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Seventy-Sixth Year

Oct. 14: Silly Season in Ann Arbor

ere Opinions Are Free,
Truth Wil Prevail


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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily ex press the individual opinions of staff writers
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Nu Sigma Nu Plans
Required Better Notice

Associate Managing Editor
IMPORTANT NEWS runs in cy-
This makes journalism a manic
depressive business. Things are
great when they're hopping, but
often, like now, business is slow.
Ann Arbor and the University
are in the firm grip of a silly
season, a season with no news,
which The Daily has so far cam-
ouflaged by publishing a paper
full of no-news every morning.
THE FIRST major chunk of no-
news that came along, which even
The Daily wasn't desperate enough
to print, was the installation of
tinkling silver chains along the
walks of central campus. The Uni-
versity has got to be the only col-
lege in the Western Hemisphere
in which students going to class
feel like they're touring the White
Some no-news that founds its
way into print was the scrap over
the University's ready compliance
with the House Un-American Ac-

tivities Committee's subpoenas. As
near as I can tell, all it proved
was that President Hatcher be-
lieves in going along with the oc-
casionally absurd demands of the
U.S. ,Congress-something every-
one already knew.
People were catharized, but
that's about all the headlines
meant. It wasn't bad for a laugh.
THE ONLY THING surpassing
the HUAC frenzy was Vera Baits
Housing's lack of doors in the
early fall. Their bitter demands on
John Feldkamp, housing director,
are about as excited as any group
of students here has gotten about
anything lately.
Except, of course, for those
Student Government C o u n c i 1
members who are trying to make
the administration agree to bind
its draft policies to a referendum
whose implementation is question-
able, whose meaning is doubtful
and whose outcome may oppose
its stated policies. Lots of luck.
Then along came E. Gifford Up-
john (the Dastardly), a million-

aire who lives outside of Detroit
and still-here's news!-wants to
give money to the University for
something irrelevant. "Fraud!"
screams everybody, "they'll have a
fraternity that discriminates!" So
what's news?
NOT TO BE LOST in the shuf-
fle, Voice political party finally
screwed its courage to the stick-
ing point and SAT-IN. The ad-
ministration screwed its courage
to the sticking point and did noth-
ing. Many faculty, students, alum-
ni and a few Regents now want
to screw Voice to the sticking
Lots of words on both sides with
little-that truly meaningful word
-communication on either.
The Homecoming Central Com-
mittee didn't want "Doc" Losh to
be Homecoming Queen and every-
body from Bruce Wasserstein to
Beta Theta Pi got excited about
Now here's something a man can
sink his journalistic teeth into.
Sort of like he'd sink his jour-

nalistic teeth into a sponge. Sue
Marr as Homecoming Queen I"
could get excited about, but any-
thing short of that seems more
than a trifle blase.
SPEAKING of Honor, Wisdom
and Courage to Serve, how about
updating the University's under-
graduate rites de passage? Now
that everyone's so thoroughly con-
fused about just which gras or
weekend we're celebrating when,
how about inaugurating one
which will end the confusion.
We'll call it Michi-Sesqui-Win-
ti-End-Coming-Gras. It will con-
tinue for eight days and eight
nights, at the end of which the
physics department will shoot An-
gell Hall to the moon. Think of
the publicity.
That's about as significant as
a lot of the innovations here this
fall seem.
It might be unfair to complain
about this state of affairs, but I
don't think so.
WHEN the supposed "activists,"

the people who are interested in
getting an institution moving-in
stimulating its creative potential
--can't raise themselves to any
more than a lot that's happened
this fall, things aren't right.
There are three things of any
consequence that so far seem like-
ly to come out of this year. The
Knauss report was one, though
its implementation is in doubt.
The presidential selection advisory
committees are another, just by
virtue of their existence. Poten-
tial student advisory committees
to the vice-presidents are the
third, though their implementa-
tion has been slowed a bit.
Yet all three are very much the
product of thinking and effort
done in months and years past,
not at all the result of current
sults will come in the future?
There don't-seem to be any.
Next fall could be even duller
than this one.


