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LXXX, No. 144

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, March 27, 1970

Ten Cents

Ten Pages


and black enrollment: 'The credibility gap

Daily News Analysis
How committed is the University
to attaining the Black Action
Movement demand of 10 per cent
black enrollment by fall 1973?
While the Regents last week set
a 'goal" of 10 per cent black en-
rollment by 1973, they indicated a
financial commitment which ad-
ministration officials frankly ad-
mit will not, by itself, make the
admissions program a reality.
As a result, the University ad-
ministration is facing charges-
levelled Wednesday night by sev-
eral Senate Assembly members,
for example-that the disparity be-
tween "goals" and financial com-
mitments constitutes a "credibility

While admitting the disparity
exists, administrators are now ex-
plaining it another way. Stephen
Spurr, vice president and dean of
the graduate school, said yester-
day that the Regents felt the
University could not obtain the
massive financial support neces-
sary for the enrollment program
without a strong show of support
from the faculty for such a move.
"My own belief is that at the
time of the Regents meeting, there
was little time to assess faculty
and student support, and that is
why there was no 'commitment,'"
Spurr said. "This was as far, on
short notice, the Regents could
ccmmit the University."
But now, after the show of sup-
port Wednesday from Senate As-
seimbly, Spurr says he believes it

is much more likely that the 10
per cent goal can be achieved.
BAM leaders remain skeptical,
however. As a prerequisite for
negotiation, they are asking Presi-
dent Robben Fleming to sign a
statement admitting that the Re-
gents' action was "misleading"
and saying that "every effort will
now be made to raise the balance
of the necessary money."
And when Fleming declined to
sign the statement yesterday,
BAM leaders took it as a show of
bad faith and declined to parti-
cipate in negotiations.
Thus. the confusion and dispar-
ity that has existed since the re-
gental action last week continues
to block settlement of the crisis
over black admissions.
In setting the goal of 10 per

cent black admissions, the Regents
committed funds that would, by
1973-74 increase the annual con-
tribution of the University to the
Opportunity Awards Program by
$2 million.
At present. the University gen-
eral fund budget includes $1 mil-
lion for the Opportunity Awards
Program. Under the regental com-
mitment, this would be increased
to $1.5 million in fall, 1970, $2
million in 1971. $2.5 million in
1972, and $3 million in 1973.
But as Spurr explained to Sen-
ate Assembly, this contribution
would still leave the program
about $4.5 million short of the
funds it needs to support 10 per
cent black enrollment.
Including an adjustment for
those black students who do not

need financial aid, Spurr esti-
mates that the average total cost
to the University of increasing
black enrollment by one student
for one year is about $3 000.
Thus. maintaining black enroll-
ment at 10 per cent of the 32.000
student population of the Ann Ar-
bor campus will cost the Univer-
sity about $9 million per year.
With $3 million now committed
by the University, and an addi-
tional $1.5 million coming from
federal sources, another $4.5 mil-
lion will have to be found to make
the goal areality.
On Wednesday, Senate Assem-
bly called on the faculties of the
schools and colleges to make a
clear commitment to help the ad-
ministration fulfill the 10 per cent

goal. This resolution was widely
interpreted by Assembly members
as a request that the individual
budgetary units find funds in their
own budgets or from their own
special outside sources to fund in-
creased black enrollment.
It is the dean and executive
committees in each unit that con-
trol budgetary allocations, how-
ever, not Senate Assembly.
Fleming is meeting with the
deans today amid reports that a
major change 'in the University
position on locating funds for
black enrollment may be announc-
ed-a move which could close the
"gap" created by the Regents' ac-
tion last week, and lead to settle-
ment of the strike called by the
Black Action Movement.

Dice President Spurr












News Editor
President Robben Fleming is expected to announce late
this morning that he has found a method of funding that
will enable the University to make a firm commitment to the
Black Action Movement (BAM) demand for 10 per cent black
enrollment by fall, 1973; informed sources said last night.
At a secret meeting yesterday between Fleming and six
, of the eight Regents, sources said, Fleming -outlined what
he believes to be a solution to the controversy over the
,> demands.

The level of mass demonstration in support of the Black
Action Movement (BAM) increased yesterday as the LSA
Bldg. was sealed off for 2 hours by demonstrators, who later
in the day also disrupted classes in the Law Quad, the Business
Administration Bldg. and the Chemistry Bldg.
Demonstrators also disrupted or did some damage to the
Undergraduate, Law, Math, Physics and Astronomy and
Chemistry Libraries.
A number of windows were broken in the Law Quad.
During the action at the LSA Bldg., which began early
in the morning, demonstrators denied entrance to employes

"to picke
Participants in the class strike

Fle'ming was apparently man-
dated by the Regents to work out
the details of his plan, discuss it
this morning with the deans of
the University's schools and col-
leges, and then make it public.
Fleming swore the Regents to
secrecy after the meeting, and
declined to discuss the issue
last night. However he issued a
short statement saying "I expect
to meet with the deans tomorrow
morning and will have a state-
ment late in the morning."
Regents Robert Brown (R-Kala-

and students. The protesters
linked arms and massed at the
entrance to k e e p personnel
Classes in the~Business Admin-
istration Bldg., Law Quad, and
Chemistry Bldg. were disrupted by
chanting and pounding on im-
provised instruments. Other class-
es around campus were disrupted
by small groups of people, and
some building areas were the tar-
get of stinkbombs, mostly of
butyric acid.

