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Page 2-Friday, October 20, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Regents' stance debated in Flint

2-5 p.mrn.

The Regents received mixed response
on the subject of University invest-
ments in corporations with South Africa
operations yesterday during the public
comments section of their October
The Regents spent the first of their
two days of meeting on the University's
Flint campus. And although they were
scheduled to discuss the report on the
responses from banks and other cor-
porations which have South African
subsidiaries, the Regents postponed
that discussion for this morning's
meeting in Ann Arbor, "where the par-
ticular interest has been expressed in
these subjects," said University
President Robben Fleming.
THE REGENTS voted last March not
to sell investments in corporations with
South African operations despite
requests to do so from various groups
on and off campus.
Instead the Regents passed a
resolution which required University
administrators to send letters to those
corporations asking for a statement of,
policy regarding their South African
A report on those responses was
given to the Regents last week for
discussion at yesterday's meeting.
DURING THE public comments
session, three Flint residents addressed
the South African investment issue.
Michael Moore, co-editor of the Flint
Voice and graduate from the Univer-
sity-Flint campus spoke out against the
Regents' decision to keep investments
pending corporate adherance to the
Stillivan/ Principles, a pledge to
alleviate discrimination within South
African facilities.
"These corporations are providing
the tax base for the (apartheid) regime
to exist. Without the tax base there is no

regime," Moore said.
A second speaker, University-Flint
student Dan Kildee, also attacked the
Regents' decision. Kildee called
University investments in South Africa
"an endorsement of hatred, inequality,
and white supremacy. An economic
boycott is the only way to avoid blood-
"THE UNIVERSITY of Michigan is
a place where dreams are built. Let's
not crush the dreams of the people
across the ocean," Kildee said.
Steve Stewart, president . of the
student government of the, University in
Flint, lauded the Regents' decision
against divestiture. He said: "They
(the Regents) will have more impact on
helping the blacks who are working for
those corporations (by retaining their
The student body president also
referred to Michigan State University
(MSU), whose Board of Trustees last
year voted to divest its financial ties to
South Africa. He -said corporation
executives are contributing much less.
money to MSU funds, and thus are hur-
ting the university.
"I WOULD URGE you to continue
your ,responsibility . . . and maintain
your position on divestiture," Stewart
said to the Regents.
Also speaking during the public
comment portion of the meeting was
American Federation of Stae, County,
and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
local 1583 President Dwight newman.
Newman, whose organization bitterly
opposed ServiceMaster, a sub-
contracted maintenance firm, last
year, again complained about the firm.
"A peaceful coexistence isn't even
possible now," he said, "the local union
is going to start taking any action we
deem necessary to stop the University
from doing things it shouldn't be

doing." Newman didn't specify his
grievance, nor did he say what types of
actions his union would take to battle
the University.
WHILE IN FLINT, the Regents con-
sidered several issues directly affec-
ting the Flint campus. University-Flint
Chancellor William Moran presented
plans for the construction of a $6 million
recreatonal facility. Despite lengthy
discussion, during which Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor), Gerald Dunn (D-
Livonia ) band)Robert Nederlander (D-
Birmingham) questioned the proposal,
the sight; the budget plans were ap-
Considering a proposal by Moran for

a $2.9 million public television station,
which would require $705,000 from the
University for capital funds, the board
agreed to hear a later report from
Moran at their November meeting.
Following the meeting, the Regents
toured their Flint campus. Not present
at yesterday's meeting was Thomas
Roach (D-Grosse Pointe).
Today the Regents will discuss, asidte
from the South African issue, the
process for selecting a new University
president to replace Fleming, who is
retiring in December, the effectiveness
of ServiceMaster, and an opinion on the
Bakke case submitted by University
General Counsel Roderick Daane.

