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Wednesday, July -20, 19V

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Wednesday, July 20, 1977 THE MICHIGAN QAILY Page Three

Bus drivers back on job-
negotiations to continue
By SUE WARNER
For the first time in over a week, Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority (AATA) buses were rolling yesterday after striking bus
workers returned to their jobs following an eight-day walkout.
Several bus drivers reported their first day back was some-
what confusing. Tuesday morning's storm had knocked out AATA's
radio transmitter tower and radio contact between dispatchers,
bus drivers and Dial-a-Ride van operators was not restored until
approximately four o'clock yesterday afternoon.
ALSO, TRAFFIC detours set up in connection with the Art,
Fair presented problems for drivers, in addition to previously
scheduled- construction detours.
"I'm really glad the strike's over because I don't own a car
and I need a way to get to my new job," stated AATA passenger
Margaret Morrison. "I've been dependent on the buses since
November"
Driver Karen Lamb briefly summed up her first day back
exclaiming, "Hot!"
"I LIKE DRIVING the buses, 1 always have," Lamb con-
tinued. "I didn't go out on strike to hurt or inconvenience any-
body. If they (AATA management) had given us any option, the
buses would have run last week"
Tim McCargar, a spokesman for the 215-member Transporta-
tion Employes Union (TEU) emphasized yesterday that AATA
and TEU have not reached a new contract agreement. Union
members returned to work upon the recommendation of state
mediator Thomas Badoud.
In return, AATA officials agreed to extend TEU's previous
contract until August 15. Meanwhile, r state-appointed fact finder,
Southfield attorney Walter Nussbaum, will gather information
from both sides in the contract dispute and is expected to pre-
sent a public recommendation for settlement within two weeks.
"The issues have not been resolved," McCargar stated. "Ev-
erything is just on hold until the fact finder releases his report."
MONICA BROWN, anothsr driver said she is "not necessarily"
glad to be back on the job. "I'd rather come back with a new
contract," she explained. "But, if 'you can't get one, you can't
get one."

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Disciplinarians' defend role
By DENISE FOX
Behind the door of the Office
of Academic Actions at 1223 An-
gell Hall, sits a group]of indi-
viduals who have about as
cheery a reputation among stu-
dents as the Grim Reaper.
The group is the Administra-
tive Board, whose main respon-
sibility is taking disciplinary ac-
tion against students whose ac-
demic performance falls below ,~ '
acceptable levels.
MANY STUDENTS perceive
the members of the Board- as
heartless souls who relish the a
power they have over the stu-
dents. They see them as unfeel-
ing bureaucrats, w h o don't
have students' best interests at
heart.
But in reality, this is far from
the truth.
HARRY MARSDEN, who has
been a member of the Board
for five years, said that the
Board members see themselves
as counselors, not disciplinari-
ans. They attempt to get to the
root of the students' problems
and determine what course of
action is in his or her best in.
terests.
Chuck Judge, another mem-
ber said, "We try to see what
understanding the students have i t Photo by CHRISTINA SCHNID R
of what happened. We try to HARRY MARSDEN is one of the ten members of the
sort out was really significant
factor as opposed to a less sig- Administrative Board who must counsel students placed
nificant one." on academic probation and confer with other Board
Judge contends that the stu- members to decide which students should be allowed to
See DISCIPLINARIANS, Page 5 return to school.

Local Motion clipping along

By MICIIELLE MANASON
Tucked away in the basement, reach-
able only after going through another
office, down the stairs and behind the
laundry room at 543 Church, the Local
Motion office is nevertheless "very ac-
cessible to anyone who wants to come.
by", says Local Motion's new coordina-
tor, Sandy. Ryder.
Ryder, a 1975 U-M graduate who has
lived in Ann Arbor for six years, says,
"I'd like t) talk to as many people in
the community as possible, to get their
ideas and opinions about Local Motion.
The community should have more input
in the decisions Local Motion makes,
since it is financed through voluntary
contributions."
LOCAL MOTION is a non-profit agen-
cy with the dual function of raising
funds that help support Ann Arbor-based
human service organizations, and in-
forming the community about which
services are available to them. Since
it was started in late 1974, Local Mo-
tion has given grants and loans to local
organizations which offer low-cost or
free health care, legal, mental health
and other services to Ann Arborites.
"Local Motion initially started to en-
sure the existence of local non-profit or-
ganizations because the government was

