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scattered showers.
expected in evening.

Seven! y-!Se cii

Years of Editorial Freedom

Conductronics: our' Snpin
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last of a million personally. Shares which Con- Twenty-five University staff members But. Vice-President for Research A.
four part series by a team of Daily re-<-
porters on military research at the Uni- ductron founders bought at a penny are joined the original Conductron staff in Geoffrey Norman points out, "The ci-
versity.noselnat$1ahaeo ,' 1960. Of the 25, ten had been University cumstances of the birth of Conductron
By NEAL BRUSS professors, project engineers, or research are a little bit questionable. They used
can Stock Exchange. This means six department heads, 15 had worked in the University facilities at Willow Run ex-
"Why isn't the University doing more figure profits for key personnel. WRL, seven in the E.E. department's tensively in the beginning. For example,
for local industries?" frets mult-mu
onaire eeve Mnd Siegemformer pro- mradiation lab (taking overlaps into ac- Conductron didn't have an analog com-
fso r i e nive rsity'sgela frmer pia n -count). puter, so it bought the services of ours.
fessor in the University's electrical engi- y
neering department. "I think the Uni- Until this year when Siegel left Con- "A *ob shop arrangement developed
nering deartmecnt.rvItink st Un- ductron to start a new firm called KMS in a few things where they didn't have
versity has a conservative position onlf
supporting local industry." Industries, Conductron maintained a the people to do the job," Norman says.
Dpe e n rt close 'relationship with the University: "They would give it to us.kg
Despite the University's "conservative" a
posture, however, Siegel has done a top- 1 lAi *"While at least six Conductron staff "Things got to a point," Norman says,
notch job in bringing the University and members were on the University faculty "where I wouldn't let them do anything
outside business closer together. the firm purchased about $250,000 worth at Willow Run laboratories without
Siegel founded and until last February D of research work and services from the knowing about it personally. Obviously
was president and chairman of the board school. Included were the use of WRL there was a situation where they (Con-
of Conductron Corp., probably the most laboratory facilities for research work. ductron were competmg with Willow
successful defense research spinoff firm . The University also made up equipment Run.
Michigan has ever seen. for Conductron under a "job shop" But Siegel says, "Conductron never in
arrangement. its history has competed with the Uni-
Because the University's military re-
search laboratories are in the develop-IS At the same time Conductron has versity.
MLIARY RESEARCH Indeed Conductron and the University
ment business-not the production busi- taken $39,000 mnebusioess from the Uni-
nesantrlopruiyfrcme-AT MICHIGAN ver ity, including a $500sbcnrc have had a close working relationship
ness-a natural opportunity for commer- .vityinldga $35,000 sub-contract oe h er.Cnuto a ie h
cial enterprise arises out of capus re-: from the Air Force to test radar ab-
ser ivis sorbers. University $250,000 in business, includ-
Conductron produces radar and op- ing a contract of $28,000 to the aeo- '' a'4..
So in November, 1960, Siegel formed tical devices, flight simulators, gas air " Conductron scientists who were on space engineering department in March,
Conductron after resigning his post as conditioners and many other products. the University staff used technology they 1966, and an $11,000 contract to the
head of the electrical engineering de- Many of its key staff members came developed at the school to build devices mechanical engineering department in
partment's radiation lab, a post he had from the electrical engineering depart- for the firm. December, 1966. Among other business
held for four years. (Siegel retained his ment and the Willow Run Laboratory. Conduct'on was founded with Uni- Conductron has given the University is
E.E. professorship.) Important products, such as radar ab- versity support. Siegel says that Univer- a $10,500 contract to the Institute of
In the intervening seven years, "Kip" sorbing materials (used to g'et planes sity President Harlan Hatcher gave him Science and Technology in June. 1965
Siegel; as both friends and enemies call past enemy radar undetected) were in permission to start the company which and a $2,100 contract to the electrical _ - " " - <>
him, built Conductron into a $50 million fields where the University had made was originally backed by Paramount engineering department in January, 1963.
a year business and made at least $5 research breakthroughs, pictures. See CONDUCTRON, Page 7 Keeve M. Siegel

-Daily-Thomas R. Copt

Pentagon Reinforces,
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Wisconsin Students, Faculty Washington End
Move To Continue Boycott Braces For


FreshmRen' s

RTMENT T\f rl()A.(1','1

At a mass rally last night, over 7000 University of Wisconsin
students voted to continue a boycott of classes which {began yester-
day. An estimated 200 teaching fellows, striking in sympathy for the
students, also voted to continue their walkout.
Meanwhile, faculty members rejected a proposal to condemn
the University of Wisconsin's administration for calling in riot-train-
ed city police to break up a student sit-in.
The sit-in which took place Wednesday was in protest of campus
recruitment by the Dow Chemical Co., manufacturers of napalm
being used in Vietnam. Sixty-five demonstrators and three policemen
were injured as the police used tear gas and riot sticks to dispervse

