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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 128

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, March 13, 1974

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

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Contact sought
A new Disabled Students Services Program is under
way at the University, funded by the Department of
Health, Education and Welfare. As part of the program's
organizational efforts, newly appointed Program Man-
ager Joseph Varghese has launched an attempt this
week to contact all disabled studentsand learn how his
office may be able to serve them. Disabled students are
asked to identify themselves by calling the program
office at 763-2254, or by dropping their names and phone
numbers into the campus mail, addressed to Disabled
Students Services Program, 4th Floor, Michigan Union.
Slump predicted
Increased unemployment, rising prices and a decline
in output will mark the first half of 1974, even if the
Arab oil embargo is lifted, according to University econ-
omists Saul Hymans and Harold Shapiro. The two pro-
fessors predict a substantial economic recovery for the
U.S. after mid-year; but say in a communication to
members of the University's Economic Outlook Confer-
ence that continued stoppage of Middle East oil flow
would worsen the slump and slow the recovery.
Detroit express?
The Southeastern Michigan Transit Authority
(SEMTA) is considering initiating an express bus serv-
ice between downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor, going both
ways both in the morning and the evening. The bus would
start its run from areas near schools and/or shopping
centers (Detroit buses would depart from the Greyhound
terminal) and then would operate nonstop on the free-
way. Fares and travel times would be comparable to
auto costs and times. SEMTA wants interested people
to answer the following questions, and mail their re-
sponses to Cas Bonkowski, SEMTA, Box 333, Detroit
48231. 1) what is your destination in Ann Arbor or
Detroit? 2) what time do you. wish to arrive at your
destination in the morning and leave for home at
night? 3) where in Ann Arbor do you want to be picked
EMU: Charge it
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) students can
now charge the cost of their education on their credit
cards. EMU became the fourth state university to allow
students to use bank credit cards to pay for tuition and
fees, room and broad, bookstore purchases and registra-
tion fees. EMU officials recently signed agreements
allowing BankAmericard and Master Charge cards to
be used on campus. Cards can also be used to buy sea-
son tickets to EMU athletic events or to contribute to the
Happenings ..
are many and varied today, beginning at noon
with a Future Worlds workshop in Room 126 of the
Residential College. Yesterday's lecturer, media expert
Gene Youngblood, will attend . . . also at noon, Guild
House at 802 Monrowe will sponsor a luncheon and con-
versation on "Man-Woman Relating" . . . the Medieval
and Renaissance Collegium will kick off its "Festival in
Commemoration of the Death of Thomas Aquinas" with
a lecture in the Pendleton Library of the Union at 4
p.m. . . . Marjorie Hunter of the New York Times
Washington Bureau will speak at 4:10 p.m. in MLB Aud.
3 . . . meanwhile, at the same time in MLB Lecture
Room 1, Econ Prof. Jozef Wilczynski of the University
of South Wales and visiting prof at the University of
Pittsburgh will lecture on "The Integration of Agriculture
and Industry under Socialism" . . . and the Revolution-
ary Communist Youth class series on "Marxism and
Class Struggle," at 7:30 p.m. in Room 4203 of the
Union, will cap off the evening.
Taxpayers honest
The average federal income tax refund is up slight-
ly this year, indicating that President Nixon's tax case
hasn't spawned widespread cheating, Internal Revenue
Service chief Donald Alexander says. "We think the
taxpayers are cooperating very well this year with their
responsibilities and they'll continue to do so," Alexander
said. The average refund on some 34.6 million returns
filed by March 1 was $366, up from $350 at the same time
a year ago, an IRS spokesman said.

New contraceptive
A birth control shot given to women once every
three months is gaining popularity in some test clinics
in Los Angeles, Calif., and its supporters predict it
could replace the pill if approved for general use. The
drug, called Depo Provera, is being investigated by the
federal Food and Drug Administration, and the agency
is reportedly ready to decide this spring whether the
shots should be put on the market. If approved, how-
ever, authorities expect Depo Provera to be licensed with
restrictions such as limiting its use to women who can't
or won't use other methods of contraception. Doctors
also would be required to warn women of possible or
temporary or permanent sterility should they plan to
have children after using the drug.
On the inside .. .
. . . the Editorial page features a report on last
week's Wounded Knee trial in Minn. by David Stoll .--
Clark Cogsdill rehashes the Big Ten wrestling meet on
the Sports Page . . . and Beth Nissen reviews the
Vienna Choir Boys on the Arts page.

