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Light, good
By CHARLES STEIN of last Tue
N THE WEEK that has passed since Elec- one collec
tion Day, we have been deluged by a managed I
constant stream of political analyses. esty anda
We have heard how and why each ethnic, ican value
racial and age group voted the way it This is
did. We have heard the American voter Govern wa
praised for his rejection of political ex- those virt
tremism and applauded for his ability to presented1
split his ticket. Govern's s
In a few months our own Survey Re- never offe
search Center will add to the analytical But for
mess, as it is certain to publish a detailed ac- ence, McG
count of every minute quantitive aspect of people wit
the entire election. leadership
Perhaps the work will be titled, "Every- He neve
thing You Wanted to Know about The ment to pe
1972 Elections, But Didn't Care Enough and civil r
About to Ask." in governi
These c
BUT ALL the words and statistics we are sate for N
likely to read about the recent election will tactical mi
all serve to reinforce just one major dered a g
premise. Put quite simply, the country is dog - at
fucked. BUT GE
How else can one explain the results ply lose. H

picked over darkness,


Election law follies

esday's exercise in democracy? In
tive pull of the lever, America
to repudiate peace, morality, hon-
a host of other supposedly Amer-
not to imply that George Mc-
as the living embodiment of all
ues, or that ,Richard Nixon re-
their negative counterparts. Mc-
tatements to the contrary, politics
ers us such simple choices.
all his fumbling and incompet-
Govern did present the American
h a significant alternative to the
of the last four years.
r wavered on his basic commit-
eace, his support of civil liberties
ights, or his advocacy of honesty
ommitments more than compen-
McGovern's boring speeches and
iscalculations. So what if he or-
lass of milk with his kosher hot
least he meant well.
EORGE McGovern did not sim-
3e was annihilated. He was singled

out as the enemy by millions of life-long
Democrats, who if the experts are correct,
turned out for the sole purpose of voting
against George McGovern.
"The fucking of America" did not end
with the presidential election, however, as
the voting returns from the state of Mich-
igan demonstrate. Michigan voters, aside
from their repudiation of McGovern, de-
feated an abortion reform referendum by
a staggering two to one margin.
Obviously swayed by a collage of gory
slides and posters, Michigan residents de-
cided that women do not have the right
to control their own bodies.
These same voters also returned Mich-
igan's muscle man, Sen. Robert Griffin, to
his seat in Washington.
Working class citizens were said to have
provided Griffin with his slim plurality. A
man, who according to a Nader study, has
a campaign contribution list that reads like
Who's Who in American industry.
THERE WAS one vote in the state, which

may signal better times ahead. By a narrow
margin, Michigan voters passed a refer-
endum in sipport of daylight savings time.
Presented with a clear cut choice, voters
boldly came out in support of an extra
hour of daylight.
The subtle symbolism of this decision has
been overlooked by most commentators, but
anyone who has ever taken a literature
course knows how genuinely significant it
It means that we have chosen light over
darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and
good over evil.
Certainly this must be taken as a sign
of positive change for elections to come.
Or in the words of the great General
William Westmoreland, "Yes, there is a
light at the end of the tunnel."
Charles Stein, a night editor for The
Daily, says he does not understand Day-
light Savings Time. He is not registered to
vote in Michigan because he wants to run
for the Senate in New York someday with-
out a carpetbagger image.


NOT CONTENT with hiding the names.
of the contributors to their secret ten
million dollar campaign fund, Repub-
licans now think they have come up with
a new way to evade the federal law re-
quiring disclosure of the names of all
people who contribute $100 or more to a
political candidate.
The Executive Club of the Republican
Party of New Jersey is now claiming that
the $100,000 it contributed to President
Nixon's campaign came from the dues
of individual members. Club Chairman
William Colsey II contends that dues are
not covered by the campaign disclosure
However, the General Accounting Of-
fice (GAO) disagrees. GAO auditors say
as soon as the committee contributed
more than $1,000 to Nixon's campaign
they became a national political com-
mittee under the act. The auditors also
say that dues fall within the law's defi-

If the Executive Club of the Republi-
can Party in New Jersey continues to re-
fuse to disclose the names of contribu-
tors, GAO will turn its findings over to
the justice department for prosecution.
It will be interesting to see if Richard
Kleindienst chooses to prosecute a Nixon
re-election committee, considering that
he would be "biting the hand that feeds
him," so to speak.
However, the real issue at stake is whe-
ther or not the federal campaign dis-
closure law will become useless junk.
The basis of the law was an assump-
tion that people have a right to know
who contributes to whose campaign.
IF NO ACTION is taken or the courts
rule that "dues" are not covered
by law, then political clubs which give
members' "dues" to candidates will cre-
ate loopholes leaving the campaign dis-
closure law meaningless.


