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Subterranean subject
The Law School Library is apparently due for
a rather sizeable addition in the near future, but
don't be surprised if you have trouble finding it.
The University has decided to build three more
levels - underground. Why underground? Authori-
ties felt that any new construction could not match
the present Ivy League-ish architectural style of
the law school. Not so incidentally, Tappan St. be-
tween Monroe and E. University will be closed for
some two years because of the construction. And
if you think that's going to inconvenience you, con-
sider the big U's position. It'll have to fork over
$265 per week to the city for lost parking meter
revenues along with $35,904 in street and side-
walk fees.
Happenings. .
... start off at the noon hour today with a
meeting of the Commission for Women in Rm.
2549, LSA Building ... also at noon, a mini-course
entitled "The History of Ethnic Groups in De-
troit" will be held in Rm. 1437, Mason ... Dr.
Robert Schmalz of Penn State University will
speak on "Evaporites, Sulfides and Petroleum"
at Rm. 4001, C.C. Little Building at noon ... and
if that doesn't grab you, munch your bag lunch,
at the International Center at noon and learn about
"Backpacking Abroad" ... take a nap until 3 when
the Peace Corps will meet in the International
Center Lounge to answer questions ... Court Mart
373 meets in Rm. 1053, Nat. Sci. at 3, speakers
from the Lesbian Mothers' Defense Fund will be
there ... at 4, Herant Katchadourian of Stanford
University will lecture on "The Genitalia: Struc-
ture, Function, Pride and Prejudice" in Aud. 4,
MLB ... wolf down some dinner, and then go
check out the Ann Arbor Morris Dancers at 7 in
the Cook Rm. in the Law Quad ... then at 7:30,
there will be a poety reading by David Victor
in the library of Markley Hall ... the first part
of a four-part workshop on "Keeping a Psychologi-
cal Journal" will be held at 8 at Canterbury House,
corner of 'Catherine and Division ... finally, at 8,
the Israel Coffee House presents Poet's Night at
Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Long live Ferrari
For some people, it's mother, for others, it's
the childhood pooch or the after-class martini.
Whatever, everyboly's got something they just
hate to part with. Take Sandra Ilene West - de-
ceased. West's final wish is that she be buried
in her expensive sports car. A handwritten will
drawn up in 1972 leaves most of West's $3-6 mil-
lion estate to her brother provided that he have
her buried in her lace nightgown at the wheel
of her Ferrari "with the seat slanted comfort-
ably." However, there is one question as to wheth-
er this will is authentic. Another document, which
contains no such bizarre requests, leaves the hef-
ty bank account to Fred Semaan of San Antonio
who claims he was a father figure to West. Never-
theless, Peter Loring Jr., the funeral director hand-
ling the arrangements, says he is willing to grant
West's last request when the courts decide which
will is the real McCoy.
St. Louis story
Police in St. Louis have apparently found the
man responsible for nine recent automobile motor
thefts. An unemployed mechanic and former rac-
ing team member is the perpetrator who can
supposedly remove engines from Volkswagens in
15 to 20 minutes. Authorities say the man stole
motors from small cars in downtown parking ga-
rages to support a $50-a-day heroin habit. The en-
gine rustler was nabbed when one victim paid
$1,100 for a replacement motor only to discover
When he read the serial number that it was his
car's original motor. Not exactly a plot you'd
find on Kojak
M is for the money
If there are any confirmed Freudians in the real

estate business, they must be in a terrible stir
over the case of George Bobbit. A federal judge in
Elizabeth, New Jersey has ruled that Bobbitt, 38,
may evict his mother, Almeter, and his brother,
Glen, within three days if they do not pay him $180
in back rent. Generally this role is reserved for the
snarling villain in the black cape but when Bob-
bitt's mother missed last rent payment because,
according to her, an illness prevented her from
working, the hammer came down. Glen Bobbitt is
unemployed because of a physical handicap. Aside
from the interesting cotiversation it must make at
the Bobbitt dinner table, the case may set if bad
precedent in mother/son relations. Oedipus, after
all, never had to deal with the modern housing
On the inside,.
Check out the Daily Digest on Page 3 and
read about the sudden resignation of the Dutch
coalition government ... Keith Richburg writes
about U.N. ambassador Andrew Young on the Edi-
torial Page . . Arts Page features a review of the
University dance concert by Mara Brazer ... and

