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lY, NOVEMBER 22, 1966



Building the New System:
Some Suggestions

IS IS A HELL of a time for Thanks-
giving vacation. It unfortunately in-
terrupts the momentum of that rarest
of campus phenomena, a wave of real stu-
dent interest.
But, in one sense, it may be a blessing.
Campus leaders can get some sleep, and
the student body will have four days to
think over what's been going on. There
are a number of points that come imme-
diately to mind:
* THE MOVEMENT generated by the
issues of class ranking and OSA rule in
the area of non-academic affairs has
snowballed into a movement with much
broader objectives. It is a constructively-
oriented movement and, as such, needs
much more work in order to succeed than
would a destructive one. Anyone who
plans to influence or formulate the aims
of the movement had better also plan to
spend a lot of time working on it.
The process of building a new system
here is going to be a long and often
dull one, with more headaches than glam-
our. But it is obviously necessary that a
large number of people keep interested
and working.
sarily to shy away from physical shows of
strength. It is necessary to remember
that we are not acting in a vacuum and
that ultimately success or failure de-
pends on the acceptance of our plan by
the administration. Shows of strength,
such as a picket or mass rally on the
steps of the administration building or
perhaps even that most loaded of words,
the "sit-in," are not "overly militant"-
they are, in fact, quite necessary to keep
interest alive and to keep the adminis-
tration aware of what is going on.
This administration seems to act just-
ly only when it is convinced someone is
about to make waves. Through the proc-
ess of constructing a new government we
must keep continually aware that the ad-
ministration will accept things on our
terms only in the face of some sort of
disruption. It may be necessary to keep
things alive by having various, group dem-
onstrations throughout the interim per-
* THE "VOICE-SGC SPLIT" isn't of
much interest or significance. Any poli-
tical action group which contains as
many various elements as this campus
does is bound to have differences about
goals and strategy.
But I am struck by the lack of really
crucial well-defined differences so far.
All groups must realize that they will
have to consider in their actions the tem-
per of the student body, and that, in or-
der to accomplish any of their ends, they
need mass support. Leadership will come
from. who sells the best ideas, not who
chairs the meeting and who claims the
"rightful" place at the head.
Differences are a good thing. If one
group solely held the leadership, it could
be dangerous.
My own initial impulse was to favor
SGC as the logical leader, but it seems
now that the constituency involved is too
broad to allow a structural leadership

for that group. Its leadership instead can
be a moral one, and while Ed Robinson
seems the natural chairman for this se-
ries of all-campus meetings, SGC now has
to realize its role is one of providing
ideas. To attempt to force a structural
role on a body which neither requires nor
wants it would be a real mistake.
UNFORTUNATELY, after taking five
hours to come to the above realiza-
tion, Council managed to pass one of the
most inane and meaningless motions ever
seen anywhere. It stated, briefly, that
"student power is a bad thing." What
that is supposed to mean is not clear.
What is clear is that after finally real-
izing that the surge on campus was big-
ger than they were, Council then pro-
ceeded to shirk its responsibility by pro-
viding only a piece of paper that reads
like a scared little boy's apology for break-
ing a cookie jar.
Realize, Council, that this campus in-
terest in student affairs is the goal of
nearly every other student government
council in the country, and now that it
has been achieved at Michigan, it is time
to provide the meaningful leadership for
which you were elected.
OW ONE REAL weakness in what is
happening here is that we still,' after
all the talk about responsibility and par-
ticipation, have been unable to define
exactly what we want. I would contend
that the best way to define what we want
is by actually constructing the govern-
ment for which we are working.
Platitudes such as "student power" and
"responsible government" mean nothing
until defined in structural terms.
. Here is an idea of what we might want:
An autonomous senate of students,
like Student Government Council, but
larger with equal graduate school repre-
sentation, to make rules governing stu-
dent conduct and student life. Such a
government will also require a replace-
.ment for Joint Judiciary Council with a
revised system of appeal.
" A system of autonomous senates of
faculty and students within each college
to decide questions of academic affairs.
These senates will, in turn, form the larg-
er senate which will decide questions of
all-campus academic policy.
" A general senate of students, fac-
ulty and administrators to decide over-
riding problems of the University as a
whole, such as the building of residen-
tial colleges and their place in Univer-
sity expansion, or the extent to which
low-cost housing will be supported.
THIS IS ONLY the barest outline. It be-
comes evident upon sitting down to
draw up any kind of program for student
government that there is an immense
amount of law and procedure to be for-
If it's going to be done democratically,
as it must, then it's going to take a lot
of time and work.
And this year, for a change, things are
worth doing.
Editorial Director

