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The battle over 327

AS THE LATEST development in the
controversy over College Course 327,
the literary college curriculum commit-
tee has reopened consideration of the six
sections dropped from the course.
This reconsideration is essential. It is
vital that the committee immediately
correct the breach of academic freedom
that occurred when credit was denied to
those sections.
When the course mart subcommittee
of the curriculum committee deleted the
six sections, the reasons given were that
College Course 327 was poorly organized,
that the section leaders of the six sections
(though perhaps qualified) had not been
granted formal approval, and that psy-
chology Prof. Robert Hefner, the course's
sponsor, did not provide, sufficient infor-
mation on the six sections.
These are not reasons, but rather are
bureaucratic excuses. In fact, Hefner was
willing and able to give the committee
any additional information it requested
concerning the section leaders and sec-
tions in question.
The issue of approval of section leaders
was a similar excuse. One of the leaders
of an omitted section has been teaching a
section in another course mart course for
two semesters w i t h o u t submitting the
forms he was told he should have sub-
mitted for College Course 327.
If the Course Mart Committee's only
real objections to the six sections were
administrative, its obvious responsibility
was not to deny credit to the sections, but
simply to rectify the matter in conjunc-
tion with Hefner.
BUT THEY didn't, and the fact that the
Course Mart Committee, instead of
reconciling the bureaucratic faults of the
course, chose to delete six sections points
to other reasons for the close attention
with which the course was scrutinized.
Of the nineteen c o u r s e s offered by
course mart this term, only College Course
327 was placed under such close investi-
gation and forced through so many miles
of red tape; and this happened only after

controversy had arisen about the political
nature of the course.
In light of this, it seems fairly clear
that it was the course's focus on, radical
political alternatives that made it a tar-
get for conservative e le m e n t s in the
course mart and curriculum committees.
Indeed, some students on the Course
Mart Committee have reflected this view
by expressing their fear that without the
elimination of the six sections, the cur-
riculum committee might have investi-
gated and eliminated the entire course.
This would perhaps have jeopardized the
position of the entire course mart pro-
THUS, THEY feel a compromise was
made to protect course mart. Eighty
students were denied a course of their
choice three weeks into a fourteen-week
semester, and course mart itself was saved
for posterity.
Or was it? If course mart is forced to
abandon such courses because, they are
controversial (using the e x c u s e that
there are bureaucratic problems) then
clearly it no longer serves the purpose for
which it was created-to enable students
to freely formulate and receive credit for
unconventional courses they believe are
Course mart should not have to slide
courses such as this one in "under the
table" and remove credit at the slightest
sign of controversy. Rather, Course Mart
Committee s h o u 1 d actively encourage
such courses, and work to remove the
technical barriers to their approval.
THE SIX sections - which have been
meeting throughout the controversy-
should be granted credit immediately.
And the course mart and curriculum com-
mittees should renew their commitment
that students should and will be allowed
to receive credit for courses they create
to meet o t h e r w i s e unfilled academic

