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THE MICHIGAN DAIL'Y'

Friday, February 19, 1971 9

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DISRU1ION SET TODAY:
Regents, 300 hear debate on
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Increase in fragging' incidents
threatens unpopular officers

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nor which dos not maintain an
affirmative aci ion program to as-
sure equal employment opportun-
ity."
Knauss also said that the OSS,
policy "is not a denial of facil-
ities," since corporations are wel-
come to ret rooms or to address
student group other places but
the placemet offies.
He added that he sees part of
the policy board's role as "prod-
ding, as beng ducational," and
endorsed th boards efforts to
get the policy etended through-
cut the Univr
Social Woik Prof. Richard
board, ao p in favor of the
policy, ur no t passage of
a Univcriy w corporate re-
cruiting li
Policy bo de ber Jerry De-
Grieck, spchy n his capacity
as executv e -president of
phized SQC'sI % ion that the
policy must be extended to in-
clude all recruiling in the Uni-
versit y.
"If we n ere not a ware of it
before, it has V cme clear during
the past y ta this University
is a racist and sist institution,"
he said. "it n sponsibiity of
the Board of Regnts as well as
everyone in im University to fight
this racism and sexism."
De Grieck ed out that be-

ecrut m ent poicyf (ContinuedtfromhPage1)
many officers it has become "find,
fix and go the other way" because
opposition to traditional autono- governments throughout the school, no GI wants to be the last, or even
my, especially in the professional and reported on their opinions on the next, American to die in a war
schools." the policy, that in their words "don't mean
Dean Floyd Bond of the business 1 Nine governments supported the nothin!"
administration school also opposed policy, including SGC, Graduate To the grunt in the field it has
extending the policy, saying he Assembly, LSA student govern- become a simple matter of sur-
felt "diversity and freedom to ex- ment, and governnents from the vival. The more combat contact
periment were important to indi- schools of dentistry, medicine, so- they make, as they see it, the
vidual schools and colleges. cial work, business administration, poorer their chances for survival.
Dean Gordon Van Wylen of the public health and law.n e Any officer whom they feel is jeo-
engineering college also blasted Engineering Council and the stu- pardizing their chances by being
the policy board, and said "I be- dent government of the school of "gung-ho" becomes a legitimate
lieve that we must beware of per- library science did not favor the target for fragging.
sons who use discrimination as an policy, Piltz said. Fragging, considered homicide
issue to promote their own per- A spokesman for Brain Mistrust, by the Army, has adopted such an
sonal and individual goalsw ,, the radical research group that air of legitimacy among the troops
sonar and indidl gals" ygoriginally presented the policypro- that stories of bounties being placed
"There is little to gain by having posal to OSS, spoke in support ofI on particularly unpopular officers'
the Office of Student Services at- extending the policy. heads are beginning to surface with
tempt to formulate policy for the He included a description of increasing frequency.
rest of the school," he added. South African policy, and said that Soldiers have been murdering
Lottie Piltz, student government a University which "actually sub- unpopular officers since war be-
and organization advocate in the sidizes recruitment" for firms op- gan of course, but seldom if ever
Office of Student Organizations, erating in South Africa "is racist has the practice become so com-
said that she had visited student itself." mon that it has developed its own

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slang and men have conspired to 4
"do in" their most aggressive of-I
ficers.
According to GI's from the
Americal Division at Chu Lai and
the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Di-
vision at Quan Tri, the bounties
work something like this: the un-
popularity and the necessity to get
rid of an officer or NCO "for thej
common good" is decided by a par-
ticular unit's men in clandestine
meetings. The "unit" could be a
company, a platoon, or a squad.
Aftera decision is made the boun-
ty is decided upon by common
agreement and a collection is tak-
en, each soldier contributing an
equal amount. The money is then
held by an appointed member of
the group. Then one day when a
firefight comes along someone
takes advantage of the covering
chaos of combat and does the deed.
No one knows whether the boun-
ties are ever actually collected by
the "fragger" or exactly how
much "gung-ho" officers' lives arej
worth, but the figure reportedly

