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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXV, No. 106

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, February 6, 1975

Ten Cents

Eight Pages


rOUSE I F S tAPPQi4g - & 15
Ford's choice
Since late last summer, when our famed alum-
nus Gerald Ford first occupied the White House,
there has been speculation that Universitypresi-
dent Robben Fleming might be picked as the next
Secretary of Labor. The current secretary, Peter
Brennan, is leaving and many officials, both here
and in Washington have said that Fleming, a re-
knowned labor negotiator, might be an ideal re-
placement. However, it was reported yesterday
that Harvard professor John Dunlop is Ford's
choice to head the department. Dunlop was the
director of the now defunct Cost of Living Council
in the Nixon administration.
Money for parks
In these days of recession and roaring inflation,
some people are apparently still willing to face
higher taxes in exchange for a slightly bigger piece
of the good life. A poll last summer by the Uni-
versity's Institutes for Social Research shows 65
per cent of the Washtenaw County sample favoring
a one-quarter mill tax increase to finance addi-
tional county park land and recreational pro-
grams. The Parks and Recreation Commission,
who want the one-quarter mill question decided in
the April 7 election, say the proposal would cost
$450,000 a year.
Happenings ...
... are snowballing today, beginning quietly with
Michael Lynch and the "Art of Mime" at noon in
the Pendleton Rm., Michigan Union . . . Prof.
Stanley Payne from the University of Wisconsin
will speak on "After Franco-Succession in Spain"
in the East Conference Rm., Rackham at 4 p.m.
. .. the Guild House Campus Ministry presents a
poetry reading with Joe Uesing and Paul Weiner
at 7:30 p.m. at the Guild House . . . also at 7:30
p.m. The National Student Committee Against Ra-
cism is holding a teach-in on the Boston busing
situation in the Anderson Rm., Union. . . East Wind
sponsors a film "Guilty by Reason of Race" fol-
lowed by a discussion on Japanese-American in-
ternment and relocation during World War II at
7:30 pm. in the William House Lounge, West Quad
... the Michigan Undergraduate Economics Asso-
ciation is holding a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. in
Rm. 102, Econ. Bldg. . . . and finally, two attor-
neys will speak on the artist and environmental
law in the Art School lecture hall at 8 p.m.
Man has been trying for ages with little success
to tamper with Mother Nature. But artist Christo
Javacheff thinks he has a better idea. Christo has
decided to swathe the rocky Northern California
coast in a curtain of white nylon. He has received
approval for four miles of the billowy undertaking
which will be reminiscent of the red curtain he
draped across a Colorado canyon.
Beauty and the brass
Military doctors are polishing up the wives of top
brass, while the basic health needs of GI's are ne-
glected, a congressman charged yesterday. Rep-
resentative Les Aspin (D-Colo.) said that almost
800 face lifts and breast enlargements operations
were performed last year by military surgeons.
According to Aspin, the beautification operations
represented about five per cent of all Army, six
per cent of all Navy and nine per cent of all Air
Force plastic surgery operations.
Burglary bust
This item might be titled "How Not To Commit
a Burglary." Two men tried to bust into a phar-
macy in Fox Chapel, Pa., yesterday, but they chis-
eled through the wrong wall and broke into a bank
instead. So they chopped through a wall in the
bank to get into the pharmacy, but triggered an
alarm when they opened a drug cabinet. One of
the burglars then ran through a plate glass win-
dow, uninjured, but right into the arms of two
policemen. The other intruder stayed behind. Next

morning, the second robber was discovered hiding
after seven hours in a cabinet. The police arrested
him, too.
Stray owners
Stray pets in one Denver suburb had better keep
a tight leash on their owners. A potentially fatal
drafting error in Arvada, Colorado's animal con-
trol ordinance has owners at the mercy of their
dogs and cats. Under the incorrectly worded rule
if a stray pet picked up by the city is not claimed
by its owner within 24 hours, the owner will be
On the inside...
...David Blomouist reviews on Arts Page the
first performance of Donald Hall's play "Bread
and Roses" last night at the Power Center
Edit Page features an analysis of threats to the
world's wildlife by Allan Kettler . . . and Sports
Page includes a story by Leba Hertz on University
hockey star Frank Werner.
On the c taside .,..

