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STUDENT GOVERNMENT COUNCIL
BALLOT
Any Student Enrolled in the University May Vote
INSTRUCTIONS: You may vote for as many candidates as
you wish. Put the figure "I" in the square Q opposite the
name of your first choice, the figure "2" in the square .
opposite the name of your second choice, the figure "3" in
the square Q opposite the name of your third choice, and so
on. The more choices which you express in this manner, the
greater is the possibility that your vote will help to elect one
of them.
EXAMPLE

SGC
Howard
Stein

Mike

2 CANDIDATE "A"
141 CANDIDATE "B"
CANDIDATE "C"

171
1191

CANDIDATE "D"
CANDIDATE "E"
CANDIDATE "F"

would be likely to have a direct S7
personal interest in the decision Fish m n
of the Board. t
3) Such a change in the Board Wolverine Club Pep Rally Com-
of Review would help solve the mittee.
problem which exists in communi-
cation between SGC and the ad- a) In past semesters SGC has
ministration. Also needed in re- taken action to counteract mono-
gards to this problem is a change polistic book merchants. The Stu-
of attitude. Unfortunately, the dent Book Exchange has experi-
present criterion of student gov- enced a sizeable profit and has
erment success seems to be based driven the point homeI feel that
on their ability to "push the ad- such student pools can, and should
ministration around." Rather, the be extended to include bicycle and
SGC should measure its accom- laundry facilities.
plishments by the success with b) The University is lacking
which it has acted as the repre- funds to best fulfill our education-
sentative agent of the student al goals. The Michigan legislature
working with the administration will have to alleviate the finanbial
in their common effort to advance status of the state. When this is
the educational and recreational done, I propose that student pres-
.welfare of the student body. sure through the Michigan region
of the United States National Stu-
dent Association bring pressure to
bear to have a portion of these
funds channeled to the Michigan
universities for improvements.
c) To overcome the confusion
P ar tridge existing in the academic counsel-
Ing system, I feel'that the faculty
SGC Public Relations Commit-representatives be more informed
tee; SGC Education and Student as to the student needs for major,
Wele; SGComE itee;n Minchigaen career, and cognate requirements.
Welfare Committee; Michigan This demands more co-ordination
Daily editorial stff; Michigan between the various departments.
Union staff; Juior Interfrater- d) The University is concerned
nity Council; Michigan March- with the number of cars in the
ing and Symphony Bands; Aca- Ann Arbor area, in relation to the
cia fraternity; Delta Sigma Pi facilities available; and not the use
professional fraternity; Kappa of the car. Those bearing business
Kappa Psi honorary fraternity. and commuter permits must have
1) a) A modification of the SGC permission from their parents ori-
Plan incorporating a clear defini- ginally. Therefore, the responsi-
tion of SGC jurisdiction and ap- bility of the car rests on their
plicable administration policy, shoulders,and not with the Uni-
b) Complete rejection of de- versity. I am advocating extension
ferred rushing for both men and of complete privileges to those
women. having a business or commuter
c) Removal of. the 1949 bias permit.
c)ase regulaio. h 4e) I am definitely in favor of fall
clause regulation. rush. Young women and men hav-
,d) Completion of the study con- ing to wait a semester are under
cerned with the possible expansion constant surveillance by the sor-
and improvement of the course de- orities and fraternities. This cre-
scriptions in the various college ates an atmosphere of friction and
catalogues, pressure which should not exist.
e) Completion of the study of the To the perspective rushee a spring
counseling services of the Uni- rush poses a psychological prob-
versity. lem. To have contemplated pledg-
f) Evaluation of contractural re- ing and then to be dropped might
lationships between students and disrupt the entire freshman year.
University housing authorities. With fall rush the entire year lies
2) SGC should be coordinator of ahead to adapt to a new environ-
the various campus organizations. ment.
It must be allowed to retain its
present authority subject to any dividual housing units on a regu-
revision or modification of theldisaForgats fecieess
SGC Plan. However, SGC has a lar basis. For greatest effectiveness
legitimate function only if its ac- the speakers should not only con-
tions are based on a broadly rep- vey their own views; they should
resentative student opinion, ask their listeners for opinions,
Expression ofstuent opinion deas and suggestions.
coul be greatly facilitated by hav- 3) Since the inception of SGC
ing Council members speak at in- there has been a total lack of ef-
fective communication between
SGC and any other campus body,
whether student, faculty or ad-
ministration. A possible solution
lies in revision of the SGC Plan.
The Board in Review might con-
sist of the president of SGC, one
other Council member, one student
not connected with the Council,
the Vice-President for Student Af-
fairs, the Dean of Men, the Dean
of Women and three faculty mem-
bers not holding administrative
positions and who are nominated
by the Faculty Senate.
The student independent of SGC
" shall be the last Council candidate
eliminated in each SGC election.
The Board shall meet on a regu-
lar basis and shall discuss, not re-
view, pertinent issues before the
Council. Reviewing action shall be
considered only at special meet-
ings called in accordance with
the procedure of the present plan.
ernment to the overall scene is not
large, but it can be significant if
student government is operated by
relatively unselfish people with no
organizational axes to grind who
can provide inter - organizational
correlative service to the campus
SGC; Board in Control of Stu- while keeping an eye on the gen-
dent Publications; editor, Gar- eral picture and making such ob-
goyle. servations to the proper authorities

