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GEO: Supporting the academic scapegoat

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104

News Phone: 764-0552

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1974

Castrating minority power

STUDENT GOVERNMENT Council last
night quietly castrated the power
ad effectiveness of minority students in
a calculated legislative proposal spon-
sored by SGC member David Faye.
The amendments added last night to
SGC's compiled code abolish the present
directorships under the vice - president
for minority affairs and replaces them
with a "Minority Affairs Committee."
The committee will include positions for
religious, ethnic and sexual groups as
well as racial minorities.
No one has yet been appointed to these
new positions.
Faye claims that the' new plan "sim-
plifies" the minority affairs office, which
up to that time had been a slipshod ar-
rangement of advisory positions designed
tc circumvent code limitations for mi-
nority affairs appointments.
Faye may be right. The old system
was indeed untenable, and the new sys-
tem formally establishes a Minority Af-
fairs Committee, with members who can
vote.
RUT IF THIS were his motive, his tim-
ing is inopportune. Minority affairs
students, without any visible help from
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these Council members, had finally es-
tablished their power and leadership.
SGC has now thrown them again into
chaos with a new organization whose
benefits are debatable.
Faye's newfound interest in minority
<ffairs is ill-timed at best. So is his sud-
Cen concern for the "illegality" of the
cld system, which he says will be reme-
died by his own plan.
Whether or not Faye's motives were
sincere or malicious is moot. What his
plan does in effect is to rob minority stu-
dents of the effective leadership they
have gained at a time they need it.
It will not easily be forgotten that per-
haps the strongest spokesperson for mi-
nority rights on Council was Ted Liu-
whose position has been legislated away.
Liu's reappointment to the Minority
Affairs Committee would entail a re-
view and vote by the entire council. SGC
members, who have tried to rid them-
selves of Liu on previous occasions, are
r'ot likely to approve the appointment.
PERHAPS A DEEPER insight into last
night's move can be gained by ex-
amining the behavior following the
meeting.
Antagonistic SGC members-including
Faye-and Liu exchanged a volley of
abusive name-calling, which ended only
when Faye and co. told Liu to leave the
premises since he was no longer asso-
cated with SGC.
Noble motives seem to dissolve un-
der this light, and the probable mo-
tives seem clearer.
For SGC, this was just another week
tc postpone the relatively important is-1
sues that weekly fill their agendas for
the business of amending codes and leg-
islating titles for themseves.
The minority students have learned,
however, that practiced veterans of par-
liamentary procedure can damage the
rights and interests of serious students
as well as a troop of clubwielding cops.
'Energy erisis
E TERM POWER shortage has be-
come a household word in America
today. What most people have yet to un-
derstand is that such a shortage will
have enormous ramifications in areas no
one has thought of yet.
Rumor has it that Timex, Inc., is work-
ing on plans to develop and market
a coal-powered watch to replace the ones
that run on those tiny electronic power
cells. The only bug encountered thus far
iL size: all prototype models have mangl-
ed the wrist of experimenters by virtue
of their tremendous weight and, heat.
But surely those clever folks at Timex
will be able to produce a self-powered
coal watch without these problems so;
that American consumers can avoid the
onerous drudgery of winding their own
watches.
-KARL DIENER
Admin. Asst.

By JEF FELDMAN
NO DOUBT MUCH of the Univer-
sity community has grave mis-
givings about the building momen-
tum of the Graduate Employes'
Organization (GEO). We may soon
be faced with a simple and un-
pleasant choice: whether or not
to support a general strike protest-
ing the administration's refusal
to allow TF's to bargain collec-
tively.
I believe it is the responsibility
of the entire University com-
munity to demonstrate our sym-
pathy for GEO.
The issues go beyond GEO's own
modest demands for a living wage,
and adequate working conditions.
The issue is the extent to which
the state is willing to live up to its
responsibility to both undergradu-
ate education and advanced re-
search.
RESEARCH
For various historical accidents,
most academic research in this
countryais done atuniversities.
These universities are often fund-
ed by state legislatures, which jus-
tify expenditures for higher edu-
cation as a means of keeping the
gears of their technological socie-
ty turning. Or as aptly described
by political philosopher Edward R.
Cheever: "The world is a whore
and the University is a pimp."
THE SOCIETY is delighted to
reap the benefits of research done
at Universities, but is reluctant
to admit it. The state will hire
an "expert" to teach metallurgy
or business administration, and
measure the return on its invest-
ment in classroom hours per dol-
lar. Our expert is almost certain
to have a Ph.D., and may have
neither the training or inclination
for undergraduate teaching.
There is nothing sinister about
this: it is a matter of personal
taste and the nature of the Ph.D.
as mainly a research degree. As
our expert acquires seniority and

