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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, September 13, 1979
Ticket scalpers score big on Notre Dame game
Some seats selling for $50 each u
By MARK PARRENT
Rabid Wolverine fans buying the tickets are happy,
students selling the tickets are happy, but most of all,
scalpers are delighted to rake in outrageous profits, for
swinging the deal.
Although the practice is a misdemeanor, second-hand
ticket sales-ranging from $15 to $50 per ticket-for Satur-
day's Michigan-Notre Dame game are brisk on the steps of
the Michigan Union. A lively corps of entrepreneurs has
assembled there to make sure no passerby leaves the area
with an uhwanted ticket or an unfulfilled desire to see the
MOST OF THE scalpers (or "brokers," as some prefer to
be called) agree that students are the major suppliers of the
fistfuls of colorful cardboard strips the scalpers clutch.
At least until the day of the game, most campus scalpers
congregate to hawk their wares on the steps of the Union,
where they appear to have formed a sort of loose and infor-
mal price-fixing system, designed to insure healthy profits
for the entire group.
'Perhaps inspired by the success of the OPEC oil
ministers, some of the novice cartel-organizers defended
their practice yesterday afternoon.
"EVERYBODY WILL offer the same price (for similar
tickets) and sell at the same price," said one of the dealers, a
University junior who declined to beidentified. "That way,
nobody gets cheated," he added.
But; another scalper said, occasionally "there are a few
jerks that come in (offering higher buying prices and lower
selling prices) that ruin it for everyone."
But the ticket brokers are still offering sellers a sound
profit on most tickets. As of yesterday afternoon, scalpers
were offering $15 for most single student tickets, with pairs
and midfield seats drawing frokm $20 to $30 each.
FANS BUYING tickets from the scalpers, however, must
be braced for a mark-up.
End zone seats start at about $25 per ticket while scalpers
sell 50-yard-line vicinity tickets for around $50 each, with
pairs at $100.
Reports of sales conducted without the services of the
scalpers have listed prices both higher and lower. But such
See SCALPERS, Page 7
SCALPER DAN BERENT and scalpees in front of the Michigan Union
yesterday negotiated ticket prices for Saturday's Michigan-Notre Dame
football game, a contest that has enticed some students to pay up to $50 per
Daily Photo by LISA UDELSON
Stechuk 1 *
By CHARLES THOMSON
..Literary College Student 'Govern-
ment (LSA-SG) President Bob Stechuk
announced last night that, although he
had been seriously considering
resigning from his post, he would
definitely remain LSA-SG president.
Stechuk, speaking at the first LSA-
SG meeting this year, cited his finan-
cial status as the major reason he con-
sidered resigning. Stechuk explained he
needs full-time employment, and said a
heavy class load also restricts the time
he is able to devote to LSA-SG.
AFTER TALKING to a group of LSA-
SG members however, he said he
decided to remain LSA-SG president.
Stechuk said he was able to get "people
to take on a lot of work" he would have
had to do and emphasized that he would
not be involved in as many activities as
he had been last year.
One of the main reasons he is staying,
Stechuk said,, is that he is concerned
over the future status of LSA-SG in light
of University administration actions
which froze control of Michigan Student
Assembly (MSA) funds.
"If MSA can be taken over by the
administration for giving money to,
the WCCAA (Washtenaw County
Coalition Against Apartheid), I wonder
what will happen to us," Stechuk asked.
The University Board of Regents have
controlled MSA funds since the decer-
tification of MSA elections last April.
"It's really bad," Stechuk continued,
"to have the administration involved in
elections. I think that's really
In addition to listening to Stechuk's
decision to keep his post, the council
decided to table any decision to hold
new LSA-SG elections until next week.
The council. may now opt for new elec-
See STECHUK, Page 2
Daily Photo CYRENA CHANG
FORMER ISRAELI AMBASSADOR to the U.S. Avraham Harman (left) shows Gov. William Milliken the honorary
fellowship from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem which Milliken received last night. A tribute dinner at the Mich-
igan League raised-funds for the newly-created William G. Milliken scholarship fund at Hebrew University.
