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A Reagan on
the unemployment line
See Editorial, Page ,4

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Ant igan
Ninety-three Years of Editorial Freedom

EtaiI

Autumnal
Partly cloudy today with a chilly high
near 50.

Vol. XCll, No. 33

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, October 16, 1982

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

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City

$5

pot law may

be

repealed

Former
treasurer
sentenced
for taking
By DAN GRANTHAM
A former South Quad Council
treasurer has been sentenced to three
years probation, fined $650 in court
costs, and been ordered to make
restitution for money he embezzled
from the council.
James Spencer stood quietly as
Judge Ross Campbell sentenced him
yesterday in Ann Arbor circuit court.
Spencer was convicted of embez-
zlement and larceny of over $100.
South Quad Council president Sam
Sottile said that Spencer took ap-
proximately $4,400 from the council
treasury. Although the theft took place
during the summer of 1981, it was not
discovered until November of that
year, he said.
See FORMER, Page 3

Mayor proposes vote
for April city ballot

The beat goes on Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Joey Lansing (left) and Charlie Portis (right) bounce basketballs in the rain yesterday, during Sigma Alpha Mu's
"Bounce for Beats." The 24-hour marathon is raising funds for the Michigan Heart Association.

By GREG BRUSSTAR
Ann Arbor's $5 fine for the possession
of marijuana-one of the most liberal
drug laws in the country-may soon be
a thing of the past.
Mayor Louis Belcher said he will
propose that the city's lenient pot law
by repealed by Ann Arbor residents in
an April vote.
The repeal of the law is aimed at cur-
bing drug abuse in the city's junior high
schools and high schools, Belcher said.
"I never did agree with the law, and I
never did agree with the change in the
city charter," he added, referring to the
$5 pot law that originally passed in May
1972.
Belcher must first ask the City Coun-
cil to approve the ballot proposal. The
Mayor said he expects the Council to
approve his measure.
"The impact (of the law) on the
young children in our community has
become unreasonable," said Richard
Kraft, a member of one of the parent
organizations backing the repeal. "The
cavalier attitude in the use of drugs in
teens is too extensive to ignore."
"A 12 or 13-year-old just doesn't have
the maturity to moderate substance
use," he said.
Belcher said his proposal is backed
by many Ann Arbor parent
associations, such asCommunity Ac-
tion on Substance Abuse, Mothers
Against Drunk Drivers, and Tough
Love.
If the law is repealed in April, per-
sons arrested for marijuana possession
will be prosecuted under state law, ac-
cording to Assistant City Attorney John
Van Loon. The maximum penalties un-
der state law are one year in jail, and a
$1,000 fine, or both.
In March, 1971, possession of
marijuana was made a misdemeanor.
Liberalizing that law in 1972, the city-
mostly through student votes-made
possession of pot a $5 fine, making Ann
Arbor's laws the most progressive in
the country. That same law was

Aitd cuts not so, bad this year

By JIM SPARKS
The future of financial aid to University students is
still uncertain, but the deep cuts that were expected
haven't yet materialized, a University financial aid
official told the Regents yesterday.
The University expected that federal support would
fall about $1 million dollars, according to Harvey
Grotrian, director of financial aid, but in fact, the
amount of federal dollars increased slightly this
year.
FEDERAL AID to students should be slightly over
$11 million this year, Grotrian estimated, compared
to last year's $10.6 million for the three University
campuses.
Although four of the five aid -programs declined

slightly, a $640,000 boost in the National Direct
Student Loan fund caused the increase, Grotrian
said.
That increase came about when 528 colleges were
denied federal money from the fund because their
student default rate exceeded 25 percent, and that
money was redistributed to the University and other
schools, Grotrian said.
GROTRIAN, however, cautioned that the positive
figures don't reflect a $1.1 million cut in Social
Security money for education, tuition hikes, or the 6,
percent rise in the number of applications for federal
aid.
The number of applications for state-supported
Guaranteed Student Loans have dropped, since

students now have to demonstrate need in order to
receive the loans, Grotrian added. "Students have
self-selected themselves out of the process," he said.
This requirement has led to a 37 percent decline in
the number of applicants, and a drop of about $12
million paid to students, according to Elaine Nowak,
the University's senior aid officer.
THE CURRENT favorable federal support levels
are only in effect until December, Grotrian warned.
Congress recently overrode President Reagan's veto
on a continuing resolution to keep federal financial
aid dollars at their 1982-83 level.
When, that resolution expires, the new congress
may pass a budget changing the levels, or vote in
See FINANCIAL, Page 2

...says parents worried
about drug use
repealed a year later, only to be rein-
stated in April of 1974.
The repeal vote, however, is expected
to meet with tough opposition.
City Council member Lowell Peter-
son (D-First Ward) said the mayor-
who is up for re-election in April-is
grandstanding.
Peterson called the proposal a sym-
bolic gesture, explaining that if the
police want to arrest someone for
possession, they can try them under
state, not city law.
"If it were to get on the ballot I will
certainly work against it," Peterson
added.
"I think it's fine the way it is," said
Humanities Prof. Robert Weeks. "I'm
against smoking anything, but in the
case of Belcher, it's a way of appealing
to his constituency, which is largely
against young people."
Belcher, however, said he expected a
lot of support from University students.
Belcher also said that loose drug laws
See CITY'S, Page 3

