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Seventy-Six Years of Editorial Freedom


"Its Such a

Com fort

To Drive a

U' Bus,


s It?

Because of the University's
steady shift to North Campus,
more and more students are learn-
ing to take the bus and leave the
driving to the University's trans-
portation service office.
As a result the University has
been forced to add to its modern
bus fleet. Last August it purchased
five new "Flxible" buses from the
Flxible Company of Loudenville,
But University officials and
some of the bus drivers appar-
ently have differing views on the
desirability of the new buses.
"We have b e e n extremely
pleased with the performance
these buses have given us," says
Richard P. Koester, manager of

the University's Transportation
Service office.
But the drivers have complained
about the braking, steering, heat-
ing and transmission on the new
buses since they were purchased.
Koester points out that the
drivers all t e s t e d competing
brands of buses before they were
purchased last August. He indi-
cated that the drivers voiced no
However, several drivers includ-
ing Clyde Buckley and Dale Meg-
gisen said they preferred the com-
peting General Motors bus which
the University says costs more
than the Flxible brand.
In any event the University
bought the five buses.
Koester says, "The drivers had
made no complaints about the

original buses by the time we or-
dered the eight new Flxible buses
in February." He indicates, how-
ever, that he had received some
routine defect cards on the buses
and the defects were corrected!
After they heard about the de-
cision to purchase more Flxibles,
all 14 full-time drivers signed a
petition voicing dissatisfaction
with the Flxible coaches. "We
didn't want to cause any trouble,"
explains driver Clyde Buckley.
"We just felt the decision to pur-
chase the original Flxibles was a
mistake and we didn't want it re-

ent were Koester, Robert Wagner program adjustments were made Bendix-Westinghouse emergency According to one driver, "During
of the personnel department, Ray on brakes." brake system. As a result of check- the winter the heating didn't work

Bland, bus foreman, and three bus When they started driving the ing this we found that a slight ad-

Koester says that at the meet-
ing, "I pointed out to the drivers
that if there were problems with
the buses standard defect cards
should be submitted. A petition
wasn't the way of going about it.!
All three drivers admitted not
having submitted defect cards."
Afterwards several drivers said
they regretted signing the peti-
tion. The petition was never sent.
Koester says the buses are safe.

buses last fall some drivers claim- justment was needed which we
ed the braking on the buses was made. In addition as part of the
inadequate. normal maintenance program a
"It was very hard to stop the different lining was placed on the
buses when it was wet," says driv- rear brakes of all five buses."
er Virl Parish. Driver Floyd Coo- Regarding the bus that crashed
per says it was "difficult to stop into the loading dock Koester says
with a big load." Another driver, "When the bus was checked by
Dale Meggisen, also says the the UrTersity and Flxible they
brakes were "very inadequate." were unable to find anything
Driver Clyde Buckley also points wrong with it." He has no com-
out that last fall "A Flxible park- ment on the amount of damages.
ed outside the General Stores In any case the dissident drivers
headquarters slipped -out of con- now agree that the adjustments
trol and crashed into a loading have improved the braking on the,
dock, causing an estimated $3,000 buses.
damage." However, they are still anxiouss

at night so I had to wear insulated
underwear, hats and boots. My
feet were always getting cold."
"When the Flxible mechanics
looked the heating over they said
there was no problem. 'Your feet
have no business getting cold,' one
mechanic told .me."
Koster noted, "We checked the
heat a number of times during
the winter," and adds, "When we
tested the heat with a thermo-
meter during the winter it worked
fine. One cold night at 10:30 p.m.
we found the temperature to be
72 degrees."
The drivers also complained
about the steering.

steering freezes up sometimes and
its like driving an ox-cart." Adds
Larry England, "When you go
around the corner for Baits hous-
ing the wheels shimmy."
But Koester says "We tested the
steering and found nothing wrong
with it. The steering has never
frozen up. Only five per cent of
the buses in the country have
power steering."
Koester adds "We went over the
run two times before we found
the spot where the shimmy occurs.
It only happened in one spot and
we've since worked it out. It was
a very minor thing."
In Sept. the Detroit Street and
Railway returned 20 of the
Flxible buses a year after they
had been purchased. They are
See 'U,' Page 2

peated." "We are constantly checking the
When officials caught wind of buses," he says. "We have found
the petition (several drivers want- no basis for any of the complaints
ed to send it to the Regents) a about transmission or heat. As
special meeting was called. Pres- part of our regular maintenance

