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Page 8-Saturday, March 25, 1978-The Michigan Daily
FUNERAL PARLOR DENIES CHARGES:
Home accused of double-billing
By CAROL KOLETSKY
Before he died in Feb., 1976, Harold
MacInnes willed his body to the Univer-
sity Medical School for scientific study.
MacInnes' last wish was fulfilled.
But, according to his daughter,
Margaret, this simple request has led
her through a two-year struggle to rec-
tify what she considers improper
double billing procedures by a local
funeral home to both the University and
herself, unaided by consumer agencies
that she claims refused to help her.
MS. MAC INNES has also charged
that the funeral home, Muehlig's
Funeral Chapel, billed her father's
estate for a funeral that never took
Muehlig's attorney, Charles Dever,
refuted Ms. MacInnes' claims, saying,
"(Muehlig's) is absolutely not trying to
rip people off."
Ms. MacInnes also said that she was
not allowed to present her case before
the Michigan Board of Examiners of
Mortuary Science. According to laine
Fishoff, a representative from the
state's Attorney General's office, the
plaintiff and a representative from the
funeral home are, by the Board's own
policy, given the chance to address the
Board. Muehlig's was represented at
the meeting helf Feb. 22, almost two
years to the day after MacInnes' death.
PRIOR TO his death, MacInnes
arranged with the University Hospital
to reimburse Muehlig's for transpor-
ting his remains from the Hospital to
the University Medical School four
blocks away. When Margaret MacInnes
received a bill from Muehlig's for a $100
"mileage" fee, haggling over MacIn-
nes' dead body began.
According to Ms. MacInnes, her
father had made a contract with the
Medical School of which Muehlig's was
aware. After the bill came, she called
the Hospital's- Anatomy Department
and found that the University had paid
$45 to the funeral home, also for
When she made inquiries by mail
and telephone to Muehlig's about the
alleged double payment, Ms. MacInnes
claimed she received only evasive
responses and a warning that a credit
bureau would be called in to see -t hat
she paid her bill.
MS. MacINNES also received a sup-
plementary bill naming her father's
estate as payment for a funeral service
when, she said, no funeral had been
Ms. MacInness then began to seek
help. The Ann Arbor Memorial Ad-
vising Planning Service replied that
complaints regarding funeral
businesses are not well-documented
and often based on hearsay.
Ms. MacInnes then brought her case
to the attention of the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) in Washington. The
FTC said it had no time to handle in-
dividual complaints but urged Ms.
MacInnes to relate her charges to the
Department of Licensing and
Regulation, Michigan Board of
Examiners of Mortuary Science in
THE BOARD agreed to take her case
and a meeting was arranged for Feb.
22. Board policy requires the plaintiff
and a representative from the funeral
home to make their points before a
representative from the Attorney
General's office and a Board member.
Following an investigation report, the
Board votes to decide if the funeral
home has satisfied the requirements of
Ms. MacInnes was told that Attorney
General representative Fishoff would
present her case based on the testimony
Muehlig Funeral Home
given to the FTC.
Prior to the meeting, the ad-
ministrative secretary to the Board,
Alice Kidder, told Consumer Action, a
federal consumer protection agency,
that she was willing to offer any infor-
mation on the case to the public. After
the hearing;however, Kidder refused to
comment on the proceeding.
MS. MacINNES said that Fishoff did
not reveal to her all the details of the
conference. Ms. MacInnes also said
that she doubts the impartiality of the
Board since it is made up of prominent
state morticians sitting in judgement
over one another.
Both Consumer Action and the Board
of Examiners report no other complain-
ts from consumers about Muehlig's.
Muehlig's lawyer Dever said, "The
irony is that they (Muehlig's) are losing
money on the case. There are a number
of services such as getting permits and
other time-consuming procedures that
the public is not aware of . . ."
DEVER SAID that Muehlig's has
been found in violation of a statute
which requires full cost disclosure of
body donation cases in advance. The
Board votes on April 13 whether or not
to accept that preliminary agreement.
