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Vol. LXXX, No. 124 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, February 25, 1971 Ten Cents
BGS students: Searc hingor afreer ro
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following distribution and concentration re- "The BGS provides a means by LSA faculty in April, 1969 after a dents are attracted to the pro- which are not required of B G S cert
aricl exis ninelastof a three-par quirements. which some highly able, highly long fight by students to abolish gram for reasons other -than their students; and den
General Studies, a literary college Indeed, many have taken the creative and original, unconven- the language and distribution re- dislike for language courses, in- -The desire to take more cred- W
degree program without language, view that the lack of requirements tional, intellectually-oriented stu- quirements for the BA degree. cluding: its outside the literary college than exa
distribution and concentration re- makes the BGS an "easy way out" dents may come to terms with an The only requirement for the -The desire not to be restricted the BA allows. tivit
for students electing the p r o - otherwise intolerable educational BGS is that students elect at least by the specific requirements of a In explaining the differences in tha
By ROBERT SCHREINER gram. But the BGS candidates environment," says psychology 60 hours of advanced-level cours- concentration program. Instead orientation of the BGS students mena
themselves seem to have different Prof. Charles Morris, author of a es (300 level and above), with no while many elect courses in their and BA candidates, the report cit- men
"The BGS can be either the sal- ideas. recent report to the LSA faculty more than 20 of these advanced field of interest similar to the es statistics from examinations tude
vation of geniuses or the refuge of Although they are not forced to on the BGS. hours in any one department. courses required by the concentra- which indicate a higher degree of H
scoundrels", commented romance take language courses or elect a In its first two years, the BGS There is a 40 hour limit on cours- tion program, they are able to creativity and "intellectual qual- ages
languages department chairman concentration program, a large enrollment has grown to 1,000 es taken within any one depart- avoid courses they don't want to ity" than the average BA candi- as a
James O'Neill over a year ago, portion of the BGS students have students, or nine per cent of the mnt. take date. uag
when the Bachelor in General fulfilled the language requirement total population of the literary The growth of the BGS pro- Th d t d According to the report, the exai
Studies degree program was just and an even larger number are college. gram would in itself indicate that -e esiret o pursue a wi er areas in which BGS students tend
beginning its second full term of "concentrating" their program in As the program continues to a significant portion of LSA stu- its sver quienents, allow to score higher than regular LSA littl
operation, a selected discipline. grow and continues to gain re- dents are finding the broader and students relate to "such things as dem
O'Neill, along with many other While the programs may thus spectability, the number of BGS more unrestrictive nature of the -The desire to avoid certain having poems or articles published den
members of the University com- be somewhat traditional, they are students will probably increase program more to their liking than distribution requirements, such as while in secondary school, coming nor
munity, has expressed concern the student's own, created with no even more, until they eventually the traditional BA concentration. three semesters of natural science late to classes and making wise- ther
that BGS students will have more requirement in mind but the ful- comprise as much as 15 per cent of According to the Morris report courses; cracks in class, participating in in t
of the "scoundrel" in them as they fillment of their individual aca- the LSA student population. and an extensive survey of BGS -A dislike for the hassles of organized demonstrations, acting app
find themselves freed of language, demic goals. The BGS was approved by the students by The Daily, many stu- pre-classification i n t e r v i e w s, in plays, attending ballet and con-

Ten Pages
s. arguing with other stu-
hile they have high scores on
ms which seek to measure crea-
y, BGS students score lower
n BA students on traditional
sures of aptitude and achieve-
t, such as the Scholastic Apti-
igh school grade point aver-
are lower for BGS students,
well as their marks on lang-
e reading and proficiency
hus, while there seems to be
e difference between the aca-
ic industriousness of BGS stu-
ts and those pursuing the
mal Bachelor of Arts program,
e is a significant difference
heir respective creativity and
roach to education.
See BGS, Page 6

... TF's fate
p ostponed
n appeal
The appeal of Eric Chester
before the Executive Board of
the graduate school stands in
doubt after the failure of that
body yesterday to determine,
whether a l e t t e r of hiring
from the University is a legal
Chester, an economics graduate
student and teaching fellow, was
______-'dismissed from his teaching duties;
last month for what the economics
faculty called his failure to live up
to academic standards.
Chester, however, claims his dis-
missal was a "political" move
QO M against his long-time involvement
in local radical politics.
At the board's meeting, Chester
appealed that a letter he received
[1 Juastune from the economics de-
partment confirming his appoint-
epnt tofte h fA.11 ndi winter


