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SUNDAY
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Vol LXXXII, No. 33 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, October 17, 1971 Ten Cents

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proceeds

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controversial student

By PAUL TRAVIS
After years of student demonstra-
tions, petitions, and disruptions-all
designed to point out the need for
low-cost student housing-the Univer-
sity is finally moving ahead with
plans to construct 206 units of student
apartments.
While studies are still being com-
pleted to finalize the housing site, the
site decision must be made soon. To
qualify for funds from Department of
Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) ground for the project must
be broken by June 30, 1972.
The main thrust of the student hous-
ing demands has always been for a
large number of low cost units. The
demands have taken the position that
the University should actively com-

Pete in the Ann Arbor housing market
to provide adequate housing for its
students.
But the proposed housing project-
tentatively planned for North Campus
-is neither low-cost nor large enough
to make a great impact on the Ann
Arbor market, students charge.
The plans call for 206 units to house
824 tenants. The estimated rents for
these apartments range from $128 for
a furnished economy one-bedroom
apartment to $366 for a furnished
three-bedroom apartment. The rates
will be slightly less for unfurnished
apartments.
There are many reasons given for
the relatively high cost of these units.
According to John Feldkamp, director
of University housing, one of the ma-

jor reasons is that "This is the first
housing built by the University that
is not directly subsidized by the gov-
ernment."
The financing plan calls for the Uni-
versity to sell bonds to raise the
capitol for this project. The University
will pay three percent interest on the
bonds with HUD supplying the addi-
tional interest to bring the bends up
to the open market interest level.
The anticipated cost for the total
project is $5,662,300 and it is estimat-
ed that it will take 30-40 years to pay
off the bonds.
Another reason for the high cost of
the units is reduction of financial sup-
port for student housing from the Uni-
versity's general fund.
During the late fifties and early

sixties the support for student hous-
ing reached over two percent of the
total general fund budget.
Those peak years saw over $800,000
per year being contributed to student
housing from a general fund budget
of $39 to $46 million. Since that time
the general fund budget has steadily
increased while the percentage going
towards housing has greatly declined.
During the year of 1970-71 the total
general fund budget surpassed $120
million while only 0.1 percent-$221,-
618 of the total budget-went towards
housing.
The combination of no direct feder-
al subsidy and virtually no financial
support from the University has for-
ced the estimated rents to be higher
than students had hoped.

tousing
There has also been growhig op-
position to the proposed site. A writ-
ten analysis of six potential sites on
North Campus recommended that the
University 'redensify' the Northwood
Family Housing site.
This would entail reduzing existing
recreation areas in the Family Hous-
ing area by 10.6 acres and would re-
sult in mixing single students with the
already-present married students and
their small children.
The advantages of this site are
that there are existing utilities and
bus service in this area which could
easily be connected to new housing.
Another factor is this plan would not
See 'U' Page 6

Northwood-Terrace apartments

Rap Brown found

in

NYC shoot-out

H. Rap Brown

*Faculty unit
to vote ',on
research1.text
By W. E. SCHROCK
Senate Assembly will vote tomorrow af-
ternoon on the final proposed text of a
resolution banning most University classified
research. The resolution states as "general
policy" that "the University will not enter
into or renew federal contracts that limit
open publication of the results of research."
Originally submitted by Sociology Prof.
Howard Schuman and amended and ap-
proved in essence at the Oct. 4 Assembly
The full text of the final draft of the
classified research resolution .appears on
Page 7.
meeting, the proposed resolution is expected
to receive final Assembly approval tomox-
row.
The final product of an intense anti-
elassified research campaign begun last
spring by both faculty and students, the
resolution must now be presented to the
Regents for approval as official University
policy.
Although the Regents have rarely refused
requests of Senate Assembly, the faculty
representative body, in such controversal
matters, the Assembly resolution came only
See FACULTY, Page 7

