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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 3

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Wednesday, May 6, 1970
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Occupy Grinnell AFROTC Building; Drake Students Meet Dss MoiVies Register Wed., May 6, 1970 (ri'iiincll College students cluster outside the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps build- ing Tuesday ture. after they occupied the struc- Some of the estimated 2,500 Drake Univei 1 - Tuesday night, sity students are shown on the campus commons classes. REGISTER PHOTOS The students voted to boycott IOWA- Continued Irani Page One lawmen stood quietly while the students milled around. -line- of-students~ and some faculty members stood with arms linked as-a barrier between most of the demonstrators and the police across the intersection. Groups Disperse About 12:15 a.m. it was agreed that the lawmen would leave if the protesters would do Iikewisc7ancrboth grqups~begah to disperse. A few hundred demonstrators remained, filling Clinton avenue and blocking traffic early this morning, as the crowd slowly diminished. —Highway Patrolmen—were scheduled to be stationed at the 'National Guard Armory to guard it through the night. The street action had started about 8 p.m. It was part dem- part street party, band blared music onstration, as a rock over amplifiers on the steps of the University of Iowa's Old Capitol. Many of those fn and around the streets appeared to be interested onlookers rather than active demonstrators. The students prevented traffic from^moying .on the city's four main intersections at Dubuque and Clinton streets and Iowa and Washington avenues for about half an hour. Downtown streets were partially or completely blocked for about two hours. Students used their bodies to surround any cars attempting to use the streets. Some drank beer and set off fireworks in the festive atmosphere. At times, militant protesters harangued the crowd for enjoying rock music and milling in the.streets rather than seriously protesting the Indochina war. The speakers challenged the crowd to block Highway 218 running through Iowa City rather than-blocking city streets. The crowd began moving later in small groups to 218 where they halted traffic. The anti-war rally that preceded the street action was called in response to rock-throwing incidents early Tuesday morning that left several broken plate glass, windows in, Iowa City businesses, the National Guard Armory and Civic Center Those at the rally gave their biggest applause to a statement by University President Willard Boyd who urged that _' today's planned demonstrations be peaceful. At Iowa State University in Ames, the student government senate called for a 24- hour strike of all classes beginning at noon today. About 150 protesters also occupied the ISU armory Tuesday night. Some Grinnell College , students forced their-way in to the college's ROTC building Tuesday, protesting the presence of the military training on the campus. At other Iowa colleges, student leaders called for boycotts of classes to protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the slaying Monday of four Kent State University students by Ohio National Guardsmen. Arrest 51 Several windows_at__the-Na- tiorial Guard Tirmory, the Civic Center and downtown businesses were broken during the early Tuesday morning protest, but no serious injuries resulted from the demonstration. Fifty- one persons — most of them University of Iowa students — were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. The Iowa City City Council reacted to the disturbance here by granting Mayor Loren Hickerson the power to establish a curfew here anytime he feels an emergency exists. The council also asked the city attorney to apply for a court order against violent demonstrations in the city. "*. Mayor I Hickerson said in a statement that "It should be emphasized that no curfew has been imposed and none is anticipated in the absence of any clear-cut need for it." Some of the university's 20,000 students also planned to stay away from, classes today in protest of U.S. involvement in Cambodia. President Boyd has endorsed the student boycott. "Sharing (student) frustration as I do," Boyd said, "I understand the call for class boycott as an effort to do something at a local level where individual students pan make their concern' known immediately. Ac* cordingly, I believe we should regard May 6 as a day for personal conscience for us all. . "Above all, Wednesday must be a day of peace. I appeal to everyone to .preserve this university community from disruption and violence, which would• completely negate any show of our concern for peace elsewhere in the world," he