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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 al; reprints.

The Utter Folly of Party Alignments

WCC Survey Indicates
Liberalized Rules Wanted

AT FIRST GLANCE, the Women's Con-
ference Committee survey seems to
show that University women do not
strongly want liberalization of their rules.
However, upon more careful scrutiny one
finds that those who would be most di-
rectly concerned with such liberalizations
as junior apartment permission decided-
ly favor a relaxing of the rules. It is the
opinions of these people-this year's
freshmen and sophomores-that should
be held in highest regard. What they
think and want is what counts since they
are the ones whom such liberalizations
will affect.
Nearly 75 per cent of residence hall
sophomores showed preference for junior
apartment permission with some of these
women also wanting sophomore and
freshman permission. Likewise, over 75
per cent of freshmen polled had the same
Interestingly enough, sororities and up-
perclass women were the ones who reg-
WHERE COULD a man and woman meet
on campus to discuss school work or
personal problems, Regent Irene Murphy
queried recently?
She poses a good question.
The University lacks facilities for two
students to meet to study or talk in pri-
Dormitory lounges are too big and im-
personal. There aren't enough conference
rooms in the Undergraduate Library and
besides they're always crowded. The Un-
ion and the League listening rooms. are
closed to members of the opposite sex.
Rooms in living units are also off-limits
for coeducational conferences. The MUG
and other coffee spots aren't really con-
ducive to study.
An apartment is the only opportunity
for privacy.
IT'S NO WONDER that academics are
an individual endeavor and not part of
students' extra-curricular life-the Uni-
versity builds separateness into its physi-
cal plant.
Here's an area in which student unions
could make a real contribution to the
campus environment. The League and
the Union should subdivide some of their
large, little-used meeting rooms into
small, individual conference cubicles.
Perhaps this is what Regent Murphy
has in mind.

istered conservative, more non-progres-
sive views. Residence hall junior and sen-
ior statistics showed that about 50 per
cent favored at least junior apartment
permission (a few also wanted sophomore
and freshman permission) while sorori-
ties (composed of sophomores, juniors
and seniors) polled a bare 40 per cent in
favor of relaxed rules.
The question is, why wasn't there a
strongly united front of all University
women for further rules liberalization? Do
women students really like and prefer the
present University restrictions? Or don't
they feel ready for the responsibilities
that go along with increased liberties?
Obviously, freshmen and sophomores
don't like the rules and do feel ready for
responsibility. But on the basis of overall
statistics, administrators might now be
justified in withholding such liberaliza-
tions until there is greater demand for it.
WHY SUCH FIGURES? This year's sen-
iors have apartment permission and
no hours. Thus, in this area there is not
much more for them to ask of the Uni-
versity. Besides, they are graduating and
therefore need not concern themselves
with future undergraduate policies.
Therefore, why should they be interest-
ed in junior apartment privileges?
Sororities, on the other hand, are very
interested in junior apartment permis-
sion. The whole idea of sorority living is
threatened by it. Many sororities are hav-
ing trouble now over loosing senior mem-
bers to apartments-some sororities will
not give permission to live outside the
house to members unless they deactivate
or disaffiliate. Junior apartment permis-
sion would mean a greater number of
girls who would want to live out of the
house as well as fewer girls who would
pledge as sophomores when the prospect
of apartment living is dangled in front of
The final group of figures cannot be
explained away. Freshmen and sopho-
mores represent one group that wants
liberalization of rules.
THE PURPOSE of the survey was to
make women's opinions on their regu-
lations known to the University. The num-
bers are tabulated and compiled but do
not clearly represent those opinions that
are most important. When making rec-
ommendations to the University, WCC
should consider most strongly the choices
of those women who are most directly
concerned and stand to gain the most
from liberalization.

