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Seventy-Sixth Year

Students andA University Revolution:


Where Opinions Are Free. 420 MAYNARD ST., ANN ARBOR, MICH.
Truth Will Prev~ail

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This mut be noted in all reprints.
e e
Special Why Not Show
Rules? Appreciation?
powerful motorcycles on campus. University that there are students who
Their three-wheeled machines are fast care enough about it to spend a consid-
enough to catch any speeding student erable portion of their time trying to
driver. However, their greatest virtue is change it.
their ability to be illegally operated with- These students may work for UMSEU,
out penalty. or the Voice committee for better hous-
ing; they may run for SGC, IFC, IQC, or
A two-wheeled cycle was illegally park- work for the UAC. They may be on the
ed this week on the cement court ex- staff of student Publications-The Daily,
tending from the curb to the sidewalk the Gargoyle, or Generation.
at the corner of North University andt
South Forest. Cruising through campus, Why they care so much is a mystery.
a motorcycle patrolman noticed the Perhaps they love the University for its
parking infraction and pulled over to contradictions-the discouragement and
write a ticket. But not only did he pull the inspiration, the stifling "system" that
over, but pulled up a lriveway a few prompted one boy to cover his mirror
with IBM cards, and the challenge to
yards away and drove up the sidewalk "beat" the system. More likely, they love
to the illegally-parked cycle. This, of the University for Its potential.
course, saved effort of parking the cyclet
by the curb, getting off, walking to write Whatever the reason, these students
the ticket, and returning. spend most of their time here finding
While the officer was writing the tick- out about the University, constantly
Whie te oficr ws witig te tck- thinking about it, frequently speaking
et, another motorcycle patrolman rode and writing about it.
by, and blew his horn in greeting.-
Drivers of conventional cycles can't IN THE PROCESS of doing this, they
ride on the sidewalk. But then, they do are often the recipients of a great deal
not operate the high-powered machines of personal antagonism. Their critics say,
of the Ann Arbor police. "If you don't like it here, why don't you
leave?" or, "Who do you think you are to
You meet the nicest people . .. offer your opinions as valid, worthwhile
-NEAL BRUSS criticism?"
One expects to find this attitude -
sometimes in administrators, occasion-
* * ttally in faculty members-but it is ex-
tremely disheartening to find it among
the students.
Editorial Staf What student is so blind as to think
ROBERT JOHNSTON, Editor that the University is not in serious need
LAURENCE KIRSHAUM JEFFREY GOODMAN of improvement in many areas?
Managing Editor Editorial Director And recognizing the need for change
JUDITH FIELDS...........Acting Personnel Director (although he may not care to become in-
LAUREN BAHR............Associate Managing Editor voved in University affairs), what stu-
JUDITH WARREN .. Acting Assistant Managing Editor
ROBERT HIPPLER ....... Associate Editorial Director dent can fail to appreciate the efforts
GAIL BLUMBERG.................Magazine Editor of those who are working to effect this
LLOYD GRAFF...............Acting Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Susan Collins, John Meredith,
Leonard Pratt, Peter Sarasohn, Bruce Wasserstein.
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS: Michael Badamo, THESE "ACTIVISTS," by trying to do
Clarence Fanto, Mark Killingsworth, Robert Moore, something about the conditions and
Dick Wingfield. deficiencies that most of us merely com-
plain about, are acting as students, and
acting for the students.
CY WELLMAN, Business Manager
ALAN GLUECKMAN.............Advertising Manager Although some may disagree with their
JOYCE FEINBERG...............Finance Manager ideas, no one can sincerely argue that
SUSAN CRAWFORD ..... Associate Business Manager they are not trying to improve the stu-
MANAGERS: Harry Bloch, Bruce Hilman, Jeffrey dent's life here.'
Leeds, Gail Levin, Susan Perlstadt, Vic Ptaznik, In spite of all of this there will always
Liz Rhein, Jean Rothbaum, Jill Tozer.I
The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the be a few-a few who criticize others' ef-
use of all news dispatches credited to it or otherwise forts at self-expression who, rather than
credited to the newspaper. All rights of re-publication take the trouble to offer a serious dis-
of all other matters here are also reserved.
senting point of view, resort to name-
The Daily is a member of the Associated Press and calling. A few who don't care for the
Collegiate Press Service. way things are being done, but who will
Subscription rates: $4.50 semester by carrier ($5 by never try to do them any better.
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JScond class postage paid at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Published daily Tuesday through Sunday morning. CAROLE KAPLAN

