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Seventy-Sixth Year


Student Planning for Stimulation

Collegiate Press Service

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The SGC Campaign:
Heads for GROUP...

THE QUEST FOR "educational
reform" on the part of student
governments should involve a two-
pronged attack, but frequently it
doesn't. Amidst demands for in-
creased undergraduate "power"
vis-a-vis the administration and
influence over curricular planning,
what may be lost is direct plan-
ning for the student body itself.
No one should underestimate the
value of a council which can de-
velop civic responsibility through
broad authority over undergradu-
ate life. Nonetheless, unfettered
academic freedom, sensible parie-
tal hours, and student course
evaluations are merely the means
to a stimulating educational en-
vironment. Once these are achiev-
ed, student government should
turn to the ends themselves.
For example, how many campus

councils run extensive speaker
programs encompassing the var-
ious academic disciplines? A few,
perhaps, but too few. Students
frequently complain that courses
rarely relate to the "real" world,
and there may be a degree of
truth to the criticism. This need
not be the case, however, if the
theoretical background provided
in the classroom is supplemented
by forums and debates on contem-
porary problems which might en-
able a student to apply it.
BIG "NAMES" aren't even
necessary for successful programs
of this kind. Often two or three
members of the faculty can draw
sizeable crowds simply because
they're known throughout the
student body. Debates, particular-
ly when supplemented by articles
or letters in the campus paper, are
ideal stimulants. Unfortunately,

most student governments don't
consider such projects.
Or take freshman orientation
programs. You would think that.
the first few days of an under-
graduate's career might pose a few
questions as to the purpose of
higher education and as to his
own goals in pursuing it. On most
campuses, they don't. The entrant
is treated to a guided tour of
buildings, a few parties, a pat on
the back from organizational
leaders, and maybe a variety show.
Then he begins classes.
Wouldn't it make more sense to
mix the social events with a few
discussions on college itself? Some
student governments send a list of
suggested readings in educational
theory to incoming freshmen so
as to prepare them for an intel-
lectual environment before they
arrive. Admittedly, they're not go-
ing to dislodge provincialism of
the, "I'm-just-here-to-get-my-de-

gree-and-get-out." man in one
week. They might be able to sow
a few seeds, however, which can
be nurtured through subsequent
programs on education geared to
freshmen. Here again, imaginative
programs are a rarity.
The same lapse in creativity
applies to student government re-
lations with campus organizations.
At most schools, a policy of "lais-
sez-faire" is adopted. Budgets are
established at the beginning of a
term, and that's that.
On a few campuses, the coun-
cil's influence might even be nega-
tive. This is particularly true in
colleges where student government
is the focal point for an anti-in-
tellectual social elite which gets
uneasy when political groups be-
gin to demonstrate or when a lit-
erary magazine wants to publish
a more elaborate issue. In both
cases, student government fails to
realize its potential.

leader should try to encourage
active extra-curricular organiza-
tions. If the dramatic group suf-
fens from low attendance, he
might urge that the council itself
aid in promotion.
If school publications need as-
sistance. he might explore with
people in the English department
ways to stimulate student writing.
These by no means exhaust all
the possibilities for intellectual
leadership. They should provide
guidelines, however. The impor-
tant point is that all the educa-
tional reform in the world will not
create a stimulating campus, un-
less student leaders themselves ac-
cept some of the responsibility for
an intelligent program of extra-
curricular activities. In our justi-
fiable concern over means, let's not
forget the ends for which they're
being created.

