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OPINION

Page 4 Tuesday, November 13, 1984 The Michigan Daily
LSA-SG elections: Defeat apathy
By Eric Berman the importance of liberal arts. LSA-SG tain student grievances to the faculty's
has also sponsored two essay contests. attention, such as professors' failure to
The week before Thanksgiving break The first was on the value of a liberal distribute syllabi, make up missed
can only mean one thing... that's right, arts education, with the winning essay classes, hold and post their office hours,
it's time for the annual LSA Student appearing in the Daily's Weekend and provide appropriate instructional
Government elections. Wait. Relax. magazine last winter term under the commentary - not just a grade - on all -
Rid yourself of all those dreadful title, "Beards and Pope Clash with written and oral work assigned in their
thoughts of waiting seemingly forever Calculus". The second is on the LSA classes. The same committee is now
in long lines in anticipation of casting College's distribution requirements and addressing student concerns with the ^
your vote. Forget about the hassle of whether or not they are adequate or problems of cheating within the college.,
mailing those absentee ballots. Don't even necessary. (The essays must be LSA-SG has also held a symposium
concern yourself with planning your handed in by Dec. 3. Applications can on different aspects of the un- --
day around where and when you have to be picked up at the LSA-SG office on the dergraduate experience here, funded
go to vote. With LSA-SG elections fourth floor of the Michigan Union.) worthwhile events and student
voting is a simple, carefree, and LSA-SG has worked hard trying to in- publications, and initiated un-
pleasant experience. There are two form students of the proposed code of dergraduate associations.
days in which to vote, and votes can be non.cademic conduct, sponsored last It is clear that LSA Student Gover-
cast in any dorm, the Union, UGLi, week's forum, and is committed to con- nment has made and can make a dif-
fishbowl, or the MLB. The entire tinue fighting the code as it now stands. ference. With your support and in-
process will take no longer than five LSA-SG is also responsible for inter- volvement it can r..ake even a greaterey
minutes-honestly, viewing and appointing qualified LSA difference. Though the faculty andad-
By taking students to various administrative and ministration do not always appreciatete e eo
out of your busy schedule you make a faculty committees which research and student views and concerns, and though
difference. How? By getting involved, initiate reforms of different facets of certain student proposals may be
Use those five minutes to show your the college. Though LSA Student watered down or not acted on, the
support for your fellow students who Government was unable to persuade greatest obstacle LSA-SG has to over-
are willing to put their time and efforts the college's Executive Committee to come is student apathy.s
into making this University a better let a student sit in, even as a non-voting LSA-SG has earned, and deserves,M'
undergraduate experience for you. member, students are now represented your support. Take five minutes either
Think of what LSA-SG has accom- on the Curriculum Committee, Ad- today or tomorrow, read a poster, ask a
plished just this past year. missions Committee, and Comprehen- candidate a question, get involved, and
LSA STUDENT Government was sive Studies Program, and the new vote!
responsible for bringing Dr. Ernest Counseling Committee among others.
Boyer the president of the Carnegie Last winter term the Joint Student
Foundations for the Advancement of Faculty Policy Committee introduced a Somededicated student election officials guard the LSA-SG ballot box. For those who thought the voting
Teaching, to speak at the University on "bill" which was passed by the college's ended last Tuesday, guess again. Today and tomorrow LSA students should act responsibly and vote for
the future of American education and governing faculty which brought cer- is president of LSASG. their student government leaders.

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

Cramer

Vol. XCV, No. 59

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

A bitter pill

T HE CODES have been entered, the
buttons pushed. The sky is
illuminated and punctuated by ex-
plosions. And the sickness slowly
spreads. The living suffer through the
ultimate experience of death, the death
of humanity and the earth. Only the
dead can escape the agony and the
guilt. During nuclear war, suicide is
not an escape from life, it is an escape
from death.
By calling for the availability of
suicide pills at the University in the
event of a nuclear war, Students
Against Nuclear Suicide are provoking
thoughts of death and the ultimate
hopelessness. Would you consider
suicide? Would you desperately want a
means to escape the agony of nuclear
war? If society is to deal with the
nuclear dilemma in a responsible way,
it is imperative that the horror and
finality of nuclear destruction be in-
ternalized.
It is a misunderstanding of SANS',
goals to think that they are pro-suicide
and unwilling to propose constructive
solutions to the nuclear prob-
lem. They are simply trying to
get people to think about the
inevitable, and not unthinkable, results
of nuclear war. Even more frightening
than the thought of dying in a nuclear
war is the thought that the world can
survive one. Nuclear war is suicide,
and if society does not understand that,
the possibility of war will be all the
greater.
SANS has asked that the suicide pills
proposal be placed on the Michigan
Student Assembly's spring ballot.
Hopefully MSA will agree to this and
provide the issue with the publicity it
needs. It is relatively unimportant
whether or not the proposal passes.

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What is important is that people are
forced to think about it. Debates over
the desirability of cyanide versus razor
blades are trivial; the point is that
people are thinking about the death
associated with nuclear war.
This recognition of nuclear war as
suicide is the necessary first step
toward a constructive solution. Without
actions to follow it up, however, SANS'
efforts will have meant nothing. The
criticism that a campaign for suicide
pills is unconstructive is legitimate in
that, by themselves, the pills don't
keep the bombs from flying. But if the
pills provoke a fear of nuclear war that
calls individuals to action, then a
definite, constructive purpose will
have been served.
It is our hope that SANS' actions will
encourage and be linked to other ac-
tions which are, in themselves, more
constructive. Desirable actions would
be a reworking of the nuclear free Ann
Arbor proposal to make it more accep-
table to the voters, active petitioning of
elected representatives, and in-
volvement in protests both vocal and-
physical.
The most productive solutions to the
nuclear dilemma must be rooted in the
idea that nuclear war is death. Several
professors at the University have
proposed a "peace studies" program
aimed at developing alternative,
peaceful means for addressing con-
flict. Such a program deserves broad
support since without peaceful chan-
nels for the resolution of conflict, the
well-developed, destructive channels
become the only recourse - a recourse
that cannot be survived.
Nuclear war is lethal. In order to
avoid killing ourselves, we must
realize that the potential is there.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY

To the Daily:
The Daily's coverage of a
recent rally for women's rights
reminded me of a trend that has
become all too apparent in this
fall's campaign. The article
"Group rallies for women's
rights" (Daily, October 31) em-
phasized the incredibility of the
demonstrators' facts and figures.
The reporter quoted onlookers
who said the facts were "miscon-
strued" and "misrepresented."
One angry young man simply
could not believe them. Well, I
am not surprised when people are
upset about the facts. We were
too. That is why we stood outside
in the cold Tuesday afternoon.
However, a matter of serious
concern exists when people turn
their backs on what makes them
uncomfortable and deny what
they see. To simply say, "it is not
true" does not contribute to our
knowledge about the situation.
The facts are easy enough to

selves.
Perhaps in 1984 we are
oblivious to "doublespeak". A
second article in that same issue
entitled, "Women's wages cat-
ching up to men" illustrates my
point. The title sounded upbeat,
until I read the small print. The
Rand Corporation study found
that by the year 2000 "women will
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earn only 74 percent of men's in-
come." The implications of this
study are that a 20-year old
woman studying for a career can
look forward to making one-
quarter less than her male peers
by the time she is 35 years old.
This is not equal pay for equal
work.
Our expression of different

viewpoints is evidence of one
strength in our society. Let us ex
press those views from informed
positions. Let us feel good about
ourselves without denying the
problems that need to be ad-
dressed.
-Jo Goodwin
November 3
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