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student covernment council
rebecca schenk, jerry rosenblatt
In order to achieve an atmosphere of cooperation and to reach the indivi-
dual and collective needs of different constituencies on this campus,
the polity of community control must be instituted. The community being
defined as those whose lives are directly involved in the policies of
this University. The program outlined below is what we believe will
hasten the achievement of this goal.
1. The success of OSS Policy Board in reorganizing the Office of Student.
Services shows the feasibility of such boards. By extending the same po-
licy to the offices of the other Vice Presidents the decisions of the
University will be in the hands of the University Community. Further-
more, these boards must be recognized by the Regents to have legitimate
2. An end to all classified research with the establishment of a commit-
tee composed of students, academic and non-academic employees which will
review all research proposals. The basic guidelines that will be used
are (a) no classified research, (b) no research which directly or indir-
ectly leads to the death or incapacitation of human beings, (c) no re-
search which would be detrimental to the ecology of the world, and (d) no
research that falls in the category of social control.
3. The lack of representation on SGC of graduate students has led to an
information gap between council and this segment of the University com-
munity. Because of this gap, council has been unable to relate to grad-
uate student's problems. We believe that our presidential slate which
includes a graduate student and an undergraduate, is more fully repre-
sentative of the entire University population. Vice President Smith has
prepared a policy statement to define all questions on the position of
teaching fellow. This statement ignores all aspects of due process, and
prevents any input from the teaching fellows. We join with the teaching
fellows in condemning this document, and call for the establishment of a
strong Teaching Fellows Association to organize to control their lives
and bargain with the University.
4. Students from all the schools on campus are not represented on SGC
and as a result, the views of the entire student body are not heard. We
would like to see a body made up of one representative from each school
together with the SGC president and vice-president to work along with
5. We see the plan of a Committee for a Permanent Judiciary as an excel-
lent example of community cooperation, and as a very good plan for a
University Judiciary. We believe that the Regents should approve it with
no changes. We would find any changes such as majority rather than un-
amity on verdict totally unacceptable.
6. Ratification of the People's Peace Treaty is an excellent way for the
students of the University of Michigan to show solidarity with the anti-
war movement in the USA and Vietnam. Enforcement of thetTreaty can be
achieved by the elimination of research which supports the war effort in
7. We call for an SGC funded commission to study the policies of the Ad-
mission and Financial Aid departments of all the Schools and Colleges to
determine whether there exists policies which are discriminatory to
8. With the additional funds that the funding proposal would provide we
would like to see an expansion of student initiated services in the areas
of: (a) a published university-wide guide to the professors and their
courses based on student questionnaires, (b) a child-care center, (c) a
food co-op, (d) a more extensive and professionalized newsletter of all
SGC activities, (e) hiring a lawyer to defend student rights, such as the
right to attend all regents meetings, and (f) a look into the possibility
of SGC sponsored low-cost housing.
MARTY SCOTT is the current president of
Student GovernmentdCouncil. He is a
junior in the Residential College.
TIBURCIO VASQUEZ is the president of
ChicanosLat Michigan. He is a sopho-
more in LS&A.
After carefully examining the political,
social, and economic aspects of the
University of Michigan and the sur-
rounding community, we consider the
following to be essential priorities
for the Uiversity and for Student
-TheUniversity must completely im-
plement the BAM demands.
-Extensive increases of both facili-
ties and personnel must be made in
the area of supportive services.
-Additional recruiters and money for
recruitment programs must be pro-
vided by tie University.
-There must be an immediate end to
sexual discrimination in hiring,
promotion, and salary of faculty
and staff, in admission of students,
and in dormitory regulations.
-The University must provide low in-
terest loans for abortion and re-
lated areas of birth control.
-A day care center for the children
of staff, faculty,and students must
be established and financed by the
3. RESEARCH, RECRUITING, and ROTC
-Classified and unclassified military
research, military recruiting and
ROTC must be removed from the Uni-
-We oppose the recruiting on campus
by corporations which continue to
support the war, exploit the people
of other countries, or discriminate
in their hiring pratices, either
sexually or racially.
4.. STUDENT DECISION MAKING
-The existing policy boards in the
Office of Student Services must be
-New policy boards should be created
to make many of the other decisions
which affect students.
-Dorm and house policies should be
made by those whom they affect.
-Significant student input must be a
part of budgetary decision making at
5. STUDENT GOVERNMENTS
-SGC should work to increase communi-
cation and cooperation between school
and college student governments..:
-Input should be increasingly solici-
ted by SGC from school and college
student governments when consider-
HOW THE "TRANSFERABLE BALLOT" FOR PRESIDENT WORKS
When more than two candidates are running for one office
there is the possibility of electing a "minority" candi-
date to that office. Also, the voter is often presented
with the dilemna of not wanting to "waste" his vote for
his real first choice, because his second choice (who ma
be perceived of as being stronger than his first choice)
might then lose to the third candidate.
The ideal solution to this problem is to hold a series o
run-off elections--eliminating at each stage the candi-
dates with least support, until one candidate emerges
with a majority of those still voting at some stage of
the run-offs. The practical way to implement this in on
election, without run-offs, is to allow the voter to ex-
press all his preferences on one ballot in the election.
