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Vol. LXXXV, No. 152

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, April 10, 1975

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

Unofficial

tally

shows

Wheeler

mayor

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Goodman takes off
Ypsilanti Mayor George Goodman, just reelected
to his post, is off and running to the call of
diplomatic kingpin Henry Kissinger. Kissinger,
whose superman garb has lately been shot full of
holes, invited Goodman to participate in a foreign
policy commission meeting in Washington, D.C.,
from April 13-15 that will include a policy briefing
from the Secretary of State himself. Goodman
says the conference pulls in "young" political
leaders from all over the country. Goodman has
also been summoned to a foreign affairs seminar
with Soviet leaders in New Hampshire April 26-30.
"
Voting drivers
When Michigan drivers go to renew their, drivers'
licenses, they'll be able to register to vote under
newly-enacted legislation awaiting the governor's
signature. Secretary of State Richard Austin said
the new law will make Michigan the most pro-
gressive state in the nation "in encouraging greater
citizen participation in the elective process." Local
Secretary of State driver examination offices will
begin accepting voter registration applications in
October.
Happenings ..
. ..are largely political today, beginning with a
Democratic Issues noon lunch forum in South
Quad featuring Ann Arbor Democratic Party
Chairwoman Marj Brager's analysis of the city
elections . . . James Blair, head of the Michigan
Civil Rights Commission, speaks on "Computer
Data Systems: An Invasion of Privacy" at 1 p.m.
in Rm. 100, Law Quad . . . at 3 p.m. Mark Lane,
head of, the Citizen's Commission of Inquiry,
Wash., D.C., talks on "The Assassination of John
Kennedy" in Hill Aud. . . . Howard University
Prof. Frank Snowden lectures on "Blacks in Greek
and Roman Art" at 4 p.m. in Angell Hall, Aud. A
. . . the University skydivers offer a free first
jump course at 1048 E. Engine . . . a documentary
film on the Kennedy assassination runs at 7 and 9
p.m. in Angell Hall, Aud. C . . . the Student
Organizing Committee holds a mass meeting at
8:00 p.m. in South Lounge, East Quad. . . at 8 p.m.
the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble
performs in the Rehearsal Hall, North Campus
...and also at 8 p.m. RC Players perform
Brecht's "The Good Woman of Setzuan" in the
RC Aud., East Quad.
"
Love heat
The long-heralded glories of nmaking love can
heat up whole houses, thehead of akNATO scien-
tific project said in Brussels yesterday. Prof. Vagn
Korsgaard of Denmark, whose zero energy house
will be opened in Copenhagen tomorrow, told jour-
nalists the house would employ the body heat of
residents as part of its heating system. He pointed
out that body heat is increased by strenuous
physical activity, such as making love. However,
he added, any economic savings from such activity
would likely be lost by the costs of extra food
needed to keep the busy lovers from wasting
away on pure passion.
Guru goes to India
Guru Maharaj Ji, the 17-year-old "Perfect Mas-
ter," who has threatened a confrontation with his
mother for renouncing him and accusing him of
being a playboy, has dropped out of sight. De-
votees at his Denver, Colo., headquarters insist
he arrived in Bombay two days ago to begin a
campaign to take control of the Indian operations
of the DivinetLight Mission. But inquiries in New
Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta on the guru's where-
abouts turned up nothing.
On the inside...

Steve Stojic heralds the Rate Study Com-
mission's successful fight against dorm bosses
on the Edit Page . . . the Arts Page features a
review of Gil Scott-Heron by George Lobsenz and
Robbie Gordon . . . and on the Sports Page Rich
Lerner looks at spring football.
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On the outside...
Button up your overcoats for some more snow!
The" cold air is going to restrengthen its hold on

Council,
extends
term of
office
By ANN MARIE LIPINSKI
City Council last night follow-
ing over an hour of inflamed
debate, passed an ordinance
which will allow Mayor James
Stephenson, and lame duck
council members Norris Thomas
(D-First Ward), Richard Had-
ler (R-Fourth Ward), and John
McCormick (R-Fifth Ward) to
retain their council seats, "un-
til his or her successor has
qualified for and has assumed
the duties of the office. '
The ordinance, introduced by
Councilman Robert Henry (R-
Third Ward), drew angry oppo-
sition from Democrat and Hu-
man Rights Party (HRP) coun-
cil members who charged the
Republicans with political ma-
neuvering aimed at sustaining
Stephenson, who appears to
have defeated by Democrat Al
See COUNCIL, Page 2

Preferential voting
gives win to Dems
By ROB MEACHUM
After nearly two days of counting second preference
votes, Democrat Albert Wheeler has apparently emerged
victorious over his Republican opponent, incumbent
Mayor James Stephenson, by a mere 111 votes.
Unofficial tabulations by city hall officials show
Wheeler with 14,669 to Stephenson's 14,558 votes. Under
Ann Arbor's unique and confusing, "preferential voting"
system, Human Rights Party (HRP) candidate Carol
Ernst was eliminated and her second choice votes re-
distributed among Wheeler and Stephenson.
IT IS this redistribution of second choice votes that apparently
gave Wheeler the necessary margin to defeat Stephenson.

