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or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Needed: a Coordinated
SGC Bookstore Program

didates, the question of a University
sponsored bookstore has ceased to be a
valid SGC campaign issue. There is little,
if any, disagreement among those run-
ning as to the role which SGC must play
in this area during the coming months.
The efforts initiated this semester by
SGC and GROUP candidates were suc-
cessful in gaining the attention of the
Regents, regardless of whether or not the
research behind the report was conclusive
or complete. For the first time the Re-
gents are becoming actively involved with
student economic welfare.
Further student action toward the
realization of a University bookstore must
now wait until the administration and
the Regents decide on its feasibility.
IN THE PAST WEEK, however, two sig-
nificant steps were taken to offer stu-
dents a discount on book prices.
The first of these, which has received
the approval and support of GROUP,
Reach, and independent candidates, was
the opening of the Student Book Service.
SBS promises new and used texts for
nearly every undergraduate course in the
University at a minimum 10 per cent dis-
The contenders for SGC positions are
encouraging this endeavor even though it
is *a private, profit-making enterprise.
They feel that until such time as a non-
profit making University sponsored book-
store can be established and offer even
lower discounts, SBS must receive their
support simply because'it is operating in
the students' interests. They are, of
course, right.
The second step taken this past week
was by SGC itself. At last Thursday's
meeting three motions were passed to-
ward the financing of the Student Book
Exchange--an SGC endeavor designed to
buy used texts from students at 55 per
cent of the new book value.
An abortive effort was made along these
lines by SGC last spring. Its failure then
resulted from a lack of funds. With the
passage of these motions should come
sufficient capital for SGC to compete
succesgfully with SBS and other Ann Ar-
bor merchants.

A PROBLEM, however, may confront
SGC here and again foil its attempts.
It may be able to buy back used books
at a higher price than any other orga-
nization, but will it be able to resell them
at a lower price than SBS? Somehow
it must at least break even financially
-it has not got the financial backing to
suffer a loss and still continue to oper-
Students may find themselves selling
their books to the Student Book Exchange
and buying them from the Student Book
Service. Consequently, the Exchange may
end up with an overabundance of books
while SBS will witness a shortage of used
texts in its stocks.
There has been little or no comment
from the candidates on the SGC book-
store motions. Perhaps a few are aware of
the significance of the developments be-
cause they are recent and have not yet
been fully formulated. SGC intends the
Student Book Exchange to be only a tem-
porary holdover for the student commu-
nity until a University bookstore can be
established, according to President Gary
Cunningham, '66.
However, it does not seem compatible
for SGC candidates to support the Stu-
dent Book Service and at the same time
plan to operate the Exchange, if the two
stores may find themselves at commer-
cial odds.
If either SBS or the Exchange is to be
successful in offering the students lower
textbook prices, their efforts must in
some way be coordinated. Otherwise, one
or both may fail, forcing students again
to rely on the Ann Arbor merchants and
their high prices.
Thus, while there is no dispute as to
the overall goals of SGC in the bookstore
area, there is a definite problem of de-
veloping a rational plan for the means
of achieving this goal.
On this issue the candidates must take
a stand and offer the voters alternatives
which will insure the continuation of dis-
count prices. SGC must not defeat itself
or SBS through a poorly thought out
business proposition.

