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Seventy-Third Year
Truth Will Preval">
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in al, reprints.
Consolidated Election
Would Improve Polities.

{ SGC :.: .
Insults Students
By Ronald Wilton, Editor

"Let's Not Get Panieky, Fellows -This Could
Have Some Pretty Amusing Aspects"
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ANN ARBOR VOTERS should approve
the proposed charter amendment
which will appear on the April 6 ballot
calling for the elimination of city spring
Much has been said and much will be
said on both sides of the issue. The issue
of discontinuing spring elections, made
possible by a provision in the new state
constitution, will not doubt be a major
issue in the spring election.
Already public officials and other
knowledgeable citizens, including Univer-
sity faculty, have voiced their opinions on
the matter. With all but a few of the pos-
sible arguments accounted for, the advan-
tages of "consolidating" the local with
the state and national elections seem to
outweigh the advantages of holding sep-
arate city elections in the spring.
T LOOK at the situation from the lofty
heights of American political ideal-
ism, perhaps this "one, big election" idea
will benefit immeasurably the party sys-
tem. Ann Arbor could, as a result of
having an issue-filled, politically stim-
ulating campaign aimed at the voters
from all levels of government, be the site
of a model political community, where
the democratic-popular theory of gov-
ernment thrives.
Councilman John Laird has visions of
such results when he speaks of the po-
tential 80-90 per cent turnout at the polls
in the fall elections. He deplored the ar-
gument advanced by some that the vot-
ers would be confused with all the issues
and candidates they must know at elec-
tion time. "It's degrading the voters to
say that they can't know all the issues.
It's about time we threw out the 'coffee
hours" and discussion groups connected
with the present spring elections, which
only attract on the average 30-40 per
cent of the voting population," Laird
more convincing proof of the voters'

capabilities to handle large issues and at
the same time local issues. "Look at last
year's election when the new state con-
stitution was the major issue. Ann Ar-
bor voters turned out in record numbers
and gave the largest vote ever in a spring
election for council candidates," Bande-
mer reported.
Thus, a large number of issues does not
confuse and befuddle the voter, but rath-
er draws the voter out to the polls and
at the same time registers his votes on
all levels of government, including local.
PERHAPS the consolidation of elections
would also induce more party respon-
sibility. Partisan candidates and issues on
the national, state and local levels can
be viewed and compared by the voting
population. Inconsistencies in the party
at the various levels would very possibly
be remedied. This is especially applicable
to today's political scene where there are
Innumerable inconsistencies at national
and regional levels of party organization.
BANDEMER also pointed out several
benefits peculiar to Ann Arbor:
The long, nine-month lame duck ses-
sion of the Municipal Judge elected in the
spring, but who doesn't take office until
the following January, would be reduced
to only two months.
Also, newly elected Council members
would not be immediately thrown into
such big decisions as the city budget if
the spring elections were eliminated. At
present, newly elected council members
have only about one month to review the
budget to make a decision.
Arguments presentedshere arenot ex-
haustive. However, these are the major
considerations which should be carefully
weighed by voters before April 6. The
main argument, that of improving the
political scene through more citizen par-
ticipation and activity, must not be cloud-
ed by or sacrificed to the lesser objections
to the election consolidation.

STUDENT Government Council
has finally hit the rock bottom
of moral and democratic destitu-
tion. The time it has taken was
longer than might be expected.
Nevertheless, the event was inevit-
able. By now it should be apparent
to everybody.
Last Wednesday's meeting was
the proverbial straw that broke the
camel's back. Until then, SGC was
always open to charges that it was
a do-nothing or go-slow body, but
those charges could at least be
countered by reciting the structur-
al and constitutional limitation on
the body. But at its last meeting,
Council rose up and struck the
student body in the face, insulting
it to the point where student calls
for Council's abolition are justifieds
THERE WERE two issues in-
volved, both of them simple. One
was to elimninate the election
rule stating that candidates for
Council are required to obtain
250 student signatures on a
petition before they can run.
The second was to have the
deadline for platform state-
ments moved up to a week be-
fore election day.
In debating the two motions,
Council members displayed a com-
plete lack of respect for the intel-
ligence of their constituency. The
idea behind the first motion was
twofold. It was supposed to make
it easier for more people to run for
Council since it was alleged that
the "Mickey Mouse" of making
candidates gather the signatures
deterred good people from run-
ning. The second aim was to give
candidates more time to relax and
to think up issues and positions
on issues. The concern for the
health and welfare of potential
candidates was profuse; the con-
cern for the student body and the
betterment of Council was con-
spicuous by its absence.
WHAT this motion will do is
make it possible for anybody to
run for Council. Somebody out
for a lark can fill out the regis-
tration materials and be placed
on the ballot. If he gets elected,
fine; he's a campus personality.
If he fails, no time or effort
were wasted.
Proponents of the motion argued
that Council is currently suffering
from a lack of interested and
qualified candidates, and anything
which could alleviate this situation
would be justified. Yet, when a
good Council would require much
time and effort from its members,
does it make sense to throw the
candidacy around to someone who
would not have taken the small ef-
fort (and it was admitted that the
effort was not great) to collect the
required signatures?
All this does is allow irresponsi-
ble people to make a mockery out
of the Council election. What it
further says is that the student
body is so lacking in political so-
phistication and intelligence that
it does not deserve any attempt to
separate out concerned people. It
also says that Council is so unim-
portant that someone is qualified
to run just by signing a sheet of
paper. This is reinforced when de-
bate on the second motion is con-
THE SUNDAY before every
election The Daily prepares and
prints an election supplement
paid for by Council. This supple-
ment contains pictures of the
candidates and their platform
statements. I don't think I am
blowing The Daily's horn when
I say that most voters depend
on this supplement for an indi-
cation of a candidate's position
on issues and also as a means of

