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Tuesday, July 29, 1975


Page Five

U.S. balance of trade PUlS

up $17 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) - A sur- turnaround from estimates
prising 26 per cent decline in made six months ago that the
oil imports during June helped nation could have a trade de-
give the United States a trade ficit in 1975 equal to last year's
surplus of $1.7 billion, the big- deficit of more than $2.3 billion.
gest monthly surplus in the na- "I don't know if anyone can
tion's history, the Commerce explain why oil imports are so
Department said yesterday. low this year," said one ana-
Oi imports in June totaled lyst, who did not want to be
118.2 million barrels, the lowest quoted by name.
level of imports in at least 18 Oil imports during the first
months the Department said. six months of this year were
The value of imported oil was about 145 million barrels below
slightly more than $1.4 billion the total for the final six
the lowest in 17 months. months for 1974.
G O V E R N M E N T trade COMMERCE Secretary Rog-
analysts said they now believe ers Morton said President
the nation could end up with a Ford's two dollar-a-barrel tar-
trade surplus as high as $7 bil- iff on imported oil "appears to
lion this year. That was a big be working" in holding down oil
Newest McDonad 's
opens wit a bash

in June
imports, but trade analysts
said that could be only a partial
Other explanations, he said,
include a reduction in demand
for petroleum because of the
nation's recession. A third rea-
son might be that oil importers
have previously built up big in-
ventories and decided to reduce
they said.
"I don't think people ought
to jump to any conclusion that
oil imports are going to get
progressively better," one ana-
lyst said.
"THESE figures could bounce
right back the month ahead."
Morton said in a statement
there was nothing in the June
trade figures "to indicate any
major change in our basic po-
sition of dependence on foreign
produced petroleum."
In other economic news Mon-
day the Labor Department re-
ported the first increase in pro-
ductivity in the private econ-
omy since last year.
THE department said output
per hour of all persons in the
economy went up by two per
cent during the second quarter
of the year. Productivity had
not increased since the second
quarter of 1974.
The department said there
was a four-tenths of a per cent
drop in total output during the
quarter, but hours worked de-
clined even more, 2.3 per cent
desulting in an increase in pro-
ductivity, or output per hour.
In a separate report, mean-
while, the Labor Department
said all measures of strike ac-
tivity during the first half of
1975 were lower than the levels
recorded in 1974.

(Continued from Page 3)
plans to eat at the Land of the
Golden Arches "as seldom as
"I HATE mustard," he con-
tinued, s i p p i n g champagne
w h i c h high - heeled, evening-
gowned waitresses constantly
refilled. "They put mustard'on
all their hamburgers. They
make no accommodation," he
added, complaining that one
must wait "about 10 minutes"
if one wishes to Have It Their
One of the waitresses, a vet-
eran of three years at McDon-
aid's Stadium Blvd. outlet, laud-

ed the whole "attitude" at her
new place of employment. "This
is just more exciting," exclaim-
ed Martha Lowry. "It'll be a
Although the ceremony was
supposed to be open .only to
those with invitations, at least
a half-dozen curious passersby
crashed the party. Some of the
invited guests, however, could
be excused for not attending-
Mayor Wheeler and the City
Council were all invited, but the
celebration began just as they
sat down for their regular week-
ly meeting.

Perfect catch
Sophie, a black Labrador retriever, makes a perfect catch
yesterday of a frisbee thrown by her master, Bill Palmer, of
Birmingham, Ala. Sophie competed in a dog frisbee-catching
contest in Anniston, Ala.
Bullard proposes
new grass law

Report shows little 'U' progress
towards affirmative action goals

(Continued from Page 3)

