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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 1974

Women gag on'Throat'

State Representative Perry Bul-
lard's got her. The Bullard Action Now
Group (BANG) is presenting a benefit
showing of Ms. Lovelace's smash hit Deep
Throat, the proceeds of which will go to
finance Bullard's re-election campaign.
BANG, the spearhead of the re-elec-
tion campaign, should haul in enough
money to last them right through the
August primary and on in to the Uo-
vember race itself. The commercial cam-
pus film groups have- already proved
there is big money. to be made in the
porno film biz, witness the large drawing
power of Behind the Green Door.
It is indeed a very shrewd move by
BANG, for they are guaranteed crowds
and an overflowing cash box. But at the
same time the move is reprehensible.

BANG is filling its coffers through sexist
open insult to the women of Ann Ar-
bor. Bullard has acknowledged the show-
ing of the film, defending the right of
BANG to show it. He appears perfectly
willing to accept the money they are
raising. By doing so, Bullard appears to
say he does not care about the women
of Ann Arbor.
Bullard has talked much about the
need for better legislation protecting and
advancing the causes of women's rights.
If he is really serious let him put his
money where his mouth it and turn
down the money raised by Deep Throat.
Even better, he should turn the funds
over to a local women's group to further
the fight to end just such exploitation.

To The Daily:
WHEN WE discovered that New
World Film Coop intended to bring
a hardcore pornographic film, "Be-
hind the Green Door," onto the
University of Michigan campus
as part of its film program we
were angry because this kind of
film had never been shown in Ann
Arbor. The thing that most disturb-
ed us was that this film was being
shown on campus by a self-styled
New Left Film group. This was
a first, two firsts, actually: T h e
first time people could actually see
women degraded in one of the
formerly sacrosanct campus build-
ings where they regularly attend
classes and the first time a porn
film was being shown by a group
supposedly dedicated to freeing
oppressed peoples. Students no
longer had to go to the tacky stag
movie houses of Ypsilanti w i t h
their unsavory clientele and steamy
atmosphere. Now it was possible
to see one of these films in a col-
lege classroom (the amphitheater
of the Natural Sciences Building)
with their peers. No need to feel
ashamed or embarrassed - it's
quite the thing to do. New World
had to schedule an extra show for
each of the two nights "Behind the
Green Door" was originally sched-
uled to play to take care of the
overflow crowd, and the following
week added three more shows to
accommodate those turned away.
According to a member of the
group they netted between $3,000
and $4,000 for a total of nine shows.
Not bad for a campus film society.
RECOGNIZING, if not a good
thing, a profitable thing when they
saw it, they showed "The Devil in
Miss Jones" next (nine perform-
ances given on three successive
evenings) and we assume they
again netted between $3,000 and
$4,000. There was virtually no ne-
gative reaction to these films, so
apparently "liberal" Perry Bul-

lard and his supporters decided
showing pornographic films w a s
less hassle and more profitable
than other types of fund-raising
and are planning to show "Deep
Throat" as a fundraiser. It's as
though Bullard were saying to wo-
men, "I don't need your vote. I'm
going to show "Deep Throat" and
raise a lot of dollars for my cam-
paign and if you women don't like
it, you know what you can do."
Yes, we women do know what we
can do, Perry. We can vote for the
Republican candidate, and even if
he or she were an utter thief, as so
many Republicans seem to be
these days,. they'd be a thous-
and times preferable to someone
who goes out of his way to insult
the female 51 per cent of the pop-
ulation. If there's a H u m a n
Rights Party candidate in the
election who avows him or herself
a champion of women, we'll vote
for that candidate.
WHY, YOU MAY ask, dear
Reader, such rage about these
films. After all, they're popular.
Popular, true, but with whom?
These films are made by men for
men. Stanley Kauffman had this to
say: "Performed pornography is
an exercise in the humiliation of
women ... Performed porno is a
species of male revenge on our
social system of courtship and
monogamy, courtship in which a
man has to woo a woman to get
her to bed or wed him or both,
monogamy in which he has nom-
inally to forgo the favors of other
women all his life in order to get
hers. Performied porno makes ev-
ery man a sultan."
In other words, in pornographic
films the female serves/is subser-
vient to the male and can be tak-
en by force (as the female star of
"Behind the Green Door" is ab-
ducted) or by purchase or by
"seduction" or simply by the de-
vice of a story line, no matter how
farfetched it is.
Pornography is shaping men's
sexual attitudes. The message is

