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Latest Deadline in the State
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 44 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, October 24, 1975 Ten Cents Twe

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Few

vacancies,

housing

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says

Study calls city apartment situation 'unhealthy'

Move it
Men who make cross-country moves are less
likely to be married to their original wives than
are those who stay put ,according to a University
researcher. John Tropman found that among a
cross section of men aged 45 to 64 the only con-
nection between packing up and marriage was the
propensity for divorce prior to calling the moving
van. "This doesn't necessarily mean that moving
results in divorce," he said. "Rather, it may be
that divorce and remarriage persuades one to relo-
cate in a new area." So there.
Con cost
The Washtenaw County Commissioners found
out Wednesday that crime doesn't pay. No, they
weren't caught with their hands in the cookie
jar. They received a report from Sheriff Fred Pos-
till pointing out that the county jail is full to ca-
pacity because of the recent drug raid, and that
the overflow of cons and those awaiting trial is
being billeted in other nearby jails. The county
has to absorb the cost for placing the persons in
other facilities. At this point some 44 people who
would normally be in the county clink- are being
housed elsewhere.
Ding-a-ling
Ma Bell is recycling its old pay phones for use
in homes. The plan was announced Wednesday,
and as a result anyone who wants to fork over the
bread can have a completely reconditioned 35-
pound, coin operated telephone in his or her bed-
room or kitchen. The units will be altered so that a
coin is no longer needed to get a dial tone. "We
are offering our customers unusual conversation
pieces and at the same time we are preventing
these old phones from becoming extinct like so
many phones from the past," a company renre-
sentatiye said. No word on cost, but for $129.95
you cn eet a red, white, and blue striped "Bicen-
tennial Snecial." -
"
Happenings .. .
begin with an open house at WUOM in the
LSA Bldg. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. . . . the Black
Law Students Alliance will Iold a demonstration
at noon in front of the lawschool protesting the
lack of affirmative action in hiring faculty . . . a
noon luncheon at Guild House, 802 Monroe, fea-
tures Maureen O'Rourke and John Ellis on "Gay
Liberation as Human Liberation" . . . also at noon
UAC will sponsor the homecoming phone booth
stuffing contest on the Diag . . . at 4 p.m. in Rm.
170 of the Physics and Astronomy Bldg. Prof. Les-
zek Kolakowsici will lecture on "Very Strong
Doubts about Humanism" . . . the Marxist Forum
Series presents Claude Lightfoot on "Racism and
Human Survival: The Lessons of Nazi Germany
for Today's World" at 7:30 p.m. in East Quad's
Greene lounge . . . there will be a dunlicate
bridge game at 7:30 p.m. in the Union . . . African
Film Series will show Chad, Senegal, and Niger in
Lecture Rm. 1 of the MLB at 8 p.m. . . . The
School of Music will present "A Gala Concert of
Classic Popular Songs" at 8:30 p.m. in the Power
Center.
"
Hang 'em high
An Illinois minister concerned about the increas-
ing crime rate advocates public execution of con-
victed murderers on prime-time television. "Noth-
ing much else has helped stop crime and I think
public executions of convicted killers would be an
unbeatable shock method," says Rev. Paul Tinlin
"I'm no religious quack," he adds quickly. Tinlin,
however, admitted watching a public execution
would probably make him sick "because it would
be gruesome." Wonder if Monte Hall or Hovard
Cosell should M.C. the show?
"
Sour grapes?
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller claims he
probably would have been elected President if he
had changed parties and become a Democrat.
Rockefeller missed the GOP presidential boat in
1960, 1964, 'and 1968 but says he never seriously
considered switching party banners. "I've always
believed in the Republican Party," the Veep said
in explaining his steadfastness.
"
Clap trap

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday
ordered that venereal disease information warn-
ings must be included on labels of birth control
pills beginning next year. Seems as if many people
have gotten the mistaken impression that the pill
not only prevents babies but VD as well. Not so.
And some researchers claim that several tynes of
the pill make women even more susceptible to
venereal disease by causing physiological changes.
On the inside . ..
Editorial Page has a Pacific News Service
story on the declining British Empire and the
Oman crisis . . . Cinema Weekend fills the Arts
Page . . . and Sports Page features Bill Steig'sj
scouting renort on the Indiana Hoosiers.

