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Vol. LXXX, No. 22-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, June 5, 1970 Ten Cents

Four Pages

1embers of

scholarship

group challenge

veto

By CARLA RAPOPORT
Several members of the Martin Luther
King Scholarship committee will meet to-
day with Allan Smith, vice president for
academic affairs, to discuss his veto of
their decision to allocate $5,000 to the
Black Tutorial project.
Smith said he vetoed the committee's
proposal to allocate the funds because the
"specific purpose of the scholarship fund
is the University's development," and the
tutorial project is primarily a service to
community residents.
After vetoing the committee's recom-
mendation, however, Smith, who is a voting
member of the committee,, obtained a
$5,000 for the project from another Uni-
versity account.

The Martin Luther King Scholarship
committee, composed of students and ad-
ministrators, was set up shortly after Dr.
King's assassination in 1968 in order to
administer the monies of the King schol-
arship fund which was also established
at that time.
The committee was given the power to
approve all allocations of the scholarship
fund. Members claim Smith's veto sets a
"harmful precedent" by challenging the
group's powers.
"Nothing can be spent from the fund
without the committee's approval," said
Jerry De Grieck, executive vice president
of Student Government Council, which ap-
points the committee's student members.
"Now the dispute is whether the group

can spend money without Smith's ap-
proval," he added.
Although Smith as a committee mem-
ber has no actual veto power over the
committee's decisions, as a University vice
president he must give the final authori-
zation to its expenditures.
"I lean over backwards in order to de-
cide what a donor's intent is for his gift,"
Smith said last night, "and I feel it is an
implied understanding that a person who
donates to this fund is donating for Uni-
versity purposes."
"It was never the understanding that
the committee had uncontrolled say over
the funds use," he continued. "They hold
responsibility to me."
Smith said he was unable to attend the

meeting at which the committee's alloca-
tion to the tutorial project was approved.
The scholarship fund has four categories
of funds, three for specific aid and the
fourth for 'undesignated' purposes. Com-
mittee member Cynthia Stevens, '72, said
that the undesignated category contained
enough funds for the tutorial project and
that the committee felt the project merited
the fund's support.-,
"Smith's veto sets a precedent which may,
change the whole power of the committee
in all its future proceedings," Miss Stevens
said yesterday.
The establishment of the Martin Luther
King Fund followed a lock-in by black
students at the old Administration build-
ing which took place the day of King's

funeral in 1968. One of the black students'
demands at that time was the establish-
ment of the scholarship fund.
Subsequently, the Regents allocated
$10,000 to the scholarship fund. Since then,
major contributors to the fund have been
businessmen from the Ann Arbor area.
Last term, the Black Action Movement
(BAM) made one of its demands a manda-
tory $3 assessment of all students to be
contributed to the King fund. The ques-
tion of self-assessment was placed as a
referendum on the March ballot of Student
Government Council elections. Students
voted 2 to 1 in favor of the assessment.
The administration, however, said they
would not accept the results of the refer-
endum as binding.

The Regents, in adopting a majority of
the BAM demands, specifically rejected the
mandatory assessment.
They also denied permission for the Uni-
versity to collect voluntary contributions
from students.
Explaining their rejection of the BAM
proposal, the Regents said that they did
not "believe that student fees or compul-
sory assessments can be established on the
basis of student referenda."
While not questioning the "propriety"
of the King fund, the Regents stated they
did not approve of the University acting as
a "collection agency." They added that the
solicitation and collection of contributions
should be a matter for the organization to
handle.

Ruins of Peru

-AssuciateuPress

Nixon tries
to modify
war bill
WASHINGTON {Ai) - President
Nixon signaled yesterday an all-
out administration effort to loos-
en proposed curbs on U.S. opera-
tions in Cambodia by throwing
his support behind an amend-
ment by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-
W. Va.).
The Byrd amendment, which would
be added to the proposed curb spon-
sored by Sens. John Sherman Cooper
(R-Ky), and Frank Church (D-
Idaho), would authorize the Presi-
dent to take "such action as may be
necessary to protect the lives of
United States forces in South Viet-
nam or to facilitate the withdrawal
of United States forces from South
Vietnam."
News of the President's new effort
followed Senate Democrats' threat to
let the government go broke if ad-
ministration forces continue to block
a vote on the Cooper-Church amend-
ment.
Senate Majority Leader Mike
Mansfield of Montana told newsmen
he has no intention of allowing an
administration request for an in-
crease in the debt ceiling to reach
the floor until there is a vote on the
Cooper-Church proposal to bar
spending for fighting in Cambodia.
"If it interferes with time limits-
too bad," Mansfield told newsmen.
"I want to get on with the pending
business."
The administration has asked for
an $18-billion increase in the cur-
rent $377 billion limit on the national
debt. It needs the additional credit
by July 1 to pay its bills.
The house approved the increase
236 to 127 Wednesday despite argu-
ments of antiwar congressmen that
widening the Indochina conflict
caused deficits.
Mansfield took his stand in the
wake of President Nixon's report to
the nation Wednesday in which he
said the Cambodian operation had
been so successful half the 31,000
American troops involved already
have been withdrawn from Cam-
bodia and the rest will be out by
June 30.

