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Seventy-First Year
Truth Will Prevail" STUDENT PUBLICATIONS BLDG. * ANN ARBOR, MICH., Phone NO 2-3241
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
Registration Woes:
C ounseling, is the Answer

'Sweeping Changes'.. Under the9Rug?

WORDS LIKE "double cross"
and "usurpation" are prob-
ably too strong to apply to the
current goings-on in the Office
of Student Affairs, but there is
a burning temptation to use harsh
language in describing them.
For some seven years, and per-
haps longer, students have been
seriously concerned with the pol-
icies and practices of the Dean,
of Women's office. Last year a
group of students, consisting
mainly of the 1961 Daily sepior
staff and the SGC Human Rela-
tions Commission sifted through
these complaints and rumors and
presented a report to the faculty
Senate Sub-Committee on Student
the students' report and made an
extensive inquiry of its own,
speaking with Dean of Women
Deborah Bacon, President Hatcher,
several faculty members and rep-
resentatives of University service
agencies. At the end of the semes-
ter it submitted its findings in a
confidential report to Vice-Presi-
dent for Student Affairs -James A.

Lewis. That report, unhappily, has
never been, made public. In a
memorandum to the students who
initiated the study, however, the
committee stated that it had made
seven major recommendations to
Lewis, including "reassignment of
present peronnel" and "sweeping,
structural changes in the Office
of Student Affairs."
While some administrators
grumbled about faculty meddlers
and pretentious students, no one
could justly deny that the whole
examination was conducted with
great responsibility and discretion.
It was an outstanding example
of citizens of the University com-
munity acting on problems directly
affecting them. But the response
made thus far by the Office of"
Student Affairs has been quite
TO BEGIN WITH, Vice-Presi-
dent, Lewis has yet to make an
explicit or even inferential public
statement on the contents of the
report. Neither has he shown any
intention of releasing it, in whole
or in. part, for public discussion.
Such silence is admittedly his
prerogative as a private citizen,
and may' even reflect a high-

minded objectivity, but it seems
strange that he has felt no obli-
gation to respond to what was,
after all, a criticism of his office.
Most of the seven recommenda-
tions have been taken over by
Lewis and nothing more has been
said publicly about them. In re-
sponse to the recommendation
that his ofice should be changed,
however, Lewis has appointed what
he has termed a "blue chip" com-
mittee to study structure and sug-
gest improvements. This action is
both inexplicable and ominous. It
makes no logical sense, and it
threatens to deprive faculty and
student bodies of a substantive
voice in the final decisions.
* * *
JUST WHY this committee was
created is not easy to under-
stand and of ,course the difficulty
is compounded by the public's ig-
norance of what was said in the
report of the student relations
committee. Lewis may simply dis-
agree with the specific recommen-
dations made--but he could reject
them outright without mobilizing
a whole new study. And if the
recommendations were incomplete
or unclear, he logically should

1N SPITE of official optimism, pre-registration
(registration a semester in advance, planned
soon for the University) is not going to prevent
the problems involved in such fiascos as last
Thursday's closing of large, widely elected
distribution courses.
The fundamental causes of the situation are
two: a lack of funds to enlarge the faculty
and facilities and a disproportionate election
of these courses in the fall semester. The pro-
vision of a six-week registration period during
the semester' for the next semester's courses
will alleviate neither of these..
It will, of course, make the entire process
more leisurely, allowing more time for the stu-
dents to charige '-their planned programs as
they discover that courses are filled. This ,will
he Spokesman
SELF ACKNOWLEDGED neo - conservative
William Buckley, in a careless moment at
the National Student Association congress this
summer told a foreign exchange congress stu-'
dent from Ceylon 'that he would not hold a
discussion with anyone. (the student) who
would equate great -men like George Wash-
ington and Thomas Jefferson with "semi-r
savages" Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mo-
In the future, wanton William may do well
to observe Webster's second definition for
savage: "one who displays cruelty, unfeeling."
And there is the proverb about people who
live in glass houses... -

