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Nixon game plan:
Dumping Agnew

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HIS SUMMER, the board of Regents
approved the largest tuition increase
in the history of the University. Stu-
dents are now required to pay fees av-
eraging 24 per cent higher than those of
last year.
The increase is unacceptable. It has
been imposed upon the student body
without our approval and almost entire-
ly without our consultation,
The Daily urges students throughout
the campus to support the tuition strike
by withholding the September fee pay-
ment until the University rolls back tui-
tion to an acceptable level.
To date, the University's performance
in this matter has been outrageous and
insulting. Various official explanations of
the need for the record hike have been
vague, incomplete, and in many instances
contradictory. Most recently those offic-
ials most directly involved in computing
the increase have flatly refused to re-
lease their specific calculations.
'ICE PRESIDENT for Academic Affairs,
Allan Smith has repeatedly blamed
the hike on the University's need to ab-
sorb revenue losses resulting from the
Supreme Court decision on residency
rules. Mr. Smith has stated that the es-
timate of that loss, used in calculating
the need for higher tuition, was $2.5 mil-
lion. Yet The Daily learned yesterday that
the actual figure used in producing a
budget was between $3 and $4 million.
Wilbur Pierpont, the University's chief
financial officer, dismissed the Student
Action Committees's claims that. a 24
per cent fee hike would produce far more
tuition revenue than was needed to com-
plete the budget. He insisted Tuesday
that the "weighted average" fee increase
-that is, the average extra money paid
per student - would be reduced by the
large number of freshpersons and sopho-
mores who only take a 15 per cent in-
crease. The weighted average hike, he,
said, was "about 20 per cent."
BUT YESTERDAY a staffer in the Of-
fice of Financial Analysis stated that
the weighted average was precisely 24
per cent.
In addition The Daily learned Tuesday
that Mr. Smith had computed a "best
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case" estimate of tuition revenue if fewer
students than expected qualify for lower
in-state fees under the new residency
rules. That estimate suggests that the
University could take in as much as $2.4
million more than is required to meet
budget needs.
Hence, in spite of the University's pro-
fessed willingness to explain the hik.e,
dozens of key questions remains unans-
wered: Is this year's budget designed to
produce more income than is needed?
Why did the University publish numbers
that later proved to be irrelevant? And
has the University fully explored all pos-
sible sources of extra income other than
record tuition hikes?
WE FURTHER URGE that the adminis-
tration fulfill its overdue responsibil-
ity in this matter by producing all of the
estimates and information that led to
the tuition increase. We suggest that this
be done in a forum open to all students,
in which officials answer any and all
questions pertinent to the fee hike.
Students are trapped in a squeeze be-
tween the skyrockting cost of living and
the inevitable upward trend in the cost
of education. Under these circumstances,
the massive tuition hike is intolerable.
President Fleming often describes the
University as "comprised of many con-
stituencies," each with a stake in quality
education, each contributing, financially
or otherwise, to that goal. The other ma-
jor sources of University income - the
alumni, the state legislature, the federal
government - have the power to ex-
amine and refuse unacceptable requests
for more money.
We, the students, are not mindless
pawns to be rearranged at will in the Uni-
versity's economic chess game. We will
not settle for closed-door decisions on
matters directly affecting our lives.
WE HAVE NOT simply been asked to pay
our fair share-such a request would
bring few complaints. But we have been
ordered-not asked, but ordered-to bear
the full weight of the University's finan-
cial problems, and this is an unjust or-
der. While the power is rarely ackuowl-
edged, we, too, have the power of veto;
we have the power to say no.
In recent years we have not exercised
that power and now we pay the price.
We return from the summer to find that
tuition has leaped; if that isn't enough,
the University has created a new set of
residency rules so vague that non-resi-
dent students may find it almost im-
possible to qualify for in-state tuition.
And teaching fellows, who once were
drawn to Ann Arbor by the promise of
lower in-state fees, now find that pro-
mise broken.
The University's actions suggest a will-
ingness to ignore the needs and opinions
of its most important "constituency": the
WE CANNOT ACCEPT this. We urge stu-
dents to unite and wield their power
of veto by refusing to pay September's
tuition assessment.

