THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, May 7, 1969
Eden fines Riopelle Meats
for short weighing Sigma Nu
Four students have been award-
ed top honors by the economics
department. The honors include
By LORNA CHEROT a
Riopelle Meat Packing Co. has
been found guilty of short weigh-
ing Sigma Nu fraternity, and was
fined $50 by District -Court Judge
S. J. Eldon, April 29.
Sigma Nu steward Carl Stevens
said he was "disappointed" by the
lightness of the sentence. The
maximum fine is $100.
Robert C. .Murphy, a state in-
spector for the agriculture dept.,
testified that after he weighed the
Riopelle shipment for Feb. 11, he
found a difference of 11 pounds
13 ounces between the amount of
meat specified on the bill and the
amount of meat actually received
by Sigma Nu.
Murphy also testified that the
weighing was conducted in the
presence of the Riopelle truck
driver, county sealer Robert Har-
ter, and Kurt DeVries, a member
of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Ernest Riopelle defended his
position by claiming that he and
the steward, Stevens, had an
agreement at the beginning of the
year on how the meats were to
Riopelle contended that the
weight discrepancies occurred be-
cause officials failed to include
the weight of the juices in the
bags in their final tabulations.
Riopelle also said he and Stev- cash prizes.
Sens,agree that Riopelle was to Margery A. Stern and Benjamin
cut thefmeats close because the C. Stanczyk were recognized as the
fraternity's chefs do not have the "most outstanding and promising
utensils to cut the fat, and dis- graduating students in economics."
pose of it.
Both received the Harold D. Os-
Stevens denied having such an terweil Prize, a $50 honorarium
agreement with Riopelle. The award which is given every year
steward said the regular Sigma in honor of Lt. Harold Osterweil
Nu steward and the chef quit, and of Long Beach, N.Y., a University
that he took over in the middle economics graduate killed in
of the year. Therefore he and! World War II.
Riopelle could not have discussedl
the meat cuts at the beginning The John Elliott Parker Memo-
of the year, Stevens added. rial Prize was awarded every year
p by friends and associates of the
Sigma Nu argued that the price late'Prof. Parker for "an outstand-
of the meats should be reduced ing contribution in the area of
in proportion to the amount of labor economics or human re-
meat cut down. Riopelle said his sources."
method of trimming and setting
By ERIKA HOFF
The calendar committee created last fall by President Robben
Fleming to study the trimester system has recommended the reten-
tion of the program with four modifications.
In an oral report to the Senate Assembly April 21, committee
chairman assistant dean George Hay of the graduate school outlined
the revisions proposed by the committee.
-classes for the fall term should not begin before Labor Day.
--spring break should be extended to a full week.
- an extra study day should be provided for in the spring term.
- additional funds should be made available so that a wider va-
riety of courses could be offered during spring and summer terms.
However, Fidele Fauri, dean of the social work school and a com-
mittee member says the calendar revisions could not be adopted be-
fore the 1971-72 school year. "The calendars for the next two years
are already set," he explains.
The calendar committee was set up by Fleming in response to the
Kelley Resolution of the Faculty Senate made last April which- called
for a' study of the financial and educational implications of the tri-
The resolution specified the pxoblems of time pressure on both
facilty and students, and exchange value of credits with schools not
on the trimester- system. Also, because most schools do not operate
under the trimester, faculty members have to be absent while classes
are in session in order to attend professional meetings.
"The final calendar committee meeting is June 5," says Fauri,
"and the written report should be submitted to Fleming sometime
of Ib scl
The Regents have named Prof.
Russell E. Bidlack as the first dean
of the University's new library
science school, which will begin'
operation July 1.
Bidlack has taught at the Uni-
versity for 21 years and has served
as acting department chairman
He was selected by a special ad-
visory committee to Presidentt
Robben Fleming. Both students
and faculty served on the commit-
The library science department
is the second largest of its kind in
the United States,
Bi-dlack earned his bachelor of!
arts degree at Simpson College in
Indianola, Iowa. He has received
four University degrees: bachelor!
of arts in library science; master
of, arts in library science; master
of arts in history; and doctor of
philosophy in library science.
Bidlack is currently a member
of the University's Senate Assem-
bly and chairman of 12 doctoral
committees. He is a member of the
Michigan Library Association's In-
tellectual Freedom Committee and
the Inter-American Library Scho-
In addition. Bidlack is the
author of numerous professional
and historical articles. He has
been commissioned by the Monroe,
County Historical Society to write
a history of that county-
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'U1' law team
of prices followed the standards Department chairman Harvey
of the National Meat Purveyors' Brazer named Harvey S. Rosen as
magazine. the "outstanding junior of thes
year," and the recipient of the
In his decision, Eldon noted Sims Senior Honors Scholarship The University Law School team
there was obviously a misunder- for the academic year 1969-70. tied for first place April 27 in the
standing between Riopelle and Rosen will receive a cash stipend Philip C. Jessup International Law
Sigma Nu about how the meats of $500. Moot Court Competition in Wash-
were to be priced and cut. Eldon ington D.C .
added that the type of agreement The Sims award is given yearly The University team and Rut-
Sigma Nu was requesting would on behalf of Ernest M. and Natale
" C. Sims of Elkhart, Ind., "in the gers University were tied for first
be an "illegal pontract," since there interest of stimulating intellectu place.
are set scales on which to deter- rivalry and high-quality h I Eight schools participated, in-
mine meat prices. ment in economics." Sims, a Uni- eluding one in France.r
Siga u as otye pad orversity graduate, is head of the Members ofthe Univeri ty team
Sigma Nu has not yet paid for !est rdae sha ftewere Frank Willis and Donald E.
the Feb. 11 shipment of meat, nor Metal Forming Corp. Shelton. Willis was also cited for
for the one prior to that. Stevens-. having presented the best oral
argument in the competition. Both
said if Riopelle wants his money, The Summer Daily begins Willis and Shelton are graduating
he will have to sue Sigma Nu in publication this year with a from the Law School this month.
Ann Arbor, "which would only new bonus-a special magazine The contest was sponsored by
bring him more bad publicity." to be inserted irregularly. the American Society of Interna-
w~ill you be on?
Sigma Nu estimates that it has
"Had other fraternities and!
sororities brought similar charges
and had Riopelle been convicted,,
his license could have been re-
voked," Stevens said.
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