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Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Sunday, March 20, 1977

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Settlement: Let's get along
in the wake of the strike

THERE ARE GOOD reasons to hope
that the members of AFSCME
Local 1583 vote today to ratify the
tentative contract reached Friday
night by bargainers for themselves
and the University.
There, are also reasons to under-
stand why they might say "To hell
with that," and stay out on the picket
lines. It is hardly the most fruitful
of settlements for the union.
But the factions of the union's
leadership, however grudgingly, have
been willing to approve the new ten-
tative pact, and it seems the time
has come to sew up the wounds and
move on with the running of this
The strike has run to dangerous
emotional extremes, and this has
threatened to disrupt relations on
campus in ways that may live on
past ratification. In this regard, it
is no different from other strikes.
But the strike has pointed out some
rather painful divisions between Uni-
versity employer and University em-
ploye, and we would be foolish to
let this dispute go the way of most
other walkouts - to the backs of
the minds of those involved, where
the old rancor smolders on.
Most important, there has been ob-
vious ignorance on the part of both
the University and the union. The
University administrators must bear
the brunt of the blame here. It has
consistently treated union members
as mere pawns in a game of budgets
and statistics, barely acknowledging

the harsh economic conditions which
their attitude has imposed on their
The union, on the other hand, has
contributed to the bitterness with a
misunderstanding of the rather grim
budget realities which the University
indeed faces. A financial need on the
part of the strikers cannot automati-
cally preclude the needs of the
myriad factions, departments, em-
ploye groups, research projects, and
students. Of course, any union builds
much of its negotiation and strike
strategy . on the indignation of its
members, but there must be, behind
that strategy, an understanding that
management can only offer so many
services, only offer so much money.
are not mutually exclusive. The
University, in the future, can keep
an eye on its budget while still treat-
ing employes with a great deal of
decency. Likewise, AFSCME, or any
other union, can fight for a contract
without demanding the sky - a move
which can only provoke resentment
from University bargainers and result
in disappointment for its own mem-
There are still a lot of hard feel-
ings on campus this week. A strike
always makes for them, but one would
hope that our institution might try
to step above the knock-down drag-
out atmosphere of constant labor-
management strife. Let's get ba'ck to-
gether now.

Michigan, mighty Michigan,
seemed bound for glory at last.
After the thrilling tournament
fight last year, which ended only
in the final act, after the bril-
liant season of Bo Schembech-
ler's Wolverines, which finished
in sadness under the bright
Pasadena sun on New Yoar's
Day - after those tears, it had
seemed that joy would be re-
turned to Ann Arbor in the cap-
able hands of Phil Hubbard,
Ricky Green, Steve Grote, and
And then the boys blew one
yesterday down in Lexington.
And that was it.
First there was a good game
last Sundayagainst Holy Cross,
Michigan, barely reinstalled as
The -Number One Team in The
Nation, showed its' stuff against
a scrappy Holy Cross team.
Then there was a great four-
day hype of Thursday night's
grudge match against the Uni-
vesity of Detroit and,' more
specifically, The Big Noise -
U-D Coach Dick Vitale.
The Noise was silenced, and
a tough Detroit team took show-
ers as the tougher team from
down 1-94 started looking hard
at Atlanta and the national title.
But there was one more game
to be played in Lexington, and
the University of North Caro-
lina-Charlotte wasn't going to-
let the Wolverines leave town
without remembering he plac e
for something besides the vi-
triolic Vitale.
The Holy Cross game belong-
ed to All-American Rickey
Green, who scored a career-
high 35 points. Detroit was Phil
Hubbard's, who pulled down 26
rebounds. But for yesterday's
75-68 loss to UNCC, no one had
any answers, except the pres-
ence of a fine team which re-
fused to be intimidated by a
'Number One' reputation.
Grote, Hubbard, and Green
graduate this year as three of
the finest players in Michigan
history. For Johnny Orr, it
probably means the loss of his
best 'chance at the national
crown. For Michigan, it means
one more long wait for next
niot int
the script
sistency, the case of the VA
murders has taken yet another-
-bizarre turn.
Last Sunday, in their page
one lead story, the Detroit Free
Press reported that a former
Veterans Hospital nurse, once
under suspicion by the FBI dur-
ing their suspect search, took
her life in a Florida winter
home, leaving behind a suicide
note which amounted to a con-
fession for the murders of 11
VA patients during the sum-
mer of 1975.
Apparently, the nurse, Betty
Jakim, had also made a verbal
confession to her psychiatrist at
the University's Neuro-Psychiat-
ric Institute. She reported suf-

