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The Michigan Senate passed a
resolution asking state college;
presidents to ban Communist
speakers-but University President
Harlan Hatcher said last night
that the University "plans no
change in its existing policy on
political speakers.
The resolution-which does not
have the force of law-passed the
Senate 15-14 yesterday afternoon
shortly before Communist theore-
tician Herbert Aptheker spoke to
a capacity audience at Wayne
State University. Aptheker, who
recently visited Hanoi, spoke to
an audience of 750 in Rackham
auditorium here Thursday night.
"We won't pay, any attention to
this resolution," commented Re-
gent Irene Murphy yesterday. "We

already have our own policy."
"This policy, as it has evolved in
recent years, allows political
speakers of any viewpoint to speak
on campus," explained President
In Detroit, Wayne State Univer-
sity President William R. Keast
ignored the Senate resolution by
allowing Aptheker to speak to an
audience of 150 yesterday after-
Seventy-five Wayne State stu-
dents sat in at the Kresge Library
Science Auditorium protesting the
small facilities provided for the
two and one-half hour talk. More
than 400 students were unable to
get in to hear Aptheker.
tiwenty-five members of a right-
wing group called Breakthrough
carried placards denouncing Ap-

theker and exchanged insults with'
his supporters.
The sit in broke up without in-
cident at 5 p.m.
The Senate resolution, sponsored
by Senate Majority Leader Ray-
mond Dzendzel (D-Detroit), re-
quested "state supported colleges
and institutions to deny their in-
stitutions as a forum for Com-
munist speakers."
Dzendzel said last night he
might push for a provision in this
year's university appropriations
bill making it illegal to have Com-
munists speak on campus.
Sen. William Romano (D-War-
ren) supported the resolution, de-
claring, "Too many of us are
being lulled to sleep by such words
as freedom of speech, ideals and
ideologies. I'm getting sick and
tired of them."

Wayne President Keast tele-I
graphed the Senate shortly before
the Aptheker speech yesterday
afternoon. He said that arrange-
ments for the speech were made
in line with a 1962 policy adopted,
by all four-year colleges and uni-
versities in Michigan.
"A university has no higher
duty than to encourage and pro-
tect the free and open discussion
of ideas, however controversial
they may be," Keast said.
Dzendzel replied that Keast
"might have to take the con-
sequences of permitting the
"I don't know what they'll be,"
Dzendzel said, "but he (Keast)
knows the feeling of the Senate.
It's the people of Michigan whose
tax dollars he's playing with."

Senator Gilbert Bursley (R-Ann
Arbor) who opposed the resolution,
explained that it was first sub-
mitted by Robert Huber (R-Troy)
on Thursday. Huber reportedly
picked up that morning's Detroit
Free Press and read-on the same
page-that Aptheker was speaking
at Wayne and that five American
soldiers were killed in combat in
Viet Nam. Brandishing the paper
in the Senate, he launched into
a speech that resulted in the reso-
Thursday Lt. Gov. William Mil-
liken broke an 11-11 tie on the
issue with a no vote. More debate
broke out but the issue was un-
resolved Thursday.
Bursley noted that the matter
was not scheduled yesterday. It
took proponents of the measure,

some time to get the matter on
the agenda. Bursley, who had op-
posed the resolution on Thursday,
was representing the Legislature
at another function in Lansing
Friday and did not vote on the
M i c h i g a n Attorney General
Frank J. Kelley was among the
many public officials who de-
plored the resolution.
"I am shocked and disturbed by
the Senate resolution urging our
state universities and colleges to
restrict freedom of speech in these
public institutions. I despise Com-
munism and all that it stands for,
including its principle that those
who disagree with the government
must not be allowed to speak ...
We should not allow our disgust
for any ideas to propel us into

unconstitutional deeds."
Regent Eugene Power .(D-Ann
Arbor), who was chairman of the
Michigan Coordinating Council for
Public Higher Education which
drafted the current speakers policy
for Michigan universities in 1962,
opposed the Senate resolution.
The speaker policy, which stipu-
lates that "limitations based upon
the subjecti tonbediscussed or
character, background or past as-
sociation of the speaker," has, said
Power, "worked out very well over
the past four years."
Regent Carl Brablec. (D-Ann
Arbor) called the resolution "un-
fortunate," and added that the!
present guidelines are "sufficient."
University Vice-President for
Student Affairs Richard A. Cutler
joined President Hatcher and sev-

