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Vol. LXXXI, No. 111 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, February 10, 1971 Ten Cents

Eight Pages


Public data asked
on secret research

Laos imy
March to I
City Hall





-Associated Press
RESCUE WORKERS search the ruins of a hospital in Sylmar,
Calif., yesterday, after an earthquake which caused at least 24
deaths in the southern part of the state.
ar thquake kills


in L.A. area

The committee which over-
sees classified research at the
University has asked Vice
President for Research A.
Geoffrey . Norman to b e g i n
making public summaries of
secret research projects, a pol-
icy which was approved by the
Regents two years ago.
Norman, however, has postpon-
ed action on the proposal for over
a month.
The summaries, as proposed by
the Committee on Classified Re-
search, would be short descrip-
tions of the purpose and scope of
classified projects, almost all of
which are military, now in effect
"I object to the singling out of
projects that, often f o r stupid:
reasons, have classification," Nor-
man says.
Norman s a y s, however, he is
willing to issue summaries of all
research projects, both classified
and unclassified, but claims there
are a number of problems involved
including cost, format, the num-
ber to be printed and the distri-
bution of summaries.
A faculty report issued in 1968
and subsequently adopted by the
Regents called for making "pub-
lic sufficient information regard-
ing the intent and sphere of the
proposed research in order that
its appropriateness may be per-
ceived by the entire University."
At present, however, the only
information released about secret
projects is the title, sponsor, in-
vestigator and the value of the
In a statement m a d e public
Monday, Michael Knox, a member
of the classified research commit-
tee, criticized the 'veil of secrecy
surrounding such research."
The issue first arose last se-
mester when history Prof. Ger-
hard Weinberg, chairman of Sen-
ate Assembly, the faculty repre-
sentative body, went before the
classified research committee. At
that time Weinberg encouraged
the release of some type of sum-
mary of classified contracts.
"I have taken to the committee
the view that in some manner
there should be available a brief
description of currently on-going
classified r e s e a r c h projects,"
Weinberg says.
The committee, after listening
to Weinberg, approved in principle
the concept of a more complete
description of classified projects
according to dentistry Prof. Ger-
ald Charbeneau, chairman of the
The committee, however, is on-
ly an advisory body to Norman,
who also discussed the proposal
with the 12-member group.
"I'm not enthusiastic about
singling out classified research,"
Norman says of his failure to ap-
prove the release of project sum-
maries. "I'm not quite sure how to
do it."
Norman says a key considera
tion is not creating difficulties for
the researchers and the classified
research committee members.
Despite Norman's inaction, Char-
beneau says he feels assured that
something will come out of the
proposal to release added informa-
Norman says he believes it ap-
propriate to question the role of
research in the University, al-
though he indicates his belief that
"administrators are being harras-
sed by items not relevant to our
task, such as women's liberation."
He insists, however, that the
University's research effort is a
"proper service, especially to the
state and the nation."

A march from the Diag to
City Hall, in conjunction with
nation - wide demonstrations
against the invasion of Laos,
is scheduled to begin at 4:30
p.m. today.
Local anti-war leaders were
granted a permit from the city
yesterday which will allow the
marchers to walk along the right
side of the street, with a police-
man on motorcycle clearing traf-
fic a block in front of the march.
Following the march, a meet-
ing will be held in the Michigan
Union Ballroom to determine fu-
ture anti-war actions.
Local organizers, assessing the
reaction on campus to the Laotian
invasion, say they expect over
1500 people to participate in the
The march was organized Mon-
day by a group of over 300 people
from throughout the local com-
munity. The organizers urged that
the march be "militant, but non-
violent" and called on marchers
to refrain from any destruction of
Ann Arbor Police Chief Walter
Krasny said yesterday that the
march will be handled in the same
way as traffic after football games.
He said that he did not anticipate
any problems, and that there will
be no more police on hand than is
necessary to control traffic diffi-
The march organizers who ob-
tained the permit agreed to try to
move, as quickly as possible
through intersections in order to
keep traffic tie-ups to a minimum.
The march is being held in con-:
j u n c t i o n with demonstrations
throughout the nation to protest
the Laotian invasion. The demon-:
strations were first proposed last
weekend by a resolution of the Stu-
dent and Youth Conference on a:
People's Peace.
The demonstration will begin at
the Diag, and proceed to State St.,
where the protesters will turn north
and march to Liberty Ave. Turn-
ing west on Liberty, the marchers
will proceed to Main St. There,
they will turn north again and
march to Ann St., passing the
County Bldg. and the County Jail.
See LOCAL, Page 8