HIS HOUSE IS NOT particularly extra-
ordinary, just your regulation four
walls, red shingled roof, front door and
windows on each side. Out front is a small
yellow dish with a little water and the bone
from a U.S. Choice Grade A Porterhouse
I must admit that I was somewhat sur-
prised that such an important individual
would have such an unimportant looking
home. But surprise laid aside, I slowly ap-
proached the small house and knocked on
the roof.
There was no answer. I knocked again.
I heard some rustling inside and finally a
small black nose peered out.
It was the nose of "Bomber," the highly
trained German Shepherd who recently
made a name for himself by smelling out
drugs at Metropolitan Airport and then lead-
ing law enforcement agents to those people
trafficking in the stuff.
After some bureaucratic machinations I
was able to set up an interview with the
famous canine yesterday. Naturally I was
anxious to get his views on Wednesday's
training mission at the airport which netted
52 pounds of marijuana, a sizable quantity
of LSD, some hashish, and three people.
A brown snout and two brown eyes fol-
lowed the nose, and with a quick lunge the
rest of Bomber appeared at my knees. Our
20-minute interview follows.
DAILY: Down boy, down. No dope.
BOMBER: You never can tell, you know.
Say, who are you and how did you get by
my watchdog?
DAILY: Well, I'm a reporter from the
Michigan Daily in Ann Arbor-you were
just there Wednesday-and I talked to
Sheriff Harvey's office and then to the
Wayne County Sheriff's office and then to
'the Metro Squad and then to your Big Daddy
and they said I could talk with you.
BOMBER: Very good. I don't talk to just
DAILY: First off I imagine I should say
congratulations. That was quite a little
sniffing job you did-right through talcum
powder. Was it difficult? How long did it
take you before you realized there was more
there than meets the nose-as it were?
BOMBER: Well, we try to do the best
we can. After all, this is my job. Let's see
now . . . I was trotting in between United's
and Braniff's luggage counters in the North
terminal when I smelled the talcum powder.
This was a training mission, as you said,
and I was on my paws, so to speak, anxious

-Daily-Jim Wallace

to pick -up anything I could. At first I
thought nothing of the talcum powder I
smelled. I figured someone was traveling
with a baby. But as I perused the crowd
I saw no one with a baby or even a little
kid. I was suspicious.
I pulled the officers over to the suitcase
with the talcum powder scent-a red plaid
affair-and began some serious sniffing. I
sniffed around the zipper, around the bot-
tom creases, on the sides and only smelled
the talcum powder. On top, though, I noticed
a small hole. I stuck my nose there. I snif-
fed again-whoosh-I was off. Definitely
marijuana in there.
I barked three times, I wagged my tail,
I rolled over. Then they took me away be-
fore anyone really noticed. The officers
wanted to wait and trail whoever it was
that picked up the suitcase..Fortunately, not
too many people noticed me or the three
policemen with me, at least not the pushers
anyway. All in all I'd say it took eight
minutes to find the drugs.
DAILY: Eight minutes, that's not bad,
Bomber. I assume you passed the training
mission with flying colors.
BOMBER: Listen here, reporter , that
training mission was for the officers, not
DAILY: My apologies sir. To get on with
the questions, how did you get into this line
of work?
BOMBER: Now that's an interesting
story. You see, it's in my genes, actually.
Not many people know this but Rin Tin Tin

was my great-grandfather. And his son,
Geronimo, (who also played Rin Tin Tin)
was my grandfather. And Geronimo's son,
Atilla, was my father. He never got to play
Rin Tin Tin, though-was never much in-
terested in Hollywood. Instead, he entered
law enforcement work. In fact he was flown
down special to Selma, Ala. in 1961 and
directed the dogs used by the Alabama
State Police to keep the marchers there
from rioting.
DAILY: That's quite a legacy, Bomber.
Mighty big paws to fill, as it were.
BOMBER: Wait. I'm not through yet. Now
my mother was a first cousin to Lassie,
their mothers being sisters but I guess she
and my mom had, how shall I say, different
taste? And my mother's father was the
nephew of Sgt. Preston of the Yukon's dog
King. So you see, good deeds just naturally
run in my family.
DAILY: They certainly seem to. I can't
resist asking, Bomber. What do you think
of the whole youth movement?
BOMBER: Well, my father and my
grandfather and my great grandfather be-
fore him believed in this country and barked
to the rooftops for liberty and justice. And
I'll bark too. These kids today, why they've
missed the boat. No respect for decency,
law and order. It even infiltrated our ranks.
Just two months ago five Shepherds de-
cided to grow their coats and refused to get
monthly trimmings. Then two of them
wanted to wear love beads instead of dog
tags. "Absolutely not," I told them. "You