fering extreme guilt because of
her self-alleged action and re-
gretted that others were suf-
fering because of it.
Hoping to exonerate their
clients, attorneys for accused
nurses Leonora Perez and Fili-
pina Narciso appealed to the
psychiatrist to release records
of his conversations with Ja-
kim, !jut the University has re-
fused to comply. Furthermore,
the psychiatrist claims that Ja-
kim's confessions were brought
on by severe depression and
does not believe that she was
telling the truth.
The new episode in this rath-
er baffling affair has thrown
a spotlight on the conflict be-
tween the right of the psychia-
trist to protect the privacy of
his patients and Perez's and
Narciso's right to a fair, comn-
plete trial. If the psychiatrist
releases his records, the result
of the trial could change. And
if he does not ... We may nev-
er know.
* *
JJERE WE HAVE something
of a fairy tale.
Big-time photographer zips
into town dangling his Leicas
from his shoulder and luring
subjects with promises of fame
and fortune. You know the bit:
"Hey, sweetheart, I'm gonna
make you a star." He stands
on street corners, patronizes ice
cream parlors, and grinds hips
at a local disco in his search

for the perfect face ... and body.
"Hi, I'm David Chan," he
announces to a potential pic-
ture, "and I'd like to know if
you're interested in appearing
in the magazine I work for.
I'm from Playboy.".
Women are skeptical because
the skinny photographer doesn't
look legitimate. Not that they've
even seen a Playboy photog, but,
well, if they had, they're sure
he wouldn't look like that. But,
putting skepticism aside, they
ring the phone in Chan's Cam-
pus Inn headquarters off the
hook, and wear out the welcome
mat in his 'hotel suite. And
they're not after thealmonds
and beer Chan had room ser-
vice send up.
Enter the wicked witch. Lo-
cal student newspaper is furi-
ous. Flails supporters of Chans
search for cheesecake and in-
structs the enterprising shutter-
big to take his cameras else-
where. Let's cdt out the "cute
coed" myth, it demands, and
carry on this "Girls of the Big
Ten" project in less liberated
Not so fast, scream the cute
coeds. This is a dream come
true. Yeah, screams an angry
male supporter in a letter to
the paper. Who cares about the
angry "political ravings of some
Hugh Hefner, take a bow.
Women's movement, rest in
- Ann Marie Lipinski
and Jim Tobin


THOUGH UNION and Univer-
sity movers and shakers
weren't surprised when some
2,000 campus service workers
walked off their jobs on Febru-
ary 23, the rest of the campus
was. And no less abruptly, no
less surprising, the bargaining
teams for the two parties reach-
ed a settlement in the early
hours of, Saturday morning.
After several weeks of a
"We're not really
very happy about
-AFSCME leader
Walt Oliver
strike that looked as if it might
drag on to the end of the term,
bargainers for the University
and AFSCME Local 1583 got
down to the business of tough
bargaining at a marathon ses-
sion at the Holiday Inn East.
With state-appointed mediator
Thomas Badoud and Michigan
Employment Relations Commis-
sion director Robert Pisarsky
*monitoring the action and oc-
casionally helping out, the bar-
gainers, slowly but surely, be-
gan to move on the crucial is-
sues that have divided the sides
from the beginning.
The result: AFSCME, if its
members vote to ratify the pact
at a mass meeting today, (and
that is likely), will go back to
the work of making the Univer-

sity run for a raise of 60 cents
per hour.
The tentative agreement has
received support from all fac-
tions of the union; but that sup-
port is luke-warm at best. No
one in the union likes the settle-
ment much, but it was the feel-
ing of many union leaders that
the University simply wasn't
going to give any more, and that
it was time to get back on the
jab. Picketers, frustrated and
tired &f the line, couldn't afford
to stay out much longer.
It was- hard to be sure what
effect two well-heeled AFSCME
national representatives from
Washington had on the negotia-
tions, but the pace surely quick-
ened after their arrival Wed-
nesday night. They brought $10,-
000 in strike supply funds with
them, but now that money, pre-
sumably, wilr go unspent.
The strike, an irritant from
its inception, had begun -to get
some students angry. The dorms
are dirty, the food service is
shaky, and garbage was close
at hand all over. Though the
University was quite success-'
ful in 'scaring up enough emerg-
ency help to keep the campus
functioning, it was clear that
the strike was inflicting some
bruises. But it was also clear
that the union lacked the mus-
cle to shut the place down, and
the whole experience raises
some questions about AFSCME's
chances for gains in the future.