that sex with women is their right,
not something that women have to
assent to. And attitudes determine
behavior. It is a coincidence that
the proliferation of pornography
has been accompanied by an ever-
increasing rise in the rape rate?
Pornography is a contributing fac-
tor is the ever-increasing attacks
on women 'because men are getting
the porn industry's message that
women are not fully human, with
a free will, (as men are) but are
meant to serve and service men,
like a lower order of beings. Geor-
gia Stark, an actress in porno-
graphic movies, was quoted in
"The first film I made was a
real downer. Afterward I started to
think about suicide. But after a
while I got so I could do the Elean-
or Rigby thing - you know, leave
your mind in a jarby the door.
Then I'd know that I'm just an
animal and they're taking pic-
tures of me, an animal."
Shouldn't women protect them-
selves from such assaults on their
humanity? As feminist Susan
Brownmiller said, "Creeping porn
in the name of freedom, liberty
and the pursuit of the quick buck
is symptomatic of disease within
a body politic that has yet to come
to terms with women." We demand
that Perry Bullard come to terms
with this body politic. We demand
an end to pornographic films on
this campus.
-Beth Lindberg
Joan Mathews
April 18
To The Daily:
I AM WRITING this letter to ex-
pres my comments on the recent
article written by Paul O'Donnell.
To begin with, I will state that
I am a strong supporter of Israel
and as such I cannot claim to be
inbiased. But Ifeel that the
firticle is not totally truthful or
in historical context.
O'Donnell states that Israel oc-

oupied over 70 per cent of Pales-
tine in, 1948. Too often people
equate Palestine with Israel; that
they are one and the same. That
is not true. Prior to World War I,
'"Palestine" was a non-national
geographic area of the Ottoman
Empire. Out of this were created
the states of Jordan and Syria by
the English and French, respec-
tively. In 1917, the Balfour De-
claration called for the creation
of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
One of tis provisions was unlimit-
ed Jewish immigration.
BUT BY 1939, acceded to t h e
Arabs' demands that Jewish immi-
gration be halted by issuing the
White Paper of 1939 which undid
the Balfour Declaration.
But immediately following t h e
war, the Jews actively moved, both
diplomatically and via the under-
ground, to establish a Jewish state.
At the same time Arab national-
ism was on the increase, so colli-
sion was inevitable. After several
years of continuing trouble, the
United Nations concluded that the
only solution the partition of Pal-
estine into a Jewish and Arab
The Jews accepted the resolu-
tion. The Arabs didn't, with the
1948 War resulting. Eventually the
fighting ceased and a much larger
Israel resulted.
IN THE ARTICLE there is the
statement by "Huseen": "M a n y
Jews talk about the 'good old
days' when the British controlled
the country." What good old days?
The British were, for the most
part, openly pro-Arab. By limit-
ing immigration, the number of
Jewish dead rose in Europe. Also,
until the British departure from
Palestine in 1948 they jailed any
Jew found carrying a weapon, de-
spite the fact that the Arabs within
and outside of the area were open-
ly arming and warning that they
would forcibly prevent partition.
The statement that "Palestine

was never hostile to Jewish immi-
gration" is interesting. Perhaps
O'Donnell, if he wants to learn
more of the facts, should read the
statements of the Arab League in
the 20's--40's and the accounts of
the Arab riots in the 2)'s. If Pal-
estine was never hostile, why the
White Paper of 1939? Why t h e
smuggling of Jewish immigrants?
the statement that he wouldn't live
in the U.S. because his tax money
would support Israeli military ef-
forts. It should be mentioned that
the U.S. also supplies arms to Jor-
dan and Sapdi Arabia. This is in-
teresting in view of the stereotype
that the Jews control Congress. If
so, why would Congress authorize
the training and supplying of Is-
rael's antagonists? -
-Dennis R. Laffer, '76
April 17
4 Nicolls
To The Daily:
I AM WRITING in response to
an article in The Daily of April
18, 1974 concerning William Nicolls,
an employe of the Undergraduate
Library. The quotes that were at-
tributed to me were never made
by me and completely misrepre-
sent what I told the author of the
Mr. Nicolls has worked at the
Undergraduate Library for over
nine years and has always been
conscientious and reliable In his
job. I feel that the article in the
Daily was hostile and pointless in
its content. I believe you would
find people w~ho know ' and work
with Mr. Nicolls would agree with
my sentiments. It would be nice
if the Daily would try to be a
little more "human" in writing,. ns
feature articles.
-William Rickenbacher
UGLI Circulation Supervisor
April 18
(Continued on Page 5)

