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Seventy-Sixth Year
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1965 NIGHT EDITOR: ROBERT CARNEY

Reach: Research, Diversity,
Person-to-Person Approach

By PETER McDONOUGH
Daily Cuest Writer
T HE EX-MARINE and I are
pretty good friends. I usually
say "Hi, killer," when we meet in
class; and he says "Hi, tiger." I
don't believe that the only good
soldier is a dead one.
My relatives have been in and
out of the military, too. An uncle
used to talk about his million-
dollar wound, having sat on a
bayonet during the Great War. A
neighbor, gassed at Ypres, pissed
in his handkerchief and put it
over his face. The ammonia saved
him from the worst, and every
few weeks he visits the local vet-
erans' hospital to cheer up the vic-
tors in that and subsequent wars.
Another uncle, when he was be-
ing inoculated during induction
into World War II, fell forward in
a faintsand broke his nose. There
are, also, misty stories about
cousins in the Sinn Fein blowing
up post offiices with the convo-
luted abandon of Latin American
colonels taking radio stations.
And my brother-in-law, who is
with the Air Force, cooks stupen-
dous Italian meals, and doesn't
beat my sister without good rea-
son. For all I know, he might not
beat her at all. He is certainly
not a hawk. We get along. Even
its severest critics, he says, would

admit that the military gives you
superb management training. He
has a point. Fifty billion dollars
can't be wrong.
GROWING UP in Brooklyn and
traveling some, I've crossed paths
with shivs, revolvers, brickbats
and-once-a spear. When the
army was about to take me, I
went through the CO literature,
and decided that if a fellow at-
tacked my wife, I would try to
stop him, after all, with force.
This is the crudest argument
against pacifism, but it is not
altogether unfair. The spectacle,
for example, of Japanese youth
embracing pacifism in somewhat
the same way as they do Coca-
Cola makes liberals and reac-
tionaries alike wonder about the
strange ways of American global-
ism.
Then too, in matters of private
conscience, public opinion reports
can be confusing. We are "be-
hind" the President, so the polls
tell us, as we are "for," say, the
Beverly Hillbillies.
So, by and large, it is not con-
sidered obscene that the harassed
gentlemen in our State Depart-
ment should comprehend the in-
stant killing and the slow goug-
ing-out of eyes, the massive-
whether random or systematic-
devastation of this or that hot-

bed of communism or bulwark of
democracy in terms of, as they
say in their more unbuttoned
moments, "eyeball - to - eyeball"
showdowns. Mostly, they suffer
from tedium vitae.
AND IT IS to be expected, like-
wise, that General Eisenhower
should note how "atmosphered"
we are in disrespect, cowardice
and unpatriotic haircuts. "Nor-
malcy"-as another one of our
departed gods put it-is as hard
to come by as the kind of gal that
married dear old dad.
Neither is it too extraordinary
-but merely ridiculous, and as
cruel as it is ridiculous-that a
United States Senator should print
the, uh, record of one of our
teach-in professors as though it
were out of the Police Gazette.
Nor, probably, should I be sur-
prised when another professor,
speculating to his colleagues like
a common gossip, with walk-like-
a-duck, talk-like-a-duck reason-
ing, says about me: "Well, it looks
as if we have a Communist on
our hands."
It is, I grant, on such fits of in-
competence and persecution that
radicalism of the less wholesome
varieties flourishes.
NOW AND THEN it bothers
me. There are times-now that

the sky is failing, as it is in Viet
Nam-when you should rake a
little muck, and go for the throat.
There is some shit, as one of our
dead lyricists wrote, I will not
eat.
The induction center in down-
town Brooklyn, during the winter,
is about as soft and warm as a
brass toilet seat in the Klondike.
They start you in at seven, and
by three in the afternoon you
should be through.
First, you get a shot. Ahead of
me stood several Puerto Rican
boys. A young medic, up so early
that his eyes were beady and
blood-shot as target patterns, but
otherwise quite brisk, said:
"Well, Pedro, do you speak Eng-
lish?"
"No."
"Well, Pedro, how long you been
in this country?"
"Ten years."
There was giggling down the
line.
"Well, Pedro, we're going to send
speak English and they don't
you someplace where they don't
speak Spanish-Viet Nam!"
One punk terrorized.
UPSTAIRS to the mental test.
Someone was kicked out for rau-
cous masturbation. A second lieu-
tenant out of ROTC recited the
test directions with something be-

