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The Most Secret
Research of All

THE EVERGREENS and synthetic trees have begun to
sprout conspicuously around Ann Arbor, and Santa
Clause is alive at Arborland, and there are only fifteen
more shopping days till Christmas. With this thought in
mind, The Daily editors began making out their gift list
the other day and came up with the following items for
some of our favoritetfriends. We extend our good wishes
along with each gift and hope the recipients will find
them useful:
Starting at the top, we've arranged for President
Harlan Hatcher to sign an eight-month, University-ap-
proved lease for his new house on Oxford Rd., and for
President-Designate Robben Fleming to receive a large
air purifier to ward off carbon monoxide fumes from
the General Library construction.
The Regents are going to get a matching set of eight
megaphones and huge, gold-lettered name tags for the
backs of their chairs. Executive Vive-President Marvin
Niehus will have Harold Stassen personally present him
with a campaign button and Vice-President for public
Relations Michael Radock will have a special opportunity
to walk the plank of the boat used for $55M fund-raising

UNFORTUNATELY, Vice-President and Chief Finan-
cial Officer Wilbur Pierpont won't get to use his gift until
next spring. Nevertheless, The Daily hopes he'll enjoy
his new set of clubs for use on the golf course he pre-
served by helping to keep the Residential College off the
land and into East Quad.
Vice-President for Academic Affairs Allan Smith is to
receive an academic affair; Vice-President for Student
Affairs Richard Cutler gets a gold watch this year, and,
though we'd love to tell, Vice-President for Research
A. Geoffrey Norman's gift is classified.
John Feldkamp, director of University housing, is en-
titled to a three week vacation in the dorm of his choice,
though we're afraid he'll have to observe curfew. Assistant
Dean James Shaw of the literary college will have his
very own pen pal starting next semester and a brand new
"Confidential" stamp for his letters.
The Board in Control of Student Publications gets a
super-sized bottle of Excedrin. We figure that they must
be up to at least Excedrin headache no. 191 over our
latest Editorial.

STARTING NEXT season, Coach Bump Elliott will
have only a two game football schedule-The Daily has
arranged for the Wolverines to play Mt. Holyoke and
Wellesley Colleges. Meanwhile, basketball Coach Dave
Stracks' gift will go into effect immediately: five minute
Our favorite members of the Engin School faculty will
receive a season pass to the Paris Art Theatre in Detroit
which is currently showing "Lust is a Must," and Imad
Khadduri gets an eye patch.
Michigan State University President John Hannah
will no doubt find his new IBM milking machine and
chicken plucker a big help on whatever farm he may
retire to.
AND ON THE student level our list includes a tube
of Brylcreem for Eric Chester, 5,000 Visa membership
cards and a student mobile for SGC President Bruce
Kahn, a psycho-therapy session with Dr. Cutler for Roger
Rapoport ...
And they've promised me a new picture for my column.


THIS WEEK the Faculty Research Poli-
cies Committee released a comprehen-
sive report on the University's four secret
military research projects in Thailand
that are worth a total of $2,727,592.
The big revelation was a short para-
graph on "Project 1111" buried at the end
of the report. The work is a $261,192
sub-contract from Stanford Research In-
stitute that is so secret that its name,
sponsor, purpose, and the researchers in-
volved are all secret.
"Project 1111" clearly demonstrates
why classified research and a free uni-
versity are incompatible. Although the
University has been working on the proj-
ect since July there was no way for any-
one outside the Office of Research Ad-
ministration to find out about it.
Normally all new projects are recorded
in the ORA publication, the "Reporter,"
each month. Generally a project will start
about one or two months before the
actual contract is signed, ORA oficials
say. After the contract is signed it is
entered in the "Recorder."
BUT "PROJECT 1111" is an exception.
Two University researchers from the
WRL Geophysics Laboratory have already
spent three months in Thailand this past
summer, completed field work and are
now writing their reports.
The work has been going on and ORA
officials indicate the contract still hasn't
been signed. This neatly manages to get
the University around its obligation to
enter the contract in the Reporter.
The "Reporter" lists the name, sponsor,
researchers, dollar amount and expira-'
tion date for each new project. But since
the name, sponspr and researchers in-
volved in "Project 1111" are secret no
one knows quite how to handle it.
Donald E. Thackery, who edits the "Re-
porter" says he doesn't know what he's
going to do if the contract for "Project
1111" is signed. "If we can't list the name,
sponsor or researchers its going to be
pretty hard for us to run this."
Presumably then "Project 1111" may
never show up in the "Reporter." How
many other research projects escape the
"Reporter" this way?
disclosed that "Project 1111" is being

