Friday, August 23, 1974
THE MCHIGAN DAILY
President Ford approves bill
to change housing programs
AP Pho t
WASIHNGTON (P) - President Ford
signed legislation yesterday revamping
federal housing and community develop-
ment programs and declared the mea-
sure "will help to return power from the
banks of the Potomac to people in their
The measure signed in East Room
ceremonies authorized $11.9 billion dur-
ing the next three fiscal years for so-
called "block grants" to states, counties
and cities for projects previously han-
dIed through categorical grant programs.
CATEGORICAL grants must go for
specific programs while block grants
give local governments more leeway in
deciding how the money is to be used.
The measure also provides significant
assistance to the mortgage market.
"No one expects this bill to bring sub-
stantial immediate relief to the housing
market, but over the long haul it should
provide the foundation for better hous-
ing for all Americans," Ford said.
TlHE 1ILL signing was part of a busy
presidential schedule for the day.
rie President opened his door to con
gresswomen, more mayors and gover-
nors and another union leader in his
measured march to solidify his political
Ford aiso signed legislation and a
proclamation declaring Aug. 2i at Wo-
men's Equality Day and urged the ratifi-
fication of the Equal Rights Amendment
to the Constitution.
"You're making headway every day,"
Ford told 13 congresswomen who flanked
him during the Cabinet Room signing
tIe said that over the years women
have had to do twice as well as iteti
to get half as much credit" and added:
"We've got to change that."
HE SAID A housing measure he was
signing later in the day ftrbids sex dis-
crimination in mortgage lending, theti
spoke of his previous support fur tmhe
Equal Rights Amendment.
In the proclamation, he declared, "The
time for ratification of the Equal Rights
Amendment has come just as surely as
did the 19th Amendment" which gave
women the right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920.
Then, turning to the congresswomen sur-
rounding his chair, he asked how many
more states must join the ratification
process for the amendment to become
a part of the Constitution. When he was
told that five were needed, he said,
"Good luck to you."
In his proclamation, Ford urged appro-
priate ceremonies and activities to mark
Women's Equality Day and added:
"I further urge Americans to con-
aider the essential role of women in our
society and their contribution to our
economic, social and political wellbeing.
As a republic dedicated to liberty and
justice for all, this nation cannot deny
equal status toi women."
Ford discussed foreign alfairs with
two liberal senators and posed for
campaign photographs with l ouse Re-
Ford also met with Seafarers Union
President Paul IHall and (G)1' National
Chairman George bush and held a pri-
vate dinner with vice presidential notmi-
nee Nelson Ro-ckefeller and key con-
Washtenaw County C'ommissioner Eliz.-
abeth Taylor ( -Ann Arbor) has accus-
ed County Clerk iobert larrison of in
approitriatly tanling the August 6 elec-
tion of l)etmocratic irty trecict dele-
As a result of tle charges made by
Tay lor, the board, dturing Wcdiiesday
night's meeting, referred the matter tto
a committee for further investigation
HARRISON, a Replttlblicin, has detited
that he did anything wrong or illegal iin
administering the election.
Bat 'Taylor alleges that she hs not
been certified as a precinct delegate, al-
though being duly elected to that ;ositiu
in the contest two weeks ago.
The commissioner is currently ai as-
large delegate to the cotunty i-sd state
lDemocratic Party conventions but 'Ilso
received enough write-in votes in the
election to serve as a precinci delegate.
Therefore, Taylor contends, she has
the right to be certified in both capaci-
ties. However the County Clerk's office
has sent her credentials as an at large
SHE SAID that Ilarrison has no power
to withold her aulhoriztiun as a pre-
cinct delegate, although the party itself
could choose to recognize her as either
precinct delegate or an at-large delegate.
See CLERK, Page to
Two for the road
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (left) greets Vice President-designate Nel-
son Rockefeller as he arrived at the State Department yesterday. The pair chat-
ted about U. S. foreign policy and the world situation in general.
School board, city
By DELLA DIPIETRO tions and chief negotiator for the school
With less than two weeks to go before board, did not.
the city's elementary and secondary "He's been helpful, but there was so
school students are to report for classes, much on the table," said Crane, "and
the Board of Education and the union we are so far apart."
representing local teachers have not On the salary question, Dukes as-
reached a contract settlement-raising serted, "There is just no way we can
the spectre of a striket - meet their (teacher's) demands." The
The board and the Ann Arbor Educa- school board has budgeted a 5.S per cent
tion Association (AAEA), which repre- increase in salaries, in addition to the
sents about 1,0 city teachers, remain previously negotiated 2.2 per cent mcre-
sents abot 1,011ycity tacrs, rssmas ment that boosts teacher salaries for
far apart on many key contract issues. each year of experience.
"I'M NOT happy at all," said union THE SCHOOL board offer, which has
President Dantel Burroughs "not nearly not yet been formally introduced at the
as much is happening as should be hap- bargaining table, would cost about 1.8
pening and we're not even into the ma- million dollars. The AAEA request would
joe- obstacles yet." cost twice that much.
But school board President Clarence The teachers' demands "are practic-
Dukes remained more optimistic. "It's ally entirely based on cost of living in-
a standard process. They play cliff-hang- creases since July 31, two yearn ago,"
ing every year, but we have all the in- Burroughs stated.
gredients for a successful negotiation," Henry Johnson, vice president of the
Money appears to be the big roadblock school board, "sympathized" with the
to this years settlement, Burroughs teachers' loss of buying power. But "it's
named salaries, class size and length of happening to everyone," he maintained,
the class day as the major contract is- including to the board itself."
ing oa -
'U' housing office fills
dormitories over capacity
Especially for freshpersons, the Uni-
versity tries to be something of a home
away from home but the way it looks
now it won't even do that for over 100
in-coming students this Fall.
Because the University Housing De-
partment has miscalculated the number
of people staying in residence halls for
the upcoming year, 176 male freshman
will not find dorm rooms waiting for
them-as they expected,
per cent of the returning students who
request rooms in the residence halls
eventually find housing elsewhere.
Consequently to keep the dorms full to
capacity the hosing office intentionally
over-books the facilities-expecting lease
BUT THIS year, students have not
dropped their residence hall reservations
at as high a rate as expected, leaving the
nearly 200 freshman without University
The residence halls open on September
3 and it seems unlikely that enough dorm
dwellers will cancel their leases in the
next 10 days to make room for the in-
See FRESHMEN, Page 9
A STATE mediator was summoned
last week and has met with the negotiat-
ing teams. Although Burroughs sensed a
slightly changed attitude at the bargain-
ing table when the mediator appeared,
Terry Crane, director of employe rela-
BEFORE reaching a settlement, John- INSTEAD FOR the fourth straight
son added, "there'll be some belt tight- year, the residence hall overflow must
ening on both sides." be-accommodated in the Michigan Union
Release time for elementary teachers and the Bell Tower Hotel.
is another big issue for both sides, The Housing Director John Feldkamp ex-
union is requesting a half day a week plains that the problem occurs because
See TEACHERS, Page 10 the University anticipates that about 2.5