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Vol. LXXIX, No. 99

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By BILL LAVELY

MaWkss meeting
votes to- stagre
five-hour sit-in
By STUART GANNES
A mass meeting of nearly 200 students decided last
night, after a heated debate, to hold a five-hour, non-disrup-
tive sit-in to support demands for the end of all literary col-
lege language and distribution requirements.
Students will sit-in at Dean Hays' office in the LS&A
Bldg. beginning noon Thursday.
The decision was made in the form of two separate
resolutions both passed by narrow majorities.
The first motion, calling for the non-disruptive sit-in,
was passed by a vote of 100-77 after 45 minutes of open
debate on the merits of a sit-in.
Advocates of the non-disruptive sit-in said the tactic
4 would keep the faculty's attention on the issue of the

17 ELY 4L1_ I A March 12 pre-trial examination date was set for the
10-member cast of "Dionysus in 69" yesterday after they
lte "stood mute to charges of indecent exposure in Ann Arbor
District Court.
District Court Judge Pieter G. V. Thomassen entered a
+?plea of not guilty for the actors.
So nt sa s - The actors, members of the Performance Group, were ar-
rested Sunday night after a performance of the play-an
adaptation of Euripides' Greek classic "The Bacchae" in
By LESLIE WAYNE which the ten performed two scenes nude.
The state Senate yesterday The court charged the actors with violating state
created a special committee to ir statute 28.567 which prohibits "standing naked uncovered
vestigate student activities and with your privates naked and
disorders at state universities. uncovered to the great scan-
The resolution, passed by voice dle of those present and to
vote, asks the committee to in- the manifest corruption of
vestigate "the possibility of crim- their morals."

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inal conspiracy on university cam-
puses th~e strengthening of. state
criminal laws relatin; to breaches
of peace on campus and the role
of SDS as related to campus dis-

Violation of this statute, a high
court misdemeanor, carries a pen-
alty of up to one year in jail and
$500 fine.

orders." Richard Schechner, professor of
theater at New York University
The charge that the arrest of and director of the company, said
the ten members of 'Dionysus in the cors ln to annPal the

rap poli-c,
'U'stand
By MARCIA ABRAMSON
and JIM HECK
The Performance Group kept

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language and distribution re-
quirements without forcing a
direct confrontation between
students and faculty.

The literary college faculty will
postponeS meet Thursday to consider bhang-
ing the language requirements
and opening their meeting. This.R
discussion had been slated for the Radical (aucus Iruce Levi
Hays plan Jan. 14 meeting which abruptly
adjourned because of the pre- TENANTS' RIGHTS FLIER:
sence of 25 students.
By DAVID SPURR At the mass meeting last night,
ycurriculum many students charged the facul-
Thepostponed ty with stalling and waiting for
committee yesterday 'postpoedn
action on a proposal fm Dean the issue to blow over. One stu-t
William L. Hays that the commit-dt + said+,-,500 pe,+- .,.+,titons.should

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e questioned

tee include voting student mem-
bers.
To further discuss the question
of formal student representation,
* the committee scheduled a closed
executive session for Thursday,
three hours before the college fac-
ulty is to meet.
Discussion on student member-
ship was cut short during the
meeting so that committee mem-
bers could hear from the chair-'
men of three of the college's lan-
guage departments who had been
invited to give their own views on
the language requirement.
During the discussion, Prof. Carl
Cohen of the philosophy depart-
ment spoke against Hays' approval
that elections be held for student
seats with voting power on the
committee.
"There are some kinds of com-
munity affairs in which the deci-
sion-making power should rest on-
ly with the faculty," said Cohen.
"One of them is the curriculum."
Cohen expressed fear that "stu-
dents may eventually run the cur-
riculum committee." He cited his'
experience on the Residential Col-
lege curriculum committee, where
students have voting status, as
"very unsatisfactory."
Assistant Dean George Ander-
son, an ex-officio member of the
committee, said he had had "a
contrary experience" to Cohen's
in the graduate curriculum com-
mittee of the economics depart-
ment.
Mark Hodax, '70, a non-voting{
student member of the committee,
charged Cohen with being "too
See PROFESSORS, Page 3

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tell them what we want. We have
exhausted every means and taken

