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F michigan DAILY EXTRA
Saturday, April 2,, 1979
Ann Arbor, Michigan FREE ISSUE Twenty-four Pages
Regents reject limited
'U' divestment proposal

It took nearly an hour of confused
discussion about parliamentary
procedure and alternative motions, but
the Regents finally decided yesterday
morning not to withdraw University in-
vestments from two companies doing
business in South Africa.
Some 200 equally confused protestors
sat patiently listening in the Union
Ballroom while the eight policy-makers
decided instead to direct University
Counsel Roderick Daane to look into
possible actions they could take to in-
crease University influence in shaping
anti-discriminatory policies for G. D.
Searle and Black & Decker operations
in the foreign country.
IN A RELATED decision, the
Regents passed a measure calling for
the creation of a committee on
"socially responsible practices" for the
University. The item was brought up at
yesterday's meeting by members of the
coalition who claim the University's
policy on divestment is one example of
an unresponsible action by the Univer-
Though the motion calls for a board of
four minority students, two staff mem-
bers, two faculty, one Regent, and one
administrator, Vice-President for State
Relations Richard Kennedy said the
resolution did not stipulate how the
members of the group would be selec-
The Board also called for the
establishment of a task force to
examine the University's minority sup-
portive services and renewed Michigan
Student Assembly's (MSA) funding
(see related stories).-
YESTERDAY'S was the fourth con-
frontation in two months between the
Regents and demonstrators who favor
total divestiture of University holdings
from U.S. corporations doing business
in South Africa. Neither of the protests
this month, however, reached the
emotional pitch worked up during
dissent last month, when two students
were arrested.
See REGENTS, Page 17

UNIVERSITY REGENT GERALD DUNN (Livonia) asks to be recognized in yesterday's meeting in the Michigan Union
Ballroom. The Regents discussed possible divestment from two corporations doing business in South Africa, and eventually
decided to refer the matter to University counsel. The meeting was marked by Regental confusion over parliamentary
'U' to review eections

Funding for the Michigan Student
Assembly (MSA) and Student Legal
Services will be mandatory again next
year despite the controversy over MSA
elections earlier this month.
The University Regents yesterday
approved two separate resolutions con-
cerning the status of MSA and its fun-
The first gave Vice President for
Student Services Henry Johnson
reaponaibility for determining the
validity of the election. The second ap-
proved a $2.92 mandatory funding
assessment, which is the current
method of MSA and Student Legal Ser-
vices funding. The MSA fees will be
administered by Johnson until he
determines whether or not MSA is
capable of managing its own affairs.
THE REGENTS also requested, in an
amendment to their funding resolution,
that they receive a report from the
executive officers of Student Legal.
Services. The Student Legal Services
office currently is administered by
MSA, but several Regents discussed

turnihg control of the office over to the
Office of Student Services (OSS), or to
the Office of the University General
Debate on MSA funding concentrated
on the Student Legal Services portion,
as opposed to MSA internal operational
funding and the Assembly's external
allocation procedure.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),

who in the past has opposed a man-
datory MSA funding assessment, ex-
pressed dissatisfaction with the groups
to which MSA has been providing funds,
and read aloud a selected list of those
groups. Baker favored separating the
part of the fee which would go to
student organization funding, and
See REGENTS, Page 16

Iranians fume at aniIlmtalk
group. marshals were area trade unionists
Protected by over 30 "defense squad SYL SPOKESMAN Bruce Richard who were sympathetic to SYL. She em-
marshals," anti-Khomeini activist said last night's meeting marked the phasized thathafterKhalil finished
Fatima Khalil last night blasted what first time such a forum in this part of speasingdcoh tfroKhaliicl
she called Islamic oppression of women the country was not disrupted by speaking, comments from any political
and other groups in Iran. Khoemini sympathizers. A similar perspective would be welcome, but
Speaking in the third floor multi- event in the Michigan Union on April 5 warned against disorderly conduct or
purpose room of the Undergraduate was disrupted when approximtely 40 speakingout of turn.
Library, Khalil told an audience of Iranian students attended the meeting. "Everybody gets equal time and
almost 100 about her experiences in the THE SPARTACUS "marshals" sear- equal right to speak, said the chief
Middle East and her opposition to the ched everyone entering the meeting marshal identified only as Gene, "If
Khomeini government in Iran. The room for weapons and spectators were they do try te disrupt the meeting here,
forum was sponsored by Spartacus warned not to disrupt the meeting. Judy ey will gets fist in the face"
Youth League, a campus Trotskyist Morris, who chaired the forum, said the See ANTI, Page 8

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