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Despite attempts to change the focus
and image of the Greek system at the
University, pledges are down again this
year and Greeks fear that more houses
may follow the nine which folded last
As one sorority member laments, "Peo-
ple don't even care enough to give the
Greek system a chance. Last year there
was a lot of active anti-Greek feeling.
This year there is only apathy."
Judy Kursman, rush coordinator for
Panhellenic Association, says that the
number of girls going through rush has
dropped from 1,200 to 200 in the past
three years.
Only 500 men joined fraternities last
year while almost double that number
pledged houses in 1968.
In an effort to attract more members
both Panhellenic and Interfraternity
Council (IFC) have modified rules regu-
lating rushing procedures.
Panhellenic has lifted its restrictive

s ystem
rules regarding mandatory meetings, reg-
istrations, attendance of mixers and talks
with "rush counsellors" in favor of a sys-
tem which permits aspiring sorority girls
to merely visit those houses they wish to
see. ,
However the rule forbidding the attend-
ance of men at mixers has been retained
as well as the final desserts period during
which probable new sorority members are
invited to their new houses.
Kursman explains that "we cut out a
number of meetings and other things be-
cause the girls were being pressed with
too much shit."
IFC has abolished registration and
dropped its rule that prospective pledges
attend each house in the system.
The organization now simply requests
that each house be open during the week
of January 24. The responsibility for con-
tacting new members has been given to
the individual fraternities.
Panhellenic was completely revamped
last November when its members rewrote


to ttering

its constitution and changed officers. Its
new system uses a rotating officers ar-
rangement whereby members are elected
from each sorority, rather than each
house president representing her house.
Steve Morrison, president of IFC, adds
that, "Fraternities have had a tough time
explaining their value since students now
focus on issues and action rather than a
keg of beer and a good time.
"There's been a change of priorities due
to the growth of the campus and the po-
larization of Americans," he adds.
What do former rraternity members
say has happened? Geoffrey Holczer, a
former member of Zeta Beta Tau, one of
six Jewish fraternities which died last
year, says, "there was a bandwagon
movement away from the house last year
when the bills went up. Also people just
weren't into sharing a bathroom with
fifty other guys."
One past member of Sigma Alpha Mu
attributes the demise of his chapter to
the increasing use of marijuana. "Grass

is quiet and personal, not conducive to
large groups. Its the opposite extreme of
a T.G. that can be heard 400 yards away."
Robert Rorke, assistant director of Uni-
versity Housing, blames the death of
many of the seven fraternities that passed
away last year to poor housing conditions,
management problems and neglect by the
University, alumni and the nationals.
. Alpha Epsilon Pi and Phi Epsilon were
both forced to shut down last year be-
cause of poor physical conditions. Phi
Epsilon burned down after attempting
to increase pledges by going co-ed.
Alpha Epsilon Pi was sold because it
could not be brought up to housing code
Delta Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Pi
were forced to close for similar reasons.
Needed improvements in their buildings
proved too expensive.
Rorke cites a "lessening of commit-
ment" on the part of fraternity officers
as one management problem. "Until last
See GREEKS, Page 7

-Richard Lee, Inc.

Final desserts at the Tri Delt house

See editorial page

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Vol. LXXXI, No. 97 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, January 24, 1971 Ten Cents

Ten Pages

-Daily-Terry McCarthy
Oh say can you see
Players stand for the national anthem before last nights hockey game in which Den-
ver beat Michigan 6-3.
New ENACT program
to concentrate on action

