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Eighty-Three Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXIV, No. 84 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, January 1 1, 1974 Ten Cents

Eight Pages

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are the winning numbers in this week's Michigan
State Lottery. The second chance numbers are 140 and
138.
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Soviet scholar coming
Dr. Gyorgy Arbatov, perhaps the Soviet Union's lead-
ing specialist on the United States, will be at the Uni-
versity tomorrow through Jan. 19 as the Arthur H.
Vandenburg Lecturer. Dr. Arbatov, director of the In-
stitute of the U.S.A. of the Academy of Sciences in the
USSR, is known for his work in international relations,
and is a foreign policy advisor to Soviet party boss Leo-
nid Brezhnev. He will deliver a lecture entitled "The
United States in the 1970s - The View from Moscow" at
4 p.m. Tuesday in the Assembly Room of Rackham.
Joni Mitchell tickets
Tickets for the upcoming Joni Mitchell concert will go
on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. instead of at 11 a.m. as
previously announced. The time change, according to
concert organizers, is being made because of the long
lines expected at the sales outlet here. Tickets will be
sold in the lobby of the Union.
Happenings .. .
... are many and varied. Courtesy of the University's
astronomy department, everyone will have a chance to
see 1974's first new celebrity: Comet Kohoutek. The ob-
servatory on the fifth floor of Angell Hall will be open to
the general public from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. Judge for
yourself whether Kohoutek is a cosmic cutie or a celes-
tial flop ... The Michigan Union Duplicate Bridge Club
meets tonight (and every Friday night) at 7:30 in the
Union's Assembly Room. It costs $1.50 per player to
enter-the price includes refreshments and pizza . .
There will be a lecture on Eckankar, the science of total
awareness, tonight at 7:30 in the Faculty Club Lounge of
the Union . . . And don't forget International Folk danc-
ing, every Friday night at 8 p.m. at Barbour Gym.
Kissinger in Spain
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will hold brief
talks with Spanish Foreign Minister Pedro Cortina in Ma-
drid today during a refueling stop on his way to Cairo
from Washington, State Department officials said yes-
terday. The Spanish parley is expected to concern rela-
tions between Spain and the United States, and may also
constitute a briefing for Spanish officials on the volatile
Mideast situation.
Mideast peace still shaky
While Kissinger sped towards the Middle East yes-
terday, the shaky peace between Arabs and Israelis
continued its steady decay. One Israeli soldier was killed
and five others wounded on the Egyptian front in what
Israeli spokesmen said was building to a war of attri-
tion. The soldier - at least the fifteenth to die in border
clashes since the October cease-fire - was killed in ex-
changes of small arms fire yesterday morning on the
west bank of the Suez. The Syrian front was reported
quiet.
Swearing-in delayed
New York Mayor Abraham Beame postponed at the
last minute the swearing-in of the city's first black
deputy mayor yesterday because of a possible illegal
contribution. The appointee, N, Y. State Senator Joseph
Galiber, was being investigated for a $2,000 campaign
donation which was deposited in a bank account other
than his campaign account. Said a Beame spokesperson:
"Until Galiber has a fairly clean bill of health, he will
not be sworn in." Galiber is the third major Beame ap-
pointee who has run into difficulties from campaign and
income tax investigators.
Julie in Wonderland

A children's story about a White House dog written by
Julie Nixon Eisenhower is being published this month
by the Saturday Evening Post. The story, "Pasha Passes
By," was inspired by one of the three Nixon dogs. It is
Julie's first published work, and the first duty she has
performed as a part-time $10,000-a-year assistant editor
for the magazine.
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'Women and' the Law'
According to "Women and the Law," a booklet pub-
lished by the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union, women
cannot be legally forced to change their surnames when
they marry. The booklet suggests that women not an-
nounce their marriages in newspapers so voter regis-
trars won't know about it, that they renew their drivers'
licenses in their own names, and that they be persistent
in maintaining that they have a right to establish credit
and take out insurance in their original names.
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On the inside *. .
Christopher Parks previews the upcoming city
elections on the Editorial Page . . . The Arts Page fea-
tures Cinema Weekend . . . and Jim Ecker reviews
the performance of basketball coach Johnny Orr on the
Sports Page.
4

