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Seventy-Sixth Year

Sept. 28: Pretzels at the Crossroads

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Uniform Dorm Fees:

Some Questions

Associate Managing Editor
"CRITICAL Participation in Uni-
versity affairs should become
a fact of life," said Prof. William
Livant of the psychology depart-
ment, Mental Health Research In-
stitute, et al, over a bag of pret-
zels last Friday-noon.
Livant's comment, typical of
much recent faculty talk, shows
him to be two things.
First, he is one of a surprisingly
large number of people who are
illustrating just how overdue the
Knauss report on student partici-
pation was. Like the others, he il-
lustrates it by having thought for
a long time about many proposals
the report makes.
BUT WHILE many of the other
repetitions of thinking are struc-
tural, dealing with institutions,
Livant's is quite basic - he sides
with the report's authors in ar-
guing that the University's most
pressing lack is the lack of peo-
ple talking to one another.
That's number two for him.
He's one of a growing number of

students, faculty and administra-
tors who are realizing that the
assumption that members of this
campus community are members
of some "University family" is
largely a myth.
The "family" myth is fully ac-
cepted these days only by those
in a position to play "father '
ADD THIS UP and you get two
conclusions. First, the Knauss re-
port's implicit statement that the
"University family" concept is a
myth is not so much a revelation
as it is the crest of a wave of dis-
satisfaction. Second, if so many
people have realized this so sud-
denly they must all have begun
to feel the lack here of thebbasic
element of a true family approach
to an institution: consultation
among members on important
Both conclusions come at a very
opportune time.
There probably hasn't been any-
thing resembling the community
implied by the term "University
family" around here since the mid-
1950's. For how can there be a

family of any sort when the mem-
bers don't talk to one another?
MOST of the talking that is
done now Livant correctly de-
scribes as the administrators, cen-
tral and departmental, "talking
to themselves to quiet their own
panic" about their inability to
control this strange institution.
The result of this lack of com-
munications was described by a
prominent faculty member this
summer: "The University," he
said, "resembles England under
King John: a titular center with
decentralized 'baronies' running
off in all directions."
It's significant in this respect
that the only campus institution
which tends to break down this
isolation and so create some sort
of a "family"-The Daily-is of t-
en castigated in almost direct
proportion to the effectiveness
of its work.
This all but traditional reac-
tion to publicity from all seg-
ments of the University is im-
portant because an institution's
communications tell you a lot
about its values. They tell you how

its members act and what they
demand from one another. And
what sort of an institution is it
that minimizes communications as
habitually as the University does?
It certainly is not anything that
could be described as a "family."
ENTER KNAUSS and Livant.
Knauss acknowledges that the
prime thrust of his committee's
report should be to spread the
habit of faculty- administration-
student consultation, thus creat-
ing a true University family. And
Livant is in the process of talk-
ing to people with no other pur-
pose than that in mind.
Both their efforts were antici-
pated last year when a group of
faculty and students came very
close to establishing a group to
study the activities and function-
ing of the University.
It's good to see people begin-
ning to talk about these problems
now, because this is the first time
in years they would have had a
chance to put any of their solu-
tions into effect.
In the first place the problems
have created a good-sized and

growing dichotomy between the
three segments of the University:
faculty, administration and stu-
dents. As a result, more and more
creative potential, especially with-
in the administration and student
body is going unused, and it's
being missed
IN THE SECOND the Univer-
sity is entering a very fluid per-
iod in its history. The selection of
a new president, shifts in the
makeup of the Board of Regents,
power shifts within the adminis-
tration and vast alumni programs
are making it possible for people
who want to get things done to
find men in authority who will
listen to them.
The pressure for change is thus
rising while the likely resistance
to it is falling. Some changes are
in the works.
So those who've been thinking
along these lines, those who are
interested in seeing a true Univer-
sity family come out of this tran-
sition period, would do well to start
putting a bandwagon together.
Now's their chance.

