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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - October 17, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N Utn 82No 245lSe a Copy Four 32 Pajti rnu ttnrtn Wily Jwrnil THURSDAY OCT 17 Board zeros in on Somit for next SIUC president it e LA n anon TirftSltlGnt SU1C6 By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Blinoisan Although there is still strong support for another candidate for the presidency of Southern Illinois University at Carbon dale the SIU Board of Trus tees apparently has begun job negotiations with Albert Somit of Buffalo NY Board chairman Ivan A Elliott Jr of Carmi flew to Buffalo last weekend to vislT Somit Apparently condi tions under which Somit would accept the presidency were discussed Somit contacted by tele phone late Wednesday after noon referred all questions on his weekend discussions with Elliott to the chairman Asked if he could say what was discussed with Elliott So mit said No I think you have to get that from Mr Elliott Elliott who would not con firm that he had visited So mit declined comment It is not appropriate to discuss the matter he said No final decision has been made yet on a new president and informed sources said there is support on the board for both Somit executive vice president at State University of New York at Buffalo and Warren W Brandt former president of Virginia Com monwealth University in Rich mond However there apparently is no negotiating visit now planned with Brandt and So mit appears first in line for the job Heads of several cam pus constitutency groups which interviewed him during a summer visit to Carbondale have said Somit is their pre ferred candidate Apparently only conditions the candidate himself might place on acceptance of the job stand in the way of an official vote by the board to offer Somit the presidency Such a vote on whether to offer Somit the job which now pays a year is ex pected to come soon either in a trustees conference call or in a special board meet ing Asked Wednesday whether he would accept the position if offered Somit said he would stick by an earlier answer that he requires more infor mation before deciding Somit said Wednesday he has neither withdrawn as a candidate for SIUC president nor resigned bis position at Buffalo Brandt contacted In Rich mond Wednesday referred questions on the status of his candidacy to Elliott A third candidate Charles A Leone said Wednesday he has heard not a thing from Elliott since he interviewed for the presidency in Chicago Sept 20 Leone is vice provost for research and development at Bowling Green State Uni versity in Bowling Green Ohio Somit who will turn 55 a week from Friday now earns more than a year at Buffalo He has been execu tiv vice president since July 11970 A native of Chicago Somit went to Buffalo in Septem ber 1966 as chairman of the political science depart ment That followed a 21year career at New York Uniyer sity where he held a variety of teaching and administrative posts While a teacher at Buffalo Somit served on the executive committee of the universitys faculty senate and was also a senator of the state univer sity systems faculty senate He holds his bachelors and doctoral degrees from the Uni versity of Chicago In a newspaper interview four years ago when he be came executive vice presi dent Somit characterized himself politically as a mo derate or a middle of the roader SIUC has been without a permanent president since David R Derge resigned March 14 Hiram H Lesar dean of the School of Law has served as interim presi dent since then Somit Brandt and Leone were among four men recom mended to the board by a campus presidential search committee last month A four th candidate recommended George C Christensen vice president for academic affairs at Iowa State University at Ames later dropped out of consideration All four men were inter viewed by the board in Chi cago last month during a spe cial twoday meeting Albert Somit Ford No deal on pardon Taking aim Lloyd Chapman of Jones bore takes aim during the State Horseshoe Tournament for the Handicapped held to day in Anna More than 150 contestants participated in the event Participants came from Union Franklin W i I laimson Massac and Saline counties The contest was sponsored by Mulberry Manor of Anna City and Village Shelter Care of Anna and Village Manor of Royalton Special guest at the tourna ment was Paul Lambert basektball coach at Southern Illinois University at Carbon dale Photo by Tom Porter WashingtonStar News And Associated Press Washington President Ford in a historic personal appearance before a congressional panel said today he discussed the possibility of pardoning Richard M Nixon if he resigned as president but declared there was no deal be hind the subsequent pardon Reading a lengthy statement in matteroffact tones Ford told the nationally broadcast House Judiciary subcommittee hearing that I assure you that there never was at any time any agreement whatsoever con cerning a pardon to Mr Nixon if he were to resign and I were to become President It was the first documented appearance of a sitting presi dent before a congressional panel and Ford said he agreed to voluntarily testify to fully and fairly present the facts behind his pardon of Nixon From the witness chair in the same room where the full Ju diciary Committee conducted its hearings three months ago on Nixons impeachment Ford madethese major disclosures Aug 1 and 2 at meetings with Nixons staff chief Alexander M Haig and Nixons chief attorney James D St Clair there was discus sion of a pardon for Nixon if he resigned as Nixon did on Aug 9 But Ford said he made clear that nothing we had talked about should be given any consideration by Nixon in de ciding whether to resign The only condition he plac ed on the pardon he granted Sept 8 was that Nixon would accept it He had no reports from physicians or psychiatrists on Nixons health but did talk to others who had seen Nixon after he resigned But these reports Admits possibility discussed prior fo Nixon resignation were not a controlling factor in my decision He has decided that pardon requests of other Watergate figures will be routed through the Justice Department and he will consider