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controversy

By TONY SCHWARTZ
Recent charges brought against a
leading campus film society could
throw open a controversy that has
been brewing for months among var-
ious groups offering low-priced movies
to students.
Central Student Judiciary (CSJ) will
meet tomorrow night to consider
charges by Director of Student Organ-
izations Vic Gutman, '73, against the
Orson Welles Film Society.
The complaint alleges certain im-
proprieties in the group's conduct and
seeks withdrawal of recognition as a
student organization, which would can-
cel all future Orson Welles film show-
ings on campus.
Specifically, Gutman charges Orson
Welles with signing for an auditorium
under an assumed name, obtaining a
film without the distributor's consent

and advertising without identifying the
sponsoring organization.
Members of other campus groups,
however, claim that the alleged impro-
prieties go far beyond those cited in
the complaint.
The crux of the controversy involves
Friends of the American Revolutionary
Media (ARM) and an organization
called DISARM. Although the story
may have earlier origins, its unfolding
at the University seems to have begun
last January.
ARM spokesmen contend that Janu-
ary marked a rash of attacks on post-
ers advertising their films. The post-
ers, they say, began disappearing in
"amazing quantities".
They claim advertising which cus-
tomarily remained posted for three
weeks would often be torn down after
a few hours.

In February, an anonymous tele-
phone call to ARM identified the as-
sailants as a group labeling itself DIS-
ARM.
In March, the harassment intensi-
fied. ARM showings scheduled in the
Natural Science Aud. were sabotaged on
repeated occasions, according to ARM
spokesmen.
The sabotage was two-fold they say.
First, the blackboard which rides on a
carrier was jammed in front of the
screen and the chain that moves the
blackboard up and down was tangled.
Second, the electrical box was short-
ed out. The harassment was invariably
accompanied by a note: "Sorry for the
inconvenience. Compliments of DIS-
ARM."
At this time, the ARM collective be-
gan to receive a rash of late-night
phone calls. The calls, according to

spokesmen, often totaled 20 a night
and were concentrated between 11 p.m.
and 5 a.m.
The callers, who alternately threat-
ened bodily harm and made obscene
statements, identified themselves as
members of DISARM.
In March, another group entered the
picture. Tenant Union (TU) spokes-
men say that, Arthur Maurello, a law
student and then president of Orson
Welles, walked into the TU office and
asked that they cancel a benefit show-
ing of "Cool Hand Luke." Maurello
cited a conflict with an Orson Welles
showing of "Cool Hand Luke" four
days later, witnesses say.
TU representatives refused Maurello's
request, citing advertising costs incur-
red and previous booking.

Shortly thereafter a call was placed
to Modern Sound Pictures, distributor
of "Cool Hand Luke" to TU. A rep-
resentative of the distributor, Keith
Smith, who remembers the incident,
says that the caller identified himself
as Arthur Maurello.
According to Smith, the caller asked
that Modern Sound not allow TU to
show the film, citing a scheduling con-
flict. Smith explained that because Or-
son Welles had booked the film with
another distributor, there was nothing
he could do.
Smith called the Tenants Union the
next day to question their legitimacy as
a student organization. When he was
reassured, TU was given a go-ahead to
show the film.
The day after that, the TU's adver-
See FILM, Page 8

-Daily-Jim Juclals
MOVIE-GOERS eye a leaflet distributed at an August showing by
the Orson Welles Film Society. Members of Friends of ARM
were protesting the showing.

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CLASSIFIED
RESEARCH
See Editorial Page

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PUMPKIN PIE
High-60
Low-40
Clearing, frost on
the patch this evening

Vol. LXXXII, No. 23 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, October 6, 1971 Ten Cents
REGENTAL APPROVAL SOUGHT

