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alloting for ouncil Positions
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he Daily submitted six questions to the Student Govern-
Council. From these'the Council accepted the first two and
a third of their own choice.
he following questions were asked of the candidates:
What areas should SGC particularly concern itself with
next year?
} If you are elected to SGC, you will vote on the status of
Kappa next fall. What should the sorority do to prove it is
violation of University rules?
What regulations under SGC's jurisdiction In the Univer-
ules and Regulations Book do yo think should be changed


Eighteen Students
Vie for Eight Pos



t Seta Tau fraternity, so-
hairman; Wolverine Club,
,lly committee.
looking over 'the present
n of SGC, I find two gener-
s with which the Council
concern itself in the coming
.t is my opinion that the
nportant area is that one
ig the educational system,
Ie other area is one which
is the make-up .of the
's committee system, the
by which student opinion
ght to the Council, and the
e of the members toward
ies which face the Council.
dent-evaluation of course.
m that an honor system is
ly a necessity in the liter-
lege, but we surely cannot
ything by trying one. In my
though, there is one pre-
e which the system re-
i.e., support from a good
,y of the students who will
cted by it. I have seen an
system in action, and I
hat it must be wanted by
dents in order to be effect-
1 I consider th'e counseling
here at the University of
an, I feel as though the
is (keeping from us some-
re rightly deserve. In order
counseling system to be
te, we must have counselors
avi a sincere interes tin
s whom they handle and
Lso have some knowledge
he field in which the stu-
booklet of evaluation of

courses is something which I am
-sure all of us could have used as
freshmen. If honest, intelligent
opinions can be obtained, this
booklet would be of great value to
the younger students who are du-
bious as to what the different
courses offer.
As . for student opinion, I feel
that the best method for obtaining
it is through the questionnaire. In
situations where a' decision will af-
feet the campus- at large, the
Council should have some idea as
to what the general-feeling is, be-
cause they are the group that sup-
posedly represents student opinion.
Finally, and probably most im-
portant in Council functioning,
the members must take more of
an interest than they have in th6
past.. By this I mean that each
member must be interested in
what the other members are doing
in order that discussion and vot-
ing upon the different issues be
done intelligently.
2) As -an SGC member I would
feel that Sigma Kappa must offer
proof positive that they hold no
discrimination as to race, religion,
or color. This proof could consist
of either: (A) Reinstatement of.
the Cornell and Tufts chapters or
(B) A verifiable statements as to
why these chapters are not rein-
stated. The University regulation
of which Sigma Kappa is in viola-
tion was created to maintain the
right of free-membership choice
for all fraternities and sororities
on this campus.
(A) Recognition of Student Or-
Examination of Constitutions
and Event Calendaring for Stu-
dent Organizations - Process by
which these are effected creates
confusion and poor public rela-
tions for SGC.
Withdrawal of Recognition --
Book does not define clearly the
areas of SGC and Joint Judic in
regards to the jurisdiction of with-
drawal of recognition. This sub-
ect is stated a number of times in
Snumber of different ways.
(B) Definition of Campus Area
- The definition of the campus
area is not included in the Regu-
lations. This caused some confu-
sion in the Galens Case.
(C) Outlined Data in Book-Fi-
nancial Operations of Fraternities
and Sororities--Most of these reg-
ulations are not being followed at
the present, and I feel that this
warrants a need for their revision.
In general, powers of SGC and
Joint Judic are not clearly differ-
entiated as to their administrative
or judicial functions.

Chi Psi fraternity; Michigras
publicity coordinator.
1) One thing that I think is
lacking on SGC is representation
of student opinion. Because of
this, students know little about
SGC and the support that they
give the organization is nil. A
,#ore determined effort should be
made to solicit the interest and
support of the student body. To
correct this, students should be
sent questionnaires to find out
exactly what their opinion is on
the matters at hand. Deferred
rush is another matter which
should again be studied. The
Council should look into deferred
rush in the light of its good to
the UIniversity as a whole, keep-
ing in mind that the rights of the
minority should be preserved.
2) Concerning the Sigma Kappa
issue, next fall when they have
their national convention they
must state the reasons that they
expelled the two groups whether
because of a "bias clause" or be-
cause, the two chapters had poor
records will be brought out next
fall. Until then, only time will
tell - perhaps Sigma Kappa will
bring the two chapters back into
the national.
3) Until such a time that a rule
becomes grossly unfair, it is not
the job of SGC to doubt and
question the rules and regulations
of the fniversity.

-Daily,-Robert Kanner
RUNNING FOR SGC-Sixteen candidates out of 18 were present at the candidate training meeting
held recently. The meeting was designed to answer the candidate's questions, to outline procedure
in elections, and to discuss the election issues.

