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Vol. LXXXII, No. 2 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, September 1 1, 1971 Ten Cents

Eight Pages


reorganization cas


one year
Last September, after three
years of debate between admin-
istrators, faculty and students,
students were, in effect, given
decision-making control of the
Office of Student Services (OSS).
With a student majority on the
nine-member OSS policy board,
and a vice president who agreed
to abide by the policy board's
decisions, it appeared that stu-
dents would finally have the op-
portunity to make the office more
responsive to student needs.
Now, one year later, the rec-
ord is mixed.



Working along with Vice Pres-
ident for Student Services Robert
Knauss, the policy board direct-
ed a major reorganization of the
office, which oversees _Univer-
sity housing, Health Service, a
job placement office and student
counseling services. The reorgan-
ization was aimed at providing
better services for students.
However, as the year progress-
ed, it became clear that the
policy board's authority in OSS
was not as complete as some
students had at one time en-
visioned. Although Knauss was
willing to abide by all policy
board decisions, the Regents
were not. Last February, for ex-
ample, they overturned a a non-
discrimination recruiting rule
previously, passed by the policy
The trail to a student-domi-
nated policy board for OSS
started in the late 1960's when
S t u d e n t Government Council
(SGC) began to demand "stu-

K ph

-Daily-David Wender
FORMER Office of Student Services policy board member Jerry
De Grieck debates a recruiting policy established by the office in
front of an open meeting of the Regents last February.

dent control over student af-
fairs." It ended in the summer
of 1970 when the Regents ap-
proved creation of the OSS policy
board, and Knauss - appointed
vice president for student serv-
ices-pledged to follow all deci-

sions of the student-dominated
The regental bylaw which cre-
ated the policy board did not
itself specify whether the vice
president or the policy board
would have ultimate authority in
the office, leaving that matter
to be worked out between the
two. This nebulous relationship
was a compromise, intended to
satisfy both students, who want-
ed a policy board with decision-
making power and administra-
tors, who prefered that the policy
board only have advisory power
to the vice president.

e Information and Referral
rvice (76-GUIDE);
-Special Service and Pro-
ams, which is a new office
mbining the previous Office
Student Organizations, the In-
rnational Centei', and the Of-
ce of Religious Affairs, along
ith some new services;
-Career planning and place-
ent, which is essentially the
d placement office with a
eater emphasis on career
anning; and
-Health Service, which pro-
des medical service for stu-
nts with principally the same
ructure as before the reorgan-
ation, but with additional em-
asis on the mental health
Another accomplishment of the
udent - controlled OSS during
e past year has been the in-
oduction of special interest ad-
cates. These are staff mem-
rs of OSS who try to represent
ecial student interest groups,
ch as women and blacks, to
e administration.
The OSS board faced a major
buff last year, however, when
ruled that companies ,which
erate in South Africa could
t use the OSS placement of-
e for recruiting. This ruling,
hich would have barred 250
ajor U.S. corporations from
e office, was later overturned
the Regents.
The board based its decision
a statement sent out by all
niversity placement offices to
tential recruiters which said,
Jniversity placement services
e not available to any organi-
tion which discriminates be-
use of race, clor, creed, sex,
ligion or national origin, and
es not maintain an affirmative
tion program to assure equal
ployment opportunities."
The OSS board interpreted this
licy to mean that companies
ich had offices in South Africa
which maintains an apartheid
cial policy-could not use the
S placement service. Their
tions sparked a campus-wide
bate as corporations found
ey could recruit in some cam-
s placement offices, but not
The Regents, claiming they
.nted to adopt a uniform,
mpus-wide policy on the re-
uiting issue, overruled the OSS
cy and in its place established
olicy to only bar corporations
were activily seeking em-
yes to work in South Africa.
See OSS, Page 8
recommended that the Of-
t Affairs be renamed the
dent Services (OSS), and
utive committee" composed
udents be involved in mak-.

-Associatea rress
South Vet drive continues
South Vietnamese troops yesterday patrol an area near the Laotian border. It was the fifth day of
a drive by about 13,500 troops, supported by U.S. artillery and helicopters, aimed at disrupting North
Vietnamese troops and supply movements. (See story, Page 8.)
Suit charges 'U'wth political
bias in teaching fellow firing
By JIM KEVRA But Chester's lawyer, David!



