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SGC Membership Committee
Must Pressure Panhel

NOVEMBER 30 Panhellenic Association
will vote on the issue of a Panhel-
lenic membership committee, whose func-
tion would be the elimination of racial
and religious discrimination in the soror-
ity system. The purpose of this commit-
tee would be, not to replace, but to sup-
plement' the work of the present Mem-
bership Committee of Student Govern-
ment Council.
A Panhellenic committee could con-
ceivably produce some significant results
in the area of discrimination by succeed-
ing in those areas where the SGC com-
mittee has failed-communications with
sorority actives and nationals and under-
standing of the complex national politics
behind the scenes of the local Greek
In addition, the formation of a mem-
bership committee would mark a great
increase in the importance of Panhellen-
ic Association itself.
It would be the first time that organi-
zation has acted as a true voice of soror-
ity opinion, taking a stand on an issue
both controversial and immediately rele-
vant, and would also be the first time
Panhellenic has used its power and in-
fluence to achieve a significant goal.
SEVERAL PEOPLE outside the Greek
system have expressed the opinion that
Panhellenic, in taking the responsibility
for combating discrimination, would in
practice merely be seizing an opportunity
to "get around" the University's policy
of non-discrimination.
It is doubtful that this would happen,
however, for most sorority presidents do
not seem to want to "get around" the
In other words, the formation of a
Panhellenic membership committee would
provide a framework for the future with-
in which the Greek system could, and
probably would, take some definite steps
toward self-improvement.
At present it is not certain that such
a committee will be formed. Within the
system there is some feeling that it
would be "impractical" for a Panhellenic
committee to have any real power to
judge or impose sanctions on sorority
chapters, and suggestions have been
made to limit the committee to an ad-
visory capacity. This is partly the re-
sult of pressure from national organiza-
How Abou
A Campus A1
EDITOR'S NOTE: Many schools in
the country are beset with protests,
demonstrations and criticism. Some,
however, have a different problem.
anti-draft teach-in examined the his-
tory and operation of the draft with
emphasis on how students could avoid it.
At the University of Wisconsin the Stu-
dent-Faculty Committee to End the War
in Viet Nam has lined up 100 students
who will attempt to be arrested for sit-
ting-in on the runways of Truax Field (a
base for the state Air National Guard).
At Redlands-nothing.
Last week the L.A. Times had an ar-
ticle on student demonstrations.
In it Redlands was mentioned as one of
Editorial Staff

Managing Editor Acting Editorial Director
JUDITH FIELDS .. .. .. . Personnel Director
LAUREN BAHR ....... Associate Managing Editor
JUDITH WARREN ..... Assistant Managing Editor
GAIL BLUMBERG ................. ..Magazine Editor
PETER SARASOHN ............ Contributing Editor
LLOYD GRAFF........... .... Acting Sports Editor
SHELDON DAVIS ................Acting Photo Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Carney. Clarence Fandto,
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.
Blum, Babette Cohn, Gail Jorgenson, Robert Kliv-
ans, Lawrence Medow, Neil Shister, Joyce Winslow.
SPORTS NIGHT EDITORS: Rick Feferman, Jim La-
Sovage, Bob McFarland, Gil Samberg, Dale Sielaff5,
Rick Stern, Jim Tindall, Chuck vetzner.
Phishedra rily Tuesdav through Sunday morning.

