Ousted Student Denied Re-Entry
Reichard Has Interview With Dr. Ruthven
Hugo M. Reichard of South Plainfield, N. J., one of the 10 to 13 students who were told earlier this summer that the University preferred they would not return, attempted unsuccessfully to register in the University yesterday afternoon.
He applied in the graduate school and was referred to the office of Dean Clarence S. Yoakum. Reichard said Dean Yoakum told him he would have to see the University president if he wished to register.
Accompanied by a delegation of approximately 20 persons who said they were representatives of the Michigan Committee for Academic Freedom, a "front” of the Michigan Civic Rights Federation, which has headquarters in Detroit, Reichard went to the office of the president, Dr. Alexander G. Ruthven.
Told "Matter Closed"
Following a brief private interview with the president, Reichard said he was told the "matter was closed." He added that when he asked about the possibility of seeing the University regents he was informed that it was up to him but that seeing them “won't do you any good.”
Dr. Ruthven, when asked for a statement, said that he had informed Reichard that the matter was closed, but that he did not recall Reichard having asked about the regents and that he did not believe he had made the other remark Reichard ascribed to him.
The president said an official statement on the issue of the students who had been asked not to return would be made soon. He declined to give the number of students involved.
Reichard, who says he is now working in a Chicago factory, was a graduate student here last year land was a vice-president of the campus chapter of the American Student Union. The national A. S.U. has been labeled by the Dies committee as a "Communist front organization.” Many of the students involved were A. S. P. members.
Travel in Automobiles
The delegation which accompanied Reichard here yesterday traveled in several automobiles. It used typical Marxist propaganda methods, "picketing" the campus and displaying placards such as: "We protest Secret expulsion of 13 students,” "Due process of law is the American way," “We demand an open hearing," and "500,000 Michigan citizens want justice for 13 students."
Ernest Goodman, Detroit attorney, who has been connected with various alleged leftist activities, headed the delegation. He said the group represented nine labor unions. It was also said by delegation members that they represented the American Student Union, the United Student Peace Committee, the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties, and the Michigan Civil Rights Federation.
Members of the delegation showed copies of letters said to have been written to Dr. Ruthven by Charles C. Diggs, of Detroit, Negro state senator, and Richard T. Frankensteen, regional U. A. W. C. I. O. director, protesting the action against the students.
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