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Races for

Student Government Council

THE PRESIDENCY
Recommended
REBECCA SCHENK and JERRY ROSENBLATT. Recognizing
that student disinterest and distrust in SGC has grown to almost
record proportions during the last year, Schenk and Rosenblatt's
election would prove chiefly valuable in that it might restore stu-
dent interest in the SGC's activities.-The fact that she is a woman
and her running- mate a graduate student would facilitate this,
as it would give representation to previously under-represented
groups on th'e executive level.
Furthermore, through her consistent interest in campus poli-
tics, her experience in the LSA Student Government, and her
efforts as an organizer of the recent people's peace conference,
Schenk has not only gained full knowledge of the mechanism of
University governance on all levels, but has also gained a rapport
with activist student elements far greater than that enjoyed by
any of her opponents.
As she is willing to do the organizational work necessary to
vitalize SGC itself, and as she has the ability to work well with
other activist groups in the community, she is likely to be an
effective leader for the student body as a whole.
Acceptable
MARTY SCOTT and TIBURCIO VASQUEZ. In making one of
the rare attempts by an incumbent president to be re-elected,
Marty Scott says he needs another year.
This we can understand; for in the past year, Scott's per-
formance has been a disappointment for those who see him as
having the potential for being a fine SGC president. While other
SGC executive officers worked long and hard on the important
issues of 1970-71, Scott remained relatively inactive, chairing
SGC meetings, but rarely emerging as a potent political leader
on campus..
It is true, however, that his year as president has made him
well-acquainted with University issues and affairs and has placed
him in a position that, with sufficient determination, he may be
able to accomplish his goals more easily than might a president
with no prior experience.
We believe Scott is sincere- in his desire to make a second
year as SGC president a far greater success than his first year.
Thus, even though his past record casts doubt upon his capa-
bilities, we urge students to indicate him as their second choice
on the ballot.
Unacceptable
BILL THEE and JIM KENT are clearly the most unaccept-
able of the three presidential slates. Consistently, their pronounce-
ments have proven to be simplistic, right wing, and even dishonest.
For example, Thee and Kent say they will reduce dorm rates,
have the University borrow over $30 million for student loans,
revamp University counseling services and put them under stu-
dent control, and expand community programs like Project Out-
reach. Yet SGC has absolutely nothing to do with any of these
programs, and Thee's promises are purely illusory.
In addition, Thee's assertions that he will provide responsible
and representative government are in no way supported by his
record. During his year on Council, he has frequently been absent
from meetings, and has often missed crucial votes by leaving
meetings early. He has represented nothing but his personal
interest in the presidency.
Similarly, in the midst of his complaints about SGC's financial
irresponsibility, Thee has not only spent his own campaign funds
far in excess of the legal limit, but has been dishonest during
SGC's investigation of the matter.
Meanwhile, Thee and Kent remain supporters of ROTC and
military research and opponents of student political activism in
general. On these many grounds, we oppose Thee and Kent's
candidacies.
The panel which interviewed the candidates for SGC president
included: Jim Beattie, Rose Sue Berstein, Anita Crone, Mark Dilien,
Steve Koppman, Robert Kraftowitz, Jonathan Miller, and Geri Sprung.

At-large seats
Recommended
ARLENE GRIFFIN and B A R B A R A
GOLDMAN, are both running on the Peo-
ple's Coalition slate, whose progressive plat-
form recognizes the need for a free, 24-
hour child care center at the University, a
campus food cooperative with substantially
chaper prices, and the establishment of
student-dominated policy boards for each
University vice president. In addition, the
candidates share our view that University
researchers should be barred from engaging
in military projects, and will seek an end
to institutional practices which discrimi-
nate against women. The candidates - are
familiar with both the workings of the Uni-
versity and its administrators, and thus
would be well-equipped to carry out their
platform.
TOM VERNIER, candidate of the Young
Socialist Alliance, places high priority on
seeking a ban on all University activities
which overtly aid the Indochina war.
Equally important, Vernier, a grad stu-
dent has a good understanding of SGC's
capabilities as an organizing center around
issues which concern him. On Council, he
would be representing his own political or-
ganization,' but would, in addition strongly
support many of the programs of the Peo-
ple's Coalition platform.
BILL KANDLER, appointed to Council to
fill a vacancy, has proved himself a thought-
ful, dedicated representative of students.
Also a steward in the union of the Univer-
sity's food service and maintenance em-
ployes, Kandler has sought to involve stu-
dents, workers and members of the com-
munity in issues which mutually affect them
all. Even before he was appointed to SGC,
Kandler demonstrated his commitment to
improving Council's involvement with the
students by editing the SGC newsletter. He
deserves to retain his seat on Council.
REBECCA SCHENK, candidate for SGC
president, is also running for an at-large
seat. If defeated in her presidential bid, she
would still, of course, make an excellent at-
large member.
Acceptable
LOUIS LESSEM is a qualified candidate.
whose abilities have been ably demonstrat-
ed since his recent appointment to fill a
vacant-at-large seat. Appointed this week
to be a member of University Council, the
body which drafts campus-wide con-
duct regulations, Lessem's attempts to re-
present the interests of students on UC
will be enhanced by continued affiliation
with SGC. Armed with a good understand- ,
ing of SGC's problems, Lessem supports
the funding proposal as a method for solv-
ing some of them.

