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RADICAL COLLEGE:
STUDENTS AND FACULTY
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Vol. LXXX, No. 123

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, February 26, 1970

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

Radicals split

on

trashing tactic

By ANITA WETTERSTROEM
The word 'trashing has not been de-
fined by Webster yet, but most people
have a clear idea of what the action
involves. Very few people, however,
agree on what motivates the activity
-least of all campus radicals.
The dispute over proposed tactics
before' last Wednesday's conspiracy
trial protest illustrated the split in
the campus left.
That night, Marty McLaughlin,
SGC president and member of the
International Socialists (IS), clashed
with SDS leaders over whether the
protesters should trash during the
march.
While a majority of the crowd
agreed not to trash, a dissenting mi-
nority proceeded to sporadically
smash windows during the protest.
To trash or not to trash is but
one of the issues surrounding t h e
tactic. Observations made by radi-

cal organizations point out the areas of
disagreement. SDS leader Richard Feld-
man defines trashing as "a symbolic
action showing the people in power
that when the conspiracy trial verdict
comes down, when ROTC continues,
when war research continues, people
aren't going to march peacefully."
.,"It should be used on certain oc-
casions and on certain particular pol-
itical targets, such as buildings, which
are obviously symbols of those in pow-
er," he says.
Disagreeing with that interpreta-
tion, Barry Cohen, a New Mobe organi-
zer, evaluates trashing as "not a poli-
tical action at all."
"I guess people who do it think
it has political aspects, but it doesn't
organize people," Cohen says.
McLaughlin considers trashing to
be "just acts of. violence done by in-
dividuals or small groups against pro-
perty so that they can escape."

"So far it hasn't been made into
an act of civil disobedience," he adds.
The Black Action Movement declin-
ed to comment on the issue.
The discussion of trashing usually
revolves around its effectiveness as a
tactic both in making a political state-
ment and massing support for t h e
movement.
Feldman defends trashing as "a
tactic that raises the level of mili-
tancy. It tells those in power that
people aren't going to march peace-
fully for five years against the war."
Cohen considers "heightened mili-
tancy" one of trashing's main de-
tractions.
"Too big a deal is made just over
the act of trashing because it's some-
thing novel that lcan be given a big
play by the press," he says. The prob-
lem is that there's no discussion at all
of why the people are in the streets."
Peter Denton, an IS member, op-

poses the violent aspects of trashing
for different reasons.
"I'm against trashing not because
I'm against violence as a tactic but
because, at this stage, it's an invita-
tion for repression in excess," he ex-
plains.
"We're trying to develop a mass-bas-
ed organization and to bring down op-
pression is counter-revolutionary,"
Denton adds. "It holds things down."
Brian Spears, one of the organizers
of the repression teach-in, says that
while he personally opposes trashing,
he feels "it's silly to beat the act of
trashing into the ground in light of
the most fantastic genocidal war ever
and in light of repeated attacks
against individuals." Spears specific-
ally mentioned the government's "un-
declared policy" to smash the Black
Panther party.
See RADICALS, Page 10

Prosecutor files
charges, against
'I, Am Curious'

