Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 1
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, September 8, 1977
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Most University students consider their law
school brethren to be overservious compulsives
who obtained their coveted slots byspending their
Saturday nights in the library as undergraduates
and eschewing fun as not covered on the LSAT.
But now word comes from the ivied Law Quad that
even the wogs have a sense of humor. The latest
prank involves playing a special version of bingo
in class. It works like this: each player gets a
bingo card and a list of his or her classmates.
From the class list, each player fills in the card
with names of classmates. When a person whose
name appears on the card is called on or volun-
teers in class, the corresponding space on the
bingo card may be covered. The first person to
get five classmates in a row is supposed to leap
to his or her feet and proclaim victory, loudly-
in class. Although law students are tittering at
the notion of interrupting the supposedly Socratic
classes, nobody has tried the stunt-yet.
Striking a pose
Art student April Holmes was just finishing some
work on the second floor of the near-empty Art
School one evening last winter when she was inter-
rupted by a young man with a sketch pad, who
asked if she needed a male model to pose for her.
She didn't, and she didn't particularly need one
attired as this one was-with no attire at all. She
told him so and he casually went his way down the
hall. Not particularly funny perhaps, but one won-
ders where he went 'from there.
..normally what you'll find in this spot each
day is a listing of events - lectures, free films,
poetry readings, rallies, sessions with cosmic trans-
mitters; virtually every type of local. event finds
its way into the Daily's Happenings. As for now,
just a few reminders: The dorms open September 4
.. the 9th is the first day of classes . . . if you're
feeling inclined to drop or adi a course or two or
haven't registered yet, CRISP will be open this
week. Dial POINT-50 for further information.
By KEITH RICHBURG
Filipina Narcisco and Leonora Perez, the
two Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital
nurses convicted of poisoning five patients
in 1975, will be sentenced September 15 by
Federal District Judge Philip Pratt.
Supporters of the two women plan to pro-
test the verdict at a rally at the Federal
Building in Detroit.
The sentencing date was announced after
Judge Prat received a report on Narciso
fd Perez from the U.S. Probation Office,
t e ntents of which are being kept con-
Tae n irses face a maximum sentence of
life imprisonment for the poisonings, and a
maximum of five years for conspiracy.
Meanwhile, calls for a congressional in-
vestigation into the mysterious 1975 breath-
ing failures continue to mount. In an August
18 letter to President Carter and Sen. Alan
Cranston (D-Calif.), chairman of the Veter-
ans Affairs Committee, the 8,500-member
Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) de-
manded "an objective and thorough investi-
gation" into the affair.
The MNA cited the "heavy use of Pavu-
lon (the poison ollegedly used to murder
the victims) with no controls . . . by the
hospital." The MNA also pointed to the
"conduct" of the medical chief of staff,
Dr. Martin Lindenauer, and brought up the
oft-repeated charges that the staff chief at-
tempted to bribe witnesses during the in-
vestightion, and that he and the U.S. gov-
ernment attorneys were working in cahoots
to convict Narciso and Perez.
Lindenauer was a source of controversy
in the 10-week-long trial. The Daily recently
learned that r hospital employe g r o u p
supporting Narciso and Perez tried to find
witnesses who heard the staff chief ask an
intern to change a recent death certificate.
The sources said that Lindenauer told the
intern to change a patient's death certifi-
cate from "respiratory arrest" because the
label was an unpleasant reminder of the
1975 breathing failures.
Over fifty breathing failures swept the
VA that summer, but the seizures ended
abruptly on August 15th when the FBI en-
tered the case.
THE FBI set up headquarters in a fifth
See NURSES, Page 8
By GREGG KRUPA
When the University Regents
announced the fifth tuition in-
crease in six years at their July
meeting, Regent Robert Neder-
lander (D-Birmingham) observ-
ed, "Within seven or eight
years, undergraduate tuition will
approach the $2,000 level if we
stay at our present pace."
- Former University Vice-Presi-
dent for Academic Affairs Frank
Rhodes added, "We are very
conscious of that, and there is
no end in sight."
THIS BLEAK picture of the
rising cost of higher education
is nQ secret to students who,
have attended the University
over the last four years. During
that time, tuition has increased
nearly 25 per cent.
The average increase for the
1977-78 school year is 8.75 per
Students will also pay higher
room and board rates this year.
Single rooms in campus dormii-
tories will cost $1,906, up from
$1,756 last year, an 8.6 per cent
increase. Double rooms will cost
$1,638, up from $1,511 last year.
Room. and board rates have
jumped 37 -per cent in the last
THE TWO major reasons cited
by most administrators for the
rising price of education are in-
creased operating costs and dis-
proportionately smaller increas-
es in aid frQc the state of Michi-
The University's general fund
budget for 1977-78 is $188,248,240,
an increase of $25.5 million over
last year. The general fund cov-
ers expenditures incurred by
teaching, research, library serv-
ices, public services, student
Doily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
The Snyders made a stop at West Quad this week. Son Richard was staying for good.
