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Vol. LXXIX, No. 156

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, April 10, 1969

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

The

Democratic

victory:

How they

By JIM BEATTIE
and BOB FUSFELD
When Ann Arbor last elected a
Democratic mayor 12 years ago,
the election followed a major
scandal involving the Republican
candidate. S a m u e 1 Eldersfeld,
elected then, ended A 24-year Re-
publican hold on the city's top
post.
On April 16, Democrat Robert
J. Harris \will #assume leadership
of the city with a Democratic City
Council behind him. But the Dem-
ocrats' biggest victory in 36 years
did not require any scandal this
time. Rather, a superb organiza-
tional effort among both students
and the rest of the community,
felled the Republican dynasty.
To be sure, the constituency has
changed since. 1967 when Wendell
Hulcher carried the city by 1800
votes. The city has gained 9000

new voters since then. And the
new constituency voted in force
last Monday, raising the total vote
by over 4000 in just two years.
The new voters, which include
approximately 3000 students, had
a profound effect on the results
of the election, and have been
given much credit for it. But
everyone involved with city politics
is quick to point out that the stu-
dents did not win the election by
themselves.
"The voters apparently felt -it
was time for a change in city gov-
ernment," says Richard Balzhiser.-
the losing Republican candidate
for mayor.
"There was widespread dissat-
isfaction which stemmed from ris-
ing propefty tax assessments, fail-
ure of the St. Johns Transporta-
tion Company, and severe flooding
last summer," he says.

To explain the generally in-
creased Democratic turnout in
other than student precincts, how-
ever, officials of both parties em-
phasized the Democratic party or-
ganization.
"The whole thing, from the re-
gistration drive, through the can-
vass, through getting out the vote
was just done superbly," Harris
says.
In the Fourth Ward, which is
a Republican stronghold and not
heavily populated with students.
for example, the Democratic or-
ganization doubled its 1967 vote.
and also cut the Republican's
longstanding plurality in half.
The Republicans also increased
their turnout by 35 percent. but
against the Democratic results,
their progress appeared meager.
Balzhiser, who had concentrat-
ed most of his effort during t h e

last few days of the campai'gn in
the Fourth Ward, says he was
"disappointed in the Fourth Ward
turnout."
In the Third Ward also, t h e
Democrats clearly outdistanced
their opponents in the area of
political organization. E v e n
though there were 1150 newly
registered voters in the ward, the
Republicans received about 100
less votes than they ,ydid in the
last mayoral election.
In 1967, the Republicans carried
the ward by 450 votes. However,
on Monday, Harris received a
plurality of about 200 votes. The
spectacular gains in the Third
and Fourth Wards clearly were
major factors in the Harris upset
victory.
In addition, it is apparent that
the Democrats gained a large per-
centage of the independent voters

who normally vote Republican.
Even though Balzhiser lives in the
Fifth Ward, and despite the' fact
that the ward's voters elected him
to City Council by a two-thirds
majority in 1967, Harris carried
the area on Monday by 21 votes.
All over the city, however, the
student turnout was heavy and
decidedly Democratic. In the six
most heavily student precincts,
the vote ranged from 20 to 70
per cent higher than two years
ago. Harris carried the sik pre-
cincts by a plurality of 1600 from
the 3600 votes cast.
"Without the stugents. we would
not have won the' mayoral race,"
siys Walter Scheider, Democratic
city chairman. "The students play-
ed a heavy role both in the voting
pattern and in the organizational
wek.p
However, B_ hiser won by ap-

ra
-won t
proximately 90 votes in the Sec-
ond Ward which has the highest
concentration , of student voters
anywhere in the city. Nevertheless,
the Democrats cut the 1967 Re-
publican plurality in the ward by
two-thirds.
Furthermore, Robert Faber, the
Democratic candidate for City
Council from that ward won his
race with a plurality of 54 votes.
The Democratic organization in.
traditionally Democratic areas al-
so managed to increase the turn-
' out in those areas. In the First
Ward, which' is a Democratic
stronghold, for instance, the Dem-
ocrats managed to double their
1967 plurality.
Harris : carried the First Ward'
by 608 votes.
Richard Remington, a Demo-
cratic councilman from the First
Ward, speculates further that the

he
Republicans'
door-to-door
have had an
turnout.

war
increased reliance on
campaigning might
adverse effect on the

"Usually the Republicans run
a more antiseptic campaign, and
stay away from the people," he
says.
But both parties summed up the
Democratic victory as one stem-
ming from the Democrats' hard
work.
"The principal factor was t'hat
we didn't do the job of getting out
the people like the Democrats aid,
concludes Balzhiser.
"There were no new ginmnicks,
but we all worked very hard,
Scheider says, "There was a
fabulous investment of time and
enthusiasm invested in this elec-
tion. We worked incredibly hard
not really expecting to win."

