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Sevnty-Fifth Year
EDITID AND MANAGED BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNDER AUTHORITY OF BOARD IN CONTROL OF STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

V

A Rebuttal to Old-Time Isolationism

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uth Will Prevail

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 1965 NIGHT EDITOR: ROBERT HIPPLER

Those 'Parallel Privileges'
For Junior Dorm Residents

NOW THAT THE Office of Student Af-
fairs has recognized the maturity of
junior women by granting them apart-
ment permission, it should be interesting
to see just what will constitute "parallel
privileges" for those who remain with-
in the dormitory system. To be consist-
ent, it surely must abandon the stipula-
tion that upperclassmen may not leave
the residence halls after closing.
Presently,. senior women may return
to their dormitories at any time up until
7 a.m.; yet they may not return five
minutes after closing and leave again,
nor may they take a one o'clock coffee
break. Thus while the University pur-
ports to trust their judgments concern-
ing when to come in, it denies them the
same capacity to decide when to go
out. It disavows and retains a paternal-
istic attitude at one and the same time.
The decision to allow junior and sen-
ior women to live off-campus' is hypo-
critical if the OSA fails to change its
"no-leaving-after-closing" dictum. This
policy intimates that the upperclass dor-
mitory resident is somehow less respon-
sible, mature, stable and independent
than her peers who have chosen apart-
ment living.
SINCE THESE PREMISES cannot be
taken seriously, what motive could the
OSA have for continuing the present
policy? Until now, it appears to have been
simply a matter of expediency.
When senior privileges were formulat-
HU
LIBERALS HAVE apparently changed
strategy in their efforts to get rid of
the House Un-American Activities Com-
mittee. Rather than trying to abolish it
-an endeavor which has failed for years,
they are now . planning to infiltrate it
and, through their presence, prevent
the committee from going on anti-left
crusades.
On the surface, the strategy appears
to be paying off. The committee recent-
ly voted to investigate the Ku Klux Klan,
the Minutemen, the American Nazi Par-
ty and the Black Muslims-a far cry from,
the subjects of HUAC scrutin during
the last decade.
However, there is nothing thus far
to indicate that HUAC is going to change
its methods. No one has yet discovered
exactly what "un-American activities"
are; does it really matter whether the
left or the right is the target of HUAC's
witchhunting?
PERHAPS LIBERALS haven't fallen in-
to this trap yet. But it would be much
more comforting if the trap weren't there
at all.
-E. IIERSTEIN

ed three years ago, there were untold de-
tails to attend to; the OSA, housemothers
and resident advisers were confronted
with new problems in record-keeping and
supervision. Sign-outs, late permissions,
key privileges and key returns caused
much consternation; housemothers re-
sented the extra paperwork and coop-
erated grudgingly.-
Yet in the last two years, more ex-
tensive changes-notably in junior wom-
en's curfews and in the sign-out sys-
tem-have been successfully implement-
ed.
PERHAPS THE MOST CONCRETE step
taken in this direction is the policy
initiated last year of hiring women to
stay on duty 12-7 a.m. to answer the
door for residents returning after clos-
ing and to sign them in. Thus, the OSA
was able to temper the "new freedom"
of those having extended hours-by as-
surance of being greeted at the door-
while sparing the housemothers and
their assistants extra work and inter-'
rupted sleep.
To date, the night-woman-on-duty has
proved an effective me.ns of carrying
out the recent regulations changes.
There is no apparent reason why she
could not also take care of signing out
upperclassmen after hours. Since no ex-
tra personnel need be hired and the
paperwork would not be highly complex,
questions of expediency no longer seem
applicable to the issue.
IN ADDITION, a continuation of the
ban on after-hours departures may
have an important impact on tho num-
ber of upperclass women who remain
in the dorms. Many, of course, will not
be affected since they find the dorm liv-
ing experience enjoyable and/or practi-
cal. Nonetheless, the fact that such a
limit existslessens incentives for remain-
ing in:the residence halls when apart-
ment living is a realistic alternative.
This could be highly unfortunate at a
time when both senior and junior wom-
en have been allowed off-campus and
pressures for extension of the privileges.
to sophomores is increasing. Dormitory
living provides benefits insofar as it
brings together individuals of diverse
backgrounds and of differing experiences.
The vital ingredient which upperclass
women constitute in the dormitory liv-
ing situation will certainly be reduced by
a considerable exodus to apartments. To
modify the effect on the spirit and qual-
ity of dorm living, the OSA should pre-
sent upperclass women with as many in-
centives as possible for continuing in
the dorms.
The formulation of "parallel privileges"
that truly parallel the freedom of apart-
ment living is a beginning.
-MARY LOU BUTCHER
Contributing Editor

