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Vol. LIX.No. 18Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, September 27, 1978 Ten Cents TenPge
Some 'U' buildings
lack disabled student acilitie
By RON GIFFORD
For a mobility-limited or Wheelchair-
restricted student, it is impossible to hear a
concert in Rackham Auditorium, ride a
University bus to North Campus, or take a
course in the Economics Building.
None of these buildings is equipped with
ramps or elevators that would allow a han-
dicapped studen in a wheelchair to enter.
However, under a University plan, these ob-
stacles should be removed by 1980.
THE UNIVERSITY is making these
renovations in compliance with Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a Health,
Education, and-Welfare (HEW) department
regulation which requires colleges and univer-
sities to make reasonable modifications in
academic requiremfnts, programs, and
facilities to ensure full educatioanal oppor-
tunity for the handicapped.
"As of August, 1977, the University fulfilled-
the basic requirements of the HEW
regulation," according to Barbara Murphy, the
Program Associate for the Handicapped and
the Veterans' in the University's Affirmative
Action office. "However, we are committed to
making the entire campus programatically ac-
cessible. We want to make available to the
disabled student as many University programs
and functions as possible, regardles of the type
handicap he may have."
A Plant Priority Committee is currently
assessing the problems of the handicapped and
is preparing a priority list of actions to be
taken, Murphy said. She also said the commit-
tee's purpose is to "discover what the problems
are and to ensure that a solution to these
problems is found. This is a campus where
people are ready to make a lot of accom-
modations to get these things fixed."
OVER ONE HUNDRED buildings on campus
are considered by the Affirmative Action office
to be accessible to handicapped students. The
ramps outside the Graduate Library and
Health Service are examples of the renovations
that have taken place. Even the football
stadium has a special section reserved for
those in wheelchairs.
Students with mobility-impairments are just
one of the groups affected by the University
plans. Blind students, for example, can go to
the libraries on campus and use learning and
studying aids including textbooks written in
Braille, cassette tapes, and students readers.
Elevators have had Braille numbers installed
for the use of blind students.
Modifying the campus is not always an easy
task, for a design that benefits one group of
disabled students may be a disadvantage for
THE UNIVERSITY and the city of Ann Ar-
bor installed curb cuts on every street corner to
allow people in wheelchairs to cross the
streets more easily. But this created a
dangerous situation for blind people, who need
the curb to use their canes to feel the difference
between the sidewalk and the street. This
problem was solved by putting ridges in the
curb cuts. sg
Several dormitories on campus are fully-
accessible to the handicapped, according to
Archie Andrews, Director of Housing
Programs. Five dorms, South Quad, Couzeris
Alice Lloyd, East Quad, and Stockwell, are
equipped with elevators and ramps, but Soche
dorms are only partially-accessible.
The Housing office is analyzing the probler
in the dorms, making cost estimates ,at
drawing up a timetable for renovating. the
dorms still not fully accessible to handicapped
One area where the University does not have
an accessible system is in campus transpor-
tation. Students in wheelchairs must use .the
city's special Dial-A-Ride van, which is equip-
ped with a lift. Murphy said that the Univer-
sity's plans for a solution to this problem are
not complete, but said they will be ready in tie
By BRIAN BLANCHARD
Shortly after he had finished reading
some of his poetry in the Pendleton.
Room of the Union yesterday in 'honor
of Jeffery Weisberg - a University
graduate student who died in a 1977
auto accident - Donald Hall was asked
if he had known Weisberg.
Yes, came the answer, of course. But
the former University professor'
couldn't quite recall whether he had ac-
tudlly taught Weisberg or only worked
with him informally.
A FEW confused moments later, the
bearded poet suddenly rendered the
"You know," Hall said with a broad
grin, eyes wide, "he was one of the
Hall, who left Ann Arbor in 1975 to
write full-time on his farm in New.
