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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 122 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, February 25, 1978 Ten Cents 8 Pages
Detroit Edison asks for cut in dorm energy use
By RICHARD BERKE light fixtures. single glass panes. Whoever fills this position in early April program. During this first year, an ef- ALSO LAST summer insulated glass
While these energy-saving recon Other planned measures include re- will have the responsibility of fort is planned to compile basic windows were installed in Northwood
The dim lighting in dorm cafeterias is mendations are for the current roofing several dorms and adding new monitoring energy use in the dorms and technical data for each residence hall. Two Four and Five as well as in Bur-
not an attempt by the University to hide emergency situation, the Housing Of- insulation. developing a formal energy Bowyer stressed the difficulty of esti sley. Finally, a new roof was installed
moldy roast beef or encourage roman fice also has long-range plans to reduce mating savings made from energy cut- on Couzens Hall to improve insulating
tic interludes. Rather, it's part of soaring dorm energy costs.bak.Bthdisyifptenry qlt.
emergency efforts to reduce dorm Dorm utility expenses - which ac- "The redbc tn edsuy- fuhast energyowuait.
lighting loads to offset the current coal count for nearly ten per cent of room "The 30 per cat ettergy re(dIUtioi is totf tla CIarve n reduction measures - such as conver- Bowyer said he hopes dorm residents
shorage andboad fes -hav mor thn - sions to fluorescent lighting -- had not will realize the need to limit their
Detroit Edison has asked University doubledi since 1973. Paul Bowyer, -e le goal. I will requ ir' proje(t f i dsaf(/1the been put into effect, the University energy consumption. He said a task
HeroigtEdsonedu skedr Unvergyity-doublsisiingm973. nauBowyer-Housing energy bill would be double force was formed earlier this year for
Housing to reduce dorm energy con- University housing maintenance coor- op('(eJratio of asflhtV people (is we callt iae aware what it is today.. The fluorescent the purpose of publicizing eiiergy. con-
sumption by ten per cent. Specific cut- dintator, has set a goal of reducing ~cag vrrsle n5 e etsrainpasadacmlsmns
backs are being left up to individual energy usage by 30 per cent in the next of our programs., progre>ss acid projects." change-over resulted in 50 per cent servation plans and accomplishments.
residence halls, but the Housing Office three years.energy savings plus a 100 per cent in- Bowyer added, however, that ever
has recommended cost-saving steps. -Pail Do Ver crease in light output. Currently, most since the 1973 energy crunch, public
AS A FIRST major energy saving dorms receive annual utility bills top- awareness of the necessity of cutbacks
gA, A FIST jo e ergy n titaersity Housing Main tenan ce ping the $100,000 mark. has led to substantial energy savings.
ASiDE FROM urging frugal use of target, an audit of every type and stywill Other recent energy-saving "The 30 per cent energy reduction is
diigro lgtteHosn fie fdr ido tteUivriywl measures include the insulation of the. not an easily achievable goal," Bowyer
suggests that dorm maintenance be conducted beginning this summer. To administer the energy reduction management program. Oxfor Houe thw o or an easill reqire oect Bu wyar
workers cut down on the frequent tur- Poory insulated windows are a major plans, the Housing Office is inter- HOUSING officials are requesting Five, and Fletcher last summer. Those the cooperation of as many people as
ning on and off of ventilation fans and cause of heat loss in the dorms, with viewing applicants for the new position that $50,000 be allotted for the initial efforts amounted to an eight and a half we can make aware of our programs,
also remove tubes from unnecessary some windows not insulated and with of energy conservation manager. year to operate an energy conservation per cent savings in fuel consdkwption. progress and projects."
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object to
OER cut
A group of campus ministers is con-
sidering taking legal action against the
University in an attempt to stop a
proposed re-organization of the Office
of Ethics and Religion (OER).
The proposal, which involves
relocating OER's only counselor to the
counseling offices of Student Services,
would "dilute what the University will
be doing in the area of ethics and
religion," according to a letter the
ministers sent to administration of-
ficials Thursday.
THE MINISTERS base their legal ob-
jections on an agreement made in 1937,
between the Student Christian
Association (SCA) and the University's
Regents. Under that agreement the
SCA donated Lane and Newberry Halls
to the University on the condition that
the Regents agreed to "assume the
responsibility for a program that will
tend to encourage student interest and,
study in the broader aspects of religious
education and properly coordinated
student activities in religious and allied
fields," according to minutes of the
Regents' meeting.
Today, OER serves three primary
functions: student counseling, program
organization, and coordination between
the various campus religious organiza-
tions. According to the letter, OER is
concerned not only with religious
issues, but also, with major political and
social questions.
OER is a "locus for support for loyal
opposition and the dissenting point of
See 'OER', Page 8

