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Seventy-Sixth Year

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SGC Meeting:
A Time for Reflection

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new president, executive vice-president
and six council members at the Student
Government Council meeting last Thurs-
day night and it was out-going council,
member Steve Schwartz who expressed
the wish that SGC be able to put through*
all the motions it considers as quickly as
those three motions were passed.
Both past and present'council members
were quick to agree that SGC wastes too
much time on insignificant discussions
and "paper legislation," which has no
meaning and accomplishes nothing. And,
the new council was quick to express its'
hope that SGC would not become bogged
down in petty politicking across the ta-
ble and its own procedure in the next
DURING, what out-going SGC President'
Garry Cunningham called, the long-
est Member's Time on record and the
most sentimental, newly elected REACH
candidates told how they looked forward
to working with the new president;, Ed
Robinson, and of their hopes for a pro-
ductive year. Mickey Eisenberg urged-
them to .adopt "the radical creed" and
take forceful action, because "it is the
radicals who make progress in our socie-.
Meanwhile, other members leaving the
council table pointed to the bookstore
campaign and the accomplishments of the
Student Housing Association, called the
past year SGC's best yet and said they
thought council is now pointed in the
right direction, moving toward effective-

BOB BODKIN and Neill Hollenshead,
who opposed Robinson and Cindy
Sampson in the election for president and
executive vice-president, nobly sporting
"Let's" buttons on their lapels, congratu-
lated the victors and pledged their sup-
port and cooperation.
Others spoke of the role and powers of
SGC and tossed around modes of action.
All expressed regretsover the nature of
the recent campaign.
It was a sentimental pause after a
year on SGC for some, after a bitter cam-
paign for others; it was a time for reflec-
tion on what SGC has done in the past
and what it can do in the future.
vital role for SGC in the University
community? It was, perhaps, encouraging.
arousing suspicions that maybe, just may-
be, SGC will become an effective force
in solving student problems during the
next year. Perhaps by this time next
year. SGC will have a list of accomplish-
ments that will have significantly aided
the student body.
Or, was it just a post-election pause
before SGC returns to its old patterns,
wanting to change things but unable to
settle on an approach to the problems,
unwilling to test its power and unwilling
to insist that students be heard? Will
council members soon lose their devotion!
to working together as a cohesive unit
to bring about necessary changes and re-
turn to padding their records for the next
THIS OBSERVER anxiously awaits the
next meeting of SGC.

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The Year for SGC, To Stick Its Neck Out

Acting Editorial Director
QTUDENT Government Council
began what could be its most
important year with a bang two
nights ago. The meeting lasted
almost seven hours and goodwill
flowed all over the place with out-
going speeches from the old execu-
tive board and member's state-
ments pledging unity. REACH
people wore LET'S buttons.
But somehow the lingering smell
of what was a thoroughly ob-
/noxious campaign remained to
offer both portent and hope.
THE ISSUE of the political
party. One year ago at this time
a group of activists calling them-
selves GROUP political party ran
away with the SGC elections.
GROUP brought with it some very
bright and hard-working individ-
uals, with good insight as to how
things get done. Mainly as a re-
sult of GROUP's work, thirteen
thousand signatures were affixed
to a bookstore petition. The cam-
pus was unified and excited-
something quite new to a place
notorious for its apathy.
It was the right time and the
right method-but the wrong issue.
What remained, however, was a
general understanding that 1) any
proposal which expects approval
will take a fantastic amount of
well-thought-out research and
close work with administrators,
and 2) the time has come when
students may well at last be in-,

terested in doing something about
their own welfare.
REACH political party made its
debut last fall with a smashing
success-electing three councilmen
who ran well ahead of GROUP's
two successful candidates (though
well behind Robert Bodkin.)
What REACH offered was an
active, exciting organization of
people not connected with the
"activist" image of GROUP, but
apparently quite willing to work.
The organization, a 1t h o u g h
plagued by its own manpower
problems, has lasted. REACH has
formed its own bureaucracy, un-
dertaken its own projects, and,
most importantly, continued to
generate some excitement for giv-
ing service to the student body.
The party elected all four of its
council candidates in this week's
The danger of REACH-and of
any on-going SGC political party
-is three-fold. On the one hand,
there is some manpower drain into
its own bureaucracy, manpower
which student causes can ill-afford
to lose. Further, there is the dan-
ger that a desire for "party"
projects will replace a desire to
participate in SGC's endeavors.
The course-evaluation booklet
could have used some REACH
Another danger comes every
election time with the somewhat
unfair advantage given candidates
running on a well-supported slate
who can pool the resources of a

