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O'Neill predicts close MX
Frn.m AP and UPI


WASHINGTON - House Speaker
Thomas O'Neill says opponents of the
MX missile are within striking range of
blocking the weapon in the House this
week, and that the outcome could be
decided by a margin as slim as six
"It's an uphill battle, but it's close,"
O'Neill, a sharp critic of the missile,
said in a weekend interview.
THE Massachusetts Democrat*
disclosed that a Democratic headcount
conducted within the past few days
showed "a hard 196" votes against the
MX among the 251 majority-party
Democrats in the House.

"How the Republicans are going to
vote, I really don't know. We have to get
some Republican votes, there's no
question about that," he said.
The administration has argued the
MX is needed as a bargaining chip in
the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms limitation
talks - a contention O'Neill and other
critics dismiss. "We've got too many
nuclear warheads in place at the
present timie," O'Neill said.
O'NEILL SAID oponents seemed to
be gaining ground over the past few
days with "ones who were wavering."
But, he noted, "The president is the
most powerful man in the world. He has

an awful lot to offer to someone who is
in public life."
The House on Monday takes up
President Reagan's request to free fun-
ds for an additional 21 MX missiles,
with a vote set for the following day.
REAGAN SAID yesterday that he ius
optimistic the House will vote in his
favor on the MX, "if common sense is
After a heavy lobbying campaign by
the president, the Republican-led Sean-
te voted to provide $1.5 billion for the
missile by a 55-45 margin.
The missile was then dealt an unex-

pected setback as the House Ap-
propriations Committee, which had
earlier supported the system, voted
agianst releasing tihe funds by a 28-26
margin. However, the pro-defense
House Armed Services Committee sup-
ported a companion bill.
O'Neill characterized the MX as a
"sitting duck" with an overall pricetag
to taxpayers of $41 billion.
"There's no question that the
president is doing everything he can
over the weekend and pulling out all the
stops," O'Neill said. "They're talking
to all my people."

Regent understands barriers women face

(Continued from Page 1)
courses in high school, Sm ith 'was the
only one who actually carried her for-
mal education past twelfth grade.
Smith was working at her insurance
agency when she got married in 1952,
and she continued working there for
another 10 years. From 1962 until
about a year ago, she was a substitute
teacher for Wyandotte Public Schools.
The flexibility those jobs gave her
made it easier to raise six children
along the way. And upon each of them
Smith says, she tried to impress how
important getting an education is.
SMITH'S SON Glenn, a senior in
economics at the University, agrees
that his parents stressed education for
the four boys and two girls. But while
he says his mother is "supportive of
women's rights," he also notes that she
is conservative on other issues.
Specifically, Smith is fairly conser-
vative on economic issues-especially
after helping all six of her children get
through the University of Michigan.
"At the time that I came to the
University, tuition was $120 a year, and
you really could earn your way through
school," she says. "I think now it's an
impossibility because the costs are so
TUITION FOR in-state students is
currently more than $2,000 a year, and
an increase of at least 5 percent is likely
next fall.nThe regents froze tuition for
in-state undergraduates last year, but
they may have to make up for a deficit
with an increase this year.
Yet Smith says she doesn't have any
plan for keeping tuition down and that
fee increases are almost inevitable
because state appropriations fail to
keep up with hikes in costs for
operating the University.
"I want to help in that area, but at
this point I don't know how," she says.
ONE thing she says she will consider r
is keeping tabs on the University's in-
vestments-she was licensed to- sell
mutual funds and served as president,
secretary, and treasurer of the Invest-
ment Club of Gross Ile.
Gertrude Huebner, a former regent
who recommended that Smith run for
CALL 764-0557

