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By GLEN YOUNG
In their first meeting since the rejection of their proposed
contract, members of the University's teaching assistants'
union last night ruled out for the time being the formation of a
strike committee and decided instead to go back to the
bargaining table with the administration.
Suggestions that the union elect a special committee to
consider the possibility oif striking were turned aside until
the next meeting and the graduate assistants voted to look for
members of a new bargaining team to negotiate a new con-
MEMBERS OF the union, the Graduate Employees
Organization, earlier this week voted down a proposed con-
tract worked out with University administrators over the
summer. The rejection of that contract-the produce of four
months of bargaining-raised questions about the union's
Trying to answer those questions last night, GEO members
discussed several possible courses of action, ranging from
moving toward a strike, to voting again on the contract
proposal, but near the end of the two-hour meeting, members
voted to elect a new bargaining team to try to come up with a
new contract with the University.
GEO LEADERS said they will now accept nominations for
members of the new team. They said they hope the new
m members can be elected at their next meeting, yet to be
But some members said the union should still consider
seriously the possibility of a strike. One leader, Jon Bekken,
said the union should begin beefing up its strike and legal
defense funds just in case. And another leader, Joseph
Graves, said teaching assistants and graduate staff
See GEO, Page 2
By SCOTT KASHKIN
Arthur Arroyo was found guilty yesterday of set-
ting the fire last December that destroyed the
University's Economics Building.
Turning aside the defense's claims that Arroyo
was temporarily insane when he set the fire, Coun-
ty Circuit Court Judge Henry Conlin ruled yester-
day that Arroyo is guilty of arson and of breaking
into the Economics Building a month before to
steal a typewriter.
ARROYO, A 31-year-old former University em-
ployee, sat passively while Conlin read the
decision, his eyes fixed on the floor in front of him.
Arroyo's attorney, Mitchell Nelson, said after
the verdict was announced that his client will
probably not appeal the decision. Judge Conlin
said he will announce the sentencing date within
two days. The sentence will probably be handed
down in about a month.
Arroyo's crimes carry a maximum sentence of
10 years imprisonment.
Yesterday's verdict came after two months of
testimony from police detectives, chemical exper-
ts, psychologists, and friends of Arroyo, to whom
he had confessed his guilt.
THE TESTIMONY was complex and at times
emotional, tracing Arroyo's life from his troubled
childhood to his friendless adolescence to the days,
leading up to the Christmas Eve blaze.
Arroyo had admited he set the fire from the day
he was arrested in California last January. But
throughout the trial, which began Sept. 7, his at-
torney contended that Arroyo was unable to con-
trol his actions when he broke into the Economics
Building last Thanksgiving, and again when he
burned the building a month later.
Even after Conlin's announcement yesterday,
defense attorney Nelson maintained that Arroyo,
while unusually intelligent, has the emotional
maturity of a child and cannot be held criminally
responsible for his actions last year.
"HE REGARDS everything as a personal af-
front," Nelson said, "which is why he has held 40
jobs in the past 10 years.
"I'm sure that I'll be requesting psychological
treatment (for Arroyo)," Nelson told reporters af-
ter the decision. "He is psychologically unstable
and would do better with treatment than incar-
"In prison he'd be in bad shape. He has no
defense before the prison population," said
Nelson, adding that he hopes Conlin will consider
the danger to Arroyo when deciding sentencing.
THE KEY issues in the trail centered on
whether Arroyo was temporarily insane at the
time of the fire and whether he actually intended
to destroy the entire building when he set a small
fire in its basement.
Both the prosecution and the defense produced
chemical experts and psychologists who gave cony
flicting testimony about Arroyo's mental health
and about the possible use of accelerants,
such as gasoline, to spread the fire.
See ARROYO, Page 5
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK.
Arthur Arroyo is led out of the Washtenaw County Building after being found
guilty yesterday of setting fire to the Economics building last Christmas
*City ballot proposal may
cut tenant energy bills
By BETH ALLEN
Next winter won't be as cold for some
Ann Arbor renters if a proposal setting
minimum standards for
"weatherization" and insulation of ren-
tal housing gets on April's ballot.
Members of the Coalition for Better
Housing, a tenants' rights group, plan
to begin a petition drive next week to
accumulate the signatures necessary to
bring the proposal to Ann Arbor voters
next spring. If the proposal passes, it
will become part of the city housing
The proposal was drafted over the
course of a year by attorneys Jonathan
Rose and Paul Teich of Student Legal
Service's Housing Reform Project, and
is meant not only to save landlords and
tenants money but also to conserve
energy, Rose said.
UNDER THE provisions in the
proposal, landlords would have to
weatherstrip and caulk around doors
and windows or other cracks that allow
heat to escape.
Furnace ducts or joints would have to
be sealed with pressure-sensitive tape
or sealant, and hot water pipes would
have to be insulated.
Landlords would also have to seal
drafts through switch plates and elec-
trical sockets on outside walls, and
would have to fit approved storm win-
dows and doors where needed during
specified months of the year.
RESIDENTS with their own ther-
mostats would have to be provided with
either an add-on device, or a new ther-
mostat that could be pre-set to
automatically adjust the heat twice
The deadlines for compliance with
the code are spread out over a five-year
period, and any landlord who cannot af-
ford to comply can ask the city for an
extension of the deadline.
