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Ending the Agony
Of the Trimester System

Popula j
THESE DAYS, seems to have one
position or another about this
generation of rebels. Most of them
can be sorted out into three cate-
gories, psychoanalytic, riff-raff,
and commie,
For convenience, I have broken
these three down into two sub-
categories-liberal , and conserv-
ative. I could have picked other
tags-intelligent and ignorant-
civil and nasty, etc., but these are
probably no better than liberal-
ry, liberally stated, sees activism
as a reaction to the complex social
strains of our time and personality
disorders. This is a complex world
we live, goes this version, and the
youngsters are drawn to activism
amidst the confusion of modern
technology, the breakup of the
family, and the Rolling Stones.
Activism enables college students
to work out their Oedipal and

Electra complexes and find a focal
point for penis envy and whatever
the male counterpart is.
The conservative version of the
psychoanalytic theory sees the
activists as people who have failed
to become respectable, upright,
and above all, normal junior cit-
izens. The convervatives ususally
say that there is little worry. The
activists will turn out like every-
one else in due time.
THEN THERE is the riff-raff
theory. This really isn't a theory;
it is more of an initial reaction.
Liberals are sort of bothered by
the messy stuff of the activists.
They are disgustingly improper,
and everyone should turn their
backs on them. They sort of get
in the way of progress-like mar-
tinis which aren't dry enough.
The conservatives are a little
bit bothered by the trashy activists
wit their long hair and beards. The
activists are seen as "undesira-
bles," beatniks, dope friends, and
tennis-shoe wearers. "Eccchhhhh,

if my daughter ever came home
with one those I'd take away her
access to the electric garage door."
THE THIRD IS the commie
theory. Liberals see these bright
young kids as the victims of the
Red dupe. It's really not their
fault, and liberals remember how
they got taken in by the campus
commies and phony labor leaders
in the 'thirties. Liberals have gone
through the whole thing before,
and they know what they're talk-
ing about.
Conservatives aren't quite as
sympathetic. These kids are ob-
viously Cuban agents and a threat
to national security. They've got
to be rooted out of American so-
ciety so that it will be safe for
democracy. If they are not kicked
around and properly labeled for
what they are they will probably
start infiltrating the YMCA and
the PTA just like their commie
parents have. They can't be ig-
As Channel Two newsman Joe

Theories of StudentActivism

Weaver. an ex-social studies
teacher pointed out in a film re-
port from the demonstrations here,
'It is important to note that some
of the students wore buttons say--
WHAT ALL OF these theories
have in common is that they don't
bother to address what the activ-
ists are actually saying. They are
not dealt with as people, but as
maladjusts, pinkos, and regamuf--
In all the press reports and
coment on the student power at
Michigan, I have only heard one
guy who has addressed the stu-
dents as to their iedas. He is none'
other than Channel Two's Bob
McBride, Director of News and
Public Affairs. The dynamic Mc-
Bride presents WJBK-TV's dyna-
mic editorial opinion nightly in
dynamic fashion.
"STUDENTS telling adminis-

trators how to run the University
of Michigan is like the patient
telling the doctor what to pre-
scribe for his ailment," dynamized
McBride in his first comment a
couple of weeks ago.
He followed that one up after
the teach-in, the big one in Hill.
McBride flashed a couple of shots
of students at UCLA kicking in car
door sand rushing down the middle
of the Santa Monica Freeway be-
cause Southern Cal and not UCLA
was picked for the Rose Bowl. This
is the kind of good al' joey-college,
"When I was in college" kind of
stuff, scaid McBride. The kind of
stuff that students should be
But those irresponsible students
at the U of M, implied the dyna-
mic one, are the height of irre-
sponsibility. What business do they
have getting together and talking
about such a thing as power . .
WHAT POWER do the students
have talking about business?

