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PAFoge 4-Sunday, October 29, 1978-The Michigan Daily

OKINBAKTHE WEEK IN REVIEW
Canham in the crossfire gav The state of the city
College sports is a big business, and reversed himself.::M City Administrator Sylvester Murray
few universities play it bigger than "I now find that my comments were gave his annual state of the city address
Michigan. erroneous," Fleming said. before the Chamber of Commerce last
Last week, the business side of But as one issue apparently cooled Wednesday. Murray liked what he saw
Michigan sports was in the headlines as off, another remained at week's end - in the city of Ann Arobr, and told his
Athletic Director Don Canham was seniors, disgruntled with the new audienceso.
_cieured by President Robben Fleming basketball season ticket allocation, He marshaled some impressive
of - charges that he mishandled vented their feelings. evidence to back his claim that city hall
retovation contracts for the stadium. The new policy provided for a lottery, has had a good year:
" t their October meeting, the rather than days of waiting in line, to
gnts received an auditor's report determine priority for senior block 3 A 14.8 per cent drop in reported
which charged that Canham failed to basketball tickets. ~cie
centract work at the stadium. fairer, easier way to determine who entsefreorganization of city depar-
However, the athletic director gets a shot at the highly-coveted seats tments for greater efficiency, with a cut
disputed the charge. Canham said the near court at Crisler Arena. Opponents in total city employment as a result;
ther bids had in fact been solicited. He charge that the new system is unfair to , High levels of miority and female
also indicated that he had not violated those who are willing to devote their employment in city government as a
U niversity policy by failing to seek time to long hours of waiting to get good result of affirmative action programs
administration approval for the work. tickets, especially those who had in ciy ha;
He pointed to rules exempting athletic already formed a line for this year'sficn p grsswin f n
to eemptng lreay yer'sAnn Arbor's crumbling roadways; and
department maintenance projects from senior seats. * Victories by the city in three poten-
such approval requirements. Since top-rated center Phil Hubbard tially costly lawsuits brought against it.
On Thursday, Fleming, who is back in the line up after a season on
originally backed the auditor's finding the bench, Campus basketball fans
that Canham had acted improperly, have something to fight over. to ray so e e s form
to raise some concerns for the comng
year, He warned that the Tisch and
Headlee tax cutting proposals could
A rnson reconsidered have a serious impact on city services
e and the city budget if voters approve
The judicial wing of student govern- However, Arnson and Smith said they them in November.
ment rules last week that the two top would try to get the decision overtur- Murray, whose forte as city manager
elected student officials were im- ned. This may be possible because of a has been conservative budgeting and
properly selected and thus, not entitled recent change in the makeup of the
to stay in office after November. student court. A number of- the CSJ ;concern about the reduced size of city
justices who voted in favor of Chineseforeign exchange financial reserves. None the less, he
ws s Freeman's suit were lame duck mem- painted a generally rosy picture of the
Meanwhile, the officials in question, bers of the court. The newly constituted A delegation from Shanghai's Chiao Tung University "We must learn the advanced technologies of the world," city and its future.
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) CSJ may see things differently than its visited the University last week during a tour of U.S. college explained Shu Chu Teng, who headed the 12-member
~President Eric Arnson and Vice- peeesradrcnie h uig delegation. "Every nation has merits and demerits. We
President Nancy Smith, charged that predecessor and reconsider the ruling, campuses. The goal of the trip, according to the visitors, was shugot nd ern from hadvand e eri s io
Central Student Judiciary (CSJ) mem- to set up an exchange program between Chinese and should o out and learn frtbetadvanced experiences in or-
;bens ruled against them out of political TAmerican universities.
bersauled against Cithemdrstsfapolitsicalfr The exchange, which could begin in Fall, 1979, would fur-
malice. The present Chinese leadership, as part of its drive for ther add to the already cosmopolitan makeup of the campus
Long-time student government rapid industrialization and modernization of the economy, community. It is one more step in building a normal, working
g has developed. plans to send as many as 10,000 students to relationship between two nations and peoples separated by
hanger-on Irving Freeman originally foreign college and universities. fa globe and ecad of utual qurrantine.
brought a suit seeking to invalidate Ar-
nson's and Smith's election. He charged
that the constitutional amendment Presidential selection proceeds
which called for a directly elected MSA c t o u e cn m
president and vice-president was notcrainoauifeslctncmi-
yesideft a td ie rs n s n d The result of the continuing stand-off yield on any of their requests for t cre n n of the separte
yet in effect at the time of Arnson's and between student government and the greater student involvement in the tee to screen nominees of the separate
Regents over selection of the next search process, members of the Wacuty, alumni, and student search
Freeman ran for president in that University president appears to be a Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) groups. MSA also sought a commitment
election, but lost: Last week, his efforts presidential search without student decided last Tuesday to continue their that the board uld pick ah sadiat
to overturn that vote apparently suc- participation. boycott of the search.fmth,
ved.ArDshsat yveRgnsairetrAhatlgnlysghtecommittees, rather than an outside W
ceeded. Arnson Dissatisfied by the Regents failure to MSA had originally sought the candidate. Murray

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Eighty-Nine Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXIX, No. 46 News Phone: 764-0552
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