big, organization into

their own

Most important, however, is the
danger of partisan politics on
Council. If REACH members be-
gin to oppose President Robinson's
measures for political reasons,
then I would say things have .gone
much to far with this idea of
parties, and should be stopped.
Perhaps all councilmen should now
say, "I am Councilman----, in-
dependent." The REACH ,service
organization has shown itself in
this past election to be made up
of individuals, and hopefully will
remain that way this year on
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amazes me that almost no com-
ment whatsoever was made on the
most crucial issue of all, for stu-
dent government-the nature of
student participation. The can-
didates went along their merry,
ways discussing petty politics and
narrowly viewed personalities, and
everybody seemed to forget that
Council isn't worth the effort with-
out student support or without
administrative concessions.
This is where the hope comes
from a hard-fought campaign, be-
cause implicit in such a campaign
is that the office being contested
may actually be worth something.
Close to five thousand people
voted Wednesday, a rainy day,
and hopefully at least a few of
them were motivated by genuine
interest in what SGC can and will

It will be Robinson's job to get
these people to work on:
1) Housing-Bob Bodkin has in-
dicated he will continue his good
work as SHA chairman, but the
work in cleaning up the horren-
dous housing situation in Ann Ar-
bor is far from completed. Our
numerous housing committees
must get together, plans must be
offered, and then the University
must be pushed and pushed hard
until something happens.
2' Academic affairs-We have
an excellent committee in the
Literary College Steering Commit-
tee, and newly elected president
of the Engineering college Rick
Pomp has indicated he will work
for a similar committee in that
school. But on the one hand we
see groups such as the psychology
department steering committee,
dying for lack of participation,
and on the other we see members
of working committees complain-
ing because their suggestions are
3) North Campus planning-the
fine work of the residential college
steering committee was in many.
instances heeded by the admin-
istration, indicating that students,
can indeed play an important role
in the development of University
4) Bookstore-we still need an
effective student book exchange to
cut the squeeze on used book
5) Parking, the quads, general
relations with the city and the

state-all these are areas in which
students can work and learn.
WHICH IS ALL well and good,
until one remembers where the in-
stitutional power lies. The Reed
report encourages student partici-
pation. But the question of stu-
dent decision-making is an al-
together different thing, and the
difference in that question is
whether student participation is
going to bring results, or is going
to be a mere pasttime and pacifier.
Advisory committees, are less
than ever advisory committees if
the vice-presidents don't feel the
urge to come to the meetings.
Steering committees don't steer
anything unless the faculty de-
cides to listent to them.
Making student committees
worth somthing is one problem-
it takes good, interested people.
Somebody has to recruit these
But effective recruitment should
be by all logic impossible. unless
people have the feeling those
committees will be heeded, and
not just part of a scheme of sub-
bureaucratic nonsense.
This student body has a strong
newspaper and, as this past year
and now this week's election seem
to indicate, a good chance for, a
strong student government. Ad-
ministrators seem generally more
willing to work with students than
they have in years past.
our necks out.,

The DuBois Club and
Washington's Power Play

AS THE PINCH of Attorney General
Nicholas Katzenbach's public censure
begins to make itself felt on the 40 exist-
ing chapters of the W. E. B. DuBois Clubs,
word is released here in Ann Arbor that
a new chapter is being formed.,
The ulterior notive for the chapter's
formation is hardly hidden. Founder
Gary Rothberger, Grad, makes no pre-
tense in admitting that his intent in
forming the chapter is purely as a reac-
tion to Katzenbach's methods in strangu-
lating dissenting views,
By listing the clubs as "subversive,"
the attorney general has employed an
approach. reminiscent of the Red Raids.
of the early twenties.
that the tactic is aimed at destruction
of the organization, that public pressure
and indignation cause such a group to
wither away. And, sadly enough, he
knows his facts. In three months, na-
tional DuBois membership has dropped
from 2500 to 700.
This brings one to wonder about the
validity of the allegedly democratic pre-
Acting Editorial Staff

