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Seventy-Sixth Year
EDITED AND MANAGED BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNDER AUTHORITY OF BOARD IN CONTROL OF STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

In-Folk Rock, Old Movies; Out LBJ

Where Opinions Are Free. 420 MAYNARD ST., ANN ARBOR, MICH.
Truth Will Prevail

NEWS PHONE: 764-0552

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1965 NIGHT EDITOR: CLARENCE FANTO

Huicher Makes Two Good
Moves on Housing

By JEFF GREENFIELD
Collegiate Press Service
COUNTING UP people who are
In and Out or the Best in the
World or the Most With It is one
of the most O.K. things to be
found doing this year. Scared
freshmen who tried to pose as
knowledgeable upperclassmen by
chopping up peyote cactus or
walking around with paint-smear-
ed bluejeans now run around
shouting a b o ut Unconscious
Middle Camp or Classic Neo-Pop
or the Most Sixties People There
Are.
Even more important than
knowing what is In or Out is
the facility to handle those In
and Out things as though you
knew what they meant.
In an effort to help the strug-
gling newcomer, I offer a series
of the most O.K. things to be
talking about this semester, to-
gether with indices of In or Out-
ness, and the proper words to
mutter.

LORD OF THE RING-95 per
cent In. This trilogy by J. R. R.
Tolkien (initials important) is
of the semester. It's well-written,
clearly the most overall O.K. book
and its great to read. Know by
heart the proper word-keys:
"The paperback edition ruined.
I hope he sues the bloody shirt off
them." (The book is British: ergo,
"bloody.")
"Enchanting!"
"Superbly evocative childlike
fantasy with just the right touch
of anachronistic social satire."
The trilogy should maintain
roughly the quality of Inness until
mid-March, or about the time you
have finished reading it.
FOLK-ROCK-87 per cent In.
Unless your set was violently pro-
Dylan B. E. G. (Before Electric
Guitar), the new Dylan bit is
clearly O.K. Sonney and Cher are
to be ridiculed at your own risk;
the wrong inflection about Sonny's

possum-fur vest can be disasterous
among the artsy-craftsy group.
The pure Classicists will be
scornful as ever, since the music
was written after 1750. (Note: "A
Lover's Concerto," which uses a
Bach tune, should be described in
terms like "prostitution!" or
"criminal!"
Important word keys:
"God, the Stones say it all!"
"God, the Byrds say it all!"
"God, did you dig Dylan's fan-
tastic putdown in 'Positively
Fourth Street'?"
"God, Donovan says it all!"
"I can't believe the. Lovin'
Spoonful record on the Kama
Sutra label." (This information is
worth 12 Mater Points, provided it
has not yet appeared in Time or
Newsweek, in which case you lose
six.)
Folk-rock may die out as early
as December. You should then be
alert to Carols-Rock, the new fad
which should pop up about Christ-
mas.

NOSTALGIA-90 per cent In,
This trend of dredging up mem-
ories of old comics, movie serials,
and other artifacts of war-baby
youth shows every sign of riding
high into its third year of O.K.-
ness. It is vital, however, not to
ask the old questions. Everyone
knows who Cato was: we all know
that young Clark Kent's girl friend
was Lana Lang of Smallville. Do
not ask there questions. Try these
for guaranteed results:
"What was the circulation of the
Daily Planet?" (There is no an-
swer. Make up your own, some-
where between 300,000 and two
million, and cite a 1947 Action
Comic to support you.)
" What was Johnny Quick's sec-
ret formula?" (Johnny Quick ap-
peared as backup man for Super-
man or Batman in either Action
or Detective Comics, during the
years when the Flash was in
exile. His formula, which turned
him into the fastest man in the

galaxie, was 3x2t9yz)4a. It doesn't
work.
"Who played the monster in
'The Thing'?" (Answer: James
Arness. No kidding.)
"What was the name of the
Venusian -born spaceman in 'Tom
Corbett, Space Cadet'?" (Astro.
The radar man, wise-guy, was
Roger'.)
Nostalgia is O.K. at any party
not attended by 75 per cent or
more New Yorkers, who are tired
of playing this game. And every-
thing else.
LYNDON JOHNSON - 84 per
cent Out.. He's too efficient, he
can't dance the frug, and he just
Is Not Cool. Do not imitate his
accent unles you are really good
at it. It is trickier than you think.
Keywords:
"Can you imagine Kennedy
blowing the Dominican bit?"
"Ladybird, for God's sake!"
"Who?" (If done right, you win
the whole game.)

