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Seventy-Sixth Year
EDITED AND MANAGED BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNDER AUTHORITY OF BOARD IN CONTROL OF STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

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The Senator and 'Responsible Dissent'

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By DICK PLATKIN

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Opinions Are Free, 420 MAYNARD ST., ANN ARBORMICH.
uth Will Prevail

NEws PHONE: 764-0552

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily ex press the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1966

NIGHT EDITOR: LAURENCE MEDOW

Regents and OSA:
Same Old Song

THE SENATOR is on the cam-
paign trail.
Bobby, as he is more common-
ly called at the moment, is a
very much sought-after and pub-
licized politician.
Feeding upon itself in the man-
ner of a band wagon, "The Bobby
Phenomenon" has given the sen-
ator greater popularity thansthe
President. The Gallup and Harris
polls depict him as a prime presi-
dential candidate who can take on
all Republican comers.
Democrats in danger, like Pat
Brown of California, candidly ad-
mit that Bobby Kennedy and not
Lyndon Johnson is the man they
want to campaign with them. And
when he does, in spite of his ef-
forts to the contrary, the local
candidate is inevitably in the
shadows.
AN ASTUTE politicial (that is,
having the biggest and best leg-
islative staff in D.C. and having
more academic contacts than the
competition), he realizes that 19-
year-olds will soon be 21. Today's
high school senior will be voting
in 1972.

Consequently, the campus has
frequently been his podium this
fall. At the beginning of the
week he spoke at Berkeley, at the
end of the week he will be in
Ypsilanti at Eastern Michigan.
In his Berkeley speech, with the
JFK flourish of a quote from Pla-
to, he commended the school as a
center of dissent. Furthermore, "It
is not enough to allow dissent, we
must demand it.".
AN IMPRESSIVE list of valid
issues of dissent was then given.
The kind of a list no red-blooded
liberal could challenge.
Quite naturally, the situation
of the American Negro was list-
ed as a status quo condition de-
serving of protest. The bulk of
his speech was devoted to the Ne-
gro's second class citizenship, and
the need for implementation of
existing legislation and creation
of new laws.
This sounded OK; young ideal-
istic liberals certainly couldn't
complain.
IN RELATING the civil rights
movement to the topic of respon-
sible dissent, however, he told his

audience that some Negro lead-
ers (only a few, though) were
calling for hatred, racism and
violence.
He was obviously referring to
the black power doctrine of Stoke-
ly Carmichael and Floyd McKis-
sick.
At that point, the pleasant, at-
tractively-liberal speech flounders,
THE SENATOR must have been
carried away with his rhetoric-
at least if he is referring to the
same Stokely Carmichael Univer-
sity students heard explain black
power in Hill Auditorium.
Those who attended heard of
the psychological damage to the
Negro who lives .in a society that
treats him as an inferior. He de-
scribed the systematic nature of
prejudice that pervades our en-
tire society.
His solutions for an essentially
psychological problem-the identi-
fication problems of the Negro
youth, et al-involved the Negro
turning inward to bolster what
his society systematically tears
down.
AS FOR VIOLENCE and hatred,
he spoke of passive resistance

much like Gandhi: a political
method, not an absolute. He spoke
of political and neighborhood
groups much like that of other mi-
nority groups in American his-
tory...
Other minority groups like the
Irish. And before Senator Ken-
nedy superficially condemns black
power, he might compare the doc-y
trine of black power to the meth-
ods his grandfathers and their
fellow Irish immigrants used. They
certainly would be condemned now
as Irish power.
Think back, senator, to the days
of "No Irish wanted" . . . Irish na-
tionalists . . .threat , by public
schools . . .power struggles in the
church . . , political struggles in
the city.
THE IRISH found themselves
considered second class citizens,
Like the young Negro now they
thought this evaluation premature
and unjust.
Alienated from their threaten-
ing, unhospitable society, they
formed their own groups, dedi-
cated to their own welfare.
Not yet totally accepted in the
society of the old immigrants,

they went inward to their own
society. This mutual support did
not mean separatism at that time
and did not prevent assimilation
later.
THEIR "psychological" security
was necessary and successful for
the things they desired . . . full
acceptance and participation.
But then again the Irish could
have forgotten about their work-
ingmen's groups, neighborhood as-
sociations and churches. Their im-
migrant leaders could have filed
away their patriotism for Ireland
("Erin Go Braugh").
Likewise, when other minori-
ties felt threatened and alienated
they could have numbed their
minds and waited solitiously. The
Jews could have disregarded Zion-
ism. Poles, Italians and Slovaks
maybe should have had less "sep-
aratist" desires and more gener-
al American patriotism.
BUT WITHOUT overworking
the analogy, we hope some of its
meaning will ring true for the
senator while he responsibly dis-
sents,
On Saturday morning we shall
be listening.

