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FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1969


Students must support
proposed IM building

THE PROPOSAL FOR two new intra-
mural facilities unveiled at the Tues-
day night meeting of the Intramural Ad-
visory Board deserves and needs immed-
iate student support.
The present IM building, constructed
forty years ago, has been woefully inade-
quate for years. With the Waterman and
Barbour gymnasiums soon to be torn
down, the situation will ;get even worse.
For example, there will be only four bas-
ketball courts available for the entire
student body.i
Rising costs make it imperative that
construction begin as soon as possible.
Rod Grambeau, Director of Intramurals,
estimates that every year lost on the
project will reduce the size of the pro-
posed buildings ten per cent. There is
little chance for state or Federal aid, and
soliciting private gifts could take valu-
able time. If construction is to begin
soon, most of the money will have to
come from student fees, perhaps ten to
fifteen dollars per term.'
ALTHOUGH some students might find
the fees objectionable, it must be re-,
membered that the Administration Build-
ing and All Events Building were con-
structed largely with student fees. These
facilities are of limited use to the major-
ity of the student body, but the proposed
intramural buildings could be used by the
entire student body.
The present IM building has two glar-
ing shortcomings. It is much too small
and it is not centrally located. Both the
proposed buildings would be twenty per

cent larger than the present one., Their
sites, Palmer Field on Central Campus
and the Fuller Road fields on N o r t h
Campus, were chosen specifically because
they would be readily accessible for most
students. 11,000 students live within a ten
minute walk of the Central Campus site
and the future growth of the university
will be towards the North Campus.
THE MAJOR roadblock to clearing the
project is broad student approval.
Once student approval is obtained, the
Intramural Advisory Board will take the
proposal to the Plant Extension Commit-
tee and then it will take it up before the
Regents. The board hopes to bring the
proposal before the Regents at their
April or May meeting. If students are
willing to finance the structures, there
should be ; no trouble in getting them
In the next few weeks, members of the
intramural Advisory Board will be ap-
proaching students in various Univer-
sity houses and organizations who are
active in Intramural and Club sports as
well as student government leaders.
These students will have a great deal to
say in, deciding if this project is to be
THESE STUDENTS have a special stake
in the proposed new buildings, but
this project concerns all students. It,
would be tragic is this opportunity to
improve intramural facilities at The
University was lost through student


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To the Editor:


Letters to the Editor

Turning on

FRA: Frats new clothes

I AM WRITING about the edi-
torial of March 4 on the so-
called scientists research stoppage.
I spoke at the March 4 Symposium
at Case Western Reserve Univer-
sity. There was a .good crowd of
students at some sessions of the
all day meeting. Science students
also spoke. A small beginning was
made in demonstrating that sci-
entists are concerned with human
values and in discu'ssing possibili-
ties to turn scientific effort away
from weapons work and toward
socially relevant problems.
WHY DIDN'T the University of
Michigan participaten The time
was short; our teach-in tradition
is a special one. The scientist gen-
erally is not impressed with dra-
matic public relations symbolism,
i.e., the misleading title of strike
or research stoppage did not turn
people on (The University scientist
does not have a 9-5. five day a
week, research schedule). At the
time of the first teach-in many
on this campus thrashed out i he
question of holding teach-ins dur-
ing regular class hours, deciding

near future. More important, there
has already been discussion arid
commitment by small groups of
technical faculty. I expect to see
much more initiative by individual
scientists and engineers to make
a personal commitment to do so-
cially relevant technical work.
INTERESTEDinscientists and
engineers (including, I, stress, so-
cial scientists and physicians)
who would like to discuss these
questions are invited to a talk by
Professor John Platte, 12 noon,
March 27, in the Physi s Astro-
nomy Colloquium room. This is an
informal bag lunch meeting.
Upon the rather unrelated ques-
tion of immediate action on the
AB3M, I'm afraid the' editorial un-
derestimated the significance of
this struggle and was overopti-
mistic about its outcome.
-Prof. Marc Ross
ofathe physics department
March 7
To the Editor:
THIS LETTER is intended to
raise another "fundamental"
ouestion in the controversy -over

