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Thursday, March 26, 1970
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Student Government: Does anybody care?
By CARLA RAPOPORT
"I don't care about it."
"If it isn't in the Daily, I don't know
what it does."
"Isn't Marty what's-his-face the
Student Government Council elec-
tions ended yesterday while one junior
outside the undergraduate library said,
"I don't know who's running and I
couldn't care less."
In a survey of thirty randomly se-
lected students last week, over 50 per
cent admitted that they did not know
enough about Council to answer any
questions about it.
Another 25 per cent said they were
satisfied with the job it was doing but
could not give any reasons why, or
point to any specific actions taken by
Council in the past year.
Half of the students said they had
voted in the last SGC election, al-
though one freshman said "The only
reason I voted was because I was in
the library that day."
Several students said they knew
present Council members and pro-
ceeded to name members from two or
three years ago. And one girl insisted
that a Tommie Gilbert is on Council.
In fact, there is no Council member
by that name.
Students who felt qualified to an-
swer questions on Council seemed split
on Council's effectiveness.
A nursing student said she believed
SGC was too detached from the stu-
dents to be an effective student gov-
"The way things are," said one grad-
uate student, "SGC will never be ef-
fective because students will never be
given true power."
Another nursing junior merely said,
"They are a non-functioning, non-ef-
Other students said they believed
SGC was effective but that its power
is so limited that it could not do any-
"SGC is an successful group in that
it has given part of the students a
unified voice. However, that doesn't
do much good because nobody listens
anyway," one LSA sophomore said.
Yet many lauded SGC's leadership
concerning the bookstore issue last
fall. "The bookstore was a major first
step," a sophomore in engineering
said, "but they didn't follow it up,"
The more optimistic students saw
SGC as at least an effective voice for
students. "It has legitimacy which the
Regents and Fleming can't ignore," a
"Council is definitely effective. Not
only do they talk but they throw their
weight around at Regents meetings
and other places. Even its president
is active on campus," a senior in the
education school said.
"They are a beginning of what could
grow to a power," a graduate student
said. "They dpfnitely have a potential."
NOW ACCEPTING PETITIONS
petitions available 2nd floor Union, UAC office
ne ws today
by The Associated Press and College Press Service
All petitions due MARCH 31st, 5:00
CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERS in and out of government con-
tended yesterday ambiguities in President Nixon's school state-
ment threatened to slow down or even halt administrative desegre-
gation in the South.
They asserted several of his new enforcement principles could
work against the President's vow that official or de jure school
segregation must be eliminated immediately.
"Every commitment is qualified, every requirement is distorted,
and every pledge is limited," said former civil rights chief of the
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Louis Panetta.
Panetta was ousted by the White House last month for alleged
excessive zeal in enforcing desegregation.
return to work
NEW YORK UP) - With troops moving the mails and un-
ions facing heavy fines, postal workers here yielded yesterday
and agreed to go back to work, thus bringing America's first
postal strike to a virtual end.
They did so after their leaders told them union executive
boards had agreedto accept a proposed congressional bill
providing for a 12 per cent wage hike, a government-paid
health benefit program and regional cost-of-living differen-
Congress has refused to debate the bill while strikers
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PREMIER PRINCE Souvanna Phouma of Laos is preparing
a formal rejection of Pathet Lao demands that all U.S. air raids
in Laos be halted as a condition for peace talks, an aide said
The aide said the Laotion government will make a counter-
proposal 'in order to keep peace contacts alive."
The bombing halt demand was part of a five-point program
from Prince Souphanouvong, the nominal leader of the Pathet Lao.'
The aide reiterated the position that Souvanna has taken ever
since an outline of the Pathet Lao proposal was made public last
month-"if the North Vietnamese withdraw from Laos there won't
be any necessity for the bombing."
The aide said, however, that Souphanouvong's letter did contain
some "common points" that might serve as a basis for talks.
* * *
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC government announced late
yesterday an agreement has been reached for the release of the
kidnaped U.S. air attache, Lt. Col. Donald J. Crowley, in exchange
for 24 prisoners.