want to be a hippie. you go to somebody
else's dog house." You just have to be
tough, otherwise we'll have nothing but a
bunch of French Poodles running around
DAILY: Prior to this so-called political
work, what did you do?
BOMBER: Oh your usual police dog work.
I was in Ann Arbor in 1968 in charge of
Harvey's police dogs at the welfare sit-ins
in September. A little tense there on Hur~on
and Main but we kept 'em calm-a few
barks while baring the teeth scares the hell
out of those students.
And just before that Mayor Daley had me
in Chicago for the Demiocratic convention.
They've got a few Doberman's over there
that are dynamite in a crowd, real dyna-
DAILY: Your activities apparently aren't
restricted to Michigan?
BOMBER: That's right. I'm an indepen-
dent do-gooder. Wherever there's trouble,
wherever they need the laws enforced, be
it north, south, east, west or midwest, I'm
DAILY: That's certainly comforting to
know, Bomber. Now tell me, back to this
drug business, I imagine you had some
pretty rigorous training. You had to get
used to telling what marijuana was, I'm
sure. How did they do it? Did you have a
joint or a brownie or a pipeful? What was
the first one like?
BOMBER: YAhoooooo! !!! Yes sir, that
joint was really something. I remember my
trainer, Big Daddy, telling me it wasn't
going to hurt, and I just had to try it this
once and not worry. And by golly, it cer-
tainly didn't hurt. No sir. You know, I don't
like to admit this, but I couldn't bark for
five hours.
DAILY: Have you had any problems since
BOMBER: Not exactly, except your Chief
Krasny really got me confused.
DAILY: Why's that?
BOMBER: Well, a few weeks ago he was
talking about something or other and he
said the "heat is on" so I spent four days
looking for that damned dog and couldn't
find her. I've got to have a little enjoyment,
you know,
DAILY: Of course. I see that my 20 min-
utes is up, and I also see Big Daddy head-
ing here with your Alpo. So thank you for
your time-and for goodness sake, Bomber,
don't get a cold.


Letters to. the Daily: LSA gov't on 327

N baku:Nixon's folly

IT HAS BEEN OVER two years since
President Nixon assured us he had a
secret plan to end the war. Since then,
there have been periodic announcements
of planned troop reductions, interspersed
with the invasion of Cambodia, 119 days
of massive bombing raids on the Ho Chi
Minh Trail in Laos, "protective reaction"
raids on North Vietnamese bases and,
most recently, a threatened invasion of
With the Cambodian invasion, Nixon
tried telling us what he was doing, and
the country erupted in protest. He tried
ignoring mention of the bombings and we
found out anyway. Nixon got Laird to lie
about the air raids on North Vietnam and
was publicly embarrassed. Now, in what
appears to be a final attempt to do what
he wants despite the wishes of the Ameri-
can public, Nixon has tried saying abso-
lutely nothing until it is all over and we
are confronted with a fait accompli.
The n e w s blackout concerning troop
movements near the Laotian border
which ended yesterday gives clear testi-
mony to two of Nixon's most glaring de-
ficiencies-his arrogance in dealing with
No comment
public opinion, which are prepared
and analyzed by the United States mis-
sion in Saigon, are being used to assist
President Nguyen Van Thieu in his re-
election campaign this year.
Richard Winslow, an American working
as an adviser to a Civil Operations devel-
opment program, wrote that he was in-
formed by two Americans heading t h e
agency's "pacification studies group"
that "Thieu asked Colby (the American
ambassador) to send out the teams to
make a study of the people's feelings
toward the 1971 Presidential election so
that Thieu would know where his strong
points were and where he'd have to ar-
range something which would make sure

