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Seventy-Sixth Year

March 23:

This Side of the River

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the inidividual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
Athletic Board in. Control
IV O e0 hl e e
eedstdent Voice
FOR TOO LONG Fritz Crisler has exer- that a tendered athlete cannot possibly
cised an overbearing control of the represent the interests of the non-tend-
Board in Control of Intercollegiate Ath- ered students without running into con-
letics without the slightest concern for flict.
student opinion or welfare. This financial aspect is significant be-
Though an autonomous organization, cause at Michigan, as opposed to all other
the Board has a responsibility to the Uni- Big Ten schools, the Athletic Department
versity student body which it ignores be- exists as an entirely separate entity from
hind veils of secrecy. Crisler appears to the University. Crisler's Board is a pri-
place the financial problems of the Board vate corporation and the tuition of ath-
ahead of its responsibility to the student, letes is actually paid to the University.
maintaining an extremely apathetic at- Thus having a tendered athlete represent
titude toward student interest in the the students on the Board in Control is
Board. equivalent to having an employe repre-
sent the stockholders of a corporation. If
FOR EXAMPLE, when one of the two this is what Crisler wants, he may just as
student representatives to the Board well abolish the position of student rep-
was forced to drop out of school due to resentative altogether.
illness last semester, two students ap- This conflict issue comes into play in
proached Crisler and asked him to ap- many practical aspects of the Board.
point an alternate representative during Among recent measures which the Board
the duration of the absence. The request has adopted is a medical insurance pro-
was politely ignored, and student repre- gram which provides the complete medi-
sentation on the Board was cut in half cal expenses of any athlete injured while
for four months. participating. However, it is the students
Crisler knows that, since students car- who will pay for the program out of the
ry- only two of 16 votes on the Board, he money they spend on attending athletic
need not worry about the passage of his events, They need a voice in the decision
proposals.' But the Board should recog- and this voice cannot come from a tend-
nize its responsibility and take efforts to ered athlete. The program is indeed a
make public its decisions and explain good one but perhaps a student represen-
the reasoning behind them. This at the tative might have suggested that it be
very least. expanded to cover intra-mural athletics
Bob McFarland, a candidate for the as well, for which the Board is also re-
position of student representative in to- sponsible.
day's election, has indicated his inten-
tion of bringing into the open those deal- McFARLAND IS A STUDENT who has
ings of the Board which concern the followed the activities of the Board
student body. It is very true that certain for the past two years. He is sincerely
activities of the Board, such as coaches' interested in student welfare and has had
salaries, are of no concern to students. experience in the area of athletic admin-
But others, like new stadiums and in- istration. The conflicts which exist per-
creasing prices, are of direct interest, force for his opponent simply do not exist
for him. He should be elected today.
A SECOND AREA relevant to student
welfare involves the selection of the -RICHARD STERN
"student" representative. Up until two -BRUCE WASSERSTEIN
years ago it was always an athlete, whose Executive Editor
tuition, room, board and expenses are -CLARENCE FANTO
paid by the Board. It is indeed the case Managing Editor
Overwhelming ;, Support
For Robinson Candidacy

Acting Associate Managing Editor
ica's relations with it, have re-
cently been under the microscope
of Sen. J. W. Fulbright (D-Ark)
and his Foreign Relations Com-
That these hearings had to be
held in the first place is a very
significant indication of the pres-
ent condition of American foreign
policy. On reflection, they also il.-
lustrate that many of the schol-
ars,' who have criticized the basis
of U.S. foreign policy, are neglect-
ing a convenient means of chang-
ing it.
A China hearing itself is the
focus of several elements sym-
bolic of the varying degrees of
knowledge that exise in America
today regarding East Asia: Con-
gressmen seeking, almost desper-
ately it seems, to extract informa-
tion from their witnesses; experts
trying, with the oratorial skill
built up during the course of a
scholarly career, to give the sen-
ators precisely the right informa-
tion and impression; and the pub-
lie, in the back of the room, cur-
ious, quiet and somewhat mystified
by the entire proceedings.
IN THE NATION, the expres-

