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"Greetings, Occupant"

Seventieth Year

Opinions Are Free
th will Preval

Ideological Pressure
On College Education
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the second in a three part series of
articles discussing the state of education in East Germany.)
(From the Antioch. College Record's "University Series")
ALLOCATION of scholarships is decided by similar (state controlled)
criteria. Curriculum, too, is subject even in smallest details to regu-
lation by the State Secretariat. The duties of the State Secretariat are
announced as being:
To guarantee a uniform political, academic, technical and peda-
gogical supervision of all universities; to supervise the political and

ials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.



Student Government Council
Inconsiderate and Irrational

LTHOUGH refusing to totally forbid small
campus groups to conflict ideologically with
rge, well-established and influential organiza-
ons, Student Government Council certainly
d its best to squelch this Wednesday.
Acceding to a request of the Military Ball
immittee of the Reserve Officers Training
orps units on campus to partially rescind its
revious approval of the Anti-Military Ball or
eacemakers' Prance two days before it was
be held, the Council seriously disrupted the
ans of the Young Friends, the Prance's spon-
The ROTC units on campus include several
nousand students, including the executive
ce-president of SGC, who made the motion
irescind part of last week's approval, while
he Friends group includes only 15 members.
'GC'S ORDER to the Friends not to hold the
Prance in the Union, the location that the
ouncil had approved last week where the
reinds had already arranged for space, and
find another place for the dance on two-
ays' notice, permits no interpretation but
iat of reactionary conservatism and fear of
.rge influential groups on campus.
Professedly, the ROTC units were afraid
iat holding the two dances in the same build-
ig would detract from the dignity and for-
ality of the Military Ball, which was intended
a be training for the military in attending
>rmal functions.
They alleged that this would occur in two
ays. The mere knowledge that the other dance
as going on would detract from the formality
f the occasion, the ROTC representative said.
E ALSO OBJECTED because an interior
lighting balcony was accessible to both the
ooms where the Prance, would be held and the
allroom where the Ball was to be held.
Pop QuizJ
A GEOGRAPHY teaching fellow and
doctoral candidate told his class he's
decided to play fair ... no pop quizzes.
His rationale: One of his geography pro-
fessors last week gave a pop quiz asking
his junior and senior students to fill in the
names of the states on an outline map.
The teaching fellow said he had done
well ("missed only four") but that one girl
had missed 31.
The teaching fellow then turned to the
lecture topic, explaining the motion of the
earth around the sun..
-T. T.

Union President Tom Patterson, '60, said that
if he understood rightly the location of the
rooms in the Union (and who would know bet-
ter than the Union president-the ROTC offi-
cials?), the balcony in concern did not connect
with the Prance's site.
Even if it did, what did ROTC expect?
Hecklers from the pacifist dance to shout cat-
calls at the military?
IT WAS POINTED OUT by several members
of the Council of that if the mere knowledge
of the Prance's being held would destroy the
formality of the Ball, it could not matter where
it was taking place-whether it was in a separ-
ate part of the Union or an entirely different
And requiring the move only two days before
the dance created the problem of the Friends
finding another site as well as the problems of
changing all the publicity and seeing that all
those who had already prepared to come to
the Union knew where the Prance was to be
ROTC also mentioned the so-called dis-
courtesy of the Council in not informing the
Ball committee of the Prance approval request,
so that a complaint could not' be made when
the request was considered. And they also
questioned the Council's action in even con-
sidering the Friends' request which was pre-
sented to SGC on the day of its meeting.
SINCE WHEN is it the business of ROTC or
any other group to decide for the Council
what requests it should consider? And by
what standards does ROTC decide that the
Friends request should not have been con-
sidered while theirs should, even though both
were submitted on the day of the meeting at
which they were considered?
It should be pointed out that both the late-
ness of the Friends request and the conflict be-
tween the two events had already been con-
sidered last week, and SGC had approved the
WOULD SGC have ordered ROTC to move
their Ball on two-days' notice if the
Friends had protested? It seems unlikely -
extremely unlikely. Then why did they make
the Friends move their dance in such a short
time, making all the advance publicity for
the Prance completely useless. Was it perhaps
because this was the lesser of the two groups,
both in numbers and in influence?
The Council seems to have proved itself
weak, inconsiderate and inconsistent by this
reversal of its own decision.
Maybe such irrational actions as this are
at least a partial cause of the much-lamented
(by SGC) apathy toward the Council.

