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Issues, Defend


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dents and to present new ideas to
the council. Although I do not
consider this an irrevocable stand,
I do not see any need, at the pres-
ent time, for a change in either
the size or composition.
2) The primary interest of SGC
should be the academic well being
of the University community. The
initiation of an honor ;system,
academic counseling, scheduling
of final exams at registration time,
and other ideas have been dis-
cussed in the past by the council.
SGC should be concerned with
keeping the University a place of
free inquiry, debates, and discus-
sion. Towards this goal the coun-
cil. has set up a Forum Committee
to bring speakers to the University
to debate on various controversial
issues. Such a program should be
started and enlarged.
The council cannot stop working
on those projects. However, we
should be concerned with both tl
aims and the methods of education
here at the University. I firmly be-
lieve ttat students are qualified to
havea voice on faculty curriculum
committees, and that they could be
very helpful in forming new
courses: and evaluating old ones.
SGC must also be concerned, in
this age of expansion and increas-
ing enrollment, about the place of
idividual needs in our University
and, in connection with this prob-
lem , possible futu e proposals to
install' television and other organs
of mass media to supplement the
present classroom situation. Stu-
.ents should be vitally concerned
over these and similar areas, which
may one day revolutionize Ameri-
can public education.
3) I do not feel that SOC should
require any one specific thing of
sigma Kappa. The sororitynow
stands in vilation, of University
regulations according to the SGC
motion of Des. 5, 1956, and should
be allowed to choose its own meth-
od of alleviating the present situa-
tion. Reinstating the two suspend-
ed chapters, if the Negro girls are
still members should be an obvious
solution to the problem. However,
it is difficult to anticipate all the
actions the National Convention
might take. I sincerely hone that
the nhational ,takes some action
significat to all concerned, so
that the local chapter will be able
to continue its, present etcellent
record at Michigan.
dent representatives on this com-
mittee can become recognized' for
their own valuable contributions.
I feel that here is an excellent
place for SOC. to help students
in their quest for intellectual de-
3) At this time it would be un-
fair to state what Sigma Iappa
must do in their 1958 National
Convention. SOC should allow
them to act freely and to decide
alone what policy they wish to
make or revise. Upon this policy
SOC can then decide whether or
not Sigma, Kappa remains in vio-.
lation of University regulations.
To list the activities and serv-
ices SOC has inaugurated for stu-
dents since Its birth on campus
three . years ago would take too
much time and space. I really
feel, that in this comparatively
short time, SOC has proved itself
worthy of student trust and ideals.
sGC To Use

Any Student Enrolled in the University May Vote

INSTRUCTIONS: Put the figure "1" in the square C]
opposite the' name of your first/choice, the figure "2" in
the square [] opposite the name of your second choice,
the figure "3" in the square [1 opposite the name of your
third choice, and so on. You may vote for as many can-
didates as you wish. The more choices which you express
in this manner, the greater is the possibility that your
vote will help to elect one of them.






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1) At present, there is need for
greater 'communication between
the student body and SGC, due in
part, to the size of the Council and
manner of its election. An increase
in the number of elected members.
would improve the ratio between
elected and ex - officio members
(now 11 to seven) and would pro-
vide wider representation./ h
In increasing' the size of the
Council, a districting system is'
necessary to achieve meaningful -
communication and representation, or goals. One answer to this-prob-
Although much consideration ;lem is a seminar program con-
necessarily must precede such a ducted by undergraduates, the
step, one neans of changing the aims of which would be to deter-
present procedures is to increase mine individual goals, relate class-
the Council from 11 to 18 elected room work to these, develop sound
members, nine to be elected each study attitudes and practices, and
semester from three, three-mem- encourage a sense of common in-
bered districts. This would im- terest and purpose among stu-
prove contact, encourage a better dents.
informed electorate, and create Through faculty participation, a
more incentive for competent can- greater feeling of mutual concern
didates. with mutual problems would be
2) Rising enrollments and their created. Carefully planed, such
effects upon the individual student a program should prove valuable
and upon physical facilities of the in relating the individual to an
University must be a concern of ever-growing academic communi-
student government. Every Coun- ty..
cil member should consider means Re-evaluation of the grading
of expanding facilities and serv- system with the aim of lessening
ices without losing sight of indi- pressures created by superficial
vidual needs. Such educational standards .and plans for special
aids as instructional television and sections in basic courses suited to
utilization of selected undergradu- different interest levels are fur-
ates as discussion-group leaders ther areas of Council interest.
are possible solutionsto the prob- 3)Reinstatement at the 1958
lem of limited faculty. Convention of the Tufts chapter
Another program applicable in including the Negro girl pledged
some areas is more individual in 1958 would be positive proof of
learning outside the classroom un- Sigma Kappa's adherence to Uni-
der the guidance of a faculty versity regulations. However, it
member. would be prejudging the case to
With increasing enrollments, the consider this action the only un-.
student may believe the Univer- quesitonable act of good faith ac-
sity to be a "factory for learning" ceptable before knowing the pro-
unconcerned with, and therefore ceedings of the National Conven-
not fulfilling, his personal needs tion.x
Lots r-
Wurs ter I

Jo Hardee
SGC, former elections director,
chairman, speakers' b u r e a u;
Daily reviewing staff; secretary,-
Michigan region of National
Student Association; Interna-
national Affairs Vice-President.