Eight Pages

Research
By ALAN LENHOFF
While opponents of classi-
fled research are congratulat-
ing each other on their recent
victory in the Senate Assem-
bly, regental approval of the :
proposed new classified re-
search guidelines will prove a
difficult test.
A key factor will be the position
assumed by President R o b b e n
Fleming and the University vice
presidents regarding the new pro-
posal. Typically, major decisions
of the Regents in the past have
been influenced greatly by the
recommendations of top Univer-
sity officials-and there are no
indications that the research issue
will become an exception.
After a lengthy debate, Assem-
bly Monday night endorsed a res-
olution that would ban most re-
search which produces classified
results from the University-with
exceptions made "in cases where
the proposed research is likely to
contribute so significantly to the ;
advancement of knowledge as to
justify infringement of the free-
dom to publish openly."
The proposal also calls for a 12-
member committee to review re-
quests for exemptions from the
policy. The committee would, by
design, include :
-Two members who are "philo-
sophically opposed to classified
research;"j
-Two members who are en-
gaged in classified research at the
time of their appointment to the WoM
committee; and prese
-Three student members. an i
The proposal, however, will not of we
be implemented unless approved educ
by the Regents-who are expected
to act on it at their November
meeting. 'CO
Fleming last night declined com-
ment on whether he will actively
support or oppose Assembly's pro-
posal. Comments made by Fleming
last week, however, indicate that
he may be wavering toward op-
position of the measure.
"I would prefer that there be t
no classified research at the Uni-
versity," he said. "I recognize the
tension it creates." WAS
But Fleming added that "it is policya
very difficult for me to tell a be sen
professor that he cannot have "makec
anything to do with classified re- Preside
search. It's hard for me, as a law mainla
professor, where the r e S e a r c h announ
problem doesn't really exist, to - Follo
suddenly assume a moral position press
which my colleagues (engaged in Kissing
research) will find difficult to the-rec
bear." WhiteJ
Fleming met yesterday with that h
members of the Senate Advisory full ad
See RESEARCH, Page 8 special:

plan faces obstacles

-Daily-Jim Judkis -Daily-David Margolick
'Power' to the people
For the first time, people flooded the Power Center for the Performing Arts last night. Former President Harlan Hatcher (left) gives
the dedicating address at the opening ceremonies, while earlier (fr om left to right) Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Power and President Robben
Fleming cross the threshold of the lobby. The theater, built largely as a gift from Regent Emeritus Power, opened with a gala premier
of Truman Capote's "The Grass Harp." (See Page 2 for stories andadditional photographs.)

1817 TREATY:
Indians demonstrate confidence

-Daily-David Margolick
Making it in film-making
nen's Film Collective members, supporters, and bystanders participate in a "guerilla theater"
entation yesterday at noon on the Diag. Here a male film producer fondles his "sex object" as
ncompetent male cameraman records the scene. The demonstration, said to depict the plight
vomen in the film-making business, publicized the collective's cinemagraphic activities and
ational programs.
NCRET E ARRANGEMENTS:'
Lissinger to make second trip
o clear Nixon's road to China

in seeking reparations f

By MARCIA ZOSLAW
American Indian spokesmen
yesterday expressed confidence
that they have a tight legal case
in their lawsuit against the Uni-
versity.
The Regents must respond by
Oct. 24 to the charge that the
University h a s "continuously"
and "arrogantly" violated its
1817 Ft. Meigs Treaty promise to
educate Indian children in return
for 3,640 acres of land ceded by
the Indians to the University.
Paul Johnson, grad., is filing
the suit on behalf of the Chip-

pewa, Ottawa, and Potowomy
tribes.
Johnson in a press conference
yesterday viewed the treaty as a
device for implementing long-
time but never militantly assert-
ed Indian demands for a more
proportional representation in
their state University's student
population, better Indian ele-
mentary and secondary educa-
tion, and more Indian culture
courses at the University.
The Ft. Meigs Treaty, signed
by Lewis Cass, governor of the
territory of Michigan and Presi-
dent James Monroe, ceded one

huge tract of land to the Uni-
versity in return for the Uni-
versity's promise to further high-
er education for Indian children
and another tract of land to the
then church of St. Anne. In re-
turn, the church agreed to fur-
ther elementary and secondary
school education for Indian de-
scendants. When the University
acquired the church's tract sev-
eral years alter it also took on
the obligation to help with the
education of Indian youngsters,
contends Johnson.
Johnson is demanding that the
courts force the University to
account for the profit it received
through the years from the sale
and rent of these Indian lands.
He proposes that the accumu-
lated University profit, which
the plaintiff's lawyer Elmer
White calculates as "in the hun-
dreds of millions of dollars" be
divided into two equal funds. The
first would finance more teach-
ers, para-professionals, and In-
dian ethnic programs in schools
for young Indians. The second
fund would give college scholar-
ships for descendants of the
three tribeswho wished to study
in any college institution in the
state.
"We're not out to break ;he