AS Student Government Coun.
cil candidates get into the
thick of the campaign, the
punches are rolling harder and
harder. To date, the greatest
clashes have occurred between
candidates of two political par-
ties, the Student Government Re-
form Union (SGRU) and Stu-
dents United for Responsible Gov-.
ernment (SURGe).
While SGRU took the off en-
sive in suggesting that SOC
should be abolished, the SURGe
counterforce soon took hold. For
a while, SURGe candidates were
able to revel because their ac-
tions were considered mature and
responsible while those of SGRU
candidates were considered de-
But SURGe's tactics in the
last week certainly have not been
any more laudable than SGRU's.
TUESDAY night, after candi-
dates finished speaking at vari-
ous sororities, SURGe members
prepared to leave for a supposed-
ly open forum for SGC campaign-
ers over WCBN radio. Learning
of their destination, non-SURGe
people tagged along and thus
were able to participate in the
discussion. They were forced to
make their radiowpresentation
spontaneously while SURGers
could prepare in advance. Nb
SGRU members were able to at-
It is somewhat of a mystery
why only SURGe candidates knew
of the forum. Apparently there
was an announcement posted in
the vicinity of the SGC offices.
No one, however, can remember
exactly how long ago. Nor can
anyone recall when it came down
or who took it down-but it was
admitted that it had been miss-
ing several days prior to the
Harry Dorr, former general
manager of WCBN, verified that
the announcement had been post-
ed. He also pointed out that SGC
Treasurer Douglas Brook and
former Council President Thomas
Brown-both SURGe members-
had been contacted and asked to
inform "whoever they saw" about
the forum.
Brook, however, commented
that he did not arrange for the
SURGe candidates to participate
in the forum. Brown noted that
he had reminded the SURGe can-
didates of the forum, but didn't
know anything about the notifi-
cation cf other candidates.
Two SURGe candidates, SGC
incumbents Sherry Miller and
Gary Cunningham, were vague
in explaining how they had kept
the date in mind when other can-
didates hadn't even heard of it.
Miss Miller said she had written
the date down some time ago.
Cunningham said all the SURGe
candidates kept themselves in-
formed of campaign schedules
and, thus, he had been reminded
The events around the radio
forum being cloudy SURGe can
hardly be indicted for being more
"informed" than the other can-
ANOTHER confusing string of
events and explanations deas
with a SGRU candidate who was
among those speakers at a soror-
ity house Tuesday. During his
presentation, a SURGe campaign-
er was interrupted by Carl Cohen
of SGRU.
iSome people present contend
that there was continued inter-
ruption and heckling of candi-
dates following Cohen's initial

One of the sorority members
was so distressed by the inci-
dent that she called SGC member
Fred Rhines to complain.
Consequently, at the SGC
meeting Wednesday night second
and third-hand accounts were
presented by Rhines, President
Russell Epker and Executive
Vice-President Thomas Smithson,
condemning the behavior. Smith-
son even held a private lecture
session with the candidates pres-

c o n t I n u e d interruptions and
heckling are unjustified.
* * *
OTHER incidents of politick-
ing occurred Wednesday when an
editorial ran in The Daily and
SGC's credentials and rules
committee met.
The editorial was written by
Thomas Copi, a Daily staff mem-
ber and SGRU candidate. Copi
took advantage of his staff posi-
tion to blast elections director
Charles Cooper for cutting the

submitted his complaint in a Let-
ter to the Editor.
SURGe members were under-
standably annoyed by Copi's tac-
tics. A discussion at the Council
table Wednesday on the fate of
the SGRU platform statement,
and subsequent action taken by
the credentials and rules com-
mittee, might easily be construed.
as revenge-seeking.
* * *
SMITHSON announced at the
meeting that he had reversed

Smithson's acceptance of partial
blame for the misunderstanding.
* * . *
EPKER Thursday denied that
because five of the eight members
of the committee belonged to
SURGe, the decision was influ-
He maintained that to allow
SGRU members a common 440
word statement would be giving
them unfair advantage. He furth-
er contended that a 440-word
statement for five was the same

In the SGC Campaign Circus:
Smithson, Simon, Miller, Copi, Cohen, Epher

ent during Council's recess, ask-
ing them to refrain from such
discurtesy during the rest of the
Surprisingly, the extent of the
disturbance appeared much great-
er to the persons making these
reports than it did to the can-
didates who were present. Cun-
ningham, in particular, dismissed
Cohen's interruption as "really
Diane Lebedeff, a SGRU mem-
ber who is running as an inde-
pendent in the election, noted
that everyone was interrupting
and debating in this discussion
period, including at least one
member of the sorority.
Although Cohen's behavior de-
serves criticism, accusations of

SGRU platform statement from
440 to 300 words. He said SGRU
Chairman Richard Keller Simon
had been given the impression
that a common party platform
signed by all the candidates was
acceptable so long as it did not
exceed a total of the 300 word
limit allotted each individual.
(There are five SGRU candidates
and thus the understanding was
that it could be under 1500
Copi has used The Daily edi-
torial columns to support SGRU
before, rationalizing that as a
staff member he does not have
access to the Letters to the Editor
column. Nonetheless, there are
three SGRU candidates under
whose names Copi could have