Hampshire, landed on the word "poets"
See POET, Page 7
wants more inut
By RENE BECKER In a meeting held on Monday night iexpressed concern that the Regents
and MARIANNE EGRI between several MSA members and would ultimately proceed with their
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) Regents Thomas Roach (D-Detroit), plan regardless of what MSA would do.
ecided last night not to participate in Robert Nederlander (D-Birmingham), He said students would have no input
he presidential selection process until Paul Brown (D-Petdskey) and Dean into the selection process if MSA did not
he University Regents develop a plan Baker (R-Ann Arbor) the Regents participate. "We're going to be screwed
providing "adequate" student refused to say they would not develop a in the long run," he said.
epresentation. private list of candidates. But Freeman and other MSA mem-
MSA members voiced concern at MSA member Irving Freeman said bers disagreed. "We haven't 'got
heir weekly meeting last night that "they (the Regents) are going to pick a anything now," Freeman said.
tudents were not being fairly president from their own damn list."
epresented in the process to select a Freeman said the Regents' plan "has Before Freeman's resolution' was
iew University president to replace nothing in it for us." He then proposed a passed by consent, Greene proposed a
lobben Flepming. Fleming announced resolution stating that until "such time new process which would guarnxee
ast week he was leaving the post he has as an adequate plan for student student parity and force the Regents to
ield for 11 years. representation" is devised, MSA would pick the new president from a list
THE REGENTS' plan calls for three not participate in the process. developed by a committee of students,
ommittees to be established: a te n- Richard Barr, another MSA member, faculty members and alumni.
Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY,
HE KEPT LEFT HAND in pocket for most of his poetry reading, but the
enthusiasm captured here is characteristic of former University professor
Donald Hall's performance in the Pendleton Room of the Union yesterday.
VANCE, GROMYKO MEET TODA Y:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The planning on taking part in the when it 1
United States and the Soviet Union open negotiations as scheduled, try to
a new round of strategic arms "AS FAR AS I know, there has been ratificat
limitation negotiations today - nearly no change in plans," said Thomas of appro
a full year since President Carter, in a an "exe
burst of optimism, said a new treaty Soviet Foreign' Minister Gromyko involve
was just around the corner. collapsed while making a speech at Senate a
Prospects for an accord are uncer- the UN yesterday but returned to finish Key s
tan, although U.S. officials claim dif- the speech. See story, page 2. Carter ti
ferences between the two superpowers to Capit
have been narrowing steadily. Reston, a State Department form woi
AND A RECENT improvement in spokesman. "A tre
relations between Washington and The major sticking point remains said Sen
Moscow could brighten the atmosphere "modernization" - that is, how many "It's the
for a treaty, which is intended to limit new missile systems the United States IT WA
strategic bombers and long-range and Russia may build during the life of Iowa, th
missiles. the treaty and how many existing of arms
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and systems may be improved. nation tl
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Other issues also remain unresolved, treatyN
Gromyko are scheduled to begin their including U.S. efforts to impose weeks. B
talks at the Soviet Mission today. The deployment and refueling restraints on from his
two men met in July for SALT talks in the Soviet bomber known to the West as deteriora
Geneva. the Backfire. The t
Gromyko became ill Tuesday after- CONGRESSIONAL support for an dissident
noon during a speech to the U.N. arms limitation treaty with the vester e)
General Assembly but later returned'to Russians is questionable. The Carter
finish his talk. He was reported to be administration acknowledged as much
hinted last month that it might
bypass the Senate, where
ion requires a two-thirds vote
val, and submit the accord as
cutive agreement." That would
a simple majority of both
enators immediately warned
hat sending an arms agreement
ol Hill in anything but treaty
uld guarantee its defeat.
aty is the constitutional route,"
n. Charles Mathias, (R-Md.),
only way to go."
kS LAST Oct. 7 in Des Moines,
at Carter, an ardent advocate
control, announced to the
hat the framework of a new
would be completed within
But Carter began to back away
rosy predictions as relations
rials of prominent Soviet
ts and of International Har-
xecutive Francis Crawford on
See ARMS, Page 7
labor settlement is reached
een Charing Cross
tore and picketing former
oyees. See story, Page 10.
espite a request by the state
director, the University
institute a measles im-
zation program. See story,
ederal investigators believe
d aircraft may have con-
ed to the crash of a com-
al jetliner and a private
Monday that resulted in at
150 deaths, See story, Page
ew York Times reporter
last-minute reprieve from
ning to Jail for refusing to
member student committee, a ten-
member alumni committee and a 15-
member faculty committee. These
committees would each outline the
goals and needs of the University for
the next ten years and then make
recommendations for a new president.
