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Seventy-Second Year
"Where Opinions Are Free STUDENT PUBLICATIONS BLDG. s ANN ARBOR, MICH. * Phone NO 2-3241
Truth Will Prevail"

Unknottiing the Rule-Making Tangle

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


' MARCH 20. 1962


Daily Staff Writer
TCHOSE who expected exciting
things from the Office of Stu-
dent Afairs Study Committee have
been sadly disappointed by its
watered-down, compromised re-
Its suggestions for a rue-making
structure typify the mild innocu-
ous proposals which the report
claims will carry out the glowing
words of its philosophy.
Given the present tangle of
authority in the OSA, Prof' Reed's
committee has chopped out a few
threads, left much of the snarl

intact, and left things open for
some future tangles.
* * *
IN ITS SOLE clarification of
the rule-making process, the re-
port asks that the responsibility
for all regulations be deposited
squarely on the shoulders of the
Vice-President for Student Af-
fairs. This, at first, seems a pretty
sweeping and definitive state-
ment. Not only does it pin down
the ultimate credit or blame for
student regulations, but it im-
plicitly asks an official burial for
the corpse of the Committee on
Student Conduct and its sickly

Waldron's Education Bill:
Alternative to Certification

'HE STATE LEGISLATURE will vote on a
bill today which may revolutionize state
hools and teacher education.
Introduced by Rep. Robert Waldron (R-
rosse Pointe Farms), the bill would allow
hools to hire non-certified teachers who have
master's degree in their subject, and tem-
rary certification from the local superin-
Non-certified teachers, however, would have
tenure and no more than a one-year
ntract. This means that they would lose
me of the benefits offered to teachers today.
The revolutionary aspect of the bill is that
ospective teachers would be allowed to avoid
ucation courses and colleges if they were
lling to accept less pay and less Job security.
would break the stagnant "closed shop" of
ate education.
'HE BILL, if passed and pnplemented, would'
be a first step toward cleaning up education
urses, obtaining more qualified teachers, and
rhaps even revolutionizing the concept of
acher education.
Many persons qualified and interested in
aching have shied away from the position
cause of the bad reputation of educational
hools and courses. This applies to students
college as well as older women. returning
work. t
This "way around" traditional certification
quirements would lure some of this talent
to teaching.
There have been many complaints that a
gree froi an educational institution does
t automatically make a good teacher. The
cdition of a large number of teachers who can
Judged on their ability rather than their.
gree may improve evaluation procedures and
ay also provide schools with a larger selec-
n of qualified personnel. Therefore the gen-
al quality of teachers in the state will rise.
LSO, with an alternative to education
,schools, prospective teachers can demand
tter courses from them. Student pressure can
atch the already present pressure from within
e schools to modernize curricula.

In this way the education schools will be
required to consider the needs and preferences
of students. This will be in contrast to the
present system where the needs of the faculty
are paramount and education students, a
captive audience, are forced to put up with
"mickey mouse" courses and bad instruction.
New standards will be imposed on education
schools and they have the threat of empty
classrooms if those standards are not met.
In other words, this bill could produce good
education schools or else be the first step'
towards their abolishment.
A year ago a leading state educator warned
his colleagues that they would have to improve
drastically or they would lose control of ed -
cation. This bill, even if it gets no further
than the House minutes, is a warning to the
men of education that the threatened turning
point is not far away.
BUT THE TIME when educators must make
a choice can be put off: This bill will
probably be stalled..
First, it may not be passed. It could be de-
feated on the grounds that the Legislature has
no right to legislate in the Jurisdiction of the
State Board of Education. This is a valid point
but it will not hold water forever if the quality
and number of teachers is not improved.
Second, once passed, it could be emasculated
by the Powers of traditional education. Local
supervisors, sensitive to the power of state
teacher agencies and. organizations, could be
pressured not to certify or hire any teachers
who have not taken education courses.
In other words, educators could ignore that
such a law existed. If such a practice turned
away qualified teachers for less fit ones, then
educators, in an attempt to preserve their
public entrusted powers, would be defeating
their own purpose and charge. Stalling in any
manner would further discredit educators in
the eyes of the public.
Rep. Waldron has challenged the Legislature
to look beyond the bureaucratic fears and
systems of educators and boost the quality of
Michigan education. The roll call vote on this
bill will show where many stand.