THE UNIVERSITY Housing Office is
currently considering a proposal for
uniform fees for all dormitory rooms, re-
gardless of their type. If the plan be-
comes effective -next year, all students
will pay $1000 per bed, its location in a
single, double ,or triple room making no
According to Housing Director John
Feldkamp, the rationale behind the pro-
posal is threefold: First, Feldkamp feels
facilities and services in the residence
hall do not differ enough among single,
double, and triple rooms to warrant sep-
arate rates.
Second, most other universities in the
country, Michigan State included, are
operating on the uniform assessment
program because it eliminates much ad-
ministrative bookkeeping and enables
students to change rooms without chang-
ing fees. And, if it works at MSU, why
shouldn't it work here?
Third, room priority would coincide
with seniority--upperclassmen might be
enticed back into the dorms knowing
their choice of rooms would be guaran-
teed. Eventually some residence halls
could cater exclusively to upperclassmen.
HOWEVER, all three of these seeming-
ly favorable reasons need to be exam-
First, facilities in the residence halls
do vary enough between the triple and
double rooms to warrant different rates
of assessment for each. A resident of a
double room will pay $1000 for' a bed,
while his counterpart in a triple room
will pay $1000 for a top bunk. Comfort is
scarcely equal in both rooms because the
amount of space is not comparable - a
triple ropm is not 33 per cent larger than
a double room.
Further, while each resident in a tri-
ple may have his own desk, it is often
smaller than those in a double room. Fin-
ally, because of the way the desks are
divided into three equal parts in a triple
room, only two desk lamps can be in-
stalled. This means that one student may
have inadequate lighting, Obviously, as
far as comfort, space, and facilities are
concerned, dormitory 'rooms d6 vary
enough to warrant separate rates.

The argument that uniform assess-
ment works at MSU and should therefore
work at the University also needs to be
examined. The dormitory system at MSU
is very different from the University's.
Ninety-nine per cent of all accommoda-
tions at MSU are double rooms, making
standardization of fees more feasible.
"In the MSU system all undergradu-
ates not in fraternities and sororities
live in dorms," says MSU Manager of
Residence Halls Lyle Thorburn. "And by
student consensus," Thorburn continued,
"the upperclassmen room priority sys-
tem has been abolished. Room selection
is done in the spring on a first-come,
first-serve basis.
FINALLY, a uniform assessment would
not necessarily be the beginning of a
trend toward upperclass residence hall
housing. Not uniform rates with senior-
ity room selection privileges but improv-
ed conditions are what may lure apart-
ment dwellers back to the dorms. The
concept of all upperclassmen dorms with
privileges appropriate to junior-senior
standing is a good one. Independence,
privacy, liberal open-open policies and
good fellowship. would be ideal for any
And unfortunately for the Housing Of-
fice, the way to a senior's heart may ul-
timately be through his stomach. Unless
the residence hall system can serve up a
better bill of fare and shortened meal
lines than are presently offered, upper-
classmen will continue to prefer an off-
campus apartment's refrigerator to a
dormitory room.
Good off-campus housing and bad on-
campus housing conditions make the ra-
tional for a uniform assessment program
seemingly unfeasible and unwise. Feld-
kamp and other housing officials are in-
terested, in student reaction to the pro-
posed uniform assessment plan and will
sincerely take student viewpoint into ac-
count before making their final decision
'on it.
THEY INVITE all comments, and they
should get some.



Writes on Hatcher's Stand

To the Editor:
IN AT LEAST two articles, an
editorial, and a column, Pre-
sident Hatcher has been described
as questioning the "rights" of pub-
lic employees to bargain. He did
A three-page news release on his
address Thursday in Los Angeles
before the California Bar Associa-
tion says nothing about question-
ing the rights of public employees
to bargain. This phraseology was
in a Detroit Free Press story, re-
peated by the Associated Press,
and repeated by The Daily, al-
though all three media had a copy
of the news release.
The Free Press broke the release
time on the advance story on the
speech by some 24 hours, and
therefore must have written its
story from the release.
The Daily has produced its cri-
ticism of President Hatcher's
speech and the Michigan AFL-CIO
executive board authorized a reso-
lution critical of the speech with-
out hearing the speech or reading
the text. Release of the text was
the prerogative of the Morrison
Foundation in California, under
whose auspices the address was
made, and the Foundation did not
make the text available immedia-
THE FACT IS, as the first para-
graph of the release makes clear,
President Hatcher was asking law-
yers and law professors to come up
with new approaches to employee
relations in the public sector -
approaches more appropriate for
the public sector than industrial
union bargaining techniques.
-Jack H. Hamilton,
Assistant to the Vice President
University Relations
Athletic Board
To the Editor:
en Tweitmeyer and Bob Mc-
Farland on their article, "Recrea-
tional Facilities Suffer." Informa-
tive as it was, however, it failed to
answer the question hundreds of
people have been asking since the
IM building opened this fall,
which is, "Why isn't the IM build-