prestige, he will pass his under-
graduate teaching responsibilities
to junior faculty.
During the sixties when those of
us who owe our origins to the post
World War II baby boom were un-
dergraduates, an increasing share
of the undergraduate teaching bur-
den was passed down from the
junior faculty about as low as it
could go: to the graduate students.
No wonder one dean described
TF's as "academic dishwashers."
With the legislature unable or un-
willing to hire enough professional
faculty to support the growing
number of undergraduates, the
temptation to exploit the gradu-
ate students was irresistable.
The exploitation was excused on
the grounds that graduate students
needed money to complete their

about nothing else with her soror-
ity sisters. She works hard in her
undergraduate courses, and in her
senior year she applies to gradu-
ate schools. Lo' and behold, wait-
ing for her on the mail table one
bright March morning is the hap-
py news. She has been accepted in
the Phrenology Ph.D. program at
a large state university.
For financial support, she has
been offered a teaching fellow-
ship (what's that?), and Jearns
that she is an alternate for a Na-
tional Institute of Phrenology
Grant.
Sally is disappointed that the
department did not consider her a
good enough prospect for the NIP
Grant - which carries no work
responsibilities - but she is sat-
isfied to be accepted. That night

was an undergrad herself.
Worst of all, Sally realized she
was falling behind in her study of
Phrenology - her Ph.D. was re-
ceding farther into the future. She
ran off and married a rock mu-
sician from L.A.
VULNERABILITY
The GEO must find itself in an
appalling political position. Many
undergraduates are ambivalent to
the TF's plight out of their own
dissatisfaction with their educa-
tion. It is also a tragic fact that
many faculty feel threatened by
the brganizing efforts of the TF's
their future colleagues who share
their dedication to their respective
disciplines.
And while the GEO mass meet-
ings have shown. that support
among TF's is strong and enthu-

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"During the sixties wheni

those of us who owe our origins to the post World

Thar II baby boom were undergraduates, an increasing share of the under-
graduate teaching burden was passed down from the junior faculty about as

UN F O R T U N A T E L Y
for the GEO, it is not the sort of
group that elicits spontaneous sym-
pathy from the liberal or radical
faction. Through no fault of their
own, TF's are mainly white inales
from middle class backgrounds.
They are parttime' employes in
temporary jobs. Some people may
even feel that a few ascetic years
in gradate school is good for the
"professori 1mystique."
The administration .has repea'-
edlv demonstrated the CEO's vul-
ner-bility. First, it tried to solve
the University's financial woes by
ending the policy of allowing all
TF's to py-v instate tuition. Sec-
ond, when the outcry arose from
the TF's, the rdministration rein-
stated t1ve instate tuition policy but
has renentedly tied TF demands
to threats of increased tuition. The
TF's find themselves in the fa-
miliar position oft insulating the
powers from the masses.
The GEO represents an opnres-
sed minority in the classical
sense. The TF's havedbeendscape
goated and e'n:loited. and they
deserve the supnort of the entire
U-'iversity comminity.
President Fle-ing chis that
his hands are tied by the state leg-
islatutre, and ',?t he cqn not vos-
sibly recognhi7 te GEO as a bar-
gaiing agent. If it is true that
even the University president is
nowerlesstto correct the current in-
j,,s;ices, then the necessity for
wide support for a dramatic GEO
action is all the more imnerative.
THE TF SYSTEM as it stands
penalizes undergraduates as well
as graduates . . . it serves neither
teaching nor research. Aboutall
that can be said for it is that it
is cheap. If the University com
mmrnity will not call attention to
the inequities of the present sys-
tem - and the failure of the
state to meet its resnonsibilities
to teaching and research - no one
else will. I am prepared to sup-
port a GEO strike. What about U?
Jef Feldman is a doctoral student
in psyrholinguislifcs.

low as it could go: the graduate students.
TF's as 'academic dishwashers'."