down and wrote a check for $10
and sent it to the Spiro T. Agnew
Defense Fund, at the Exective Of-
fice Building in Washington. It
seemed to be the very least that
a newspaperman could do for poor
Agnew. And if you are a New
Yorker, or- a child of immigrants,
helping to defend Agnew almost
becomes a duty.
To begin with, Agnew must now
realize what most New Yorkers
have known for a long time: that
Richard Nixon just might be the
cruelist, most loathsome President
of this century, in terms of the
way he treats his friends.
If.a guy from Bay Ridge treat-
ed his friends the way Nixon has
treated Agnew, John Mitchell, or
L. Patrick Gray, they would pick
his remains out of an ashtray
some Saturday night..
But Nixon is the President, un-
reachable by the common human
emotions or basic loyalties. Nixon
is for Nixon, and the rest of us
can wither or die, whether we're
blacks trying to get jobs, Cam-
bodians trying to plow a field, or
New Yorkers trying to rebuild their
city. If Nixon can enlarge upon,
or even simply maintain his hold
upon his . monarchial throne, he
would gladly see all of us twist
slowly in the wind.
I don't know what Agnew did
or did not dowin Maryland; that
will come from the grand jury.
But there is something inherently
disgusting about the obvious White
House joy in revealing that Ag-
new is now in the process of plea
bargaining, like a common felon
in Criminal Court. The official
White House liars deny that the
stories are coming from the White
House, of course, but with Nixon's
polluted crew a denial is tanta-
mount to confirmation.
So Agnew, who sullied his own
personal reputation in the service
of Nixon, now has to go to see
Nixon and ask that Attorney Gen-
eral Richardson drop criminal
charges in exchange for Agnew's
resignation. It'shumiliating, bt
Agnew must now know that Nixon
and his employers don't really care
about Americans like Agnew. Ag-
new is an ethnic, a child of immi-
grants, and Nixon's people have
nothing but patronizing contemt
for the ethnics and the immigrants.
going on longer than seems neces-
sary, but that is probably because
Agnew fully.understands the trea-
cherous nature of the men he's
dealing with. Nixon is perfecly
capabl of telling Agnew that the
charges will be dropped, or greatly
reduced, in exchange for resigna-
tion; and then double-crossing him.
So that Agnew could resign and

go to jail for the rest of his life.
Look at what happened to G. Gor-
don Liddy, Howard Hunt, Bernard
Barker and the others. They'll still
be in the slam when Nixon is re-
tired to the $10 million rip-cff
called San Clemente.
And so, Agnew, like most child-
ren of immigrants, has traveled
the downward path to wisdom.
Nixon used him in 1969 and 1970,
letting Agnew carry the war
against the press as part of a
complicated strategy of White
House survival.
Through Agnew, Nixon passed on
a giant lie: that the press was
Democratic, when it is in fact
overwhelmingly Republican: that
the press was disloyal, when it
was, in fact, Nixon's crowd that
engaged in widespread subversion
of American principles.
This is not to say that Agnew did
not believe what he was saying at
the time. Nixon certainly recog-
nized the insecurity of the ethnic,
the need for the immigrant's child
to feel that elitist conspiracies were
blocking full entry into the larger
society. Agnew bought the success
ethnic that marked so many peo-
ple in the Nixon mob; the need
to succeed often appeared to have
overwhelmed the common decency
of the man himself.
Nixon is made of the same cloth;
so hehturned Agnew into his valet
and then sent him back to t h e
NOW NIXON is using poor Ag-
new even more viciously: he must
be gambling that the nation can-
not sustain a double shock, the
loss of a Vice President and the
President in a single year. Let Ag-
new be axed, and Nixon will some-
how drift through the next three
years, rewriting history as ie goes.
At the same time, tie can choose
the next Vice President - some-
one like John Connally -- who
would insure the continuity of the
Permanent Government in t h i s
country: all those owners of air-
lines, big businesses, multinational
corporations, oil, gas and defense
companies, who don't care who
is in power as long as they own
It's a disgusting mess, but I
hope Agnew fights. I hope he stays
in office, and I hope he remem-
bers where all the bodies are bur-
ied, and I hope he makes Nixon
squirm and choke, and shake
across the next few months. Agnew
used to pull a lot of tough stuff
with his mouth. But real toughness
comes with action, and now h, has
a chance to prove himself at last.
I hope he goes down throwing
punches. ,
Pete Hamill is a columnist for
The Neiv York Post. Copyright
1973-The New York Post Corp.

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
A case of crazed canines-W
what to do to, smack the pack