sion of this tripartate situation is
a vast knowledge gap. The mass
public and some government offi-
cers, knowing very little about
the nature of today's China, must
be pushed and cajoled into mak-
ing the proper decisions by those
few, those very few, who have the
information to make them.
The leadership, those who would
guide the tragically un-and mis-
informed mass, has recently be-
come more specific in its demands.
Only last Sunday a large group
of Asian scholars, including many
who had testified before the Sen-
ate Foreign Relations Committee,
released a five-point statement on
American relations with China.
They proposed such points-un-
mentionable not lkng ago-as the
establishment of diplomatic rela-
tions with Communist China and
the exchange of journalists and
writers. More remarkable than
their proposals (for most of the
measures are really rather moder-
ate) was the public stir which
their statements produced. It
seems that themost rational state-
ments in the world turned east-
ward, suddenly become policy
changes of drastic import.
TO SAY a knowledge gap exists
is to beg the question of what
created it. Education propagates

knowledge, and a lack of knowl-
edge thus implies a definite lack
of education.
Education of Chinese experts to-
day is in the same condition that
the education of nuclear physicists
was around 1945: experts are rare
-Fulbright's hearings have all but
exhausted the top talents within
a few days-and their motivation
to enter the field was primarily
their overriding personal interest
in China. Their training has been
aimed at the simple propogation
and expansion of knowledge in this
Moreover, students now interest-
ed in entering Chinese studies are
faced with an almost overwhelm-
ing series of obstacles-they must
compete for entrance to graduate
schools with less specialized stu-
dents, conquer an incredibly dif-
ficult language, possess an excel-
lent ability to interpret and an-
alyze and, after all that, be will-
ing to begin their careers under-
paid, understaffed and generally
NEEDLESS TO SAY, though the
nation possesses some outstand-
ing talent in the field, it does not
have anywhere near the number
of men needed for the amount of
work to be done.
More tragic than that, is the

fairly obvious fact that the pub-
lic's knowledge can be no more
advanced that that held by the
country's scholars as a whole. In-
deed, the public may lag behind
the scholars by some five years or
Most unfortunate of all is the
fact that, to a fairly large extent,
the country's foreign policy must
be based upon the knowledge and
understanding possessed by its ci-
tizens. Government in a democra-
cy must operate within the limits
of the public's endurance. The
bounds in this case are admitted-
ly wide and loosely-defined, but
they are still there, and they still
inhibit the conduct of a rational
foreign policy whenever the pub-
lic's beliefs do not coincide, at
least to a degree, with the ex-
(Television networks have had a
finger in the dyke of this public
ignorance gap for several months
but their efforts simply have not
been enough to radically alter the
AS JOSEPH KRAFT has noted,
the government itself could im-
mediately ease some of these prob-
lems by making government ca-
reers for China experts more at-
tractive than they are now. He
has made several suggestions -

higher starting pay for China ex-
perts and a regular system of ca-
reer advancements for them -
which deserve serious considera-
But in the long run the educa-
tion of a much larger number of
China scholars is the only answer.
At the present, only the Universi-
ty, Harvard and Columbia have
extensive programs on China. As
Kraft has pointed out, this leaves
the U.S. less fit to analyze China
than Africa, though the former is
of far more importance to Amer-
Mass education is the greatest
single long-term social influence
in a modern society. China schol-
ars-many of whom occupy influ-
ential positions in arge universi-
ties-are thus in an excellent po-
sition to change America's future
beliefs, as well as influence present
IT MAY WELL be time for
scholars to stop advising and start
doing. They may not be at the
locus of immediate decisions, but
they are in a very real sense at.
the locus of future decisions. They
should not owe the future less loy-
alty or energy than they owe the


