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Satuday,March 21, 1970

Page Seven

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PICKET CLASSROOMS:
Student strike supports BAM

i Continued from Page 1)
ha'e a good method of finding
th t out," he said.
.ordon Van Wylen, dean of the
egineering school, suggested that
tie strike had, "a minimal effect,
iiany" in the engineering school.
Prof. Harvey Brazer, chairman
c the economics department said,
The Honors Convocation and a
'riday in late March make it dif-
icult to tell" if' absences w e r e
;reater than usual.
His impression was that, "with-
in the economics department, ab-
sences were somewhat larger than
normal."
President Robben Fleming had
given instructors permission to
call off classes during the morn-
ping from 9:45 a.m. to 12 a.m.,
because of the Honors Convoca-
tion.
Actions in connection with the
strike began early yesterday morn-
ing, when demonstrators arrived
to picket in front of Hill A u d.
By the time the Honors Convo-
cation began at 10:30, more than
200 people were picketing a n d
chanting outside.
Many of the demonstrators en-

teredsHill Aud., to continue the
protest.
The demonstration at Hill Aud.
effectively ended soon after black
students left the inside of Hill
Aud. and regrouped on the Diag.
Almost all of the blacks and a few
white supporters assembled as
Ron Harris addressed the group.
Harris said that entering Hill
Aud. had not been planned by
BAM. He listed Walter L e wi s,
Ed Fabre, Darryl Gorman, Oliver
Taylor and himself as the only
leaders blacks should look to for
directions. "If we don't say do
something," he said, "then you
don't do it."
"There are to be no disruptions
this afternoon," Harris continued.
"The only activity planned is
picketing in the central campus
area."
Picketing started before noon
and continued until 4 p.m.
Packing together and linking
arms, demonstrators did attempt
to block the doors leading into the
Fishbowl. Most of the people con-
fronted with this crowd at the
doors argued for a few seconds,
then agreed to find other access

'Dsrp convocation

to the building. However, a few
people did insist on pushing their
way through the mass.
In at least a couple of cases,
minor scuffles resulted from peo-
ple trying to force their way into
the building through the Fishbowl
doors.
Most of those who turned away
voluntarily simply went in through
the Haven Hall doors a few feet
away.
The Fishbowl was the center of
activity for the whole afternoon.
Arguments between people often
drew large crowds of spectators
and supporters.
At 3:05 p.m. some members of
BAM persuaded those demonstrat-
ors blocking the Fishbowl doors to
let people come and go. Twenty
minutes later Ron Harris spoke at
a rally in the Fishbowl.
He .emphasized, "We are not
bullshitting around."
Explaining why he called off
the blocking tactic of Fishbowl
doors, he said, "I don't believe
that we have to use excessive vio-
lence to prove our point. It is
largely that reason I decided to
pull people off doors."
Realizing that the crowd was
tired of restraining their actions,
he said, "I am sure that there are
some of you who would like to
kick their asses today because
they kicked your asses yesterday.
This is your own thing."
"I want to emphasize that BAM
does not advocate senseless vio-
lence," he added, however.
Mary Jo Chase, '72, discussed
her reaction to seeing scuffling
with other whites at the Fishbowl
door.
"I think the white kids are ruin-
ing the protest," she said. The
blacks, she continued, handled the
issue well in classes and rallies.
"I'll support the issue," she said,
"and I'll strike, but not if I get
pushed around."
A number of professors were in
sympathy with the demands, but
were disturbed about some logic
and use of tactics.
English Prof. William H. Ing-
ram said he will not strike him-
self. "I respect the freedom of
choice held by the students, and
so I can't deprive them of that
choice by striking," he said. "I
won't commit an evil to remedy
another evil."
Another English professor,
Lorne J. Forstner said he will not
strike because "the classroom is a
place of freedom and to close that
place down seems bitterly ironic."
However, some instructors can-
celed classes entirely.