Tahiti. No longer Gauguin's paradis1

The University gideie
T1,1 e e
HIS WEEK the Senate Advisory University. A recruiter must not give
Committee on University Affairs the name of another member of the
(SACUA) reviewed a set of proposed University community without the
,guidelines concerning relationships prior consent of that individual.
,between members of the University Members of the University community
eommunity and U.S. intelligence whose advise is sought on a one-time or
agencies. The proposed guidelines occasional basis should follow the
were not well received. same procedure.
Some SACUA members said the " Members of the. University
guidelines restricted academic community must not undertake
freedom; others said they were not intelligence operations for intelligence
broad enough. The issues of personal agencies. They must not participate in
and academic freedom raise many propaganda activities if the activities
questions when discussed in the involve lending their names and
context of covert CIA and FBI positions to gain public acceptance for
activities. The questions are equally materials they know to be misleading
difficult when discussing corporate or untrue. Before undertaking any
scrounging of universities for potential other propaganda activities, an
employees. Guidelines which check the individual should consider whether the
activities of intelligence agencies and task is consistent with her or his
ecorporations in the University scholarly and professional obligations.
community are sorely needed to " No member of the University
protect both - the academic and community should assist an
personal freedom of everyone. intelligence agency or a corporation in
Therefore we endorse the following obtaining the unwitting service of an-
guidelines based largely on a set other member of the University
adopted last year by Harvard community. Intelligence agencies or
University. corporations should not employ
" Individual members of the members of the University community
University community may enter into in an unwitting manner.
direct or indirect consulting We were chagrined to learn last
arrangements for intelligence week that CIA Director Stansfield
agenices and corporations to provide Turner will continue to refuse to obey
research and analytical services. The the Harvard guidelines. The director's
individual must report in writing the refusal, however, should not deter the
existence of such an arrangement to faculty Senate Assembly from
the dean of her or his faculty, who then adopting these guidelines. In fact, it

By Steven Smith
TAHITI-The image of this island as a
Polynesian paradise has been stained with
bloody violence in a fight by local terrorists
against French domination.
Six members of the Te Toto
Tupuna-"Blood of our An-
cestors"-movement and its alleged
mastermind, Charlie Ching, 43, await trial in
a killing that shocked the island. The former
French officer turned businessman was shot
to death in his bed little more than a year ago.
On a wall was posted a note signed Te Toto
Tupuna: "We do not want any more French-
men in our country."
It was the grimmest of several incidents
linked to the group headed by Ching, who has
been in and out of jail since 1972, when he was
convicted of stealing dynamite from a
military munitions depot here. That theft was
viewed as a symbolic gesture to protest Fren-
ch nuclear testing. But the group was to show
itself as deadly serious.
IN AUGUST 1977, a bungled attempt was
made to sabotage the telephone exchange.
Only the first of four charges exploded,
producing structural damage to the building
but none to the equipment. In the debris police
found a message: "Take your flag, your
people and your statute, Stirn, and go home."
Olivier Stirn is the French minister of Over-
seas Territories, which include Tahiti.
Ching and his youthful followers also are
being blamed for instigating a bloody prison
riot last January, during which reporters
heard shouts of "Vive l'Independence" and
"French go home." The two-day melee ended
when, on orders from Paris, gendarmes with
tear gas assaulted the jail. Two were left
dead-a Tahitian warden who had been
beaten to death with table legs and a prisoner
felled by a sharpshooter.
Although most Tahitians deplore the bloody
tactics of the Te Toto Tupuna, the anti-French
sentiments they preach are generally shared
here. For over 20 years Polynesians have
fought, mostly in vain, for more control of
local government affairs. With the
railroading through of a nuclear testing
program in French Polynesia against the
wishes of the local leaders, resentment grew.
INSTEAD OF GETTING more autonomy
Tahitians were confronted with a security
buildup in the form of thousands of new Fren-
ch troops, legionnaires and police. In ad-
dition, at least 15,000 civilians have settled
here since the testing began. They have
brought jobs and economic growth. However,

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stand. There are youth gangs here that have
adopted Ching's political message. In the last
election, jailbound Ching still received 5 per-
cent of the vote in a bid for the highest office
in the land.
Perhaps the greatest impediment to
Tahitian autonomy is the island's economic
dependency on France. It has become a sort
of economic "junkie," feeding on the gover-
nmental bureaucracy that has grown steadily
in the last 15 years.
TOURISM AND EXPORTS of copra and
other commodities account for only a fraction
of the revenues needed to support the
economy. France has pumped in billions of
francs in the form of military spending and
social services, such as education, medicine,
child support and other programs. This is un-
doutedly one of the brighter aspects of the
French administration.
Said one resident American journalist:
"You can say all the nasty things you want to
about the way the French govern (French)
Polynesia, but compared to the rest of the
colonial powers in the South Pacific, they
have done more for their subjects than
anyone else. And that includes the U.S. (in

Although France has recently granted the
local governing body-the Territorial Assem-
bly-more say over Polynesian affairs, signs
point toward continued French domination.
Mineral deposits have recently been
discovered in French Polynesia territorial
waters. The Paris government might like to
be around to see the potential wealth realized.
Also, military officials have announced the
stepping up of nuclear testing on Muroroa to
perfect a MIRV warhead, and have indicated
a desire to increase French naval might in the
South Pacific.
Whatever the future holds, reports of
dynamite being stolen continue to be in the
news here on the Isle of Love, and in view of
the past, it is a good hunch that it may be
used.
The romantic image of travel posters depic-
ting bare-breasted, ,langorous beauties
beneath swaying coconut trees is part of the
mythology. But this paradise will never be the
same.
Steven Smith is a pseudonym for a free-
lance journalist traveling in Tahiti. This
article was written for Pacific News

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