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Vol. LXXIX, No. 124

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, February 26, 1969

Ten Cents

Six Pages

Faculty board supports
Dionysus defense fund



continues on


By JIM BEATTIE The motion, which was partly a
The Faculty Civil Liberties reply to the Regents' statement of
Board last night passed a motion February 21 criticizing the play
expressing support for University for damaging the University's
Activities Center's legal defense public support, "took no position
cm nforthe tfDon the question of whether or not
campaign frte cast of Dionysus the performance of Dionysus in
in '69. The board refused to ac- tepromneo inssi
tively support the cast in the 69 was desireable or not."
courts. however, The motion did, however view the
An Editorial .
DESPITE THE efforts of student groups to transform
the language requirement issue into a movement for
shared decision-making in the literary college, it has
obviously remained, in the minds of most faculty mem-
bers, a question of academic renovation.I
With faculty action impending next Monday, it is
clear that the literary college faculty has been moved to
act only because it believes an academic issue is at
stake. The, faculty is concerned that language as taught
at the University is not an effective way of training stu-
dents to deal with the unfamiliar, the abstract, the
It is not surprising, then, that the curriculum com-
mittee's two disparate proposals, both the minority and
majority reports, advocate abolition of the language
requirement as it exists now, but insist upon retention
of the stress on learning a language.
RESUMING, as the curriculum committee has, that the
study of languages will prove educationally valuable,I
the majority report recommends options for required1
study, such as an intensive study of the English lang-
uage, a two-year study of mathematics, or courses in
communication sciences.
The defense of language study has been based largely
on the necessity of understanding and knowing a
foreign culture. Computer and mathematics culture are
hardly substitutes for this purpose. If these courses may
be allowed to substitute for foreign language, why have
any language requirement at all?
Furthermore, mastery of communication arts should
be incorporated as a goal of every University course.
To set it apart in the sterile setting of foreign gram-
4 mars or mathematical logic is to debase its total value.
THE MINORITY REPORT recommends that the lang-
uage graduation requirement be abolished and used
as an entrance requirement. Those few faculty mem-
bers who supported the renort are likewise favoring thet
retention of the requirement in an altered form. But they
realize that elementary language study, especially in its
sad state at this institution, deserves no place in a
college curriculum,
Clearly, language study should not be used as a
gauge for admitting students to the University. Although
only five per cent of the freshmen do not meet the
* minority report's two-year requirement of high school
language study, even this small percentage should not be
discriminated against because of poor secondary schools.
However, these few students who could not meet the
language entrance requirements could learn a language
in University language departments less burdened by too
many students and too few good teachers.
HOWEVER, BOTH proposals are flawed and neither
should be accepted unquestioningly. The faculty
should abolish the language requirement as antitheti-
cal to the individual nature of the learning process.
But if past faculty decisions are any indication, the
faculty is apt to approve an amended form of one of the
curriculum committee's two reports.
With built-in guarantees for disadvantaged stu-
dents, the minority report might prove an effective first
step in abolishing the language requirement altogether.
However, both of the proposals show an alarming
disregard for a students' share in the decision-making
process in the University community.
ANY DECISION now to alter or abolish the language
requirement should not be misconstrued as a
change in faculty sentiment toward shared decision-
making at the University. And this can only be deplored.
.. ....

issue as one of primarily "art ex
pression" and stressed that "what-
ever the artistic value of the per-
formance may be, the community
cannot witness the resulting prose-
cutions passively."
The motion also supported the
Dionysus cast on the grounds of
free expression. "Since the per-
formance was sponsored by a
University group for a University
audience," the motion continued,
"the arrests placed in jeopardy the
standing of our University comn-
munity as one responsibly com-
mitted to free expression of iedas."
Martin Gold, chairman of the*
board, added that "the trust of
the motion was that the Univer-
sity by inviting a group for artis-
tic purposes owed the persons in-
volved a fair trial."
"The University has a special
obligation as an educational in-
stitution to defend the group on
the basis of free expression," he
Other members of the board
disagreed that the case involved
free expression, however. It was
because the cast had "a pretty
lousy case for free expression"
that the board refused to ask that
the University present a brief of
amicus, in fact.
Others suggested the cast not
be supported on the basis that
their nudity on stage was not for
the sake of art.
"These people did what they did
for publicity value because no one3
was paying to see them other-
wise," another continued. "Wheni
you get right down to it, what they
were doing was not really art." he'