U.S. hikes
military aid
to Cambodia
SAIGON (P) - The United States rushed
war supplies to Cambodia yesterday, includ-
ing material for bolstering defenses at the
badly-battered Phnom Penh airport.
Two U.S. Air Force C130 transport planes
ferried in 80 tons of war supplies including
arms, ammunition, spare parts, barbed wire
and sandbags.
Officials in Saigon said the airlift, inau-
gurated last month under the U.S. military
assistance program for Cambodia, may be
speeded because of the enemy attack on
Friday. The attack destroyed 95 per cent
of Cambodia's operational air force.
In addition, there is some thought being
given in Washington and Saigon to replac-
ing the Cambodian air force planes de-
stroyed or damaged in the attack.
Some of the fresh supply of war materiel
was destined for soldiers working on re-
captured Highway 4, Cambodia's lifeline to
the sea.
Meanwhile a combined Cambodian and
South Vietnamese force completed a link-up
on the highway Friday in Pich Nil Pass,
halfway down the 115 mile highway from
Phnom Penh to Kompong Som, the deep
water port on the Gulf of Siam. North Viet-
namese had blocked it for two months.
Lt. Col. Am Rong, Cambodian army
spokesman, said Phnom Penh probably
would become the target of long range roc-
kets and heavy mortars. He said an "enemy"
unit with Soviet-built 122mm rockets has
moved close to the capital from the north-
east. The rockets have a range of seven
He made no mention of reports by sources
in Cambodia that the enemy had destroyed
500 yards of roadway south of Pich Nil by
blowing it into a ravine. If true, this would
require more time for the repairs.
A spokesman did not say whether the
5,300 South Vietnamese, who took part in
the drive that opened Jan. 13 to clear the
road, would remain in Cambodia or return
to South Vietnam.
It seemed likely that some of the troops
would be given furloughs to go home for the
Tet holidays next week.

-Daily-Terry McCarthy

Workshop at party convention

Slow economy tightens
job market for 'U' grads

Environmental Action for Survival (EN-
ACT) is changing its emphasis this year
from educational activities to action orient-
ed programs.
The group built a-national reputation on
last year's Teach-in and the subsequent
publication of a pamphlet, "Guidelines for
Citizen Action on Environmental Problems,"
according to acting director Hal Abramson.
But the Teach-in last spring was designed
to "make people aware" of environmental
issues and problems, Abramson says. "This
year the group hopes to involve students
in projects that actually do something about
the problems we face."
After the Teach-in came a "rest period,"
Abramson notes. "Everything had been

Teach-in, Teach-in, Teach-in, for a long
time. Things slowed down so we could re-
gain momentum."
Abortion reform is high on the priority
list of many ENACT members. State Senator
Gilbert Bursley (R-Ann Arbor) has intro-
duced a bill that is comparable to the liberal
abortion law of New York State. ENACT
plans to cooperate with other groups based
in Lansing to lobby in favor of the bill. A
similar bill was defeated last year by a
narrow margin.
"There was too much screaming and yell-
ing and not enough supportive action tak-
en," one ENACT member concerned with
abortion reform commented on the defeat
of that bill.
See ENACT, Page 10

Despite an apparent leveling of last year's
economic down-swing, placement experts
say this spring's job-hunting seniors will
have to be a lot less fussy than the class of
The key word this year is "flexibility,"
says William R. Audas, assistant director of
the University Placement Services. "Any
geographic limitation on where the appli-
cant can work simply hurts his chances of
finding work," he says.
Geogia Watermulder, Placement Services
career planner, echoes the point, and adds
that job hunters should be prepared to
accept job offers in fields they have not

Cot. Davids: Anonymous'U'administrator

previously considered but are nonetheless
qualified for.
"The bargaining position of the graduat-
ing student has changed dramatically in the
past year," says Jack Shingleton, placement
director at Michigan State University
"In the past he may have been able to
select from five to seven job offers. This
year the selection may be reduced to one-
and for good students maybe more than
that. He will have to compromise."
These opinions are supported by a survey
of 916 major employers conducted by the
College Placement Council (CPC). The
council reports show that employers are
making 21 per cent fewer campus recruiting
visits than last year, and are planning to
hire 23 per cent fewer college graduates.
The council, a non-profit organization
based in Bethlehem, Pa., anticipates that
business majors will be the least affected,
with job openings down 18 per cent. The
sharpest drop was in science, mathematics
and other technical categories-31 per cent
below last year.
According to the report, accounting and
merchandising firms plan the smallest de-
crease in campus visits, down 2.5 per cent
and 8.6per cent respectively. The largest
employer of new graduates, the government,
predicts a 16 per cent drop; banking, finance
and insurance firms plan a 26 per cent de-
cline in visits.
However, placement officers emphasize
that a drop in the number of campus visits
is not always an indication of a dip in the
number of job openings available. Audas
explains that many employers are feeling
the effects of the slow economy. Realizing
how tight the job market is they have de-
cided to let job applicants come to them
this year, instead of spending large sums of
money visiting campuses.
Placement officers also cite the sagging
economy, the reduction in draft calls, the

