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VOTE

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Vol. LXXIX, No. 58 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, November 5, 1968 Ten Cents
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Ten Pages

2000

students

rally

at

President's

house

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Harris

poll

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electioni
NEW YORK (N) - A final
:= Harris poll gives Vice Presi-I
dent Hubert H. Humphrey 43
t per cent of the presidential
r vote to 40 per cent for Richard
'M. Nixon, a swing of 5 per
cent to Humphrey in 24 hours,
the New York Post reported
yesterday.
Leaders of both parties reacted
quickly to the announcement, de-:
nouncing or lauding it as it be-
fitted their candidate.
A final weekend poll re-check
by the Detroit News indicates
similar trends in Humphrey's fa-
vor in the Detroit metropolitan
;rarea. Humphrey picked up 7 per
cent and Nixon lost 6 per cent in
the normally Democratic metro-
politan area, their most recent
poll reported.
If the trend continues, the News
said, it' may "deliver Michigan's
21 electoral votes to Humphrey."
The Los Angeles times found a
similar trend in California, put-
ting the Vice President within one
percentage point of the Republi-
can candidate. That is within the
range of statistical accuracy and'
makes the election "too close to
call."
Nixon's headquarters issued a
statement calling the Harris poll
"a gratuitous concoction" that willr
y sacks fail to "con the voters into be-1
lieving Hubert Humphrey can win
the election."
In Washington, a Humphrey

all war research
By GEOFFREY STEVENS
An' estimated 1500-2000 students massed last night in
front'of President Fleming's house on South University and
demanded that he end war research at the University.
A crowd of 400 left the Diag and grew to five times that
number as it wended its way across campus, ending its march
at the President's house.
There were sporadic counter-demonstrations along the
entire march route, including heckling and the throwing of
water balloons. The counter-protest climaxed at Fleming's
home when several hundred students attempted to shout-
down the demonstrators' chants and demands.
The protesters demanded of Fleming that the University

President Fleming

-Daily-Andv Sacks
addresses the rally
classes fail s

Boycott of

end all war research, sever all
ties with corporations that
produce war products, abolish
all entrance requirements and
give the students a greater
voice in University affairs.
Fleming met the group on his
porch and agreed to discuss any
issue the students wanted. War
research was the first topic, of
which Fleming said, "All war re-
search has both military and civil-
ian applications."
The march began at the Diag,
circled the campus, passing the
Hill and residential areas, and
then converged, after splitting, on
F'eming's house.
The marchers chanted slogans
as they walked, shouting "strike"
and. "Hell no we won't go" as they
followed the police escort through
the streets.
The march was orderly and on-
ly occasional hecklers hampered
the march.
Upon arriving at Fleming's
home one student tied a National
Liberation Front flag to a tree
in the yard. Mihutes later another
student burned the flag, nearly
igniting the tree in the process.
The crowd at Fleming's sat and

to draw effective support

By STEVE ANZALONE and
BARD MONTGOMERY
The SDS student strike failed to
get a noticeable number of stu-
dents to boycott classes yesterday,
but attendance at other strike ac-
tivities indicated that the protest
of the election and the war was
at least a partial success.
Class attendence throughout the
day appeared to be normal. Morn-

classes on the first day of thv two-.
day strike.
But a noon rally drew approxi-
rately 500 students to listen to
speeches, watch several guerrilla
theatre skits and join in singing
songs aimed at the war and the
University's complicity with the
war.
SDS members were pleased with
the response to the strike. Donny
Ratkin, '70, commenting on the
strike and efforts in the dormi-
tories to promote it, said, "Now
3.000 more people know what SDS

is all about, and we can spend
more time discussing issues with
them rather than trying to dis-
pell myths about us."
Speaking at the rally, SDS
spokesman Bill Ayres said SDS
"never felt they could pull stu-
dents out of class and close the
University." Ayres explained that

