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Eighty-Nine Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXIX, No. 107 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, February 7, 1979 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

SACUA may request Allon disturban
LD RJVV1,L VIIaU.e UnesI1AAD n disturban

Faulty and administration officials are currently scrutin-
izing the effectivenes of freedom of speech safeguards at
the University in response'to the demonstration at a speech
vast December by former Israeli Prime Minister Yigal Allon.
Several arrests have already been made in connection
with the incident, during which protestors from the Palestine
Human Rights Committee were ejected from Rackham
Auditorium by University officials and Ann Arbor police.
MEMBERS OF THE Senate Advisory Committee of
University Affairs (SACUA) will meet with Interim
President Allan Smith next Monday to voice their concerns
that proper follow-up actions be taken and that the current
University Freedom of Speech Guidelines be evaluated.
"If nothing is said, it looks terrible," stated Engineering
Professor Arch Naylor at Monday's SACUA meeting. He
was responding to SACUA Chairman Shaw Livermore's
report that "the University administration will not pursue

further any sanctioned proceedings against persons involved
in the Allon affair."
Physics Professor Larry- Jones, also a SACUA member,
answered "I think this is too bad. It does tend to make a
mockery of our freedom of speech guidelines when. spon-
soring organizations are let off of the hook so easily."
THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH Guidelines, which were
adopted three years ago after a similar disturbance oc-
curred, state that "interference with the exercise (of free
speech) . . . constitutes grounds for severe University
disciplinary action." The guidelines invest either the
president, administration officers, the Director of Security,
or the University Council (which has not convened in recent
years) with the ppwer of enforcement.
President Smith commented that "the administration is
not at all averse to making a statement on the matter. That
kind of conduct that disrupts free discussions is abhorrent to
the University community. I hope no one doubts the position

of this office or the University generally on that score."
The guidelines represent an attempt to guarantee that all
sides be heard on any issue, and that opinions of both
speakers and protestors be respected. Responsibility for
determining when a disruption of a speech has occurred, and
consequently when disruptors may be removed from, the
audience, is placed upon 'the chairperson or University
representative at each meeting.
LIVERMORE SAID HE feels the "essential difficulty is
the question of when a meeting has been disrupted."
Smith said, "I think our guidelines recognize that (the
acknowledgement of disruption) is a judgmental matter,
and that it has to be left there."
Director of Security Walter Stevens affirmed that . a
disruption did occur, but added "I think the incident was
resolved quickly, all factors considered. It was not resolved
to complete peace and tranquility, but the speech did con-
tinue and was completed."

ee follow-up
Stevenscited the difficulty in removing protestors from
the auditorium, because they were dispersed throughout the
"WHEN YOU OPEN up a meeting to the public you let
every one in and if someone wants to be disruptive, he's going
to be able to get in," Stevens noted. "You really can't change
the,situation as far as enforcement is concerned."
SACUA member Jesse Gordon, professor of social work,
said he believes the University's response has been
"inadequate." "The University should have issued a strong
statement indicating that it deplores efforts to prevent free
speech on campus and that it will act vigorously to maintain
that freedom," he said.
Gordon noted that because creation of the guidelines was
prompted by an Arab-Israeli conflict, and because the first
test of these guidelines has come out of another Arab-Israeli
conflict, the danger exists of restricting the focus of the

Angry Soviets call

off 'U
In a move that shocked and disap-
pointed many University officials and
art lovers, the Soviet Union yesterday
cancelled a traveling art exhibition
scheduled to appear on campus Feb. 16
.through March 16.
The Soviets cancelled the exhibition,
"The Art of Russia, 1800-1850," because
of a scheduled poetry reading during
the festival by Russian dissident Josef
Brodsky, University officials said.
Brodsky, the University poet-in-
residence, was forced to leave the
Soviet Union in 1972.
TH mSOVIETS also objected to a
quotation, by exiled author Alexander
Solzhenitsyn which appeared in the
brochure announcing the festival, of-
ficials here said.
The festival, however, will continue
as schedule, according to the officials.
Interim University President Allan
Smith said that although he was "sad
the festival was cancelled," festival
sponsors were heading for trouble when
they asked Brodsky to read his poetry.
"We should have realized that the
Soviets are sensitive in these cultural
exchanges," Smith said.
THE TWO SOVIETS traveling with
the art exhibit were still in the city last
night, but could not be reached for-
comment. After the appearance here on
campus was cancelled, the Soviets
were scheduled to take "The Art of
Russia" to a showing at the University
of Wisconsin in Madison, Marcy 30.
Reached last night at his Ann Arbor
apartment, Brodsky.said he was not
surprised by the Soviet action.
"This is a stupid move on-the part of

art exhibit

the Soviets in this country," Brodsky
said. "I regret the difficulties this has
created, but one must understand the
nature of the Soviet government."
UNIVERSITY officials expressed
disappointment at the cancellation.
"I am sorry the Soviet government
has taken this action," said Bret
Waller, director of the University
Museum of Art, where the exhibit
would have been shown. "But the
festival is an umbrella under which
many related activities are gathered. I
regret that a gesture to further inter-
national understanding has led to this
unfortunate disagreement."
According to Waller, the purpose of
the festival, a series of concerts,, plays,
dances, lectures, and contemporary
films is to give the public a chance to
get better acquainted with the art and
culture of the Soviet people.'
"I HOPE THAT the objection the
Soviet government has made is lifted,"
said Waller, "so that the exhibition
can be shown as scheduled to give the
public an insight into an aspect of
Russian culture not familiar to many in
the West," said Waller.
The Soviets objected to Brodsky's in-
volvement and the Solzenhitsyn
quotation as part of the festival because

