TIME MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1954
Looking ahead with General Electric
TOUR U.S. UNIVERSITIES:
Frenchmen Discuss Student Government]
How do you measure up
in leadership qualities?
By MARY ANN THOMAS
Student leaders are not often
asked by a prominent statesman to
discuss student problems and to of-
fer solutions for these issues.
In France Premier Pierre Men-
des-France asked for and received
the suggestions of the president of
the National Union of French Stu-
Equivalent to America's Nation-
al Student Association, but larger
in scope of power, the UNEF rep-
resents two-thirds of the universi-
ty and college student population
and is the sole organization reflect-
ing the aims of the entire student
Students Visit Campus
Two officers of this association,
Roger Aldebert and Jacques Etch-
everry, visited the campus Monday
and yesterday on a 30-day tour
sponsored by the Foreign Leader
Program of the State Department.
A 1 d e b e r t, vice-president of
UNEF, is the typification of the
dashing young Frenchman. A law
student at the University of Paris,
the visitor is interested in studying
American student life and institu-
tions-organizations, buildings and
He hopes to improve French stu-
dent facilities that are provided by
UNEF. This organization is in re-
ality a union "in the American
sense" which has pressed for and
achieved many substantive im-
provements for all students.
UNEF Defends Students
"We try to defend the point of
view of the student in society," he
explained. The group sponsors and
organizes student health and men-
tal care programs, travel offices, a
national sport department and stu-
dent restaurants in every univer-
Main problem of the extensive
medical program is the treatment
of tubercular students. Etcheverry
explained that 900 students catch
TB yearly causing the 1600-bed fa-
cilities provided by the UNEF tof
be always occupied.I
To help carry out this program,
the UNEF organized a student so-
cial security plan in which the ill
need to pay only 18 percent of
medical costs while TB patients are
treated free of charge.
heads Student Insurance
The National Mutual of French
Students, which Etcheverry heads,
was established in 1948 to organ-
ize the insurance program. Stu-
dents pay $3 a year for the bene-
fits. In full charge the MNEF sets
up dispensaries, sanitoriums and
rest homes for students.
Explaining the sports program
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paigning with the backing of the
newly - formed studenty Common
All candidates have been given
$10 by SL to help defray cam-
SL President Steve Jelin, '55,
whose term expires this month
commented that the "importance
of the referendum on the form of
student government has been em-
phasized to a degree that often
overlooks the equally important
election of candidates to the pres-
ent student government, SL."
"Whatever the referendum re-
sult, those elected representatives
will serve on behalf of the stu-
dent body for some time. The stu-
dents should select wisely."
More than 860 man-hours will
be necessary today and tomorrow
to man the 16 voting booths
spread across campus.
The elections committee chair-
man have spent $400 working for
two months on the election.
The chairmen have been extra-
ordinarily hampered by the con-
fusion arising over the SGC ques-
tion. They didn't know SGC would
be on the ballot until the SL meet-
ing Nov. 17.
Levy complimented the chair-
men on doing their work extreme-
ly well considering, the unusual
Ballot counting will start around
7 p.m. tomorrow and continue un-
til its completion sometime Fri-
To Elect Officers
Young Republican Club will hold
its annual election of officers at
7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the League
Following the business meeting,
a party is being planned for mem-
bers. Refreshments will be served.
FRENCH STUDENT LEADERS PAUSE FOR REFRESHMENT
DURING VISIT TO CAMPUS
A young man who can lead has always had a good
chance of success, but his prospects were never better
than now. There's a steadily growing demand in industry
for men to fill top professional and management jobs
fellows with a special ability to work well with other people
and inspire their best work. At General Electric, we're
constantly on the lookout for them.
Ten traits we look for, above, addt up to a pretty good
indication of potential success in business. Not everyone
has them all to a top degree, but the basic characteristics
are always present and can be developed in the men we
pick to help lead General Electric. We hope you can rare
yourself very high on the list and find it helpfiul.
that UNEF runs, Aldebert com-
mented that, while they don't teach
games, they decide the sportive
calendar for inter-scholastic and
international competition. T h e
group also manages ski camps, stu-
dent mountaineering clubs and oth-
er social activities through local
Aldebert and Etcheverry had an
interesting story to tell about their
recent trip to Russia on an ex-
change program similar to that of
the State Department.
Travel In Russia
Although t h e i r MVD - trained
guides were careful to show the
group the best part of Russia, the
students were struck with the ex-
treme poverty of the people. The
two Frenchmen reported that often,
in order to get a true picture of
life under Communism, the visit-
Sigma Xi To Hold
Sigma Xi, society for encourage-
ment of scientific research will
sponsor a lecture on cardiac sur-
gery at 8 p.m. today in the Rack-
Guest speaker at the meeting,
which is open to the public, will be
Dr. Thomas J. O'Neill, cardiac
surgeon from Philadelphia, who
will speak on "Surgery's New Fron-
ing group would form more sight-
seeing trips than guides were pro-
vided, and in that way they could
sneak into "forbidden" churches
and sections of the city.
