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CONGRESS AND
THE BUDGET
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Vol. LXXXV, No. 29 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, October 8, 1974 Ten Cents

Ten Pages

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No quorun
Yesterday's LSA Faculty meeting adjourned aft-
er less than an hour due to lack of a quorum,
prompting one faculty member to observe, "We're
certainly not suffering from overpopulation." The
meeting's informal discussion focused on a pro-
posal in the Graduation Requirements Commis-
sion's controversial report that 128 credit hours
be required for graduation, and was peppered with
similar jibes. Commission chairman Prof. Ray-
mond Grew, noting the sparse attendance, poked,
"I wish we were equipped with parliamentary
whips." Acting LSA Dean Billy Frye solicited fac-
ulty support in "bringing two or three people with
you in an attempt to recruit a quorum for the
next meeting." One hundred literary college fac-
ulty members constitute a quorum.
Equal pay at'U
In fiscal year 1973-74, the University dished out
$83,050 in pay increases to 118 University pro-
fessional-administrative, office, and technical staff
members on the basis of "equal pay" reviews. The
increases were made for 31 minority and 87 non-
minority staff members, and for 26 male and 92
female staff members. The procedure of equity
reviews includes a semi-annual review of all clas-
sification to determine that a beginning salary is
appropriate in comparison with others already in
a classification.
Fire!
Dinner-bound pedestrians in the area of the old
Architecture Building got a jolt yesterday when
a smoky but relatively small scale blaze broke out
in the sculpture room of the now-vacant structure.
The fire was discovered by janitor Joe Tooson,
who said he saw smoke and fire going "up the
walls" at about 4:50 p.m. City firefighters arrived
on the scene and put out the blaze in about 20
minutes. Two adjoining rooms were damaged, with
most of the destruction centered around a tempor-
ary wooden partition between the rooms. Univer-
sity Fire Marshal Russell Downey estimated dam-
age at $1,000. Electrical failures are being blamed
in the blaze.
"
Happenings...
. are plentiful today. Prof. James McConnell
will lecture on "A New and Useless Theory - An
Attempt to Make Behavior Modification More Hu-
manistic," at 7 p.m. in East Quad's Green Lounge
. . a slide show and discussion on the "Post-war
War," will begin at 8 p.m. in the Canterbury House
... the Ann Arbor Health Collective will present a
free film documentary, What Price Health? at 8
p.m. in the Union Faculty Lounge . . . the Astro-
nomical Film Festival will continue at 8 p.m. in
MLB Aud. 3 with a film and slides on "Skylab and
Beyond" . . . Prof. Paul Flinn of Carnegie-Mellon
University will discuss "Basic Principles of Moss-
bauer Spectroscopy and Recent Applications to
Metallurgical Problems" at 11 a.m. in Rm. 3201,
East Engineering . . . and "What's Really Me?,"
a talk on Christian Science, will begin at 8 p.m.
in the Michigan Room of the League.
0
Danish Watergate
Denmark began its own "Watergate" trials yes-
terday when political leader Mogens Glistrup faced
nearly 3,000 counts of tax evasion and fraud in a
Copenhagen court. The trial, accompanied by a
considerable amount of political hoopla, has been
billed Denmark's "trial of the century." As the
proceedings began, demonstrators outside support-
ed Glistrup, calling the case a "political show
trial." Glistrup, who leads the second biggest
party in Danish Parliament, is charged with set-
ting an intricate intercorporation web of borrowing
and lending, selling and buying to reduce taxable
incomes to zero or less, thus cheating the taxman
out of $700,000.
Staple diet?
The University reportedly puts all its official
papers through a paper shredder which chews
them instantly to ribbons. In Washington, papers
and tapes have even been dumped into rivers. But
nobody can hold a candle to a government organiz-
tion in Canberra, Australia. The Commonwealth

Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
has found a new use for its reports - they feed
them to sheep. Research scientist Dr. Barry Coom-
be has been using old printed reports as part of
an experimental diet for sheep. And the sheep,
on last report, are thriving.
On the inside ...
. . . Sportswriter John Kahler writes about the
man who makes the Michigan offensive line what
it is, Coach Jerry Hanlon . . . on the Editorial
Page, Bill Katra discusses Chilean poet Pablo
Neruda . . . and Joan Borus interviews country
blues singer and guitarist Paul Geremia on the
Arts Page.

