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Eighty-Five Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXV, No, 157

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, April 16, 1975

Ten Cents

Ten Pages


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Welfare chisler
State Representative Kirby Holmes (R-Utica) ad-
mits that he ripped off hundreds of tax payers'
dollars, but says he only did it to make a point
about the welfare system. Holmes is under investi-
gation for allegedly receiving $214 dollars in wel-
fare and $203 in emergency food orders by illegally
posing as a deserted, unemployed father of four.
Insisting that his act of deception was intended to
prove a point about welfare, Holmes said, "I did
it on behalf of all the poor, frustrated, middle class
taxpayers, like myself, who have been supporting
the welfare monstrosity in this state long
enough." Unfortunately, Holmes revelation about
his act of civil disobedience emerged only after
Social Service Director John Dempsey notified him
that he was under investigation for fraud, so coun-
ty prosecutors may not give him any benefit of the
doubt. "If there was criminal intent, we'll treat
it like we treat every other crime," says prosecu-
tor Dominick Carnovole. So Holmes' lesson in wel-
fare economics may easily go unappreciated.
A clarificalion
In regards to the Sunday Magazine story on
black fraternities printed on April 13, the Daily
wishes to state that we had no intention of imply-
ing that the philosophy of Kappa Alpha Psu is in
any way identical to those of Phi Beta Sigma,
Alpha Phi Alpha or Omega Psi Phi. The story fo-
cussed on Kappa as an in-depth example of one
black frat on campus; we realize that the four
organizations have different governing principles.
Happenings . ..
focus on the Diag today. PIRGIM is holding
an election for its Board of Directors in the Fish-
bowl today and tomorrow from 9 a.m.-4 p.m... .
a noon rally on the Diag will "Protest Oppression
of Minorities under Arab Rule" as part of Solidar-
ity Day . . . at 2:30 Solidarity Day continues with
a teach-in in the Henderson Room at the Michigan
League . . . the University Bike Club leaves the
Diag at 5 p.m. sharp for a twenty-mile ride to Dex-
ter and back.
Terrible ten
"The Terrible Ten" are not combatants in some
new comic strip war. The organizers of tomorrow's
Food Day have coined the term to name items
that pose the biggest nutritional threats to consum-
ers' health. Among these prime offenders is bacon,
"pethaps the most dangerous food in the super-
market," according to the Food Day staff - the
Department of Agriculture believes that the nitro-
samines in cooked bacon may cause cancer in ani-
mals. Other foods under. attack include Wonder
Bread and Coca Cola, which the Food Day staff
see as particularly wasteful in low-income nations
where people may trade tortillas for Wonder
Bread, and healthy local drinks for Coke. Gerber
Baby desserts, "Frute Brute," General Foods
"Breakfast Squares," table grapes, "Pringles,"
sugar, and prime-grade beef complete the Terrible
On the inside.. .
. . Edit Page features a story by Cathy Shu-
grue on the depressed job market for psychology
graduates . . . on Sports Page, Tom Cameron re-
ports on Michigan's baseball double header against
Bowling Green . . . and Arts Page includes the
weeklyfood column by Robin Hergott.
On the outside...
Today will be a nice day to get out in the sun-
shine. A fair weather system to our east will give
us milder temperatures and generally sunny skies
today. Tonight skies will remain fair but tempera-
tures will be on the cool side. Highs will be 54-59,
lows will be 35-40. Precipitation probabilities will
be near zero through tonight. Thursday, as a warm

front approaches, skies will become mostly cloudy
with a chance of afternoon showers.

Judge delays
Rebels stepkvi
U attack on
Phnomn Penh
By The AP and Reuter
BANGKOK, Thailand-Khmer Rouge insurgents yes-
terday captured Phnom Penh's industrial suburb and
stepped up pressure on other parts of the capital's shrink-
ing defense perimeter, according to a Cambodian embassy
spokesperson here.
But the spokesperson, who is in radio contact with the
government command headquarters in Phnom Penh, de-
nied an insurgent radio report that the city's international
airport had been captured.
THE RADIO report, relayed by radio Hanoi, said
Pochentong Airport had been captured and Phnom Penh
was on the point of collapse.
In the broadcast, Khmer Rouge commander Khieu
Samphan called on "the officers and men of the Phnom
Penh puppet troops to immediately lay down their arms


