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Dangerous 13low to UN

Y, MARCH 18, 1962


The SGC Candidates...

aIl HAS BEEN a disappointing Student
3overnment Council campaign.
Vhile candidates have been generally forth-
it in their statements, they have exhibited
e knowledge of Council's past and little
:n of its future. With six of nine candidates
>e elected, selection is limited; it is certain
t unqualified candidates will be elected.,
s advocates of increased student respon-
lity, we find this embarrassing. It may be
t, after another semester in which much
'e could have been accomplished, SGC is
;ing what it deserves. But, the declining
nber and quality of Council candidates is
'emely disturbing. The Council will only
is good as its members, and its broad powers
atrophy if not used.
fter a public press conference and personal
rviews, it is our impression that the fol-
ing six persons have the most potential for
tributing to SGC. We have based our
luation on the same criteria we used last
ester, including: factual knowledge, exper-
e in student affairs, handling of present
es and formulation of new ones, a broad
optimistic interpretation of the Council's
ential, and clarity and vigor of expression.
IE SIX are listed in alphabetical order:
.OWARD ABRAMS-is a conscientious
kesman for un-original ideas. But he seems
have a sincere interest tn the future of
C, and certainly has more in background
. information on the Council than most of
candidates., In his Daily interview, he
naged to field difficult questions with some
ATY FORD-is an attractive girl and will
btless be elected no matter what we say.
is eager and alert, fairly articulate and
s she will vote independently. But she has
it background in student affairs and little
; knowledge of SGC in particular. She has
r, very much to learn.
TAN LUBIN-Back for, another try, Lubin
cast himself as a voice in the wilderness
ng to spur SGC into action. He appears to
energetic, and he does have some know-
e of the Council. He presents a broader pro-,
m than he had last semester, but his

proposals are sometimes vague and his sug-
gestions for implementation shaky.
HANK McALLEN-A law student, McAllen
is the first true right-winger to run for SGC
in a long time. Within his closed system, he
is logical and articulate. But his whole way
of thinking has serious drawbacks and could
compromise what we feel is the Council's
proper role.
KEN MILLER-is a sincere and fairly well-
informed candidate. However, in his comments
he tends to mouth campus cliches without
offering much substance. Some of his proposals
were inconsistent within themselves. He is
over-optimistic about what SGC has accom-
plished in the past' and about the value of
some of the programs he is suggesting.
LARRY MONBERG-is an articulate speaker
and usually has good reasons for making the
statements he does, in spite of his lack of
experience. He is vague on important student,
issues but might be able to overcome this
THE FOLLOWING three candidates are the
FRED BATLLE-was able to 'talk about all
the standard issues in the campaign, but ex-
hibited a limited view of SGC's power and his-
tory. He was unclear in some statements and
appeared to change his stand when asked for
IMATTHEW COHEN-is the poorest informed
of a group of candidates notable for their lack
of information. He is interested in Council, and
he has picked up some knowledge of its struc-
ture and actions during the campaign. But his
lack of experience and his ill-defined .ideas
make his potential as a Council member ques-
RICHARD G'SELL--the only incumbent in
the election, is much more a politician than a
thinker. Even after a semester on Council
he apparently lacks any clear idea of what it
should be doing and what he should be doing
on it. He stresses a need for contact with con-'
stituents and for bridging the gap between
two "poles" of opinion on SGC, but he hasn't
'done much in his term in either direction. He
has introduced no major legislation-indicating
a lack of a clear conception of what SGC
should be doing.

