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Eighty-Three Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXIV, No. 111 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, February 12, 1974 Ten Cents

Eight Pages

Union: Ripping


stud ent

Burger wave
The city's Planning Commission is holding a public
hearing today at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Cham-
bers at City Hall on the proposed construction of a
"Liberty Commercial Center" at the corner of Liberty
and Maynard. Included in the three-story design is a
plan to introduce a Burger King restaurant as the
building's ground floor. All citizens interested in ex-
pressing their views about the proposal can speak at
the hearing. If the Planning Commission approves the
proposal, it goes next to the City Council, which will not
necessarily hold a hearing on the issue.
Thompson to speak
Hunter Thompson, Prince of Gonzo Journalism, ex-
sportswriter, and current national affairs editor for Roll-
ing Stone magazine will speak today at Hill Aud. as this
week's Future Worlds lecturer. Thompson's incisive
writing style has caricatured such uniquely American
target as Las Vegas, the Superbowl, and Richard Nixon,
who he described in a charitable moment as "a broken
little bully who would sacrifice us all to save himself."
The lecture begins at 3 p.m. Admission costs $1.
Drive supported
The drive to halt a proposed McDonald's restaurant
on Maynard St. apparently is gaining widespread sup-
port among city residents. Petitions circulated for the
past week by the Stop McDonald's Committee have been
signed by over 4,000 people. Some 500 petitions have
not yet been returned to the group's office. Those who
wish to sign or circulate petitions can call 761-7148.
Exchanges overloaded
An extremely large volume of calls in the city's 76
and 66 telephone dialing districts has prompted Michigan
Bell to install a third office under a 99 exchange. The
new exchange, scheduled to open on March 2, will
"redistribute traffic between the two existing offices,"
according to Harry Kenworthy of Michigan Bell. Pri-
vate customers with the exchange numbers of 76 and
66 are being asked to change voluntarily to the 99 listing,
and phones will be switched over to 99 as they go out
of use, Kenworthy says.
Happenings . . .
. today are topped by a meeting of the University
Housing Council in the SGC chambers on the third floor
of the Union at 4 p.m. The group will discuss Alice
Lloyd's coed bathrooms . . . Feminists in Struggle To-
gether (FIST) are meeting in E. Quad's Strauss Lounge
at 7:30 p.m. . . . students and staff from the business,
law and social work schools are holding a lunchtime
conversation on opportunities for women in traditional
and non-traditional fields from noon to 2 p.m. in con-
ference rooms 4 and 5 of the League . . . Sri Shinmoy,
Indian Spiritual Master, will give a lecture and medita-
tion at 10:30 a.m. at Rackham Amphitheater . . . and
Princeton University music Prof. Milton Babbitt presents
a lecture entitled, "Since Schoenberg" at 4 p.m. in the
School of Music Recital Hall.
Consciousness up,
Interest in raising families has declined and concern
for women's rights has increased among college fresh-
persons, a survey conducted by UCLA and the American
Council of Education shows. The study, released over
the weekend, was based on questioning of 189,733 fresh-
persons entering 360 institutions across the country.
Only 56 per cent listed "raising a family" as an essen-
tial objective, a decline from 65 per cent last year and
71 per cent the year before. The statement, "Activities
of married women are best confined to the home and
family" drew a favorable response from 30.4 per cent,
whereas three years ago 47.8 per cent agreed.
Reporters to sue
A reporters' organization has decided to sue AT&T
to stop the telephone company from turning over jour-
nalists' telephone records in secret to law enforcement
officials. Responding to an: earlier demand by the Re-
porters Committee for Freedom of the Press, AT&T
disclosed that the telephone records of at least four news
organizations and five journalists in Washington were

