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-Daily-Sam Ching
... "foreign policy, Eskimos, jazz"
MeGifferts Lead Varied
Lives as Free-Lancers'


Behind State Street, just through
the Nichols Arcade, a small tele-
vision studio stares passively at
For the past three months events
have been taking place in this
building which may be written in-
to the history of educational tele-
Although progress in the field of
educational TV is old news to the
white office at 310 Maynard St.,
the staff is now excited about a
new foreign policy series, produced
by John McGiffert.
"I'm a writer-producer in TV,"
he said. "My coming to Ann Arbor
was something of an experiment. I
wanted to see if someone from
commercial TV could work har-
moniously with people in educa-
tional TV." -
The Educational Television and
Radio Center in Ann Arbor com-
missioned the University Television
Studio to do a series of thirteen
programs dealing with American
foreign policy. McGiffert came here
from New York to work with the
production crew.
- He explains that the series deals
with some of the crucial areas in
the world today, with particular
emphasis upon neutral countries
of the Middle East and Asia, and
United States allies in Western
Maps and Pictures
The staff at the television office
has tried to make the series inter-
esting visually, Film clips have
been inserted into the programs
during discussions to emphasize
important points, and backgrounds
have been varied by the use of spe-
cial maps and pictures.
An English teacher at a boys'
boarding school for ten years .prev-
ious to his television work, Mc-
Giffert traces his TV career back
to 1950.
"I just got tired of teaching, and
quit," he said calmly. "I had done
some acting and directing in sum-
mer theaters, and I guess that's
where my interest in television be-
Interested in several fields of
writing, McGiffert specializes in
humorous verse and prose. "I Mar-
ried a Vegetarian" and "Who's
Who in Whistling," both appearing
in recent issues of "Coronet," are
among his published pieces. He has
also written for the "New Yorker"
and "The Saturday Evening Post."
Free- ,ancer
-Speaking of himself as a "free-
lancer," McGiffert says, "I'm in-
terested in any subject-foreign
policy, habits of Eskimos, history
of Jazz . . . I've also written some
songs, but nobody's ever heard of

McGiffert claims that his only
"hobby" is his wife Eda. Mrs. Mc-
Giffert is a professional dancer
"with a Spanish flair" who loves
being married to a writer. Under
her own name Eda Lioy, she has
danced on numerous TV shows,
When asked for a comment on
Ann Arbor, the McGifferts said,
"It's full of wonderful people."

OF S. .C.
As the elected student govern-
ment of the University of Michi-
gan, the functions of the Student
Government Council are many
and varied.
SGC has. the power to recognize
any new campus organization, to
withdraw recognition from estab-
lished campus organizations, or to
reactivate groups that have left
the campus and wish to return.
SGC must grant or deny approv-
al for any student sponsored activ-
ity. The Council also has the re-
sponsibility of making rules gov-
erning the eligibility of students
participating in extra-curricular
activities, aside from intercolle-
giate athletics, according to the
grade standards. It is also the task
of SGC to.coordinate and delegate
student activities to be carried on
by the various recognized campus
groups, to originate student proj-
ects, and to voice the campus opin-
These powers were granted to
SGC by the Regents last Decem-
ber. SGC is free to work out its
own operating policies, and how
well these functions will be carried
out depends upon the cooperation
of the student body. The students
must not forget that SGC is repre-
senting them.

Campus Affairs
The Campus Affairs Committee
was organized on March 23, 1955,
by motion of the Student Govern-
ment Council. The committee, un-
der the chairmanship of Joel
Tauber, has as its general obliga-
tion, the initiation of projects, and
the service of more immediate
needs of the student body. Gener-
ally speaking, it will cover prob-
lems which are not under the jur-
isdiction of either the Public Re-
lations Committee, or the Human
and International Welfare Com-
mittee. It is going to be a campus
watchdog, continually keeping an
eye open for possible ways to im-
prove student life on campus.
Some of the projects which the
committee is contemplating for
the future are: pre -registration,
something which has long been
discussed, and the formation of a
Department of Religion for L.S.
and A. Pep Rallies, faculty evalu-
ation. and the structure of the ad-
ministrative wing also fall under
the jurisdiction of this commit-
tee. Plans are in progress for an
activities booklet, a lecture com-
mittee, and the expansion of the
athletic departments. The Campus
Affairs Committee will run the
Student Book Exchange, and the
Bucket Drive.



