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Frost tonight
Rain unlikely

Seventy-Six Years of Editorial Freedom
Stud hows Increase in Rate of Student St


Suicides among college students,
the number three killer in the
15-19 age group, appear to be on
the rise. An estimated 1000 stu-
derit suicdies for 1966 are predict-
ed by a survey published in the
October issue of Moderator, a
magazine for top-ranking stu-
dents. There were 754 reported
suicides for this age group in
The study, based on a survey of
colleges, estimated that 90,000 stu-
dents will threaten suicide and
one in ten of these will actually
make an attempt at self-destruc-
tion. A "pressure cooker" emotion-
al atmosphere on campuses was
cited as a contributing factor.
Dr. Edwin Schneidman, co-di-
rector of the Los Angeles Suicide
Prevention Center, said he be-

lieved the figure of 1000 ac-
tual suicides to be conservative.
Schneidman, also a consultant for
the National Institute of Health,
said the NIH's Public Health Serv-
ice estimates the college age group
to have the nation's highest sui-
cide risk. There are about 21,000
suicides annually for the total
The Moderator survey grew out
of study on student stress held
last year. Philip Werdell, editor
of the magazine, told a news con-
terence that as many as 10 per
cent of the nation's 61/2-million
college students had emotional
problems serious enough to war-
rant professional help, but college
mental health programs were not
extensive enough -to reach more
than half the total.
Dr Donald L. Schafer, director

of the University Health Service's
mental health clinic, said the
campus policy is to encourage stu-
dents who find themselves facing
distressing emotional problems to
call or come in as soon as possible.
Schaefer disputed the Modera-
tor's assertion that academic
pressures are a fundamental cause
of suicidal acts. Conceding that
problems encountered on the cam-
pus might be a triggering event,
he said, "A primary determinant
lies in the emotional make-up of
the student. This is largely de-
termined before he gets to the
University. His ability to cope with
stress is helped or hindered by the
way his family and environment
have taught him to deal with
similar emotional situations, such
as stress in high school."
There is a negligible difference

in suicide rate among full-time
University students when com-
pared to the total population, ac-
cording to Shaefer.
The threat of suicide is often
sufficient to relax any impulse to
act out the threat, especially if the
student receives attention.
"The threat of suicide is a way
of not dealing realistically with
distressing problems," said Schaef-
er. "These problems often cross
one's mind during the course of
a long life. Contemplation of sui-
cide fulfills the wish of avoiding
difficult situations by not exist-
Uncovering the frequency of
contemplated or threatened sui-
cide is very difficult, Schaefer ob-
served. The Moderator's report
was a projection from a survey of
attitudes by a representative sam-

ding of students. Research into
the causes and frequency of sui-
cides is difficult because of the
near-impossibility of detection be-
fore the event occurs. A check of
various research centers on cam-
pus revealed no on-going research
into the problem.
The University has ways of
heading off potential suicides of
students in University housing,
said Schafer. The inservice pro-
grams of the residence halls are
run by persons trained in the de-
tection of emotional problems
among the residents.
These people-resident directors,
advisors, and housemothers-are
instrumental in directing these
students to professional help be-
fore the stress becomes dangerous.
Initiative for referral to help for
off campus housing students must

come from tle students or their
friends. Past experience has shown
that academic pressures are not
prominent in a majority .of cases
of emotional disturbance, accord
inn to Schaefer.
"are for the students may con-
sist withdrawal from school, as
well as attempts by the psychia-
trist and patient's friends to give
him support so that he may better
face and cope with the causes of
his distress.
The University suicide rate ap-
proximates the rate for the gen-
eral population-6.8 deaths per
100,000 persons annually. Schaefer
:zommented. This averages out to
only three or four deaths each
year among full-time University
students, substantially lower than
the over-all rate.
Schafer refuted the claim that

students have the highest suicide
risk of any group in the country.
Divorced white males in their
fifties who drink a great deal are
more prone to suicide than college
students according to Schaefer.
He agreed with the statement by
Moderator that accidents and can-
cer were currently ahead of sui-
cide as a cause of death among
the 17-24 group.
In a recent study of student
patients at Cornell, researchers
uncovered no relationship between
differences in sex and marital
status among 81 of 134 patients
with suicidal thoughts. There did
appear to be a definite trend to-
wards more suicides among under-
graduates than graduates and
among the better academic stu-


