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Seventy-Sixth Year

I PERSPECTIVES The Restoration of the OSA

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Report on the Draft:
Half a Loaf .

Student Affairs as presently
constituted should no longer exist.
As presently structured, the
stated job of the vice-president
is two-fold:
1 To handle the administrative
details of student life on cam-
pus. This involves, among other
things, handling the paperwork of
student housing, organization and
O To represent the interests of
the student body to the adminis-
tration and the Regents.
The first function is handled
sufficiently well under the pres-
ent system. The second, however,
has been reversed, and because of
this reversal student life on cam-
pus has suffered severely.
IN EFFECT, the stresses of the
University over these past few
years have placed the vice-presi-

dent for student affairs in a po-
sition where he has come to rep-
resent the Regents and adminis-
tration to the students, but not
Indeed, the basic feeling among
the student body, which in turn
became a prime cause of the dis-
ruptive student movement last se-
mester, is that the vice-president
not only represents the powers of
the University, he enforces their
This is doubly destructive be-
cause the office was originally
meant to increase student voice,
The Reed report recommended the
establishment of the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs under a full vice-
president as a means of effecting
more student participation in de-
legitimacy afforded that office

has now had the result of forcing
students to exert even more ener-
gy to meet and talk with the real
powers of the University.
For example, the effecting of
last year's sit-in ban, which caus-
ed Student Government Council to
break its OSA ties, was done in a
manner which denied the legiti-
macy of the student voice which
the OSA had been established to
foster. The rule came from the
administration - the OSA was
merely used to enact it.
And when it became evident
that discussions about the rule
would be necessary, it also be-
came evident that meaningful in-
terchange could not take place in
the OSA. That office may or may
not have been primarily responsi-
ble for enacting the rule; but once
it was enacted, the OSA was no
longer politically capable of re-
tracting it.

And in that situation, meaning-
ful communication was impossi-
ble. 'The OSA was merely dead
weight between the two parties
whose interests were actually, at
BECAUSE THE MAN at the top,
no matter who he is, is most in
contact with and, in fact, owes his
very job to, the administration and
Regents, he can never serve as a
viable channel in time of student-
administrator conflict.
The ultimate authority in the
Office of Student Affairs must lie
with an elected student.
ines the situation, the only battle
is a psychological one.
Anyone who feels that OSA
operations would differ signifi-
cantly with a student rather than

an administrator in ultimate au-
thority is mistaken. The students
who generally gravitate toward
student government are the con-
servative, not the radical elements,
as anyone closely examining even
this year's Student Government
Council can easily see.
At radical Antioch, for exam-
ple, where the entire campus is
run democratically by students and
faculty, the president has been
continually frustrated by a stu-
dent representation far more con-
servative than he.
Students do not "run wild" when
put in charge of their own af-
fairs. How, in fact, has an inde-
pendent SGC operated?
What is of the key, probably
the only, significance is the basic
perspective of the situation. Is it
such a big deal to give students a
chance to try it on their own?


IT APPEARS THAT the long-awaited re-
port of the National Commission on
Selective Service, to be presented to Pres-
ident Johnson next week, will call for
sweeping reform of the draft. However, if
early indications are correct, the commis-
sion's recommendations clearly will not
go far enough.
The commission reportedly will ask
that the present labrynth of classifica-
tions be replaced by a lottery and that pri-
orities be changed to draft youngest men
BOTH OF THESE proposals are of great
merit. A lottery will do much to elimi-
nate the economic discrimination inher-
ent in the present system of deferments.
Under current selective service proced-
ures, a young man's chances of being
drafted are almost inversely proportional
to the socio-economic status of his fam-
ily. For deferments are based largely on
education and the availability of educa-
tion is-based on the ability to pay.
As long as military manpower needs
require that only a fraction of all eligi-
ble men be drafted, a random lottery
seems to be the only equitable way to
choose who shall serve.
The second recommendation-to draft
the youngest men first-will remove much
of the uncertainty of the draft. Drafting
men at 19 is much less likely to interrupt
a career than drafting them at 22 or 25,
and will likely make for a better army.

