THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, November 18, 1971
Thrsay Nvebe_1, 97
Apathy: An offbeat
SGC elections fill nine seats
By ARTHUR LERNER
How can apathetic students
elect an apathetic candidate to
SGC w i t h o u t compromising
Graham Moses, who ran as an
independent on a platform of
apathy in this week's SGC elec-
tions, contends it can be done
because "there are different
layers of apathy."
"There arethe totally apa-
thetic, the partially apathetic
aiid the 'hardly any'. apathetic
who support the cause of apa-
thy," he explained in an inter-
view before election results
"I'm trying to get these par-
tially or borderline apathetic
People to vote for me."
William Graham Moses ar-
gued he could represent both
"people who are apathetic and
don't vote and those who show
their apathy by voting for me."
"If 50 to 70 per cent of the
students vote in the SGC elec-
tions it would show that apathy
is dying out. If not, then those
people who don't vote need to
be represented just as much as
anyone else," he asserted.
Anxious to dispel any notion
that he has not been a truly
apathetic candidate, M o s e s
pointed out that "the philoso-
phy of apathy is hard to un-
derstand. It's not a state of
mind or being."
"I can be apathetic when I do
something, if what I'm trying to
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Of the 12 voting seats on Council, kis campaigned with the Respon-
the election filled 9 of 11 member- sible Alternative Party (RAP),
at-largenseats. The executive vice presenting a conservative platform
president, Jerry Rosenblatt, has which claimed that "SGC has not;
the remaining vote, while Presi- always acted in the best interests,
dent Rebecca Schenk votes only of students."
in case of a tie. RAP spoke strongly against the
The tenth member-at-large seat increased funding proposal, sup-
is held by Brad Taylor, who was porting the resolution to abolishI
the subject of an unsuccessful re- SGC's present allotment from stu-
c mpaign heelion. dent fees of 25 cents per student
The eleventh seat was held by per term.
Barbara Goldman, who resigned Elected as members of GROUP,
suddenly Monday night following Davis, Koza, Oesterle and Scott
confusion and criticism following a have all had former experience on;
$1500 SGC allocation for a Univer- Council.
sity Print Cooperative. Goldman'
had presented the motion for the GROUP is an anagram from
allocation. previous elections standing for
In line with comments by ear- Government Reform of University
lier members as they resigned, Policy. The members-only one of
radical issues although they too
supported the increased funding
They proudly boasted that their
slate was the only one with women
and the only one with third-world
students. However, the Asian stu-
dents on the slate, Art Nishioka
and Jean Teshima failed to be
lected, as did Coalition member
The Coalition campaign stressed
the importance of combating sex-
ism and racism, as well as all Uni-
versity involvement with the U.S.
military establishment. They also
stressed the need for a strong stu-
dent involvement in the Ann Arbor
community outside of University
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do is put apathy on SGC, in-
stead of just being apathetic by
"By putting out the posters
I don't think I am going against
the philosophy of apathy which
is very complicated," he re-
"I'm an active apathetic," he
"Freshman year was totally
apathetic and sophomoretyear
..pretty well apathetic," recalled
Moses, who used to live across
the street from former Georgia
Gov. Lester Maddox.
Moses is "indefinite" on his
plans should he lose the elec-
tion. "If I lose, and there is a
lot of apathy I will probably
run again, maybe," he con-
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Goldman charged SGC with being!
"a non - representative tinker - toy"
body composed of ego-tripping in-'
dividuals . ..
As the series of resignationsj
opened an unusually large number
of seats for election students had
the opportunity to greatly alter
the face of Council.
In the new SGC, with the varietyj
of candidates elected, students may
expect a wide span of viewpoints1
to crop up in SGC debate.
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