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Sevenxty-Sixth Year

Oct. 5 What the Hell Are

We Doing?

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Cops and the Campus:
Time for U' To Think

Associate Managing Editor
5ESQUIGRAS is the last straw.
For months now plans for the
celebration of the University's Ses-
quicentennial - 150th - an-
niversary in 1967 have been com-
ing closer to reality. And as
they've come closer their influence
has expanded so that virtually no
nook has escaped the imprint of
this omniverous rite.
Unfortunately, as the celebra-
tion's influence has spread, the
overall quality of the planned pro-
grams has been heavily diluted.
And that's a bad sign, because how
the University celebrates itself is
a reflection on how the men con-
trolling its future view it.
FIRST IT WAS the 30 Great
Minds of the Century.
Designed to bring well-known
scholars to the University, the
series is now more modestly titled
the Voices of Civilization, probably
because John Paul Sartre refuses
to come back to the United States.

After a while the shock of that
program, caused by the fact that
the University is evidently patron-
izing enough to assume the Intel-
lectual Workers of the World are
panting to return here, wore off.
THEN MUSKET was easily
talked into putting on a second-
and "original"--show, undoubted-
ly to emphasize that the ol' 'U' is
just as creative as it ever was.
We heard that there was a_ plan
in the works to name the Uni-
versity's "Top Alumni." A com-
mendable idea in its place perhaps,
but in the midst of an alumni
fund drive its basic motivation
doesn't seem too likely to square
with the ideals of an academic
THEN THINGS began to get
really ridiculous. President Harlan
Hatcher listed keeping off the
grass as one of the more pressing
problems facing the University "in
its Sesquicentennial year" in his
address to the faculty last month.

The plant department soon put
up pretty little Sesquicentennial
chains to enforce the President's
And then Sesquigras (formerly
Winter Weekend) was announced,
with "Fun! ! . . . Excitement!!!"
etc. Thousands of happy people all
celebrating the 150th. Just won-
Too wonderful, in fact.
BECAUSE in the middle of this
dilerium no one in a position to
do anything about it has bothered
to ask just what this all says about
the University and its future.
Judging from what these por-
tions of the Sesquicentennial say
about it, the University seems,
respectively, intellectually. pom-
pous, patronizing, quite financially
oriented, petty and juvenile.
This condemnation certainly
does not apply to everything the
Sesquicentennial says. Many of
the projects of the $55 Million
Fund Drive will contribute sub-
stantially to the University. Sev-

eral of the planned Sesquicenten-
nial conferences will be important.
BUT THE FACT IS that such
a condemnation undeniably ap-
plies to many portions of the cele-
bration and that this taints the
whole affair, and thus the Uni-
versity, with a distinct note of
self-righteous irrelevence.
The principal defense one hears
against these sentiments within
the administration is that every-
body loves a party and "what bet-
ter time for one?"
In fact, what worse time for
one? The University is in the midst
of a great many very significant
changes in its economic bases and
social role which need serious ex-
amination by leading faculty and
administrators. It is hard to es-
cape the impression that many of
these crucial men are fiddling
while Rome burns.
IT'S NOT as if the men respons-
ible for guiding the University
have a fixed amount of time and
the Sesquicentennial is distracting

them from their jobs. In fact com-
mittee work on the projects has
been so good that many of the
men involved have been fully able
to keep up with their normal
The problem is that the sort of
upper administrative guidance
which can allow the celebration
to get as out of hand as it's evi-
dently gotten is a dangerous sort
of guidance for the University to
have at this juncture.
No one should doubt that the
University is in many ways at a
crossroads and that the leadership
it receives in the next one to three
years will determine its future as
a great institution.
THE GUIDANCE it is now re-
ceiving is from men preoccupied
with the success of a party.
There is surely nothing wrong
with the celebration itself. But it's
time for everyone caught up in the
Sesquicentennial Frankenstein to
stand back and ask themselves
just what the hell we're all sup-
posed to be doing here.


