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SUNDAY, MARCH 17,1957

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Tuesday,

Wednes a

lec tns

TO

Fill

Six Seats

Jean Scruggs
-SGC Ex-Officio Member; As-
sembly Association President, Per-
sonnel Chairman; SGC Elections
Personnel Director, 1955; Martha
Cook.
1. SGC has a common respon-
sibility to students and to the
University - to continually pro-
mote the welfare of the University
community. SGC should be an:
objective body, trying to find what
is best for the University com-
munity as a whole and acting up-
on it. Only by fair consideration
of every viewpoint-student, ad-
miristrative, and faculty, can SGC
approach this gual. SGC must
avoid becoming a tool of any one
group.
2. a. Work must be done in
the area of student housing with
thought toward encouraging uni-
versity apartments for unmar-
ried undergraduates, both men
and women.
b. A better calendaring pro-
cedure for all-campus events is
needed badly, and work should
begin in this area immediately.
c. Careful consideration is
needed of SGC's role in getting
the student voice concerning tui-

tion raises heard in the state
legislature.
3. The most important respon-
sibility of the SGC member is to
approach all problems with a per-
spective, open mind and with in-
tegrity. He must be willing to
spend a great deal of time in in-
forming himself of all the aspects
of a situation. Further, he must
be able and willing to seek out
programs that would be beneficial
to the University and bring these
to the attention of the council.
4. .a. A forum on the evalua-
tion of SGC-this would enable
all students to have a voice in
shaping the kind of student gov-
ernment they feel is important
to them.
b. A forum on rising enroll-
ment-there are many aspects to
this problem in terms of hous-
ing, falling academic standards,
poor counseling service, etc. Stu-
dents should have a chance to
air their concerns in this area,
with their suggestions for im-
proving the existing situation.
5. There are two major criti-
cisms:
a. SGC is too isolated from
the student body for real under-
standing and respect to be possi-
ble on either side. More work
must be done by council members
to keep personally in touch with
the student population in order
to hear their views and to pre-
sent SGC to them in a more real
and personal way.
b. The council is spending too
much of its time on adminis-
trative details which could be
taken care of by a committee of
council members. This would al-
low more time on Wednesday
evenings for full discussion of
current problems by the council
and constituents both.

John T.
Thomas
Union Opera; Musket; Choral
Union; Sigma Phi Epsilon Vice-
President.
1. I feel that SGC's responsi-
bility to the University and to the
student are different sides of the
same coin. First, to the students
the council should endeavor to
make their stay on campus a re-
warding one and to that end raise
the standards' of living in all re-
spects. Secondly, to the University
it owes a loyalty that must govern
all its decisions in respect to the
students' welfare.
2. SGC should concentrate more
on the everyday problems of the
students and leave policy decisions
and precedents of a long range
nature to the Board of Regents
who are better able to appreciate
and understand the implications
present in these matters. Matters
such as an improvement of faculty
evaluations, the housing problem
and Ann Arbor landlords, calen-
daring, and a codification of joint
judiciary laws and policies are all
things SGC could profitably spend
its time on and thereby aid the
individual students.
3. The duties of an SGC mem-
ber are to be well informed on
any and all issues that are cur-
rently of importance on campus.
Then, when a vote is called for or
discussion is in process the mem-
ber can talk intelligently and
practically and thereby come to
a swift and rational solution to
a problem.
4. All of the topics I mentioned
above in question two and also
any issues that become important,
to the campus welfare in the fu-
ture. If SGC is ever going to be
of any practical use at all then it
must know the student's opinion.
5. My major criticism of SGC
is that in the past they have not
made sufficient attempts to pro-
mote the welfare of the majority
of the students, but rather have
concerned themselves with either
minute issues of little general val-
ue or else sweeping policy decisions
that are better left to the Board
of Regents. Secondly, some of the
members have, and still do, deem
it important to instigate actions
which, although evidently legally
justified by their constitution,
seem to serve no constructive pur-
pose whatsoever. Thirdly, in ref-
erence to the recent Sigma Kappa;
case, it was certainly amazing to

see a supposedly democratic grou
acting as judge, jury, and prose
cutor. Fourthly, I agree with th
faculty member that recentl
pointed out that SGC meeting
have recently become duller tha:
the old Student Legislature. I
could be that either there is
lack of interest by the members i:
the issues discussed or that som
of the members are afraid to mak
anything resembling a firm stan
on controversial issues for fear o
being later quoted by The Dail
or some other group.