Student Government Council Members

PubiC Relations
and Elections


To facilitate its working, the
Public Relations and Elections
Committee is divided into three
subcommittees. The first of these
is Public Relations, itself. This sec-
tion will attempt to keep the cam-
pus informed as to what is going
on in the SGC, to orient new stu-
dents to student government at
the University, and to solicit stu-
dent opinion when the need arises.
The second section is Publicity.
This committee will set . up a
speakers bureau to inform the
campus on specific subjects, collect
ideas in their field from other
schools in the Big Ten. At the
present time they have begun com-
position of a booklet describing
SGC, and plans are in progress for
a scrapbook to preserve the events
in the history of SGC.
The third section is Elections; it
has recently begun a study of
election procedure, with .hopes of
improving all campus elections.
They will train their personnel to
run the elections, assuming gen-
eral responsibility for them.
As a conclusion of this semes-
ter's work, the committee is pre-
senting this report to you, the stu-
dent body.
May 27, 1955
To: The Students
As the semester closes, the Stu-
dent Government Council takes
pride in presenting today's report
to the campus. The optimism that
has characterized, the SGC plan
since its inception has not dimin-
ished. One reason for this is the
agreement on the fundamental
principles underlying Michigan's
new student government.
First, we believerthat the goal of
SGC should be the promotion and
preservation of the customs, tra-
ditions, and educational standards
of the University of Michigan. The
only sound basis for student gov-
ernment is that by representing
student opinion, it can serve to
promote and help formulate Uni-
versity policy, in an academic
community composed of students,
faculty, administration, and civic
Secondly, our principle of op-
eration is to cooperate not com-
pete, with constituted authority.
We believe that by working with
the University and not apart from
it, we can serve in achieving those
goals most beneficial to Michigan.
Looking to the future, three im-
portant areas concern the Council.
Action on two of these has already
been initiated. First is a study of
the present driving regulations,
and second a similar study of the
University h o u s i n g situation.
These are being undertaken by
joint committees representing stu-
dent, faculty, administration and
civic elements. Thirdly, we believe
that the general area of student
conduct requires a critical re-ex-
amination of University regula-
tions and the means for their en-
On behalf of the Council, I wish
to thank all those members of the
University community who have

HANK BERLINER, President of SGC, represents the SGC on the
SGC Board of Review and the Union Board of Directors.
DONNA NETZER, Vice President of SGC, is responsible for the
workings of the committees and is also Chairman of the Inter-
viewing and Nominating Committee.
R. T. GOOD is the SGC Treasurer and Chairman of the SGC Fi-
nance Committee.
JOEL TAUBER is Chairman of the Campus aAffairs Committee
and also a member of the Interviewing and Nominating Com-
BOB LEACOCK, Chairman of Human and International Welfare
Committee, is one of the three American members of the Mich-
igan International Student Association.
BILL ADAMS, Chairman of the Public Relations Committee, is a
member of the Cinema Guild Board and the Finance Com-.
JANET NEARY is a member of the Human and International Wel-
fare and the Interviewing and Nominating Committees, the
Cinema Guild Board, and is Chairman of the Constitutions