See review of "I Am Curious (Yellow)" on Page 2Y
By PETER MILLER
Washtenaw County Prosecutor 'William Delhey yesterday
charged that the film I Am Curious (Yellow) is obscene and
should not be shown at the Fifth Forum Theater.
In a complaint filed in Circuit Court, Delhey challenged
the Fifth Forum to show cause why the film should not be
banned from Washtenaw County.
A hearing will be held today in Circuit Court to decide the
question. The film was first shown in Ann Arbor yesterday.
"There are indications that the
E film is obscene," Delhey said last:
night. He added 'that there are
TO{ several lawsuits pending against
~Ed gro p ConyMi.Clsmagro
the film, including one in Kent
to o ld the Fifth Forum, has denied the
obscenity charge. "I have seen
"the movie, and I don't think it is ~
offensive or prurient," he said.
S S The film, imported from Sweden
and distributed in the United
By PAT MAHONEY States by Grove Press, was seized'
by customs agents upon entry in
A group of education students New York City in December, 1967.
yesterday decided to hold a stand- The government charged that the CURIOUS MOVIE-GOERS wait outside the Fifth F
in outside the room where the film was obscene according to of "I Am Curious (Yellow)
school's executive committee will Supreme Court guidelines.
. meet tomorrow to consider stu- AjuyiaU..DsrcCot
dent demands concerning promo- in New York City found theCfilmASK ASSEMBLY SUPPORT:
tion policies. obscene in May, 1968. Author Nor-
At a noon mass meeting the stu- man Mailer had testified at the
dents discussed strategy for per- hearing then that he found the
suading the executive committee film "profoundly moral" and that
Ito accept their demnands at the he was "a better man" after see- S i Ccir f
special afternoon meeting. ing it.
The group decided not to hold a The U.S. District Court of Ap-
sit-in inside the room where the peals in New York reversed the
.__..__ "as P i. lppi~ er decision inher1968.

Blacli
enter
read
By ROB BIER
Disruptions occurred in sev-
eral classes yesterday w h e n
black students attempted to
read a list of demands for in-
creased minority admissions.
A few brief scuffles broke out
and classes were cancelled in at
least four cases when the in-
structors refused to let the blacks
speak. Other classes were m o r e
peaceful when the students were
allowed to present their demands.
Most left after about ten minutes.
It was unclear last night what
group, if any, organized the ac-
tions of the black students. Walt-
er Lewis, of the Black Students
Union, said last night that the
actions were not connected with a
teach-in sponsored in the Union
yesterday by the Black Action
Movement (BAM).
The demands the black students
read to the classes are part of
BAM's drive for increased minor-
ity admissions - the same de-
mands they presented to the Re-
gents last week.
Tied to the goal oftblack enroll-
ment in 1973 equal to 10 per cent
of the University's total enroll-
ment, is a cll for increased coun-
seling and supportive services to
help minority students adjust to
the University.
Other demands include intensive
recruiting of qualified minority
students; a black community cen-
ter: a tuition waiver for in-state
minority students; incresaed fin-
ancial aid; an aid appeal board;
revamping of the Parents Confi-
dential statement; and a re-ap-
praisal of the Black Studies pro-
gram.
Most of the classes which w e r e
visited by groups of 10 to 20
black students were in the Angell
Hall auditoriums. Classrooms
were entered as early as 8:30 a.m..
and the blacks continued their ac-
tions late into the afternoon.
One of the less peaceful inci-
dents occurred in the anthropology
428 class of Prof. Robert E ck-
hardt when the blacks were re-
fused permission to speak. Eck-
hardt said he asked a student to
call the campus security police, but?
added that when a girl left to do,
that, she was stopped by some
blacks.
According to campus security
chief Rolland Gainsley, a boy who
went to her aid was knocked
down in the ensuing scuffle. ;
Eckhardt later Said that s u h
attempts to pre-empt class time
were "absolutely intolerable."
"The University can't operate if
at any given time a group can
come in and disrupt," he said.
The scene was somewhat dif-
ferent in Prof. Klaus Riegal's
psychology 45 class where the
blacks were allowed to speak. Rie-
gal said last night that several
students in the class told him the
presentation had "opened t h e i r
eyes.",
"I think we didn't help them
(the blacks) enough," Riegal add-
ed. "I don't know how much good
this will do.." Riegal said he
wouldbhavetattempted tosetaup
a debate between the blacks and

his class in cognitive language de-
See BLACKS, Page 10

students
classes,
demands

-Daily-Jim Diehl

Draft vigil
Members of Ann Arbor peace groups picket in
Selective Service office on Liberty St. yesterday.

