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Vol. LXXXII I,No. 81 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, January 9, 1973 Free Issue

Ten Pages



Associate Managing Editor
Sweeping recommendations for new grad-
ing systems, for the abolition of distribution
and foreign language requirements, and
for improvements in the quality of teach-
ing and counseling are the result of an
extensive three-year study by the Commit-
tee on Underclass Experience (CUE).
The report, presently in the hands of
literary college Dean Frank Rhodes and
the LSA Executive Committee, recommends
O Students no longer be required to se-
lect a range of courses as presently out-
lined by- the LSA distribution and foreign
language requirements;
* All "E" grades be eliminated in all
courses by omitting from a student's tran-
script any courses not satisfactorily com-

Id ypropose
* "Pass/No Record" grading be estab- and methods for imp
lished in all 100 and 200 level courses as 0 An intensive-stu
well as in all other courses which depart- developed which wo
ments consider introductory. ("Pass/No faculty to concentra
Record" means a student who satisfactorily at a time for appr
completes a course will receive "Pass" as either during the r
a grade. If he fails the course it will not during the off-mont
be recorded on his transcript.); Under this plan, as
* Students be allowed to take all their courses during a sen
courses during their first two years on a ing one month to e
"Pass/No Record" basis; It is unclear whet
* Grants be made available to individ- will be implemente
uals (and/or students), especially for co- Rhodes said yesterda
operative efforts designed to improve the time to read and sti
quality of teaching; When asked about
9 Departments be directed to appoint plementing the rep:
"associates" responsible for improving the said, "I never guess
quality of teaching and learning; depends on the out
* A system of evaluation be established faculty meeting on
which would indicate to each instructor the a lot more about th
effectiveness of present (teaching) efforts then."

rovements; a
dy month pr
uld allow stu
te on onlyc
roximately o
egular schoo
ths of Mayc
student could
mester period
ach course.
her any of tI
d in the ne
ay that he "%
udy the repo
t the prospec
orts' proposa
on these th
come of the
grading. We
e feeling of


nd The faculty has had the areliminary
rogram be recommendations of the CUE study and of
adents and the curriculum committee since September.
one course They have failed, however, to take any
ne month, action on the proposals in any of their
l year or monthly meetings.
or August. But the final CUE report, with a mass
take four of supporting data, may encourage the fac-
by devot- ulty to begin seriously discussing the re-
form of the undergraduate curriculum.
he changes The study was commissioned in January,
ar future. 1970 by then-LSA Dean William Hays. With
vants more financing from the Dean's office, the Center
rt first." for Research on Learning and Teaching,
cts for im- the LSA Student Government, and the Stu-
Is, Rhodes dent Government Council, and with the help
ings. A lot of dozens of students and faculty, the coin-
February mittee consulted many other universities.
will know They also conducted a major survey among
;he faculty University students to discover their opin-
ions on grading, distribution requirements,

and the quality of undergraduate education.
CUE based their grading recommenda-
tions on a number of arguments, including:
-Grading fails to adequately and ac-
curately report an evaluation of the stident.
-Grading inhibits student self-evaluation;
-Human beings do not have to be
coerced into learning;
-Grading discourages intellectual explor-
ation and experimentation;
-Grading fosters student cynicism about
the educational process;
-Grading can be assumed to motivate
behavior in pursuit of high grades but it
cannot be assumed to motivate learning;
-Grading leads students to see faculty as
judges rather than as intellectual col-
-Grading fosters a competition among
students which is disfunctional;
-Grades in college are poor predictor

of success in graduate school;
-Grades in college are poor predictors
of job success;
-Grades, despite their lack of predictive
value, are presently used in making de-
cisions about graduate student admissions;
-Grading may actually be detrimental to
the upward social mobility of women,
blacks, and other minority groups.
The proposal cites dozens of studies, re-
ports, and books in support of its recom-
mendations. The study says a new grading
system is needed to "provide the (literary)
College with an environment more con-
ducive to intellectual exploration, growth
and dialogue." The study suggests that the
prospect of a bad grade prevents many
stidents from exploring new courses.
Another major recommendation - the
abolition of distribution and foreign lan-
See CUE, Page 6



