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Seventy-Sixth Year

U.S. Poses for Canada's Critical Eye

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
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Leary' s New Religion:
Promising Miracles?

THANKS TO Dr. Timothy Leary, there
is a bold new concept in religion this
week-the League of Spiritual Discovery.
(In case you missed it-the initials may
be cleverly reduced to "LSD.")..
However, the league was formed to be
more than a delicious little anagram. Dr.
Leary has stated his intention to create
a serious new approach to Divine Reve-
lation, in a systematic use of drug; and,
by resting upon the rights of religious
freedom, to find a sanction for LSD.
We might question whether legal ma-
nipulation is the rock upon which Leary's
church has been founded. But there is a
question far more fundamental than this.
IN LEARY'S LAST statement of creed
(in a Playboy interview), he lauded
LSD as the penultimate aphrodasiac. This
is not to make a Puritanical judgment,
but rather to point out Leary's consistent
apotheosis of the powers of the durg.
In his many defenses of the psycho-
delic dream, the doctor has lauded LSD as
first, the absolute release from the super-
ficialities of society; second, the zenith
of love potionary, and now, the shortest
cut to Holy Conmuhion. But always, the
hyperbole is in effect.
What Dr. Leary seems to be attempting
to impress on the public is that LSD is
"The Answer." The Rosetta stone for in-

terpretation of the 20th century; a skele-
ton key to Utopia.
BUT LSD IS A DRUG; it can provide
only an easing of the symptoms of
modern life. The very terms and slogans
of the psychodelic experience stress a
transitory escape.
The drug provides a "trip"-not only
an excursion into the self, but a neces-
sary return to the surface. Dr. Leary has
whimsically suggested that the drug be
used every 7 days, to parallel the prac-
tices of Western religion. But he also
admits that the drug will not be effec-
tive if it is used more often.
Thus, Leary's great commandment,
"Turn on, Tune in, and Drop Out" has
all the moral efficacy of "Hear no Evil,
See no Evil, Speak no Evil"-since evil
or the outside world retains power over
the individual for six days out of every
THE LOVE OF LSD is certainly not the
root of all evil. But neither is it im-
mediate Nirvana. The great test for the
apostles of the League of Spiritual Dis-
covery will be to make that drug discov-
ery relevant to the entire complex of
human experience.

TORONTO-"Last week the Tor-
onto Globe and Mail ran a six
column picture of the San Fran-
cisco cops because of the riot,"
complains U.S. vice - consulate
Nicholas Volk from his modest
office in the American consulate
building here.
Looking out through the con-
sulate's barred window, Volk
says, "That seems like a real
overplay. I mean the cops weren't
even doing anything. They were
just standing there."
Volk seems resigned to the sit-
uation. And he has reason to be.
For even a brief visit here clearly
shows that the Canadians are not
rooting for the Americans.
THEY BUY our cars, watch our
TV shows and even glance at our
news magazines. But they don't
love us. In fact, they seem to
jump at every chance to put down
their neighbor to the south.
The Toronto Globe which has
already won world attention for
printing a cartoon of the Statue
of Liberty wearing a gas mask,
runs vivid pictures of the Viet
Nam war.
Last week there was a four col-
umn picture in the Toronto Star
showing a Vietnamese interpreter
for the U.S. First Cavalry interro-
gating a helpless looking young
woman at gunpoint.
TO BE SURE all this could be
dismissed as liberal press propa-
ganda. But both these papers are
respected Canadian journals. More
important, conversations here in-
dicate an increasing Canadian
antipathy toward the U.S.
Says another Canadian, "You
looked ridiculous in all that House
Un-American Activities Commit-
tee nonsense. We don't have any-
thing like that. There's no such
thing as being un-Canadian."
The Canadians are bemused by
the activities of the John Birch
Society and similar right wing
groups. "We don't have any kind
of a right wing here in Canada,"
claims one student. "What we do

have is all financed by the United
the Canadian cynicism is alleged
super-patriotism in America. "You
are all so terribly patriotic," com-
plains one informed Canadian co-
ed. "Your history books are a
joke. They're so slanted toward
the American way, the American
dream and manifest destiny."
The Canadian's warm reception
of American draft dodgers also
seems to indicate a growing hos-
tility toward the U.S. It's not just
the radical left wing Canadian
students that are glad to see
Americans fleeing the army. Ca-
reer soldiers, housewives and busi-
nessmen all seem to say come on
WHEN A DRAFT dodger ar-
rives in Canada several organi-
zations will openly help him get
settled. Finding a job poses no
particular problem. American ex-
patriates report no discrimination
in hiring against draft-dodgers.
On the job Americans find no"
difficulty. "I found none of my
co-workers bear any animosity to-
ward me," says one expatriate.
Part of the reason Canadians
are so congenial toward draft-
dodgers is that most personally
oppose the draft. There is no
draft in Canada.
But the American political
scene isn't the only target of the
critical Canadians.
CONSIDER ONE example from
the Canadian Broadcasting Com-
pany. Last week the staid radio
network ran a detailed documen-
tary on homosexuals in San Fran-
Following the report a honey-
voiced young lady gave the credits
and cut directly into the middle of
a recording of Barbara Streisand's
"People," beginning deliberately
"Lovers, very special lovers , .
WHILE the Canadians are skep-
tical of the American they do