front of the

DISCUSS WAR, DRAFT:
SMtC topUsh U'wide
forum on recruiting
By LARRY LEMPERT
The Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in
Vietnam (SMC) will meet with representatives of prominent
campus groups tonight to discuss University recruiting
policies.
They will plan a "do-it-yourself University-wide forum"
on the question of allowing companies with war contracts to
recruit on campus.
SMC is seeking to organize next Tuesday as the day for
the discussions and to urge professors to set time aside in
classes, then to talk about "
campus recruiting,
SMC's plans for tonight's meet-Policen en
ing, to be held at 10 p.m. in the
SAB, were discussed at 'an SMC
meeting yesterday, at which 25 acquitted
people gathered to organize SMC
activities for March and April. _

-Daily-Jim Diehi
Forum last night to see what may be a short run

es

request

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committee meets because, 'WeI1
want them to discuss our demands ruling that the film could beI
and - we don't want a shouting shown uncut.
match," said Stan Bennett, a The film opened in March, 1969.
member of the student group. in New York City, and has been:
Atemmssmein ud shown in other major U.S. cities
Aeidt tmassmoeetisuents -since the appeals court ruling. It t
deided tomtalk todexecutive cbom-was confiscated, however, severalr
mitte mmbes idiviualy aouttimes in the Los Angeles area lostc
promotion recommendations for December.N
education school professors that I Am Curious (Yellow) was di- t
were made last week. rected by Vilgot Sjoman, and is
Students have charged that the described by Grove Press as a
committee ignored its own criteria "portrayal of a young girl's politi- c

ult AlII~pua /I UI VMtliiutU

By DEBBIE THAL
ThenStudent Relation Commit-
tee (SRC) yesterday clarified its!
request for a University-wide dis-
cussion of on-campus recruiting
which will go to Senate Assembly
tonight.
The student-faculty committee
decided to limit its request for a,
class moratorium to the day of the

pension of recruiting pending res- -versity President Robben Fleming
olution of t h e issue to permit has urged that the communica-
widespread involvement a n d a tion committee handle discussion
conducive atmosphere" for t he of the issue.
[orum. SRC members expressed willing-
The committee met with the ness to work with the committee
Senate Advisory Committee on or to let them sponsor the forum.
University Affairs (SACUA) on However, SRC member Bob Hir-
Monday to ask SACUA's support shon, Administrative Vice-Presi-
for the resolution. dent of SGC, felt that the com-

SMC decided at that meeting to
actively work toward registering
eligible students for the April 6
city election.
A referendum offering four al-
ternatives-immediate withdrawal,
withdrawal in seven months with
continuing economic and military
aid, the Nixon plan, or escalation
-has been approved by City
Council but is being challenged
in court by a local resident who
claims that national issues are not
the concern of local elections.
SMC also voted to canvass the
community in favor of the im-
mediate withdrawal alternative.

FLINT, Mich. VP)--'t'hree white
Detroit policemen and a black
private guard were found inno-
cent yesterday of conspiring to
violate the civil rights of 10 per-
sons by beating, threatening and
intimidating them. at the Algiers
Motel during the 1967 Detroit
riot,
An all-white federal jury of six
men and six women deliberated
for nine hours before returning
its verdict.
The defendants were accused
under an 1871 civil rights law of
conspiring to deprive eight blac~k
youths and two white girls of their
civil rights on July 26 1967, during
a search for reported snipers at
the Algiers Motel.

