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

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 1972

NIGHT EDITOR: CHRIS PARKS

The new OSS VP

JNIVERSITY officials ended a fours
month -search to find a new vice
president for student services Friday by
appointing Henry Johnson, a city school
board member, to the post.
The vice president for student services
is in a sensitive and important position.
He is the director of an office which takes,
in a wide range of student concerns, from
health service to housing and counseling.
., He is responsible,
along with the stu-
d e n t - dominated
policy board, for
* making the major
decisions within the
office.
At the same time,
the vice president
often must act as a
Smiddleman of sorts,
balancing his inter-
Johnson ests as an adminis-
trator with those of a student advocate.
Johnson comes to the office with the
recommendation of a faculty, student
and administration search committee
which was set up to provide President
Fleming and the Regents with a list of
qualified candidates. While Johnson was
not considered by the students to be the
most promising candidate for the post,
his was one of the final four'names sub-
mitted to Fleming about three weeks ago.
The simple fact that Fleming picked
from among these four finalists is in it-
self a hopeful sign. Two years ago, Flem-
ing ignored the recommendations of a
similar group and instead, with regental

approval, selected retiring OSS vice presi-
dent Robert Knauss.
HOWEVER, the appointment is unfor-
tunate in that it appears that Flem-
ing bypassed two excellent candidates,
Murray Jackson and Elaine Reuben,
when making the selection.
.Johnson's attitude towards the' policy
board is one of constraint. He sees him-
self working with the policy board as op-
posed to strictly abiding by it. He is too
vague on his relationship between the
board and the administration to deter-
mine what type of vice president he will
make.
Johnson has the potential to go either
way - to become either a student advo-
cate or Fleming's "yes" man. Johnson has
said that he is a student advocate and is
willing to work for students. This must be
borne out by his actions once he begins
his term in office.
The Office of Student Services needs a
good student advocate, one who will lend
direction to the office, support the ac-
tions of the policy board and will oppose
the administration when necessary. It is
now up to Johnson to demonstrate his
ability to do these things.
jT IS, however, unfair to condemn John-
son before he is given a chance.
Johnson appears willing to listen and
is enthusiastic about the post. He deserves
student support and co-operation until he
proves. his competency one way or the
other.
-JUDY RUSKIN

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

t

Letters to The Daily

The Paris talks

Veterans' benefits
To The Daily:
AT THIS time, there is much
activity in the Congress concern-
ing an increase in the Veterans'
Educational Benefit (GI Bill).
The House of Representatives has
passed a bill providing for an in-
crease of almost 15 per cent across
the board. This bill has been sent
to the Senate Veterans' Affairs
Committee, where it is now await-
ing action.
Additionally, however, Congress-
man Marvin Esch has introduced
a bill that would effectively re-
vamp the system of payment to
include not only subsistence allow -
ances (as is now provided) but
also a payment to the educational
institution of up to $1000 per year
for tuition and fees.
.Esch's bill, although introduced
into the House Veterans' Affairs
Committee, was not favorably re-
ported on, for obvious reasons.
Our representatives in Congress
are unwilling to provide for a
commitment to provide education
for veterans: they are happy with
giving token increases in election
years. These same representatives

decry the present situation which
sees a small percentage of veter-
ants utilizing the Educational
Benefit. They are unable to see, or
are unwilling to see that the rea-
son this situation exists is be-
cause it is virtually financially
impossible for the returning vet-
eran to support both himself and
his education (and may be even
his family) on what the govern-
ment is providing,
All veterans are urgedtto ex-
press their views, both to Esch-
and the Senate Veterans' Affairs
Committee on this pending legis-
lation.
-Lloyd A. Fox
April 9
Criticism
To The Daily:
I WAS TERRIBLY disappointed
by Golding's answer to A 1 a n
Shaw. The ethical problem involv-
ed in the use of bought term pap-
ers cannot be dismissed by citing
rules pertaining to the accept-
ance or rejection of classified ads.
I was reminded a bit of the