Council Plans SG
Evaluation - Shoi
"An evaluation of SGC by SGC is one of the main project
calendar for the coming year," accordiig to Administrativ
President Ron Shorr.
A new evaluation committee plans to begin work imm
looking into various internal programs of the council, faculty
ministration organizations.
Many problems arise within the University which inclu
three groups because they are so closely connected.
Since they constantly overlap in their functions, a ser
vestigation in this area is necessary to distinguish what a'
each part of the University has inf'
different cases and what rights
belong to each of these units, +
Shorr said..
Fallowing the dompletionf of the
Campus Chest drive, a study will ->5
be made by SGC concerning the'
total donations and operation of
the entire campaign.
Unified Drive -
"It seems to be'the opinion of
some that a single unified drive
may not be as successful or desir-
able as the previous separate cam-
paigns," Shorr added.
Problems major and minor will
be included in the SGC evalua-
tion which may take a year or ,
continue for an indefinite period
of time depending on the issues
that require study.
Members of SGC have previous-
ly attended City Council meet-
ings. Future' plans include the
continued promotion of better re-
lations, expressed student opinion
and strong cooperation for the
student body with the city.
Work Together
"Since Ann Arbor's Chamber of
Commerce represents about 50,-
000 people and SGC represents Acacia fraternity SG(
more directly over 23,000 of this dent activities committei
population through the Univer- stitutions; counseling stu
sity, it is important that both or- mittee-academic counseli
ganizations work together on mu-' committee; Jun or Inter
tual problems,"-Shorr commented. nity Council.
One of the previous problems
of concern between these two 1) In order for the co
groups was the parking restric- operate effectively the size
tions of the City Council -in Ann group must of necessity
Arbor which included necessary snmall. The seven ex-offici
parking areas of the University. berk provide experienced
In the past students have had ship and the eleven tem
the opportunity to tour Europe large should effectively re
in the summer. The rates have the entire stuient body. '
been lower on planes sponsored ministration Wing of SGC ]
by the University. excellent opportunity for a
Promotion of more available, dent or group of students'
efficient and inexpensive summer material to the attention
excursions for students is a fu-Council.
ture project of the council. Therefore, I do not fe
Increasing Enrollments either the size or compos
Within a few weeks the council the Council should be cha
plans to organize a committee on the present time. Of cour
increasing "enrolments which is may alter the situation. Du
hoped to be on a high advisory changsatsoe lterate
level. necessary in order to ha'
The dropping of student book quate representation.
exchange by the Union placed it 2) It is to be assumed I
in an SGC category. Since the e-y
change is a valuable student serv- primary reason for every'y
ice, the council plans to extend attending the Uniersity
academi pupse.Frth
and improve this asset for student to be assumed that acaden
use, Shorr said. should be the biggest "acti
Cinemascope movies are very the students. Therefore
popular, but their use is, limited at SGC is to express student
the University. and work toward the inte
The small architectural audi- the students, there is no a
torium cannot accommodate cine- area with which students a
mascope movies and it is almost cerned, with which SGC
impossible to obligate another ap- not concern itself.
propriate location for the four Presently SGC is concer
night weekend elsewhere for a self with the counciling se
showing of these pictures. the University, "honors pr
SGC is looking into the possi- in various curriculums,
. bility of obtaining a better audi- honor system for taking e
torium with.a large cinemascope LSA. The solutions to pro
screen and "comfortable" seats, any of these areas are a r

me. The
ed for a
e present
ve. Many
ms have


Dan ie tin




dpha Xi Delta sorority; Chair-
nan, League dance classes;
eague Council; .Circle; Co-,
airman of Homecoming dis-
lay for Alice Lloyd-1957.
The rationale behind SGC,
Zen the student body approved
in December of 1954, -was ex-
lent, and it still is. By having
ly 18 members, the Council
ould be able to work together
ectively and complete worth-
ile projects. The Council's com-
sition, with seven ex-officio and
werr elected members, is suffi-
unt. In seven ex-officios the
uncil is provided with experi-
ced leadership. With eleven
cted representatives campus
mnpetition is keen, increasing
ndidates caliber. and quality.
ly three years have elapsed
ce SOC was formed and the
ionale for its size and compo
ion are still effective.
2) Student Government plays
important role in the educa-
rial process, both in the train-
it gives the students involved,
d in the contribution- it makes
the institution's educational obi
tives. The development of in-
lectual faculties is the student's
in goal, and to help him
hieve this goal, student govern-
'nts are organized. With this
al in mind it becomes quite
dent thai student government
)uld be concerned with all aca-
nic areas. At present SGC is
ive in some academic areas.
e to their efforts an earlier