said. Protest Killing Tuesday morning's demonstration started 'when students gathered near the Quadrangle Dormitory to protest the killing of four Kent State University Mull Feasibility of New Training School Hospital Members of a legislative watchdog committee agreed in formally Tuesday to "look into" the recently opened, hospital at the State Training School for Boys at Eldora. . "This is a white elephant and maybe we ought to shut it up," suggested Senator Francis Messerly (Rep., Cedar Falls), vice-chairman of the Legislature's Budget and Financial Control Committee. Messerly said the new hospital, which cost $350,000, contains 14 beds. He said the hospital usually has two or three patients, and that a new community hospital which could serve the needs of..the training school is only blocks away. "Somewhere, someone certainly used charitable judgment for a hospital for two people a day," MesserJy declared. Other commute* members agreed toe hospital was "elaborate," and that the situation should be "looked into." Representative Elmer Den Herder (Rep., Sioux Center) the committee chairman, sai< the average daily patient load at the hospital may even be few er than two or three. Statistically, he said, an in stitution the size of the training school should expect to hav "about one-half a kid a day in the hospital." - Den Herder 'urged that the committee take » "construe live" approach toward the situ atiw, whJeh was noted Mono>y j |when the legislators toured the! i Eldo a facility. I tudents by the Ohio National Guard Monday. The Iowa City students then went to the National Guard Armory on the south side of Iowa City about midnight. After hearing a speaker, the tudents dispersed into small roups and drifted into the owntown and campus areas. One group of more than 50 demonstrators staged a sit-in, locking traffic at a downtown ntersection. Several others )roke windows of downtown iusinesses with rocks. 100 Lawmen The demonstrators eventually gathered at the .city's civic cen- er where about 100 lawmen rom the area were on alert. Most of the arrests were made n the jiojvntown area and, at hTclvic center. Smiley commended lawmen 'or their restraint, in dealing with the demonstrators. He also said that several officers were injured by rocks and bricks that hit them in the feet and legs. No demonstrators, however, were injured, he added. Twenty of those charged with disorderly conduct pleaded guil- y in Municipal Court here Tuesday and were released on their own recognizance. They are, to appear at a pre-sentence hearing May 15. Bond for the other 31 arrested was set at $200 each. All those arrested were free on bond by mid-afternoon Tuesday. ' Plead Guilty Those pleading guilty were: James T. Little, 21, Cedar Rapids, sophomore, two counts of disorderly-conduct; Jeff W. Cohee, 23, Iowa City, graduate; Bruce Everhart, 19, Iowa City; Ronald James Eversman, 22, Kellogg, senior; DanieT^Barron Farber, 19, Davenport, sophomore; Michael J. Glowacki, 20, Davenport, freshman; David Gross, 21, Iowa City; George M. Merger, 19, Vinton, freshman; David Duane Lehman, .18, Jefferson, freshman, and AUen tennian, 20, Jefferson, sophomore. Also, John E. Mullen, 27, Bronx, N.Y., Thomas G. Newton, 19, Dubuque, freshman; Gregory Pranke, 18, Sioux City, freshman; Michael Shannon, 19, Osceola, freshman; John F. Shaw, 20, Waterloo, sophomore; Ronald Dana Sparby, 18, Iowa City; Thomas J. Tubbesing, 18, Mason City, freshman; Rox Voorehees, 19, Arlington, Va., sophomore, and Scott Wilson, 20, Ankeny, junior. Plead Innocent Those pleading innocent were: Louis Mayer Katz, 19, Dav e n p o r t, sophomore, also charged with carrying a concealed weapon; Gary Anderson, 22, Lake Mills, junior; Claire Brown, 18, Burlington,, freshman;. Bryan Davis, 21, Des Moines, junior; Gerald R. Depew, 21, Laurens, junior; Kathy Donovan, 19, Iowa City; Jonathan Dukehart, 21, New RocheUe,,N.Y.,. junior, and Michael Evans, 21, Des Moines, freshman. Also, Patricia Maureen Farrell. 19, Waukee, freshman; Helen Herrick, 22, Lake Charles, La., senior; Pamela Hood, 19, Sioux City, sophomore; Dennis P. Hurley, 21, Iowa City, junior; Charles K. Johnson, 21, Oskaloosa senior, and Terry Joseph, 19, Carlisle, freshman. Also, Regina Kaiser. 19, Des Moines, freshman; Michael N. Knight, 26, Cedar Rapids, sophomore; John Lenz, 22. Iowa City, graduate; Pide Little, 20, Iowa City; Darleen M. Mallonee, 21, Denison, sophomore, and Barbara Martin, 20, Iowa City. Also, Michael Murphy, 18, Davenport, freshman; Stephen McCurdy, 20, Oskaloosa, freshman; Laurie Riskin, 19, Highland Park, 111., freshman; Jody Rogers, 19, Rock Island, 111., sophomore, and William D. Shephard, 20, Iowa City. Also, Jerry Sies, 28, Iowa City; Kent Simoiv-19, Evanston, 111., freshman; David James Toussaint, 23, Des Moines, senior; Karyl J. Weaver, 18, Jefferson, freshman; Howard I. Weinberg, 21, New-York, N.Y., senior; Christine—M-.