Dow Chemical Company reaction
to protests regarding their manu-
facturing of napalm: "We o n 1 y
make the stuff; we have no con-
trol on how it's used."
It's admirable that the Daily
has a moral policy for the edi-
torial page and a don't-ask-me-
what's-going-on policy for the ad-
vertising page. Keep up the good
work and maybe you will get a
position with ITT.
-Frank P. Casa
Associate Professor of
Spanish
April 5
Letters to The Daily should
be mailed to the Editorial Di-
rector or delivered to M a r y
Rafferty in the Student Pub-
lications business office in the
Michigan Daily building. Let-
ters should be typed, double-
spaced and normally should
not exceed 250 words. The
Editorial Directors reserve the
right to edit all letters sub-
mitted.

- ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
T'' and investments:
Decision time aain
TIHE SPRING corporation meeting season is here again, and with
it comes the annual debate on whether the University should
abandon its "neutral" position on the stocks it owns.
For several years now, this controversy has arisen, each year
with the 'same result. Some students and faculty members argue
that any stance of neutrality is not, in fact, neutral at all. But their
complaints are ignored, the University continues its policy of voting
with management and the issue dies for another year.
Last year, there was even a large public hearing in the Michigan
Union Ballroom, with representatives of Project GM, a group aiming
to make General Motors more accountable to the public.
Then, the University reasserted its stand that it should not
meddle in the internal affairs of corporations but should give its
proxy votes to management representatives.
The issues raising protest are varied. First, there is some
sentiment that mammoth corporations could be rendered more open
if groups controlling hefty chunks of their stock voted together.
For example, automobile manufacturers might be forced to enact
stronger safety and anti-pollution measures if enough votes were
cast properly.
Another example is general corporate policy. This year's
primary target of corporate responsibility groups is the widespread
praetice of multinational corporations locating plants in South
Africa, tactly abetting its apartheid discrimination policy. Also under
fire is Gulf Oil's operation in Angola, indirectly supporting out and
out colonialism.
Previous attempts at raising consciousness among University
administrators have failed. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other pres-
tigious, well-endowed universities have also turned down proposals
to transfer their proxies from corporate representatives to public
interest groups.
BUT THIS YEAR may herald a turning point.
Just last week, Yale University announced that it would no
longer passively vote with management. Instead it promised to take
a more activist role in voting its estimated $500 million worth of
common stocks.
Yale's announcement said it would not be "militant," but would
examine policies - especially non-financial ones - of the com-
panies it partly owns.
The directives to govern Yale's experiment in corporate re-
sponsibility are sound tones that could well be used at the Univer-
sity. "The guidelines require the University to take shareholder
action to deal with company practices which appear to inflict sig-
nificant social injury.
According to the Yale guidelines, social'injury includes "A vio-
lation or frustration of domestic or international legal norms meant
to protect against deprivations of health, safety or basic freedoms."
By following Yale's example, and Yales experimental guide-
lines, the University can move toward the social progress it claims to
foster.
It is time that University administrators realize there can be
no neutrality, that maintaining the status quo is at best tantamount
to moving backwards.
Neutrality is but a vague cover behind which apologists for the
behemoth corporate mentality like to hide.
Why should a liberal Univer~sity find excuse any longer to sup-
port colonialism and apartheid in Africa, or to ignore wholesale
violations of public interest within our own shores?
YALE HAS SET a fine example. And now, no other institution
need fear being alone-amidst a sea of management hostility. Faced
with formidable public opposition, provided by unified university
investment proxies, corporate abuse of public uterest can be halted.
Not to follow the Yale example would only enhance the im-
morality of profiting from unethical investment.
or lunch.
HAVING SURVIVED the Reuben stared and smiled at the Mao post-
sandwiches, waffles and Canad- er, while others took photographs
ian bacon, the delegation started of it.
to leave. Perry Bullard, candidate And then they left, almost the
for State Legislature, from A n n same way they came with the po-
'Arbor, was: there campaigning. lice followed by the Secret Serv-
Bullard supporter Stuart Cohen ice, The Press and finally the po-
was diplomatic enough to hand lice escorted buses bearing t h e
while greeting the Chinese with delegation. I turned to leave when
out leaflets to Bursley Residents I was faced with a tall man in a
"Huanying" ("Welcome"). There dark suit. He told me that he
were several frisbee games going worked for the Michigan Depart-

on, and one Bursleyite somehow ment of State. "Well, how was
managed to - give the Chinese a
frisbee. They gave him a button lunch?", I asked. "Not too good"
in return, to the cheers of many he replied, "they had Reuben
residents. Many of the Chinese sandwiches."

