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BAM statement on discipline and reprisals

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich,

News Phone: 764-0552

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SINCE MUCH confusion and
doubt surrounds the reprisal
proviso of the agreement between
the AM and the Administration
-Regents, we feel we must clar-
ify the situation. The actual
agreement reads:
In the event that an individ-
ual has been charged with vio-
lations of University, School,
or College rules, by strike-re-
lated conduct during the per-
iod March 19 through April 1,
1970, or earlier if it can be
demonstrated to be related to
the strike to the satisfaction
of the hearing officer, then in-
dividual has his option to (1)
utilize the normal school or col-
lege disciplinary channels, or
(2) request the President to
assume jurisdiction. Such op-
tion shall be exercised
within five days after receiv-
ing notice of the charges. All
charges must be filed not later

than seven days after the con-
clusion of the strike.
The President will refer the
matter to an outside impartial
hearing officer(s) whom he will
appoint. Once appointed, t h e
hearing officer shall hear and
decide the case.
In the event an individual
alleges that he has been penal-
ized without hearing for taking
part in the events of March
19 through April 1, 1970 of the
strike or earlier, he shall first
pursue the matter within t h e
School or College or other unit
where the alleged penalty has
been incurred. If an earlier act
can be demonstrated to be re-
lated to the strike to the satis-
faction of the hearing officer,
he shall follow the same pro-
cedure. If the matter is not
resolved to the satisfaction of
an individual, he may appeal
to the President, who shall re-
fer the matter to an impartial
hearing officer(s) appointed in
the fashion mentioned in item

1 above. The hearing officer(s)
shall hear and decide the case.
As BAM interprets the settle-
ment, all accusations or charges
must be made within seven days
of the strike's end, all cases must
be heard within nine days of
the strike's end and the option
must be exercised within five days
of the individual's receiving the
charges. It was further under-
stood that the hearing officer(s)
would only be appointed after
the President consulted with
BAM representatives.
Furthermore, it is our (BAM)
interpretation that since -there
will be hearing officers, a person
may, if dissatisfied with the
officer or officers hearing h i s
case, elect to appear before ano-
ther hearing officer. Also, our
understanding during the settle-
ment negotiations was that a
party could appeal from an ad-
verse decision of a hearing of-
ficer. This appeal would be to
the President who would assign
it to a new hearing officer who
would then hear and decide the

Democrats try harder

VOTERS WILL BE going to the polls
tomorrow to elect five city council-
men. It is important that the new City
Council be controlled by the Democrats.
The last year has demonstrated that a
City Council controlled by the Democrats
is clearly preferable to one controlled by
the Republicans. This is not to say that
the Democrats have used their 8-3 major-
ity to its best advantage, but rather
that they have initiated some worthwhile
programs--almost all of which the Re-
publicans opposed.
The most impressive part of the Demo-
cratic program is their stand on trans-
portation. Not only have they recognized
that public transportation is a service
the city must provide, but they have also
recognized that the entire concept of
transportation in Ann Arbor must be
fundamentally overhauled.
ALSO, THEY HAVE come to the realiza-
tion that Ann Arbor cannot continue
to forever build new roads and widen;
the old ones through the center of town.
And over the objections of City Admin-
Land rab
VOTERS IN Monday's City Council election
should reject both of the annexation pro-
posals on the ballot.
The proposals for annexation of the Wag-
ner property totaling 131 acres at Liberty
and I-94 and the Smokler property totaling
227 acres so)theast of US-23 and M-14 inter-
change have only been made public for a
week. However, Council's argument in a reso-
lution urging a "no" vote on these annexations
seems valid. The council resolution states, that
the city has not had enough time to bargain
with the developers or to consider the effects
which development of those lands will have on
the growth of the city.
--S. W.