—-Wemmer,- 18, Dubuque, freshman, and Robert T. 'Young, jr., 22, Des Moines, senior. Discover Dynamite Twelve sticks of dynamite were discovered in the back* of junked car by Iowa City police Tuesday morning. Police said they were called .0 the Sharon Salvage Co. on the southside of town after' a woman at the company said she noticed 'some teen-agers near the junk car. When she approached the «ar, the teen-agers left the car, she told police. Investigation is continuing, according to Iowa City police. _» Occupy Grinnell ROTC Building By a Staff Writer GRINNELL, IA. — Some 60 Grinnell College students occupied the off-campus ROTC )uilding -here Tuesday afternoon, shortly after students and faculty voted to disband classes for 36 hours to protest U.S. action in Indochina and the "repression" at Kent State University in Ohio. The takeover of the ROTC building — actually a white, wood-framed house — was accomplished without violence even as Grhmell Police Chief Bill Peters tried to dissuade the students from moving in. Peters, who was unarmed, said he "will do nothing further until the college administration tells me to." University President Glenn Leggett spoke to the students inside the building, but was unsuccessful in persuading them to leave. The students vowed to retain control of the building until the college agrees to eliminate academic credit for ROTC training and to withhold college facilities from the program. The Air Force — the only ROTC unit on campus — announced more than a year ago that it would phase out its affilitations with Grinnell by June, 1971. When the students arrived a the building, some 30 of them crowded onto the porch and the crush of their weight broke a window leading into the house an observer said. A f e w students dimbec through the broken window and opened the door for the others The students, once inside tin building, collected $11,39 to pay for the window. President Leggett arrived shortly after the, takeover and told the students as they clustered around him: 'It looks like the only thing we disagree on is the timing." lie noted that ROTC would be gone by June, 1971. Leggett, who was asked twice to leave so the students could vote on wh ? ;ner or not to givei up the building, was told the students would occupy the mildirig until three demands are met: Academic credit for ROTC is eliminated for the 1970-71 school year. College facilities are withheld from the program. ROTC instructors are denied the rank of professor and excluded from faculty meetings and commencement exercises. Leggett said he could not take immediate action on the new demands. He and the students continued friendly dialogue for about a half hour, but the building remained-in the hands of the pro- esters.. Plan Strike At Iowa State By Jerry Knight (Register Staff Writer) AMES, IA. - Iowa State University's student senate voted 15 to 11 Tuesday night to call a 24-hour student strike beginning at noon today. Meanwhile, some 150 protesters began what they said would be an all-night sit-in at the ISU Armory to protest U.S. involvement hi Cambodia and the Kent State University slayings. They sat on the floor of the cavernous armory making .posters and singing. University officials said they would make no moves to oust the protesters. The strike means no classes at Iowa State from Wednesday noon until next Monday because Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday classes are normally canceled for Iowa State's Veishea activities. The student senate" scheduled a mass rally for noon today to begin the strike. The ISU strike was opposed by Jerry Schnpor, student body president, .who said he favored holding an anti-war rally, but was opposed to giving student government backing to a strike. • Student Body Vice-President Jerry Parkin supported the strike, but stressed: "It must be peaceful. I urge air of you not to allow violence or w might have four Iowa State students dead." About 200 students attended the hour-long meeting at which the strike was called. ERECT LUTHER CROSSES (The Register's Iowa News Service) JDECORAH, IA. - Some 800 crosses, representing lowans killed in Vietnam, were erected on the Luther College campus at Decorah. Students and faculty members heard Ronald Christenson, chairman of the political science department at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., denounce United States' "expansion" of the Indochina war into Cambodia. The classroom boycott scheduled for Tuesday at asonly PLAN BOYCOTT AT DRAKE II, Luther was described "partially successful." YRs SUPPORT NIXON The Iowa College. Young Re-j publican Federation came out in! support of President Nixon's' Cambodia policy Tuesday. By Stephen Seplow After a special board meet-! Some 2,500 Drake University ng in Des Moines, state chair-j students, meeting outdoors on man Wendell Harms of Morningside College in Sioux City, stated: "We feel that President Nixon's decision was the only reasonable alternative open in this situation." night, voted to boycott classes SIMPSON-BOYCOTT (The Register's Iowa News Service) ; INDIANOLA, lA.