ing open in the evenings?"
In the past it has been policy to
keep the building open until 9:30
p.m. Now the IM closes at 6:30
p.m. There are many people who,
because of the new hours, are un-
able to use this building although
they would very much like to.
It is a shame that the facilities
are outdated and few, but does
this mean that the University
should not get as much use from
them as they can?
I'm sure there must be a reason
for the change in hours, but 20
hours a week is taking a lot away
from a lot of people. And there
are a lot of people who would like
t oknow why they can't go down
and spend an evening playing
basketball or swimming. The class
of '70 won't miss anything by the
change, butall the others who en-
joy using the IM building will.
FOR WANTING to get new re-
creational facilities to improve the
recreational program; the Univer-
sity isn't very wise in closing down
the ones that already exist!
-Joe Shipley, '68E
Peace Party
To the Editor:
I WOULD LIKE to take issue
with Harvey Wasserman, who
wrote an article on the write-in
campaign in a recent edition of
The Daily, on his contention that
the peace candidacy of Elise
Boulding for U.S. Congress in the
Michigan Second District "(is ...
a political mistake."
Even arguing on the narrow tac-
tical grounds of political strategy,
Mr. Wasserman's arguments are
open to serious question. First of
all, the possibility that there will
be any real progress in the do-
mestic field while the war con-
tinues is extremely remote. In fact,
there is every likelihood of re-
gression in this area.
Already, for example, there has
been a drastic scaling down of
funds for the various broad-based
domestic reforms enacted by Con-
gress in the past two years; and
a preoccupation with the war has
created a climate of public opin-
ion which increasingly turns a
deaf ear to demands for domestic

social justice. All the good inten-
tions of Mr. Vivian, and other
liberals ,will be unimportant when
faced with President Johnson's de-
mand for more support for the
Viet Nam war.
IT MIGHT BE different if Mr.
Vivian were a leader and a pub-
lic force urging imaginative and
courageous solutions to our press-
ing, domestic issues, but he has
not been this at all. His record
has been an excellent one of sup-
porting all good domestic legisla-
tion, but-and this is a critical
point-his role has been a sup-
portive one. It is extremely un-
likely ,on the basis of his past
record and performance, that he
will break this pattern in the fu-
The upshot of this is that, with
an ever-increasing war, all we can
reasonably expect from Weston
Vivian, and many other liberals,
is the ruing ofunfortunateecir-
cumstances. Perhaps Mr. Vivian
could develop into a leader for
progressive policies, but this would
only be possible in a non-war
political climate. The end of the
war is a precondition for signifi-
cant and meaningful advances on
the domestic front.
Therefore, I do not see the
write-in campaign as a quixotic
gesture, but as a thoroughly de-
fensible strategic move in the po-
litical arena. The problems of do-
mestic social reform are not inde-
pendent of the Viet Nam war.
IN ANY CASE, and despite tac-
tical arguments-which are, after
all, speculative-the heart of the
issue of the write-in campaign is
very clear: a vote for either the
Democratic or the Republican con-
gressional candidate has two un-
fortunate consequences. First, it
lends support to an abhorrent pol-
icy which if continued may result
in the' extermination of the Viet-
namese people and perhaps even
in the ultimate tragedy of nuclear
warfare. Second, it obscures the
alternative policies open to our
government. The write-in cam-
paign is intended to provide an
avenue through which real oppo-
sition to the Johnson war policy
can be unambiguously expressed.
-Nancy Gendell

Kids THESE FACTS together with
statements by the director of Se-
To the Editor: lective Service (e.g., N.Y. Times,
THE CHILDREN'S Community March 25, 19Q6), indicate that,
Bucket Drive, held last Fri- If the University were to cease
day on campus, collected $784.50 compiling class ranks, nearly all
da od campus, ollcthe $784y50. students would be forced to take
We would like to thank everyone th Seciv Srieexmn-
who participated; either through t.e (l oaService examina-
working for the drive or con- tion. (Local board autonomy
wrking fo the ndrive r s cyo- would evidently produce few ex-
tributing to it; and, especially, to ceptions to this rule.)
The Michigan Daily for its sup-
port throughout the drive. The choice is between cooper-
We are encouraged by the re- ating with the boards by sending
Wponetarheencoraedbthegr-e in ranks, and cooperating with
sponse to the drive. Although we the boards by taking their test
are in no way financially stable, tebad ytkn hi et
we are now at least able to start If there is a moral distinction be-
the year with our debts paid and tween these two choices I don't
a small amount of money to work see it.
with. But the most encouraging . The question is simply whether
thing about the drive was that we wish to be evaluated on the
people were excited about the basis of our University records or
school and were offering what on the basis of our scores on a
support they could so that our draft board test. If one's Univer-
program could be continued. sity record is an unfair criterion,
Thanks again to all who helped a draft board test score is an
out. -even worse one.


