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Vol. IIX, No. 6 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, September 13, 1978 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
U' students uninformed on Fleming retirement

Despite heavy publicity about
President Robben . Fleming's
retirement intentions few students on
the campus yesterday were aware that
the University's chief executive for the
past 11 years will soon step down from
is post.
Some students did not even know who
Fleming was.
MANY EXPRESSED total surprise
when told of the president's retirement
plans. "I guess I'm what you call
uninformed,"' said Residential College
sophomore Frank Demske.
Literary College (LSA) freshwoman

Kim Cherry summed up the reactions
of many students when she said, "I
didn't even know there was a President
Many students said Fleming was
nothing more than a figurehead. Others
felt their own ignorance excluded them
from passing judgment.
THERE WERE, however, some
students who had heard of the 61-year-
old president's intentions and felt a
sense of loss.
"I think that it's a shame that he is
leaving. He seems very nice, but then, I
really have no one to compare him to,"
Business Administration junior Kathy'

Solomonson said.
Fleming developed many close ties in
his ten-year stay at Michigan and many
student organizations are sorry to see
him go.
"I'M VERY disappointed that he is
leaving," Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) president Eric Arnson said. "He
has always been very open with us. He
has been readily accessible to students
and has always listened to student
input. I think it will be hard to find
someone as good or better to replace
him," Arnson said.,
Hope for a successor who will

promote better labor relations is shared
by representatives from both the
American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
and the Graduate Employees
Organization (GEO).
"In the past years we have been able
to develop a working relationship with*
President Fleming," AFSCME
representative Dwight Newman said.
"Hopefully, labor relations will
improve, but while we haven't always
agreed, Fleming has been responsive to
our needs," Newman said.
Clark blames Fleming for much of the

adversity between factions on campus.
"I think he has truly hurt the collegi-
ality of relationships at the
University," Clark said. "While I hope
for a new president who will improve
alrlabor relations I have a lot of respect
for Fleming as an individual and I hate
to see him go," he said.
Most University officials reserved
comment pending the "official"
resignation announcement which is
expected later this week.
Both Leonard Goodall, chancellor at
the Dearborn campus and Harold
Shapiro, Vice-president for academic
affairs had only good things to say

about Fleming.
"President Fleming has always bee
very supportive of both the Flint and
Dearborn campus. We have been very
lucky in that respect and can only hope
that his successor will have as good an
understanding of the multi-campus
university," Goodall said.
"Fleming's resignation will bea
tremendous loss to the University,''
said Shapiro. "He made a number .o
contributions throughout a very
difficult and challenging time. Th
nature of his leadership will make it
hard to find someone capable of filling
his shoes," he said.

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Street fighting- A
Nicaraguan National Guard troops move carefully through the streets of Masaya Monday, as they attempt to root out
leftist guerrillas. The guerrillas are fighting to overthrow the government of President Anastasio Somoza.
MDrder suspect sought

With wire service reports
A visiting Circuit Court judge
yesterday declared the city's 1978-79
budget void in the first test of Michigan
Attorney General Frank Kelley's May 2
interpretation of the state's Open
Meetings Act.
Oakland County District Court Judge
Gene Schnelz rescinded amendments
totalling $328,000 and ordered a
preliminary budget prepared by City
Administrator Sylvester Murray to be
the city's official budget until Council
can adopt a new one.
IN HIS eight-page ruling in favor of
the three Democratic City, Council
members who initiated the suit, Schnelz
found that the seven-member
Republican Caucus violated the 1976 act
when they discussed the budget
changes at a closed meeting on May 23.
Republicans hold a 7-4 majority on
Kelley ruled in May that the Open
Meetings Act covered meetings of
majority caucuses of local governmen-
ts, even though the act specifically
exempted the State Legislature from.
that prohibition.
SCHNELZ, HOWEVER, cited that
section of the act as unconstitutional and
included the legislature in the act's ban
on closed caucuses.
"The alleged need for secrecy
necessary for political caucuses on a
state level is to..t. hide political and
public policy decision-making
processes from the opposing political
party and the public at large. These are
the very types of actions that the act

was designed to bring to public light,"
Schnelz ruled.
"Clearly the Republican Caucus held
on May 23, 1978 was in violation of the
(Open Meetings) Act," continued the
judge. "The public was deprived of the
decision making process behind the
establishment of the 1978-79 budget."
THE JUDGE therefore invalidated
the approved budget and ruled that the
City Administrator's original should be

instituted, in accordance with the City
Charter. Schnelz did, however, order
the immediate commencement of for-
mal procedures to adopt a new budget.
As it stands, and until the council
proceeds to renegotiate the new budget,
the $328,000 from the General Fund that
the Republicans voted to reappropriate
will technically be reverted to the
categories that they were listed under
See CITY, Page 5

Carter fails to gain
Israeli concessions

By late last night, a man sought by
city police in connection with yester-
day's shooting death of a custodial
supervisor at the University's School of
Music was still at large.
Police issued a warrant early yester-
day aftern'oon for the arrest of city
resident John Maddox on an open
charge of murder. Maddox, 40, is
described by police as armed and
SOURCES SAY Maddox's former
wife was a University employee who
worked for the victim and that the
suspect committed the murder in a fit
of jealousy. But Police Lt. Eddie Owens
said he has "nothing to substantiate
that ... it's just a theory."
William Van Johnson, 48, was shot by
the alleged assailant shortly before
12:36 a.m. yesterday and died of
multiple wounds at University Hospital
less than one hour later, according to
Police Lt. Richard Hill. Rockey Mayne,
another janitor who was hit in the
shoulder by a stray bullet, was
hospitalized and is listed in good con-
dition at University Hospital.

