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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, October 26, 1977 Ten Cents Tweve Pages

State House may


Anita Bryant

Anita Bryant May be officially
commended by the Michigan House
of Representatives for her stance
against the gay movement.,
The resolution, introduced by Rep.
Mark Siljander (R-Three Rivers),
would pay tribute to the singer for
her "efforts in Dade County, Florida,
to repeal and overwhelmingly oppose
the homosexual rights ordinance."
"I DIDN'T introduce the resolution
to make an issue," said Siljander. "I
wanted to make a point."
The resolution, which has received:
written support from 50 other repre-
sentatives, is pending before the
Committee on House Policy.
Siljander emphasized he intro-
duced the resolution "just to recog-
nize another human being for her ac-

Bryant recently led a nationally-
publicized crusade in Dade County to
repeal an ordinance prohibiting dis-
crimination against homosexuals in
housing and employment. The law
was overwhelmingly repealed by
voters in a special election last June.
Siljander said he was spurred by a
similar resolution passed by the city
of Warren and one passed in Shelby
Township. He expressed doubt, how-
ever, that his version would ever win
approval in committee and be re-
ferred to the entire House for a vote.
Rep. Jospeh Forbes (D-Oak Park),
who chairs the committee consider-
ing the resolution, also doubts there
will be a warm reception for the reso-
lution. "We have many other resolu-
tions to consider which I feel rate
more attention than this one,"

Forbes said.
The committee chairman added
his personal distaste for the resolu-
tion, saying, "This resolution com-
mends a person who favors taking
away the rights of others. This
relates to what I feel is atviolation of
a person's constitutional rights,
which every person has. "
Ann Arbor Rep. Perry Bullard is in
Europe and was unavailable for
The resolution, which commends
the champion of the anti-gay rights
movement and outlines her efforts,
concludes: "Whereas the people of
Dade County, having been given the
opportunity, have spoken for all
Americans and said, 'Enough of our
moraldecline and destruction of
See MICHIGAN, Page 7

A concurrent resolution of tribute to Anita Bryant.
Whereas, Anita Bryant's efforts in Dade County, Florida, to repeal and overwhelmingly oppose the homosexual
"rights ordinance resulted in scorn by a nonrepresentative national media; and
Whereas, that massive, biased, and shameful attack on Anita Bryant resulted in blackmail, including the threat
of job loss; and
Whereas, Miss Bryant found within herself the moral conviction to withstand and overcome that assault; and
. Whereas, the citizens of Dade County gave Anita Bryant resounding support with a seventy per cent - thirty per
cent victory in her efforts against decadence; and
Whereas, The People of Dade County, having been given the opportunity, have spoken for all Americans and said,
enough of our moral decline and destruction of values; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that the Michigan Legislature hereby express
the deepest gratitude, support, and congratulations to Miss Bryant for her brave and righteous campaign and urge that
she continue her efforts; and be it further
Resolved, That copy of this resolution be transmitted to Miss Bryant in testimony to the high esteem in which she
is held by the Michigan Legislature.
The concurrent resolution was referred to the Committee on House Policy."







Five city employes have been sub-
poenaed by the Securities and Ex-
change Commission (SEC) to testify in
the commission's investigation of a
broker company's role in the current
Ann Arbor investment crisis.
It was disclosed in a closed executive
session of City Council Monday night
that City Administrator Sylvester Mur-
ray, Assistant City Administrator Pat-
rick Kenney, former City Controller
Lauren Jedele, Assistant City Con-
troller Steven Hendel, and former City
Accountant Marc Levin have been sub-
divided along party lines over what
strategies to pursue in the city's invest-
ment scandal, despite the unanimous
vote of confidence it gave to Admini-
strator Murray at Monday nights
regular meeting.
The SEC is investigating the role
played by the brokerage firm of
Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and
Smith in the scandal. The brokerage
firm apparently fabricated the market
figures of the questionable invest-
ments. Depending upon the scope of the
investigation, it may or may not have
an affect on the city.
Murray said that he "hadn't literally
gotten a subpoena yet. I think it's a situ-
ation where, if we don't show up we will
be subpoenaed. I have a meeting sched-
uled for later this week with the com-
mission, and I'll be there."
Former accountant Levin has been
fired by the city as a result of his role in
the highly questionable investments.
Jedele has announced his intention to
retire after a short sick leave.
A PROPOSAL adopted Monday by
Council said:
"Council regrets the events that led to
the investment crisis," but Murray
should be commended "for his prompt
and decisive action," taken after the
apparently illegal investments were
The proposal also said that Council
"generally" concurs with the discipli-
nary action taken by Murray, in the

