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The Michigan Daily-Thursday. February 18, 1982-Page 7 I
Newsstand owner celebrates 50
By HARLAN KAHN
Sporting a Block M tie and a boutonniere of car--
* ations, Alvin Neff, 67, yesterday celebrated his 50th
anniversary at his Nickels Arcade newsstand.
Neff, stricken with polio at age 14, "struggled it out
apd made it on his .own," said his wife, Lillie. "As
many times as I've left him here, few men would
have made it in this cold weather. I'm very proud of
- THE NEWSSTAND was opened by Neff's brother,
)loyd, in 1932. Ever since then, Neff has set the stand
palmost every day -even in the coldest winter
"This is the worst winter I ever saw," he said.
"Haven't had a thaw all winter."
;.Lillie said she has been trying to persuade Neff to
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"He's a great fellow. I'm
happy. Anytime a man's got
a 50th anniversary, he's
famed local resident
retire, but he won't because he "enjoys his friends too
NEFF SAID THE Arcade stores and their owners
have changed over the years, but he has "made a lot
of friends here on State Street."
,The State Street Merchants Association gave Neff a
watch, an engraved silver mug, and -a framed cer-
tificate celebrating his accomplishment.
"Somebody brought a cake," Lillie said, giving a
slice to the passersby who stopped to congratulate
"HE'S A GREAT fellow," said Shakey Jake, a
popular city character who dropped by the Arcade to
join the celebration. "I'm happy. Any time a man's
got a 50th anniversary, he's done alright."
Neff said he remembers "when Follett's used to be
an M-hut, and students would go there and dance."
He remembers football great Tom Harmon, and ex-
President Gerald Ford.
But most of all, Neff said, he remembers his frien-
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gred in Illinois fraud case
By LINDA BALKIN
It was an unusual twist in an unusual
trial. Early, this week, a judge ruled
that the jury was hopelessly deadlocked
in the trial of Robert Parker, the for-
mer associate vice president at the
University of Illinois who is accused of
embezzling more than $600,000.
A new trial is scheduled to begin in
= THE SCANDAL created a storm of
controversy at the University of Illinois
over that university's accounting prac-
tices, and prompted an extensive audit
of the university's accounts. University
of Michigan officials insist, however,
that a similar situation could not arise
The case had been compared to a
modern-day version of Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde. Parker, a trusted, 29-year
employee of the university, was ac-
cused of issuing, over a period of three
years, 252 checks to a variety of
recipients, including 11 women who
were alleged to be prostitutes and to the
Club Tarry, a now-closed X-rated
nightclub which Parker supposedly
Parker initially pleaded innocent to
all the charges. He now admits to
taking the money, but maintains his in-
WASHINGTON (AP)- Besieged
with criticism and appeals for com-
promise, the administration signaled
Congress yesterday that there my be
some leeway in President Reagan's
refusal to raise taxes or cut the 18 per-
;cent Pentagon buildup in his big-deficit
A key bemocrat called the develop-
'ment "progress-progress and hope"
;for a bipartisan revision of the embat-
tled $757.6-billion plan.
At first, the olive branch offered
House Democrats by Budget Director
;David Stockman seemed barren, even
'as he told the Budget Committee that
sthe overall package wasn't "the last
;word, the final solution." He reiterated
Reagan's insistence that the defense
;program be left intact and that there be
no reversal of his three-year tax cut.
But- later, Stockman appeared to
back off a bit on those two issues. He
Mtold the panel that Reagan feels the tax
code "isn't chiseled in stone."
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nocence because of mental com-
plications. Parker has based his defen-
se against the 157 charges of felonious
theft on a plea of insanity.
HIS NEW TRIAL is scheduled to
begin March 8, but, according to
Champaign County Sta'te's Attorney
Thomas Difanis, a case overload may
delay it further.
For several years, Parker alone con-
trolled the finances of the University of
Illinois Foundation, described as the
"fundraising arm of the university."
He was also the treasurer of the UD
Corp., a separate branch of the Univer-
sity of Illinois Foundation, among
whose functions it was "to hold money
from sales of . non-patentable
technology developed at the Univer-
Between 1977 and 1981, Parker tran-
sferred some $600,000 from the foun-
dation's accounts to the UD Corp. ac-
counts. The transactions were listed in
the university records as "monthly
THE DISCREPENCY was discovered
in May 1981 after Parker became ill and
took a leave of absence. The University
hired a team of accountants to maintain
Parker's financial records. The team
discovered the shortages, and Parker
was indicted on August 31.
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people in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan
According to Carl Smith, University
of Michigan Director of Interim Audits,
the accounting system here is different
than the one used at the University of
Illinois. Unlike the University of
Illinois, the University of Michigan's
accounts are regularly audited by a
private accounting firm:
Smith said the firm annually reviews
"everything and everybody," and that
the University has sufficient approval
levels and separation of duties to
prevent one person from acquiring total
control over major accounts.
"No one was approving him," Smith
said of Parker. "Something in their
system allowed him the ability to do it."
"Y FEEL comfortable that we don't
have that potential here," he said.
The functions of the UD Corporation
were not totally unlike the .functions
planned for the Michigan Research
Corporation. The corporation is still in
the planning stage, and Smith said he
was unsure of what type of accounting
system the MRC would have.
The Illinois State Auditing General
suggested barring the creation of any
further University of Illinois cor-
poration outgrowths. President of the
university, Stanely Ikenberry, said that
though the UD account is inactive, the
corporation still exists.'
"I would think as soon as this matter
is concluded it will be dismantled," he
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