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Don

't forget

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vote

Monday!

ISSUES AND Sit3fl i g ALMOST
ENDORSEMENTS Alligh-43
See Editorial PageW Low28
See Today for details
Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 145 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, April 2, 1978 Ten Cents 10 Pages Plus Supplement

3500

invade

Diag H
By R.J. SMITH
Over 3,000 people braved a stiff wind,
the threat of being ticketed, and even
the threat of being arrested, in the
name of honoring that day seven years
ago when Ann Arbor instituted its $5 pot
law.
Though yesterday was the warmest
day of the year, the seventh annual
Hash Bash celebration on the Diag
proved a bit more docile than in past
years, with reports of fewer arrests and
less disturbances.
THE ANN ARBOR police and
University security went to great
trouble to dampen the marijuana
smoker's fun, but were met with partial
success. Some 60 police officers were
eventually assigned to the center of the
campus, after additions were made to
the initial 30-40 men dispatched. A pair
of mobile units was employed to tran-
sport suspected trouble-makers to the
police station, and at least one police
car was always made available.
When the police caught someone
smoking pot the person was hauled off
to a makeshift command center. There,
he or she was photographed for iden-
tification and then ticketed. Those par-
ticipants under 18 faced being carted
off to the police station.
"We're issuing a good number of
violations, and also we've transported
quite a few people downtown," said
Captain Kenneth Klinge, who directed
SERLING the force on the Diag.
"WE'VE HAD NO really major
problems," Klinge added. The police
said last night they did not have a tally
of citations and arrests made, and
refused to give an estimate.
University security officers were
quick to answer requests to lock the
doors of buildings on the Diag. Many
buildings, however, could be entered if
veryone's the person showed a student iden-
e right to tification card. Patrols were conducted
hould op- in such areas as the Fishbowl to check
dupe the for broken windows and other signs of
ing these vandalism.
People began congregating around
egy is to the Diag as early as Friday evening,
said when small groups huddled together for
gh to say warmth and waited. By 10:00 yesterday
0 morning, a crowd of almost a thousand

rash Bash

had walked, skateboarded, unicycled,
or pogo-sticked to the center of campus.
One man had brought a large box of
frisbees, and the crowd, not large
enough yet for a convincing display of
civil disobedience, Whiled the .time
away playing catch with friends and
police.
BY NOON, two different groups had
arrived: the out-of-towners, and the
high school teenagers. Streets surroun-
ding the Diag area were lined with cars,

many of which bore out-of-state license
plates.
In recent years, the presence of high
school age and even younger dope
smokers has been increasing, prom-
pting complaints .from the majority of
smokers at the celebration. This year
however, perhaps due to the fact that
many high school students could not
skip classes on a Saturday, not as many
teenagers attended.
Early in the afternoon, however, par-
See 3500, Page 2

Daily Photos by PETER
ONE YOUNG HASH BASHER chats amiably with police... while two more get along alone.
LANDLORDS TRY LOW-KEY STRATEGY:
Tenant campaign nears fini

By RICHARD BERKE
A Daily News Analysis
Over the course of the campaign,
supporters of the two tenants' rights
ballot proposals, waited for landlords to
form organized opposition. They waited
.. and they waited.
But, less than 24 hours before the
election, the only visible opposition to
the proposals has been'a few ads in
local newspapers. Meanwhile the
Coaliton for Better Housing (CBH) has
spent more than $5,000 to fund tag days,
contests and numerous other efforts in
a highly visible attempt to'draw atten-
tion to the city charter amendments it
is sponsoring.
IT'S DOUBTFUL that the lack of op-
position is due to the landlords' inability
to finance a major campaign. In 1975,
local landlords raised over $50,000 in a
matter of days for a last minute media
blitz to soundly defeat rent control.
Another possible explanation for the
lack of organized opposition is that lan-
dlords don't really think the proposals
are severe enough to be worth fighting.
But campaign observers are quick to
discount that theory. Though the
initiatives would hardly affect landlor-
ds to the degree a rent control law

would, passage of any tenants' rights
legislation would provide momentum
for stronger pro-tenant measures in the
future.
'But one possibility which explains the
action-or inaction-of local landlords
is that they figure a low-key posture on
their part will do them the most good.
THE KEY TO the proposals' fate is
voter turnout. Tenants outnumber the
2,000 landlords residing in Ann Arbor,
so local landlords could simply have
decided not to fight the uphill- battle of
arguing against the proposals, in hopes
of keeping the spotlight off the ballot
issues. In this way, a small but deter-
mined group of pro-landlord voters
could control the voting.
This is not to say landlords have done
nothing whatever to publicly oppose the
ballot issues. The Washtenaw Property
Owners Association (WPOA) sent
flyers to property owners throughout
the city, telling how passage of the
proposals would hurt them. The flyer
urges property owners to telephoneas
many people as they can to tell them to
vote against the proposals.
"They (the proposals) affect every
homeowner who looks to the value of his
real estate as a major asset," the flyer

states. "They compromise es
rights of free speech and th(
contract freely. Everyone si
pose the attempts of a few to
local government into usurp
rights from all of us."
"THEIR (landlords) strat(
try to reduce voter turnout .
Tim Kunin of CBH. "It's tou
See TENANT, Page 1

