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The Michigan Daily
LXXXV I, No. 10-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, May 17, 1977 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages

Council hikes water and
sewer rates; proposes
pornography ordinance
Ann Arbor City Council last night approved a hike in cit
water and sewer rates and began preliminary action on a pornog-
raphy ordinance.
Effective immediately landowners in the area using Ann Ar-
bor's water facilities vWill pay 12 percent more for those services.
Landowners using sewer facilities will pay 14 percent more.
THE RATE hike covers increases in wages, the cost of fuel
and electricity, repairs to dams on the Huron River, and plant
expansion. The proposal was passed unanimously.
Some of the discussion on the rate hiking ordinance centered
on whether or not low income citizen's should help pay the price
of expansion of facilities to homes they cannot afford.
City Administrator Sylvester Murray said the city could raise
the funds for plant expansion by a tax on property, rather than a
rate hike. Owners of high income property would be forced to
bear the brunt of the plant expansion, thus relieving citizens on
fixed and low incomes.
COUNCIL MEMBER Lou Belcher said he favored a rate hike.
"Frankly, the rate hike is one 'way of taxing the University
of Michigan, or any tax exempt property owner'. We are attempt-
ing to spread the costs to non-taxable property," said Belcher.
In, other action, the Council passed at first reading an ordi-
nance that would prohibit the dissemination of pornographic ma-
terial within the city limits. The ordinance was sponsored by
Councilman Roger Bertoia (R.-Third Ward).
Bertoia said there was a direct link between the rise in pro-
stitution on Fourth Avenue and the selling of pornographic ma-
terial there.
THE VOTE was 5-4, divided strictly along party lines- Re-
publicans for and Democrats against.
When an ordinance is passed on first reading it means Coun-
cil will open discussion to the public at a hearing probably in
the first week in June. The ordinance will then be read a second
time and voted upon.
B U L L E I N--
According to T.V. 2 Detroit News late last night, the Ann
Arbor police arrested a man yesterday who has confessed to
committing at least four rapes in Ann Arbor last fall. The police-
indicated they were not sure if this man was the Ann Arbor rapist
responsible for some eight rapes in the last year. Police were
unavailable for comment late last night. More details in tomorrow
morning's Daily.

WHEN ANN ARBOR'S gorgeous sunshine beckons, many free-spirited souls wander to the
Arb. Matthew Graff, left, and John Johnson, right, found a unique way to enjoy the Arb's
spring beauty. Both are members of the local American Unicyclists chapter.
Students seek fun in Arb sun

Groves of trees swaying in the wind and hills
and valleys blanketed in freshly mowed grass
lure bikinied bodies, frisbee flingers and lovers
seeking solitude to University-owned Nichols
Arboretum-"the Arb"-to revel nature's glory.
"The Arboretum is a place of beauty-a
place of plant and tree life of all species that
are native to this area in North America. It
is a place of study. It is a place for people to
come in and sit and enjoy," Gil Kaeger, sup-
ervisor of the Arb says.
IN 1907, Walter and Ester Nichols donated
144 acres of land to the University to be used
for study by Ann Arbor schools. For the past
70 years, the Arb has served as host to a

variety of activities-including a biology lab-
oratory, a landscape architecture classroom,
wedding ceremonies and an army map reading
The Arb is a treasure house for wildlife
enthusiasts. Squirrels, 'rabbits, fox, ground
hogs, a badger or two and an occasional rac-
coon call the Arb their home. A short walk
through the Arb's wooded areas will send these
furry inhabitants scampering up a tree or in
a hole to escape the momentary intrusion. The
Arb also nests 83 species of birds.
IT TAKES two full time workers and one or
,two part time helpers-depending on the budget
-plus Jaeger devoting many hours of planning
See STUDENTS, Page 11

Stanford to form protest net

A Stanford University student
yesterday announced the for-
mation of a plan which could
spur the beginnings of a na-
tional student movement to
force various universities to di-
vest themselves of stock in
companies that have financial
ties with apartheid South Af-
Ann Henkleson, Stanford stu-
dent council president and
member of SCRIP (Stanford
Committee for a Responsible
Investment Policy) said yester-
day, "Over the summer we
are co - ordinating students
across the country in the pur-
chasing of one share of stock
by each campus" whose
schools have investments in
companies involved with South
Africa. "We are doing this,"
she continued "with the pur-
pose of bringing up a proxy re-

solution ourselves to the cor-
porations' board members ask-
ing them to withdraw their in-
vestments in South Africa. It
is time this situation is brought
into the public eye," she add-
THE PLAN to organize a stu-
dent protest network is the re-
sult of SCRIP's futile attempt
to convince Stanford's trustees
to vote for a proposal at last
week's Ford Motor Company
stockholders meeting in Detroit
which would have forced that
corporation to discontinue all
dealings with South Africa.
SCRIP organized a sit-in last
week at which nearly 3000 stu-
dents demanded that either the
trustees vote 'yes' on the pro-
posal, or the university sell the
$40 million worth of stock it
owns in companies associated
with South Africa. The protest
came to an abrupt end when
police arrested 294 demonstra-

Meanwhile, protests were rag-
ing at several other schools, in-
cluding Rutgers, Princeton,
Minnesota, and most notably
the University of Wisconsin.
UW students voted last month

by more than a 2-1 margin to
demand that the university sell
off $14 million worth of South
African related holdings. Pro-
testers there briefly took over
UW-Madison Chancellor Ed-
win Young's office and picket-

ed a regents meeting.
Proponents or the anti-invest-
ment movement point out in re-
butting these points that al-
though there has been industrial
growth in the last 20 years,
See STANFORD, Page 14

Detroit hopefuls debate

Two candidates for mayor of Detroit met in
face to face debate Sunday and ended up agree-
ing with each other and blasting the present ad-
ministration of Mayor - Coleman Young.
Detroit City Councilman Ernest Browne and
Wayne State Law Professor John Mogk took
turns saddling Mayor Young with all of the
city's ills, from the youth gang problem to the
housing crisis, and labelled Young as incompe-
must search for good talent."

Browne was quick to agree with Mogk, and
added that not only would he not let unqualified
people work in government if elected, but "t
won't let any of them work in my campaign."
tent and his political appointees as unqualified,
"WE HAVE a tremendous void in leadership
in this city," Mogk told the audience at the Cen-
tral United Methodist Church which hosted the
It's no secret that w haven't put the best peo-
ple in office in Detroit," Mogk said. "The mayor
See DETROIT, Page 12

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