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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Bias Problem a Basic Moral Question

Y, OCTOBER 10, 1963

NIGHT EDITOR:

JEAN TENANDER

SGC: A Useless Facade
That Should Be Abolished

r'UDENT Government Council should
be abolished. It is a grave hinderance
effective student participation in the
airs of the University. It covers up
.at would otherwise be failings of the
ministration. It hinders the work of
mpus political groups and active in-
iduals who waste their efforts on a,
rthless cause. In short, it serves no
eful purpose but does serve some that
detrimental.
['he problem of SGC is not with its
ucture. Most students on campus are
aservative as is shown by the continual
ference for Republican candidates in
ck elections. This means that any rep-
entative campus body is probably going
be conservative.
CONSERVATIVE SGC is most likely
much better than a liberal one any-
y. A liberal Council would pass all
ids of resolutions, motions, expressions
student opinion and so forth. A con-
rvative Coucil would do very little,
:ept when faced with outside pressure,
in the case of membership selection
tctices.
:t is not facetious to say that the latter
the better alternative. The reasons
ige from minor ones-a. liberal Council
uld not accurately reflect the views of
iversity students-sto far more major
es.
LIBERAL COUNCIL would give some
appearance of effectiveness. The pre-
ise that there is real student govern-
nt at the University mhight be believed.
e consequences of this would be most
rmful.
:t is difficult now to estimate how much
nage is caused by the illusion of stu-
nt government at the University. Con-
er the time and energy wasted by
ice and liberal individuals trying to
ke SGC pursue a liberal course. It
;ears that this year these people are
ally beginning to see the light, but
would be much worse if they came to
nk they really could be effective.
HEN, TOO, there is the personal dis-
illusionment and humiliation that
nes from knowing that Council and
.dents in general are the victims of a
:eption perpetrated by the administra-
n.
:t knows that it .is able to slow down
orm by pushing such matters into the
ads of SGC,. as has been done with
crimination in the last year or two. It
:ws that by having a Student Govern-
nt Council it can be thought to be
)gressive in this field. And it knows
t by having an SGC students will mis-
ect their efforts at reform, hence pre-
iting reform from being made.
EIAT SGC actually has a potential to
become something is, most unlikely.
e overwhelming probability that it will
riain a conservatively-dominated body
vents it from even trying. But the
r-present veto power of the vice-
sident for student affairs would pre-
it even a liberal Council from doing
ything other than raising a racket.
Zven this racket would be of little
ue, however. Probably the worst pos-

sible consequence of making a lot of
noise would be that SGC might be grant-
ed a" bit more authority. Frequent
exercise of the veto power could not long
be tolerated. Student protests and{outside
pressure upon the administration would,
before too long, either force the vice-
president to stop vetoing SGC actions,
thus giving Council more power, or to
weaken substantially or abolish SGC al-
together.
BUT THE CONSEQUENCES of a real
student government on this campus
are even worse than having a token one.
The fact must be faced that students in
similar political situations have proved
themselves to be totally incompetent.
Visit an SGC meeting, witness an SGC
election, observe the handling by SGC
of the discrimination issue, note that half
the members of the SGC Committee on
University Affairs--the committee whose
members are hopefully to sit on faculty
committees-did not show up at its first
meeting, note the insane dress regula-
tions passed by quadrangle councils that
are often far stricter than the adminis-
tration demands. What more proof is
needed?
There are two potential courses that
SGC may follow in the future. The first
is a gradual decay that will leave SGC an
empty gesture-the path it is now follow-
ing. The second, far less probable, is that
SGC may somehow, someday be given an
opportunity to misuse power.
SOME MIGHT SEE hope in a student-
faculty government. Being realistic,
however, it must be kept in mind that
students are already failing in their end
of the bargain (9 out of 18 at the first
meeting), and the true student-faculty
government is not at all what is now
being worked for. The most that is de-
sired now, the -most that is probably
desirable at all, is that students have a
means through which to communicate
their opinions to the faculty. It is not
suggested that students run the academic.
portion of the University or that the
faculty join in running the non-academic
portion.
To this end, there is no necessity that
a Student Goverment Council exist. Other
ways can be found for students to sit in
on University Senate committee meet-
ings. To have the meetings open to Daily
coverage would keep students informed
of faculty thinking, and communication
in the, other directions would be easily
realized. Daily editorials, letters to the
editor and direct conversation with mem-
bers of the faculty are only three of the
most obvious means this could be accom-
plished.
0 REPEAT, Student Government
Council is a grave hinderance to ef-
fective student participation in the Uni-
versity. It covers up what would other-
wise be failings of the administration.
It hinders the work of campus political
groups and active individuals who waste
their efforts on a worthless cause. This
semester's SGC will only substantiate
that student government on this campus
should be abolished.
-EDWARD HERSTEIN