istrator Guy Larcom they continue to
investigate the possibility of a badly
needed mass transit system.
To their credit, the Democrats have also
also established, and consistently sup-
ported the Model Neighborhoods pro-
One of the most important steps they
took was the freezing of the zoning in
the neighborhoods which prevented the
commercial interests from purchasing the
area property for speculation. A f t e r
that step, they solicited and received a
federal grant That made money avail-
able-in the form of grants and loans-
for homeowners to bring their houses up
to the specifications of the City Housing
But the fundamental contribution the
Democrats have made in this area is to
allow the residents of the area to de-
cide what is necessary, and to support
their wishes.
BUT DESPITE their progress in these
areas, the Democrats have failed to
make any significant changes in the ac-
tions of the police department.
If they do win the election, one of the
first things they must do is to see that
major changes are instituted in the
police department force.
There are those who would argue that
because the Democrats have not done
all they could have, they should not be
supported. However, in light of the cali-
ber of their opposition-which is wag-
ing nothing more than a fear campaign
-and in light of some of the positive
changes that the Democrats have insti-
tuted, it is important that a Democratic
majority on the City Council be maintain-
Editorial Page Editor

Letters to the Editor


To the Editor:

THE BALLOT tomorrow con-
tains an annexation proposal con-
cerning the Arabelle Wagner {pro-
perty which borders Lakewood
subdivision on the western side of
Ann Arbor. Also bordering Lake-
wood are two of the Three Sister
Lakes. These lakes and the swamp
around them support a great var-
iety of plant and animal life in-
cluding possum, muskrat, fringed
gentian, red-winged blackbird, and
Great Blue 'heron. All of Dolph
Lake and part of Killins L a k e
are owned by the city of Ann
Arbor as part of its park land.
The Wagner property which is
up for annexation lies south of
Lakewood and straddles Liberty
Road. It includes Lakewood Woods,
a natural area already owned by
the city. However, most of the
131 acres to be annexed consists
of farm land which has not been
cultivated in several years and
is now heavily overgrown. The
natural drainage of this land is
through, Lakewood Woods into
Killins Lake.
THE DRAINAGE of this area,
now and after development, will
profoundly affect the quality of
the water in the lakes. At pre-

sent the city plans to run storm
water from the Wagner area di-
rectly into Killins Lake. A large
amount of additional acreage fur-
ther south would also use the
same storm drain path when an-
nexed. The city also plans to drain
the land between I-94 and Dex-
ter Road directly into Dolph
Lake. Present plans are for these
drains to be 7% feet and 6 feet
in diameter, respectively, at their
lake openings.
The volume of runoff from the
Wagner property will be great-
ly increased after development
because roofs and paving don't
absorb water hnd because storm
sewers speed its passage. Storm
sewers draining developed land
carry large amounts of phosphates
and .nitrates from fertilizers, oil
and salt from roads, and sedi-
ment. The general effect of these
pollutants on lakes and ponds
has become familiar to ENACT
participants. Phosphates and ni-
trates increase the growth of
algae. Salt water inhibits the na-
tural internal circulation of the
lake. Storm sewer water is it-
self low in oxygen. The chm-
bined effect will be to greatly re-
duce the amount of oxygen in the
water of the lakes and to acceler-
ate the destruction of a natural
semi-wilderness area.

Mr. Agnew and the disadvantaged

SACUA statement on strike

ICE PRESIDENT Agnew seized on a
partisan occasion - a Lincoln's
birthday speech to Illinois Republicans -
to go smashing around the china shop
of university policies on the ,admission
of students from disadvantaged minori-
He was attacking favoritism to minori-
Mr. Agnew asked "those who think
there should be ethnic quotas or race
quotas or socioeconomic quotas in the
admissions, to colleges or universities"
if they would care to be served by doc-
tors, airplane pilots and architects who
had gone to college to fill a quota or
because of their aptitude.
THAT IS AN ABC sort of question. It
answers itself. Nobody, including mem-
bers of racial and other minorities,;wants
to be served by an incompetent doctor,
pilot, or architect.
But the aim of colleges and universities
in relaxing admissions standards for dis-
advantaged students is not to produce in-
The aim is to help them become com-
petent, to take the special pains, make
the extra effort, work to overcome the
deficiencies that stand in the way of.
their advance.
Mr. Agnew says that the same pres-
sure that gets them into college-operates
to see that they successfully complete
their studies. He uses "success" in the

same sense of passing them whether they
deserve to be passed or not. And that
of course would be as he calls it, a
"pernicious result" if it works that way.
It is among the dangers that have to be'
guarded against.
HERE ARE defects and dangers and
elements of unfairness, educationally
and otherwise, in quotas and in the "open
admissions" policy that particularly drew
the Vice President's fire.
But the worst danger of all is to pander
to resentments at specal help for the
Do the reasons for that special break
need to be elaborated?
Minority students are starting from
behind for a variety of reasons that are
not their fault. It takes some equalizing
to make equal opportunity.
THE SPECIAL HELP is in the nation's
Racial divisiveness is not going to
be cured without an extra effort to undo
the effects of past inequality. America
is not going to profit from the contribu-
tion that all its citizens can make unless
educational institutions try to develop
ability that has been throttled.
Mr. Agnew gives this problem the
ABC treatment.
There are other letters in the alphabet.

