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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 147

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, April 4, 1974

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

REHABILITATION STAFF UPROAR

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Up with dope
State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) is heading
a statewide petition drive to put a ballot proposal
legalizing marijuanausebefore Michigan voters in No-
vember.,Bullard said Tuesday, "1974 is the year we
should stop imprisoning adult smokers in Michigan for
their private, personal use of marijuana." The ballot
proposal would abolish jail penalties for personal culti-
vation and use of reefer by citizens over 18 years old.
However, the petition would allow local governments to
prohibit public dope smoking in their areas by impos-
ing fines of up to $100. 265,000 signatures are needed
to place the issue on the ballot.
Debate cancelled
Today's scheduled debate between behaviorist Prof.
James McConnell and radical psychiatrist Richard
Kunnes has been cancelled, following distribution of a
leaflet billing the debate as "Behavior Modification:
Treatment or Torture?" and McConnell's subsequent
refusal to appear. The controversial professor claimed
the leaflet "is aimed at creating a circus" and quotes
him out of context. The leaflet's authors, the "Ann
Arbor Health Care Collective," yesterday responded
with equal bitterness, charging McConnell's refusal to
appear is indicative of his unwillingness to deal with
tho' social and political implications of his highly con-
troversial techniques"
RA's at Baits
The Housing Office Appeals Committee has an-
nounced that the selection of Resident Advisors and Di-
rectors for Baits Housing was "null and void" due to
irregularities in selection procedures. The committee
cited lack of student input in the hiring of staffers and
called for repetition of the selection procedures. With
only three weeks left in the term, Housing Director John
Feldkamp sees "no practical way of re-doing the selec-
tion procedures." The final decision on any action in
the matter is up to Feldkamp
Happenings ..
Htoday include a benefit one-act play - without a
name -,by Chris Christian, to be performed in East
Quad at 8 and 10 p.m.- Tickets are two dollars and
proceeds will go to the African Relief Fund. Tickets are
on sale at Centicore, Ulrich's and the Guild House ...
Volunteers for Project Community Child Care meets
tonight at 8:00 in the Faculty Club Lounge, first floor
Michigan Union. There will be a guest speaker talk-
ing on ecology . . . Peter Eckstein, Democratic state
senatorial hopeful, speaks at 7 p.m. in the Blue Carpet
Lounge in Alice Lloyd, on tax reform . . . A new re-
cycling program opens today and those interested in
recycling automobile oil should head to the Recycling
Center, 1965 S. Industrial Highway, Wednesday through
Saturday, between 10 and 4:30 . . . All those enrolled
in Rackham can vote today for Student Government
candidates in the Kresge Library Lobby between 9:00
and4:00 ... and The Center for the Continuing Education
of Women is sponsoring a discussion on the adjustments
made when a woman returns to work, 8-10 p.m. in Rack-
ham's west conference room.
Commies and fascists
Attorney General William Saxbe has breathed new life
into an old Justice Department custom-the review of
the attorney general's list of subversive organizations.
This time, however, the attorney general plans to decide
whether the list should be updated or scrapped alto-
gether. "We're putting it back on the front burner,"
Saxbe told reporters. The list was originally compiled
during the era of crusading anti-communist Sen. Joseph
McCarthy to include "totalitarian, fascist, Communist or
subversive" organizations. Saxbe said the list is a sou-
venir of the time "we used to be frightened by the com-
munists" - an era, he said, which has passed. "Today
the worldwide trends are more in the direction of ter-
rorism."
The Devil's fans
Belief in the devil is on the rise, according to a recent
study and, in an interesting commentary on the times,
belief in God is dwindling. Dr. Clyde Nunn, a Univer-
sity research associate who conducted the study, attri-
butes the apparent pessimism to "uncertainty and stress,
when things says circumstances of uncertainty and
stress in the world are causing people to "look for scape-

goats."
Theologian quits
Stephanus Pfuertner, the Swiss theologian who wrote
that a person's.sex life is his or her own business, would
rather quit than fight. The controversial professor's
resignation, revealed yesterday, was prompted by a let-
ter last January from the head of the Dominican Order
advising him he was subject to censorship "wherever I
work as member of the order." He has been under fire
since his "Twelve Theses on Sexual Ethics" was first
presented in 1971. The theses were found incompatible
with accepted dogma, and he was ordered to retract
them.
On the inside...
.. John Kahler writes a column on the trials and
tribulations of sophomore offensive tackle Jim Hall.
the Arts Page features streakers at the Oscars . . . and
the Editorial Page continues its series on Politics at LSA
with an article on curriculum reform.