idenitfying his concerns. Visits
by candidates to residence halls
and affiliate housing are often
poorly attended and mimeo-
graphed platform statements do
not get around campus very
Supporters of the motion to
push up the platform submission
deadline asserted that this was
necessary because most issues
come up during the campaign and
candidates need time to think up
their positions on these and in-
clude them in their platforms. In
other words, there are not enough
issues lying around on which SGC
can act, so when a candidate
thinks of one during the campaign,
all the others borrow it and formu-
late their own stands. This desper-
ate grasping for issues on a cam-
pus virtually suffocating with
problems demanding attention
points up the sterility of thinking
prevalent among most Council
I also pointed out at the meet-
ing that pushing the deadline up
to a week before the elections
would make it impossible for The
daily to put out the supplement.
Technical considerations dictate
that a supplement coming out
Sunday has to be ready to be
printed by Thursday. In order for
our staff members to do a compe-
tent job and still be able to carry
out their day to day tasks, they
need at least a week to prepare the
supplement. This would push the
deadline back to two weeks before
the electiorf.
ONCE AGAIN solicitude for
the health and welfare of the
/candidate won out. Supporters
of the motion argued that the
platforms did not have to go in
The Daily but could be printed
in the SGC Newsletter. It was
agreed that- the readership of
theaNewsletter was not very
Sherry Miller, the champion of
the compromise any time, any-
where moved to make the dead-
line 10 days before the election.
Again, I pointed out that we could
not prepare the supplement in this
time. But as I looked around the
table I could see that members just
did not care whether students saw
the platforms or not. The attitude
seemed to be, "so students wouldn't

be able to see the platforms, so
what, they could still put numbers
on the ballots. The student body
doesn't matter, what does matter
is our getting elected, and if it has
to be on personality factors instead
of issues, so what. We, SGC, knows
what's best for the student body."
The motion passed 11 to 6.
THIS example of petty elit-
ism revealed the true colors of
most Council members. They are
not interested in advancing the
interests of the student body.
All they want is to be campus-
personalities and be able to put
down on their application for
grad school or business that they
were on the student government.
They look at studentsyas a
means to an end, and they ex-
ploit that means for all it is
worth. Once elected the student
body is forgotten.
Some faculty members still re-
spect the concept of student re-
sponsibility. None that I know of
respects SGC. Council's actions are
having a destructive effect on fac-
ulty opinion of the student body.
Students, in their own self inter-
ests, seriously consider whether
they want a body which fosters
such petty elitism and disregard
for their intelligence to continue
in operation. The structure and
operation of Council doom it to be
always an ineffectual body. The
actions of its members only serve
to hold it up for contempt.
TONIGHT, members of the
Faculty Senate's Student Rela-
tions Committee are scheduled
to visit Council to talk about a
broadening of SGC's responsibil-
ity. I hope they will not be tak-
en in by the pious platitudes ut-
tered by Council members. SGC
is not a responsible body, it is
a very irresponsible one. It is
not concerned about the student.
As a matter of fact its actions
prove that it holds him some-
what in contempt. Members are
only concerned with maintain-
ing their supposedly elite status
and in admitting to that status
only those people they desire to
favor. They sit on Council as
individuals and not as student
representatives. Council's powers
should not be broadened; if any-
thing they should be lessened or

