the Bursley students to show the
administration that students can, indeed,
work cooperatively. It will be up to the
administration to dispel the myth that
bureaucracy is impenatrable and just one
big run-around.
The speed and decisiveness with which
responsible parties act to alleviate the
bus schedule hardships can be the only
signs of administrative sincerity.

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Tou Sound to Me Like a Mixed-Up Boy'
By John Lottier
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RICHARD AYERS is a junior at the University. I think you are terribly unAmerican to oppose the you owe as a citizen of this Country." The problem here
On Monday of the October Mobilization week war and American aggression (sic). You have all is one of responsibility. Is an individual's ultimate ob
Ayers, acting as an individual, placed his draft card in the privileges of a free Nation and a Democracy, ligation to the state or to himself?
an envelope and mailed it to the DuPage County Local and you are not willing to abide by the rules and The fundamental precepts of Hitler's Germany and
Draft Board No. 122 in Wheaton, Illinois. regulations which is a duty you owe as a citizen of Stalin's Russia were predicated on the subordination
Ten days later he received two form letters from his this Country. You sound to me like a mixed-up boy, of the individual to society: one's principal allegiance
board. The first note stated that by not carrying his and, as far as I am concerned, I have no sympathy was to the state. This is the necessary ideal of a totali-
draft card "on his person," he had been declared de- for you. tarian society.
linquent. The second letter notified him that his 2-S de- The United States claims to be an open society, the
ferment had been revoked, that he had been reclassified Yours, very truly, leader of the free world. What then becomes the role of
1-A, and that he would have 30 days to appeal the conscription, or aggression, or secrecy in a free society?
decision. John S. Woodward The answer is obvious: there is no such role.
Appeal Agent If the aims of the state and society supercede the
AYERS NEXT SENT a letter to his draft board ask- DuPage County Local Draft Board No. 122. ideals of the individual, if one is coerced or co-opted
ing them "for advice as to what I should do," and made into the system, then the freedom of that society is
the necessary request to obtainthe services of andappeal THE LETTER IS TYPICAL of the mentality that specious. The result is a subtle, less obvious, but just as
agent. On Wednesday of this week he received the fol- encompasses this nation's sterile bureaucracy: it dem- dangerous form of totalitarianism: in the end, the state
lowing letter dated November 22: onstrates nothing of positive intellectual value and con- is placed above all else.
Dear Mr. Ayers: stantly contradicts itself and the values it purports to
defend. THIRD, AYERS learns that he is "terribly unAmeri-
I have your letter of November 19th concerning First, Ayers is advised to say nothing concerning his can" in his opposition to "the war and American aggres-
You have, as a matter of right, thirty days from feelings of America's war effort in Southeast Asia, for sion," that he is "a mixed-up boy'" and that the appeal
the time you receive your 1-A classification to write by speaking out on something that he feels so strongly agent feels "no concern" for him. If, however, America
a letter to the Local Draft Board, telling them you about, he would only hurt his case. Lawyer Woodward is "a free Nation and a Democracy," and Ayers cares
wish to take an appeal from the classification of l-A, suggests, in effect, that Ayers would do better to shut enough to point out that he feels the United States is
widsr tak eaypealfromteclassification of -, up and tacitly accept the methods of a system he opposes. doing terrible harm to the whole world through the
and desire to get your former classification of 2-Supadtclycetthmtosofaytmhepoe. Vietnam war, then he should be applauded as a patriot:
back. You state as the reason for this the fact that The letter informs Ayers that he enjoys "all the he is so interested and involved that he has put himself
you are presently enrolled as a junior in the Uni- privileges of a free Nation and a Democracy." But if in an extremely precarious andunenviable position as
versity of Michigan. , someone cannot freely and unequivocably express his an individual defending his rights of privacy, speech,
In connection with your opposition to the war views, if he is coerced or co-opted into repressing his and dissent.
and to American aggression (sic), I think you would ideas and beliefs, then the nation cannot really be Finally, appeal agent Woodward closes his indict-
have a much better chance of your appeal to say "free" and the claim of "Democracy" is fraudulent. ment of Ayers with the words "Yours very truly." While
nothing about this, but if you want to do so, you this, of course, can be explained as a mere formality, it
can set it forth in your letter. SECOND, AYERS IS told that he must be willing to demonstrates and is representative of the overall men-
In my capacity as Appeal Agent, and personally, abide by "the rules and regulations which is a duty tality of the system and f the hypocrisy that is America.
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Dislodging the Rumors