Activity on the Eastern Michigan University campus
increased yesterday as students, faculty and administrators
searched for a solution to problems stemming from campus
violence last week.
Faculty members as well as students demanded amnesty
for 14 students arrested during demonstrations on the EMU
campus Thursday.
Hearings for the arrested students will begin today at 9
a.m. in the District Court at the Ypsilanti Municipal
Several different events occurred on the campus relat-

New Panhel officers--

ing to last week's disorders. '-
150 studentĀ§ rallied at the stu-
dent union in support of demands
made by blacks during a lock-in
at the administration building last
Thursday. After hearing speeches
from black leaders, the students j
marched across campus to the{
home of President Harold Spon-
berg where they sang and march-
ed, demanding amnesty for the
arrested students.
Black faculty members met and


Panhellenic Association yesterday announced the selection of new officers for the coming year.
Pictured from left to right are administrative Vice President Lillian Krezel, '70. President Wendy
Kress, '70, and Executive Vice President Cindy Szady, '70.

Kennedy asks draft
end to wartime II-S

College Press Service 3.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward
M. Kennedy (D-Mass) yesterday
introduced a bill proposing sweep-
ing reforms in current selective
service laws.
K Pnndv'C bhill inltiA n n-

nein ey s 01 icluues a paru-
said. vision ending student deferments
Professor Tom McClure of the in times of war. Under the pro-
Fine Arts Department, a member posal, student deferments would
of the board, also expressed con- not be granted if the military were
cern that performances such as engaged ''in a shooting war"
Dionysus which gave the Univer- where at least ten per cent of those
sity artists a reputation of being drafted in a given month were in-
"crazy" -would hurt his depart- jured.
ment financially. Further, national uniform san-
"Onthe basis of simple dollars dards for determining draft classi-
and cents lost from my department fications would be set up. Kenne-
I can hardly support this resolu- dy said he feels the lack of such
tion," he said. a standard for student deferments

is indicative of the whole selective
service operation.
Under Kennedy's proposal
young man would only be exemp
to the draft "during the cours
of bona fide studies" to be define
by law. Currently. individua
schools and local draft boards de
fine whether a student is makin
satisfactory progress toward<
Kennedy said he believes stu
dent deferments are a major in
equity. "The draft does not operat
fairly. It operates unfairly, in
equitably, and unevenly." he sal
in his address to the Senate yes
"It should be changed-change
not in one or two years from no

organized the Black Faculty As- Robert J. Harris, Democratic
sociation. Later in the afternoon, candidate for mayor, yesterday
these faculty members, along with blasted his Republican opponent,
refo rm s, with Sponberg. They voiced up of the student rent strike
port of the students' demands and Harris said Balzhiser "knows
d e erm es d for amnesty for those ar'f well that his solution to the
menton the meeting. problems underlying the student
e but changed this year." Kenne- Sponberg met to discuss the rent, strike is. in effect not a solu-
dy added. crisis with administrators in aton at .
hastily called meeting. Dean of "Balzhiser's program for bring-
a He called on President Richard Admissions and Student Financial ing down inflated rents and equal-
Pt Nixon to issue an executive order Aid Ralph Gilden said the meet- izing tenant bargaining power
e to help eliminate some of the in- ing was called to "apprise ad- consists of an appeal," Harris said,
d justices before the law could be ministrators of the current status "to enforce existing laws more
l "gassed and enacted. Kennedy of things." He said it was the' strictly; to sentence naughty land-
recommended the President order general consensus among adminis- lords more harshly, and to hire
g' that occupational deferments be trators to recommend a joint stu- more than the present inadequate
a ended, the youngest be drafted dent - faculty- administration com- number of housing inspectors."
first. standards be made more mittee to study the problems and "Balzhiser's program is an out-
- uniform, and selective service negotiate the demands. right admission of the indifference
- procedures be modernized. Gilden defended EMU efforts of the past and present Reub-
Ce to recruit black students, and la ty anistrast e
- Kennedy urged similar stepsdE lican city administrations to the
d during the Johnson administrationpointed out that Eastern ranks problems of students," Harris said,.
-~ecn onyt an tt n-in the form of a Senate resolution. seodol oWyeSaeUi Now that the Republicans say
He said he believes Nixon "intends versity in total enrollment of they are concerned, they have
d to make a determined effort at blacks at colleges and universities chosen to propose out-dated solu-
d ,,in the state.
draft reform."''i tesat.. tions.
The Student Senate, meeting
The new President has said he last night, passed a resolution "One wonders whether Balzhiser
favors an all-volunteer army. De- calling for creation of an eight- and the Republicans are serious
fense Secretary Melvin Laird said man committee to study the stu. in their new-found concern for
recently that a lottery system dent unrest. The fact-finding student tenants."
might be tried until the Selective committee would be set up along Harris said he will ask the
Service System can be ended. the lines recommended by the ad- Democratic candidates and the
Kennedy included a method for ministrators earlier in the day. Democratic platform to specifical-
random selection in his bill, but Richard Scott, student body ly pledge a coordinated attack on
said he feels an all-volunteer army president, reported to the Senate two levels.
sadhefe nnthe dinistration metingt .w. -

