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TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1967

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE'

A rtistic
The California Case on which ducer of
Elden based his decision was over- depicting
turned early in July by the Cali- ious sexu
fornia Supreme Court. too full
Attorney W ill i a m Goodman uous to
conceded that the decision "was images
a bad loss for our side." Although childlike
he declined to predict what might sentimen
happen in another court if the Miss Kae
film is ruled obscene, there seems undergro
to be some optimism among those that "th
involved in the case that a higher are again
court would uphold the charge of less wast
illegal search and seizure, which ship' of
would result in dropping the en- Faculty
tire case against the four de- the fil
fendants. According to the de- Robert S
fendants, that issue will be press- partment
ed; however, only if the examina- English
tion decides that the film is ob- in May
scene, witnesses
With the denial of the defense "Flaming
motion for the dismissal of the in the
case, the hearing continues to porary A
determine the obscenity of the odying a
film. import
Comment on the artistic quali- films."
ties and social significance of the "takes o
film have come from all sectors. pressed
A pamphlet written for Cinema . . . to
Guild and distributed by ,them re- be repul
lies extensively on Pauline Kael Elden's
of The New Republic and Susan ity of th
Sontag, writing in The Nation. made by
Sontag comments "Smith's (pro- If Elden

Free dom

AT AUGUST MEETING:
Regents Hike Out-of-State Undergraduate Tuition
$300 Per Year; In-State Charges Increased $72

f "Flaming Creatures")
of nakedness and var-
al embraces . .. is both
of pathos and too ingen-
be prurient. Smith's
of sex are alternately
or witty, rather than
tal or lustful." While
el, not necessarily lauding
und films, does believe
ey are right in what they
nst, the lavis hand taste-
te and phony 'craftman-
Hollywood."
y members who have seen
m in private showing,
Sklar of the history de-
t and John Styan of the
department, appeared late
before EMden as defense
s. Sklar 'testified that
g Creatures" is significant
development of contem-
American pictures, "par-
and extending themes of
t a n t earlier American
Styan explained that it
ur image of sex as ex-
in the commercial media
make us laugh at it and
sed by it."
s decision on the obscen-
he film will probably be
the fall semester begins.
decides that the film has

redeeming social value, the case
against Cinema Guild will be
dropped and Cinema Guild's
countersuit against Ann Arbor
Police Chief Walter Krasny, Lieut.
Eugene Staudenmeier, and As-
sistant Washtenaw County Prose-
cutor Thomas Shea will then be
cinsidered by the court. The suit
asks for an injunction restrain-
ing the local police from subse-
quent prosecution, arrests, and
seizures for showing art films, a
declaratory judgment prohibiting
"prior censorship of films" by the
police, immediate return of the
seized copy of "Flaming Crea-
tures," and $15,000 damages.
If, however, Elden rules that
the movie is obscene, then the
case will go to circuit court for
actual trial.
Whether or not society's values
can be challenged effectively in
a university setting without fear
of reprisal is at stake in this
case. Society's stiffling of its
critics has often gone unnoticed;
the Cinema Guild case is an open
confrontation. If a university can
not foster experimentation in the
arts then its value as an educa-
tional institution in pursuit of
truth has been most certainly
greatly diminished.

(Continued from Page 1)
creases had been discussed. It was
decided that the yield from this
plan would be the best balance
between University needs and the
resources of the students, he said.
Graduate and professional stu-
dents receiving assistance stip-
ends will be allocated additional
funds through individual schools
and departments to meet costs
not covered by federal fellowships
and traineeships.
Engineering College Dean Gor-
don Van Wylen commented that
the hardest pinch on students will
come in graduate assistanceships.
"Teaching fellows are all as-
sessed in-state tuition rates, but
in order to give non-resident stu-
dent researchers compayable take-
home pay, we would have to cut
into research funds instead of
regular scholarship funds."
Associate Dean Ralph Lewis of
the Graduate School noted that
the Office of Research Adminis-
tration is contacting various na-
tional agencies in efforts to ex-
tend students' training and re-
search grants to cover the amount
of the tuition increase.
Faculty payrolls were given pri-
ority over operations budgets and
many slashes in departmental al-
locations had to be made to allow