Youngsters in the port city of Chimbote, look over the ruins of homes left by Sunday's massive earthquake
which struck Peru, leaving widespread destruction and death toll estimated at 30,000. Secondary quakes and
earth tremors continued yesterday as aid began to pour in from 11 nations and a variety of international
organizations.
ARRIVES IN SAIGON
U.S. fact-finding team to begin
appraising Cambodian operation

--ssociated Press
Another IuJ aeked plane-Ascet1Pes
Tires on the TWA 727 hijacked plane were flattened by police bullets when the plane returned to Dulles Inter-
national Airport. The plane was hijacked after it took off from Phoenix, Ariz., yesterday. Arthur Barkley was
apprehended by authorities and has been charged with air piracy for the hijacking. The alleged hijacker had de-
manded $100 million in ransom.
UNION PLANNED
'U' hospital interns seek

By The Associated Press
A 13-man fact-finding party of
U.S. congressmen and officials ar-
rived in Saigon yesterday to assess
the effectiveness of the U.S. opera-
tion in Cambodia.
Meanwhile, North Vietnamese and
Viet Cong troops overran a govern-
ment military post 10 miles southeast
of Phnom Penh and then lost it to
a Cambodian counterattack in the
closest major fighting to the Cam-
bodian capital so far.
The inspection team intends to re-
view the effect of U.S. and South
Vietnamese operations to clear out
U group on
political action
meets today
A newly established ad hoc com-
mittee of Senate Assembly will hold
an open meeting this afternoon to
solicit ideas on ways the University
can promote the use of existing in-
stitutions in efforts to effect political
change.
The ad hoc committee on political
activity, set up by Senate Assembly
two weeks ago, is investigating such
possibilities as the rearrangement of
the University calendar to allow time
for students and faculty to lobby for
legislative change, the establishment
of workshops to study means for ef-
fective political change, and the cre-
ation of a clearing house for the dis-
semination of information and chan-
neling of efforts.
The committee is composed of one
member from the Academic Affairs
Committee, one from the Student
Relations Committee, one from the
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enemy border sanctuaries in Cam-
bodia. It will also examine U.S. ef-
forts to shift the major burden of
the war to the South Vietnamese.
Most of the congressmen and the
three governors have supported the
President's policies in Indochina.
An exception, however, is Sen.
Thomas J. McIntyre (D-NH), an
antiwar member of the group, who
said is making the trip convinced
"we must get out of Southeast Asia
as soon as possible," and that he in-
tends to ask officials in Saigon if
the Cambodian operation aided such
a withdrawal or widened the war.
The group will be accompanied on
their tour by the U.S. military com-
mander in Vietnam, Gen. Creighton
W. Abrams, and U.S. Ambassador
Elssworth Bunker.
The North Vietnamese and Viet
Cong attack took place near Phnom
Penh before dawn yesterday as they
captured the government military
post at Set Bo, seizing all arms and
ammunitions. Cambodian army of-
ficers who regained the base said the
North Vietnamese and Viet Cong
were evidently looking for fresh sup-
plies since the massive allied offen-
sive against their Cambodian sanc-
tuaries to the east had obstructed
their supply lines.
In other action the Cambodian
high command said North Vietnam-
ese and Viet Cong forces launched a
major attack on Kompong and push-
ed part way into that provincial
capital 80 miles north of Phnom
Penh. The thrust represented the
farthest North Vietnamese and Viet
Cong penetration on the northern
front.
Meanwhile North Vietnam and the
Viet Cong used the 69th weekly ses-
sion of the Vietnam Paris peace talks
yesterlay to denounce Wednesday
night's nsueh hv President Nixnn

They declared that the U.S. inter-
vention in Cambodia had suffered
serious setbacks, and repeated earlier
assertions that Nixon is deliberately
expanding and prolonging the war
and using South Vietnamese and
Thai troops in an attempt to impose
military domination on the whole
Indochina peninsula.
American negotiator Philip C.
Habib read parts of Nixon's speech
into the conference record and again
stressed American readiness to open
genuine negotiations.
Hanoi's acting negotiator, Nguyen
Minh Vy and his Viet Cong colleague,
Nguyen Van Thien, both accused
Nixon of resorting to threats.

