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i1le £irIyigan Paitu
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1968

NIGHT EDITOR: JIM HECK

AAUP report:
Attempt at sanity

ONE OF THE major ironies of univer-
sity management is an historical in-
ability to develop rational planning to
meet educational needs and objectives.
That malaise is superbly presented in the
current report of the American Associa-
tion of University Professors (AAUP) an-
alyzing public support of higher educa-
tion in the state.
The state 'AAUP documents a host of
ills in the condition.of the state's higher
education system. Among them: an inex-
cusably low level of support for top rank-
ing professors, a feudal state appropria-
tions system which delivers money to the
fiefdom with the- best PR team, an emas-
culated Board V of Education hobbling
along without resources necessary to ful-
fill its responsibilities, an acceptance of
low quality in all but a few of its univer-
sities, and a tax commitment totally out
of proportion with the state's economic
ability.
BUT MORE IMPORTANT t h a n all of"
these is the central thrust of the re=
port's argument: namely, that there is.
no, consistent reliable instrument by
which the state can measure its educa-
tional needs.
Even worse, as far as any competent
educational analyst can determine, neith-
er the Department of Finance nor the
governor nor the Legislature nor the De-
partment of Education begin their think-
ing about education appropriation with
a notion of what the real needs are. In-
stead, we find each institution offering
up its requests through all of these. de-
partments come budget time and then

scurrying about from hallway to hearing
room in lobby for its own interest.
The alternative to such ad hoc political
baiting -- as the AAUP quite soundly
points out - is a carefully worked out
method among the state's colleges and
universities and the Board of Education
for determining just the state's higher
education needs. Once those needs have
been identified, the objectives set, and
the priorities laid down, then it is pos-
sible to assess just what level of support
each institution needs for the programs
it has to offer.
IN ITS REPORT the AAUP committee
suggest, a formula which it believes
would provide both equitable and ade-
quate support for the state colleges and
universities. While better than the pres-
ent chaotic appropriation, the report fails
to take into account an extremely impor-
tant principle in devising means for de-
termining sufficient educational support.
For an institution to request support
for specific levels of instruction (lower
division, upper division, master's and
doctoral) is still relatively meaningless
until that institution determines the na-
ture and expenses of its programs. There
is no very good reason to give compar-
able sums of money to two colleges whose
programs have variable costs attached, to
them.
Its internal weakness notwithstanding,
the AAUP's re p o r t is still basically a
sound attempt to introduce sanity into
the management of an activity whose pri-
mary purpose has been the exercise of
Reason.
-FRANK BROWNING

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URBAN LEHNER
President Fleming
an rotes t.dance rs
PRESIDENT ROBBEN FLEMING, his urbane Midwestern dignity
intact, strode to the podium in Rackham Assembly Hall Monday
night to deliver for the benefit of the faculty there gathered his "state
of the University" address.
The President is a labor mediator of national reputation whom the
Regents hired at least partly for his demonstra d ability to anticipate
and smooth over the sources of student discontent. He is not afraid to
speak to crowds of howling, hostile students.
Probably the last thing he expected as he began his remarks was
dancing in the lobby.
Admittedly the actors in this protest over no readily apparent issue
did more than just dance. Several later congregated in the rear aisle
of the Assembly Hall and made a few embarrassing but not particular-
ly strenuous (or effective) attempts to heckle during Fleming's speech.

4

A

most, quotable Series

HHH says nothing new

U HUBERT HORATIO HUMPHREY
wants to be President. ,
We might have guessed at this before,
of cpurse, but his widely 1 a u d e d pro-
nouncement on the Vietnam War Mon-
day night eliminates all doubt. It does lit-
tle else.
Couched in the language usually re-
served for his dovish opponents, Humph-
rey promised he would end the bombing
of North Vietnam as "an acceptable risk
for peace" if he were elected.
But then, a. second later, c a m e the
catch - and it sounded woefully familiar.
Before initiating the bombing hilt,
Humphrey said he would weigh indica-
tions that North Vietnam was willing "to
restore the demilitarized zone."
DOES THIS POSITION constitute the
much awaited break w i t h President
Johnson's Vietnam policy? Hardly. The
conditions for complete cessation of
bombing which Humphrey laid down
-Monday are, if anything, more stringent
than the more general requirement for
reciprocity made by the President in his
March 31 speech.