No wonder one dean described

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educations. The fact was that the
state could coerce graduate stu-
dents to teach for a small fraction
of the cost of professional faculty.
If the state had recognized its
responsibility to support advanced
research, it would have offered
tuition-free graduate education to
all who sought it.
Since undergraduate teaching
subsidizes research, the number of
persons doing research is deter-
mined not by the current fertil-
ity of research, but rather the fer-
tility of the American people twen-
ty years before.
A VIGNETTE
Sally Simpson has always want-
ed to be a phrenologist. She talks

after dinner, all the sisters smoke
a cigar in Sally's honor.
We rejoin Sally eight months
later. Eyes drawn, nails bitten,
she is on a TF bummer. While her
academic general intones, from the
podium, Lieutenant Sally is in the
trenches with the troops. She
swears she'll go AWOL if she has
to ditto another head bump chart.
She grows to dread the bi-weekly
section meetings. Her, students
complain about the exams she
composes and grades. She was
never told exactly what her re-
sponsibilities were, but she has the
distinct impression her under-
graduates are disappointed with
her. It wasn't that long ago she

siastic, it is not unanimous. Many
TF's are intimidated by their de-
partments.
According to a pilot study con-
ducted a few years ago by Jack
Creech, TF's in one University
department reported that they felt
compelled to accept TF appoint-
ments even if they didn't partic-
ularly want them or realized that
these appointments would unneces-
sarily extend their graduate stu-
dent careers. They saw the ap-
pointments as votes of confidence
from their faculty. Most import-
ant, these TF's believed that their
chances of getting their Ph.D.s
were nil if they resigned their ap-
pointments!