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THE RECENTLY-ENHANCED stature of
the Office of Student Affairs should
make for a more efficient administra-
tion. But it will not make much differ-
ence to the students.
For while the transfer of disciplinary
powers from a variety of administrative
and faculty sources to the vice-president
for student affairs may result in a co-
herent policy on student behavior, it will
not change the administration's stand on
student decision-making power.
The administration has made it clear
in the past week that students will con-
tinue to be denied the right to regulate
their own lives.
THE NEW disciplinary regulations now
being drawn up by the OSA will change
the fact that student decisions are sub-
ject to administrative veto.
For example, Vice-President Cutler says
that "student responsibility for the oper-
ation of judicial structure is desirable
subject to the authority of the vice-presi-
dent for student affairs."
Similarly, Cutler is making a review of
all existing campus regulations. While he
will allow students to advise him on need-
ed disciplinary changes he need not listen.
MOREOVER, there is no evidence that
Cutler will stop interferring with the
activities of Student Government Coun-

cil. SGC has voted to change recognition
procedures for campus organizations. Cut-
ler didn't like the changes and has asked
SGC to reconsider. If SGC's ultimate de-
cision is not to his liking he can simply
veto it.
THE IRONIC THING is that if students
were given a role in deciding how
their lives are run here, the administra-
tion might be better off.
Consider the recent HUAC incident.
What if Student Government Council had
authority over releasing the three mem-
bership lists? (After all the organizations
are given recognition by SGC.)
Certainly SGC, whatever its defects,
would never had blundered as badly as the
administration did. SGC would have at
least had the sense to make receipt of
the HUAC subpoena public. Then the
students could have brought an injunc-
tion against the University blocking them
from complying with the subpoena.
THIS ACTION would have protected the
students' rights and averted the ad-
verse publicity the administration was so
concerned about.
Thus, by giving students decision mak-
ing authority the University might do as
much good for the administration as it
would for the students.
--ROGER RAPOPORT

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Letters:, Homecoming and Cheerleaders

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Student Advisory Boards

'THIS IS the students' big chance.
The Regents' approval of the Student
Advisory Board System last week marks
an important victory- for students. It
represents 10 months of thought, plan-
ning, meetings and discussions.
Students were the prime movers of the
proposal from the beginning, and the fin-
al system is fundamentally the same as
that originally submitted by them.
STUDENTS ON THE BOARDS can have
great influential power. Twice month-
ly they will present their opinions and
advice to University vice-presidents, thus
making the student voice heard before,
not after, decisions are made. These de-
t eachIn
TIE DRAFT TEACH-IN this Sunday will
be the first comprehensive public dis-
cussion of one of the most crucial issues
currently facing the University and its
students.
With the upcoming referendum on Uni-
versity policies regarding the Selectve
Servce System, the teach-in could pro-
vide valuable information to students'
before they vote Nov. 16.
CO-SPONSORED by Student Govern-
ment Council and the University Ac-
tivities Center, the teach-in will be com-
posed of seminars, workshops and lec-
tures. Discussions will be held on the
philsophy and operation of the draft,
the national service alternative and the
means of influencing University and gov-
ernment decision-making.
Considering the timeliness and im-
port of the issues concerned, the draft
teach-in deserves the support of all stu-
dents.
-STEVE WILDSTROM
Qj4r Atr~i!#rnu Daily
Editorial Staff
MARK R. KILLINGSWORTH, Editor
BRUCE WASSERSTEIN, Executive Editor
CLARENCE FANTO HARVEY WASSERMAN
Managing Editor Editorial Director
LEONARD PRATT.........Associate Managing Editor
JOHN MEREDITH.........Associate Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE WOLTER .. Associate Editorial Director
ROBERT CARNEY ...... Associate Editorial Director
BABETTE COHN..............Personnel Director
ROBERT MOORE ..............Magazine Editor
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
Weir.
NIGHT EDITORS: Meredits Eiker, Michael Heffer,
Robert Klivans, Laurence Medow, Roger Rapoport,
Susan Schnepp, Neil Shister.
DAY EDITORS: Robert Bendelow, Neal Bruss. Wal-
lace Imnen, David Knoke, Mark Levin, Patricia
O'Donohue, Stephen Wildstrom.
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS: David Duboff, Ronald
Kiempner, Dan Okrent, Deborah Reaven, Jennifer
Rhea, Betsy Turner.
ASSISTANT DAY EDITORS: Michael Dover, Steve

