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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Detroit Courts Start Processing'
Over 3,000 Arrested Rioters

Exhausted Freshmen Confront
Waterman Gym, Carrots Exam

By BILL SIMMONS
DETROIT (AP)-The vast major-
ity of persons arrested in the De-
troit riot are back on the streets,
but about 150 defendants in riot-
related cases remain in jail-held
to face charges filed against them
before the riot.
Some are held for parole viola-
tion, some for probation violation,
some for failing to appear for trial
on charges that existed prior to
the riot, said Judge Donald S.
Leonard of Recorder's Court.

More evidence of previous crim-
inality among riot defendants
came from the Records Bureau of
the Detroit Police Department,
which reports that of 7,207 adults
arrested in the riot, about half-
3,595-had records of previous
criminal offenses.
Authorities also say more than
90 per cent of those arrested in
the riot are from Detroit, with no
evidence of any significant num-
ber from outside Detroit.
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composite picture of the "average
riotor" would show a man, a
Negro, age 20 to 28, arrested in
the riot on a charge of looting,
with a 50-50 chance that he had
a previous criminal record. As in
the riot in Newark last month,
nearly 50 per cent of those ar-
rested in Detroit's riot were over
25 years of age.
Newark Compared
In Detroit, as in Newark, about
75 per cent of the felony indict-
ments stemmed from the process
of stealing or receiving stolen
property.
But another reflection of the
severity of the Detroit riot is that
255 persons were arrested in De-
troit on charges involving weapons
or explosives, compared to only 91
in Newark, where 26 were killed,
compared to 43 riot deaths in De-
troit.
Although 3,595 of those arrested
in Detroit had previous criminal
records, some of these were on of-
fenses as minor as traffic law vio-
lations.
Of the 7,207 detained by police
during the riot, 3,363 were charged
with felonies, including seven
charges of murder, one of which
has been dismissed for lack of
evidence. This charge was against
police Patrolman Robert Paille in
the death of a Negro youth at
a motel.
In 95 other cases, the charge
is assault with intent to commit
murder, 26 of which police list as
snipers, five of whom are women.
There also were 52 persons
charged with possession of ex-
plosives -Molotov cocktails, the
gasoline-fueld firebombs rioters
lobbed into homes and businesses.
Frequent Charge
Among the felonies, the most
frequent charge is entering with-
out breaking-looting-filed against
2,139, with 316 others charged
with larceny from a building and
225 chargesd with possession of
stolen property.
The only other felony charges
against 100 or more riot defend-
ants were 203 charges of carrying
a concealed weapon and 150
charges of breaking and entering.
Police statistics show 3,363 felony,
arrests, but court records show on-
ly 3,166 felony defendants.
At Recorder's Court, which has
exclusive jurisdiction over crim-
inal cases in Detroit, charges
against 848 persons were dismissed
following their examination.
Another 963 persons were held
on the charges they faced at ex-
amination and 1,355 of the de-
fendants waived examination,
making a total of 2,318 persons
bound over for trial, Leonard said.
Most of them have posted bond
and are free pending their trials.

By WALTER SHAPIRO
and ELEANOR BRAUN
In the general exhaustion that
characterized Waterman Gym
during registration, by far the
most legitimately tired were the
15 prostrate bodies resting be-
neath a sign which read "Orien-
tation Leaders."
Buttressed only by a yellow
badge and a bulging brown fold-
er, these leaders were solely re-
sponsible for guiding hordes of
terrified freshmen through their
first confrontation with the Big
"U. ~
The differences between these
orientation leaders and the rest of
the welcomingdignitaries, ranging
from Mayor Wendell Hulcher to
President Harlan Hatcher, was
that the leaders had to walk, talk
and answer questions.
The whole process began at an
ungodly hour last Thursday morn-
ing, when the freshmen first met
their temporary mentors in a cha-
otic session at Hill Aud. reminis-
cent of the final student power
teach-in.
Afterhthe pencilswere passed
out, the Speech and Hearing
forms answered, and the first of
an endless series of quadruplicate
IBM forms completed, the leaders,
in teams of two, retreated with
their coed groups to their group
meeting rooms.
There, in the short space of
one hour, introductions were
shouted, noses counted, pencils
distributed, and freshmen were
asked to answer candidly ques-
tions along the line of "Are you
now, or have you ever been, a
stutterer?" The new students also
received an ample introduction to
those quadruplicate IBM cards on
which the University depends.
The rest of the morning was oc-
cupied by tours of campus "hot
spots," ranging from the Law Li-
brary to the Engin Arch. Inter-
spersed with this and other activi-
ties was the constant litany of
imaginative questions and harried,
but hopefully adequate, replies.
The range of the freshmen's in-
terests was both academic and so-
cial. The questions ran the gam-
ut from the concerned, "Will Ser-
bo-Croatian satisfy my language
requirement?" to the casual, "Do
they care if you smoke pot in your
room?"
And yes, they do still give the
freshmen the "cooked carrots"
test. And it is the orientation
leaders who spur the freshmen
onward with an indispensable sup-
ply of No. 2 pencils.
A weekend recess was called for
both freshmen and leaders to
gather energy and courage for the
rigors of counseling and registra-
tion which lay ahead.
Most orientation leaders thought

