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LSA reform:

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1973

Indians protest to deaf ears

MONDAY AFTERNOON about 75 In-
dians staged a minor demonstration
in an attempt to impress upon the Uni-
versity (Regents) the seriousness of their
request regarding the return of an Indian
Skeleton.
It is disgusting that institutions such
as the University can frustrate people to
such an extent that they feel compelled
to dramatically get their point across by
means of a staged protest.
Why does the University find it so dif-
ficult to return the ancestral skeletal re-
mains to the Indians?
"We want the bones back," says Dean
George, president of the North American
Association of Detroit. "It can't get any
simpler than that," he said.
ON FEBRUARY 15 the Indians present-
ed their request to the Regents and
were told by Allan Smith, Vice President
for Academic Affairs, that they could get
no immediate reply because the Regents
wanted to "have a staff discussion of the
issues and problems in order to determine
the nature and purpose of the Indians'
claim."
After the "staff discussion," - which
was supposed to take place Monday, but
instead turned into a publicity-oriented
affair - the Indians' request is to go be-
fore the Regents in the form of a spe-
cific motion.
Hopefully it will be presented at the

Regents' mid-March meeting. Maybe
then the Indians will receive an answer
... unless the issue is postponed for fur-
ther study - a common practice among
University decision makers.
At the February 15 meeting, Smith
stated that the University feels "the In-
dian skeletal remains should be retained
for scientific research and not display
purposes."
But according to Ed Wilmsen, curator
of the museum of anthropology, the is-
sue of science having a need for the ma-
terial is not legitimate.
"Basically," Wilmsen said, "it is an is-
sue of discrimination and non-parity of
treatment." He also expressed the belief
that there is an "amount of insensitive
feeling on the part of archeologists.".
According to Frederick Boyd, commun-
ity relations chairman of the Detroit
North American Indian Association, the
Indian community recognizes that scien-
tific investigation is necessary to some
extent, but they also feel that excava-
tions of Indian remains should be re-
turned to a religious environment and
"not made to sit on the University
shelves for 20 years."
Perhaps even more basically, it's a
matter of people gaining an understand-
ing of other people's beliefs and tradi-
tions and then honoring those beliefs and
traditions which the University has failed
to do.

By BOB BLACK
AT THEIR LAST monthly meeting,
the LSA faculty-or rather the
small minority in attendance-voted
down, 226-45, the comprehensive
"merger" proposal for grading reform
placed before it by the Joint Student
Faculty Policy Committee. This plan
combined proposals devised after long
study by the LSA Curriculum Com-
mittee and, especially, the Committee
on the Underclass Experience (CUE),
whose massive research effort de-
bunked many of the pro-grading
claims still rehashed by some faculty
at the February 5 meeting.
This long-term effort has involved
scores of people and years of work,
and had strong support throughout
by the LSA Student Government,
which partially financed CUE, pro-
vided volunteers to administer opin-
ion surveys and placed the major
grading proposals on the last LSA
student ballot. There, students over-
whelmingly demanded g r a d i n g.
change, and favored the "=merger"
plan over the others. As it turned out,
nothing happened.
If there was so little faculty sup-
port for reforming our academic sys-
tem, why did it establish CUE in the
first place? This raises other, similar
questions about cases where the gov-
erning faculty has almost casually
destroyed the work of various tem-
porary and standing committees of its
own creation. Why did it empower
a Joint Student-Faculty Policy Com-
mittee to present it with proposals for
policy changes, and then routinely
vote down its two major efforts to
date-the "merger" plan, and the ex-
cellent revised tenure procedures con-
sidered in the fall? Why was a com-
mittee on governance formed over
two years ago whose two proposals-
after A year of worok-were rejected
or ignored? And the most baffling
question is this: Why, in all these
cases, did the various proposals which
proved abhorrent to the faculty have
the support, not only of the students
on the committees involved, but us-
ually of most of the faculty commit-
tee members also?
THE FAILURE to act to change
grading was a tragic abdication of
responsibility and, even worse, an os-

trich-like effort to hide from the es-
tablished fact that grading has never
fulfilled its supposed educational pur-
poses. But the issue is even more ser-
ious for what it reveals about the
paralysing contradictions built into
the present political structure of the
College.
The old formula for muffling de-
mands for change-creating a new
student-faculty committee or refer-
ring an issue to an established one-
doesn't work any more. The demands
only return a little later in polished
form, carefully supported by evidence
and argument. And the committee's
faculty members (who usually begin
with moderate a n d conventional
views) find themselves supporting a
plan that faculty not involved in that,
creative process cannont begin to tol-
erate.