'We desperately need some sort
of rent control. We need the
city and the University to com-
mit themselves to s o m e real
hard work to build low-income
and cooperative housing.'
-Kathy Kozachenko
(HRP-Second Wurd)

By JIM TOBIN
The University's Off-Campus Housing Office
has completed a survey revealing a mere one-half
per cent vacancy rate for non-University housing
facilities on central campus, and a one and a half
per cent rate in large housing complexes off
campus.
These rates are several percentage points below
what Off-Campus Housing Director Peter Schoch
called a "healthy" rate of five or six per cent.
Very low vacancy rates make possible arbitrary,
large-scale rent increases by landlords.
THE SURVEY was conducted during the first
two weeks of this month. The off-campus rate
was figured from a poll of the large, modern
apartment complexes comprising 14,660 housing
units in the city. The central campus rate repre-

sents a survey of half the roughly 4,000 units
near the University.
"It (the survey) tells me that we do have a
significant supply problem," Schoch said last
night. "The market's very tight. Whether that
will prompt somebody to build some additional
spaces, I don't know. If you have additional
spaces you certainly stop arbitrary rent in-
creases."
Schoch went on to say that not all landlords
impose such increases.
HE SAID the low vacancy rates are the product
of a series of complex factors concerning the
housing situation and the fluctuations of student
attitudes.
The density of apartment occupancy in the
city-the number of people living in a given

apartment-has decreased 26 per cent since 1965.
Schoch attributes this trend to a growing student
desire for privacy.
He also cited an absence of new housing con-
struction and the University's additional 1,000
students this term as partly responsible for the
low vacancy rates.
THE SURVEY underscores a housing con-
troversy which has been the subject of lengthy
debate among city leaders for several years, and
the stimulus for two rent control referendums
put to city voters since April, 1974. Both rent
control proposals were voted down.
City Councilwoman Kathy Kozachenko (HRP-
Second Ward) commented on the situation yester-
day.
See STUDY, Page 8

ii

GM-

AMC

report

significant 9gains

in ev
DETROIT (A)-Gen-
eral Motors reported yes-
terday its car sales in mid-
October rose 43 per cent
from weak year-earlier lev-
els, while American Motors
said its sales were up 54
per cent.
All four U. S. auto com-
panies were to report their
Oct. 11-20 sales figures to-
day, and industry analysts
predicted deliveries in the
period would rise 30 per

car

cent from depressed year-
earlier levels to post their
best mid-month perform-
ance since June 1974.
ANALYSTS said strong sales
of 1976 models apparently con-
tinued to pace the industry's re-
covery from a two-year slump.
The companies sold an esti-
mated 223,000 cars in the lat-
est period, analysts estimated,
up from 170,972 last year, when
record price hikes of $450 a
car drove shoppers out of the

SGC paves way to
. e "
revamp cons titutiton
By GLEN ALLERHAND
Student Government Council unanimously passed last night a
resolution to place several constitutional amendments and a pro-
posal for a constitutional convention on the November campus
election ballot.
The ballot questions would considerably revise the current
structure of SGC by making student government what proponents
of the changes call "more representative."
BOTH QUESTIONS have been raised in response to a October
1973 Regental directive to "prepare a plan for the reorganization
of the central student government which will improve its credibility,
...and institute procedures which will guarantee its integrity."
That directive led to the formation of the Commission to Study
Student Governance (CSSG), which was endorsed last week by
the Regents. It calls for greater student particicpation in decision-
making.
The resolution came after long, tedious debate which began
with two factions of Council split on both the amendment proposal
and constitutional proposal.
MEMBERS OF the Student Organizing Committee (SOC), led
by President Debra Goodman, supported the proposed amendments,
See SGC, Page 8