tions, and partly the result of conserva-
tism in Panhellenic itself.
To limit the powers of the Panhellenic
membership committee would make it
ineffectual in practice-it would lose the
force of responsibility and judgment.
jF AN EFFECTIVE membership commit-
tee is not formed by Panhellenic, it
will be the result, for the most part, of a
deplorable lack of direction, action and
organization on the part of the SGC
Membership Committee.
The SGC committee has done virtually
nothing since it received membership
recommendation forms from the sorority
Committee Chairman Ron Serlin, '66,
has come out several times in favor of
the Panhellenic membership committee,
but the lack of action on the part of his
committee may well be the factor that
will prevent it from being formed.
Panhellenic's president and vice-presi-
dent can talk about the evils of discrim-
ination and the benefits of student self-
determination as long as they wish, and
sorority presidents will nod in agreement.
But they will not expose themselves to
the disfavor of their national officers,
they will not put themselves in the pre-
carious position of innovators by form-
ing a membership committee, unless there
is pressure put on them to do so.
This pressure is what the SGC Mem-
bership Committee must now bring to
bear within the next 10 days.
If they have found anything in the
membership recommendation forms that
warrants investigation, now is the time to
let it be known. There is still one soror-
ity that has not submitted a recommen-
dation form-now is the time to come to
grips with this problem and let that
sorority know when it must submit a
form, and what action will be taken if
it refuses.
bership Committee could only benefit
all involved. It would increase the prob-
ability of a Panhel committee that could
really do something ,and would put new
life into a cause that, after making some
great advances in the past six months,
seems now to be in danger of fading into
t Formi
athy League?
the only two schools in Southern Califor-
nia which failed to have Viet Nam dem-
onstrations in recent weeks.
WE HAVEN'T FIGURED out yet if this
is supposed to be good or bad.
Most of the students at other schools
(who constitute the famous committed,
activist generation) no doubt regard us
as apathetic and unconcerned-reminis-
cent of the goldfish swallowing genera-
tion of the '50's.
A majority of the older generation view
us as patriotic Americans.
The problem is now that we're not even
pro-American. We have relinquished our
positions to the Hell's Angels-for they
believe that "America should be for Amer-
icans and those who don't like it should
get the hell out."
Because the editorial board is charged
with giving dynamic leadership to the
student body, we have given some thought
to ways in which the UR can prove it is
truly committed

E HAVE NARROWED the proposals
down to two. After rejecting sit-ins,
teach-ins, and think-ins, we arrived at an
idea we think may work at the UR: a
The -bitch-in originated at Colorado
and is patterned after a teach-in. Each
student who attends will have the oppor-
tunity to speak for five minutes on any-
thing that bothers him.
Students would speak at the bitch-in
according to the Chapel numbers. We feel
it would be a good opportunity for stu-
dents to get what's bothering them off
their chets-

student newspaper, the State
News, yesterday suffered the loss
of all of its editors except the
editor-in-chief, Charles Wells.
Four editors walked out in protest
against the suppression of news
regarding the Paul Schiff case,
currently pending in the MSU
Faculty Committee on Student
Affairs at State.
The walk out seems indicative of
State's current move toward poli-
tical and social maturity.
The totalitarianism of its ad-
ministration is being challenged.
Students are starting to question
policies there as they started to
question policies here long ago.
Michigan State at present has
a great deal of power over its
students. Its Board of Trustees,
which hasthe power to govern
and punish its own students,
maintains its own police force, the
MSU Department of Public Safety,
all of whose members are officially
Ingham County deputy sheriffs.
An example of MSU power was
shown last month when five stu-
dents were arrested for passing
out leaflets on Viet Nam. Charges
against them were trespassing in
the Student Union and violation
of the Fruit Peddlers' Ordinance,
Regulation 3002 which prohibits
circulating or selling any litera-
ture which contains commercial
advertising on MSU property.
IN ADDITION, the Head Advi-
sor of Fee Residence Hall has be-
gun proceedings against a student,
George Fish, aimed at his dis-
missal from the university. The
charges against Fish are that he
passed out Logos, the official voice
of the Committee for Student
Rights, in dinner lines there.
Logos, however, is free litera-
ture without any commercial ad-
vertising. There is no ordinance
governing this action.
In fact, the only charge which
could conceivably be trumped up

