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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXV, No. 100

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, January 30, 1975

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

Cobb

rejects

deanship

offer

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By SARA RIMER, JUDY RUSKIN,
and DAN BIDDLE
Jewel Cobb, the black woman educator
selected by the Regents for the literary
college (LSA) deanship, has flatly rejected
the Administration's second offer of a two-
year, no-tenure contract, the Daily learned
last night.
According to a source close to Cobb, the
second offer was unchanged from the in-
itial proposal made by Vice President for
Academic Affairs Frank Rhodes last week.
Cobb turned down the first offer last Fri-
day and requested a reconvening of the
board of Regents.
THE SOURCE slammed the administra-
tion's action as clear proof that they had
never seriously considered Cobb for the
post, and held that the offer was "an ex-
ceptionally clear violation of affirmative
action."
The Daily had previously learned that

Acting Dean Billy Frye was the adminis-
tration's preferred candidate for the posi-
tion. At their regular January meeting,
the Regents voted 5-3 against appointing
Frye. They then voted unanimously in
favor of Cobb.
WITH COBB'S rejection of the post, it is
unclear whether the job will now be offer-
ed to Frye. According to one highly-placed
source, "If Cobb bowed out, you would
almost have to pick Frye unless the
(dean) search committee started over
again."
Another source indicated, "It would be
tough on Frye to accept the appointment.
He is very strongly in favor of affirmative
action."
A source close to the Regents claimed
at least one member of the board would
oppose Frye's appointment "on principle."
FRYE SAID last night he had not yet

been contacted about taking the post per-
manently. Asked if under present circum-
stances he would accept the position, Frye
said, "It's a little premature to comment."
Secretary of the University Richard
Kennedy last night refused to confirm or
deny Cobb's rejection but expected an
official announcement shortly.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Frank Rhodes also refused comment. Uni-
versity President Robben Fleming was
ill and could not be reached.
THE NEWS oft Cobb rejecting the Uni-
versity's second, unchanged deanship offer
came as campus reaction to the first offer
snowballed.
At a meeting held earlier yesterday,
concerned members of the University
community voted to send telegrams to the
Regents urging them to support Cobb's
appointment. The group also decided to
hold a half-hour demonstration outside the
administration building today at 12::0 p.m.

in Cobb's behalf.
According to organizers of the meeting,
Cobb's rejection of the University's offer
will not alter the plans for the demon-
stration.
"THIS UNIVERSITY should really be a
leader," said Education Prof. Gwen Barer.
"To do what they have done in this dean-
ship case should not go unnoticed.
"We mustdeomnstrate our support (of
Cobb) even if it is after the fact," she
continued. "It may not benefit Jewel Cobb,
but it will benefit other women and other
minorities.'
In a letter sent to the Regents, the group
stated that "we doubt that an offer of this
kind would be made to a white male .. .
The terms of the offer are grossly insult-
ing. . . . We appeal to you to take what-
ever steps are necessary to demonstrate
to the University community the serious
See COBB, Page 7

Frye

Cobb

FYOU SE EWS HAPPEN CALL6DNY
Ziegler zonked
Michigan State University's student government
has withdrawn its $1,250 financial support for a
campus appearance of former presidential press
secretary Ronald Ziegler. They also called for a
"mass picketing and boycott of the speech" if
Ziegler comes to the campus as scheduled on
Feb. 25. The East Lansing lecture entitled "The
Uses and Abuses of Power" is the first on Ziegler's
tour. He was scheduled to speak at Boston Uni-
versity Feb. 26 but the appearance was cancelled
because of complaints that no one should "get
rich because of their association with Watergate."
Doomsday
Today may very well live in infamy for the
University as Governor William Milliken is sched-
uled to make public his budget recommendations
for 1975-76. 'U, officials predict that Milliken will
ask for a cut of at least four per cent in state
appropriations to the 'U,' from $105 million for
this year to $101 million for next year. A cut of
that size could cause (1) a raise in tuition for next
fall, (2) widespread layoffs of University personnel,
particularly TFs and clericals, (3) substantial cuts
or elimination of innovative academic programs,
such as the Pilot Program, Course Mart or
Women's Studies. So if you think the financial
crunch is on now, the worst is probably yet to
come.
Happenings...
... are multitudinous today. If you happen to be
out at Briarwood Mall, the Indochina Mobile
Education Project is displaying examples of the
culture of Indochina. The display includes photos,
original artworks and artifacts of Indochinese life
. . . The Residential College Spanish Department is
sponsoring the next in its weekly film series at
East Quad Rm. 126 at 4 p.m. The film will be
'Castro vs. Batista,' 'Kennedy vs. Khruschev' and
'Castro' . . Francis Boots from the American
Indian newspaper Akwsasne Notes will speak at
3 p.m. at the Pendleton Room in the Union . ' .
The Creative Arts Workshop is sponsoring a mass
meeting for yoga and candle-making (only in Ann
Arbor!) at 621 E. Williams at 7:30 p.m. . . . As
part of Indochina Accords Week there will be a
teach-in on the current situation in Indochina at
2407 Mason Hall at 7:30 . . . And also at 7:30 in
Rm. 4 Tyler at East Quad will be a potluck dinner
sponsored by the Anti-Sexism Resource Center ...
HRP's mass meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on tlhe Fourth
floor of the Union to set the campaign strategies
and elect"a campaign committee.
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by
to