MAYOR Wendell E. Hulcher announced
Monday night that he will appoint
no one to the newly formed Ann Arbor
Housing Commission who has expressed
public opposition to the establishment
of the commission. His statement was
most welcome.
Hulcher presented his opinion in a
forceful reply to George Lemble of the
Citizens' Committee on Housing, which
contended that Hulcher was considering
the appointment of two previous public
opponents of the commission to the body.
(The Housing Commission, designed to
alleviate the lack of low cost housing in
Ann Arbor, was approved by a narrow
Ann Arbor vote of the people on Tuesday,
Oct. 19.)
UNTIL MONDAY NIGHT, Hulcher had
not made his position clear on ap-
pointments. In saying he would appoint
members to the body on a representa-
tive basis-including people who have
been involved in all aspects of housing
issues in Ann Arbor-he had left the door
open for an anti-commission appoint-
ment.
The opponents of the commission had
welcomed the possibility of such an ap-
pointment. In their minds, only a body
with at least one previous commission
opponent on it could properly reflect the
closeness of the referendum vote.
According to them, the presence of a
person or persons outwardly critical of
the establishment in the first place would
force the commission to proceed with
caution, undertaking only projects with
the full-fledged support of the people.
Unfortunately, this would not have
been the case.
The presence of such public opponents
would have hamstrung the efforts of the
commission. In a five-member body of
varied composition, one or two opponents
could have crippled any realistic actions
taken to satisfy the needs of the city's
low income population.
THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN a poor prece-
dent to set for future appointments.
Most importantly, it would have been an
unnecessary action if caution on the part
of the commission was its aim.
There are already several built-in
checks on the commission.

First, Mayor Hulcher has stated that
he will try to draw interested citizenry
from as many areas of the housing issue
as possible. The commission will there-
fore be technically competent as well as
broadly based.
Secondly, in making his appointments,
the mayor will have to take into account
the opinions of the City Council, since
the Council must approve commission
appointees. The Council is split politically
in half, with the Republicans holding a
one vote margin. Ideologically, the Coun-
cil represents a broad spectrum of politi-
cal views. Two Council members publicly
opposed the establishment of the com-
mission.
Thirdly, the mayor's appointments will
undoubtedly include people who, though
not publicly opposed to the commission,
regard it with caution.
Finally, the actions of the commission
are subject first to review of the Council
and, if three per cent of the voters feel
it is necessary, to the final approval of
the voters.
Caution, therefore, will be fused into
the body even before the mayor's ap-
pointments are presented. In fact, a ma-
jor problem confronting the commission
might be not a lack of caution in acting,
but too much caution.
BESIDES HIS STATEMENT on appoint-
ments, Hulcher also presented the Ann
Arbor Board of Realtors with a sound'
and practical suggestion regarding hous-
ing. The realtors were openly opposed
to the establishment of the commission,
but have recently expressed willingness
to work to eliminate the lack of low cost
housing.
In reply to the realtors' offer, the may-
or asked if they would be willing to in-
sure the availability of up to a dozen
renovated housing units to provide for
the emergency needs of families facing
eviction or living in substandard dwell-
ings.
His suggestion is a constructive one. A
positive response on the part of the board
would set a fruitful precedent for coop-
eration between the city's private and
public agencies in the field of low in-
come housing.
-ROBERT CARNEY

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Random Thoughts
On The world

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By PETER R. SARASOHN
SOME disconnected thoughts put
down at two o'clock in the
morning:
My favorite author told me
the weather for the next few
days.
It will be cloudy with some
clearing; the temperature will be
low to high with winds northeast
to southwest; and it will be sunny
with a chance of tornadoesand
snow.
The Graduate Library: One grad
confronted another grad who oc-
cupied his carrel, so he said. He
asked him to leave.
The one sitting said no, it was
his carrel too. His identification
card was demanded, and in turn,
he demanded the one of the grad
standing. They both had equal
rights to the seat, it seemed, but
since one was there earlier, he
had more right.
The grad that was standing
then tried to depose an under-
graduate that was nearby and
who had heard the whole drama.
The undergrad demanded identi-
fication to prove the right of the
grad to his seat. The grad finally
gave up and went home apparent-
ly quite disgusted.
Those of us who frequent the
stacks and have had the discom-
fort and aggravation of being
moved from our seat by one of
these Chinese war-lord graduate
students will feel the sweetness of
this revenge.