Report Fails
To Meet Issues

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the
first of a three-part series on the
education school. The proposals
made in the school's recent five-
year appraisal report andstheir im-
plementation will be considered.
Also, a comparison will be made
between the program of the educa-
tion school and other programs at
institutions with comparable bud-
THE DEAN of the Education
school describes an experiment
to enlarge the size of lectures, (de-
creasing the numbers in recitation
groups), as a new program in his
school. Later it is discovered that
the "new program" ended as an
experiment over two years ago.
Just a minor oversight?
A proposal that "All depart-

Reader Protests Arb Closing

Scranton Offers Leadership

IT MAY VERY WELL BE that when the
GOP presidential convention picks its
nominee in August, the man to represent
the party will be Pennsylvania Governor
William Warren Scranton.
Scranton at 45 is the most dynamic
man the Republicans have. He has serv-
ed as a congressmen for one term from
1960 to 1962 and then, as an unknown,
was nominated and elected governor of
one of the largest industrial states. Scran-
ton defeated a man who had celaned
up the city of Philadelphia, starting a
large-scale slum clearance program.
Mayor Richardson Dillworth was certain-
ly the man everyone thought would be
Pennsylvania's governor. His party held a
GOV. GEORGE ROMNEY has said that
he would accept a draft for Republican
presidential nomination on the grounds
that doing so would be his "responsibility
as a citizen and a Republican to accept
such -a draft."
He is of the opinion that anyone would
have to accept similar drafts for politi-
cal office in order to keep a clear con-
science as a citizen.
IN THIS CONTEXT, it is interesting that
the governor flatly refused recently to
run for the United States Senate from
Michigan. Apparently he only applies his
principles as a "good citizen and Repub-
lican" when he would like to hold the
office anyway.
Romney's saying that running for the
Senate is "out of the question," may serve
to clarify his views on a draft in his
favor at the Republican convention this
summer. In any case, Romney seems to
be not as interested in being a "good citi-
zen and Republican" as he says, and a
little more interested in the Republican
presidential nomination than he would
have people believe.

majority registration in the state and he
*represented Philadelphia which is one of
the largest Democratic areas in the na-
tion. Philadelphia was the area that gave
the late President Kennedy the plurality
that gave him all of Pennsylvania's elec-
toral votes in 1960.
BUT SCRANTON, known by few people
before April of 1962, is now governor
of Pennsylvania and doing a good job.
He has changed the industrial atmosphere
of Pennsylvania so that few companies
are leaving the state and there has been
an influx of industry.
But Gov. Scranton is more than just
a good governor elected in the face of
a supposedly hostile majority; he is a
man capable of winning votes because
of his personality.
His record in Pennsylvania shows that
he can win votes. Holding only a razor-
thin edge in the state senate and house,
he has already gotten a large majority
of his program passed.
It is no wonder with these facts in mind
that the Republicans are looking to this
man to carry them to victory. They
need a dynamic man, like Scranton, who
can win.
THERE IS, HOWEVER, one fault which
Scranton must overcome; he is rela-
tively unknown nationally. Scranton, al-
though often, mentioned, has not been in
the national spotlight long enough to be
known and considered by all. Those who
are close to him in the state and who
know him well do think he is the man
likely to be nominated.
If, however, Gov. Scranton is to be
nominated for the presidency he must
act now and do his part in securing
the nomination. He must overcome his
lack of prominence on the national level.
It may be that he cannot launch a full
scale campaign now, but at least he must
announce he is a candidate for a draft
and is seriously considering announcing

To the Editor:
AS'A resident of Ann Arbor, I
want to protest the closing of
the Arboretum to the public and
to dissent from the editorial opin-
ion expressed in The Daily last
week that this move was reason-
able and proper.
The Arboretum is the only spot
in or anywhere near Ann Arbor
that provides any natural beauty
on a scale large enough to make
the onlooker breathe deeply. It is
the only place where one can sit
and think and not feel crowded.
As such it is an irreplaceable good
that the University provides for
the public as well as for its own
students and staff.
THE REASONS given for de-
priving us all of the use of the
Arboretum seem inadequate. The
vandalism cited is overwhelmingly
due to the misuse of vehicles.
Closing the Arboretum to vehicu-
lar traffic should take care of
these abuses and would seem to be

a reasonable move. The relatively
small damage occasionally done
by pedestrians is a small price that
the University might well pay in
the interest of all concerned. A
few signs explaining the purpose
of the Arboretum and asking the
public to cooperate in preserving
the plants and their identifying
labels might go far toward elicit-
ing more careful behavior on the
part of users of the Arboretum.
Certainly such a course seems
worthy of a trial before the arbi-
trary explusion of all nature lovers
is resorted to.
-Mrs. Alisa Weinreich
Ban d...
To the Editor:
A STUDENT out for a varsity
sport is exempted from the two
semester requirement of physical
education. This does not apply to
marching band members, and
seems to me an unfair policy.
Most bandsmen march for four

