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GC Has Broad Power
ut Subject To Review

The history of Student Govern-
ment Council at the University is
one of original rejection and later
overwhelming acceptance.
Now beginning its second com-
plete year as the official campus
government, SGC replaced Stu-
dent Legislature in March 1955.
When an all-campus student
government was first planned in
1946, two proposals were consider-
ed. One was a Student Congress
similar to SGC, consisting of heads
of campus groups and a popularly-
elected nine-man council. The
other was a Congress-Cabinet
form elected from the campus at
Latter Proposal Selected
The latter proposal was selected
in a student referendum of March
More than two years of study
and planning went into SOC, the
first student government to be of-
ficially recognized by the Board of
Regents. It was first suggested by
Malin Van Antwerp, '55L.
Final plans were drawn up by a
special study committee of stu-
dents and faculty headed by Prof.
Lionel H. Laing of the political
science department and presented
to the Regents by Vice-President
for Student Affairs James A.
SGC has taken over all of SLs
and SAC's functions. Eleven of its
18 members ,are elected by the
campus at large. The other seven
members are the heads of major
campus organizations.
They are the presidents of the
Union, League, Assembly Associa-
tion, Inter-House Council, Panhel-
lenic Association and Interfrater-
nity Council and the managing
editor of The Daily.

SGC can decide any student is-
sue. Its decision stands unless the
Board of Review, composed of the
Dean of Men, the Dean of Women,
three faculty members chosen by
the Faculty Senate Advisory Com-
mittee and two students, one of
whom is the president of SGC,
declares that the issue was not
within SGC's jurisdiction within
four days.
SGC functions through its com-
mittee structure. Eacn committee
is headed by an elected SGC mem-
ber and advised by one or more
ex-offico members. Committees
are made up of members of the
Administrative Wing, which num-
ber about 100.
Committees responsible to the
vice-president of the Council are
Education and School Welfare.
National and International Af-
fairs, Coordination and Counsel-
ing and Student Representation.
The Educational and Social
Welfare Committee supervises
work in the areas of academic
counseling, student adjustment,
student employment and human
relations. The Human Relations
Board, one of the most important
SGC functions, investigates and
tries to improve relations between
the University and business com-
munity and is specifically con-
cerned with problems of racial and
religious discrimination.
Maintains NSA Contact
The National and International
Affairs Committee maintains con-
tact with National Students' As-
sociation, improves relations with
other schools and supervises inter-
national student programming.
The Coordinating and Counsel-
ing Committee approves calendar-
ing of all student activities and
revisions in student organization

constitutions. It also supervises!
organization counseling, research
services and coordination with
other student organizations.
The Student Representation
Committee supervises interviewing
-and nominating for the various
special boards, such as Cinema
Guild, Joint Judiciary Council and
the Student Book Exchange.
Committees responsible to the
treasurer are Public Relations,
Campus Affairs, Finance and the
Administrative Wing.
The Public Relations Commit-
tee supervises internal and exter-
nal public relations, including the
elections held every semester.
Short Range Problems
The Campus Affairs Committee
takes care of short-range campus
problems, such as the Campus
Chest Drive, the bicycle problem
and the Student Activities Book-
The Finance Committee super-
vises all SGC's money matters,
while the Administrative Wing,
headed by the 4dministrative
Wing Co-ordinator, staffs all
Council Committees.
SOC is financed by a 25 cent
tax deducted from e'ach student's
tuition. It is presently housed in
Quonset Hut A. but will move into
the new Student Activities Build-
ing as soon as it is completed.
The officers, president, vice-
president, secretary and treasurer,
are elected at the first meeting
each campus election. Only the
11 elected members may run, but
they are put into office by the
whole Council.
Vacancies between elections are
filled by means of petition, inter-
view and appointment by the
Council. Interim appointments ex-
tend only until the next election.

In 30 years of history, fron an
all-campus men's club to a boom-
ing five million dollar business,
the Michigan Union has come a
long way.
Today, long since the first idea
in the minds of the "naughty '04"
class, a large building with a new
addition serves men and women
students and alumni as well as
faculty and University administra-
Numerous Traditions
One of the most famous tra-
ditions in Union history was that
women were not allowed in the
front door.
This tradition, although it last-
ed many years, has gone by the
wayside through constant ignor-
ing of the rule.
Another tradition is senior ta-
ble-carving. Each senior, prior to
graduation, has the opportunity to
imprint his name on one of the
cafeteria table tops in the Union
Another part of the Union has
traditionally been the maize and
blue Union lapel buttons, which
are rarely seen on lapels any
Many Years of History
But these traditions, whether
they still exist or not, grew up over
many years of history in the Un-


THE ATOMIC AGE-Seven and a half feet in diameter, the
"Class of '56" fountain undergoes construction. It was named for
the class because they contributed $1500 towards final cost.
Placed in front of the news Union addition, the fountain will
have sprays shooting towards the center forming a four foot
high hemisphere. A spray from the center will shoot straight up.
Motif for the fountain is the atomic age.
New $2900,000 Union
Addition Ready For Fall

ROCHDALE PRINCIPLES-Inexpensive living and democracy
in action are the two themes of the University's Inter-cooperative
Co-ops Offer Lowest Living
Cost for Campus Housing