secretly subpoenaed by federal officials in recent years.
The committee said yesterday it would file suit within
the next three weeks alleging that the telephone com-
pany should be required to notify journalists and news
organizations of any such subpoena.
Dope note
U. S. Customs agents at Miami International Airport
thought something was wrong with Rip's sense of smell
when the dog started barking at crates containing mas-
sive concrete pedestals for a shipment of lawn statues.
But they decided to investigate and checked out the 10
pedestals, each of which was about five feet tall and
weighed 400 pounds. After drilling through 14 inches of
steel-reinforced concrete on the. first pedestal, the agents
discovered a sealed, galvanized steel can containing
about 80 pounds of high quality Jamaican marijuana.
On the inside . .
... The Arts Page presents a review of the Women in
the Reel World film festival by Beth Nissen . . . David
Stoll examines last week's Exxon demonstration on the
Editorial Page . . and John Kahler and Jim Ecker have
the full lowdown on the Mi-higan-Northwestern basket-
bAl1 game on the Snorts Page.

Daily News Analysis
"We put our h e a r t s into the
Union; they are still there. If the
boys give theirs, then indeed will
the Michigan Union be the very
heart of the campus." - Edward
Parker, founder and first president
of the Michigan Union, 1903.
The former student president of
the Michigan Union would prob-
ably cringe today if he heard some
of the comments made about the
University center.
One high University official
called it "one of most anti-student
places on campus."
A Union worker claims that
"many students never set foot
inside the building."

Inconsistencies, secrecy plague board's practic

FEW STUDENTS realize that
their money is being used to fund
the Union. Fewer still realize that
the Union policies are made by a
Board of Directors described by a
University official as an "outmod-
ed governance system for some-
thing that may once have existed."
Consequently, he said, "students
are getting screwed."
While the Board of Directors has
"full power to supervise and con-
trol all activities of the Union," it
lacks any real accountability to
the students.

Apparently, however, this does
not bother some members. Prof.
Sallie Churchill, one of the three
faculty board members, says that
the Michigan Union is "not a stu-
dent Union where the primary pur-
pose is for student services."
agrees with the Union's constitu-
tion, which says the Union should
"provide a meeting place for fac-
ulty, alumni, and students of the
But who supports the Union?

Prof. Churchill claims th
"primary support has been
dollars." Their support is re
in the Alumni Association
offices in the basement
Union-one of the plushest
in the building.
Only male students, ho
pay a fee of $6.50 per stud(
semester into the University
eral fund to provide supp
the Union. (Women's fees
the League.)

at the bers are reluctar
alumni fact known.
eflected Harlan Mulder
's free board member r
of the bur Pierpont, vi
offices chief financial off
versity, refused
wever, tions concerning
ent per funding of the Uni
's gen- said he "has the
ort for he is not going to
support Furthermore, M
give out any infor
said, he had "the
d mem- viewing" the qu

possible relationships which might
es be included in this article.
CHRIS WHITE, University Ac-
nt to make this tivities Center president and mem-
ber of the board, points out that
an ex-officio once the money is put into the
epresenting Wil- general fund, which also consists
ce-president and of state and federal endowments,
icer for the tUni- and to the University, it is easy
to answer ques- for the board to say the "money is
direct student not student fees anymore."
on. His secretary The Union, a non-profit organiza-
information but tion, has no straight across-the-
release it. board criteria for deciding rental
[ulder refused to rates - the decisions are merely
mation unless, he value judgments which, according
privilege of re- to one University official, is a cam-
otes, ideas and See INCONSISTENCIES, Page 2

Truckers start"
work supl
crisis relieved
By AP and Reuter
Despite pockets of resistance from militant drivers, the
majority of independent truckers appeared yesterday to have
abandoned their protest shutdown against higher fuel prices.
After 11 violence-scarred days that left two drivers dead,
scores injured and 100,000 workers temporarily without a job,
truck traffic was reported at near-normal levels in most
states and vital produce was rolling once more to market.
OFFICIALS of the New England Produce Center and at several
Midwest livestock markets reported receipts close to or above pre-
strike levels. Truck stops in a number of states began pumping diesel

A marriage
Herb David, who has made musical instruments in Ann Arbor for twelve years, tunes up his most recent and perhaps proudest accomplish-
ment-a Baroque lute-in his workshop on State Street. Begun more than a year ago, the lute is made of spruce from the Alps, rosewood
from India, and Peruvian mahogany. "What I do is marry the wood," explains David. "I see if it lives well together, and if it does it's a
lasting relationship."

