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L 0,4rMlrhigau Daily
Seventy-Sixth Year

Nov. 9: Advice to SGC Candidates


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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This mus t be noted in all reprints.



Motorcycle Regulations Lack
A Necessary Dimension

Associate Managing Editor
O ALL SGC candidates:
The six of you who will gain
office in next Wednesday's elec-
tions will be coming to the Coun-
cil at an interesting-perhaps cru-
While SGC is reasonably active
in current campus affairs much
of that activity--though it may
seem significant to the public-
is unfortunately pointless or mis-
So you've got a choice about
what kind of Council member you
will be: noisy or significant. Not
that you can't be both, but as
most members tend to be one or
the other you'll probably find it
useful to make a choice fairly
early in the game.
"Significant?" you say.
All right, but there's a differ-
ence between potential and real-
ity, a difference that good inten-
tions don't affect very much.
FOR EXAMPLE, the Council
that was elected last spring got
everybody's hopes up. The indi-
vidual members and the quality
of their executive leadership seem-
ed to have finally taken a change
for the better. Artificial divisions

between conservative and liberal
finally seemed to have been shown
up for what they were-divisions
between students who didn't want
to work for their constituents and
those who did-and the campus
had evidently chosen representa-
tives who believed in the latter.
The campus was, and still is, in
a very fluid state: the beginnings
of student vice-presidential advis-
ory committees, a more realistic
attitude on the part of the Re-
gents toward student government
and the prospects of shifts in au-
thority within the administration
all presented Council with a series
of golden opportunities to advance
the interest of student outhority.
And, because of the results of
the spring elections, SGC looked
like it would be in a good posi-
tion to take advantage of those
IT'S HARD TO SAY what hap-
Rather, it's hard to say how it
happened, because it's obvious
what happened: SGC has concern-
ed itself largely with activities
that won't have much impact on
the structural position of student
government, while slighting work
that would have helped to give

students a formal significant voice
in University affairs. In a very real
sense, SGC has failed to fulfill
its promise of last spring.
It's failed by paying too much
attention to ephemeral activities
and not enough to the really key
problem: the creation of a new
role for the activist student at the
Most of the excitement at SGC
this fall has been generated by
three things: the draft referen-
dum, police on campus and the
18-year-vote. These are all very
valid activities for the organiza-
tion to be involved with, but none
of them will have any effect worth
remembering a year from now.
THE DRAFT referendum is not
likely to have any creative effect
on the administration's willing-
ness to listen to students, espe-
cially after its present policies
on student participation and their
bases have been-in the adminis-
tration's point of view-reconfirm-
ed by .a fall full of student-ad-
ministration antagonism. The ad-
ministration has been not only
unified, but unified on a "harder"
line by events like the Voice sit-
Police-on-campus is such an in-

credibly muddy legal issue that
literally no one knows who has
the "right to do what. It is vir-
tually impossible to imagine any
reasonable results coming out of
all the energy and political capi-
tal that's been put into this mess.
The 18-year-old vote will have
no statewide political effects. It
won't have any local impact eith-
er unless SOC's much-vaunted
Student Housing Association gets
itself into gear to bring student
voters to the polls,
SHA is one of the important
things that's gotten lost in the
draft-police-vote excitement. Orig-
inally one of the most effective
of SGC's organs, it has fallen
to the point where an Ann Arbor
city councilman, when asked about
SHA this fall, replied that he
"hadn't heard of it." You'll find
the Zoning Commission has the
same reply.
bers for the vice-presidential ad-
visory committees, but here, of all
places, too many opportunities
have been ignored. All-campus
seminars, publicity campaigns,
brain-storming sessions with oth-
er campus groups interested in
helping have all gone by the way-

side in this most significant of
SGC's fall activities.
The whole area of SGC's place
on campus-put in question by the
Regents-has been left, by de-
fault, to be defined by the Office
of Student Affairs alone. Council
seems so determined to maintain
good relations with the OSA that
it has frozen itself out of any
attempt at self-definition. Caution
has overcome vision with the re-
sult that the role of the active
student in the University of the
future is being decided solely by
the administration.
This is the heart of the prob-
1lm, you see. SGC this fall had a
chance to redefine its--and the
students'-relationships with the
administration. But because of a
combination of poor perspectives
and tactical errors, it has not
done so.
YOU OUGHT to remember that
the campus is still as fluid as it
was last spring. SGC still has its
chances for reform and probably
will have them for some time,
but this is little excuse for in-
action now. Lost time is lost op-
portunity, and SGC can afford to
lose neither.
If you're serious about SGC, this
is the challenge you're facing.