Tight race

in swing



Contest key

to control



By DAVID GOODMAN ing, and low income cooperatives. Profes-
and LIZ SLOWIK sors, blue collar workers and upper middle
The showdown between Republican in- class Detroit commuters all live here.
cumbent Ron Trowbridge and Democratic
challenger Bob Hemeryck for Ann Arbor's "AS GOES the Fourth Ward, so goes the
Fourth Ward City Council seat will be cru- City," is a statement that describes many
cial in deciding which party, controls City recent local elections. Democrat Mayor Al
Hall for the next two years. Wheeler carried the ward in his narrow vic-
The Fourth Ward, which extends south tory over incumbent Republican Mayor
of Hill Street to the city border, is a good James Stephenson in 1975. A year earlier, the
cross section of the various elements of Ann
Arbor's heterogeneous population. It in- ward's voters approved the $5 marijuana
cludes a slice of the city's student ghetto, ordinance, which fared well throughout the
large swaths of high income suburban hous- city, but turned down rent control, which

lost city-wide.
In 1976, Fourth Ward voters re-elected
Democrat Jamie Kenworthy to the ward's
other council seat. This year, however, Re-
publican Trowbridge has the incumbent's
But Trowbridge is not a clear favorite in
the race. No Republican has captured a ma-
jority in the ward since its boundaries were
fixed in 1972. Republican victories in 1973
and 1975 occurred with three candidates in
the running.
See TIGHT, Page 8



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A 75-year-old trolley car, a relic of the past, stands idle in a downtown Ann Arbor ga-
rage. Local supporters for a new trolley line are hoping to put the car back on the
right track.
Ctyyk e
By DENNIS SABO residents as well as downtown businesses need
Trofley cars may again be rolling and clang- the trolley system.
ing along the streets of downtown Ann Arbor
if the city can obtain state funds for the trot- "THE SHOPPING sections between State St.
ley line's construction. and downtown need to be connected," Slater
said. "This is a catalyst that will do it.'
The proposed trolley line would run on Lib- V Slater said the trolley group purchased an
erty St. between Main and State Streets, con- antique walnut interior car almost two years
necting the two downtown business districts. ago. According to her, several merchants have
already requested advertising space on the
A $10,000 state-funded trolley feasibility study trolley.
was awarded to Chase-Mogdis, Inc., by the The trolley is currently being restored in a
Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA). AATA garage at First and Liberty Streets. The car
director Karl Guenther said the study's results was built in St. Louis in 1899 and operated in
should be available within three to six months. Portugal for 75 years before it was brought to
Ann Arbor Street Railway and Museum, Inc., Ann Arbor.
is -the trolley's principle supporter. Mary Lou Ed Blossom, a nationally-known expert on
Slater, the group's 'president, said the city's See TROLLEY, Page 8
GEO1 shelves strik e


L College

The Carter administration
asked Congress yesterday
to pass a constitutional
amendment to provide di-
rect popular election of the
president and vice president
and to allow voters to reg-
ister on election day.
Democratic congressional
leaders say they will try to
enact the election law
changes before the 1978
House and Senate cam-
paigns get underway.
THE PROPOSAL to junk the
embattled Electoral College
method of electing presidents
and vice presidents was part
of a comprehensive election law
revision plan prepared by Vice
President Walter Mondale, who
disclosed it at a news confer-
ence yesterday.
The administration proposal
also seeks public financing for
congressional campaigns, a re-
vision of the present system of
public financing for presidential
campaigns and liberalization of
the Hatch Act to allow increased
participation in political cam-
paigns by federal civil servants.
Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.),
assistant Senate majority lead-
er, yesterday said he thought
the proposals for public financ-
ing of congressional campaigns
and for easing voter registra-
tion requirements would be en-
acted into law this year.
House Speaker Thomas O'Neill
(D)-Mass.), said, "We'll work to
the utmost" to get the voter
registration proposal enacted
And Sen. Birch Baid (D-Ind.),
said he now believes his pro-
posed constitutional amendment
$700 or $1,600. The feeling I gut
was that GEO maybe ought to
pack up and fade slowly into
the sunset. I got discouraged."
"People must realize that the
union is at stake," another
stated. "I don't think people
will even strike over money.
The only thing they would strike
over is survival, of the union."
One member summed up a
pervading sentiment within the
union: "We've cried wolf once
too many times - let's get or-