help remove the immense overload of work
the, counselors found placed on them in the
gym this year.
BUT UNLESS a way is found to encourage
elections of fundamental courses in the
spring (or whatever equivalent there may be
under the future year-round operation), de-
partments will still find their "courses over-
flowing in 'the fall and half-empty in the
For those who do take these courses in the
spring, this is nice, for the teacher-pupil ratio
is much more 'favorable. And those who take
the course in the fall find them highly over-
But until the present faculty is being used
year-round, lt is hard to justify, even "if there
were added funds, added staff to enlarge' the
A FINAL SOLUTION, or even a reasonably
good one, is not apparent at this stage, but
it 3is plain that pre-registration alone will not
cure the problems, but only (with luck) re-
move the symptoms.
Officials must discard their present position
of relying on added funds and the machinery of
pre-registration as a panacea-it won't work.
The final answer lies with the individual
counselors, who must help the student draw up
a, realistic program for his years at the Uni-
versity-including some of his basic courses in
the presently less-chosen semester.
How they will go about. this is of course un-
certain and unclear, but 'they must find a
Way-now, before the situation worsens any

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have gone back to the original
committee instead of creating a
new one which must start all over
Now, the student relations com-
mittee acknowledges that it lacks
the expertise to draft detailed pro-
posals for implementing its rec-
ommendations., A committee of
specialists in student affairs,
charged with this task, would
therefore, be logical. But members
of the new study committee are
not experts in management or stu-
dent affairs. Moreover they are
not handling mere technical de-
tails. According to the chairman,
Prof. John Reed, the committee'
will start from scratch, examin-
ing the philosophy of the Uni-
versity-student relation and "the
whole bailiwick" of the Office of
Student Affairs.
* * *
IN OTHER WORDS, this com-
mittee will be re-plowing ground
already covered by the first com-
mittee, although it presumably
will be more thorough and wide-
reaching. This duplication seems
gratuitously inefficient, and im-
plies that the previous study was,
so poor that it should be disre-
Vice-President Lewis has plant-
ed this insinuation in other ways,
too. He has said that the report
of the student relations committee.
is only one of some 25 documents
to be studied, and that the study
committee should not feel bound
by the recommendations it sets
forth. He has labeled the new com-
mittee a "blue chip" group, thus
tending to disparage the student
relations committee even though
it is at least as "blue" as the for-
* * *,
IT IS UNWISE to prejudge in-
tentions. The present committee
may be Lewis' way to emasculate
the original report without seem-
ing to personally reject it. On the
other hand, it may be a graceful
way to accept the recommenda-
tions without seeming to bow to
student and faculty pressure. It
may be, a stall, to suspend all
decision indefinitely. Or it may
fill a'genuine research need which
Vice-President Lewis sees even
though nobody else does.
Nevertheless, there are other
more serious objections to the
creation of the study committee.
In its report, the student relations
committee "strongly enunciated
the thesis that the general edu-
cational responsibility of the Uni-
versity rests ultimately with the
faculty,. . ." This meant, specifi-
cally, the faculty Senate and the
subcommittees-such as the stu-
dent relations committee-which
are responsible to it.
Lewis' response to this strongly"
enunciated thesis was to create,,
ad hoc, a special;committee which,
is not responsible to the faculty
or to anyone except Lewis himself,'
and to forget about the faculty




