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Vol. LXXXIX, No. 120

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, February 22, 1979

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Foreign TAs:
Indiana University un-
dergraduates were tired of instruc-
tors, mostly foreign graduate
students, who could not effectively
communicate in English. When their
initial complaints to Indiana of-
ficials brought no results, a few irate
undergraduates, who were later
joined by the Indiana University
Student Assembly, prepared to
bring a lawsuit against the school
But before the suit could be filed, the
university admitted that a serious
problem existed, and promised' to
correct it.
The Dean of the Indiana Univer-
sity Graduate School recently for-
med an ad hoc committee to deal
with the problem. The committee
will be responsible for ensuring that
all graduate teaching assistants at
Indiana University are competent in
THE PROBLEM of graduate
teaching assistants (TAs) who can-
not speak English so that their
students can understand is a com-
mon one in some departments at the
University of Michigan. Many
University students tell stories
about an unintelligible TA.
The majority of complaints in this
area focuses on the, more technical
departments where verbal ex-
pression is not at a premium, with
Mathematics and Chemistry most
frequently mentioned. Non-
technical departments, such as
Romance Languages, however,
have been criticized as well.
One Literary College junior, asked
about his experiences with non-
English speaking TAs, sarcastically
remarked, "Korean isn't listed as a
prerequisite for Calculus, but it
should be." A Statistics major
commented that "many of my
teachers have real trouble with
English." And a perusal of the
teacher evaluations in the Student
See FOREIGN, Page 5

U.S.s ays Soviets


won't' attack China

From Reuter and AP
A senior American official said
yesterday he did not expect the Soviet
Union to take retaliatory action along
its border with China because of the
Chinese military incursion into Viet-
The State Depa'tment's top expert on
Soviet affairs, Marshall Shulman, told
a meeting of news editors and broad-
casters there were no signs of any
preparations for a Soviet move against
China itself.
HOWEVER, THE Soviet Union
charged yesterday that the United
States connived in China's attack on
Vietnam and signalled its displeasure
with Yugoslavia and Romania for their
neutral attitude to the new round of
fighting in Southeast Asia.
The Communist Party newspaper
Pravda, taking up a theme launched
Tuesday in the official media, said it
was no coincidence that the Chinese at-
tack took place after Vice-Premier
Deng Xiaping (Teng Hsiao-ping)
'visited Washington.
"No propagandistic exercises can help
conceal the responsibility of those cir-
cles in the United States which directly
or indirectly inspired Peking's action,"
Pravda said.
THE GOVERNMENT newspaper Iz-
vestia also reported' that the situation
on Vietnam's border had been
stqbilized with the Chinese unable to
penetrate Vietnamese lines.
However, Soviet newspapers

revealed no, clues about the Kremlin's
next move should China continue its of-
The Soviet propaganda barrage
denouncing Peking pressed home the
message that there Was no longer-any
excuse for governments around the
world failing to take Vietnam's side
EARLIER yesterday, the State
Department said the United States was
seeking a meeting of the United Nations
Security Council to consider "both the
Chinese invasion of Vietnam and the
Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia."
The United States has coupled its
calls for China to end its five-day-old
incursion into Vietnam with a demand
that Vietnamese forces withdraw from
Cambodia, where they helped topple
the pro-Chinese Pol Pot government
early last month.
Shulman said it was not clear if the
China-Vietnam conflict would become a
-major intrusion beyond the present
level or how long it would last.
THE SOVIET Union has publicly
stated since the fighting on the Sino-
Vietnamese border started that it will
fulfill the obligations of a friendship
treaty it signed with Vietnam last year.
It has not said, however, what action
that would entail.
Shulman said that the Soviet Union's
relationship with the Hanoi government
may prove as burdensome to Moscow
as its support of Cuba, where he said
Russia was providing aid at the rate of

two million dollars a day.
He said the United States was not in a
position to influence directly events on
the ground in Southeast Asia, and
stressed that the United States was not
going to get involved in the fighting it-
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Viet-
namese and Chinese troops backed by
heavy artillery were on the move
yesterday toward the Vietnamese town
of Lang Son and what could be the
showdown battle of the five-day-old
border war, intelligence sources in
Bangkok reported.
The sources said Chinese strategists
apparently intend to deal a final bloody
blow to the Vietnamese military and
then to withdraw most of their forces
from Vietnam within three or four
Japan'sKyodo news service quoted a
government official in Peking as saying
China hopes to end the conflict within
a few days, but the unidentified official
warned that it might be prolonged if
Vietnam throws its regular army
troops into the fighting.
That appeared to be just what Hanoi
.was doing yesterday, as columns of
regular army reinforcements were
reported rolling north toward Viet-
namese-held Lang Son, a strategically
situated town that for centuries has
guarded the approaches from China.
The troops apparently were relieving
battered militia units that bore the
defensive burden for the first three
days of fighting.

