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Page 10-Wednesday, April 5, 1978-The Michigan Daily

Biker eyes

'80

Olympics

By JIM POCOCK
While the rest of the campus
struggles to throw off its winter shroud
for the advent of spring activities, one
University junior has already fit a
rigorous spring cycling routine into his
schedule.
Former 1976 U.S, Olympic team
member Tom Schuler rides 40 to 80
miles a day to train for another season
of international cycling competition
and the '80 Olympics, in addition to
keeping up with his full load of business
school classes.
But his memories of the Olympics
spur him on to try for the next com-
petition. Although Schuler served as an
alternate on the Olympic bicycling
team and did not race as part of the
final four-man team, he did participate
in a lot of practice races for the rest of
the Olympic festivities.
"THE RACING was fun and we had
enough free time to enjoy everything,"
he recalls.
With experience dating back to junior
high behind him, Schuler began
training for the '76 summer Olympics in
Montreal. "Getting into the Olympics
wasn't a very structured -process. It.
took a lot of sticking with it," Schuler
said.
After success in the midwest regional
trials, he qualified in the final trialsin
upstate New York. After qualifying he
remained in New York to train with the
team for about eight weeks before
heading on to Montreal.

SCHULER IS already looking for-
ward to the 1980 games, to be held in
Moscow. "I've definitely improved and
I think my chances are better," Schuler
hopes. When the season officially opens

to win a small amount of prize money
and still maintain our amateur status.
The money I win more or less pays my
expenses," Schuler said.
In order to train during the off-

"Getting into the Olympics wasn't a very
structured process. It took a lot of sticking
with it."
-Olympic cycler Tom Schuler
in May, Schuler will breeze over to
Belgium for summer racing with some season, Schuler became interested in
financial support from his hometown cross-country skiing and even wishes to
bicycling group, the Wolverine Sports compete seriously. But he regrets,
Clb.n "With school and cycling I'm just not
Club y Cable to devote enough time to it to get
"The Olympic Committee allows usg

much farther than amateur races."
ASIDE FROM THE initial ex-
citement of being at the Olympics,
Schuler seemed a little envious of the
well-developed cycling programs,
especially in East Germany. "The East
Germans are dominating everything,
not just the Olympics, but all inter-
national competition as well," he says.
"Our Olympic Committee is just
realizing that they must organize a lot
of training before we'll be able to com-
pete well."
Although he faces a tough schedule,
Schuler manages to cruise through his
studies and train as well. "I don't know
what I would do with all my free time
otherwise," he says. He admits he finds
time for an active social life, too.
As for future plans, Schuler hopes to
spend a few years intensively cycling
after graduation. "I'd like to go as far
as I can with it, but I'll take things as
they come. There is always my
business education to back me up," he
says.

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX
WHEN TOM SCHULER hits the road it's a bike ride and a whole lot more. Schuler
is an Olympian in training for the 1980 Games in Moscow.

Democrats must rebi

(Continued from Page 1
not decided if he will request a recount.
Yesterday, Cappaert said his loss
"tends to give me a sense of bitterness
that I'll come out of." Cappaert, a for-
mer Councilman himself. said his first
human reaction at the news of his loss
was "Oh, shit."
But yesterday, Cappaert had not
come out of his bitterness. "They (the
Republicans) worry about potholes.
Who's worrying about the potholes in
the cavities of people who need dental
care? Who's worrying about potholes in
housing? Belcher said 'Potholes? I'll fix
them,' and the people went for it."
Cappaert, like most Democrats still
smarting from Monday's defeats, was
hard-pressed for an explanation for
their drubbing at the hands of the elec-
torate.
Cappaert attributed his own loss to
the fact that there was a mayor's race,
and speculated "If there hadn't been a
mayoralty, I may havewon."
He also blamed the defeats on "a
dark age" for movements in this coun-
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scandals. "There's much less concern
about what our primary issues should
be," he said.
Councilman Kenneth Latta (D-First
Ward), Greenberg's colleague in the
student district, called Monday's
results "obviously distressing.'
Latta likewise recognizes his new
role as representative of Democrats in,
all wards of the city, since Republicans
now hold both seats in the Third, Fourth
and Fifth Wards.
"Once you've accepted the
proposition of having to look at Belcher
sitting in the mayor's chair, it won't be
as big a pain in the ass to have to
represent the entire city."
Latta said the role of a Council mem-
ber was to represent the people and to
initiate legislation. "On the second part
(initiating legislation) we've been shot
to hell," he said.
"We won't be able to initiate any
legislation," Latta said bitterly. "All I
can do in my role now is advocacy, and
criticize the autrocities that are to
come."
Latta severely criticized " mayoral
winner Louis Belcher as one who opts
for broad policy guidelines while
ignoring details. "I don't see Belcher as
the winner," Latta said. "I see (City
Administrator) Sy Murrary as the win-
ner. All Belcher thinks the mayor
should do is set certain policy goals
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tid party
(leaving the details' to the ad-
ministrator)," Latta said.
He added, "There'll be a chilling af-
fect."
Like Cappaert, Latta had his own ex-
planation for the Democrats' poor
showing at the polls. "It was the absen-
tee voters who don't live in the city," he
said. "One of the other things that
really hurt was the absentee ballots
that came from John Knox Village."
John Knox Village is a senior citizens
cooperative housing project that had
applied to the city for permission to ex-
pand; Council voted to allow that ex-
pansion, but Wheeler vetoed the
measure, citing a report that John
Knox was financially crippled and
mishandling the investments of the
senior residents.
When that report was later proven
false, Wheeler voted to override his own
veto, but not before challenger Belcher
had made the controversial veto a
campaign issue.
"Wheeler was only concerned about
those people's investments," Latta
said. "He could have shrugged his
shoulders and not cared."
"It doesn't pay to care," Latta
lamented. "You should go for symbols,
like Belcher did."
Wheeler agreed with Latta that the
John Knox veto hurt his reelection-bid
in the special run-off election. "I could
have lain off that John Knox Village
thing," he said.I
Wheeler added the fact that there was
no Republican challenger in the
Democratic Second Ward could have
contributed to the Democrat's defeat.
Returns showed, however, that voting
in the Second, where incumbent Earl
Greene ran uncontested, was slightly
higher than last year's turnout.
Greene's 2,060-vote victory lost some
of its sweetness with the loss of the
mayor's chair and the upset loss in the
Fourth Ward.

