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Prices, jobless rate
continue to increase
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices
surged upward by 1.4 per cent in Mar-
ch, maintaining inflation at an 18 per
cent rate, although there were some
hopeful signs that inflationary
pressures are easing..
Meanwhile, the jobless rate for adult
men reached the highest level in 2 /
years reflecting a slowdown in the
THE LABOR Department said
producer prices of finished goods -
those ready for use by, the ultimate
user, either consumers or business -
rose 1.4 per cent in March, a shade less
than increases of 1.6 per cent in
January and 1.5 in February.
Except for energy and food there
were signs of moderation in the
wholesale price index, and economists
said energy prices may soon abate. .
Unemployment rose slightly to 6.2
per cent in March from six per cent in
February, layoffs increased, em-
ployment declined and factory em-
ployees worked fewer hours. Whether
these signaled the start of a recession
was a matter of debate.
WHOLESALE gasoline soared 8.5 per
cent in March; heating oil, 6.3 per cent.
"This should be the last month of the
enormous increases in energy prices
except for the president's 10 cent per
gallon oil import fee," said Lawrence
Chimerine, chief economist at Chase
Econometrics, a leading economic
In an effort to help curb inflation, the
Carter administration and the Federal
The state jobless rate dropped last
month due to a smaller work force. See
story, Page 3.
Reserve Board have pushed interest
rates to record levels in an effort to
slow the economy and take pressure off
prices. The prime lending rate of some
major banks is now 20 per cent.
THE EFFECT of the rising interest
rates was clearly evident in the Labor
Department's employment report for
March that showed overall em-
ployment down 300,000, with most of the
decline apparently in the construction
industry and in manufacturing,
Unemployment in the construction
industry, where high interest rates are
discouraging both home buying and
home building, rose to 13 per cent, up
from 10.5 per cent in February. Layoffs
in the auto industry, because of lagging
domestic auto sales, are scheduled to
increase to 223,000 next week, the most
since the depths of the 1975 recession.
The Carter administration is predic-
See ECONOMIC, Page 2
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Beaut and the beat
Valerie Pinkston and the Charles Scales Quartet entertain a captivated audience last night before the judging begins
at the Miss Black University of Michigan beauty pageant held at the League.
FEE HIKE, ELECTION CERTIFICATION CONSIDERED:
MSA ballot addresses. issues
By DAVID MEYER
A proposal on next week's Michigan
Student Assembly ballot will allow
students to voice their opinion on a
possible $1.33 increase in the mandatory
*student government fee.
A second question will ask voters
whether MSA elections should be
certified by the MSA Elections Board,
as opposed to the present review by the
Central Student Judiciary.
ALTHIOUG2H THE fee hike proposal
is non-binding, if students grant.
approval of the question, MSA would
enjoy a considerably better bargaining
position in convincing the University
Regents that the increase is needed.
While the Regents will make the final
decision regarding the proposed fee
increase from the current $2.92
assessed each student every term to
$4.25, most MSA members say the
Regents will not allow the increase
without student approval.
If approved by the Regents, more
than 90 per cent of the extra revenue
would be allocated to Student Legal
Services (SLS). Those who support the
fee increase maintain that the extra
revenue is essential to continuing the
services offered by SLS. The office
offers free legal aid to any University
BRAD CANALE, Economic Affairs
Coordinator for MSA, stressed the
importance of the fee hike. "Right now,
the whole existence of Student Legal
Services can be questioned," Canale
to work in our office."
Teich said that if the fee increase
fails SLS would be unable to handle its
increasing case load. "We'll definitely
have to make cutbacks," Teich said.
"We certainly wouldn't be able to hire
anybody to handle the extra case load."
ON THE QUESTION of MSA election
I don't think the Elections Board should certify
an election it runs.r
- -MSA member-Tim Feeman
for election certification. If there were
a challenge to the Election Board's
decision, however, the CSJ would act as
an appellate board.
Those who support the proposal point
to the fact that Election Board
members would be better acquainted
with the election process and would,
therefore, be a better judge of the
fairness with which it was conducted.
THOSE WHO oppose the proposal
contend that the Elections Board might
be biasedtowards certifying its own
"The Elections Board will have had a
six-week thumb on the election," said
Canale; who supports the proposal.
"They're very, very fair and objective
MSA member Tin Feeman
disagreed. "I don't think that the
Elections Board should certify an
election it runs," Feeman said.
Canale, however, argued that the
Elections Board certification would
avoid the often-arduous certification
process from an outside body. "All too
often," he said, "the election disputes
become petty. In this case (Elections
Board certification), they know what's
significant and what's not."
Fifth ward candidates
look to party voters
for winning support
said, warning that severe cutbacks
might be necessary if the proposal fails.
Paul Teich, an SLS attorney, said
that the majority of the increased
revenue would go towards increasing
attorney salaries, which he says are far
below competitive market , rates.
"We're losing good lawyers who work
here," Teich said, adding that the fee
hike would bring salaries to "a low,
reasonable market value to get people
certification, there seems to be a clear
lack of consensus within MSA over who
should certify their elections.
The Central Student Judiciary (CSJ),
an autonomous body of students
appointed by MSA, currently certifies
all MSA elections. If the certification
proposal is passed, the MSA Elections
Board, a body of students also
appointed by MSA who also run the
election, would assume responsibility
By CATHY BROWN
and LEE KATTERMAN
If awards were presented for cordial
campaigning, Ann Arbor's Fifth Ward
City Council candidates would share
the first prize.