Leaving the nest is fun, but
cuttingl"I the strings is tough
j um p. 6%
aid, and administrative and must retain its tradition of scho-
business operations. lastic excellence. He called for
In presenting this year's bud- more revenue for higher educa-
get to the Regents in July, tion from the people of Michigan
Rhodes made special note of through the state legislature,
utility costs, which are up more "Unless and until people of the
than $44.7 million over the 1976- state or the legislature decide
77 school year, although the Uni- they want to spend more money
versity recently announced a on higher education," said
double-barreled energy conser- Roach, "tuition costs are going
vation program which could to continue to rise."
save as much as $1 million. An example of increased
REGENT THOMAS Roach (D- spending by the University, in-
Detroit) said tuition was too duced by the state legislature,
high, but said the University See REGENTS, Page 8
The yster"y Of the
Single-vote mad11 ate
By GREGG KRUPA
There has never been, and will never be, a closer election
than Ann Arbor's 1977 mayoral contest - unless two candidates
finish in a dead heat.
On April 4, Mayor Albert Wheeler was reelected by a single
vote. The repercussions of that sliver-thin majority continue as
Wheeler's Republican challenger, Fifth Ward councilman Louis _
Belcher, contests the results in court.
BELCHER .spent the summer in the courtroom of Monroe
County Circuit Court Judge James Kelley, charging that Wheeler
is holding the mayor's office illegally..
His law suit asks the court to declare Belcher the winner
of the election or declare the election void.
If it is declared void, Judge Kelley may order a new election.
However, the city charter provides that if an election is declared
invalid, City Council must determine who will occupy the mayor's
office. The council is currently composed of six Republicans and
ORIGINALLY, Belcher's case centered around several ques-
See WILL, Page 8
By ANN MARIE LIPINSKI
His Wolverine T-shirt aside,
Richard Damm was no fan of
Standing outside South Quad,
wailing regrets, Damm made
one last plea to 17-year-old
daughter Christina 'to pack her
bags and come on back home.
"MY LITTLE girl," Damm
sighed, lugging suitcases out of
his blue Pontiac. "And all these
"Tough," sniffed the brazen
freshwoman. "I like it here bet-
Not all of the visiting parents,
their cars transformed into mov-
ing vans for the occasion, were
as jittery as Damm, who threat-
ened to check into a local Rama-
da Inn for the weekend "to keep
an eye on my baby.",
EVEN MARJORIE Damm,
Christina's mom, was cooler
than her husband.
"Father," she teased, winking
at Damm, "is having apoplexy.
He wants her at home every
night so he can count heads. On
the way up here he kept saying,
'I don't know why you just didn't
See CUTTING, Page 8
Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
Lorraine Merkovitz, unloading her daughter Denise,
strikes a wistful pose.
JOn the inside..
p . aGreat Truth-60-page newspapers do not
appear overnight, at least not at the Daily. We've
worked most of the summer to bring you this spe-
cial Frosh Edition, which includes the biggest news
of the last year in this first section. In "perspec-
tives" we touch on some of the people and life-
styles which make the 'U' 'U'nique, our sports
section offers an overview of Wolverine athletics,
" 'U' turns" takes a look at life and times on cam-
pus (and features a 'clip-out' calendar to get you
through that first hard month), while "take it
easy"-our arts, leisure and, entertainment section
-includes a guide to local restaurants and bars. If
you're wondering where you are by this point,
check-out the full-page map of Ann Arbor in "city'
limits," our look at the city which surrounds the
'U'. Read on!!
On the outside ...
The trouble with forecasting weather in a Frosh
Edition is that it's put out in September but com-
piled largely in July. So unless you're clairvoyant,
it's pretty impossible to write up q weather forecast
that's anv more reliahl than a On is hnard. Tet
life for SHS?
d better get use to it
By JULIE ROVNER
If you're a male living 'in
one of the University's dorms,
the fact that there will be two
per cent more women in the::
dorms this year will probably
But if you're a female, you'd
probably be happy if some of
those women would leave.
It seems the housing office
has 100 to 120 freshwomen for
whom there is no room, and as
more students arrive each day,
conditions in the dorms are
rapidly becoming downright un-
"WE HAVEN'T quite figured
out what happened yet," said
housing director John Feld-
kamp. "But we're confident
Ithat the actions that we've
t a k e n to accommodate the
overflow will only be tempo- # .,
Those action] include putting "
By PATTY MONTEMURRI and
The Speech and Hearing Sciences p r o g r a m
(SITS), may have a new lease on life.
Despite earlier proposals to scrap the entire
SHS@undergraduate and graduate program from
the Medical School curriculum, a review com-
mittee "has recpmmended that SITS phase out
its undergraduate major, strengthen its graduate
offerings, and stay in the Medical School.
LAST SPRING, the Medical School Executive
Committee recommended the elimination of SIS,
a controversial decision based on a 1973 review
committee report and a 1976 accreditor's evalua-
tion. The Office of Academic Affairs appointed a
ra,,,ncxr nan-. .-itt-a rn n,.nrn ar4 ni c.,, nra - fac.c,
Medicine and Rehabilitation De-
A NEW CHAIRHAN, Dr. Charles Krause, was
appointed head of the Otorhinolaryngology De-
partment August 1. Krause comes from the Uni-
versity of Iowa, where a strong Speech and Hear-
ing Sciences program operated under a structure
similar to the review committee's proposal.
The committee's report also recommends that
SHS concentrate on research more than clinical
training. The committee's proposal to phase out
the SHS undergraduate program contrasts with
University President Robben Fleming's call last
spring for greater stress on undergraduate educa-
tion at the University.
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