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Sunday, October 31, 1971 -


Page Seven


U're Sure
to be

Identity crisis of 'U' student government,

Stopping classified research:
Still more Hurdles to get over

State St.4

(Continued on Page 4) and 17 elections, an increase from 1 this regard, SGC has moved at its
Winner "It's not fair to give student 25 cents to 85 cents in the per last two meetings to finally fill
Buying money to political organizations 1 capita allotment given to SGC the empty student seats on Uni-
Student they don't agree with," Taylor out of tuition fees. versity committees.
says. Any new money, he a d d s, In response, another group of' Negotiations have also begun
Supplies would be thrown "down the same students, led by Taylor, have plac- with psychology Prof. W a r r e n
at ratholes as before." ed a proposal on the ballot to com- Norman, chairman of the faculty
In response to criticisim over pletely eliminate student fee mon- Senate Assembly, to capture the
its shortcomings, Council leaders ey for SGC. Either proposal, how- right to appoint graduate students
have tried in the last month to ever, would have to be approved to committees,
patch up the group's image and by the Regents. All of these efforts, though
to take some action after a leth-; To push the funding proposal steps forward, will probably not be
argic spring. and improve communications with enough to lift the malaise t h a t
To get more students involved students, Council three weeks ago has surrounded SGC recently.
with Council, Schenk wants to began publishing "Student Ac- Part of the problem is that the
form a "backup structure" to tion," a newsletter about SGC and mood of the campus has changed
Council. She envisions committees its activities. drastically since 1969. The Coun-
on various issues that would allow Furthermore, Schenk says Coun- cil of several years ago was high-
more students to participate in cil members have been good about ly visible, leading mass political
SGC activities, conducting dorm raps and making movements on an involved, activist
Instead of granting funds to themselves available to students campus.
other campus organizations to per- A major goal of these efforts, Today students are in a mood of
SNorthUniv caform services and engage in pol- according to Schenk, is to "regain "introspective withdrawal" as one
*-- - tical activities, SGC will encour- the power structure of SGC." In SGC member puts it. And inevit-
- - - 'age students to work under Coun-
cil's aegis. "Rather than allocat-
ing money to others, we'll be
bringing in people to do things," Schenk A t the he
7 R H EDS Hackc explains. *
To pay for these new activities
and projects, Council has asked (Continued from Page 4) "After all, you have to be part
students to approve in the Nov. 16 "I stopped going to church of something before you can

ably, Council is finding it difficult
to promote causes and projects
when apathy is so prevalent.
"You can't expect them to gen-
erate interest in political issues if
there's no interest," says Vice
President Knauss.
He believes that SGC's m a i n
need is to identify the University-
wide issues it wishes to push and
to identify the role it desires to
"Maybe it's a matter of expect-
ing SGC to be too much," Knauss
To many students, however,
SGC has been too little. Its future,
and the future of student govern-
ment in general on this campus,
depends on what Council will do
in the coming months to raise its
esteem among students, faculty
members and adihinistrators.
and then her election as presi-


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ther wouldn't drive me Yet even now, she's not sure says she runs into her share of
e." exactly where she is politically, sexism.
while radicals around the "I think I'm a democratic so- "The problem is especially bad
awoke to problems caus- cialist or a communist or some- with administrators," she says.
he U.S. involvement in thing. I can't really define it," "A lot of them find it extra-
nam war, Becca sat with she says. ordinarily difficult to deal with
in the back of her high Becca speaks sentimentally of a woman in that kind of power
math. class, chanting, the first time she ran for SGC, situation."
our, six, eight, organize as if she misses the days she Yet she doesn't think sexism
h the state." spent much of her time around worked against her election as
ally, I used to think that West Quad's Chicago House. president.
ld situation was nothing "I was just sitting over there, "I think a lot of people voted
g fat mess," Becca says. talking to a guy I was dating, for me because I have a certain
wasn't anything I could when Jay Hack-who I hardly amount of charisma," she says
knew-came and asked us if self-assuredly. "I can walk into
iew changed drastically we'd run for Council. That was a room and give a speech, and
e came to the University the beginning or everything." make everybody there feel as
rs ago. After participat- The "Chicago 3" lost the elec- though I'm talking just to
wo demonstrations fresh- tion, but later that year, Becca them."
ar, she started to feel was elected to the LSA student "It's a warm, personal kind of
ere political advantages government. Then came an ap- charisma," she stresses. "You
ing through the system. pointment to fill an SGC seat really have to work at it."
-----But Becca says she is person-
- ~ ally not doing anything to com-
bat sexism at the University-
although she views it as a prob-
"I'm awfully busy with SGC,"
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,a(Continued from Page 4)
say its appearance is a certainty.
But beyond the Senate's po-
tential veto - which would
mean a quick death for the pro-
posal -- action taken by the
engineering college faculty could
serve to undermine Assembly's
One sign of this came only
one day after Assembly gave its
final endorsement to the policy.
At that time engineering fac-
ulty members voted unanimous-
ly to appeal to President Rob-
ben Fleming, asking that "an
opportunity be given to each of
the schools and colleges to study
the impact on its operations of
the resolution of Senate Assem-
bly" before the Regents take
There is little doubt that
members of the Senate Advis-
ory Committee on University Af-
fairs (SACUA) - the top fac-
ulty body - are deeply 'con-
cerned with the possibility of
further action from the engi-
neering faculty.
Basically, their fears stem
from the realization that As-
sembly' great influence with the
Regents in the past has been, in
part, due to the Regents' belief
that Assembly was truly repre-
sentative of the viewpoint of
the faculty.
Should the engineering col-
lege faculty take independent
action on the research issue -
perhaps by sending an alter-
native proposal to the Regents
-Assembly's ability to influ-
ence future regental decisions
could be greatly diminished.
Another factor is whether
Fleming and the University vice
presidents will oppose Assem-
bly's proposal.
In the past, the Regents have
been greatly influenced by the
suggestions of the administra-
tion. And there is little reason
to believe the research question
will become a notable exception.
Fleming, who maintains he is
still undecided on the issue, has
made recent comments that in-
dicate he may oppose the mea-
"I would prefer there be no
classified research at the Uni-

