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Faculty Reform Coalition: Non-violent ch


In November, 1966, while the University
was embroiled in the first concerted effort
by the student body to secure a larger role
in decision-making, a small group of fac-
ulty members brought a set of proposals to
then President Harlan Hatcher.
Out of the proposals was born the Pres-
ident's Commission on the Role of Stu-
dents in Decision-Making (the Hatcher
Commission), whose recommendations have
since been the basis for most of the Uni-
versity's actions to increase at least the
input of students into certain decisions.
In May, 1970, following the class strike
for increase black admissions, the same
group of faculty members met with a few
of. their colleagues to express their com-
mon concern about the faculty's meager
role in formulating the admissions plan,

and their strong dismay abbut the disrup-
tion of classes during the strike.
And, with an eye on their success in
1966, they established a new organization
of faculty members, which would seek
"liberal" changes in the University, while
placing a strong emphasis on preventing
the use of disruption and acts of violence
as methods for achieving reform.
And now that it has been in existence
for six months, the Faculty Reform Coali-
tion appears to have the potential, at least,
of wielding considerable influence at the
While its membership is only 200-about
seven per cent of the University's faculty
-many members are quite prominent in
University affairs. Six department chair-
men in the literary college have joined the
organization, as well as several members of
Senate Assembly, the University-wide fac-
ulty representative body.

Other prominent faculty members, like
history Prof. Gerhard Weinberg, chair-
man of Senate Assembly, have taken a
,considerable interest in the coalition's
activities and expressed agreement with
its goals.
Thus, as it seeks to promote its views,
on such key issues as budget-making, dis-
ciplinary procedures, and the University's
'a titude toward blacks and women, the
coalition will probably have a large
kneasure of support among the faculty. And
its members believe this will make the
organization quite effective.
"When large numbers of faculty mem-
bers speak as one on an issue, the admin-
istration and the Regents really have to
stand up and take notice," says philosophy
and education Prof. Terrence Tice, a mem-
ber of the coalition's executive committee.

Assessing the potential impact of the
'oalition, economics Prof. Alexander Eck-
stein, co-chairman of the organization,
'says the 1966 student power movement
'demonstrated that a "group of enlightened
'faculty members who are open-minded,
committed to change, and sensitive to new
currents could wield considerable influence
'in a time of crisis."
And President Robben Fleming, who has
'met with members of the coalition twice
'since they formed, says that their views
'"will certainly be taken to represent a
'significant group of the faculty.
"We would want to know what they feel
about issues at the University," Fleming
' But there is a likelihood that the coali-
tion will soon be at odds with the admin-
istration over an issue which is currently
See COALITION, Page 10

Prof. Eckstein Prof. Tice

See Editorial Page



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Vol. LXXXI, No. 80

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, December 9, 1970

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

COP gains
ud iciary
a greement
After eight months of deliberation, the Committee on a,
Permanent University Judiciary (COPJ) reached tentative
agreement last night on the major components of the dis-
ciplinary system it will propose to the Regents.
The committee had long ago agreed on proposing the
use of an all-student jury in cases where the defendant is a
*student. Until last night, however, the committee was stale-
mated on the composition of the panel which will preside at
disciplinary hearings.
Unable to reach, a consensus on the structure of the
panel, the committee decided to propose alternatives, each of
which would be used for six months on an experimental -basis.
It was unclear whether the agreement was supported by
the two regents on the committee-Lawrence Lindemer (R-


to submit

new plan





HEW correspondence
made publiic yesterday
Within 90 days the University will submit to the Depart-
ment of Health, Education, and Welfare a second affirmative
action program for employment of women which President
Robben Fleming claims should satisfy all but two of HEW's
objections to the first plan.
Fleming, in a letter to HEW civil rights specialist Don
Scott, said that the University would make several commit-
ments which HEW had called for in a telegram received Mon-
day in response to the University's original plan.
Besides the HEW response and his letter in reply, Fleming
also released other correspondence between the University
and HEW, including the Uni-