MILLIKEN AT LEAGUE TO ACCEPT KUDOS:
Hfebrew U. head praises U.S.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Hurricane
Frederic, paralleling the path of killer
Hurricane Camille a decade ago,
pushed onto land last night- darkening
two-thirds of this Alabama port city and
threatening it with towering tides.
The storm, which packed 130 mph
winds near its center, spawned tor-
nadoes along the Gulf Coast as it
knocked out power and some telephone
seirvice in Mobile. Other power outages
were reported along the coast.
THERE WERE no early reports of
damage or storm-related injuries.
About 400,000 people from four coastal
states were evacuated. National Guard
members also were alerted in Florida,
Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
About 15,000 of the Mobile
metropolitan area's 300,000 residents
were crowded into 20 Red Cross
shelters..Thousands more left low-lying
areas, but some decided to stay at their.
homes and ride out the storm's bat-
Fo recaster Miles Lawrence at the
National Hurricane Center in Miami
said the center of the storm would most
likely sweep ashore just west of Mobile
shortly after midnight last night.
BUT HE WARNED that because of
the way a hurricane whirls, its most
deadly winds are. just east of the
Afederal Agriculture Department
spokesperson said there was plenty of
food on hand, including 50,000 pounds of
ground beef in a warehouse, "if it's stil
AT 8 P.M. EDT, Frederic was located:
70 milessouth of Mobile near latitude;
29.6 north, longitude 87.9 west. Little
change in the storm's strength was ex-
pected before it reached land. It was
moving tothe north at 12 to15 mph.
In Mississippi, where Red Cross of-
ficials said 150,000 had fled inland, tides
six feet above normal were reported in
Jackson County near the Alabama line.
Gov. Cliff Finch authorized the
mobilization of the National Guard to
assist local authorities and freed more
fuel for use in the evacuation.
At 2 p.m..EDT, Frederic was located
150 miles south of Pensacola near
latitude 28.2 north, longitude 87.3 west.
Little change in the storm's strength
was expected before it reached land.
HURRICANE warnings were up
from Panama City, Fla., to Grand Isle,
The strongest winds were around the
See 400,000, Page 7
By HOWARD WITT
A former Israeli ambassador to
the U.S. and current president of the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
said last night at the Michigan
League that he does not have "the
impression that the U.S. is drifting
away from Israel in any way."
Avraham Harman, who served as
Israel's ambassador to. the U.S.
from 1959-68, spoke at a press con-
ference preceeding a formal dinner
at the League to present Gov.
William Milliken with an honorary
fellowship from the Hebrew Univer-
MILLIKEN WAS honored in
recognition of his support for the
school, the state of Israel, and the
cause of Soviet Jews, according to a
spokesman for the Michigan Chap-
ter of the American Friends of the
Harman said at the press con-
ference he believed that the Israeli
people still have a "fundamental
confidence" in the U.S. He declined
to comment, however, on United
Nations Ambassador Andrew
Young's meetings with represen-
tatives of the Palestine Liberation
Organizaion (PLO) and his sub-
"What interests me," Harman ex-
plaineq, "is the reaffirmation by the
U.S. in recent weeks of its long-
standing ,policy that it will have
nothing to do with the PLO until that
group changes its charter and
recognizes Israel. I think there's a
fundamentalsconfidence (in Israel)
that the U.S. never goes back on its
MORE THAN 300 guests attended
the dinner honoring Milliken, in-
cluding many University, state, and
community leaders. "Governor
Milliken has come out in' support of
the rights of Soviet Jews, -and we
would like to express our ap-
preciation of that on record," Har-
Harman noted that Milliken has
also expressed, great understanding
of Israel's problems and cited his
commitment to higher education as
a reason for the fellowship award.
Only two or three-honoring fellows
from throughout the world are
named by the Hebrew University
each year, according to Harman.
Milliken joins the select group of
men, including President Franklin
See HEBREW, Page 8
Reluctant but ready,
clai~m GM workers
Carter plans aid to poor for fuel
From AP and Reuter
HARTFORD, Conn.-President Carter announced
plans yesterday for a $2.4-billion program to help low
income families pay rising energy costs and
promised residents of the Northeast that "we will
have necessary fuel to get us through this winter."
