Page 8-Saturday, February 24, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Vote on boycott likely
FOR SHOOTING OF FORMER 'U' EMPLOYEE
Killer gets 15-40 year term
By JOHN GOYER
Dorm residents will most likely get
a chance to vote in early April to decide
whether University Food Service
should boycott Nestles', Libby's, and
Campbell's food products.
Norman Snustad, acting associate
director of University Housing, said the
University will boycott the products-if
over 50 per cent of the dorm residents
ask for one with a referendum.
DORM REPRESENTATIVES over-
whelmingly support the idea of a
referendum on the boycott, according
to Larry Pederson, a member of the In-
fant Formula Action Coalition (IN-
is preserved on
Members of INFACT, along with
members of the Ann Arbor Farm Labor
Organizing Committee (FLOC), have
spoken at several dormitory house
council meetings over the past two
weeks, seeking residents' support for
FLOC encourages a boycott of Lib-
by's and Campbell's products because
it claims the companies exploit migrant
farm workers in Ohio.
INFACT URGES a boycott of
Nestles' products because it says
Nestles' is inhumane in its promotion of
baby formula in Third World nations.
They say that because baby formula of-
ten cannot be used correctly under
existing conditons in many of these
countries, millions of infants suffer
severe diarrhea and malnutrition.
Pederson said representatives from
the dormitories will draw up the
referendum ballot in mid-March, with
the assistance of INFACT, FLOC, and
University Housing Office officials.
According to Pederson's timetable,
there will be educational sessions in
dormitories in late March until residen-
ts vote on the referendum in early
"ALREADY, A majority of housing
councils (on campus) have approved a
referendum," Pederson said.
The Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) approved a resolution suppor-
ting a boycott at its meeting earlier this
Paul Hattis, a FLOC member who
has spoken at house council meetings,
claimed it would be easy to buy similar
products made by other companies, at
very little, if any, extra cost.
At each house council meeting he
goes to in order to present the referen-
dum plan, Pederson said, "I'm very
unsure as to how we'll be received. Af-
ter a few moments, it becomes ap-
parent that they're very receptive."
"STUDENTS APPRECIATE that
we've brought along additional infor-
mation," said Pederson. They've made
suggestions about disseminating in-
formation, he said.
"It was interesting to see that the
goals they stated were to inform the
students," said a Couzens Hall resident
who asked not to be identified.
"What they asked for was permission
to go to the rest of the students,"
Couzens Hall resident David Lessnau
"STUDENTS ARE very concerned
with exactly what will be the
ramifications of the boycott," said Hat-
"Students are very concerned that all
the students in a dorm have a vote on
the issue. I don't know if they're infor-
med enough to be really concerned
yet," he said, but he added, "that's
what we're here for."
"We decided definitely to work within
the system," said Pederson. "We don't
want to alienate anybody."
"IT SEEMS that they (students) are
very unsure of themselves in terms of
representing their constituents," he
said, "especially on issues that are of a
political or related nature." He called
the issue humanitarian and non-
According to Pederson,
"Everybody's wary that the other
students are apathetic. But yet,
everybody seems interested, or willing
Last Sunday's Couzen's House Coun-
cil meeting was the first David Lessnau
had attended. "Now that I've gone
down there, I'll be there quite a bit," he
By KEVIN ROSEBOROUGH
John Maddox was sentenced to 15-to-40 years in prison
yesterday for the Sept. 12 murder of University custodial
supervisor William Van Johnson.
Maddox, 40, pleaded no contest to the charge of second
degree murder in the September shooting at the Music
School on North Campus. The sentence was handed down
by Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Conlin.
ACCORDING TO testimony given by Maddox's ex-wife
Glendia at his preliminary examination Sept. 27, Maddox
was jealous of "a relationship" Ms. Maddox had with Van
Johnson. Ms. Maddox, also a University custodial em-
ployee, worked under Van Johnson.
Ms. Maddox told the court that shortly after midnight on
Sept. 12, Maddox drove his car up next to hers on Baits
Drive behind the Music School, blocking her car with his
own. She said he told her that "this would be the night" he
would do something she would never forget. He then drove
north, away from the Music School, "He was acting
strange," she said, "like he always has been when he
Ms. Maddox testified that she then drove into the parking
lot behind the Music School and waited for Van Johnson, 48,
to arrive. He pulled in approximately five minutes later in a
University van with three other University employpes.
Maddox pulled in directly behind the van, she said.
FROM HER VANTAGE point she could see her ex-
husband, Ms. Maddox testified, but Van Johnson stood out
of her view behind the van. She said they spoke "for three
or four minutes," then Maddox pulled a handgun. She said
she heard gunfire and saw flashes from the barrel of the
weapon. She said that at that point she saw Van Johnson
run into the building clutching himself.
Ms. Maddox testified that her ex-husband mumbled
something about turning himself in to police and drove off.
He was at'large for two days before giving himself up to
Apn Arbor police. Van Johnson died less than an hour after
the shooting, of multiple bullet wounds to the chest.
Maddox will be eligible for parole in eight years and nine
months on the unpremeditated murder conviction, said
Colleen Fry of the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attor-
Maddox will be transported to Jackson State Prison for
processing. After processing a decision will be made
whether to keep him there, or transfer him to Marquette or
another state prison.
