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Vol. LXXXI, No. 65-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, August 11, 1971 Ten Cents Eight Pages
Knauss to leave OSS position;
takes Vanderbilt law dean post

New trial set
g Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton (right)
dentified friend arrive at a courthouse in Oakland,
day where a date was set for Newton's third tria
slaying of a policeman. (See News Briefs, Page 7).
A nha mei
discuss fall sira

Vice-president for S t u-
dent Services Robert
Knauss has been named
dean of the Vanderbilt Uni-
versity law school and will
' be leaving the University
;f sometime early in 1972.
The announcement was made
yesterday by both schools.
Knauss has been vice presi-
dent for student services 1 e s s
than a year and prior to that
aslaw professor at the Uni-
U versity's law school.
During Knauss' year as vice-
president, the Office of Stu-
dent Services underwent a total
reorganization, and for the first
time was jointly administered
by Knauss and a student-facul-
ty policy board.
Knauss had recently denied
rumors that he was planning to
leave the University.
-Assciatedieress Senior vice-chancellor of
Vanderbilt, Rob Roy Purdy,
said: "We at Vanderbilt are ex-
tremely pleased to have a man
and an uni- of Robert Knauss' ability as-
Calif., yester- sume the leadership of our law
A in the 1967 school. He has proved through
his successful teaching career
and his appointment as vice-
president for student services at
Michigan that he has the re-
spect and admiration both of
colleagues and students."
President Robben Fleming is-
n stied a statement yesterday
which said: "We are very sorry
to lose Vice-president Knauss to
Vanderbilt. On the other hand,
t Y we understand his desire, ex-
pressed at the time of his ap-
pointment to the vice-presi-
5r the group has dency here, to return to his own
e Mayday tribe profession."
e People's Coa- Fleming added that Knauss
nd Justice (PC- "has done an excellent job for
ide moratorium us, and has contributed great-
return to Wash- ly to building a constructive
d of the month role for the Office of Student
as usual." Services within the University.
n, h oweve r, "The fact that he does not
plans have been plan an immediate departure
group will wait will give us time to make ar-
a general con- rangements for a suitable re-
line any demon- plcmn.
However, Fleming later said
that no procedures for choos-
ribing the con- ing a replacement have yet been
that "everyone formulated.
e Mayday deci- Knauss has been teaching at
cess." the University law school since
nd 800 people 1960. A Harvard graduate, he
attend the gath- received his law degree here in
be held in a 1957 and then practiced law in
alist church. San Francisco from 1958-1960.

Robert Knauss
VP's departure sparks
replacement worries

A national conference of the
Mayday tribes-one of the key
groups involved in civil disobe-
dience last spring in Washington
D.C. - began yesterday in Atlan-
ta, Ga.
The conference is similar to
one held in Ann Arbor last Feb-
ruary when plans for the "spring
offensive" were discussed. This
time the group is meeting to
plan anti-war activities for the
The conference, which will last
one week, began yesterday the
first of three days of caucuses
by women's and gay groups.
Friday, the entire group will
meet to discuss the upcoming ac-
tions and the specific role to be
played by the Mayday tribes in

A spokesman fo
indicated that the
may join with th
lition for Peace a
PJ) in a nationw
Oct. 13, and then
ington at the eni
"to stop business
The spokesmai
stressed that no r
finalized and the
until they reach
sensus before call
A leaflet desc
ference urges t
participate in the
sion making pro'
Between 600 a
are expected toe
ering which will
- Unitarian-Univers

News that Vice-president for
Student Services Robert Knauss
is leaving the University was
greeted calmly by his associates,
but the stage is being set for a
'battle this fall over who will re-
place him.
Knauss, it was announced yes-
terday, s been appointed dean
of the Vanderbilt University law
school and will be leaving to as-
sume that post sometime in Jan-
uary, 1972.
Knauss has been vice-presi-
dent less than one year, but dur-
ing that time the Office of Stu-
dent Services (OSS) has changed
greatly. A total reorganization
of the office was initiated this
spring, and an OSS student-
faculty policy board - once a
controversial concept - has been
functioning since Knauss was ap-
The fall, 1970 appointment of
Knauss was itself highly contro-
versial. Barbara Newell, who
left the University recently to
become a provost at the Uni-
versity of Pittsburg, had at that
time had been acting vice-presi-
dent of student services for al-
most two years, while a three-
man search committee set up to

suggest a permanent vice-presi-
dent had been beset by prob-
Of the five names the search
committee suggested to Presi-
dent Robben Fleming as possi-
ble vice-presidents, all either
voluntarily dropped out of the
running or were rejected. Flem-
ing, in a greatly criticized move,
finally went outside of the com-
mittee's suggestions to choose
Steven Nissen, then a student
member of the search commit-
tee, says he feels people should
"participate," if a similar search
committee is set up to seek
Knauss' replacement, but "I
think it's pretty hopeless," he
Nissen adds that "I don't think
President Fleming will ever ap-
point a vice-president for stu-
dent services that's any good."
Other students who have
worked with Knauss this past
year are less critical, but all
agree that he hasn't been a "stu-
dent advocate," - something
many students see as imperative
to his job.
"He's done as well, if not bet-
ter, than anyone else in that
position could have done," says
Student Government C o u n c i l
president Rebecca Schenk, who
also serves on the policy board.
"He hasn't been a student ad-
vocate - I doubt if we'll ever
get one - he's been part of the
Schenk adds that the "whole
position is something of a farce.
I'm not saying that it has to be,
but it has been."
However, Schenk has strong
feelings about the choice of the
next vice president. "There had
better be a search committee,
and it better be constituted of
students, faculty members and
staff," she says.
Others who have been working
under Knauss cite this year's re-
organization as a force that will
help ease the transition of the
office from Knauss to the next
"I think it's been a good
year, an eventful year," says Da-
vid Kopplin, associate director
of counseling and an assistant
professor of psychology. "I think
that the reorganization will pay
off next year-we're still in the
See VP, Page 6


Women 's office: Ongoing work
By BETH OBERFELDER Kurtz says, "and I hope groups formed outside t
While many University workers are leaving this office will contact us."
Ann Arbor for their summer vacations, the Women in CR groups are attemptig learn
Women's Movement Office is beginning to bustle about women's issues and themselves by discuss-
with activities and plans. ing how their backgrounds have influenced their
Working through the office of the Women's past behavior and by discussing the changing
Advocate-adminiterfd by Claire Rumelhardt role of women in society.
ad arbaraterry Kurtz women are becoming The various groups have turned their attention
nvolved in a number of programs designed to toward the common interests of their members.
help improve their status in the University com- But whether the group consists primarily of older
married and working women, or perhaps younger f
mrunity. women and students, concern tends to focus on
Perhaps the most popular project thus far has personal problems and feelings encountered every
seen the establishment of women's and men's day.
onsciousness - raising groups (CR groups), in "Through CR groups," Kurtz explains, "women
an attempt to promote open discussion of the im- are supporting women and learning to relate to
plications of the women's movement. each other as friends rather than competitors."
This summer alone, about 100 women have "It's great to watch the growth of a woman
oined small CR groups sponsored by the office, who has been ingrained to like men better than
but other independent groups have also been women, as she realizes that other women have
orming. so much to offer."
"I'm trying to-keep track of all the CR groups," See 'U., Page 2 Barbaraterry Kurtz

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