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Ann Arbor, Michigan, Friday, June 7, 1968

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By MARTIN HIRSCHMAN
Special To The Daily
EAST LANSING - Over 400
Michigin State University stu-
dents and some faculty members
marched yesterday from a nearby
lawn rally to post four demands
on the door of university President
John Hannah's on-campus resi-
dence.
Hannah is attending meetings
in Washington but is expected to
return here today or tomorrow.
The rally followed the arraign-
ment of 26 demonstrators arrest-
ed when 80 helmeted police en-
tered the campus Wednesday to
clear some of them from the
school's administration building.
Bail for the 23 protesters
charged with a misdemeanor was
set at $150 or $200 each. Bail for
three students charged with as-
saulting a police officer was put
at $1000 each.
DEMANDS
The four demands posted on
Hannah's door were:
-"The campus police should be
reorganized so that they come un-
d r the jurisdiction of a student
faculty committee, and that po-
lice should be disarmed;
-"Severe disciplinary action be
taken against those authorities
responsible for the call-up of the
police and the subsequent beatings
(Wednesday). At this point the
responsibility seems to be with
(Richard) Bernitt, Director of!
Public Safety (MSU's campus po-
lice):
-"The administration must
never be allowed to call on out-
side law enforcement agencies to
interfere with student activities;
-"Gener.al amnesty to all those
arrested on Wednesday."
CHARGE BRUTALITY
At the rally, students aired
charges of police brutality in ar-
resting students Wednesday, and
the existence of a system of in-.
formers in the dormitories organ-
ized by the administration'.
Protests began Tuesday after
campus police assisted local and
state authorities in arresting 12
MSU students and local residents.
At the rally, students charged
that the university's advisor to
The State News, the student news-j
paper, was blocking an attempt o
the paper to publish a special edi-
tion yesterday.
The News ceased publication
last week for the school's final
examination period which ends
tomorrow.
LEAVE CAMPUS
Further protest activity was not
scheduled because the majority of
the school's students are expected
to leave town after their last ex-
amination today or tomorrow.
"Someone must be made to take
the blame" for Wednesday's po-
lice action, declared Jim Bever'
'69, as he spoke at the rally.
"If Mr. Bernitt is responsible,
we want his job. If someone above
him is responsible, then we want
his job - even if it's Hannah," he
added. Demonstrators applauded
and cheered this demand.
Also speaking at the rally, Prof.
Frank Pinner of the political sci-
ence department said he is "con-
cerned for the university as an
academic community."
"Such a community is damaged
if we have a confrontation be-
tween armed police and students,"
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Prof. Joseph Sax of the Law School
is presently in Boston to observe the
Spock-Coffin trial. His analyses of
the courtroom situation will con-
tirmie to be published in The Daily
until thebcompletion of the trial.
By JOSEPH SAX
Special to The Daily
BOSTON - The parade of
luminous witnesses continued.
On Wednesday the dean of the
Harvard Medical School ap-
peared as a character witness
for Dr. Spock, and Benjamin V.
Cohen, one of the famous law-
yers of the New Deal, testified
,for Marcus Raskin. Yester-
day Dr. Spock produced as
character witnesses Sen. Ste-
phen Young of Ohio, the pres-
ident of Antioch College, and
distinguished professors from
the Harvard and Yale medi-
cal schools. In addition the de-
fense called two of the people
who participated in the Oct. 20
draft card turn-in at the Jus-
tice Department, Prof. Rich-
ard W. B. Lewis of Yale, Master
of Calhoun College and Prof.
Seymour Melman of Columbia.
Both Lewis and Melman bol-
stered the no-conspiracy posi-
tion of the defendants with
their explanation of how they
happened to come to Washing-
ton to participate in the cere-
mony at the Justice Depart-
ment. Melman testified that he
learped of the event in the
press and decided to come on
that basis, and Lewis explained
that he had been called 'by a
colleague at Yale, a Prof.
Green, who suggested that he
go. Neither of them had any
idea that they would go inside
the building when they arrived,
but were invited to do so at.
the last minute. 0
Undoubtedly, the cumulated
testimony of these distinguished"
witnesses has added credibil-
ity to the defense claim that
the events allegedly compris-
ing the conspiracy were in fact
little more than the confluence
of action of a number of inde-
pendent individuals, many of
whom did not know each other,
and who shared little more than
similar feelings about the war.
They have also supported the
point made so strongly by
Goodman in his testimony that:
the Oct. 20 affair was a loose
and somewhat haphazard event,
rather than the culmination of
conspirators efforts.
Moreover, the respectability
and distinction of both the wit-
nesses and the defendants
seems to be eroding another

