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Seventy-Sixth Year

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Truth Wilt Prseil


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Editorials printed im The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staf writers
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Cit on Right Track
With Proposed Housing Ordinance

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JT SEEMS THAT the powers-that-be in
Ann Arbor city government have come
to the realization that students comprise
nearly 30 per cent of the population of
Ann Arbor. At least, it looks that way if
one considers the proposed city housing
ordinance presently before City Coun-
For students especially this ordinance
will be a tremendous step forward from
the half-century-old state housing law
Ann Arbor presently operates under.
The City Health Office, formulator of
the code, has figured out that students
living in rooming houses have to do other
things besides just sleeping in the one
room allotted to them, and have made the
minimum space requirements for "rooms
used for sleeping purposes" accordingly
larger in these dwellings.
In rental units, a large percentage of
which are occupied here by upperclass-
men, graduate students, instructors and
their families, the new code designates
the responsibility for most code viola-
tions specifically to the landlord. This
includes standards of lighting, ventilation
and heating, as well as repair and main-
tenance of stairways, walls, ceilings and
plumbing facilities. In addition, no land-
lord can lease an apartment or other liv-
ing unit unless it is "clean and sanitary."
Any student, or any renter for that mat-
WHEN DUNCAN HINES drew his culin-
ary map of the nation, he must have
marked Ann Arbor in big red letters as
a depressed area. For if this city is one
of the brainiest in the country, it also
contains, with few exceptions; the most
pitiful assortment of eating establish-
ments one could ever hope to encounter
in his fondest nightmares.
During the regular school year, this
fact is not so ,disturbing, but in the
humid hot summer days when home-
cooking becomes torture, residents take
to restaurant-hopping in larger numbers
and suffer proportionally.
Not only is there the ever-present pit-
fall of exorbitant prices. For the real
rub comes in the quality of the food
.Which is available-within walking dis-
tance, much less within monetary range-
to the thousands of students here.
host of mediocre-to-bad eating places,
it is nonetheless possible to define broad
standard areas:
* Pizza Parlors - Ann Arbor is the
home of the soggy, impotent pizza, with
little or no tomato sauce, an excess of
oily, drippy tasteless cheese, and a crust
that chews like latex rubber. All the "col-
lege" atmosphere in the world does not
compensate for this deficiency, although
one can argue that it is always better to
get dyspepsia in the presence of friends.;

Hippies' Hangout:
Love on Haight

ter, who has had to de-fumigate rugs
and scrape inch-thick grime from walls
and floors before daring to live in a newly
rented apartment should regard this pro-
vision as a blessing long denied.
THE NEW ORDINANCE is not perfect,
however. There are still several items
which should be included but aren't. For
one thing, nothing is said in the code
about wooden fire escapes, those inexpen-
sive monuments to anti-logic rather prev-
alent in multiple dwellings. More import-
ant, no protection is given in the code
to tenants filing complaint of code viola-
tions. These tenants, certainly the only
ones who would notify anyone of a vio-
lation (no landlord would complain about
himself) become liable for eviction as
"undesirable residents."
These omissions, among others, have
been pointed out to Council. It remains to
be seen what will be done with them.
But the new ordinance is not, as the
Ann Arbor Board of Realtors charged at
a recent Council meeting, the fruits of a
"hurried, crash approach.". The office
has been working for many months on
the ordinance, using as guidelines the
most widely accepted standard housing
codes. What it does represent is a con-
certed effort to provide an adequate and
healthful environment for people.
* Hamburger Havens-These are in-
trinsically the most dangerous, because
an unwary patron may find himself
spending most of his weekly allowance on
lunch. Unbelievably expensive to begin
with, these places offer little beyond
free mints and toothpicks at the cash-
ier's desk. The usual enticement is good
soup which lures the innocent into the
establishment for the final kill-on bar-
becue and hamburgers. If one is lucky
he gets away with a $1.25 tab and gnaw-
ing hunger pains.
i Family-Style Restaurants - Those
weary of the usual lunch fare may de-
cide to splurge a little and move up the
status stratum to restaurants where the
waitress brings the entree after, not con-
currently with, the appetizer. The mini-
mum bill is about $3 and that usually
takes care of say, chicken chow mein, or
a roast beef sandwich, or a fried chicken
s Drugstores-In perhaps the most en-
couraging aspect of Ann Arbor's food
scene, members in this category serve
food which is equally bad as any other
area, although not noticeably worse.
fOR THE STUDENT Ann Arbor food is
a passing spectre to be reconciled with.
But the long-time residents merit our
sympathies and must be congratulated
for their iron wills and stomachs.

