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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 6, 1979-Page 7A

Tight ii
kept on1
A The search for a new vice-
:resident for academic affairs will
"probably be as secret" as the
recent presidential search was, ac-
cording to the chairman of the
University's faculty governing
committee.
Dentistry Prof. Richard Corpron,
chairman of the faculty Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University Af-
fairs (SACUA), said the problems of
applicant privacy associated with
the presidential search, which
culminated in the appointment of
current ' Vice-President for
Academic Affairs Harold Shapiro,
would probably be similar in the
search for Shapiro's successor.

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Ex -prof sues U'for $1.1 million

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SHAPIRO WILL assume the
presidency on Jan. 1, 1980, but Cor-
pron said the vice-presidential sear-
ch "will not be hurried" to meet that
deadline.
Applications and nominations for
the vice-presidential position are
being accepted until Oct. 20. After
that date, a search committee will
begin to compile a list of about six'
preferred candidates to be submit-
ted to the University president and
the Board of Regents. The Regents
will make the final choice.
Two students will be designated by
the Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) to serve with SACUA mem-
bers on the search committee.

By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
A former University professor filed
suit for $1.1 million against the Board of
Regents and three members of the
College of Engineering Humanities
Department last month, charging that
he was unfairly ° dropped from the
faculty without a tenure review.
Prof. Jonathan Marwil, who left the
humanities department at the end of
May, says his rights to due process of
law and freedom of speech were
violated in the decision not to grant him
a tenure review, and that the defendan-
ts in the case - the Regents,
Humanities Department Chairman J.C.

Mathes, and Ralph Loomis and Dwight
Stevenson, members of the depar-
tment's Administrative Committee -
are guilty of breach of contract and in-
terference with contractual relations.
THE SUIT ALSO alleges procedural
regulations were not followed by the
department.
A dozen colleagues and other faculty
supporters of Marwil appeared before
the Regents in May, June, and July,
asking that the Board intervene in
Marwil's case.
Regents said they did not want to in-
terfere in faculty matters. The Senate
Advisory Committee on University Af-

"fairs (SACUA), and the Senate Ad-
visory Review Committee (SARC),
however, both recommended that the
department should grant Marwil a
reappointment hearing.
Engineering College Dean David
Ragone and current Vice-President for
Academic Affairs Harold Shapiro (also
University president-designate) sup-
ported the decision of the Humanities
Department Administrative Commit-
tee.
Marwil is also asking that pending
trial, the Regents reinstate him to the
faculty. Detroit Federal District Court.
Judge Philip Pratt heard arguments on
that issue Aug. 30, and will likely make
a decision this month.
LAX SAID Pratt may call on attor-
neys for both sides for more argument.
Marwil asks that he be awarded
$500,000 in damages from the Regents'
for alleged breach of contract and
$500,000 from the other defendantsfor
what he claims was interference with
contractual relations.

Additional relief asked by Marwil are
$75,000 from all defendants for alleged
violation of federal and state con-
stitutional and statutory rights, and
punitive damage of $25,000 against
Mathes, - Loomis, and Stevenson for
"malicious violation" of these rights.
LAX SAID the main reason Marwil
was not granted tenure review was his
"advocacy of positions in department
meetings."
In a memo informing Marwil he
would not be reappointed, Mathes
referred to Marwil's alleged "abrasive
behavior" and wrote that Marwil had
"continued to attack departmental ad-
ministrative policies and procedures in
such a way as to divert the time and
energy of the administration, and
numerous faculty members and to
exacerbate the understandable conflic-
ts among various interest groups in the
staff.
Marwil, who was unavailable for
comment, first became a University
faculty member in September 1973.

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(Continued from Page 1)
Assemblywill be forced to deal with
tem throughout the school year.
:;OSD spokespersons say MSA should
kake it more difficult for organizations
ro receive the Assembly's recognition.
$We're working on revising the rules
nd guidelines, making the
requirements to become a student
etganization a bit more stringent," said
Aormer MSA Vice-President for Student
Organizations Roy More.
SThe administration representatives
e also trying to place more regulation
Divestmen
{Continued from Page 3 )
President Allan Smith promised a review
bf the University investment policy by a
pommittee composed of faculty and
4u0ent members.
I That committee, the faculty Senate
assembly Advisory Committee on
Financial Affairs (SAACFA), worked
bn its report last spring and part of the
siimmer. The recommendations of the
cimmittee were similar to those in a
rpport issued by SAACFA a year
earlier.
;WThe Regents at that time adopted a
jilicy that included some of the early
KAACFA recommendations. That in-
i ystment policy, still in effect, calls for
Iorporate affirmation of the Sullivan
Vrinciples-guidelines providing for
in-discriminatory policies for firms
4ith operations in South Africa.
THE POLICY also calls for divest-
ent fro4 those firms that refuse to af-
f m the !Sullivan Principles. It also
vested from one company, Black and

SA tussle over funding

on funding for student organization ac-
tivities.
"By rule of thumb, MSA should not be
in the business of funding operations for
funding student organizations. They
should be assisting in the funding of
programs, which is what they mostly do
anyway," Johnson said.
They also want MSA to come up with
a set of guidehnes concerning which ac-
tivites it can and cannot fund.
"WE'D PROBABLY not get an ap-
propriation for WCCAA (Washtenaw
County Coalition Against Apartheid)

through them," he said. The WCCAA
has disrupted several Regents
meetings.
MSA will be examining the April elec-
tion this fall and will report to the Board
of Regents in December. Also this fall,
the Assembly will attempt to evaluate
the role of the student judiciary and
determine what caused the problems
with the election.
Committee heads and executive of-
ficers of MSA, other than the president
and vice-president, must also be elect-
ed within the Assembly due to the late

election certification. Alland said the
lack of MSA executive officers preven-
ted MSA from planning this summer for
the upcoming year.
See additional stories on MSA, Page
B.

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t likely issue this fall

Decker, under the policy. The University
has purchased additional stock in other
South Africa-involved firms.
Most of the protesters say they feel
the Sullivan Principles are not bad, just
ineffective in combatting the apartheid
stystem in South Africa.
WHILE MOST of the Regents say
they feel the presence of non-
discriminating. corporations in South
Africa provides a possible impetus for
change, most of the protesters say the
foreign corporations in South
Africa-discriminating or not-rein-
force the apartheid system.
The new SAACFA report recommen-
ds expanding the scope of the current
University investment policy to cover
bonds as well as stock. The report also
recommends establishing a special
committee to review corporate com-
pliance with the Sullivan Principles.
For the first time, two students-both
of whom are vocal WCCAA mem-
bers-were appointed to the faculty-
dominated committee.

The new SAACFA report is likely to
be presented at the September Regents
meeting, according to University Vice-
President for State Relations Richard
Kennedy, who is also secretary to the
University. While the new report con-
tains changes from the 1978 version,
student SAACFA member Anne Fuller-
ton said she does not expect the new
recommendations to satisfy the
divestment activists.
"I THINK IT would be safe to say-
that this report falls very short from the
goals of the WCCAA," Fullerton said.
"The WCCAA sees the Sullivan Prin-
ciples as being not terribly useful in the
South African context," she added.
University President-designate
Harold Shapiro hs said he is against
total divestment, but feels "equally
well-meaning people can disagree."
No one is sure of the scope of any
protests if they occur again this year.
But, according to Fullerton, "we aren't
going to let up."

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