against him would be one of
"asocial conduct," a catch all used
mainly for ejecting homosexuals,
transvestites, and other alleged
"social misfits" from the univer-
This "asocial conduct" charge
serves as another example of the
administration's high-handed pol-
icy. The State News last year
commended MSU detectives for a
job well done. They had lain in
wait for homosexuals in campus
bathrooms. Such tactics seem
hardly worthy of an institution
which calls itself a university.
The injustice of MSU legal.ac-
tions includes violation of protec-
tion from double jeopardy. Two
years ago MSU coeds were arrested
at a "grasser." The girls were
given late minutes for all the time
they spent giving testimony to
police. Those found guilty were
given additional punishment by
the civil authorities.
Thus, not only were the in-
nocent punished along with the
guilty, but the guilty parties in-
volved drew punishments both
from civil and university authori-
ties. And this was not an isolated
case. It can happen to any MSU
student who violates a city,
county, or state law.
THE MSU administration's fear
of communist infiltration of the
campus is as notorious as its in-
fringement on students' rights
deserves to be. In 1963 Robert
Thompson, a communist, wanted
to speak on campus to the stu-
dents. He was denied this right.
In the end, he spoke in the
backyard of a fraternity house.
This is again not a particular case
alone but is representative of the
MSU policy toward communist
speakers on campus. They are
simply not allowed.
Allegedly, there has been some
revision of this policy. Now com-
munist spokesmen are allowed to
speak on the conditions that they
will not advocate violation of any
city, state, or federal law and

that the organization which spon-
sors them will take full respon-
Although this seems a step in
the right direction, this new ruling
has not been tested, and thus can-
not be considered an established
policy. Since the Thompson affair
there have been no university-
recognized communist speakers on
The attitude of MSU President
Hannah toward communists among
student groups most eloquently
exemplifies the fear of "reds" on
campus. Last March Hannah
charged that there were three
"trained communist-oriented agi-
tators" on campus. In late spring
last year he said that radical
student groups were inspired by
"Peking-brand" ideologists.
His latest pronouncement, which
came on the steps of the Union in
a message to alumni was that
there was a small group of radicals
getting their orders from Moscow
and Peking via New York.
If members of this "small radi-
cal group" were getting their
orders from both Moscow and
Peking there would, no doubt, be
sufficient chaos in the organiza-
tion itself to annihilate it from
THE ISSUE which brought
about the editor's walkout from
the State News-Paul Schiff's re-
jection by MSU and accompany-
ing censorship-has been the one
which has raised the most student
Schiff withdrew from State by
not returning in the spring last
year. He had completed his re-
quired hours for a major in eco-
nomics with a B4 average. He
applied for readmission to the
graduate department in history
for the following fall term. His
grades in undergraduate history
courses had been a 3.5+ average
and so he was admitted by the
history department.
He was denied admission, how-
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cause of his undergraduate politi-
cal activism, he felt that his re-
jection from the university was
for nonacademic reasons. It was
on this ground that he appealed.
The case went to the Federal
District Court in Grand Rapids.
Out of that court came an in-
struction to the university to give
him a hearing.
He received, as per court order,
the charges against him in writ-
ing. This document was presented
to the Faculty Committee on Stu-
dent Affairs along with witnesses
against Schiff. This week he pre-
sented his own document refuting
the arguments against him and
introduced witnesses in his behalf.
The committee is now deliberat-
ing the case.
There is one very important
factor in this case. The hearing
given Schiff was a closed one. The
public was not allowed. Reporters
and involved observers were also
kept out of the hearing room.
The closed hearing, according to
MSU policy, is supposed to be for
the student's benefit. Yet Schiff's
request to have an open hearing
was denied. The reason for this
denial could be that the admin-
istration wishes for the entire
matter to be Herkos Odonton.
They are suppressing the facts
or, at least, this is the impression.
The university's denial of an open
hearing to Schiff hints that there
is something of questionable valid-
ity going on.
THE WALK OUT of the editors
of the State News was highly
justified. Unlike The Daily, the
State News is under the thumb of
the university administration.
Professional men head the news-
paper, most of whom depend on
their positions for a livelihood.
Thus, at the call of the admin-
istration-which comes in time of
any danger to the MSU image-
information which is damaging is
not published. This is what hap-
pened last night.
To the Editor:.
Korn expressed shock that
President Johnson had "lied" to
the American people. He did not,
however, demonstrate that the
President had done so. What did
the President say? "I must say
that candor compels me to tell
you that there has not been the
slightest indication that the other
side is (present tense!) interested
in negotiation or in unconditional
discussions, although the United
States has made some dozen sep-
erate attempts to bring that
In view of the present tense of
the verb, as noted above, previous
willingness on the part of Hanoi
to unconditional discussions (if
such willingness existed) is ir-
relevant. The President was clear-
ly speaking of willingness at or
about the time that he spoke.
We are told that Hanoi made
a "peace offer" during the mora-
torium on air strikes that took
place a few weeks before. There
is no indication that this "peace
offer" was unconditional, i.e. that
it put no preconditions either on
the United States or on Hanoi.
Indeed we have a contrary indi-
cation - Dean Rusk said that
Hanoi's reaction was "harsh, very
harsh." At most, then, Korn fails
to belie Johnson's "shocking"
Korn also presents the following
question: suppose that to win the
war it would be necessary to kill
two or three civilians for every