-The Children's Community

-Tom Westerdale, Grad



To the Editor:

To the Editor:

No War No Draft

CHECK with Wayne State
University's office of Military
and Veterans' Affairs (to which
one is referred if one asks for the
Selective Service advisor) yields
the following information:
Wayne State University com-
piled class rankings for the aca-
demic year 1965-66. So far, any
student who has so wished has
had his ranking sent to his draft
Wayne will not compile class
rankings for the academic year
1966-67. Wayne's office of Mili-
tary and Veterans' Affairs has
checked with draft boards- to de-
termine how it should advise stu-
dents in view of the policy change.
Every draft board contacted has
asked that in the future all its
Wayne students take the Selective
Service examination.
In the future, each eligible stu-
dent who asks will be advised by
Wayne's office of Military and
Veterans' Affairs that he take the
Selective Service examination:

(September 17) suggests an in-
equity in the present deferment
Is it fair that a liberal arts stu-
dent should take a test weighted
toward a mathematical ability, or
an engineering or science student
one weighted toward verbal abili-
ty? Or even one that is balanced?
Why not construct two tests, one
clearly emphasizing the mathe-
matical ability, and the other the
verbal ability, and give the stu-
dent his choice?
IF THE Selective Service does
not prefer one profession to
another, this should be perfectly
Berthold Berg, 69
All letters to The Daily nu t
be typewritten and double-
spaced, and should be no longer
than 300 words.

men from academic study for the pur-
pose of participation in a war they don't
understand and won't want to be part of
is one of the great injustices of our times.
Yet,. despite the admitted weaknesses
in the draft which the war has fortunate-
ly brought to light, the Selective Serv-
ice is not to blame for the needs it must
feed. And neither, young man, is this
The part the University plays in the
draft is allowing the continuation of
grades and gradepoints. The controversy
over class rankings is silly when it is
realized that Selective Service can ac-
quire grades (by ,subpoena if necessary)
and make their own approximations as
to student quality.
Obviously the only way to end the con-
troversy over students and their defer-
ments is the universal lottery. Another
(worse) idea might be to have a quota
of the male students in colleges go into
the army. On what criterion? Grades?
Charming thoughts.
THE UNIVERSITY is caught in the mid-
dle. What bothers the students con-
cerned with the matter is that, when
caught in the middle, the University al-
ways moves down the easiest road, which
is usually the one with the best public
image, and most against what many stu-
dents want.
The University and its students are in
the same boat as the Selective Service
System. All have to deal with unjust, un-
Editorial Staff
Managing Editor Editorial Director
LEONARD PRATT....... Associate Managing Editor
JOHN MEREDITH........Associate Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE WOLTER .. Associate Editorial Director
ROBERT CARNEY ......Associate Editorial Director
ROBERT MOORE ................. Magazine Editor
GIL SAMBERGH.............Assistant SportsEditor
BABETTE COHN ............Personnel Director
NIGHT EDITORS: Michael Heffer, Merle Jacob, Rob-
ert Kilvans, Laurence Medow, Roger Rapoport, Shir-
ley Rosick, Neil Shister.

popular decisions. What raises the protes-
tors' ire is that students are on the re-
ceivin gend.
The only alternative is the sort of
slowdown, protest action that so char-
acterized the labor movement's drive to
power. Such action can only be taken as
part of a larger, broader drive to end the
Viet Nam war. And it can only be taken
with University, and universal coopera-
The climate for such cooperation is ob-
viously not there, and no one in the ad-
ministration is about to seek such a cli-
IF YOU WANT to protest what is hap-
pening, your protest must be against
the war in Viet Nam. For if it is not, by
the time you get the draft law, changed,
there will not be any eligible males left
in this University to protect.
I- S
A COUPLE OF WEEKS ago, The Daily
told freshmen not to worry about that
I-A they received at the beginning of the
semester. It happened to everyone, just
standard procedure.
The advice was a little misleading.
For while it's true that any freshman
who is inducted during the semester may
apply for and receive a I-S until the end
of that semester, it should be noted that
he has recourse to the I-S classification
only once in his life.
A freshman who shows "satisfactory"
progress during that first semester will
receive a I-S when the semester end, and
is therefore in the same situation as the
rest of students.
H OWEVER, the freshman who receives
an induction notice during the semes-
ter, applies for and receives his I-S, and
then is awarded a II-S when the semes-
tIr nds ais ~ in Ri ntirely d ifferent hbot