1) The housing and traffic situa- from time to time as may be ap-
tinne are esneially grim. SGC'spropriate.

CONRAD BATCHELDER
BRUCE BOWERS
E HARRY CUMMINS
0 JAMES DAMM
FL JOHN FELDKAMP
MIKE FISHMAN
R BOB GARB
LQ JO HARDEEj
KEN HUDSON
F] DAVID KESSEL

Q CASEY KING
MORT MELTZER
I BABS MILLER
DAVID B. PARTRIDGE
JOHN QUINN
ROGER SEASONWEIN
HOWARD STEIN
DAVID WENTWORTH

Casey
King
Pledge class president, Kappa
Sigma fraternity; social chair-
man, Junior Inter - fraternity
Council; National Student As-
sociation; Sailing Club; Skiing
Club.
At the present time SGC has
reached a low point in the opin-
ions of not only the student body
and administration but also of
the Council members themselves.
The main reason for this, I feel,
is the frustration caused by a lack
of clear definition of its powers
and functions. This frustration
seems to have been brought about,
in part, by SGC itself. SGC should
turn itself to what I feel are its

two basic purposes: To assist the
student in achieving his college
goals and to serve as a sounding
board for student opinion.
In the area of assisting the stu-
dent academically, SGC should
work toward more cooperation be-
tween it and the faculty and the
administration. Some of the spe-
cific problems it should investi-
gate in this way are:
a) The problem of increasing
enrollment.
b) The bad effects, academical-
ly, of Saturday classes, noon and
night classes.
c) Increasing the number of
inter-departmental programs.
d) Increasing and reorganizing
the central exam file.
In the areas of student opinion,
SGC should express the students'
viewpoint through resolutions and
criticisms of the faculty and ad-
ministration thereby gaining ac-
tion through pressure. Some of
the problems in this field are:
a) An itemization of resident
hall charges.
b) An increase in student loans
and broader job opportunity in-
vestigations.
c) A recognition that adulthood
doesn't vary with sex, through in-
creased opportunities for women.
d) Limiting fraternity pledging
until astudenthas been in school
for one semester, as opposed to
deferred rushing.
These are only a few of the
problems. SGC could investigate
and advise upon. Some of them
are new and some are problems
of the past. Yet they all repre-
sent, if carried out, a more ma-
ture and effective SGC and a
more realistic appraisal of its
functions.

