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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, September 14, 1979
By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
:Next week, when the University
Board of Regents comes to town for its
rmonthly meeting, the conflict between
some students and administration over
the University's policy.on its holdings in
companies which do business in South
Africa, will probably explode once
Last March and April, when the
Washtenaw County Coalition Against
Apartheid (WCCAA) disrupted Regents
meetings advocating complete divest-
ment of the University's stocks in U.S.
companies with South African sub-
sidiaries, it vowed not to stop until total
divestment was accomplished.
This time, the attention will center,
around a report prepared by the faculty
Senate Assembly Advisory Committee
of Financial Affairs (SAACFA), a
group which spent almost four months
reviewing the University's policy on
THE REPORT was ordered at the
time of the March disruption. It calls
for further divestment than allowed
under the University's current policy,
but stops short of total divestment-a
goal for which the anti-apartheid group
is still pushing. Two students were
allowed to participate on the faculty
committee, but expressed some
dissatisfaction with the report.
At its meeting Wednesday night, the
group finalized its strategy for next
Friday. Though the strategy remains
open to ;change, the WCCAA plans to
"disrupt" the meeting unless members
get their demands, which include being
able to present its revisions to the
SAACFA report to the Regents. and
opening up the meeting to discussion
with the WCCAA.
Disruption, by the group's definition,
includes chanting, and acts of civil
disobedience. Some of the WCCAA will
be trained in civil disobedience this
OCCUPATION OF the LSA building
or LSA Dean Billy Frye's office were
See WCCAA, Page 2
A MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL Guardsman walks past store mannequins blown about by Hurricane Frederic,
slashed ashore Wednesday night causing widespread damage.
WCC strike ends; teachers to
freturn to classes on Monday
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Hurricane
Frederic pushed inland yesterday, af-
ter cutting a 100-mile-wide swath
through the scenic Gulf Coast. It left
behind a rubble of splintered dwellings,
boats and businesses and at least eight
Some of the more than 400,000 people
who had fled before the hurricane
moved ashore late Wednesday went
home to find their houses in shambles.
Thousands of others remained in
THOSE KILLED included a four-
year-old girl who died when a mobile
home was overturned in Mobile, a 76-
AP Photo year-old heart attack victim, an oil rig
which worker who drowned when he fell from
a rig tender, and three persons who
died in auto wrecks.
At least two people were missing and
presumed drowned - one just off the
Louisiana coast and one in Florida.
President Carter designated 30 coun-
ties in Mississippi, Florida and
Alabama as major disaster areas,
making them eligible for federal aid,
and the White House said the president
however, will personally inspect the area by
could not helicopter today.
eek when, LOOTING BROKE out in Mobile and
out 7,000 suburban Prichard as Frederic howled
mester. northward through southeast
ntract ex-, Mississippi and into Alabama yester-
gotiations day afternoon, and the National Guard
abor Day was called in.
to show Although weakening, the storm was
srk. still dumping heavy rains and packing,
nd classes winds up to 60 mph, strong enough to
k and ad- knock down power lines as far north as
picketing Birmingham, Ala.
ollege of- At 6 p.m. EDT, in the last advisory on
-tfrhrthe storm planned by the National
SviolenceHurricane Center in Miami, Frederic
teacher downgraded to a tropical storm, was
car which over extreme northwestern Alabama,
careshich moving to the north-northeast at about
lines. Ac- 15 mph. Forecasters said there was a
County threat of tornadoes in northeastern
her was Alabama and southeastern Tennessee.
IN THIS HISTORIC port city, 100
ket signs mph winds uprooted giantyoaks,
eir march smashed downtown storefronts and pit-
ched the debris into narrow streets and
stately boulevards. Officials said the
damage would certainly mount into the
millions of dollars, but they would not
High tides and surging waves from
Hurricane Frederic have given a boost
to a task force fighting the world's
largest oil spill, the Coast Guard said
The tides are lifting tar balls and
other oily splotches and debris and
dropping them near the dunes 40 feet to
60 feet up from the Texas Gulf Coast
shoreline, Coast Guard Capt. -Theottis
PASCAGOULA, MISS., a ship-
building city of about 28,000 residents 30
miles to the west, appeared the hardest
hit by the storm.
"I would say there is not a dwelling,
business or any other building in
Jackson County that does not have
damage ranging from minor to-total
destruction," said Ken Phillips, direc-
tor of disaster relief in Pascagoula.
Jon Ham, an aide to Alabama Goy.
Fob James, flew over the resort area of
Gulf Shores and said "very few houses
Florida Gov. Bob Graham estimated
damage in the Florida Panhandle area
between Panama City and Pensacola
would top the $95 million in wreckage
left by Huricane David. Mississippi
Gov. Cliff Finch put the damage ing his
state at more than $50 million.
OFFICIALS credited the low number
of casualties to the fact that hundreds of
thousands of people heeded the call to
evacuate. In 1969, over 250 people died
when Hurricane Camille hit near Gulf-
Many of those who fled were not im-
mediately.able. to return.home. Of-
ficials said new shelters would be set
Frederic, with 130 mph winds at top
strength, smashed ashore at Dauphin
Island late Wednesday, cutting two or
three channels through the narrow
resort islet and pushing northward
along the Alabama-Mississippi ,line.