City faces

increased

financial

By GORDON ATCHESON
The city may be faced with a
sizable deficit in fiscal 1974 - a
year for which the city adminis-
tration had predicted a balanced
budget - thus compounding an al-
ready unprecedented financial
crisis, The Daily learned yester-
day.
In an exclusive interview, City
Administrator Sylvester Murray
said that revenue figures for the
fiscal year ending June 30, reveal
that municipal income is running
about $100,000 behind anticipated
levels.
MURRAY indicated significant
reductions in expenditures there-
fore will be recommended, in a re-
'State of
City' talky
delivered
By CHERYL PILATE
Amid the friendly jokes and
camaraderie of a Chamber of
Commerce banquet, City Adminis-
trator Sylvester Murray last night
delivered the annual State of The
City address.
"We can be optimistic tonight
amid our problem," commented
Murray, referring to the city's
hefty $1.1 million budget deficit.
"Ann Arbor is not the only city
that is facing a deficit."
THE PRIMARY causes for the
city's debt, he explained, are
"wage increases for city em-
ployes" which have jumped about
35 per cent during the past five
years, and the steadily decreasing
revenue collected from the Univer-
sity for police and fire protection.
On the positive side, Murray em-
phasized the progress made local-
ly in the areas of mass transit, hu-
man resource services, and com-
mercial development - such as the
Briarwood shopping center.
In the prepared text of his
speech, Murray outlined the plan-
ned development of the massive
Huron River Park and Recreation-
al Complex. The 1500 acre river
park stretches from the northwest
to the southeast corners of the
city and will be open to the public
later this year.
OTHER PLANNED im-
provements for the city include a
bike way system providing a
"unique link among all the city
parks, neighborhoods , shopping
areas and recreational areas" and
a computer traffic signal system
that is scheduled to be operational
in this sesquicentennial year.
Despite the budgetary problems,
Murray pointed out that "the qual-
ity of life in the city remains at a
relatively high level." He went on
to cite several possible solutions to
the situation, including a local in-
come tax.
But Murray did not endorse the
income tax, commenting that other
cities have not solved their budget
woes by such a method.
MURRAY ALSO listed other
steps which have been taken to
reduce the deficit including money-
saving modifications in several

city programs and administrative
economies in all municipal depart-
ments.
Murray assured his audience that
all departments were doing their
utmost to guarantee local resi-
dents will "receive a dollar's
worth of work for a dollar's worth
of tax money."

$100,000 deficit predicted in munici pal revenues

port now being prepared for City
Council, as an alternative to fur-
ther deficit spending.
Although he refused to discuss
specific dollar amounts, Murray
said the revenue areas lagging be-
hind estimates include licenses,
permits, and fees, and, federal
grant allocations.
The city currently has a $1.1 mil-
lion deficit accumulated over the
past five years. As a result of the
debt, the state Municipal Finance
Commission ordered the city to
adopt a deficit reduction plan.

A plan re-allocating $300,000 this
year to slash the debt has been
tentatively approved by the com-
mission, although the agency orig-
inally requested a significantly
higher figure.
MURRAY said the commission
has not yet been informed of the
latest development and its reac-
tion would "not be good." Conceiv-
ably, the agency could step in and
assume complete control of the
city's finances, but such drastic ac-
tion seems unlikely.

Early last month, commission
director James Marling said the
city would be given a free hand in
solving the financial problems.
Nevertheless, he cautioned city of-
ficials that the agency would not
tolerate any more deficit spend-
ing.
Murray refused to discuss spe-
cific recommendations which will
be given to the council concerning
reduction of expenditures.
Since personnel allocations con-
stitute about three-quarters of the
municipal budget, that area has

received close scrutiny to deter-
mine possible cutbacks.
AMONG OPTIONS previously
brought before council - which
might be authorized to reduce
spending during the next six
months-are:
* forcing all city employes to
take an extra day a month off
without pay (saving $200,000);
* arbitrarily ordering each de-
partment to cut expenditures by
five per cent (saving $400,000);
A indefinitely laying off city
employes..

woes
Previously, the city has shied
away from dismissing employes,
but that policy might well be dis-
carded in light of the increasingly
tight financial picture.
Regardless of how expenditures
are reduced, the net result will be
less extensive and less efficient
city services.
COUNCIL approved the fiscal
1974 budget which was drafted to
balance at nearly $16 million last
May. Former City Administrator
Guy Larcom and former Asst. City
Administrator of Finance Kenneth
Sheehan authored the document
and assured council that the budget
See CITY, Page 8

'esigns

C0
resienc
Cites academic
considerat ions
Student Government Council President Lee Gill resigned
last night bringing to a close seven controversial months in
office.
Three Gill appointees - Administrative Vice-President
David Fowler, Coordinating Vice-President Terry Talbott, and
Treasurer Rosemary Mullin-also announced their resigna-
tions, only seconds before Gill stunned the crowded weekly
SGC meeting with his decision to quit.
GILL OFFICIALLY blamed "academic reasons" for his mid-term