Doily Photo by PAULINE LUBENS
CURRENT MAYOR James Stephenson addresses the City Council last night in what is most
likely his last night as its presiding officer. His opponent in the recent election, Al Wheeler,
appears to have beaten Stephenson. The unofficial results show Wheeler leading by 111 votes.

BUILDING SITES CONSIDERED:
U' may buy

Ann Arbor

Inn

By ELAINE FLETCHER
The University is making a
concerted attempt to purchase
the, downtown Ann Arbor Inn for
conversion into dormitory space
for 400 students, according 'to a
we 11-placed administration
source.
"They're trying to make an
acquisition; they're going to get
the Ann Arbor Inn; but they're
not yet at the stage of asking
for final dollars," the source ex-
plained.
JOHN FELDKAMP, director
of University housing, refused
either to confirm or deny the
report, but admitted that "at
this time, I don't know of any
additional properties that are
likely to be considered besides
the Ann Arbor Inn for acquisi-
tio1."
However, he also exnizned
that "there are two or three
other properties the University
is considering for construction
of apartments."
Feldkamp also revealed that
any move to purchase addi:ional
property toprovide more hous-
ing for dormitory residents
would set "a whole new policy
direction" and possibly result
in "increased rates and red iced
services in the present residence
halls."
ADMINISTRATORS will meet
with the University Board of
Regents tomorrow to discuss
plans for housing the approxi-
mately 140hstudentstwho lost in
last month's dorm lottery but
still want leases for next fall.
At their April 17 meeting, the
Regents will hear proposals
from the executive officers on
the possible long-term housing
aceiiisitions.
While construction of addi-
tional housing would take two
or three years, acquisition of the
Ann Arbor Inn could provide
students with additional living
spaces next fall without over-
crowding the dorms.
However, Feldkamp indicated

that the Ann Arbor Inn's ,vilng-
ness to sell "isn't the problem."
But he said the University could
have a tough time financing the
project.
WHEN ASKED if the $5.7 mil-
lion being held in reserve for
the University by the depart-
ment of Housing and Urban De-
velopment (HUD) could be used
to purchase the Inn, Feldkamp
replied t h a t he is unsure
"whether HUD would approve
the funds for an acquisition."
Feldkamp indicated that the
final decision on whether to
acquire the Inn or build new
housing would hinge on Which
was most economically feas-

ible, should the Regents decide
to increase University dorm
spaces. But Feldkamp said that
the cost ofbneitheralternative
has as yet been accurately de-
termined.
In order to provide immediate
accommodations for 1 o t t e r y
losers in the fall, the Housing
Office has drawn up a li:t of
available spaces to present to
the Regents at tomorrow's meet-
ing. These available spaces in-
clude 205 rooms in Baits pre-
viously held open for transfer
students and 93 rooms in Oxford
and Fletcher Halls.
IN ADDITION, the conversion
of 12 guests rooms to dorm

rooms, 201 doubles to triples,
and 24 linen closets in Burslcy
Hall will also be proposed as
alternatives to the B -)a r d.
"We've found converted rooms
very unpleasant," noted Feld-
kamp, "but it may be neces-
sarv to use them."
Feldkamp also indicated his
reservations towards +he use
of spaces in Baits, nta ing
"Baits has the most at';ractive
spaces. But are returning stu-
dents more important than new
transfer students?"
The Regents will likely make
the final decision this month on
which spaces are to be allotted
to lottery losers and whicn will
be held open for fall transfers.

If Wheeler is declared the of-
ficial mayor, the Republicans'
two-year domination of Council
would come to end.
While presently the Republi-
cans hold a 6-5 edge over Demo-
crats and a (HRP) member, the
new Council would consist of 5
Democrats, 5 Republicans and
one HRP council member.
THE UNOFFICIAL totals
must now be certified within 14
days by the Ann Arbor Board
of Canvassers who will, in turn,
present the votes to City Coun-
cil for ratification. The Board
-composed of two Republicans
and two Democrats - will be-
gin the process of certification
sometime today. If they fail to
certify the election, it will be
presented before the Washte-
naw County Board of Canvass-
ers for certification within 30
days.
City Republicans will, in all
likelihood, challenge the elec-
tion. It is certain that they will
ask for a recount of both the
first choice votes and the sec-
ond choice votes. If these chal-
lenges fail to erode Wheeler's
lead, the Republicans will pro-
bably take the case to court.
IF THIS happens, the final
vote totals and the official may-
or may not be known for
months, according to election
authorities.
Republicans say they will also
challenge "irregularities" in the
manner in which some ballot
boxes were sealed and how
some first choice votes were
cast. If this fails, they will take
the "preferential voting" meth-
od itself to court. However,
many Democratic observers be-
lieve that were this to occur,
the Republicans would "look
stupid" because they didn't
challenge it before the election.
"There isn't any outcome un-
til they count the first place
votes," commented Stephenson
yesterday. "Things look good
though," he asserted.
C I TY A T TOR N EY
Ed Pear, however, said last
night that "there is a great pos-
sibility that this election will
not be certified." City Clerk
Jerome Weiss has declined
comment on the election re-
sults.
When first choice votes were
made official on Tuesday
morning, Wheeler had 11,814
votes or 40.5 per cent, Stephen-
son had 14,453 votes or 48.99 per
cent and HRP candidate Ernst
had 3,181 votes or 10 per cent
of the total votes cast.
Since no candidate received a
clear majority of the first choice
votes, Ernst was eliminated and
her second choice votes redis-
tributed among Stephenson and
Wheeler. This is when the prob-
lems began.
Beginning on Tuesday morn-
ing and continuing through late
See WHEELER, Page 2