Wrong
tween authority and fury. It was
difficult, but not impossible, to
feel for the guy. Even if you hate
the army, as I suspect he was be-
ginning to, it makes you want to
fight.
The physical began after lunch.
The staircases and corridors, the
frosted windows and the aimless
desks, the odd postures and the
hanging clothes, the whole she-
bang all angles and levels, looked
like ditches from Dante by way of
Kafka. The studs kept their hats
on, and cocked them like guns.
We walked in double-file to the
largest room, where a very ener-
getic, older medic stood with his
arms folded.
"Now listen to the instructions,
boys," he said. We noticed a tape
recorder towards the front of the
room. "Listen to the instructions.
Pay attention."
It told us to line up on either
side and face the wall. Pause. It
told us to drop our shorts. Pause.
It told us to bend over. Pause.
THE MEDIC inspected the
ranks, saying:
"Ah, what a noble thing is
man! Ah what a noble thing Is
man! Ah what a noble thing is
man .. ."
From there on, it was downhill.

-

SPARKS ARE FLYING between tensed
adversaries in the controversy over
whether the student organization Reach
is viable in the context of University poli-
tics and whether Reach candidates are
worthy of seats on Student Government
Council..
Criticism of Reach follows a standard
format at the University, illustrating the
old rule that most young healthy minds
are negatively oriented-adept and agile
at pointing out what is wrong with what
is being attempted, but lacking in con-
crete alternatives.
The goals of Reach are comparable to
goals already set by many students.
Reach methods are novel, daring and, to
be fair, quite interesting. Optimism and
positivism seem to be chief touchstones
for the group. It believes that by care-
fully defining what problems are imme-
diate to University students and by care-
fully, systematically and completely
turning the efforts of SGC to these prob-
lems, very satisfying results can be ob-
tained.
Reach believes that administrators and
Regents are human beings (a novel con-
cept at the University); and that the
people who make laws and carry on the
gargantuan task of administering to the
University are genuinely sympathetic to
student needs and desires, when these
important people are given the oppor-
tunity to hear student opinion, clearly,
accurately and completely.
Several Reach candidates recently de-
scribed the Regents as "a body of very
successful and intelligent individuals who
have flourished in the art of professional
business and administration." They said
further that for this reason, "The Re-
gents will continue to be unimpressed
when there are sophomoric power plays
designed to corner them with sensation-
alism."
THE NATURAL and actual course of
action for Reach is to attempt to ex-
pand student participation (it has about
120 members and has established liaisons
with 57 student organizations after 31/2
weeks of existence) in problems immedi-
ate to students, and to get its proposals
professionally researched (it has gradu-
ate students already committed to re-
search).
Reach also wants action. It has nearly
completed an itemized list of Ann Arbor
prices in clothing, cleaning, food, drug
items and books. This list, which may be
completed by the time of the election
10 days from now, has been bantered
about by various organizations for some
time.
Reach is building files of research data
on all areas of University problems. It
is attempting to unify University infor-
mation on all subjects and make this
data available to SGC as a whole for use
in decision making. It is reasonable to
say that unity is needed in view of the
fact that there are at least four housing
boards on campus, without a central fil-
ing system and without significant liai-
sons between them.
CRITICISM OF REACH has focused
basically on three areas: It has been
charged with naivete with regard to po-
litical tactics (against) Regents and ad-
inistrators, with putting forth unquali-
fied candidates for SGC, and with dilut-
ing its position through the great diver-
sity of its members. These accusations
should be considered carefully.
The U.S.

