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A University workman installs part - new rest
room facility in Old Main yesterday. The restroom
is in the University Provost's office and is part of a
long-range improvement plan for Old Main, Ralph
Zilly, vice president for business, said.
program cutbacks predicted
Shapp continues tax campaign
(AP) A campaign
Gov. Shapp and legislative leaders
for new taxes is dying hard despite rank
and file vows to shoot down any con
ference committee report that calls for a.
Shapp mailed a personal appeal for
new taxes yesterday . to each of the
Oates 253 lawmakers.
; , "It will be virtually impossible for
government to provide the services
which we were elected to provide
State proposal could raise tuition
By LAURA SHEMICK
Collegian Staff Writer
! A new state budget proposal that could
'slash $9 million from the University's
recommended appropriation would
force another tuition increase this year,
University President John W. Oswald
If a $9 million decrease were to be
absorbed solely through a tuition in- -
crease, students would pay about $l6O
more per year than they pay now.
,' The proposal, made Wednesday by
House Democratic floor leader James
Manderino, cuts PSU'funding from Gov.
Shapp's recommended $lO9 million to
$lOO million. Gov. Shapp's recom
mended appropriation is three per cent
over last year's $lO6 million ap
The budget proposal, one of four being
.considered by a joint House-Senate
budget committee, calls for no new taxes
and trims $75 million from an earlier
proposal. The first proposal would cut
• HERSHEY, Pa. (AP Nurses at
the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
of the University agreed to a new
wage package yesterday and averted
a threatened strike, a union official
The new package, required under a
wage reopener clause in the existing
two-yeas contract, gives the 300
members of the Pennsylvania Nurses
Association a 6.3 per cent wage in
crease, union spokesman Richard
The nurses voted to approve the
package yesterday but Stober
declined to release the vote margin.
In addition to the wage increase,
Stober said the center agreed to give
the nurses every other weekend off.
The contract also contains benefits
such as maternity leave and shift
differential for part time nurses.
On June 30, the nurses association
, rejected an offer from the medical
~ center and said it would strike at 7
yesterday morning unless agreement
Toilet added to Old Main office
What flushes and costs a lot of money?
An expensive hunting dog wouldn't be a bad
guess, but the right answer to this riddle could be a
new bathroom being installed in the University
Provost's office in Old Main.
An anonymous caller, who identified himself as a
University Maintenance and Operations worker,
told The Daily Collegian about the bathroom and its
cost yesterday afternoon. '
A worker installing the pipes later estimated the
cost to be at least $lO,OOO.
One Maintenance and Operations worker labelled
the project "outrageous." Ralph Zilly, University
vice president for business, said that the new
bathroom is part of a long-range project for im-
without new taxes to fund government
The governor said it is shortsighted to
layoff thousands of state employees, who
will only draw unemployment and
possibly welfare payments anyway.
"In the meantime, the public will not
be getting any services from the ex
penditure of these taxpayer dollars,"
People are going to be hurt if day care,
education, training, health, police,
five per cent from all government
agencies and would hold other programs
to 1976-77 spending levels.
J. Doyle Corman, Republican state
senator from the 34th District, could not
be reached for comment regarding the
Frederick M. Ciletti, special assistant
to President Oswald for governmental
affairs, said he is planning to line up
supporters of a tax increase in
Harrisburg on Monday.
"I've never seen the mood of the
legislators so much• against a tax in
crease, though," he said. "But I'm not
totally pessimistic yet. Something good
might happen, but it'll be later rather
Ciletti said the problem with the
budget was the proposed Philadelphia
"Geographical differences are at issue
here," he said. Philadelphia legislators
are trying to get a big subsidy for
Philadelphia schools and they will not
Conn. prison fire kills
DANBURY, Conn. (UPI) Flames and heavy smoke,
shooting through an overcrowded cellblOck "like a blowtorch,"
killed five screaming prisoners at the federal prison here
A young woman guard, acting against orders, unlocked a
door to free inmates and save an untold number of lives.
Danbury Hospital officials identified the dead inmates as
Roger H. Ware, 27, Robert L. Moore, 33, Anthony Johnson, 28,
Donnell Proctor, 32, and Holiday Henderson, age unknown.
Fire officials believed a prison arsonist set the blaze, which
injured 62 other persons. Most suffered smoke inhalation.
Hospital officials said 13 inmates, a fireman and one guard
remained hospitalized. Five inmates are listed in critical
condition and eight in stable condition. \ The guard and fireman
are also listed in stable condition.
"You could hear people screaming to get them out," said
Police Sgt.: Robert Lovell. "There were open flames showing
at the rear of the building. There was yelling and screaming
when we got there. At least 18 people were trapped-in the cell
Prisoners helped fight the fire. .
Inmate Bernard Hill said he and another prisoner used a fire
extinguisher but it was ineffectual. He said flames shot out of
a washroom "like a blowtorch. The smoke was so bad you
couldn't even see your hand in fron of your face. All I could
feel was people lying on the floor."
