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'THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Fridoy, March 27, 1 970

Page Si~c 'THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, March 27, 1970

'U' LIBRARIES TRASHED
Protests, disruptions continue

AFSCME backs BAM

(Continued from page f)
not get in and linked together if
the individual tried to force his
way in.
The group left the LSA build-
ing a few minutes after 10 a.m.
and moved on to the Business
Administration Bldg. University
security officials showed up at
the LSA Bldg. the same time the
demonstrators left.
When the crowd swarmed into
the Business Administration Bldg.,
they found a group of students
from the Coalition to Support
BAM already there. The coalition
group had set up an informational
table and had been attempting
to talk to business administration
classes.
Regarding the success of these
classroom raps, a coalition "build-
ing captain" said, "This place is
hopeless."
One black speaker announced,
"There are people upstairs who
have locked themselves into class-
rooms. We are going to have to
show them that classes are not
going on as usual."
'At 10:30 a.m. a large number
of students moved upstairs to the
third floor' and proceeded to
pound on the locked doors of class-
rooms in time to a rhythm beated
out on waste baskets and metal
upright ashtrays. The noise was
powerful and tremendous.
Eventually the mass of the
strikers settled into the lobby of'
the building and set up an "alga-
mated r h y t h m section with
chorus."
Barbara Newell, acting vice
president for student affairs, was
moving through the crowd talking
with BAM leaders and other peor
ple around this time.
After hearing a professor from
the Law School speak about the
Law School's special attempts to
i n c r e a s e minority.. admissions,
BAM Leader Edwin Fabre spoke.
He talked about an Engineer-
ing College's program that will
bring at least 10 per cent black
enrollment to that college by
1971-72.
He talked about th' day's pro-
test actions.
"Again, I don't think that it is
a question of losing what we
have," Fabre said, referring to the
increased militancy of the strike.
"Nothing minus nothing is noth-
"ng ."
A little later in the rally, Fabre
said that BAM leadership plans to
meet with Fleming and the Ex-
ecutive Officers at 1 p.m. and
that the crowd should wait at a
rally in the Law Quad until an
announcement could be made
about the outcome of that meet-
ing.
"If we can't say at 1:45 that
there has been progress, then
we're going to shut this place
down," he concluded.
Some of the crowd, directed to
go to Hutchins Hall, went there
immediately and stayed while
others broke for lunch.
Tht activities at Hutchins Hail
began about 12:10 p.m. and con-
Strikers to
picket dorm
emp oyes
(Continued from page 1)
negotiations with Fleming would'
begin today.
"We've made a point that can-
not be turned away from," said
Fabre, estimating the success of
the class strike.
Fabre predicted at the meeting
that food service workers in the
residence halls, and other mem-
bers of AFSCME "won't cross the
picket lines tomorrow." He said
the success of the picketing was
important in determining whether

the strike, now in its sixth day,'
will continue.
"We need a lot of people (to
picket) the plant department,"
Fabre said, "That's what makes
the University run."
The picketing will begin this
morning at 5 a.m. at residence
halls and other University build-
ings which employ food service
workers. It was unclear when the
picketing of the. plant department
would begin.
There will be another meeting
at 5 p.m. in the Union ballroom:
today to discuss future strike tac-
tics.
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sisted of a panel that discussed
the BAM demands and the strike
with law students.
Before the forum was over,
over 20 law students pledged to
work for the strike.
BAM leadership came in at 1:40
p.m. to announce the outcome of
the meeting with Fleming.
Madison Foster, a black faculty
member, explained to the crowd
that both BAM and the adminis-
tration agreed that the present
funding would not meet the 10
per cent enrollment goal set by
the Regnts.
He said that BAM had asked for
a public statement from Fleming
saying the 10 per cent goal is
"misleading."
The crowd then became more
animated. Beating on walls, doors,
waste baskets, pounding their feet
and clapping their hands, about
300 people moved through the
Law Quad disrupting many class-
es. In room 150, a large lecture
hall, demonstrators danced on
tables while those law students
who did not leave sat in chairs
and watched.
Someone scribbled on the black-
board, "W are talking language
you understand. All power to the
people."
In moving through the Law
Quad, demonstrators broke a few
windows and attempted to destroy
two plaques on the wall. Some
law students stood by in protec-
tion of anything that might get
easily broken.
Part of the group - moved
throughout the building, including
the Law Library.
By 2:45 p.m. the remaining
demonstrators decided to join
those that left a few minutes be-
fore and go to West Quad.
The bulk of the group marched
through the main lobby of West
Quad and rallied in front of the
Administration Bldg. in a driving
blizzard of snow.
Funding *plan
expected today
from Fleming
(Continued from page 1)
meet with him to negotiate the
BAM demands "one by one."
At a subsequent 1 p.m. meeting.
the BAM leaders told Fleming
they wanted him to issue a state-
ment delineating the University
position on the admissions de-
mand.
BAM proposed a three-para-
graph statement for Fleming to
sign, or use as a model for his own
statement, including an admission
by the University that the regental
action on black enrollment was
misleading. It blamed "confusion"
on varying interpretations of
statement made by University of-
ficials. It would have committed
the University to raising the bal-
ance of necessary money to sup-
port the 10 per cent enrollment
goal..
Fleming declined to sign that
statement at the meeting, but
promised he would attempt to
draft something acceptable to both
sides. The meeting then broke up.
BAM leaders went back to the
Law Quad to wait for a statement,
and Fleming went to the Admin-
istration Bldg. to work on a draft.
He did not finish a statement be-
fore it was time for him to leave
for his secret meeting with the
Regents.
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Fabre announced that BAM
leadership was going to meet, and
that one certain individual would
give orders till they heard other-
wise.
He then read a letter marked
"confidential" which, he said was
from Prof. C. G. Overberger,
chairman of the chemistry de-
partment, which said that if dem-
onstrators came to disrupt classes
in the Chemistry Bldg. that teach-
ers should not attempt to do any-
thing beyond identifying people.
They should "keep a smile" on
their faces, and "enjoy the circus,"
Fabre claimed the letter said.
Fabre said, "There is a ques-
tion here, wether people should
take the circus to places like the
Chemistry Building."
The crowd soon thereafter head-
ed to the Chemistry Building.
Leaving Regent's Plaza at 3:00
p.m., the crowd moved f i r s t
through the LSA Bldg. lobby, then
through Angell Hall to the Fish-
bowl and then through Mason
Hall to the Chemistry Building.
Splitting into two groups, the
demonstrators moved through the
building disrupting classes and
labs. Although one window was
broken, demonstrators did not has-
sle people physically and leaders
kept the demonstrators-'from trash-
ing laboratories.
The fire alarm went off and
on as the demonstrators moved
through the building. It was es-
sentially the same type of noise
disruption as had taken place in
the Law Quad.
About 3:35 p.m. the demon-
strators left the building. Re-
grouping outside, they talked and
chanted "BAM, BAM, BAM BAM
BAM."
A little before 4 p.m. t h e group
moved into the Natural Resources
bldg. to get warm, and soon there-
after decided to go home until
the mass meeting in the union
that evening.
After the incident at the Law
Quad, which some observers ap-
parently believed brought the de-
monstrations to the brink of vio-
lence, Ann Arbor Police Deputy
Chief Harold Olsen called for as-
sistence to the State Police. At
least 15 squad cars and an un-
determined number of state troop-
ers moved quickly into Ann Ar-
bor, gathering at city hall.
"

