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On Carswell's defeat

THE SENATE'S refusal yesterday to ap-
point Judge Harrold Carswell to the
Supreme Court represents a significant
defeat for President Nixon in his bid to
sacrifice the integrity and high stand-
ards of the high court- to satisfy his own
political aims.
In the nominations of both Clement
.Haynsworth and of Carswell, the Presi-
dent has clearly indicated his political
Doo-dah -- doo-dah
MR. TYDINGS. Mr. President, will the
Senator yield?
Mr. GRIFFIN. I yield.
Mr. TYDINGS. Since the Senator
brought up the Florida State University
School of Law-
Mr. GRIFFIN. Does the Senator have
a question to ask?t
Mr. TYDINGS. Yes, I do. Does the Sen-
ator from Michigan realize that a major-
ity of the members of the faculty of the
Florida State Law School opposed the
nomination of G. Harrold Carswell and
were willing to say so publicly? Does the
Senator realize that?
Mr. GRIFFIN. The Senator from Michi-
gan also realizes that this group--
Mr. TYDINGS. The Senator just fin-
ished telling us what a fine school. it is.
Mr.'GRIFFIN. It is a fine school.
Mr. TYDINGS. And he extolled the vir-
tues of it. The fact that a majority of the
faculty of this law school in the judge's
own area, which is. dependent upon the
State legislature for financial support,
would oppose the nomination of G. ,Har-
rold Carswell is perhaps the most damn-
ing type of evidence that could be pre-
sented in opposition to his nomination.

strategy of trying to court and capture
the Southern vote in an effort to
strengthen the Republican party's na-
tional position.
As the St. Petersburg Times, a news-
paper from Carswell's home state pointed
out in an editorial recently, Nixon's nom-
ination of Carswell "may be clever poli-
tics, but it is a poor way to select life-
time appointees to the nation's highest
THE SENATE also seems to have taken
heed of the growing controversy over
Carswell's racial views as well as concern
among law school deans and lawyers
throughout the nation that Carswell is
urfit to sit on the high court.
WHILE POLITICS and geography should
have no bearing on the qualifications
of a mn to sit on th high court, it must
be emnhasized that Carswell simply lack-
ed hP indicial credentials necessary for
making a worthwhile addition to the
It is gratifying to see that the Senate
stood up against Nixon and his threats of
political reprisals against those who voted
agaisnt the Carswell nomination. The
Senate's refusal to be Nixon's hand-
maiden is especially significant in light
of the fact that many of those who voted
against Carswell have been under severe
pressure to follow ;the party line rather
than the dictates of their own conscience.
The fact that a person is a conservative
and a Southerner (which Carswell was)
or a strict constructionalist (which Cars-
well was not) should have no bearing on
the merits of future nominees. -However,
it is hoped that the next man the Presi-
dent nominates will be a man of higher
prestige and judicial qualifications than
Haynsworth or Carswell.

Senate Assembly have agreed on a
revised version of the new Office of Stu-
dent Services (to replace the c u r r e n t
Office of Student Affairs). Now the plan,
substantially toned down from the version
rejected by the Regents two months ago,
will be submitted to the Regents at their
meeting later this month.
If the plan is approved, President Flem-
ing can get back to the business of ap-
pointing someone to be Vice President
for Student Services from the list of five
candidates endorsed 1 a s t January by a
student faculty search committee which
Fleming himself appointed.
Fleming knows that at least one of the
candidates, Peter Steinberger, a recent
graduate from the University's Law School,
won't get the job. Fleming has said pub-
licly he will refuse to appoint Steinberger.
But what Fleming, (who hasn't talked or
attempted to talk to any of the candidates
for the last two months,) doesn't know is
more important,-all of the other four
candidates are no longer available, or will
refuse to become a part of the Fleming
. Alan Guskin, a 33-year-old instructor
in psychology in the Residential College,
and project director in the Institute for
Social Research.
Guskin was never sure he wanted the
job. Between his teaching in the lively
RC and his project at ISR, Guskin found
himself in the midst of a pretty exciting
and stimulating career.

