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Eighty-four years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

Thursday, December 12, 1974

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104

Auditor hatches 'U' nest egg

FACH YEAR, for the past seven years,
the scenario of deceit has been the
same.
University executive officers, wearing
their best suits and doleful expressions,
have pleaded before the state budget bu-
reau and legislative committees that the
increasing costs of higher education de-
mand more money.
And each year, if those appropriations
failed to meet University expectations,
the same officers took out the knives, and
stuck the pliant student body for the
difference.
But all that time, we have now learned,
the University was hoarding a $44 mil-
lion nest egg of unallocated and unspent
funds--millions that could have gone into
general fund programs and prevented
tuition hikes.
The millions came principally from en-
dowments, research contracts, and inter-
est on University investments. Although
the money's existence was not technically
secret, the state auditor says that the
University "has not made its assets volun-
tarily known."
THIS SECRECY, says the auditor, has al-
lowed the University to ask for tax dol-
lars to cover programs already funded
internally.
Administrators have replied that some
of the money has been allocated, but not
spent, and that the remainder is needed
for exigencies. As one official said, "We
believe in having a savings account rather
than spending the .money as soon as it
comes in."
It is certainly nice to have a savings

account. The thousands of state residents
now layed 'off because of the recession
probably also think it would be nice to
have a nest egg - or for that matter, any
money at all.
It would be nice for students, and for
parents of students, not to have to dip
into whatever savings accounts they have
when the University socks them with an-
other tuition increase.
PY MAINTAINING a two-faced finan-
cial stance, the University has deceiv-
ed the people of Michigan and its stu-
dents. By presuming to set its own stand-
ards of financial need, at a time when
everyone and every institution is feeling
the pinch of a faltering economy, the Uni-
versity has displayed callousness on a
grand scale.
Ironically, this attempt to save money
may backfire and become the greatest col-
lege financing boondoggle since Michigan
State's Burt Smith voted to send Ohio
State to the Rose Bowl and lost MSU
a shot at a law school.
The legislature, suddenly offered a
truer picture of the University's budget
requests by the auditor's report, can be
expected to do a considerable amount of
trimming this year, and in the years to
come.
And students, who have been the great
financial safety valve in the past, now
realize that they have been exploited and
unnecessarily so.
THE PEOPLE of this state, and the stu-
dents who attend this University,'
must not, and will not, be fooled again.
-DAVID BURHENN

Washington, August 9: As his wife looks on, a wet-eyed citizen Nixon says his goodbyes.

Vote in LSA-SG elections!

In good times, we tend to uphold
the status quo and brush off the
bad-mouthers as doom prophets
and peddlers of fear. The forces of
disruption take on the trappings of
hideous but very distant night-
mares as we move through the
world with relative confidence in
things-as-they-are.
Events battered that delicate
shell of confidence in 1974. After
two years of Watergate, the biggest
scandal in America's history top-
pled Richard Nixon from the presi-
dency. Gerald Ford, his Michigan-
bred successor, granted the fall-
en chief a full pardon, but none
could deny that Nixon and his en-
tourage left the White House in
profound disgrace.
Almost every week, a sophisticat-
ed new form of a grisly old political
method rattled our consciousness
like a fire alarm: terrorism. On the
west coast, newspaper heiress Patty

Hearst turned her own kidnapping
into a violent revolutionary gesture
by joining her Symbionese Libera-
tion Army captors. Yasir Arafat,
leader of the pro-terrorist Pales-
tinian Liberation Organization,
walked into the international spot-
light as the United Nations recog-
nized his nation.
Another ancient issue -- racial
prejudice -- stirred anew in Boston
as angry whites fought the court-
ordered integration of their pub-
lic schools.
And if all that wasn't grim
enough, you could always turn to
your pocketbook or your paycheck
for the rest of the bad news.

OVER THE REGISTRATION period
which began yesterday, the LSA Stu-
dent Government (LSA-SG) is holding its
elections at Waterman. Operating outside
the public spotlight, LSA-SG has expand-
ed student representation in college af-
fairs, and has led fights for curricular re-
form.
With a limited budget, LSA-SG has
TODAY'S STAFF:
News: Gordon Atcheson, Dave Burhenn,
Ken Fink, Cindy Hill, Rob Meochum,
Becky Warner
Editorial Page: Marnie Heyn, Becky Worn-
er
Arts Page: David Blomquist, Chris Koch-
manski, David Weinberg
Photo Technician: Steve Kogan

made important financial contributionsI
to student and community groups such as1
Project Outreach, Indochina Peace Cam-
paign, Future Worlds, and the Third
World People's Solidarity Conference, as
well as funding student departmental as-
sociations. In addition, LSA-SG members
have expended prodigious amounts of
energy in other worthwhile organizing ef-
forts.
The weakness of the central student
government, Student Government Coun-
cil, has made the viability of LSA-SG all
the more important. We urge all students
to take a bit of time, read the positions of
the candidates, and vote in the LSA-SG
elections during registration.
-MARNIE HEYN

