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POWER University Board Elections: The Candidates
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)AY, NOVEMBER 1, 1966


Battle of Gloucester Wy:r
TheR W'sN O ver

Wlio WON the battle of 2640 Gloucester
When Judge James Breakey granted
landlord Martin Wagner an injunction
last Tuesday against the picketers at his
home on Gloucester who accused him of
an eviction on racial grounds, it appear-
ed that Wagner was the winner.
In fact, the dispute .has not been de-
cided, and in the end, a just decision will
prove Wagner the loser.
For, while Breakey's decision-a valid
one-served the short-run interest of the
landlord, it wasn't without cost to Wag-
ner. In the process of justifying his re-'
quest for an injunction, Wagner's attor-
ney conceded that "my clients were re-
sponsible for actions of a racial nature
which should not have occurred."
This concession satisfied a major de-
mand of the picketers-a public apology
to the two girls evicted-and it appar-
ently resulted from the pressure of the
picket line.
The concession will also have an im-
portant effect on the result of the Hu-
man Relations Council's examination to-
day of the racial aspects of the two girls'
eviction was not the result of "racial
mistakes," but rather the result of the
"intolerable" relationship between the
girls and his daughter, who shared the
apartment with them for two months.
This relationship, however, did not be-
come "intolerable" until the reactions of
neighbors to the girls Negro friends pres-
sured Wagner to ask the girls to leave.
The HRC, therefore, may indeed find that
the primary reason for the eviction was
discriminatory. And according to .HRC
director David Cowley, if the primary or,
original cause was discriminatory, the
group will move to block the eviction.
But there are other reasons why Wag-
ner can't claim victory.;
FIRST, the girls' claim to an oral lease
-which would stifle Wagner's desire
to have a written lease drawn up-is still
up to the court to decide. If the girls can

prove that an agreement was reached al-
lowing them to occupy the apartment un-
til April-not merely on a month to
month basis - Wagner will have no
grounds to move for a new lease.
Secondly, if the oral lease argument is
not upheld, the matter will probably go to
an arbitration board composed of three
members of the HRC, and one represen-
tative from both sides.
Wagner offered to have such a body
arbitrate the new lease, and the HRC
agreed. However, Cowley stated after the
hearing Tuesday that the HRC's terms
for establishing a new lease differ sig-
nificantly from the terms Wagner pre-
Mr. Wagner desires that the rent coin-
cide with other rents -in Ann Arbor.
However, his original agreement with the
girls established a rent lower than the
going rate in Ann Arbor, and Cowley says
this original agreement will be taken in-
to consideration. Cowley also feels that
any harrassment or discomfort the girls
have experienced should be considered.
Thirdly, the damages Wagner is seek-
ing against the pickets and the two girls
are not likely to be granted, because the
girls will file a counter claim of harrass-
ment against Wagner, and have evi-
dence to back that claim. As a result of
the counter claims, it is unlikely that
anybody will pay anybody anything.
THUS, THE COURT'S decision Thursday
neither put an end to the battle nor
declared a victor. The value of the hear-
ing lies in its restoration of communica-
tion between the two parties.'
Wagner is in fact a man "who has made
mistakes in racial relations and desires
to correct those mistakes," as his attor-
ney put it.
But the picketers could not be expect-
ed to accept the man's sincerity until he
was willing to concede those mistakes di-
rectly to them. The hearing provided the
forum for that concession, and restored
the communication that any solution re-
Associate Editorial Director