FOR YEARS the University ad-
ministration, and the business
office particularly, have effective-
ly excluded faculty and students
from the ongoing processes of
day-to-day University policy-
making by an explicit but unwrit-
ten policy of mystery mongering
(a policy, itself secret, of keeping
all information under cover).
The University paid the price
last week as Rep. Jack Faxon's
House Ways and Means subcom-
mittee for higher education de-
scended on four of the top vice-
presidents here, sharpened pencils
and audit reports in hand.
It was a tragi-comic display of
new-found power vs. entrenched
administrative conservatism, con-
siderably leavened by a realization
of the great potential power the
state Legislature has over the
University, should it ever wish to
use it.
In years past, and last Wednes-
day, the University's position vis
a vis the Legislature has always
been one of surface accommoda-
tion along with a good faith
recognition of the Legislature's
right to be sure that their money
is not being mis-spent. Adminis-
trators have always taken great
pains to answer legislators' ques-
tions, provide them with any in-
formation they requested and gen-
erally treat them quite well.
THIS HAS worked out very
nicely in the past, but now, with
more and more constituents at
home clamoring for admission to
the $500,000 in income per lifetime
cult, legislators are more and
more concerned about having some
substantive effects on University
policies affecting costs both to
them and to the students, about
how much is spent on grad stu-
dents and out-of-state students
and how much is spent on expen-
sive, antiadministration-policy-in-
Viet Nam professors.

Legislators always had the
vague, gnawing feeling that they
weren't really in on what was
going on, so they came up with
more and more detailed questions
and threw more and more "hook-
ers," as they supposed them to
be (e.g. a mandatory delimitation
of "continuing program" vs. "pro-
gram expansion" money requests)
into the legislative budget request
But the University administra-
tion, one of the best run in the
nation, always came back with the
answers, and the legislators were
left holding the bag, not knowing
what to ask next.
NOW, HOWEVER, with legis-
lators more concerned than ever,
enter the students. With at least
as much financial as moral in-
dignation, the UMSEU, Voice,
GROUP types, along with some
grad students, waht to do some-
thing about housing, high student
costs (e.g. bookstores) and related
And besides, being politically
literate, they're just curious about
how things are run around here.
Administrators, in line with
long-standing policy, aren't about
to tell them how things are run-
nowhere, nohow. They have per-
fectly good reasons, of course, for
they recognize that to make any-
one privy to the informational in-
put and output of the policy-
making process is just one step re-
moved from hearing demands from
them to be included in that pro-
For when a group or groups
vitally interested in the function-
ing of the University find 1) What
decisions and policies have been
made, 2) The information that
contributed to them and 3) The
results (all of which are largely
withheld now), there are, inevit-
ably, going to be some changes
demanded. Rather than try to ac-

Michigan MAD
commodate these demands, you
just don't give anyone a chance
to make them.
Faculty have been up against
this attitude for years but have
never gotten very far because 1)
Very few of them can claim any
understanding of financial prob-
lems, 2) They would just as soon
not worry about anything beyond
their teaching-research realm, and
they do well to keep track of that,
3) The administration works hard
to take very good care of them,
and 4) They are historically used
to indigence in all except scholar-
ly enlightenmtnt, so matters of
administration go against their
ivory-tower philosophy.
tially exclusive of student acti-
vists) will have none of this, how-
ever. They want answers and ac-
tion. They want to know what's
going on and why, and no amount
of quiet assurances from Wilbur
Pierpont, Allan Smith or Harlan
Hatcher is going to satisfy them.
So, over the past few months
student pressures have been
mounting, particularly vis a vis
student economic welfare problems
and housing. "Why was tuition
raised? What about the residence
hall rate hikes? Aren't there better
ways of doing this? Why not a
University bookstore? Why not
low-cost housing?" etc.
Administrative response has
been the usual assurances. Pre-
dictably, then, students have gone
elsewhere for support, and they've
found Jack Faxon. If he asks the
questions, he can demand answers.
Most of his questions were based

