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A SENIOR
EDITORIAL:
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Seventy-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
VOL LXXVIII, No. 44 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1967 SEVEN C(ENIS

TWELVE PAGES

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last of a
four part series by a team of Dal yre-
porters on military research at the Uni-
versity.
By NEAL BRUSS
"Why isn't the University doing more
for local industries?" frets multi-mil-
lionaire Keeve M. Siegel, a former pro-
fessor in the University's electrical engi-
neering department. "I think the Uni-
versity has a conservative position on
supporting local industry."
Despite the University's "conservative"
posture, however, Siegel has done a top-
notch job in bringing the University and
outside business closer together.
Siegel founded and until last February
was president and chairman of the board
of Conductron Corp., probably the most
successful defense research spinoff firm
Michigan has ever seen.
Because the University's military re-
search laboratories are in the develop-
ment business-not the production busi-
ness-a natural opportunity for commer-
cial enterprise arises out of campus re-
search activity.
So in November, 1960, Siegel formed
Conductron after resigning his post as
head of the electrical engineering de-
partment's radiation lab, a post he had
held for four years. (Siegel retained his
E.E. professorship.)
In the interveni E seven years, "Kip"
Siegel, as both friends and enemies call
him, buit Conductron into a $50 million
a year business and made at least $5

million personally. Shares which Con-
ductron founders bought at a penny are
now selling at $41 a share on the Ameri-
can Stock Exchange. This means six
figure profits for key personnel.
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Twenty-five University staff members
joined the original Conductron staff in
1960. Of the 25, ten had been University
professors, project engineers, or research
department heads, 15 had worked in the
WRL, seven in the E.E. department's
radiation lab (taking overlaps into ac-
count).
Until this year when Siegel left Con-
ductron to start a new firm called KMS
Industries, Conductron maintained a
close relationship with the University:
* While at least six Conductron staff
members were on the University faculty
the firm purchased about $250,000 worth
of research work and services from the
school. Included were the use of WRL
laboratory facilities for research work.
The University also made up equipment
for Conductron under a "job shop"
arrangement.
A At the same time Conductron has
taken $39,000 in business from the Uni-
versity, including a $35,000 sub-contract
from the Air Force to test radar ab-
sorbers.
* Conductron scientists who were on.
the University staff used technology they
developed at the school to build devices
for the firm. \
Conductron was founded with Uni-
versity support. Siegel says that Univer-
sity President Harlan Hatcher gave him
permission to start the company which
was originally backed by Paramount
pictures.

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But Vice-President for Research A.
Geoffrey Norman points out, "The cir-
cumstances of the birth of Conductron
are a little bit questionable. They used
University facilities at Willow Run ex-
tensively in the beginning. For example,
Conductron didn't have an analog com-
puter, so it bought the services of ours.
"A job shop arrangement developed
in a few things where they didn't have
the people to do the job," Norman says.
"They would give it to us.
"Things got to a point," Norman says,
"where I wouldn't let them do anything
at Willow Run laboratories without
knowing about it personally. Obviously
there was a situation where they (Con-
ductron) were competing with Willow
Run."
But Siegel says,, "Conductron never in
its history has competed with the Uni-
versity."
Indeed Conductron and the University
have had a close working relationship
over the years. Conductron has given the
University $250,000 in business, includ-
ing a contract of $28,000 to the aero-
space engineering department in March,
1966, and an $11,000 contract to the
mechanical engineering department in
December, 1966. Among other business
Conductron has given the University is
a $10,500 contract to the Institute of
Science and Technology in June, 1965
and a $2,100 contract to the electrical
engineering department in January, 1963.
See CONDUCTRON, Page 7

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Conductron produces radar and op-
tical devices, flight simulators, gas air
conditioners and many other products.
Many of its key staff members came
from the electrical engineering depart-
ment and the Willow Run Laboratory.
Important products, such as radar ab-
sorbing materials (used to get planes
past enemy radar undetected) were in
fields where the University had made
research breakthroughs.

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Keeve M. Siegel

Pentagon Reinforces,
Students Jar Country

Board

of

Governors

End

Wisconsin Students,.Faculty
Move To Continue Boycott
By RICHARD WINTER
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 disperse
the crowd. Thirteen student leaders of the demonstration were re-

Pro testers
Rock, Three
U16,S. Cities
By MM HECK
t Wt. etii, zo policemen from
the Brooklyn area formed a flying
wedge last night to break through
a barricade of 2,000 Brooklyn col-
lege students blocking the path of
a paddy-wagon carrying 46 ar-
rested youths.
Eighteen Chicago area students
were arrested yesterday when they
attempted to enter a downtown
Chicago armed forces induction
center hoping to block inductions.
Restrained pickets brought peace
gesterday to antidraft demonstra-
tions at the armed forces induc-
tion center in Oakland, Cal., after
tl'ree days of mass arrests. But
picket leaders warned of more civil
disobedience today.
In Brooklyn one girl was re-
ported hit by the fleeing paddy-
wagon when the police managed
to break a path through the crowd.
Two policemen were injured, one
seriously. Jeff Gordon, the spokes-
men for the rioting students was
reported unconscious after being
hit by a billy club.
Students at Brooklyn College
congregated yesterday when po-
liceman came to arrest Gordon, a
student who was attempting to
pass out anti-Vietnam war liter-
ature next to a Navy recruiting
booth set up at the school.
When a college security chief
asked Gordon for his identifica-
tions, he refused. Assistant Dean
Rebertta Baker then reportedly
called in Brooklyn area policeman
to arrest Gordon. Gordon resisted

