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Eighty-Three Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 77

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, Decembeer 8, 1973

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

Chapin pleads inuocent
Former presidential appointments secretary Dwight
Chapin pleaded innocent yesterday to charges that he
lied to the Watergate grand jury about the activities of
convicted political saboteur Donald Segretti. Chapin was
released on personal recognizance. The Nov. 29 indict-
ment alleged Chapin made numerous false statements
to the grand jury regarding directions he gave Segretti
and his knowledge of Segretti's doings. Chapin, a worker
in Nixon election campaigns since 1962 and a top firt-
term aide, was assistant to the President until he re-
signed Feb. 28. His trial is scheduled to start Feb. 19.
Mitchell refuses to cop plea
Former Attorney General John Mitchell has refused
to plead guilty to one count of participating in a Water-
gate cover-up in order to escape prosecution on other
possible charges, the Washington Star-News repored
yesterday. The newspaper quoted informed sources as
saying Mitchell, already under indictment on a cam-
paign violation charge involving fugitive financier Ro-
bert Vesco, was made the offer by former Watergate
special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Truckers threaten stoppage
Protesting truckers warned the government yester-
day to ease the truck fuel shortage or face a two-day
nationwide truck stoppage next week. In a two-hour
meeting with Transportation Secretary Claude Brinegar,
a delegation representing some of the protesting truckers
asked for "concrete action to ease the crisis." Brinegar
told the truckers they appeared "to have a legitimate
complaint" about fuel shortages at truck stops, and
promised to get them "some answers by Monday." The
truckers have threatened a nationwide stoppage Dec.
13 and 14 to dramatize their plight.
Happenings . . .
.. .offer a plethora of cultural events . . . Cinema
Guild presents the Marx Brothers in Monkey Business
in the Arch. Aud., 7 and 9:05 p.m. . . . Cinema II shows
The Kremlin Letter, Aud. A, Angell Hall, at 7 and 9
p.m. . . . in theatre, PTP presents Richard Kiley Plays
Cervantes, Power Center, 3 and 8 p.m. and Shaw's You
Never Can Tell, Mendelssohn, 3 and 8 p.m. . . . The
University Players perform Shakespeare's Cymbeline
in Trueblood Aud. at 8 p.m. . . . the R. C. Players pre-
sent a demonstration of a work in progress in E. Quad
Aud. at 8 p.m. . . . for the musically oriented, a Ren-
aissance concert by the Oberlin Collegium Musicum
takes place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at 8 p.m.
. .. and Mitch Halberstadt will read his poetry at the
Del Rio bar at 2 p.m.
U.N. endorses military cuts
The United Nations General Assembly last night
overwhelmingly endorsed a Soviet proposal that the five
nuclear powers cut their military budgets by 10 per cent
and grant 10 per cent of the savings as aid to develop-
ing countries. Eighty-three members voted for the Soviet
resolution, Moscow's major political initiative at this
current session. China and Albania voted against it, and
38 members - including the United Stated - abstained.
Papers call for impeachment
The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News,
both of which supported President Nixon for re-election,
yesterday urged that he be impeached. The newspapers,
published by Marshall Field V, said that with Gerald
Ford now sworn in as vice president, impeachment is
imperative to determine Nixon's guilt or innocence i the
Watergate scandal and related events. The Sun-Times
said, "The President's culpability seems to us to be
beyond question. But it is only through the impeach-
ment procedure that his guilt or innocence can be estab-
lished. The Daily News said, "The combined impact of
the problems has seriously crippled the nation and the
President himself in his capacity to govern . .. By fol-
lowing the impeachment procedure, Congress will have
done its duty to move the nation out of its disastrous
slough and onto higher ground."

In yesterday's Daily, we reported that SGC member
David Faye co-sponsored a resolution last week con-
demning the University's alleged use of "quotas." Faye
did not, in fact, co-sponsor the resolution. And while
we're apologizing, we reported that a 5 per cent property
tax jump for Ann Arbor has grown unlikely thanks to
a recent appeals court ruling. The truth of the matter
is that the ruling makes the 5 per cent hike more likely.
Market soars
For the second consecutive day, bargain hunting in
an enormously oversold market sent stocks to a spark-
ling rally in hectic trading yesterday on the New York
Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average,
which soared to its sixth greatest gain ever in the prev-
ious session - 25.81 points - was ahead 23.63 to 937.75
a few minutes befdre the close. The index of 30 blue chips
gained almost non-stop all day. The two-day rally follows
the worst five and a half week period in Dow history.
On the inside
The Arts Page features a review by Alvin Charles
Katz of the PTP production of Shaw's You Never Can
Tell . . . Beth Nissen remarks on abortion counseling in
Ann Arbor on the Editorial Page . . . and sportswriter