Now there are both North and
South Cafeterias and a Snack Bar,
all in modern furnishings (al-
though one has the old carved
tables famous in Union history)
and new air-conditioning.
Behind the scenes, there's also
a new production kitchen that
supplies the cafeterias, the snack
bar and upstairs dining rooms.
Wide corridors connect the old
building with its new addition on
every floor, and dual, modern ele-
vators have been installed in these
Also featured in the Union base-
ment is a newly remodelled barber
shop, a new checkroom and men's
and ladies' rooms.
Facilities For Banquets
On the Union's main floor, the
new Anderson Room will be used
alternately for banquets, dances
and dinners. With a stage at one
end and facilities for partitioning,
the room will serve many purposes
in the coming years.
A new addition of the familiar
old Union bulletin board, listing
the day's events, will also be found
on the main floor corridor.

Welcomes you to Michigan!

The idea of cooperative housing
began at the University in 1934.
Since then, it has spread
throughout the nation. Although
originally launched to permit
students who could not otherwise
meet expenses to attend the Uni-
versity during the Depression, co-
ops have undergone modifications
with the changing needs of their
The houses are no longer run
on the barest minimum of cost
(two dollars per week), but their
costs are still the lowest on cam-
pus, beginning at $8.50. There are
eight houses at the University, all
under the central organization,
the Inter-Cooperative Council.
Rochdale Principles
Behind the organization is an
elaborate plan known as the Roch-
dale Principles. It calls for com-
plete democracy (each member
has one vote, non-discrimination
(unrestricted membership) and re-
ligious and political neutrality.
Strangers are continually sur-
prised by how well the idealism
works. All types can be found in
the houses: intellectuals, play-
boys, Democrats, Republicans, Ivy-
Leaguers or individualists. .
The houses have a large propor-
tion of foreign students.
All Contribute
The essential characteristic of
cooperatives is that every mem-
ber contributes to the work. The
organization is entirely run by
students with no faculty or alum-
ni supervision. Every member is
expected to contribute a certain
number of work hours per week.
Cooking, cleaning and much of
the building and repairing is done
by the members themselves. Costs
are kept low by this method.
Recently attention is being paid
toward greater improvements and
perhaps raising the costs. But
members point out that co-ops
will still offer "the most for your
Arthur Wilner, Grad., remark-
ed; "There is a trend toward in-
creasing improvement of proper-
ties." Wilner is formerpresident
of the Inter-Cooperative Coun-
Decreasing Room Capacity
"Co-ops" he continued, "are de-
creasing the capacity of rooms.
Our policy is the direct opposite
of the dormitories."
Members have also indicated
they are thinking of purchasing
land on North Campus. "We are
Dance Clubs
Give Concerts
Ballet and Modern Dance clubs,
with a membership of 40 to 50 co-
eds, are open anyone from rank
beginners to talented dancers.
The clubs give two concerts a
year, at Christmas and in t h e
Next year plans include sponsor-
ing informal presentations of stu-
dent choreography plus panel dis-
cussions. As in former years the
clubs will participate in speech de-
partment plays.

always interested in properties
that present themselves to co-op
use," Wilner said.
Last May, the Inter-Cooperative
Couicil bought its eighth house.
The structure, located on South
Forest, is tentatively named "Mark
SFor Feb. 1
University's Student Activities
Building will be completed Feb. 1
Progress on the three-story,
$1,140,000 building is proceeding
at a rapid rate.
Student Activities Building will
contain office rooms for 80 stu-
dent organizations and activity
groups, as well as provide rooms
for those campus groups desiring
meeting space.
Offices of Dean of Men and
Dean of Women will also be
housed in the 115-room structure.
Work Space Planned
Facilities of the building, in-
cluding mimeographing equip-
ment, supplies, and work space
for, such projects as float building,
will be available to all campus
About 30 rooms will be in the
basement, primarily for mainte-
nance and meeting areas. Adjoin-
ing the basement will be a "work-
shop" area.
This single-floored space will be
reserved for construction of floats
for spring Michigras parade and
other work projects requiring large
floor space.
Will Have Tools, Supplies
Rooms adjacent to workshop
area will house tools and supplies.
Also in the basement will be the
mimeographing room, , sewing
room, and mechanical rooms.
First floor will include the main
lobby. This floor will contain
offices for administrative person-
nel and their secretaries, as well
as meeting rooms for campus or-
Second floor will contain sev-
eral meeting rooms and offices for
student activity groups. Third
floor will be mainly meeting rooms.
Each floor will have a small lobby.
Comments Time Capsule
May 14, University President
Harlan Hatcher cemented a time
capsule into the walls of the 'Stu-
dent Activities Building.
At that time, he commended
student action in 4nitiating and
carrying out plans for the build-
ing. "This represents what we
have . . . come to expect from
students," President Hatcher said.
Plans for the building were
initiated by Harry Lunn, '54, for-
mer Daily managing editor, and
Bob Neary, '54, past president of
Student Legislature.
Lunn and Neary consolidated a
group of campus leaders, and their
united efforts led to eventual
construction of the Student Ac-
tivities Bcilding.





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