Housing Office insensitivity

between the Xhfiversity Housing Of-
fice and the dorm residents has reached
an all time low this semester in the
upperelass and grad houses of Baits on
North Campus.
The two central issues in this conflict
are the disbursement procedure for the
student-designated revenues from the
profits off the Coke machines in the
houses and the procedure used to appoint
Resident Directors and Advisors for next
In December North Campus Area Direc-
tor Ed Salowitz began enforcing a Hous-
ing Office policy stating all "coke"
money spent by students must have the
approval of a house student government.
Up until this time the money was dis-
tributed to the RD's and RA's and spent
according to their interpretation of the
student's wishes. No opposition of this
procedure was voiced by students.
IN AN INTERVIEW this week Feldkamp
alleged some staff were improperly
spending the money but would not elab-
orate further and added it was subse-
quently repayed.
So this issue boils down to Salowitz and
the Housing Office enforcing to the letter
a housing office policy that was in direct
opposition to the wishes of the staff and
students as they indicated many times
in meetings with him.
The Housing Office has given conflict-
ing reports as to exactly what has hap-
pened to the student money totaling $444,
according to Jim Anderson, who keeps the
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books in the Housing Office. But what
is important is that it appears the stu-
dents will not be able to spend the money
designated for them for this semester.
There are no entertainment dues in
Baits and this is the only source of money
for them to fund a party or social event.
IT IS INTERESTING, then to notice that
the other major conflict this year,
opposition to the hiring procedure by the
Baits students and staff, also revolved
around written housing policy-only this
time it was Salowitz who was in direct
opposition to it.
He did not properly inform the stu-
dents of the formation of a student com-
mittee for staff selection until after a
stormy meeting with students, staff,
Feldkamp and himself. And then, after
a committee was finally gathered, he
refused to let them see the applications
and interview notes on the applicants.
The current staff who were riot re-
hired are running the full appeals route,
but Feldkamp has already overruled the
Housing Office appeals committee in
favor of Salowitz and in opposition to
popular student sentiment as indicated in
a Daily poll of Baits residents.
houses were randomly contacted yes-
terday and asked to fill out an eight
question, yes-no questionnaire about the
Housing Office's relationship to the stu-
dents this year.
To the question "Do you feel North
Campus Area Director Ed Salowitz has
been less than fair and straight forward
in his dealings with the Baits students
and staff?" 60 percent of the respondents
said yes. 60 percent also thought that
Salowitz's hiring procedure for next year
was less than "fair and just." '
The strongest indication of a lack of
faith in the Housing Office is that 53
percent responded positively when asked
"Do you feel the staff's opposition to Ed
Salowitz on the 'coke fund,' hiring pro-
cedure and other political and ideological
issues caused their not being re-hired by
As the Daily was going to press yester-
day, John Feldkamp conceded to consider
redoing the hiring procedure for RD's and
RA's for next year during the Spring
Term, after a unanimous vote by the
Housing Unit Committee urging him to
do so.
first indication from students and
staff that this would be an acceptable
solution to the hiring controversy.
This raises the question of whether it
is the responsibility of the students to
extend themselves to inform the Housing
Office of their sentiments or the respon-
sibility of the Housing Office to find out
what the students feel and respond ac-
Since the students are the ones paying
for the housing and services, the burden
of communication rests on the Housing
Office-and it has failed badly in that
respect this year.