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Pan Am may settle with strikers
NEW YORK-Pan American World Airways reached a tentative set-
tlement yesterday with striking ground workers after a 24-day walkout that
halted half the airline's flights.
Negotiators said the agreement must be submitted to a ratification vote by
5,800 members of the Transport Workers Union before they can come back to
The financially troubled airline still faces an April 1 strike deadline set by
its 6,000 flight attendants.
"Needless to say, I am delighted that an agreement has been reached,"
said Robert Brown, the federal mediator in the dispute. "I want to com-
pliment both sides on a very vigorous bargaining effort."
Jeff Kriendler, a Pan Am vice president, said the company preferred not
to comment until it found out whether the three-year contract would be
The TWU struck on Feb. 28 after rejecting a company offer to raise
salaries by 20 percent over 36 months, plus an immediate $1,200 bonus and a
$900 bonus for other employees negotiating for new work agreements.
Gene1ra Dynnils bils tdpyers
WASHINGTON-General Dynamics Corp. billed taxpayers more than
$2,500 for a company executive's 1982 and 1983 trips to New York and,
California, where they hostedunidentified guests at an exclusive military
ball and the Super Bowl, sources said yesterday.
In expense claims for the two trips by Gen. William "Moon" Mullins, a
company vice president, General Dynamics also charged the Pentagon $802
for a "business conference" for 14 people at a New York night club and $70 in
babysitting fees, House subcommittee sources said.
The company has denied improperly billing taxpayers for entertainment
expenditures, asserting that except for a few errors all travel for which it
sought reimbursement related to legitimate business.
But investigators for the Energy and Commerce subcommittee chaired by
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) question whether taxpayers are being
charged millions of dollars for the company's entertainment of federal of-
U.S. airlifts last Ethiopian Jews
LOS ANGELES-U.S. military transport planes, in a top-secret exodus
directed by the Central Intelligence Agency, have airlifted the last group of
Ethiopian Jews in Sudan to Israel, it was reported yesterday.
The Jews, known as Falashas, were moved Friday in an operation that
began at dawn when the first of about'10 turboprop C-130 planes landed at an
airstrip 8 miles north of Gedaref and 6 miles from a refugee camp in eastern
Sudan, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Falashas, who had been moved during the night from the Tawawa
refugee camp, were loaded swiftly, with each plane staying on the ground
only as long as necessary. The Falashas were taken to Israel for reset-
The Times, quoting sources in Sudan, said the White House directly ap-
proved the operation.
Officials in Washington refused to comment on the report yesterday.
Syria pledges to help Lebanon
BEIRUT, Lebanon-Syria renewed its pledge yesterday to help Lebanese
President Amin Gemayel put down a pro-Israeli revolt among his fellow
Christians, an official Syrian spokesman reported.
In another development, Shiite Moslem leader Nabih Berri blamed
"Israeli agents" for the recent spate of kidnappings of foreigners in west
The new Syrian promise came after nearly five hours of meetings in
Damascus between Gemayel and President Hafez Assad. Gemayel met
Assad privately, then the two were joined by Vice President Abdul-Halim
Khaddam, Syria's expert on Lebanon, and Foreign Minister Farouk al-
Assad's spokesman, Jibran Kourieh, said Assad "renewed Syria's pledge
to stand firmly supporting the Lebanese legitimacy, esppcially in efforts to
get the Israeli invaders out, and to safeguard Lebanon's unity and in
Officials permit Ohio S and L's
to reopen for limited service
CINCINNATI-The state-ordered closing of 69 privately insured savings
and loans, triggered by the collapse of a Florida securities dealer, created a
crisis of confidence among Ohioans that only time and sound banking prac-
tices can repair, industry officials say.
"The whole structure's built on confidence. People have to have confiden-
ce in the banking system," said William Connelly, vice president of Century
Savings Bank in Cincinnati.
On Friday, state officials gave permission for all the closed savings and
loans to reopen for deposits and limited withdrawals pending their attempts
to obtain federal insurance for full-service openings. Century Savings had
reopened earlier after getting insurance through the Federal Savings and
Loan Insurance Corp.
"As these institutions begin to open up, the crisis will pass," said William
Bergman, executive vice president of the National Association of State
Savings and Loan Supervisors. "I would think the confidence problem has
been heightened by the anxiety of not being able to get to your money. It's

not the insurance that's the key, it's the ability to get your money when you
want it. If the insurance helps that public perception, that's a plus."

DailyT'hoto by MATT PETRIE
From left to right Regent Neal Nealson, Investment Officer Norman Herbert, Regent Veronica Smith, and Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer James Brinkerhoff talk at a Regent's meeting.

the position last year, says that Smith
will be a good regent to deal with the
financial problems the University still
But Huebner says that being a regent
now is not as exciting as when she was a
regent from 1967-74, when the regents
dealt with the Black Action Movement
and other student protests. "The thing
they're facing now is money, and I
think that's depressing," she says.
ready to pitch in on the less glamourous
bettle of balancing the budget. In a
sense, she had the same responsibilities-
member of the Martha Cook Board of
Richard Kennedy, vice president for
government relations, says that Smith
is adjusting well after two months on
the job.
"I think she is very sensitive to
student interests in terms of the
budget," he says. "She seems to be

doing her homework well and that's an
important part of being a regent."
SMITH ALSO SAYS she does her best
to know as much as possible about what
the regents are considering. But so far,
she says, she doesn't have any concrete
plans or goals for her eight years as
Indeed, Smith's philosophy on
specific issues is difficult to categorize.
She is supportive of women's rights, but
she personally opposes abortion. She
defends student interests on the budget,
but sides with the administration on
issues like the student code of non-
academic conduct. A
"She is delightfully independent in
her thinking," Kennedy says. "Women
of that generation-we draw
stereotypes of them that are sometimes
quite wrong."
SMITH IS always consistent on how
she approaches a problem. She has
never been one to back off from a
challenge, and she usually comes out on
"The way I've done everything is just
'Go for it and do it,' she says. "A lot of
people feel that if they don't try it they
cant' fail. But my feeling is that you go
for it and the worst thing that can hap-
pen is that you fail."
When Smith began her campaign for
regent last year, for example, she was
considered an underdog at best because
she had not been very active in the par-
ty. At thehRepublican convention, it
appeared that Smith did not have
enough support to get the nomination.

AS SHE AND the other candidates
approached the podium before a formal
vote was taken, another woman stop-
ped her. "She asked, 'Are you going to
cry?' And I said, 'About what?' "
Smith did get the nomination and won
the election with the support of
President Reagan's landslide victory.
The election, however, was just one of
the more recent battles she had to
Fighting to get on the Board of
Regents might seem a bit removed
from most students, but Smith says she
can relate to students because she dealt
with problems in the 1940s that they are
going through now.
WHEN SHE was a freshman at Mar-
tha Cook Dormitory, Smith faced a
problem students are familiar with
today: the irascible roommate.
"She wouldn't have anything to do
with me for the first two months," she
says. "But after that, we became the
best of friends."
Smith had the disadvantage of star-
ting in the middle of the school year,
and since the cliques had already been
formed, "I was an intruder. I had
never been ostracized in my life," she
says. Again, she was able to overcome
the problem, and still keeps in touch
with her old roommate today.
"You've got to learn to overcome
those things. That's all part of growing
up," she says.
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