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Who's Got What Authorlty.
r " Conditions Very Cloudy
ASSEMBLY ASSOCIATION and the Office WET, A VOTE was taken without any sub-
of Student Affairs have recently had a stantial discussion or any clear understand-
clash involving their concepts of how much ing of what was at stake on the part of most
power students should have in formulating of the AHC members. After the motion was
their own regulations and how they should approved, Miss Norton asserted that this move
seek this power. Whether or not this conflict would now serve as a precedent for future
will eventually be resolved into a widened base legislation by that body.
on which student government may rest remains It is unfortunate that she did not feel that
toebe t eene the representatives deserved to know exactly
Little more than a week ago, the president where Assembly stood in the eyes of the OSA.
of Alice Lloyd Hall requested permission of It is even more unfortunate that she did not
members of Assembly House Council to put feel that they could offer significant contribu-
into effect new dress regulations. tions to the executive committee's attempt to
The request was quite reasonable except for reorganize Assembly's internal structure.
the fact that Assembly had no constitutional Instead, she helped to rush the motion
authority to grant such permission, has never through in the hope that by setting a prece-
before dealt with such an issue, and in fact dent, Assembly would automatically take over
had no clear-cut authority from the Office one of the powers which the recently reorganiz-
of Student Affairs for such move. ed OSA had seemed to overlook.
/Nonetheless, AHC members proceeded to
pass a motion to the effect that the residents AS WAS to be expected, the OSA denied that
of Alice Lloyd should be free to set their own Assembly had this power and that its mo-
dress regulations. tion was valid. It also reported that Assembly
ess reu ns.has asked for a postponement of its considera-
This is not to say that the meeting was any- tion o he ost ement of ity (dea
thing less than a pointless discussion by a tion of the statement of authority (due largely
myriad of quibbling, half-informed, hesitant to the fact that there has been adverse response
representatives who were totally unaware of to its contents).
the significance of the motion before them. The OSA asserts that it is more than willing
to aid Assembly in its restructuring process,
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, Assembly Associa- that it is more than willing to consider appeals
tion President Mary Beth Norton and the for more authority. Yet, it maintains, As-
other members of the executive committee sembly will have to back up its requests with
drafted what they termed a "statement of valid methods of implementing this additional
authority" which, if approved by the OSA, power.
would give AHC ultimate authority over the. It is to be hoped that the OSA is sincere
government of the individual women's residence in this stated commitment to aid in redefining
halls as well as other additional powers. the limits of student self-regulation. Up until
The first draft of this statement was sub- now there has apparently been a great deal of
icized and revised. The "revised" draft which confusion as to OSA's intentions
mitted to the presidents of the various houses WOMEN of Alice Lloyd assert that they
(not to' AHC representatives, however), crit- fJre instructed by the OSA to take their
was issued in early February was substantially dress regulations to Assembly for approval.
unchanged-it still called for Assembly to as- Assebly's prsident As ts that the oul
sume authority which could possibly lead to Assemys presi assere counci
qomplete domination of individual house gov- was given "tacit" instruction to handle the
ernments. case; OSA flatly denies all.
It is also to be hoped that when Assembly
Although house presidents did receive copies again asks for expanded powers it will con-
of the statement of authority, Assembly rep- sider not only its own desires but those of the
resentatives heard no more than that it would women's residence halls, which in fact it rep-
be considered after discussions were held in resents. Assembly, to carry out best its repre-
individual house council meetings. The re- sentative function, should indeed seek more
actions to the statement in the various houses leeway in self-regulation, At the same time,
ranged from passive acceptance to heated in- e n sectihe so twa'd
di ti its end objective should be to work towards
dignaIon. eventual autonomy in the governments of in-
dividual dormitories. Wednesday's Student
REPRESENTATIVES from the passively ac- Government Council motion that each housing
cepting houses were confused and annoyed unit should be free to determine its own dress
when a discussion of the statement of author- rules is a step forward in the recognition of
ity was invoked at the Assembly meeting by the need for such autonomy.
a heatedly-indignant representative at just After all, with the multitude of types of
the strategic moment that a motion concerning women's residences already on this campus and
Alice Lloyd's dress regulations was on the floor, the prospective co-ed and Oxford plans, no
Many could not understand what the "point" one policy could conceivably encompass the
was of discussing whether or not Assembly had needs of all. That is why it is absolutely es-
the power to pass such a motion; the easiest sential that Assembly not only strive for con-
course was to take a vote and worry about the stitutional changes, but that it include in these
outcome later. -Miss Norton did nothing to amendments specific statements of the powers
clarify the point; in fact, she quite ably suc- which Assembly possesses and those which are
ceeded in clouding the issue through caustic retained by the houses, with the line of de-
remarks and over-simplification of the cir- marcation explicit.
cumstances which led Alice Lloyd to seek
Assembly's sanction. AT PRESENT, Assembly is hesitant to pro-
Miss Norton ruled out the statement of ceed with its re-structuring, due to the
authority as irrelevant to the discussion since overwhelming objections which house govern-