mise that is reached or to prolong
the frustration that exists among
students at the University. It is
admittedly a selfish request seeing
as h o w present plans of action
have. neglected this aspect of the
language requirement.
I am concerned that, when the
language requirement is modified
or abolished, years may elapse be-
tween this compromise and its in-
stitution as policy. Dean Shaw has
stated to me that approximately;
"two years" may be needed to in-
stitute the necessary changes in
staff and curriculum that m u s t
come should the requirement be
cruitment of freshmen, placese a
big emphasis on its personalization
in a large institution. Let us start
to personalize education then, by
tailoring the University to the
needs of its students. This is the.
key that must be carried through
to all phases of modern higher ed-
ucation, from dormitory living, to
academic counseling, and to uni-
versity policy.
How many students this selfish
request may aid is unknown. I sin-
cerely hope this aspect on the dis-
cussion of language requirements
will be registered bW' t h e repre-
sentative channels open to student
-James Dunn, '72
Feb. 10

$ave me
the mazurka
in quiet desperation
IT, TOOK AN OXYMORONIC combinati9n of the great Russian au-
thor Anton Chekhov and retired general S. L. A. Marshall to con-
vince me that ROTC must be banished from the campus.
Last Saturday night I attended the University Players' perform-
ance of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" at Lydia Mendelssohn the-
atre. During the play, the second floor of the League was filled with
ROTC cadets, who had put down their guns to attend their annual
Quite frankly. I was frightened to see so many military appren-
tices trooping genteelly through the halls of the League in exercises
designed to help them acquire the important social graces necessary
for good officers.
BETWEEN ACTS, I MADE AN inspection tour of the ball and
spotted Roger Keats, unsuccessful candidate for SGC president, who
nevertheless possesses the stuff that fine generals are made of. As
much as I like Roger personally, I am terrified at the prospect of
taking orders from him as an enlisted man. Keats Jocularly fed my un-
easiness by promising that if I ever serve under him, I can expect
4.000 push-ups my first week. And after the very harsh Daily non-
endorsement of Keats for Council president, I would not be surprised
that the number has been significantly multiplied.
The ROTC ball was probably
as innocent as a high school prom,
but I had become unwittingly
caught up in Chekhov's portrayal
of the conflict between a new gen-
eration in Russia and the genteel
ways of the old.
Seeing the dancing cadets who
are representative of the exalted
American military tradition, I be-
came hopeful that perhaps a new
generation in America can rele-
gate the military to the unimpor-
tant position in society that it de-
serves. To do this, it seems nec-
essary that ROTC programs must
be relocated off the college cam-
THERE IS MUCH hostility to
ROTC on college campuses these
days. Unfortunately, much of the
opposition h a s been directed to
merely cutting academic credit
for ROTC courses. Many of the
defenders of ROTC argue that this
is just a disguised assault, because
the military is now unpopular and
many people really want them off campus altogether. I hope so.
One purpose of the university is to develop sensitive human be-
ings. It is probably not unfair to say that the military is looking for
something else. One needs only to look at Norman Mailer's The Naked
and the Dead to see the ingredients of a good military officer.
I am further haunted by the remark of one army officer to his
soldiers in Vietnam. He told them not to worry about killing Vietna-
mese women and children because they would probably grow up to
be "commies" anyway.
The principles of the university and the military. are contradic-
tory. The good scholar or the good humanist would not make a good
officer. Thus, I do not think that it is unreasonable to ask the military
td build their officers someplace else.
MILITARY APOLOGISTS LIKE retired general S. L. A. Marshall
are now making fiery blasts against critics of ROTC. Marshall's Prus-
sian attitude and his trenchant rhetoric show that the farther away
from universities that this kind of soldier is kept, the better it will
be for everyone.
Marshall's syndicated column runs in the Detroit News, and he is
Channel 4's pundit-in-residence, Detroit television's answer to Eric
Sevareid. The former general, who could very well be writing editor-
ials for the Reader's Digest, has. declared war on opposition to ROTC.
In one of his .television tirades, he bitterly attacked Prof. Carl Cohen
in a manner that should convince everyone that the military has no
place at the university.
But Marshall was in parade-dress in a recent column that ap-'
peared in many state newspapers. Marshall sees the faculties of Har-
vard and Y a 1 e bowing to SDS,
"(Sudden Death Syndicate)," in
denying ROTC and the instruc-
tors professrial status.
Marshall speaks out in the best
Army way in his remarks about
the University., which must be
quoted in full.
"THE HEAT IS ON at the Uni-
versity of Michigan, not as yet a
big heat, but enogh to give the
professors of military science the

