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Vol. LXXX, No. 143 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, March 26, 1970

Ten Cents

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gove rnment
Students elected M a r t y
Scott and Jerry DeGrieck as
;president and executive vice
president of Student Govern-
ment Council last night with
1,968 votes out of a total of
5,186 cast.
In addition, students elected five
members to SGC for full year and
A two for half year terms.
Elected to full terms were Darryl
Gorman, (1,545 votes), J oan
Martin, (1,432), Dale Oesterle (1,-l
289), Cynthia Stevens (1,248); Bill
Thee (1,129).
Elected to half year terms were
Jim Zimmerman (882), and Bruce.
Wilson (798).
In the same election, literary
college students approved 'a new
studentsbody constitution, a n d
elected Dave Brand;anid Brian

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uav Acaau, ai JPlai , By ROBERT KRAFTOWITZ
Ford as president and vice presi-
dent under the constitution. Senate Assembly last night
wk With over 90 per cent of 2,900 called on the faculty in each
bllots counted at 2 a.m. this school and college, and in each
morning, Brand and Ford had department, to work With the
1,123 votes. 'Bob Nelson and Ray jUniversity administration to-
Littleton were second with 640
votes while the slate of Gerald wards achieving the 10 per
Cole and Andrew Hoffman re- cent black student enrollment
,ceived 309 votes. goal set by the Regents for the
In addition, students voted over- 1973-74 academic year.
whelmingly in favor of retaining Meeting in special session, the
the current tri-mester system. The University-wide faculty represent-
vote was: trimester 4,434, semester active body passed a unanimous
301, quarter system 304. resolution which, in effect, urged
A second referendum, asking that the budget of each individual
that students assess themselves academic unit at the University be
$3 apiece for the Martin Luther a source of the funds required to
wing Scholarship Fund, won ap- meet the 10 per cent goal.
proval 3251-1632. The regental plan for increas-
Students also approved three ing minority enrollment called for;
out of four parts of a referendum an allocation of about $2 million
on University built low cost hous- over the next four years, which
ing. Location of 1.000 emergency would guarantee a minimum black
units by fall, construction of 5,000 enrollment of between five and
permanent units as soon as pas- seven per cent.
Osible. and tenant control of hous- It is estimated that an addi-
ing policies all won approval by tional $4.5 million must be ob-
large margins, tained from within the budgets
A proposal to open the low cost of each school and college, and
housing to the whole community sources outside the University,
was turned down, however. such as state and federal scholar-
The LSA Constitution won over- Speking at last niht's Assem-
uwhelming approval by the tally of bly meeting. Vice President for
2096-206, again with 95 per cent Academic Affairs Allan Smith
of the vote counted at 2 a.m placed great emphasis on alloca-
I hope to see LSA student gov- tion of funds by the academic|
ernment emerge as a powerful units toward increased black en-
agent of student voice in the lit rol'ment.
school. Furthermore, I am person- "To achieve the goal (of 10 per
ally committed to the BAM de- cent), we must use the school and
mands and the strike, and will college budgets." Smith said.
work to mobilize support of stu- The resolution passed by Assem-
dents and faculty to the fullest bly stated: "The Senate Assembly
extent," Brand said. realizes that attainment of 10 per
Scott said last night he con- cent black enrollment by 1973-74
siders the BAM demands and the requires the clear commitment by
class strike as the most important faculties of schools and depart-!
immediate issue facing Council. ments. the place where the ad-
Scott and DeGrieck have called missions and initial budgetary de-
for the implementation of BAM's cisions are made.
demands for increased black ad- "Therefore, the Senate Assem-
missions. They also support parity bly strongly urges faculties within
student voting power on academic schools and departments to workr
committees and say they will no with the administration to achieve
longer tolerate ROTC. military re- this enrollment."
crusting and military research at Tn related a c t i o n, Assembly
# the University. tabled a motion which would have
called for the prompt establish-
In the race for one vacant stu- ment of a University-wide com-
dent seat on the Board for Stu- mission to investigate University!
dent Publications, Jay Hirschman, budgetary procedures, and make
'73, defeated Richard Ross 919- recommendations for implement-
665. Hirschman will serve a two- in h eetlga f 10 pe
ing the regental goal of 10 per
year terni. cent black enrollment.
. A delay in .countirfg the ballots Assembly also tabled a third mo-
Pearly this morning in the literary tion which would have urged the
college election made unavailable faculty members in each school
the results of the race for the and college to commit one per-
Executive Council of the college, a centage point of their next salaryt
10-man board completely of stu- increase toward funding a black
dents, newly created under the enrollment of 10 per cent.
constitution. However, in allocating funds for
Nineteen candidates were vying increase black enrollment the fac-
~for the 10 posts. i See ADMISSIONS, Page 8

