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MEDFORD- The faculty of arts and sciences at Tufts University voted yesterday to suspend all classes in the undergraduate college October 15, the day of a nationwide demonstration against the Vietnam War.

The moratorium won by a narrow margin of 65-63, with 10 abstentions.

On October 3. 60 faculty members signed a petition stating their intention to refrain from "all business as usual" on October 15.

Middlebury Moves on ROTC

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.- The faculty of Middlebury College voted yesterday to change radically the school's ROTC program.

The major changes are denial of faculty status to the ROTC staff and the elimination of academic credit for all ROTC courses.

The proposal still a waits ratification by the Board of Trustees. If ratified, the changes will go into effect next Fall.

The Middlebury faculty rejected two minority reports, one to do away completely with ROTC and the other to retain the program in its present form.

Draft Law Challenge

BOSTON- The Cireuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge yesterday to the U.S. draft law and to the constitutionality of alternate service for conscientious objectors to war.

The appeal was made by Richard M. Boardman, 26, of Acton, who was convicted of draft evasion last April and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Boardman originally was classified as a conscientious objector, and was ordered to report to Massachusetts General Hospital for alternative duty.

Boardman concluded, however, that his position there would free another person for military duty and that he therefore would be contributing to the war against his conscience.

Unemployment Up

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The nation's unemployment rate experienced its biggest increase since the Eisenhower administration last week, promising to ignite a fresh dispatch over President Nixon's course in courting inflation.

The ranks of the unemployed swelled to 4.0 per cent of the civilian work force, a.5 per cent increase over the August rate. The Labor Department said yesterday, it was the greatest monthly increase since September-October 1960.

Employment levels, however remained virtually unchanged at their highest level in years.

The over-all unemployment rate was the highest since the 4.2 per cent of October 1967.

Assistant Treasury Secretary. Murray L. Weidenbaum noted that the 4 per cent rate is approximately that which existed just prior to expansion of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

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