But ,as he said recently, the opportunity
to be Vice President for Student Services
meant a chance to have a hand in shap-
ing the policies of the administration, and
making changes in the University as an
institution. For this reason, he likely would
have accepted the job had Fleming of-
fered it to him in January.
But watching the tumultous events of
the past two months at the University,
which included trashing, recruiter lock-
ins, the Parsons suspension and the BAM
strike, Guskin has been consistently dis-
mayed with the manner in which the Uni-
versity administration has handled stu-
dent concerns. Now, he feels he could
not accept the job and work as a part
of that administration in good conscience.
f Carole Leland, 35, an employe of the
College Entrance Examination Board in
Washington, D.C.
Miss Leland and Fleming did not get
along well during their first interview in
January, it is reported, and she is bitter
about the way the whole selection process
has been handled.
"The whole thing is being handled very
poorly," she said last week. "Anybody with
any integrity would be very annoyed." She
believes that the administration regards
the OSS vice presidency as a relatively un-
important post, and says the slow and
sloppy way in which a vice president has
been sought is indicative of this attitude.
"I was ready to be convinced that it was
an important post." she says. "But now,
Fleming would have to say some pretty ex-

citing, convincing things to get me inter-
, " Hubert Locke, 35, is the director of
the Office of Religious Affairs at W ay n e
State University, and an influential man in
the black establishment of Detroit.
Locke was rumored to be the leading
contender for the job in January. and
was the most ready of all the candidates
to accept it. - But after his views on the
job and on the role of students in the
OSS were made public in an interview in
The Daily, a storm of opposition was rais-
ed to his candidacy by both search con-
mittee members who felt they had been
misled in the original interviews, and by
black 'students, who issued; a statement
saying Locke's candidacy was an "insult to
the integrity of the black community."
Locke remained in the running at that
point, and was also being considered for
the job of director of religious affairs here.
But now, he is a little more reluctant to
move. First, he has become enmeshed in
a busy spring quarter at Wayne, and se-
cond, a number of important community
activities in Detroit have become pressing,
and, for Hubert Locke, Detroit is where the
heart is.
Finally, Locke is wary of the delay. It
has been, for all of the candidates, more
than a year since he was first contacted by
the search committee. And while there is
no telling how much he is worried by the
recent tension over the BAM demands,
Locke says he would want to reassess the
situation completely before considering

taking the job at this time. "It would be
a very unusual turn of events that would
allow me to take that job now." he says.
0 Walter Shervington is a 32 year old
clinical psychiatrist at University Hospital,
and a lecturer in the Law School.
Shervington, even more so than the other
candidates, is involved deeply in a de-
manding professional career in which he is
beginning to gain some national promi-
nence. Yet, like Guskin, he strongly con-
cidered taking the job as OSS vice presi-
dent because of a profound conviction that
he could do things to make the Uni-
versity serve students better.
The delay in the selection process both-
ered him. He said in February he would
only wait until April 1 for Fleming to de-
In the interim came the BAM strike, and
Shervington, a black, found himself on the
picket lines, facing the administration
from the other side. Thus, when tempers
were strained and feelings were running
high, he had a brief but unmistakeably
angry confrontation with Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer Wilbur Pier-
pont. Shervington feels that the confronta-
tion eliminated him in the eyes of the ad-
In any event, April 1 has come and
gone, with nary a word from the Presi-
dent's Office, and now the only decision
Shervington has to make is how to inform
the President politely that he is officialy
withdrawing from consideration for the



