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Eighty-Five Years of Editorial Freedom
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A mat's tale
Bill Burlingame got a strange scare early yes-
terday morning. Walking south on Catherine to-
ward Glen he spied a large black object. Think-
ing it was a muskrat or some other animal, he
yelled at it, hoping it would run into the bushes
and not get run over. Imagine his surprise when
he discovered it was a huge rat-and it was com-
ing at him. He kept a cool head, running across
the street into a parking lot, only to discover the
rat was following him. Clearly the situation called
for more drastic action, so he threw a rock at it,
only to miss. Still the critter kept on coming. An-
other stone hit and stunned the animal, and a larg-
er one finished off the plucky rodent. Bill reported
the bizarre incident to county health officials who
said they would check the garbage in the area.
Maybe it was something the rat ate.
On the march
Remember those fighting 60's, when it was a
demonstration every day and you had to check
with friends to see what the issue of the day
worth marching for was? Well Channel 2 in De-
troit thinks those good old days are coming back.
Working on a tip, and the memory of last month's
Ad Building sit-in, TV 2 newsman Ron Sanders
called us asking "where is the demonstration to-
day?" Unfortunately we had to tell him we
didn't know where there was one. Did anybody
attend one we missed?
All right, so we're human. We blow a few, and
yesterday we got called on a pair of items. To
set the record straight; we reported that the Hu-
man Rights Party was holding a voter registra-
tion meeting in East Quad. That was wrong. It
was really a meeting of the Committee for the
Ballot Issues, a non-partisan group working for
passage of the three referenda. Spokesman Ed
Egnatius explains that the group is not affiliated
with anybody, and invites interested people to get
in touch by calling 764-7414. While we're at it, in
a Saturday editorial we erroneously reported that
the University Hospital's Blood Bank is paying $20
for donations from unemployed persons. The Blood
Bank has a policy of not paying for any blood,
from either an unemployed or working source, but
hopes people will contribute in any event. It's
urgently needed.
Happenings ...
..are mostly at night. Al Wheeler, the Demo-
cratic candidate for mayor will be at the Union
at noon to talk with voters . . . there will be a
meeting for all interested American Studies ma-
jors at 1205 Hill Street to talk over ways to im-
prove the program at 7 p.m. . . . also at 7 p.m.
the Student Council for Exceptional Children is
sponsoring Dr. Marshall Howard speaking on
Legitimacy of Cultural Variation in Speech and
Language Pathology" in room 1309 of the Ed
School . . . Men's Raps is holding a coffee house
in room 2426 Tyler East Quad at 7:30 . . . the
Washtenaw County Democrats meet at 7:30 at La-
borers Local 959, 3080 Platt Road . . . Hebrew
University Professor Michael Mayer asks "When
Does Modern Jewish History Begin?" in lec. room
1, MLB at 4 p.m. . . . at 8 p.m. the'Bach Club is
meeting in the Greene Lounge of East Quad, fea-
turing the music of Scott Joplin . . . and Guys
and Dolls is on at the Power Center at 8 p.m.
That's the MUSKET production.
Nixon note
The city of New York won't have Dick Nixon
to kick around any more. The ex-President sent
the tax collector a bill for $1,227.35 yesterday,
squaring his account with the Big Apple for tax-
able income earned in 1969. The check, drawn on
the San Clemente branch of the Bank of America,
represents $926.13 in back taxes, plus a healthy
$301.22 in interest. Bark it quick before it bounces.
But if Gotham's done with our man Dick, Wilm-
ington, Delaware isn't. 35 people who became
naturalized there this week got letters congratu-
lating them from the President. But it was the
wrong President. Each note bore the name of
-you guessed it - ol' Tricky. Said a red-faced
clerk in the regional Philadelphia office: "I mis-
takenly gave out the Nixon letters. Those letters
were just laying aro nd in a drawer and I distrib-

uted them without taking a look. So it was a mis-
take. The people understood. It was wrong, that's
for sure.
Op 1b# p, inde . *0
the Editorial Page features the pros and
cons o' rent control, with the Human Rights
Party staff writing favor of passage, and Liz Tay-
lor outlining her opposition . . . Page 3 has Thurs-
day's regular feature, 'U' Turns, . . . the Arts
Page has Charles Smith's review of the Vladimir
Ashkenazy piano recital . . . and Sports contains
the Pucking Around column.

cheap in
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia ()
- Being a soldier on the gov-
ernment side in Cambodia's
bitter civil war requires the
ability to endure heat, hunger,
fear, pain, futility and corrup-
tion. Not being a soldier most-
ly requires money.
Even with military disaster
looming on the outskirts, Phnom
Penh's streets and coffee shops
are filled with thousands of
fit-looking young men who ex-
hibit no fear of being drafted.
changed even since President
Lon Nol sacked his command-
er-in-chief last week for failing
to recruit enoughrmen tore-
place casualties, running at a
25-per-cent a month rate.
Lon Nol's battered army in-
cludes volunteer women and
and children as young as 12.
The draft, instituted in 1972,
starts at age 18 and ends at
55, and it exempts monks, stu-
dents, skilled factory workers,
civil servants and teachers.
And for the majority not ex-
empted there are myriad other
solutions - almost all of which
involve money.
THE GOING rate for an ex-
emption is said to be $25 to
$30 - four months or more
of a private's pay - but some
try cheaper term insurance and
carry $5 to buy off the patrols
that occasionaly stop cruising
The prevalepce of draft dodg-
ing angers many soldiers com-
pelled to fight on the front
lines as close as three miles

N. Viets
rare fleeing
SAIGON () -- The South
Vietnamese government is
abandoning its old imper-
ial capital of Hue on the
northern coast in the face
of a major North Vietna-
mese buildup, government
officials disclosed today.
Tens of thousands of re-
fugees w e r e reported
streaming out of the city
southward to Da Nang and
the small group of Ameri-
cans there was reported
evacuated. Hue has a pop-
ulation of about 200,000-
many of them refugees
fr o m Quang Tri ' to
the north which is also be-

AP Photo
A CAMBODIAN FAMILY prepares to eat in a makeshift camp in C hau Doc, in South Vietnam's western Mekong delta. Fighting in
Cambodia has forced thousands of fleeing Cambodians to join the already swelled ranks of uprooted families seeking refuge in
South Vietnam.
Lottery sh uffIng rus il

Widespread lottery number
selling and shuffling continued
throughout East Quad yester-
day as those drom residents
lucky enough to receive high
priority lottery numbers began
to select their rooms for next
"There are some people do-
ing strange things," charged
Mike Preston, an East Quad
director of East Quad, was un-

available for comment last
night, but a dorm official, re-
fusing to be identified, denied
the alleged abuses.
"I would think not," he com-
mented when questioned about
the matter Tuesday night.
But the Daily learned late
last night that the abuses were
indeed taking place. All pro-
mises by East Quad officials to
closely monitor any resulting
subleases is apparently going
ONE RESIDENT, who pre-

ferred to remain anonymous,
told the following story, typical
of what is happening in East
Quad: "I received a fairly high
priority number - I'm taking
in one or two roommates that
have low priority numbers with
the intention of breaking my
"The people with lower num-
bers are really getting screwed
up - there is no chance of fair
representation," the resident
"In my own way, I want to
see them get a good deal. I am
extremely mad at the system,"
the student concluded.
WHILE THIS is not the only
way that East Quad residents
are effectively subverting their
lottery system, it is by far the
most common. Several students
are actually demanding money
for services rendered. There is,
at present, no evidence support-

ing similar occurrences in other
East Quad has a unique, in-
tricate priority system for all
residents wanting rooms in the
dorm next fall. It is:
-1st priority are those stu-
dents with seven or more se-
festers of residency,
-2nd priority are those stu-
dents with six semesters of
-3rd priority are those stu-
dents with five semesters of
-4th priority are those stu-
dents with four semesters of
-5th priority are those stu-
dents with three semesters of
-6th priority are those Resi-
dential College (RC) and Inte-
flex students with two semes-
ters of residency,
-7th priority are those RC
See ABUSES, Page 8

ing given up.
Officials said there are still
c i v i I i a n s and govern-
ment troops in Hue but Presi-
dent Nguyen Van Thieu 'has
given the go-ahead to abandon
it as indefensible - part of a
strategy that has seen the Sai-
gon government give up Plei-
ku, Kontum and Darlac prov-
inces in the central highlands
and Quang Tri and Thua Thien
on the northern coast below
the demilitarized zone.
THE SATGON command said
the flood of frightened civilians
trying to escape the encroach-
ing North Vietnamese in the
relinquished areas was the big-
gest of the long Vietnam war.
Thua Thien province.
A RANGER officer watching
the lines of refugees struggling
through the heat of the day and
shivering in the jungle cold at
night said: "I really can't face
up to the people this time."
"We are running without a
fight," a private said. "This is
See VIET, Page 2

LSASG aids rent bill

The Literary College (LSA)
Student Government granted
$150 last night to Student Rent
Control Project (SRCP), a group
working for the passage of the
April rent control ballot pro-
The Committee for the Ballot
Issues (CBI), a Residential Col-
lege (RC) based group, along
with SRCP hopes toreceive an-
other $650 from Student Govern-
ment Council (SGC) tonight.
CBI AND SRCP plans to spend
the money on a mass mailing
as well as newspaper and radio
advertisements for rent control.
In order to combat an antici-
pated well - financed anti - rent
control campaign by local land-
lords immediately before the
April city election, the two pro-
rent control groups decided to
also concentrate their efforts
during the next two weeks, ac-
cording to Barry Bennet, SRCP
Last year city landlords spent
thousands of dollars in an effort
to prevent a similar proposed
City Charter rent control amend-
mentfrom passing. Voters solid-
ly defeated the proposal last
"THE ONLY chance we hiave
to defeat the landlords money
power is with our people pow-
er," an SRCP leaflet declared.
Bennet explained the bulk of
their campaign will involve
"mass publicity."
Ed Egnatios, working for

CBI, which received $200 from
council last week, emphasized
his committee will concentrate
"on leafleting and canvassing
LSA S t u d e n t Government
member Ginny Durivage, in sup-
port of the fund allocation
stated, "The powers that b: in
this city are against rent con-
trol. I think it's really impor-
tant we support this (grant to
A MAJORITY of council mern-
bers supported a larger alloca-
tion but as one member Mtated,
"We're short on funds . . . we
only have $200 left and we have
phone bills to pay."
Bennet was pleased with the

council grant but emphasized,
"This is only a step in the tight
direction, we need more monev,
the landlords spent $70,000 last
year fighting rent control."
SRCP intends to work for rent
control in predominantly student
areas of the city while CBI
plans to concentrate on "ou-ly-
ing areas."
BENNET claimed rent control
"is designed to give landlords
incentives for keeping their
property in good repair . . . it
will also keep the big landlord
from raising rent each year."
He pointed out that, "In Ann
Arbor, the median rent is $160;
in Lansing it's $138; in Boston
See LSASG, Page 8

Britain may try to
expel CIA agents

LONDON (A) -A parliamen-
tary motion signed by 34 law-
makers of the governing Labor
party demanded yesterday the
immediate expulsion of 10 U.S.
Embassy attaches it said are
working for the Central Intel-
ligence Agency.
Nine of the men listed are re-
corded in the London diploma-
tic list as "attaches" and the
10th as "attache political-mili-

Over 1,000 attend
women s conference
When the evil force of Mars confronts Wonder Woman with
"My men will rule with the sword!," Wonder Woman retorts,
"My women will rule with love!" This theme of conflicting sexual
natures was just one aspect of more than 50 presentations at
the New Research on Women II Conference, held yesterday at
Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
The conference, sponsored by the Center for the Continuing
Education of Women, consisted of interdisciplinary presenations

T H E E M B A S S Y de-
clined comment on the intro-
duction of the motion, instigat-
ed by Dennis Skinner, a leader
of a Labor left-wing group.
In Washington, a State De-
partment spokesman also de-
clined comment on the matter.
The motion referred to what
it described as the CIA's "long
record of intelligence - gather-
ing activities and clandestine
operations" which have involv-
ed "interference in the internal
affairs of many countries and
the subversion and overthrow
of governments in Guatemala,
Iran, -Guyana, Chile and other
IT CLAIMED the 10 attaches
are associated with CIA work
and "unless this can be dis-
proved forthwith, each must
be regarded as personna non
grata and withdrawn from Bri-
tain immediately."
Prime Minister Harold Wil-
son told the House of Commons
on Tuesday that he would not
hesitate to hold an independent
injuiry if evidence showed that

AP Photo
Cool adventure
Three young Sioux City adventurers float down the Missouri River on an ice floe which broke
away from the shore while they were standing on it. The eight-knot current carried the floe with
its passengers about a mile down stream before rescuers were able to reach it with a boat and
pluck the young men off.
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Wilkinson chalenges

Frank Wilkinson, a veteran civil liberties or-
ganizer, held up the bulky, two-inch volume that
comprises Senate Bill number one for the small
group of law students to see yesterday.
"Seven hundred fifty-three pages of some of
the most repressive legislation I've ever seen,"
he said. "And it was intended to be Richard
Nixon's monument to law and order."

legisla tion
on the defeat of The Criminal Justice Reform
Act of 1975, a proposed overhaul in the criminal
code. It was written in part by John Mitchell
and Richard Kleindienst, during their appoint-
ments as Attorneys General.
IF PASSED, the bill would restore the death
penalty for certain offenses, resurrect the 1968
Anti-Riot and, Wiretapping Laws, and, accord-

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