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Seventy-First Year
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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Y, JANUARY 20, 1961


Co-ordinating the Colleges:
Who Makes the Decisions

SGC'S Week Delay
Can, Be Beneficial
Daily Staff Writer
ONE OF STUDENT Government Council's 10 functions, desig
in its plan, is to serve as the official representative of s
opinion at the University.
Council use of the provision ranges from sending lette
Southern governors about integration to expression of appro
the Ann Arbor liquor-by-the-glass proposal. The majority of *e
sios recently have dealt with various civil rights and civil 111
Currently, SoC's operating procedures place the Council
matically in a committee of the' whole for the initial discuss
expressions of student opinion.
Furthermore, "All final considera-
tion cannot be given until seven D
days after the initial considera-
tion-. OFFICL
The committee of the whole
procedure is a device to make BULLETIN
debate on a question more infor -
mal. The chairman relinquishes
the chair and becomes a member °- The Daily Official Bulletin
of the committee. Any member official publication of The Un
sity of Michigan for which
may speak as often as he can get Mihigan Daily assumes no edi
the floor, providing a person who responsibility. N o ti c e s shou
has not previously spoken on the sent in TYPEWRITTEN for
quesion .dos no as forit.Room 3519 Administration Buil
question does not ask for It. before 2 p.m. two days prec
The SGC agenda places time publication.
limits on debate for all motions. FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
According to Robert's Rules of
Order, debate time in a committee General Noti
of the whole cannot be extended
past the designated time limit, The Early Registration Pass C
evenif te comitee uanimus- tee of the Student GovernmentC
even if the committee unanimous- is now. accepting requisitions fa
ly wants to do so. of-Order Registration Passes for

T'S ALMOST A TRUISM in Michigan that
mI nething must be done to coordinate the'
programs of the state's universities.
The universities, through the Michigan
Jouncil of State College Presidents, have said
-epeatedly that they can do the Job them-
elves. And legislators, growing impatient at
he Council's delay, are considering their own
"YS of ending the current .confusion.
Pd 'rmost dangerous --- and perhaps the
nost popular -,plan is to appoint a coordinator
Woftview budgets submitted by the schools and
ien reco endwhere the Legislature should
pend its money.
This is dangerous because the power to
ontrol finances means the power to persuade
olleges into accepting. control of allother
olIc State Sen. Porter has decided that his
00r to bold up approval of Wayne State
Jniversity's budget gives him the right to tell
he governors how to run the school, and the
tudents who they can listen to, and who would
errupt them.
A co-ordinator particularly the "rugged in-
avidualist, hard-headed, cards on the table"
ype so admired in comic books and the state
.gislature - might decide to try a little
persuading" on his own.
position now, would lose some of their
arganinng power with the appointment - by
he state -- of a coordinator.
Because, in the welter of figures and dif-
ering scales that now surround the budget
equests there lies a certain safety. No senator
an now appeal to the public greed with quite
facility of a coordinator. Because now it's
word of the colleges against the word of
he senators, and the public, if it has been
aught by the Legislature that the colleges will
Liways ask for money, regardless of their actual
ted, , . well, it has been told often enough
py the defenders of the budget requests that
be required increases are 'minimal' and the
,ery least that will stave off the utter ruin
)t the state.
This stalemate would be broken by the ap-
gtment of a coordinator. For he would be
jknowl ededby both the colleges and the
egislature to have all the information needed
* arrIve at the most Just of decisions. And, in
in instance where one or another of the in-
erested parties accused of him of miserliness
-- or extravagance - the public would pretty
iuickly rule the complaint 'sour grapes' -
ecause, by the very nature of things, no one
- not even the parties involved - knows as
iiuch as does the coordinator.
F TH CORDIATOR were selected by
LrandOm sample the colleges might hope to
Mad him "on their side." But unfortunately,
he coordinator is chosen by the legislators --
lnd despite a lot of talk about the importance
, the advice of the college presidents and
segenta in selecting the man, one can be
issrdthat the legislators will in the end
dck someone whom they can trust - and who
vIll feel something of an obligation to prove
us 'fealty.'
To create 4 coordinator or coordinating board
which- would not much alter the argument,
ept that a group of ten would probably be
Old Conflict
R THE FIRST time, the spring semester
time schedule now available in the Adminis-
ation Bldg. includes the examination sche-