A Tough Summer forA dam Clayton Powell

THE YEAR 1966 hasn't been a
particularly good one for Rep-
resentative Adam Clayton Powell,
All year long Powell has barely
managed to evade New York au-
thorities pressing to get him to
face libel charges which he has
been appealing since 1963. His
third wife, the pretty Puerto Ri-
can Yvette Diago, is now his es-
tranged wife and is mad about
not collecting the large salary she
once earned for answering the
congressman's Spanish-language
mail. And a special House sub-
committee has been assigned to
examine his use of congressional
funds for salaries, travel and oth-
er expenses.
AND THEN last Thursday 27
members of Powell's House Labor
and Education Committee put
some nasty frosting on this year's
They approved a plan form-
ulated and spearheaded by Rep.
Sam Gibbons of Florida, which
transfers the bulk of Powell's
power as chairman to the com-
mittee members themselves. Final
judgment in delaying or rushing
bills to the House floor, desig-
nating funds for staff activities,
and the hiring of staff will be re-
served for the appropriate sub-
The only dissenter was Rep.
William Ayres of Ohio, who is the

POWELL was well known in
Harlem before he was elected to
Congress in 1944. As the son of
the pastor o fthe Abyssinian Bap-
tist Church, the largst congrega-
tion in America, he wrote a week-
ly column for the Amsterdam News
urging Negroes to meld with the
worldwide drift to the political
left, to unite with workers every-
where to assure themselves first-
class citizenship.
When Powell arrived in Wash-
ington, he worked against a host
of congressional bigots and dis-
crimination in the Capitol. His
most frequent target for denun-
ciation was Mississippi's John
Rankin, whom Powell called "a
degenerate" and "the leader of
American fascism." The Mississip-
pian had the habit of referring to
colored people as "niggers." "It is,
not disparaging to call Negroes
niggers as all respectable Negroes
know," explained Rankin.
In the meantime, the pastor
and congressman was building an
independent power base in Har-
lem. While other Negro congress-
men like Chicago's William Daw-
son played ball with the downtown
machine, Powell kept up a running
battle with Tammany Hall. In
1958, the Tammany czar Carmine
de Sapio lined up Borough Presi-
dent Hulan Jack and Harvard
educated Earl Brown, both Ne-
groes, in an attempt to purge
Powell. Powell called it a contest
between "black Harlem and white

from discriminating. The amed-
ments were rejected but often pre-
vented passage of the bills North-
ern liberals supported. Mrs. Elea-
nor Roosevelt, who backed Brown
in 1958, called Powell a "demo-
Powell's frequent absence from
roll call votes and his European
junketing were denounced by his
detractors. He dismissed all cri-
ticism as "racist," and held that
since he was the only man in Con-
gress who represented the Amer-
ican Negro, his schedule prevented
him from performing like other
congressmen. His frequent legal
problems, libel suits, divorce con-
tests, and income tax entangle-
ments were also decried by his
But last week, while Powell was
dismissing Rep. Gibbons as a ra-
cist, a remarkably unified reac-
tion against the curbing of his
power came out of Harlem. The
elder statesman of the Negro
movement, A. Phillip Randolph,
said "it would drive a deeper
wedge between the Negro move-
ment and its allies."
From the other end of the lead-
ership spectrum, CORE's Floyd
McKissick called it an insult to the
integrity of black people.
Roy Wilkins of the NAACP said
that "unless members of Congress
proceed with a complete reorga-
nization of committee structure
and procedures in both houses,
they will give substance to Adam

Service hearings were being de-
layed because Rivers was drying
out from a drunk.
Last week McKissick named
Wilbur Mills of the Ways and
Means Committee, John L. McMil-
lan who heads the House bistrict
of Columbia Committee, and East-
land, chairman o fthe Senate Ju-
diciary Committee, as men who
were guilty of "subverting the leg-
islative process."
The most effective obstacle to
liberal legislation was the House
Ways and Means Committee; its
chairman, Howard Smith of Vir-
ginia, was usually called away
from the Capitol to tend to his
livestock when important rights
bills hit his committee.
While Adam Powell's personal
extravagance, radicalism, and at-
tacks on the poverty program have
infuriated members of Congress
and most of the press, they have
probably had the opposite effect
in Harlem. That he keeps racking
up amazing majorities in his Har-
lem district while living like a
baron and on the edge of the law
is a testament to the Negro's deep-
seated hatred of "the man,"
"downtown," "racists," and "wishy
washy liberals."
"You will vote for me until the
day I die," Powell once told a
Harlem rally, "and I do believe
that some of you will vote for
me after that day."
BUT WHATEVER the popular
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firmed the chairman's position of
acting expeditiously on bills in
bringing them to the floor." The
real confrontation reportedly had
come the day before when Chair-
man Powell met with five Demo-
crats who showed him the new
rules and the votes to adopt them.
The changes were a reaction to
Powell's high style of living as
well as to his recent attacks on
Sargeant Shriver and the pigeon-
holing of the current anti-poverty
bill. Gibbons, who voted against

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