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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 1968


I -

Sen. Bowml
SEN. JOHN T.,Bowman (D-Roseville)
didn't think 'it should happen here.
"I never thought I'd see something like
this at a state supported University," he
said last June after visiting the national
convention of Students for a Democratic
Society at Michigan State University.
The stte senator, who "just came in
to look," was appalled at what he saw.
After hearing "talk of revolution," Bow-
man said flatly, "I don't think the tax-
payers are willing to condone this" at a
state university.
Undoubtedly, if unfortunately, Bowman
is reflecting the sentiments of his consti-
tuents. Taxpayers have long been dis-
gusted by the unruly -appearance of a
segment of the student population, and
more recently have been shocked by dis-
ruptive student behavior.
BOWMAN'S paranoia concerning SDS
received confirmation from a recent
FBI report. J. Edgar Hoover's ubiquitous
bureau contended that the convention at
Michigan State was teaching, among
other things, the procedure for making
bombs and other weapons.
And the violent outburst at Columbia
prompted resounding legislative alarm.
The state House of Representatives ap-
proved a resolution in June, insisting that
university administrators "maintain or-
der" or face appropriation cuts.
To several legislators, including Bow-
man, the means to curb student activism
is plainly the "power of the purse."
"The only place we have any say is
in the matter of funding," says Rep.
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Harold B. Clark (D-Warren), who at-
tended the Lansing convention with Bow-

A S CLARK sees it, the state supported
university is "like a child. You can let
the child have a. free rein. But if you,are
paying the shot, you are like the father.
You have the right to call the shot..
"We, as representatives of the people,
who are paying the shot,\have a duty to
see that taxayers' money is spent prop-
erly,'' the representative paternally vows.
Clark is saying that if the state uni-
versity allows a group on campus that
condones the overthrow or disruption of
the government or the university, the
state becomes an accessory to a crime.
SDS, at least must go.
Although the House statement to cut
off funds was called a "statement of in-
tent" and not a prelude to specific ac-
tion, the threat is clear.
REP. JACK FAXON (D-Detroit) warns
"This is exactly what the state con-
stitution had in mind when it provided
for university autonomy: attempts by the
Legislature to interfere ir the adminis-
tration of the schools for political rea-
But legislators like Clark and Bowman
believe academic freedom and autonomy
are often used as a guise to shelter sub-
Apart from this academic debate, is
the pragmatic struggle for purse power.
Despite counter arguments by adminis-
trators, including President Robben W.
Fleming, legislators are bound to become
increasingly hostile and tight-fisted to-
ward universities that harbor radical
A LTUOUGH the University was not re-
ceiving enough state help even before
student conduct became a possible cri-
terion for doling out funds, protest will
certainly subtract from the University's
Obviously, the University must seek al-
ternate methods for financing this bur-
geoning institution.
Although this state is enormously weal-
thy, it has indicated an unwillingness to
come up with the needed dollars for
the future.
It appears that the federal government,
which now supports much of the re-
search work done here, will eventually
take on the lion's share of the operating
budget of at least the more expensive in-
stitutions of higher learning.
Still, the political challenge the govern-
ment may place before the universityj
makes one wonder if it is all worth it.

Ferency speaks of p

oh Eugene,Z
A DAY with Eugene McCarthy ...
WERE YOU in the Hotel Wis-
consin on April 1, Tony Shields
said, all red-headed and pimply
and 16 and, he said, being from
nice-lawn suburban Oak Park and,
he didn't say, getting pretty good
grades at Oak Park High School-
I mean, if McCarthy doesn't get
the nomination, we've gotta sup-
port Humphrey, uh, because, well,
I really can't stand Nixon. I mean,
that'd just be horrible.
PHIL OCHS sings good songs,
sweats a lot, and does a pretty
lousy job of shaving underneath
his chin. He dedicates songs to
Eldridge Cleaver and Cleaver's
book, Soul on Ice, and he'd really
like to see Jerry Rubin - you re-
member Jerry Rubin, tri-corner
on his head and militiaman suit
on his back, telling Joe Pool and
Un-American Activities Commit-
tee how bad they were - running
on a ticket with Cleaver. But in
the meantime, Phil Ochs sits on
a platform on second base in
Tiger Stadium and sings about the
war, and puts in his share for
Eugene McCarthy.
I really think McCarthy's gonna
get the nomination, Phil Ochs
says, because Humphrey can't.
Psychologically or physiologically,
I know inside that Humphrey
Carla Kish, who's from Ann Ar-
bor and goes to the University and
who has been working o McCar-
thy's traveling staff for - how
rotest many months is it, now? Well,
Carla dropped out of :school last
April, and you can bet she was in
in the Hotel Wisconsin with the
rest of McCarthy's volunteers in
Milwaukee, and the Hotel Wiscon-
sin, a dump for sure, is quite dif-
ferent from the Pontchartrain in
Detroit, where McCarthy people
were staying this weekend - well,
anyway, Carla says the paid staff
is always getting into arguments
h with Phil Ochs.
THE REV. Albert Cleage speaks
of black power quite vociferously,
and is lighter in skin color than
McCarthy's nicely-tanned, nicely-
WASPish press aide, Mary Davis,
and he sat in a private box for
"VIP's" in Tiger Stadium Satur-
day night - next to chocolate-
brown Dr. Albert Wheeler of Ann
Arbor. Cleage was in Tiger Sta-
dium so he could deliver a very
surprising,very powerful speech,
Nominating? endorsing Sen. McCarthy. Dr.
Wheeler was there because he is
an uncommitted delegate who
wanted to flid out who he should
eventually commit himself to.
Wheeler is chairman of the state
NAACP. Wheeler and Cleage were
sitting next to each other.
When Cleage spoke, he really
didn't endorse McCarthy. No,
Cleage challenged McCarthy. He
said there is a candidate who has
the intelligence to endorse black
power. He said there is a candi-
date whohas the opportunity to
endorse black power. He said there
is a candidate who would gain the
support of the black community
if he endorsed black power.
* * *
McCARTHY walked into the
stadium, caught an unripe peach
or nectarine or something on the
forehead (it was unripe because
it didn't leave a messy spot on
his brow; rather, it bounced off,
Supporting? and thus gave the burly secret
Service men a chance to hustle
the candidate back into the en-
tranceway and make sure that the
peach wasn't a cannonball, I
guess). His speech didn't really

