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Council votes on
By DAN OBERDORFER that "I cannot remember them very
well," he said.
When City Council meets to adopt a The Republican caucus met Friday
new budget tonight, the Republicans night to arrange its proposals item by
are expected to change significantly the item, Trowbridge said. Members were
$37 million budget proposed last month, slated to meet again last night to com-
but they aren't saying yet just what plete that process, he added.
those changes will be.
In order to override City Ad. CITY DEMOCRATS, however, have
ministrator Sylvester Murray's 1978-79 complained they are being kept in the
fiscal year blue-print, seven votes are dark. "They don't want to give us time
needed. The Republicans, who outnum- to read it in advance and thoroughly
ber the Democrats on Council 7-4, have evaluate it," charged Councilwoman
said they will vote as a block to make Leslie Morris (D-Second Ward).
the desired changes. "They have been acting as if it's their
THE REPUBLICANS have not yet of-
ficially announced what their budget
recommendations will be.
Councilman Ronald Trowbridge (R-
Fourth Ward) said they would ask for
"numerous changes." So many in fact,
private matter which doesn't effect us,'
she continued, adding, "I'm surprised
that since they have the seven votes
necessary (for implementing any
changes) they haven't even informed
See BUDGET, Page 5
Samoff testifies on
would prohibit educational institutions
By MICHAEL ARKUSH from investing in corporations that
University Professor Joel Samoff, operate in countries which practice
frequent critic of apartheid, told the racial discrimination.
Michigan House Committee on Civil The bill presently before the commit-
Rights yesterday he favors a bill which tee would prevent "educational in-
stitutions from encouraging or con-
doning discrimination against an in-
dividual on the basis of race, religion,
color, national origin and sex" by
knowingly investing in companies
which violate that creed.
REP. PERRY Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor), introduced the bill several weeks
ago in an effort to amend the 1976 Civil
Rights Act. The committee is expected.
to decide next week whether to submit
the bill to the full House.
Samoff, who teaches in the political
science department and is an expert in
South African affairs, testified to the
Samoff committee on the nature of investments
See SAMOFF, Page 10
High anxiety could be
cause of low
By ELISA ISAACSON
If you didn't make the magic 650
mark on your boards, it might not
have been because you knew less
than your older sister, according to a
University psychologist. You were
just too nervous to do well.
University Prof. John Atkinson
claims that educators have
mistakenly argued that "students
are dumber and professors are
made of marshmallow," and that
they ought to be looking instead at
"the possibility that the decline in
test scores means the students are
just too tense."
ATKINSON IS noted for research
on students' motivation and how it
affects academic performance. He
has been involved in such studies for
30 years, questioning the adequacy
of test evaluations. One of his
publications is a newly-released
book Personality, Motivation, and
Atkinson said overly motivated
test-takers get in their own way.
"Witness the number of fumbles at
the opening kickoff of a football
game," said Atkinson.
Atkinson explained that many
students today feel it is "vital to get
into school ," so vital that they try
See ANXIETY, Page 5
We reported yesterday that Margareth Miller
began court action nearly two years ago to gain
custody of her daughter, Jillian. It was actually
Miller's ex-husband, Paul, who began those
proceedings. Ms. Miller currently has custody of the
Ann Arbor's City Council has never been known
for its legislative efficiency, but Monday night even
Council members themselves were surprised by
their lack of prodluctivity. Of the nearly 30 items on
the printed agenda for the meeting, two-thirds were
thrown out. The confusion resulted because Monday
night's meeting was actually the continuation of a
session from the previous week. Councilwoman
Leslie Morris (D-Second Ward) astutely noticed
that someone had slipped some new resolutions onto
the agenda while the meeting was officially in
recess. Under parliamentary rules, Council did not
have to address those issues, and that's exactly
what they did-well, actually did not-do. Among
the items which Council agreed were important
enough to be handled Monday night was a resolution'
approving a Jaycee carnival at Pioneer High School
from June 20-25 and proclaiming the week of May
29-June 4 Greek Week. Said Mayor Pro Tem Gerald
Bell who chaired his first meeting in Mayor Louis
Belcher's absence, "This might be the first time
ever someone has run a meeting and tabled
everything... I hope I ran a good meeting. I hope
people enjoyed it."
Happenings ... *
... are hard to find today. At noon, the Wesley
Foundation holds its weekly brown bag picnic on the
lawn, 602 E. Huron. Drinks, discussions, fellowship
and volleyball will be provided . . . at 3, the
Biological Research Review Committee (Commit-
tee C) gathers in 3087 School of Public Health I.
Visitors are welcome but should call 764-5435 in ad-
vance ... John Schamle reveals "Why I Became
Political" at 8 in the Wesley Lounge, 602 E. Huron.
Signs of the times
Posen is a 108-year-old Michigan town with a
population of 369. Before this year, its claim to fame
was its annual Potato Festival. Now it also has
street signs. The streets always had names, mind
you, but the townfolk knew them and saw no need
for street signs. But the Potato Festival has been
known to attract as many as 20,000 tourists on a
summer weekend-and that's no small potatoes. So
this year, there are signs proclaiming County Road
634 as State Street, M-65 as Michigan Street and a
dirt road leading to the local Veterans of Foreign
Wars Hall as VFW Street. Railroad Street-you
guessed it-leads to the railroad tracks. But
residents' reaction to the newfangled signs has been
mixed. "It's about time," declared one State Street
resident. "What do you think-that we're going to
live in the dark ages forever?" But another citizen
only grumbled. "They (the council) probably had
some tax money left over and didn't know what to
do with it."
Putting your foot in your mouth
If you're a closet toenail biter, relax-you're not
alone. A Utah educational psychologist says his
research indicates up to 15 per cent of Americans
might engage in that practice. Frederick Smith
discovered toenail noshers while researching a cure
for fingernail biting for a doctorate at Brigham
Young University. Two of his75 volunteer fingernail
chewers mentioned they also munched on their
toenails. Smith then questioned the other 73. "To my
surprise, 21 additional subjects said they were
presently or had been toenail biters," Smith said.
On the outside...
Don't put away your umbrellas yet. We'll have
scattered showers throughout the morning with
partly cloudy skies later in the day. The high will be
in the mid 70s.
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