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Pontiac

busing

comes

of

age

By HOWARD BRICK
Special To The Daily
PONTIAC, Mich. - "When I
was a kid, I went to school with
the Negro people and I wouldn't
let my kids do it," he told me over
the country music blaring from his
car radio. "The colored people are
going to have to change before
I'd let my kids go to school with
them. They're going to have to
get weaker in the way they get
along with other people."
I had head that Pontiac"s white
population was made up largely of
Archie Bunker bigots. The man
who picked me up on the road into
Pontiac actually lived in neigh-
boring Highland, but he fit the
stereotype well.
A lot of whites in Pontiac feel
their children are being bused into

unsafe neighborhoods to attend
inferior schools. They also don't
want blacks bused into their
neighborhoods, and in the fall in-
coming black students were often
greeted with jeers and insults.
Racism was apparent throughout
the entire affair.
Even though things have calm-
ed considerably since then, there
are still many white parents keep-
ing their children home from
school rather than have them
bused into black neighborhoods.
And Irene McCabe, head of NAG
(National Action Group) is keep-
ing up the fight against busing
as she and some followers con-
tinue their marathon protest
march from Michigan to Wash-
ington D.C. I
In the midst of all the contro-
versy, black and white children
are going to school together and,

in fact, seem to get- along with
each other fairly well in spite of
their parents' fears.
The children of Pontiac are
teaching their parents that peo-
ple of different races can live to-
gether and learn something from
the experience at the same time.
As one group of seventh graders
from Jefferson Junior High puts
it, "We can make it work."
Jefferson is on the south side
of the city, in the middle of the
black neighborhood. Last year, the
school was 99 per cent black. Now
it is approximately 60 per cent
white and 40 per cent black, and
has a teaching staff with similar
proportions of whites to blacks.
To facilitate integration, Jeffer-
son has been made into a seventh
grade school.
All seventh graders in the west
side of the city go to Jefferson,

all eighth graders in the west
side go to Washington Junior
High, and all ninth graders go to
Lincoln Junior High.
Asked what he thought about
Jefferson, one white boy said, "It's
a good school. I like it. It has lots
of trophies and a pretty good
teaching staff." And the twenty-
minute bus trip that gets him
there? "Oh, the bus ride's fun,"
he said.
"My parents didn't want it
(busing) at first," the boy told
me, "but now they think it's
okay."
"Our greatest spokesmen are
our students," Principal Darryl
Lee said. Generally, parental op-
position to busing has decreased,
he feels, as a result of school chil-
dren reporting to their parents
about the realities of integrated
school life. "Those that were

worried about inferior staff and
an unsafe neighborhood have had
their fears allayed," Lee said.
In fact, Lee proudly notes, Jef-
ferson has the highest grade point
average of all secondary schools
in Pontiac.
According to students, teachers,
and administrators at the school,
black and white students are get-
ting along very well. Many white
and black students told me they
have made friends with members
of the opposite race and that in-
cidents of interracial conflict
were almost non-existent.
A black teacher said that the
school has had "not one fight this
year with racial overtones" and
one student said that the only
fights he has witnessed have been
between members of the same
race.
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Vol. LXXXII, No. 151

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, April 16, 1972

Ten Cents

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B52s

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Haiphong,

other

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Vietnam;