Daily News Analysis
After a year of work, the city's
Blue Ribbon Commission on Rent
Control has issued a final report,
but the document is far from the
last Word about problems and so-
lutions to the high cost of housing
in Ann Arbor.
Although the ten-member volun-
teer group flatly states that ar-
tificial controls will not solve the
local rent crunch, it consistently
points out that much of "the most
critical" data needed-for the study
was unavailable.
The commission further suggests
City Council seek out that infor-
mation by funding an exhaustive
landlord survey. However, given
the present make-up of council -
dominated by Republicans who
generally cater to the property

owners - the recommendation will
almost certainly not be followed.
could not unanimously agree on
final policy statements presented
in the report, and two dissenting
views were filed. The disagree-
ments surrounding the report also
influenced the committee's overall
operations as the members almost
immediately became factionalized
into tenant and landlord camps.
Essentially the committee de-
termined that housing problems
are most severe in the central
city - populated mainly by stu-
dents and low income residents
where tenants pay a third of their
income for housing, a figure 50
per cent higher than the national
CONTRIBUTING to the problem


of inflated rents is the lack of new
housing built in the inner city dur-
ing the past five years. To help
remedy the situation the report
-easing zoning requirements to

dination between city and Univer-
sity planners, and overall rental
housing characteristics.
"We urge that the City Council
give financial as well as legal sup-
port to a survey of owners of rent-

University Housing Director John
Feldkamp met with city landlords
yesterday to discuss rent control and
other issues. See story on Page 2.

day there is "no likelihood" for
further study of rent control-or the
rental market funding by the city.
"The Republican council mem-
bers to a person are strongly
against the philosophical concept
of rent control," he added.
The commission found rent con-
trol to be a "stop gap measure"
which might make conditions
worse through a resulting reduc-
tion in housing maintenance and
construction. Artificial limits on
landlord profit could also upset the
market, the report notes.
NONETHELESS several com-
missioners do not completely share
that assessment, and the report
itself states the group "has not
analyzed all the salient informa-
tion that is needed for effective
policy decisions."
In a minority report, commis-

sion member Jonathan Rose ar-
gues that the lack of such data
raises serious doubts about the
accuracy of the findings on rent
University Economics professor
Daniel Rubinfeld, also a commis-
sion member, said that he gener-
ally supports the group findings
but that "there is not enough in-
formation to be sure" that rent
control is a possible solution to
high tenant costs.
COMMISSIONER E v e r e t t
Ehrlich, a University graduate
student in economics, has been
openly critical of the body's ac-
tions and blasted the final report.
He claims the information is in
many cases "unrealistic and myth-
In addition Ehrlich said the
See MORE, Page 8

encourage more housing;
-adopting more creative land
use policies;
-further study with emphasis
on a landlord survey, better coor-

al property in the city," the report
states. Such support, from all in-
dications, will not be forthcoming.
COUNCILMAN William Colburn,
a leading Republican, said yester-

Nixon rejects additional




app roved
The Housing U n i t Committee
(HUC), formerly the Housing
Policy Comnm'ttee, voted unani-
mously yesterday in favor of a
dormitory b o y c o t t of all table
grapes not grown and harvested
by the U n i t e d Farmworkers
P r e s e n t at yesterday's HUC
meeting were representatives of
UFW and the Teamsters union,
arguing for and against the cam-
pus-wide boycott.
Housing Director John Feldkamp
commissioned the group to rule on
the boycott issue. He told HUC
member David Faye before the
meeting that the Housing Office
would abide by their decision, a
statement that is significant in
light of the recent conflicts over
the committee's power.
SAM BACE, director of the UFW
grape boycott in Michigan, spoke
in favor of the boycott. He cited
the working conditions of non-UFW
grape pickers as factors which
should influence support of the boy-
cott in University housing: poor
health benefits, low pay, and the
absence of secret elections through
which workers can decide what
union they will join.
Bace also cited violence suffered
by UFW picketers last summer at
the h a n d s of Teamsters and
"goons" hired by the Teamsters
as a reason to support the boycott.
Barry Bennett, '75, also spoke
in favor of the boycott, explaining
that 3,000 signatures had been
gathered on' a petition supporting
it, and that the dorm councils of
Bursley and Alice Lloyd had voted
unanimously in favor of the boy-
was Chuck O'Brien, organizer for
the Teamsters in the central
states. O'Brien claimed that the
Teamsters serve the farm workers
better than the UFW, because "we
provide our workers with unem-
ployment insurance, pensions, and
paid holidays."
He also claimed that UFW pick-
ers must often pay to get jobs at
their union's hiring halls.
A UFW MEMBER and a Team-
ster also argued in favor of their
respective unions.
Most of the several dozen spec-
tators at the meeting were boycott
supporters, and offered vocal UFW
support throughout the meeting.
The boycott, pending Feldkamp's
expected approval, will begin in
the dorms immediately.

House committee has
needed info-Ziegler

Daily Photo by TOM GOTTLIEB
AN UNIDENTIFIED STREAKER urges a crowd o f nearly 1,000 to join him in acts of shivering ex-
hibitionism on the Diag yesterday. Students apparently took his advice-nearly 60 unclothed runners
of both sexes entertained a crowd of at least 6,000 late last night.