it had not yet been approved by the OSA. She ments are now raising over the provisions of its
asserted, however, that she was given to un- statement of authority and its unauthorized
derstand "tacitly" by the OSA that Assembly regulation on dress rules. Yet, this should
was free to grant or deny the right to change serve as further incentive to work out a policy
dress regulations. more in accord with the ideals of dormitory
It is difficult to see why a discussion of the government.
bounds of an organization's authority is irrele- With the support of the women's residence
vant to a move Which is clearly not provided for halls, Assembly may find the OSA more recep-
within the pages of its constitution. It is tive to a request for additional authority in the
equally difficult to imagine the OSA delegating sphere of student concerns.
powers to students "tacitly." -MARY LOU BUTCHER
Of Men and Audits

The UncertainTrmpetSection

University Reform
A Conference Way



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Future Development in G

RADUATE Student Council has
been a little-known, little-
heard group ostensibly represent-
ing the interests of the graduate
It may be moving out of its
shell. At a special meeting last
Thursday night GSC did several
things that indicate a hopeful
For the first time in its history,
the council heard and endorsed
candidates for Student Govern-
ment Council. It also asked for a
yes vote on the referendum to
elect all SGC members.
For the first time in recent
years, the council took concrete
action in support of a principle. It
agreed to co-sponsor the lecture
of Herbert Apetheker next Tues-
day and petition the graduate
school for the use of Rackham's
lecture hall.
* * *
THE PRINCIPLE here is free-
dom of speech, for although
Apetheker, a Negro historian, is
speaking on "The Emancipation
Proclamation, 100 years ago and
Today,' he is also the editor of
an extreme left-wing publication,
and has been accused of being a
The endorsement of SGC candi-
dates and the plea for graduate
students to vote in the elections
(few have in the past) indicate
the GSC is making a concerted
effort to apply pressure on cam-
pus for solution of graduate prob-
It endorsed six candidates-the
liberal half, the same plank the
Young Democats accepted-the
Voice members plus "independent"
Tom Smithson. But GSC, although
obviously a liberal group, did not
endorse the candidates because
they were Voice or YD, but be-
cause they best served the grad-
uate student interest.
In co-sponsoring the Apetheker
lecture the council pointed out
that this does not constitute en-
dorsemeit of his political views,
or imply any endorsement of Voice
political party.
GSC stood up for freedom of
speech and freedom for "academ-
icians." It's support of the lecture
has more than paper importance,
for it has a more "responsible"
image to the Rackham authorities
than Voice does, and is more likely
to obtain the needed facilities.
* * *
Maddock said that another in-
evitable result would be that more
people would hear of GSC-some-
thing it surely can benefit from.
For GSC has problems of its
own, although it has a consider-
able amount of untested authority.
The main problem is the attitude
of the majority of graduate stu-
dents take to all forms of extra-
curricular activities-they consider
them only undergraduate concerns.
Thus, council has membership and
attendance problems.
Last Thursday, when GSC show-
ed positive signs of developing in-
to an effective voice on the cam-
pus, it had trouble getting a
quorum. Quorum is "25 per cent
of the known members." There are
about 60 known members. At reg-
ular monthly meetings 30 generally
attend-the same 30 all the time.