NOVEMBER 22, 1963, was a
rather dreary day in Ann Ar-
bor. It started to rain at 7:05
a.m. and continued, off and on,
until about midnight.
At noon I went back to the dorm
and had lunch, and then rode my
bike, complete with notebook,
books and bassoon (I was in the
university symphony),"downEast
Huron St. from Markley to the
Frieze Bldg. for my one o'clock
French class.
As I walked through the door-
way of Harris Hall for orchestra
at 2:05 a number of people were
standing next to a radio, going
full blast. At the time it seemed
rather odd, but I couldn't hear
anything on the radio and, be-
sides, I was in a hurry because
I was a little late for the rehear-
sal. We were doing "L'Enfant
Prodigue," an early Debussy opera.
I SAT DOWN and put together
my instrument, and overheard the
first clarinet player talking in-
tently with the first flutist about
President Kennedy, which seemed
odd since nobody ini orchestra
seemed very interested in politics.
Then someone told me: "Presi-
dent Kennedy and Governor Con-
nolly were in a motorcade in Tex-
as and they were both shot."
I asked if that was some kind
of music school joke, but it wasn't.
Almost as soon as I heard the
news, we began the rehearsal,
which continued for two hours.
Apparently the conductor still
didn't know, and those of us who
knew hadn't grasped it yet.
In the middle of the rehearsal,
I looked quizzically at one of the
bassists, who was listening to a
transistor radio. "Is he dead?" I

mouthed at him. Yes, my friend
nodded, he is.
THE REHEARSAL ended at 4,
and as I rode towards Markley
it started to rain. I went to a
friend's room and listened to the
radio, hearing Paul Harvey de-
scribe the leftist connections of
the accused assassin. When The
Daily's extra edition arrived at
the dorm around five o'clock I
cursed them for including two ad-
vertisements in it.
We then trooped into the din-
ing room to eat-we all decided
to wear suits and eat quietly--
and then I got into a cab to go
to the bus station to take a bus
home, a trip I'd been planning to
take for some time. As the cab
left Markley around six the cab-
bie turned on his radio, and we
both listened to the arrival of the
President's body in Washington.
After a rather quiet trip the
bus arrived in East Lansing some-
what before eight, and-to my sur-
prise-my mother was already
there. She knew from my face
that I already had heard.
THE EVENTS of the rest of the
weekend are less clear. I do re-
member the flurry of announce-
ments from Presidents Hatcher
and Hannah that their respective
teams' football games would-or
would not--be played; I remember
thinking it would be a good idea
to call up President Hannah to
urge him to cancel his game; I
remember not doing it because it
didn't seem very important any-
And I also recall talking long-
distance with a friend of mine at
Interlochen, where, she said, some
conservative friends of hers were

rejoicing; listening to a friend of
mine address a Hillel memorial
service; and hearing and seeing
the boom of the drums on the
way to Arlington.
* * *
said that he felt no great emo-
tional shock when he heard that
President Roosevelt had died. Per-
haps because the event was in-
conceivable to me, President Ken-
nedy's death was no emotional
shock for me or, perhaps, for
Indeed, it often is surprising to
compare today's myths about his
presidency with the realities of
his presidency as they were three
years ago today.
He said very little about the
Negro revolution; and, despite his
feeling that it was a great moral
issue--and his affection for Roos-
evelt's comment that the presiden-
cy is "preeminently a position of
moral leadership"-he also did
very little.
And while he campaigned hard
in poverty-stricken areas of West
Virginia and assailed economic
myths at Yale, Kennedy failed to
enact a progressive economic pol-
icy. He abandoned the idea of
stimulating the economy by in-
creasing government expenditures
for social progress and chose in-
stead the easy but of a tax cut--
defending the tax cut in a speech
which John Kenneth Galbraith
called "the most conservative
speech since McKinley."
IT IS, IN FACT, justly said that
Kennedy accomplished very little
in domestic affaifs. But the other
side of the coin is his remarkable
record in foreign policy: the Test
Ban Treaty, the honorable end of

the Cuban missile crises, the Trade
Expansion Act and the Peace
Corps are some of his more sig-
nificant accomplishments.
And though Kennedy's tangible
accomplishments in domestic pol-
icy are few, he laid all the nec-
essary educational groundwork
and did all the political lobbying
which-despite. his slim congres-
sional margins - assured passage
for key domestic planks in a
broad program of social progress.
Kennedy's lasting achievement,
however, is not his record, nor
even his famed "style"-though
both help explain his appeal.
For Kennedy was a great Presi-.
dent not so much because of what
he did for people but rather for
what he did to them.
IN THE DRAB Eisenhower
years, like all the other years of
politics-as-usual, the country be-
gan to drift into an era when
avoiding problems rather than
meeting them became customary;
when winning the next election
rather than preparing for the next
decade became important; when
a kind of national astigmatism
Kennedy changed that; and he
did it not really by changing poli-
cies but by changing people. He
sought a'commitment to solving
national problems; he brought ex-
citement to national government.
He challenged all Americans to
"ask what you can do for your
country" in a "long, twilight strug-
gle"-and he challenged the new
generation in particular.
THE PEACE CORPS exemplifies
Kennedy's influence in America
and on the new generation. It is
small, and its quantitative impact

