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Page Eight


Sunday, March 16, 1969

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Presidents-Vice Presidents











Van Der Hout

D. Michael




Incumbent-SGC member
Chairman ad hoc Regent bylaw drafting
OSA subcommittee on disclosure of
student records
Constitutional Convention delegate
SACUA Civil Liberties Board committee
on student records
Government Relations committee
Public Relations Board
Incumbent-SGC member
University Joint Judiciary
Constitutional Convention delegate
Voter registration
Membership committee
University Discount Store
Author book store referendum
Ad hoc Regent bylaw drafting committee
Faculty code subcommittee
Student Government Council is facing
one of its most significant years. It has
roved into the new area of academic re-
form. It is in the most critical stage of its
campaigns to protect the student consum-
er. It is a year that will need leadership
from people with experience and a firm
grasp of the internal politics and mechan-
ics of the University. The following are
not all of the possible goals of students.
They are, however, some of the most im-
1. STUDENT RECORDS. In order that re-
cords may be used to their best advan-
tage and protect the rights of the student
it Is essential that: (1) A student be able
to know what records are kept on him and
wat they contain. (a) A thorough study
should be conducted to determine where
records are kept and what \type of infor-
mation. is contained in each. (b) A student
should be able to see his records. (c) Steps
should be taken to centralize records. (2)
The rights of the student should be res-
pected, information should not at any time
be released to anyone outside of the Uni-
versity without express written consent of
the student.
2. COUNSELING. An immediate inves-
tigation of ,the present counseling system
is needed. Consideration of professional
counselors for freshmen and sophomores
should be a part of the study. In order to
provide needed information, a course
should be offered' on this University and
recommended to freshmen and sopho-.
mer reports should be more frequnt, have a
wi er scope, be distributed to a greater
number of students, and be followed up
with selective buying. We also support the
formation of a Student Credit Union and
expansion of ,the laundry contract to in-
clude dorms, fraterities, and sororities.
versity should join in student efforts to
secure housing at reasonable cost through:
(1) Official support, of the Rent Strike.
(2) Building low rent housing.
5. DORMS. Some progress has occurred
In dorm living. Among the improvements
stlkl most drastically needed are (1) sep-
arate room and board contracts and (2)
one semester contracts. Women still hav-
ing hours should have access to unlimited
late permissions.
The University Discount Store provides
an alternative to the closed campus mar-
ket and should be expanded. Additional
locations should be developed including a
branch oil North Campus and a main
branch in the Union.
7. BOOK STORE. We encourage stu-
dents to vote "yes" on the book store ref-