of lower quality than one top man) means
to give to one man (or a few men) a power
now shared by many legislators - it means
to allow one man to toy with a state's colleges
without any fear - except of his employers.
rfE MICHIGAN COUNCIL of State College
Presidents has realized the pressure from the
public to come up with some plan to give at
least the appearance that education funds are
being spent to promote education, and not the
ambitions of college officials or the dem-
agogueries of state legislators, But he council
hasn't yet come up with 'the right man.' The
right man, of course, Is the one whom all
members of the council trust - the man who
will give completely unbiased recommendations,
or orders, which will benefit all institutions as
well as the state in general.
Such a man does not exist. The council
knows it, the legislature knows it, and doubt-
less the men who have been asked to take
the job know it too.
To appoint a man who will deal "impartially"
(and what does that word mean?) with all the
schools is a job beyond the scope of the council.
To appoint a 'coordinator' who will harm
the higher education of the state in order
to please his bosses is only too easy for the
Somewhere there should be a small still voice
to warn the council, and leaders of education
in general, that hesitation in acting on their
own will lead to catastrophe.
NOW THE JOB of the coordinator, whether
hired by the colleges or the legislators, can
be divided into two areas:
The first is the gathering of information, the
making up of charts and figures, not only on
the universities but on other relevent fields
as well - e.g., the plans of the high schools
for expansion, and the growth of population.
The second part of the job is drawing from
the facts, and from the philosophy of the co-
ordinator, a series of recommendations, which
will, inevitably, juggle the relative prestige of
the various institutions.
Everyone - almost literally - has asked for
someone to do the first job. But it seems that
the council is being both slovenly and cowardly
in proposing to hire a "compatable" chap to
operate on his own and do the second job.
PRESUMABLY, THE presidents of the state's
colleges are intelligent men. Certainly they
have devoted years to studying the needs of
their schools, and know better than most what
can be accomplished in the way of educational
programs. Why do they abdicate the sum of
their individual powers and place this collective
responsibility in the hands of one man?
The fact that the colleges are looking for
a "harmonizer" (in the words of President
Spathelf) is an admission that they have not
been able, or willing, to reach harmony among
themselves. And the fact that they haven't yet
found a man they can all trust indicates the
poverty of their position.
The Legislature can find a man it can trust
- it can trust him because it can fire him.
But the council, in its own eyes at least, is
nine independent bosses - and no one of them
can have the Legislature's smug security about
the dependence of the appointee.
What the council must do is keep the right
to "coordinate" the various programs itself. A
man to collect the facts necessary to come to
a decision would not be a hard man to come
by - he needn't be a combination of Solomon
and Machiavelli.

Fear of Being Different Exists

Associate City Editor
cCARTHYISM is not dead;
there still exists in the minds
of people an irrational fear of
un-Americanism, of Communism.
It is still not accepted, or even
safe, for one to speak out against
the actions of J. Edgar Hoover,
head of the FBI, or the House
Un-American Activities Commit-
tee. If he dares to, he will be
branded at best as a Communist
This was all brought to light
quite clearly on Tuesday night
when I and a friend traveled to
Battle Creek to speak out against
the film "Operation Abolition"
which deals with the demonstra-
tions against the May HUAC
hearings in San Francisco. I wish-
ed to speak at the program being
sponsored by the PTA.
The person in charge of the pro-
gram feared that my presence on
the panel, which was to comment
on Communism, would cause dis-
order and demonstrations. My
representative, August Johansen
(R-Mich) a member of HUAC,
said that if I appeared on the
panel that he would fly down
from Washington to speak against
* * *
against having me appear on the
panel, but assured me that the
panel would present fairly both
sides of the problem of public
safety as opposed to private rights
In regards to the Communist
threat and HUAC.
After the movie was shown, the
four panelists said, as do Hoover
and the Committee, that the stu-
dents involved were either Com-
munists or Communist dupesand
that the Communist threat must
be combated at all costs. One pan-
elist even advocated a preventa-
tive war to save the world for de-
mocracy. The side of the students,
who believe they were demonstrat-
ing against a force in the United
States, HUAC, that is detrimental
to true democracy and freedom of
speech, was not given,
Following the panel discussion
the chairman asked if there were
any questions from the audience.
I stood up and gave the student's
argument against the film that
has been repeated by the Wash-
ington Post, the Reporter and oth-
er national publications. The first
response I received from the audi-
ence was a highly indignant man
rising to shout, "I don't have to
listen to this kind of stuff." He
then stalked from the room follow-
ed closely by approximately 20
* * *
AFTER GIVING panel members
and one member of the audience
a chance to praise HUAC, cite the
threat of Communism and ridicule
the period of time I have had to
read of the Communist threat the
chairman closed the meeting.
Following the meeting, I was
subjected to comments such as
"Why don't you go to Russia and
talk to Khrushchev. He'll take
your side," or, "We should run
you out of town on a rail," or
"This is a democracy, you can't
talk that way." These comments
combined with the wondering