AnEditorial ..
AS THE STRIKE supporting the Black Action Movement
enters its fifth day, it is increasingly clear that the growing
frustration among many students is leading to disruptions and
acts of violence against property on campus. These actions must
be seen as a direct result of the Regents' inadequate action last
Thursday on the issue of minority admissions.
We believe the destruction of property and the disruptive
activities that took place on campus today were unwise because
they are likely only to lose support for BAM. But it must be
recognized that these activities were directly provoked by the
unresponsiveness and intransigence of the Regents and the
In light of the present situation, the administration is faced I
with a crucial choice: Either call in the police to restore the
status quo under which the University has operated for years,
or agree to the BAM demands.
FOR OUR PART, the choice is clear. The BAM demands for,
10 per cent black enrollment with adequate supportive
services arc, if anything, a modest program for re-orienting the
priorities of the University so that it meets its responsibility to
the black people of this state.
The $2 million the Regents have agreed to allocate for this
program falls far short of the financial commitment that is
needed to make 10 per cent black enrollment a reality. President
Robben Fleming has admitted this too, saying that money will
have to be obtained from the state or federal government or from
private sources.
The question of black admissions is so important to the I
University that funds should be found internally so that the
program can be carried out whether or not outside support is
located. This will require a major re-ordering of University
priorities in all budgetary units. Such a transformation must be
undertaken immediately.
WE CONTINUE to find the response of the Regents and the
administration to these demands entirely inadequate. A
"goal" of 10 per cent does not, as Fleming has frankly pointed
out, constitute a firm commitment.
The position expressed Monday by seven of the eight Regents
- that it is unnecessary to reconsider their decision - is intoler-
able. We can only interpret this as an unfortunate invitation to
violence that they, themselves, have made through their unwill-
ingness to respond to more peaceful actions.
A swift and just response from the Regents to the black
demands is long overdue. We call on the Regents to hold a special
meeting immediately to accept the BAM demands and begin
re-ordering University priorities so that they truly meet the
needs of all the people.
Flemi ngagrees to
discuss demiands
President Robben Fleming said yesterday he is willing
to meet with leaders of the Black Action Movement (BAM)
to discuss the BAM demands. However, it was unclear last
night whether BAM will accept the offer.
In a statement issued last night, BAM said Fleming's
offer would not affect the class strike.
"The strike will not only continue, it will be accelerated,"

Attendance in literary col-
lege classes appeared to drop
below 40 per cent yesterday, as
the number of participants in
the classroom strike called by
the Black Action Movement
(BAM) increased at least 10
per cent in the strike's fourth
Spokesmen for the white Coali-
tion to Support BAM estimated
that at least 60 per cent of the
literary college and 40 per cent
of the entire University commun-
ity were on strike. University
spokesmen, however, had lower es-
timates on the strike's success.
They reported that up to 40 per
cent of the students in the liter-
ary college "were affected by the
strike in some way."
Estimates of attendance in the
departments of the various schools
and colleges ranged from "prac-
tically normal" in the music and
engineering school, to "virtually
nonexistant" in the School of
Social Work.
The education school w a s
95 per cent closed down, ac-
cording to Students for Edu-
cational Innovation Presi-
dent Mike Vander Velde. Faculty
members gave more conservative
estimates of 50 to 70 per cent..
The Residential College held no
classes yesterday in accordancea
with its vote Tuesday to cancel
classes for the duration of t h e
Other schools were not as heav-
ily affected. Neither the medical
school nor the law school showed
a large dip in attendance. M o s t
students in the two schools agreed
'there is too much work to leavel
The engineering school also
showed only a light drop in at-
tendance. One student estimated
that at most the strike was five
per cent effective.
But other schools and colleges
- from the School of Public
Health with an estimated 60 per
cent decrease in attendance to
the School of social Work with
an over 90 per cent drop - reflect-
ed the growing support for the
The number of students in
classes in Angell and Mason Halls
continued to decrease as the day
wore on. Estimates of strike ef-
fectiveness in those halls ranged
from 50 to 80 per cent, observers
Strikers continued to disrupt c
classes as they have been doing a
all week. In one lecture three peo-
ple dressed as Ku Klux Klan mem-
bers entered and "applauded"
those attending as being "our kind l1
of people." They "thanked" the a