To the Editor:
The following ik an open letter
to the University community.
past two weeks, it is easy to lose
sight of the widespread and deeply
felt personal commitment of the
members of the University com-
munity to achieve at least 10 per
cent black enrollment by 1973-74.
This commitment grows from firm
beliefs that the University has an
opportunity to use its personnel
and financial resources to work on
a major problem of our social or-
der. The University can provide
leadership through a soundly con-
ceived education program.
The Regents at their March 19
meeting decided to expand the
Opportunity Awards Program and
set a goal of 10 per cent enroll-
ment. They set it from projections
of existing resources for 7 per cent
enrollment with the hope that
other resources could be found.
Subsequently, actions supporting
a commitment to funding of a 10
per cent enrollment were endorsed
by SACUA on March 19 and then
by the Senate Assembly and the
faculty and deans of school and
colleges. After these positive ,ac-
tions, the administration an-
nounced a firm pledge for the
funding which was then confirm-
ed by the Regents on April 1.
While the Black Action Move-
ment brought a sense of imme-
diacy to the decision making, the
wide support of a large segment
of the University community for

greatly increased black enroll-
ment has been obvious for months,
To characterize the action of the
University as a response to in-
timidation is a tragic misconcep-
tion of what is clearly the Univer-
sity's new commitment to increas-
ed black enrollment. It is true,
however, that disruptive activities
which ocurred cannot be condoned
and have generated a resentment
which blinds many people to the
purposes of the Black Action
We must insure that the Uni-
versity remains a center of free
inquiry. We must preserve the
quality of the University in teach-
ing, research and service.
We must move promptly beyond
the differences that seem to divide
us. We must mobilize the energies
of black and white faculty, stu-
dents, administration and Regents
to achieve the new commitment
for black enrollmhent.
We pledge ourselves as faculty
to devote our energies to the suc-
cess of the mission.
Senate Advisory Committee
on University affairs
-John Bardach
-William Coon
-C. Merle Crawford-
-James Hayward
-Robert Knauss
-Warren Norman
-Maurice Sinnott
-Gerhard Weinberg
-Ben Yablonky (Sen. Sec'y)
-Joseph Payne, Chairman

The city must find a way to
drain the land near Dolph and
Killins wthout turning them in-
to dead lakes. The problem is
complicated and the solution will
require imagination and ingen-
uity, qualities that often appear
from nowhere under the stress of
necessity., The solution may also
be expensive and the question of
whether the cost of storm w a t e r
treatment or rerouting should be
paid by the developer or by the
city must be explored.
We believe that defeat of the
Wagner annexation in this elec-
tion will provide both the motiva-
tion and the time with which to
produce an adequate solution to
the drainage problem. We urge
you to vote no on Annexation Pro-
posal 1.
-John and Jean King
April 2.
To the Editor:
THE VOTE on whether to re-
commit the Carswell nomination
to the Senate Judiciary Commit-
tee will come at 1:00 p.m, Mon-
day, April 6. The vote may be very
close and the following senators
are on the fence. Yarborough of
Texas, Burdick of North Dakota,
Gore of Tennessee, Bible of
Nevada, Boggs of Delaware, Ran-
dolph of West Virginia. Packwood
of Oregon, Schweichert of Penn-
sylvania Work done on the week-
end may make the difference.
We ' urge you to phone friends in
these states and ask them to wire
their senators. A 15-word political
telegram costs only $1.00 from any
point in the United States.
Women all over the nation
should wire Margaret Chase Smith
of Maine. Her vote is in doubt,
too. The next great moment in
the history of the Supreme Court
may be when it decides whether
or not women are persons under
the Constitutioin. Carswell is most
unlikely to make auseful contrib-
ution to those deliberations.
-Mary Dabbs
FOCUS on Equal
Employment for Women-
April 3
To the Editor:
The following letter was sent to
Senator Bursley and Representa-
tive Smit of the Michigan Legis-
YOU HAVE threatened to re-
duce our appropriation because we
wish to solve our problems with-
out the help of riot police and be-
cause we are tightening our own
belts to help provide the unques-
tioned desserts of black people in
this state.
Our real incomes are going down
each year rather than up and our
departmental operating budgets
are so small that professional
travel is out of the question and
we must restrict our use of petty
supplies and business mail. These
conditions are intolerable in a ma-
jor university; we cannot do our
jobs properly with so little su'
port. We have now committed
ourselves to even further misery
in order to provide what ideo-
logically we know we must and
what you, although you have tried
to sound like liberals, have not
had the guts to defend.
In taxing itself further wlen al-
ready overtaxed, the University
steers a dangerous course; even
ideologically committed faculty
can be attracted away by com-
petitive salaries, adequate secre-
tarial help, and the respectable
availability of supplies and equip-
ment. Your response, then, is that
since we can find ~a way to sup-
port additional black students, our

