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SGC Election Endorsements

EVEN MORE THAN in past years, this
week's Student Government Council
elections have been characterized by an
electorate rendered apathetic by SGC's
apparent ineffectiveness in influencing
University policies.
To a substantial extent, however, Coun-
cil's weakness is inherent in its position
in the University: Devoid of institutional
power over Unversity decisions, Council
has only been influential when it could
bring strong pressure to bear against the
administration and the Regents.
However, Council does retain certain
functions which make it worthy of stu-
dent interest. For example, SGC has con-
trol of an annual budget of about $20,000
and it is responsible for appointing stu-
dents to a variety of committees including
one-the Office of Student Services Policy
Board-which appears to have won some
minimal influence over certain campus
Thus, despite our reservations about the
effectiveness of Council we make the fol-
lowing recommendations:
PAUL TEICH: As SGC administrative
vice president - an appointive position
without vote-Teich has proved himself
efficient and effective in handling a large
amount of the administrative work that
makes Council an active organization. His
strong advocacy of student concerns make
him the top choice for voters in this
week's election.
JEANNE LENZER: Only a freshman,
Lenzer has already gained a great deal
of experience in University politics
LSA Govt.
WITH A FEW exceptions, the caliber of
the candidates for the literary college
student government's executive council
is, we believe, somewhat lacking. All of
the candidates express support for re-
forms which could begin a democratiza-
tion, and an upgrading of undergrad-
uate education at the University. What
clouds these aims is the lack of a thorough
understanding of the common-enough
ideas they espouse, and the absence of a
well-thought-out program for their im-
plementation. However, four of the can-
didates have sufficient merit for favor-
able consideration by literary college stu-
PETE PRAHAR is a junior with a broad
and refreshingly well-reasoned outlook on
the issues confronting the literary col-
lege. Confident and well-spoken, he has
planned an intensive campaign to con-
vince the faculty of the value ofranu n-
lmitedI pass-fail grading system and the
abolition of distributon requirements.
But should discussion prove fruitless, he
shares our belief in the value of such
mass actions as a college-wide strike to
point un the widespread support for a
JAMES BRIDGES is a junior who far
exceeds the other candidates in imagina-
tion, earnestness and a generally well-
thought-out understanding of academic
issues. While we believe some of his views
could go farther toward seeking an un-
grading of literary college education, he
more than makes un for this by his open-
mindedness and willingness to carry-out
the wishes of LSA students.
ED ROBERTS is one of the few candi-
dates to stress the urgency of increased
enrollmentof black students in the liter-
ary college. He has pledged to oversee the
direct fulfillment of the college's black

admissions program. While his lack of
familiarity with certain major academic
issues is unfortunate, this will no doubt
be overshadowed by his value as a know-
ledgeable representative of the college's
black community.
JAMES DTLLON is a freshmmn whose
nrimarv concern is the current ineffec-
tiveness of the LSA student government.
He knows the only way the government
can beeomp a notent force for change is
by achieving leitimacv in the eves of the
students, fPculty members, and admin-
istrators. He rightly believes this will
only be accomnlished when the govern-
ment hecgrs to adopt strong and cogent

through her work in Radical Lesbians.
While many others agree with her on the
important issues that face Council this
year, Lenzer is one of the few who has
definite plans for implementing her ideas
-by doing intensive research on Univer-
sity issues.
MARNIE HEYN: While her immediate
concerns are ending military research
and sexism on campus and implementing
the BAM demands, Heyn believes strong-
ly in keeping Council open to different
kinds of groups, and getting Council's
"resources into many hands." She is en-
rolled in the education school which may
help to give Council a broader base.
ANDRE HUNT: A freshman whose con-
ception of University politics and pro-
cedures is sometimes simplistic, Hunt is,
nonetheless, an enthusiastic person who
can be expected to pursue issues he be-
lieves important with serious dedication.
As a black, Hunt wants to be responsive
to the black student population while
strengthening t h e i r cooperation with
SGC. In 'addition, he has expressed re-
freshing alternatives to the grind that
new students discover when they first
come to the University.
BRIAN SPEARS: Spears sees the im-
portance of Council as a group which has
access to information and the power to
appoint people to various committees in
the University. While he has worked hard
in the past for such activities as the
Teach-In on Repression, it was not al-
together clear that his interest would
hold for Council.
JEFF LEWIN: An enthusiastic candi-
date who was largely responsible for forc-
ing the democratization of Inter-House
Assembly this year, Lewin has expressed
interest in continuing to work on housing
problems. However, he offers little of
substance that would constitute a co-
herent political p r o g r a m for Council
JAY HACK: Hack has been involved in
working against war research and sex-
ism, and for implementation of the BAM
demands. He has ideas for academic re-
form to steer the University toward being
a place where anybody could come and
use its resources for learning.
AL ACKERMAN: While Ackerman, who
was appointed to SGC last month, has
supported Council sponsorship of such
causes as a booklet on University war re-
search produced by SDS, the Ann Arbor
Women's Coalition, and Radical Lesbians,
his political philosophy is that of an old-
fashioned liberal.
PAUL TRAVIS: While Travis is well-
versed on the problems of the University,
it is not clear to us that he wants to work
on Council. He believes Council is useless
except for passing out money and he does
not have a clear conception of how to
organize student support for an issue.
HENRY CLAY: Although we recom-
mended Clay last year because of his
realistic conception of Council's capa-
bilities and his work on minority admis-
sions, his record has shown a lack of
interest to work hard or seriously on
RUSS GARLAND: Garland talks vague-
ly about "finding an issue" and "getting
support" in a way which seemed that he
was more interested in locating issues
than pushing those changes he felt were

JIM KENT: Running as a law-and-
order candidate, Kent criticizes confron-
tation tactics employed by the campus
left while consciously choosing to defend
the existence of the institutions of mas-
sive violence and oppression on campus:
ROTC, University-sponsored military re-
search and job recruiting by imperialist
MARK RUESSMAN: Describing SGC as
unrepresentative and "an infantile left-
wing organization," Ruessman would ap-
parently attempt to shift Council to the
right if he were elected. Asked what he
wants Council to do, Ruessman responds
that what it should not do is more im-

"HEY MAN, do you know anybody that's interested in
copping some really great psilocybin?" asked the
junkie outside P.J.'s restaurant on State Street.
"No, I just spent all my coin on jones (heroin), but
do you know where there's anywhere I could crash to-
night?" replied another dude.
The guy who seemed homeless said that he was from
Toronto, but on closer questioning he admitted that he
wasn't a Canadian, but a New Yorker who split the scene
there when the police got after him.
John, for we shall call him that, said he had been
using heroin for seven years and proudly showed his
arms, which lacked the collapsed veins that typify many
junkies but looked much-punctured none-the-less.
"You gotta know how to use the junk," said John,
"some of these kids who are doing it now are crazy, they
don't keep their points clean, nothing; crazy."
John was proud of his record, never had hepatitis,
never had bad veins and always had plenty of junk.
"'I DEAL, SURE, I had this seven pounds of heroin in
New York and the police arrested me but I escaped." John
"Oh yes?" I inquired.
"Yeah, we had it all worked out, I got away in a
helicopter from the roof of the courtroom," he said,
totally seriously and absolutely dishonestly, with an en-
gaging twinkle in his deep, pained eyes and a nervous
shuffle of his booted feet.
John said that after getting out of New York he went
to Toronto-Toronto is a good place to be a junkie. But
now he's come to Ann Arbor-to sell dope to the kids.
"Heroin is just the farthest out trip there is, these

hallucinogens, acid and shit, keep 'em, they've got nothing
on junk," John explained.
"You only use heroin?"
"Well, I do a bit of methadrine sometimes, but mostly
just heroin. These things like LSD, they poison you,"
said John, clinicly. He seemed deteimined to show his
worldliness to a journalist who seemed to interested in
JOHN WAS IN ANN ARBOR and he needed a fix, his
connection hadn't come through and he was starting to
hurt. As time wore on he became more uncomfortable
and he asked me for some money. He got it, for informa-
tion rendered. "If you come back can I take some pic-
tures of you?"
"Yeah, I should care," said John, happier now that
he could afford a fix, and not especially caring what this
kid newspaper reporter was saying.
He went, and returned. John looked in a mess, he was
no longer high at all and he was starting to suffer from
withdrawal pains, deep stabbing pains inside him, cramps
and nausea, sweat and cold.
We got John to a doctor who gave him methadone
which eased the pain but failed to really satisfy t h e
psychologicaldesire for the heroin. John became quieter
but he looked uneasy, betraying the quiet self-assurancet
that he had displayed so few. hours earlier. I felt more
relaxed with him than before, I was less intimidated by
his total insanity, and more than' ever, longing to help.
"What are you going to do with your life John?" I
"I've done everything, once a junkie, always a junkie.
I could kick if I wanted to, but I dont. When these doc-
tors says that you cant quit heroin they're crazy, anyone
can kick, but why?"
"Why kick, you should try it man."


-Daily-Denny Gainer

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Letters to The Daily

The middle-class
road to revolution
IT SEEMS TO BE the fashion today to talk about students as if they
are one convenient lump of people, all homogeneous in their be-
liefs. This is an opinion nurtured since the first days of student pro-
test. When the strength of the student left began to be realized, the
popular anti-war movement that grew tround it dwarfted the real dif-
ferences among students. It seemed that unity extended beyond an
opposition to the war.
It would be hard for anyone to get that impression now. There is
simply too much division among the young. Students themselves are
puzzled at the strange quiet that pervades their campuses. The radi-
cals are still there, but like the majority of students, they are affected
by this overwhelming sense of apathy. Even the so-called analysts and
experts end up wondering about the cause of this sudden turn. History
may correct this assessment, but to this observer, the reason for our
current state is a "class struggle" unlike the one some put forth. It is
not a struggle between two or more classes, but rather the struggle
within a single "middle" class.
THE AVERAGE STUDENT is the focus of this struggle, due to his
middle-class background.
The children of advantage find it easy to enter universities. The
universities then prepare them for their roles in the middle-class. Their
parents hold high the value of college education because it is something
many of them had been deprived of and, as the new middle-class,
something they w e r e taught to
value. College degree became a~
symbol of middle-class success,
not of learning.}>
And so the young were brain-
washed. Perhaps a majority still
are. But for those who realized,
adjustment was, and is, a diffi-
cult thing. Therein lies the strug-
gle. fr .
As children of affluence, acqui-
sition became less important for ~
them. Ironically, society's compe-
titive materialism had benefited
their parents to the extent that it
became irreversible; it stayed with x<3
their parents when no longer
necessary, widening the cultural'
split between parent and child.
Vote Growing up physically , comfort-
able and aware, both these qua3
ities were present in a way they
Iwrote had not existed before.,_......'rn> '*
A de- S T U D E N T S, generally, are
er was aware - especially compared to past generations. But this awareness
ly why of society has become a penalty for those not permitted to work within
efeat- it. Politics for those without the power to affect society results in poor
d have compromises. To realize the wrongs in society but to be subject to po-
litical compromises exacerbates the already present feeling of alien-
campus ation.
Sheriff So the tension finally became a fight. Instead of compromise, the
ntation young fought-they knew that "withdrawal datelines" and "Vietnam-
S. Uni- zation" were only a comfortable 'way of disguising somthing much
fronta- more unpleasant-the killing of innocent Vietnamese and the destruc-
rin on tion of their homeland because it fit into someone's "domino" theory.
xwho And when students rose to oppose this, a new chapter was written
ar-olds in the inglorious history of intensifying opposition by trying to repress
8-year- and exterminate it. Laws to impinge and subdue only made youth's
.y Har- fervor more intense. The fight became a defiance against the "systen"
onfron- and everything part of it.
lief -
hat the THOUGH IT MIGHT seem that the struggle would heighten as
re state time went on and the causes of discontent affected more youth, as we
Lg-at-18 see this fall, the opposite seems to be the case. The radicalism of
middle-class youth now appears as tokenism.
now is As one would expect, most of the "radical" leaders are the sons
y ton- and
n't ev- daughters of the very things they are fighting. Once they set
i I also themselves against their. parents' ethics, society makes it difficult for
ir feel- them to divorce themselves from their pocketbooks. As Michael Tabor
related of the New York Black Panther 21 said recently:
nizance "I'm afraid there is a lot of us out here who have the political
he vote holy ghost, who all they do is come to rallies aq3d say free so and so,
y please all power to this, all power to that and after it's over, they go home,
light up a stick of marijuana, drink some wine,throw on some Jimi
the In- Hendrix or some other group and just freak on out and just wait for
of get- the next rally."
he pos-
YET THIS STANDS opposed to the determination and life-long
. Ernst dedication a revolutionary must embody if his movement is to succeed.
th Ave. The turn-on turn-off spirit of many young radicals is demonstrative
rbor of a lack of genuine concern for their cause. They are only concerned
when the cause is fun; yet revolutions are not for hedonists.
rmory What is to happen now that the middle class student is too


OSS the other placement services on
campus, such as Engineering and
To the Editor: Business Administration, into line
A copy of the following letter with the progressive stand of the
has been sent to President Flem- OSS Policy Board.
ing: With regard to the second pol-
icy above: we feel that making
AS STUDENTS and alumni of public forums to discuss their ac-
the University, we urge you to tivities mandatory for corpora-
use your influence to support tions, if so requested by one per
University-wide compliance with cent of the student body, affirms
the following policies of the Of- the principle that anyone who uses
fice of the Student Services the facilities of the University
(OSS) Policy Board: should be willing to engage in an
1. The policy stating that no exchange of ideas with members of
profit corporation operating where the University community. Cur-
discrimination is legally enforced rent policy of the University Re-
on the basis of race, color, creed, gents provides corporate recruit-
or sex, for example in So u t h ers with a substantial subsidy for
Africa, should be allowed to use heir activities on campus, with-
the services of the OSS Place- out at any time requiring them to
ment Office. engage in a public exchange of
Wneu-l SsstyO,local ideas with interested faculty and
2. The policy specifying that a students.
corporation which refuses to par-
ticipate in a forum requested by Surely you see the reasonable-
University students will be denied ness and desirability of a policy,
the use of the OSS Placement Of- of requiring public forums, and
fic. will attempt to carry this point
We find the first policy to be of view to the Regents, who we
consistent with the spirit of your understand will have these mat-
statement on non-discrimination ters on their agenda at their Nov.
in job recruitment, as it appears 19-20 meetings. The BMT proposal
in the Employer's Guide: Place- passed by the OSS Policy Board
ment Services. Up to the pre- would help to open new channels
sent, your statement has been lit- of non-violent political persuasion
tle more than rhetoric. Many on campus.
corporations which disavow dis-
crimination, and thus recruit at FINALLY, we would like to em-
this University, practice discrim- phasize that the OSS policies are
ination in fact, for example in not intended to result in denying
South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, students and recruiters the op-
Angola and Mozambique. Not only portunity to interact. To quote
do they operate there, but they from a Nov. 4 memorandum from
bolster those racist governments the office of Vice-President for
by providing critical economic Student Services Knauss, the OSS
capital. policy "does not encompass t h e
denial of University facilities . . .
The OSS POLICY on recruiting, Any company representative can
as recently clarified in response be invited to meet and address

To the Daily:
the letter called "Initiative"
carefully described a plea
getting us out of Vietnam.
leted portion of that lette
my depiction as to exactl
the age-18 voting bill was d
ed - I don't think it shoul
Our young people onc
were tricked, I s a y, by
Harvey into a huge confro:
about a year ago on E. and
versity streets. T h a t con
tion caused so much chag
the part of the older citize
have to be consulted as to e
ing the vote to the 18 ye
that the move to let the 1
olds vote was defetted. I sa
vey did his best to incite c
tations almost beyond be
all with the end result th
young people over the entii
lost out as to t h e votin
What I wish to advocate
that all students avoid an
frontations whatever - do
en get a traffic ticket, and
want them to reassess the
ings as to long hair and:
matters. If it takes a cog
of such problems to get t
at 18, 19, or 20, then I say
bend a tiny bit to get it.
Thus will we succeed int
itiative Petition Methodc
ting out of Vietnam, etc. T
sibilities are wonderful.
-Lewis C
314 S.A5
Ann Ar

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