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Seventy-Sixth Year


Stickball Comes to SAB.

.. What Else?


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SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 1967


Bursley Hall: Spaces Open
For Sacrificial Lambs

ly 600 freshmen as a crutch next year
when they place them in the new Burs-
ley Hall, opening on North Campus.'
Students eligible to live in off-campus
housing would rather take an apartment
near Central Campus than have to make
the daily trek to Bursley Hall on North
Campus. Therefore, to keep from having
unfilled dorms, and thus losing money,
some freshmen (men and women) and
sophomore women, who are obligated to
live in residence halls, will be forced to
tale the brunt of the administraiton's
poor planning.
Bursley Hall was originally built for
those students who will be using North
Campus. The engineering, architecture
and design and nursing schools will even-
the immediate future only music school
students will have most of their classes
scheduled there.
However, there are not enough music
school students to fill all the vacancies,
and a few hundred freshmen, who have
their courses on Central Campus, will be
forced to live in Bursley.
IF ANY GROUP of students deserves
housing near their classes, it is the
freshmen. Handicapped by their inex-
perience in seeking out an academic exist-
ence, and adjusting to the multiversity,
freshmen shouldn't have the added han-
dicap of having to bus themselves to and

from campus. Besides their classes, every-
thing else a freshman needs, from stores
to the library and student activities, is
placed near Central Campus.
The temptation to cut a class-espe-
cially an 8 o'clock when the next one is
at 10-will be greatly intensified. It is
the students' responsibility to decide
whether or not to go to class, and he must
accept the consequences of his decision,
but why should a particular group of
freshmen have to make that decision with
an automatic strike against them?
IN SPITE OF ALL THIS, South Quadran-
gle will house 300 less freshmen than
it does this year because Thomas Fox,
quadrangle director, believes that "Sen-
iority should mean something. If a re-
turning student wants a space at South,
why should that space be given to a new
An unmentioned factor, however, is that
if upperclassmen prefer to live off-cam-
pus than in Bursley Hall, and freshmen
or sophomore girls aren't used to fill the
spaces, then the revenue lost from an un-
filled dorm will have an adverse effect
on the system's ability to pay for itself.
IN THE WORDS of one University offi-
cial, this is "good business." But is it
good for the educational interests of the

What a nice day was yesterday. Kind of day when
the people in cars are jealous of people walking. Con-
vertible tops prematurely lowered and what seemed like
a more than usual amount of parents seeing the campus
with their freshman sons and daughters ("this is the
diag, ma, you're not supposed to step ...").
Much too nice a day to waste writing inside.
So somebody went to Moe's and bought a stickball
(i.e. handball) and an impromptu game was organized.
There are a couple of dead pigeons on the lawn of the
Student Activities Building but other than that it made
a fine place for the make-up-the-rules-as-you-go contest.
Actually the lawn is too small to be much of a real
playing field, but if you use your imagination, and don't
try to hit the ball too far it's okay. Sort of like running
the OSA, I suppose.
BACK TO THE GAME. It was mid-western style
stickball, using a four inch broom handle instead of a
bat, a sort of combination 'three-flys-in' and cricket.
The hero of the game was. Thomas "Student Power
Now" Copi, erstwhile SGC presidential candidate. He
plays a mean game of stickball, although less as a pitcher
than a hitter. A couple of times he really tagged the ball,
drawing cheers from the 'new left' who were there to
. Playing ball there in front of the SAB, I was suddenly
thinking thoughts that fit neither the day nor the mood
of the moment. Thoughts about SGC.
THERE IS SOMETHING about SGC these days that
actually keeps hanging in your mind even when you're

playing stickball, because SGC may become very im-
portant here.
SGC might mean something because there is a move-
ment underway, not only at the University but through-
out the country, aimed at upsetting some of the old
absolutes of the social system. It is a challenge to more
than just education, but education will inevitably be
There is a feeling among most of the student genera-
tion that somehow the system isn't right, that it is In-
herently dehumanizing and must be changed. The way
to do it, for those who have not dropped out, is at least
partially through political action. But to be politically
efficacious one must first have power.
THIS IS WHERE SGC comes in. SGC is the natural
instrument for change-the body to eradicate the po-
litical impotency students have in controlling rule of their
Last year's Council, the Ed Robinson Council, was
caught up in the flows of the movement, although only
partially. Still, their decision to leave OSA last fall is
significant. It means, more than anything else, a rejec-
tion of the system here.
As of now the withdrawal is pretty much a symbolic
gesture. SGC has not been forced to leave its offices in
the SAB, and the funds it receives from the OSA budget
have not been cut off.
IT IS, OF COURSE, far too early to say what this
particular Council will be like. First impressions are
that it may turn out to be too timid for the times.

