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A Confused, Fare

YRs Decide on Intelligent Conservatism

WHEN Student Government Council
dropped the petitioning requirement,
it hoped that many more qualified candi-
dates would run in the election.
Unfortunately, while numbers increas-
ed, quality did not.
Wednesday's election was the culmina-
tion of a campaign centering on SGC's
continuance in present form. That SGC's
existence came into such strong ques-
tion suggests the campus would not mourn
terribly Council's loss should it suddenly,
disappear; the low voter turn-out rein-
forces this proposition.
Moreover, the theft of 6000 SGC bal-
lots Tuesday night was an obvious at-
tempt to halt the election Wednesday and-'
to throw an element of the farcical into it.
THE THEFT did not prevent the election
from being held, but it did help con-
fuse the process, thus injecting a tragi-
comic note into the whole affair.
Picture this: as pollworkers began or-
ganizing election materials at their tables
Wednesday morning, they noticed the
conspicuous absence of SGCG ballots. A
hurried distribution of reserve ballots was
able to mitigate the effect of the theft of
the ballots and to permit the election to
get underway. A supply of newly-printed
ballots was on hand at the polls by 1 p.m.
However, some of the busier polling
places such as those at the Diag and the
Undergraduate Library temporarily ran
out, thus necessitating that voters return
later or vote elsewhere. Of course, some
voters may have been deterred from vot-
ing altogether. It was rationalized that
since neither poll was out of ballots for
longer than several minutes, it was un-
likely that too many voters were turned'
SOME POLLWORKERS come in for cri-
ticism, too. At various polls, workers
told voters that the Student Government
Reform Union merely wanted to abolish
SGC while the Students United for Re-,
sponsible Government wanted to reform,
It. In line with the campaign statements
of both parties, this interpretation was
inaccurate and should not have been
passed on as fact to voters.
At least one male student was denied
the right to vote for a write-in candidate
for the Michigan Union board of direc-
tors. The justification given was that since
no declared candidates were running, no.
ballots were provided and hence no write-
in votes could be cast.
Pollworkers at the Union were willing
to allow male students to vote in the
other electidns even though the poll was

temporarily out of referendum ballots.
Thus, those who proceeded to vote on the
other issue had their ID's punched, .pre-
venting them from voting on the referen-
dum at any other poll.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, these and other ir-
regularities provoked angry challenges
to the validity of the election. However,
they were taken by SGC's credentials and
rules committee as not serious enough to
invalidate the election.
Technically, the committee might have
Invalidated the election. However, the ir-
regularities were only minor procedural
errors; it is doubtful that any election is
free of them.
The committee's announcement came in
the midst of Wednesday's count night at
which tired vote-counters and anxious
candidates sat through 16 ballots to learn
the eight newly-elected members.
Surprisingly, there was no overwhelm-
ing support for either of the two recently-
organized political parties. SGRU and
SURGe. Apparently, the campus is just
too tired of SGC inaction to be much af-
fected by the so-called SURGe and SGRU
reformers. There is skepticism, perhaps
justified, that anything such as student
government can in fact exist.
WHILE FOUR LIBERALS were the first
to be elected, only one SGRU member,
Carl Cohen, was able to land a Council
seat and that was by virtue of the suc-
cessive eliminations of his fellow party
candidates on earlier ballots.
At the, same time, it is obvious that
SURGers did not walk away with a vote
of confidence even though they managed
.to capture four seats.
Even though the four-Sherry Miller,
Gary Cunningham, Scott Crooks and Don
Filip-tallied 250-350 votes each on the
first ballot, none were elected until the
ballots 14, 15 and 16. In addition, the
latter three were only dealt half-terms.
Most likely, so few liberals were elected
because there were -so many running.
Moreover, the really intense liberal has
just about died out on campus. The mod-
erate, which generally has taken over,
is apt to accept the notion that SGC in-
cumbents have some. Council experience
and therefore deserve to be reelected,"
thus explaining the reelection of the
three SURGers.
It is still uncertain whether the real
farce of this election was the low voter
turn-out, or the futility of 4,044 voters se-
lecting new Council members from a slate
'of 19 scarcely qualified candidates.