NEW YORK (P)-H. Rap Brown, the
black militant who went underground 18
months ago and became one of the FBI's
most wanted fugitives, was wounded in a
running gun battle here early yesterday by
police who said they didn't know who he
was.
Brown was allegedly part of a four-man
robbery team that held up a bar and some
crapshooters on the sidewalk outside the bar
on the Upper West Side.
Brown gained the nickname "Rap" and
a national reputation in the civil rights
movement for his fiery, persuasive speeches
which inspired audiences to shout, "Rap it
to 'em, baby:"
He was added to the FBI's most wanted
list in May, 1970, two months after he failed
to appear for trial on charges of arson and
inciting to riot in Cambridge, Md. Since then
reports have circulated that he was eithetr
dead or out of the country.
But yesterday he was caught-by police-
men who said they believed he was only a
stick-up man.
Police said Brown was shot twice in the
stomach by a patrolman wuho cornered him
on a rooftop after Brown's three companions
were captured by other officers. He was
reported in fair condition.
Police said Brown was fired on because
he pointed a pistol at the patrolman.
Positive identification of Brown, 27, was
not made until yesterdLy afternoon when his
fingerprints were checked with FBI files.
Brown and his companions, all carrying
guns, robbed 25 patrons of the Red Carpet
Bar, police said, and then gathered up the
stakes in a craps game outside.
Their diversion at the craps game ap-
parently allowed police, who had been called
by a bartender, to reach the scene before
Brown and the others could escape.
One policeman was wounded by the flee-
ing bandits, police said. But other officers
joined in the chase and quickly rounded up
the quartet.
Brown, the son of a Baton Rouge, La.
petroleum company worker, had a high aca-
denic record in sociology at Southern Uni-
versity Agriculture and Mechanical College
in Baton Rouge before he joined the emerg-
ing black movement in the early 1960's.
For several years he worked in the.
shadow of Stokely Carmichael, then nationai
chairman of the Student Non-violent Coor-
dinating Committee (SNCC). But in 1967
Brown succeeded Carmichael.

Protesters
marcon
By CHRIS PARKS
Special to The Daily
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - A contingent of
over 200 persons, largely students from De-
troit and Ann Arbor, marched on the Detroit
House of Correction (DeHoCo) here yester-
day to protest conditions in the facility and
alleged racism and sexism in prisons.
The demonstration, which remained for
the most part non-violent, was organized Qy
Michigan Mayday, and Youth Against Fasc-
ism and War (YAWF).
The main focus of the action was on the
women's wing tf the institution, where a
month ago around 300 inmates staged a
sit-in protesting prison conditions.
According to Tom Soto of YAWF's Pris-
oner Solidarity Committee, the protest was
called, to "bring to the attention of the
American public" what he described as in-
humane conditions in the prisons.
The first stage of the demonstration took
place at the front gate of the women's sec-
tion of the prison.
Moving up the road from their meeting
area a few locks away, the crowd was met
at the prison gates by a phalanx of prison
guards backed up by units of state, county
and local police in full riot gear.
On Friday, the march leaders had lost
Upton a suit before the t Wayne County Circuit
Court which would have forced prison of-
ficials to allow them access to a parking lot
adjacent to the prison.
With police blocking the road to the
prison, the protestors were effectively pre-
vented from making any attempt to defy
e the court's decision.
Demonstrators, therefore, had to content
themselves with marching around the en-
trance, singing and shouting slogans.
Soto claimed that although the protesters
rees with were unable to come within sight of the wo-
t system men in the prison, women inside could hear
the state the chanting and singing.
alterna- William Bannan, superintendent of the
is. prison, said, however, that the prisoners
mber of "aren't interested" in protests, and that they
and edu- pay little attention to the chanting.
on to a Bannan's contention was contradicted, by
cing pub- the response of prisoners when the demon-
stration arrived at the men's wing of the
a more facility.
legisla- In contrast to the situation at the wo-
failed to men's wing, demonstrators were able to get
draw up within a few hundred feet of the men's wing
and were clearly visible to the inmates.
school fi- Upon hearing the chants of the demon-
n of local strators, the inmates immediately responded
id state- with whistles and cheers.
See DEMONSTRATORS, Page 7