rom 'U'
The one available Regent,
Robert Brown, said he didn't
think the Regents had been in-
formed well enough for him to
comment on the matter and add-
ed that he had not heard the case
was especially urgent..
At the Regents' meeting last
month, after Johnson had filed
his lawsuit, Vice President for
Academic Affairs Allan Smith
declared that the University was
prepared to i n c r e a s e Indian
course offerings, admissions, and
financial demands.

HINGTON (VP) - Foreign-
adviser Henry Kissinger will
t to Peking this month to
concrete arrangements" for
nt Nixon's planned visit to
nd China, the White House
nced yesterday.
wing the announcement by
secretary Ronald Zeigler,
ger himself made a rare on-
ord appearance b e f o r e
House reporters, disclosing
e will be accompanied by a
dvance party of technical
ists from such arms of gov-

ernment as the Secret Service and
White House Communications Ag-
ency.
This development, coming amid
speculation on happenings that
might indicate significant events
within China, was seen as indica-
tion that the President's plans re-
main unchanged.
"There is nothing unusual or
unforseen that has produced this
announcement," Kissinger said, re-
fusing to speculate on what hap-
pened in China to produce the
much-publicized grounding of air

State court won't bar
Williams' extradition

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
House debates women's rights

traffic and cancellation of an Oct.
1 National Day parade.
"We have not raised the issue
with the People's Republic of Chi-,
na, and they have not volunteered
any information but their per-
formance has made perfectly clear
that if anything is happening, it
is not related to the visit, because
our communications have been
unchanged," he said.
The announcement of Kissin-
ger's plans suggests that what-,
ever group is in control, Red China
means to establish effective com-
munication with the United States,
regardless of political conflicts.
Kissinger, who confirmed that
Washington has been in direct,
although "cumbersome" contact
with Peking since the July an-
nouncement of Nixon's trip plans,
emphasized several times that
planning for the journey has been
handled by the Chinese "meticu-
lously, correctly and carefully"
and there has been no impact of
whatever developments may be
occurring on these preparations."
Asked about the timing of the
Nixon visit, Kissinger said:
"We will, of course, discuss that
while I am in Peking, and I think
we should zero in on a date while
I am there and, therefore, should
have an announcement within a

By SARA FITZGERALD
RobertWilliams, a black na-
tionalist and for~mer research fel-
low in the University's Center for
Chinese Studies, yesterday 1 o s t.
another round in his efforts to
block extradition to North Caro-
lina to face a 10-year-old kidnap-
ping charge.
''h n c 4-cQ,nrama a('nn+r ra-

fled to Cuba and later to the Peo-
ples' Republic of China, where he
became close friends with several
Chinese leaders. While he was
gone, he was elected president of
the Republic of New Africa, a
loose coalition of groups trying to
establish a black nation in five
American states.
He returned tn h TT n i te d ,

By SUE STARK
Debate begins today in the House of
Representatives on a constitutional amend-
ment seeking to establish equal rights for
women. The final vote is slated for Thurs-
day.
Though it is expected to pass the House,
the measure faces stiff opposition in the
Senate.
Similar equal rights amendments have
h-.,-n nrni..nain - a ra lCananrac, inn

As in the past, however, an amendment
has been added that critics say cripples
the original intent of the measure.
This year's rider, introduced by Rep.
Charles Wiggins (R-Calif.), would exempt
women from the draft and retain protec-
tive legislation.
Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y), 'k.:i/o
Sunday announced her Presidential candi-
dacy, is very much against the Wiggins

vote down the Wiggins amendment, then
cast your vote openly against the equal
rights bill. Stop trying to fool us! "
Rep. Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.), also thinks
the Wiggins amendment "hopelessly guts"
the Equal Rights Amendment.
"The discriminatory stereotype of a wo-
man's traditional place would still be per-
petrated if the rider is allowed to pass,"
she said.

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