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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sundav. Seotember 17. 1978

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Michigan
bumbling

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past

Illini,

By HENRY ENGELHARDT
Who's next?
Notre Dame by name-the
long-awaited trip to
Leprechaun City-that's who's
next for the Wolverines.
After putting Illinois 'away 31-0
yesterday in a game highlighted by the
threat of excitement, Michigan will pit
a 1-0 record against the Irish on
y knational television next Saturday.
Q DESPITE the impressive numbers
p;that lingered on the Michigan Stadium
scoreboards at the game's end, the
Wolverines were far from
awesome-the opposition was weak.
The Illini, now 0-1-1, have scored only
seven points in their last five games,
dating back to last season. They have
yet to score in eight quarters this
" sf %a'season.
" The Michigan defense held Illinois to
177 yards and speared two turnovers,
both of which resulted in Michigan
scores.
104,123 fans saw quarterback Rick
Leach lead the offense, mainly with fine
runs and well-timed pitchouts. Leach's
AAA f. passing, (six for 13, 75 yards) as the
senior admitted, could have been bet-
ter.
Day Photo byMAUREENO'MALLEY Coadh Bo Schembechler was relaxed
MICHIGAN QUARTERBACK RickLeach deftly eludes an Illinois rusher while and relatively pleased after beating a
sCHIGN URT ERBACK Reic Lweacdeftly.elueteam coached by his former aide Gary
searching out an open receiver downfield. Moeller. Relatively, considering it was
Nicaraguan troops claim
gains; U.S. considers
more economic sanetions

the season opener. "Coaches are just
like everyone else," he said. "In the fir-
st game you aren't worth a damn. That
first half I guarantee I wasn't worth a
damn."
Over 14 minutes had elapsed in the
first quarter before. Michigan got its
initial first down. In the same period
Illinois had five first downs.
HOWEVER, Schembechler and his
troops got their act together and rever-
sed those statistics the rest of the way.
"We started slow," said assistant
coach Bill McCartney. "They beat us
off the ball. We were tight. But we
didn't make any changes-we stayed/

with our game plan."
The winning points, three from the
foot of kicker Gregg Willner,
culminated an 11-play, 28-yard drive. It
started late in the first quarter when in-
side linebacker Mel Owens intercepted
a pass thrown by Illini sophomore quar-
terback Rich Weiss and moved it to the
Wolverine 43.
LEACH guided the offense to the
Illinois 10, but on third and seven most
of the Illini defense waded in on him as
he attempted to pass. Leach slipped to
the turf after a 19-yard retreat, which
Willner followed with the field goal
from 46 yards out.

31-0
"I was disappointed in my offensive
line," said Schembechler. "We've gol
to block better than we did. Leach wag
forced to throw under duress."
Late in the first half the offense again
got the ball in good field position. Mike
Harden returned an Illinois punt 21
yards, setting Leach and Co. up on their
own 49.
It took six plays for Michigan to score
its first touchdown of the season. In the
drive Leach hit two passes, the key one
a dangerous 18-yard lob over the middle
to Huckleby after Leach had avoided
the Illini line.

See LEACH, Page 12

By AP and UPI
OUTSIDE LEON, Nicaragua -
Government troops claimed the
recapture of Nicaragua's second
largest city Saturday in their town-by-
town bid to crush civil war. But
witnesses said National Guardsmen
were using women and children as
shieldseagainst stubborn rebel
resistance.
At least three other cities were still
largely in guerrilla hands and new
fighting was reported in a fourth.
U.S. SOURCES said a total 1,500
Americans and dependents were
trapped in the embattled cities. One
Interview with rebels, page 2
American has been killed and two
wounded in the offensive launched a
week ago by Marxist Sandinista
guerrillas to bring down the regime of
President Anastasio Somoza Debayle.
Meanwhile, an American source said
Washington was considering further
pressure on President Anastasio
Somoza to force him to accept outside
mediation to halt the bloodshed.
Church groups in this predominatly
Roman Catholic nation made public
Saturday an open letter to President
Carter asking him to halt all aid to the
Somoza government to force the
president's resignation.
THE AMERICAN informant in
Managua, who asked not to be
identified, said, "The opposition has
indicated it would accept outside
mediation but the government appears
to be stalling for time. Apparently it
feels it can control the insurrection
militarily if it has time to do so.
"The United States will pursue its
efforts to mediation," the source said.