carried out by David E. Willis and Row-
land McLaughlin of the WRL Geophysics
Lab, and that the work probably involves
radar studies or measurement of natural
noise level. Also it is known the work is
defense department-sponsored.
But all this hardly solves the problem.
"Project 1111" clearly establishes that the
Office of Research Administration be-
lieves it can take on any sort of classified
research project without letting the rest
of the University know about it.
Fortunately a hard-working faculty in-
vestigating team found out about this
proj ect.
But how many other secret research
contracts are going ahead without formal
Regental approval: If Willias and Mc-
Laughlin can complete three months field
work inThailand before the rest of the
"University is even told "Project 1111"
exists, the researchers can get away with
on any project that it cannot name
publically. It is hard to believe a school
would take on work so secret that no one
can even admit who's sponsoring it with-
out fear of being sent to jail.
If the Regents don't look into this
carte blanche policy, they may well find
that some devious researcher has secretly
accepted a contract from the Kremlin
to design missiles for the North Viet-
A researcher can simply get going on
his project, complete all his field work
and then the ORA can take the contract
to the Regents for final approval. In
effect the Regents are being circum-
For example, the Regents would have a
hard time dropping "Project 1111" if they
didn't want it. After all, the heart of the
work is already gompleted.
Beyond the immediate issue, this affair
suggests that classified military research
has no place at this university. It is
simply subverting the free and open na-
ture of the school. More important it
opens the school up to being a willing
accomplice to any kind of agency that is
willing to pay the price for clandestine


Letters: Inner-City and Negro History Courses

To the Editor:
AS A NEGRO, I found last weeks
article concerning the "Inner
City Course" valuable for two
reasons. First, I acknowledge the
need for a course with such per-
tinent subject matter. A large part
of the racial crises stems from the
white man's ignorances and apa-
thy toward our problems. Perhaps
through an intensified study a few
more whites will become cognizant
of the fact that the Black Power
movement is more than Stokely
Carmichael's call to arms.
However, I can not avoid ap-
prehension. Quite possibly Inner
City residents will resent being
eximaned like zoology specimens
by "lily white" Michiganders. I
would. Instead, if Michigan stu-
dents are sincerely interested in
determining the causes of the
Black Revolution, I suggest that
they talk with some of their Black
clasmates first. If they are inter-
ested in possibly preventing future
outbreaks, they should begin by
eliminating discrimination on
campus (i.e. ZTA's pledge pro-
THE OTHER interesting aspect
of the article concerns the en-
thusiastic response that the new
type of course has elicited from
faculty members. From what I can
discern, the ideas for an on-locale
course were conceived in Septem-
ber. Now a mere two months
later, the course's groundworks has
been laid, students have registered
for it, a professor has agreed to
sponsor it, and the minute details
are being smoothed out.
While, on the other hand, an-
other new course remains shroud-
ed in oblivion. The proposal to in-
corporate a New History course to
the Lit. School was submitted to
Professor Wilcox, Chairman of the
History Department, over a year
ago. He is still "considering" it.
Yet, most of the course's pre-
liminary details have been worked
out. Conceivably it would trace
both the Negro's socio-economic
development and his contribution
to America's development as a na-
tion. Recent surveys have revealed
that the overal student response to
a course in Negro History would be
even greater than that for the
on-locale program. Moreover sev-
eral qualified prosessors have of-
fered to teach it. As it is now pro-
posed, Negro History would be a
four hour, non-requisite course

