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The month
in review


November, 1971

No. 3

There were all the trends of SGC's
past appearing once again, but with
more than the usual share of sur-
prises. TheseQ who saw Council as
vehicle for political change squared
off with those apolitical and conser-
vative candidates who spoke of "rep-
resenting all the students." And again,
80 per cent of the student body would
complain about Council's inactivity
but wouldn't bother to vote.
But th's time, a few new twists were
added t/o the annual SGC November
election scenario. First of all, the
resignation of four SGC members in
October left nine of Council's 12 vot-
ing positions up for grabs. All four
resignees-three were considered con-
servatives-exited complaining about
Council's "ineffectiveness."
Then there was the matter of con-
servative Brad Taylor, '74, SGC mem-
ber who testified before the House
Internal Security Committee (HISC)
on the details of last February's Peo-
pie's Peace Conference held on cam-
pus. The student recall committee
organized against him was leafleting
campus, saying that Taylor was too
willing a witness, and an untruthful
and malicious one at that.
Finally, SGC's credibility with stu-
dents, already faltering because of the



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mass resignations, fell to a lower ebb
when SGC seemingly lost control of
$1,500 of its funds-over 5 per cent of
its total funding-through an alloca-
tion to American Revolutionary Media
(ARM), a small leftist printing col-
Though not greatly publicized, the
election eve resignation of Council
member Barbara Goldman, '74, an
ARM member, was linked with the
ARM allocation and raised further
doubts about how SGC was using its
funds and reinforced the views of
those campaigning to end SGC's fund-
ing from student tuition.
The funding referenda added three
more variables. Students could either
vote to recommend SGC's current
level of funding be continued-$.25 per
student per semester, raise it to $.85
or end it completely.
Thus, with all these possibilities and
developments, the election assumed a
greater - than - usual importance. The
results however, yielded no clear po-
litical trend. Taylor missed being re-
called by 100 votes, SGC funding re-
mained the same and the election
winners were a political cross-section
of those running.
Students elected a mixture of po-
litical types similar to last spring's

election results. While left-oriented
students split their votes among nu-
merous candidates, three members of
the more conservative Responsible
Alternative Party were elected, com-
parable to the election last spring of
four Student Caucus candidates.
Students also elected four Govern-
ment Reform of University Policy
(GROUP) candidates, a well-known
team of candidates offering wide ex-
perience in student government.
Also elected were two Radical Peo-
ple's Coalition incumbents, Joel Sil-
verstein and Arlene Griffin, who along
with Taylor are the only holdovers
on the new Council from last spring's
The new Council must now face the
traditional problems of student disin-
terest in student government and the
rising criticism of the present admin-
istration of SGC President Rebecca
Schenk's critics blame her for much
of what they consider SGC's poor
r e c o r d of accomplishment. They
claii, with some justification, that
Council has accomplished compara-
tively little over the past term on the
issues of classified research, ROTC,
the student bookstore, the BGS pro-
gram, abolishing distribution and


Daily-Sara Krulwich
ABOUT TWENTY PER CENT of the student body voted in November's SGC elections, filling nine of Council's 12 elected seats and considering
the ballot's several referenda. Here, students vote at one of the many polling stands set up for the two-day vote.

language requirements, increasing
student input into decision-making and
development of a viable University
judicial system.
At the same time defenders of the
current SGC administration c 1 a i m
that through the establishment of the
Temporary Employes Association and
the starting of a newsletter, Student
Action, Council m a d e considerable
progress beyond that of its prede-
Nevertheless, all four of the new
GROUP Council members and both

