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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 127 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, March 3,1978 Ten Cents 10 Pages

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Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
have other ideas about who's

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asked to control

own S. African ties

Railroading
Amtrak may be "working on the railroad" but this trio at the Penn Central station may
doing the real labor.

By RENE BECKER
A University committee has recom-
mended that the Regents terminate all
business with banks which make or
renew loans to the South African gover-
nment.
The Senate Assembly Advisory
Committee on Financial Affairs, an
eight-member faculty group, will also
ask the Regents at their March meeting
not to sell University stocks and bonds
in corporations with South Africa
operations.
ACCORDING TO Norman Herbert,
the University's chief investment of-
ficer, if the Regents accept the
recommendation of the committee the
University would no longer be able to
buy certificates of deposit (CDs) from
banks, who make or renew loans to the
South African government.
This would include the over $1 million
the University has in CDs in such com-
panieskas Wells Fargo Bank and
Citibank.
However, this would not force the
Regents to sell stock of those financial
institutions, such as the American Ex-
press Company, who make loans to the
South African government. The
University holds over $1.5 million in the
American Express Company.
THE COMMITTEE'S report on
University investment policies and
social responsibility, which includes
specific recommendations on South
Africa, suggests that the University
take part in corporate decisions as an
investor.
Since 1971, the University investment
policy has been either to vote with
management on shareholder
resolutions or to sell the stock.
The committee recommendation is
an administrative response to groups
and individuals on and off campus, in-
cluding the African Student Association
(ASA) and the Washtenaw County
Coalition Against Apartheid (WCCAA),
who have asked the University to cut all
ties with South Africa.
ACCORDING TO these groups, the
financial ties, which include stocks and

bonds the University holds in cor-
porations which have South African
operations, help maintain apar-
theid-the system of segregation and
discrimination indiginous to South
Africa.
The committee's report states full
divestiture of holdings in corporations
with South African operations, "would
preclude any further influence that the
University of Michigan might have in
effecting change in South Africa."
Rather, the committee recommends
the University support the abolition of
apartheid, "through judicious exercise
of its rights as a shareholder."
TO DO THIS the committee suggests
two steps:

Investment committee
suggestions debated

" direct communication of the
University's concern to corporate
management via letters or meetings;
* the publication of statements
describing the University's general
position on the issue and, when judged
most effective, explanation of these
statements at shareholders meetings.
LETTERS FROM the University to
corporate management should make
clear the University considers the en-
dorsement and implementation of the
principles in the Sullivan statement "as
the minimum prerequisite for con-
tinued investment of University funds
in any corporation," according to the
report.
See PANEL, Page 2

Carter plans 'sweeping'

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civii service
WASHINGTON (AP) - President The proposals
Carter sent to Congress yesterday a federal hiring an
package of proposals that he described ces now given b
as the most sweeping reform of the civil World War II
service system since its creation in veterans, institu
1883. salary bonuses f
He said the federal government's executives, and
personnel system has "grown into a counsel to prot
tangled web of complicated rules and blowers" wh
regulations" that makes it hard to fire mismanagemen
incompetent workers or to reward good government.
ones. Carter said th
originally design
CARTER'S proposals would force patronage hiring
federal managers making over $26,000
a year to earn their pay raises, and
would make it easier to fire consistently
mediocre ,performers. It would 'also B uL d
split the Civil Service Commission into
new agencies. By MARK
University budg
Friday Campus Legal A
voluntary student
Michigan Studer
Get a good look at this issue President Jon La
because it's the last one you'll see "The Michiga
until March 14. In the meantime, will do everything
rest well and have a good vaca- that there is a h
tio-! campus next year
OFFICE OF SO
* A South African government Assistant Vice
policy can raise or lower a person's Easthope confir
economic and social status with the funding of the pr
stroke of a pen. See story, Page 2 eliminated, but
final decision has
Easthope said
$150,000 from it
million. He expla
For happenings, weather grams are being
and local briefs, According to E
see TODAY, page 3. the budget cut b
ver Manv nther

