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THE MICHIGAN DAILY SUNDAY NOVEMBE

R1,

council Candidates
lesignations Raise Number 'of Openings;
'welve Students Try for Eight Positions

A record low of 12 candidates
e trying for eight Council seats
the Student Government Coun-
t election to be held Tuesday
id Wednesday.
The abnormally high number of
cancies on the Council was
,used by the resignations of Jo
ardee, '60, executive vice-presi-
nt, and David Kessel, Grad. This
hen combined with the expired
e semester term of Richard Ugo-
tz, '60, upped the number of
ats, open from the usual five for,
11 elections.
Last fall, a total of fourteen
,ndidates campaigned for five
ats. Close to 6,000 students voted
that election. This year Roger
asonwein, '61, elections director,
edicts that about 5,000 students

Discuss
Candidates
For Office
Questioned
In order to compare the various
candidates who are running for
office, all were asked to answer
the following questions:
1) In casting your vote on SGC,
which will be of primary concern
to you; the aims of a particular
group you represent, or the aims
of the University, or your own
personal aims?
2) What is the most iiportant
point you are making in your cam-
paign?
3) What impact should SGC
have on University policy and
planning?
These two pages of The Daily
were purchased by SGC in order
that their answers, or any com-
ments they wished to make, would !"iuiiii
have a good chance of reaching
students on campus.
The questions were chosen by
SGC from a list of six that were i
compiled from the suggestions of POLLING
Daily staff members.
Though the majority of the the Diag,
candidates chose to answer the The booth
questions, others felt that it would 4:30 p.m.
better serve their purpose by is- a.m. to 3:(
suing a general policy statement. on the Dia

Major

Issues

il go to the polls. This he ex-
ained is about 40 or 50 per cent
all undergraduates.
200 Polls Workets
A total of close to 200 polls
)rkers have signed up to work
the five balloting stations that
e located at the Engineering
'ch, the Undergraduate Library,
e Diag, Business Administration
illding, and in front of the'
pion. Most polls will be open.
om 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on
aesday and from 8:00 a.m. to
30 p.m. on Wednesday. The poll
the UGLI will be open from
p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
In this election, Seasonwein said
e candidates' pictures and cam-
ign statements will be available
all polls. A group _of five, in-
iding me~abers of the Council,
11 serve as supervisors for the
rious polls during the two days
elections
'he only incumbents running
r reelection are Al Haber, '60,
d Ron Bassey, '60. The other
uncil members whose seats were
for reelection decided not to'
n. This group of members in-
ded Ron Gregg, '60, the presi-
at of SqC.
Reduce:Booths
The number of polling booths;
s been reduced in the last few
ct'iops so that all booths could
fully manned, and also so 'there
uld be less chance of illegal
)cedure. It is felt that with the
e booths, all of the undergradu-

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EMPTY SEATS-Eight Council positions are open in the election to be held on Tuesday and Wednes-
day. Besides the five normal vacancies caused by the expiration of terms, three more were caused by
the resignation of Jo Hardee, '60, and David Kessel, Grad., and the ending of an appointed one
semester term. Only a total of 12 students returned petitions and will have their names placed on the
ballot. This is the lowest ratio between candidates and open Council seats since SGC began.

BOOTHS-For this election the voting locations will be at the Undergraduate Library,
the Engineering Arch, in front of the Business Administration Bldg., and at the Union.
at the UGLI will be open'from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 3:00 p.m. to
on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The one at the Engineering Arch will be open from 8:00
.00 p.m. both days. The union booth will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as will the one
ag. The one at the Business Administration Bldg. will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Po-tential