Nel Sherburne
SGC Administrative Wing Co-1
ordinator, Personnel Director;
Student Representation, Pub1i c
Relations (chairman) Commit-
tees; Spring Weekend Prizes Com-
mittee; Daily Sports Staff; Delta
U p s ilon Activities Chairman,
Rushing Chairman, Historian.

SPhil Zook
* Union Information Manager;
Daily Business Staff; Pershing
Rifles: Orientation Leader; Allen
Rumsey Alumni Chairman.
1. SGC's responsibility to the
student lies in determining his
opinion and acting in his best
interests. It should provide serv-
ices for him and improve the{
structure of organizations serving
him, but at the same time free
him from unnecessary or arbitrary
regulation and increase his voice
in his own government. When
SGC cannot itself do these things,
it should make known to the ad-
ministration and the public the
contention of the student. Con-:
P versely, SGC owes to the student
- extensive information relating to CANDIDATE TRAINING MEE
e its own activities and those of
y other University bodies; the stu- hope to win. Three programs are
s dent is entitled to the rationale areas and functions of SGC.an
n behind every decision made which
t affects him.fPlrw s
a SGC can aid the University by n dg p o t i r
n advancing proposals to improve
e the educational climate, by help-
d ing new and foreign students to
d adjust to University life, and by
studying and suggesting changest F t
in procedure and mechanics. But IJ'LO cutuliTe
its main obligation is to deal with
student problems and dissatis-
facitions in as efficient and fair By RICHARD AUB
a manner as possible, before they Student Government Council's
grow to a size which threatens plans for the future are not lim-
the educational climate and rep- ited to purely campus activities.
utation of the University. This summer, the National Stu-
2. I will work to increase the dent Association Conference will
number of elected council mem- be held at the University, and the
bers to fourteen, to be elected Council is already at work to make
geographically, the program successful. Many de-
I will submit for study a plan t ails must be cared for to help the
for a financial service to make it Conference run smoothly.
easier and less expensive for stu- SGC also plans to take increas-
dents to make transfers of funds. ing interest in State Legislature
I will ask that the foreign stu- appropriations to the University.
dent program of SGC be trans- Many council members are afrai
ferred to another organization. increased tuition may price some
Permanent programs of this type students out of a chance for edu-
tend to draw excessively on SGC's cation, and the council would li1e
to work to help keep rate increases
time and personnel, to a minimum.
I will request a study of the Foreign Problems
campus broadcasting network, to Problems of foreign students
determine how it can be made of have recently interested the Coun-
real service to a greater number cil. Increased work has and will
f students. be done with students in the In-
I will seek adequate facilities ternational Center. The Council
for the storage of personal pos- may consider bringing more for-
sessions during summers and other eign students to Ann Arbor under
periods. Foreign Student Leadership Pro-
3. The obvious duties of n grams.
council member are to study and These students would be in ad-
consider the matters before the dition to Hungarian students now
council, carry out at least his full sponsored by Student Govern-
share of committee work, and ment, and the two people here un-
der leadership program scholar-
ships.
On the campus scene, SGC is
preparing for its first "Campus
Chest" strive. Because this is the
CouncU's first attempt at such a
a w;program, an all out effort will be
expended to make the all-campus,
"give-once-for-all," charity drivc
a success
Bookstore Problems
The Council is also concerned
with improving the campus book-
store situation.
Plans are now underway, in co-
operation with the Union, to en-
large present Student Book X-
Change and perhaps carry other
supplies in addition to old books.
{,. There is a room in the new Stu-
dent Activities Bldg. which ,has
'":been designed for a "bookstore"
type operation.
' h SGC's first major decision last
year concerned deferred rushing.
keep fully informed of all issues yhe Council decided last spring
affecting students.h oni eiddls pig
that after this year there would be
Beyond this, he should work only spring rushing for sororities.
out solutions to problems which Rushing First
exist, and maintain an imagina- Naturally, the Council is greatly
tive outlook on expanding serv- concerned about the program and
ices. It is his duty to seek and eager to make it a success. Next
welcome inquiries and expressions year will be the first time for
" opion rom indivi su spring rushing, and a great deal