PERHAPS the Young Republican
activities in Michigan don't
mean much to the total political
picture of the state, and then
again perhaps they can serve as
something of a weathervane. The
YR activity is sporadic, but it
tends to reflect the feelings of the
members parents and friends-a
reflection perhaps ofthe real feel-
ings of Michigan Republicans.
This past weekend in Detroit
the College YRs were faced with
the choice between three conserva-
tives forchairman of their federa-
tion. The incumbent was Alln
Howell of Wayne State Uniersity,
who, if not a member of Young
Americans for Freedom and/or the
John Birch Society, certainly isn't
far away from them. Howell put
up his own vice-chairman, James
DeFrancis of Albion College, a
conservative of similar persuasion,
to succeed him. Prominent ap-
pearances in the Howell-DeFran-
cis camp were made by Richard
Durant, sometime Bircher from
Detroit's 14th district, and George
McDonnell, on - again - off - again
leader of national YAF.
'** *
THIS campaign was well-organ-
ized, well-oiled and well-heeled.
Campaign material was elaborate;
apparently no expense was spared.
Yet victory went, by a fairly de-
cisive margin, to a more moderate
conservative, the University's Dale
Warner, a junior in the Law
In fact, four of the five offices
up for grabs went to candidates
of Warner's persuasion; only Ger-
ald Plas of Delta College managed
to grab off the vice-chairmanship,
and that by only six votes. Plas'
political persuasion is unclear but
it would seem to. lean toward How-
Olivier 's
At the Cinema Guild
I HAVE often felt that England's
Tony Richardson, like a suc-
cessful publisher, has crept to an
international reputation largely
across the shoulders of other
men's genius. Practically all of his
earlier films owe a fair proportion
of their impact to the plays or
novels of which they are such
faithful renditions-"Look Back
In Anger," "A Taste of Honey,
"Saturday Night and Sunday
Furthermore, they employ the
finest stage actors in Britain who,
like Tom Courtenay or Albert Fin-
ney, are new to the medium and
vigorous in its exploration. The
same may be said of Richardson's
screenwriters; both Alan Sillitoe
and John Osborne were introduced
to the trade by him, and I think it
is a fair evaluation of "Tom
Jones" to say that it. owe most
of its extraordinary sparkle and
vivacity to the bounding pace of
Osborne's screenplay.
Add to this the brilliance of the
acting, the original novel and the
exquisite photography of Walter
Lassally (whose lead in the color
world is disputed only by France's
Henri Decae) and you have a
winning potion.
* * *
YET Richardson's own defi-
ciencies cannot be entirely
shrugged off. And in "The Enter-
tainer" they are particularly ap-
parent. His insensitive approach
to picto ial composition permits
him, for example, to lump three
or more characters across his
frame as if in clumsy travesty
of an Eisenstein three-shot.
His editing is crude and pedes-
trian (it is much more sophisti-
cated in "Tom Jones") and more
televisual than cinematic. He per-
iodically falls into ruts of re-

versed-angle shots, close-ups and
cutbacks to shallow cover-shots
that are a transparent maneuver
to reset the scene disrupted by his
repetitive close-quarters photogra-
In fact, it often seems that a
film for Richardson is only a ;me-
chanical means of perpetuating a
stage performance-an anachron-
ism that most good directors aban-
doned with "Birth of a Nation.."
THE ORIGINAL Osborne play
of "The Entertainer" was not a
particularly good one, and the
movie isbarely an improvement.
Very often the cliches and trite
positions struck by Osborne's de-
liberately hackneyed characters
seem a veil for the author's failure
to provide a continually provoca-
tive script.
Yet this is astonishingly re-
deemed by a feast of brilliant act-
ing from Lawrence Olivier, Joan
Plowright, Brenda de Banzie,
Thora Hird. It would take more
than the length of this review to
enumerate all the occasions when
these actors, confronted by a par-
ticularly weak piece of dialogue,
seize it ninetheless by the throat
and shake it until it seems to ring
with almost Sophoclean power.