SGC Senior Editorial
Mediocre, Irresponsible

Emotion Basic to Politics

To the Editor:
WHILE I CANNOT disagree with
the introductory editorial com-
ments maderabout the field of
candidates running in the SGC
spring election, I would also like
to point out that this editorial
has been one of the worst ever
published by the senior editors.
I was appaled by the lack of
pertinence of many of the com-
ments made about the candidates
and by the general mediocrity
which impregnates this editorial.
It is unfortunate that The Daily
considers itself an advocate of
increased student responsibility
and that a lack of responsibility is
found within itself.
I would like to take this op-
portunity to challenge a substan-
tiation of ,the charges concerning
my candidacy; specifically, the one
concerning a change of stand
upon a clarification of my views.
It seems that any change in my
stand would come from a mis-
understanding of my original posi-
tion rather than a change of po-
sition. If I had changed my stand
on any issue, it is surprising that
none of the candidates have no-
ticed it yet and used it against me.
It is very unfortunate indeed
that in these days when there is
so .much talk about freedom of
the press wehave to suffer from
the excesses of an irresponsible
press, a press whose editorial
policy reflects all the weird con-
fusion of a 20 mule team harness-
ed in the dark by a one-armed
-Fred Batlle,'63
Favors Censure
To the Editor:
the SGC candidates is indica-
tive to me of a far larger prob-
lem facing your organization at
this time.
I speak now of an apparent and
blatently demonstrated lack of re-
gard for the facts. This type of
journalistic policy would seem to
apply not only to the edit page,
but to a good part of the rest of
the paper as well.
As usual, all of the SGC can-
didates this semester speak of a
lack of communications existing
between the Council and the rest
of the campus. I hope perform-
ances like this (and others) will
awaken people to the fact that
the greatest stumbling block to
an objective flow of information
from the Council can be found in
The Daily itself.
It seems somewhat pathetic to
me that on a campus as great as
ours, this organization, or at least
certain segments of this organiza-
tion, should continuously perpe-
tuate their lack of quality.
I would concur with the Board
in Control's recent censure of the
Senior Editors. ,
-Richard Gsell, '63E
Athletes Needed...
To the Editor:
THERE EXISTS a recurrent mis-
conception regarding the stu-
dent position on the Board of
Control of Intercollegiate athletics.
Around election time someone al-

ways makes the claim that the
nominations for this post are bias-
ed and unfair.
To serve on this board, there is
a great deal of previous know-
ledge necessary regarding NCAA,
Big Ten and University viewpoints
and rulings. The student mem-
bers of the board are at a dis-
advantage in this respect. The
quantity of information requisite
to intelligent action is so great
that even an athlete, who has been
exposed to the workings of the
department daily for two years can
only be of minor assistance to the
board. A non-athlete does not
even have this advantage.
THE FUNCTION of the board
is to maintain the physical educa-
tion needs of the student in Phys.
Ed. classes, I-M and varsity sports.
Who, then is more qualified to see
these goals and provide workable
ideas for their realization than the
The actions of the board affect
the athlete far more directly and
more often than they affect the
student at large. In choosing a
representative, it seems only rea-
sonable that this representative be
chosen from the group and by the
group that will be affected by his
An attack has been made on the
equity of the nomination of the
candidates. There are two groups
qualified to choose these can-
didates, the coaches and the man-
agers. Of these two, most would
favor the managers as they main-
tain the student viewpoint.
* * *
TO RUN for this position on the
board, a non-athlete is required
to submit a petition with 300
male signatures. This represents
a tedious chore, but it probably
aids the candidate in his quest for
election. It would take a fancy
bit of campaigning for a non-
athlete to convince the student
body that he was more qualified
than an athlete for an athletic
Mr. DiLorenzi's recent attack in
Saturday's Daily was unfounded.
He mentions the recent appoint-
ment of Joseph R. O'Donnell to
the board. In his cries about lack
of student representation in that
decikion, he neglected to mention
the presence of the senior student
representative at that meeting.
-Thomas N. Osterland
Senior Student Representative
Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics
Athletes Ridiculous . .
To the Editor:
DiLorenzi's editorial in Satur-
day's Daily. His comments con-
firm opinions I have held about
the University's athletic philos-
ophy since enrolling here in 1959.
So far as I can tell (that is, so far
as a vitally interested but non-
participating athlete can deter-
mine), the inter-collegiate athletic
situation here, particularly in the
so-called minor sports, is utterly
ridiculous. Were I an undergrad-
uate, I would not participate-I
simply could not abide "going
-David M. Peelle, Grad

