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Page Twelve


Sunday, March 28, 1971


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SGC election:

Challenge from

the right

(Continued from Page 1)
research and People's Peace Treaty,
referenda passed. "The referenda
will draw people to the polls who'
would not normally vote in an
SGC election," Teich comments.
"And once these people, who will
generally be left politically, come
to the polls, they will think they
might just as well vote in the elec-
tion. Therefore we expect 2,000 to
3,000 leftists voting and this will
really demoralize the right cam-
paign," he adds.
SGC Executive Vice President
Jerry De Grieck, while acknowl-
edging that the right has been
waging an organized campaign,
contends that the campaigning
done by the left will be just as
Regardless of their politics, most
of the candidates share one feel-
ing - that they should act on
Council less as individuals than
as delegates of the student body
who elected them.
Most of the candidates have in-
dicated that they will not act on
any major matters that come be-

fore SGC without seeking-out a
strong mandate among the ma-
jority of students urging a par-
ticular course of action.
Such caution seems to indicate
that the candidates are hesitant
to initiate any action or programs
on their own which may prove to
be ineffective; they view any ac-
tion which does not have the back-
ing of the majority of students as
useless in the long run, and un-
"It would be unfair to work
wholly on my own political be-
liefs," says one candidate. "And
although I can't entirely throw
them out the window either, for
the most part I must listen to
what the student body says and
act accordingly."
Instead of political issues, the
candidates are stressing student
rights and services, which many of
them say students are more con-
cerned about in the first place.
These rights and services in-
clude such areas as legal aid, low-
cost housing, consumer protection,
I and curriculum reform. Most can-,

didates feel these issues cut across
ideological lines.
But despite the presence of can-
didates from both sides of the
political spectrum, some students
think it will probably not matter
significantly over the year who is
Former SGC President Marty
McLaughlin, for a long time ac-
tively involved in radical politics
at the University, says that there
are certain differences among the
candidates. They will not manifest
themselves, however, "except on
the question of how much money
members will be willing to allocate
to left wing groups to keep them
alive on campus."
Obviously, McLaughlin says, one
of the more liberal candidates will
more readily designate funds to a
leftist group than will one with
conservative tendencies.
"The political value of SGC is
now totally in terms of material
and not direction," he says.
But whatever the future direc-
tion of SGC turns out to be, it
will depend on a large part on the
number of students who turn out

to vote on Tuesday and Wednes- fied and military research resulted
day. in defeat of the proposal.
The rightists have traditionally The presence of similar referen-
been unsuccessful in their bids to da on the upcoming election's bal-
gain seats, since more conserva- lot will probably add to votes for
give students on campus have as a conservatives as well as candi-
rule exhibited little interest in the dates on the left.
elections. And therein lies possibly the most
As a result, the percentage of critical determining factor in this
leftists voting in SGC elections is year's elections-the turnout at
usually greater than the percentage the polls.
of leftists comprising the student If the number of voters on Tues-
body as a whole. day and Wednesday remains tra-
The only time the elections ap- ditionally small, the left will prob-
pear to have interested conserva- ably maintain its control of SGC.
tives in recent years was in March, However, if the first deliberate
1967, when the ballot contained a attempt by the right wing to gain
referendum seeking to abolish seats on SGC, does indeed succeed
classified and military research at in bringing out the vote, then it is
the University. likely the conservative element
At that time, an intensive effort will finally gain a strong foothold
by conservative groups to mobilize in student government at the Uni-
all students not opposed to classi- versity.

