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Combined
compli'." (Continued from Page 1)
Several SACUA members raised
fears that the joint process might result
in a list of compromise candidates with
none of the first choices of any of the
committees included. Others were con-
cerned with the proportion of represen-
tation on the joint committee and with
the possibility of one group "vetoing"
the choice of another.
While Arnson stressed that MSA was
not seeking a firm commitment from
SACUA, Rubin expressed disappoin-
tment at SACUA's reaction. "There
didn't seem to be in that room very.
much pro-student sentiment," she said.
-RUBIN SAID because MSA did not
receive any kind of definite response
from SACUA, it was "back to square
one" in planning its strategy in the
presidential selection process. MSA
recently passed a resolution to boycott
the process until' it finds student
representation in the selection
"adequate." The Regents have asked
for MSA's final decision on whether or
not it will participate by October 16.
Arnson and Rubin also raised fears
that the Regents will not divulge the
names on the list of nominees that they
draw up, as was the case in 1966. Ac-
cording to Rubin, one Regent has
agreed that the Regents must open
their list to inspection by the other

input sought by MSA

committees. But according to Arnson,
another Regent has "been opposed to
anything anyone's wanted to do
positive." Rubin later identified the
second Regent as Dean Baker (R-Ann
Arbor).
MSA received support fop its
proposals from at least one faculty
member. In a September 26 letter to

SACUAS, Humanities and engineering
Prof. Robert Weeks criticized the role
of the faculty currently plays in picking
President Robben Fleming's successor.
"For the faculty merely to submit
names, limits the faculty to a role so
peripheral as to border on the
meaningless," Weeks wrote.

Council GOP, will not

appeal bu
(Continued from Page 1)
the morning of May 24, 1978."
BELCHER ADDED that he met with
Murray at 8:00 the next morning and
obtained the necessaiy information to
decide on the changes.
When asked why the group would not
appeal as a party and use Republican
party funds, Belcher said, "The process
of going after the constitituionality of'
the act would be too cumbersome." He
added, however, 'that the slate
legislature should more clearly define
many vague portions of the law.
The Republicans said they felt they
were complying with the law when they
met since both parties had requested

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The Center for AfroAmerican and African Studies
PRESENTS-
Prof. James de Vere Allen
THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
LECTURING ON
"THE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE
EAST AFRICA COAST RECONSIDERED"
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1978
12:00 Noon to 1:30 P.M.
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1100 S. University
Please be on the lookout for seminar presentation by Dr. Donald Spivey,
visiting professor of history, on "Race Building Separatism and Education,"
October 11, 1978.
ALL WELCOMEI Refreshments Served

Iget ruling
the opinion of city attorney Bruce
Laidlaw in May 1977 on the legality of
caucus meetings under the open
meetings act.
BELCHER ALSO expressed con-
cern about the effect of applying the
law to political party conventions and
other party gatherings. "The political
process must be protected," said the
mayor. He also raised the question of
how many members are legally
allowed to be present or gathered
together if a quorum is not required.
In response to a question, the mayor
said the caucus has not met with a
quorum present since that May
meeting. When asked if caucus mem-
bers are alternatively staying away
from meetings to avoid a quorum, thus
remaining legal, Belcher said "(the
caucus) is complying with the law."
"Nothing is ever discussed at caucus
that is not discussed at Council," said
the mayor, and added "Six can meet
and not discuss things that should be
public."
CMEJREK SAID another
questionable area of the law is where it
says "the deliberation toward a
decision" must be open. Cmejrek said it
is unclear what "deliberation" means
and whether it applies to caucus
meetings and council meetings, or
strictly council.
Belcher objected to the law's
requirement that caucuses meet in
public places since that excludes in-
dividual homes.

AP Photo
PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE Allan Smith risked dinner in West Quad dormitory last night to discuss his nomination with
residents of Adams House. Seated from left to right are Adams House RA Joe Fresh, RD Bob Cindric, Smith, and Tim
Snow, West Quad head librarian.
Smith digests questions at Quadj

By TOM MIRGA
University presidential appointee
Allan Smith fielded questions like a
golden-glove shortstop in a question-
and-answer session that followed din-
ner with over 100 residents of West
Quad's Adams House last night,
although Smith claimed he had no idea
what his new job would hold in store for
him.
"Some people told me that they
thought that accepting the position took
a great sacrifice on my part" the silver-
haired Law School professor told a
group of students in the Adams House
lounge.
"THEY POINTED out that I was
giving up a fine job in San Francisco,"
he said, "not to mention that my golf
game would probably also suffer as a
result."
Regardless of those pitfalls, Smith
said it was "an honor being chosen the
president of such an institution" and
that he was intending to enjoy working
Palestine Human Rights
Committee
Organization Meeting
October 6, 1978-7 PM
Mich. Union, Conference Room 6

in the Administration Building again in
January.
RA Joseph Fresh was influential in
bringing the former Law School dean,
and once-Vice President for Academic,
Affairs to Adams House for a taste of
West Quad cooking.
FRESH SAID, "The staff of our house
thought it would be a good idea to bring
Smith to the dorm and begin to
establish his contact with, the studen-
ts." Fresh said the staff's success of
having resigning President Robben
Fleming "over for dinner" last Decem-
ber prompted them to extend the same
invitation to Smith.
"The Regents have made perfectly
clear to me,' said Smith after .dinner,
"That.they do not want a delay in
momentum while a new president is
chosen." Smith also said he did not,
want to initiate long range programs or
studies that might "tie the hands" of his
successor.
"It is inthis context that I will have to
balance my decisions," said Smith,
"although I cannot say just what issues
will come up before me this year."
SMITH FOUND himself, confronted
by a wide range of topics from the
students, varying from dorm* cafeteria
consolidation to the qualifications of
foreign1-speaking teaching -assistants.

The 66-year-old law professor handl
all inquiries with ease, answering al
questions smoothly in a thoroughly ob
jective manner.
"He didn't bullshit us, that's for sure'
said one student after the session. "Yo
can tell that he doesn't have anything t,
cover up and that what he doesn't know
he'll work hard to find out about," sai
another.
"Last Tuesday, I tried to reac
President Fleming to speak to hir
about matters concerning tht
position," Smith told the group.
"I HAD GONE to his office while h
was out, so I had asked the secretary to
see the president's appointment calen-
dar. I looked and saw that it-was full al'
the way through to the following Mort-
day," Smith said.
"That's when I remembered just why
I left my former position in the Office'
of Academic Affairs and went back to
teach in the Law School," he said.
Smith said that at age 66, he was
already one year too old to even con-
sider keeping the position of president,
in view of the University's 65-and-ou
policy for administrators.
"I will be happy and willing to hol
the position for a while," Smith sai
"but I am also looking forward
returning to the Law School where I ca
manage my own tiie."

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