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meral News Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, September 4, 1975 Sixty-Si

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7aby boom ahead?
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Ahe birth rate has dropped steadily since 1957.
A correction
In The Daily's summer supplement. mailed last
nonth to new University students, we erroneous-
y reported that the Housing Office decided to
lose the East Quad and Bursley Hall cafeterias.
kctually, only the snack bars of these two resi-
lence halls will be shut down.
n the inside .---
. You will find a neophyte's guide to Ann
rbor and the University campus as well as an up-
ate on the summer's news. Included are articles
n University and community services, things to do
kn a Saturday night, how to cope with the academ-
c blues, and an extensive review of local eateries
md watering holes.

There appears to be a mysterious killer
on the loose in the Veterans Administra-
tion hospital here, poisoning unsuspecting
patients with a powerful muscle relaxant
called Pavulon.
And the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), the hospital administration and the
hospital employes don't know who is re-
sponsible. The killer (or killers) could be
just about anyone associated with the hos-
pital and may still be lurking - waiting
to claim his or her next victim.
EVEN WITH this in mind, officials at
the hospital announced Tuesday that they
will begin re-admitting patients and per-
forming regular surgery again, some 15
days after the procedures were halted be-
cause of a strange rise in the number of
respiratory and cardiac arrests since July

Dr. Duane Freier, acting chief of staff
at the hospital, said that he and other hos-
pital officials are "looking at the mechan-
isms involved to increase admissions and
surgery." He said that the process would
be "gradual."
Dr. Martin Lindenauer, chief of staff at
the hospital, said that the decision was
made because "there are patients that need
care and since there have been no incidents
in the past few days, we thought such a
measure would be safe." He also cited
stricter security measures implemented
since the attacks occurred as yet another
reason for the gradual increases.
IN ALL, there have been over 50 such
attacks since July 1, resulting in 10 deaths.
Normally, officials. say, only five to eight
attacks would occur monthly.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation

(FBI) was called in August 19 to investi-
gate the "criminal intent" involved and
have remained at the hospital since. About
20 agents are involved in the case, accord-
ing to Freier.
All of the patients that suffered attacks
received intravenous medication at one
point or another during their stay at the
hospital. Furthermore, many of the vic
tims were in the intensive care unit and all
of the attacks occurred during the 3:30
p.m.-midnight shift.
HOSPITAL administrators say the cause
of the arrests has been a drug similar to
the one used by South American Indians
to tranquilize animals - Pavulon - a
curare type muscle relaxant. The powerful
drug is most commonly given to patients
using a respirator.
See FBI, Page 5

'In all, there have
been over 50 such res-
piratory attacks since
July 1, resulting in 10
deaths. Normally, of-
ficials say, only five to

eight would



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job offer
The University underwent a
titanic power struggle last win-
ter as President Robben Flem-
ing and Vice President for Aca-
demic Affairs Frank Rhodes
subverted a Board of Regents
decision to hire asnoted black,
woman educator as dean of the
literary college.
The usually pliable Regents
rejected current acting-literary
Dean Billy Frye - Fleming and
Rhodes' obvious choice - in fa-
vor of Jewel Cobb, dean of Con-
necticut College.
FLEMING offered Cobb a
two-year no tenure pact as head
of LSA, a pivitol position over-
seeing 15,500 students, when by
tradition such a post should
carry a five-year tenured con-
Cobb rejected the offer out of
hand, as The Daily printed de-
tails of the supposedly secret
The affairs threw the aca-
demic community into a furor
that didn't subside all spring.
BUT IT officially ended, at
least, after five months of cloak
and dagger secrecy on the part
of the administration with an
Affirmative Action Committee
report that blasted the admin-
istration for not acting in "good
Another committee headed by
Dean of Education and former
Health, Education, and Welfare
Secretary Wilbur Cohen inves-
tigated the Cobb negotiations
and also faulted Fleming and
Although criticism of the ad-
ministration came from many
quarters, the outcry was led
by University women's rights
organizations and the Affirma-
tive Action Committee.
EUNICE BURNS, chairwom-
an for the Commission on Wo-
men declared, "we are . . -
They are treating affirmative
action as if it didn't exist. It
was not a good faith offer."
See COB, Page 5

Cut could bring budget
ga to nearl $3 1 milio
For the second time in two weeks, the University
will feel the fiscal axe as state officials have announced
Governor Milliken's intention to cut as much as another
one per cent from an operating fund after it had been
approved by the legislature.
This latest cut comes in the wake of a last-minute
1.5 per cent slash in the 1975-76 higher education bill,
prior to its approval by legislators last month.
THE UNIVERSITY'S state funding for the current fiscal year
stands at approximately $107 million, almost $3 million below the

Movin' and groovin'
Lou Brockway lends a helping hand to Francis Oscherwitz as she moves into East Quad yester-
day. That scene has been repeated literally thousands of times during the past couple of days.
The next step, of course, is buying'books and football tickets.