"Now here's our plan-.

Letters to the Editor

Open letter to Prof. Kaplan:
An old philosopher once said
one usually gets more enraged
when he sits on a hot coal than
when his neighbor does so.
Your letter on freedom of speech
would have been a breath of fresh
air had it appeared in the press
months ago when the rabble in-
terrupted the speeches of Secre-
tary McNamara and Senator Hart,
or when they interrupted Presi-
dent Hatcher and President-elect
Fleming on similar occasions, or
when they conducted a sit-in at
the Washtenaw County Draft
Board, or when they engaged in
the numerous sit-insyin the of-
fices of the University's adminis-
trative officers, etc.
Since you were silent on those
occasions and in fact since it is
suspected that you tacitly gave
your approval to most of them,
you can't blame your friends for
asking, "Where was this cham-
pion of freedom of speech when
the cause was not so dear to his
As !far as most of us are con-
cerned, Abe, you will have to use
your own unguentine.
-John J. Carey
Professor of
Electrical Engineering
Attempting to persuade The
Daily to take a positive, construc-
tive stand on any subject is silly,
I know. Even so, Walter Shapiro's
editorial (June 8) ridiculing Clark
Kerr calls for at least one reply.
He refers to the "abysmal mean-
ingless of hard academic work."
He is convincing many people that
academic work has no place in
his plans-that his main objective
as a student is to pomplain. Kerr
tried honestly and patiently to
deal with the Berkeley parasites
on a give-and-take basis (mostly
give). The parasites' insistence on
a one-way street finally tied the
can to Kerr.
The Daily seems to have all the
answers. Thus it would be inter-
esting to have printed in the paper
a plan for running a university.
Pretend for a while to be the
administration. Then put down
on paper what you consider a
truly satisfactory and workable
plan for running the school.
a few administrative details. The
budget, for one. Where do you get
funds, and how do you allocate
them to everyone's satisfaction?

Academic ranking, for another.
Without grading, how do you se-
lect the likely and deserving can-
didates for admission tog raduate
schools? Consider campus organi-
zations. What possible rightful
place has anon-student in a stu-
dent organization? Please admit
the possibility that a person seek-
ing such unnatural status is like-
ly to have an axe to grind, be he
a Savio or a Bircher. Consider
university press conferences. How
do you prevent a group like Voice
-or any other group-from mov-
ing in and taking over a meet-
ing of working communications
media people?
If in all your wisdom you are
unable, or unwilling, to develop
workable answers to some of these
questions, we can only assume
that your only function is to gripe.
The questions are simple and di-
rect. No evasions, please., ,
-Whit Hillyer, '32
Some of you people don't make
any sense. You are willing to call
the U.S. the aggressor, when it is
the Communists who are the ones
that are taking and have taken
over countries by force. They
have Cuba, Laos and now they
are trying for Vietnam. Mr. Nguy-
en Thanh Trang (Daily, June 16)
has been in this country too long
if you ask me. I know everyone
likes to pin the badge of the
"bad guy" and "dirty bird" onto
the U.S., but you would think
at least a countryman from the
country where our boys are dying
while fighting someone else's war
would at least admit that we did
not force our way over there. We
cannot help it if Vietnam is too
backward and helpless to fight its
own wars and settle its own dif-
In case most of you have for-
gotten, we offered Vietnam as-
sistance when this whole thing
started. Now if Saigon didn't want
our assistance, we would not have
gone ahead and said "Well, buddy,
you've got it anyway," but the
fact is that they said that they
wanted it! Now we are over there
and the U.S. not the Commu-
nists are called the "aggressors."
With the number of schools,
houses and other material things
that we have given Vietnam, all
the people over there do not hate
us! One person cannot speak fOr
the whole country especially since
that person has spent several
years away from that country.
Sure a group of people feel that