Although 25 people had refused to leave
Dauphin Island, only one person was
See FREDERIC, Page 2
By NICK KATARELAS
Washtenaw Community College
(WCC) administrators plan to resume
classes Monday under the assumption
that both teachers and WCC trustees
will go along with a proposed contract
reached early yesterday.5
A 14-hour bargaining session between
negotiators for the college and striking
teachers produced tentative agreement
for a new two-year contract, according
to David Pollack, WCC assistant to the
president for community relations. ,
Differences were worked out on such
major issues as salary and health in-
Polack could nct elaborate on the
details of the agreement, and WCC
chief negotiator and Vice-President
Harry Konschuh could not be reached
ROGER PALESY, chief negotiator for
the WCC Education Association,
refused to reveal contract details or
comment on whether he was content
with the terms of the tentative
But he emphasized: "I'll be urging
the bargaining unit to ratify the con-
The bargaining unit consists not only
of 145 full-time teachers, but coun-
selors, librarians, nurses, and com-
puter and library technicians.
PALEY CLAIMED the nine-day
strike had a negative effect on
"From what I hear, it has dropped,
significantly," he said.
WCC official Pollack said,
that the impact on enrollment
be determined until next xvi
registration finished. Abc
students attended WCC last se
The teachers' two-year cor
pired August 31. Contract ne
reached a stalemate over U
weekend, and teachers faile
up Sept. 4, their first day of wo
The college attempted to ho
Sept. 5, with part-time facult,
ministrators filling in for the
teachers, but that morning c
ficials cancelled class unti
The strike was marred by
last week when a striking
allegedly broke a window of ac
tried to drive through picket
cording to a Washtenaw
Sheriff's deputy, the teac
Teachers put down the pic
the next day, but resumed th
at the college last Monday.
Private investigators report 1 6-year-old
MSU computer whiz is alive and well
EAST LANSING (UPI) - A Texas-
based team of private investigators late
yesterday reported finding a missing
teen-age computer whiz alive, a
secretary for the firm said.
In a telephone interview from Texas,
the secretary said investigator William
Dear called her and said James Dallas
Egbert III, a Michigan State University
sophomore missing for nearly a month,
was with the team.
AN MSU CAMPUS police spokesman
said his office also received a call from
* The - Rackham Stqdent
Government wants to examine
tenure in all its aspects with a
committee made up of students,
faculty members, and ad-
ministrators. See story, Page 9.
* President Carter is in bad
shape according to a new poll.
See story, Page 2.
* The United Auto Workers
union and General Motors Corp.
are racaing to beat a deadline on
their contract talks to avoid a
strike. See story, Page 9.
Reed the Today
column, Pege S
the investigators saying they had found
Egbert, but could not otherwise im-
mediately confirm the report the boy
had been found.
Dear had been predicting a break in
the case by Friday, but police have
been far more cautious throughout the
investigation, refusing to predict when
the youngster might be found.
Dear's secretary said she did not
know wvhere the boy was found, nor was
the boy's condition immediately known.
AT THE EGBERT home near
Dayton, Ohio, Sylvia Moore, the
missing boy's grandmother, said the
family also was contacted by the in-
"They have called us and said he is
alive," she said. "That's all they have
told us. We just don't know where the
boy is. The detectives just called. The
said they have him and he is alive.
"We are very, very happy and we just
want to thank everybody in the United
States who has helped us," she said.
A 16-YEAR-OLD MSU computer
science student with an affinity for
what his parents called "far out"
groups, Egbert was last seen in a dor-
mitory cafeteria Aug. 15.
Left behind in his room were two
bizarre clues - a bulletin board stud-
ded with thumbtacks and a note in
which he purportedly asked his body be
cremated if found. Experts differed on
the authenticity of the note.
Much of the three-week-long in-
vestigation centered on a weird fantasy
game called "Dungeons and Dragons,"
which is popular with intellectuals on
many college campuses.
Police also looked intoEgbert's ties
with MSU campus homosexual groups.
The youth's interest in the fantasy
game-ordinarily a strictly intellectual
'diversion-led school police to search a
sweltering maze of steam tunnels
beneath the campus. A hunt through
more than eight miles of tun-
nesl-where temperatures can top 115
degrees-was completed last Friday
Police believe Egbert may have at-
tended a fantasy game convention in
Kenosha, Wis., several days after his
disappearance. "Nobody has positively
identified him, but a couple of people
may have seen him up there
(Kenosha)," said Capt.uFerman
Badgley of the MSU police.
"You have a dungeon master-he
designs the cast of characters," Dear
explained last week. "Someone is put
into the dungeon and its up to them to
It can take weeks to learn to play the
game at a beginner level, and a single
game has been known to last for as long
as two years.
) biVaily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
This tot does not seem too impressed with the huge dirigilile passing behind him at the Ann Arbor airport. The blimp
is in town for tomorrow's Michigan-Notre Dame game and has been cruising the area's skies over the last several
days. Unlike previous years, the blimp will not provide nighttime displays with its special lights because it is being
outfitted with special television equipment for the game.
Morale on University research scene declining, report claims
By ALISON HIRSCHEL
Everyone close to the business seems to
Agree that this decade - as compared with
the last - has been a slow period for
Even so, say members of a faculty com-
mittee, the University as a whole has not
made the best of a bad situation.
Ac' a ra.ctilt rcpveh atiu',tiD at the
tight University budgets and constrictive
regulatory agencies have taken their toll on
the research done in institutes, centers and
departments across campus.
He denies, however, that funding for
research projects has fallen over the
decade, or that prominent researchers are
leaving in large numbers.
"DI'Pa #ashin ,the 1O?(}c GIAUIdE'do'wn- but
personnel, and assisting University staff
members in working with funding agencies.
Another major responsibility is to report
research activities to the Regents.
disillusioned with conditions for researchers
at the University;
" The morale of researchers on projects
funded by outside sources is "quite low,".
must often pay their own professional ex,
penses, particularly in the humanities.
"Research activities at the University are
declining," the report states. "Many faculty
members have become frustrated with what
they perceive as negative incentives for
conducting research at the University."
According to Prof. James Duderstadt of
. resealrchi(l('ii'ities (it the (!njrersjfy (ire (Idechliing~. malni