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"The thing about Hop
that I can barely hear h
that false sense of feeli
a famous writer."
And that's what man
or playwright whether
for the University's pres
writing - has spent at
undergrad years, wonde
"I HAD dreams of gel
I was in school," explai
the offers would start c
A three-time Hopwoo
and fiction writing, Ja,
career while still an un
readily when asked if
make it as a well knoN
friends who thought th
writers too - it's easier
"Money wise," Jay e<
some of the most lucra
(prizes range from $50
just think of all the peo
want to become writer:
that much competition.'
BUT THE short glor
has passed, the $1,400
spent, and Jay is still
couple of days a week a
"A couple of days woi
to squeak by," he says,
time for writing and re
thest his name has sp
contained in "a letter to
Dearborn Guide when I








woods," says Jay so softly
im, "is that they encourage
ng that you're going to be
y an inspiring young poet
or not he or she competes
tigious Hopwood awards for
t least a few hours of his
tting a story accepted when
ns Jay. "And from then on
coming in."
d winner, in both poetry
iy felt well assured of his
dergrad. "Yeh," he admits
he then thought he would
wn author, "I had a lot of
at they were going to be
to say, than to start doing
xplains, "the Hopwoods are
tive awards in the country
to $3500). "But when you
ple across the country who
s the contest doesn't offer
y of academic award days
in prize money has been
in Ann Arbor, working a
s a Saline County postman.
rk a week gives me enough
giving him the rest of the
lated projects. But the far-
read out of town remains
the editor published in the
was 14."

"It's not that I wouldn't love to have a story in
the New Yorker," says Jay. But a box full of re-
jection slips have convinced him that, "You're al-
most forced to do things on your own if you want
to get your stuff before the public."
SO RATHER than giving up to teach or write
advertising, Jay has stuck it out with his poems and
stories, producing plays as well as working as an
editor for the Street Fiction Press, a publishing
company run by a number of local writers.
A concern originally supported by the University
now enlarged to a self supporting publishing house,
the Street Fiction Press will produce two issues of
"The Periodical Lunch," a local literary magazine,
as well as books of poems and short stories this
Local efforts like his spell a little hope for many
a young author who can't afford and doesn't want
to spend half his or her life trying to get one piece
in Time Magazine.
"THESE BIG publishing companies are like cor-
porations, they don't even read things carefully,"
complains Jay expressing a common author's grope.
"Everybody'that does something like Street Fic-
tion Press makes are more accessible to the com-
munity," emphasizes Jay rather strongly.
And although he may not be supporting himself
with his writing, he likes what he's been doing since
he got out of college.
"IT FEELS more real now. If anything, I'm more
convinced that I'm going to be a writer. But I'm
less worried about being a famous writer and I'm
not worried about making a pile of money," he ex-
Jay's experiences with trying to make it in the

"real" world reflects forcefully in his writing.
He is currently co-producing a play called "The
"THIS COLLEGE student (Guy Gardner) has as-
pirations of being a writer, but he hasn't even been
around enough to be a writer," comments Jay. "The
people in it are all just trying to survive within the
He talks about his old friends that also won Hop-
woods. "Jean, she's a disc jockey and writes for a
newspaper in Colorado. She won a Hopwood in
drama then took the money and used it to drop out
of school," he says.
"She writes these wierd articles - it's not really
what she wants to do," he said.
AND THEN there's Paul, another one of Jay's
past friends, who won a Hopwood in fiction. He's
a projectionist still living in Ann Arbor, trying to
do a little writing on the side.
"Nobody's really doing what they want to do,"
says Jay finally -- but he doesn't really-seem to be
disturbed by that fact. Nobody in the world is do-
ing what they want to do - if they did, somebody
would call out the National Guard."
But as long as there are plenty of good, menial
jobs around that leave plenty of time free for ar-
tistic creation, Jay says "I think I prefer doing
things how I've done them. When I write I want
to be free about it - I don't want to waste my
time writing advertising copy."
"Once you get out of college, your expectations
change a little," finishes Jay in a voice that still
makes no more noise than a hoarse whisper, "I
could say what I want to do is to make a living
writing, but I don't expect that to happen for quite
a while, he concluded.

could be on

its way

to regaining credibility

Student Government Council'
(SGC) is an elected student
body, set up by the Re-
gents and ultimately controlled

their leadership in campus de-
monstrations. It was SGC that
provided the financial backing
for the BAM (Black Action
Movement) strike in 1970 which
crinnled the Universitv for over

the fraud charges. In an ap-!
peal to the Central Student Ju-
diciary (CSJ), Chemistry Pro-
fessor A. A. Gordus testified
that of 500 ballots he examin-
ed, 37 were fraudulent. By his


