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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 126

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, March 1, 1974

Ten Cents

Eight Pages


Register to vote!
Today is almost the last day you can register to vote
for the April 1 city elections. Registrars await your ar-
rival in the Union between 12 and 4 p.m. today, and at
City Hall and the Public Library. Latecomers can strag-
gle to City Hall until 9 p.m. or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
on Saturday, or 8 to 8 on Monday. Meanwhile, the
voter registration suit brought against the city by the
Democrats, Students Government Council, and the Hu-
man Rights Party will be heard in U. S District Judge
Damon Keith's courthouse in Detroit today. The plain-
tiffs are seeking two extra weeks of registration, allow-
ance of door-to-door registrars, three fixed enrollment
sites in the currently site-less Second Ward, and an
overturning of the city's ban on campaign sound trucks.
AFSCME contract terms
Several of the contract terms in the agreement reached
yesterday between the University and the union repre-
senting its 2,400 service and maintenance employes were
disclosed yesterday by union officials. The terms of the
tentative three-year contract between the University and
Local 1583 of the American Federation of State, County,
and Municipal Employes (AFSCME) are said to include
a 15 cent per hour pay raise this year, plus additional
15 cent raises in the two succeeding years, as well as
cost of living benefits based on the Consumer Price
Index. The union and University bargaining teams
have been bumping heads over the contract since last
October. Union members will vote on the pact later this
City loans disputed
Jamie Kenworthy, the Democrats' candidate for the
Fourth Ward City Council seat in April's city election,
has charged that the city has loaned more than $1 mil-
lion in park development funds to other city depart-
ments. Kenworthy says the loans, made to such areas as
highway improvement and the parking system, have
'uncertain" chances of ever getting paid back to the
park fund. City Administrator Sylvester Murray acknow-
ledged the existence of the loans but disagreed with
Renworthy's "uncertainty" on repayment of the money,
and noted that interdepartmental loaning is a fairly
common city practice.
Library finds a lot
The city school board last night inked approval for a
branch library site at Plymouth Mall. Approval is one
thing and creation is another, though. The board says
there are no plans to build on the 4,000-square foot site
in the shopping center in the near future, and no money
is available even if there were some plans. And if that's
not bad enough, library director Homer Chance says
the site isn't big enough. But there is obsolutely no ques-
tion that the site has been approved.
EMU, Cleary to mesh
The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents
have approved a merger of EMU and Cleary College, a
600-student business school in Ypsilanti. The coupling is
apparently an offer that Cleary couldn't refuse: the
smaller college owed EMU a large debt and is paying
it off through the merger, which requires state approval
before becoming final.
See ya later
It's been about a month since the new Daily editors
took over, and quite frankly, we are already tired. So
is our staff. It is with some sorrow but much joy that
we say good-bye, and have a good spring break. Look
forward to the indictment of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and
other hoods later today, and our return to publication
on Tuesday, March 12. These two events are not related.
662 and 835
. . . are this week's winning lottery numbers. The
second chance numbers are 088 and 616.
Happenings . .
today are political. The Farm Workers Support
Committee will collect people who want to picket Wrig-
ley's at the north door of the Union, 3:15 p.m. . . . New
World presents The Long Chain, a study of imperialism's
effect in India, along with Raga, a film about Ravi

Shankar, at E. Quad Aud., 8 p.m. . . . Hour of the Fur-
naces, Part I, a film about the revolutionary struggle in
Argertina, will be shown at the UGLI Multi-Purpose
room at 8 p.m.
Masterpiece defaced
A self-styled artist carrying an Iranian passport spray-
painted huge red letters across Picasso's masterpiece
"Guernica" in New York's Museum of Modern Art yes-
terday. The letters read, "Kill all lies," but museum
officials said the monumental painting has a thick var-
nish coat and was undamaged by the spray paint,
which washed off easily. The alleged vandal told po-
lice, "I'm an artist and I want to tell the truth."
On the inside .*..
. . . The Arts Page features a review of last night's
Netherlands Wind Ensemble concert by Tony Cecere
... fan mail and good advice from our readers pack the
Editorial Page ..- and Marc Feldman and Roger Ros-
siter preview basketball and hockey action coming
up over the break on the Snorts Page.