Witnesses told police that Van John-
son had driven a University van to the
loading dock behind the School of Music
to collect waiting workers' keys when a
man pulled up in a car behind him, got
out, and started shouting.
"VAN JOHNSON evidently knew the
guy," Mayne, 28, said from his hospital
bed. "(Van Johnson) turned around
and did his best to ignore him."
Then, according to accounts told to
the police by five or six bystanders, Van
Johnson invited the man inside the
building and began climbing onto the
loading dock.
The assailant pulled out a handgun
and fired at Van Johnson, but lMayne,
who said he was "trying to jump out of
the way," was hit by one of the first
WITNESSES SAID the alleged killer
chased Van Johnson behind the loading
dock and shot him once in the right arm
and once in the chest. /
"Van Johnson ran towards his of-
fice," Mayne said. "He had at least one
bullet hole in his back, where the heart
is ... He was running around in shock."
The assailant then fled by car from

the scene and police found the victim in
a corridor behind the loading dock.
VAN JOHNSON, an Ann Arbor
resident, had worked as a custodial
shift supervisor for the University since
February 1977. His duties included
overnight checks to make sure doors
and windows of University buildings
were locked.
Police said suspect Maddox, who has
no police record, is black, 40 years old,
six foot one, and weighs 225 pounds.
Mayne, however, said although he
'can't remember what (the alleged
murderer) looks like, he is a black man
in his mid-to-late twenties." Maddox
and his wife were divorced in 1970.
An autopsy was performed on Van
Johnson yesterday, and police said
results of it wil be released sometime
today. Two detectives are working full-
time attempting to apprehend the
Police said yesterday's murder has
no relation to an incident two months
ago in which the Acting Director of the
University Neuro-Psychiatric Insitute
was shot to death by a co-worker. A
suspect is in custody in that shooting.
Wedn esday

CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) - Despite a
"gigantic effort," President Carter has
been unable to gain major concessions
from Israel at the Mideast summit,
diplomatic sources said yesterday.
"Getting Israel to move was the
problem all along, even before the
summit began," said an official who
asked not to be identified.
ABOUT THE outcome of the summit,
however, the official said, "It's too
early to make a judgment either way."
Carter met for a second consecutive
day with Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat after a scheduled meeting
Monday night between Egyptian and
U.S. ministers was called off, without

subsequently was held yesterday
As the summit rounded out a week,
Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin remained apart.
They have not met face-to- ceiathe
negotiating table since last Thursday.
It was understood that Carter was
soliciting new ideas from Sadat as well
as inviting the Egyptian leader to
respond to Israeli thinking. Carter has
followed a similar procedure during
meetings with Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin.
Jody Powell, White House press
secretary and summit spokesman,
cautioned reporters not to draw any
conclusions from the suspension of
three-way meetings.
"THERE HASN'T been any need for
See CARTER, Page 9
meal plan
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA)
members last night lent their support to
a group of dormitory residents fighting
plans to consolidate dorm dining
facilities in the Hill area.
In their first meeting of the term,
MSA members gathered on the Union's
third floor to authorize by consent the
formation of an ad hoc committee to
compose a resolution to be presented at
the Regents' meeting tomorrow on
behalf of MSA. The resolution will
declare MSA's opposition to the
consolidation plan and request that the
Regents delay their decision on the
project for one month in order that
more student opinion be gathered.
MSA IS the official student

EMU profs strike

Professors at Eastern Michigan
University (EMU) went on strike at
midnight last night after negotiations
between union and university
bargainers broke down early yesterday
About 80 per cent of the school's 630
professors are expected to participate
Sin the strike on the Ypsilanti campus,
according to Sally McCracken, chief
bargainer for the EMU chapter of the
American Association of University
Professors (AAUP).
ALTHOUGH both sides had
previously said they were willing to
bargain up until noon yesterday,

codetermination in certain areas which
directly affect them such as tenure and
sity Relations Gary Hawks claims the
union is using the issue of governance to
hinder the negotiations. _
"I think that (the governance is'sue)
is the smokescreen the faculty is
throwing up at this point. The Michigan
Constitution says the Board of Regents
has final control (over decision-
making). I think it would be very
foolish for me to take a contract to the
Regents which completely strips them
of a responsibility given to them in the
Mehia nConstitution."H wks said

expanded provisions for
female athletes, the score
is still not even. See story
page 2.
" City Administrator
Sylvester Murray has
selected his recommen-
dation for a new City
Clerk, which now awaits
Council action. See story
page 5.
" Three aides of
guerrilla leader Joshua
Nkomo were arrested in
Rhndeia vesterdav .Se

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