ONCE AGAIN the University adminis-
tration has shown itself unwilling to
take a step towards realization of a more
modern administrative process, especially
in the field of'University-community re-
The University has grown vastly in re-
cent years and its relationship with the
city of Ann Arbor has changed and be-
come more complex. Certain problems of
police administration in the University
community are different than those of
the general community and they require
a different sort of police force. The Uni-
versity administration has, however, fail-
ed to seek a creative solution to the
problems of pollee-University relations.
After a Wayne State University student
was murdered in the Wayne University
area last year, that school began to re-
consider its relationship with the Detroit
Police Department and the police protec-
tion afforded Wayne students.
THE HOUSE Committee on Higher Edu-
cation Appropriations conducted hear-
ings at Wayne State on police-university
relations. The subcommittee recommend-
ed that Wayne establish its own private
police force and that other state col-
leges and universities do the same. The
Wayne administration accepted the rec-
ommendation and set up a ,police force
using only college graduates for the staff.
The Legislature appropriated funds for
the purpose.
Under the state constitution, the Re-
gents are empowered to establish a Uni-
versity police force and by so doing total-
ly remove the University from local po-
lice authority. If the University had its
own police, Ann Arbor authorities could
enter the campus only on, request of
University authorities or when in hot pur-

As of Monday, key University adminis-
trators apparently were totally unaware
of the subcommittee's hearings or rec-
ommendations. When told of the sub-
committee action, Vice-President for Stu-
dent Affairs Richard L. Cutler refused to
comment and said that the University's
position on police relations had been made
clear at the meeting with representa-
tives of VOICE political party Monday
afternoon. At the time of the VOICE
conference, however, the possibility of
an independent University police force
had not arisen.
sibility for a resolution of the conflict
on police-community relations that could
prove acceptable to all parties seems in-
dicative of the closed-mindedness of Uni-
versity administrators on new solutions
to old but pressing problems. That Uni-
versity officials, in considering the prob-
lem of police relationships, could have
totally missed the possibility provided by
state law and recommended by the Legis-
lature of establishing an independent po-
lice force demonstrates that their inves-
tigation of the situation has been neither
thorough nor imaginative,
For a representative of the University
to decline comment when informed of
a new possible solution was frankly ir-
The University is a rapidly changing
institution and its problems require more
than incantation and recitations of old
policies and precedents if there is to be
any effort towards solution. This school
cannot afford to go on attempting nine-
teenth century solutions to today's prob-



Not Much

Va lue n

Voice- VPs' Meeting


Draft-Poll Should Be
Binding Referendum

tent to hold and make binding on the
administration a referendum concerning
University compliance with the Selective
Service combines intelligent decision-
making with courage.
The reasons for having a referendum
and making It stick are simple and, con-
vincing: No students were consulted when
the University took on the obviously con-
troversial and important responsibility of
computing class ranks. And now the ef-
fects of their move are unmistakable;
general academic pressures are rising
and some students have, understandably,
gravitated toward easier courses.
Furthermore, students, and the stu-
dents alone, would be affected by a re-
versal of the present policy. How could
anyone reason that the educational proc-
ess would in any way suffer if there were
no ranking? On this basis, the relevant
one, how could the University say it will
refuse to abide by a student decision for
abolishing ranking?
The Universal Military Training Act
affects every student in one way or an-
other. But, either because students are
under voting age or because the issue is
Editorial Staff
Managing Editor Editorial Director
LEONARD PRATT......Associate Managing Editor
JOHN MEREDITH.... .Associate Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE WOLTER .. Associate Editorial Directo!
ROBERT CARNEY -......Associate Editorial Director
ROBERT MOORE............. Magazine Editor
BABETTE COHN ............. Personnel Director
NIGHT EDITORS: Michael Heffer, Merle Jacob, Rob-
ert Klivans, Laurence Medow, Roger Rapoport, Shir-
ley Rosick, Neil Shister.
CHARLES VETZNER .................. Sports Editor
JAMES TINDALL ......... Associate Sports Editor
JAMES LaSOVAGE.......Associate Sports Editor
GIL SAMBERG ...........Assistant Sports Editor
SPORTS NIGHT EDITORS: Grayle Howlett, Howard
Kohn, Bill Levis, Bob McFarland, Clark Norton, Rick
Stern, John Sutkus, Gretchen Twietmeyer, Dave
Business Staff
SUSAN PERLSTADT, Business Manager
JEFFREY LEEDS ........Associate Business Manager
HARRY BLOCH..........Advertising Manager
STEVEN LOEWENTHAL.......Circulation Manager
ELIZABETH RHEIM .............. Personnel Director