Special To The Daily
LANSING - House leaders
yesterday disclosed that the
University has been directed
to pay at least $300,000 to the
city of Ann Arbor for police
and fire protection -a sum
which University officials say
they are neither obligated nor
able to pay.
According to Rep. Earl Nelson
(D - Lansing), House appropria-
tions committee member, the pro-
jected payment will initiate a two-
year program which would phase
out the traditional.police-fire sub-
During negotiations last week
in a House - Senate conference
committee, $300,000 was added to
the University's general fund ap-
propriation-officially designated
as "a restoration of an executive
office miscalculation" of enroll-
ment figures.
Nelson said, however, that the
University "is aware" of the com-
mittee's real intent - that the
money be paid to the city.
Nelson's assertion was confirmed
by three other House appropria-
tions committee members con-
tacted yesterday.
Yet Allan Smith, vice president
for academic affairs, yesterday
said that the conferees had not
officially asked the University to
continue the payments. "I don't
t h i n k the conferees have any
common purpose or intent on that
$300,000," he said.
A highly informed, source close
to the legislative negotiations, re-
ported yesterday that the Univer-
sity is "in grievous trouble" if it
doesn't appropriate $300,000 to
the city.
However, Smith said the' pro-
posed general fund budget for
1971-72 does not provide for any
payment to the city for police
and fire service.
"We have no capacity built into
this budget to pay that money,"
said Smith, who is the most in-
fluential executive officer in draft-
ing the University's annual budget.
Mayor Robert Harris said yes-
terday that he expected at least
the full $300,000 from the Univer-
sity, and hopefully more.
"Although the University has no
legal obligation to pay us, it has
a moral obligation as we have ar-
ranged in the past," said Harris.
Last year, the University paid
the city $1.1 million for these ser-
vices-approximately 16 per cent'
of the city's total police and fire
President Robben Fleming said
recently that he has entered no
agreements with legislators or 'the
city officials on this question. Ac-
cording to Fleming, whether or
not the University makes the pay-
ment to the city depends on the
probability of an appropriation
cut by Milliken.
See FATE, Page 8



Rebecca Schenk VP

As the search for a new vice president
for student services is about to begin, the
big question in the mind of student lead-
ers is this: Will President Fleming pledge
to pick the new vice president from among
a list prepared by a student-faculty search
committee, or will he reserve the right to
go outside the committee's nominations
and make his own choice?
Furthermore, students are also insist-
ing that the new vice president be willing
to abide by decisions of the student-
,, dominated Office of Student Services
(OSS) policy board.
"All nominees selected by the search
committee will have to say they will con-
sider policy board decisions as binding."
said Rebbecca Schenk, Student Govern-
ment Council (SGC) president. "Then
Fleming must pledge to choose one of the
people picked by the search committee."
President Robben Fleming, however, has
given no indication that he will make
such a pledge.
The exact composition or a search com-

In the one year that students
have been in control of OSS the rac
major accomplishment has been
the reorganization of the office ac
structure, accompanied by an in- de
crease of services. Eight pre-
vious units in OSS were combined pu
into five last June. The new in
units, each of which is headed T
by a unit director who has or wa
will have his own policy board, ca
are: cru
-Housing, which is concerned
with all phases of dormitory op- poli
eration and off-campus housing; a p
-Counseling services, which who
supervises all counseling offices ploy
P Knauss in the University and operates
rekndes old
mittee is not yet definite, although policy The reportr
board members indicate that it will con- fice of Studen
sist of four students chosen by SGC, two Office of Stu
faculty members chosen by the Senate that an "execu
Advisory Committee on University Affairs primarily of stu
(SACUA) -the faculty executive body - ing decisions.
and two staff members in OSS chosen by OSS seeme
the OSS staff. begin allowing
Schenk and SACUA Chairman Warren because the ofg
Norman are scheduled to meet with Flem- dealing directly
ng next week to discuss the search com- .
mittee.service, the resic
mitt cc.
A definite committment by Fleming to ing, and others.
pick the new vice president from among The report'
nominees chosen by a search committee extremely vague
so constituted would reduce the possibility under considera
of controversy such as that which ac- committee whi
companied the appointment of present gental bylawi
Vice President for Student Services Rob- recommendingt
ert Knauss. board set the po
That controversy began in March 1968 In JanuaryI
when the President's Commission on the their own draft
Role of Students in the University Decis-
ion-making (Hatcher Commission) made have given the
its report. Se

