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Eighty-two years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

HRP faces the problems o

a primary



420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich.

News Phone: 764-0552

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
A New Year's hangover

UNTIL NOW, state law has re-
quired the Human Rights Party
to nominate its candidates by con-
vention rather than by primary,
as the two major parties do. In
the case of the upcoming c i t y
council elections, however, HRP
will be required to hold a primary
in February to nominate council
and mayoral candidates. The dead-
line for filing for the city election
primary is this Friday, Jan. 12, at
4:00 p.m.
This change should bring a breath
of fresh air into the nominating pro-
cedure, giving HRP an opportun-
ity to reach more people in Ann
Arbor and giving more HRP sup-
porters a chance to help decide
who represents them in the c i t y
council campaign. Nominating can-
didates by convention has proven
less than ideal in several respects.
It does not lend itself to the kind
of high-visibility campaigning that
can help bring out political differ-
ences between potential candidates.
Furthermore, conventions tend to

disenfranchise those who do not
have the time or emotional and
physical stamina to sit through long
hours of meetings over one week-
For these reasons, we welcome a
city council primary; however, the
primary brings with it a new set of
problems, some of which are uni-
que to HRP.
First, there is the problem of
campaign spending. Traditionally,
a candidate's success at the polls is
in direct proportion to the amount
of money that he or she can pour
into a slick media campaign. Can-
didates are often elected, not on
the basis of their politics, but on
the basis of the images they can
create through extensive and e-
pensive advertising. How do we
prevent this happening in HRP?
The second problem centers
around the question of candidates'
discipline. In either major party,
the platform means little for it is
in no way binding on any of the
party's candidates. Candidates are
free to say ode thing one day and

another the next, regardless of ;he
platform written at convention.
The Human Rights Party feels,
however, that the platform is a
meaningful and important d o c u-
ment. It represents the beliefs of
a majority of members of a party,
covering a fairly broad spectrum
of the political left. Candidates and
elected officials are expected to
function within the political para-
meters set up by the plaform and
to take direction from the m a s s
meetings. Only in this way can we
begin to insure that people w i 1 1
become actively involved in mak-
ing their own political decisions
and keeping their elected officials
presentatives be fundamentally
committed,not to their own pi-
tical careers, but to building t h e
third party movement through col-
lective grass-roots decision-making.
In a primary system, however, it
is possible that someone who h a s
little or no contact with HRP could

With the holiday season and the pause
in political activity that inevitably ac-
companies it now officially over, the eyes
of the nation will once again be focused
on the capital cities of Paris and Wash-
The peace talks which were broken off
are scheduled to resume again this week
in the'French capital. Now entering their
fifth calendar year, the talks must try
to work out a solution to the Vietnam
struggle only one week after the United
States ended the heaviest bombing cam-
paign in history against North Vietnam's
'We will undoubtedly see photos of
Henry Kissinger and Le duc Tho walking
arm and arm in the garden of some plush
French chateau trading international
pleasantries while Ron Ziegler assures
us that progress is being made.
An equally familiar scene seems to be
In_ memoriam
WE AT THE DAILY join with the
entire community to mourn\the
recent deaths of English Prof. Alex-
ander Allison and members of his
family in a holiday automobile ac-
Those of us who were lucky
enough to have Prof. Allison for a
teacher will never forget the way
he transmitted his vast enthusiasm
for all literature to his students,
and especially the way he made his
specialty, the 18th century Augus-
tan Age, come positively alive.
We urge everyone to contribute
generously to the Allison Memorial
Fund, which has been established
to aid in the education of the four
surviving Allison children. Please
send all contributions (payable to
the Allison Memorial Fund) to the
English Dept., 1601 Haven Hall.
Today's staff:
News: Angela Balk, Jon Benedetti, Don
Biddle, Dan Blugerman, Cindy Hill,
Tommy Jacobs
Edioral Page: Bill Heenan, Eric Schoch,
Martin Stern
Arts Page: Gloria Jane Smith
Photo Technician: David Margolick
Editorial Staff
PAT BATER... Associate Managing Editor
LINDSAY CHANEY..............Editorial Director
MARK DILLEN .................. Magazine Editor
LINDA DREEBEN ........ Associate Managing Editor
TAMMY JACOBS................Managing Editor
ARTHUR LERNER ................ Editorial Director
ROBERT SCHREINER...........Editorial Director
GLORIA JANE SMITH .................B..Arts Editor
ED SUROVELL .... ......... .... . ... Books Editor
PAUL ,TRAVIS..........Associate Managing Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Barkin, Jan Benedetti, Di-
ane eick, Jim O'Brien, Chris Parks, Charles
Stein, Ted Stein.
COPY EDITORS: Meryl Gordon, Debra Thali