EAST LANSING - Lost in the
shuffle of the Griffin-Williams
struggle and George Romney's
impending reelection, are the con-
tests for six state-supported uni-
versity board seats, ignored but vi-
tally important.
The elections for the board seats
-two each at Wayne' State Uni-
versity, Michigan State University
and the University-will help de-
cide a number of key problems,
from university growth to student
participation in university deci-
sion-making to chronic deficien-
cies in state support for higher
REFLECTING the importance
of these contests, each of the 12
candidates for the six board seats
came here to answer questions put
to them by the editors of the
newspapers of their respective
Recorded by MSU's WMSB-TV
(Channel 10), the interviews -
three programs involving four
candidates each-gave a good in-
dication of how each of the can-
didates approaches education. One
program has already been broad-
cast; the next two - including
candidates for University Regent
-will be shown at 7 p.m. Tues-
day and 4 p.m. next Sunday on
Channel 10.
While The Daily's Code of Eth-
ics precludes editorial endorse-
ment of any candidate for Re-
gent, there is no such prohibi-
tion on comment on candidates
for the other university board.
And although the contest for
the two regental seats up for

grabs is of direct concern to the
University community, it should
study the candidates for the oth-
er two university boards with equal
care-for the winners there, no
less than at the University, will
determine the future of higher ed-
ucation in the state.
On the basis of last week's in-
terviews, then, one can arrive at
the following conclusions about
the candidates for the MSU and
Wayne boards:
For MSU's board of trustees:
publican incumbent running for
MSU's board, may have been an
effective trustee when MSU was
small and preoccupied with agri-
culture (Merriman himself as a
farmer active in farm organiza-
But it appears that Merriman
lacks a grasp of the issues which
are crucial for the great univer-
sity MSU is fast becoming. He
is uninterested in furthering stu-
dent participation at MSU; he has
no concern about MSU's burgeon-
ing size and little interest in man-
aging or curtailing its growth (36,-
000 students registered there this
fall), he claims that the only
problem growth presents is get-
ting enough money - to provide
enough trained faculty. Hence,
Merriman falls far short of the
requirements of a great university.
ocrat, is-in contrast to Merriman
-quite concerned about the ef-
fects university growth has on the
teacher-student relationship and

the general environment. He urges
a comprehensive study of growth
-somthing MSU and Merriman
have yet to do-and would en-
courage student participation in
university affairs.
Hence, despite Conyers' relative
lack of experience and knowledge
of the details of MSU's operations,
he promises to be an outstanding
member of MSU's board. He is
an outstanding candidate who def-
initely deserves to be elected.
publican, suffers from inexperi-
ence and fails to bring any pol-
icy or analytical talents to re-
deem this defect. He opposes the
concept of a sliding tuition fee
schedule based on ability to pay
-something both Republican can-
didates for Regent endorse-and
he appears to have little sympa-
thy for efforts to increase stu-
dent participation in decision-
making at MSU. Like Merriman,
Thompson has none of the in-
sight or perspective which a ma-
jor university needs; and he has
the additional defect of a lack of
knowledge of MSU. His election
would be an unfortunate step
backward in MSU's strides to-
wards greatness.
0 WARREN HUFF, a Demo-
cratic incumbent now serving as
chairman of the MSU board, is
an outstanding candidate who
combines a detailed knowledge of
MSU's affairs with a clear per-
spective on its needs and its fu-
Although he does not want to

establish structural forms of stu-
dent participation in MSU deci-
sions until MSU's problems sur-
rounding rules of student disci-
pline and student life have been
settled, he hopes to work toward
such participation as soon as pos-
sible. He places the brunt of the
blame for shaky and flawed uni-
versity growth squarely on the
Legislature for its failure to pro-
vide adequate financial support;
and he points to residential col-
leges as a way to manage growth
and retain a coherent large uni-
versity environment. Articulate
and able, he manifestly deserves
For the Wayne board of gover-
SKI, a Republican, shows an ap-
palling lack of knowledge in
general and of Wayne in partic-
ular. Evidently lacking any con-
cern or knowledge of the prob-
lems of expansion, he maintains
that university growth should be
limited "only by the college-age
population of the state itself."
Earlier he gained fame as a can-
didate for Detroit's board of edu-
cation on the slate of the crypto-
racist Thomas Poindexter. One
can scarcely think of a less de-
sirable candidate for Wayne's
* MRS. JEAN McKEE, an in-
cumbent Democrat, on the other
hand, combines a clear knowl-
edge of Wayne's needs with, a
number of ideas on its future.
She indicates concern over
Wayne's feud with the activist