Bahama court
not to extradite




NASSAU, Bahamas (T) - A Bahamian magistrate refused
yesterday to order fugitive financier Robert Vesco extradicted
to the United States.
Magistrate Emmanuel Osadebay ruled that a federal wire
fraud charge was not an extraditable offense under a 1931
Bahamian-American treaty.
VESCO is wanted on two other major charges in the United States,
including a federal conspiracy indictment involving an alleged secret
$200,000 campaign contribution to President Nixon. He also faces a civil
suit charging fraud of mutual fund investors of $224 million.
After the ruling, U. S. Atty. Paul Curran of New York conferred
with Bahamian counsel to find out whether "we may have some rights
of review. If so, we may pur.sue them."

A Pnoto
FIRST-DAY VICE PRESIDENT Gerald Ford talks to reporters yesterday in Washington during a news
conference. Ford rejected the possibility of impeachment and commented, "I know the President is not
going to resign."

For begins



Under Bahamian law no direct
appeal of such a decision is pos-
sible, but legal sources said there
could be an appeal to the Baha-
mian Supreme Court on a point of
VESCO, 38, was not present in
court. Authorities said that his
$75,000 cash bond and travel docu-
ments confiscated upon his arrest
in Nassau on Nov. 6 will be return-
Osadebay ruled that "even if the
wire fraud were an extraditable
offense under the treaty, the Unit-
ed States failed to produce evi-
dence before this court sufficient
to put the accused, Robert Vesco,
to his trial . .."
Osadebay said prosecution affi-
davits were insufficient, some of
them based on hearsay and lacking
in documentation.
HE SAID there is in Bahamian
law no offense "substantially sim-
ilar" to that of wire fraud in Amer-
ican law, as required by the ex-
tradition agreement.
Vesco was charged with wire
fraud in the embezzlement of $50,-
000 from International Controls
Corp. of Fairfield, N. J., of which
he was board chairman and chief
executive officer. The indictment
alleges Vesco used the money via
wire to buy personal stock in In-
vestors Overseas Services, Ltd., a
Geneva-based mutual fund.
In Buenos Aires, meanwhile,
sources said Vesco could be liable
for extradition in Argentina despite
a court ruling in his favor.
VESCO WENT to Argentina in
October to prepare a haven in the
event it became necessary, offic-
ials said. He obtained a ruling from
Federal Judge Luis Maria Rodri-
guez that there would be no
grounds for his extradition should
any case arise.
Sources said yesterday Rodri-
guez ruled only on "political
"If Vesco came here, the Unit-
ed Statesswould immediatelyask
for his extradition on criminal
grounds, and, according to the
treaty, it looks like they would be
successful," the source said.
VESCO'S CHIEF defense coun-
sel, Bahamian attorney Eugene
Dupuch, told the court after the
reading of the 31-page opinion that
the prosecution's case had been
"pitifully, woefully and abysmal-
ly without virtue."
It was the second time a country
denied an American request for
Vesco's extradition. Costa Rica
was the first. Vesco has been a
part-time resident and investor in
both Costa Rica and the Bahamas.

Lee Gill
President Lee Gill has been ar-
raigned on a charge of assault and
battery stemming from a shoving
incident in the SGC chambers sev-
eral weeks ago.
Gill has pleaded not guilty to the
charge and faces a hearing on
January 3 before District Court
Judge Sandorf Elden. The crime
he is charged with is a misde-
meanor punishable by a maximum
$100 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
THE SHOVING incident occur-
red when Gill attempted to remove
controversial former SGC Treas-
urer David Schaper from SGC's of-
fices on the third floor of the Un-
A secretary complained to Gill
that Schaper, who is not a stu-
dent here, was making unauthor-
ized use of council facilities. Gill
asked Schaper to leave. Schaper
refused, and Gill escorted him
bodily from the office.
Former SGC Vice President
Sandy Green, who witnessed the
incident, says that "absolutely no
physical violence occurred. Lee
forced David to leave the office,
but I would have done the same
thing myself."
SCHAPER, who o r i g i n a l l y
brought the assault charge against
Gill, has refused to comment on
the matter.
Schaper has been involved in
several efforts to remove Gill from
office in past months. Recently he
distributed an anonymous leaflet
charging Gill with attempted em-
bezzlement. No proof of the ac-
cusation has yet been advanced,
and Gill has denied the charge.

