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.Sunday, March 22,;1970


Page Seven

Sunday, March 22, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven






MARCH 24 and 25


y Lynn
'70 LSA)
RM ( 4SA
The main reason I am running for an SGC seat is that
I believe the time has come when SGC no longer represents the
true views of the majority of students, but rather imposes the
views of, a small left wing minority upon the campus as a
whole. I believe the students, are against constant class dis.
ruptions in the name of "educational enlightment", violentycon-
frontations with corporate recruiters, trashing of university
Property and countless other meaningless protests against the
"capitalist establishment", "the war in Vietnam", the Chicago
trial, student repression, police brutality, black admissions, and
a host of other campus grievances. Some of these grievances are
real, some are fanciful, others are false. But all deserved to be,
-4 aired. To the degree they are not aired the University breaks
faith with the students. But- all students, black or white, liberal
or conservative, lose by violence and destruction. The time has
come for the students of this campus to unite in- one cause: a
rejection of violence as a means of political dissent on this'
Each student has the right to use his education in the
manner which he best sees fit. The present goal of many of the
candidates and campus media to eliminate recruiting is a
blatant infringement of this right. Any person or group has the
right to try to educate a student to their opinion before he
makes a decision, but barring recruiters from campus or stu-
dents from interviewing with -recruiters must be viewed as a
direct imposition upon individual freedom. No dissenter has the
right to obstruct this freedom. Any individual who really wants
to change a corporation can achieve much more by working
from within from a position of direct influence than by scurry-
ing around throwing paint in recruiters' faces.
The need to increase black enrollment is obvious, but such
measures as guaranteed graduation in an unlimited time
span are unfair to all the students, black and white. I think
the University should make arrangements for these less qualified
students to attend other less demanding institutions if they
are not successful here, thus not affecting the quality of educa-
tion of the rest of the students and giving these students
an education more compatible with their abilities.
It is time to make SGC a council capable of producing viable
solutions, not .A constant source of naive direction and sym-
bolic protest.

Students have power. Students will effect change. Not only
in our university environment, but also in the social and political
structures of our communities and nation. Students demand the
University restructure its policies in two major areas:
1. POWER BASES - The University should function as an
instrument of our design; the University should not dictate its
wishes or the military-industrial complex's wishes upon a sub-
servient student body. We should be involved in all policy-
making processes that control our academic, social and political
lives. Take the power out of the hands of the elite and put
it in the hands of those whom it affects.
2. BUDGETARY PRIORITIES - The University has a
peculiar way of showing its concern for the preservation of
life. It houses such morally repugnant, life-destroying institu-
tions as WAR RESEARCH and JOB RECRUITING for the rac-
ist and imperialist elite. Although the University is supposedly
breaking financial ties with ROTC, the fact remains that an
institution that aids the war effort is still on campus. Stu-
dents demand that the above be abolished and that the follow-
ing be instituted as top priority budget receivers: A. Increased
Admissions of Blacks, Chicanos and other minority and low-
income groups. Complete support of the Black Action Movement
demands; B. Day Care Centers for the children of university
students, employees, and members of the Ann Arbor commun-
ity. Free; C. Low-Rent Housing and improvement of existing
U housing units. In Fall, 1970, there will be a critical housing
shortage. Rents will sky-rocket. The U should provide good
housing at reasonable rents. The student body will not tolerate
another displacement of 200 freshmen. Complete support of the
Tenants Union; D. Academic Reform. Better professors who are
not paralyzed by the publish or perish syndrome. Smaller class-
es. Increased wages for the U's slave-labor, the Teaching 'Fel-
lows. Institution of pass-fail on a mass basis; E. All-Purpose Co-
op. Capitalist merchants are screwing the hell out of students
and the citizens of Ann Arbor. A co-op that would include food,
clothing, laundry facilities, gasoline and drugs should be estab-
lished. In the meantime, SGC should revitalize its defunct
Student Consumer Union, organize picketing and boycotts, and
force merchants to lower their prices.
OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE: There is a very real indi-
cation of increased and heightened repression of protesting
students on this campus. The administration finds it necessary
to squash the dissenting movement in order to protect its
"interests" and to maintain its aura of legitimacy. Repression
comes down through prosecution in civil and student courts and
by academic suspension for non-academic actions. This must
be stopped by a unified student movement. SGC should be an
active group in combatting this repression

