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t 3f itgan Dactj
Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Sunday, February 20, 1977

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Frst Ward: enneth Latta

SHE DAILY endorses Kenneth Lat-
ta in the Democratic First Ward
City Council primary Monday.
Latta, a graduate student who
works in the University's Office of
Academic Planning, is a student of
government - with all. the advant-
ages .and disadvantages that entails.
His solutions to the city's prob-
lems concentrate on administrative
reorganization - revising the city
charter, pressing the federal govern-
ment for development funds, more
power for the City Council instead
of the city administrator.
Latta has a good administrative
background. He is able to compre-
hend the fine points of a budget and
offers help in applying for federal
monies for the city, something al-
most all council candidates promise
but none have so far delivered.
Latta advocates a downtown de-
velopment authority, expansion of the
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
(AATA), and measures to help re-
lieve the housing shortage.
Latta's opponent, Zane Olukalns,
comes to some of the same conclu-
sions about city problems, but does
so from sheer inspiration, not as a
result of expertise. Olukalns, an advo-
cate of "creative" government, favors
a downtown free ofcars, opposes de-
velopment of some neighborhood
parks, and wants "more communica-

tion" between the University and
"The council misses solutions by
making problems so complex in their
own heads," Olukalns has said. Her
drawback as a candidate is that she
does not realize that some of those
issues - such as downtown parking
and housing - are just as complex
as anyone has made them out to be.
The prime difference between the
candidates is one of style. Olukalns
is concentrating her campaign on re-
lating to people, door-to-door canvas-
sing, and being, in her own phrase,
"a catalyst." Latta emphasizes his
planning experience and his exper-
Liz Keough, whose seat Latta and
Olukalns are vying for, calls Latta
"a bureaucrat;" it is true that ex-
perience in planning doesn't always
carry a concern for human rights and
individual problems.
But Ken Latta's "bureaucratic"
proposals are aimed directly at help-
ing individuals - a Human Services
Advisory Board, federal money for
low-income housing. An "orientation
towards people," which Olukalns
claims as a major asset, is not worth
much without the ability to translate
that orientation into specific pro-
We feel Ken Latta can be a good
member of Council.


Cuttingoff bone
IT ALL CAME down like a thunderstorm - d a r k
clouds, a rumbling, then a deluge. And it ap-
pears that the storm has barely begun.
Robben Fleming kicked off last week's program
of financial ill tidings with his speech Monday night
on "The Role of the University in the Future," which
might have been subtitled "That Is, If It's Still
Around." Fleming put the phrase "mild-mannered" in
the book, but his words were grave. He predicted a
trend which would see the University fighting for state
appropriations in the face of rising inflation, hiking
tuition to the sky, and sending deans and departments
out with scalpels in search of programs to cut to the
He wasn't kidding.
At Thursday's meeting of the Regents, a good
bortion of the Population Planning department of the
School of Public Health trooped in to air their opposi-
tion to the decision to axe their program. They got
more than they bargained far - a description by Vice-
President Frank Rhodes of the whole process being
developed to review, cprtail, and cut such departments
as their own.
"In times of economic hardship," Rhodes said, "it
is better to be wi'ling to make harsh decisions than
face a general decline." Rhodes's own office will be
responsible for most of those harsh decisions. Pro-
grams up for review will be weighed by their school
or college, then turned over to the Office of Academic
Affairs, where the final recommendations to the Re-
gents will be drawn up. The fate of the Population
Planning department is undecided, but all bets in its
favor are certainly off.
That, of course, wasn't enough. The Regents got
back together on Friday and approved Housing Direc-

tor John Feldkamp's request for an 8.4 per cent hike in
dorm rent rates, sending the cost of living in a double
dorm room to $1,638 per year. According to a high
University source, students will probably be hit by -a
tuition hike at the same time.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Detroit) put it all to-
gether. "This is the fourth year of budget stringency.
Now we're not just cutting off fat. We're cutting off
tring- to live with it
ART ANDERSON, chief negotiator for the American'
Federation of State, County, and Municipal
Employes (AFSCME, Local 1583) walked out of the
negotiating room after his b argaining team had agreed
to the University's final proposal to settle the parties'
,raging contract dispute.
"We can live wih it," Anderson said.
But can test rest of the union? After giving their
bargainers full power to call a strike last week, the'
rank and file of the campus' largest union were divided
on the terms of the new settlement. A strike was avert-
ed after union negotiators extended their strike deadline
on Wednesday, but now the members may send the
team back to the table.
Union president Joel Block called the University's
proposal, which offered a 55-cent raise over two years
as well as some incremental pay hikes, a "totally
unacceptable, dirt-cheap offer." He said members
should reject the settlement at their ratification vote
this Tuesday.
"He (Block) says we should have gotten more,"
Anderson said. "But you can always sit out there when.
you aren't at the table and say, 'I could have gotten
more' . . . It's a different ball game at the table."
Block is careful to say that his quarrel is not