reaffirms faith

By AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Gerald Ford
embarked on his vice presidency
yesterday with a firm defense of
President Nixon and a rejection of
suggestions that Nixon has be-
come a political liability for Re-
He spent part of the day fulfill-
ing his constitutional duty of pre-
status of
in doubt
1)o Oriental-Americans qualify
for minority student scholarships?
This issue appears to have been
raised by the case of an Oriental-
American student who was forced
to bypass regular channels in the
Graduate Office of Minority Affairs
in order to receive a scholarship.
Some of the office's Black and
Chicano representatives have op-
posed the classification of Orien-
tal-Americans as a minority for
purposes of granting University
Opportunity Award Scholarships.
IN CONTRAST, the prevailing
attitude among Oriental students
themselves and their sympathizers
is that they are a legitimate minor-
ity and deserve equal considera-
tion with Blacks, Chicanos and
others in the allocation of avail-
able minority scholarship funds.
The Opportunity Award program
began operating in 1967 with limit-
ed funding for graduate students.
Monies were allocated to help
graduate students with unusual or
unexpected financial problems.
D~ecisions were made by Rack-
hani Dean George Hay and his
assistant D~wight Durner.

siding over the Senate, part on
his new responsibilities and part
in seeking to quell speculation he
might soon have to take over for
the Watergate-weakened President.
"I DON'T THINK there is any
possible prospect" of that, Ford
told reporterssduringsa late-morn-
ing photo session outside the Sen-
ate. "I just took this job and I
Jon't think I ought to talk about
Several hours later, after a 45-
minute White House meeting with
Nixon, the new vice president told
a formal news conference, "The
President has no intention what-
soever of resigning."
As for the impeachment proceed-
ings already under way in the
House, Ford said these would con-
tinue. However, he added, "I see
no evidence whatever that wunid
justify a favorable vote in the
House of Representatives" on the
impeachment resolution.
HE SAID HE expects Nixon to
release full details of his personal
finances and his role in the Inter-
national Telephone & Telegraph Co.
(ITT) and milk fund cases by the
end of December.
"When all the facts are out,"
Ford said, "he did assure me he
will be completely exonerated,
there willnbe no fair charges of
Ford also said:
-He will preside over the Na-
tional Security Council and the Do-
mestic Council in Nixon's absence,
has been given an office on the
House side of the Capitol and will
perform the same political role as
have other vice presidents;
-He plans to stick close to Con-
gress until the present session ends
and has "no plans at this point for
any overseas travel;"
-He accepted the somewhat
ceremonial though potentially im-
portant post as vice president be-
cause "I wanted to help in any
way I could the President and the
administration and, to that extent,
the country;" and,
-"I don't think the President is

Ln N ixon
promptly pledged to see that GOP
members are given a greater
policy-making role at the White
In an acceptance statement,
Rhodes said, "Pennsylvania Av-
enuetshould always be a two-way
street and I feel strongly that
members of the House should be
permitted to make the policy-shap-
ing contribution which they are
fully capable of making.
"It is my sincere hope that the
Republican House members will be
able to project to the American
people a well-earned image of a
truly united front."
TO RESTORE confidence in the
presidency, F o r d said, Nixon
should continue to travel around
the country, hold press confer-
ences, and continue meetings with
small groups of congressmen.
"But the real thing that will
swing the pendulum back to faith
in the President is accomplish-
ments," Ford said.
He added that if Nixon can ne-
gotiate a lasting peace in the Mid-
dle East. "there will be a ground-
swell of support."

UAC-Daystar releases updated
information on Dylan concert
The mystery of the Dylan concert tickets continues.
Ticket arrangements thus far have sounded like
something out of Mission Impossible. Each time a new
set of instructions has been issued, it has "self-
destructed" in a few hours.
THE LATEST reports from UAC-Daystar, the con-
cert's promoters, say that tickets will go on sale next
Friday, at a location to be disclosed that day by the
Detroit News and the Ann Arbor News.
Only money orders will be accepted, and they must
be made payable to UAC-Daystar.
There is a limit of four tickets per person. Prices
are $6, $7, and $8.50. Each order must include a
stamped self-addressed envelope.
IF YOU WERE one of the lucky ones that didn't
pet a hnsv signal and nreacevstr eat 763-

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