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1',iac Eight


Friday, May 8, 1970

Page Ei~bt THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, May 8, 1970

L 4

Protesters 'liberate' North Hall
after disrupting service in Hill


-Associated Press
A LONE SENTRY stands guard on campus of the University of Kentucky. The campus was quiet
through the night after National Guardsmen. moved in Tuesday at the request of Governor Louis
B. Nunn.
Nixon pledges to cease hostile
remarks on campus protesters

(Continued from Page 1)
The University is keeping uni-
formed, unarmed guards in the
building "to maintain security
of the property," a University
spokesman said. He added that
"the building occupancy will be
continually evaluated."
Army officers moved arms out
of the building after the base-
ment room in which they were
stored was broken into. Univer-
sity Chief of Security Rolland
Gainsley declined to say who
made the decision to move the
arms. The action reversed an
earlier decision announced by
Director of Business Operations
James Brinkerhoff that the
arms, mostly old dismantled
shotguns, would not be moved,
but paddlocked.
The takeover was a peaceful
one, and some 15 ROTC officers
exchanged smiles and jokes with
the students as they moved out
and the protesters moved in.
A mood of happiness prevaded
as the students worked, armed
with paintbrushes and posters,
and smiles.
"This was a place to teach
people how to kill," one student
said, "now it's to teach them
how to live."
ROTC notices came off the
walls, were stored away, and
paper murals for do-it-yourself
art were put up. A banner pro-
claiming the building as "the
People's Liberated Center" was
strung along the front of the
building. Peace symbols, and
anti-war s 1 o g a n s appeared
throughout the building. One
student scribbled on a wall:
To all ROTC students : At
the U of Miami this could never
have happened. If you teach
the principles of war why did
you yourselves forget security?
Bad move, ROTC, bad move.
A room was designated as the
"military defense office," and
military pamphlets were placed
neatly in rows on tables for
browsers. Offices were also as-
signed to the Gay Liberation
Front and the high school strike
Most of the ROTC officials
left the building shortly after
the students moved in. A few
stayed around to watch. "We're
just the last of the old guard,"
one lingering marine officer said
with a smile. "I give," he said
later when leaving the building.
"I've got to meet my wife. I
know she's just going bananas."
Another said he might stay
for the dinner. "What are you
having?" he asked.
Police were conspiculously ab-
sent, though there were a few
plainclothesmen and University

Security Officials there. Mem-
bers of SACUA dropped in for a
brief survey of the place. Krasny
and Brinkerhoff talked to stu-
dents about preventing destruc-
tion of the property and had the
fire exits cleared. "Our main
concern is the safety of the
people," Brinkerhoff said.
Students were also working
outside of the building, leaf-
letting neighborhoods and shop-
ping centers informing people
about the child care center.
Leafletters on the diag contin-
ued to encourage students to
The building filled at 6 p.m.
as students, families, and a few
faculty and administrators wait-
ed in line to move through the
the dinning room, pausing to
draw on the murals along the
way. The crowd swelled through-
out the evening, at one point
reaching upwards of 500.
A mass meeting after dinner
lasted long into the night. Stu-
dents conflicted on the extent
to which they should defend
their claim to the building and
what role seizure of the building
should play in their protest ef-
forts. It was finally decided that
ROTC officers would be allowed
to use their offices today, though
new plans were made to deal
with the possibility of conflict
with the officers. It was as-
sumed that the decision on how
to deal with the holding of
classes in the building would be
made later.
Students also differed on the
effectiveness of the strike and
the desireability of continuing
it. The group first decided to
end the strike and concentrate
their efforts on organizing com-
munity protest. The decision was
later changed to continuing the
strike as an act of solidarity
with other universities, but with
the emphasis on community or-
The issue remained undecided
late last night.
The grouphdid reaffirm rules
made earlier to prevent destruc-
tion of ROTC property. People
continued to f 1 o w throughout
the building while the meeting
was in session, and a storeroom
in the basement was broken in-
to, reportedly by high school
students. About 15 boxes of C-
rations were taken and distri-
buted, along with a few uni-
forms. The security committee
then moved to guard the doors
of storerooms.
Newsreel films were scheduled
to be shown after the meeting.
Featured was an ROTC case
study, "The Case of the Un-
washed Seaman."
A group of 30-40 students

