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Colder with snow flurries
and gusty winds

Seventy-Six Years of Editorial Freedom



Kills Apollo Astronauts in



3-Man Crew
Trapped in
Space Officials Vow
'To Press Forward'
Despite Tragic Event
By The Associated Press
Appollo astronauts were killed
last night by a flash fire that
trapped them aboard the huge?
spacecraft . designed to take man
to the moon by 1970.
Locked behind sealed hatches'
and killed instantly just 218 feet
above the ground were: Air Force
Lt. Col. Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom,
a space pioneer and the first man
to soar twice into the heavens,
Air Force Lt. Col. Edward H.
White II, first American to walk
in space, and Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Roger B. Chaffee, a rookie eagerly
awaiting his first flight.
The three were hooked into a
pure oxygen breathing system in
their spacesuits and the oxygen
fed the fire. Valiant pad workers
trying to rescue the trapped men
fell back one by one as they,
fought through dense, acrid smoke
toward the capsule. '
NASA offiical Gordon Harris
said the fire broke out at 6:31
p.m. EST while the astronauts
were involved in a full-scale sim-
ulation of the launch that was to
take them. into the heavens for
14 days of orbiting next month.
The astronauts' bodies were left
in the tiny compartment for more
than four hours while space
agency and Air Force investigators
probed the cockpit for clues as to
what might have set off the fire.
Although the tragedy postponed
indefinitely theApollo's scheduled
Feb. 21 blastoff, space officials
and President Johnson vowed to
press ahead with the moon pro-
gram despite the deaths.
"Three valiant young men have
given their lives in the nation's
service," Johnson said. "We mourn
this great loss and our hearts go
out to their families."
"All of us here at the University
are shocked and saddened at the
loss of Astronauts Edward White,
Roger Chaffee and Gus Grissom,"
said Professor Wilbur C. Nelson
chairman of aerospace engineering
department, and a former in-
structor of White. "As a graduate
student here and later as a dis-,
tinguished astronaut, Ed White
had a quiet frhendliness and sin-
cerity that illuminated his overall
excellence. We will miss him
White attended the University
where he earned a master's degree
in aeronautical engineering.
Grissom, 40; was one of the
famed seven Mercury astronauts
chosen to pioneer America's ef-
forts in space in 1959.
He flew the second U.S. manned
space flight on July 21, 1961. At
that time he was victim of a near
tragedy, when he had to swim for
his life as his Mercury spaceship,
Liberty Bell 7, sank.
Chaffee, a slight, dark-haired
would-be spaceman at 31, joined
the program with the third group
named in October 196$.
He was the father of two. A
native of Grand Rapids, Mich.,
Chaffee logged more than 1,800
hours of flight in jet aircraft

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NEWS WIRE Student Leaders t o Discuss


BY The Associated Press
agreed on a statement regretting the firing of Clark Kerr as
president of the university.
The statement opposed Governor Reagan's proposal to impose
tuition for the first time in that state's history. It said tuition
free higher education "has contributed greatly to the state's
growth and should be continued."
Though they agreed to help resolve the financial problems of
the state, the chancellors of all nine campuses agreed that they
would refuse measures which will sacrifice the quality of the
university's education and research.
. F.
AN INJUNCTION AGAINST the sale of the Cornell Univer-
sity literary magazine "The Trojan Horse," which officials had
contended was obscene, was dismissed yesterday by Supreme
Court Justice Harold Simpson. The justice called the article "lousy
but not prurient."
The ruling allows the sale of the magazine to be resumed
after a two-week distribution stop initiated by Cornell officials.






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said last night its first action as a new ally of nationalist Puerto
Rican independence movements will be to picket Brazilian
President-elect Arturo Costa e Silva when he visits New York
this weekend.
A joint statement outlining in more detail the alliance sealed
Thursday by "black power" advocate Stokely Carmichael, head of
SNCC, was issued after a lengthy meeting with the New York
branch of Puerto Rico's Pro-Independence Movement-MPI.
The statement claimed "political, economic, social and cul-
tural oppression" is inflicted by the United States on both
Negroes and Puerto Ricans.
** * *
FOUR MAJOR DETROIT BANKS announced yesterday they
would reduce their prime interest rate from 6 to 53/4 per cent,
effective Monday.
The cuts announced by the National Bank of Detroit, the
Detroit Bank and Trust, Manufacturers National.Bank and City
National Bank apparently followed a similar move. by Chase
Manhattan Bank of New York.
A NEW PROGRAM OF LOANS for vocational students,
similar to one already in effect for college students, is being put
into operation by the U.S. Office of Education.
The office last week announced signing of agreements that
will activate the program in 19 states and Puerto Rico. Negotia-
tions are under way for agreements covering most of the other
states. Normally, loans are available up to maximum of $1,000
a year. Repayment usually begins nine to twelve months after
the student leaves school and may be extended over a period of
three to six years.
Under this plan, the government will pay the interest for
money borrowed from private instutions while the student is in
school; and three per cent after he graduates. The student will
then pay back the loan and pays the difference in interest.
About $1.9 million is available for this program, but because
the money is only used to guarantee loans, the programs planners
believe they can generate $18 million in loans.
- * * * *
THE OFF-BROADWAY SUCCESS, "An Evening's Frost" will
hit the road February 6 for a three month tour of U.S. colleges
The production was conceived and staged by Marcella Cisney,
and authored by Prof. Donald Hall of the English department as
the 1965 New Play Project of the University Professional Theatre
"An Evening's Frost," a dramatic portrait of the American
"poet laureate," Robert Frost, will open its tour in several cities
under the aegis of the New York State Council for the Arts, then
proceed west throughout the nation. Its return to Ann Arbor will
be under the sponsorship of the PTP in the spring. The produc-
tion will also perform in several Michigan area cities including
Kalamazoo, Flint, Toledo, and Detroit.

