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Vol. LXXXIV, No. 49 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, November 1, 1973 Ten Cents
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County appeals ruling
Washtenaw County has begun an appeal of a ruling
made earlier -this month by the State Tax Commission
that would force all county jurisdictions-including Ann
Arbor-to raise property valuations. A hike in the valua-
tions would cause a sizeable increase in local property
taxes, amounting to a 5 per cent increase here. The
Tax Commission ruled earlier that property assessments
in the county are uniformly low.
Cox dismissal legal?
University law Prof. Joseph Vining contends in a
recent paper that the firing of special Watergate Prose-
cutor Archibold Cox by Acting Attorey General Robert
Bork may not have been legal. Vining argues that
federal statutes give only the attorney general power
to fire such a prosecutor, and do not give that power
to an acting attorney general. Vining suggests that the
best way to go about the Watergate investigation is to
assume that Cox "has never been dismissed by anyone
with authority to do so," and that Cox remains special
The crowd on S. State got a little Halloween treat
yesterday when Dick Purtan, a disc jockey from WXYZ
in Detroit, came to emcee the prize drawing in the
Mr. Tony's contest. Purtan called the drawing "the
highlight of my career, except for the drawing I did at
the Detroit, House of Corrections." The winner, John
Fetser, received a free eight-day trip to the Bahamas.
. . include an organizational meeting for the new
campus-wide Hawaiian students' group. All interested
Hawaiians are invited to meet tonight at 8 in Rm. 4202
of the Union . . . there will be a poetry reading by
Carolyn Kizer in Aud. 4 of the MLB at 4:10 p.m. . . .
tonight is international night at the League Cafeteria.
This week, food from the British Isles is featured, from
5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. , .. South Quad Films is showing
M*A*S*H in Dining Rm. 2 of South Quad at 7:30 p.m.
and 9:45 p.m. . . . and there will be an introductory
lecture on transcendental meditation tonight at 8 in the
Multipurpose Rm. of the UGLI. . . . the Hungarian
Language Society meets tonight at 8 in the Union As-
In our Thursday, Oct. 25 issue, we quoted Milwaukee
Journal cartoonist -Bill Sanders as saying that Nixon
turned over the Watergatetapes to Judge Sirica because
he faced "death or impeachment." The quotation should
have read that Nixon was faced with "doing that
(turning over the tapes) or impeachment."
Nixjon to regulate fuel
The Nixon administration is preparing legislative
proposals for nationwide fuel-saving, but does not favor
the kind of mandatory rationing suggested by Sen.
Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D-Wash.). According to sources,
the plan when finalized will give the President "flexi-
bility" in deciding when and where to ration fuel.
Brush fire controlled
Los Angeles fire fighters appeared to be gaining the
upper hand yesterday against a fierce brush fire that
drove hundreds of persons from their canyon homes on
the outskirts of the city. Although 700 homes have been
evacuated, none has yet been damaged by the 1,700-acre
fire. Billowing clouds of black smoke from the blaze are
currently visible throughout most of metropolitan Los
Comptroller hits sexism
The comptroller of the currency, James Smith, said
yesterday his agency would support legislation to outlaw
discrimination by sex and marital status in the granting
of loans. He said a recent study indicated widespread
sexism in the granting of loans to both single and
married women. Ile said his agency has the power to
enforce anti-discrimination legislation.
On the inside .. .
...The Arts Page features a review of Tuesday
night's Edgar Winter concert . . . the Editorial Page
features an article by Jonathan Kline on student input
in LSA decision-making . . . and the Sports Pages will
feature a story on the man who makes the game films
By DAN BIDDLE
Described by Student Government Council
dent Lee Gill as "the rumblings of soniethin
might be big" the tuition strike seems to have g
to almost a complete halt just two months aft
Called to protest the massive 24 per centI
hike levied over the summer, the strike att
a great deal of publicity in its first few w
enough to force top University administrators
and publicly explain the rationale behind the
boost in fees.
SINCE THAT TIME, however, student apat]
the University's refusal to comment on the strike's
effect have combined to dig the fledging movement's
Though the student strike appears to have died a
quiet death, it has sparked a new, serious movement
among the University's teaching fellows who may
wind up organizing a strike of their own. And in
the strike's wake, a number of key financial ques-
tions remain unanswered.