U.S., Europe, Japan


oil talk

fuel for the first time in a week.
U. S. automakers reported that
yesterday, and that 15,000 indus-
try workers either laidoff or plac-
ed on short shifts because of the
truckers' strike were back at
And in the state where the strike
was believed strongest, Ohio, truck
traffic was reported yesterday at
80 per cent of prestrike levels.
Scattered incidents of violence
continued, however, and some
drivers pledged to continue the
protest now or in the future, des-
pite an agreement reached last
Thursday with officials in Wash-
rorted early yesterday in at least
four states, and vandalism --most-
1v shattered windshields - in sev-
eral others.
WILLIAM USERY, the Nixon ad-
ministration's chief labor negotia-
tor, told reporters that a survey
by the Department of Transporta-
tion showed =truck traffic had in-
creased for the second straight
Usery said the Transportation
Department survey included traffic
counts and checks with state po-
lice and truck stops. It showed
that truck traffic was 90 per cent
of what it was at the same time
a year ago, he said.
The settlement arrived at last
week calls for a six per cent freight
rate surcharge to make up for
higher diesel fuel costs and guar-
antees of ample supplies of fuel,
including Sunday sales. However,
some drivers insist they need an
immediate price rollback.
Florida as in other states, but a
spokesman for the owner-drivers
there maintained the strike would
"The truckers who are on the
road today are fellows who have
been shut down and are broke,"
said Ben Savage.
Most Texas independent truckers
also went back on the road yes-
terday, although leaders complain-
ed about the Washington agree-

production had returned to normal
coal strike
goes into
2nd day
By AP and Reuter
LONDON -- Miners formed pic-
ket lines in -driving rain and wind
outside British coal mines yes-
terday as the nation's campaign
for the Feb. 28 general election
began on the second day of a na-
tionwide' coal strike.
Fear of union-management vio-
lence in the strikebound coalfields
grew with reports of angry con-
frontations at several mines. Pic-
kets were out in force at some
sites despite union instructions to,
limit picketing to six men per
Generally, however, the strikers
remained orderly in compliance
with union leadership requests.
LABOR Party leader Harold
Wilson, embarking, on his fourth
campaign, led the verbal attack on.
Prime Minister Edward Heath,
whom Wilson accused of using the
strike by 270,00 as a smokescreen.'
for failing economic policies.
Wilson promised that a Labor
Party government would national-
ize Britain's all-important North
Sea Oil resources and place the
processing and distribution of the
oil under "full government con-
Liberal party leader Jeremy
Thorpe blasted the Conservatives'
controversial pledge to cut strik-
ers' welfare benefits, calling the
plan half-baked and unjust.
See BRITISH, Page 2

By AP and Reuter
WASHINGTON - The U n i t e d
States, the European Economic
Community and Japan yesterday
called for an early conference of
both oil producing and consuming
nations to help resolve the world-
wide energy crisis.
This early accord emerged in
the opening hours of a 13-nation
conference of the world's major
users of oil arranged in Washing-
ton by the United States.
IT RAISED hopes that useful
and constructive steps w o u 1 d
emerge by the time the meeting
ends today.
Secretary of State Henry Kis-

singer, along with President Nixon
the driving force behind the confer-
ence, set the scene with a U.S.
offer to share its energy resources
and technology to overcome the
energy shortage.
Nixon urged the leaders of 13
oil-consuming nations to avoid
what he called "isolation in the
energy field" by asking business
deals that are in the interest of all
point plan for international co-
operation; urged a second confer-
ence of oil - consuming nations
which would include the poorer
states; and said a third conference
should be held by May 1 between