By DAN ZWERDLING

every course short of a sit-in and The influence of local realtors
we've gotten nowhere." in the scuttling of a tenants'
Another student speaking for rights book prepared by the city
the sit-in motion said "If the came under fire at last night's
faculty is going to meet this City Council meeting.
Thursday, now is the time to'Cucla eryCpar
shoust m 1 a ve n & Councilman Leroy Cappaert tD-
show them what we want. The Fifth War) requested that City
sit-in is not a terror tactic. WeAdministrator Guy Larcomn re-
are simply showing by our pre- spond to charges that the city
sence that we are going to take dropped the tenants' booklet be-
Hctionwifteystdon'ts" s cause the Ann Arbor' Board of
However, students opposed to Realtors did like it.
the sit-in claimed it would alien- Cappaert's motion, which came
ate students and faculty who in the form of a memo to Mayor
night be indfavor of abolishing Wendell Hulcher and the council,
language and distribution re- was based on an article which ap-
quirements, but would be offend- wased n an aile whic ap-
ed by the sit-in tactic. peared in The Daily last Saturday.
Steve Schwartz, Grad, said stu- Cappaert said he will open the
dents should wait until Thursday~ issue to council discussion next
before taking any action because 'week.
"until Thursday's faculty meet- The article reported that a city
ing, we won't know how the fa- committee prepared a public book-
culty feels or what action they let describing the state's New
will take. If they do nothing, we Tenant Rights Law, w h i c h
can nail them Thursday night." strengthens a tenant's legal re-
He added that the students were course against landlords who fail
"playing their hand too early. to obey housing laws.
The sit-in is a bad tactic because;Thbykhasngla.m
it will let the faculty feel self- The book was deliberately aimed
righteous. We can't give them the at "poor tenants who need to
out of letting them say we are know their legal rights," a key
putting a gun to their heads." committee member said. But the
Mark Levin, '69, said "a show city halted plans to publish the
of restraint" on the part of the booklet after local realtors object-
students, "may make a number of ed to its "inflammatory" tone.
faculty members sitting on the Now, says City Public Informa-
fence come over to the students tion Officer Jane Mack, the com-
side. It may tip the scales." mittee is meeting with the Board
However. Gary Rothberger, '69, of Realtors to write a booklet
argued the faculty was really vot- which the realtors will approve.'
ing on an issue which it had no And, says Mrs. Mack, the city
right to decide upon, "something may turn the project ovgr to the
that concerns the students. By a 'board itself.
See STUDENTS, Page 3 "The realtors felt the booklet
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was geared to a small minority of
tenants who have a lot of trouble
with their landlords," claims Mrs.
Mack. "They felt it was 'inflam-
matory,' an unfair picture of Ann
Abor.
"In this town, landlords are very
cooperative." she said.
Councilman Len Quenon iD-
Second Ward), also a member of
the committee and an outspoken
advocate of strict building code'
enforcement, said the realtors
want to change the booklet's em-
phasis from "one of power given
tenants to responsibilities required
of tenants."

"We're (the city) glad to
the project to the realtors,"
Mrs. Mack. "It's a financial
den."

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69' had triggered the resolution's,
sudden passage was denied by,
Sen. George Kuhn (R-Birming-
ham), an early supporter of the
measure. "This resolution involves,
more, it involves the survival' of'
the free enterrise system." he'
said.
A similar rcsolution had been,
introduced into the Senate Busi-
ness Committee earlier this month,
but was modified to comply with
recommendations of state Atty.t
Gen. Frank Kelley concerning its
constitutionality. The c h a n g e s
would strengthen the legality of
the measure should a test case.
arise.,
The committee will be composed
of the members of the present
Senate Affairs Committee and
three Republican senators includ-
ing Sen. Gilbert Bursley of Ann.
Arbor.
University President R o b b e n
Fleming said he was "not, sur-'
prised by the resolution.E
"However, we hope the commit-
tee will view the whole question'
of student unrest in relation to
general unrest in the world. WeI
plan to present as fair and overall1
picture of unrest as possible in!
order to gain an understanding ofE
all the factors involved," he added.
Bursley said some people had
been trying to "pin the blame" on
nudism incidents at university;
campuses. However, the resolutionI
"really stems from a general con-!
cern over student unrest."P
Earlier yesterday, Bursley said<
;e would not support the measure
if it "became a witch hunt."
However, Sen. Coleman Young
D-Detroit) called the committee
"a little Un-American Affairsr
Committee in Michigan."