Carter: ratify new
coal contract now

WASHINGTON - President Carter
announced a contract settlement in the
nation's longest coal strike yesterday
and warned miners he will take
"drastic actions" if they do not ratify it.
The agreement was reached under
heavy White House pressure just hours
after Carter announced plans to inter-
vene in the crippling 81-day-old
TERMS OF THE agreement were not
announced immediately. Officials have
estimated it would take nearly three
weeks before coal production could be
back to normal.
Although Carter did not say what ac-
tion he had in mind, administration of-
ficials said the President was ready to
order the miners back to work under
the Taft-Hartley Act and perhaps to
* The results of the recent MSA
elections will dictate some
changes in the structure of the
assembly. See story on Page 2.
* If you are thinking about cud-
dling up to a nice bottle of wine
tonight, you might want to read
our wine story on Page 8 before
you make your selection.
For happenings, weather
and local briefs,
see TODAY, page 3.

seek congressional approval for a
federal takeover of the mines.
But in a quickly arranged, live ap-
pearance on national television, Carter
said federal intervention had been
averted for the time being by a
hurriedly arranged agreement between
the Bituminous Coal Operators
Association and the United Mine
Workers (UMW).
termed the agreement a "good con-
tract," and said it included all the
health and pension guarantees the
union sought. He said the agreement

was even better than the pact reached
with the Pittsburg and Midway Coal
Co., Monday, an agreement the BCOA
had earlier refused to consider.
Speaking directly to the strikers, Car-
ter praised their dedication and
patriotism and said, "I hope you will
follow the lead of your bargaining
council and ratify the settlement. It
serves the national interest as well as
your interests and those of your
families. -If it is not approved, I will
have to take the drastic actions I was
prepared to take tonight."
The President then announced he is
See CARTER, Page 8

AP Photo
Carter's image slips
President Carter outlines his anti-discrimination plan at the White House
Thursday with (1-r) Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-Md.); Sen. Edward Kennedy
(D-Mass.); Coretta King; an unidentified person; and Rep. Claude Pepper
(D-Fla.). Carter's nationwide image plummeted this month according to
an AP)NBC News poll. Stalled Middle East peace negotiations and the coal
strike have left only 34 per cent of those interviewed willing to say that
Carter has done an "excellent" or "good" job as President. Sixty-two per
cent of those interviewed this week gave Carter "only fair" or "poor"
marks. These ratings represent the lowest for Carter since he took office.
Carter announced yesterday that he will leave Washington on March 28
for his first state visit to South America and Africa.

$1.5 million to fix A2 streets

City Administrator Sylvester Murray
has been ordered to find $1.5 million
dollars somewhere in the city budget to
be allocated for fixing Ann Arbor's
blighted roads.I
In a resolution passed by City Council
Thursday night, Council suggested that
Murray consider cutting some funds
from other city services, like the Com-
munity Development Block Grant
federal funds.,
THE RESOLUTION also suggests
that the administrator look -for the road
repair money in the general fund sur-
plus, any excess revenues from the
state fire services reimbursement, and
the possibility of changing the leaf pick-
up program from the streets, traffic
and parking department to plastic bag
The $1.5 million still won't let Ann
Arbor taxpayers off the hook in
November. Council still plans to put a

