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JANE FONDA:
'THE REVOLUTIONARY'
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Vol. LXXXI, No. 75

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, December 3, 1970

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

GULF OF MEXICO WELLS:

Oil companies fined
for safety violations'

NEW ORLEANS UP) - Three
major oil companies were
fined more than half a mil-
lion dollars in federal court
yesterday after pleading "no:
contest" to charges that they
failed to have safety valves on:
some offshore oil wells in the
Gulf of Mexico.

SGC p ledg9es-
support to
AFSCM-,E
By ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
Student Government Council last night voted to, support
Local 1583 of the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employes (AFSCME) in their contract negotiations
with the University.
AFSCME represents the University's 2700 service and
maintenance employes. A strike is considered likely if no
agreement is reached by Dec. 31, when the present contract
expires.
SGC called for the establishment of an SGC "Students
to Support AFSCME" committee, charged with "organizing
and educating students" on the issues involved in the AFSCME
negotiations," investigating "other methods for aiding the

A FIRE CONTINUES to burn o
drilling platform in the Gulf of
major oil companies charged wit
others were convicted and fined,
be tried at a later date.
Florida, bli
for oil slici
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. UP-A
square miles was located yester
miles off north Florida. A spo
U.S. Navy deliberately dumped
The heavy black fuel oil po
sandy beaches from near the
the spokesman said.
"This is not a spill; this is
ges, director of the State Natu
l Tallahassee.
Lt. John Seay of the Florida

-... ... .... ...The three companies - Humble'
Oil Co., Union Oil Co., and Con-
tinental Oil Co.-each received the
maximum fine of $2,000 for each
count in the indictments.
A fourth company, Shell Oil Co.,
which is currently fighting a blaz-
ing offshore oil well fire, pleaded
innocent and U.S. District Judge
Fred J. Cassiery said he would set
a trial date later.
The action came at an arraign-
Sme it on mdictments brough by
the federal government in Novem-
ber.
Humble was fined $300,000 on
150 separate offenses involving 33
offshore wells; Union $24,000 on
12 counts involving eight wells;
and Continental, $242,000 on 121
-Associated Press counts involving 24 wells.
ut of control at a Shell Oil Co. Shell is charged with 170 sep-'
Mexico. Shell was one of four arate offenses involving 40 wells.
h safety violations. While three No pollution was involved in any
Shell pleaded innocent and will of the offenses. Firms were indict-
ed after a grand jury investigation
which stemmed from the massive
Chevron Oil Co. offshore fire and
oil spill last February. Chevron
~ mi-~ av y aid $1 million in fines after
pleading no contest to 500 counts
in that investigation.
ct The government has said all the
Ou coas companies are now complying with
the law and emphasized that the
offenses listed in the indictments
massive oil slick covering 760 were for past actions.
rday in the Atlantic Ocean 23 Asst. U.S. Atty. Julian Murray
kesman for the state said the said, "I like to think of the fines
it. as a deterrent and also that they
)sed a threat along 50 miles of protect the people."
"The efforts of the oil compan-
Georgia line to St. Augustine, ies to cooperate with the govern-
ment are commendable and so are
a dump," said Randolph Hod- their efforts to clean their own'
ural Resources Department at house," he said.
Since the Chevron spill, which
wentnuncontrolled for a month,
a Marine Patrol described it as the federal Interior Department
seen-much bigger than one has doubled the Gulf Coast Oil in-
located Tuesday in the Flori- spection force and a further ex-
day Keys near the underwater pansion is planned. The man who
ordered the expansion, Walter J.
Pennekamp State Park. Hickel, was fired from his post as
"The way it's moving unless the U.S. Interior Secretary last week
wind changes it looks like it will by President Nixon.
hit the beaches," Seay reported. Hickel had also suspended fur-
ther leasing of offshore oil sites
The Navy at Jacksonville said until Dec. 15. There has been spec-
it had dumped "a quantity of ulation that the Shell fire mightl
sludge from two barges into the result in an extended suspension
ocean" Monday night but Capt. of the leases.
Don Dietz of Mayport Naval Sta-_
tion said this material is usually'
about 90 per cent water.
It was reported unofficially 11R s
more than half a million gallons
of waste oil was dumped from two.
Navy barges.
The official Navy statement said Cva e X
mouth of the St. Johns River "has
used this procedure for the past By MARK DILLEN
two years. as required by the Oil Several students awoke yester-