figure approved by the Board of
operating budget.
The budget, based on the or-
iginal state allocation, included
provisions for a 5.6 per cent in
faculty and staff salary increas-
es, and tuition hikes averaging
six per cent.
University officials are un-
certain as to how the $3 mil-
lion deficit will be eliminated.
President Robben Fleming said
yesterday that while an addi-
tional tuition increase is not a
realistic option, at least for
this semester, a hiring freeze
"will almost certainly be a part
of it," (solutions to the deficit).
Fleming added that although
deficit budgeting has been dis-
cussed as another option, the
term deficit is misleading, be-
cause the money will have to be
made up eventually.
"WE JUST haven't got
enough money to go around,
and we've got to find some,"
said Fleming. "I guess we
ought to get rid of the word
'deficit'. What it really will be
is enforced savings," he added.
Notification of the newest
cut, which will effect all state
agencies with the exception of
certain programs within the De-
partment of Social Services,
was received by the Univer-
sity on. August 26. The reve-
nue accumulated by the cut will
be used to establish a contin-
gency fund, with the money to
be redistributed if state tax
revenues do not reach their pro-
jected levels.
Fred Whims, spokesman for
the Office of Management and
Budget in Lansing, said it will
be up to the Governor to ad-
See MILLIKEN, Page 5

Regents in July for a tentative
Season of
fee hikes,
Fee increases have become as
much of a seasonal rite at the
University as packed football
stadiums and interminable drop-
add lines. For the third autumn
in a row, students will be shell-
ing out bigger bucks to go to
school at Michigan.
This year's six per cent tui-
tion hike follows a whopping 24
per cent increase in 1973 and an
eight per cent room and board
increase in 1974.
With two cuts within the last
two weeks in the University's
operating fund for this year, it
would appear that another fee
hike wil be in store for students
sometime in 1976.
THIS FALL'S increase was
considered a likelihood as long
ago as last winter and viewed
by most University and state
officials as inevitable by May.
State Senator Bill Huffmran
(D-Madison Heights) vice-chair-
man of the Senate appropria-
tions committee, was convinced
by early spring that the LJnive-
sity would need a tuition in-
crease to make ends meet, but
hoped it would be "a small.
frugal one," and added that the
decision to hike fees "would re-
quire some real soul searching
on the part of University admin-
See SEASON, Page 5

The upcoming year will offer
-little relief from any past dis-
comforts in campus housing; in
fact, the residence halls are
once again nearly overflowing
and the University's bleak fi-
nancial situation has forced sev-
eral service cutbacks.
Housing officials this week,
however, downplayed the im-
pact of the budget adjustments.
"I wouldn't call them cut-
backs," said Director of Hous-
ing John Feldkamp. He ac-
knowledged, however, that fur-
ther University budget reduc-
tions recently announced on a
state level will have "some im-
pact," although the Housing Of-
fice receives most of its funds
from room and board rates.
BUDGET CUTS this fall will
save the Housing Office $425,000,
according to Feldkamp. Those
cuts forced the closing of snack
bars at Bursley Hall and East

cuts hurt dorms

Quad, adjustments in cafeteria
policy to bar "outsiders," per-
sonnel reductions and a change
from four years to five in the
painting program cycle.
Markley Hall Director Leroy
Williams said his hall will at-
tempt to "carry on as we did
last year," adding, "we just
won't be as free with the
But Couzens Hall Director Len
Spillane said he did not foresee
any substantial cuts for his dor-
IN A MOVE producing 200 ad-
ditional living spaces, some
dorms converted rooms origin-
ally designed for two persons
into triples. At Bursley Hall, ac-

cording to Director Loretta An-
derson, four staff-on-duty rooms
were converted into three-per-
son rooms, and some students
have been temporarily assigned
to live with Resident Advisors at
Markley and at the North Cam-
pus Baits housing.
Unlike the last two years, no
students have been reassigned
to the off-campus Bell Tower
Hotel (an action forced when
the Housing Office accepted too
many applications), but Feld-
kamp reported that some 900
residence hall applicants were
told this summer they would
probably be turned away.

On the outside.
One of the first things they tell you during fresh-
,Ik orientation is to bring an umbrella. Today is
ne of the reasons why. Showers are expected in-
rmittently during the next 24 hours. Tempera-
,res should hit the low 80's but will dip to the low
Ys during the evening.


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Dark clouds hang over
Mayor's rent study unit





Medical Center administration
anted last week a proposed con-
to the University's interns and
ents which a union source close to
negotiations described as an insult.
e interns and residents union -
. Officers Association (HOA) -
rhe Med Center officials have been
tiating a new contract since mid-

cording to the HOA source, is totally
ignoring patient care demands.
"We were disappointed that they
didn't touch upon patient care issues,"
said HOA bargaining team member
Eric Hodeen. "That is the area we are
mostly concerned with."
HOA negotiators refused to consider
the proposed contract, according to the

same issues," the source maintained.
However, Hodeen said, "I guess you
can mediate at any time, but I think
that there are a lot of issues we want
to remind them (the University) of.'
At this point the union is not plan-
ning any kind of protest in the form
of a work slow-down or strike.
LAST OCTOBER, the fledgling HOA

Daily News Analysis
Mayor Albert Wheeler last month set. up a
volunteer committee to study the local hous-
ing market and the feasibility of rent con-
trol - a road that was unsuccessfully trav-
eled more than two years ago.
In February 1973, then mayor Robert Har-
ris formed a panel with much the same pur-
pose, and it almost immediately became

Wheeler claims that by establishing a sec-
onid blue ribbon committee he is not reneg-
ing on a campaign promise made last April
to introduce "a fair rental practices ordinance
that would effectively cover a variety of
abuses, including excessive rents."
The earliest such legislation could be intro-
duced is next spring, according to Wheeler.
"I really want something done, but we have
to get a reliable base of information to sell
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