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Saturday, June 15, 1974


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Judge holds court on truck,
forces end to wildcat strike

costs 'U' ittle,
officials say
Although summer orientation requires
the University to retain a host off em-
ployes to guide and serve future stu-
dents, officials claim to program costs
relatively little.
Possibly orientation's biggest drain on ' .
University funds comes from the ex-.
pense of maintaining counselors for each
academic unit.
CHARLES MORRIS, associate dean ofY
the Literary College (LSA), estimatesA
that the University spends up to $12,004
per summer on LSA counselors, ex-z
luding the Inteflex program and theu
Residential College.
In the residence halls, maintenance
causes no added cost, officials say,.
workers are employed on a 12-month
basis. Housing Director John Feldkamp 9 #
asserts that the orientation program's
housing is a "self-liquidating" venture. .
"My perception is that the orientation
residence halls we have used in the past
have come out ahead," Feldkamp says.
INCOMING. freshmen pay an orienta-a
tion fee of $31.50 toward the cost of
meals, rooms, maintenance, supplies,
and entertainment.
An orientation office is kept open by
University funds all year long, and the'
orientation leaders are paid by the{
housing office.
Bari Telfer, assistant director of or-
ientation, insists that orientation is a
productive use of the University's time'
and money.
"ORIENTATION is not necessarily a4
chance to get better classes," Telfer AP Photo
says. "It is a change to live in a dormi- WARREN POLICE frisk one of 30 picketers arrested yesterday and Thurs-
tory or a residence hall with a leader." day outside of the Chrysler Corp. Warren Truck Plant. The plant had been
See ORIENTATION, Page S shut for three days by a wildcat strike.
C 8
or summer orientation

By AP and UPI
WARREN, Mich.-A county judge, op-
erating from a mobile courtroom outside
the gates of a Dodge truck plant, quelled
a three-day wildcat strike yesterday by
ordering the arrest of 10 striking work-
Macomb County Judge Hunter Stair
returned to the suburban Detroit plant
at 4:30 a.m. and from his impromptu
bench atop a flatbed truck instructed po-
lice to arrest the sign-carrying pickets on
contempt of court charges for violating
his ban against picketing.
"I WANT you to disperse," Stair
shouted through a bullhorn at protesters
milling in front of the plant. "You are
in violation of a restraining order and
we are holding court here."
The judge had ordered the arrest of
20 other demonstrators Thursday for
violating the antipicketing ban, and had
vowed to be on hand again yesterday if
demonstrations were resumed.
The arrested pickets were among sev-
eral hundred members of United Auto
Workers Local 140 who walked out of
the 6,400-employe facility Tuesday to
protest what they claimed were health
and safety hazards, job speedups and
worker harassment by plant foremen.
The local union did not back the walk-
AFTER THE arrests, the pickets were
placed in a police van, where the judge
reconvened his traveling court and dis-
missed the contempt charges. The van
then drove away with the arrested pic-
kets inside. Police said they were later
Stair had appeared in his judicial
robes with a court stenographer and de-
clared court in session from his mobile
perch. Riding along the plant fence, he
warned two dozen demonstrators to dis-
perse. Those who didn't heed the order
were arrested one at a time.
Company and union officials said
nearly all the 3,000 workers on the day
shift reported in and production lines
were operating at near normal levels.
THE PLANT manager said only about
half the afternoon shift reported to work
Thursday after the demonstrators were
arrested and production was resumed on
a limited basis.
The wildcat strike, which forced the
plant to shut Tuesday, began after four
workers, including a union steward,
were fired for leading 100 workers in a
walkout and demonstration at the plant
two weeks ago.
Local 140 officials, who actively op-
posed the wildcat, said the protesters'
demands were among more than 100
strikable grievances filed with the com-
THE OFFICIALS said a leg-ul strike
authorization vote would be held next
week and predicted a union-backed walk-
out within three weeks.
The protesters, 50 of whom were fired
by the company Thursday, indicated
they were temporarily disbanding fur-
ther attempts to close the plant down
again. Bt they vowed to continue their
struggle against what they called "com-
pany oppression."

For only $30, hundreds of people come
to campus each summer to be wined and
dined in the University's residence halls,
take walking tours of its spacious
grounds and facilities, and gain contact
with its finest counselling personnel.
But whatever the inconveniences of
orientation, next year's freshmen, who
began to arrive this week, say it really
isn't all that bad.
From then on, participants are enticed
by every student group on campus, sub-
jected to countless meetings, and intro-
duced to dorm food for the first time.
Nevertheless, they voice a few objections
to the three-day process.
"They drag it out too long," says
Denise Lerman, a pre-med aspirant from
Southfield. "They probably could have
consolidated it into one or two days."
HER FRIEND and future roommate,
Sue Young adds, "Why should they give
us all this spare time when we'd rather
be at home anyway?"
Lerman suggests that more time be
allotted for deciphering the time sched-
ule. "You go to a meeting and then one,
two, three they expect you to have your
schedule ready by the next day. It's
crazy," she says.

But pre-meder Dave Zalenski, holding
a soft serve ice cream in one hand and
his time schedule in the other after a
dorm dinner, admits he is "still con-
"I DON'T know what they'd do with-
out orientation," Zalenski asserts. "I
haven't met that many people, but I'm
getting my feet on the ground."
All the freshmen seem to agree on one
thing; the orientation leaders are what
make orientation fun.
Chuck Barquist, a leader acclaimed
by some of his followers as "the great-
est," says his formula is "just being
BARQUIST, who like the other leaders
has been subsisting on three to four
hours of sleep a night, says, "Personally,
I kind of thrive on that sort of thing."'
Barquist is a history major and says
that the leaders are taken from nearly
every school so they can be used as
references when specific questions arise.
Although Young said dorm living was
"sort of like a cheap hotel," pre-med
student Jeff Milliken called the residence
hall existence "fun" and said the food
is nothing to complain about.

"YOU CAN get all you want and if
you don't like it, you always have a
choice," he explains. "It's more than
you get at home."
But Young, who has already begun
her repertoire of dorm food jokes, pre-
dicts she will soon resemble a pencil if
the fare does not improve.
See NEW, Page 5

Rough council session
expectedon gyissue
A proposed resolution on Monday's City resolution 7-3 during a raucous session
Council agenda calling for the declara- which Mayor James Stephenson adjourn-
tion of Gay Pride Week promises to ed for 15 minutes at the height of the
spark a tumultuous meeting featuring turbulence.
picketing, chanting and rallying speeches In 1972, however, the Democratic and
by members of the local gay community. HRP councilmembers joined forces to
Although the gays have not yet plan- approve the resolution 6-4, making Ann
ned their "strategy," according to Hu- Arbor the nation's only city with an of-
man Rights Party (HRP) member Dan ficially declared week in recognition of
Parker, "we hope to get at least 50 peo- homosexuals and lesbians.
ple picketing and disrupting the meet-
ing." This year's Gay Pride Week resole-
LAST YEAR, a Republican majority tion was submitted by HRP Councilwo-
on council defeated the Gay Pride Week See GAY, Page 5

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