town the situation is radically dif-
IN A TOWN such as Battle
Creek there is only one newspaper,
most of the citizens are either
men who work in one of the fac-
tories or wives of factory workers.
Their access to information in-
cludes their newspaper and maybe
one or two picture magazines.
Unfortunately, many of the oth-
er citizens of perhaps higher ed-
ucation and social position appear
to have the same lack of informa-
For them the Communist threat
becomes very real as they near
someone who is better educated
or in a position of some influence
assures them that there is a very
real danger. They do not question
what they are told by either these
people or statements issued by the
For these reasons such a movie
as "Operation Abolition" com-
mands great attention and an al-
most reverent respect. After all
this is a film that was approved
by a committee of our govern-
ment, how could it not tell the
entire truth?
* * 9
WHEN THEY hear statemens
counter to their accepted belief
their automatic reaction is to as-
sert that these were spoken by
either a Communist or his dupe.
They do not attempt to listen to
the reasoning or the facts as pre-
sented. Their conditioning forces
them to disbelieve totally.

In such an atmosphere films
such as "Operation Abolition"
thrive. They are either believed or
else those who can see through
them so greatly fear being brand-
ed a subversive they refuse to
voice their convictions.
At the meeting I received no
support publically. After the meet-
ing a student-teacher from Mich-
igan State University came up and
said that she agreed. Other open-
minded citizens showed interest
the next day through conversa-
tions and phone calls. This is very
However, the great majority of
the country still remains in the
dark both on the issue of the con-
flict between the private and the
public. There is too great a ten-
dency on the part of most to for-
get the rights of the individual in
the wake of supposed dangers to
the safety of the nation. For them,
it is desirable to restrict liberties
in the face of danger. This is
something that few will deny. The
issue is' whether or not there is
sufficient danger to justify the
abridgement of liberties. I believe
there is not.
"Operation Abolition" and pub-
lications such as the Hoover Re-
port and others are designed to
persuade the public that such a
situation does exist.
As long as people remain unin-
formed, it will be possible for per-
sonal liberties to be removed in
the name of freedom.

* * *
wishes to change the council oper-
ating procedures which require a
week's delay in final consideration
of student opinion motions. His
rationale is that anything the,
Council does is an expression of
student opinion.
Certainly, in one sense of the
term. anything 'the Council does
is student opinion. The distinc-
tion here is between Council busi-
ness which involves recognition off
organizations, approval of student
activities, origination or coordina-
tion of student projects, or ap-
pointment of students to various'
committees and boards, and Coun-
cil action which is solely to express
an opinion.
The reason behind changing the
operating procedure, however, is
more important than semantics.
There Ais some feeling that the
provision merely hampers SGC by
dragging out issues which have'
considerable time significance.
The week delay was established
partly so that the constituency
would have time to express its
actual opinion before the Council
handed down an official student
opinion. The question is whether
Council members make an effort
to find out campus opinions.
* * *9
try to determine campus sentiment
on student opinion motions, but
the constituency also can make
a much greater attempt to be
heard. Students can aid SGC con-
sideration of opinion motions by
attending meetings and speaking
during constituents' time, and by
direct communication with in-
dividual Council members between
The one week clause can pro-
vide the opportunity for increased
student participation in SGC af-
fairs, but if it is not so used-
if expressions of student opinion
are merely an indication that more
than half of the Council members
present at a meeting agreed--
then the clause does hamper pro-