To the Editor:
M1R. BROAD'S interesting letter
in your Feb. 12 issue (on Mr.
Schlesinger's speech) is an ex-
ample of old-time isolationism
which provokes me to a reply.
As an emeritus professor, I
might be expected to be more a
"praiser of past times" than a
student of current vintage; yet
it is he who pictures a golden age
before the rise of modern New
Deals and New Frontiers.
In some points he is clearly in
error. For example, he says "our
tariffs are as high as ever, and
the immigration quotas almost
as low as ever." Our tariffs, es-
pecially taking into consideration
reciprocity treaties, are much
lower than during the 1920's, and
it was during that same reaction-
ary decade that our infamous
quota system was adopted which
the present administration is try-
ing to modify.
OUR ISOLATION from the
League of Nations was one of the
factors which permitted the Axis
powers to make those raids and
conquests which led to World War
I, and, if we had extended no
aid to western Europe and no
support to the United Nations
after that war, I believe that
Russian aggression would have led
to a third.
Most Americans, by now have
lost the old comforting illusion
that keeping ourselves to our-
selves would keep us out of
trouble. Broad says that our for-
eign policy should be guided solely
by national interests and not by
"Peace and Justice and Humani-
tarianism and all the other
goodies." But the things he men-
tions are the greatest of our na-
tional interests, and; if long ne-
glected in any part of the world,
are sure to extend their infection
to us.
We are all in the same boat
now, and it is folly to say that
"you can bore a hole in your part
of the ship, so long as you don't
touch my part!"
-Preston Slosson
Professor Emeritus of History
Decentralization
To the Editor:
LAURENCE KIRSHBAUM'S edi-
torial on junior women,
apartment permission (Feb. 14)
has some merit, I think. On
must consider its effects and real
ize that one of these will prob-
ably be further decentralization of
the campus. But my question to
this is, so what?
I can't see that there is any
particular centralized campus a
the moment, nor has there been.
And I couldn't help asking my-
self what this has to do with the
"educational process" anyway.
Learning is a highly individual
thing and can take place in a
variety of ways. Togetherness is
only one of these ways, and one
which some people do not need
or appreciate. So why should they
be forced to live in dormitories or
sorority houses?
When dorms and sororities are
linked with centralization and the
"educational process," and when
the "educational process" is de-
fined in terms of libraries and
movies, I begin to wonder just
what he is talking about. I sus-
pect he's referring to some sort

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of group education pI
existing in dorms or sor
point which is highly qu
in the first place.
* * *
MOST PEOPLE func
learn in small groups, e4
in these larger organize
he's speaking of the "act
pect of the groups, I ca
point, though activities
to people who do not p
in , "live-in" organizatio
have been living in ap
and participating in acti
many years. Why shou
any different for women?
As for the libraries an
I just can't see them
educational experiences..
I see apartments preven
ple from benefiting from
Though I think Kir
intentions in examining
fects of this new permi
laudable, I can't agree
supposition that it w
withdrawal from the "e
al process"-a term whic
he ought to examine a Ii
closely.,
-Marilyn Chast

rocess as
orities, a
estionable
tion and
ven with-
ations. If
ivity" as-
n see his
are open
articipate
ins. Men
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as group

property right in one's self.
If this right is not fully recog-
nized, absolutely rno other right is
possible. Private property in ma-
terial goods is merely, an exten-
sion of one's right to his own life.
A man's material goods are an
extension of his life-they are in
existence either because of his
effort or the effort of aother
self-owning man who has volun-
tarily transferred them to him.
Mr. Hyman, then, is correct in
stating that the property right is
the fundamental human right,
and Mr. Whan is incorrect in stat-
ing that there are no individual
rights (letters to the editor, Feb.
5 and 10).

