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State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor)
aid yesterday he will introduce a bill next
eek to decriminalize the possession of alcohol
or 18 to 20-year olds who violate the recently
pproved drinking age proposal.
Bullard's bill, according to his legislative
ide, would also transfer jurisdiction for
rosecution from state to local officials.
THE LEGISLATION, an apparent attempt to
.ounteract the widely-endorsed ballot proposal
vhich raises the drinking age to 21, would allow
ocal administrators to levy fines. They could
lso send those between 18 and 20 convicted of
ossession or consumption of alcohol for

rafts bill t(
treatment at an alcoholic center.
Proposal D, scheduled to become law on
December 22, would subject offenders to
regular court proceedings and possible jail sen-
"Under the current law, the first-time offen-
der could receive up to 90 days in jail and fines
up to $100 but this way it would only be a civil
offense and the person would just have to pay
fines depending on amount of times convic-
ted," said Bullard's aide Dan Sharp.
SHARP EXPLAINED the penalty for first-
time offenders would be a maximum $20 fine,
while those convicted for the second time could
receive a fine of up to $50 and a possible senten-
ce to an alcoholic treatment center. ,

decriminalize yout

The bill would also enable local governing
bodies throughout the state, such as the Ann
Arbor City Council, to establish their own
penalties as long as they don't exceed the
maximum guidelines to be set by the state
"If this passes, Ann Arbor would clearly have
the authority to set up their own fines for those
violating the law," Sharp said.
ANN ARBOR City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw,
who was asked by Mayor Louis Belcher last
week to investigate the possibility of passing a
city ordinance to decriminalize drinking by 18
to 20-year olds, said yesterday such an or-
dinance would be discussed at City Council's
next session on Monday night.

Laidlaw said the ordinance would "treat the
civil offense like a parking ticket" and may
result in a $5 fine similar to the one given to
marijuana possessors.
But the city attorney cautioned that Council,
may wait until the legislature decides whether
to decriminalize the offense.
RESPONDING TO Bullard's bill, Allen Rice,
director of the Michigan Council on Alcoholic
Problems (MCAP), said he doubts the Ann Ar-
bor legislator will be able to collect the
necessary votes since the electorate voted so
overwhelmingly to pass the drinking age
"You can't get the votes for that. It would be
belittling and thwarting the will of the people,

and I can't see many legislators voting for
something going against the wishes of 1,601,000
people," said Rice.
The MICAP director, who was influential in
getting the proposal passed, said his group will
do "everything we can do to defeat Mr.
Bullard's proposal."
BULLARD, WHILE not conceeding defeat,
did acknowledge that it would be difficult to get
the measure passed so soon after such a large
mandate was handed down by the voters.
His aide proposed that it may be necessary to
make a "trade-off" arrangement by hardening
the penalty imposed on those convicted of
selling liquor to minors to get other legislators
See BULLARD, Page 9

See editorial page ih4
See Today for details
ol. LXXXIX, No. 62 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, November 17, 1978 Ten Cents Fourteen Pages



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Students aria
back tenure


Over 100 sympathizers jammed into the Regents' Room of the
Administration Building yesterday to show support for Political
Science Assistant Professor Joel Samoff who has twice been
denied tenure and to urge the Regents to drop its case against the
Graduate Employees Organization (GEO).
Three undergraduate students, a graduate student teaching
assistant, and two professors spoke for over 30 minutes on behalf
of Samoff, urging that he be granted tenure.
BOB GURSS, the undergraduate representative on the Political

Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
RESIDENT ROBBEN FLEMING (his back to the camera) and six Regents Political Science Assistant Professor Joel Samoff. Over 100 spectators attended
isten to Political Science teaching assistant Alan Levy advocate tenure for the public comments session of the meeting.
Carter discouraged by slow Mideast talks

