Friday, Jufy 9, 1976
THE MICHiGAN DAILY
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Former President Richard Nixon yes-
terday was disbarred from the New York
State Bar by the Appellate division of
the State Supreme Court for his actions
during the Watergate bugging and cover-
up. In an opinion handed down by Jus-
tice Xavier Riccobono, the court con-
cluded Nixon "improperly concealed and
encouraged others to conceal evidence
relating to unlawful activities." Ricco-
bono cited as "unlawful activities" Wa-
tergate and the break-in of the Los
Angeles office of psychiatrist Lewis
Fielding, who treated Daniel Ellsburg,
the government employe who released
the Pentagon Papers. Nixon's disbarr-
ment was to take effect Aug. 9, two
years to the day after his resigna-
tion from the presidency, the court said.
. happenin's today are non-existent.
Weather or not
It will continue to be sunny atnd warm
today, with a high of 85 Winds will
be mild and there is no predicted pre-
cipitation. The low tonight will be near
State ERAs are working
WASHINGTON UP) - E q u a I rights
amendments put into state constitutions
have expanded the rights of women
rather than eroded them as critics claim,
the women's year commission reports.
"Fairer decisions on divorce to home-
makers, to children and to husbands are
resulting from state ERAs," the report
AN ANALYSIS of the impact of lan-
guage banning sex discriimnation in 15
states was conducted by the Women's
Law Project of Philadelphia. The an-
alysis was in a report released this week
by the National Commission on the Ob-
servance of International Women's Year.
The commission said the a n a 1 y s i s
knocks down predictions by ERA critics
that the amendment would lead to homo-
sexual marriages, a ban on separate
bathrooms and elimination of husbands'
support of their spouses.
"No laws prohibiting homosexualr tar-
riage have been invalidated and no laws
providing for separate toilets have been
overturned," the commisison said in a
final report to President Ford.
"ARE LAWS have not been invali-
dated hy state ERAs," it said. "State
courts iin Colorado, Illinois, Maryland
and Texas have all upheld rate provi-
sions protecting tonly women and penal-
izing men, or penalizing mten more se-
'ennsy lttvania's state supreme court
has issued rulings on the five-year old
state ERA which have substantially im-
proved the status of homemakers and
mothers, said Marie Kenney, director of
the-state commission for women.
In child support cases the court said
a homemaker's care of the children must
be considered an economic contribution
in assessing support obligations, she
"FOR THE l'IRST time, a wonto's
work in the hone is legally recognized,"
Washington Gav atiet Evans, in re-
sponse to questions about the impact of
his state's ERA, told the researchers he
knew of no privileges women had lost as
a result. He said they had rarely been
rewarded alimony previously hecause of
See ERAs, Page 5
'U' personnel head complains of
jump in unemployment costs
By LANI JORDAN
In a time when colleges and universi-
ties are struggling to hold down their ot-
erational budgets, and many even forced
to make severe cutbacks due to lack of
funds, the amount of money being paid
out in unemployment compensation at
state-supported universities is increasing
at an alarming rate.
Tiat is the opinion of Russell eister.
University director of personnel, at
least. In a recent letter to several key
state legislators, Reister spoke for
Michigan's universities-which, te says,
are facing a serious problem in rising
unemsploymnent conpensation costs.
NEARLY All the persontel directors
of the state unitiversities "tire very con-
cerned abot unemtpltyment mpena-
tion," said Reister. "We w:t someone
to take a look at it,"
luritg the 1075-7t, fiscal year. the
eleven stte tuntiersities taid three mil
titus dlttlars its tttnetittltttsitmeni t ctttnt s -si t
titt, tnttire th;itit dititscte tin' 1 74 7A liScti t
1,;tc i .t IIiittotI d itl:;it .1f lstt! i t~itey,
the Univetrsit sf Michimit pttid St I mitl
litan (compared to t i ,122 during
According ti Rest'r, payments made
to persons who voluntarily quit their
Jobs are the mitor cause of this cost
inflation. During the ipt ftiscal year, $t
million in unemipl ymtent benefits were
paid in this ctitegtrv.
"COLlEG-S ei ismtniats pe he o
aren't pltint niket career tut iof
working forir the shisl,"ti salI Reister in
his letter. T hespeilel evcntily uit
their tJohs tind, tinder the 172 rersitn
Of the ntitstitviimeit cOtTmit-enstiion law,
are eligible for paymentofI ncefits
"I don't think the (ths t t-l itors)
itoked at the ii' closely entgi wien
it was changed" he sail.
Meister isskigti i eI)isr to
study th postsibilis' (fi cttinsisig the law
to Neclide ishitpblic imtltyrs, I t(pairticular-
iy i sii i's) 'fm tiavitg iunemploy-
ment benefits tthos whof)vtiluntarily
"I CAN de-i-itei s- itratitnalet for
exicding inuit cimsis-rs. In the pri-
vale sectir e' Is'iare tiitd off due ts1n
tacit iii wsrk- in lie stublic sectiir there
is plenty of wirk; layoffs cie from a
lack of funds," said Reister.
"We cat sayp setle fr wiurking or
pay people for not working," he con-
tinued. "I don't think any political ex-
tretnist tould go with the second."
Squirting the ashes
City firefighters hose down the wreckage of a storage shed behind the Village Corner market on South Forest. The shed
caught fire early yesterday morning, but the blaze was contained and no one was injured.
By GEORGE LOBSENZ
In a relatively subdued session, Gradu-
ate Employes Organization (GEO) and
University bargainers yesterday made
some headway in resolving several of
the less controversial issues up for ne-
Reaction to the meeting varied between
the two sides.
"Frankly, I'm a little frustrated at this
time," said John Forsyth, chief Univer-
sIty negotiator, "we sat around for three
hours and I don't feel we accomplished
much of anything."
But GEO prtsident Doug Moran said
he thought the meeting had achieved
make slim gains
"minor gains on some of the less con-
MOST OF the session was devoted to
GEO responses to University proposals
in the form of verbal comments and
counter-proposals. No formal agree-
ments were made on any issue.
Of the topics discussed, information and
agency shop proposals registered the
widest splits between the two sides.
A GEO counter-proposal called on the
University to provide the union with all
pertinent information about every Grad-
uate Student Assistant (GSA) in several
up-dated installments throughout any
given term. The University proposal had
stipulated that this information be con-
veyed to GEO in one largely complete
list halfway through the term.
LABOR LAW requires the University
as an employer to furnish GEO with in-
formation about GSAs so that the union
can perform its functions (collect dues,
disseminate literature, counsel members,
"It's necessary for us to obtain rela-
tively early lists so we can carry out the
provisions of the contract," claimed GEO
bargainer Barbara Weistein,
GEO president Doug Moran voiced
another objection to the University's
"THE UNIVERSITY say, we'll give
you the list - reasotably complete.*
and you'll receive it two months half-
way through the term," noted Moran.
"This effectively disenfranchises people
like new GSAs or reappointed tGSAs we
don't know about. Until we get the list.
we can't do anything for them. We can't
get to them for Iwo mouths out of a
However, Forsyth secned adamant in
his refusal to accept the GEO modifics-
tion. Citing the great amount of adminis-
trative work involved in getting the lists
out, Forsyth asserted, "We're not going
through this process twice."
See GEO, Page 6