live up to Cleage's challenge; in-
stead, it fluttered about in Mc-
Carthy's characteristic nasality,
his head pointing at a slight angle
above the} crowd, using the words
"black" and "power," but never
using them together, never really
answering Cleage's challenge.
Cleage sat with his eyes straight


, ahead during the McCarthy
speech, and he said, once, "He's
trying," and he said a second
time, "He's trying," and he said
a third time, "He's trying hard,"
and before there was a fourth
time, before McCarthy finished
the speech, Cleage got up and
walked out; not so that anyone
would really notice, for he was
sitting in the stands, and wasn't
at all near the speaker (which is
where the eyes of the crowd were),
but probably because he wanted
to go home. When McCarthy fin-
ished, light-skinned Albert Cleage
had left, and darker-skinned Al-
bert Wheeler, who is indeed go-
ing to the ;national convention as
a delegate, was more than likely
still uncommitted.
Earlier in the day, Detroit's Ne-
gro left-of-liberal Rep. John Con-
yers said McCarthy had virtually
no support in the black commun-
ity. Conyers is chairman of. the
National Committee of Inquiry, an
organization of prominentblack
leaders who plan on making an,
endorsement before the Demo-
cratic Convention.
* * *
IN THE EARLY afternoon, long
before the Tiger Stadium appear-
ance, McCarthy met, at a lunch-
eon sponsored by Mrs. Philip A.
Hart and Mrs. Peter Darrow, some
of the Michigan delegates to the
convention. Last time McCarthy,
met the Michigan delegation, last
month, it was in Lansing and he
was impolitic enough to say, when
pushed by state AFL-CIO chair-
man Gus Scholle, who makes no
secret of his appreciation of Hu-
bert Humphrey, that he might
conceivably support Nelson Rocke-
feller for the presidency -'given
the right conditions. This time,
McCarthy made no such state-
ment; this time, it probably
wouldn't have made much differ-
ence. Less than 30 of Michigan's
104 delegates even bothered to
The food was fairly good, the
booze was a bit better, and even
though themeeting wasclosed to
the press, they opened the doors
after McCarthy left because 'they
still had a lot left over that might
as well be used up.
AFTER THE delegate reception,
Sen. Philip A. Hart, husband of;
the Mrs. Philip A. Hart who paid
for the reception, came outside.
to talk to the few members of the
press who cared about what he
had to say. A month ago, or even
better, two months ago, before the
Michigan delegation was picked,
many more of the reporters there
would 'have been interested in
what Sen. Hart had to say. But he
has made much of his impartiality
since, he has been markedly tight-
lipped, he has not let on who he
might support.
"I think he's great," Hart said
of McCarthy.
"Is that an endorsement?"
"No, I think Vice President
Humphrey's great, too."

"Do you plan on makingan en-
dorsement before the convention?'
"Yes, I do."
"If both candidates are great,
how will you make your choice?"
"I'm a Democrat, and I want
to win. I'll make my decision on
the basis of the polls."
Mgs. Hart said she was going to
start putting the thumbscrews on
her husband. Their daughter, Ann,
who works as hard for McCarthy
as her mother does, told me later
that she was getting very ekas-
perated by her father's antics. He
is chairman of the Michigan dele-
gation, and more than likely will
swing a not inconsiderable num-
ber of votes toward the candidate
of his own choice.

* *

OTHER PEOPLE are getting
exasperated by Sen. Hart. The
McCarthy organization expected
an endorsement for their candi-
date from the Senator. When he
didn't come through Saturday, the
frustration and exasperation was
growving ?into panic. What is the
biggest problem the McCarthy
people now have, other than those
evident in the delegate polls? They
have no one to put his name in
nomination in Chicago. Hart had
been viewed as a possibility.
*' * *
ZOLTON FERENCY, the former
state party chairman who repudi-
ated the Johnson administration
and earned the enduring distaste
of the party organization before
he stepped down from his post
last year, gave a speech at Tiger
Stadium, after Cleage, before Mc-
Carthy, and between two sets of
Phil Ochs' singing. - F e r e n c y
praised the protesters who took to
the streets to voice their indigna-
tion; he called 'them the prime
movers behind McCarthy's deci-
sion to run and behind Johnson's
decision not to.
* * *
BUT P.R. people for the Mc-
Carthy campaign are advising his
supporters to change the minds of
delegates with letters of entreaty,
not of threat ; they are worrying
that demonstrating Yippies and
Mobilization people at-the Chicago
convention will carry McCarthy
signs to discredit the candidate
in the eyes' of the party bigwigs;
they are frantically trying to find
a Senator or governor, someone
with the right amount of "re-
spectability," to place their can-
didate's name in noination; they
have moved out of the Hotel Wis-
consin and into the Hotel Pont-
chartrain; they are now chasing
the duly appointed delegates to
the Democratic National Conven-
tion, and they are chasing them
in the "right" way. They say they
have tried a "new"-type of cam-
paign, and the New York Post's
Murray Kempton said last week
that McCarthy "has clearly
changed our politics." "Our" poli-
tics, by . necessity, have been
changed, changed back to the con-
ciliation and compromise that
characterize the American arena.





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