-Associated Press
Pla'mondon arraigned
Pun Plamondon, right, minister of defense of the White Panther .Party, leaves federal court in
Kalamazoo yesterday after being arraigned on two charges of possessing false draft cards for iden-
tification. Plamondun, already charged with par ticipation in the bombing of an Ann Arbor draft
board, was arrested July 23 in the Upper Peninsula's Mackinaw County when officers stopped a
car from which a beer car was flung onto the roadside.
FINDS MARKLEY INADEQU ATE:
Day careu- group plans

the biggest oil spill he's

ever

move, 1t
By SHARI COHEN
The day care center which has
operated on a temporary basis in
Markley Hall since last summer
will move to the Lutheran Stu-
dents' Center in January.
The move was announced in a
letter from the day care center
steering committee at last night's,
Markley Council meeting.
According to members of the
steering committee, the center is
moving because facilities at Mark-
ley are inadequate and the Uni-
versity has not acted to renovate
them. The center is presently lo-
cated in a Markley cafeteria which
lacks room dividers, sinks and
adjacent lavatories.
"The University is not willing

'o n ew1t
to take out any funds and dedi-
cate them to day care and that's
why we're moving," said steering
committee member Judy Sharpl-
ess.
After negotiations with repre-
sentatives of the day care group,
the University offered the use of
the Markley cafeteria for day care
with the understanding that more
suitable facilities would be sought.
The center has a contract with
Markley on a semester basis.
A room in the Civil Defense
Center on North Campus was con-
sidered for a more permanent lo-
cation, but a University official
told day care representatives the;
University thought that necessary
renovations would be too costly.

Use of salt
on, road ie
criticized
By STEPHEN CORNMAN
A University professor last night
questioned the use of rock salt as
a de-icer on Ann Arbor streets,
claiming the salt is ecologically
harmful.
Prof. Rane L. Curl of the De-
partment of Chemical Engineer-
ing spoke at a public hearing con-
cerning the effects of rock salt
and alternatives to its use.
Th meeting at City Hall was at-
tended by about 50 people. Spec-
ially appointed committee mem-
bers, who will submit their recom-
mendations to City Council Dec.
21, heard statements from towns-
people, University professors and
highway safety experts.
Curl said the salt used on city
strets contains a compound to pre-
vent caking which releases hydro-
cyanic acid. Under certain circum-
See USE, Page 8

oca lion
The day care group will have
use of the Lutheran Center rent-
free. Sue Erlich, another steering
committee meimber, described the
facilities there as better than
those at Markley.
The University provided the
furniture and toys for .the center,
which were moved from Univer-
sity School to Markley last sum-
mer.
The day care committee has
written education school Dean
Wilbur Cohen, chairman of the
University advisory committee on
day care, asking that the Univer-
sity move the supplies to its new
location before Dec. 31. This would
enable the center to operate after
winter vacation.
The center offers day care for
children of University students,
faculty members and other em-
ployes. A nominal fee is charged.
About 70 families use the cen-
ter's facilities each month, with
about 25 children attending reg-
ularly. Staff members include two
certified teachers, one paid aide,
parents, volunteers, and students
in Project Community (formerly
Outreach) and work-study pro-
grams in a number of fields.
Representatives of the day care
center will meet with state offi-
cials next week with the goal of
obtaining a state license.
The center would like more
funds to increase teachers' sal-
aries and possibly expand their
services. "Child care should be a
right and not a privilege," claim-
ed one committee member.

