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Page 2-Tuesday, August 7, 1979-The Michigan Daily
ADMINISTRATION'S ROLE IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT QUESTIONED

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Intervention could spark MSA debate
y SARA ANSPACH campaign to let people know what went money'." was run. That's in the past
inistrative intervention into on," he said. Johnson said this summer the Office to look to the future."
of the Michigan Student of Student Development (OSD) has "It's not as serious and
MSA) could spark a debate SULLIVAN SAID he hopes the been working with students to help people seem to think," hea
mong the assembly's mem- assembly will establish the role the establish more objective guidelines Sullivan, however, said
the administration's role in Regents and administration should for funding student organizations. He is serious and students wo
vernment. play in MSA's affairs. He said the said, "I think it (MSA) can be cleaned ina government that is no
A members plan to raise the assembly should "lay down much more up" of the administration. "F
ig students next fall in hopes clearly the University's and ad- MSA members, though, have said government to have any
ng further intervention, said ministration's powers in MSA and they feel if MSA needs improvements needs autonomy.
an, former MSA represen- (say) they cannot intervene unless x, y, they, not the administration, should be "A strong and effectiv
member of the People's Ac- or z happens." the ones to initiate the "clean-up". be challenging to the ac
on (PAC). "I assume there and Regents," he contir
be some kind of educational MSA members have said while they ALTHOUGH HE said he prides him- they want is a quiet MSA."
traditionally considered the assembly self on being able to see both sides of a
autonomous, the Regent's intervention bein alet see bthis ofsa
in their election last spring and the sub- question, Alland said, in thisinstance,
sequent loss of control of their funds has I think they (administrators) have
made them realize the extent of the gone overboard.
administration's jurisdiction. According to Sullivan, the ad-
"It's important to realize thead- ministration has adopted a "destroy-it-
to-save-it attitude" about MSA. He said
ministration, or actually it's the Regen- it is slightly ironic the administration
ts, can do just about anything they want says they want a strong student gover-
with student government .. .they have nment, and yet its method of promoting
that right," said MSA President Jim net n e t ehdo rmtn
And. r ,' dstrong government "is to come in and
take over."
HENRY JOHNSON, Vice-President Alland said, "We tend to look at a
for Student Services, said because the situation with blinders on and say they
University collects the money for MSA are against us from the start. We have
(through a $2.92 fee assessed to every to realize we are not operating in a
student) that money becomes Univer- vacuum."
sity money and consequently the
University can examine how it is used. HE SAID THE administration's and
"Yes, I can freeze the (MSA's) funds, Regents' intervention during the past
but I've never seen that as a desirable four months was "unfortunate" but, "in
option," he said. "I don't think I've ever a sense they (MSA) brought it on them-
Johnson said 'MSA, you can't spend your selves from the election and the way it.Allan

A - we've got
as drastic as
added.
the situation
n't have faith
A independent
or a student
legitimacy it
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WCCAA bri
(Continuedfrom Page 1)
been 'rescheduled" within the
ning of the act and a 'public notice'
e 'new dates, times, and places'
tbe posted as required by the Open
ings Act."
e attorneys suggest several other
a public body can handle a disrup-
including recessing for less than 36
s, clearing the meeting room, and
reconvening at the posted
ion, deny admission to those per-
who actually committed a breach
ace before the recess. They also
est that in the "right situation",
oard could declare an "emergen-
ssin," move behind closed doors.
lthough this is not an exhaustive
f the possibilities available to a
ic body subject to the Open
ings Act, it does illustrate that
antially more flexibility is present
a e a i e . I st

ef denounces moving Regents' meetings
than either the lower court of Appellee cur, Campbell states that the Open with the coalition's contention that
(University) was willing to concede," Meetings Act does not require "that a University divestment is the best way
the written argument reads. public body must necessarily provide a to deal with the South African apartheid
JUDGE CAMPBELL had agreed meeting place large enough to accom- system.
with the University's attorney "that modate any size of group whatever that The report from the faculty Senate
exclusion is ... broad enough to in- may wish to attend." Assembly Advisory Committee on
clude not only ejection or expulsion Davis hs 40 days to respond to the Financial Affairs (SAACFA) is likely to
from within but also of keeping out or brief filed by the WCCAA lawyers. Af- appear on the September Regents
barring from admission that which is ter that has been submitted, the lower agenda. The Board requested that the
already outside." court record will be ordered, and oral faculty group reevaluate the Univer-
The attorneys for the WCCAA also arguments before three court judges sity's policy on South Africa, and added
allege that the lower court's definition may be requested, according to a two students to participate in the, for-
of what constitutes a breach of peace is spokesperson for the state Court of Ap- mulation of the new SAACFA report.
"both overboard and vague and if peals. THE BOARD'S current policy allows
allowed to stand violates the First THE SPOKESPERSON estimated it for divestment when a company does
Amendment of the United States Con- would be "well into the fall" before the not respond to the University's request
stitution.. ." state court hears the case. for information about its activities in
It also argues that a public body Meanwhile, WCCAA members are South Africa.
may not condition admission to a public considering ways-including possible
meeting upon a search for weapons, a disruptive action-in which they will University General Counsel Roderick
judgment made by Campbell. deal with the issue in the fall. Most Daane is also preparing a report for
IN ADDITION, the appeal brief con- members of the group refuse sto the Regents on alternatives to divest-
tends that "a public body must make speculate what specific route they ment. Daane was not available for
every reasonable attempt to accom- would take if the Regents do not agree comment yesterday.
modate the number of people who may
wish to attend its meetings."
In ruling that the Regents could S A may soon-regam
legally change their location to bar
disrupters should a breach of peace oc-
THE MICHIGAN DAILY finanCial control from OSS
(USPS 344-900)
Volume LXXXIX, No. 60-S (Continued from Page 1), off of," said Mitchell-Yellin.
Tuesday, August 7, 1974
understand how current Assembly Taylor said they had provided "just
is edited and managed by students at licies worked suggestions. He (Alland) can take them
the University of Michigan. Published poie w *or, suges H anth. "
daily Tuesday through Sunday morn- Now, however, A Allaid said he or leave em.
ings duringthe University year at 420 believes in the administration, through Alland said while there are "some
Maynard Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan working with students for the past three disagreements" between MSA mem-
48109. Subscription rates: $12 Se tem- months, has gained "greater respect bers and OSD personnel, he feels the
mail outside Aril (sr este ersea for our policies and principles." administration has some "valid con-
sion published Tuesday through Satur- Saying they are only )'resource cerns.
day mornings. Subscription rates: people," Jim Taylor and Lisa Mitchell- In the fall, the assembly will select of-
$6.50 i Ann Arbor; $7.00 by mail out- Yellin, OSD personnel assigned to work ficers - a process usually completed in
paid at Ann Arbor, Michigan. POST- with MSA, declined to comment on the spring - and will conduct a review
MASTER: Send address changes to their role in the revision of some of of last April's election. Alland has a
THE MICHIGAN DAILY, 420 Maynard MSA's policies. "retreat" planned for members to get
Street, Ann Arbor, MI 489. ,,,,,,"dest, ,toowoneanother.

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