with his own AFSCME negotiators, but with the Uni-
versity's offer. At any rate, the union is faced with
a dilemma: its bargaiping team has a tentative con-
tract in hand; its president is rallying supoprt to re-
ject that contract. Hanging in the balance is the threat
of a campus-wide strike, and it all depends on the de-
cision the members make on Tuesday.
help wanted
HELP WANTED - Someone to fill rather large
shoes of departing University vice president. Im-
pressive Oxford accent would be nice, but not ne-
cessary. See Robben Fleming, sixth floor, Admin-
istration Bldg., Ann Arbor. An Equal opportunity
employer .. .sometimes.
Fleming probably won't handle the search for a new
veep quite this way; in fact, judging from what he
said last week, he may not advertise for the position
at all. With Frank Rhodes now on his way to the
Cornell presidency, it's time for the University's tal-
e, t hunters to search out a replacement for the aloof
Rhodes. But according to Flemihg, who spent the
weekend working out a plan for choosing the succes-
sor, the vice presidential selection "is usually done with
my own heavy involvement from the very beginning.
There will probably not be a search committee."
As, we've seen in the past, this could mean trouble
for the whole kit- n'kaboodle of University admifistra-
tors. A secret search -is rarely a safe search.
If Fleming allows professorial as well as student in-
put into choosing a new vice president - as the admin-
istration at Cornell allowed when choosing Rhodes -
the choice is bound to be one the entire campus com-
munity can live with.
-Ann Marie Lipinski and
Jim Tobin, Editors-in-Chief

Letter s




second Ward: No choice

THE DAILY makes no endorsement
in the Second Ward primary elec-
tion. We feel that neither Allen Rein-
er nor Richard (Dr. Diag) Robinson,
both Republicans, is capable of serv-
ing the community's best interests.
Neither candidate has displayed
an adequate understanding of the
- problems facing the city, nor offered
solutions to those problems.
While Reiner, a 30-year-old finan-
cial consultant, has an impressive
background in economics, we feel he
lacks- sensitivity to student housing
needs. his proposed solution to the
area's housing crunch is to relax the
city's inspection code in order to pro '-
vide additional space in units pre-
viously deemed unliveable.'
Reiner -insists that he does not
favor an "across-the-board relaxa-
tion" of the code. He also says that
students should not have to pay "$300
a month for a broom closet." But
what Reiner proposes, in fact, is. to
rent all of those broom closets-at
a lower rate. This is essentially a
pro-management stance.
Reiner's opponent in Monday's pri-
mary, Richard (Dr. Diag) Robinson,

the famed campus orator, does not
comprehend the city's pressing prob-
lems, much less propose solutions to
them. Robinson is -either unwilling or
unable to discuss the .issues of the
campaign, and cannot seem to con-
centrate on one subject for more than
a minute before leaping, without
warning, to another topic.
Robinson, 36, says the solution to
the city's spiraling rents is to have
students turn off lights when a room
is not in use so the University will
not be forced to raise dormitory rates.
He says that, if elected, "moving
a few trashcans" would be among his
top priorities. He added that he would
"fire some cops" and take other pa-
trolmen out of cars and put them
on the streets because "they're get-
ting fat."
The Daily fears that some voters
may be tempted to cast their bal-
lots for Robinson because of his color-
ful personality. We hope, however,
that those who do choose to vote Re-
publican in this primary will take the,
decision seriously and not waste their
vote on a candidate who cannot meet
any of the job's requirements.