Hill said prison officials knew there was a fire in the dorm
itory, but would not open the door. "If they had been respon
sible, a lot of lives could have been saved," he said.
Danbury Fire Marshal Fred Tomaino said the blaze at the
Federal Correctional Institution, which produced heavy and
toxic smoke from fiberglass paneling, began at about 1:30
a.m. in the washroom area where inmates keep their work
clothes. Asked if the fire was set, Tomaino said, "We believe it
transportation and other programs are
cut, he said.
Shapp said it's understandable for
people to object to higher taxes. But he
said Pennsylvanians already bear a
comparatively light tax load. It's the
eighth lowest of the 11 major industrial
states and 22nd of the 50 states.
Shapp said he will have a better idea
next week of what specific programs will
be cut. He plans to review the cur-
compromise with legislators from other
areas of the state, Ciletti said.
Penn State Budget Officer Chalmers
Norris had no comment on possible
consequences for Penn State Teamster
Union contract negotiations or possible
changes in the University's budget
should the no-tax state budget pass.
Oswald said the University could no
longer provide assurance against
"serious layoffs of personnel" in all
categories if the proposed budget were
"No longer could we assure students
that programs and courses they planned
will be available," Oswald said.
"Another round of devastating program
cutbacks would also be required."
Oswald also expressed the hope that
alumni, friends and students would
contact their legislators to urge the
restoration of the Governor's initial
appropriation recommendation of $lO9
provement of Old Main.
Funding for some of the improvements will come
in part from the Penn State Alumni Association,
Zilly said he didn't know if the bathroom will be
paid for through the alumni fund.
E.D. Frost, a local contractor, said, "It does not
surprise me that it could run that high."
The bathroom will be on the second floor of Old
Main along with a new office to be constructed from
Anita H. Thies, of the Office of Public Infor
mation, said the workers might have confused the
total cost of the new office and the bathroom with
just the cost of the bathroom. by Bob Frick
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Inmates said a young guard they identified as Deborah
Richardson went against orders and opened a door to the
compound, allowing the trapped prisoners to flee. None of the
inmates tried to excape.
She refused comment when approached in the prison
"They have told us not to make any comments. If I talk, I
could lose my job," she said.
Many of the injured were released after treatment at
Danbury Hospital, but five remained on the critical list.
Among the injured were a guard and a fireman, both of whom
Inmates at the 40-year-old facility, known as a "country
club" primarily because of its pleasant rural setting, said an
unidentified guard "panicked" and jammed a key in a
cellblock door, apparently while trying to unlock it. Officials
said at a news conference a key was broken in a lock, but
would not comment further.
Another official said a fire drill had not been held at the
prison in the past six months, and said he'did not know why 10
inmates trained to operate fire equipment were not used.
Some members of that team said they were kept in their cells
and were unable to reach a fire engine.
George Marchman, a member of the inmate fire crew, said
the group was not permitted to leave another, dormitory
during the blaze.
"We had to stand there and watch prisoners screaming and
burning," he said. Marchman said the prison has a new fire
truck that was not used.
But other prisoners were able to join the fight to free the
"The inmates did a terrific job. If it weren't for them, we
would have lost a lot more," said Anthony Young, a deputy-to
vacationing Warden George Wilkerson.
tailments today and Monday with
Two members of the conference
committee said yesterday they will
propose a spending plan that needs $5OO
million in new taxes.
"We're looking at two no-tax budgets.
In fairness we ought to look at one with
taxes," said Sen. Henry Cianfrani,
The tax proposal was suggested by
Cianfrani and Rep. Max Pievsky, both
Philadelphia Democrats and ap
propriations committee chairmen.
State agencies would get enough to
maintain services, schools would get
about $2OO million more, and senior
citizens would be in line for property tax
Cianfrani said he favors increasing the
income tax to help pay for it. Business
taxes also would go up. But there were
no specific percentage increases
The leaders who attended a brief
committee meeting yesterday sounded a
blue note for state finances.
"A viable budget for this Com
monwealth will cost half a billion dollars
in taxes," said House Speaker K. Leroy
Irvis, not a committee member, but on
hand to sing the praises of higher taxes.
"I foresee difficult times for the
Commonwealth and its people who can't
care for themselves ... if we don't
convince enough senators and
representatives of the need to increase
He.said the legislature must produce a
reasonable budget that funds schools,
government operations and social
tested by army'
WASHINGTON (UPI) The U.S.
military has test-exploded at least one of
the top-secret neutron bombs involved in
a new ban-the-bomb controversy, expert
sources disclosed yesterday.
The sources said one or more of the
controversial "people killer" radiation
bombs have been exploded un
derground, probably within the past
year, at the Nevada desert testing site.