Science Executive Committee, said
teaching ability is not weighed heavily
enough in tenure decisions, citing
Samoff as an example.
"When a department in the Univer-
sity terminates someone who excels in
teaching, it fails to fulfill one of the roles
of the University," Gurss said.
However, the tenured faculty of
Samoff's department yesterday
refused to reconsider recommending
him for tenure to the Literary College
executive committee. If not granted
tenure, Samoff, who received a
distinguished service award from the
University in October, will be forced to
leave the University in 1979.
THE CROWD ALSO supported for-
mer Graduate Employees Organization
(GEO) Vice-President Marty Bombyk,
who attacked the Regents for con-
tinuing to challenge GEO's right to
collectively bargain with the Univer-
sity. The administration claims
graduate student assistants are studen-
ts, not employees, and are not entitled
to bargaining rights.
Math professors Arthur Schwartz and
Economics Professor Tom Weiskopf
urged tenure for Samoff.
Weiskopf slammed the present
method of granting tenure, saying it
"discriminates against people working
in a new or different kind of research."
Political Science teaching assistant
Alan Levy said lack of emphasis on
teaching ability in tenure decisions will
cause junior faculty to become less
concerned with teaching and more
worried about research.
praised Samoff for his work with
minorities, and she urged the Regents
to "establish some monitoring
procedure (to see) that the rules are
consistent" in granting tenure to
"There are few people who spend as
much time trying to be as innovative as
Joel Samoff," said Bob Gurss, the co-
chairman of the Undergraduate
Political Science Association.
See REGENTS, Page 5


refuses, to
Members of the Political Science
department's tenured faculty voted
yesterday against reopening the case of
Assistant Professor Joel Samoff, who
was denied tenure for the second time
last February.'
Meanwhile, some 100 Samoff sym-
pathizers sat in on the public comment
session of yesterday's Regents meeting
to show their support for granting
tenure to the professor.
.UNLESS THE tenured faculy mem-.-
bers reverse their decision, Samoff
must rely on an appeal he filed in Sep-
tember to have his case considered
through Literary College (LSA).
Samoff, a Marxist politicaf
economist, is known for his expertise in
South African affairs. Observers claim
the quality of Samoff's research and his
political views were among the reasons
for his tenure denials.
Samoff said last night he was "not
surprised" by the vote-reported to be"
14-9-against reconsidering the case.
close as last February's reported 9-7
verdict against giving Samoff tenure,
even though the number of voters dif-
fered each time. One faculty member,
who asked not to be identified, said the
vote was more decisive because some
department members didn't want the
case reopened even though they think
Samoff should be granted tenure.
See COMMITTEE, Page 14

WASHINGTON (AP) - Disappointed
with the slow pace of negotiations,
President Carter said yesterday it may
be necessary, "in a few cases," to
modify the Camp David agreements in
order to wrap up a peace treaty bet-
ween Egypt and Israel.
In a meeting with reporters, Carter
said the two sides did not trust each
other and each was interpreting the
September agreements to its own best
THE NEGOTIATIONS, now in their
sixth week, are snagged over the
Palestinian issue and several other
disputes. In a move to regain lost
momentum, the United States has
proposed that within a year of the
treaty's ratification, elections be held

to set up a Palestinian authority on the
West Bank of the Jordan River and in
the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's
response was delivered to Carter at the
White House by Hosni Mubarak, the
Egyptian vice president. A spokesman
said Mubarak "explained precisely the
Egyptian view of the interrelationship
between the peace treaty and future
negotiations for an overall settlement,
including the status of the Palestinians.
No details of Sadat's message were
disclosed, including whether he had in-
sisted on a timetable for setting up
Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank
of the Jordan River and in the Gaza
ISRAEL HAS postponed considering