Warner didn't have a wad of
money to spend, nor did he have
Detroit GOP wheelhorses floating
in and out of his campaign And
yet he won which, I think, says
something about Michigan's GOP.
SINCE virtually everyone at the
YR conclave was conservative, it

This allowed, why haven't we
heard more about Goldwater from
Michigan's Republicans?
I, think that question was an-
swered last weekend also
SEVERAL weeks ago, chairman
Howell came out with an ill-ad-
vised attack in the press on Gov.
Romney but last weekend in spite
of Howell's maneuvering, the con-
vention voted to congratulate the
governor for his efforts in the
statehouse. Yet the group made
it known that they did not neces-
sarily agree with all of Romney's
This slapped down Howell and
the people who put him up to his
attack, but it also did something
more. It said that Michigan Re-
publicans, while not entirely
pleased with their first Republi-
can governor in 14 years, don't
want to rock the boat until some-
thing better comes along. Conse-
quently, they are adopting a wait-
and-see attitude on most every-
thing - including G o I d w a t e r,
whom, if the YRs are any indica-
tion, they apparently favor
Reportedly the governor would
rather hold a national office or re-
turn to private lifeuthan'run for
governor again, but he's been
known to change his mind. Na-
tional posts seem out of the ques-
tion for him at this juncture, and
he seems to be making concilia-
tory overtures toward those Re-

publicans with whom he has been
fighting. By all those appearances
he would seem to be seeking re-
election. Certainly he will lead his
party's delegation to the GOP
National Convention this summer.
WHAT WILL this do to the
Goldwater sentiment? I rather
imagine it will only delay it. Per-
haps the state will go for a favor-
ite son on the first ballot and
then give Goldwater its support
on the second. This would take
Romney off the hook on that
score, and perhaps even pave the
way for him to be the vice-presi-
dential nominee after having
"swung"' the "undecided" Michi-
gan delegation. Time will tell.
But one thing is certain. Mich-
igan's YRs, temporarily at least,
have decided to be intelligent
about their conservatism,
New leader Warner is a capable
and intelligent person with prac-
tical experience and strong organi-
zational ability. His selection
would indicate that the YRs, and
perhaps their senior counterparts,
are at last going to take an inter-
est in victory by doing the down-
to-earth, grass roots work that
victory requires.
How this will sit with Romney,
'I don't know. Two years ago the
grass roots {work was being done
by the independents in Detroit;
Romney was their darling. Now
that support seems to be shifting

to Democrat Staebler. If so, Rom-
ney will have to turn to the hard-
core GOPoutstate for his victory.
I've a feeling he won't find that
as difficult as one might think. His
recent wanderings to such out-
state conservative strongholds as
Kalamazoo indicate he's trying on
the new role for size.
I'd hazard a guess: Romney will
run again-but' his support this


... second ballot?
seems safe to say that there could
be found little support for Rocke-
feller. And, transferring this
thinking to the senior rparty, it
seems to indicate that Goldwater
would get its support before

... another term?
time will be from within the GOP.
He'll decide to accept that support
and that decision will do him cred-
it, for it will probably be the
single-most important decision of
his political career.

Integration Called opeless Pursuit'