Hare Method
In Vote Tally
Voting for Student Government
Council candidates is simple, ac-
cording to retiring SOC member
Janet Neary, '58, although count-
ing the votes under the Hare sys-
tem is admittedly complex.
All that need concern the voter
as he casts his ballot is number-
ing the candidates from one to
eleven in order of preference. Al-
though it is not necessary to list
all eleven, it will be seen that ach
position on the list becomes a
vote, and may elect or defeat a
The basic idea behindthe Hare
system ; is that of, proportional
popularity of the candidates.
First, of course, the votes are
sorted to eliminate, void ballots.
The good ballots are next sorted
into piles according to the candi-
date they list as first choice. The
number of good ballots in all the
piles determines the quota for
election on the first count. The
total number of valid ballots at
this point is divided by the num-
ber of positions to be filled plus
one. One is added to this quotient
to produce the first quota. For
example, in this election, if there
are 7000 valid ballots, this number
will be divided by seven, the num-
ber of spaces open plus one. One

Meniber of SGC; SGC campus
affairs committee; adviser, SGC
Student Activities Committee;
Strauss House President; IHC
campus affairs committee chair-
man; IHC s iolarship commit-
tee chairman/ '
' 1) I do not think that the size
of the Council should be changed
at the present time. Council
members have the 'esponsibility
to keep in touch with different
groups and different persons, and
to hear their opinions concerning
the council's projects. In this way,
the Council can effectively repre-
sent. student opinion.
An 18 member body does not
have the disadvantages of larger
groups, such as difficulty in 'co-
,ordinating projects, and control-
ling meetings.
The Council could be more ef-
fective if there were a fuller utili-
zation of the existing committee
structure. If committees, when
reporting to the Council, would
present their reports with alter-
native plans clearly defined, the
Council could spend less time try-
ing to determine various alterna-

,tives and more time determining
which alternative was best. This
would. not only save the Council
time, but also would insure
sounder decisions.
2) The academic area is proba-
bly the most important of all SGC
areas. Work is being done in aca-
demics right now. The counseling
study committee is functioning,
as is the honors council' commit-
tee. Work is being done to pre-
sent the exam schedule before
However, these are not the only
academic projects which should
concern SGC. The Council should
establish a committee which
would be in close contact;witi the
students. It would be the function
of this committee to evaluate the
curriculum from the student's
point of view - suggesting im-
provements for existing courses,
and suggesting different courses
which would be of interest.
SGC must continue to work
with the administration in plan-
ning for the expected enrollment
increase. Plans must be made to
expand cultural facilities as well
as classroom - facilities, so that
added students can take advan-'
tage of concerts, lectures, etc.
3) The basis for the SGC de-
cision that Sigma Kappa was in
violation of the University regula-,
tion against discriminatory mem-
bership policies was the with-
drawal and suspension by nation-
al Sigma Kappa, of two chapters
which had pledged Negro girls.
The sorority could prove itself no
longer in violation of University
regulations in several ways. If, at
this summer's national conven-
tion, Sigma Kappa reinstates
either chapter while a Negro stu-
dent is still a member, or if a lo-
cal chapter pledges a Negro girl
this year, before the National
convention, and is not suspended
or withdrawn at that convention,
I believe SGC would have the
necessary proof. It is difficult to
anticipate other action which
would prove !that Sigma Kappa is'
not in violation.

Sigma Kappa sorority; chair-
man, Soph. Show costumes.
1) Experience shows that a
council of compact size operates
more efficiently than a large body.
This view is demonstrated in
the history of Student Legisla-
ture, a body of about 40 members
which proved to be clumsy and
The seven ex-officio members of
the present council provide. ex-
perienced leadership and the elev-
en elected members adequately re-
present student opinion.
The deficiency of campus ideas
being brought to SGC cannot be
attributed to composition or size,.
but to lack of interest within the
student body itself.
2) The academic area which I
believe needs a detailed study and
evaluation is the counseling serv-
ices. One weakness that I. found
in the service is that many coun-
selors' knowledge is limited to re-
quirements within his particular
school. Counselors who are well
versed in requirements and courses
of all colleges could better serve,
the undecided student.
3) Last winter SGC ruled Sigma
Kappa in violation of University
regulation on the grounds that its
constitution held an unwritten bias
clause. Since it is impossible to re-
write such a clause, correction in
policy must be made elsewhere in
the organization of the sorority.
It is my belief that the constitu-
tion of Sigma Kappa could be
amended to allow representative
active and alumni members to dis-
cuss and vote upon the suspension
or revoking of the Charter of a
particular chapter. This would pre-
vent reoccurrance of a situation
where charges for suspension were
vague and unjustified as in the
cases of Tufts and Cornell.