The Blue Panthers are against the presence of ROTC and
corporate recruiting as University-sponsored activities. University
funds and facilities should not be used to assist organizations
which promote war, exploitation and pollution.
However, this is not to say that we endorse such tactics
as trashing, which tend to destroy the unity needed to affect
social change. The changes which must be made cannot be ac-
complished with the leaders in jail for breaking a few windows.
Why turn yourself over to police on a silver platter for an
ineffective "symbolic" act? The recent Tenants Union mass
withdrawal had more effect on the Ann Arbor Bank than break-
ing their windows. Banks continue their business with or without
windows. Corp6rations continue their exploitation with or with-
out recruiters. The army functions with or without ROTC.
The problems are more basic than these mere manifestations
of our society's sickness.
What of pollution? This is a rather popular issue, as well it
should be. Watch the University smokestacks if you think pol-
lution isn't all around you. But pollution takes many forms:
pollution of men's lives and bodies in Vietnam, in Chicago, and
yes, even in Ann Arbor.
The Blue Panthers feel it essential that the demands of the
BAM for increased admisison of black students be met. The
University badly lacks a balance of different cultures, and the


BAM proposals would certainly help to improve the reality in a
now highly-synthetic University community. We feel that any
academic reproval based on a non-academic incident is strictly
without justification. The recent LS&A fiasco pointed this up,
and brought up the question of the rights of the student in-
volved, as well as students involved in future incidents.
In the future, further issues will arise wlich must be faced
by SGC. Among those considered of vital importance to the
needs of the students and the community are:
1) Low-rent housing for students and Ann Arbor ghetto resi-
dents; 2) Improved working conditions and pay scales for U
employees; 3) Expansion of the U Store to provide for student
needs in additional areas, such as groceries, furniture, etc.; 4)
An improved U bus system both to and from North Campus
and on Central Campus. This could include a merger of the city
and U bus systems; 5) Provisions for separate room and board
contracts in all U housing.
In addition, SGC must be responsible for informing the
people of what is being done in the University hierarchy. Too
often in the past, SGC has not been an arm of the students, but
a silent minority. The power of the people should not rest
simply in the Plaza signs, but rather in the government which
represents them.


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SGC is a student controlled vehicle, designed to forward
student rights and interests, and insure students a meaningful
role in university reform. It should serve to pressure and/or
4 cooperate with the existing forces in order to attain these
reforms. Non-violent " disruptive tactics may be needed when
"through-the-system" channels have failed, if the goal's import-
ance justifies it.
1. STUDENT HOUSING - Given the ever soaring costs
and unsatisfactory conditions of on and off campus housing, I
1) strongly support the Tenants Union in their efforts at lower-
le ing rent costs; 2) call for the University to initiate low-cost
housing programs to deal with the coming housing crisis; and
3) propose a more student run dorm system, eliminating costly
and burdensome staff and giving the student a direct voice
in their dorm administrations.
2. MINORITY ADMISSIONS - The University's purpose
is to educate, yet the blacks and other impoverished minority
groups are largely ignored in the University's admissions pro-
gram. Accordingly, I support all moves made by the BSU to
forward their very legitimate and carefully detailed proposal
presented at February's Regents meeting. The Regents stoken
response of doubling the present fraction is far from adequate.
3. ACADEMIC CHANELING - The complete lack of
student voice in course evaluation and choice is inexcusable.
At least a parody of student to faculty on curriculum commit-
tees at the departmental level is long overdue. I support, also,
a student voice on academic tenure committees.
Justifiably founded reputation among both students and faculty
for being atrocious. I support the establishment of a student-
faculty board to review counselors qualifications and hear com-
plaints. Student counseling should be accentuated, but subject