cepts of our government. In defense of
democracy, they tell us, the Green Beret
dies. To save the American way of life,
laudable domestic programs are being
sacrificed at the expense of bringing this
way of life to "unfortunates" across the
DEMOCRACY MUST be an open forum.
The McCarran Act, the attorney gen-
eral's vehicle of implementation for his
Stalinesque technique, can only close this
forum. We commend Rothberger, and
those associated with him, for sticking
their necks .out in the face of this pres-
We censure this ranting public for fall-
ing prey to the public relations work of
an authoritarian power play. We deplore
the actions of the attorney general-and
the government to Which he is responsi-
ble-for the horrifying display of throat-
cutting that he justifies in the name of
the American people.
We grieve for the system that makes it
all possible.
Course Booklet
THE LONG AWAITED course evaluation
booklet goes to press this evening and
should be available soon. Lack of suffi-
cient personnel to tabulate the question-
naires has been the most serious diffi-
culty of this year's edition, precluding
early publication. To speed publication
of future editions, an extensive use of
computers would be useful.

History Offers Policy-Makers a Lesson

To the Editor:
tions have endeavored to safe-
guard their national interests
through the military subjugation
of their neighbors. If history has
taught us anything, it has taught
us that no single nation has ever
been strong enough to achieve a
state of enduring security by this
With the advent of liberal de-
mocracy, which accepted the mul-
tiplicity of Man's interests, , a
flickering candle of hope was
kindeled within Man. If he la-
boured hard enough he might at-
tain rationality; if he debated
long enough he might achieve
concensus; if he restrained himself=
enough he might transcend the
bias and prejudice of emotion and
some day establish a stable world
order based on the 'mutuality of
his interests.
The United States was conceived
in and dedicated to this ideal.
makers of American foreign policy
over the last decade have been
progressively leading the Ameri-
can people toward the fatal direc-
tion taken so often and so futilely
by our historical predecessors. The
primary motive force behind this
regression has been the issue of
Since the culmination of the
Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 the
fear of the Communist ideology in
the United States, reinforced by
the Palmers and the McCarthys,
has become increasingly more hy-
sterical until today it borders on
paranoia. Despite manifest in-
dications to the contrary, our pol-
icy makers persist in conceptual-
izing Communism as a monolithic
force that transcends all other in-
The irony of this is that the
obvious polycentrism existent in
the Communist camp today refutes

tion these leaders have ration-
alized their support of military
dictatorships throughout the world.
They have adopted the futile posi-
tion of attempting to maintain the
status quo in areas of the world
which have decided that they no
longer want to be poor, hungry
and "underdeveloped."
Thus did the infamous John
Foster Dulles formulate his "moral
code" for the nonaligned nations
and his policy of massive retalia-
tion; thus does the equally in-
famous Dean Rusk enunciate a
policy which provides for the in-
tervention of American military
forces wherever in the world the
"Communist menace" should
chance to rear its "ugly head."
There have been several steps
which have brought us from Dulles
to Rusk. In Guatemala the inter-
vention was denied,, in Cuba it
was concealed, in the Dominican
Republic it was moralized and in
Viet Nam we have seen its blatant
deserves particular attention for
the physical tragedy of that war
torn country is the moral tragedy
of the United States. With the
once exalted words of Freedom,
Liberty and Democracy foaming in
their mouths Johnson, Rusk and
McNamara give the order to bomb
destroy and ravage the people of
Viet Nam. They send armies and
guns to maintain an illegitimate
regime which is lead by a man who
professes admiration for Adolph
Hitler and which silences dissent
with the death penalty. It is time
that the crimes of those who have
led us to this deplorable circum-
stance be exposed.
These men are guilty of prosti-
tuting the principles upon which
are based the hope for peaceful
human interaction. They have
lied to the American people and
their representatives about their

Geneva conference. With it they
have murdered the hundreds of
thousands of Vietnamese men,
thousands of Vietnamese men,
women and children who have
died as a result of the renewed
warfare. With it they have brought
us to the brink of a -war with
IF MANKIND is not to be an-
nihilated in a nuclear cataclysm
perpetrated by these men, they
and those who support their twist-
ed logic must be repudiated. Their
policies must be defeated and de-
feated abjectly.,
I call on all compassionate men
to cry out in one common voice
withy me against the inhumanity
of these men. My call is shrill and
it is urgent, for I fear that the
candle burns low and the flame
that once promised to burn so
brilliantly, today flickers close to
-J. D. Berry, '69M
UFOs and Swamps
To the Editor:
THE UFO's behave like a scien-
tist who wants to study some-
thing very objectively and not
get his data gummed up by his
own presence as observer. Sup-
pose that you wanted to study
ants. You would study them in
their own habitat; you could not
interfere with them in any way.
Yet, they might be able to see
you, and you would say that this
made no difference to them, as
long as you did not spoil their ant
,hill. And even so they would not
understand what spoiled it-
whether intelligent "ants" were
responsible for an extra-ant-
worldly phenomenon.
ARE WE HUMANS in a position
similar to that of these ants? Are
extraterrestial beings whose level

