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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1972


SGC: Corruption on top?

SEVERAL STUDENT Government Coun-
cil members and officials have dis-
played remarkable ineptitude in their
handling of the recent SGC election.
The result of their ineptness and ques-
tionable conduct, constituting "gross
fraud" according to charges leveled by
SGC member Joel Silverstein, may be
a voiding of the entire election.
Silverstein has supported his charge,
before the Central Student Judiciary
(CSJ) with strong testimony from chem-
istry Prof. A. A. Gordus. In testimony
Wednesday, Gordus said his analysis of
500 sample ballots "implies conclusively
that 400 GROUP ballots were fraudently
The "defense" - led by SGC members
Marty Scott of GROUP and Curt Stein-
hauer of the Responsible Alternative
Party - has attempted to show flaws in
Gordus' argument by presenting its own
"expert witnesses." But their testimony,
while it brought out important points, did
not seriously blunt the impact of the case
against the election's validity.
MEANWHILE, new SGC President Bill
Jacobs of GROUP has repeatedly at-
tacked Silverstein, members of the Stu-
dents Tenant Union Coalition (STUC)
and some RAP members for "smearing
the image of SGC." Both he and Stein-
hauer, who has been appointed SGC ad-
ministrative vice president, have de-
scribed the plaintiffs as "sore losers us-
ing vicious smear tactics and exercising
the most blatant form of McCarthyism."
At an earlier Credential and Rules
Committee hearing Jacobs pointed at one
of the plaintiffs, and demanded that

Elections Director David Schaper "sue
the balls off that snake in the grass."
Schaper shouted at another hearing
that he "wouldn't trust those bastards
(SGC members Silverstein, Bill Dobbs
and Bill Krebaum) with a single ballot."
Jacobs' pleas that everyone "get down
to the business of governing" can hardly
carry weight as long as he aims insults at
fellow SGC members of every party ex-
cept his own and ignores the gravity of
the charges.
JT IS FORTUNATE that members of
STUC, RAP, the Radical People's Co-
alition and C&R had enough concern for
the Council and the voting process to
investigate the possibility of an election
fraud. And unfortunately, it now appears
that their suspicions may be confirmed.
They certainly had no help in estab-
lishing the facts from the elections direc-
tor, whose mishandling of ballot accounts
and the actual ballots has been grossly
In the last month, Schaper has made
two separate ballot accountings with an
unexplained 1500 ballot difference in to-
tal. He has also released, misplaced, torn
up, or otherwise unofficially disposed of
dozen of ballots - all in violation of the
SGC Elections Code.
After the election Schaper was ap-
pointed treasurer in the new SGC ad-
HOPEFULLY, Central Student Judiciary
will consider all evidence and reach
a conscientious decision on the fraud
charge. The judiciary need not find any
party criminally at fault, but can void the
election and order a new one. As CSJ
Chairman Mark Goldsmith has pointed
cut, the "allegation of fraud has extreme-
ly serious implications for the integrity
and the future of SGC."
Those who claim "smear" should rea-
lize that no inter-party attack could
equal the damage done to SGC by its
own officials' actions and statements dur-
ing and since the recent election.
Moreover, if CSJ rules that there in-
deed was serious fraud ii the election,
the decision will only indicate that the
real "sore losers" in this election have
been the voters.

The new,
THERE IS A new Hubert Hum-
The senator who, as head of the
Senate Subcommittee on Labor
and Labor Management, once ask-
ed "Is there an effective legisla-
tive approach to the problem of
Communist - dominated unions?"
has changed his life style.
Relaxing in his pair of gray bell
bottoms, Humphrey says, "I've
been trying to tell you there is
a different Hubert Humphrey."
This year, the Minnesota sena-
tor says he is going to win the
Democratic nomination by "going
to the people." A Humphrey aide
has said that his candidate will
conduct an "anti-boss campaign,"
in sharp contrast to the old Hum-
phrey style.
his candidacy in January by say-
ing that, "I pledged in 1968 an
end to the bombing, a cease-fire
and anrimmediate troop-with-
drawal (from Vietnam). And I
say to my fellow Americans I
would have carried out that.
He neglected to mention that in
his most important speech on Viet-
nam policy of the 1968 campaign
- in Salt Lake City on September
of that year - he said he "would
not undertake a unilateral troop
withdrawal. To withdraw would
not only jeopardize the independ- e
ence of South Vietnam and the lence a
safety of other Southeast Asian deny n
nations. It would make meaning- destroy
less the sacrifices we have already process
made. It would be an invitation to
more violence . . . more aggres- WHAT
sion . . . more instability." say?
This was the Hubert Humphrey "I an
of four years ago: the man who over th
said that, "I shall not let the vio- be out