sales
market and sent sales plum-
meting.
Industry giant GM said it
sold 127,688 cars in the period,
compared with 89,348 last year.
For the year-to-date, GM has
sold 2,908,934 cars, off 5 per
cent from last year.
AMC, the smallest of the auto
makers, has sold 8,305 cars in
the latest period, compared
with a poor 5,412 a year ago,
when deliveries were dampen-
ed by ,a United Auto Workers
strike. For the year-to-date,
AMC has sold 262,103 cars,
down 12 per cent from 1974.
Meanwhile, three of the auto
companies said today they will
shut assembly plants or trim
production next week because
of mounting inventories of un-
sold models.
' The cutbacks come despite
recent improvements in sales
and optimistic public predic-
tions by auto executives that
deliveries will increase sharp-
ly in the coming-year. Analysts
say the cutbacks suggest in-
house forecasts of the market
may be considerably less bull-
ish.
CHRYSLER Corp. confirmed
earlier reports that it will shut
its two big-car assembly plants
for one week beginning Mon-
day, idling nearly 6,300 hourly
workers.
AMC disclosed it will trim
3,600 Pacerssnext week from
its production schedules at
Kenosha, Wis., due to poor
sales, temporarily idling 3,700
hourly employes.
General Motors said it is
eliminating one assembly oper-
ation at its GMC Truck and
Coach Division in Pontiac,
Mich., beginning today, plac-
ing 350 hourly workers on in-
definite layoff.
Deliveries in mid-October
1974 fell 28 per cent from the
already depressed levels of the
year before, when the Mideast
oil embargo first triggered the
industry's downturn.
While labeling the latest re-
sulits as a decent performance,
analysts cautioned against read-
ing too much into the sharp
gain from last year because
sales then were so weak.

Daily Photo by SCOTT ECCKER
A CONTINGENT of cheerleaders unleashes a wave of strident emotion during the Home-
coming Pep Rally at the Sigma Chi fraterni ty last night. The rally's keynote speaker
was Bo Schembechler.
1o leads cheering crowd
at Homecomig Pep Rally

By DAVID GARFINKEL
As the Wolverine Prep Band exploded into
a harmonious blast from the porch of the
Sigma Chi fraternity, gymnastics coach Newt
Loken shouted "Go Blue!," his voice blaring
through a Fender amplifier. The second an-
nual Homecoming Pep Rally, intended to
gather a head of emotional steam for the
Indiana football game Saturday, was under-
way.
The crowd's collective adrenalin must have
peaked within the first five minutes, but
throughout the duration of this forty-minute
show studded with sports stars, including Bo
Schembechler, everyone seemed to be trying
to coax just one more drop from the old pitui-
tary.
UNDER THE heat of the warm Indian Sum-
mer evening and two 1000-watt lamps set up
by WXYZ-TV, the crowd screamed and shout-

ed to a series of Michigan football celebrities.
And when co'captain Don Dufel told 'em
"We're comin' now . . . and we're gonna keep
comin'!" they squealed ecstatically.
After Loken warmed up With the band, the
first speaker came on. "Doc" Hazel Losh, for-
mer astronomy professor and fervent football
fan, generated swell after swell of enthusiasm
with her spirited talk.
"I CANNOT tell what the score will be,"
she said, her voice trembling with excitement,
"but there is no doubt that we will win Sat-
urday." The crowd went wild.
The immortal Wally Weber, an "old timer"
and ardent Michigan booster, delivered an
address studded with polvsyllabic words.
"They say those young Americans, they're
no loneer interested in virility and sports," he
beamed. He was greeted by a chorus of sav-
age growls. "Well, they haven't been in Wol-
See BO, Page 9

MINI-COURSE STATUS DENIED:
Teach-in hits 'U' stance on course credit

By RICK SOBLE
Sponsors of next month's Ann Arbor Teach-in
claim that their request to make the lecture
series a mini-course has been denied by Uni-
versity administration o f f i c i a I s on political
grounds.
The Teach-in, entitled "The Bicentennial Di-
lemma: Who's in Control?," is set for November
2-4 and features such speakers as Mark Lane and
William Kunstler. Organizers of the lecture series

the Teach-in, the plan will probably die in com-
mittee, relieving Frye of the responsibility for
killing it personally.
THE EXECUTIVE Committee of the Dean's
Office, headed by Frye, argues that, among other
things, the proposed course doesn't offer a "bal-
anced intellectual approach."
"The committee's decision reflects its political
viewpoint," said Goodman. She claims that the
committee finds only the Teach-in's leftist bias
ohiectionable.

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