Volume LXXXVIII, No. 9-S
Saturday, May 13, 1978
Ic Twenty Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
MAY RETIRE BY 1980
Fleming looks back on career
By RENE BECKER statement regarding his future plans. But looking back at his more than ten
en Robben Fleming came to Ann Fleming said that when he leaves the years as University President, Fleming
'11 years ago this September, he University he is, "not interested in said he had no regrets. He realized
a reporter, "great universities retiring as such." When that time does when he came that a big university is
remain great universities by come, he said he expects to devote his "not an institution which one person is
ing still." energy to the many activities with going to greatly move in different
one to stand still, Fleming in- which he is currently involved, and directions."
ed in a recent interview that he possibly something new. The careful, soft-spoken Fleming
would resign his post as University
president by 1980.
"I'VE ALWAYS said I did not intend
to stay until retirement," said Fleming
who is looking forward to his 63rd bir-
thday this December. "I remain com-
mitted to that idea."
Fleming said he would soon make a
IN ADDITION to committees and
panels of various types, Fleming exer-
cises power as a board member of John
Deere and Chrysler corporations, board
chairman of the American Council on
Education and a member of the
National Archives Advisory Council, to
namea few of his titles.
spoke of the days of violent anti-war
demonstrations when asked what he
considered to be the high points of his
THE FIRST few years were
dominated by substantial and con-
tinuous student unrest, said Fleming.
See FLEMING, Page 15
New program t
h el students wr
By ELISA ISAACSON The writing exams will be
The English Composition Board at least two faculty r
(ECB) of the Literary College (LSA) Students will either be
told about 250 Michigan and Ohio from introductory corn
high school teachers who gathered placed in a course compar
in Rackham Auditorium yesterday current beginning compos
how it plans to go about combating setor placed in one to i
poor writing among students. tutorial course.
The program developed by the Students in the tutorial
ECB is intended to improve the the regular introductor
writing skills of all University class in their second seine
students by extending writing in- University President
struction beyond the English Depar- Fleming welcomed the
tment and above the introductory expressing his suppor
level beginning in the fall of 1979. project. Fleming said
The entire LSA faculty voted over- most common complaint
whelmingly to approve the program "from employers of our
at ameeing astJanury.the reiteration that ows
at a meetIng last January. don't write very well."
UNDER THE new plan, which will The conference opened
affect only freshpeople and tran- member ECB panel whic
sIfers in 1979 and all future classes, information about lb
new students will be required to program.
write on a given topic for an hour.' - See PROGRAM, Pa
tax cut proposal
'able to the
t for the
it he hears
with a six-
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Carter retreated yesterday from his
$24 billion tax cut proposal and agreed
to reduce the amount and to delay the
beginning of new tax relief.
Carter acceded to congressional sen-
timent for reducing his planned tax cut
to the range of $19 billion to $20 billion
while putting off implementation of the
new tax plan by three months-from
Oct. 1, 1978, to Jan. 1, 1979.
THE PRESIDENT originally had
asked that the tax relief take effect Oct.
1, the beginning of fiscal 1979.
If Congress goes along with the new
administration tax strategy,
Americans will get smaller tax cuts in
the coming budget year than Carter
Charles Schultze, chairman 'of the
president's Council of Economic Ad-
visers, told reporters that Carter's
change of mind was attributable to a
worsening of inflation and an improved
IT SEEMED apparent Carter also
had concluded that congressional op-
position to the larger tax reductions
could not be overcome.
The division of the tax cut between
individuals and businesses has not been
decided. Originally, Carter recommen-
ded giving individuals approximately
$17 billion in tax relief and businesses $8
When he presented his original plan
to Congress in January, Carter said a
typical family of four earning $15,000 a
year would save $258 in income taxes
under the plan next year.
SCHULTZE SAID he could not
provide a breakdown of how much
would go to individuals and how much
to corporations under Carter's revised
plan, but added that the administration
seeks a "balanced program."
The effect would be to reduce the
federal budget deficit, a development
that would have the effect of lessening
Schultze 'acknowledged that the
smaller tax cut would "marginally
reduce" the projected growth rate for
the U.S. economy. "We would be idiots
not to take into account . . . different
circumstances," he said.
SCHULTZE SAID smaller cuts
taking effect at a later date should
reduce the budget deficit for the 1979
fiscal year to a total "in the range of $53
See CARTER, Page f
WASHINGTON (AP( - The Postal
Service received permission yesterday
to raise the cost of mailing a letter from
13 cents to 15 cents, the fifth increase in
the last decade.
The governors of the Postal Service
called a special meeting for- next
Friday, when they are expected to give
final approval to the increase, which
will become effective either May 28 or
THE POSTAL Rate Commission
recommeded the increase and threw
out by a 3-1 vote President Carter's
suggestion, backed by the Postal Ser-
vice, that the rate be set at16 cents for
businesses and other institutions while
being held to13 cents for individuals.
Clyde DuPont, chairman of the rate
commission, said the "citizen rate" for
individuals was rejected in part
because the Postal Service did not
argue effectively for it.
"They said there would have been
about 10 billion letters per year sent at
the 'citizens' rate.' But we got other
See POSTAL, Page 2
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