aents of effort will probably be devoted
4. The following subjects, be- to that area,
cause they are not fully under- SGC has appointed student
stood, and because they are sub- members to the calendar com-
jects on which SGC should obtain mittee. This takes on greater im-
student opinion, are potential top- portance as dissatisfaction with
ics for forums: Dormitory finance, the present calendar mounts, and
I tuition increases, calendaring, there is still a chance to revise the
SGC reorganization, honor sys- 1958-59 schedule.
tems. Capital improvements for Cine-
5. I am dissatisfied with SGC's ma Guild are now under consider-
accomplishments in representing ation. This might include expan-
student opinion and providing sion of present facilities and im-
services. What SGC has done has proved methods of program an-
been good; it has not been enough. nouncement.
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contested by 23 sophomores.
Juniors in the literary and en-
gineering colleges and business
administration and education
schools will also vote for senior
class officers this week.

SGC Victors
By DONNA HANSON

--Daily-Norm Jacobs
TING-Candidates for SGC receive basic training for the seats they
e scheduled to acquaint future Council members with the problems,
(d related organizations,
{SGC Seats Open
To 13 Can"didates
By VERNON NAHRGANG
Fair weather or foul, more than 6,000 students will stop at 21
scattered campus polling places Tuesday and Wednesday to Make
their marks on a series of colored ballots.
Six seats on the Student Government Council are at stake and
13 candidates are hoping to occupy them.
Six Directors to be Named
In other contests, six Union Student Directors will be chosen,
from a field of 12, three seats on the Board in Cbntrol of Student
Publications will be filled from among four candidates, and the
single Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics membership will
be given to one of two athlete as-<
pirants.
Sophomores and first-semester
juniors will have an additional
ballot for the J-Hop Committee. D ecid
Nine positions there are being

1. SGC's responsibility to the
student body is one of expressing
student opinion, originating stu-
dent projects, and providing an
orderly means for discussion of
major campus issues. SGC's re-
sponsibility to the University falls
into many categories. It must
recognize all new campus organi-
zations, make rules governing stu-
dent participation in extra-curri-
cular activities, and coordinate
and regulate activities to be car-
ied on by campus groups.
2. Areas which I would like to
bring -to SGC's further attention
in the coming year are the estab-
lishment of a ° definite training
program for committee members
desiring to run for the council
in the future and better commu-
nication between SGC and the
student body.
With reference to the latter I
would suggest a promotional
campaign through all facilities at
the disposal of SGC. A column in
the Daily where Council members
could state their stand on impor-
tant issues would enable the stu-
dent body to become more aware
of individual council member's
opinion. I also suggest a more
complete newsletter which would
be circulated to all housing
groups. The possibility of all-
campus opinion polls taken only
on major issues could increase
student interest in SGC.
3. The duty of the individual
SGC member is that of present-
ing to the council any problem
which has been brought to his at-
tention by a constituent and for
other sources. Once the problem
is brought before SGC the coun-
cil member should contribute to
the establishment of a solution
which, is satisfactory to the ma-
jority of those people concerned.
4. The purpose of the forum is
to provide an orderly means for
student discussion of campus is-
sues. The subjects of the forums
are directly related to stimulating
student interest and finding stu-
dent opinion on important cam-
pus l1sues. Tentative subjects are:
student body re-evaluation of
SGC, housing problem, and the
success of the new driving regu-
lation. At least one of these three
subjects has a direct effect on
most of us but to have a success-
ful forum the student body as a
whole must possess an avid in-G
terest in the topic,
5. I would first like to reflect on
the accomplishments of SGC in

