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Partly cloudy, chance
of snow

Seventy-Six Years of Editorial Freedom


GSC Elects

_.-__ _ j

New Head
Extensive Programni
fr For Increased Action
Included in Plans
Graduate Student Council elect-
ed Roy Ashmall, a psychology and
education student, president at its
annual officers election Wednes-
day night.
Ashmall, a member of the Amer-
ican Civil, Liberties Union out-
lined an extensive program for
Increased GSC participation in
University affairs.
He advocated official recogni-
tion of GSC by the University's
Board of Regents, and also called
for cooperation with the FacultyI
Senate and Student Government
Council to implement a program
which would provide for combined!
student-faculty legislative bodies.i
Civil Liberties
Ashmall also called for the es-
tablishment of a Civil Liberties!
Committee to work to maintain"
personal civil liberties for stu-
Other highlights of Ashmall's
program include:
4 Abolition of fees for student
driving permits ( M' stickers).
" Institution of a study on the!
possibility of pass-fail grading for
all required graduate courses.
0 Completion of a study on the
language requirements for PHD
" Creation of a commission to:
study and make recommendations
on increased financial support for
graduate students through fellow-
ships and teaching assistantships.
Common Community
The new GSC president also an-
nounced a major program on Uni-
versity-community relations, in
view of the fact that there is a
common community which partic-
ularly affects graduate students.
The program includes establish-
ment of a legal consulting service
for "students who are exploited
by landlords," provision for ade-
quate housing at rates "which do
not serve to economically dis-
criminate against segments of the
state's population," and guarding
against the destruction of the city
tax base "which would result in
higher taxes and higher rents for
those in private housing."
Ashmall's program also advo-
cated the establishment of an "ef-
ficient rapid transit system on a
citywide basis to serve the entiret
community" and the provision ofj
"adequate off-street parking facil-I
ties to permit a more orderly and
efficient traffic flow."

nP r ttta ttIr r e st






bers to the Presidential Commission on Role of the Student in
University Decision-Making last night.
Kenneth Pickard, '69, Neal Bruss, '69, Roger Leeds, '67L,
and Bruce Kahn, '68, were named to serve on the commission
established by President Harlan Hatcher to review the present
decision-making structure of the University.
SGC also appointed three members to the new commis-
sion created to study present University draft relations.
Those appointed were Bob Sideman, '67, Tom Lieder, '68, and
Ruth Baumann, '68.
EAST LANSING-A spokesman for the Michigan State
University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society said
about 25 young persons signed up Wednesday night for a union
to fight the draft.
Local SDS members voted unanimously to adopt a national
SDS draft resolution endorsed at a December conference at the
University of California at Berkeley,
The resolution urges:
Antidraft and antiwar education of potential draftees and
their famillies.
-Demonstrations at draft boards and recruiting stations.
--Work to encourage young men already in military service
to oppose the war,
-Circulation of petitions stating the signer will refuse to
serve in Vietnam or submit to conscription in any form.
Michael Price, a former MSU student, said the group will
meet again next Wednesday to discuss methods,
*' * * *
GOV. GEORGE ROMNEY warned again yesterday that
education expenditures would have to be cut unless the state
finds new means of financing them. Romney advocates an over-
haul of the state's fiscal structure and the possible institution of
a state income tax.
Romney said he hopes to have his budget message ready for
presentation to the Legislature during the week of Jan. 30.
* * * *
SIX UNIVERSITY undergradutes received Hopwood Awards
for creative writing totaling $600 yesterday. In fiction there were
three, awards: $150 to Melvin I. Gordon '69 for "They Always
Meet in Museums," $100 to Diana Steer '70 for "A Frame of
Mind," and $50 to Richard Quackenbush '70 for "The Tree."
In poetry there were also three awards: $150 to James Paul
Peters '70 for "Chance," $100 to Kimberly Ann Kendall '70 for
"A Box of Gingersnaps" and $50 to Nancy J. Gordon '70 for
"Nine Poems,"
No awards were made in the essay category. The judgeswere
Prof. Warner G. Rice and Prof. Robert F.- Haugh, both of the
English deparment.
This contest succeeds the Hopwood Contest for Freshmen.
It was decided to extend it to sophomores.
ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN, world-famous pianist, will give a
concert as a special University Sesquicentennial event at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5, in Hill Auditorium.
Counter sale of tickets begins at 9 a.m. Monday (January 9)
at the offices of the University Musical Society in Burton Tower.