reforms

call for an end to
nd retention preferen-
by law to able-bodied
and Korean conflict
ute corporation-stylse
or the top 9,200 federal
create a new special
ect federal "whistle-
o expose gross
nt or corruption in
e civil service system,
ed to replace political
with a system based

on merit, has lost its original purpose.
He said that 99 per cent of all federal
employes got merit ratings last year
and only 226 were fired for inefficiency
or incompetence out of a work force of
more than two million.
"THE SAD fact is that it is easier to
promote and transfer incompetent em-
ployes than to get rid of them," the
/President said in a televised address at
the National Press Club.
"It may take as long as three years
See CARTER, Page 7

By ELISA ISAACSON
The recommendations on University
investment policies offered by the
Senate Assembly Advisory Committee
on Financial Affairs have met with
various reactions from involved mem-
bers of the University community.
Heidi Gottfried, one of the two
student members on the Committee on
Communications - a group set up by
University President Robben Fleming
to gather University opinion on the
South African issue - said she agrees
with the Advisory Committee's
suggestion to vote apart from manage-
ment at stockholder's meetings. But
she said that she doubts the Univer-
sity's ability to change corporate policy
through lobbying or voting.
"COULD the University be an effec-
tive an active shareholder?" Gottfried
asked. "Personally, I don't think they
can."
"It (active shareholding) takes a lot
of time and a lot of effort," she said.
"It's taken so long to get them (the
University) to recognize there's a
problem." The University would
require "constant pushing" to keep it
from being "negligent" in voting, she
said.
University financial vice-president
James Brinkerhoff said he found the
recommendations "reasonable" and
"appropriate." He will present the
report and recommendations to the
Regents at their March meeting.
POLITICAL SCIENCE Assistant
Professor Joel Samoff stated "what
they (the committee) are recommend-
ing is what other universities have
tried. It has been found not to work; I
guess it won't work for Michigan,
either." Samoff said the universities
that tried to influence the South African
regime through active shareholding
ended up divesting after one year.

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get cuts threaten

K PARRENT
get cuts may force the
Aid program to seek
t funding, according to
nt Assembly (MSA)
uer.
n Student Assembly
g in its power to assure
egal aid program on
r," said Lauer.
tudent Services (OSS)
President Thomas
med that University
ogram may be cut or
emphasized that no
been reached.
that OSS must trim
s budget of over $3
ained that all OSS pro-
considered.
Easthope the need for
became apparent last
r departments across

campus are experiencing similar
budget cuts to avoid a University
deficit.
IN THE 1977-78 fiscal year, Legal Aid
received $28,400 from OSS along with
about $20,000 in outside funding, ac-,
cording to Campus Legal Aid director
Jonathon Rose.
Legal Aid provides free legal assist-
ance to students meeting income
eligibility requirements. Students with
a yearly income of less than $3,713 (plus
tuition costs) are eligible to receive the
free service, said Rose.
Landlord-tenant problems, divorces,
misdemeanors and certain types of
suits are among the cases handled by
the agency. Legal Aid estimates 2,400
students receive advice each year. '
THE AGENCY is also involved in the
Housing Law Reform Project which is
co-sponsored by MSA. The housing
;project employs one full-time lawyer,
as does Legal Aid, with Rose dividing

Ai
Legal Aid
his time between the two.
Lauer has been meeting with
Easthope and OSS Vice Pres'ident
Henry Johnson to address the legal aid
problem. Lauer said he was meeting
with the administrators to "try to con-
vey the needs of students to OSS. I
guess they wanted to talk to me because
this is a service used by a great many
students," said Lauer. He added that
they might work on "ar alternate sour-
ce of funding for Legal Aid."
Lauer said a funding system similar
to MSA's voluntary student assessment
is a "strong possibility." MSA's assess-
ment is presently $1.15 per term per
See BUDGET, Page 7