if you see news happen ca! 76-DAILY
Former faculty members die
Two former University faculty members died last month.
Karl Zeisler, professor of journalism from 1951 until his retire-
ment last year, died Dec. 23 at age 69, in his Ann Arbor home;
and Charles Sink, leader of the University Musical Society from
1904 until his retirement in 1968, died Dec. 17 at St. Joseph's
Mercy Hospital. He was 93. Meanwhile, a trust fund has been
set up for the surviving children of the late Prof. and Ms.
Alexander Allison, both of the University's English department,
who died in an automobile accident Jan. 1 (see Page 7 for details).
Boundary decision
The State Supreme Court has settled the city's long-running
ward boundary dispute, by ruling in favor of the "Last Chance
Plan," an eleventh hour compromise between the Democrats
and the Human Rights Party members. Because the final ruling
was not made until Jan. 5, filing deadline for running in the
February city council and mayoral primary has been extended
to 4 p.m., Friday.
Cultural living units live
The issue of Afro-American Cultural Living Units in dormi-
tories, killed almost a year ago by the Regents, reappeared at
last month's Regents' meeting and was passed in a greatly-
modified form. The resolution allows for the creation of "cultural
living units" if they are approved by the academic department
involved and by the housing office, and if they do not discriminate.
The model for any new units would be, not the Afro-American
unit design rejected last year, but the presently-functioning
University language houses.
Things are tough all over
Controversial and powerful Student Government Council
Treasurer Dave Schaper has written a letter of resignation to
SGC President Bill Jacobs, citing a desire "to free myself from
Council responsibilities which have interfered with my academic
work severely." Schaper added: "I have enjoyed working with
Council. I hope that Council can get itself together and accomplish
something this term." Don't we all.
Happenings ..
Looking for something to help you get back in the swing
of not going to classes? try . . . A Newspaper skills workshop
sponsored by "her-self" (a feminist publication) at 8 p.m. in
Suite 200, 225 East Liberty. . . . Democratic lunchbox forum at
noon in Dining Room 3, Michigan Union Cafeteria. . . . James
Sprinkle, of the U. of Texas will wrestle with the soul-searching
question "Should Fossil Echinoderms be Allowed to have Twenty
Classes?" in room 1512, CC Little, at 3 p.m. . . . An evening of
films on South Africa at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose room of the
UGLI. The films to be shown are "South Africa," "Afrikaner,"
"White Africa" and "The Hunters."
Watergate's latest
WASHINGTON-Jury selection for the trial of seven men
charged in the "Watergate Affair" began yesterday in U.S.
District Court. The prosecution read a list of 60 people he plans
to call as witnesses, including several present and former Nixon
administration and campaign staffers-and a defense lawyer told
reporters he would consider entering a plea of guilty for his four
clients if they were assured of not going to jail. The Watergate
seven-including two former White House aides and the former
security chief for Nixon's re-election committee-are charged
with conspiracy, second degree burglary, illegal eavesdropping
and possession of illegal wire tap devices.
Figh tig in the streets
PARIS-A Cambodian student was shot to death and 20
other students were wounded during sword and gun fights between
rival Cambodian political groups at Paris University. The battle
started Sunday night when about 30 youths swinging sabers
stormed the Cambodian student residence. Student sources said
the clashes involved rival groups supporting or opposing Cam-
bodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk, ousted from power in a coup
d'etat in March, 1970. Police yesterday cordoned off the area, on
the southern outskirts of Paris.





7 dead,
19 hurt
tin melee
By The Associated Press and Reuters
NEW ORLEANS-Police conced-
ed yesterday that one or more
snipers, who had fought a pitched
gunbattle with hundreds of officers
for over 18 hours, have escaped
from the besieged Howard John-
son Hotel in downtown New Or-
Police Supt. Clarence Giarrusso
acknowledged the escape as scores
of police officers made a second
room-by-room search of the 18-
story hotel, probing through false
ceilings, elevator shafts and venti-
lation ducts.
An escape had seemed virtually
impossible, since police had sealed
off every hotel exit. But Giarrusso
admitted that, somehow, the sniper
or snipers might have eluded what
appeared to be an impregnable
police dragnet.
Earlier, after hours had passed
without any gunfire from the hotel
rooftop, police stormed the roof-
Blazing away with rifles and sub-
machine guns, they riddled a cu-
bicle atop a stairwell, where the
sniper or snipers had holed up.
But no one was found except the
body of a sniper shot earlier.
Seven persons are dead and 19
injured after the rampage of shoot-
ing which began Sunday morning
when the gunmen burst into the
plush Howard Johnson Motor Lodge
Hotel in the heart of New Orleans
business section.
The final assault came yester-
day when over 35 police scrambled
up the 18-story hotel's stairwell
and crept onto the roof towards
the cubicles.