Unlikedthe candidates in the other
contested races, Democrat Thomas
Bletcher and Republican Joyce
Chesbrough have avoided heated con-
frontations. In fact, both Chesbrough
and Bletcher admit that their cam-
paigns are geared toward getting their
,s s'g Prep star Tim McCormick announces
he'll become a Wolverine cager
By DAVE JOHNSON
Prep All-American Tim McCormick
of Clarkston High School turned
Michigan basketball coach Bill
Frieder's day from a "Good Friday" to
a "Great Friday" yesterday with a
single word. After months of
speculation of where he'd take his
talents next year, the 6-10 McCormick
made it official - "Michigan."
McCormick's decision dispelled
many local reports that he was headed
for Ohio State and concluded a busy
week for the Michigan basketball
program which commenced Monday
with Frieder's elevation to head coach.
"I'M VERY elated that Tim chose
Michigan," said Frieder. "It's a feeling
of relief after a long, hard-fought
recruiting battle. It's just made my
AP Photo day."
TIM McCORMICK announced he will play basketball for the Wolverines And though Frieder. had suspected
next year at a news conference yesterday at the Clarkston Board of Educa- McCormick would choose Michigan, he
tion office. was never really sure of that fact.
"I felt all along that he'd come here,"
said Frieder, "but I also knew how
much he admired (North Carolina head
coach) Dean Smith. Dean has been an
idol to Tim his entire life. And I knew he
wanted to play on a national champion-
ship team, which kind of brought in
"BUT UNTIL you hear it from the.
player himself," said the new head
coach, "you're never sure. Tim had
never given me an indication where he
wanted to go until today."
Although Frieder said he didn't know
which school McCormick would choose
before yesterday, McCormick said
Michigan was his number one choice
from the day he was first recruited.
"I never really told anybody before,
but ever since I was a little kid, I've
always wanted to play at Michigan,"
said McCormick. "It's true Ohio State
and North Carolina entered the picture
because they're both fine schools, but
I've always been a Michigan fan. I'm,
really looking forward to playing for
Coach Frieder and the University of
MCCORMICK, who this past season
led Clarkston to the state Class A semi-
finals and a 26-1 season record, said the
departure of former Michigan Coach
Johnny Orr didn't really influence his
decision, but if Frieder had left the
Wolverines, he would have changed his
"I've gotten to know Coach Frieder
rather well," said McCormick. "I have
a lot of confidence in him.
"I've noticed how much coaching he'
did from the bench as assistant to
Coach Orr. . . a lot of coaching. That
gives me the confidence that he can be
just as good a coach, if not better, than
THIS HAS been a phenomenal spring
for Michigan's recruiting efforts, but
See McCORMICK, Page 9,
party's voters to the polls Monday.
Neither candidate is concentrating on
winning support from crossover voters.
"IT'S LIKE running a race with no
one," said Chesbrough. "I don't have
the sense my opponent is actively cam-
Democrats campaigning for Bletcher
say they are limiting their efforts to
those inclined to vote for their can-
didate on Monday. The Fifth Ward,
which includes most of the city's west
side, has been Republican-dominated in
local elections over the last decade.
"We've tried just about every
strategy and still lost," said Fifth Ward
Democratic Chairman Bob Wallin.
"This time we're running a campaign
targeted at identified Democrats."
"THERE REALLY hasn't been any
debate in the Fifth Ward," said current
Fifth Ward Councilman Gerald Bell. "I
think both (candidates) are running on
their experience and background."
Bletcher, 39, is a senior partner with
Harmon Culhane, Petersen and Blet-
cher, a consulting firm to municipal
governments. He served as Washtenaw
County Deputy Drain Commissioner
from 1972 to 1975. He has also done
graduate work at the University In-
stitute for Public Policy Studies and is
working on a master's in economics
and public administration from
Eastern Michigan University.
Bletcher says one of his first
priorities as a councilman would be to
ensure that residents are getting the
services they pay for. By giving city
departments more direction, he -said,
council can improve efficiency and
maintain a tight city budget.
CHESBROUGH, 47, cites her mem-
bership on the Ann Arbor Transpor-
tation Authority and Washtenaw Coun-
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campaign manager. Wiley"ll be hidin' out in the west,
drummin' up the vote, and generally keepin' things in mind
out in places like East Pocatello, Idaho; Snelby, Montana;
and Heber, Utah." As all of this excitement monopolized
the Ft. Mudge town square, Pogo himself was seen slipping
back into the Okefenokee Swamp, fishin' pole in hand,
sayin' "why does folks go chargin' around anyway, all
tryin' to be president? An' why does they want me? I mean,
it ain't like the Aspiration of the Magi or nothin'. Oh well,
each to my own . . ." E
Stamn out roaches
colony of the ugly creatures, that's probably all it's
done-about 30 per cent of the roaches will just be a little
stunned and will eventually wake up and crawl away.
However, Reierson pointed out that a technical grade of
boric acid powder, applied full strength where roaches like
to live, will kill them. And if you've decided that there's no
winning with roaches and have made them a welcome part
of your household-be aware. Cockroaches are carriers of
bacteria and viruses, including staphlococcus,
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