Council

Members

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Give

Views

on

ates and many of the graduates
will be able to vote without having
to 'be inconvenienced.
There is one less booth this
semester. In place of the one'
located at the Natural Science Mu-
seum and on the Slab, a booth
will be set up in front of the
Union. The elections committee
felt that this arrangement would
make more economic use of the
polls workers.
Council Aids
U' Students
With Service
This semester Student Govern-
ment Council has completed,
started or worked on many pro-
grams of value.
One of theprograms- received
with good response was the Read-
ing and Discussion Program.
Under the program, students'
signed up in the. spring for one
Dr more major topic of discussion,.
The topics included "An Analysis
of the Image," "An Analysis of1
Culture," "Social Security and Its
Relationship to a Free Economy,"1
'Journalism: Its Social Relation-
ship," "The Individual Within aI
Mass Society," "A Discussion ofI
Dr. Zhivago," and "Darwin's In-
fluence on Culture."
Mailed Lists
During the summer the students
who had signed up for the pro-
,ram were mailed reading lists for-
he topics they had signed up for.
n each case there was one pri-
nary book to be read by all those
who were interested in the pro-
;'am and also additional books to
e read if time permitted.,
At the beginning* of the fallk
>emester, seminars were set upc
n each of the areas between the
tudents who had read the bookst
luring the. summer and an inter-t
sted faculty member. The first
neeting in each area was plannedc
,nd run by SGC, but the followinge
nes are merely being administra-a
ed by SGC with the actual plan-s
ing being left to the student andr
hie faculty member.p
Other programs are being plan-t
.ed for the rest of the'school thata
i'll have shorter reading lists dueh
o the tpressure of academic work.
Sell Bikesp
In another program that wast
ompleted this semester, SGC helds
i first bike auction. Under thew
,uction, students brought in theirr
km. in t+P nrin ' a . na raa v~

Nancy Adams
SGC, chairman of the Student
Activities Committee; J-Hop,
chairman of the display com-
mittee; Asian book drive chair-
man; transfer student from
Albion College.
1)As a member of-Student Gov-
ernment Council elected through
an all-campus election, I would
vote -according to the aims and
opinions of the campus commun-
ity. This is a responsibility of
every elected SGC. member.
The present Student Govern-
ment is relatively new-only four
years old. It takes time and ex-
perience to make an organization
with such broad responsibilities
effective. Improvements have been
made, but there is still much to be
done.
My main criticism of SGC is
that there is very little communi-
cation between the Council and
the student body. This results in
several misunderstandings and
misconceptions regarding SGC; as+
where the bikes came from for the
Student Bicycle Auction. I would

propose two remedies for this situ
ation.
a) Each council member shoul
speak, on his own initiative, toa
housing group at least once a
month. This would give his con-
stituents an opportunity to meet
the Council member, learn what
the Council is doing, and to ex-
press their views and opinions.
b) An article in The Daily, ap-
pearing every one to two weeks
written by a Council member, ex-
plainingdwhat the Council is doing
or considering.
2) There are several program
and areas in which I believe that
Council should take action:
a) Concern with-the application
of the students' classroom educa-
tion, especially at the introductory
Slevel. The. forum program needs
expanding and departments should
be encouraged to hold more in-
formal seminars.
b) Reconsideration of the drink-
ing regulation with the intention
of changing the word "prohibited"
back, to "not desirable" as it was
before -1947.
c) Expansion of student parking
facilities.
d) Delegation of the functions
of calenda-ing and approving
events to a Student Activities
Board. However any organization
which disputed the decision of the
board could appeal the decision to
the council.
e) Implementation of the Junior
Year Abroad program.
3) Student Government Council
is the representative body for all
students. As such it is their re-
sponsibility torepresent the stu-
dents and their opinions to the
administration, the faculty, the
city of Ann Arbor, and to the state
of Michigan. Neither the students
nor the council has the experience
nor the facilities that the above
groups have, but these groups are
primarily concerned with the stu-
dents' welfare. Therefore in pre-
senting student views Student
Government can perform an ex-
tremely valuable function in Uni-
versity policy and planning.

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.JeffJenks
' Michigan House Council, sec-
retary; WCBN; Union, person-
nel director; Michigras, co-
chairman of the bands com-
mittee 1958; Homcoming, co-
chairman of tickets committee,
1958; Spring Weekend, co-
chairman of the tickets com-
mittee, 1959; JIFC, chairman
of the fraternity relations com-
mittee; 1959 Michigan-Michi.
gan State pep rally chairman;
Wolverine Club, co-chairman
of pep rallies.
I feel if the Student Govern-
ment Council is to remain on this
campus, respected by you, the stu-
dent body, it must show respon-
sibility and maturity. Its purpose
must be to promote a healthy co-
operation between all segments of
the academic community. It
should support those programs
and initiate those policies which
will stimulate the student envir-
onment. It must recognize and ex-
press student opinion based upon
careful consideration of all sides
involved.
I will represent as best I can
student opinion. I will carefully
try to listen to all sides of an is-
sue and judge what is best. I am
an open-minded person, I have al-
ways been open-minded, and I will
be glad to represent any interest-
ed person or groups and allow
them to present their viewpoints.
I feel that SGC should concern
itself with, and I will support:
1) A junior year abroad pro-
gram:
2) Issuance of a course evalua-
tion booklet;
3) Supporting a more accurate
marking system in the literary
college..
4) Working with the adminis-
tration and faculty to find out and
solve some of the problems that
confront us;
5) Working with the city of Ann
Arbor and the Chamber of Com-
merce to revise and bring up to
date the bicycle and parking regu-
lations of the Police Department.
6) A broad program of public
relations for Michigan.
To maintain student govern-
ment we must have all of your
support. It will be my objective to
generate th eenthusiasm neces-