Donkey Joe and Lion Jean?

"It ain't nothing till I cal it"-BI Klem, umpire
"The law is only what the courts say it is"-a fa-
ious Supreme Court justice.
THE ABOVE quotations are presented
to dembnstrate that the fields of
sports and politics are actually very
closely related. Rules which apply in one
are often surprisingly applicable in the
Editorial Staff
PAT BAUER .............. 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 SCUREIE...........Editorial Director
GLORIA JANE S M ................Arts Editor
ED SUROVELL.............. .. .Books Editor
PAUL TRAVIS .......... Associate Managing Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Barkin, Jan Benedetti, D1-
ane Levick, Jimn O'Brien, Chris Parks, Charles
Stein, Ted Stein.
COPY EDITORS: Meryl Gordon, Debra Thal.
DAY EDITORS: Dave Burhenn, Jim Kent ch, Marilyn
Riley. Judy Ruskin, Eric Schoch, Sue Stephen-
son, Ralph Vartabedian, Becky Warner.
Aswani, Gordon Atcheson, Laura Berman, Penny
Blank, Dan Blugerman, Bob Burakoff, Beth Eg-
nater, Ted Evanoff, Cindy Hill, Debbie Knox,
David Stoll, Terri Terrell.
STAFF WRITERS: Howard Brick Lorin Labardee, Ka-
thy Ricke, Eugene Robinson, Linda Rosenthal,
Zachary Schiller, Marcia Zosiaw.
ARTS STAFF: Herb Bowie, Rich Glatzer, Donald
TERRY McCARTHY ............ Chief Photographer
ROLFE TESSEM .................... Picture Editor
DENNY GAINER...............Staff Photographer
TOM GOTTLIEB............... Staff Photographer
KAREN KASMAUSKI.............Staff Photographer
DAVID MARGOLICK,............Staff Photographer
Photography Staff
TERRY McCARTHY ..............Chief Photographer
ROLFE TESSEM........ .Picture Editor
DENNY GAINER............. .Staff Photographer
TOM GOTTLIEB.. .............Staff Photographer
DAVID MARGOLICK ........... Staff Photographer

A case in point concerns the problen
of a losing team. In sports, when a tea]
is on the skids, the manager is alway
the first to go-not necessarily because
he is responsible for the loss but becaus
it's easier to fire a coach than get
whole new team.
Joe Schmidt's Lions are currently ii
the midst of a disappointing season, an
with each succeeding loss, come new ru
mors that Schmidt will be replaced.
Jean Westwood, Democratic nationa
chairman is facing a similar prospect
Although Westwood really had very lit
tle to do with George McGovern's defeat
she is likely to be offed for McGovern'
Like Schmidt, she is a convenient tai
get for critics who are disappointed witl
their team's performance and are read
to adopt a new game plan.
UNLIKE SCHMIDT, Westwood doesn'
have a contract and thus her depar
ture seems almost a certainty. Wh
knows, with her leadership credential
she may be offered the Lions coachin
job if their current losing streak con
And, with the possible erosion of th
McGovern Commission Democratic Par
ty reforms, Schmidt, over 30, white an
male, might be back in line for West
wood's job.
Today's staff:
News: Pat Bauer, David Stoll, Terri Ter
rell, Paul Travis, Becky Warner
Editorial Page: Arthur Lerner
Arts Page: Gloria Jane Smith
Photo technician: Terry McCarthy

In the election that just ended,
the Human Rights Party, in what
seems to have been its sole cam-
paign tactic, frantically drew at-
tention to the fact that a differ-
ence exists between it and the
Democratic Party. It is highly un-
likely that even a casual observer
would dispute that fact, but the na-
ture and the quality of the differ-
ence deserves some closer exam-
Despite some surface similarity
in the proclamations of concern
for Equality, Justice, Self- Deter-
mination and other cliches, it re-
mains that the degree of honesty
and integrity each of the two par-
ties brings to the task emphasizes
the differences between them.
Whatever HRP would have people
believe, the depth of difference
goes well beyond a willingness or
hesitancy to support good couses.
HRP, in its anxiety to promote
complimentary headlines, relent-
lessly proposes legislation that has
a pleasing and popular appeal, but
that more often than not is either
illegal, unreasonable or unwork-
able. Examples are endless:
" In a paroxysm of anti-war leg-
islative efforts HRP proposed
making the city attorney's office
the draft counseling headquarters.
After much rhetoric decrying the
evils of the war in Vietnam the
point was pressed that HRP was
more moral and more opposed to
the war than the Democrats, be-
cause they were willing to com-
mit the city to this radical action.
A quick survey on the day of the
vote, however, revealed that all
local anti-war organizations plus
such groups as the University's
Office of Religious Affairs, the
American Friends Society and the
Legal Aid Society were directing
all inquiries to the Draft Counsel-
ing Center and were uniformly sat-
isfied with the results.
A call to the Center made clear
that giving City Hall the responsi-