TOM SAWYER is a member of the Interviewing and Nominating
and the Public Relations Committees.
ED VELDEN, a member of the Campus Affairs Committee, repre-
sents the SWC on the University sub-committee on Housing,
BILL DIAMOND, a member of the Campus Affairs and Finance
Committees, represents the SGC on the Committee to study
Driving Regulations.-
TOM CLEVELAND is a member of the Public Relations and Con-
stitutions Committees.
The following ex-officio members act as representatives of their
organizations on the SGC:
TODD LIEF, President of the Union.
HAZEL FRANK, President of the League (missing)
BOB WEINBAUM, President of the I.F.C., is a member of the In-
terviewing and Nominating Committee.
DEBBIE TOWNSEND, President of Panhel.
TOM BLEHA, President of I.H.C.
JEANETTE GRIMM, President of Assembly
DAVE BAAD, Managing Editor of the Daily.
MRS. RUTH CALLAHAN, Administrative Secretary.

Human and'

Accomplishments of .S.G.C.


(Compiled from the minutes of the
first ten meetings of the SGC)
March 18, 1955: The first meeting
of the SGC was held in the
Michigan Union. Four standing
committees, the Committee on
Student Affairs, The University
Housing Committee, Constitu-
tions Committee, and the Cal-
endaring Committee, were creat-
A motion was passed granting
Eskasia, local sorority, status as
the Alpha Mu Chapter of Sig-
ma Kappa sorority. The campus
chapter of the national sorority
has been inactive for many
* * *
March 23, 1955: The Cinema Guild
Board submitted a proposal
Recommending that the Cine-
ma Guild function be responsible
to the SGC with the chairman
.nd treasurer being selected by
the. SGC from the campus at
large. The proposal was accept-
ed by the SGC.
March 25, 1955: October 29 was
established as the date for the
Homecoming Dance. It was also
decided that the SGC have con-
trol of dispersal of profits from
the Homecoming Dance and
that the SGC delegate sponsor-
ship of the dance to a recog-
nized campus organization which
will submit a petition for such
sponsorship, before April 18, the
final choice being made by the
Tentative approval was grant-
ed to calendar an Olympic
Dance, planned for October 8,
1955, to be co-sponsored by the
Michigan Union and Sigma Al-
pha Mu, profits to go toward
payment of expenses of U.S. ath-
letes competing in the 1956
The SGC elected to endorse
the Books for Asia Drive and
to establish an administrative
committee to initiate arrange-
ments for the drive.
The first draft of Bylaws for

April 13, 1955: The SGC Executive
Committee this day was empow-
ered to take action when the en-
tire council could not meet.
April 15, 1955: Vice-President Lew-
is talked to the council and stat-
ed that the Regents will soon
consider the assessments of the
25c fee which is to provide funds
for next year.
The following committee
heads were appointed:
Public Relations and Elections,
Bill Adams
Human and International Wel-
fare, Bob Leacock
Finance, Dick Good
Campus Affairs, Joel Tauber
Administrative Wing, S a n d y
Interviewing and Nominating,
Donna Ngtzer
April 20, 1955: Quonset Hut A was
chosen astemporary headquar-
ters of the SOC.
It was moved and seconded
that the SGC affiliate with the
National Student's Association
for the following year. Motion
The SGC submitted a propos-
al to the Vice-President of the
Student Affairs of the Univers-
ity to appoint a committee to
study the present student driv-
ing regulation for the purpose of
recommending modifications of
the regulation that would bring
it more in line with present stu-
dent desires. The SOC suggest-
ed that the committee take par-
ticular note of the following
1. Student driving regulations
" and how -they are working at
comparable institutions.
2. The parking problem in the
campus area.
3. The Student Legislature brief
submitted to the Regents two
years ago.
The sponsorship of the Home-
coming Dance was awarded to
the Union and League for the
coming year.