for visit
to campus
Supreme Court Justice William
Rehnquist is scheduled to came to
Ann Arbor ... . again. The ulti-
mate question this year is, will he
really come?
Rehnquist is scheduled to par-
ticipate in the Law School's annual
Campbell Competition, where skill-
ed law students present arguments
for hypothetical cases. Extending
an invitation to a Supreme Court
Justice is part of the tradition.
THE VISIT, so far, is strikingly
similar to his Mlanned visit last
year, also for the Campbell Com-
Rehnquist, however, was appar-
ently not the choice of many stu-
dents last year. His record includes
backing such measures as the
Huston plan (wiretapping), the re-
cent arrest-and-search decision,
and numerous other actions viewed
by many as an assault on the Bill
of Rights.
A mass protest was consequently
organized by the Lawyers' Guild
and the Black Students Organiza-
tion for the day that Rehnquist was
to appear.
THE DAY arrived, and so did
the pickets, the leaflets, and the
protesters. Everyone, in fact, ex-
cept Rehnquist, who was fogged in
at an airport en route to Detroit.
March 12, Rehnquist is going to
try it again, and the script appears
to be the same.
John Minock, ,a law student and
member of the Lawyers' Guild, is
organizing this year's protest and
is hoping that-this time-Rehnquist
will really appear to be greeted by
the masses.
AL KAUFMAN, last year's or
ganizer and an active--worker in
this year's protest as well, said
that a random poll of law students
taken Tuesday showed that prob-
ably s0 to 70 per cent of the law
students disagree with Rehnquist's
political philosophy.
As a result of this information,
Kaufman estimates a rather large
turnout from the Law School as
well as from other factions in the
The protest this year will be run
in much the same manner as last
year's-with picketing, leafleting,
and protesters.
Perhaps the chief difference-
and one that will be important to
the success of the protest-is that
this year's competition occurs while
school is still in session.
Last year's event took place-dur-
ing spring break.

Laborites inch






LONDON (Reuter) - Britain's
opposition Labor Party appeared
headed for a narrow win in the
British general election today -
but without enough strength to
take a secure hold on government.
With results in from more than
two thirds of the 635 electoral dis-
tricts computers predicted that La-
bor would take about 308 seats
with 297 going to the conserva-
AND IT seemed that the balance
of power would be held by a slight-
ly enlarged Liberal Party plus a,
handful of nationalists in Scotland,
Wales and Northern Ireland.
As the voting pattern became
clear, Labor Party leader Harold
Wilson reiterated his refusal to
engage in any coalition with the
The possibility remained that La-
bor could form a minority govern-
ment with tacit Liberal support.
But differences between the two
parties made it unlikely that such
an administration could long sur-
vive the stresses of Parliament -
which raised the prospect of yet
another general election later this
WHAT was certain was that
Prime Minister Edward Heath suf-
fered a severe rebuff in his gam-
ble of calling an election 17 months
before it was required in an effort
to secure a mandate for firm ac-
tion against labor unrest and in-
As the results poured in, Heath
looked grim. He abandoned plans
to attend a champagne party at
Conservative headquarters and in-
stead returned to his office.
Labor leader Harold Wilson also
took a cautious attitude. But one
of his top lieutenants, former De-
fense Minister Denis Healey, con-
fidently predicted that Labor would
recapture the power it lost in the
last general election of 1970.
THE LIBERALS appeared to be
gaining significant numbers of
votes at the expense of the other
two parties, but only barely were
the Liberal gains enough to snatch
seats away from the Tories or La-
Although Labor appeared to be
emerging as the biggest party in
Parliament, although short of a
majority, Wilson stuck to his often-
repeated refusal to entertain the
idea of a Labor-Liberal coalition.
There was no clear nationwide
pattern to the voting. Labor did
well in the heavily industrialized
north; the Conservatives fared bet-
ter in the South.
As Labor and the Tories battled
for control of the next Parliament,
it appeared the eventual outcome
might depend on the small Lib-
eral party, making a strong come-
back after a half century of roam-
ing the political wilderness.


Kung Fit!
The Chinese Kung Fu and Okinawan Shorinryu group give a demonstration of their art last night at the
I-M Bldg. Under the tutelage of black belt expert Herb Wong, the more advanced students learned to use
traditional weapons, such as the short "Sai" sword shown here.
Rosenberg sons strive
for parenr1-ts vindicationt