To the Editor:
ON MAY 17, 1963, the Regents
reaffirmed and outlined Stu-
dent Government Council's au-
thority to deal with the area of
membership selection in student
organizations.
Today, SGC has more than the
authority to work in this area;
it has the responsibility to move
with all deliberate speed to assure
that no individual is discriminated
against on the basis of race, reli-
gion, color, creed, national origin
or ancestry.
The problem of membership
selection and bias should not be-
come a political question. It is a
question which should transcend
political lines and which should
be met by the sincere efforts of
both individuals and groups work-
ing together to solve it.
THIS IS NOT a question of
Greek vs. anti-Greek or conser-
vative vs. liberal. It is one of
basic moral and cultural rights-
one in which each of us should
feel an equal share.
To say that SGC is acting in a
vindictive manner toward frater-
nities and sororities is false. To
the best of our knowledge SGC
has conscientiously attempted over
the past year to solve this prob-
lem in the fairest and most ex-
pedient way.
Refusal to grant original juris-
diction to IFC and/or Panhel in
this area is both a jurisdictional
and a purely practical matter. For
several years now, the SGC mem-
bership committee has worked in
"good faith" with the fraternities
and sororities on this campus
helping them to solve their prob-
lems. To bypass and nullify the
work of this committee by grant-
ing original jurisdiction to another
group would cause a great in-
formational lag and would be an
abdication of responsibility by
SGC. This is a campus-wide con-
cern and should be handled by the
campus-wide body. There are also
some obvious legal problems in
such a transfer of authority.
We are willing and eager to
work with and aid any groups
established by IFC and Panhel on
their problems. We hope to be of
as much assistance to them as
past membership committees have
been to individual groups.
* * *
FINALLY, we would like to re-
iterate the point that we do not
feel that we are acting in a way
which is detrimental to the future
interests of the fraternity and
sorority systems. We are all
throughly familiar with the prin-
ciples and ideals of the Greek
system.
But we are firmly convinced
that these principles and ideals
can grow and prosper only in an
atmosphere of fairness where the
final selection of members is based
upon their personal qualities as
seen by the active members of the
local group.
Student Government Council
Committee On Membership
in Student Organizations
-Willam Burns, '65 chairman
--Robert Abramson, '64
-Jean Boehlke, '64
-Scott Crooks, '65
--Wallis Wilde, '64
Sasaki.. ..
To the Editor:
THE FACT that Negroes are not
the only minority group dis-
criminated against is irrelevant
when it comes to civil rights. Civil
rights pertain to individuals, not
to groups. I am a Negro, but I do
not claim to speak for my race-
only for myself. I wish to have my
right to be an individual recog-
nized. I claim this right even if
there are a thousand other groups
whose members are in positions
similar to that which the Negro
holds.
What I expect from my fellow

Americans is that my attempts to
enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness be not unduly disad-
vantaged. As an American I ex-
pect more from my government
than that it see that my efforts to
free myself are not hampered; I
expect that it will allow me to
develop in myself those qualities
which distinguish me from the
lower animals; every American
has these rights. What I want is
the benefits of real democracy, a
situation not yet achieved in the
United States.
THE PROBLEM, as I see it, is
now only racial discrimination.
White does not make right; the
life of the white Anglo-Saxon
Protestant is not my idea of hea-
ven; it holds no promise of real
happiness for me. I do not desire
merely to be no less disadvantaged
than middle-class white Ameri-
cans (some of whom may recog-
nize that there are aspects of their
own lives controlled by undemo-
cratic concepts). I desire democ-
racy.
I do not reject Negroes or whites
or anybody; I do reject the at-
tempts to decide for me what will
make for my happiness, and I re-
ject the attempts to force me to
decide what will make my broth-
ers happy-that is, to display to
them the same attitudes which
you,, Edwin Sasaki, display to
them and which white Americans
j ncepdis~lvedovoi~ Aln.i sa.f

