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Minor party candidates for the two U-M Board of Regents vacancies, and comments from those The News was successful in contacting, offer this variety AIP The candidates are Daniel R. Eller, 43, of Ypsilanti, an associate professor of music at Eastern Michigan University and the American Independent Party's Washtenaw County chairman; Joan C. I Johnson of Grand Rapids, whose husband, Dwight J. Johnson, is Kent County AIP chairman and the party's fifth district congressional candidate. Eller issued a prepared statement: "If elected I will strive to stem the tidê of Marxist legislation that is engulfing educational institutions as well as other areas of American society. The Marxian axion, 'from each according to his ability,' should read 'to reach according to his ability.' Preferential treatment for anyone is against the American ideal of equal opportunity for all." Asked to elabórate, Eller said he was referring to "phoney affirmative action programs . . . people with greater abilities are getting slighted." Eller has previously been an AIP candidate for mayor of Ypsilanti and for the I county Board of Commissioners. He said I that while AIP was founded by Gov. George Wallace of Alabama, his own I feeling is that Wallace is "no longer with I us now that he's running for the Democratic presidential nomination." He described Wallace's future relationship with AIP as a matter open to speculation. Conservative Party The candidates for the U-M board, I both Ann Arbor residents, are Associate Dean Emeritus Arlen R. Hellwarth, 70 who retired last spring from the U-M College of Engineering; and Arthur R. Hercz, who worked in research and development at the U-M for 14 years at I the former Willow Run Laboratories and on North Campus, and is now an independent 'research consultant. Hellwarth and Hercz also issued a prepared statement: "A university should be a place for instruction, learning and seeking of the truth through research and reflection, and not an instrument of social change I or an organization for the furthering of political objectives within society at large. The U-M does not belong to students, faculty or any other special pressure group in society that happens to feel the call to revolution or a prophetic mission. It belongs to all the voters of the I state of Michigan. ".. . . Considering the limits of the tax supported budget, the regents should explore alternative methods of financing and the most efficient allocation of available resources. 'The (U-M) administration's duty, as agent of the Board of Regents, is to maintain conditions on campus conducive to study and research as well as to set a model for standards of conduct for the students. There is no excuse for a small, organized group to terrorize the whole campus with storm-trooper tactics. There is no excuse for condoning crooked politics on campus. The campus is not a sanctuary from civil law. If the administration cannot control a situation itself it has a duty to call for outside help. "Selection and promotion of faculty members is generally a function of department committees to assure professional competence. The Board of Regents should further require evidence that 'affirmative action' (in a broad sense) is exercised to assure balanced faculties, so that all points of view are fairly presented to the students. Even in the current 'buyers market' a quality faculty is not cheap. But the quality of a university is not measured in bricks and mortar or by the number of students, but by the competence and balance of its faculty." Hercz said the reference to 'crooked politics' applies to the U-M's Student Government Council. A resident of Ann Arbor since 1957, Hercz lists his educational background as graduation from West Point in 1931, from the University of Pennsylvania with a master of science degree in 1941, from the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, attendance at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and graduation from Eastern Michigan University with an MA in 1971. He adds that his responsibilities in the Army, as a colonel, included establishing service schools. He adds that he considers the j tion of Willow Run Laboratories from the U-M two years ago "a good thing" 1 cause the laboratories, now designated Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, concentrate on work, some of it classified, which "distracts from teaching and basic research." Human Rights Party Both candidates for the U-M board, Ellen S. Hoffman, 24, and Diane L.Kohn, 26, are Ann Arbor residents. Their prepared statements emphasize a view of i the election of regents as a matter of special significance locally, Hoffman terming the U-M "both the major employer and primary property owner in the city," Kohn declaring "in many ways the U-M's relationship to Ann Arbor is parasitic ... the U's extensive libraries, recreation and athletic facilities are not available for use by the general public." Both HRP candidates reiterate their party's position of urging "more power" for "those most affected by the University . . : If students choose to unionize, as some University workers have, HRP will support those efforts." Hoffman, who holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the U-M and is also a former U-M employee and now an editor-writer for the Ann Arbor Sun, comments that "under current state laws, students and employees are actually prohibited from running for Regent because of supposed 'conflict of interest,' effectively preventing any real, representative, democratic decision-making procedures." She describes the present Board of Regents as representing "the white, upper middle-class which controls most institutions in this country . . . closely tied to large corporations and big business The regents' primary commitment is to preserve the status quo." Kohn, who received a BA degree in philosophy from Grand Valley College in 1972, and has attended and been an employee at the U-M, states that "effective affirmative action programs must be implemented immediately. "The University has not met its responsibilities for increased minority enrollment as specified in the (1970) Black Action Movement agreement. Child care centers must be provided without cost for University employees and students to enable women with children to improve their potential. The University must provide facilities and instructors for self-defense classes, so that women will be able to protect themselves from the increasing incidents of assault and rape on campus. University professors must be encouraged to deal with the varied forms , of sexual expression in a non-prejudicial manner. Sexist, racist and anti-gay textbooks must be replaced. "Until the University begins to respond to the needs of the community, it can expect only hostility and distrust from its less powerful members." Socialist Labor Party. The candidates, whom The News was not successful in contacting, are listed by the Michigan Secretary of State as Joseph C. Toth of Plymouth and James J. Horvath of Warren. A local resident long active in SLP describes Toth as an industrial building custodian, "very studious, scholarly"; and Horvath as the son of SLP candidate for governor James Horvath, and a (OVER PLEASE)