le ttersle tters lettersietters lettersieti

lettuce with the Teamsters Union, attempt-
ing to force the Teamsters on tme
To The Daily: farm laborers as a substitute for
IT IS A very depressing sight their own union. Unlike other in-
to see "scab" lettuce in the sand- dustries, agriculture is not cover-
wiches, refrigerators, and shopping ed by the National Labor Relations
carts of my fellow University stu- Act which provides for Federally
dents, many of them my own supervised- elections through vh ch
friends. When I ask them why the workers can choose their un-
they are breaking the boycott, ion. Thus all kinds of fraud and
there is often a shrug in response, chicanery have .taken place in
as if to say: "Why not. Is it that awarding the Teamsters contracts
important?". I have to answer which rightfully belong to the Unit-
them that it is very important, and ed Farm Workers Union.
I can only guess that a lack of in-
formation on the strike, the boy- The Teamsters Union (thy ac-
cott, and The United Farm Work- tively supported Nixon in the last
ers Union (UFWU) exists in this election) has been busy promort-
ccimmuniy (xing an atmosphere of fear ard vio-
commsounitlence in which many UFWU farm
Why should students support tha workers have been shot at and
United Farm Workers Union? The beaten and a few murdered in the
answer to this question lies in the lastyear.
fact that the UFWU embodies the
ideals which emerged out of the AGAINST THESE powers. the
anti-war mqvement as the basis of farm workers have one effective
youth and student politics - demo- tactic-the boycott of "scab" pro-
cracy, community, and non-v- ducts and the stores which carry
lento. them on a nationwide basis. This
The UFWU is very much of, by, means each and every one of us
and for the people. Their officials can help by doing without grapes
and organizers come from t n e and by making absolutely certain
ranks, not to some cushy profes- that the head lettuce (iceoe:g) we
sionals' position, but to a lot of buy has the Aztec eagle on each
hard work in exchange for rowm wrapper. There is one lettuce
and board and a salary of $5 grower, Inter-Harvest (Wes-ern
(that's right, five) per week. brand) which has settled with the
UFWU. In Ann Arbor, students
THE UNION is dedicated to irm- and concerned citizens can give
proving the quality of life of its crucial help by respecting the pick-
members through cooperative et lines at the Wrigley's marke:s.
means. The union is instrumental Because their effectiveness has
in establishing medical clinics, cre- been neutralized in the fields by
dit unions, and food co-ops to pro- court injunctions and violence,
vide basic services for its mem- UFWU farm workers have been
bers. It should be understood that sent all over the country to organ-
the membership is made up of ize the picketing of chain food stur-
largely migratory laborers earning es which carry scab grapes and
wages in most cases below $2000 lettuce. Currently, there are 75
per year per family of four. Quite farm workers living in Detroit and
often these people are not eligible organizing the boycott in .his area.
for welfare, food stamps or un- By picketing Wrigley they hope to
employment because they lacx the clear the shelves of that chain's
required permanent residences. "scab" products by showing the
The UFWU is firmly commit- company's managers that enougn
ted to non-violence as a means of
avhieving their goals; the recog- consumers care abut the plight of
nition of their union by the Califor- farm workers to shop elsewhere.
nia lettuce and grape growers, and Please show that you care.
the institution of decent wages and
working conditions for farip labor- THERE IS also a boycott of
ers. They are confident that the Gallo wines. So please stay away
appeal for help which they are from Boones Farm, Tyrolia, Rhine-
making to the American people
will secure final victory. garten, Hearty Burgundy, and oth-
Most people remember the grape er old favorites.
boycott which ended in victory for If you wish to give some of your
the United Farm Workers in 1969.tti
Now those hard fought contracs time to the boycott, it would be
have expired, and the growers greatly appreciated. They have an
have joined together in a unified office at 114 Legal Research Bldg.
effort aimed at destroying t h e Phone: 763-0285.
UFWU. In addition, lettuce pickers
have gone on strike in order to -David M. Hartley '74
secure representation by the Jan. 29
UFWU. This has brought down the
wrath of the growers who are not
small far1iiers as some people be.
lieve, but large corporations and
conglomerates like Gallo and Ten-
eco.,
THE CALIFORNIA lettuce a n d
grape growers have tremendous
state and national lobbying power

Solzhenitsyn
To The Daily:
NEVER DURING this whole
Solzhenitsyn campaign have I both-
ered to respond to such hogwash
and anti-Soviet bull. However the
last straw came in, your editorial-
(Thurs., Feb. 14) wherein you
referred to Solzhenitsyn as a "com-
munist and a revolutionary."
Of all the things that he's been
called this is the first time he has
been called a communist. By his
own admission he is anti-commun-
ist. Not only is he anti-communist,
he's an ardent right winger trying
to pass as a great humanist.
In his many books he has never
condemned U.S. imperialists and
their violence. He has written in
three books on Soviet prisons and
the tragedies of the Stalin era.
The Soviet government has itself
long since admitted and written
on this terrible period.
However, in his tirade on prison
he carefully avoids any menition
on the real prison camps in South
Africa, in Chile where patriots and
farmer members of the Popular
Unity Government linger on Daw-
son Island and in other rat cages,
in Portugal and Greece where free-
dom fighters undergo daily pain
and misery, and of course right
here in the U.S. thousands of poor
and repressed are in jails.
NOT ONLY IS Solzhenitsvn not a
communist but he is anti-socialism
and herein lies his worth to the
capitalist press who refused to
print Sen. Kennedy's hearing on
present repression in Chile. Sjlz-
henitsyn's true colors can be seen
in his pro-fascist approach in his
latest novel The Gulag Archipel-
ago. In this book he actually has
words of praise for the Russian
general Vlasov and his troops who
fought with the Nazis against their
own countrymen.
Now I'll cite a brief quote from
Albert E. Kahn, U.S. author who's
written many well-known books
including The Great Conspiracy,
The Unholy Hymnal, The Game of
Death, Joys and Sorrows. 11 i s
books have been translated into
as many as thirty lauguages.
"While charging Soviet official-