SGC faces
heavy debt'
of $3200
Student Government C o u n c il
(SGC) President Carl Sandberg
announced last night that SGC is
effectively $3200 in debt. The an-
nouncement followed s e v e r a 1
weeks of investigation into SGC's
financial affairs.
With approximately $5,000 still
in SGC back accounts but witla
over $9,000 in outstanding charges,
Sandberg declared a "temporary
freeze" on SGC allocations to con-
tinue indefinitely. All allocations
made from January 1 to the pres-
ent will not be paid.
SANDBERG then struck all mo-
tions involving allocations from
last night's agenda.
Announcing that "at this time
we cannot afford to run an election
in the style we are accustomed",
Sandberg reviewed the pro's and
con's of holdingthe next SGC
election in the fall rather than
this spring as is currently planned.
No action was taken on the sugges-
tion. '
In further action last night, Da-
vid Faye, (Campus Coalition Par-
ty) who fathered the proposal to
overhaul the Minority Affairs Com-
mittee two weeks ago, accused
Matt Hoffman (Screw SGC) of "de-
emphasizing the racial aspect of
the new Minority Affairs Commit-
Hoffman had introduced mo-
tions to create assistant director-
ships for Atheist affairs, Jewish
affairs, WASP affairs, and Chicano
affairs under various directorships
in the Minority Affairs Committee
of SGC. All motions except the
one concerning the Chicano assist-
ant directorship failed.
THE COMMITTEE, which now
has four directors for ethnic, re
See SGC, Page 3

Former University student Rob-
ert Meeropol knows his parents
were not spies. Now, after 20
years, he and his brother Michael
are taking the first steps toward
the vindication of their parents,
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
On June 19, 1953, after President
Eisenhower refused to grant a
last-minute reprieve, the Rosen-
bergs were electrocuted in Sing
Sing Federal Penitentiary.
THEY WERE executed for al-
legedly having given the secret of

Dems vote no support
for city rent control

The city Democratic Party last
night rejected a proposal presented
by the Tenants Union, and will not
go on record in favor of the rent
control charter amendment on the
April ballot.
Instead, the Democrats substi-
"Roles of Women: What Script
for Family Planning?", a confer-
ence concerned with population
control and other aspects of wo-

tuted a motion by Second Ward
Chairman Tom Wieder which in
effect would not "bind all City
Council candidates to a single po-
sition on the amendment," and
urged "each City Council candi-
date to make his or her position
on this amendment clearly known."
Wieder described the motion,
which passed, as "an effort to
make a policy of a de facto prac-
LAST NIGHT'S effort was an at-
tempt on the part of the Tenants
Union to gain the endorsement of
the Democratic party on the rent
control issue.
Last month the Democrats took
a stand on the general subject of
housing for its 1974 party platform,
but did not specifically mention
rent control.
Party chairman La ird Harris
was uncertain whether the Demo-
crats should take a solid stand on
the issnie.
"We did the only thing we could
honestly do, although maybe its
not the best thing we could do
politizally. We ar2 divided and

the atomic bomb to the Soviet
Union. In the anti-Communist hys-
teria of the times, the FBI called
it the "Crime of the Century."
The Rosenbergs left two sons.
behind them. Robert was six years
old when his parents were exe-
cuted, his brother Michael ten.
After their parents' death, the two
were adopted by a New York
couple named Meeropol.
After a few unfriendly incidents,
Robby and Michael learned to con-
ceal the identity of their true
parents. They have used the name
Meeropol since their adoption. Un-
til recently, only a few close
friends and associates knew their
Robby Meeropol transferred to
the University of Michigan in 1967
after his sophomore year at Earl-
ham College in Richmond, Ind. As
the product of foster parents with
radical politics and a New York
environment, Meeropol found the
heartland of Middle America too
IN ANN ARBOR, Meeropol quick-
ly joined the anti-war movement
and soon found his way into Stu-
dents for a Democratic Society
He graduated from the Univer-
sity in August, 1969 with high hon-
ors in anthropology and received
his Masters degree 16 months
later. After spending a semester
here as a Ph.D. candidate he
moved to Springfield, Mass., to
teach anthropology at Western New
England College. His brother Mi-
chael presently teaches economics
at the same college.
There, the Meeropols were living
quietly until Louis Nizer's book on
the Rosenberg case, The Implosion
Conspiracy, became a best-stiller.
The Meeropols, horrified by what
they considered the gross misrep-
resentations and distortions in the
book, filed a $3 million suit against
the a'4hor for invasion of privacy
and copyright infringements.
To day so, they had to reveal

"The thing that makes a lot of
difference is Watergate," he notes.
"People look and see what govern-
ment officials are doing now, and
wonder if they were doing it back
"People are more willing to
question now, and the Watergate
atmosphere has a lot to do with
it," he adds.
Meeropol sees the possibility of
opening up the Rosenberg case
files as serving a greater purpose
than just clearing his parents'
"IT IS IMPORTANT to demon-.
strate to people where my par-
ents' trial fits into American my-
thology-we must attack the notion
that abuse of government power is
justified to protect national se-
"Their case was one of the foun-
See BROTHERS, Page 3

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scene is about to be repeated en
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their beloved shoeboxes, doz-
ens of DiMaggio devotees are
to descend upon Ann Arbor to . *
trade and sell their baseball fa-
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