Postill
By TONY SCHWARTZ
Charging "racial discrimination and con-
tinual interference from Sheriff (Fred) Pos-
till, and Undersheriff (James) Spickard,"
Paul Wasson, 50-year-old black administrator
of the Washtenaw County Jail resigned yes-
terday.
At the same time, Postill fired the program
coordinator and two staff members of the
federally funded rehabilitation program which
has been operative in the jail for over a year.
In a written statement, Postill said "The
actions have resulted from a deep policy dis-
agreement between myself and these four
employes. I am personally deeply saddened by
these events . . . The terminated personnel
refused to accept the ultimate authority of the
(sheriff's) department and the county."

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jail

resigns

WASSON, who himself served three years in
prison on a gambling charge and five years
ago received a full pardon from Governor Mil-
liken for "exemplary behavior", attracted na-
tional attention because he was believed to be
the first black ex-convict jail administrator in
the country.
In his letter of resignation to Postill, Wasson
wrote: "I have experienced continual inter-
ference from Sheriff Postill and Undersheriff
Spickard. They have consistently acted to
usurp my authority and undermine my position
as jail administrator.
"By their action they have attempted to use
me as a tool to pacify the 70 per cent black
population of the jail."

THE TWO fired 'staff members, Larry
Hunter, 24, an inmate service worker whose
job focused on inmate-counseling, and Marta
Manildi, 21, who coordinated the educational
program, submitted letters in support of Was-
son's position.
In response to Wasson's charge of interfer-
ence, Postill said, "We have continually acted
to correct his lack of administrative ability.
He works hardand is excellentnin counseling
inmates, but he just doesn't understand ad-
ministrative details such as employer relation-
ships and certain legalities."
Postill denied charges of discrimination,
pointing to sheriff department efforts to hire
more black personnel, particularly in the jail,
See POSTILL, Page 2

Wasson Postill

Nixon
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stay

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Patricia Hearst

BULLETIN
Tornadoes struck nine states in
thetMidwest and South late last
night, and swirled into Canada.
More than 170 people were killed.
Hundreds of injuries also were
reported as the twisters, strik-
ing with wild abandon, hit parts
of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Ken-
tucky, Tennessee, A 1 a b a m a,
Michigan, Georgia, North Caro-
lina and Canada's Ontario prov-
ince. Damage was in the mil-
lions. Half the town of Xenia,
Ohio, a community of 25,000 peo-
ple, was destroyed, according to
the county sheriff.
Eight persons were killed and
more than 20 injured in Windsor,
Ontario.
Police reported a funnel cloud
touched down near University
Hospital in Ann Arbor but ap-
parently did no damage. Two
people were reported killed else-
where in Michigan.
Diag rally to
oust Nixon
draws 400
By JEFF DAY
A crowd of 400 people attended
an "impeach Nixon" rally yester-
day and later marched to Con-
gressman Marvin Esch's (R-Ann
Arbor) to present him with a 3000-
signature petition urging the Presi-
dent's impeachment.
A spokeswoman for Esch, who
will be coming to Ann Arbor on

SAN FRANCISCO (A)-Patricia
Hearst, the newspaper heiress who
was dragged screaming from her
apartment two months ago, re-
nounced her family yesterday and
declared she was joining her ter-
rorists kidnapers as a revolution
ary.
"I have changed-grown. I've
become conscious and can never go
back to the life we led before,"
said the tape-recorded voice identi-
fied by her parents as that of the
20-year-old Patricia, whose life had
been held against demands for
millions of dollars of free food for
the poor.
The statement came in a tape
recording delivered to a local radio
station and contained a color pic-
ture of Hearst holding an auto-
matic rifle.
THE SUDDEN declaration, one
day after a sign that her release
by the mysterious -Symbionese
Liberation Army (SLA) appeared
imminent, left Patricia's parents
stumned and disbelieving.
"Personally, I don't believe it,'
newspaper executive R a n d o1 p h
Hearst said after hearing the tape.
"We've had her 20 years, they've
had her 60 days, and I don't be-
lieve she's going to change her
philosophy that quickly or that
radically."
"If it is her choice to become a
member of an organization like
this, we still love her," he added.
Hearst's wife, Catherine, agreed
telling reporters outside the fam-
ily's home near here: "I know my
daughter very well . . . I know my
girl. She would never join any
organization like that without being
coerced."
THE COUPLE, whose life for the
past eight weeks had shifted from
desperation to often-expressed hope,
snoke only those words, answering
no questions from the cluster of
newsmen gathered in front of their
home. Their brief statements were
carried live by local television
stations.
On the tape, which also carried
death threats by the SLA against
three so-called "enemies of the
people." Hearst said she was
sneaking her own mind and had
chosen to "stay and fight." He
freedom, therefore, became no
longer a matter of negotiation,
according to an SLA leader who
also sooke on the recording and
said she could leave at any time
she wanted.
THE "FBI AGENT in charge of
the case, Charles Bates, said he
did not know whether Patricia was
staying of her own free will. "I
don't feel it makes any difference
in our investigation," he said.
The taped mesage was delivered

