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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, September 26, 1979
Is your ID card bent, spindled,
Fidgeting with it causes damage, Registrar says
By HOWARD WITT d ,iari i. . d ..i.- oiv th d
American Express will not get you registered at
CRISP. Visa will not get you books at the Graduate
Library. And Master Charge can't get you into the
Central Campus Recreation Building.
Only one bright yellow, plastic card can do this and
more: your University of Michigan Identification
Card. Yet,uthis all-important card-you do not exist
at the University without it-may be crumbling in
your pocket at this very moment.
EACH YEAR, ABOUT 3500 students shuffle into the
University Registrar's office with bent, mutilated,
and often bandaged ID cards. After payment of a $1
replacement fee, they stride out 24 hours later with
shiny, new cards, carefully placed into wallets and
purses. Within months, however, many return, ten-
aering injurea caras once again.
Why does it seem that the cards break so easily?
Associate Registrar Harris Olson, who administers
the issuance and replacement of ID cards, said there
are several reasons. The cards are designed to fit into
book check-out machines in University libraries.
Consequently, they are slightly larger than standard-
size credit cards, and contain square holes which
correspond to a student's ID number.
Because many students place the ID card next to
the smaller standard credit cards in their wallets, the
ID cards can crack when pressure is exerted on
them, Olson said.
ALSO, THE SQUARE holes in the cards (which are
necessary for library use) have sharp corners which
tend to start cracks and tears easily, Olson said.
rinany, uisons aid e neUieves e car s are su-
jected to excessive abuse when students stand in long
registration and bank lines and fidget with them.
"I can make any standard credit card fail if I flex it
enough," Olson said.
Despite his theories .on why cards which are in-
tended to last for years sometimes crumble within
months, Olson said he has "no idea what material we
could use to make them stronger."
THE PLASTIC USED to make ID cards is of the
same quality as that used in credit cards, Olson said.
"There are two suppliers of plastic cards in the coun-
try, and the quality is probably the same for both."
Further, the thickness of the cards was increased
by 25 per cent several years ago, but the cards
See ID, Page 7
Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSIROM
THREE TYPICAL STAGES in an ID card's life: Shiny and new, damaged and
patched, and crumbled and useless. Normal use is not supposed to cause the card
to deteriorate, but 3500 students each year must purchase replacements.
State OKs $210
By JOHN GOYER cluding Blue Cross and Blue S
Special to The Daily cost ceiling on the hospital.
LANSING - The Michigan Department of Public Health THE REVIEW process i
yesterday gave final approval to plans for a new University hospital construction does not
Hospital, to cost an estimated $210 million, ending a stormy health care.
nine-month review of the hospital project. Besides criticizing the co
The department's approval means the University can planning agency questioned
move ahead with the plans to replace major portions of its patient care beds, operating r
medical complex, including the antiquated 586-bed Old Main as laboratory space requested
Hospital. During the review.of the
THE UNIVERSITY expects to break ground on the new ficials argued that while Del
hospital in the summer of 1980, provided the state legislature beds, Washtenaw County does
backs funding for the project. THEY ALSO ARGUED,
While the department of Public Health approved a new hospital provides specializedc
University Hospital yesterday, it stipulated that the hospital
should cost no more than $210 million. The University had
requested a cost ceiling of $241 million.
"We have a challenge, as we see it, to implement the 'We are going to fot
agreed-upon project within the dollar constraints that have
been put upon it, but we expect to do so," Interim University an.v $210 million plus,I
President Allan Smith said yesterday. $210 inillion.'
THE DEPARTMENT of Public Health is prepared to allow -. .terimUni'ersit
the University 15 per cent above $210 million for- cost
overruns, which means the University legally could build a
$241.5 million project.
But, according to Smith, "We are going to focus our not a community or regionalr
planning not on any $210 million plus, I can assure you, but on The University and the
$210 million." this summer on a list of con
Department of Public Health Director Dr. Maurice agreed to recommend approN
Reizen emphasized yesterday in response to questioning that tment of Public Health.
the state could stop construction of the hospital at any time if The list of conditions for a
costs exceeded $241.5 million. number of patient care beds
The $210 MILLION figure is the result of a nine-month rooms to 30, and the number
review by the state and the regional planning agency, the new hospital. In addition, the
Comprehensive Health Planning Council of Southeastern increasing the number of f
Michigan. County General Hospital in or
The cost of the project was a sore point in the review, IN SPITE OF the some
with the regional planners asking that the project be limited hospital plans, during which
to $200 million, and the University claiming the hospital could mer threatened to sue the
not be built for less than $241 million. Health Director Reizen yest
The $210 million figure is a compromise decided upon by "workable."
the Department of Public Health, which has the final say on Furthermore, he rejecte
approving hospital projects. Several outside sources, in- See $21
Shield, called for a $200 million'
s designed to ensure that new
t add excessively to the cost of
ist of the project, the regional
the need for the number of
ooms and other facilities, such
by the University.
hospital plans, University of-
troit suffers a glut of hospital
, more importantly, that the
care, making it a statewide and
,us our planning not on
I can assure you, but on
ty President Allan Smith
regional council compromised
editions under which the council
val of the hospital to the Depar-
approving the hospital limits the
to 888, the number of operating
r of private rooms to 232 in the
University must look at ways of
acilities it shares with) Wayne
rder to cut costs.
times emotional review of the,
the regional agency last sum-
state over the hospital, Public
erday called the review process#
d the notion that the University
10, Page 10
B ud ding Daily Phot by PAUL ENGSTROM
Stabled- behind Yost Ice Arena, Budweiser's World Famous Clydesdales are resting up for this weekend's Slippery
Rock-Shippensburg football classic. They will appear at Friday's Pep Rally and a Sunday Stable Showing as well as
the big game.
