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Page 4-B-Friday, September 7, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Fuel supplies adequate or 'U'

Although fuel supplies at the Uni-
versity are significantly lower than a
year ago, officials are confident that
the huge fleet will have sufficient
gasoline supplies.
During an average month, just under
500 University-owned buses, trucks,
and cars burn up 20,000-30,000 gallons of
gas. At the present rate, allocations
from the Amoco distributor in Detroit
are running 30 per cent below last
year's rate.
"ALL WE CAN do is go with
whatever supplies they (Amoco) give
us," said John Ellsworth, the Univer-
sity's transportation department
manager. "There has been no problem.
Current supplies are adequate," he
Ellsworth has been in the Transpor-
tation Department since the Arab oil
embargo five years ago. During the
early summer gas crunch this year, he
managed the modified fleet without dif-
ficulty. He said he sees no reason for

concern about future supplies.
"There's no information around to
make you concerned or complacent,"
he said, "you kind of go as best you can.
You don't go looking for problems that
may never arise, otherwise you're
wasting your time."
AMONG THE University's fleet,
there are 230 trucks, 223 automobiles,
and °9 buses in operation today. The
University currently pays just under 69
cents a gallon to Amoco, plus 15 cents a
gallon in taxes.
"I'm an optimist," stated Amoco's
Pricing Manager, Bob Chamberlain.
"Supplies may not get better overnight,
but I can see a gradual increase in the
coming months."
From his office in Detroit, Cham-
berlain said that he expects supplies to
rise from their current 70 per cent of
last year's rate, to about 83 per cent by
year's end.
"THE PRODUCT is available," he
said, "but the price of foreign crude is
unreal and ridiculous. Our position is to
avoid foreign crude stocks as much as

possible .. ..to avoid outright robbery."
Service stations in the Ann Arbor area
report 70 to 100 per cent supplies com-
pared to last year. While Briarwood
Shell's Manager James Hadley com-
plains about his 75 per cent of last
year's supply, and slightly shortened
hours, Fox Marathon's Manager Jim
Fox said he has no problems with his
100 per cent supply.
Students at the University, therefore,
enjoy ample supplies of gasoline, albeit
high prices, around the Ann Arbor area.
HARLAN MULDER, an Assistant to
the Univesity's Vice-President and
Chief Financial Officer James
Brinkerhoff, said that conservation is
being encouraged for drivers of
University vehicles.
"We're encouraging people to be con-

scious about conserving gas," he said.
"We have initiated as many energy
conserving measures as we can, em-
ploying all known applications of con-
Asked what actions would be-taken in
the event of a sudden cutback in fuel
supplies, Mulder explained that it
would be premature to specualte.
"We couldn't make the alternative
program until the restrictions are ac-
tualy made. Then we'd look at our
present use pattern and set our
priorities from there." Mulder added
that the University's commuter bus
system would be the last to suffer in a
fuel shortage on campus.
"If you're driving a garbage truck or
a bus," he said, "you have to drive your
rounds. What else can you do?"

State bill may force
'U' salary disclosure

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The University has not yet released
staff salaries by name, but after the
state legislature reconvenes Sept. 18,
the school may be forced to reveal em-
ployees' salaries tosthe public by name.
Under a bill, sponsored by Sen.
William Faust (D-Westland), which is
currently before the state legislature,
all 13 state colleges would be required
to release the specific salary infor-
to gain access to the University's name-
linked salary data have, so far, been
unsuccessful. '
Last May state Senate Ap-
propriations Committee Chairman Sen.
Jerome Hart (D-Saginaw) asked the
president of each state public college
and university to submit name-linked
salary data to the Appropriations Com-
mittee. Only two schools, the Univer-
sity and Michigan Technological
University (MTU) in Houghten Lake
did not comply with his request.
University Interim President Allan
Smith said the University did not reveal
individual salaries to the committee
because such disclosure would be an
invasion of privacy.
MtU IS CURRENTLY involved in a
lawsuit regarding the disclosure of
name-linked salary data and can not

legally release the information. Con-
sequently, the Appropriations Commit-
tee decided to wait until the case is set-
tled before further requests for data
were sent to the University, according
to Senate Appropriations Clerk Amy
No salary data from any school will
be released until all colleges have sub-
mitted name-linked information, said
Schnetzler. The -committee is not cer-
tain what it could do to force the
University to release information, she
Aides for both Hart and Faust have
said it is the public's right to know how
it's money is spent to pay public em-
MANY UNIVERSITY faculty mem-
hers, adhering to the University's
traditional policy, say such a disclosure
would violate their privacy. But those
who favor disclosure assert that if in-
dividual salaries were made public,
many salary inequities would be
Several of the state's 13 public
colleges and universities have never
considered name-linked salary infor-
mation private. At Lake Superior State
College, lists of employee names,
positions and salaries are posted in the
school's library, according to a
spokesprson for the college.

Bank employees strike
A small group of employees at the campus branch of the Huron Valley National
Bank walked off the job Tuesday in hopes of winning a 27.5 per cent wage increase.
Management says the picketers have not caused any slowdown in business during
the traditionally busy first week of the term. The demonstrators, who claim to
represent the feelings of most of the 185 employees at the seven branches of tie
bank, say mangement has not responded to their request for a pay hike.
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Former University assistant political
science professor Joel Samoff, who was
denied tenure in a case that became a
cause celebre for student groups, said
yesterday he has not yet decided
whether to sue the University as his
next recourse.
Rather, Samoff said he will wait for
the outcome of a suit filed last month by
Engineering professor Jonathan Mar-
wil, who was denied a tenure review
hearing after his appointment at the
University expired in May.
SAMOFF'S CASE differs from Mar-
wil's in that Marwil never had his
tenure formally considered, while
Samoff's tenure was considered
various times by various review boards
and was denied every time. "The basis
for my suit," Samoff said, "would be
whether or not the evaluation of my
work was done fairly and objectively."
Samoff said he has been waiting for
the semester to begin so he can meet
with friends and supporters to deter-
,mine his next move.
If Samoff decides to sue, he will ap-
peal to the Senate Advisory Review
Committee (SARC) which Samoff
hopes will be "a more neutral body."
SARC appeal procedures allow for ap-
peal on substantive grounds, while LSA
rules allow appeals only on procedural
economist and expert on African af-
fairs, was denied tenure by a vote of
tenured faculty in the Political Science
Department. Last November, his
colleagues in the political science
department . decided not to reopen
Samoff's case. The LSA Executive
Committee also denied his appeal last
SAMOFF'S POSITION as assistant
political science professor terminated
last May 31. He is now a lecturer in
political economics and Afro-American

Under LSA procedure, no reason
need be given for tenure denial. But
backers of Samoff charge his tenure
was denied because of his Marxist
political beliefs.
Supporters of the African expert for-
med the Samoff Student Support Com,
mittee, which has been the most vocal
group in the controversial issue. Last
year, the committee urged students to
boycott all political science courses ex-
cept those taught by Samoff and those
initiated by students. They organized a
Diag rally in support of Samoff, and
last November presented the Board of
Regents petitions with 1200 student
signatures demanding the political
science department rescind Samoff's
tenure denial.

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