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SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 1967

NIGHT EDITOR: STEPHEN WILDSTROM

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'A Mandate for Change' And
The Intra-University Device

"WHEREAS COLLEGE STUDENTS are
adults and they themselves are re-
sponsible for their own actions, and
"WHEREAS by the time a girl reaches
college she has set most of her stand-
ards, and such a time limit will not af--
fect her actions, and
"WHEREAS the fear of being penaliz-
ed for three .or more late minutes may
cause many women students to illegal-
ly remain out of the residence hall over-
night, and.
"WHEREAS there is increased possibil-
ity of accidents in the rush to return to
the residence hall before closing and
"WHEREAS it is assumed that a col-
lege studept is mature and capable of de-
termining her own course of action in the
attainment of her goals without unnec-
essary rules which undoubtedly hinder
personal discipline and
"WHEREAS university administrators
should accept the fact that college wom-
en carry with them responsibilities inher-
ent with maturity,
"THEREFORE be it resolved that clos-
ing hours in the women residence halls
be eliminated for all women residents of
sophomore, junior or senior standing."

-From "Honor Code Proposal concern-
ing Hours in Women's Residence Halls
at Eastern Michigan University."
THERE IS NO CLEARER statement to
support the case against sophomore
women's hours. Student Government
Council's recommendation calling for the
abolition of these arbitrary, and wholly
unjustified curfew rules must be ap-
proved and implemented by the Office
of Student Affairs, which has "jurisdic,
tion over individual student conduct."
It is unfortunate that the administra-
tion views women's hours as a type of
intra-University-device to safeguard the
morals of its coeds. What is more unfor-
tunate, however, is that the administra-
tion even has this control over the con-
duct of students.
The. new SGC officers have claimed
that their election has given them a
"mandate for change." The immediate
change should be the repeal of sopho-
more curfew; the ultimate change must
be the transfer of jurisdiction over per-
sonal conduct from the OSA to the stu-
dents themselves.
-LISSA MATROSS
-STEPHEN FIRSHEIN

ALL OF ANN ARBOR'S elite turned out Thursday
night to laud President Harlan Hatcher at a Cham-
ber of Commerce Testimonial dinner in the league.
Simultaneously the city received the "All America" award
and outgoing Chamber President Robert L. Johnson
was honored.
So many awards were changing hands that new
Chamber President Prof. George S. Odiorne of the Busi-
ness School accidentally picked up the "All-America"
city plaque to give to Mr. Johnson for his year of civic
service.
But the mistake was- promptly corrected and Mayor
Hulcher ultimately took the "All-America" plaque home.
The Chamber pointed out in its lavish banquet
program that one of Ann Arbor's "three claims" to "All-
America" recognition "was its achievement in the field
of civil rights through the adoption of a strong fair
housing law, the appointment of a public housing com-
mission, the development of a human relations program,
and the activities of the School Board.'
However, the Chamber did not mention that it for-
mally opposed he original foundation of the city's human
relations commission, housing ordinance, and housing
commission.
In fact when the housing commission debate was
hot, Odiorne, now Chamber president, and several others
took out an ad in the Ann Arbor News opposing for-
mation of the housing commission.
After the city voted to form a housing commission,
Mayor Wendell Hulcher appointed Joseph Edwards and
William J. Conlin, then both members of the Chamber
board that had opposed the new unit, to the five man
housing commission board of directors.
THE CHAMBER is one of those unheralded organ-
fzations working behind the scenes to preserve the quality
of Ann Arbor life.
For example its 1966 Annual Report, made public at
the banquet noted that "The Chamber joined with . . .

the Ann Arbor Board of Realtois in creating Ann Arbor
Independent Housing Inc. This resulted in the acquisition
of 5 low rent properties for low income families in critical
financial condition."
Dr. Albert Wheeler, of Ann Arbor, who is president
of the Michigan NAACP and was not at the banquet,
says that his group's studies show there are "at least
1,000 low-income Ann Arbor families (less than $3,000
annual income). About 900 of the low-income families
are white."
Wheeler adds that "When the Housing Commission
was formed a year and a half ago there were 70 to 75
families living in low-income dwellings who needed
emergency housing. Today there are still 70-75."
The Chamber points out in its report that it has
taken an active interest in University affairs:
"The Chamber published a definitive report on book
stores operated throughout the midwest by colleges and
universities which clearly indicated that there was no
need for an additional book store in Ann Arbor to be
operated by the University of Michigan. This report was
backed up by a strong policy statement transmitted to
the executive officers and regents of the University."
IN ITS LAVISH tribute presented to President
Hatcher, the Chamber pointed up the fine University
cooperation the city has received in this and other areas:
"He (Hatcher) has linked with quiet confidence an
institution with a city, knowing that the fortunes of
both work for the good of all ... And the city is proud."
The Chamber also pointed out that:
"He has condemned intimidation, of any-man, of any
color, demanding open expression in the forum that is.