AhiOzluck, a Math 114 TA from Turkey, helps student John Fellrath with a
math problem. All foreign Math TA's are required to take the English
proficiency exam administered by the English Language Institute.
'U' c o -mmunitysplit
on,'baby prof'value

They are "overused,'.
"scapegoats," "underpaid," "more
personable," "fair," "unfair," and
"baby professors." There are over
1,600 of them throughout the Univer-
sity, teaching more than 15,000
students. They are Graduate
Student Assistants '(GSAs), better
known to undergraduates as "TAs"
(teaching assistants).
To many freshpersons and
sophomores, TAs are what the
University is- about: Each term
these graduate students, who are

usually working toward doctoral
degrees, teach hundreds of sections
of large introductory courses, in ad-
dition to many smaller classes.
Their use is so widespread that some
undergraduates might not see many
full professors until they become
juniors and reach the concentration
"guinea pigs" for these aspiring
scholars, providing bodies upon
which TAs can practice their skills,
as one rather cynical political scien-
See TAs, Page 12

11 0 0 r
Iran bans monitoring

Proposed cheating rules revised

From Reuter and AP
The loss of American listening posts in Iran will not cause
serious problems in verifying Soviet compliance with a new
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) accord, a leading
expert said yesterday.
Paul Warnke, former chief American negotiator in the
SALT negotiations and ex-director of the Arms Control and
Disarmament Agency, told a meeting of news editors and
broadcasters that the Iranian monitoring stations duplicated
information now being obtained by other means.
IN TEHRAN yesterday, Iran's new armed forces chief,
General Mohammad Yali Gharani, told a press conference
the new authorities would not allow previous arrangements
for the U.S. intelligence facilities to remain in force.
Warnke, who resigned last year from his arms control,
agency post to return to his lawyer's practice, told the
meeting at the State Department that the primary U.S.
means of assuring Soviet compliance with SALT was through
photo-reconnaissance satellites.
Radio signal monitoring, which was done in the Iranian
stations, also could be done from ships at sea. he said.w
"INSOFAR AS SALT II is concerned, the loss of the
stations in Iran will not provide serious verification
problems," Warnke said.
Verification is expected to be one of the most important

issues in the Senate ratification debate on the expected
Warnke said a summit between President Carter and
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhniv, at which SALT II would be
signed, could be expected to take place in two months or less.
IRAN'S NEW GOVERNMENT announced yesterday it
will hold a referendum in 15 days'on the issues of formally
changing the nation's political status from a monarchy to an
Islamic republic. The government statement, published in
afternoon newspapers, said the single question on the ballot
would be "Do you favor an Islamic republic?"
A. "yes" vote in the referendum would provide legitimacy
- for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeinmi's revolution and ,support
the provisional government of Prime Minister Mehdi
Bazargan. -
Under Bazargan's plan for establishing a new permanent
government, the referendum will be followed by elections to
choose a constitutional assembly.
THE ASSEMBLY would decide whether to approve a new
constitution, a draft of which reportedly already exists. If the
assembly. approves it, a national referendum on the con-
stitution would be held.
Then parliamentary elections would be conducted and a
new government, appointed by the Parliament, would be in-
stalled in place of the current provisional administration.

Controversial portions of proposed
rules which would govern cases of
cheating in the Literary College (LSA)
have been deleted from a draft passed
by the college's Administrative Board
Several clauses in the new Manual of
Procedures of the LSA Academic
Judiciary had drawn strong criticism
from members of the Administrative
Board and student government because
many students felt the clauses violated
their rights.
THE OLD proposal - a revision of
the current Manual of Procedures -
contained a clause allowing "individual
faculty members (to) handle minor
cases of plagiarism, fabrication, aiding
or abetting dishonesty with minor con-
sequences, and impulsive cheating."
Another section sanctioned
"disciplinary grading" as a punish-
ment instructors could invoke.
According to Eugene Nissen,
assistant dean for academic affairs, the
two rules were designed to encourage
e The Peking Opera, product of
an Oriental musical heritage
quite different from that of
traditional American perfor-
mances, was in town Tuesday
evening. See review, Page 6.
* Ralph Nader airs his views
on the power and influence of the
Educational Testing Service
(ETS), and the benefits the
organization received due to its
associations with learning. See
Editorial Page.
i Former Michigan cage great
Rudy Tomjanovich is on the road
back to stardom following an in-
jury that nearly ended his fruitful
career with the Houston Rockets.
See story, Page 10.
* The Chicago-based comedy
troupe Second City treated an

