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Page Three

Thursday, September 6, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY





In the spring of 1970, thous-
ands of students effectively shut
down the University with a strike
led by the Black Action Move-
ment. Demanding a 10 per cent
black enrollment by 1973, both
black and white students boy-
cotted classes until the adminis-
tration acceded to their demands.
At a meeting of the Regents in
the spring of 1973, University of-
ficials admitted that the 10 per
cent goal would not be reached
according to schedule. That an-
nouncement as far as one could
tell, produced no significant re-
action in any segment of the Uni-
versity community.
Homecoming 1970 began, as it
always has, with a parade down
State St. - a parade, however,

organized to protest the indict-
ment of 25 people involved in the
Kent State protests. Absent were
many of the traditional floats and
the Michigan Marching Band.
Instead, students from SDS,
and the S t u d e n t Mobilization
Committee, and even a joyous
contingent of Yippies led the pro-
cession with anti-war chants,
leaving visiting alumni shaking
their heads and muttering about
the good old days.
Homecoming 1972 was dedi-
cated to the glorious days of the
1950s. After the parade students
took part in such celebrated bits
of memorabilia as phone-booth
stuffing and a hula-hoop contest.
The main event of the week-
end was a giant sock-hop in the
Union ballroom. Several thous-
and students attended in bobby

socks, leather jackets and greas-
ed - back ducktails. A homecom-
ing "greaser queen" was select-
ed and a good time was had by
* * *
back on these scenes need not be
blessed with great powers of per-
ception to realize that the cam-
pus of 1973 is a far different
place than just three years ago.
Once the focal point of cam-
pus life, politics - particularly
street politics - have seemingly
faded into obscurity. No ma-
jar demonstration in the past
year has drawn a crowd of more
than 300 or 400 people, and the
few rallies that are held look
hopelessly out of place amid the
The Student Government Coun-


cil, a prime mover in the days of
campus activism has also fallen
on hard times. A series of cor-
rupt administrations and mini-
Watergate style election scandals
has virtually destroyed the Coun-
cil's credibility among students.
With the decline of the issues
and institutions that once served
to draw the campus together,
students have moved out in a va-
riety of directions. Some have
turned to religion, some to drugs
but for the vast majority getting
back to more traditional colleg-
iate pursuits seems to be the
has made a major comeback in
the past year. Large crowds
pack the libraries nearly every
night of the week. Interest in

graduate schools - especially
law and medicine - is at an all-
time high, and a series of lec-
tures that brought top name aca-
demics to the campus was
among the most popular activi-
ties of the Winter semester.
Always a big drawing card
at the University, sports had
perhaps its finest year in 1972-
1973 in terms of student interest.
M i c h i g a n passed perennial
champion Ohio State in football
attendance while the Wolverine
cagers booked their largest ad-
vance ticket sale since the days
of Cazzie Russell.
Local bars featuring music
and dancing have also benefit-
ted from the change in campus
mood. Establishments catering
to young people are frequently
See MOOD, Page 11




Daily Photo by TOM GOTTLIEB


lomecoming: Return
to the, greaser days

An angry Ro Nageyslammed
his fist down on a desk in the
Student Government Council
(SGC) office.
"Goddamn it," he shouted. "If
I had ever thought I'd get drag-
ged down in the slime like this,
I never would have gotten in-
volved in SGC."
But Engineering Council Presi-
dent Nagey, whose SGC presiden-
tial bid failed in a problem-
plagued campaign, wasn't the
only one.
For the first time in its his-
tory, SGC had to invalidate its

An unmourned casualty of
changing lifestyles, the tradi-
tional Homecoming has passed
into oblivion at the University.;
And something a bit more crea-
tive - and a little weird - has
taken its place.
Since the last old fashioned
Homecoming in 1969, the fes-
tivities have centered on a basic
slogan or theme. Last year's ac-
tivities celebrated the 1950's
with a nostalgic attempt to re-
capture the era of duck tails and
malt shops.
There was a telephone booth-
crowding contest, a free showing
of a 1950's beach movie starring
Frankie Avalon, a hula hoop con-
test, a touch football game, a
tug of war across the Huron Riv-
er, and even a Homecoming
Homecoming weekend began

with a "sockhop" in the Michi-
gan Union and dancing to "gold-
en oldies." An applause contest
was held for the first annual
"Homecoming Greaser Queen."
The winner, Jennifer McLogan
of Chi Omega sorority, sporte'd a
costume including see-through
blue shirt, black fishnet stockings
and wedgies.
Other contestants tried to re-
rive the image of the 1950's
bobby-soxer, all innocence with
loose flowing skirt, anklets, and
pony tail. Yet the audience
seemed to favor the sleezy greas-
ers instead.
Omega sorority, first runner-up,
and Diane Levick of The Michi-
gan Daily, second runner-up, lost
the coveted title of "Greaser
Queen" and a 1949 Cadillac de-
scribed as "in working order."
In another contest, a Univer-

sity student managed to spin
eight hula hoops around his neck
simultaneously. A 10 - student
team succeeded in cramming
themselves into a phone booth,
walking off with a case of wine
as first prize.
Even the University's March-
ing Band got into the act by per-
forming a tribute to rock and roll
at the Michigan-Minnesota foot-
ball game.
Homecoming for this fall is
still in the planning stages at the
University Activities Centers Ac-
cording to 1972-73 Coordinating
Vice - President Frank Begun,
Homecoming is basically a fall
events weekend.
"The students just aren't up
for a traditional Homecoming,"
he says. "We're still kicking
around ideas for this fall, but I
can promise one thing - it won't
be a 'normal' Homecoming



It is the early fall of 1959.
You are a newly enrolled in-
state freshperson at the Univer-
sity of Michigan, talking with
your roommate from New York
as youwait to go downstairs for
breakfast in one of the newly
built residence halls.
The conversation turns to the
chaotic state of your double
room. "You'd think that the maid
could come in once a week to
clean, like she's supposed to,"
your roommate says. "We're
paying $815 a year to live here,
and you'd think they could at
least provide a maid."
The subject of tuition comes up

when your "roomie" discovers
the tuition bill under a pile Elvis
Presley records.
"Just because I come from
New York, I have to pay $600 a
year to come here, while you
only have to fork over $250.
What a gyp!"'
Despite the difference in tui-
tion, you wonder whether your
summer as a soda jerk in the
neighborhood malt shop would be
able to care of the costs of col-
* * *
IT IS NOW the fall of 1973.
You are a newly enrolled fresh-
person at the University, dis-
cussing the absence of a break-
fast this Sunday morning - and

vith college
every other morning - with your, The cost of a college education,
roommate from Ohio. lilke the price of meat, eggs, and
"We're paying to live in this even marijuana, has skyrocketed
dump, this decaying excuse for a in the past 14 years. The cul-
maximum security prison, also prit, of course is that old bug-
called South Quad," says your aboo, inflation.
roommate, "and the johns some-
times bring back memories of THE VIETNAM-FED monster
raunchy summer camps." that has shot all other prices in-
"And furthermore," adds your to the stratosphere affects the
"roomie," searching for the tui- University, too. Yet the rate of
tion bill amongst the water pipe the increase is approximately
and Alice Cooper records, "I'm the same as that of the overall
paying over $2,200 a year to come cost of living, a fact that ad-
here-what a rip-off." ministrators point to with pride.
You agree, and wonder about ,"The University is still one of
your own in-state tuition rate, the best higher education bar-
now over $700 a year. "Was that gains in the country," says one.
trip to Europe last summer real- And despite what may seem
ly a good idea?" you think. like incredible amounts that have

own March 1973 all-campus elec-
tion due to massive vote fraud.
The voided spring election pro-
vided a fiting end to a year of
unprecedented ineffectiveness and
organizational chaos for the stu-
dent government, which once had
been a vital force in campus
political activism.
Under the administration of
President Bill Jacobs, SGC took
on the appearance of a poorly-
run debating club with negligible
power and swiftly decreasing stu-
dent support.
JACOB'S OWN election in
March, 1972 was clouded w i t h
controversy as numerous charges
of fraud were directed at form-
er SGC Election Director David
Schaper, Election Computer Pro-
grammer John Koza, and Jacobs
While the Central Student Judi-
ciary (CSJ) cleared Jacobs and
the other voting officials of the
charges, CSJ noted in its decis-
ions that "at least some fraud"
had clearly taken plape and that
the new administration should
take steps to insure prevention of
such problems in future elec-
But SGC's problems - electoral
and otherwise - multiplied in the
next few months.
Council's meat co-op, a pro-
ject designed in large part by
Jacobs to provide students with
a cheaper source of food, fell
apart due to financial entangle-
ments and lack of student inter-
Fall 1972 saw the creation of a
to be paid out for tuition and
room and board, these sums
alone do not pay for the entire
cost of your education.
The difference must be made
up by the state of Michigan in
its annual appropriation to the
University. Here is the way that
process works:
Each fall, the University makes
up a budget request to send to
Lansing. It is usually more than
they expect to receive, because
administrators know that a sub-
stantial sum will be knocked of.f
in the budgetary process.
The governor's office takes the
University's request and makes
out a new budgetary recommen-
dation to send to the legislature.
is considered by the state sena-
tors and representatives, and
after hearings and debate, a final
appropriation is decided upon and
sent to the governor.
The final figure is usually smal-
ler than what the University
needs when it considers its bud-
getary allocations. The differ-
ence, then, is usually made up
by the students in the form of
higher tuition.
Of course, not all fees go to-
ward the direct of cost of school
-there are added fees for the
book store, Student Government
council, and the intramural ath-
letic program, among others.
The funding of the athletic pro-
gram has been a sore spot among
students for a considerable
length of time. With your tuition,
for example, you're helping to
pay the cost of a gigantic white
elephant, commonly called Cris-
ler Arena.
THIS MONUMENT to athletic
prowess swallows an enormous
amount of money a year in up-
keep and mortgage payments.
Ironically, because of its high
rental fees, the arena stands
empty much of the year, big as a

rliritri in 'An-nrar and ittet Vnhrnit

permanent SGC legal counsel, a
position which would provide le-
gal services to Council and act
as a students' legal advocate.
BUT JACOBS and his assistants
came under fire with the hur-
ried appointment of Thomas
Bentley, a '72 law grad, at a
salary which law school admin-
istrators said was as much as
$2000 higher than the figure us-
ually paid to someone of Bent-
ley's experience.
And several Council members
raisedrstrongeobjections to th e
manner of Bentley's selection.
In January, Council appointed
Eliot Chikofsky as acting treas-
urer after Schaper had resigned
the post, claiming he needed
more time for his studies. Al-
most immediately Chikofsky com-
plained that Schaper had left
SGC's financial records in a tang-
led and confusing mess.
From February to April, Chik-

ofsky was unable to establish a
figure on Council's assets and
debts. Finally the 10-member
Council voted in April to suspend
SGC's chief role as a sponsorship
organization until a proper ac-
counting could be made.
Meanwhile, there was an elec-
tion. Jacobs and Ken Newbury,
the new elections director, said
nothing would go wrong. New-
bury claimed that a new voting
system involving stickers on stu-
dents' ID cards was "foolproof"
since no one could vote unless
their sticker number matched
up with their ID number.
ed, went wrong.
The voting itself wasn't much
of a problem - except for the
fact that only some 4000 stu-
dents - about 12 per cent of the
campus electorate - bothered to
But after the counting pro-

cess began, it didn't take New-
bury long to discover that at
least 300, and possibly as many
as 1200 ballots were frauds.
"It's as if the whole election
process were one big crap game,"
he declared in frustration, "and
somebody just cracked the sys-
Several days after Newbury's
discovery, Council voted to in-
validate the March election and
ordered an unprecedented second
balloting to take place in pre-
registration lines, at the end of
The new election occurred un-
der the watchful eye of uniform-
ed Sanford security guards, con-
tracted by SGC to prevent further
fraud attempts. Jacobs predicted
high turnouts since "everybody
has to go through registration
BUT ONLY 25 per cent of the
students voted, and the prob-
See STUDENT, Page 11

Daily Photo by TOM GOTTLIEB
Biiarrep, crazy,..
The 'U' art school

Weird, insane, crazy, strange
. . these are only a few of the
adjectives popularly attributed to
students in the University's
School of Architecture and De-
Actually, it's only the art stu-
dents, as opposed to the archi-
tects, who give the school its
reputation for being a zoo.
"A lot of artists see their ac-
tions as part of their art," says
Karen Kohn, a member of the
art school student government
steering committee, "so they
don't get uptight about being
seen as bizarre."
An example of what outsiders
might call bizarreness was an
artistic "happening" last year
called "All Aliens Must Report."
Art students placed posters
around campus ordering all
aliens to report for registration

thought the whole thing was for
real. When she finally figured
out what was going on, she was
less than happy, and left with the
observation that "you people
should be locked up."
Another happening was the bur-
ial of a time capsule under the
new art school under construction
on North Campus. The capsule

a wildly realistic attitude toward
the world. Everyone else is
crazy, not us."
Art students tend to form a
rather closeknit group, due in
large part to their small num-
bers and" the long hours they
spend with each other. There are
approximately 350 undergraduate
art students. Since most of their

"'They (art students) have a wildly real-
istic attitude toward the world. Everyone else
is crazy, not us.'"
--William Lewis
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contained artifacts relevant to the
1970's, and its burial was accom-
panied by long-winded speeches
and other pompous ceremony as

courses are labs, they spend any-
where from 30 to 50 hours a week
in the A & D building.
Sometime in 1974, the A & D

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