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
BY REMAINING OPEN despite blizzard conditions, the University became one of the few institutions in the state still operating.
Ann Arbor was not hit as hard as other cities, but the 8 inches of snow and ice dumped on the city created an almost endless clearing
job yesterday for both human and mechanical snow removers.
R'1ecord Storm Par--alyzeseM dwest;*.-- ,Hg
Motorists Stranded on Higways-

To Attend in
Conference Planned
In Reaction to
Recent Protest Letter
Managing Editor
Twenty student leaders will meet
with Secretary of State Dean Rusk
next Tuesday in Washington. The
students are among 200 college
presidents and campus editors who
signed a letter to President John-
son late last December question-
ing the purposes and conduct of
the Vietnam war.
Student Government Council
President Ed Robinson, 67, will
represent the University at the
Students attending the meeting
will reportedly represent a broad
sectrum of opinion on the war.
The letter signed by the 200
student leaders expressed serious
doubts about the war and cri-
ticized the "information gap."
It also claimed that "unless this
conflict can be ceased, the United
States will find some of her most
loyal and courageous young people
choosing to go to jail rather than
bear their country's arms."
Broad Opinion Range
According to Robinson, the let-
ter was signed by people ranging
from "real moderates to outright
pacificists, representing a really
huge range of opinion."
Robinson said he expected other
schools to be represented at the
meeting with Rusk would include
Harvard and Columbia Universi-
ties, the University of North Caro-
lina, and from three to five small-
er Catholic colleges.
He said the 20 students were
chosen so as to balance the kinds
of institutions represented, the
sizes of the schools, and the types
of political views expressed.
Rusk, in' his reply to the stu-
dents several weeks ago, suggested
that a meeting might be in order
to clarify viewpoints on both sides.
Several student leaders followed
up this suggestion and arranged
the session in Washington.
To Discuss Agenda
Robinson said the students
would confer in Washington Mon-
day night to discuss what should
be covered in the meeting, and
whether the session should be a
spontaneous one or be based on
a list of questions submitted to
Robinson listed a number of
points he would like to see clari-
fied at the meeting with Rusk:
-In order to justify the war,
it would have to be demonstrated
that our participation is sanction-
ed by the self-will of the South
Vietnamese people,
See STUDENT, Page 2

From Wire Service Reports given an excused absence with pay Twenty inches of snow was;
deduction or could take it as a dumped on Lansing and Flint
A sudden snow and ice storm,
moving throh th Miwestr y vacation day with pay. within 24 hours. Kalamazoo re-
movg through the Midwest yes- Mail deliveries in the Ann Arbor ported 17 inches within 17 hours. 1
terday held southern lower Michi- i
gan virtually paralyzed in its area were cancelled yesterday. Motorists Stranded
glazed grip. Most deliveries are expected to Hundreds of motorists were
At least 25 deaths have been be made today. stranded throughout the southern
blamed on the storm. Area motorists were warned to portion of the state. Police and
A tthe University, a total of 32 stay off the roads by the Ann emergency vehicles had difficulty
classes were officially cancelled Arbor Police Department and the getting through to sick persons
yesterday morning. Most professors Washtenaw County Sheriff's De- and expectant mothers.
experienced difficulty in reaching partment. ,aThousands of rkers wereidle
the central campus area from "Anyone who doesn't have to get as factories closed down due to
their outlying residences. out should stay home,"' said Ann absenteeism.
Many other classes failed to Arbor Traffic Lieut. Howard Zeck. Schools were closed in most
meet, though they were not of- "Traffic is generally snarled." areas affected by the storm. The
fiilycancelled. tte Uiest optl wind-driven storm, raging since
fcially Thursday, struck hardest below
Instructors Take Vacation many staff members worked for a line running northeastward
Jack Hamilton, assistant to the 16 hours because many members from Muskegon through Clare to
vice-president for University rela- of the early shift yesterday were Standish, State Police said.
tions, said official policy on em- unable to get to work. The opera- Ice up to half an inch thick
ploye absence yesterday is that ting schedule yesterday was re- sheathed everything in the ex-
those not appearing would be duced mainly to emergency cases. treme southeastern tip around