SOME THINGS are easier to criticize
than others.
Motorcycles are easier to criticize than
the war in Viet Nam; the majority is in
favor of criticism.
Motorcycles are lambasted as being un-
safe, and their drivers reckless. Motor-
cycles terrorize the neighborhood, wake up
the baby, make the cake fall, cause ulcers,
send insurance rates soaring, and, it is
generally agreed, do definitely un-nice
To a motorcyclist, the driver of an auto-
mobile is reckless, terrifying, and danger-
ous. He seems to feel that the motorcycle
doesn't have a right to the road, and
switches lanes and pulls other stunts in
front of and into, motorcycles. He's boor-
ish, rude, and should be removed from
the roads as a safety hazard.
THE TRUTH falls somewhere between
the two extremes. Unfortunately, by
sheer numbers, the first view is becoming
the accepted thing, the vogue, the, "safe"
position for the politician.
"Motorcycles are unsafe," the proverb
goes. They're not, but that isn't of any
concern to the argument. It sounds so
nice that people say it again: "Motor-
cycles are unsafe."
Item: Motorcycles are ridden mostly
by teenagers and young adults. This group
has, since the wheel was invented, always
been accused of driving unsafely in an
unsafe vehicle, whether it be an ox-cart
or an automobile.
It is not the vehicle which is safe, or
dangerous, but rather the driver.
SEVERAL THINGS can be done about
unsafe drivers and "unsafe" vehicles.
They can be ruled off the road directly,
or their legal conduct may be limited to
something more in line with the opinion
of the driver caught in a rush hour jam
who has just seen three cycles go easily
up the curb side. Or you can make the ve-
hicle and the driver safe.
The California Highway Patrol requires
all vehicles sold in the state to meet cer-
tain safety standards. They recently rul-
ed 21 different makes of motorcycles off
California highways, for various reasons.
None of these were the popular Japa-
nese or English cycles, and only the Ducati
and Bultaco are likely to be seen around
town, and then, rarely. The rest, number-
ing above 50, were judged to be saie.
But, the answer isn't in slapping: re-
strictions on the cyclist-it's teaching
him how to drive. Too easily, negative ac-

tion can be taken, but how often does
someone go to the trouble to seek a posi-
tive solution?
MICHIGAN, and Detroit in particular,
have a positive solution. They have a
program of automobile driver training
which has, besides earning them the al-
locades of safety experts across the coun-
try, also kept the Detroit insurance rates
below the national big city average. Driver
training is successful. It is attractive to
teenagers, who need it the most because
they can't get a license without it until
their 18th birthday.
A similar program should be enacted
for motorcycles. You can make a person
wear a safety helmet ad nauseum, but
you can't make him drive safely. Driver
education programs, not safety regula-
tions, produce better drivers.
THE CITY OF ANN ARBOR, which seems
to be getting uneasy about its large
motorcycle population, should not forget
the driver education idea. And, it has an
excellent example in 'Attorney General
Frank Kelley's proposal for a special
training program, coupled with special
licensing, for motorcycles.
Under the attorney general's proposals,
a special motorcycle operator's license
would be required. This license would cost
$5, which would be used for driver train-
ing. To obtain a license, a person would
be required to pass a written exam as well
as a road test, both specifically designed
for motorcycles. Anyone failing the test
would have to take a driver education
program before trying again.
After January 1, 1969, Kelley proposes,
persons under 18 would have to complete
a driver training program before obtain-
ing a license.
RATHER THAN impose new regulations
on motorcycles, Ann Arbor should work
on a positive project, possibly in conjunc-
tion with the University and the state
of Michigan, to teach motorcyclists good
driving habits.
Such a program would not give Ann Ar-
bor immediate relief from its trial by
motorcycle, but the effects of Kelley's
proposal, or a similar local law, will be
felt two, three or four years from now
when the present high school students
bring their cycles to the University.
Obviously, Ann Arbor will benefit much
more by taking this longer, safer view,
than by enacting hasty, inadequate, and
irrelevant cycle regulations.

