THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, December 12, 1974
Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY
PHI RE CORD'S
Xmas buyers abound
(Continued from Page 1)
mitch on Christmas presents
"I don't think that prices have before," confided one t:es iper-
gone up that much," declared son. "I bought more 'vin ever "
one Briarwood shopper balanc- Still, it seems clear that quite
ing a baby in one arm and a few Christmas trees are ~o-
packages in another. "But 1 just ing to be somewhat barer this
don't have as much money to year than last.
Nevertheless, 1 o c a 1 stores
claim Christmas business hasn't 'a 1 l
buying," asserted the manager ai b y
of Kline's, on Main St. He ad- case opens
mitted, however, that "they're
not spending as freely-and are
very price conscious." (Continued from Page 1)
THAT MAY be the reason for bursed funds on behalf of a
the increase in Christmas sales federal agency that subsidized
and specials. Many stores are the treatment costs for many;
promoting more than ever ne- of the defendant's patients.
cause they feel customers are I Judging from testimony given
(Continued from Page 1)
Muirrav admitted that several
major city services were cut
back to accomplish the debt
reductions. R e f u s e collection
was changed from backyard
pick-uphto curbside pick-up, the
municipal g o 1 f course was
closed and street maintenance
suffered, he said.
Looking to the future, Mur-
ray pointed out that the city
will either have to cut more
services or develop additional
income so'urces to avoid con-
By MARY HXRRIS
Administration officials yesterday downplayed
talk of a tuition increase for next fall after
Tuesday's state auditor general's report re-
newed speculation that the U 'iversity may be
unable to obtain the funds it needs from the
Lawrence Fincher, assistant vice president
for state relations, hinted Tuesday night that a
tuition hike is being planned. Yesterday other
officials refused to back him up, although none
went so far as to flatly contradict the assertion.
ACCORDING to David Heebink, assistant to
President Robben Fleming, nobody within the
administration is enthusiastic about raising tui-
tion, but "on the other hand, we have to keep
the books balanced."
Tuition hike: New hints
Contriler Chanr ler Matthews said "there
may or may not" be a fee increase, depending
on many ecownmic variablos and costs at the,
University. He did not forsee a hike as a direct
result of the a-ditor s report, whi h he termed
a "misnderstanding." Ieebink agreed.
According to the auditor's report, the Uni-
versitv has been deliberately withholding some
$44 million in available monies.
IIEEBINK asserted, "There are just too many
balls up in the air at this point." He noted
the uncertain level of state appropriations to
Governor William Milliken has indicated he
will cut higher education budget recommenda-
tions to the legislature in January.
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looking for bargains. "There are
a lot more pre-Christmas sales
this year than I ever remem- ;
bered before," concurred one
The charge account may also
be helping to prevent a slow-I
down in holiday sal:s. Appar-
ently, m o r e consumers areI
charging purchases this Christ-
mas than in the past.
But not every shooper yes-j
terday seemed affected by the
recession. "I've never spent so
yesterday, Asst. State Prosecut-
ing Attorney Mike Materna will
apparently attempt to show that
Kambly billed for service al-
legedly given patients while they
were not physically present at
Materna called a Blue Shield
In the past, officials have
considered establishment of a
municipal income tax, but
voters have rejected that op-
tion as well as hikes in the
property tax millage
CURRENTLY about half the;
city's revenue is generated
executive, an administrator at through the property tax.
the University Center, and a
state police officer who headed "We just can't keep the costsa
the investigation to the stand. down," Murray said last night.-
All gave testimony that was "The choice of which way we
essentially background material. go is up to the residents, and
T H E PSYCHIATRIST'S at- in the past, they have opted for'
torney, James Crippen, strenu- service cuts." a
ously objected when the prose- 0
AEcution tried to enter Blue Shield Murray added that he was a
AAIIKI TIH I\S atiSand University records in evi- hopeful that the municipal debt t
dence. But Thomassen allowed could be completely eliminated a
th material to be submitted. by the end of this fscal y'ear.
Although the center has been Bit he said higher emplove
REC O RDI C HRI IJ IS TM ASIIVI I accused of mistreating patients, salaries and "many unkn.Ans r
e EE~e9 this case focuses solely onsr
Kambly's suspect billing pro- have to be accounted for" be- i
-- I cedures fore that will happen. a
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Cheerless holiday for poor
(Continued from Page 1) her and her children will be
en Oettle, director of the "almost nonexistent."
Washtenaw Department of S DIVORCED, with two grade-
ial Services. "There are more school - age children, Eugenia
eople applying for food stamps, was forced to leave her wit sing
irect relief and Aid to Depend- job at University Health Serv-
nt Children (ADC) every year, ice because of an unex)eCted
nd I see no respite in the near pregnancy. "I desperately need-'
uture. ed the money after I quit so I
"FOR EXAMPLE, 364 people applied for ADC in Octobr,"
pplied for direct relief this she explained yesterday. ' they
Ictober in comparison to 129 treated me very crudely, and
pplicants in October of '73. It's because of an as yet unexolain-
he same story with food stamp ed mess-tip on their part, is.ued
nd ADC applications. me a check for only half of the
"We exert special efforts dur- benefits I qualified for an Oc-
ng the Christmas season by tober.
ssuing welfare checks early and '"The intake supervisor
eferring people to social serv- simply told me, 'You have to
ce agencies that can give them understand that in a system
hand during the season," like this someone's gotta lose.
)ettle adds. "We do as much I can't afford to lose. I have iwo
as we can." kids to feed and clothe and an-
But a local ADC recipient, other one on the way. The best
2-year-old Eugenia Gray, calls I can do for them this Christ-
h e ADC department "de- mas is maybe make some
'Imanizing," and claims that cookies. I was lucky and
Jespite the aid, Christmas for bought some sugar before the
rise in price."
WCIf Icould work I would."!
Women's Community Cente' Egenia continued. "But wi h
presents this pregnancy, my legs hurt.
VIRGINIA'S ROOM so much by the time I walk to
(a coffee house} the commuter bus that I'm71 in
featurino local singer tears."
Rachael Gladstone EUGENIA said her only "ay
SAT., DEC. 14, 8 P.M. of hope lies in her now-es-
GUILD HOUSE, 802 Monroe tranged husband returning. "He
refreshments-free dov care came back when he first learn-
ed I was pregnant," she recall-
ed, "but he didn't stay for
Ruth DeForge is another Ann
Arbor resident who doesn't lock
forward to Christmas. Blind and
unemployed for three years,
Ruth calls her life "one con-
stant battle with the federal
government" in trying to re-
ceive her social security bene-
"The government claims it
can't grant me my benefits un-
til they know the cause of my
blindness," DeForge said. ' But
the doctors can't find the cause.
What am I supposed to do? My
case won't come up for another
year and I could kict the
bucket my then.
"MY 16-YEAR-OLD d righter
is on the honor roll a, Huron
High," Ruth said proudly. "She
needs clothes, and she wants
to go to college, and it really
hurts to know I can't give her
those things. What do you do
when your kid gets tip on
Christmas morning and you
don't have anything for her?"
DESPITE the bleak outlook
for so many of Ann A cbr''s poor
this Christmas, there are still
those who haven't aoandoned
"I hear that miracles stil do
happen," said Betty Carter yes-
terday. "Maybe we'l be lucky."
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122 East Washington St
Wes Wolverine can play pool, ping pong, do his laundry,
watch color TV, and practice the piano at University
4 month winter term