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by them, whose official dutiesi-,--1--
aece monies and re- e weeks. calculations, as many as 400!
cognize student groups. However, as the apathy that votes had been faked.
ghas typified the seventies set in,
With these seemingly trivial SGC - plagued with internal THE appeal was unsuccessful.
duties, it is hard to compre- problems - did little more than The election held the fol-
hend just why and how SGC its officials duties of recogniz- lowing year was even worse,'
gets into so much trouble - not ing organizations and allocat- and has since been dubbed the
only with the students it is sup- ing the money it receives from most corrupt election ever held
posed to govern but also from your tuition. since SGC was founded over
courts of law. And it is this money, your two decades ago.
hard earned tuition dollars, that! The election was nullified af-
SGC IN recent years has suf- has been a big source of the ter the election director an-
fered from a severe credibility SGC credibility gap. Prior to nounced that he had found evi-
crisis, to say the least - a 1971, Council received 25 cents dence of fraud. Though the al-
crisis that has shaken the organ- from each student per semes- legations were never proven, a
ization to its foundations. How- ter. When it was raised to the second election was held. The
ever, recent events indicate that current 75 cents - which comes election director resigned and
the Council could be on its way to about $56,000 each year - Schaper stepped in to run the
to regaining the influence and the Council conveniently found balloting.
power it had during the late itself unable and unwilling to LEE GILL was elected presi-
sixties. keep track of the large amounts dent, only to resign in January,
But don't hold your breath in of money. 1974. Two months later, SGC
expectations. filed charges against him for
The April election recorded THE FIRST major blows to the alleged misuse of $16,000 in
the highest voter turnout since SGC came in the notorious elec- Council funds. Gill fled to Chi-
Fall, 1973 as well as the first tions of 1972 and 1973. cago, and later to Miami - al-
time in recent memory that In '72, charges of ballot stuf- ways managing to stay one step
there were no charges of ballot fing were brought after Elec- ahead of the authorities.
fraud. Since the end of the tion Director David Schaper in- Several months after the!
sixties, SGC elections have in- structed poll workers to re- charges were brought against
evitably suffered from ballot copy "improperly marked" bal- Gill, similar criminal action
box stuffing and incredibly low lots. The winning presidential was directed against Schaper
voter turnout. candidate, Bill Jacobs, soon and Jacobs for allegedly em-
named Schaper to be Council's bezzelling $42,000 of your tui-
DURING those turbulent treasurer. tion money. The cases are still
years, SGC became the head- Credentials and Rules Court undecided, and no doubt will
quarters for much of the stu- Chairman Tom Bentley-short- remain that way from all indi-
dent movement - several Presi- ly afterwards appointed legal cations.
dents earned reputations for a d v o c a t e - dismissed Jacobs, who now attends Co-
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lems aside from its turnout. For
the first time, a group outside
of SGC discovered possible
means of frauding the election.
During a routine invtesigation,
the Daily dicovered that the "in-
delible" mark placed on the
ID cards of voting students to
prevent them from voting more
than once, could be removed
with any organic solvent. The
night the Daily was to print
the story, Election Director
Alan Bercovitz phoned the
Daily and announced that the
election had been postponed.
But in typical SGC style, Ber-
covitz denied ever having made
the statement and the balloting
NO investigation was ever
The election held this past Ap-
ril was a notable one in that
no incumbent was reelected and
the election drew the highest


lumbia University Law School, turnout in two years. What top-
defaulted on the case by fail- ped everything, though, was
ing to appear in court to answer that there was a noticeable lack
the charges. Schaper, who of fraud charges - something
flunked out of the University that, by now, was considered an
and is now trying to be read- SGC election ritual.
mitted, is currently fighting the The use of a double envelope
charges. balloting system apparently
avoided problems this time. An
THESE problems with elec- outer envelope contained the
tions and misuse of money, f name and ID number of each
however, did not end with the voter. This was checked against
disasters of '72 and '73. SGC's a list of enrolled students. Once
credibility was so low that last the eligibility of a ballot had
fall's election drew only 3.5 been determined, the outer en-
per cent of the students to the I velope was removed and the in-
polls. ner envelope, containing the
This election had other prob- ballot, was placed in a new

pile to be counted.
the presidency as her party,
the Student Organizing Com-
mittee (SOC) swept to victory,
grabbing six of the 15 council
seats as well as the vice presi-
dency. This leaves them two
votes short of a 50 per cent
The SOC is an out-growth of
the Undergraduate Support
Committee for the Graduate
Employees Organization (GEO)
strike in February and March.
SOC can expect several major
challenges this year, which they
must overcome in order to re-
store their credibility.
A tuition increase could lead
to a tuition strike. The last
time a tuition strike was called,
it failed, partly du eto poor co-
ordination on the part of SGC

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