Cs

LAGOS, Nigeria (UPI)-President
Carter declared his firm commitment
yesterday to black majority rule in
Africa, predicting the "towering wall of
racism" will be dismantled piece by
piece and turn "poverty and despair to
promise and opportunity."
Carter used the first state visit by a
U.S. president to black Africa to take
his toughest stand on apartheid. He said
U.S. relations with South Africa
"depend on ending discrimination
against the nation's majority of blacks
... we stand firm on that message."
AND HE ALSO spoke out against
Cuban and Soviet involvement on the
continent, declaring "we must not let
great power rivalries destory our hopes
for an Africa at Peace."

In a major policy address, Carter
warned South Africa and Rhodesia that
efforts to delay the inevitable tran-
sformation to black majority rule can
only lead to 'growing bloodshed."
"I have seen the towering wall of
racism taken down, piece by piece, un-
til the whites and blacks of my country
could reach across it to each other," the
former Georgia governor said of his
native South.
"I BELIEVE THAT the day is
coming for Africa," he declared, when
"blacks and whites will be able to say
the words of slain civil rights leader
Martin Luther King, Jr.... 'free at last,
free at last, great God almighty, we are
free at last!"'
Carter, met by masses of cheering
Nigerians at every turn on his first full
day here, delivered his 30-minute ad-
dress in the National Theater, a Lagos
showplace. On hand was Lt. Gen.
Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's military
leader with whom he will hold three
days of talks.
Majority blacks are struggling to
gain control of the governments in
South Africa, Rhodesia and Namibia.
IN HIS ADDRESS, Carter said the

parties must decide whether to follow a
path of agreement, or pursue a "rigid
posture that will produce political com-
plications, generating conflict, growing
bloodshed and delay the fulfillment of
their hopes."
"In the name of justice," he said, the
United States believes there should be a
"progressive transformation" of South
Africa's white-dominated society.
"We have made it clear to South
Africa that the nature of our relation-
ship will depend on whether there is
progress for full political participation
for all her people in every respect in the
social and economic life of the nation
and an end to discrimination based on
race or ethnic origin."
WORRIED ABOUT reports that up to
17,000 Cuban troops are massing to help
Ethiopia fight secessionist rebels in the
northern province of Eritrea, Carter
said "military intervention of outside
powers . . . too often makes local con-
flicts even more complicated and
dangerous.
"We are concerned that massive
foreign troops are already planning for
military action in Eritrea, which will
result in greatly increased bloodshed

among these unfortunate people," he
said.
A large portion of his speech was
devoted to economic relations with
Nigeria. Africa's largest nation is the
second largest exporter of oil to the
United States, and Carter hopes
Nigeria's promised transformation
from military to democratic rule will be
a blueprint for other Third World
nations.
HE SAID HE would recommend to
Congress a $125 million contribution to
the African Development Fund, and
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers aid in
the River Niger development project.
In his speech, Carter said U.S. efforts
to help settle the problem of Namibia,
which borders South Africa, "have
reached a critical state.'
The- former Germar colony is ad-
ministered South Africa in violation
Sep _ARTER, Page'2
Sunday
* Will this be the year of
the Tigers? Check out
Sports editor Bob Miller's
evaluation of this year's
Bengals.
" Review the issues and
the candidatessbefore
Monday's election on pages
4 and 5.
* Ever wonder who in-
habits that tent which
appears seasonally near
Angell Hall? In the Sun-
day Magazine Pauline

Orer a hun dred people
grouped in cluslers and lined
the n'alls of the hallroom n 1the
Michigan ILeague last night.
waitig Jor 1/ie irst annusmal
Hiookers ima(squerade ball to
begin. The ereni, sponsored bhi
.41ev (:at, and othelr local
organizamions is a take-of fon
the national hookers ball held
in :fan Francisco each year.
An. Arbor ferminists, favoring
the decriminalization of
prostitution, clad in their
_finery, mixed ith nattily

AFSCME, hospital

disput e s sil
By MITCH CANTOR
Though several disputes between
hospital housekeeping management
and employees have been resolved,
American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Local 1583 President Dwight Newman
said Friday a spring strike is still a

0

0

rmme ring
was label? J "shabby" by union of-
ficials), a promise from management
of an increase in hospital efficiency,
and less harassment from supervisors.
Newman conceded that conditions
between the union and hospital
housekeeping management have im-
proved.

(Irec s s c d

in ( idte-aged

businessmen ilad in dark greyv

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