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With a helmet on?
He may find his old uniform has gotten a
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alumnus is welcome to attend one of the team's
practices any time he wants to. The alumnus
s Gerald Ford, whose notoriety has grown con-
siderably since his athletic heydays in 1934 when
e was making headlines on sports pages as
he Wolverines' Most Valuable Player. "I am a
terry Ford supporter," Schembechler told sports
riters Tuesday at his first weekly luncheon.
He's welcome at my football practice any time
e wants to come." Asked if he thought Ford,
,ho will kick off his re-election campaign in
nn Arbor next week, could still play center,
chembechler responded, "No, but I'll bet a
>t of people would come to see if he could."
Sig Mack
If compromise is what successful marriages
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I the unique wedding site choice -- Root being
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ho attended the annual Labor Day bridge walk
well as Gov. William Milliken are able to
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by not on Labor Day when the governor and
ieryone else is there?"
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There was finally a break this summer in the most baffling
murder case in Ann Arbor history, when police arrested two
nurses in connection with the mysterious deaths of 11 patients at
the Ann Arbor Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospital.
The deaths occured in the summer ,of 1975 when over 50 VA
Hospital }patients suffered breathing failures. The victims, it was
soon found, had all suffered the failures during or after an
intravenous injection that had somehow been poisoned.
THE FBI WAS called in to investigate, but it was not until
ten months later that Fillipina Narcisco, 30, of Ypsilanti, and
Leonora Perez, 31, then of Ann Arbor, were indicted.
Even after the arrests many continued to question whether
foul play was involved at all. In mid-July, a night nurse at the
VA hospital and a local free-lance writer announced that they
had given the FBI information which would exonerate the two
Both claimed that the FBI had failed to thoroughly investigate
the possibility that intravenous fluid, contaminated upon arrival

at the hospital, was responsible for the mysterious deaths and
MEANWHILE, THE suspects had already entered pleas of
not guilty at their respective arraignments. And government
prosecutors had hinted that they knew the motive for the bizarre
crimes, but said it would not be revealed until the trial com-
menced in December or later.
The lack of a motive had plagued the investigation from the
start. In August, 1975 a frustrated hospital hierarchy first called
on the FBI to investigate the breathing failures. But officials
termed the murder theory "the most bizarre and far-out" explana-
tion for the situation.
If investigators couldn't find a villain, they at least dis-
covered what had been internally responsible for the breathing
lapses - a powerful muscle-relaxing drug called Pavulon. De-
scribed as potentially lethal, the drug makes breathing impossible
without the aid of mechanical respirators. The drug was discov-
ered in an intravenous tube connected to one of the victims,
though it was absent from tubes connected to other victims.
THE ONLY OTHER lead was the discovery'of another breath-

suppressing drug in the refrigerator of the intensive care unit--
the ward where most of the-failures took place, and a rare loca-
tion for that drug.
In response to these findings, hospital officials decided to stop
all non-emergency surgery pending the results of the FBI inquiry.
Results were slow in coming. By September, suspicions that
a killer was on the loose had intensified among investigators.
Stricter security measures were instituted as some 20 FBI agents
fanned out through the hospital. They found that many of the
arrests had occurred in the intensive care unit and all had come
during the 3:30 p.m.-midnight shift.
LATER IN SEPTEMBER, the agents confirmed that Pavulon
had been found in urine samples of two victims. Intravenous medi-
cation was singled out as the apparent method for introducing the
A VA pathologist commented, "It is very unlikely that Pavu-
Ion was administered accidentally." The FBI said it had nar-
rowed its list of suspects to a mere "several hundred" as they
continued to interview the 700 members of the hospital staff.
Later in September, the hospital returned to near normal,
See MURDER, Page 2




apa rt on issues
Both sides agree to mediation

With only 22 days left
before the Graduate Em-
p o y e s' Organization's
(GEO) strike deadline, the
University and the union
this week submitted their
labor dispute to a state
If the sides fail to make
significant progress before
October 5, the campus may
plunge into the type of
turmoil generated by the
union's walkout in Febru-
ary, 1975.
Appointed by the Michigan
Employment Relations Com-
mission, mediator Richard Ba-
doud will consult with both
parties and make recommen-
dations for a settlement.
Though mediation failed to
solve the 1975 dispute, nego-
tiators say they hope the pro-
cess will prevent the chaos of
a strike.
STILL administrators are not
optimistic - department heads
have already been encouraged
to develop plans for coping with
i walkout. While the bargain-
ing teams quibbled over rela-
tively minor issues all summer,
the big ones - wages, affirma-
tive actionsand non-discrimina-
tions - waited omniously.
Early in May chief Univer-
sity negotiator John Forsyth
said of the union's major pro-
posals: "There is no way in
the world this institution can
meet theirdemands. Based on
present facts, if they are not
prepared to come down in their
demands then we are not pre-
pared to have a contract set-
The "present facts" in major
areas of disagreement have