Letters: A Proposal for Credit Hours

PROF ALBERT Feuerwerker of
the history department re-
cently proposed to the literary
college faculty assembly that all
courses carry four hours of credit.
(Michigan Daily-Nov. 3.)
I am encouraged by the fact
that continued curriculum pro-
gress is being sought by the liter-
ary college following trial incep-
tion of the pass-fail grading sys-
SERIOUS drawbacks do exist,
however, to Professor Feuerwerk-
er's proposal, that would restrict
the shaky academic freedom the
studentynow enjoys. Courses that
presently do not warrant four
credit hours of labor would, under
the proposed system; require them.
To combat this problem, the
literary school would be forced to
artifically inflate subject mate-
rial to accommodate the "four
credit hour" criterion. In additi-
tion, students wishing to vary
their loads slightly would be faced
with solely two alternatives -
twelve credit hours or twenty
credit hours, both of which are
highly exceptional.
A SUPEROR solution for the
credit rating problem is credit
allowance for an unusually high
number of courses. Perhaps one
credit for each additional course
over the standard load of four

courses would be satisfactory.
Most students agree that a five
course-fifteen credit hour load is
more difficult than the "equiva-
lent" four course-fifteen credit
hour load. Many times the two
credit course is very demanding,
as students who have taken Or-
ganic Chemistry, Psychology, and
Zoology laboratories will testify.
The figures and courses men-
tioned are only examples. Proper
numbers could be reached by the
appropriate investigating person-
I believe my proposal, or some
form thereof, would inject some
measure of needed equality into
an otherwise unfair and outdated
credit rating system.
-Rod Lockwood, '68 Engg.
Harvard Med.
To the Editor:
Medical School faculty has re-
view that school's curriculum and
suggested changes is not earth-
shaking news. Any successful or-
ganization continually reviews its
structure to see if it can be im-
proved. Such a review is, in fact,
in progress now at the University
of Michigan Medical School.
statement that such changes "can-
not come soon enough" because

they may help to relieve the short-
age of physicians stems from wish-
ful thinking. Obviously the only
way to get more doctors out of
existing facilities is to let more
people in, with larger classes, or
to shorten the time that a person
must attend Medical School to get
his degree, with the attendant re-
quirement of less student-faculty
Both of these changes would be
deleterious to the quality of medi-
cine and have, indeed, been at-
t a c k e d by the "intransigent"
The medical program at M.S.U.
is currently very similar to the
2-4-2 program which is in effect
at Wayne State University School
of Medicine. These programs da
NOT allow the schools to graduate
more students per year-the eight
year pre-med and medical educa-
tion is just arranged in different
order than is traditional.
Also these programs do not nec-
essarily result in a "less intensive
and high-pressured introduction
to medicine," for the student
starts taking difficult Med Shcool
courses at the same time as he
begins taking the more difficult
courses of his Liberal Arts major.
America will be solved by such
things as greater financial suport
of medical education by the fed-

eral government and a mo
ant view of Osteopathy
wide. Meanwhile, I hope t
riculum changes resulti
quality rather than qua
medical education.
--George S. Layne, M
To the Editor:
THE CAMPUS enclosur
meat, to me, symbol
seemingly inexorable prog
ward the Brave New "
1984. Shining silver cha
force campus travellers
lawns and confine them
defined and more efficien
Now, it is often statedr
university community re
the major segment of ou
in which independence of
and deed is highly val
even encouraged. But th
chains symbolically illustr
a concomittant, and perh
a requirement, of our
continued advance to eve
levels of efficiency is
higher degree of regim
which, in turn, seems t
sitate the gradual erosio:
fundamental as well as th
freedoms associated with
Hence, names are now
HUAC, and chains appea
the Diag.