Just as "there are no henshaws", we be-
lieve that there are just no issues; this is
not to say that we are reassessing our
position on every so-called issue-(but we
are)-and we are doing so because that
the only real question in this campaign is
the issue of student power-and frankly,
we oppose it if it means (as Carl Ogelsby
pointed out) giving more privileges to an
already privileged class-however, our op-
position turns to hearty (yum!) support
when considered in a more pragmatic light
-for we have little faith in the ability or
desire of administrators to change the
university into a "socially equitable" insti-
tution-we are .not the bureaucrats of
SGC, IFC or Radical Caucus-and we feel
that this gives us not an "issue", but ra-
ther an "attitude base" to work from -
and, we would work bureaucratically and
otherwise to support students-desiring to
take power for the benefit of society -
easy "issue" answers are available-(if
that's what you want) for example our
attitude toward the use of student power
against Ann Arbor merchants (especially
in a disruptive-non-bureaucratic sense)
would certainly be favorable-but the cru-
ciality is, that we feel that everyone is
seymour's fat lady, and the paradox of this
(with line one), that is, the realization of
our own strength IN INCOMPENTENCY,
is why we may be the least competent for
the positions-yet the most effective.
Tues. and Wed.
March '18, 19
tervals to enable students to see what the
Council is doing.
have such far-reaching implications for
the University as a whole as the University
budget. The decisions regarding the bud-
get determine to a large measure present
and future activities of the University and
therefore are a critical concern to stu-
dents. Students should therefore, parti-
cipate in the formulation of the budget.
By the same token investments should be
made public and include some student-fa-
culty control.
mynications between students and legisla-
tors should be on a year round basis.
Through increased visits of legislators to
Ann Arbor and students going to Lansing,
many of the legislators' qualms concern-
ing student demands can be remedied. A
Michigan Student Association should be
established to provide information and to
lobby for student interests.
11. ADMISSIONS. We support (1) a vi-
gorous campaign to recruit students from
minority groups and, from low-income
families and the offering of courses to pre-
pare these students. (2) Student control
of the Martin Luther King Scholarship
Fund. (3) Adoption of a graduated tuition
12. ACADEMICS. The campaign for stu-
dent participation in academics is one that
must be waged on many levels-depart-
ment, college and university. (1) The ex-
isting department committees and the es-
tablishment of new committees should be
encouraged. (2) On the college level, we
support: (a) immediate abolition of the
language requirement. (b) A General Stu-
dies Degree. (c) The establishment of an
LSA Union. (d) Student parity on all col-
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We are all members of the Radical Cau-
cus, running as a slate whose political po-
sitions coincide with those of the Radical
Our aim is to work for a basic transfor-
mation of our society to make it conform
to the principles of democracy, freedom,
and economic and social equality, by chal-
lenging the institutions and groups which
profit from the exploitation of the people
of this country and of much of the world.
In this struggle we feel that students and
a student movement can play a significant
In order to get this campus moving po-
litically, in order to shatter the apathy and
complacency which obstructs every attempt
to fight the groups which exercise coercive
power over the students, students must be
organized around their most pressing and
immediate interests. These are academic
and consumer issues. We feel that SGC
can be an effective student government by
providing direction for the students in
gaining self-determination in their own
lives. Specifically we propose:
To increase student participation in all
academic decision-making.
Formation of student unions in the col-
leges and departments to organize students
to win a share of decision-making power
on all questions which affect students. The
groups should push for parity student rep-
resentation on all departmental, college,
and university committees, and decentral-
ization and democratization of university
authority, dividing it among students, fac-
ulty, and administrators.
Abolition of language and distribution
requirements because the faculty has no.
right to impose them.
Establishment of an alternate LS&A de-
gree to give greater freedom to student
Abolition of grades for introductory
courses and extension of pass-fail option
to all courses.
Parity student voice in hiring and ten-
ure decisions. Rehiring of Julian Gendell
and Tom Mayer.
For united student action to improve living
conditions in Ann Arbor:
SGC organization of boycotts of stores
with mark-ups in prices and exhorbitant
profits, such as Stephan's and Food Mart.
Expansion of services such as the dis-
count store, the Student Consumer Union,
the voter registration program, legal aid
service, and the bail fund.
We support the rent.strike and the Ten-
ants' Union as the only practical way of
improving housing conditions in Ann Ar-
bor and we urge all possible University and
SGC support to win a favorable settlement
of the strike.
Establishment of a permanentistudent-
faculty committee to review all University
investments and consider using University
resources to build low-cost housing avail-
able to students, faculty, employees, and
lower-income groups.
We urge a 'yes' vote on the referendum
on a levy to establish a discount bookstore.
SGC investigation of means of financing
iteelf inrenndrenthy of the TTniversity ad-

There is a very urgent need on Michi-
gan's campus for new life and direction;
educational and political, in that, students
will be heard and honestly represented, when
making decisions to/for the governing of
their lives. As it has always been, only the
elite few determine for the whole student
body what issues or conflicts that will be
pursuited; many times reflecting only
small group desires. Student apathy must
end and thus, immediate participation at-
tained. Also, I see as a violent problem in
^ this society and on campus is the com-
plete alienation, and insensibility toward
my black brothers and sisters for our edu-
cational, political, and social needs; re-
gardless of the attempts that some white
people have made in our behavior (not that
this is to be discredited) but attempts in
themselves do not correct the ill/problem;
as a people and students, we must have
relative power (political, social, econ) in
determining our destiny. If elected SGC
president, the above-mentioned will be the
major goals per se that I see need to ac-
complish, if little else is gained.
Other goals that we will attempt to im-
plement in the coming year, are as follows:
1. Abolition of the language and distri-
bution requirement. . . We need and urge
student action as a body and majority to
unite and vote their opinion/decision;
which should be upheld by the school of
2. Student representation and voting
university committees, admissions and fi-
nance, etc. This is to include all the vari-
ous students on campus and areas of study.
3. A check on tuition increases . . . Stu-
dents must have a voice or a vote that will
represent their position to the state gov-
ernment, therefore, either sudents will be
permitted to vote for someone that is going
to reflect their views or the university must
be that voice, and should be aware of stu-
dent needs. Ifthe increases do continue,
Michigan will become a private elite school
this must never happen.
These are but only a few issues that are
in question, and we hope that, if not all,
most students will contribute more
Moreover, we are more concerned with hu-
man needs instead of playing political
games; in the end getting nothing done,
and for this institutions won't/can't
change; adapting itself to the change of
the people it governs . .. The Student ---
political directions. As first steps in a po-
litical program we propose:
Abolition of credit for ROTC and ter-
mination of all ties with the program as
quickly as possible, since ROTC contrib-
utes materially to the maintenance of
American intervention in Vietnam and
Declassification of all research, and
abandonment of all research whose prime
function is to destroy life, to provide im-
proved techniques of crowd control, coun-
terinsurgency, or electronic surveillance, or
to contribute to the war effort in Vietnam.
SGC refusal to cooperate with the State
Senate investigating committee witchhunt
and preparation to file a countersuit on
civil liberties grounds.
All possible University assistance, legal
and financial, to the cast of Dionysus in
'69. A clear University stand against all
censorship and in defense of its own legiti-
mate student activities.
Initiation of a program of recruiting
lower-income working-class black and
white students. Establishment of Temedial
courses and summer programs to enable
them to survive academically. Differential
scale of tuition based on ability to pay to
provide funds necessary. Establishment of