applicable to distribution require-
Consequently. the prolonged de-
lay in responding to the proposal
seems unnecessary. If the admin-
istration is willing to adopt com-
paratively unorthodox courses,
such as the on-locale program, to
its curriculum, why is it hesitating
to initiate a less radical approach
to education?
-Connye Hunt, '71
Who Cares?
To the Editor:
IF BUMP ELLIOTT is not named
as the University's new Athletic
Director, he should remain as head
football coach until he voluntarily
leaves that position, regardless of
whether or not his teams are play-
ing winning football.
First, who really cares if the
football team is winning or not?
Sports is a form of weekly enter-
tainment which has no impact
upon the academic progress of
this University or the nation.
Surely the nation at large could
not care less as to the ability of
our football team. The University
has one of the finest academic
reputations in the country. Few
schools can boast the caliber of
legal and medical training offered
here, let alone the excellent under-
graduate curriculum. What's more,
students here enjoy a degree of
freedom and self-autonomy which
probably cannot be matched any
where else. Even many of the ath-
letes who come here do so because
of the academic program.
student body is not concerned
about our football team since less
than half purchase season tickets
each year, including the year we
went to the Rose Bowl, thus dem-
onstrating a lack of real interest:
Surely we need not be concerned
with alumni cries either. Some
aruge that without a winning team
an alumnus will hesitate to donate
money. No one has ever-been able
to effectively demonstrate how
much money the University loses
each year from such disgruntled
alumni. If anything, this argument
does not carrry much weight when
compared with the over $55 mil-
lion the University has been able
to raise in the past few years when
the foobtall team was floundering.
Finally, the athletic system will

not deterioate due to a losing
football team. The University is
not bankrupt, a substantial num-
ber of fans still attend each game,
and radio and television coverage
revenue will continue.
Another good reason for keeping
Bump around is that he is a nice
guy. It is a pleasure to know that
when he represents the University
he is no loud-mouthed buffoon
who will create doubt in the minds
of other concerning the intellectual

To the Editor:
THE LSA Administrative Board
has declared that:
. a student of (LSA) who in-
terferes with any other member
of the academic community so as
to disrupt that persons's partici-
pation in any activity or function
conducted under the auspices of
the University should be subject
to disciplinary action."

for the University to solve this
But now that the Residential
College has regretfully been
forced to remain in East Quad,
there is a solution. At a minimal
cost the University could and
should convert the proposed North
Campus site for the Residential
College into intramural fields.
Since this solution is both sim.
ple and practical, it probably will
never be implemented, but at
least I can dream about playing
softball in the daylight next fall
on grass.
-John D. McKenzie, Jr., Grad
Abuse of Power
or repelled at the recent Teach-
In by Staughton Lynd's descript-
ion of America as a vicious im-
perialist and proto-fascist nation
state and by his warning that we
are in for another era to challenge
and surpass the dreams of the
late Senator Joseph McCarthy
must not with special care the
front page of The Daily of Sat-
urday, Dec. 2. Hershey wants to
draft all anti-war demonstrators;
Holmes will draft all dissenting
subjects who are "not in the na-
tional interest" (let's not even
discuss the implications of Hol-
mes' grammar) . . . At the Uni-
versities of Illinois and Wiscon-
sin students have gotten the axe
as the wrath of the big daddies
descends upon them for their de-
fiance of such a Sacred American
Cow as Dow Chemical Company
. And atethe University of
Michigan Cutler moves to expel
one undergraduate - without
first informing her - and two
graduate students . . . and? .
Good wholesome loyal military
careermen brandishing Old dlory
like the flaming sword of the
Archangel Michael, ' and white-
collar university administrators
waving the red tapes of Disciplin-
ary Action like the Sacraments of
priests . . . Both thirsting for
revenge on behalf of a society that
would rather see its young people
raking communal leaves and bar-
becuing grade-A steaks -- as its
locust culture devours the rest of
the world.
It is very sad that the Uni-
versities, once again, are becom-
ing the seedbeds of this very
-Justin Vitiello



"Some mental institution administrators are out to
get me! . . But, I'm wise to them ... I'll show 'em !"