. portedly expelled. Neither univer-
sity officials nor city authorities
have acknowledged initiating the
order for the use of riot sticks
and tear gas.
Rumors indicated that several
tenured professors had resigned
in protest while other unverified
reports stated that some of the
striking teaching fellows had
been suspended from their jobs.
Faculty m e m b e r s narrowly
passed a motion to view films of
the demonstration and the police
actions in an effort to determine
responsibility for the bloodshed.
Pickets marched in front of
numerous university buildings on
the Madison campus, although
students wishing to attend classes
were not stopped.
Chancellor William H. Sewell
said the university would prefer
charges against the leaders of the
demonstration and suspend them
from school, referring their cases
to the student conduct commit-
tee. Students have the right to
appeal their suspensions.
The university has been sharply
criticized by the Wisconsin state
legislature for its policy of exces-
sive permissiveness toward stu-
dent demonstrators. The legisla-
ture called for the expulsion of
students "whenever necessary."
Kenneth Greenquist, president
of the university's board of re-
gents, issued a statement affirm-
ing the board's "complete confi-
dence in President Fred Harring-
ton and Chancellor Sewell to cope
with the present crisis."
Atty. Gen. Bronson C. LaFollet-
te, however, has asked for creation
of a special committee to investi-
gate the violence. He seeks repre-
sentation of police, the student
body, the governor's office, the
legislature, and the attorney gen-

r Washington
Braces For
War Protest
By DAVID KNOKE
Paratroopers began landing in
Washington yesterday as military
officials initiated a defense-of-
the-Pentagon buildup in prepar-
ation for tomorrow's anti-Vietnam
war march.
Although the Department of De-
fense refused to acknowledge that
the paratroops were being brought
in specifically because of the dem-
onstration a vanguard of 120 men
of the 82nd Airborne Division from
Ft. Bragg, N.C., flew in yesterday.
Several other planeloads were
scheduled to arrive later last night.
Air Force officials indicated that
as many as 100 C130 troop trans-
ports carrying 6,000 men could fly
into bases near the nation's ca-
pital to guard the Pentagon.
The Air Force officials empha-
sized that the Defense Department
is gearing to bring in whatever
troop force is necessary to main-
tain law and order.
Reach Permit Accord
Sponsors of the march and
government agencies yesterday
reached final agreement on per-
mits for a rally, parade, and dem-
onstration.
The General Services Adminis-
tration, which represents district
service agencies, has indicated that
it will rely on the 200 civilian Pen-
tagon guards to keep unauthorized
personnel out of the office build-
ing where United States war policy
is made.
"We support the right of orderly
dissent," said one official, but we
cannot permit anything to inter-
fere with the conduct of our busi-
ness." Sponsors of the march have
refused to rule out possible at-
tempts to sit-in at the Pentagon.
Troops in Reserve
The paratroops will probably be
held in reserve at nearby bases,
but some 850 military police might
be stationed inside the Pentagon,
according to sources. Saturday of-
fice personnel drops to about 3,000
from a week level of 27,000. En-
trance to the building from 6 p.m.
Friday to 7 a.m. Monday is re-
stricted to persons with passes.
Persons will be allowed to enter
a grassy mall in front of the Pen-
tagon's main entrance between
4 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow.

THIRD DEPARTMENT TO ACT:I
Econ Alters PhD. Requirements

By JILL CRABTREE
The faculty of the economics
department yesterday voted to
eliminate language requirements
for its Ph.D. candidates, effective
next fall.
The economics department is
the third department in the liter-
ary college to take such action
since the Executive Board of
Rackham Graduate School voted
recently to turn over the matter
of determining graduate lan-
guage requirements to the indi-
vidual departments.
The psychology and psycholog-
ical-social work departments had
previously taken similar action.
The faculty decision came after
consultations earlier in the day
between the Executive Committee
of the economics department and
a group of elected representatives
of economics graduate students.
The economics graduate stu-
dents met early last week and
decided unanimously that the de-
partment should not have a lan-
guage requirement binding on
every graduate student, but that

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
studies.
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

SRC Claims Students Have
Right To Set Conduct Rules'

to

Freshmen's

By LYNNE KILLIN
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-
dents."
The resolution further stated
that "the University has a re-
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 University
are a proper sphere for joint stu-
dent - university regulations, and
for enforcement of such regula-
tions."
Roy Ashmall, Grad, a member

not forsee any difficulty in get-
ting his department's recommen-
dations approved.
The faculty has turned over to
its CurriculumhCommittee 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
requirements.
According to Brazer, these re-
quirements could take the form
of either a broader rar - -
courses in economics or c
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-
ated.
It was decided that the student
representatives should talk to
individualdfaculty 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.
"The students will determine
from these papers what position
they will take vis-a-vis the facul-
ty," Bishop said.
MSU REVERSAL
EAST LANSING (JP)-Mich-
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-

Asks
lours
Approval By
Cutler Still
Necessary
Resolution Covers
Residential College,
Central Campus Units
By JUDITH KOMISHANE
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
'P'-es heter, executive vice-president
aer-House Assembly, takes
try ":na of a .ecommendation 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
ving in Stockwell attempted to
b .t3, ; zer housemother a no-hours
permission slip signed by her par-
ents. The housemother 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-

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