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Pass-no entry: Yes and now

THE LITERARY college Curriculum
Committee has approved a novel pass-
no entry grading system. which now
awaits approval from the faculty, the col-
lege's executive committee and ultimate-
ly the Regents.
The proposal is a progressive, non-re-
strictive approach to revamping the
grading system. Those who want grades
could request them, and those who don't
could do without. Students would have
almost all semester to decide how they
wanted to be marked. In either case, how-
ever, there would be no failure.
At a Regents open hearing last year,
pass-fail grading was criticized because
it supposedly rendered graduate admis-
sions more difficult and eliminated disci-
JRUT PASS-FAIL critics should find little
to criticize in the proposals set forth
now. Students who want letter grades re-
corded - for graduate school admission,
for honors records, for posterity, or for
the sparkle in their grandmothers' eyes-
could still choose to receive regular
Students who now pack their terms
with undemanding courses, some of which
are already pass-fail, can venture back
into 'honest to goodness' academia with-
out fearing the grade grubbing that hope-
fully would fade away with the advent of
pass-no credit marking.

It is no secret that some students have
been seeking shelter from the grade grub-
bers and their competition by taking
courses which are considered easy. How-
ever, unconcerned about losing out on a
strenuous marking scale, more students
would be likely to return to the classroom
for at least some of their learning.
Those who cry so loudly that pass-no
entry grading will ruin the University's
academic standing and let asudents stop
working should realize that many stu-
dents already take easy courses for cred-
it and read or work on their own in areas
that interest them. That way, though
there is no worry of besmirching one's
record with low grades, something is lost
in the lack of classroom participation and
PASS-NO ENTRY, pass-no credit, or
pass-fail, however one wishes to label
it, isn't an alien concept suddenly sprung
upon the University. Oberlin College has
recently instituted a pass-no entry sys-
tem. Brown University has had a pass-
no credit option for close to three years
as has Yale.
Thus, to those who decry dilution of
the academic fortress, it should be made
clear that pass-no entry grading will not
be a destructive force, but is actually a
good thing.

--Daily--Terry McCarthy

cil meeting was billed as a
clash between two worlds.
The straight world's monopoly
on political power had been shat-
tered in the recent council elec-
tions by two 22-year-old radicals
and an army of young followers.
They had defeated the opposition
at its own game, and they h a d
come to challenge the establish-
ment at City Council.
The "humans" came in huge
numbers, perhaps as many as two
or three hundred, to watch their
heroes in action. For many it was
their first council meeting and
probably few knew what to ex-
pect. But they did know how to
tell the difference between t h e
good guys and bad guys, and tuey
acted accordingly.
WHEN HRP Councilman Jerry
DeGrieck was called up for the
swearing in ceremonies, the gal-

lery gave him a thunderous ova-
tion. Such outbursts are few and
far between in august bodies like
the City Council - but who could
blame the crowd for its enthus-
Standing before them was a stu-
dent, a senior history major at the
University, who only two years
ago was a vice president of Stu-
den Government Council. He was
about to become a member of the
Ann Arbor City Council, no tinker-
toy organization where students
make believe they are real people,
but the governing body for t h e
whole city.
An even greater optburst
greeted the announcement of Coun-
cilwoman Nancy Wechsler. Not
only young and radical, but she is
a woman as well. In recent years
an exclusively male organization,
the council now had a member who
would force it to deal with issues
relation to women.

Wechsler's presence had )n im-
mediate impact upon the meeting.
The other council members were
careful to refer to her as Council-
woman Wechsler, and when femae
speakers were called up to ad-
dress the group, Mayor Robert
Harris exaggerated his words to
make sure everyone heard him say
the radicals were based more on
political considerations than on any
great love for the HRP repre-
sentatives. The Democrats hold
only four seats on the 11-member
council, and they know they must
get the two HRP votes to achieve
a majority.
The Republicans, on the other
hand, were not as charitable to the
new radicals or their noisy sup-
porters, and understandably so.
For the crowd had come to laugh
at all the values the Republicans

held sacred, and in the first poli-
tical action bf the evening, they
did just that.
That action concerned the elec-
tion of the mayor pro tem, a large-
ly ceremonial position. Councilman
John McCormack (R-Fifth Ward)
nominated his Republican collea-
gue, Lloyd Fairbanks (R-Fifth
Ward), and proceeded to extoll
Fairbanks' virtues.
"He is a banker, a member of
the Jaycees and a member of the
chamber of commerce," McCorm-
ack proudly stated, but his words
were pure satire to his young
listeners. Boos, hisses and laugh-
ter greeted McCormack's state-
ments, and this lack of respect for
the old order was just the last
straw for some members of the
"Why, these damn kids are try-
ing to make fools of us," one eld-
erly matron exclaimed, and she
promptly left the meeting.