JAY HACK, on the People's Coalition
ticket. has spent two years working with
Council, although his efforts to gain elec-
tion to a seat have proven unsuccessful.
Finally appointed to a vacant seat sev-
eral weeks ago, Hack has since demonstrat-
ed a capability for hard work and for un-
dertaking a thorough examination of
Council's practices.
Often a bit over -zealous he at times can
prove alienating to others. His industrious-
ness and commitment to constructive
change can make him a valuable member
of SGC.
JOEL SILVERSTEIN, running with the
People's Coalition, is a qualified radical
candidate, who seeks to create a part-
time student workers union. 'His extensive
background in radical organizations
would be a benefit to Council.
LAURI ELLIAS, running with the other
four People's Coalition candidates, wants
to use SGC to build a broad, mass-based
left movement on campus to achieve her
goals, one of which is the expansion of
Health Service Facilities to meet the
needs of women. Ellias also is firmly com-
mitted to attaining increased student
rights and input into decision-making.
SHIRLEY NICKOVICH, a member of
the Responsible Alternative' Party, is sin-
cere about her beliefs, although we find
ourselves in disagreement on some points.
However, her exceptional integrity and her
drive makes her an acceptable choice.
Nickovich strongly opposes continued
classified research and has worked
vigorously to that end in the Engi-
neering College on an individual basis. She.
says that "students have enough influence
if they use it," and says SOC shouldn't
"speak" for students- "they're only 17
people." She shies away from an SGC-
backed child-care center because it "would
not benefit the entire community."
Not recomemnded
MIKE McGILL, co-ordinating vice-presi-
dent of Engineering Council, believes his
candidacy offers representation to a large
segment of the University community. While
we agree with that belief and admire his
enthusiasm and spirit, we cannot support
his candidacy because of his political views.
McGill, for example, would retain ROTC
and military research because he considers
them student services.
FRED GORDIN is a concerned student
running as a "moderate leftist," who feels
discrimination against women, ending classi-
fied research, and bettering day-to-day con-
ditions for students, are his major concerns.
However, Gordin appears to be unsure on
methods to achieve his goals, which correct-
ly include improving communication be-
tween SGC and individual faculty members
and administrators.

BETSY HENRICKSON, running for the
Young Socialist Alliance, describes herself
as an "anti-war, women's liberation candi-
date." However, she seems unclear on how
to work toward her goals of ending war re-
search, implementing a child-care center,
and instituting a women's studies program
within the University. At this point she ap-
parently lacks the articulateness and under-
standing of the University to back up her
politics.
Henrickson says that her main reason
for running for SGC is to get out her ideas
as a socialist as to what the University
should be. Although she intends to make
demands to get her ideas implemented, she
is unclear as to how to go about doing so.
Emphasizing that mass actions are the
only ways to get change, Henrickson seems
to lack the leadership and experience ne-
cessary to direct these actions.
BILL JACOBS and JACK WHYTE are
running together on a single ticket as
the Responsible Alternative Party. While
they have individual differences and no en-
compassing mutual platforms, they are
united in denouncing SGC's "irresponsible
spending" and the funding referendum, for
which they claim no adequate plans have
been made. As a group their knowledge of
the University and view of SGC's role seem
somewhat limited.
Jacobs says he supports a child-care cen-
ter and a student food-cooperative, if they
can be achieved reasonably, and ending
classified research. He also emphasizes
"getting the faculty on your side."
Whyte belives that SGC has been "un-
representative" and that unclassified mili-
tary research should be allowed on cam-
pus. He supported the concept of student-
faculty policy boards but seemed confused
about the actual functions of the already
existing Office of Student Services Policy
Board.
BRAD TAYLOR, MARY SCHNELKER,
MI1KE HIGGINS and KAREN HAAS, run-
ning together as the Student Caucus. Oppose
SGC making "moral or political" decisions
for the student body-such as taking posi-
tions on military research and corporate
recruiting, or giving money to political
groups.
They oppose the student government fund-
ing referendum because they feel SGC has
already spent too much money "irresponsi-
bly." As a slate, the Student Caucus candi-
dates are poorly informed about the Uni-
versity.
Although the four disclosed similar be-
liefs and proposed the same purely "stu-
dent service" role for SGC, we feel Taylor
to be clearly the best of the group, because
of his open-mindedness and better acquaint-
ance with the University.
The panel which interviewed candidates for
at-large sea stincluded Rose Sue Berstein,
Dave Chudwin, Steve Koppman, Art Lerner,
Jonathan Miller, and Geri Sprung.