Nevertheless, the dominant lib-
eral leadership of the council
pushed it into concrete action.
IN THE PAST GSC has acted,
but these were mainly actions
without significant reactions.
Slowly, however, the actions are
becoming more important.
Two weeks ago GSC called for
a statment on fair housing from
President Hatcher. But in doing
so it merely added its name to a
list of other organizations.
Over a month ago the council
endorsed a plan for extensive re-
organization of SGC. It was, at
least, an ambitious plan, drawn up
by Edwin Sasaki, president of
GSC at that time. Many GSC
members showed their lack of
knowledge about SGC at that time
and even now they are not com-
pletely aware of just what it is.
Of course, neither do most un-
Other concerns of the council
have been the recently developing
graduate problems over high fees,
arbitrary language testing require-
ments, and in-state, out-state dif-
In these areas GSC has inves-
tigated, talked to administrators,
tried to get them to change, oc-
casionally have been slightly suc-
cessful, and then stopped.
* * *
the way for the proper exercise
of council power. But it can only
go so far alone. It invites grad-
uate support and gets little. It
started out on an ambitious road
last Thursday, but only 25 per cent
of the total membership cared.
Obviously more have to.
The potential is there. In a com-
parison with SGC, GSC is a much
more mature, concerned and in-
telligent group. It is not concern-
ed with playing party politics, im-
itating power blocks, and pre-
tending it is anything it is not.
The members of GSC who come

are all concerned. This cannot be
said of all SOC members.
GSC sits informally in a quiet,
carpeted, paneled conferenceroom
in the top of Rackham, not in a
playroom at the SAB. GSC mem-
bers know less parlimentary pro-
cedure than SGC members. But
they know the difference between
significant and trivial knowledge.
They neither pass notes to each
other nor look at their watches all
the time.
In fact, the president didn't even
use a gavel. He banged on the
table with his glass rims. He was
serious and so was everyone else.
T eaching
"TEACHING IS a delightful
paternal art, and especially
teaching intelligent and warm-
hearted youngsters, as m o s t
Americans collegians are; but it is
an art like acting, where the per-
formance, often rehearsed, must
be adapted to an audience hearing
it only once.
"The speaker must make con-
cessions to their impatience, their
taste, their capacity, their pre-
judices, their ultimate good; he
must neither bore nor perplex nor
demoralize them.
"His thoughts must be such as
can flow daily, and be set down
in notes; they must come when
the bell rings and stop approp-
riately when the bell rings a sec-
ond time. The best that is in him
. . . he dare not tell them; and as
the substance of this possession
is spiritual, to withhold is often to
lose it. For it is not merely a
matter of fearing not to be under-
stood, or giving offence; in the
presence of a hundred youthful
upturned faces a man cannot,
without diffidence, speak in his
own person, of his own
thoughts . .."
-George Santayana

ONE NEW YORK student put it
quite succinctly - Brandeis
University is a beautiful school,
but it's a bad place to hold a con-
The subject was a "Conference
on University Reform," organized
by the Brandeis chapter of the
Students for a Democratic Society
and held last weekend. It was the
first student organized conference
held on university reform and its
planning and organization plainly
showed this. It attracted about 50
students from schools like Har-
vard, Swarthmore, Boston Uni-
versityandtEmmanuel Catholic
College as well as between 50-100
Brandeis students depending on
the event. It was the non-Brandeis
students who benefitted most.
sentation was the speech. The key-
note address was given by Paul
Goodman, author of "Growing Up
Absurd" and "Community of
Scholars," who drew 300 students
to hear criticism of themselves,
the educational system and society
in general.
Asserting that students don't
understand Western culture he
went on to cite two causes. "First
of all Western culture has ir-
revocably disgraced itself through
world wars and a meaningless
economy. Secondly most of you
have been brought up in a time
of interlocking mass media so that
you imagine the world of radio,
television, movies, magazines and
newspapers is in some exclusive
sense the real world. Well it isn't,
it's a phorny, highly selected pic-
ture of reality."
He viewed the universities as
places where most students went
to get union cards and licences to
fit into the "military-commercial
system"and as institutions serving
a "nursery school function in a
time of surplus youth unemploy-
Finally getting to the subject
of the conference he told the stu-
dents, "When I hear you talk
about making the university suit
what you want, I as an adult
don't think you know what you
are talking about because you are
brainwashed, you don't know
what's right for you." However, he
added that he did not like an
authoritative figure telling stu-
dents what to do "so we have a
dilemma which I am not going
to solve," an attitude which would
raise its head throughout the con-
ference. After his speech the
"Freedom Singers," a group from
the Student Non-Violent Coordi-
nating Committee sang sit-in
songs with the audience for a
while and the conference appeared
to have a fairly hopeful future.
* * *
ever, saw a donnybrook. Tom Hay-
den, president of SDS gave a talk
on "The Role of Student in Edu-
cational Decision-Making." In re-
gard to this he outlined four
models: total authority where the
administration has complete con-
trol with students moving within
this framework; the position of
the American Civil Liberties Un-
ion and the American Association
of University Professors which lets
the administration have authority
but gives students certain rights.
without going too far; the nation
of a student-faculty government
where the administration is seen
as doing tedious work and not
making policy; and pulling out
of the existing university and
starting a new one.
Commenting en these he noted
that "there is a good deal of
theorizing about the ideal Uni-
versity but not about low level
ideas as to what kinds of changes
can be made immediately. We
want those features of student
life which are salient to develop-
ment of democratic character."
Profi Sacks of the Brandeis
political science department who
also happens to be dean of stu-
dents and an emotional one at

