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22, 1977-The Michigan Daily

$1.3 million goes
0 co-ops for housing

Majority oppose canal treaty

By STEPHEN SELBST
nother familiar old Ann Arbor in-
ution - the funky but dilapidated
dent housing co-op - may soon go
way of hula hoops and antiwar dem-
trations, banished into the dim
ts of memory.
ep. Carl Pursell (R-Second District)
led the Inter Cooperative Council
C) yesterday at the ICC's Michigan
ion offices with word that the U.S.
partment of Housing and Urban De-
opment (HUD) recently approved a
3 million loan for the renovation of 12
houses in the central campus area.
LENOVATION is scheduled for 377
dent housing spaces, according to
3 spokesman Tom Stitt, who said he
s delighted the loan hadbeen ap-
wiUed.
titt credited Jo Williams and Peter
afin of the University's Off-Campus

Housing Office with providing the ICC
with assistance in filling out the grant
application. One possible use of the
money, he said, may be conversion of
some ICC rooms into singles.
Once an extremely popular form of
student housing, the ICC has recently
experienced a decline in applicants
wishing to join, prompting debate
within the organization about how to
make cooperative living appear more
attractive.
Among the problems identified by
members in recent months has been a
perception among non-members that
the houses are shabby and afford little
privacy. Both topics have been
rehashed regularly in the
organization's newspaper.
But Stitt emphasized that no decision
has yet been reached as to how the
money will be spent. The ICC's rehabili-
tation committee, he said, will first
have to make a recommendation.

WASHINGTON (AP)-By an over-
whelming margin, the American people
oppose the treaty that would relinquish
U.S. control over the Panama Canal, an
Associated Press public opinion poll
shows.
The poll found 50 per cent of those
surveyed said they opposed Senate
ratificationof the treaty. Only 29 per
cent favored the pact, while about 21
per cent expressed no opinion.
THE OPPOSITION cut across
regional, party, educational, age and
income lines.
It was the first nationwide survey
conducted since President Carter and
Panamanian leader Gen. Omar
Torrijos signed the treaty on Sept. 7
with great fanfare.
Despite Carter's efforts to drum up
support for the pact, the poll shows he
has been unable to convince a majority
of his own Democratic party or the
residents of his home region, the South,
to back the treaty.
THESE FINDINGS of widespread

opposition are similar to the figures
from other polls,
The Senate is not expected to debate
the treaty until next year, giving Carter
at least several months to work on
public opinion. The President has said
he thinks support for the treaty is
mounting.
The poll was based on telephone in-
terviews with 1,548 adults, conducted
Monday for the AP by Chilton Research
Services of Radnor, Pa.
DEMOCRATS opposed the treaty by
a margin of 44 per cent to 34 per cent.
That was the most support for the
treaty among any party.
Republicans opposed the pact by 61 to
26 per cent, and independents by 54 to
25.
Support for the treaty was strongest

among those aged 18 and 29 and
weakest among those over 60. About 35
per cent of the young adults backed the
pact, while only 20 per cent of those
over 60 supported ratification.
BY REGIONS, support for the treaty
was strongest in the East, where 34 per
cent favored ratification, 48 per cent
were opposed and 18 per cent had no
opinion.
In the South, 49 per cent opposed the
treaty, with only 26 per cent favoring it
and 25 per cent undecided.
In both the Midwest and West, 52 per
cent opposed the treaty. In the Midwest
28 per cent favored it and 20 per cent
were undecided; in the West supporters
numbered 29 per cent with 19 per cent
undecided.

THE OPPOSITION to the treaty in
the South contrasts with the high
ratings of Carter's job performance
from that area. The President got his
strongest 'excellent' ratings in the
South, while the negative ratings of his
performance were the lowest there.
Some 36 per cent of those with in-
comes over $25,000 a year supported the
treaty, the highest level of any income
group. There were no other major
variations in attitudes among income
groups.
BLACK ADULTS narrowly favored
the treaty, the poll found, as did mem-
bers of other non-white races. But the
numbers involved were too small to
draw significant conclusions.
Adults with at least as college degree
split roughly on the question of Senate
ratification.

Israel pauses to observe holiday

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JERUSALEM (AP)-Israel came to
a standstill yesterday for Yom Kippur.
Transportation stopped, stores closed
and the media went silent as Jews ob-
served the most hallowed day in their
religious calendar.
It is judgment day and Israelis crowd
their 75,000 synagogues to seek
forgiveness for past sins and blessings
for the coming year. Spiritual leaders,
cloaked head to foot in white prayer
shawls, chanted the haunting, "Kol
Nidre" prayer, the traditional liturgy of
atonement that marks the beginning of
the Yom Kippur service.
USUALLY HUSTLING boulevards
were devoid of vehicles and streets
were almost deserted, peopled only by
those walking to and from the houses of
worship.
"It doesn't hurt once a year not to
drive, and even go to synagogue," said
Nemo Korascek, a leftist and religious
skeptic.

Restaurants closed as most people
observed the traditional fast. Hotels
closed their public dining rooms, but of-
fered room-service meals for guests
who were not fasting. It is as unusual to
see someone eating in public as it is to
see someone driving a car.
FOUR YEARS ago, Arab armies at-
tached Israel on two fronts during Yom
Kippur. Military analysts said Israel
was able to muster its reserves faster
than usual because the army knew
where its men were-in synagogues or
at home-and usually busy roads were
empty.
Before the holiday began, Defense
Minister Ezer Weizman toured some
military supply depots and said he was
satisfied with the condition of equip-
ment. After the 1973 war the army was
criticized for poor maintenance of some
stored weaponry.
Prime Minister Menahem Begin, in a
message broadcast before the state

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radio shut down, said: "Let the call go
forth from Zion-we desire peace, an
end to the bloodshed."
HE CALLED on Jews to immigrate to
Israel "for this is what distinguishes
the land of Israel from all other
nations."
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lectively, regardless of the court litiga-
tion.
CANJARl SAID if GEO can secure the
GSAs' pay raise immediately, union
membership and activism will in-
crease.
"The key thing to getting the Univer-
sity back to the table is for us (GEO) to
organize our members and take what-
ever job actions we have to to take
them back to the table," Canjar said.
"Unless we have a large number of TAs
ready to go out on strike, they (the Uni-
versity) won't bargain."
Milbrath, who presented the majority
position, said fig the ULP was
" question of recognition" and that legal
precedent supporting the ULP is
evident.
"The majority position, in essence,
asserts that this (the raise and tuition
hike) is something that has been of-
fered, and withheld, outside the context
of collective bargaining," explained
Milbrath.
"The majority position says, in ef-
fect, that we should get mad at the Uni-
versity for doing this. Ultimately, we
need to alert GSAs to the fact that they
have to protest what is happening."
In addition, Milbrath said, GEO will
urge GSAs to "inquire of the University
when the raises will be forthcoming and
what they (GSAs) can do to get their
raises faster."
Meanwhile, Clark said, GEO stew-
ards and the executive committee will
meet with GSAs to encourage union
membership and discuss alternatives
to the present proposals.

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