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March 27, 1971 - Image 14

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student government council

rackham student governr
president and vice-presi

Young Socialist Alliance




alexander b. galvin
penny hudis
vice- president

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Joel silverstein barb goldman jay hack
arlene griffin Laurie ellias
University policy must be determined by the entire university commun-
ity. It cannot be determined solely by a group of eight regents, a body
distant and insensitive to those whom they affect. No longer can the
University exist as an institution immune from the problems of the rest
of society; it must be a bastion for radical and progressive thought
and action.
The sexism found in this society reaches into every facet of its
operation. Although the members of our group have not experienced all
forms of sexist oppression, especially the kind of oppression perpetrated
on the gay community, we can speak as individuals who believe that all
forms of sexist discrimination at this university must be stopped.
The HEW report has been filed. It is essentially a 9-point program
insuring that hiring of women will no longer be discriminatory. The
report recognizes the need for this University to place women on all
vital committees. For the total instructoral staff there is a planned
increase of only 4%. For the total professional and administrative staff,
there will be a decrease of 5%. The report does not make mention of the
discriminatory practices of the University's admissions office. Neither
does it mention discriminatory channeling of women into specific
"domestic-type" fields.
The admission percentage of women at the University had dropped from
39% in 1969, to 36% in 1970. It appears certain that men are preferred
over women in admission qualifications. The admissions office has re-
fused to research this fact.
We propose the creation of a women's studies program allowing uni-
versity and community women to ha-ve the opportunity to take courses which
are relevant to their history and future. This program should be created
and controlled by a committee of women and given the funding necessary
to raise it to the standards. of other recently created area studies
It is time for women of this University to unite together with women
of the Ann Arbor community. The need for joint university-community 24
hour child care centers have been obvious for some time. Yet the
administration places obstacles in the way of establishing such centers
and the regents continually turn down demands placed on them. The
University and the City of Ann Arbor have a responsibility to provide
child care to allow all women to pursue freely whatever career or way of
life they choose. These centers should be jointly funded by the Uni-
versity and the community. They should be structured on a sliding pay
scale based on income. Control of these centers should be delegated to
the parents with a professional staff acting in an advisory capacity.
Not pretending to understand the problems which face the Gay Communi-
ty we hesitate to make demands on their behalf. The University must
cease its blatant discrimination against Gay Liberation Front, Radical
Lesbians, and Revolutionary Lesbians. These groups must be allowed the
right of self-determination without moral judgement on the part of the
University. We propose that they be allowed to use University facilities
in the same way as any other organization. If at any time in the future,
these groups or any others like them wish to have a conference we will
support them, and along with them, stand up against the sexist policies
of this University.
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Betsy henrickson
tom vernier
1. Full implementation of the BAM de-
2. A free 24-hour child-care center
financed by the University and con-
trolled by the University community
3. An end to war research and ROTC on
4. A free birth control and abortion
clinic at the Health Service
5. An end to corporate and defense
recruiting on campus
6. A women's study program
In the name of education and re-
search, the University of Michigan
trains officers and develops weapons
for the U.S. war machine in Southeast
Asia. In the name of academic freedon
and the right to hear, the University
donates its resources to the American
corporations and government institu-
tions that constitute the most oppres-
sive, the most powerful, and the most
feared political force in the world.
In the name of economic necessity, the
University ignores the rights of women
and of blacks and other oppressed na-
tionalities while it refuses to pay
its employees a decent wage.
This situation cannot continue.
The University community must organize
itself around the issues expressed in
the demands above. We must choose
tactics that will allow large numbers
of people to join in activities that
focus mass pressure on the Administra-
tion and the Regents. We must con-
vert this university into an antiwar
university, a black university, a wo-
men's university - an organizing cen-
ter open to the needs of these move-.
ments. SGC CAN SERVE as a coordina-
ting body for struggles arising from
demands like those we have raised.
As SGC members, the task of the YSA
candidates will be to initiate actions
around these demands and related is-
sues with the perspective of invol-
ving the whole campus in the struggle.
We believe that the demands can be
won in no other way. 4


dan fox

bob stout

graduate action p arty
In these times of budget cuts, rising cost, and general
insecurity for graduate students, we regard it as our
primary duty, if elected to the Rackham Student Govern-
ment, to act on behalf of the students in Rackham as- ad-
vocates to those whose decisions vitally affect the wel-
fare of graduate students:
..^ iegcnts, administration, deans, departments, and
state and federal governments.
Jpon election, we will IMMEDIATELY endeavor to:
1. Induce the Administration to recognize that teach-
ing fellows and research assistants are EMPLOYED
by the University and do, in fact, provide essential
academic services;
2. Effect the withdrawal of Vice President Allan Smith's
"Graduate Assistantship. Program," a proposal detri-
mental to the status and employment conditions of
teaching fellows and research assistants;
3. Guarantee the continuance of current in-state tui-
tion privileges and Blue Cross-Blue Shield benefits
for teaching fellows;
4. Prevent the implementation of University-wide res-
trictions on length of graduate employment, a pro-
vision in the Smith proposal which threatens the
principle of departmental autonomy;
5. Establish a committee, which would be composed of
representatives of graduate students, faculty, and
administration, to draft a proposal concerning em-
ployment rights and obligations of graduate student;
this proposal must be submitted in a referendum to
the Rackham student body.
Beyond these immediate concerns, we are committed to
increasing enrollment at the graduate level of women,
blacks, and others who are being denied equal access to
the University; to bring this about, we urge the imple-
mentation of an active recruitment policy and the provi-
sion of adequate financial support.

We would like to point out to graduate
advantages of a paternalistic universit
vitiating effect of intellectual retrez
system of graduate study perpetuates a
myth that equates moderation with diser
ing with study, and apprenticeship wit
do not wish to be shrill, but we have 1
long. We cannot expect to be given ri
fuse to demand, and which we are unwil
We propose the following:
1. To build in the Rackham Student Gov
sive force, /one truly representative
the desires of graduate students, and
steadfast in protecting the rights of
as adults and as citizens.
2. To commission adequate studies on t
tical and emotional status of graduate
ally to include studies of indebtednes
3. To insist that the University take
pends to their preinflationary level;
offer adequate pay, contractual obliga
cess of law in all situations utilizin
graduate students, whether for purpose
of training; and to insist that the Un
its opposition to the right of graduat
cile whether they wish to bargain colle
4. To support an end to the exploitati
as employees, as students, or as the w
to demand an increased focus on the pr
and to support the demands of represen
5. To support an end to the exploitati
and other minority groups, either as e
students; to demand an increased focus
of black people; and to support the de
tative minority groups.
6. To call a national meeting of gradu
order to form a Graduate Student's Bil
to form a national coalition united ag
federal grant programs with insured lc
7. And finally, to encourage through t
open forum, and committee hearings an
ness of graduate student problems, and
unilateral creation of rules, policies
designed to limit graduate student rig
ally oppose the recent proposal of Vi

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