"He has spoken with clarity and hope when the
mocking jugle of dissent between city and school would
thrust them apart . . . And the city is proud."
The Chamber concluded:
"Hail to the victors, valiant!
"Hail to Harlan Hatcher!"
INCIDENTALLY it turns out that Hatcher has been con-
cerned with freedom of artistic expression long before
"Flaming Creatures" came to town. In "William Faulk-
ner: Three Decades of Criticism," editors Hoffman and
Vickery point to Hatcher as one of several critics who
"regret that a great talent (Faulkner) had not as yet
found its direction or purpose, was too self-indulgent,
lacked self-discipline and seemed determined to stay in
the blind alley of naturalism."
The authors say, "Harlan Hatcher (creating the
Modern American Novel, 1935), commenting upon the
'monstrous beings' who inhabited the novels had regret-
fully to admit that Faulkner 'defines the farthest limits
to which the innovations and revolt's that were at one
time necessary to the continued well-being of our liter-
ature can be carried without final self-defeat.'"
IT LOOKS LIKE the radical right is making a serious
effort to woo liberal college students into their ranks.
Following the lead of former Daily editorial director
Harvey Wasserman, the California Young Americans for
Reagan recently issued a position paper backing the
legalization of marijuana. The group also backed the
legalization of heroin, too, which is something most pot
devotees would be reluctant to fight for.
"Marijuana is not a narcotic," says the YAR. "It is
not addictive. It is not linked to the two worst diseases
know to mankind, lung cancer and heart disease, as is
tobacco, nor is it linked to any other disease. By any
objective standard, it is far less debilitating-if at all-
than either tobacco or alcohol."
Who knows what heights Reagan may reach?

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our city ... And the city is proud.
"He has respected the rights of others, be he
or citizen, dedicating himself to no narrow scan
but willing for an interplay of ideas . . . And1
is proud.

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student,
of man,
the city

Youth Must Be Heard

Letters to the Editor

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Sneak Attack on Reapportionment

IN A SUBTLE whispering campaign, 32
states have called for a constitutional
convention aimed at nullifying the three-
year-old one - man - one - vote Supreme
Court decision. Led by patriarchal Sen-
ate Minority Leader E'erett McKinley
Dirksen, conservative politicians, with
American Farm Bureau Federation sup-
port, are proposing a constitutional
amendment that would quash any hopes
for equitable representation by allowing
one house of each state legislature to be
apportioned on "factors other than popu-
lation." Defeated when they tried to ini-
tiate a similar proposal in the Senate,
Dirksen and his cohorts have chosen the
alternate back-door method.
The practice of convening an assem-
blage of. state legislatures to alter the
Constitution--something that has never
been done previously-must be pursued
with the utmost regard for constitutional
principle and legality. The majority of
states, however, have not yet reapportion-
ed themselves in conjunction with the
Warren Court guidelines. By demanding a
convention they are apparently attempt-

ing to amend th6 Constitution in
grantly unconstitutional manner;
case is fraudulent.

a fla-
their

CAUGHT BY SURPRISE, Congress has
reacted sharply., Sen. William Prox-
mire (D-Wis) and Sen. Joseph D. Tydings
(D-Md) have urged the Congress to re-
ject 26 of the 32 petitions on the
grounds that they were submitted by mal-
apportioned state legislatures. Remaining
state houses have exhibited much more
'caution in their approach to the propos-
al. Senate liberals are preparing to fili-
buster if the demand for a constitutional
convention is made. And the Supreme
Court is poised to reaffirm its ruling on
the one-man-one-vote issue. In short,
Dirksen and his followers are faced with
almost certain defeat.
To alter the existing legal structure the
states must begin by conforming to the
Supreme Court decision. Ironically, the
state legislatures cannot legally seek to
nullify the decision without first obeying
it.
-JOHN LOTTIER