Rent Strikers vs. Charter Realty

CHARTER REALTY has increased the
existing friction between Ann Arbor
landlords and tenants, as well as jeopar-
dizing itself financially, by refusing to
bargain collectively under the terms of
its student tenants at Albert Terrace.
Charter makes a fine distinction be-
tween individual apartment complaints
and grievances concerning "common
areas"-halls, grounds, etc. Although they
have not made this clear to the residents,
they are reportedly willing to meet with
representatives of the striking group to
discuss only these common areas.
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Editorial Stafff
MEREDITH EIKER, Managing Editor
City Editor Editorial Director
SUSAN ELAN. ......Associate Managing Editor
STEPHEN FIRSHEIN ...... Associate Managing Editor
LAURENCE MEDOW......Associate Managing Editor
RONALD KLEMPNER .... Associate Editorial Director
JOHN LOTTIER ........ Associate Editorial Lirector
SUSAN SCHNEPP ...... Personnel Directoi
NEIL SHISTER ............... .... Magazine Editor
CAROLE KAPLA...Associate Magazine Editor
LISSA MATROSS.....................Arts Editor
ANDY SACKS......................Photo Editor
ROI3ERT SHEFFIELD.... ............Lab Chief
NIGHT EDITORS: W. Rexford Benoit, Neal Bruss,
Wallace Immen, Lucy Kennedy, David Knoke, Mark
Levin, Patricia O'Donohue, Daniel Okrent, Steve,
W ildstrom.
DAY EDITORS: Marcy Abramson, Rob Beattie, Jill
Crabtree, Aviva Kempner, Carolyn Miegel, Walter
Shapiro, Lee Weitzenkorn.
Grix, Jim Heck, Richard Herstein, Helen Johnson,
Lynne Kilin, Ron Landsman, Urban Lehner, David
Mann, Ann Munster, Steve Nissen, Dan Share,
Jenny Stiller, Michael Thoryn, Richard Winter, Greg

In any case the distinction is meaning-
less because "non-common" complaints
about individual apartments are uniform
throughout the building-the twelve-
month lease, dissatisfaction with the
fifty-dollar inconvenience compensation,
incomplete furnishings, and poor service.
SINCE THE TENANTS have already met
in mass meetings and designated rep-
resentatives, it is clear that students
don't want to be forced to complain to
Charter individually--a situation which
puts them in a powerless position. Medi-
ation between Charter and the Albert
Terrace representatives would save time
and trouble for everyone involved. Then
any tenant who felt misrepresented by
the striking group could solve his own
problems with Charter.
But Charter is taking a pollyanna stand
in dismissing the entire problem as tri-
vial. Refusing to recognize the signifi-
cance of opinions stated in the strike
petition and in tenant-circulated ques-
tionnaires, Charter appears unconcern-
ed about the situation since few students
continue to comlpain and rents are being
paid at almost a normal rate.
A Daily investigation revealed, how-
ever, that a group of 22 fraternity men
who are using Charter apartments would
not have paid their rents last month if
they had been able to. notify their bank,
which handles their finances, in time
to cease payment. Charter was unaware
of this fact. From now on, however, they
as well as the other strikers will not
pay rent until Albert Terrance is com-
TENANT COMPLAINTS have trickled off
since the signing of the strike petition
because they are somewhat satisfied now
c4 Irm r.c . hov n r n t.nv',i-,o. rcnt;i

caliber of our University. He is no
Woody Hayes who talks gruffly
to newsmen after a defeat and
storms out of a press conference.
Bump does not ruffle feathers,
thus he is in harmony with the
notion that the University must
maintain its educational image.
So let's keep Bump-nice guys
are hard to find these days. Any-
how,.sports should be subordinated
to the academic advancement of
our society, thus no one should
really care if our football team
is winning or not.
--Gary F. Wyner, '68 Law
Daily Associate Sports Editor

