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Seventy-Six Years of Editorial Freedom











Third in a Series
"When I started school at Fisk
University in Nashville, I had the
idea that I would launch myself
into a brilliant .journalistic ca-
reer," says Regent Otis Smith, re-
laxing in his room at the Union
after a monthly Regents' meeting.
"But I became interested in law
and veered away from journal-
ism," he says, although it's still
his ambition to some day own a
first - class weekly newspaper.
This would be one, he says, which
"gives both sides in a controversy
and one which editorializes only
on the editorial page."
Smith's long career in public
service began when he became
assistant prosecutor of Genesee
County. He had moved to Flint
after taking his law degree at
Catholic University in Washing-
ton, D.C.

In 1953, Smith ran for the
Flint school board and was'
"soundly trounced." Undaunted,
he ran for municipal judge in
1957-and was defeated again.
Both times, he says, he ran at the
urgings of people who thought he
would be a good candidate.
Smith's activity in community
organizations such as the National
Association for the Advancement
of Colored People and the Urban
League, as ,well as his political
activity, garnered him the Junior
Chamber of Commerce's Out-
standing Young Man in Flint
award in 1956. "I just made it,"
he says, "because I was 35 and
that's the oldest the 'outstanding
young man' can be."
During all this time, Smith was
active in the Democratic party,
and in 1957, Gov. G. Mennen Wil-
liams offered him an appointment
as chairman of the State Public

Service Commission. "But I wasn't by Gov. George Romney to re- a view of the regents as being
interested," Smith says. "I had place Allan Sorenson, who had eight people, quite remote, rather
spent a time in the prosecutor's resigned. formal, who have blinders on. But
office, and had decided that you As a regent, Smith has very the regents are around quite a
can't practice law with one foot definite views on issues facing the bit, both individually and in meet-
in government." University. ings, and they're .,quite conscious
On student protest, for example, of what the problems are. Insofar
Summons from Williams Smith says "I don't think that as knowing what the gripes are,
"But," Smith adds, "I was en- student demonstrations are a per- what the'issues are, I think we're
ed with a summons from Mennen sistent problem at the Univer- pretty well informed," Smith adds.
Williams, a man whom I deeply sits.""Ocore"Sihmpazs,
admire, and I found myself chair- "Tebscuroefprts "Of course,'' Smith emphasizes,"
man of the public service com- The basis purpose of protest,of there's a difference between get-
masin.o"h ubi eviecm course, i to get a message L ing a message across and getting
mission." across to people who are in a!tn esg cosadgtig
acrossto peple wo are i action on it. There's all the dif-
Following a stint as Michigan's position to do something," he says. action n ithe world between the
auditor general, Smith was elect- "But overt and hostile and de-'authority'-in this case the Re-
ed to the State Supreme Court, structive tactics in a protest are
where he served for five years; completely unnecessary when there gents-being indifferent to the re-
he was defeated in a bid for re- is a procedure by which one is quest and their having a differing
election last fall. able effectively to register com- opinion from the request."
Following his defeat at the polls, plaints," he adds. "Although the Regents are con-
Smith was invited to join the "And although I , think that cerned with student problems, they
staff of General Motors, as as- there is currently such a. proced- get the other side too, from faculty
sistant general counsel. ure, the students who protest the people, parents, and just people
Then in March, Smith was ap- most probably wouldn't think so," who are irate-alumni people who
pointed to the Board of Regents Smith says. "They probably have come on campus and figure they're

just as much a part of the Univer-
sity as anybody," Smith says.
He also notes that "I suppose
everybody would like the idea of
marching up to a regent and
having a direct confrontation, but
the Regents just don't have
enough time-there aren't enough
hours in the day."
And Smith maintains that im-
portant things do get done at the
University. Partially in response to
the Defense Department report of
last year, he says that the Univer-
sity's recruiting program has "gone
into high gear," and is meetfng a
certain degree of success. As far
as staff is concerned, we're work-
ing on that too, but of course that
hasn't met the results of the pro-
gram recruiting undergraduate
Referring again to the Defense
Department report, Smith says
that one of the problems here is