take on other Canadians, too. The
problem is that the issues in Can-
ada are minimal.
It's tough for student protestors
to find a cause. How can you pro-
test the draft in a country that
doesn't have one?
Occasionally the Canadian stu-
dents capitalize on a domestic is-
sue. Last week 2000 University of
Toronto students marched on the
provincial capital building. The is-
sue: simplifying the application
procedures for the provincial
scholarship award programs.
CANADA'S older generation has
a hard time getting tough on its
Complaints about Yorkville, To-
ronto's synthetic little Greenwich
village are minimal. How can any-
one get fired up about teenybop-
pers in their mod outfits and min-
nie skirts inhabiting well-scrubbed
coffee houses?
It's tough for the Canadians to
attack their kids on weak morals
too. A new study of premarital sex
shows "ther's less than you think."
reports that only 15 per cent of
the women and 35 per cent of the
men studied were actually in-
volved. "There wasn't all that
much sex on the Canadian cam-
pus," is his verdict,
The only group in Canada
shocked by Mann's findings was
the administration of his Univer-
sity, Western Ontario, in London.
The school forced him to resign
because of the report. Moreover no
Canadian publisher is willing to
print Mann's book on the study.
Canada does have its problems.
But a bad scholarship application
is simply not as big a story as a
war in Vietnam.
Thus there is little doubt that
the Toronto papers will continue
running those gloomy six column
pictures. And the Canadians criti-
cal lenses will continue to give
them a more honest view of the
U.S. than most Americans have.


eComplaints from Baits
Demand Attention

-Daily-Roger Rapoport
Toronto's new city hall and informed source


THE PETITION from Vera Baits resi-
dents is now in front of the proper au-
Many of the complaints have", been
taken care of and would not have been
included in the petition had there been.
better communication between adminis-
tration and students.
However, several of the suggestions are
still legitimate and should be implement-
ONE OF THESE is the alternate bus;
loop that would eliminate the 20 min-
ute ride Baits residents must now take.
At present, the buses make a complete'
circuit around North Campus before ar-
riving at Baits, , going first to married
housing. It is completely feasible that
every second bus go first to Baits and
then complete the same circuit in the
opposite direction.
Study areas are a necessity to any
living complex. The Baits students pres-
ently lack adequate study facilities.
The snack bar in the Commons has
been opened but hardly seems to have
an atmosphere conducive to study.
Robert. West, manager of the Com-
mons, noted that no one has taken ad-
vantage of the snack bar for study pur-
poses. Could it be they feel a more suit-
able place can be found? Efforts should
be made temporarily to utilize the up-
stairs cafeteria in its off-hours, from
8-12 p.m.
ONE PROBLEM seems to lack a solu-
tion: high prices of food at the North
Campus Commons, the only place stu-
Editorial Staff,
Managing Editor w Editorial Director
LEONARD PRATT ........ Associate Managing Editor
JOHN MEREDITH ........ Associate Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE WOLTER .. Associate Editorial Director
ROBERT CARNEY ...... Associate. Editorial Director
ROBERT MOORS............Magazine Editor
BABE OHN .... .......... Personnel Director
NIGHT EDITORS: Michael Hefter, 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 i5AMBERG.........Assistant Sports Editor
SPORTS NIGHT EDITORS: Grayle Howlett, Howard
Kohn, Bill Levis, Bob McFarland, Clark Norton, Rick
Stern, John Sutkus, Gretchen Twietrneyer, Dave.
Business Staff
SUSAN PERLSTADT, Business Manager
JEFFREY LEEDS ........ Associate Business Manager
HARRY BLOCH ............. Advertising Manager
STEVEN LOEWENTHAL ........ Circulation Manager
ELIZABETH RHEIM ............ Personnel Director
VICTOR PTASZNIK ............. Finance Manager