Fired from his job as an 'Y}Goldstein of Washtenaw County
economics teaching fellow last win- Legal Aid, said that the money
ter, Eric Chester has filed a $50,000 really was not an important part
l a w s u i t against the University of the lawsuit.
charging that the firing stemmed "We're not interested in the
from his political beliefs and vio- money," Goldstein said. "The real
lated his freedom of speech. {f......issue here is the way the Univer-
The suit, filed Sept. 2 in U.S. sity_ can treat its employes. The
District Court in Detroit, also University must find out that it
names President Robben Fleming, can't just break a valid contract."
Vice President for Academic Af- Goldstein likened the case to that
fairs Allan Smith, economics Prof. of the three Eastern Michigan Uni-
Warren Smith, chairman of the versity (EMU) professors who
department at the time of the fir- were not rehired this fall, pro-
ing and economics Prof. Harold portedly because of their political
Shapiro as co-defendants. activities. In that case, the three
"His contract was terminated," Eric Chester professors received a $38,000 out
the suit states, "because he has of court settlement from EMU.
despite his academic deficiencies,
long been active in political activi- he was still fired for "political" But he added that he would
ties in and around the campus of reasons. He pointed out that in the rather not settle out of court in
the University of Michigan and past several other teaching fellows Chester's case. Instead, he said, he
he is well known to the defendants with similar academic deficiencies would like to see the case tried so
in that capacity." were allowed to continue teaching, that it could be used as a test
In addition, the defendants are The board disagreed, however, case for future University-faculty
charged with violating Chester's and refused to reinstate him. relations.
constitutional rights by meting out Chester is suing the University Roderick Daane, general coun-
"cruel and unusual punishment" and each of the other four defend- sel for the University, said last
and by invading his privacy. ants for $10,000. In addition, he is night that, to the best of his
As part of his complaint, Chester asking for $1500 back pay from the knowledge, no summons had been
charges that he was offered in the economics department. served against the University.
form of a letter a teaching fellow- ---- ----- ----- - ------ -
ship for the academic year 1970-
71 in June, 1970 by William Shep-
herd, then chairman of the eco-
nomics department.
Chester accepted the offer, but
after he had been teaching for six
weeks, he received a notice0[om in ed S sch olen ding
Smith "altering the original agree-
ment so as to reduce the term of
the agreement from academic year By GERI SPRUNG
1970-71 to Fall term, 1970." The University's day care center
In a hearing before the Gradu- has opened at its new location in
ate School Executive Board last the education school its fourth
February, Shapiro, chairman of home in the last 14 months.
the Graduate Program Committee And even now the center, which
of the economics department, said A
opened Thursday, cannot become
that Chester was not reappointed attachedtouis nurroundings
because of his "failure to meet since it was only granted the pres-
academic requirements." ent site for one year.
"Like all other teaching fellow
contracts," Shapiro added, "Ches- For one reason or anothe the
ters ws cndiionl uon deqatecenter has periodically been forced
ter's was conditional upon adequate to find new sites on campus and
Chester contended, however, that each time, coordinators of the cen-
It.r a thir ha r ain nl


d to

be a good place to
student involvement
is involved in areas
students-the health
hall system, counsel-

new home
iong search

s wording, however, was
e, so the matter was taken
ation by a student-faculty
ch drafted a proposed re-
in the summer of 1969
that a student-dominated
licies for OSS.
1970, the Regents released
of the bylaws which would
OSS policy board only an
e NEW, Page 8

City, ecologists join to save trash

No one likes garbage, but the
Ecology Center is currently work-
ing with the city to save mounds
of solid waste from burial in a gi-
gantic hole outside Au n Arbor.
For as long as anyone can re-
member, the city's solid waste
has been collected by the Depart-
ment of Public Works' sanitation
trucks and dumped in a "landfill"
area - to the tune of 17,000 cubic
yards of refuse weekly.

way than to
of the refuse
cycle it?

not dispose of some
at all, but rather re-

About one year ago, the Ecol-
ogy Center initiated a recycling
program in Ann Arbor aimed at
alleviating the landfill area of re-
cyclable glass, cans and paper.
Since then, over 2 million pounds
of glass have been brought in by
local citizens for recycling, an
average of 10 to 12,000 pounds per

tor of the Ecology Center, strongly
advocates a continued move to-
ward recycling and away from dis-
posal in the landfill area.
"The landfill system is not only
hurting Ann Arbor's environment
-we are burying valuable re-
sources within it," he says.
Schectman foresees a time in
the not-so-distant future - after
the landfill area has been long
filled and the region's metal sup-
ply drastically depleted, when it

ter say, e~y nave received only
minimal cooperation from the
Marsha Remsen, teacher and
co-director of the center, asserts
that the constant moving has hurt
the functioning of the center.
"It takes permanance to set up
any kind cf learning environment
for the children and this cannot
be done if we have to move every
four months," Remsen says. "To
set up the center decently takes
at least two weeks and we have
never even had that luxury. We
had to set this up while the chil-
dren were already here."
Presently the center, which is
open nine hours a day, handles
children of University students and
staff from ages 212 to 6 and is
filled to its capacity of 50 children.


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