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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 151 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, April 9, 1978 Ten Cents 12 Pages plus Supplement
MSA fee hike, mandatory funding up for vote

Perhaps more important than any
other question facing students in this
week's Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) election, is a referendum which
MSA elections '78
will determine whether MSA's present
$1.15 voluntary fee will be changed to a
mandatory $2.92 charge.
The ;bulk of this increase would go
toward paying for the Campus Legal
Aid service, which has been funded in
the past by the University. University
officials say Legal Aid's budget will be
cut this fall, but' have not yet specified
by what amount.
THE ELECTION will be held Mon-
day, Tuesday and Wednesday of this
week. In addition to deciding the fun-
ding question, students will also elect
representatives to MSA and the
president and vice president.,
Other ballot questions inchjde a non-
binding referendum on the University's
South African investment policy, a
procedural amendment allowing the

president and vice-president to take of-
fice immediately,. and an amendment
altering the process for selection of
Central Student Judiciary justices.,
Legal Aid provides free legal services
low income students. If the funding is
taken over by MSA, the service will be
expanded to serve all students.
According to University Assistant
Vice-President Thomas Easthope,
some literature put out by MSA which
impliestthat Legal Aid will have to shut
down if the funding request is not ap-
proved is simply not true. "It's a scare
tactic," he said.
HE ADDED THAT even though the
University has not yet determined how
much the budget will be cut, the service
will not be eliminated.
Legal Aid is on a very tight ,budget
however, says attorney and Legal Aid
Director Jonathan Rose, and a
decrease would likely cause a drastic
reduction in services.
The students' choice in the election is
not binding, however, and the Regents
must approve all changes in the MSA
funding system.
UNDER MSA'S present fee system,
students are automatically billed for
$1.15, but may have the money credited

to their account simply by filling out a
special form.
The proposed funding changes would
almost double MSA's general budget
not only because the per student
charges would increase but also
because every student would be forced
to pay the assessment. Almost 30 per
cent of the student body does not pay

The current fee is split up as follows:
" 75 cents to MSA's general budget;
" 25 cents to the MSA Housing Law
Reform Project and the Tenants'
" 15 cents to the Course Evaluation

Under the proposed mandatory fee,
money will be distributed in the
following manner:
* $1.74 to Campus Legal Aid including
the MSA Housing Law Reform Project;
* 97 cents to MSA's general budget;
" 15 cents to the Course Evaluation

" 6 cents to the Tenants' Union.
According to Lauer, the chief ar-
chitect of the funding proposal, the fee
had to become mandatory because
Legal Aid could not operate with an un-
See MSA, Page 2


Legal Aid
Barry Ziker and five of his friends
rented a house for a year. They liked
the place, and their landlord told them
they could stay another year for $540
per month.
But before Ziker and his housemates
went their Separate ways for the sum-
mer, they discovered the landlord had
signed up another group to rent the
house for $700 per month.
ANGRY AND houseless, Ziker and
company went to the campus Legal Aid
Office seeking help. After a year of
negotiations and "many crises," the
court found the landlord at fault and
Ziker said he and his friends got "a real
good settlement out of it.'' The landlord
had only made an oral agreement with

t tenants to divorces

Ziker's group, the first tenants, but
Legal Aid attorneys pointed out such
agreements can be valid - as was in
that instance.
"We would have had to move out had
it not been for Legal Aid," Ziker reflec-
Ziker's case is not an uncommon one
for campus Legal Aid. In fact, nearly
half of Legal Aid's cases involve lan-
dlord-tenant disputes.
OPERATING IN cramped fourth
floor quarters in the Michigan Union
and -with a $28,000 annual budget from
the University Office of Student Ser-
vices, Legal Aid opens between 650 to
800 cases per year, free of charge, for
University students. Another 2,400
students annually receive free legal

advice from Legal Aid staff members.
Staffed by only three paid workers -
including two attorneys part-time, -
and some 50 volunteer undergraduate
and law students, Legal Aid is the only
place students can go locally for exten-
sive legal services at no cost.
Legal Aid stands out from other such
groups because of its reputation to fight
cases to the finish. Critics have said
that since Legal Aid attorneys
sometimes drag out cases, some lan-
dlords have been forced to settle out of
court rather than retain high cost
private lawyers for lengthy' court
"SOMETIMES cases don't require
things out of the ordinary," said attor-
See LEGAL, Page 5


the voluntary fee, said MSA President
Jon Lauer.

Carter's bomb stand
blasted by Soviets

MOSCOW (AP)-The Kremlin yes-
terday described President Carter's
decision to defer neutron weapons
production as a ruse aimed at
sidetracking international protests and
forcing new military concessions from
the Soviet Union.
Carter announced Friday he was put-
ting off production of neutron warheads
pending evidence of new Soviet
"restraint" in the arms race.
THE SOVIET NEWS agency Tass, in
the first official commentary here on
Carter's move, said the U.S. leader is
trying to "Tie his final decision to mat-
ters involving the strengthening of the
Soviet Union's defense capability that
have no relation to neutron weaponry."
It said Carter has "the clear goal of
obtaining concessions from the Soviet
Union on other issues unrelated to the
matter at hand."
In a separate commentary, the agen-
cy said a key motive behind Carter's
decision "is the effort by the U.S.
government to create the best public
opinion situation for future deployment
of neutron weapons in Western Europe,
and to break down the powerful wave of
protest against the creation of these
weapons, which increases the danger of
nuclear war."
U.S. OFFICIALS in Washington
acknowledge Carter's decision would
allow the administration to blame the
Soviets if Washington decides later to
deploy neutron weapons.
Analysts here said yesterday's Soviet
reaction appeared aimed at deflecting
claims that Moscow should now make
its own concessions outside the
framework of a new comprehensive
arms limitation accord.
The United States is pressing Moscow

to limit deployment of its powerful SS-
20 misiles and to reduce its tank and in-
fantry armies in Eastern Europe.
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance is ex-
pected to raise such issues during a
visit to Moscow later this month.
The Tass commentary was coupled
with continued media reports here of
opposition to neutron weapons in the

