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A state mental health official said
Wednesday that his inspection of Yp-
silanti State Hospital's food
preparation processes revealed that the
operation is "generally clean."
Joseph Farrell, the regional director
of Michigan's Department of Mental
Health, investigated kitchen conditions
at the mental health institution
Tuesday in response to allegations by a
group of employees. The group charged
last week that the hospital is plagued
with mismanagement, understaffing,
and unsanitary conditions, including
"the spraying of insecticides in the kit-
chen during food preparation" and
"thousands and thousands" of roaches.
KITCHEN employees met Tuesday
night with their union, Local 1105 of
Council 25 of the American Federation
of State, County, and Municipal Em-
ployees (AFSCME),. to propose an
agenda to be presented during an April
3 meeting with management.
Local 1105 president Melvin GoodJoe
said the employees' complaints include
"insufficient staffing, improper
cleaning schedules, supervision's
'band-aiding' of problems at the
hospital, supervision's threatening and
harassing employees, supervision's
inability and unwillingness to
cooperate, discuss charges, and correct
problems, and a lack of proper food and
nutritions and improper use of a

"Neither I nor the Department of
Health are able to provide a complete
review," Farrell said in a release Wed-
nesday. "I made a recommendation to
(Ypsilanti State Hospital Director
Walter) Kenzie that they get in touch
with outside organizations. Kenzie will
report his final report to the Depar-
tment of Mental Health."
GOODLOE, a major figure in em-
ployee organization at the institution,
was leary of Farrell's inspection.
"Maybe they did do a real good clean-
up job one day, but every day it's not
that way," he said.
" "They (the management) pick out
the good reports and show them to the
press," continued Goodloe. He added
that the Infections Control Committee,
composed of 12 staff members who
work at the institution, had "some very
critical reports."
But Kenzie suggested that Farrell's
investigation occurred because "a few
militant employees" decided to contact
the press.
GOODLOE, who once worked as a
plumber in the kitchen, cited an exam-
ple of unsanitary conditions which oc-
curred within the last year: "When we
opened up a drain, some of this waste
would come out (food waste), lie in an
area under the kitchen," and produced
a strong odor, Goodloe said. Goodloe
added that conditions had not improved
since then.

Kenzie countered allegations of
deteriorating conditions with a
statement from the February, 1979
Department of Agriculture report.
"The progress made within the last
year was impressive," Kenzie quoted
the report as stating. The mental health
institution is "bound to have spillage,
open cartons," said Kenzie, and
"Whenever there is food, water, people,
there are cockroaches."
Goodloe added, "I just can't believe
that Mr. Kenzie was not -ware" of the
conditions at the hospital. "Mr. Kenzie
made a statement that he was unaware
of these allegations. We have documen-
tation to prove that this is not true," he
DIFFER E-N,CES between

management and employees are sur
facing also in a seriek of hearings thi
week which involve kitchen supervisor
Vincent Long's dismissal last August.
Kenzie said he believes there is
chance that the hearings were on
catalyst for the inspection of conditiomI
at the hospital. "I can't think of an!
other reason, but I just don't know,'
said Kenzie.
AFSCME is defending Long durin
the hearings, according to Goodloe
"We felt he wds terminated unjustly
unfairly," said Goodloe. Long waa
dismissed on charges of misconduct
"The management wants to make i
look like the former supervisor i
responsible for the allegations. This i
not true. He's not in a position to d4
anything," said Goodloe.

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Sat., March 31, 1979
Michigan Union
10:00 A.M.-Registration
10:30-All day films start; Workshops: Domestic Violence; Abortion
11:30-Workshops: Feminist Counseling; Rape; Abortion & the New Right;
Feminism & Minorities (tentative)
12:30-Lunch (brown bog)
1:O-Keynote speakers: Lorraine Beebe on Abortion; Non Bailey on Affirma-
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2:30-Women & Action Discussion
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Fairpe rson
Zolton Ferency, former Michigan
Democratic Party chairman and three-
time gubernatorial candidate, announ-
ced Tuesday his endorsement of the
platform of fictitious Ann Arbor
mayoral "uncandidate" Louise J.
THe Fairperson campaign is being
sponsored by the Coalition for Better
Housing to symbolize the plight of Ann
Arbor tenants. The Coalition for Better
Housing contends that neither of the
real candidates - Democrat James
Kenworthy or incumbent Republican
Louis Belcher - has adequately ad-
dressed the housing problem in Ann
Arbor and, in response, have offered
the voters the alternative housing plat-
form of Fairperson.
FERENCY, who is a professor of
criminal justice at Michigan State
University, explained in a press release
his endorsement of the "uncan-
didate's" platform. "We have the same
housing problems here in-East Lansing.
We have the same housing shortages,
the same landlord absenteeism, and the
same housing rip-offs. Every victory
for better housing in Ann Arbor will
help set the pace for improved housing
here in East Lansing, and' in
Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, and in
other university communities."
Ferency said the Fairperson housing
proposals, which include collective
bargaining for tenants, just cause for
eviction measures, and an anti-
speculation tax, offer a "sound overall
approach to many of the problems in
Ann Arbor and in other cities."
Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) also has an-
nounced his support for the housing
proposals of the Coalition for Better
Housing,sbut said that he is still a strong
supporter of the mayoral candidate
James Kenworthy.
"Bullard supports the'ideas presen-
ted through the Fairperson campaign,"
said Bullard's press secretary, Dan
Sharp. "It is Kenworthy who will en-
dorse the Fairperson proposals.
Belcher won't do shit about those
And Kenworthy himself does not feel
particularly threatened by the rise of
the fictitious mayoral candidate. In,
reference to the Coalition for Better

camp a~gn
Housing's recent admission that cer
tain elements of the Fairperson plat
form may not be feasible at a city leve
- particularly the anti-speculation tao
- Kenworthy said, "People are taki
it (the Fairperson campaign) les
seriously" than they were early in th.
"I AM BEING very careful t
promise only those things that can ge,
done by the mayor," the Democrat'
In addressing the problems involve
with an anti-speculation tax, Feren
admitted that legal technicalities migh
require that it be passed on the sta
level, but said that he would urge stat
and local passage of all the othe
Kenworthy said the Fairperson cam
paign has been a positive factor in hi
candidacy in the long run. "The Fair
person campaign has helped ge
students involved in the election. It ha
been a backhanded endorsement for
me," Kenworthy said.
AnA Fairperson isn't the only one wh
has attracted the support of top stat
political officials. This weekend, U.S.
Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), will be
coming to town to stump for Kenworthy
in a last ditch effort to garner support
for the Democratic mayoral candidate
who will face Belcher at the polls thi

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