New Party
sets part of
The recently formed radical party of
Ann Arbor began constructing its plat-
form at the second plenary session of
its convention last night.
The party agreed on policy statements
on police, crime, drugs, medical care facili-
ties and local transportation.
The party also wrote its platform state-
ment on police, crime, and drugs. The plat-
form plank accused the Ann Arbor city gov-
ernment of not "adequately controlling the
actions of its police department which has
led to widespread abuses of police powers
which have had disastrous effects on the
The proposal also suggested that:
-all ordinances restricting the use of
drugs be repealed
-the city institute drug education pro-
grams and provide medical treatment for
heroin addicts and persons suffering side
effects from drugs;
-the dismissal of Police Chief Walter
Krasny ;
-a penal program be designed to reha-
bilitate criminals rather than punish them.
The 70 people attending the convention
session endorsed a revised edition of a pro-
posal written by the health care committee
of the party at one of yesterday's work-
The original proposal called for a com-
plete overhauling of the present health care
system, with the goal of "providing free or
low cost quality medical care." The proposal
included provisions for a community-con-
trolled, 24-hour medical system-a "major
centrally located clinic with decentralized
health centers located throughout the city."
Under the committee's plan, general and
specialized medical services would be pro-
vided on a "sliding-scale fee basis," and
people from within the community would
be trained to help at the centers, especially
in the field of preventive medicine.
Debate on the committee's recommenda-
tions centered on objections to the "sliding-
scale fee basis," which was regarded by some
convention participants as a form of re-
gressive taxation. The committee proposal
was eventually amended to indicate that the
ultimate goal of the party would be to pro-
vide minimal flathmedical fees mandatory
for all citizens.
Transportation was next on the agenda.
After a few brief comments, a motion ques-
tioning the entire scope and philosophy of
the party was made. It proposed that the
party broaden its essentially local base and
stop writing platforms that are merely re-
After a 15 minute discussion it was de-
cided to further consider the proposal in to-
day's session.
The party accepted the report of the
transportation workshop after a few amend-
ments were passed. The proposal calls for
a free public transit system which would
encourage the use of busses and discourage
the use of private vehicles.
The plan includes provisions for free pub-
lic transportation, and the merger of public
school, university and Ann Arbor Trans-
portation Authority bus services for effici-
ency and coordination of routes.

Three months ago Col. Frederick Davids left his job
as commander of the Michigan State Police to take up
residence in academia as Director of Safety at the
Sincethat time Davids and his job have remained
mysteries to the students on campus, as Davids is one
of the most anonymous administrators on campus.
Davids explains this easily, however, saying that the last
few months have simply been "a period of getting
acquainted" with his new job.
"I haven't come in with a broom and started swishing
left and right," he says, explaining his relative anonymity.
"change should be orderly."
Davids' new position of safety director was created.
according to director of business operations James
Brinkerhoff, to "consolidate all safety activities on
"Urbanization keeps creeping in on the University."
says Brinkerhoff. "There was an increased need for total

His concerns include physical safety conditions on
campus, particularly fire safety. He is also responsible
for overseeing Sanford Security, a private security service
employed by the University.
It wasoriginally thought that Davids might be in-
volved in identifying students involved in disruptions as
part of his new post.
In a news conference last summer, Davids said, "Pro-
visions of various state legislative acts, plus the Univer-
sity's own rules, necessitate improved investigation and
identification procedures be established at this level."
However, he says his main concerns with identifica-
tions are now in distinguishing students and non-stu-
dents on campus. Referring to the possibility of seeking
out students involved in disruptions, he says, "I didn't
have that in mind. But if serious disruptions occur, it
would be part - of my responsibility to make identifica-
In regard to the use of drugs on campus, Davids says
he is interested in cooperating with the police if necessary.
haven't had a chance to do so, but I wouldn't hesi-


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