City Zoning
Ordinance Revision
Proposals Presented
By SHA Members
The Ann Arbor City Planning
Commission last night heard dis-
cussion of a proposed zoning o.
dinance revision, the R 4C/Dp
Zoning, which the Student Hous-
ing Association said would lead to
higher rents in the Central Cam-
pus area.
SHA spokesman Tom Van Lente
presented the commission with
several proposals to change the
revised ordinance. Van Lente said
that the purpose of their revisions
would be to encourage a higher
'density of student apartments in
the campus area. This would, Van
Lente continued, produce a com-
petitive situation in the apartment
market in which rents would re-
main stable, if not be slightly re-
Robert Bodkin, speaking as an
alternative spokesman for SHA,
projected that 7500 more people
will be in the apartment market
by 1970. Bodkin stressed for the
Commission that this figure in-
luded only students, not added
faculty, University staff, or Ann
Arbor residents.
SHA's main contention, support-
ed, they said, by a number of Ann
Arbor architects and developers,
was that the proposed zoning or-
dinance would compound the pres-
ent apartment situation. Enact-
ment of this ordinance would, Van
Lente maintains result in a less-
ened density of student apart-
ments in the immediate campus
area, and cause most new apart-
ment buildings to be constructed
away from the campus
Trhe' proposed zoning would
-limit high-rise apartments to
a maximum of 10 stories. SHA
proposed that this be raised to 12,
where,:Bodkin said, a price plateau
exists. It cost little more to build
the extra two floors, but much
more to build floor 13;
-establish a minimum usable
floor space of 10-14 per cent.
4 BHA's proposal would increase this
to 40-60 per cent;
'-require that the builder pur-
chase 32,000 sq. feet before he
could build in the campus area.
SHA felt that of an acre was
not practical around the campus
and recommended a cut to 16,000;
' -establish a minimum of 700 sq.
ft. of usable floor space per two
bedroom dwelling. SHA raised this
to 800 sq. ft; and
-require that high-rise build-
ings have at least 800 feet between
them. 200 feet was considered
more reasonable by SHA, because
! it would increase the density.

Mlw Eician Bai&1
INTERFRATERNITY Council last night planned for the
establishment of a Judicial Subcommittee which will have "juris-
diction over all matters of fraternity conduct in accordance with
University policy." In addition, IFC read cases against 13 fra-
ternities accused of violating IFC regulations.
ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTY alumni of the University are set to
depart for SanPrancisco Oct. 12 on an around-the-world cruise
to open the University's observance of its 150th birthday. The
cruise will put in to 23 ports and return to San Francisco Jan.
9, 1967.
University alumni groups at several of the ports of call are
reportedly planning receptions, home visits, and other social
events for the touring group. Retired professors from the Uni-
versity's faculty will present aboard-the-ship lectures and semi-
nars covering the politics, geography and history of many of the
nations to be visited.
University football films will also be flown to the ship for
viewing during the cruise. Approximately 8,700 graduates live in
countries other than the United States, many of whom hold high
governmental positions.
THE STATE BOARD of Education announced recently a
public hearing on proposed changes in state regulations govern-
ing distribution of federal funds for higher education. The hear-
ing, which will deal with the equipment-purchase section of the
Higher Education Act passed by Congress in 1965, will be held at
10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, in the Court of Appeals in Lansing.
The proposed changes involve a minor adjustment in the
scoring standards used by the State Department of Education to
determine the award of grants and the addition of a new stand-
ard to assure broader distribution of funds. Eighty-eight Mich-
igan public and non-public institutions of higher education are
eligible for the funds, which are used on a matching basis for
purchase of equipment and closed-circuit television for under-
graduate study.
It is estimated that Michigan's allocation this year will be
approximately the same as last year, slightly more than $650,000.
IN A UNANIMOUS vote of the Ann Arbor city councilmen,
Walter E. Krashy was named police chief Monday night to suc-
ceed Rolland J. Gainsley, who retired after 31 years with the
police department.
THE STATE BOARD of Education sought alternatives last
week to the "tight money problem" which is affecting bank loans
to college students, even though the loans are guaranteed by
state and federal funds.
The Board proposed a meeting with government and bank
officials after hearing a report that "some Michigan banks par-
ticipating in the loan program have indicated they no longer can
make guaranteed loans to college students at six per cent."
Dr. John W. Porter, chief of the State Department of Edu-
cation's Higher Education Bureau, said "many hundreds of needy
Michigan youngsters are being turned down for guaranteed loans
(administered by the Michigan Higher Education Assistance
Authority) even though there are sufficient guarantee funds to
provide for $10 million in such loans."
* * * *
A MEETING of international experts comparing voting be-
havior in at least a dozen European countries and the United
States will be held at the University this April. The Survey
Research Center of the Institute for Social Research will host the
conference, Philip Converse of the political science and sociology
departments will serve as general chairman.