vide permenant offices for such
student organizations as the
Union, League, and IFC. In ad-
dition other office space will be
available for smaller campus
* * *
May 4, 1955: The SGC elected to
write a letter to the State De-
partment requesting that the
eleven Soviet student editors
be allowed to enter the United
States. The basis for this recom-
mendation being that "The SGC
believes that any barriers to per-
sonal contact on an internation-
al level are detrimental to an
understanding among nations
and that the Departments of
State and Justice should elimi-
nate such barriers whenever
they can."
May 11, 1955: The Activities Cal-

endar for 1955-56 was accepted
as presented by Miss Yates, in-
cluding the assignment of six
One o'clock closing hour nights
for dances.
Miss Diana Hewitt joined the
council to report on the activi-
ties of the Anti-Discrimination
Board. The board, established to
work actively for the removal of
discrimination in the serving
and "hiring of students in the
Ann Arbor business community.
Miss Hewitt requested an ap-
propriation of $25 which may be
used to finance test cases when
actual purchases of merchan-
dise must be made to verify a
reported discriminatory action.
May 12, 1955: Hank Berliner, SGC
president, began making week-
ly reports to the campus over
radio station WHRV.

One of the most important func-
tions of the Human and Interna-
tional Relations Committee is to
work closely with the Internation-
al Student Association in coordi-
nating an improved foreign stu-
dent program. This will include
acquainting foreign students with
university, life, helping them to
find housing, guidance in regis-
tion program, and a questionnaire
to discover their interests in
American students, and student
activities at the university.
In working with the new Uni-
versity Housing Committee, the
anti - discrimination board, and
numerous Ann Arbor women's
groups the committee hopes to
improve upon the present discrim-
ination, and poor housing facili-
ties for foreign students.
A travel service program will be
set up for students interested in
attending foreign universities.
This will include the academic
offerings of foreign universities
and a list of the foreign univer-
sity scholarships available to uni-
versity students.
The present Free University of
Berlin program will be expanded
to include a girl and a professor
as well as a male student. Next
fall the South and East Quad-
rangles are housing a German stu-
dent, and the. IFC is expected to
house him in the spring.
The work of this committee will
be vital in the promotion of bet-
ter relation and understanding be-
tween American and foreign stu-
dents at the university. People who
are interested in this field are in-
vited to participate on the Hu-
man and International Relations
Committee starting early next fall.



At the

In the future S.G.C. will handle
current problems of students'
questions. The three most impor-
tant areas.in which S.G.C. will op-
erate are: housing, driving regula-
tions, and student conduct. At
present there are two committees
in S.G.C. which are evaluating
these problems; one is the Housing
Study Committee and the other
is the Driving Regulations Study
Committee. The Housing Study
Committee will review housing reg-
ulations, and will work with esti-
mates of future enrollment to for-
mulate methods of lessening the
housing shortage. The Driving
Regulations S t u d y Committee,
composed of townspeople, faculty,
administration, and students, will
consider all viewpoints concerning
driving at the University. Before
the spring semester is completed,
S.G.C. hopes to set up a commit-
tee to consider student conduct.
Principally, this committee will de-
fine conduct unbecoming to a stu-
dent. The object of S.G.C.'s con-
cern here, is to develop an organi-
zation for the investigation of
student conduct and morals.
S.G.C. proposes to develop a
more complete form of integra-
tion with the International Cen-


duties of

through a process of reorganiza-
tion of the various committees.
This will be prefaced by an in-
vestigation of the time involved
in work on these committees.
At present S.G.C. is operating on'
a trial program for a two-year pe-
riod, so it will set up no constitu-
tion, but will continue to operate
on a procedural program. {
Another project is to investigate
possible coordination of the activi-
ties of various student clubs with
the campus. This would provide
these organizations, such as the
Sailing Club and the Chess Club,

Continued operation of the Cin-
ema Guild and the Student Book
Exchange are definite plans for
next fall, along with the distri-
bution of football tickets.
As a trial organization, S.G.C.
has made a good start and has
great potential for a long and ac-
tive existence. The groundwork
has been well-laid, and, with full
support from the student body,
the Student Government Council
will satisfy the very real needs of
serving the students and express-
ing their opinions in the years to

these students 1 with the recognition they deserve.

"REPP" says-




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