Babs Miller
SGC, education committee;
ordientation leader; Fortnight,
chairman; Gilbert and Sullivan;
Folklore Society; Generation;
transfer student from Cedar
Crest.
Education is a maturing proces
s through which a schoolboy be
comes a student becomes a think
ing individual. Student Govern
ment should act as a liasion grouj
to represent the views of an in
telligent and informed studen
body to the faculty and adminis-
tration. These views must be
well-formulated and presented i
a fashion to command the respec
that thre students of a school o
our calibe deserve.
1) It seems that any intelligent
well-thought out answer to th
question would have to include al
three of the choices mentioned
Naturally I would be concerne
with the aims of the group ]
represent-the student body of the
University of Michigan. I do not
favor segmentalism on campus. I
seems that every council member
should consider the welfare of th
student body as a whole when he
votes. When the problem in ques-
tion intimately concerns the wel-
fare of certain groups on campu
without distinctly involving other
elements, the welfare of the parties
most directly concerned should be
considered. A special committee
composed of the relevant opposing
parties should be set up under the
auspices of the Student Govern-
ment to work in conjunction with
the student government on the
particular problem area. the aims
of the University as it affects the
students and as the students affect
the University should be carefully
weighed.
However, what I consider the
most important aspect of a council
member is an intelligent, fair, and
objective attitude when casting his
vote and considering the issues at
hand.
2) There are so many areas
which SGC encompasses, it is diffi-
cult to present a solitary panacea
for its legislative ills. However, I
would like to propose a few basic
suggestions..
As students, our primary con-
cern should be with education in
the areas of orientation, course
evaluation, reading and discussion,
outside lecturers, cultural aware-
ness, and the Junior Year Abroad
program.
Orientation- more pointers on
how to study; habits such as note-
taking, reading improvement, and
writing exams should be included
in the orientation program. Also
some emphasis should be placed
on the multitudinous cultural op-
portunities on campus.
Reading and discussion Program
-would like to continue and ex-
pand to include more programs
with reduced reading through the
winter and more fdculty sym-
posiums which require no read-
ing, like the recent one on "The
Place of God in Culture."
Outside lectures- develop pro-
gram to bring more outside speak-
r and fims sne,,a -h r,,Ane

groups on campus to correct the
situation. Announcements of the
various cultural events on campus
should be included in the SGC
newsletter sent to all of the living
groups. The two main points of
this program are more adequately
publicity and introduction through
the orientation program.
Honors evaluation-the honors
program at the University offers
an unusual educational opportuni-
ty to certain students of the
University community. This pro-
gram is presently being evaluated.
I would like to see some of the
advantages of the honors program
(eg, seminars, more freedom in
course planning, opportunities for
independent initiative) made
available to a wider group of stu-
dents.
Other important areas of inves-
tigation:
.Off-campus housing-The for-
eign students are an extremely
important part of our University.
It is important that, as guests,
they be treated with the courtesy
they deserve. Discrimination in
housing and in other areas should
be strongly investigated and acted
upon. Also investigation of living
conditions.
-Drinking-Is it fair to prohibit
drinking in fraternities where all
of the members are over twenty-
one?
Driving regulations-If the pur-
pose of the "E" sticker is to help
alleviate the parking situation,
why should four people sharing
the same car be required to buy
four stickers? (This would result
in a total cost of $28.00 rather
than the original $7.00.) The pos-
sibility of buying one sticker for
each car should be investigated.
We park cars . . . not people.
3) I do not believe in a puppet
student government anymore than
in a puppet regime. If we are sup-
posed to be-a student government
our voices should be heard. There-
fore, an informed SGC deserves to
have an influence, on University;
planning and policy. In many in-
stances no one knows better than
objective students what is best for
students. However, respect and
'authority must be earned. To1
'prove the right of self-governmenta
should be one of our major tasks.
The Council Clarification Plan,
Rule Booklet Revisions, and the
new Referral Procedures are im-
pottant steps in this direction.