Have You the Right To Vote?

ideological education of students,
of the coming academic genera-
tion and of the faculty;
To guarantee that allstudents
and the coming academic genera-
tion receive a uniform obligatory
training in the elementary
branches of Marxism-Leninism,
and to see that they familiarize
themselves with dialectical and
historical materialism and its con-
nections with the various fields
of science. .
TO SEE that universities and
technical schools realize their ob-
Iigation to contribute toward the
progress of science as the con-
struction of a socialistic society
demands it.
To see that the interests of the
Workers' and Peasants' State are
observed if it comes to appointing,
professors to individual chairs.
To see that the percentage of
gifted children of workers and
farmers, of persons who have
proven themselves in socialistic in-
dustry, of members of the Nation-
gl People's Army and other groups
as well as of other persons who
are known to be loyal to the
Workers' and Peasants' might is
raised as far as admission to uni-
versities is concerned.
* * *
IN CONNECTION with the -last
objective, children of "bourgeois"
professionals may find themselves
"useless," denied admission in fa-
vor of children of the workers, re-
gardless of scholastic standing,
This is the fault of the intellec-
tuals, says the State, for not dem-
onstrating proper enthusiasm for
socialist policies.
Naturally the regulation on the
year of practical work and the
way it is Rendorsed have met with
considerable criticism. Students
at Humboldt University were at
the fore of the opposition. Wei-
mar music and architecture stu-
dents particularly objected to be-
ing compelled to do industrial or
agricultural work during their
holidays, as it was of no help to
their studies.
Students at Leipzig Technical
School of Internal Trade refused
to recognize the decree made by
their Senate compelling them to
work on the land or in coal mines
during' their summer holidays, and
fled East Germany.
* * *.
TIHE NECESSITY for ideologi-
cal control throughout SED (So-
cialist United Party) and FDJ
(Free German Youth) organiza-
tions has also been made clear by
the government. For example, the
SED head office of Leipzig Uni-
versity drafted a program of their
own serving the "further develop-
ment of Karl Marx University
along socialistic lines."
The Institute of the History of
Religion is to become "a centre of
atheistic research and propagan-
da;" the Institute of Slavistics is
to become "a centre serving to
canvass for the achievements of
the Soviet Union and the Slavic
Peoples' Democracy.
The number of political repre-
sentatives in the university sen-
ates, formally the highest body
within a university, has been in-
creased to such an extent that
SED members now command a
majority in every senate.

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sity of Michigan for which Te
Michigan Daily assumes no edi-
torial responsibility. Notices should
be sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to
Room 3519 Administration Build-
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Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
VOL. LXX, NO. 114
General Notices
Tonight; Richard Wagner's, opera,
"Das Rheingold," presented by theDe
partment of Speech and the School of
Music. Box office open 10 a.m. Perform--
ance 8:00 p.m.
Summer Housing Applications for
graduate and undergraduate women
will be accepted from women now reg-
istered on campus beginning at noon,
Mon., March 7, at the office of the
Dean of Women on the first floor of
the Student Activities Building. Appli-
cations will be accepted for residence
halls and supplementary housing.
Summary Action Taken by Student
Government Council at its meeting,
March 2, 1960.
Approved minutes of previous meet-
Rescinded approval of location of the
"Anti-Military Ball or Peacemaker's
Prance" at the Union on March 4 190.
Approved interim 'action as follows:
March 14, 1960, Folklore Society, Con-
cert, Trueblood Auditorium, 8 p.m.
March 15, 1960, International Student
Association, Program, Sounds of th
East-Arabic Music, Architecture & De-
sign Auditorium, 8:30 p.m.
Discussed: Resolution 2, Membership
Selection in Student Organizations, as
presented by Phil Zook,. providing that
no student organization shairTprohibit
memnbership on the basis of race, col-
or, creed national origin or ancestry;
effective as of the beginning of the
fall semester 1960-61, evxdenee that
an organization prohibits membership
on any of the bases specified shall be
grounds for disciplinary action by Stu-
dent Government Council. Furher con-
sideration of this proposal is not
Resolution 1,.Revised-Haber, Miller.
Regulations regarding discriminatory
practices in student organizations.
Received and discussed report from
Edducation and Student Welfare Com-
mittee; postponed further discussion
until next week.
Received report on Early Registra-
tion PAM distributloxg, February 1960.
Recognized the affiliation of Eihe 2Pt-
litical Issue Club with Students for
Democratic Society with the under-
standing that 1) the PIC constitution
state specifically its affiliation with the
League for Industrial Democracy; (2)
status of associates and members be
Approved following activities:
Political Issues Club, local chapter
host for Students for Democratic So-
ciety's conference "Race Relations in
the North," subject to fulfillment of
provisions for approval of affiliation
with Students for Democratic Society
(see above).
March 13, 1960 India Student Asso-
ciation, panel discussion, "Foreign
Policy of India," Union '3 p.m. acu-
ty participants: Professors Richard
Park, Robert Crane and Siba, Sen
March 13, 1960 women's Athletic As-
sociation, Riding Club, horse show,
Huron River Stables, 1-5 pm.
Adopted as policy: "To implement
the goal of free exchange and critical
examination of ideas, the Student
Government Council will approve no
lecture, forum, discussion or other pb-
lie talk unless there is provided ample
opportunity for questions fromu the
floor. Failure to allow such questions
will be grounds for disciplinary action
by the Council."
Received report from Credentials and
(Continued on Page 8)