I

Ronald Shorr
SGC Member; Campus Affairs,
Student Activities, Public Rela-
tions (chairman) Committees;
Student Legislature; Block "M"
Operations Chairman; Homecom-
ing Dance Publicity Chairman;
Cinema Guild Board Chairman;
Campus Conference on Religion;
National Student Association Con-
gress Delegate; Zeta Beta Tau.
1. SGC, as does any governing
body, owes it to its constituents
and to the institution it repre-
sents to further the causes of
each. The goals of the two usually
coincide; when they conflict, it
is the purpose of student govern-
ment to act as an intermediary,
explaining the students' view to
the university and bringing the
university's aim to the students.
2. SGC has a broad undefined
area to work in, that of expressing
student opinion and making ef-
forts toward betterment of the
university and city community.
All too often we forget that we
live in a community where inter-
personal relationships affect our
being able to get along. SGC has
disregarded, to a large extent, the
Ann Arbor community in which
we live and partake benefits. Here
there is an obligation to the stu-
dents to establish better relations.
We also must be able both to
stand by the university when it
needs student help and join in
the "gloriously discordant sym-
phony" of a democracy when we
disagree with it.-
3. The SGC member has three1
broad functions. The first is what
I call "Wednesday night busi-1
ness," the second, his committee
work, the third, SGC public rela-4
tions. If he falls down on any of:
these, his effectiveness as a coun-
cil member drops an equivalent
amount. "Wednesday night busi-
ness" is that of giving scrupulous7
consideration to all important
business that comes to the floori
at each SGC meeting. In each
committee area, enough substan-
tial problems are involved so thati

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Le-Anre Toy
National and International Af-
fairs Committee; National Stu-
dent Association Coordinator;
World University Service; Var-
sity Debate; Michigan Crib; Big
Ten Residence Halls Association
Secretariat; Michigan Forensic
Forum; Mosher Dormitory Coun-
cil, Sophomore President.
1. My concept of SGC's re-
sponsibility to the student and to
the University is that SGC should
serve as a mid-point between Ad-
ministrationand students. It must
function as a unit to present each
one's views to the other, clearly
and accurately. It must resist in-
fluences from pressure groups and
endeavor to maintain an all-cam-
pus point of view. The student
deserves a voice in his government
and SGC can do much to preserve
and represent thesc individua
rights.
2. The zvyo problems which I
Plan to gyring to the attention cf
SGC are the lecture ban and our
current elections system. With-the
lecture ban, the students are sub-
jected only to prevailing opinions,
and I believe we of the University
are intelligent enough to sift half-
truth from truth in most areas.
I am certain that most people
here want to listen and absorb for
themselves and don't appreciate
having others pick and choose
what is proper for them to hear.
The elections system we have is
not an efficient one. I shall pro-
pose a choice of two other systems

An, aggregate of 25 juniors are To the casual observer, Stu-
trying for class offices, some of dent Government Council's bal-
them unopposed while some of- lot-counting process looks as com-
fices have no candidates at all. plicated as a Minnesota football
No Referendum play.
This will be the first spring Resembling a miniature stock
election in recent years that has market exchange, election appar-
not seen some student referen- atus includes a large, chalked-up
dum on one issue or another. blackboard, scurrying e I e c t i o n
Polls will be open from early' counters, and harried, cigarette-
morning until 5 p.m. Tuesday and smoking candidates.
Wednesday. Ballots will be count- Students who wander into the
ed Wednesday eveningin the Un- Union Ballroom on election night
ion Ballroom. to watch the rise and fall of can-
Should inclement weather play didates' votes on the big black-
its usual role in the elections, poll- board observe the workings of a
iig tables will be taken indoors at complicated process called the
their respective locations. Hare System.
SGC Elections Director Jim The actual balloting is much
Childs, '57, has expressed hopes less complicated, however. Stu-
for a 10,000-vate election - which dent voters are given ballots
would be by far the highest in the printed with the 13 candidates'
Council's history, names.
Majority Affiliated They then number the candi-
For the candidates, the elec- dates in order of preference from
ors thel candiatesuthe edec one to 13. The rest is left to the
ions will close out 10 days of election night counters who are
campaigning and stumping at well-versed on the Hare System
open houses around campus, and know how to put it to work.
All but three of the 13 SOC
candidates are fraternity or sor- Quota Set
ority affiliates. Two are fresh- This is how the Hare System
men, six are sophomores and five works:
are juniors. The votes are distributed to the
The complete list of candidates: candidates who are marked first
Bob Bruton, '59; Scott Chrysler, on the ballots.
'59; Art Epker, '58BAd; Duncan Then counters determine the
Garrett, '58BAd; Ron Gregg, '60; quota, or the number of ballots a
Judy Martin, '59; James C. Park, candidate must accumulate to be
'59; Jean Scruggs, '58; Nel Sher- elected. This is done by dividing
burne, '59; Ronald Shorr, '58; the total number of good, trans-
John T. Thomas, '58BAd; Le- ferable ballots by the number of
Anne Toy, '59; and Phil Zook, '60. positions to be filled plus one,
Their lists of experiences and Then one is added to the quotient.
statements appear elsewhere on For example, if 7,000 votes are
these pages. cast for six positions, the election