With this in m i n d, it becomes clear
that Humphrey's speech will do little to
heal the split within the Democratic Par-
ty over the war, and is unlikely to draw
dovish students of U.S. policy in Vietnam
to the Vice President's side.
HE CAREFULLY summarized his domino
theory ideology and neatly reviewed
the U.S. "commitment" to the S o u t h.
When he was through it seemed as
though nothing had changed.,
But something had changed f o r the
body of the American people. Just as the
Vice President hoped, the media inter-
preted the speech as a break with John-
son on the war.
Many of those who read just the head-
lines yesterday morning, or heard a two
minute newscast may now be quite satis-
fied in voting for Humphrey next month.
Their ignorance, however blissful it
may be in this no-choice year, constitutes
another example of the desparation with
which the public seeks a leader who can
extract us from the quagmire of blood in
Southeast Asia.
-MARTIN HIRSCHMAN

NOW 'THAT the World Series
is finally here, we can get
down to the nitty-gritty things.
There are those that say that
Mayo Smith is a computer, that
Mickey Stanley is a shortstop anid
that Denny McLain is a jackass.
And there are those who say we
all are.
Notwithstanding, The Daily
polled several of America's fore-
most thinkers yesterday on- the
issue of the Series:
H. Horatio Humphrey : "I don't
likei t but what can I do about
it?"
I. MILHOUS NIXON: "I've al-
ready made policy statements on
217 other major issues. Why do
you reporters keep badgering me?
(Aside to Spiro: "Don't let them
shove you around.")"
T. Spiro Agnew: "Once again
we see here the two greatest evils
in America today. The Tigers are
soft on hitting and the Cardinals
are soft 'on pitching. I think the
only way we can restore balance
to the game is to look up their
bats and balls and let them settle
this man-to-man, toe-to-toe.sNov
don't quote me out of context."
L. BAINES JOHNSON: "You
all know that my fondest hope is
for the peace and happiness of
all men. But I say we have to for-
tify one side so it will be able to
chart its own course. And if the
other side won't fight then let it
be damned."

Lil' Sherri Funn (Diamond Ex-
pert)": Even if I don't like it I'll
go. Ta-dot-ta-dot-ta-do-da."
Robben Fleming: "Direct con-
frontation like this scares me. I
think we'd all benefit if we sat
down acid talked it out."
Jesse James Gang: "We say that
the spitball should be legalized."
Sheriff Douglas Harvey: "If we
didn't have guns who would pro-
tect them?"
Drew Pearson: "If they don't
take bribes who will write about
them?"Tf
Strom Thurmond : "If they don't

show dirty pictures who will go
to see them?"
BUMP ELLIOTT: "If they aren't
tough and they aren't ready, we
could probably beat them."
Francie Gottfried (43-26-37):
"Anything they can do I can do
better."
J. Fred Muggs: By the way,
whatever happened to J. Fred
Muggs?)
Johnny Carson: "What can I
say? I've never said anything yet."
Red Schoendist: "If I didn't
know better, I'd think you were
putting me on."

