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WoI. LXXX, No. 142

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, March 25, 1970

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

Support for the Black Ac.
tion Movement grew yester-
day, as the number of Uni-
versity groups endorsing
BAM's demands and class
. strike continued to increase.
One spokesman for the Coali-
tion to Support BAM claimed
that over 200 teaching fellows
and 100 faculty members h a v e
pledged to cancel their classes un-
til the strike is settled to BAM's
At a meeting yesterday after- t
noon, 78 members of the Institute
for Social Research voted to shut
down the ISR if possible to show
kis support for the strike.
Two hundred twenty-eight em-
ploycs of the ISR, ranging from
secretaries to project directors,









The Black Action Movement's classroom strike has pick-
ed up, momentum since Monday, University spokesmen said
late yesterday.
Spokesmen estimated that 40 to 50 per cent of the literary
college is affected by the strike while the Coalition to Sup-
port BAM estimates that attendance in he college is "an
easy 55 per cent down." The same group estimates that total
University attendance is "down at least 30 per cent."
Student estimates of literary college attendance were
much more liberal ranging from 50 to 80 per cent;absence.
In Angell and Mason Halls, the number of students in
classes tended to fall as the day went on and as the strike

-Daily-Jim Judk
Tiny sympathizer stands in BAM picket line


House moves
postal I'pay bil
i WASHINGTON Ap'} - The three-month old congressional
deadlock over a postal pay boost was broken yesterday but
officials say the dispute is not yet near settlement.
Rep., Gale McGee (D-Wyo), chairman of the House Post
Office Committee, who had refused to work out a pay bill
without a pledge from President Nixon not to veto it, eased
his-position and scheduled a House-Senate conference on the
Nssue for today.
But McGee warned Congress not to consider any bill
final until Secretary of Labor George Shultz works out a
settlement with the postal unions.
. McGee said that he will not agree to Nixon's plan to
give postal workers a 5.4 per cent raise in addition to a general

SGC seeks
polls outside
picket lines

>5.7 per cent increase for all
federal employes.
House speaker John McCormack
told newsmen he understood the
House and Senate were ready to
go to conference on a pay bill in-
cluding an 11 per cent pay hike.
McGee said this proposal, which
would boost postmen's salary to a
range of $6,769 to $9,286 a year
from the present range of $6176:

,have signed a statement pledg-
ing support for the BAM demands.
The statenent asks the ISR pol-
icy board to take a similar stand
and requests that no retaliation
be taken against those who strike.
The policy, board, made up of
nine representatives from the var-
ious units within the ISR, w ill
draft a statement this morning
giving the ISR's official position
on the BAM demands.
The Residential College last
nightvoted overwhelmingly to can-
cel all classes for the duration of
the strike. The-. college's -Repre-
sentative Assembly also unani-
mously passed a set of demands is-
sued by the black students, facul-
ty, and staff of the RC.
The demands included institut-
ing and financially supporting a
recruitment program for black
high school students, hiring black
counselors, beginning a black or-
ientation program for incoming
freshmen, instituting a black cul-
tural lounge, and developing a
black studies curriculum. A final
demand calls for setting aside one,
third of the RC library budget
for materials selected by RC
Students in the College also or-
ganized a "support the strike
wake-up program." A committee
was organized to awaken students
so they can participate in the
day's strike activities rather than
merely remain away from classes.
The assembly also voted to hold
a referendum to determine wheth-
er . RC students should assess
t h e m s e l v e s an undetermined
amount to fund a black scholar-
ship fund.
A petition sent out by the
Markley Hall Council showed 470
of Markley's 700 residents sup-
porting both the strike and the de-
mands -and 70 "flatly opposed."
The education school faculty
decided yesterday to support the
BAM demands and to "urge the
Administration to take immediate
action to renegotiate a resolution
on the matter."
Earlier yesterday, black educa-
tion school faculty members sign-
ed a statement asking the support
of the school's faculty in honoring
the strike. A spokesman said the
See SUPPORT, Page 8