Koester says, "We had experi- about driving the buses during the "During the winter,"
enced some difficulty releasing the winter months. Buckley, "The fluid in

the power

College Papers Refuse
New 'Digest' Magazine






Student newspapers at ten uni-
versities across the country last
night issued a joint statement re-
jecting franchises for distribution
of a new national collegiate maga-1
zine and protesting the policies
of the National Educational Ad-,
vertising Service (NEAS).
The magazine, the Campus
Courier, is to be published by!
Readers' Digest Sales and Service,
Inc., which also owns NEAS. NEAS
represents a number of college
newspapers, including The Daily,
for national advertising.
The Campus Courier, which will
have a Readers' Digest-like format
and will carry national advertis-

ing, was offered to a large num-
ber of student papers. Several ma-
jor university papers, including
The Daily, the Harvard Crimson,
the Daily Pennsylvanian and the
Columbia Spectator have rejected
k Indirect Threat
The managing editor of the
Daily Pennsylvanian reported that
his , paper has been indirectly
threatened with a loss of national
advertising revenue because of its
rejection of a Campus Courier
franchise- He reported that Bert-
ram McMannis, general manager
of NEAS, told the Pennsylvanian's
business manager that a major
rubber company was planning a
large scale promotional campaign

but that the advertising would be- ~
made available only to papers that
carried the Courier.
Eleanor Prescott, an editor of
the Columbia Spectator, said that
NEAS had promised that the
Courier would be handled sepa-
tional advertising and that there
would be no package deals offered
advertisers. By PAT O'DO

V~ 11.! m










Trim ester


The statement, which was sent
to McNannis last night reads:
"We the undersigned Ivy and
major university papers through-
out the nation with a total read-
ership of 150,000 after careful
consideration and discussion have
decided against signing the frax-
chise to insert the Campus Cour-
ier in. our newspaper.
"We do not care to disseminate
to our readers the editorial con-
tent of the magazine which will
be reprints prepared by the
Readers' Digest and will basically
maintain that publication's for-

The current trimester system
j may not be with us next year.
Members of the faculty of the
College of Literature, Science and
the Arts (LSA) are currently vot-
ing by mail on a resolution to re-
vert back to the two-semester
calendar with an "enriched sum-
mer half-semester."
In a related move, an ad-hoc
committee in the College of En-
gineering has recommended Uni-
versity-wide adjustments of theI
trimester calendar.
LSA faculty members are asked
to vote no later than April 28
"in favor" or "opposed" to the

This report had recommended . The last two recommendations dent for Academic Affairs and to
that, while the present trimester would include cutting the vacation the Assembly of the University
calendar should be retained, it' period between the summer and Senate for further consideration
should not exist in its current fall trimesters, and action.
I form without certain modifica- The report of the Calendar The report of the ad-hoc com-
tions. Committee included a survey of mittee of the Engineering College
The committee recommended faculty and student opinion di- stated, "The most persistent point
that: cating that both groups avored ofddissatisfaction among faculty
S -The practice of giving early the retention of the present sys and students is the unremitting
final examinations (given before tem although both agreed that and demanding pace which has
the regular exam period) be elimi- students get "significantly less out been imposed upon the academic
nated; of taking a course" now than un- program of the 'University' by the
-"The study period be increased der the old semester calendar. present trimester system."
from its present four days (in- ! The ad-hoc committee, chaired
cluding Sunday) to five days, and, If the resolution now being by Prof. A. Nelson Dingle, urged
-"The mid-term break in the "a more adequate break at mid-
winter be extended to one full supported, results will be forward- term than the four days now
week." ed to the Office of the Vice Presi- provided."


THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION on the Role of Students
in Decision Making met yesterday and SGC' President Bruce
Kahn, '68, presented an outline of his views on revamping the
student government. He proposed that the veto power of the
Vice-President for Student Affairs Richard L. Cutler, be sus-
pended, and that students be given the responsibility to decide
their conduct under student council guidelines and subject only
to regental censure.
"HIGHER EDUCATION in Tomorrow's World," the second
major ceremony of the Sesquicentennial celebration, will be held
in Ann Arbor on April 26-29. The conference will include several
hundred educators from all over the world.
Some of the notable speakers will be James Conant, former
president of Harvard University; Roger Heyns, chancellor of
University of California at Berkeley; William Keast, president
of Wayne State University, and John Hannah, president of
Michigan State University.
THE SENIOR BOARD, representing the Class of 1967, recom-
mended to the Board of Regents the Senior Class Gift. The gift
will consist of the establishment of a plaque containing the
initials "UM," the number "150," and the inscription "Class of
1967." The plaque will be placed in an area, designated "The
Jefferson Plaza," between the new and old administration
The new Senior Board, 1968, composed of the officers of the
nine undergraduate colleges, elected the following officers: Jeff-
rey Messner, president; Scott Spear, vice-president; Jeffrey
Bowden, treasurer; and Rhoda Fleming, secretary.
ADDING TO A NATIONAL trend to keep alumni influence
out of fraternity-sorority pledge selection, Northwestern Uni-
versity and the University of Oregon have both stated that the
fraternity and sororities must "eliminate all outside interference"
in the selection of members.
The Northwestern Student Senate has asked for an investiga-
tion and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education has issued
an ultimatum to the greeks to either ignore outside influence
or face "de-campusing."