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case. This was clearly designed
to remove from the 'schools, col-
leges and departments, if an' ac-
cused so elected, the machinery
and tools for reprisals. Theregmay
also be two or more hearing of-
ficers deciding on a given case.
Let it be clear that in our
consultations it was understood
that the persons to be suggested
would meet our (BAM) criteria
for objectivity and impartiality,
i.e., no biases against white stu-
dents' long hair, Afro hair styles,
etc. We state now, as we did be-
fore, that recriminations against
BAM and its supporters will not
be tolerated.
phasized that the University
strike-from its inception to its
conclusion-was' totbe conducted
according to the tenets 'of non-
violent resistance and limited di-
rect action. Our endorsement of
non-violence as a moral weapon
to be used toward our goal of
achieving more educational op-
portunities for black people w a s
both a decision of principle and a
strategy dictated by necessity. It
should be clear that our endorse-
ment did not include complete
abstention from "physical con-
frontation" - that is to say, for
example, that if a non-striker
had attempted to "walk-over" a
striker in an attempt to, enter a
building, we never expected or in-
structed the striker to allow him-
self to become a "door-mat." At
the same time, we never condoned
the willful destruction of proper-
ty, nor did we ever suggest, on any
occasion, that we would seek am-
nesty for persons committing such
willful acts of violence.
It was always clear that- to be'
a participant in "the Movement"
required of the individual strong
internal discipline and resolute
committment to the principles of
non-violence-this meant' that
there was never to be the mani-
festation of violence
ors proposed as a presidential op-
tion that an impartial committee
be selected by BAM and President
Fleming. We proposed that there
be two BAM appointees, 'two ad-
ministration appointees, and, one
SGC appointee on the committee.
This committee was to hear and
decide all cases connected w i t h
strike-related activity. We recog-
nize the need for an all-student
body to hear and decide the cases
arising from the strike. It is odd
that the administration. backed by
the Regents, did not admit there
was a need for an all-student body
to hear these cases when, at the
same time, they purported to see
nothing wrong with all-faculty or
mixed faculty-administrator bod-
ies deciding cases.
In suggesting that there be an
outside impartial hearing officer,
the administration and the Re-
gents were, in fact, admitting that