on information supplied him by
It isn't going to take other legis-
lators long to find out what a rich,
source of embarrassing questions
these students are. This is what
they've been looking for all along,
the right questions to ask.
COMES the confrontation.
Some of the lines were drawn
last Wednesday as Faxon kept
four vice-presidents waiting 20
minutes in the Regent's Rm. be-
fore he and his subcommittee
showed up, then dragged out the
proceedings a full seven hours,
obviously glorying in every minute
of it. On the other side, President
Hatcher didn't attend at all.
The subcommittee inquired in
some detail, and with a pretty
good grasp of the problems and
issues involved, into use of tuition
money, residence fees and financ-
ing methods, instructional costs,
administrative costs, University
housing plans, and so on.
While they weren't very suc-
cessful in obtaining answers, es-
pecially with Vice-President for
Student Affairs Richard Cutler
absent because of illness (Cutler
is responsible for housing), they
had gotten the state auditor to
produce a public audit report con-
taining much financial informa-
tion about student fees, residence
hall expenditures and other money
allocations that concerned stu-
dents have never even got close
to before (and still aren't, the
detente on housing earlier this
fall notwithstanding).
The policy has always been one
of complete information blackout.
Barry Bluestone, working on be-
half of UMSEU, had to move
heaven and earth last summer to
even get to see the University's
fact book, which simply contains
historical tables of such things
as tuition, enrollment, and many

different kinds of breakdowns of
these figures.
It took me six months of re-
lentless digging to find out any-
thing regarding how the Univer-
sity spends its indirect cost
assessments. And when I laid the
story before Vice-President Pier-
pont for corrections he denied
there was even such a thing as an
indirect costs account.
Or try to find out how the ad-
ministration spends the several
million dollars of discretionary
money that it gets every year, or
even how much it gets and where
it comes from.
Until now the administration
could afford to let these questions
go unanswered. Unless more co-
operation is forthcoming, all the
questions, including the most em-
barrassing ones are going to start
going through Faxon, and he is
only to glad to ask them and
demand answers, and attach his
own special suggestions.
question of who is going to run
the University. If autonomy is to
be preserved (and that has direct
repercussions on in-state, out-of-
state ratios, grad-undergrad ratios,
amount of money spent of what
type of housing, enrollment level,
level of support for quality fac-
ulty, and so on), Faxon is going
to have to go back to Lansing.
If this is to happen, students
are going to have to be accom-
modated within the University and
be persuaded, through disclosure
of all the relevant information,
considerations and circumstances,
either that the decisions and poli-
cies that have been adopted are
in fact the best ones, or admin-
istrators and students are going
to have to work out some new
and mutually satisfactory ones.
The students are ready to do it
either way.

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GROUP HeadAsks:
What Is 'Acti*on?'

To the Editor:
IN MY "own sophomoric way,"
I would 'like to descend my
white charger and question again
Reach's concept of action to im-.
plement their demands.,
1) They claim to have corre-
sponded with several large com-
panies, investigating the possibil-
ity of their locating in the campus
area. This is a wonderful idea,
except that unless Reach wants a
JL Hudson store in the middle
of the diag, there may not be
ample room to entice these com-
panies to flock to the campus
2) Reach is compiling a list of
restaurants, laundries, drug stores
and supermarkets for students.
This is another good suggestion
which will effectively solve many
economic problems. For instance,
students will. now know that
Kwik-Klean charges 35c to do a
shirt and Greene's charges $.35 to
do the .same thing.
3) Reach has "law students
scrutinizing economic practices in
Ann Arbor." Obviously, they are
going to "look" the problems
away, or perhaps take merchants
to court for charging nasty rates
for their goods and services.
4) In the question of the book-
store, Reach will encourage stu-
dents to patronize Centicore (a
paperback bookstore) and the
Student Book Exchange (which
handled freshman texts only, this
semester.) As to where the rest
of the students will buy their
texts, they do not say.

NEXT, they would use SGC
funds to "professionally research"
the bookstore. 'Has anyone at
Reach talked to Mr. Daniels and
Mr. Eisenberg about their book-
store report or asked them who
they talked to in order to obtain
their information?
Reach would present a full
business report. to administrators
and regents, perhaps like the one
submitted by Daniels and Eisen-
berg. Reach would use the League
for the bookstore (where specifi-
cally in the League?). Finally,
Reach "would not force the issue
until enough public relations and
politicing had been done to ensure
the support of most of the re-
Reach is obviously blind to the
numerous attempts made by the
present bookstore committee to
talk to the regents. A report was
sent to each and each was invited
to discuss the matter over dinner
with the bookstore committee. The
regents refused to commit them-
selves severally on the issue, but
perhaps Reach has a proposal as
to how to change the Regent's
Once again I maintain that
Reach is advocating a series of
pie-in-the-sky proposals and de-
mands which would aid students
greatly if accomplished, but that
can't be without a concrete form-
ula for feasible, sensible action
that will produce results. Thus,
Reach's platform must be taken
with a grain of salt (or more).
-Martin Kane, '68
President, Group