cisions will involve issues of vital im-
portance to students - housing, tuition
and University building and develop-
ment.
But the advisory boards are not only
a victory but also a challenge-to student
interest, student participation and stu-
dent responsibility. The success of the Ad-
visory Board System depends on students
meeting that challenge.
T E INTEREST that has been shown
in the system thus far has been lim-
ited to the few students who worked with
President Hatcher and the vice-presi-
dents in drawing up the plan. Interest
must be expanded.
The first step in implementing the plan
is to staff the committees. Student Gov-
ernment Council and Graduate Student
Council must find between 30 and 40
qualified students willing to contribute a
considerable amount of time and effort
to make the boards effective working
bodies.
Petitioning for positions on the boards
will begin soon and all students are eligi-
ble. This is the time to meet the chal-
lenge.
FOR IF STUDENTS are successful they
will make a difference in University
policy.
-SUE SCHNEPP
Escorts
NIVERSITY Activities Center is offer-
ing a worthwhile opportunity to Uni-
versity students in the form of the Sesqui-
centennial Escort Service.
Students will serve as escorts for the
many dignitaries and educators who will
be visiting Ann Arbor during the sesqui-
centennial year especially for those at-
tending for the five major conferences
scheduled.
Petitioning for this service, scheduled
to end last Monday has been extended to
October 31-not because of lack of re-
sponse, but because there are presently
several misconceptions discouraging stu-
dents not to apply; none of which are
true.
THE FIRST is that freshmen do not
stand a chance. As a matter of fact,
letters were sent to outstanding fresh-
men encouraging them to apply for this
as well as other UAC activities.'
There is also a rumor that seniors
aren't eligible. Bob Neff, chairman of
University Services for UAC said this is
absolutely "not true."
The third misconception is that the in-
terviews are rigorous interrogations. A 15-
minute interview in an informal setting,
conducted by students, shouldn't dis-
courage anyone interested in the escort
service.

To the Editor:
WE WOULD LIKE to offer a
criticism of the past and a
suggestion for the future to the
members of the Homecoming com-
mittee on Floats and Displays. As
members of a University housing
unit, it appears abvious to us that
the University residence halls are
unable to compete on a level with
fraternities or fraternity-sorority
combinations in either the float or
display divisions.
This past weekend's 1-2-3 sweep
in both divisions by fraternity-sor-
ority combinations seems to sub-
stantiate our claim.
THE FRATERNITIES and sor-
orities are supplied with a captive
task force-their pledges-which
are drawn primarily from the very
residence halls with which they
now compete.
The stability of their member-
ship (as compared to large turn-
overs in most residence halls) al-
lows them to save materials from
one year to the next and there-
by build floats or displays of sev-
eral times the value which thcir
annual expenditures indicate.
Operating within budgets of
very dissimilar magnitudes, the
$100 maximums usually spent by
each entry unit represents a much
larger investment to the housing
unit than to the fraternity or
sorority.
The fraternities have also much
more accessible supply lines
through alumni, friends, etc. They
have space for building in much
greater abundance - most resi-
dence halls are seriously restricted
by the confines of the area in
which their float or diplay must
be built.
THE INTRAMURAL sports pro-
program long ago recognized the
distinction between fraternity and
residence hall competition-a dis-

