The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 10, 1980-Page9
Townspeople furious with
family of murdered girl
* SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP)-Griev-
ing relatives and friends of 8-year-old
Tracie Ann Whiteside gathered at her
funeral yesterday, one day after her
aunt and uncle were arraigned on
charges of her murder.
Grady Lee Price, 42, and his 28-yer-
old wife, Frances Ann, and their 12-
year-old son, Randy, are charged with
murder in connection with Whiteside's
death Saturday. The girl was strangled
with suspenders she was wearing and
her body was placed in a plastic garbage
bag and left in an abandoned house in
the working class neighborhood of Una
where both families live.
YESTERDAY, JUDGE Alvin Biggs
ordered Randy Price, charged as a
juvenile, to undergo 15 days of
psychiatric testing at a state mental
Authorities have not indicated any
motive for the slaying.
When Price and his wife were taken
from the jail to the adjacent courthouse
for arraignment Monday morning, they
drew what Spartanburg County
asheriff's Lt. Bobby Carroll called an
unusually large crowd of spectators,
some of them Una residents.
"They lined the sidewalk," he said,
adding there were no disturbances.
SHERIFF LARRY SMITH posted 12
or 13 officers as a precaution. Carroll
said, because "you don't want anything
"There was a remark or two made in
'the crowd, something about getting
them (the Prices)," after a widespread
search for the girl early Sunday, the
Authorities pointed out that Monday
was the first day of a session of court, a
day that often draws a large number of
people to the courthouse.,
YESTERDAY, ABOUT 100 people
were at the small, red brick Una First
Baptist Church on the outskirts of Spar-
tanburg for the funeral services.
The Rev. James Price, recently ap-
pointed pastor at the church, said
Whiteside would have received a six-
year perfect attendance pin at the
church's Sunday school in October.
The three defendants remained in jail
yesterday without bond. The Prices'
other child, a 10-year-old boy, was in
Authorities said Whiteside was last
seen by her parents around 11 a.m.
Saturday when she told her mother she
was going outside to play with cousins
The Whitesides asked neighbors to
help them look for her-°when the child
failed to return home for lunch. Smith
said about 100 people helped in the
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they will not get their $15,000 allotment.
"We're going to play the game even
if they're not there," he said.
ANOTHER HIGHLY-VISIBLE game
for the Wolverines pits them against the
Fighting Irish of Notre Dame Septem-
ber 20. Canham said he has not yet
asked the band to go to South Bend. But
if the band is invited, Canham said, the
athletic department will finance the
trip for the 225-member group.
In response to Canham's statement
about. music school attempts to
pressure the athletic department,
Richter said it was "not true at all.
When Don Canham said the athletic
department is not easily pressured, I'd
say that's an understatement."
Richter said the July 27 article was
the result of his honest answer to a
reporter about why he left the Univer-
ity. His answer publicized the con-
roversy over funds.
"MICHIGAN IS RIGHT at the bottom
of the Big Ten when it comes to funds
for the band. Northwestern even is
higher," the former conductor said.
"I'm not condemning Don Canham.
The figures speak for themselves."
Toe figures Richter referred to were
compiled by the University of Illinois.
The study included the following
-The Michigan State band had an
perating budget of $54,000 last year
from its athletic department.
-The Ohio State band received
$65,000 from its athletic department.
marachers got $21,500 from the athletic
department last year, but had an ad-
ditional $57,000 available from the
-The University of Iowa received
$10,000 last year, but had additional
W unds of $12,000 available for travel and
Richter's Texas Longhorn band was
given more than $35,000 for travel this
year. The band will attend all five away
"The survey said some athletic
departments provide more money than
at Michigan, but his (Canham's) depar-
tment is self-supporting. That's an ef-
fectivetargument," Richter said.
"BUT AT THE same time, accoun-
tability is part of the support and enter-
tainment package of the athetic depar-
tment. Fans are paying to see the entire
package of which the band is a part,"
Richter explained that the band must
be included in the price of a $10 game
ticket. "If the band isn't worth 10 cents
on each ticket (about $10,000 a game),
then its purpose should be examined,"
In a typical university framework,
Richter said, funding sources are the
athletic department, music school, and
president's office. He said the current
University situation short-changes the
"IT'S TERRIBLY unfair to the
students. Few student organizations at
universities give more time and
sweat," Richter said.
"The Michigan Marching Band
deserves more support and respect. It
is the University of Michigan. They are
held in high esteem. That is one place
that should not have a problem. You
don't see any problem like that at
Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State, or
Michigan State," he said.
MICHIGAN HAS not had a tradition
of athletic department financial sup-
port because it was unnecessary,
Richter said. During the late 1940s to
the 1960s, auto companies made
"I remember one figure I heard was
a contribution of over $800,000,"
Music companies formerly donated
sheet music and instruments for the
band's use, Richter said, but now, the
companies do not have the funds.
Although the travel decision has not
been made, Marching Band Director
Eric Becher said last week that the
band would continue to practice half-
time shows for the away games until a
final verdict is reached.
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