Nor can* *
ting peo- THE SPECIFIC cause of Negro
them. inequality in America is inter-
shbaum's vention by the government in the
the ef- free market that Hyman and other
ssion are libertarians, rightfully value so
with his highly. When the government in-
ill cause troduces its decrees into the mar-'
ducation- ket place, men start making de-
h I think cisions not based on fairness and'
ttle more economic reason. Government
places its force between men and
een, '65 reality. In all cases of govern-
ment meddling, "bad money drives
iut good" and prejudice rises to
Rights the top.
In this country, the primary
force excluding Negroes has been
;reat deal the labor union, supported by gov-
about the ernment decree in the Wagner and
"human Taft-Hartley acts. Labor unions
rights." I seek to raise wages. The only way
that the to raise wages is to increase pro-
nous-the ductivity-labor unions cannot do
it is one's this. Instead, through Violence and

state fiat, they reduce the supply
of labor in order to increase the
wages of those still working.
Any restriction of the labor
market is bound to exclude those
who are already in a position of
economic inferiority, especially
those with readily distinguishable.
racial characteristics. So it is not
coincidence that the period 1925-
1935 represented at the same time
an increase in union activity and
a terrific slow-down of the Ne-gro
income growth rate.
* * *
NO PUBLIC accommodations
bil would be necessary if all men
were allowed to freely compete in
the labor market-indeed, the
growth in the economic demand
of minority groups would make it
in the self interest of even preju-
dicd men to deal wth them on
the market place.
There is only one way to stop
economic racism-through the in-
dividual rights, private property,
free market principles of liber-
tarianism. The left-wingers should
remember that Negroes are in-
dividuals, too.
-Thomas S. Anderson, '68
Definition
To the Editor:
THE UNIVERSITY is on a
"quadrimester" (four-month),
"tertiennial" (one-third year),
tri-term" or "three-term" aca-
demic calendar system. It is not
on a "trimester" (F trimestre,
from L trimestris-tri-, 3 +mes-

tris, from mensis, a month) sys-
tem. Forsan et haec olim memi-
nisse juuabit.
-Steven S. Tigner, Grad
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Trimeste...
b. One of three terms into which an
academic year Is sometimes livid-
ed"-Webster's New International
Dictionary of the English Language,
Second Edition, Unabridged, 1957.
Sic.'
Negative Grades
To the Editor:
AS STUDENTS supposedly seek-
ing a higher education, our
purpose at the University is to
acquire knowledge previously un-
known to us. In electing specific
courses of study, we assume that
if we make the effort to fulfill
the requirements of the courses,
we will profit by our effort and
that the net result will be some
addition of knowledge in our
favor.
Another assumption is made at
the University, this time on the
part of -some, if not all, of the
faculty who give examinations to
the students enrolled In their
courses. This assumption Is that
the grade that a student receives
on a test is in some way an indi-
cation of the amount of knowledge
that he has acquired by partici-
pating in the course.
Due to some methods of scoring
examinations (e.g., wrong answers
being subtractedfrom the num-
ber of -right' ones in a multiple
choice exam) it is possible, and
indeed this has happened many
times, for a student to obtain a
grade of less than zero. Yet if both
the above assumptions are valid,
how can such a minus score be
justified? A minus grade would in-
dicate that the student's knowl-
edge has diminished as a result
of being enrolled in the course.
Even the most ignorant student
can know no less than nothing
(or on a numerical scale, zero) at
the outset of the course.
Obviously this is a ludicrous
paradox. Perhaps one way of re-
solving it is to make still another
assumption: that the instructor
has imparted knowledge to his
students in such a way that ithas
been misinterpreted and that
wrong information has been ac-
quired as a result.
--Elizabeth Saxe,'66
NICAP
To the Editor:
VHE NATIONALInvestigations
Committee on Aerial Phenom-
ena (NICAP), 1536 Connecticut
Avenue, N.W., Washington 38,
D.C., has recently pubilihied, its
long awaited "The UFO Evidence"
report.
This illustrated, fully document-
ed, 184-page report, containing
over 200,000 words, is the result of
NICAP's seven-year investigation
of Unidentified Flying Objects
(UFO's) and proves beyond any
reasonable doubt that UFO's are
unknown superior machines under
intelligent control, emanating
from an extraterrestrial source,
and that there has been official
secrecy, on same.
It is hoped that this report, a
copy of which has been presented
to ;every member of Congress, will
instigate public congressional
hearings on UTi's in order to.
end the ,unwarranted rdUnited
States Air Force policy of secrecy
and censorship.
Anyone wishing to purchase a
copy of this unique document
should write NICAP at the above
address for the required informa-
.tion.
-John Laval
NICAP member
Matawan, N. J.
Piet Nam

