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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 57-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, July 30, 1976 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
'U' won't disclose financial records

By MIKE NORTON
The Michigan Attorney Gen-
eral's office has issued an opin-
ion stating that the financial
records of state colleges and
universities should be open to
public scrutiny.
But University attorney Rod-
erick Daane said yesterday
that the University is not bound
by such an opinion and has no
immediate intention of releas-
ing any records.
THE OPINION, which was is-
sued Wednesday to state Rep.
Howard Wolpe (D-Kalamazoo)
by Attorney General Frank
Kelley, declared that "finan-

cial books and records of state
institutions of higher educa-
tion are public records."
According to Deputy Attor-
ney General Stanley Steinborn,
the state has had a long tradi-
tion of disclosing such informa-
tion. "Now it applies to state
universities and colleges," he
said.
The opinion does allow for in-
stitutions to "adopt reasonable
restrictions with regard to the
examination, inspection, and
copying of its records to pro-
tect them from loss or destruc-
tion, and to protect the effic-
ient functioning of the institu-
tions."

"OF COURSE," Steinborn
said, "this is just an opinion.
The University attorney could
have a different opinion, and
whether the University chooses
to follow it or not I couldn't
say."
And the University attorney
did, in fact, have a different
opinion.
Although he stressed he was
"not being defiant" toward the
Attorney General's o f f i c e,
Daane said the University is
under no obligation to follow
Kelley's line of reasoning.
"N O T W I T H S T A N D-
ING frequent interpretations to

the contrary," he said, "the
pronouncements of the Attorney
General don't have the binding
force of law. They deserve re-
spectful attention, of course,
but they're not binding."
Daane believes the opinion
was issved with regard to a
lawsuit now pending in Kala-
mazoo between representatives
of Western Michigan Univer-
sity and its employes over a
collective bargaining question.
"Public records they may
be," he declared, "But that
doesn't mean they should be
open to the public on all occa-
sions." He cited a hypothetical
case in which a college plans to

buy a piece of real estate, and
public knowledge of the amount
it is prepared to pay might
prevent a lower price from be-
ing offered.
IN MARCH, 1973, the Daily
joined SGC (Student Govern-
ment Council, the now - defunct
campus - wide student govern-
ing body) and a local chapter
of the National Organization for
Women (NOW) in a lawsuit
against the University to gain
release of the records. The law-
suit was unsuccessful.
"You lost then," said Danne.
"And I think I can beat you
again."

Kidnap pair

arrested
Last two Chowchilla
suspects in custody
CHOWCHILLA, Calif. 01"- The last two men wanted in the
Chowchilla bus kidnaping case were arrested yesterday, two weeks
after 26 school children and their bus driver were abducted and
held in a buried van.
A third suspect in the case was arraigned and pleaded inno-
cent to kidnap charges yesterday.
FREDERICK WOODS, 24, was captured in Vancouver, Can-
ada five hours after his former schoolmate, James Schoenfeld,
24, was arrested near his San Francisco Peninsula hometown.
Schoenfeld's 22-year-old brother, Richard, pleaded innocent
to 43 felony counts stemming from the mass abduction at an ar-
raignment in this small farming community yesterday morning.
Ie surrendered last Friday.
All three are sons of pronient families and were named in
federal arrest warrants listing bail at $1 million.
JAMES SCHOENFELD, thwarted twice in attempts to reach
Canada, was picked up at 6:55 a.m. yesterday in Menlo Park,
near the Schoenfeld family home in plush Atherton. His attorney
said he had retirned to California to surrender.
Acting on tips from the San Francisco FBI, Woods was cap-
tured shortly before noon in a Vancouver post office by officers
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, according to Charles
Bates, agent in charge of the FBI's San Francisco office.
Woods' father owns the quarry in Livermore where the chil-
dren and bus driver were imprisoned in a buried moving van for
18 hours after the July 15 kid-

SHERIFF JOHN McDONALD of San Mateo County leads the second of three suspects in the
Chowchilla busnapping case from San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City, Calif. to the Ala-
meda County Jail in Oakland. The third suspect, 24 year old Frederick Woods, was arrested
shortly after James Shoenfeld in Vancouver, Canada.

Pennsylvania delegate support trickles toward Ford

WASHINGTON UP) - Pennsylvania Re-
publican convention delegates, despite
wooing from their Sen. Richard Schweiker
on behalf of Ronald Reagan, shifted
slightly closer to President Ford yester-
day.
The delegates met with both Ford and
Schweiker, the man Reagan designated
as his running mate Monday in hopes the
move would earn him new delegate
strength from the Northeast. In fact, Ford
picked up four Pennsylvania delegate votes
yesterday, and three others from Louisi-
ana, while Reagan's delegate total remain-
ed unchanged.
SCHWEIKER told the Pennsylvania
delegates at a Capitol Hill meeting how

Reagan had opened the door of the GOP
to moderates. But while Schweiker re-
ceived only polite applause and no new
announcements of delegate support for
Reagan, three delegates previously listed
in The Associated Press tally as uncom-
mitted emerged from a meeting with Ford
and said they'll now vote for the Presi-
dent at the GOP national convention in
Kansas City next month.
A fourth Pennsylvania delegate had ear-
lier pledged support for Ford. Coupled with
the move of the three Louisiana delegates
from uncommitted to Ford, the AP na-
tional tally stood at: Ford 1,104; Reagan
1,023; uncommitted 132. A candidate must
receive 1,130 votes to win the nomination.
Ford will fly to Mississippi today to meet

with the state whose 30 delegates consti-
tute the largest remaining bloc of un-
committeds.
MISSISSIPPI party chairman Clarke
Reed, long believed to favor Reagan
though publicly uncommitted, announced
his endorsement of Ford Wednesday
night.
The Ford and Reagan campaign each
has already claimed it has enough votes
to put its man over the top.
Drew Lewis, chairman of Ford's cam-
paign in Pennsylvania, reiterated his
claim that Ford will get at least 90 of the
state's 103 votes in Kansas. He acknowl-
edged that he had already been counting
the three delegates who announced their
shifts on the White House north portico.

nap.
JAMES SCHOENFELD was
hooked at San Mateo ('ounty
jail in Redwood City in kid-
nap and unlawful flight char-
ges, officials said. He was lat-
er transferred to the Alameda
County Jail and was held on
$1 million bail.
At the courthouse in Chow-
chills, Richard- Schoenfeld,
clad in a rumpled sweater,
beige jeans and cowboy boots,
slumped in his chair but answ-
ered clearly when Judge How-
ard Green questioned him
"You have charged aeainst
you 43 felony counts," Green
told Schoenfeld. He said that if
convicted of the first count-
k id n ap with bodily harmi
against bts driverbEd Ray-
Schoenfeld faced "life imprison-
ment without possibility of pa-
role."

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