(The following article was written
by a senior law student after in-
vestigating the University student's
right to vote in Ann Arbor elec-
YOUR 21st birthday is a great
occasion in Ann Arbor. Not only
can you drink in local taverns (if
beer's you choice) and drive a car
(if you pay a fee) but you can vote
(if you're willing to make a big
enough fuss down at City Hall).
This being an election year, you
may get an idea that you'd like to
vote. If you're a University stu-
dent, it will be an uphill fight.
There's no literacy test or poll
tax or anything like that: simply
the policy of the City Clerk that
"full-time students are ineligible."
The world "policy" is used ad-
visedly for the Clerk's view is cer-
tainly not the law. There are some
University students who are not

eligible to vote-but many others
are eligible.
THE GENERAL law on the sub-
ject is easy to state but often diffi-
cult to apply to the individual
case. Perhaps that's why the
Clerk's office doesn't like to regis-
ter student voters. At any rate,
familiarity with your legal rights
will help you to get registered if
you are eligible.
Under our Michigan Constitu-
tion, you can vote in Ann Arbor
if (1) you're 21 years old or over;
(2) you're a United States citizen;
(3) you've resided in Michigan for
the six months preceding the elec-
tion; and (4) you've resided in
Ann Arbor for the 30 days pre-
ceding the election.
As you might have guessed, the
big question is whether or not
you're residing here. It takes more
to be a resident than merely living
here and going to school.

TO The Edito

Academic Lobby Works

Daily Staff Writer
SMALL but vehement lobby within Student
Government Council has recently begun .a
impaign to arouse interest in academic areas
-a shift away from the stress they feel SGC
currently giving to issues involving organiza-
This active minority feels that SGC, as a
>dy representative of student opinion, can
id should throw a critical light on the Uni-
rsity's educational program to ascertain its
eas of strength and weakness and try too
irrect the latter.
Examination of the physical education re-
airement is under way and an audit-for-credit
'stem has been newly instituted. The SGC
lucation and Student Welfare committee
ported Wednesday they are working toward
surrecting a Junior Year Abroad program
nd presenting constructive suggestions to the
erary college Curriculum Committee.
NTHAT HAS been accomplished, however, is
almost in spite of the Council rather than }
ecause of it. Most members seem unwilling to
evote more than cursory attention to matters
purely academic concern.
Presentation of the thoughtfully prepared
ducation and Student Welfare committee re-
>rt elicited little interest from the Council
ritil a particularly vocal lobbyist for academic
mcern denounced the indifferent reaction in
>und terms.
Comment then aroused was directed generally
Editorial Staff
litorial Director City Editor
HARLES KOZOLL ..........,Personnel Director
SAN KAATZ....................... Magazine Editor
M BENAGH ....................Sports Editor

at the outspoken member and seldom touched
on the report, which included brief descrip-
tions of projects including (besides those men-
tioned previously) establishing an independent
study program for interested, students with
professors, and opening honors courses or sec-
tions to qualified non-Honors students on a
University-wide basis.
PERHAPS the Council tends to shrug off
debate on academic proposals because of
the preponderance of "organization men" over
"idea men" in its current membership.
The organization bloc, corresponding only
very roughly with the present ex officio mem-
bership, are capable of clear thinking and
responsible debate. But they seem more com-
fortable discussing issues they encounter with-
in the context of their organizational ties,
and specific motions seldom originate with
A long-established pattern dictates that
Council "idea men"-rarely so called in a
complimentary sense-present motions which
are hashed out by the Council with constant
clarification and compromise until a consensus
is reached. If the motion passes, it is usually
diluted or qualified. If it fails, the organiza-
tion people have made their positions clear
enough for whoever made the motion to see
the direction in which to change his approach.
In areas where organizations are directly
concerned, activities people show little hesi-
tancy. They state their positions firmly. It is
seldom necessary for them to take stands.
When considering academic questions, however,
many organization members find themselves
out of their element; they don't know just
what kind of comment is expected of them,
so they make none.
T SEEMS obvious that the organizational
and educational goals and interests of SGC
are not opposed, muchf less mutually exclusive.
The point which the lobbyists are trying to