SOME TO PICKET:
Local

ends walkout

CSJ reopens
case against

at Chrysler plant
By JIM FORRESTER The decision was made by a At least 69 workers have been
and HAROLD ROSENTHAL hand vote with approximately 20 fired by Chrysler by telegram and
Special To The Daily per cent of the workers voting to this was quickly made the focal
S'ERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - return to their jobs this morning. point of the meeting by local pre-
Members of Local 1264 of the Douglas Fraser, UAW vice-presi- sident Jim Sexton.
United Auto Workers, in a stormy dent for Chrysler, who chaired the "Let's get to the real issue-the
UnitdArutWmrkerinystordmymeeting, declared the workers vot- 69 discharges. These men are' the
voted toend their walkout against ed to return to their jobs with- cream of the crop and the inter-
Chrysler Corporation's Sterling out asking for a "no" vote on the national union should be thankful
Heights stamping plant. question. for them," Sexton said.
Many workers voiced their dis- The opening of the meeting was bHowever, he then told the men-'
pleasure with the decision and the marked by virulent and f a i r 1 y bership that no negotiations con-
\conduct of the meeting and vowed wide spread opposition to UAW cerning rehiring the fired men
to man picket lines again this management both on the local could be held with Chrysler until
morning. and international levels.wh he termed "the illegal and

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Remission for sin
By AL ARMSTRONG
While inflation worsens and costs everywhere spiral, the
price of holiness iemains relatively low.
Guild House, that paragon of virtue in the city of Ann
Arbor, was recently authorized to, sell indulgences to repentant
sinners for the sale price of 50 cents.
Guild House was so authorized 'by their own Resident Vicar,
St. Hereticus, to sell these indulgences for a wide .variety of sins
common in this town. Indulgences are available:
-For th6 sin of rent striking;
-For the sin of managing a building (for landlords and
businessmen);
-For the sin of attending a production of the decadent
theatre or cinema, in which the obscene human body is exbited;
-For the sin of giving dull lectures (for professors);
-For the sin of smoking pot and other sinful drugs.
There's more though. Like the literary college's recently
opened option where students can devise their own major, so the
saint has authorized "fill-in-the-blank" indulgences good for
any sin the imagination can devise.
St. Hereticus was unavailable for comment, but Rev. Ron
Tipton was more than willing to report what the good saint hed
to say.
"The saints, throughout all the ages, have accumulated a
treasure of merit,' he said, "and whereas the Church has author-
ity to dispense merit from this treasury, and whereas the Church
has not granted merit from this treasury for centuries, and the
treasury is now overflowing, then let it be known to one and all
that the Saint now claims the authority to dispense merit to
sinners, and has bestowed that authority upon Guild House."
In Medieval times, Rev. Tipton went on to say, the saints did
more good than was necessary, and these good deeds were saved
and could be transferred to people lacking "merit."
He admits, somewhat sheepishly, that the route of holy
indulgences was much like that of punishment under the Roman
criminal code.
Roman punishments were slowly commuted from whippings
and other unpleasant repentances to pecuniary compensation.
So was it with indulgences. Fasting and prayers required by the
See INDULGENCES, Page 7

