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Tuesday, March 241, 1970


Page Seven

Tuesday, March 24, '1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY












vote at the following polls:
Diag * Engin Arch . UGLI
11 A.M.-2 P.M.
nion N. Campus Bustop * Fishbowl
IMPORTANT: You must cast ballots for LSA and SGC
at the same time. LSA ballots will be available only at
the above-listed polling stations . .

The University's conception of a liberal education is
antiquated. A radical revamping of administrative poli-
cies is long overdue. Many and great changes imminent
if the University is to make a valid contribution to the
students that it now only pretends to serve. The decision-
making processes of the University are to be challenged.
The student must take an active role in determining his
education. That role is policy decision-making.
It must be clear that equal student-faculty repre-
sentation on matters concerning reform is mandatory.
We assert that the demands for student-faculty parity
must be met to insure against the University's traditional
attempts to tokenistic appeasement of student dissent.
This basic demand must be implemented to guard against
the present imbalance of interest groups now establishing
University priorities-the priorities of the administration.
The concept of the student role manifests itself in
all other areas of reform. For change in any area is im-
practical unless the interests of those affected are pro-
portionately represented. With adherence to this prin-
ciple the specific prQblem areas can be effectively treated.
These issues are:
1. The faculty must be subject to periodic evaluation
by a student-faculty review board. There also must be
an increase in Black faculty.

2. A complete reassessment of the validity of tenure.
Therefore, new guidelines for establishing tenure must
be initiated at the departmental level.
3. Vigorous reform in the curriculum must include
mandatory course evaluation as a basic for student-
facult review, a vast extension of the pass-fail option
to include all distribution requirements, more experi-
mental programs such as the Pilot and Residential Col-
lege, the manifestation of a meaningful program of
Black studies, aid to the the Free University, and the
abolition of the language requirements.
4. Admission policies must be revised for a great
increase in- the enrollment of minority students. The
Black Action Movement demands must be met, and the
university must maintain full-time black recruiters. In,
addition, every prospective student must have the right
to have an admission application rejection reviewed.
5. Discipline for non-academic misconduct must fol-
low a procedure of due process, by an LS&A court, as
definedin theiLS&A Student Government Constitution.
6. Recruiting,'on campus cannot be tolerated.
7. The budget must be vastly revised to facilitate
the needs of the students and not the military and busi-
ness interests of the university. This would include
allocation of funds to implement the Aecessary reforms
iterated above.
8. A YES vote on the referendum to ratify the LS&A
Student Government Constitution,


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Next year the LS&A Executive Board will be placed
in a position to make vital decisions concerning the
entire student body of the lit school. We must make use
of this opportunity to establish a powerful student voice
within the uniyersity system. The direction taken by
the board will b profoundly influenced by your choices
in this election.
My proposals include:
-Extension of the pass-fail option to all distribution
requirements in areas outside of the anticipated student
-Institution of a system whereby the tuition rate re-
mains the same throughout a student's four years at
Michigan, putting an end to hardships caused by a
tuition increase. An increase in the tuition rate will only
affect incoming freshmen and transfer students.
--continuation of the present tri-mester system.'
-Introduction of final exam exemptions in courses
where the final exam has no significant bearing on the
final grade.
-Finally, I believe that the LS&A Executive Board should.
be merged with the Governing Faculty Board to estab-
lish equal representation in college decisions between
the students and the faculty. The students are respon-
sible enough and concerned enough to merit direct re-
presentation in school issues on a decision making level.
If elected I promise to work arguously and diligently
for these and other proposals brought forth by the
student body.

1. LSA Student Assembly Chairman 1969-70
2. LSA Student Steering Committee 1968-69
3. Student Government Constitutional Committee
4. College Administrative Board
5. Preparatory Committee for the study of LSA College.
1. Dissipate apathy (faculty's)
2. Extend student's prerogative to drop courses at any
time during the semester
3. Extend pass-fail option
4. Develop the Student-Faculty Council to provide a
large and open forum for discussion among faculty
and students of any relevant issue, as proposed by
the LSA Student Assemblyf
5. Demand parity representation for students on all
college committees (Admissions committee, Cur-
riculum committee, and Administrative Board)
6. Develop a college judicial system to insure a peer-
group hearings for any non-academic matter.
1. Keep Arthur Godfrey off the campus