nurses

vote

3-1 mlarIgin
form union

Doily Photo by PAULINE LUBENS
Reflections
Yesterday's thaw brought dozens of reflecting pools like this to areas all over the University
grounds. This particular puddle formed between the Grad Library and Haven Hall.
STRIKE DOUBTFUL:

(*U'

promises

GEO

By JIM TOBIN
In the face of the Graduate
mployes Organization's (GEO)
E m p 1 o y e s Organization's
(GEO) imminent contract dead-
line, the University has granted
an eight per cent pay raise,
retroactive to September 1,
1974, to all of the campus' 2200
Graduate Student Assistants
(GSAs). -
This is not merely another
offer in the stagnated contract
negotiations between the par-
ties, but an actual increase
which will put money in the poc-
kets of GSAs and casts doubt
on the likelihood of immediate
strike action.+
AT A mass meeting at the

cent raise

Union tonight, the GEO Execu-
tive Committee will present its
recommendations in regard to
possible strike action. The mem-
bership will then vote whether
to take a strike vote which, if
tonight's vote is affirmative,
will take place tomorrow,
Monday,, and Tuesday.
The results of the strike vote
will be announced Wednesday,
and if they are positive, a sig-
nificant walkout may follow
immediately.
The eight per cent increase
has been a source of controver-
sy all through the negotiations.
C h i e f University negotiator
Charles Allmand said the in-
crease came at this time sim-

Slice of life

9'

In the midst of serious bomb threats in several
of nation's cities, police in San Francisco weren't
taking any chances yesterday. So, when a myster-
ious pink box was spotted in the corner of a win-
dow in a building in the city's financial district
authorities moved into action. An army bomb dis-
posal squad gave the box a going over, measuring
it, tugging at it, and listening to it with a stetho-
scope. No bomb. Anxious hands cautiously opened
the box to reveal a slice of apple pice. No one
tasted it to see if it really was a bomb.
On the inside ...
On the Editorial Page Gary Thomas takes
a look at the concept of megagovernment . . .
John Kahler has the latest on the players selected
yesterday in the NFL draft for the Sports Page
... and Arts Page attacks the Daily's weak sister
publication - Gargoyle - with a grim review by
George Lobsenz.
fn flilt) r)ije;(i) -

Helms testimony on
CIA role reviewed
WASHINGTON (P-For a third ime, congressional testimony
of former intelligence chief Richard Helms has been called into
question by revelations of CIA activities during the years he
headed the agency.
The transcript of a 1973 hearing of the House subcommittee
on intelligence shows that months after the CIA spied on five
U.S. citizens in search of security leaks, Helms testified that the
agency had no authority to conduct such investigations.
HELMS HEM)lED the CIA for seven years beginning in 1966.
Meanwhile, an attorney for former White House special counsel
Charles Colson said yesterday that "it is entirely well possible"
that Colson was mistaken in his claim that Watergate conspirator
Howard Hunt frequently delivered sealed packages to CIA official
Richard Ober.