anthill.,Or do they actually inter-
fere once in a while, ilke the man
who removes an ant to study it
under other conditions?
I refer to the mysterious dis-
appearances of aircraft, as in the
Kinross, Michigan case in 1953 in
which an F-89 chasing a UFO was
seen (on radar) to merge with the
blip of the UFO and fade out. No
trace of the plane was ever found.
Frank Edwards had also reported
mystery disappearances of entire
ship's crews.
they are observing is still the
question. Can we humans pride
ourselves as the main object of
their concern-or is swamp life
more pertinent?d
-Warren M. Edwards
Pass-Fail Courses
To the Editor:
AT BERKELEY, an undergrad-
uate with a grade point aver-
age higher than B is eligible to
take a miximum of one course
per semester, not in his major,
for which he receives credit to-
ward his degree, but no grade.
The idea of these pass-fail courses
is that people who would not be
willing to sacrifice their averages
in order to take a challenging
course are permitted to do so with
essentially no danger to their
grade points.
With the new draft procedures,
grade point averages are every-
where likely to become much more
important to students, and hence
all the evils implicit in over-
emphasizing marks will be gro-
tesquely attenuated. People will
do only what they are good at, and
compartmentalization will prevail.
In order to preserve vestiges of
the ideal of the liberal education,
in order to permit and encourage
exercises in breadth, the Univer-
cifir chmild n,1A.at, a. similar. nrnnan

lectual freedom. Pass fail courses
are a good idea any time, but with
the new draft pressures, they are
-Carl J. Cohey, 66;
-Rochelle Cohen, '68
-Barbara Miller, '69
Children's Drive
To the Editors:
WE WOULD LIKE to thank
everyone who contributed mdn-
ey and time to the. Children's
Community bucket drive last Wed-
nesday, particularly the editors
of The Daily and members of SGC
for approving and publicizing the
event. More than 60 people worked
on the drive and over $600 was
The Children's Community is an
experimental school that allows
youngsters of four and five the
freedom and opportunity to learn
to love, and love to learn. Since
we began in October, the develop-
ment of the children has been
even more exciting than we had
IF ANY of your readers have
any good ideas for raising money
for next year, when we hope to
add a first grade, we hope. they
will contact us at 665-4357 or 662-
--The Children's Community
To the Editor:
port of Ed Robinson for presi-
dent of SGC stated that I felt
that I could work with Ed Rob-
inson but not with Bob Bodkin.
This is incorrect. I have worked
with Bob Bodkin in the past and
could do so in the future.
It should also be pointed out

Managing Editor'

Editorial Director

JOHN MEREDITH ........Associate Managing Editor
LEONARD PRATT ........ Associate Managing Editor
BABETTE COHN ................Personnel Director
CHARLOTTE WOLTER .... Associate Editoral Director
ROBERT CARNEY....Associate Editorial Director
ROBERT MORE..................Magazine Editor
Acting Business Stafff
SUSAN PERLSTADT, Business Manager
JEFFREY LEEDS .......Associate Business Manager
HARRY BLOOB ............ Advertising Manager
STEVEN LOEWENTHAL... Circulation Manager
ELIZABETH RHEIN ............. Personnel Director
VICTOR PTASZNIK .............Finance Manager
CHARLES VETZNER......... ......Sports Editor
JAMES LaSOVAGE........... Associate Sports Editor
JAMES TINDALL ............ Associate Sports Editor
GIL SAMBERG.............Assistant Sports Editor
SPORTS NIGHT EDITORS: Bob McFarland, Howard'
Kohn, Dan. Okrent, Dale Sielaff, Rick Stern, Yohn


Sarasohn and hi
working group of ass
positive contribution.

he efforts of Peter
s small but hard-
sociates will make a

The booklet still will enable students
to re-evaluate course selections before the
fall term.
It will provide needed information to
professors in re-evaluating their teaching
methods and texts.

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