righteously or humbly assuming
the "white man's burden," the
validity of which I question and
which, in any case, the white man
has not carried well.
-Joyce V. Stephens, '65
More Saaki ...
To the Editor:
IN READING the letter of Edwin
Sasaki in Tuesday's Daily, I
could only register shock and dis-
may at some of his thoughts. Why
does Mr. Sasaki feel that the Ne-
groes have to prove themselves, in
order to deserve their rights as
Americans? Is he, perhaps, re-
ferring to some unknown clause
in the United States Constitution,
which makes the Bill of Rights,
etc. invalid to all minorities until
they've proven themselves?
Our government guarantees, as
it must, the civil liberties of a
George Lincoln Rockwell, or a
William Foster; does Mr. Sasaki
want us to believe that either of
these men has shown himself
"more loyal to the principle of
democracy" than a Ralph Bunche,
or a Roy Wilkins, or most of the
millions of Negroes? The answers
to both these questions is the
same-I doubt it.
The last point he makes is al-
most ludicrous. For over one hun-
dred years the Negroes have been
"good Christians." They've taken
everything that was thrown at
them by other people, who also
called themselves "good Chris-
tians." Are the Negroes supposed
to remain oppressed and inactive
forever? There comes a time, Mr.
Sasaki, when people have to stop
being "good Christians," and start
trying to gain their rights as good
Americans. That time is now.
-Mark Simons, '67
Sasaki Again.. .
To the Editor:
MR. SASAKI points out that
many minorities exist in
this country, and that they are
all, more or less, discriminated
against. Since, he continues, the
Negro is the one about whom we
hear the most, the Negro must
somehow be different from the
others. Rather than reaching the
obvious (and true) conclusion
that this is because no other
minority in this country has ever
experienced anything approaching
the degree of persecution and dis-
crimination to which the Negro
has been subjected, he concludes
that this is because the Negro
leadership is using "less than
moral tactics." And that the road
to Negro equality lies in the de-
velopment, by American Negroes,
of a morality superior to that of
their bigoted opponents.
In the first place, I would like
to point out the fallacy of sup-
posing that it is somehow incum-
bent upon the Negro to be morally
superior to the majority of the
population. The Negroes need only
be American citizens - indeed,
they need only be resident in the
United States-to deserve full and
equal treatment, publicly and pri-
vately. Negroes are humans; not
super - humans, not sub-humans.
Their treatment as such, by every-
one, is a right, not a privilege.
** *
IN THE second place, I would
like to mention Mr. Sasaki's total
disregard of the question of en-
vironment. The, fact is, that by
usual standards, the "average"
morality of the Negro is lower
than that of the white. The Negro
crime rate, for example, is higher
than that of the whites. But to
imply that the Negro need only
try harder, and he can be "better"
than the rest of us, totally ig-
nores the fact that has been
molded by a lifetime of insults,
by a century of illiteracy, by
the fact of non-opportunity, by
the inescapable despair which we
all feel in the face of insurmount-
able odds. If he drinks, and
swears, and deserts his wife and
children, it is only because he

must, somehow, escape from a
world which has given him no
legitimate place. And if he throws
bricks, and cries war, it is because
there is no escape valve. We-you
and I-have refused to provide
one for him.
IN MY OPINION, it is not the
place of the more favored races-
and when it comes to the Negroes,
you too, Mr. Sasaki, are more
favored-to decry the Negroes'
tactics. It is rather our place to
realize that we, directly or indi-
rectly, have aided and abetted
the racists and bigots of America,
and that we must now do every-
thing within our power to seevthat
the American Negro gets a fair
deal. Andany tactic which will
hasten the coming of the day
when the American Negro can be
called an American citizen, is
legitimate, moral, and praise-
worthy. Any tactic, whether that
of the NAACP or the Direct Ac-
tion Committee, which furthers
this end, is deserving of our sup-
port.
In conclusion, I would like only
to say that as a Jew, I too belong
to a minority which has beefn
persecuted. Most often by people
who discuss such things as "the
Christian religion, which all Amer-
cans are supposed to supportm..."
And it hurts most when it comes