dents can eat out there. The Commons,
like the Union and the. League, was
set up to be self-liquidating. Unlike the
Union, however, it cannot take a loss on
food since it has no other source of in-
When Bursley is completed; Baits resi-
dents will have the option of purchasing
meal tickets there.
However, the problem exists now and
something needs to be done now. Per-
haps the expenses that will be incurred
by the Commons this year as the complex
is being completed could be spread out
over a period of years facilitating lower
At any rate, some arrangement needs
to be made; the students need to eat
this year as well as next.
THE STUDENTS have presented their
grievances. It is now up to the admin-
istration to make North Campus livable
by answering their complaints in the best
and fastest possible way.
WE RECEIVED an unsigned letter at
The Daily yesterday. It makes you
"Why Jews are hated, feared and make
friends into enemies:
"Representing a mouthy little minute
section of the students, they annually
capture The Daily's space and infect its
gentile staff with their snide, sniping,
vicious tactics, creating crisis where none
exists, screeching maledictions like Old
Testament minor nuts, making them-
selves hateful to the academic scene."
Y NINTH GRADE German teacher
once told me that it's good to hear the
hounds of hell barking occasionally. It
reminds you of how close they are.
No Comment
Lewis B. Hershey, greeted by 150 stu-
dents conducting a peace vigil, said last
week the nation should no longer toler-
ate "suicidal" protests of United States
policy in Viet Nam.
Hershey said there are "constitutional
limits" to which protestors can go un-
der the guaranteed right of dissent.
"Tolerance should be abandoned when
a pacifist neither wants to go abroad nor
wishes to remain at home but seeks to
drill a hole in the bottom of the boat
carrying troops or collects blood to do-

Life A board the Good Queen Mary

-Tea at 4 p.m. daily, kinder-
garten-style rhythm bands for
adults, fancy head-dress competi-
tions, pickled boar's head for
lunch, and daily lotteries on the
number of miles covered: this is
the stuff that life is made of on
an English ocean liner.
For the unsuspecting passenger
>n his maiden voyage on the
Queen Mary, shipboard life is like-
ly to consist of either complete
boredom or a frenzy of anti-cli-
mactic activities dreamed up by
the social directors.
The daily program discreetly
slipped under the door by the ste-
ward shows no lack of ingenuity
in finding ways to keep passengers

program includes a card party and
deck games in the\ morning ("an
opportunity f o r g o o d camera
shots"), taped organ concerts all
day, the inevitable tea party, rhy-
thm band (elderly ladies banging
on triangles and tom-toms), bin-
go, and a "ladies' choice dance."
All passengers are also exhorted
to participate in the fancy head-
dress competition, one of the cli-
maxes of the voyage.
"Make a head-dress representing
some title or theme at present
making world headlines-say, a
-urrent hit tune or some topical
event. Start your preparations
right away!" The program gushes.
THE MORE individualistic pas-
senger is likely to keep away from
this sort of activity and spend the

duration of the five-day voyage
staring at the ocean.
However, there are two forms
of excitement that break up this-
monotony: rough weather and
meals, which usually manage to
occur simultaneously.
No sooner has the passenger de-
cided smilingly that he is not go-
ing to be a victim of the infamous
"mal de mer" than he finds the
smile frozen on his face as he rocks
from side to side. He soon dis-
covers that walking down the
stairs and drinking a bowl of soup
are major operations.
BUT THE SHIP menus are de-
signed to perk up the appetite of
even the sickest passenger. A typ-
ical luncheon menu features Can-.
adian pea soup, grilled herrings
with mustard sauce, Oxford brawn,

rolled jellied ox tongue, pickled
boar's head, and plum pudding.
Tourist class passengers gener-
ally start out the voyage, feeling
like third-class citizens but soonr
discover that they are getting the
best deal. First-class passengers
can rent the best deck chairs and
enter the fanciest lounges, but
tourist classers usually have the
most fun.
"The first-class passengers fig-
ure that they are paying so much
money that they should be enjoy-
ing every minute, so they sit,
around waiting to be entertained,"
explains a tourist-class English
girl returning home after a sum-
mer in the U.S.
THE CREW traditionally prefers
working in the tourist-class sec-
tions, wherer they can relax and

chat with the passengers instead
Df being studiedly respectful.
And although the crew is strict-
ly forbidden to fraternize with the
passengers, a group of girls taking
a night stroll on the deck is bound
to be accosted several times by sai-
lors who "need some American
girls for a party."
Most of the passengers are hap-
py to see dry land again at the
end of the voyage, and for many
the high point of the trip is stand-
ing on the bridge and watching
the misty harbor of Cherbourg get
larger and closet.
"Come-on, lovey-do," says an
Englishman to his wife. "Let's go
get our passport stamped, ducks."
(Miss Bloch, enroute to Paris
for junior-year studies at the
Sorbonne, is The Daily's Paris