Letters to ti ne Editor

Pi' IbEK.. Ye
Nixon and Mitchell's Laugh-In

Daily interviews
To the Editor:
A FUNNY' THING usually hap-
pens to me when I am interview-
ed by a Daily reporter. I answer
his questions, or most of them,
and then I say that I would like
to make one or two additional
points which seem important to
an understanding of the issues at
At this juncture the reporter
invariably gives me a vague look'
and mumbles something to the
effect that space is scarce and
that even if he should write up
my points, theheditors would prob-
ably drop them off. Invariably
this turns out to be accurate.
The editors are entitled to their
own views of news value, but the
Daily's concept of a, news inter-
view is so unilateral and self-
centered that it raises the ques-
tion whether there is any point
in conversing with a Daily report-
er. In my opinion, a confronta-
tion between interviewer and in-
terviewee should serve the legiti-
mate interests, of b o t h parties.
The reporter flushes out some in-
formation which, he believes, the
readers have a right to know. In
return, the interviewee gets a
chance to present his own version
of the matter.
THIS ELEMENT of reciprocity
is well understood by the national
press corps in Washington, by TV
interview shows such as "Issues
and Answers," afd by other pro-
fessional journalists. T h e rela-
tionship is one of "antagonistic
cooperation," as the sociologists
would say. but with the Daily it
is all antagonism and no coop-
This brings me to Robert Kraft-
owitz' April 5 story regarding the
prospective tuition increase. Mr.
Kraftowitz has had two or three
conversations with me on the sub-
ject of tuition, and I think I an-
swered all of his questions. I also
volunteered several points which

contribute to an understanding of
the problem:
- The University was one of
the few universities in the country
not to raise tuition last year.
-To balance the budget with-
out a tuition increase, it was nec-
essary to reduce the established
budgets of all operating units by
2 per cent, and to squeeze the
teaching, equipment, and related
accounts very severely.
- The University's tuition rates
are substantially below those of
comparable institutions. Our $480
fee for resident undergraduates,
for example, compares with $585
at Michigan State, $600 at Ohio
S t a t e, $700 at Purdue, $620 at
Iowa, and $650 at Indiana. The
University of California has es-
tablished a tuition schedule which
will go up to $600 for resident un-
dergraduates next year.
- The recently announced pro-
gram with respect to the funding
of black student enrollment does
not have any substantial effect
upon tuition plans for 1970-71.
The reason is that the additional
costs of this program will not be
very great until 1971-72.
-Arthur M. Ross
April 6
Wines Field
To the Editor-
THE ERECTION of a left field
fence for baseball which encroach-
es' on the safety zones and play-
ing area of the rugby field on
South Ferry Field, four days be-
fore an important game seems
particularly ill-timed. It also
seems ill-advised as I would have
thought the home run achieve-
ment of the University would be
enhanced by moving the left field
boundary in an inward direction
rather than in an outward direc-
Such action makes one wonder
who makes these decisions, and
what is the role of the Advisory
Committee on Recreation; Intra-

murals and Club Sports in advis-
ing its members on the implica-
tions of such decisions.
Club Sports facilities at t h e
University have been, and contin-
ue to be disgraceful. The history
of the last three years records the
sight of several hundred to u c h
football players, Lacrosse and
Rugby teams and the inevitable
Frisbee throwers competing f o r
space, night after night, on Wines
Field with its covering of broken
glass, beer cans and garbage. The
"blacktopping" incident and the
numerous confrontations between
the Marching Band and the Club
Sports could shave led to serious
Fortunately these were avoided
at the last minute by the inter-
vention of President Fleming and
the promise of additional a n d
improved facilities. The availabil-
ity of the Football and Tartan
Turf practice fields is very wel-
come and we have a real appre-
ciation of the efforts of the Di-
rector of Athletics to provide
better facilities for club sports.
However, this latest interference
on South Ferry Field has brought
us back to the situation which
prevailed'two years ago when no
field of adequate size was avail-
able for rugby. Presumably the
decision to erect the fence is ir-
revocable and the rugby club is
now faced with commitments ro
play competitive rugby against
other clubs and to tutor students'
in Physical Education 196 in the
Fall Term without a field of ;reg-
ulation size. (Has anyone thought
of the problems of playing foot-
ball on a basketball size court?)'
I do not think the requests of the
club sports are unreasonable.
They s e e k adequate playing;
shower a n d changing facilities.
These should be made available in
a university of this size and pres-
The Rugby Club commitments
are made 6-9 months ahead of
time. T h i s latest encroachment
was entirely unforseen or we