mat. resolution to revert to the two-se-
"In addition, we feel tnat the mester system in a ballot sent by
financial provisions of the fran- Dean William Haber of the lit-
chise are not sufficiently to our erary college.
advantage. They do not offset the The rationale behind the reso-
production effort and problems of lution, as stated on the ballot are:
inserting the magazine nor do theyl -Few of the anticipated ad-
adequately reflect the fact th va of the present trimester
the magazine would ultimately have been realized.
derive its selling force from the -A major inference to be drawn
prestige and readership of our ra- from the recent survey of faculty
spective campuses. "and student opinion is that adop-
Neglect Solicitation tion of the trimester system has


SGC Requests Regents
Double 1967-68 Budget

The statement went on toj
charge that NEAS has been neg-s
lecting solicitation of run-on-press
advertising in favor of promoting
the Courier and that the increase
in national advertising supplied by'
NEAS has been disappointing.
A copy of the statement was:
sent to McMannis last night. As
of yesterday afternoon, the state-
ment had been signed by The
Daily, and by newspapers at Co-;
lumbia, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh,
Berkeley, Temple, Utah, UCLA,
Colorado and Illinois.

resulted in damage to a number
of educational values, without
sufficient improvements in com-
p ens ation.
-The trimester system seriously
interferes with the scholarly work
of the faculty outside the class-
According to Haber, the LSA
Executive Committee, which sup-
ports the resolution, has reviewed
a report of the University's Com-
mittee on the Calendar headed by
Prof. George E. Hay, chairman of
the math department.

Student Government Council
voted unanimously last night to
ask the Board of Regents to dou-
ble the funds allocated for Coun-
cil use. SGC asked for a 25-cent
per student per semester increase.
This would amount to a raise of
approximately $16,000 each year.
Council treasurer, Sam Sher-
man, '68, in speaking for the re-
quest, explained that SGC needs
the increase just to continue its
existing programs.
"Based on present reports," he
said, "Council could usefully spend

{$30.000 per year. We are current- Ideally, according to Sherman;
ly allocated $16,000." SGC would like to raise its funds
Under present procedures.SGC from a student levy over which the
receives 25 cents per student per student body would. have control.
semester from tuition fees. These Regental approval would be need-
funds are granted to Council by ed for this type of change.
the Regents through the Office of I In action concerning the recently
Student Affairs. released report on the disclosure

Ask That-
Student See
Rank First..
Hatcher OK's Report;
Lists Three Issues
For Future Decisions
The President's Committee on
Class Ranking for Selective Serv-
ice yesterday released the text of
a "partial report" which stated
that the University should release
cuass ranking G draf6 boardo fvr
the current academic year and
listed three issues on which $iture
policy decisions would have to be
University.P r e s i d e n t Harlan
Hatcher has seen and approved
the report.
The committee was unanimous
in its opinionthat "the only de-
fensible recommendation is that
the University compile male class
ranks by class and colleges."
The report also recommended
that each student be permitted
to have a "certified copy" of his
rank be sent directly to him
rather than his local draft board,
"thus providing him with theop-
portunity of deciding whether or
not to submit it to his board."
ThedOffice of the Vice-President
for Acadelnic Affairs yesterday
listed procedures by which a stu-
dent wishing his 'class rank re-
leased to him first could do so.
The three issues upon which the
board must decide before a final
report can be drawn up were list-
ed in the partial report. These
issues would form the core of the
committee's recommendations for
class rank in subsequent senes-
ters. They are:
" "Shall the University', at the
request of its students, under any
conditions and in any manner
make any information about the
academic performance available
for use by their Selective Service
" "If so, how much and what
kinds of information shall be
made available?
* "If any information about
students is to be transmitted to
local boards, what channel of
communication shall be used?"
For each of these decisions, the
report lists several alternatives
which will be considered in the
The President's Committee on
Class Ranking was appointed last
fall by Hatcher and met eight
times under the chairmanship of
Dean William Haber of the liter-
ary college.