ARYN

situation

worsens

*
Arrests

*

*

mark

air

war demonstration

By TAMMY JACOBS
Special To The Daily
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Police arrested
some 225 of 800 anti-bombing protestors
when they staged a sit-down protest in a
park across the street from the White House
yesterday, defying a police ban on the dem-
onstration.
Doctors hit
Beard heart
attack clai-m
WASHINGTON (P) - Two doctors who
independently examined International Tele-
phone and Telegraph Corp. (ITT) lobbyist,
Dita' Beard, before she testified before the
Senate Judiciary Committee saidyesterday
they found no evidence of heart disease.
Though not completely ruling out another
doctor's diagnosis that Beard had angina
pectoris, Drs. Joseph Snyder and Ray Pry-
or of Denver said, "There were no positive
findings from a physical examination, elec-
tro-cardiogram or chest x-rays.
In a telegra'm to Senate Judiciary Com-
mittee chairman Sen. James Eastland (D-
Miss.), the two doctors said the only evi-
dence that Beard has a heart condition
came from her own descriptions of chest
pains.
Beard is the alleged author of an ITT
memo published by Columnist Jack Ander-
son which links ITT's pledge of at least
$200,000 to the Republican national conven-
tion with the out-of-court settlement of
three government antitrust suits against the
conglomerate.
In early March, she was hospitalized at
the Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Hospital
in Denver under the care of Dr. Lewis Ra-
detsky. She was recently dismissed from the
hospital but has remained in Denver.

Twelve other protestors were arrested aft-
er they staged traffic disruptions near the
White House and still others marched to the
offices of the International Telephone and
Telegraph Corporation, where they picketed
the virtually empty building for a half-hour.
1
The day of demonstrations - which were
held without a permit after organizers failed
to give fifteen days notice of the-event to
police - was organized by The People's Co-
alition for Peace and Justice, the sponsor
of many previous protests across the nation.
The 225 arrested in the park were pro-
cessed by park police last night, and charged
with demonstrating without a permit, a
misdemeanor. Collateral was set at $50 -
protestors seeking a court hearing were giv-
en hearing dates but most opted to simply
forfeit the collateral, a park police spokes-
man said last night.
Yesterday's scenario was a familiar one
for veteran anti-war protestors. It began
with a gathering in the morning at St. Ste-
phens church in Northwest Washington.
There, movement leaders spoke' and it was
decided that "people should make up their
own minds whether they want to get bust-
ed" during the actions.
At noon, the group left the church for the
almost three mile march south to Lafayette
Park. The march itself was legal, one metro-
politan policeman said, since the demon-
strators kept moving on the sidewalks and
did not block traffic.
Almost two hours later, singing and
chanting, "stop the bombing, end the war,"
and other slogans, the group arrived at La-
fayette Park, where about a dozen com-
mercial buses manned by park police were
waiting, along with several dozen mounted
police officers.
Police loudspeakers gave half a dozen
warnings to clear the park, and after the
majority of the demonstrators moved north
police began escorting those remaining to
the buses.

Daily-Bob Wargo

Members of the Chinese team chat with students.
(For more pictures, see page 3)

Chinese table tennis team met by
warm welcome, little competition

B52s hit port
city for first
time in war
From Wire Service Reports
The U.S. Command sent up to 100 B52s
and attack-bombers against the North Viet-
namese port city of Haiphong before dawn
today as Saigon forces battled desperately
on three different fronts in South Vietnam.
The command said the bombers struck
other cities in North Vietnam, but refused
to specify them. It was the first tiine in the
war B52s have raided as far north as Hai-
phong. 275 miles north of the demilitarized
zone.
Each B52 carries up to 30 tons of bombs.
Fighting continued and escalated in three
areas of South Vietnam. Saigon Govern-
ment troops battled to hold on to defenses
west of the imperial capital of Hue, and
fled from a base in the Central Highlands.
Meanwhile, anti-Saigon forces announced
yesterday they have taken the key provin-
cial capital of An Loc, although this was
strenuously denied by U.S. military sources.
It was reported yesterday that journalists
seeking to enter An Loc had been denied
access by ARVN troops and were not al-
lowed to move up Highway 13.
Haiphong has been the major receiving
point of North Vietnam for military sup-
plies. U.S. bombers had blown up what mili-
tary sources said were fuel storage tanks
and pumping stations in 1966, but bomb-
ing in the area slackened the following year
and President Johnson halted all bombing
in 1968.
Yesterday's raids were ordered by Presi-
dent Nixon in retaliation to the 18-day old
offensive of anti-Saigon forces. A military
communique claimed that targets in the
raids were "logistical facilities" such ,as
fuel dumps, warehauses, and truck parks.
The communique made no mention of
dock facilities, cranes or any other installa-
tions in the immediate harbor. It has been
U.S. policy to avoid bombing the immediate
harbor because of the danger of damaging
Soviet ships, but officials made no com-
mentbas todwhether the harbor itself had
been bombed.
While U.S. spokesmen said they had no
plane losses to report over North Vietnam,
Radio Hanoi said five U.S. jets were shot
down yesterday over the demilitarized zone.
The attacks on Haiphong followed a ma-
jor buildup in U.S. airpower in Indochina,
which hasexpanded to a force of over 700
planes in the past week.
Inside today's Daily:
Books and Arts
Supplement
Gabler onn'The Godfather'
John Sinclair's 'Prison Notes'
Interview with Jorge Luis Borges
Angela Davis
John Aldridge: A Review
SDS Revisited
Pat Oleszko's 'Body Art'
As the bombingwas extended toeHa-
phong, U.S.' air attacks continued in several