West Central Organization and
hopes that Wayne's expansion will
not occur at the expense of com-
munities on its periphery; and she
is evidently receptive to expand-
ed student participation in
Wayne's affairs. She is an out-
standing candidate who should be
crat, has considerable experience
in education as a sparkplug of a
number of private groups work-
ing with deprived children. But
with this social concern, Schmier
adds a regrettably doctrinaire
view of university problems.
, Like Sokolowski he says uni-
versity growth should essentially
be limitless without offering sug-
gestions on how such growth can
be managed: he says that tuition
should be free for in-state stu-
dents, which is admirable but in
the present context hopelessly vis-
an incumbent Republican, has an
impressive knowledge of Wayne's
problems and a liberal attitude
toward key issues facing it. He
supported President W illi a tn
Keast's decisions to allow Commu-
nist theoretician Herbert Apthek-
er to speak at Wayne, despite a
state Senate resolution condemn-
ing the appearance; he supported
another Keast decision to with-
hold class ranks from the Selec-
tive Service System. Although he
has a less liberal philosophy to-
wards student participation and
tuition and other economic issues,
he should be re-elected.


Letters: Vivian 's Peace Record Lauded,

Draft Referendum Flaw

made a mistake in its decision to at-
tempt to make the referendum binding
after the November 16 vote.
The draft referendum asks for opinion
on the present system and on many of
the alternatives but it also asks the stu-
dent to vote yes or no on whether the
University should compile class rankings.
The students decision on this ques-
tion should be made binding upon the ad-
ministration prior to the vote. The deci-
sion to compile class rankings for the
use of the Selective Service System is
one which the students should make as it
affects their future rather than the fu-
ture of the University.
SGC ARGUES that it would be more ad-
vantageous to make the students' de-
cision binding after the vote has been
taken. They reason that, if the adminis-
tration refuses to accept the students'
decision, there will be more support from
the students and faculty to force the ad-
ministration to accept the results of the
However, the administration has said
it will consider the decision of the stu-
dents but will not accept a binding ref-
erendum. If the students attempt to make
it. binding after the vote the adminis-
tration could maintain that they are
conisidering the students decision, and
consider it ad infinitum.

IF THE VOTE is not binding upon the
administration it is nothing more than
an opinion poll. The students may have
voted to abolish the University's present
system of compiling class rankings with
no effect. Their opinion will have been
heard, considered and ignored.
Furthermore, if the students express
their willingness to continue class rank-
ings there will be no push to make the
referendum binding on the University be-
cause the University merely continues to
compile class ranking. The opinion poll
will have been taken but no step will have
been made to increase student participa-
tion in decisions directly affecting their
future. The referendum will be meaning-
THERE IS STILL time to make the ref-
erendum binding upon the adminis-
tration before the vote is taken. If the
students know that their vote will mean
something other than an expression of
opinion, they may get out and exercise
their franchise. At the moment there ap-
pears to be little interest in the referen-
dum as evidenced by the lack of support
for the teach in.
There is still time for the students to
force the University to accept their deci-
sion and their participation in the de-
cision making process.

