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Friday, November 12, 1971


Page Seven


Students to vote on
SGC funding issues

Referenda ask views on
vote system, GF powers


Taylor recall considered


{Continued from page 1)
allotment from its current level
of 25 cents.
The other Council related fund-
ing referenda which asks wheth-
er the University should stop
giving SGC its present funding
allotment of 25 cents could cut
all student funding. The proposal
was placed on the ballot through
a petition 'drive aimed at chal-
lenging expenditures made by
Council in the past.
The referendum on the various
other campus governments asks
if a funding level of 50 cents per
student per term should be es-
*tablished for school and college
At this time college govern-
ments have no steady source of
income and usually attain funds
by requesting money from the
deans of their particular units.
College governments support
,he student funding referendum
as a means to achieve independ-
ence from their school's admin-
istration, c o 11 e g e government
representatives say.
According to Engineering Coun-
cil Coordinating Vice President
Mike McGill, council would in-
crease its services to engineer-
ing students with the extra
money. Any money left over at
the end o' he year would be
given to the college's dean for a
scholarship fund, McGill adds.
The literary school student gov-
ernment would attempt to in-
Jbrease communications between
students and council members
with the money. "We plan to set
up a complaint committee for
students so they can have some
where to go for help," says LSA
Executive Council member Neil
Last April students rejected a
referendum asking for $1.85
assessment per student per term,
85 cents of which would go to
Council with the remaining dollar
going to the individual's school
or college government.
In addition to the funding ref-
erenda, SGC has placed seven
"projects" on the ballot, asking
students to vote for however
many projects they feel Council
should undertake-if any. The
proposed projects are:
" Funding a Women's Crisis
Center (WCC) . The center would
offer 24-hour counseling services
for women who have been raped,
use local homes to serve as first
aid stations, and draw up lists
of women volunteers to walk
other women at night.
*Establishing and initially
,funding a cooperative grocery
store. According to SGC Presi-
dent Rebecca Schenk, additional
funding to expand this project
might be raised through a re-.
fundable student fee system sim-
ilar to the one used by the stu-
dent book store;
" Working to establish local
University - community 24 - hour
child care centers. If the SGC
funding proposal passes, Coun-
cil will probably set up one day
care center immediately, Schenk
says. Later, additional child care
centers would be established;
" Obtaining, through Council,
federal funds to build low-cost
University - community housing
using some student funds as seed
0 Establishing and funding a
large scale paper and glass re-
'*cycling center for the campus.
An alternative to building a .lew
recycling center, Schenk says, is

for SGC to designate various
areas around campus where stu-~
dents can bring glass, cans .nd
paper waste. SGC would then fi-
nance the trash removal to a
nearby recycling station;
* Establishing and funding an
academic chair to provide for
the teaching of subjects not nor-
mally available. Schenk says
such a chair fun ded hby Coun cil ..
might more easily open up de-
partments and their curriculum
offerings to student input; and
* Financing t h e compilation
and distribution of an in-depth
consumer report of stores, hous-
ing and products in the city. Al-
most all goods or services that
affect students would be investi-
gated and rated, Schenk says.
The drive to cut off Council's
funding stems from charges by
SGC member Brad Taylor that
the current campus student gov-
ernment is financially irrespon-G
sible. "Right now SGC hands outj
money to almost anyone," Tay-
lor says. "It is grossly unfair to
take money from students and
just pass it out to any partisan
political group."
According to Taylor, if students
vote to rescind Council's fund-
ing, "it will indicate a vote of
no confidence in SGC as it now
"If we strip away SGC's
money, Council has no choice but
to change its method of distribut-
ing funds," Taylor adds.
In response to Taylor's charges,
Schenk says that most of the
allocations Taylor refers to were
niade before her presidential
term started.
Taylor has sharply criticized
SGC's allocation of money to the
Radical I-lependent Party's City
Council umpaign last spring
when then Executive Vice Pres-
ident Jerry DeGrieck was run-
ning for council.
Pressing for an increase in
SGC's allotment, Schenk con-
tends that Taylor's fund-cutting
proposal is a "direct attempt to
end student self-government on
Schenk argues that if Council
stopped receiving money from
student assessments, "SGC would
no longer have to be responsive
to students," since its funding
would come from other sources.
In addition, Schenk says, if
students refuse to grant funds
to their own government, there
will be no representativesbody
to protect student interests.
If the increased funding pro-
posal passes, Council would use
the additional money to sponsor
campus and community projects
that students approved in the
election, Schenk says. Only if
Council receives an increase in
its current allotment can these
projects be undertaken, she adds.
In the middle of the funding
battle, SGC member Barbara
Goldman argues for keeping the
current level of funding. Accord-
ing to Goldman, Council should
first investigate and draw up
plans for the proposed projects
and then ask for more .oney.
"Let's not give money to SGC
until it has thoroughly research-
ed the projects students want
it to wor kon," Goldman says.
Any increase in SGC's funding
must be approved by the Re-
gents. Council's current allot-
ment of 25 cents has been in
effect since 1954 when a new SGC
constitution approved the allo-
cation of this money from each
student's tuition

