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Wednesday, August 6, 1975


Page Five

Wednesday, August 6, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page f-we

Government warns N.
Carolina to carry out
it's desegregation Ioans
WASHINGTON (lP)-The Department of Health, Education and
Welfare (HEW) is threatening enforcement action against North
Carolina for failing to carry out its plan to desegregate the state's
public colleges and universities.
HEW made public yesterday a letter from its Office for Civil
Rights to Gov. James Holshouser, giving the state 10 days from
July 31 to demonstrate that the state is eliminating its former
dual system in higher education.
LETTERS WERE sent this week to Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Arkansas giving them
30 to 60 days to correct less serious problems in desegregating
their public college systems.
Lou Mathis, spokesman for the U.S. Office for Civil Rights,
said the letter to North Carolina marks the first time that the
government has come so close to taking enforcement action
against a state's higher education system.
The letter from Martin Gerry, acting director of the office, said
that unless North Carolina submits evidence that it is eliminating
its dual system Gerry "will have no alternative but to refer this
matter to the department's Office of General Counsel for the
initiation of formal administrative enforcement proceedings against
the state."
ENFORCEMENT hearings could lead to the cut-off of federal
funds from North Carolina's 16 four-year institutions and 57 com-
munity colleges.
Gerry's letter charged that North Carolina had violated its
June 21, 1974 agreement to eliminate discrimination in the in-
stitutions and to take affirmative action to overcome effects from
prior discrimination.
Specifically, he said, the University of North Carolina Board
of Governors decided to locate a school of veterinary medicine at
North Carolina State without considering "the positive effect on
the desegregation of predominantly black North Carolina A&T"
by locating the school there. Gerry said that was a direct violation
of the state's desegregation plan.
GERRY'S LETTER also charged that the Board of Governors
had failed to complete its long-range plan, which effectively post-
poned other progress in desegregation for more than a year.
HEW did not release copies of letters sent by its regional
offices to the other seven states. Mathis said the letters did not
imply that those states would be taken to an enforcement: hearing.
Last week, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund asked a federal
judge in Washington to invalidate HEW's approval of the eight
states' plans to desegregate their higher education systems, and
to order HEW to withhold all federal funds by July 1, 1976 from
colleges in those states failing to submit an adequate new plan.

JOHN DEAN, former counsel to former President Richard Nixon, talks with Robert Redford
and Dustin Hoffman on the set of the film "All The President's Men" during a visit to Warner
Bros. yesterday. Redford and Hoffman star in the film based upon the best-selling book by
Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Laws Changed
NEW DELHI, India IA--The person for the opposition group
Indian Parliament retroactively reported. Top opposition leaders
changed the election laws yes- are in jail under Gandhi's June
terday to wipe out statutes un- 26 emergency declaration.
der which Prime Minister In- The government barred In-
dira Oasdhi was convicted for dian newspapers from reporting
her 1971 campaigr tactics. Most that she would benefit from the
Inda were a ofthe amendments, or even from de-
action because ofcesrhp scribing them. Morning news-
The amendments were design- papers carried skeletal dispatch-
ed to ensure victory for Gandhi es saying only that the Indian
in a Supreme Court battlewhere electoral c o d e w a S being
she is trying to get:her June 12 amended.
conviction overturned .to escape Supreme Court hearings in the
a mandatory penalty brring case open Monday. But top le-
her from elective office 'for six gal, sources said .they had now
years. become "academic" since the
HER GOVERNMENT al o offenses are no longer offenses
amended the penalty, putting in- under the rewritten laws.
the president's hands the deci- LAW MINISTER BR. Gok-
sion whether a convicted office- hale told the lower house of
holder should lose office for six Parliament that the amend-
years. ments were brought to clear up
President Fakhruddin Ali Ah- confusion in the law, not to bail
med, the largely ceremonial Gandhi out of her legal entangle-
head of state, was named as the ments.
Congress party presidential can- "In my opinion, it is useless
didate by Gandhi and takes his to say that this is made for any
orders from her as head of gov- one case," he declared. "It can
ernment. leave no doubt that it is not in-
A delegation of 20 opposition tended to be applied to any one
politicians conferred with him individual."
foiansournyeterda evningh The amend m e n t s sailed
for an hour yesterday evenig, through the lower house on a
asking him to refuse to sign the voice vote with only one "nay."
amendments bill and to order They come up in the upper
better conditions for political house today, where the crush-
prisoners. ing majority of the ruling Con-
gress p a r t y is expected to
AHMED REPLIED that- they steamroll them through.
wereaskng im fr smeting In any case, there was no op-
were asking him for somethig position left in either house. All
he had no power.to do, a spokes- key opposition members walked
- - out of Parliament and declared
a boycott of its current emer-
gency session two weeks ago to
protest the arrest of ;heir lead-
ers under the emergency rules.
Ar The lone dissenter was Mohan
p °
316 S. STATE
TUES.-,FRI. 11 '
C~assf~edUSED, FINE,

in India
Dharia, recently kicked out of
the Congress party for calling
on Gandhi to resign because of
her conviction. He said it was
plain the government was push-
ing for quick passage of the
amendments to make sure of
her Supreme Court case.

Senate votes' unanimouslyto
after -state mental- health codle
LANSING (UPI) - The state state's new mental health code ter admission and a full court
Senate has sent a bill to Gov. so that doctors who sign invol- hearing held 14 days after.
William Milliken aimed at insur- untary commitment p a p e r s Sen. ' John Otterbacher (D-
ing that disturbed and mentally would have to make only one Grand Rapids), sponsor of the
ill persons receive prompt ad- court appearance, measure, said many persons
mission to mental institutions. DOCTORS who certify that a who should be involuntarily
The measure, given final leg- person is in need of mental care committed for mental health
islative approval on a 28-0 vote must now appear at a prelimi- care are going without treat-
yesterday, would amend the nary hearing held five days af- See MENTAL, Page 6

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