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Page 4-Sunday, February 4, 1979-The Michigan Daily
LOOKING BACKTHE WEEK
IN REVIEW
day. He said it is difficult to coordinate his "They're making plans for this grandiose
T T ~workers and that morale is sometimes low new hospital and w can't even get people off Sau ud e
'U' H-os pital mn mlyebtDitni lohpfltebdpn rpry"si r Harry S moff group State budget
that the new hospital will eliminate these Colfer, president of the hospital's House Of-
l~tTproblems. ficers Association. "There definitely is need h u t U
pla ued by Yet other staff members are unwilling to for a new hospital, but it seems that we ought dem onstrates m ay hurt U
wait for completion of the hospital renovation to be taking care of the other problems as
" i ie cy n e fwhich may take up to seven years. well." Chanting "Tenure for a teacher, not a jive University Vice President for Academic Af-
researcher," and "Ours is not to reason why, fairs Harold Shapiro's previous experience as
ours is but to quantify," between 50 and 75 an economics professor should prove useful
demonstrators marched on the Diag and in over the next few months. Shapiro, the
University Hospital, one of the most respec- front of the LSA Building Thursday to protest University's top budget official, must now
ted university-operated hospitals in the coun- Political Science Assistant Professor Joel wait for a final version of the 1979-80 State
try, is apparently not living up to its Samoff's tenure denial., budget submitted this week by Gov. William
reputation.ThMilliken before he can begin drawing cost and.
r d ss Theprotest came as a result of LSA Dean revenue curves for University spending.
Patients, administrators and hospital staff Billy Frye's refusal to discuss the Samoff
have complained that problems such as poor case with members of the Samoff Student Milliken has suggested that the legislature
housekeeping, staff shortage and over-* H. ;; crowding-th....cil.ty an. in some"x . E' ' Support Committee the day before. The increase state funding for the Uiversity by
crsgs h plague th faciity ain sme . demonstration was staged by the committee $10 million. The proposed hike is an eight per
cases have led to inadequate patient care r and approved by te Literary College's cent increase over this year's level, but it is
workplace as a "zoo". "It's absolutely insane student government (LSA-SG. less than half of the 18 per cent hike requested
workpla s a -by the Regents last October.
in here," she said. "I leave shaking every According to LSA-SG President Bob
day"ay meeting The governor's proposal calls for total fun-
No one ivolved, however, has been able to "Frye does not want to get involved; he ding of $144 million to the University which
come up with concrete solutions to the refuses to talk about Joel's case." should make up approximately half of the
hospital's problems, although most were able Unversity's general fund.
to place the blame somewhere. Labor leaders Stechuk and many members of LSA-SG and
pointed the finger at the administration, whilem d- The Regents' budget request called for
the administration blamed the situation on ':P'''P'./, the Samoff Student Supprt Committee com-uigoeralnfteicesefra1. e
the dmiistatio blmedthe itutio onplain that current LSA procedures do not in- using over half of the increase for a 10.1 per
the poor physical condition of the hospital cude student input, a situation they say cent faculty salary increase. Since then,
building and equipment. results in teaching being given a lower however, President Carter has called for a
Last month the Regents approved a $254 priority than research, seven per cent ceiling on wage increases, and
million Hospital Replacement Project that is Interim Unversity President Allan Smith
scheduled to replace the decaying and ob- said the University will "probably" comply
solete structure by 1986. Samoff and the committee are waiting to with Carter's program.
But criticism of the hospital goes deeper hear from the LSA Executive Committee The legislature is expected to hike
than these physical problems, and eventually which has yet to make an announcement on Milliken's request for the University by ap-
turns toward the hospital administration. its decision in Samoff's tenure denial. But ac- pimately s millior th oever, won't
Misplaced lab tests and complicated testing ยข cording to Stechuk, the LSA Executive Com- qute make up the original budget request.
'rcdrslogwaits and shabby main- gyp ~~- ~'~ mittee has told the political science depar-,
tenance are often blamed 'on the inefficient tment that it can begin searching for someone And although University officials declined
coordination of the hospital's "system." to teach the department's courses on Africa, comment on a possible tuition hike, it's quite
'U' Hospital Director Jeptha Dalston said which is currently Samoff's field. But Stechuk possible that Econ 201 will cost more next
these management problems are inherent to also said that Samoff. may, be offered a year._________________
an institution like the hospital, where a huge .teaching position at the Residential College. The Week in Review was written
staff services a tremendous case load every by Editor-in-Chief Sue Warner.