Jo Hardee
Daily reviewing staff; Board
of Advisors, Office of Religious
Affairs; National Student Asso-
ciation, former secretary and
international chairman for
Michigan region; SGC, former
member; elections evaluation
committee chairman, student
activities committee, interna-
tional center study committee.
1), Academic Policy: SGC should
press for greater student repre-
seritation on academic policy com-
mittees, particularly committees
concerned with curriculum and
teaching method changes caused
by rising enrollments. Revision of
counselling methods , to provide
effective aid to the students should
be requested by the Council.
Student Finance: The Council
should recommend Increased loan
and scholarship funds through
making unused specific grants
available for general use. They
should institute and delegate stu-
dent services (Student Book Store,
.for example) designed to save
money on necessary purchases.
They should conduct a thorough
investigation of Ann Arbor prices,
searching for means of reducing
costs to students (perhaps through
a student discount service now

operating at other schools). They
should expand investigation of
housing costs in both University
and private housing.,
Bias Practices: Without a clear
picture of the facts, no intelligent
discussion can be held on any
issue, especially a highly emotional
one. It is the job of SGC, working
t hr o ugh its Human Relations
Board and interested committees,
to get such a picture of bias prac-
tices existing in all areas of the
University; to formulate a policy
on the basis of such facts, and to
work toward a specific goal in co-
operation with the responsible
agencies: the administration, IFC
and Panhellenic, the Ann Arbor
Human Relations Commission and
Chamber of Commerce.
International Center: SGC can,
working with ISA and the staff of
the Center, survey means of ex-
panding facilities at the Center
and can work to make such ex-
pansion possible in the near fu"
2) It is grossly unfair to pre-
judge the case before the National
Convention acts this summer,
either by setting standards which
the sorority cannot meet, or by
allowing invalid proofs of compli-
ance with University regulations.
At this time, only the maximum
requirement can be stated (re-
instatement of the chapter which
still retains the Negro pledge, plus
a statement by National Sigma
Kappa that its chapters are free


out, perhaps as large as 8,000 vo
election is 7,120, set in November,
1955 - when only 12 candidates
ran 1for five positions.
Records Set in 1956
The previous records of 14
candidates and seven positions
were both set in March, 1956, and
tied in November of the same year.
Last fall's elections set two all-
time lows, with only 11 candidates
and a vote of 5,347.
A great deal of Mahey'sdiopes
for a record vote rest on two fac-
tors: weather, and getting a suf-
ficient number of polls workers.
The weather is completely out of
Mahey's hands, but he is seek-
ing more students to work at the
Response to his appeals to date
has been disappointing, and Ma-
hey may be forced to close several
booths at various hours because
no one is willing to work then and
Four Incumbents Running
At least four of the eight po-
sitions will be filled by persons
not present members of SGC.
Three elected incumbents, SGC
Treasurer Scott Chrysler, '59BAd.,
Ron Gregg, '66, and Lois Wurster,
'60, are running again, and Carol
Holland, '60, recently appointed to
a vacant seat, is seeking election
on her own.
One former member of SGC -
Jo Hardee, '60--is seeking election.
Two candidates, Mort Wise, '59,
and Phil Zook, '60, are making
second attempts to win seats. Sev-
eral candidates have had no pre-
vious connection with SGC..
Thirteen of the 18 candidates
are members of fraternities or
sororities. Only four candidates
are women.

ates. Present record for any

Mahey Hopes for Record Turno
But Seeks Additional Poll Work(
Two records have already been set in next week's Student 4
ernMent Council elections, but Elections Director Roger Mahey,
is hoping for a third when. students go to the polls Tuesday
Eighteen candidates - four more than in any previous a
annual election - are seeking eight positions, also a semi-an
election record.
These two factors lead Mahey to hope for a record voting t


Ron Gregg



could bring satisfying results to
Presently SOC operates on Ali
annual budget of $10,000. Unfor-
tunately the student body, which
SGC represents, is deriving little
direct benefit from this rather
large annual expenditure. SOC
must examine more carefully the
objectives of its expenditures so
that all students will more obvi-
ously realize the affects of these
Within the next year, the uni-
versity calendar will be in prime
focus with the University and like-
wise the students. This will pre-
sent an excellent opportunity for
SGC to gather )and properly ex-
press student opinion on topics
pertinent to the calendar from the
students' viewpoint.
Upon completion of the study of
deferred women's rushing, SGC
will again have the opportunity to
evaluate its effects. Careful atten-
tion should be given to the inte-
gration of a deferred rush with
other student activities, any social
pressure changes produced, health
implications, and other significant
topics that might not have been so
obvious during the discussion in
2) In the eyes of SGC, Sigma
Kappa sorority is presently in vio-
lation of University regulations.
Disciplinary action has been de-
ferred until after the Sigma Kap-
pa national convention this sum-
mer. If SGC, or SGC members
formulate or create in their minds
standards of judgment or alter-
native procedures that the soror-
ity might understake this sum-
mer, it would indeed be difficult
to interpret objectively any ac-
tion, or spirit of such action, the
sorority might take.
3) Some University regulations

