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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, June 17, 1978-Page 3
Regents blast private college aid
universities. $600 per student. Kennedy said the state more financial pressure than they have
By RENE BECKER The Regents decided "to go on record has granted $500 per student this year felt in a long time, are now competing
'he Regents unanimously passed a opposing Public Act 105 of 1978" with a to private Michigan colleges and for money from private sources
olution yesterday expressing op- resolution proposed by Paul Brown (D- universities. previously reserved for private schools.

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position to state legislation approved in
April which grants up to $600 in public
funds to private, non-profit colleges and

Petoskey), on the second day of their
monthly meeting in the Administration
Building.
THE RESOLUTION states that
"steadily decreasing" state ap-
propriations to public universities and
colleges have forced student tuition
fees to increase. It also states that
current levels of financial aid are insuf-
ficient "to service the needs of students
at public institutions."
According to Richard Kennedy, vice
president for state relations, Public Act
105 of 1978 would provide non-profit,
private colleges and universities with
lump sum per student, determined an-
nually by the state legislature, based on
the amount of aid granted per student
to public universities.
The act states the amount given to
private institutions should not exceed

REGENT Brown said it is "inap-
propriate" for the state to aid private
college scholarship funds when "public
colleges and universities have been un-
derfunded by state appropriations for
several years . . . (and) with the
prospect of some sort of tax limitation
being passed in Michigan this fall."
University President Robben
Fleming said those who favor Act 105,
which Gov. William Milliken approved
at the beginning of April, are worried
about the financial stability of the
private schools. Fleming said he sym-
pathizes with private institutions since
they are caught in the same financial
squeeze that is troubling state univer-
sities like this one.
Fleming explained that one of the
reasons for money shortages at private
colleges is that public schools, under

KENNEDY told the Regents that
about $22 million in state funds now go
to private colleges and universities in
Michigan. He said when the program is
fully underway an additional $6 million
will go to those institutions.
Regent Gerald Dunn (D-Livonia)
said he thought the act would mean less
money for the University. It will "just
narrow the pot," he said.
In a more pleasant matter concer-
ning funding, the Regents formally ac-
cepted gifts totalling $1,661,312 received
by the University during April of this
year. The bulk of the gifts came from
foundations such as Ford and Andrew
Mellon.
BECAUSE THE University's state
appropriation has not yet been decided
for the new fiscal year, the Regents
See REGENTS, Page 5

Bracy ruled ineligible for Senate primary

LANSING (UPI)-Ann Arbor law professor Warren
Bracy says he will appeal directly to the Supreme
Court a ruling by the Board of State Canvassers that
would keep him out of the Democratic U.S. Senate
primary.
And, on another election matter, a preliminary can-
vass showed yesterday that Oakland County Sheriff
Johannes Spreen did not gather enough nominating
signatures to enter him in the Democratic primary for
governor.
ELECTIONS DIRECTOR Bernard Apol told the
board that a preliminary check determined that
Spreen collected 17,565 nominating signatures, which
would put him about 200 short of the number he needs to
qualify for the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
The board, acting on advice from Attorney General
Frank Kelley, said Bracy did not have enough
nominating signatures to qualify him for the ballot.
The four-member panel, on a unaminous vote, said
Democrats must have 17,764 valid signature to enter
the primary.
today-
Take a break
Enjoy today's Daily-it will be the last one you'll
see for a while. We're taking a break between
spring and summer half-terms and will resume
publication June 28.
Holed up
No need to worry about your battered hubcaps
anymore-at least in one part of Ann Arbor. The
city will finally begin today to patch the perilous
stretch of State St. between Eisenhower Parkway
and Stimpson on the way to Briarwood. City of-
ficials are urging motorists to avoid this section of
State St. until the work finishes June 23. Construc-
tion workers from Cunningham-Gooding of Ypsilan-
ti will carve the potholes smooth, whisk away any
concrete crumbs, and then set in an asphalt filling
in the holes.
Happenings...
... go on as usual during our break in
publication. Today's events begin at 11 with a
special storytime for kids at the Ecology Center, 417f
Detroit Street ... the weekly West Park poetry'
series begins its summer run with readings by local
poets from 2-5 at, appropriately enough, West
Park ... at 8 you can catch a Chinese Kung Fu film
in one of the Union conference rooms ... the Huron
Valley Corvette Club will hold a car show at Ar-
borland all day to raise money for Spina
Bidifa . . . Sunday happenings are limited to a