rally over
war issue
Demonstrations are planned
on m a j o r college campuses
*i across the country today as
part of a "national day of pro-
test" against the American-
fi supported invasion of Laos.
Large demonstrations against the
war are set at the Universities of
Wisconsin, California at Berkeley,
and Chicago, and at Harvard Uni-
versity, among others.
Locally, a march will begin at
4:30 on the Diag to protest the in-
vasion. A meeting after the march
will discuss future anti-war ac-
Perhaps the largest single dem-
onstration is planned to take place
today in New York. The demon-
stration has been organized by a
city-wide coalition committee com-
posed of various organizations
against the war.
The students plan to rally at
Times Square and then mnarch to
the headquarters of the National
Broadcasting Company (NBC)
where they will demand prime
wx a3 television time to both protest the
war and to read the People's Peace
Treaty ratified at an Ann Arbor
.." conference last weekend.
d Press Demonstrations are also planned
hile, 10 at Stanford University, which has
already witnessed several large
protests within the past few weeks.
Stanford students held a rally yes-
terday to decide their course of
action. They decided on massive
anti-war demonstrations, coupled
with the possibility of a general
student strike.
The University of Wisconsin held
rallies Monday night and yester-
day afternoon, each attended by
over 3,000 people. Wisconsin stu-
dents plan mass meetings for each
trail, the night during the remainder of the
;h Vietna- week.
and sup- During the rally held yesterday,
and Cam- students decided to attend classes
as usual, but to demand that lec-
etnamese turers discuss the Laotian invasion.
n air sup- Also, the students demanded that
;ambodia, the University of Wisconsin use all
aimed at available facilities to bring about
Minh trail a swift end to the war.
The Wisconsin students also plan
00 South a large demonstration Saturday to
ad mass- culminate the activities of the
for about week.
Laos, ac- Michigan State University stu-
er bomb- dents plan a large rally tomorrow
and air in the University's International
Center. The demonstration will be
the Laos sponsored by a coalition of radical
epone, a student groups.
a the Ho Two demonstrations are planned
rth Viet- in Chicago today by University of
Chicago students. Both will be held
at the Dirksen Building in down-
'ed some town Chicago. The first will in-
s, prob- volve a brief rally, followed by a
, may be visit to Senator Charles Percy's
miles In- office to urge him to vote in favor
on head- of anti-war legislation.
;e had not At the University of California at
Berkeley a rally was held yester-
uth Viet- day and another is scheduled for
riodically this afternoon. Today's rally will
se muni- decide what future anti-war actions
ps trans- the students will take.
rs set up Harvard students have joined

LOS ANGELES (P - A powerful earthquake staggered
Southern California yesterday, leaving at least 24 dead and
forcing the start of evacuation of as many as 253,000 people
becaise of a leaking dam.
Nearly five hundred people were treated for injuries at var-
*us hospitals in and around Los Angeles. Seven of the
fatalities were caused by heart attacks.
Property damage was extensive as walls collapsed, streets
buckled and caved in, and windows were shattered in the
heavily populated areas around Los Angeles, the nation's
third largest city.
In Washington, President Nixon issue a formal declara-
?ion of a major disaster, opening the way for help for the
---stricken area from more than
h a dozen government agencies.
BEDL hold SVice President Spiro T. Agnew

AMERICAN HELICOPTERS ferry South Vietnamese troops into Laos yesterday (above), wi
miles inside Laos, South Vietnamese army guns (below) are lined up for firing.


Viet troop



~protest at

will go to the area today for
The heaviest loss of life was at
the Veterans Administration Hos-
pital at Sylmar, at the western
end of the hard hit San Fernando
Valley. 11 bodies were found there'
and 100 persons were injured when
two aging buldings collapsed into

By The Associated Press
South Vietnamese troops
and tanks pressed westward
yesterday across branches of
the Ho Chi Minh trail in
southern Laos, as U.S. heli-
copters supporting the invas-
ion raked supply bases used by
North Vietnamese troops.
As the second day of the Laotian
invasion drew to a close, the main
column of South Vietnamese troops!

had reportedly proceeded about 12;
miles inside Laos along Highway
9. Their movement was slowed by
bad weather and by craters in the
roads, which were caused by-
bombs dropped from U.S. planes.
Meanwhile in Washington, Nixon
administration officials claimed
that the Laos invasion, and the re-
lated drive in Cambodia, will speed
the Vietnamization of' the Indo-
china war.
Both drives are directed at cut-

ting off the Ho Chi Minh
route used by the Nortl
mese to transport troops
plies into South Vietnams
Last week, 10,000 Vi
troops with full Americar
port began the drive to C
which is believed to be
cutting off the Ho Chi N
from the south.
Early Monday, the 20,0
Vietnamese troops who h
ed on the Laotian border
10 days invaded neutral
companied by U.S. fight
ers, helicopter gunships,
transport vehicles.
The initial objective of
drive is the town of S
main shipment point on
Chi Minh trail and a No
namese operating base.
Field reports indicat
South Vietnamese trool
ably reconnaissance unit,
in the Sepone area, 25:
side Laos. However, Saig
quarters reported the bas
yet been taken.
The main column of So
namese troops halted pe
to seize North Vietname
tions caches, while trool
ported by U.S. helicopte
See LAOS, Page