Loses Again
ELSBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-A long-leg-
ged South African bullfrog named
Fanjan established a world jumping rec-
ord yesterday by springing a distance of
20 feet, 8 inches.
This beat the previous listed American-
held record by 3 feet, 6 inches.
tMore than 400 frogs, including several
from foreign countries; took part in the
13th Frog Olympics held at Elsburg in
this country's Transvaal Province.

Reach believes that the era of stu-
dents versus Regents and administra-
tors is in its death rattle, following a
lengthy fiasco of abortive, directionless
war tactics and religious-like crusades
"for the student cause" which in actual-
ity have been somewhat demeaning to
student intelligence and accomplish-
ments, It merely wants to raise the issues
from the quagmire of bickering and in-
direct communication to a laying of pro-
posals on the bartering table and a person
to person communication and under-
standing. If this is naivete in student
politics, then Reach is guilty. It is per-
haps time, however, that students under-
stand that a positive approach to student
problems is a healthy approach.
As regards the charge that Reach has
overextended itself, and diversified the
organization so greatly that nothing can
be done effectively, there is an adequate
explanation:
Reach is diversified in terms of mem-
bers who have been active in diverse and
even opposing organizations on campus.
But diversity and opposition will not man-
ifest itself substantially with the Reach
operation because Reach goals do not in-
clude the area of greatest controversy-
national and international affairs. Reach
is working toward solution of the imme-
diate problems of University students.
While Students for a Democratic So-
ciety and the Young Republicans may
disagree on the war in Viet Nam, they are
both in favor of the Student Bookstore,
and better housing, counseling and prices.
Cosmic political theories are not here at
issue; rather, at issue are the common
economic, social and educational needs
of University students.
ANALYSIS OF QUALIFICATIONS in any
political campaign should be under-
stood as a necessary evil. All qualifica-
tions can present is a codified representa-
tion of the candidates' activities. The
candidate to SGC, however, will not as a
council member, necessarily be doing the
things he did on his list of qualifications.
He will rather be conducting the affairs
of SGC, with-more or less-leadership,
with-more or less-enthusiasm and as-
tuteness.
An editorial should not, therefore, pre-
sume to analyze the worth of a candidate
on the basis of a list of titles. It is for the
individual voter to meet the individual
candidate and assess his leadership, en-
thusiasm and astuteness. This is not,
however, to say that Reach candidates
are void of activities.
Al Goodwin, '66, did research under Sen.
Robert Kennedy (D-NY) this summer in
the area of housing and urban renewal.
He is also public relations chairman for
SGC at the present.
Bob Smith, '67,rhas worked briefly on
the SGC public relations committee and
has worked in several social activities in-
cluding Winter Weekend '65 (Skit Night
co-chairman), Michigras parade '64,
Homecoming '65.
Neill Hollenshead, '67, is personnel di-
rector for SGC at the present, has serv-
ed on the SGC Public Relations Board
and the IFC Special Events Committee.
Pat McCarty, '67, has served on the Lit-
erary College Steering Committee since
last March, has worked on the Panhel-
lenic Association and has served briefly
on the Personnel Committee of SGC. She
is also general co-chairman of Winter
Weekend, '65.
Qualifications, 'as said before, do not
constitute that which is most- significant
is intelligent voting. This is merely an ef-
fort to show that the candidates Reach
offers have a representative amount of

experience and activity and that they
are not categorically "unqualified" as has
been charged.
Reach is making the voters' task of
meeting their candidates easier through
use of their campaign headquarters
(front part of the Dugout Restaurant
on South University) where a candidate
is always present, and through exten-
sive speaker engagements.
TALK TO, LISTEN TO, and assess these
candidates against the others run-
ning. There are also independent incumb-
ent, and GROTTPcanndidates who have