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PHIL ZOOK

Bruce
13owers

past year it has suffered a severe
setback and it is in danger of
slipping from sight, because of
the attitude against it. Therefore,
I would like to present the follow-
ing platform as what I consider
necessary to help SGC find its
place on the campus.,
a) A definite constitution which
realizes the power structure of
the campus and places SGC in its
proper place in that structure.
This means that the position of
student government is not to take
over the functions of the admin-
istration or to control the student
organizations, such as IFC, which
were present before its concep-
tion, but that it should function
as a co-ordinator of all student
activities and as the main vehicle
for expressing student opinion.
b) For the last point to be re-
alized a type of district represen-
tation is needed in order to bring
the members of SGCrcloser to the
voters, make them more respon-
sible to the voters, and to reduce
the present atmosphere of a cam-
pus wide popularity contest which
hangs over-\the present elections.
In conclusion my stand on spe-
cific issues which may: come up
will be based on my belief in dis-
trict representation. I belong to a
fraternity and on matters con-
cerning the Greek system shall
endeavor to represent that system
to the best of my ability. On mat-
ters outside the Greek system I
shall endeavor to be as impartial
as is humanly possible.

James
Datm

I feel that a constant review and
possible revision of University
regulations should be an integral
part of SGC.
The perennial problem of stu-
dent apathy must be combatted
through constantly improving the
campus and its, activities, so that
students can obtain a liberalism
in their educationiand thus be-
come interested in it.-
2), SGC should be allowed to
function as provided for in the
Council Plan under which it is
formed. However, a more strict
adherence to the Plan should be'
followed by the Council, namely in
its requirement to act "in accord-
ance with Regental and adminis-
trative policy." SGC' has partially
lost the respect of the student body
through its failure to abide by
this 'requirement.-
3) I feel that communication be-
tween SGC and the faculty and ad-
ministration is vital to the suc-
cessful operation of the Council.
Communication between SGC and
the administration does, I believe,
exist, although relations could un-
doubtedly be improved.
Concerning the faculty com-
munications with the Council, I
feel that much can be done to im-
prove this. Discussion groups with
Council members and representa-
tives of the faculty could straight-
en out a great deal.

SGC E1ducation and: Studen~t
Welfare Committee;SGC Public
Relations Committee; public re-
lations and publicity chairman
for fall 1958 SGC elections.
The SGC should offer, receive,
and evaluate suggestions pertain-
ing' to student affairs within a
certain, well-defined jurisdiction.
This last is necessary so as to
build up confidence and interest
in the student body. The SGC has
a responsibility to represent the
students both by immediately dis-
cussing- items of campus interest
and by yielding intelligent judg.
ments that will stand up under
long-range scrutiny. I believe that
I will be able to offer mature opin-
ion and judgment.
I am very interested in a num-
ber of academic problems. One is
the Course Evaluation Book which
I think with more work will work
out. Another item is that of our
present grading system. I believe
that a change to a more specific
marking procedure is advisable. I
have worked on the Committee for
Education and Student Welfare
on problems such as these and
therefore think myself qualified
to discuss them.
On a social level, I have stated
that I will support a fall rushing.
period for sororities. In my opin-
ion a great majority of both the
independent and affiliated women
are in favor of some type of fall
rush 'and it is my feeling that
some immediate action should be
taken here. I am also interested
in discussing the problem of non-
support of campus-wide social
events.
Each election the problem of
"apathy" enters the campaign. I
do not consider this an issue as
such, but believe that if the SGC
wins the respect of both the ad-
ministration and the student body
through popular and intelligent
decisions that interest in both' the
SGC and in all phases of student
life to be regulated by the Council
will be created. I believe that as
a Council member I'will be able
to help bring this about.

Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity;
rush chairman, social chairman,
Spring Weekend chairman,
pledge trainer, sergeant at arms.
It would be very easy in this
campaign to sit back and say
nothing definite hoping to please
everyone. I feel however that this
is a crucial time for SGC. Its ac,-
tions in the coming year will defi-
nitely determine the attitude of
the students towards it. In the

1) Academic counseling in all
schools is lacking, through no fault
of the counselors, because of the
large number of students which
the counselor must attempt to help.
Under these circumstances it is im-
possible for him to know how to
meet the needs of the individual
case.