Crowley, seized Tuesday, was expected to be freed sometime last
night in advance of the release of the prisoiers who will be flown
to Mexico, a government spokesman said.
The kidnapers had originally demanded that the prisoners be,
released inside the country so they could "continue the struggle"
against the scheduled May 16th presidential elections.T
Crowley's abductors identified themselves as members of a groupc
opposed to re-election of President Joaquin Balaguer.3
A TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL said yesterday "a very serious 8
drug problem" has developed among U.S. troops in Vietnam be-
cause marijuana is cheap, plentiful, and easy to get there. r
At the same time, Asst. Secretary of Defense Daniel Henkin saide
an Army investigation "developed no evidence that any member of
the units engaged in the SonMy operation was under the influence of
marijuana or other narcotics."v
Ronald Ridenhour told a reporter, "It is my opinion from every- c
thing I know about My Lai that the use of marijuana was in no wayt
a contributing factor."1
Ridenhour's letters to government officials last year set off theg
investigation of the alleged massacre. After appearing before a Senate1
subcommittee, Ridenhour told reporters that the subcommittee is
"stacking the evidence" to make it appear.that marijuana was re- f
sponsible for the soldiers' conduct,
THREE MORE ARMY enlisted men were charged with f
murder yesterday in connection with the alleged massacre at n
My Lai, South Vietnam.
The charges brought to 13 the number of soldiers the Army hasf
charged so far in connection with the incident in 1968. 0
Lt. William Calley, the first soldier to be charged in connectionc
with the alleged massacre, is scheduled to be court-martialed at Ft.U
Benning, Ga., May 18, on charges that he murdered 102 Vietnamese
civilians at My Lai.
Neither rain, nor snow ...
Two National Guardsmen deliver the mail in downtown Manhat-
tan today. This was the first mail delivery by troops during the
letter carriers' strike.
INixon caits for
WASHINGTON (P) - President written permission would be a
Nixon, reacting to the wave of re- federal crime.
"THE LAST WORD IN THRILLERS,
-GENE SHALIT, Look Magazine
A New Film by Jean-Luc Godard
cent bombings, asked Congress
yesterday to crack down on "po-
tential murderers" with stiff fed-
eral laws including the death pen-
"The anarchic and criminal ele-
ments who perpetrate such acts
deserve no more patience or in-
dulgence," the President declared.
"It is time to deal with them for
what they are."
Present law makes it a federal
crime in some circumstances to
transport explosives across state
lines. Nixon's proposals' would
greatly extend and expand this
Nixon proposed making it a,
federal crime to possess or use ex-
plosives to damage or destroy
property or buildings of the fed-
eral government or persons or
firms engaged in interstate com-
The severest penalties, ranging
from 20 years in prison and $20,-
000 fines to the death penalty,
could be invoked where injuries
r deaths result from unlawful
use or transport of explosives.
Penalties f o r bomb threats
would be increased from one year
in prison to a maximum of five
years and $5,000 fine.
Even mere possession of explos-
ives in a federal building without
In a statement, Nixon cited "the
alarming increase" in bombings
across the country in recent
months, which have cost lives and
destroyed property, and the rash
of telephone threats which have
caused schools and public build-
ings to be evacuated.
"Cleai'ly, many of these bomb-
ings have been the work of po-
litical fanatics, many- of t h e m
young criminals posturing as ro-
mantic revolutionaries," Nixon.
said. "They must be dealt with
as the potential murderers they
Deputy Atty. Gen. Richard
Kleindienst said the' President and
the Justice Department think the
stricter laws and expansion of
federal jurisdiction will help to
act as a deterrent and will cut
down on the number of bombing
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were stinlonl fTme JoU.
T h e 2,600 regular soldiers,
sailors, airmen and marines sent
here Monday by President Nixon
were ordered back to their nor-
mal duties at their regular bases.
With postal employes streaming
back to work, Postmaster John R.