Under the transferrable ballot system for one office, ea
voter may vote "1" for his first choice, "2" for his sec
ond choice, etc. If a candidate receives a majority of
the first choice votes, he is elected. If no candidate
receives this majority, the candidate with fewest first
choice votes is eliminated from consideration, and the
next choices of those voters voting for him are counted.
This process of elimination and redistribution of votes
continues until one candidate receives support from a
majority of the voters still expressing a choice.
Thus, if you favor only one candidate, vote~"1" only for
that candidate. If you favor one candidate, but have a
preference among the other candidates, vote "1" for your
first choice, and "2" for your second choice.
HOW THE "LIMITED VOTE" SYSTEM FOR COUNCIL WORKS
Seven SGC seats will be filled in this election. Under
the Limited Vote System for voting for Council, each
voter may cast 5 (or fewer) votes. The purpose of this
Limited Vote System is to assure minority representation
as well as majority rule in the election of council seat
If each voter had a full 7 votes, a maj
of the electorate could fill all 7 seat!
representation to the choices of other
Of the 11 voting SGC seats, 5 are n(
the Spring, and 6 in the Fall. This sp
y half-year vacancies being filled in add
The all-campus ballot will include a sec
f election of 3 boards.
Candidates for 1 seat on the Board in Cc
collegiate Athletics are Rose Berstein,
e Jim Ledger, Elliot Legow, David F. R. Mi
Lamar Smith, and Roger H. Griffis.
Candidates for the 1 Undergraduate seat
ch Contol of Student Publications are Char]
Katzman, Richard Ross, and Bob Schwartz,
uate Seat: Brian Lang.
Candidates for the 1 dale seat on the Ac
on Recreation, Intramurals,and Club Spc
ter, James Epstein, Roger Griffis. For
Rose Sue Berstein
LSA Student Government will be conductir
tion for its president, vice-president,
current with the all-campus election. (
may vote. For information, contact LSA
ment Elections Director.
There will also be a separate election,
students only, on whether to form a Rac
and to elect president, vice-president
ts. information, contact Rackham Elections I
people's coalition (cont'd)
THE PEOPLE'S PEACE TREATY
The Vietnamese people stress that they are at war
with the American government and not the American people.
To this end, they have negotiated a peoples to peoples
peace treaty. We support this concept inherent in the
People's Peace Treaty-a treaty between peoples. Our
efforts on council will be directed toward enforcing the
Treaty at this University. We will persist in these
efforts until the University's ear involvement ceases,
until the Regents sign the People's Peace Treaty and
offer an affirmative action plan for its implementation.
For years, this University has been active in helping
"contain" native insurgency movements whose only "crimes"
have been their desire for self-determination. It has
sent teams of people into Thailand to study counter-
insurgency techniques and now trains future South Viet-
namese army officers in the ROTC building. It has
developed better patrol craft for the Mekong River and
now has researchers working on "New Agents for Parasitic
Infection" for the U.S. Army. The People's Coalition
considers the classified and military research done at
this University as not in the best interests of either
the University or the world community; it goes against
the grain of history. We propose that such research
and ROTC be ended immediately, that the People's Peace
Treaty be enforced at the University of Michigan. All
students should vote on 30-31 March on the referenda
against classified and tmilitary research and in favor of
the People's Peace Treaty.
The administration of the University of Michigan has
repeatedly refused to give students any significant role
in decision making. The People's Coalition will work
toward establishing policy boards in offices of all
Vice-Presidents to alleviate this problem. They will be
similar to the one now working in the office of Student
Further, we urge the Regents to adopt the proposal of
the Judiciary Committee to replace the Interim Rules
2 which violate the Constitutional rights of students.
Regental criticism of the Judiciary proposal is unfounded
and shows a fear on the part of the RegE
students a representative voice in the
The University must also place studer
admission with full voting privileges.
input is non-existent. Students on admi
assure equitable admissions and enforce
We strongly believe that the Regents
should open their meetings to all studer
in accord with state law. All other Uni
must be opened to students to ensure de(
their lives not be hidden behind closed
versity should accept the dictates of a
referendum on building low cost housing
This housing would be federally funded
immediately accepted by the Regents in 1
We propose that a lawyer be retained
ment Council to protect the interests ai
rights of students against infringement
ORGANIZING PART-TIME STUDENT WORKERS
Wages of students are abysmally low
no benefits. The situation must change
part-time student employees, not just t
time, should be organized into a local
Government Council should take responsi
up this separate bargaining unit and fo
State Labor Board for recognition. Uni
on a sliding scale (one hour's wages/mo
The University has a responsibility,-
Arbor community. Since the existence o
necessitates a community of captive con
cost housing, food and drugs should be
co-op and shuttle services to off-campu
necessary. Joint university-community
should be established to free women in
their own way of life. The night schoo
and improved for the benefit of all peo
Arbor community. 76-GUIDE should be ex
voluntary basis if necessary to insure
for people in this community.