Canterbury House, the church ruins.
ffiliated coffeehouse near Central Tall buildings swayed in dc
Campus, has become the latest town Los -Angeles when the qt
subject of the Black Economic' hit at 6:01 am. PST, just at do
Development League's efforts to hindows: ha t ,jusad
obtain "reparations" from county Windows shattered and s
churches. older buildings collapsed in sI
BEDL President Charles Thomas, ers of bricks and plaster.
has held a sit-in at Canterbury The quake registered 6.5 on
*ouse for the past two days in Richter scale, according to
support of BEDL's demand that perts. The scale grades anyt
the coffeehouse's trustees donate over 7 as a major quake.
$1 million during the next ten quake center was in the San
years. briel Mountains, 10 miles from
The demand is part of a long San Fernando Valley.
range goal by BEDL and the Plans to evacuate families
county Welfare Rights Organiza- the valley's west end, were
'on (WRO) to collect $80 million t vealed in Sacramento by Gov. I
from county churches. The funds
would be used by the groups to ald, Reagan, who also issued a
provide the county poor with laration of disaster before fl
See BEDL, Page 8 to the scene.

n the
n the


Article from White House says
Fulbright 'eager' for Laos to fail
WASHINGTON (A)) - The White said yesterday, the White House ' action. He said it was necessary
House has sent to more than 60 does not necessarily endorse that to cut off the flow of supplies from
editorial writers copies of a Wash- or any other particular conclusion North Vietnam to enemy troops in
ington newspaper column charging in the column. The column was the South.
Sen. J. W. Fulbright, (D-Ark.), is included in a packet mailed to Fulbight's office had no com-
"downright eager" for the current editorial writers and members of Fulbrbgtasokesmad th-
Laotian military incursion to fail the Washington press corps Mon- ment, but a spokesman said the
because it would prove he is right day night by Herbert G. Klein, olumnist's position on the wa
in opposing the action. President Nixon's director of com- around the senator's office. The
The column, by Joseph Alsop, munications. aide said previous White House
also says Fulbright would loathe The packet also included a State mailings have included anti-Ful-
being proved wrong by U.S. suc- Department policy statement on bright commentary although he
cess in Southeast Asia. the drive by South Vietnamese could not recall any as strongly
But, administration spokesmen ground troops into Laos, and a worded as the latest.
"fact sheet" with statistics and -
other information pertaining to
the area under siege and use of
the Ho Chi Minh trail that runs La nu m11
i through the area by the North
S ~ ict Although Alsop's column was elf a
basically an endorsement of the B elst
action, which, is aided by U.S.
airpower, one paragraph said, "To
go on with, a good many members BELFAST (P) - A land mine,
of the President's own administra- ed for the British army, killed f
tion are more worried about up- terday, as Northern Ireland's civ
setting Sen. J. W. Fulbright than with Protestants and Roman Cat
they are concerned about the two funerals.
I great interests of the United The death of two technicians
States. And Sen. Fulbright and
many of his colleagues, in turn, Broadcasting Corp. and three con
are downright eager to be prov- in a vehicle on a mountain road
ed right by an American defeat toll to 11 in less than a week.
in war and will loathe being prov- In Belfast, feuding Catholic an
ed wrong by U.S. success in South- tants fought over the coffins of re
east Asia." An Irish republic flag was ripe
ao " niln't sa v we aveed or _r-a.___i1



Groups seek end

to c

ie kills 5 civilians as
ivil strife continues

Daily News Analysis
With tomorrow's meeting be-
tween the organizers of College
Course 327 and the LSA cur-
riculum and course mart com-
mittees, the prolonged contro-
versy over the course mart
course in political action should
finally come to an end.
The closed meeting, limited to
organizers and teachers of the
course. and members of the two
LSA committees. has been

College Course 327 has been
the dominant issue concerning
the curriculum committee this
term, whether on or off the
The controversy has attracted
the interest of a variety of
groups, from -students enrolled
in the course, teachers of sec-
tions which both failed to ob-
tain and gain approval, student
go v e rnments, administrative
committees, and most recently,
the LSA executive committee.
T O1 ite (fmmi++e 'nn-

apparently intend-
five civilians yes-
il strife raged on
holics battling at
for the British
struction workers
raised the death
d Protestant mili-
publican dead.
ped off the coffin

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