Ann Arbor High Policy
Stifles Student Freedom

A PROGRAM designed to educate stu-
dents with respect to conscientious
objection and its role regarding the war
in Viet Nam has taken roots in Ann Ar-
bor High School. CBS cameras found an-
ti-draft leaflets being passed out across
the street from the school; various ral-
lies of high school students have been
conducted; and leaders of the movement
within the high school remark that there
has recently been more interest or, to be
more precise, "curiosity" among the stu-
Programs such as this are very signifi-
cant, for they afford the high school
student a chance to attain political iden-
tity. High school students are, almost
by definition, a direct political reflection
of their parents.
If this kind of mirror-non-thinking
persists, evolution to new ideas becomes
more and more improbable and, indeed,
impossible. Thus, programs such as the
CO project can give the student a useful
political frame of reference. As Associate
Editorial Staff
Managing Editor Acting Editorial Director
JUDITH FIELDS................ Personnel Director
LAUREN BAR ..........Associate Managing Editor
JUDITH WARREN ........ Assistant Managing Editor
Drlr.. BLUMBERO3................. Magazine Editor
PETER SARASOHN ............contributing Editor
LLOYD GRAFF................Acting Sports Editor
SHELDON DAVIS................Acting Photo Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Carney, Clarence Fanto,
Mark R. Killingsworth, John Meredith, Leonard
Pratt, Bruce Wasserstein.
DAY EDITORS: Merle Jacob. Carole Kaplan, Lynn
Metzger, Roger Rapoport, Harvey Wasserman, Dick
Wingfield, Charlotte Wolter.
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Dean James H. Robertson of the literary
college said recently, "developing creative
dissatisfaction is one of the chief pur-
poses of education."
High School has thwarted the program
at every turn. When the initiator and
present head of the program, Mike Lock-
er, Grad, wanted to get an office within
the high school, he couldn't because it
is a standing policy that the school does
not allow groups to use the school with-
out some reimbursement from the groups.
When leaflets on the draft were passed
out, students had to go across the street
to get them, for the same reason.
The strategy of Principal Nicholas
Schreiber is one of "death by isolation."
He denies the existence of the movement
within the high school; he says that even
if there were such a movement, it would
not be allowed within the school.
The adamance with which the move-
ment is being met is not surprising, con-
sidering the beliefs of Schreiber. He says
there is no need for students to be edu-
cated in conscientious objection, for they
are not yet available for the draft.
To others, however, the program seems
of direct relevance to the students at Ann
Arbor High School, all of whom will be
of draft age very soon and few of whom
understand the implications of the draft.
IT SEEMS that the principal, at least,
should be aware of influences upon his
students other than academic. It also
seems that he should allow-if not en-
courage-political activism within the
high school rather than putting on his
blinders to it and pretending it isn't
.L __

"Why can't De Gaulle throw his hat in like anybody else .,. .!"


Ge.era.tion.Stories, Poetry, Photographs

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the
first of two reviews of the new
issue of Generation. Today's re-
view covers the photography,
prose and poetry in Generation;
tomorrow's will cover the music
offerings of the magazine.
'THE STORIES, poems, and pho-
tographs in the current issue
of Generation provide a cogent
argument for the theory that lit-
erary taste is cyclical. Reading
through the magazine, I felt as
if almost everything could have
been lifted from University liter-
ary magazines of my own under-
graduate years, divided between
the early and the late forties.
Here are a few poems about
World War II, a story of an uneasy
private in an army camp, stark
photographs (survivals of the
thirties that persisted into the
forties) of battered garbage cans
in doorways and the geometric
patterns of bridges and rivets, the
Salingeresque tale of the dispos-
sessed imagining communication
only with the innocent child,
plenty of blown-up rhetoric.