them only after they are so processed His statement concluded Ford answered questions put by sub committee members in turn and firmly rejected any sug gestion that there would have been reason for Haig to advise Nixon prior to his resignation that he might be pardoned if he quit the White House The question was raised by Rep Don Edwards DCalif and Ford replied None what soever Categorically no Ford said he discussed the pardon with Haig on Aug I only because the Nixon adviser had told him of various options being considered in the White House and asked him for any recom mendations he might make I had none Ford said Edwards also noted that mercy was one of the con siderations in the Nixon pardon and asked whether the same consideration might now apply to the five men now on trial in Washington for the Watergate coverup In light of the fact that these trials are being carried put at the present time T think its in advisable for me to comment on any of the proceedings of those trials Ford replied Much of the questioning pro vided only a review of what Ford had said earlier in his White House statements and in his prepared testimony Ford said that in pardoning Nixon he had no grounds to be lieve the former president would face criminal jeopardy on grounds other than the 10 areas of investigation listed by Watergate prosecutors or the coverup of the scandal Ford said there was well known in formation that there was a dis tinct possibility of Mr Nixon being indicted on the grounds of obstructing justice In his prepared statement Ford detailed repeated contacts he had as vice president with Haig and St Clair on Aug 1 and 2 In one 45minute session with Haig on Aug 1 Ford said Nix ons staff chief reviewed a va riety of options Haig said Nixon was then considering Stepping aside temporarily under the 25th Amendment Delaying his resignation until further along in the im peachment process Attempting to settle for a censure vote as a means of avoiding either impeachment or resignation The question of whether Nixon could pardon himself The possibility that Nixon might pardon various Watergate defendants then himself and then resign The possibility that Ford might pardon Nixon should he resign I told General Haig I had to have time to think Ford said Further that I wanted to talk to James St Clair I also said I wanted to talk to my wife before giving any response Following reflection Ford said he decided a vice presi dent should endeavor not to do or say anything which might affect his presidents tenure in office I assure you mat there never was at any time any agreement whatsoever concerning a pardon to Mr Nixon if he were to resign and I were to become presi dent Ford said The President said he met shortly after 8 am on Aug 2 with St Clair who told him of impending new revelations the lawyer regarded as so damag ing that impeachment in tie House was a certainty and con viction in the Senate a high probability On the afternoon of that day Ford said he telephoned Haig and told him I wanted Mm to understand that I had no inten tion of recommending what President Nixon should do about resigning or not resigning and that nothing we had talked about the previous afternoon should be given any consideration in whatever decision the President might take Ford said he did believe and still does that prosecution and trial of the former president would have proved a serious threat to his health At the outset Ford said his motive in granting the pardon was to change our national focus adding I wanted to do all I could to shift our attentions from the pursuit of a fallen president to the pursuit of the urgent needs of a rising na tion Declaring that surely we are not a revengeful people and often have demonstrated com passion and mercy Ford de scribed Nixon as already con demned to suffer long and deeply in the shame and dis grace brought upon the office he held Nixon sues to keep records House two votes short of overriding Fords veto of aid cutoff sustained Washington AP President Ford today vetoed an attempt by Congress at a legislative compromise on cut ting off weapons aid to Turkey and the House failed to override the veto The vote was 161 to 82 two votes short of the required two fliirds majority The vetoed bill would have allowed the President to con tinue sending military aid to Turkey until Dec 10 But would have provided the aid would end immediately if U S weapons were forwarded by Turkey to its forces on Cyprus The sustained veto means short pay for thousands of gov ernment employes The Turkey aid provisions are part of a bill to provide stopgap spending authority for several major de partments whose regular ap propriations have not been en acted Their fiscal authority In cluding authority to pay em ployes stopped Sept 30 The action also scrambled congressional plans to leave for a campaigning recess today House Speaker Carl Albert D Okla told newsmen Well it by ear trying again to work out a compromise Ford had vetoed earlier a bill providing fora cutoff of military aid to Turkey unless progress were made in resolving the Cyprus dispute leading to with drawal of Turkish troops there The second bill sent to him was an effort at compromise Radical mastectomy The House waited until the end of Fords historic appear ance before a House Judiciary subcomittee to answer questions on his pardon for former Presi dent Richard M Nixon and then began the override vote almost immedately with no debate Rep John Brademas DInd one of the leading supporters of the restrictions on arms aid to Turkey blamed Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger for putting pressure on Ford to veto thecompromise He said the veto was an effort to save what Brademas called Kissingers faltering pres Washington AP Former President Richard M Nixon filed a suit in federal court today to retain custody of millions of documents from his administration Nixon asked the court to order presidential counsel Philip W Buchen and two other govern ment officials not to produce or disclose any presidential ma terials to anyone other than himself In the complaint Nixon said that he had entered into an agreement with the Ford ad ministration to house his presi dential materials and personal records in California