though there are indications that the
commission will ask for the gradual phas-
ing-out of student deferments, it is not
yet clear how the commission will clear
up the general thicket of deferments.
In addition to students, deferments are
now given to men working in vital occupa-
tions (notably teachers and workers in
defense industries) and to farmers. Pow-
erful groups have an interest in protect-
ing these deferments and a thorough eval-
uation must be made of whether or not
they are in the national interest.
There is also no indication that the
commission has grappled seriously with
the possibility of drafting women for
either non-combatant military, or non-
military service.
A MORE SERIOUS problem is the appar-
ent failure of the commission to pro-
vide any suggestions on a non-military
national service alternative to the draft.
There is a clear need for such an al-
ternative, and a viable plan which would
both meet the manpower needs of the
armed forces and efficiently mobilize
manpower for meeting non-military na-
tional needs can certainly be devised.
HOPEFULLY, the report of the National
Selective Service Commission will go
beyond these early indications. If not,
the commission, while making a promis-
ing start, will have largely failed in its

Letters: Letter-Writer Reviews Letter-Writers


To the Editor:
PEADING The Daily letter col-
umn fairly regularly, I become
obsessed with an urge to "review"
the letters to the editor. You know,
like reviewing books or movies-a
form of criticism we might dub
"letterary" had we the wit.
Be that as it were, I note that
the letters column of Feb. 1 po-
sesses a remarkable coherency in
diction and tone. There are rep-
resented an administrator, a grad-
uate student, an alumnus, and an
English instructor, among others.
What they all agree on to a tee
is that students are babies. The
administrator notes that "student
journalism ... is caused by inex-
perience and immaturity" (ellipsis
mine); the graduate student coun-
sels the "boys and girls" to "tran-
scend self-deception," the voguery
of being young rebels; Mr. Alum-
nus asks The Daily editors if they
can "be persuaded to pass puber-
ty" (apparently a pass-fail op-
tion); and the English instructor
accuses a Daily reviewer of being
"sophomoric" and having spit in
his eyes which connotes a lack of
ASIDE from the fact that we
can't really expect sophomores to
be anything but sophomoric and
adolescents to be anything but
pubescent (or, for that matter,
alumni to be anything but alum-
niac), how can the poor youthful
take heart and look upon society
with the benign eyes of nutless
Babbitts when all they receive is
spite in the form of condescension
because they are young and the
Babbitts are not? Which is not
to say that the letter-writers un-
der review are Babbitts.

But what are pot-smoking, spit-
eyed girls and boys supposed to
think of "maturity" when its pro-
fessed practitioners say things like
"the Ann Arbor police were not
and are not . . . willing to waive
their concern for the law in this
case, 'Flaming Creatures,' or any
other" (if they were really con-
cerned for the law they'd enforce
the probable Sunday anti-forni-
cation statute or gather incrim-
inatory evidence with regard to le-
gally-defined sodomy-e.g., female
on top); "I'm against poison";
"any musician who cannot hear
without pot should stop trying to
fool himself and the public and
go sell shoes" (which is probably
what he does anyway); "fair-
minded liberal-thinking people
everywhere"; "freedom is not li-
cense"; "you abuse your editor-
ial power to the University's detri-
THE AGED and infirm (22 and
up) should recall that youth is a
precious possession because it is
marketable. Once it has been sold
it is gone, replaced by a green
thing which is, to a degree. less
metaphorical (but more symboli-
cal) than the green of youth.
There are very few perenially
'young and they are almost al-

urge others to do something sim-
Dear Mr. President:
The treaty among nations to
preserve peace in outer space is a
welcome step toward peace through
international law and disarma-
It comes at a time when we
have many reasons for despair;
international conflicts and inac-
tivity for peace are taking man-
kind into a losing race against
the proliferation of ultimate weap-
You, and two preceding Presi-
dents have urged that we must
make haste to interdict the cer-
tain and horrible dangers of pro-
liferation. Two popes, Secetary U
Thant and other statesmen have
given us grave warnings. Prof.
George Kennan just expressed our
fears that a nuclear war in this
century seems likely.
We support this treaty and urge
you to do your utmost to make
our United States a leader in co-
operation among the United Na-
tions toward non-proliferation and
--Leslie Kish
Professor of Sociology