Playboy photographer Chan

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To The Daily:
FOR SIX YEARS the world
has recognized Idi Amin as a
cold-blooded murderer. Only
now does The Daily realize that
Amin is not a "harmless" ec-
centric. It is truly unfortunate
that the Daily editorial staff
chooses to remember the Amin
who "claims he is the ruler of
Scotland," and not the Amin
who murdered a member of the
Catholic archdiocese; or the
Amin who harbored internation-
al terrorists holding hostage a
planeload of innocent people;
or the Amin who had Dora Bloch
dragged screaming from her
hospital bed in Kampala; or the
Amin who has murdered tens
of thousands of Ugandan citi-
zens. Who but The Daily "could
help but chuckle."
After a six-year span of atroci-
ties, the Daily editorial staff,
in a flash of ethnocentric brilli-
ance, awakens to realize just
how dangerous a man Amin is.
The abduction of two hundred
American citizens is a deplor-
able act and we wholehearted-
ly applaud The Daily's attempt
at a denunciation. However The
Daily's editorial is, at best, su-
n ini At +ntime A- The

boycott ,
To The Daily:
ON TUESDAY, March 16th
the editorial page of this paper
ran a blatantly erroneous edit-
orial in which the boycott of
non-UFW grape and head lettuce
was said to be ended. I was very
surprised to hear this informa-
tion and found it even more
amazing that The Daily had this
'scoop" which no other paper
or news service seemed to have.
When I called the paper to ask
about this, the head of the edit-
orial page said he had relied
on the information of a certain
reported who had, according to
the head of the editorial page,
either heard it on the news or
read it somewhere. I feel that
this showed great irresponsibil-
ity on the part of the editor,
since he obviously did not both-
er to check with the local UFW
Support Committee on this in-
formation or anywhere else for
that matter. A simple bit of in-
vestigation would have revealed
the truth - that the boycott of
non-UFW head lettuce and
grapes is still onand is flourish-
ing. I feelThe Daily has shown
complete lack of integrity to its
readers and total disregard for
any standards of good journal-
I hope in the future The Daily


the -Daily

there is one thing that seems
to be a constant source of irri-
tation and annoyance to those
of us who use the temporary
lockers in the men' locker
room. My experience has been
that those rows in which the
temporary lockers have been
placed' are usually so crowded
that it is almost impossible to
change one's clothes, get dres-
sed, etc. without being in the
way of others attempting to do
the same thing. The galling part
of the problem is that usually
the rows in which the assigned
lockers are located are almost
The solution to this problem
would seem to be quite simple.
Would it be possible to reassign
the temporary lockers in a
more uncongested manner by
making, say, every fifth or
sixth locker a temporary one?
In this way the available space
for the more frequently used
temporary lockers would be ex-
Lawrence Riff
To The Daily:
REGARDING the recent pro-
posed changes in the CRISP
system: I have just written a
letter to Ernest Zimmerman,
assistant to the vice-president

,realize that it is much' easier recent depiction of His Holiness,,
to inconvenience several thou- Pope Paul VI you published. Let
sand students by disrupting me start off by saying that
their academic schedules and many Catholics including my-
jeapordizing their chances for self disagree with him on the
graduating on time than to give issue of women priests.
priority to those people who de- But regardless of his position
serve it, but it is not impossi- on women priests, I am sure
ble. (Zimmerman says they you are aware that 'he repre-
will reinstate some kind of pri- sents and, is to many people
ority system in the future. Why worldwide a symbolically spirit-
not this year when it will do ual figure.
us some good?) There is therefore, no excuse
Seniors deserve top priority for this pictorial slur on Ro-
during registration for several man Catholics., You pretend to
reasons. ,.They have invested be so liberal .in your opinions
more time and more money in yet this latest piece, of "art"
this school than any other un- reeks of bigotry of the worst
dergraduate students. Senior sort - because of religion. Do
year is the last opportunity to you have no respect for a re-
elect the classes a student wants ligion and a personage (no mat-
and the credits she or he needs teg ongesae)tha-
to graduate. Seniors have suf- terlhow wrong he may be) that
fered through three years of would not expect or accept con-
CRISP, rarely getting the sched- demnation yourself for your re-
ule they wanted, but always ligion or value system.
with the promise that when that Also, who do you react so
senior year rolled around, things wildly and in such a lengthy
would be different. way only when the Pope takes
Students, don't let some lazy a disagreeable stand? You could
administrator take your rights at least be honest and fair and
away! That is ridiculous! We give as much attention to the
are the whole backbone and countless times the Pope has
purpose of the educational sys- spoken out against war, rac-
tem. If you are not satisfied ism, and the arms race, more
with the new system, don't com- serious moral issues than that of
plain to your friends. Deluge women priests, which (I would
Zimmerman with letters-from expect) you'are at least equal-
you and your parents - and I vcncerned about

Contact your reps
Sen. Donald Riegle (Dem.), 1205 Dirksen Bldg., Washing-
ton, D.C. 20510
Sen. Robert Griffin (Rep.), 353 Russell Bldg., Capitol Hill,
Washington. D.C. 20515.

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