Conclusion: No action,



rHIS IS THE last in a series of articles
on the political structure of the Col-
lege of Literature, Science and the Arts
and relevant parts of the University of
Michigan that has spanned over almost
three weeks and that has benefitted from
the contributions of seven different writers.
We have generally tried to view the Col-
lege as a political structure critically
in need of improvement, rather than the
result of demonic personalities or inherent
wickedness of faculty or daministrators. We
believe that there are many excellent fa-
culty and administrators and many non-
constructive students in this College.
While we believe that the College and
the University have been very unfair on
many issues, we have tried to resist the
temptation to respond unfairly.
WE HAVE TRIED to describe the poli-
tical structure and history of different
parts of the College which document our
beliefs that student committee sitting and
proposal writing by itself can not stim-
ulate the important structural change so
desperately needed in this college.
WE SEE ONE basic choice open to stu-
dents: the choice between a c t i o n and
inaction. We believe that students can
only bring about needed changes through
strong, well-aimed and persistent action and
we have tried to suggest different actions
individuals and groups might choose in an
effort to bring about real change in this
In an ideal situation, we would h i v e
written this series to be half as long, twice
as clear and at the beginning of the year.
We have not been working under ideal
conditions and many of you may not have
had an opportunity to spend the time with
these articles that you might have liked.
In yesterday's edition we published a set
of suggested tactics you might choose in
your interactions with the College and a
perspective of change. Complete sets of shis
series will be available at the Daily (420
Maynard) and at the Student Counseling Of-
The decision-making structure is designed
to overrepresent faculty interests and under-
represent legitimate student interests in
College governance. The "open" decision
making process is designed to be impossi-
ble. The real decision making is done be-
hind closed doors. The system needs an
entire overhaul.
Most of the power is in the College Ex-
ecutive Committee. Find out what it is up
to. Get copies of its reports from the faculty
meetings or the dean's office. Tell faculty
members of the Committee what you think
about what they are doing. The Daily should
cover the Executive Committee actions re-
REFORM (April 3)
Major reform has been stalled for five

reforms will not be fully implemented un-
less you keep the pressure on the faculty
and the administration to demonstrate that
they are keeping their commitments.
You don't have to be the president of a
country or a university to break commit-
The Commission Report represents t li e
latest effort to co-opt students. While
certainly some of its proposals would re-
sult in improvements, it is another at-
temnpt to maintain the current political
structure. We suggest that you get what you
can from the Commission Report, but don't
stop there.
The departments are responsible for most
of the problems with the curriculum be-
cause of their economic-political structure
which has supported them for years prac-
tically on their research alone. Since the
research money resources have dried up
considerably, departments are going to de-
pend on student enrollment revenue increas-
This alone should result in increased qual-
ity of curriculum. You can help the pro-
cess by giving departments feedback or.
their performance by supporting them, by
ta-king their courses if they are good, and
by boycotting their courses if they are bad.
There is nothing like a free market.
You can free the course market even
more by choosing the BGS program ra-
ther than the BA/BS. This would liber-
ate the course market particularly for
courses required for distribution, language,
and concentration requirements.
Educationally, the BGS is a superior de-
gree because you get the opportunity to
design your own program instead of fit-
ting into somebody else's pre-measured cub-
If the faculty ever does pass the institute
proposal in the Commission Report and
any institutes do become established, they
promise to provide some real educational
excitemment. Look for them.
Because of the economic outlook in this
country, the situation for faculty looks
grim. Some experts believe that by 1980,
the system of higher education will be able
to afford neither the tenure system nor the
relatively high mandatory retirement age.
While both systems have positive values,
their abandonment (jarticularly of the ten-
ure system) might be responsible for sig-
nificent improvement in the quality of
teaching and thought in the College. If the
tenure system remains, the already tight
job market for junior faculty will become
all but impossible and the College will suf-
fer the slow death of old age.
Any mandatory retirement age is in-
herently unfair. Some of the best faculty
only begin to come alive in their fifties and
sixties, while others are functionally dead
at thirty.
It seems clear to us that our system of
higher education can no longer afford to
support elderly faculty across the board.
'We therefore recommend the general lower-