War Protest
Paratroopers began landing in
Washington yesterday as military
officials initiated a defense-of-
the-Pentagon buildup in prepar-
ation for tomorrow's anti-Vietnam
wai march.
Although the Department of De-
fense refused to acknowledge that

1 1111!.11 11.! ' 1 .L-11

con Alters PhD. Requirements'

The faculty of the economics
department yesterday voted to
eliminate language requirements
for its Ph.D. candidates, effective
next fall

the program should be made
flexible to allow for differences
in fields of concentration within
the department.
John Bishop, Grad, a student
representative, said the students
felt language skills were "irrele-
vant" for many economics stu-
dents, and that languages should
be "strongly recommended"-but
not required-for students plan-
ning to go into fields where lan-

guage skills would be a necessity,
such as Chinese or Russian
Bishop said the faculty had
been "very receptive" to the stu-
dents advice.
Department language require-
ments recommendations are still
subject to approval by Rackham
Graduate School. However Prof.
Harvey E. Brazer, chairman of the
economics department, said he did'

r .. )w_ - t-- + --UVV31.TVW 1,P-0 ;the paratroops were being brought; The economics department is
the crowd. Thirteen student leaders of the demonstration were re-
in specifically because of the dem- the third department in the liter-
<.portedly expelled. Neither univer- onstiation a vanguard of 120 men ary college ti take such action
sity officials nor city authorities of the 82nd Airborne Division from since the Executive Board of
have acknowledged initiating the Ft. Bragg, N.C., flew i-n yesterday. Rackham Graduate School voted
order for the use of riot sticks Several other planeloads were recently to turn over the matter
ockhe and tear gas. scheduled to arrive later last night, of determining graduate lan-C
Rock Threefiias ndiaandha
Rumors indicated' that several Air Foice officials idicated that guage requirements to the imdi-
C , ,tenured professors had resigned as many as 100 C130 troop tians- vidual departments.
in protest while other unverified ports carrying 6,000 men could fly The psychology and psycholog-
striking teaching fellows had pital to guard the Pentagon. previously taken similar action.
By JIM HECK been suspended from their jobs. The Air Force officials empha- The faculty decision came after
Six precincts of policemen from sized that the Defense Department consultations earlier in the day
the Brooklyn area formed a flying m Faculty in e m b e r s narrowly is gearing to bring in whatever between the Executive Committee
the roolynare fored flingpassed a motion to view films oftro force is necessary to main- ofteeooisdprmnIn
wedge last night to break through the demonstration and the police troop er of the economics department and
a~h barricadeaofo2,00nBrooklynlcce
a barricade'of 2,000 Brooklyn col- actions in an effort to determine a group of elected representatives
lege students blocking the path of Reach Permit Accord of economics graduate students.
a paddy-wagon carrying 46 ar- Sponsors of the march and The economics graduate stu-
rested youths. Pickets marched in front of government agencies yesterday dents met early last week and
Eighteen Chicago area students numerous university buildings on reached final agreement on per- decided unanimously that the de-
were arrested yesterday when they the Madison campus, although mits for a rally, parade, and dem- partment should not have a lan-
attempted to enter a downtown students wishing to attend classes onstration. guage requirement binding on
Chicago armed -forces induction were not stopped. The General Services Adminis- every graduate student, but that
center hoping to block inductions. Chancellor William H. Sewell tration, which represents district ---- - -
Restrained pickets brought peace said- the university would prefer service agencies, has indicated that
yesterday to antidraft demonstra- charges against the leaders of the it will rely on the 200 civilian Pen-
tions at the armed forces induc- demonstration and suspend them tagon guards to keep unauthorized
tion center in Oakland, Cal., after firom school, referring their cases personnel out of the office build-
ti ?ee days of mass arrests. But to the student conduct commit- ing where United States war policy
piket leaders warned of more civil tee. Students have the right to is made.
dsobedience today. appeal their suspensions. "We support the right of orderly
I. Brooklyn one girl was re- The university has been sharply dissent," said one official, but we
ported hit by the fleeing paddy- criticized by the Wisconsin state cannot permit anything to inter-
wagon when the police managed legislature for its policy of exces- fere with the conduct of our busi-
to break a path through the crowd. sive permissiveness toward stu- ness." Sponsors of the march have
Two policemen were injured, one dent demonstrators. The legisla- refused to rule out possible at-
seriously. Jeff Gordon, the spokes- ture called for the expulsion of tempts to sit-in at the Pentagon.'
men for the rioting students was students "whenever necessary." Troops in Reserve
reported unconscious after being Kenneth Greenquist, president The paratroops will probably be
hit by a billy club, of the university's board of re- held in reserve at nearby bases,
Students at Brooklyn College gents, issued a statement affirm- but some 850 military police mighth
rongregated yesterday when PO- ing the board's "complete confi- be stationed inside the Pentagon,
liceman came to arrest Gordon, a dence in President Fred Harring- according to sources. Saturday of-
student who was attempting to ton and Chancellor Sewell to cope fice personnel drops to about 3,0.00
pass out anti-Vietnam war liter- with the present crisis." from a week level of 27,000. En-
ature next to a Navy recruiting trance to the building from 6 p.m-~
booth set up at the school. Atty. Gen. Bronson . LaFol iday to 7 a.m. Monday is e
When a college security chief te, however, has asked for creationFstricted to 7erson ayhise
asked Gordon for his identifica- ofaa special committee to investi- stricted to persons with passes
tions, he refused. Assistant Dean gate the violence. He seeks repre- Persons will be allowed to ente
Rebertta Baker then reportedly sentation of police, the student a grassy mall in front of the Pen
called in Brooklyn area policeman body, the governor's office, the tagon's main entrance between
to arrest Gordon. Gordon- 'esisted legislature, and the attorney gen- 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow.
en1' s officp en ch nommittpe Aa fta ....:. '