Viet Cong. "What could serve to
justify it?"
CONSIDER THE following situ-
ation (which, I think, is analo-
gous): a frontiersman and his
family are attacked by a group of
Indians who intend to make slaves
of them. These Indians have cap-
tured one of the man's children
and are trying to use the child
as a hostage to obtain the sur-
render of family.
Who would condemn the man
for defending himself and the rest
of his family by force even if he
knew that, say, in shooting at the
Indians he himself might kill their
hostage? I do not claim that
everyone would do it, but who
would condemn the man who
does? Who can condemn South
Viet Nam and the United States
for defending the South Vietnam-
ese even though it entails the loss
of large numbers of South Viet-
"Communism is not so bad as
slavery" you may say. My only
answer to that is that this is a
value judgment-another question
to be decided by other arguments.
Suffice it to say that a significant
number of people with first-hand
information (i.e. escapees from
East Berlin, Cuba, etc.) believe
that it is bad enough to risk their

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Louis Berman, a member of the
MSU faculty, is the final authority
on what goes in the News and
what stays out. It was he who
kept the Schiff story out. If there
had been something dubious about
the source material for the story
or the slant created within it, his
veto would have been at least
partially justifiable.
But the story was to be only
the official university charges
against Schiff and his written re-
buttal, both unedited and left
completely untouched.
The censorship of this article
shows either that the publishing
of the Schiff documents could
have been damaging to the uni-
versity or that the MSU admin-
istration's document was insuffi-
cient to justify its position.
This is not the only instance in
which there has been deliberate
censorship of articles on Schiff.
Although there have been mild
editorials and news stories on the
Schiff case, no letters to the edi-
tor have been published about it.
The News has an abundance of
material to work with in this area
if they are at all interested in
presenting the opposing sides of
the question.
If this is the service which the
State News gives the university,
there should either be no paper
at all or it should be acknowledged
as the official sheet of the ad-
the Michigan State University ad-
ministration is clear. Yet the dis-
satisfaction of the students is
also mounting. The political ma-
turation of the students in such
organizations as the Committee on
Student Rights, leads one to feel
that the MSU administration must
respond to the challenge offered
by the students there.
MSU is coming of age. The
tyranny invoked by its administra-
tion is being gravely considered by
the students. It must, in time,
s Critics
handling of election procedures.
This past campaign was the
most exciting and interesting that
I have experienced in my stay at
the University. I am sure there
was much more interest generated
tn this election than the 4,268
vote total indicates. The cam-
paigning was great, but the hand-
ling of the election was poor. SGC
can blame "Mother Nature" for
part of this, but when polling
places go unmanned (to site ;lust
two of theinstances: The diag at
12:00, and WQ at 3:00) many
students are not able to vote. I
have spoken to at least 10 people
who did not vote-precisely for
this reason. These people were
informed, and they wanted to
vote. How can SGC expect to
keep students interested when
they plan things so poorly?
I think that in the future polling
places should be indoors (e.g., the
Fishbowl). If they are well pub-
licized, marked and positioned, in-
terested people will find them.
The essential thing, though, is
that they be manned at all times.
Charles Cooper of SGC has al-
ready promised to do something
about the confusing ballots. I
suggest that he and the rest of
the Council also do something
about moving the polls.
-John Mulhern, '67
Schutze 's