By SUE BROWN
AND DIANE LEVICK
Yesterday was a big day in Ann Arbor.
Curious on-lookers - both friendly and
otherwise - turned out to greet the visit-
ing table tennis champions from the Peo-
ple's Republic of China and tried to catch
a glimpse of them as they swept around
campus, played a brief exhibition in Crisler
Arena, and then were gone.
It all started around 10 a.m. in front of
the Union.

The banners were there: "Warmest Wel-
come Team from the Motherland" and
"Long Live Friendship of American & Chi-
nese Peoples." And standing beneath them
on the front steps of the Union was an ever-
increasing crowd, waiting anxiously for the
hour-overdue visitors.
At 10:25 a.m. they finally came. They en-
tered, however, through the side door -
the first of many frustrations for onlook-
ers trying to touch, talk to, hear or even
see the Chinese team.
Detroit

Democratic
Crowd goes wild
at Wallace rally
By JONATHAN MILLER
Special To The Daily
DETROIT "Governor George" packed
'em in for two performances at the State
Fairgrounds last night drawing ten thou-
sand sweaty, screaming, red, white and
blue toting self-confessed "and proud of it"
members of the "silent majority" to a vir-
tuoso performance of political acumen and
country music. >

hopefuls

talk in

The Chinese team's bus.was joined by a
second bus of American players and officials
and a third of press. Once at the Union, they
were joined by University officials and mend,
bers of the Chinese Studies program and
the Chinese Students Association.
In addition to all that, there were plain-
clothes security men everywhere. The Chi-
nese were somewhat lost in the crowd.
After some quick refreshments, Regent
Gertrude Huebner (R-Bloomfield Hills)
and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Allan Smith greeted the Chinese via inter-
preter. Smith presented them with navy
blue Michigan windbreakers, one of which
team leader Chuang Tse-tung tried on amid
laughter and applause.
University President Robben Fleming
was unable to be present for the reception.
The police-escorted motorcade of buses
and limousines took an abbreviated tour of
campus, proceeding to North Campus and
Bursley where the entourage, despite some
confusion, managed to eat a quick lunch
with the dorm residents.
The group then rushed to Crisler Arena
and played table tennis for approximately
45 minutes giving their American competi-
tors a sound thrashing. Then they rushed
off again for Metro airport, come and gone
in a flurry of smiles, waving hands and a
cloud of dust.
The intense security precautions sur-
rounding- the visit frustrated not only the

Respectable' Dems
talk at Cobo Hall
By JIM O'BRIEN
Special To The Daily
DETROIT - Vietnam was the issue
as three of the major contenders for the
Democratic presidential nomination ad-
dressed top Michigan Democrats at the
Jefferson-Jackson dinner at Cobo Hall last
night.
The $50-a-plate dinner, an annual fund-
raising event sponsored by the Democratic

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