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Tuesday, August 27, 1968


seeks money, str

SGC members realized these
financial problems were not tem-
porary and would cripple the or-
ganization in the future. In the
face of definite negative from
the Office of Student Affairs and
the Regents to SGC's requests for
a bigger budget or permission to
make additional charges per stu-
dent, SGC looked for new ways to
consolidate their year-old Inde-
pendence from OSA.
One way in which SGC felt it
could strengthen both its position
as a student lobby and its con-
stituent base was through the,
legislative restructuring.
The impeturs for changing the
political structure of SGC was
first proposed by Bruce Kahn, '69,
last yegr's president of SGC.
Claiming that the student govern-
ment was unrepresentative Kahn
advocated a re-examination of
basis for representation on the
student government.
The Daily had already given
up its alotted ex-officio seat on
SGC and some elected members
were in favor of abolishing the
remaining ex-officio seats held by
other student organizations. They
argued that some students. were
being represented twice or more
by virtue of their membership in
a student organization with an
ex-officio seat.
Secondly, pressure was being
exerted from groups outside of
SGC to replace its at-large elec-
toral system with one based on
geographic or academic wards.
Students who took this viewpoint
felt that their opinions were not
reflected by SGC members be-
cause no one member was respon-
sible to - a defined electorate, Par-
ticularly vocal 'among this group
were students in the engineering
school- who were opposed to the
council's stand on war research
and the Institute for Defense An-
alysis (IDA). SGC had unani-
mounsly opposed the University's
participation and membership in
research and IDA.,
Finally, gradute students felt
disenfranchised from SGOC and
considered the organization deaf
to their interests. Graduate stu-
dents hardly voted in SGC elec-
tions and had formed their own
Graduate Assembly to handle
their affairs. Hopefully SOC could
be changed to accommodate thef
interests of both graduate and un-

ngC loses ri
dergraduate students within the
framework of a single organiza-
tion. By DAVID DUBOFF JJC will acquita
In response to these pressures In a little over a year Joint pealing a convi
a referendum to decide to have a Judiciary Council (JJC) has ele- these rules."
constitutional convention was vated itself from a rubber-stamp JJC's new con
placed on the ballot last Novem- for the administration to a signi- set forth JJC's ph
ber. The referendum passed and ficant force for student power on determination fo
the machinery for a constitution- campus. reference to "Uni
al convention was set up.-tregulations" was
Delegates were elected on an JJC is the University's court of phrase- "properly
at-large basis last March and the appeals, hearing cases of students rules and regula
first meeting of con-con took .conced of, violation of non-.
place' as school was nearing its academic University regulations stituted.
close last spring. The convention by judiciaries of dormitories, fra- A major innov
discussed plans and suggestions ternities, sororities and the cam- vised constitution
for the basis of a new student gov- pus driving court. The ten-mem- institution of an
enment ranging from the repre- ber body is composed entirely of system. The new
sentation of, the present SOC to students. vides that the defl
a radical proposal for a volun- The new mood on JJC began in where penalties o
tary student union to replace the the spring of 1967, when a major- expulsion could
current SOC. ity of the nine students appoint- the right to reque
The second major proposal ed from over 40 applicants pledged fore a panel of fi
dealt with financial base of SGC to acquit students charged with ed at random fI
-a plan for the incorporation of violating rules that were' not made directory.
SGC as a legal entity. According solely by students. -The subtle bu
to the incorporation plan, SGC JJC lost no time in implement- threat that JJC's
would be organized as a legally ing its philosophy. On Oct. 3, 1967 for the administri
autonomous, non-profit corpora- it handed down a landmark deci- Under old structu
tion whose purpose would be ,'the sion when it acquitted two stu- was to be punish
provision of "an agency for stu- dents charged with violating Uni- a non-academicc
dent participation in the formu- versity regulations on the grounds case had to be bi
lation, improvement, and promo- that, "It would not enforce any JJC- f
tion of the educational goals of rule that had not been passed by. The council's sy
the University." an autonomous student ,legislative tal of students c
If the legal status of SGC chan- body." lating non-stude
ges to a corporation, Council will In its Oct. 3 decision the coun- relating to dorm
acquire new privileges and liabili- cil stated that "unless-the answer policies and won
ties. SGC would be able to pur- 'yes' is given to both questions, the administration
chase, sell and possess property,
solicit funds and enter into legal CO ST TU TSS E CE
contracts in its own name. CONST llliU ENT S SILENCED~o
The corporation would be fin-
anced largely through an assess- ,
ment of its members-the stu-
dents. These dues would be con- c e : lk
parable to the appropriation the
administration currently supplies
SGC from its general fund, and By STUART GANNES with the political
would be collected by the Univer- Voice Political Party, the Uni- issues at the Uiiv
sity. versity's local affiliate of Students like Tom Haydens
However, both con-con and in- for a Democratic Society and a provided the, imp
corporation face bleak futures.' former bastion of SDS's strength ganization and w
Con-con will have to restructure on university campuses, has in the spire widescalep
itself before any work can be past few years shrunk. in imipor- among the studen
done due to the fact that many tance from a campus-wide 'coor- Voice played a
of the elected delegates have dinating group to an esoteric de- in "radicalizing"t
since graduated from the Uni- bating 'society. this campus.
versity. The incorporation pro- SDS has been in existing since In challenging1
posal has not received Regental 1960 when a group of students tion on a number
support. The Regents argue: "The largely from this University form- lated issues, Voice
Board does not wish to summarily ed the organization during what on campus and b
close the issue, but it must in all later came' to be known as the' 500 students were'
fairness advise SGC of a strong- Port Huron conference. the organization┬░
ly adverse reaction to the propo- During the first years of its grees.
sal." existence, Voice became involved In 1966, when d