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(EDITOR'S NOTE: The cupola, of the Student
Publications Building, pictured above, whose in-
terior walls are lined with the names of past
Daily senior editors, initiates a new series of col;
umns, written by the 1961-62 senior staff. Ap-
pearing twice weekly, "overtime" will have seven
contributors and will range widely in style, temper,
and subject matter.)
WE EARE LIVING in a world gone quietly
mad. In Berlin, NBC comes close to pre-
senting us World War III, produced and di-,
rected by Jack Paar. In the New/Yorkg Times
Sunday Magazine, Sen. Goldwater urges us
to focus our attention on the production of
missiles rather than on the improvement of
And possibly worst of all, the United States
has thrown itself into an orgy of bomb-shelter
building, representing a panic psychology.
Civil Defense has always been accepted in.
the abstract as a Good Thing. But when the*
brutal facts are faced, we must realize that
the current bomb ,shelter craze is not a con-
frontation of the possibility of nuclear war,
but rather a'retreat from its implications.
Somehow, this summer, a' great mass of.
people in the United States faced the possibil-
ity of a nuclear holocaust for the first time.
Maybe it was President Kennedy's August
'speech, urging a step-up in civil defense, may-
be it was the tight-wire tension over Perlin,
but something forced millions of Americans to
think about the potential destruction of their
lives and homes:
HE PROSPECT of the enormous destruc-
tion ihevitable in nuclear war is too much
to face. No -one- can bear 'to dwell long on the
assurance that, in the event of nuclear war,
our civilization, which is a delicately balanced,
highly interdependent construction will be
blown off in a cloud of 'radioactive dust. More
important, no man can really face the idea
that neither he, nor his friends, nor his family
will survive.
Being forced to face grisly destruction, a
man is naturally compelled to do something to
protect himself from the unthinkable. In an-
other time, with a different psychology, the
issue might .have resolved itself into enormous
peace 'marches, with an attempt to force the_
world's governments into abandoning nuclear
As it' was, the panic-produced energies of
the citizens of the United States turned to
bomb shelters. Instead of doing all they could'
to insure the impossibility of war, Americans
began to prepare for the holocaust-erecting
tents against the hurricane. And by accepting
the probability of this war, they have done
their best to insure its arrival.
AMERICA is turning to family and civic bomb
shelters as a panacea-for a disease which
has no cure. All the anxieties Which bubbled
to the surface in New York this summer-the
desperate fear of "The Bomb," the sudden poli-
tical panic, are .being allayed-buried with the
concrete bunkers of the Friendly Family Pre-

FAITH WEINSTEIN, Magazine Editor
adjustments. The most horrible of the recent,
articles on shelters is perhaps the spread in,
last 'Week's' Life Magazine-a story which be-
gins by offering the statistically dubious, Madi-'
son Avenue assurance that "you too can be one
of the 97 per cent to survive." The man who
is digging in with his family (and his trusty
gun, fio doubt) is hailed as "a solid, sensible
man--and a responsible citizen."
HE ARTICE accepts the facts 9f nuclear
war with a nonchalance that turns one cold.
'It describes the Florida family which has plant-
ed a garden on the shelter-top; with pompous
virtue it describes what will happen in a nu-
clear blast, and gives the reader the feeling'
that Life Magazine at least, can cope.
But the height of incredibility comes in a
caption next to a picture of a family shelter,
complete with family.
"Family in the Shelter," it reads, "Snug,
Equipped, Well Organized."
Snug! Snug and smug indeed, resting calmly
in their cheerful shelter (the inside walls are
painted bright colors at a slight extra cost),
waiting for the doom of their civilization.
And what happens when they can finally
come out from this two week shelter? Life
happily indicates that after a' few days, the
family may be able to emerge fromtheir shelter
"to pick up extra supplies of food and water."
The first question, of course, is Where? To the
local grocery store? To the meat market?
THERE IS NO INDICATION in these articles,
nor, apparently, in the minds of the shelter
builders, that anyone realizes that there may
well be no civilization 'left outside the shelters.
In' a little pamphlet called "Community of
Fear," published by the Center for the Study
of Democratic Institutions, (which should be
handed out with every pre-fabricated shelter)
Harrison Brown and James Real describe a Los
Angeles reduced to "knee-high ash contain-
ing numerous hidden pitfalls; dozens of miles
of huge, smoking piles of radioactive rubble,
burned out timber, wire and steel. If the sur-
viyor made it to the; edge of the devastated
area, in all probability he would have accum-
ulated by that time a fatal dose of radiation
which would shortly claim what was left of his
How, can anyone live in 'destruction like
this? Why do people want to shelter them-
selves for a few hours to be roasted or suffo-
cated in their holes, or even a few weeks to be
faced with the impossibility of rebuilding a
world from radioactive ash before they starve
to death?
IF WE ARE TO FIGHT the effects of nuclear
war, it must be done at the source-by using
every effort we can to insure that a nuclear
war will not start, on the theory that civiliza-
tion cannot survive the blow, 'even if a few
individuals can.
In the words again from "Community of

