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Seventy-Sixth Year

Power's Gift: Ghronology and Fact

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Where Opinions 1 Areree, 420 MAYNARD ST., ANN ARBOR, MICH.
Truth Will Prevail

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Y, OCTOBER 2, 1965 ,


The Schiff Case at MSU:
A Test of Student Freedom

the local campus left has unfortu-
tely obscured a far more meaningful
uggle at Michigan State: Paul Schiff's
ht for academic freedom. The court
:ision on Schiff's lawsuit against the
3U administration will set an impor-
it precedent in the battle for student
[he trouble is that students at the
iversity shrug off the affair as some-,
ng that could never happen here, and
m forget it. True, the situation in East
nsing is quite different from that in
n Arbor. Schiff himself admitted that,
his type of arbitrary action is less like-
here than at MSU." But we at the Uni-
sity must not sit back complacently,
ile student rights are endangered.
Until last year there was no organized
dent activism at MSU. When Schiff
ped found the Committee for Student
ghts (CSR), loosely modeled on , the
rkeley Free Speech Movement, MSU
ninistrators shook in their: shoes. Se-
e East Lansing, scene of nothing wild-
than the usual frat orgies, was in
rtal danger.
HRIFF BEGAN advocating the aboli-
tion of the medieval in-loco-parentis
trine and called for a new student-
ninistration dialogue to replace uni-
sity paternalism. To the horror of the,
ninistration, this poison was spread
the dorms by CSR's newsletter Logos.
tribution of literature in the dorms
s immediatelybanned, retroactively,
the grounds that it constituted an
asion of privacy. Of course, delivery of
MSU newspaper, the State News, is
regarded as, an invasion of privacy
ause its editor considers letters con-
ning the Schiff case "too controver-
1" for publication.
chiff continued to hand out Logos
ause he felt the restriction was un-
istitutional. During the spring ┬░term,
which he was not enrolled, Schiff
ted Logos and was involved in action
civil rights, housing and Viet Nam.
Vhen Schiff applied for re-admission
the summer he was accepted by the

history department, but rejected by the
administration because he had "acted
to disrupt the organization of the uni-
versity." The administration had singled
out Schiff as the leader of the growing
student movement and was going to
make an example of him. If Schiff could
be kept out of MSU purely because the
administration didn't like his ideas, this
would discourage future student dissent.
Schiff went/to the American Civil Liber-
ties Union, which immediately recog-
nized the importance of the case. The
suit begins Monday in Grand Rapids Fed-
eral District Court and will go all the way
to the Supreme Court if necessary.
dents everywhere are at stake. Paul
Schiff was tried and judged in secret be-
cause he dared to rock the boat. He is
asking to be reinstated with an affirma-
tion of his right to free speech and due
process. If he wins, then administrators
of schools across the country will have
to think twice about expelling dissenters.
Udoubtedly things are better in Ann
Arbor, but students can never afford to
take freedom for granted. The recent
flap over the Fishbowl sign revealed pow-
erful pro-censorship sentiment in some
quarters. Adherents of freedom must not
fail to take immediate action to safe-
guard constitutional rights in Ann Arbor,
East Lansing, or anywhere else.
Berkeley's FSM accomplished much
through mass demonstration, but was
effective only on a local level. A victory
for Schiff in federal court will have na-
tionwide effect.
must rally to the cause of Paul Schiff
because it is their cause as well. Con-
certed effort in support of academic free-
dom will result in a vital legal precedent
upholding student rights. Hopefully cam-
pus activists will bury the leaflet and
unite to protect common interests, for a
house divided has little chance against
the multiversity monolith.