Charles
Franzblau
Gargoyle; transfer student
from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology.
As your representative in the
Student Government Council, I
will represent what I feel are the
aims of the entire student body of
the University.
I believe that the Student Gov-
ernment Council, while mainly
legislative in function, should be
a sounding board for student
problems - problems such as edu-
cational facilities, student parking
permits, or dormitory late-break-
fast proposals. If a problem arises
and remains unsolved despite,

Michigan University's present
driving age is clearly inconsistent
with the policy of most American
colleges and Universities. A mini-
mum age of 18, or one commen-
surate with state law is univer-
sity policy in most colleges in the
East (for example, Harvard, Yale,
NYU, RPI, MIT, and Penn State),
in the West (California, Stanford,
UCLA, Oregon State, Washing-
ton), and in the Midwest (Chi-
cago, Northwestern, Illinois, Ohio
State, Western Reserve; Iowa).
The percentage of colleges allow-
ing student driving varies region-
ally from 70 per cent to 88 per
cent. Students, through Univer-
sity corporation taxes certainly
support the government equally
with any population group, and in
addition, represent an inpouring
of money for Ann Arbor mer-
chants and retailers. Thus, they
should receive the benefits of our
laws as well as meeting the re-
sponsibilities - at least to the
same extent as Ann Arbor High
School students and Detroit sales
crews.
A lowered driving age will be of
advantage to:
1) Independent students just
within the two-mile limit;
2) Independent and fraternity
students dependent upon car-
pools and rides;
3) Michiganders who cannot go
home every weekend (e.g., Sagi-
naw, Bay City) because of prohib-
itive costs and inconvenient trans-
portation;
4) All University students who
cannot properly receive visiting
parents;
5) Undergrad international stu-
dents, familiar with many Amer-
ican campuses, to whom such a
rule must seem unnecessarily re-
strictive; '
6) Sponsors of University aca
demic and social activities whose
audiences diminish in cold weath-
er because of transportation in-
conveniences.
7) All University students who
cannot fully participate in aca-
demic and social activities.
I promise to see that this pro-
posal will be responsibly placed
before the Student Government
Council for petition to the Board
of Regents and, within my ability
and the scope of my student gov-
ernment experience, to see that its
merits are fully presented.

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Chuck Kline
Delta Kappa Epsilon, secre-
tary,, athletic chairman, .his-
torian.
The University of Michigan is
extremely fortunate in having the
degree of self government afforded
by the Student Government Coun-
cil, but the apathy apparent on
the part of a large percentage of
the student body partially negates
the great values in this system. A
governing body such as the Coun-
cil presents an opportunity for the
expression of the various interests
and desires of the whole Univer-
sity, but thus far the Council has
not realized this goal. SGC should
provide a further opportunity for
the carrying out of the educational
aims of the University, particularly
in respect to developing informed
and responsible citizenship on the
part of the students. It is unfor-
tunate that a large number of
students don't even seem to know
what the Council is or what its
responsibilities are.
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properly channeled petitions, stu-
dents should present their peti-
tions to SGC. University students
would know that any petition they.
submitted, if responsible and well-
supported, would be welcomed by
SGC. Thus, in areas not directly
under SGC jurisdiction, the Stu-
dent Government Council would
file its own petition to the Re-
gents, or to the proper authority,
for a specific improvement.
As a member of SGC, I will pro-
pose that the Student Govern-
ment Council petition the Board
of Regents for lowering of the
student driving age from 21 to 19.

student driving age from 21 to 19. Imerits are fully presented.

Lynn Bartlett

only be made after careful con-
sideration of the merits of both
sides an dthe resultant effect it
will have on the student body. As
an affiliate living in a residence
hall I feel, that I will be able to
get an accurate appraisal of two
major segments of campus opin-
ion.
2) The Student Government
Council plan makes it potentially
one of the most effective and pow-
erful student government organi-
zations in the country. A major
part of the campus community has
not taken advantage of this oppor-
tunity for student representation
and policy making. An individual
is often concerned only with cir-
cumstances that will directly affect
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gible projects, but I am strongly
in favor of a greater concentration
in this field. Not only could the
students derive greater benefits for
themselves, but also, in turn, would
have a greater understanding of
and support for Student Govern-
ment Council.
3) Ideally the Student Govern-
ment Council is a group of selec-
tive students representing their
various interests. SOC is a student
organ, thinking as students and
acting for students. It is one of
three areas of the campus com-
munity, the administration and
the faculty being the others. I
feel that only with good communi-
cation between these groups can
the interests of each be best
served. Communication can take

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With these ends in mind for
SGC, the responsible Council mem-
ber must consider all decisions in
the light of three factors: First
the interests of the University and
the student body as a whole, sec-
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