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t.nn Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, September 8, 1979

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After weeks of receptions and good-byes, outgoing
City Administrator Sylvester Murray consumed his
last glass of punch and bestowed his final hugs and
kisses yesterday at a City Hall gathering. Murray
and his family are scheduled to depart today for Cin-
cinnati where he will assume the city manager's post.
On the wall of Council Chambers was a caricature
of Murray in oversized shoes saying, "Every time I
grow into my shoes, they find me a new, bigger
pair ..
GAZING AT THE drawing, acting Administrator
Godfrey Collins remarked, "They'll be much bigger
than that for me." He added that he plans to "share
the load" of responsibilities and will not hesitate to
delegate authority.
Mayor Louis Belcher told the past and present city
employees, officials, and politicians who gathered for
the reception that he regrets losing Murray for
professional and personal reasons.
"But after losing Pete Rose, Cincinnati had to get
someone," the mayor quipped.
MURRAY THANKED the city workers gathered,

bids city arewell
adding that "The work you do I got the credit for." He. set realistic and sensible goals.
then extended an invitation to everyone present to people want to be led, but it is th
come down and visit Cincinnati. you lead which determines their r
"I don't know the address yet, but give me six WHEN MURRAY was brought
weeks and then stop in Cincinnati and just ask where Ann Arbor's financial situation
Sy Murray lives." most. Murray said the city
Despite the endless receptions of recent weeks, "operations" expert, someone
Murray never lost his devotion to his duties. Thur- techniques of paving streets, oper
sday night, at a farewell dinner given by the mayor sewage treatment plant efficiently
and Council, Murray slipped out to attend contract The most regrettable occurr
negotiations with police and firefighters. As he left, memory was the arbitrage inve
he asked if someone would take his wife home if he 1977, in which the city nearly lost
did not return in time. He did return before the dinner vestments which turned out to be i
ended, however, and told the politicians he had been "I regretted not being on to
booed out of the negotiating room. situation; after all, I was brought
IN AN INTERVIEW after the reception, Murray man," he said. "I thought Iv
commented for the first time on the political deman- bringing in top college people, but
ds of his job. novative. . ." he added with a smi
"You've got to be a politician in this job - a shrewd MURRAY CONSIDERS increas
one. You have to play them (politics) so well that bursement for city police and.
people don't attach politics to it," Murray said. University properties his greate
Commenting on his formula for city management, 1970, the state forbade the Univ
Murray said, "Always assume a leadership role and See MAYOR, Pa

' He said, "Most
e manner in which
t in six years ago,
needed attention
now needs an
who knows the
ating a landfill or a
ence in Murray's
estment scandal of
t $1.4 million on in-
p of the financial
here as a financial
was covered after
t they tried to be in-
sing the state reim-
fire protection of
st achievement. In
ersity to pay those
ge 3

MSA fund
Now that the Michigan Student
Assembly (MSA) president has
proposed guidelines for allocating fun-
ds to organizations, University Vice
President for Student Services Henry
Johnson said he "anticipates no
problems" in allowing the assemblyto
regain full control of its finances.
At the assembly's first meeting of the
semester on Tuesday, MSA President,
Jim Alland is expected to present the
proposal which calls for establishing an
appeals process for student groups
dissatisfied with their allocations. In
addition, the proposal calls for half of
the voting seats on MSA's Budget
Priorities Committee - which recom-
mends allocations to the full assembly
- to be reserved for non-MSA mem-
LAST MAY, the University Board of
Regents - concerned about MSA's
handling of money during the year -
gave Johnson the authority to monitor
the assembly's funds, pending MSA's
adoption of allocation guidelines accep-
table to the administration.
Alland said there is "absolutely
nothing that is controversial" about the
proposal. Although MSA will have input
on revisions to the proposals, the
president said he is "more than con-
fident" that members agree with the in-
tent of his guidelines.
If MSA approves the proposal,
student organizations unhappy with
See JOHNSON, Page 12
" Federal District Judge Philip
Pratt has ruled that Engineering
Humanities Prof. Jonathan Marwil
may not teach University classes
while his $1.1 million suit against the
University is pending. See story,
Page 12. ,t
* Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-
Mass.) said yesterday that his
family has approved his running for
president in 1980, but that he is not a
candidate "at this time." See story,
Page 12.
r Read the Today
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FORMER ANN ARBOR City Administrator Sylvester Murray sits at the
desk in City Hall he occupied for six years. Murray is leaving his post
to assume the same position in Cincinnati.
Carter wants
Soviet troopS
outt of Cuba

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON-President Carter
said yesterday the presence of Soviet
combat troops in Cuba is a "very
serious matter," but urged calm. He
said the situation should be dealt with
"This is a time for firm diplomacy,
not panic and not exaggeration," Car-
ter said, emphasizing the Russian
troops do not have weapons "capable of
attacking the United States."
IN A STATEMENT he delivered per-
sonally at the White House, Carter
repeated the words of Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance, who said, "We con-
sider the presence of a Soviet combat
brigade in Cuba to be a very serious

matter ... this status quo is not accept-
Also yesterday, Carter announced
approval of a $33 billion deployment
plan for the MX mobile missile force,
saying it would do "the best job" of
meeting a Soviet threat to current U.S.
fixed-base missiles.
Under the plan, 200 MX mobile
missiles, each carrying 10 nuclear
warheads, would be mounted on giant
transporters and shuffled among some
4,600 blast-proof underground shelters
built in racetrack-like patterns in some
40 Utah and Nevada valleys.'
IT IS A variation of the "shell game"
idea of, deterring a Soviet surprise at-
tack by preventing the Russians from
knowing where the missiles are at any
See CARTER, Page 6