-Daily-John

Protesters march at Detroit House of Correction

PROPERTY TAX RULING

School furi
By LINDA DREEBEN
With the constitutionality of the traditional
means of funding public schools under ques-
tion, state legislators and education officials
face the problem of finding alternative means
of financing public schools in the state.
If the state Supreme Court should rule
that the present method f funding schools
through local property taxes is unconstitu-
tional, state legislators will most likely be
charged with the responsibility of finding a
method of financing public schools which pro-
vides both quality education and equal edu-
cational opportunities to all ,tudents regard-
less of what district they go to school in.

iding may see Chan

At issue is the disparity in the value of tax-
able property among the different school dis-
tricts in the state. Those who oppose the pre-
sent method of financing contend that this
method leads to a system which penalizes
students living in areas with low tax bases.
In an effort to correct the inequities of the
present system, Gov. William Milliken and
Atty. Gen. Frank Kelley, Friday filed suit in
circuit court against three wealthy suburba'n
Detroit school districts in. an effort to out-
law as unconstituional the financing of pub-
lic schools through local property taxes.
If the court agrees with Milliken and Kel-
ley, the biggest relief could go to low middle
class or working class areas which have
little industry to tax, but have high nroperty
taxes.
Kelley had announced earlier that he
would seek to have the present financing sys-
tem declared "unconstitutional as violating
the equal protection of the law provision of
both the state and federal constitutions."
Kelley and Milliken are reacting to an is-
sue which is becoming a national concern.
Since the local property tax has long served
as the maojr source of revenue of the com-
plicated financial structure that supports
public educaion in the U.S., at change in the
financing structure of one state could have
profound effects on other states that finance
their school system through a property tax.
In a precedent-setting action, the Californ-
ia Supreme Court last month ruled uncon-
stitutional that state's system of financing
public schools through local property taxes

discriminates against the poor
If <the State Supreme Court agr
Milliken and Kelley that the presen
is inequitable and unconstitutional
will have to do more than find an
tive means to finance public schoo
It will also have to solve a nu
complex questions, both financial
cational, arising from the transiti
radically different system of finan
lio schools.
Presumably the task of devising
equitable system would fall to the
ture. However, if the legislature
act, the state Supreme Court might
its own financing plan.
The state's present system of s
nancing is a complicated combination
taxes, equalizations, per pupil aid an
See STATE, Page 7

S it-in appeals near completion

By DAVE BURHENN
The long7wait may be ending
for some 70 students appealing
their convictions after tha LSA
building sit-in two years ago.
Defense and Prosecution atter-
neys are in the process of filing
appeal briefs before Washteniaw
County Circuit Court.
The convictions stem fronm ar-
rests during a sit-in at the ISA
building- Sept. 26, 1969. The dem-
onstration, held in support ci a

and court costs, the penalty be-
ing higher for the three second
offenders.
In the appeals procedurn, a
claim of appeal must first be
filed by the defendant. Then the
record must be settled. This
means that the trial judge must
officially certify what documents
constitute the record of the pro-
ceedings in his court. Following
this step,the defense attorneys
file appeal briefs and tha pro-

WILL IMPOUND CARS
City revises ordinance on
unpaid parking, violations

By JOHN CLEMENTS
Been ignoring those parking tickets on
your windshield? After tomorrow it won't
be so easy.
The citynf Ann Arhnr in - nte+-ont +t

tor Ken Sheehan, the revised law is aimed
primarily at non-resident violators, who con-
sistently abuse the time limit on metered
streets and parking ramps.
Clni hsaif of +ha ann~xm~ad no hnnn

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