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SATURDAY, MARCH 2 1932

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Students' Explosion Termed
'Spring Madness' by Dean
By CAL SAMRA and SID KLAUS
University officials are not planning to take disciplinary action
against those who participated in the seven hours of hectic student
"rioting" Thursday night.
As reports of the mob's impulsive exploits continued to trickle in
yesterday, Dean of Students Erich A. Walter released a statement
clarifying the University's position on the unexpected spring blow-up:
"THE STUDENT demonstration was a form of spring madness,"
Dean Walter said. "The term 'madness' has the implication of being
something uncontrollable."
"We were fortunate in not having serious accidents, in not
having a mob spirit develop. I am glad that there had to be no
arrests and that the property damage was of an insignificant
character.
"I am sorry that a few of our students showed some pretty bad
manners," he continued. "Most of them, considering that they were
out of order,'showed marks of self-control which, in general, are the
characteristics of our student body.
"If any students are reported to us who have violated specific
University regulations, these stulents will be heard by the regu-
larly constituted disciplinary authorities.
"In reviewing the demonstration, we obviously shall try to estab-
lish some controls of a moral character that may operate in a crisis.
Obviously, this is difficult to accomplish. No human being has ever
attempted to shift the vernal equinox," he added.
DESPITE THE AVALANCHE of mob hysteria, damage and theft
were reported at a minimum. Martha Cook suffered the most costly
vandalism. An estimated $200 in damages was inflicted at the women's
residence.
The window panes of two front doors were smashed, the
handle of a side door ripped off, two $35 ash trays and various
"items" purloined, the screen ripped off the front office window,
and several basement windows broken.
Though beseiged by two frontal attacks, one by women, another
by East Quadders, plush South Quad was marred only by two broken
windows, reportedly smashed by stones. In the last attack, the front
doors were showered with a barrage of mud.
AT ALICE LLOYD HALL, unmentionables as well as mentionables
were carried off by the men, while Stockwell coeds yesterday were
proudly displaying "souvenirs" pilfered from East Quad.
At Victor Vaughan, one coed claimed she had to grapple
with one of the men to prevent him from leaving her room with
her watch.
Early yesterday morning, janitors at Betsy Barbour and Helen
Newberry were solemnly sweeping mud, brought in on the men's
shoes, from the corridor floors.
Later, it was reported that several students are planning to urge
Student Legislature to sponsor afund-raising campaign to make
restitution for damages and theft.
FORTUNATELY, there were no serious accidents during the
demonstrations. But Sura Rotenberg, '55, reported she received burns
on her forearm when some of the men, storming into Vaughan
House, tossed her into a Shower and turned on the hot water.
Miss Rotenberg received first aid at Health Service.
And another woman student, Denise Buffington, '52, was bruised
as she attempted to block the rambunctious mob from entering a
Liberty St. theater, where she works as a cashier.

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