The Daily: The Daily editor is
one of the few individualists left
who believe in wearing saddle-
shoes. He says he must-his ID
number isn't enough.
The Administration Building:
Do you realize that the little talk-
ed about phenomenon that exists
in most of the men's bathrooms-
namely the absence of every other
door to reduce perversion-doesn't
exist in the administration build-
ing?
Two reasons might be offered.
There is either discrimination
within the University in favor of
the administration or the admin-
istration is inherently different
from the rest of us.
A past Daily managing editor
submitted: "It's really all right.
They screen them very well!"
Panhel: The president of Pan-
hel, bless her heart, almost missed
her own Bell party.
By the time' she finally arrived,
those that had expected her ear-
lier and had arrived earlier, were
already feeling quite stoned.
It is almost like being late for
your wedding and upon showing
up, finding that everything has
been going on fine without you.
So What: Nobody except my
mother and little sister read this.
GADZOOKS!: There are only
five weeks-less four days until
the end of the semester and the
beginning of finals.

AI

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"We're not Cuban refugees!. . . We escaped from
Alabama!"

Letters: Minorities Can Be Influential

The Right To Strike

PERTH AMBOY, New Jersey, is current-
ly the site of a bitter struggle between
its Board of Education and the New
Jersey Federation of Teachers. The strik-
ing teachers seek a representation elec-
tion that would give their union the right
to represent them. The board has refused
this request, since state law forbids col-
lective bargaining by public school teach-
.ers.
"I cannot explain the mental processes
of the teachers involved," Lydia J. Gold-
farb, board chairman, said Monday. This
statement and others similar to it have
been issued by educators all over the
country. It is about time some effort was
made to understand these "mental proc-
esses," and. determine exactly what rights
teachers are entitled to.
Many people have the mistaken im-
pression that the right to strike and
the right to bargain collectively can be
justifiably denied to civil servants, par-
ticularly teachers. Teachers' organiza-
tions like the National Education Asso-
ciation have traditionally held that the
teacher's primary concern should not be
his own material gain, but the welfare
and education of his pupils.
AS A RESULT, the popular conception
of the dedicated teacher mistakenly
has become that of the devoted individ-
ual who will put up with overcrowded
classrooms, poor facilities, and low pay.
Although he may complain and organize
with his colleagues to a limited degree,
Editorial Staff
ROBERT JOHNSTON. Editor

the truly effective means of promoting
action which are continually used by la-
bor unions do not occur to him.
Collective bargaining and striking have
been time-tested as the best means avail-
able for dissatisfied workers to create a
change in the status quo. The most vig-
orous changes have been initiated as a
result of this type of action.
Most people tend to sympathize with
the early twentieth century worker whose
hours were long, surroundings unpleas-
ant, and general requirements unusually
rigorous. They applaud his efforts to
organize aid his success in achieving col-
lective bargaining power and striking
power.
Yet, in 1965, many want to deprive
teachers who are working in overcrowded
schools with poor facilities of the same
rights.
ALL OVER AMERICA, parents are con-
cerned over the quality of education
their children receive in the nation's
public schools. The Perth Amboy teach-
ers are not asking for more money, but
better conditions, a new high school, and
special classes for non-English speaking
students. Without collective bargaining,
these goals may never be achieved.
Employes, regardless of the type of
work, must have some, say in establish-
ing the rules which will govern their re-
lationship with their employer. By refus-
ing teachers the right to bargain collec-
tively, parents are depriving those whom
they expect to communicate the benefits
of demoracy to their youth, the very
rights the system is supposed to guaran-
tee.
If the U.S. wants to attract into the
teaching profession qualified, intelligent

To the Editor :
HAVE ALL the pollster and
bookkeeper types who current-
ly flood us with news that the
Viet Nam Protest Movement con-
stitutes a small minority ever
taken the trouble to calculate the
percentage of students who have
been involved in helping to register
Negroes in the South or to re-
habilitate the poor in some of our
large cities?
If they did so, they would find
it is not numbers that count but
steadfast dedication to a funda-
mental belief. Enormousachanges
in Civil Rights and social reform
have been and are being wrought
by the dedication of very small
minorities.
.Almost by definition, social
change is not brought about by
groups which find themselves in a
majority.
-John W. Gyr
Mental Health
Research Institute
Interference?
To the Editor:
COLONEL HOMES IS, quite pos-
sibly, correct in saying that
The Great
Society Rag
By PETER McDONOUGH, Grad
For J.B.
YOUR DAD was a bastard,
Your ma was never home.
Now the kid's in the oven,
And the moon is on the chrome.
Your wife's got this thing
About Sandy Koufax.
On matters of state-
Aw, who's got the facts?
Your boss acts too pleasant,
Vr_,_r ring nr _ ' ~