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any student ap-
ction based on
stitution clearly
ilosophy of self-
r students. Any
versity rules and
deleted and the
student passed
tions" was sub-
ation in the re-
includes is the
,n optional jury
constitution pro-
fendant in a case
of suspension or
be applied has
est a hearing be-
ve jurors select-
rom the student
ut revolutionary
new policy posed
ration was clear.
ores, if a student
Led for breaking
conduct rule his
rought up before
ystematic acquit-
onvicted of vio-
nt-passed rules
nitory visitation
men's hours left
in with no means,

of enforcing these rules other sion are implemented and new
than requesting that the student's rules adopted.
school or college take disciplinary The preceding week the law
action. A stand pressuring the Re- school faculty voted to impose
gents to change their regulation sanctions on law students whose
on these issues: behavior interfered with "the
As of this writing, the future of functioning of the University" un-
JJC seems less certain than at til October 1.
any time since it instituted its new The administrative board and
policies. An ad hoc group of fac- j executive committee of the lit-
ulty and students attempting to erary college have been working
implement the Hatcher Comrnis- since last Octdber on interim reg-
sion report is working on a fRe- ulations that would bring cases
gental bylaw on the judicial sys- of disruptive conduct .before the
tem that should be presented to board.
the Regents this fall. While it is University President Robben W.
expected that their proposal will' Fleming has told the ad hoc group
be similar to the existing judi- working on the bylaw proposal
ciary system, recent actions by' that he will have an "interim pro-
the administration and the fac- posal" ready for the Regents at
ulty would seem to indicate that their July meeting if the group
the conflict over the legitimacy does nothave its judiciary'pro-
of JJC's position is far from re- posal prepared.
solved. These moves a'e predicated on
Acting in the absence of regu- the assumption that the state of
lations on disruptive conduct ap- limbo which has existed since SOC
proved by all segments of the abolished non-student rules gov-
University community, the facul- erning student conduct last Sep-
ty's Senate Advisory Committee on tember means that no rules exist.
University Affairs asked the Re- But SGC and JIC are united fin
gents to ban activity which inter- their claim that SGC-passed'rules
feres "with the free movement of are valid insofar as they concern
persons or things on the campus" purely student-related conduct,
or "deprives others of needed and that JJC, as it is presently
quiet, light, heat, or other physi- constituted, provides an adequate
cal conditions of work," until, the mechanism for adjudicating stu-
proposals of the Hatcher Commis- dent infractions of those rules.





d o
and intellectual
versity. Founders
and Alan Haber
etus for the or-,
rere able to in-'
popular support
n essential role
the students on
the admiiistra-
r of student-re-
became popular
by 1966 at least
associated with
in tarying de-
discontent at the

ut of revolution





phasis switched from campus
polvics and educational philo-
Isophy to reforming University
regulations, the dominance of
Voice gradually shifted to the stu-
dent government.
The major student issues of last
year were not initiated by Voice.
Voice chose the path of being the
radical wing of SOC.
However, Voice did accomplish
one or two coups last year. At a
,welcoming tea for the new Pres-
ident of the University, Robben
Fleming, Voice staged a satirical
skit in Fleming's house. Last
spring, when newly appointed'
Secretary of Health Education
and Welfare Wilbur Cohen (a
former professor at the Univer-
sity) came here to speak,' Voice
unrolled an enormous poster in
front of the podium declaring
HEW was a "Welfare Figleaf on a
Warfare State."
Finally, Voice was the consistent
producer of the best buttons on
campus satirizing student issues.
One button which decried the
University's secret Thailand de-
fense project said "Go Michigan,
Beat Thailand."
While Voice and other groups
strongly opposed the University"s

participation in the Institute for
Defense Analysis and the conduct
of classified research, the pop-
ular 'support which had been' so
readily available for previous is-
sues failed to. materialize. Cam-
pus wide referenda recommending
that the University withdraw from
IDA and cease all classified re-
search were defeated in the stu-
dent election.
Meanwhile, another left-wing
group known as the Resistance.
oriented to national politics, es-
pecialy problems' with the 'draft,
has gained the support of students
who would have formerly worked
for Voice.
While SDS chapters at :other
universities (notably Columbia)
have been in the forefront of the
students confrontation with ad-
ministrations, Voite has mellowed.
Its leadership, which contains a
large amount of .grduate stu-
dents, has not shown, this year,
the 'tendancy.toward radical ac-
tion of Columbia's Mark Rudd.
And whereas other 'SDS chap-
ters have seized control of a situ-
ation as minorities, Voice still
hopes to capture the support of a
majority of the students as it did
in the fall of 1966.


University reached its height and'
both students and faculty were on
the verge of confronting the Ad-
ministration on the issues of Viet-
nam and the students desire to
create a student cooperative book-
store, Voice reached the peak of
its influence on campus.
Other student groups, notably
the Student Government Council,
adopted Voice's policy on campus

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a Freshman
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creasingly aware of University
politics, Voice rode a wave of pop-
ular sentiment and support..
Last year, as the radical em-


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