"pass" the strict censorship of the
South African review board which
openly proclaims its disdain of
any anti-racist, pro-freedom mater-
ial. Writings by those struggling
for human justice in South Africa
cannot be published there.
-B. Berry
Educational Director,
YWLL
security
To The Daily:
IN THE PAST few months yui
have run several articles dealing
with plans for new methods of
campus security. The main thrust
of these plans seems to be the
phasing out of Burns and the insri-
tution of a University security
staff. There may indeed be reasons
why a University run security sys-
tem would be preferable, but the
reasons cited by such groups as
the University Council, are in many
respects specious.
For exrample, according to your
article of January 30, 1974, t h e
University Council stated that they
would recommend "minimum se-
lection standards for security, es-
pecially addressing the needs of
women and minorities." What the
Council does not realize is that it
is the University itself which en-
forces blatantly sexist limitations
on the use of women guards.
Burns, in Ann Arbor, has a his-
tory of willingness to hire females
as security guards, but the Univer-
sity has consistently placed severe
restrictions on the number of wo-
men permitted to work at certain
special events, and has refused to
consider women for the majority of
fulltime security positions on cam-
pus.
THE COUNCIL further alleged
the Burns guards are "lacking in
sensitivity to the University phil-
osophy and needs." They do not
seem to realize how well, off they
are. Many of the guards have re-
cently been students themselves.
The age of the average Burns
guard must be around twenty-five
A large percentage of them have
Bachelor's degrees, at the very
least, making this probably one of
the most highly educated security
guard forces in the country. If
people such as these are insensitive
to University philosophy and stu-
dent needs, it is difficult to imag-
ine a group of people who would
be sensitive.
The Burns operation is not per-
fect. For the most part, howe. er,
it is effective, and this efficacy is
accomplished without subjecting
the student community to a group
of security officers whose mental-
itv is predominantly fascist, as is
the case at many other universi-
ties.
IF THE University Conicil and
other factions at the University
feel that they would be better off
with their own police for:e, that is
fine, but they would be well ad.

scapegoatism
To The Daily:
IN RESPONSE to your rather
bland editori^1 of Thur30"', PFeb.
7. pointing to the need for imro-
s vection and lessened individual
consumption of energy. I, as a par-
ticioant in the demonstration
against Exxon recruiters earlier
this week, wold like to make clear
that we were not merely pointing
at scapegoats. It is not merely
the greed of the oil companies
which disturbs me,hbut their near-
ly total con-tol of the p& i.ical and,
military policies of this coumtry
and the world.
It is our duty as stud-ns to un-
derstand this so that in the future
there will not have to be wars and
arms shipments - especially in
the Middle East - to keep the en-
ergy situation balanced in favor of
the corporations. If our demonstra-
tion smacks of scapegoatism, as
you suggest indirectly, then con-
sider it please. as an antidote to
the kind of scapegoatism President
Nixon used to coax Congress into
passing the Alaska pipeline bill.
THIS IS the really dangerous kind
of scapegoatism because, by blam-
ing the energy crisis on "foreign-
ers," Nixon pits people against
people - a typical resort of capi-
talist politicians.
We believe this kind of saapegoat-
ism does violence to people. and
protest that the Universi. -v as a
reservoir of humanism - actively
aids Exxon in recruiting graduates
for its schemes.
-Denis Hoppe
February 8

Hunter

BUT SINCE I DON'T CONDONE
MILITARY SPYING ON CIVILIAN
AGENCIES. ...

I CONCLUDED THAT THE GOOD FAIRY
MUST HAVE LEFT THEM THERE.

To The Daily:
JUST CAUGHT THOSE articles
written by your three flunky, stu-
dent-type journalism majors. Un-
fortunately they missed the ob-
vious meaning in the reactions
Hunter was evoking which ranged
from outright disgust to frenzied
craziness.
Thompson provided a vehicle
for the audience to form whatever
expression they wanted from the
drug orgy to the piggish b-- - - - -
professor-type who asked Shakey
Jake to leave the stage. Thompson
was allowing Jake to create his
own reality wihich the good Dr.

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