But the important thing, no matter what the actual
accomplishments of this Council are, is that there is an
undercurrent of latent revolution around. Two years ago
talk about student power, institutionalized or simply
anarchic, was never heard. It is really quite striking the
extent to which the flavor of campus politics, at least
among those interested in it, has changed.
SGC will probably do nothing until next year. The
recommendation Thursday night urging the abolition of
sophomore women's hours was a good move. Self-re-
sponsibility should not be artifically imposed. But this
was the last act of the old Council.
The new Council won't learn the game-rules for an-
other month, by then the semester is over. So we won't
have much of a clue to the character of SGC until fall.
IT IS REASONABLE to predict, though, that if
Council is to amount to anything it will be up to president
Bruce Kahn to be its stimulus. His leadership will decide
whether it is to play a real campus role or revert to the
irrelevancy of its past.
Kahn's sentiments are not really those of an activist,
but after serving a term on Council and working on the
draft referendum he must realize the need for having a
genuine source of power (which is the threat of student
revolt) when dealing with the administration.
When viewed rationally much of the political furor
seems almost absurd. After all, they are our lives and if
we don't want hours, why should we have them? And on
a more serious note, if we are paying for an education
there is something wrong with a system that won't ade-
quately educate us, we should be able to change it.
But it really was a beautiful day!


Letters: A Veteran on Vietnam and the Draft

To the Editor:
[ SPEAK AS A parent, and as a
veteran of two wars. In one war
I volunteered, and in one I was
The present Administration has
become so enmeshed with "Wars"
on poverty, wars on discrimina-
tion, wars on ugliness, wars on
sickness and other misnamed ac-
tivities, that it has lost track of
the fact that a War, a real one
where people kill and maim, and
are killed and maimed, is deadly
serious. In fast, War is the most
serious business in which men can
In a War, you don't armchair
theory about escalation, or de-
escalation; nor do you walk about
"bombing the north," or "not
bombing the north." You must
talk about, and have, purpose.
You must have resolve to carry
out that purpose.
EVEN THE MOST naive ob-

server knows at once that our
country has no purpose or resolve
in South Vietnam toay. But we are
in South Vietnam today because
you and I and the Congress let
it happen.
Give a drunk a bottle, and he'll
drink it. Give a spendthrift a bank
account, and he'll blow it. Give a
politician an army, and he'll use
If the Congress continues the
draft, it must do so with safe-
guards for parents and children
to insure that our children's lives
and limbs are not squandered at
the which of a politician and a
coterie of his ill-advised advisers.
And we can do it. At least the
Congress can.
When the draft legislation is re-
considered, it should be insisted
upon that our children will not
be treated as the most subservient
hostages, to die in a reptile and
insect infested jungle, while the
rest of the Great Society drives

Responsibility of the Vote

AS THE ANN ARBOR municipal elec-
tions draw closer, an interesting point
has been brought forward by Democrat-
ic mayoral candidate Dr. Ed Pierce. In
speaking of the University students' role
in the Ann Arbor community, Pierce of-
fers the following: if Ann Arbor's stu-
dents are desirous of full citizenship
rights, then they must bear the respon-
sibilities as well as the privileges of such
On the surface, there seems to be noth-
ing profound in this pronouncement; the
idea of the citizen's social contract with
the state is even older than Rousseau.
Still, as reflected by various spokesman
for student rights, the University commu-
nity does not want citizenship of the
type that Dr. Pierce asks.
THERE ARE TWO basic viewpoints con-
cerning the University's legal role in
the community. One side-that of the
student activists-claims that the Uni-
versity is not a part of "legal" Ann Ar-
bor, that it is a microcosm of independ-
ent, non-static forces that spend their
time in Ann Arbor as merely a stopover
en route to "real life." These people would
have it that Ann Arbor's civil government
has no jurisdiction over campus affairs,
that any encroachment of student life by
Ann Arbor authority calls for the inter-
vention of the University as an ombuds-
man that would serve as a protector of the
Opposite this viewpoint is one of pure
legality; just as the University population
does reside in Ann Arbor, so then is
that population responsible to Ann Arbor
authority. As was the case with Cinema
Guild, it is this view that is most often
offered by the University administration
in answer to the students' pleas for pro-

