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Vol. LXXXIX; No. 60

Ann Arbor, Michigan--Wednesday, November 15, 1978

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

Students move department to revamp program.

- I

University Prof. Dennis Baker tried unsuc-
essfully for six years to bring about changes in
the Atmospheric *nd Oceanic Sciences (AOS)
epartment, but it only took one week for
isgruntled students to get results from depar-
ment officials.
James Deaconson, a graduate student and
Steaching assistant in the department, said the
problems and inadequacies in the AOS synoptic
laboratories have existed for several years,
and up until two weeks ago, nothing had been
done to improve the conditions.
"THE REPUTATION was getting around

that the University of Michigan had a very
weak bachelor's degree program in at-
mospheric science," said Deaconson. "It's
good preparation for grad school, but it's weak
in the area of synoptics for students who want
to get a job after instruction at the un-
dergraduate level."
Synoptics, an area in atmospheric science
devoted to weather forecasting, requires the
availability of certain types of equipment
which the department does not currently have.
In additign, Deaconson said, the study requires
competent leadership from knowledgeable
Synoptics classes, AOS 310 and 311, have

'The reputation was getting
around that the University had
a very weak bachelor's degree
in atmospheric science.'
-James Deaconson,
Atmospheric and
Oceanic Science Dept.
teaching assistant

been taught by teaching assistants (TAs) for
the last three years, and Deaconson said the
only member of the faculty actually qualified
to teach both courses is Baker. Baker is in
Chicago this semester.
"MY STUDENTS were really upset about the
program," said Deaconson, a TA for AOS 310.
"We had an hour-and-a-half debate in my class
where students brought up specific complaints
they had."
Deaconson and TA Brian Heikes then
organized two meetings early this month,
where faculty members and students met to
discuss the problems. Senior Rick Foltman,
junior Tom Hallaron, and sophomore Jennie

Moody served as representatives from the
synoptics classes.
"The meetings were very fruitful and we got
everything we wanted," said Deaconson.
"There were no conflicts, no finger-pointing, no
petitions - everyone was satisfied."
THE CHANGES were agreed upon by both
the faculty members and the students and in-
* The installation of a 'Service C Teletype' in
January which would enable students to get
upper air weather readings;
* A promise that synoptic labs would be
coordinated by a faculty member in the future;
* The installation of a clock and bulletin
See AOS, Page 7

*1 I

.So comes
o aidof
10 convicts
RALEIGH, N. C. (AP) - The federal
government asked a federal -court
yesterday - in an apparently un-
precedented friend-of-the-court brief -
to overturn the convictions of the
Wilmington 10.
In an 89-page brief, the government
said it had found evidence that the
defendants did not receive a fair trial
when they were convicted of arson and
conspiracy in a 1971 firebombing in-
cident during a time of racial unrest in
THE BRIEF was filed by the Justice
Department, which also asked that if
the convictions are not overturned, a
hearing be held into the evidence the
department gathered. The brief
questioned whether the state's chief
witness, Allen Hall, told the truth when
he testified that each of the defendants
took part in the firebombing.
The department said its evidence in-
dicated that "Hall is not a reliable wit-
ness," that the defendants were not
allowed to fully portray Hall's
unreliability at the trial, and that the
prosecutor, JamesStroud,withheld
from the defense an amended
statement by Hall that cast doubt on his
"There is reasonable likelihood that
the jury's verdict might have been dif-
ferent had it known what was in the
statement" the brief said.
The Wilmington 10, a group of civil
rights activists including nine black,
men and a white woman, were convic-
ted of arson and conspiracy in connec-
tion with the burning of Mike's
Grocery, a white-owned store, on Feb.
6, 1971. The firebombing came after a
week of racial violence which left one
white man and one black man dead.

MSA moves


join in


chief search

Daily Photo by CYRENA CHANG
SOME MIGHT CALL him a sixties relic, but jester Wavy Gravy continues in 1978 to push for the concern which has
moved him for over a decade-getting food into hungry people's mouths.
Woodstoek to Indians to A 2

The Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) last night took a step towards
participating in the University
presidential selection process and, in
another action, elected member Kate
Rubin to fill the body's vice-president
position vacated last week by Nancy
Without dissent, MSA passed a
resolution stating that inteviewing for
prospective members of the student
presidential search committee will
begin "on the assumption the Regent's
resolution is satisfactory with regard to
student input."
THE GROUP had voted last month to
boycott the selection process until the
Regents change their selection
The resolution was based on Regent
Robert Nederlander's (D-
Birmingham) agreement with MSA to
introduce a resolution at the Regent's
meeting this week containing a
statement of intent regarding student
participation in the selection process.
The resolution calls upon the Regents
to "act in the same good faith" that
MSA has followed in moving towards a
compromise. It also stated that MSA
will review the resolution at its next
meeting Nov. 28.
MSA'S MAJOR concern was losing
jurisdiction in the selection process on-
ce the student committee was formed.
The committee members could act in-
dependently of MSA, once appointed.
The Regents, according to MSA
President Eric Arnson, had insisted on
the formation of the committee before
they would deal with specifics for
student input.
Arnson, however, said that is no
longer a'problem. He said Nederlander
told him that either a MSA represen-
tative would be put on the student
committee or MSA would be present at
the committee's negotiations so it could
represent itself.


