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SGC -Representative of '' Students ECONOMIC WELFARE:
The term Student Government t dn l n B
)unci is a misnoe sr hoBy ROBERT MOORE. .
by less than a quarter of the c
dent The six ex-officios rep- nt epmy mny"
sent no one, Its powers prescrib- a classic complaint of nearly
by the Regents are hardly gov- ~evr freshman after about one


ernmental. And it does not directly
advise anyone, hence its functions
are rarely conciliar,
Yet, the 11-year-old body man-
~ ages ,if only through the inde-
pendent efforts of its members, to
provide an agency for "meaning-
ful student participation" in the
University as stated in its pur-
SGC Planz
This purpose, along with com-
position, officers, functions and
procedures, have all been recorded
in a constitution. Called the SGC
Plan, it was adopted by the Re-
gents in 1954 as a successor to a
larger but weaker Student Legis-
lature which had existed since

Eager Candidates Await Results of SGC 'Count Night'

the mid-1940's. ternational Student Association son, the Daily editor could not ob-
The Council plan was and is a and the University Activities Cen- jectively judge the workings of
good basic description of what ter. Council if he held a seat on it.
SGC is-and what it isn't. Due to the merger of the activi- Due to a revision in the SGC
The 20 members are to be ties sections of the Union and the elections rules, the president and
drawn from two student sources. League last year, the UAC rep- executive vice-president are now
The president, executive vice-pres- resentative replaces the represen- popularly elected. Previously they
ident and 10 regular members are tatives of the merged organiza- had been elected by Council. The
chosen in semi-annual elections tions. president chooses the administra-

-Council organized a "stay-in"I
at the Michigan Theatre to pro-
test the 25 cent increase in prices
by the Butterfield Theatres in Ann
--Council conducted an extend-
ed study of student economic wel-
fare, registration and course avail-
ability, parking conditions and
possible innovations in the educa-
tion offered at the University.
The study was based on a griev-I

make use of University billboards
to proclaim their activities.
In the case of the fraternity
and sorority system, a non-rec-
ognized group could not rush or
hold parties. SGC capitalized on
this fact to create a series of
regulations on "membership selec-
Like the civil rights bill, the
regulations aren't aimed at say-

month of exposure to Ann Arbor
feees, foods and fashions.
The University of Michigan Stu-
dent Employees' Union was formed
to answer that question, and to go
one step beyond: to promote ways
to raise wages and lower costs; in
effect giving the students more
money to keep.
Its name'is actually a misnomer;
it is not a group for student em-
ployees alone. All students inter-
ested in their economic welfare are
eligible to join, and UMSEU has,
in fact, been considering changing
its name to the University of
Michigan Student Economic Un-
Unique Place
But whatever its name, the
UMSEU has a unique place in the
annals of student freedom. It is
the country's only student eco-
nomic union at a college.
It is one of the largest student
groups on campus, with over 600
members, and is officially recog-
nized by the University as a col-
lective-bargaining agent for the
The four main goals for this
year, its second on campus, range
from books to meals, as stated by
President Barry Bluestone, '66:
-Study of alternatives to the
present Ann Arbor housing sys-
tem, particularly study of low-
cost, University-built apartments;
-A campaign to draw statewide
attention to students' econopic
situation through a conference of
250 to 500 clergymen and union
-Change in residence halls
rules that force working students
to eat their meals at the dorm
they work at, and
-A change in a 1929 Regents'
ruling that bans University enter-4
prises, thus eliminating a chance


Barry Bluestone Speaks Out

by all ID card-carrying students.
The remaining six come from the
largest student organizations: In-
terfraternity Council, Panhellenic
A s s o c i a t i o n, Interquadrangle
Council, Assembly Association, In-'