eral of the Regents in denouncing
the resolution.
"I believe college students have
the wisdom to make sound judge-
ments when presented with all the
facts," Cutler said.
"This flies in the face of the
concept of a university as a place
for free conflict of ideas. I believe
college students have the wisdom
to make a sound judgement when
they are presented all the facts.
"Mr. Aptheker has been speak-
ing all. over the country as long
as I can remember and, in the
process, the Cofnmunist party has
gone bankrupt. The American
Communist party is dead for all
practical purposes on college cam-
puses and elsewhere and I believe
Mr. Aptheker has little chance of
reviving it," Cutler said.






To Interview
Students, Fculty
Alumni To Help Pick
Hatcher's Successor
The Regents created "a special
committee on selection of a presi-
dent" at their regular monthly
meeting yesterday.
Regent Robert P. Briggs will be
the chairman of the committee,
which is made upof the present
eight members of the Board of
Regents. Regents Carl Brablecdand
Irene E. Murphy must face re-
election next November, but re-
gardless of the results of the
election, they will remain on the
committee of selection.
According to the resolution pass-
ed by the Regents, "The function
of this committee will be to con-
sider all matters in connection
with the problem ofselecting a
president. It shall receive sug-
gestions as to candidates and ar-
range for interviews with selected
candidates and the making of
recommendations as tomthe ap-
pointment of a president to the
Board of Regents at the appro-
priate time."
The Regents invited several stu-
dent, faculty, and alumni organ-
izations to participate in the selec-
tion by designating committees of
their own members to advise the
Regents committee. These advisory
committees will provide sugges-
tions of the future needs of the
University, as well as the names
of candidates.
The committee was created as
a method of avoiding formal re-
quirements binding the Board of
Regents. According to Regent
Irene E. Murphy, Regents' meet-I
ings must always be public and
must be presided over by the Uni-
versity President who is a non-
voting member.
To avoid a situation of having
President Hatcher run the selec-
tion of his successor, the Regents
made themselves into a commit-
The Regents' resolution invites
both the Senate Advisory Commit-
tee on University Affairs and the
Board of Directors of the Alumni
Association to create their own
committees of fifteen and ten
members, respectively. Student
Government Council and Grad-
uate Student Council are invited
to set up a 10 member joint com-
mittee of students to advise the
Regents' committee.
Gary Cunningham, '66, presi-
dent of Student Government
Council, said later that he was
surprised that the Regents had
acted so fast, but added he was
"disappointed that he had not
had an opportunity to talk to the
Regents about the selection pro-
cess before they decided upon it."
Because the system provides for
more or less separate recommen-