tigate the University's plan to build
Nu Sigma Nu fraternity with its own
The investigation comes because the
Legislature learned about plans to build
the fraternity indirectly well after they
became fact. Though the University pub-
licly announced its plans to build the
fraternity in January of this year, the
adninistration apparently did not make
any special effort to notify key legisla-
tors of the plan-mostnnotably the mem-
bers of the higher education subcommit-
Should they have been expected to
FIRST, THE NU SIGMA NU plan involves
a precedent in the financing of a new,
privately-owned housing unit by a Michi-
gan state university. The University is
planning to loan $100,000 towards the
$400,000 project. The fraternity will put
up the rest of the cost of construction,
and will pay the loan back over a 15-
year period.
The extraordinary factor in the plan is
that this is a first in this type of financ-
ing. The University should have known
that the higher education subcommittee
and that its chairman would be interest-
ed on this basis alone.
There are other bases for interest as
well. Nu Sigma Nu is a fraternity. It
chooses its members like any other fra-
ternity. The University has a ban on bias.
But even without bias fraternities ob-
viously are not open to all who might
want to join: they pick and choose.
What, then, is the likely reaction when
a legislator finds the University is help-
ing finance the building of housing whose
occupancy is-based on fraternity proced-
ure instead ,ofbeing pen to all who might
be interested? Unfavorable, especially if
he is not fully informed on the matter

NEXT, THE UNIVERSITY, to be sure, is
perfectly entitled to use federal in-
come tax laws which provide that dona-
tions by private citizens to universities
fur university-owned fraternity facili-
ties. The Internal Revenue Commission
ruled in 1960 that such action is entirely
What concerns legislators-and others
-is not the legality of the University's
actin, however; its legality is obvious.
What is questionable are the policy im-
plications of such an action-for never
has the University, or any other Michi-
gan state-supported school, assisted fra-
ternities in such a direct manner.
There are further unanswered ques-
tions in the mind of the University com-
munity on the Nu Sigma Nu problem: The
accessibility to similar arrangements for
other interested parties with similar proj -
ects in mind, and whether this arrange-
ment is a precursor of other similar de-
velopments as the University struggles to
provide adequate housing are primary
among them.
And such questions form an integral
part of the political and professional
work of the state Legislature, and espe-
cially of Rep. Faxon, who has expressed
continued interest in the housing prob-,
lems of this particular university.
The University could have made the
aftermath of its decision much more
pleasant and politically sound for itself
had it bothered to inform Faxon fully
and members of his committee of the
plans at the time they were announced,
or at least to have included the issue on
the agenda of the legislative housing in-
vestigation scheduled for December.
IT IS NOT an infringement of autono-
my, but rather a matter of simple
courtesy and good politics to keep legis-
lators informed of our activities, especial-
ly when they are of such a complex and
significant nature.
Editorial Director.