changed little since then, and
while tough talk like Forsyth's
often dissolves as bargaining
goes to the wire, the Univer-
sity may indeed stand firm on
certain positions.
most likely to lead to a strike:
-Economics. The GEO has
demanded an 11 per cent aver-
age pay raise and a 50 per
cent cut in tuition. The Univer-
sity has offered a five per cent
pay raise and a freeze on tuition
at current levels. The five per
cent raise combined with the

"tuition grant" averages out to
a 3.2 per cent raise and less
tuition than non-teaching gradu-
ate students must pay.
-Affirmative action. The sub-
ject of much disagreement
among diverse campus factions,
"affirmative action" is the con-
cept of encouraging recruitment
of hiring minorities and women.
The matter was fought over dur-
ing the 1975 strike as well, re-
sulting in an , agreement that
the University would establish
certain "goals and timetables"
See 'U', Page 9

rate hikes prove
a double whammy
There are only two things certain here at the University-the
football team will cap a fine season with a loss to Ohio State
roughly four out of five years and the outrageous amount you pay
to go to school here will increase at the same outlandish pace.
This year is no exception. Not only were the Wolverines
trounched by the Buckeye contingent in their last meeting but,
likewise, the students were tackled by the Universiy Board of
Regents who raised both tuition and dorm rates.
TUITION, WHICH was hiked over nine per cent, will cost in-
state underclasspersons $928 per year, $80 more than last year,
while tuition for in-state juniors-and seniors will be $1052, up $92
from last year. Outstate students, the hardest hit by the increase,
will see their tuition costs climb above the $3000 mark.
These increases came only two months after the Regents
approved an average 8.9 per cent dorm rate hike. The cost of a
dorm double was raised $111, from $1400 to $1511, while the cost
of a single is up from $1565 to $1753.
The need for a tuition hike is directly attributable to the
amount of funding the University is getting from the state. Al-
though Gov. William Milliken's proposed budget called or a $1.48
million increase in state funds for the University, it is still below
the level of the 1974 budget because of last year's $1.6 million
budget cut.
See 'U', Page 2

D~oilv Photo by PAULINE LUBENS
Freshperson Kathy Huebner, from Redding, Calif., typifies the exasperation of thousands
of University students as she moves her b elongings into South Quad.
Students make their move

While some students are already preen-
ing themselves for their collegiate roles, tot-
ing armloads of text books home to the
shelves, other muscle-fatigued Ann Arborites
are still busy making their houses and dorm
rooms into homes. Trunks, mattresses and
stereo paraphernalia are slowly making the
trip up endless flights of stairs and into
narrow elevators.
There's no mistaking it-summer's over.
Dorms have been the backdrops for the
most concentrated pandemonium of the past
few days with as many as 1,500 people des-
cending upon gargantuan halls like Markley.

As if moving isn't enough trouble, the bustle
is sometimes aggravated by mug shot opera-
tions for meal cards and dorm due collec-
tions. The assaults on sanity run rampant.
And when the trauma of settling in be-
gins to wane, some fledgling dorm residents
look askance at institutional food - "At or-
ientation I ate nothing but yogurts," said
Lisa, a new Markley dweller, "But I guess
now I'll have to eat."
And then there's the ultimate in life-style
alteration for the freshperson in a co-ed dorm
- the co-ed hall.
See STUDENTS, Page 2

Jail for the sheri~ff?

Following an unusually leng-
thy six-day preliminary exam-
ination, 14th district court Judge
Henry Arkison last month or-
dered Washtenaw County Sher-
iff Fred Postill bound over for
trial on charges of felonious
Postill was arraigned before
Circuit Court Judge Patrick
Conlin Sept. 2, with pre-trial
hearings scheduled for Septem-

cuffs while attempting to arrest
him for fighting.
On Aug. 23, four days after
Arkison's decision, Postill and
jail administrator Frank Don-
ley, also a participant in the
incident, filed $250,000 lawsuits
charging Baysinger with assault
and demanding payment for
physical and mental damages.
Postill suffered a concussion
and required 14 facial stitches
following the brawl.

Most witnesses testified that
they did not see either the gun
or handcuffs during the inci-
dent but others stated that the
handcuffs had been used prop-
Postill testified that he had
attempted to break up a fight
which started when Donley
called Baysinger a liar. The
sheriff said he was punched
from behind by Baysinger and
made two attempts to arrest

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