millage increase on the November
ballot, and calls the new funding just a
prelude to off-set the tax hike.
Mayor Pro Tem Louis Belcher, who'
introduced the resolution, said Thur-
sday, "I'm giving the city ad-
ministrator several different areas to
"This is saying to the administrator,
regardless of what you do in the budget
next year, we want a minimum of $1.5
million to repair the streets," Belcher
said. 'Basically, we're going to have to
make some cuts, but we've been told in
the polls and elsewhere that the citizens
want this."
COUNCILMAN Louis Senunas (R-

Third Ward) said the resolution will
call for "a massive reduction in the
services that the city fought for for
"I suggest that they send the city
postcards or whatever and tell us what
services they would like to see cut,"
Senunas said.
Mayor Albert Wheeler, however,
called the Belcher. plan "fiscally
irresponsible," and introduced his own
substitute amendment which Council
rejected in a 6-5 partisan split vote.
"It would be fiscally irresponsible for
Council to direct the city administrator
to find $1.5 million and not tell him what
has to give," Wheeler said.

The Wheeler plan called for the ad-
ministrator to search the budget and
see exactly how much money was
available for road repair without
drastic service cuts. The Wheeler sub-
stitute also suggested the city explore
the possibility of a federal grant for
road work currently pending in the U.S.
Belcher called Wheeler's substitute
amendment "purely political folderol,
cannon fodder put out by the
Democratic caucus."
"If we wait for Congress to fix our
roais, I guarantee they'll never get
fixed," Belcher said. "That's just a pie
in the sky.".

BASIM ESMAIL, brother of Sami who has been jailed by the Israeli government
for alleged membership in an illegal organization, charged Thursday night that
his brother has been tortured while in prison.
75 discuss Israeli,
jailing of MSupil


Food stamp hassles limit aid

Speeches by jailed MSU student Sami
Esmail's brother and his attorney in the
United States drew a crowd of nearly 75
highly charged Israeli and Palestinian
supporters to the Wesleyan Church
Thursday night.
Esmail has been held in an Israeli jail
since late December on charges that he
is a member of an organization which is
outlawed in Israel and that he has had
contact with an enemy agent, accor-
ding to Dan Kyram, a spokesman for
the Israeli consulate in Chicago.
Esmail, who is one semester away
from a master's degree in electrical
engineering, has denied both charges.
He can face up to ten years imprison-
ment if convicted by a three-judge
Israeli civilian court.
Emotions flared at the church Thurs-
day night when one spectator, who
claimed to be an Israeli lawyer

which is dedicated to the destruction of
The American-born Esmail was on
his way to visit his dying father on the
West Bank when he was arrested im-
mediately after landing at Tel Aviv's
Ben Gurion airport. Basim Esmail
charged that his brother has been tor-
tured while awaiting trial.
"I saw the symptoms of his torture,"
he said. "There were red marks all
over his body.
"You have to understand that Sami
was in the hands of savage in-
terrogators," he added.
Esmail, who works for an electronics
firm in Chicago, charged that his
brother was punched repeatedly and
told he would never see his dying father
unless he confessed. He said Sami was
interrogated around the clock in a
small cell without being permitted to
sleep for more than two consecutive

Nearly one-half of the people eligible
for nutritional benefits like food stamps
and Salvation Army meals in
Washtenaw County are not taking ad-
vantage of those services, according to
the Michigan Legal Services 1977

what can be as little as $20 per
The time required to buy food stamps
is a problem for John Leone, a junior in
psychology eligible for food stamps.
"When you first apply for food stamps
you have to be there from 7 to 10 a.m. or
you're out of luck," Leone said, "Even
if you have an appointment, they have

concerning their possible eligibility,"
said Advocacy Project coordinator
Mayfield. "They could then send the
forms to us and we could tell them if
they're eligible. That way, people could
avoid a lot of the problems involved in
originally finding out they're entitled to
food stamps."

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