resignation, unprecedented in SGC
history, but hinted that a series of
recent attempts by other Council
figures to remove him from office
played a key role in producing his
startling move.
SGC Executive Vice President
Jeff Schiller immediately became
president of Council, and caught
his first taste of executive crisis
as the meeting erupted into a
shouting and shoving match be-
tween Gill supporters seeking to
continue the session and opponents
who moved for an early adjourn-
ment.
Gill told last night's meeting "I
have to go back to being a stu-
dent;" and repeatedly emphasized
that school pressure was the sole
reason for his abrupt exit.
"I've been accepted by a couple
of law schools," he said, "but I
wanted to be accepted by a couple
more, and my grade point average
has got to rise."
IN A LATER interview, Gill
again pointed to "personal priori-
ties," but hinted that numerous
attacks on his administration and
his personal actions "discouraged"
in him.
.'S "It wasn't a matter on where
my enemies on SGC were at," he
said. "I beat them on every oc-
casion. It was my personal pri-
orities that mattered."
He added, however, "Mudsling-
ing and game-playing may be fun,
but I no longer have time to fight
people or court battles."
GILL WON his most recent
"battle" -' a trial last week in
owi whichthe city charged him with
ong assault and battery based on a
own complaint from controversial for-
and mer SGC Treasurer David Schaper.
-for The SGC president acted as his
ar- own attorney and won a quick
acquittal.
row Previously, Gill was the target
the of an unsigned leaflet which Scha-
will per helped distribute. The leaflet
arn- claimed Gill had embezzled some
far $8,500 of Council funds and es-
to caped prosecution with the aid of
to- See GILL, Page 2

Lee Gill:
A legacy
of tumult
By DAN BIDDLE
Daily News Analysis
The only uncontroversial thing
about Lee Gill - the only thing
that his outspoken friends and ene-
mies would agree on - is the
everpresent aura of controversy
that, has surrounded him.
It is altogether appropriate that
Gill closed out his seven - month
tenure as Student Government
Council president with an exit that
promises to trigger as much disa-
greement and uproar as anything
that happened in those tumultuous
seven months.
TYPICALLY, Gill's statements
last, night left room for a new
round of debate about the man
who rose with remarkable skill
from a conviction and jail term
for interstate car theft to become
the first black president of a stu-
dent body that is 92 per cent white.
Gill repeatedly emphasized last
night that his resignation stemmed
from academic rather than politic-
al pressure. "I've got to go back
to being a student," he said "I've
suffered in a lot of different ways
since I got on SGC."
But if the lanky, well-dressed
ex-Chicagoan felt pressure from his
professors, he must have "suffer-
ed" at least equally from the
seemingly continuous attacks on
his administration, his actions, and
his personal affairs.
FROM THE Campus Coalition
party and others came unproven
charges that Gill had embezzled
some $8500 in Council funds dur-
ing a bank transaction shortly aft-
er his landslide election to the top
SGC post last May. Most of the
See GILL, Page 2

Doily Photo by DAVID MARGOLICK
LEE GILL, former Student Government Council president, carrying a painting in one hand and booksi
the other, stalks out of the SGC offices in the Union after announcing his resignation at last night
Council meeting.
INTERNATIONAL TALKS:

Energy,
WASHINGTON (P-Secretary of
State Henry Kissinger said yester-
day thatnext month's meeting of
oil-consuming countries would be
the first in a conference series
aimed at stabilizing the world's
energy balance and economy.
Kissinger said at a news confer-
ence that the Nixon administration
was launching a diplomatic effort
of unprecedented scope to deal
with a global problem of unpre-
cedented size.
KISSINGER said this effort
seeks international agreements or
understandings on the sharing of

council called

energy technology among nations;
efforts to determine demand for
energy; and measures for conserv-
ing energy.
One serious problem, he empha-
sized was the fate of developing
energy-consuming nations all of
whose foreign aid would be wiped
out by the recent price increase
of foreign oil.
"Our estimate is that their bill
may approach $30 billion, which of
course far exceeds any of the aid
flows that anyone has ever pro-
jected," Kissinger said.
HE SAID THE United States is

in a strong position, with itso
energy resources and a str
economy, to take care of itso
energy n e e d s independently
through bilateral agreements-
example, by making separate
rangements with Arab nations.
However, he said such a nar.
approach would not be wise in
long run. "It could be that wev
be driven to this," Kissinger wa
ed, but he said it would be
better for the world's nations
solve the energy problems
gether.
Self-centered policies, he s
would only weaken the econom
of other nations and in time1
world economy would suffera
the nations would learn that
nation can prosper in isolation.'
Kissinger said the United St
could achieve self-sufficiency
energy, and perhaps even an
ergy surplus, within 10 to 15 yea
ONCE THAT happens, he sa
the United States would consi
sharing its energy with others.
To develop the long-range,g
bal energy policy, Kissinger s
a series of meetings was envisi
ed, beginning with the Feb.

Milliken calls for tax reduction

LANSING (UPI)-Addressing the
state legislatre in his annual State
of the State message, Gov. William
Milliken yesterday unveiled a plan
that he claims will save Michigan
taxpayers some $107 million over
the next two years.
Milliken said his tax cut program
would provide relief to virtually all

fect Jan. 1 and will provide rebates
to homeowners for two years.
The two tax relief programs, for-
mulated in the face of an economic
slowdown that is seen as a cer-
tainty, will cost the state a half-
billion dollars in revenues.
THE COMPREHENSIVE reduc-

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