Is relatively slight.
But it challenges-and survives
-the corrosive conventional ideol-
ogy that buying more arms is
the only way to gain more secur-
ity. It challenges the new gen-
eration to "help get this country
moving again" and to "ask what
we together can do for the future
of mankind." It mobilizes the tal-
ents and hopes of a generation in
the strange cause of peace.
Like many of his efforts, the
full effect of Kennedy's Peace
Corps will not be felt for a long
time. But the Peace Corps, like
its father, has already had an
incalculable influence on the emo-
tions and strivings of the new
generation of which President
Kennedy spoke at his Inaugura-
SHORTLY AFTER the inaugur-
ation President Kennedy received
ax note from Robert Frost saying.
"Poetry and power is the formula
for a new Augustan age." Wag-
gishly, Kennedy scribbled back:
"Power all the way."
Kennedy dealt with power, and
many will judge him on the way
he used it.
But Kennedy's challenge to the
nation to help "get this country
moving again" and the excitement
about the struggle to govern which
he instilled in the new generation
transcend his accomplishments
with power.
The Kennedy challenge and the
Kennedy excitement, indeed, form
a kind of poetry, a poetry which
resides in the hearts and minds of
the new generation which knew
him and which will help guide the
action springing from it. It is the
poetry on which his ultimate
greatness rests.


Letters: Students Discuss Student Power

To the Editor:
now seems to be moving with
inevitable swiftness is a more sig-
nificant social movement than the
"Berkeley" that preceded it. At
Berkeley, while larger issues did
develop, the central issue was the
right of students to solicit and
organize for political activity sum-
med up in the phrase "Free
This ideal is already allowed
and practiced at Michigan. Here,
the central issue is more con-
troversial: the right of people to
take part in making those deci-
sions that effect their own lives.
ministrators and students alike
realize the depth of principle that
motivates many of the activist
students in this "Michigan Re-
volt." Their rallying cry is not
free speech but rather participa-
tory democracy.
Disillusioned by the rise of un-
responsive bureaucracies in every
segment of American life, horri-
fied by the effects of impersonal
and remote decision-making on
the humanu spirit, these students
have learned in the South and in
the slums that exploitation and
alienation can be ended only when
people have the right to partici-
pate fully in decisions effecting
their own situation.
These students claim this right
to decide in the context of their
own education, but they claim it
for everyone else too. The college
movement, of which Michigan is
now the center, is part of a far
larger concern. The deepest issue
is whether democracy can survive
the challenge of modern super-
HAROLD TAYLOR, the former
president of Sarah Lawrence Col-
lege, shows that he understands
the student point of view when he
says, "The new generation is im-.
patient with a society that takes
its knowledge and values at sec-
ond hand. As a result, they are
often misunderstood by those of
the older generation, especially
among educators, who have not
themselves had the experience of
direct involvement with the situa-
tion of the world and who have

not entered, either directly or in
imagination, into the lives of the
younger generation.
"Were they to enter into them,
they would discover how far be-
hind they have fallen in under-
standing the nature of contem-
porary social change and the role
of youth in bringing it about.
"They would understand that
the demand of youth for a share
in the reform of the- universities
is part of a larger demand for
the achievement of democratic
rights and the reconstruction of
society through education."
elsewhere should heed Harold Tay-
lor's insight. For the "Michigan
Revolt" is about more than just
sandbox student government, or
poor student housing policy, or
monopoly bookstore prices, or an
ignored draft referendum, or an
autocratically dictated sit-in ban.
Students are asking their elders
to take seriously the ideal of de-
mocracy, and to start here and
now by taking students seriously.
--Robert L. Olsen, Grad
Resident Fellow
Hinsdale House, E. Quad
A Resignation
To the Editor: Enclosed is a
copy of my letter of resignation
from the Students for Responsi-
bility and Rationality on the
Campus (SRRC). It is addressed
to Arthur J. Collingworth, chair-
man of the SRRC:
Dear Art:
I FIND MYSELF co'impelled to
resign from the Executive
Committee of Students for Re-
sponsibility and Rationality on the
Campus. This resignation is ef-
fe'tive immediately.
As the Chairman of SRRC, you
have, I believe, been using the
group- more for your own political
ends than for the benefit of the
students and University Commu-
nity. You have consistently over-
emphasized the importance and
support for Students for Responsi-
bility and Rationality on the cam-
pus, while ridiculing responsible
student organizations.
Rather than being broadly
based, SRRC is more a group of
right-wing partisans attempting to