THE TRIMESTER is short, and it hurts.
That is the conclusion of a literary
college Calendar Committee after study-
ing the effects of the trimester, and it
says nothing most of us don't realize every.
term around this time.
YET THE COMMITTEE added to this
basic, conclusion another one admit-
ting that the faculty has not aided the
student by lightening the workloads to
conform to the, trimester. And, while
both faculty and students surveyed agreed
that students get "significantly less out
of taking a course" now than under the
semester 'system, both groups would rath-;
er stick with the trimester.
Having established that ed'ucation is
suffering- and the faculty has failed to
adapt their courses, the committee ad-
vances some very worthwhile half-way
measures, which range from ending early,
final exams to making the mid-term
break a full week long.,
To this. they .add the hopeful recom-
mendation that -teachers will adjust their
courses to relieve some of the pressure

on students and ease the educational
adopted by the literary college fac-
ulty: they are good beginning adjust-
ments. More important, faculty concern-
ed with pressures on students -should
impress upon their colleagues the need
to adjust courses and the best means to
do so.
Yet professors will never be made aware
of the pressures on students unless the
students speak out. Any professor can be
in ignorance of the pressures he causes;
it is up to the students to make their
needs known and inform their peers about
those professors who refuse to respond.
Also, the entire calendar should go
under review. The committee's survey re-
vealed strong support for at least minor
changes in the calendar, but division as
to the best alternatives.
LASTLY, there should be a permanent
study committee on the trimester and
its consequences. And it should press for
the adoption of the Calendar Committee
recommendations as soon as possible.

Letters: Econ. Faculty Opposes Ranking

The AEC: Now or Never

THE ATOMIC Energy Commission has
continually made assurances that it
will announce the. final site for its pro-.
posed $375 million accelerator by the end
of the year.
The end of the year fast approaches,
yet the AEC has kept amazingly silent
about its: decision. There .are ominous
signs that this means 'there never will
be a decision.
cently 'that the entire project-will be
scrapped because of increasing defense
costs. This was linked to announcement
of appropriation hikes for the war to be
included on the next budget.
If this is the case, the AEC need only
remain silent because they have been
warned that if they fail to make a final
decision before the new year the ac-
celerator will not receive appropriations
on the next fiscal budget. In case such
a "pocket veto" is invoked, there would
be a few apologies and perhaps a prom-
ise that the proposal will be renewed
when the war costs decline.
This is fine, but in the meantime,
America's progress in physics research
will be drastically hampered. In the mean-
time, a new accelerator which the Rus-
sians are building in cooperation with
the French near Moscow will be com-
plans for such nuclear research fa-
cilities as well. America's largest accel-
erator, the 33 billion electron volt Brook-

haven complex could be left far behind
by the time another proposal is made.'
Besides that, even if the proposal is
rejuvenated at the conclusion of in-
volvement in Viet Nam, the process of
selecting a site and making engineering
studies will have to be organized all over
again. New sites will probably present
their case for consideration and investi-
gations will begin again. Most of the work
which has been done in the two years
since the present selection process began
will have been wasted.
In addition, the costs of construction
are rising constantly and the costs will
probably spiral in the time so that it may
prove prohibitive at the conclusion of
the war.
BUT THIS ALL assumes that the AEC
will have to abandon the program,
which it may be able to salvage if it gets
its request for funds in for consideration
ahead of other projects. This hinges on
their final selection of a site, and all the
factors for consideration have been avail-
able for several months. Several sources
report that the committee has decided
upon the most advantageous site infor-
The committee has three weeks in
which to try to save the accelerator, hope-
fully they will make as strong an effort
as its many proponents have been mak-
ing to influence the site selection.
HOW ABOUT IT AEC? The accelerator
would make a fine Christmas present.

