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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - December 12, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Murphyibore 1113 Walnut Htrrln 212 N Southern lUinoisau lo eirbcndilt FrM Prtu Dilly Journl Murptiysbero Volume MNo 300lSc a Copy Four Stetioni 52 Orescanin THURSDAY DEC 12 1974 innocent of tampering with records BULLETIN Danilo Orescanin former ex ecutive vice president at South ern Illinois University in Car bondale was found innocent on A charge of tampering with public records The verdict by Circuit Judge Peyton Kunce was returned at pm today in circuit court in Murphysboro By Tony Stevens Of The Southern Illinoisan Former Southern Illinois Uni versity President David R Derge changed his testimony today from that offered a grand jury according to Jackson County States Atty Howard Hood Derge testified today that the David R Derge sig nature on five university vou chers allegedly used to buy liquor with university funds was not made by him The action came this morn ing in the nonjury trial of former SIUC executive vice president Danilo Orescanin on charges of tampering with pub lic records Hood asked Derge if he had signed one of the invoice vouchers presented as a state exhibit Derge replied the sig nature on the voucher was not his The name of David R Derge was signed on the vou cher as fiscal agent Hood said the testimony was in variance to testimony by Derge before the grand jury that indicted Orescanin He asked that Derge bp designated an adverse witness Judge Peyton Kunce denied Hoods request saying that would be impeaching your own witness Kunce ordered Hood to continue with his case I cannot vouch for this wit ness have no more ques tions Hood said Hood then said he would rest his case and asked for exhibits to be accepted as evi dence Kunce admonished Hood for unseemingly conduct in res Derge accused of changing testimony on SIUC vouchers SIU Board okays governance plan By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Illinoisan Edwardsville Making only a minor change in a subcommittees report the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new govern ance document for the system today The new document was work ed out two weeks ago in a meeting of a subcommittee composed of board and campus representatives It replaces a governing document adopted by the board in January The only change made in the subcommittee report today was to tack words of t h e Southern Illinois University system to the end of the ti tle general secretary The general secretary of the SIU system was called t h e chief of board staff in the January document James M Brown currently holds the posi tion The new document retains the present membership of the SIU system council the two campus presidents and the sys tems general secretary It em phasizes that the two presi dents have system responsibili ties but makes clear that SIU is a system of two separate A major change from the January report is to remove from the general secretary the power to interpret board policy to the two presidents It also gives the two presidents in creased liaison powers with outside agencies The board settled upon the title general secretary of the SIU system after rejecting a suggestion from SIUC presi dent Warren W Brandt that the title be system coordina tor Campus representatives attending the meeting object ed to that proposed title In other action the board today accepted the resignation of Thomas L Leffler as SIU C security officer and appoint ed him special assistant to SIU Edwardsville president John S Rendleman Lefflers new job effective Friday pays a year His salary has been slightly less than Virgil F Trummer who has been acting security officer at SIUC was appointed security officer on a permanent basis His salary was increased from a year to a year In other personnel action the board approved Peter B Brown as editor of the SIUC university news service effec tive Jan 1 He will earn 160 a year on the 12montl ayear appointment John M H Olmsted profes sor of mathematics and former dean of the graduate school had his salary raised effective Nov 1 from a year to a year His appoint ment will switch from a nine month basis to a 12month ba sis on July 1 David J Potter professor of speech had his annual salary raised from to effective Nov 1 He holds a ninemonthayear appoint ment Sidney E Matthews associ ate professor in Morris Lib rary had his annual salary raised from to 824600 effective Nov 1 He holds a 12monthayear appointment By noon today the board had yet to act on a proposal to award contracts for a con troversial parking ga rage at SIUC In a referendum held last week students said they opposed construction of the garage which has been planned for more than t w o years Israeli jets bomb site near Beirut By the Associated Press Israeli jets bombed a sus pected Palestinian commando training site on the southern edge of Beirut today less than 24 hours after a terrorist set off grenades in a Tel Aviv movie theater killing himself an Is raeli woman and a British en gineer and wounding 58 oth ers Beirut airport was closed to all incoming and outgoing flights Casualties in the air raids were not known and there was no immediate com ment from the Israeli com mand But an informed Israeli source in Tel Aviv said The target area in the Beirut raid is a PLO training installation We have every reason to believe that it was where the planning for the cinema raid was carried out It is a center for special operations of a very delicate and sensitive nature At least four Israeli jets flew over the Lebanese capital dropping bombs on several camps shortly after 3 pm 8 am CST Smoke rose over the camps as air raid sirens wailed throughout Beirut The jets dipped low over the city as they made at least two bombing passes Witnesses said the major camps of Sabra and Shatilla and the smaller Tal Zaatar camp near the Beirut airport took hits The proguerrilla newspaper Al Moharrer quoted Yasir Arafat head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization as claiming responsibility for the Tel Aviv movie attack Wed nesday night This is a retaliation in kind for the Beirut operation he was quoted as saying referring to rocket attacks Tuesday on three PLO offices in Beirut Lottery numbers Lotto 03271628 n Bonanza 485559047 