To the Editor:
AFTER HAVING endured the
torments of the Second World
War while still a child residing in
Holland, I vowed that I would
never again allow myself to con-
done or be subjected to the con-
stant harassment and perturba-
tion which dastardly wars inflict
upon those who are unfortunately
born in the wrong place.
Seeking sanctuary in this dem-
ocratic country, I hoped to be-
come part of that heritage which
not only guarantees the freedom
of speech, but also endorses the
value and integrity of every liv-
ing human being.
Two recent actions in Ann Ar-
bor make me doubt the wisdom
of my naturalization. Seizure of
"Flaming Creatures," regardless of
its artistic merits, denied the ar-
tist the right to defend himself,
since he was rudely interrupted
in the middle of his presentation.
IN A SIMILAR fashion, Ann Ar-
bor City Council's silencing of the
referendum on the war in Viet-

decided by their constituents, and
not by them.
If this is the type of reaction
which representative government
provides on the local level, what
can we expect from Washington?
If even our own councilmen would
rather talk than reason, how can
we argue with those "who are far
away and whose ears are stuffed
with credibility jargon?
DALLAS, three years after the
fact, is still raging, even though
numerous attempts have been
made to silence those who doubt
the gospel of our protectors.
Ann Arbor, the research cen-
ter of the midwest, bludgeoned by
the cacophony of our city fath-
er, must yell louder still, since we
are forced to overcome the roar
of the planes and the bombs which
imprint our might on the nations
of the world.
-Ralph Berets, Grad
To the Edlitor:
much fuss was made over Mr.
Fiedler, as many of the professors
in our own English department
could have done the same thing.
I see now, though, that there
is an author's party for our Radi-
cal in Residence Mike Zweig. I
guess I just didn't appreciate a
good thing when I had one.
-Alan M. Kaplan, '67
All letters must be typed,
double-spaced and should be no
longer than 300 words. All let-
ters are subje t to editing;
those over 300 words will gen-
erally be shortened.



will have

THE REPORT apparently
some serious failings. Al-


RFK on Foreign Policy

ways middle-aged. No,.I
Bernard Shaw. And do
this fool letter up into pa
the way you do, children.
-Charles Silverma

ROBERT F. KENNEDY'S speech on for-
eign policy at the University of Chi-
cago earlier this week sounds like the
statement of a man who is warming up
for a presidential race.
Although the speech concentrated on
China and Southeast Asia, it contained
the basic outline for the senator's gener-
al position on U.S. foreign policy. Further-
more, the statement comes at a time - a
year before the primaries-when people
might begin looking for the positions of
possible candidates.
BUT WHATEVER Kennedy's rationale
for releasing the speech at this time,
there is much merit to what he advocates,
and considerable significance in the mere
fact that he made it.
The main tenets of his speech echoed
the philosophy of the realistic interna-
tional experts who have recently testified
before the Senate Foreign Relations Com-
mittee--a philosophy that calls for an
end to policy decisions based on "sweep-
ing statements, pious hopes, and gran-
dious commitments... and advocates de-
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NIGHT EDITORS-MeredithBiker, Michael Hefer,
Robert Klivans, Laurence Medow, Roger Rappoport,
Susan Schnepp, Neil Shister.
DAY EDITORS-Robert Bendelow, Neal Bruss, Wallace
Immen, David Knoke, Mark Levin, Patricia O'Dono-
hue, Stephen Wildstrom.
Klempner, Dan Okrent, Deborah Reaven, Jennifer
Rhea, Betsy Turner.
Firsheim. Aviva Kemoner. Lyn Killin. Carolyn Mie-

cisions "based on the reality and diver-
sity of today's world, and on a discrimin-
ating evaluation of our own interests,
capabilities, and limitations."
IN RELATION to China, Kennedy stated
that, "we must see that every exten-
sion of Chinese influence does not men-
ace us." He feels that we need a careful
re-evaluation of our relationship to China
and China's relationship to Asia and the
rest of the world..
While recognizing that current strug-
gles won't alter China's position as a hos-
tile power, Kennedy doesn't discount the
possibility of initiating trade and other
avenues of contact with the Chinese.
He also condemns our policy toward
Nationalist China. U.S. policy there, he
asserts, is based on realities of two dec-
ades ago, no longer applicable to today's
pouses is nothing new. So-called "aca-
demic experts" have supported this real-
istic approach for years. The signifi-
cance of his Chicago speech lies in the
fact that he, a respected senator and poli-
tician, made it.
for GSC'
the Regents may formally recognize
the Graduate Student Council, and thus
elevate GSC to a position similar to Stu-
dent Government Council's.
The move would not be a mere formal-
ity. Rather, it represents a significant
improvement in the representation of
the graduate community.
GSC was formed 15 years ago and has
functioned as a representative of the Uni-
versity's 15,000 graduate students since
then. Without regental recognition, how-
ever, it has lacked the credibility SGC en-
joys, especially in the eyes of the admin-
istration and the Regents.
TE KNAUSS REPORT on the role of
the student presented a plan that
would give the graduate student commu-
nity a voice equal to that of the under-
The leaders of GSC have been working
for the implementation of this balanced