Hecklers I
AND SO IT came to pass that
the Board of Regents decided
to discipline students responsible
for causing disturbances at public
meetings by ignoring the rights
of others. I marvel at the order-
liness and efficiency with which
this decision was made. I remem-
ber the time of the first teach-in,
back' in the days when Alan Sea-
ger was loose on campus, when
disturbances were a relatively new
thing at the U. New, and trivial
enough not to merit Regental at-
tention. Disturbances like the
bomb scare that night; like the
neo-S.S. guards who marched by
with drum, bugle and flag while
speeches were in progress; like
the snowballs thrown at Drs. Berg-
man and Boulding as they spoke
on the library steps. Like Seager
himself whose ugly manners that
night embarrassed everyone so.
Did the Regents act then? No,
they did not, and it was well. For
these incidents were freaks, a new
experience, and the Regents wait-
ed to gather more evidence.
In like manner Mr. Aptheker
survived hecklers in Rackham last
year. The War Crimes sign in the
fishbowl survived its hecklers. The
Vietnam float, on the other hand,
did not survive. It was, in fact,
shredded by over-zealous students.
And the Regents gathered this
evidence, too. But owing to the
inherently volatile nature of these
events it was not clear that there
was a continuing problem serious
enough to demand action. Hence,
the Regents wisely continued their
vigil.
AND NOW the evidence is suf-
ficient-last week some SDS mem-
bers fell ill to the contagion, and
they heckled. The Board saw its
way clearly: for if a liberal group
such as SDS so forgets itself as to
ignore the rights of others at a
public meeting, the disease must
indeed be profound and surgery is
necessary. What previously was
only a minor discomfort is now
an acute hernia. SDS has hurled
the final straw, and they must not
be allowed to do so again.

For those who missed it, it is
necessary to quote their essential
position, stated first by GSC and
unanimously endorsed by the Re-
gents: "This tye of interference
with orderly and peaceful discus-
sion is inexcusable and will not be
tolerated in a University com-
munity." I like this statement; it
is clear and unequivocal. It is
pointed. It is also very funny.
-David Goldberg
Hecklers II
I FIND that it is time to question
the validity of all this concern
about the so-called "heckling" in-
cident. And I have to wonder
why The Daily has never publish-
ed a two-sided exposition of the
matter.
As far as the suppression of free
speech is concerned, the guilty
parties do not appear to have
been the "hecklesm" Rather, the
suppressors seem to have arisen
from a coalition of congressmen,
University administrators, and
alumni. For the sake of preserving
ivy - covered memories, Senator
Hart and Congressman Ford were
sheltered from the napalm of hot
debate.
FOR WHAT glorious reason, I
ask, must one buffer discussion be-
tween voting "hecklers" and their
elected representatives in Con-
gress? We who do not take our
politics lightly cannot expect these
meetings to be conducted with the
daintiness and expertise of a
Hatcher tea-party.
-Henry Rothberger, '69M
City Election
J UST TWO YEARS ago Coun-
cilman Richard Balzhiser (R-
Fifth Ward) said "I am seeking
public office not as a politician
but as a citizen sincere in his ef-
forts to contribute to our com-
munity."
Now, this same candidate is ask-
ing the voters to cast ballots for
his name and party without the
assurance that he would serve if

elected. Now, the Fifth Ward may,
have a councilman appointed by
others rather than one selected
by the voters on the basis of is-
sues.
What a difference two years can
make!
-Elizabeth H. Clark
Champion of the Poor
O N MARCH 23, SGC endorsed
the Republican candidate for
the City Council from the First
Ward. My heart is sick-not be-
cause I am a partisan Democrat,
but because I believe in the dig-
nity of man and his liberation
from oppression by the exploiting
few. Mr. H. C. Curry, the Demo-
cratic incumbent, is a humble,
uneducated, Negro working man
with a gift of eloquence. Prof.
Shafter, his opponent, is a bland,
conservative intellectual whose
record mixes open and subtle sup-
port of the principles and desires
of the exploiting few.
In the school board election last
June, Prof. Shafter was not the
darling of the racists that Mr.
Lewis and Mr. Godfrey were, but
he nestled close to their position.
He said in public meeting that he
did not support the measures pro-
posed to eliminate discrimination
and racial imbalance in our school
system. On the City Council he
would vote with his party to con-
tinue the gratification to special,
interests Ann Arbor Republican
councilmen have always supported.
Mr. Curry, on the other hand,
has been a champion of the poor.
I grant that he has voted for the
building industry's rapes of Ann
Arbor's charm, but this is consist-
ent with his desire to create jobs
for Negroes.
I urge students, professors and
staff of the northside University
community to scorn one of our
own sweet middle-class own and
to vote for a true representative
of the poor and down-trodden, H.
C. Curry, on April 3 even though
you do not share all of his beliefs.
-Nicholas D. Kazarinoff
Professor of Mathematics