S.F. State faculty nears accord
in seven week-old teacher strike

From Wire Service Reports demands for admission of more cording to Rutgers President Ma- is not "realistic policy for the im-"m
Am-o"Sponberg's comments today mdi-
A seven-week-old t e a c h e r s black students, and to dramatize son Gross.- . mediate future. cated he will continue to follow
strike at San Francisco State Col- other demands. The students, who began their The proposed legislation also j the hard line," he said.
lege appeared near settlement yes- ocupation of modern Conklin Hall extends conscientious objector During the day protesting stu-
terday as minor disorders and The university administration, Monday, demanded dismissal of status to atheist and agnostics dents continued their efforts to
demonstrations occurred on other facing budget hearings with the two admissions officers, assurance now protected only by court deci- promote a general boycott of
campuses across the country. state legislature, had obtained a that no black student will be dis- sions, and prohibits a draft board classes, but with little support.
The American Federation of court order Monday night to evict ! missed for academic reasons for from punishing a registrant who Most students ignored the picket-
Teachers set two conditions for students from the building. The one semester, and acceptance of participates in an anti-'ar dem- ers, who were hampered by the
Fran- ijunction prohibits sit-ins and all black residents of Newark who onstration by drafting him. It pro- cold weather.
returning to work at SanFrnI other assemblies for five days. have high school diplomas. TheyontainbdrfighmItp-cldwte.
cisco State: approval of the settle-s. poed a "ronged cot vides for right to counsel in appeal -----'-~- "---
ment by the 'full state college William H. Masterson, the new- clas.se adfrthe act t proceedings.}
board of trustess and the return ly-named president of Rice Uni- 1dendsarenrthet. tThe bill also designated fourt"umyeeaue
to "a peaceful and fi'ee 'atmos- versity, resigned yesterday in the demanssfaresnotdy.. Statefswhient
phere" on the campus. wake of student and faculty pro- At Stillman College in Tusca-e would consider the desirability of
Trustees of the college will hold test against his appointment. In aAned inside the union even granting amnesty to youths who,
their monthly meeting today but selecting h, the Rice board o fled the country to avoid the draft.
there is doubt about whether they tustees ignored recommenda- though the school is shut down. fledy conty to a thedraft. s Stdent representatives of nine
will accept the proposed settle- tions from a student-faculty coin- precedent for such amnesty. institutions of higher learning met
t mittee it had set up to help in its wake of a classroom boycott and recently at Michigan State Uni-
mea. the occupation, spawned by stu- The other studies will consider versity to begin setting up what
CalrdyosidRtheld Reaganhas private Houston school. Rumors of dent complaints about food serv- nonmilitary service alternatives, will be called the Michigan Asso-
"illegal" and has said he will os p a student strike and mass faculty ice, dorm conditions, and armed an all-volunteer army, and reha- ciation of Students.
theg settlement. resignations had circulatedon campus police. School President bilitation programs for volun- This organization, said Student
pose the settlement. campus if the appointment was Harold Stinson said he would let teers who fall below induction Government Council Executive
Nearly 500 students at Pennsyl- made. the students stay in the building.s Vice President Bob Neff, "by pull-
md.standards. n stgtercmie u
vania State University in Uni- A Methodist black college m ing us together combines our
versity Park, Pa. gathered in front Black students at Rutgers Uni- Texas was closed after students Kennedy's late brother Sen. Rob- strength. We may be able to see
of an administration building yes- versity's Newark, N.J. commuter barricaded buildings for the sec- ert Kennedy proposed ending stu- who is for and against higher
terday in defiance of a court in- campus took over a major .class- ond time in 10 days. dent deferments because they dis- education."
junction.!room building and renamed it! State and local police moved on- i nte ns se h - "The biggest effect," he added,
Tjuctio 'srs. wer "Liberation Hall" to protest "ra-?to the campus of Wiley College at criminate against those who a- "nhe stcte gae
The crowd dispersed. however, " ~may be in the state legislature
after the doors to the "Old Main" cist" admission policies. Marshall, Tex., removed barri- not afford or do not qualify for in April-our legislators may be
I were locked. Earlier in the week The administration was en- cades and conducted a fruitless college. Teddy Kennedy raised the more receptive to a coordinated
the students had occupied the;gaging in "good, open discussion" room-by-room search for weapons same argument yesterday. student lobby."
building to seek support for black with the dissident students, ac- inone dormitory. _--- - -- -
___ Wiley. whose 750 students are
all black, wasclosed on the order
, FELLOWSHIPS of President T. Winston Cole, who SU stunts conde
'also rejected a student demand
that he resign.
Some 200 students at American" "
University in Washington, D.C., 33
yesterday to protest his refusal to
let Dick Gregory hold his "rump" From Wire Service Reports rupt the normal functions of 'he'
letter to the faculty last No- lish a visiting professorship and presidential inauguration on cam- EAST LANSING-Nearly 10,000 I university.
vember. an Afro-American Studies Cen- pus March 4. They left peacefully. students at Michigan State Uni- "The average student wants to
"Only by making a univer- ter. However, Haber says that and planned an announcement versity have signed petitions con-Iget his education over and get out
sity education available to black so far a black center will only later.d"a, h ,observed.
people," said Fleming, "can the be involved insofar as it con- The long-awaited Kalven Re- eni intdtion n viole-e ofhere," He eonbserve
University encourage black peo- cerns scholarships, fellowships, port on disciplinary procedures at' ansrtion He sa the peiion s aures
ple to emerge in many of the and professorships. t the University of Chicago, released otra tions e r n o total9,ns iloly half of
roles which they now legiti- Interested business supporters Monday, said students should be The petitions were presented the petitions circulated have been
fund areseeeeto'iglin"De- givenfanwider voiceninishould yesterday to MSU President John returned. Enrollment at MSU
mately seek to fill." of the decisions A Hannah. knumbers some 38,000 students.
The fund includes three main troit to discuss plans to solicit that don't affect the basic struc- Hm
objectives: funds from their respective ture of the school such as drug "He seemed extremely appre-Demonstrators have for the past
. ., r co~~in fi VP f the f'tions" said iPeter (three weksstaed it-ins and