According to Samoff, the Advisory
Committee's recommendations are a
"step forward, but a step that will
prove ineffective." He commended the
committee for recognizing "the impor-
tance of the issue" which the University
had not recognized before.
John Powell, chairman of the
Washtenaw County Coalition Against
See INVESTMENT, Page 10

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Group seeks injunction against
Plymouth Center; alleges abuse
By MICHAEL ARKUSH of the court and public to take action in CAMPBELL said the suit's request

Chesler.
denied*
pro motion
By MITCH CANTOR
An appeal made by Sociology Depar-
tment Chairman William Gamsonto
grant Associate Sociology Professor
Mark Chesler a full professorship was
rejected yesterday by the Literary
College (LSA) Executive Committee.
Gamson, who spoke to the committee
early yesterday afternoon, refused to
comment on the decision. Chesler also
refused to talk about his denied
promotion. LSA Dean Billy Frye and
Associate Dean for General Adminis-
tration Eva.Mueller were unavailable
for comment.
TWO STUDENT groups met with
Mueller this morning to discuss the
Chesler issue. Mauricio Font, who has
been a teaching assistant for Chesler,
was part of a group of seven people
"representing Third World interests"
who met with Mueller to tell her how
important Chesler is to them.
"I got the impression that Miss
Mueller thought the main concern in
the minds of the other people in the
committee was the quality of his
(Chesler's) research," Font said.
One other student present at the
meeting said, "There's an enormous
amount of outrage among faculty and
students about this."
CHESLER WAS recommended for
promotion several weeks ago by the
Sociology Department. However, his
promotion was rejected by the LSA
Executive Committee over two weeks
ago. Frv eid Wednesdav vester-

ts

A federal judge in Detroit will decide
today whether to issue an injunction
against the state Department of Mental
Health (DMH) and the Plymouth Cen-
ter for Human Development, charging
them with violations of federal and
state laws.
The district court injunction would
accuse DMH Director Donald Smith,
Regional Director Don Worden, and Dr.
William Womack, former Plymouth.
Center director, of mishandling an
alleged patient abuse problem at the
center, and violating the federal and
state constitutions.
ATTORNEYS for the Michigan
Protection and Advocacy Service for
Developmentally Disabled (MPASD-
DC), a private group, filed a suit last
week against the Plymouth Center and
rM aaina t+n ini~mninnS

this serious case.
"The irreparable harm caused by
Plymouth Center and the public in-
terest in the case now makes me be-
lieve the court will issue the injunc-
tion," said Campbell.
ATTORNEYS for MPASDDC today
will also ask the court to initiate certain
action "designed to improve conditions
at Plymouth," including a system to
account for the staff's whereabouts at
all hours.
MPASDDC lawyers also want the
court to begin a program sending two
teams of two observers to the Plymouth
Center daily to file reports to the court.
They would be assigned to ensure that
expected services to the residents are
provided and that residents suffer no
abuse.
The MPASDDC is also asking the
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would be acted upon in the interim
period between a preliminary injun-
ction and a final injunction.
Campbell charged the DMH and the
Plymouth Center have violated the
Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Con-
stitution which prohibits cruel and
unusual punishment and the Civil
Rights Act which guarantees equal
treatment for all citizens.
Campbell said the agencies have also
violated the Michigan Health Code and
the Michigan Developmental
Disabilities Act.
SUPPORTING the suit's arguments
is the Plymouth Association for Retar-
ded Children (PARC), a group of 250
concerned individuals, mostly
Plymouth parents.
"We strongly support the suit and
hope it can contribute to better con-
,m:-nn nt Pivmanth_" a PARC

Shcharansky

Soviet wife seeks
aid for jailed husband

By MICHAEL ARKUSH
Condemning Soviet authorities for in-
carcerating her husband, Avital Sh-
charansky, wife of imprisoned Soviet
disident Anatolv Shcharanskv. said

States to gather support for her
husband and other Soviet dissidents,
appealed to the East Quad crowd to
"fight the battle and win the war" to
save the Russian hostages.
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