To the Editor:
O THOSE who protested our
action in Viet Nam:
The only reason you were able
to protest our. action in Viet Nam
is because hundreds of Americans
have died, aredying and will die
so that your freedom to speak is
preserved.
I applaud the limited action we
have taken, and hope we will con-
tinue to do whatever is necessary
to halt the flow of Communism.
If we do pull out, there will be
nothing to stop Communism from
taking over. What about South
Vietnamesetroops? Look at their
record. Without our presence,
Communism would have taken
over longhago. Is this what you
mean when you. say, "Let the
Vietnamese decide freely"? Yes,
as freely as in Hungary and
Korea.
I for one am not ashamed of
the United States and her actions
in Viet Nam. I guess my parents
and myself would be labeled ex-
tremists-we love our country and
our flag.
-William Clyne, '68E
What To
:I ). .

To the Editor:
T HERE HAS BEEN a g
of confusion lately a
relative importance of
rights" and "propertyr
would like to suggest1
two terms are synonym
fundamental human righ-

THE CONTROVERSIAL RABBI WINE:
I Don't Know What You Mean by God"

utiler Dueks Decision on SGC

LARRY LOSSING'S proposal that the
ex-officio members of Student Gov-
ernment Council 'withdraw from that
body has met with a sharp rebuke by.
Vice-President for Student Affairs Rich-
ard Cutler. He said that "a careful per-
iod of study" should precede any such'
move.
No one knows better than the ex-of-
ficios themselves, who voiced support for
4 Lossing's proposal, whether or not they
belong on Council. This simple fact
makes it obvious that Cutler's suggestion
for a study of SGC is just another tactic
to stall any decision on SGC and its
place in the University community.
H. NEIL BERKSON, Editor
KENNETH WINTER EDWARD HERSTEIN
Managing Editor Editorial Director'
ANN GWIRTZMAN ....:.......... Personnel Director
BILL BULLARD .. .......... ......Sports Editor
MICHAEL SATTINGER ... Associate Managing Editor
JOHN KENNY .. ......... Assistant Managing Editor
DEBORAH BEATTIE Associate Editorial Director
LOUISE LIND ......... Assistant Editorial Director in
Charge of the Magazine
TOM ROWLAND .......... ... Associate Sports Editor
GARY WYNER ........... Associate Sports Editor
I STEVEN HALLER ......... Contributing Editor
MARY LOU BUTCHER .. ......Contributing Editor
JAMES KESON ... . .. .Chief Photographer
NIGHT EDITORS: Lauren Bahr. David Block. John

AFTER LAST SPRING'S SGC election,
a student - faculty - administration
study committee .was ,set up to consider
SGC. On the committee were such people
as Arnold Kaufman of the philosophy
department, Charles Lehmann, associate
dean of the education school, Panhel-
lenic President Ann Wickins, John Feld-
kamp, assistant to the director of stu-
dent activities and organizations, and
SGC members Barry Bluestone and Sher-
ry Miller. Cutler was also invited to par-
ticipate.
When the committee's first meeting
was called last fall, Cutler was unable to
attend because of a schedule conflict. Be-
tween the first and second meetings of
the group, he was appointed vice-presi-
dent for student affairs, and when in
formed of the second meeting, he de-
clined to attend on the grounds that he
had been asked to join as a faculty
member and was now (or almost now) an
administrator. When told that he would
still be welcome since the committee had
only one of, the two administrators which
were supposed to have been appointed,
he continued to refuse.
NOW PRESENTED with somewhat of
a crisis in SGC, Cutler is again ap-