ponse to rulings issued by the court and admonished his con duct as anattorney and of ficer of the court Kunce recessed the session and later in the morning heard arguments on exhibits includ ing originals and copies of university invoice vouchers connected to alleged liquor pur chases The judge admitted all five vouchers into evidence shortly before a noon recess The prosecution Wednesday afternoon called five witnesses in an apparent attempt to es tablish Orescanins involve ment in the alleged illegal liq uor purchases Hollis Merritt onetime assis tant to former Southern Il linois University at Carbondale President David R Derge tes tified that liquor purchase ar rangements using the presi dents special functions account were begun almost immediate ly after Derge arrived on cam pus Feb 11972 He said all the liquor pur chased was kept in a locked storage room at the University House and that it came from the Holiday Inn in Carbondale Merritt said he personally went to the Holiday Inn on three occasions to get liquor supplies On one of those occa sions Merritt said he dealt with a Holiday Inn employe named Julian Pei Sanfo brings victory Santa Claus visited Southern Illinois University at Carbon dale Wednesday night and brought a big basketball win to the Salukis The Salukis whipped the University of Mic higan last years Big 10 Con unit ference eoenarnpton 8767 Greeting the jolly fat man are SIUC cheerleaders Sara Smith left a junior from Clin ton and Jane Holmes a sopho more from Villa Grove Photo by Ed Grcer UAAW council rejects proposal Charleston W Va AP The rejection of a new con tract for 4500 mine construc tion workers threatened to shut down many of the nations coal mines today partially renew ing a walkout that idled most of the industry for nearly a month The United Mine Workers 38 member bargaining council after meeitng in Washington Wednesday night sent the ten tative accord back for further negotiations with the Associa tion of Bituminous Contrac tors The contract for the ABC employes was similar to the settlement ratified last week by the unions 120000 miner members The miners contract provided for a 64 per cent hike in wages and benefits over three years But union negotiators were unsuccessful in obtaining addi Hoods next witness was Pei 29 of Carbondale former food and beverage director for the Embers System at the Holiday Inn Did you do business as a wholesale liquor Hood asked Pei Not as such Pei said Did you sell liquor to Tho mas Leffler Hood asked Yes I did Pei said Pei said that as far back as he could remember Leffler had been getting liquor at the motel Leffler would come by the motel and wed load his car Pei said I know I have given Mr Orescanin liquor to take back to the university he said Pei said Orescanin took large quan tities plus a memo with the amount Leffler former SIUC se curity chief and former code fendant with Orescanin testi fied as a prosecution witness Charges against Leffler were dropped by Hood prior to the trials opening Wednesday Leffler identified several Hol iday Inn guest checks with amounts matching those on uni versity pay vouchers He said the writing on the guest checks was his He said the date on the checks did not necessarily re flect the date of delivery of the liquor He said he never handled payments to the motel After consulting with Orescanin fol lowing each liquor delivery Leffler said Orescanin would determine the method of pay ment to the Holiday Inn He said some bills with large amounts would be split up into smaller bills for payment Leffler said he made deliver ies only for Orescanin H e could not say who actually pre pared the purchase vouchers for pavment T Richard Mager SIUC vice president for development and services said he attended a meeting in Orescanin office the night of Feb 31 1974 until Danilo Orescanin about am the next day Merritt Orescanin J Keith Leasure another SIUC vice president and John Huffman SIUC legal counsel also at tended Mager wanted to know whe ther vouchers had been made for any fictitious events Ma David R Derge ger said Orescanin replied by saying If we have stepped in the doodoo here how do make it right Mager said he then asked Orescanin if there were any other vouchers made for fic titious events He said Ores canin replied There may be Inflation price index shows Washington AP Auto industry and union leaders all supported a pro posal for a tax cut to ease the nations economic crisis United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock said today after the group met with President Ford for two hours Woodcock said there were no specific commitments from tiie President but that Ford was highly attentative to the problems of the auto industry as presented at the White House meeting Woodcock said he cited the crisis situation affecting the automobile industry and con struction industry and dragging down the economy Woodcock also said he expressed a belief that afiveyear pause is needed in automobile emission and safety controls to help get costs down As the White House session was ending the HouseRuIes Committee killed a multibillion dollar tax bill The bill would have ended the petroleum de Avto industry union support a cut in faxes pletion allowance and hiked oil industry taxes while cutting taxes for millions of average Americans The committee which serves as the traffic copfor the movement of bills to the House voted 9 to 4 to refuse to con sider the massive measure which the House Ways and Means Committee had recom mended after many months of work The bills chief features would have raised petroleum industry taxes on production at home and abroad cut taxes for millions of average Americans in lowincome and middlein come brackets boosted the in vestment tax credit for public utilities and closed assorted major loopholes while hiking taxes on foreignsource income of multinational firms Ford said in a speech Wed nesday night he expects to have new economic programs ready for the new Congress when it convenes Jan 14 His advisers will be working through the Christmas holidays to prepare it he said Treasury Department sources said the options the President will consider include tax cuts mandatory fuel allo cations financial aid to troubl ed industries and additional help for the nations unem ployed The Wholesale Price Index released today show a