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April 12, 1972 - Image 7

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Wednesday, April 12, 1972


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Political science class participates in mock
Democratic Convention; Muskie nominated

By DARLENE STERN a speech, or a newspaper article-
LINDSAY STAFFERS BRIBE you have to respond to it."
ELECTION BOARD, the newspa- Many students feel that five
per headline screamed, and with and a half in-class hours are too I
that the scandal of the year was much work for a four-credit
out. / course. But Eisenstein is adamant
Luckily for John Lindsay, that that students must actually par-
headline was not from yesterday's ticipate in politics in order to be-
Washington Post or New York come interested in the field.
Times. It came from a newspaper "You see, if you want people to
printed for a Democratic conven- be able' to understand politics,
' tion simulation in political sci- they have to be able to go through,
ence Prof. Jihm Eisenstein's Intro- the process of applying the knowl- 1
duction to American Government edge that they get in lectures and
class this year. readings to specific situations like
The Democratic convention sim- they are going to encounter," he
ulation was just one of the says.
Wednesday night "workshops" at- Three workshops were devoted
tended by Political Science 111 to stimulations of a presidential
students this term. These work- election year. Each student chose
shops have been designed to pro- the "role" he wished to have for
mote active student involvement these workshops-candidate, cam-
in political events. Classes have paign strategist, state delegate or
included a videotape of a presi- member of a broadcast or print
dential news conference, a movie media. Eisenstein and his 12
covering an actual political am- teaching fellows decided on the
paign, and a film dealing with ra- final role assignments, and then
cism. All of the films were, dis- the students were told what to do
cussed and analyzed by the stu- and how to go about it.
dents. From then on it was chaos.
"The idea is active engagement," Students were given 'mevvs' (Pol.
Eisenstein explains. "They can't Sci. 111 "money") to spend and it
sit there like bumps on a log in was up to them to put it to good
lecture and discussion and ex- use-which meant they must get
pect to be able to do it-they have their man elected.
to actually do it. That's why we There were vague promises of
have people writing all these patronage by candidates to dele-
things - here's a problem, here's gates, underhanded deals between

states, vicious rumors tying vari- port behind Muskie. The conven-
ous candidates to illegal cam- tion was well into its third hour
paign practices - everything was when winner Muskie thanked his,
tried and nothing was sacred. Ev- I supporters and declared Adlai
en Eisenstein became the target Stevenson III his running mate,
of a malicious rumor that he was "Students will remember that
plotting against Alabama Gov. experience for a long time," Eisen-
George Wallace. f rec fraln im, ie-
Georg Walace.stein says. "I think it was very
Advertising during lecture could successful in conveying to stu-
be purchased on one of the "TV dents the sort of situation that
stations" by any candidate willing candidates and campaign stra-
to pay prime time rates. Compet- tegists ate in and the kind of
ing newspapers were printed and choices they have to make. It was
distributed. very good- at illustrating these
Then came the Democratic points as they are made in the
nominating convention, in which text."
Muskie barely beat Humphrey All totaled, the course has ap-
(Nixon was the assumed Republi- parently succeeded in proving that
can candidate.) students welcome more active and
Students showed up in good immediate application of what:
spirits with straw hats supporting they learn through lectures and
their cndidatesandt ru n reading.

Former law
dean dies
E. Blythe Stason, dean emeritus
of the University Law School and
a pioneer in atomic energy law,
died here yesterday following a
short illness. He was 80.
Born in 1891 in Sioux City,
Iowa, Dean Stason studied engi-
neering at the University of Wis-
consin and the Massachusetts In-
stitute of Technology before re-
ceiving his law degree from the
University in 1922.
He became dean of the Law
School in 1939 and retired from
that post in 1960. During his ten-
ure as dean he helped shift the
emphasis in the law school pro-
gram from common law to new
statuatory and administrative law
Stason was the author of sev-
eral books on municipal corpora-
tions and administrative tribun-
als. He also helped to draft legis-
lation for a state atomic energy
commission and a review of the
administrative structure of state
tax collection.

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proclaiming such slogans as, "Ida-
ho wants Muskie." The conven-
tion went to two ballots as the
"state delegates" mimicked the
delegates they've seen on TV,
("The state of Pennsylvania is
proud and honored to cast its
182 votes for HU-BERT HOR-A-
During the course of the eve-
ning John Lindsay denounced the
Democrats and announced the for-
mation of a fourth party, and
George McGovern threw his, sup-

As Eisenstein explains. "Stu-
dents know the grades in the con-
vention depended on their per-
formances. And the evaluative cri-
teria of their performances in the
convention is just like the criteria,
used by the people in the real


TODAY, April 12
Contemporary Literature and
Society.in Latin America
A panel discussion with:
Moderator: FRANCIS WEBER (Univ. of Michigan)
Lecture Room 2
8 P.M.


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