to eliminate the Electoral Col-
lege and provide for direct elec-
tion of presidents could be rati-
fied before the 1980 presidential
"THE ARRAY OF confusing
and sometimes burdensome reg-
istration requirements now pre-
vents many citizens from cast-
ing their ballots on election
day," the vice president said in
a statement prepared for his
news conference.
He said states that have sim-
plified registration requirements
have seen dramatic results

through increased voter turn-
Under current procedures, vo-
ters must register in advanpe
of going to the polls. Mondale
said that in states where voters
can register for state elections
on election day, including his
own state of Minnesota, "the re-
sults have typically been a sig-
nificant increase in voter par-
ticipation with no increase in
voter fraud."
"Over 450,000 Minnesota citi-
zens were registered on election

Housing sbad,
A $39,000 study commissioned by the Mayor's Blue Ribbon
Committee on Fair Rental Practices and released Monday docu-
mented what many city residents have been saying for years
-- that housing is expensive, scarce and often of low quality.
The study, based on data compiled by the University's In-
stitute for Social Research (ISR) shows that the average con-
tract rent per dwelling unit in the city is $193.33 per month
and the average contract rent per tenant is $157.35.
AVERAGE GROSS RENT - rent to landlords plus utilities
- was $206.53 per dwelling unit and $174 per person.
The committee - composed of council members, tenant
advocates, landlord interests, a homeowner and a representa-
tive of the University's Housing Office - also made several
recommendations to ease what it called "overwhelming odds
against the private rparket's ability to provide high quality,
relatively low cost housing."

The chances of finding
better outside the "central
The central eight tracts
ghetto" housing.

a unit for under $200 a month were
eight census tracts," the study said.
contain most of the city's student

What was anticipated to be a
meeting last night of Graduate
Employes Organization (GEO)
members to outline strategy for
a strike this term turned out to
be a session where members
candidly exchanged views about
the union's future.
Plans to vote on a spring
strike referendum were shelved
at the meeting's opening, when
only 125 members showed. Last
night's turnout was significantly
lower than that of an October
meeting when some 300 mem-

bers passed a motion that ini-
tiated an unsuccessful strike ref-
MEMBERS DID pass a mo-
tion last night to organize for a
strike next term and to "main-
tain -a militant profile."
Speaking in support of the mo-
tion, a GEO member stated:
"We must act in the fall. If we
wait any longer, there won't be
a union around. The University
is whittling away at our inter-
"Plans for a fall strike are
unrealistic," said an opponent of

the motion. "We'll have as
much trouble as we did last fall
getting people mobilized."
LAST NIGHT'S low turnout
sparked speculation on how
GEG members feel toward the
union. A "phone-chain," con-
ducted last weekend in an effort
to promote member interest in
a strike, drew mixed impres-
sions from those who made the
"I couldn't get anyone con-
cerned," said one memner.
"They could care less whether
their tuition next year will be

"The premium for central city living amounts to
the price of a four-room unit anywhere else in the
five rooms, the premium is about $93; and for six
rooms it is $177," the report said.

$68 over
city; for
or more

'U' students, profs
surprised by defeat '
The news of the resounding defeat of India's Congress party
in last week's election took almost everyone, including students
and faculty here, by surprise.
"This is a, clear rejection of Mrs. Indira Ghandi and her
leadership," said Political Science Prof. Richard Park, an expert

woman Liz Keogh,. (D-First Ward), a committee member who
also works for ISR. "The committee hasn't had the time to
explore all the implications, but the report gives us an idea
of where we stand now with relation to the housing market."
The study found a vacancy rate of seven-tenths of one per
cent. The Department of Housing and Urban Devolopment con-
siders anything less than five per cent a "crisis situation."
See SURPRISE, Page 8
Jockeying starts for
Gandhi's former post
By AP and Reuter
Two former leaders of Indira Gandhi's Congress party jockeyed
to succeed her yesterday, less than 24 hours after her resignation
as India's prime minister.
A decision on the top spot was expected to be reached by to-
morrow morning in time for the swearing-in of the new govern-

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