over us and are not about to give it up
easily, so don't waste your time arguing
the issues on grading.
It is a purely political decision. This is
one place that only a real show of organized
strength might result in structured change.
We suggest non-disruptively packing rele-
vant faculty meetings. You should really
hear the rationalizations they make up for
yourselves. You will wonder how they
can keep a straight face.
A historical note: Packing the faculty -
meetings was a tactic that was successfully
employed to establish the BGS degree as a
copout for the foreign language require-
ment in 1968-69.
On a personal level, if you feel that you
have been graded unfairly, write the Exe-
cutive Committee, the department chair-
person, the undergraduate departmental as-
sociation and the Student Counseling Of-
fice with carbon copy notation (five cents
a copy is a cheap price for a little jus-
tice) so that each body knows that every
other body knows about your perception of
unjust grading.
At least this would perform an im-
portant feedback function for the instructor
and possibly improve his or her practices
for later students. Depending on the in-
structor'stsituation, this might cause him
or her to practice his or h-er practices
elsewhere or at the same rank longer than
Making people work under the threat of
negative evaluation is a dirty trick. W.
wish the faculty would stop it.
(April 6, 10, 12)
Many different counseling services a r e
available on campus in addition to the Col-
lege's academic counseling services. If you
are not satisfied with one service's coun-
sel, go to another. For information about
counseling and other services, call 76-
GUIDE or the Office of Student Services
The range of services available to you
as a student includes: counseling, career
planing and placement, library, housing,
medical, cultural, recreational, and record
keeping services.
These are students' services. We pay for
a large portion of them. We should have
a fair share of the decision-making as to
how they should be administered. Unfor-
tunately we students do not.
This was made clear recently when the
Vice President for Student Services over-
ruled a decision by the Housing Policy Com-
mittee to maintain the dormitory rates and
ordered an 8 per cent increase.
Students are being economically exploit-
ed and it is about time that some action
is taken here. We suggest writing letters
to the Vice President the President and
to your state legislator for a justification of
the increase. If you are not satisfied with
their responses, keep writing until you are
Withholding the rate increase would be a
more direct and appropriate protest. Last
fall's tuition strike failed because of poor

all organizing to try to get a fairer deal
from the University at the same time that
the state and federal government are cut-
ting back funding.
Something has got to give and unless stu-
dents organize to protect ourselves, it will
be us. We may not be able to roll back last
year's tuition and dorm rate increases, but
we stand a better chance of preventing next
year's increases by organizing to protect
your economic interests; otherwise-"we
should be prepared to pay fee increases
that will make this' year's increases seem
like nothing.
In the past, students and workers have
collaborated to attain some measure of
justice from the administration, notably
during the BAM strike and the _1AFSCME
strike in 1970. This sort of partnership
should continue: if we expect to be treated
fairly, we as students should support Uni-
versity worker/union activities when they
raise legitimate demands.
The Collge creates and uses a great deal
of information that is treated as private
property which must be protected from
foreign subversives (the public). This is a
public college and all information except
that bearing on the privacy of individuals
should be made public.
The College is charged to make an annual
report to the University and each, teach-
ing unit in the College is charged to make
an annual report to the College. The
College and the departments should either
make these reports available to the public
or prepare special annual reports for stu-
The College is setting up a new comput-
erized information system which has a
great potential to serve students' interests
and also to hinder them. It is very import-
ant that a student-faculty policy board (with
parity) be established to monitor and ad-
minister this system.
PESC Papers on Education, excerpts in
April 13 edition)
The educational system in this country
is largely a servant of military and indus-
trial interests. The educational. system pro-
duces technologies and methodologies and
the kind of people that are necessary for
the continued maintenance of these inter-
ests. It is, therefore, not surprising that
the College and University have prevented
whatever progressive structural changes it
possibly could.
Our analysis demonstrated that the Uni-
versity is subservient to the society. The
nature of education will not change until
we change the nature of our society.
This is the importance of the critical
awareness we can develop as students. The
question is whether or not we will allow
ourselves to be processed as elites, or
whether we can use our radical conscious-
ness to aid in the struggles of oppressed
people for human liberation.
Awareness of ourselves and our social
environment can be a source of great po-


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