S GC Votes
To Provide
Bail Money
Pronises Complete
Support Against'
Police Interference


Violations of

' Student Government Council
voted unanimously last night to<
offer $1,000- in bail money to any
member of Cinema Guild arrested-
for showing "Flaming Creatures"
in the Architecture Auditorium
Wednesday night.
In approving the bail money
SGC promised "complete support
of Cinema Guild during this, po-
lice interference."
*eSGC also approved submitting a
letter to the Regents asking for
legal support of Cinema Guild.
Vice-President for Student Af- VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AF
fairs Richard L. Cutler indicated VlCers DenooFOmetUnT AF
in a nopen meeting yesterday af- ediers at an afternoon meetng in his
ternoon that he would be willing iscussion due to heated questionig."
to present an SGC statement to,
the Rents at their reguarly month-
ly meeting in the administration b/am y
~building at 2 p.m. today, v i ~ z t
In the letter SGC said that the
police seizre is a "potential;
threat to the academic life of the,
"It is not a large step from cadem Ic
seizing Cinema Guild movies1
judged obscene by the police to! By CLARENCE FAN1 of an e
seizing assigned readings judged Managing Editor and an
obscene by the police. In fact, Daily News Analysis or socia
something of a link- already exists Iahe yuNrwsiAnasdelpd Thi
in the fact that many teachers as- Tefrrwihhsdvlpd Te
sCineattha mnyvtesacheirs-over the Ann Arbor police's seizure student
classes " of the experimental film "Flaming Guilde
clas " h mE-Creatures" at C i n e m a Guild issue of
Meanwhile the campus Repub- Wednesday has grave implications versity
1lcan club issued a statement call- fraaei reo swl sterg
ing the film seizure "absurd" and for academic freedom as well as the ig
asked that "city officials try to civil liberties and first amendment ulty to
heal this breach between the stu- freedom.s awhatm;
"o _- Regardlessof an mdividual's An i

-Daily-Bernie Baker
FAIRS RICHARD L. CUTLER is shown addressing student
office. Cutler walked out of the meeting after a half-hour of
Fre Endanges
Free dom a t'U'


valuation of the entire film
assessment of its literary
al value.
imminent arrest of several
s involved in the Cinema
enterprise also raises the
f to what extent the Uni-
itself is willing to defend
ht of its students and fac-
determine for themselves
naterial they can view.
rnortant t t t bC nvh

igan obscenity statute still appli-
cable? Can the exhibition of a
film possibly be considered a mis-
demeanor or even a felony, as the
local authorities charge?
But the most important issue
by far, one which may not be de-
termined immediately, is whether
a self-apponted public censor in
the form of a police officer can
legally roam the University at
will, halting the presentation of
material which he considers "ob-
jectionable." There are a number
of well-known attorneys who argue
that prior restraint of this nature
has already been declared uncon-
stitutional by the nation's highest

Edents and police by dropping
"the charge against Cinema Guild
and returning the film."
. An ad-hoc student group was
circulating petitions this morning
as king the Regents todprovide
legal aid to Cinema Guild.


ReaCal. Regents Vote t Cut
Expnse, KepEnrollment Oe
BERKELEY, Calif. OA' - Gov. now has a fee plan but no tuition. Across the street, on the Berke- ing action on a move by regents
Ronald Reagan and other Univer- The economy-minded Republi- ley campus, a few hundred stu- who feared that the quality of
sity of California regents-squeez- can governor, attending his first dents stood quietly at a rally pro- education at the university would
ed between a big state deficit and regents meeting since his election, testing Reagan's plans. be damaged if spending is cut and
sweeping enrollment - voted yes- assured the university his budget In the regents' room, Reagan enrollment continues to climb.
terday to keep the doors open for plans. are "temporary." joined a powerful Democrat, As- President Kerr touched off the
eligible students and maintain ed- "This is in no way a change in sembly Speaker Jesse M. Unruh, discussion on admissions by an-
ucational quality while trying to permanent policy," Reagan said. in the resolution to quiet fears nouncing he was partially lifting
cut expenses. "We're talking about an emer- that qualified students would be the temporary freeze on notifying
The governor, facing mounting I s . turned away from the University new students that they were
criticism over his economy pro- gency situation. We may haveto of California by Reagan's econ- eligible for admission.
posals, dropped one controversial close down our rate of improve- omy plans. The California governor caused
plan. He said he would restore $5; ment."General policies of student ad- an uproar by proposing earlier
million to finance year-round Reagan said he is calling for mission to the university provide this month that in-state residents
classes at UCLA and Berkeley. help "from all citizens" to cut that the top 12.5 per cent of Cal- at the nine-campus state univer-
Reagan turned over his tuition costs and meet a $473-million ifornia high school graduates are sity system be required to pay up
plan - which had touched off 'budget deficit. But he said econ- eligible for admission. to $400 per year in tuition. At the
statewide controversy - to a re-I omy will reduce the deficit by .Last week, word was spread of same time he said state legisla-
gents committee for another only $200 million and the rest will a confidential memo that Cali- tive appropriations to the univer-
month of study. The university have to be made up by new taxes. fornia President Clark Kerr to sity would be cut back as part of
chancellors of the nine campuses a statewide economy drive.
.. _ * " k _, "- 1freezing enrollment procedures California residents have not

