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Partly cloudy and warm
chance of evening showers

Saturday, June 5, 1971 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN News Phone: 764-0552

gives views
on pot laws
Over 200 people, many of them law
students, crowded into a small, s t u f f y
lecture hall at the Law Quad yesterday,
listening to radical attorney William
Kunstler- speak on marijuana laws, and
the drive to free John Sinclair.
Kunstler, in a short preliminary ad-
dress, concentrated on the inequities of
current marijuana laws, calling the cur-
rent "free John Sinclair" campaign "a
central point in the campaign to under-
mine these indecent laws."
Sinclair - founder of the W h i t e
Panther Party --- is presently serving a
912 to 10 year sentence for possession of
While seeing "very little hope" of free-
ing Sinclair through the traditional ave-
nue of appeal, Kunstler expressed faith
that "pressure of the people" on Gov.
William Milliken to commute Sinclair's
sentence could'be successful.
He called the campaign against mari-
juana laws, symbolized by Sinclair's case
"extremely important from a social,
political, and legal standpoint".
Kunstler characterized marijuana as
a "political issue of enormous import,"
claiming marijuana laws have been used
to "persecute, harass, and intimidate"
young people,
The police, he claimed, use these laws
to "repress political movements" by se-
lective drug raids and even planting the
drug on dissidents.
He called on young people to "organ-
ize around this law" as a political cause.
A major legal point against the law,
according to Kunstler, is the lack of evi-
dence that the drug is either harmful
or narcotic.
He cited reports by a Presidential com-
mission, Harvard University, and t h e
University of Oregon to back his con-
tention that marijuana is not dangerous.
"I find it monsterous and stupid," he
declared, "to have laws against a harm-
less weed.
In a further attack on marijuana laws
he cited inconsistency in the penalties
for use of the drug which range from
life in prison in Texas to a proposed
15 day maximum sentence in the Dis-
trict of Columbia,
Kunstler also mentioned wide socio-
logical effects criticizing what he. called
"stone age ideas" about the drug.
See KUNSTLER, Page 6

William Kunstler speaks at Law Quad
Vote on school funds crucia

Daily News Analysis
Despite the many issues raised by the
field of candidates for the three openings
on the Ann Arbor school board, much of
their goals depend on a variable over
which they have little control: money.
For along with the 12 candidates on
the June 14 ballot will be a school bond-
ing proposal acknowledged to be crucial
for the maintenance of the local system's
current services.
Both the $12,847,000 bonding proposal
and an increase in the school millage
rate from 32.5 to 35.1 mills are cur-
rently necessary, school officials claim.
The bonding issue would help to allev-
late heavy overcrowding in schools in
the southeast and northeast sections of
Worker ends
bldg. protest
A student employe in the print shop at
the Student Publications Building yester-
day ended a three-day protest after learn-
ing the University is preparing to issue a
response in his case.
Bern Pedit, '72 Engin., had fasted and,
along with several supporters, picketed the
publications building in an attempt to force
the Board for Student Publications to act
on a list of labor grievances.
The board controls the financial opera-
tion of the University's student publica-
tions: The Daily, the Michiganensian
yearbook, Gargoyle humor magazine,
Generation literary magazine and the Stu-
dent Directory.
x James Thiry, University manager of
employe and union relations, said yester-
day his office would respond Monday to a
union request for clarification of Pedit's
working status during the period from
Oct. 10, 1970 to Feb. 28, 1971.
Pedit, a pressman's helper, is seeking
See EMPLOYE, Page 7

town and the millage boost would off-
set the effect of recent inflation.
If passed, the bonding proposal will
provide funds for two new elementary
schools in the overcrowded areas.
Also, the bonding proposal would pro-
vide funds for a new elementary school
to replace the present Mack school.
Mack, with 45 per cent black enroll-
ment, has the highest proportion of black
students of any Ann Arbor school.
If the bond issue passes, classrooms
would be added to Dixboro, Carpenter,
Mitchell and Pittsfield elementary
The $12.8 million dollars would also be
spent to build a 20,000 square foot ad-
dition to the main branch of the Ann
Arbor Public Library.
The 2.6 mill increase would c o v e r
inflation in operating school district ex-
penses and would simply maintain the
current level of operation, with a small
salary boost for teachers.
To emphasize the shortage of money,
the Ann Arbor Board of Education re-
cently announced lay offs for 256 non-
tenured teachers, claiming money could
not be found to pay them.
At Wednesday night's meeting of the
Board, however, 140 of the teachers were
re-hired, perhaps the result of heavy fire
directed at the board by the community
for not consulting with school principals
before deciding which teachers it would
let go or rehire.
The problems in Ann Arbor are not
unique. School districts throughout the
state are finding it increasingly diffi-
cult to convince voters to increase mil-
In addition, though each of the board
candidates has come out in favor of the
millage and bond proposals, t h e r e is
some dissatisfaction with the way money
from the state is handled.
The Micehigan naily, edited snd managed by
students at the University of Michigan. Dews
phone: 764-0552, Second Class postage paid at
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Kay McCargar, School of Education
graduate student and candidate for the
board, says school boards throughout the
state should organize and lobby in Lans-
ing for a complete re-evaluation of aid
to public schools.
Marcia Federbush, a member of the
committee who presented a report on
sexual discrimination in local schools to
the school board recently, feels that-the
ooards budgetary priorities should be re-
Federbush's proposal called for an end
to listing classes on the basis of sex, and
and a move to change textbooks, to elimi-
nate alleged sexually stereotyped social
roles their characters possess.
The proposal also calls for admittance
of women into industrial courses, such as
the home-building course,

'Usfamous frog croaks
The famous Guttman saddle frog has
died an obscure death at the University
Amphibian Facility of apparent natural
The frog, who gained brief local acclaim
as possessor of an extremely rare mutant,
was brought here on a special flight from
Oxford, Ohio for scientific studies last No-
Zoology Prof. George Nace, who directs
the Amphibian Facility, said the one-in-a-
billion frog had not been doing well in re-
cent weeks.
"Fortunately, Nace said, the frog's sur-
vivors include approximately 3,000 tad-
The Guttman saddle frog belonged to a
species commonly known as green frogs.
However, it had a yellow body and a dark
brown mottled "saddle" of pigment (skin d
color) on its back. Nace said that the
pathological examination to determine the
cause of -death is being done in such a way
that the frog will be preserved for display.
Nace said that the chances of smother
saddle frog occurring in nature are almost

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