shaping up in Washington. For the ump-
teenth time Congress has vowed to cut
off funds for the war. Led by a coalition
of liberal Democrats, the legislators are
predicting success for their current ven-
Hopefully Congressional anti-war sen-
timent has reached such a level where
Congress could once again exert its con-
stitutional right to make-or end-war.
Unfortunately, in the past, such senti-
ment after assorted U.S. offensives has
always bowed to Presidential perogative
when the final votes are counted. Some
prominent lackey has always risen on the
floor of the Senate to tell his colleagues
that an anti-war legislation would tie
the President's hands and would subse-
quently hurt our efforts to achieve
Thus without trying to be excessively
cynical, it would appear that the current
stage of Vietnam developments is mere-
ly entering a familiar phase in a recur-
ring cycle. Any real change in policy will
probably require a change in position at
the highest level, and at the moment no
such change is visible.
President Nixon, as the recent bomb-
ing offensive demonstrated, still appears
to be interested in peace only on his own
terms. He is in no rush to sign a peace
agreement and is so-called North Viet-
namese intransigence continues, he is
likely to resume the bombing again.
The optimism of October and Novem-
ber has given way to a creeping pessi-
mism and the newest official announce-
ment of the nearness of peace are likely
to be greeted with more than a grain of
A fresh start

come in "off the street" a n d
through clever camnaigning w.-Jk
away with the HRP nominxion.
The second important ques+ion to
be answered in running an HRP
primary, then, is how do we in-
sure that HRP candidates do, in
fact, represent the HRP platform
and the mass meetings?
The last HRP mass meetings set
up some tentative andss g gmeral
guidelines to begin dealing w i i h
these questions. The purpose of the
guidelines is not to make candi-
dates toe the party line, but rather
to give all candidates an equal op-
portunity to campaign, and to clar-
ify each candidate's politics and
relationship to the Human Fights
First, all candidates for a given
race will receive equal campaign
funds from thedparty. Candidates
should not spend any of their own
personal money.
Second, any group within HRP
which controls any mass media is
expected to give equal media space
to all HRP primary candidates.
Such groups within HRP will, of
course, be free to endorse any can-
didates they choose.
The Editorial Page of The
Michigan Daily is open to any.
one who w i s h e s to submit
articles. Generally speaking, all
articles should be less than 1,000

Third, all primary candidates
sho- ld pledge to. abide by the plat-
form and decisions made at mass
THROUGHOUT the primary
campaign, candidates will be asked
to address themselves to these
guidelines, stating whether t h e y
feel theydhavefollowed the guide-
lines, and if not, wvhy. The o n 1 y
control which HRP will exercise
over candidates is to state which
candidates, if any, have disregard-
ed the guidelines.
We hope that this procedure will
preserve the political perspective
of HRP while keeping the nomina-
tions open and democratic.
More detailed plans for operat-
ionalizing these guidelines a n d
clarifying political differences be-
tween candidates will be worked
out at the mass meeting Thursday
night in the Faculty Club Lounge
of the Michigan Union. Since we
are treading on unchartered ter-
ritory, we would hope that all those
interested in building the Human
Rights Party will help us develop
the procedures by which our city
representatives are nominated.
Susan Newell was a candidate
for county commissioner on the
IIRP ticket in the fall election and
has served on the Steering Com-
mittee of IIRP.



morning seemed the same as it did
back in December - the same gray sky,
brisk air, and dingy buildings. One thing
is different, however - this is a brand
new year. Yet a lot remains left over
from '72. Jobs are still hard to find, the
standard of education is no higher, and
Mr. Nixon remains in the White House.
But the new year can be a time of reso-
lution and change. Here in Ann Arbor
voters are going to be choosing the peo-
ple who will form the city government.
There will be the chance to either
strengthen the Human Rights Party on
Council, or to support one of the more
conservative parties.
On a national level we have the oppor-
tunity to protest President Nixon's con-
tinued interference in Southeast Asia by
meeting in Washington on Jan. 20 (in-
auguration day.)
There are new people to meet, places
to go, and things to get involved in.
We'll experience four new seasons, and
with them the chance to make changes
-political, social, and personal.
Use your power well and the best of
luck for a new year.


