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EMUpresiden tial woes
Eastern Michigan University faculty and students seem to have
fought in vain for more input into the presidential selection process at
the Ypsilanto school. The field of candidates was reduced to one
unnamed hopeful when Tim Dire, John Porter, and Robert
Leestamper dropped out of the race, according to a student
government spokesman. Leestamper, however, did say he will
resubmit his name if EMU Regents conduct another search for
potential presidents. Apparently he withdrew because of contractural
obligations at his present job, a concern he has voiced in the past.
Meanwhile, EMU Vice President for University Relations Gary
Hawks said three additional people have been invited to campus for
"Pre-screening interviews."
Electronic tellers
The age of automation may be upon us, but that doesn't mean all of
us have to like it. An article in the Graduate School of Business
Administration's Business Review reports that automatic bank
machines, which have swept into Michigan by the hundreds in recent
years, are avoided by some bank customers. People are afraid to use
the automatic tellers, claim the two researchers who wrote the article,
because they feel a lack of mechanical ability or miss the friendly
faces of human tellers inside. According to the article, consumers
would be more apt to take advantage of bank machines if they were
equipped with a telephone. Then customers could use the phone to
consult a reassuring voice when problems with' the computer-like
device arise. People just don't want to give up those long lines inside
the bank and sometimes rude or harrassed tellers at the counter.
Apparently, technological revolution can't always compete with
personal service.
Take ten
About this time ten years ago, two young University professors
decided to make themselves candidates for the Ann Arbor mayor's
seat. In a tradition that was upheld by the last mayor, Albert Wheeler,
an associate professor of microbiology, Profs. Robert Harris, 38, of the
Law School and Richard Balhizer, 36, of the Chemical and
Metallurgical Engineering department, put their mortar boards aside
and threw their caps into the ring for the job. Republican Balzhiser
was a former city councilman and had held a position with the U.S.
Defense Department. Harris, still with the University, had been a
consultant to the New Detroit Committee and to the White House
Conference on Human Rights.

The Michiaan Dailv-Tuesdav,Januarv 9. 1979-Page 3
Oil tanker explodes
near Irish coast

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BANTRY, Ireland (AP) - Two
explosions ripped through the big
French tanker Betelegeuse unloading
at a Gulf Oil terminal here yesterday,
cutting the vessel in two and hurling the
bodies of the crew into a sea of flaming
oil. The death toll was placed at 50,
including the crew of 41, two
representatives of the tanker's owners,
and seven local workers engulfed in the
ball of fire.
By nightfall, only 15 bodies had been
recovered - all badly mutilated and
horribly burned, some with limbs blown
off in the blast. The owners said in
Paris just two were identified, a sailor
and a woman, the wife of the ship's
baker.
ONE EYEWITNESS said: "It was
like looking into the flames of hell as the
ship went up."
Gulf Oil officials could give no
immediate cause, but oil experts in
London speculated the blast may have
been triggered by highly volatile gases
in the ship's emptying oil tanks.
Cork County pollution officer Liam
Mullins said if initial reports about the
amount of oil spilled were correct, then
the resulting polition would be 20 times
greater than the biggest previous spill
at Bantry in 1974. The Betelgeuse was
carrying 31 million gallons. Terminal

manager Don Ashe, an American, said
the spillage was likely to be minimal,
however.
THE RECORD Amoco Cadiz spill off
France in March 1978 was estimated at
39 million gallons.
The explosion occurred when the
121,430-ton deadweight Betelgeuse,
owned by the Compagnie Navale des
Petroles, had unloaded two thirds of its
cargo of crude oil through undersea
pipes into the -terminal on Whiddy
Island. The Betelgeuse was standing
about three miles offshore at the time.
While large, the Betelgeuse was well
below the 200,000-ton size of the
supertankers.
Some of the bodies were blown over
500 yards from the small jetty, reaching
out from the island, and yesterday
afternoon an emergency morgue was
set up in a hanger at a small airstrip
outside Bantry.
The tanker began sinking in a sea of
flames as rescuers tried to reach the
crewmen's bodies floating around it.
By mid-morning, only the tanker's
burning bows were visible. The rest
was lying in 130 feet of water at the end
of the still flaming jetty.
A fireman at the scene called it the
"towering inferno" with bits of oil-
covered bodies protruding from the
black water.

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Happenings

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FILMS
Ann Arbor Film Coop-Two Lane Blacktop, MLB Aud. 3, 7 p.m.
only; The Goalie's Anxiety and the Penalty Kick, MLB Aud. 3, 9 p.m.
only.
Cinema Guild - Martyrs of Love, Old Architecture Aud., 7, 9:05p.m.
LECTURES
Bioengineering - Gary Herrin speaks on "Human Considerations in
the Design Experiments," 4 p.m., 1042 E. Engineering Bldg.
Medieval and Renaissance Collegium - G. A. Patrides, "Like a
Sunrise from the Sea: A Preface to Athenian Civilization," 4 p.m.,
Aud. I, Angell Hall.
MEETINGS
University Students World Hunger Task Force - "Bread for the
World," Christian Citizens Movement, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room 1,
Michigan Union.
Project zoutreach - Mass meeting, 7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium.
Sparatus Youth League - "The Russian Revolution and its
Degeneration," 7:30 p.m., Room 122, East Quad, first of a six part
series.
"Jewish Star"- Newspaper staff and journalists needed, open
meeting, 7 p.m., Hillel, 1429 Hill.
Computing Center - Advanced Use of Keypunch, 7-10 p.m., Room
1084 East Engineering. Basic Use of Keypunch, 7-10 p.m., Room 1500
East Engineering.
MISCELLANEOUS
Dean's tea with Medieval and Renaissance Collegium and Student
Counseling office, 3:30 p.m., Greene Lounge, East Quad, coffee and
doughnuts.
Music School - Cellist Jerome Jelinek and Pianist Joseph Gurt, 8
p.m., SM Recital Hall.
International Center - Luncheon, $1, noon, International Center
Recreation Room.
Booking in paradise
While sub-freezing temperatures and wind-chill factors are on
everyone's mind these days, a professor at the University of Hawall is
offering an enticing temptation to spend the summer in Tahiti. Only
about 20 people will be acceptable to the program, which could include
a frolic among the palm trees and travel through French Polynesia,
during June and July, all for credit from the University of Hawaii.
Meanwhile the University of California is giving graduate students a
chance to escape next year's winter doldrums by researching such
topics as non-conventional energy sources, soil management, and
foreign investment policy, in India. Apparently undergraduates will
have to settle for five weeks in the South Pacific.
Does he or doesn 't he?
An observant victim of a gang rape near Traverse City may have an
unusual bit of evidence against one of her accused rapists. Michael
Haley, assistant prosecutor for Grand Traverse County, filed a motion

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WeVe committed 83 million dollars this year
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