bility for draft counseling would
be both unwise and counter-pro-
ductive. Not only had requests for
assistance and advice greatly di-
minished during the preceding
year, making the need for dupli-
cative service illogical, but fur-
ther that the experience of the
Centers' lawyers gave them much
more valuable expertise in this
complicated field than the city
attorney's staff could reasonably
hope to attain.
In short, although the headline
cast HRP in the role of Friend of
the People, adoption of their pro-
posal would have proven a gross
disservice to those it purported to
" An anxiety to make the Dem-
ocrats look bad at any cost has re-
sulted in numerous lost opportun-
ities to enact legislation beneficial

that they presented it premature-
ly, without permission of the
United Farm Workers Union and
in a style almost guaranteeing de-
First, they designed their own
variation of the resolution - un-
acceptable to almost everyone
otherwise sympathetic to the cause
-then surfaced that resolution just
prior to the vote, having made no
effort to gather support for its pas-
sage or discuss and resolve possi-
ble differences. When the United
Farm Workers Union found out
about the move - at 5:00 P.M.
the night of the council meeting -
they desperately attempted to have
HRP' delay the resolution in order
to iron out details. HRP refused.
Instead its members presented
it without consultation, without
preparation and without a prayer

(luff-truths and cheap trickery?'

"... It is probably . . . HRP's evident disdain
for the rule of law . . ., its cavalier disregard
for the integrity and fragility of the law in its
tactical pursuits, in which the major philosophi-
cal differences between the Human Rights Party
and the Democratic Party becomes most appa-

lier disregard for the integrity
and fragility of the law in its tac-
tical pursuits, in which the major
philosophical difference between
the Human Rights Party and the
Democratic Party becomes most
apparent. HRP has no hesitancy
about passing unconstitutional leg-
islation if it perceives in it the po-
tential of exciting an -awareness
and a sensitivity of the people to
an issue. In a society that has its
news managed and seems to be
drifting into a malaise of apathy
and unconcern there is much to
be said for such an effort. How-
ever, in a society that ultimately
has the rule of law as the only
protection for its minority mem-
bers, disdain for or subversion of
that concept is probably the most
dangerous and damaging treat-
ment it can sustain.
The law is a very delicate ar-
rangement that can survive only
in a climate of general acceptance
and esteem. The short term bene-
fits of demeaning the Law in the
name of a noble cause poses the
long term threat of exposing the
nation's weaker minorities to the
unprotected passions of majority
power. Our laws have flaws that
must be corrected and inadequa-
cies that must be improved, but
tearing at the basic fabric of the
Law endangers all the safeguards
that our society has developed for
the protection of its citizens. Con-
sequently, such legislation as has
been proposed by the HRP that
would deny city services to anyone
connected with the production of
war materiel or offering sanctuary
to people sought by the federal
government for draft evasion or
desertion or any one of their many
s i m i 1 a r recommendations, al-
though perhaps pleasing in con-
cept, is ultimately dangerous and
0 But saddest of all is the ar-
rogance and unreality of the HRP
pretentions. A point could be made
that the general political system

is corrupt and in desperate need
of major reform. It may well be
argued that none of the current
political parties exhibit an ade-
quate concern for people they are
pledged to represent, but are in-
stead tied to and restricted by the
established and monied interests of
the country.
Furthermore, it is probably a
valid assumption that hope for re-
form of the existing social and po-
litical abuses lies in the younger,
uncommitted and generally less
cynical voter. If, indeed, there is
a role for a new political party
it is for a party of the young, a
party of some high degree of pur-
ity. This is why the sadness of the
present poor performance of the
HRP is so poignant.
There is a need for greater evi-
dence of morality in our system
and if a move toward its correc-
tion is to emerge as a force it
will probably come up from the
idealism and energies of the
young. Unfortunately, HRP is not
to be the vehicle. Both its political
campaign and its legislative per-
formance have been so lacking in
the honesty and integrity neces-
sary to sustain an ideal that disil-
lusion becomes inevitable and par-
ticularly painful.
The idea of a radical party at
once responsive and responsible
may have been foolish and a little
naive, but for many people, those
both young and beyond, it had a
special appeal. The HRP's reliance
on half-truths and cheap trickery
to meet the exigencies of a cam-
paign reveals it to be one with all
the rest and, at least in Ann Ar-
bor, much less than some.
Robert Faber is a city council-
man from the 2nd Ward.