The Student Action Committee (SAC), which had
earlier taken a key role in organizing the strike,
recently issued a leaflet declaring, "The Tuition
Strike Continues," but one SAC steering committee
member has admitted, "There isn't much left of the
strike. We're really at a point where we don't know
what to do."
STUDENT GOVERNMENT COUNCIL, the group
that kicked off the strike in early September, has
not taken any official aption on the tuition issue for
nearly a month. Several boxes of unused "Don't Pay
Tuition" leaflets still sit idly in an SGC office.
"Unfortunately, the thing has become a failure,"
admits Gill. "We did what we could, but students just
wouldn't pick up the ball."
University officials have repeatedly refused to
indicate whether the movement to withhold Septem-
ber tuition payments in protest of the massive fee
hike has had any effect on the University's budget,
as strike organizers hoped it would.
SGC CLAIMED TO have gathered some 6,000 sig-
natures pledging refusal to pay the September fee
assessment. But the number of students who have
or haven't paid is a well-kept University secret.
"That information isn't available, it hasn't been
compiled yet," a Student Accounts Office staffer told
The Daily yesterday. "And if it has been compiled,
it is not public."
Vice President for Academic Affairs Allan Smith
pleaded ignorance on the topic of tuition payments
See TUITION, Page 10
Error attributed to
By AP and Reuter
WASHINGTON - White House lawyer Fred Buzhardt yes-
terday claimed two key Watergate tapes that could shed light
on President Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up
Buzhardt told U. S. District Court Judge John Sirica there
is no recording of what former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell told
Nixon in their first reported conversation following the Water-
gate break-in, nor of a meeting in which Nixon allegedly ad-
mitted to John Dean that he discussed an offer of clemency as
part of the Watergate cover-up.
BUZHARDT SAID Mitchell's four-minute talk with Nixon on June
20, 1972 had been made on a telephone extention without a recording de-
THE PRESSURES OF war and peace are reflected in the faces of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and Prime Minister Golda Meir.
Soon after this picture was taken, Meir flew to the United States for talks with President Nixon concerning a Middle East settlement.
Sadat defines conditions
Mideast peace settlemen
By AP and Reuter the peace table to negotiate a per- sure Israel into making excessive head of Al Fa
President Anwar Sadat yesterday manent settlement in the wake of concessions at the bargaining table. estinian organ
spelled out Egypt's terms for Mid- the October war. the movement
dIe East peace talks and said an Most of that activity was coming FINALLY SECRETARY of State hold of a new
essential precondition was an Is- from Washington where President Henry Kissinger announced plans quire an histo
raeli withdrawal to lines they oc- Nixon met with Egyptian Foreign for a major tour of the Mideast.
cupied at the Oct. 22 ceasefire. Minister Ishmael Fahmy to discuss Kissinger is expected to hold talks THE PALE1
If the Israelis failed to withdraw ways of strengthening the still- in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Saudia has been oppo
to these positions on the western shaky Mideast ceasefire. Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. of a Palestini
bank of the Suez Canal he would Later in the day Israeli Prime On the international front, a the 25 year d
allow his military forces to deal Minister Golda Meir arrived in Beirut newspaper, Al Moharrer, an- east. A reve
with the situation, he told a Cairo Washington for her scheduled talks nounced yesterday that the com- could pave the
press conference. today with the President. Meir's mand of the Palestinian guerrilla tiation.