--+ ++um s **'* j t l i l f L
opinion of the artistic merits of in the making, invol'
the film, the sudden action of a gamut of legal and
local police lieutenant in stopping tions. Who is to def
the film mid-way through its per- ity"? In an adult com
formance and creating a near-riot as the University, ar
among the assembled viewers aids. which apply to
raises the spectre -~of more mci- person" as set forthi
dents of this type in the future.
Ann Arbor Police Chief Walter 0
E. Krasny has indicated that if 1%I-U
the municipal court hearing on the
seizure of the film upholds Lieut.;
Eugene Staudenmeier's action in
halting the performance, similarI
attempts to stop future showings I11ova
of experimental films at Cinema
Guild can be expected.
Cinema Guild .has scheduled ex- poiofRSheNOT
perimental shows on Jan. 25 and lowC inema Guild me
twice next month. One of the films view their own showin
on the program next week, "Scor- ure of "Flaming treatu
pio Rising," reportedly will be peavpe the campusseen
viewed by several classes in the its entirety. The follo
University as part of their as- attempts to explain s
signed work. In fact, the showing what the film is about.
of "Flaming Creatures" Wednes- By RICHARD A
day was reportedly attended by a and ANDREWl
cinematography class of the ar-
chitecture school. Experimentation in
Thus, the prospect is that police most without exceptio:
officials will be attending future to extend the creative

case may D e
ving a broad
moral ques-
ine "obscen-
amunity such
e the stand-
the "average
in the Mich-!

showings of experimental films
and other movies considered to be
questionable. In a sense, the situ-
ation resembles a prior censorship
of material presented in an aca-
demic setting or framework.
Prior censorship of printed,
spoken or visual material has been
declared unconstitutional by the
Supreme C o u r t. Furthermore,
there may be a strong legal case
against a judgment that a film is
obscene on the basis of an indi-
vidual scene rather than by means

Law Alleged
'U' Administiation Not
To Provide Legal
Counsel to Students
Four Cinema Guild officials will
, -arrested this afternoon on
charges of violating the Michigan
obscenity law by showing "Flaming
Creatures" Wednesday night, Ann
Arbor Police Chief Walter Krasny
said last night.
Washtenaw County Prosecutor
William F. Delhey will issue "war-
rants for the arrest of four people
on cha'ges of committing a mis-
demeanor~, according to Krasny
When they seized the film Wed-
nesday night, Ann Arbor police
took the names of Cinema Guild
co-chairman Ellen P. Frank '68,
and Mary Barkey '68, the group's
advisor Hugh Cohen an engineer-
ing English instructor, and the
group's projectionist Ralph Walda,
a University employee,
The Obscenity Law
Maximum sentence for violating
the obscenity law is one year in
jail and a $1,000 fine. The case
will be tried in Washtenaw County
Circuit Court "within 30 days" ac-
cording to Krasny,
"The film was definitely within
the obscenity law," said the police
cheif. He viewed the movie in a
private police station showing yes-
terday along with the prosecutor
and other legal officials.
The University administration
made it clear that it will not pro-
vide legal aid for the Cinema
Guild leaders.
In a prepared statement the
University's administrative of-
ficers said that "if public law
Is , . . violated" and a "citizen"
Is found ;"guilty, he takes the con-
Legal Aid
Privately top administrators
showed more concern about paci-
fying some University Regents-
who are said to be dismayed that
the administration allowed the
film to be shown in the first place
--then in providing legal counsel
for Cinema Guild.
Meanwhile Vice-President for
Student Afairs Richard L. Cutler
walked out of an open meeting
with students on the controversy
after a heated 30 minute discus-
sion yesterday afternoon. Cutler
was dismayed by a series of caustic
questions put to him by student
During the discussion he an-
swered student objections to the
university decision not to defend
Cinema Guild by pointing out that
the school "made no effort to pro-
hibit the showing of the film."
SGC President Ed Robinson '67
said the seizure "opened the pos-
sibilty of extending police intru-
sion into the classroom, the use
of textbooks etc. They could shut
down the university community."
"Should people be afraid of what
they see in school?" VOICE
Chairman Gary Rothberger '67
asked Cutler, The Vice-President
did not reply.
University Lawyers
When asked "Who decides how
the University uses its lawyers?"
Cutler responded "I don't know."
After an abusive rejoinder from
a VOICE member Cutler got up
to leave, exclaiming "Im prepared
to terminate this meeting."
In another development Police
Chief Krasny indicated in an in-
terview that his officers will prob-
ably review other Cinema Guild
movies during the coming semes-
ter. "We'll do it again on the
basis of a complaint or the adver-
tised material."
Police Lieut. Eugene Stauden-
meier who seized the film Wednes-
day night indicated in an inter-
view yesterday that he had "no
objection to a good intellectual