unauthorized" walkout was end-
ed.
Speakers from the floor coun-
tered the argument by saying- that
since their officers had been fired,
we don't belong in t h a t
plant."
The mood of the meeting, which
began strongly in favor of the
strike, changed when one of the
first speakers in favor of the
walkout changed his view in the
face of the arguments presented
to him by Fraser. Fraser told him
the only way to get the discharg-
ed men back on the job was for
the plant to go back to work.
The other major factor in the
change in the meeting was when
one of the 69 fired men, Peter
Speils, rose and pleaded for an
end to the walkout.
The walkout was the result of
poor safetyuconditions in the
plant. Picketing members claim-
ed they were ordered to work at
a dangerous job.
One worker said that because of
dripping oil, used to lubricate the
metal processed by the presses, the
floor is extremely slippery. T h'e
scrubber which is suppos edto be
continually in operation to clean
up the oil is usually broken, he
claimed.
The worker also said that when
the conveyor which carries t h e,
scrap metal to the baler broke'
down last week the men refused to
pick-up the sharp metal.
Sexton confirmed the unsafe
conditions. He said the walkout
started when "the men who ori-
ginally refused to pick the metal
up had been fired." This was be-
fore Sexton and the rest of the'
local leadership arrived, he said.
"We looked at that place and
saw it in no way safe, and back-
ed the men," Sexton said. "We
were then temporarily suspend-
ed.
See LOCAL, Page 7
MODIFIED PLAN.

By JIM NEUBACRER
The Central Student Judiciary last night reopened
proceedings in the case of Engineering Placement Office v.
Students for a Democratic Society, and reasserted their sole
authority to hear cases concerning student violation of stu-
dent rules.
A preliminary hearing will be held Monday, April 14.
The CSJ listened as Marc Wohl, chairman, read a letter
from President Robben W. Fleming, reaffirming the Univer-
sity's intention not to put the student defendants in double
jeopardy, not to undermine "'-
facts established in the pro- aN
ceedings; and not to deny the
authority of the CSJ.U.
Fleming's letter was a response
to a series of six questions on ju-
dicial authority put to him last IL
week by CSJ.
"We feel our worries and con-,
cerns have been satisfied by Flem-
ing's responses," said Wohl.
However, the CSJ took excep-

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E WASHINGTON 0P)-The Justice'

buil1ding in 1ROT
From Wire Service Reports Society from an upstairs window,
Several. hundred chanting stu- and called through bullhorns and
dents chained themselves inside a hastily installed public address
the main administration building system for support from those
at Harvard University yesterday. outside.
demanding an end to the school's Below in historic Harvard Yard,
Reserve Officer Training Corps an estimated, 1,000 persons milled
program. about. Some paraded back and
Only about 100 students began forth with signs supporting the
the sit-in in early afternoon but seizure. Many more stood quietly
they were joined later by others and watched.
who swelled the ranks to at least Harvard refrained from making
500 by midnight. any immediate comment on the
School officials sealed off the seizure. It could not be deter-
Harvard Yard to prevent others mined immediately what action, if
from joining the protest inside any, the university would take in
while warning the demonstrators regard to the takeover.
they may face criminal trespass The seizure followed by a few
charges. hours a predawn march by about
Police were reported mobilizing ',:500 students on the home of
nearby as rumors of impending Harvard President Nathan M.
arrests swept the campus. Pusey.
Those inside unfurled the flag Chanting "Smash ROTC," and
of the Students, for a Democratic "ROTC must go." the students