V

A,

*

NORTH VIETNAM asserted yesterday
that /it replied affirmatively to Presi-
dent Nixon's secret proposal to resume
the Paris peace talks. With no comment
from the State Department and no way
of telling if the North Vietnamese did in
fact agree to start talking in Paris again,
the announcement becomes another top-
ALAN LENHOFF
Editor
Editorial Staff
SARA FITZGERALD ............... Managing Editor
TAMMY JACOBS ... ..........Editorial Director
CARLA RAPOPORT...............Executive Editor
ROBERT SCHREINER ................... News Editor
ROSE SUE BERSTEIN ................. Feature Editor
PATDBAUER............Associate Managing Editor
LINDSAY CHANEY........ -.. . Editorial Page Editor
MARK DILLEN ..............Editorial Page Editor
ARTHUR LERNER...........Editorial Page Editor
PAUL TRAVIS ................ ........ Arts Editor
GLORIA JANE SMITH...........Associate Arts Editor
JONATHAN MILLER..........Special Features Editor
TERRY McCARTHY ..............Photography Editor
ROBERT CONROW ............. ..... Books Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Linda Dreeben, Chris Parks, Gene
Robinson, Zachary Schiller.
COPY EDITORS: Robert Barkin, Jan Benedetti, John
Mitchell, Tony Schwartz, Charles Stein, Ted Stein.
DAY EDITORS: Dave Burhenn, Daniel Jacobs, Mary
Kramer, Judy Ruskin, Sue Stephenson, Karen Tink-
lenberg, Rebecca Warner, Marcia Zoslaw.
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS: Mark Allshguse, Susan
Brown, Janet Gordon, Meryl Gordon, Scott Gordon,
Lorin Labardee, Diane Levick, Jean McGuire, Jim
O'Brien, Martin Porter, Marilyn Riley, Linda Rosen-
thal, Marty Stern, Doris. Waltz.
ASSISTANT DAY EDITORS: Dan Biddle, John Glan-
cey, Nancy Hackmaier, Cindy Hill, Jim Kentch, John
Marston, Nancy Rosenbaum, Paul Ruskin, Ralph
Vartabedian.
Business Staff
ANDY GOLDING
Business Manager
BILL ABBOTT ..........Associate Business Manager
HARRY HIRSCH ................ Advertising Manager
FRANCINE HYMEN...............Personnel Manager
DIANE CARNEVALE .................. Sales Manager
PAUL, WENZLOFFP. .... ...Promotions Manager
STEVEN EVSEEFF.............Circulation Manager
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS AND ASSOCIATES: Classi-
fied: Judy Cassel, Jim Dykema, Dave Lawson; Cir-
culation: William Blackford; Display: Sherry Kastle,
Karen Laakko; National: Patti Wilkinson; Layout:
Bob Davidoff; Billing: L'Tanya Haith.

ic for the propaganda machines of both
countries.-
In the same established pattern, there
will be public charges and cointer-
charges, with what 'actually transpired
differing according to whose statements
you believe,
If the past is indeed a basis for judging
veracity, then there is some cause to trust
the North Vietnamese before our own
government. After the My Lais and the
censorship and the protective reaction it
is hard to find a basis for believing that
we have had the best interests of the
Vietnamese. at heart all along.
However, the North Vietnamese' state-
ment more directly points to the fact that
the peace talks themselves have failed to
produce anything than it shows right or
wrong in this latest exchange.
For the talks themselves have never
really been the site for negotiations for
peace, but rather a tool to be exploited
by each side when it seemed beneficial
to do so.
Of course, for the North Vietnamese to
ask outright for renewed talks now, aft-
er the,-record bombing raids, would clear-
ly not be wise politically. And, naturally,
neither side wants to feel it is bargain-
ing from a position of weakness.
And so the farce called the Paris peace
talks remains in limbo. The only uncon-
tested point is that while the United
States still remains a supporter of the re-
pressive Thieu regime, the moral goals of
peace and democracy which supposedly
prompted its involvement will cast a bit-
ter echo of doubt on all our negotiators'
,words.
-MARK DILLEN
Editorial Page Editor

4
#.