4 Salute - ..
To the Editor:
A 21-GUN SALUTE to all those
who so bravely sighted subver-
sives and sank same! We refer, of
course, to yesterday's announce-
ment in The Daily that the Young
Friends were deprived a beach-
head on third floor of the Union
because the chairman of the
ROTC Military Ball objected that
the Friends' Peacemakers' Prance
would "interfere with the formal-
ity" of the Military Ball.
THE YOUNG Friends-and old
Friends, too - have often been
suspected of being subversive, and
at last we have proof positive: to
promote a dance with the theme
of peace and mock the magnificent
military! But let us not stop with
mere exile.
We must root out the SGC sym-
pathizers who cunningly contrived
approval for the Peacemakers'
Prance in the first place. And place
sentries at every Union entrance
to guard our military formality.
And use tear gas to fend off Peace
Dove attacks.
-Lauri Talayco
-John Talayco, Grad,
-Ellen K. Cronan, Grad.
-David Spaan
-Robert J. Dunn, Grad.
-Eugene H. Pattison
-John Dixon Hunt, Grad.
--Lawrence E. Hussman Ji rad.
-A. de Bonneval
Gun Shy « « «
To the Editor:
THE ACTIONS of the Student
Government Council in forcing
the Peacemakers' Prance (Anti-
Military Ball) out of the previously
arranged location in the Michigan
Union was indeed unfortunate.
Sevral 1points should be noted

WE CAN ONLY hope that ru-
mors brought forth at the Council
concerning plans of cadets to
"march on the third floor" loca-
tion of the Peacemakers' Prance
were no more than rumors. Under
different circumstances, we would
consider it a compliment to be
thought of as a threat to the well-
being of the military. In this case,
we are saddened that unjust con-
fusion was attained,
The fear of permitting the basic
issue of militarism versus pacifism
to be raised on the campus seemed
to hang over the Council's dis-
cussions of both the calendaring
of the event and the subsequent
protest by the military. Pointing
out this basic issue is, of course,
one of the reasons for sponsoring
a dance of this nature and is a
responsibility felt by our group.
To attempt to whitewash the
issue, as happened, is sad com-
mentary on the underlying fear of
questioning the military's opinion
on most anything, including dances
and dogwashing.
* * *
SINCE ALL profits will be for-
warded to the American Friends
Service Committee (a Quaker
agency) for world - wide peace
work, we were concerned that this
abrupt change in policy would
lower the amount of money re-
ceived. This was not considered
by the majority of the Council in
its action.
We hope that Prance dance at-
tenders are not discouraged by the
Council's poor action.
We would also note that the
Council's power (almost univer-
* sally accepted as nonexistent) over
an organization can be used with
severe force in 'matters of calen-
* * "
IN OUR CASE, an examination
of conscience on the part of some
Council members apparently took

ON THE ONE HAND, attending
the University is not enough to
give you residence for voting pur-
poses; on the other, it doesn't au-
tomatically bar you from voting.
It's impossible to set down a firm
rule as to whether a person is a
good faith Ann Arbor resident. It
must be determined by the facts of
each case.
This might be a pretty confusing
picture but for the fact that in
1946 Michigan's Attorney-General
suggested some standards for de-
termining residency. He derived
his standards from two old Michi-
gan cases and the law of other
His interpretation of the law
boils down to this:
(1) If you intend to return to
your former home upon gradua-
tion, you do not obtain a voting
residence at college.
(2) If it's evident that you
don't propose to return home but
intend to remain in Ann Arbor
for an appreciable length of time,
you may vote here. In some cases
this "appreciable length of time"
is evidenced by continued resi-
dence after graduation; in others,
the residence is deemed to have
been acquired before graduation.
(3) If you don't intend to re-
turn home but you're uncertain as
to the place of your future resi-
dence, you generally may vote in
Ann Arbor.
AS A FURTHER aid, the Attor-
ney-General specifically said: "A
student at college who is free from
parental control, regards the place
where the college is situated as his
home, has no other to which to
return in case of sickness or do-
mestic affliction, is as much en-
titled to vote as any other resident
of the place where the college is
Clearly, this opinion is a far cry
from the rule laid down by our
City Clerk.
If you want to vote in Ann Arbor
and feel you're entitled to do so
under the law, your first step is to
register with the City Clerk at
the City Hall. When you get to
the counter, you'll probably be
Monday is the last day to
register for the April 4th elec-
tion. The City Clerk's office is
located on the first floor of the
City Hall.
asked if you're a student. When
you answer "yes," you'll be told
that you can't register-perhaps
with the qualification that you can
if you work at an outside job
more hours than you attend
C C *

Dickie Warned Me of Days Like This

IF YOU DON'T fit this last case,
what next? Stop over to see
Jacob Fahrner, the city attorney.
He's located in the Ann Arbor
Trust Building a block down from
City Hall.
He'll listen to the facts of your
case and compare them against
the standards laid down by the
Attorney - General and other
sources. If you convince him that

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