AFTER TWO MONTHS of searching,
Student Government Council ?and
Graduate Assembly are finishing their
selection of six representatives for a
committee to study the Bureau of Ap-
pointments and Occupational Informa-
tion. Due to student apathy and a shrink-
ing personnel list, the investigation has
been delayed, but the committee's area
oc concern is too important to be over-
looked any longer.
In September SGC and GA decided to
set up a joint committee to study the
functioning of the bureau amid sugges-
tions that unfairness and general inef-
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ficency were hurting many students seek-
ing employment.
One student claimed, for instance, that
secretaries were the only personnel in-
volved in deciding which recommenda-
tions, whether favorable or unfavorable,
might go into a student's file. A student
may not see the contents of his own file
at the bureau, although employers make
use of them in deciding whom to hire.
Another student claimed that urgent job
openings were not being reported quickly
enough, due to the administrative shuffle
at the bureau.
ed to allay such suspicions, or to con-
firm them and eliminate the problem.
Such an investigation is, in fact, outlined
in the original motion which set up the
committee. If it were followed, these and
many other problems, such as the ques-
tion of the propriety of the existence of
recommendations in the student's file,
would be answered.
The interviewing season at the bureau
is well under way and the inquiry is long
overdue. For many seniors seeking jobs,
graduation is just around the bend. The
committee must begin immediately in
the vital task of studying the bureau and,
if necessary, implementing changes so
that it may best serve the students.


Letters: Dump Bump in



to the Editor:
I HAVE ALWAYS had a distaste
for armchair quarterbacks who
think they could do better than
the coaches and players who have
to make decisions in the heat of
battle. I have felt this pressure
from the latter end of the spec-
trum, having played four years of
college football myself.
I was fortunate enough, how-
ever, to have played under Otto
Graham, now with the Washing-
ton Redskins, for three of those
years, and I know the difference
a good coach can make to a foot-
ball team. My team went from
No. 2 in the East in 1965 to 0-8
the next year with basically the
same team, but with a different
coach. I therefore, rightly or
wrongly, feel I can speak with a
little more authority than the
average fan.
CLARK NORTON'S column of
Nov. 28 is distressing enough to
compel me to write this. For one,
it is filled with inconsistencies.
He states that the team this year
had less talented players, quoting
an assistant coach. (I might point
out that the most common excuse
in the sports world for a losing
coach is for him to say he has
"mediocre talent.")
But assuming this doubtful fact
for the moment, he then points
out that Bump is an "effective"
recruiter. Where do all these guys
go if they never end up in a
blue uniform?
Also, regardless of how much
actual coaching the head coach
does these days, he still selects
his assistants, and he diagrams
the overal emphasis and style of
play, much as an editor deter-
mines the content and quality of
a newspaper, though letting others
write most of the articles.
The so-called "Harvard of the
Midwest" deserves a more spirited,
imaginative, and intelligent brand
of football from its renresenta-