characterized through the tes-
timony of F.B.I. agent Law-
rence Miller.
The impact of Miller's tes-
timony was that Raskin had
said that the President had no
private sources of information
about the war, and that Ras-
kin should know since he had
participated in National Se-
curity Council meetings. To
this, Miller had appended in
his notes "baloney." Also, Mil-
ler recalled Raskin saying that
the, government was being run
by a bunch of "bandits and
thieves." The impression left by
this testimony was that Ras-
kin was given to strong and
radical statements of a kind
which obviously are not attrac-
tive or credible.
Raskin's own testimony left
quite a different impression.
Reporters had asked him, Ras-
kin testified, "Why do any. of
you think you know better than
the President whether the war
is illegal or immoral - what
private information do you
have?" Raskin testified that he
responded that "There was
nothing in classified informa-
tion available to the President
which in any way enabled a
person to establish whether the
war was legal or not . . . that
such information could be
found in The New York Times."
Raskin's t e s t i m o n y was
unique in several respects. Al-
though the judge has assidu-
ously refused to permit specific
evidence of the legality of the
war to be introduced into the
case, he has permitted the de-
fendants to testify to their in-
tent. Thus, he usually allows
witnesses to say that they op-
pose the war because it violat-
ed the constitution or the Ge-
neva conventions, but he has
not permitted them to explain
those legal documents or the
factual information underlying
their belief. No objection was
raised yesterday, however, when
Raskin was asked to explain
why he had come to his be-
liefs about the war. He there-
upon began to detail his under-
standing "that there were as
many as two million refugees
in Vietnam in 1966 with pro-
jections of 3 million by 1967,
and that an entire culture was
being uprooted, with young
people being taken from their
parents and others sent to re-
settlement camps which were
similar to concentration camps.
He also said that the United
Sttaes was using "sadistic and
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tomorrow
Body rests in state;

The beginning of his last jour
Reflections on va(
By HENRY GRIX
For many members of the University community, the death
of Sen. Robert Kennedy comes as an anti-climax to the bewilder-
ment of his shooting.
But as the shock of his sudden assassination turned to sad
realization, several students reflected that the same critical prob-
lems are still tormenting the nation.
"The whole series of assassinations, of John F. Kennedy,
Medger Evers, Dr. King, the kids in Philadelphia, and Robert Ken-
nedy are manifestations of fear on the part of an3 extremely radi-
cal right wing," said Frank Fassini, grad.
"The extreme left and the moderate left is threatened by the
right, but they don't think of getting guns and going out and
killing. They are just as afraid, but their response is not the same,"
he continued.
Passini, a doctoral student in psychology, said gun laws would
"treat the symptoms and not the disease," although he thinks it
might not be bad to treat the symptoms.
"Laws won't prevent assassinations like those of King, Evers v
and John Kennedy," he said. But he suspected they might have pre-
vented the Robert Kennedy death.
"If you've got a real fanatic," agreed James Bass Jr., Med.,
"he's going to get his hands on a gun."
But, he reflected, "it seems strange that this is the only way
we think of to solve the world's problems."
"I played with the idea today that society is becoming more K
violent. I didn't want to believe that this may be the beginning
of our down spiral," he concluded.
Mary Hartman, '70, thinks the assassination may be another
step in the progress toward disruptive 'anarchy - "people going
around shooting, and buses burning, and total chaos."
"For one thing, it made me disavow violence," she continued.
"I used to go along with violence, 'Kill for peace', black militants
and all that, but now I'm turned off to it," she said.
Liz Gross, Grad, fears violence is "a world-wide phenomenon.'
"Something has got to be done about guns, and not just by
Congress,' she asserted. "People themselves must create pressure
so that Congress has no alternative but passing gun laws."
"In France, with all their recent violence, there weren't so
many killings because they must register their guns," she explained.
"Perhaps in Europe, people are more tolerant," Paul Moerman,
a visiting senior from Michigan State University, said. "A partial
solution to some of our problems might be to maintain a lenient
attitude to new ideas."
Moerman found it "ironic that it takes something really big
and glamorous to make people aware of what's going on every
day here and in Vietnam."
Passini said however that the death makes the political situa-
tion "an entirely different world now."
THREE SEATS CONTESTED