Radical People's Coalition members
stated before the election that they
were unhappy with the Schenk ad-
ministration and indicated they might
go so far as asking a vote of no con-
fidence in Schenk if change is not
soon in coming.
But the platform that all these can-
didates presented, designed to reno-
vate SGC and improve its services,
was based on passage of the increased
funding referendum.
All six of those Council members
who had hoped to utilize the additional

money to establish a food co-opera-
tive, a 24-hour child care center and
other services that students also voted
for in the election.
With the services increased, the
candidates hoped to focus student at-
tion on Council and increase student
involvement in student government.
However, without the money their
efforts will be seriously impeded.
With the failure of the funding pro-
posal, the new Council is seeking.
alternative methods of attracting su-
dent support for present SGC projects

and recruiting students for future pro-
grams. The GROUP Council members
hope to energize Council by involving
more students in SGC committees
and investigations. They argue that
during the past term Council mem
bers were too often left to develop
programs and work on them without
the support of the student community.
The GROUP representatives also
hope to increase graduate student in-
volvement in SGC. Including Execu-
tive Vice President Jerry Rosenblatt,,
See NO, Page 7


November images






Having weathered nine months
of controversy, the campaign to
ban University clasified research
found no reprieve in November
from obstacles blocking such a
policy's passage.
Chief among the legislative-
administrative hurdles to emerge
this month was a long-awaited
statement by President Robben
Fleming on the matter, complete
with criticisms of the current
proposal that may take some
time to resolve.
The actual proposal, passed in
October by Senate Assembly -
the faculty representative body
-calls for the University to "not
enter into or renew federal con-
tracts or grants that limit open
publication of the results of re-
An exception to the ban is
made when "the proposed re-
search is likely to contribute so
significantly to the advance-
ment of knowledge as to justify
infringement of the freedom to
publish openly."
Over the last few weeks, sev-
eral formalized steps were, taken
on the proposal's way to the Re-
gental vote that will either oust
or activate it. These included a
preliminary presentation to the
Regents and a University Senate
meeting that proponents of the,
policy feared might reverse the
assembly's October vote.
But the University Senate,
composed of about 2,800 faculty
members, researchers and lib-
rarians, refused to take the
steps necessary to overturn the
assembly decision, thus main-
taining the group's status as a
predominantly ceremonial body
and eliciting sighs of relief from
the research policy's supporters.
All this came while Fleming

A. Geoffrey Norm~an... -
On leaving the hot seat
By SARA FITZGERALD ens, there is relief," he
"Classified research has says. "But I'm not quite
Sure what my new life-
been like an aching back style will be I've never
to me over the past few retired before." "Some-
years." times, I've been told, re-
But that "backache" tirement brings withdraw-
will soon be gone for Vice al pains like 'drug people'
President for Research A. ~ have."
Geoffrey Norman. Earlyh
next year he will be leav- It will be a gradual pro-
ing his sometimes-troub- cess for Norman, since he
led post at age 65, t he will serve as part-time di-
mandatory retirement age for University rector of the University's Institute for En-
executive officers. vironmental Quality for nine' months,
Yet Norman, who regards himself as "the Nevertheless, it will. be a change.
mother hen of University research," is Reflecting back on his six-and-a-half
approaching that day with a mixture of years as research vice president Norman
pleasure and uncertainty. says, "I really haven't controlled my own
"When one anticipates shedding burd- See RESEARCH, Page 7
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sense of the assembly that any
financial burden that results
from a change in classified re-
search policy be borne generally
by the University community."
Fleming asked for clarifica-
Lion of the amendment -- so
far, none has been forthcoming,
with certain faculty members
admitting that "Assembly does-
n't really know' what it means,
However, Fleming suggests
that the amendment's promise
can be met by instigating the
policy on a "time-phase" basis,
with research professors' work
being phased out instead of flat-
ly dropped.
If Willow Run Laboratories is
transferred to a non-profit cor-
poration, either under state aus-
pices or by itself, the few pro-
fessors involved in classified re-
search there would probably be
given the choice of going with
the laboratories and its other
staff members or of dropping
their research and returning to
full-time teaching at the Uni-
versit y.
In the interim, while the
transfer is being negotiated,
Fleming does not want to see
those professors-or others in-
volved in classified research at
the University's other research
cites-being suddenly out of a
So, with the fate of . Willow
Run Laboratories up in the air,
and the Fleming suggestions on
the floor, it remains for the Re-
gents to discuss, amend, and
possibly pass in the next two
months the controversial policy
which has taken so long to pro-

was making his policy state-
ment, capped with a not-so-un-
expected announcement that the
University is trying to disaffili-
ate with Willow Run Laborator-
ies, where most University class-
ified and military research is
The Regents will likely delay
any final action on Assembly's
proposal until Fleming's ques-
tions are resolved, in keeping
with their traditional heavy re-
liance on Fleming's views. And,
because Fleming's comments
don't specifically oppose or de-
fend Assembly's ban on classi-