To strike
or not
to strike
By DANIEL OKRENT
Feature Editor
Peter Denton of SDS, cool,
able and articulate, paused out-
side the door of Auditorium C
at 9:15 a.m., peered inside.
He and four or five others
walked into the room to pub-
licize the student strike, to dis-
cuss it and to beat drums for
it. They waited in the back of
the half-full lecture hall -- one
student admitted privately that
yesterday's attendance was
really not much less than norm-
al - quietly and politely.
They waited with patience
until Prof. Henry Bretton, ad-
dressing his students on the
U.S. security gap as part of his
course on American foreign pol-
icy, invited them to speak.
Denton, a graduate student in
chemistry, explained who they
were, why they were there. The
students, mostly upper class-
men, tolerated with detachment
what Bretton termed the "dis-
ruption" of his class.
Denton spoke of war, racism,
the computerized-impersonali-
zed-bastardized University. He
pointed out that they were not
"here to disrupt. It seems that
the yellow press here has given
us a reputation for disruption,"
Most of the clas seemed to
get vicarious pleasure out of
Denton'% feelings,, which they
seemed to share for other rea-
sons.
Bretton listened closely as
Denton spoke. One student sug-
gested a vote on whether Den-
ton should be allowed to stay.
Bretton, only now becoming
hostile, disputed Denton's "non-
See PROFESSOR, Page 2

-Daily-And
The man who may come from behind

Candidates trade

spokesman said, "We are over the ing picketing of classroom build-
top now in the polls, and we ill ings was light and did not seem
be over the top Tuesday in the to induce any students to boycott'

M -election."
The previous Harris poll, agree-
ing with the final Gallup poll,
gave Nixon 42 per cent to 40 per
las t In u .1ocent for Humphrey.
The newest Harris figures, taken
from a polling of 1,206 persons on
WASHINGTON AP)-The tumultuous 1968 presidential campaign Sunday, gave Humphrey 43 per
4neared its end yesterday with Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey buoyed cent, Nixon 40, third party candi-
by a new poll placing him in the lead and Republican Richard M. date George C. Wallace 13 with
Nixon predicting victory for himself by three to five million votes. 4 per cent undecided.

Fort Hood Three'
calls for coalition

even if all students refused to at- listened quietly. Occasional out-
tend classes, the University could bursts interrupted the question-
continue to operate because of its ing.
role in research activities. Fleming admitted that no stu-
The guerrilla theater skits at dents had ever beern on the com-
the noon rally brought the biggest mittees which decide what re-
response from the large gathering. search the University would un-
The skits hit at the war, the elec- dertake. Fleming also said that
tion, military research and the the policies which dictated those
present system of education, where choices were much the same as
a mock auction of a student those used when the University
brought "high bids" from Dow first started war research during
Chemical Co. World War II.
Following the rally. SDS con- President Fleming was invited'
ducted "liberation classes" and to attend a meeting to discuss the
tours of facilities relating to the demands at 10 a.m. today in the
war and the University's involve- basement of the Union, but he
M Ant xrit~ 1Y~iifo1- nnfenttio

While Nixon, Humphrey and third-party candidate George C.
Willace fired election-eve television broadsides at the nation's divided
electorate, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower urged voters not
to be swayed by the recent halt of all bombing of North Vietnam.
Even with the last-gap political flurries, the possibility remained{
that Tuesday's voting would be inconclusive-that no candidate would
emerge with the 270 electoral votes needed to become the 37th presi-

ia r fsgawtit the unde-
cided vote were allocated by voter'
disposition, Humphrey's percent-
age would be 45, Nixon's 41 and
Wallace's 14.
Both of the major survey firms
allow for a 3 to 4 per cent mar-
gin of error, so that any finding
within that range placed the elec-
tion outcome in doubt.
See LATEST, Page 2

By STEVE KOPPMAN
Two members of the "Fort Hood'
Three" urged an end to faction-
alism and in-fighting in the peace'
movement last night.
They spoke at a rally in the
Union ballroom as part of the
program for the two-day student '
strike called by Students for a!
Democratic Society to protest the'
war and the election.
"The movement isn't in shape."
said James Johnson, who coupledI

