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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 14, 1980-Page 3
Local Scene mm:'

Hospitality
director Lotz
resigns in
power struggle

BY ELAINE RIDEOUT
In compliance with an Ann Arbor
Chamber of Commerce (AACC)
request, Richard Lotz, Director of the
Chamber's conference bureau,
resigned yesterday despite pleas from
his colleagues to contest the order.
"This controversy with the chamber
will not end, but I believe it will ease if I
resign; therefore, I reluctantly tender
my resignation," Lotz said in a written
statement addressed to Robert Hacker,
board president of the Ann Arbor Con-
ference and Visitor's Bureau division of
AACC.
THE CONFERENCE bureau
promotes tourism, business, and con-
ventions for Ann Arbor hotels and
restaurants.
Lotz said the controversy between the
conference bureau and the AACC cen-
tered around the question of "who's got
the power." Sources close to Lotz said
that differing views on how to operate
the conference bureau and personality
conflicts between Lotz and some cham-
ber officials, particularly executive
director James Frenza, contributed to
the chamber's decision to ask Lotz to
resign.
The chamber's board of directors
voted 15-2 last Tuesday to ask for Lotz's
resignation. In a letter sent last Wed-
nesday, chamber president James
Gilligan requested that Lotz submit his
resignation by May 14.
BUT AT A conference bureau
executive committee meeting last
Monday, members decided to support
Lotz's continued employment. "We
support the position we took back in
February," Hacker said, "on a six
month probation period with a three
month and six month job review." He
added that the board asked Lotz by let-

ter to consider answering to the
mission.
Former president of the confe
bureau William Gudenau sai
board's decision was made to "rea
our position that the (chamber)
of directors has no authority t
Lotz." Gudenau described Lo
having "done a good job," and sa
opposed his resignation, althoui
admitted that "the battle lines wot
drawn" should Lotz refuse to resig
Lotz said he based his decisi
resign on what would be best fo
bureau. "In being a builder o
bureau I am not willing to1
destroyer of the bureau," he sai
and a number of my friends believ
if we continue we could virt
destroy what we have worked so ha
build."
ACCORDING TO councilman
Fisher (R-Fourth Ward), the conf
ce bureau of AACC operate
revenues generated by a two per
tax on city hotel rooms chant
through the chamber of commerce
Lotz, who was hired by a confe
bureau committee in March 1979,
he had previously been a chat
board member for four years and
in a lot of volunteer hours." He sai
he has been working "with lab
love" on many projects, inclu
planning for June's hospitality,
and the Republican Convention in J
"I don't know what I'm going1
now," he said, "I wasn't plannin
leaving." Lotz said the resign,
should take effect within a weel
soon as he completes a final as
ment.
When asked whether or not he w
replaced, Lotz said, "I wouldn't wa
speculate on that."

com-
rence
d the
affirm
board
o fire
tz as
aid he
gh he
uld be
gn.
on to
r the
f the
be a
d. "I
e that
ually
ard to
Dave
feren-

Dnoy rPhoto O JIMKRUZ
RICHARD CELESTE, NATIONAL director of the Peace Corps, met yesterday
with University President Harold Shapiro. The two discussed initial plans for
celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps in Ann Arbor this October.

s on"
rcent
need Peace Corps chef
rence bgn p ni
said for
mnber
"put
d that 2
or of anniversar
ding
uly. BY NICK KATSARELAS government program that has placed
to do When Democratic presidential can- more than 80,000 men and women of all
ig on didate John Kennedy stood on the steps ages in6O countries across the world.
ation of the Michigan Union early in the mor- LEADERS OF the Peace Corps
k, as ning of October 14, 1960, he described recently agreed that the most ap-
sign- his vision of an alternative to military propriate place to hold the program's
duty for young men, an organization 20th anniversary would bethe place of
ill be allowing young people to offer their its birth, Ann Arbor, and yesterday, the
nt to skills and energy to people in under- national director of the Peace Corps
developed nations. and University President Harold
Kennedy's speech that morning Shapiro discussed initial plans for the
marked the birth of the Peace Corps, a celebration.
"We thanked him for the University's
support," Peace Corps chief Richard
" a k e sCeleste said. "We've enjoyed a very
t ta k e s good relationhip with the University
for the past 20 years."
Celeste said he talked at length with
sShapiro about possible University in-
~'sb eg involvement in the organization's birth-
day celebration.
The neighbor, who asked not to be "IT'S MORE than just an event
rbor identified, said "She (Harju) was where we blow out 20 candles," Celeste
arju always a very calm person but was said. "Such an event needs to be kicked
gun- depressed because she set very high off in an appropriate fashion."
fixed goals for herself. She worked super Celeste nmdicated that some of the
hard to get where she got in the law possible events might includes visit by
w in school." President Carter or leaders of Third
forth HARJU HAD a job with a law firm in World nations where the Peace Corps
n the Chicago lined up over the summer, the has been active.
was neighbor said. The 42-year-old former Ohio
r son The neighbor also said she and Harju Lieutenant governor said that during
reral had discussed the suicide weapon (a his 30-minute discussion with Shapiro,
SeeLAW, Page 16 See PEACE, 18

Fi-st-year law studen
own life as final exan

By MITCH STUART
A top law school official and friends
of a 26-year-old law school student who
took her life last Wednesday said the
death was not solely the result of im-
pending exams, but of a more complex
combination of personal problems.
Cynthia Harju was a first-year law
student and would have started taking
her exams last week, but law school
Assistant Dean Susan Eklund said, "I
don't think there's any reason to believe
(the suicide) had anything to do with

the law school."
ACCORDING TO an Ann A
Police Department spokesman, H
died Wednesday of a self-inflicted
shot wound. The coroner's report f
the time of death at 3:45 p.m.
Harju lived with her son Matthe
the Northwood Apartments on N
Campus. According to a neighbor it
2500-block of Stone Drive, Harju
divorced, and neither Harju nor he
had seen her ex-husband for sev
years.

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