-The Simp- College student president called for a boycott"nofpnd~OtherI7TKenannounce today if he would heed the students' request. The motion the students approved called for devoting Saturday to helping residents of the Model Cities area, which borders the university, in'-a community-wide cleanup campaign. The motion said the strike was called to "mourn the killings" of four students at Kent State University, and "to show solidarity against the in- t r u.s ion onto American campuses by organizations that use violence to accomplish their,objectives." The latter part of the motion was a reference to both the National Guard,, which was involved in the shootings at Kent State, and the Air Force ROTC, which maintains a program on ;on has classes all day Thursday. Student President Jim Mikulanec urged "all members of the college community to .aid in closing down classrooms and turning all attention to United States military operations in Cambodia and the "brutal murder of students by National Guardsmen at Kent State University." DUBUQUE PROTEST DUBUQUE, IA. (AP) - Daniel Green, 21, of Farley was charged with desecrating the American flag Tuesday after he lowered a flag from a pole in a park here in what he said-was a protest against U.S. involvement in Cambodia and the deaths of the Kent State University students. House Votes Car Safety Measure WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The House passed a compro mise, three-year, $103 million extension of the automobile safety program Tuesday, with new provisions dealing specifically with car tires. The bill, which now goes back to the Senate, would set a $23 million spending ceiling for- the current fiscal year and $40 million for each of the next two years The new bill will require tire manufacturers to keep records of the first purchaser of the tires so-that notification can be made in the event defects are discovered. The secretary of transportation would also be required to set standards dealing with the maximum age of tire carcasses which can be retreaded by one year after final enactment of the bill. Kiesinger to Meet With Nixon, Rogers BONN, GERMANY (AP)' Former Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger will meet with Presi dent Nixon and Secretary of State William P. Rogers during a visit to the United States beginning Monday, it was announced here Tuesday. A spokesman for the opposition Christian Democratic party, of which Kiesinger is chairman, said his meetings with top U.S. officials will take place May 19. Raymond Hock of the philosophy department, urged the students to take action, but., cautioned them to remain non-violent. Landau, in a speech that brought- the crowd to its feet shouting "right on, right on," said I lie issues at stake were State the rest of the' week. The students voted to ask University President Paul Sharp to shut down, all university functions the rest of the week. If he, refuses, the motion calls for a student strike. . Sharp said he would consult with facultyrepresentatives the Drake campus. There was never any doubt that the students would vote to strike. The only debate was on how long the strike would last. Two professors, Eliot Landau of the law faculty, and bodia. • At Kent, he said, "there was a Constitutional question of free speech," But in Cambodia, he said, the key question is the occupant of the White House in the United States of America. The students urged the faculty to join their boytott and many-of-the-€o-cds-said_tluiy would ignore curfew hours for women as part of the strike. • Many of the students .who gathered on the Commons wore black armbands with the word "Kent" written on them. Several students carried signs*. One read: "Boston Massacre: 1770 - Kent Now." 2. Die in Collision. Near Stockport (The Renter's Iowa News Service) STOCKPORT, IA. - Two persons were silled about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when a car and an empty anhydrous, ammonia tank truck collided at section of Iowa Highw and 269 three miles here in Van Buren County. The victims - were identified as Elizabeth Van Winkle, 50, of Salem, who was alone in her car, and Milton Newman, !>1, of Galva.-Ill, the driver of the* truck. * • , The collision sent the truck into a ditch where it overturned and the cab caught fire. 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