way about us over there, but you
won't hear the people of the vil-
lages who are getting medical at-
tention, supplies and education
from our men and new schools
complain about us over there.
THE U.S. DOESN'T and will
never live off war and it takes
a person with any kind of brain
to know that. I wonder if you
have any proof of that statement.
Probably not, it's the "thing" now
days to hate the U.S. Every coun-
try has to spend some money on
keeping up their defense. Look
at Red China, they just exploded
an H-bomb and the fall outis
falling on Japan. China is the
world's number one enemy - not
the U.S.
If the U.S. would stop help-
ing every little country that comes
whimpering to our door asking
for help, we could spend all that
money that we are now spending
on thefiwar, to better our home
difficulties. Mr. Trang, go back
to your country and find out what
the score really is. It's an "All-
American" trend to hide behind
books and stammer, "I am a stu-
dent, I am draft free," so what's
your excuse for your not serving
your country?
I cannot write any more letters
to The Daily, my doctor has told
me that I am getting an ulcer
and to stay away from things
that upset me. But I will read
the editorials once in a while to
keep reminding myself that I am
an American and I am proud.
--(Mrs.) Sherry Cook
The Elephant
.And the Blind
Hello there, elephant world. My
groping mind
Is trying to prepare me for the
Although the reference frame
that I've defined
Is called a "tomb" by people who
Within a coffin hewn in Angell
For every person's vision is
With limitation factors he can't
And you are truly blind to call
me blind,
For I, at least, admit the world
to be
Defined somewhere between a
snake and wall.

Collegiate Press Service
the bus on Market St., and felt
just like any other two people
boarding a bus. But when we got
off 15 minutes later on Haight St.
pronounced "hate") something
was different.
Haight St. was busy that noon.
The cars and busses passed in the
street, shoppers walked past
sotres and women passed with
children in their arms. The usual
tall Victorian houses were quiet.
But Haight is the hippies' dis-
trict, therefore different. Some
call it a zoo, others commune, and
the hippies callit a love society.
There cars do not whiz - they
creep and camera poke through
their open window. There shoppers
may beg for their money. Children
may ride papoose boards.
All this left us feeling foreign
in our typical college clothes. We
knew we looked like tourists when
a cold-looking young man with
curly brown hair bristling from
under a yellow cap approached us
and asked for change.
ON ONE CORNER we stopped
to talk to a group of cameramen
from the British Broadcasting Co.
They had been in the Haight area
for a month making a documen-
tary in color to show to British
audiences. This particular morn-
ing they were set up on the corner
by the Drugstore Cafe-the main
gathering place for the hippies.
As we walked with the crew, a
man wearing a leather vest, but
no shirt, walked up and looked
over my shoulder. His hair was
thin and straight and falling in
his eyes. A large medallion lay just
above his protruding stomach.
We asked him where he was
"I'm down from heaven. I'm
God" was the reply.
"How long will you be here?"
"I'll be here as long as I can
continue being me. Being God is
the grooviest part of being."
It was a cold, gray day and
occasional raindrops made
splotches on the sidewalk. But the
man said he didn't mind the cold.
Then he returned to the group
of 10 or 12 hippies sitting on the
sidewalk by the cafe. One was
playing a guitar and a harmonica
at the same time. He wore a
blanket and his hair reminded
me of Phyllis Diller. A green cape
kept out the cold.
NEAR HIM A dark-haired girl,
wearing an Indian headband,
clapped her hands. Another squat-
ter raised a half gallon of milk
to his mouth. His neighbor hugged
a dog.
Soon someone came from the
group and began to line up coins.
They said they wanted to buy
Haight St. and asked for more
coins. Where was the line going?
"All the way to Market St." Later
we learned it was probably going
to buy the next community meal.
This is the life of Haight St.
during the day. What motivates it
depends on the people you talk
to. They don't all share every
philosophy, but love is an impor-
tant word in their vocabulary.
One man dressed all in cordu-
roy with three tiny bells dangling
from his belt, talked about his life.
He had been a printer in North
Carolina, he said, and then he had
worked for the government in
Washington, D.C. That was the
immoral part of his life, he said.
Now that he is a dope pusher,
he considers himself a moral man
and is concerned about his civil
liberties. Asked about his civil re-
sponsibilities, he said,
"I fulfill them, I pay taxes. I
vote. I don't lie, steal, or even play
complicated social games."