unable or unwilling to fund them," Ry-
der says. "Now we want to keep that
goal and also expand to be more acces-
sible to the community, to meet needs
wherever they arise, with more flexi-
bility."
The Local Motion fund distribution ef-
fort is financed largely by means of a
voluntary 2 per cent surcharge on pur-
chases, which participating businesses
ask of their customers. The combined
contributions of the Fourth Avenue and
Packard Peoples' Coops and the Ann
Arbor Produce Coop, which account for
about 60 per cent of Local Motion's total
intake, are collected by this method.
THE COOPS support Local Motion,
says Sverett Armstrong, a Fourth Ave-
nue Coon coordinator, because Local
Motion "promotes the' kind of social
change that is consistent with our goals
and ideals.
"A lot of people ask, 'What ever hap-
pened to the counter - culture of the
'60's?' Well, the ideas are still here. On
the periphery of establishment - control-
led business you'll find groups of alter-
native businesses that are worker-con-
trolled, non-profit, oriented to commun-
ity service, Local Motion supports or-
ganizations of this type; it enables them
to exist."
One organization that credits Local

Motion with doing just that is Members
of the Legal Aid Welfare Advocacy
Program, which trains and recruits wel-
fare recipients to act as advocates with-
in the welfare system, credits Local Mo-
tion with doing just that.
STAFF MEMBER Lois Mayfield says,
"Local Motion allowed this program to
get on its feet, by giving us money tor
hold our first training sessions, by
financing-, our newsletter for the first
year, and paying our rent for the first
tonth."
Decisions regarding allocatin of Lo-
tal Motion money are made by a 15-
member board of directors, comprised
of representatives from the human
service organizations and businesses
that support Local Motion, and mem-
bers-at-large.
Most budgetary decisions are reached
unanimously, and all Board meetings
are open to the public.
LOCAL MOTION'S alternative fund-
ing -procedure is. a welcome change for
Bill McDermott, who is summer coor-
dinator of Clonlara, a non-profit, pri-
vate, alternative educational institute
for young children, which has received
Local Motion grants.
"Most of the other organizations that
coordinate and fund human service ag-
encies are politically affiliated," Mc-

Dermott says. "It is unfortutate that to
get money from the city council or coun-
ty commissioners you have to play
bureaucracy. It's a real headache. Lo-
cal Motion doesn't base its decisions on
petty politics."
Board member Bill Elton, owner of
Double Chevron, a foreign car repair
service that collects for Local Motion,
admts that in some instances It has
disagreed vitt the funding priority de-
cisions rs'achvl. Btt,. he savs, "Local
Mction is dsing a hetter job tthan anyone
else."
McDERMOTT TINKS local Motiots
badly needs the support of more private-
ly - ownel businesses like Elton's. He
says, "Most of the businesses that col-
lect for l~ocal Motion are themselves
alternative. Local Motion needs to
broaden its base of support. It needs
credibility from the middle class.
There's no reason why it shouldn't have
that now. The services it provides are
for everyone."
Coordinator Ryder agrees that Local
Motion needs wider support, but feels
that this can be accomplished by in-
creasing the public's awareness of the
agency. She hopes to do this by having
a Local Motion information booth at the
Art Fair, located near the corner of
South and East University.

Guano, anyone?
A fertilizer war is raging in Portland, Oregon,
where the excrements of numerous species of the
animal kingdom are in competition,.First came
ZooDoo a fertilizer made from the generous dona-
tions of elephants in the zoo. But then came the
competition, OSMI-Poo, touted by the Oregon Mu-
seum of Science and Industry as a product of "A
selected blend of rare sedent refuse, carefully com-
pounded by conscientious conservationists. Their
rare blend turned out to be nothing more glamour-

-TODAY{
us than the droppings of mice, rabbits and bats woodwind quintet will perform free of charge.
that the museum used for research.
H n On the outside
Happenings Today's high will be a balmy 76, with a pleasant
breeze out of the West. Humidity will be in the 50s,
. don't begin until 7:30 tonight when the Wash- so we'll all be nice and comfortable. The' sky will
tenaw County Audobon Society will meet at the be clear, and tonight's low will be in the low 50s,
University's Botanical Gardens for a slide presen- good sleeping weather. And if you believe any of
tation ... three free films will be shown at MLB this nonsense then I've got some property in the
Aud. 3 at 7:30. The films are entitled Why do Birds Everglades I'd like to sell you. Actually, it will be
Sing, Year of the Wildebeast and Inside the Shark hot and humid again with a high of %, and a
. and at 8, in the Rackham Aud., the Music School's low of 75.

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