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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 59

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, November 15, 1977

Ten Cents 10 Pages

New model center for battered
,Women and children heralded

Battered women and children in Washtenaw County
will have a "Safe" place to stay with the January
opening of the Shelter Available for Emergencies
(SAFE) house.
Heralded by Governor William Milliken and others
at a press conference yesterday as the first facility in
the state to provide refuge and live-in counselling for
the victims of domestic violence, the center will open
January 2.
"OUR MAIN purpose is to help the spouse and
provide safe, temporary accommodations for her and
others who would be in physical danger in their
present living conditions;" said John Hayes,
president. of the county-based Domestic Violence
Project (DVP). DVP is a non-profit organization that
will operate SAFE house.
"Otherwise, they (battered women) worry in a
place by themselves in a hotel or go back not being
any smarter," Hayes said. "It's a step forward in the
community for us to recognize the problem."
In their first year, SAFE staffers expect to make
contact with over 365 families in the renovated
facility, designed to house 25 women and children for
three-day to four-week stays. Similar facilities are
operating in Miami, San Francisco, Toronto and
SAFE house is unique because it gives battered
spouses "a safe, supportive environment in which she

can assess; her life situation and make positive
changes for the future," Hayes noted.
"BEATEN WOMEN need attention from people
familiar with what they've been through," said
Since 1975 the DVP has sponsored a program where
volunteers took battered women into their homes for
a "three-day cooling off period." Until now that was
the only shelter system availabe to the area's bat-
tered women. But the program proved insufficient to
meet the area's growing demand for temporary
Calling it a "model for the entire state," Hayes
outlined SAFE house's many services. A full-time
counseling staff will advise victims of violence on'
their legal rights and will supply information on
criminal prosecution and divorce proceedings.
Child care services will be provided and SAFE
house will also act as a central meeting place for dif-
ferent agencies that deal with the battered spouse,
Hayes added.
THE NEED FOR a facility such as SAFE house is
apparent, said Hayes. "Right here in Washtenaw
County, over 442 battered women have sought help
frorh the federally funded Assault Crisis Center."
The Assault Crisis ,Center is a separate county
agency that offers counselling to the victims of all
assault crimes.

Seated in SAFE house's spalcious living room, a
crowd of 30 heard Milliken throw his support behind
the project.
The governor said he was 'strongly supportive" of
a package of eight bills now before the state
legislature that address the issue of battered women.
One of the bills in the package, introduced last
month by Rep. Connie Binsfeld, (R-Maple City),
would authorize the Department of Social Service to
contract with private agencies for housing and sup-
port services for abused spouses.
ANOTHER BILL in the package would enable
police officers to make an immediate arrest in cases
where they have probable cause to believe that"a
misdemeanor domestic assault has occurred.
Milliken called the proposed change in arrest
procedure, "A very good one," adding: "I think
we've leaned too far the other way, so if this (the bill)
agreed with the constitution, I'd be all for it."
The bill would help law enforcement officials deal
with the wife-beating problem.
"If the policeman hasn't seen the assault, there is
nothing he can do," said Bruce Sokolove of the
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department in an inter-
view where he outlined the current situation.
"Our officers are strapped," he added. "For
anything to happen the wife or spouse must file a
complaint." Because the procedure for filing a mis-
See SAFE, Page 2

GOV. WILLIAM MILLIKEN listens as John Hayes, president of the Domestic
Violence Project, lauds the opening of SAFE at a press conference yesterday.
"It's a step forward in the community for (battered wives) to recognize their
problems," Hayes said of the project.

President backs

WASHINGTON (AP) - President,
Carter formally threw his support
yesterday behind. the Humphrey-
Hawkins bill that would set a 1983
unemployment rate of four per cent
as a national goal without mandating
specific programs to combat jobless-
"This is an ambitious objective and
one that nay prove very difficult to
achieve, but setting our sights high
challenges us to do our best," Carter
said in a statement issued at the
White House.


yment bi

*Michiganalia Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
SOPHOMORE NANCY GAMBURG isn't the only one scratching her head over all the Wolverine paraphernalia
stocking store fronts in Ann Arbor these days. Everyone's preparing for The Game, and they're doing it with,
enough blue and gold bunting to blind even the stoutest of Michigan fans. Hang on for just a few more days, Nancy.
Then watch out for roses.