-Daily-Roger Rapoport -Daily-Roger Rapoport
EXPATRIATE AND SUPAman at their respective bases. Bob (left) moved to Toronto this summer to avoid the draft. He reads here
at his rented home In a Toronto working class neighborhood. Tony Hyde (right), a leader of Toronto's Student Union for Peace Action
has helped to settle Bob and other draft dodgers.
Exatriate in Draft-FreCanada.
Know He Can't Go Ho.me Again

Special To The Daily
First of a Two Part Series
TORONTO-This month 49,200
men will be inducted into the U.S.
armed forces. Expatriate Bob
Thomas will not be among them.
It's not that Bob isn't eligible-
he's been 1-A for the past five
months. Rather, he has left his
native Indiana to live here in
Canada where American draft laws
do not apply.
Bob (not his real name) is one
of a growing number of Americans
emigrating to Canada to escape

the draft.- An estimated 2,000
Americans have moved to Canada
in the past two years for the same'
reason. About 400 to 500 have set-
tled in this modern Ontario pro-
vinical capital of nearly 2 million.
Bob, a soft-spoken 22-year-old,
introduces himself as "your friend-
ly neighborhood draft dodger," to
preserve anoymity.
A cum laude English graduate
of a top Ivy League school last
June, he returned home to find
1-A greetings from his local draft
Bob had no intention of follow-
ing in the footsteps of his 18-

year-old brother who joined the
Air Force in April. ("My brother
and I gave up discussing Viet Nam,
it's useless.")
He carefully weighed the alter-
native methods of avoiding the
draft. To begin with, Bob is not a
pacifist or conscientious objector.
"Besides," he explains, "I wouldn't
take C.O. status because it's de-
meaning. I have no intention of
cooperating with the military sys-
tem in any way."
The other route was jail-up to
five years and $10,000 for failing
to report for induction. "But that
wouldn't do anyone any good. And

Voice Members Vote To Stage
Friday Rally To explain Sit-In

State Youth Work To Get Vote

Voice political party last night:
voted to hold a rally Friday to
explain the facts surrounding their
sit-in last week at Vice-Presi-
dent and Chief Financial Officer
Wilbur Pierpont's office.
The decision, which came dur-
ing a general meeting, was
prompted by the concern of sev-
eral Voice members over the or-
ganization's image on campus.
Gary Rothberger, '67, believes
the organization's poor image is
due to student feeling that Voice
has not attempted to use the
"proper channels of communica-
tion." Hoping to demonstrate a
willingness to cooperate, Voice is
seeking the participation of Stu-
dent Government Council mem-
bers at the forthcoming afternoon
SGC President Ed Robinson is
among those Voice will invite to
speak at the rally. Robinson is
currently working toward holding
an SGC inquiry into the issue of
police on campus. Such an in-

After compiling a report on the
inquiry, Robinson hopes that it
would be presented to a vice-presi-
dential meeting so that the Uni-
versity could act accordingly. By
presenting factual evidence of po-
lice activity on campus and by of-
fering the legal channels which the
administration can take, a proper
relation among the students, the
University, and the police may be
Voice member Peter Steinberger

proposed that Voice take some le-
gal action on their own. This ac-
tion could be in the form of a suit,
against both the University and
the Ann Arbor police department
claiming that the picture-taking
of students at rallies violates their
right to assembly.,
Steinberger feels that even if the
suit was not successful, it would
still bring attention to the issue
and thus bring about some action
by the University.