Dozens of University classes
were disrupted yesterday as
crowds of up to 2,000 people
marched through Central
Campus singin, chanting and
banging on cans.
The demonstrators swarmed in-
to more. than 10 classroom build-
ings and the Undergraduate Lib-
rary in a militant protest to sup-
port Black Actin Movement
(BAM) demands for increased
minority admissions.
Over 1,500 people filled Regents
Plaza in the afternoon to hear
the outcome of a meeting between
President Robben Fleming and re-
presentatives of the black faculty
and BAM.
Fleming said he is willing to talk
with BAM leaders on demands
that the University commit itself
to insuring 10 per cent black en-
rolhnent by 1973-74 and providing
ncessary recruiting and supportive
Earlier in the day a group of
about 75 black students wielding
clubs and steel pipes broke several
windows and flooded the floor of
the Chemistry Bldg.
Yesterday's events marked the
fourth day of a class strike to sup-
port the BAM demands. Previous
action consisted mainly of build-
ing entrance picketing and yester-
day marked the filrst use of mass
disruptive tactics.
Although there are no official
estimates it appeared that attend-
ance had dropped at least 60 per
cent in the literary college yester-
The day's activities began with
extensive picketing of classroom
building entrances before 8 a.m.
by members of the white Coalition
to Support BAM.
Hundreds of people participated
during the day In the picket
around several schools including
the education and business ad-
ministration schools and the E.
and W. Engineering and Physics
and Astronomy Bldgs.
At 10:20 a.m. the group of 75
blacks appeared on the Diag, bang-
ing clubs on steel ashtrays and
waste-cans. Gathering together,
they entered the Chemistry Bldg.
Several chemistry lecture classes
were dismissed while the demon-
strators stormed through the.
building, smashing some reagent
bottles and removing fire exting-
uishers from the walls.
The group then moved to the
W. Engineering Bldg. where the
protesters tramped through the
halls trying to shut it down."
Several dozen classes were can-
celled during the disruption.
When professors and students
refused to stop class, 10 or 15
demonstrators would enter the
classroom to discuss the demands
or bang and shout until the in-
structor told the students to go
The 75 blacks paused on the
f steps of the W. Engineering Bldg.
about 11 a.m. A BAM leader urg-
ed the group to get together and
ordered, amid some grumbling,
that the protest be non-destruc-
As the protesters entered the
building, d o z ens of students
Astreamed out,apparentlysorder-
ed to leave after word of the ear-
lier disruptions reached instruc-
The demonstrators walked down
S. University to the Law Quad
where they held a short strategy
session. BAM leaders told t h e

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
Throng jams street, stops traffic
Strike support,
continues to grow
A flurry of statements supporting the Black Action
Movement (BAM) classroom strike or its demands for in=
reased minority admissions were issued yesterday by student
and, faculty groups as well as off-campus organizations.
Today's strike activities will be coordinated by strike
workers divided into groups of 25 to 30 persons, all under the
eadership of one individual Each group plans to enter classes
,nd ask to discuss the strike and the BAM demands.

- BAM's statement said
Fleming made his statement during a meeting yesterday
i erl Fafternoon with over 60 black students, faculty and staff
members in the Regents Room of the Administration Bldg.,
while over 1500 strike sup-
porters waited outside on Re-
reporte on campus gents Plaza. Vice President
Sand Dean of Graduate Studies td
By JIM BEATTIE Ithe Under graduate Libramy. San- Stephen Spurr also attended
, Disruptions of various Univer - ford Security officers and Ann the meeting. .
sity functions increased yesterday, A bor' police were called to the "I am willing to sit down with
as a fire, two bomb threats and a scene. Theyi summoned a bomb the leader-s of BAM and go over
smoke bombing were all reported. squad from Selfridge Air Force these demands one by one," Flem-
It is unclear whether there is base in Mt. Clemens to deal with ing said.
any relation between these izci- $the problem. But Fleming came under heavy
dents and the current classroom Sanford Security men decided to fire from the black faculty mem-
strike-called by the Black Action clear the UGLI as a precaution bers who demanded a re-ordering
Movement (BAM). about 6:15, and students were al- of the University's priorities, a
At about 6:30 p.m., a fire wasIlowed to re-enter the building a written University commitment to
set in the Student Counseling Of- little over an hour later when it the goal of 10 per cent black ad-
fice on the first floor 'of Angell was determined that the package missions by 1973-74, and a state-
L Ao11 d1,PCt.mvi - ,.a .,,,1 n,. (nntnaid Anl, snm li 'itera. Inet this morning frnnm Flming

students for refusing to "support If the group is not permitted to address the class, disrup-
niggers and long-haired com-
munists." tions may occur, spokesmen said last night.
See ATTENDANCE, Page 8 This action will occur until a noon Diag rally and may
continue d u r i n g the after-
1 noon.
The support statements drafted
Y yesterday follow the release of
similar positions issued since the
strike began. However, yesterday's
surpassed the past days' state-
ments both in number and in the
diversity of groups.,
One hundred and forty faculty
members and students from the
School of Architecture and De-
sign signed a petition in support
of the BAM demands in addition
to one backing the strike.
The staff members of the Cen-
ter for Research on Conflict Res-
olution voted overwhelmingly not

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