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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 16, 1982-Page 7

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK'
THIS SECTION of ceiling in the Michigan Union ballroom fell to the ground during Sunday night's WCBN Benefit Bash..
Water had seeped in to weaken the structure.
Radio station beneft brings down

Mistrial
declared in
University
of Illinois
fraud case
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (UPI* - A
jury yesterday said it was deadlocked
in deliberations in the case of a former
University of Illinois administrator ac-
cused of embezzling more than $600,000
which he lavished on women he met in
an X-rated club.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge
Harold Jensen, however, ordered the
jurors hearing the trial of former
University of Illinois Vice President
Robert Parker to keep trying.
IN FINAL arguments, Champaign
County State's Attorney Thomas
Difanis said Parker reveled in the ex-
travagant lifestyle - complete with
fancy dinners and fancy women - that
he bought with his embezzled funds.
Parker is charged with 157 counts of
felony theft for looting two university-
related bank accounts in the embez-
zlement scheme. He admitted taking
the money, but pleaded innocent and
based his defense on psychological
testimony claiming he had mental
problems.
Four women testified they spent time
with Parker having dinner in expensive
restaurants and sometimes engaging in
unsuccessful group sex for which they
received huge checks at the end of the
evening.
Parker, who worked for the univer-
sity for 29 years, resigned in June. The
indictments charged he funneled
money from two university-related ac-
counts to a third account which had
been dormant. He then wrote checks to
the women - as much as $12,000 an
evening - and to the Club Taray on the
'third account.
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The WCB
brought the
night-litera
strip of plas
Union ball
crashing to
through theE
der's hand.
Water leak
ice and snow
parently w
allowing the

YouthIn The Struggle
For SouthernmAfrica:
an Eyewitness Report
by JAMES STEELE
recently returned from Angola
WED., FEB. 17-7:30 PM
SCHORLING AUD. (School of Ed. Bldg.)
Sponsored by: Young Worker's Liberation League, MSA
Center for Afro-American and African Studies, PIRGIM

house-riht on th
BARRY WITT music to loosen the outer plaster,
N-FM Benefit Bash Union officials said yesterday. '
house down Sunday THE BASH capped off a highly
lly. An eight-foot :longsuccessful weekend of fund-raising
;ty. Ano teihoalng for the student-run radio station.
ter from the Michigan WCBN receivedmore than $11,000 in
o the floor midway telephone pledges and another $2,000
Bash, injuring a barten- cash at the Bash Sunday night, ac-
cording to a station staff member.
age, caused by built up ' The station's goal for the weekend
LnageUio' o, ap was $10,000.
kon the Union s roof, ap- Cynthia Victor, the Union em-
e vibrations from the oee who was struck by the fallin
e viratons romthe plaster, said she received "a knock

e bartender
on the head and some badly bruised
hands." She was taken to University
Hospital and released Sunday night.
Associate Union Director John
Brockett said maintenance officials
looked at the area yesterday where
the accident occurred to make cer-
tain that the plaster was secure.
The Union and several other
buildings on campus have had- some
trouble with water leaking in as the
snow melts on roofs and ice backs up
in gutter systems.

The Center for
Western European
Studies
announces
An Informational
Meeting for the
1982=83
academic year -in
FLORENCE, ITALY
Professors: C. Olds, History of Art
R. Grew, History
F. Casa, Romance Languages
will discuss the varied educational opportunities for
University of Michigan graduate and undergraduate
students in this new foreign studies program.
Tuesday, February 16
Room 203 Tappan
8:*00 P.M.

ISR: Public unsure of economy

(Continued from Page 3)
As inflation declined last year, con-
sumers shifted their worries more and
more to rising unemployment, the sur-
vey showed.
SEVENTY-ONE percent of all
families said they thought business
conditions had worsened during the
past year, a considerably higher figure
than the 51 percent who said the same
in the prior quarter. At the same time,
almost nine in ten expected unem-
ployment either to increase or remain
at high levels in the coming year.
In the fourth quarter of 1981, accor-
ding to the survey, just 18 percent of all
consumers rated conditions favorable
for buying a house, marking the 50th
month of cumulative decline since the
last peak level was recorded at 63 per-
cent in the second quarter of 1977.
While consumer attitudes toward
house-buying seem bleak, some real-
estate owners see light at the end of the
U' regent
*Baker
to run for
U.S. Senate.
(continued from Page 1)
left of the spectrum," he said.
The candidate said peace and equal
opportunity will be key thrusts of his
campaign, along with economic
development.
HE SAID HE supports President
Reagan's policies and backs his controv-
ersial 1983 budget "with some
modifications" such as reduced defense
spending.
Baker noted his total in the 1980
regent election was 158,000 votes over
the so-called "baseline GOP vote" and
said he has seen polls which indicate he
* has the best name recognition of all the
candidates in the Detroit area.
While acknowledging he has raised
and spent only $6,000, Baker said "this
is' a depression year in Michigan and I
don't think people want a spendthrift
campaign."
A candidate's campaign spending
habits, he said, give an indication how
he will handle taxpayers' funds once
elected.
In response to a question, Baker said
he would "absolutely not" favor gran-
ting equal opportunity protections to
homosexuals.

tunnel. "Many families who need
housing are waiting and they won't wait
much longer," said Linda Jones, broker
and owner of Century 21 Arbor Homes,
a local realtor. She added that many
people are beginning to realize that it is
really better to buy now than later when
bank financing interest rates will be
higher.
WHILE CAR-buying attitudes were
unfavorable throughout 1981, they were
somewhat more depressed at the year's
end, the survey reported.
While 58 percent of American con-
sumers expressed a preference for
domestic-made products over foreign-
made products-compared to 4 percent
who favored imports-only 26 percent
would remain patriotic if the foreign
product were priced lower, and only 17
percent would still buy American if the
foreign product were of higher quality.

The December, 1981 survey marks
the 159th survey of consumer attitudes
designed to investigate the reasons for
changes in consumer outlook. "If the
view of consumers is bleak, the outlook
is gloomy," said survey director. Cur-
tin.
In addition, the survey which was
initiated in 1946, has been used to
provide regular assessments of con-
sumer attitudes and expectations, and
to evaluate economic trends and
prospects. "For 35 years we have done
these studies and found that they reflect
changes in the economy," said Resear-
ch director Stephen Withey.

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