Group jeers Fleming
(Continued from Page 1 ;look under them for the missing
"I'm in full support of the new lens.
developments in black student ac- However, the fun-filled mood
tivity," he said. "We cannot be was soon shattered when a car
dealing in half measures. I am for raced through the crowd, knock-
full commitment, and I expect the ing over several people, and sped
students, the University and the north down S. State.
Regents to be fully committed." A number of people ran after it.
"BAM's aim is a total restruc- When the driver parked in front
turing of the University with re- of Angell Hall to .pick up a pas-
gard to its role in society at senger one of those people who
large," Cruse added, had chased the car reached it and
In calling for the resignation of yelled at the driver.
Cash, BAM charged that Cash is He struck the car several times
"unable to relate to the people with a motorcycle helmet, and'
he was hired to relate to." the driver, after quickly pulling
"He is the chief resident Negro," in his passenger, sped away.
said the BAM speaker, "and as Meanwhile, a University com-
such we have no use for him." . muter bus was forcing its way
Contacted last night, Cash said north through the crowd on S.
he had no plans to resign. He has State while people climbed on its
been the University's human re- sides and generally tried to dis-
lations assistant since July, 1968. courage its passage.
At 4:45 p.m. someone announced Just after the bus emeiged from
to the crowd at the Fishbowl rally, the crowd, one person hit the bus
"Someone has 'lost' a contact lens with a motorcycle helmet, shat-
in front of the 'Union." He went tering the glass of one of the
on to say that since they are very front windows.
expensive to replace and very dif- Soon after the incident the
ficult to find, that it might be crowd decided they had "found"
nice if they went to look for it. the contact lenses and decided to
Yelling at each other, "Don't go home.
step on that contact lens," over
65 students circled in S. State St.
in front of the Union and at the Wilbur J. Cohen, dean of the
intersection of S. State and S. education school, has been named
University. Cars were stopped in to the national advisory council
all directions. of the National Multiple Sclerosis
Some of the drivers thought the Society. The society conducts 're-
whole idea was funny. They turn- search programs to find the cause,
ed around laughing and went the prevention, and cure of multiple
other way. Others turned around sclerosis, a chronic disabling dis-
reluctantly or in open anger. ease of the central nervous system.
T h e demonstrators a m u s e d As a member of the council, Co-
themselves with pretending to be hen will be a consultant to the
hurt or asking cars to back up to society's board of directors.

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out, out." Some people tried to
shout down the demonstrators and
other families left.
President tobben Fleming then
came to the podium, receiving a
standing ovation from the audi-
ence and heckling from the pro-
testers.
"This campus is in the midst of
a dispute which you see reflected
here," Fleming said. "We don't
want emotions to cloud the fact
that we will increase, and greatly
increase, black enrollment."
Outside the auditorium, leaders
of the demonstration were split
as to whether it would be meore
effective to march to the Diag
or go into the convocation. The
; group left for the Diag but half-
way there, unsure of which tar-
get to hit, part of the crowd turn-
ed back.-
Child care
meeti set
Last Tuesday the Child-Care
Action Group left four demands
with President Robben Fleming's
staff concerning a proposed free
. child-care center.
When, the group returned yes-
terday, they were handed a letter
by Fleming's secretary. In t h e
letter, Fleming set up a Monday
appointment to discuss the pro-
posals, saying "I understand your
earnest concern for the matter
' of child-care."
The child-care group will hold
an open meeting at 2 p.m. to-
morrow at St. Andrews Church to
discuss Fleming's proposal.
"We asked for answers to our
demands, not for another meet-
ing," one woman in the child-care
group said. "On Sunday we will
decide what action to take."
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Later Harris called for t h e
blacks to withdraw from . H il l
Aud. to participate in the rally.
As Fleming was speaking, over
200 demonstrators continued to
arrive filling up the front aisle,
several side aisles and the back
of the auditorium.
Following Fleming, Dean of the
Medical School William Hubbard
gave the convocation address on
"Compassion and Competence".I
"Lately, there has been a cres-
cendo of negative reaction to sci-
ence," Hubbard said. "Man is a
dichotomy between scientific com-
petence and human compassion."
"But a 'wholistic' perception of
man is needed," he added.
In the middle of Hubbard's
speech the demonstrators left,
chanting and addressing occas-
ional remarks to the audience as
they filed past. I
One black told the group to
"be cool and go on over to the
Diag rally."
A butyric acid stinkbomb was
set off in the interim.
"Competence alone is barren
and compassion is powerless," Hub-
bard concluded after the protest-
ers had left.' "The two are inte-
gral, man needs 'to be perceived
as a whole."

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