to be without water or power. Very
likely the worst is yet to come as
disease and famine spread in the
wake of the great storm.
Although the United States has
expressed strong disapproval of
President Francois Duvalier's ter-
rorist regime which has ruled the
small poverty stricken Carribean
nation since October 1957, the
United States is rushing emer-
gency relief supplies in a human-
itarian rescue operation. The
United States government is to
be praised for responding to the
desperate need of the Haitian
people and for its resolve that
people who face death, disease and
destruction shall not be forgotten
even if their government is the
antithesis of the democracy we
wish for all men.
*. * *
THE SAME STORM has now
moved on to Cuba and has bat-
tered that country for more than
two days. Crop damage is report-
ed very heavy and although Cuba's
form of government is radically
different from that of Haiti and
no doubt even more odious to the
United, States government, the
misery of the sick and dying is
strangely similar.
Already there are reports that
the Cuban government is calling
for emergency medical supplies
such as typhoid vaccine.
Our government has in the past
expressed its sympathy for the
plight of the Cuban people al-
though the economic blockade is
not lifting the nutritional level of
those for whom we cry. It seems
that in this emergency the United
States has an opportunity to show
that it can overlook its distaste of
the regime which rules Cuba to
stretch a hand to those in need
as it has done in Haiti.
PERHAPS the Cuban govern-
ment's pride would not permit it
to accept aid from its worst enemy.
In this event the United States
should channel what aid we can
give through international agen-
cies such as the United Nations or
the International Red Cross.
This is a rare opportunity for
the United States to show that
our so-called "humanitarian" pro-
grams are not basically politically
motivated. I hope that those who
agree with the proposal offered
here will communicate their
thoughts to those who have the
authority to act in this emer-
gency.
-David C. Aroner, '64
Emotionalism . .
To the Editor:
j WAS DISMAYED and quite
concerned with the distortion,
emotionalism and inaccuracy evi-
denced in the article by John
Weiler on Fred Fechheimer's dis-
cussion on Americus, Ga., and
civil rights.
Fred Fechheimer not only de-
scribed his experiences, but also
analyzed them in relation to the
civil rights problem which the
country as a whole is facing. The
tenor of his speech wasacontrolled
and dignified, relating events of
brutality and suppression without
tickling or playing with the au-
dience's emotions.
IN CONTRAST, The Daily ar-
ticle stressed the only two state-
ments which could be termed emo-
tional as the central theme of the
discussion, and quoted them out of
context. No indication was given
to the thoughts expressed by the
speaker on the general problem
of civil rights.
Further, facts were reported in-
accurately, i.e., according to the
article, "when he was in jail he
was allowed to make two phone
calls." According to Fred Fech-
heimer he was allowed to make
no phone calls.
Also in the announcement in
Wednesday's paper of the propos-
ed discussion, Fred Fechheimer's-
name was spelled wrong, he was

listed in the wrong school, was
reported to have spent five weeks
instead of five days in jail, and
also was reported to be a SNCC
field worker-a statement which
is false.
ONE REALIZES that "objective
reporting" is perhaps the most
difficult task to achieve in jour-
nalism, but one submits that re-
sponsible coverage is a reasonable
request. One further submits that
distortion, emotionalism and in-
accuracy is a dishonest and dan-
gerous policy to which to adhere.
I think that The Daily owes Fech-
heimer an apology.
-Doris Walsey, '65
Tradition ...
To the Editor:
PART OF the University has
passed away. A once-proud
and widely-acclaimed tradition
has died at its very birthplace.
The "panty-raid" has become a
thing of the past.
There have been two attempts
to storm the Hill this week; there
may never be another. The incen-
tive is now almost non-existent.
The objects sought after were
never acquired: Nothing was
was thrown from the windows.
Who wants to return home from
the hunt empty-ha'nded? A nmass

