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Elr Atid-ga n :43aiI
Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Saturday, February 12, 1977

, News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Co-ed johns OK as long
as students approve them

ONCE AGAIN, Housing Director John
Feldkamp and several other Uni-
versity administrators are feigning
outrage over the latest "revelation"
that some of the bathrooms in East
Quad and Alice Lloyd are regularly
used by both sexes.
Actually, everyone knows that
there are a few co-ed johns in these
two dorms, in fact East -Quad and
Alice Lloyd have had co-ed johns on
various floors for some six years.
Every two , years or so this issue
becomes a heated topic again, and
then the fun starts. Students are re-
minded that it is against -University
policy, and that they risk lease term-,
ination if they continue this "im-
moral" practice. Then, some poor
building director gets yelled at, sev-
eral RA's catch hell, and the students
go right on doing what they choose.
The only part of this process that
makes any sense is the final step-

"the students go right on doing what
they choose." There is nothing wrong
or immoral about co-ed johns. A ma-
jority of students in the two dorms
voted in favor of opening certain
johns .to members of both sexes, and
they did so because it would be more
convenient - not because they are
all secretly voyeurs, or because they
want to have orgies in the bathrooms,
there are certainly better places for
such things. It is a simple matter of
convenience, and should be treated as
The righteous indignation of such
administrators as Feldkamp and Uni-
versity President Robben Fleming is
unjustified, and insulting to the stu-
dents involved. If the persons living
on any individual floor, in any dorm,
decide by vote that they would like
to make their john co-ed that is their
decision, and we support their right
to make that decision.

IP I 11".




gun control
To the Daily:
to the Daily's editorial c o n -
cerning the merits of gun con-
trol leads me to question the
writer's knowledge of the merits
of firearm control in the Unit-
ed States.
Stanard cites New York City
as the paradigm example of
the failure of gun control. What
he fails to realize is that New
York's legendary "Sullivan
Law" reaches only to the bard-
ers of the city: as Johnny Car-
son once said, "it wouldn't
touch Newark, 'where the gar-
bage meets the sea.'" In any
event, the point is simple: Fire-
arms flow into the city from
other cities and states nearby.
.This is not an argument against
the law; rather it is an argu-
ment for nationwide regulation
of firearm ownership.
At the same time, Standard
:an demonstrate no cause and
effect relationships between the
brief effort of local police de-
partments in Highland Park and
Drlando, Florida, and where a
comprehensive system of fire-
arms licensing was enacted in
the late 1960's, the most sophis-
ticated forms of multiple regres-
sion analysis demonstrated clear
relationships between increas-
ed controls and decreased g u n
vast majority of the gun-related
deaths in the United States are
the result of "crimes of pas-
sion." Usually, the victim is ac-
:uainted with the assailant and

in more than 75 per cent of the
cases the assailant has no prior
-riminal record.
The solution is a simple one:
Nationwide controls on handgun
awnership. It has worked on a
national basis in Japan and Eng-
land and the potential benefits
justify its adoption.
-Frank Kimball
January 23
Rose Bowl
To the Daily:
It gives me great pleasure to
be able to relate to you how
much we appreciate the exem-
plary manner in which yo u r
students conducted themselves
during the recent Rose Bowl.
It is indeed rare when compli-
ments in general are expressed,
especially about today's young
men and women. It is a tribute
to the University of Michigan,
your staff, and Conlin Dodds
Travel - for their organization,
well mannered, and well behav-
ed men and women.
It is quite obvious why the
University has such a tremen-
dous following throughout t h e
United States.
-John P. Tarantini
Holiday Inn
L.A., California
Letters should be typed
and limited to 400 words.
The Daily reserves the
right to edit letters for
length and grammar.

All parties deserve a fair
chance to get on the ballot


i t:.'T'

T'HE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Un-
ion (ACLU) has launched a chal-
lenge of Michigan's new election law
which limits the number of parties
that can appear on the ballot. The
law is designed to discourage "bed-
sheets" ballots by removing political
parties from the ballot if they' do not
receive one per cent of the votes cast
for the successful candidate for the
secretary of state in the previous
election. Such parties would then be
required to petition and win a pri-
mary to get back on the ballot.
While the intent is to make the
ballot less confusing, it has the ef-
fect of eliminating all but the Demo-
cratis and Republican parties from
the ballot. The result is to deprive
voters of a full choice of candidates.
Under the old law it was only
necessary for a party to obtain a
minimum number of signatures on
petitions in order to be placed on
the ballot. The new law not only re-
tains this but adds the qualifying
factor, making the task virtually im-
Those who advocate the new law
point out that if more than nine par-
ties qualify for ballot position, it be-
comes necessary to go to paper bal-
THE RIGHTS of a minority have
therefore been abridged to allow
the convenience of technology. But,
voting by paper ballots is no harder
than using a machine, except that
votes take longer to count.
Some argue that the paper bal-
lot is more confusing, but it was
paper ballots that were used in the
previous century - when illiteracy
was far more prevalent.
In the past the major parties have