cause of the Union" and ex-v
amining in closer detail the
Union demands.
In moving to support the de-
mands and the potential strike,
SGC endorsed "the efforts of
APSCME to win substantial wage
increases, cost of living adjust-
ments, increased insurance bene-
fits, and better grievance proced-
ures in their negotiations with the
University."
SGC further recognized "the
need for students and workers to
join together in an effort to make
the University more responsive to
their needs and those of the com-
munity."
SGC president Marty Scott
pointed out that "the biggest func-
tion SGC must perform is educa-
tional. Unnecessary counter-p r o-
ductive hostilities may erupt if
the students don't understand the
issues involved."
Scott likened student support
for the possible AFSCME strike to
workers' support for last spring's
Black Action (BAM) strike for in-
creasd minority admissions.
"Just as it was important dur-
ing the BAM strike that workers
understood what the students were
doing, it is important now t h at
students realize their mutual in-
terests with the workers," he ex-
plained.
"Unless the students are pro-
perly informed about the strike,"
Scott continued, "they may see the
union as an evil force which wants
to stop them from going to school."
SGC's informational program,
Scott said, will encourage stu-
dents not to fill in for striking
workers. It will also urge students
to pressure University officials to
give rbates for any services missed
as a result of the strike.
Council will meet in committee
today to draft more precise plans
for organizing, according to ex-
ecutive vice-president J e r r y De-
Grieck.
In a related develoument yes-
terday, student food service work-
ers at Alice Lloyd Hall initiated an
ad hoc committee to insure active
student support for the workers
in the event of a strike.
In other action, SGC attacked
th current non-academic disci-
plinary procedures.
Council moved to condemn "any
and all proposals for a University
judiciary which include a proced-
ural panel with less than major-
ity student representation in cases
where a student is a defendant."
SGC claimed such proposals
violate the Bill of Rights of SGC
and the Central Student Judiciary
(CSP) constitution.
The documents cited guarantee
the right of students "in all non-
academic cases, to be originally
judged only by a judiciary drawn
from and responsible to a demo-
See SGC, Page 8

Garris to
seek 'GOP
candidacy
The full text of Garris' state-
ment appears on today's Edi-
torial Page.
By CARLA RAPOPORT
Local attorney Jack Garris, a
prominent conservative in city
politics, announced yesterday he
will seek the Republican Party
nomination for mayor of Ann Ar-
bor.
Garris helped found the Con-
cerned Citizens of Ann Arbor
which formed during the summer
of 1969 with the initial demand of
prohibition of summer rock con-
certs.
The second person to file for
the mayorship, Garrisjoins Lew-
is C. Ernst in the race for the
Republican nomination. Party pri-
maries will take place in mid-
February, with the mayoral elec-
tion slated for April.
A spokesman for the Republican
party said last night that neither
Garris.or Ernst carries the ppty's
backing. He said. the RepuYicans
will soon present a favored slate
of candidates.
Garris charged yesterday that
the present city administration
headed by Democrat Robert Har-
ris, has "weakened" the founda-
tion of life in Ann Arbor, making
it "difficult, uncomfortable, and
unsafe for law-abiding citizens to
live here."
He criticized several conditions
which he claims exist in Ann Ar-
bor, including:
-scattered low-cost h o u isi n g
which has "spread a blight In all
neighborhoods, destroying 10 n g
and hard-earned residential har-
mony;"
-the exposure of Ann Arbor
youth to "pornography and smut"
without the city government act-
ing against it; and
-the fear of violence and at-
tack which families now feel, as
well as the streets and parks
"which are no longer safe or avail-
able for use by Ann Arbor citizens.
Garris said he would urge judges
to set "bail bonds and sentences
commensurate to the nature of
crimes" in order to deter the oc-
currance of further crime.
He also asked an end to in-
creased income tax for Ann Arbor
citizens unless "we bring real tax
relief to the property owner."