Regents answer profs
on search, salaries

changes in the treaty package con-
veyed by Secretary'of State Cyrus R.
Vance to Prime Minister Menachem
Begin in New York late Sunday. The
delay was requested by the ad-
ministration until Mubarak could
deliver Sadat's message.
The Israeli Cabinet will consider the
proposals Sunday. Defense Minister
Ezer Weizman met with Mubarak after
the Egyptian saw Carter.
Before leaving, Weizman said he had
a "fruitful" meeting with Mobarak, ad-
ding that he hopes and believes the new
Egyptian proposals will not be a stum-
bling block in concluding a treaty.
But Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan
said yesterday the text of an Egyptian-
Israeli peace treaty was almost com-
plee but Israel cannot agree to a target
date for progress on the Palestinian
issue, the state radio reported.
Egypt wanted a deadline of nine mon-
ths for setting up an autonomous
Palestinian administration in the West
" A Diag rally and fast for Ox-
fam-America ended this week's
world hunger forum sponsored by
the Committee Concerned with
World Hunger. See story, Page 2.
" An East Quad nuclear energy
forum featured presentations
from members of the American
Nuclear Society. See story, Page
" Rhodesia postponed a tran-
sfer of power to the country's
black majority until April. See
story, Page 14.
" Anti-shah demonstrations
flare in Iran. See story, Page 14.

Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza
Strip, the radio saidDayan told a closed
meeting of the Parliament committee
on foreign affairs and security.
A U.S. compromise would allow a
year for the process, but Dayan was
quoted as saying Israel could not agree
to any timetable.
BOTH SIDES are acting "in good
faith," Carter said, but really do not
trust each other.
The President described remaining
differences as minor, but significant
politically and symbolically. He did not
say which parts of the CampDavid ac-
cords might have to be revised to com-
plete a settlement.
Asked if there would be another
summit meeting with Sadat and Begin,
the President replied: "I certainly hope
not." He called the delay in completing
the treaty "disappointing to me" and
said it was "the most frustrating ex-

The Regents last night tried to soothe
faculty fears about the presidential
search process and also lectured that
group on the state of the economy and
its implications for faculty salaries.
At its yearly meeting with the Regen-
ts the Senate Advisory Committee for
University Affairs (SACUA) raised
those two questions as the matters of
greatest importance to the University
more asked the Regents for assurances
that communication between the board
and the committees set up to nominate
candidates to succeed Robben Fleming
would be conducted'on a regular basis.
Livermore noted that when President
Fleming was chosen, there were 'in-
tervals when there was not close con-

avenues for communication, and the
Regents' list of criteria and charac-
teristics desired in the next president,
have not been outlined because the
faculty and alumni advisory commit-
tees have not yet sent criteria to the
Regents as specified.
NEDERLANDER said those two
groups had been granted a twenty-day
extension from the November 10
deadline because they had difficulty
arranging meetings.
After the Regents receive the ad-
visory groups' criteria they "will
determine what they consider to be the
criteria for the selection of a president
and after that will meet with the com-
mittees to work out avenues for com-
munication," Nederlander said.
The Regents message on the topic of
faculty salaries, however, was less

Economic forecast nixed

U profs wary
University Professors Saul Hymans and Harold
Shapiro yesterday joined a growing number of economists
in predicting a slowdown in the U.S. economy next year.
Hymans and Shapiro, who co-direct the economic's
department's Research Seminar on Quantitative
Economics (RSQE), made this assessment in their
presentation of the\ national economic forecast at the
opening of the University's 26th annual ,Conference on the
Economic Outlook. The two-day conference features the
RSQE forecast which is based on the Michigan Quarterly
Econometric Model of the U.S. economy.
ALSO APPEARING at the conference was Barry
Bosworth, director of President Carter's Council on Wage
and Price Stability.

Carter hopeful
WASHINGTON (AP)--President Carter said yesterday
"I do mean business" in sticking to the administration's
new anti-inflation program despite what he termed a
serious problem of rising complaints from special interests.
Shrugging off suggestions that his get-tough economic
policies might cost him political support, Carter said on the
contrary that they not only are "necessary for the country"
but will prove to be "good politics."
AT A BREAKFAST meeting with reporters at the White
House, the president declared that the alternative to his
recent intensified efforts to curb inflation and rescue the
dollar might be "a recession or even a depression."
But Carter added: "... I think this is something that we
do not anticipate, a recession or a depression. If we have a
complete and abject failure in our anti-inflation program, I
think a recession or even a depression is a possibility-I

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