YET, BECAUSE of student agitation for
protection and University insistence
on legal responsibility, the city-Univer-
sity relation is a massive tangle of con-
tradiction in policy. On the one hand
SGC calls for decreased resistance to stu-
dents wishing registration as Ann Arbor
voters, but then this same organization
cries for the previously mentioned "pro-
tection" from a "Big Brother" Universi-
ty: on the one hand the administration
refuses to stand up for the Cinema Guild,
despite its position as a duly recognized
student organization, but then the Uni-
versity still grants disciplinary powers -
note that these powers are often over
areas of civil conduct-to the Joint Ju-
diciary Council: on one hand the city
administration attempts to invoke its po-
lice authority over the display of "porn-
ographic" motion pictures, but it remains
silent-through an agreement with the
University-on the question of rampant
student drinking on campus.
It is evident that the intertangled na-
ture of student-University-city relations
is a mass of contradictions. No one poli-
cy-perhaps not even a group of policies
-clearly defines the instance of city au-
thority as opposed to University author-
ity. It seems that Dr. Pierce's stand,
however, is clearly viable. Under the
voter registration laws of the state of
Michigan, six months permanent resi-
dence in a precinct is sufficient for vot-
ing rights. Because of this statute, then,
nearly all of the University's "over-21"
student population is eligible for the full
rights of franchise. If the student wishes
to exercise this right-and more are do-
ing so in each successive election-it is
only logical and socially moral that he
accepts his responsibilities, and the Uni-
versity allows him the dreedom of all
Ann Arbor citizens.
NO LONGER SHOULD a University-
sponsored body of students (JJC) be
allowed to discipline students for civil
infractions. Similarly, no longer should
students be subject to rules of conduct
that would not exist for Ann Arbor resi-
dents of the same age group. No longer
should the city ignore its constituted
rights and powers of police and of the
courts. But most importantly, no longer
should any student refuse to grasp the
power of the vote which determines the
rules that he will be compelled to abide
by. If students refuse to accept their
responsibilities, then they do not deserve
the vote.

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its mink clad women, in the new-
est automobiles, to football games
and the theater.
equity caused by legislation, the
Congress must realize that people
have adapted themselves to the
inequity and arranged their lives
so that the inequity causes a mini-
mum of dislocation. By way of il-
present tax law permitting deple-
lustration-it is quite possible the
tion allowance to the oil industry
could be considered unfair. Never-
theless, the proceeds of widow's
and children's estates, are now
invested in these companies on
the basis of the present tax law-
to change this law would now
cause greater inequity than the
existing situation. So it is with
the draft.
Our people have proceeded upon
a certain set of ground rules, and
before these ground rules are
changed, serious consideration
should be given to the conse-
The Presidential advisers now
suggest the rules be changed so
that our youngest children be sent
to war first, and that those to go
be chosen by lottery. I can only
most seriously suggest that the
parents of this country are not
interested in rolling "high dice"
for the lives of their youngest
Unless there is a Congressional
resolution either to get out of
Vietnam or to bring sufficient
force to bear to cause North Viet-
nam to do as we say, the fairest
thing to do is to continue this
dreadful draft as it now exists.
-Volney F. Morin
First Ward
To the Editors:
ment that SGC has chosen to
endorse the Republican candidate
for Council in the First Ward,
and I wonder if students are
aware of what this candidate actu-
ally stands for.
On the subject of human rela-
tions, he has stated that he does
not feel "racial imbalance" (i.e.
segregation?), per se, is evil and
that schools should not bear the
burden of easing basic social and
economic disadvantage. Presuma-
bly it is left to the disadvantaged
themlselves to bear the burden.
On the subject of housing, he

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has recently advocated the re-
placement of existing low-cost
housing in the First Ward by
more new apartment houses which
we can assume from recent experi-
ence would charge rents far above
what many students, especially
married students, can afford to
pay; to say nothing of the non-
student families in the area, many
of whom are also renters. It
sounds like "Negro removal," Ann
ON THE SUBJECT of taxation,
he has taken a variety of posi-
tions. Last May he stressed fiscal
reform with relief for property
owners, but more recently he has
advocated increased property tax-
es and opposed a city income tax.
Doesn't SGC realize that a stu-
dent pays the property tax as
part of his rent, not in proportion
to his means (as in the case of
an income tax) but in proportion
to the value of the property to

the landlord! For students to en-
dorse a candidate who advocates
.higher property taxes is economic
BY CONTRAST, the incumbent
Democratic Councilman, H. C.
Curry, has worked for the passage
of a Fair Housing law (thus bene-
fitting both Negro and foreign
students), the establishment of a
Housing Commission. (which by
developing low-cost housing would
deflate the high rents), and the
enforcement of zoning laws and
building codes (which protect stu-
dents from unscrupulous landlords
and developers). He is opposed to
higher property taxes and stresses
the need for a fairer distribution
of the tax burden. He is clearly a
candidate whom students can sup-
port in their own interest and in
the interest of human rights.
-Peter H. Roosen-Runge,

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