BSU makes
.plans to, fightnnn

4 Stockbridge) and Robert Ned-
erlander (D-Detroit). Linde-
mer declined to discuss his
views on the agreement until
a final document has been
presented. Nederlander ar-
rived at the meeting late and
had not studied the compro-

Unu "I 11UI 111 mise. .
By JUANITA ANDERSON The Regents will discuss the
Black Student Union (BSU) committee's tentative draft at
spokesman, Dave Wesley, an- their meeting next week.
Under both alternatives, the
nounced yesterday that his organ- presiding panel will be headed by
ization is launching a campaign a judge, who would have consider-
against drug abuse. able legal experience and be se-
The program, which will begin lected from outside the University
next semester, is aimed at acquir- community. His decisions could be
ing a broad insight into the drug overruled by a majority vote of
problem, as well as establishing the other members of the panel.
methods for combatting abuse in
,the black community, Wesley said. The alternative favored by the
The campaign will begin with student members of the committee
seminars and rallies which will suggests that the review panel
delve into the nature of the drug consist of two students and one'
problem, in an effort to continue faculty member in cases where a
meeting- the need for relevancy to student is a defendant. Two fac-
the entire black community, ac- ulty members and one student
cording to Wesley. . would comprise the review panel
* "We want to deal with the prob- in cases where a faculty member
lem of heroin, the 'jones coming is the defendant.
down' and similar things that are The alternative supported by
destroying our community," Wes- most of the faculty and adminis-
ley said. trators on the committee proposes
The program also aims at pos- that the review panel be com-
sibly developing a community drug posed of one student and one fac-
clinic. ulty member in all cases.
4 "BSU is asking support from Both members of the two-mem-
the entire campus in the effort," ber review panel must agree to
Wesley added. "We would also ap- overrule the presiding judge. With
preciate any suggestions which the three-member panel, a major-
might prove beneficial to the cam- ity would be required.
paign." See COPJ, Page '12

-Associated Press
Prosecution rests, conditionally, in My Lai trial
The final prosecution witness in the court martial of Lt. William C alley, Jr. (left), James Dursi (right) left court yesterday after testi-
fying that Calley had supervised the execution of groups of Vietnamese civilians. Prosecutor Ctp. Aubrey Daniel rested his case con-
ditionally, with the matter of reopening put off until later in the tr ial. He said two witnesses had failed to answer subpoenaes.

Van Der out hearing a
By GERI SPRUNG "unavailable" due to circumstanc- time informed him that he could
idicial panel chairman, Assist-es unknown until two days ago." not make it to the hearing yester-
d.,m. Van Der Hout contended that he day.


antdan ae naasor
today's hearing of the case of Mark
Van Der Hout, '70, after an hour
and a half, due to what he term-
ed "technical difficulties."
Van Der Hout is being tried for
allegedly disrupting the class of
computer science Prof. Bernard
Galler during last spring's Black
Action Movement strike.
As the hearings began, Van Der'
Hout presented a request from his
lawyers for a continuance be-
cause they found they would be'

had a right to counsel of his
choice and since they were not
available and he did not know this
until 40 minutes before the trial, it
should be postponed.
Shaw stated that he "noted the
objection," but the board unani-
mously decided to proceed since
the reasons why the lawyers were
not there were unknown. Shaw
later said that he had received a
phone call from one of the law-
yers, the night berore, who at that

Shaw indicated that at that=
time he did not ask him why hef
could not come.
Van Der Hout was informed that
his lawyers would have an oppor-
tunity to cross-examine witnesses
or object to anything that went on
yesterday although the panel could
not guarantee that the witnesses
would have to return. However, his
lawyers could instead listen to the
tapes and refute the tapes to the