Cooper's decision to cut the
SGRU platform. Smithson said he
had given a "misinterpretation"
of the platform rules to Simon.
He stated that he did not feel
that SGRU should be penalized
because of an error on his part.
Michigan Union President Ray
Rusnak, a SURGe member, chal-
lenged Smithson's ability to rule
on the issue and disagreed with
his conclusion. Smithson then
noted that the matter would be
discussed at the credentials and
rules committee meeting following
Council adjournment.
The committee subsequently de-
cided that the SGRU platform
statement would be printed at the
300 word limit and without party
identification, thus dismissing

Student Defends College Plan

To the Editor:
F ROM several articles which
have appeared in The Daily
this past week, it is apparent
that some students and faculty
have been misinformed concern-
ing student opinion and interest
in the proposed residential col-
lege plan. As chairman of a stu-
dent committee which has dis-
cussed the residential college for
two years, I would like to con-
test the editorial opinion of Mr.
Kenny and the reported state-
ments of Prof. Daniel Fader of
the English department.
Prof. Fader has remarked that
the residential college would pro-
vide students with continuation of
Nigh school, "another hothouse
environment where they will nev-
er learn to be students on their
own." It is difficult for me to
make much sense of this state-
ment, if by "another hothouse
environment" he is referring to
the overcrowded high school sit-
uation with classes too large for
an emphasis on individual out-
side class work.
By subjecting a high school
graduate to four years of lecture
courses, emphasizing the regurgi-
tative methods of note and text
learning, will these people become
"students on their own"? Or are

they more likely to profit from
a small class situation, de-em-
phasizing the in-class work, en-
couraging individual outside re-
search, under the close guidance
of a faculty member?
* * *
IT IS MY personal conviction,
and the conviction of the mem-
bers of the Literary College Steer-
ing Committee, that there are
many students at the University
who would have much preferred,
if given the opportunity, the small
school approach to their present
literary college experience.
There is a great need to com-
bat the strains of a growing Uni-
versity. Under the present system
the opportunities for experimen-
tation have become increasingly
more difficult. The Honors Pro-
gram has failed in this respect,
due primarily to the sheer pres-
sure of size. Prof. Fader has men-
tioned that "the best part of the
University is a function of its
size." This does not obscure the
fact that the worst parts can
also be attributed to size.
And the complaints cannot be
limited to the students. I am con-
vinced that there are many mem-
bers of the faculty who are gen-
uinely concerned with the in-
creased difficulties in teaching in

Board Must Iron Out Bugs
In Athletic Building Plan

HIDDEN BENEATH the glamour of yes-
terday's Regental approval for a new
athletic building are a few bugs which
must be worked out favorably if the $3.5
million project is to be worth much.
The most important features of the new
building are to be its seating capacity and
its adaptability for non-athletic functions.
Barr's Trip
foot in the bucket and the other in his
mouth, is having an increasingly hard
time running in the New Hampshire pri-
He ran into his latest obstacle last week
when he berated his opponent in the pri-
mary, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, for ac-
cepting endorsement and support from
James Hoffa's Teamsters Union.
What tripped him up were two facts:
First, Sen. Norris Cotton, Barry's cam-
paign manager, wholeheartedly accepted
Teamster financial support in his own
campaign for re-election two years ago.
Second, the wealthy industrialist and
radio station owner who is the main mon-
etary wheel in Barry's New Hampshire
efforts borrowed $500,000 from the Team-
sters just six months ago.
All we can wish Barry are better land-
ings next time. _ _UMPT.Vf

Athletic Director H. O. (Fritz) Crisler ex-!
plained Thursday that the new building
would accommodate as many people and
have as much adaptability as is possible
with the limited funds that the Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics has
available for the project. The estimate
presented to the Regents by University
President Harlan Hatcher was for a 12-
15,000 seat building.
Yost is 41 years old and it's safe to
assume that after the new building is
erected, another will not be in the offing
for at least another half-century.
It would be most regretable if the "sky-
rocketing costs" that Crisler is so prone
to mention in almost any connection
prevented the new building from accom-
plishing everything which the Regents
and students expect it to-
ANYTHING LESS than a capacity of 13,-
500 would be a gross injustice to the
University and the students. This capacity
opens the doors to innumerable oppor-
tunities, ranging from national champion-
ships in almost any sport to high school
basketball tournaments (heretofore a
Michigan State monopoly).
The same holds true for the adaptability
of the new building. President Hatcher
presented the plans for the building to
the Regents as "stemming from a basket-
ball court, but serving as a multi-purpose
building for such events as great convo-
ra a .nn nil aia+rnt a ntmrta ,nnt "