r ke ato .
E.COib^

Reach Shows Some
Subversive Signs

So What?
by sarasohn

SINCE Reach is a new party,
most students will not, take it
too seriously. However, Reach is
quite a serious matter for it is
potentially the most subversive
political unit on campus-much
more so than even the school of
business administration.
For example, even the first
plank in their platform-the ba-
sic philosophy of their, cause-is
dangerous to the common student.
Alex Goodwin, '66, Reach candi-
date, has said recently that "the
first step" of Reach is to be a
network of "informal liaisons" be-
tween the students and the. Re-
gents, the Ann Arbor City Council,
local politicians and faculty mem-
bers.
Even "informal liaisons" would
be highly dangerous. The conse-
quences. of discovering what teach-
ers are really like would be dis-
astrous.
THE professor elevated on a
platform is a glamorous person-
ality. He speaks through a mi-
crophone, tells jokes at which
everyone laughs and shows slides.
But, imagine meeting that same
professor at a party or in the
john. What would happen to a
student if he suddenly discovered
his professor had pimples or he
was actually seven inches taller
than his lecturer-especially,,if he
was a she? How could he repress
fhe fact that his professor had bad
breath?
Then imagine the same situa-
tion with the Regents or the Ann

Arbor City Council members. How
could a student continue believ-
ing in their intelligence if he
realized that they only sound lit-
erate through the columns of the
Daily because the reporters are
masters in deciphering their hiero-
glyphics? How could a student
continue believing in them after
he actually met them? The dam-
age would be irreparable.
FURTHERMORE, the Universi-
ty is built on myths. If these
myths are removed we will col-
lapse. Coming to the University
from a small town, a student feels
automatically emancipated. He
stops believing that all liberals are
communists, that Santa 'Claus is
the only one who's a beard, that
God isn't really' dead, that honor
students are different from every-
one else, that the Daily puts out
issues the size of the freshman
supplement every day or that the
social life is better in college than
high school.
But, for all the old forgotten
myths there are new miyths' that
become even more essential to the
collegiate value system. Besides
the feeling of emancipation, an-
other new myth is the belief that
the faculty has somehow escaped
the fate of that horrible everyday
existence. They become the God-
surrogates of the new system.
It would be unnecessarily cruel
to explode these myths just for
the sake of a measly SGC elec-
tion. And the surest way to ex-
plode them is for the students to
actually get to know the faculty
and vice-versa.
BECAUSE of its basic philoso-
phy, Reach must be exterminated,
or at least be caused to sink back
into the primordial ooze from
whence it came.

V
4

6

'TONG' O\X> LATIN

REEFRA1r".

The Nev
By JEFF GREENFIELD
Collegiate Press Service
THEY MARCHED down Fifth
Avenue under, a sparkling blue
sky, with a golden sun gleaming
off their orange and black Buck-
ley for Mayor buttons.
It was a beautiful brisk fall
day, the kind New York City turns
out about two or three times a
year when you take your girl
and stroll up Fifth along the
park and talk. Only this Saturday
there were people marching down
Fifth, and they did not come to
love.
They were hard men, with the
legion caps and VFW hats pulled
down over their faces flushed red
from the wind and the whiskey.
Some laughed and cheered; most
marched down the long avenue
chanting the Pledge of Alleg-
iance, "Victory" and "Buckley."
They were women, _some with
baby carriages, with the look of
bitterness on their faces, with the
cardboard epithets slung around
their necks. "Burn the Card-
Burners," 'Kill Kommie Kow-
ards," "Jail the Traitors."
They took their sons and daugh-
ters. A smalil boy, grinning as the
crowds cheered his sign: "If I
Weren't a Youngster, I'd Kill Me
a Kommie."
THEY CAME TO HATE. Some
with good reason, the exiles from