planned to spend the night in
the building. Security officers
planned to leave the building
unlocked all evening. They us-
ually lock it at midnight.
Yesterday's incidents marked
the second time North Hall has
been occupied by protesters.
Last September, about 50 stu-
dents occupied the ROTC build-
ing for about four hours as part
of a movement aimed at con-
vincing the administration to
break the University's ties with
the military training program.
In that incident, as well as in
the LSA Bldg. sit-in three days
later, President Fleming agreed
to use police to remove the dem-
Askedwhy he did not take
similar action in the current
North Hall- occupation, Flem-
ing said that while he received
reports of destruction being done
by participants in the LSA Bldg.
sit-in, the occupation of North
Hall has thus far been "peace-
The University of Michigan
Bands, with conductors William
D. Revelli and George R. Cav-
ender, will present a concert at
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Hill
The concert will be open to
the public free of charge. It
will be broadcast live over U-M
radio station WUOM, Ann Ar-
bor, and WVGR, Grand Rapids.
Opening the program, T h e
Concert Bond, conducted by
Cavender, will perform works by
Fasoli, Arnold, and Milhaud. I
The Wind Ensemble, consisting
of 48 members of the Symphony
Band, will be directed by Re-
velli in works by Mozart, Ros-
sini. and Grieg.
The Symphony Band, also
conducted by Revelli, will p 1 a y
works by Shostakovich, Strauss,
and Ginastera.
Concluding the concert, Re-
velli will conduct the combined
Symphony, Concert and Varsity
Bands in Mussorgsky's "Great
Gate of Kiev" from Pictures at
an Exhibition.
Law Prof. John H. Jackson is
the author of a new book, "World
I'rade and the Law of GATT," re-
cently published by Bobbs-Merrill.
The 950-page volume is the most
extensive published work so far
on the subject of GATT, the Gen-
eral Agreement on Tariffs a n d
Trade. An international t r e a t y
among 76 nations, GATT is the
principal instrument controlling
ti ade among non-Communist na-
tions, and has led to six major
tariff and trade negotiating.rounds
including the so-called Kennedy
Round of 1962-67.

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WASHINGTON (A')-Straight-
talking university officials said I
they won President Nixon's as-
surance yesterday that his admin-
istration would cease hostile criti-
cism of campus happenings and
A degelation representing the
Association of American Univer-
sities reported this commitment
after the President sought and re-
ceived their candid assesment of
the "distress, frustration and
anger among students and faculty
across the nation."

The educators afterwards as-,
sured the nation's academic com-
munity "we were heard, and we
made clear the truth as we believe
it to be," when "we spoke force-I
fully of the deep and widening ap-
prehensions on campuses every-
where and the reasons for them."
Speaking for the group, Har-
vard University President Nathan'
Pusey told newsmen the educators
departed "with the distinct im-j
presion that Nixon has a deep un-
derstanding and sympathy with
the problems we face."

White House press secretary
Ronald L. Ziegler later confirmed
the educators' understanding, say-
ing "nothing this administration
ever said or did would make the
situation more difficult."
As to the early opportunity to
test the President's assurances.
Ziegler said it referred to "upcom-
ing remarks," but he doubted Nix-
on had in mind the presidential
news conference tonight or a ser-
ies of weekend speeches planned
by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew.
The university officials and the
White House press aide agreed,
however, that in talking to Nixon,
the educators were particularly
critical of Agnew's rhetoric in dis-
cussing campus events and per-
Ziegler, when asked if Nixon was
instructing the vice president to.
tone down his future remarks. re-!
plied: "I'm not going to respond
to that. I am not in a position to
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The eight university administra- Pusey said Nixon suggested the
tors used these words in telling of academic community would have
their extended White House con- early opportunities to measure his
ference during which they report- assurances against pronounce-
ed the President "an attentive ments by administration officials
listener." in the next few days.
Sen. Young cashes
wth Ohio Guard

