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Partly sunny,
fair and colder

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, February 27, 1972

Ten Cents

Eight Pages


minority commissions:
Few results on sex bias iM;



The University is presently considering the
elimination ;of its women and minority commis-
sions in o;der to comply with a government
directive on an affirmative action hiring plan.
The commissions - which coordinate the
University's programs to end job discrimination
-may be replaced by a single administrator.
While a top federal official has said the Uni-
versity, as a public institution, is subject to
the "spirit" not the "letter" of the directive,
both commissions are presently being reviewed.
In these two articles, the Daily takes an
analytical look at these commissions.

"It's very trying to be an in-house
revolutionary," commented Commission
for Women chairwoman Virginia Davis
Nordin recently.
Although intended partially in jest,
the remark goes far in reflecting the
degree of frustration the majority of
Commission members have reached.
Established by President Robben
Fleming in January, 1970, the Commis-
sion was given a year's charge of locat-
ing and making recommendations to
eliminate sexist University hiring and
employment practices.
In trying to fulfill its charges, the
Commission has met with both success
and resistance, according to some mem-
"The attitude of the people at the
top makes the difference," says ex-of-
ficio member Zena Zumeta. Afd in this

case, the Commission fees it lacks the
support of several University officers.
Their uncertainty has increased
since the University has been weighing
the advantages of appointing a single
officer to implement affirmative action
programs for both women and minori-
ty groups.
Fleming has prydicted that during
the next month a decision will be reach-
ed on whether or not such an appoint-
ment will be made.
Such an officer is recommended by
the Department of Labor's Revised Or-
der No. 4, which demands that private
federal contractors re-write their af-
firmative action programs by April 4
to comply with the order.
However, John Hodgdon, head of the
Chicago office of the Department of
Health, Education and Welfare (HEW),
See 'U', Page 8

Minority grouj
Little known by University staff and
administrators, t h e Commission on
Minority Groups-formed in September
to review the University's affirmative
action program for minority groups-
has accomplished little in its five months
of existence.
Unlike its investigative partner, the
Commission for Women, the minority
commission has yet to recommend any
specific action or reform.
Administration spokesmen have mild
praise for the commission nonetheless.
President Robben Fleming remarks that
the women's and minority commissions
have contributed to the University by
"making everyone conscious of the cor-
rective action that needs to be taken."
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Allan Smith praises the commissions for

p lags behind
"continuous attention focused on the
need to modify policies and procedures
to achieve equity."
The minority commission's effective-
ness as an implementor of the affirma-
tive action program is now under review
as the University's executive office de-
cides whether to replace the two com-
missions by a single administrator, as
suggested by a recently revised govern-
ment directive.
Minority commission members agree
that replacement or supplementation of
the group by an officer with administra-
tive as well as advisory authority would
be a step forward for minority employ-
ment progress.
Aubert Lavastida, assistant director
of the audio-visual education center and
a commission member, calls the com-
mision a "primitive" instrument for
See 'U' MINORITY, Page 8

COMMISSION FOR WOMEN members discuss
ways to increase their effectiveness.

.;Two hurt
as arson
Two persons were injured yesterday in a
fire at the Public Health Bldg., as four
cases of suspected arson on campus brought
to 49 the number of incidents occurring
since late last month.
Lawrence Mastor and Allen Rocwke were
treated at University Hospital for minor
facial burns and then released. An official
at the hospital called the injuries "nothing
Besides two fires at the Public Health
Bldg., firemen answered calls at the C. C.
Little Bldg., the Natural Science Bldg.,
as well as false alarms at University Hos-
pital, and South Quad.
At the Public Health Bldg., there was an
explosion in a Xerox machine and the
third floor filled with smoke before fire-
men arrived on the scene. Laboratory coats
kept in a storage room caught fire sepa-
rately in another part of the building.
The fires at the C.C. Little and Natural
Science Bldgs. were apparently set from
boxes of cardboard. No outside materials
appeared to have been used to ignite them,
the Fire Department reported.
Police officials refused to comment on
whether they suspected arson in any of
yesterday's incidents. However, the Fire De-
partment is investigating.
There has also been at least' one recent
case of arson involving automobiles.
On Thursday night, a car was virtually
destroyed a block from campus in a fire ig-
nited from maps and papers in the vehicle.
The owner of the car said Fire Depart-
ment officials told her it was definitely a
case of arson, but Fire Department spokes-
men declined to comment on the case yes-
The false alarm at South Quad followed
a phone call threatening that there would
be a fire within 15 minutes.
When a resident smelled gas, firemen.
were called but no fire was found. The odor
of gas apparently came from a sewer in
the basement of the building, according to a
student security guard.
At University Hospital an employe re-
portedly saw smoke in a hospital room,
but no fire could be located when firemen
Fire Department officials said they could
not distinguish the incident as an arson at-
tempt, saying it may have merely been a
cigar or cigarette that caused a burned

Nixon to end China
visit; cites accord
in talks with Chou

-Associated Press -Associated Press
Crossing another bridge
A group of Chinese children (left) watches at Hangchow yesterday, as President Nixon (right), hands in pockets, strolls across a
bridge in a typical Chinese setting. Earlier in the tour, President Nixon, Chinese Premier Chou En-lai and Pat Nixon fed goldfish
in a Hangchow park.
Predicted Communist offensive