The time has come for students to be actively in-
volved in the decision-making processes of the University.
The idea of students taking only an advisory role is a
notion that is no longer acceptable. Students must be
directly involved in all policy-making committees. It
is the right of all members of a community to be able
to decide on matters that affect them. Academic affairs,
academic disciplinary procedures, admissions and fi-
nances are issues that concern everyone, students, fac-
ulty, and administration, in the University community.
But matters that concern only students, such as non-
academic discipline, must be under the jurisdiction of
students. All committees dealing with both the external
and internal affairs of the University must have students
as members with full membership rights.
Several groups on this campus have presented de-
mands to the present decision-making structure. These
demands are rarely given anything more than lip service
by this structure. I support the demands put forth by
Black Action Movement, and call for their complete
acceptance. Women's Liberation demands must be grant-
ed. The ROTC and job recruiting programs must be im-
mediately ended.
But all the "privileges" that may be conceded to stu-
dents will never be enough unless the fact that these are
rights, not privileges, is conceded also. The fact that 107
students had to be arrested before a student bookstore
was granted shows that no student demand is ever recog-
nized as legitimate; students aree an integral part of this
University, and their rights must be recognized.





* Called upon by God to assume the mantle of leader-
ship, we believe that the Lit School, like the University
of which it is a part, must be radically altered if it is
to serve our interests as students and members of society.
We feel that the following proposals can constitute a
viable beginning to the restructuring process:
I. Non-Academic
1.'As we find that the military and corporations often
act in total disregard of basic human rights, we sup-
port the call for a moratorium to discuss University
complicity and td seek a course of action.
2. Since we find that police presence on campus only
exacerbates violence and contributes nothing to solu-
tions of underlying problems, we oppose calling in
police to deal with conflicts on campus.
3. The LSA Student Government must make clear

that it will tolerate no denial of due process of law.
Only student conduct in an academic setting will be
judged by the U. Such judgments will be made by stu-
dent-appointed judges on the basis of student enacted
II. Academic
We further seek:
1. A re-evaluation of LSA economic priorities with a
view toward benefitting all students equally. (For ex-
ample, the Student Counseling Office goes unfunded by
the University while the Honors Convocation is spon-
sored annually). A basic problem here is the lack of
a student role in the process by which these economic
priorities are determined.
2. A mechanism to bring the courses and concepts
developed in Pilot Program and Residential College into

wider availability. But we question whether even pro-
grams like these can provide a truly meaningful edu-
cation in a University which does not adequately reflect
the population of the society its purports to serve.
3. A student-faculty group to examine the problems
of, and resistance to, breaking down the departmental
teaching structure. We feel that a non-deparmental struc-
ture can better emphasize the interdependence of all
areas of study.
4. An interdisciplinary program designed to encourage
social innovation and provide skills useful for the im-
plementation of change.
5. A questionnaire run in co-operation with the Survey
Research Center to determine the kinds of problems
important to most LSA students, so as to make the Lit.
School government a representative and thereby legi-
timate body.







The new LS&A Student Council is being incorporated
in response to the demand for more channels of com-
munication to administration, faculty, and within the
college itself. Because LS&A is the largest and has the
most general academic orientation of the schools at
Michigan, it will bear the repercussions and rewards of
the changes that are coming.
1) THE BAM DEMANDS were heard and ignored by
the administration. We will join together and show
through financial, collective community and pressure
tactics that minority groups will form their reasonable
membership on this campus.
2) HOUSING SITUATION-2,300 students will be
forced to live in "uncertified housin'g' next year. The
University administration has ignored their responsibility
to students, and has also neglected to take into account
its effect on the Ann Arbor community. I endorse TU's"
demands for 1,000 low-cost units of student housing, and
immediate planning for a building program consonant

LSA Student Government provides an opportunity for
students to exert an effective influence in the running of
the Literary College. We must seize this opportunity to
establish student control in the decision-making process,
to improve the quality of education by initiating perva-
sive curriculum reform, to better prepare students to
deal with the needs of our society, and to protect student
rights. We propose:
I. Student control in the decision-making process:
A. Students should have equal representation with full
voting privileges on all standing committees of the col-
lege and on all committees within the departments.
B. Governing of the college should be rapidly shifted
to the proposed student-faculty council.
C. Create or revitalize student departmental organi-
zations to involve students in all levels of decision-
II. Initiation of curriculum reform, perhaps modeled aft-
er the student fanltv committee on introductnrv courss

5. Facilitate individual concentration with inde-
pendent study programs.
6. Increase course activity outside the classroom.
7. Work-study programs as at Antioch and Beloit.
B. Course evaluation should be expanded.
C. Course Mart courses should be funded.
D. Student or self counseling, with faculty counseling
E. Teacher workshopsto improve teaching quality.
F. Two-day moratorium on coursework tto' spend class
time discussing curriculum problems.
III. Literary College relevance to the needs of society:
A Expand urban studies and similar programs to ful-
fill society's needs for increased social services.
B. Increase educationally deprived, but potentiallyy
successful students from minority groups; increase sup-
portive services.
IV. Student rights must be protected by:
A Trial by peers for all non-academic offenses with in-

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