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Seventy-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom





Vanderbilt Professor





To Be English C
By DANIEL OKRENT gest department (psychology is
Russell A. Fraser, professor o first). Rice is retiring at the end
English at Vanderbilt University of the 1968 summer semester,
will become the chairman of the after serving on the University
University's department of Eng- faculty for 38 years.
lish language and literature ef- Fraser's appointment, to be an-
fective next August, The - Daily nounced officially sometime next
learned yesterday. week, climaxes a selection process
Fraser, currently chairman of that began in January, ' 1966.
Vanderbilt's English department, Davis' "search committee" was
was not the first choice of the established in the department in
department's "search committee," March of that year.
a body headed by Prof. J. L. At that time, the English fac-
Davis and charged with recom- ulty was polled by Dean Haber
mending prospective chairman to concerning the desirability of
Dean William Haber of the liter- choosing 'the new chairman from
ary college. within department. The results
The Daily has learned that at overwhelmingly showed a depart-
least two other individuals were, mental desire to choose the chair-
offered the post before Fraser's man from the faculty of another
appointment. The two are prof, school.
John C. Gerber of the University One associate professor sug-
of Iowa, and John H. Fisher, gested that this was due to a
secretary of the Modern Lan- desire to bring new blood and
guage Asociation. new ideas into the department.
Fraser, a specialist in Renais- Rice has been chairman of the
sance poetry, will replace Prof. English department since 1947.
Warner G. Rice as the head of Fraser, distinguished in schol-
the literary college's second lar- arly circles for his publication

"Shakespeare's Poetics," an icon-
oclastic approach to King Lear,L
left for London after accepting
the position in June to conduct
research on a forthcoming book,:
and has only recently returned.
He will arrive in Ann Arbor in
February to teach a graduate
seminar in Renaissance poetry
before he moves into the chair-
At 40, Fraser will be one ofli
the youngest department chair-
men in the literary college. Pre-
vious to his tenure at Vanderbilt,
where he served for two years, he
spent three years as Associate
Dean of the Graduate School at
Princeton. Prior to arriving at
Princeton as an assistant profes-
sor in 1956, he had served on the
faculties of UCLA and Duke Uni-
versity. He received his doctorate ;.
from Harvand.r
Contacted at Vanderbilt's Nash-
ville, Tenn., campus, Fraser ex-
pressed a slight apprehension.
about coming to a school as large
as the University in an admin-
istrative position. "I know noth-
ing about Ann Arbor, I know
nothing about the University, but
I hope to help personalize it,"#