used the minor parties as a major
source of inspiration. Roosevelt's New
Deal was drawn from a large num-
ber of minor party platforms.
Here in Ann Arbor, it was the
Human Rights party which pushed
the local Democrats to a more lib-
eral stance on a number of issues.
And historically, once the goals
of the minor parties have been ac-
complished they have either been
assimilated or faded into obscurity.
Failure to allow access to the bal-
lot by all parties cuts off the major
parties from innovation, and sets the
stage for the further disenfranchise-
ment of other groups. Eventually such
a policy can lead to violence, repres-,
sion, and even revolution.
We applaud the ACLU's effort to
have this law thrown out.
Editorial Staff
Co-Editors-in -Chief
KEN PARZIGIAN ........ . Editorial Director
Managing Editors
LOIS JOS.MOVICH..... Art Editor
Magazine Editors
STAF'F WRITERS: Gwven Barr, Susan Barry,
Brian Bianchard, Michael Beckman, Phillip
Bokovoy, Linda Brenners, Lori Carruthers, Ken
Chotiner, Eileen Dale! Ron DeKett, LisaHFish-
er, David Goodman, MJarnie Ileyn, Robb Halm-
es, Michael Jones, L ni Jordan, Janet Klein,
G~egg Kruppa, Steve Kursman, Dobilas Matu-
oonis, Stu McConnell, Tom Meyer, Jenny M-
ler, Patti Montemurri, Torn O'Connell, Jon
Pan sius, Karen Paul, Stephen Pickover, Kim
Potter, Martha Retallick, Keith Richburg, Bob
Rosenbaum, Dennis Sabo, Annmarie Schiavi,
Elizabeth Slowik, Tomn Stevens, Jim Stimpson,
Mike Taylor, Pauline Toole, Mark wagner, Sue
Warner, Shelley wolson, Mike Yelin, Laurie
Young and Barb Zahs.

THE PICTURE postcards de-
pict the island's p 1 a c i d
beauty -the cool blue waters of
the Caribbean, - the enticing
beaches of post hotels. This is
the Montego Bay that Harry Bel-
efonte left behind, the Jah King-
dom, where Bob Marley tells
you to "lively up yqurself, cause
reggae is another bag."
In Jamaica, the island para-
dise, the 1976 political murder
toll was two hundred, a rash of
violence that has forced Prime
Minister Michael Manley to de-
lare a "state of emergency."
Among the incidents, on May
19, 1976, the infamous Orange
Street Gang' set fire to a tene-
ment building in retaliation for
the stabbing of one of its mem-
bers - and kept firemen at bay
with gunfire while eight children
and two adults burned to death
inside. People's National Party
Candidate Ferdie Neita was shot
down in broad daylight at a
Kingston shopping center. Lady
Sarah Spencer-Churchill, d i s-
tant cousin to the late Winston
Churchill, was assaulted a n d
raped when gunmen broke into
her resort home, shooting t w o
others during the rampage. And
reggae music man Bob ("I shot
the Sheriff") Marley w a s
wounded when machine gun-
wielding hoods broke into h i s
home, the night before Marley
was- to give a concert for the
relection of Prime Minister Man-
WHY THIS RASH of unparal-
leled violence in picturesque
Eingstontown? The reason is
partly Prime Minister Michael
Manley himself, who, ever since
his election in 1972, has been
moving the island leftward along
the path he calls "democratic
socialism." Manley has stressed
that "the capitalist system has

failed us," and his friendship
with Cuba's Fidel Castro is un-
disguised. Political opponents of
Manley's - like Edward Seaga
if Jamaica's free enterprise
Jamican Labor Party (JLP) -
have accused the Prime Minist-
er of trying to make Jamaica
a satellite of Castro's Cuba.
And while Michael Manley's
socialism, his friendship w i t h
Castro, and his egalitaian prin-
viples have brought the loathing
of the middle-class, he has be-
:ome the folk hero of the Ja-
maican worker, who delivered
him a'clear 57.3 per cent man-
late over the free enterprsers
in elections last December.
Clearly Manley sees his win as
approval for his socialist doc-
trine, and Jamaica's becoming
a socialist state is inevitable.
MANLEY BLAMES the politi-
-al unrest on the Central Intel-
ligence Agency (CIA), and is
quick to point out American in-
tervention in Allende's C hi il e
and Diem's South Vietnam. Said
Manley in Time magazine last
June, "I cannot prove in a court
if law that the CIA is here.
What I have said is that stcange
things are happening in Jamaica
whichwe have not seen before."
U.S. Ambassador Sumner Ge-
rard hias categorically denied
that the CIA is present in Ja-
mnaica, and the deputy assistant
Secretary of State for Interna-
tional Affairs William fuers,
told a House Subcommittee that
the CIA allegations were "tot-
ally false."
Meanwhile Manley stall shouts
"CIA," citing his socialismPand
his support of the pro-Soviet re-
gime of Agostinto Neto in An-
;ola as reasons for the Amcri-
can intervention. . . . And then
he cites Allende's Chile, a n d
Diem's South Vietnam .. .
And now Jamaica is under a