charge in higher court if they re-
ceive .the needed financial back-

In final form, the booklet cover
read: "You and the law can im-
prove your housing conditions."
Inside, the four-page pamphlet'
declared, "You have many rights
as tenants-and now the new laws
give you more rights than ever:
-"You cannot be evicted because
you complained about housing law,
violations in your building;
---"You can sue your landlord if
he refuses to make necessary re-
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ing. their clothes on and their satire
sharp last night as they acted out
Schechner plans to base his ap- the events of the last two days.
peal upon the First Amendment to Addressing "the good people of
the Constitution which guarantees the state of Michigan," the group
rights of free speech and expres- the auice, The lrii-
sion, and on the terms of the in-assured the audience, The hu-
dictment itself.. man body is obscene." In an ex-
haustive frenzy, they piled on
"On the basis of the statute, we extra clothing and hid themselves
are not guilty," Schechner said, under gym mats. When they
"We didn't scandalize anyone or emerged, they smiled at the plain-
corrupt anyone's morals." clothes police scattered through
Schechner estimated that it the Union Ballroom.
would cost $10,000 to fight the "I was born with my clothes
case through the courts to the on," they sang.
finish. He said he wanted to carry After the performance, the ac-
the case as far as possible, but tors and audience-including Po-
that the performers would need lice Chief Walter Itrasny-broke
outside financial help to do it. up into discussion groups,
Cinema Guild"announced last Director R i c h a r d Schechner
night they will sponsor two bene- opened the performance by telling
fit Charlie Chapman movies next the audience of his meeting earlier
week and donate the proceeds to with Acting Vice President for
,thej defense fund. A basket passed Student Affairs Barbara Newell
around at last night's performance and officials of the University
rarisdaot$20n0h. prr Activities Center-sponsor of the
raised about $200. Creative Arts Festival.
Attorney for the performers, "I was quite angry with them,"
Peter Darrow, said he had 'been Schechner said.. "They told us, 'We
contacted by the local chapter of love you, but you go to jail, not
the American Civil Liberties Un- us.' Therefore I would not tell
ion, but that the ACLU has offer- them what we are going to do to-
ed no funds thus far, night."
An ACLU spokesman said no Mrs. Newell said she attended
decision has yet been made re- the meeting because she was con-
garding support of the case. cerned about "the liability of pro-
As a high misdemeanor, the ducing this evening's perform-
charge of indecent exposure must ance." However, UAC officers said
be tried in a circuit court. If at Mrs. Newell left the final decision
the pre-trial examination on up to them on whether to allow
March 12, it is determined that a the group to perform.
crime was probably committed, Schechner told the audience thle
the case will be bound over for group made twoagreements with
jury trial in circuit court. UAC before the performance, The
Darrow explained that if the group first agreed not to violate
performers chose to plead guilty any state law.
it is possible the charge could be But they also promised to file
reduced to a lower misdemeanor suit against the University for
such as disorderly conduct. In that violation of "artistic integrity" if
case the trial would be held in any attempt was made to prevent
district court. the performance.
The $750 bond money was paid Mrs.mNewell said last night
by the 10 actors themselves. There everything in is ower to see tha
are no restrictions on the bonded no one in the audience was led to
defendants, except to appear in violate the law."
court on March 12 at 9:30 a.m. The actors used last night's
Indecent exposure is a non-ex- tense atmosphere to tease the aud-
traditable offense. There is no way lence. They pulled at each other's
to compel the performers to appear clothing constantly. But after a
at trial if they are outside the representation of "Dionysus" as
state. an orgy, and the arrest yesterday
Asked why Dionysus was per- morning, t h e y chanted mock
formed clothed in Detroit the hymns to propriety.
night before the nude Ann Arbor Schechner told the audience that
performance, Schechner explain- "Dionysus" would probably not be
ed, "We arrived a half hour before presented again because the group
the play was scheduled to go on. "relates to circumstances,"