I nfigh ti
By GORDON ATCHESON
First of three parts
For more than two years, the Washtenaw Coun-
ty Board of Commissioners has wallowed in a
quagmire.
Beset with partisan and personal bickering,
trapped by an antique governing structure, and
faced with crucial county problems, the board has
been unable to give Washtenaw County taxpayers
their moneys' worth.
DURING the past two years, the board has at-
tempted to overhaul county government opera-
tions, improve social programs, provide the be-
ginnings of county-wide mass transportation, and
balance a budget hit hard by inflation.
But factional splits and charges of incompe-
tence - leaving various board members at odds
with each other and with other county officials-
overshadow these actions.
The 15 commissioners - who control the coun-
ty's multi-million dollar budget and set policy for

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stym ies

more than a score of departments - are elected
every two years from relatively small districts.
PART-TIME politicians, the commissioners
each earn about $6,000 per year for attending
bi-monthly board meetings and a series of com-
mittee work sessions, plus re-imbursement for
certain expenses.

tinct camps - the Ann Arbor Democrats, the
Ypsilanti Democrats, and the seven Republicans.
THE YPSILANTI- Ann Arbor division is nearly
as old as the two cities themselves. Characterized
as "an Ann Arbor superiority complex" by the
Ypsilanti commissioners and "an Ypsilanti infer-
iority complex" by the Ann Arbor board mem-

"The people of Ann Arbor feel as if they are ordained to rule the
world."
- Ypsilanti commissioner James Cregar

county

board

ordained to rule the world," adds James Cregar
(D-Ypsilanti). He went on to describe the Ann
Arbor Democrats as "slobbering liberals" sev-
eral of whom "just don't know what's going on."
THESE ACID feelings often surface during
board meetings and have been met both publicly
and privately with equally strong words from the
Ann Arbor faction.
"Reconciliation with Ypsilanti means they get
everything," Commissioner Elizabeth Taylor (D-
Ann Arbor) says. "They have a myopic philoso-
phy of government, and there will be problems
as long as that mentality continues."
Commissioner Merri Lou Murray (D-Ann Ar-
bor) contends that "Ypsilanti feels a paranoia
because Ann Arbor is the county seat and a city
of 100.000 with the University of Michigan, rather
than Eastern Michigan University."
UNRAVELING the disagreement between Ypsi-
See INFIGHTING, Page 2
hears

In 1972, the voters elected a Democratic ma-
jority to the board for the first time in recent
memory. But after several months of relative
unity, the eight Democrats split ranks down the
middle.
That leaves the Board divided into three dis-

bers, the rift has caused continued bitterness and 1
dissention.1
"If we don't stand up and scream for Ypsi-
lanti, we just don't get consideration," says Com-
missioner James Walter (D-Ypsilanti).
"The people of Ann Arbor feel as if they are
Congress

Ford' eomic

plans
WASHINGTON A(;-Presi-
dent Ford today will de-
liver his anti-inflation pro-
gram to Congress, amid
signs that one expected
element of the package will
face strong opposition.
According to congression-
al sources, a proposed five
per cent increase in the tax
paid by corporations and
moderate-to-high income
individuals will be hotly
challenged on the Hill. For
personal taxpayers, the sur-
tax reportedly might affect
those with incomes as low
as $7,500 for single persons,
and $15,000 for couples.
THIS IS to be packaged, the
sources said, with an increase
in the investment credit to stim-
ulate building of productive fa-
cilities, especially by utilities,
an expanded job-creating pro-
gram to relieve unemployment,
and possibly a tax exemption on
the interest paid on savings
deposited in inistitutions financ-
ing home mortgages.
The White House kept tight
secrecy on the proposals Ford
will unveil in a nationally tele-
vised and broadcast appearance
at a joint session of Congress
today. But Press Secretary Ron
Nessen said Ford will seek
across theboard acceptance of
more than a dozen economic
proposals.
There were predictions that
Ford also will prod Congress to
act on a special tax on so-
called windfall profits of oil.
companies. It has been pending
since the House Ways and
Means Committee approved it
early this year, largely because
of controversy over phasing out
the oil depletion allowance.
WHILE SOME leaders of both
parties indicated they would
consider a sur tax under some
circumstances, others predicted
it would be difficult to sell to
an election-year Congress.
Rep. Harold Collier (R-Ill.),
a member of the tax-writing
House Ways and Means Com-
mittee, said it was likely to be
viewed as an additional burden
on a segment of the population
already hard hit by inflation.
Its chances, he said, would
depend on "what palliatives
were included in the package."
ANOTHER committee mem-
See FORD, Page 7

today

AP Photo
So lorg, Dad
The latest member of the Ford Family, Liberty, and the President's daughter Susan say good-
bye to Gerald Ford yesterday before boarding a helicopter on the White House grounds for a flight
to nearby Andrews Air Force Base. Ford left Wa shington to give a speech in Vermont, where col-
lege students heckled him.
U.S. Slows grain exports

