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Vol. LXXX, No. 149 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, April 2, 1970 Ten Cents

Eight Pages

Regents act
on demands
The Regents yesterday authorized President Robben
Fleming to implement several of the points on which he and
the Black Action Movement (BAM) have reached agreement,
but declined to adopt several demands which BAM had main-
tained were of great importance.
In a resolution adopted following 16 hours of heated dis-
cussion behind closed doors, the Regents affirmed Fleming's
previous statement that funding of 10 per cent black enroll-
ment for the 1973-74 academic year "has been assured."
However, the regental resolution included specific re-
jections of BAM's demands for:
-The establishment of a black student center in the

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---- community;
-The prevention of reprisals
against participants in the class
strike who may face charges
stemming f r o m disruptions and
1 acts of violence;


Ier Am

to Strikers i
Special academic tutoring for
students who wish to make-up
classes missed during the Black
Action Movement strike will soon
be available through the services
of students and teaching fellows.
An enlistment drive for faculty
members from all the strike-af-
fected schools and colleges is cur-
rently underway.
"Because of the strike there is
an imperative need for tutoring
services for participating stu-
dents," said Sue Steigerwalt, '73,
an originator of one of the tutor-
ing services. "We need the help of
competent students and instruc-
A second tutoring group com-
posed of sociology and political
science TF's has started a "Strik-
ers' Free School" which is prima-
rily interested in offering sociology
and political science tutoring and!3
seminars .
A seminar on "Remaking the
University" will be held today by
Prof.; Charles Tilly and Zelda
Gamson in the Residential College
at 1:30 P.M. "The Role of Social
Science in Social Change" will be
the topic of discussion tomorrow.
Tutoring is presently being of-
fered by the "Free School" at 7:31)
P.M. weekdays at "Rive Gauche"
in the Madelien Pound House,
located at the corner of Hill and
East University.
A list of tutoring faculty, class-
es, and meeting times will soon be
Student tutors and tutees can
sign up in the Student Activities
Bldg. New Mobe office, and fac-
ulty can sign up on available de-
partmental lists.

-A mandatory one-time assess-
ment of $3 per student for the
Martin Luther King. scholarship
fund, as urged in a referendum of
the student body last week; and
Tuition waivers for disad-
a'ltaged black students.
Despite the Regents' rejection of
these demands, BAM last night
indicated acceptance of the minor-
ity admisions plan and ended the
eight-day class strike supporting
its dehands.
The regental resolution did not
directly reveal the Regents' posi-
tion on most of .the BAM demands,
merely stating that the negotia-
tions between BAM and the ad-
ministration have yielded agree-
ments which the resolution said
were in line with the minority en-
rollment plan the Regents adopted
on March 19.

The class strike in support of Black Action Movement pro-
posals for increased minority admissions ended last night
as BAM members overwhelmingly approved a regental pro-
posal in a euphoric mass' meeting in the Union Ballroom.
After 16 hours of discussions with President Robben Flem-
ing, the Regents released a statement which said that- 10
per cent black enrollment by 1973-74 was assured along with
necessary financial aid, recruiting and other supportive serv-
The Regents rejected, however, BAM demands for no reprisals
against strikers, a black student center, tuition waivers and University
collection of student fees for the Martin Luther King Fund. They also
expressed support for Fleming's handling of the situation.
Despite BAM's endorsement of the Regents' plan, some members
of the white Coalition to Support BAM were not satisfied with the
agreement. "If they want to call it a victory, because they saw that
the strike couldn't continue, let them-I don't," one Coalition member
said after the meeting.
"This wasn't the best agreement we could have settled on, but
it was a first step, a first substantial step," BAM leader Dave Lewis
told the crowd of about,1,200 people in the ballroom.
The class strike began March 20 and attendance among all Uni-
versity units dropped to as low as 25 per cent last Friday. Numerous
class disruptions occurred last Wednesday and Thursday but other-
wise the strike remained relatively peaceful.
Receiving a standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd, each
member of BAM's 11-man negotiating team expressed support for the
regental proposal last night but emphasized that BAM would continue
its efforts.
"We say there can be no total victory until the racist malignancy
either consumes this country or we cut it out," anthropology Prof.
Gloria Marshall told the gathering. "We will fight on, because like
all mankind we hope, and because we're arrogant enough to know
we'll win."
Voting after listening to each negotiator, BAM members gave
their endorsement to the agreement without a single dissenting vote.
BAM leader Ed Fabre then officially declared the strike over, a
declaration received with a loud cheer from the crowd.
Despite the official regental vote of confidence in Fleming,
rumors flew last night that he had been asked to resign by some of
the Regents.
In a late evening newscast, a reporter for WJBK-TV, Channel 2,
Detroit, claimed that Fleming's resignation was discussed, a n d
eventually put to a vote of the Regents. He claimed that the vote
ended in a 4-4 tie.
Contacted last night, a spokesman for the station said the
"source" was one of the Regents. The report was denied, however,
by at least twodRegents last night in interviews with The Daily.
"They didn't get it from a Regent because it didn't happen,"
said Regent Otis M. Smith. "We had a vigorous discussion, and I can
assure you. that it wasn't all peaches and cream, but there was never,
never, any serious suggestion that President Fleming should start
looking for another job. And there was definitely no 'vote'."
Regent Gerald Dunn backed up Smith, saying "It's a false
rumor. It was never brought up seriously. I think this is a trick the
news media uses. President Fleming has our full support."
The evening vigil to hear the results of Fleming's negotiations
with BAM and the Regents began at 7 p.m. as 50 people gathered
expectantly in the ballroom and listened to music by the Chck
Jackson Revue.
BAM spokesman Roger Short told the group that BAM negotia-
tors were meeting with Fleming at 7:15 p.m. and that Fleming
would release a statement 45 minutes later.
Dancing to the music and wandering around, the crowd waited
impatiently for news of the negotiations.
See BAM, Page 8