Unless the University weakens its stand on its
contract offer to the Graduate Employes' Organ-
ization (GEO) or agrees to take the negotiations
to binding arbitration, it appears certain that the
campus will be jolted Tuesday by a union walk-
The strike would cripple classes and polarize
different factions of the University community
until the eight month contract dispute is settled,
a Daily survey revealed.
THE STRIKE, which is likely to be the most
paralyzing breakdown in the University's educa-
tional process since the Black Action Movement
(BAM) strike in 1970, will involve most of the
GEO's certified 1,000 members as well as a sig-
nificant number of non-union Graduate Student
Assistants (GSA) who intend to honor the union
picket lines.
Approximately 100 teaching assistants, teach-

ing fellows and research assistants were polled
at random by the Daily for this survey. Statistics
reported are products of the survey results.
Although the survey indicates the GEO's strike
vote-taking place today, tomorrow, and Mon-
day-is almost sure to be affirmative, many
other GSA's vehemently oppose the union de-

i peurs
the union.
70 per cent of the polled GEO members plan
to cast affirmative strike votes, while 15 per
cent plan on voting no. Remaining union mem-
bers polled are presently undecided.
Of the non-union members surveyed, approxi-
mately 35 per cent have vowed support for the

'We're willing to meet them half-way, but they've only gone one step
of the mile.'
-a political science TA

r_4erta in
a variety of reasons.
One factor is that many schools and depart-
ments in the University receive much of their
funding from the government and outside fo'nda-
tions. As a result many GSAs believe they have
little stake in the GEO battle because they will
not benefit financially from GEO contract de-
The 50 GSAs in the Biochemistry Department,
for example, are supported largely by govern-
ment grants and many would not profit from
any economic settlement.
GSAs IN THE music school also claim they
have little to gain from the GEO's struggle since
most of them have only one year appointments.
Outside of its decidely strong areas, the GEO
encounters both angry opposition and ambiva-
lence. Financial woes appear to be the cause of
much of the opposition, since striking GSAs will
not be receiving paychecks.
ed Cobb

mands, and doubt that the strike will be as effec-
tive as the GEO leadership claims.

apparently imminent strike, with 50 per cent
opposed to the strike and 15 per cent undecided.
THE MAJOR union strength lies in LSA and
the Romance Language departments. Outside of
these areas, union support declines sharply for

ployed by1
some 1,000

ARE approximately 2,200 GSAs em-
the University, and as of last night
of these were certified members of


ref us





GEO MEMBERS raise their union cards in defiance of the University administration as their
ballots to take a strike vote are tallied last night. The vote was overwhelmingly affirmative, and
the balloting moves into full swing today.

GEO resolves


The Graduate Employes' Or,
ganization (GEO) decided over-
whelmingly last night to take a
strike vote of its 1,000 mem-
bers, bringing the University
five days away from the pros-
pect of a massive union walk-
Over 600 GEO members ap-
plauded wildly as union leader
Mark Kaplan presented the
strike vote recommendation of
the GEO Executive Committee.
"IT'S TIME to stop waiting,"
Kaplan declared. "It's time to
show them (the University) that
we're ready to strike until
they're ready to come across."
This was the second mass
meeting of the GEO in six days.
Last Thursday the membership
rejected the University con-
tract offer, in total, but voted
to postpone the decision to take
a strike vote until last night in

ailko u t vote

The University adminis-
tration last week flatly re-
jected Jewel Cobb for the
literary college (LSA)
deanship and told the Con-
necticut educator that the
decision was based on the
zoology department's re-
fusal to grant Cobb tenure,
The Daily has learned.
T h r e e well - placed
sources have affirmed that
President Robben Fleming
informed Cobb on January
28 that she could not fill
the post offered her by the
Board of Regents in a
unanimous decision more
than two weeks ago.
THE BLACK woman biologist
told Fleming she was willing
to accept the controversial no-
tenure deanship offer, accord-
ing to two sources close to
Cobb, but Fleming replied that
the University could not allow
that in light of the zoology de-
partment decision.
Fleming told the LSA faculty's
Monday meeting that the Uni-
versity failed to reach "mutual-
ly satisfactory terms" with Cobb
'because an unnamed depart-
ment had refused to grant her,
a guarantee of tenured profess-
orship as part of her contract.
But he would not answer when
asked whether Cobb had re-
jected the University's final
terms or the administration had
ultimately refused her.
FLEMING SAID after leaving
the meeting that he will make
no further statements on the
deanship controversy until the
Regents' meeting I a t e r this
But The Daily's sources said
the final step in the Cobb rego-
tiations was an outright refusal
to accept the Regentally-select-
ed candidate - despite her ex-