offspring, the Subcommittee on
Student Conduct.
The committee, supposedly the
University's Student afairs rule-
making power, has not met for
years; instead it established the
subcommittee, but failed to tell
it how far it could go in interpret-
ing, changing and establishing
standards of conduct for students.
In addition, the report would
eliminate the jurisdictional ques-
tion of the Residence Halls Board
of Governors by eliminating the
Board of Governors; and reasserts
the heretofore hazy fact that the
Vice-President for Student Af-
fairs is responsible for regulatory
proclamations of deans of men,
women, students and so forth.
The report also took an oblique
swipe at the pet peeve of the
judiciary defendant: the charge,
"conduct unbecoming a student."
But since it did not come right
out an ask for the abolition of the
"conduct unbecoming' charge,
chances are no one will be coerced
into doing away with it.
failed either to acknowledge or
to do away with the anachronistic
powers of each school or college
over its students' extracurricular
activities-powers seldom exercised
but still technically legitimate.
Without debating whether stu-
dents in all schools are created
equal, the University should rec-
ognize that this individual control
is in fact largely a thing of the
past, and officially get this clause
off the books.
THERE ARE some more impor-
tant problems in the OSA Com-
mittee's recommendations which
are not immediately apparent.
One will arise when Vice-Presi-
dent for Student Affairs James A.
Lewis begins to delegate rule-
setting powers, as he can, be ex-
pected to do, in view of his "non-
directional" administrative philos-
ophy and the size of his job.
Evidently this would be okay with
the study Committee; nowhere
does their report prohibit this
passing-on of authority.
Here, without too much trouble,
things could again evolve into
chaos. After delegating his powers,
Lewis, to keep things happy,
would have to rely upon the "in-
formal cooperation between the
parties concerned" by which rules
are presently set.
* * *
THIS SOUNDS like a warm,
friendly, human way to come to
decisions. But when a disagree-
ment occurs, it is a dangerous way.
Since a group discussion is dom-
inated by the strongest conversa-
tionalist, ina group rule-making
free-for-all, the final say would
likely gravitate toward the strong-
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est administrators-as it once did
towards Dean Deborah Bacon.
And, once the informal coopera-
tion had blurred the real origin
of a regulation, administrators
again would find it easy to pass
the buck when students sought
changes or explanations of regu-
Instead of delegating rule-
making powers in the direction of
administrators (who are supposed
to be carrying out, not making,
these regulations), Vice-President
Lewis should pass these powers to
a body specifically set up for this
* * *
AND SO, by a new route, we
arrive at an old proposal: a joint
student - faculty - administration
Council for Student Affairs, an-
swerable only to the Regents (or,
second best, subject to Lewis' veto,
as Student Government Council
suggested). The arguments for this
body have been thrown around
with great frequency and ferocity,
but the debate does not weaken;
such a rule-making council would
be valuable for many reasons:
0 It would eliminate regulation
without representation from stu-
dent affairs administration: Stu-
dents, even though they might be
unhappy with the legislation en-
acted by this council, would know
that these regulations were im-
posed by their own representatives,
and therefore would be somewhat
more willing to follow them.
! By giving students some real
legislative power at last, this move
might revive campus interest in
student government and in the
University in general. Today's
prevalent apathy towards SGC is
based on a feeling that SGC is
impotent when faced with an im-
portant issue.
Not only would this revived en-
thusiasm benefit the University,
but it would have a more profound
effect on the individual student.
Many students now are discourag-
ed from getting involved in cam-
pus activities and issues by the
feeling that "there's nothing I can
do to change things, anyway." It's
easier to forget the whole thing
and turn to the sports page than
beat your head against a stone,
Administration Bldg. wall.
And the student is the father