versity," he said. "I recognize
the tension it creates."
But Fleming added, "It is
very difficult for me to tell a
professor that he cannot have
anything to do with classified
research. It's hard for me, as a
law professor, where the prob-
lem doesn't really exist, to sud-
denly assume, a moral position
which my colleagues (engaged
in research) will find difficult
to bear."
But Fleming's decision may
come shortly. Tomorrow he is
meeting with SACUA and Tues-
day the executive officers
(Fleming and the vice presi-
dents) hold their weekly session.
Assembly's research proposal is
sure to be a top agenda item.
Ironically, no one seems to
be terribly concerned about the
Regents' attitude toward the
research proposal.
In the past, regental decisions
have largely been dictated by
the executive officers or by over-
whelming mandates for change
from students and/or faculty
But it is debatable whether
the Regents would regard the
classified research controversy
as falling into the category of
an "overwhelming mandate."
Although students and fac-
ulty members showed their op-
position to classified research
by participating in demonstra-
tions and rallies last March-
including an SGC referendum in
which students voted in favor
of a plan to ban such research-
the actions' lasting impact on
the Regents is unclear. And al-
though campus feeling against
classified research is still high,
last year's dynamic opposition
is largely gone.
Generally, major regental de-
cisions have been preceded by
open hearings-but the hear-
ings usually are scheduled only
one day prior to their final
vote, when it is possibly too late
to influence their decision.
The Regents have not yet
been briefed on classified re-
search by the executive officers;
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October news notes
(Continued from Page 4)
regarding" its commitment to equal treatment of men and
dissatisfaction with the goals and procedures of the -University's
women, and urged officials to improve procedures for hiring women.
Data from a commission survey of 1,800 University women showed
affirmative action plan for equal hiring.
* * *
4 The University has requested each unit to place a "freeze"
on its equipment spending, anticipating the state budget bureau
will institute a three per cent cutback in the University's $78.1
million appropriation.
Allan Smith, vice president for academic affairs, told Senate
Assembly two weeks ago the move was made after consultation
with the faculty - the rationale being that if the budget cuts
were restored later in the year, it would be easier to utilize those
funds for non-salary items.
* * *
0 A proposal recommending the University provide a $250,000
loan for the establishment of a parent-controlled child care cor-
poration was released this month by the Office of Student Services.
The proposal, which will be submitted formally to the executive
officers at a latter date, recommends the incorporation of a num-
ber of small day care centers and the establishment of a permanent
site for the University's existing Child Care Action Center.

their information, and it is
unlikely that they will actively
seek out the views of the Uni-
versity community on the issue.
Perhaps the Regents' general
attitude can be best exempli-
fied by Regent Gerald Dunn
(D-Flushing). "I'm not going
to Ann Arbor to look for peo-
ple to discuss this with," he told
the Daily last week, "but they
(research opponents, proponents)
know my address and I read all
my mail."
Although the agenda for the
November Regents meeting has
not yet been prepared, clas-
sified research will most likely
be discussed at the closed ses-
sions. No final action, however,
is expected until at least De-
According to Richard Ken-
nedy, secretary of the Univer-
sity, an open hearing on the is-
sue may be scheduled this
month, but no final plans for
it have been made.
New look for
the anti-war
(Continued from Page 4)
But the mass activities did serve
to educate a wide range of Amer-
icans-labor, veterans, and fed-
eral employes to the issue of the
war. The moratoriums, while suc-
ceeding in broadening support for
war protest, did not, however, offer
actions to follow and reinforce the
The tactic peaked in 1969, when
12,000 marched here in Septem-
ber and 20,000 listened to na-
tionally prominent speakers in Oc-
tober. In November, the focus was
in Washington, where several
hundred thousand voiced their op-
position to the war.
Activities since have included
last spring's actions - 16 days of
rallies, non-violent civil disobedi-
ence, and marches in Washington,
as well as the ratification by nu-
merous groups of the People's
Peace Treaty between student of
the United States, the Provisional
Government of North Vietnam,
and South Vietnam.
The growing spectrum of protes-
ters has in this way evoked a
growing range of protest-so that
the war is now only one of a larg-
er group of economic and political
issues. This broadening of the
anti-war theme was evident dur-
ing the local Oct. 13 activities,
when the workshops - ranging
from the Bangladesh crisis to the
effects of the war on cities-at-
tracted the largest numbers of
The "Evict Nixon" activities
widened their perspective, too, as
the President was criticized for
his domestic and economic poli-
It appears. Gordon says, that
the moratorium is now proven
impotent as a tactic, but wider-
ranging issues and new forms of
protest may succeed in maintain-
ing public concern over the war.
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