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Arson

oreates anxiety;

dorm security tightened

By GENE ROBINSON
The recent rash of deliberately
set fires at the University has cre-
ated an atmosphere of paranoia
on c a, m p u s, especially among
dormitory residents. Arson - not
politics, sports, or even advance
classification - has become the
main topic of conversation.
Unsubstantiated rumors about
the fires have run rampant across
the campus over the past few
days. Totally false, for instance,
is the rumor that the University
will close down early for spring
break.
The more than 60 fires which
have hit the campus since late
January have baffled police and
fire officials. According to Police
Chief Walter Krasny, the police
department has set up a special
telephone number-761-5595-to be

called by anyone who has any in-
formation on the arsons.
Other than that, Krasny reports,
the police are working with fire
officials and University personnel
in an attempt to solve the arson
cases.
Krasny has declined to comment
on whether the department was
working on any specific leads.
In addition, rewards of $10,000
from the Detroit News and $500
from Student Government Council
has been offered for any informa-
tion leading to the arrest of a
possible arsonist.
Frederick Da vids, director of
University safety, said yesterday
that his office would not "buy in-
formation" per se, but that he
was "very interested in any in-
formation about the fires."
Davids said that persons "should
not let monetary reasons" stop

them from giviig any information.
Student.s are understandably wor-
ried about the fires.
"Christ, of course I'm scared,"
said one South Quad resident ad-
visor. "I live on the fifth floor.
If there's a fire, I can't get out."
In Alice Lloyd Hall Monday
night, over half of the dorm's res-
idents met to discuss the fires.
Lloyd was hit by two fires early
Monday morning.
Officials are also very worried
about the blazes. John Feldkamp,
director of University housing,
calls the fires "as serious a prob-
lem as I can recall."
"This is a matter of life and
death," he says. "There is not a
single fireproof building on cam-
pus."
"It's just a good fortune that
we haven't had any deaths be-
cause of the fires yet," he adds.

"Students have to appreciate how
serious the problem is."
Security measures have been
tightened in the libraries where
the first fires were started, and
the stacks are now regularly pa-
trolled. In addition, the libraries
now, close at midnight instead of
the previous 2 a.m.
Most dormitories have been
closed except to residents and
their guests. Late Monday night,
however, some 35 residents of West
Quad's Chicago House presented
President Robben Fleming with a.
petition calling for the easing of
some of the security restrictions.
The residents protested the lock-
ing of a gate leading into the
house. Fleming at that time or-
dered the gate unlocked and West
Quad Building Director Leon West
subsequently ordered the removal
of all security precautions from

the dorm, including guards sta-
tioned at the dorm's main en-
trance.
West Quad Council, the dorm's
representative body, however pe-
titioned and received permission
to reinstate the security precau-
tions with its own funds.
West reported, however, that
yesterday morning Fleming order-
ed the precautions reinstated and
the gate once again locked at the
University's expense.
The rash of fires began on Jan.
27 with a fire at the General Li-
brary. The fire did only minor
damage, but seemed to trigger
the wave of deliberate blazes.
The fires, however, have been
set in different ways, with no ap-
parent pattern. They have ranged
from minor waste basket fires to
full-fledged blazes in the libraries
See WAVE, Page 7

-Daily-Tom Gottlieb
A FIRE INSPECTOR examines a room in the Alphia Xi Delta sorority house,
which, was extensively damaged by fire yesterday.

MAKING THE
CITY'S DECISIONS
See Editorial Page

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WET AND WILD
High-60
Low-30
Showers or thundershowers,
changing to snow

Vol. LXXXII, No. 119 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, March 1, 1972 Ten Cents

Ten Pages

Groups

reach

"agreement

on

Senate o
Griffin ai
proposal,

verturns
nti-busing
50-47

research

plan

By ROBERT BARKIN
University officials, faculty members and student repre-
sentatives last night reached tentative agreement on a
compromise policy on University classified research that they
will present to the Regents.
Details of the proposal were not made public last night.
A draft of the proposal will be sent to each Regent today,
however.
The proposed policy would not affect research activities
at the University's Willow Run Laboratories-which perform
about 90 per cent of the University's classified research