We have heard the administration of this university, as
ah echo of the larger Federal administration, speak of the
difficulty of reordering priorities of this so-called public institu-
tion, so that it might include in its expansive academic embrace
the Black, the Chicano, and the poor. As our ears have con-
stantly been subjected to phrases like "The university neither
accepts nor rejects the goals. . . ." (From Fleming's reply to
Black Student Demands of February 5), we are now becoming
more painfully aware of the grim reality; there is little hope
for redress of any vital social grievance from this administra-
tion. So what then? Realizing that the Michiganopolis is an
exclusive suburb of the narrow mainstream of American minds,
what do we do?
My only possible reply is that we must mobilize, educate
and re-educate, not the administration - already too old for
any sincere change or actual renovation - but the student
population. We must create programs, reliant upon students,
which involve this university, (I speak here of the student
segment) with the real world. We must redirect our gaze toward
the streets, our energies toward field work.
As to our administration, although one can have little hope
for education in their cases, one can hope for action inspired
by a concerned and activated campus .. . one where more than
the usual 10,000 or less move to even vote on their representa-
tive assembly. (Pressure politics is the only possibility here.)
Granted one can never hope to grab the most text book bound
from his corner in the Grad, nor the most narrow minded
from his special niche in the latrine. But there are vast numbers
of students who keep saying, "What can we do to help the
Black, the Chicano, the poor?"
It is the job of SGC to become an effective center for hand-
ling inputs, ideas, on how these questioning persons may be-
come practitioners. Perhaps, some of their number can be put
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The University is seriously lacking In student-orientation.
As an educational institution, it must become much more re-.
sponsive to student needs and desires, specifically in and
through the following ways:
ACADEMIC SPHERE -}% a Pass-Fail system must replace
the traditional grading system which is antiquated and blatant-
ly inhibiting. * Academic Discipline must be restricted to
dealing only with actions in the academic sphere.
HOUSING ~- @ Separate roomn and board contracts. 0 A
University commitment to apartment-style, low-cost housing
to alleviate the present bind.
BLACK ADMISSIONS - . Full support of thle B.AM plan.
ADMINISTRATIVE - A University Congress made up
of students and faculty to supervise allocation of University
resources, especially in the areas of research and all University
employment policies and decisions.ie

S.,,- ~ *~*.*~****. W illiam
f ' 1Thee
As a candidate for SGC member-at-large, I take this op-
portunity to state my views and specific proposals
My view of the role of SGC falls into these three areas:
1. I believe that SGC should represent all areas of the
University, and act as the coordinator of student opinion to.,
form a unified student coalition to deal with issues.
2. I believe that SGC should use all available resources to
protect civil rights and-civil liberties, to guarantee decent hous-
ing, and to dismantle organizations that fail to meet specified
SGC criteria.
3. I belive that SGC, should take a more active role in
University policy-making. SOC must not be allowed to become
stagnant in this area. It must be the primary policy representa-
tive of students.
Specifically, I am basing my candidacy on these proposals:
1. I stand for a student voice in tenure through a propor-
tional, elected student-faculty board. I support improved stu-
dent evaluations of teachers, so that inadequate teachers can
be replaced.
2. I support a complete revamping of the Counseling De-
partments in all College. I call for an elected, proportional stu-
dent-faculty board to oversee this area. I believe that counselors
should be evaluated by every student after every appoin'tment, so
that inadequate counselors can be replaced.
3. I support the call for parity on the LSA Administrative
Board, but only as a step towards total student control
4. I demand an end to the secret records kept by the
Counseling Offices which are included in the student's records,
but which the student is not permitted to see. I demand that the
Counseling Offices allow examination of student records only
with the student's permission. I demand that a student be
permitted to petition for the removal of any information
5. I support the Radical College proposal for a proportional,
PIn"3'TTnvrcty rogr~cess" omnosd tu dednts. faculty and

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