(Continued from page 1)
the central budgeting process of
the University, however.
The faculty of the Philosophy
department not only supported
both parts of the SACUA resolu-
tion, but called on the dean of the
literary college to implement the
SACUA motion and affirmed the
department's intention to step up
recruitment of black graduate stu-
dents.
In an effort to increase Univer-
sity staff support of the BAM de-
mands, the black faculty members
yesterday called an informational
meeting of all faculty, staff and
University personnel at noon to-
day in Rackham auditorium.
"Ignorance can no longer be
your excuse," read the notice of
the meeting.
On Wednesday, the staff mem-
bers of the Center for Research on
Conflict Resolution voted over-
whelmingly to go on strike in sup-
port of the BAM demands. Staff
members remained available yes-
terday to work on BAM and other
related activities.
Also in response to recent events,
Engineering college Dean Gordon
Van Wylen released a memoran-
dum to faculty and students of the
college outlining what the college
had done recently to increase black
representation in the college.
T h e memorandum, released
after a meeting between Van Wyl-
en and black engineering students,
also said "the executive commit-
tee of the college, jointly with the
Black Engineering Society, had
made a commitment to intensively
seek out prospective black students
for admission at the freshman,
transfer, and graduate level, so
that in the fall of 1971 ten per
cent of all new admissions will be
black students."
As a result of the statement, a
BAM spokesman yesterday refused
to lead demonstrators to the en-
gineering college to trash the
building.
In addition, a petition agreeing
with and pledging support for the
BAM demands was signed yester-
day by 64 students and staff mem-
bers of the engineering college.
A similar petition was signed
yesterday by 120 students and fac-
ulty of the School of Architecture
and Design who said the "informal
nature of most study courses
would make a strike largely in-
visible as a political action. How-
"

ever, the signers emphasized that
they were striking in addition tos
signing the petition.t
Radical College also yesterday1
unanimously urged "all studentsk
ad faculty in all schools and de-t
partments to meet at once to as-t
sess on their own salaries and de-t
partmental budgets a graduatedt
tax to provide funds for meetingt
the University's 10 per cent com-
mitment to black student enroll-C
ment.
In addition, members of Phi
Sigma Kappa fraternity visited all
fraternities and sororities yester-
day and collected approximately
700 signatures in support of the
BAM demands. The fraternity
members hope to present the sig-
natures to the Regents today.
Not all action taken yesterday
was favorable to the strike. Resi-
dential College students and fac-
ulty who call themselves "Non-
strikers for BAM" circulated a
petition which said ". . . the edu-
cational demands of the Black Ac-
tion Movment deserve reconsider-
ation and a commitment by the
Regents of the University."
But the statement continued,
"We fear the University commu-I
nity will lose sight of the validity
of BAM demands because of the
intolerant action of some BAM
supporters which are depriving in-
dividuals of the right to make their
own decisions on this matter."
In addition, Young Americans
for Freedom yesterday released a
statement calling for the resigna-
tion of University President Rob-
ben Fleming.
"For the past week the Univer-
sity of Michigan has witnessed a
most disgraceful display of hoolig-
anism," the statement said. "The
issue here is not whether the de-
mands of Black students are legi-
timate. The issue here is the force
and violence which have been al-
lowed to go unchecked, spawning
widespread fear and anxiety with-
in the academic community."
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