military courtesy, appearance, in-
spections, etc., the offender gets
his first warning: a harmless
smoke grenade rolled under his
bunk while he sleeps.
If that doesn't do the trick-if
the harrassment continues or in-
creases-the guilty party is hon-
ored with a "cs" (teargas) gren-
ade during the night. That's it.
When a man gets "gassed" he
knows he's'in trouble. Next time
it's going to be a frag and most
men get the message. Says one
Americal rear area GI, "The lifers
know when to quit-they don't
push too far."
The Americal's efforts to dry up
their soldiers' frag supply helped
decrease the number of fraggings,
but some troops are still managing
to get grenades. Line troopers
coming out of the field report that
they are met by "REMF's" (rear
echelon mother-fuckers - relations
between line troops and rear area
soldiers are not what they could
be either) begging for "frags,"
stocking up for a rainy day.
'"Fragging's" new popularity is
attributable to a variety of rea-
sons: boredom, sensitivity to
"harrassment" or discipline that
traditionally goes up as the level
of combat comes down, racial ten-

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er's of the panel that will preside
over the trials under the new ju-
diciary.
Under the regental draft, the pre-
siding panel would consist of a
judge who would be an attorney:
selected from outside the Univer-i
siv community, accompanied by

the exclusion of either complain- which proposed an alternate recom-
ant or defendant would only re- mendation. Under the committee's
quire a majority vote of the pre- proposal, SGC and Assembly
siding panel. would present a single slate of can-
Another aspect of the judiciary didates equal to the posts open.
plan the Regents altered involved The Regents would then approve
the procedure for selection of mem- or reject the entire slate.
bers to the judicial system's court In their revised draft, the Re-
of appeals, the presiding judge, gents designated the proposed ju-
and a complaint referee who would diciary as the only body to hear
administer the system. complaints covered under Univer-
Under the committee's plan, the sity Council's rules. University

Fragging has evolved to such a
sophisticated degree in the rear
areas that now there is a code un-
derstood by all. If the troops feel

an officer or NCO is being too sions and the war's
"hard nosed" on things tradition- popularity among
ally close to the military's. heart: fighting it.

increasing un-
the soldiers

fore th O:3 polcy, the non-dis- two associate judges, one student
crimination policy had no enforce- and one faculty member.
ment mechanais, and said it is
"little moe than hypocritical In its original draft, the commit-
empty _,- tee had proposed this composition
Speakin to the argument tha.t of the presiding panel for the first
studen hve aright to decident half of a one-year trial period of
for themselves which corporations the judiciary.
with which tw, De Grieck For the second half, the commit-
said "surrel heigt of blacks tee proposed a plan strongly fav-
and womn arund the world can- ored by Student Government Coun-
not be considered secondary to cil and other student groups-the
the questionable right of a student use of two students and one facul-
to more easily eruit with a racist ty member as associate judges in
or sexist corporation." trials of students, and two faculty
He siressed that "the University members and one student as as-
cannot be neutral on this issue." sociate judges in trials of faculty
Speaking o corporations who members.
operate in South Africa. De Grieck In their draft of the judiciary
said that "to ignore this moral in- system, however, the Regents de-
justice is not to be neutral, but is leted the plan favored by the stu-
to be as guilty as the South Afri- dents, an action prompting sharp
can government." criticism from student members of
Among the pe o p1e speaking the judiciary committee.
against etending the policy were Another major change in the ju-
the deans of the law school, busi- diciary involved the exclusion of
ness adninistralon school and en- evidence and complainants or de-
gineering colle all of whom said fendants from the trial.I
that recruit men policy should be Under the committee's plan, such
left to the individual schools. exclusion would be determined by
Extending the policy "would be a unanimous vote of the three
a mistake id Dean Francis judges.
Allen of the lw school. "It is in In the Regents draft, however,

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appointments to these posts would
be approved by SGC, Senate As-
sembly-the faculty representative
body-and the Regents. The Re-
gents' draft, however, recommend-
ed that SGC and Assembly nomi-
nate a slate of candidates equal to
double the vacancies, from which
the Regents would select the ac-
tual candidates.
This proposal also met sharp
criticism from the committee,

Council is responsible for formu-
lating a conduct code applicable
to the entire University commun-
ity. Currently, every school and
college in the University has a
separate judicial system to try
its students and faculty members.
Under the committee's plan, both
parties involved in the dispute
could have the matter resolved by
another existing judiciary or dis-
pute resolving body.

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