"Someone complained about a
film last semester. I went to see
it and 4 i xiia cnp[nemn

the medium in term
with new subject mE
new ways of presenti
The American in
the use of the mediu
a profound effect on n
film-makers, who we
scale commercial prod
concept of the subje
and extreme fragm
space, to mention onp
niques are found in
mercial films.

F1 m'Utl izes
Stive Approach
The normal Jack Smith's "Flaming Crea-
mb rs to re- tures" is one of the most impor-
gs. The seiz- tant new films in this respect,
res" however since it is a completely new ap-
the file w proach to both content and form.
wing review This film, along with the films
omething of of Ron Rice, shows that an em-
phasis on "smooth shooting" is a
iYERS denial of some of the possibilities'
LUGG of film-making. Now it is clear
that what was once called "bad'
films is al- technique" can on occasions, be
n an attempt very expressive.
potential of The film isdude
s of dealing T fil is over an under ex-
ttter and/or posed, but this is always in keep-
ing old sub- ing with the ones of the images.
The tone changes and developes
novations in throughout the film in a manner
m havehad that makes it quite clear that
mav hdn "Creatures" is not concerned with
nany modern "prurient sexuality" as with a
uctions. The reality that moral and sexual
sucios. henorms have no meaning,
ctive camera
entations of A New World
ly two tech- The beginning is eerie and por-
many com- tentious, reminding you that you
are entering a new world. In front
of the titles, the shoulders of the
actors pass like ghosts; they are
not people but objects, that is to
say, creatures.
The film then moves to a long
" " and humorous lipstick advertise-
4 ZS tS ment, establishing a basic point
of the transvestite action, a ques-
tioning of the accepted dichotomy
occasions between male and female sex-
f speech, uality, expressed by a confusion
ll citizens and intercutting of human organs.
they also The action of the camera and'
actors increases the intensity as
)rocedures the rape (or murder or dance) is
ch viola- carried out. Then, as in a lyric
ovrmea-t poem, there is a death-like quiet-

1Pass-rFait l p ion t n till pending a discussion of the finan-
cial crisis.
"The people of California have
Open to LSA Seniors been frightened into believing
there are going to be drastic
changes in the university system,"
Graduating seniors in the lit- will be handled on their individual Reagan told his fellow board
erary college have until next merits. members.
Wednesday to add or switch a Meanwhile, James Robertson, Unruh, who proposed the reso-
course to the pass-fail option,, associate dean of the literary col- lution said, "All I'm trying to do
James Shaw, chairman of the lege said that students should is say we are not suddenly closing
Junior-Senior Counselors said yes- have 'the option of adding or de- the door to massive members of
terday. leting a pass-fail course during the students."
A literary college announcement first two weeks of classes. He noted Reagan and Unruh also took
said "graduating seniors who have that this two-week period is being note of the furor over tuition. Rea-
questions regarding the adminis- extended somewhat because of gan favors tuition but insists he
tration of the pass-fail option misunderstandings about xegula- has never formally proposed a

paid tuition charges up to now,
but they have been charged up to
$225 per year in miscellaneous
Earlier this week, Reagan
sharply attacked Kerr without
mentioning the president by name,!
the governor accused him of hav-
ing "unnecessarily disturbed and:
frightened" parents and students
by announcing a "precipitate and
unwarranted freeze on applica-
tions" by prospective freshmen for
the fall term next September.
Reagan, asked whether he would
advocate Kerr's removal from his
post, said he would "rather keep
4-+T .+ i.ii.l 4+'h 2nf, o '[arnr

Text of 'U' Statemt
On Cinema Guild Cr
The University has indicated on several previoust
that students, as citizens, have the same freedom o
" peaceful assembly and right of petition guaranteed to a
by our constitution. In accepting these privileges,t
accept the responsibilities of citizenship.
If public law is allegedly violated, established p
should be used to make the determination. When su
Lions take place. it isithe rei'niilityr iof the law nfi


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