Ij ourned
When the board decided to go
on with the trial, Van Der Hout
and about 30 spectators entered
procedural objections to the hear-
First they objected to the loca-
tion of the hearing, North Campus
Commons, because it was incon-
venient for all parties concerned.
Shaw replied that he had made
the decision to hold the hearing
there, rather than on central
campus, since there would be "less
chance of disruption."
Next, Van Der Hout objected to
the fairness of the trial on several
grounds. First, he wanted to know
if the University was cited in any
way as a party in the complaint.
If so, he contended that the judi-
ciary body would not be "fair"
since all members on it are em-
ployed by the University. Shaw
would not answer the question, but
said that "we should assume for
the record that this is a fair
Van Dero ut then contended
that .the board was illegally con-
stituted since there were no stu-
dents on it. The executive council
of the literary college student gov-
ernment last week refused to ap-
point students to the panel saying
they believe that all non-academic
cases should be tried by an all-
student judiciary, in this case
Central Student Judiciary (OSJ).

versity's f i r s t affirmative
action program, submitted in
According to Fleming, HEW
and the University "appear to be
in substantial agreement with the
possible exception of two items."
Those two areas include admis-
sions to Ph.D programs and meth-
ods for achieving equity in em-
In their response HEW called
See Page 7 for the texts
of the two University plans ,
for "the achievement of a ratio
of female employment in academic,
positions equivalent to the avail-
ability of female applicants.
However, Fleming's letter only
commits the University to "the'
vigorous recruitment of females
for academic positions" so t h a t
those with comparable qualifica-
tions are given equal opportunities
to women being considered fo r
similar positions.
Fleming called HEW's proposal
"unworkable" because "it ignores
the quality of applicants and lends
itself to artificially increasing the
number of women who apply."
The other point of contention
concerns admissions to certain
Ph.D programs. In their response
to the first University plan, HEW
called for "improvement in the
ratio of female admissions to all
Ph.D graduate programs in which
admissions are connected with
specific employment opportunity."
Screaming "No more typos,
no more glue" the staff of The
Daily ran from the Student
Publications Bldg. last night
about 2 am. Most were s e e n
heading in the direction of the
Ugli where they are reportedly
going to pray during the ten
days of the religious festival
called "Finals".
Authorities attempting to
round-up the "students" said
they expected to have the
staff back together in time to
publish another batch of Dail-
ies starting on Jan. 6, 1971.

Riots hit
Qui Nhonl
QUI NHON (MP)-Anti-American
rioting subsided late last night in
South Vietnam's fourth largest
city after a day of disturbances
caused by the killing by an Ameri-
can soldier of a 13 year old Viet-
namese high school student Mon-
day afternoon.
However, officials said last night
that they feared a new outbreak
of rioting after today's burial of
the youth.
The rioting, described by ob-
servers as one of the worst civil
disturbances in Qui Nhon, 275
miles northeast of Saigon, since
the 1966 anti-Saigon government
riots, has resulted in attacks on
U.S. military bases, equipment
and personnel.
Demonstrators chanting "Yan-
kee go home" ransacked a bar
frequented by Americans and
burned a jeep earlier yesterday.
One report said that three Ameri-
cans were evacuated by helicopter
from the roof of a downtown
hotel to escape the demonstrators.
Other Americans were reported
wounded by flying rocks.
National police, territorial mili-
tia and Vietnamese military police
fought the demonstrators with
riot gas and clubs, injuring sev-
eral students.
U.S. military officials said yes-
terday that the student was shot
accidently after a warning shot
was fired by an American soldier
at youths who were attempting to
steal C-rations from an American
The officials said that the dead
student was not involved in the
robbery attempt.
Informed U.S. sources said the
demonstrators, estimated at be-
tween 2,500 and 4,000 yesterday;
were demanding that the Ameri-
can soldier who killed the youth
be turned over to South Vietna-


Seeking ideal

learning conditions

Second of two parts
Doc Losh's legendary seating chart
for Aud. B may have kept students com-
ing to her astromony lectures but did
mandatory attendance really help them
learn while they were there?
Mandatory attendance, rigid paper
deadlines and other structures h a v e al-
ways been the subj pct of diverse com-

ever, who believe that the more restric-
tions placed on students, the greater
their hostility will be toward the course
material and the less their motivation
will be toward learning.
These instructors tend to give stu-
dents as much freedom as possible with-
out the above structuring.
'Whatever' methods are utilized, teach-
ers and students are constantly search-
ing for the class which would be the

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