.M "
"Domino theories are no damned good!"


would not have accepted games
with other clubs. We have a good
reputation, which would be spoil-
ed by cancelling our home games.
We provide leadership in the ex-
pansion program and we bring
credit to the University. We spend
comparatively large sums of mon-
ey from our own pockets ($13,000
on travel alone in the 1968 and
1969 season). We do not take is-
sue with the revelations of the
subsidies provided by1 the Univer-
sity to the Athletic Department
perhaps we should.
WE SEEK a permanent playing
area, 160 yards by 75 yards with
no surrounding poles, fences,
ditches or other hazards and with
a good turf surface.. During the
past year, the Stadium turf has
been donated to churches. in the
city. If this was possible other
sources should be available to
University clubs. Palmer Field is
now virtually unused, Fuller
Road is undeveloped and the
North Campus resembles a Na-

tional Park. All that we need -ap-
pears to be available so that sure-
ly an opportunity now exists for
negotiating some reasonable set-
Can the Advisory Committee on
Recreation, Intrarnurals and Club
Sports take a lead in this? Is it
able to advise the administration
of the needs of its members or is
it merely a "rubber stamp" com-
mittee. I hope it can stimulate
discussion and be permitted to
have some real influence on the
decision makiing process ,or I can
forsee further disenchantment
and even real dissension and un-
rest among club sports members.
Some reasonable, responsible dis-
cussion and decision making is re-
quired now.
-John Robson
March 20


Are Palestinian commandos a revolutionary front?

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Meir Ben Titchak
contributes to New outlook, a leftist
journal devoted to peace between
Israel and the Arab world and to
Israel's integration into the M i d d l e
East. Joseph Ben-Dak has been a noted
leader in the National Union ofaIsraeli
Students, and currently is research soc-
iologist, center for research on conflict
A RE THE Palestinian Commandos
a Revolutionary Force? The
spokesmen of the Palestinian guerilla
organization (of which Al Fatah is
the most important) and their sym-
.pathizers in this 'country have re-
peatedly attempted to link Arab guer-
rilla warfare against the State of
Israel with the fight of the Vietnam-
ese people against U.S. aggression 'as
two aspects of a world-wide struggle
against imperialism. Is this a correct
interpretation of current events in
the Middle East?
In evaluating slogans like "From
Palestine to Vietnam: one enemy,
one fight," the following facts should
be borne in mind:
SUnnlike nuth Vietnam. Israel

which include nationalization of 91
per cent of the land and all sources
of energy, a highly developed system
of national insurance, a yery high
proportion of trade unionists (70 per
cent) with an advanced system of
mutual and medical insurance and,
last but not least, the predominant
role of the socialist Kibbutzim in the
political life of Israel.,; People in-
volved in issues in this country like
women's ipferior status, black, and
poverty dilemmas, etc., ought to study
the Israeli experience.
THE SUCCESSES of Israel's peo-
ple's army are due to the advanced
and egalitarian structure of Israeli
society, just as the failure of the
South Vietnamese army is due to re-
actionary social policy of the puppet
government in Saigon and its Amer-
ican backers.
Unlike South Vietnam, Israel is
not an American base: the U.S. has
no need of Israel as its agent, since it
is present and very effectively in-
volved in the Arab world, maintains
military bases in Arab countries (the

against Israel with the alleged fight
against Western imperialism.
Admittedly the American Jewish
community has given a great deal of
assistance to Israel, mainly in the
form of financial gifts; but it has
never tried to involve Israel in the
disastrous policies of the U.S. gov-
ernment. Prominent Zionist leaders
in America, such as Abba Hillel Silver
and Nahum Goldmann, have urged
Israel to adopt a neutralist policy; .
what is more, the overwhelming ma-
jority of American Jewry-whether
Zionist, non-Zionist or anti-Zionist-
are actively opposed to the Vietnam
war.\ Voting record of Israel in the
United Nations (e.g. on China's ad-
mittance, on South Africa, etc.) is
indicative of this trend, and this
philosophy of going about world af-
0 Unlike the Vietnam war, the con-
flict in the Middle East is not a clash
between "progressives" and "re-
actionaries"; it is a clash between
Arabs and Jews, with progressives
and reactionaries on both sides. This
explains the fact that whereas the