Carter said his program would provide $1.6 billion
in aid for the poor this winter, including $400 million
in block grants to states to provide emergency aid as
needed and $1.2 billion to aid about 7.3 million
households of persons on welfare or receiving federal
aid to the aged, blind and disabled.
He urged his audience to induce Congress to act on
the plan and on his "windfall profits tax," which will
finance it in order "to prevent tragedies and to avoid
"THE MOST important thing we must do now is to
ensure that the windfall profits tax passes so that it
can give us energy security," the president said. "We
can put the era of gas lines and precarious winters
Carter announced his plans to aid low income
families while flying to Hartford for an address to an
assembly of retired persons.
The Hartford appearance at a health care forum
opened a two-state trip in which energy was the
dominant theme. Later, Carter traveled to Steuben-
ville, Ohio, for a "town meeting" on energy.
TAKING NOTE of the concern by New England
residents facing a long cold winter, Carter promised
there would be ample stocks of fuel oil for heating
But he said the price will be high. "As a nation, we
simply must face up to the true cost of energy and I
cannot mislead you, there is no prospect of any
reduction in energy prices any time in the forseeable
future,'' Carter said.
The president also made reference to his political*
problems, telling the members of the American
Association of Retired Persons and the National
Retired Teachers Association that, although he ad-
mires retired people, "I'm not yet tempted to join
your ranks any time soon."
ON HIS ARRIVAL in Connecticut a reporter asked
See CARTER, Page 8
By NICK KATSARELAS
Maina Jones 'sat nervously. She'd
been through a strike before, but that
was nine years ago. She and her
husband both worked then, and the
apartment payments were a breeze. "It
was easier then," she explained. But
now there are house payments to worry
about, two car payments instead of one,
and children to feed.
"It's gonna be bad," she said. "Two
weeks, maybe three, that's all I can
JONES, AN inspector at the General
Motors assembly plant at Willow Run,
may strike with her co-workers if the
United Auto Workers (UAW) and
General Motors (GM) don't reach a
contract agreement by midnight
Friday. Although few of the plant's em-
ployees who were interviewed as they
streamed from the gates at the end of
their shifts said they didn't want to go
on strike, one thing is certain: they're
ready to tighten their belts.
"If we strike," said Steve Parker, an
assembler, "I'll make it if I have to.
And making' it is what they will have
to do, since strike benefits make up for
only a fraction of employees' weekly
pay. Their weekly check will vary from -
$40 for a single person, to $50 for an em-
ployee with two or more dependents.
How far will $50 go?
"MY CHILD SUPPORT payments
are $80 a week," said one worker with a
laugh. "That's how far it will go."
Many of the employees have plan-
ned for the strike. One woman said she
was told GM could be the strike target'
when she was hired last January. Since
then, she's been putting away her
money, for what she called. thee,.
Another employee said he has been'
saving for about six weeks. "I've had
time to prepare," he said.
ANOTHER WORKER exclaimed, "I
don't care if we strike. I'm single, and it
don't make no difference to me."
If no contract can be reached by
Friday, the UAW will strike 13 of 26
assembly plants, one of which is the
See RELUCTANT, Page 8
(AP) - An earthquake.
measuring 8.0 on the
Richter scale, rocked the
State Dems join Kennedy camp
By JOHN GOYER
and KEITH RICHBURG
Several of Michigan's top elected
Democratic politicians are expected to,
announce a statewide campaign next
week to draft Senator Edward Kennedy
as the partv's 1980 presidential
Josepn Forbes, and Attorney General
Although Senator Donald Riegle has
not yet announced whether he will join
the Michigan effort to draft Kennedy, in
a speech earlier this week to the state's
Chamber of Commerce, he made a
soon, when the state legislature votes
on a bill to decide whether to hold a
primary election in Michigan ,or
whether to elect delegates to a national
convention through a convention at the
state level. Proponents of the primary
method say that the state's Democratic
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