Population Planning
To The Daily:
AS REPORTED in The Daily
on Feb. 2, the Dean of the
School of Public Health issued a
report which called for the dis-
solution of the Department of
Population Planning effective
Spring 1978. Financial reasons
were cited as primary in Dean
Remington's report. Yet the re-
port comes at a time when the
number of faculty in other Pub
lic Health departments is being
We in the department are
aware that other issues influ-
enced the Dean's decision. The
departmen thas committed it-
self to addressing and resolving
existing problems.
The Dean's decision reflects
an attitude of benign neglect to-
wards women's issues.
We believe that our work on
and commitment to women's
issues justify the continued ex-
istence of the Department of
Population Planning.
For the past eleven years, the
Department of Population Plan-
ning has addressed itself to the
problems of population growth
and related issues. The depart-
ment has trained 101 master's
students who serve in 39 foreign
countries. About 150 alumni
work in United States family
planning programs.
The department has enjoyed
an opportunity to train profes-
sionals to deal compassionately
with issues which impinge most
strongly upon women. Gradu-
ates of the department-whether
program planners, family plan-
ning n u r s e s, evaluators, re-
searchers or advisors - are in-
volved in work which affects
women's status in developed
and developing countries.
The impact of family planning
upon women's roles cannot be
overestimated. Family planning
is seen as more than the provi-
sion of contraceptive services.
The department's commitment
has been to changing women's
status, allowing women oppor-
tunities for personal develop,
ment as well as significant roles
in international development.
Research projects undertaken
by staff and students have con-
sistently underscored the impor-
tance of programs which include
as a goal the improvement of
women's status. And research
undertaken here has tried to
illuminate the social and cul-
tural influences which often
seem to choke off opportunities
for women outside the mother-
hood role.
In the U.S. women are the
primary consumers of health
care. A majority of women rely
upon t h e i r gynecologists for
most of their health care needs
Students, staff an graduates
of the department are in a posi-
tion to influence health care
providers to be more responsive
to women's needs, as well as to
help w o me n to be assertive
about their needs. Family plan-
ning counselors, educators and
nurses are helping women to
demand their rights to quality
health care. And this depart-
ment serves as a liason between
the medical research commu-
nity-the developers of contra-
ceptives-and women, who con-
sume their product.

in the Department of Population
Planning are in a unique pisi-
tion to do so.
-Alison Geist
-Ida Green
-Herb Guerry
-Joy Wilson
-Anna Cirino
(for the) Population
Planning Student
Feb. 15
union solidarity
To The Daily:
THEI- TENANTS Union would
would like to express its sol-
idarity w i t h all prospective
strikers in AFSCME Local 1583.
At a time of skyrocketing
prices and increased employer
hostility toward the economic
and social demands of working
people and the unemployed, it
is particularly important for all
of us to support organized labor
in their demand for a decent
standard of living and a toler-
able working environment.
Anyone who has ever worked
in a sweat shop like the hospital
laundry, in a lower level cleri-
cal classification or pushing a
sponge through the University
bathrooms knows exactly what
we are talking about. Without a
union contract, there is very
little protection against poor
working conditions, low pay and
unbridled speed-up.
The Tenants Union stands
shoulder to shoulder with our
brothers and sisters in AFSCME
Local 1583 in their fight for an
improved cost-of-living escalator
clause, a modest wage increase
and more rights for union reps
in the work place (especially in
r e g a r d to handling employe
grievances). But it is with this
same force of conviction that
we denounce University Man-
agement's current attempts to
under-cant and d e s t r o y these
modest demands at the bargain-
-ing table and through its at-
tempts at unprincipled strike
preparations such as hording
food in the dorms and illegal
crack-downs on active union
Why is the University admin-
istration preparing for war if it
does not want a strike, as it
claims? The indignance express-
ed by union officials in regard
to these provocations is com-
pletely warranted. One would
think they were calling for a
w o r k e r s' government rather
than basic trade/ union de-
Fellow tenants, workers and
students: Help the union by not
scabbing on striking workers.
Don't do the Administration's
dirty work. Honor the picket
Strikers: The Tenants Union
is at your disposal for protection
against landlord harrassment
and eviction attempts during the
-Ann Abor Tenants Union
Feb. 17
proper atniosphere
To The Daily:
YM THANKS to the resident
"advisor" for his or her en-
lightening suggestions on the
maintenance of a "proper at-
mosphere" in a dorm room. His