Viets still

stall invasion;
'casualties rise'
From Wire Service Reports
Despite assurances from U.S. and South Vietnamese
officials to the contrary, reports increased yesterday that the
U.S.-aided invasion of Laos has bogged down.
In addition, informed sources said U.S. casualties rose
last week to their highest level in 51/2 months, with a total
of 101 Americans killed during the seven-day period ending
at midnight last Saturday.
su Sources attributed most of the casualties to the major
support effort being provided by the United States for the
South Vietnamese ground thrust against the Ho Chi Minh
Meanwhile, for the Second consecutive day, the South
Vietnamese Command reported no forward movement by the
main body of the 16,000-man e-
force pushing into Laos. They
said forward elements remain-
ed about 16 miles inside the '-
This represented another change
in the figure given by the South i 1SCUSS

Eric Chester

Media protected fr
candidates' libel si

mIe~~ W c ae~ile i lie
WASHINGTON ( - The S u p r e m e Court yesterday terms is a legal contract binding
broadened freedom of the, press to report on the private and for both terms.;
public lives of political candidates without fear of libel Saying he didn't receive a legal
judgments. contract for the year until last
Old or false charges may be relayed to the public so October, a month after he began
long. asthernewpaer oe ot knowingly print a lie and is teaching, Chester claims the letter
longas he nwspper oesnothad to be a legal and binding
ot reckless about checking its facts, the court said in two tontract.tgrland
unanimous rulings. Chester; was not reappointed
In another area, the court gave prosecutors permission, this semester, contended Harold
to use illegally obtained confessions to prove a criminal de- T., Shapiro, director of the'{ eco-
fendant is lying to the jury. nomics department graduate pro-
The 5-4 decision significantly gram, because of "failure to meet
t04 reduced -he protections provied academic requirements" PSYCHOLOGY LECTURER Nath
dendants in the court's 1966 He protested at the hearing in the proposed subsidization of su
Miranda ruling, the Rackham building that some
As a result of the first decision, teaching fellows with academic E
difficult to win libel suits a# it been fired in the past. The board IE N jJ C. T
I has been for public officials af- granted him permission to ex-
m ected by a 1964 decision involving amine selected student records
the New York Times. within two weeks. o n Qer
P Anoter efecmy be to en- The board wil then judge the , Sue t
The Graduate Assistant's Co- courage the news media to engage legality of Chester's letter at a
ordinating Committee (GACC), in more investigative reporting second public hearing and rule on By JIM IRWIN
representing teaching fellows op- since the fear of libel judgments his fellowship status.
posed to a recent proposal by has been largely dispelled. Economics Prof. Daniel Fusfeld, Members of Environmental Ac-
Vice President for Academic Af- The rulings reversed two libel a fellowship committee member, tion for Survival (ENACT) and
fairs Allan Smith, collected over awards: a $20,000 judgment to a defended Chester before the board. Fly America's Supersonic Trans-{
500 support signatures yesterday late New Hampshire congressman He argued that Chester did not port (FASST) debated the merits
rom representatives of 20 de- described as a former "small- use his classes as a "political of the supersonic transport (SST)
partments. time bootlegger." and a $22,000 forum." aircraft before an audience of 400
GACC also met with representa- judgment to a small-town Florida However, Shapiro maintained, people last night.
tives of 15 departments last night mayor inaccurately said to have "like all other teaching fellow The debate, initiated by ENACT,
to plan organizing strategy been charged with perjury. contracts, Chester's was condi- was in response to the recent con-
against the proposal. Justice Potter Stewart said there tional upon adequate academia troversy over possible detrimental
Smith's proposal defines the may be "some exiguous area of de- performance. That's the basis of effects of the aircraft on the en-
duties and fringe benefits for all famation" that would allow a can- disagreement." vironment and concern over na-
graduate assistants. didate to collect damages without Shapiro says he told Chester in tional spending priorities.
' Although Charles Allmand, as- proving malice. But he said that September that he would get a Criticizing government subsidi-
sistant to Smith, claims the pro- question was not presented in the four-month fellowship if he made zation of the SST were ENACT
posal is "nothing new," a GACC cases of the late Rep. Alphonset up one of four incomplete pre- president Earl Bradley, natural
- S eeGRADS, Pae 10 See COURT, Page 10 See TF, Page 10 resources Prof. James Swan, bo-

-Daily-Denny Gainer
an Caplan, addressing the audience at last night's debate, criticizes
personic transport research by the Nixon administration.
FASST hold forum
sonic transport bill


Vietnamese Command for the
penetration of their forces inside
Laos. On Tuesday, the command
said the invasion had progressed
171'/2 miles, differing from an offi-
cial statement last week crediting
the South Vietnamese with a 22
nile penetration.
Reports indicated the lack of
rogress was due to rising North
Vietnamese opposition, including
ambushes in already covered ter-
On the northern front, Brig.
G~en. Pham Van Phu, commander
of the 1st Infantry Division, told
Associated P r e s s correspondent
W'illiam Barton that Highway 9
still is not open inside Laos for
supply missions because of North
Vietnamese ambushes.
Phu said the highway had been
used one or two times for trans-
porting supplies, but added that
South Vietnamese are clearing
areas on both sides ofrthe trail to
insure security.
The increased ground activity
was reflected in increased losses
among U.S. air support vehicles.
Six more American helicopters
were shot down or damaged in the
fighting near two South Vietna-
mese bases under attack inside
Laos. This brought to 35 the num-
ber of U.S. helicopters reported

