*'- Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 3-S
m i c g a nThursday, May 4, 1978
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
Plymouth report made public
By MICHAEL ARKUSH program considerations, procedural about the abuses in May 1976 and failed organizations.
The special investigative task force, considerations; fact-finding procedures to initiate any corrective action. Smith The committee's recommendations
appointed by Governor Milliken in and various areas constituting in- resigned following the disclosure and for the most part endorsed suggestions
March to reveal any cases of abuse and stitutional neglect. was replaced by Dr. Vernon Stehman. previously put forth by a select panel on
neglect at the Plymouth Center for Cohen's task force, which includes abuse investigating the Plymouth
Human Development, submitted an in- THE TASK FOIRCE, headed by representatives from the Department situation (the Bishop Panel), as well as
terim report to the governor yesterday University education school dean ofSocial Services (DSS), the State recommendations already being im-
which contained 25 specific recommen- Wilbur Cohen, was created by Milliken Police and DMH, has officially met plemented by Acting Director Provitt.
dations to improve conditions at the after a series of articles in the Detroit eight times since early March. They
center. Free Press described various cases of have heard testimony from Smith, Dr. THE COMMITTEE declared its sup-
The task force members disclosed abuse at Plymouth and attempts by William Womack (recent Plymouth port for Provitt's hiring policies, which
that they found 30 cases of abuse and 20 several Plymouth attendants to cover director), acting Plymouth director have put an additional 271 employees at
cases of neglect. They focused their in- them up. Evelyn Provitt,"attendants and super- the center. Committee members
vestigation on six areas where they saw The articles showed that Donald visors from the center, parents and praised Provitt for halving the previous
serious deficiencies at Plymouth: Smith, former state Department of relatives of Plymouth residents and
disciplinary actions, medical care, Mental Health (DMH) director, knew members of various community See PLYMOUTH, Page 21
These protesters are doing their best to stop construction of the Kent State
University gymnasium which they say is being built to cover up the memory
of the four students killed eight years ago yesterday in an anti-Vietnam War
Events at Kent State
reeall 1970 deaths
By DAN OBERDORFER from the location of the shooting and
SpecialtoTheDally chanted "Venge the death" while
KENT, Ohio - A memorial rally demonstrating under cold, rainy skies.
yesterday commemorating the four
students killed on the Kent State ALMOST simultaneously, a squad of
University campus eight years earlier more than 100 riot police emerged from
was mostly peaceful but ended with behind the nearly completedgym and
police firing rounds of tear gas at the fired several rounds of tear gas.
more than one hundred protesters Yesterday's activities, however,
remaining on campus after most of the were for the most part conducted
crowd of 1,500 dispersed. quietly and without disruption. No
The tear-gassed protesters, led by arrests or injuries were reported.
local Revolutionary Communist Youth An all-night vigil, during which a
Brigade Leaders and a cluster of nearly group of Kent State students took half-
thirty Yippies, included many students hour shifts standing on spots where the
not from the school. They circled a fen- four students were slain, ended in a
ce surrounding Kent State's controver- faculty-sponsored memorial service
sial gymnasium, which sits a few feet See MEMORIAL, Page 15
LOS ANGELES (AP) - President We are over-lawyered and under-
Carter, in a ringing denunciation of the represented."
legal profession, declared yesterday Before arriving in Los Angeles, Car-
that the vast majority of Americans ter announced plans for a $675 million
don't get adequate legal representation program to help inland cities and In-
while those with means get all the help dian tribes overcome problems brought
they need. on by rampant development of energy
In an address to the Los Angeles Bar resources.
Association, Carter also found fault
with a legal system he characterized as CARTER SAID he was backing a
being too lenient with "big-shot crooks" proposed Energy Impact Assistance
- a reference to white-collar crime. Program that would funnel $675 million
in direct grants and as much as $1.5
"WE HAVE THE heaviest concen- billion in loans to states, communities
tration of lawyers on earth - one for and Indian tribes over the next five
every 500 Americans," the President years.
said in questioning the quality of legal The aim of the program is to help
assistance available to people. inland cities and Indian tribes to com-
But, he added, "90 per cent of our pensate for the adverse environmental
lawyers serve 10per cent of our people. See CARTER, Page 21
Samoff's teaching cited
By RICHARD BERKE fairs and political economy and has
Political Science Assistant Professor been called a "Marxist political
Joel Samoff, who was denied tenure for economist." Observers claim Smaoff's
the second time last February, has
been chosen by the University to
receivea Distinguished Service Award.
The award is given annually to junior
faculty members for "excellence in
teaching and University service."
Samoff is among seven selected by the
Faculty Awards Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs. Awards will be presented
at the University's annual Faculty-
Staff Convocation Oct. 9.
"THIS IS another bit of evidence
about the value of my work which con-
flicts with the evidence of tenured
faculty in the Department of Political '< b
Science," said Samoff.
The department's tenured faculty is
the group which twice rejected gran- Samoff
ting Samoff tenure. Samoff said he political views and extent of his resear-
plans to formally appeal the rejections ch were among the reasons for his
this fall. tenure denials.
Samoff, who came to the University
in fall, 1970, has long attractedattention ALSO NAMED to receive the
due to his political outlook. He is known Distinguished Service Award are:
for his expertise in South African af- See SAMOFF, Page 2