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Opinion

Page 6

Saturday, May 29, 1982

The Michigan Daily

New twists for Kelly, investments

T HE PROSECUTION for the trial of
accused murderer Leo Kelly
strengthened its case for premeditation
this week by submitting as evidence a
list found in Kelly's room that con-
tained the names of several Bursley
Hail residents - including murder vic-
tim Edward Siwik.
Kelly, a 23-year-old former Univer-
sity student, is charged with the
shooting deaths of Siwik, 19, and
Douglas McGreaham, 21, last April in
their Bursley hallway.
Defense attorney William Waterman
objected to admitting the list as eviden-
ce, saying, "I think it (the list) is
probably one of the most damaging and
prejudicial items in this trial."

Waterman's motions to change the
trial's location, challenge the selection
of the all-white jury, and disqualify the
judge all were denied.
Bad conduct
THE UNIVERSITY has maintained
investments in several companies
whose conduct in South Africa violates
guidelines set by the Regents in 1978.
The guidelines ask that companies.
work toward being a positive force for
change in the nation that practices
apartheid, or the University will divest
its holdings in the companies. The
University has only one administrator
to implement the policy and he had ad-
mitted to several oversights in his
report to the Regents. Norman Herbert
has told the Regents that all companies
were complying with University
guidelines or had not replied to
inquiries.
Apparently because of oversights and
loose interpretations of the guidelines,
the University has made no move to
question or divest from the companies
whose efforts toshelp blackworkers
have been considerably below the
established guidelines.

The University may be forced to sell
off all its holdings in companies
operating in South-Africa anyway. The
state House of Representatives has
passed a bill that, if it becomes law, will
force public colleges to divest from such
companies.

Taking leave
AFTER COMING under heavy fire
for his handling of city contract
negotiations and the city budget, Ann
Arbor City Administrator Terry
Sprenkel has taken a 30-day leave of
absence and City Council members say
they expect his resignation to follow.
Recently, the city announced that it
would have a $2.6 million budget sur-
plus for 1981-82. The surplus em-
barrassed city officials who had asked
for tax increases in the April elections.
Sprenkel was also criticized for giving
too many concessions to city labor
unions.
Although Sprenkel was criticized for
the surprise surplus, at least Ann Arbor
does not have what many other cities
have in these tough times - multi-
million dollar deficits.
The Week in Review was com-
piled by Daily editors Julie Hinds
and Kent Redding.

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jurors alsonearatesiuUmony Utro
eyewitnesses to last year's murders,
and saw photographs of books found
during a search of Kelly's room, in-
cluding a U.S. Army marksmanship
guide and a book about gunfighters.
On Monday, the first day of the trial,

Sprenkel: soon to resign?

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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCIl, No. 19-S
Ninety-two Years of Editorial Freedom
E ditcd and managed by students
at the University of Michigan
A *i
A ending;,hawk
INSTEAD OF waiting years to finish
negotiating another agreement, President
Reagan appears. likely to bend to public
pressure and announce that the United States
will observe the SALT II treaty.
As a candidate for the presidency, Reagan
denounced the treaty as "fatally flawed." But
finally, he seems to have realized that
Americans do not want superiority over the
Soviet Union, as the Republican party platform
suggested. Americans want conciliation, not
confrontation.
U.S. observance of the treaty is a step in that
direction. As an interim agreement, SALT II
works well because it limits the arms race. But
the administration's plan to ignore some sec-
tions of the treaty will destroy its whole intent
of capping the race.
The president's move is an important-first
step, but it is no substitute for a nuclear freeze
which would halt not only the production of
nuclear weapons, but the testing and develop-
ment as well. Then, the seemingly permanent
impetus toward nuclear madness will stop.

LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Regent says no to divestment

To the Daily:
I just received your May 18,
1982 edition and write concering
your editorial, "Investment loss
in apartheid."
We are in agreement that apar-
theid is abhorent in a civilized
world. We are also in agreement
that American businesses can
play a more positive and forceful
role by pressuring South Africa to
share the fruits of its political and
economic system.
The proponents of divestment,
however, demand either that
American business withdraw
from South Africa, or that
American stockholders sell their
stock in businesses which have

South African operations. Either
of these actions would run con-
trary to your editorial position
stated above and to my belief.
Accordingly, I do not support
them.
What is being urged is that the
University sell its holdings in
American companies, many of
whom (such as General Motors,
Ford, and Dow) do substantial
business in Michigan and employ
Michigan workers.
Our chosen course of action is
to monitor the conduct of those
corporations in which we own
stock and urge them to play a
more positive and-forceful role to
end apartheid, just as you

suggest. This is the more difficult
course, as the problem requires
our continuing attention, and ex-
poses us to continuing criticism
from those who seek the sim-
plistic but absolute remedy of
divestment. If we did divest,
what further influence would we
have? .
It is difficult to determine the
most appropriate course of action
in this situation. We have con-
sidered the problem carefully,
and believe that our action is the
most appropriate course of action
under present circumstances.
-Thomas Roach
Regent (D-Detroit)
May 25, 1982
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