"To meet this' situation, emer-
gency measures are being taken
by public agencies to the maxi-
mum degree possible to alleviate
the problem caused by this storm
and to assistthose in need of
help," he added.
Romney said he has instructed
the Michigan National Guard to
aid the State Police where neces-
sary and wherever guardsman are
"In addition, the State Highway
Department is working with local
highway departments to insure
the maximum use of road equip-
ment in opening up our main
transportation arteries," Romney
About 30 guardsmen in Lansing
were backing up state police in
the search for stranded vehicles.
The guardsmen were using two
and one-half ton trucks to nego-
tiate snow-clogged streets and
roads. The Lansing armory was
being stocked with cots and food
for use by stranded persons.
Detroit, which got sleet and
freezing rain atop four-plus inches
of snow, was tied in traffic knots,
side streets mostly impassable.
Highways were plugged with drifts
up to four feet deep.
Schools were closed almost
everywhere, including Michigan
State University at East Lansing
for the first time in its history;
and Western Michigan University
at Kalamazoo.

Phone Call Perhaps Averted
SecondCinem Gul Crsi

A single phone call from a Uni-
versity administrator to the Ann
Arbor ' police may have helbed
avert another incident at Cinema
Guild Wednesday night.

Researchers at ISR Continue Studies
Of Student Problems in a 'Multiversity'

Concerned about the prospect of
a repeat performance of the Jan-
uary 18 seizure of a Cinema Guild
movie, the official called Ann Ar-
bor police on his own to urge cau-
ton in dealing with the experi-
mental film series last Wednesday
He indicated in the call Wed-
hesday to Lt. Eugene Staudenmei-
mr, chief of the Ann Arbor police
detective bureau, that overt po-
lice action "could escalate the
problem." He urged the police of-
ficer to "handle any problem dis-
creetly if there was a need for ac-?

Monroe and was still building.
The Weather Bureau in Detroit
reported the worst wasover forj
the southeastern part of the state.
There may be some snow flurries
today but no additional significant
George Romney said emergency
measures are being taken to aid
storm-stricken parts of Southern
and Central Michigan and urged
citizens to stay home until the{
storm abates.
"Central and Southern Michigan
have hit by one of the worst bliz-
zards in history," the governor

MUSKET Shows College Scene:

Staudenmeier reportedly indicat- '
By DAVID KNOE being v .ed. that he too was interested injF r sH u
By DAVID KNOKE y being prepared for release to in- orientation program of the class of items, comparisons will be made trying to avert a crisis. The police Fs
Like the weather, everybody terested persons. 1966. The entering students were between the adjustments of the detective did not attend the Wed-
talks about the multiversity, but Overall mentor of the several given a battery of tests and were engineering students and those of nesday night showing of the film.
who does anything about it? projects is Prof. Theodore New- periodically tested and interviewed the literary college students. Staudenmeier said yesterday By RON F. BODNAR
comb of the social psychology de- at random throughout the follow- Stuart Cantor, grad, directed most that the phone call was "helpful"
Some interested people at the partment, who is a pioneer in the ing four years. The major study, of this study. in averting a crisis. The mail didn't come, but the
Institute for Social Research are. study of college students. Thirty supported by the Office of Edu- Study of Dropouts "The first time I went over to show went on. And what a show
In series of studies entitled The years ago he carried out an ex- cation and the National Science The results ftrom the study on Cinema Guild (Jan. 18) I j MUSKET is. A crazy collage of
Michigan Student," they are at- tensive study of the interests, ex- Foundation will be releasedone dropouts, directed by Robert Cope, went up there cold, not knowingfact, fantasy, satire and humor
tempting to find out how the stu-dootdrce yRbr oe etu hr od o nwn
emntng boy reacts to tes- periences and effects of small col- year from June. Grad, of the Center for Study of what was going on," Staudenmeier all in a cellophane wrapper of
dent body reacts to its experiences lege life upon students at Benning- The core of the study focuses Higher Education, will also be commenced. entertainment.
at the University, both academic- ton College. What he studied in upon critical experiences of the completed for publication within "If we had known what was Practically everything was there,
ally and otherwise, that small, close-knit community student at the University which this semester. The predictive use going on there we might have tak- I from a soul searching Blues to an
An extensive study of the liter- is now being extended to the as- cause him to alter his interests, of this study will be helpful in en a little different action." in depth look at the State Street

mor, Spirited Lyrics

Nothing important, however, noth-
ing to detract from the viewer's
Constance Barron, '67, Mac
Joubran, '68, and Danute Mis-
kinis, '68, were very good in a skit
about a janitor and two sculptures.
Roger Browdy, '68, and Randee
Cossman, '67, then provided a
comical situation which took a
moment to get across to the aud-

Charles Troy, '67 and Carol De-
levitt, '69 and tunes written by
Bruce Fisher,' Grad, were more
than great. Whether the songs
were solos or included the com-
pany, they should push the sales
record of the production high.
The scenery, though, simple, be-
came fantastic when combined
with eddying wisps of colored

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