disguise themselves in a cloak of
moderation. As a liberal, I cannot
add credence to such nonsense.
-Robert R. Simpson
Students for Responsibility
and Rationality on
the Campus
I'm Excited!
To the Editor:
FOR THE FIRST tirme in four
years I've gotten excited about
something. Harlan Hatcher and
his wife have held some very
fine teas. But they didn't excite
me. Filling the Engine Arch with
snow was really wild. But it didn't
excite me.
I enjoy listening to Doc Losh
at pep rallies. But she doesn't ex-
cite me either. I even get a kick
out of those Michigauma maniac
initiations. Hardly any excite-
ment, though.
DR. CUTLER excites me. It's
been a long four years, and it feels
good to finally be excited. Don't
misunderstand me. It's not what
Dr. Cutler is that excites me. In
fact he bores me. It's what he
He isn't very clever for one
thing, or far-sighted for another;
he doesn't believe in the students,
doesn't give them much respect;
it's rather obvious he holds little
belief in even the most rudimen-
tary forms of democratic thought
and action, i.e., if the students are
affected by something it would
"seem" that they should have a
strong voice in the decision mak-
ing process.
SGC had the right idea when
they broke away from OSA, not
to disassociate themselves with the
University community but to be-
come a meaningful part of it.
HOWEVER, at this point it is
only fair for me to say that I
start to get unexcited again. I
attended the Friday afternoon
Voice meeting and was extremely
happy to see such a large turnout.
The discussions brought out some
very good points, the debate was
lively and so were the people. And
even some kind of definite action
was planned.
There was only one drawback.

It was rather obvious that differ-
ent people want to go in different
directions. Ed Robinson and Fred
Smith are pushing for reform.
Mike Zweig (and I think Voice as
a whole) is pushing for an entire-
ly new structure. The drawback
is that it, is very unlikely that
anything will be accomplished un-
less some compromise is made.
Unity of purpose and unity of
action and all that stuff.
BUT, DAMMIT, I don't, want a
compromise. I don't want to settle
for anything less than what is
right. What kind of reforms are
we going to get? We'll go from
weak advisory committees to
strong ones? We'll be able to de-
cide one out of six decisions af-
fecting students instead one out
of 10?
That may be all right for you,
Mr. Fred Smith who is so worried
about "outside pressures" but what
about me? I've got plenty of in-
side pressures to contend with. And
they're not going to quiet down
and they're- not going to stop
making noise even if I'm the only
one that can hear them.
TK MIKE ZWEIG put it beautiful-
ly Friday afternoon when he said
that, "This meeting has power.
And we're scared of this power
. . We must declare our power
over everything that concerns
students." I'm not scared of that
power, I welcome it. I'm not
scared of making decisions that
affect me, all the decisions.. I
don't have to be and I don't want
to be given the rules. I don't
have to be told this is the way
we do it here.
As a student you're supposed to
act this way, you're supposed to
be this, and do this. As a student
let me decide. I'm sure there were
plenty in the room that feel this
way too.
And I'm also sure there were
plenty in the room that don't.
They'd rather kind of make a
decision and then go to Daddy
Cutler and say:
"DADDY, I appreciate you kind
of letting me make this decision.
This is the decision I've reached
... What do you think of it? ...
I really want your opinion on
this . . after all, I don't feel I'm

mature enough or brave enough to
have the final say ... I want to
act like an adult but I don't
want to have the responsibility
of being one. And, of course, there
are so many matters over which
I would shudder to even think
about uttering an opinion."
By not asking for a completely
new structure are thy not, in
effect, expressing this attitudes
THE MOVEMENI' has the arou-
sal and the backing, and it's go-
ing strong and fast. Let's remove
the need for a compromise among
ourselves. Let's get something
worthwhile. Look, it may be an-
other four years before I get ex-
cited again.
-Jack Cohn, '67LSA

SGC Support

To the Editor:

the University chapter of Al-
pha Phi Omega, national service
fraternity, in its meeting of No-
vember 20, approved the follow-
ing resolution:
Alpha Phi Omega has had an
amiable relationship with the Of-
fice of Student Organizations and
hopes to continue that relation-
ship in the execution of those
existing regulations with which our
organization is specifically con-
Nevertheless, we recognize Stu-
dent Government Council as the
legitimate representative of the
student body in decisions affect-
ing both student organizations and
individual students. We believe
that the actions of the Office of
Student Affairs have mitigated
against this representation and
therefore we support SGC's mo-
tion suspending formal association
with that office.
--The Executive Board of
Alpha Phi, Omega
Gamma Pi Chapter
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.


