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Hatcher's HUAC Rationale:
A Big Disappointment

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PRESIDENT HATCHER' "report" to the
Regents yesterday on the University's
response to the House Un-American Ac-
tivities Committee subpoena-admittedly
little more than a warmed-over version
of his statement to the faculty-is dis-
maying and disappointing. It misstates
the issue it discussed, and it avoids other
issues altogether.
At the heart of Hatcher's defense of
the University's compliance with the sub-*
poena is his conclusion that "the Univer-
sity must obey the law. It cannot sup-
port those portions of the law which it is
willing to accept and discard the others."
Although Hatcher did not state the prem-
ise on which this conclusion is based, it
clearly seems to be this: that any Uni-
versity attempt to overturn the subpoena
would disobey the law, or "discard" a
portion of it.
B UT THIS IS as ironic as it is fallacious.
As a number of distinguished faculty
have already pointed out in these pages,
the University has been changing its
building procedures to avoid a state law
setting requirements on the use of state
capital outlay funds given to universities;
and (the University has been challenging
in the courts a state law which requires
t to bargain collectively with its em-
Under Hatcher's far-fetched definition,
these two actions "disobey" the law or.
try to "discard" part of it; and, follow-
ing his wobbly logic, one might, indeed
wonder why a third such action isn't en-
tirely consistent with the two which pre-
ceded it.
YET THE UNIVERSITY is not trying to
"discard" the law in the first two cir-
cumstances, despite Hatcher's inconsist-
ent logic; it is in fact following the law.
The requirements of the state's capital
outlay law, PA 124, apply only when the
University uses state money; by not us-
ing state money, the University-in an
entirely legal and proper manner-avoids
PA 124's restrictions. And by opposing
the collective bargaining law in the
courts, the University is not "disobeying"
the law; on the contrary, it is using its
rights under the law to protect what it
regards as its legal autonomy.
The same is true of possible attempts
to overturn the subpoena. Had the Uni-
versity gone into court to have the sub-
poena declared judicially void, the Uni-
versity would, here, too, have been doing

nothing more than exercising its legal
rights. Hence Hatcher's comments on the
law miss the whole point of the argu-
IF THE STATEMENT misses the most
crucial issue, it ignores most of the
others. Hatcher yesterday had no expla-
nation for the administration's failure to
consult the students and faculty before
its decision, even though the education
school recently criticized this communi-
cation failure and the literary college
voted a statement expressing "regret"
that the University had responded to the
He did not say why the University
failed to inform the students involved,
though this would have enabled them to
get an injunction to restrain the Uni-
versity from complying without involving
any University move' to the courts - a
course most administrators now think
was the best:
And Hatcher did not explain why he
personally took no part whatsoever in
the decision to comply-which is prob-
ably why he does not understand the is-
sues involved-or to defend what can only
be called an appalling abdication of mor-
al leadership.
The Regents roused themselves briefly
from their torpor to accept President
Hatcher's report; perhaps the matter got
slightly more discussion during the Re-
gents' private meeting - although one
Regent has indicated it took great ef-
fort even to place Hatcher's "report" on
the agenda of the public meeting yester-
IT IS 'ASTONISHING to see the most
important members of the 'University
community. give so little scrutiny to such
an important question; and it is sadden-
ing to study President Hatcher's inade-
quate defense of a decision most admin-
istrators now admit they wish they had.
not made. It thus appears that the major
responsibility for studying this whole in-
cident-and recommending reforms to
insure it does not occur again-falls on
the special subcopimittee of the Senate
Advisory Committee on University Af-
It is a great responsibility; and one can
only hope the subcommittee meets it bet-
ter than President Hatcher and the Re-
gents did.