culty do not attend in case their vot-
ing (which is public) offends their
tenured superiors.
Privately, even many conservative
faculty admit that, except when it be-
stirs itself to reject reforms, the gov-
erning faculty is an anachronistic
farce which reigns but does not rule.
Real all-College power is divided be-
tween the standing committees and a
sort of deanly dictatorsihp. The gov-
erning faculty's procedural and poli-
tical performance is often embarrass-
ing. Its debates often sound like so
many classroom lectures, and at a
typical meeting like February's, unde-
batable motions were debated, mo-
tions to adjourn were entertained and
then ignored, and finally-in a ridi-
culous move-the faculty somehow
voted both to consider more grading
proposals in March, and to refer grad-

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"The failure to act to change grading was a tragic abdica-
tion of responsibility and, even worse, an ostrich-like effort
to hide from the established fact that grading has never
fulfilled its supposed educational purpose. But the issue
is even more serious for what it reveals about the paralys-
ing contradictions built into the present political structure
of the College."
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The parity Policy Committee will
surely continue to exercise its power
to place before the faculty matters it
would rather ignore. Even the Execu-
tive Committee has approved a plan
to add two voting students to the Ad-
missions Committee, and it has just
received an LSA Student Government
demand that the latter's executive of-
ficers be seated ex officio on the Ex-
ecutive Committee itself. The LSA
government's involvement with the
Dean's latest delaying action, the
Graduation Requirements Commis-
sion (only 40 per cent students), was
secured only by the Dean's public ac-
knowledgement that only the LSA
government has the right to appoint
students to LSA committees.
WHERE INTERDEPENDENT sets of
institutions fail to mesh, at least one
set has to undergo adaptive modifi-
cation. One alternative for the facul-
ty would be to slam the door on stu-
dent participation, purge the students
and student - contaminated faculty,
close. their meetings and Tule (or let
the Dean rule) by repression. At a
time when the implementation of
Black Action Movement demands and
other volatile issues are impending,
this would likely touch off a student/
community mass movement of awe-
some proportions. The other way to
ease the strain would be to restruc-
ture College legislative processes,
minimally by shifting to an efficient
representative system, but better yet
by also inviting students into the
sanctuary from which it is impossible
on grounds of consistency and demo-
cratic principle, to exclude them any
longer.
Those faculty who blamed the uni-
versity crises of the 60s on outside
influences - the war, the draft or
whatever - may have been right in
identifying catalysts but they were
wrong to consider these sole causes.
Students are wide awake now to the
injustices and unquestioned irration-
alities in both the universities and
the communities with which they are
related. They would like to help the
faculty shake off their fears and their
apathy and their moral bankruptcy.
Bob Black has been a member at
large of the LSA Government.

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Practically as well as morally, the
fundamental problem with LSA today
involves the organization and compo-
sition of the so-called governing fa-
culty. It meets only once a month for
about 90 minutes and, although per-
haps 1100 faculty are eligible to at-
tend, it rarely exceeds its 100-man
quorum by very much.
Those who attend are a small self-
appointed elite - mostly department
chairmen and others who feel offi-
cially obligated to attend but are not
primarily interested in or committed
to College legislating per se. Those
who attend are mostly aging, white
and male (seemingly much more so
than the faculty at large) ,and form-
ally accountable to no one under this
"community government" system.
This ruling group is small and inti-
mate enough that Dean Rhodes usu-
ally has no trouble recognizing speak-
ers by name (although on February 5
he did fail to identify a speaker nam-
ed Mark Green). Most untenured fa-

ing for study to the Graduation Re-
quirements Commission which does
not report until June 30! Whatever
happens, either the faculty or the
GRC is going to waste a lot of time on
a matter either already settled or
pre-ordained to be delayed. Mean-
while, other business and proposals
are piling up.
THE OTHER FUNDAMENTAL in-
consistency in LSA governance is the
inclusion of students on many com-
mittees but not in the legislative pro-
cess. Students have a democratic
right to participate in any decisions
affecting them, the more so since
they outnumber their faculty tenfold.
Each faculty rejection of reasonable
reforms increases student awareness
of their common rights and interests,
and no student who attends a faculty
meeting ever believes again that the
faculty have a mandate to rule the
College based on expertise, intelli-
gence or moral superiority.

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Super sewer system sound?