Landlords 'can live'
with new tenant law

How would Einstein
theorize about Cinci?
Although the Cinci formula is secret, certain factors in the
equation are well known:
. Cinci has a hearty, full-bodied flavor.
2. It is smooth and easy going down.
3. Its head commands respect.
Our theory is that Einstein would have concluded: Its too good to
qulp. Relatively speaking, of course.

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leases, 95 per cent contained at least
one unenforceable clause. More than
half of the leases contained at least six
such clasues, according to the PIRGIM
THE WIDESPREAD use of such
clauses necessitated the strong
language, said Student Legal Services
attorney Jonathan Rose, who played a
large part in writing both laws,
especially the city law.
Rose also said landlords may find
ways to get around prohibited clauses
in the state law. "That's why the city
law prohibits any clause that the lan-
dlord knows to be deceptive and unen-
forceable," said Rose in a written
A group consisting mainly of Ann Ar-
bor landlords is funding a lawsuit
against the city challenging the con-
stitutionality of the amendment. Many
landlord objections are directed at the
wording of the city warning.
Conlin has ordered the city law not to be
enforced pending the outcome of the
court case. Arthur Clyne, the plaintiffs'
attorney, said he does not foresee a suit


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challenging the state law.
"Some things your landlord writes in
the lease or says to you may Inot be
correct representations of your rights,"
says the city warning in part. Clyne
said it is an infringement of Fifth
Amendment rights protecting an in-
dividual against self-incrimination.
Rose said the city clause is not in-
criminating. "We're saying only that
the landlord may not be correct," said
BUT CLYNE said that misrepresen-
tation is illegal and therefore by signing
a lease, a landlord may incriminate
him- or herself.
The required state warning, which
landlords said is more agreeable to
them, says: "NOTICE: Michigan law
establishes rights and obligations for
parties to rental agreements. This
agreement is requiredcto comply with
the Truth in Renting Act. If you have, a
question about the interpretation or
legality of a provision of this
agreement, you may want to seek
assistance from a lawyer or other
qualified person."
The state law, introduced by Rep.
Mark Clodfeleter (D-Flint) and cospon-
sored by Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ain
Arbor) went through months bf
revisions during negotiations between
landlord and tenant advocates. T)e
state law takes effect July 1, 1979.
THE CITY LAW was written by
tenant advocate lawyers and approved
by voters without any landlord-induced
"It (the state law) is a statute that
has included the best everyone has o
offer," said Clyne. He charged that the
city law was "drawn ineptly" atid
"lacks thought and concerh."
"It was prepared by people who want
to incite. That's the only way they can
survive," -said Clyne referring to te
tenant advocate attorneys.
According to attorney Rose, Legal
Services lawyers feel the state law
complements the city law, and they in
"no way conflict." But Rose said he
finds many of the provisions of the state
law "typical of bargaining in legislative
"SUCH A PROVISION is the one that
requires that the Supreme Court as op-
posed to lower state or federal courts
declare a certain clause invalid for it to
be prohibited by the law," according to
Rose in the statement.
Rose also stated it is unlikely such a
acase would ever find its way to the
Supreme Court through normal chan-
nels. "However, (we) are prepared to
argue to the Supreme Court that the
legislation allows them to accept
jurisdiction of a case for the specific
purpose of declaring clauses to be in-
valid under the state law," he added.
There is also a suit pending in Judge
Conlin's court questioning the legality
of another tenant-oriented amendment
passed by voters last spring. The
amendment requires landlords to
distribute a three part tenants' rights
booklet: One part written by tenant ad-
vocate attorneys, one by landlord ad-
vocate attorneys, and one by impartial
city attorneys.
Daily Official Bulletin
Daily Calendar:
Guild House: 54 soup and sandwich luncheon,
Keith Hefner, Maceo Powell and Chris Thomas,
"Slide show and Discussion on the 11th World
Festival of Students and Youth in Havanna, Cuba,"
802 Monroe, noon.
Music School: Chamber Choir, Hill Aud., 8 p.m.
Volume LIX, No.38
Friday, October 20, 1978
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