The comments made by this
R.A. along with those by others
regarding the President's re-
quest for energy conservation
("Carter," front page, Jan. 26)
suggests to me that the students
of 1977 are willing to spit in the
faces of those who, just a few
years ago, fought so diligently
to develop a rational and re-
sponsible attitude toward other
people and toward our environ-
ment. While many people in this
nation are suffering a severe
energy shortage, may our resi-
dent advisor enjoy his insen-
sitively selfish "proper atmos-
phere." His title notwithstand-
ing, I hope that the residents of
his floor will not accept advice
based on such moronic apathy.
-John Robert Deller, Jr.
Joe Egg
To The Daily:
AM BOTH surprised and dis-
appointed at the way in which
the Michigan Daily ignored the
recent studio production of "Joe
Egg" (Feb. 10-12). On the basis
of your pastttheater reviews, I
have come to believe that the
]Daily finds most speech depart-
ment productions pretentious
and unsuccessful. "Joe Egg"
was an experiment in and de-
parture from the usual Univer-
sity repetoire. It was performed
by a small repretory like com-
pany under therberest of studio
conditions without the aid of
even a minimal budget. The
concerns of the cast and crew
were focused on the quality of
acting and the ability of this
small group of people t inde-
pendently conceive of and pro-
duce good theater. There was
no admission charged and the
only donations accepted went to
cover the royalties.
Although every aspect of the
,how was in some way affiliated
with the University, "Joe Egg"
was virtually ignored by cam-
pus publicity (radio, University
Record, etc.). In view of the
Daily's criticisms, I was shock-
ed by your own suctessful de-
cision to evade this production.
I myself have in the past writ-
ten for the Daily. I know that
you are understaffed and that
stories are sometimes shuffled
to the bottom of current priori-
ties. "Joe Egg," however, did
not even receive a mention in
the day's happenings, let alone
the weekend calendar of events.
As a mermiber of the cast, as
well as the Ann Arbor commu-
nity, I feel that the Daily's at-
titude towards "Joe Egg" was
irr e spon si be and biased
Through your own decision you
have deigned to cover only "le-
gitimate" University e v e n t s.
You make it seem as if it is only
to your avantage to review a
theater production when you
can feel yourselves sure of put-
ting it down.
-Jane Siegel
Feb. 14
To The Daily
I am captain of an organized
women's intramural basketball
team and write on their behalf.
During the past two months
we have regularly reserved
courts in the campus gyms in
order to practice skills. The

Not knowing. the limits or
source of this conduct, we have
feared the potential violence of
these confrontations. Only by
.requesting assistance from floor
supervisors have we been able
to avoid this and finally secure
our courts. We strongly feel that
we have the right to use decent,
well-maintained recreation facil-
ities without having to fight for
them. These confrontations over
the courts have spoiled our en-
thusiasm repeatedly and, even
when resolved, are followed by
hassling, the most mild and
least personal including such
comments as why didn't we get
off the couirt so a "real" game
could begin.
It no longer is a mystery why
so few women participate in,
sports or why it is so hard to
recruit active women for our
teams. In all of our practice
sessions, we have only observ-
ed one other women's team
practicing on a court.
After talking amongst our-
selves and with other women's
team members, we have the
following observations:
(1) The system of challenging
is obtiously discriminatory. Af-
ter being subjected to the male
reaction to women wanting to
claim legitimately reserved
courts, I can imagine that a
direct challenge would result in
considerable "acpidental" dam-
age to female players.
(2) Reserve time should be ex-
tended in the evening and/or
women should be given priori-
ty on one court per gym, and
be able to claim a court with
6 women. Needless to slay, it's
not a place womep feel com-
fortable hanging out and it's
been difficult to convince wom-
en of the desirability of endur-
ing these conflicts just to play.
(3) If the challenge system
continues, co-recreational rules
should be effective and enforced
when women challenge a men's
team eg. no men in the key.
Obviously the rules are neces-
sary to prevent harm to wom-
en who are playing with men
who want them there; they are
crucial in a court challenge..
We've complained about this
problem in every gym on cam-
pus, with some co-operation
from floor managers and en-
couragement from other per-
sonnel to play with the men
and to realize that they hassle
each other too. The obvious
fallacy of the first suggestion
has been pointed out. Regard-
ing the harrassment, we feel
that the resentment towards us
is very different and more ex-
treme, and that we should not
have to interact with anyone
in this manner or encourage
this behavior. It is somewhat
defeating to have to appeal to
floor managers every time we
want to secure our reserved