that "this is a school that insist
upon high academic achievemen
as a rule for admission. There ar
al kinds of problems with lacl
of motivation and failure ti
achieve which affects the forma
record one amasses. And over f
period of years, you get to b
known as a pretty selective school
And from there, it's fairly easy tV
translate that into something ap
proximating racism."
Terrific Strength
But Smith maintains that "then
a terrific amount of strength a
the University-there's a tremen
dous amount of talent on thi
campus. The potential for good i
just enormous."
And one of the things that con
tributes to all this, says Smith, i
the fact that "the University I
much more than an ivory tower
It's much more involved in lif
than it used to be."


Lansing Gives 'U' $7.4 Million
In Capital Outlay Appropriation




The University will receive
million in capital outlay a]
priations from the state this
less than one-third of its or
Because of the low apprc
tion, construction on the nev
million Residential College t
ing will be delayed for, at
one year.
Capital outlay provides ;
for maintenance and new
struction to state-supported
ities. The University figure
arrived at separately from
$59.1 million general open
budget and was allcoated acs
ing to needs for individual
j ects.
Dental School
A $4.3 million portion wN
used in nearly equal shares to
tinue construction on the I
School Building and the ME
Science U Building. Of th(
maining funds, $1.5 million
go to air condition the gi
level of the University Ho.
and another $.7 million wil
place the Hospital's elevator
No funds have been provid
begin new construction.
Grad Library
The capital outlay cutbac,
not affect other projects in
gress or delay work on the C
uate Library Building, which
begin in September or the F
Health School Building, to
in October. Most of these prc
are funded privately through
eral grants and the $55M
Planning of five new pro
listed as priority items on
University request must be
back an year. The top pri
is, a $6.2 million Architecture
Design building on North Can
for which $1.5 million was
quested this year.
Residential College
Second on the list is a
million classroom and o
building to house the mo
language departments, w
would be located behind Bi
Tower. Third priority is a
million building to house
Psychology department
fourth is a $4.9 million Math(
tics building.

The Residential College build-
ings, which are currently fifth
in priority, will also be set back
a year. The opening of the col-
lege in temporary facilities in
East Quadrangle, however, will
not be affected and the remodel-
ing will be ready when classes
Another Project cut from the
bill is preliminary planning for a'
$25 million 500-bed General Hos-
pital to relieve the crowding at
University Hospital.'
The funds shortage will also
avoid any investigation this year
of the legality of Public Act 124,
which provides that the state con-
troller's office must handle the
letting of bids on new projects
funded by the state. The Univer-
sity has refused to accept this
ruling and a fight, was expected
to resolve the problem before

money for these new projects was
State capital outlay in higher
education received the largest cut-
backs of any portion of the budg-
et, much more severe than the
general operating funds.
Although both Michigan State
University and Wayne State Uni-
versity each submitted requests
over $10 million, they were grant-
ed $7.3 and $4.4 million, respec-
This "austerity" move has set
back plans for a total of 26 high-
er education buildings throughout
state. Further reductions will have
to be made in the speed of con-
struction in a number of buildings
already in progress because ap-
propriations are, lower than cost