To the Editor:
FEEL the need to announce
publicly that my wife and I have
disassociated ourselves, totally and
completely, from any and all civil
rights , groups, movements or
causes. This has not in any way
been a hasty or an abrupt decision,
at least not on my part. My deci-
sion is based on personal feelings
and inclinations in this direction
that have been developing for the
last three years of my ten year
involvement in this area.
My decision coming at this time
is not, however, merely coinci-
dental with the events of the last
few days concerning the protest
leveled at police brutality against
Negro juveniles and the ensuing
action and behavior on the part
of city officials.
Being indirectly involved in this
affair (my wife being one of the
defendants in the litigation con-
fronting the demonstrators), I
have witnessed and have been sub-
jected to incidents revealing bla-
tant, gross and unbelievable de-
ceit and injustice on the part of
the matrix of city officials respon-
sible for this affair and the liti-
gation now in progress. (Even the
defense attorneys who have had
considerable experience trying
such cases in the so-called "less
liberal" situation in the Detroit
area were shocked and somewhat
staggered by the tactics employed
by "our" city officials.)'
In any case, such incidents have
convinced me that what I have
felt for years now is, in fact, the
reality of the racial situation -
that the cause of "integration" is,
truly, a hopeless pursuit.
* * *
FURTHERMORE, I believe that
I, along with others, have accumu-
lated an abundance of evidence
indicating that "integration," as
conceived by most civil rights

groups, is, in reality, an impossible
goal in this societal system as it
is presently structured.
Being a Caucasian, I cannot, by
definition, become involved direct-
ly, and have no intention of be-
coming involved indirectly in, the
growing movement among Negroes
for "separation." I can only extend
to those Negroes struggling for the
separationist cause my wishes for
their ultimate success. After all,
the minority group from which I
obtained my cultural heritage
(which has been subjected to dis-
crimination and repression for
thousands of years) has in the last
20 years attained the goal of sep-
I refer here, of course, to the
establishment of the Jewish State
of Israel. I only hppe that it will
not take the annihilation of eight
million Negroes in a single decade
to accomplish for their people a
similar goal.
One final note: the greatest
source of my sorrow for humanity
stems from the now blatant reality
that, within my lifetime, the only
phenomenon that this society has
been able to produce that is com-
pletely devoid of racial prejudice
and discrimination is our billion
dollar effort truly to extend equal
opportunity for one and all-the
nuclear bomb..
-John C. Erfurt, '55
Fieldhouse . .
To the Editor:
AN ARCHITECT obtains new
work by way of his good repu-
tation based on his past work. In
accordance with this, a prominent
architect was chosen to design the
Physics and Astronomy Bldg., and
the result was a fine building
which is continually bringing rec-
ognition and prestige to the Uni-
versity. The same is the case with

the new Music School Bldg. How-
ever Alpha Rho Chi members are
doubtful as to whether the design
for the new fleldhouse will ap-
proach either of these in quality.
The people of our nation look
to the universities for the latest,
developments in all fields of en-
deavor including architecture. The
architecture of our campus is, we
feel, a reflection of the quality of
the architectural school here, and
furthermore, it is a visible state-
ment of the prevailing attitude of
the University.
We have been disappointed
many times by the architectural
designs of recently constructed
campus buildings, and we hope
that this situation will improve in,
the future.
There are some few of us who
are sensitive about the environ-
ment in which we live and it is
about time that we speak out
about its prevailing deterioration.
-Michael Bednar, '64 A&D
Alpha Rho Chi, professional
architecture fraternity
To the Editor:
HAVING witnessed the latest
farce entitled Student Govern-
ment Council "election," we would
like to congratulate the winners.
You should feel highly honored in
having completed your descent
into the student government wil-
derness. We feel sure. that you will
follow the traditions established
by your numerous predecessors
and continue to do nothing in the
most haphazard fashion possible.
We would further like to con-
gratulate The Michigan Daily
writers for their presentation of
the various candidates and their
positions. Such slanting, partial
coverage and distortion of views

