THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, September 17, 1970
"'age Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, September 17, 1970
Regents sit in closed meetings in L.A. dun battle
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agenda that is distributed to the
press reinforces the impression
that the attention of the Regents
is directed toward the p u b li c
session. But the secret "T i m e
Schedule of Conferences" includ-
ed in the complete agenda gives
a different impression.
Today, the Regents will begin
meeting in closed' session at 10
a.m. to discuss the appropriations
requests. After breaking for lunch,
they will continue to meet behind
closed doors to discuss the fol-
-The recent ruling by the Mich-
igan Civil Rights Commission that
University Hospital discriminat-
ed agairot employe LaVerne Hill;
- Proposals for "improved com-
munication to the University com-
-A report on the progress of
the committee studying Univer-
sity judicial procedures; and
-The request of Gay Libera-
tion Front to lift President Robben
Fleming's controversial ban on use
of University facilities for a' Mid-
west conference on homosexuality.
Of these four items, only the
communications question appears
on the public agenda, though it
-is; :possible that ;others will be
brought up for comment or action
at the open meeting tomorrow.
Over dinner tonight at I n g li s
House, the Regents will discuss
accreditation reports by the North
In the closed executive session
directly preceeding the p u b li c
meeting tomorrow, the Regents
6 will discuss:
-Special expenditures from the
-The annual audit of Univer-
sity financial operations;
A proposed land purchase in
--A proposal' for disclaiming
University liability for the obli-
gations of student organizations;
---Proposed changes in residence
-A report on the University
strike policy; and
-A recommendation for an
Most of these items are not
mentioned in the public agenda.
After their public session to-
morrow,, the Regents will lunch
at the Michigan Union with the
University Development Council
Board of Directors. The council is
charged with developing construc-
tion and ether projects through
the use of alumni and other non-
The regental policy of secrecy
extends beyond the regular month-
ly meetings. Last spring, th e y
held lhree closed sessions in con-
junction with the strike for in-
creased black admissions.
The first of these meetings was
held on March 4 and led Fleming
the next day to write a letter to
the Black Action Movement on the
possibility of meeting its demands.
The second meeting came on
March 26, a week after the strike
,egan, and led, in part to Flem-
ing's statement that 10 per cent
black enrollment by 1973 -
BAM's chief demand - was "as-
The third secret session, on
March 31-April 1, was held on
the Dearborn campus and resulted
In a statement which led BAM
leaders to end the class boycott.
The statement was labelled a re-
solution of the Regents and ap-
parently qualifies as a formal ac-
tion which, under ' the terms of
Kelley's ruling, should have been
made in public session.
In a recent interview, Fleming
argued that the statement did not
qualify as an action of the Regents
because it was substantively t h e
same as the earlier regental action
that led to the strike.
The major difference between
the two resolutions was that the
first set a "goal" of 10 per cent
black enrollment, conditional on
the availability of adequate fund-
ing. The April 1 statement said
that reaching this goal had been
assured by pledges of funds from
the University's schools and col-
On the broader question of clos-
ed Regent's meetings Fleming said,
"We've always acted on certain
things privately and, to my know-
ledge,, no one's ever complained."
Various Student Government
(~I oncil nmembrs have.irrfrom itime !n
to time in recent years, complain- (Continued from Page 1) above as dozens of floats splashed
ed about regental secrecy. pelted with small paving stones with bright papier mache trim-
Fleming said that property pur- ripped from front yards of nearby mings moved in front of the fes-
chase plans were kept secret be- homes. tive, predominantly M e x i c a n-
cause early disclosure could have The disturbance broke out about American crowd, at times five deep
the effect of "jacking up t h e an hour after the colorful peace-Ion the sidewalk.
price." ful parade watched by an esti- There were thousands of, red-
He said appointments and hon- mated 200,000 persons. white-and-green Mexican flags
orary degrees were kept secret "for Obout 200 civilian parade moni- and a few American flags.
fairly obvious reasons." tors had helped hundreds of sher- The 112-hour parade, celebrat-
On the question of undisclosed iff's deputies control the crowd ing the 160th anniversary of Mex-
exhibits referred to in Regents along the 2%/2-mile parade route. ico's Independence from Spain,
minutes Fleming said "There is When the last units of the four- ,featured the traditional silver-
always data in there we would block-long parade reached the and-braid bedecked charros Mexi-
route's end at Belvedere Park, the can cowboys, mariachi and brass
think of as confidential." crowd dispursed without incident. bands and civic figures riding in
"It's the old, old battle that's A police helicopter hovered convertibles.
always gone on," Fleming said.- - -
"The press wants all meetings and o oc oe o< > >o o oc oo 01 o
information to be public, ,b u t
there are very serious problems B
with that." SYLBRTO RN
And the problem could becomeG LAF
even more complex, should the An open invitation to President Fleming,
courts. be called upon to compareA
the degree of regental openness the Regents, U. Of M. Staff, Faculty, Stu
to the standards set by the state dents, Townspeople:
If what you know about homo-
seXuality in general and GLF in
t sin particular is based on rumor
rather than validity,,attend the
I decision GLF MASS MEETING
versial changes in the three ROTC Thursday,fSeptemb:
These changes, which are ex- Assembly Hall, Union Basement
pected to be formally incorporated
in the Regents bylaws at tomor-
row's Regents meeting, provide
for: - - - - - - - - - - - - - _ _ _ _ _
-Ending the status of each of- _ __
the University's ROTC programs
as academic departments and re-
naming them "officer education Order Your Daily Now -
programs." For example, theiDe OD
partment of Military Science
would become the Army Officer' n 764-0558
-Removing t h e professorial
rank currently granted to all - - - - - - - - __
ROTC instructors and referring
to them by their military rank.
PEOPLE WHO CARE
WE NOW HAVE
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" MAPLE VILLAGE
" LIBERTY OFF STATE
* EAST UNIV. OFF SO. UNIV
THE DASCOLA BARBERS
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on the full cost of ROTC at each
of the 347 colleges and universi-
ties which offer the program.
The study was undertaken last
fall by a special committee headed
by George Benson, deputy assis-
tant secretary of defense for edu-
cation. According to Dean Wil-
liams, the committee sent letters
to all colleges maintaining ROTC
programs, requesting information
on the amount each was paying
to support ROTC.
Although a final report had
been expected early this fall, Wil-
liams says, a number of univer-
sitiesi did not provide adequate
responses to the committee's re-
quests. This, he adds, forced the
committee to push back the dead-
line for its report to next spring.
Meanwhile, the University - con-
tinues to face an ever-tightening
budgetary situation, with consider-
able funds being used to rent facil-
ities to alleviate its overcrowded
According to Vice President forj
Academic Affairs Allan Smith, the
space which ROTC currenty oc-
cupies in North Hall at no ,cost
could be used for classrooms and
offices now being housed in facil-
ities rented by the University.
While the funding proposal re-
mains logjammed in Washington,
the University has reached oral
agreement with the Army, Navy,
and Air Force on several non-fis-
cal and considerably less contro-
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