established on Dec. 9 when the cal and sexual confusion." forum. The suspension of recruit- SACUA referred the SRC reso-:
promotions recommendations were Cinema Guild Chairman Jay ing would also be for only that lution to SenateAssemblyabecause
made.: Cassidy said last night that Cine- day. SACUA members said all policy
The criteria include teaching ef- ma Guild "was offered a chance SRC originally called for a Uni- decisions, on matters such as re-
fectiveness, research, scholarly to show 'Curious (Yellow' but they versity-wide forum to discuss re- cruiting, rest with the entire Sen-
writing, public service and service realized it was a real hot tamale cruiting. The group also urged a ate Assembly.
See ED, Page 10 and turned it down." moratorium on classes and a sus- SRC met yesterday morning to
try to clarify its proposal. Mem-
bers also discussed possible an-
swers to the questions they antici-
10 onee H stu ents ated would be asked at the As-
sembly meeting at 7:30 p.m. to-
night in the Natural Science Aud.
SACUA members had question-
otes u e sio ., s f blcksed the need for a class morator-
protest suspensions of backs
ium for the forum. SRC members
were divided on whether the class
By JONATHAN MILLER received permisison to discuss the "You must get a black couselor suspension was absolutely neces-
Leaders of a walkout by 1,400 situation in the school. into that school, just one person sary.
Ltdets at ioneerwkighych,4ol Westerman said that he, Police that the blacks can have trust "I don't see the forum, class
students at Pioneer High School Chief Walter Krasny and Pioneer in," said a female senior. "If we suspension, and the moratorium
yesterdaycannounced cthat the Principal Theodore Rikicki had can just sit down and talk we on recruiting as three separate is-
dayss y tomet early yesterday morning to can solve the problem," she con- sues. They are one and the same,"
d'y discuss contingency plans in case tinued. said. SRC member Dave Brand,
The walkout occurred after a decision would have been made One parent claimed that her member of Student Goverhment
three black students were suspend- to close the school. He said that daughter had been assaulted and Council. "The moratorium of
ed yesterday for refusing to at- it was decided not to close the robbed at the school before, and classes a n d recruiting is really
tend class. The suspended students school yesterday, but a repeat of that violence would recur unless necessary for the greatest success
were protesting the suspension of the demonstration might make the school administration permit- of the forum."
four blacks the previous - day for this necessary today. ted more communication. Some SRC members said that if
smoking. Rikicki then told, the meeting Col. Antonio Criscuolo, the head it was necessary, they should com-
The students held an open meet- that the demand for black en- of the University Air Force ROTC promise on the class moratorium
ing in the "Little Theatre" of tertainment was agreed to yester- program agreed, "I have lived in because the forum was more im-

mittee would n o t be operating
soon enough to plan the forum.
"People are being snowed," Hir-
shon added. "Fleming is not
showing the SIDS side. We have
to give them a chance to find out
the truth for themselves."

APRIL 6 REFERENDUM

City to consider war issue

By SHARON WEINER
Ann Arbor voters will be asked to choose
among four options in a referendum on
U.S. policy in Vietnam during the April
6 City Council election.
A proposal of an ad hoc coalition of
local peace groups to place a statement
advocating immediate withdrawal on the
ballot was amended by council last week
to include options presenting other view-
points on the war.
However, Ann Arbor resident John Foley
is seeking to have the city enjoined from
placing the proposals on the ballot, stating
that Vietnam is not a local issue and

on, a New Mobe steering committee niem-
ber, last night. "We've researched the
law very carefully."
The proposals in the referendum are
that:
-"The United States should withdraw
all troops, military supplies and equipment
from Vietnam now; provide sanctuary for
those Vietnamese who ask for it; and
divert the money spent for the Vietnam
war to our urgent domestic needs;"
-"The United States should withdraw
all combat personnel from Vietnam on or
before Dec. 1, 1970, and noncombatant
military training personnel should remain
in Vietnam only with the approval of

-"United States military e f f o r t s in
Vietnam should be continued, and in-
creased if necessary, so that we may gain
a military victory in Vietnam."
"The referendum serves as a vehicle for
taking this issue to the community," says
physics Prof. Marc Ross, a member of the
Ann Arbor New Democratic Coalition. "It's
important to involve people, whether our
preferred option wins or loses."
"I'm pessimistic about the first option
- the one the ad hoc group supports-
getting a majority of the votes unless the
students get out and vote on it as well,"
Gordon says.
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