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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 129

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, March 14, 1974

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

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Circulation gripes
The staff of our newly revamped circulation depart-
ment is requesting your help in clearing up the various
problems that existed under their predecessors. They
plan to accomplish this within the week by guaranteeing
that action will be taken on all complaints about home
delivery. So if you cannot read this because yourpaper
was late or did not come at all, please call 764-0558 be-
fore 4 o'clock and lodge your (friendly?) complaint.
Regents meeting
It's that time of month once again and the Regents
are -in town today and tomorrow. What they do may
well affect your life, especially if you plan on living in a
dorm next year. On the slate is a discussion and possible
vote on a proposal to hike dorm fees an average of eight
per cent-about $100. According to Dick Kennedy, as-
sistant to President Robben Fleming, the Regents will
probably vote the increase in on Friday, despite the
expected protest of members of the Housing Policy
Reuther's candidacy official
John Reuther officially threw his hat into the ring
yesterday with a formal announcement of his intention
to run for Michigan's 2nd Congressional District seat.
The 30-year-old nephew of the late United Auto Worker
president Walter Reuther announced his candidacy at a
morning press conference at the Casa Nova restaurant
in Ypsilanti. "I've been active in politics most of my
life as an aide to various candidates," said Reuther,
"now I want to be part of the political process by being
among the Democrats privileged to upset President Nix-
on's vetoes," said Reuther.
Candidates speak
Candidates night will be held in Angell Hall's Aud. D
tonight at 8 to acquaint you with the people who will be
your city council representatives after April 1. The focus
for tonight's pre-election discussion will be the continued
city funding of child care centers. Candidates will make
campaign statements, and later answer questions from
the audience.
Laing cancels
Those of you who were planning to celebrate St.
Patrick's Day with a lecture by famed radical psychia-
trist R. D. Laing had better make alternate plans for
the evening. Future Worlds organizers report that R.D.
Laing has found the strain of cross-country lecturing
and touring too great, and is instead flying back to
England to recuperate from the ordeal, and has can-
celled all his lectures. Future Worlds has not yet sched-
uled a replacement.
In Tuesday's Daily, we mistakenly reported that the
Graduate Employes Organization (GEO) needs the votes
of half its 2185 person constituency to be recognized as
the official bargaining agent of the University's gradu-
ate employes. Only 30 per cent of the employes need
vote in the April elections, and of those who vote, a
majority must approve GEO as their representative.
In yesterday's paper, a decision to support a dorm
boycott of non-UFW grapes was attributed to the
Housing Unit Committee. Actually, the action Was taken
by the University Housing Council, an all-student,
elected group.
HPC-Johnson exchange
The Housing Policy Committee (HPC) yesterday ap-
proved a formal memo to Vice President for Student
Services Henry Johnson listing the committee's com-
plaints with regard to his attempt to remove what they
consider their rightful policy-making authority. Johnson
earlier requested the memo during the recent HPC-
Johnson clashes over whether the body is merely ad-
visory or has policy-making powers.
Happenings.. .
... are headed by the bizarre today. Namely, a coed
streak-in at the traditionally all-male faculty nude swim
hour, scheduled for noon in the IM pool . . a seminar
series on "The Rights of the Accused," featuring several
well-known attorneys, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hutch-

ins Hall Rm. 120... the opening ceremony for the two-
week Undergraduate Art Show will be held at 7:30 p.m.
in the Rackham Galleries . . . The Women's Interna-
tional League for Peace and Freedom will, discuss a
proposed World Peace Tax Fund at 1027 Miller Street,
7:30 p.m. . . . the City Planning Commission will hold
an informal meeting for the northeast Ann Arbor area
at 7:30 p.m. in the Northside School Centrum . . . At-
tica Brigade, FIST, GAWK, HRP and New Morning will
celebrate International Women's Day in the Union base-
ment Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. . . . HRP will hold a
mass "meeting in East Quad's Strauss Lounge at the
same time to discuss reactions and plans inlight of the
city council's recent Rubaiyat decision . .. a concert of
music from the court of Maximillian the First will be
performed at 8 p.m. in the Rackham Building . . . a re-
ception for Congressional candidate John Reuther will
be held at 8 p.m. in the Unitarian Church at 917 Washte-
naw . . . and Glauber Rocha's "Land in Anguish" will
be shown in the East Quad Auditorium at 8 p.m.
On the inside .. .
. Brian Colgan discusses the current conflict in the
Philippines on the Editorial Page . . . the Sports Page
previews the crucial Notre Dame game in an article




Oil sheiks
t said to
be halting


WASHINGTON (Reuter)-The Senate last night voted 54 to 33 to
restore the death penalty in the United States and make its use
mandatory under certain circumstances.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which voted
yesterday to .establish much of the same procedure used in the Senate
bill in connection with aircraft hijackings.
THERE HAVE been no executions in the United States since 1967.
In 1972, the Supreme Court overturned U.S. laws dealing with the death