1961 fron student organizations. Pa
can be obtained by an interview
February 7, 8, or 9 for people who
rally work over 15, hours per w
throughout the semester. A letter f
the employer must accompany
Applications for Phoenix Project
search Grants: Faculty members
wish to apply for grants from theI.
igan Memorial-Phoenix Project Resea
Funds to support research in the pe
ful applications and. implications
nuclear energy'should file applicat
In Room 2042, Phoenix Memorial Lat
atory by March 1. Application ci
will be mailed on request or can
obtained at 2042 Phoenix Memo
Lab., Ext. 86-407.
Martha Cook Building is receiv
applications for September 1961. n
ent Freshmen and Sophomore won
may apply. Please telephone NO 2
for an appointment.
. Physical Education Classes for Upl
class women Only:
'Fouractivity classes will be sc]
uled for upperclass women only dur
the first seven weeks of the sp
semester. No freshman may register
these classes. Each class will be ec
pleted withing the regular hourly scb
ule, so an individual might mak
class following the gym class hour
The elective classes are:
Golf--Tues, and Thurs, at 8:10
8:45, Women's Athletic Bldg.
Fencing-Mon. and Wed. at 10:10
10:45. Women's Athletic Bldg.
Swimming-Wed. only at 11:00-1
Women's Pool.
P.F.C.-Mon. and Wed., 3:10 to
Barbour Gymnasium.
Upperclass women may register
these classes during the second ser
ter registration period by going to
Physical Education table at Watern
History 91-Mon., Jan. 23, 9-12.
dents with initials A-L, in 25 Ang
all others in Aud. C.
History 38-Mon., Jan. 30. 9-12.
dents with initials A-E in 229 An
all others in 231 Angell.
Notice to Bicycle Owners: More tl
165 impounded bicycles will berp1
in the' group to be sold at Pu
Auction if they are, not claimed bei
Mon., Feb. 6. Persons who have
bicycles this year or in past years
invited to check for their bicycles.
cycle Storage Garages, located on
Washington St. just off Forest Ave.,
open Mon., Tues.,. and Thurs. frci
p.m. to 6 p.m.
The service fee on all impoun
bicycles is $3.00 if claimed within
days. For the.next 60 days a sto
charge of 10c per day is added. Wi
storage at local shops is $1.50
month as compared to $3.00 per ma
if the bicycle is left in our sto
(Continued on Page 6)

Williams Case and Membership Selection

The inclusion of the exam sched
raiseworthy convenience to the stud
note, puzzling at best, is prominen
over of the time schedule: "Your scr
lasses must include a conflict-free exa
Is this cryptic warning actuallya
:eeping students from electing two
;urses whose exams are scheduled
ame time? One hates to dredge up
$sue, but the lopsided balance of adr
ive expedience over educational pla
aising its ugly head again.
'tElMOST THIS note could possib
is that the powers that be passiona
here will be no great increase in exa
onflicts now that the time schedule is
arly. Exam conflicts are unfortun
lifficulties they present aren't insolub
hey have been solved before. Para
nucti of the debate regarding the inc
he time schedule centered around
spect of the same question: will stude
Ilan their course schedules around thl
chedules? If a student is compelled
t course he needs because of an exam
ie will be doing just that, through no
its own.
I would suggest that if no formal
s given to professors and students toI
onflicts between themselves, informal
nents will be made as they have bee
iast. Hopefully at some future time an

ule is a_
dent. But
t on the T E COUNCIL, THOUGH it does not affirm
hedule of Its position, is the representative of the
medule of universities, insofar as statewide policy is con-
cerned. If it cannot weigh the opinions of ex-
aimed at perts and come up with good plans of action,
desired, then no one can.
i 'at the On the other hand, the Legislature was voted
into office to tend the people's interests; it
a cliche should not yield its functionto a bureaucracy
nlnig tra without any immediate censor of its activity.
~nning i A State Coordinator of Higher Education
could follow the wishes of the Legislature in
bly mean some areas, in return for relative autonomy
1y mean in others. After a while, of course, he would
tely hope become less and less dependent on the law-
revealed makers, for after a few years the position will
Srevealed become more powerful than the Legislature
ate. The would like. Any position that serves as the
ble, since only meeting ground for two power complexes
doxically, such as the universities and the Legislature
lusion of will tend to accumulate power.
another The legislators owe it to the much abused
ents then principle of "the will of the people" to see that
eir exam decisions in the vitally important area of educa-
to drop tion are kept before the eyes of the people.
conflict, If the Council of College Presidents prepares
fault of a list of priorities and states, after study,
what it wishes to be accomplished first, and
directive what last, then it has done all it can do and
work out what it is supposed to do. The Legislature,
arrange- being given both the priorities and the data,
n in the must decide -- for this is its job - how much
examin- monev to nn ndn the ream s ts