ONE OF THE proper roles of a newspaper is to recommend
those candidates for public office it feels can do the best
job.
The Daily's recommendations for this election were com-
posed by groups of staff members that interviewed the candi-
dates for each of the governing bodies. While the recommenda-
tions were influenced by our own political perspectives, we were
also concerned that student government candidates be equipped
with knowledge of the University, enthusiasm, and clarity of
thought.
We now offer our considered judgment on the candidates,
but if students want their government to be meaningful and
representative, they should inform themselves about the various
candidates and vote for those who would best present their
views.
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THE REFERENDA
CLASSIFIED AND MILITARY RESEARCH
IT IS ESSENTIAL that all students opposed to classified
and military research at the University vote yes on
the two referenda proposing an abolition of such re-
search.
Although the faculty's Senate Assembly recently de-
clined to support an end to classified research, over-
whelming approval of these proposals could help con-
vince Assembly to reverse its decision when it again con-
siders the issue in May.
And if Assembly maintains its unrepresentative de-
cision, passage of the referenda would provide a strong
basis for further student-faculty action on classified and
military research.
In addition, it is the responsibility of all students
with an antipathy for the Indochina war to vote for an
end to University research which makes U.S. soldiers
more efficient killers in that war.
SGC FUNDING PROPOSAL
FOR STUDENT GOVERNMENTS to be effective they
must have adequate financial resources to back, up
their programs. With many school and college govern-
ments depending on discretionary grants from deans,
their impact and autonomy is lessened.
This proposal would allocate $1 per term to college
governments and an additional $.85 to SGC. The college
governments plan to use the added funds for improved
students services, new courses, lecture series and course
evaluations, and other desirable activities.
With the additional funds, SGC hopes to provide
"seed" money for a federally-financed low-cost housing
project, increased legal aid services for students, legis-
lative lobbying and consumer services.
We urge a yes vote on the funding referendum.
PEOPLE'S PEACE TREATY
WE HAVE -LIVED with a hated war in Indochina for
over a decade of Americans advising, fighting and
dying on Asian shores.
One way those of us at the University can express
our dissatisfaction with President Nixon's policies and
U.S. involvement in Vietnam is to support the People's
Peace Treaty.
Negotiated by representatives of the U.S. National
Student Association and groups in South a n d North
Vietnam, the treaty calls for an immediate ceasefire
and total U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. This would be
followed by democratic elections organized by a provis-
ional coalition government.
Although some might feel a People's Peace Treaty to
be an ineffective gesture, we urge students to make a
personal commitment to end the.war by voting yes on
the referendum to ratify the treaty.
-THE SENIOR EDITORS

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LSA Student Government

Rackham Student Government

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THERE IS an unopposed slate running for
president and vice president of the LSA
student government. There are also only ten
candidates running for the s e v e n vacant
seats on the government's council.
When only this many people become can-
didates from a possible 12,000 persons eligi-
ble, something is wrong. Most likely the lack
of interest testifies to the ineffectiveness and
innocuity of this year's government.
Part of the cause of the government's
problem results from this year's executive
officers failure to provide a n y leadership.
This left a vacuum which none of the other
Board for Student
Publications
ALTHOUGH NONE of the candidates for the
Board for Student Publications-is entirely satis-
factory, we suggest that students vote for DONNA
KATZMAN. A literary college sophomore, Katzman
says she will work toward the elimination of adver-
tisements in The Daily that have sexist or racist
overtones. Accepting the board's status as merely
an advisory body to The Daily's editorial staff, she
says she would urge increased democratization of
the newspaper's decision-making process. We feel
she is the best candidate for the post.
RICHARD ROSS, has been connected with
Gargoyle, the University's humor magazine. He
wishes the board to continue subsidizing Gargoyle,
despite the fact that the magazine's inferior qual-
ity has made is a considerable financial loss to
the board over the last few years. Meanwhile, his
lack of knowledge about The Daily, which is by
far the board's major concern, make him unac-
ceptable as candidate.
A literary college junior, BOB SCHWARTZ de-
scribes himself as politically "practical." While
such an attitude might be valuable on a Board