the American people and his failure to
see the need for a political settlement in
Southeast Asia.
It is, important t h a t this particular
blackout not be viewed as an isolated act
by the Nixon administration. Such em-
bargoes are fairly familiar to Saigon cor-
respondents. For example, the U.S. Com-
mand placed a news blackout for 18 days
on an American campaign into the A
Shau Valley of northern South Vietnam
in 1968.
The blackout is important as part of
a continuing attempt by Nixon to do what
he pleases despite his election promise to
get us out of Southeast Asia. That is ar-
rogance, and the blackout is only t h e
most recent and blatant evidence of it.
NIXON repeatedly stated that we will
respond if the North Vietnamese at-
tempt to take advantage of our attempts
to withdraw troops. And the North Viet-
namese have repeatedly taken him up on
his invitation. With their oft-demon-
strated ability to fade into the jungle and
reappear virtually unscathed elsewhere,
the Communists have shown that they
can and will continue to fight as long as
Nixon rejects a political settlement.
By contrast, the President's position is
much less secure. While the general pub-
lic may be upset by a news blackout, cer-
tain members of Congress are becoming
absolutely frantic. The pressure for full
public hearings on the war are mounting
As matters now stand, Nixon cannot af-
ford to have his spokesmen, in full view
of the nation and the world, either de-
clining to say anything of substance or
having them talk frankly about how
we are becoming increasingly entrenched
in the same old quagmire.
The alternative to that is to recognize
that we have neither the will nor the abil-
ity to stop the Communists in their de-
termination to win a political victory in
Southeast Asia. Despite the continuing
senseless loss of life on both sides, Nixon
does not seem to be moving in that direc-
tion. But his attempts to deceive the
American public show where his r e a 1

To the Daily:
AFTER CAREFUL consideration
we, the students of the LS&A Stu-
dent Government find the follow-
ing facts to be evident:
1. That our initial statement
of policy concerning the status of
College Course 327 was made pre-
maturely. It is an irresponsible act
for any body entrusted with the
welfare of its constituency to make
prejudgments before testimony
from all sides is in .We are guilty
of such an act and wish to apol-
ogize to the Course Mart Commit-
2. That a f t e r hearing three
nights of lengthy and enlighten-
ing testimony from all parties con-
cerned, we are convinced.that the
six cancelled sections deserve re-
consideration by the committees
concerned because of the former
lack of communication between
the involved parties. We have
made this recommendation to the
3. That we realize and apprec-
iate the accomplishments of
Course Mart as one of the most
beneficial innovations for better-
ing the educational quality and
advancing student interests at
the University. We would strongly
look forward to much closer co-
operation and relations between
our government and the present
student members of the Course
Mart Committee.
-L.S.&A. Student Government
Feb. 3
To the Daily:
In RESPONSE to Jim Beattie's
editorial, "Crisis Threatens R.C.,"
in last Saturday's Daily, I feel that
the RC budget should be cut just
as much, if not more, than the
other academic outlays because
RC classes are much smaller than

those in the rest of LSA and larger
class sizes will hurt LSA students
more than RC students, the class
size difference constituting a priv-
ilege for the latter.
For example, RC language class-
es have not more than ten stu-
dents, while some LSA sections ap-
proach 20. RC is able to offer such
small classes because of the rela-
tively low salary cost of its in-
structors, aided by the current
surplus of unemployed graduate
students. The lack of research fa-
cilities and their expensive equip-
ment further lowers the cost of
RC; in 1968-69 its salary budget
was $244K, or 1.2 per cent of the
$18,27K LSA total; RC's approxi-
mately 700 students are 4.4 per
cent of the 16,000 LSA total. At
first glance, this .27 per cent ratio
looks favorable, but RC students
must take subjects outside RC
due to the narrow nature of i t s
courses - how many calculus, so-
ciogy, psychology, or economics
courses does RC offer?
THOSE FACULTY who volun-
teer their efforts to RC should
"ealize that the other 95 per cent
of LSA students need them just
as much. PC's limited courses
serve a limited academic inter-
est: more important, its student
population has become increas-
Letters to The Daily should
be mailed to the Editorial Di-
rector or delivered to M a r y
Rafferty in the Student Pub-
lications business office in the
Michigan Daily building. Let-
ters should be typed, double-
spaced and normally should
not exceed 250 words. The
Editorial Directors reserve; the
right to edit all letters sub-