Professing the desire to save
money for us, Aldebert added smil-
ing, they would give us free film
and also develop it for us. How-
ever, a majority of the pictures-in-
variably those showing poor sec-
tions or conditions-were never re-
"But we were able to smuggle
about 16 rolls of film out of the
country," they continued.
Group To Talk
Dealing with the effective use of'
arbitration, a conference on Labor-
Management problems for lawyers
will be held Friday and Saturday.'
The conference will begin Fri-
day afternoon when types of arbi-
tration are scheduled for discus-
Saturday breakfast will be fol-
lowed by more sessions. Questions
will be answered at the end of the
Arbitration Clinic in the afternoon.
Leading lawyers from Detroit
will attend and featured speaker
is J. Noble Braden of the American
Arbitration Association in . New
MAR01 OF DIMES
(PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT),
What is the Background of SGC?
On our campus, the firing of Professor Nickerson and Dr. Davis
indicated that the President and the Regents retreated under the
pressures of McCarthyism.
The Administration has also shown its retreat by sponsoring'
conformity on other matters: by two successive vetoes of anti-bias
clause motions passed by thee Student Legislature; by the banning of
numerous speakers invited by student organizations; and by the
maintenance of such a restrictive atmosphere on the campus, that one
after another of once flourishing student organizations have disap-
peared: the CLC, the SPA, the SDA and the Green Feather organization.
The University Administration is now applying the same
tactics to eliminate the Student Legislature. President
Hatcher stated: "The trouble with SL is it moved in on the
University like explorers moving in on the conquest of
Africa." This means that in the eyes of the Administration,
ho student organization will be looked upon with favor unless
it bows in every respect to the wishes of the Administration.
The Administration, in our opinion, desires to replace the SL
now, after it has been in existence about eight years, precisely because
SL, during the past school year, PLAYED A LEADING ROLE IN
DEFENDING STUDENTS' RIGHTS AND QUESTIONING MANY
PHASES OF UNIVERSITY LIFE.
Specifically, the SL sponsored Academic Freedom Week; it passed
resolutions which defended the rights of students called before the
Un-American Activities Committee; it opposed discriminationbin League
houses, and it sponsored a forum where four subpoenaed people had
the opportunity to speak. We think that it was no mere coincidence
that the idea of a replacement for SL was hatched at a time when
SL was so vigorously outspoken.
The only way to preserve the independent voice of the
students on the campus is to defeat the SGC plan and to
work for a strong Student Legislature.
What does the SGC Plan Provide for?
1. The SGC plan provides for a Board of Review which has power
to decide the scope of SGC action, which in our opinion, amounts to a
veto power. This Board of Review is composed of two deans and three
faculty members chosen by-none other than the Administration.
2. The SGC plan substitutes the opinions of eleven elected student
representatives for the present forty elected representatives.
3. Before the electiors even take place, the dice are loaded
against the majority of students in that certain campus institutions
have automatic representation. In fact, these institutions have seven
out of eighteen members of SGC. On the other hand, the plan does not
guarantee representation for other organizations on campus.
4. While the SL provides that the National Student Association
Coordinator shall be a member of the cabinet, the SGC plan does not
even provide for the NSA coordinator to be a member of student
The direct contact of the student government with the national
student movement will be severed. The main channel through which
students throughout the country express their interests, will be shut
off from our student government and student body.
Would the SGC Have More Power than
the Student Legislature?
No. Student authority does not come about from a
gentlemen's agreement between the students and the Board
of Regents. On the contrary, it is derived from the unhamp-
ered ability of students to register their opinions INDE-
PENDENTLY. A student government with real power must
reflect the wishes of the student body, and be free to fight
for the realization of those wishes. The SGC would have no
power except the power to conform.
What is the Students' Stake in Retaining
The purpose of a university is to provide the conditions to investi-
gate different points of view and arrive at the truth. It is no accident
that there has been a constant demand by students for an atmosphere
of freedom, without which investigation and inquiry are impossible.
One of the main forms of freedom on a campus is a student government
through which a majority have the ability to express themselves.
On a campus of
18,000 students, 40 representatives
are few enough from the point of view of granting the
greatest lattitude of expression to students. Four hundred
representatives would be a number more in keeping with
this need. But eleven elected representatives for 18,000
students - that is fantastic!
The students' stake in retaining SL is therefore a big
one, and is part of the stake we have in preserving the
atmosphere of free inquiry itself.
Keep your eye on the ball! Don't be misled by
the propaganda barrage for SGC. A large vote for
the Student Legislature would be the first step in
strengthening a responsive, effective and independ-
ent student government. It would be a vote of
confidence for the Student Legislature which could
not for long be ignored.