council members filled. -But the government
was also frustrated by the failure of a pro-
posal giving faculty and students parity on
a committee governing the college, the body
was essentially overcome by its own ineffec-
tiveness.
Meetings continued and motions were dis-
cussed, but no action ever materialized from
them. In fact, council members neither both-
ered to go out and discover what issues stu-
dents really were concerned with nor did they
ever really work on them.
Although all this year's candidates recog-
nize these inadequacies in the present coun-
cil, most of them lack the dynamism neces-
sary to bring the LSA student government
out of its present state of inadequacy.
SPEAKING to the candidates competing for
office, one finds there are few political dif-
ferences among them. Most of those running
view council as a body concerned primarily
with academic problems, and oppose spending
much time working on political issues. Tac-
tically, the candidates favor lobbying and
mediation over confrontation.
Although all candidates believe their first
major efforts should be directed toward legit-
imizing the council, no one was able to come
up with a viable clear-cut plan for going
about it.
Thus, although the candidates are for the
most part outstanding only for their medi-
ocrity, Jim Bridges and Rick Ratner, candi-
dates for president and vice president re-
spectively, stand out from the others by vir-
tue of their concern and generally good un-
derstanding of the issues. In addition, their
year of experience on council will provide
them with some expertise necessary to deal
with some of the problems they will face.
Among the candidates for seats on the ex-
ecutive council, Russ Bikoff, '73, Bob Black,

The graduate students seeking election to the Executive
Council of the proposed Rackham Student Government
are, on the whole, an extremely committed group, devoted
to the prompt improvement of graduate students' status
at the University.
Rackham students presently have no authoritative voice
which can represent their interests to the administration
and faculty. As the University budget tightens, graduate
students are fast finding their interests sinking lower on
the University's priorities list.
By virtue of the earnestness and initiative of the pro-
posed candidates we feel that the new Rackham student
government can readily become the graduate student's
voice. We urge every Rackham student to show support of
the candidates' proposed platforms and reforms by ap-
proving the new constitution.
Presidential slates
DAN FOX and BOB STOUT are extremely qualified to
take on the leadership of the new government. Fox, a
graduate student in statistics, and Stout, a psychology
graduate student, are currently active in an ad-hoc com-
mittee involved in increasing economic benefits to teach-
ing fellows and research assistants.
The committee is seeking to continue the current in-
state tuition privileges and Blue Cross-Blue Shield bene-
fits for teaching fellows; to prevent the implementation
of University-wide restrictions on length of time of gradu-
ate employment; and to induce the administration to
recognize teaching fellows and research assistants as em-
ployes and not just students.
ALEXANDER GALVIN and PENNI HUDIS possess
some viable ideas for the new government, including many
of those advocated by Fox and Stout. However, we feel
they lack the forcefulness or direction necessary for lead-
ership roles.

Galvin, who has attended the University only eight
monthst, has too broad a platform and too few concrete
proposals to implement his plans.
Executive Council candidates
DAN FOX would make an outstanding 'council member
for the same reasons we have enumerated above.
JAMES BUNTIN, a member of the Black Student Union,
says that as a council member he will work for better
supportive services for all Rackham students.
Extremely knowledgeable on black student affairs, Bun-
tin, a graduate student in the education school, plans to
help other minority students avoid the administrative prob-
lems he has encountered at the University.

LOIS VERBRUGGE .calls for an improvement in the
economic status of graduate students, saying that stipends
must keep pace with inflation. To implement this proposal,
Verbrugge suggests that the new government build a
strong "graduate lobby," thus increasing the graduate
student's voice in the decision-making process of the ad-
ministration.
MARTHA ARNOLD, a graduate student in social psy-
chology, commits herself to working towards the elimi-
nation of discrimination ;against women dn the graduate
level by thorough examination and research of sex bias.
Arnold is also on the executive council of the ad-hoc
committee seeking to increase economic benefits to gradu-
ate students.
PENNI HUDIS, while lacking a cohesive platform for
the vice presidency, is firmly committeed to increasing
the number of women in Rackham and takes a hard line
on the investigation of sex bias.
She plans to research this area and publicize her results
both locally and nationally in an effort to pressure the
University into taking corrective action.
HARRY POWER, a graduate student in psychology, is
on the executive council of the ad-hoc committee working
on the problem of economic benefits to graduate students.
Power stresses a need for legally binding contracts be-
tween teaching fellows or research assistants and the Uni-
viity' to nrnt o-vr,nate stdentsi inpcpasof cessation

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