The Michigan Daily, Wednesday, September 14, 1983 - Page7
States come to town to
fight for Hughes fortune
By JIM SPARKS
Attorneys from California and Texas
came to Ann Arbor yesterday to begin
their campaign for a share of the late
billionaire Howard Hughes' estate.
In a preliminary hearing in U.S.
District Court, University Law
Professor Wade McCree, heard
motions from the attorneys from each
state and from an attorney for the
Hughes estate, which is estimated at
over $1 billion.
THE CASE WILL decide which state
can tax the Hughes fortune by having
him declared a legal resident of the
state at the time of his death.
Hughes, who died in 1976, was born in
Texas but spent most of his life in
McCree also heard from an attorney
for the estate who wants Nevada, which
has no state inheritance taxes, Nevada
was Hughes' last domicile.
McCREE SAID HE refused to hear
from an attorney representing some of
the Hughes heirs because his only task
is to determine the billionaire's
residency, not how the estate should be
McCree served four-and-a-half years
as the United States solicitor general,
and 11 years as a-Federal Court of Ap-
peals judge before coming to the
University. The U.S. Supreme Court
asked him to hear the case.
He said there will be another;'
preliminary hearing in the spring withA
a trial date set for early summer.
He said the trial could take place in,
Ann Arbor, but said if there are a
"large number of witnesses of advan=
ced age," the site may be moved to a
site such as Denver which would be
more accessible from both sides of the
Pope John Paul II reviews the honor guard at Vienna's International Airport yesterday, as he prepares to return home
r after a four day trip to Vienna.
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Whitall and her editor Gerry Storch
O both argue that the assignment was to
portray the life in the day of one fresh-
man and was not meant to explore all
"(THE ARTICLE) was definitely ac-
curate. I don't have any biases about
the (University)," said Whitall who has
worked at the News since January.
"I think the problem is they didn't
realize the impact the words would
have. When Mary Jane agreed to be in-
terviewed I'm not sure she understood
'what she was getting into," she said.
Storch said he considers Whitall, who
was formerly editor of the rock music
magazine, Creem, a "very fine, very
ALTHOUGH STORCH said he sym-
pathized with the staff and students at
South Quad, he said they were being a
"tad sensitive about it."
Storch, a University student during
the '60s who lived in South Quad him-
self said he felt the story was "ac-
qurate and responsible."
"Heck, (South Quad) was ugly when I
was there, but that's a matter of
MAYER WAS chosen as the focus of the
article because ,Whitall knew of her
through her brother.
" I'It's herd enough being a freshman,"
Antieau said. "But being singled out is a
way that makes her look ridiculous
made her stand out like a sore thunb
among the freshman class."
News makes student quit 'U'
Whitall's article vividly described the
clamor during the first days of school
and was filled with Mayer's opinions on
everything from the knick knacks on
her roommate's desk to her own
"sheltered" experience at a private
Catholic high school, to her shock at
"meeting 'un-Catholics' and 'Jewish
But much of what Mayer said was of-
ten out of context, said Resident Direc-
tor Mary Toole, who lives on Mayer's
hall. The story, she said, was based on
Whitall's personal biases of the Univer-
sity and Ann Arbor.
"SUSAN WHITALL might be better
off writing fiction," said Toole. "I don't
think,it was objective. Whitall is giving
(Mayer and Stockman) credit for slan-
dering the University's reputation."
"It made the University sound like a
bad place to be," she said. "You have to
wonder what parents are thinking. It's
a horrible reflection of the University.
IN THE STORY Whitall described
the clamor last Tuesday in Ann Arbor
when most freshpersons were moving
into dormitories as "an urban muddle,
filled with stationwagons unloading
"precious freshman booty."
Whitall wrote that the streets were
"littered with empty bottles, and
crumpled-up flyers advertising
numerous keggers, mixers and frater-
Whitall cited Mayer's impressions of
the University including some stiff
criticism about "rockin' and rollin'
South Quad which building staff and
residents say are an extremely distor-
ted picture of the dormitory.
ANTIEAU SAID she was irked by the
stereotypical view of South Quad as an
"Animal House," filled with "hunk"
football players who partied all night
and were mesmerized by the sounds of
their blasting stereos.