to the community as a whole and
particularly to those citizens HRP
regards as its own constituency.
One example of many is its per-
formance in presenting a resolu-
tion supporting the lettuce boycott.
The United Farm Workers Union
is dependent upon legislative sup-
port throughout the country to
further its cause. It has developed
a form resolution that includes ev-
erything they feel is necessary and
which they propose to the various
legislatures. Unfortunately, HRP
decided to grab the issue as their
own and milk it for its political
potential. The unhappy result was

of passage. In short, so sure were
they of the futility of their effort
that they came to council with a
three - page prepared statement
blasting the Democrats for their
recalcitrance. The result, of
course, was that they were able to
present the issue as their own
while at the same time assuring
themselves an effective anti-Demo-
crat campaign issue. They had the
best of two worlds - unfortunately
at the expense of the Third World.
O One of the most serious of
the HRP shortcoming, however, is
its evident disdain of the rule of
law. It is probably this, its cava-

To The Daily:f
UNIVERSITIES in general, and r
the University of Michigan in par-t
ticular, have been correctly per-c
ceived as elitist instititions whichi
help perpetuate the inequalities al-
r_ ready existing in the social struc-
In the past few years, the Univer-
sity has begun to respond to thist
criticism by instituting a variety I
of non-discrimination policies, af-

Random admissions,

re-cyc ling

firmative action programs, and
positive recruitment efforts. Quo-
tas to reverse the traditional dis-
crimination - overt and covert -
intended and unconscious -
against blacks, women, the poor,
and the middle-aged have been in-
Often these new quotas have
been haphazardly piled upon t h e
University's existing traditional
quotas for in-state versus out-


WASHINGTON - Next January 20,
President Nixon will begin four more
years in the White House. For the first
time in his political career, he can fol-
low his convictions without worrying
about the voters.
Some intimates say he has the capac-
ity for greatness during his final four
years. Others worry that he is vindic-
tive and might use his new political
freedom to reward his friends and punish
his enemies. Here are our predictions:
In foreign affairs, the President will
dedicate himself during the years ahead
to achieving his goal of an era of
peace. He will succeed, we predict, in
Withdrawing the United States from
the wars in Southeast Asia. He will also
end the cold war era and reduce ten-
sions with the Communist superpowers.
Before his term is ended, we predict,
the United States will recognize Com-
munist China and restore normal trade
relations with both China and Russia.
He will fail, however, to prevent war
in the Middle East.
At. home, we predict. the President

t~arnishes Nixon 's crystal


Stans, who are implicated in the Water-
gate scandal.
This is the tip-off that the President
will back up his aides and cover up
the scandal. Mitchell, we predict, will
remain a close confidante but will not
return to the cabinet. Stans will be
given a top appointment - outside the
In short, we predict Richard Nixon
will distinguish himself as a peace pres-
ident but will be badly tarnished by
scandal during the next four years.
Globetrotter Henry Kissinger c o u l d
take a few travelling lessons from John
Shaffer, chief of the Federal Aviation
Agency. Shaffer, we've discovered, is
one of the most traveled men in the
Nixon Administration.
Shaffer, who insists that it's his sol-
emn duty to "monitor the national avia-
tion system," accomplishes this goal by
flying around at public expense in a
sleek Lockheed Jetstar.
We have reported in the past how
Shaffer's "monitorina" has taken him

government pilot to drop them off 300
miles further south in Miami.
We have learned the identity of the
three friends whom Shaffer let use his
government plane. They are Thornton
Ferguson, President of Modern A i r
Transport; Robert Lando, head of a
Pittsburgh advertising agency; and Jay
Van Vechten, who heads Lando's Miami
office. They flew to Miami while Shaffer
played golf in Augusta with executives
of General Electric.
GEORGE WHO? The Chinese public
was told almost nothing about the Amer-
ican election campaign. The average
Chinese citizens, for example, never
heard of George McGovern. But a daily
bulletin, called Reference News, h a s
given the Chinese Communist cadres a
surprisingly accurate account of the
campaign developments. The re-election
of President Nixon, therefore, came as
absolutely no surprise to the Chinese
CONFIDENT THIEU - The secret in-
telligence renorts out of Saigon con-