for needed salary increases. These
will be reported to department
chairmen this week by Allan F.
Smith, vice-president for academic
affairs.
"It will not be pleasant to
have to lose some planned addi-
tions to our staff and equipment
this year," said Regent Fredrick
Matthaei Jr., "but we tried to take
the least away from the total pro-
gram."
"No class of students comes
close to paying his cost of educa-
tion," according to Matthaei. "The
key to the increase is student aid,"
he added, "over $9 million in
scholarships accounts and $11
million in loan funds are now
available for students with prov-
able need."
"We are in line with other
schools a c r o s s the country,"
Hatcher told the Regents, "an in-
creased contribution from stu-
dents has been an expanding
trend for many years. We feel
this is the best way out with the
least hardship for students," he
added.
The Regents had met shortly
after the Legislature approved a
$59.1 million budget for the Uni-
versity and delayed a decision on
the final budget and fee structure

until more data could be collect-
ed. A substantial set of reports
on the financial resources of the
University were prepared and
issued to the Regents.
A comparision was made be-
tween the University and other
large colleges in the country to
determine whether the higher tui-
tion would be detrimental to com-
petition for high calibre students.
The Regents had attempted to
approve the tuition hike earlier,
and called a special meeting July
15. However, they decided at that
meeting to delay action pending
further investigation of revenue
sources.
Hatcher at that time described
the situation as "most difficult
. . . for our student body," and
recommended that the University
"communicate" with the students
and their parents on the "likeli-
hood of changing fee schedules."
In a private meeting, the Re-
gents were presented with a com-
plete text of legislative action in
regard to the University's appro-
priation according to Regent Fred-
erick Matthaei, Jr. The meeting
lasted for almost six hours be-
cause "this is a serious problem
and there is a lot of concern," he
explained. .

Regent Otis Smith, the lone
Democrat on the Board, expressed
the general sentiment of the Board
when he noted that "this is the
only sensible thing we can do at
this time."
Regent Robert Briggs asked if
there "was any way we can soften
the blow with deferred payments?"
Wilbur K. Pierpont, vice-president
and chief financial officer, told
the Board that a deferred tuition
payment plan is presently avail-
able and that residence hall
charges may be paid on a monthly
basis.
Vice-President Niehuss explain-
ed that although the Legislature
recommends a large out-of-state
fee increase, "they can't tell us
how to charge to raise the money
we need."
Faculty members also expressed
concern over the University's fi-
nancial situation.
Prof. Peter Bauland of the Eng-
lish department, who is associat-
ed with the American Association
of University Professors, com-
mented, "This budget makes
things very grim. Salary wise, we
could start to slip out of the
league we play in with another
year like this. Commitments have
already been made for new pro-
fessor's salaries-the existing pro-'

fessors are the ones that don't
know what they'll be getting."
"Our rating as far as salary
could go down nationally," he
commented, "and we could become
more vulnerable to loss of our pro-
fessors. However, money alone will
not cause a man to leave. Space,
clerical help, and good students
are inducements to teach at a
school as much as money is."
Dean Gordon Van Wylen of the
Engineering College, said "Wish
out the resources of a larger bud-
get, we can't move into new areas
we should such as computer tech-
nology, space research, or ocean
engineering. Right now we're
handicapped by lack of equipment
-it 1ill be more of a problem now.
Another year like this would be
devastating."
Prof. Wilbert McKeachie, chair-
man of the psychology depart-
ment, also said that clerical help
was the worst shortage in his de-
partment now and any cut would
be "terrible."
President designate of the Uni-
versity Robben Fleming said he
was not familiar enough with our
budget to comment on the effects
of the low figure, although he has
recently been through the same
thing in Wisconsin.

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