The LSA Administrative Board
holds closed meetings. I, a mem-
ber of the academic community,
can't participate in its activities
and functions.
Three members of the Admin-
istrative Board are students in
-Kenneth Winter, Grad
IM Fields Forever
To the Editor:
ANYONE WHO has participated
in the touch football intra-
mural program at the University
knows that there is a desperate
need for more IM fields. Until
recently there has been no way


THR USHi n g Johnson on War Policy


agent trying to rid the world
of thrush. As Robert Vaughn he
is a dissident Democrat who is
trying to rid Vietnam of the
United States.
Vaughn was speaking last Sat-
urday in Detroit to the Concerned
Democrats of Michigan, a group
which seeks to reverse the admin-
istration's policy in Vietnam. He
is a member of the Concerned
Democrats of California which
differs from the Michigan group
"in that the Californian group,
as a last alternative, will support
a Republican candidate provided
his views are more acceptable
than a Democrat." As an exam-
ple, Vaughn cited his organiza-
tion's support of Paul McClosky
of San Mateo, because of his "en-
lightened stand on the Vietnam
He explained the goals of the
organization. "We started with
the issue of the war, and now
have a candidaten-tSen. Eugene
McCarthy. Our next goal is to
make an effort to gain control of
the national convention."
Vaughn asserted that he would
also support either Sen. Robert
Kennedy or Sen. George Mc-
Govern for the Democratic nomi-

Johnson's present position as be-
ing "boxed in. Johnson thinks he's
being another Lincoln by doing
something the general populace
opposes, but which is nevertheless
right. As such he thinks future
historians will award him a fav-

gather he supports the President's
action in Vietnam."
When asked what he thinks
about California Gov. Ronald Rea-
gan, Vaughn replied, "nothing,
and as little as possible."
COMMENTING ON draft card
burning, Vaughn frowned and
thought for a few minutes before
he answered.
"It is a violent and emotional
thing to do, and something I can
understand and sympathize with.
I'm not so sure that if I were
their age, and given the same set
of circumstances, I might not do
the same thing.' I think, however,
that it has had an adverse effect
on the peace movement. It tends
to draw those who are not defi-
nitely for or against the war to
the Administration side because
they don't want to associate with
something they believe to be un-
And "General Hershey's opinion
of the way moral objectors to the
war should be treated is obviously
unconstitutional. His way of look-
ing at their protests is sick, and
he's incompetent. Anytime a
bureaucrat reaches that point, he
should be removed," Vaughn
He said Shirley Temple Black's
loss was due to her being "unin-

would ever run for office. His
answer was a simple "no, never or
With the "Man from UNCLE"
leaving the air in January he
plans to devote his time to writ-
ing a doctoral dissertation at the
University of Southern California
on the philosophy of mass com-
munications, and plans to teach
in the future. He goes along with
Marshall McLuhan and his phi-
losophy of mass media.
For those who are still interest-
ed in Vaughn's plans as a Holly-

mented arguments regarding pol-
itics and the war.
He seems untarnished by Holly-
wood glitter, but also unmoved by
the prospect of holding political
office. In viewing his public re-
sponsibilities, he said:
"I feel I have a moral obliga-
tion to speak out on issues of
national importance because of
my profession, rather than in
spite of it. I know some actors
don't feel this way, and in fact
feel exactly the opposite - that
their position should silence them.
I cannot agree with that; each
person has a responsibility to do


Robert Vaughn .
orable place in history for having
prevented World War III."
He clarified, however, that Pres-
ident Johnson has a "remarkable


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