Social Science Smorgasbord

This column provoked Sen.
George D. Aiken (R-Vt) to
make a Senate speech accusing
Lippmann of "making false
statements and accusations," in
an attempt to pressure Congress
to approve the UN bond pur-
chase. Lppmann says he will
answer these charges in a
column next week
THERE IS serious difficulty in
Congress over the plan to fi-
nance the UN deficit by a bond
issue. This plan was worked out
by Americans, it is supported by
the United States government and
it has been approved by the Gen-
eral Assembly of the United Na-
it-now appears that there is
danger that it may be defeated
by a coalition of Republicans and
Southern Democrats who want to
substitute for it an altogether
different plan. Instead of our
buying $100 million worth of
bonds, to run for 25 years at 2
per cent interest, Sens. Aiken and
Hickenlooper want us to offer
the UN a loan of $100 million, to
run for three years at current
rates of interest.
The supporters of this proposal,
and notably its sponsors, Sens.
Aiken and Hickenlooper, have been
and profess still to be friends of
the United Nations. But it is no
exaggeration to say that if they
prevail, they will have struck a
dangerous blow at the United
TO UNDERSTAND why this is
so, we must remember that the
UN is in financial trouble solely
because it is conducting two opera-
tions-the one on the frontier be-
tween. Egypt and Isreal, and the
other in the Congo. Apart from
them, the UN is solvent.
The deficit arising from Pales-
tine and the Congo is caused by
the fact that two of the great
powers, the Soviet Union and
France, and a number of the
smaller powers such as the Arab
states, Portugal, South Africa and
some others, are refusing to pay
their special assessments for either
or both of these operations.
The basic issues before the UN
and the country are whether all
the members of the UN can be
compelled to pay for these peace-
keeping operations and, if that
fails, whether the UN must liqui-
date them and give up its actions,
of which there have been eight, to
enforce peace.
* * *
THE CRUCIAL difference be-
tween the UN bond plan and the
Aiken-Hickenlooper plan is that
the bond plan would compel all
members to pay their share of the
costs of a peace-keeping operation
authorized by the United Nations.
The Aiken-Hickenlooper loan pro-
ject cannot deal with this ques-
tion of making every member pay.
for these special operations.
In the bond plan the interest
and amortization charges would be
covered in the regular budget, and
a member who refused to pay its
share for two years would be pun-
ishable by losing its right to vote.
That ought to work to make the
payment of these costs general
throughout the membership.
Because the interest and amor-
tization charges would be spread
out over 25 years, the smaller,
poorer members, though paying
their share, would not have to
pay large amounts. We cannot be
sure that the big members, the
Soviet Union, France, the Arab
states, and Belgium, would pay
their share. But it would be a
brazen defiance of the UN if they
did not do so, and very embar-
rassing for them.
* * *

loan plan would do none of these
things. The fact is that the UN
has no legal right to accept such
a loan, and it is extremely im-
probable that a special session of
the General Assembly, which
would have to be called in order
to accept a loan, would in fact
approve it.
What is certain is that such a
special session would re-open every
crisis which was quieted down last
autumn and the United States
would find itself at the storm cen-
ter of a new crisis. We would have
to explain why the General As-
sembly should revoke its own de-
cision of a -few months ago, a
decision we ourselves promoted,
and why, in order to please the
Republican minority in Congress,
the General Assembly should vote
to overrule the recommendations
of the President of the United
And if by some strange chance
the UN accepted the loan, it would
probably not be repaid. For the big
non-paying countries would surely
stick to their position that special
assessments are not binding, and
the little nations would be unable
to repay their share of the loan
within three years.
* * *
IT IS IN FACT almost impos-
sible to make any sense at all out
of the Aiken-Hickenlooper amend-
ment to the very much improved
bill voted by the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee. It is evident,
however, that there are three ele-
ments at work in this confused
raid on the bond plan.
One, unhapply, seems to be
personal disgruntlement about
which the less said the better.
Another is a crude partisanship
which is acting' on the notion
that to defeat what comes from
Kennedy is somehow to win a
victory. A third element, concealed
but nonetheless at work, is old-
fashioned isolationist hostility to
the UN as such.
The Republican party will not
improve its famous image by play-
ing politics with a plan which
means so much to the stability of
'the world.
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Effective Mon., March 19: Students
with properly registered automobiles
may park or store their automobiles at
the Hockey Rink on a 24 hour basis
(no fee) from this date until Com-
mencement. Office of the Dean of Men.,
Stanley Quartet: The Stanley Quartet,
-Hilbert Ross ad ustave Rossees,
violins, Robert Cburte, viola, and Jer-
ome Jelinek, cello, will present a're-
cital on Mon, March 19, 8:30 p.m. in
Rackham Lecture Hall. They will per-
form Schubert's Quartet in E-flat ma-
jor, Op. .125, No. 1, Beethoven's Quar-
tet in c minor, Op. 18, No. 4, and
Ravel's Quartet in F. open to the
public without charge.
Engineering Mechanics, Aeronautical
and Astronautical Engineering and In-
stitute of Science and Technology Cl-
loquium: Mon., March 19 at 4 p.m.,
in 311 West Engrg. Bldg. Dr. T, Brooke
Benjamin,° Cambridge University, will
speak on "The Effects of Surface Co-
piance on a Turbulent Boundary Lay-
(Continued on Page 5)