has been able to get his finger up
tn the air and sense what is going
on and has decided that he would
say amen to some of the things
that some of the rest of us have
been .trying to do," the candidate
Three days later, he was having
his regrets. "I say his (Nixon's)
plan is insufficient to aid o u r
children,' deceptive to the Amer-
ican people, and insensitive to the
laws and the Constitution of this
nation," he declared.
Apparently, Humphrey was one
of those Americans deceived by
the President's plan.
RECENTLY, Humphrey hat been
a supporter of legislation m o r e
reminiscent of old times than of
the new. He voted against a pro-
posal made by $enate Majority
Leader Mike Mansfield (D)-Mont.)
last June that would have halved
U.S. troop strength in Europe by
the end of last year.
Furthermore, he was the spon-
sor of a resolution last month to
revive Radio Free Europe - apt-
ly described by Sen. J. William
Fulbright (1-Ark.) as a "relic
of the Cold War" - with Congres-
sional funding until at least June
.THE NEW Humphrey has cer-
tainly been loath to part with his
old ways, however he may de-
scribe himself. Looking past his
wire-rimmed glasses and newly-
dyed hair, it might be wise to
scrutinize Humphrey's stances on
the key issues in the next few
The Cold Warrior in him is still


improved Hubert


-Daily-Rolfe Tessem
Humphrey receives an endorsement blessing

nd disorder of a noisy few
ne the right to speak or
the orderly democratic
T DOES the new Hubert
m opposed to our staying
here. I think we ought to
of theie now. We have al-

Servng the people.
(Maruana manna'

Jacobs Schaper -DAN BIDDLE
'This isn't our war!'

A RECENTLY purloined docu-
ment seems to have solved the
perplexing paradox evolving from
the recently released marijuana
commission report.
In that report, it was suggested
that the use of marijuana in pri-
vate quarters should be legalized,
This so-called decriminalization,
would pull the user away from the
criminal elements who deal the
drug. Thus, it is hoped that use
pf harder drugs would be dimin-
However, at the same time, the
,ommission recommended that the
sale, possession in public, or cul-
tivation of the weed should be il-
To many, this seemed to be a
contradiction. After all, how can
a person smoke grass, if no one
will sell it to him, and he can't
grow it himself? But the document
that surfaced proved that the
marijuana commission had more
foresight than it was given credit
The political pressure to sup-
press the document was apparent-
ly enormous. In fact a note on the
bottom of the page saying, "Keep
this quiet," was cryptically init-
ialled by one 'RMN.'
THE DOCUMENT itself is en-
titled "Operation Manna." The de-
tails are complex and involve a
series of intricate operations. The
plan can, however, be distilled in-
to a few major points.
First, the commission notes in
the suppressed report that it
might actually be difficult to
smoke pot if a person cannot buy
or grow it. This, it is asserted in
the document, was an oversight
when the commission was deliber-
ating on the marijuana subject.
Second, the writers maintain
that it would seriously damage the

credibility of the entire commis-
sion if it publicly admitted it had
made a mistake. Thus it cannot
change the original report and
mustsmake itappear that the
proposed contingency operation
was planned all along.
And third, since the powers that
be have already ignored the ori-
ginal report it doesn't make any
difference what the commission
FINALLY, the plan itself is re-
On a pre-announced day, squad-
rons of B-52 bombers will fill their
bomb bays with thousands of tons
of marijuana. They will then fly
around the country dropping their
precious cargo down to waiting
hppies, greasers, and o t h e r
grass-smoking cultists.
Meanwhile, on the ground, the
anxious smokers will be waiting
with zip-lock baggies to c a t c h
their supply of the weed. As soon
as they get. their own lid full, they
will be required to go to a near-
by "grass" station and report that
they have been "filled up."
Once this has been done a. credit
card will be stamped and the
smoker will be billed later in the
month or on a revolving iredit
plan if desired..
One official of the commission
said confidentially the plan was
"fool-proof." He added that its
chances for Congressional approv-
al were "about as good as the
other Commission proposals."
ONE SKEPTIC angrily remark-
ed that the "next thing they'll be
dropping is prostitutes. You know,
those free-lovers on campuses."
He would not release the source of
his information, but chances are
they'll have to pay through the

