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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 155

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, April 14, 1978

Ten Cents

14 Pages

'U' faculty members
secretly recruit for
CIA on campus

Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
A University researcher gets close to his work yesterday as part of a research effort to design safer double-bottom


Copyright 1978
The Michigan Daily
The Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA.) and a small group of professors
at the University of Michigan have been
secretly working together to recruit
students since the mid-'60s, according
to documents recently released by the
The documents, received by the Daily
as a result of a Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) request, include
correspondence between the CIA and
This article is first in a series
detailing (IA links to the lnirer-
various units within the University, in-
cluding the Center for Chinese Studies,
Political Science, History, Economics
and Geography departments.
on American college campuses first
came to light in 1976 when the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence Ac-
tivities reported the CIA's use of
several hundred "academics"-ad-
ministrators, professors and graduate
students involved in teaching-at over
100 college, universities and other
related institutions.
While the Select Committee's public
report did not divulge the names of
those academic institutions where the
CIA was operating, one other univer-
sity, the University of California, has
thus far learned through CIA documen-
ts that its faculty was secretly
recruiting for the Agency.
CIA documents the Daily- has
received indicate the Agency has used

University professors as covert
recruiters of select and talented studen-
ts for CIA employment.
One of the clearest examples of the
CIA using University faculty for covert
recruiting exists in a letter dated
December 1, 1972, written on University
of Michigan-Center for Chinese
Studies stationery, addressed to then-
CIA Coordinator for Academic
Relations (CAR) Harold Ford.
IN THE LETTER, the University
professor, whose name was deleted,
asks Ford if, despite budget cuts at the
CIA, "you are still interested in forth-
cominggraduates, and if so in what
The letter continues: "I could not fill

another agency's request for a woman
(preferably) who could read Chinese
and handle military analysis, both per-
sonnel and strategic, this fall, sol am not
pushing people out willy-nilly."
The professor goes on to write that he
might be able to fill the bill in the,
future, "especially since my first 'crop'
is coming along for placement in the
next year, plus or minus a few mon-
A return letter from Ford, or any
other CIA personnel, -specifically
responding to the professor's inquiry
was not included in the documents
received by the Daily.C
See CIA, Page 8

' has a better idea

A demonstration yesterday by
the University's Highway Safety
Research Institute (HSRI) showed a
new, modified double-bottom tanker
truck design to be far superior to
models currently on the road.
The testing, which was conducted
at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in
Chelsea, featured several runs of
traditional double-bottom tanker
followed by identical runs with
modified tanker. The experiment
simulated quick lane changes with
the truck turning at nearly 00-degree
angles at 40 mph.
EQUIPPED with two outriggers
on each side to prevent the truck
from actually tipping over, the un-
modified tanker touched the
outriggers during its maneuvers.
The modified tanker, however,
remained much more upright and

swerved less.
Prompted by public concern over
several double tanker accidents, the
Michigan Office of Highway Safety
contracted the HSRI last November
to study the problem. HRSI research
Robert Ervin, who directed yester-
day's tests, said several more tests
will be run before the results are
released. The.HSRI will report their
conclusions to the government on
May 7.
Ervin said the major modification
in the truck involves changing the
dolly between the cab and the trailer
from a swiveling, pivot to a rigid
connection. He estimated the cost of
the modification to be $3,000, per
While Ervin admitted that the
modification won't stop all double
tankers from being rolled over, he

said, "The modifications affect a
very large improvement in the
stabilizing level (of the trucks)."
ERVIN SAID the tankers were
forced to travel below the 55 mile per
hour speed limit yesterday because
the outriggers would have hit the
ground harder if the trucks had gone
faster. He said similar limitations
kept the HSRI from doing the
previous 120 trial runs at speeds
greater than 45 miles per hour. But
he added that calculations based on
the tests will allow the researchers
to forecast results at speeds of 70
miles per hour and less.
"Today is not the final conclusion
of the study," Ervin said. "It is an
interim report." According to Ervin,
the HSRI study is the first of its type.
"No one has ever conducted these
kinds of experiments before," he
said. "No one knew what we'd find."

CIA reports on
As the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the Daily
has received over 200 documents from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
files concerning the University of Michigan.
The federal FOIA provides individuals and groups the right to request,
from any government agency, all files concerning themselves or institutions
such as the University.
On January 21, 1978, the Daily, under the FOIA, requested all infor-
mation "concerning any contact or relations between the Central Intelligen-
ce Agency (CIA) and the University of Michigan."
The request specifically called for copies of all correspondence between
the CIA and the University, a list of CIA programs in which the University
participated, information concerning CIA recruitment practices at the
University and information concerning CIA operatives working with or
without pay at the University.
On April 6, the Daily received from the CIA a stack of documents which
included correspondence between the CIA and University faculty members,
CIA inter-office memorandums and field reports of trips to the University by
See DAILY, Page 8

Arnson new M SA chief



Views differ on aid bills

Eric Arnson is the new Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) president,
according to unofficial incomplete
results released late last night by MSA
election director G. J. DiGiuseppe.
Nancy Smith, Arnson's running
mate, was elected vice president.
ARNSON IS affiliated with the
Student Alliance for Better Represen-
tation (SABRE) party and Smith is a
member of the MOVE party, but the
two ran as independents.