state of emergency, giving the
army and police security forces
special authority, like the njght-
Ly "cordon and search" opera-
tions under the Emergency Wea-
pons Control Law, giving 1i f e
imprisonment to anyone :aught
with a firearm, a grenade, or
any explosive devise. In fact,
Manley campaigned - and won
- on his pledge of "Heavy Man-
ners," which is Jamaican slang
for discipline, after a hit reggae
song of the same name.
BtT THE newly reelected
Prime Minister has more than
his share of problems, some of
which "heavy manners' won't
solve. Tourism and exports of
sugar and bauxite are the is-
lands chief source ,f income.
The violence has cut tourism
sharply - so sharply that *he
government has had to buy sev-
eral of those posh hotels to keep
them from folding. On, the baux-
ite scene, Manley is disrupting
the market by trying to buy out
S1 per cent of the American-
owned firms, to further Jamai-
:a's socialism. Even the most
radical leftists are admitting
that the government just does-
n't have the know-how, 'not, to
mention the resources, to na-
tionalize the bauxite industry.
Other problems facing Man-
ley include a $370 million gov-
ernment spending price tag for
1976. The trade defizit was $400
million. Over 25 per cent of
Jamaica's work force is unem-
ployed, and inflationis running
at 15 per cent. Besides all that,
Manley's recent re-election vic-
tory - -- and his mandate for
,socialism - has scared away
most of Jamaica's middle-class.
They left, literally taking $200
million with them - smuggled
out in cigarette boxes and tour-
ist articles. To make uo for
his losses, some expect Manley

to ask money from the
tional Monetary fund,,
would mean devaluing
maican dollar, and, lo,
round of inflation.
that Manley will keepJ
under the state of em
for some time. And thi
left will continue. Manl
even end up getting a lo
the Soviet Union, in wh
Jimmy Carter may be
with a situation someth
to President Kennedy's-
uf pigs, Jamaican style
rate, Manley probably'

Interna- seek aid from the United States,
but this just like Castro did after mak-
the Ja- ing Cuba a Communist state.
another This is where we have a chance
to see if history really does re-
peat itself.
ikeiv is And as unemployment contn-
Jamaica ues to reach new neights on the
ergency island paradise, while inflation
ie move runs rampant across Montego
ley, may Bay, and while blood stains the
an from beaches where Harry Belefonte
ich case left his heart, Jamaicans are
faced rallying behind the message of
ing akin 9ne reggae artist who sings:
- a bay While we fight one another
At any for de power,
will first Jah Kingdom goes to waste4

--.....by CHUCK ANESI
rHE CIA IS NOT A RED CROSS organization. It was estab-
lished thirty years ago to correlate and evaluate intelligence
activities relating to national defense. Since then, its activities
have successfully "bridged the gap between diplomatic protest
and sending in the Marines."
Because the CIA is essentially a hybrid military organiza-
tion, it should be directed by a man with a thorough under-
standing of military affairs. But this alone is not enough. Ad-
ministrative experience, an understanding of intelligence activi-
ties, and, most important, high integrity are also essential.
Admiral Stansfield Turner, President Carter's new choice for
the post, possesses all these qualities - First in the Annapolis
class of 1947, Rhodes' Scholar, regional NATO commander, offi-
cer and gentleman. Turner is military, but not martial, and will
provide the CIA with the reserved and sensible, command it needs.
If he follows the military credb, demanding strict obedience and
integrity from his subordinates, he will eliminate the occasional
abuses of which the CIA has been guilty.
With men such as Turner available, why did Carter make
his first choice the egregiously unqualified Theodore Sorensen?
CARTER, OF COURSE, has frequently spoken of the need
for a CIA housecleaning. And Sorensen was an early supporter
of his nomination bid. But could Carter seriously have expected
the Senate to approve Theodore Sorensen - a flap-mouthed
scribbler of bombastic speeches,, a willing participant in the
Chappaquiddick cover-up, a conscientious objector (I-AO in 1948
and 1952) - a man who showed his profound respect for con-
fidentiality by taking seven boxes of classified information ,when
he left the White House in 1964?
Perhaps Carter did not know all the details. But he knew
Sorensen's character, and he knew the chance of confirmation
was remote.
The Senate's refusal to confirm Sorensen has been called
a "loss" for Carter. But Carter lost nothing. In fact, he gained.
"Progressive" liberals were delighted by Sorensen's nomination,
and when the unfit miscreant was finally rejected, they blamed
the Senate - "The ghost of Joe McCathy," as George Mc-
Govern said. Persons of balanced judgment found the Sorensen
nomination anathema. But Admiral Turner satisfies them, and
they will forgive Carter the error.
Carter wins. Clever man, that peanut farmer.
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Contact your reps
Sen. Don Riegle (Dem.), 253 Russell Bldg., Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C. 20515.



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