To the Editor:
THE DEBATE among congres-
sional candidates reported in
last Wednesday's Daily recalled
to my mind the 1962 Senate
race in Massachusetts, where my
wife and I worked for the "peace"
candidacy of H. Stuart Hughes,
a historian.
The theme of that candidacy
was "Steps Toward Peace." The
campaign realized that to go for
a sudden, complete and unilateral
reversal of a foreign policy would
in fact make no impact at all. So
without abandoning the dream of
a world in which people do what
is right, the campaign centered
on certain "initiatives" which
were practical and which would
point the direction, invite recipro-
cation, and hopefully lead to a
cooling of international tempers.
The feeling was that if we were
to achieve a more peaceful world,
this is how it would come about.
RECENTLY I had occasion to
collect, as well as I could, Con-
gressman Vivian's record in his
first term in the House of Rep-
resentatives, because I was asked
to participate in two panel dis-
cussions on the local write-in can-
didacy, presumably on the basis
of my 15 years' active participa-
tion in the peace movement.
Vivian's record, all put togeth-
er on this issue, impressed me
greatly, and since I have not
seen it emerge from thehdebate, I
would like to share it with your
Since it is my compilation, and
not from the congressman's office,
I can't guarantee that it is com-
plete. But it is, to the best of my
ability, factual and straight. I have
omitted domestic issues and for-
eign issues not directly related to
Viet Nam, but I have included
items concerning freedom of
speech and dissent, since I re-
gard these as relevant to contin-
ued citizen expression on the Viet
Nam question.
HERE, IN BRIEF, is Vivian's
Viet Nam record (all actions ex-
cept those marked with an asterisk
were on the floor of the House of
5-5-65-With Rep. Reuss, notice
of concern about the situation and
of no support for escalation.
5-13-65-Defended the nation-
al teach-in; suggested House use
the occasion to concern itself with
the issues raised; and give Viet
Nam "full discussion."
2-25-65, 2-2-66-Right of dis-
sent; vote against appropriation
for HUAC.
8-12-65-Spoke against propos-
ed bombing of Chinese nuclear
*1-5-65-With Rep. Fraser, tele-
gram to the President: Let Gold-
berg's presentation to the UN be-
come formal submission of the
conflict to the United Nations.
2-15-66 - Defended students'
right to participate in political
3-1-66-Voted for supplemental
Viet Nam appropriation, but, with
78 Democratic congressmen, at-
tached statement calling for lim-
itation of the conflict and ini-
tiating negotiations.
3-15-66-Program of economic
aid for civilian purposes, rehabil-
itation, reform.
3-31-66 - For recognition of
China, her admission to the UN
and patience with the difficulty
of opening channels after years

with North Viet Nam (Vivian's
vote on this issue was recently
attacked in large advertisements
by his Republican opponent).
6-20-66-Spoke in defense of
a conscientious objector in Viet
8-26-66-Spoke and signed a
statement with 48 other congress-
men, urging that we disassociate
ourselves from the "spiral of es-
calation" advocated by Premier
Ky, suggesting new initiatives for
*8-?-66--With six other con-
gressmen, members of the Demo-
cratic Study Group, met with the
President, urged acceptance of
the idea of phased troop with-
drawal, supported U Thant pro-
posals, which, with some modifi-
cation, were subsequently sup-
ported, by Ambassador Goldberg
at the UN.
*10-11-66-Press interview fav-
oring curtailment of bombing of
North Viet Nam.
10-17-66-Eight point program
for "deliberate and reciprocal re-
duction in the level of the con-
1) "Having demonstrated our
ability .. to .deny victory to the
Viet Cong and North Vietnamese
troops . . . let us (now) concen-
trate on providing security and
beneficial government to lim-
ited areas . .. (while making ef-
forts) to determine workable pre-
conditions for a political settle-
2) ". . . Press the South Viet-
namese government to complete
the transition to civilian control
3) "Deliberately reduce the ex-
tent of (North Viet Nam) bomb-
ing. . . to induce negotiation.. .
4) ". . . Assure all parties to the
conflict of a seat at any negotiat-
ing table . . . Negotiations could
lead to the formation of a broad-
ly and fairly representative gov-
ernment; if so, we should accept
the outcome.
5) ". . . Phased withdrawal of
American forces ...
6) ". . . Neutral role for Viet
Nam, internationally guaranteed,
... preferably (through) the Unit-
ed Nations.
7) ". . . Generous amnesty ...
as soon as the process of politi-
cal settlement is initiated.