Under the plan, the recommen-
dations would be given to Vice
President Richard Kennedy who would
compile biographies of the candidates,
distribute the information to all the
committees and finally the Regents.
The Regents would ultimately receive a
final list from all three groups without
knowing which list was submitted from
Then the Regents would select a new
president, but would not be obligated to
pick from the committee recommen-
THE CONCERN expressed by MSA
members in a motion passed without
objection was that students, and faculty
members, would not be adequately
represented by this process.
MSA member Julie Greene said the
Regents could develop their own
private list, and said "nobody's going to
have accest" to it.
Colb urn called
By MICHAEL ARKUSH
Although the official tallies won't be
released until this afternoon, it now ap-
pears certain that University Speech
professor C. William Colburn has
narrowly defeated City Councilman
Ronald Trowbridge (Fourth Ward) to
win the Republican primary for the 18th
district's State Senate seat.
The victory follows a week-long
recount, initiated by Colburn, after he
appeared to have lost the August 8
primary by one vote to Trowbridge.
THE RECOUNT officially concluded
yesterday but Washtenaw County
Board of Canvassers had still not com-
pleted all the tabulations.
With Colburn holding a six vote lead
and the canvassers reporting no
irregularities with the electronic
devices in the punch-cards, it is expec-
ted the final figures will indicate a
The State Board of Canvassers will
meet this afternoon to certify the of-
COLBURN, WHO conceded defeat 4f-
ter the primary's initial results showed
him trailing Trowbridge by nine votes,
said he believes he has won and is
already gearing his strategy toward-the
November election against Democrat
"It looks like I've won it. For awhile
the whole recount process seemed to
have drained me emotionally but - now,'
I'm excited and ready for a tough cam-.
paign with Ed Pierce," said Colburn.
Colburn said he will organize a full-
scale advertising campaign to, over-
come the long campaign delay,
resulting from the recount.
Lawyers assigned to
write tenants' book
By JUDY RAKOWSKY
With Mayor Louis Belcher's comple-
tion of the appointment of authors for
the tenant's rights booklet Monday
night, the six lawyers and City Attorney
Bruce Laidlaw can now proceed to
prepare the document. According to
mandate, the booklet is supposed to be
completed three weeks from Monday.
The project is the result of an amen-
dment to the City Charter which the
voters passed by a wide margin in
April. The only involvement required of
Jonathon Rose and Paul Teich who both
work for Student Legal Services; and
Donald Greenspon, former attorney for
the Ann Arbor Tenant's Union.
The landlord advocate attorneys, who
were appointed Monday night, are
Dwaine Lighthammer, attorney for
Campus Management Co.; Michael,
Forsyth, a private attorney who
represents landlords; and Graydon
Ellis, a lawyer who deals with real
In April, the Michigan Landlords
By AMY SALTZMAN
Staff members at the Center for
Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti had a
"strong inkling" before Friday night's
attempted escape by nine patients that
the incident was going to occur, accor-
ding to a union representative for the
Forensic aid association, but were
prevented from acting because of
existing state Department of Mental
"We had a good idea that the escape
was going to take place," said the union
spokesman. "One patient was bragging
about how he was going to lock a guard
up, but we couldn't do anything about'
THE STATE'S seclusion policy,
allows a patient to be confined only if he
is severely agitated, The regulation
covers mentally ill and criminally in-
"All the patients are being treated
like they are mentally ill, but it just
isn't so," explained the spokesman.
"THERE WAS A very deep suspicion
that something was not right and a
strong feeling that a conspiracy was
underway," according to Center Direc-
tor William Meyer. "One patient was
trying to get patients involved in that
sort of thing for a very long time -
probably a year."
Meyer contends, however, that
preventive action could have been
taken if there was concrete evidence of
a planned escape. "We would have
needed something more than mere
suspicion to put them in seclusion."
After guards had picketed the Yp-
silanti State Hospital Complex where
the center is located, Meyer and other
administrators decided on Monday to
work on exceptions to the current
Department of Mental Health policy.
AT A MEETING they discussed
several other problems which directly
contributed to the Friday incident, such
as a severe staff shortage and lax
as a seveRmp oets mnnnnt
Forensic Center staff
"IT'S TOO LATE to sit down and get
out all the mailing that would',-be
necessary. I'm going to have, to beef up
the advertising," he said.
Trowbridge, although not officially