A new inter-government forum
will meet this afternoon to consider
a recent proposal by Student Gov-
ernment Council (SGC) President
Marty Scott to increase student
government revenue.
Scott has asked that the current
twenty-five cents per student al-
lotted to SGC from tuition pay-
ments be increased to $2.
Presenting his request at last
Saturday's first all campus inter-
government symposium, Scott sug-
guested half of the generated reve-
nue go to SGC and the remaining
funds be distributed among the
individual student governments.
In proposing the increase, Scott
declared, "{Students want their
governments to do more than mere-
ly help in the operations of the
"University." He admitted, how-
ever, that "to assume such an ap-
propriation without a corresponding
increase in tuition is absurd . . . to
demand this is to invite rejection."
Suggesting the delegates defer
action on the Scott proposal until
today's meeting, Joel Newman of
See COLLEGE, Page 6

tany Prof. Richard Cellarius, eco-
nomics Prof. Frank Staffor arnd
psychology lecturer Nathan Cap-
Aerospace Prof. Wilbur Nelson,
Tom Heppenheimer, Grad, and
national FASST president David
Fradin, '73, spoke in favor of the
proposed subsidization of the SST
According to Fradin, FASST is
urging the development of two
prototype models of the supersonic
jet which wo u1d be "consistent
with all environment concerns."
"Our purpose," said Fradin, "is
to set the record straight. Cri-
ticism of the SST has been based

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I on fuzzy thinking, exaggeration,2
and out - and - out misrepresenta-
FASST plans to appear before
the state legislature to oppose new
I bills which would prohibit the
SST from flying or leading in
Michigany. g g
FASST claimed the air pollu-
tion that the SST will emit, will
be relatively low - no more thanI
three automobiles traveling at 60k
miles per hour.
In the long run, FAAST asserted
the SST will provide economic
benefits creating 150,000 jobs plus
supplying annual taxes expected
to amount to about $10.5 billion
by 1985.
The SST, FASST said, is an in-
vestment through which the gov-
ernment will make profits which
can be rechanneled into other soc-
ial benefits.
ENACT's specific objective has
been to stop government appro-
priations to the Department of
Transportation which would serve
as an investment to get the SST
program underway.
Critics of the SST pointed out
that the dangers of the SST are
not really known with certainty.
According to Richard Cellarius,
"supporters of the SST have not
shown that the problems of noise
pollution, atmospheric pollutionI
and the drain on natural fuel re-
sources have been adequately
"We must know these answers
before we carry through the pro-
gram and discover that they are

EMU officials vague
on student search plan

ha terbeds swamp


>eds, which started to trickle into Ann
ist a few months ago, are rapidly begin-
flood the community.
he uninformed, or the unamphibious, a
d is exactly what its name implies-a bed
r. Made of 20-gauge virgin vinyl, these
ater mattresses hold 200-250 gallons, weigh
an a ton when full and come in a variety
elatively new phenomenon became popular
>rnia over the summer and is currently
the bodies as well as the imaginations of

rents the beds for $10 per month, the first 8 going
toward purchase. Others offer wholesale rates for
multiple purchases, with one company going down
as low as $28 a piece with the purchase of ten.
Although sizes vary from the 6 x 7 foot king-size
down through the smaller queen and double-size
to the 312 x 7 foot twin bed model, prices remain
the same.
Describing them as sensual, several area con-
sumers say waterbeds respond comfortably to the
body. They were used in Britain as much as 14
years ago for orthopedic therapy and are helpful
in combatting bed sores.
Ae..eni-dineto nn- aifi i customr. wauterbesh

Eastern Michigan University
(EMU) oifficals refused to di-
rectly comment yesterday on a
plan announced by the EMU
administration earlier this week
to search students' dormitory
rooms for illegal drugs.
The plan, according to the
EMU administration is a re-
sponse to "several incidents in-
volving armed robbery" which
have recently occurred in EMU
residence halls.
When first announced, James
Cambell, EMU's vice-president
for student affairs, said search-
es of rooms and possibly per-
sonal property would be con-
ducted without warning by the

il courts after the discovery of
Harvey, who deputizes the
EMU campus police force, said,
"If they find a student w i t h
evidence of drug possession they
have no choice - they have to
go through legal courts."
Harvey warned that any EMU
officer failing to turn over evi-
dence to the prosecutor would be
guilty of "malfeasance of office."
Cambell has said, however,
only EMU "is going to deal with
these students."
"We will take care of our own
affairs without outside inter-
ference," he said, stating that
the policy would be in accord-
ance with the law, following a
1968 precedent case in Ala-

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