iat go boom at night
planation of officials

Pollution Act of 1924. It is done
about twice a quartet over 50 miles
from land."
This is similar to the traditional
method of ships blowing their
bilge at sea, the Navy said.
State Marine Patrol officials
said the slick parallels the coast
between Nassau Sound, 15 miles
north of Jacksonville, and Palm
Valley, 40 miles to the south.

day morning wondering if sounds
that had disturbed their rest were
dreams. Others who had spent the
night awake, however, weren't so
sure their senses had fooled them.
They say it was an extraterres-
trial visit by another form.of life.f
And, because factual evidence of
what really caused the "booms" in
the early morning is nebulous,
they stoicially refuse to yield to
traditional explanations.

SVietnamese -w omen prisoners
accuse police of brutal treatment
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more than 100 women prisoners s t
last week and threw lye or acid r':
on the group.
Both women are in a hospital
in Saigon.
They said they were among
416 female political prisoners at
the Tan iep prison neat Bien m
Hoa, 15 miles north of Saign.
Some of the women had been R
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Official sources, while neither
confirimng or denying the occur-
rence of the "booms," cannot point
to any definite cause of the noises.
They speculate such blasts could
be caused only by a plane's "sonic
boom," the noise caused when a'
jet exceeds the speed of sound.
The so-called "booms" report-
edly occurred between the hours
of 12 and 3 a.m. and were heard
in various parts of the city. Some.
reported the effect was "like some-
one dropping a dresser on the
floor above me." Others said
strange vibrations accompanied
the booms, rattling windows and
furniture.
Nearby police and aircraft in-
stallations said some residents
called to report the events.
"We have a notation in our log
at midnight last night that people
called in to report a sonic boom,"
a spokesman at the Federal Aero-
nautics Association at Metropoli-
tan Airport said yesterday. "It was
obviously a sonic boom caused by
military aircraft."
However, the spokesman said he
had seldom heard of sonic booms
occurring near Ann Arbor.
At Selfridge Air Force Base in
Mount Clemens, the only nearby
installation having aircraft cap-
able of exceeding the sound bar-
rier, spokesmen said no flight
from their base caused the re-
ported "boom."
Both the Ann Arbor Police and

"There's no record of anything
like that on our shift logs," he
said. "One is probably right in
assuming such a noise was a mil-
itary aircraft."
Despite these assurances, many
were still trepidatious. "I'm very
certain those were men from Mars
or Venus," said one student. "Be-
sides, I was up then and saw these
strange flashes of light as each
'boom' reverberated in my mind."
Others were less certain the un-
explained noises were the product
of intelligent life from other
worlds.
"Sure, I heard a blast," com-
mented one. "But then again, I
hear lots of strange sounds."

Mrs.
Robben
on Dec.
center.

Wilbur Cohen and Mrs.
Fleming are giving a tea
9 to benefit the day care

PETITIONING FOR AFSCME

Student group to support union

By SARA FITZGERALD
With the approach of a possible strike
by the University's= 2,700 non-academic
employes, an ad hoc committee has been
created to provide active student support
for the workers.
The University is currently negotiating
a contract with Local 1583 of the Ameri-
can Federation of State. County and
Municipal Employes (AFSCME) which
represents the University's service and
maintenance workers.

committee, made up mostly of student
workers and a few members of SDS col-
lectives, will man tables at meal' lines in
the dorms, collecting signatures for a pe-
tition they have drawn up. The petition
expresses dissatisfaction with "the oppres-
sive nature of the University's relationship
with the workers."
The petition goes on to declare support
for the workers "at this stage of their
endeavors" and in the future.
Student petitioning is "generally in-

students are now." He indicats the group
can then decide what steps to take to in-
crease the awareness of students.I
"We want to put pressure on the Uni-
versity because we don't think the union's
demands will be met," Clinton asserts.
"The University doesn't think the un-
ion will get the' support of students." he
says. He believes student support will help
the union if it decides to strike.
In addition to petitioning, the group is'
circulating leaflets which describe some of

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