Friday speech in which Soviet
President Leonid Brezhnev accused the
United States of trying to make neutron
weapons "an item of trade and:.
trying to link this type of armaments
with others that bear no relationship to
The Soviet Union. maintains that
See USSR, Page 2

Daily Photo by PETER SERLING
OBVIOUSLY 'INDIGNANT over the Bakke reverse discrimination case this young protester was in front of theFederal
Building yesterday rallying for the cause.

100 protest Bakke cas

Carrying signs and chanting "People
yes, Bakke no," approximately 100
people protesting the Bakke case
descended on the Diag yesterday after-
The rally was designated to further
interest in the Bakke decision and to
urge people to attend a national anti-
Bakke demonstration in Washington on
April 15.
demonstrations are particularly
crucial at this point, since the Supreme
Court is expected to hand down its
ruling on the case any day. Alan Bakke,
a 37-year-old engineer, was rejected at
the University of California (Davis)
Medical School and appealed his rejec-
tion on the basis of "reverse
discri ination." The California
Supre 'e Court ruled in favor of Bakke,
determing affirmative action uncon-
The Ann Arbor rally, sponsored by
the Ann Arbor Coalition to Overturn the

Bakke Decision, opened with a speech
by Bob Warren, a member of the
coalition's steering committee. "We
want to show our support for affir-
mative action forever," stated Warren.
"This is a struggle that men, women,
blacks and whites have to unite to win."
Warren said he believes "this whole
issue of Bakke and affirmative action
affects everybody ... and the effect will
be a positive effect for society."
DAN TSANG, a Gay Advocate, said
"there exists a tie between , all
minorities that we should not forget."
Tsang said he wants all minorities to
fight together against Bakke, because
although "affirmative action is not the
final answer . . . affirmative action is
under attack by reactionaries all over
the country."
Chris Miller, of the National
Organization of Women (NOW), spoke
of the affirmative action policy at the
University, stating "the enrollment of
minorities at the University has never
been at an acceptable level."
According to Miller, the University

le on Diag
announced in a public statement that it
couldn't reach its quotas and hire
enough minorities unless it lowered its
"This is an insult to minorities and
women," Miller added.
OLGA ESTRADA, a Chicano and a
Graduate Student Library Minority
Advocate, said "most of us minority
people here are on campus because of
the struggles of the sixties. We can't af-
ford not to fight . . . we can't afford to
See 100, Page 7

MSA hopes for high,
turnout this election

Where to vote in MSA elections:
MONDAY: Daytime voting on the Diag, at the Engineering Arch,
Union, Argh/Art, CRISP, major bus tops, Law School, Business School and
Med. Sci II. Dinner time voting at Bursley, East Quad, West Quad, Markely,
South Quad and Besty Barbour.
TUESDAY: Daytime voting on the Diag, at the Engineering Arch,
Union, Arch/Art, CRISP, Major bus stops, Dental School, C.C. Little,
Modern Languages Building, Nat. Res. Building and Rackham. Dinner time
voting at Stockwell, Couzens, Mosher-Jordan, Alice Lloyd, East Quad and
Vera Baits.

With all of the political activity that
accompanies a Michigan Student
Assembly (MSA) election, much of the
campus remains oblivious to the ac-
tivity of the students anxious to
represent them.
Student turnouts of less than 10 per
cent are common for MSA elections.
However, MSA officials are banking on
an exceptionally high turnout for the
three-day election this week.
MSA PRESIDENT Jon Lauer said a
relatively high turnout of students ,is
especially important in this election
because of the mandatory funding for
MSA question. (See related story this
Lauer said if the funding question
passes, the Regents are more likely to
institute the mandatory fee if a large
nrmh rofc iot c aifai - cn nfod fnr

datory funding question, in particular,
drew reaction.
"A couple of my friends are run-
ning," said Lucy Ouyang, an LSA
sophomore. She added she would be
working at a polling site during the
election. "I think it's for the benefit of
all the students so it should be man-
datory," Ouyang said of the funding
question. "I think $2.92 is such a small
See MSA, Page 7
SMichigan's baseball season
finally got underw ay yesterday,'
and the Wolverines split a pair of
games with the Falcons of
Bowling Green. See story, Page

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX
THIS YOUNG ATHLETE prepares for the Special Olympics to be held April 27.
Spe.9 cial ympicsgive

A track meet
and 300 winners
citing. But, pr
beyond the thrillr
defeat is the go

N HOLLMAN "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me
with 300 participants be brave in the attempt."
may not sound too ex- "It's a fantastic event," Cooper said.
roviding excitement "Nowhere else will you see two kids
of victory and agony of running in a race and number two falls
al of the Washtenaw and number one stops and helps him up

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