supporting the demands of t h e mazoo) and Paul Goebel (R-Grand
Black Action Movement (BAM) Rapids) were unable to attend the
plan to picket in front of Univer- meeting yesterday, which took
sity residence halls and service place at a secret location, becauseo
buildings today in an attempt to of heavy snows in both their home Piofesso, tastes acid-c(
k e e p non-professional employes cities. However, they were con-
V from reporting to their jobs. tacted by phone.
The plans emerged from a meet- While it is unclear what meth- S Aa
ing in the Michigan Union ball- ods Fleming will use to attempt to!
room last night which drew about finance 10 per cent black enroll-
1200 people. ment, informed sources said the
Speaking at last night's meet- plan "involved some risk" because By LARRY LEMPERT
ing, Ed Fabre, a BAM leader, said it may prove to be unpopular with Cm
that the strike would continue dur- the Legislature, and therefore ad-' Class attendance remained a
ing any negotiations between verseley affect the University in low level yesterday, as voluntary
BAM and President Robben Flem- future appropriations negotiations boycotti cmakdenisrudy
ing on the minority admissions is- with the Legislature. of the strike called by the Black
sue. If Fleming can finalize the plan, Action c Movement.
"No strike has even been called the sources believe, it may prove to veet
Voff while negotiations are in pro- to be a strong enough University Most observers estimated that the
gress, and we're not going to be commitment to achieving 10 per strikes was 75 per cent effective
the first to do so," Fabre said. cent black enrollment to end the in the literary college, although
The picketing will be directed strike. The goal of 10 per cent some estimates were as high as 95
at the University Plant Depart- black enrollment by fall, 1973, is per cent. On a campus-wide scale,
ment, and residence halls and considered to be the major BAM the strike's effectiveness appear ed
pther buildings employing food eand. b. to be lower, in the range of 50
service staff. demand,. to 70 per -cent.
The workers are represented by At yesterday regents meeting, University spokesmen, who esti-
local 1583 of the American Fed- there was some discussion about mated Wednesday that up to 40
eration of State, County, and the possibility of calling the Na- per cent of the literary college was
Municipal Employes (AFSCME). tional guard onto campus, but "affected by the strike," did not
which announced yesterday that there was little outright support issue an estimate yesterday.
it' supported the BAM demands! for this idea, according to other The number of students attend
but would not officially partici- sour ces. ing classes, particularly in t h e
pate in the strike. The meeting capped a long day literary college, appeared to drop|1
Fabre and Darryl Gorman, a of negotiating for Fleming. Early from estimated percentages t h e
member of BAM and Student Gov- yesterday morning, he issued a day before. However, supporters
ernment Council, predicted that statement inviting BAM leaders to of BAM prevented many classes 4
See STRIKERS, Page 6 See FUNDING, Page 6 from being held, even when the

-Daily--Thomas R. Copi
Trashcan stands snowbound (s strike continues

oated library file card

students attending voted to con- ing and li
tinue the class. imal effe
LSA Dean William Hays said Other;
the effect of the strike in the lit- ever, see
erary college was "substantial." affected
The Angell-Mason complex, a cent oft
major classroom building for the lic healtl
literary college, appeared to be classes, a
largely shut down by the strike. es were
Representatives of BAM and the school, o
white Coalition to Support BAM mated t
entered all classes that attempted per cent
to meet in the main auditoriums, The R
declaring that classes were cancel- classes f
led for the day. A large number Represen
of classes were dismissed a f t e r college v
disruption by demonstrators pre- cancel cl
vented professors from teaching. the strike
Some smaller classes met on the The E
first and second floors of Angell tinued to
Hall and Mason Hall. Attendance by the
seemed to be sparse, with an aver- school sh
age of ten people in each class. attendan
The strike in the pharmacy col- Social R
lege, the medical school, and the totally. F
schools of natural resources, nurs- ISR said




ibrary science had a min-
schools and colleges, how-
med to be substantially
by the strike. Forty per
the students in the pub--
h school did not attend
although nearly all class-
held. In the education
one teaching fellow esti-
hat the strike was 60-70
esidential College held no
or the second day. The
tative Assembly of the
voted Tuesday night to
asses for the duration of
ngineering School con-
o be virtually unaffected
strike. Wednesday the
owed only a light drop in
esterday, the Institute of
esearch was shut down
Prof. Donald Michael of
it was his feeling that
tute had been closed be-
fear of trashing. How-
ers said the closing was
t of BAM.
onomics department has
sed down since Wednes-
xn groups of students dem-
within the Economics
partment chairman Har-