that, admonished Hayden, saying,
"you might do better if you don't
try to blow the whole thing up."
He went on to assert that "the
dean's function is to adjust people
to the status quo; Mr. Hayden
wants to adjust people to his
status quo."
He labeled Antioch as "one of the
most totalitarian schools in the
country because it makes kids con-
form to groups. You see too much
of your teachers to learn any-
thing." He later told the students
that most of them were confusing
the role of the university and life
* * .,
HE IN TURN ,was replied to by
Robert Ross, '63, a. member of
the SDS National Executive Com-
mittee. He connected the univer-
sity and social adjustment by say-
ing that people should learn "how
to come to terms with society and
the way for people to learn to be
in society is by giving them gen-
uine things to do. We ought to
look to genuine experience and not
to restrictive rules, but this is
labled anarchy-and this is a
The conference then broke for
lunch with the students still buzz-
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Tenzer, Assistant to the Dean at
Brandeis who spoke on "The Role
of Students in the Choice of Cur-
riculum," which he described as
"non-existent." He saw three rea-
sons for this, curriculums are
rarely planned, they just grow;
American colleges are run 1y
Boards of Trustees and sometimes
state legislatures; it is assumed
that students come to college to
learn and since they don't know
the material how can they choose
He claimed that students and
faculty do not know their own
power in this area and said that
"every student government should
have a committee on academic
matters and every student body
should learn about academic pol-
icy and curricula experiments at
other schools."
* w a
Vic Walter of the Brandeis so-
ciology department who claimed
that the most important source
of dissatisfaction with the univer-
sity is part of a general dissatis-
faction with culture. "Reforms ar e
important as sanitation to reform
the organization but they do not
remove the major dissatisfaction
with University life.
"What the university needs is
not reform but a renewal and
change in spirit. When the zest,
and imagination are missing from
education it becomes sluggish and
pedantic. If learning is not per-
sonal it is dead."
He gave way to Richard Hatha-
way of Bowdoin College speaking
on "Use of Supplementary Dialo-
gue in the Curriculum; General
Environment; etc. He listed a
criteria for action encompassing
three steps: the necessity for a
really radical philosophy; the
necessity to be discriminating; and
the necessity'to be philosophically
and politically relevant.
* w w
THE MEETING then broke for
supper and reconvened in some-
what reduced numbers to hear two
speakers on the university and the
cold war. Richard Flacks, Grad,
charged that universities are be-
coming reactionary institutions.
"They never have been a force
for social change but now they
are going in the opposite direction.
There has been a destruction of
social concern among students by
the faculty and the university. The
university, while giving its all for
the defense effort and national
goals will not involve itself in
social change."
He was followed by Prof. Herbert
Marcusa of the Brandeis political
science department who asserted
that "the university should stay
out of the cold war, should have
nothing to do with it and if t
has to have something to do with
it then it should be against it.
' He added that "as teachers we
have to fight repressive and false
positions. We have to foster in
the students good conscience and
new models of thought. As stu-
dents you should want to talk
about learning facts and how to
* *w
FOR ALL practical purposes the
conference ended here and In-
plicit in this was one of its great-
est failures. If the two days of
speeches had any kind of con-
nection at all it was that they con-
cerned themselves with theoretical,
overall and ideological considera-
tions of university reform but
never got down to really answering
the concrete question: "What can
we do on our campuses now to
effect university reform?" This
was supposed to be taken care of
the next day when various speak-
ers were to discuss the role of
specific campus institutions and
However these were never given.
Instead it was decided to break
the participants up into discus-
sion groups. This was the second
great failure of the conference.
Speeches are necessary to present
ideas and set guidlines for dis-