I see no reason to make a martyrt
of myself."
So he decided the only way out
was North. He told his father who
was dismayed and his mother who
"cried alot." When he arrived
here in June, Tony Hyde of the
Student Union for Peace Action,
a Canadian affiliate of StudentsI
for a Democratic Society foundj
him a place to stay. To qualify for
landed immigrant status and leg-
ally remain in Canada he took a
job at the University of Toronto
Bob finds Canada "far more re-
laxed and less hysterical," than
the U.S. Canada has no draft.
"Any government that tried to
start the draft again would get
thrown out of office," explains,
Tony Hyde.
He says his fellow employes,
unanimously support his reasons
for moving to Canada. In his spare
time he reads, writes poetry, does
watercolors, and generally leads a;
tranquil existence.
Except for the fact that he can
never return to the United States+
again (where he would face that
$10,000 fine and five years in jail)+
his life is free of restrictions. A+
long-standing pact between the
American and Canadian govern-
ments prohibits his extradition.
"From up here," says Bob,
"America really looks like it's go-
ing nuts." In fact he goes so far
as to claim that America is "on
its way to a collective nervous
An armchair analyst, he gives
half a dozen reasons for project-
ing a national crackup. "For one
thing the right-wing militaristic
en that got us Into Viet
Nam is going to take control of
the country. Sheer race hatred will
result in constant premeditated
violence between the races within
three years.
"Viet Nam is going to get worse,
and in three or four years he will
be doing the same thing some
place else-there are four or five
major candidates. Inflation will

Report Greater Demand'
For Business Graduates

Cutler May
Use Veto on
SGC Action
Calls on Committee To
Review Requirement
Of Membership Lists
Vice-President for Student Af-
fairs Richard L. Cutler announced
yesterday that he is "contemplat-
ing a veto",of the recent Student
Government Council action abol-
ishing the requirement that stu-
dent organizations submit mem-
bership lists to gain recognition.
Cutler has asked the Committee
on Referral, which serves in an
advisory capacity to him, as de-
fined in the SGC Plan, to review
the issues and inplications in-
volved in SGC's decision and to
present its findings to him.
In a letter to the committee,
Cutler explained that he has asked
the committee to act because he
has not had time to thoroughly
consider the revision in the 96-
hour period allowed him to review
SGC actions.
He attributed the lack of time to
the sit-in at Vice-President and
Chief Financial Officer Wilbur
Pierpont's office last week. Mem-
bers of Voice political party staged
an all-night sit-in Thursday pro-
testing the University's policy of
requesting the Ann Arbor police
force to send plainclothesmen to
political demonstrations on cam-
Officer Signatures
The revised policy on the recog-
nition of student organizations,
passed by SGC last Thursday, re-
quires each organization to sub-
mit the signatures of at least two
officers in order to register as a
recognized student organization.
According to the new policy, mem-
bership lists will no longer be re-
quired, though the organizations
may choose to submit lists for the
purpose of supplementing personal
These revisions were made be-
cause of the Univeristy's release of
membership lists to the House Un-
American Activities Committee
last August. The lists were sub-
poenaed from the University for
use in a HUAC investigation on
anti-Viet Nam war activities.
In indicating the possibility of
a veto, Cutler emphasized that
calling on the Committee on Re-
ferral "does not imply any antag-
onism toward SGC's efforts to
clarify an area of great concern
to the entire University com-
However, Cutler feels it is im-
perative that time be made avail-
able for "more extensive consulta-
tion" on SGC's plan .and that pro-
cedures with such broad implica-
tions "should not be approved
without a review of the total pic-
Thorough Scrutiny
Cutler's letter states that "it is
imperative, considering r e c e n t
events, that lines of authority and
responsibility for the regulation,
not only of student organizations,
but of individual students, be sub-
jected to thorough scrutiny."
This will mark the second time
Cutler has made use of the Com-
mittee on Referral. Last April he
submitted SGC's approval of Pan-
hellenic's fall rush plan to the
committee for review. Cutler sub-
seauently anroved fall rush after

Winning the 18-year-old vote is
going to take considerable 18-
year-old work, a bipartisan group
of Michigan teenagers decided re-
cently, the Associated Press re-
ported from Lansing.
* Nine Democrats, two Republic-

demonstrate bipartisan support
for the proposition, coordinate ac-
tivities, and disseminate literature.
The organization also will con-
centrate efforts in those parts of
the state not already covered by
other groups.
An nthor noanniatinnc al led

Democrat said the Detroit-based
group is building support and
recruiting volunteers on all Mich-
igan campuses. It is backed by the
National Students Association, and
includes college Republicans and
Democrats on its board. .
Snna f +h vonncters, sain

Fall term graduates of the Uni-
versity's business administration
graduate school are in greater de-
mand than ever, reports A. S.
Hann, director of placement.
Approximately 75 candidates for
the Master of Business Admini-
stratinn rdegee will be interviewed

According to Hann, during the
winter term more than 375 com-
panies will interview approximate-
ly 210 business school students for
spring and summer placement.
About 275 students will receive
MBA degrees at that time.


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