I believe, also, that a provision:
should be made in the constitution
whereby the Dean of Women at
the university of such a chapter
would be questioned and informed
in detail of any charges against
the Sigma Kappa Chapter in-
If Sigma Kappa passed these
amendments and a situation simi-
lar to that at Tufts and Cornell,
re - occurred, the Sigma Kappa'
chapter at the University should
have its recognition immediately'
Personal Suggestion:
My personal suggestion for SGC
improvement is a more intense
candidate training program to in-
form candidates of current issues
and projects. I also feel that SGC
files should be open to candidates
who desire complete information
about committee work.
Although candidates with coun-
cil experience would' benefit little
from such study, candidates whose
sole connection with SGC is
through The Daily would receive
added information for necessary
understanding of the councils
views, actions, and aspirations.

Neary Lists SGC Accomplishments Since Last Spring

Shorr concluded.
NISA 'Provides
'U' Students
With, Training
Janet Neary, '58, Student Gov-
ernment Council executive vice-
president, says that the major ad-
vantages of belonging to the Na-
tional Student Association lie in
the opportunity for leadership
training and the opportunity for
increasing awareness cf student
The NSA represents almost one
million students in approximately
380 schools
NSA Benefits
Miss Neary said that much of
the direct benefit to be gained
from the NSA goes to the students
who take part in the regional'
meetings and the annual Con-
She emphasized tht much could
be gained in discussing issues such
as segregation with students from
all parts of the nation.
SGC sends from 14 to 21 Uni-
versity students to each Congress,
depending on the funds available.
Usually included in this number
are representatives from every
major campus organization.

the joint cooperation of stu<
faculty, and administration.'
Many 'times the exact prob
are not apparent until ade
polling of student opinion i
corded-E and the results tabul
So far as the opinion of any n
ber of SGC concerning solutic
problems in this area, no op
should be formed until the t
lated data is in his hands.
3) Under the democratic sy
a person or group -is innocent
proven guilty. Therefore, in
opinion, SGC needs to re-exa
the evidence and to prove une
ocally that Sigma Kappa sor
is in violationof University re
However,' since the charge
been made that Sigma Kappa
violation of University regulat
the sorority and the local chi
owe: it to SOC and to the e:
s t u d &n t body to disprove
charges that have been ma
they can do so. The burden
this falls to Sigma Kappa and
should not stipulate the mea.
which the sorority chooses t
to disprove the charges.

Student Government Council
has accomplished several things
since its election last March, ac-
cording to Executive Vice-Presi-
dent Janet Neary, '58.
To name a few of the important
completed projects there is the es-
tablishment of the Student Health
Insurance and ,the accomplish-
ments on the University Calendar,
Forum and University Lecture
It has also made definite ad-
vances on current area studies
such as the South East Asia Dele-
gation, increased enrollments, es-
tablishment of an honor system

committee was established, and re-
sulted in removing two days from
the calendar, January 3 and 4,
which extended the previously
scheduled return frorr Christmas
vacation by three days.
This was done as a result of
strong student opinion on the mat-
ter, which SGC brought to the at-
tention of the committee.
An SGC recommendation to the
Regents that two students be ac-
cepted as voting members of the
University Lecture Committee was
Two weeks ago, the Council
anroved a motion of the Forum

ministration and students to study
the effects and the desirability of
further enrollment expansion and
the policies necessary to cope with
The Honor System Study Com-
mittee has been continuing work
on the feasibility of establishing.
an Honor System, non-proctored
exams, in the literary college. Its
recommendations will be brought
to SGC.
International Center
Another SGC committee is di-
rected to compile information and
make recommendations on the role
of the International Center+ on

activate Phi Lambda Kappa, na-
tional medical fraternity, on the
campus. Students had submitted a
reactivation petition to the Coun-
SGC initiates many projects,
which are then delegated to vari
-ous campus organizations. Student
Book Exchange, air flight to Eu-
rope, sale of NSA tours were all
delegated to the Union; the Home-
coming Dance was put under the
sponsorship of the Union and
The Council reflected student
concern in a statement relating to
a suggested substantial increase


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