Has Romney Sold Out?

[ICHIGAN'S long-sought and eagerly await-
ed constitutional convention is all over but
e shouting. It ended not in the magnificent
11 set aside for the delegates, but in a series
smoke-filled hotel suites, notably that of
uld-be Governor George Romney.
Instead of an open covenant openly arrived
the. constitution greeting Michigan voters
November will be the partisan creation of
e state's conservative out-state Republicans,
ived at in party caucuses and other secret
etings carefully hidden from the press and
)m the prying eyes of the voters of Michigan.
rgnoring the crying needs of the state and
e opinions ofsDemocratic colleaguesthe
frmer delegates" of the GOP have written a
cument accurately representing only their
n selfish interests._
entire farce was the emergence of delegate
Youth's Cause.
MUST CONFESS that' I can never be very
optimistic about the contribution to the
ise of freedom of college-age youth. Clas-
al liberalism is essentially an end-of-
locence philosophy. It requires accepting the
perfect nature of man and hence the im-
fect nature of all human constructs.
.t sadly, but firmly, insists that the New
'usalem is never to be realized. It denies
At man can consciously and deliberately plan
nself into the good life and the good world.
places its restricted faith in the unpredict-
e and unplanned consequences of the in-
idual decisions of free men and women.
['his is a philosophy of the mature human
ng. It has little real appeal to the confideit,
per-critical mind .of the young. person. It is
young who believe in the possibility of
aven on earth brought ihto being by the
iscious exercise of their mighty power of
,son-and who are prepared to sweep aside
>se feeble minds or weak wills make them
obstacle to the cause.
IS LATER in life, 1i ever, that a man
reconciles himself to living in an imperfect
rld in which imperfect people make imper-
t decisions-and is willing to let them do
as long as they do not infringe on his
edom and the freedom of others.
:n sum, while I am encouraged by the in-
asing interest of college stuednts in the
ise of individual freedom, I must confess
t I think much of this interest is about as
l-grounded in philosophic commitment as
ir interest in panty raids and school spirit.
freedom survives in the decades ahead, it
1 be because age and not youth has had

George Romney as a fellow-traveler of the
farmers. The gubernatorial candidate, to pre-
vent a "coalition" which would oppose his
faction and thereby be "disruptive of further
convention 'proceedings," has yielded to the
Boothby-Brake clique on every major question
remaining before the convention. l
Romney's compromise, if carried through in
the convention hall, will prevent a just and sen-
sible apportionment of the House. It will pre-
serve with only minor changes, the aged and
restrictive "earmarking" provision of the 1908.
constitution. It will return the 15-mill limit
on property taxes that the convention wisely
decided to kill earlier. And it will leave everyone
unsatisfied by permitting the people to elect
only two of the state's six administrative Board
officers, while permitting the Governor to ap-
point only two.
R OMNEY HAS, in his flexible political career,
opposed all 'of these measures. Despite his
frequent absences from committee-of-the-
whole meetings, the campaigning, car-making
con-con vice-president emerged as leader of
the "moderate" Republican faction which
quickly earned the wrath of the GOP farm
bloc delegates for being mildly progressive.
But Thursday, the newly-emerged politi-
cian compromised his earlier convictions, con-
tentions and beliefs, and lent his imposing
personality to the demands of the militantly
anti-progressive alliance of his fellow Republi-
cans. The result will be an anti-climamtic
windup of the convention's deliberations, dur-
ing which the 45 Democrats might as well
-pack up and go home.
Romney had planned to base his bid for the
Michigan governorship on a "non-partisan"
appeal to the electorate, urging them to rise
above the evil, business-dominated Republican
Party and the evil, labor-dominated Democratic
Party and elect a man who is dominated by no
One wonders how he will present himself to
Michigan voters now,
Free Hand
REGENT Eugene B. Power's statement yes-
terday that the Regents will see a broad
selection of recommendations on revisions in
the Office of Student Affairs is both hearten-
ing and significant.
Seeing the documents will enable the Re-
gents to examine, officially, a variety of posi-
tions on the issue-those of Student Govern-
ment Council and the faculty Student Relations
Subcommittee, to name the most important.
Since these don't fully agree with the OSA