communicative problems of the
council practically non-existent.
2) Th national convention of
Sigma Iappa sorority, in my
opinion, must clear up the action
taken by the national officers in
some way. This seems tome to
be imperative in proving that the
sorority is not in violation of Uni-
versity regulations. Sigma Kappa
is planning to initiate;' at their
convention this summer, a local
controlling group for each col-
legiate chapter composed of sev-
eral actives fr9m that house, sev-
eral local alumni, a province of-
ficer and a nationl officer. This is
a step in the right direction but
some attention must be paid to
the specific action of the national
officers. This does not necessarily
mean reinstatement of the two
3) Of course, there are many
verbal changes that need to be
made because of the transition of
concept from the Student Affairs
Committee to the Student Gov-
ernment Council. But beyond that
there are other changes or studies
that need to be undertaken of
which I will present three. The
first concerns both individual stu-
dents and organizations. In sev-
eral places in the regulations
booklet it states that a person may
not participate in activities un-
less he is academically eligible.
The assumption of a relation be-
tween activities and grade average
needs to be challenged. Further it
states that any fraternity which
falls below a 2.0 will be put on
probation. Both of these state-
ments assume that if a student is
not using time in activities he will
use it studying, which is doubtful
in many cases. The second area is
the one of the drinking regula-
tions which need serious study
and probably some change to make
them more realistic.

Adams House Council; WCBN.
1)' SGC has shown a concern in
academia matters which is com-
mendable. However, the Council is
not following through in this area.
Motions and reports are sent to
committees which take months,
literally, to come up with recom-
mendations, and often fail to im-
plement those recommendations.
Faster action on such matters as
the course evaluation booklet, and
the departmental educational pol-
icy committees is necessary. Also
I would urge an investigation into
whether the University is main-
taining the same ratio of faculty
to students as it expands. Educa-
tional quality deteriorates unless
this ratio remains constant.
Deferred rushing will probably
come before the Council again
soon. To express an opinion on
this before the Rushing Study
Committee makes its report would
be premature, but the opinions of
the girls involved in rushing
should be decisive, in the question
of women's rush. As to men's rush-
ing, this is a different matter en-
tirely. There are too many men
and too many fraternities on cam-
pus to make a once-a-year rush
feasible. Men who prefer deferred
rushing are free to wait until the
spring semester under the present
2) The most obvious action
which National Sigma Kappa
could take to indicate it is not in
violation of University regulations
would be to reinstate the Cornell
and Tufts chapters at the national
convention this summer. If this
is done, the case would be closed.
I do not know of any other way at
present in which the national
could clear itself; any further
opinion would be premature before
the national convention is held.
3) The weakest area of the reg-
ulations book is that of the drink-
ing laws. There is no reason why
students who are 21 years old
should not be permitted to drink
in non-University housing, in ac-
cord with the general state law.
The present rule is unrealistic, and
should be changed.



Sigma Alpha Epsilon frater-
nity; National Student Associa-
tion Conference delegate; SGC
member, education and student
welfare committee chairman,
honor system study committee
chairman, SGC evaluation-size
and composition committee, stu-
dent course evaluation commit-
1) Last spring I was one of the
few candidates who campaigned
for SGC to enter the educational
field. I felt then as I feel now that
student government can be justi-
fied only on educational grounds.
The council has entered this field
extensively in the last year. In
fact I think that a certain amount
of balance in program is needed
in view of this new emphasis. We
need to initiate a number of pro-
jects that deal directly with the
student body. These are needed to
fill out the responsibility of SOC
as presented in the SOC Plan, and
to contribute to the understand-
ing and interest of the student
body. Let me explain. In the plan
one of the functions of SGC is to
initiate student projects. Through
these projects we can align our-
selves with the student and his
needs more than in the past. I
am not advocating that we curb
our efforts in the educational and
policy areas, for these areas are
essential to the council, but that
we do orient ourselves more to-
ward the student and his desires.
Some of the specific projects