, .... . ,I
f

Jo
oHardee
SGC Administrative Vice-Presi-
dent 1958-59; SGC member;
SGC '49 Ruling Evaluation Com--
mittee; SGC Conduct and Judi-
ciary Committee; chairman,
SGC Interviewing and Nominat-
ing Committee.
1) SGC should consider every
important campus problem in
which students have an interest,
particularly:
a) Counseling -- work toward
important campus problem in
less required academic counseling
and improvement of available ser-
vices, make available more accur-
ate information on counseling
(academic, financial, psychologi-
cal, occupational).
b) Exchange programs-encour-
age the inmmediate establishment
of a Junior Year Abroad Program
and investigate the possibilities of
an Exchange Program Scholarship
Fund.
c) Student representation-gain
membership for highly qualified
students on University committees
presently having no student mem-
hers (admission committees, cur-
riculum committees) and improve
representation on groups now hav-
ing student members (Board ,in
Control of Intercollegiate Athlet-
ics).
d) Human relations-initiate an
educational program designed to
promote greater understanding
among members of different'races,
religions, and national groups on
namni l

John
Fe idhamp
Homecoming Publicity Commit-
tee, 1957; Michigan Union staff;
Delta Upsilon fraternity; vice-
president, rushing chairman,
historian, alumni chairman.
The limits of SGC's jurisdiction
are now unclear. We have seen a
model student legislature become
unrespected and ridiculed by the
students it represents. Through
movements toward misrepresenta-
tion and conflicts with the ad-
ministration, we have lost the
strength and confidence that the
Board of Regents has given SOC.
Specifically, our student govern-
ment must- be primarily legislative
in power, with rights for investi-
gation of organized student groups,
but should not be given the judi-
cial power to pass judgment also.

In quest of a sound solution, I
propose that SGC in cooperation
with the administration determine
the limits of its jurisdiction and
work through positive action to es-
tablish the respect and confidence
of this college community. As long
as SGC is in conflict with the ad-
ministration, its powers are merely
words on paper.
However, if the administration
were to work out with the Council
clearly definable limits, the Coun-
cil in its own realm would no long-
er be a puppet of the administra-
tion but could regain its value to
the campus.
SGC does have a place of im-
portance, and it has the power to
be a strong organization. There is
no question that the Regents felt
a specific need for such a student
government.
Our duty is to elect to this body
students who will definitely work
toward developing SGC into a
respected and useful organization,
These students must be represen-

tatives who will recover from their
initial glory and strive to work
humbly and diligently toward a
better student government. To
Ithese ends I pledge myself.

r

2) Student government on this
campus operates on the concept
that students should be responsible
for their areas of interest, that
they are capable of legislating and
administering for themselves and
of expressing themselves of mat-
ters of University-wide concern.
Any alteration in the Plan which
enforces or strengthens this con-
cept facilitates the function of
SGC as the representative of stu-
dents who are not -afraid to make
their own decisions.
3) "Adequate" contact is not de-
termined by quantity but by quali-
ty. Meaningful student-faculty
contact has been achieved in the
SGC Reading and Discussion Pro-
gram. Similar extra - classroom
sharing of ideas should be pro-
moted by .the Council so that stu-
dents may have the onnortunity

NSA Established by World War II Veterans,
Composed of College Student Governments

The National Students Associa-
tion was established 11 years ago
as a result of post-war upsurge of
student government unions, ac-
cording to Carol Holland, '59,
chairman of Student Government
Council's National and Interna-
tional Committee.
NSA has four areas - student
government, education, campus af-

fairs and international affairs. It
is in the last that NSA is most in-
fluential. Participating in the
International Student Conference
every two years, NSA is known
abroad as well as in the United
States."
The association maintains a
lobby in Washington and has won

friends among many congressmen,
particularly Sen. Hubert Humph.
rey of Minnesota. They are espe-
cially concerned with legislation
pertaining to federal aid to educa-
tion and interracial relations
through de-segregation of schools.
At the University, NSA has made
itself felt in the philosophy and
thinking of Student Government
Council, Miss Holland' said. SGC
receives information through a co-
ordinator from the National-Inter-
national Affairs Committee.
A committee has been formed to

Voting Records
The largest vote in the history of the Student Government
Connil cnueA in Nemhe rf 1955 when '7.120 students went

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