Nt oN PR~OPOSES C6" Wr(5iN Neasw HOUsIG Po6RAM. -ta6ws tysm

Letters to The Daily
lesson State Department, mind you, in
case you wonder who directs U.S.
To The Daily: "efforts" in Chile) run from 10,-
THERE IS ONE lesson of Viet- 000 to 30,000 deaths. Reports from
nam which we here in Ann Ar- Chile indicate, as would be expect-
bor would do well to learn and re- ed, widespread revulsion over the
member: The many can defeat the bloodbath, even by extreme right-
few, but the victory of the many ists who were openly trying to
depends on the patience and per- overthrow the legitimate Allende
sistence with which the struggle is government. Therefore, the dis-
carried on. tatorship has changed its "rea-
Those who opposed the war here sons for intervening" regularly to
in Ann Arbor were many, and the justify the slaughter.
many small acts of oposition to
the war were important in bring- Reason No. 1: To save the Chil-
ing one phase of the .struggle to can economy from chaos. Solution
an end. American troops we r e No. 1: Bring back the U.S. cor-
brought home. But the struggle porations who historically bled
goes on, and it is time for the Chile white with illegal profits, and
many to do what they can to end pay them "indemities" besides.
our government's support f o r The rapist has been hired to pro-
Thieu's regime. tect the virgin.
A French school teacher freed Reason No. 2: To save Chile
from Thieu's prisons after t w o from being taken over by "Marxist
years and an American soldier foreigners." Related to this is the
freed from North Vietnam's pris- campaign in the two Santiago pap-
ons after five years will join Tom ers now publishing to "expose the
Hayden and Jane Fonda in H ill Jewist-Communist conspiracy."
Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 1 at (CBC News reported this last week.
7:30 p.m. Together they hope to NBC said they're "checking it
inform us about the continuing out"). Solution No. 2: Murder or
reality in South Vietnam. Togeth- deport to their native dictatorships
er they are calling on the many for slow murder in jails or by tor-
of Ann Arbor to begin a new phase ture more than 10,000 political ex-
of opposition to the few in Amer- iles from Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay,
ica and Vietnam who still support etc. Imagine the uproar in the U.S.
Thieu's repressive government. press if 'a new government here
I hope that many citizens of Ann suddenly executed or sent back to
Arbor, many students and faculty, Cuba all Cuban political exiles.
will be there to welcome these But when Chile's bloody execu-
members of the Indochina Peace tioners do it, there is nary a
Campaign. I hope we will find protest from the big media.
ways to join in the worldwide strug- Reason No. 3: To "prevent civil
gle against an unchanged Ameri- war." Laughable if not so tragic.
.an policy, a policy which rests Who was going to start the war?
the hope for American dominance. Day after day, armed rightists
in the world on support of mili- openly proclaimed their intent to
tary cliques. We were correct to overthrow the government w h i I e
oppose the war, but now we must blowing up power lines, bombing
persist in opposing the policies opposition party offices, etc. An
which lead to misery for the people armored "regiment of the army at-
of South Vietnam and the ever- tempted a coup. Yet, somehow, the
present threat of new wards threat was from the Left. Solu-
throughout the world. tion No. 3: Execute the leader-
-Richard D. Mann ship of the Left and outlaw dis-
Professor of Psychology sent.
Sept. 26 Reason No. 4: William Montal-
bano of Knight Newspapers repeats
rationale without disclaimer (Sept. 26) the
To The Daily: latest rationale of the military:.
FOR THOSE of us who have been They moved because the leftists
through Vietnam, there should be were so well-organized for violent

ONLY WITH thehgreatest regret
do I confess that I truly and
sincerely hatesdogs. Not Yukon
King, mind, you, or Lassie, or
Snoopy, or even your basic dog
Spot. No, not the dogs that we all
know and love, but the basic riff-
raff that terrorize the streets of
Ann Arbor.
Dogs are man's best friend when
they follow closely at the owner's
heel; obeying his every command,
nuzzling against his ankle and sup-
plying needed love.
And dogs are man's best friend
when they race through the fields
retrieving the fowl that the own-
er has just blasted out of the air.
And dogs are man's best friend
when, on those peaceful walks in
the woods when a tinge of loneli-
ness creeps upon the hiker, a fam-
iliar "bow-wow" lets the master
know that someone cares.
BUT DOGS TAKE on a much
different role in Ann Arbor. Thev
are no longer man's best friend,
but his most menacing enemy, that
must be stalked and eradicated.
I was not always in this fright-
ened state of mind, like the man
from Underground, fearful t h a t
They are after me. But it is not
humans that cause me to keep one
eye to the rear when I walk the
streets. It is the dogs.
There once was a time when I
would smilingly pet a little fel-
low that trotted down the street
past me, anxious to win his fav-
or. Today, Ihave overwhelming
feelings to kick the stupid mutts.
What has come over me?
Nothing less than an enormous
pack of dogs cascading down the
streets with malice in their eyes
and froth in their mouths. Packs
of twelve move down the avenue
in front of my house, controlling
the sidewalks, and forcing pedes-
trians to cross the street in desper-
ate attempts -to avoid a confronta-
But, it is not the flesh of humans
that these carnivorous canines are
pursuing, but rather a much more
passive and defenseless target:
The garbage can.
A STROLL DOWN residential
blocks in the city is a steeplechas-
er's delight, and a pedestrian's
nightmore. Cans lying on the side-
walk, their contents emptied and
smelling. If the cans don't get you,
the smell of their contents pro-
bably will.
And always lying right next to
the spilled refuse from the garbage
can is the dog's own contribution.
Together they form a beautiful
compost - one, however, that be-
longs on the farm, not in my front
I've really never had any ob-
jection to a dog responding to na-
ture's call as long as the dog was
not called on the sidewalk. But
today in Ann Arbor, anything goes,
and usually does.
Dogs trot down the sidewalks as
if they own them, and the human
pedestrian is a mere intruder.
Their muzzles held high, they con-
trol the walkways looking for the
nearest hydrant. And if none of
those are available, a human leg
will do..