cedents was established this
week for allowing interested and
active students to participate in
what is generally called the Uni-
versity's decision-making process.
In the student-University re-
sponse to the housing crisis, one
of the most complex and seeming-
ly insoluable problems here, three
principles have been established
which deserve review and even
engraving over the Administration
Bldg. entrance:
-Vice-President for Business
and Finance Wilbur Pierpont has
agreed that recognized student
groups should have access to all
University financial information
related to the financing, construc-
tion and operation of student
-Pierpont and Vice-President
for Student Affairs Richard Cut-
ler have both agreed students
should be involved to the maxi-
mum extent possible in planning
for housing; and
-Students have shown that an
activist fringe-group interest in
immediate housing difficulties can
be translated into genuine student
concern for and involvement in
all the real-world issues that those
who have been responsible for the
planning and construction of Uni-
versity housing have had to
grapple with over many years.
There are, of course, qualifica-
tions to each of the three prin-
ciples listed above, but no one can
expect the University to hand
students a blank check at this
point. University administrators
do, after all, bear certain respon-
sibilities which cannot, overnight
at least, be drastically changed.
complete and absolute willingness
of Pierpont and Cutler to work
with students in formulating and

implementing, together, answers
to the housing problem. They will,
in other words, give the students
whatever they can decide they
want, provided it is within their
power, with everyone in there
pitching, to effect what is decided
This was clearly the position
accepted by all sides in the meet-
ing Tuesday between Pierpont and
Cutler and Graduate Student
Council, Student Government
Council and Voice representatives.
Given the atmosphere of com-
plete openness, sincerity and can-
dor which prevailed at that meet-
ing, plus the totally unprecedented
Pierpont-Cutler reply to student
demands issued yesterday making
their position completely clear and
on-the-record, there is nothing
left for the students to do but .go
to work.
However, two objections are
still being heard. They are:
-There are too many qualifi-
cations in the Pierpont-Cutler po-
sition statement; and
-The essential nature of the
administrator-Establishment de-
cision-making power structure is
left unchanged.
FIRST, the qualifications should
be well understood. It is Pierpont's
legitimate concern that students
will misuse financial information,
so it was agreed by both sides at
the Tuesday meeting that such
information would be handled by
students well-versed in financial
matters and used for formulating
new and improved policies, not for
raking old ones over the coals.
The second objection centers on
the issues raised by the other
qualifications and the question,
"Who will be making the final
decisions?" The technical answer
has been and will remain, "The
University's executive officers with

Michigan MAD
the consent of the Regents."
But concern over this problem
ignores the essential nature of any
decision-making process. The rel-
evant question is not who has the
power to make what decisions, but
who, in actual practice, influences
those decisions and by how much.
Administrators are not required
to listen to students on housing
questions, but they are now ready
not only to listen to them but to
work with them, to do with them
whatever is feasible. They have
acknowledged the principle that
students should have a great deal
to say about the decisions before
they are made.
This sort of relationship is, it
must be granted, founded on trust,
but there is every reason to be-
lieve that mutual trust in the
other side's integrity and sincerity
is merited. And, be it noted, lack
of any such trust was and is a
major component of the Berkeley
crisis. Social relationships simply
break down without it.
ONE MIGHT have expected that
this student-administrator de-
tente would have come about only
after severe pressures on admin-
istrators through demonstrations,
yet this was not the case. It is
clear that the administrators
could have continued down their
old paths with little risk, for there
has been little immediate provo-
cation to stir up the masses.
The dormitories opened with al-
most no inconvenience to anyone
such as occurred last year. Uni-
versity Towers was ready on time

for those who had leases. Local
rents and difficult landlords are
no more of a problem this fall
than last.
In other words, a sleep-in would
have aroused about as much in-
terest, from either students or
administrators, as the movie boy-
cott did last January, with as
much effect (though some of the
out-state papers might have cen-
sured Mrs. Hatcher for serving
tea at a Diag pajama party).
So where do we go from here?
There are two things to be done
to complete a solid basis for
peaceful University revolution.
FIRST, while the principles are
now established and much of the
groundwork is already well laid,
there is a great deal yet to be
done towards formulating spe-
cific, ongoing institutional rela-
tionships for student housing in-
The question of who has author-
ity to represent what students has
already been raised several times
this week in the private meetings.
There have been student partici-
pation groups in the past, for in-
stance, but they have died or been
ineffective and Irrelevant. It is a
real problem to select people to
act as official representatives . of
various student constitutencies, to
keep information flowing up and
down the system and to keep
those who end up working on the
problem really concerned and
working over the long run.
In the housing area, this prob-
lem seems well on its way to
solution. Voice, SGC, GSC and
UMSEU have people very much
interested in working on student
planning groups who will be ade-
quate for appointment to any
groups that are formed. These
people have also managed to build
up constituencies they can claim