THE REAL ISSUE in the Power
theatre gift controversy is how
long-range plans for University
development and commitment of
funds are made and who shall be
included in this planning process.
It is not really clear what deci-
sions have been made with re-
pect to the theatre, but it is clear
that Regent Power and President
Harlan Hatcher are the only ones
who really know what has been
going on.
It is further clear that commit-
ments have been made, or were
almost made Tuesday evening,,
that The Daily and its Senior Edi-
tors and much of the University
community, including many of the
vice-presidents, would not have
approved of, for reasons outlined
in the Senior Editors' editorial.
story is as follows:
It was revealed to Daily report-
ers several months ago that Power
was planning a $1 million gift' to
build a theatre and that, various
University sources would have to
be tapped to supply the rest of the
money for a $3 million or so build-
ing. Such a leak is not unusual;
Power told the Detroit News
Wednesday that his involvement
had been "common knowledge" for
some time. The information given
above was printed in The Daily's
news digest early this term.
We were aware, in other words,
of the gift and its unfortunate im-
plications for the University some
time ago. It was by accident that
one of our reporters learned of the
impending announcement Tuesday
night - from Power himself. He
didn't say this directly but strong-
ly hinted that "there would be a
The Senior Editorial was writ-
ten to in some way head off that
announcement, a n d apparently
succeeded. What is disturbing is
that not even an outline of a
theatre financing program has
yet been presented to the Regents,
and the vice-presidents have had
only very peripheral; contact with
the whole affair.
And, as Regent Irene Murphy's
letterdto The Daily Thursday re-
vealed, things have been going on
for quite a long time. In January,

1964 the Regents accepted 2000
shares of Xerox Corp. stock from
Power for "a special fund." The
gift was anonymous and it was
understood to be for a theatre.
An additional 1000 shares were
given in December, 1964 for the
same purpose, and the total worth
of both gifts at the time they were
accepted was $1 million. If the
University still owns them, which
is not clear yet, they are worth
about $1.8 million. They may,
however, have been sold on receipt.
Further, it is very unusual for
the Regents to accept gifts with-
out seeing a clearly-outlined pro-
gram for their use. No such pro-
gram was presented on the occa-
sion of either the first or second
ANOTHER interesting element
entered the picture in 1964 sev-
eral months after the first gift. A
University committee was formed,
chaired by Dean James Wallace of
the music school, to study the
need for more University theatre
and concert hall space and de-
velop plans to meet the assessed
The committee was not to deal
with financial problems, whether
related to University funds, don-
ors or whatever. The committee
did not know anything of Power's
anonymous gift until several
months after they had begun work
and have at no time then or since
been in communication with him.
They are, however, well along in
developing plans for a theatre
building and "know of no other
projects being planned or any-
where near ready for announce-
ment." But Power is, known to
have done preliminary work with
an architect and a theatre con-
sultant and, presumably, plans
were well-advanced in preparation'
for the Tuesday announcement.
Yet both Po\ver and Wallace
deny any contact with each other's
The more puzzling aspects of
the situation have been Power's
and Hatcher's responses this week.
Power was told of The Daily's in-
tent to run an editorial Monday
evening as it was being prepared,
and was unwilling to discuss the
matter "until an announcement is

Michigan MAD
We asked only a clarification of
the situation with respect to the
gift itself. No such clarification
has been forthcoming, only con-
Various comments from Power
and Hatcher in a Wednesday ar-
ticle in the Detroit News contra-
dict their comments for The Daily
as well as facts about the gift
that have since emerged, mainly
under the impetus of Mrs. Mur-
phy's letter.
It was' assumed by the Detroit
News and The Daily and at no
point contradicted by Power that
the gift had not yet been made,
while Mrs. Murphy's letter, and a
subsequent check of Regents'
meetings revealed that it had.
Power told the Detroit News that
he was not reconsidering the gift,
while he told The Daily Thursday
night that he was.
ANOTHER question is why the
gift was made so long ago with
only vague plans for its use and
why nothing has been done with
it yet.
(As a point of information,
Xerox acquired University Micro-
films, of which Power was presi-
dent and founder, in April, 1962.
Xerox gave in payment 50,000,
shares of Xerox stock to an Ann
Arbor realty company apparently
connected with Power and his
wife. Power now sits on the Xerox
board of directors.)
In spite of all the confusion, the
essential point The Daily made
Tuesday remains the same-that
it is highly inappropriate for a
large University financial com-
mitment to be made to a theatre
building project in view of the
many pressing educational needs
in the University, needs which
any dean or even department
chairman could document from
his own experience, not to men-
tion larger program needs such
as the residential college for