cussion, but it is essential that
they be dissected and applied to
specific problems at the informal
group level. The people organizing
the conference tried to provide
some time for workshops before
the afternoon speeches but these
never really came off, and when
the groups actually did meet there
was no organization to them and
all too often the, topic was some-
thing other than university ie-
form. On Sunday morning for in-
stance discussions were oriented
around the problems of SDS.
* * *
ANOTHER unfortunate aspect
of the conference was resentment
on the part of some students; es-
pecially those from Brandeis, on
the dominant role played by Hay-
den, Ross and Flacks. This was
evidenced 'to by their support for
Dean Sacks, even though the
Brandeis students are engaged in
their own struggle against him on
the questions of student cars and
segregation of freshmen.
Despite these shortcomings the
conference did have some good re-
suits. The girls from Emmanuel
and the students from Boston
University went back to their cam-
puses actively committed to work-
ing for university reform and so
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NSA-ISA Program
Will Aid Relations

THE BEST-LAID plans of allies of University
officials in the state Legislature have gone
astray: Elmer Porter is back.
The arch-conservative Republican senator,
widely-famed and much-assailed for possessing
a crotchety and tightwad attitude towards the
needs of higher education, was counted down
and out last December. At that time, he was
involuntarily excused by GOP moderates from
continuing as chairman of the powerful Sen-
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ate Appropriations Committee, which he had
run for more than 13 years.
But old Elmer quietly and shrewdly bided
his time. Lo and behold, he now turns up as
chairman of a group equally 'as potent--the
Legislative Audit Commission.
EDUCATORS around the state have good
reason to be chagrined and apprehensive of
this move, for the audit commission has
authority to inspect any aspect of education
budgets. In addition, during the past year it
has been engrossed in an investigation of the
out-of-state student percentage at Michigan
Thus Porter's comeback occurs at a time
when a maximum of sensitivity and under-
standing is required. Already, the commission,
led by Rep. William D. Romano (D-Warren),
has angered University officials by claiming
they made and later violated an agreement to
lower the ratio of non-Michigan students., r
Executive Vice-President Marvin L. Niehuss
issued a stout denial to the first charge, de-
cided to stay silent on the second. There the
matter rests. with each side refusing to docu-

A LONG OVERDUE evaluation
of international student pro-
gramming at the University will
come tomorrow at the Union with
a conference sponsored jointly by
the local chapter of the United
States National Student Associa-
tion, and the International Stu-
dent Association.
The conference follows close on
the heels of dissolution of Stu-
dent Government Council's In-
ternational Relations Board, which
formerly functioned to coordinate
foreign student projects on cam-
pus, and also to initiate projects.
The board thought other groups-
primarily the women's League, the
Michigan Union and ISA-were
capably performing in these areas.
* * * ,
THOSE THREE groups conduct
commendable programs which aim
at an integration of the foreign
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student of his role as host to some
1600 foreign guests at the Univer-
sity represents the most difficult
of those problems: the foreign
student at Michigan is sorely ne-
glected by a student population
which contends an interest in
other lands as it enrolls in courses
on Latin America and Asia, but
makes no effort to establish re-
lationships with representatives of
those lands.
* * *
mented this fact recently, noting
that several Rusians studying in
Ann Arbor last year found limited
occasions for friendship with
Americans. The Russians were en-
tertained on many weekends by
the Regent, who enjoyed them im-
mensely, but wondered at the op-
portunities being missed by the
student population here.
The NSA-ISA conference this
weekend should help to make more
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