to the alumnus. A student who
feels a sense of futility at the
Office of Student Affairs Study
Committee report becomes a ci-
tizen who can't see what differ-
ence his one vote makes in 'the
presidential election, and whose
only contribution to democracy is
made on Form 1040A.
0 The faculty representation on
the committee would ensure that
the rules made were founded pri-
marily on educational bases, ra-
ther than on administrative or
financial expediency.
M The administrators on the
council would advise on the practi-
cality of the proposed measures-
a consideration which, though
vastly overemphasized in the pres-
ent OSA, is pertinent.
r It would leave the advisory
and interpretive functions of the
administration intact, but could
make legislation specific enough
that its intent could not be dis-
torted through far-fetched inter-
pretation. This would protect
against- the "personality cult" of
a strong administrator.
0 Since this council's sole re-
sponsibility would be to set and
revise regulations, it would not be
forced to delegate its powers else-
where. There would be no buck-
passing. Everyone would know
where the rules originated, and
i The council would serve as a
student affairs complaint depart-
ment, to which members of the
University community could bring
their gripes and suggestions re-
gard rules.
* * . *
doesn't happen to be a Daily
senior editor or a, member of the
Student Human Relations Board,
would have a chance to voice his
opinion without conquering miles
of runarounds- and red tape. By
holding frequent, public meetings,
the rule-making council could
continually re-evaluate the status
of the OSA and the University.
The Reed Report, however, did
not suggest such a board-or any-
thing substantially new for the
rules process. In essence, its sug-
gestions ask little more than a
strong reaffirmation of the rule-
making status quo.

Stanley'Quartet Shows
Charms in Miniature


the White House last month carried among
heir signs some depicting part of Picasso's
nasterpiece, "Guernica," as a protest against
udlear war. Later, at a press conference, cer-
ain reporters denounced the purely "irrational
nd emotional" plea expressed by "pictures of
urnt babies." (The reporters gave no evidence
I knowing that those "burnt babies" were part
f an internationally famous work of art.) An-.
wering their charge, one of the student proj-
et leaders said simply, "We feel that, emotion
as a rightful place in human concern over
be possibility of nuclear war."
You might wonder if those same re'porters
ould surpress all emotion if nuclear war did
tome, and those "burnt babies" were their own
hlldren. If they could, then reason, supposedly
he all-hallowed opposite of emotion, is a
oathsome thing indeed.
A favorite criticism appearing in every other
Ater to the Daily is that such-and-such an
ditorial statement is "emotional." But no one
as yet proved that there is anything wrong-
rith controlled emotion. In simple fact, emo-
on, as 'an existing force in all human beings,
oust be taken into consideration in any mean-
igful approach to human affairs.
FMOTION is man's first resource. Man is the
only creature who knows that he will die.
[e is the only creature who needs the emotion-
Al MAter
4 SENSE of responsibility to the University
seems to be returning to the campus.
>ecifically it is manifested in the candidacies
f Mark Perlow, Jeffrey Rubenstein, Sharon
[cCue and James Lipton, who are running as
slate for senior officers of the literary
Their objective if elected would be to instill a
eeling of loyalty to the University in the
;udent body; to make them remember where
hey got that diploma after they leave Ann
rbor; to make them remember that . the
'niversity which prepared them for their
hosen career needs support too.
Jokingly this bond is called "the old school
.e," but unfortunately, all too many of the
niversity graduates do not have it. Many
housands of persons owe no small part of
heir success to the training they received at
.nn Arbor, but only a small handful feed any
bligation to repay that debt.
-7HEN FINANCIAL and political for educa-
was abundant, there was no need for con-
ern. But now, when the public dollar is
carce, the University needs all the support it
'n get.
This slate fo senior officers at least talks