which no viable financing plan
has yet been found.
The further point must be made
as strongly as possible that deci-
sions have been made regarding
this commitment of money and
establishment of developmental
priorities w i t h o u t consultation.
with and among the vice-presi-
dents, the faculty or even, to some
extent, the Regents,
THERE IS no excuse for not
Working out a coherent, well-
planned and feasible program for
the future development of this
institution in its capital outlay,
yearly operations, cultural growth
and every other area. Once such
plans are developed and agreed
upon, it will be very easy to tell
whether such project's as Power's
have a place in the overall pro-
gram, given the other needs.
But such planning, or lack of
it, and such decisions and the
information needed to make them,
should not be the exclusive prov-
ince of . President Hatcher and
Regent Power.
* * *
ALMOST AS complex but hardly
as relevant as Power's gift and
its accompanying problems is
WCBN's construction of a "New
Studio Complex" in the basement
of the Student Activities Bldg., to
be dedicated today.
This $60,000 excursion into ir-
relevancy was cooked up by
"Chairman of the Board" John
Evans, '66, its dedication an-
nounced via a highly formal in-
vitation, and the whole financed
by an amazing complex of indus-
trial donors, plus the University.
For the dedication, Evans seemsa
to think it necessary to bring in a
Who's Who among Michigan in-
dustrialists to listen' to the former
chairman of the National Asso-
ciation of Broadcasters. T h e
WCBN staff is of course, invited
to attend, assuming they adhere
to dress regulations (the only ones
in the University outside the Eng-
lish department) and keep to the
back of the room.
Evans also has found it neces-
sary to equip his station with
maximum paneling, carpeting and
telephone accounterments; maybe
it makes the sound brighter, but

it surely can't help what is said
BUT THE financing and the
space allocation are most interest-
ing. The University - specifically,
Vice-President for Business and
Finance Wilbur Pierpont - was
able to put up an unprecedented
$25,000 loan. One is forced to ask
what funds the loan came out of
and who ought to be able to
authorize such unusual uses for it.
Nobody is offering any money
for a bookstore, and the Univer-
sity of Michigan Student Emp-
loyee's Union does well to get a
few reams of paper on credit.
Strangely, Evans' father, a wealthy
industrialist, is a big University
contributor. He also chipped in a
lot of plywood for his son's studios
and offices, and Ford Motor, Mich-
igan Bell, Precision Scientific,
and United Press International
added either money or goods and
The University. Plant Depart-
ment did much of the installation
work and, according to Evans, lost
money in the process because of
an unusual fixed-bid contract.
And, of course, the students chip-
ped in for "wiring, painting and
paneling," and dress regs were
even relaxed for the purpose ("but
those sweatshirts b e t t e r be
A FINAL point is the huge
space Evans got in the SAB for
the studios. Student activities
needs are really acute, yet he gets
private offices, a "complex" of
studios, the works, in other words.
Somebody in the Office of Stu.
dent Affairs ought to take a rap
for that one, or the other student
organizations' might try picketing
the studios.
One wonders, amidst the formal
dedication and the great number
of ties to industry and the Uni-
versity, what happens to freedom
of the press on WCBN. The great
dedication is today. But what are
they dedicating? Rooms? Carpet-
ing? Push-button phones? A rep-
tie staff?
That isn't journalism, or even
entertainment. It's c h r o m i u m
status, which isn't going to do any
of us any good.