activities increased.
Teaching fellows and professors
interviewed in the early morning
found attendance to range from
60 per cent to normal.
While some of the classes stuck
to scheduled topics, many classes
devoted time to discussing t h e
Towards afternoon, attendance
dropped drastically.
"There's no one around here,"
Paul Rosenzweig said of the Eng-
lish department's teaching fellow
offices. "Its really empty."
Students walking through the
halls had similar comments about
the number of empty classrooms
in Angell and Mason Halls.
"The only people in the build-
ing are those striking," a picketing
student in the fishbowl said.
Students and faculty members
were not the only people sup-
porting the BAM strike, however.
At least two secretaries - one in
the philosophy department and
one in LSA ceunseling - and
some student janitors also struck.
In morning language classes at
the Frieze Bldg. attendance aver-
aged from 50 to 70 per cent of
In History 332, a lecture class of
about 500, a professor offered a
non-punitive makeup exam for
those not wanting to break the
The social work school was al-
most completely shut down yester-
day. "I didn't see one social work
student, professor or class w it h
the exception of those participat-
ing in the picket line," one student
looking for classes said.
Other colleges were only lightly
According to both faculty and
student sources, the engineering
college remained relatively isolated
from the effects of the BAM
Many students attending chem-
istry lectures and labs yesterday
said that support for BAM was
widespread among both the faculty
and students in the chemistry de-
partment. Chemistry Prof. Richard
Copeland offered to give makeup
lectures to students who felt that
they couldn't attend classes yes-
Today's strike activity will in-
elude a X7:45 a.m. Diag meeting to
organize picketing and a noon
rally followed by a march through
central campus classroom build-
ings, a BAM spokesman said.

-Daily-Jim Judkis
MASSES OF DEMONSTRATORS, above, block traffic in front of the Michigan Union. Below,
students listen to BAM speakers on the Diag.,

President Robben Fleming yes-
terday informed several executive
officers and deans that, in hip
judgment, the Regents would be
very opposed to modifying their
plan for increased minority en-
rollment to bring it more in line
with the demands of the Black
Action Movement (BAM).
"Getting any further conces-
sions from the Regents would be
very nearly impossible to do, and
I'm not sure we should modify
the regental plan,' Fleming told
the administrators at a special,
closed-door meeting.
The meeting was apparently
called to discuss the current class
strike ledhbym AM and to claify
what the minority enrollment
plan would mean to each school
and college at the University.
The regental plan, adopted at
last Thursday's Regents meeting,
established a goal of 10 per cent
black enrollment by the 19734
academic year, with a guaranteed
minimum enrollment of between
five and six per cent.
The BAM demands call for a
commitment by the University to
a guaranteed enrollment of 10
per cent black students and pro-
pose an ultimate commitment to
a black enrollment equal to the
percentage of college-age blacks
living in the state.
The executive officers - the
vice presidents and President
Fleming - claim that a financial
aid commitment which would
bring guaranteed black enroll-
ment above five or six per cent
would be unrealistic because the
University might be unable to Rl-
locate the required funds. BAM
and its supporters maintain that
the funds required to guarantee
a black enrollment of 10 per cent
could be provided by an overall
reordering of the University's
budget priorities.
At yesterday's closed meeting,
Vice President for Academic Af-
See REVIEW, Page 8 ,


W Omdsmen bIo
nBy W. E. SCHROCK had split from then att



By J. B. DAVIS to $8,442, is. a reasonable plan.
The Credential and Rules Com- But, he added, it remains to be
mittee of the Student Government seen whether Congress will go that
Council met last night to settle a high.
dispute over election booth loca-
tions. , James Rademacher, president of
SGC decided last Saturday that the AFL-CIO National Associa-
voting booth would be located tion of Letter Carriers, said he felt
no in bootk Aon Mocaed there would be complete mail de-
behind Black Action Movement livery today except in the New
(,AM) picket lines. Yesterday, York area and half a dozen cities
however, voting booths in the in New Jersey.
Fishbowl, East and West Engi-
neering Buildings, and the School Postmaster General Winton
-of Business Administration vio- Blount refused tq say whether the
fated this directive, . striking workers would be given
After a half hour discussion of amnesty as union leaders have ask-
the issue last night, committee ed. The striking workers could
members decided that no action face one year imprisonment and
could be taken without the advice ft
of SGC members. In New York, mail Was picked up
After contacting a number of and sorted by troops ordered there
*council members by phone, SGC by President Nixon. The troops
See SGC, Page 8 made no home deliveries of mail,