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S!bargaining un itr
R T 1R1R HR1re
By HESTER PULLING qualifies as an appropriate bargain-
In an effort to form a union, an ing unit.
organization of interns and residents According to Bruce Brink, presi-
at the University Medical Center is dent of the association, the group's
attempting to gain recognition from primary goal is higher salaries. "An
he University as a collective bar- intern's salary, which is $8,000, falls
gaining unit. way behind the national average-
The group, which calls itself the and we hope to do something about
Residents and Interns Association, that," Brink says.

will appear before the Michigan Em-
ployment R e 1 a t io n s Commission
(MERC) today in a hearing to de-
termine whether the association

The association, which has a total
membership of over 500 people, was
formed in 1966 but only began its
drive to unionize this past winter.

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Citizens pack railroad

hearings

By ROB BIER
Over 70 local citizens testified yesterday in
opposition to the proposed discontinuance of six
of the seven Penn Central passenger trains serv-
ing Ann Arbor. Hearings were held, in the
morning and evening, before Lyle Farmer, an
examiner for the Interstate Commerce Commis-
sion (ICC) which must approve all such closings.
About 70 people attended the morning session
and over 100 showed up at night, packing the
small hearing room at the Commercial Fisheries
Bldg. on Green Road, forcing some to stand in
the hallway while about 20 others watched and
listened through the windows from outside.
Yesterday's hearings were part of a series
being held across the midwest on Penn Central's
request to discontinue passenger service on all 34
of its lines west of Buffalo, N.Y., and Harrisburg,
Pa. They were the second part of the hearing
process which began three weeks ago in Wash-
ington with testimony by Penn Central on the
economic side of the issue.
Local hearings are held for the purpose of
giving people in the affected areas a chance to
tell the ICC how the closing would affect them.

Many witnesses admitted that they often used
modes of transportation other than the rail-
road, but explained that they did so mainly due
to the difficulties of rail travel, which they
actually preferred.
Jeanne Halpern, housewife, told of a trip she
had planned to Chicago, with her children last
Thanksgiving. She said that the cars were dirty
and overcrowded, due to Penn Central's failure
to add any extra cars for the holiday traffic.
She added that "after that, we would like to
take the train more, but we can't under those
circumstances."
Several witnesses told of extreme difficulty
not only in getting reservations, but even in
getting someone to answer the phone at the
railway station.
"I called five minutes of every waking hour
for two days and no one answered," said Elenor
Wasserman, another housewife. She said her
family was forced to take a plane to New York
that Christmas.
The ICC hearings will continue throughout
June and a decision on the proposed closing is
due by Oct. 1. Mark Van Note, state assistant

cogni ion
Talk about the possibility of form-
ing a union began to get serious this
past February, Bucholtz says, when
"it became obvious that only through
a union could we negotiate with the
University."
In March and April petitions call-
ing for the formation of a union were
passed around to association members
and "over 70 per cent of our people
signed them," Brink says.
According to state law, only 30 per
cent of the employes which a pro-
posed union would represent must
sign the petition.
In addition to gaining higher
salaries, the association hopes to im-
prove the quality of patient care and
teaching at the Medical Center.
"We would like better facilities for
the patients and also work on hos-
pital reorganization for more ef-
ficiency," Brink says. But Bucholtz
emphasizes that wages, hours and
working conditions "will be our first
concentration."
At the hearing before MERC, which
will be held this morning in the
Michigan Union, the interns and res-
idents group will have to show that
it meets the provisions of the Public
Employes Relations Act.
"The University will probably ques-
tion our right to exist-saying we're
not employes but students," Bucholtz
says. "But the Internal Revenue
Service doesn't recognize us as stu-
dents.
"We have been forced into dealing
with the state because the University
will not negotiate with its employes
unless the state recognizes us as a
legitimate bargaining unit," he adds.
Claiming that the University might

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