Zeta Tau Alpha sorority; Al-
pha Lambda Delta, women's
honorary; Panhel charity fund
drive; Jr. Panhel Fresh - Air
camp;,Soph Show publicity
conmittee; Frosh Weekend tick-
et committee; Campus Chest;
SGC member, national and In-
ternational affairs committee,
International Travel Study and
Information Service, Foreign
Student Leadership Program
conference delegate.
1) SGC should strive to increase,
its effectiveness. More forums,;
representatives time at h o u se
meetings, SGC reports at dinner
at the 'housing units, articles in
the International Students Asso-
ciation newspaper, member opin-
ions column in The Daily, and an
increased emphasis on personal
contact would help, not only by
increasing contact with the stu-
dents but by obliging SC mem-
bers to keep abreast of all council
activities. Moving important is-
sues, such as the honor system and
deferred rushing, out of commit-
tees and onto the c6uncil floor
where live debate between inter-
ested and Informed parties and
the council members would replace
the second-hand reports on which
the council usually has to act,
would increase student interest and
give SGC more basis for intel-
ligent decisions. The council should
take more care to ensure that its
committees are acting and acting
according to directives for them.
Recommendations of the council
to the administration must be
more deligently followed up if ac-
tion is supposed to result. More
active participation of graduate
and foreign students should be
sought if SGC is to operate effec-
tively for all the students of the
University of Michigan.

to pledge whoever they wish).
Other action can only be con-
sidered and evaluated after the
3) Of course, general revision
is needed to bring the booklet up
to date, but at least two major
changes should be pressed for.
The Council should request a
more specific definition of rea-
sons for expulsion or suspension,
now defined as "any reason deem-
ed sufficient to it (the Univer-
sity)." Such a change might de-
fine cause as breach of University"
Regulations regarding c o n d u c t,
academic eligibility, and/or disci-
pline. Obviously, the wording as
it now stands leaves the student
in a tenuous position as regards
suspension or expulsion.
Also, a sensible definition of
student quarters in the drinking
regulations should be made to
permit those over thee legal drink-
ing age living in non-University
housing to determine for them-
selves whether or not they will
allow intoxicating beverages in
their own homes.

Gargoyle managing editor;
Board in Control of Student
Publications; Daily reviewing

Sigma Chii fraternity; Sphinx;
abbard and Blade; University
dendar Study. Committee;
udent Activities Building Ad-
inistrative Board; SGC treas-
er, health insurance chairman,
na nce committee chairman,
ucation and social welfare
mmittee; Free University of
rlin exchange Program chair-
in; orientation director, stu-
nt representation committee.
)IR SOC has been relatively in-
ctive in the past it is for one
son only. SGC is not doing the
nerous things which affect each
i every student in his everyday

1) SGC should be concerned with
the problems which are being cre-t
ated by increasing enrollment.
These are divided into two general
classes. 1) Academic problems:
ever-increasing size of classes, lack,
of individual attention to students,
defects in the academic counseling
system. 2) Non-academic prob-
lems: overcrowded and inadequatet
housing, lack of student interest int
campus affairs as size of student
body continues to grow. These are#
all troublesome issues; a conciset
statement of student opinion with
recommendations from SGC can
do much to aid administration pol-
icy determination- and woulda
doubtless be welcomed,
2) There seems little that the lo-
cal chapter of Sigma Kappa cans
do; the matter rests with its na-
tional organization. Since the Uni-
versity rule clearly states "recog-
nition will not be granted to a
group which prohibits membership
because of race, religion, or color,"
definite action must come from the
national officers to indicate that
they are prepared to operate- the
Ann Arbor chapter under Univer-
sity regulations.
3) Platform: Evidence begins to
accumulate that SGC could more

-SGC in the last year has greatly
enlarged its scope in academic
matters, however work should be
increased in several areas. I want
to see students on the Curriculum
Planning Committee and other
such committees. The study of
University housing should include
the problem of foreign student
housing and the University policy
on integration. The Honor System
should be tried for a semester with
the SGC taking the responsibility
to make sure that the students
fully realize the implications of
this system and taking the lead
to insure its acceptance in spirit
and in practice. Informal discus-,
sions between members of the
f a c ul t y, foreign students, and
American students should be im-
plemented through the NIA Com-
mittee to take advantage of this
aspect of large University living.
2) This campus only needs the
assurance that the Sigma Kappa
Chapter at this University is not
restricting its membership on the
grounds of race, religion or color.
A policy statement at the National
Convention this summer to that
effect is one possible way to clear
Sigma Kappa. Another way would
be an explanation of the action
taken at Tufts and Cornell. How-
ever, I do not believe it is possible
at this time to limit Sigma Kappa


Ho ffman

Soph Show central committee;
Student Association for Inter-
cultural living; Political Issues
Club; Editor, The International
Student; ISA publications chair-
1) Among the areas with which
SGC should concern itself are the
a) An investigation of possible
discrimination by the adminis-
tration and Vspecially the Dean of
Women's Office.
b) A resolution that entering
freshmen be placed in the order

h) Establishing a University
honor system.
2) Sigma Kappa must supply
SGC with a copy of its constitu-
tion and all by-laws to prove it
does not have a bias clause. If it
does not prove this, SGC should,
withdraw recognition.
3) There is a need of a review
of all regulations on the student's
private life.
The Student Government Coun-
cil has failed to adequately ex-
press student opinion and to pro-
vide orderly means for student

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