pressed willingness to ac
no-tenure contract if th
could be extended to five
At the same time,s
close to the Regents in
more than one board n
has now become convinc
Fleming and Vice Presid
Academic Affairs Frank'
"manipulated" the R,
and approached Cobb A
intention of persuading
accept the deanship -1
the unanimous Regental
give her the post.
ments to the Monday

order to c o n s o 1 i d a t e their
strength and recruit new mem-
GEO leaders claim the delay
has worked in their favor. Their
most important gain came last
night when the Michigan Team-
sters endorsed the GEO and
pledged their support of GEO
picket lines.
large part of the trucking which
delivers supplies to the Univer-
sity atlhough it is uncertain how
much, for the Teamsters are
dispersed among many com-
panies which supply the Univer-
The GEO also added 100200
new members.
"The week's wait was well
worth it," said Kaplan, explain-
"We found the time io en-
sure that there ain't gonna be
no truck that's gonna cross our

picket lines.
"WE FOUND the time to
show the community that we're
the ones who are proposing a
solution and the University are
the ones who are causing the
problem. And we found time to
ensure that we can shut down
this University in a grand style
that hasn't been seen in years."
Union President Aleda
Krausse clarified the implica-
tions of an actual walkout for
the 600 members assembled,
and outlined the union's plea
for support from non-striking
GSAs (Graduate Student Assist-
ants), undergraduates, and the
"We're asking undergraduates
not to go to class and we're
asking professors not to teach,"
Krausse said. "We're also ask-
ing other grads not to cover
classes and scab on us," she
See GEO, Page 2

House rejects

ccept a meeting included no mention of
e term Cobb's name or the zoology de-
years. partment, The Daily obtained
sources an administration statement is-
dicated sued earlier that day - and
dember later retracted - which named
ed that the departmenthand gave a de-
lent for scription of the Cobb negotia-
Rhodes tions that does not match the
regents, account provided in a later
with no press release.
her to The retracted statement said
despite the Regents, in a special Janu-
vote to ary 26 meeting, decided they
could not interfere with the
zoology department's quick re-
com- fusal to grant Cobb tenure.
faculty See 'U', Page 2

Ford's (
WASHINGTON ()--Challeng-
ing President Ford's energy pro-
grams and bidding for time to
construct its own, the Demo-
cratic-dominated House voted
yesterday, 309 to 114, to halt
Ford's tariff on imported oil.
The hill the House passed
and sent to the Senate would
suspend for 90 days the author-
ity Ford claims to impose by
presidential order a $3 a barrel
tax on foreign oil. The $1 tax
imposed Feb. 1, the first of
three planned increments, would
be cancelled.
FORD IS expected to veto
the bill if it clears the Senate.
The vote by which the House
passed it was greater than the
two-thirds that would be re-
quired to override a veto. Forty-
two Republicans joined 267
Democrats to pass the bill.'
In a second blow to Ford's
overall economy-energy pro-
gram, the Senate joined the
House in passing legislation to
kill an administration plan to
raise the price of food stamps
March 1.

ail tax
THE STAMPS are bought by
needy persons and redeemed
for a greater dollar amount of
food. The Ford proposal would
have replaced a sliding scale
with a flat charge of 30 per
cent of adjustednet income for
the stamps.
The 76-8 vote sent the bill,
passed Tuesday by the House, to
Ford for signature or veto.
Passage of the tariff-delaying
bill came after a flurry of White
House activity and reports and
denials that compromise might
be in the wind.
FORD entertained about 100
Republicans at dinner Tuesday
and about the same number of
Democrats, largely from the
South and Southwest, at break-
fast yesterday, with briefings
by high officials on energy and
economic matters.
Chairman George Mahon (D-
Tex.) of the House Appropria-
tions Committee, one of those
who attended, said Ford "made
the point he had been waiting
for Congress to take definite ac-
See HOUSE, Page 2


Rent control issue
survives ciallenge
Recent efforts by several local landlords and their employes
to keep a rent control proposal off the April ballot apparently failed
With all of the nearly 200 challenged signatures verified by
the city clerk's office, only nine were found to be "definitely in-
valid" while another 75 are "in question" due to technicalities. To
keep the proposal off the ballot, at least 103 of the challenged sig-
natures would have to have been found invalid.
HOWEVER, THE landlords still have the option of taking
their case to court. Conceivably, a judge could rule in the land-
lords' favor and invalidate all signatures challenged.
The 75 signatures now in question involve "problems with

try for

Two local chess freaks will
launch their do-or-die attempt to
break the current Guinness
World Record for marathon
"speed" chess at 9:00 this
The players, Steve Feldman
and Bob Beinish, must survive

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