Prof. William Frankena argued
with demonstrators for more than
20 minutes before dismissing his
class. Several students stayed be-
hind to argue with the demonstra-
tors in this and in many other
disrupted classes.
Coordinating the "classroom en-
tertainmenf' from the Fishbowl,
coalition members stressed that
the main purpose, before shutting
classes down, was to talk to stu-
dents who still were opposing the
Arguments in classrooms center-
ed around the BAM demands for
increased minority enrollment and
the disruption of classrooms.
Many students objected that they
should be able to attend classes
if they so desired.
BAM supporters responded that
enforcing the strike was the only
non-violent way BAM could urge
the University to reconsider i t s

Incidents in the libraries around
campus varied from simple actions
to cases of trashing by spraying
materials with fire extinguishers.
The day's activities began yes-
terday morning about 7 a.m. as
rain poured down on a, group of
people gathered at the Adminis-
tration Bldg. to listen to instruc-
tions. They then walked across
the snow in Regents Plaza to the
LSA Bldg., where they began to
seal it off.
About 20 people were in the
building when the demonstrators
blocked off -all entrances and ex-
its to administrators, students,
faculty, staff, or anyone else not
in solidarity with the demon-
The group was light-hearted,
and sang at various times to keep
themselves in spirit.
"I've got a feeling;
I got a feeling, brother
I got a feeling
BAM's going to shut this
mother down
Ain't going to be no shitting
No one entered the building'
after the demonstrators establish-
ed their lines. The demonstrators
informed people that they could
See PROTESTS, Page 6

The American Federation of
State, County and Municipal Em-
ployes (AFSCME), the union
which represents most University
non-academic employes, last night
passed a motion to support all
Black Action Movement demands.
In addition several more Uni-
versity staff and faculty groups
yesterday gave their official sanc-
tion to the strike called by BAM.
About 30 persons including rep-
resentatives of AFSCME, BAM
and the Coalition to Support BAM
attended the union's meeting.
According to a coalition spokes-
man, the union's contract with the
University prevents its members
from striking for any non-union
issue. He said however, that"union
members who say they fear. bodily
harm, can refuse to cross picket
lines without fear of being penal-
In accordance with the AFSCME'
vote, a group of students voted last
night to begin picketing the resi-
dence halls and University Plant
Dept. at 5 a.m. in an effort to pre-_
vent food and service employes
from entering.
If the workers do not cross the
picket lines, heat and water will
not be provided in the dorms and
dorm food service will be sus-
The governing faculty of the
School of Social Work yesterday
passed a seven point resolution
pledging a budget reallocation to
assist the University in meeting
the demands, a student faculty
committee to monitor the plan-
ning involved in meeting the de-
mands, an increase in social work
school recruitment and admission
of black students, priority alloca-
tion of scholarships to black and
other minority groups, a curricu-
lum more relevant to blacks, a
comprehensive program of sup-
portive services and an increase
in hiring of blacks and minorities
for faculty and staff positions.
In a similar resolution, the fac-
ulty of the School of Library
Science voted unanimously to
"pledge itself to the attainment in
its School of 10 per cent black
enrollment, hv 1973-74." The li-


the Instit
cause of
ever, oth
in suppor
The ec
been close
day, when
Bldg. Dep

Release LSA results;
install SGC officers

The strike:

Waiting, watching


Canes pounding against 'bar-
rels - hollow, dented barrels,
thud after thud, beat after beat,
pounding, stomping, screaming
it down; shut it down, shut it
down, shut it down.
This is how the c a m p u s
sounded yesterday with people
wondering about the strike.
Would the strike fizzle or would
it explode? Would the admin-
istration do battle or would it
capitulate? There seemed little

was asked with few answers.
Strikers, in fact, had diffi-
culty enunciating why they got
up at such an hour.
The demands are just, the Re-
gents are wrong, one woman re-
marked, and the strike was the
only tactic. But it seemed in-
tuitively obvious to her - be-
yond the realm of ,verbal re-
sponse - that she would get up
for the actions, no matter what
the hour. She shrugged at oth-
er questions and increased her

vey Brazer said the department sA
will be closed down until "condi- Results of the new LSA Student
tions are conducive to learning Government and Student Govern-
and teaching." ment Council elections were cer-
Students not supporting t he tified yesterday by the Credentials
strike were urged throughout the and Rules committee of SGC.
day to-stop attending classes by In the LSA election, Dave Brand
people manning picket lines and and Brian Ford won the presiden-
large groups of demonstrators tial and vice presidential race with
marching through the Business 51 per cent of the vote, the major-
Administration Bldg., the L a w ity that is required by the new
Quad and the Chemistry Bldg. InI LSA government's constitution.
addition, stink bombs were set off Had they been unable to obtain a
a , ,stn b bswesmajority, a runoff election would
in vra manrhnldiar ,..t_, ainf

Littleton (512), Rebecca Schenk
(498), Gene Kallenberg (481), Ray
Karpinski (446), and Ann Grover
Elected to half year terms on
the Executive Council were Bob
Schwartz (405), Jeff Tirengel
(389), and Jerry Cole (365).
Student Government Council in-
stalled its new members at their
weekly meeting last night, with
Marty Scott taking over the pres-
idential post from incumbent Mar-
ty McLaughlin, and Jerry De-
Grieck suceeding Marc Van Der


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