port for the Full Employment and
Balanced Growth Act of 1977, the
Humphrey-Hawkins bill, culminates
negotiations that began in June for a
policy aimed at reducing unemploy-
ment. The legislation is named afte
Sen. Hubert Humphrey, (D-Minn.),
and Rep.'Augustus Hawkins, (D-
Calif.), its original sponsors.
The bill, saccording to Carter's
statement, commits the federal gov-
ernment to achieving full employ-
ment while remaining .committed to
achieving "reasonable price stabil-
The four per cent unemployment
rate translates to a rate of three per
cent for alladults in the work force.
The October jobless rate was seven
per cent.
In a joint statement issued yester-
day, Humphrey and Hawkins said
they were "pleased" that agreement
had beentreached with the White
House on the bill
"This legislation is of great im-
portance to every American. We are
grateful to the President and his
advisers for the priority assigned to
developing an agreement and for the
cooperative manner in which the dis-
cussions were carried out," they
See HUMPHREY, Page 7


GEO gets 5.75%

Campus Graduate Student Assist-
ants (GSAs) will pull in an average of
$20 more this payday.
The increase, announced in a letter
to all GSAs from Vice-President for
Academic Affairs Harold Shapiro
last week, represents a 5.75 per cent
wage hike for GSA's this year - the
same raise offered University facul-
THE INCREASE was offered to
the Graduate Employes Organiza-

tion (GEO) in early October. In
return, GEO was to agree not to file
an unfair labor practice (ULP)
charge against the University for
arriving at the 5.75 per cent figure
without going through collective bar-
gaining with the union.
After considerable debate the GEO
membership agreed to accept the
University proposal last month pro-
vided the raise was in the form of
wages, was retroactive to Sept. 1,
and would not interfere with the

salary i
union's right to bargain for a higher
rate later.
According to University Chief Bar-
gainer Joseph Katulic, the additional
GEO stipulations were "fine" with,
the University.
GSAs will receive the retroactive
pay in a lump sum added to their
Nov. 30 paycheck.
{ "On the whole, we're pleased with
it," said GEO President Mike Clark.
"We consider it an installment on a
wage increase we will bargain for

winter term."
KATULIC SAID the University
wanted to implement the increase as
soon as possible because many GSA
appointments end Dec. 31 and the
University payday for December is
earlier because of the semester
"It takes time to get the payroll
process straightened around," said
Katulic yesterday. "But, we're sure
we can get it (the raise) out on the
Originally, the University had
planned to place the increase for this
year in an escrow fund until litiga-
tion between the University and
GEO is settled by the Michigan
Employment Relations Commission
The University is appealing an
August MERC recommendation that
said GSAs are employes and entitled
to contract negotiations. The Univer-
sity is arguing that GSAs. are
students, not employes.

Its bustness (or slowness) as
usua atMSA'b allting sites
In t h e some-things-will-never-
change category,hUniversity student
elections rank right on top.
Voting in the bi-anrual Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) elections a
began yesterday and, as usual, the ;
polls were nearly deserted.
"I THINK a lot of people walk by
,nd don't think they can vote," spec-f
ulated sophomore Ken Hamel, man-
ning a lonely poll on the first floor of
the Union yesterday. "A lot don't
even know what MSA is."
Hamel said only six voters had
visited his poll during a 45-minute
Last year a paltry ten per cent of
the student population - 3,000 people
voted for MSA representatives,
ccording to Elections Director Mon- d~
ty Fowler. (Other estimates, how-

Ten ants'conversion
plan nears terms for
HUD consideration,

With support from 210 Huron
Towers units, the drive to convert the
financially troubled city apartment'
complex into a cooperative has
gained increased momentum.

Dope detector done
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Researchers say they have devised the first
practical test for measuring the level of marijuana in the blood-one that
eventually may be made portable and used by police to test motorists who
may be high, much qs they now test for drunkenness.
It is being studied by a federdal drug agency and the California Highway
"At the moment, it's a test that has to be done in the lab, but it's one that.
conceivably could be refined into a roadside test," said Dr. Jim Soares, one
of the White Memorial Medical Center researchers who developed the test.
NUMEROUS STATES have rewritten their traffic codes in recent years
to provide for a violation by driving while under the influence of drugs or
marijuana, as well as alcohol. But many patrol officers say it is difficult to

Signatures representing only 55
more units are needed to bring the
total to 75 per cent of the Fuller Rd.
complex - the point at which the
Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) is legally bound
to discuss cooperative ownership
with residents.
THE REMAINING signatures will
be obtained within two weeks, pre-
dicted Jonathan Klein, a leader in the
conversion effort.
A non-profit organization - the
Concerned Residents Committee
(CRC) of Huron Towers - was offi-
cially formed Sunday night, thougn
tenants have been pushing for con-
version since early October. A steer-
ing committee of twelve tenants was
also selected to further organize the
HUD foreclosed on the complex -
wxhich has hicen in defai1t on itc

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