ready been there longer than it
took us to beat Hitler. I believe in
total disengagement from Vietnam
and the whole of Southeast Asia."
But not too staggering, when
we notice that Humphrey is one
of two Democratic Presidential
contenders advocating retaliation
on North Vietnam during the cur-
rent offensive.
Humphrey's 1968 plan for end-
ing the war sounds like a. proto-
type of the Nixon model. Instead
of calling the major part of his
proposal "Vietnamization," how-
ever Humphrty called it "de-Am-
In his Salt Lake City speech, the
senator said, "It should be basic
to our policy in Vietnam that the
South Vietnamese take over more
and more ofy the defense of their
own country.
And while Humphrey says if his
policy had been followed, we would
not now be in Indochina, it seems
very hard to believe.
Humphrey said in 1968 that, "We
have learned a lesson from Viet-
nam." According to Humphrey,
however, that lesson is 'tot that
we should not interfere in ano-
ther nation's internal affairs. Rath-
er, it is that we should not
turn our backs on Southeast Asia,
or on other nations or peoples in
less familiar parts of the world
HUMPHREY IS perhaps . t h e
most adept of the Democratic can-
didates for the presidency at say-
ing one thing one moment and


entirely the opposite the next. The
r busing issue is a good example.
After President Nixon called for
a temporary halt to new court-
ordered pupil busing and limits on
the extent that it could be re-
quired in the future, Humphrey
"Thank goodness the President

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"Once over lightly?"


Letters to The Daily


HOW DO you go about reminding
Americans of their government's
criminal acts in Southeast Asia? After a
decade of defeats, scandals and atrocities,
what possibly can our government do
now that is not a boring repetition of
the old?
Besides, with less than 100,000 Ameri-
can men left in the world's most bombed
nation, why should we be overly wrought
about the war as long as American men
aren't dying?
Well, you might find the answer in the
words of the American soldiers who still
remain to do the "dirty work" in Nixon's
Vietnamization program. Wednesday, fif-
ty received orders to go out on patrol near
the DMZ. They refused.
"I've been here too long," said Pfc.
London Davis, 20, "Why should I go out
and do the fighting for the Vietnamese?"
said Pfc. William Bowlin, 20.
"We're supposed to be doing defense, -
nothing else, not offensive," said Bow-
lin. "Going out on patrol - that's de-
Others shouted: "We're not going!"
This isn't our war! Why should we fight
if nobody back home gives a damn about
The men finally went out on patrol
after their officers followed their new
Editorial Staff
SARA FITZGERALD.............. Managing Editor
TAMMY JACOBS........ ........ Editorial Director
CARLA RAPOPORT...... . ......Executive Editor
ROBERT SoHREINER ..................News Editor
ROSE SUE BERSTEIN...............Feature Editor
PAT BAUER...........Associate managing Editor
LINDSAY' CHANEY,........... Editorial Page Editor
MARK DILLEN...............Editorial Page Editor
ARTHUR LERNER .............. Editorial Page Editor
PAUL TRAVIS ............ ........Arts Editor
ILORIA JANE SMITH.........Associate Arts Editor
JTONATHAN MILLER........... Sincial Features Editor