SYCOR EMPLOYEE RUTH SAMPLE said she would have trouble finding another job if she is among the 600 workers
to be laid off within six months. The computer firm, which is Ann Arbor's largest private employer, is reducing its
work force by 43 per cent because it is eliminating its manufacturing operations here.
orkers awailayoffs

Gunmen hijack jet,
free passengers

Janet Teall almost cried when she
walked into the cafeteria of Sycor, Inc.
on Thursday. Sitting at tables,
worrying about their futures were
many of her co-workers and friends
who will lose their jobs within months.
Sycor, Inc., a local computer firm
and Ann Arbor's largest private em-
ployer, announced Tuesday that it
would lay off 600 of its 1,400 employees
within the next six months. For the
hourly manufacturing plant workers,
whose ranks will be greatly reduced by
the layoffs, a game of employment
"Russian Roulette" is just beginning.
"THE COMPANY has left us in a
very vague position," said one em-
ployee who preferred not to be iden-
tified, "but I think that just production
workers (who are paid by the hour) will
be laid off."
An engineer, who said she was
hesitant to talk because of the presence
of security guards watching her answer
questions outside the plant, disagreed
about which employees would be laid

off. "Probably more salaried workers
will lose their jobs," she said. Teall,
who said that she refused to be in-
timidated by the security guards,
wasn't sure what would happen: "They
won't tell us who or when."
Sycor's Minneapolis-based parent
firm, Northern Telecom Systems Cor-
poration (NTSC), has decided to con-
vert the Ann Arbor manufacturing
plant to a prototype production facility,
with the resulting loss of 600 jobs.
"IT'S SO COLD and unfeeling. Guys
who've been here for years will be out.
Whole families depend on these men for
a living, and now they're going to call
people into the office and tell them
when they'll have to go," Teall said.
"Everyone's going 'Oh, no, I'm going
to be laid off in a week," said one three-
year Sycor veteran. "Morale is so low
that nobody's doing any work,
everyone's just standing around
talking," added another worker.
Several employees commented that
the company has been "very secretive"
about the lay-offs, and as a result,

rumors have been circulatinguaround
the plant for months. In July, the
Detroit News reported that NTSC of-
ficials said Sycor would lay off 600-1,00
employees. But, "The company told the
foremen a month ago to give us a pep
talk not to worry about our jobs," said
Ruth Sample, an assembly specialist
who has been with Sycor for two years.
ONE PLANT worker who started at
Sycor several weeks ago said that when
she was hired she was told the company
would change to prototype production
"in the distant future." A ship-
ping/receiving specialist explained
that he suspected "big changes" when
the company constructed a 'new
All doubt about the Sycor
reorganization vanished last Tuesday
when employees were "given notices
saying only that the company will be re-
arranged," according to Teall.
Now, as company officials decided
who will be laid-off, and as workers
dread the summons to the plant office
See WORKERS, Page 6

ROME (AP)-Gunmen seeking a
missing Moslem leader hijacked an
Italian jetliner yesterday with 186 per-
sons aboard but later freed the
passengers and departed for Iran with
11 crewmembers, authorities said.
The Alitalia jetliner, seized by three
Arab gunmen, left Rome early Satur-
day for Iran after the hijackers. freed
the last 36 passsengers, airline
president Umberto Nordio reported.
HE SAID THE crew members.
remained aboard the plane under an
agreement reached with the hijackers,
who originally had demanded that they
be flown to Cuba. The hijackers said
they wanted to go to Havana to ask
delegates attending a conference of
non-aligned nations to help them press
the search for a missing Moslem
The gunmen claim the leader, Imam
Musa Sadr, has been held captive in
Libya for more than a year.
An airport official and one passenger

said the hijackers were Kurdish
nationalists, but a written statement
delivered from the plane made no men-
tion of the Kurdish cause. It demanded
the release of Imam Musa Sadr,
spiritual leader of Shiite Moslems in
Most Iranians are Shiites, but the
nation's Kurdish minority is
predominantly Sunni Moslems.
The Alitalia DC-8 jet, on a flight from
Tehran, the Iranian capital, to Rome,
was commandered by the commandos
shortly after a scheduled stop in Beirut,
Lebanon, the pilot reported. The
hijackers first demanded a fuel stop in
Nice,. France, but settled for Rome
when French officials. refused per-
mission to land.
The 54-year-old Imam disappeared
on a visit to Libya in 1978 and some of
his followers claim he never left
Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Libyan of-
ficials said he left their country on an
Alitalia flight for Rome. Italy says it
has no record of his entry.

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Local workers voice dissatisfaction,

walk o jobs

* WCC faculty strike

* Bank workers stay out

* AATA workers return

As administrators and striking
teachers at Washtenaw Community
Vn1IP-OI (WfC) nrenare for their first

DAVID POLLOCK, WCC assistant to
the president for community relations,
denied the union claim.
"At this point, no one has dropped out

Twelve Huron Valley National Bank
employees who walked off the job
Tuesday are staying off the job deman-

notified of the walk-out in advance, she
BATUK SAID the bank management
believed the letter presentation was

Most of the 90 Ann Arbor Transit
Authority (AATA) workers who stayed
home yesterday to register their
Ai rln ,4Y44.ithA ATA mnnpmn

services by 60 to 70 per cent, according
to Simonetta.
Members of the employees' union,
the Transportation Employees Union
(TEU ), wouldn't readily acknowledge

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