Reuben sandwiches

By ANTHONY CECERE
SATURDAY WAS a typical Ann
Arbor day; a cold breeze.
overcast skies and high humidity
made it a day to be forgotten and
slept away. However, for twelve
hundred Bursley Hall residents.
Saturday was the day that the
People's Republic of China sent
its Table Tennis team to eat lunch
in the BursleyCafeteria. The
motive for having the Chinese
eat here was not entirely clear.
One general reaction from Bursley
residents was that it was very
ironic for the team to travel such
a .distance only to be exposed to
the pitfalls of dormitory food. But.
as one United States Information
Agency reporter told me, "T h e y
want to eat what you eat." Well,
each to his own taste.
Subtle preparations began early
in the morning. Important looking
well-dressed men were seen scut-
tling aboutktheir secretivenbusi-
ness. "No Parking" signs went up
in front of Bursley and Tony Red-
er, a Bursley Co-ed Corridor resi-
dent, put a large picture of Chair-
man Moe in his room window. "I

was expressing my solidarity with
the People's Republic of China."
said Reder." I wanted them to
see a picture of Mao here in Amer-
ica."
At about eleven o'clock t h a t
morning, the tide started coming
in. Miscellaneous Security Guards
were followed by The Press, the
Ann Arbor Police, the Michigan
State Police, the U.S. Secret Ser-
vice, and finally three Greyhound
buses that held the American and
Chinese Table Tennis teams and
the rest of the Chinese delegation.
The official entourage was approx-
imately two hundred strong.
Bursley residents thronged to see
the Chinese, and a few were sport-
ing shirts and blouses with Chin-
ese calligraphy, Residents ap-
'plauded enthusiastically as the
Chinese entered and the Chinese,
according to their own custom,
applauded in return. One Secret
Service man touched me on t h e
shoulder and said "Quick - Where
is the cafeteria?" I thus pointed
him towards his rendesvous with
gastric destiny.

THE PRESS was there in full
plumage. Most of the near-biggies
showed up in lieu of the super-
stars (who are in Houston for the
next Moon shot). At first T h e
Press was barred from entering
the dining room due to lack of
space. With all The Press around,
many Bursley people were inter-
viewed and probed as to the na-
ture of their views of the proceed-
ings. I somehow managed to speak
with reporters from Time maga-
zine (an erudite man with an Ox-
ford accent, of course), the Chi-
cago Tribune, the USIA radio net-
work, and the Lansing Journal.
Dave Margolick, a Daily photo-
grapher, reported that Connie
Chung, a prominent CBS report-
er, was there and was suffering
from a bit of a culture barrier. It'
seems that she wanted some shots
of he Chinese eating hot. dogs,
but these were impossible to get
because the Chinese took the hot
. dogs out of he rolls and ate the
rolls separaely.
Several Bursley people slipped
past Security while the Chinese
were eating and had a chance to
converse with the delegation.
There were four interpreters pre-
sent, and some of the delegates
spoke English. A wide variety of
topics were discussed. "I was very
impressed with their openness and
their eagerness to talk to us" said
Bursleyite Meg Grossman. "We
asked one of the girls on the team
what she thought of Women's Lib-
eration in America and she said
that she liked the idea. She told
us that in China, men and women
have equal roles and that one vice-
chairman of the Party }s a wo-
man."
Residents Chris Renznich and
Nancy Niparko spoke with the sec-
retary of the delegation on some
political matters. Said Nancy, "I
asked him what he thought of the
American radical student move-
rnent and told him that they were
trying to change laws here and he
old us that in China the govern-
ment 'is made up of the people and

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