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OPINION

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Sunday, November 14, 1982

The Michigan Daily

Decline and

fall of black

enrollment

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IN 1970, THE University set a goal of 10
percent black enrollment by 1973.
In 1982, the University released yet another
in a series of disappointing statistics on black
enrollment. This year, the percentage of blacks
on campus dropped from 4.9 percent to 4.7 per-
cent, a decline of 100 students.
University administrators offered nothing

tially profitable ideas that come from the
faculty.
The University would be a minority
stockholder in the company by putting up
$200,000. That money could pay for a board of
directors, staff, and president, who would in
turn try to draw money from business, private
investers, foundations, and the state.
Some faculty members, however, have
lingering doubts concerning the University's
control over the proposed corporation-a cor-
poration that might find itself marketing
products that are contrary to the University's
established goals.
Others believe that the corporation would
provide the perfect medium for selling Univer-
sity ideas. James Duderstadt, dean of the
College of Engineering, says that the Univer-
sity's concern with appearances limits its,
ability to aggressively market such research,
thus the need for a separate company.
The University's executive officers may
make a recommendation on the MRC by the
end of the month. But in the fickle world of sup-
ply and demand, who knows when the Univer-
sity will begin to see a profit?

the conference? "All they had to do was ask,"
he humbly said. "I haven't been doing very
much lately."
Singing the blues *
T HE SONG they hum at graduation
may be "get a job," but many of next
spring's graduates will soon change their tune
to the "out of work" blues, according to a
Michigan State University study to be released
tomorrow.
"The class of 1983 is probably going to have
as difficult a time as any class in the last
decade," claims Michigan State Placeme4
Services Director John Shingleton. "The large
majority will find jobs, but it will be tougher."
Openings remain available for students in
technical fields such as engineers, computer
science, and accounting, he said, although even
these lucrative fields are becoming more and
more crowded. Graduates with social science,
education, and communications degrees will
find themselves increasingly squeezed out of a
tightening job market, the study reports.
More good news. The fortunate who do fir4
employment will receive salaries only one
three percent higher than last year (also known
as several points below the annual inflation
rate).
Shingleton's advice to students is bleak and
to the point. The more than one million job-
seeking baccalaureate graduates next year, he
urges, should start looking early.

more in the way of explanation than the same
old excuses they've been handing out year af-
ter year. They expressed dismay at the drop,
but professed a continuing commitment to the
10 percent goal. "Clearly our efforts are not
sufficient to date. We're looking for new
ideas," said Harold Shapiro.
The ideas, however, are there. Suggestions
for bolstering black enrollment range from
reorganizing the 30 recommendations sub-
mitted last year by a faculty committee.
The real problem, many black student
leaders fear, may lie not in a lack of ideas, but.
a lack of commitment. "Anybody can be com-
mitted when it's easy," said Patrick Mason, a
minority peer advisor in West Quad. "You
show your commitment when the times are
tough by what you put your dollars into. And
the University is not putting its dollars into the
problems of black students."
But unlike the 70s, when blacks organized a
campus-wide strike to protest their situation,
current statistics are breeding more
resignation than anger. "It's hard to see the
light at the end of the tunnel," said Michael

Haig: Not much to do

Blacks on campus: Frustrated

Sudarkasa, a Black Student Union member. "I
could have predicted this (year's) fall, and I
expect to see another fall next year."
University, Inc.
C OMMERCIALISM is alive and well at the
University. According to Vice President
for Academic Affairs Billy Frye, several deans
have given their cautious support to a plan for
starting a private research corporation with
University funds.
The Michigan Research Corporation would
be used to develop, finance, and market poten-

In the flesh

QUESTION: WHAT do you get when you
put former President Gerald Ford, former
Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and a host
of other ex-government experts together in the
North Campus Ford Library?
Answer: A confusion on U.S. foreign policy, a
student protest, and a big-time media event
rolled into one.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Ford, Haig,
former Secretaries of State Dean Rusk and
William Rogers, and former national security
advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski lent their weighty
words to a University conference on the foreign

policy struggle between Congress and the
president.
That's what they were here to talk about. But
what everyone really wanted to hear them talk
about was the juicy stuff-comments on the
recent elections, speculation on Brezhnev's
successor, gossip on Haig's suntan.
Everybody, from local news to Detroit news to
national news, came to gawk at the celebrities-
in-the-flesh spectacle.
Some students, however, preferred protest
over ogling. Two hundred marched from the
Diag to the Ford Library in a loose coalition of
anti-military, pro-freeze sentiments.
But many felt glad that such movers and
shakers had deigned to come at all. After all,
these folks go for big bucks on the lecture cir-
cuit. But maybe they never visit because they
never get asked. How did Haig get collared for

The Week in Review was compiled N
Daily staff writers Richard Campbell, Julie
Hinds, and Ben Ticho.

Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

Russia: 65 years of

Vol. XCIII, No. 58

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-Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board
Samantrai for LSA-SG

IN RECENT years, LSA student
government has suffered from
persistent low turnouts in its elections
and from generally low student in-
terest in its projects. To the average
student, it undoubtedly appears to be
just another benign appendage to the
University bureaucracy-another
useless committee with little power or
potential.
Fortunately, that perception isn't
accurate. Despite its troubles, despite
the student indifference, LSA-SG
remains the best avenue for LSA
students to promote their interests and
work for improving the University
community. To do that, LSA-SG needs
strong leaders; it needs a president
and vice-president who are willing to
persevere in the face of apathy, who
are able to be effective despite their
election to one of the University's more
thankless posts.
We think Rajeev Samantrai and
Tammy Goldman of the SAID party
will come closest to meeting these
needs.
As president, Samantrai would have
the knowledge of the workings of the
University to effectively present the
students' case to the administration.
He has clear-cut ideas on what
programs he would like to see
modified, and his arguments are suf-
ficiently forceful to get administrators
to pay attention.
Samantrai is opposed in the election
by two candidates: Barry Powers, of
the LEED 83 party, and Mike Jones, an
independent. Jones, though well-
intentioned, doesn't seem to have a
firm grasp on either the structure of

the University or on his own opinions.
While we support many of his positions
on specific issues, Jones' ignorance on
how to use student government effec-
tively would, we feel, ensure a year of
LSA-SG inaction.
Powers, to be sure, is enthusiastic;
boy, is he enthusiastic. But for what?
His platform seems to emphasize
bringing the students together by im-
proving the social atmosphere at the
University-politicizing the student
body seems to concern him only
peripherally.
And Power's position on minority
enrollment is very disturbing. Gran-
ted, he values minority enrollment and
wants it to increase, but his primary
motivation for taking that position is a
desire to broaden the diversity of the
student body. The goal of fighting the
effects of generations of
discrimination by bringing blacks into
the mainstream of society is, at best,
only a secondary consideration for
Powers.
On most issues, all three candidates
agree. All three want student
representation on the LSA Executive
Committee; all three want to keep
budget cuts in LSA to a minimum; all
three want to increase interaction bet-
ween the student body and LSA-SG.
Yet, even on these relatively non-
controversial issues, we feel Saman-
trai has the greatest ability to bring
about progress. While he may be in-
flexible on some of his positions, and
while some of his goals may be
idealistic, we feel his aggressiveness
gives him the potential to lead the
student government effectively.

By Vera Politis
Sixty years ago last Sunday, Vladimir
Lenin's Bolshevik Party seized power in
Russia. To mark the event, Soviet leaders
held a huge military parade on Sunday. Here
in the United States, the anniversary went
largely unnoticed.
We view the Soviet Union differently these
days. Today, Americans no longer think
about the Russian Revoluton and what it has
meant. Instead, we take the existence of the
Soviet Union for granted; we tend to think of
the Soviet Union merely as a military adver-
sary.
WE SHOULDN'T, of course. By forgetting
what has happened to Russia-by forgetting
the crimes of the Communists who seized
power-we forget what we're up against. We
come perilously close to forgetting what it is
that makes us different from Homo
So rio" fj(.jg
The "October Revolution" (it actually oc-
curred on Nov. 7, by our calendar) marked
the beginning of international totalitarian
communism. The Bolsheviks overthrew the
democratic provisional government of
Russia and, two months later, dissolved the
freely-elected Constituent Assembly, in which
they had polled less than 25 percent of the
vote.
As the best guarantee for staying in power,
unlimited terror was officially instituted in
the form of the Communist secret police-the
forerunner of today's KGB.
ONCE, IN THE early days of the regime,
Lenin made his position on terror clear when
he commented on the death penalty, which
had previously been outlawed. Outlawing
capital punishment, he said, was "a mistake,
an inadmissible weakness . . . a pacifist
illusion. . . Do you think we can be victors
without the most severe revolutionary
terror?" The death penalty was subsequently
reinstated.
Sixty-five years later, terror still remains
the sole means for the survival of com-
munism wherever it is in power. From the
very advent of Soviet rule, their leaders made
clear that Russia is of no concern; it is the
Marxist ideology that guides their interests
and policies. "As for Russia, I spit on
her," said Lenin. He added later, "Let 90 per-
cent of the Russian people perish, so long as
the remaining 10 percent will live to see
communism."
The present rulers are not much different.
None of the Soviet governmental publications
ever refer to "Russia."
AMONG SERIOUS scholars and historians,
it is common knowledge that Marxism is an-
tagonistic to the national aspirations of anv
nation. In Russia, for example, Marxism is
totally alien to the Russian national character
and the traditional Christian values of the
Russian people. The difference between the
international Marxists in the Soviet Union
and the Russian people are fundamental and
irreconcilable.
When they took power, the Bolsheviks tried
to ct.:- th Rnccin:- -'s cof ir ha im ntr