buria at Arligton
SSirhan charged with murder itent
grand jury indictment sought today
By The Associated Press°
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's mourning family and friends
accompanied his body on a final journey home yesterday,
across the nation he had hoped to lead as President.
A four-engine presidential jet, dispatched by the White
House for the mission, flew the body of the senator home to
New York City for the final rites of the Roman Catholic
Church.
Meanwhile a young woman who wore a black and whte
polka dot dress the night Kennedy was shot was sought by
Los Angeles authorities yesterday for questioning.
An all points bulletin issued by police said the woman,
°f aged 23 to 27, was believed
seen before the Ambassador
SHotel shooting with Sirhan
Bishara Sirhan, the 24-year-
Associated Press old Jordanian accused of fir-
'nying the shots,asse
Inspector Peter Hagan corm- a
mented, "We are not going out 1'
and try to pick up anyone or ar- - *
rest anyone. We are merely asking m
for anyone to come to us with c r m.
information regarding the girl in
* . .*....'.;.;the polka dot dress." WASHINGTON (A')-The House
As the funeral Jet took off, completed congressional actIon
coroner's autopsy report said Ken- yesterday on a many-faceted
nedy's death was due to "a gun- crime-control bill which includes
shot wound penetrating the a bar on mail-order sales of
brain." handguns. But even as the House
Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi, chief acted President Johnson asked
medical examiner at a. six-hour for much tighter curbs on the
t~"t" autopsy, said tests will continue traffic In firearms.
but he is confident the finding is The legislative climate created
correct. by the assassination of the young
He said fragments of the small New York Democratic presidnttal
caliber bullet which ripped into aspirant was the major factor in
Kennedy's head near his right ear House acceptance of the Sernate
in the shooting early Wednesday bill by a 38-17 vote.
had "severely damaged the main Prior to the tragedy in Calil
portion of the right side of the forma, there was strong House
Frank Passini brain and reached about the cen- sentiment to send the Senate bill
ter of the brain." to a House-Senate conference.
The body of the New York was MAIL-ORDER BAN
to lie in state today at St. Pa- L ER
trick's Roman Catholic Cathedral There some provisi'Ons,especial-
in New York. ly those relating to tleSupreme
A requiem mass will be held Court, would have en ountered
there tomorrow. powerful oppositioi led by Chair-
Then a train is to carry the man Emanuel Celler (D-N.Y.) of
t body to Washington for burial the House Judiciary Committee.
tomorrow at Arlington National As originally, submitted by
Cemetery, probably on the grassy Johnson, the legislation would
4 / , knoll resting place of the assas- have banned mail-order sales of
sinated John F. Kennedy. rifles and shotguns, as well as
4 { The man accused of the shoot- handguns such as the one used to
ing, Sirhan Bishara Srhan, 24, kill Kennedy.
was under maximum security In addition, Johnson urged
guard at Los Angeles County Jail. Congress to make it "unlawful to
The burst of violnce which took sell rifles and shotguns-as well
Kennedy's life seemed to stem as handguns-I tone state to
Liz Gross fo ardsando nte residents of another"
from haetred spawned on another f"We cannot expecttee re
kh ycontinent, the warring of Arab "W cantept these rre-
and Israeli in ,the Middle East. sponsible people to be prudent
ndIFor the alleged assassin wasa in their protection of us,"he con-
native of Jordan, and those who cded, "but we can expect the
knew him said he was inflamed Congress to protect us from
/ by conflict between his homeland t
and Israel. A former employer PROTECTION
suggested Kennedy's support of In addition the gun-control sec-
U.S. aid for Israel could have tion, the bill sent to Johnson
> prompted the accused man to would:
his deed. --Establish a two-year, $400-
Sirhan was held in $250,000 bail, million program of federar grants
charged with six counts of assault to improve training and equip-
with intent to commit murder. ment of state and local police
Five other persons were wounded forces.
in the Kennedy shooting, none -Make the sole test of the ad-
critically. missability of confessions whether
anies Bass, . Asst. st. AttY. William L. Ritzi they were givenvoluntarily-with
....... +__ said his office would seek 'a mur- this point 'to be decided by the
der indictment against Sirhan at trial Judge. ,.
a county grand jury hearingFri- -Authorize federal wiretapping
day. and electronic eavesdropping by
The bullets that cut down Ken- officers acting under court order,.
nedy turned a scene of celebra- State and local officers would
tion into one of terror. The sena- have the same privileges in states
ER"'n tor had just thanked his cheering which pass implementing legisla-
supporters for the California vi- tion.
This runs counter to present
tion to turn out a majority tory. federal practice restrictingsuch
alified students." Kennedy won 172 nominating surveillane t casestinvolving the
.didate Ted, Heusel says, votes in the California m national security. e l t
age of the millage at this But his death cancelled the effectnt
would mean a vote of confi- of the 1.4 million votes he received
for the present board, and A sTu oesman for the Democraty.U, money bill
board has not served the ic National Committee said Cal-
''ar hsntsre th AspksafothDeort 'U

