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PAGE EIGHT

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, 16 APRIL 1965

PAGE EIGHT THE MICHIGAN DAILY FRIDAY, 16 APRIL 1965

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(Continued from Page 1)
at it." He suggested that the
sororities i n tr o du c e motions
against discriminatory policies at
their national conventions.
In answer to a question from
one of the sorority presidents con-
cerning local autonomy in mem-
bership selection he said, "I be-
lieve the girls at this university
are different, intellectually and
socially, and they should not be
denied their right to membership
selection by an outside force."
Membership Committee Chair-
man William Burns, '65, com-
menting on the resolution said,
"It's really encouraging to see
that sororities have taken an ac-
tive role in solving this problem.
This may well succeed in getting
the forms filed."'
Five Submitted
According to Membership Com-
mittee Chairman William Burns,
'65, although the recommenda-
tion forms were requested in De-
cember of 1964, no more than five
have been submitted to date.
The forms are used by alumnae
to recommend that a sorority
either pledge or reject a girl who
is going through rush. At present
some sororities cannot pledge a
girl unless she has a "recom-,

mend" (Continued from Page 1)
Burns said the passing of the fight for leadership in the county
resolution shows that most of the Democratic organization was on.
problems SGC and the adminis- Trouble began long before any-
tration have had with the sorority one saw a ballot. The point of
system are not caused by the local controversy was a bill Gov.
units, but are due to the national George Romney signed into law
organizations, "who are not will- on May 27, 1964, requiring all
ing to admit the authority of stu- candidates for county convention
dents in dealing with this matter, delegate seats to file nominating
nor grant autonomy to local units petitions to get on the ballot. This
in the operation of their own extended a law which covered
houses. only some counties in the state.
Discriminatory Clauses Livingston county was-for the
Burns said the major problem first time-covered by the re-
facing the Membership Committee quirement.
in the future is dealing with Anticipating Romney's signa-
clauses that might be used for ture, State Elections Director
discrimination. He pointed out Robert Montgomery informed all
that the Membership Committee county clerks on May 22 that the
could not prove such clauses were bill required nominating petitions
actually being used for discrimin-, from all counties and that they
ation, and not just for general had to be filed on or before May
information, and the sororities 26.
could not prove that they were not This date was the filing dead-
being used in a discriminatory line for those previously covered
manner. by the law. However, Romney did
Council also voted yesterday to not sign the new bill until May
support a resolution previously 27.
passed by the Big Ten Inter-Fra- And in Livingston county, 64
ternity Council-Panhellenic Con- Rettinger convention hopefuls
ference. This resolution upholds filed on May 26 after Montgom-
the view that the collegiate chap- ery's memo, anticipating a law
ters of sororities and fraternities which had not yet gone into ef-
should have the final decision in fect.
membership selection. Lavan challenged these Ret-

one in which convention candi-
dates had been ruled off the pri-
mary ballot for having filed on
May 26.
Ellis never mentioned, the three-
Jay appeal period to which the
lisqualified candidates were en-
titled, although he said he knew
of the provision.
>r th 6 licatede process. 38
if the 64 Rettinger delegates who
found out about their right ap-
pealed in time andewere placed
back on the ballot.
After further squabbles, the
Rettinger forces were able to
present only 52 candidates on the
:ounty ballots, four short of a
county convention. The Lavan
faction had 107 candidates eligi-
ble. It won a 82-28 majority.
The Rettinger group had com-
plained about developments which
led to this uneven balance. They
,harged that persons had circu-
lated nominating petitions for
Lavan candidates without speci-
fying themselves as "circulators"
on the petition forms.
Failed to Act
Ellis did not act on their com-

tion law stats that th; county
chairman should assemble the
convention, and have the certi-
fied delegates elect a permanent
chairman before any other busi-
ness is transacted.
Refused Seating
However, the credentials com-
- *o' i'ion. chaired
by Gera1d Sixbey, the pro-
Rettinger county party treasurer,
said that the election of over 85
delegates, mostly pro-Lavan, had

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rupt the meeting by mobbing
him and others.
Investigation Begun
The State Police started an
v :, ,oi the matt r after
Rettinger complained to them.
They could not find impartial,
verifiable evidence.
Consequently, Charles Gates-
. , 3 y T roy' Yjuting at-
torney and formerly with Lavan's
law office, told Rettinger that he
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been challenged by a quo war- warrants of arrest against several
ranto application to State Attor- supporters of Lavan.
ney-General Frank Kelley. "Hell, we knew something would
The challenge said that since be going on out there. I wasn't
thv nad been elected after filing very excited about it," he adds.
the allegedly improper nominating Aftermath Photographed
petitions and/or after appearing Several area reporters at the
on the ballot in larger size and convention had cameras, and plc-
boldnessletters than other candi- tures of thehaftermath of the dis-
dates, they should not be seated. turbance were printed prominent-
Only those whose election was :ly in local newspapers. However,
not contested would be seated at no reporter took pictures of the
the convention at that time, the disturbance itself, reportedly be-
credentials committee said. cause no cameras were loaded at
The Lavan delegates objected the time.
stronely-"whereupon a distrub- After the disturbance, Retting-
ance ensued," as the convention er recessed the convention. Later
transcript says. both rouorcnvend -

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plaint, maintaining he did not Ten Menacing
aave the power to investigate The "Livingston County Press"
the charges. reported, "About ten anti-Ret-
The Rettinger faction took its tinger men gathered menacingly,
case to the state election division in front of the table (where Ret-
which concluded in August that t vmer was seated). Then the fra-{
this complaint was warranted and cas erupted. Rettinger and Six-
that other irregularities had oc- bey were mobbed while supporters;

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- tinger petitions, arguing that the
bill requiring them to be filed in
the county became law after that
date, making them invalid.
Apparently disregarding t h e
M4ontgomery directive, Living-;
ston County Clerk Joseph Ellis, a
Republican, upheld Lavan's chal-1
.enge and ruled the Rettinger
filers off the ballot.'
Montgomery later said that
Livingston county was the onlyI

curred.
In the meantime, both sides
campaigned vigorously. The Ret-
tinger group spent $819.12, while
the Lavan faction spent $6871.18.
A t r the el ction came the
county Democratic convention on
September 12, in the county
courthouse in Howell. State elec-

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of both sides jumped the three-
foot rail (in the courtroom) to
give support."
Lavan says that "the boys were
showing their certificates of elec-
tion to Rettinger" when the
group gathered in front of the
table.
The Rettinger group has a dif-
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He has filed an affidavit for the
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arately - and picked state con-
vention delegations and their par-
tial executive committeee.
Tec-rl with the two rival dele-
gations, the Democratic state
convention credentials committee
held a hearing on the night of
Sept. 19 to decide which group to
seat.
It is known that Clark Shana-
han, Lavan's lawyer for the hear-
ing, attempted to be made the
sixth district's representative on
the committee. Ingham county
Democrats aware of Shanahan's
activities blocked the attempt,
however.

Perplexing
Never considering seating the
Lavan delegation and debating in
its executive session only whether
to seat Rettinger's, the perplex-
ed committee decided to seat
neither group.
It was not until December that
the Democratic state central com-
mittee ended the confusion by up-
holding Rettinger as the official
county chairman pending any
court decisions.
In January, the Lavan forces
took that decision to court..The
hearing is set for April 26.
Observers here feel the court
case may settle the status of the
county's Democratic organization
for the time being. But, they
add, the two sides are already
girding for the 1966 primary elec-
tion, when a new county conven-
tion will select a new county com-
mittee.
Both factions are saying, "It's
not over yet - not by a long
shot."

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