EXISTING BUILDING VENTILATION HAZARD:
Chem. construction waits
By MARYEM RAFANI
The controversy-as well as the spot
it began on-has turned tranquil.
In early 1977, the h storic Barbour-
Waterman gymnasiums stood proudly
on a corner lot across from the Dental
School on North University. The
buildings may have looked peaceful,
but in fact were the source of a one-year
battle between administrators and
various campus and community groups
over whether the aged buildings should
THE ADMINISTRATORS won, and
by the summer of 1977 a flat bed of mud
served as the only visible memorial to
what had been campus landmarks sin-
But now, 2/2 years later, the site of
the old gyms is noticeably bare. That is
the case even though in 1977 University
officials promised that a new $40
million Chemistry building would be
built on the site within two years.
Despite the promises, the now-grassy
piece of land may remain quiet for a
number of years-until ground is
broken for a new chemistry building.
BUT BEFORE the University can
even seek construction bids for a new
structure, it must submit a feasibility
statement to the state. If that is ap-
proved, the building would have to be
designed and several other
bureaucratic steps would have to be
completed before construction begins.
University Vice-President for State
Relations Richard Kennedy said that
process could take two years.
But Chemistry Department Chair-
man Tom Dunn isn't so optimistic. He
said since the state has several building
requests on which it must take action
before a decision on the Chemistry
building can be made, his department
may be in for a long wait.
A WAIT, Dunn said, which could be
long and dangerous. The chairman said
the ventilation system in the building
which currently houses the Chemistry
Department cannot replace fumes in-
side the structure quickly enough with
See NEW, Page 7
Church urges SALT delay until
Soviet troop issue is resolved
MSA moves another step
closer to regainingunds
budget or expenditures of funded
By TOM MIRGA groups were also added.
The Michigan Student Assembly LAST WEEK, MSA approved
(MSA) moved closer to regaining con- changes in the composition of its
trol over its administrative finances Budget Priorities Committeee (BPC),
last night by approving revisions to its, guaranteeing four non-Assembly mem-
allocations guidelines. ber seats on the body. Vice-President
The major provisions in the approved for Student Services Henry Johnson,
changes introduce an appeals who has controlled the Assembly's
procedure for student organizations finances since April, required the
dissatisfied with Assembly allocations. revisions be approved before returning
Procedures for the investigation of financial control back to MSA.
From AP and Reuter
WASHINGTON - Sen. Frank Church
(D-Idaho), chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, recom-
mended yesterday that the panel delay
sending the SALT II treaty to the
Senate until something is done about
Soviet troops in Cuba.
Church was reacting to a speech to
the U.N. by Soviet Foreign Minister
Andrei Gromyko in which he called
reports of a Soviet combat brigade in
Cuba a propaganda campaign "based
Gromyko's statement underscored
what U.S. sources said was a lack of
progress in Secretary of State Cyrus
Vance's negotiations with Gromyko
about the troops.
The Soviet Union wants "normal and,
what is more, friendly relations with
the United States," Gromyko said. But
he added this requires observance of
"the principles of peaceful coexistence
and non-interference in the affairs of
Gromyko did not specifically mention
the troops issue in his speech to the
assembly. But it seemed clearly on his
mind as he lamented that "all sorts of
falsehoods are being piled up concer-
ning the policies of Cuba and the Soviet
The veteran diplomat said the two
communist allies were the targets of a
propaganda campaign. "Our advice on
this score is simple," he said.
"It is high time that you honestly ad-
mit that this whole matter is artificial
and proclaim it to be closed."
Gromyko's remarks appeared to
represent a Soviet rejection of U.S.
charges that the troops impinge on U.S.
"The Soviet Union and other coun-
tries of .the socialist community have
never threatened anybody, nor are they
threatening anybody now," he said.
Church said that "as far as I am con-
cerned the matter can be 'closed' only
when President Carter is able to certify
to the Senate his conclusion based on
our independent intelligence
assessment, that these Soviet combat
forces are no longer present in Cuba."
The Idaho senator added that "I do
not want to see the SALT II treaty
rejected by the Senate. For this reason,
I am of the opinion that the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee should
defer reporting the treaty to the Senate
until the current negotiations have been
completed and the results are known."
When the presence of Soviet troops in
Cuba was first disclosed by the Carter
administration, Church said he did not
believe the Senate would approve the
See CHURCH, Page 2
violations or irregularities in the
... allocations by October
See MSA, Page 3
($6,000-$12,000); Manager ($12,000-$45,000); and Elite
($45,000 and up). Each division will play for a champion and
a wild card team and a three-round playoff series will lead
them to the Marxist Bowl - the ultimate class conflict.
Tryouts and sign-ups will be held Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at CCRB.
You have nothing to lose but your chains. QI
M ore passing up
The publicity over a University student being injured -
possibly permanently- after being "passed up" the stands
Bibliophiles take note
Library lovers, fall hours at the UGLI are as follows: 8
a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 mid-
night Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. For more ad-
vanced types, Graduate Library hours are 8 a.m. to 12 mid-
night Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 12 midnight Sun-
officials, and was asked last January to explain his
relationship with a group of them who were touring the U.S.
Billy also visited Libya a year ago and returned there in
August to take part in the country's celebration of the tenth
anniversary of the Libyan revolution. No word yet on the
president's reaction to this latest development. o
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