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Uty Cycle Law Makes, Sense

THE ANN ARBOR City Council
is presently considering a new
ordinance controlling motorcycles.
This ordinance is well thought-out
and should, with minor changes,
be passed into law.
Under the ordinance, any driver
or passenger of a motorcycle or
motorscooter would be required to
wear a safety helmet. That vehicle
would need special lighting if it is
to be operated at night. In addi-
tion, many road antics would be
rendered illegal,
Wearing a helmet is sensible. It
not only protects the cyclist di-
rectly, but it also makes him more
easily visible to drivers of auto-
mobiles. The ordinance states that
each helmet "shall have at least
half of the exterior surface colored
white, and shall be equipped with
a reflexive badge or surface on the
outside of the back portion of such
helmet which shall be no less than
two square inches in area."
This provision seems reasonable.
If the intention is visibility how-

ever, why the exact stipulation of
a white helmet. Other, common,
colors are easily as visible, such as
silver magnum, or light metal
flakes. A change in the ordinance
to read: "half of the exterior sur-
face shall be of a light, visible
color" would be advisable and rea-
section of the new ordinance,
would be restricted to a maximum
speed limit of 35 mph in the city.
Motorcycles (defined as having
engines of more than 50cc dis-
placement) would not be affected.
The reasoning behind this is
sound: the stability of a small-
wheeled, light Vespa going over a
bump at 40 mph is at best a
chancey thing.
Another provision, regarding the
required lights or suitable reflec-
tors (which would need the ap-
proval of the police department)
seems sensible. On most Ann Ar-
bor streets, it is suicide to venture
out without some means of seeing

and being seen.
"Every person riding a motor-
cycle or motor driven cycle . .
shall be grantedall the rights and
be subject to all the duties . . of
a motor vehicle under Michigan
Law . . . except as provided to
the contrary." This may get some
opposition from the average auto-
mobile driver who discriminates
between human beings and motbr-
cycle drivers. It needs to be said.
IN REGARDS TO safety equip -
ment, the rider and driver must
both wear helmets and "a safety
eye shield, safety glasses, safety
goggles" etc.
The idea of eye protection is vi-
tal. Driving over 30 mph, or behind
a large truck results in an impair-
ment of vision either from eyes
watering or dirt and dust. With-
out something covering the eyes,
driving a motorcycle at any high
speed becomes a squinting, head-
turning affair, usually with only
one eye functioning.
Other safety conditions refer to

the number of people allowable on
a vehicle (the number it was built
to carry), also concerns carrying
anything that will prevent the ri-
der and driver from holding on
with both hands. This will make it
harder to get the groceries back
to the apartment. In the case of
the passenger, one handhold is
To most motorcyclists, it's be-
coming practice to shoot up the
curb to the head of a line of cars
stopped at an intersection. Under
the ordinance, the motorcycle
would have to stay in its lane.
The ordinance also prohibits pass-
ing between lanes of moving traf-
fic. This is very sensible, as it
helps to keep the motorcycle where
turning traffic expects him to be.
Generally, little can be said
against the sensibility of this or-
dinance. It contains provisions
that may be bothersome for the
motorcyclist and passenger, but
which are needed for safety con-
Now, since the city is so worried

about the safety of its motorized
cycle riders, it should be willing to
offer to all licensed owners a
training program in how to han-
dle their machines. Statistics show
that a disproportionate percentage
of novice drivers are involved in
accidents. Driving a cycle and
learning how to handle it in traf-
fic is quite different from driving
a car. As yet there is no separate
licensing program for cycle riders
--a city with as many cycle riders
as this one might save itself quite
a bit of service cost and its citi-
zens a few problems by filling the
CITY COUNCIL needs also to
remind the drivers of Ann Arbor
that motorcycles do belong on the
roads, that they are there and
that they should be treated with
all the respect (hopefully) given
another car.
Such an increased awareness
could lower motorcycle accident
rates as much as any list of safety