court, but we would suggest that
other women's teams do this
too, rather than attempting to
handle the confrontation them-
selves and risk spoiling their
It has been really enjoyable
playing intramural basketball.
It is very disappointing to real-
ize that the limits to our ath-
letic growth are externally im-
posed by inequal and highly re-
sented access to facilities.
Mary Ellen Frank
dubious thaxnkyou
To The Daily:
jUST A LETTER to says
"thank you" to the Univer-
sity. It is certainly as fine a
school as I thought it was-al-
though I must admit I've iearn-
ed much more outside of classes
than in them. I've learned a few
things that the "Welcome to
Michigan" booklet quite oddly
neglects to mention. Things like
skyrocketing tuition, less than
substandard housing at astro-
nomical prices and, most im-
portantly, impossible-to-get fi-
nancial aid. I think I speak'
pretty frankly for a very large
part of the student population at
this school: a middle class
group whose p a r e n t s, after
years of cutting corners, make
just enough money to retire
with some small degree of com-
fort, yet cannot, because they're
expected to pay their child's
way through this University.
In my years here, I think
I've becometa lot- more realistic
about-and tired of-what goes
on at this school. Tired of see-
ing my parents bust their ass
paying thousands a year in tax-
es to support this place, yet the
University sees fit to give the
money in scholarships to out of
state students who pay no taxes
here, while we mere Michigan
residents go in debt to pay for
our schooling. Tired of seeing
this school cater to the whims
of Bo's alumni and the rest of
the jocks at this school, spend-
ing millions of dollars on new
sports facilities we don't even:.
need (I haven't studied in one
yet) but when I apply for any
kind of financial aid, even a
loan, there's suddenly no money.
Bitter? You're damn right I'm
bitter. My parents and thou-
sands of others just like them
work hard and pay a lot of
taxes to support this place. This
is one 'of the finest universities
in the country, probably in the
world, but it is a state univer-
sity, not a private one, and as
a Michigander whose parents'
tax money supports this place,
I think I, and thousands of
others just like me, deserve a
lot more consideration than I'm
getting from this University.
-Herb Schewe

Fifth ward: Ken Ludwig

ENNETH LUDWIG receives our en-
dorsement in his primary race
against Judith Hanks for Fifth Ward
Democratic candidate for City Coun-
Ludwig, an antique restorer, Is
sharp on the issues and knows - the
city well. Ludwig has worked for the
city and became involved in- politics
through his independent investiga-
tion of the Water Commission.
Although vague on his refusal to
support Mayor Albert Wheeler, Lud-
wig remains in basic agreement with
the Democratic party platform.
Both Ludwig and Hanks agreed on
the issues, which include better hous-
ing for- low-income families, mainte-
nance of streets, better public trans-
portation, parking and zoning prob-
lems, investment in the downtown
area and upkeep of old homes.
Ludwig has his own ideas and is
not apt to merely rubber-stamp Dem-
ocratic proposals, as Hanks might.
Despite the solid base Hanks gain-
ed with city -Democrats in her un-
successful 1975 bid for ,the seat, Lud-
wig appears to have a better handle

Ludwig faces a tough fight in a
traditionally Republican ward. We
hope he wins.
Editnrial Staff
Co-Editnrs-in -Chief
KEN 'ARsKIAN......... Editorial Director
Managing Editors
LOIS b'MOVICH-------- - .... Art Editor
M~.-azine Editors
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es, Michael Jones, Lini Jordan, Janet Klein,
Gregg Kruppa, Steve Kursman, Dobilas Mat -
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Parisius, Karen Paul, Stephen Pickover, Kim
Potter, Martha Retailick, Keith Richburg, Bob
Rosenbaum, Dennis Sabo, Annmarie Schiavi,
Eilzabeth Siowik, Tomn Stevens, Jim Stimpson,
tike Taylor, Pauline Toole, Mark Wagner, Sue
Warner, Shelley Wolson, Mike Yellin, Laurie
Young and Barb Zats.
Business Staff
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Contact your reps
Sen. Don Riegle (Dem.), 253 Russell Bldg., Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Robert Griffin (Rep.), 353 Russell Bldg., Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C. 20515.

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