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Future Worlds
If you're planning to be back from spring break
a day early and you're wondering how you're going
to cope with this near-deserted town, be sure not
to miss the Future World's lecture at Hill Audi-
torium Sunday night, March 13 at 7 p.m. Yes, we
know Future Worlds always has its lectures on
Monday nights; but this one promises to be espe-
cially good. E. F. Schumaker, the author of Small
is Beautiful; Economics as if People Mattered,
will be speaking. Admission, as usual, is free.
Project Outreach
Friday is the absolute and final deadline for
anybody wishing to participate in the Project Out-
reach Spring Internship Program, "Adolescents in
Stress Situations." No applications will be ac-
cepted afterwards. Call 764-9279 for more informa-
are scarce as hen's teeth today, folks. At
noon, you can take your tuna sandwich over to the
Brown Bag Lunch Series at the International
Center, 603 E. Madison, where you can find out
about "Planning a Summer Abroad" . . . at '7:30
p.m. you might shuffle over to the Angela Davis
Lounge at Markeley Hall, where the Inter-Cooper-
ative Council affirmative action committee holds
an information session on its minority recruitment
program. Refreshments will be served . . . On the
other hand, you could tkot over to Trotter House
around the same time to see the film "From
These Roots"
Raid on Wichita
It was perfectly timed. The Rev. Ron Adrian
was addressing his audience, telling him about his
fight against the forces of smut and filth. "I'm
fighting for the rights of my wife and my children,
your wives and your children," he said. Sudden-
ly, a pair of buck-naked men scampered across
the stage in front of the 2,500 Wichita residents
who'd gathered to plan their attack on the por-
nographers. The unclothed commandoes, who wore
sneakers to protect their feet, ran past District
Attorney Vern Miller, Police Chief Richord La-
munyon and- six other local legal bigwigs. Some
crowd members pursued the pair and tackled one
streaker; the other man, however, escaped. His
identity is still unknown, and police have been un-
able to pry any information out of his captured
comrade. Thus ends, another daring raid deep into
the enemy's territory. Vinceremos!
Ray Charles attacked
it's hard to imagine anybody hating soul singer
Ray Charles enough to want to kill him. But some-
one tried to do just that Monday night. Charles
was performing at a benefit concert in Los A,
geles' Music Center when a man came onstage,
wrapped a microphone cord around his neck and
began tugging on it. Others came to Ray's aid,
though, and pulled the assailant away. Police, who
arrived after the incident, said the man was not
identified and no complaint has been filed. The
benefit concert was for a group called "Project
Heavy" which works through youth gangs in the
L. A. area, and the assailant is said to have been
a member of the group. The matter, police say,
will be handled through the organization.
Food for thought
For those of you who are forever in quest of
the "different" course, consider Prof. Bert Gor-
don's class at Mills College entitled "A Taste of
History." Yes folks, those lucky tuition-paying
students at the Oakland, Calif. institution can go
back through the ages via the menus of the times.
And according to Gordon, the history of food is

a meatier subject than one might think. For
instance, what you eat provides a clue to where
you see yourself in the social scheme of things,
says Gordon. In modern America, for example,
the boom in wine sales indicates a desire for
upward mobility among its drinkers. "It's more
chic to drink wine," Gordon claims, "beer is
thought to be sort of lower middle class and
Archie Bunkeresque." Gordon also offers some
more philosophical thoughts. "People don't eat
with their stomachs," observes Gordon," they eat
with their eyes and minds. If we just ate what
was good for us, we'd be eating seaweed and
plankton." Let's hope food service doesn't get
wind of this.
Ott the ftnside.. ,
Amin lets the Americans go and New York
is going down the tubes again. Read about it in the
Daily news digest on Page 2 . . . Marnie Heyn
talks about Russian jokes in her column on the
Edit Page . . . Arts Page features Michael Broidy's
review of "Twilight's Last Gleaming" . . . and
Sports Page contains Henry Engelhardt's psy-
chological portrait of basketballer Steve Grote . .

Mayor s
Incumbent Democratic Mayor Albert Wheeler
is facing a strong, well-financed and highly or-
ganized challenge from Republican Fifth Ward
Councilman Louis Belcher on April 4 in what
promises to be a near repeat of the 1975 may-
oral election.
Human Rights Party (HRP) candidate Diana
Slaughter, meanwhile, is nounting a challenge
from the left -- attacking Wheeler where he
can least afford to lose.
WHEELER WON A NARROW 112-vote vic-
tory the last time around with the help of the
controversial preferential voting (PV) system.
The PV system, engineered by the HRP to
counter cries of 'a vote for HRP is a vote for
the Republicans' by city Dems, allowed the voter
to indicate a second choice on his ballot. If no
candidate received 51 per cent of the vote, the
one with the lowest total was thrown out of

race: ust .,as. close gas eves

the race and his or her second choice votes
were tallied. City voters repealed PV in last
April's elections.
Since there is no PV this year, Slaughter
poses a serious threat to Wheeler's chances in
a close election. If she siphons off enough radical
support, Wheeler could be in trouble. On the
other hand, if he actively flirts with city radi-
cals, the mayor stands to alienate Arin Arbor's
increasingly middle-of-the-road electorate.
BELCHER HAS MADE highly visible efforts
to broaden his political base - proposing an
energy recovery waste disposal system and prom-
ising students help in their fight against a seri-
ous housing shortage and generally poor rental
But Slaughter says she's not a spoiler. She
is "running mostly for educational purposes .
I think it's important for me, as HRP has done
See MAYORAL, Page 3


Wheeler Belcher




JOHN TRUDELL, Chairman of the American Indian
Movement addressed a large audience last night. Tru-
dell spoke as part of a Forum on Native Americans.
American values
blasted by Indians
In June, 1975, three men were killed during a gun battle
at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Two were
FBI agents. The other was an Indian man. Charges were
brought against four; Indians for the murder of the FBI
agents. No action was taken about the death of the Indian.
Charges were dropped against two of the men, one was ac-
quitted, and the fourth, Leonard Peltier, will go to trial on
March 14.
Last night, John Trudell and Selo Black Crow spoke to a
large crowd in the Michigan Union Pendleton Room about
Peltier, and the Indian movement, in general, as part of a
See TRUDELL, Page 3

Renewed contract talks be-
tween the University and strik-
ing campus service workers
broke down yesterday, ending
hopes that a quick end to the
walkout was in sight.
Less than two hours after ne-
gotiations started, state-appoint-
ed mediator Thomas Badoud ad-
journed the session and wouldn't
schedule a future meeting be-
tween the University and the
American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employes
(AFSCME, Local 1583).
were such a great distance
apart that no fruitful negotia-
tions could take place at this
time," Chief University bargain-
er William Neff said of the
AFSCME offered essentially
the same wage proposals at
yesterday's session as it offered
when talks fist began" last No-
vember. -
The union is demanding a
$1.04 per hour wage hike over
a three-year period - nearly
a 15 per cent increase - along
with the removal of a cap on
cost of living allowances.
UNIVERSITY bargainers yes-
terday offered a 22-cent per
hour wage raise over me year,
with a provision for a wage
AFSCME of 5S cenms per hour,
adjustment over a second year.
The University's proposal is
considerably less than the ear-
lier tentative settlement with
or five per cent ,increase over
two years which was arrived


at with the help of a mediator.
However, it is an improvement
over the University's final of-
fer of 20 cents over one year,
given before the mediator step-
ped in.
Union Local President Joel
Block called yesterday's Univer-
sity offer a "slap in the face
to the union as well as to the
community at large."
sad joke," Block added.
AFSCME bargaining leader
Art Anderson said he was "dis-
appointed, but not at all sur-
prised" that the University in-
creased its offer by only two
Badoud met with each side

separately yesterday
and decided that both
versity and the union
ready to negotiate.

the Uni-
were not

in' contact with either side and
when I feel there has been some
movement one way or the oth-
er, I will call another meet-
ing," Badoud said.
Yesterday was the first time
the two teams met at the table
since February 16, when an in-
itial settlement was reached:
However, AFSCME members
overwhelmingly rejected the
settlement and walked off their
jobs last Wednesday.
"The parties are really far
apart," the mediator said. "A

nickel or, a couple of pennies
movement either way won't mat-
ter very much."
"TIME WILL HAVE some ef-
fect on what happens," he add-
Although both sides said they
are willing to meet again, neith-
er have any intention of initiat-
ing another round of talks them-
selves. The mediator will be left
with the responsibility, they
With yesterday's fruitless ses-
sion, University and AFSCME
officials have admittedly lost
their hopes for a "short" strike.
NEFF SAID he sees "an ex-
See MEDIATOR, Page 3


Jury selection begins in VA
trial of two. Filipino nurses

By Renter and UPI
DETROIT - Painstaking questioning by a fed-
eral judge produced six tentative jury members
yesterday as dthe trial opened for two Filipino
nurses charged with poisoning patients at Ann Ar-
bor's Veteran's Administration (VA) hospital.
Despite the apparent progress, attorneys for
both sides estimated it would take two weeks to
empanel 12 jurors and four alternates in the con-
troversial case.
AFTER THE JURY is tentatively filled, defense
and government lawyers can challenge individuals
and force other selections.
U.S. District Judge Philip Pratt spent the day
carefully questioning jury candidates, warning
them that international publicity and the complex
issues in the case required unusual procedures:
As he questioned each prospect, Filipina Nar-
ciso, 30, rand Leonora Perez, 32, sat calmly be-

side their four defense attorneys with rows o1
seats behind them filled by relatives and friends.
THE NURSES ARE named in a 10-count grand
jury indictment alleging they injected Pavulon, a
powerful muscle relaxant, into nine intensive care
patients at the VA hospital in July and August
of 1975.
The nurses, who have lived in the United States
for about six years. are charged with two counts
of murder, seven counts .of poisoning, and one
count of conspiracy to harm patients.
The defendants were originally indicted last
June after an 18-month investigation by the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation. The original charges
were five counts of murder, 10 counts of poisoning
and one count of conspiracy. The charges were
later dropped and the nurses were indicted again
last month.
THE CASE HAS stirred great interest in the
See JURY, Page 3


Wh views


City building inspectors
checking out a ramshackle
boarding house on Oakland St.
yesterday were surprised when
a car pulled up containing not
just another inspector, but Ann
Arbor Mayor Albert Wheeler.
"I've been meaning to do this
for some time," chirped Wheel-,
er to the inspectors. "Somebody
on my campaign staff said
'dammit, if you're going to talk
about housing, go see it!"'
TON and Pete Peterson were
pleased to have the mayor
along on the tour of the dilapi-
/ dated structure at 1030 Oakland,
but didn't quite know what to
do with him besides answer his
questions about housing code
"What aboutathat gutter up
there,, Pete?" he asked, point-
ing to a damaged metal rain
gutter on the third floor of the
"Well. there's two things they
can do," Peterson replied duti-
f'ily. "Either they can repair
it, or they can just take 'em
o t. Code says if thev're there,

get in his car and takes off," December weren't paying rent
said Peterson. anyway.
Wheeler was a fount of ques- "We never had a complaint
tions. "When was the' building on this building from the ten-
last occupied?" . . . "What do ants, even when the heat was
we do about that (pointing to a shut off," he said. "The com-
pile of mattresses in the boiler plaint we got was from the po-
room)?" lice department, about people
moving in and out on the week-
"Y'KNOW, IT'S an interest- end."
ing thing," mused Wheeler as
he surveyed several empty A C C O M P A N Y I N G
rooms. "The tenants all had to the inspectors were two repre-
move out, but where did they sentatives of a Southfield in-
go? I haven't seen any tents or yestor who hopes. to make the
anything." house liveable and then rent it
Patton theorized that the peo- out. "Half of the houses in Ann
ple in the building until last See WHEELER, Page 3
GEO may vote, on
strkeref eretidum
Faced:with a lengthy legal battle before a new contract can be
approved, members of the Graduate Employes Organization (GEO)
steward's council decided Monday to issue a proposal to the union's
general membership to authorize a strike vote.
Members will decide at a general meeting March 17 whether

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