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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 136

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, March 22, 1974

Ten Cents

Eight Pages








Student Government Council President Carl
Sandberg and Treasurer Rosemary Mullin
yesterday filed suit against controversial
former SGC President Lee Gill, charging Gill
owes Council nearly $8,000 in misused funds.
The suit, filed in 15th District Court by
SGC attorney Thomas Bentley, demands that
Gill and a co-defendant "to be named later"
return or account for "unauthorized expedi-
tures" of SGC money totalling $7909.72.
SANDBERG and Mullin claimi in their
complaint that then-president Gill, during the
summer and fall of 1973, "exceeded his au-
thority and acted in an improper manner"
by allegedly opening an illicit SGC account
at the National Bank of Ypsilanti, forging
Mullin's signature on the account's authoriza-

tion form, and spending or failing to vouch
for a huge amount of Council money, much
of it channeled through the false account.
The complaint also charges that Gill re-
peatedly refused Mullin's requests for an
accounting of the funds, used a "Student
Government Council, Inc." credit card to
make over 500 personal long distance phone
calls at a total expense of $550.14 for SGC,
and now has in his possession an SGC desk
valued at $350.
IN ANNOUNCING the suit to a stunned
SGC meeting last night, Sandberg and Bent-
ley repeatedly emphasized that they see "no
need for criminal prosecution by SGC"
against Gill, who resigned abruptly in early
January after a six-month stay in office
punctuated by charges of embezzlement and

ather ill-doing.
Gill could not be reached for comment last
night, and Bentley said two days of efforts to
contact the ex-president have failed.
"At this time, we see no need to take
criminal action," Bentley told The Daily be-
fore SGC's meeting last night. "We are only
seeking restitution of funds wrongfully con-
verted for personal use."
But the Council lawyer would not deny the
implication that the charges in SGC's com-
plaint provide ample ground for criminal
THE SUIT specifically charges that Gill:
4 Used Mullin's forged signature in Au-
gust 1973 to open the Ypsilanti bank account
in SGC's name - an action which the suit
claims was "in direct violation" of the July

1973 regental ruling against use of outside
SGC - accounts;
O Wrote and signed checks dated from
May through December 1973 on SGC's valid
National Bank and Trust (NBT) account for
$4859 "without accounting to the treasurer
or SGC the purpose . . . (or) legitimacy of
such expenditures";
* Transferred $1800 from the NBT ac-
count to the allegedly illicit Ypsilanti ac-
count, and immediately withdrew the same
amount for personal use;
* Told Mullin on January 10, 1974 - the
date of his resignation - "I don't have to
account to you for anything" when ques-
tioned about use of funds.
SANDBERG said the balance of the charges
against Gill stem from Mullin's accidental

discovery of her forged signature six weeks
"There is no question in my mind that this
case is solid," said Sandberg, who assisted
Bentley, Mullin, and SGC Vice President
Sandy Green in a secret three-month in-
vestigation of Gill's financial transactions.
Green underlined the foursome's certainty
in taking Gill to court, saying, "I don't think
any of us would have spent all this time
investigating if we didn't have the goods on
SANDBERG, who wore a strained, sombre
expression during his meeting with The Daily
moments before announcing the suit to Coun-
cil, reflected last night on his earlier support
for Gill.
"I was the one who always used to stand

up in Council and say, 'I'll back Lee until I
see any proof of wrongdoing on his part,' "
Sandberg said. "Well, now I have that
The documentation offered in the suit sug-
gests that Gill and at least one associate
spent hundreds of dollars of SGC money,
exploited Council's long distance lines to
make literally hundreds of calls to Chicago,
South Bend, Ind., New York, and other
cities, and consciously attempted to hide
their activities from SGC inspection.
BENTLEY LAST night emphasized that
"Lee may very well be able to account for
all of the money."

"If that's the case," he
want is a full explanation."

