The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October31, 1979-Page 3
'Fear of technology'
focus of symposium
UNREST PREVAILS IN EL SALVADOR-
200 leftists rush
By SARA ANSPACH
Historically, technology has,
been considered a mixed-*
blessing. For every triumph that
helped make life a little brighter
there have been technological
pitfallssuch as pollution.
Fear of technology and how.
scientific advancements recently
have led to pessimistic
assessments of the future will be
explored by four internationally-
known experts during a- sym-
posium "Technology and
Pessimism," held on campus
today, tomorrow and Friday.
THE TOPIC of the symposium
is particularly relevant today, as
we approach a new decade, said
Chairman of the Current Issues
Lecture Series and Engineering
Humanities Prof. Dwight Steven-
son. He said participants in the
R symposium will attempt to put
the fear of technology in
historical perspective and
discuss the future of technology
and the pessimism which often
"The problems are not' the
province of one discipline," said
Stevenson. He explained that the
symposium takes a multi-
disciplinary approach, featuring
speakers in the fields of history,
political science, literature and
The free lectures will be at the
Guest speakers include:
" Melvin Kranzberg, History of
Technology professor at the
Georgia Institute of Technology
who will speak on "Technology:
The Half-Full Cup" today at 4
. Samuel Florman, a prac-
ticing engineer and author of the
Pleasures of Engineering, who
will speak tonight at 8 p.m. on
"Technology and the Tragic
* Richard Falk, professor of
International Law at Princeton
University, who will speak on
."Technology and Politics: Shif-
ting Balances" tomorrow at 4
* Leo Marx, professor of
American Cultural History at the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, who will speak
tomorrow at 8 p.m. on
"American Literary Culture and
the Pessimistic View of
IN ADDITION to the lectures,
the symposium will feature two
panel discussions which will
enable University professors to
respond to the guest speakers and
allow audience participation in
The symposium is part of the
annual Current Issues Lecture
Series sponsored by the
Humanities Department of the
College of Engineering. The,
series' objective is to explore the
impact of technology on society
and human values, and vice ver-
sa, said Stevenson.
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP)
- About 200 militant leftists marched
on the U.S. embassy yesterday
screaming "We will take the em-
bassy!" but were turned back by tear
gas fired from within the embassy
compound, witnesses said.
They reported that they heard some
shots but said they did not know
whether there were any casualties.
REPORTERS IN the vicinity said
they saw some helmeted U.S. Marines
on the embassy roof but they could not
determine if they were armed.
The embassy was immediately
closed, and incoming telephone calls
were not answered. U.S. officials out-
side the embassy, who asked not to be
identified, said the embassy personnel
were in an "emergency situation."
Leaflets scattered on the sidewalk
said, "Down with imperialism" and
"We want to live in peace."
AT LEAST 24 persons were killed and
some 100 were wounded Monday in gun
battles between security forces and lef-
tists in a street demonstration.
There were reports that left-wing ac-
tivists, who hold 12 hostages in the
ministries of labor and economy, oc-
cupied the Ministry of Education
yesterday and were holding 20 em-
ployeesand visitors captives.
The attack on the U.S. Embassy
followed reports from Washington
where U.S. officials said the United
States was prepared to offer
"significant" assistance, including tear
gas and other non-lethal weapons, to
the new government of El Salvador to
help it overcome extremist violence.
THE OFFICIALS, who asked not to
be identified, said the aid was part of a
supplemental economic assistance
package for Central America that will
be sent to Congress soon. They said it
was being offered even though El
Salvador's military-civilian junta has
not asked for assistance.
A spokesperson for the two-week-old
junta that came to power after the
right-wing regime of President Carlos
Humberto Romero was overthrown
said the Education Ministry was held
by members of the Popular
Revolutionary Bloc. But a ministry of-
ficial, Roberto Batista Mena, said of-
ficials were meeting with leftist leaders
and denied that the ministry had been
Bloc militants seized the labor and
economic ministries Oct. 24. They
released 276 hostages late Monday but
still hold three cabinet members, a
Chilean official of the Organization of
American States and eight others.