SRC Claims Students Have
Rig~ht To Set Conduct Rules''

not forsee any difficulty in get-
ting his department's recommen-
dations approved.
The faculty has turned over to
its Curriculum Committee the
problem of what new require-
ments, if any, will be made to re-
place the language requirement.
Brazer said new requirements
may be made to take up the slack
of the load reduction resulting
from the elimination of language
Accordingto Brazer, these re-
quirements could take the form
of either a broader range of
courses in economics or courses
outside the department.
Bishop said the graduate stu-
dents had discussed the issue of
alternative requirements at their
meeting last week, and had de-
cided to postpone their decision
until the entire graduate program
in economics could be re-evalu-
Itdwas decided that the student
representatives should talk to
individual faculty members to
"get an idea of their stand" on
graduate requirements.
These ideas will be incorpo-
rated in a series of "position
papers" outlining alternative pro-
grams, which will be presented
at a meeting of all economics
graduate students for discussion.

Approval By
Cutler Still,
Resolution Covers
Residential College,
Central Campus Units
In "a pair of unanimous decis-
ions, the Board of Governors of
Residence Halls yesterday adopted
resolutions supporting the abolit-
ion of all women's hours, for all
University houses.
The resolution for central cam-
pus housing, introduced by Don
Racheter, executive vice-president
of Inter-House Assembly,, takes
the form of a recommendation to
Vice-President Richard Cutler,
who has the authority to imple-
ment the proposals.
"I immediately notified Cutler's
office of the resolution," John
Feldkamp, director of University
housing, and chairman of the
board, said "and I hope it will be
implemented soon." Dr. Cutler
claimed last night, that he knew
nothing of the resolution.
This resolution states that par-
ental permission must be obtained
by the individual women before
hours will be waived.
Student Government Council had
previously granted houses the
right to abolish women's hours.
Stockwell has'been one of several
women's units to do so.
Yesterday, a freshman girl
:vi4g in Stockwell attempted to
3il.J ier housemother a no-hours
permission slip signed by her par-
ents. The housemtother refused to
accept that slip, telling her that
the housemothers have been told
to disregard all slips, and that the
rules would remain the same until
official word was received from
the University, the girl who
handed in the slip claimed.
But Mrs. Abrams, the house-
mother, though confirming the in-
cident, said that she had received
no official notice on the matter
from anyone.
The parental permission clause
was an amendment by the board
to the original resolution which
asked that parental permission not
be required. In adopting the a-
3 m "Awn f +Il R ..lal -n f

The Student Relations Commit-
tee, a subcommittee of the Senate
Advisory Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs, yesterday claimed
that "students . . . have the pri-
mary responsibility to develop
sets of rules affecting their per-
sonal conduct."
The resolution passed by SRC

stated that "the University for-
mulated no non-academic pari-
ental regulations for students liv-
ing in non-university housing.
"The need for regulations for
students living in University own-
ed or affiliated housing, there-
fore, depends upon that fact
alone. As housing conditions vary
so may the necessary regulations."
"The Committee believes that
the students involved should for-
mulate their own rules . . . al-
though enforcement and adjudi-
cation of such rules may well'in-
volve individuals other than stu-

The resolution further stated frmTheseuaes whatpotin
that "the University. has a re- from te rs aptin
--they will take vis-a-vis the facul- ,

sponsibility to develop workable
guidelines concerning general stu-
dent conduct . . . these guidelines
should be consistent with 'local
and general law, and with broad
educational purposes. They should
not be considered as rules; except
that such conduct considered in-
tolerable to the educational func-
tion of the university community'
should be' subject to appropriate
academic discipline.
"The Committee feels that reg-
ulations concerning organizations
of students within the Universityj
are a proper sphere for joint stu-
dent - university regulations, and
for enforcement of such regula-
Roy Ashmall, Grad, a member
of SC_ sadthat "this statement.

ty," Bishop said.
igan State University yesterday
asked some of its students to
pay less for their winter term
courses and the Legislature to
pay more for the 1968-69
school year.
The MSU Board of Trustees
yesterday approved modifica-
tions in its controversial "abil-
. ity to pay" tuition plan and
asked the Legislature to appro-
priate nearly $55 million for
general operation during the
next fiscal year.
The board adopted a mini-

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