to wipe out
I1s wealth
No fraud charged
in IRS decision
WASHINGTON(A - Presi-
dent Nixon has agreed to pay
back income taxes of $432,-
787.13 plus interest that could
push the total to $465,000,
the White House announced
yesterday.
The announcement said the
internal r e v e n u e service
(IRS) had ruled Nixon owed
the taxes on income during
his White House years and
that the President ordered
full payment with interest.
Word of the decision came hours
after the staff of a joint congres-
sional committee recommended
that Nixon pay $476,431 in back
taxes and interest for the years
1969 through 1971.
A White House source said the
IRS had told Nixon there was no
suggestion of fraud, civil or crimi-
nal in the assessment for back
taxes.
OFFICIALS SAID that on vir-
tually every challenged tax item
the IRS findings and those of the
staff of the Joint Committee on
Internal Revenue Taxation were in
agreement.
They said the different tax
amounts stemmed from differ-
ences in calculations.
The congressional staff report
was made public by a 9 to 1 vote
of the Joint Committee. The panel
adjourned yesterday without de-
ciding whether to adopt formally
the findings of its staff. It is to
meet again today, but W h i t e
House word that Nixon will pay
back taxes seems to make its de-
liberation moot.

Doily Photo by ROLFE TESSEM
THIS CURIOUS JUXTAPOSITION of road signs in Ann Arbor's northern outskirts once again took on a
new relevancy yesterday when it was announced th t the President owed nearly half a million dollars in
unpaid back taxes. Area residents say the signs hav e been a well-known local joke for quite a few months.
Graduate employesvote
to unionize b2-1 margin

By GORDON ATCHESON
The University's gradaute em-
ployes have overwhelmingly voted
to unionize, with results of a three-
day election announced last night
showing the move was approved
by a 2-1 margin.
In the election held under the
direction of the Michigan Employ-
ment Relations Commission
(MERC), the Graduate Employes
Organization (GEO) was accepted
as the sole bargaining agent for
the 2,200 workers.
Eight hundred seven graduate
employes - including all teaching
fellows and research and staff as-
sistants-voted in favor of union-
izing, while only 425 opposedit.
The total vote cast represents

about 60 per cent of those eligible
to participate in the election.
AFTER JUBULANTLY announc-
ing the vote total, GEO chairwo-
man Sandra Silberstein said a mass
meeting of all graduate employes
will be held at g p.m. today in the
Rackham Amphitheatre to plan
further strategy.
"We can begin the bargaining
process with tpe University ad-
ministration within a month," she
added.
The MERC election was the last
roadblock in a nine-month battle
waged by GEO to negotiate a writ-
ten contract for all graduate em-
ployes with the University.
The administration has consis-

tenlty refused to bargin with the
organization until it reached for-
mal approval as a union in a
MERC-sponsored contest.
UNIVERSITY President Robben
Fleming would not comment last
night about GEO's success. But he
said he anticipated "no problems"
in bargaining with the group.
Although terming the vote "a
victory not only for all graduate
employes but also for all graduate
students," the GEO leaders indi-
cated that without'unified action"
the University may not bargain in
good faith.
Early this year GEO drafted a
list of demands presented to the
See GEO, Page 8

A WHITE HOUSE official said
Nixon's payment of the back tax
bill would wipe out much of his
personal wealth. The President's
net worth was estimated last De-
cember at $988,000.
The IRS had announced it was
auditing Nixon's taxes, while the
joint committee had them under
study at the request of the Presi-
dent.
A major item at issue had been
Nixon's tax deductions for the do-
See NIXON, Page 8

CITY TO ACT MONDAY

Social services
By STEPHEN SELBST
Social services are likely to be the first victims of the city's finan-
cial hard times when City Administrator Sylvester Murray's budget re-

I

q nds maydrop
Ozone House, the Human Rights Commission, and Tribal Funding,
which faced a court battle last fall over alleged impropriety of fund
misuse.

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