policy of "reasoning with soldiers who
refuse such orders, rather than invoking
punitive measures," according to UPI.
HOW IRONIC that American soldiers
must be the agency for highlighting
our government's attitude toward the
Vietnamese. Because, as any American
soldier will tell you, we never did any
fighting for the Vietnamese people, but
only a power clique that supported our
interests; we always disguised offensive
acts or called them defensive; and now
when all this has failed, we've called off
the peace negotiations until the "enemy"
proves it's sincere.
As one soldier shouted, "we've been here
too long," and every minute longer we
stay there, we are responsible for more
deaths and more suffering.
His commander said to the nearby
press: "All you press are bastards. I
blame you for this and you can quote me
on it."
BUT HOW do you remind the American
people? What is now about it? All
you can do is repeat these stories of more
intensive bombings, more U.S. caused-
deaths, U.S. troops still there, peace talks
deserted, and hope someone takes note.
Editorial page editor
use the power
TODAY IS a deadline. If you're over 18,
live here, want to take part in the
Michigan presidential sweepstakes May
16, and are not yet registered to vote-
do it by 8 p.m. this evening, at the city
clerk's office.
And by the way, if you've registered
and are leaving for the summer, remem-
her to fill out your absentee ballot re-
quest for next month's primary.

HRP analysis
To The Daily:
LAST MONDAY'S election prov-
ed only one thing: opportunism
has definitely taken over yet ano-
ther political party and once again
sold out the working class.
Democrats have for years' re-
presented a minority of power-
elite while claimig to represent
working and-middle class inter-
ests. They have succeeded by dis-
guising the antagonism between
classes, misrepresenting possibi e
alternatives to capitalism, and
through outright manipulation and
repression of both classes.
They have rarely missed an op-
portunity to advance the interests
of the minority they really repre-

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Since the people have of late be-
come more conscious of the con-
tradiction between the rhetoric
and practice of the Democrats,
HRP had the chance to offer a
viable alternative by publicly ad-
vocating the cause of the working
class. Instead they chose to fol-
low the model of their adversaries
and advance the interests of a.
minority in the guise of repre-
senting a majority.
They renounced the working
class in favor of satisfying t h e
egoes and leisure habits of the
new privileged class, often labeled
as freaks and affluent students, at
the expense of everyone. Their
majority appeal relied on tradi-
tional methods: an appeal to gen-
eral ignorance, apathy, dealism;
and the exploitation of legitimate
desires by promising the hard,
long, and lasting, easily and
II'm sure that all ofhHRP's ef-
forts were done in the name cf
good politics, meaning, of course,
the right views poorly expressed,
lacking any coherent theory of
actualization but simply s'istain-
ed by a promise to out-manipulate
the traditional parties and, yes,
even the people themselves, for
after all, what do they snow?
--Hans C. Cozak
April 6
Male pin-up
To The Daily:
IN REFERENCE to Cosmopoli-
tan's pride and joy, I'd like to say
that I fail to see the purpose of
that particular farce.
I'd consider it a victory for wo-
men's lib if somehow a certain
magazine's centerfold had been
eliminated, but the emergenc of
a male pin-up (as if anyone in
their right mind would pin it up).
turns the whole issue into a, pet-
ty and immature wrangling over
who's exploiting who the most.
And after seeing Mr. Reynolds'
picture (in Newsweek, not Cosmo),
I can only conclude that the whole

clear,,that she is a serious presi-
dential candidate who is capable
and necessary for the job.
If we listen to Shirley Chisholi,
we find a sensitive human being
with the characteristics necessary
to become President of the United
The news .media cover only the
"major" candidates without real-
izing that it is only through their
coverage that anyone becomes a
major candidate.
If ,Shirley Chisholm were heard
in all the media, the people of this
country would discover that she
is a serious candidate.
-Barbara Bialiek, Laura
Cohn and sixteen others
April 10
Record shop
To The Daily:
I WOULD like to point out the
inadequacy of your comparative
shopping for records in Ann Ar-
bor, particularly in regard to your
conclusions on Liberty Music Shop.
The titles used were one and
all pop or rock. In this, your
findings were correct. The same
albums may be had for less in
other local stores.
What one pays for at Liberty is
incredibly good service particul-
arly in classical, spoken word, and
nature recordings. The inventory
is as long and varied as any re-
cord shop in town.
It includes a sizeable stock of
Imports, a generous sampling of
out-of-print recordings, collector's
items, great historical perform-
ances, and close-outs.
Furthermore, if by some chance
the record you wish is n.3t in stock,
Liberty will go to greater lengths
to find it for you. Most other
stores limit themselves Jo the
Schwann catalogue. If your record
isn't listed there, you can forget
it. Liberty's manager, a gentleman
of almost encyclopedic mastery of
classical discography, will look in
at least three catalogues, includ-
ing foreign listings.
If I seem overly effusive, I



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