To the Editor:
members of the Department
of Economics, are united in our
opposition to compiling class ranks
for the use of the Selective Service
System. Despite our varied opin-
ions about the war in Viet Nam,
about draft deferments for college
students, and about student par-
ticipation in University decision-
making, we agree that class rank-
ing for this purpose is undesirable
as an educational practice and in-
appropriate as a basis for draft de-
Ranking intensifies the pressure
on students to make educational
decisions for reasons inimical to
educational objectives. Moreover,
the failure of ranking to reflect
differences in courses, depart-
ments, and universities makes it
an ineffective method of identify-
ing the students who should be
deferred by any reasonable draft
WE URGE the Univresity to ex-
ercise leadership by itself ceasing
the compilation of class rank for
the use of Selective Service and by
encouraging other universities to
follow. Since students will have
ample opportunity to gain defer-
ment by taking the "College Qual-
ification Tests" early in 1967, we
urge that these steps be taken as
soon as possible.
-Kenneth Boulding
-Alexander Eckstein
-Daniel Fusfeld
-Harold Levinson
-James Morgan
-William B. Palmer
-Shorey Peterson
-Warren L. Smith
--Robert M. Stern
-Daniel Suits
-and 3 other members of the
economics department
To the Editor
(ON A BROADER perspective, I
see the December 5th liberal
arts faculty vote not to support
the pass-fail grading advocated
by a few of them as a classical
example of the process of the
evolution of any doctrinal canon
of this democratic ideal: when the
issue first arises, it is rejected be-
cause of the grave dangers of mis-
use that the new concept is sub-
ject to; then it is raised again in
a different context and, after
some clearer discussion, it is
adopted and a precedent is set.
Professor Eckstein's argument
(Daily, Thursday, Dec. 8th), for
instance, strikes me as being rath-
er typical of the dissenting opin-
ions in the precedent-setting deci-
sions of the Supreme Court, in
which the dissenting judge rejects
the concept because it "can be
abused and used for ends 'which
would undermine . . . freedom."
I DO NOT MEAN to disparage
Professor Eckstein's argument -
far from it. It is indeed true that
pass-fail grading on grounds of
conscience can be abused. It is also
true that many of the concepts on
the basis of which American so-
ciety functions could be subject
to gross misuse.
But I do not believe that the
fear or likelihood of misuse should
guide decision-making on the evo-
lution of a new concept. Rather,
the body endowed with effective
"command" on the situation-the
faculty in this instance-should
assume the responsibility for de-
finingthe new concept (which is
an urgent necessity in this case),
for subsequently clarifying and in-
terpreting it, and fo evolving in-
stitutionalized procedures for the
imposition of appropriate sanc-
tions for its misuse.
GIVEN THIS perspective, there-
fore, I cannot fully share Profes-
sor Blood's disappointment (Daily,

Thursday, Dec. 8) with the De-
cember 5th faculty vote because I
believe that with time and occa-
sion the faculty will come to re-

National Service
To the Editor:
BRAVO FOR Charlotte Wolter's
editorial on the draft! I can
only hipethat thosedwho advo-
cate universal "national service"
can plead temporary insanity
when their idea finally receives
the ridicule and contempt that it
so richly merits.
Three justifications have been
advanced for this universal na-
tional service. Each of them is ab-
SOME SAY (like Margret Mead)
that universal service would be
good for bad little boys and girls
-getting them away from home
would solve their social and socio-
logical programs. Maybe it would,
but taking everyone to help the
few is one hell o fa price to pay.
Neither liberals with their concern
for civil liberties, nor conserva-
tives with their concern for the
sanctity of the individual could
countenance such a plan. God
help the "moderates."
Some say (like Teddy Kennedy)
that the present system of selec-
tion is unfair. Presumably be-
cause it take sthose who should
not be taken. It doesn't take a
PhD. to note that it is rather
silly to end up by taking those
who should and those who should
not be taken. Universal service is
just a midget-minded method of
evading the selection problem
THERE ARE a few who say
that any conscription at all Is
bad. Most of these have the in-
telligence to realize that the prop-
er answer to this problem is the
establishment of a volunteer
armed forces through the use of
greater inducements. There is a
limentable residium of those who
oppose drafting on general prin-
ciples, and who think that draft-
ing everyone might be the answer.
They have problems.
Of course there just may be one
reason that hasn't been advanced.
but is uppermost in the minds of
many national service advocates:
votes and popularity. Teddy Ken-
nedy and Robert MacNamara can
read Harris and Gallup polls as
well as anyone else. They could
see some profit to be turned on
the lives of millions of young peo-
ple. (Let's have universal service
for someone else.)
ONE OF THE best 'fnational
services" I can think of at the mo-
ment would b ea speedy death to
the suggestions of Mead, Kennedy,
MacNamara and friends.
-James A (rthur) Martin
Law '69
18-Year-Old Draft
To the Editor:
_N RESPONSE to Col. Samuel
H. Hayes' suggestion that the
draft call be limitedto 18-year-
olds. I would like to say I agree
completely with his suggestion.
If all 18-year-olds were drafted,
this would give the student a
break between high school and
college or-high school and finding
a job. The two years he would
spend in the army would give him
a chance to really mature and
decide what he would like to do
for the rest of his life.
Being drafted at 18 would as-
sure a student that when he start-
ed his education he could concen-
trate o nlearning and not just on
a mark so he can get a defer-
He would also know that he was
spending his time and money for
his future and not to die in a war
later on-
-Robert Koepke 70
Submit or Fail
To the Editor:
I WOULD LIKE to commend the
University for the mature way
in which it handled .the recent
pass-fail crisis. The University is