-but has it been that serious?
When were the dorms last ran-
sacked? The police have always
been on hand to prevent extreme
demonstrations.
Once upon a time, the "panty-
raid" was to college as the "senior
prom" is to high school. Many an
alumnus finds it easier to recall
the escapade in which he out-
grabbed the pack for the flaming-
red trophy than the stirring lec-
ture of some visiting dignitary.
Let's face it, the fun, the school
spirit, the refreshing break, the
memories of a panty raid most
often outweigh its unintentional
disturbance. In fact, in an honest
and realistic evaluation, it would
probably be correct to label the
"panty-raid" as "good, clean fun"
-something hard to find on any
college campus.
*" * *
WHY THEN, has the "panty-
raid" been cremated? Who is re-
sponsible? Can the University, in
its role as the supreme dictator
and creator of behaviour be solely
to blame?
,Perhaps the administration has
augmented its reformatory influ-
ence to a point where the girls are
afraid to participate. Yet, is it
possible for a such a small, regular
staff to restrain that many girls
in a surprise attack? Not likely,
If the girls really wanted to,
they could have. More likely then,
the blame (or credit) can be di-
rectly attuned to the attitudes of
the residence hall females, them-
selves. Perhaps they're too col-
legiate and grown up for such
pranks.
Rejoice girls-for by your strict
observance of University dicta, a
mighty heritage has given way to
"proper protocol." The bugle that
began the first raid on Martha
Cook in 1943 has sounded its last
call to arms. The "panty-raid"
has become a thing of the past.
R.I.P.
-Butch Page, '66
Section-Switches . .*
To the Editor:
THE UNIVERSITY has now in-
stituted a' semi-successful pre
classification system, but it has
apparently failed to spot the real
nuisance of the beginning of each
semester-namely, the first week
or two of classes, when there is a
regular rat-race to switch course
sections.;
For the individual, section
switching usually starts out as a
one-course idea, but by the time
this individual has gotten to the
end of all the second-week lines,
he has found invariably that his
entire program has suffered an
overhauling. Thus whatever good
was contained in pre-classification
is now cancelled out, and the
"good old couple of hours" in reg-
istration are now replaced by five
on the section-switching line.
* * *.
WHAT IS to account for this
invariable second - week mess?
Four out of five times it is because
the student wants to switch out
of a section with a "hard" instrue-
tor into one with an "easy" one.
Or he wishes to switch into a sec-
tion where the instructor teaches
the course "a more favorable way"
than in the first.
What this letter is trying to
point out is a basic fault of Uni-
versity courses: their lack of unity
in sectional grading and course
approach. This reader need not list
the numerous times he has finish-
ed struggling with an enormously
difficult bluebook, only to see a.
friend's "snap" five minutes later
from a different section of the
same course. And how many times

has he heard others' opinions of
resisting switching to an "easy"
section like above, in favor of
sticking it out with a non-con-
formist instructor and "learning
something."
But it seems, unfortunately, that
it is the do-nothings in the "easy"
sections who get ahead at present,
while the unfortunates with the
instructor who counts the final
as one-eighth of the grade (while
some will count it two-thirds) are
forced to sit around and hope for
a better break next semester.
Departmental finals to some
degree are improving this situa-
tion: but then again there is no
guarantee that different instruc-
tors will show any consistency in
their personal treatments of these
exams.
* * 4.
THIS IS an important Univer-
sity matter. There will be huge
waiting lines, despite pre-registra-
tion, as long as there are "easy
instructor hoarders." And there
will be more and more of the
latter until the University decides
once and for all that it will have
standard and consistent modes of
grading, testing and instructing in
all sections of the same course.
Again, this mtter should be look-
ed into at once, before course-
taking becomes a farce.
-Richard Redfield,' 6
Harrah ...
To the Editor:
YESTERDAY I had the dubious
pleasure of reading two "news-
paper" accounts concerning the
recent visit of Gov. Ross T. Bar-
nett to the Western Michigan
University campus. One appeared
in the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-
Ledger, and the other in The
Michigan Daily. They were re-
mparkably a like. The iggest dif-
ference between them that I could
discover. was that Mr. Charles
Hills of the Clarion-Ledger was
presentin Kalamazoo the evening
that the Governor spoke. I too
was in attendance that evening
and therefore was shocked at the
"reporting" in these two news-
papers. It is certainly a sad state
of affairs that people who are un-
able to attend events are at the
mercy of "reporters" who pesent
false and distorted accounts of
what, occurred.
Gov. Ross Barnett came to the
WMU campus with a loaded pre-
pared speech which took some 50
minutes to read and had very
little to say. In addition, he did
not answer a single question that
was put before him, but instead
circumvented them via a "I don't
know" or an informative anecdote.
YOU WRITE that Gov. Bar-
nett was "placed on a podium
surrounded by an almost totally
hostile audience of thousands"
and that Barnett was "molested
by the uncouth and Iin-bred rude-
ness of a group of teenagers." You
write that the audience was
"disrespectful." It's time your
readers learn the truth. First, the
hall in which Gov. Barnett spoke
only seated about 1200 and since
fire laws prevented a standing
audience, your figure of thousands
is indicative of how you report
the facts/ More important is the
fact that the audienee behaved in
a most genteel and orderly man-
ner. Gov. Barnett was given ut-
most respect, received polite ap-
plause on numerous occasions, and
was not jeered or the recipient of
catcalls as you so incorrectly
stated.
-Prof. Werner Sichel
Western Michigan
University