President Sadat has completely shaken
up his high command to prevent a mili-
tary coup, according to intelligence re-
ports. He had picked up reports, ap-
parently, that a new military junta might
attempt to seize power from him. Sadat
has now taken what amounts to person-
al command of the army.
OLD CHIANG ILL - The CIA reports
the Old Chiang Kai-shek is seriously ill
and that his son, Chiang Ching-kuo, has
taken over effective control of Taiwan.
The death of old Chiang, if it should
come, would have little effect upon
this Asian trouble spot.
Bobby Baker and his wife Dorothy
have been having marital problems since
Baker left prison last June. Baker will
soon leave for a long trip to the Orient.
His pretty wife will remain behind . . .
Spirits are low at Ralph Nader's head-
quarters. Some have always complain-
ed that Naderdrives his staff too bard.
Rit nte hniiC acron n ,n .rc ,n . l

state, Michigan county quotas (to
mollify legislators), state quotas,
and foreign quotas, as well as
alumni considerations.
This system - if indeed it can
be called a system - has many
disadvantages. For one thing, the
quotas are often very slowly im-
plemented. Secondly, quotas often
become ceilings - particularly,
when every new year seems to
bring another group demanding its
special quota. Thirdly, the quotas
are often used by the University
to play one group off against ano-
ther - for example, Indians and
chicanos are placed in competi-
tion with blacks. Fourth, the sys-
tem of overlapping quotas while
necessary to reverse past practices
-is, in the long run, contrary to
the individual values which the
University should be trying to pro-
Finally, the system of quotas
still leaves a tremendous amount
of discretion in the hands of a re-
latively small group of admissions
officers who have their own per-
sonal and institutional biases. The
group that has failed to make it-
self heard, and failed to get its
own quota, is often left to mercies
of entrenched attitudes.
My suggestion is to introduce a
system which automatically gives
fair representation to all groups and
removes the influence of institu-
tional biases - namely a system
of random admissions.
Under a random admissions pol-
icy, applications would be sorted
first into those who are qualified
by existing University standards
and those who are not. At Mich-
igan, this process yields many
times more qualified applicants
than there are places.At this point,
instead of having the Admissions

opportunity to be selected. No
improper criteria or unidentified
criteria can have any influence.
Naturally, the University should
continue its positive recruitment
programs - especially those de-
signed to reverse the perception
that the University is only for rich
white students; that dentisry is
only for men; etc. These programs
help make the population who ap-
plies representative of the entire
The advantages of random ad-
missions can even be combined
with some affirmative action pro-
grams. For example, where estab-
lished past discrimination exists
(as for blacks), the Black Action
program should not be touched.
Also,some types of discrimina-
tion (as against so-called out-of-
state students, or in favor of cer-
tain countries amongst foreign ap-
plicants) could be continued, if de-1
sired. The point is that all dis-
crimination is explicitly identified
in a random system.
The main advantages of random
admissions is that it removes the
unperceived institutional biases
and so-called tie-breaking factors
(such as alumni standing in the
family) It is in this tie-breaking
process that today's unperceived
discrimination and cultural selec-
tion is taking place, and the ran-
dom admissions concept eliminates
-John Koza, Grad.
Nov. 13
ENACT plans
To The Daily:
RE THE LETTERS from Walter
Mugdan and Richard Livorine pub-
lished in the Nov. 9 issue of The

Action for Survival is working to
establish a stable, large-scale re-
cycling program for the University
community. We believe this pro-
gram is necessary because, al-
though there is presently a v e r y
good recycling station on South
Industrial Highway run by the
Ecology Center, this station is too
far for most students without cars
to reach. Therefore, most of the
65 tons per day of waste that the
University generates is not being
recycled. We have not forgotten,
either, that in the SGC referendum
last year, recycling came out se-
cond in priority of things students
Campus-wide recycling is defin-
itely going to become a reality here
this year. We have the supportaof
the administration and the plant
department. But we still need help.
If you are concerned, please call
ENACT at 764-4410 (2051 Natural
Science Bldg.)
-Patricia McNitt, '73NR
Nov. 10
62 per cent
To The Daily:
I MUST comment on the recent
proposition put forth by Bill Heen-
an (Daily, Nov. 10) that ". . . 62
per cent of the American people
couldn't be totally wrong . . ."
The above is just another exam-
ple of the tendency of true Amer-
icans to escape from the very diffi-
cult path of true ethical considera-
tion to the haven of meaningless
sloganism. The principle which
emerges from his profound argu-
ment, sounds suspiciously similar
to the historically notorious i d e a
that "might makes right."
I wonder if Bill Heenan would
agree that racism, also can't be

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