has not been witnessed since the
era of "yellow journalism."
We would especially like to com-
mend Daily writers for setting a
fine example of illogical thinking
in the case of Weinbrg v. Rus-
sell. The reasons presented in sup
port of Weinberg were the same
used in opposition to Russell (e.g.,
Vote for Weinberg because he is
not an athlete; vote against Rus-
sell because he is an athlete.).
This position is especially com-
mendable since it totally ignored
the qualifications of either candi-
date. The Daily writers seem to
be at their best when they have
the, opportnity (and isn't a
meaningless event like the SGC
elections an excellent opportunity)
to present' one-sided views.
WE WOULD also like to con-
gratulate the student body of the
University of Michigan. Its back-
ing of such candidates as Scott
-Towel, Puff the magic dragon, Ted
Bdmb and Washboard Willie
(what happened to the annual
half-dozen for Harlan Hatcher)
demonstrated excellent and intel-
ligent knowledge of the election.
We would like to congratulate
the thoughtful student who "bor-
rowed" 6000 ballots. We know that'
his action was motivated by a de-
sire to , help the many students
who could not vote on Wednesday,
by marking their ballots on Tues-
day. This undoubtedly gave these
students a chance to mark their
ballots in a thoughtful and intel-
ligent manner as they were given
the opportunity to avoid the
Wednesday rush and confusion.
WE WOULD like to congratu-.
late the students who voted two
or three times (using different
ID's) for their concern with the
election and desire to see the
"right" person elected to SGC.
I would also like to congratulate
the election official who so kindly
went out of his way and offered
me election advice on who to vote
for. Also, I would like to thank
him for allowing me to vote in
the literary college elections as a-
senior. In fact, since he asked me
he knew my standing but kindly
gave me a ballot anyway.
In closing, we have been ,grate-
ful for this opportunity to epress
our thanks. The SGC elections al-
ways manage to ,bring a great
amount of humor and laughter
into our lives. We hope that the
student body never desires to cor-
rect or change this -process and
make the SGC elections meaning-
ful. After all, in the era of the
bomb humor is aprecious com-
-Lawrence Mason, '64
-David Lori, 64
BRIEFLY stated, I am a liber-
tarian conservative. I believe in
the sacred rights of the individual
to do as he pleases. And I further
believe that no group, no matter
how large or powerful, has any
justification to infringe on an in-
dividual's rights and liberties. -I
repeat: no group whatsoever-no
unions, Communists, Negroes, poor
people, foreigners, liberals, Social-
ists, Democrats-may intrude on
an individual's liberties-
You may well wonder, since I
have just eliminated approximate-
ly 99 per cent of the world's popu-
lation, just who is this individual
whose rights I am so adamant
about? Well, unlike some of mny

Sa's Vietnamese Bcycle
by Walter Lippausn

THE VIETNAMESE WAR poses the dif-
ficult question of whether it can be dis-
cussed responsibly in public. For any dis-
cussion' of the problem of the war is an
admission that there is a problem, and
this carries with it some doubt about the
success of a military solution by the meth-
ods we are now employing.
To admit that there is any douot at all
might, there is reason to fear, trigger the
collapse of the very fragile fighting mor-
ale of the South Vietnamese government
and people. I think this may well be true
and that the officials who keep wishing
that Sen. Mansfield would be silent and
that the press would not talk about the
matter are not beset by imaginery fears.
Yet this poses a grave question for
public men and for the responsible press.
Should they hide from our people this un-
declaredquaris-war, which has been wag-
ed surreptitiously and can lead either to
a defeat or to a full-scale war of incal-
culable consequences?
cuss the Vietnamese war seriously if
the choice before us were, on the one
hand, to keep doing what we are doing
in South Viet Nam-if necessary for 25

tially a civil war in the south can be
stopped by bombing cities in the north.
The nearer and the actual danger is
that the government in Saigon will be
overturned, as it has been twice in the
past few months. It might be overturned
by a junta which will call for the end of
the war, the neutralization of South Viet
Nam and the departure of the Americans.
Viet Nam would indeed be a defeat for
the United States, and it is in order to
prevent such a defeat that Gen. de
Gaulle's intervention in Southeast Asia is
Gen. de Gaulle is not proposing the neu-
tralization of South Viet Nam. He is pro-
posing the neutralization of what used to
be French Indo-China and, if possible, the
whole of Southeast Asia-or North and
South Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and per-
haps Thailand and Burma as well. This
general neutralization would be under in-
ternational guarantees given by Red
China, the Soviet Union, France, Great
Britain, India and the United States.
At present our position in Viet Nam is
like that of a man on a bicycle who must
keep going in order not to fall down. I


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