Of U-p


Turmoil Over Editor
Ignites WSU Dispute


Notice Goes
To Students
Via Letters
Room and board rates for two
terms will increase $25 for a tri-
ple, $50 for doubles and triple
suites and $70 for singles, accord-
ing to a letter sent by President
Harlan Hatcher last night to Uni-
versity students and their famil-
Rates -for Baits houses and
Fletcher Hall, which offer rooms
but no food service, will also in-
crease $20. No increase is planned
for Oxford Housing.
University Housing Director John
Feldkamp said yesterday that the
rate increases have not yet been
approved by the Regents.
Hatcher also explains in the
letter that, "there is every likeli-
hood at this moment that there
must be upward revisions" in stu-
dent fees. The letter notes that
the state appropriation of $59.1
million "is not sufficient even to
take care of the anticipated high-
er enrollment, and leaves the Uni-
versity in a serious dilemma."
The Regents met last Saturday
to consider the University budget
and the size of the tuition
increase, but no decision was
made. A reliable source indicated
last night that the Regents want-
ed more time to study the Legis-
lature's appropriation bill which
included an implied out-of-state
tuition increase of about $650 a
year and a freeze on out-of-state
No copies of the bill had been
available to the Regents before
their special session last Satur-
While the source said the Re-
gents are basically in agreement on
maintaining the current balance
between in-state and out-of-state
fees, they wanted to give more
study to revenue and expenditure
"We also didn't want to be the
first to raise our tuition and
thought it would be better to wait
and see what other schools in the
state are going to do," the source
Another special session of the
Regents will probably be called
"sometime next week."

ks do Special To The Daily
pro- First in a Series
'will DETROIT - "I've never seen
-ublic such a ruckus in over 20 years at
begin Wayne," Frank P. Gill, advisor to
oegts Wayne State University's student'
ijed-s newspaper, the Daily Collegian,
fed- said recently. He was referring in
lund general to Wayne's student power
movement and the activities of
lects the Student - Faculty Council
the (SFC) and in particular to the
irset uproar over the selection of an
onity editor for next year's Collegian.
and Beginning in early March, the
pus, editors and the staff of the Col-
re- legian began considering candi-
dates; after two months of behind-
the-scenes politicking which cul-
$4.3 minated in the threat of a strike
office by the Collegian staff, Art John-
dern ston was named editor.
ihich 5-2 Vote
urton When Johnston was elected by
$5.1 a. 5-2 vote of the Publications
the Committee, an SFC advisory com-
a n d mittee, the Colegian ran an edi-
ema- torial calling for the SFC to al-
low the staff to pick its own edi-

tor. The editorial claimed that
the election of 'Johnston despite
a staff vote and the recommenda-
tions of Gill and the former edi-
eor, Vartan Kupelian, left the Col-
legian staff with "absolutely no
voice in the decision-making proc-
No Support
In a letter to the Collegian,
Johnston charged that Kupelian
had not had the support of the
staff, the editor before 'him, or
the faculty advisor.
Stating that a newspaper was'
responsible to its readers, John-
ston pointed out that Collegian
readers pay for the paper through
tuition and hence could not exer-
cise financial controls over it.
According to a member of the
Collegian staff, Kupelian began
to organize a strike in support of
the staff candidate, John Gegnon,
if the publications committee did
not elect him.
Gegnon later went to Dean ofj
Students Duncan Sells and said
that he would accept the decision
of the Publications Committee and!
the SFC.
Both Sides{
Paula Miner, Collegian staff re-
porter, has complained that "John-
ston said that he wanted to cover
both sides in' his paper, but he
started out by telling Larry Pala-,
dino to stop writing his Vietnam,
Paladino, a Vietnam veteran,
wrote a column supporting Amer-1
ican involvement in Vietnam.
Johnston maintained that he told,
Paladino not to write on Vietnam,
because he felt that someone else
could present a conservative view
more, effectively.
Man About Town
Johnston offered Paladino a
front-page, man-about-town type
of column. Paladino said that he
would not be back in September
to write the column.
Asked if he thought many of;
last year's staff would work with
him, Johnston said that he had
been working with some of the old
staff members over the summer
and was getting along well withr

-Daily-Thomas R. Copt
It was fair weather yesterday, as Ann Arbor's annual artistic an d commercial extravaganza got off to a traffic-stopping start along
South and East University Streets. The show runs through Saturday.
Social Scientists Want rants