but thr theWhite House has not honored the agreement The suit seeks a staged im plementation of the agreement and would not affect the Water gate special prosecutors access to the Nixon materials for use in the current coverup trial In addition it would not affect any tapes or documents which have been subpoenaed so far It has been learned that the special prosecutors office has been quietly subpoenaing new materials for the Watergate coverup trial from Nixons files including one new tape re cording The subpoenas informed sources said have gone both to the White House custodians of the Nixon materials and to Nix ons chief attorney Herbert J Miller Jr depending on the na ture of the item sought Shortly before he was par doned on Sept 8 Nixon and the General Services Administration signed the nowcontroversial agreement giving Nixon vir tually sole custody with limita tions for a time on his access to the materials The prosecutors objected to the agreement and the White House has delayed implemen ting it while negotiations are carried out among the White House the prosecutors and Nixons lawyers Congress meanwhile appears ready to enact legislation that would keep the materials in the governments custody until the prosecutors have determined that there is no further need for them One source said that the pro secutors recent subpoenas have been sent out all over the lot in a shotgun style A prose cution source confirmed the ex istence of the subpoenas and the new tape Wednesday night but refused to provide any further details The suit filed today asks first for a temporary injunction which would keep the GSA White House Counsel Philip W Buchen or Secret Service Di rector H Stuart Knight from disclosing any of the materials other than those already under subpoena The second stage sought in the law suit would be a preliminary injunction which wouldsimilarly prevent any disclosure of ma terials other than those sub poenaed Neither of the first two Steps if ordered by a federal judge would require that the documents be shipped to Cali fornia as provided in the Nixon GSA agreement That would be the effect however if the third stage permanent injunction were ordered The suit asks that the GSA Buchen and Knight be permanently barred from failing to carry out the full provisions of the Sept 6 agreement be tween Nixon and the GSA Watergate coverup trial Happy Rockefeller has breast cancer surgery Jury hears challenged Nixon tape SUNNY Happy Rockefeller New York AP Vice Presidentdesignate Nel son A Rockefeller announced today that his wife Happy was undergoing surgery for breast cancer I He described the surgery as a radical mastectomy in the left breast He said the surgery started at am in Sloan Kettering Memorial Hos pital Im confident that its going to come out All I can say is thank God that she got in and that this country has such won derful doctors Rockefeller told a news conference in his Man hattan office The surgery came about a week after Betty Ford wife of the President left the hospital after undergoing a similar mastectomy Asked how it would affecthis pending nomination for Hievice presidency Rockefeller re I think at this time perhaps all of us should be thinking about Happy Rockefeller opened the news conference by telling reporters You wont believe what Im going to tell you HP said that Happy had dis covered a lump in her breast last Friday He said that his wife was pro bably a little more concious of the danger of breast cancer since the recent operation on President Fords wife Fair and cool tonight low hi the mid or upper 40s Fri day partly sunnyand cooler highs 65 to 72 Winds 10 to 18 miles per hour Saturday fair and cooler lows in the low30s to low 40s highs in the low 50s to low 60s Sun day and Monday fair and warmer lows mostly 30sand highs mostly 60s INDEX Classified 2528 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 31 Editorials 4 Family living 56 Records 2B29 U Weather dtUJli map II Washington AP The tape of a September 1972 conversation in which former President Richard M Nixon dis cussed the Watergate breakin and its aftermath was played today at the Watergate cover up trial The tape the first to be In troduced as evidence in the trial was of a Sept 15 1972 conver sation Nixon had with former White House counsel John W Dean in and H R Haldeman then White House chief of staff and now a defendant in the coverup trial The content of the recorded conversation produced no sur prises It was virtually identi cal to the transcript released last summer by the House Judi ciary Committee The quality of the sound was excellent the voices fading only occasionally Earlier before the jury had entered the courtroom for to days proceedings John J Wil son Haldemans attorney was on his feet challenging the use of the White House tapes as evidence I want to examine Mr Dean on his memory of these tapes before they go into evidence Wilson said Wilson urged U S District Judge John J Sirica to set a far stricter standard for adrais sibility of the tapes than had been suggested by the prosecu tors In a memorandum submitted Wednesday to Sirica he prose cutors argued that the tapes would be admissible so long as one of the participants Dean in this case recalls all the par ticipants in the conversations identifies all the voices on the tapes as those of toe partici pants and recalls the substance of the conversations as well as many details of the conversa tion The prosecutors argued there was no need for Dean to re member each and every detail of the conversation Wilson however argued for far more questioning of Deans memory of details The defense attorney also threatened to object line by line during the playing of the tapes on the grounds of relevancy Sirica said he wouW permit no such tactic Wednesday prosecution at torneys and lawyers for John D Ehrlichman a former Nixon aide and one of the defendants filed their responses to Nixoni request to dismiss subpoenas demanding bis appearance as a witness Sirica said he would hear oral arguments on the after todays testimony He gave no indication whether he would rule immediately on Nixons request Loffery numbers Lotto 34 05 25 22 and 49 Bonanza 158679 538   

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