By ROBERT F. KENNEDY
The following is the second
half of an address by the junior
senator fromrNew York to the
Americans for Democratic Ac-
tion in Philadelphia, Pa., on Feb.
24.It is reprinted from the New
Republic, March 11.
WE ARE FRIENDS of education,
especially of universities; our
friends and allies teach there, they
are a major force in the liberal'
community..
But listen: "Education [is] by
its very nature an individual mat-
ter ... not geared to mass! produc-
tion. It does not produce people
who instinctively go the same way
... [Yet] our millions learn the-
same lessons and spend hours be-
fore television sets looking at ex-
actly the same thing at exactly
the same time. For one reason and
another we are more and more ig-
noring differences, if not trying
to obliterate them. We seem head-
ed toward a standardization of the
mind, what Goethe called 'The
deadly commonplace that fetters
us all'." That might well have
been, but it was not, a speaker
at a Berkeley rally; it was Edith
Hamilton, one of our greatest
classicists.
AND NOW LISTEN to a student
representative, speaking to a meet-
ing of the Board of Regents of the
University of California: "We have
asked to be heard. You have re-
fused. We have asked for justice.
You have called it anarchy. We
have asked for freedom. You have
called it license. Rather than face
the fear and hopelessness you
have created, you have called it
communistic. You have accused us
of failing to use legitimate chan-
nels. But you have closed those
channels to us. You, and not us,
have built a university based on
distrust and dishonesty."
It is impossible to mistake the
anguish of that voice. There may
be many things in that cry, but
one of them is surely a protest of
individuality-against the univer-
sity as a corporate bureaucracy,
against the dull sameness Miss
Hamilton saw 'also-for in bu-
reaucracy and sameness is the de-

nial of individuality, and the de-
nial that human beings matter; if
all are the same, why listen to
what anyone says?
THE NONRECOGNITION of in-
dividuality-the sense that no one
is listening - is even more pro-
nonced in our politics. Television,
newspapers, magazines, are a cas-
cade of words, official statements,
policies, explanations and declar-
ations; all flow from theheight
of government, down to the pas-
sive citizen; the young must feel,
in their efforts to speak back, like
solitary salmon trying to breast
Grand Coulee Dam.
The words which submerge us,
all too often, speak the language
of a day irrelevant to our young.
And the language of politics is too
often insincerity. AndĀ°if we add
to the insincerity, and .the ab-
sence of dialogue, the absurdity
of a politics in which a Byron de
la Beckwith can declare as a
candidate for lieutenant governor
of Mississippi, we can understand
why so many of our young peo-
ple have turned from engagement
to disengagement.
IT IS NOT enough to under-
stand, or to see clearly. What-
ever their differences with us,
whatever the depth of their dis-
sent, it is vital-for us as much as
for them-that our young feel that
change is possible; that they will
be heard; that the cruelties and
follies and injustices of the world
will yield, however grudgingly, to
the sweat and sacrifice they are
so ready to give.
And more than disillusionment,
danger; for we rely on these
young people more than we know:
not just in the Peace .Corps,
though the Peace Corps has done
more for our position around the
world than all our armed forces
and foreign aid; not just in civil
rights, though our youth have
done more toward a solution of
that problem than all the power
and panoply of government; we
rely on our youth for all our
hopes of a better future - and
thus, in a real and direct sense,
for the very meaning of our own
lives.

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A Paean to Ann Arbor

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TO..... ...... UTDAY

AND TOMORROW... by WALTER LIPPMANN==

Johnson's Letters Reveal Tougher U.S. Stand

THE EXCHANGE of letters be-
tween President Johnson and
Ho Chi Minh does not clear up
the confusion and contradictions
in the public mind about what
happened at the time of the Tet
truce in early February. The let-
ters merely confirm what every-
one already knows.
The United States is prepared
to suspend the bombing of North
Vietnam if the President is "assur-
ed that infiltration into South
Vietnam by land and sea has
stopped."
The President, which was not
known before, offered also to stop
"further augmentation of U.S.
forces in South Vietnam." But, of
course, he did not propose to

he was asking for in 1965 and
early 1966.
IT IS CLEAR, I think, that the
President's former position was
that he would suspend the bomb-
ing in return for an uncondition-
al parley. Thus, on Jan. 31, 1966,
at the end of the 37-day bombing
pause, Secretary of State Dean
Rusk said that bombing would
not have been resumed "if Ha-
noi would reciprocate by making
a serious contribution toward
peace." He said nothing about re-
ciprocating with a military con-
cession.
Two weeks later, at Las Vegas,
Secretary Rusk said more plainly
that "some governments said Ha-

also, is that in 1967 the President
has stiffened his terms and is no
longer willing to accept his 1966
terms.
"As recently as the 37-day
bombing pause in 1966 the ad-
ministration was offering to end
the air war for nothing more than
an agreement to begin negotia-
tions ... Since then the adminis-
tration has been demanding a
quid pro quo before it will agree
to call off the bombing raids
against the North."
HERE LIES the explanation of
Prime Minister Kosygin and U
Thant's statements and of the
President's strange behavior in ig-
noring them both.
no'in and TT Thant hrnuht

"What A Serve! What A Return!"
7f
R

NN ARBOR was an-
nounced winner of an All-American
City award sponsored by Look magazine

and the National Municipal League.
The municipal newspaper, the Ann Ar-
bor News, said the city was, given the
award "for action in human relations,
beautification and park land acquisition

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