8) "... A program of economic
and social development and re-
form to which the United States
and other powers should contrib-
ute through the United Nations
THE FRIENDS Quakers) Com-
mittee on National Legislation,
a leading peace voice in Washing-
ton for many years, in its Octo-
ber, 1966 newsletter rates all 435
congressmen on the basis of sev-
en key peace and international
votes or actions, and four domes-
tic positions. Congressman Vivian
is one of only seven who rated
100 per ceht on all 11 key issues.
The voter who is really inter-
ested in peace must decide wheth-
er he can afford to let this man
and this record disappear from
the national scene.
-Walter Scheider
Biophysics Research Div.
To the Editor:
(A letter to Representative
Weston E. Vivian)
MANY PEOPLE are unhappy
nesabout your obvious unwilling-
ness to express strong opposition
to such disastrous foreign policy
as exemplified by the U.S. take-
over of the war in Viet Nam since
the advent of the Johnson ad-
ministration. Most of these un-
happy critics, I'm sure, are fel-
low Democrats dismayed at the
course taken by our President.
We hoped you would point to
lies about the origin and nature
of this war, to lies about our
"commitment" and purpose as well
as to lies about the legality, con-
stitutionality and practicality of
our participation. We hoped that
you would speak out against the
outrage of moral principle which
we feel our conduct of this war
We even hoped you'd exert some
leadership in explaining that this
hot war derives inevitably from
the false premise on which the
cold war' rests: that Communism
is inherently, totally and irre-
trievably evil.
YOU HAVE FAILED to take po-
sitions we had hoped you might
take. Your reason may be that
you disagree with our views. Such

a reason is at least understand-
able. Not much different from the
position of your Republican op-
ponent and therefore deplorable,
but understandable.
On the other hand, you may
agree substantially with the views
stated but also hold that the lesser
evil is to publicly take a "practi-
cal" position in the sense of com-
patability with the objective of
being reelected. This position is
also understandable and, to the
extent that it is necessary, deplor-
Yet there is an attitude which I
find less understandable and more
deplorable than those already
mentioned. This is exhibited by
the voter who criticizes your "prac-
tical" employment of the lesser
evil principle and yet adopts the
same tactic himself in voting for
you as against the outspoken
peace candidate, Elise Boulding, on
the assumption that votes for her
would go unnoticed by the great
vonsensus seeker.
ENOUGH VOTES for peace can-
didates can change things. The
simple fact is that Elise Boulding
is such a candidate and you, Mr.
Vivian, are not.
-R. F. Burlingame
To the Editor:
T HE EXTREME position taken
by the peace candidate, Mrs.
Boulding, and her advocates may
actually jeopardize the cause of
peace in Viet Nam.
Mrs. Boulding exhorts the Unit-
ed States to withdraw immediate-
ly from Viet Nam. In the present
cold war milieu, the great major-
ity of citizens of the United States
will interpret this proposal as 1)
political humiliation, 2) abandon-
ment of non-Communist al-
lies in Viet Nam and in the rest
of Asia, and 3) complete submis-
sion to the demand of Hanoi and
the NLF (and to Russia and
IRONICALLY, Mrs. Boulding's
radical peace position could bring
us closer to nuclear disaster by
forcing the issue to become a
choice between ignominious with-
drawal or a complete military set-
tlement. The simplicity and ex-
tremism of this choice, while ap-
pealing to militarists and pacif-
ists alike, repel those who desire
a peaceful solution to a complex
political and social problem.
What is to happen to the 600,-
000-plus non-Communist Chris-
tians who fled from North Viet
Nam a decade ago? Are they to
be part of the cargo shipped to the
United States with American sol-
diers? Or are they too a "cost,"
as the peace advocates call Mr.
Vivian's possible defeat resulting
from their campaign?
If indeed the present Saigon
government would topplepwithout
United States military presence,
then the only organized power
left to govern the people of South
Viet Nam would be the NLF. What
does the NLF say about their non-
Communist Vietnamese country-
men? Will they grant a general
amnesty and even give a voice in
the government to these people, or
will there be a purge in South
Viet Nam, following the example
of their Soviet and Chinese allies?
SHOULD WE ASK these ques-
tions before or after we agree to
withdraw from Viet Nam? Should