further easing of inflationary pressures in the nonfood area although the rate still exceeded what the administration wants Wholesale prices last month rose 12 pel cent less than half the October increase the gov ernment reported Although the November increase was high by normal standards the Labor Department said wholesale in creases over the month were less widespread than in pre ceding months Agriculture prices continued to increase sharply at the wholesale level but prices of industrial commodities re garded by economists as a truemeasure of inflation rose at the slowist rate in 13 months Industrial goods rose ninetenths of a per cent last month Overall wholesale prices have risen 235 per cent in the past 12 months the biggest yeartoyear increase since 1947 Fords speech offered a few clues about his proposals to the next Congress but it was clear he has abandoned or changed much of the economic program that he announced Oct 8 after the economic summit Senofe bows fo Wnife House pressure Trade bill may boost gas prices tional unemployment benefits and travel pay wanted by the construction workers who are subject to more frequent lay offs and often have to move around from one mine con struction site to another We are hopeful that there will be no picketing of the coal mines by ABC workers a union spokesman said after hearing ol the bargaining councils action Wednesday night It woulc not strengthen their negotiation position at all Tom Shoemake UMW sub district 8 board member said he does not believe the contract rejection will affect mining op erations in Southern Illinois Shoemake said he believes con struction workers will wait to see the contract and vote on it There was no report of a work stoppage in the area to day Washington CAP Acting under White House pressure Senate leaders have reached an agreement that could result in passage next week of a farreaching trade bill But the arrangement may mean higher gasoline prices for American drivers Senate sources say it has been made clear to the White House that if President Ford is to get the trade legislation he is pressing for he will have to accept another bill requiring that 30 per cent of imported oil be carried on U S tankers It is generally conceded that the tanker bill which the Ford administration previously has opposed would raise the price of gasoline and heating oil especially in New England states Sen Russell B Long DLa chairman of the Senate Fi nance Committee is floor manager of the trade bill and a chief sponsor of the other measure variously known as the Energy Transportation Act and the Cargo Preference Bill As that battle was averted another fight loomed in Con gress over cutting off foreign aid to Turkey This was set in motion by House approval Wednesday night of a foreign aid bill that extends the present moratorium until June 30 The cutoff extension was ap proved by an overwhelming 297 to 98 vote indicating the House will resist a Senatepassed delay on the cutoff until Feb 14 The billion foreign aid bill passed on a 201 to 190 vote President Ford has opposed the cutoff but his congressional supporters offered little resist ance to it They said they will try to win agreement for the delay when House and Senate conferees work out a compro mise with a billion foreign aid bill passed by the Sen ate All U S aid to Turkey was cut off at midnight Tuesday under previous action by Con gress until substantial prog ress is made on negotiating withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus That cutoff ex pires when Congress adjourns next week and the House bill would reimpose it Meanwhile Congress has sent Ford a bill sharply in creasing penalties for antitrust violations and legislation giving home buyers more protection against highcost settlement fees Both measures won final ap proval in the House Wednes day The antitrust bill would stif fen the maximum fine for vio lations from its present level of to for individ uals and Si million for cor porations Imprisonment would be for up to five years The bill also requires public accounting of antitrust cases settled out of court and tightens consent decree procedures The home buyer protection bill directs the Department of Housing and Urban Develop ment to prepare a standard form for settlement charges in residential mortgage transac tions to minimize confusion It also retains authority for the department to regulate settle ment costs for government backed mortgages CLOUDY Ehrlichman doubts Nixon wanted accurate report Tonight cloudy Low in the middle 30s Friday cloudy with chance of showers High in mid or upper 40s Saturday through Monday mostly cloudy with chance of snow Saturday and chance of rain or snow Mon day little temperature change INDEX Classified 1518 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 21 Editorials Family living 8 Records Sports Weather details map 19 Washington AP Former White House aide John D Ehrlichman told the Watagate coverup trial today henow believes former Presi dent Richard M Nixon never wanted him to come up with an accurate report on Water gate Under crossexamination by chief prosecutor James F Neal Ehrlichman was asked about the Watergate report he has said Nixon requested on March 301973 That report was not sup posed to be a full and true re port was it Neal asked So far ac I am concerned it was but after looking back and listening to the tapes it is my present view he Nixon was hopeful it would not be Eiir lichman replied He didnt want an accurate report Neal asked Thats true responded Ehrlichman Neal referred to a number of passages on the tape of con versations in March and April 1973 which he contended show ed that Ehrlichman rather than being misled was recom mending issuance of a less than truthful report Ehrlichman responded by disputing the accuracy of pro secution transcripts o the conversations particularly the transcript of a conversation on March 211973 in which Nixon Ehrlichman and H R Halde man discussed a report which they refer to as a limited hangout Ehrlichman admit ted using the term which he called a less than full disclo sure But he added I said it in a mode of disapproval of what was being proposed In order to give the jury a chance to decide for itself who said what U S District Judge John J Sirica ordered that 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