still in
Visiting Circuit Court
Judge James Fleming yes-
terday delayed until at
least Friday any ruling on
the controversial mayoral
election feud between the
city's Democrats and Re-
They have both filed suit
in the Court - the Demo-
crats seeking a writ of man-
damus ordering City Clerk
Jerome Weiss to issue a
certificate of election to
Albert Wheeler, who they
claim is "the duly elected
mayor of Ann Arbor," and
the Republicans suing Weiss
and the Ann Arbor Board
of Canvassers in an attempt
to prevent them from cer-
tifying Wheeler.
IN LAST Monday's election,
VE KAGAN Wheeler received 14,684 votes
d Jones (D- while Stephenson r e ce i v e d
ng the reg- 14,563-a difference of just 121
The Canvassers have certified
the city council winners and
ballot propositions but have not
certified Wheeler. The two Re-
oublicans on the Board, Helen
Forsythe and Donald Kenney,
have refused to certify Wheeler,
amidst heated charges of "po-
litical perversion."
The case began over an hour
after it was scheduled to begin
of the three with Timothy Downs, attorney
day night. for Wheeler in the case, calling
esently seek- four witnesses to the stand.
nely powerful The first witness to appear
sue a certifi- was James Chapman, an elec-
tion specialist with the Bureau
7ro Tem was of Elections - Department of
night, Steph- State. Chapman testified that
nigh, Stph- the State instructs local can-
n view of the vassers not to count ballots but
mayor's seat to instead count vote totals com-
Council then piled by precinct officials. One
will probably of the reasons that Forsythe
issue of the and Kenney have cited in re-
fusing to certify Wheeler is that
, Democratic they have not counted any bal-
ssed council, lots-something allowed for in
sthe Mayor'l the City Charter but apparently
the Myor's contrary to state law.
r was elected,
See JUDGE, Page 7

Viet aid
By AP and Reuter
WASHINGTON (Reuter)-In a
move reflecting a shift in con-
gressional opposition to more
money for South Vietnam, a key
committee yesterday tentatively
agreed to provide a contingency
evacuation fund that may allow
some money for Saigon's de-
The action by the Senate For-
eign Relations Committee came
shortly after Defense Secretary
James Schlesinger told another
panel that as many as one mil-
lion South Vietnamese could
be executed in an insurgent
"THERE IS a range of es-
timates (of potential execu-
tions), but the hardcore number
is 200,000 and estimates go as
high as a million," Schlesinger
said at one of many hearings on
the Vietnam aid issue.
Secretary of State Henry Kis-
singer and Army Chief of Staff
General Frederick Weyand also
appeared at congressional hear-
ings to argue President Ford's
case for $722 million in extra
military aid and $250 million in
humanitarian assistance for
South Vietnam.
The contingency fund agreed
to in principle by the Foreign
Relations Committee was the
first sign that the Senate might
modify its strong opposition to
the President's aid request.
In its present form, it would
provide about $200 million.
A DRAFT of the legislation
was being sent to the White
House and other key Senate
panels and the committee plan-
ned a formal vote this after-
See SENATE, Page 7
fa ilin

and cross over to the na-
tional united front of Cam-
The spokesperson here said
government forces pulled back
more than a mile from the
T a k h m a u industrial suburb,
which lies about three miles
south of Phnom Penh.
THE SUBURB houses most of
the city's factories and fruit
The spokesperson said Po-,
chentong Airport came under
rocket attack yesterday but was
still in government hands. "I
don't think we will lose the air-
field," he added.
Takhmau fell to the insur-
gents at dusk, sending refugees
streaming into Phnom Penh.
"WE WILL counter - attack.
They will not be able to hold it
(Takhmau) for more than two
days," he said.
He called the military situa-
tion "very difficult but not cata-
On the northern defense per-
imeter government forces were
driven back 500 yards from
Prek Phnou, a town eight miles
north of the city.
SOUTH of Prek Phnou, insur-
gent saboteurs set ablaze a fuel
storage tank. Observers said
the loss of fuel might restrict
the mobility of Phnom Penh's
defenders but the city has two
See REBELS, Page 7

Dailv Photo by STE
NEWLY-ELECTED CITY COUNCIL members Elizabeth Taylor (D-First Ward), Caro
Second Ward) and Gerald Bell (R-Fifth Ward) are sworn into office last night precedi
ular session. Incumbent councilman Robert Henry w-s also sworn in.