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committee which was originated
especially to advise him. No doubt
the faculty will have a chance to
record its approval of a completed
package, but this is a rather bar-
ren ritual.
* * *
LEWIS HAS partly justified the
special committee by broadening
its base of representation. Faculty
are not the only ones-involved in
student affairs, he rightly argues.
Hence, a women's physical educa-
tion teacher and a health service
representative are included on the
committee, and he himself is a
member. This is an appealing ar-
guement-but how, then, explain,
the initial decision F'to exclude
students, a decision which was
only reversed under pressure fron
the Regents. Apparently, there was
to be representation of everyone
except those directly affected,
even though their initiative and
responsibility was a matter of
At any rate, students are going
to be' involved in the study, and
one great iijustice has been
averted. No one should do much
cheering. Students on the com-
mittee does not mean students
involved, as a body, in the work
of the committee. If SGC is to
avoid the fate of the faculty Sen-
ate, it must insist on an active,
creative role for itself. Merely ap-
pointing students to the committee
is not enough. But by keeping
abreast of developments, com-
municating its sentiment to the
committee and engaging in a full
and free debate,.SGC can play a
substantive part in the study.
THE FACULTY is in much worse
shape. Its one channel is Prof.
Marvin Felheim, chairman of the
student relations committee and
a member of the study committee.
It is his task to restore the lost
status of the original report and
to press for recomendations in line
with it. The declining interest of
the faculty in any matter beyond
the individual departments, how-
ever, complicates his work.
A well done study on structure
of the office of student affairs
could mark a major step forward
in the evolving relation between
the University and its students.
But the present' course of events
is not at all encouraging.
To the Editor:
WHAT A PLEASURE to be back
in Ann Arbor. The same old
Angell Hall, the same old Burton
Tower, and the same old Michael
Harrah writing the same old edi-
torials' for, The Daily. This time,
however, I am amazed at his seem-
ing powers of logic and inference.
Under the headline, "Did The So--
viets Kill Hammarskjold?" we
have a sample of the baseless and
inflammatory accusations which
are his and his alone: "The Rus-
sians will protest their innocence
loud and long. But all the same
the guilt lies on their doorstep...
Will they (the peoples of the
world) slide up to old Khrushchev,
now that he has murdered one
of his chief antagonists ...
From these and similar state-
ments throughout the : editorial,
one would assume that Mr. Harrah
had given some evidence to sup-
port his apparently affirmative
answer to the lead question. How-
.ever, there is no evidence but only
the statement "Speculation
strongly indicates that the agents-
.of Soviet. Premier Nikite S.
Khrushc1Wv sabatoged his plane at

Leopoldville . .
Is mere speculation any base
on which to draw such sweeping
conclusions as has Mr. Harrah?
Speculation, after all, can in-
dicate anything under the sun,
depending on the speculator. With
all due respect to Mr. Harrah's
penchant for seeing Red all over
the place, I think that a stronger
case could be made for the con-
clusion that the plane was some-
how shot down or sabotaged by
forces of Katanga President Moise
1) The plane was over Katanga
territory for about 300 miles and
crashed just across the border
in Rhodesia.
2) President Tshombe had much
more than the Soviets to lose if
Katanga were to be included in
a: closely-knit Congo federation,
as this would force him to pool the
valuable mineral resources of his
province with the other provinces.
3) President Tshombe had vow-
ed to resist "to the death" any UN
incursions into his territory, and
was openly hostile towards Ham-
4) Lest anyone believe that the
murder of the 'UN Secretary-
General was something which
Pres. Tshombe's conscience would
not allow him to do, "speculation
strongly indicates" that he was


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WhcsGood for the U.W . ..