further contends that "pas- ifornia officials held that the in Lansing Jam
of the millage will not as- Kennedy-pledged slate of dele- i La
as that the schools will open gates elected in the primary was The, state higher education ap-
fall. The teachers, to have atoatica drelase d b y propriations bill, including the
trength, will have to strike deat o th y c id . aUniversity's funds from Lansing,
fall." support whom they wish. K n failed to leave committee last
ine A. Renken, an employe Nearly 12 hours after iKennedy night as the Legislature began a
ndix Aerospace Systems Div- di ed is bullt three week recess.
is also seeking a seat on which penetratedt his brain, the The Legislature reconvenes June
Ihool board. jet plane bearing his body took 25 By that date, the conference
h not in fa.vorof thugt off from Los Angeles.
mr__ nAt -nIsenfehrkt .. . -. .-... ....... committee is expected to produce

Mill question confounds ed

By ANN MUNSTER
and MARCIA ABRAMSON
First of a Two Part Series
Three seats on the Ann Arbor
Board of Education are to be filled
in an election Monday, June 10.
Voters will also be asked to ap-
'prove a millage levy of 11.66 mills,
which includes a renewal of 4.5
mills for which the authorization
expires this year.
If the millage package is de-
feated, as the board expects that
it will be, a deficit of $5.5 million
is anticipated. This would force
the school system to operate on a
budget of some $12 million, one
third less than the school board

our initial expenditure on educa-
tion is cheap, we as a society will
pay for it for the rest of our lives
in much less economical ways.
She asserts that, "The over-
whelming majority of the com-
munity wants and will support a
good educational program. Bond-
ing and millage issues are being
defeated because of a lack of in-
formation.
Mrs. Felbeck concedes that "we
may not have at present the best
means of financing the school
system. I do not have a firm phil-
osophy on it, but would hope that
a greater portion of the state
budget could be spent on educa-
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especially hard on low income
families, which is one reason they
are being defeated. "What we've
got to do," Ayers says, "is work
for a tax based on the real wealth
of the community."
Ayers says that the defeat of
millage and bonding issues around
the country is "a good comment
on the priorities of this country."
Ayers feels that there is a fun-
damental distortion in values in
the country because "we are will-
ing to spend more on goods than
on people."
Candidate Mrs. Joan C. Adams
also feels that teachers' salaries
ought to be given greater priority
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