the normal operational routine of
the Ann Arbor Selective Service
Office was impeded during the
afternoon ofhOct. 15. It is my
impression that in most offices
a large share of the day's business
is conducted over the telephone.
The Ann Arbor telephone directory
lists only one number for the
Selective Service Office.
As near as I could see, a gentle-
man in shirtsleeves (possibly one
of Ann Arbor's Finest?) spent the
entire afternoon sitting on a
windowsill of what appeared to be
the Selective Service Office, with
a telephone receiver in his hand
constantly. Might one inquire what
effect this had on normal office
routine?
-Walter H. Pinkus, Spec E
Vandalism
To the Editor:
SOME STUDENTS on this cam-
pus have real creative energies;
others devote themselves to de-
struction. Three Soph Show pub-
licity marquees were stolen from
the Diag recently. Our committee
has neither the time nor the
money to replace them, but the
issue goes deeper than that. Crea-
tivity takes hours; destruction
takes only a minute. Ask any of
the people who worked on the mar-
quees, who sacrificed study time
to serve the campus, whose work
has gone for nothing.
Our marquees stood only one
day before vandals ripped off the
oilcloths and carted them away. In
doing so, they destroyed the mani-
festation of some of the creativity
and interest which is so rare at
the University of Michigan.
THEFT for profit is understand-

able; theft for its own sake is
incomprehensible. Such people are
neither clever nor cool. For a
moment's thrill they caused a lot
of aninoyance for others. It is
unbelievable that intelligent and
educated people can be so utterly
lacking in consideration.
Our work was not for ourselves
-but for the people of this cam-
pus-including those who stole our
oilclothes. Maybe something will
be gained if only they remember
this the next time they decide to
step on someone.
-Ruthellen Lefkowitz, '68
Jim Heisler, '68
Publicity Chairmen
Soph Show '65

Containing China
To the Editor:
PERHAPS I'm just a naive
freshman, but I find the ques-
tion of Viet Nam and Chinese ex-
pansion rather simple.
Assuming that the Chinese are
behind the conflict in Viet Nam,
stopping their aggression there
won't stop their aggression in
other parts of Asia.
And further assuming that a
Communist victory in Viet Nam
will ultimately lead to Chinese
conquest of the entire continent,
we are only making the perpetua-
tion of Western nations more sure.
The rice lands of Southeast Asia
will do much to eleviate the hun-

ger of the Chinese, and thereby
weaken the motives for further
expansion.
THIS ALL ASSUMES that the
Chinese are behind the conflict
in Viet Nam. If we are to assume
that they aren't, rather only that
they are supplying the local Com-
munist government with arms and
supplies (a much more modest
involvement than'ours), we have
no reason to assume that the local
Communist regime is any less
capable of thwarting Chinese ex-
pansion than the dictatorial or
pseudo-democratic regimewe are
now supporting. After all, Yugo-
slavia and Albania are doing a
pretty good job in Europe.
-Berthold Berg, '69

The Viet Nam Protestors:
Just the Latest Scapegoat

By CARROL W. CAGLE
Collegiate Press Service
ALBUQUERQUE-Man's nature
requires that he put himself
alongside another in order to de-
termine his own worth. It is not
unusual that we select one of ob-
viously lesser value when making
the comparison; we appear better
in our own and others' eyes
through no overt effort.
Even when we select idols, we
choose those in whom we see
something of ourselves as we are
or as we coul become. We do not
reject the Biblical dictum, for
they are not false idols in our
eyes. They are genuine; they are
part of us.

This quality of man's nature is
evident in the land now. The for-
mula is not complex and is not
deviated from often: those with
whom we disagree we classify as
lesser beings, in this case students,
agitators, commies, or (conde-
scendingly) unknowing dupes.
BY MAKING a blanket con-
demnation of all anti-war indi-
viduals, we have automatically in-
creased our own stature. In com-
parison, we are patriotic, sensitive,
knowledgeable, high-minded citi-
zens. The whole process requires
little effort and the dividends in
prestige are great.
The process can be carried a
step further: we can show our,
public spiritedness by urging an
effort be made to alleviate the
situation, this by rounding up and
incarcerating those unfortunates
who do not measure up in
thoughtfulness, patriotism, and in
fervor for flag waving.

such, but most of all they have
to be people that have our preju-
dices but who have some kind of
authority to enforce them.
J. Edgar Hoover is the most
notable example. He is America
personified, the antithesis of those
lesser humans who have the te-
merity to question the Presideent
in his quest to stop Communism.
We don't call them idols, of
course, for that detracts from the
stature we have gained by bol-
stering our prejudices by quoting
the authorities. These men in
whom we can see something of
ourselves can vary: they can be
George Wallace, or Barry Gold-
water, or Billy Graham. Most of
all, they must be men about whom
we can think: "I like him; he
hates the way I hate." (Commun-
ists, Negroes, Big Government,
and Sin.)
In short, to gain our own self-
respect, we must detract from an-
other. We have to have someone
to look down upon.

The Opposition
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