through constant work, careful
administration, and proper judg-
ment, one can improve the inter-
nal and external endeavors of
SGC. It is the duty of everyone
oil the council to deal effectively
with those around him, students,
faculty, administration and fellow
council members.
4. SGC forums were designed
for the explicit purpose of bring-
ing student government problems
to the campus, not as floors for
discussion of athletics, or specific
curricula or the like. They should
be of a dual nature: to inform and
to be a place where student opin-
ion can be voiced. It is by this
very nature a two way process -
informing student government of
student thought and producing a
better informed student body.
5. SGC is an all-campus body,
they cannot be expected not to
err, they cannot be expected to be
one in viewpoint. But it can and
should be expected that SGC have
some definite direction in sight,
work tediously toward its goals,
strive always for what it thinks
right. Evaluation is not enough,
reevaluation is a necessity. SGC
is and should be measured by
what it has done; it therefore
should be doing more in a more
imaginative way.

Fund
If Student Government Coun-
cil doesn't survive its present
two-year trial period, it has
$1,000 to fall back on.I
Student Legislature set up the
trust fund on March 8, 1955,
before going out of existence.
which can be put to better use
than the present one in future
SGC elections.
3. Each SGC member should
represent the voice of the stu-
dent body' as much as is possible.
His committee chairmanship on3
the Administrative Wing is one
in which he can further the inter-
ests of that student body and
serve his University. He must en-j
deavor to create good public rela-
tions and to educate the students,
as to what SGC is accomplishing.
4. Topics for discussion at SGC
Forums should arise from any is-
sue which concerns the campus as
a whole. I would particularly like
to see the lecture ban issue dis-
cussed in a forum. This is a vital
issue on campus and I can think
of no better way to bring it to
focu than bydir scn~,itina

No Issues
While no major issues hang
over this semester's SGC election,
the candidates have indicated
areas and problems they consider
important to SGC and to the stu-
dent body.
The six students elected Wed-
nesday will join SGC President
Joe Collins, '58; Vice-President
Janet Neary, '58; Maynard Gold-
man, '59; Janet Winklehaus, '57;
and John Wrona, '57, on the
council,, along with the seven ex-
officio members.

mathematicians divide seven into
that number and arrive at the
first quota of 1,001.
Votes Drawn
Any person over the quota on
the first count is elected.
Ballots are then drawn at ran-
dom from his pile equal to the
number of ballots in excess of the
quota.
That is, if the elected candi-
date had amassed 1,120 votes, 119
of them are drawn and redistri-
buted to the persons marked as
second choices on the ballot. If
no other choices are marked, the
ballot is exhausted; it becomes
void.
Now the candidate with the
least number of votes is elimin-
ated and his votes are redittri-
buted to the next choice on the
ballot.
The count of each candidate is
taken and his new total is posted.
Ballots Pulled
A new quota is now determined
on the basis of the new total of
good, transferable ballots and the
number of positions to be filled.
In this way the quota gets
smaller, while anyone going over
the quota is elected as the process
is repeated.

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Voting Records
Largest campus vote in Student Government Council elections
was in November, 1955, when 7,120 students went to the polls.
A record 850A0 vnte yists however for the Ar. 1040 t

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