wake of the crisis. It was Murray who
fired Levin. In addition Hendel was
demoted for at least ninety days and
Kenney was issued a written repri-
While the Republicans agreed that
Council should take no further action,
other than to cooperate with investiga-
tions being conducted by the Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC), the
U.S. Postal Service and the Municipal
Finance Commission (MFC) - a divi-
sion of the state Treasury Department
- the Democrats apparently preferred
to open up other lines of investigation.
"The Republicans are quite: happy
letting the outside investigations con-
See SEC, Page 10


unit rejects ban
on gas-guzzlers

Through the looking glass
No, the Bell Tower is not inside of the Power Center-it's merely a reflection on a sunny, Indian Summer day.


MSA withdraws funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House-
Senate committee working on energy
legislation yesterday rejected a pro-
vision that eventually would have pro-
hibited automakers from building fuel-
inefficient cars.
The Senate had approved the ban on
so-called "gas-guzzlers" as an alter-
native to President Carter's proposed
tax on such vehicles.
Yesterday's action by the conference
committee came as the full Senate
began work on a bill containing $40
billion in tax credits for energy conser-
vation and production but none of the
energy taxes recommended by the
AFTER FOUR hours of desultory
debate and minor parliamentary
sparring, the Senate suddenly decided
to delay further consideration of the tax

credits until today.
Majority Leader Robert Byrd said
more time was needed by various sena-
tors to prepare amendments to the pro-
posals approved by the Senate Finance
Committee under chairman Russell
Before the postponement of the eight
on energy taxes, Sen. James Abourezk,
(D-S.D.), tried and failed in an attempt
to have the bill ruled out of order.on pro
cedural grounds.
IT WAS ABOUREZK along with Sen.
Howard Metzenbaum,, (D-Ohio), who
led last month's Senate filibuster on an-
other key portion of Carter's energy
plan, the pricing of interstate natural
In the House-Senate negotiations over
See GROUP, Page 7

The Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) voted last night to remove its
monies from a University investment
pool that invests in corporations with
ties to South Africa.
"I'm moving that we take our money
out now," said MSA Treasurer Rick
Devore obtained a report of the bonds
in the reserve pool and checked that list
for instances of corporations with
direct investments in South Africa. He
found six instances of direct in-
volvement in South Africa.
The money will be placed in the
assembly's general fund for the present
time, until the alternative procedures
can be weighed.
DEVORE OFFERED three alter-
natives for the funds. The first is to
place the money in another account,
thereby drawing less interest. The

second is to deposit the money in a
savings and loan association. This
would necessitate investigation in the
savings and loan investments. The
third alternative is to re-invest in firms
not involved in South Africa.
MSA also urged that the University
and the Board for Student Publications
(which manages the Daily's funds)
divest themselves of stock in cor-
porations with holdings in South Africa.
The issue of student space was also
addressed at the meeting. The. Student
Organizations Board will make a

definite decision on the allocation of of-
fice space during the upcoming week.
Jasper DiGuiseppe explained the
procedures of the board. "We had our
big open forum and all the groups came
in and made presentations," he stated.
"Board members have been in-
vestigating other things besides this of-
fice space. We're checking the
Michigan League for space and we're
checking out storage space for those
organizations which really don't need
offices," he concluded.

Energy research to,
be conducted at 'U'

to have

Can the University solve the na-
tion's energy problems?
Maybe not, but the University has
established an office of Energy
Research, in an attempt to find new
and more efficient energy resources.
THE OFFICE will serve to organ-,
ize and coordinate energy research
conducted at the University, as well
as acting as a liaison to funding
institutions. Although the office has
not yet gotten off the ground, it was
organized six weeks ago by Charles
Overberger, Vice-President for Re-

solve the problem," said William
Kerr, Director of the Office of
Energy Research. Kerr said the
office is not designed to be another
level of bureaucracy, but rather to
"assist" the University in seeking
research funds.
"WE WANT TO help energy re-
search find support" said Tom
Rieke, who, thus far, is the only staff
member of the office. Rieke said he
hopes the office will centralize
energy information on campus and
set up a rapport, making it easier to
work with the federal government
and the state energy agency now

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