ply because the two sides had
come to a final agreement on
this particular economic issue.
"AS LONG as we've got a
common understanding, we
thought it would be wise to get
money to the students," All-
mand said last night. '#This
fact - finding could go on for
weeks."
Allmand was referring to the
fact-finding which is scheduled
to begin in the near future
in the event that the GEO does
not strike. The two sides agreed
to submit their dispute to a
state - appointed fact - finder
when mediation broke down
last week.
GEO officials said they feel
the University is implementing
the pay hike in order to stall a
strike.
"THEY'RE trying to buy us
off," declared union spokesman
Dave Gordon. "I think they're
trying to forestall us from tak-
ing any strike action . . . We
told the University that we'd
take it (the eight per cent in-
crease) way back in Septem-
ber, but they've waited until
now."
The GEO leadership says it
is uncertain whether the move
will significantly curtail the
momentum of strike activity.
Gordon feels that the strike in-
tentions of the hard-core mem-
bers will not be affected, but
he is unsure of the feelings of
more neutral union members.
"It's unclear if it will influ-
ence other neople who are on

By JO MARCOTTY
The Registered Nurses (RNs)
employed by the University
Medical Center last night voted
361-124 to organize a union un-
der the banner of the Michigan
Nurses Association (MNA).
The MNA received the ma-
jority of those voting, a re-
quirement of the Michigan Em-
ployment Relations Commission
(MERC) for recognition as a
union, and will now represent
the RNs as a legal bargaining
agent to the University.
AFTER TWO days of voting,
the total turnout, 485 out of
600 nurses - was surprisingly
large according to Carol Reb-
beck of the Nurse's General
Council.
"I'm amazed and pleased,"
she commented after the ballots
were counted. "I guess they
just didn't want to come to our
meetings.
"They made up their minds,"
said another member of the
council. "They made up their
minds and nothing could change
them."
THE nurses demands do not
however, reflect discontent-
ment with wages or working
conditions. They are primarily
concerned with more control in
staff decisions, patient - nurse
ratio, and patient care.
Rebbeck said the vote reflect-
ed the trend of nursing to-
ward a more sophisticated pro-
fession, and nurses are no
longer merely "doctor's assist-
ants."
"Now they can have more of
a say in what they want as a
profession," she said. "They're
demonstrating their interest."
BUT IT could be a while be-
fore the new union even reaches
the bargaining table. First,
MNA officials must meet with
,Students
organize
ROTC
protest
By STEPHEN HERSH
Organizers attempting to
muster anti - ROTC (Reserve
Officers Training Corps) senti-
ment at the University found
their support in short supply:
they could attract only 40 stu-
dents and members of local left
groups to their meeting at East
Quad last night.
Nevertheless, members of
th C'rnmita ' s Qtn OT

WASHINGTON Au-The gov-
ernment index designed to fore-
cast economic trends signaled
deepening distress with an un-
precedented dive to close out
last year, the Commerce De-
partment reported yesterday.
The index of leading indicat-
ors fell at a record monthly
pace for the second time in
three months and also logged
the deepest sustained drop
since the index was created in
1948.
N O V E M B E R' S drop,
which was originally reported
at 1.5 per cent, was changed
to 3.5 per cent, surpassing Sep-
tember's 3.3 per cent record.
For December, the drop was
'2.4 per cent. And for the five
consecutive months the index

has fallen, the over-all decline
measured 11 per cent.
The index projected an econo-
my characterized by lower
consumer spending, expanding
unemployment and smaller pay-
checks for workers still on the
job.
THE LATEST report "indi-
cates exactly what we've been
expecting, and that is that the
economy would continue to de-
cline through the first quarter
and probably bottom out around
mid-year," said James Pate,
top economist at the Commerce
Department. "And there's noth-
ing in this that would refute that
expectation."
White House spokesman Ron
Nessen said that President
See ECONOMIC, Page 2

the management to discern
"pertinent data," like a detail-
ed account of nurses benefits.
Union members and MNA of-
ficials predict that the Univer-
sity and the newly formed or-
ganization will not face each
other across the bargaining ta-
ble until the end of February.
RNs must then meet as. a
group to formulate specific de-
mands. But again, the diversity
and separation of the depart-
ments within the Medical Serv-
ice may create difficulties in
organization.
The interests and needs of
nurses in Mott Children's Hos-

pital may for example, differ
from those within University
Hospital.
"So we'll probably organize
by hospital. Mott, (Childrens'
Hospital), NPI, (Neuropsychia-
tric Institute), and the Outpa-
tient unit," Rebbeck explained
last night.
H O W E V E R, she ack-
nowledged that the most diffi-
cult step - succeeding in the
unionization effort - has been
taken.
"Now we'll have more pow-
er, more unity, and not only
will we get a chance to say
See NURSES, Page 7

COMMERCE DEPT. STUDY
Economic signals
shlow ongoing drop

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