dent of the United States.
As the campaign moved into
charged Nixon with trying to"
"frighten the American people"
by reporting that Communist sup-
, plies were being moved over the
Ho Chi Minh trail into South
Vietnam during the bombing halt.
Both Humphrey, the Democratic
nominee, and Nixon, the Repub-
lican candidate, spoke in separate
national networks in four-hour-
long televised question and answer
*sessions;
Nixon had said that thousands
of tons of supplies were being
moved over the Ho Chi Minh trail,
which is in Laos. A questioner on
Humphrey's program later asked
the Vice President about the Nix-
on statement.
' "It's a totally unsubstantiated
charge," he went on. "Now, Mr.
Nixon, I think you know very
well that the President's orders'
to stop the bombing of the North
did not include the Ho Chi Minh
trail . . . the Ho Chi Minh is sub-.
ject to intensive American air
,power as it has been in the past
and is even more so now, and that
all the lines of communication
south of the demilitarized zone
are subject to intensive air in-
terception or interdiction.
P4 iAnnrr in thn c.' 4 ,.a., 4

its waning moments, Humphrey

NEW REQUIREMENTS:
Engin program modernized

By STEVE KOPPAIAN
A quiet revolution has taken
place in the engineering col-
lege.
The engineering freshman
now starts a program substan-
tially different from that which
upperclassmen are taking, and
virtually unrecognizable to the
students of 40 years ago.
Associate Dean Arlen Hell-
warth says the changes are
part of a long-range trend in
engineering education char-
acterized by "deeper depend-
ence on pure science and great-
er use of math" as opposed to
the older "empirical" studies.
"Undergraduate engineering
has to be a real education, not
just training for a job," says
Associate Dean for Undergrad-

Eight fewer credits will be re-
quired of this year's freshman,
128 instead of 136. This can be
fitted into eight semesters. The
old program generally took
nine.
There are reduced require-
ments in chemistry, drawing
and technical electives and in-
creased requirements in English
and humanities. A computer
graphics course has been intro-
duced which replaces hand
graphics for some students and
a digital computing course is
required for students in the
class of '72.
Engineers with 30 or more
hours can elect several courses
on pass-fail basis: all of their
non-technical electives and
those technical electives which
oA.r, ,t nnort nftheir H~nart_

to "introduce a writing course
at a level where people have
something to say" Eisley says.
"Freshman composition tened-
ed to be a repetition of high
school," he added.
The curriculum changes came
about after three years of
work by two faculty commit-
tees and final formulations by
the student-faculty curriculum
committee.
Student-faculty committees
have a hand in the running
of the engineering college, ad-
ministrators there say. Meet-
ings of these committee are in-
formal and decisions are reach-
ed by consensus.
"The means of change are
open," says Chris Bloch, Engin
Council executive vice presi-

an appeal for support of the strike
with an appeal for a coalition of1
all "liberal, democratic, progres-
sive forces to put an end to im-
perialism and racism."
Johnson and Dennis Mora, who
appeared with him, recently fin-
ished serving two and a half yearsi
in Fort Hood military prison for
refusing to fight in Vietnam.
Rennie Davis, chairman of thei
National Mobilization Committee
to End the War in Vietnam, and
Bert Garskof, Neo Politics can-
didate for Congress, also spoke at
the meeting, taking a more mili-,
tant approach.
"This University ought to be to-
tally shut down," Davis declared.
"The politics of confrontation, of
the streets, will go on as long as
illegitimate authority runs this
country."
Garskof emphasized the risks
which must be accepted in seeking
to effect revolutionary change. "I
don't think we have any business
in electoral politics at this time"
Garskof said. "Every significant
struggle in American history has
been in the streets."
Mora charged that "the Univer-
sity is nothing but a recruiting
agency for the big companies."
He spoke of the necessity for
building a political alternative, a
"conscious, independent, political
formation." But he warned stu-
dents to "clean your own house
before you start telling other peo-
ple how to do things."
Davis got a rousing response
when he suggested the "descent
of tens of thousands on Wash-
ington" for the inauguration.
Tha~vic a lc n irox~ad vtnirav 4., 4t

ment wit miitary activities .
The first tour, called the "Cor-
porate University," went to the
Investment Office in the Admin-
istration Building. The leaders of
the tour had planned to ask in-
vestment officer R. Gordon Grif-
fith about the University's owner-
ship of 8.000 shares of Down
Chemical Co.

declined to say whetheY he could
come.
Before the demonstrations broke
up speakers said there would be
a meeting tomorrow at 10 a.m. in
the Union, a rally on the Diag 'at
noon, and a funeral march to the
Republican and Democratic head-
quarters at 2 p.m.

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