It

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'U' Must Reorient Legislators

JICHIGAN ONCE WAS one of the lead-
ing states in developing and support-
tg a system of higher education accord-
g to a report issued by the Office of
cademic Affairs. But, as the report
oints out and as any observer can see,
[ichigan is no longer a leaderin build-
ig strong public colleges and universi-
es.
The problem is not merely political; the
ime Republican reactionaries who get
L the blame for not giving the Univer-
ty enough money are the same kind of
eople who for years gave the University
nd other institutions all the money
ecessary.
These legislators, while opposed to high
)vernmental expenditures and the ex-
Editorial Staff
RONALD WILTON, Editor
DAVID MARCUS GERALD STORCH
iditorial Director City Editor
RBARA LAZARUS ..,........Personnel Director
ILIP SUTIN .............. National Concerns Editor
AIL EVANS ....................Associate City Editor
ARJORIE BRAHMS .......Associate Editorial Director
LORIA BOWLES .................. Magazine Editor
ALINDA BERRY .............ContributingEditor
kVE GOOD. ................. Sports Editor
KE BLOCK ............... Associate Sports Editor
M BERUER..............Associate Sports Editor
)B ZWINCK ........... Contributing sports Editor

pansion of the functions of government,
have never denied that the support of
higher education is their responsibility.
They do not deny their responsibility;
they have merely abdicated it. They be-
came so involved in the fiscal problems
of the 1950's that they forgot to look
ahead to the 1960's.
THIS IS EXACTLY the problem that the
University faces today in going to the
Legislature for an appropriation. It must
,reorient the outlook of the lawmakers
from a "today's financial position" point
of view ,to a "higher education for the
future" point of view.
Partially, Gov. Romney's "Blue Ribbon
Committee" must bear this responsibility.
Partially, each university must bear it by
talking about the long-run rather than
next year.
The University has already adopted this
approach to a great extent. Administra-
tion officers have stopped talking about
how the University, must have a certain
amount of money in a given year to
operate or vital services will have to be
curtailed. It has prepared a long-range
capital outlay budget.
THESE ARE all worthwhile steps. There
is, of course, the danger that the Leg-
islature will procrastinate on long range
problems by continually saying "next

THE GARGOYLE:
MythicalMirth
IT'S A PLOY. A fantastic, last-ditch manuever in the futile prepara-
tion for this Saturday. Psychological warfare, so to speak.
Just distribute a magazine, purported to be the result of creative
University students, claiming to be humorous. Then the enemy will
either be so complacent in their obvious superiority or so conf used
by attempting to find the humor that they will be easy marks on
the football field.
Sound far-fetched? How else can one explain away the Gargoyle?
And, somehow, one feels obligated to explain away the Gargoyle
for the Gargoyle is still embarrassingly a failure. The embarrassment
is compounded when one realizes that this little publication represents
each of us on two other campuses.
* * *
THE SCRIBBLING that clutters up the Gargoyle reminds one
of greeting card rejects and napkin doodles 'stolen from 'the second
room of the MUG. The photography captions are both sophomoric
and inane. With one major and one minor (that's two, count 'em, two)
exceptions, the magazine is visually worthless,
As for the content, one is forced to revert to that word again:
embarrasing. The majority of the articles are childish and dull. None
of them are subtle, but then none of them are funny either,
that's no excuse.
Also, the extreme emphasis on fraternities and sororities for
humor is damaging. Only a small proportion of the student body
is affiliated to begin with, and even die-hard Greeks may wonder why
the personal vendetta against the Thetas which consumes the Gar-
goyle,
THE ONLY CHANCE for hope, the only elements of humor, appear
in three (count 'em, three) sections. "The Gargoyle Philosophy" is
funny and occasionally biting. "Will, the real Michigan please step
forward" contains the only really original attempt at humor in its
clever juxtaposition of photos. But the only successful molding of
both article and art lies in "College Bull" and even that has its dull

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