" Arroyo is 'insane,'
psychologist testifies

Young, industrialist clash
N-o social service issues

BY SCOTT KASHKIN
Arthur Arroyo is "mentally insane,"
and probably set the fire which
destroyed the University Economics
*Building without any specific intent to
destroy the building, a psychologist
testified yesterday.
Max Hutt, an "expert"- in
psychological analysis, said Arroyo,
although capable of rational thinking,
suffers from an underlying psychosis*
which, when triggered, "can lead to
behavior which was not planned or in-
tended."
THIS EVIDENCE contradicted
earlier reports by the State Police
Forensic Center, which declared
Arroyo schizophrenic and neurotic, but
not mentally insane by legal standards.
Hutt based his determinations on the
results of his own tests and of those
given by the Forensic Center.
Because of Arroyo's paranoia and
sexual confusions, "Any slight or
imagined slight would be responded to
by him in a paranoid way, especially
from a woman ... when he'd feel
devastated," Hutt added.
Cross examination .of Arroyo earlier
in yesterday's proceedings revealed
that two weeks before he set the fire, he
had a loud quarrel with a female
secretary at the School of Public
Health, where he worked.
Arroyo admitted using profanity

against the woman after she threatened
to call security guards to remove him
from the building.
THE PROSECUTION was trying to
determine whether that quarrel showed
a hostility towards workers at the
University, and the University in
general, which he said, in letters of
protest, discriminated against him
because he was a male secretary.
Arroyo denied this, however, saying,
"I wasn't really angry at the Univer-
sity. There may have been some people
there and other places who I felt
alienated from and wanted to be a part
of." He added, "Many times I write let-
ters before I think."
Arroyo also denied the prosecution's
claim that in his confession to police
last February he expressed anger at
the Reagan administration and that the
Economics building symbolized fiscal
policies which cost him his job. He said
he set the fire because of the larger
problems in his life, such as his "failure
as a human being in society."
* According to Hutt, "depression,
restlessness, and rage.. . towards the
world" precipitated Arroyo's act. Hutt
said Arroyo had "become increasingly
lonely and frustrated, about his sexual
identity and purpose in life."
The trial will conclude on Wed-
nesday, October 20 at 2 p.m., in the
Washtenaw County Circuit Court.

By BILL HANSON
Special to the Daily
DETROIT- Mayor Coleman Young
laid his feelings about unemployment,
the recession, and Detroit on the line
Thursday, only to have them attacked
afterward by a Michigan industrialist.
Young, calling for a restoration of the
soup kitchens that flourished in Detroit
durirg the Great Depression, said the
number of hungry people in the city has
increased dramatically.
"THE ECONOMIC conditions we
... wants aid to unemployed face in this city constitute a
Shapiro. calls for new
pledges to.hiher ed.

depression," Young said, emphasizing
that it is a depression, not a recession.
But directly after Young, Richard
DeVos, president of the Amway Corp.
of Grand Rapids, told the audience that
rather than relying on soup kitchens,
people should solve their own problems.
Both men's speeches came during the
Council of Michigan Foundations con-
ference at the Hotel Pontchartrain in
downtown Detroit.
YOUNG, WHO left the conference
before DeVos spoke, said that people
who rely on soup kitchens used to be the
"social derelicts" of the community.
Today, those who go to the kitchens are
a new class of people, many of them
women and children, he said.
Starvation in this country is a
relatively new phenomenon, Young
said. "When we talk about starvation,
we generally look abroad to places such
as Africa and Asia. Starting right now,
we better look a hell of a lot closer to
home," said Young.
Referring to the Reagan Ad-
ministration's cuts in social services
such as food stamps, unemployment
compensation, and welfare, Young
warned of a cold winter for poor people.
"THE FIXED income has not
remained fixed," said Young, his voice

By BILL HANSON
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - University President
Harold Shapiro Thursday called for a
new commitment toward higher
education from the federal and state
government, at a state-wide conference
on changing responses to public needs.
"I'm hoping they (federal and state
governments) will return to the role

they used to play," he said. "At one
time state universities were very well
financed."
SHAPIRO WAS in Detroit to speak at
the Council of Michigan Foundations'
annual conference. Detroit Mayor
Coleman Young, Amway Corp.
President Richard DeVos, and
Michigan Lt. Governor James Brickley
See SHAPIRO, Page 2

e Vos
... people can help themselves
sometimes raised in urgency. "And
unless we begin to move on this
problem (inadequate aid for the poor),
there is a serious danger that somebody
or some bodies might freeze to death
this winter."
See YOUNG, Page 2

ODAY
Only the lonely
OPA TOPA, THE Los Angeles Zoo's male condor,
will have to stay lonely awhile longer, because
the first wild adult condor captured under a pro-
gram to save the species also turned out to be a
male. Wildlife authorities had hoped the bird was female so
it nild h mate with Tnna Tnna nno nf twn cndnrs in

efforts to trap a female condor will continue. Topa Topa
was captured after an injury, and a 2%-month-old condor
chick wass taken from its nest because of parental neglect. Cl
Soaring sixteen
D ANIELA TRAPANI will always remember her 16th
birthday as a high-flying event. While other girls
celebrate "sweet 16" with parties, she decided to spend her
da making a recnrd-breaking nine nl flights in nine dif-

and it's certainly neat teaching someone and then watching
them break your record. Four years is long enough for a
record, anyway." I
Baseball bordeaux
A MILWAUKEE wine salesman's taste for baseball
caused him to offer a 1928 vintage bottle of Bor-
deaux-said to be valued at about $750-for tickets to the
World Series. "I guess I'd have to confess I'm more of a
baseball fan than a wine connoisseur," said the man, who
asked that his name not be used. He placed a newsnaner ad

The Daily almanac
ON THIS DATE in 1965, 39 University students were
arrested at the Selective Service office in Ann Arbor
for "illegally" sitting in to protest the war in Vietnam.
Also on this date:
j 1913-Lawrence Damm, a Washington Street
saloonkeeper, was found not guilty of selling liquor to
University students;
" 1951 - The University announced that its medical
school freshman class was the largest in the nation-204
students;
"1,- m rtin rra- iriatil nliaoa Iirmo_ '.,:

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