aside from scattered catcalls the plot of this grotesque melo-
consisted of a few half-hearted terpischorean gestures in the
m. The Jesse James Gang and assorted sympathizeres danced
leming talked.
TEMPTING TO DISCERN the significance of these rituals left
f us who stood and watched more than a little confused. The
n was akin to the injured pride of being unable to penetrate
eric work of literature that one's more literarily competent
are discussing with apparent intelligence and comprehension.
one yet knows exactly what this group of mostly hip-looking
oped to accomplish, and their own reticence does not abet
tion. At least some of them have apparently concluded that
e, communication, education and persuasion have failed. Ob-
who asked questions received speechless, disbelieving stares that
to imply, "If you're not hip to it now we can't help you."
r does thumbing through the catalogue of possible motives yield
nment. Any of a number of other tactics would have been more
e in achieving any of the conceivable desired effects .than this
e attempt at guerrilla choreography.
[f it was to have been radicalizing confrontation even the least
Ive oracle could confidently have predicted its failure. Those
each the failure of "education" as a radicalizing tactic and
instead immediate confrontation do so on the assumption that
s are imbued with some kind of dormant radical consciousness
cited through confrontation Even the most astigmatic of these
es would not credit the University's faculty with a parallel sub-
us radicalism. Since the audience at Rackham was composed
elmingly of faculty members, who was- to be radicalized?
ly a thoroughly disruptive demonstration requiring police inter-
could have attracted sufficient numbers of dormantly radical
s to the scene of the brutality and produced the kind of faculty
needed to generate future confrontation situations.
If the idea was to challenge the legitimacy of the administra-
tuthority there; why a dance? Louder, more determined, more
catcals would have been in order.
argument can be made that the dance was spontaneous unless
ponent is willinig simultaneously to argue that the tape recorder-
system appeared spontaneously.
If the dance was intended as a dramatization of the irrelevance
proceedings inside the hall by juxtaposing the real world of
in the lobby outside, then the failure of the execution was
t. Certainly the show inside was pretty pedestian fare. But
d the faculty members had an opportunity to witness the real
>assing by in the lobby, the sad. spectacle of two or three un-
I dancing couples circled by a few dozen spectators leaning
the wall like.eighth graders at the prom only served to highlight
lenvance of dancing.
d for entertainment value one could point with justifiable
nce to last winter's Voice classified research performance at
g's student tea.
EN THE SPORADIC heckling from jhe rear aisle only gave the
nt an opportunity to display his not inconsiderable skills of
g hostile audiences. Hubert Humnphrey might have spent Monday
more profitably in Ann Arbor taking pointers from Robben
g instead of hedging'his bombing halt bets on national television.
tradition of disruptive heckling was firmly established at this
ity two years ago with the celebrated Hart-Ford incident and
ced last fall when Karen Daenzer went to Admiral Browh's
Both of these inpidents caused deep faculty resentment and
ed clandestine facultyand administration maneuvers to prevent
currence.
e very silliness and ineffectuality of Monday night's hollow ego
I probably save it from the dubious honor of unblocking another
le of precarious faculty phobias. For radical politics at this
ity, nothing fails like failure.
aug ent..r

4

Whatever happened to J. Fred Muggs?

Letters:

Counselors,

A need to register

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 marks the closing
day of voter registration for the up-
coming general election. Although the sad
set of candidates running for President
has prompted many to bypass the regis-
tration process and the possibility of vot-
ing, this is not the time to forget these
rights.
The race between Humphrey, Nixon and
Wallace causes one to ignore the choice
for President. T h i s disenchantment
should not, however, discourage the voter
from voting at all. The Presidential race
is only one of the contests on the ballot.
Included with it are a number of local
contests which offer the voters very im-
portant choices.
Of particular interest to Ann A r b o r
voters in this fall's election are the con-
gressional race and the contests for cpun-
ty sheriff and county board of supervis-
ors.
INCUMBENT Congressman Marvin Esch
faces a rematch with former Congress-
man Weston Vivian,' whom Esch turned
out of Congress by a very slim margin
two years ago. Competing with these men

is Bert Garskof of the New Politics party.
In county races voters have a chance
to pass judgment on the actions of Sheriff
Douglas Harvey and for the first time,
elect a board of supervisors.
These local contests are vital enough
to voters to merit their registering and
voting. Choice exists in these races which
may not be found in the Presidential con-
test. All those concerned with the actions
of local officials -- and recent activity,
indicates that there is plenty of interest
on the county level ,- have the oppor-
tunity to express their electoral prefer-
ence in the upcoming election.
MEANS ARE ALSO available within the'
voting process to express dissent in the
Presidential race. A blank in the Presi-
dential ballot box is an effective protest,
if not more so, as an uncast ballot.
The New Politics party, successful in
getting its slate of candidates on .the
state ballot, offers Eldridge Cleaver as a
Presidential alternative. The McCarthy
write-in effort provides another alterna-
tive.
This is not a year to bypass voting, par-
ticularly in Ann Arbor. Local contests

To the Editor:
I AM RESPONDING' to Sunday's
article and Rick Perloff's edi-
torial (Oct. 1) concerning the stu-
dent conselling program. As a
former student counselor, and
one of the overseers of the pro-
ject, I was appalled by the lack
of mention ofwhat I feel to be
the g r e a t e-s t potential (and
achievement) of this project.
The student counselors span the
"generation gap" in the student-
faculty relationship by providing
fresh insights and suggesting new
directions for the education ofun-
dergraduates. This is achieved by
counseling students with both
academic and non-academic prob-
lems, and by gathering and prob-
ing specific and generalized com-
plaints of students, and propos-
ing changes in the structure of
the University.
ALTHOUGH this program was
not conceived with such lofty aims
in mind, several weeks of coun-
seling alienated undergraduates
with a slew of unimaginable prob-
lems showed us (the Honors Steer-
ing Committee) the areas of
greatest need. Granted, the re-
duction in the rush for faculty
autographs at preregistr~.tion
would free them to spend time
with students with problems, but
we also found that many problems
a r e more freely discussed with