At the Pentagon, a small group of
neutron bomb protestors flung vials of
their own blood against entranceway
pillars early yesterday in a demon
stration reminiscent of the Vietnam era
draft protests. Police arrested four
persons for damaging government
Sensitive to the political turmoil
developing around the bomb issue,
Washington officials refused to confirm
or deny the reports that the weapon
already has been tested underground.
They would say only that it is obvious
that any experimental bomb undergoes
Word of the test came from sources
close to the U.S. nuclear weapons testing
program in Nevada, who said the blast
or blasts were carried out in un
derground test caverns some 70 miles
north of Las Vegas.
"The neutron bomb has been tested at
the Nevada Test site, and probably
within the past year,",one expert source
said. He declined to say whether there
had been more than one test, or when the
The neutron bomb is designed to kill
You can lead a man to questions but . . .
This month's winner of ' the
"Leading Question of the Month
Award" goes to Congressman Joe
Ammerman recently sent a
questionnaire to his constituents with
such searching questions as:
"Should the government be doing
more to bring down the unem
ployment rate?" Yes or No?
"Should we do more to conserve
energy?" Yes or No?
The fact of the matter is . . .
Just for your information, the The University expenditure
University publishes a small, pocket- during the 1975-1976 school year
size pamphlet called FACTS. totaled $321 million. Tuition supplied
FACTS is crammed full of facts 21 per cent of that. (Felt like more
(what else?) about Penn State. For though, didn't it?)
example: FACTS does miss a few important
facts. For instance: How many toilets
Behrend College in Erie offers 11 are there on campus? Where does
four-year programs. John Oswald get his hair cut? How
The University granted 465 many squirrels are there on campus?
doctoral degrees during 1975-1976. Who needs a book of facts?
''Qk 4 v••
Taking the show on the road
Right above the Schwab
Auditorium main entrance is a big
sign that reads: "Artists Series has
moved to Pine Cottage."
Now you can't fool us. Those folks
over at the Artists Series sell a lot of
tickets so there is no way that they
could possibly fit an entire audience
into Pine Cottage.
Not only could you not fit an
audience into Pine Cottage, the entire
Sometimes a great
For any of you guys that have gone
through the agony of trying to pick up
a girl at a frat party, be gratified to
know that the same frustrating
feeling has been harnessed by science
in order to combat gypsy moths.
Yes, scientists have developed an
anti-love potion that when sprayed
over moth infested areas confuses
the male caterpillars. The potion is a
concentration of synthetic hormones
similar to those used by the female
caterpillar to attract the male.
When an area is sprayed, the male
gets the idea that the place is just
crawling with willing females. He
spends the next seven days (his entire
life) romping around trying to find
one or more of those willing females.
people by intensive radiation, while
doing only about one-tenth the blast or
heat damage of other tactical nuclear
The effect would be to obliterate
nearly all human life within a half mile
radius of ground zero while minimizing
harm to buildings, vehicles and other
Just before Congress adjourned for a
10-day holiday last Friday, senators who
denounced the bomb as "repugnant"
tried and failed to get all its production
funds eliminated from the public works
bill in which they had been hidden. The
House had passed the same bill ap
parently without noticing the bomb
The anti-bomb senators have
promised to renew the battle when
Congress reconvenes Monday, but their
opponents appear to have the voting
strength to preserve the production
The White House said Wednesday that
President Carter will decide next month
whether to use those funds and add the
neutron bomb to U.S. arsenals.
Opponents argue the neutron bomb,
designed for use in artillery shells and on
short-range missiles, would increase the
risk of battlefield skirmishes escalating
intofullscale nuclear war.
Proponents say the weapon is needed
to offset the superior field strength of
Soviet bloc armies, and that it limits
devastation to the intended target area
much more effectively than regular
nuclear field weapons.
Ten cents per copy
Friday, July 8, 1977
Vol. 78, No. 13 8 pages University Park, Pa. 16802
Published by Students of The Pennsylvania State University
And, "Should we discourage the
production and sale of gas guzzling
vehicles?" Yes or No?
Considering the nature of the
questions and the cost of the forms,
we have a ' question for Rep.
"Should congressmen be permitted
to mail questionnaires like this at
Yes or No?
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It 'b r
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
would be somewhat cramped and the
Vienna choir boys won't all fit into
Maybe it would be a better idea if
the Artists Series just moved their
administrative offices to Pine Cot
Unless, of course, that's what you
meant all along . . .
After about seven days, . the
caterpillars die (because of old age or
acute frustration, whichever comas
first), having spent their entire life
doing little else than looking.
For all you lady gypsy moths,
maybe you can form a bridge club or
something to pass the time.
An improvement for the weekend is
foreseen. Partly sunny, warm and
humid with a chance of thun
dershowers today, high 85. Fair with
slightly lower humidities and tem
peratures tonight and tomorrow, low
tonight 63 and the high tomorrow 83.
Continued fair and warm Sunday.