Pentagon photo album



Letters to The Dailv

Animagined Nixon
talk with coach A llen
NIXON: CONGRATULATIONS, coach. You just about blew those
Dallas fellows out of the stadium.
Allen: Well, as I keep saying Mr. President, it was a team
effort. Every man on our squad deserves some of the ,credit.
Nixon: You've got a fine spirit of unity, everyone can see that;
no sniping and grumbling. Tell me, when did you feel you had it won?
Allen: After Billy Killmer threw ti bomb to Charlie Taylor. That
bomb broke their backs.
Nixon: Hmmm. That's interesting.
Allen: I've seen it happen a hundred times. You plug along and it
looks as though it may be a tough afternoon and then one big bomb
does it.
Nixon: You just use the short stuff to soften them up .. .
Allen. That's it. Then you let them have the big one. Bamm.
Nixon: It was beautiful . . . I guess you're not having much
trouble with the press any more.
Allen: I think that's pretty well under control now. You know,
when you keep winning, even the troublemakers seem to get the
message. But we've still got the really important one ahead. That
Miami bunch won't be a pushover.
* * * *
NIXON: Well, I'm going to do what I can to help you.
Allen: You mean you've been thinking about new plays for us?
Nixon: No, I'm leaving that to you this time. But I have reached
a decision. I'm authorizing you to tell the press that I'm for the
Redskins all the way.
Allen: That will mean a lot to the players, Mr. President.
Nixon: I gave a lot of thought to this decision, and it won't be
popular in some places. Most of my advisors wanted me to keep
saying I'm neutral, and may the best team win. That would have been
the easy political thing to do. You know, with Miami's, unbeaten re-
cord a lot of people don't want to see it spoiled. And I've got a lot of
friends down there.
Allen: I'm sure that's true. This decision takes what I call real
Nixon: Well, I've been in Washington a long time* now, and I've
always been a home-town fan. And when I saw those scenes from
the locker room yesterday, with all your players kneeling and giving
thanks for that victory, I knew I had to do something.
Allen: That's a regular ;custom with us. We know we don't win
without some help from up there.
Nixon: I suppose some people think that is cornball stuff these
days, but we're getting back to real values. Maybe if enough young
people see how much faith and prayer have helped your team, they'll
understand there is a spiritual factor in sports as well as everything
Allen: I sure hope so. Just one thing, though, Mr. President. I think
it might be better if I didn't quote you on that part.
Nixon: About the religious bit? Well, all right, but why?
Allen: Frankly, I don't trust Don Shula. He might just steal the
idea - even use it before the game - if he hears what you've
said. God would be sort of put on the spot. Ie must have a lot
of trouble choosing sides anyway.
Nixon: I leave that to you coach . . . Anyway, it should be a
real thrill for you playing the Sugar Bowl game in Los Angeles. Some
people out there will be wondering why they let you go.
Allen: I have to admit I won't mind going back there a bit this way.
I don't hold any grudges, but it's not easy to forget a deal like that
Nixon: I know how you feel. I had a little trouble in California
myself just about ten years ago.
Allen: They thought you were washed up, too.
Nixon: It's always fun to make a comeback.
James Wechsler is the editorial page editor of the New York Post.
Copyright 1973, New York Post Corporation.