He has a philosophy of govern-
ment too. A former Communist,
he now believes democracy to be
the best system, but says, "People
have to be able to trust one an-
other and love one another before
any system will work."
NEARBY STOOD Gary, a curly
haired man from Detroit who
wore a button that said, "All I
want is love."
But he hates Lyndon Johnson.
He says America is dead and "out
of its mind," He pointed to hippies
who came up and introduced
themselves and said, "You see,
they love. They don't hate."
He disagrees with the printer's
politics, believing that Commun-
ism is a good system. "Commun-
ists are the most beautiful people
in the world," he said.
But he thinks people should
have private property to protect
themselves from big government.
The hippie life is not all com-
fort and ease. They have several
problems - three of which are
health, tourists and police.
The former printer coughed all
during our conversation, and when
another came up and introduced
himself they compared illnesses
like two women on the phone.
"Best way to get over bron-

TOUR BUSSES have started
going through the district now
and Haight St. is often full of
cars with tourists taking pictures.
The hippies say they try to love
them, but they dislike them.
"They want us to entertain
them. We want to love them. We
resent them because they make
a circus out of us. If they would
take us seriously we would get
"Man wants to fight. We don't
want to fight. But if we have to,
it will be terrible. We are power-
ful. We will use magic weapons
the Man doesn't know about," said
the former printer who now says
he communicates with his wife in
North Carolina by telepathic
Further resentment of the tour-
ist is shown in signs in windows.
Like one which read, "Hey gang,
let's all communicate with the
tourists with the Universal Sign
Language. When you see the Gray
Line bus coming: 1) raise arm, 2)
clench fist, 3) extend finger, 4)
We could not determine the
justification of the conplaint of
police harassment. One police ar'
sat in the district. A motorcycle
officer rode up to the drug stores
and talked for a while. And the
police patrol in two's at night.
But even they are not sure how
much of the crime is attributabe
directly to the hippies.
"We can't tell. They attract
the strong-arm element by their
presence. But we can't tell how
much of the actual crime-petty
shoplifting and stuff-is done by
them," McGuire said.
Most, anyone will make his own
observations about .the hippies.
McGuire says they take advant-
age of others.
"They use the word love as a
lure. True love doesn't exist here,"
he said. He used the example of
hippies who walk up to a child
with a donut and take a big bite
of the pastry.
A YOUNG MAN dressed in a
pink shirt and carrying a teddy
bear walked up and stood in a
doorway. The son of a well-to-do
Seattle businessman, the clean
and slightly long-haired youth
considers himself apart from the
hippies. He is, too. He owns house-
boats and collects rent each
"I'm not a hippie, not a beat.
Maybe a bohemian. I'vehad two
and one-half years at Reed Col-
lege in biochemistry. I could be a
doctor. I want to travel in Europe.
"Besides," he said, "you don't
have to be dirty to be a hip per-
son. They talk about the tourists
and try to fake out the cameras.
But they are doing the same
things they complain about in
other people."
He says herhas little problem
getting rent from the hippies be-
cause jobs are plentiful and they
either work or put up with some-
one who supports them.
He doesn't run with the hippies
and considers himself a law-abid-
ing person. But asked if he uses
dope he says, "It's more common
every day."
But as far as meeting on the
Drugstore corner he says, "I don't
go in with groups. I come up
here and stop to talk to people I
know. But all the bohemians have
left. Some of these people are
beautiful, but they outdo them-
BUT HAIGHT is always chang-
ing. McGuire says there is quite
a turnover. The hippies never
know how long they will stay. One
doesn't know at all. Others say
18 months at least. They have
set up shops and every time a