Stephen Young (D-Oh1io) traded'
charges of "skunk" and "senile
old liar" with the head of the
Ohio National Guard yesterday in
an angery exchange over the fatal!
shooting of four Kent State Uni-
versity students.j
"If he would call me a senile
old liar to my face, I'd knock his
false teeth down his gullet," said
the 81-year-old Young.
Adj. Gen. Sylvester T. Del Corso
called Young those names after
the senator told colleagues thatj
"trigger-happy" National Guards-,
nen opened fire on the students
after one soldier's rifle was dis-
charged accidentally.
Young, in a later Senate speech,
84 blacks!
(Continued from Page 1)
chooses to- suppress non-violent'
protest, it tempts those who are
working for sensible and orderly
change to resort to means that are1
more disruptive.
The Interim Rules weretpassed
by the Regents April 17. to Pro-
hibit certain types of disruptive
actions by students and spell out
the possible sanctions and the:
disciplinary procedures.
The prohibited actions include:
--Use of f o r c e or violence
against any member or guest of
the University community,
-Interference by force, threat,
or duress with the freedom of
movement of any' guest of the;
University community;
-Disruption or interruption of
an authorized University activity;
-Disruption or unauthorized in-
terruption of a class;
---Continued occupation of a
University facility after being or-
dered to leave by the president or
his aent. nnd+

made public a letter from a Viet-
nam veteran who witnessed the
shooting Monday and branded it
as murder.
Jon T. Oplinger of Akron, Ohio,
a Kent student, wrote, "The
guardsmen, very deliberately and
it seemed under orders, took aim
and fired a well-controlled volley
toward the crowd of students.
". . . Had I witnessed this event
in Vietnam, I would have regarded
it as murder, and I cannot help
but do so now," the letter said.
Del Corso, in a statement in
Columbus, Ohio, labeled Young's
assertion about the guardsmen
as unfounded, inflammatory and
hearsay. He said the Ohio senator
is a "senile old liar."
Young said Del Corso is "a 2-
by-4 politician." and added, "My
father -told me never get into a
spraying contest with a skunk."

136 schools close as
campus strikes grow

(continued from Page 1)
ation, the killings at Kent and re-
lated issues. Wayne State Univer-{
sity remained closed, as Wash-
tenaw Community College also
canceled today's classes.
Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn
said he was committing "a suf-
ficient number" of Guardsmen and
state police to the University of
Kentucky campus "for as long as,
this situation prevails." Police,
backed up by Guardsmen, broke
up a demonstration there yester-
day and made several arrests. in-
cluding the president of the stu-
*dent body.

A student strike information
center set up at Brandeis Univer-
sity in Waltham, Mass., said it
counted 3'19 schools with student
strikes going. A similar organiza-
tion at Antioch College in Colum-
bia, Md., said 348 campuses had
Brewster said he would lead a
delegation of Yale trustees, teach-
ers and students to Washington.
D.C., to talk with the Yale grad-
uates who are members of Con-
gress about how to stop the war."
Many campuses in the country
had no demonstrations and some
individuals a n d organizations
spoke out against the antiwar ac-
tivi t y.
President S. I. Hayakawa of San
Francisco State College said some
students were being "led by an-
archists who use current emotions
as a cheap excuse to destroy
buildings, institutions and lives."
A young Republican organiza-
tion in Massachusetts and one in
Vermont issued statements back-
ing Nixon's policies and deploring
campus protest activities.
Protests took a variety forms.
At Salem, Mass., State College
it was a scholarship fund set up,
in memory of the four dead stu-
At the University of Tulsa it
was a day-long teach-in that
started with the lowering of the
American flag to half-staff.
At Iowa State University it was
an all night campout on +he park-.
ing lot outside the Ames SelectiveI
Service headquarters.
Six-hundred students at Haver-
ford. Pa.. College went to Wash-
ington, D.C., for a one-day ex-
pression of concern over Cam-
bodia. At the University of Ne-
vada, Las Vegas, students sat
peacefully in classroom doorways.1

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