loned; for the upcoming SGC elec-
tion, a platform that is by far the most
exciting, both in overall conception and
in specific proposals presented, to ap-
pear on the campus and political scene
in recent years.
In comparison with GROUP, the re-
forms and programs offered by REACH
are petty and weak. While REACH as-
serts that it can offer the student a
chance to participate in student govern-
ment, it offers him little in the way of
substantial programs to which he can
apply his interest and opportunity to par-
Compare the platforms of the two with
regard to the major areas that they cov-
1) In the area of economic reform'
REACH's outstanding contribution is its
claim to having compiled a list of com-
parable prices for basic necessities in Ann
Arbor and other areas. In addressing
themselves to the housing question,
REACH can only suggest that the Off-
Campus Housing Board be enlarged and
that a mediating board be established
between students and realtors.
GROUP, on the other hand, supports
the building of low-cost housing with
FHA money, which would much more di-
rectly and surely attack the problem of
high costs in housing. GROUP also pro-
poses to work through the state Legisla-
ture for lower tuition and better support
for higher education, similar to the way
that primary and secondary education
are financed in the state now.
2) In the area of academic reform
REACH suggests only the expansion and

liberalization of existing programs, such
as interdepartmental courses, inter-col-
lege courses, and the drop-add require-
ments. REACH also proposes that a "lead-
ership. seminar" be added to the open
number courses, a move which would
hardly be a startling innovation.
GROUP proposes constant revision of
the distribution requirements, a re-eval-
uation of the credit-hour system, and a
re-evaluation of the grading system with
the hope that it may eventually be abol-
ished, at least in the residential college,
if not in the University as a whole.
3) REACH makes no mention of two
other areas covered in the GROUP plat-
form. In the area of University policy
reform, GROUP calls for an end to "in
loco parentis" in reality at the University,
specifically asking for apartment permis-
sion for sophomore women and a refer-
endum for freshmen to decide the ques-
tion of hours for themselves.
platfrrm the question of policy deci-
sions by student groups on issues not
directly involving the campus. They be-
lieve that SGC members, in the tradi-
tion of free speech and open debate,
should be encouraged to take stands on
these issues.
THE TRUST that GROUP places in the
ability of students to act responsibly
for themselves, combined with the far-
reaching and rational programs that it
offers, makes its candidates the most im-
pressive and most desirable for election
to SGC.

"M'% "T 10-V w . !1 i./-l i- i1y-

Letters: RLA CH Replies to Criticisms

...Tails for REACH

To the Editor:
IN THE NOV. 13 edition of The
Daily, I was attacked as not
being a fit candidate for Student
Government Council because I
was totally lacking in communica-
tion skills and personal confidence.
Although I readily agree with
Peter Sarashohn on the import-
ance of these qualifications in an
SGC representative, I do not agree
with his personal evaluation of my
character or my skills.
In the past three years I have
served on three central commit-
tees, been a house officer, worked
on the special projects committee
of the Union, served on the SGC
Public Relations Committee, and
helped form REACH, a new stu-
dent organization. I feel that
these activities require a person
with an effective set of communi-
cation skills and a person with the
greatest amount of, self confi-
FOR HOW can one hope to
excite interest in activities if one
is not vigorous and energetic him-
self? How can one plan, organize,
and execute a successful parade
if one lacks communication skills?
How can one accept the respon-
sibility to present Skit Night be-
fore 4000 spectators or take charge
of a parade at which 20,000 people
will be gathered, if he does not
have the confidence in himself to
know that he will succeed?
And how could a person accused
of lacking communication skills
and confidence receive the re-
sponsibility for handling these
events, if the people in charge
did not have condifence in his
communication abilities? And how
could one participate in many ac-
tivities if he were not confident
of the success he would have?
I feel I have been able to com-
municate and work successfully
with the students of this univer-
sity. And I feel I have shown the
confidence in myself that it would
take to be a successful SGC rep-
-Bob Smith, '67
REACH Candidate
To the Editor:
M ICKEY Eisenberg of GROUP.
in his letter of Nov. 9, at-
tacked REACH as being nothing
more than a well-organized effort
to elect members to SGC. He has,
however, forgotten that it is
REACH, not GROUP, which has
decided to tackle one of the major
problems preventing the develop-
ment of a truly representative
government on this campus. This
problem is the lack of meaning-
ful two-way communications be-
tween the students and SGC and
the resulting lack of student in-
volvement in the affairs of stu-
dent government.