Strachan said New York would
h a ve normal mail deliveries
this morning for the first time
since the strike started March 18.
Gus Johnson, president of the
Manhattan-Bronx Branch 36 of
the National Association of Let-
ter Carriers, said he approved the
bill "which is designed to alle-
viate our plight."
"It appears to be a good piece
of legislation," he said, and or-
dered his 6,700 members, who
triggered the strike a week ago,
back to work.
They did not vote on the re-
turn and Johnson told newsmen,
"I made the decision myself. If
the men don't like it they can
vote me out in April."
At the same news conference,
Moe Biller, president of the Man-
hattan-Bronx Postal Union, said
he was recommending that his
26,000 members go back to work
- and just afterwards they voted
to return immediately. The vote
was taken at a meeting outside
the General Post Office.
Biller said he and other union
leaders were leaving immediately
for Washington for conferences
on the proposed legislation.
"We are going to take all the
bad things out and put s o m e
things in that need to be there,"
Johnson said one of the better
features of the bill was that top
pay would be reached in eight
years instead of the 21 it now
takes to go from $6,176 to $8,442.
The union had asked for a new
range of from $8,500 to $11,700 a
Moreover, he said, the govern-
ment would t a k e no reprisals
against postal employes who were
engaged in the strike.
Agreement to return to work
came shortly before 5 p.m., the
hour set by federal Judge Fred-
erick Bryan for imposition of
fines on Johnson and his union
for contempt of court in the il-
The fine against the union was
set at $10,000 a day, doubling each
day the strike continued, and $500
a day against Johnson.
i s i
WASHINGTON () - U.S. Dis-
trict Judge Matthew .F. McGuire
issued the temporary restraining
order after a half-hour meeting
with attorneys representing t h e
controllers and the federal gov-
ernment. The restraining order is
effective to April 6 - when there
will be a hearing on the govern-
ment's motion for a preliminary
The request, filed in U.S. Dis-
trict Court here against the Pro-
fessional Air Traffic Controllers
Organization (PATO) asked the
court to enjoin the organization
from "in any manner continuing,
encouraging, ordering, aiding, en-
gaging or taking part in any work
stoppage or slowdown," or any in-
terference with air traffic.
Service at the three major me-
tropolitan New York airports was
badly snarled yesterday when the
nation's air traffic controllers
staged another of their sick call
As many as 50 airliners at a
time were lined up nose to tail
awaiting take off from Kennedy
American'Airlines c a n c e 1 e d
about 90 per cent of its 130 sch-
eduled flights out of La Guardia,
most of them short hauls. Other
lines consolidated flights.
Take-offs were delayed up to
90 minutes at Kennedy, 75 min-
utes at La Guardia, and 50 min-
utes at Newark airport.
About half the 140 air traffic
controllers in the New York area
reported .sick as their union, the
Professional Air Traffic Control-
lers Organization, pressed a long-
standing demand for higher wag-
es, more help a1 d modernized
The latest tie-up was remini-
-scent of a one-day sick call strike
Then as many as 40 planes were
lined up on New York's area run-
w a y s, and hundreds of flights
were canceled or delayed.
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"A Very Happy Man Now
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April 9, 10, 11, 12. Presented by the Wayne Cinema Guild.
Shown in Helen DeRoy Auditorium, located off Cass Avenue
on the Wayne State University Campus. Advance sale re-
served performance tickets $1.50 or $2 at the door. Advance
tickets go on sale Monday, March 9 at the University Center
box office. Tickets may also be nurchased by sendinz a
an invitation to JEWISH COLLEGE STUDENTS to
explore torah judaism within Chassidic milieu.
Friday, March 27-Sunday, March 29
D R. Y. BLOCK
University of W. Ontario
RABBI MOSHER FELLER
of Minneapolis, Minn.
Participants from all Universities of Michigan and the Mid-
To further an appreciation for the warmth of Chassidic living,
all the participants will be housed with Chassidic families in the
Thurs. and Fri., 9:00 only
as HENRY Vlt
as ANNE BOLEYN
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