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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 39-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, July 3,1976 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

'U' to receive extra funding
By MIKE NORTON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Robben Fleming said he difficulties visited upon us by the slash in fifth quarter
Following months of political wrangling the Michigan felt the bill both helped and hurt the University's funds."


state House and Senate finally passed yesterday a
University funding package for the coming fiscal year.
There was some good news and some bad news.
THE FINAL VERSION of the appropriations bill,
which was agreed on and recommended by the joint
appropriations committee of both houses, amounted to
a total state grant of nearly $111 million-$4.5 million
over last year's University allocation and $3 million
more than the amount recommended in Governor Wil-
liam Milliken's stringent guidelines.
But in the process of give-and-take leading tip to the
final decision, the University took a heavy $1.5 million
cut in funds for the so-called "fifth quarter"-the
twilight period from July to October created by a
recent shift in the fiscal calender.
Reactions among University officials were under-
standably mixed.

financial situation. Referring to the extra $3 million
and the simultaneous reduction in fifth quarter funds,
Fleming remarked that, "while the balance between
these two actions is favorable, the problem is not that
"The slash in funds for the fifth quarter will create
cash flow problems for us, and unless the Executive
Office and the legislature are willing to be quite flex-
ible about how we spend the incremental dollar in the
1976-77 budget, we will have serious problems meeting
our obligations," he added.
The added difficulty, Fleming explained, is that the
extra $3 million is largely committed already to the
various Health Science departments of tht University.
And, according to Fleming, the health sciences no
longer need the money that badly. The University
would, of course, like to use some of it to resolve "the

FLEMING ACCUSED the state of bad faith, saying:
"We had been assured there would be no further cuts
this year. The cut in fifth quarter funds is therefore
particularly painful for us."
University Vice President for State Relations Richard
Kennedy, while "saddened and quite surprised" by the
fifth quarter amputation, expressed optimism about
the possibility of getting some freedom to joggle funds
from one category to the other.
"If we don't have that freedom we're going to be in
a box," Kennedy admitted. "We may have to defer
payment of some of our bills."
But the University has already met with several
prominent members of the legislature, he added, and
most of them seemed "sympathetic."
"Anyway, there's a balance now," he declared, "and
we're somewhat ahead."

Death penalty upheld

AP Photo
An Eastern Airlines Electra II prop jet burns at the hanger area of Boston's Logan Airport early yesterday following
a bombing which a militant antibusing group has claimed re sponsibility for. There were no passengers aboard the jet.
Bombings linked to anti-using group

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme
Court upheld the death penalty yester-
day as a punishment for murder but
said judges and juries must be required
to consider the character and record
of the defendant.
By a 7-2 vote, the court said death
for murder is not a cruel and unusual
punishment as prohibited by the Con-
BUT IN SEPARATE 5-4 decisions, it
struck down laws in Louisiana and North
Carolina making the penalty mandatory
for several types of slayings.
"Fundamental respect for humanity
... reqtires consideration of the char-
acter and record of the individual of-
fender and the circumstances of the
particular offense as a constitutionally
indisnensable part of the process of in-
flicting the penalty of death," the court
The court specifically upheld laws in
Florida, Georgia and Texas in its first
statetnent on capital punishment in four
years. In 1972 it ruled that laws then
on the books gave judges and juries
too much leeway.
See related stories on pages 3 and 10.
THE COURT said these three states
successfully met the objections which
it raised in its 1972 ruling because they
gave the judges and jurors guidelines
by which to make their decisions.
Thirty-four states have enacted death
penalty laws in the last four years and
still have them on the honks. Over half
of thememake death mandatory for spe-
cified crimes.
Congress has also passed legislation
providing a mandatory death penalty for
airplane hijackings resulting in loss of
life. No one has been sentenced under
this law.
THE COURT'S main opinion was writ-
ten by Justice Potter Stewart, one of
the five justices who voted in 1972 to
strike down the laws then in existence.
Stewart noted that he, along with
Justices Byron White and William Doug-
las, reserved judgment at that time as
to whether the death penalty could ever
be inflicted under any laws.
See HIGH, Page 11

BOSTON () - A telephone caller claiming to represent
a militant antibusing group said yesterday that his organiza-
tion was responsible for two of three predawn bombings in
the Boston area.
No one was injured in the blasts, which occurred over a
Ihee-hour period. An airliner and a National Guard truck
were destroyed, and one of the nation's oldest working court-
houses was heavily damaged.
The telephone caller, who said he was a member of the
South Boston Defense League, also threatened to disrupt the
bicentennial parade of tall ships into Boston Harbor on
July 10.
HE TOLD A Boston newspaper and television station
that the group was responsible for the airliner and truck
Richard Bates, special agent in charge of the Boston
FBI office, said the man identified himself as a "Dennis

Callahan." He added: "'We'll get the tall ships' or words
to that effect," Bates said.
"We've been afraid of this," the FBI agent said. "There
have been rumors for months that something like this could
occur. The bicentennial weekend is very important to this
country. Any group that's trying to gets its message across
knows that this is the time when they'll get attention."
Boston police said they recently had picked up leaflets
bearing the names "Boston Defense League" and "South
Boston Defense League." However, little is known about
members of the group.
Bates said he did not know who Dennis Callahan was.
JAMES KELLY of the South Boston Information Center,
an antibusing group, said he has heard of the South Boston
Defense League and its pledge of violence untii court-ordered
integration of Boston schools is stopped.
See BOMBINGS, Page 2

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