Miller to
appear in
new play
When Arthur Miller's first musi-
cal premieres here April 23, the
noted playwright himself will be
on stage as narrator. . . . From
the Creation, based on Miller's
play The Creation of the World and
Other Business replaces the Mich-
igan Theatre's Program's previous-
ly scheduled Miller work The
American Clock.
The Clock is still unfinished and
has been postponed for future pro-
duction at the University.
sion to appear, Richard Meyer, di-
rector of Michigan Theatre Pro-
grams, said, "I talked him into
According to Meyer, Miller's nar-
ration is "superb, he's a very good
storyteller." Miller's performance
is an exclusive for city audiences.
When the musical leaves on April
See MILLER, Page 7

penalty, ruling they were written in
ways which gave too much dis-
cretionary authority to judges and
juries and led to discrimination
against the poor and minorities.
Under the Senate bill, the death
penalty will be authorized for
treason, espionage, some cases of
murder, hijacking, kidnaping, ar-
son, and escape from custody.
Before the death penalty could
be considered, the defendant would
have to plead guilty to the crime
or be found guilty of the crime.
Then, a separate procedure would
begin in court to determine if the
death penalty should be imposed.
THE BILL establishes five miti-
gating circumstances which would
bar the death penalty if any one
were proven.
They are:
-If a defendant were under 18
years of age;
-If a defendant was under un-
usual and substantial duress;
-If he or she could not under-
stand the actions taken were
-If participation in the crime
was relatively minor; and
-If the defendant could not have
reasonably foreseen his actions
would create a risk of causing
The Senate later, by amendment,
added an exemption to the death
penalty for pregnant women.
If none of these conditions is
present, and if the defendant is
found to have committed the-crime
in a heinous, cruel, or depraved
manner, or to have been done for
gain, or involved the President or
other high government officials, or
a foreign head of state, the death
penalty would be mandatory.
THE VOTE, after two days of
Senate debate, revealed sharply
conflicting views over the value of
the death penalty as a deterrent
to crime.
Some opponents also questioned
the constitutionality of the bill and
others denounced it as morally
Among those who voted against
it were Sens. Charles Percy (R-.
Ill.) and Edward Kennedy (D-
Mass.), both of whom have had
immediate members of their fam-
ily murdered.

Request TV appearance
Joseph Remiro, center, Russell Little, both wearing white prison overalls, leave the Contra Co
house yesterday in Martinez, Calif., after a court appearance at which their attorneys asked the
oners be granted a national television appearance to present ideas for winning the release of
Patricia Hearst. The judge said he would rule on the r equest next Monday. Remiro and Little, m
the Symbionese Liberation Army, the group holding Hearst, are charged with murdering Oakla
Supt. Marcus Foster.

TRIPOLI, Libya (1) - Arab oil
ministers held a short meeting
here yesterday and a high Libyan
offiical said they decided to lift
the oil embargo against the United
The Libyan official said the se -
sion would be resumed in Vienna,
Austria, on Sunday. Presumably
the ban will be officially !ended
then. There was no indication
whether the ban against the Neth-
erlands also will be lifted.
The ministers issued no state-
ment after their closed meeting,
evidently to avoid embarrassing
the Libyan government with an
announcement ending the ban com-
ing from here. Libya was one of
the chief opponents of lifting the
embargo imposed during the Oc-
tober Middle East war.
Sadat had pressed the Arab oil ex-
porters for over a month to lift
the embargo in recognition of
Washington's role in getting Israeli
troops withdrawn from the Suez
The Vienna meeting will come
the day after ministers of the Or-
ganization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC) meet there to
? set new prices for oil from the
Persian Gulf, Libya and Algeria.
Observers in Vienna say the out-
AP Photo come of that meeting is "entirely
unpredictable," but Arab officials
agreed that the price and the sup-
sta court- ply were linked.
two pris- OBSERVERS IN Washington be-
kidnaped lieve the lifting of the Arab oil
embers of embargo would not directly ease
End School U.S. fuel shortages for at least a
month or two. Just how much it
- -- would help depends on how it
comes about.
The report of an end to the em-
bargo left the key questions un-
-How soon would the embargo
-Would the Arabs allow oil pro-
duction and shipments to the
* United States to return to pre-
Le embargo levels?
-Would the Arabs increase pro-
duction to meet increasing U.S.
needs? and
and a nega- -Would the Arabs lower their oil
grades and prices, which have led world oil
um, and io- prices to triple since October, pos-
ing serious balance of payment
problems even for wealthy nations.
'er mercury Whenever the embargo ends, the
- especially direct relief could not be felt here
Gordus to immediately.
ison of con- It would take about one month
ughout most for the first tanker of Arab oil to
reach the United States from the
re-industrial Persian Gulf.
exist thanks But U.S. energy officials might
y of weav- be able to release some additional
ve wreaths, gasoline and perhaps other fuels
le also drew from U.S. inventories, in anticipa-
-ks from the tion of renewed tanker arrivals.
nd Martha JOHN SAWHILL, deputy admin-
00-year old istrator of the Federal Energy
See ARAB, Page 10