At a news conference last night,
Fleming said he will release a
statement today which details
more clearly the University's spe-
cific response to the original 12
BAM demands.
It is expected that the full
minority enrollment plan will em-
body most of the points contained
in a statement released Sunday
night by the administration, ex-
cept for the items which the Re-
gents specifically rejected.
The regental resolution critic-
ized the class strike on several
fronts, emphasizing the disruption
of classes by some participants in
the strike.
"The question of disruption of
the University is one which deeply
concerns the Regents," the reso-
lution -stated. "The public should
take note that the black students
have, unlike many of the white
radicals, who seem bent on de-
struction for its own sake, been
pursuing the legitimate objective
of trying to make more educational
opportunities available for their
The resolution also stated that
the Regents and the administra-
tion intend to see that "the right"
of students to attend classes "shall
remain secure." Fleming declined
to specify what steps would be

- - - - -Daily-Jim Diehl
CROWD LISTENS to BAM leader Ed Fabre (above) and welcomes the BAM leaders as they announce the Regents decision. (below)

Mathematics Prof. Bernard A.
Galler yesterday filed charges
against Marc Van der Hout, '71,
and Peter Denton, Grad., for their
alleged disruption of a computer
science class last Thursday which
they entered to promote the class
strike supporting the Black Action
Movement (BAM) demands.
In letters to Dean Baker of the
literary college and Dean Spurr
of the graduate school, Galler said
that Denton and Van der Hout,
along with approximately twenty
other students, entered his class,
shouted, and forced him to dis-
miss class 10 minutes early.

charges two students

Galler said yesterday he would
have pressed charges against the
whole group but he was only able
to positively identify Van der Hout
and Denton.
Galler requested that the Ad-
ministrative Board of the LSA
college, an all-faculty board, de-
termine if it has jurisdiction over
Van der Hout's case and sube-
qiently try him. He requested that
the Executive board and all fa-
culty of the Rackham School do
the same in Denton's case.
Galler said he is taking the cases
to the disciplinary boards and not
to Central Student Judiciary
(CSJ) because "I prefer them.




Dorms e

"The dieticians' staff now looks upon
the student as a guest and not as a cap-
tive," says Mrs. Kathy Hodges, South Quad
food service manager.
Mrs. Hodges made this obser'vation after
having read the $18,887 Campus W i d e
Food Service Study Report, commissioned
by the Office of University Housing to find
labor and cost savings in the University's
food service system.
Of the 28 major recommendations set
down by the report, 25 of 'them have either
been carried out or are in the process of
being tested, says John Feldkamp, Director
of University Housing.

iact ood
part of the total reorganization of the dorm
The second recommendation proposes
merging the food services of Couzens and
Alice Lloyd and of Helen Newberry and
Betsy Barbour. The proposed merger of
Couzens and Lloyd, which would cost at
least $300,000, probably will not be funded
in the near future, Feldkamp says.
The merger of Barbour and Newberry
has been approved, he adds, but the actual
building is at least a - year away.
Increasing the size of meat portions was
the third recommendation of the report
which has not been instituted. Although
the study found this to be one of the major

proposa s
initial results of the program are posi-
tive. The costs have not increased signifi-
cantly and Feldkamp points out that the
rate committee-composed in part of stu-
dents from the Student Advisory Com-
mittee on Housing and Inter House As-
sembly-have recommended that increased
meat portions not receive high priority.
However, since the study specifically calls
attention to this c'omplaint the results of
the Mosher-Jordan experiment will be
studied carefully to see whether this me-
thod can be instituted on a University-wide
Not all of the dorms have instituted the
remaining 25 recommendations. The study,
ever ltimes reommended not dishing

I have more confidence in the
(LSA) administrative board and.
I've dealt with them before. .I
know they are fair."
Both Denton and Van der Hout
said that they will refuse to go
before any faculty board hear-
ing their cases, and will instead
only attend a trial by their peers,
specifically CSJ.
Both Denton and Van der Hout
also said that they are not guilty
of Galler's charges.
"I feel we were justified in go-
ing into the class to talk about
BAM. Galler unilaterally decided
to dismiss the class. He did not
let a vote be taken." Van der
Hout said.
Before issuing his letters to the
deans last Saturday, Galler said
"The kind of action we saw (in
my classroom Thursday) is de-
structive to the University, and
the means I have available
through University channels to.
stop it is to file charges."
Galler charged that the stu-
dents' actions were contrary to the
rules passed by SGC.
SGC's rules concernjing class dis-
ruption prohibit intentional dis-
ruption of university functions by
depriving others of "needed quiet,
light, heat, or other physical con-
ditions of work."
Spurr and Baker declined to
comment last night on the ques-
tion of reprisals. A declaration of
amnesty for participants in t h e
class strike who may face charges
stemming from disruptions and
acts of violence was requested by
BAM, and flatly denied by the Re-
gents last night.
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following t h r e e understandings:
-That the student or faculty
member has not been convicted of
any civil crime.
-That all course work will be
finished before graduation.
-That the department will set
up a hearing committee composed
of three elected faculty members
and three students to hear the
case, if there is any question of
prejudice concerning point two.
The Executive Board of the
School of Music Student Council
said Monday that it supports all
the BAM demands "including the
final demand that any students
and faculty who have taken part
in the strike wifl not be subject to

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