Letters: Loomis Replies to Kugler

To the Editor:
letter to The Daily (Oct. 1)
presumably reflects accurately,
both in tone and content, what
the organization he heads has to
offer the college professor, so lit-
tle comment on that account seems
necessary. And, since the United
Federation of College Teachers is
relatively young, it is not espe-
cially noteworthy that he speaks
only of its goals, not of its ac-
However, Dr. Kugler's view that
power confrontation is the sole
imeans of achieving academic ob-
jectives, along with his belief that
college faculties and administra-
tions are irreconcilable adversar-
ies, while historically inaccurate,
does serve to point up a crucial
distinction between the philoso-
phy of the UFCT and that of the
American Association of Universi-
ty Professors.
The AAUP believes that the pro-
fessor should participate signifi-
cantly and cooperatively at all lev-
els in the government of his col-
lege. two-year or, four ,and the
AAUP has been demonstrably suc-
cessful in helping to put this pol-
icy into effect at hundreds of in-
Clearly, the principle is not yet
universally accepted; where a
proper voice is denied the facul-
ty, it must be won. Here the
UFCT has adopted a worthy goal.
parently they have adopted many
other objectives that the AAUP
has enunciated and worked to
achieve for half a century. How-
ever, in light of Dr. Kugler's re-
peated expressions of disappoint-
ment in the AAUP, it seems rele-
vant to note a major contrast be-
tween the two organizations-Dr.
Kugler offers promises, and the
AAUP offers tangible contribu-
These include, at colleges
throughout the country, increas-
ed faculty participation and self-
government, substantially better
salaries and conditions for super-
ior teaching and research, sound-
er tenure policies, and a wider ac-
ceptance of academic freedom.
THESE MAJOR accomplish-
ments are largely ignored by Dr.
Kugler in his advertised "critical
analysis" of the AAUP, but not
by the profession at large, and not
by the 80,000 college faculty mem-
bers who endorse and support the
AAUP by their voluntary member-
ship and participation in its work.
--Ralph A. Loomis
President, Michigan AAUP

LW ca g
''Lur-leeni Wallace thinks ah'm a pretty good cook !"

The concept of civil disobed-
ience, which has been practiced
with a great degree of success by
Voice, can only operate in a so-
ciety which is tolerant of those
who. dissent. Were this a more so-
cialistic, enlightened, benign, or
non-establishment society, perhaps
MVr. Taube would experience more
difficulty being noticed than he is
in Ann Arbor.
I would speculate that were this
university located in Ann Arbor,
France, perhaps Mr. Taube's no-
ble effort would have been broken
up with a series of billy clubs,
rather than the soft words of Vice-
President Pierpont.
YET VOICE provides a vital
service to the campus community,
a service that perhaps the bu-
reancratic establishment would
prefer not, to see performed. In
Vice-President Cutler's speech Fri-
day, he cited the recent sit-in as
an attempt "to evade the usual
channels of decision - making."
Voice, by sitting-in at Mr. Pier-
pont's office, highlighted the de-
liberate speed at which the Uni-
versity attempts to create mean-
ingful communication between
dissatisfied students and the Uni-
versity hierarchy.
It should be obvious to all who
know the operations of a bureauc-
racy that the bureaucrats need
to preserve the system, both as
a means of livelihood, and as a
buffer against all that may at-
tempt to dislodge them.
It is no wonder that any at-
tempt to "evade the usual chan-
nels" will be fought by bureau-
crats, simply as a means of sur-
vival. More than one person has
felt that channels, protocol, form,
hierarchy, call it what you will;
the system creates a perfect trap
for these individuals who lack in-
MR. CUTLER seems to be com-
plaining that the system which
teaches initiative in the classroom
should somehow be protected from
practical application of classroom
lessons. If this is his fear, then I
suggest that he revise the cur-
riculum to preclude all attempts
to instill initiative.

Yet I also suggest that Mr.
Taube remember that civil dis-
obedience never advocates the de-
struction of private property, and
that it is the duty of the police
to protect private, as well as pub-
lic, property, as well as the gen-
eral well being of the populace,
from damage or injury, from
whatever potential source may
threaten it.
-Jonathon Wilde
No Permit
To the Editor:
ticket for "NO PERMIT U OF
M LOTS" and for purposes of
identification they put my valid
permit number on the ticket. In
case I don't pay the dollar, this
way they'll be sure to be able to
find me.
-Stuart Corwin
To the Editor:
KUDOS to Miss Carolyn Mie-
gel for her excellent parody of
Midwestern college editorials, "An
Easterner Comes West."
-James L. Ackerman, 439L
-Clement Malca, Grad
All letters must be typed,
double-spaced and should be no
longer than 300 words. All let-
ters are subject to editing;
those over 300 words will gen-
erally be shortened.
Our World
has not been so explosive since
the end of World War II . . . If
fear and suspicion prevail . . . I
am afraid we are going to face
a great and terrible holocaust .. .
All the wonderful creations of
mankind's history of about one
million years are in danger of
being obliterated."
-UN Secretary-General U Thant
August 24. Reprinted in I.F.
Stone Weekly.


Cyclists' Big Chance

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, there has been
notable and significant cooperation
between the Student Traffic Advisory
Committee and the City Council in for-
mulating a, new motorcycle ordinance,
and there is room for more student parti-
City Council has accepted an invita-
tion from the Traffic Board to co-
sponsor a public hearing on the ordi-
nance. The hearing will take place Oc-
tober 26, and will be open for attendance
and participation to all interested par-
As of now, the proposed ordinance in-
cludes provisions for 1) a maximum city
speed limit for cycles of 35 m.p.h. (the
same as for automobiles), 2) the require-
ment that all drivers and passengers wear
a helmet with at least a stripe of white
paint, 3) the prohibition of passenger
carrying night driving for bikes under
five brake-horsepower (horsepower meas-
ured at the rear wheel), 4) head and tail-
light requirements.

MUCH OF THIS is already state law,
but the fact that the city is consid-
ering acting on these proposals indicates
that strict enforcement may be upcom-
And we ought to appreciate the op-
portunity to offer our opinions. The first
draft of the law, written in September
of last year, limited city cycle speeds to
20 m.p.h., prohibited passengers on any
cycle, required a special night driving
permit. The new regulations make quite
a bit more sense.
And student opinion had a bit to do
with them. The Student Traffic Advisory
Board has had its recommendations tak-
en seriously, the city has been receptive
to student comment.
OCTOBER 26 will offer the best oppor-
tunity possible for hoards of cyclists
to regulate their own driving rules.

To the Editor:
IT WAS WITH great satisfaction
that I saw The Daily taking
notice of the concert of the Uni-
versity Philharmonia. I should
like, however, to set the record
straight on a few points.
It is true that the other orches-
tra, the University Symphony Or-
chestra, has a greater proportion
of experienced string players. Yet
I want to point out that the first
stands of every section in the
Philharmonia are occupied by
some of the best players the school
has; and that the winds in both
orchestras are of equal quality.
Furthermore, the conducting of
both orchestras is to be shared by
Mr. Alcantarilla and myself. (He
will lead the Symphony in De-
cember and on other occasions.)
As concerns the program chosen
by Mr. Alcantarilla, I could whole-
heartedly support his choice of
the Bartok, as I myself performed
the work here six years ago with
strings far inferior to those of
the present Philharmonia and the
orchestra then did a vedy cred-
itable job. If guests were discour-
aged to tackle the work, that was
rather a reflection on their ability,
not the orchestra's.
I KNEW that Theo Alcantaril-
la, whom I personally have chos-
en for the position, would come
through as brilliantly as he and
the orchestra did, because he just
is a real conductor and the or-
chestra is as competent as we

who organized it expected it to be.
Both are fully deserving the en-
thusiastic acclaim they received
from the audience and The Daily.
--Prof. Josef Blatt
Conductor, University
To the Editor:
THE ASSININE nature of the
letter from the co-chairmen of
special events for Homecoming is
indicative of the total psychology
of picking one "coed" to be Home-
coming "Queen."
--Laura Kramer
Voice Sit-In
To the Editor:
rUHE LETTER written by Skip
*Taube, attempting to explain
the actions of Voice, is deserving
of a reply, especially in the con-
text of the front page article by
Jenny Stiller, which appeared in
last Sunday's Daily.
Mr. Taube, as well as the orga-
nization which he represents,
seem to forget that their primary
reason for being in Ann Arbor is
to obtain an education, rather
than to expouse whatever brand
of politics they choose. Mr. Taube
especially seems to forget that
were it not for the very police
which he seeks to preclude from
the campus area, as well as for
other bodies of armed men who
attempt to uphold law and order,
he would not be as able to sit,
walk, or sleep where he chooses.

The Truth Is Catching Up

Virtue, Vice and Victory

RARE IT IS in the affairs of men that
the personification of virtue meets
the personification of vice in an all-out,
unequivocal struggle to the death.
But such Is the case today. For at 5
p.m. The Daily Libels meet the UAC
Short Circuits to decide one of the most
critical questions facing this University
Editorial Staff
Managing Editor Editorial Director
LEONARD PRATT....... Associate Managing Editor
JOHN MEREDITH ....... Associate Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE WOLTER .. Associate Editorial Directot
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-
lev Rosick. Neil Shister.
CHARLES VETZNER ................. Sports Editor
JAMES TINDALL............ Associate Sports Editor
JAMES LaSOVAGE .......... Associate Sports Editor
GIL SAMBERG .............Assistant Sports Editor

in crisis: Who will take possession of The
Little Brown Wastebasket?
Intrinsically, of course, the wastebasket
is insignificant. But symbolically The
Wastebasket and today's contest assume
vast importance. They epitomize some of
the hard and brutal questions the Uni-
versity must answer-now-or undergo
moral gangrene.
should the University's response to
UAC be? Why is the administration op-
pressing labor unions while it tools for
the Michigan Union? Why has President
Hatcher abdicated his moral responsibil-
ity by refusing to take sides? Why has
Vice-President Pierpont failed to ask a
riot squad of Ann Arbor police to be at
the game today?
We do not judge motives in this dis-
tasteful and sordid affair; but we cannot
refrain from pointing out that truth and
justice have here been found to have
more than the usual number of fair-
weather friends. As Herodotus observed
long ago, however, "Count him truly cour-

RECENT DAYS have brought
another bumper crop of proofs
that Republican issues in the 1964
presidential campaign were cor-
rect. Mr. Johnson's refusal to de-
bate them, along with distortion
of some of the issues, appears
clearly to have been political dou-
ble-talk, or double-think.
Take the nuclear issue that was
totally distorted by the Johnson
campaigners into a scare-ridden
charge that Republicans would use
such power recklessly. The Re-
publican position, and my posi-
tion particularly, was that Amer-
ica's nuclear strength should not
be wasted by rash diplomatic
statements. It was our position
that the enemy in a war must
never be given a nuclear sanctu-
ary in which he is assured no
form of nuclear power will be
used against him, no matter what.
Such assurances could do noth-
ing less than encourage an enemy
to fight on, killing more Ameri-
cans, dashing real hopes for peace,
And such assurances are pre-
cisely what this administration,
particularly through UN Ambas-
sador Arthur Goldberg, has given
the Communist forces fighting in
Viet Nam.
THAT, IN SHORT, is the John-
son policy as compared with the
Republican policy of no tipping
our hand.

this covered nuclear power, and he
emphasized the 1964 Republican
position that the enemy should
never be given assurance of what
we would or would not do.
I am awaiting President John-
son's description of former Presi-
dent Eisenhower as trigger hap-
py. He won't, of course, be able
to make such a charge. Nor, if he
had stuck to the facts, could he
have made such a charge in 1964
about other Republicans, myself
ANOTHER POINT with a fa-
miliar ring is a survey taken by
the magazine U.S. News and World
Report. It seems many business-
men are worried that upcoming
Treasury rulings may be the first
step "to discourage private pension
plans now covering 28 million
Throughout the 1964 presiden-
tial campaign, Republicans made
a case for private pension plans
and warned that federal actions
easily could shake them, possibly
end them. In particular, I stressed
the hope that the addition of new
burdens to the already heavily
burdened Social Security system
would not be used as an excuse
to divert more and more funds
away from private plans and into
government plans.
I made it repeatedly clear that
I favored an overall system of
Social Security in which plans by
labor business, both private and
government, would be wisely baf-
anced and all assured of strength
and continuity.
Instead of commenting on that,
the Johnson campaign resorted to
more scare tactics. suh ashow-



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