Approximately 200 women ob-
structed traffic at two University
parking structures an~d three in-
tersections yesterday. The actions
were taken in protest of Regental
decision dn Black Action M o v e-
ment (BAM) demands.
Most of the white women sup-
porting the BAM women in the
demonstration were members of
Women's Liberation.
Early in the afternoon, a BAM
sponsored march attracted 1000
demonstrators. Later, approxi-
mately 350 women marched to the
presidential tea at Couzens dormi-
tory where they questioned Presi-
dent Robben Fleming about his ac-
tions dealing with the BAM de-
The day's actions began early,
as demonstrators began arriving
in the Diag-Fishbowl area soon af-
ter 7 a.m. The women immediate-
ly separated from the men; a n d
talked among themselves on the
Graduate Library steps until about
7:35, when they split into t w o
groups and left the Diag.
About 25 of the women then pro-
ceded to the Thompson street
parking structure where they
blocked the driveway by marching
back and forth with picket signs.
A pair of University security of-
ficials attempted to direct traffic
through the demonstration, but
the women were almost entirely
successful in preventing cars from
When police arrived, the picket-
ers moved away from the entrance

The second group hadz
the Thayer St. parkingc
where the women blocke
at both the entrance
exit. Each car was held
five minutes while its d
talked to by a membe
group. A few cars for
way into the structurem
drivers on Thayer made
yells and gestures and ra
engines in response to th

the Diag. Not particularly bothered by the
moved to occasional police who drove by,
structure the women became upset only!
ad traffic when University security officers,
and the including Chief Security Officer'
d up for Rolland Gainsley, tried to force
river was the women from the entrance.
r of the "They have a right to get in,
ced their now, don't you forget it. They
while the have a right to get in," Gainsley
obscene said.
iced their
t demon- One woman joked, "I guess
See WOMEN, Page 8


Regents say ac tion u nlikely

The Regents have indicated that it is
unlikely that they will meet with students
to discuss their action on the BAM de-
In interviews last night, all but one of
the eight Regents said they believed it
unnecessary to meet with the students at
this time.
A special meeting of the Regents may be
called by the President of the University
or upon request of three Regents.
"I think the students are unfair, un-
reasoning, unthinking, and extremely
short-sighted," said Regent Lawrence Lin-
demer. "I have absolutely no temper to
meet with them at this time. I'm -fed up."
Regents William Cudlip and Robert

"When you are negotiating with someone
who doesn't trust you, you have to sit down
and work it out with them. I'll do anything
to help."
Regent Otis Smith also said he is willing
to meet with students, but is not sure it
is needed. He. did say he thought the Re-
gent would be willing to meet in a "non-
emotional, non-physical, non-intimidating
Regent Robert Nederlander also express-
ed unwillingness to meet, and said he hoped
the administration could communicate the
Regents' reasons for their action to the
faculty and students.
Regents Dunn, and Goebel refused to
comment on the possibility of meeting with

students to 10 per cent by 1973-74. The
program has been criticized--by students
who believe it expresses no actual commit-
ment to the 10 per cent figure, but only
expresses a desire to work towards the goal.
In addition, students charge that the,
Regents did not commit sufficient money
.for the Opportunity Award Program and
for hiring recruiters.
"The students were very earnest and so
were we," said Mrs. Huebner. "We wanted
to aet responsibly. I thought we went far
"The board has to put itself into a cred-
ible position," said Nederlander "We felt
10 per cent is a good goal but are not sure
we will be able to come thirough with it.1

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