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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 92 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, January 21, 1978 Ten Cents 8 Pages

Regents upset by


'U' pact on

affirmative action

In an uncharacteristic display of frus-
tration and resentment yesterday, the
Regents criticized a University af-=
firmative action pact with the Depart-
ment of Health, Education and Welfare
(HEW) as an interference in University
The conditions of the agreement,
signed Jan. 9 in the Chicago Office for
Civil Rights (under HEW's jurisdic-
tion) were an example of "having, too
many things regulated from Washing-'
ton, like affirmative action," according
to Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor).
Power devoted an hour's talk at the
Guild House following the meeting to
the "Chicago plan," as she called it.
AT THE MORNING meeting in the
Administration Building, Regent Deane
Baker (R-Ann Arbor) also expressed
his concern over the agreement. "In
this instance," :he said, "I think we
should fight."
Baker added that he challenged the
constitutionality of HEW's action, say-
ing the agreement "circumvented" his
powers as a Regent.
Because of a new policy, HEW offic-
iais came here to investigate minority
hiring and promoting practices in De-
cember. University President Robben
Fleming received a letter Dec. 30 in-
forming him the University's affirma-
tive action program was deficient in,
several ways. If an agreement to cor-
rect the problems wasn't reached by
Jan. 16, the letter said, the University
would lose federal funds'.
UNIVERSITY officials haven't com-
pletely acknowledged the validity of the
HEW claims. "We don't agree with all
the things that are said in there (the'

critical report) and to come right down
to it, I don't think they (HEW) agree
with all of them either," said Vice-
President for Academic Affairs Harold
Shapiro with a smile.
University Director of Affirmative
Action Gwendolyn Baker and Virginia
Nordby, policy coordinator in the aca-
demic affairs office, brought to the
Regents yesterday the agreement they
signed with HEW officials in Chicago
Jan. 9. "HEW has not told us how we
are supposed to do these things," said
Nordby of the 15-page document.
Regent Baker said, "It looks to me
like the government laid (the
agreement) down and we signed it."
BUT FLEMING stressed that "they
went to Chicago with a prepared docu-
ment" by the University, so that Uni-
versity officials did no bargaining in

Under penalty of the loss of federal
funds, the agreement calls for specific
data on minorities and women in all job
classifications - numbers which
several of the officials at yesterday's
meeting said do not exist.
"There are serious deficiencies in a
statistical approach," said Fleming. He
added that information about staff
members is spread around the Univer-
sioty and often in the wrong form. "I do
not think we can win the battle of sta-
MOST OF THE Regents seemed to
think that the analysis and monitoring
of University personnel practices by a
federal agency was an intrusion.
Regent Gerald Dunn (D-Livonia)
See REGENTS, Page 8

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX
UNIVERSITY REGENTS Thomas Roach, Deane Baker and University Vice-President Richard Kennedy lend a
hand to a stranded'motorist behind the LS&A building yesterday. After doing their parts as good Samaritans, they
went back into the Administration Building to discuss University affairs. Debate centered on the building of an
Alumni Center and on the University's affirmative action program.

U.S. Attorney

Marston resigns

Power: 'We need to get
our own house in order.'