Ms. MacInnes still refuses to pay the
She decided to make other
arrangements when her mother Julia
died on May 14, 1976. Her body, too, was
donated to the/Department of Anatomy.
This time Fontana Funeral Home made
the delivery-free of charge.
Vietnam forum speakers urge
new student political activism
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On the University campus, LSA rep-
resentative Rachel Rosenthal is
organizing a party to run in the up-
coming MSA elections.
"The MSA should be more vocal and
take an active stand against University
policy," she said. Rosenthal mentioned
University involvement in South Africa
and affirmative action goals as impor-
HABER ALSO discussed what he said
were the lessons learned in Vietnam.
"The Tet Offensive in 1970 was a tur-
ning point for the U.S. in the world.
American policy makers had to revise
policy after their first military defeat,"
He also cited a "general advance in
consciousness" as a result of the war.
But the overall theme of the
gathering was how the movement could
organize for its own revival.
R.OSENTHIAL AND Katz stressed
the need to counteract the "cynicism"
of today's students.
Both said that specific issues would
arouse different groups, but Katz em-
phasized the "necessity Ifor continuity
over time and continuity between
issues and movements."
Barbara Murphy, a University ad-
ministrator and teach-in organizer,
said that yesterday's group "will write
a report about the teach-in and send it
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Coming to the IM.A. Auditorium on
Easter Sunday in Flint, Michigan
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to all the people from the first teach-
in." This is being done "to recreate all
those networks. Those networks are
latent," she said.
Haber said that a reunion of former
SDS members was held in Michigan
last summer. The issue of beginning
another nation-wide student
organization was considered but the
group felt that it was not the time.
"Now is the time for communication,
liaison, and student education," Haber
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requires them to pay for the first time.
Stanley Meadows of Christopher, Ill.,
recording secretary of UMW Local 911,
was one who said the miners couldn't
hold out much longer.
"I l)ON"T think there's that much
improvement in this contract, but the
people are getting hungry and need to
get back to work," Meadows said:
"I've been in the mines 22 years and
have saved some money, but I'd say the
average miner is hurting."
Paul Presley, president of an Illinois
local, said he "caught plenty of flack"
for voting for the contract but said he
did it for the sake of the younger
"I'm 56 and can retire soon, but these
guys need to get back to work," Presley
said. "The union knows that we're
strong and we can go back to work, and
then in three years settle up."
RESIDENT STAFF APPLICATIONS
FOR SPRING/SUMMER 1978
Available Starting March 24, 1978
In 1500 SAB
POSITIONS INCLUDE: RESIDENT DIRECTOR AND RESIDENT ADVISOR
Advisory positions require a minimum of 55 credit hours for the Resident Advisory positions.
Graduate status preferred for the Resident directors positions.
QUALIFICATIONS: (1) Must be a registered U. of M. student on the Ann Arbor campus in
good academic standing during the period of employment. (2) Must have completed a mini-
mum of 55 credit hours. (3) Preference will be given to applicants who have lived in resi-
dence halls at University level for at least one year. (4) Undergraduates must have a 2.5
cumulative grade point average at the time of application. (5) Proof of these qualifi-
cations may be required. (6) Preference will be given to applicants who can speak
Spanish, French, Japanese, or Arabic.
Current staff and other applicants who have an application on file must come to this office to
update their application form. Staff selection and placement shall be determined in the
"WHY DO THE HEATHEN RAGE?"
Psalms 2:1 and Acts 4:25
Selections From John- 19th Chapter
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him,
crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?
The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be
crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called
the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Gol'-g5-
18 Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on
either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the
writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now ac-
complished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I
29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar and they
filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put
Selections From Matthew - 28th Chapter.
In the end of the sabbath, as it bagan to dawn toward the
first day of the week, came Mary Mag'da-Ine and the other
Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel
of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled
back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment
white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became
as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear
not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the
place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from
the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee;
there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear