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SGC: Beyond frivolity

THE ACTION by Student Government
Council Thursday night to reorganize
itself into three standing committees ap-
pears to be a credible attempt to make
the Council more efficient in the face of
its expanded membership.
The three staniding committees, Rules
and Resolutions, Finance, and Appropria-
tions would act on legislation before it
could be considered by the whole Coun-
cil, hopefully providing a weeding-out
The Council president would refer pro-
posed legislation to the various commit-
tees, while the entire Council could vote
to bypass committee action if it felt the
Because of this possibility of avoiding
committee consideration of various pro-
posals, it will depend on the actions of
the Council members whether or not the
frivolous motions that plague SGC every
week will be dispensed with quickly or
will continue to take up massive amounts
of Council time.
UOR EXAMPLE, Council member Pat-
rick Heller provided some of the
more important motions at last Thurs-
day's meeting: Whereas: All elected
SGC members are criminals, by the very
fact of their being elected SGC members,
and Whereas: SGC appoints personnel to
aid it in its criminal activities and there-
Editorial Staff
Co-Editors in Chief
DIANE LEVICK ...................... Arts Editor
MARTIN PORTER ........ .....Sunday Editor
MARILYN RILEY .. Associate Managing Editor
ZACHARY SCHILLER ............Editorial Director
ERIC SCHOCH.....................Editorial Director
TONY SCHWARTZ..............Sunday Editor
.CHARLES STEIN ..... ............... ....City Editor
TED STEIN .. E....... xecutive Editor
ROLFE TESSEM . ,. ..........Managing Editor
STAFF WRITRS: Prakash Aswani, Gordon Atcheson,
Dan Biddle, Penny Blank, Dan Blugerman, Howard
Brick, Dave Burhenn, Bonnie Carnes, Charles Cole-
man, Mike Duweck, Tea Evanoff, Deborah Good,
William Heenan, Cindy Hill, Jack Krost, Jean Love-
Josephine Marcotty, Cheryl Pilate, Judy Ruskin,
Ann Rauma, Bob Seidenstein, Stephen Selbst Jeff
Sorensen, Sue z.rephenson, David Stoll, Rebecca
DArLY WEATHER BUREAU: William Marino and
Dennis Dismacnek (forecasters)
Business Stff
Business Manager
RAY CATALINO......s..sn. .Operations Manager
SHERRY CASTLE....... ....Advertising Manager
SANDY FIENBERG......... ........ Finatoce Manaer
DAVE BURLESON .... Sales Manager
DEPT. MGRS.: Steve LeMire, Jane Dunning, Paula
ASSOC. MGRS.: Joan Ades. Chanta Bancilhon, Linda
Ross, Mark Sanc-ainte, Su a n n e Tiberio, Kevin
ASST. MGRS.: Marlene Katz, Bill Nealon
STAFF: Sue DeSmet, Laurie Gross, Debbie Novess,
Carol Petok, Mimi Bar-on
SALESPEOPLE: W e n d i Pohs, Tom Kettinger, Eric
Phillips, P e t e r Anders, R o b e r t Fischer, Paula
Schwach, Jack Mazzara, John Anderson
Sports Staff
Sports Editor
Managing Sports Editor
BOB McGINN ............... Executive Sports Edtor
CHUCK BLOOM................Associate Sports Editor
JOEL GREER.................Associate Sports Editor
RICH STUCK Contributing Sports Editor
BOB HEUER ...Contributing Sports Editor

fore all appointed SGC personnel are
guilty of conspiracy in these criminal ac-
tivities, Move: That all appointed SGC
personnel be immediately dismissed.
In a longer proposal, with 16 whereas'
asserting the various legal bases of his
right to free expression and alleging that
council member Marcia Fishman tore
down a "Smash SGC" poster he had post-
ed in the Homer Heath Lounge, the hon-
orable Mr. Heller moved that the "First
Annual Adolf Hitler-Joseph Stalin Total-
itarian Award for Success in Depriving
Other Human Beings of Their Human
Rights" be awarded to Fishman, and
that she be asked to resign from SGC.
proposal put forth by David Lambert,
could possibly put an end to continual
consideration by the entire council of
such magnificent proposals as those not-
ed above. It is, however, entirely up to the
FOR SOME TIME now, this newspaper
has called for the impeachment and
conviction of President Nixon.
The latest twists and turns in the
Watergate have, far from bolstering Nix-
'on's position, merely added hilarity to the
scenario. What' more could be said about
the testimony of Presidential secretary
Rose Mary Woods that parts of the Wat-
ergate tapes are inaudible because they
are obscured by the sound of dishes be-
ing picked up, the President whistling
or putting his feet up on his desk, or his
guests shuffling their feet?
O b v i o u s 1 y, impeachment proceed-
ings must go on.
The best way to ensure the continua-
tion of attempts to remove Nixon from
office is the organization and demonstra-
tion of mass opinion in favor of his im-
peachment. Today's state-wide rally on
the capitol steps in Lansing, beginning at
2 p.m., represents one good opportunity
of what we hope will be many to show
support for impeachment.
LOCALLY, THE impeach Nixon Com-
mittee has been working in conjunc-
tion with other groups to set up events
during national Impeach Nixon Week,
which begins today. A large turnout at
'Friday's 7:30 p.m. town meeting in Rack-
ham Auditorium, to which Rep. Marvin
Esch has been invited but which he has
thus far refused to attend, is one con-
tribution the city can make for the na-
tional impeachment effort.
News: Dan Biddle, Jo Marcotty, G e n e
Robinson, Ted Stein, Paul Terwilliger
Editorial Page: Zoch Schiller, Eric Schoch
Arts Page: Sara Rimer
Photo Technician: Karen Kasmuski

To The Daily:
IN HER RECENT letter to the
Daily, Cheryl Plavnick thanked the
University Health Service for tak-
ing care of her during her recup-
eration from an operation at Uni-
versityrHospital, after the Hos-
pital refused to admit her. Dur-
ing her years as a student, she
was "frequently frustrated and an-
gered by the type of treatment I
'eceived in the Medical Clinic."
and "on the basis of my years of
experience with Health Service,
I was rather reluctant" to seek
help there. Finally, she went to
Health Service, feeling she had no
"viable alternative." Much to her
surprise, the treatment she re-
ceived in the Infirmary was 'friend-
ly, sensitive and competent. '
There are many students at Uni-
versity who share what- was
Cheryl's initial reluctance to sek
medical care at Health Services.
There are many more people, in
and out of the University, w h o
have dire tales to tell about Uni-
versity Hosoital or St. Joseph Mer-
cy Hospital. Many patients have
been as shocked, hurt, and con-
fused as Cheryl Plavnick was,
when, after a "painful operation,"
which "emotionally drained" her,
she was refused admittance to
University Hospital.
Literally scores of patients each
day have felt exactly like Cheryl
about the inhumanity of health
caretattboth of the local hosni-ils.
In her own words: "I grew in-
creasingly appalled by what seem-
ed to be total insensitivity of these
people to the physical and emo-
tional needs of a patient."
Until now, there has been no
place a patient could turn to
voicehhis her complaints about the
health care system. The h i a I t h
system has been virtually 'nassail-
able except through the cost:; or-
deal of a malpractice suit. Most
people who have been abused by
the health care system have been
forced to endure their plight in
isolated agony. But now, there is
Medical Mediators, a project of 'he
Free People's Clinic. Medical Med-
iators is a health consumers' ad-
vocacy service, operating Menda{v
through Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.
at 761-5079.
Medical Mediators has tw> pur-
poses: first, to act on individual
complaints, and, where possible,
to use our knowledge of and con-
tacts within the local health care
system to obtain satisfacton for
patients; second, to compile a set
of statistics, and analyze the Health
care system' from the consumera
point of view taking whateve: ac-
tion is necessary to correct situa
tions that patients feel are abu-
sive of them.
Medical Mediators nee'ds con-
sumer input. If you have any cor-e

plaints about the care you have
received locally, or zhe manner
in which, you were treated at any
local health care facil:ty, call
Medical Mediators.
-Michael Castleman
for Medical Mediator
Nov. 4
To The Daily:
. IN RESPONSE to the recent for-
um sponsored by the Afro-Asian
Latin American Peoples Solidarity
Forum, we join with the Organiza-
tion of Arab Students spokesper-
sons in condemning the tactic cf
excluding Zionists from the "Mass
Democratic Meeting" on Nov. 1.
Excluding from the meeting those
who disagree cuts across the po-
tential for swaying those who have
not yet made up their minds on
the Mideast.
In a recent Gallup Poll, 22 per
cent of those interviewed backed
neither side and 25 per cent voic-
ed no opinion at all about the war.
Our major task at this point should
be one of educating people about
the role of the U.S. and Israel in
suppression of the Arab revolution.
To effectively do this we must
build a base to educate as many
people as possible, something which
cannot be done by following the
current policies of, the Afro-Asian
Latin American People's Solidarity
-Marty Pettit and
Art Walters
Nov. 2
To The Daily:
THIS IS TO inform students that
Meijer Thrifty Acres has chang-
ed its policy and will not accept
checks if your identification is an
out-of-state drivers license, even if
it is a local bank check. I found
this out the hard way and was
told I would have to put my gra-
:eries back because I didn't have
a Michigan Driver's license or a
Meijer Card. Only the kindness of
the man behind me in line who paid
for my groceries and accepted a
check saved me from total humilia-
It seems to me that since virt-
ually the only people who can
Spend considerable time in Mi.:h-
igan and are not required to change
to a Michigan license ark students,
this is a subtle form of discrimina-
ion. Although Icould then have
filled out an application for a
Meijer Card, the unwillingness of
the management to accent other
forms of identification including a
University ID or to accommodate

me in any manner this one tine
indicated that Meijers did nit a't
my business, and I will never shop
there again. I hope others can
avoid the hassle I had..
-Carol Center, Grad.
Nov. 1
wrong union
To The Daily:
I HAVE BEEN following your
accounts on the fight of Farrah
Company employees for unioniza-
tion with great interest. I feel that
the women who have been travel-
ing and lecturing all over the coun-
try to inform the public about the
plight of Farrahhworkers, andnthe
students who have spent many
hours of picketing local stores are
expending much effort on a worth-
less cause. For their cause is to
coerce Farrah to recognize the
Amalgamated Clothing Workers
The Chicanas have very little to
gain by associating with this union
and have much to lose - they must
pay relatively high initiation fees
and union dues.
I worked for a department store
covered by ACWU. Workers are
hired at $1.60 per hour. After 90
days they join the union and their
wage rate is raised to $1.80 per
hour. During the firsteyear, sched-
uled automatic raises are su-p-
posed to be incremented, but in
fact, these raises are anything
but automatic. The management
kept making.promises and excuses,
but the raises never showed up on
the paycheck. The union is power-
less to change the situation.
After 6 months, I ti. l a griev-
ance with the union. I complaine.1
about not getting my automatic
raises, not being able to take the
required 15 minute breaks and in-
voluntary overtime, besides poor
working conditions. The solution
was to place me on a lower level
job. The management claimed I
was not being demoted because
my wage rate would remain the
same. But I was alreadv making
the union minimum of $1.80 per
There is a union hospitalizatio
plan, but it is difficult to utilize
it. It only covers acciders which
happen on the job. A claimant
mustgo through a tedious process
in order to collect anything. But
many are discouraged by this diffi-
culty and drop the claim.
After one year of pleading, I
finally got my "automatic" raises.
However, at the same time my
hours were drastically reduced
which more than compensated for
the increase in pay. I was told that

management had to cut back, a.id
since I had less seniority than olin-
ers, I was the first to feel the axe.
For the privilege of jonn the
ACWU, one must pay $15 initiation
and $6 per month union dues. It
does not matter whether you work
4 or 40 hours per week: the rate
is the same. This is quite a large
percentage of our small paychecks,
especially considering the benefits
we attained.

paragraph ics
BO SCHEMBECHLER isn't the only one coaching the Michigan foot-
ball team. At least one of the blue-and-gold players goes out on the
field every Saturday with a more substantial motivation than the urge
to kill the opposition's key player. Chuck Heater, the junior tailback
from the thriving metropolis of Tiffin, Ohio, takes his football signals
from his coach and his life signals from his faith.
"My religion is a relationship with a living God," explains Heater.
"And it has to be practical. It has to meet my daily needs. Football
is a part of me; I enjoy it and I love it. But it's deeper than that. It's
my way to expressing my religious convictions. I believe my talents are
God-given, so I'm not playing for self glory. But whatever fame I
have gives me power - more people listen to me. Now, while my name
is, known, I try to talk to church groups and gatherings. Football
is the key to my being able to share what I believe to be the truth."
Heater is not the sole Wolverine to hold a strong belief in God,
"There is an active group internally in the football team," said Heater.
"There are about twenty of us involved in Bible study. My roommote,
Jeff Spahn, and I lead one study group. Not everyone on the team
agrees with us, but most of them respect us. The team has good
internal relationships and I think that has a lot to do with the
team's success."
The heavenly hosts may not be directly responsible for a 40-yard
run, nor is a fumble attributed to an unconfessed sin. But religion is a
very real influence on Heater's game. "When I prepare mentally for
a game, prayer is a big part," said Heater. "I don't pray to be success-
ful so I can get my name in the papers. I just pray for confidence
to do what I know I can do."
What the temporal future holds for Heater is uncertain. "I'm not
sure what I'm going to do with my life, except that whatever I do
will be a direct result of my relationship with God. I'm not going to be
playing football all my life."
The cartoon image of a football player as a walking muscle with
a number on his back and with a shoe size larger than his IQ doesn't
fit Chuck Heater. He speaks with assurance, emphasizing the 'import-
ance of his religion in everything he does. "I share my belief all the
time," stresses Heater. "I'm sensitive to people and opportunities and
I spend a lot of time doing conversions.
"If someone discovers a cure for cancer he's not going to keep
it to himself. I have an obligation to share my discovery of the. cure
for life. But you won't find me shouting on a street corner."
"There isn't the emptiness and the hole in my life that was once
there, asking 'What's it all about?'," continues Heater. "I have a
purpose in life.
"Not many others here can say that. The University of Michigan
is one of the top intellectual centers, and a lot of kids come here
trying to find answers intellectually. They say they find the answers to
life when they're really just as empty and seaching as everyone else.
"People are going to be here for years, and psychologists are going
to continue to present their theories, but most of them will die empty,"
said Heater sadly. He looks up and smiles.
"As a 21-year old person, I feel I have the answer. I krn'w where
I'm going."

The people expending so much
energy to unionize workers might
first look into finding i stronger
union to represent them, perhaps
the ILGWU. In fact, I am sur-
prised that Farrah is not anxious
to bargain with ACWU. It is a sit-
uation similar to the farm corpora-
tions dealing with the Teamsters.
-Kayleen Saucier
November 2



Luchino Visconti
New Morning/Friends of Newsreel
Sat., Sun., 7, 9:30
There's nothing likerthree rela-
tively tolerable films from one of
Italy's better directors to brighten
-up an otherwise dismal, cold, and
snowy Ann Arbor weekend.
Fine acting, fine direction, and
a top quality Nino Rota music
score combine to make up Rocco
and his Brothers, a long b u t
thoroughly watchable saga that re-
minds one of the American novel/
film Grapes of Wrath. Visconti
paints here a sordid image of Pn
Italian peasant family's unsucces-
sful transition after a move from
the fields of Luciano to Italy's
industrial hub, Milan.
Excellent color photography by
R. G. Aldo and Robert Krasker
'highlights Visconti's 1954 Senso,
an epic version of Italy's struggle
from Austrian rule that all wo
often falls flat on its history book.
The cast is well .above par, yet
the picture still comes off as little
more than a celluloid soap opera.
The Damned is another soaper
tale, but here the poor dialogue
and plot is overcome by magnif-
icent acting and mature, keenly
developed direction. Visconti care-
fully details the deterioration o& a
powerful German family modeled
after the Krupps, the von Essecks,
during the first years of Hitler's
rule. Although candid and blant
in all directions - Demned receiv-

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ed an X rating when first releas-
ed - it is a masterful dramatic
study of corruption, and is most
definitely this festival's best Vis-
conti work.
John Ford Festival
Cinema Guild, Arch. Aud.
Sat., Sun., 7, 9:05
John Ford was one of the all-
time greats. Two excellent Ford
films, classic westerns, are bring
screened this weekend and are not
to be overlooked.
The Searchers (1956) is a sus-
penseful six-gun shocker. J o h n
Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter are on
the trail of a long-since kidnapped
Natalie Wood, who plays her part
beautifully. The talented cast and,
flawless script combine to give this
picture style and grace.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Val-
ence (1962) also stars Wayne and
also the brilliant Jimmy Stewart in
a tale of a small-town mayor who
shoots a big outlaw and becomes
notoriously famous. The evil Lee
Marvin makes the most of a meag-
er part here. This film may be a
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** *
Harold and Maud
UAC-Mediatrics, Nat. Sci. Aud.
Sat., 7, 9:30
Harold and Maud is possibly the
funniest movie ever made on tne
subject of death. Harold (B u d
Court) is a 16 year old with a
bizarre preoccupation with death.
To gain his socialite mother's at-
tention he commits suicide suc-
cessfully and ingeniously - a n d
frequently. He is a boy with nine
lives, one of which he devotes to
a beautiful person - eighty year
old Maud (Ruth Gordon).
Yes, you'll die laughing at Har-
old and Maud's macabre antics
(they adore funerals). But be sensi-
tive to the .light they shed on life:
Companionship is a paramount
necessity; Laugh is the face of
death; And, oh yes, life . is the
only thing worth living.
* *
Dinner at Eight
Cinema II, Aud. A
Sat., 7, 9
Old lavish Hollywood movies are
an acquired taste, especially full-
sized rather than on the L a t e
Late Show with hemorroid creams
and used- car salesmen. Yet the
French auteur theorists have tak-
en them seriously for years, and
that isas gooda reason asany
to go see Dinner at Eight this
Director George Cukor made .his
film in 1933, and its muted critic-
ism of the life of the rich draws
its cynicism from the Depression.
But the story is not the paramount
thing, as usual. More st.iking is
the lush decor stressing platinum
whites and soft blacks, and Jean
Harlow slinking around the screen
with John and Lionel Barrymore.
I liked it on TV; maybe its even
better without the conmercials.
Cinema II, Aud. A
Sun _ 7. 9

The annoying masculinity in De-
liverance can sometimes make this
film almost a parody -n testicle
size. But as usual an electrifying
performance by Jon Voigt and the
typical Burt Reynolds gum-chew.
ing wit soar this picture to great
heights never achieved by the book.
The action scenes are all first-rate,
splendidly handled by British di-
rector John Boorman - it is only
the film's nagging philisophy that
begins to wear in the end. Watch
for Ned Beatty and- Ronny Cox in
good supporting roles. This pic-
ture at least has a vibrant kirJ
of spirit underlying it, and this
force puts it a shade above your
usual action-packed adventure
The New Land
Campus Theatre
The Emigrants brought Karl and
Kristina Nilsson from Sweden to
Minnesota in 1850, The New Latmd
continues their story. If you saw
The Emigrants, The New Land is
a must. If you missed The Emri-
grants, see The New Land anyway.
Director Jan Troell's style, quick
cuts and blackouts, is like a series
of recollections, and makes t h e
story go along without false build-
up or emphasis. He is immesurably
aided by excellent p h o t o -
graphy and the performances of
Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman
(what was she doing in Lost Hori-
The movie is wonderful when
it focuses on Karl and Kristina,
slightly less so when it wanders
to Karl's brother or a Sioux upris-
ing. But the few faults are more
than compensatd for by the vir-
tues. The story may not be very
new, but it is told beautifully. I'm
sure The New Land will disap-
point no one.

Also . ..
The State presents Charley Var-
ricl .
Bursley Hall Enterprises p r e-
sents The Effects of Gamma Rays
on Man-In-The-Moon Marigold- .n
Bursley Hall West, Cafeteria at 9.
F.h Forum features Le Se
h i l
7:30 56 Masterpiece Theatre: Duke of
Denver is on trial for mur-
der in conclusion of "Clouds
of Witness."
8 00 2 All in the Family: Archie has
qualms about Edith's new
friend, a Catholic nun.
8:30 7 Movie: "Death Race," sus-
pense about WWII duel be-
twe damaged American plane
and solitary German tank in
North African desert with
-Lloyd Bridges.-
50 Wacky World of Jonathan
Winters: Guests Bill Cosby,
Latin singer Charo, Goiddig-
56 Hollywood Television Thea-
tre: Keir Dullea in "Mont.
serrat," drama of political
terror during Spanish occu-
nation of Venezuela in 112.
4 Movie: "Buck and the
Preacher," an offbeat adven-
~ ture about black pioneers in
Civil War Southwest with
Sidney Poitier and Harry
10:30 56 Newport Jazz Festival N.Y.:
Top names in jazz salute
Louis Armstrong in concert
taped last July 4 in Queens,
N. Y.
11:30 2 Movie:' "Flaming Star," Elvis
Presley as half-breed son
in tale of Indian-white rac-
ial antagonism.
4 Burt Reynolds Late Show:
Talk show from London with
host Burt Reynolds and ac-
tors Ryan O'Neal, Michael
Caine, Edward Fox, Roger
7 Movie: "Return of the Sev-
en." Yul Brynner in tale of a
band of adventurers who
rally to the aid of Mexican
peasants being used as slave
9 Movie: "Torn Curtain," Al-
fred Hitchcock's Cold War
suspense yarn with Paul
Newman and Julie Andrews.
1:30 2 Movie: "The Mad Monster,"
a horror show about a han-
dyman injected with' wolf
7 Movie: "Silver City," mining
town action.

Welcome, encore:
The, Mime Troupe

Having been enormously success-
ful in their 1970 performance in
the Union Ballroom, the highly tal-
ented San Francisco Mime Troupe
returns Wed. at 8:30 to Power to
charm Ann Arbor audiences. How-
ever, this time they are depart-
ing from their usual practice of
writing original plays about rele-
vant issues in presenting Bertold
Brecht's rarely performed The
Lauded by critics as Brecht's
most perfect play, The Mother is
based on Maxim Gorki's novel
about a worker's mother drawn in-
to the Bolshevik movement in nre-

ience, the troupe seeks to win the
audience to a radical political
analysis or to at least force them
to listen. A company writer de-
scribes their goals, "We try to
entertain and tell the truth."
For people used to associating
mime only with the strictly silent
caricatures of Marcel Marceau,
the troupe presents a surprise.
They define mime as acting with
the body, not excluding the mouth.
Their acting, combined with rapid
scene and costume changes, orig-
inality, ingenuity, and political
comedy, has won them the N.Y.
Obie award twice.
The troune will not charge more

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