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When Bella A bzug was really fired

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U. S.-China alliance

T HE RED CARPET treatment
given by the Carter Ad-
ministration to visiting Chinese
Deputy Prime Minister Teng Hsiao-
ping symbolizes the new era of "recon-
ciliation" between the U.S. and China.
But it may also symbolize an apparent
new Cold War alliance between the two
powers balanced against the Soviet
Union.
The administration's acceptance of
the word "hegemony", the Chinese
code word for what they view as Soviet
aggressive activities, only adds
credibility to the Russians' claim that
the' U.S. is being dragged into a recon-
ciliation with China that will nicely
serve Peking's continuous propagandic
attack against the Kremlin. The word
"hegemony" was adopted by the two
nations in a communique released
Thursday which states, "the two sides
reaffirm that they are opposed to effor-
ts by any country or group of countries
to establish hegemony or domination
over others."
Although the administration
managed to include the .word
''domination" to broaden the Chinese
formula to cover aggression in
general,. the joint communique still
was an obvious reference to their con-
cern over the Russians' imperialistic
intentions in Africa and the Middle
East.
And these references, especially
when listed publicly, can only serve to
jeopardize the prospects for con-
cluding a new arms-limitation
agreement with the Russians even
though American officials contend the

communique will not harm a SALT
pact.
Already the Russians have denoun-
ced the Chinese leader's anti-Soviet
remarks as "slanderous" and "incen-
diary," and called for a clarification
from the United States on'its attitude.
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has
obliged by assuring Soviet Afn-
bassador Anatoly Dobynin that the
United States and China are not
aligning against the Soviet Union.
But this is not enough. Any assuran-
ce by Vance of our intentions will go
unnoticed by the Kremlin if we con-
tinued to issue communiques denoun-
cing, the efforts of any country to
establish "hegemony or domination
over others."
It is clear the United States is pur-
suing the only proper policy in trying to
bridge the huge gap in its relations
with China. The reconciliation
process has been long overdue and its
advantages are numerous. However,
this one clear disadvantage has
sparked increasing tension to U.S.-
Soviet relations and must be removed
if we are to stay on the path toward
peace.
In May, after National Security Af-
fairs Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski
went to China, a Kremlin statement
warned the U.S. not to "play the China
card as a club in dealing with
strategic arms and detente. Let's hope
that the Carter administration - in
making a sound diplomatic move by
recognizing the Chinese - is not letting
Teng Hsiao-ping play the America
card.

By Mim Kelper
"When men are fired from the
White House, it's usually because
they've committed a crime,"
commented Bella Abzug at a
Washington press conference the
day after White House aide
Hamilton Jordan announced her
summary dismissal as co-chair
of the National Advisory Com-
mittee for Women (NACW).
"When women are fired, it's
because they've spoken out."
What Abzug spoke out about
was the Administration's budget
priorities which included a repor-
ted $15 million cut in human ser-
vices programs and a 10 per cent
boost in military spending.
ALTHOUGH THE NACW's ad-
vance release of a statement
summarizes its criticisms of Car-
ter's policy was what White
House aides reported triggered
the firing, the decision to remove
Abzug had its real genesis at the
Democratic Committee meeting
in Memphis last November.
Abzug had played a leading
role at the meeting in the liberal
attempt to win approval of a
resolution challenging Carter's
anti-inflation policy. Under the
unfriendly eyes of an army White.
House aides, she had made a
strong speech arguing that
women would carry the main
burden of the budget cuts under
the Carter program.
Two years earlier, Abzug -
impressed by Carter's statement
that he wanted to be known as the
president who won equal rights
for women - had campaigned for
him after being asked to help by
campaign manager Hamilton
Jordan.
ABZUG DEVOTED much of
1977 working as the unpaid head
of the International Women's
Year Commission which held the
successful women's conference
in Houston that November. The
conference, attended by more
than 2,000 elected delegates from
every state, produced a 26-point
plan of action that Carter sub-
sequently described as a
"national agenda to achieve
women's full rights and
equality."-
Afterythe national IWY legal
mandate expired in March, 1978,
Abzug and Carmen Delgato, a
former IWY commissioner and
president of the National Con-
ference of Puerto Rican women,.
were appointed to, co-chair. Ab-
zug and Votaw obtained a modest
set of offices for the committee in
the Labor Department and spent
the summer scrounging services,
personnel and funds from other
departments. A $300,000 budget
- mostly services - was worked
out, and the committee held its
first formal meeting in late
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On Nov. 16, notice came that
the - President had allotted. 15
minutes on the afternoon of Nov.
22, the day before Thanksgiving.
WHEN ABOUT 39 of the mem-
bers assembled Nov. 21, some
coming from as far away as
Hawaii and Texas at their
own expense, they realized the
meeting would be merely
ceremonial. Their anger
deepened when they learned that
the President was taking the time
to fly to Utah the following week
to receive an award from the
Mormon Church, a focal point of
opposition to the ERA.
Without visible opposition, the
committee passed a resolution to
cancel the 15-minute meeting and
ask for a full scale one at a later
date. Abzug, who had been absent
when the resolution was passed,
argued long and hard against it
on her return. It would, she
reasoned, create White House
animosity against the committee,
and she "would be the one to pay
for it."
The committee, however,
overruled her and a letter, ex-
plaining its decision to cancel,
was hand delivered to the White.
House. Abzug and Votaw sub-
sequently made a personal phone
call to the President.
CARTER RETURNED the call
later and apologized for the
brevity of the meeting that had
been scheduled. He was friendly,
agreed to a longer meeting, told
Abzug and Votaw to work it out
with the staff and suggested that
they also' meet with his chief
domestic policy advisor Stuart
Eisenstadt.
The women were elated,
feeling that the committee's show
of militancy had paid off.
On Dec. 20, the two co-chairs
and several other members
presented Eisenstadt with a 24-
page memorandum decribing
specific budget cuts that im-
periled women's programs.
"INCREASINGLY," the memo
reported, "poverty in the U.S.A.
is becoming female poverty" -
cau-ed by the rise in the number
of female headed households,
segregation of women into low-
paying occupa'tions, with 80 per
cent of the women's work force
clusiered at the bottom of the
pay scale; the continuing wage
differential,. with women
averaging 60 cents an hour for
every dollar earned by men; in-
sufficient job training programs,
grossly inadequate number of
child care facilities for the six
million pre-school children whose
mothers work, and for the
millions of other children whose
mothers are locked into welfare.
The NACW memo further
argued that planned slashes in