it would be difficult, if not im-
possible to get a completely un-
biased hearing from faculty and
school and college administra-
BAM negotiators realized that
much of the progress made in
creating more humane relation-
ships between people during the
strike could be lost by allowing
a few crude, cruel and vindictive
faculty members and administra-
tors to penalize students who
were determined to get all of the
BAM demands met. In very real
terms, it is not possible to com-
pare the verbal "disruption" of a
computer sicence class-the loss
of a special privilege often hid-
den behind the, smokescreen of
academic freedom-with o n e
year or even one days loss of basic
freedoms by black peoplehand
other "ethnic groups. These charg-
es are based on a ludicrous at-
tempt to reinforce the s a m e
notions of justice which BAM
has beep publicly attacking for
the past two months.
OBVIOUSLY, the Administra-
tion and the Regents fell back on
"political realities" when they
denied the rights of students to
be tried by their peers. Mr.
Fleming, alone, is not objective
enough to choose an impartial
hearingofficer who will hear and
decide cases involving the 13-day
strike at the University 1 v e r
which he presides.
Furthermore, BAM will con-
tinue to be a coalition of black
students, staff, and faculty who
are united to press for a gen-
uine response to the needs of the
black community and not to fur-
ther challenge the Regents on
chapter 7.07 of the proposed Re-
gental Bylaws. We emphatically
support all-student judiciaries. We
understand the difficulty that will
be involved in achieving student
jurisdiction over student lives. Yet,
we also recognize the, immed-
iacy of the need for resolving pre-
sent disputes over, alleged vio-
lations of school and college rules
and we pledge ourselves to every
effort to make sure that the ac-
tions which are taken by some in
the aftermath of the strike are
not merely a "normal administra-
tive" substitute for the more vio-
lent physical action which they
wanted the police to take.
BAM WILL utilize the follow-
ing measures to assist participants
of the strike who face, or have
received, charges of alleged vio-
lations by the University: (1) In-
terview the alleged wrongdoer
and provide him with representa-
tion before whichever tribunal is
involved; (2) raise money, to be
used by a Legal Redress Fund, to
be used for fines, penalties, coun-
sel, etc.; (3) take other actions
deemed appropriate where a oCl-
leae, school or unit does not com-
ply with the agreements made
with BAM.


114 Ms pyrrhicvctr
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article represents the position of the
Ann Arbor International.Socialists.)
BAM, CLAIMING VICTORY, has called off the ten day old class
strike. But "victory" is a strange description for a regental decision
which rejects or dodges several crucial, BAM demands.
Amnesty was one demand that BAM repeatedly emphasized: sev-
eral BAM leaders said at rallies that reprisals would not be tolerated.
Amnesty refers here to the disruptive actions taken by both blacks and
whites (econ building, LSA building, and assorted classrooms), the
whites taking part only at the implied request of BAM. It also refers
to those teaching fellows and-campus workers who responded to BAM's
request not to cross picket lines, risking loss of pay and jobs. At least
one such worker has already been fired.
THE REGENTS HAVE SAID that amnesty is unwarranted. Dis-
ciplinary measures will proceed through the same "normal channels"
'that prompted the disruptive actions in the first place. If the channels
get clogged again, one may appeal to an "impartial" committee- ap-
pointed by an "impartial" Robben Fleming.
The original one-way coalition" structure was justified on the
grounds that this was a "black issue" requiring discussion and input
only by blacks. The prospect of administrative disciplining of white
radicals for their strike-support activities and the tactical "about-
faces" called by the BAM leadership testify to the poverty of that jus-
tification. The white support group - never having operated indepen-
dently - is now unsure of how to deal with the discipline threat. And
instead of resulting in tactical unity and discipline, the one-way chain
of command caused restlessness and confusion at the bottom and inde-
cision at the top.
In a white support-group meeting, attempts should have been
made to work out a political approach to the demands and tactics of
BAM. Instead, the white "leadership" backed away, viewing such dis-
cussion not as a useful contribution to the struggle, but as a "racist"
threat to BAM's integrity. This applies with particular force to the
Women's Caucus of the Support Coalition. The politics of Women's
Liberation were submerged or even negated in the interests of -a false
unity. Women must join coalitions on the basis of an equal partnership
that will aid our own struggle for liberation. Movements are strongest
when they have a mass base which actively participates in decision-
making rather than passively taking orders.
IF REPRISALS AGAINST BAM and its supporters #re not stop-
ped now, future movements will be discouraged in advance. Victory
cannot be claimed unless reprisals do not take place.
BAM's primary demand has been 10 per cent black admissions by
1973-74. Here the Regents have stated that "by the cooperation of the'
various deans and the governing faculties, funding of the admissions
goal has been assured." The various schools and colleges can be expect-
ed to provide their share of the money at the expense of scholarships
slated for low-income white students, graduate support, and teaching
fellows' salaries. With the prospect of strikes next fall by the under-
paid Teaching Fellows Union and the University employes, there are
likely to be severe financial conflicts,


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