Sigs oit SccssforVoe t 8


the state organize a concerted
drive for a November victory for
the state constitutional amend-
ment lowering the legal voting age
to 18, there are early indications
in Michigan political circles that
the measure will attain success.
Friday's announcement, that a
coalition of students and educa-
tional leaders has been created to
press for the proposal's passage
is the latest of these indications.
The group, called the Michigan
Citizens' Committee for the Vote
at 18, will bring nationally known
speakers to the state to inform
and arouse the public.
THE VOTE ISSUE has long been
a rallying cry for restless youth
and tireless reformers, and has
been batted around in Michigan
for. the last 10 years. However, the
efforts of a youth-conscious Leg-
islature this past winter and
spring have brought about the
first appearance of the issue on
the ballot.
The amendment's passage re-
quires a simple majority of those
voting for passage. Its approval
would make Michigan the fifth
state to have a voting age lower
than 21, and only the third to
lower the suffrage requirement
from a previously higher limit,
The first two states to do this
were Kentucky and Georgia (both
states require the age of 18),
while Hawaii (20)and Alaska (19)
included the standard requisite in
their original state constitutions.
AS IN EARLIER years-when
the conflict never got nast public

Secondly, the proponents will
stress that the 18-year-old by
proximity to the learning years,
is more informed and more inter-
ested in the governmental process
than his elders.
"They (students) have a real
stake in government today," said
a spokesman for the citizens' com-
"They have always been intense-
ly interested in the issues of edu-
cation, poverty and civil rights...-.
Their involvement combined with
the effects of mass communication
has made the age of 21 obsolete as
a minimum age for voting."
The amendment's adversaries
insist upon the maturity argu-

ment, that 18 is too young and
that today's youth is still to ir-
responsible and unconcerned to
responsibly wield the power of the
IN EITHER CASE, the argu-
ments in favor of the bill, as well
as simple political relaities, are
certain to take upon new and sig-
nificant meaning in this election
First, signs point to the fact
that the "fight-vote" causists are.
to attract far greater attention
this year due primarily to the
Viet Nam war. At no time in re-
cent history have the moral and
social implications of the draft
been more acutely felt.

Surely, the World War II draft
was far greater in size and conse-
quence, but it may hardly be as-
sumed that protest against it was
of any great significance. More
Americans fought, but there was
hardly the skepticism and disap-
proval that's detected today.
IN LIGHT of this fact, the
realities of the war will have a
great impact on the mind of the
Michigan voter.
It is one thing to say that he,
who may be subject to the draft'
and to fighting a war should have
something to say in determining
the policy that will point in such
directions; but it's a different mat-
ter when those in question are
being plucked from society by the
draft and are actually fighting in
such a war.
Americans have always been
wont to have a streak of sympa-
thetic involvement in morally po-
litical questions, regardless of pre-
vious leanings and rationales.
SECONDLY, apart from what-
ever pressure may be exerted by
the war and the citizens' commit-
tee campaign, both political par-

ties may be counted on to lend ef-
fort to the campaign.
It is a political axiom that suc-
cessful candidates court those who
will help their campaigns, and
Michigan politicians are aware of
the aid that aroused youth can
give to any partisan campaign.
As such, the four candidates for
the two major statewide races this
fall have all subscribed their sup-
port (at least in name) to the
drive for the 18-year-old vote.
For any to have abandoned this
abundant wellspring of non-voter
support would have been a blun-
der that may have cost dearly-
not only in current aid, but in fu-
ture campaigns as well.
bill are not overestimating the
backing of the politicians. James
Graham, president of the MSU
student government and coordi-
nating chairman of the citizens'
committee, made this clear in his
statement Friday:
"This is basically an issue of end
for youth ... We're just getting lip
service' from the politicians. So
that leaves the real campaigning
up to us."

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A Letter or Disease

To the Editor:
IT HAS BEEN estimated that ten
thousand Americans will die of
kidney disease in the next year
even though they could be kept
alive indefinitely through treat-
ment twice a week by dialysis
They will die simply because
the rest of us are not concerned
enough to save them.

ace of a social system that dif-
fers from ours and fear it so much
that we're cur ently spending $2
billion a month to fight alleged,
devils half way around the world.
Some simple arithmetic wil
show that our cost of blasting
and roasting alive "devils" (and
innocents) for one and one-third
days in Viet Nam is just what it
would take to save our own 10,000
«inimc n£ ri ni - C- - - fnrt.


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