Alaskan Eskimos and the
rumored decision not to fund a
new program for independent
living centers for the disabled.
EIZENSTADT DISPUTED the
women on some issues, but ad-
mitted there was no overall
policy on women in the economy
and suggested that he and the
women's committee meet
regularly. Later, the women
heard that the $60 million teenage
pregnancy fund and some other
health programs had been-
restored to the budget, but
although $1 billion in CETA funds
were also restored, the Ad-
ministration's major jobs
program was still due for big
cuts.
On a week's notice the meeting
with Carter was finally scheduled
for Jan. 12, seven months after
the committee had been appoin-
ted. A statement was drafted and
reviewed at a committee meeting
in Washington on Jan. 11. There
was general agreement that the
committee would ask Carter to
devote part of his forthcoming
state of the union speech to
women's issues.
Co-chair Votaw approveda
press release summarizing the
main points of the full statement
to Carter. Abzug, who could not
be at the meeting until the
following day, did not see the
release but said later she saw
nothing wrong with it. The press
statement was embargoed for
release the following afternoon
and sent to the White House press
office as a backgrounder.
ACCORDING TO a Washington
Post report' Jan. 17, when
Hamilton Jordan and Jody
Powell saw the release the night
before the meeting, they decided
on the spot that Abzug had to be
fired. They then informed the
President, who agreed.
When the women's committee
was ushered into the cabinet
room at 2:30 the following after-
noon, they had no suspicion of
wyhat was to come. Abzug and
Votaw had been handed a note
from Jordan saying he wanted to
see them later but they didn't
know why. After picture taking,
Carter. in an almost inaudible
voice reiterated his commit-
tment to women's rights and said
he wanted a harmonious
relationship with the committee.
Abzug, to break the ice, joked
that she knew it was quite a tough
day for the president, with
George Meany and other labor
leaders having just finished
meeting with him, the heavy
snowstorm, and now the women.
Carter. looked out the window and
said he liked the snow.
As the committee members in-
troduced themselves, Carter
blew kisses to the few he knew

him and released a press release
that was "95 per cent critical of
him." He said he felt there was
an irreparable breach but then
went on to say that he wanted a
more harmonious and regular
working relationship with them.
He also suggested that they set up
small committees to'confer, with
cabinet members and other ad-
ministration officials.
As the president left tt e room,
the women stood and applauded.
Abzug and Votaw then went out to
tell the press they had had a very
positive meeting with President
Carter, they were- pleased, and
they' looked forward to better
relations.
AS COMMITTEE members
headed for planes and trainsin
the late afternoon, the two co-
chairs went to Jordan's office.
Votaw went in first and was told
by Jordan that Abzug was being
dismissed. Could she suggest a
replacement? Votaw was stun-
ned.
Abzug then went in and found
Jordan with Robert Lipshutz, the
president's counsel, and another
aide. Kordan handed her a letter
of dismissal signed by himself
and said-they wanted her to
resign immediately. Abzug
protested and demanded an ex-
planation. Jordan mentioned the
cancelled meeting and the offen-
ding press release. According to
Abzug, she told them she was
being made a scapegoat. Lip-
schutz called her a liar. Abzug
said she was prepared to leave
the committee but wantedftime to
discuss it with other members.
She said she had personal
problems (her husband had been
ill), and wanted to leave in an or-
derly manner. Jordan replied if
she had personal problems, she
shouldn't behead of a committee.
Abzug left, saying she would
think about it.
By the time she reached the
NACW office, Jordan was on the
phone. He needed to know im-
mediately whether she would
resign because, he said, the press
already knew about it.
Abzug and Votaw then issued a
joint statement saying Votaw
was resigning in solidarity with
her co-chair. 24 other members
did likewise.
Abzug has declined to
speculate on whether - her
dismissal would encourage a
"dump Carter" movement. She
is known to be more interested in'
building, an independent political
action movement than in getting
tied to any particular presiden;
tial candidate, but there is little
doubt that the "Friday night
massacre" has cost Carter sup-
port among Democratic women
activists. Under a recently
reached agreement, half the

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