By ROGER RAPOPORT
First of a Two-Part Series
Where it is a duty to worship
the sun it is pretty sure to be
a crime to examine the laws of
heat.
-Voltaire
RABBI Sherwin T. Wine and his
Birmingham Temple in subur-
ban Detroit have questioned the
value of the word "God," and the
tumult and shouting among Mich-
igan Masons, press, clergy and
many of Detroit's 88,000 Jewish
residents has yet to subside.
Last week the Michigan Masonic
Lodge, which was leasing its Bir-
mingham Temple to Rabbi Wine's
reform congregation for Friday
night services, told him to leave.
"Because the greatest conviction
of our ancient fraternity is that
God governs in the affairs of man,
no Masonic Temple should be
available to any organization that
does not profess a belief in al-
mighty God," explained Michigan
Masonic Lodge Grand Master C.
Fuller Dorr.
The Detroit press, wire services
and Time magazine all claim that
Wine has called himself an
atheist. Time evaluates his con-
gregation as "a group of Detroit
Jews who were doubtful of their
faith."
THE EPISCOPAL Bishop of
Michigan describes Wine as, "an
atheist who is not a rabbi of
TIrae1" and predicts "next vear

mors regarding Wine's personal
life have spread among the lay
community. Some citizens feel
that Wine thinks he is a messiah.
One woman even declared, "Why,
do you know that Rabbi Wine's
mother has even read him out of
the family."
* * *
IN REALITY, however, the rab-
bi's mother is one of the new
temples most ardent supporters.
She joins upwards of 300 people
for Wine's services each Friday
evening.

vey specific ideas or concepts."
HE CALLS HIMSELF an "ignos-
tic"-"a person who, when con-
fronted with the statement, 'There
is a god,' says quite frankly, 'I
don't know what you mean and I
couldn't possibly determine wheth-
er the statement is true or false'."
In essence Wine feels that the,
traditional phrases used to de-
fine God are useless. "When a
person talks about 'ultimate real-
ity' or 'the ground of being,' I
just do not know what he means."
This attitude, shared by his
congregation, has resulted in a
redirection of the emphasis of
reform Judaism for the Birming-
ham Temple. The congregation,
because it feels thegquestion of
what God .really is lies beyond
their reasoning powers, has gone
on to matters dealing with man-
kind.
"I have found that in tradi-
tional reform Jewish services when
people read prayers in the same
rote fashion week after week the
meaning is reduced. During serv-
ices they actually turn off their
minds."
IN AN EFFORT to make the
services inspiring and meaning-
ful, Wine and his congregation
have supplanted the traditional
reform Union prayerbook with
their own meditation book pre-
pared by a ritual committee. The
stress is on a more humanistic

Tamid have been preserved. So
has the Torah reading.
The Jewish holidays are based
around specific values taken from
the biblical heritage. For example,
Chanukah represents courage,
Passover represents freedom and
Purim stands 'for the value of
gaiety and laughter.
The temple Sunday school deals
with general ethics and Jewish'
customs and ceremonies.
RABBI WINE says the Birming-
ham Temple "wants no one to
join who does not fully under-
stand what we represent."
He observes that the "irony
of religion is that it prides itself
on giving moral fiber, yet religious
institutions have actually served3
to compromise social values. To-
day, people join'religious insti-
tutions not because they believe
in what these institutions teach
but because membership in a re-
ligious institution is the thing to
do in modern middle-class Amer-.
ica.R
"Unfortunately the decision to
join a congregation is based on
such factors as proximity to the
temple, who belongs or the per-
sonality of the rabbi. Seldom does
a person ask himself, when Join-
ing, if the philosophical outlook
of the temple, its service or pray-
er book is consistent with his own
beliefs."
TO JOIN the Birmingham Tem-
ple a family is required to attend

RABBI SHERWIN T. WINE
Unh AZ; o s_.o\'n r -nv .. s

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