the two dissidents are not regarded by
the Soviet government as suitable
representatives of Soviet art and
But Waller defended the two Soviet
dissidents' participation in the festiyal.
"Solzhenitsyn and Brodsky are regar-
ded by many as the finest Russian
writers of today," he said:
"THE RUSSIANS objected because
they feel Solzhenitsyn and Brodsky are
not adequate representatives of Soviet
art," said Waller. "But this is not a
festival of Soviet art. It is a festival of
Russian art. And while Solzhenitsynl
and Brodsky are not Soviet citizens,
they certainly are Russians. In fact,
they are considered by many to be the
finest Russian writers of today," he
ACCORDING TO Waller, the
Russians would have let the exhibition
appear as scheduled, if the offending
material (the poetry reading and
quotation) had been removed. But .
University officials would not do this,
Waller added.
"The Soviets weren't objecting to
the content of the material, only the
authors," he said. "The quotation by
Solzhenitsyn is a beautiful. anDroDriate
See ART, Page 6

Rou hstuff
MICHAEL McGRAW, Child Care Action Center (CCAC) group leader, supervises the children yesterday. The CCAC will
have to leave the School of Education building due to fire code violations, and they have nowhere to go. See the story, Page 5.

take to
streets for
rival gov't
From AP and Reuter
Waves of jet fighters and helicopters
flew in tight formation over Tehran
yesterday in a new show of government
force as supporters of a rival gover-
nment named by Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini marched through Tehran,
The thousands of demonstrators sup-
porting Khomeini defiantly waved their
fists at the aircraft, shouting "Allah
Akhbar," (God is great).
The flyover punctuated the resolve of
Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar to
stay in power until elections can be
held. ,
A TOP AIDE to Khomeini claimed
the threat of a military coup had passed
and that the. ayatollah now has some
military support. But he hinted broadly
that more violence was likely before
Iran's crisis eased.
The aide, Dr. Ibrahim Yazdi, for-
merly of Houston, Texas, said many
elements of Iran's 430,000-man. army
had swung over to rMehdi Bazargan,
Khomeini's choice as prime minister of
a provisional revolutionary gover-

*Athletic Director Don Can-!
ham says he thinks federal Title
IX guidelines may jeopardize
men's and women's sports
programs at the University. See
Page 10.
* Due to an unusual set of cir-
cumstances back home, Iranian
students at Western Michigan -
Univesity have run into debt
problems. Like all of us, they
have to worry about tuition. The
story is on Page 5.
" We all have our own reactions
to the music of Bowie, Rundgren,
and Reed. Check out one person's
opinion on the Arts Page, number

Lawyers explain use
of funding from MSA

A special portion of the Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) meeting was
set aside last night for Student Legal
Services lawyers Paul Teich and
Jonathon Rose to explain the activities
of the student-funded law service.
MSA will be evaluating these services
soon to prepare a proposal to the Board
of Regents for a three-year extension of
mandatory funding for MSA. Student
Legal Services receives $1.74 of the
$2.92 MSA fee assessed per student per
ROSE, DIRECTOR of Legal Service,
and Teich, MSA attorney, who also.
work closely with other University
student governments, spoke about legal
aid casework and the MSA Housing
Law Reform Project.
Teich explained that one-half of the
Legal Services caseload dealt with lan-

dlords and tenants, with the balance of
the load going to such things as family
law, consumer lqw, and employment.
Before Campus Legal Aid was refor-
med to Student Legal Services and fun-
ded by all students, 600 to 800 cases a
year were handled through the law of-
fice, Teich explained, and were funded
through several sources. Only poor
students were eligible for the services
at that time.
Last April, when a $2.92 mandatory
student fee was voted by students, $1.74
was allotted for student Legal Services,
leaving them with a $120,000 working
budget. Previously they worked with a
budget of $28,000.
THE REGENTS approved the fee at
their July meeting.
The lawyers explained that the
availability of legal services to students

Red th* Toddy
column, Page 3


Ar rnoto
Police rout farmers
in D.C. demonstration


MSA backs Libby's
By JULIE ENGEBRECHT they would replace a member who
The Michigan Student Assembly resigned over the weekend and how
(MSA) discussed last night in their they would replace him. They decided
weekly meeting some concerns about to replace graduate student Mark
presidential selection, - supported Lewison by asking the Rackham.
through resolution. The efforts of the Student Government for names of can-
Ann Arbor Farm Labor Organizing didates. After interviews, Supowit,
Committee (FLOC) Support Group, MSA President Eric Arnson, and Vice

sity food services to observe the
Some discussion about MSA external
allocations to student groups, and for-
mer MSA Member and current Budget
Priorities Committee (BPC) member
Jeff Coleman complained a mispropor-
tion of funds which go to minority
arnfl re n Anatds n ,ot n * 0*7ntvof the

opened barricades around a farmers'
protest encampment yesterday long
enough for a convoy of tractors to
stage a lumbering demonstration
around the White House but herded
them back before they could cause
rush hour chaos.
Farm spokesmen made the short
trip up Capitol Hill to present their

between leaders of the American
Agriculture Movement and D.C. and
National Park Police, the tractors
had to be back in the Mall encam-
pment by 5 p.m.
THERE WERE no serious in-
cidents and traffic was disrupted
only briefly.
Two protesters drove their trac-
tors into the shallow Reflecting Pool

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