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Protest

Undergoes

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Changes

By BARBARA SEYFRIED
The Inter-university Committee
for Debate on Foreign Policy has
undergone considerable change
since its formation at the Univer-
sity on March 11.
The committee has broadened
its spectrum .of interest to include
all foreign policy while still main-
taining a distinct orientation to-
ward foreign policy in Viet Nam.
The expressed purpose of the
committee is contained within its
name. Its aim is to sponsor free
and responsible public debate on
foreign policy.
Fact-Finding Mission
One of the, committee's most
recent activities has been to fi-
nance a fact-finding mission to
Viet Nam for Carl Oglesby, presi-
dent of the Students for a Demo-
cratic Society, Prof. Robert S
Browne of Farleigh Dickenson
University in New Jersey and Prof
Jonathan Mirsky of Pennsylvania
State University.
Oglesby and Browne have since
returned from Viet Nam. They
maintain to have made contact
with a representative of the Na-

tional Liberation Front claiming
to represent the Viet Cong.
Both Browne and Oglesby claim
that the representative said the
NLF no longer insists upon the
withdrawal of United States forces
as a precondition for negotiations.
However it still has four stipula-
tions:N
-Immediate cessation of all
military action in South and North
Viet Nam;
-A temporary freeze of both
sides' zones of occupation in South
Viet Nam;
-Negotiations between all in-
terested parties including North
and South Viet Nam, Russia,
China, the U.S., and the NLF; and,
-The withdrawal from South
Viet Nam of all non-Vietnamese
interests once the basis for a co-
alition government had been
achieved.
Recognition Needed
According to Oglesby and
Browne the only thing standing
between negotiations is U.S. rec-
ognition of the NLF as the Viet
Cong's representative.
What the committee is most
famous for, however, are the

University Students (above) at the First Teach-In

"teach-ins" which it sparked at
universities across the nation cul-
minating in a national "teach-in"
May 15.
The committee, which was form-
ed as the Faculty Committee ta
Stop the War in Viet Nam orig-
inally planned to hold a work
moratorium. Professors planned to
call off their classes for a day in
favor of other . activities empha-
sizing their protest of the:ad-
ministration's policy in Viet Nam.
This drew fire not only from
the University administration but
from the state Senate which urged
that punitive action be taken
against the participating faculty
members because of the poor ex-
ample they were setting for stu-
dents. Gov. George Romney also
labeled the action "irresponsible."
Changes Plan
Because of the increasing
amount of publicity the proposed
work moratorium was receiving,
the committee changed its plans,
deciding to hold a "teach-in".
They felt the original aims of the
moratorium were being observed.
The administration backed the
change.
Dean William Haber of the
literary college allowedrthe com-
mittee to use auditoria A, B, C,
and D as well as several rooms in
Mason Hall. John Bingley, direc-
tor of student activities and or-
ganizations, granted women stu-
dents at the University permission
to stay out past closing.
The "teach-in" took place March
24 and lasted the entire night. An
estimated three thousand students
attended. The evening started out
with speeches by three experts on
foreign policy and Viet Nam drawn
from the academic community. At
midnight six seminar groups at-
tempted to assess the problem in
Viet Nam. At 3 p.m. a second
group of six seminars attempted
to determine what should be done
about the situation in Viet Nam.
The Univ e r s it y "teach-in"
sparked a series of teach-ins held
on over 50 different university
campuses.
Second 'Teach-In'
A second "teach-in" was held at
the University at the time of the
national "teach-in" on May 15.
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WOMEN'SATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Welcomes you to campus and invites you to participate
in the sports and dance events

Aug. 31 Tuesday
Sept.1 Wednesday

Golf Club
5:10 P.M.

W.A.B.

WAA Executive Committee

8:00 P.M.

W.A.B.

2

Thursday

Crop & Saddle
Organizational Meeting
(Horseshow, March 13)

7:00 P.M.

W.A.BQ.

Dance Organization
7:00 P.M. Dance Studio, Barbour Gym
(Concert, February 25 & 26)
Folk & Square Dance Club

3 Friday
7 Tuesday

7:30 P.M.

W.A.B.

Tennis Club
5:10 P.M.

W.A.B.

(Old members only)

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munity had previously arranged
for McGeorge Bundy, special as-
sistant for national security af-
fairs, to debate foreign policy with
Prof. George Kahin of Cornell
University.
The "teach-in" at the Univer-
sity started with an introductory
speech by Prof. Andrew Collver of
the sociology department. Follow-
ing the speech at 1 a.m., a nation-
al hook-up used by a number of
universities relayed the national
debate to the University audience.
There was a summation by three
professors following the broad-
cast.
All did not go well at the na-
tional broadcast, however. Bundy
was called away unexpectedly to
go to the Dominican Republic and

was unable to appear.
Following considerable contro-
versy, a second debate was broad-
cast over CBS June 22. This time
Bundy made an appearance.
Following the national "teach-
in", the faculty group reorganized
in an attempt to open debate on
all foreign policy, not merely pol-
icy in Viet Nam, although this
still is a major focus of interest.
New Committee
At this time the Inter-university
Committee for the Debate of For-
eign Policy was formed.
Further action was taken by the
committee at a conference of rep-
resentatives of over 50 universities
on the Inter-university Commit-
tee. At this meeting the commit-
tee endorsed a city-wide referen-
dum for Ann Arbor on the Viet
Nam war to be held in the fall.'
A second study is being conduct-
ed by summer institute students
at the Survey Research Center.
They are interviewing Ann Arbor
residents in study of attitudes to-
ward U.S. foreign policy and in-
volvement in Viet Nam.
This project is part of a course
given by the center designed to
give students practical experience
in survey research techniques.
Results of the survey will not be
released until it has been evaluat-
ed.

8 Wednesday

Hockey Club
4:30 P.M. Palmer Field

Michifish
7:00 P.M..
8:00 P.M.

Old Members-Women's
Prospective Members

Pool

instruction period
(Watershow, March 31, April 1

& 2)

9 Thursday

Softball Tournament
Starts 5:10 P.M.
Tennis Club Tryouts
5:10 P.M. W.A.B. Courts
Speed Swim Club
Women's Pool
(Interhouse Meet, Thursday evening Sept. 30)
Open House
For Women students every Tuesday
Starts 7-9 P.M. Barbour Gymnasium
Open House
For Women students every Thursday
Starts 7-9 P.M. Women's Atheltic Building

Oct. 5

Tuesday

7 Thursday

Fencing Club
Starts 7:00 P.M.

W.A.B.

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