'co-sponsors." Bullard envisions

(Contlnued from Page 1)
made estimates of how many
positions they would fill in the
next few years, and how many
women and minorities they
would be able to hire.
According to the report, six
LSA departments did not meet
their 1973-74 projections for wo-
men or minorities. They were
history, political science, phys-
ics, psychology, journalism, and
the Residential College. The last
three departments listed show
no appointment activity at all
for 1973-74.
ELEVEN other departments
are listed as having not set af-
firmative action goals for 73-74,
including b o t a n y, classical
studies, computer and computer
sciences, economics, germanic
language and literature, history
of art, English language insti-
tute, Near Eastern languages
and literature, slavic languages
and literature, speech com-
munication and theatre, and
statistics. Similarly, the last six
departments in this list, show
no activity at all for the period
the report covers.
The report acknowledges that
"presumably when a goal is not
established, it reflected a de-
termination by the unit that
minorities either were not avail-
able in the work force or were
already being utilized propor-
tionate to their availability."
The report adds, however, that
the "lack of a deficiency may
not apply in all instances."
Four departments: physics,
zoology (now merged with bot-

any to form the department of
biological sciences), political
science, and economics, were
singled out in the report as hav-
ing interviewed a particularly
low number of minority candi-
dates in proportion to their
availability. The economics de-
partment filled four appoint-
ments, interviewing only one of
86 minority candidates, and
neither of the two non-minority
women applicants. The physics
department made five total ap-
pointments to their instructional
staff, interviewing none of the
66 minority applicants, and 15
of 556 non-minority males, and
none of the eight women who
ical science, in which Dr. Var-
ner is an assistant professor,
filled nine positions, while inter-
viewing three of 58 minority
candidates, 21 of 295 non-minor-
ity males, and two of 37 non-
minority women. Zoology is list-
ed in the report as having made,
four. appointments without in-
terviewing any of the 24 minor-
ity candidates. -
Economics department Chair-
man Harold Shapiro said he has
"absolutely no idea" what the
data in the report means. "I
know what our policy is which
is to hire as many women and
minorities as is consistent with
our budget," he explained.
.Shapiro, who was not chair-
map when the original affirma-
tive action projections were
made, said the number of min-
ority applicants in the report
for his department (86) seemed

inaccurate. Shapiro said he
thinks economics has made a
good faith affirmative action
"IF YOU TAKE into account
the percentage of time we have
spent on it, I would say so," he
said. "We haven't had much
success yet, but someday we
A spokesperson for the Af-
firmative Action Office said the
information in the report is com-
piled solely from appointment
activity records supplied by the
various departments,,and indi=
cated that the report can only
be incorrect if the information
provided was either incorrect
or incomplete.
Prof. Daniel Sinclair, chair-
man of the physics department,
called some of the data in the
report "a pretty ridiculous piece
of numerology."
"WHEN THEY talk about
minorities they generally mean
blacks," he said.
Sinclair explained virtually
all of the 66 minority applicants
in physics were Orientals, and
said there are practically no
black people coming into the
field. He added that the de-
partment's minority projection
was not met because one assist-
ant professor, George Wong,
was scheduled to start in the
fall of 1974 but cancelled out.
Sinclair concluded that "the
remedy is there, but it is a long
range one, convincing minori-
ties that science is something
worth working at and wanting
to go into."

cases, giving them more time long some 20 Democrats
for other matters, when the bill comes up for a
vote, thus neigt iku
According to state polce sta- at least ten Republicans to
tistics, out of the 16,785 drug clear the fifty six mark needed
arrests in 1973, 69.2 per cent for approval in the House.
were for marijuana possession. Although many conservatives
In 1974 there were 18,563 drug "personally" are in favor of
arrests of which 72.5 per cent the reform, they will not active
were for marijuana possession, ly support the bill, according to
a 10.6 per cent increase in one Bullard. The support must not
year. Out of the 1974 offenders, only come from students and
only 18.4 per cent were prose- other basically liberal groups
cuted. Of these, less than 9.6 but from the middle class as
per cent were for possession, well, said Bollard.
the rest for "marijuana use," a
plea bargaining term used to It was on March 23, 1775, that
sn pen posses- Patrick Henry made his fa-
mous declaration "Give me lib-
At the same time arrests for erty or give me death."
the sale of marijuana were up
only .9 per cent.
"THE MAJOR problem fac-
ing the bill now," Bullard said, Daily Classifieds
"is the lack of conservative
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art's dependence on the literary guru-
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