made known to his student gov-
ernment. This is not just an idle
campaign promise.
Through an extensive interview
program, REACH has now estab-
lished definite communications
links with seventy campus organ-
izations and is continuing to ex-
pand this system. REACH also is
actively seeking suggestions and
ideas from al students. For ex-
ample, we are now conducting a
large-scale telephone survey.
Everyone has talked about the
communication problems and stu-
dent apathy, but REACH is the
first to take concrete steps toward
actual solutions.
REACH IS working to build a
broad-based student government
with active participants from all
areas of university life. GROUP is
not. Through my work as SGC
personnel director and my close
contact with Council during the
past year, it has become increas-
ingly obvious otme that GROUP
has been laboring under some
grave misconceptions concerning
the basic operation of an effective
student government.
GROUP acts largely on the
premise that hard work by the
eleven elected members of Coun-
cil will eventually solve every cam-
pus problem. Considering the mag-
nitude of the issues, and the work
load involved, this is an absurd
point of view.
It is physically impossible for
eleven people to do a complete job
of analyzing and proposing per-
ceptive solutions to the myriad
problems faving this campus.
Eleven students areainadequate to
carefully research all issues, and
to act on the basis of the findings.
They must have extensive com-
mittee participation and support
behind them. They need hard-
working, knowledgeable students
under them to whom they can
delegate some of the responsibil-
ity of research, proposals and

The potential of such an ap-
proach is enormous. For example,
this past semester, the SGC edu-
cational affairs committee, under
the chairmanship of Judy Gold-
stein, '67, a REACH member, has
established for the first time an
SGC representative to the Senate
.Advisory Committee on University
Affairs. This is a major initial
step in allowing students to have
a voice in the educational de-
cisions of their university,
As another example, Michael
Dean, '67, chairman of SGC's Stu-
dent Book Exchange Book Ex-
change Board and a REACH mem-
ber, is working to provide an im-
mediate solution to the bookstore
problem. Thanks to his efforts,
there will be an efficiently operat-
ing student book exchange next
has offered me little assistance in
my attempt to build, largely from
scratch, a dynamic committee
system. REACH, on the other
hand, will bring to SGCbnot only
qualified Council members, but
also a vast number of talented,
experienced, interested committee
With a negative attitude toward
the problem of participation,
GROUP has not been able to ac-
complish even a fraction of SGC's
goals. REACH, on the other hand,
will be able to carry out its plans
and promises due to its broad base
of diversified support and its
large pool of student talent.
GROUP has promised in this cam-
paign, as in the last one, to com-
pile a list of places in Ann Arbor
which offer quality goods at low-
est prices.
GROUP has not even begun
what they promised last year. Yet
REACH has just published such
an analysis of Ann Arbor res-
taurants and is in the process of
completing its survey of food mar-
kets, drug stores, and laundries.

WITH A DRAMATIC yowp of the son-
orous trombone, the Student Gov-
ernment Council election race has begun
and all the candidates, including those
of a new slate/party, REACH, are cam-
paigning vigorously. REACH, precisely
because it is new and has aroused con-
siderable controversy, is worth careful at-
Regrettably, the REACH campaign has
been called an attempt to take over SGC;
the charge that REACH's four contest-
ants for the six seats up for election this
time on the 18-member council can take
over SGC is somewhat surprising, par-
ticularly so because another four-man
slate has been most prominently asso-
ciated with this claim.
Still more regrettably-because this is
the-heart of the campaign-REACH'S op-
ponents have been saying it will intro-
duce deadening conservatism to SGC, ap-
parently because it insists on tactics, tim-
ing and priorities as opposed to an emo-
tional approach to government.
AS SAUL D. ALINSKY, the well-known
"gadfly of the poverty program," not-
ed here recently, social change is a three-
act drama. In the first act the charac-
ters and the situation are introduced; in
the second, they interact; and only in
the third does the confrontation between
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good and evil occur. "The trouble with
these kids," he said of student radicals,
"is that they want to come in only at
the third act."
In urging removal of destrictions on
apartment housing for underclassmen
women, which would seriously aggravate
conditions in what is already a grossly
unfair sellers' market; in building student
interest in a University-supported book-
store to a peak too early, via the book-
store petition, and a research effort too
late, which allowed the Regents to "study"
(and hence bury) the bookstore propos-
al; and in ignoring the possibilities of
the student book exchange program in
the interim, REACH's opponents have
demonstrated that, while their hearts are
in the right place, they have on several
occasions failed to add anything else.
Social change occurs thanks to a va-
riety of types. The present members of
SGC have given it the sense of direction
and urgency which the campus badly
needed. But it is well to be able to get
somewhere as well as know where to go.
REACH members on SGC, with their
emphasis on tactics, timing and priori-
ties; would provide the work needed for
the "first two acts" of s cial change where
others seem unable to.
FOR THAT REASON alone their candi-
dacies should be given careful consid-