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Grads to vote on ratification
of Rackham govt., candidates

(Continued from Page 1) ance benefits and restricting the'
ad-hoc committee f o r m e d last length of graduate student ap-
month to protect the economic pointments.
interests of teaching fellows. In a meeting with the commit-
Many of the Rackham govern- tee, Smith asked GACC to draw
ment candidates h a v e actively up an alternate plan to his pro-
participated in that group and say posal. Harry Power, a graduate
GA has offered no such assistance. student in zoology and candidate
The ad-hoc group-the Gradu- for the new government, says
ate Assistants' Coordinating Com- GACC will present their, new pro-
mittee(GACC)-organized against posal to Smith nextweek.
a proposal by Vice President for 'If the proposed constitution is
Academic Affairs Allan Smith to approved by Rackham students,
standardize the definition of a the new government will auto-
graduate assistant. , matically begin operation, render-
Members of GACC contend that ing GA defunct. The Rackham
Smith's proposal seriously impairs government would also take over,
the economic status of graduate GA's funding, which amounts to
students by cutting needed insur- about $3,000 annually. If the stu-
nside prison walls:
talking with a unkie

dent government funding referen-
dum, also on the SGC ballot, is
approved, the new government
would receive an estimated $20,000
per year.
Differing considerably from GA's
constitution, the Rackham consti-
tution would provide for the direct
participation of the student body
through the procedures of initia-
tive, referral, referendum and re-
Under the GA constitution, only
members can initiate legislation
or constitutional amendments,
while the officials of the govern-
ment are only elected from within
the body.
The Rackham constitution calls
for annual election of its members
and officers. If the constitution is
approved, the Executive Council
will subsequently organize the
Rackham Assembly, the govern-
ment's legislative branch with di-
rect representation from all Rack-
ham departments, and the Rack-
ham Judiciary. The remaining
eight members of the proposed
15-member Executive C o u n c i 1
would be elected next fall.
Law Prof. Alan N. Polasky will
oe among the lecturers this spring
in two seminars on estate plan-
ning and administration.
The seminars, sponsored by the
Institute for Continuing Legal
Education (ICLE) in conjunction
with the Probate and Trust Sec-
tion of the State Bar of Michigan,
will be held May 13-15 at Boyne
Mountain, Mich., and June 4-5
in room 103 of the Wayne State
University Law School in Detroit.


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"I'm clean, so they sure ain't
gonna keep me here on a first of-
fense," he said. "It's just too ex-
pensive for them to keep a guy like
me in jail." He grinned.
The prisoner next to me was be-
ginning to weep, and Roy pointed
to him and said that he was "in a
bad way."
"There's a junkie, man," he
said. "Not me."
Roy and the other prisoner be-
gan talking about the confiscated
drugs that were kept in the base-
ment of the precinct station.
"That's some of the best dope
in the city," Roy said.
"Yeah," said the sick prisoner,
"I sure would like to get my hands
on some of the 'P' they got down
there. I sure would like some of
I looked around the cell that I
was locked in. The floor was lit-
tered with cigarette butts and
matchbooks. The .open toilet in the
corner was dirty and smelled very
bad. Roy called over to me.
"You been in here before?"
"No," I said. "It's the first time
I've been busted."
"Well, you better get ready for
about a three year rest," he said.
"If they caught you with that much
(Continued from Page 7)
29, last interviews for this term will
take place Apr. 15; after that time in-
terviews take place at the school.
APRIL '5: Pontiac, Mi. (Waterford
Twp. Schs.), Detroit, (Catholic Paro-
chial Schs.), Yale, Mi..; APRIL 6: Flint,
Mi. (Bentley P.S.), Atlanta, Ga., Min-
neapolis, Minn., Grosse Ile, Mi.; Pitts-
burgh, Pa., Los Angeles, Cal,, Midland,;
Mi., Dearborn Heights, Mi. (Westwood
Schs.). APRIL 7: Lansing, ML., Wyan-
dotte, Mi.; Warren, Mi., Walled Lake,
Mi., Flint, Mi. (Beecher P.S.). APRIL 8:
Grosse Pointe, Mi., Warren, Mi. (van-
Dyke P.S.)
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weed, you're sure to spend more
than a day in here."
"This isn't much of a place to
call home," I said.
"Well, it sure ain't nothing like
freedom," Roy replied. "When I'm
out I can go down, cop some junk,
drop or shoot, and just feel fine
and high all the time.' In here all
you can do is sweat."
"I thought you said you weren't
a junkie," I said.
"Oh, man, I'm not,'' Roy said.
"My man next to you there, he's a
junkie. Me, I just do it for fun."
It was very apparent that the
prisoner next to me was not having
very much fun.

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