' prof

seeks answei


human hair analy


LA judge dismisses
state charges against
Watergate defendants
By AP and Reuter
LOS ANGELES-A California judge yesterday dismissed burglary
and conspiracy charges against former. White House aide John Ehr-
lichman and "plumbers" David Young and G. Gordon Liddy.
The charges stemmed from the September 1971 break-in and bur-
glary at the offices of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist.
The Los Angeles prosecutor's office had asked that the charges be
dropped because of a federal indictment in the same case handed
down in Washington last week.
THE FEDERAL indictments charge Ehrlichman and the "plumb-

"I am currently incarcerated
and awaiting trial on a charge of
murder. Although I am innocent,
it is a long and arduous task to
prove . . ."
A cryptic message from a
doomed defendant to ace lawyer
Perry Mason? The paralyzed plea
for help to legal eagle Owen Mar-
shall? No, this is just a sample of
the "fan mail" that often comes
across the desk of Chemistry Prof.
Adon bordus. And if this particu-
lar letter wasn't strange enough,
some unusual packages arrived
on the same day.
The containers held samples of
human hair.
TO ADON GORDUS, a single
strand of human hair is a veritable
memory bank which can be ana-
lyzed to reveal everything from
degree of mercury contamination,
to the guilty party in a murder
And most recently, the mild-
mannered professor has determin-
ed a correlation between-believe
it or not-students' grade-point av-
erages and the amount of zinc in
their hair.
To Gordus, use of hair analysis
as evidence in criminal proceed-
ings is nothing new. Six years ago,
he was a key witness in the mur-
der trial of John Norman Collins
when prosecutors attempted to 'de-
termine whether Collins' hair
matched strands left behind by
the murderer.
According to the professor, hair
"can 'best be used for identifica-
tion in rape cases where pubic

hair is bound to be left behind."
BUT EVEN Gordus was sur-
prised when he discovered the'
zinc-grades correlation. The first
clue appeared when Gordus in-
structed his students in the U. S.
Naval Academy's class of '75 to
analyze their own hair samples.
He recalls looking at the results*
and finding that "the students re-
Iceiving the highest grades had the
highest hair sample zinc content,
while the students with the low
grades had the lowest zinc con-
Further experimentation with
students at the academy and in
Ann Arbor proved a positive cor-
relation between "smartness" and

zinc, as well copper, a
tive match-up between
levels of lead, cadmic
dine in hair.
RECENT concern ov
contamination in food -
seafood - prompted
put together a compar
tamination levels throi
of human history.
Large samples of p
era hair samples stillf
to a 19th-century hobb
ing hair into decorati
according to Gordus. H
upon well-preserved loc
heads of George a
Washington, and a 5
Peruvian mummy.

NY, Times, reporter

talks on



ers" with conspiracy to violate the
trist, Dr. Lewis Fielding.
Ehrlichman is also charged with
four counts of lying to the FBI and
federal grand jury in Washington.
Further, he still faces California
charges of lying to the Los Angeles
County Grand Jury. These charges
will not be dropped.
One side effect of the dismissal
will be to terminate the contro-
versy over whether a president
can be subpoenaed by a state
Ehrlichman's a t t o r n e y s
had sought the president's testi-
mony to back their contention that
the former White House aide was
acting as a national law enforce-
ment officer.
Judcge Gordon Ringer, who had

civil rights of Ellsberg's psychia-

Local groups protest
threat to rent control

Traveling around on a twin-
prohellered A i r F o r c e plane
with Vice President Gerald Ford
may nottbe everybody's idea of
a good time, but for New York ..~
Times Washington bureau re-
porter Marjorie Hunter it's all
part of the job.s
Hunter was on campus yester-
day delivering a lecture on "The
Washington Scene" before ap-
uroximately 100 people at the
She began her speech with her
impression of the nation's capi-
tal as seen from an airplane. f
"The White House looked so
very tiny and innocent," she}
said to the crowd's amusement.
HUNTER FINDS her current
assignment, covering the Vice
President, "fascinating and
strange." Her nationwide tour
with Ford has given her an op-
portunity to read both the mood
of the people and the mood of ....
the VP.
Ford now s e n s e s "that the '
country desperately 1 o n g s for
new lea d er sh ip," she said....""
Ford's support for Nixoncarries
'less "conviction" these days as

Four individuals representing the
Human Rights Party (HRP) and
the Tenants Union marched to City
Hall yesterday morning in response
to what they termed a "direct
threat" to tenants by city landlords
and members of the Citizens Op-
posed to Rent Control.
The alleged threat came in the

tenants who openly support :ent
control risk eviction for in-xpiic-
able reasons. Further, they may be
blacklisted by landlords, making it
difficult to lease apartments from
other landlords who belong to the
citizens group.
Police detective Richard De-
grand responded mildly to the
Tenants Union requests for investi-


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