BRACY HAD COLLECTED 3,077 signatures and
argued that under a strict interpretation of state elec-
tion law, that was enough.
He said he would appeal the board's decision to the
Supreme Court Monday.
The law says that in order to qualify for the ballot, a
primary candidate for the U.S. Senate must collect
signatures equal to at least 1 per cent of the votes
received by his party's secretary of state candidate in
the most recent November election. At least 100
signatures must be collected from each of 20 or more
counties.
BUT IN THE last general election, 1976, there was no
election for secretary of state.
Bracy argued that he must present signatures
totaling 1 per cent of the vote received by the last
Democrat running in a Michigan election. That was
Mark Stuart df Marshall, who lost in a special election
last month to fill a vacant state House seat in Jackson
and Calhoun counties.
Bracy told the board his candidacy should be cer-

tified because he collected the 100 signatures from
each of 20 counties, and that total exceeded one per
cent of the 1,770 votes Marshall received.
KELLEY, HOWEVER, said that in setting the
signature requirement, the legislature meant to refer
not simply to the last November election, but to the last
November election at which a secretary of state was
chosen.
He said the board should go by what the legislature
meant, rather than what it actually said.
Bracy said the attorney general's opinion was
"clearly erroneous."
"YOU WOULDN'T pass my class in statutory inter-
pretation if you turned that in to me," he said.
"This opinion ... was drafted and designed merely to
uphold something that anyone trained in the law would
see was wrong."
If he is successful in court, Bracy's challenge could
inadvertently salvage the candidacy of a would-be
See BRACY, Page 11

reminder that the Ann Arbor Public Library will be
closed on Sundays throughout the summer. Other
library hours remain unchanged ... on MONDAY,
students who will paricipate in the August 20 com-
mencement can begin ordering caps and gowns at
University Cellar. Announcements can be ordered
between 9 and 3 Mondays through Fridays at the
concession stand counter in the first floor lobby of
the Union. . . other happenings are plentiful for
early-risers. Learn all about "database:
Distribution, Systems, Models, Reorganization" at
8:30 at the Crysler Center ... or get the scoop on
"Infrared Technology: Fundamentals and Systems
Applications" also at 8:30. . . the Extension Ser-
vice holds its first higher education seminar at 8:30
at the Briarwood Hilton. The topic will be "Leader-
ship Skills for Educational Reform Efforts" ... the
National Congress of the Guild of Carilloners offers
a noon concert by Margo Halsted of the University
of California. At 7, the University of Kansas' Albert
Gerken will perform ..: the Washtenaw County
Council of Veterans holds a meeting at 8 at the Man-
chester American Legion Post, corner of Duncan
and Adrian streets ... wind up the long day by at-
tending or participating in the weekly jazz jam
session at the University Club from 9:30 until the
wee hour of 1. See you June 28.
This prize is no prize
Instructor's at Georgia's Berry College are likely
to say "Thanks, but no thanks" if they're offered the
school's "Faculty Staff member of the Year"
award. The award appears to be jinxed. All but one
of the last six winners, selected by the student body,

has been demoted, fired or quit. "It's a doomsday
award, I think," said Dr. Joyce Jackson of the
education psychology department. "We're all going
e to campaign for the students not to vote for us," she
said. Of the last six recipients, only the campus
chaplain, who won the award in 1974, has retained
his position, but that just could be a testimony to his
connection beyond the student body.
Going for a ride
Even people accustomed to the usual horsing
around in the Illinois state capital were a bit sur-
prised the other day when a man rode a horse into
the Capitol rotunda. As startled onlookers gawked,
the animal hammed it up, performed stunts and
bowing before the crowds. The next step was a trip
up the elevator to the second floor. There horse and
rider encountered Gov "Big Jim" Thompson. Hiz-
zoner climbed aboard the horse, rode it around the
floor and even fed it an apple, prompting one
Democratic lawmaker to crack that by riding the
horse, Republican Thompson was finally giving his
party some direction.
On the outside .. .
If April showers bring May flowers, then what
good does rain do in June?, Regardless of what the
calendar says, we're in for another wet day today
wth scattered afternoon showers. The rest of the
day will be breezy and partly sunny with a high in
the 80s. Sunday will be cooler and clearing with a
high around the800 mark.

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