Fleming. Department has filed its first suit
S o c c u n Although he said the University charging a Southern textile firm
- .3recognized the authority of CSJ with violating federal job discrim-
to handletthetcurrent case, Flem- ination regulations as several Nix-
ing asserted that a case of this on administration officials them-
nature "could, in the alternative, selves were accused of failure to
have been brought before the civil enforce the same rules.
authorities or before college aju- Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell filed
dicative bodies." the administration's suit Tuesday
swept past campus police and "We don't recognize the author- against Cannon Mills Co., operator
surged through the gates in front ity of the University to bring a of 16 factories in North and South
of Pusey's home. They disbanded case like this one before a college Carolina.
a short time later, but then re- ajudicative body,' said Bill Bleich, But as the Justice Department
grouped to march on the admin- CSJ member. brought that action in Greens-
istration building, University Halli The CSJ drafted a letter, to be boro, N.C., the NAACP Legal De-
After the takeover, the students sent to Fleming and Acting Vice fense Fund filed charges against
issued a list of six demands, President for Student Affairs Bar- Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird,
among them the one for abolition bara Newell; stating that the CSJ Secretary of Labor George P.
of the ROTC program. "cannot acquiesce to attempts by Shultz and Deputy Secretary of
The others dealt with lesser non-student boards to ajudicate Defense David R. Packard.
issues tied to the months-long de- matters of non-academic disci- The NAACP suit in Washington
bate over whether to maintain pline." charged that $9.4 million In de-
ROTC at Harvard and with the "If such an attempt is made," fense contracts were let to three
university's plans for physical ex- the letter continues, "we 'rshall Southern textile companies with-
pansion of the 333-year-old school, rely on the student body to . . out first getting proper assurance
Several deans were ejected by obstruct such other panel's pro- that the firms would comply with
the students including Franklin ceedings while we conduct our laws requiring fair job treatment
L. Ford, dean of the Faculty of own to a conclusion binding on of blacks.
Arts and Sciences, and Fred L. all concerned." The companies under attack are
Glimdean ofrHarvard CoWohl criticized Fleming for Dan River Mills Inc., J. P. Stevens
seizure took place at Boston Uni- pressuring the CSJ. & Co., and Burlington Industries.
, "If we know beforehand that Shultz was named in the NAACP
vem'sity's financial aid building, Fleming might, in the future, take suit because, the Labor Depart-
but it lasted only three hours. teecsst nte oy ol
About 100 youths entered the these cases to another body, would ment is responsible for seeing that
hall. Their primary demand was See CSJ, Page 7 regulations applying to job dis-
an end to Boston University's crimination are enforced.
ROTC program. sue' f Officials denied there is any in-
-They left at about noon, how- iediation o f consistency in the Justice Depart-
ever. after university officials ment's move against Cannon ':hile
warned that they would be arrest- the Pentagon is still doing business,
ed unless they departed volui- with Dan River, Stevens and Bur-
tarily. LunIrest Lurged-' lington.
The students had forced their 'The difference, a spokesman ex-
way into the building, smashing WASHINGTON UPt-Rep. Edith plained, is that Cannon has no
through a set of locked doors. Green (D-Oregon), chairman of a major government contracts and
They retreated just as police House subcommittee -investigating cannot be regulated under an exe-
were preparing to move in oni student unrest, said yesterday she cutive order issued in 1965 by
them, is drafting legislation to create a former President Lyndon B. John-
Harvard has an enrollment of federal mediation service for set- son.
about 15,000 including graduate tling campus disputes.- That order barred government
students, while Boston UniversityMrs. Green said her proposal, contracts with firms that fail to
has an enrollment of about 22,000. if approved, would maker a fed- comply with federal non-discrimi-
Meanwhile in other college pro- eral mediator available at request nation standards in employment
test activity, university officials at to school administrators, .faculty practices.
the Southern University branch and students. In the NAACP's suit, the Pen-
campus in New Orleans closed the - "This service will not dissolve tagon was accused of acting ille-
campus down following a series of all problems on campus," -she gally by awarding the contracts

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RC certifies student-run course frfall

By BARD MONTGOMERY
A joint conference of the Residential
College's Representative Assembly and
curriculum committee last night con-
firmed ah earlier decision to establish
a student-run course in the fall of 1969.
However, they also modified the de-
cision by limiting to 30 the number of
students who could take the course in
place of either of two required "core"
courses. The earlier decision would have
allowed 100 students to take the course
as a requirement option.
An unlirrted number of students may

dent-run requirement alternative avail-
able to 100 students. The decision fin-
ally approved, allowing 30 students to
take the student-run course as an al-
ternative to the requirement, won 24
per cent of the 364 votes cast.
Eighty-one per cent of the eligible
voters-RC students, faculty and ad-
ministrators-voted in the referendum.
RC Resident Fellow Jim Lang, who
proposed the motion that was approv-
ed, said," "It is clear that there is an
unwillingness on the part of the com-
minity to crnmmit ourselves to n.larae-

Lang believes that the adoption of his
proposal, which creates a committee
to plan for a faculty-advised, student
taught course, "confirms the right of
students 'to participate in the decisions
that affect their lives."
"I want to offer not an attack on
the 'core' curriculum," Lang contend-
ed." but an alternative way in which
students. may be members of the RC's
(academic) community."
Lang's motion was opposed by Pro-
fessors Carl Cohen of the philosophy
denrntment and Charles Maurero f the

"could let in all sorts of things on some
basis other than a revision of the 'core:'
philosophy."
He asked that final disposition of the
issue await a report by a committee re-
cently established to evaluate the core'
concept.
In commenting on tonight's decision.
LSA Associate Dean James Robertson,
director of the Residential College.
cautioned, "We have to plan this course
carefully and competently."
"The rest of the University," con-

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