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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 32-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, June 20, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

City, 'U' argue over
By ANN MARIE LIPINSKI representatives' c o m m e n t s, between the University and the
An old wound was reopened President Robben Fleming cau- city," concluded Fleming.
once again as City officials met tioned the officials "not to be Regent Thomas Roach (D-De-
with the University Board of under the illusion that we don't troit) echoed Fleming's conten-
Regents yesterday to discuss have the same financial prob- tions, saying, "This is a prob-
the cantraversial issne af ea- lems as the city." lem the legislature is going to
tablishing an equitable fiscal Fleming claimed that the crux have to solve and I think that's
policy between the two parties. aof this problem, which the city where we should place the
and the University have been issue."
Mayor Albert Wheeler, ac- haggling over for years, lies in In his report to the Regents,
companied by four City Coun- the "philosophical differences" however, Rogers argued that
cil members and Assistant City between state legislators and the three bills now pending in
Administrator M i k e Rogers, City Council. the House and Senate which
went before the governing board Pointing out the control the would relieve the city from "the
requesting that the University state legislature has over Uni- burden of the, University's un-
increase its payment to the City versity pursestrings, Fleming taxed property" were merely
for services rendered. The City said, "When we talk to the peo- long - range solutions w h i c h
officials claimed that the Uni- ple in Lansing about this, we would not ease the present situ-
versity's payments for services get a complete brushoff. They ation.
such as fire and police protec- tell us that the University is an
tion have been grossly inade- invaluable asset to the City, and "IT WOULD be only a pre-
quate. if we want to pay more for mature exercise to determine
services - and if we do - they the amount of money the city
"OUR REQUEST to meet claim that we must have more would get from these bills be-
with you was prompted by our money than we need and then cause the general prognosis is
conclusion that in the past four they end up lowering our appro- the bills will not pass for at
fiscal years the University has priations. least two years and they will
not been paying a fair cost for "THIS IS not simply an issue See CITY, Page 9
sunn esseusonias services run


PRESIDENT FLEMING found unexpected visitors on his
front lawn yesterday evening. The Teepee was erected by a
Native American group protesting the University's failure to
provide a cultural center.
ti AmV6 Ierican students
occupy Fleming's lawn
About 30 members of the Native American Student Association
(NASA) and their families erected a teepee on the lawn of Uni-
versity President Robben Fleming's house yesterday, and an-
nounced plans to spend the night, dramatizing their efforts to ob-
tain a cultural center.
The demonstration coincided with a formal dinner held for the
Regents and several administrators. The teepee, designated "the
Native American Cultural Center" brought surprised stares and
smiles from the guests as they walked up to the house.
WALTER STEVENS, assistant director of safety for the Uni-
versity, told the group they could remain in front of the century
old mansion on S. University "as long as no property damage,
The demonstrators declined to send representatives to talk
with Fleming following his refusal to meet with the group on the
lawn. A meeting between Fleming and the Native Americans is
scheduled following today's Regents meeting.
Stevens attempted to persuade the Native Americans to talk
about their demands and leave. However, the group was set on
See NATIVE, Page 10

the many essential services pro-
vided by the City," Wheeler
told the Regents. "The putlook,
at this time, for the next fiscal
year does not appear any
In a presentation to the Re-
gents, Rogers acknowledged that
the University has provided
equitable funding for various
City enterprise fund services in-
cluding water and street financ-
ing. but he was quick to note
that additional services pro-
vided and financed through the
City's general fund were being
financed by the University with
inadequate "contributions."
Citing statistics which show
that the University's "true tax"
to the City for public goods
would be $3.2 million per year
if it did not enjoy the private
tax exemptions it does, Rogers
said, "The University is not
private industry and we are not
seeking true funding of $3.2 mil-
lion. Our objective is equitable
funding. Certainly the $454,500
estimated to be provided (by
the University) next budget
year is not equitable. The Uni-
versity is still dynamic in the
area of tax exempt properties."
IN RESPONSE to the city

A'U' housing budget
A University building director
yesterday challenged the accu-
racy of Housing Director John
Feldkamp's budget projections
for next year, claiming a $223,-
000 over-estimate will produce
unnnecessary service cuts in
dorms next fall.
At the same time, two stu-
dents appeared before the Re-
gents piblic comments session
yesterday, objecting to the pro-
jected service cuts. They con-
tend the cuts will contradict a
February Regental decision to
hold dorm rates steady while
ftnot reducing services for next
DICK MUNSON, director of
Feldkamp See 'U', Page 9

U.S. predicts
no shortages
of petroleum
t is summer

Associated Press Writer
Americans are being warned of another gasoline
shortage this summer, but the Federal Energy
Administration (FEA) said yesterday that "there
is absolutely no way" the government is going
:o let it happen.
Analysts in private industry aren't so sure that
supplies will be adequate to meet demand. They
note that stockpiles of gasoline have been de-
clining and say spot shortages could develop if
production doesn't increase. Some experts say
that if a shortage does occur, it will be due to
government controls.
IS THERE really a problem? Or are the oil
companies simply trying to create a shortage
to boost prices?
A spokesman for the American Petroleum In-
stitute (API) said) he didn't know whether there
would be a shortage. Asked about allegations

that the companies might deliberately create
one, he replied: "Good God no. It would -be
politically disastrous for -us to do that."
Everyone agrees there is plenty of crude oil
to make enough gasoline. The FEA says crude
oil supplies are 5 to 10 per cent above last year's
levels, when the situation had returned to normal
after the Arab embargo. The problem arises
over how much of the oil is being converted to
fuel for automobiles and how much the demand
for gasoline has increased.
STOCKPILES of gasoline are about 12 per cent
below last year's levels and have been declining
recently, according to the API. For the week
ended June 6, stockpiles were a little less than
half a per cent lower than they were in, the
comparable week of 1973.
Production of gasoline also has been declining.
In the week ended June 13 it was almost 2 per
cent less than in the same week of 1974 and
See U.S., Page 5

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