giving students a democratic
choice--submit or fail. The fact
that a partial pass-fail system

Rocking the Boat
To the Editor:
AS STUDENTS in the Graduate
School of Business Adminis-
tration we want it to be known
that there are some of us who do
not "Support fully" the Adminis-
tration's and President Hatcher's
position on the Sit-in ban and
the ranking issue.
However we recognize that most
of our colleagues (either because
of their conservativehnature or
their preparation for future roles
in large corporation structures)
are unable or unwilling to chal-
lengtthelegitimacy of any type
of existing power structure.
The prevailing attitude in our
school may well be stated as:
"Don't 'rock the boat-it may be
a black mark on your record."
-Daniel Redstone, '67
--Paul Rubenfeld, '66
Chi Phi
To the Editor:
I WISH TO comment on the de-
fense of the Chi Phi pledging
system printed in your December
7th edition. I was only mildly ap-
palled by the description of pledg-
ing practices in that fraternity;
if a bunc hof idiots wish to sub-
ject themselves to systematic deg-
radation and humiliation that
causes one to shudder for the
pbght of human dignity, that is.
alas, their own business.''
What really disturbed me about
this letter was the subtle bigotry
(subtle? Hardly!) that pervaded
Mr. Miller's panegyric. It is not
enough that he urges us to believe
that his fraternity's practices
somehow lead to a sense of broth-
erhood; this is a blatant misuse of
that word. Brotherhood implies a
universality of principle, a willing-
ness to accept everyone as an
MR. MILLER offers us a brand
of exclusivism that is reminiscent
of the' fascist principles extolling
the virtues of racial dominance
and submission to irrationality. It
is one thing, as I said, for a bunch
of kooks to beat the hell out of
each other: but when their ac-
tivities lead to the eulogizing of
out and out bigotry, and the pro-
motion of such aryan garbage as
a virtue, it is time for enlightened
men to cry out in protest.
For Mr. Miller'! intent is all to
clear by the last paragraph of his
letter when he resurrects the
spectre of the Rosenberg's (surely
not because they were Jews, Mr.
Miller?) in the name of honor and
"they" principles extolled in Mil-
ler's letter is abhorrent to the fun-
damental principles of a truly
open and democratic society. Such
principles, while they must be tol-
erated by us (otherwise we our-
selves become intolerant), ought
not to have the official sanction of
a public institution such as the
University of Michigan.
In view of what has come to
light in recent days, Iscall upon