Uto confront
housing crunch

Marston, the Republican U.S. attor-
ney from Philadelphia, resigned
yesterday rather than accept lame-
duck status forced on him by an
attorney general determined to fire
him as soon as a replacement can be
"I guess that's the end," said
Marston, after emerging from a
two-hour meeting with Attorney Gen-
eral Griffin Bell at the Justice De-
partment. He said he would vacate
the prosecutor's office on Monday
and suggested that his top deputy
take over temporarily.
MARSTON TOLD reporters that
Bell told him the Carter administra-
tion's decision to fire him "is final."
"He indicated he is not inclined to
reconsider," Marston said. Marston
said the attorney general told him he
never considered allowing him to fin-
ish his four-year term, whichhas 2 /
years to go.
In a brief statement, Bell substan-
tiated Marston's account of the
meeting. Bell said he asked Marston
to remain on the job until he could
find a replacement "at least Mr.
Marston's equal in ability, charac-
ter and integrity."
"IT WAS AGREED that the Phila-
delphia office of the United States
Attorney will pursue aN pending
investigations with vigor," Bell said.
"There will be no letup in the present
approach or attitude toward public
Marston said he was "very disap-
pointed" and that he felt the contro-
versy "raised very grave questions"
because of the role of Rep. Joshua
Eilberg (D-Pa.), in pressing for his
President Carter has said he urged
Bell to "expedite" Marston's ouster
after receiving a call from Eilberg,
who is said by sources in Philadel-
phia and the Justice Department to

be involved in a criminal investiga-
tionby Marston's office.
MARSTON TOLD reporters in a
corridor outside Bell's office that the
attorney general offered to keep him
on for about three months, until a
replacement was found.
"I respectfully declined," Marston
said. "I don't want to be a lame duck.
I've been crippled by the events of
the last few weeks."
Marston, 35, who has been in office
about 18 months, said he would
recommend that the Justice Depart-
ment name Kirk Karaszkiewicz, his
top deputy, as his temporary succes-
BENJAMIN Civiletti, head of the
Justice Department's Criminal Divi-
sion, will go to Philadelphia on
Monday to help in the transition, he
Marston denied that he is running
for any elective office. And he said
that Bell, in explaining his firing,
"did not express any dissatisfaction'
with my work."
Referring to Eilberg, Marston
said, "the reason I'm going is
'There will be no letup.
in the present approach
or attitude toward public
- Atty. Gen. (;riffin Bell
because a congressman called a
President when he didn't even have a
candidate" to suggest as the new
U.S. attorney in the eastern district
of Pennsylvania.
"I DON'T ACCEPT that," Marston
said. "We had a system in Phila-
delphia and I didn't accept it. I
removed politics from criminal jus-
tice in Philadelphia."
Marston said that "every major
political corruption case in his office

has been crippled" because every
defense attorney wants to see who his
replacement will be.
But he said Bell pledged to
continue the probe of a $65 million
addition to Hahnemann Hospital in
Philadelphia. Government funding of
the hospital reportedly is the focus of
the investigation involving Eilberg
and another Democratic congress-
man from Pennsylvania, Daniel
MARSTON SAID Civiletti will'
convey to Marston's staff Bell's
commitment to pursue the investiga-
tion and will ask Marston's four
assistants to remain in office.

The controversy attracted national
attention after Carter told a news
conference last week that he contact-
ed Bell in November at Eilberg's
behest, seeking to expedite the
replacement of Marston.
Bell said he had made the decision
to fire Marston at least six months
earlier but hadn't gotten around to
finding a replacement.
having any knowledge that Eilberg
was under investigation by Mar-
ston's office.
An aide to Eilberg confirmed on
Thursday that the records of the Con-
See U.S., Page 2

After years of rejecting recom-
mendations for additional student
housing, the Regents now say they
acknowledge the shortage and vow to
grapple with the problem within the
next few months:
"Regents are now regarding the
housing situation as very serious,"
said Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann
Arbor). "What our recommendation
will be I don't know."
"I WOULD SAY we will make a
decision within the next few
-months," said Regent Deane Baker.
(R-Ann Arbor). "There is a reason-
able chance for additional housing
. we are much more positive than
we were three or four months ago."
Although the Regents are faced
with dorm occupancy greater than
100 per cent, what options they, will
take remains an open question.
Informed observers say added hous-
ing space will not come in the form of
new construction: dorm rooms from
converted office space in West Quad
and hotel rooms in the Michigan
Union are more likely possibilities.
A top University Housing Office
official, who requested anonymity,
said he doubts the Regents will
support new construction. "Soaring
construction costs are the reason,"
he maintained. He said the conver-
sions would be a less expensive
"IT'S HARD TO say what the
Regents will do," said student Mi-
chael Synk, vice-president of the
University Housing Council (UHC).
"I doubt there will be a new dorm
built... they're scared to spend the
Housing officials estimate the cost
of a new 500-student structure would
be close to $8 million. That sum
would mean either an increase in
dorm rates of about $30 per year for
the near future or a general tuition