added, "all we

&P See tE WS MCk.A~y
Burglars were working full time on the campus Wed-
nesday night. A night watchman at Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre reported that someone broke into the building
during the wee hours,.cracked the theatre's safe, and
made off with an amount said to be near $1,000. Mean-
while, a thief pried open the door to the Center for
Research on Economic Development and headed
straight for the storeroom. When the sun rose, two tape
recorders and an electronic calculator, valued at a total
of about $450, had been evicted. A source at the Center
said the door's lock has been defective for weeks and
gone unrepaired. Police are investigating both incidents.
Sponberg hospitalized
Harold Sponberg, Eastern Michigan University's
president who Wednesday announced his retirement,
entered St. Joseph Mercy Hospital yesterday for ob-
servations and tests and was described by his wife as
being in "good" condition. Grace Sponberg also brushed
off the Ann Arbor News story that Sponberg is ending
his nine-year tenure as EMU president due to health
reasons. "I am not worried about his health," she said
587 and 020 ...
are this week's winning numbers in the Michigan
lottery. The second chance numbers are 561 and 748.
126, 361, and 955 are the "March Madness" bonus
Happenings ...
. are political today, topped by a Chicano Aware-
ness Week speech from Carlos Arce on "Chicanos in
Higher Education." The session is slated for 3 p.m. at
Stockwell . . Lettuce and grape boycott supporters
are urged to meet at the Union's north door for a ride
to picket local supermarkets. Carloads are leaving at
3:15 p.m. . .. Andreas Papandreaou, son of the deposed
president of Greece, will discuss his country's problems
at 1 p.m. in East Quad Rm 124. . . and Le Dung Trang,
a North Vietnamese math professor and his country's
first visitor to the U.S., will speak at 4:10 p.m. in 3201
Angell Hall on "Science in the Democratic Republic of
Nixon sinks
According to the latest opinion surveys, President
Nixon has hit an all-time personal low for public approval,
and is inching toward the record for unloved presidents.
'The Gallup Poll taken in late February and early March
shows 64 per cent disapproving of Nixon's actions, with.
only 25 per cent voicing approval. 11 per cent are
On the inside .. .
.. .Brian Colgan contemplates Dan Ellsberg's Detroit
speech on the Edit Page . . Arts Page features Cinema
Weekend . . . Leslie Reister reports on intramurals on
the Sports Page . . . and on Page 3, this year's lucky
draft lottery "winners" can find their numbers.
A2"s weather
It ain't Springtime yet. A polar-born low front promises
to keep temperatures down below 40 at least for today,
with heavy winds and a 1 in ""chance of snow flurries
later in the day. Highs 38-40, lows win the high teens.

postpones ppeals





Student Government C o u n c i l
postponed this spring's elections
last night by a vote of 61-41, de-
claring the campus could wait until
fall for the next regular election.
The motion passed over the
strenuous objections from Council's
conservative faction.
PRESIDENT Carl Sandberg in-
troduced the motion as a means of
avoiding the problem of financing
the election. Sandberg took this
position after Rosemary Mullin,
SGC treasurer, informed Council
of a $5000 defiict.
Council member Matt Hoffman
bitterly opposed postponement, say-
ing, "This is a bunch of bullshit.
If there are no elections, we won't
have to worry about being thrown
out of office. We could keep on
postponingithe electionskindefi-
Supporters of the postponement
argued that SGC had a better
chance for success if they held a
well-planned election in the fall
rather than a hasty one in just five
SMIKE P E N N A N E N added,
"Every year SGC has held elec-
tions just because they have al-
ways held them then."
Further argument stemmed from
the fact that it may be illegal un-
der the current SGC constitution
to hold the spring and fall elec-
tions simultaneously this fall.
But according to SGC attorney
Tom Bentley, "That is up to SGC
to decide."
FEAR WAS expressed on the
part of the conservatives that the
Board of Regents would abolish
SGC over the summer before new
elections could be held.
"We have an administration that
is trying to clean things up,"
countered Jean Neuchterlein, SGC
Hoffman questioned the credibil-
ity of an administration that
would postpone an election. He
went on to try to set a springadate
for the election, stating, "I can be
very obnoxious."





Monday deadline set
for release of file
WASHINGTON (A' - The U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday
ordered that a secret grand jury report on President Nixon's
role in Watergate be submitted to the House impeachment
But the court set a 5 p.m. EDT Monday deadline on sub-
mitting the material to the committee to permit further ap-
peal to the Supreme Court.
THE SIX JUDGES on the appeals court noted that "it is of sig-
nificance that the President of the United States, who is described by
all parties as the focus of the report and who presumably would have
the greatest interest in its disposition, has interposed no objection" to
the action of the district court ordering that the report be delivered

to the House.
Attorneys for two of the Water-
gate cover-up defendantsiH.R.
Haldeman and John Ehrlichman,
had opposed giving the House the
grand jury's report and material
on grounds that if information from
the report leaked out, their clients
might not be able to get a fair
John Bray, , an attorney repre-
senting Gordon Strachan, said he
will have to study the court's find-
ings before deciding whether to
appeal the case to the Supreme

CHAIRMAN PETER RODINO (D-N.J.) of the House Judiciary Committee, chats with reporters
ington yesterday as the panel's Chief Counsel John Doar, left, waits for Rodino. The panel met to
status of its requests for information to be used in Its impeachment investigation.


JOHN W I L S 0 N, attorney for
Haldeman, said: "We haven't de-
cided what to do."
But Wilson's p ar t n e r, Frank
Strickler, said, "My thoughts are
this is the end of the line . . . I
AP Photo think we have exhausted all rea-
sonable channels for judicial re-
in Wash- view."
hear the All three attorneys said they
would make their final decisions
on Monday.
ONE OF THE six judges, George
MacKinnon, dissented in part from
the majority.
He said that his review of the
materials convinces him t'at "the
~ grand jury exceeded its authority
in releasing the report."
pect to see The appeals court said that the
grand jury characterized the ma-
terial as bearing upon its inquiry
ounsel Rod-d
sdy Rthat into possible ground for impeach-
eact thatni ment of the President.
~ct the Uni-
IN ARGUMENTS b e f o r e' the
eming was See COURT, Page 8
iailable for _---