writers Discuss SGCCandidate's

To the Editor:
IT IS HARD to believe that an
election for President of Stu-
dent- Government Council has
been characterized by so many
people as a "personality contest!~"
To me this shows a lack of knowl-
edge about the issues involved, and
a, distortion of the bases of the
personal support of various stu-
dent leaders for one of the can-
didates, Ed Robinson. I
I met Ed in the SGC campaign
last fall during a debate with an-
other candidate. I was very im-
pressed at that time, and my re-
spect for his ability and ideas has
grown as I have seen the results
of his action on Council since
then. He has acted on his idea of
competent student participation
by developing final plans for a
student voice in selection of the
next University president.
One phase of his concept of
relevant action in all areas affect-
ing University students was mani-
fested in legislation concerning
the 18-year-old vote in Michigan
and clarification of University
policy on releasing information to
draft boards.
ED HAS A thorough under-
standing of SGC, the ability to
work with people in effecting his
ideas, and will exhibit an active
and responsible leadership that
will make SGC an even more ef-
fective body in the coming year.
I became acquainted with Cindy
through her work on the Student
Sesquicentennial C o m m i t t e e.
When she assumed chairmanship
of this committee, she faced the
difficult task of planning and or-
ganizing a. completely new area of
student involvement.
The results she has achieved
through personal contact with ad-
ministrators and student leaders,
and through effective leadership of
her committee, have been signifi-
cant and exciting. To me she has
solidly demonstrated her ability
to handle the tasks of an Execu-
tive Vice-President of SGC.
THESE ARE my reasons for
being a "friend" of Ed and Cindy
-a friendship based on a lot more
than personality.
-Pam Swart, '66
Past Public Relations
Director, Panhellenic Assoc.
LSA President

dent of the LSA Senior Class. In
the past this has been almost
completely an honorary position.
This can be changed by voting for
Rick Handel.
Rick has been interested in
campus affairs for three years. A
good demonstration of both his
interest and ability is his work as
chairman of the University Coun-
seling Committee. He took a newly
organized group and produced a
worthwhile seminar on venereal
disease. He has guided Alpha Phi
Omega in the past year as its
president and has used their fa-
cilities for maximum benefit to
the campus.
HE WOULD MAKE the post of
LSA President meaningful by ask-
ing for positions on both the
Literary College Steering Com-
mittee and the Curriculum Com-
mittee, positions, I think, which
ought rightfully to be filled by
the Literary College President. His
knowledge and interest would en-
able him to contribute signifi-
cantly to these groups, and he has
already begun making the con-
tacts necessary to gain these po-
sitions for the College President.
Rick has an enlightened and
responsible attitude toward cur-
riculum revision, and good recom-
mendations have come from his
Counseling Committee for new
inter-departmental courses, which
he deserves the opportunity to
LSA Senior Class President would.
have positive results for the Lit-
erary College and I urge you to
cast your vote for him.
-Gary Cunningham, '66
President, Student
Government Council
To the Editor:
THIS YEAR'S campaign for the
presidency of Student Govern-
ment Council should end in the
election of Robert Bodkin. Un-
fortunately it may not, for Bod-
kin's opponent has had some suc-
cess in confusing, undermining,
and ignoring' substantive issues.
Another look at these issues is in
THE MOST important issue is
that of experience. Bob Bodkin

facing it. As a result he has been
the force behind some of the most
penetrating and meaningful strides
taken by SGC. Ed Robinson, on
the other hand, has so little exper-
ience that it is impressive only
when compared to that of his run-
ning mate, who has no experience
The second most important issue
is that of leadership. Bodkin has
shown his leadership ability and
that showing has been impressive.
Long before Robinson ever thought
about running for SGC Bob Bod-
kin had established his position as
a legislative leader on SOC.
During his first term on SGC
Bodkin's leadership ability was
recognized by SGC members. He
was asked by many to run for
an executive office in 1964. It is a
credit to his integrity that he re-
fused at that time, choosing in-
stead to spend his time gaining
more experience and serving SGC
as a legislator.
THIRDLY, it is important to
look at the type of campaign put
on by the candidates. Bodkin has
stressed experience and leader-
ship. He has been willing to stand
on his record. He has presented
ideas for the coming year. Ed
Robinson has no experience, is not
a leader, and has a poor record.
Consequently Robinson has re-
lied upon a whisper campaign at-
tempting to deride Bodkin's per-
sonal characteristics. Put blunt-
ly, Robinson and his supporters
are trying to say that Bodkin is
obnoxious. Robinson has collect-
ed an impressive group of "cam-
pus names" in -an attempt to gain
vicarious support and obscure his
own lack of qualifications while
trying to suggest that Bodkin is
impossible to work with.
The truth of the matter is that
many of these people have en-
joyed Bodkin's support, have work-
ed with him, and have co-spon-
sored legislation with him. Now
these people have been convinced
that they should join the "hate
Bodkin" campaign begun earlier
by some ex-officios whose support
of SGC itself has been question-
able. As a further insult it ap-
pears that they have rallied be-
hind a candidate who was the
second choice of the "hate Bod-
kin" group.
THUS, if we listen to Robinson's
supporters we must conclude that
we personally dislike Bodkin and
should therefore vote" for any-
one, even Ed Robinson. However.
if we refuse to listen to this petty
irrationality it is apparent that
there is only one candidate de-
serving of the presidency of SGC.:

That candidate is Robert Bodkin..
-Doug Brook
Past President-SGC
-Larry Lossing
Past President-IFC
To the Editor:
FEEL very strongly about the
upcoming S G C presidential
election. Having worked on SGC
for the last year I have had close
contact with both Ed Robinson
and Robert Bodkin. It is my firm
belief that Ed Robinson is by far
the best candidate and will do
much in the role of SGC president.
Words alone are hard to con-
vince people. I only wish every
student who votes in the next
election has a chance to see Ed
and Bob. I do not mean to imply
Bob will not make a competent
president. But Ed transcends com-
petence and achieves excellence.
IF ED ROBINSON is elected, I
believe SGC will become a relevant
do-something organization. Having
seen 6 student elections, I believe
Ed Robinson is the best candidate
this campus has seen for SGC
-Mickey Eisenberg, SGC
Engineering President
To the Editor:
terest in the upcoming SGC
elections, the selection of senior,
class officers manages to pass
almost unnoticed. Perhaps this
isn't such a serious problem for
the LSA student, for various stu-
dent committees have been set up
to take part in policy-making de-
In the College of Engineering.
however, where these committees
are non-existent, this apathy
breeds "figure-head" officers and
an intolerable situation.
I am therefore proposing that
the College of Engineering form an
Engineering Steering Committee
similar to the highly respected and
successful Literary College Steer-
ing Committee. Through this body
the demands of the engineering
student would be conveyed to the
administration; demands which
are in part a reflection of the fact
that an ever increasing number of
engineering students are continu-
ing studies in areas such as medi-
cine, law, business-a fact which
must be asknowledged in curricu-
lum changes which have already
taken place at such schools as
MIT and CalTech.

Curriculum changes are just one
area of needed reform; the point
is that a Steering Committee
would provide the necessary com-
munication between student and
administrator on all matters.
THE FIRST STEP toward any
faculty-student liaison must be
taken in Wednesday's elections
with an intelligent vote cast for
candidates who are ready to give
the college the leadership it sorely
--Richard D. Pomp
Candidate for the Presidency
of the Senior Class
College of Engineering
To the Editor:
OVER A MONTH ago we receiv-
ed letters from the Student Hous-
ing Association (SHA) urging us
to register and vote in the Ann
Arbor City Council election. The
reasoning behind the letter was
that in order to improve city plan-
ning and the apartment prices and
living conditions of students, It is
necessary for students to help elect
the persons (City Council mem-
bers) with ultimate control over
these factors.
Regarding the facts that:
1) As graduate students we feel
that the SHA is the one project of
SGC this year that has made a
lasting and effective commitment
to the welfare of graduate as well
as undergraduate students, and
2) Although we are somewhat
removed from the usual activities
of SGC, we approve the activities
of the SHA and would like to in-
sure that they are continued, and
3) Graduate Student Council
has officially endorsed the SHA,
4) R o b e r t Bodkin, chairman
and director of SHA, is right now
making his bid for the presidency
of SGC and has hopes of giving
SGC a stronger commitment to the
welfare of -students on- this cam-
pus through such projects as the
SHA, and
We, as graduate students, can
vote in the SGC election, We,
therefore, encourage all graduate
students to exercise their privilege
in voting' to secure the continua
tion of campus-wide and effective
programs for student welfare, and
to vote for Robert Bodkin in the
Wednesday SGC election.
-Steve Robinson, grad., Bus. Ad.
-Bill Hieronymaes, grad., Econ.
-Molly Buffin, grad., Eng.
--Stephen Selander, grad., Econ.
-Carole Hartman, grad., Econ.