And, most important, the fact that
understatement could convey both
intelligence and passion."
magazine most clearly demonstrate
the lack of control. The longer and
more ambitious, "Normie the Pri-
vate" by H. R. Wolf, depicts an
innocent boy from a protective
Jewish environment in conflict
with a brutal Army sergeant. The
climactic incident, in which the
woman who swims naked with
the innocent boy and talks of
feeling "free" turns out to be the
brutal sergeant's wife, seems a
combination of early adolescent
sex fantasy and a few scenes from
James Jones' From Here To
Granting that it's pedantic to
complain that a court martial con-
cerning an incident during the
Battle of the Bulge is supposed to
have taken place on a date before
that of the actual battle, I find
that this minor error helps re-
enforce a sense of the spurious
that pervades the entire story:
the sergeant and the colonel are
literary stereotypes, the 'sergeant

EVEN MORE conventional is
the narrator of Barry Silberblatt's
"W. 48th St. to Washington
Square." As he poses and walks,
he recalls every cliche of the
alienated hero: the imagined at-
tempt to shock people followed
by the lapse into deference; the
generalized, unmotivated, and un-
controlled bitterness; the self
dramatization; the search for
pure, child-like innocence. The
line between protest and self pity,
between the assertion of man's
alienation from his fellows and
the repetition of the childishly in-
voluted, is a thin one.
Neither of these stories achieves
sufficient control or develops
enough of a relevant context to
draw the line.
Thehpoetry in the magazine, al-
though more skillful than the
stories, often seems reminiscent of
the forties as well. "Dragon's
Teeth" by James Torrens, S.J.,
starts well, buttbuilds too slowly,
too ominously, to the discovery of
the tombstone of the man killed
by the Gestapo. The effect of the
tombstone is buried by the rhe-
toric announcing it.
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to what an improbable place!
that brave new house of God
reared on the rubble
where the computers of guilt
grow strangely still.
Unfortunately, the potery does
not often reach this intensity.
Another kind of poetry of the
forties is apparent in Barent
Gjelsness' "Elements," a neo-
Romantic poem of the self, de-
liberately avoiding any contamina-
tion by historical time. The poem
is smooth and lyrical, works with
sounds well, but I wish the author
had developed some perspective to
protect his poem from a line as
vulnerable as "I am the radiant
peal of little bells."
But the best poetry in the mag-
azine, poetry which cannot be
characterized by the forties or any
other easy historical designation,
is that by Martha MacNeal Zweig.
In each of here three poems, the
diction is both precise and sug-
gestive. Mrs. Zweig never wastes
words, always apparently confines
herself to the literal description,
yet leaves a resounding impres-
sion of implications that need
never be stated. At the end of a

tenary year, by James Torrens,
S.J. I learned a good deal about
Dante from this informative essay.
But "the effort to make Dante's
work more immediately relevant
by demonstrating his influence
on a number of twentieth century
writers leads to capsulized state-
ments that sometimes over sim-
plify the work of the modern
I am convinced of Dante's im-
portance; I'm less convinced of
what the author says about the
theme of Eliot's "Four Quartets,"
about Yeats' use of "A Vision,"
about the "two themes" that dom-
inate Auden's poetry.
Graphically, the new Generation
is attractive. If the stark ashcan
and industry motifs in the work
of Ted Grossbart seem too famil-
iar, he also works with other
shapes less familiar and more
suggestive, although still stark. I
prefer, however, the intricate com-
position in Robert Sheffield's pho-
tographs. His ladder of light is
intriguing, his use of a girl at a
piano with musical graphs as
background is effective, and his
apnealingly illuminated cheese-


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