Fairbanks fell one short, of the
necessary majority and the mea-
sure had to be tabled.
The y o u n g audience cheered
the vote because to them it repre-
sented the independence of their
new party. HRP's two votes could
have elected a liberal Democrat,
but instead the party chose to
block any final action rather than
HRP chose the same route on
resolutions concerning the Com-
mission on Professional and Hos-
pital Activities strike and weaker
liberal legislation failed.,
THE HRP PEOPLE who attend-
ed the meeting probably went
home pleased with the perform-
ance of their representatives. They
had met the enemy on its home
turf and they had refused to be
co-opted by establishment princi-
They had remained seated dur-
ing the pledge to the flag h a d
given clenched-fist signs to the
audience, and had grilled Police
Chief Walter Krasny is public.
Clearly they were a force to be
reckoned with.
WHETHER HRP will be able to
translate that force into genuine
political power remains to be seen.
Strong statements and revolution-
ary gestures may keep students
entertained for awhile, but it will
take real accomplishments to make
HRP more than just a one term
For the moment, how ver, HRP
has at least made the council
aware of its presence and May
have made Monday night council
meetings "the late night place to


Dropping 'low profile' bom bs on

From Taiwan: Another view

AT THIS CRITICAL and decisive mo-
ment when the life or death of the na-
tion is at stake, we must look to Mr.
Chiang (Kai Shek) for transforming our,
ominous destiny and instilling new hope
(in his fifth six-year term) in the nation
with his exemplary leadership and inter-
national stature.
The National Assembly is wholly con-
vinced that the final goal of the so-called
world revolution and people's war of the
Maoist Communists is the conquest of the
earth and the enslaving of all mankind
by first subverting the United States.
To achieve the aims of national salva-
tion and construction and to maintain
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the democratic and free way of life, we
must thoroughly carry out our basic na-
tional policy of counterattack and na-
tional recovery.
We hope the democratic countries and
freedom-loving peoples of the world will
clearly understand the evil nature of the
Maoist Communists, as well as their cal-
culated intrigues to bury the United
States, throttle Japan, wield absolute
hegemony over Asia and communize all
the world, and will, in coordination and in
cooperation with the Republic of China,
help liberate the 700 million people on
the Chinese mainland, safeguard the
freedom and welfare of Asia, eradicate
the sources of evil for a mankind and
open up a new destiny internationally so
as to establish an ever-lasting peace for
the world.
Inflation! 0Oy!
mission in Washington, AFL-CIO
President George Meany provided a
graphic illustration showing how con-
sumers are being cheated under the Nix-
on Phase 2 program even when prices
aren't being raised.
He held up cans of chicken soup point-
ing out that famous Mrs. Adler's matzo
ball soup used to have four matzo balls
but now has only three.

THE WAR in Vietnam has reached a new
phase of crisis proportions. The system-
atic, electronically controlled bombing of
North and South Vietnam is being step-
ped up, day by day.
Seven U.S. aircraft carriers are being
stationed off of the coast of Vietnam. Well
over 500 bombing missions are flown daily
over Vietnam. American ground troops,
called "advisors" by military spokespeo-
*ple, are used to conduct a "dynamic de-
fense" of cities and bases where they are
stationed. "Dynamic defense" is a phrase
meaning that U.S. troops seek out North
Vietnamese to engage them in battle.
The seriousness of the new phase in the
war is lost to the American public because
of restrictions put on newspeople. No
newspeople are allowed to accompany U.S.
helicopters, as they had done in the past.
More and more areas of South Vietnam
have been declared "off limits" to report-
Mounting air strikes, expanded during
the Christmas and Tet seasons, h a v e
grown to intolerable proportions for the
Vietnamese. With the widespread introduc-
tion of electronic weaponry, the U.S. mili-
tary has been able to maintain a 'low pro-
file' before the American public, while
maintaining sustained, massive air and
naval support for Saigon.
Most political leaders in the United Stat-
es have withdrawn from debate about
the war. Thus, the American public is re-
ceiving no sense of the constant destruc-
tiveness of the war.
THE GREATEST single factor prompt-
ing the new phase in the war has been
the failure of Vietnamization. The victories
of the non-Saigon and North Vietnamese
forces have shown that they can defeat

economy will continue to be great, and this
burden will not be lessened by the step-
ped up military attacks on the North.
Pentagon spending is on the increase.
IRONICALLY, the only sectors of Amer-
ican or Vietnamese society which stand to
gain from the crunching phase of the war
will be those which have benefitted in the
past; those in power in Saigon, those in
power in Washington, and those corpora-
tions involved in war research and pro-
The government no longer contends that
massive bombing will bring 'a hasty end
to the war and corporations no longer con-
tend that it is their moral obligation to
serve the Pentagon.
In a recent interview, officials of the
Hoover Ball and Bearing Co. 'of Ann Ar-
bor commented that they manufactured
steel pellets for anti-personnel cluster-
bombs because if they "didn't do it some-
one else would."
KMS Industries of Ann Arbor responded
to a charge that its radar was used for
military purposes by saying, ". . . but we
do ecology research."
Thus, corporations, along with the gov-
ernment, now maintain a 'low profile' con-
cerning the war.
THE NORTH Vietnamese and their al-
lies, however, cannot afford a low profile.
Their recent offensive demonstrates their
resolve to battle American presence in
The U.S. response demonstrates its de-
termination to bring about its own reso-
lution to the war - either an anti-com-
munist victory, or the destruction of Viet-
Brian Spears is a member of People
against the Air War.