To the Editor:
T HE TREATY to outl
ons from outer space
more attention from new
I sent the following le

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.t YY(rC t

I am not To the Editor:
n't break T IS INTERESTING to note how
aragraphs our space race with Soviet
Russia has demonstrated the in-
n, Grad accuracy of much of the propa-
ganda with which we are unceas-
T reaty ingly bombarded.
For example, we've been assured
for years that a Communist di-
aw weap- rected "slave labor state" neces-
deserves sarily suffers from a lack of im-
us media: agination and inventiveness. Yet,
atter and despite this presumed character-
istic of Soviet society, the Rus-
sians have been rather consistent
winners in the competition to de-
velop techniques to promote ex-
tra terrestrial exploration.
Of course, our propaganda ma-
chine broadcast the explanation
that their "firsts" were accom-
plished because we, having a con-
cern which their cold blooded sys-
tem lacked for the value and dig-
nity of individual human beings,
were held back by our more thor-
ough testing procedures which rep-
resented the premium demand of
maximum safety insurance.
HOW THEN do we explain or
rationalize away our having taken
the risk of employing a pure oxy-
gen environment in a spacecraft
which resulted in the death of
three astronauts?
Any normally bright science stu-
dent would be aware of the dan-
ger involved so the explanation
has been made that this decision
represented a calculated risk to
save time by cutting down weight
because the Soviets still have the
advantage of superior thrust in
their rocket engines.
Are we so desperate to surpass
the achievements of a nation our
propaganda has labeled inferior in
science and technology that we
now elect to gamble recklessly?
If so, what has happened to our
alleged greater deference for the
worth of human personality?
-R. F.Burlingame

nam denied the citizenry of this
community the right to express
itself on the most vital issue of
our time.
This issue is not of local im-
portance, yet penetrates every-
thing and makes all other dis-
cussion meaningless, since this war
might lead to our eventual in-
volvement in a nuclear holocaust.
Instead of examining their own
conscience on the issues involved,
the councilmen might have been
wiser if they had voted on the
motion, rather than on the refer-
endum, itself, which was to be

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"Liu's on first?" "No, Liu's on second, Chou's
on first." "If Chou's on first and Liu's on
third?" "No, Lin's on second and Mao's on
third." "Then if ..


NewaGermany Moves Toward eunifiction,

WILLY BRANDT, who is now in
Washington, has often been
here before. But previously he has
come as lord mayor of West Ber-
lin; now he is here as vice-chan-
cellor of the Federal Republic and
its foreign minister.
The change in his position coin-
cides with an epoch-making
change in European affairs. On
his previous visits he has been
the living symbol of German re-
sistance in the cold war with the
Soviet Union. Now he is the for-
eign minister of a new West Ger-
man government which is com-
mitted to the liquidation of the
nn lur r,,

who took refuge in Norway and
wore the uniform of Hitler's ene-,
That these two men should be
the joint leaders of a German
government today illustrates vivid-
ly the historic fact that the Ger-
mans have outlived and outgrown
the terrible issues of the twenties
and thirties.
having passed beyond the old
passions, has proceeded to revise
the fundamental attitudes and pol-
icies of the postwar period. It has
scrapped the whole package of cold
war doctrine.

Tod av
non-Communist Europe up to the
Iron Curtain.
This conceptual apparatus, which
was held sacrosanct for 20 years
after 1945, has now been scrap-
ped. It has been scrapped in Bonn.
It has been scrapped in Washing-

iously headed toward the end of
German partition.
Happily, the Johnson adminis-
tration has had the prescience
and the wisdom not to regard the
scrapping of our old positions as
an affront to the United States.
Thanks, in part it may be, to
the preoccupation with Vietnam,
the President has been following
a policy of masterly inactivity in
Europe. It has been the right pol-
THERE ARE two great ques-
tions which overhang the Kiesing-
er government. The first is wheth-
er the progress toward pacification

Germany have been securely laid.
For a resumption of party warfare
for seats in the parliament and
jobs in the government and fav-
ors to minorities and palliatives
for special interests would blast
the promise which now presents
itself to the German people and
Ten years ago party warfare
was quite compatible with the as-
sumptions of the cold war. The
real leaders of the cold war never
believed in the reunification of
Germany. They believed that the
frontiers of Western civilization
were on the Elbe River and that
"Germany" was. in fact. Western

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