Daily Editor
The Daily editor at one time
held a seat on Council. However,
last year, Daily Editor H. Neil
Berkson, '66, withdrew the Daily
from Council. According to Berk-

tive vice-president and treasurer,
with the approval of Council. I
This elected and selected bodyI
sits down on Wednesday nights
to exercise the prescribed func-
tions. These range from recogniz-
ing new student organizations to

michigan christian

discussing University policy-mak-
In line with its mis-name, how-,
ever, Council spend a lot of its
time trying to change these func-
tions and get in on some of the
Past Glories?
Numerous Council members have
wrestled with student affairs ad-
ministrators, trying to win real
power over students. Some exam-;
ples from last year:

ance report written early last fall ing who must be accepted in af-
by Barry Bluestone, '66. Council filiate houses. They only ask that
divided into committees to study selections not be "discriminatory."
specific areas of the report. The Council has created a fact-find-
final reports were then submitted ing body to report alleged discrim-
to the appropriate administrators ination in University-recognized
for action. However, none has been groups. And it has set up a tri-
taken. bunal to try such cases. Verdicts
-Following up a decision by the of discrimination could lead to
Regents, Council attempted more withdrawal of recognition. Thus

to buy low-cost books at a Uni-
versity-run bookstore.
Biggest Achievement
Bluestone said that he felt the
biggest achievement of UMSEU's
first year was the University's in-
stitution of a $1.25 minimum wage
and .the formation of wide-spread
faculty support for the UMSEU
Last year, UMSEU worked to
better the students' economic posi-
tion through pickets at the admin-
istration building, discussions with
Regents and administrators and
This summer, UMSEU prepared
a statement of its principles which
it presented to the Board of'Reg-
ents shortly after the Regents ap-
proved dorm fee and tuition hikes.

But the UMSEU does not repre-
sent a program as much as.it rep-
resents a philosophy. The UMSEU,
Bluestone explains, is founded on
four basic principles:
-Students shouldn't have to
pay exploitative prices;
-De-facto financial discrimin-
ation exists at this University,
where an academic elite is, in
fact, an economic elite, and the
poor are not given a chance;
-Sales taxes are regressive,
since the poor are hurt by them
and the rich helped, and
-The University is presently a
narrow community in sociological
terms and it needs a wider spread
of students from all economic

vigorous enforcement of its right
to withdraw recognition of student
groups. At the University, non-
recognition is tantamount to non-
existence. The student group could
not use University facilities, could
not solicit members and could not

... a group of students
discovering together
moral, cultural and intellectual relevance
.. a solid purpose for living.. .
through faith in Jesus as the Christ
Free Picnic . Aug. 28
Games . Food 9 3:30 P.M. . Folksinging
Meet at SAB
Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship




In an attempt to introduce the new incoming freshmen
to the wide and varied extracurricular activities at the Uni-
versity, the recently formed University Activities Center will
hold an Activities Day on August 27 in the Union Ballroom.
Booths, manned by representatives of the major student
organizations on campus, will be set up all day. The repre-
sentatives will introduce their organization with posters, dis-
plays, skits, printed material and conversation.
All student organizations depend on the new freshman
class to fill the place of graduated seniors. People are need-
ed in all organizations.
Follow the "Balloon Man," symbol of the day, and meet
the students and their organizations at UAC's premier of this
unique introduction to the extracurricular life at the Uni-
"Daily Day" will be held on Saturday, August 28. Come to
the Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard and meet
The Daily and the students who put it out. Watch for an-
nouncement in the early editions next fall.

far in the year no cases have been
tried although the membership
committee has collected the mem-
bership clauses of all recognized
student organizations.
Despite these exciting moments,
the formulation of policy can be
a tedious process. The procedures
section of the Council Plan makes
all meetings open to the public.
But few students venture up to
the Council's chambers on the
third floor of the Student Activi-
ties Bldg. to watch the proceed-
Those who do aren't likely to
return. Council discussion is a
rather insipid morass of parlia-
mentary gymnastics.
The elected representatives tend
to divide into student activists and
fraternity playpals. The former
have a demanding outlook on stu-
dent issues. The latter couldn't
care less. Hence, Council finds it-
self able to agree only on motions
concerning Viet Nam or Home-
Affairs vital to students are
thus committed to meager atten-
tion. There are some exceptions,
and these have been Council's
New Blood
New liberal blood, like the mem-
bers who ran on a slate called
Governmental Reform of Univer-
sity Policy, has been infused into
Council hopefully to raise Coun-
cil's steadily decreasing prestige.
To engineer an increase in
SGC's prestige, SGC, led by Presi-
dent Gary Cunningham, '66, and
Executive Vice President Harlan
Bloomer, '66, plan to set up a book
exchange on thte Diag during the
early weeks of the fall term.



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