Daily Staff Writer
THE LACK of basic principles
and an ambiguity of subject
matter leads to the smorgasboard
of social science distribution
courses. What phenomena are to
be included in social sciences, or
in the separate disciplines?
Psychology has already split into
a natural science and social
science branch.
History is considered a humanity
as. well as a social science.
Sociology is racked by hard
dataists running around making
surveys, and soft dataists who
write essays and consider sociology,
an art.
Political Science is a conglom-
eration of other social science dis-
distribution course should not at-
tempt to cover the whole spectrum
of social phenomena, but rather
confine itself within the separate
disciplines. This will force an em-
phasis on basic principles. Poli-
tical Science should not concern
itself with sociological or economic
factors when attempting to ex-
plain the basic mechanics of gov-
The natural sciences can offer
basic courses in each field with
little overlap. Elementary physics
deals mainly with physical relg-

tionships; chemistry, geology and
astronomy are not brought in.
The natural sciences do con-
verge in the real world of astro-
physics, nuclear chemistry of bio-
physics. No physicist in an ele-
mentary course would discuss the
relationship between biology, phy-
sics and chemistry. Yet this is.
exactly what happens in the social
* * *
political science knows few bounds.
It seldom concerns itself with the
actual machinery of government
and on its search for sources of
political power, it leans heavily on
sociology and psychology.
Instead of attacking the funda-
mental problems of government
or raising the intellectual ques-
tions of behaviorists versus posi-
tivists, a high school-type civics
course is offered. An array of
sociology, history, psychology and
philosophy purportedly explain
several Supreme Court decisions
and the defection of Albania.
Political Science borrows from.
sociology and psychology because
it has or presents no fundamental
principles of politics. It cannot
say, "Political Science encompasses
the following hypotheses and so-
cial phenomena." It cannot give
the basic necessities for the en-
durance of any government in any
socio-economic setting. And its

Bad SGC Candidates
May Be, 'Good Thing'

students are not being shown, on
the undergraduate leyel, the chal-
lenge of the problems.
* * *
ECONOMICS, on the other hand,
has made some progress and freed
itself from the intra-social science
As the oldest of the modern so-
cial sciences, economics has de-
veloped a set of basic hypotheses
which are constantly applied to
real world situations and which
are still being perfected. But they
have the principles which define
Sthe limits of economic study.
Later, armed with a firm back-
ground in economic principles and
a few empirical examples, the
student can apply them to eco-
nomic factors in the real world.
THE PROBLEM which most of
the social sciences must face is
the establishment of disciplinary
boundaries for elementary study.
If each department could offer a
distribution course dealing with
the basic principles or the search
for them, students would learn the
essence of each discipline, and the
disciplines themselves would be
oriented towards formulation or
refinement of their hypotheses.
If each discipline worked out the
basic principles in its field, then
when the problems reached the
higher intertwined levels, compar-
able to biophysics in the natural
sciences, they could be subject to
closer and more exact analysis.
* * *
BUT UNTIL BASIC principles,
can be found, the most promising
way to present the different ap-
proaches used by the social science
disciplines lies in area studies.
Here a particular society is ana-
lized by each discipline and the
student sees the separate experts
brush shoulders.
In area studies courses the po-
litical scientist studies only the
political situation while the so-
ciologist investigates groups and
population and the economist the
ecoiomy. When the political scien-
tist desires information about the
social structure, he goes to a s-
ciologist and does not attempt to
do it himself.
One of the distribution courses
for social science credit is Asia
101 and 102. The course consists
of a series of lectures by different
professors in various disciplines of
the social sciences and humanities
who have specialized in the Near
East and Asia.
For example, Prof. Beardsley
discusses anthropology, Prof.
Feuerwerker, history, Prof. Ward,
political science and Prof. Eck-
stein, economics. Theoretically,
each professor applies his disci-
pline to the civilization of Asia.
The students see the different
approaches and the professors
hopefully become more specific
within their own speciality in ap-
plying it to the area study. This
should orient the social' sciences
towards basic principle and con-
finement of disciplinary subject
* * *
AT PRESENT the social science
distribution courses do not pre-