Daily Photo by ALAN BILlNSKY

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By MARTHA RETALLICK
After five years of doing without one,
Washtenaw County will once again
have a county administrator.
The county board of commissioners
last month chose Michael Gotthanier,
34, out of over 160 other applicants for
the job. Gotthainer is currently an
assistant administrative officer for Los
Angeles County and plans to begin his
job here in July.
Even though Gotthainer has accepted
a higher position than the one he has
now, he will be leaving a job that pays
over $48,000 a year for one that will pay
$40,000. However, he said he is looking
forward to living in a smaller city than
Los Angeles and will gladly trade
southern California's perpetual sun-
shine for the cultural life that a univer-
sity town like Ann Arbor offers.
ALTHOUGH Gotthainer will have to
contend with the 40 or more inches of
snow that Ann Arbor gets each winter,
he doesn't seem to mind. Reflecting on
the recent floods in Los Angeles, he said
Ann Arbor's heavy snowfall is "better
About four' per cent of all state
legislators in the United States are
listed as retired. The percentage
ranges from 13 per cent in the New
England region to one per cent in the
Middle Atlantic, East South Central
and West South Central regions.
In 1976, Chicago's O'Hare Interna-
tional Airport was the busiest in the
United States with 18.1 million pas-
sengers boarded on scheduled airline
flights.

than putting up with 40 inches of rain."
Already he has been labelled
everything from politically neutral to
conservative, Gotthainer emphasizes
that he is open to new ideas and is a
"fiscal conservative," not a political
conservative.
As a county administrator, Got-
thainer will be responsible to the county
board of commissioners, the same
body that eliminated his position in
1973. Up until then, there was a
Republican majority on the board. In
the election of that year, the Democrats
managed to capture the majority of the
15 commissioners' seats and out went
the county administrator post.
IN 1974, county voters rejected a
ballot proposal which called for an ap-
pointed county administrator. Since
then, the commissioners have debated
over whether the county should have an
elected or appointed administrator un-
til last fall when the board voted 8-7 to
revive the position. Five years ago, the
board voted to eliminate the position by
the same 8-7 margin.
Gotthainer has not asked the com-
missioners for a contract and with an
election coming up this fall, he may find
the fate of his job in the hands of a new
set of commissioners. However, he said
he would "anticipate leaving" his job if
under any circumstances, he could not
convince the commissioners of the
value of his positions.
Although the county has survived for
five years without an administrator,
several commissioners admit that it
has not survived well.

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RIGHT NOW, a group of 15 part-time
commissioners are responsible for
overseeing the operations of the county.
And, with 25 departments reporting to
15 commissioners, "Things could be a,
bit clumsy," Republican commissioner
Bent Nielsen observed.
Nielsen's fellow commissioner Herb
Ellis said that without the county ad-
ministrator, even such minor expenses
as food and travel bills must go through
the board of commissioners' Ways and
Means committee and then must be ap-
proved by the board itself before any
money can be spent. According to Ellis,
this process is "cumbersome, slow and
inefficient" and could be better handled
by one county administrator than by
the board of commissioners and its
committees.
Along with approving expenditures,
Gotthainer will have to oversee the
,management and administration of all
county departments not headed by an
elected official and coordinate the
operations of all county agencies and
offices.
Gotthainer will also have to work
with the controller's office, prepare and
recommond the county's annual budget
to the board of commissioners. Along
with the county planning director, he
will have to recommend long range
capital improvements for the county to
the board of commissioners and the
planning commission.
As county administrator, Gotthainer
will be responsible for labor relations,
negotiations and personnel policies in
cooperation with the Corporation Coun-
sel Robert Guenzel and the personnel
director.
Gotthainer is also the one who will
recommend appointments and
dismissals of department heads appoin
ted the commissioners and by other
county boards and committees. Since
both the county controller and the per-
sonnel director took jobs outside the
county last year, Gotthainer will soon
begin interviewing candidates for both

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-HISTORY 465-
The United States, 1901-1933
taught by
Professor Sidney Fine
MWF 11:00 a.m.
FALL TERM, 1978
Contrary to the information in the Time Schedule, Professor
Fine's course on the United States. 1901-1933, will be taught
next fall in its usual place, Angell Hall 2235. This course is on
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