council, minus

Wheeler, sworn in

The newly-elected city council members, minus
Democrat Mayor-elect Albert Wheeler, were
sworn into council last night during a session
marked by considerable protest from citizen ob-
servers and Democrat council members.
City Clerk Jerome Weiss administered the
swearing in of junior council members Elizabeth
Taylor (D-First Ward), and Gerald Bell (R-Fifth
Ward), and incumbents Carol Jones (D-Second
Ward), and Robert Henry (R-Third Ward) who
were elected to council in the April 7 city elec-
WHEELER, who achieved victory over Repub-
lican incumbent James Stephenson under the
city's new preferential voting system, was not
allowed to assume the mayor's seat because the
city Board of Canvassers has not yet certified the
mayoral election. The canvassers certified the

council race, along with the defeat
charter amendment proposals, Mon
The Democrats, however, are pr
ing a writ of mandamus, an extren
legal directive, ordering Weiss to is
cate of election to Wheeler.
Although election of a Mayor P
scheduled for action by council last
enson told the council members, "It
uncertainty of who is occupying the
I suggest we postpone that election.'
moved to defer the election, which
re-appear on the agenda when the
Mayor's race is resolved.
PREFACING other council action
party activist Tom Weider addre
blasting Stephenson's occupation of
seat. "Given the fact that Al Wheelet
See COUNCIL, Page 7

Stockwell residents, staff
petition for director to quit

Cioty poli*
search fo.
City police armed with shotguns searched
a local condemned house last night for a
rifle-carrying man whom they believed to
be a potential sniper. Although no shots
were fired by either side, the police found
the gunman's rifle after he escaped.
But officers caught the unidentified young
man's dog - a doberman pincher.


A petition signed by 228 resi-
dents and staff members of
Stockwell Hall calling for the
resignation of Building Director
Mildred Morris was submitted
to the Housing Office yesterday
The petition is the culmina-
tion of nearly eight months of
turmoil between Morris, a black,
and the predominantly white,
420-woman dormitory.
Copies of the petition were
submitted to both Charlene
Coady, Assistant Director of
Housing, and Gerald Burkhouse,
"hill" area housing director.
The petition reportedly cites her
failure to maintain regular of-
fice hours, lack of participation
in dorm functions, and a poor
level of communication with the
residential staff.
MORRIS declined to comment
yesterday evening on the spe-
cific charges made against her.
"Atcthis time," said Morris,
"any interview that I consent
to would be inadequate."
One issue that was described
by a resident as "symptomatic"
of the controversy surrounding
Mnri hnc -P- fitmrwe enre

of the reason. The failure cf the
staff application process is only
a product of the poor rapport
Morris has with the residents,
she said.
"It all goes back to the top,"
she said, "and this case is no
Most residents vehemently
deny that the problem is a
racial one, but contend merely
that the quality of life in Stock-
well "has definitely suffered"

under her tenure
Through it all, there has been
a general reluctance among
Stockwell residents and staff to
discuss the potentially serious
racial implications surrounding
the problem, or to even ackn.ow-
ledge that they exist.
"Everybody is paranoid about
saying that it is a racial situa-
tion," said one junior. "They're
afraid that people will just turn
around and call them racist."

Groups. to protest
Kissinger address
Some 50 persons met last
night in an attempt to coor-
dinate protest plans against
Secretary of State Henry Kis-
singer's scheduled speaking ap-
pearance at the University com-
mencement next month.
The organizers of the protest,
mostly representatives from the
Indochina Peace Campaign
(IPC), the Black Liberation
Front and the American Friends
Service Committee, discussed
plans for a "counter-commence-
ment" which would coincide
with the May 3 exercises at
Crisler Arena and a campaign
to "disinvite" Kissinger.
UNIVERSITY officials
and spokespersons at the State
Department in Washington have Kissinger
emphasized that Kissinger's acceptance of the invitation to
speak will remain "tentative" until the last minute.
"We'd like to see a unified response to Kissinger," said
Steve Daggett, an IPC representative, at last night's meet-
ing. "We're going to put a lot of effort into this."
Daggett outlined an idea for a "counter-commencement,"
which he said would bring in "nationally-known, prominent
spokespersons" that would "tell the truth, as opposed

r gunman
rest. As of press time last night no such
complaint was reported.
A NOTICE posted on the house located
at 514 Forest states, "This structure is de-
clared unsafe for human occupancy or use.
It is unlawful for any person to enter or oc-
cipy this building."
Authorized building constructors working
in the house last night spotted the man and
called the police.

U'annual het oss
reaches $250,000
President . Robben Fleming
announced to the Literary Col-
lege faculty last week that one
quarter of a million dollars is
lost every year through the
theft of moveable equipment.
Moveable equipment is any-
thing that isn't tied down or too
heavy to cart away - includ-
ine everything from silver ware

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