The literary c o 11 e g e Student
Government (LSA-SG) Wednesday
night condemned action taken by
the LSA governing faculty at last
Monday's meeting to discuss the
Graduation Requirements Commis-
sion Report.
LSA-SG passed a resolution of-
fered by Vice President Chuck
Barquist which stated, "The LSA
Government condemns the action
of the LSA governing faculty in
their meeting of March 8, 1974,
instructing the College Scholarship
Committee to make part of its
award primarily on the basis of
outstanding ability rather than on
the basis of financial need."
THE ORIGINAL wording .of the
amendment, b e f o r e Monday's
amendment, was: "We urge the
college scholarship committee to
consider making some part of its
awards primarily on the basis of
See FACULTY, Page 8

Dunn calls

for salary releas(

By JEFF SORENSEN bilities,'
Regent Gerald Dunn (D-Lan- "I trt
sing) told The Daily yesterday he will held
plans to introduce a motion calling sity Boy
for public disclosure of all Uni- ministra
versity employes' salaries at the position
April Regents' meeting. Dunn
Dunn cited the Eastern Michigan motion
University (EMU) board of re- ary dal
gents' vote Wednesday in favor of race, a
such disclosures as his reason for of all
reviewing the issue. proposa:
"THE MOTION on the part of
the EMU regents in discussing REG3
salaries was an example of an in- Muskeg
stitution meeting public responsi- vor of a
ro lspts

" Dunn said.
ust that the EMU decision
p members of the Univer-
ard of Regents and the ad-
ation to concur with my
," Dunn added.
had sponsored a similar
calling for release of sal-
ta including name, sex,
ge and length of service
University employes. The
d was defeated 6-2 at last
ber's Regents' meeting.
ton), who also voted in fa-
the motion last September,

agreed with Dunn yesterday that
"The issue should be brought up
again" but said he believed it
"rather doubtful" that the Re-
gents would pass the motion.
Regents Gertrude Huebner (D-
Bloomfield Hills) and Robert Ned-
erlander (D-Detroit) indicated
they would likely oppose the move.
Meanwhile, University officials
continued to deny that the EMU
regents' action would influence
University policy.
"I THINK our previous decision
was a wiser one," Vice President
for Academic Affairs Allan Smith

commented. "I don't ex
any change.
University General C
erick Daane said Wedn
the issue "wouldn't affe
versity at all."
President Robben Fl
out of town and unav

Ren tcc
A Daily News Analysis
First of two parts
Rent control-by far the most emotional
issue of the 1974 campaign-will be de-
cided by the city's electorate April 1. Be-
fore a single vote is counted, however,
one result is clear: no matter what the
fnlatme a la nr me n rofmh vr oters will



Daily and other organizations to
force disclosure, the University has
kept salary information secret,
contending that release would con-
stitute invasion of privacy.
The Daily, SGC and others have
maintained that full salary dis-
closure would reveal glaring dis-
crimination against women and
nonwhites and financial favoritism
toward "big name" professors.
"The Daily is considering fur-
ther legal action," Editor-in-Chief
Dan Biddle said yesterday. "Hope-
fully, the EMU decision will bring
the heat of the law closer to the
berg declined comment on possible
SGC action in the matter.
Last August, State Attorney Gen-

"Rent Control." This chapter of the char-
ter would be the sole basis for regulation
of rents!in the city.
BOTH BACKERS and opponents of the
proposal admit severe problems exist
with the document; one of the worst hur-
dies for voters is its language. Couched in
lewa1 terminolo--v the lengthv amend-

Chicano week blasts
insulting stereotypes

The first section of the proposal
explains why the city needs rent control
and why the problems of the city are
unique. Several key factors are cited, in-
-special needs of University students
who must live on or near campus;
-lack of low-cost mass transportation;
-high incidence of transience among

occupied single family dwellings contain-
ing up to three tenants. All other rental
units in the city will be controlled.
The third section of the amendment
contains a description of the Rent Control
Board, an agency which would be created
to oversee all rental units in the city.
The Rent Control Board would be com-
- -aA n na rh r sr c ri xr

Stereotypes and images of Chi-
canos in America were the prime
topic of discussion last night at a
consciousness-raising session held
as a part of Chicano Awareness
The discussion was led off by the
showing of the American film,
Return of the Seven. The film de-
picted an American leading a band
of criminals to save a helpless
Mexican village from destruction.
The Mexicans in the movie were
portrayed as either helpless or
ruthless. The American hero, how-
ever, was intelligent, courageous,

"Myths work as long as people
believe in them," he said.. "And
messages like this legitimize it.
After the legitimization comes the
institutionalization. The inferiority
belief can then be internalized into
the personalities of the Chicangs
Television commercials and maga-
zine ads are also a means of prop-
agating the stereotypes, he pointed
out. Legal action has been taken
by the Mexican-American Anti-de-
fimation League against some of
these.iTheFrito Bandito and a
deodorant commercial were cited
as being especially offensive. The

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