blocks and tackles, interceptions,
etc., which are inexcusable for
any college team, let alone one
in the Big Ten.
article by saying Bump will win
in time, but he has already had
eighty-three games to try. Since
The Daily seems so anxious -to
take up less meritorious causes
and to support them even at the
expense of good journalism, I am
surprised at the lack of conviction
and purpose which the sports de-
partment exhibits in its passive
acceptance of one of the most
mediocre football coaches in the
It is in spite of Bump, not be-
cause of him, that Michigan has
won any games at all during his
tenure. I suggest you lead a move-
ment in the good Daily tradition
to oust him as head coach and
reestablish the fact that Michigan
students are proud of their Uni-
versity and desire it to field qual-
ity teams in the "Michigan Tra-
-Steve Schember, "70 Law
Oppose Regents
To the Editor:
ON NOV. 7 the Regents of this
University issued a statement
to the effect that regulations gov-
erning student conduct which
conflict with previously establish-
ed administrative rulings are no
longer binding. The primary ex-
ample of such regulations is the
liberalization of visitation rules
by the various house councils in
the residence halls. The house in
which I am employed removed all
restrictions on visitation by mem-
bers of the opposite sex.
I have several reasons for op-
posing the Regents' action:
1. The new student-made reg-
ulations were passed in a demo-
cratic fashion and their applica-
tion in the last month has met
with nearly the ionimnu an-

forced was written by students-
it was written this summer by
students who. were afraid to sub-
mit any policy which would not
be immediately approved by the
administration; these students
were in no way representative of
those affected. The "official" reg-
ulation is a warmed-over rem-
nant of a past era, a severely
neurotic era from which we now
have the practical means to
3. The older regulation, repre-
senting both repression of power-
ful human needs for privacy and
intimacy and violation of the
wishes of those regulated, forces
the focus of the regulated people
away from other, more important,
issues and thus frustrates edu-
cational goals. The right to pri-
vacy and intimacy should not be
an issue in a civilized society, it
should be an assumption. The
manufacture and use of napalm,
the nature of education in the
inner city, the ordering of values
in American society are real
issues. I submit that any educa-
tional policy which shifts the
focus of students away from these
issues is callous.
4. The enforcement of the
older policy is antithetical to any
positive good coming from the
presence of staff members in a
dormitory. Their function should
be that of furthering the "moral,
personal, and social development
of the student" (the phrase is
from the administration's visita-
tion policy) by understanding and
challenging the values of the
dormitory residents, and exposing
the residents to their own values,
while advising them about the
means of maintaining their san-
ity and integrity at this Univer-
5. It is politically impossible to
enforce the older regulation in
houses which have functioned for
a month under no restrictions,
extent at the nset nf the mnal

reconsider their decision; I hope
they decide not to perpetrate a
society in which the major sig-
nificant acts one can take are
a g a i n s t something, or even
against something that shouldn't
even have to be discussed.
-Thomas S. Anderson
Assistant Resident Director
Cooley House, East Quad
Stalling SGC
To the Editor:
Council consistently speaks of
student power and Influence in
decision-making processes, it ap-
parently finds it convenient to ig-
nore student sentiment when SGC
as an organization is concerned.
Despite a 2-1 vote In favor of
the Constitutional Convention,
two important motions for its im-
mediate implementation were ta-
bled at the Nov. 16 SGC meeting.
Mike Renner proposed the estab-
lishment of a four man committee
to set up the ground rules for
the Con-Con, and Bob Willmarth

proposed an orderly procedure for
petitioning to be a convention
delegate. Is it the idea of SGC to
table such necessary steps in-
THE OUTCOME of the, refer-
endum clearly indicates student
displeasure with the present form
of SGC. Yet, SGC seems intent on
preserving its sacrosanct struc-
ture as long as it can in the face
of voter opposition.
It is imperative that \the Con-
stitutional Convention open at the
very beginning of next semester
in order for it to have time to
formulate some concrete plans
within a reasonable time period.
If Con-Con is to start then, the
machinery must be set up im-
The longer SGC stalls, the more
it demonstrates it is not really
concerned with providing a rep-
resentative government for the
students. SGC called for a chance
to "let the students decide."
-Don Racheter,
President, Markley Council




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