Union. "RUSSIA" was no more.
Throughout the Soviet regime, the toll on
Russian life was catastrophic. An especially
heavy blow fell on the ancient Russian Or-
thodox Church. Embracing militant atheism,
Communists saw religion as a dangerous
rival, detrimental to their survival. They
loathed Christianity in particular. Preaching
brotherly love, compassion, and forgiveness
were toally alien to the propagators of class
struggle, atheism, and intolerance. The
eradication of anything "religious" was con-
ducted with atrocious fury.
CATHEDRALS, CHURCHES, and
monasteries were desecrated; priceless,
irreplaceable relics and icons were looted.
Some 50,00 churches and monasteries were
destroyed or burned to the ground, many of
them gems of ancient Russian architecture.
Most of the remaining churches were turned
into stables, warehouses, or anti-religious
museums.
But the wanton savagery did not end there.
The gruesome holocaust continued with the
sadistic extermination of thousands of priests
and millions of innocent believers. No other
Christian church experienced such bestial
atrocities with tortures, mutilations, and live
burials.
The adherents of "scientific" Marxism
promised economic equality. To bring this
about they preached the doctrine of "class
struggle," which is supposed to pave the way
to the so-called "classless society." To
destroy the existing economic order, the
Communists provoked one group against
another, brother against brother, children
against parents.
"STEAL THAT which was stolen from
you" was the Marxist cry for deliverance
from the old order. Thus, seven million
peasants were starved to death in the process
of collectivization of their farms. Centralized
control brought the country to a complete
economic bankruptcy. Chronic
disorganization, lack of goods, food, and
living accommodations, and generally sub-
standard living conditions became
synonymous with the word "communism."
The despotic state monopoly resorted to
inhuman methodsto produce the quotas
designated by the party. To liquidate the "un-
desirables," slave labor camps were founded
in which millions were detained under
inhumanconditions and from which many
millions never emerged.
The hypocrisy of those who preach
Marxism and its "classless society" is
evident by the creation of the Soviet party
elite, a class of "privilegentisa," who alone
reap the fruit of their dictatorial power.
BUT FOR THE ordinary people of the
Soviet Union, the road to this elusive
"classless society" has been thorny and
paved with millions of corpses, No aspect of
life in the Soviet Union has been spared
Marxist-Leninist intrusion. Composers are
ordered to compose symphonies glorifying
the revolution; movies extoll the "glorious"
Red army and its readiness to "crush all
enemies. Ideological programs in schools,
beginning in the nurseries. indoetrinate

oppresson
system which cannot tolerate any oppositio
Once a clique has seized power, it can usurp
for an indefinite time, because there is no
built-in mechanism to enable the people to
express their will and replace their rulers
regardless of how unjust, irrational, or inept
the rulers may be, -
I believe we must no longer allow the Soviet
Union to remain immune from external effor-
ts directed towards bringing about a long
overdue change in its political system. We
must explore and use all means available to
us, short of military action, to support t
legitimate desires of the people of the Sovi
Union to control their own destiny. When a
government is established in Russia whose
purpose and actions truly reflect the will of
its people, only then will the world be safe
from the irrational obsession which has relen-
tlessly driven the Soviet state toward world
domination.
ADMITTEDLY, THESE objectives are dif-
ficult to achieve. But in the light of many sup-
porting facts, I believe that they are definitely
attainable.
Inthe 65 years which have passed sinc
the revolution, the Communist regime has
represented the hated establishment. Despite
all the efforts of the Soviet government to
isolate its people from the rest of the world,
Soviet citizens are acutely aware of how
much they lag behind the free world in
material possessions, in freedom, and in
human dignity. Naturally, the people (par-
ticularly the young) see no reason why this
condition must persist indefinitely. Many
dissidents among the writers and intelle
tuals have been resisting the Communisp
system despite harsh prison terms and other
vicious government tactics.
The monumental mountain of crime and in-
justice which has been committed by the
Soviet government has bred a commensurate
amount of hate and resentment. Even in the
face of brutal repression of believers, the
Soviet Union is experiencing a mass return of
people to God. The resurgence among the
young reflects their search for moral value"
and a purpose in life-neither of which thep
find in the secular religion of Marxism.
IN ADDITION, Soviet scientists-who, like
most scientists, have questioning, inquiring
minds-have begun to reject the obsolete,
irrational, inflexible, and inhuman theories of
the Communist Party.
In its efforts to subvert or win over the min-
ds of uncommitted nations, world public
opinion has become extremely important to
the Soviets, despite their cynical outlook
on ethics and morals. Continual mobilizatio.
of world opinion against the Soviet Union'
crimes will help alleviate the task of those
courageous people struggling within the
Soviet Union to bring an enlightened gover-
nment to Russia.
The tears of the suffering peoples living un-
der Communist domination everywhere
should serve as a reminder of the constant
and mortal Communist threat to our own
liberties and our democratic institutions,
which we so often take for granted.
On this anniversary, all of us who cherish

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