MICHIGAN'S PROPOSED "super sewer"
system poses a financial threat to
Ann Arbor and an ecological threat to
the whole state. The proposed tri-county
system would pump the sewage from the
Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw areas to
a treatment plant on already polluted
Lake Erie.
Ann Arbor's problems with joining the
plan are many. First of all inclusion in
the mass plan would oust provisions, now
being made by the city to upgrade its
plant and provide tertiary treatment.
This method of treatment is far super-
ior to the Erie plan which calls only for
secondary treatment of the wastes.
Upgrading the present system in Ann
Today's staff:
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wehr
Editorial Page: Kathy Ricke
Arts Page: Gloria Jane Smith, Jeff Soren-
sen
Photo Technician: John Upton
Editorial Staff
CHRISTOPHER PARKS and EUGENE ROBINSON
Co-Editors in Chief
ROBERT PARKIN.................Feature Editor
DIANE LEVICK ...............Associate Arts Editor
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Arbor is considerably less expensive than
joining the new unit to Lake Erie. An
added cost to the actual construction of
the new system would be that Ann Ar-
bor would have to buy its water supply
from Detroit, which in the long run
would make the new method even more
expensive.
Pumping Ann Arbor's sewage all the
way to Lake Erie would also have serious
consequences on the Huron River. There
would be no provision to replace the wa-
ter lost in the pumping procedure, which
could leave the river low or even dry dur-
ing the dry season.
ANOTHER MAJOR drawback to the new
plan is that it would probably be in-
adequate to handle the increased amount
of sewage that it would be required to
after twenty years. So that in twenty
years a system developed to last fifty
years and costing upwards of two hun-
dred million dollars would be at least par-.
tially ineffective.
The added expense that the tri-county
system would be to Ann Arbor, and the
lower quality of the refinement system
makes it impractical and ecologically un-
sound for this city to adapt. We hope that
the Ann Arbor city officials fighting the
city's inclusion into the new system win
the support of the state decision makers,
and be allowed to improve the system
here for cleaner water.

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To The Daily:
THIS IS written as a sequel to
the eloquent statement by JRB
(Daily Feb. 22) concerning prob-
lems encountered by gay people
in bar integration. Last Wednesday
we again paid a liberation visit to
a local bar and dancing establish-
ment - the same to which JRB
referred. However, this visit was
very different in that hostility from
the management was rather blat-
ant - blatant to the point that
one person was asked to produce 3
pieces of ID. And later in the eve-
ning the music was stopped in mid-
song, the electric floor was put
to rest, and waitresses were or-
dered not to serve some (obvious-
ly) gay people.
I asked one of the owners of the
bar what this bizarre behavior
meant. After some hesitation she
revealed that, in effect, we were
posing a threat to her investment
because some straight people had
left. And besides that, she thought
it very unfair that we chose to
plague her bar. If one bar is to be
punished, why should it be hers?
And what were these crazy guys
doing in "chicks' clothes" anyway?
I'd like to answer some of her
questions.
(1) There are no such things as
men's clothers or women's clothes.
There are men, women, and cloth-
es. Period.
(2)If the presence of gay people
anywhere in this town poses a
threat to someone's investment,
then so be it. I can no longer ghet-
to myself to protect anyone's in-
vestment. If a person must deny
a group its human rights in order
to maintain a profitable business,
the solution is obvious - get out of
that business.
(3) There have been many people
at this bar who seem to be not at
all concerned about who is dancing
with whom. More power to them.
The machos to which JRB re-
ferred were by far the vocal minor-
ity.
(4) Under the Human R i g h t s
Ordinance of the City of Ann Ar-
bor, discrimination against g a y

NOT to change any bar into a gay
bar, nor do we wish to drive any-
one out of business. Our ultimate
goal is to destroy the entire con-
cept of a "gay bar" - not to ex-
pand it. As JRB stated, we simply
intend to exercise the same free-
doin of choice that the straight
world does.And for everyone's
sake, let's hope that patrons and
management are behind us.
--Neal Elkin
Feb. 23
Correct violation?
To The Daily:
YESTERDAY, THE front page of
The Daily carried an article en-
titled "SGC treasurer files charg-
es in CSJ . . ." referring to a suit
filed on Monday. This suit called
for the correction of violations of
an SGC resolution, directing t h e
SGC Executive Board to make
copies of all printouts from the fall-
11972 student election publicly
available for inspection along with
a copy of that election's computer
program, and violations of Chap-
ter 14.62 of the compiled code re-
quiring that the computer program
be "maintained in a permitted file"
in the computer, where it is not
now located.
The article in The Daily expand-
ed out of all proportion the least
part of the case, that referring
to John Koza. Dr. Koza's involve-
ment extends only so far that
SGC member and Elections Direc-
tor, Kenneth Newbury stated, in
the SGC meeting of Feb. 11, that
Dr. Koza is currently revising the
computer program for the Spring
1973 Election.
The purpose of the action in CSJ
is to have the violations corrected.
It was never intended as a per-
sonal attack against any of the
defendants. I wish to extend to Dr.
Koza my most sincere apology for
any inconvenience or embarrass-
ment which yesterday'sDaily ar-
ticle may have caused. If Ken-
neth Newbury lied to SGC, and
Dr. Koza is not involved with the
computer program for this March's
election, I will gladly withdraw
any and all statements referring to
him from the CSJ action, and is-
sue any further apologies neces-
sary.
-Elliott Chikofsky
SGC Acting Treasurer