Grad Assembly Asks Delay
In Housing Fee Increases

Collegiate Press Service
Second of Two Parts
scientists are asking for their own
national foundation, similar to
those already in existence for the
natural sciences and the arts and
The Senate's Subcommittee on
Gove: nment Research last week
completed hearings on a bill to
create a National Foundation for
the Social Sciences, introduced by
the subcommittee chairman, Sen.
Fred R. Harris (D-Okla). There
was no indication when the bill
would be reported out of commit-

lion of its $500 million appropria-
tion to the social sciences.
Rensis Likert of the University
of Michigan added that "relative
to our national resources, we al-
locate less to the social sciences
than do several other 'nations."
. Arbitrary Figure
But there is no guarantee that
the creation of a National Social
Science Foundation will add that
much in additional funds, at
least for the moment. The bill
authorizes only $20 million more
for grants, although Harris says
that figure is an arbitrary one,
which will be debated in the com-
The creation of the Arts and

! -The advice of social scien-
tists is needed in greater amounts
in planning and carrying out
massive federal programs.
No one, including outright op-
ponents of Harris's bill, will dis-
agree that social science is im-
portant and does not receive suf-
ficient federal funds. But many
say the answer is an expansion
of social science division of NSF,
rather than a new foundation.
NSF director Leland Haworth
made the strongest case for that
point of view in his testimony be-
fore the committee in February.
He pointed out that NSF already
plans to increase its involvement

in the social sciences by 25 per
cent this year and that NSF funds
for social science have been in-
creasing faster than any other;
division. The House has already
passed a revision of the NSF au-
thorizing legislation which explic-
ittly calls for NSF involvement
in the social sciences. At present,
NSF social science activity is car-
ried on under the rubric of "oth-
er sciences."
Haworth argues that creation of
a new foundation would cut down
on "the growing interrelation and
interaction between the social and
natural sciences."

Graduate Assembly last night
unanimously approved a resolu-
tion stating theat they are "op-
posed to any present increase in
housing fees 'unless it be effective
for the winter term 1968."
"While we realize," the state-
ment reads, "that costs may well
necessitate fee increases for those
living in these facilities, we feel
that it is patently unfair for the
Unievrsity to raise such fees in
the summer term since it makes
it impossible for any student to:
1 ) "Budget their costs a year
ahead (as scholarships and the
Office of 'Financial Aid requires)

versity, except under the regul-
ation ,of the Office of Student
The resolution was in protest
to the OSA's policy of charging
student automobile owners per-
mit fees. The resolution stated
that the imposition of these fees
by the OSA' amounts to a sur-
charge on the license fee levied
by the Department of State, and
is therefore "a use tax levied upon
automobiles by other than the
proper statutory authorities."
In commenting on the effect of
such a' repeal Roy Ashmall, Gra-
duate Assembly president, said he
helt student operation of auto-
mobiles would be effectively lim-

tee, although Harris says he has Humanities Foundation has not
"no doubt" it will pass. brought much additional funds
The Lion's Share into those areas, when compared
The foundation to be created with the massive funding of the
under the bill would give grants natural sciences.
for basic social science research. Cutback
The lion's share of those grants And others fear that the crea-
would probably go to colleges and tion of the new foundation will
universities. result in a cutback of other funds
A major argument in favor of for the social sciences, partic-
the foundation has been that the ularly as provided by NSF.
social sciences are woefully under- But there are other arguments
financed. by the federal govern- besides financial ones for creat-
ment. ing a foundation. Among those

City's HRC Director Cowley Resigns
,To Lead Zambia Devele nt Program

Ann Arbor Human Relations
Director David C. Cowley formally
announced his resignation at
Tuesday night's meeting of the
Human Relations Commission. A
new director has not yet been ap-

by the City Council at its July 10
meeting. But after lengthy debate,
a recommendation that the salary
question be discussed with Cowley
was stricken from a motion passed
by the Council encouraging him to
retain his position as Human Re-

Cowley said "we are still insis
ting and will persist in insistin
that racial discrimination t
eliminated from the C.O.O.T. pro
gram at the high school.
Cowley will write a detaile
memo of 'recommendahtions fo:


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