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Whtat's New
At, 764-1817
Ho tline
The House yesterday failed to pass a $4,420,000 appropriation
for building projects at the University and Wayne State Univer-
sity. Legislators said they omitted the funds because the institu-
tions have declined to abide by a 1965 law requiring them to
clear their building plans with a legislative committee.
However, the House did authorize the University to begin
construction on the $17,294,845 School of Dentistry Building.
The University's refusal to obtain legislative approval of their
building plans is part of the battle between state-supported
schools and the Legislature over autonomy. University officials
have said the Regents "feel the law represents a transfer of
authority which they believe rests with them."
*~ * * *
Zeta Tau Alpha completed its expansion program last night
by pledging 38 girls. The sorority entered a special rush with
support from Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association
on Feb. 6 to fulfill the Panhel quota of 65 members. The present
active membership is 34. Dorothy Robling, '67, president of ZTA
commented, "The girls are great, and we feel very happy!"
* * * *
Winter Weekend 1966 comes to the University Feb. 25-26.
"Operation M-Trigue" is the theme of the weekend which will
feature skits, games and dances sponsored by the University
Activities Center. It has replaced Michigras and Spring Weekend
as the main social event of the shortened winter term.
Friday night's activities include a skit night competition in
Hill Auditorium. Saturday night will see performances by rock
and roll performer Johnny Rivers as well as skill booths in the
Intramural Building.
* * * *
The Law School awarded fellowships for graduate study and
research in Latin America, England, Germany and Beligum next
year to five seniors and a 1964 graduate of the Law School. The
students are: Charles L. Barnell, Latin America; Kevin M.
Beattie and William S. Moody, Brussels, Belgium; John C. Cook
and Ronald L. Olson, England; and Robert Hollweg, Heidelberg,
Long Distance
Kappa Delta sorority has been suspended from the University
of Wisconsin because its national president failed to sign a
nondiscrimination pledge. The suspension takes effect in Septem-
ber, 1967.
At the 1965 national convention, 60 per cent of the delegates
approved the pledge, but the sorority's president, Mrs. Frederick
T. Morse of Charlottesville, Va., declared the move unconstitu-
The Michigan State University Student Board, executive
arm of the student government, has, asked the editors of The
Paper, a maverick student publication on the MSU campus, to
appear before the All University Student Judiciary within one
week. The editors are'charged with illegally selling advertising in
The Paper.
Any MSU student publication which wishes to carry adver-
tising must first gain recognition from the Board in Control of
Student Publications which then oversees the finances of the
recognized organizations. The editors, if convicted by the student
court of illegally selling advertising, could be fined up to one
hundred dollars and could have their charter as an organization
More than 100 students at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and
Swarthmore Colleges are conducting a one-week, antiwar fast.
The students are limiting food intake to orange juice.
Edmund T. Hazzard, the Haverford senior who has led the
fasters at his own college and at nearby Bryn Mawr, said that
telegrams pledging support had come from students as far away
as the University of Wisconsin.
College officials have said that the fasters were "the most
intellecital nacute and morally sensitive students we have."








Autonomy in
No Danger
Pierpont, Brablec
Clash over Collective
Bargaining Question
Regent Carl Brablec yesterday
urged the Regents to "reassess our
position and then proceed" to
recognize labor unions as official
bargaining agents for University
employes under amended Michi-
gan labor law.
Brablec unexpectedly interrupt-
ed the previously placid Regents'
hneeting to declare that since the
University had ,failed in court to
have an injunction issued against
the law, he felt the Regents should
"become a cooperative body with
respect to the somewhat more
formalized procedure of employe
relations" under Public Act 379,
the amendmnent to the state's law.
The University presently does not
recognize unions as employes' bar-
gaining agents.
Vice-President in Charge of
Business and Finance Wilbur K.
Pierpont, reacting to Brablec,
pointed out that the University
has permitted a payroll checkoff
of union members' dues and has
also allowed union representatives
to help employes with complaints
on working conditions.
But Brablec then said emphati-
cally, "Yes, but what we do not
have is the democratic principle
of collective bargaining." He said
that "the law is not more violent
to University autonomy than the
Social Security Act-or universal
military service, as far as I'm con-
Regent Irene Murphy added,
"Would we not be fulfilling the
principle of autonomy more fully
if we moved to recognize unions
on our own instead of by court
Under the amended law, unions
may petition the State Labor Med-
iation Board to become sole col-
lective bargaining agent for units
of public employes. If a union wins
majority support in a Board-spon-
sored election within a unit, the
public employer-such as the Uni-
versity-must then bargain with
union representatives on wages,
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MARK R. KILLINGSWORTH, '67 (top left), was named editor of The Daily last night by the Board in Control-of Student Publica-
tions. The board also appointed Bruce Wasserstein, '67 (top right), executive editor; Clarence Fanto, '67 (bottom left); managing editor;
and Harvey Wasserman, '67 (bottom right), editorial director.




Senior Editors

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By STEVE WILDSTROM ;associate managing editors; Robert
j Carney, '67, and Charlotte Wolter,
The Board in Control of Student '67, associate editorial directors;
Publications last night named Babette Cohn, '67, associate man-
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Killingsworth, who s u c c e e d s Everyone at The Daily feels this
Robert Johnston, '66, as editor, is is especially important as these
an Honors economics major from problems increase greatly in in-
East Lansing, Mich. He is a mem- tensity and as the necessity for,
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