By The Associated Press
President Nixon and Premier Chou En-lai,
having forged some areas of agreement in
five days of talks, arrived in Shanghai this
morning in cloudy weather for the Presi-
dent's last day in China.
A joint communique, later in the day is
expected to give details but Nixon seemed
to caution newsmen not to expect a great
"Note that I said some areas," he told
them in explaining that an agreement of
some form had been reached.
He also asserted that it had been necessary
to keep details of the negotiations secret in
order not to jeopardize the new relationship
with mainland China.
The flight to Shanghai was Nixon's last
stop on the mainland.
Even with the talk of fewer walls, many
basic differences remain between Washing-
ton and Peking.
Still, both sides conceded much; consider-
ing the background.
Chou found the Nixon move toward China
"positive." He spoke publicly of a possibility
of "normalization" of relations.
He announced that gates were opened. He
let the Chinese people in on the story by
permitting the Chinese media to publicize
it amply. This was going a long way.
On his part, Nixon suggested that it was
unnecessary for China and the United States
to be enemies-thus implying, without spe-
cifically saying so, that U.S. policy had been
This was a bold approach, all the more
startling because an earlier Nixon was
firm about a Chinese threat.
If the China week suggested a diplomacy
conducted by Nixon as a one-man show, it
probably was because Dr. Henry Kissinger,
the adviser Nixon listens to most, feels
that the State Department tends to get
policy into bureaucratically burrowed ruts.
The China threat idea dominated State
Department thinking so long that career
men may have tended to react automatically
to any given Asian situation. As far back as
the Truman administration, the department
saw Chinese domination of Southeast Asia
as a critically serious long-term threat to
U.S. security.

in South X
From Wire Service Reports
U.S. officials are shaking their heads,
wondering whatever happened to the offen-
sive they predicted North Vietnam would
launch during President Nixon's China visit.
Earlier, Army sources had predicted that
the Communists would mount major attacks
during Tet, the lunar new year. When those
attacks failed to materialize, the China visit
predictions were offered.
If anything, however, the winter offen-
sive was conducted by Americans and not
by Communists.
With a hastily augmented air armada-
including 30 B52s from Guam, a Phantom
fighter-bomber squadron from the Philip-

ietnam fails to appear

PRESIDENT NIXON makes a pointed
comment at the final dinner of his
Peking visit.
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in the April city elections less than a week
away, local groups are stepping up last-
minute attempts to round up the city's
newly enfranchised voters.
As part of what they call "Voter Regis-.
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pines and an attack carrier from the United
States - American airmen launched one
of the most intensive bombing campaigns
of the war.
After more than 1,000 air strikes in little
more than one week, the campaign paused
24 hours for the Tet truce, then quickly
resumed with 125 sorties against targets
in North Vietnam.
Apparently, the massive air assault was
meant to discourage Hanoi from repeating
the major Tet action it launched in 1968.
As Secretary of State William Rogers told
a news conference Feb. 3, "All the indica-
tions are that the enemy is building for a
major offensive, particularly in the Central

Wearied Chisholm may retire

Highlands, and probably in military region
one, South Vietnam's northernmost re-
gion ...
"Now the purpose would be to have a
spectacle-to get a lot of attention focused
on the successes on the part of the North
Vietnamese and particularly, in view of the
President's trip to Peking, to make it diffi-
cult for us for obvious reasons."
Professional U.S. intelligence specialists
claim they still have unchallengeable evi-
dence of a North Vietnamese buildup in
north and central South Vietnam.
But skeptics among the Washington and
Saigon press corps saw other possible mo-
tives for the raids. One guess is that the
U.S. Tet predictions simply provided the
United States with an excuse to mount a
substantial increase in the force of the air
war, as the American ground war is being
phased out.
One positive indication of this theory
tame a week ago when an Army spokesman
declared that the reinforced air strength
would continue "As long as we assess the
threat to be as great as it is today."
Additional evidence to suggest that U.S.
air operations may be further augmented,
came last week when the Navy confirmed
that the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk would
leave San Diego to join three other carriers
that were sent to the Gulf of Tonkin ear-
lier this month.
The administration explanation of its in-
correct warnings of Communist action this

cratic presidential c a n d i d a t e
Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.), the
only black woman ever to serve
in Congress, says she will bow
out of politics after one more
term in the House.
"I am tired," she said in an
interview in Miami Thursday.
"I am tired of fighting, fighting,
fighting all the time. I just
bought, a fabulous home in the
Virgin Islands. I just want to
sit in a rocking chair and look

"She gets the applause from
the students on the campuses
but it's the big boys who are
hitting her on the head," he
"She is out here by herself
and she has no one to lean on.
She's virtually doing it by her-
Gotlieb said that Chisholm is
very energetic and has a high
range of emotions which enable
her to cope with the rigors of

She said she probably would
accept a federal appointment if
offered one, and acknowledged
she would like to head the De-
partment of Health, Education
and Welfare.
Chisholm said her remarks on
her future plans were strictly off
the record but even as she talked
more reporters began to gather
around and quizzed each other
as to what was going on.
During that night and Friday
her staff received many inquir-

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