South Quad setback




To The Daily:
IN RESPONSE to your Decem-
ber 13, 1972 article entitled, "South
Quad: Beset with quiet tension," it
is my opinion that the article con-
tains half-truths and misquotes that
have set South Quad back tem-
porarily in terms of efforts on the
part of the residents and staff who
have been working to improve its
Some of the sources you used for
the article were non-factual and
obviocjsly based on fears and ru-
mors blown out of proportion.
South Quad does have problems,
but our problems are no less than
other areas of the University who
have experienced similar problems
and in some cases greater.
An openness on the part of the
staff and residents of South Quad
exists and is encouraged, and
through this openness we hope a
great understanding and aware-
ness will develop which will lead
to a better living-learning environ-
ment. This, along with other com-
munity programs, were totally
overlooked in your article.
It is hoped in the future in sim-
ilar articles dealing with South
Quad that you will seek a wider,
more factual range of opinions.
-Kenneth W. Moon
Building Director
South Quadrangle
Jan. 5
To The Daily:
I FIND real irony is the juxa-
position of articles on a kissing
contest and tension in South Quad
appearing on the front page of
your December 13 issue. While I
would not wish to minimize prob-
lems of South Quad I feel you
have done a very real disservice
to the staff and students in South
who are making very significant in-
roads into creating a good living
situation within a population re-
flective of the composition we want
for the University of Michigan.
Initially you have some factual
errors. The return rate for South

For a newspaper that prides it-
}self in not being a "crime report-
er" the loose references to rapes
or attempted rapes is not only n-
consistent with your own policies
but also in light of your not re-
porting other 6ampus area crimes
the story grossly misrepresents the
situation at South Quad. There have
been five reported rapes in t h e
campus area this Fall - none in
residence halls. There Ivive been
four reported armed robberies in
residence halls - one in S o u t h
Quad during the Fall registration
The fact that more black s t u-
dents live in South Quad is a posi-
tive factor for South. The Housing
Office finds most distressing t h e
fact that this Fallathe only Blacks
in Mosher-Jordan are two vlesrc4ent
Advisors and one student who
transferredto Mosher-Jordan ear-
ly in the Fall Term. The efforts
of the entire University Commun-
ity including The Daily should be
directed at changing the composi-
tion of Mosher-Jordan, not South
Quad. Your article will not serve
that objective.
To compound the unfairness of
your article is the decislon to
print the story in your final issue
for the Fall Term. For one month
there will linger in the minds of
your readers the recollection of a
tension-filled building known as
South Quad. I sincerely hope that
follow-up articles will explore wny
Mosher-Jordan is a "white ghetto,"
the relation of casual marijuana
use and campus-area crime, un-
willingness of residents to support
escort policies and other secuimity-
oriented measures, and other cam-
pus phenomena for more worthy
of concern at this time.
-John C. Feldkamp
Director of Housing
Dec. 15
Newsreel scapegoat
To The Daily:
IN YOUR very helpful articles
about the current film flap I
emerge as a Renaissance Pig. My
previous experience at repression
was against dogs in the auditor-
iums because of their noise (jingle,

tively innocuous, though now ap-
parently a connection between the
latter two is being denied. His-
tory is rewritten every week.
-I do not count audiences, but
upwards of a dozen people do, with
head counts and ticket numbers.
This information should he avail-
able from any number of myrsuper-
iors. It is demanded and readily
secured by anv travelling show or
rock band playing on campus.
-The Discrepancy of ca. 600 was
for N.Y. Erotic Film Festival I, not
Reefer Madness, which had a dis-
crepancy all its own. Both are from
New Line Cinema, which is not
much worried about the implied
-I have written no letters to
New Line's Michael Harpster, and
he confirms receiving none from
me or anyone using my name.
Newsreel has the services of a
Madison Avenue mind which can
manipulate civil libertarian senti-
ments as surely as a blue package
sells soap. He has found a pecul-
iarly effective mouthpiece in Glen
Allvord. Together they generate
elaborate persecution fantasies, and
I am hearing that Friends of News-
reel will soon yield to Friends of
Though I only want them to get
a license, they have made me their
scapegoat. They are barking at my
heels, because I am costing them
their Heineken and candied crab
-Peter Wilde
Projectionist, O.S.S.
Dec. 11
Full of it
To The Daily:
IN REFERENCE to Eugene :o-
binson's article, "S. Quad: Beset
with 'quiet tension' (Dec. 13,
1972), as a resident of S o u t h
Quad, I think you are full of shit.
-Mark Yeager
Dec. 13






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