feeling that their backs shortly
will be against the wall.
"The tactics are the .same as
those used against the system at
Harvard and Yale, first to deny
any credit to students who volun-
teer for training, next to refuse
status to the trainers.
"The student factotum of this
smash-the-military hoorah on the
Ann Arbor campus Is one R o n
Landsman, a bearded-type from
Oak Park, Mich., who spinS out
editorials for The Michigan Daily.
He is categorized as a history ma-
jor. The lesson he appears to
draw from history, as deduced from his writings, is that all war -can
be ended tomorrow and we can turn on, the millenial dawn, provided
the world is made safe for Hippiyocracy.
"That would still make' him a whizz kid alongside the mouth-
iest antimilitary voice on the faculty, one Carl Cohen, who is rated
as a professor of philosophy, and is beyond challenge a master of
philophastering when he tilts against all things military,] past and
"PROF. COHEN'S THESIS is that all who have served with the
U.S. military are by reason of their service disqualified for effective
citizenship. None but the unadulterated civilian is worthy of democ-
racy in our day. He only is able to think clearly and decide firmly;
his strength is as the strength of 10 because his heart is pure. The
ex-service person has been contaminated for-life.
"The trouble with a soldier, says Cohen, is that he learns to be
obedient. Sure enough, that could have been where Washington,
Lincoln, Andy Jackson, Garfield and Teddy Roosevelt were wrong.'
Many of us must look forward to the day when we will be coer-
ced into service in the Army under people like S. L. A. Marshall. Those
of us who do not have the courage to resist may be forced into con-


been criticized as the bastion of poli-
tical conservatism on campus.
Recent actions, however, by the Fra-
ternity t Representatives Association, a
newly-created body specifically concern-
ed with external affairs, demonstrates
that this popular conception may be
largely unfounded.
The FRA, created two months ago-
,by IFC, unanimously endorsed the rent
Editorial Staff
City Editor Managing Editor
LESLIE WAYNE .... ............... Arts Editor
JOHN GRAY......................Literary Editor
STEvE ANZALONE.........,....Editorial Page Editor
JIM HECK ..................Editorial Page Editor
JENNY STILLER .............. Editorial Page Editor
PHILIP BLOCK......Associate Managing Editor
MARCIA ABRAMSON ..,..Associate Managing Editor
ANDY SACKS.... ........Photo Editor
Sports Staff
JOEL BLOCK, Sports Editor
ANDY BARBAS, Executive Sports Editor
BILL CUSUMANO........Associate Sports Editor
JIM FORRESTER ....,.......Associate Sports Editor
ROBIN WRIGHT............Associate Sports Editor
JOE MARKER ................Contributing Editor
Business Staff
GEORGE BRISTOL, Business Manager
STEVE ELMAN .. Administrative Advertising Manager
SUE LERNER ............. Senior Sales Manager
LUCY PAPP...................Senior Sales Manager
NANCY ASIN.N ..Senior 'Circulation Manager
BRUCE HAYDON..... .......Finance Manager
DARIA KROGULSKI......Associate Finance Manager
BARBARA SCHULZ...............Personnel Manager
NIGHT EDITORS: Nadine Cohodas, Stuart Gannes,
Martin Hirschman, ,Bill Lavely, Jim Neubacher,
David Spurr, Chris Steele, Daniel Zwerdling,
COPY EDITORS: Jim Beattie, Robert Kraftowitz,
Nancy Lisagor, Harold Rosenthal, Judy Sarasohn,
Charles Silkowitz, Sharon Weiner.