An Editorala. ..
THE UNIVERSITY'S REFUSAL to bargain on equal terms
with its employes is an exercise of intransigence which is
denying workers a rightful negotiating position. The current
walkout of some 200 skilled tradesmen has snowballed with
sympathy walkouts by another 250 University employes. It now
offers the. administration a good opportunity to reverse its
archaic attitude against collective bargaining.
The crux of the dispute is Public Act 379, the amended
Hutchinson Act, which allows for collective bargaining on wages
and working conditions for public employes. The University has
been contesting the law in state, court for two years and in the
meantime has refused to bargain with union representatives. The
University remains the only one of Michigan's 11 state colleges
and universities that has not complied with the statute.
Although there has been a smattering of hopeful signs,
notably the meeting yesterday between University officials and
labor leaders, there remains little prospect that the University
will suddenly alter its position. The University has been con-
sistently at odds with its best counsel on the issue and has
brought upon itself legislative hostility in a pro-union state.
anti-union bias is a perplexing question. President Harlan
Hatcher has consistently opposed collective bargaining here. Last
year before the California Bar Association, Hatcher warned that
"the old and weary bitterness of labor-management strife and
warfare should not be carried into the public service sector or
into a modern university environment." True to his words, Pres-
ident Hatcher has so far avoided any labor-management discus-
sion whatsoever.
And yet many have urged the administration to comply with
PA 379 for the good of the University community. Within
Hatcher's own cabinet, Vice-President Marvin Niehuss, a lawyer,
recommended. against challenging the law in court. Literary
College Dean William Haber, a renowned mediator and labor
economist, has -urged the University to drop its lone opposition
to collective bargaining.
The pick of the University's labor relations experts have
consistently advised the administration to abandon its opposition
to PA 379: Prof. Harold Levinson of the economics department,
Charles Rehmus, director of the Institute of Labor and Industrial
Relations, and Prof. Russell Smith of the Law School, to name a
Regents Gertrude Huebner and Robert Brown both favor
giving University employes collective bargaining rights. And Re-
gent Otis Smith is also known to be sympathetic to the union
viewpoint. Says Mrs. Huebner: "It's impossible to avoid collective
bargaining. . . . Unions are entitled to their fair share. Collec-
tive bargaining may be difficult; it may be costly, but it's an im-
portant process and we ought to have it."
WHAT THE, REGENTS will do at their meetings tomorrow
evening and Friday afternoon, however, remains open to
conjecture. But what the students and faculty do in the ensuing
days of the strike is vital to its success. The sympathy walkout
by dormitory workers and other University employes has boosted
the effectiveness of the original tradesmen protest. But the sub-
stitution of students for kitchen workers, bus drivers and janitors
is undermining the effort of these laborers to gain an effective
voice in determining their wages and working conditions. What
students may construe as a few hour's work for a quick buck is,
in essence, depriving men and women of the opportunity to ade-
quately support their families.
And yet the University is stubbornly fighting the strike. For
example, letters in resident advisors' mail boxes yesterday warned
them that they would be expected to fill in for striking help.
Resident advisors and other students must place principle before
expediency and support the striker's efforts.
IDEALLY THE UNIVERSITY should face up to labor relations
reality and drop its court suit. But at a minimum the school
should agree to bargain collectively with its employes pending
the outcome of its court test of PA 379. If the University and
the unions agree to have several bargaining units instead of one
unit for the entire University, the State Labor Mediation Board
_..1 I_ , 1-r~nnr . ---;en'1in eec inS almst ;mmela e-

he said. k
Fraser said that he might at-
tempt to "personalize" by com->
plementing lecture courses with°
junior-senior seminars, a policy
that he instituted at Vanderbilt.
As a professor, he said, Fraser
has always maintained a policy
of welcoming any of his students
to come in and talk to him for an:
hour about course material when-
ever they so desire.ERNSTEIN AT HILL
Rice, the man whom Fraser
will be replacing, came to the Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra opened the University'Musical Soci
University as an associate profes- selections from Mahler and Ives. (See review-page two.) While both balconies of Hill Auditorium wer
sor in 1929, and, became acting
chairman of the department in seats went unsold.
1947. It wasn't until 1953 that STUDENT ATTITUDES:
he became permanent chairman.
Contrasted to Fraser's youthful
40, Rice at 68 is among the oldest t
of the University's department V o cec
i . emvd no"SGC and Vocr eSup,
the spotlight in April, 1965, when
he issued a "Memorandum on
Sthe Restoration of Discipline
sity." The memo chastised teach- S tii
Aong Mebr of e Unver
ers for smoking at faculty meet-
ings of the literary college and By ELEANOR BRAUN Voice decided last night to spon- Kahn also spoke in favor of the,
berates both students and faculty and AVIVA KEMPNER sor a rally on the diag to inform IHA resolution which urges stu-
for their dress habits. Beside pro- . students about the walkout and dents not to aid in breaking, the
posing that smoking be forbidden Student Government Council to picket the Regent's meeting walkout.
in class and at meetings, Rice President Bruce Kahn, '68, andsceudfothsFiaat2
suggested thatajackets and ties Voice political party, last nig scheduled for this Friday at 2 "It's important that we get all
be required of all male students urged support of Union members "The interests of the union in the people we can to go into the
and teachers when on campus who have currently walked off the curent strike are legitimate, residence halls and speak to the
and proposed the prohibition of their jobs on University construe- and the University should recog- students on the adverse effects of
leafletting and advertising on the tion sites and dormitories. nize those interests. The students 'providing scab labor," he said.
Diag and in the Fishbowl. West Quad and South Quad are also responsible for acting in "The University's action in this
Commenting on Fraser's ap- Council's, however, passed reso- support of the strike," Kahn said case is hurting the students as
pointment, a number of English lutions encouraging students to much as the workers, said Kahn,
teaching fellows and younger fac- ignore an Inter House Assembly commenting on SGC's role i the
ulty members expressed a hope resolution passed Monday. which He added that SGC will prob- walkout. "The University has al-
that Fraser's youth will be re- asked students not to break the ably introduce a resolution in sup- ways been paternalistic towards
flected in new attitudes in the sympathy walkout against Uni- port of the walkout at its meeting everyone, including students, fac-
English department. versity residence halls. tomorrow. ulty and now the unions. There is
. a palanl hpfuwane Tii raric L±1v'i.ry