projects.
University officials have

i

- Oulu1
board hit
Stenants
By ANDY DETWILER
A group of tenants of the Maple
Square public housing development
met last night to plan actions
against the city's public housing
commission.
Earlier yesterday, 15 of the res-
idents, mostly Aid to Dependent
Children mothers, who are two
months or more behind in rent
payments, appeared in District
Court to answer charges brought
against them by the housing com-
mission.
Tenants in cases of this nature
are commonly ordered to make
satisfactory rent payment ar-
rangements within 60 days after
their case is heard, or face evic-
tiorn.
At their meeting residents cited
poor conditions and health haz-
artis in the recently-built housing
units as reasons for their refisal
to pay rent.
' Tenants also report they receive
little or no response when they re-
quest maintenance.
Tenants said the garbage is col-
lected on an average of once a
month. In addition, residents said
there are* no fire escapes for up-
stairs rooms.
The residents last night dis-.
cussed picketing action and pos-
sible approaches to a lawsuit
against the housing commission.
They said they did not want to
work through existing tenants
unions because "they were con-
trolled by the senior citizens."

ndicated that Willow Run will
shortly be transfered to the
control of a non - profit cor-
poration or state - controlled
agency.
Earlier this month, the Regents
rejected a proposal by Senate As-
sembly - the faculty representa-
tive body - that would have
greatly restricted federally-spon-
sored classified and industrially-
sponsored proprietary research at
the University.
The Assembly proposal called
for the University to reject any
research contract that would pro-
hibit publication of results beyond
one year.
The. Regents, however, rejected
that proposal, and instead, issued
a resolution requesting changes in
the proposal.
Their resolution asked that the
present classified research policy-
which has resulted in the rejection
of few contracts - be continued
under a new simplified enforce-
ment procedure.
In addition, the Regents asked'
that the University proceed with
plans to~ divest itself of the Wil-
low Run Laboratories, and asked
that any new proposal concern
itself only with restriction on class-
ified research.
Attending last night's meeting
were: President Robben Fleming,
Vice President for Academic Af-
fairs Allan Smith, engineering col-
lege Dean Gordon Van Wylen, and
representatives of Student Govern-
ment Council, Senate Assembly,
the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs, and Assembly's
Research Policies Committee.
Senate Assembly Chairman War-
ren Norman called the proposal
"something the faculty can live
with," while SGC member Marty
Scott termed the policy "a rea-
sonable approximation of the fac-
ulty proposal."

-Associated Press
While the cat's away .
While their competitors sped back to Washington to overturn a proposal to limit court-ordered
busing, Democratic presidential aspirants Henry Jackson of Washington and Vance Hartke of In-
diana grab a few hours of campaigning for the upcoming New Hampshire and Florida primaries.
Jackson (above) rides with his wife in a Florida strawberry festival parade, while Hartke (below
in suit) watches a lunch-break card game between employes at a New Hampshire factory,
THREATENS FUND CUTS:
Senate proposal hits

WASHINGTON (R) - The
Senate, with most of its pres-
idential aspirants back in
town, reversed itself yester-
day and rejected the Griffin
proposal to strip federal courts
of their power to issue busing
orders in school desegregation
cases.
Instead, the Senate voted to
once again adopt the compromise
plan offered by Senate leaders
Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.), and
Hugh Scott (R-Pa.),, which con-
tains some mild restrictions on
busing, but does not challenge the
power of federal courts to con-
tinue issuing busing orders.
The vote against the proposal
authored by Sen. Robert Griffin
(R-Mich.), was 50 to 47, compared
to the 43-40 tally last Friday
which adopted the amendment to
the higher education-school de-
segregation bill.
Three of the five Democratic
presidential contenders who had
been absent Friday returned for
the vote, furnishing the margin of
victory for civil rights advocates
to reject the proposal. Still absent,
however, were Sens. Vance Hartke
(D-Ind.), and Henry Jackson (D-
Wash.).
The victory was not final, how-'
ever, as the Senate will continue
to debate the bill up to 2 pm. to-
day. Another version of the Grif-
fin rider or other anti-busing
amendments could still be added.
The Mansfield-Scottbamend-
ment stipulates that federal funds
cannot be used for busing except
on the written request of local
school officials.
But no funds could be used
"when the time or distance of
travel is so great as to risk the
health of the children or signifi-
cantly impinge on the educational
process."
Under the amendment, federal
officials would be prohibited from
inducing local officials to use bus-
ing where students will be moved
to schools which are "substantial-
ly inferior to those opportunities
offeredat the school to which
such students would otherwise be
assigned."
Meanwhile, the House Judiciary
Committee has opened hearings on
proposed constitutional amend-
ments against busing.