Several members of Council felt
that the Regents would not be able
to grant the increase because of
a shortage of University funds.
They feel that this would be a
basis for seeking funds directly
I from Students rather than through
the OSA.

State Groups Seek Unified College Plan

By WALLACE IMMEN deal of variation in areas covered
by the original statements. They
The Study Steering Committee will be revised to conform to a
for the State Plan for Higher common format prepared by a
Education project will today con- subcommittee of the 15-member
sider revision of statements of in- Steering Committee, which was
stitutional planning goals pre- established last fall by the State
pared by representatives of the Board of 'Education.
state's colleges and universities. Work Going Well}
These statements of "overall Dr. Harold Smith, director of
planning and coordination," had the State Plan project, reported
been submitted to the committee recently to the State Board that
two weeks ago, but they will have the work so far is going well and
to be rewritten within the next the information from the com-
two weeks to eliminate the great mittees will be compiled and work

on a provisionary plan begun byI
September 1.
The University's tentative state-
ment, prepared by the University
representative to the committee,
Dean Stephen Spurr of the grad-
uate school, will remain virtually
unchanged. It states that the Uni-
versity wishes to continue to oper-
ate a diverse educational pro-
Provisionary Draft
The Steering Committee is in'
charge of preparing a provision-
ary draft of a State Plan for plan-
ning and' coordination of higher
education programs, previously
known as a "master plan."
"We are not so much interested
in developing a so called "master
plan" as we are in developing a
process for state planning of high-
er education," Spurr explained.
"This involves the existence of
many study committees."
Definitive Statement
A series of working committees
will assist the study committee
in preparing a draft which will

tion of higher education programs.
The extent of the jurisdiction of
such a plan is still under con-
"This plan will really affect the
newer and smaller colleges in the
state more than it will the Univer-
sity,"'Spurr noted, "but to develop
an effective system of this kind
requires active cooperation from
all the elements involved."
"You might say we are the
'shirt sleeves' committee," said
Spurr, "as much as we provide a
broad general base for the work
of the other advisory committees."
Not all of the advisory committees
are in operation.as yet. They will
include a yepresentative group
from administrations, faculties,
student bodies, economic special-
ists and legislators, as well as the
interested public.
Steer Development
When a plan is drafted, it will
be referred back .to those advisory
committees. "We have no unique
functions besides those of coor-
dinatinp' andfisteerming the devel-

of student records prepared for
the Vice President for Student Af-
fairs, the Council recommended
that it be sent back for additional
review to the special committee
which prepared it.
SGC objected to an article of
the report which it felt vested
complete discretionary power in
releasing student records to the
vice president for student affairs.I
In additional action, SGC es-
tablished a Student Consumers
Union to study the price and qual-
ity of goods and services sold to
students by Ann Anbor merchants.
The Union has the power to nego-
tiate with merchants for lower
prices and better quality and to
take substantive action in the
name of .SGC to force such
changes. .
As the session continued into
the early morning hours, Council
debated a motion directing the
President's Committee on Class
Ranking for Selective Service to
recommend that decisions on rank-
ing be made by only male stu-
dents of individual colleges. The
motion also asked that colleges
observe the majority view of its
students in establishing their pol-
icy on ranking.

Student Apathy Mars Sesqui-Conference

JL r

By HENRY GRIX said the Activities Center "let us
The plague of student apathy down."
spoiled the National Student Ses- UAC "didn't think it was worth-
quicentennial Conference, March while to put on an event that
22-25, according to Dave Johnson, would effect such a small number
'69, chairman of the conference. of people," explained Fran O'Dell,!
The poor student response was '69, UAC social chairman. When
"disappointing to speakers" and the Activities Center agreed to

was an assurance of the presence and insists O'Dell told him UAC
of sixty delegates. "didn't feel, they could finance"
O'Dell indicated that UAC oper- a reception which 'would draw so
ates solely as a student service few students.
organization, and if student "de- Furthermore, Johnson claims
sire" for a rececption had been UAC did not cancel the room they
expressed, "it most certainly would had reserved and slapped his com-
have been held." mittee with the responsibility for

New 'U' Policy on Class Rank

lowing statement has been re-
leased by the Office- of Aca-
demic Affairs outlining the

following information typed or
'1. His Selective Servie Num-
ber in the upper left-hand



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