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Vol. LXXXII, No. 135

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, March 29, 1972

Ten Cents

Ten Pages


Ten Cents Ten Pages

Opportun ity Program
Members cite ineffectiveness, lack of leadersh

unit hit by resignations
ip Report questions services

Executive Editor
The committee charged with the
review and general guidance of
the University's Opportunity Pro-
gram for minority students has
been rendered functionally inop-
erative by resignations and lack
of interest of nearly three-fourths
of its members.
Almost every faculty and stu-
dent member has walked off the
committee in recent weeks, due to
frustration with the committee's
lack of organization, power and
The Advisory Committee to the
Opportunity Program was formed
last August in order to study the
supportive services available to
minority students and financial
aid procedures, and then submit
recommendations for "any
changes deemed desirable," ac-
cording to a memo from President

Robben Fleming.
Eight of the 12 members - in-
cluding three of the five faculty
members - have either left the
committee, do not attend its meet-
ings, or are about - to resign. A
ninth member will be abroad dur-
ing the spring semester.
Lee Calhoun, Grad, who recent-
ly resigned from the chairmanship
of the committee, said last night,
"I wonder if this committee was
ever meant to get anything done."
The Opportunity Program (OP),
through which some 70 per cent
of the University's black students
enroll, has been the target of crit-
icism from many minority stu-
dents whohave charged that pres-
ent academic and financial sup-
portive services for black students
are inadequate or mishandled.
William Cash, assistant to the
president for human relations and
the administration's liaison to the

committee, last fall ordered the
committee to present Fleming with
proposals for OP's improvement
by Jan. 1.
No such proposals have been
"We had a whole problem of
communication with Cash," Cal-
houn said last night. "We'd say
that we needed certain informa-
tion; and we'd never get it. Peo-
ple (on the committee) just felt
they weren't getting any help -
so they left."
Another example of the commit-
tee's inaction has been its inabil-
ity to act on an undisclosed sta-
tistical report on black graduate
students given to the committee
last fall.
The report, based on extensive
interviewing and fact-finding,
called for a major review and re-
form of existing supportive serv-
ices and financial aid procedures

for black graduate students.
According to a remaining com-
mittee member, English Prof.
Thomas Sawyer, the report was
read and studied by the committee
but "no one pressed for any a.'tion
on it."
Calhoun said last night that the
committee existed because "the
administration probably just need-
ed something to make them look
He said he doubted whether the
committee was ever intended to
have any real effectiveness.
Another recent resignation was
Architecture Prof. Joseph Wehrer,
who said "Whether the commit-
tee's inaction is Cash's fault per-
sonally or because he's just too
busy - we just needed someone
from the top to take hold and give
the committee some kind of or-
See COMMITTEE, Page 10

An undisclosed statistical report
on the University's black graduate
students - which raises serious
questions about the services avail-
able to minority students - has
been held without action by the
Opportunity Awards Program Ad-
visory Committee since last fall.
The report details the progress
of the 343 graduate students who
attended the University from 1965-
1970. According to the report, 43
per cent of these students had not
made satisfactory progress toward
their degrees in the five-year
The study was based on exten-
sive interviews of students and
faculty, and apparently utilized
confidential student academic rec-
The report, states, "No system-
atic effort has been made to iden-
tify the problems which have con-
fronted students and faculty in

connection with the effort to ex-
pand (the numbers of) black
graduate students."
According to members of the
advisory committee, the report was
discussed briefly last fall, a few
proposals made at that time, but
no action was initiated.
As of last night, eight of the 12
committee members have either
resigned or are no longer partici-
pating on the committee.
Commissioned over a year ago
by then-Vice President and Dean
of the Graduate School Stephen
Spurr, the report presents the de-
partmental distribution of the stu-
dents, their educational back-
ground, their age and sex distribu-
tion, and a, summary of their fi-
nancial and academic difficulties
at the University.
Near the conclusion of the 33-
page report, it states, "There is no
See REPORT, Page 10