so infrequently brought before the pub-
lic, most of them have not had the
chance to express their opinions about it.
The. referendum will give them that
chance and it will also be welcome to the
presidential committee studying the pres-
ent system of conscription.
FOR THE MOMENT, however, the. con-
trast between Council's promise to
fight for a student decision and the ad-
ministration's apparent unwillingness to
feel bound by one is discouraging-espe-
cially because we see that the Univer-
sity may again act in disregard of student
Without convincing argument on the
University's part, there would then be
little justification for continued ranking
were the students to vote down compila-
tion of ranks.
In order to make the final decision ex-
pressed in the referendum most mean-
ingful, there is a definite need for edu-
cating the students who will vote. The
educated electorate is the electorate mak-
ing intelligent decisions, thus the cam-
pus polity must be educated. For this pur-
poses, some here are considering holding
a pre-referendum teach-in. This seems
like a good idea. Hopefully it will be one
which will allow for adequate represen-
tation of both sides of the question.
dent body should support the draft
referendum, and the administration
should accept it. An adequate restoration
of the proper power relationship between
faculty, administration and students
must be brought about. The draft refer-
endum looks like one of the best ways to
do it.
WHILE ALL HELL was breaking loose
with the administration, Voice, and
the campus cops, the faculty senate of
the literary college was making a very
significant step forward. Monday it ap-
proved its curriculum committee's recom-
mendation that upperclassmen be allow-
ed to elect one course per semester on a

To the Editor,
O MONDAY afternoon I was
ONsan observer at one of the most
absurd meetings this University
has seen in a long time.
This meeting between Voice and
four of the University Vice Presi-
dents on the question of "police on
campus" accomplished almost
nothing except to make public the
senseless attitude which both par-
ties hold for each other. By enter-
ing the meeting with an almost
complete feeling of mistrust, both
sides doomed the discussion to
meaningless, antagonistic debate.
The Vice Presidents expected to
be harrassed and for Voice mem-
bers to act discourteously. Mem-
bers of Voice expected to receive
evasive answers from the Admin-
istration. Both sets of expectations
were self-fulfilling and therefore
HOWEVER, the real absurdity
was not what happened at the
meeting, but rather the events
which led up to it. Through a lack
of positive attempts by the Admin-
istration to actively promote really
effective institutionalized channels
for student sentiment, the Uni-
versity allowed itself to be backed
up against the wall by Voice. For
the most part, instead of taking
the initiative and playing a lead-
ership role, the Administration has
merely reacted to demands.
The ultimate result of this policy
was the impasse the Administra-
tion reached last Friday. The Ad-
ministration boxed itself into a
corner which permitted only two
options. Either it could have the
students arrested who were sitting
in at Vice President Pierpont's of-
fice, or it could give in to their
demands which were made outside
the existing communication chan-
nels. Although neither alternative
was a good choice as far as the
University was concerned, the Ad-
ministration came very close to
committing itself to the former.
istration was provided a third
choice by someone who was able
to demonstrate a capacity for
leadership. This was Edward Ro-
binson, President of Student Gov-
ernment Council, Robinson began
Friday morning to mediate be-
tween the two parties in an at-
tempt to negotiate an acceptable
meeting. His mediation efforts,
along with those of Professor
Leonard Greenbaum, chairman of
the faculty's SACUA Subcommit-
tee on Student Affairs were cru-
By five o'clock Friday afternoon
the meeting held Monday had
been successfully arranged. Fur-
thermore, tlanks to Ed's skill as
chairman, the meeting, although
far from being productive, did not
break up completely. Numerous
times he managed to bring com-
pletely discourteous Voice mem-
bers under control and once he
succeeded in convincing Vice Pres-
ident Pierpont not to walk out of
the meeting. He used the common
sense and tact which everyone else
seemed to lack at that moment.
is how can a senseless show-down
such as this be avoided in the
The Administration is now faced
with two major alternatives. It
can continue to react to major
crises which are symptomatic of
a more basic underlying problem,
or it can make a strong positive
attempt to get at the root of the
problem itself by actively pro-
moting the development of effec-
tive vehicles for student opinion
and action.
Voice members are not the only
students on campus, nor are they
representative of the student
community. Student Government