Last in a three-part.series
If either one receives governmental
approval, the two main student aid
proposals that have precipitated a
dramatic clash in Congress stand to af-
fect University tuition-payers con-
The Carter plan to extend existing
grant and loan programs would
allocate an additional $5 million to the
main campus financial aid office. A
$250 tuition tax credit bill amounts to
$41 million worth of tax relief for

University students. The $250 credit is
the maximum award proposed by a bill
that has passed the House Ways and
Means Committee.
TUITION TAX credits would provide
a direct cut in taxes for qualified
educational expenses such as tuition,
books, supplies and lab fees. The
credits will go to parents of college and
vocational school students: Critics of
this plan complain that it is unfair
because the credits are not allocated on
the basis of financial need.

Samoff to postpone
filing tenure, appeal

The Carter plan would boost funding
by augmenting existing higher
education scholarship funds. The
program is primarily aimed at middle-
income students who have not regularly
qualifie4 for grants or loans in the past.
An additional four million students
nationally would become eligible for
federal aid under this plan. The
primary criticism the bill has received
is that it would expand the problems of
the current unwieldy programs.
Harvey Grotrian, associate director
of the University's financial aid
programs, agrees that the present aid
system could be streamlined. Noting
that the office now employs a staff of 54
to process aid applications, Grotrian
added, "The growth in this office is
staggering compared to others on cam-
pus." He said that while the office con-
tended with 8500 applications in 1973,
applications should total around 15,000
next year. According to Grotrian,
federal analysts are presently working
to consolidate the system.
YESTERDAY, A DAY before the
filing deadline for Fall, '76 aid, studen-
ts waiting in line at the financial aid of-
fice expressed mixed reactions to the
proposals and the existing system.
Claiming that she would not know if
she had aid until August, Michelle Din-
smore said, "You don't know if you
have the money to come to school until
you're packed."
"If you come here on an average day,
it's so slow it's absurd," said Mike
Yancy. He added, "Work study should
be extended if anything. They get $4 an
hour and Ann Arbor's minimum wage
is two-thirds of that amount."

Latest results available showed Ar-
nson and Smith with 1465 votes, Kate
Rubin and Julie Greene of the People's
Action Coalition with 1165 votes, and Ir-
ving Freeman and Jay Barrymore of
the Bullshit Party with 511 votes.
Arnson, who most considered to be
the early favorite, survived a serious
challenge by the People's Action
Coalition ticket.
RESULTS on the ballot questions and
the races for the representative seats
were not available at press time.
"I'm sure glad as hell and I just hope
I can respond to the students," said Ar-
The results, when complete, must be
certified by the Central Student
CERTIFIED ballots totaled 4277 for
the three-day election,'the highest tur-
nout in a student government election
since 1973.
In the highly disputed Literature,
Science and the Arts Student Gover-
nment elections, SABRE candidates
Eugene Juergens and Joel Klein won
the presidential and vice presidential

seats by a landslide of 1062 votes. At-
press time, only PAC candidate Valerie
Mims had definitely won a seat.
"I was kind of happy myself,"
Juergens said. "One of the first things
I'm going to do is make the ballot easier
because there was so much confusion
this time. But I'm really pleased at the
large student turnout."
MSA uses a preferential voting
system' in which students list their
numerical preference of candidates.


Political Science Assistant Prof. Joel
Samoff, who was denied tenure for the
second time in February, said yester-
day he will wait until September to file
an official appeal contesting the
decision of the department's tenured
Samoff had planned to file the appeal
last month, but decided to delay the ac-
tion because he has made previous
writing and research commitments and
will be away over the summer. In ad-
dition, Samoff said the delay will allow
the University to reach an "informal
resolution. "
ur, RAI DrrU ha s nn"roneete"

research and his political views were
among the reasons for his tenure
Samoff said Political Science Depar-
tment officials told hime the delay is
permitted under appeal guidelines. In
addition to the other commitments,
Samoff plans to explore job possibilities
during the summer.
"I'M CONCERNED with the out-
come, not the procedure," Samoff
Meanwhile, some 30 critics of tenure
decisions at the University held a
protest in front of the Literature, Scien-
ce and the Arts (LSA) building yester-
day afternoon, where members of the
LSA executive commjttee were

Carter OK'dillegal
probes: FBI official

. ,

" The Stranglers, one of Eng-
land's top punk rock sensations,
performed at Second Chance
Wednesday night. See story,
Page 7.
" The Housing Office says it
plans to form a student/staff
committee to review dorm
student government structures.
The plan comes when questions
over dorm government policies
are being raised as a result of the
Bursley pot party incident. See
story, Page 2.

NEW YORK (AP) - Assistant FBI
director J. Wallace LaPrade said yes-
terday that "warrantless investiga-
tions" such as those that resulted in the
indictment of former acting FBI direc-
tor L. Patrick Gray are still being con-
ducted by the FBI, with presidential
"At the present time, there are
warrantless investigations that the at-
torney general, with the president's
executive authority, is having the FBI
conduct," he said at a news conference.
LaPrade, facing disciplinary action
himself because of such investigations.

a warrantless nature."
The FBI official also challenged At-
torney General Griffin Bell to 'a
nationally televisied debate on
terrorism, civil rights and "warran-
tless investigations, which he (Bell) has
IN WASHINGTON, Justice Depar-
tment spokesman Terrence Adamson
said at a hastily-called news conference
that the issues raised by LaPrade in-
volved national security.
Adamson said there were no instan-
ces of warrantless surveillance in
domestic cases by the FBI or other

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