The LSA faculty voted yes-
terday to permit students, in-
cluding entering freshmen, to
earn up to 60 hours credit to-
wards their degree by ade-
quate performance on spe-
cial course examinations.
Under the new plan, formulated
by the LSACurriculum Commit-
tee, the individual literary college
departments will determine the
"amount and nature of credits in
specific courses." The depart-
ments will also decide which ex-
aminations to use.
Credit by examination may be-
gin this semester depending on the
response from the departments.
Although individual departments
will tailor their own credit by
exam programs, students can theo-
retically take up to 69 hours credit
by examination. However, every
student must have at least 45
hours of regular courses in any de-
gree program.
A subcommittee of the LSA Cur-
riculum Committee will determine
which examinations may be used
for distribution credit.
Credit by examination may have
important ramifications for many
According to Psych. Prof. John
_ Milholland, chairman of the Cur-
riculum Committee, the positive
vote by the faculty is an "enab-
ling motion only, which, in itself,
does not establish credit by exami-
nation." He believes it may "take
some time for anything concrete
to happen".
History Department Chairman
Gerhard Weinberg said his depart-
ment will meet soon to discuss
which courses they will allow stu-
dents to gain credit for by exami-
nation. He said that "only a tiny
minority of students could or
would take advantage of the new
Geology Department Chairman
Charles Smith termed credit by
examination "a step in the right
direction", but thought his depart-
ment and other science depart-
ments will move slowly on the
!plan. He believes the geology de-
partment will open up introductory
courses like Geology 111, 112 and
117 to credit by examination while
upper level courses will remain
the same.
Journalism Department Chair-
:«< man William Porter said he

They poured bullets into the solid
wooden doors of the cubicles, caus-
ing the ricochets which left three
of them wounded.
The police said their search of out snipers.
the concrete "bunker" revealed no
live or spent ammunition or other
possible traces of its occupation. SHERI
The bunker was pock-marked with
bullet holes, they added.
How the snipers escaped, how-
ever, was a complete mystery.
Earlier, a police spokesperson
had said, "There is no possible
way they can escape."
"Where in the hell could he have
gone?" asked Capt. Edward La-
Porte. "They were there at 4
o'clock this morning (Monday)."
Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards By CH,
said yesterday he would ask the
legislature to draft measures to re- In a majo
store capital punishment for "hei- department's
nous crimes" like shooting police- policies, Was
men o firmen.iff Fred Pos
men or firemen. that enforce
Meanwhile, Sen. James Eastland, laws would b
chairman of the Senate Judiciary est priority in
Committee, said yesterday in Equating
Washington the shooting in New marijuanaw
Orleans provided ample evidence poker game,
that a nationwide conspiracy ex- technically s
ists to kill policemen, evidence tha

--AP Photo
ESTERDAY creep atop a concrete cubicle on the roof of a downtown New Orleans hotel in an unsuccessful attempt to flush


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departure from the
formerly strict
htenaw County Sher-
still said yesterday
ment of marijuana
e accorded the "low-
in the department."
the possession of
with a "penny-ante
" Postill said, "while
uch use and posses-
a crime,athere is no
t this activity causes

arrests for marijuana possession
and bring them to the prosecu-
tor's office. While conceding that
he could not fire an officer for
such activity, Postill said that
"ignoring departmental priorities
would be considered grounds for
The new sheriff did, however,
make a distinction between pri-
vate use of marijuana and com-
mercial sale.
"If someone is bringing in 100
pounds of marijuana to sell," he

Postill, a Democrat, defeated
former Sheriff Douglas Harvey
and Republican challenger Harold
Owings in a closely contested
race last November.
During Harvey's tenure as
sheriff, the department was fre-
quently criticized for its excessive
concentration on "soft" drug use.
Speaking for the county prose-
cutor's office, C. H. Kast, the
chief-assistant prosecutor, said
his office could not take any
action on Postill's claiming that
it violated no state ordinances.

n the inside . .
The HI iman Rights Party faces its first open primary
in February, and party member Susan Newell comments,
on the Editorial Page . . . On Arts Page: Daily music
critic Mike Harper looks at records, '73 . . The Sports'



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