This is only one example of how
REACH mobilizes its members in-
to action to keep its promises.
THERE ARE those who charge
that REACH is nothing more than
a well-organized effort to elect
members to SGC, that REACH has
done nothing in the past, and will
do nothing in the future. The
people making these charges are
either ignorant of the facts or
deliberately distorting them.
-Neill Holenshead, '67
REACH Candidate
The Draft
To the Editor:
ROGER RAPOPORT has declar-
clared the feasibility of an
exclusively professional military
establishment in the United
States. Of course, it is amyth,
and a very alluring one at that,
since his crowd would no longer be
required to drag out their edu-
cation to avoid the draft; instead
they, could drift indefinitely
through the wonderland of mod-
ern America without ever being
required to contribute anything to
the society that has fed and
housed them since birth.
The crux of his argument is
that of the halm-million men
needed annually by the services,
only 100,000 are draftees. Even
ignoring the fact that the quota
has recently been trebled (inspite
of increased enlistments) and
there is no end in sight, the idea
that a pay hike could close the
gap now filled by the draft is a
complete hoax.
I am one of the 400,000 who
"volunteered" last year. Like the
rest of the men in the Submarine
Rieserves (which is one hundred
per cent volunteer), I am proud of
my uniform and determined to
fulfill my obligation to the best
of my abilities, but this does not
alter the fact that I never would
have joined butafor the imminent
threat of the draft. The majority
of us were in actual possession of
a draft notice when we signed on;
the rest were either 1-A or about
to become so.
Oddly enough, our enlistments
have approximately trebled since
the quotas went up. Everyone
would concede that our division
could be mustereddinfa phone
booth but for the draft.
WHILE FEW servicemen are
overjoyed with their pay (who is,
Rapoport's description of military
life distorts the picture out of
reality. First, the $.55 per hour
he quotes holds only for recruits
reporting for immediate service,
and then only for the first four
months. For my two years I will
average about $350 per month
basic pay and hazardous duty
allowance. This is in addition to
room and board, medical and den-
tal service, and exchange priv-
Furthermore, typical Navy bunk
and chow is a long sight better
than quaddie accommodations
which are available for a mere
$1500 on a twelve-month basis.
Finally, the notion that a dras-
tic pay hike would have any sig-
nificant effect on enlistments is
badly mistaken. The problem the
services have in retaining person-
nel illustrates this. Currently, a
soldier or sailor can expect a
re-enlistment bonus of up to $1500
and pay comparable to average
No News a
WHAT'S NEW at 764-1817?
Don't call and ask. They
won't be able to give you that
information, and there's nothing
new about that.

After a few calls to the oracle
of 764-1817, one learns to take
nnde' rmueries to more helnful