strike, and tenants' union, . Stephan's
picketing, the creation of an SGC book
store and the SGC proposal asking the
abolition of the language requirements.
The fraternity systems seems to have
realized that its silence on key campus
issues has been and will continue to be
construed by many anti-fraternity peo-
ple as "reactionary" opposition.
THE FRA IS PARTLY concerned with
fraternity self-interest,-primarily the
improvement of the fraternity image, and
the presentation of fraternity interests to,
the administration, city and other -stu-
dent organizations.
So far, though, the FRA has merely
been bandwagoning. If the organization
can encourage its members to develop
expertise in campus affairs and take
some intiative in political and academic
reform it would be indicative of FRA's
Leaders in the FRA claim that frater-
nities represent a political cross-section
of the student body, and that the system
is no more conservative than IHA or
evenl SGC.
IF THIS IS true, it is up to the system
to prove it by making the views of fra-
ternity \members known. The creation of
the FRA could dispel the idea that poli-
tical and academic reform is always fore-
stalled by the "reactionary" fraternity,
groups when, in fact, it may be that large.
portions of the student body may be us-
ing these groups as scapegoats for their
own apathy.


I am confident that we will .! e the language requirement at the
at Michigan a large high quaruty University. It is a question that
public symposium on the role of should be given consideration now,
science and technology, in the so as not to prolong any compru-


The Presidio trials: Military justice v. the law

(Second of two parts)
havior during and after the Oct. 14
incident suggests that, with a real in-
surrection at the stockade becoming
increasingly 'likely, the Army had de-
cided to make an example of the 27
Regulations state that potential mu-
tineers should be "reasoned with." But
Capt. Lamont, who read the mutiny
charge to th e assembled' protesters,
took no steps to insure them that their
,grievances would be heard or acted up-
Nor did he, on the morning of Oct.
14. comment on the list of grievances-

the G.I. and Veterans March for Peace
*had been h e 1 d in San Francisco. A
number of political AWOL's had given
themselves up at the march and been
sent to the'Presidio stockade. Plans to
protest Bunch's killing h a d already
been made but the arrival of the new
prisoners boosted their morale.
The peace march had infuriated Bay
Area military authorities, judging from

eral pattern has been that the number
of prisoners decreases immediately be-
fore a formal tour or investigation.
In January 40 prisoners were re-
moved a few days before Gen. William
Westmoreland visited the Presidio.
This also happened before a visit from
an Ohio Congressman. 1
That the military court railroaded
through a conviction of the alleged
mutineers is apparent by the testimony
of Dr. Vincent 'Salmon, an acoustics
expert from Stanford Research In-
stitute. His calculations established
that in all probability the singing men
could neither hear nor understand the
command which was given them over

intolerable." On Feb. 24 a member of
the San Francisco Board of Super-
visors introduced a resolution calling
on the Army to drop all charges and
reverse the convictions, and requesting
Congressional investigation into stock-
ade conditions.
The County supervisors' demands
were echoed last week by Senators
Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) and Charles
Godell (R-N.Y.). On March 12, they
asked the Senate Armed Services.
Committee to investigate reports of
overcrowding, racial discrimination,
mistreatment of prisoners, inadequate
training of guards and uncleanliness
at the Presidio and 22 other military

Army immediately isolated him in the
psychiatric ward and denied that the
incident had any relevance to the
mutiny episode.
The suffering of the Presidio 27 is
only one indication of the human cost
of the brutal machine masquerading
as administration for American sol-
diers. Acts of political suppression go on
continuously, largely unpublicized.
In many cases, black soldiers have
borne the brunt of this suppression.
Two black marines, Lance Cpl. William
L. Harvey, 21, and Pfc. George Daniels,
20, are now serving six and ten year
sentences for preaching anti-war
Bak Muslim doctrines in troons be-


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