al device of a faith in the meaning of life to
convince him that his life is worth prolonging.
This is the major premise of all human endeav-
or, and it is only an emotion.;
In the area of politics, both liberals and
conservatives will find that the ultimate foun-
dation of their carefully reasoned beliefs is
nothing less than plain, unvarnished human
emotion. On the issue of nuclear war, for ex-
ample, a conservative will say that freedom
must be defended at all costs because only
freedom allows the full development of the
human spirit.
But why should the human spirit be allowed
to develop? If the conservative is shallow, he
will answer sharply, "That is axiomatic." If he
is deep, and honest, he will realize that he only
feels, emotionally, that human ability should
develop unfettered. The same is true of lib-
erals. A liberal may say, on the same issue, that
the slaughter of human life is wrong, and that
human life itself has a meaning which must be
preserved over and above political considera-
tions. Why is human life meaningful even
without freedom? The only answer, necessarily
emotional, can be that it is. Whatever the
logical premises are, the ultimate question is
"Why does it matter?" And the only answer is
an emotion.
WHY DO the so-called intellectuals of both
schools go to such lengths to deny emotion
in the field of world affairs? Few are ashamed
of the emotions they feel every day. We love, we
hate, we are happy or sad, and we say so-
about everything except politics. In politics
everything is supposed to be cooly logical-and
that is why so much of politics has so little
basis in the human reality.
It is the nature of man to feel. Man laughs
and weeps and writes poetry. The artistic forces
in every culture strive fo remotional effect.
Even the scientist knows emotional joy when
he makes a discovery. No one lives by reason
alone; indeed, human beings are occupied for
the greater part of their lives with emotion.
WHY IS THIS supposed to be wrong? Man's
unique contribution to the universe is not
primarily reason. All the phenomena which
are the subject of scientific inquiry exist in the
nature of things whether or not man happens
to be around. The planets continue in their
orbits whether or not man knows the equations.
But only man can create tragedy, beauty, and
love. Only man can make an emotional sym-
bol, and say that spring is more than a season.
These emotions exist nowhere in extra-human
nature. Nature apart from man is only a
functioning set of facts; man alone adds an-
other level of meaning.
This, then, is man's real greatness: not that
he can solve the secrets of the universe. build
cathedrals, and better his way of life, but

over the past few years there
has been a notable increase in the'
audience given to chamber music
-of people who seek the charms
of a snowflake under magnifica-
tion as well as the awesome im-
pact of a forest blanketed by snow.
One adjusts himself to the size
and natural restrictions of a me-
dium and then sees what the crea-
tive artist does within that frame-
A pleasing romantic result is
found in the first work on last
night's program, the Quartet in E-
flat major by Franz Schubert. It
was excellently performed, \being
perhaps the best performance of
the evening. Schubert does not
move from place to place as ele-
gantly as Beethoven, but his mu-
sic still possesses romantic beau-
ty. Furthermore, Schubert's songs
gain much more attention than
those of Beethoven. Schubert prob-
ably does pour more content or
soul into his songs than is found
in his E-flat major quartet.
One of Beethoven's six early
quartets, the C minor, Op. '18, No.
4, was the next work on the pro-
gram. This quartet predates any
of his symphonies. It is a very
tuneful work, with song-like first-
movement themes, two dance
movements, and a rollicking finale.
The second movement is a fugal
scherzo. This quartet is much more
technically difficult than the eas-
ier Schubert quartet, and intona-
tion problems were experienced in
the first movement. In some of
the more frantic moments of the

finale, some of the notes sounded
scrambled over. There is also much
more involved in the balancing of
parts in this quartet.
IT IS GOOD to hear the Stan-
ley Quartet playing with a little
more body to the sound than in
the past, although their treatments
are still generally on the light
side. In an effort to achieve light-
ness, the sound of the first violin
is sometimes lost. However, at
other times this gossamer quality
is appropriate wand superb.
The final work was Ravel's
Quartet in F. Both Ravel and De-
bussy wrote just one string quar-
tet, and both are masterpieces.
In fact, there was a certain
amount of competition between
them when they were written.
Ravel's quartet was attractively
played. Like his other works, it
has a ,pleasant nostalgic quality,
which is another example of the
lovely possibilities of the string
quartet medium.
--Donald Matthews
THE DAUGHTERS of the Ameri-
can Revolution have turned,
down Mrs. John F. Kennedy's re-
quest for a portrait of President
Andrew Jackson and a chair for
the White House.
* * *
Ask not what your D.A.R. can
do for you, but what you can do
for your D.A.R.


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