Saudi leader postpones U.S. trip
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WASHINGTON (Reuter) -Saudi
Crown Prince Fahd yesterday post-
poned a mid-March visit to Washington
amid official denials that there were
major strains between the two allies.
The White House announced the post-
ponement and cited health reasons, but
the Saudi charge d'affaires in
Washington said there was nothing
wrong with the prince.
THE POSTPONEMENT stirred
press speculation that it was due to dif-
ferences centered on U.S. efforts to
promote an Israeli-Egyptian peace
treaty and Saudi reluctance to maintain
maximum oil output to ease the effect
of Iran's oil shutdown.
U.S. and Saudi spokespersons said
there were no major strains between
the two countries.
State Department spokesman Tom
Reston, while admitting there were oc-
casional differences, denied there were
ASKED ABOUT U.S.-Saudi ties, he
said: "While differences occur from
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From staff reports
A 38-caliber bullet burst through the
window of a ground floor West Quad
dorm room Thursday night, narrowly
missing two students. Two more gun
blasts were heard outside.
"The slug crashed through the glass,
ricocheted off the bed and door, then
fell to the floor by the window," said
Dave Kotzian, who lives in the room on
the south side of the building.
KOTZIAN, president of Rumsey
House in West Quad, and his roommate
Jerry DeShaw were seated by the door
of the room around 10:30 when the
bullet slammed through the window,
"Two more shots followed the first,,
and they all came from somewhere out
on Madison Street," said Kotzian.
Ann Arbor police were called to the
scene, and so far no suspects or reasons
have been found for the gunshots.
Jan uary prices jump .9%;"
pchasing power declines
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inflation rate last year was nine per a shorter work week, the Labor Depar-
cent. tment said. Over the past year, rea
"I don't find that just because the in- spendable earnings have declined 0.
flation rate stayed high for the first per cent.
month of 1979 that the forecast for the Food prices soared by 1.4 per cen
whole year has been invalidated," he last month, the biggest increase since
told the Joint Economic Committee of the 1.6 per cent gain of April 1978. Shop
Congress. pers paid higher prices for beef
He also disclosed that the ad- poultry, fish, fruit, and vegetables.
ministration will expand its anti-in- Costs of medical care and transpor
flation monitoring of price increases to tation each rose by 1.1 per cent.
include small businesses, a persistent
WHITE HOUSE Press Secretary
Jody Powell said of the January figures
that "although certainly no one would
welcome such an increase, it's not sur-
prising." He said the report supports
the administration's contention that the
inflation cannot be curbed in a few
The Consumer Price Index last mon-
th stood at 204.7, meaning that goods or
services that cost $10 in the base year of
1967 had a price tag of $204.70 in
The average worker's dollar bought
0.1 per cent less last month than in
December because of higher prices and
time to time, we do not agree with press
reports that there are major strains in-
The Saudi charge, Essa Abdulla al-.
Nowaiser, said he knew of no strains:
and'declined to talk about any differen-
Whatever the strains, they were un-
derscored by contradictory ex-
planations given for the prince's
decision not to go through with the visit
THE CARTER administration had
hoped that the prince's visit would lead
to open Saudi support of the U.S. at-
tempts to help bring peace to the Mid-
At present, the Israelis and Egyp-
tians are meeting at the U.S. presiden-
tial retreat at Camp David in a bid to
iron out problems holding up a pelace.
treaty but there is no visible sign yet of
The White House and State Depar-
tment both expressed "great regret"
that the prince had put off his talks with
President Carter because of a health
problem which, they said, may require
him entering hospital for tests.
The Saudi charge d-affaires said this
was completely untrue.
over 100,000 new books still in stock
CHICAGO (UPI)-The Detroit area
Consumer Price Index rose 1.4 per cent
from December to January for the
sharpest monthly increase in nearly a
year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported yesterday.
Higher prices for food, housing, tran-
sportation and health care were only
partly offset by lower prices for ap-
parel, said William Rice, the bureau's
regional commission in Chicago.
Rice said the January rise of 1.4 per
cent to 205.1 was the sharpest monthly
change since March 1978.
Compared with a year earlier, he
said, the all items index rose 10.9 per
cent for the largest 12-month change
since December 1974.
In terms of dollars, Detroit area con-
sumers paid $110.90 this January for a
typical selection of goods and services
costing $100 in January 1978, Rice said.
Doily Photo by PAM MARKS
University students splashed their way through the Diag yesterday as winter
ice turned to water and was covered with fog.
The importance of being funny
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remarked Haggerty dryly. Joe Doyle,
an elf in a green cap who flitted
restlessly in and out of the dressing
room during the interview, talked about
the ensemble's ability to make
something special out of common but
closely observed human action. "It's a
heavy reality. Like Bob Newhart: An
event as simple as sharpening a pencil
people laugh. . . and we make people
think." He describes a scene in which
he is the star, called "Divorce." "It
isn't funny. Divorce isn't funny. It's
touching, and that makes people
laugh." John Kapelos defends his point.
"We might play an entire scene and not
get a laugh and that's okay." There is
warm cast feeling on this subject. "We
commented: "I'm like a sound track.
It's a cinematic approach; it's not sup-
posed to be noticed. It's not Star Wars
stuff - that's too much. I just want
people to say afterward, 'Hey, there
was music." She smiled a little and left
Perhaps Second City's off-beat style
of humor is not to everyone's tast