He would not say what type of pressure
might be brought to bear on Somoza.
The State Department last week
called on all sides in the Nicaraguan
conflict to accept mediation and a
cease-fire. U.S Ambassador Mauricio
Solaun met with Somoza Friday and
Saturday to express U.S. concern
about the situation in Nicaragua, the
source said.
THE CARTER administration
already is withholding about $5.3
million in military sales credits
approved by Congress for Somoza, but
released $12 million in non-military aid
last May.
Washington feels the non-military aid
will benefit Nicaragua's needy and will
not directly prop up the Somoza
regime. Somoza's critics claim he and
his allies benefit illegally from every
dollar in aid that enters the country.
A senior executive of Nicaragua's
National Development Institute said
opposition groups have agreed to ask

for three or four foreigners to be sent to
Nicaragua to mediate a truce. The
institute is a private organization of
about 700 of Nicaragua's top
businessmen.
THE EXECUTIVE, who declined to
be named, did not say which countries
might be asked to supply mediators. He
said businessmen representing his
organization, the chambers of
commerce and the construction
industry would meet Sunday to decide
whether to continue a nationwide
general strike.
Earlier, opposition groups in
Managua issued a statement saying
they were ready to negotiate a
settlement, but emphasized it must be
made by Nicaraguans and not, be
imposed by outsiders.
The national strike was called by the
"broad opposition front" 23 days ago to
demand Somoza's resignation. It
followed a bold attack Aug. 22 by
Sandinista guerrillas on the national

Daily Photo by WAYNE CAB
CO-CAPTAINS JERRY METER (46) and Russell Davis (33) lead the Wolverinew into the 1978 season with the traditional rut
under the M Club banner.
REVOLT NOW CENTERED IN MICHIGAN:
oters to speak out on taxes

-Sun day,
* See the full details of the game on
the sports page.
* A farewell to the University's nin-
th president on the editorial page.
" A -review of Owen mcBride's per-
formance at the Ark on the Arts
page.
Irr
. For happenings, weather
and local briefs,
see TODAY, page 3.

By KEITH RICHBURG
Daily News Analysis
Ten years ago Alabama Gov. George
Wallace, running for President, told
voters to "send them a message." But
it wasn't until last June., in the
politically undefineable state of
California, that a disgruntled electorate
did just that by telling politicians just
what it wants.
Defying the political wisdom of
economists, labor leaders, and the
popular "small is beautiful" philosophy
of Gov. Edmund Brown, Californians
voted 2-to-1 in favor of a proposal to
slash their inflated property taxes,
making the "tax revolt" the rallying
cry of the modern-day middle class.
NOW MICHIGAN has become the
new barometer of middle class
discontent, with two proposition 13-type
tax limitation proposals on the
November ballot. And, as in California,
most conventional sources of wisdom
are warning voters that passage of
either tax plan will lead to government'
job layoffs, school closings, and
massive cuts in already austere social
services programs.
And, as with California, recent polls
show that voters plan to ignore the
experts' pleas, and approve both

proposals.
One plan is the Tisch amendment,
advanced by Shiawassee County
Drain Commissioner Robert Tisch,
which is patterned closely after
California's proposition 13. That plan.
would cut property tax from its present
50 per cent of the assessed market
value to 25 per cent. It also allows the
lost revenue to be made up through a
one per cent state income tax hike.
THE OTHER proposal is the
brainchild of insurance company
executive Richard Headlee, and would
limit increases in state spending to the
increase in the income levels of
Michigan citizens. In addition, the
Headlee plan would require voter
approval for all local bond sales.
Both Gov. Milliken and his
democratic opponent, State Sen. Wil-
liam Fitzgerald, are adamant foes of
the Tisch amendment. But both candi-
dates sense the public's anti-tax mood,
and have responded by supporting
Headlee. One does not oppose popular
bills during an election year.
year.
Politicians are scrambling to
appease voters by supporting Headlee,
but even that may not sate the public's
hunger for lower taxes.

IF TISCH does pass - recent polls
indicate it will - the governor, whoever
that will be, will have to implement it
effectively, and manage the state
budget within the limits prescribed by
the voters.
-Again paralleling California, where
popular Gov. Brown was unable to use
his own personal appeal to dissuade
voters supporting a massive tax cut,
Michigan's two-term Republican
Governor Milliken, who staunchly op-
poses Tisch, has apparently had little
effect on the voters. "We cannot fall
into the trap of pandering to extreme
radical sentiments in the guise of fiscal
conservatism," Milliken said in July.
"We cannot use tax limitation as the
current euphemism for anti-black, anti-
Spanish speaking and anti-poor
sentiments of some segments of the
population." But his warnings are not
being heeded.
The political dilemma for the
governor is that if the Tisch plan he
attacked so vehemently is favored as
strongly as polls show, he may be
risking his support outs~ate, where both
tax plans are the most popular.
The outstate vote, which is

See POLITICIANS, Page 2

Fleming:

The end of

an era

By RENE BECKER
and KEN PARSIGIAN
Last in a series
Since 1975 there have been three
issue that have stirred the students to

On January 19, 1975, The Daily
learned that the Regents had
unanimously chosen Jewell Cobb, a
black woman and dean of Connecticut
Cnllege-tn renlace Rhnde

no tenure offer was "not unusual," the
record shows that at least the five LSA
deans who immediately preceeded the

was the reason Cobb had
such an "insulting" offer.
In fact, Fleming

been given apparent contradiction of the statement
Rhodes had made about the no-tenure
had first offer not being unusual.
FLEMING DEFENDED his actions.
In resnonse to a renort by the

situation, with the college under severe
and continuous financial pressure,' it
was desirable to have the most
experienced person in the position."
One vear later- in iFhrnarv 19?7B_

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