AS MR. VIVIAN said at the re-
cent SGC sponsored appearance,
who here does not want peace in
sViet Nam? But, given the present
opposing forces among the Viet-
namese themselves, given the large
mobilization of Communist Viet-
namese stimulated by our presence
there, and given the mass of com-
mitted anti-Communist Vietna-
mese presently unable to form a
representative government of their
own, how will the peace resulting
from "an immediate and rapid
withdrawal of all foreign forces"
(does the latter include North Vi-
etnamese forces?) from South Viet
Nam result in anything but an-
archy or a forceful seizure of the
government by the NLF?
Is this what Mrs. Boulding and
her followers advocate? If not,
then why do they not offer alter-
natives? Why not talk about these
complexities of peace before we
withdraw? Can there be a nego-
tiated settlement after the main
stimulus to negotiate is removed?
IT IS TIME for the advocates
of peace in Viet Nam to endorse
and support Mr. Vivian, who of-
fers us a workable, attainable and
therefore true peace platform.
-Carl M. Shy M.D., Grad,
School of Public Health
Film Reviewers
To the Editor:
j WAS VERY disappointed to
learn from your letter column
on Sunday of The Daily's new
policy on movie reviews. A pol-
icy which excludes reviews by any-
one associated with the campus
organization which presents the
film (e.g., reviews by Cinema
Guild board members of Cinema
Guild films has a nice, righteous,
politic ring to it, but it works
out badly in practice.
I concur with the arguments
adduced by the letter writers of
Sunday against the policy, and I
have , a further argument of my
own. You people are depriving us
of the fine reviews of Mr. Paul
Without recalling any names, let
me say that for three years I
never read a decent movie review
in The Daily. You went through
one ignorant reviewer after an-
other until finally last spring Mr.
Sawyer camne to our relief. He
wrote good reviews; in fact, some-
one even wrote a letter to The
Daily at that time in his praise.
Had that ever happened before?
At any rate Mr. Sawyer continued
to say intelligent things this fall,
too, and now your absurd policy
has deprived us of him.
THE NEW POLICY will prob-
ably hurt The Daily: an Intelli-
gent reviewer is hard to find. I
wish you would reinstate Mr. Saw-
-Blanchard Hiatt, LSA,'67
no doubt that Mr. Sawyer and
other Daily film reviewers who
belong to the Cinema Guild
board are eminently qualfied
to write superior critiques on
motion pictures. However, the
theoretical possibility of a con-
flict situation for a reviewer who
is associated with an organiza-
tion presenting films in a high-
ly competitive marget requires

on the floor
Record, Oct.

of the House of Rep-
(cf. Congressional
17, 1966).




"You Wanted Something Modern, Didn't You?"


Beach-In Dwarfs Teach-In

"JT'S TOO BAD the Beach Boys
'weren't at the Draft Teach-in,
then maybe more people would have
shown up."
Unfortunately, the organization and
publicity for Sunday's teach-in on the
draft was poor bordering on the abom-
inable. Conflicting campus events were
not cancelled, general knowledge of the
event was minimal, the interesting na-
ture of the speakers was not made known.
But even so, the turnout of 65 people
was disappointing, and must not be re-
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dents in this country now have a very
real opportunity to affect the national
draft system. The President and his spe-
cial commission on the draft, headed by
Burke Marshall, will be seriously con-
sidering student opinion."
Further, the student body on this par-
ticular campus has a very real chance to
decide the relationship of their academic
career to their draft status by voting in
the SGC referendum Nov. 17 and by
supporting SGC efforts to make it bind-
ing on the administration.

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