dent Government Council can-
didates is the worst in years. But
before we start throwing arouid
the usual phrases about campus
apathy, and about the skeptical
attitudes toward student govern-
ments and politics in general, I
suggest we take a more detailed
look at the Council itself and
note where the blame lies.
There are certain characteristics
of SGC that seem inevitable in
any political body. Many members
who sit on the Council have no-
thing to offer the student body
but the hunger of their egos. Many
members sit on the Council be-
cause their primary interest is
elsewhere (the seven ex-officios).
A few members of SGC are in-
telligent, informed and articulate
students andthese are the mem-
bers whose talents are being wast-
ed on Student Government Coun-
cil. Their major proposals, if they
are liberals, do not pass. If they
are conservatives, their major con-
tributions usually come from their
competence in administrative mat-
ters and the relevance of many
of their debating points. But since
their contributions and their in-
terests rarely lie in making major
changes in the whole approach to
Student Government Council, the
conservatives usually do more to

think that ultimately it is a good
thing. It is a good thing, for in-
stance, if the Council realizes that
it cannot both oppose giving it-
self meaningful powers and ac-
cept people interested in mean-
ingful organizations and impor-
tant projects to seek positions on
the Council. It is an important
thing that bad candidates run for
a weak Council if it makes the
Council realize that unless Coun-
cil members work for. a strong
organization, other organizations
will dwarf SGC and be able to
work completely around it.gd
But of course the greatest good
that can come from the present
lot of candidates is the potential
influence this mediocrity might
have on the Council's thinking. It
is of paramount importance, for
instance, that the Council realize
that in its present state many of
the most qualified campus leaders
will devote their energies and their
minds to other organizations.
It is of paramount importance
that those conservative members
of the Council who think their
major contribution is the obstruc-
tion of liberal legislation realize
that unless the Council is able to
produce important legislation, stu-
dents will have little interest in
it. It is of the greatest importance
that the Council realizes that while
it could doubtless perpetuate it-

Summit Sounds High
At Opening Meeting
LAST EVENING, Ann Arbor was privileged to be the sight of what
should be the first in many summit meetings. The topic of debate
went something like: Resolved, That good music is grand fun, be it
produced by thirteen, nine, .eight, five, or four.
In translation, without hyperbole, the above is meant to chronicle
the fact the IFC and Vulcans, at the insistence of The Arbors, spon-
sored the first SOUNDS OF THE SUMMIT concert in Ann Arbor.
The music fit into three catagories: old fashioned barber-shop,
and near mutation thereof, brash college wit and gimmickry, and just
plain brilliant precision singing. It seems only right to note here that
comparisons between the six groups would be both unfair and mis-
ALL THE GROUPS indulged in the number one staple on en-
semble singing: barbershop. It was the bulk of the repertoire of The
D. Q.'s of Amhurst (a double octet with an inexplicable ninth member)
and Cayuga's Waiters of Cornell University.
College wit gave birth and the substance of material for yet
another summit sound. The "Trinidads" of Trinity College (A mighty
thirteen) and "The Friars" of the University of Michigan depended
primarily on such gimmick' routines as the "Peanut Song" and "Alexis,
the Prairie Fairy" (a bristling tale of sexual incorrigibility) for their
part of the program. .

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