professors to use the Judiciary only for
major instances of academic
dishonesty. But students complained
that permitting professors to be both
accuser and judge created the
possibility that students might be
treated unfairly.
The proposal, and student criticisms
of it, were reviewed by the LSA
Executive Committee on January 19
and sent back to the Academic
Judiciary for revision. That group
voted to delete the passages which
students disliked, and sent a new draft
of the manual to the Administrative
Board. After approval by that body
yesterday, the code now goes back to
the Executive Committee for review
before reaching the college's governing
faculty for final approval.
Kathy Friedman called the elimination
of the clauses a victory'for students.
"All the major changes that we were
concerned about have been deleted,"
she said. "The new code seems to
provide an equitable process for

But Friedman and fellow LSA student
government member Dan Solomon had
less success amending another clause'
of the new draft at yesterday's meeting.
designed to eliminate delays in the
hearing of cases by transferring
jurisdiction of cases to the Ad-
ministrative Board if the Academic
Judiciary does not hear a case within
six weeks. If the Board fails to review a
case in six weeks, it then goes to an ad
hoc committee of the Executive Com-
Solomon said the possibility that the
Executive Committee, which has no
student members, might hear a case
was unfair. Students comprise half the
Academic Judiciary and Ad-
ministrative Board.
Solomon and Friedman pressed for a
change after some debate on the mat-
ter, but were cut off by LSA Associate
Dean Judy Bardwick, head of the Ad-
ministrative Board.
"THIS IS OUT of order already. My
See PROPOSED, Page 6

'A Jew speaks .out'
about simple lifestyles

From AP and Reuter
Egyptian and Israeli negotiators
opened new Mideast peace talks
yesterday under U.S. auspices with a
joint pledge to complete a peace treaty
as soon as possible.
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance took
charge of the meetings at rustic Camp
David, in the snow-bound Catoctin.
mountains of Maryland, but there was
no word on whether new United States
proposals were introduced to break the
ACCORDING TO a joint statement,
Vance, Egyptian Prime Minister
Mustafa Khalil and Israeli Foreign
Minister Moshe Dayan began the talks
with a reaffirmation of "their deter-
mination" to bend their best efforts
toward successful completion of the
negotiations as soon as possible."
A news blackout ordered by
President Carter kept reporters and
photographers away from the 147-acre
retreat where the negotiations will be
held in seclusion at least through the
The blackout, aimed at preventing
"leaks" to the public, appeared to be
firmly in place. Carter's expressed
hope is that secrecy will promote a set-
THE JOJNT statement read to repor-
ters at a midday briefing said the at-
mosphere at Camp David was warm
and informal. State Department
spokesman Hodding Carter said he did
not nnwwhp th rsiP.tmaighot in

peace talks, reopen
Middle East.
ThdesE as, d treating Egypt on an equal1
These officials, declnng to be iden- other countries in the are
tified by name, said Sadat made the Israel-when it came to arms
request last Saturday to Defense For two decades the Uni
Secretary Harold, Brown during a had assigned the prime
lengthy private meeting in Egypt. military role to Iran, but the.
Sadat told reporters following his the monarchy of Shah M
Saturday meeting with Brown that he Reza Pahlavi has raised do
expected the United States to begin that country's stance.

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basis with
s sales.
ted States
toppling of
ubts about

Proponent of macrobiotics and
author Meir Abehsera explained last
night the advantages of the unlikely

combination of simple Judaism and
macrobiotic food.
Speaking to a crowd of about 60 in
the Pendleton Room of the Michigan
Union, Abehsera gave a lengthy lec-
ture, touching topics from world gover-
nment to herbs. One member of the
audience described the talk as a
"stream of consciousness."
THROUGHOUT his speech, the
nutrition advocate stressed the impor-
tance of the simple life. "Don't over-
do," he urged. "Don't make yourself
higher than you are."
According to Abehsera, people should
be more concerned with the spirit than

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