York Anti-Protest: How To Hate

not understand dissent, who take
the street not to persuade, but to
demand, and who require not an-
swers to their viewpoints but blind
obedience on pain of physical as-
sault.
It was billed as the answer to
the irresponsible minority which
Time and Life began calling last
week the "Vietniks"; in addition
the march drew those to whom
Viet Nam and civil rights and so-
cial justice are the same thing
-the giant Red menace which
lurks under the bed and around
the corner.
IT WAS A DAY for the vets to
break out the army jackets and
the whiskey bottles and remem-
ber good times and younger times
and march through the street

with cries of militancy. It was a
day for the local civic bands to
display their skill and practice for
Thanksgiving Day. It was a Cay
for a newspaper once again to cash
in on participation.
It was a day for vendors to
peddle their veterans pins and to
urge the spectators to "wave a
flag, buddy, 'wave a flag. What-
so matter, c'mon wave a flag."
It was a day for the alienated,
for those whom history has pass-s
ed by to shout for their witty,
engaging Bill Buckley, the man
who told it like it was through
the lens of fear and ignorance.
It was most of all, a day of re-
pudiation. For the pacifist, it
showed that the moral appeal can-
not capture those who lack the
compassion to place the human

life above the political slogan. The
David Millers will not win when
his countrymen wish him at the
end of a rope.
For the moderate, it was de-
pressing proof that the spirit of
war is not moderation; that when
a government uses the rhetoric of
war to justify itself, it cannot halt
the blight of the war mentality.
From the battlefields of Viet Nam,
those who most fervently back
this war now seek to expunge
the Red ghost from the campuses
and cities of America. And the
march for responsible patriotism
became, as it had to, the cry of
the Philistine against the hand-
ful of those who dissent.
FOR THE OPPONENTS of the
war, it was a clearcut sign that

their work has failed; that too
often the hackneyed jargon of
the Left has been used as a sub-
stitute for rational and convinc-
ing discussion, within the con-
text of the American interest,
of why this war is wrong.
The rhetoric of radicalism will
inevitably spawn the response of
reaction; more is required of this
minority than emotionalism.
But above all, the sound of
those feet on Fifth Avenue was a
repudiation of Saturday's New
York autumn, when the affirma-
tion of life became lost in the
calls for death, and when the
brilliant afternoon sun shone on
the flags and the Buckley buttons
and the 6-foot cross with "Smash
Communism" carried in triumph
through the streets of the city.

Letters: Are Liberals 'Neo-McCarthyites'?

To the Editor:
IT WAS ironic that Walter Lipp-
mann's editorial on Lindsay's
victory (November 5, 1965) should
occur on the same page with an
editorial urging opposition to Neo-
McCarthyism.
While Mr. Wasserstein is wor-
ried about legitimate liberals be-
ing smeared as Communist sympa-
thizers, Mr. Lippmann sees noth-
ing wrong with implying that Bar-
ry Goldwater is an anti-Negro

who voted only 50 per cent of the
time with the ADA would be a
conservative, and someone like Mr.
Buckley who dared to disagree
with the ADA 99 per cent of the
time would necessarily be a right-
wing extremist.
THE ORIGINAL McCarthyites
didn't know the difference between
liberals and Communists. Today's
McCarthyites don't seem to rec-
ognize the difference between con-

SGC Election
To the Editor:
I WOULD like to express my con-
cern arid sadness in relation-
ship to the upcoming SGC elec-
tion. I am witnessing a sincere at-
tempt by a new political party to
gain partial control of SGC. What
disturbs me is there seems to be
no major point of differentiation
between REACH and its opponent
GROUP save that of methods.

ested, and committed body which
is willing to take constructive and
drastic measures if necessary.
of the Bookstore Committee is
also a member of GROUP? And
Is it so ironic that for once SGC
is a respected body and not seen
as a group of conservative, apa-
thetic "leaders" who are willing
only to toe the mark with the ad-
ministration and thus concentrate
on social and relatively minor
events? I think not.

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