THE LETTER which appeared in yester-
day's Daily written by SGC President
Gary Cunningham points out one factor
in the SGC presidential race that I feel
too many people have neglected - the
need for an SGC president with a well-
rounded overview of the entire Univer-
sity and its problems. Ed Robinson has
the accurate intelligent overview which
SGC needs, and Bob Bodkin does not.
This is why Ed Robinson must be elected.
BODKIN'S WORK with the Student
Housing Association has been excellent
-nobody has denied that. But it has be-
come evident that this is all that he is
running on. In the recent Daily inter-
views, Bodkin talked long, hard, and im-
pressively about his excellent plans to
continue work in the housing area. How-
ever, as Cunningham pointed out, there
is far more to this campus that just
housing. Bodkin seemed all too willing to
skip over his plans in the areas of aca-
demics and North Campus planning. Fur-
thermore, his outlook on working with
administrators is somewhat idealistic and
His Council record seems to bear out
this one-sidedness. He has claimed, as
one of his qualifications, his past chair-
manship in organizing the recent SGC-s
UAC academic conference. Yet members
of that committee have complained of his
lack of effective leadership and work
Finally, one theme throughout this cam-
paign has been rather unfortunate, but
one which must be mentioned-ability
to work well and effectively with people.
Two REACH councilmen, one on the
- executive board of REACH, have express-
ed their strong discontent with Bodkin's
candidacy. Only two councilmen - his
running mate and REACH stalwart Al
Goodwin-have endorsed Bodkin.
ROBINSON, on the other hand, has been
endorsed by the entire executive board
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all knowledge of the workings and the
reality of the University that Bodkin
lacks. He has done trenemous work as
Contemporary Discussion chairman for
UAC, and has demonstrated enthusiasm
and insight in proposing no less than five
motions to Council this semester - mo-
tions which were, in the words of one
veteran councilman, "impressively
thought-out and researched, and of prime
importance to the University."
AS A LE#DER, as a mediator, as an ini-
tiator-Robinson is what SGC needs.
The Children's
holding a bucket drive on campus to-
day. The Children's Community in case
you didn't know, and unfortunately too
many people don't, is an "experimental"
school for kindergarten-aged youngsters.
The word "experimental" is very impor-
tant, for it is the key to the school's
uniqueness and worthiness of your sup-
College students who have come this
far in their education should try to re-
member back to when they began school.
Did they have the opportunity to play
when they wanted, learn at their own
rate, study what interested them and
drop that study out of curiosity for some-
thing else?
to get away from this pervasive sys-
tem which stifles the child's innate po-
tential to love the learning process. More
than that, the school broadens the chil-
dren's experiences by bringing together
youngsters of different racial, social and
cultural backgrounds.

has served over two years on SGC.
To the Editor iHe has worked hard to grasp an
0 NE OF THE POSTS to be filled understanding of the operations
in today's election is the Presi- of the University and the problems


Schutze:The Ultimatum
To the People of Planet Earth

AT THREE one eery morning, a
timid knock sounded on the
locked door of Philosophy major,
Sol Kradie. He looked up from the
funny papers and asked, "who?"
"A physics major," the knocker
explained in a whisper.
Kradie unlatched and opened
the door. "Hold on there," he
warned. "How do I know you're
a physics major and not just
another second story man? Do
you mind if I quiz a bit?" The
visitor shook his head no. "All
right then: who was Robert
"Every morning before the sun
comes up, merry little Bob Frost

. .. really aren't any flying sau-
cers. It's . . . just me. It's all a
hoax, a childish prank, the mere
mirthful miscarriage of my own
"But how?" Kradie gasped.
"Simple, and in its very sim-
plicity, a masterpiece of deception.
I have invented an inter-planetary
anti-gravitational flying vehicle.
I fly around and people see me
and think, 'oh, no: an unearthly
device is invading Dexter.' And
all the while, it's only me, giggling
wildly in my silly inter-planetary
anti-gravitational flying vehicle.
Clever, isn't it?"
Kradie eyed him. "It's rather

finished playing with it. I could
use it at parties or something."
"Very good idea," the physicist
agreed as he rose to leave. "I'm
glad I finally found a use for it.
It took me an entire weekend to
build. Very clever. Use it at par-
ties. Yes, I'll let you have it as
soon as it gets back. I let it have
the weekend off, and it's up on
the moon right now taking pic-
tures and resting."
Kradie shook his visitor's hand.
"I'm real glad you found a func-
tion for your device."
"Well, I knew I would, sooner
or later. We scientists have to be
pretty clever about that sort of


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