to speak for among tie students,
and with some force.
IT IS IN other areas of Univer-
sity administration and policy-
making that the student partici-
pation goals that have been es-
tablished this week can have the
most revolutionary effects. There
is a ways to go yet, but the prin-
ciples are established and there
already exist a great many legiti-
mate, recognized groups that can
get to work, come up with some
ideas on things to be done and
start making proposals:
Students should have a great
deal to say, for instance, about
their curriculum, how it is or-
ganized (or not organized, as the
case may be), what kind of courses
they are given and the quality of
instruction. There is no reason
students can't have the same say
over what the University does for
their minds as over what it does
about where they live.
In addition, students should, as
a matter of course, be given most
of the control over the regulations
that govern their conduct and
activities. This week has already
placed this University far out in
front of any other large institu-
tion in the country in terms of the
quality of its, administration con-
tact and communication.
YET WHAT can be done with
broad application of the principles
now established here must stagger
the imagination of those who, Just
five years ago, were struggling to
get a minimal student involve-
ment in the making of student
regulations, and of those others,
who, even now, have declared a
battle to the death with adminis-
trators over such issues as who
shall issue permits to set up tables
to distribute political literature.

The Meaning of Peking 's Latest Statement

LAST WEEK the Peking gov-
ernment published a long ar-
bicle which was addressed to the
whole world. The article was sign-
ed by the Chinese Communist de-
fense minister, Marshal Lin Piao,
and it expounds the strategic phi-
losophy of their revolution.
The fundamental idea is that
the peasants of the underdevelop-
ed and backward countries, not
the urban proletariat as in or-
thodox Marxism, will fight and
win against the industrial and
military power of the advanced
nations, and particularly of the
United States.
This official statement, like all
revolutionary propaganda, is stat-
ed in terms of absolute certainty.
What is going to happen is going
to be madeto happen in thehway
the article says it ought to hap-
That is the way Marx talked,
although his revolution did not
happen as he said it would. That
is also the way Hitler talked when
he announced that his Reich
would last for a thousand years.
Marshal Lin Piao's article makes
it quite clear that Peking does not
want the Vietnamese War to end
in the foreseeable future and that
Peking will use all its influence
to keep the war going and to
prevent a negotiated settlement.
Not only does Marshal Lin Piao
say this in plain words, not only
does he accuse the Soviet Union
of being soft on the United States,
but in the course of his argument
he discloses the strategic calcula-
tion which has led Mao Tse-tung

to look favorably on an indefinite
continuation of the Vietnamese
of the calculation is the doctrine
that revolutions must be won by
the people concerned-that the
revolutionary victory must not and
cannot be exported and that Red
China, therefore, cannot be ex-
pected to intervene actively in a
military sense. The Chinese will
fight, but on ground which they
themselves have chosen, not in
Vietnam which is a poor terrain
for them.
The Chinese.objective is to keep
the war going, and their problem
is to prevent North Vietnam and
the Viet Cong from being seduced
by favorable offers of a cease-fire
and from making peace by nego-
B e s i d e s various ideological
promises and threats, Peking has
a central argument here. It comes
down to the idea that because
Hanoi has not yet committed any-
thing like the whole of its formid-
able army, it really holds the
winning aces in the revolutionary
Peking is saying to Hanoi that
it must not flinch at the threat
of destruction of the whole coun-
try because "the outcome of the
war will be decided by the sustain-
ed fighting of the ground forces."
This sentence is the key to Com-
munist, and particularly to Asian
Communist, military thinking.
IT WOULD Be a surprise if our
adversaries in Viet Nam could and
would divorce themselves from the

Red Chinese whose special in-
terest is to keep the war going
with the United States entangled
and pinned down.
Marshal Lin Piao says that the
more deeply the United States is
committed, the better for Peking.
For the deeper the American
commitment, the more it will in-
hibit, if not prevent entirely, ef-
fective American intervention
anywhere else.
In the meantime, the structure
of political and military power on
the Asian continent is changing
profoundly. In recent times we
have seen the almost certain re-
duction of British opwer, for fi-
nancial and other reasons, in
Southern Asia from Aden to Sing-
apore. The sharp and perhaps
decisive alignment of Sukarno's
Indonesia with Red China. The
disintegration of Malaysia, and
the virtual certainty that Singa-
pore will cease to be a Western
stronghold. The conflict between
Pakistan, and India which might
cause immeasurable violence and
which at the best, if big war is
averted, will leave the whole sub-
continent sown with the seeds of
Nor is that all. The U.S. posi-
tion in Japan, in the Philippines,
not to speak of Cambodia and
Burma, is deteriorating. While this
does not mean that Red China
will triumph throughout Asia, it
does not support the notion in
Washington that our military
stand in Viet Nam would rally
non-Communist Asia to our side.
AS WE consolidate our military

lodgements along the coast of
Viet Nam, we shall have to do
a lot more thinking than anyone
has yet done, at least in public,
about how, in spite of the tur-

bulence in Asia, some kind of co-
existence is to be worked out
between the Asians and the West-
(c) 1965, The Washington Post'Co.