raeli state. The airliner was head-
ing for Cairo airport, lost course
due to a sand storm and flew over
Israeli occupied Sinai desert. This
came only hours after Israeli
forces attacked Palestinian refugee
camps in northern Lebanon, killing
a large number of the refugees
whom Israel itself had forcefully
evicted from their homes in Pales-
tine.
In the 20th century, it is so dis-
tressing to see a state such as Is-
rael whose very creation came as
the result of the cruel displacement
of the indigenous population of Pal-
estine, and whose continuous ex-
istence is dependent on the per-
petual denial of the basic human
rights to the Palestinian refugees
and constant acts of mass murder
of neighboring Arab people using
the most deadly American weapons
and airplanes. It is equally dis-
tressing to see how most of the
American press distorts the news
in favor of Israel portraying her as
the fortress of western democracy
in a non-western non-rational
area!!!
It is about time now that the
American taxpayer ask whether
the massive amounts of dollars the
U. S. gives to Israel to subsidize
its aggressive policies, may be put
into a better use here at home to
improve the quality of life for the
living rather than to destroy hu-
man life abroad.
Peace will come only if Israel
abandons its expansionistic poli-
cies and allows the Palestinian re-
fugees to return and participate as
equal citizens with full human
rights, in a democratic state where
Jews and non-Jews could lead a
joyful and peaceful life. How much
more atrocities the world is willing
to tolerate and how much more in-
timidations are the Arabsmable to
take is only a matter of time. May-
be Israel has more deadly wea-
pons and more destructive fire-
power than the Arabs have now.
But a higher capabilities of de-
struction does not guarantee vic-
tory or peace as has been tragic-
ally demonstrated by the Vietnam
war. Israel better learn from his-
tory, for those who do not learn
from history are damned to repeat
it.
Mohammed Saleh, Grad
Feb. 23

Public health
To The Daily:
THE POSITION of County Pub-
lic HealthDirector is a civil serv-
ice-appointed position. The last di-
rector, Dr. Otto K. Engelke, served
in that position for well over 30
years. Now that he has retired, the
County Board of Health is in the
processof choosing a new Director.
Before the Board of Health mak-
es the hard decision about who will
fill that vacancy, I hope they will
take into account the opinions of
the whole community, rather than
just those of the medical profes-
sionals.
Traditionally, medical profession-

als, particularly doctors, have re-
sented and fought against the in-
tervention of public health into the
field of health care delivery. How-
ever, the general public has, I am
certain, a very different attitude
about what the role of the Public
Health Department and its Director
ought to be.
I hope that the Board listened to
the representatives from the com-
munity who spoke at the hearing on
February 15. I hope that they will
listen to the people on March 1,
when the community is allowed to
comment further on this important
decision.
-Charlotte Wolter
Editorial Director
Michigan Daily, '66-'67
Feb. 20

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Sylvia'S Signs
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1973
A Pisces person is extremely psychic.
S. Pisces. (Feb. 19-March 20) You tend to
dwell on past mistakes whether you are to
blame or not. Concern yourself with the
present. Get down and enjoy yourself. In-
teresting propositions are made over Te-
quila.
Aries. (March 21-April 19) A good time to
cement your feet in a secure relationship.
New acquaintances should be carefully
evaluated. Person you say goodnight to now,
looks quite different in the morning.
Taurus. (April 20-May 20) Use your quick wit and socialability
to avoid issues that may arise. You may be confronted about past
work due by a professor. Have an excuse ready.
Gemini. (May 21-June 20) You will find yourself in a relatively
good mood today. Use your position to find out where you stand
in a relationship. You don't have the upper hand. Make the best
of it.
Cancer. (June 21-July 22) Carefully plan any, actions today. Ac-
tion based on suspicions will result in a false accusation. Your
friends are not scheming against you as you may think.
Leo. (July 23- Aug. 22) You should try a different approach in
solving matters that may seem incomprehensible. Use your great
talent in other ways if you want to be a roaring success.
Virgo. (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your advice will be sought today. Be
ready to give assistance. It can only be of help to your cause.
Share old papers and exams with a worthy individual.
Libra. (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Opportunity knocks. Work with effic-
iency and concentration for success and financial rewards. Learn
to play by the rules for added Peace of Mind.
Scorpio. (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Be confident and regulate your af-
fairs of the day in a realistic scheme. Be satisfied with the course

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