Streakeers strike

White House indicated yester-
day President Nixon would re-
sist on constitutional grounds
a House Judiciary Committee
request for 42 'additional
Watergate tape recordings.
Presidential press secretary
Ronald Ziegler said Nixon was
not seeking a confrontation
with the committee now con-
ducting an impeachment in-
BUT DURING an hour-long news
briefi-a, Ziegler said:
0 That the President already
was furnishing the committee with
"m assiveamonnts of materials"
from White Homse files, namely the
same tanes and, documents turned
over earlier to special prosecutor
Leon Jaworski as well as other
documents in non-Watergate fields.
f That the material Nixon al-
ready has agreed to provide
"should be sufficient for them to
conclude their inquiry and com-
plete it quickly."
* That the committee requested
the 42 additional tapes before it
received and analyzed the material
the President already had agreed
to supply.
* That the committee is yet to
define what constitutes an impeach-
able offense or say what specific
allegations it is investigating within
the context of such a definition.
* That it would be "constitution-
ally irresponsible" for Nixon to
accede to any committee requests
for White House tapes and docu-
ments until such a definition is
ever, state flatly that the Presi-
dent would reject the committee's
request for 42 tape recordings of
conversations he held with some
of his former key aides and Justice
Department officials.
"It is too early to rule anything
in or out," Ziegler said, adding,
that Nixon's chief Watergate law-
yer, James St. Clair, was willing to
continue his confidential contacts
with committee counsel John Doar.
A Nixon rejection of the com-
mittee request, which was made in
a letter dated Feb. 25, could bring
a prompt congressional subpoena
for the material.
ZIEGLER SAID Nixon was not
See ZIEGLER, Page 8


(*U f

After the perponderance of streaking attacks that
occurred at various colleges last week while Uni-
versity students were on their spring break, it
seemed the maize and blue faced a formidable
amount of catching up-or baring up-to do to
regain equal stature.
That is no longer the case, however, after nearly
70 streakers and perhaps as many as 10,000 spec-
tators filled the Diag yesterday.
Naked bodies of both sexes were out in quantity
and quality during two separate mass streak-ins,
in addition to many other less-publicized individual

attempts all over the campus.
BY FAR THE biggest-and barest-happening
occurred on the Diag last night in an event dubbed
the "Annual U-M Lucky Streak" by streak-in
Hysteria would be a better word for the event,
however, as some 6000 spectators massed on the
Diag to watch an estimated 50 streakers.
Starting from the center of the Diag, the streak-
ers at first found it difficult to engage in the for-
mal "streak" process-they were hemmed in by
the curious masses-so they stood in a small
circle and encouraged voyeurs to join them.

Some 100 University law students
turned out yesterday to register
their protest at the long-awaited
arrival of Supreme Court Justice
William Rehnquist at the law
Chanting "R a c i s t, reactionary
Rehnquist," and "J u s t i c e yes,
Rehnquist no," protesters began
their demonstration early in the
morning, distributing black arm-
bands and pamphlets outside the
room where Rehnquist was to sit
on a panel judging the law school's
Campbell Competition.
trate had been invited last year to
preside at the contest, in which
students argue a mock court case
before legal celebrities. Rehnquist,
a 1971 Nixon appointee, failed to
appear when bad weather and a
student protest threatened.
This time, Rehnquist arrived in
the city early in the day, was
ushered around the campus, and
ate lunch before entering Hutchins
See STUDENTS, Page 8

Students on grad requirements
commission slam published study

Two student members of the
LSA graduation requirements com-
mission have voiced strong objec-
tions to the commission's published
report, claiming that student com-
plaints were ignored and the status
quo strictly maintained.
"They're trying to pretend this
report will revolutionize the Uni-
versity when it's only an example

of a bureaucratic mess", commis-
sion member Jim Weinstein con-
WEINSTEIN is especially con-
cerned that the administration
not believe the students are satis-
fied with the document.
"Student complaints weren't
answered at all," he said yester-
day. "The administration went

ahead and did this work by them-
selves. They did what they wanted
to do. Distribution requirements
weren't changed. There's still the
same kow-towing to various de-
Literary college senior Jona-
than Klein complained that the
commission had promised to pre-
sent the report to the LSA student
government council and failed to
do so.
THE STUDENT council finally
viewed the document only after
Klein, a member of both groups,
produced copies for them.
The report contains a suggestion
urging the College Scholarship
Committee to consider- making
some part of its awards primari-
ly on the basis of ability.
"We never approved such a
think" both Weinstein and Klein

Lecturer lauds communications
"All social problems are communication problems," '
declared Gene Youngblood, speaking to a moderate
crowd in Hill Auditoriumyesterday afternoon.
Youngblood, a faculty member at the Californias
Institute of the Arts and author of the book Expanded


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