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How One Girl. Became A Member of the 'In Crowd'

bang recently as freshmen men
and upperclass women fanned out
to cover the required number of
houses in the required time in the
required fashion. As these for-
tunates are experiencing college
life first hand, others-specifically
first semester freshmen girls-sit
in their rooms terrified that per-
haps when the time comes in Jan-
uary for their chance, they will
fail miserably and the most hor-
rible of horrible things will hap-
pen-the sorority society will not
think them suitable for member-
To those unaffiliated with the
Greek system, this might seem
ridiculous. But to those girls this
can be the most terrifying and
agonizing experience of their en-
tire college career.
THUS IT IS advisable to relate
the true story of Patricia Tonkin
as a sort of introduction to the
sorority. Patricia graduated a few
years ago and before she left the
University she told her story. Her
story follows unrevised and un-
abridged, in the original. Because
of the tremendous importance at-
tached to the subject and its
saluatory effect on the prospective
freshman female rushee, it has

say, in your exact situation.
"EARLY IN September of my
first semester at the University, I
left a mixer early and went back
to my dorm feeling very sad.
"I didn't feel adequate (Isn't
that just how you feel now?). All
those girls looked so cool and I
looked so plain. They came from
New York, Chicago, or Los An-
geles. I came from Toledo. They
all had shoulder length blond hair,
madras outfits, and beautiful fig-
ures. And, well, I didn't. They
danced all the dances and I could
just barely bounce in one spot
(although someone did ask me the

name of it and wanted me to show
him how to do it).
"That was the situation as I
walked home to the hill, already
thinking that perhaps I really
wanted to be a nun.
"I reached my room and was
contemplating' sobbing on my bed
for a while but decided it was
useless. I should have been a sec-
retary in Toledo like daddy want-
ed, I decided. Just then an upper-
classman from next door came
into my room and asked why I
appeared so unhappy. I told her
I felt very inadequate for college
life. I wouldn't be able to adjust.
I didn't think I'd make it into :a

sorority and that was that.
"She said that perhaps I was
right, which made me feel even
worse. But she added immediately
that this needn't be a permanent
situation and that many girls
have had the same problem when
they arrive at college.
"She first told me to cut my
hair a little so that it could hang
straight yet not be messy. She
then said to lose some weight,
bleach my hair, buy some madras
and maroon outfits, learn to drink
beer, and: then get false identifi-
cation. I was overjoyed with new
"She then asked me how I

danced. I did my bounce-step. She
liked it but said that I should
bounce a little more and a little
higher and it would be fine.
"It was tough but in two
months I had assumed .my new
role. I then practiced for one
month. January arrived and I
tensed waiting for rush to begin.
I was nervous yet confident.
ceiving acceptances. I was so ner-
vous I was almost crying. Then I
found my acceptance. I was a
"Don't lose heart freshmen, you
can be a Theta also."

A Reader Blasts Style of Daily Editorials

To the Editor:
BRUCE Wasserstein's Thursday
editorial is representative of
too much of the written material
that finds it way into the Daily.
His first sentence reads: "The
issue of high-cost housing is cur-
rently coming to a head, but if
students do not build a solid
'grass roots' foundation for their
movement the result may be a
fiasco for campus activists."
The phrase "coming to a head"

ing (pun intended?), which should
be a focal point" . . . bringing
together the different factions of
activists in a united front" (unity
is always characteristic of ac-
tivists) "so that the true pressure"
(not to be confused with false
pressure) "of the students body
can be used to best advantage."
The fourth and fifth sentences
contain the gems "latent schism in
student attitudes" and "more mil-
itant activists have advocated..."
RmJ T didn't ,r, a +h ,t e i mith

fessors Kaufman, Bolding, Gam-
son, et al:
Your extensive, vocal and well-
financed demands for the cessa-
tion of U.S. air attacks on North
Viet Nam have captured the at-
tention, if not the sympathy of
this campus. Your charges of il-
legality and inhumanity concern-
ing the Viet Nam War have been
duly noted. Your calls for nego-
tiation and withdrawal have been
viewed with interest.

Too MuCh Noise?
To the Editor:
I AM WRITING this letter from
the reference room of the Gen-
eral Library, which at the mo-
ment is filled with the resounding
syllables of some Voice speaker
talking about the housing situa-
tion in Ann Arbor.
The volume of the Voice public
address device not-only disturbs
study within the library here, but

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