Saigon. When there was sufficient cloud
cover to inhibit bombing, the ARVN troops
were rolled back.
The only way in which the U.S. can en-
sure an anti-communist victory in the"
South is by remaining indefinitely in Indo-
The major effect of the continuing Amer-
ican involvement is devastation of both
North and South Vietnam. Although Saigon
is claiming military victory, and stating
the North Vietnamese do not.control any
politically or militarily vital areas, the
United States is 'conducing the most mas-
sive bombing of the war.

Weeks ago the U.S. suspended the Paris
Peace Talks. This, combined with the new
phase in the war, will make a "political"
solution to the war more difficult to
achieve. In the past, American bombing
has served to strengthen, not weaken, the
Vietnamese resolve to win.
The prisoner of war issue, which for
some time dominated American interest,
is not being discussed by government of-
ficials. In light of the continued bombing
attacks on North Vietnam, it is especially
unlikely that the North would release the
prisoners without American agreement to
a withdrawal date.
The effect of the wa' on the American




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I NTRIGUED BY signs asking
"Do you have the guts to face
JOSH?" and an intensive leaflet
and blackboard campaign, hund-
reds of curious students attended
speeches this week by evangelist
Josh McDowell, the "international
spokesman" for Campus Crusade
for Christ.
Josh, a young bell-bottomed, Billy
Graham, arrived Monday after
"touring 38 countries and speak-
ing at over 400 universities,"
equipped with a crisp energetic
voice, a not-too-long-not-too-short
haircut, and the spiel of a door-
to-door encyclopedia salesman.
"Christianity is one of the most
-misunderstood things in the uni-
versities and in the world today
. . . What we are trying to do is
clear up widespread misconsep-
tions about Christianity so that
each person can evaluate for him-
selm the power of Jesus Christ,"
Josh said.
But Josh's aim was not simply
tutorial. Josh was here to sell
Jesus to the college community
and to achieve this he resorted to
the techniques of the average tal-
ented salesman.
FOR AT LEAST a week before

hue of a medicinal tonic pusher
pandering to the tastes of his cus-
tomers-flattery, a good laugh,,
and an easy answer.
Josh portrayed himself as a
rebel against society: "I think
there are a lot of things wrong
with the U.S. government." He
made sure that his speeches in-
cluded such pat phrases az "blow
my mind," and the traditional
"amen" was replaced with the col-
loquial "right on."
Everyone was made to feel
right at home when Josh referred
to the saints as "Jimmy" a n d
"Mat." He pictured himself as the
rugged individualist: "I am not
afraid to voice my opinions and
I respect people who have con-
JOSH TRIED to make Christ-
ianity appeal to the "turned-off"
generation and to accomplish this
he repackaged the product t. make
it more appealing.
When the audience was wholly
captivated by his presentii-ion,
Josh tried some good wholesome
"true to life" experiences t h e
viewers could empathize with. "My
father was the town drunk . . . I
hated him so bad that I used to
urinate in his whisky bottles .

revolution and JOSH

A LECTURE on prophecy "pro-
ved from his own studies" and by
quotations from world personali-
ties that the Bible, particularly
Revelations, can tell us "tomor-
row's headlines today."
His most popularly attended lec-
ture, "Maximum Sex," did not
offer hints on how to achieve a
triple orgasm, but described sex
as Josh saw it in the Christian
Josh related, "Sociological re-

ports prove that Christians are
getting a lot more out of sex than
anybody else . . . Man ought to be
the head of a woman. Men are
threatened in sex and religion by
women who take the initiative in
sex life, . . . Premarital sex. is
wrong because you are taking
something that isn't yours."
JOSH'S MESSAGEis not exact-
ly suitable for refutation. But
one disillusioned student comment-


ed, "He was so much like a TV
advertisement for Alka Seltzer
that I couldn't believe him."
Though his lectures were ear-
marked by an enormous amount
of sincerity, even this was cheap-
ened by his Fuller Brush man
technique. After three days of lec-
tures one was either left with
great respect for 'Josh or wonder-
ing if he would staple Jesus to a
neon cross to achieve the :"Maxi-
mum Publicity."




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