City Coune il cancels
b~us service contract

By BARBARA WEISS
and TOBE LEV
City Council, meeting in special
session last night, voted un-
animously to terminate bus serv-
ice in Ann Arbor.
All public school and city bus
service will end Jan. 31.
The resolution, offered to coun-
cil by the Ann Arbor Transit
Authority, called for revocation of
the contract between the author-
ity and the Ann Arbor City Tran-
sit Company. The authority char-
ged the bus company had failed to
meet its obligations under the.
terms of the contract.
The Ann Arbor City Transit

Comnnany represents the St. John

tus I.oUIIJyDaytonLUI.i~o. "People are sick and tired of
Council's reason for terminating shaggy haired idiots interfering
the contract was largely based on with the activities pf good stu-
the unexpectedly large city sub- dents," said Sen. James G. Flem-
sidies required to keep the bus ing (R-Jackson) who had intro-
system operating. duced the initial resolution. "The
The expected cost to the city cry 'witch hunt' is merely a
was $30,000 per year. However, the smokescreen to torpedo the activ-,
city has been forced to pay about ities of this committee," he added.

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$12.000 per month to suppliment The question of the
the company's revenues from tionality of the committ
fares. last month by Sen. S
The St. John company provides Levin (D-Berkley)
the city with both public and brought up in the face a
school bus services. ruling. However, Levin
Council has also criticized the the Constitutionality is'
company for the poor quality of of judgment that may h
the buses and the failure of the decided in the courts."
company to follow a consistent
The St. Jahn Company blamed
their difficulties on the need to
service an additional second shift
at Ann Arbor High School, the
need to train personnel on the
job, a new contract with the team-student
sters which raised bus driver

Constitu-
tee, raised;
ander M.
was not.
of Kelley's i
maintainsr
"a matter r
have to bee

Student unrest

blankets Europe

Sdistrict court upholds
's statutory right to I-S

LONDON (/)-Student unrest
flared in a number of countries
yesterday with violence in Ber-
lin, arrests in Spain, protests in
London and a stern warning
from the French government.
Radical students ,ran scream-
ing through the streets of West
Berlin, throwing rocks, dam-
aging cars, smashing windows
and fighting with police. ,
One main target was the TIr-

student extremists. Major uni-
versities in Madrid and Barce-
lona remained closed.
Gen. Francisco Franco has
declared a nationwide state of
emergency and suspended five
major civil rights. Press cen-
sorship also was reintroduced.
Rumors circulated circulated
yesterday, that 500 persons were
arrested,. but police sources said
no more than 900 were held.

Police stood by and there was
no violence.
The school was closed Friday
night after some 300 students
destroyed steel security gates
with axes and sledgehammers.
The gates had been installed
recently to control demonstra-
tors who had threatened to oc-
cupy the school.
Militant student leaders were
ecnvassing students in other

youths protested outside Con-
gress as President Ferdinand E.
Marcos delivered his annual
state of the nation message.
"Down with Marcos," "We
want justice," "Marcos liar,"
and "Money lover" yelled the
youths. Police kept them out-
side. They could not be heard
inside.
In Nairobi, police battled stu-

wages, and the claim that Ann
Arbor was not a good city for a By The Associated Press
bus transportation system. A Federal Court in Au s t i n,
Council also adopted a resolu- Texas yesterday issued an injunc-
tion, reaffirming its continuing tion blocking the induction of a
' concern with the need for "a safe University of Texas law student
and efficient" form of public on the grounds that he has a sta-
transportation in the city. r right to a IS student de
The city is presently preparing AeI-Ststudent deferment enables
an application for partial federal a student drafted in mid-semester
subsidy of city bus purchases, to finish the academic year.I
As a result of the rontract ter- , .

ineligible to receive any other de-
ferment.
However earlier this year Her-
shey issued a memorandum to lo-
cal boards ordering them to in-
duct, without recourse to I-S, any
student who has previously held a
II-S deferment.
This would deny a I-S defer-
ment to many second and third
year graduate students who ear-

case," Donahue said. "It is an
identical case."
He sounded a note of caution
however. "The federal govern-
ment has the right to appeal the
Texas ruling. I doubt very much
that the government would give
up the cases in Michigan and
Connecticut because of this rul-
ing."
A 1 t h o u g h, under Hershey's

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