their counseling responsibilities
were over when they deposited
their groups in Auditorium B for
appointments with counselors .
But hours later it was the
leaders to whom the freshmen
came, moaning, "I waited for
three hours to see my counselor
for four and a half minutes, and
I still don't know what I should
take!"
So once more, the orientation
leaders weighed the relative
merits of sociology versus botany,
advised against postponing Eng-
lish 123, and patiently explained
the inescapabilty natural science
requirements.
While the orientation groups
did bypass the registration lines

AFT Adopts Neutral Stand
On U.S. Policy in Vi'iet Nam

stretching to State Street, fresh-
men registration still managed to
offer a few unforgettable mo-
ments. There was the girl who
completely changed her hairstyle
on finding out her picture would
be taken. And there was the
orientation leader who played
Pied Piper and led twenty of his
friends through that side door,
cleverly disguised as his orien-
tation group.
Back at Waterman, where the
leaders still wondered absently
about that missing student, marv-
eled that they actually made it,
thought eagerly of that $18 check,
and in a peculiar way looked to
the start of a new semester as a
sort of anticlimax.

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The American Federation of
Teachers has voted to take no
stand on the Vietnam war and has
advised other labor organizations
to do the same.
The decision, 'reached at the
federation's annual convention in
Washington, represents a major
policy change for the 140,000-
member teachers' union. Last year,
the AFT fully supported U.S. pol-
icy in Southeast Asia.
Voting 325-106 not to take a
position on the war, AFT members
'expressed fear that a definite
stand might be a "seriously de-
visive element" in the organiza-
tion.
However, the AFT vote is not
expected to sway the AFL-CIO
from its strong support of the ad-
ministration policy.
Many delegates opposed the
war's drain of money needed for
education and urged the conven-
tion to condemn present U.S.
policy.
In other action, the AFT pass-
ed several resolutions favoring de-
segregation of schools including
an endorsement of the federal
court decision which held that de
facto segregation was as unconsti-
tutional as segregation by law.
The convention also passed a
resolution which opposed, but did
not condemn, the acceptance by
any AFL-CIO affiliate of Central
Intelligence Agency funds.
The decision of the AFT to sup-
port desegregation .coupled with
the similar move taken by the
National Education Association
demonstrates a growing respon-
siveness of educators to the prob-'
lem.
The stand of these two organi-
zations sharply contrasts with the

American Association of School
Administrators' opposition to the
Supreme Court rule banning de
facto segregation.
The teachers have generally fav-
ored a stronger pro-civil rights
position than the administrators.
Enrollment
According to figures released by
the Office of the Registrar the en-
rollment for the summer term was
12,280 students-the highest since
the beginning of the trimester
system in 1964.
While these figures represent a
6 per cent increase of 1966, the
actual enrollment was only 94 stu-
dents over the estimated figures
used by the University for plan-
ning purposes, the office said.
These figures include both stu-
dents enrolled in the summer ses-
sion and those in the spring-sum-
mer term. In addition 979 students
are enrolled at the Flint and Dear-
born campuses and students are
taking extension courses for credit.
As has been usual since the in-
ception of the trimester system,
the enrollment for the summer
session was approximately 3,000
students over the spring term.
This spring the enrollment figures
reached a new high with 9,567
students registered.
A large portion of this increase
can be attributed to Detroit area
teachers, as the enrollment of the
education school almost doubled
betw-en the spring and summer
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