Rep lies to Shortt s Letter

Birth Contr olies

THIS WEEK the health service direc-.
tar at Brown University admitted pre-
scribing birth control pills to unmarried
coeds, thus clarifying the traditionally-
ambiguous position which universities
have preferred to adopt on contraception.
Though other Brown and Pembroke
administrators refuse to adopt a solid
stand on birth control, by not interfer-
ing with health service operations they,
too, have tacitly admitted the morality
of birth control-or' at least students'
freedom to accept it as moral.
Though very few students know about
M l
THE DEBATE about dispensing birth
control pills by college and university
health services in the country has un-
fortunately obscured the alarming ex-
tent to which perverted and shameful
sex practices are already going on at our
own University campus.
The brazen facts:
--All female students are required to
show their thesis to a professor at the
end of their senior year.
-Male and female students matricu-
late together.
-They must also share the same cur-
-Scores of bachelor teaching assist-
ants are known to practice celibacy.
-Many students are at the University
solely for achieving baccalaureate.
-Many of the habitues of the Frieze
Building are avowed thespians.
WHAT MUST BE DONE to stop this?
Certainly; the University cannot ig-
ore its proper responsibility to act as a
parent to preserve the health and wel-
fare of students.
And it must be admitted that most of
the students participating in these

it, individual doctors in this University's
Health Service also can and do prescribe
birth control pills for unmarried stu-
dents. Yet Health Service Director Dr.
Morey B. Beckett avoids the issue.
He claims there is no health service
policy on birth control pills but will not
say that no one has received pills from
doctors under his supervision. Other re-
liable sources indicate that many stu-
dents have received prescriptions. Dr.
Beckett, however, has made no general
announcement that the pills were avail-
able-if only from some doctors.
THE UNIVERSITY Health Service, like'
Brown's administration, has already,
however indirectly, admitted the free-
dom of students to accept birth control
as moral. It is time that the health
service adopted a positive program-or
at least made it known officially that
birth control pills and devices are avail-
Why not let all students know that if
they desire help, they can obtain it from
competent professional people at the
Allowing prescription of pills, perhaps
with health service and the local Planned
Parenthood Clinic working together,
could be accompanied by counseling
services. A coherent program of sex-edu-
cation courses should also be developed
to include more than the few courses
now available in the sociology and psy-
chology departments and the graduate
division of the public health school.
Of course even a counseling and sex
education program does not insure that
the prescription of pills will not become
a vending machine-type of operation,
with birth control devices passed out in-
discriminately as a boon to promiscuity.
But students can and should be trusted
to decide, on the basis of their own sen-
sitivities, in which cases premarital sex
will be good for them. -

To the Editor:
be lauded if, in fact, Dick Shortt's
call to interested parties to dis-
cuss changes and grievances leads
to some hard introspection, self
criticism and eventual self im-
provement. It speaks poorly for
Voice that there wasn't more of
the type of discussion Mr. Shorrt
now calls for before Voice was
threatened with being eclipsed by
a new SDS chapter.
The importance of self examina-
tion, especially among young radi-
cals who intend to promote change
in their society, cannot be over-
emphasized. I applaud its reap-
pearance on this campus. In this
context, I want to comment upon
several points made by Dick
Shortt in his letter to The Daily
published Friday.
First, Voice must realize that
the claim that "those people who
are now forming a second 'chap-
ter' of SDS have not made a
serious attempt to join and work.
towards building the type of SDS
chapter they would like to see at
Michigan" is, with a few admitted
exceptions, simply not true. For
example, we "dissidents" were very
active and outspoken at the fall
retreat. Voice must ask itself why
the dissidents failed to have more
influence, why hostilities develop-
SECONDLY, the claim that the
"actions of the dissident group
have accomplished nothing but
create (sic) more factionalism on
this campus" is unreal and fool-
ish. This past week has brought
a lot of people, new and old, into
meaningful dialogue and appar-
ently has stimulated Voice. Hur-
rah! I hope that the dialogue will
continue to grow, and I call on
all concerned persons to involve
themselves. The future is extreme-
ly uncertain and will be deter-
mined 'by personal involvement. I
personally find this vital dialogue
to be intellectually exciting and
heavily rewarding.
Third, by way of detail, at the
Voice election meeting, I did not
explicitly speak for any candidate
(Alan Jones or Stan Nadel); my
main intention was to inject con-
troversy in opposition to the very
predictable election of Eric Ches-
ter who was effectively "heir ex-
pectant" to the chairmanship.
(Are not "heir" and "hierarchy"
related?) The attack was not
directed at Chester personally, but
at the system-a de facto hier-
archy and a loosely defined ,es-
"Mr. Thorson himself," if I may
be amused, could not declare him-
self eligible for the chairmanship
-even had he not been opposed
to the very existence of the office
-as he is temporarily a non-
student and thereby prohibited
from holding office under OSA