City Council passes
election ordinance bill

both producers and consumers.
The nine - member C o m m o n
Market said a joint meeting should
come as soon as April 1. Japan set
no date but said it should be held
as early as possible.
French Foreign Minister Michel
Jobert, who has favored a confer-
ence embracing all nations, has
not yet spoken. There was ne im-
mediate indication whether he
would fall in line with the Ameri-
cans, the Japanese and the Com-
mon Market.
Kissinger, who is presiding over
the conference, spoke about TU S.
plans to spend $23.5 billion in pri-
vate and public funds over the next
five years in launching its goal for
e n e r g y self-sufficiency by the
"THE UNITED States," he said,
"is prepared to make a major con-
tribution of its most advanced
energy research and dev..-lopnient
to a broad program of international
cooperation in energy."
"We would be prepared to allo-
cate an agreed portion of our total
petroleum supply provided other
consumer countries with indigen-
ous production do likewise."
Kissinger's seven-point program
listed areas for international co-
These were: conservation; en-
ergy sources other than oil; re-
search and development; emer-
gency energy sharing; international
financial cooperation; aid to the
less developed countries, and con-
sumer-producer relations.
THE AMERICAN views were
echoed last night by President
Nixon at a formal working dinner
at the White House for the heads
of delegations to the conference.
Nixon said the United States will


City Council last night gave
final approval to a slightly amend-
ed version of the Election Control
Ordinance that was initially ap-
proved a month ago.
The finalized ordinance, passed
last night in a 7-4 vote, differed
from the initital ordinance pro-
posal in that it requires earlier
disclosure of campaign finance
statements, and flatly prohibits all
contributions f r o m corporations
and businesses.
INSTEAD OF being required to
file statements between the fifth
and second day before taking of-
fice, under the amended ordinance
candidates must file between 'he
te-th and seventh day, before. This

itation on the total amount that,
can be spent in a campaign, and
charged that differences in the
amount of funds available to can-
didates can seriously influence an
election's outcome.
"I don't think any election re-
form bill is going to be meaning-
ful unless it has an upper limit on
spending," council member Jerry
DeGrieck (HRP-First Ward) ex-
plained. "The only way to prevent
an election from being bought is
to have such an upper limit."
M A Y O R JAMES Stephenson,
however, countered this objection
in a detailed address at the be-
ginning of the meeting. The mayor
contended that "an ordinance with
spending limitations would be im-
possible to enforce without aso
nrovidrina 1Pa ew walchdoe agecvr

Club revels in science fiction

Early each evening, countless students cover
every square inch of the Markley Hall lobby,
craning necks and heads in order to obtain a bet-
ter view of "Star Trek" which glows from the
elevated TV set.
Ro Nagey, as president of the Stilyagi Air Corps,
the University's science fiction organization, says
that in the true science fiction fan world, these
well-meaning enthusiasts would be tagged "mind-
less trogs."
NAGEY MAY be entitled to such contempt. He's
been reading science fiction literature since the
age of eight when "Analog" magazine first came
to him, with, according to his description, "its
covers filled with half-dressed airls in diaphon-

stories are "our modern fables.'
NAGEY SUGGESTED that people read science
fiction for two reasons - to escape reality and to
come closer to it, and the basically ideal story
form, the fable, would allow them to do both.
Science fiction can also be termed a "modern
myth" as Nagey says. He admits it sounds preten-
tious to claim that a field which can quickly de-
generate into a dribble of a chilling or adventur-
ous story may be the current day replacement
for classical philosophy.
"Well, it's not fiction about science, certainly."
Nagey continued. "But it attempts to find the
meaning in science as well as in the scientific-
technological society mankind is creating."
"IT'S MULTI-VARIEDf--call it speculative fic-

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