Landlords who would have difficulty
doing the necessary work because of
the structure of their buildings could be
See BALLOT, Page 6
Iranian children curse U.S. on
anniversary of Emba
TEHRAN, Iran (AP)- Tens of the walls and walkways.
thousands of well-disciplined A small group of American jour-
schoolchildren cursing the "Great nalists'was allowed onto the grounds-
Satan" in Washington paraded at the the first such visit since the hostage
former U.S. Embassy yesterday on the crisis.
third anniversary of the seizure of the AN AMERICAN flag was burned atop
American hostages. the compound wall and then Moslem
The noisy but orderly crowd was clergyman Mussavi Koeini, spiritual
much smaller than the masses that tur- mentor of the youths who seized the
ned out spontaneously to jeer the embassy three years ago, exhorted the
United States during the 444-day youngsters to follow their elders'
hostage crisis. example.
FIVE-YEAR-olds carrying posters Taking over the "spy den" was "a
they weren't old enough-.to read and victory of oppressed people over a
teen-age girls draped in traditional superpower," he told the students,
black robes chanted "Death to many of them barely toddlers when
America! Death to America!" Iranian militants stormed the com-
Inside the 27-acre compound and pound on Nov. 4, 1979.
around the perimeter, scores of Iranian A large painting depicting the
Revolutionary Guards armed with "heroic students" scaling the embassy
Kalashnikov automatic rifles patrolled walls was held aloft by some demon-
strators. Other banners and posters
claimed "All our, troubles are because
of America" and "The U.S.A. is con-
demned to death."
CHILDREN were let out early from
classes and marched to the protest site,
in front of the embassy gate on tree-
lined Taleghani Avenue. They were
joined by small groups of adults, in-
cluding tough-looking young "Hez-
bollahis"-members of the Islamic
militant "Party of God."
Throughout yesterday's demon-
stration, the boys and girls were kept
segregated, according to revolutionary
Iran's strict Islamic practices.
During the hostage crisis, as many as
a half-million demonstrators gathered
around the captured embassy to
scream their hatred for the United
Daily Photo by SCOTT ZOLTON
Liddy vs. Leary
Watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy speaks his mind yesterday as former drug guru Timothy Leary, right, waits
his turn. Fred Hindley of WUOM mediates the debate at the Michigan Theatre. See story, Page 3.
Utl Ity propositions D andH
go from ballot to courtroom
By CARL WEISER
The battle over ballot propositions D
and H, which contradict one another
and which were both passed by voters
Tuesday, did not end with the election.
Both proposals, which regulate utility
increases, are destined for long court
battles, according to state officials.
PROPOSAL D, which passed
narrowly Tuesday, forbids utility com-
panies from asking for more than one
rate increase at a time. Proposal H,
which was also approved Tuesday,
allows utilities to ask for as many rate
hikes as they please.
Because they contradict each other,
and because their backers both claim
victory, state officials say the question
of which one supercedes the other will
almost inevitably end up in court.
Backers of Proposition D claim that
D is more valid than H because it was
placed on the ballot through a popular
petition drive, whereas they clair\ H
made it onto the ballot because of utility
BUT PROPONENTS OF Proposition
H maintain that H is more valid
because it passed by a wider margin
See UTILITY, Page 6
Local writer does good
T HE EDITORS of Ms. magazine have selected the
winner of their College Fiction Competition, and
of course, the winner is a student at the University
of Michigan. Ph.D. student Shannon Richards, 35,
was awarded a Smith-Corona 2500 portable typewriter in
recognition of her success. The announcement from Smith-
Corona goes on to say: "Ms. Richards won the prestigious
competition with her poignant account of the relationship
'Gops,' says the Pope
P OPE JOHN Paul II acknowledged Wednesday the
Spanish Inquisition, which tortured and burned
thousands of "heretics" during a three-century reign of
terror, was a historic mistake. The pontiff, addressing
students and teachers at Madrid University on the fourth
day of his 10-day visit to Spain, also warned scientists
against allowing their work to be "perverted" for making
nuclear weapons. It was the third time the pontiff, spiritual
leader of 579 million Catholics, has acknowledged-without
actually apologizing-that the Roman Catholic Church has
one-liners trickling down to the news media. Onstage in the
Charles Russell High School in Great Falls, Mont., Reagan
began a political speech with "Some of my hard-working
aides recommended against leaving the capital and coming
all the way out here. I said 'OK, we'll flip a coin.. . I had to
flip 14 times before it came out right." Next joke: "I said,
'Boys, we're going where the people think big and the sky's
the limit.' They all headed for Tip O'Neill's office." The
president went on: "On the way out here I told Air Force
One's pilot to fly low over Mt. Rushmore. I just wanted to
see if they were adding any new faces." Each of the lines
got the intended round of laughter and applause. But when
gathered in Ann Arbor for the second time in eight months
as it was reported that he was missing in action. Harmon
was stationed with the 449th Fighter Squadron at an air
base in China about 80 miles north of Chungking.
Also on this date in history:
*1936-Members of the Committee on Men's Dor-
mitories announced that prices of rooms in freshmen dor-
mitories would be set at a minimum of $3 and not exceed $5.
" 1943-The Ann Arbor Community War Chest was well
past the halfway mark of its $126,539 goal. The University's
goal was $20,000 with reports showing that $11,037 had been
collected so far.