(Continued from page 1)
cross-referencing. It is designed
to create a primary-within-an-
election. SGC now uses a "limit-
ed vote" system for member at
large elections, although it did
use a transfer system previously
but found it too complicated to
score without a computer.
The present system allows in-
dividuals to cast a number of
non-transferable votes for candi-
dates, with those candidates re-
ceiving a plurality of the vote
elected to the vacant seats.
Observers point out that. under
the present system, a minority
slate of one political ideology
can obtain a majority of the va-
cant seats with a plurality when
they present only a few candi-
dates. Voters of the opposite
ideology split their vote among
a great number of their candi-
dates than do those who vote for
Under the proposed system,
these observers believe, the
transfer of b a 11 o t mechanism
would insure t h a t ideologies
would be represented by the
total number of votes cast for
them, removing the unrepresent-
atives effects of ideological fac-
The Consent of the Governed
resolution reaches beyond the
current campaign and involves
the now-forming Graduate Fed-
eration. In effect, it will say that
Graduate Federation or any sim-
ilarily structured organization
cannot legitimately appoint stu-
dents to University or Senate
Assembly committees.
Graduate Federation is to have
its membership elected by indi-
vidual graduate and professional
school and college student gov-
ernments, not directly by the
graduate student community.
The Consent of the Governed
referendum is a "paper resolu-
tion" because Council has no
jurisdiction over Senate Assem-
bly, the faculty representative
body, or the Administration, the
two groups who solicit student
appointments to campus - wide
committees and bodies.
But according to John Koza.
grad, who wrote the resolution,
it will carry weight in SGC's
campaign to get the Assembly
and the Administration to ap-
prove some democratic policy of
that sort.
Meanwhile. J a n a Bommers-
bach, grad. one of the chief or-
ganizers of the new Graduate
Federation, has indicated that
the Federation will not be in-
timidated by an attempt to pre-
vent her group to appoint gradu-
ate students as did the organi-
zation's predecessor, Graduate

Bommersbach believes the ref-
erendum is a "power play" by
Koza. "I don't know what in the
hell the man wants," she says.
"but supposedly he is protecting
grad students from this 'hor-
rible monster' (Graduate Feder-
Despite the criteria of the reso-
lution, Bommersbach believes
her group to be democratic and
in the best interests of the grad-
uate students community.
The third referendum, called
the Special Referenda referen-
dum, asks simply: "Should Stu-
dent Government Council hold
special referendum elections forr
questions durin g the year?"
Council is presently authorized to
hold such special elections, ac-
cording to member-at-large Joel
Silverstein, '72, and SGC is seek-
ing a "mandate for Council" on
the matter.
The Proportional Representa-
tion amendment was proposedj
by Silverstein, and put on the
ballot by a vote of Council-in-
cluding conservative member-at-
large Brad Taylor. Taylor, how-
ever., now claims that the pro-
posed system "would hurt con-
servatives" despite reassurances}
from many people that it would,
if it helped any special group,N
help the conservatives.
According to Koza, who helped3
design the proposed new system,
it is "probably the fairest of all
election systems." However, he
says, "people should be quite
aware that it renresents fairness
at the expense of simplicity."
For the individual voter, the
new system would be quite sim-
ple: each voter would vote his
number of votes, as before. for
Council members, but under this
system he or she numbers them
in order of preference, first, sec-
ond, third, and so on.
The complexity is in the count-
ing of the votes. Each person s
vote is initially cast for his or
her first choice. If some candi-
date receives a quota-one num-
ber more than the number ob-
tained by dividingsthe total num-
ber' of ballots cast by the num-
ber of seats to be filled-then
that candidate is elected.
The number of votes the win-
ning candidate receives in excess
of the quota are then divided up
among the rest of the candidates
in proportion to the second place
votes on the winner's ballots.
The process is repeated down
the line until no one fills a quota,
and then the bottom candidate
is eliminated. That candidate'sy
votes are then redistributed to
the voter's next choice.
If someone is then elected, the
excess quota system is then re-
peated, if not, then another
candidate is dropped.

(Continued from page 1)
lot by the ad hoc Committee to
recall Brad Taylor, are:
-"~HisTaylor) testimony be-
fore the House Internal Secur-
ity Committee endangers stu-
dents who have dissented by pe-
tition and assembly, against the
Indochina war; and
-His SGC campaign deceived
students by concealing from
them the anti-democratic au-
thoritarianism of his politics."
The ad hoc Committee to Re-
call Brad Taylor submitted the
necessary1,000 signatures early
last month to place the refer-
endum on the ballot.
T .a.Y 1 o r has maintained
throughout thesrecall cam-
paign that he gave information
of "public record" and only ap-
peared before HISC because he
was subpoenaed. Failure to ap-
pear could have meant possible
jail sentence for contempt, he
has said.
The recall committee however
has charged that Taylor's tes-
timony "indiscriminately smear-
ed everyone from the Mayday
Tribe to Brian Spears, a fel-
low member of SGC (when Tay-
lor began his term)."
Taylor's critics have cited the
overwhelming approval of the,
peace treaty in last Spring's
referendum as proof that Tay-
lor's testimony before HISC
went against the will of the stu-
dent electorate.
They also charge Taylor with
falsely testifying that Spears,
planted a Viet Cong flag on the
stage during the conference,
and that black militant Robert
Williams, a teaching fellow in
the University's Center for
Chinese Studies. was booed.
The committee has said that
such testimony could be dam-
aging in light of HISC's policy
of "harrassment
Bob Black. '73, chairman of
the recall committee, yesterday
said that the referendum
amounts to "a vote of yes or no
on restricting civil liberties."
According to Black. the primary
purpose of HISC is to "systema-
tically collect information on
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leftist groups and turn this over
to people who would hurt them".
Taylor responded to thesetac-
cusations yesterday saying that
if the "truth" he provided
HISC was damaging to such in-
dividuals as Spears and, Wil-
liams, "then they got what they
He said that he appeared be-
fore HISC "as an individual",
not an SGC representative. On-
ly introduced as a YAF mem-
ber, Taylor said that his status
as SGC council member "never
came up".
Taylor added that the real
question involved in the recall
campaign was whether or not
voters "would keep a political
minority represented on coun-
cil." In the past, Taylor has
called the drive a "blatant at-
tempt by the committee to steal
my SGC seat for their own as
yet undeclared purposes."
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