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Friday, July 8, 1972


Page Nine

Friday, JuIy8 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY ~a j Nine

DELEGATE CHAOS: Democrats embroiled in
Tension, fights loot battle over VP nomination

for Jem. Convention

(Continued from Page ])
McGovern drive" is Monday
night, when the entire convention
wil vote on the California ques-
VP orders
shift n111'U'
A major reassignment of re-
sponsibilities in the Office of
Academic Affairs has been an-
nounced by Vice-President Al-
lan Smith.
Associate Vice-Presidents Wil-
liam L. Hays and John H. Ro-
mani will assume direct admin-
istrative responsibility for near-
ly all o eratons in the office, in-
cluding the co rdinating of the
Opportunity Program, which for
the past year has been tempor-
arily handled by Dr. Wiliam
Cash. The assignments took ef-
fect officially July 1, Smith said.
Hays will supervise the Ex-
tension Service, the University
Center for Adult Education, the
Audio-Visuai Education Center,
the Center for Research on
Learning and Teaching, t h e
Center for Continuing Education
of Women, the Center for Human
Growth and Development, t h e
Institute for the Study of Mental
Retardation and Related D i s-
abilities, the Museum of Art, and
the Professional Theatre Pro-
Romani assumes responsibil-
ity for a package of academic
service opera tions including the
offices of Admission, Financial
Aids, Orientation, Registration
and Records, Scheduling, an d
Evaluation and Examinations.
In addition, he will continue to
represent Smith in the Division
of Health Sciences. He wvill co-
ordinate all facets of the Op-
portunity Program, which offers
disadvantaged students educa-
tional opportunities. The central
Opportunity Program office will
become a p a r t of Romani's
staff .
Romani will continue his co-
ordinating responsibility for in-
ternational programs and sili be
in charge of U-M's continuing co-
operative relations with Tuske-
gee Institute.
Commenting on the assign-
ments, Smith said: "It is imper-
ative that for the immediate fu-
ture I have full time to devote
to budget work and to relations
with the deans of the schools
and colleges. The University
faces some hard decisions, and
the quality of the ducatirnal
program we are able to maintain
is going to depend upon the na-
ture of those decisions aa the
departmental level, college nd
University levels. It's a full time

tion. The anti-McGovern forces
are organizing a coordinated at-
tack with as many as 250 floor
leaders trying to drum up sup-
port for the coalition.
McGovern's forces are ozing
confidence, however. Rick Sterns,
McGovern's delegate counter,
claims they have "50 or 60
votes" more than they need to
decide the California challenge,
and Frank Mankiewiicz, Mc-
Govern's top advisor, told na-
tional staffers in private a tew
days ago, "there is nothing to
worry about."
But some McGovern supporters
are not so sure. "They took Cali-
fornia away from us crookedly,
who knows what they can do at
the convention?" said one work-
er, typifying the mood of some
of the South Dakotan's backers.
Along with the excitement on
the convention floor, the Demo-
crats may be faced ,vitis thoss-
ands of poor people storming the
Convention Hall demanding the
seating of 750 "poor people". a
guaranteed adequate income of
$6500, the defeat of Nixon's ifans-
ily assistance program, and gutr-
antees of adequate low-cost hous-
The 'Poor People's Platfortus
is a joint statement issued by
the National Welfare Rights Or-
ganization, the Southern Chist-
ian Leadership Conferenre, and
the National Tenant's Organiza-
tion. These groups are holding
their national convention here
this weekend, culminating in a
march on the convention Mon-
day. Spokesmen anticipate "a
minimum-of ten thousand to join
the march.
The youthful white demonata-
tors who swarmed the streets
of Chicago in 1968 are not e'-
pected to be a major problem at
this convention. Neither Yippie
Leader Jerry Rubin nor Chi-
cago 7 and Mayday leader Ren-
nie Davis are expecting or urging
young people to attend the Dem>-
cratic convention. The focal
point of the demonstration will
be the Republican convention
later this month.,
However, "If things start go-
ing bad for McGovern," warns
Davis, "you will see thousands
of kids coming to Miami to re-
mind the Democrats of Chicago."
McGovern has indicated that
he will organize an alternative
party and run in the November
elections if he is denied the nom-
ination "unfairly". A third party
attempt by McGovern spells cer-
tain defeat for the Democrats in
This leaves us with a picture
of turmoil within the Democratic
Party. And the tension is sure
to rise until Monday night when
the Democrats open their nation-
al convention.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (t)-The
Democratc party, already facing
one of its strangest conventions
in years, has an additional at-
traction-a public fight over the
nomination for vice president.
The vice presidential nomina-
tion is traditionally held to be
the personal choice of the party's
candidate for president, but this
year two men are waging a
battle between themselves for the
Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska
and former Massachusetts Gov.
Endicott Peabody not only are
challenging each other, but also
the practice of letting the head
of the ticket choose his running
Gravel, a maverick often at
odds with his Senate colleagues
of both parties, told a news con-.
ference in Washington yesterday
he wanted the delegates to have
a chance to reject the "rubber
stamping" of the presidential
nominee's choice.
"Many delegates told me,"
Gravel said, "they will not sit
back dutifully, as in the past,
waiting until the presidential
nominee magnanimously and at
the last minute either makes his
choice known or throws open the
convention for the selection of a
vice presidential nominee."
Peabody, who has been waging
his unusual campaign for several
months, told reporters as he
opened his Miami Beach head-

quarters that "now for the first
time in a long time we will have
an election of the vice presi-
dential nominee."
While Gravel's campaign has
been one mostly of talk, Pea-
body has been driving for the
nomination with verve and at
only slightly less cost than some
-presidential aspirants.
While both Gravel and Pea-
body say they want an inde-
pendent decision made on the
floor, both have been active
among the leading candidates
for the top post. Gravel has
e n d o r s e d Muskie's campaign
while Peabody has talked to
Muskie, Hubert H. - Humphrey
and front-runner Sen. George S.
McGovern, although, he said, "I
stayed away from~ asking sup-
port because it would be the
very antithesis of my campaign."
Gravel Thursday described how
he would do the job.
"As vice president," he said,
"I would act as an advocate for
all the people, and especially
mimorities before a complex and
insensitive bureaucracy.
"As vice president, I would
hope to be my own man."
In spite of the Peabody and
Gravel campaigns, which were
approached in recent years only
when the 1956 convention No. 2
spot was thrown open, there
didn't seem to be much support
from the delegates arriving in
Miami Beach.

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