tion of the State of Israel and the
extinction of Israeli society, not be-
cause it is reactionary, but simply
because it is Jewish and not Arab.
between Vietnam and the Middle'
East, it is hardly surprising that the
military activities of Al Fatah should
bear so little resemblance to those of
the Vietnamese NLF. No amount of
propaganda can hide the fact that
there is so "Palestine people in arms"
and no "people's war" in Palestine,
only sporadic acts of violence (main-
ly directed against civilians, Arabs
as well as Jewish) which do not even
deserve the name of guerrilla war-
fare. While the success of the na-
tional liberation war in Vietnam is
due to massive popular support, the.
greatest failure of Al Fatah has been
its inability to establish bases in any
part of Palestine and stir up a
genuine civil resistance movement.
Again, while the Vietcong is bat-
tling against the U.S. with the sup-
port of the anti-Western camp, Al
Fatah's campaign against Israel is

Egypt" and "the blood-stained Baath
regime of Iraq"). Radical phrase-
ology, however, cannot alter the fact
of Al Fatah's dependence on the Arab
states and their foreign backers, with,
particular reference to the American
oil companies. The test of every anti-
imperialist liberation movement is a
clear programme for economic and
social development. Al Fatah, how-
ever, has no social policy at all.
DOES AL FATAH have some new,
revolutionary conception of Arab-
Jewish relations? Its main arguments
against "Zionism"-that the Jews are
"aliens' in a purely Arab country and
that Palestine is an integral part of
the "Arab homeland"-are identical
with those employed by the former
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hitler's
agent during World War II, whom
Al Fatah spokesmen now denounce as
a "traitor to the Palestinian cause."
There is, however, a change of slo-
gans: whereas the earlier Palestinian
leaders identified Zionism with "Bol-
shevism" and social revolution, Al
Fatah propagandists identify it with

in Revolution-The Liberation of
Conquered Countries and the Strug-
gle against Imperialism" pp 14-15)
, explains how the "bi-national state"
is to be brought about:
"The liberation action is not only
the wiping out of an imperialist base,
but, what is more important, the ex-
tinction of a society. Therefore arm-
ed violence will necessarily assume
diverse forms in addition to the liqui-
dation of the armed forces of the,. .
occupying state, namely, it should
turn to the destruction of the factors
like industrial, agricultural, and fi-
- nancial. The armed violence neces-
sarily should also aim at the destruc-
tion of the various military, political,
economic, financial and intellectual
institutions, of the . . occupying
state, to prevent any possibility of a
re-emergence of a new Zionist so-
ciety. Military defeat is not the sole
goal in the Palestinian Liberation
War, but it is the blotting out of they
Zionist character of the occupied
land, be it human or social . . . The
Jewish state is an aberrant mistaken
'phenomenon in our nation's history

as a people.) Whether Al Fatah
spokesmen realize it or not, whether
they admit it or not,' their objectives
can only be achieved by genocide on
top of "politicide." This may explain
the fact that even revolutionary so-
cialists have implicity rejected Al
Fatah's aims.
Fidel Castro, has expressed shock
at a certain kind of Arab hate pro-
paganda against Israel. "Revolution-
aries," he said in an interview with
K. S. Karol, "should never threaten
an entire country with extermiria-
tion." He added that the Jewish state
had a right to exist and that he had
therefore refused to break off reja-
tions with Israel (Quaderni del Me-
dio Oriente, no. 3). The representa-
tive of North Vietnam in Paris, Tram
Ding Dung, has been no less ex-
plicit. Talking to Mr. Michael Levi,
Chairman of the. Israel Committee
for Peace in Vietnam, he declared:
"The Government of North Vietnam
acknowledges the right of the exist-
ence of the State of Israel and the
necessity of peace in the Middle East,
based on the right to self-determina-


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