Will Review
"New Offer T
X u , 'End Walkou
Employes Seek To
Win Representation
Rights on CAampus
University. administrators sa
yesterday they would "conside
two proposals made by camp
labor union leaders that could ei
the six-day walkout of 200 skill
tradesmen and the sympati
walkout of 225 dormitory er
At a meeting in the administr
tion building University attorn
William Lemmer said the officis
would look at the joint reque
of four campus unions .to have ti
school establish procedures to d
termine proper bargaining 'uni
and to hold eletons to choo
representatives for collective ba
Lemmer emphasized that j
and the three other adminstr
tionofficials present did not ha
the power to make a final decisic
-Daily-'Thomas R. Copi But he added "The Universi
considers all proposals from ou
side sources."
The union leaders also deman
ety's 89th season last night with ed that "no reprisals be tak
e filled, many prime main floor against anyone involved in t
Washtenaw County Circuit Cot
Judge James R. Breakey, Jr.,
scheduled to resume hearings t
day on a requested injuncti4
against the skilledstradesmen. T
"Washtenaw County Board of Co
P o r t tractors has askedthe court
enjoin the tradesmen from pick
ing construction sites.
University . attorney Willi
Lemmer 'indicated th a t t
j ~proposals were not' sufficle
considering the numerous isst
thinking of doing so, would go "one provision of a multi-facett
out and talk to the strikers, learn multi-problemed relationship.'
why they are picketing, and in Presentation Conflict
this way see what the grievances PLemer also said that the p
are. Many students in quads and'Lme losidta h r
dorms don't really understand the ent conflict between the unic
nature of the walkout, and if they over representation claims is a
did they would be more -suppor- other obstacle to an early sett
tive." ment. At present, three unions e
The Student Council of West each seeking to represent s
and South Quads, however, took fourth union, however, wants
an opposite stand last night whenreresennttheerstaff
they resolved that the IHArepresentthe entire staff.
lution concerning the current According to Hy Parker, el
strike of University employes is mediation officer for the Sti
ntikhe bestUinerstofmuryes Labor Mediation Board, if I
not in the best interest of our res- unions and the University aga
idents. on bargaining units for the sta
"We feel," the resolution adds, they can then 'file new petitk
"that the IHA action will lead to with the State Labor Medati
curtailment of residence hall serv- Board and hold "consent electio
ices and higher costs. We urge to determine representatives :
ltudents of West Quadrangle to the employes.
ignore the IHA resolution." Bargaining Rights
When Chester was asked how Since June, 1966 the S MB k
he assessed the University's atti- been holding petitions from th:
tude at the present time he said, u n i.o n s requesting bargain
"the union has asked the Univer- rights at the University. Acco
sity for both collective bargaining ing to Parker, the board is holdi
and insurance against reprisals, off- on. a decision because it
and the University has refused to unsure of its jurisdiction.
agree to either. There will be stu- Another obstacle to a settlem
dies- made, and this could take walkout is that the Univers
years." does not want to bargain pend:
Commenting on the role of the the outcome of its suit agai
Regents, Chester said "the Re- PA 379. The University has b
gents are essentially business peo- contending since December, 1i
ple and have biases agaist union- that the act, which allows put
Iism at the University just as they employes to bargain collectiv
do where their own business con- with their employers, infringes
cerns are affected." University autonomy.