are toler- OF COURSE, it can be argued
nation- that in the interest of campus
that cur- beauty (and, not incidentally,
in more lower maintenance costs) barriers
ntity in must be erected between the beau-
tiful and the despoilers. The im-
led. '70 plication is, of course, that beauty
too must now be regimented and
carefully restricted only to such
Help ! appropriate places as art museums
and virgin lawns, that unregi-
e move- mented beauty' is no longer com-
lizes our patible with increased efficiency.
gress to- The warning emitted by the
Norld of sparkling chains is thus clear: In
ins now a society geared to the increasing-
off the ly more efficient production of
to well- everything from automobiles to
nt paths. religion to college graduates, there
that the will be less and less room for de-
epresents viation, less and less room for
r society either Huxley's Savage or Orwell's
thought Winston.
ued and Thus, the man who will be toler-
iese new ated, who will be required, who
rate that will, hence, evolve in such a so-
aps even ciety may well not be in the Uni-
society's versal Man but, rather, the Con-
r higher stricted Man.
an ever -R . E. Schlenker, Grad.

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Fighting Ann Arbor Backdash

CAROL SUE OAKES and Sharon John-
stone were successful last week in their
fight against eviction from the home of
Martin Wagner, proving that racial dis-
crimination can be resisted successfully.
In this particular battle, who, in effect,
was responsible for the eviction? Wagner
appeared to be a victim of pressure from
outside sources. Yes, he made some bad
"racial mistakes," as his attorney admit-
ted, but he is not a prototype of the bigot-
ed landlord. He knew for quite some time
before the eviction that the two women
were entertaining friends who were Ne-
gro, but did not try to put pressure upon
them to cease this activity until neigh-
bors started to complain.
THE RESIDENTS of Sunnyside Blvd. who
told Wagner they didn't want their
children to see whites and Negroes to-
gether were the ones who initiated this
incident. Without pressure from them,
Wagner would not have been pushed into
a position of discrimination. In this case
at least, it was the larger community of
whites who were responsible.
Editorial Staff
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

Was the Wagner incident an isolated
one? Officials of the Ann Arbor Human
Relations Commission have indicated that
it was not. Apparently there are still Ann
Arbor residents who will not accept the
provisions of the Fair Housing Ordinance
and who pressure realtors to discriminate.
David Dawley, speaking for Action for
Human Rights, said last week, "We hope
that our successful resistance will be
heartening to those who find themselves
in a situation of racial discrimination."
LANDLORDS MUST BE encouraged to re-
sist pressure from residents who are
afraid to have Negroes living in their
neighborhoods. And Ann Arbor residents,
white or black, who find themselves vic-
timized by housing discrimination, should
follow the example set by Carol Sue Oakes
and Sharon Johnstone and not accept
such discrimination.
There are channels for resisting racial
bigotry. Miss Oakes and Miss Johnstone
have shown that they can and should be
No Comment
"HIS FILMS were yanked from many
Southern theatres .. . causing notice-
able tremors among profit-conscious mo-
vie distributors. But (actor Paul) Newman
connes unranteui. Muh of the $100.-

Road To
run away with us, let's take a
quick lookthrough the eyes of
Conrad and Mauldin at what's
been leading up to this test at the
A while ago, the army made sure
Stokely Carmichael showed up for
his physical by detaining him over-
night in a Washington army hos-
pital. Stokely said he wanted no
part of the army, though Lynda
Bird's boyfriend said he wouldn't
mind. If Stokely says "no" when
the army says "yes," somebody's
congressman should be getting
some letters.
But, of course, the President
wrote a letter of his own in Ma-
nila in conjunction with our choic-
est Asian allies. While talking
peace he managed to tell the troops
he wanted a "coonskin." If you
are the coon or Cong, as the case
might be, that must not appear
such a meaningful way to sue for
peace. But regardless, his power
and "image" -made a big issue in
this election, and certainly was
a big issue in his going to Manila.
Meanwhile, the Chinese fired
their first successful nuclear mis-
sile-400 miles. Not enough to
span the Pacific, but that doesn't
matter much to the Soviet Union.
The way Conrad sees it, the next
nuclear arms pact may be chalked
up to "yellow backlash."
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