Grading System Fairer Than Draf1t Test

To the Editor:
Selective Service exam fails
many excellent liberal arts stu-
dents who have insufficient math-
ematical training. VOICE has
properly criticized this..The pres-
ent unfair Selective Service Sys-
tem has only one saving grace:
The better liberal arts students
are exempted from taking - and
often failing-the exam if their
school record is sufficiently high.
A glance at current Selective
Service procedures shows that
preventing release of class rank
will force all these good students
to take the Selective Service exam
which is unfairly slanted against

them. It is a shame that VOICE,
which has brilliantly led the op-
position of this campus to John-
son's blundering war, should tar-
nish its record with an anti-liberal
arts position.
One can only hope the Univer-
sity's liberal arts students will be
able to outvote the students in
science and engineering who are
preparing for careers in the de-
fense industry.
ONE CAN HOPE that most stu-
dents in science and engineering
will put the good of the Univer-
sity before narrow self interest
and vote with the liberal arts stu-
dents for continued release of the

rankings which exempt at least
the better students from taking an
unfair test.
-Thomas H. Westerdale, Grad
M ichigun Poltics
To the Editor:
IN AN ANALYSIS of Mr. Okrpnt's
, article of September 14, we
can see some obvious contradic-
tions which I feel show his lack
of understanding about the Mich-
igan political scene.
In reviewing the past successes
of Governor Romney in 1962 and
in 1964, Mr. Okrent equates these
successes with short term influ-
ences and poor Democratic gub-

FPA:AvoidinttheIs sues

THE ORGANIZATION that presents the
most favorable impression to the en-
tering freshman is the Inter-Fraternity
Council. Before a freshman is even reg-
istered at the University, the council is
busy organizing picnics in his home town
area, and showing slides that acquaint
him with the projected fraternity image.'
Then, once registration starts, our un-
affiliated freshman is met with a flurry
of lawn dances. and other assorted social
With the end of Rush, so ends the
great services performed by our IFC and
its affiliated members. Their image has
been presented, and with that their job
except for their sing concert and a few
internal services is done.
rfHE IFC IMAGE is clearly one that
emphasizes social and athletic events,
while giving little recognition to aca-
demic and cultural aspects of student life.
The recent IFC Mass Rush Meeting fea-
tured a film narrated by Ronald Reagan,
a true leader of intellectual ferment, on
fraternity life. The theme centered
around social and athletic events. Also
featured was a member of the athletic
department who tied in the history of
fraternities with the University's great
sports tradition. By the end of his speech,
things sounded more like a pep rally than
an informative meeting.
Thursday nights Fraternity Presidents
Assembly provides us with an interesting
insight into what they view as their role
in our multiversity.
Executive Committee were brought to
a vote before the presidents. Both dealt
with social aspects of houses. The first
resolution was regarding regulations con-
eeirni wnmen in hons The TFC has

ing conflicting parties, and from seeing
that these parties didn't get out of hand.
A weakened version of a section regard-
ing the policing of events was passed. If
one is to measure by the intensity of de-
bate on the measure, this was an issue
of paramount importance.
NEAR THE END of the meeting Nelson
Lande, president of ZBT, moved: "That
the IFC Executive Committee take a ser-
ious look into IFC's becoming an active
party to any SGC-sponsored referendum
on the question of University release of
student class rank to local draft boards,
and it report its findings at the time to
the next FPA meeting." Dick Van House,
president of the IFC Executive Commit-
tee, banged his gavel and asked for any
seconds to the motion. The answer to the
FPA's interest in this issue was dead.
There was no seconding of the motion, no
debate whatsoever. It died there on the
WHY DID THOSE 45 campus leaders
refuse tc even investigate this mat-
ter? Some argued afterwards that they
were leaders of houses with diverse opin-
ions on the matter, and they didn't want
to commit their members to any policy
concerning the referendum. This is a poor
excuse. The motion called for a fact-
finding committee, not a committal.,
The real reason for the FPA's inaction
was that they considered'it none of their
concern, and this is the rub: if this issue
"isn't their concern," then what is? The
concerns of this organization, that repre-
sents itself to incoming freshmen as one
of the most prestigious on campus should
extend further than matters of housing
and social functions.
THEIR APATHETIC rejection of an