years yet receive only one semes-
ter's physical education credit.
The marching band's widely
known excellence comes from a
great deal of work - namely, six
rehearsals and a game per week,
totaling approximately 101/2 hours
of hard, physical work. Rehearsals
start in the last week of August.
These range from one to three
hours in length: I dare say that
by the end of the marching sea-
son (September through- Novem-
ber), the average bandsman is in
quite excellent physical shape.
THE POINT I want to make is
that, in terms of physical work,
marching band corresponds to a
sport. If freshman-team members
are given two semester's credit,
why not freshman band members?
Four seasons with the marching
band are equal to far more than
four semesters of physical educa-
tion. Why can't credit be given for
two? I hope the physical educa-
tion department will consider' a
revision of its policy relating to
band members.

ments be requested to review the s.
present status and needs for re-
search training of graduate stu-
dents in their respective areas" is
approved in principle by the fac-,
ulty. To begin this review and pro-
jection of research needs the pro-
posal must be implemented by the
Dean and Executive Committee. A
year goes by after the faculty ap
proves the proposal. No adminis-
trative action has yet been taken,
the education school in the light
of its recent "five-year evaluation
report," and in relation to the
progress of other education schools
with comparable budgets, reveals
serious administrative stagnation
as well as a painful vacuum where
faculty concern could press for
better programs.
More than a few minor over-
sights appear when one considers
the content and manner of imple-
mentation of the five-year report.
The committee 'that wrote the
traditional five-year report was
elected by the faculty. It pursued.
its "appraisal" by soliciting faculty
opinion, -particularly chairmen of
the standing committees, and in-
terviews with University adminis-
trators, the latter "to gain insight
into the image of the school as
seer by these officials," the re-
port stated. Those interviewed
were University President Harlan --
Hatcher, Vice-President for Aca-
demic Affairs Roger Heyns, Exec-
utive Vice-President Marvin Nie-
huss, Vice-President for Student
Affairs James A. Lewis and Dean
of State-Wide Education Harold
The committee then wrote are.
port with recommendations for the
school to be considered by the fac-
ulty and appropriately implement-
ed by Dean Willard C. Olson and
the executive committee.
The report did not come to
grips with the real problems. One
of the major reasons was a con-
cept underlying the operation of
the appraisal report: that curricu-
lum problems were not to be ap-
praised by the committee nor were
recommendations on the direct
improvement of curriculum to be
made. This is because, theoretical-
ly, all new ideas on curriculum
come through the undergraduate
and graduate committees,
THE FACT that the committee
did not directly concern itself with
a critical approach to curriculum
was an important source of the
watered-down content which ap-
peared in the report. Instead of
meeting squarely the area most
important for an evaluation to
consider, the committee dealt in
peripheral issues, going all around
the problem but never hitting at
the center.
Another reason which likely ac-
counts for a lack of imagination
was the committee policy stated
in the preface to the report: If
"the committee did not agree with
a suggestion or did not feel it
should take action" it omitted it
from its list of new ideas. Thus
rather than sampling, organizing
and commenting upon, but at least
presenting, views of the faculty
and administration, the group ex-
ercised a private little system of
censorship according to its own
THE VERY concept of a group
of five professors making "recom-
mendations," for all phases of the
education school is not fruitful.
Rather than acting as a sieve,
straining out the presently un-
workable, radical or otherwise un-
acceptable ideas the groupshould
have organized and published all
of the views on major issues it
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--Stan Bidlack, '67
(Letters to the Editor should be
typewritten, double-spaced and not
longer than 500 words. The Daily
will not print letters without the
writer's name except under very un-
usual circumstances. The editors
reserve the right to shorten and
edit any letter according to their
POLITICALLY irrelevant people
have made a success of politics
from time to time, and John Glenn
should not be damned out of hand.
A special objection, however,
springs from the origins of his
fame. The astronauts were type-
cast by NASA and the services:
all were good test pilots with some
engineering training, all were
splendid physical specimens and
clean-cut American types. All were
conventional in their backgrounds,
their marriages and their views.
It is as if they had been selected
for the image of orthodoxy they
would project before the public.
t Std SCREENED, and ruling out
the improbable flowering of latent
political perspicuity and independ-
ence, Glenn cannot be expected
to offer much in the way of cour-
ageous and original thinking in a
period when the country faces the
most dangerous dilemmas at home
and abroad.
In the Democratic primary,
moreover, he faces Stephen M.
Vnuna who. desuite his 74 years.

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