There was no official death toll from
Monday's shootings, but the Red Cross
said there were at least 24 dead.
The new junta of two military officers
and three civilians has said it would
avoid confrontations where possible but
would protect the country against
By TOM MIRGA
An introspective Michigan Student Assembly
(ISA) conceeded it has been unresponsive to student
needs in the last two months and devoted most of its
meeting last night to discussing potential future
projects aimed at meeting those needs.
"I was beginning to get thoroughly bored-with this
\Ssembly," MSA member Marc Breakstone said af-
ter the discussion. "If you look at the last two months,
all we did was give out money. We could have hired
an accounting firm to do that. Now that we have some
good ideas, it's about time we started moving. If not,
we just lie on our bellies for the rest of the year.''
Assembly President Jim Alland assured the body
neglect of stud
that MSA executive officers would take a more active
role in promoting policy decisions and directions in
the future. "I think we can make a great impact on
campus," he said, "but it's going to take a lot of work.
Presently, we're lacking direction and there's been
concern we haven't addressed student needs."
THE ASSEMBLY touched on a number of problem
areasa including the lack of student parking sapce,
improving the quality of the University Health Ser-
vice, the increasing cost of tuition, the possible
elimination of language requirements for LSA
students, as well as the quality of life in dormitories.
Assembly member Jack Hall suggested MSA's
next move should be to focus on those issues offering
the best chances for success and Assembly member
Anne Fullerton added that once this is done priorities
should be set.
"We've proposed no solutions tonight," she said,
"make no mistake about that, and it's going to take a
lot of time to get things moving."
In other action, Assembly Treasurer Brad Canale
said that the body had no contractual agreement to
match funds with campus radio station WCBN in or-
der to boost the station's wattage.
Last April MSA made an open statement of support
to seek the increase through University channels. A
recently passed Federal Communications Com-
mission ruling would remove all legal protection
prohibiting large radio stations from encroaching on
station's of WCBN's wattage.
Tighter fuel economy
A considered for 1980s
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the poetry of Bertran de Born, and the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch,"
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WASHINGTON (AP)-The Carter
administration told Congress yesterday
that it is considering setting tougher
auto fuel-economy standards as part of
a campaign to make conservation its
No. 1 energy priority.
Deputy Energy Secretary John
Sawhill said strengthening the standard
beyond the 27.5 mile-per-gallon' per-
formance specified for 1985 models un-
der existing law is being studied.
"BECAUSE OF the critical role that
the automobile plays in our energy pic-
ture, it is important that we continue to,
explore ways to improve mileage ef-
ficiency," Sawhill told a House sub-
He also said an effort will be made to
apply the same type of fuel economy
standards to light trucks, beginning in
1982, that now apply to autos. He said
the energy officials would meet with
Transportation Department and En-
vironmental Protection Agency (EPA)
officials to review the situation.
The 27.5 mpg average-which
represents the "fleet average" for an
automaker's entire production-can be
raise Deyona 19 by administrative
action, if neither house of Congress
votes to block such a move within 15
THE CURRENT standard, for 1980
models, is 20 mpg. This escalates by
several miles per gallon each year ,to
the 27.5 level.
Sawhill said he thought the 27.5 mpg
standard "is attainable and I think we
should go beyond it."
The energy official also said the ad-
ministration intends to take steps to
make sure that EPA gas-mileage
postings for autos will more accurately
reflect actual on-road performance.
It was Sawhill's first appearance
before the key congressional energy
panel since he took over the energy post
about a month ago.
He made it clear that the ad-
miristration's new emphasis is on con-
servation, a shift away from the
production-oriented policies of former
Energy Secretary James Schlesinger.
"It is my first priority and the first
priority of Secretary Charles Duncan,"
Sawhill told the panel.
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