commitment of co-operation from
the entire University Administra-
tion-not just the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs. More specifically, I
would recommend that the Ad-
ministrative Officers accept as
soon as possible the details of the
proposal which I co-sponsored
which would establish a student
Advisory Board System to the
President and the Vice Presidents
of the University. It is important
that this proposal, which has al-
ready beenrapproved in principle,
be put into operation without de-
Students, faculty ,and admin-
istrators must make more than a
token commitment to the total
University community. A greater
degree of cooperation, not the
ent competition and conflict, is
necessary to further the develop-
ment of our progressive institu-
Neill H. Hollenshead '67
Member of SGC
Meeting Observations
To the Editor,
UNFORTUNATELY, but expect-
edly and perhaps inevitably,
Monday's "conference" between
members of Voice-Students for a
Democratic Society and four Vice-
Presidents of the University on the
question of police on campus turn-
ed into a confrontation. Neither
side in this sorry battle was guilt-
Much of the problem lies in the
contradiction between the idea of
a conference-a dialogue-and two
opinions held by many Voice mem-
bers: (1) that the credibility, via-
bility, and relevance of the Admin-
istration in relation to students
are shams, and (2) that under-
neath all the red tape, rigmarole,
propagated by both sides, Voice is
unequivocally right.
The first belief is by no means
indefensible. Having been various-
ly involved with the University
Administration as a former elected
member of Student Government
Council and as a past and present
member of Voice, I must confess
to having lost my faith in our
Administration; the experiences of
last year's bookstore campaign,
last summer's HUAC outrage, and
the issue of plainclothesmen on
campus furnish what I consider
rather clear evidence of the Uni-
versity's subordination of student
rights and interests to the primary
considerations of "good relations"
with the Federal Government, the
State Legislature, alumni, police,
local merchants and other groups
(except unions) whose power
dwarfs that of students.
disgust need not prevent dialogue.
It is the second of Voice's pre-
dominant beliefs which precludes
dialogue, in this particular in-

stance and in other instances
which might promise more chance
of conciliation without abandon-
ment of principles. Self-righteous-
nees is niot only arrogant, it is
easy: seeing in terms of black and
white removes the necessity not
only for dialogue, but also for
analysis. Objectivity and paranoia
are incompatible bedfellows.
This is meant to explain the
behavior of several Voice members
at Monday's meeting, not to excuse
it. Only they can apologize, and
only if they feel the need. I cannot
condone their obnoxious behavior,
but I can understand it. I con-
demn their certainty, for blind
certainty breeds Inquisitions.
The Administrators, for their
part, proved no better than their
questioners. To be sure, their style
reflected "responsibility," but their
substance was hollow. I left the
meeting with the conviction that
red tape is manufactured not in
IBM plants but in the mouths of
bueraucrats. It is disgusting as a
student to be subjected to con-
descension, and evasion, to feel
that Administrators notice stu-
dents only when forced to, and
then try to pacify and/or co-opt
presented with very few substan-
tive questions, especially as re-
gards the 'student, the University,
and the law, but answered those
few unsatisfactorily. To mention
some important ones that were
only touched upon: Why does the
University not challenge HUAC?
Why not challenge the right of
police on campus. Why not take
the initiative? Why not take a
There are legal possibilities that
the Administration refuses to act
upon-because the issues involved
affect only powerless students and
because challenging those issues
endangers public relations contri-
butions, contracts, etc. These is-
sues must be seriously considered,
and that means not only that the
Administration must deal sincerely
with students, but also that it
must recognize students' rightful
power to participate in decisions
which affect students.
So where are we? Bogged down
in theories of confrontation, power
elites, expediency, and willful, mis-
guided evil, stubborn passionate,
or sincere people. Perhaps what I
want to say is that the University
Administration ought to start re-
examining its basic values and
that its critics, while forcing that
revaluation, ought to lower the
flag or holy war.
Steve Daniels, '67
Band Not Marching
IS THERE a Michigan Marching
Band? This is one of the ques-

