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Twelve Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
MSA elections certified
Alkrnd, Tyler take posts
after monthof uncertainty

AP Photo
A SISTER AND the daughter of the late Rep. Leo Ryan, the California congress-
man who was murdered in Guyana during the Jonestown People's Temple
incidents, listen to a House panel report on the incident.
House' Jonestown
investigation released

By BETH PERSKY
After nearly a month of review and
discussion, Vice-President for Student
Services Henry Johnson yesterday
released his decision certifying last
month's Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA ) election.
The University Board of Regents
asked Johnson to decide the issue of
election certification after a controver-
sial decision by the Central Student
Judiciary (CSJ), the student judicial
body, not to certify April's election.
JOHNSON'S decision takes effect
immediately. Jim Alland and Laurie
Tyler of the Student Alliance for Better
Representation (SABRE) party were
elected president and vice-president of
MSA in the April election, and 34
representative seats also were filled.
Johnson said this is the first time in
seven years a University administrator
has certified a student government
election.
SEVERAL SUITS were filed against
MSA. One, filed by the People's Action
Coalition (PAC), alleged that residents
of East Quad, Bursley, and Couzens
were not given a fair chance to vote.
The Regents entered the process
when a letter urging certification of the
election, written by former CSJ
Justices Richard Barr and Tom Potter,
was sent to Interim University
President Allan Smith and to the Office
of Student Services.
Smith placed the item on the April
Regents' agenda.
THE REGENTS then asked Johnson
to decide the issue of election cer-
tification after the Central Student
Judiciary (CSJ), the student judicial
body, decided not to certify the election.
The CSJ decision was challenged by
some students who claimed CSJ had
made procedural violations, and were
concerned that the costs of a second
election would outweigh its benefits.

"I see very little reason, as opposed
to any other year, for not having cer-
tified this election," explained Johnson.
He said it would "serve to the detriment
of the student body in general not to at
this point certify the election."
JOHNSON BASED his decision on a
report given to him last Wednesday by
the Student Development Office (SDO).
Johnson said he has "deep concerns
about the development of MSA," and
See JOHNSON, Page 2
Women 's
Title, IX
complaints
answered
By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
The Athletic Department has respon-
ded to allegations of sex discrimination
made by two women's track team
members, and those responses will be
presented to the University Board of
Regents tomorrow in Dearborn.
Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor)
requested the report after the two
women, LSA sophomores Sheila
Mayberry and Blaise Supler, gave a
presentation concerning the charges
during the public comments portion of
the April Regents meeting.
THE TWO STUDENTS filed 16
specific allegations against the Athletic
Department charging discrimination
on the basis of their sex. They said they
complained without success to officials
since December 1978 about the
See TRACK, Page 12

WASHINGTON (AP) -
Congressional investigators said
yesterday they cannot rule out the
possibility that a Peoples Temple death
squad is stalking the nation's leaders,
seeking to carry out the last wishes of
the Rev. Jim Jones.
The investigators, reporting to the
House Foreign Affairs Committee after
a six-month probe into the murder of
Rep. Leo Ryan in Guyana, said the
possibility that cultists had a "death
list" marking national leaders for
assassination "should not be totally
discounted."
"I THINK the people are there," staff
investigator George Berdes told the
committee. "They may no longer be
part of an organized hit squad but I
think they are there."
Berdes and two other investigators
said Peoples Temple members
developed a hit list of nearly 40 people,
including members of Congress and
national leaders, immediately after the
deaths of cultists in Guyana during a
mass suicide-murder rite.
The investigators refused to give
details of their evidence. Asked flatly if
a death squad exists, Berdes replied:
"Because of the delicate nature, the
chemistry of the people involved, I
don't want to turn the answer to that
question into a self-fulfilling prophesy."
IN A WRITTEN report, the commit-
tee investigators concluded that "there
is evidence to suggest Jones and some
of his key lieutenants discussed and had
'understandings' to eliminate various
individuals, including national political
leaders.. Time may diminish the

possible threat of this factor."
Underscoring their concern, the staff
investigators delivered their report un-
der heavy security. Police guarded
each door, and those entering the room
passed througn metal detectors.
Ryan, three journalists and a cult
defector were shot to death at an air-
strip near the Peoples Temples set-
tlement in Guyana last Nov. 18, while
attempting to investigate reports that
Jones, the cult leader, was holding
people against their will. While Ryan
and his party were under attack, Jones
See REPORT, Page 2

MAY APPROVE FINAL VERSION NEX T WEEK:
SAACFA report almost ready
By PATRICIA HAGEN ment, period," said SAACFA Chairwoman Patricia Longe.
A faculty-student advisory committee has formulated a In March 1978, the Regents adopted a policy of selling
tentative draft of a resolution recommending that the stock in companies that did not affirm the Sullivan Principles
University divest itself of stock in corporations that violate in their dealings in South Africa. The Sullivan Principles are
any of a series of standards while doing business in South a list of standards designed to prohibit various forms of
Africa. racial discrimination.
The faculty Senate Assembly Advisory Committee on SEVERAL PEOPLE alleged at last month's Regents
Financial Affairs (SAACFA)-which includes two voting meeting that at least two firms did not follow the Regents'
student members-yesterday discussed the draft and policy. The Regents, however, decided to explore alternate
scheduled a May 24 meeting to approve a final version to be courses of action rather than divest the University of stock in
submitted to the Regents in June. - the two firms.
THE REGENTS requested the report from SAACFA in LIKE THE FIRST SAACFA report to the Regents in Mar-
March after student protestors disrupted their meeting. The ch 1978, the current proposed draft recommends divestment
demonstrators have demanded immediate University from stock in companies that do not adhere to the Sullivan
divestment from corporations that do business in South Principles or equivalent standards in their dealings in South
Africa, claiming that such foreign investment supports the Africa. The current draft also recommends divestment from
apartheid system in that country. companies that:
The-tentative draft "would require divestiture under cir- * approve new capital appropriations in South Africa
cumstances specified.. . . It would not recommend divest- deemed necessary for corporate implementation of the.
-, .See SAACFA, Page 2

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