HERE'S A simple tale. Stan Lie-
baert was walking to class
yesterday. Stan noticed some
people on the Diag collecting
money for CARE. "Nice idea,"
Stan thought. He walked over to
them. Stan read their sign. "Phi
Delta Theta and Delta Gamma
Bucket Drive," Stan read. "Nice
people," Stan thought. Oh, Stan.
The CARE collectors noticed a
button on Stan's lapel. They read
Stan's button. "Viet Nam March,"
the collectors read. One of the
Phil Delta Theta persons stepped
in front of Stan. "Hey Commie,"
the person shouted charmingly,
"I'll burn your draft card for you,
if you will give to CARE."
Well, fella, you gave decency
that old college try. You knew
that collecting money for CARE
was basically a civilized thing to
the hero in a greek tragedy. All
vour best wisheam e mto naught.





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"He refuses to come, because, according to protocol,
it's God's turn to visit him next . . ."

Rhodesia -Time Needed

THE CONFLICT in Rhodesia be-
tween the native Africans and
the European settlers is a perfect
example of a problem to which
there can be no final solution
during the lifetime of the men who
are involved.
The white prime minister, Ian
Douglas Smith, who has been
pushed over the brink by the
right wing of his own party, can-
not guarantee that white suprem-
acy will be maintained in Rhode-
sia. It is a virtual certainty that
in Africa 220,000 whites can do
no more than fight a rear guard
action for their own supremacy
against 4 million blacks.
Unless there is a racial holocaust
in which the whites or blacks ex-
terminate one another, Rhodesia
is destined in one way or another
to become a multiracial state. The
controlling fact is that a multi-
racial state cannot be developed
in one generation, and the crucial
question is, therefore, how such
a long, difficult transition can be
managed without intolerable dis-

While no one can speak con-
fidently about how to overcome
the absolutes of the white su-
premacists and the absolutes of
the Africans demanding imme-
diate majority rule, we do know
what ought to be done. We ought
to win time for a peaceable evolu-
A way must be found in which
whites and blacks accept the fact
that it will require at the least
a generation of time for the evolu-
tion of Rhodesia into a multiracial
Unless the whites or the blacks
are to exterminate one another,
they must grant each other time
in which the Africans can evolve
the essential capacity to govern
and the Europeans can devolve
from their absolute supremacy.

great powers would in one way or
another be sucked. It would be a
war, moreover, which would cause
serious reverberations within the
United States.
The administration has, I think,
done the right thing in adopting
a supporting and secondary role,
not an initiating and primary one.
This has been, challenged by
Americans who argue that our
position of "world leadership" de-
mands that we take the lead in
African affairs.
IT WOULD BE a mistake to do
this. Moreover, once a European
power has liquidated its own col-
onial empire, as have Britain,
France and Belgium, it is left
with a pool of technicians and
administrators who know the
country, who have personal roots
in the country, who know the ways
of the country which no one can
acquire quickly.
No one, I think, should ignore
or underestimate the need in a
new nation for guides, counselors
and tutors.
Our real quarrel with the white
Rhodesians is not that they want

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