Photography
by
THE ASSOCIATED
PRESS

1

Letters: Racism in Boston

To The Daily:
FOR THE past 11 weeks, Bos-
ton has beens the scene of an in-
tense racist campaign aimed at
halting desegregation of t h e
city's schools. Violent attacks
against black students; a white
student boycott of classes; mass
motorcades and rallies - all are
a part of the racist offensive.
The true aim of the so-called
"anti-busing" forces are all too
plain. Officially, they say they
are against "forced busing"
and for "neighborhood schools."
But the signs scrawled on the
streets of South Boston read,
"Niggers go home," "Nigger
meat for sale here" and "Kill
niggers." These are the real
slogans of this vicious and bi-
goted movement.
The events in Boston are of
national significance. What is
at stake are important gains
won through years of struggle
by the civil rights movement.
Boston's black community raust
not be forced to stand alone! A
national demonstration against
racism has been called for Sa-
turday Dec. 14, in Boston. This
call was initiated by Massachus-
etts State Senator-elect, William
Owens, and is supported by a
broad range of civil rights, un-
ion and other community lead-
ers.
On Sunday, Nov. 24. 75 repre-
sentatives from 18 colleges and
u iversities throughout N e w
England met at Boston Univer-
sity to discuss what role stu-
dents could play in heLpind to
build support for the Nat'onal
March Against Racism. There,
a proposal was adopted unani-
mously calling for a National
Student Teach-in Against Rac-
ism on Fri., Dec. 13.
m AVV A AT~nf! to Am-.. '.r

in the Fishbowl. Participants
are needed for the National
March Against Racism, a march
for freedom and human dignity
in support of the black comnmun-
ity in Boston against racist at-
tacks. The bus will leave for.
Boston on Friday, Dec. 13. at
5 p.m., at a cost of $17 per
person.
WHAT CAN you do to help?
1) Check off your end ,rsenment
of the Rally and Teach- i and
send it to the Emergency Cur.m-
mittee immediately. 2) Fards
are needed desperately. Please
send your check made out to
the "Ann Arbr Emergency
Committee" right away. 1; In-
dicate whether you would like
to go to Boston. You can call
the Emergency Commi'ree of-
fice at 7634799 for ticket in-
formation. The Freedom Bus
will leave on Friday, Dec. 13
at 5 p.m. from the n rt doer
of the Michigan Union and be
back on Sunday afterno-).
Also, other kinds of help are
needed: food for the 16-hour ride
to Boston, paper, pritlvg,
stamps, cars and vane, etc.
would all be welcome d)nations.
Thank you for your support and
interest. We must act Iricky:
the march is less than a week
away. Answer the forces of rac-
ism! All out for the Dec. 14
National March Against Rac-
ism!
--Marty Pettit, for the
Ann Arbor Emergency
Committee for -t Na-
tional Mobilization
Against Racism
December 9
To The Daily:
TO THOSE who answer the
call to crusade in Boston for
the pro-busing demonstrations;
let me ask: just who is under-
mining the unity of the neople?

gan before WWI, when the mili-
tary brass recognized the inher-
ent danger of men fighting
alongside their neighbors. By re-
organizing the service with
units comprised of men from
every area of the country, the
primary focus of loyalty was
shifted away from the comrade
to the central authority.
Since then the bourgeoisie has
recognized the value of under-
mining every institution that al-
lowed men to cope with the
exigencies of life without the
corporate system.
THE EFFECT of busing on
blacks will be much the same
as every other civil rights vic-
tory." Middle class blacks will
be given more ojp'wiunity to
chase the white man's pie-in-the-
sky and poor blacks will become
increasingly desperate a n d
alienated. To imagine that a
ghetto kid would find an alien
and largely hostile school any-
thing but a degrading exper-
ience requires a blindness pe-
culiar to liberals.
Let's face it - the only way
blacks can achieve anv mees-
ure of justice in America is if
they take political control of
their schools and communities
and wrest a fair share of gov-
ernment revenue. Superflv is
the most widely emulated type
in black culture because he got
power and no white man gave
it to him. Until a black can
make it within a commixnuy of
his own, all busing tactics will
produce is Uncle Toms and
Superflys.
INTEGRATION is tine for
those who like it. I am part of
an integrated working class
noiohnr.nA nnA I nra. i

United Nations, November 13, Palestinian

Boston; October 28: Angry whites from the "Southie"

leader Yasir Ar

afat responds to a loud ova-
3eneral Assembly as he steps

section protest the court-ordered integration of their tion from the G
public schools. to the podium.

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