William Cash


Afro hc

to consider



The Regents are expected to
act today on proposals to es-
tablish two Afro-American
and African living units dur-
ing a special open meeting;
scheduled for 3 pm. this aft- "
The Regents discussed the pro-
posals - which would allow stu-
dents with an interest in Afro-I
American culture to live together
in separate housing units - at
their March meeting, but post-
poned action at that time, and
requested more information. The
Regents will meet this morning
in closed session to discuss theF
Although implementation of the W t
program is contingent on regental
approval - 103 students - 73
black and 30 white - have been
accepted to live in the units, ac-.
cording to University Housing of-
ficials. -:
The proposals the Regents will
review today are fundamentally
the same as the plans presented
to them March 16 and 17, accord- Santa Clara County sheriff d
ing to Lee Gill, chairman of the: yesterday during an unsuccess
South Quad Minority Council. San Jose, Calif. (left). The at
"We looked at the proposals to ponement of the Angela Dav
make sure there are no loopholes," side the court as she arrives
he said.I dewa hec rta swsheoarriue
Georgia Williams, assistant di- away car that was to be use
rector of special programs for Uni-
versity Housing said several revi- STAGE MARCH:
sions in the proposals have been;,
made to clarify some issues.

adjourns in
BELFAST UP) - A half century of Protestant home rule in
Northern Ireland formally ended yesterday as the provincial
Parliament bowed to British pressure and voted to adjourn
i for at least a year.
A crowd of 100,000 Protestants massed outside Stormont
Castle, the seat of Parliament for over 50 years, and de-
nounced the British measures as a sellout to the campaign
waged by the outlawed Irish Republican Army.
In London, the British Parliament passed legislation to
enable William Whitel;w, a senior Cabinet minister, to as-
sume all government powers in Northern Ireland by tonight.
The British acted in hopes that direct rule from London
might defuse the long his---

tory of sectarian
the province.

clashes in

Lee Gill

Harris vetoes GOP
ward boundary plan

-Associated Press
e attempt delays Davis trial
deputies and other law enforcement authorities surround the jail exit
sful escape attempt by two inmates of the Santa Clara county jail in
ttempted jailbreak, which left one inmate dead, caused a one-day post-
is trial, being held in the courthouse nearby. Davis (right) stops out-
for the second day of her trial. Sheriff deputies (above) drive the get-
d in the thwarted escape away from the jail. (See story, Page 10).

In an expected move, Mayor
Robert Harris yesterday vieoed
a plan sponsored by six Republi-
cans to redistrict the city's
wards. The plan passed the City
Council without Democratic sup-
*port last week.
Members of both the Demo-
cratic Party and the Human
Rights Party had attacked the
proposed plan as a "gerry-
Republicans had attempted to
get a ruling on the, legality of
heir boundary proposals in Cir-
cuit Court, in order to add "the
dignity and wisdom of the court"
to their plan, according to James
Stephenson (R-Fourth Ward).
Harris objected to the pro-
posal because it was passed
without verification of popula-
tion figures and without being
referred to the Ward Boundary
Commission, which is currently
Diversity sets the Third Ward
apart. Due to the combination of
a small student sector, a num-
ber of Republicans and a simi-
,klar distribution of Democrats,
lach of the three City Council
candidates feel they have an
equal chance of winning the
April 3 election.
Running in that district are
C. William Colburn of the Re-
publican Party, Genie Plamon-
don of the Human Rights Party
(HRP) and Ulrich Stoll of the
Democratic Party.
The ward is diverse not only
in its make-up but in the issues
which concern its residents.

working on the redistricting
In defending his action, Harris
noted that "the resolution has
not been published in the press
nor has it been the subject of
public hearings."
In addition, Harris cited dis-
crepancies between population
figures used by those supporting
the proposal and figures com-
piled by the , city clerk. "They
(Republicans) show a total popu-
lation substantially higher than
the population for the entire
city," Harris said.
Eight votes would be required
for the redistricting plan to take
effect over Harris' veto. As the
Republicans occupy only six of
the ten council seats, such an
outcome is highly unlikely.
"It would appear that all our
work has gone down the drain,"
Stephenson said.