IT IS DIFFICULT to say just
what the Thursday night meeting
of the "new chapter" signifies, but
it did show that there is a great
deal of concern on this campus
for SDS. Small discussion groups
will meet independently all next
week. (Set up your own.) There
will be a second mass meeting
next Thursday night in the Union
at 8 p.m. to continue to hash
things out. The room number will
be announced at a later date.
-Robert Thorson
Apathy, Concern
To the Editor:
YOU KNOW, I'm a good com-
placent American. Just one of
the vast multitude. I exist from
day to day--eat, drink, sleep, go
to class, read a little, and, in gen-
eral, enjoy my commonplace
existence. What's down inside of
me usually stays there; I find it
I, like many of my fellow Ameri-
cans, sit back and accept the war
in Viet Nam as a sort of "nasty,"
far-removed situation and secretly
hope that for some reason I'll
never be 1-A. I'll probably still be
thinking that on the troopship
going over, despite the fact that
my inner self tells me that I am
I sympathize with the civil rights
movement and long to work on a
summer project in Mississippi-
and yet what do I do? Nothing.
I thought I was bold when I
picketed city hall in San Francisco
-yes, San Francisco-with CORE
(and even then, I must admit, I
didn't really know why I was
there). I rant and rave about out-
rageous book prices, unfair hous-
ing, cruelty to animals, terrible
The third and last part of
John Meredith's series on the
history and prospects for the
University's branch at Flint will
appear tomorrow morning.
this and horrible that, but, again,
what do I do? You're right, not
a damn thing. This is typical, and
I'm not making excuses for it, but
really I'm no different from most
of you reading this right, now.
Stop and think about it. There
is no real excuse for apathy, and
yet it has become the watchword'
of our so-called Great Society.
TODAY a murderer was ac-
quitted in Hayneville, Alabama.
Despite eyewitness reports that
Thomas J. Coleman had shot
down two clergymen in cold blood,
the jury returned the verdict after
less than two hours of delibera-
tion. It was crime enough to have
him indicted only for manslaugh-
ter (on a plea of self-defense by

they have put another one over
on the nigger lovers, the FBI, the
Jew-Communists, and the United
States Government.
Rise up all you White Anglo-
Saxon Protestants and rejoice!
You've done it again! A murderer
has been freed; perhaps to kill
again, but even cif he doesn't, he
will have the personal satisfaction
of reveling in the "righteousness"
of his bigotry.
Try to remember September 30,
1965 as a day in which our judi-
cial system was again, for the
Nth time, ridiculed and debased.
Long live the jury system, and
woe to those who speak of double
jeopardy or interference in states'
IN CONCLUSION then, some
may laud this event; others may
lament; but most will pass it off
without the slightest concern. Let
me say this though-apathy is,
indeed, a poor solution to our na-
tion's problems. You and I were
not on that jury. You and I did
not acquit that man. In fact there
is nothing much that you or I can
do; but we can raise our voices
in protest-this is the very least
that we can do. Periodically, think
about Reverend Daniels, Viola
Liuzzo, Medgar Evers - about
Chaney, Goodman and Schwener
and the countless others who have
sacrificed their lives for a simple
Now you may laugh or consider
this trite emotional proselytism,
but remember one thing-these
people must not die in vain. They
got up off their rear ends and,
attempted one way or another to
right what they considered wrong,
and herein, they have done much
more than either. you or I. We
complacents may be good material
for the molding of the American
Dream, but is this what we really
want in life? To whom does this
dream belong? Sometimes I won-
Anyway, I call on you to decide
for yourselves.
Michael Gow,'66
Viet Nam
To the Editor:
I WOULD LIKE to acknowledge
the editorial of Mr. Joseph S.
Dolan, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army,
and Mr. John S. Dolan as one
which affirmed a number of our
reasons for continuing the present
policy in Viet Nam. The principle
pertinent cause he mentions is
the "adherence to die-hard, hard-
line communism" as we see it in
Viet Nam. Yet, his argument still
leaves unsettled the question of
whether or not we can establish
grounds for the killing we are
using as the means to our goal.
In responding to this question,
perhaps Mr. Hencken's editorial of