SGC councilman, incumbent, appointed
and elected State Governmental
Relations Committee chairman
Academic Affairs
Voter registration
Third year medical student
SGC councilman, incumbent
Faculty-student Relations Committee
State Governmental Relations Committee
Constitutional Convention
Angell Scholar-
We believe that students are capable of
and should have the right to help deter-
mine the structure of the institutions that
affect their lives. Currently students have
negligible decision-making powers in most
areas of their campus lives. In the area of
academics students have almost no influ-
ence over the course of their educations-
no say in -who will teach them or what and
how they will learn. In the area of student
services students have little power in the
operation of the Office of Student Serv-
ices, the Union and League, Dept. of Ath-
letics, etc. We feel the situation should be
changed. As president and vice president
of SGC we will work to see that it is.
ACADEMIC REFORM-We feel that the
individual who is being educated is the
center of the educational process. To in-
crease his involvement in those areas most
relevant to him, we propose a series of bold
academic reforms for SGC to implement.
We feel that students should be sitting
and voting on all committees concerned
implicit to us that students who devote
much time, effort, and money to their
education should be a part of the deci-
sion-making process.
We recommend that student-faciny
committees in all departments be formed
and tnat they consider:
1. Curriculum changes - more flexiDie
requirements-more "field" courses tike
tne city course.
2. Expansion of pass-fail or dossier-type
grading systems.
3. Improved student counseling and
course evaluation programs.
4. Establishment of Bachelor of General
Studies degree with or without a major.
5. Institution of a quasi-free university
structure for those wishing to take ad-
vantage of it.
committee has been attempting to ward
off another tuition increase by securing
adequate funds from Lansing by providing
required information and presenting a
proper image.
HOUSING - We support the Tenants'
Union in its attempts through the rent
strike to secure shorter leases, lower rents,
etc. However, these goals must be actively
supported by the university. Housing regis-
tration requirements must be strengthened.
Furthermore, the Office of Student Serv-
ices should offer the students a real serv-
ice by building low cost student apart-
has proved highly popular in offering gig-
nificant discounts to students on many
items. It must be expanded with a wider
inventory and branch locations.
CREDIT UNION - A student credit un-
ion can become a reality. A credit union
can offer higher interest on savings and
can provid a definite student service
through educational loans guaranteed by
the federal government.
INSURANCE - SGC can provide sub-
stantial student savings through group

We plan a progressive, action-oriented
student government; a council that rea-
lizes that responsibility must accompany
power. We believe SGC has the potential
to be relevant to students, but to do so,
programs must be implemented immedia-
tely to meet the challenges now facing
council. Accordingly, we have outlined our
major goals for the coming year:
1. It is imperative, and in the interest of
every student, that SGC work with the
State Legislature to increase university ap-
propriations. We will bring legislators to
campus and send student representatives
to Lansing to lobby for th6 funds we need
to maintain academic standards. We op-
pose reductions in the percentage of out-
state students enrolled in the university.
2. We plan to expand tle Student Dis-
count Store into a book store, moving from
the SAB to a more spacious location (hope-
fully, renting space in the Union). The
store will handle used books and new texts
for large courses at first, and will gradu-
ally expand.
3. Further development of a strong and
responsible tenants' union is essential; a
union that will keep students informed of
their rights and responsibilities as ten-
ats. We continue to support the rent strike.
4. We will continue efforts for the im-
mediate abolition of the language require-
ment and seek student participation in
working out other academic guidelines. We
favor an optional general studies program
as an alternativeto distribution guidelines.
5. We urge SGC involvement in protec-
tion of student consumers. We wish to ex-
pand the functions of the Student Con-
sumer Union to include monthly consumer
reports and organizing boycotts of Ann
Arbor merchants who exploit students.
6. Other priority projects includesor-
ganizing student pressure for more and
better intramural athletic facilities; and
re -implimentation of the Speakers Bu-
reau to foster communication between SGC
and its constituents.
We believe an effective student govern-
ment must bey able to relate to all groups
which have a stake in the university, and
yet maintain its autonomy. SGC has bro-
ken into many factions during these elec-
tions. Whatever the outcome, when elec-
tions are over, council members must unite
and work together. We are confident that
with dedication and cooperation we can
have a productive, responsible student


All Dorms: Lunch
Engin Arch
No. Campus-
League Bus Stop
Sub Station
Nat. Hist. Museum
(Lions in front)
Frieze Bldg.
Bus. Ad. School
U. Hospital
(Law School voted last Wed.)

tration drives and court cases. The SGC
governmental relations committee must
lobby in Lansing for changes in election


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