Actually only 4 percent, or 52 of the 1300
students living in South Quad are
freshmen or sophomore football
Although South Quad students reac-
ted negatively to Mayer and Stock-
men's remarks, they also felt Whitall
took advantage of the students' naivete.
"We totally trusted her," said
Stockman, who was quoted only a few
times in the story. "She presented her
own opinions in the story. I feel hurt
that I have to defend myself when I was
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the mountain are penetrated, the
Lebanese government can count on
U.S. Navy air and artillery interven-
The shift in U.S. policy came a day af-
ter three more Marines were wounded
by mortar fire and 2,000 fresh U.S.
troops arrived on warships off the coast
of Beirut to back up the 1,200 Marines
already on Lebanon soil.
Reagan's decision to allow local
Marine commanders to call in air
strikes, described as a new policy,
stemmed from the president's meeting
last weekend with national security and
foreign policy advisers.
THE MARINES did not immediately
exercise that option, but two British
Buccaneer fighter-bombers based in
Cyprus flew a rooftop sweep over
Beirut in a show of force for the
Reagan's decision was revealed as
House Democratic leaders worked on
legislation that would declare the
Marines' mission under the domain of
the 1973 War Powers Act - meaning it
would be subject to congressional ap-
proval. But the legislation now being
drafted would authorize that mission
for up to 18 months without further
House Speaker Thomas O'Neill Jr.,
(D-Mass.) said a veto is likely next
Tuesday. The proposed legislation
represents a compromise between the
administration - which has declined to
fully invoke the War Powers Act - and
critics who say it should apply.
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"THE ARTICLE looks as if it is
coming from both of us. I didn't say an-
thing that got me in trouble. I wasn't
even there that much. It bothers me
that my positive opinions about school
weren't brought in," Stockman said.
A third roommate, Maria, who
refused to give her last name, was men-
tioned briefly in the story for not retur-
ning to the room until 4 a.m. Whitall
described Maria as "a social butterfly,
going in and out of rooms in their
hallway (and napping everywhere but
her own room.)"
"But those aren't the facts," said
Maria. "I was only introduced to
(Whitall) and I only said how late I was
out. She had no right to interpret what
Maria said she returned to her room
at 2 a.m. after talking to friends in the
Another inaccuracy was Whitall's
referring to Mary Jane as "M.J."
throughout the story.aAccording to
several people in the dorm, Mayer was
rarely called "M.J."
"I thought the story was a lot of
exaggerations," said Karen Josling, a
freshwoman who lives in the room next
"I think they expected more from
that reporter and they didn't get it. The
girl was a friend and 'they were
speaking to her as though she were a
friend and not a reporter. She took ad-
vantage of that," said Josling.
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h'Wo cyclists struck by cars
4 Nelson Pichardo, 25, a graduate
student in education, was struck by a
par Sunday night while he vas riding
iis bicycle near the corner of North
tate and Lawrence. The car was
driven by Rusty Fischer, 22, of 804
,awrence, who police said never saw
Another cyclist was struck near the
rower Center on Fletcher Street at 4:30
O.m. Monday. Ann Biffel, 20, was struck
y a car driven by Jeffrey Hadley, 22, of
Vpsilanti. Neither victim was
An Oakland Avenue resident who was
eaten Saturday was taken out of inten-
sive care yesterday and listed in stable
-condition, a University Hospital
:spokesman said. Donner Brown, 36,
told police he had been assaulted bet-
:ween 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday after-
noon. He wasn't discovered until about
9 p.m. Saturday night. Brown had in-
dicated to police that his inquiries were
a result of a fight with painters who had
been working on his house.
But police spokesman Sgt. Harold
Tinsey said yesterday that the painters
were questioned early Sunday and not
detained after they denied any in-
Break-ins hit campus
Ann Arbor police reported four
break-ins during the first part of the
week in campus area residences. Keys
and a watch were reported missing
from a residence in the 600 block of
Monroe, where someone entered
through an unlocked sliding glass door
between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday.
Less than $50 was missing from an
apartment in the 1800 block of Hill
where a man in his 20s entered through
an unlocked screen window at about 11
p.m. Sunday. The suspect was seen
leaving in a small car. A purse with
contents valued at less than $50 was
taken from an apartment in the 600
block of Packard between 6:50 p.m. and
7:15 p.m. Monday. And a checkbook
was taken from a residence in the 1600
block of South University.
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