APPOINTMENTS are made with
students whose academic back-
grounds are amenable to the
counselor's questions or prob-
lems. For people with problems
involving choice of concentration,
it is helpful to speak with coun-
sellors from several different aca-
demic areas. We hope to m a k e
conceneration a pursuing of one's
academic interests in depth, rath-
er than a task of fulfilling some
department's requirements. It is
for this reason that we weretac-
tive in developing the interdisci-
plinary major.
No, Mr. Perloff, the student
counselors: do not "substitute for
faculty advisors" - we augment
them.
No, Mr. Perloff, the student
counselors are not ignoring those
lost and aimless undergraduates
- they are our best customers.
-Michael Liepman
Chm. Honors Steering
Committee (1967-68)
Oct. 1
Peggy Collins
To the Editor:
l WOULD LIKE to add my sup-
port to the charge by Julie
Winters (Letters.Sept. 28 that
Chris Steele's article "Peggy Col-
lins Stand Up for America"
(Daily, Sept. 26) is irrelevant, sen-
sationalistic, and cruel.

' IT IS ONE thing to make snide
and cutting remarks about Wal-
lace who entered the political
arena willingly, knowing that such
attacks would immediately be
forthcoming, giving the causes he
espouses and the state of the
American press. However, it is
quite another matter to utilize
such tactics against the young
lady who has only done what The
Daily so often exhorts the stu-
dents to do-become involved in
the political process.
Steele's points could have been
made without holdingbMiss 901-
lins up for ridicule because she
happens to have convictions con-
trary to his. If The Daily cannot
refrain from being biased, unfair,
in slanting its news; the least it
could do is refrain from being un-
necessarily cruel.
-Don Racheter'
Sept. 30
RC worth
To the Editor:
H AVING READ the letter of
Professor Thomas M. Dunn in
Saturday's (Sept. 28) Daily, I feel
inclined to write an answer. Pro-
fessor Dunn is correct when, he
states that a Residential College
education cost more, but he is
wrong when he says that we are
receiving basically the same edu-
cation as a student in LS.&A.

ness" of these indistinct and-, in-
separable activities.
Sitting in a classroom is not the
only time a, student learns, and
what is discussed in a class is
carried far beyond the room's
walls. Every experience the stu-
dent has increasesrhis knowledge,
and one of the affects of the R.C.
atmosphere is to make him aware
of this.
THLE INDIVIDUAL is important
to the R.C. His seminars are un-
structured, allowing him to pursue
a topic which he deems relevant
i.e., violence, radical politics, phil-
osophy, etc. Independent research
land study are an integral parts of
his work. This independence con-
tinues into his living where the
student is not only the sole judge,
of his personal morals and ethics,
but also a policy-maker in the,
school's decisions.
Eventually this typehof educa-
tion may prove to be the solution
to the problems of being a student
in a megaversity.
-Roann Barris
Sept. 30
Exploitation
To the Editor:
T HIS PAST SUNDAY, the mem-
bers of Delta Sigma Theta, an
all black sorority,tparticipated
jointly in a reception with the
Lawuver's lubx honoring the Black

ually. The Lawyer's Club received
125 invitations, ,Delta Sigma
Theta received 125, and UAC re-
ceived 50. At least these were the
proportions given out at the plan-
ning meeting.-
In actuality, this was not what
happened. While the members of
Delta Sigma Thetaturned away
their black brothers and: sisters,
UAC let in their executive board,
last year's officers, and any other
so-called important people, all
without invitations. The Lawyer's
Club, in turn, let in any law stu-
dents anddates on one invitation,
which, gave them twice the num-
ber of previously planned people
at the reception.
IN ESSENCE, Delta Sigma
Theta was used merely as a front
so that it would appear that a
black organization was sponsoring
the reception. Our money and the
use of 'our melnbers to serve the
punch and coffee were the extent
of our usefulness, while the "big
bosses" of UAC ran the entire
show. We are not putting the
blame solely on UAC and the
Lawyer's Club. It is our mistake
thatwe did not recognize that our
black brothers and sisters, by all
rights, should have been the first
ones to get in to meet the speak-
ers: we would like to apologize to
all those who are black and were
turned away, while whites with

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