Wheeler

Senate defeats bill, ending
govt. controls on oil prices

E di son
requests
record
rate luke
By GORDON ATCHESON
The Detroit Edison electric
company will today request the
largest rate increase in its his-
tory, which if approved by the
Michigan Public Service Com-
mission will cost consumers an
additional $180 million.
The commission a year ago
granted Detroit Edison a rate
hike that totaled $86 million
and went into effect last Febru-
ary.
Detroit Edison executives con-
tend the proposed increase -
equal to 18 per cent of the com-
pany's current income -- is
necessary to stimulate lagging
investments.
THE DROP IN stock sales has
kept Detroit Edison from com-
pleting plant construction re-
quired to meet futureiconsum-
er needs, company Vice Presi-
dent Walter McCarthy said yes-
terday.
"We can't wait to begin
building the plants in order to
cope with electric demands -
which we predict will double in
14 years," McCarthy said. "We.
must improve our financial con-
dition to attract the longterm
investments necessary to un-
dertake the projects."
The proposed increase would
cost each residential consumer
another three-and-a-half dollars
a month. Two-thirds of the
$180 million would, however,
come from commercial users.

WASHINGTON (A) - The Senate yesterday
rejected attempts to end federal controls on oil
prices and voted to require a 4 per cent reduction
in fuel consumption over the next 12 months.
The action came as senators neared the end
of debate on a bill requiring joint state-federal
efforts to conserve fuel and reduce U.S. depend-
ence on foreign oil.
THE MEASURE also gives the President stand-
by authority, subject to congressional approval,
to ration gasoline and take other emergency ac-
tions if the nation faces another cutoff of imported
oil.
By a 69-21 vote, the Senate rejected an amend-
ment by Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) that would
have immediately killed the federal controls un-
der which 60 per cent of the nation's oil produc-
tion has been frozen at $5.25 a barrel.
It adopted, 68 to 21, an amendment by Sen.
Floyd Haskell (D-Colo.) requiring the Federal
Energy Administration (FEA) to write a conser-
vation program that would cut fuel use by about
800,000 barrels of oil a day over the next 12
months.

THAT FIGURE amounts to about a 4 per cent
cut in the 20 million barrels of oil the United
States is expected to be burning daily within the
next year. However, the conservation could be
made in other fuels, such as coal and nuclear
energy, as well.
Meanwhile, Gorman Smith, an FEA official,
told a news conference that there is no prospect
of substantial rollbacks in utility rates from the
correction of fuel overcharges to utility com-
panies.
The reason for higher utility bills now is pri-
marily because of overcharges on fuel, he said.
AT THE CAPITOL, the House Ways and Means
Committee resumed work on energy tax matters.
A House Commerce sub-committee began hear-
ings on complaints the FEA has not enforced
regulations against fuel oil price gouging.
State's Atty. Edward Austin of Jacksonville,
Fla., testified that FEA lawyers tried to persuade
him to abandon a probe of rising fuel oil prices
involving the Jacksonville Electric Company and
its fuel oil supplier, Ven-Fuel, Inc.

Insurgent attack repulsed
after takeover of Xuan Loc

By AP and Reuter
SAIGON - Government troops early today
drove Communist-led attackers out of the pro-
vincial capital of Xuan Loc 45 miles (72 kilo-
meters) east of here, military sources said.
The sources said that by noon, Xuan Loc had
been completely cleared of insurgent forces
who attacked the city for the second successive

The Xuan Loc fighting is being watched closely
as an indicator of whether the South Vietnamese
army has the will to fight.
IN SAIGON, a Provisional Revolutionary Gov-
ernment (PRG) spokesperson said the pilot who
bombed President Nguyen Van Thieu's palace
Tuesday had landed his FS fighter-bomber at a
PRG-held airfield. Thieu, who is widely blamed

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