want to increase tuition."
"We'll have to start construction if
there aren't any viable options," said
Regent Gerald Dunn (D-Livonia). "If
a tuition increase is the only option,
we might have to take it."
Even if the Regents choose to convert
office space and hotel rooms instead of
constructing new dwellings, some offic-
ials question the adequacy of such
JACK WEIDENBACH, University di-
rector of physical properties, said he
has so far found "nothing specific" in
regard to places where West Quad of-
fices could be relocated.
"The problem is that in the past office
relocation alternatives have involved
building new space ... and of course we
don't have that capability now," he
Also, while the $800,000 it would cost
See REGENTS, Page 8

Sadat-rejects U.S.
proposal to resume
Mideast p'eace talks
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - President An- gotiations, but said: "They are
war Sadat rejected American efforts to ning to go ahead with military tal
revive the Jerusalem peace talks yes- hope there won't be anything oth
terday and denounced Israeli Prime a brief interruption in the p
Minister Menahem Begin's "arrogant talks."
way" of negotiating. ABC News -quoted highlyp
Sadat's tough words came after a 90- sources as saying that during the
minute meeting with Secretary of State Jerusalem peace meeting, Israe
Cyrus Vance. agreed to "the right of the Palest
In Israel, Foreign Minister Moshe to participate in the determinat
Dayan reacted by accusing the Egyp- their future," but Foreign M
tian president of making "absurd de- Mohammad Kamel did not have t
mands" on Israel and warned, "Maybe inform Sadat of this concessionk
there will be no peace talks." being recalled to Cairo.
PRESIDENT CARTER told report- THE NETWORK also quote
ers in Atlanta the breakdown in the sources as saying Sadat's decis
political meetings was "very serious," recall his foreign minister may
but he predicted parallel Egyptian-Is- been made before Kamel left Egy
raeli military talks in Cairo would re- the talks.
sume. Sadat met with Vance at the s
Carter, in Atlanta for a Democratic ing presidential residence on the1
.Party fund-raising function, gave no of the Nile 15 miles north of Cairo.
date for reconvening the military ne- See SADAT, Page 2

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Twenty Right-to-Lifers protest
at, Planned Parenthood. building

A six-hour protest, staged by the anti-abortion group,
Lifespan, outside Planned Parenthood headquarters at
912 N. Main yesterday, drew little attention and left the
clinic's activities virtually unaffected.
At least 20 members of Lifespan, affiliated with the
national Right to Life group, carried placards and
sported black arm bands "to mourn the nearly five
million babies legally killed" since the 1973 Supreme,
Court abortion decision, according to the group.
SUNDAY MARKS the fifth anniversary of the ruling
that stipulated states cannot prohibit women from having
an abortion during the first six months of pregnancy.
The picket was held "to let congressmen know that
we're here," Lifespan spokeswoman Mary Alice Rice
Planned Parenthood, which performs between 30 and

amendment to the Constitution. The belief (of Lifespan)
is that the quality of life doesn't mean anything if there
isn't a life."
David Rush, another protester and member of
Lifespan said, "When this amendment is passed, the
term 'person' will include the unborn."
"IT'S NOT JUST abortion," said Rice. "It's the right
of everyone to live.
"God gave us life. We don't have the right to take it
away. What the organization is concerned 'with is the
fundamental thing of 'shall we kill the person or shall we
let them live'?"
Rush said the bill has been introduced in both House
and Senate committees for the last several years, but it
has never gotten past that stage.
HE CHARGED that child-rearing expenses may

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