tions left unanswered by the first
two spectacles in the Michigan
Stadium. Two weeks ago the roar
of expectation greeting the band
as it first appeared was not topped
by the polite applause following
the lackluster half-time show.
After running onto the field and
marching up and down the north
end of the stadium the band came
to a snappy halt-"a position in
which it found itself during the
remainder of the afternoon. Nor
was the band's part of Saturday's
pre-game show very imaginative
or lively. The magnificent sound
Professor Revelli demands from
his musicians fills the stadium, but
where is the action-the intricate,
moving formations and marching
drills, the snap and sparkle of a
classy marching band?
Obviously, this is no overnight
change; we have seen the evolu-
tion of a more conservative style
and emphasis on sound over a
number of years. In the past the
Michigan Marching Band domi-
nated the Battle of Bands because
it could play and march. We lnew,
for instance, that Illinois would
field a concert band and deliver
the Warsaw Concerto, firmly root-
ed to the center of the gridiron.
No contest. Ohio State and their
snappy marching routines were
defeated the minute the first
brassy bellows came out. Are we
to expect the Michigan sound
which won that battle will now
be enlivened only by running onto
and off the field, the antics of
drummers in Sing, Sing, Sing, and
the merry waving of flags?
Perhaps the band is under
wraps, I hope so. If the band is
now too large to march we must
either accept a concert band or
demand the return of a somewhat
smaller marching band if we can't
find and train 180 marching men
of Michigan.
As an initial measure to restore
marching class I suggest that Jack
Clancy demonstrate to bandsmen
and their leaders his great moves,
quick steps, and even dance rou-
tines. After all, the band has sup-
ported the team loyally for many
The preliminaries are over, the
Battle of Bands is just beginning.
Looking at the opposition (remem-
igan Marching Band.

W HEN I WAS an undergraduate
student at Michigan Tech
and read about the student dem-
onstrations at other schools, I
thought that those students were
just "kooks" with nothing better
to do.
But after being in Ann Arbor for
one month, I am about ready to
join a demonstration myself; not
a peace demonstration, but a pro-
test against the University housing
policy at Baits.
The notorious food situation is
common knowledge. But there are
other things wrong. When I first
moved into my room it had no
door, no floor lamp, no, wastepa-
per basket and no towel racks.
I have managed to get a door. But
I still do not have the other items.
I think the reason we do not have
wastepaper baskets is that they
are being used to file all com-
The literature that I received
about Baits Housing said that lin-
en service would be provided and
there would be TV in the loui e.
We were left four sheets and tvo
pillow cases and told to do the lin-
en ourselves. That is not linen ser-
vice. The TV in the lounge has to
be supplied by the residents them-
If a private company were to
continuously renege on its obliga-
tions it would soon be out of busi-
ness. But evidently the housing
authorities here figure they are
free to ignore all complaints.
Maybe if enough complaints are
printed in the Daily the powers
that be may start to listen to them.
-Harold Kellman, Grad.
All letters to The Daily must
be typewritten and double-
spaced, and should be no longer
than 300 words.

ber Purdue's great show last year),
I think we'll need, and I'm hoping
we'll see, the return of the Mich-
-Prof. Burton V. Barnes
School of Natural Resources
Baits Hall

To the Editor:






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I crept thoughtfully into the ir-
ridescent SILY (synthetic library)
last night clutching my TAXI-
DERMY 210 text and chewing
contentedly on chestnut peelings.
How dedicated I felt sauntering
determinedly in between the
orange furniture, exchanging stern
glances with the man behind the
periodical desk.
Taking a window seat with tur-
quoise upholstering and black
chemically finished legs, I began
to emit my prepatory noises:
"shuffle, crrrrkkk, rrrppp . . ." an-
noyed eyes, carefully concealed by
tinted contacts, shot piercing
glances of anguish toward me and
my sounds. Red faced and silent,
I meekly turned to Chapter 8,
"The Art of Displaying Ocelot
Tails," I held my stomach and
prepared to study.
"If you are fortunate enough to
find an ocelot with a tail," it be-
gan ... but my concentration was
suddenly dulled by an unaesthetic-
ally pleasing slurping sloshing
sound, "Lucky for me I am a Sen-
ior Lifesaver," I thought as I

out with molars and tongue. Her
nipping and slurping were tole-
rated only briefly before I sent her
swift kick under the formica table
Meanwhile, the usual procession
of floor shufflers began to amble
by loudly, tormenting my sensitive
auditory facilities . . . "pick 'em
up, pick 'em up," I chanted at
them, keeping time with their
heel-scrape, heel-scrape . . . lan-
guid movements across the floor;
but alas, they just continued on
their way in stoop shouldered
Thanks to Evelyn I was able to
blot out the hideous sounds of
gurgling, shuffling and booming
whispers. Evelyn happened to
leave a letter to her parents on
the table; being well-trained in
proof-reading, I decided to check
out the grammar. "Dear Parents,
Don't worry about me, I've lots of
money, I enjoy living in the attic,
my room is shaped like a dog-
house, my motorcycle burn is heal-
ing, I bounced a $1,000 check, am
going to N.Y. this weekend . .

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