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ip Si$t!c an Baitt
Eighty years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

in the mother country
A final solution for Vietnam
m~arin i2 Iscluuanu




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Editorials printed in The Michioan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.



Who governs grad students?

iary (CSJ) declared Graduate As-
sembly (GA) legally defunct Thursday
night, the end of the controversy over
who actually represents graduate stu-
dents appears to be nowhere in sight.
The CSJ decision seemed to indicate
that the new Rackham Student Gov-
ernment (RSG) would win its battle
for part, if not all, of the money current-
ly channeled to GA. But CSJ did not rule
on this matter, and it is certainly un-
clear whether they could have settled the
question in the first place.
For not only has GA disputed CSJ's
right to make judgments about its legiti-
macy, but the faculty and administration,
by controlling the flow of funds and ap-
pointment powers, may ultimately hold
the key to the whole affair.
All GA funds and assets were frozen
by CSJ, which also forbid GA from mak-
ing committee appointments or taking
any other actions.
CSJ ruled that GA is in violation of
nine points of the Student Government
Council (SGC) criteria for representa-
tive government, and since no represent-
ative of GA appeared at the meeting to
prove "good intent," GA was ordered dis-
In response, the GA Executive Council
has passed a resolution declaring "GA's
independence from any campus organiza-
tion which is not solely concerned with
graduate interests. This will completely
separate GA from SGC." Since CSJ is the
judicial body of SGC, GA denies that it is
under CSJ's jurisdiction.
However, the quarrel is not restricted
to these two groups. The new Rackham
Student Government (RSG), elected two
weeks ago when Rackham students rati-
fied its constitution, claims that it should
receive all funds and assets of GA de-
rived from Rackham students.
In fact, a section in the new constitu-
tion explicitly states just that. RSG is
sending a delegation to auditor of student
organizations Maurice Rinkel to deter-
mine the number of GA's account, and
will also ask GA for the the key to its
office in the graduate school.
THIS BICKERING over money and of-
fice space is seriously dividing GA
Business Staff
JAMES M. STOREY, Business Manager
Advertising Manager Sales Manager
JANET ENGL .. .... ...Personnel Director
JOHN SOMMERS........,.... ..Finance Manager
ANDY GOLDING .. Circulation Manager
Greelew, Fran Hymen, Caryn Miller, Skip Woodward.
Sports Staff
MORT NOVECK, Sports Editor
JIM KEVRA, Executive Sports Editor
RICK CORNFELD ... ...... Associate Sports Editor
TERRI FOUCHEY .....Contributing Sports Editor

and RSG, although efforts have been
made to work out a compromise. Although
all three groups involved in the case claim
to have authority, the question of who
actually has the power is up in the air.
Ironically, therefore, two Administra-
tion groups, the Rackham Executive
Board and SACUA, the highest faculty
body, will probably be left to decide which
group will have the power to make ap-
pointments to faculty and Rackham com-
mittees. SACUA has asked its committee
on Senate Assembly Bylaws to study the
question, and the Rackham Executive
Board will most likely discuss the ques-
tion at its April 14 meeting.
On the faculty's part, however, there
should be no trouble in making a decis-
ion. Since the matter involves strictly
student funds and student organizations,
the faculty should automatically abide by
the will of the students.
The will of the students is clear: in
the recent elections, they ratified a con-
stitution providing for the return of all
funds and assetstderived from Rackham
to RSG. Thus, the faculty should auto-
matically return these funds to RSG.
rTHERE ALSO is a direct precedent to
the present conflict between GA and
RSG. Just last year, the LSA Student
Government's constitution was ratified
and it received funds to begin /operation.
An LSA Assembly also existed at that
time, but it, like GA, was classed as un-
representative and fell before the new
To allow ;faculty and administration
groups to decide the fate of student gov-
ernment and representation would be a
major mistake. However ineffectual and
nonrepresentative it is said to be, stu-
dent government is virtually the only
outlet of student opinion besides demon-
strations on campus issues.
Thus, letting SACUA and the Rackham
Executive Board decide who should have
the power to appoint and to whom the
money and assets should be given would
be setting a dangerous precedent. The
refusal of the Office of Student Services
to involve itself in the matter is highly
commendable, but it should not even be
an avenue open to them.
STUDENTS MUST decide matters con-
cerning government; monies taken
from the students to finance student or-
ganizations must be distributed accord-
ing to the wishes of the student body.
The lack of unity between organiza-
tions purportedly representing graduate
students can only succeed in leaving stu-
dents at the mercy of Administration on
crucial questions including the status of
teaching fellows and hiring of a new
graduate dean.

Letters to The Daily

Cover-up charged
To The Daily:
IN REGARDS to the 3overage
given my beating outside of Hill
Auditorium, I would like to point
out some major objections to the
First of all, I am a member of
the Labor Committee, not the In-
ternational Socialists; the former
group was not even mentioned in
the article. The Labor Committee
was the initiator and co-signer of
the leaflet.
No attempt was made to describe
Jones' role in the Newark t:ach-
ers' strike. No mention was made
of teachers hospitalized in Newark
as a result of just such beatings.
Though the Newark Teachers'
Union is 40 per cent black, though
its leaders are black, though Orie
Chambers the "head of the strike"
is black and an ex-YSA member,
though the union was the first to
come out in opposition to the war
in Indochina, though the union is
experiencing wide community sup-
port as exemplified by the united
labor movement it has been able to
gather around it, Leroi Jones de-
cides to call the strike "racist"
and joins his hands with Mayor
Gibson. the Ford Foundation and
others to break the strike.
The fact that The Daily made no
attemptatotdiscuss the political
implications of my beating, the
fact that the beating took place on
a Tuesday yet The Daily, only under
continued pressure from the Labor
Committee, printedra half-assed
story (Daily, March 20) cn the
back page on that Saturday, the
fact that no mention was made that
I now suffer a broken jaw with
multiple fractures, all of .this can
only lead me to believe that The
Daily wishes to cover up this story,
and to avoid the political issues.
THE ISSUES are Nationalism vs.
Marxism -The Daily has decided
to tacitly support nationalism and
hooliganism by refusing to meet
the issues head-on. By aviding
the issues, the senior editors can
only be called counter-revolution-
ary friends of Agnew-Jones-Nixon
and Co.
-Donald Wirtanen, '72

'Interim' rules
To The Daily:
AS MEMBERS of the LSA Stu-
dent Government, we wish to ex-
press our opposition to the prose-
cution of LSA student John Eus-
tis under the so-called "Interim"
rules. These rules are illegitimate
because they lack the consent of
the governed - that is, the stu-
dents on whom they were impos-
ed. They violate the right to trial
by peers and by a fair and re-
sponsible judiciary - rights rec-
ognized in the proposals of the
Committee on a Permanent Uni-
versity Judiciary and guaranteed
to students by t h e All-Campus
Bill of Rights, including:
-"The right to an independent,
fair and impartial judiciary . . ."
-"The right, in all non-aca-
demic cases, to be originally judg-
ed only by a judiciary drawn from
and responsible to a democratic
constituency to which t h e y be-

-"The right to be governed on-
ly by such non-academic rules as
can be changed bya democratic
constituency to which those gov-
erned belong."
John Eustis is to be tried by a
hearing officer hired by President
Fleming - and Fleming, as an ex
officio member of the Board of
Regents' has a political interest in
the defendant's conviction. It is
likely that- no problem would have
arisen if the Regents had not un-
lawfully excluded people from
their meeting. We condemn the
use of the "Interim" rules and the
purpose of political repression
which they serve. We urge all stu-
dents to attend the hearing and
demonstrate their opposition.
-Russ Bikoff
-Bob Black
-Pete Prahar
Members-at-Large, Ex-
ecutive Council of LSA
Student Government
April 18

MAMMASAN'S NOT in the hooch. Let's go.
Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States
They stepped heavily, forward toward the jeep. Up (clunk) and in
and out onto the cloud of dust. Cut 'er loose, what the hell. A mine's a
mine at 40 or 70. Easy on the bend, dammit.
Fellow Americans .
Jerry's arm caught momentarily on the steering wheel as the
bounding jeep took the hairpin turn on three, no, two wheels. Gotta
watch that or we're junk again. Better oil it up now. Okee doak.
There the troops of the Republic of Vietnam fought
bravely. They brought honor to their country. By their courageous
effort, they have set back by months, the Communists' military
capabilities. They have provided a resounding new demonstration
of the resilience of the Vietnamese army - a vitality which we
have worked hard to foster under the program of Vietnamization
begun in this administration.. .
Four weeks on patrol and what now? Four days in retooling and
the arms still don't work so good. All you really get out of it is the
mammasan, and now she's been bumped off or run off with the vil-
lagers. WHERE'S THE DOPE???
. ..In my campaign for the Presidency, I told you I had a
plan to end the war: Vietnamization was the first phase, and It
was good. Now we must enter a new phase in the struggle. In line
with the Nixon doctrine .
SORRY, PONCHO, all out. The mammasan musta took it when
she skidattled. Base better have a replacement in stock when we get
there. Like to be the stockboy, eh Poncho. What ho! Sun beat down on
sad, dirty highway.
... made America great, and maintained the faith of our
allies around the world in our commitments to them. But we must
do more ...
Light bouncing off dust makes road shimmer 20 yards up. Vil-
lagers up there, in the mist. Nam Villagers. Dope crazed people. Crazy.
Too busy, too stonedcrazyfreakedout to'act like there's a good and prop-
er war going on here. Stop the war I wanna git, (vroonivroom) off.
. ...patriotic Americans, I felt, at first, crushed and insulted
by the charges brought against him, But when I heard of the ver-
diet, handed down, as it was, by a panel of six long-time Army
men, all of them veterans of Vietnam .
THEY CLUNKED out into the dust and whirred up to them. There
were three besides the mammasan - two young men and a girl about
eight. Probably the best guerrilla of the lot, too.,
..we, or,-that is, I should say, my predecessor has involved
us in a war that men cannot fight without sacrificing a morsel, at
least, of the humanity they share with their fellow Americans. The
kind of warfare practiced by the Communists has robbed even the
generation of upright young men we sent to reform them of the...
All right, mammasan, into the jeep. Where is our dope? They
shift uneasily in the baking brilliance, three brown faces. Specks of
dust furious everywhere, colliding amid the awful silence. (Four weeks
on patrols and the mammasan runs away. Maybe this one's her sister.
What the hell.)
... along we have attempted to minimize the ground com-
bat role of American troops and to minimize the danger to them
by relying heavily on protective reaction interdiction combat sup-
port bombing as well as a variety of techniques for eliminating the
ground cover that nurtures the enemy's guerrilla tactics. Now we
can go further.. .
BROWN FACES stared knowingly. What the hell, Poncho. Blitz,
yes, whatduhya say. What else for these theiving scum? You'd think
they didn't know there's a war going on. You'd think they didn't know
we need o1' mammasan to replenish us after our long days on patrol,
replenish us so we can go out there with air vehts high and protect
these lousy scum.y
.. . and now, a new technological breakthrough has made it
possible. Within two months, hundreds of GI-16s will be rolling
off the assembly lines, fully assembled,withi computer nervous sys-
tems, ready for safe, honorable and durable combat duty. We will
even get an 18-month guarantee from the manufacturer . . .
Okee doak, let's get mammasan back to the hooch. They sure went
down funny: no clunking. And all that bleeding - like the ones on
patrol. Guess they don't go back together so easily.
I know there have been expressios over the years of con-
cern that such a mechanization of the war would only further
dehumanize the carnage. And let me say, that I am not one who
believes we should dehumanize our carnage. But the GI-16 solves
that problem completely. Part of their computer programming in-
cludes an emotional and moral fibre and even a set of recallable
experiences similar to that of the average American soldier. So
they're the same, only better: instead of putting them on trial, we
can just dismantle them. Otherwise, they're !just like the real
HEY MAMMASAN. Come here mammasan; Gimme a big kiss on
the air vent, mammasan.

Crime in the Streets


a dministrators:




Editors Note: The following article
reports the progress the University
has made in implementing the
Black Action Movement demands
for increased minority admissions, a
year after the conciusion of the
BAM strike. The article was written
by Charles Kidd, a professor in the
School of Public Health; Gilbert
Maddox, Director of Special Aca-
demic Projects; Dave Wesley, the
chairman of the Black Student Un-
ion; and Frank Yates, the edirector
of the Coalition for the Use of
Learning Skills, and Acting Director
of the Center for Afro-American
and African Studies.
THE REACTION of the Univer-
sity to meet the demands
from the Black Community has
been one of deception rather than
a genuine effort to bring about
substantial change.
One administrative trick after
another represents a calculated
attempt to fool Blacks, other
non-whites, and certain white
people into thinking that great
progress is being made.
These tricks seem to fall into
the following patterns:
Hiring Black administrators
supposedly to carry out programs
to benefit the Black students and
giving them no power at all (i.e.
budget, programs, priorities,
staffing and monitoring control)

different parts of the cparations,
such as the Opportunity Pro-
gram, are put into different ad-
ministrative boxes until finally
the program as an entity does not
exist any longer. This clever
manipulation is another insult to
the intelligence of this commu-
ity, especially the so-called mi-
norities, who are supported by the
programs. Anyone of average ir-
telligence knows that an organi-
zation is more than just Lhe sum
of its parts. The University cer-
tainly could not exercise the
necessary amoust of control if
each of its main functions were
controlled by a different outside
Another version of this same
trick is being carried out with
regards to the status of the Cen,
ter for Afro-American and Afri-
can Studies (CAAAS). For xam-
ple, the College of Literature,
Science, and Arts and the Cen-
tral Administration (that is Vice
President Allen Smith, President
Fleming, Vice President Pic-r-
pont, and other members of the
Executive Committee) are un-
willing to allow the Center to re-
tain the ability to hire staff of
the rank of assistant professor or
above with appointment in the
CAAAS unless these people tiave
appointment in otter University
departments. Isit not obvious

prospective CAAAS staff to
somehow obtain joint ppoinV-
ments from other departments
!Many of which are not makihig
any effort to increase their own
percentage of BlacK taculty
FOLLOWING is Ma itemizod
and detailed report of the admin-
istration's efforts to prevent any
substantial progrc'.,s toward im-
proving conditions for Black,
Chicano and other non-wnite
people attending, involved with,
or affected by the University :>f
Michigan. It is clear that he re-
action of the CenIral Adminis-

have indicated that the constitu-
tion adopted by the staff of the
Center is "not acceptable".
" Appointments: The College
of L.S.&A. is refusing jo allow
the Center to retain their power
to have staff members at the
level of assistant professor and
above appointed in Afro-Ameri-
can and African Studies without
joint appointments in some other
departments. In effect, the cen-
tral University Administration
and the College of L.S.&A. are
trying to prevent the Center from
having any high level staff that
functions solely in behalf of the
Center. If the policy desired by

of the original Center propos i
and the proposed constitution.
Both of these documents speci-
fied this.
O Governing: The Central Ad-
ministration, in rejecting the Cen-
ter's proposed constitution in ef-
fect denied the Center the au-
thority to have an Executive
Board elected by its own staff. It
is the Administration's desire to
hinder the development and pro-
gress of the Center by hand pick-
ing and hand cuffing the Execu-
tive Board of the Center. Allow-
ing the Center little or no auto-
nomy fits neatly into the Admin-
istration's pattern of deceit and
control. The issue is power and
authority not responsibility.
O Directorship,: The Center
has proposed that the position of,
Director of the Center be filled in
such a way as to allow maximal
input from the Center staff and
Executive Committee. The Cen-
ter has proposed that a Search
Committee appointed by the Ex-
ecutive Committee to screen can-
didates and make their recom-
mendation to the Dean. As it
stands now the Administration
would have the Dean indiscrimi-
nately pick a director from a list
of candidates thus once again
robbing the Center of any degree
of autonomy or influence in di-

tunity. Award Program falls. The
Director of this office is curfent-
ly unaware of his future responsi-
bilities. The Opportunity Awards
Program is at the present time
the single most important finan-
cial aids program for Blaick Stu-
dents. The major problems of this
program are as follows:
" The Director of Special Aca-
demic Projects is given the re-
sponsibility for co-ordination ac-
tivities of the various schools
relative to recruitment, sup-
portive services, financial aids,
etc., but is not given the power
to 1) allocate funds for activities,
2) establish priorities, 3) moni-
tor and evaluate programs, 4)
gather essential data from the
various schools and colleges, 5'
review research and publications
of the University about Opportun-
ity students, 6) select Opportunity
Program staff and other staff
employed through Opportunity
Award funding.
* The Opportunity Pnogram
Committee has advisory power
only. This Committee is com-
posed of faculty selected by the
Faculty Senate, "students select-
ed by students, government altd
administrators representing Ad-
missions, Financial Aids, Coon-
seling Service and the Graduate
School. It may offer recommen-

"The fundamental issue is power and author-
ity and not simply responsibility. The fact is that
Black administrators who are in positions to
understand and direct programs which speak
to the needs of Black students are never given
the power and authority to effect change."


tration requires (hat their only
intention is to deceive and not
make changes. You nmust read
the following document care-
fully. We do not expec; the ad-

the University administration is
put into effect, the future of the
Center's staffing is at the mercy
of the various departments.
Since the University adminis-

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