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Vl. LXXXVIIi, No. 26 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, October 7, 1977 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Dorm residents all wet~
y'U' wipes hands of issue sue the University for the return of
Dorm residents want their paper paper towels.
towels back.ITSAHGEEtig"e-r ~X°
It was only a month ago that the several adopted last spring. towels "inconvenient and demean-S A HYGEN thin x
Housing Office took towels out of Though the committee estimated ing." The petition went on to say plained sophomore Kathye Simon, a
dormitory bathrooms, but many that the towel elimination would save "most students will be forced to r ti frid nother
tudents are already organizing $9.96 per resident - a total saving of lower their standards of sanitation in dorm, you're not going to take your
against the mea$ure, instituted as a $40,000 that would reduce the dorm a University of excellent reputation, t l the d ou don't want to
cost-cutter this term. rent increase - students across the within a country noted for its high borow theirs."
,apsaecmlann htte Sthda r s ieng sae-ut s Peter Ostafin, associate director of-
THE MEASURE was decided lack of towels is inconvenient, im- South Quad residents are just as housing, said the towel situation is
THE MateaSr te wasidecided c ra usamlaiin tatthosanarionlvig.,Pte.sainteas ls iaticorofis
upon last year by the Housing Rate proper, and unhealthy. angry, and are writing a petition of not one of the office's "problems of ./ '
Study Committee, a group of stu- In Markley, members of Fisher their own. Paper towels, or the lack great moment."QRK
dents and administrators who submit House compiled a petition urging the of them, hlave even become an issue West Quad sophomore Larry Walz
ideas for savings to the Regents Housing Office to bring back paper in that dorm's government elections.
annually. The towel idea was one of towels. It called the lak of paper One candidate said, if elected, he will See DORM, Page 2



city 's

bonds suspended

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate
Finance Committee voted down the
last of President Carter's major
energy-related tax proposals yester-
day and then voted to block him from
using an alternative weapon to force
energy conservation.
But after rejecting the bulk of
Carter's program, the committee
voted 9-2 to endorse his goal of
reducing U.S. dependence on foreign
oil through some yet-to-be-deter-
mined system of tax cuts - but not
through tax increases.
MEANWHILE, the full Senate
continued to labor over another
section of Carter's energy package
and was expected to turn down the
President's proposal to force utilities
to revise their rate structures.'
On a 14-2 vote the Senate Finance
Committee approved a provision that
would reduce oil company taxes $3
for every barrel of oil they produce
from shale. That could cost billions in.
lost taxes, but only if that promising
but difficult source, of energy. is
See SENATE, Page 2

GOP pins blame on

cit officia
Moody's Investor Services,
one of the country's two major
bond rating firms, announced
yesterday that it has suspended
its rating of Ann Arbor's bonds,
pending its own investigation of
a number of questionable in-
vestments made by the city
over the last six months.
In other events relating to
the current investment crisis,
the Republican members of the
City Council issued a press re-
lease yesterday which said that
"the ultimate fault of the city's.
recent investment debacle must
rest at the top with City Admin-
istrator Sylvester Murray,
Mayor Albert Wheeler, and the
'ten members of the City Coun-
The immediate effect of the action
by Moody's is to delay the date on
which bids for $1.8 million worth of
water bonds were to be advertised to
the public. The bonds, which were to
be offered for sale on October 26,
would have provided money for a


new reservoir which would enhance
water service on the west side of the
city. The bond advertising has been
indefinitely postponed.
"MOODY'S has assured us that
this is a temporary situation,"
Murray said last night. "It's sort of
like a suspension. They're not down-
rating us, and we can still sell bonds,
but they won't rate them until they
get a few things cleared up."
Both Moody's and Standard and
Poor's, the other major bond rating
firm, rate Ann Arbor's bonds at AA.
Bond ratings range from AAA to
Class D. Standard and Poor's has
said that they will continue to rate
the city's bonds at its usual. high
WHILE MOODY'S has not forbid-
den the city to sell bonds, Murray
said he would prefer to wait until the
city has both ratings - restored. Al-
though the sale could go on with only
the °Standard and Poor's rating, the
bond would be more risky for a poten-
tial investor, who would in turn force
the city to pay a higher rate of in-
terest for the increased risk.
Murray plans to go to New York
See MOODY'S, Page 12

Doily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
a . iet~a 0heavent
Maybe not everyone is as enthusiastic about the return of sunshine as this freewheeler on the Diag yesterday, but what better
way to spend a crisp autumn day.

ACLU offers attorneys' services

to subpoenaed

township voters

The American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) announced yesterday that it
will offer legal counsel to any of the 20
township residents who are being for-
ced to reveal who they voted for in last
April's mayoral election.
Donald Coleman, Director of the Ann
Arbor chapter of the ACLU said, "We
are very much concer~ed about protec-
ting the voters First Amendment right
to privacy. The secret ballot is a cor-
nerstone of American democracy and
no voter should have to reveal how he or
she voted."
Judge James Kelley ruled Tuesday that
the 20 township voters, who should not
have voted in the election, must reveal
for whom they voted. The judge's ruling
was a response to questioning by Coun-
cilman Louis Belcher's attorney,
Robert Henry, who cited two Michigan
Supreme Court decisions, one in 1929
and one in 1931, for the ruling.
Belcher is suing Mayor Albert
Wheeler, charging that Wheeler is
holding the mayor's office illegally
because of voting irregularities which
occurred in April's election. Wheeler
won the election by one vote.
Henry said he planned to put all 20
township residents on the witness stand
and ask them for whom they voted.
LAST TUESDAY, a University

they were not Ann Arbor residents. This
error was revealed in a report issued by
City Administrator Sylvester Murray's
office in July.
Henry is hoping a majority of the 20
"illegal voters" cast their ballots for
Wheeler, and that the judge will
therefore declare Belcher the winner of
the election and mayor.
LAZINSKY approached the ACLU on
Wednesday and asked for legal advice.
It was Lazinsky's position last Tuesday
that who she voted for was "my private
Two ACLU attorneys, Edward Gold-
man and Sharon Philbrook, will
represent Lazinsky next Tuesday when

the trial resumes.
"We're going to defend what we
believe to be a constitutional right,"
saidGoldman. He added that he had not
decided on a courtroom strategy to
save his client from contempt charges.
VanHattum's attorney, Jonathan
Rose, was not allowed to speak on
behalf of his client in Tuesday's
proceedings. Kelley told Rose that
because of the two precedents cited by
Henry, VanHattum had to testify.
"SHE'S NOT on trial here," Kelley
said. "She has waived her Fifth Amen-
dment right (protection against self-
incrimination), so we are no longer
dealing with a constitutional question."

The ACLU has also offered resources
and election law experts to help
Jonathan Rose represent his client.
"The ACLU's help is very valuable,"
said Rose. "Their lawyers will multiply
our ability by the number of hours they
put. in, because they are particularily
capable lawyers."
Rose said he will attempt to protect
VanHattum's right to unfettered
political association as guaranteed by
the First Amendment, her right to
privacy as guaranteed by the First
Amendment, and her right to protection
against self-incrimination.
See 'ILLEGAL', Page 12

A BOOK LOVER LEAFS through the pages of one of the many titles available at
the American Association of University Women book sale in the Union yesterday.
The sale continues today and Saturday.
Txtboo0bles bow
Less than two weeks ago, students jostled through crowds in the

en erg
"We have a very real problem here,
but the public doesn't understand the
problem," Energy Research and
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