tinction both in resource and in
spirit. The time seems long over-
due for a similar distinction in
Homecoming's float and display
competition. The number of en-
tries by residence halls in the all-
university competition has dwin-
dled steadily in the last few
years.
If equalizing divisions are not
established,' and if the necessary
incentive continues failing to ap-
pear, it seems predictable that
residence hall competition in the
near future will become altogether
extinct.
-John R. Dunyan, Jr. '69
-Thomas R. Doyle, '70
Cheerleaders
To the Editor:
BELIEVE that the controversy
over women cheerleaders can
be resolved by capitalizing on pre-
vious research conducted at Cor-
nell University.
Cornell is the most western of
the Ivy League schools in outlook,
while Michigan is the most east-
ern of the Big Ten in outlook, so
the results should be closely com-
parable.
RESEARCH at Cornell showed
that the crucial question was not
tradition (the only tradition real-
ly worthwhile is winning), not
sophistication (there is nothing
less sophisticated than yelling
"Fight, Team, Fight"), nor even
the distracting effect on the team
(the team was infintely more dis-
tracted by enemy halfbacks run-
ning over the goal line).
The crucial question was wheth-
er six attractive coeds could be
found among the Cornell women.
As had long been suspected, only
two could be found, and the proj-
ect had to be abandoned.
MICHIGAN, on the other hand,

is approximately three times larg-
er than Cornell. Now, assuming a
Gaussian distribution of bods, and
noting that the men/women ra-
tios of the two schools correlate
satisfactorily, Icompute that
somewhere on this campus there
must be six good-looking women.
Thus, to a first order approxi-
mation, the implementation of this
scheme has been shown feasible. I
await anxiously any contrary evi-
dence assembled by those opposed
to the project.
--Bob Hartranft, Grad
Disservice
To the Editor:
WHILE the solution to the pres-
ent situation in Viet Nam re-
mains to be found, it is arguable
that a vote for Mrs. Boulding, the
write-in candidate for Congress,
would be a disservice to the cause
of peace there.
Although it is commonly said
that a vote for the "peace candi-
date" would serve notice upon the
administration of the size and
depth of opposition, I find it hard
to believe that the Administration
is not already well aware of pub-
lic displeasure with either the fact
that there is a Viet Nam war or
that there is not a more success-
ful Viet Nam war.
INDEED, IT would appear that
for many reasons in addition to
the terrible costs in human suffer-
ing, e.g., the diversion of funds
from domestic programs, and the
uncertainty created in the econo-
my, the Johnson Administration
must want nothing better than
some sort of negotiated settlement.
To date no overtures in the di-.
rection of a peaceful settlement
have been made by either the
North Vietnamese government or
the Viet Cong. It is possible that
they are awaiting the outcome of
the elections beforehmaking any
decision as to their future ap-
proach.
If that is the case, a strong
showing by the "peace candidate"
would re-inforce the North Viet-
namese commitment to a policy
of silence and intransigence.
THIS MAY NOT be an objec-
tionable prospect for those who
feel that the United States has
sinned and should not be allowed
the dignity of a negotiated peace.
It is not amiss to point out,
however, that given the present
unlikelihood of a unilateral with-
drawal by the United States, those
who indulge their own moral sen-
timents in a protest vote, may in
fact, be contributing to the con-
tinuation of the conflict which
they oppose.
--Matthew P. McCauley

Welfare Strike
To the Editor:
'NOTICED in the Daily's "News
Wire" that a group of welfare
recipients have formed a union
to presenthdemands to thewel-
fare agency in this area.
I should like to voice my sup-
port of their action. After all,
welfare has become a profession
just like any other. A union could
benefit its members and society
in general.
For instance, a union could pro-
tect the people from those few
irresponsible members of society,
who will only accept relief when
there is no other possible solution
for their financial problems, and
then only until they can find a
job.
THE POWER of such a union
would be great. If it could organ-
ize a strike of welfare recipients,
who would refuse to pick up their
checks, the pressure on the econ-
omy would soon force acceptance
of their demands.
Think of the problems that
could arise. A surplus of money
from uncashed checks would pile
up and threaten the National
Debt.
To avoid the disaster of a bal-
anced budget the government
would have to spend the money
on scientific research or on pay
raises for the military. Such fool-
ish expenditure could only hurt
the national interests.
IF THE UNION wanted to get
really nasty it could have its peo-
ple take jobs! This would force
those who are now engaged in
catering to these people to utilize
their talents in some productive
capacity.
All this would force the GNP
up and thus improve the overall
standard of living. To prevent this
the government would surely agree
to any terms.
--Lawrence T. Curtis, '69E
VOICE
To the Editor:
THE FOLLOWING is the official
VOICE position on channels of
decision-making within the realm
of student affairs:
Since it is our basic premise
that people have the right to make
the decisions that affect thir
lives, the membership of VOICE
has voted to recognize SGC as the
only body which can legitimately
deal with non-academic student
matters.
ONLY SGC has been elected by