when killing would be acceptable
to society; therefore, we find so-
ciety isn't totally against killing
and would accept it if a reasonable
cause could be established.
little rationality involved in the
murders that have occured through
the years. Though the exact num-
ber can never be determined, mil-
lions of Russians and Chinese
died as Communism used terror,
tactics to obtain power. Those
deaths I'd call 'anything but ra-
tional or moral. Many of those
deaths were for objecting to their
administration no more than many
of you have objected in these
columns to our administrative pol-
icies.' How many more millions
died in the famines that were
caused by an ideology that was too
stubborn to give way to the needs
of the people rather than the am-
bitions and selfishness of the few+
in power? It is again hard to find
how many died, but I couldn't call
these deaths morally acceptable
to society either.
In the United States such ruth-
lessness and stupidity would be
matched in approximate number
if we were to take the citizens of
the state of Michigan, divide them
in half, and annihilate one half
of them while allowing the other
half to starve to death. Tihat's
what communism has done in the
past, and it can do it in Viet Nam.
You all realize that if we were
to leave Viet Nam now, the com-
munists would soon take control
by force. In this instance, many
Vietnamese who believed in and
fought for freedom in their coun-
try would die labled "traitors- to
the People's Government" at the
hands of the communists. Those
that didn't die would join the other
b 1119o n communist-dominated
people who are slowly dying
through the mechanization of
their minds by the enslaving poli-
cies of the Red states. These
reasons are why many cannot ac-
cept communism and also why we

may kill and die in opposition to
DON'T GET ME wrong. I didn't
enjoy hearing of a friend, a U.S.
Marine, having died recently in
Viet Nam. One thing, though, he
knew they were fighting for
people's lives and their freedom
to think and live as they wish. He
died, I'm sure, with his self-
respect completely intact and for
a purpose in this world which de-
serves our respect too.
-Greg May, '68
Theatre Gift
To the Editor:
J WISH to protest the casual
Philistinism of your front-page
editorial on Tuesday. Like good
gay burghers you divide the world
into necessities (a Power building
for the Residential College; funds
for the Center for Research on
Learning and Teaching) and lux-
uries (the arts; here a theater
described unforgettably as "a cul-
tural project.")
Apparently "Culture" is decora-
tive and useless; it belongs with
sports cars and electric carving
knives among the pleasant super-
fluities of a comfortable life. On
the other hand are the realities,
for which in the prose of the edi-
torial we must spend our "edu-
cational dollars." (How educated
are people who speak of "educa-
tional dollars?")
YOU ARE complacent in ac-
cepting as self-evident this bour-
geois division, and you are con-
descending when you suggest that
Regent Power give his name to
a more practical structure. There
are people who do not share your
ideology; who think a living thea-
ter more urgent and requisite than
any number of Center for Re-
search on This and That.
-Prof. Donald Hall
Department of Enlish



Schutze 's Corner:
Fraternity Life


Association last night accepted
a series of proposed regulations to
modify or eliminate certain his-
torical rush and. pledge practices.
Among them were regulations pro-
hibiting "abnormal, incomplete or,
unsanitary dress, abusive lan-
guage, external application of for-
eign material and forced physical
introduction or consumption of
any matter."
A more cruelly repressive set of

ably be termed the social fra-
ternity's foremost raison d'etre, its
most significant liturgy.
during fraternity initiation cere-
monies is transubstantiated into
the flesh and blood of the social
behaviors which inevitably become
a successful fraternity man's way
of life, his eternal master. The
proposed measures to curtail the
observance of this fraternal sac-

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