City Council legislation, he said,
will be' promoted to:
-increase the supply of scat-
tered-site public housing;
-grant tax incentives to in-
crease the supply of federally-sub-
sidized moderate income housing;
-give the Transportation Au-
thority the $120,000 it has sought,
to enable it to run a bus system
that will open up new parts of the
city for rental by families that
lack two cars and must get to cam-
pus, the hospitals, or other central
city points each' day;
-declare certain unfair, small-
print terms that now appear in
most leases to be against public
-establish tribunals in which
landlords and tenants may obtain
swift, fair, and inexpensive reso-
lution of disputes over deposits.
Harris said Democrats will ask
the mayor to lead a lobby of Mich-
igan Mayors in Lansing to achieve
state legislation "recognizing and
protecting the tenant's right to
collective bargaining in the same
way that the employe's similar
right is now recognized," and to
reform the state housing law to
"make city housing codes truly
in violence;
to Hannah
in an atmosphere of intimidation,
violence and disruption which is
being fostered by irresponsible
"Dissent is a vital part of the
university community, but the dis-
ruption of President Hannah's
State of the University address
went beyond the limits of dissent
that an organized society should
Hens said the Concerned Stu-


King fund to

The Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Fund has begun to
collect contributions, and has
extensive plans to solicit more.
The gifts will be used to
create graduate fellowships,
scholarships, and a black profes-
sorship to "expand the pool of
trained business, scientific and
educational leaders among t h e

committee with Regent Otis
Smith, has set a goal of $500,-
000 in gifts for the King Fund.
He plans to solicit contribu-
tions from faculty, , students,
business interests, and alumni,
William Smith, assistant di-
rector of student organizations,
reports an organizational meet-
ing of all major student groups
on campus will be held early

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