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ernatorial candidates who; have
failed to obtain enthusiastic labor
support. He fails to note that John
Swainson was the hand picked
candidate of Governor Williams
and Gus Scholle in the Democrat-
ic primary of 1960, and through
labor's strong support, Mr. Swain-
son defeated Micl igan's most pop-
ular D e m o c r a t i c officehold-
er, James Hare, for the guberna-
torial nomination.
Neil Staebler was co-founder
with Williams of the Michigan
Democratic Party and financed
Williams' first campaign in 1948.
Furthermore, Staebler ran for
congressman-at-large in 1962, a
statewide post that gave him am-
ple opportunity to meet Michi-
gan's electorate. Staebler was also
the only Democratic loser in
Michigan and was unaided by Mr.
Johnson's 700,000 vote sweep that
brought Democratic control to the
Michigan House and Senate as
well as to our congressional dele-
is that the electorate refuses to
judge a candidate solely by party
or personality, but it votes on the
basis of proven service to Michi-
Governor Romney has that rec-
ord. Michigan was $134 million
in debt in 1962. We now boast a
$150 million surplus. Without in-
creasing taxes, his administration
has increased expenditures for ed-
ucation by 70 per cent and for
higher education by 90 per cent
as well as providing improved-
benefits for workman's compen-
sation, homestead relief, and in-
creased mental health facilities.
Governor Romney has proven that
he can lead both a friendly and
an opposition Legislature-some-
thing his "speckled attired" pred-
ecessor could never do.
As for Bob Griffin, he has
completed a record of accomplish-
ment in his 10 years in Congress
-again, in spite of being a mem-
ber of the opposition party. He
hails as his greatest accomplish-
ment his authorship of the Na-
tional Student Loan Fund which
enables many qualified students
throughout the country to con-
tinue their education.
THE POINT that must be made
is -that Williams and Ferency are
not the darlings of the union man,
but the stooges of the union boss-
es. If either man should be for-

the Democratic Party, G. Mennen
Williams, could have done more
for the party by using his "tre-
mendous popularity" to defeat
Governor Romney, but Williams
shied away - realizing that his
popularity is not all that "tremen-
The Democratic Party has a
pair of also-rans - a gubernator-
ial candidate who talks big but
cannot even get his own party to
listen, and a Senate candidate of
a former generation who has cre-
ated more problems than solutions
from Lansing to Algiers.
THE ROMNEY-Griffin Action
Team has a proven record of prog-
ress that I think will have more
appeal to Michigan voters than
a faded bow tie.
--Robert M. Stuart, '69
State Youth for Griffin
Unchanging Committee
To the Editor:
ONE UNCHANGED model of the
House Committee on Un-Am-
erican Activities (HUAC), estab-
lished by Congressman Dies in
1938, remains with us after almost
30 years of existence.
While its activities .give HCUA
some resemblance to a court, yet
rumor, hearsay and even anony-
mous letters were relied on by
Congressman Dies when chairman
Rankin of Mississippi bulldozed
some witnesses and promised leni-
ency to others, if they would be-
come "friendly witnesses" in the
public hearings.
THIS PATTERN of conducting
hearings prevailed in 1964, when
the names of some professors were
taken from the catalog of Jeffer-
son School and others from the
organizations on the list compiled
by the U.S. Attorney General. At
this time two members of the Uni-
versity of Michigan were punished.
When an alumnus queried one of
the Regents on the injury inflict-
ed-to professors in mathematics
and pharmacy-for political belief,
he replied that "the climate of
1954 will never be repeated."
As in 1954, namesof sponsoring
professors and of students belong-
ing to the organization appeared
in the press a few days before ap-
pearancehwas scheduled before
HCAU, this summer, leaving little






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