The plan now suggests creating
a recruiting committee to main-
tain knowledge of the multi-ethnic
ratio of the units and to recruit
members of ethnic groups, which
may be under-represented, Wil-
liams said.1
The proposal also calls for the
hiring of a research person to
work with the special program of-
fice to collect statistics of the ra-
cial composition of the houses.
The formation of an advisory
board to develop academic pro-
grams has also been proposed.
President Robben Fleming said
last night he has not taken a po-
sition on the proposals but that
he has talked with students and
housing officials about some of1
the questions raised by the Re-
" See AFRO, Page 6

Chicanos ask support

Fears mounted, however, that
the imminent British takeoer of
the provincial government could
touch off new violence between the
Protestant majority and Roman
Catholic minority.
Meanwhile, a Protestant general
strike, organized by the militant
Protestant Ulster Vanguard move-
ment, entered its second day, halt-
ing industry, public transportation
and cutting off electricity supplies.
Terrorist bombs killed two per-
sons near Londonderry, bringing
the death total to 290 lives since
the beginning of the current con-
flict nearly three years ago.
At Stormont, Brian Faulkner,
the outgoing prime minister of
Northern Ireland, denounced the
British takedver as "totally un-
democratic" and vowed a policy of
noncooperation with his successor
Speakers at Stormont included
Faulkner and William Craig, " a
leader of the Ulster Vanguard
Craig, long a critic of Faulkner's
tactics, praised the outgoing prime
minister for doing his best and led
the crowd in cheering him.
Isolated incidents of violence
throughout the province did occur
yesterday however.
In Belfast, a Catholic secondary
school broke out in flames after
mass demonstration. Police said
they suspected arson by some of
the demonstrators, but no one was

TF stik
staged at
From the Harvard Crimson
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Teach-
ing fellows and graduate students
at Harvard University, yesterday
staged a one-day class strike to
protest an increase in graduate
tuition and cutbacks in teaching
fellow scholarships.
The teaching fellows blasted the
reallocation of money previously
used to pay their scholarships.
Previously, Harvard teaching
fellows were awarded staff schol-
arships to pay for their tution.
About two and a half weeks ago,
however, the Harvard adminis-
tration halted all staff scholar-
The funds will be allocated t9
various departments around the
university to be used at their dis-
According to campus sources,
the strike was virtually "100 per
cent effective" among graduate
students and teaching fellows. Un-
dergraduates, who had been ask-
ed not to go to clashes, also cut
The strike also protested a $200
rise in graduate tuition to about
See TFs, Page 6



from Esch

Over 100 persons demonstrated
yesterday in support of a boycott
by the United Farm Workers
(UFW) of nine wine companies of
California's Napa Valley. The
demonstrators, after a Diag rally,
marched to the local office of U.S.
Rep. Marvin Esch (R-Ann Arbor)
to present him with a petition re-
questing his support.
The petition asks Esch's support

diverse mixture

of the UFW in a fight against the
National Labor Relations Board}
(NLRB). NLRB General Counsel
Peter Nash recently filed a com-
plaint in a California. federal dis-
trict court against the UFW seek-
ing an injunction against the boy-
Local UFW spokesman Daniel
Meza said that the attempted in-
junction against the UFW "threat-
ens the only organizing tool that
farm workers have-the boycott."
The demonstrators claim that all
farm workers are excluded from
the National Labor Relations Act
of 1935 (Wagner Act) which guar-
antees the rights of workers to
organize and bargain collectively.
They claim that farm workers
cannot be restricted by a law that
does not cover or protect them.
Eliseo Medina, a member of
the California UFW, said at the
rally, "Unless we organize, we're
always going to be weak and
powerless. All we're asking for is
medical coverage, decent wages,
decent housing, a decent way of
life. Farm workers have made up
their minds that they're going to
fight and change the way 6hings
Richard Raison, Esch's district
aide, met the demonstrators out-
side of the office and read a state-
ment. nrpn ared by E~such lwhn i.

gressman was unavailable.
Raison then agreed to make an
appointment with Esch for several
representatives of the demonstra-
tors to speak with him today.
The march was sponsored by
s e v e r a 1 organizations including
Chicanos at Michigan, Trabaja-
dores de la Raza, and the Chicano
Student Association at Eastern
Michigan University, in conjunc-
tion with a state and national cam-
paign to protest the actions of
the NLRB.

Colburn Plamondon


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