-Daily-Denny Gainer








fied research, positive action
against campus classified re-
search is not at all a certainty.
In addition, the Regents are
also awaiting completion of a
faculty report covering non-fed-
erally sponsored research which
could conceivably set a date for
action even further back.
Further, the announcement of
the attempt to disaffiliate with
Willow Run added questions to
the already troublesome issue of
how to provide for professors
chiefly involved in research; as
well as questions as to the effec-
tiveness of the policy itself, with
its main target now on the way
All of these questions have
been brought up throughout the
last two weeks, since Fleming's
statement first appeared in the
University Record, the weekly
newsletter of the University's
The questions were, raised in
an open forum for the Univer-
sity community, in a closed
meeting between the Regents
and members of the Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University
Affairs (the assembly's execu-
tive committee) ; and at the
University Senate meeting, but
still no definitive answers were
The question will probably be
resolved in upcoming Regents
meetings, where the Regents can
be expected to change the policy
to fit Fleming's suggestions be-
fore they pass it, if they do pass
For this reason, it can be spe-
culated that the policy will be
discussed, but not passed, during
the next Regents meetingin
mid-December, thus giving the

Associate Sports Editor
A funny thing happened on the way
to the Rose Bowl. The usually awesome
Wolverine football team, accustomed to
winning without much trouble, ran into
a lot of it this month before their Rose
Bowl berth was assured.
Against the Purdue Boilermakers at
West Lafayette, a last-minute 25-yard
field goal by Dana Coin, who earlier had
set the national record for consecutive
extra points in a season, pulled out a,
dramatic 20-17 victory for Michigan.
The following week in a pressure-pack-
ed struggle against bitter arch-rival Ohio
State, All-America tailback Billy Tay-
lor's 21-yard option sweep with two min-
utes left caned a 10-7 victory for the

which specifically calls for mem-
bers opposed to classified re-
search and members involved in
such research; and
-A question whether an as-
sembly statement of "intent"
that all classified research pro-
posals be passed through the re-
view committee before being
forwarded to the sponsors is
truly one of intent or whether
it is a mandate.
Another chief point of con-
cern in Fleming's statement in-
volved the "Kerr amendment"
to the Assembly's policy. The
amendment says "that it be the

November news briefs
Quote of the Month
"When 1 was in. lawn school here, if you missed one course,
y ou lost a quarter of a credit hofr. That's why the Univer-
sity has a good law school-discipline."
menting on the demise of required attendance in most
University academic courses.
" The 'local branch of Write-On, nation-wide term paper
service, became the subject of some debate during the month when
it apparently sold two University students identical papers for
the same course.
The firm's officials claimed the incident was a fluke and
charged that John Stevens, a former Write-On employe turned
competitor, knowingly sold the papers in an attempt to wreck
Write-On's operation.
Meanwhile, the University has not yet decided what it will
do to the students, who were assured by Write-On that elaborate
precautions were taken to avoid such a mishap. The most se-
vere penalty wiuld be expelling the two from the University.
*November brought Democratic Mayor Robert Harris a
major political defeat as his plan for a one per cent city income
tax failed, 6-5, at the hands of City Council's Republican ma-

___ Daily-Sara Krulwich
A FRUSTRATED WOODY HAYES, surrounded by his Buckeyes, argues with the referee during Michigan's 10-7 con-
quest of Ohio State. The come-from-behind victory netted the Wolverines their first perfect season since 1948.


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