the literary college; the residen-
tial college would be no academic
Siberia to these people.
THERE ARE obvious social ad-
vantages to the residential col-
lege which have not been men-
tioned. A more pleasant residence
hall situation, easier contact with
faculty members outside the
classroom, the elan of a small
school student body, all should be
considered by the faculty in its
upcoming decision.
Certainly the residential col-
lege plan is not the only way to
meet the problems of too many
students; but the advantages of
this particular idea far outweigh
the disadvantages, and from a
student point of view, I must
voice my whole-hearted support.
* * *
I WOULD take issue with Mr.
kenny's 'point that "students un-
fortunately, are not concerned
about plans which will not di-
rectly involve them while they
are attending the University."
[hat is plainly false. There are
many students (hopefully some
are on The Daily staff to pro-
vide a balancing force to Mr.
Kenny) who are vitally concerned
with educational problems of all
types-credit hour, grading sys-
tems, distribution-and who do
not expect changes and improve-
ment to occur overnight.
The residential college plan is
one of those issues deserving of
student concern" it would consti-
tute an important change in the
literary college structure, a
change in which student opinion
could provide a needed influence.
In a ,few days the faculty will
vote on the residential college
plan. Hopefully it will pass. Hope-
fully there will be a good show
of student support and interest
in the vote. The idea is a good
one and should not be put aside.
-Roger Lowenstein, '64
Chairman, Literary College
Steering Committee
Hungry Cookies..
To the Editor:
ONCE UPON a time there was a
unique and peaceful residence
hall named Martha Cook. In this
building there were well-fed, hap-
py coeds. Now there seems to be
a change. There are rumors of
vicious meetings, insubordination,
and mutiny in the dining room.
And why?
One lamb-shank-night, 48 hun-
gry Cookies (the other two-thirds
were dining at local restaurants)
called for more of the steaming
trays of meat still in the kitchen.
The request was refused; the
meat was to be refrozen for use
at some vague time in the future.
This was our notification that
meat rationing was now the pol-
icy at Martha Cook. (Someone
must have forgotten to tell us
of the change before we had re-

thing as allowing each of the
five individuals to have a 440-
word platform.
While admitting that he him-
self had indicated to Simon at
one time that the SGRU candi-
dates could "probably beat the
game" by submitting separate
serial statements, each up to 300
words in length, Epker asserted
that it would not be equitable to
allow tem the longer platform
since the other political parties
had no idea that they could also
submit a common, serially-run
When further questioned, Epker
reversed his assertion. He said
that SURGe members had in fact
questioned him about the possi-
bility of a common platform and
he had given them the same re-
sponse he gave SGRU. But the
SURGers decided against this al-
THE interpretations and mis-
interpretations of the facts during
this harried campaign week point
up the utter folly of party align-
The so-called causes of the two
new parties have not been sub-
stantiated by concrete proposals.
Candidates have not taken steps
to divorce themselves from petty
politicking. Further, they have co-
alesced to give weight to their
image on campus.
Neither SGRU nor SURGe as
political parties have offered the
campus a meaningful way out
of the immaturity and irrespon-
sibility that now plagues SGC.
Perhaps there are individuals
in both these parties who merit
some measure of respect and sup-
port in the election. A concerned
campus can discover this for it-
self. Tura-ot at the Union For-
um Sunday right will reveal just
how concerned the student body
Not Tragic
At the Cinema Guild
IF PATHOS is enough, "A Taste
of Honey" should satisfy; but
even then, there are disappoint-
The film never seems to rise any
higher than a realistic, if some-
times confusing, portrayal of a
working-class girl and. her sordid
search for affection in an apa-
thetic world. There is suffering
and sadness, but nothing tragic.
Perhaps if she were better-de-
fined, if the audience weren't con-
tinually faced with her childish
smile and soft, deep eyes in con-
flict with her callous leer or her
cute and brutal remarks, Jo would
be capable of expressing some out-
look that could be accepted. As it
is, she wallows in a despair of her
own making, in a kind of half-
hearted acceptance that cannot
justly be called endurance. Great-
ness would lie in hope to rise
above her despair.
* * *
THE FILM skirts excellence in
the construction of scenes. They
are often very powerful and subtly
done: Jo's pathetic attempt at
happiness with a near-stranger;
the ship leaving port with her
sailor/lover peeling spuds, oblivi-
ous to the world and her; the
cruelty of her mother and her
young lover in a carnival atmos-
phere. These are good. But they
are fragments-never put togeth-
er to achieve sustained emotion.,
* * *
THE MOST competent job is
that of the young homosexual
Geoff. Displaced like everyone else
in the film, he tries to bring a con-
cerned order and security to Jo's
life. Without the brilliant timing
of his sympathy "A Taste of
Honey" would fall flat on its sad



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