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version of Lloyd and Winchell
houses in West Quad from office
space to the status of dormitories,
A rash move, I believe.
The cost of conversion is esti-
mated to be between 30 and 60
thousand dollars. The result, if the
houses are restored to their form-
er condition, will be additional
dormitory style housing for about
300 students. Additional costs will
no doubt be incurred by the needt
for office space to replace that
lost in the conversion.
Why not simply leave the offices
where they are? Admittedly, Ann
Arbor needs more housing, b u t
3,000 spaces, not 300; and not
dorms, but apartments, without
obligatory meal contracts at high P
cost. Conversion funds could best
be spent on construction or plan-
ning of new low-rent University
owned apartments, which the
Tenants' Union is advocating.
Finally, there is some question
in the housing office itself, that it
can fill the additional space and
thereby avoid further financial
THE PROJECT should be seri-
ously, anot spuriously, considered
before being given final approval.
-Phil Cherner'72
Member, 1970-71 Univer-
sity Housing Planning
Feb. 1
The Daily incorrectly attri-
buted a letter which it pub-
lished Jan. 30 to S. L. Gaud-
ioso. The letter was from t h e
Interns and Residents Associa-
tion of the University Medical
Center. The Daily regrets the

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ingly more limited in general in-
terests, political attitudes, family
income, and ethnic background
its social environment serves to
attenuate what few differences
exist when the students enter.
RC rejects applicants on the
basis of test scores, attitudes, and
academic interests, in effect say-
ing that it is the applicant's own
fault if he cannot fit into its
narrow pure liberal arts program.
These selection factors and t h e
small class sizes make RC stu-
dents a privileged elite at the ex-
pense of the rest of LSA: the RC

budget should by necessity be cut
to serve the needs of the people.
AND ALL the RC upper-middle
class, suburban, often Jewish,
mass egalitarian "radicals," w h o
are so outraged at the world's in-
equalities, had better look at home
-John B. Scott '72
Feb. 1
Housing conversion
To the Daily:
LAST WEEK the Housing Pol-
icy Board voted to seek the con-

People's Peace: Another move against the war

THE ANTI-WAR movement is
not dead. It has lived quietly
for over a year; picketing 1 o c a 1
draft boards, handing out peti-
tions, meeting in moderate-sized
conventions. If anything it has
only become inconspicous. Those
who work for the peace movement
now are the hard core, the ones
who believe that by doggedly ham-
mering away at their enemies they

a November 15 vanished. The
peace movement became a futile
game that wasn't even fun to play
any more.
Stripped of the mass support
they could once command most
peace groups are now in search of
both funds and purpose. The Uni-
versity's chapter of Student Mo-
bilization is in debt. It
had to get an SGC loan to
publish leaflets for its last mass
meeting. Fifteen people showed

not old hat. The idea that the
people of the United States should
make peace with the people of
Vietnam without working through
the channels of the American gov-
ernment is unique. Of course it is
still an attempt to convince the
American government to abandon
the war, but it has a twist. Be-
fore the anti-war movement was
making a direct statement of op-
position to the war effort to the
U.S. government. The peace trea-

which negotiated the treaty plans
to circulate it to organizations
around the nation from college
groups to country churches.
HOWEVER, THERE has been no
national meeting yet to discuss
what to do with the treaty or how
to build a mass movement be-
hind it. That is the purpose of
the national conference to be held
at the University this weekend.
The conference is intended to

invasion. Then temporary re-
sumptions of the bombing of
North Vietnam. Now Nixon ap-
pears to have embarked upon an
escapade in Laos. The people who
drifted away from the anti-war
movement a year ago should have
had enough time to think about
it by now. If participation in the
peace movement often seemed fu-
tile, not being involved is ac-
complishing even less.
No matter what you think about

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