students to deal with such matters-
No other body, including OSA, has
ever been given the authority to
deal with these matters by the
people affected, the students.
Any attempts by any other body
such as OSA to( deal with such
matters, and any attempt by an-
other body to be final arbitrator
of decisions made by SGC is a dis-
tortion of democracy of the high-
est order.
-Gary Rothberger, '68
For VOICE-SDS
Bookding
To the Editor:
.N THE ANN ARBOR News (Oc-
. tober 20), Mr. Esch pis quoted
criticizing Congressman Vivian's
vote against a bill providing fed-
eral penalties (up to 20 years in
jail) for persons sending money
or supplies to the Viet Cong or
"obstructing military logistics"
(e.g., halting troop trains).
"Does Mr. Vivian really think
we should aid our enemy in North
Viet Nam? . . . He has a lot of ex-
plaining to do on this left-wing
Americans for Democratic Action
votes," Esch declared.
WHY IS Mrs. Boulding running
in this race? One candidate, Mr.
Vivian, aids the cause of peace by
voting against such discourage-
ment of dissent as the bill men-
tioned and the HUAC, while the
other, Mr. Esch, seems unlikely to
do so.
Should Mrs. Boulding run for
U.S. senator, where the choice is
not so clear, I would be glad to
vote for her, expressing thereby
my dissatisfaction with the Viet
Nam war without endangering an
excellent legislator.
-Betty Stark, Grad
Tickets
To the Editor:
THINK I can go one up on Mr.
Corwin, who got a ticket for
parking in a U. of M. lot with 4
valid permit.
Last Friday I got a ticket for
parking in my own wriveway,
and that's either $5 or a day
wasted in court.
Love those Ann Arbor police!
-Sandra D. Johnson
LETTERS
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.

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CAMPUS FORUM

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Today, Voice states its posi-
tion on the issue of "Cops and
Campus."
V OICE SEES the issue of Cops
on Campus as one which tran-
scends political party lines, be-
cause the action of the police on
the University campus threatens
the rights and liberties of indi-
viduals, and hence of all groups.
It is not surprising that those
on the right do not care to see it
this way since it is the Left which
presently is being harassed on this
campus. It appears, from their
statement in this column, that
those differing from them are not
deserving of what the right de-
mands for itself.
Voice has a more inclusive un-
derstanding of democracy, and
sees the recent police activity as
a potential danger to the whole
University community as well as
being an immediate threat to it-
self.
WE WORRY that what has
happened to us on the Diag and
elsewhere (spied upon by means
of tape and film), may happen
tomorrow in -the classroom. And
the next day? ...
"The major question," YAF cor-
rectly perceives (but does not an-
swer anywhere in its article), "is,
does the appearance of police (in
uniform or otherwise) on campus
really violate the rights of any
student organization?"
Quite clearly the answer is yes;
it "really" does when 1) the po-
lice are there on the a priori as-
sumption that an individual or
group is guilty and criminal (with-
out due process of law); 2) when
they are there for the purposes
of spying and intimidation; and
3) when they are there to gather
mn~arnluwhich may he use~d for

eral" as tantamount to an endorse-
ment of the police-state.
There is nothing "unique" about
the position of the police in a de-
mocracy: as civil servants they are
functionaries of the citizenry.
They are our creatures; not we,
theirs.
VOICE CANNOT stress this
point enough, since every day the
citizen is confronted with the
frightening growth of autonomous
police power which, attempts to
make his will conform to it.
Thus, we see more than the
antics of the Keystone Cops in
the standby-alert of 100 heavily-
armed constables preparing to de-
scend upon defenseless students,
as happened at the sit-in in the
administration building.
We shudder to think that these
men (and their big brothers in
the Pentagon) seem to be unmov-
ed by the prospect of inflicting
pain and humiliation on others.
Moreover, we refuse to invest
what YAF calls "the American
system of law" with a charisma
which it patently does not de-
serve. Unlike YAF, the qualifica-
tion "American" does not justify
to us systems or institutions which
deny dignity and the power of ac-
tion to human beings.
VOICE-SDS is concerned with
actualities. On this campus we are
concerned with the actuality of
police interference, and with the
violation of rights, its consequence.
Our solutions to this horrible
situation already have appeared
in a letter to The Daily (October
1). They are:
1)- Police enter the Univer-
sity only in uniform at the time
of a disturbance;
2) The decision to bring po-
lice on campus be made by the
masss mot affec ted by police

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