visit, which was announced sud- movement may be retreating from
SADAT'S WARNING came amid denly Tuesday is seen here as a their opposition to the existence of In his news
a flurry of diplomatic effort aimed reflection of Israeli concern that a separate Palestinian states. day, his first
at bringing Israel and Egypt to the United States will try to pres- The paper quoted Yasir Arafat, rather ambigi
regards to the
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By CHIP SINCLAIR " 0
A small group of protestors rV IS
carrying signs and chanting slogans
picketed Fiegel's Clothing Stor-, on
S Main St yesterday urging peo-
ple to boycott Farah Slacks end
the stores that sell them. ;::
Other groups demonstrated at
the S. State storefronts of men's By CHAR
clothing stores Marty's and Check Constitutiona
mateBlasi told a g
mae.dents last nigh
PROMOTED LOCALLY by ne 's failure t
Attica Brigade, the boycott :s pi'rt ... si , American inv
of a nation-wide campaign to f'rce ,dia constitute
atah, the largest Pal-
ization as saying that
t "is on the thresh-
stage that would re-
osed to the existence
ian state throughout
deadlock in the Mid-
rsal of that stance
e way to direct nego-
s conference yester-
in three years as
at continued to make
ous comments with
hand, he warned the
hey should withdraw
ry retaliation. On the
d he was waiting to
Kissinger has to say
Egypt next week.
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accept the continued
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ADAT, Page 2
And he said Nixon's meeting with
then White House, counsel Dean on
April 15, 1973, "was not recorded
due to a rare malfunctioning of
the system or the inadequacy of the
Sirica heard open - court testi-
mony yesterday from a Secret
Service technician who said the
White House records had been
checked daily on weekdays, and
that the April 15 malfunction was
the only recorder failure he knew
HE SAID HIDDEN microphones
in presidential offices had been ex-
tremely sensitive, capable of pick-
ing up all but whispered conver-
Further doubt was cast on the
White House claim by Asst. Atty.
General Henry Petersen, who has
testified that President Nixon once
offered to let him hear the now-
missing Dean tape.
Peterson made the claim at the
Aug. 7 session of the Senate Wat-
ergate hearings. At the time he
was involved in the Justice De-
partment's probe of the scandal.
Petersen, however, declined to hear
The new development, which is
sure to trigger further calls for
impeachment, was made public
yesterday, though Buzhardt had in-
formed Sirica of the situation pri-
vately on Tuesday.
It was the first time the White
House had said any of the contro-
versial tape recordings do not ex-
ist. Sen. Sam Ervin (D-N.C.) said
yesterday he had been assured as
recently as October 19 the tapes
ERVIN, WHO CHAIRS the Sen-
ate's Watergate Committee has
been trying to gain access to the
tapes for several months. Archibald
Cox, former Watergate special
prosecutor told a similar story.
Cox, however, said he heard of
possible technical problems in the
April 15 tape a day or so before he
See WATERGATE, Page 2
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WASHINGTON (P) - The chair-
man of the Senate Rules Committee
said yesterday the FBI probe of
Vice President - designate Gerald
Ford (R-Mich.). has disclosed
."things that will certainly' raise
questions" when his confirmation
hearings open today.
However, the panel's ranking
Republican said he has seen noth-
ing in the FBI files that. will
jeopardize congressional approval
of Ford as the successor to the
resigned Spiro Agnew.
SEN. HOWARD CANNON (D-
'Nev.) the chairman, and Sen. Mar-
low Cook (R-Ky.) talked to report-
ers after a closed session of the
committee. Cannon has read more
than 1,700 pages of raw FBI data
on Ford, and Cannon is still read-
Cannon said the questions deal
with "the laundering of campaign
funds" and other matters:
Cannon used the phrase "laun-
dering" in reference to a 1970
campaign contribution of some
$11,000 which - Ford passed on to
the Republican Congressional Com-
FORD HAS SAID he did not
report the contributions because
they were passed on to the com-.;
cidental" that a similar amount
was later pumped by the commit-
tee into his own district.
Cannon declined to say if he
would vote for Ford on the basis
of what he knows. Asked if he had
found anything in the FBI files that
might be embarrassing to Ford,
he replied, "I don't think I should
make a comment about that."
ing law prof speaks on
edures for impeachment
al law Prof. Vince
roup of about 35 stu-
ht that President Nix-
o adequately explain
olvement in Cambo-
s an impeachable of-
Blasi warned the audience that
a dangerous situation will exist if
"people are reluctant about using
constitutional provisions for im-
peachment." He claimed that the
feeling there's nothing to do but
put up with the President for three
more vears shows that our cnnsti-
would have regarded it as fantasy.
He stressed that impeachment now
is "not beyond the realm of pos-
Blasi described impeachment as
the act of formally charging the
president with "high crimes and
misdemeanors." H o w e v e r.