Head of Chemistry Department
Wins Polymer Research Award

aparallel oetween tne university s
position against the workers and
its consistent refusal to allow the
students to make their own rules.
about things which affect them,"
Discussing the interests of the
University in the court contest
accompanying the strike, Kahn
said that "the Legislature, the
unions and the University are all
accusing each other. Such a bat-
tle cannot possibly do the Univer-
sity any good,"

By JENNY STILLER cromolecules include proteins and'
Prof. Charles G. Overberger. enzymes, while polymers include
recently-appointed chairman of such man-made substances as
the chemistry department, was plastic, styrofoam. and polysty-
named winner of the $1,500 Amer- rene.
ican Chemical Society Award in Overberger has carried out ex-
Polymer Chemistry at the Socie- tensive research in methods of
ty's 154th annual meeting in Chi- synthesizing very large molecules.
cago Sunday. like those of plastics, rubber, and4
Oerberger, who is this year's fibers, from smaller molecular
president of the ACS, is an inter- units.
nationally recognized authority in At present Overberger is en-
the field of polymer chemistry. gaged in research in the structure
Polymers are large synthetic .and formation of macromolecules
?molecules made up of long chains and new ways to synthesize them.
of smaller molecules. Natural ma- He states that "we are also

building up some research areas
in inorganic and physical chem-
istry. What we want is to increase
the scope of the department."

Voice member Eric Chester, al-
Overberer caime to the Unver- so speaking on the WCBN inter-
sity last February from the Poly- view last night, said he was opti-
tchnic Institute of Brooklyn, where mistic that students will support
he was dean of science. As chair- the walkout once they become in-
man of the chemistry department formed of its purpose.
here. he hopes "to improve the The information might be ob-
department in quality of staff and tained, he said, if "anyone who
graduate students. This year we is now providing scab labor, or
Ihave added an additional person
in macromolecular chemistry," he
said. "We hope to build up 'this J7j1 I
area some what." NNEN ~ I~

t is Social Probation

ACS Activities

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Danforth Fellows (all f re Pensylvn-de-
ia StatesdUniversity,andhisPhDle ThreeFraternitie4
IV/.Un " ThWW T l/I s~I1 in 1944 from the University of
/ LA _"L./ "I f"5li e 1011 ll LY19 . JJ'..

1'Y I tiIul aw dl I

Seventy newly-elected recipients
of Danforth Fellowships, one of
the nation's major graduate fel-,
lowships, called Sunday for the
withdrawal of United States troops
from Vietnam.
The statement issued by 70 ofI
the 113 fellows attending the con-s
ference called for "fundamental
change in the direction of Amer-
.. - - m e . -


1 11111 V 1G I~..'LJI" lJIllinois. In 166he was awarnd By DAVID MANN light of incidents involving Aca-
an honorary D.Sc. from Holy Interfraternity Council, in an cia, where non-house members
Fellows who refused to sign the I Cross College. effort to improve its rush public- boarding at Acacia caused a dis-
statement did not intend to indi- The American Chemical Socie- ity, has repealed the social pro- turbance necessitating the inter-
cate full support of American poli- ty is a scientific and educational bation imposed on three fraterni- vention of the Ann Arbor police.
cies, but rejected the. final par- institution chartered by Congress. Ities. According to William Sage, It was further stressed by Sage
agraph because it supported il- Its chief functions, accdrding to IFC executive vice-president, hav- that consultation with alumni
legal draft dodging. Overberger, are publishing chemi- ing houses on social probation is would lead to better understand-
The fellows felt their statement cal literature-both original re- "a bad thing for rush." ing and improved relations be-
might impress the public since search papers and abstracts - and IFC's Executive Council also tween fraternities and their alum-
they are considered to be respon- sponsoring scientific meetings and passed an addition to its bylaws ni, but doubt was expressed by
sible citizens opposed to the con- lectures. "We have 104,000 mem- to the effect that in order to keep some IFC members, who felt that
f .a t-.,th}... } n, - .-.. frM- t rl . . ----f.__.+,,oreauired alumni nermission to keen

posal will eliminate competiti
among fraternities for rushees
It was pointed out during t
meeting that the potential bottl
neck at the dormitory will be elir
inated, since the North Hall :
stop is within walking distance
many houses, eliminating the ne
for a large number of cars at t
bus stop.
It was also reported at t
meeting that at least two fraterr



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