To the Editor:
controversy over the injunction
against the Williams chapter of
Beta Theta Pi. The issue here, as
any fraternity members knows, is
not the "type of enforced selection
practiced at Williams" as your edi-
torial suggests, but the fact that
the Williams chapter has, volun-
tarily it seems, pledged a Negro.
The 'total opportunity' debate is
simply a convenient pretext to
obscuse the real question-demo-
cracy of membership in Amercian
If the basis of a fraternity is
the 'theory of compatible' mem-
bership,' then the chapter ought
to be allowed to determine who
is truly compatible. This seems
to be the case at Williams. The
outside interference comes from
a vicious and outmoded policy of
a national officialdom, not from
any cause at Williams College it-
self. Such interference will do
more harm to the fraternity sys-
tem than all the total opportunity
plans ever developed.
-W. Robert Connor
Book Drive. ..
To the Editor:
'HE STUDENT Government
Council and the International
Student Association are co-spon-
soring a drive, from Wednesday,
February 15, 1961, to Friday, Feb-

while project and one that should
enlist the support of the entire
academic world and its associates.
The support of both the University
and Ann Arbor community is
needed to make this drive a suc-
cess. At this time when there is
a great exchange of books, we
appeal to the faculty, students and
community to consider the great
need for educational materials
throughout the Asian world-a
need which we can help meet. We
are urging you NOW TO SAVE
YOUR BOOKS for the drive early
next semester.
The kind of books wanted are
university, college, and secondary
level books in good condition,
published after 1945. Works by
standard authors published before
1945 are also needed. Categories
of books and Journals needed are
history, psychology, comparative,
religion, social welfare, economics,
business, law journalism, geo-
graphy, and scholarly, scientific
and technical journals in runs of
five years or more.
Boxes will be placed at strategic
points for collecting the books. We
hope that you will recognize the
need and give it your support.
-Jeanne Parn, '63
-Elliot Tepper,1'62
Asian Book Drive
Electoral College.. .

that the winner tends to have a
larger majority in the electoral
college than he does in popular
votes makes for more orderly gov-
ernment and avoids the temptation
to fiddle with the votes that a'
proportional distribution system
would bring. Under a proportional
system, which would have made
the electoral score much closer,
the recounts would still be going
on. The opportunities for hanky-
panky in a close election that the
Mundt plan would bring stagger
the imagination..
Harrah's cavalier dismissal of
the McGee Amendment (which
would force electoral votes to re-
flect the popular vote of the state)
with the remark that the fear that
electors might frustrate the will
of the voters is " . . . a remote
possibility, and history has proven
It too remote to bother with,"
makes one wonder where he was
last November. Has he forgot the
lip-smacking unction with which
the Mississippi and Alabama
electors were contemplating their
opportunities to throw the election
into the House of Representatives?
This hankering for a system that
allows a body representing a
minority to frustrate the will of
the majority is the real tip-off to
what is bothering Harrah and
Mundt - there are more Demo-
crats in this country than Republi-
The fact of matter is, Harrah,
Mundt, and Thurmond want to

in arrogating to themselves I
decision of just what the will
the people is, in the face of
majority expression to the c
-Daniel Bernd
Department of English
To the Editor:
IT SEEMS THAT some peo
aren't happy unless they're c
ticizing something. I was quv
shocked to read Mr. Goldber
appraisal of the Symphony Ba
concert as "a mixture of the vi
good and the very bad." I doi
know what his standards are, 1
if Sunday's concert didn't live
to them, I doubt if any colc(
ever will. Not only was the ban
playing as near to flawless as
have ever heard from them, 1
the choice of numbers was exc
Although Rafael Mendez blend
with the band at times, I cani
recall his ever being "drowned
a torrent of percussion and hea
brass," as Mr. Goldberg so poe,
cally put it. A good soloist m
be capable of becoming an in
gral part of his accompanimei
which Mendez did with perfecti
The criticism of the clos:
number I consider especially u
fair. I have yet to speak to an
one (Mr. Goldberg 'excepted)w
found this number anything otl

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