Looking at Ann Arbor

DOUBTLESS, you don't realize that you
now reside in what could be one of
Look's All-America cities for 1966. Think
of it.
Ann Arbor is basing its case for the
award, from latest news reports, on its
success in civil rights and its civic beauty.
KNOWING LOOK magazine, though, no
mere presentation will convince them
of a city's worth. Hopefully they'll do a
little grass-roots investigating. Here's a
proposed check-list:
1) Dr. Albert Wheeler, state NAACP
Business Staff
SUSAN PERLSTADT, Business Manager
JEFFREY LEEDS.........Associate Business Manager
HARRY BLOCH...........Advertising Manager
STEVEN LOEWENTHAL......irculation Manager
ELIZABETH RHEIN ................ Personnel Director

president. They might ask him about the
makeup of the city's housing commission.
How many of its members reside in the
ghetto? That would be straight to the
2) The patrons of the Ann Street pool
hall--the 'ones Stokely stopped by to talk
to when he was in town.
3) Private city planners in'the area.
They'll describe the excellent use of land
along Stadium Blvd.
4) A few of the occupants in U Towers.
Might just test their opinions on the Ann
Arbor building code.
6) The one Negro on the Ann Arbor
police force.
7) A patron of the Ann Arbor bus fleet
(seven buses for 100,060 people).
8) All the Ann Arbor building inspec-
tors. It shouldn't take too long (Ann Ar-
bor has less of them per dwelling unit
than Ypsilanti)
9), A randomly-chosen out-of-town.
driver in search of a place to park.

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"The Vice-President for Stu-
dent Affairs (should) serve as
a vice-president presenting the
student interest to the Regents
and the President," Cutler ex-
-The Michigan Daily
July 1, 1965
TMMES CHANGE, men change.
And so it is that Richard L.
Cutler's great expectations have
changed. When he became Vice-
President less than two years ago
he was heralded as the messiah-
the man who could really get
things done for the student body.
In fact many now view him

Working for the Administration

fracas over shutter-happy Ann
Arbor police, the sit-in ban, and
the draft referendum have forced
Cutler to spend almost as much
time scraping mud off the univer-
sity image as Vice-President for
University Relations Michael Rad-
Cutler, a former quarterback for
the Western Michigan University
football team, has a rugged con-
stitution and seems to thrive on
controversy. He has served well as
official pacifier for the adminis-
tration. As Voice chairman Mike
Zweig puts it, "Cutler is there to
smile, be nice, and hold the stu-
dents' hands."
Thus, when Voice members and

is necessary about University is-
Thus when the students asked
Pierpont a question he would turn
to Cutler for a hurried conference.
Then Cutler would turn to the stu-
dents and say "I'll answer that."
The frustration of the Voice
representatives grew as Cutler kept
answering questions addressed to
Pierpont, for it is Pierpont not
Cutler who maintains control over
the University plant and the cam-
pus policy.
Finally, in disgust over Pier-
pont's refusal to answer questions,
one student sarcastically asked
Pierpont if he would define his
job. "Can you tell us what you do
allr~cu M Psr ,,f. 1 -iipi +Ath

against student critics. He is also
a proponent of new administra-
tive policies-many of which often
go against the will of the students
and faculty.
Even before students voted down
class ranking 2-1 in the draft
referendum, Cutler said emphatic-
ally that he would "not accept
the results of the referendum as
He reportedly told the Regents
that "the students argument on
abolishing class ranking is in-
Cutler told the Regents that the
ranking issue affects the "entire
university community" not just
Harlum p thsat + '+ mnt a reml

group of all college students" in-
stead of ranking.
TO CRITICIZE Cutler in this
fashion may seem unfair to those
who see him as a well-meaning
liberal caught up in an alien ad-
ministrative bureaucracy.
Others, who view Cutler as one
who hopes to quash the seeds of
a Berkeley rebellion here in an
effort to prove to the Regents that
he is the University's next Harlan
Hatcher, may find such criticisms
too mild.
But such a negative view misses
the point. Richard Cutler is not
an evil man, nor even an ill-
meaning one. He is a funny. per-


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