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MchiganDaily

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 35-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, June 26, 1974

Newsreel, New Morning funds linked

By DAVID BLOMQUIST
The Friends of Newsreel student film group
apparently lied when it told the Student Organiza-
tions Board of Student Government Council that
Newsreel and the New Morning Media Collective
are "financially independent."
A Daily investigation has found that Newsreel has
evidently been lending considerable monetary sup-
port to the financially ailing Michigan Free Press,
a weekly newspaper published by New Morning.
MEANWHILE, unpaid film rentals climbed to a
figure that one source estimated at "easily over
$10,000." Some distributors claimed recently that
Newsreel still owed them for movies rented nearly
a year ago.
Records filed with the board indicate that News-
reel paid the Free Press for promotional adver-
tisements during the first four months of this year
at four times the newspaper's published adver-
tising rate.
In addition, the Newsreel records show that be-
ginning in January, Newsreel began paying New
Morning, which owns the Free Press, for poster

printing and other services which the cooperaive
had previously provided without charge. Publica-
tion of the Free Press began Jan. 9.
ELLIOT CHIKOFSKY, chairman of the board,
said last night that he will consider filing a perjury
charge against Newsreel before the Central Student
Judiciary. Under the SGC constitution, Newsreel
members could be fined up to $50 if convicted.
Further, Newsreel's film contracts with at least
one distributor have been signed by a representa-
tive of New Morning acting on behalf of Newsreel.
Newsreel treasurer Glen Allvord yesterday denied
the group has been charged special rates for
Free Press advertising.
"In our opinion, we've been billed fairly," he
said, adding, "I'd rather see this in print so that we
can destroy it."
HOWEVER, THE Newsreel ledgers deposited with
SGC indicate that Newsreel paid over $5300 to New
Morning Print, New Morning Books, New Morning
Films, Media Access Center, Community Media Pro-
ject, and the Free Press in the first four months of
1974-although nothing was paid to any division of
New Morning in the last seven months of 1973.

New Morning, formally known as Community
Media Project Inc., is involved in several other
media-oriented activities besides the Michigan Free
Press including videotape production, book and leaf-
let sales, and light printing work.
According to documents filed with the Corporation
Division of the Michigan Department of Commerce,
however, New Morning has no real or personal
assets nor any cash reserves. A Corporation Divi-
sion spokesperson has admitted that the firm is
essentially broke.
NEWSREEL and New Morning share office space
at 124 E. Washington, and New Morning's film di-
vision and Newsreel have the s a m e telephone
number.
In addition, Newsreel treasurer Allvord is vice
president and resident agent of New Morning. Sev-
eral movie distributors have also charged that
George dePue, president of New Morning, and Tom
Martin, also a member of the media group, have
booked films in the name of Newsreel.
DePue, however, has denied any membership con-
nection with Newsreel.
See NEWSREEL, Page 11

Ju iciary unit agrees
to publicize evidence
WASHINGTON (M - The H o u s e
Judiciary Committee voted yester-
day to make p u b i c a massive
volume of evidence presented to its
impeachment inquiry.
But committee chairman Peter
Rodino (D-N.J.) left unclear when
the material would be released and
exactly how much would be made
public.

RODINO SAID he hoped all of the
material to be released would be pub-
lished by July 15, when the committee
is scheduled to begin debating proposed
articles of impeachment. But he said it
was possible some of the material would
be released as early as next week.
A White House spokesman said, "We
applaud the action of the committee in
moving these hearings to a conclusion.
They are finally making public informa-
:ion from the House Judiciary Commit-
tee which has been meeting behind closed
doors for seven weeks."
The committee voted 22 to 16 in favor
of a motion which called for release of
all the evidence except for classified
material pertaining to the secret bomb-
ing of Cambodia and other evidence
which Rodino and the ranking Republi-
can, Rep. Edward Hutchinson of Mich-
igan, agreed should be withheld.
RODINO REFUSED later to specify
what standards he and Hutchinson would
use in determining what material should
be kept secret.
He said repeatedly that he favored de-
leting "that material which is not rele-
vant."
But when asked if he meant that he
would include any and all material rele-
vant to the impeachment inquiry he
replied, "I wouldn't say any and all
material."

AP Photo
Pre-summit whistle stop
King Baudoin of Belgium welcomes the Nixons to Melsbrook military airbase as they arrive yesterday on the way to sum-
mit talks in the Soviet Union. President Nixon said his presence in Belgium symbolized NATO's central role in the pursuit of
peace. He and leaders of 14 other NATO member countries will sign a declaration of principles today aimed at ensuring
consultation and cooperation among the allies.

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