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
PRESIDENT FLEMING addresses an audience of 350 faculty
last night in Rackham Auditorium on "The State of the Uni-
versity." He cited financial worries as the worst problem for
the upcoming year.
STATE OF THE 'U:
Fleming bemoans
fintancial troubles'

WASHINGTON (Reuter)-The
United States yesterday took the
first step toward placing con-
trols over the export of key
grains, although the door was
left open for a massive grain
shipment to the Soviet Union.
Agriculture Secretary E a r I
Butz announced an export plan
under which shippers would vol-
untarily notify the Agricuture
Department of foreign sales
over 50,000 tons of any single

commodity.
THE PROPOSED Soviet sale,
blocked by the administration
over the weekend, would have
totaled 2,400,000 tons of maize
and one million tons of wheat,
valued at about $500 million.
Me an while, White House
sookesman Ron Nessen told re-
porters the Soviet Union may
still be permitted to import all
or part of the planned shipment.

Robbery Victim told
to ~pry forlife'
Early yesterday morning Jim Carlson got some unusual visitors
at his room in Mosher-Jordan. Three bandits counseled him, "You
better pray you don't get killed."
Carlson said he was asleep in his unlocked room when three
men entered his room at about 1:30 a.m.
"WHEN THEY turned the lights on, I put the covers over my
head. I didn't think anything was wrong. I thought they were
friends of Jim's (Jim Thesier, his roommate.)"
But his dreams were not to be. The thieves awakened him,
one grabbed his hair and forced his head under the blankets.
"That's what really got me. They asked where's my check-
book. They hit me a couple of times through the covers."
THE ROBBERS had taken Carlson's wallet with $40 and were
unplugging the television and stereo when Thesier knocked at

He said the objection was not
to the actual sale, but to its
timing. An assessment of the
U.S. grain supply will be made
later this week, giving Wash-
ington a better idea of how
much it will have available for
export, Nessen said.
IN ANNOUNCING the volun-
tary program, Butz warned ex-
porters that failure to cooperate
could lead to general mandatory
grain export controls.
He said that criteria for ap-
proving large sales had not yet
been worked out, but sales with
diplomatic implications would
not be approved without first
consulting other U.S. agencies,
such as the White House and
State Department.
Butz said Moscow had im-
ported 17 million tons .f grain
in 1972 and that sale prod'iced
a U.S. shortage and helped to
drive up food prices here-and
seven million tons last year. It
was assumed Moscow int2nded
to import about one million tors
this year.
HE SAID he was taken by
surprise at the size of the pro-
posed Soviet sale, although one
of the two companies making
the Soviet shipments, Continen-
tal Grain Company, said it had
kept the Agriculture Depart-
ment informed throughout.
At the same time, Secretary
nf S tt.n onr Tic .cir . in n

By ROB MEACHUM
"This is the most dismal fi-
nancial picture we've faced in
the last decade," University
President Robben Fleming told
an audience of 350 faculty mem-
bers last night. in his annual
"State of the University" ad-
dress.
In a speech at Rackham's lec-
ture hall, Fleming hinted a new
tuition increase might be need-
ed to cover financial woes, but
stressed that a hike would have
many drawbacks.
HE ALSO warned that a fu-
ture decision by the Supreme
Court might lead the Univer-
sity to modify its affirmative

action goals for admissions of
minority students.
"Our financial future is a
very serious problem and I
don't know the answer to it,"
said Fleming. He noted that
Gov. William Milliken has al-
ready ordered the University
to cut a total of $5 million out
of its budgets for 1974-76, and
that a tax cut proposal on the
November ballot will likely
cause a tighter money squeeze,
if it passes.
The president would not rule
out a new tuition increase for
next year, but said, "A raise in
tuition might turn off prospec-
tive students." He added that
See FLEMING, Page 7

Potential voters scramble to
beat registration deadline

By BARBARA CORNELL
The main floor of the Michigan Union resem-
bled a bargain basement during an annual
clearance sale yesterday as students jammed the
only voter registration site on campus in an
attempt to beat the registration deadline.
Registrars disnensed with the traditional swear-

Fishbowl and School of Public Health, major
sites of student registration in the past.
Many people waited in lines over half an hour,
and several voiced bitterness about the siutation.
"IT'S JUST too much of a pain," said one
tieintancily gchgkinp hiq hend_ "T can't nffnrd

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