Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 52-S
fy ~ u Thursday, July 27, 1978
ichian DAILY Sixteen Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
Fleming back from South Africa
University President Robben. Fleming and his wife The group was reportedly shown white, "coloured," American companies doing business in the segregated
have just returned from an unannounced two-week trip Asian and black universities, and talked with leaders country.
to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town in from the so-called "homelands" and South African This was not the first international trip Fleming has
South Africa under the auspices of the U.S.-South government as well as "several persons" recently taken during his term at the University, his latest
Africa Leadership Exchange Program, the University released from prison. The entourage also made the publicized journey was to Saudi Arabia in the spring.
reported yesterday. rounds to see business establishments, labor But the South African visit has special significance to
Information Services head Joel Berger explained organizations, newspapers, members of Parliament the University community since University ad-
that, as with all faculty and staff trips, Fleming's South and residents of Soweto. ministrators have come under fire over the last year
Africa journey was not publicized ahead of time in or- Fleming reportedly said many of the conversations for retaining holdings in companies with South African
der to insure that burglars would not take advantage of he had with South Africans were devoted to the apar- branches. Many disputes on campus on the issue have
his absence. theid system of racial segregation and its affect on been of a fundamental nature-arguments, for exam-
FLEMING REFUSED to comment on his trip them. Also discussed were the welfare of universities ple, over the real wishes of the black community in
yesterday and said he would not discuss the visit until in South Africa and their relations with other univer- South Africa. Fleming's firsthand observations of
early next week. sities around the world, arrest and detention practices apartheid in practice may give him a new role in
Four other U.S. university presidents travelled with under South African law, reforms in the political discussions about South Africa with the Regents and
the Flemings. . system, the future of the country and the role of various interest groups on campus.
WASHINGTON (AP)-U.S. govern-
ment funds could not be used to finance
Mexico's program of spraying
marijuana fields with the herbicide
paraquat, under a measure passed by
The Senate attached the restriction to
the $2,8 billion foreign military aid bill
by voice vote Tuesday. Sen. Charles
Percy (R-Ill.), its sponsor, said the ban
would end "a proven health risk to
millions of Ameicans."
SOME MEDICAL authorities have
said that paraquat can cause severe
lung damage to smokers of marijuana.
Much of the marijuana used in the
United States is smuggled in from
Mexico. Groups that favor
decriminalization of the drug have
strongly criticized the use of U.S.
money to finance Mexico's program to
eradicate the weed because of
paraquat's harmful effects.
The amendment approved Tuesday
prohibits the spending of federal funds
to finance any foreign country's use of
herbicides to eradicate marijuans if
they were likely to cause serious harm
SOURCES CLOSE to Percy said
there were "rumors" that U.S. officials
also were contemplating financing a
paraquat spraying program in Colom-
bia, anothe prime source of marijuana.
"We are using a weed killer to
produce a killer weed, presumably on
the basis of a distorted logic thatwe are
out to protectyoung people," Percy told
The funding ban would take effect
with the fiscal year that starts in Oc-
tober. Meanwhile, Percy said, the State
Department has begun an experimen-
tal program in which Mexican
marijuana fields are being sprayed
with paraquat mixed with red dye to
Buthe isaid it is not known whether
the red dye can be washed off.
Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX
VICE-PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE speaks with reporters yesterday prior to his address before an AFL-CIO conven-
tion at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Dearborn.
By RICHARD BERKE
DETROIT-Vice President Walter Mondale yesterday
credited the Carter administration with "putting people back
to work" and appealed for continued labor support of the
Mondale, in his first state address since attending the
University commencement in May, said 6.4 million jobs have
been created since the administration took office, resulting in
a savings of $18 billion in unemployment and $2.5 billion in
ADDRESSING A Michigan AFL-CIO convention at the
Hyatt Regency here, Mondale said the administration has
had "no higher priority" than reducing unemployment.
Of the unemployment spending reductions, Mondale said
$1 billion has been saved in Michigan alone in the past 19
months. He attributed the broadened job market to the
doubling of funds for public works jobs, the $6 billion low-'
income tax cut, and youth employment programs.
"During the last administration, people didn't care about
massive unemployment," Mondale said, labeling the Nixon
and Ford administrations' unemployment record "a national
SOME 1,000 AFL-CIO delegates and officials attended the
third day of the 11th annual state convention. Mondale
received a warm reception from the same group Jimmy Car-
ter addressed two years ago just before reaching the
At a press conference before his speech, Mondale rejected
claims that the economy is headed for a recession. He said
Congressional approval of Carter's tax cut package would
result in increasing the purchasing power of Americans.
"We don't see a recession," Mondale said. "Our policies
are against such possibilities."
MONDALE SAID last week's resignation of United Auto
Workers President Douglas Fraser from the Labor-
Management Group was not spurred by disapproval of ad-
ministration actions. Announcing his walkout a week ago
See MONDALE, Page7 -