How to withhold
your tuition.
(Editor's Note: The following .Information was provided by the Stu-
dent Action Committee (SAC). The Daily notes that no letter is necessary
to withhold your tuition.)
9 When you receive your fees assessment, add up all fees
(Housing, PIRGIM, SGC, etc.), except the tuition assessment.
0 When you go to pay your Housing, PIRGIM, etc., make the
checks payable to:
University of Michigan - Housing Office or,
University of Michigan-PIRGIM, etc.
This will insure that your payments go towards Housing, etc.
instead of towards your tuition.
If you are hesitant in doing this, because of the consequences
you feel it might entail, here are some facts you may not know:
The University cannot penalize you for not paying your tuition
except for leveling a five dollar late fee.
They cannot revoke your financial aid.
They cannot expel or suspend you.
Along with your partial payment, SAC urges you to enclose a
copy of the letter below (additional copies may be obtained from
the SAC office, 3rd floor, Michigan Union, or on the Diag.).
To the Regents of the University of Michigan:
As a student at the University of Michigan, I wish to express
my support for the efforts of those students participating in the
current tuition strike. I support the strike for the following reasons:
1. You have ruled on a controversial issue, namely, the tui-
tion increase, without public input.
2. You have justified your action as being necessitated by the
residency criteria, which you felt would cost the University $2.5
million in revenue. This justification is faulty, particularly in
light of Vice President Smith's statement at your meeting of
September 21 that, "We may have more income than we estimated
from this budget; frankly, I'd be quite happy if we did."
3. You have failed to meet the obligation which you undertook
in 1970 to meet the demands of the Black Action Movement by
4. You have made clear attempts to divide the student body
on this issue by creating the impression among wealthy white
students that they are being forced to bear the financial burden
of educating poor white and third world students.
It is apparent that, by adopting the above tactics, you -have
made consistent efforts to keep the University of Michigan an in-
stitution, of and for the sons and daughters of the white upper
class in Michigan.
I further support these demands, adopted at a public meeting
of the Student Action Committee:
1. Immediate rollback of -tuition to 1972-1973 levels/
2. Improvement of the BAM demands agreed to by the
University in 1970.
3. Adequate financial aid for all students in need.
4. Reevaluation of state residency criteria.
5. Reestablishment of in-state status for all graduate teaching
6. An accurate and complete statement of financial and

they carefully look both ways. Once
they spot a car coming they dash
out onto the street, causing the
oncoming car to screech to a' halt,
and prompting a multi-car- collis-
ion. But the dog keeps trotting
along, ignoring the curses of the
beleaguered driver.
Going to classes is no longer
the simple chore that it once was.
Walking into the Fishbpwl is com-
parable to entering an ill-managed
kennel with the beasts either run-
ning through the halls or waiting
for an unsuspecting target out-
'No longer is it unusual to be
rammed into a snow embankment,
or backed against the wall by a
fast-moving canine who has to get
from there to there. You just hap-
pen to be in their way. There is no
stopping a mutt that has places to
all, what stabs my heart so deep-
ly, what attacks myhsenses so vic-
ious~y, what destroys all my stand-
ards of decency is to see two dogs
humping on the sidewalk. God

knows, that I am not a Puritan.
At least, I never saw myself that
way. I will tolerate almost any-
thing - but not canines doing it
in the road.
Perhaps it is unfair to castigate
the dogs for rampaging on the side-
walks, defecating on the walk-
ways, upsetting garbage cans,' and
satisfying their sexual desires out
in the open. Maybe its the own-
ers' fault for having no control
over their pets. But where the
fault lies is no my concern. The
dogs are terrorizing me, making
my life a shambles. And I want
We (those who are with me).
must do something to Them before
They get Us. It is only a matter
of time. We must join forces to
drive them from the streets before
they do it to -Us. This is definitely
a case of over-copulation and steps
must be taken - before it is too
Robert Barkin is a student at the
Oniversity and a former feature
editor of The Daily.

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