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Vol. LXXX1, No. 71-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, August 19, 1971 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

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dorm fees,

rents frozen
by Nixon plan

Southern justice?
Police in Jackson, Miss., watch Republic of New Africa President
Imari Obadele (second from right) and six followers after police
raided the organization's headquarters. RNA sharpshooters man-
aged to wound three city policemen and an FBI agent before
their arrests, however.
ANTI-WAR MEETING:
Mayday unit deters
decision on tactics

By CHRIS PARKS
According to officials in
Washington, the University
and Ann A r b o r landlords
will be unable to put into
effect planned increases in
the cost of housing, at least
for the fall,
Mark Johnson of the Office
of Ebonomic Preparedness in
Washington yesterday said that
although the University's tuition
increase has been exempted
from President Nixon's general
price and wage freeze, room and
board rates will have to remain
at last year's level.
This decision will, in effect,
cancel raises of over $100 in
dorm rates which had been
planned for this year.
Further, Johnson said apart-
ment rents will be pegged at
their May 21, 1970 levels.
This date was chosen, it was
explained, because the law em-
powering the President to acti-
vate, price and wage controls
was passed on that date.
According to the Ann Arbor
Tenants Union, this freeze will
have "unusually beneficial as-
pects" for Ann Arbor tenants.
Under the law, they say, city
landlords who rent their apart-
ments at lower summer rates
will be forced to lease them in
the fall at the same rate.
The lan dlords themselves,
however, seemed gomewhat less
sure about the implications of
the President's new policy.
Duane Renkin of Summit As-
sociates commented yesterday
BULLETIN
Newsmakers of the world
have tentatively agreed to a
three week freeze on import-
ant news while neurotic mem-
bers of the Daily staff pursue
various fantasies in their at-
tempts to solve their teenage
identity crises. The Daily will
be back in your critical hands
Sept. 9.

"all you can do is sit tight."
Landlords, he explained, "don't
have a clear understanding" of
what the law will mean.
Summit, he said, will "wait
for a ruling from our attorney"
before taking any action in the
matter.
Similarly confused was Ken
Vaitkus of University Towers
apartment building, University
Towers, he said, was not plan-
ning any changes in rent policy
at this point. The apartment
concern, he said, "had not been
notified of any policy change"
by their corporate headquarters
in Tennessee. "We're still up in
the air" about what will hap-
pen, he said.
When queried last night about
the effects of the freeze on dorm
rates, John Feldkamp, director
of University housing, said he
was "unaware of the decision."
The fact that the wage and
price freeze applies to University
dorm rates, he said, "hasn't
been officially communicated" to
his office.
While saying he would wait
for official word before making
a statement, Feldkamp admitted
that the freeze, if effected,
would create a "very tight fi-
nancial situation" for the Uni-
versity.
A factor allievating this po-
tential budget squeeze is that
fact that planned tuition hikes
will remain unaffected by the
freeze.
University tuition hikes, ac-
cording to a statement released
Tuesday by the Office of Eco-
nomic Preparedness, will be al-
lowed to take affect. This policy,
according to the office, was in-
stituted because most tuition
increases were announced
months ago, and advanced de-
posits have already been made
in a number of cases.
Because of these payments,
therefore, schedules were viewed
as being in effect before the
freeze date.
Charles Notley of the Tenants

The Mayday Tribe is planning
a new series of anti-war protests
for this fall but so far it has
not decided on a specific line of
attack.
"We could stop the stock ex-
change," said one member, voic-
ing the opinion of one segment
of the group.
"That way we could educate
the public, show them that
much of the money in the war
is coming from Wall Street."
Another suggestion calls for
joining an Oct. 25 moratorium
and march in Washington al-
ready planned by the People's
Coalition for Peace and Justice.
The Mayday Tribe organized
the traffic tie-ups-which led,
in part, to the mass arrest of
10,000 demonstrators - during
last May's demonstrations in
Washington.
Tribe members imposed a
news blackout while they met

the past eight days in Atlanta,
Ga. But after their conference
broke up yesterday, a spokes-
person declared the Tribe will
wage a "fall offensive" against
the war.
But, she said, the Tribe will
not decide its tactics until a
meeting in New York City in
early September.
Delegates f r o m the Atlanta
convention will discuss the var-
ious alternatives with regional
groups across the country and
then report to the New York
convention, she explained.
During last spring's protests
there were conflicts between the
Tribe and the People's Coalition
over tactics. And the New York
convention will be expected to
iron out those differences before
the Tribe's strategy is an-
nounced.

LEONARD WOODCOCK,
president of the United Auto
Workers, yesterday complains
about President Nixon's
wage-price freeze. (See story,
Page 3).
Union commented last night
that city tenants could make
good use of the present state of
uncertainty among landlords by
demanding the lower rent rates
when they quafily for them. In
this way, they could set policy
themselves rather than waiting
for it to be set by the landlords.
If a tenant suspects his rent
has been raised illegally, Ten-
ants Union says, he can demand
to see records showing the land-
lord's rent rates prior to the
present freeze. Further action
suggested by the group includes
withholding payment of the
'extra' rent, and suing the land-
lord in small claims court.

City youth down as
end of summer nears

By JIM IRWIN
The Sunday rock concerts at
Gallup Park, once a focus of
criticism from area residents for
alleged drug use and loud noise,
this summer have set a fine ex-
ample of a smoothly run youth
community project, its organiz-
ers and city officials feel.
The concerts, sponsored by the
Ann Arbor Tribal Council-a co-
alition of local groups, have con-
tinued to run every Sunday aft-
ernoon this summer solely with
the support of audience dona-
tions, despite one time fears that
the programs could not continue
due to the absence of financial
support from the city,
According to Frank Duff, an
organizer of the concerts, the
program this year has been
"much, much better organized,"
than in past years. He adds that

cooperation with the police has
been "fantastic."
Assistant city administrator
Donald Borut says he is im-
pressed with the smooth running
of the concerts this year. "The
concerts are an experiment and
have demonstrated that the youth
community and the city can work
cooperatively in providing a pro-
gram that is responsive to the
interests of youth as defined by
youth."
Borut adds that there have
been less complaints from resi-
dents about the sound level but
that there is still some concern
about it. "Those in the Gallup
Park area have said they would
like to share the concerts with
other areas of the city," he adds.
A ten-minute drug education
talk is given at each concert
See ROCK, Page 2

Malaise hits
local youth
By JIM IRWIN
As the summer wanes, a feel-
ing of malaise seems to pervade
much of the youth community in
Ann Arbor.
"I've had a mildly bad sum-
mer," says one vacationing Uni-
versity student whose comment
typifies the mood of many Ann
Arbor youth.
Many confine their comments
to personal problems they've en-
countered this summer - the
chief among them being the lack
of money due to the scarcity of
jobs. Others point to a lack of
friendliness and even hostility
they say exists among local youth
who frequent the streets.
"It used to be that you cauld
walk down State St. and people
would ask you for money-now
they demand it", one person
claims.
See CITY, Page 2

Gallup Park rock concert

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