civilian income if he signs up for
a second hitch. Nevertheless, re-
tention is low enough so that an
increase of the bonus to as high
as $5000 is definitely in the off-
CONSEQUENTLY, it seems fool-
ish to expect pay incentives to
increase enlistment when they
have so little attraction for men
who have, already become ac-
climated to military life and per-
haps are a little fearful of com-
petition for jobs in the outside
The objection to service careers
stems mainly from a rejection of
the order and discipline essential
to any military organization, not
from insufficient pay.
It seems Mr. Rapoport and his
crowd will have to burn their
draft cards after all,
-T. Burkard, '7
The Referendum
To the Editor:
I CAN CERTAINLY understand
Lee Hornberger's desire to clear
the good name of the University
on the Viet Nam question. It
would be very embarrassing if the
impression that some of us are
not a part of Johnson's Great
Consensus were allowed to con-
It is also understandable, for
the same reason, that people such
as Hornberger are not interested
in raising real questions about
our involvement in Viet Nam and
putting these to a vote: They are
interested, not in Viet Nam, but
only in the public image of the
University of Michigan, an interest
which already consumes most of
the energies of President Hatcher,
the Board of Regents, etc.
Presumably serious students can
be free from these sorts of worries
and concern themselves With more
compelling problems.
Granted that all this is under-
standable as a manifestation of
Madison Avenue anti-intellectual-
ism, the language of the Viet Nam
question on the GSC ballot is
idiotic: Yes or No: "The student
body of the University of Michi-
gan is in basic agreement with the
administration policy on Viet
Nam." An affirmative answer to
this question is a fact, rather than
an opinion, and therefore, there
is no issue to vote on. The most
naive observer can confirm the
fact that most students are in
agreement with the administration
te.g. statements by Dean Cutler,
Romney, the Detroit News, etc.)
TO MAKE IT an issue worthy
of a vote, the question should be
stated so that "I am" substitutes
for "The student body of the
University of Michigan is ..
One's own opinion seems a more
appropriate ballot than the judge-
ment of the opinions of 3Q,000
Since the question is loaded to
get a maximum number of "Yes"
votes, and thereby relieve the em-
barrassment of Hornberger et al,
it is only fair and reasonable that
students rephrase the question in
their minds when they vote: "Am
I in agreement with the admin-
istration policy on Viet Nam?"
-Charles A. Perfetti
t 764-1817
FOR INSTANCE, where can you
go to discover who the next Presi-
dent of the University will be?
You can go to Ralph of Red's.
The enigmatic Ralph sees all, and

knows more.
Where does one take one's ques-
tions about Student Government
Council? One takes them to the


Fires on the D-ag-
System Destruction

By 978-334-4
HE MOANING wind is chilling,
eerie in the night. Slate clouds
shroud the earth. The moon glows
luminous behind them, casting op-
pressive black shadows.
On the cold cement, thousands
of people crouch, staring straight
ahead. A dog cowers under the
moon with his tail between his
legs. No one speaks.
Many hands place chalky blue,
plastic objects on the huge pile of
wood. A light flickers. There is an
acrid smell. And then, raucous
whistling, huge arcs - scarlet
swirlings and blue fires rage.
There are loud, wild cheers as the
blue objects writhe and curl in
the crackling heat.

REACH is presently developing
an efficient system of liaison com-
munication which will provide the
average student with complete in-
formation about SGC's activities.
At the same time, it will insure
that the student's concerns are



Flames surge upward, upward
in a crescendo of vibrancy. Dogs
bark and horns honk and trum-
pets blow. Clouds disperse to show
golden moonlight surging down-
ward to merge with the hot glad-
A phone rings at 3 a.m. in the
President's house.
"Oh my God," he cries and calls
many men.
"Emergency meeting," he says.
LIGHTS FLICK onein the Ad-
ministration Bldg. Men w it h
furrowed brows and half a night's
beard scrape chairs against the
floor, take seats at a round table.
The President yawns and grog-
gigly calls for order.
"I welcome this opportunity to
visit with . . .," he mumbles with
his eyes closed.
"Not now, Harlan, not now,"
says number one vice-president.
"Do you realize what they've
done?" "In one night they've
wrecked a perfect system, a sys-
tem that's worked for hundreds
of years," the President says.
"Incredible!" exclaims number
two vice-president. "I thought it
was just another panty raid, but
"What did they do? What did
they do?" asks number three vice-
CARDS," answers number four
vice-president in a choked voice.
"Gasp!" says number three vice-
president, and looks to the Presi-
dent for a directive.
"This will have serious implica-
tions for the future," quoth the
"THIS WILL have serious im-



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