the Inter-Fraternity Council to
launch a thorough investigation
into this matter, and to suspend
Chi Phi Fraternity until such in-
vestigation is completed.
-Joseph L. Falkson, Grad.
and Teaching Fellow in
Political Science
To the Editor:
THE OFFICERS of the Univer-
sity of Michigan Interfraternity
ouncil last week took a trip to
New Orleans for the National In-'
terfraternity Council Convention.
We are certainly glad that they
were able to find such a pleasant
means of spending the compulsory
dues received from the member
THE Interfraternity Council
points with pride to the growing
number of fraternities on' this
campus. Plans for the future in-
clude the addition of five or six
more. The prospect of additional
mediocrity should overjoy every-
Addition of more houses also
brightens the outlook for a pleas-
ant decrease in total rush for each
house. When a rushee only has
time to see approximately six
houses in rush, why add more to
the list that he cannot possibly
see? The need is to consolidate
existing fraternities and to in-
crease their size, rather than to
sacrifice quality for quantity.
WE MUST ASK of what real
use the IFC is to its members
which would justify the excessive
amounts of time and money they
are forced to give to it. The only
answer is NONE. The 'IFC is sup-
posedly a buffer between the Uni-
versity and its members, yet is
IFC interference in individual
house affairs less harassing than
University control would be by
itself? We think not.
Membership in the IFC spon-
sored Fraternity Buyers Associa-
tion has been found to be of little
real value. The only real or ap-
parent advantage of belonging to
IFC is inclusion in the rush book-
let issued to rushees, and even this
is often overrated.
It would appear that to this sole
justification of the existence of
IFC a second essential purpose
has been added: that of sending
its functionaries on expensive va-
cation trips.
-David K. Eastlick, Jr., '69
--Edward Keeton, '68
--E. Sedley Bres, I, '67
- -John W. Lambert, '67
-Paul J. Kuzdrall, '66E
To the Editor:
SUCH A GOOD review for Gil-
Betand Sullivan, and you
didn't even tell who wrote it? How
come? Are the Daily reviewers
ashamed to sign their names when
they can't dump all over a show
the way they usually do?
--Harold Huracha, Grad.

Of f Key
To the Editor:
NS A SOLID believer in the ob-
jective aspects of the student
movement, I was unhappily- sur-
prised at the sing-in in the Union
MUG Monday night.
For it justified the unlooking,
unseeing view of student power-
student participation, student ir-
responsibility. It either took for
granted administration arrogance
and unapproachabilty or wanted
to assert itself with absolute pride
into the stead of a humiliated ad-
I speak of motives and this is
dangerous ground but I feel quali-
fied because the symptoms were
so glaring.,So freedom of speech
was musused and cheapened and
people either got cheap joy out of
misusing it, or hearing it mis-
used, orallowed it to be misused
at this crucial moment. So people
stood on tables and danced on
tables and when a glass was
broken some people cheered.
This is the baggage not of
strength and good purpose but of
sick personal dispair, not for and
of freedom, but for and of control.
THE S T U D E N T movement
should not allow itself to drop its
manner of acute self-conscious-
ness. Gauged by the configuration
its spontaneous self took Monday
night, if it does allow this to hap-
pen, the entire movement might
deteriorate into a meaningless
drive for petty and meaningless
-Leon Linderman '64
Awe of Authority
To the Editor:
IN LAST.NIGHT'S issue of the
Ann Arbor News (Dec. 6, 1966
Prof. A, Kaufman is quoted to
have said that the members of the
faculty voting against the Kel-
man resolution had "an awe of au-
thority. They backed down against
their better instincts."
Without arrogating to myself
the right of interpreting the mo-
tivations behind the voting of my
304 colleagues I wish to state that
my opposition to the resolution
was not caused by any awe of
authority. I also hope that my
voting will always be based on ra-
tional arguments and not on any
I may .add however, that the
aims and tactics preached and
practiced by some activist mem-
bers of our academic community
remind me of the Brown Shirts
tactics in the early years of the
Nazi Germany.
-Andrew S.1 Ehrenkreutz,
Assoc. Prof. of Near Eastern
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.