Daily. Staff Writer
FROM all indications, United
Auto Workers Union leaders
Walter Reuther, Leonard Wood-'
cock and Ken Bannon are re-
spected, responsible members of
their communities. They serve on
many charitable and civic organi-
zations (Woodcock is the chair-
man of the Wayne State Univer-
sity board of governors) and are
generally veryuseful citizens. It is
somewhat puzzling, then, to see

them ┬░change into stupid and ob-
noxious individuals when they as-
sume their roles as bargaining
agents with the automobile com-
panies. More frightening is the
possibility that their course of ac-
tion is really very cleverly plotted.
The first hint of union irre-
sponsibility came last August
when contract talks began. Reu-
ther disclosed the Union's basic
demands, but said he could not
estimate how much they would
cost. In the next breath, he hotly

Greek Chameleon
Facing Extinction

Daily Staff Writer
THE LOCAL fraternities and
sororities are simply going to
have to make up their minds what
they are.
Are they public or semi-public
organizations? Or are they in ef-
fect private clubs?
To hear them tell it up to now,
they fall into the latter category.
They have protested loud and long
any interference in their mem-
bership selection practices, say-
ing, that, as private groups, the
choice concerns no one but them-
selves. They and they alone shall
be allowed to choose their associ-
They'll receive support from
this corner along that line. Re-
gents' bylaws notwithstanding, the
United 'States Constitution gives a
man the right to choose his asso-
ciates. The fraternities and soro-
rities, as private groups (as op-
posed to groups financed wholly
or partially through public lar-
gesse), fall under this constitu-
tional rio-ht :and nn one has any

avoid paying a personal property
tax to the City of Ann Arbor.
Such a tax is required on all
property except charitable, scien-
tific, and educational institutions
other than fraternities and social
organizations. It has been requir-
ed since about 1908. All other pri-
vate groups have been complying.
However, through some oversight,
the supervisors in the *city have
neglected to assess the fraterni-
ties and sororities.
Yet, this is no reason why the
city cannot begin to assess them
right now. And while I doubt that
they would have to pay any back
taxes, they most certainly should
cough up the money from here on.
BUT that's not the way the Pan-
hellenic Association and the In-
terfraternity Council have it fig-
ured. They want to 'beat the rap.'
For some reason, they've got it
figured that this law doesn't ap-
ply to them, even though they've
said they're quite private groups.
Well, that's not the way it
works, Greeks. If you want to, be

proclaimed that the demands were
not inflationary, that the com-
panies could easily afford them. It
must be very difficult to know
that something is non-inflation-
ary if its cost is unknown.
The next dovetail in the UAW
strategy was its concentration on
American Motors. They wrested a
long - anticipated profit - sharing
plan from AMC and then loudly
insisted on the same from the Big'
Three. What the Union didn't say
was that the UAW rdeeded a quick
agreement to squeeze the other
three companies into a corner, and
were willing to take less money to
do it. The reason AMC agreed to
profit-sharing was that its prof-
its may be few and far between
in the next years, due to the Big.
Three compact cars.
* * *
THE THIRD UAW - inspired
shibboleth was the large sum paid
by the companies* in bonuses and
salaries to executives. But what-
the Union didn't acknowledge. was
that these huge grants, are indis-
pensible to the well-being of the
companies. To get a Breech or a
McNamara to run an organization
competently, it is unfortunately
necessary to bestow these lavish.
sums, simply because there are
very few men qualified to operate
a large firm. If Chrysler Corpora-
tion is to emerge from its dold-
rums, it will have to hire, at fan-
tastic expense, the right men to
do a good job. There is no other
way out.
All of , this is even more sad
when one realizes that a very
basic issue - automation - was
largely left out of the talks.
Ambng the long list of demands
for higher wages, shorter work
weeks, less overtime, company-
paid pensions and insurance plans
and more relief time, there ap-
peared nary a word about insti-
tuting a re-education program for
laborers whose work, whether the
Tnion realizes it or not. will soon-

and unfair to the inherent dilem-
mas of the companies. Whether
the workers will hit the bricks
against General Motors again is
still undetermined, but if they do
(and, incidentally, spurn a com-
pany economic package called
very substantial by Reuther), they
will merely compound the hypoc-
risy which in the long run will
most directly hurt the unions
Perhaps the inclusion of unions
,in the anti-trust laws would help.
.But as long as concentration's of
economically-unchecked power in
one form or another still exist,
there are bound to be mi-direc-;
tions of that power.
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