-Associated Press
SEN. ROBERT GRIFFIN (R-MICH.), speaks last Friday with
Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.), after the Senate first approved
his proposal to restrict the powers of federal courts to order
busing to desegregate schools. The Senate yesterday reversed
their earlier stand, voting down Griffin's amendment, 50 to 47.

COURT RULING:

CPHA management,

sex

bias

at colleges

By SARA FITZGERALD
Managing Editor
The Senate has voted to cut off
federal funds to public colleges
which discriminate on the basis of
sex in admissions, hiring, promo-
tions, pay and scholarship grants.
The proposal, which passed the
Senate Monday as an amendment
to the $24 billion higher education
bill, would provide one more in
a long list of federal mechanisms
to promote equity in hiring. But,
if approved, it would mark the
first time federal legislation has
barred sex discrimination in un-
dergraduate admissions and the
awarding of scholarships.
The bill will now go to a House-

S e n a t e conference committee
where a compromise with a bill
passed by the House last year will
be worked out. Congressional ob-
servers, however, feel the House
will approve the stronger Senate
version, which added the provision
on undergraduate admissions.
The University would be under
the authority of the bill, which
only exempts military academies,
private undergraduate institutions
and church schools. If approved,
the bill could have a major impact
here, as women have not only cri-
ticized the University's hiring
practices, but its admission poli-
cies as sell.
ThesUniversity has already had
federal funds cut off once, when
an investigation by the Depart-
ment of Health, Education and
Welfare (HEW) more than a year,
ago led to the withholding of some
$2 million in federal contracts un-
til the University drafted an ac-
ceptable affirmative action plan
for the equal hiring of women.
HEW demanded the plans under
the authority of an executive order
which prohibits federal contractors'
from discriminating in employ-
ment practices. But, a provision
for increased admissions of wo-
men graduate students was in-
cluded by HEW, by tying the de-
mand to the need for increased
hiring of women teaching fellows
and research assistants, who are

male and 45 per cent female. This,
FOCUS said in its complaint to
HEW, occurs despite the fact that
statistics show that women per-
form better at college and that a
greater percentages remain in
school to graduate than do their
male counterparts.
James Bower, the associate
director of admissions, acknowl-
edged yesterday that this year's
freshman class has a 54-46 per
cent ratio in favor of males. How-
ever, he said that 70 per cent of
women who applied to the Uni-
versity were accepted, while 69
per cent of male applicants were
approved this year.
"The balance goes in favor of
See SEX, Page 10

employes
By TED STEIN
Washtenaw County Circuit
Court Judge William Ager yes-
terday ordered representatives
of the Commission on Profes-
sional Hospital A c t i v i t i e s
(CPHA) management and its
striking keypunch operators and
clerical workers, to meet with
him to discuss the walk-out of
CPHA employes which began
last Wednesday.
CPHA - a non-profit group
providing computer analysis
services to about 1600 hospitals
-yesterday asked the court to
make permanent a temporary
injunction preventing any of the
170 members of Local 157 of

to meet
the United Auto Workers, from
blocking access to and from
CPHA property.
In their bid for the injunc-
tion, CPHA officials requested
the number of pickets be limited
to five at any time, saying that
alleged bomb threats and inci-
dents of "violence" - includ-
ing alleged window-breaking
and scattering of nails on thor-
. oughfares - prompted the ac-
tion:
An attorney for the striking
union members rebutted this
contention, requesting the court
not to become a "policeman."
"Thus far, the police have been
See JUDGE, Page 7

B "
Boo gies and buses: Cit steps
*up drive to regis ter new voters
By DAN BIDDLE
Politics sometimes makes strange bedfellows.
h.Locally, the latest unexpected joining of forces
has taken place over the matter of voter regis-
r tration.
Student Government Council and the Ann Ar-
bor Human Rights Party (HRP), working in co-
operation with the city clerk's office, the Rain-
bow People's Party, the Ann Arbor Tribal Council
,and ati the ,eitv'v Dmnrstie Pav,, a i n,. y a.

IRKSOME INTER VIEWS

Firms shun female

law graduates

By MIKE SLAUGHTER
Second of Two Parts
Who would think that when
consideringua Law School grad-
uate for employment, an em-
ployer would be worried about
bathrooms or Christmas parties?
Yet job interviewing for wo-
men law school graduates today
can more often than not be a

women's bathroom, while anoth-
er interviewer speculated seri-
ously that he hated to think of
the consequences of such an at-
tractive woman in the firm's
library, distracting other asso-
ciates.
Another horror cited by inter-
viewers, Phillips adds was that
she couldn't play golf with the

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