Thailand: The Next To Go

edged Wednesday that United States
helicopters are flying Thai troops to zones
near operations. against the Communist-
led guerrillas of the Thai Patriotic Front
in northeast Thailand. The announce-
ment deserves far more attention than it
The U.S. began getting involved in
Thailand largely because of the Viet Nam,
conflict-we are planning some $200 bil-
lion in military construction in Thailand,
most of it to support our effort in Viet
is quickly acquiring a- logic and a basis
of its own. We are preparing to funnel

$40 million into the country to support
civic action programs and non-military
aid projects, and-as Wednesday's admis-
sion indicates-we are getting increasing-
ly involved in the guerrilla problem, the.
most serious domestic problem Field Mar-
shal Thanon Kittikachorn's regime must
And there is a possibility that our in-
volvement in the guerrilla conflict may
become more direct. We are about to
start giving the Thai army some heli-
copters and weapons; our ambassador in
Bangkok, Graham Martin, has been press-
ing Washington to send American pilots
and troops to operate this hardware un-
til the Thais can be trained to do so.
S FAR Defense Secretary McNamara
has frustrated Martin's efforts. "As
long as this court sit," one top McNa-
mara aide has insisted, "our troops will
not go to Thailand." McNamara him-
self, according to highly reliable sourc-
es, is "not only opposed to Martin's idea
-he's stone-walling it. He may have to
manage the war in Viet Nam, mut he'll be
damned if he'll start another one."
If McNamara's efforts to block Mar-
tin's request continue to be successful,
the U.S. will-perhaps-channel its ef-
forts in Thailand towards improving Mar-
sha T ittiknhorn's regime, which has lost

Paris Burns in 'Many.Ways

Business Staff
SUSAN PERLSTADT, Business Manager
JEFFREY LEEDS.........Associate Business Manager
HARRY BLOCH ............. Advertising Manager
STEVEN LOEWENTHAL ........ Circulation Manager
ELIZABETH RHEIN...............Personnel Director
VICTOR PTASZNIK. ........... Finance Manager
JUNIOR MANAGERS-Gene Farber Erica Keeps, Bill
Krauss, Sam. Often, Carol Netmnera, Diane Smaller,
Michael Stecklis, Jeanne Rosinski, Steve Wechsler.-
Editorial Staff
*Rart .. rTT:TMAWA'.q'"Tsr31x

Special to the Daily
IS PARIS burning?
An emphatic "yes" is the sure
answer of any American college
student let loose in Paris for his
junior year abroad. Paris is burn-
ing with life, excitement and gai-
ON A RARE day of sunshine,
Paris burns with a sparkle. The
newly-cleaned monuments and
buildings gleam and show off their
sculptures. The parks flame with
trees in autumn colors and buzz
with office workers picnicking on
white benches and mothers push-
ing bably carriages.

THE MUSEUMS and exhibition
kind of warmth. The Louvre is
halls give off a more intellectual
stuffed with schoolchildren on ex-
cursions, art students, and bus-
loads of tourists asking excitedly,
"Which way is the Mona Lisa" or
"Me? In the Louvre? Is it possi-
ble?" Crowds line up in front of
the Orangerie, where the Vermeer
exhibit is finishing its stay, or the
Grand Petit Palais, where a gigan-
tic Picasso exhibit just opened.
At night; Paris burns with il-
luminated monuments and foun-
tains, auto headlights reflected in
the Seine, brightly lighted thea-
ters and concert halls,aand the
frenziedmactivity of "caves" and

theme song of the film from the
first platform of the Eiffel Tower.
Paris also burns in a less friend-
ly way. It smolde's with resent-
ment in such forms as signs in
the subway smeared with "U.S.A.-
Nazis" or anti-American brochures
handed out by students at class-
room exits in the Sorbonne. It
fumes in the form of nasty big-
city salesladies and discontented
concierges who take out their
anger at not getting a large
enough tip by refusing to distri-
bute mail to the tenants of their
apartment building.
It sometimes seems to sizzle with
prejudices against anythingthat
is non-French or non-Catholic.


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