In the early sixties, he made his
living as a comic of drug and offbeat
humor in Greenwich Village.
He participated in anti-war rallies
and has fought for peoples' rights to
mass together at outdoor rock con-
certs such as Woodstock. He has
lived with Hopi Indians and wasin-
volved in "acid tests" in the early
days of psychedelic drugs.
Once known as Hugh Romney, this,
Renaissance man of the decade past
is called Wavy Gravy.
WHAT BRINGS Gravy to Ann Ar-
bor is not one of his more adven-

turous assignments, but one of his
more ambitious ones. He is in town
to raise public consciousness of the
problems of world hunger at a noon
Diag rally tomorrow for that pur-
With his one-stringed guitar or
ektar and his clown regalia, he looks
like a character who might perform
at Bimbos on Saturday nights. But
Gravy is serious about his work.
"In the situation that I attend I try
to use humor," he said. "Humor is

DURING THE past fifteen years,
Gravy has traveled throughout the
United States and abroad to push
social causes such as saving the
whales, helping Indians,sandgstop-
ping nuclear power plants. He has
also participated in hunger con-
ferences similar to the four-day
"Fast for a World Harvest"
program now taking place in Ann
"I'll be in my clown suit and
See WAVY, Page 2

Arnson urged the assembly to act
now because there was a "problem of
logistics." This is taking up too much
time, and we're at a stalemate," he
said. "This will show we're still in-
terested, and it puts us in a better light
because we're willing to compromise so
we can move ahead."
Supporting the resolution, MSA
member Joseph Pelava said, "It's good
because it's a statement of intent to
participate, but it keeps our options
WITH NO VOCAL objections, Com-
munications Coordinator Rubin was
elected vice president. Rubin was the
only nominee in the bid for the office,
and was nominated by MSA member
Richard Pace on the basis of what he
said was her commitment to MSA, ex
perience, and accomplishments.
Rubin' stressed the major role of the
vice president would be communication
with students, student organizations,
and MSA committees.

Iranian oil workers end strike

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's 37,000
oil workers flocked back to their jobs
yesterday, ending their crippling two-
week strike against Shah Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi: But troops opened fire on
two anti-shah demonstrations west of
here, killing at least three persons and
wounding 19, the official Pars news
agency reported.
The agency said the casualties oc-
curred in Sonqor, west of Tehran,
where protesters set fire to the offices
and home of the provincial governor.
The deaths raised the known death toll
from clashes with security forces in the
last three days to at least 23.
Troops also fired into the air to
Atom bomb
inventor hits
weapons use
Victor Weisskopf, a former
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
physics professor who played a major
role in designing the first atomic bomb

disperse a crowd near the giant bazaar
in Tehran, but no injuries or arrests
were reported.
IN THE PAST 11 months, an
estimated 1,100 Iranians have been
killed ini anti-government disturbances.
Conservative religious groups oppose
the shah's attempts at modernizing this
overwhelmingly Moslem society, while
political opponents seek an end to his
37-year one-man rule and other gover-
nmental reforms. Both groups have
called for the shah's abdication.
The National Iranian Oil Co. said that
strike leaders agreed to order a return
to work after receiving assurances
from the shah, through his represen-

tatives, that he would bow to their
political demands.
The demands were said to be the
restoration of civilian government,
release of all political detainees and an
end to martial law, which had been im-
posed Sept. 8 in Tehran and 12 other
cities to suppress a burgeoning wave of
civil unrest.
SOURCES close to the palace said it
was possible that national oil officials
during negotiations with the strikers
had given them a pledge from the shah
that their political demands would be
met. The shah approved a 22.5 per cent
pay increase for the oil workers last
week, but also to install a military

government last Monday.
One of the strikers' key demands was
the expulsion of all foreigners from the
oil industry. Whether this demand will
actually be met was not clear and ap-
peared highly unlikely. The oil in-
dustry, on which Iran's economy is
built, could not operate without the
technical know-how of thousands of
foreigners, experts say.
The first serious attack against a
foreign oil executive occurred when
George Link, the U.S. director of the Oil
Services Co. of Iran, narrowly escaped
injury when a bomb shattered his car in
Ahwaz, in the heart of the Persian Gulf
oil region.
Carter Administration has
decided to ask Congress early
next year for about $190 million to
begin full-scale development of a
mobile intercontinental ballistic
missile that would be safe from
Soviet surprise attack, sources
said last night.
The administration sources,
asking to remain anonymous,
said the funds to move the twice-
delayed mobile missile project
into a key development stage
would be included in a $2.2 billion
supplemental money bill for the

'U' safety director
dies of heart attack

Fredrick Davids, the first University
director of safety, died at University
Hospital yesterday after suffering a
heart attack at his campus office.
Davids, 64, was officially pronounced
dead at 12:46 p.m. following unsuc-
cessful attempts by ambulance and
hospital emergency staff workers to
revive him, hospital officials said.
DAVIDS BECAME safety director in
1970 after a 33-year career with the
Michigan State Police.
He accepted the high-ranking
security position shortly after retiring
as State Police director, a post he held
for his last five years with the agency.
Davids retired from the State Police
as a colonel, the title by which many
referred to him on campus.
"FRED DAVIDS' sudden death is a
great loss to the state, the University
community, and the city of Ann Arbor,"


DAVIDS, HEADING a 20 member
staff, was responsible for coordinating
safety and security programs at the
Unviersity. He also served as a liason

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