man closes a shop the hippies open
They have a curious society-
sort of like a convention where rio





Flattering the Spirit of the Age


.. .HE MULTIVERSITY, which will do
for the society anything the so-
ciety will pay for, exists to flatter the
spirit of the age.
One trouble with flattering the spirit
of the age is that all of a sudden it may
turn and bite you. Something of the sort
appears to be happening in California.
The popular desire, which was formerly,
for reasons never made clear, to have a
famous multiversity, is now the desire,
for reasons equally obscure, to have a
cheap one, with clean-shaven students,
and relatively few of them. What are you
to say to people whose immediate needs
you are striving to meet, and even to an-
ticipate, when they tell you they've
changed their minds and do not need you
any more?
If it is said that we shall always want
to be prosperous and powerful and that
the educational system can always help
us to these ends, the answer is that no
casual connection has been established
between education and prosperity or pow-
er. Nobody knows whether America is
prosperous and powerful because of -its
educational system or in spite of it. Nor

er are legitimate ends for a human so-
ciety, and under present conditions we
have no way of finding out. When all the
social institutions that might sit in judg-
ment on the spirit of the age, the church,
the press and the university are out-
shouting one another in the flattering
chdrus, what chance have we of learn-
ing what the spirit ought to be?
The reason we are headed for the ever-
lasting bonfire is that we have no critical
apparatus that can be continuously
brought to bear upon the aims and con-
duct of our society. To confuse educa-
tion with training and the transmission
of information, and to conceive of the
university as the instrument by which
we become prosperous and powerful is
to guarantee, insofar as an educational
system can affect the outcome, the col-
lapse of a civilization.
AS LONG as there are jobs, people will
have to be trained for them. In view
of the rate of technical change, they
may have to be trained and retrained
many times during their lives, and al-
most necessarily on the job. And those


.:;,,.~-. , BARRY GOLDWATER .,. " " .n s==w.
Israel Should Keep War Gains

i. .'

Israel should not give up one
inch of the territory she war
forced to take from the Arab na-
I say forced to take because it
seems crystal clear that the Arabs
were the aggressors, that backed
by the Soviet Union they forced
war on Israel and that every ac-
tion Israel took in turn was an
act of self-defense.
Israel should keep the territory
to protect her borders and her
people against future aggressions
from the Arab nations.
THE SYRIAN GUN positions
along the Israeli border are an
example. They have been used for

Positions such as Sharm el
Sheikh and Ras Nurani, guarding
the entry to the Gulf of Aqaba,
also should be denied to those
who would use them as future
doors to slam shut against Israeli
shipping, as Egypt did this time
in the act that first sent the re-
gion hurtling toward war..
The matter of Jerusalem is more
emotional than strategic, and no
outside comments are likely to
be heeded in regard to it.
In making my other sugges-
tions about keeping the territory
taken in self-defense, it should
be obvious that the main pur-
pose is peace.
It is tragically obvious by now

ever with their Israeli neighbors.
Israel has no such fanatical ha-
tred for Arabs and could be de-
pended upon to remain at peace
if left alone.
It is amusing to hear the So-
viet Union joining in the chorus
of those who want to both con-
demn Israel for starting the war
and to make her give up the ter-
ritory taken in the fighting.
The Soviet Union, if there were
any justice and not mere legal-
isms in the United Nations, would
be soundly condemned as the pow-
er whose arms and influence start-
ed the war.
The Soviet Union should be
hooted down for talking about

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