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Eighty-Nine Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXIX, No. 143 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, March 30, 1979 Ten Cents Fourteen Pages ,plus Supplement
SAFA expects divestment guidelines delay
By HOWARD WIT T place two students o ecommittee. to impose any deadlines on themselves, the March demonstrations. heard some say that students on SAC- SACFA will be temporary or per-
Members of the Senate Advisory No deadline was placed on the SACFA according to Public Health graduate "THERE SEEMS to be a distinction FA was an idea whose time had come. manent. The Regents' resolution did
Committee on Financial Affairs (SAC- report, although many of the demon- student Anne Fullerton, one of the two among committee members between Our initial contact with the faculty not specify whether the student mem-
FA) yesterday indicated they would strators had hoped that the report student representatives appointed by those who feel that the February, 1978 members was positive," she noted. bership was to be terminated after the.
almost certainly not be ready to present would be presented at the April the Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) SACFA report was bad, and those who SACFA member A. Nelson Dingle, South African divestment issue is com-
South African divestment data to the meeting. to SACFA. think it was the implementation of that professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic pletAss
Regents at their April meeting. They SACFA CHAIRWOMAN Patricia Because yesterday's meeting was the report, and not the report itself, which Sciences said that the committee was peted
cited a shortage of time and the Longe, professor. of Business Ad- first which the student representatives was inadequate," Fullerton said. Longe "willing to listen to people who are in- University Affairs (SACFA) chairman
necessity for extensive research into ministration, said yesterday, "We've attended, it was devoted chiefly to has asked the University ad- formed." Engineering Professor Alan Shaw Livermoresy ysera epained
the issue as the primary reasons for the been asked to consider materials which "people clarifying where they stood," ministration to provide a written Macnee, also a SACFA member, com- that Lheepsitio yesterday exlamed
delay. might justify a change in the report said Fullerton. Both Fullerton, a mem- statement on implementation of the mented, "I don't think that the studen- this specific issue. However, he has
In response to student demon- presented to the Regents last year by ber of the Washtenaw County Coalition 1978 report to date. ts' participation in the demonstrations discsedcthecpssib.lHtyeperahens
strations at the March Regents SACFA. It will be extremely difficult to Against Apartheid (WCCAA), and Fullerton said the faculty members will affectionmin the ecommittdi s ethemposiitofpermanet
meetings, the Regents had approved a do this by April." Literary College junior Yvonne Mc- of SACFA do not seem to have been af- tee."
resolution which directed SACFA to in- At a SACFA meeting yesterday af- Clenney, the other student SACFA fected by the presence of two student IT IS STILL not entirely clear MSA President Eric Arnson. Arnson
vestigate the divestment issue and ternoon, committee members chose not member, had been student leaders at demonstrators on the committee. "I whether the two student positions on See SACFA, Page 6

Nuclear leak worse than first


The accident at the Pennisylvania
Three Mile Island nuclear plant has
triggered local reactions and emotional
responses to the nuclear power issue.
Opponents cite the Three Mile Island
incident as an example of the dangers
of nuclear energy, while scientists fear
the accident will generate public
opinion against the development of
such plants.
"Any event that's abnormal at a
nuclear power plant is going to be in-
terpreted by the public as a black eye,"
said Prof. John King, chairman of the
University's Department of Nuclear
other concerned citizens have spoken
out against the use of nuclear fission to
produce power. The Public Interest
Research, Group in Michigan
(PIRGIM) yesterday released a
statement outlining its opinion on the
Three Mile Island accident.
"PIRGIM has determined that the
accident dramatically disproves the
engineering philosophy underlying
See NUCLEAR, Page 9

federal inspector said yesterday that
the threat of contamination to neigh-
bors of Three Mile Island nuclear plant
was past, but low-level radiation con-
tinued to escape in one of the nation's
most serious nuclear accidents.-
"At this time, the danger is over for
people off site," said Charles Gallina,
an inspector for the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission who has been
monitoring the plant since an accident
was reported early yesterday.
"Our readings show radiation levels
have dropped significantly," he said,
adding that contamination remains a
problem at the plant and radiation was
expected to leak through vents into the
air for 24 hours to a week.
SEN. GARY HART, chairman of the
Senate subcommittee on nuclear
regulation, said earlier during a visit to
the site that the incident was "the most
serious accident" involving nuclear
power generation in the United States.
"This corresponds to a major fallout
pattern from a nuclear bomb test," said
Dr. Ernest Sternglass, professor ofb
radiology at the University of Pit-
tsburgh, who measured radiation levels
at the Harrisburg airport Thursday
morning, two miles from the plant site
and found them 15 times greater than
normal background radiation.
However, Gallina disputed that
claim. "Any comparison between this
type of fallout and fallout from a bomb
is totally erroneous," he said.

In further developments, Ed Jordan,
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's
(NRC) assistant director of reactor
operations inspection, told members of
the House Interior Committee that
"threshold levels" of radioactive iodine
had been measured in milk samples in
the area.
IT WAS NOT immediately clear
where these milk samples had been
Jordan said there was "no immediate
threat to health" from the radiation,
which was released from the plant and
which could be detected in low levels in
the air as far away as 16 miles.
Contaminated water vapor, coming
from the floor of a cooling building ad-
jacent to the shut-down reactor, was
escaping through vents ands was expec-
ted to continue contaminating the at-
mosphere until all the water is pumped
DESPITE THE forebodings of Ster-
nglass and others, officials of
Metropolitan Edison Co., which
operates the plant on an island in the
Susquehanna River about 10 miles
southeast of Harrisburg, said there was
no danger to the public.
John Herbein, vice president of
generation for Metropolitan Edison,
said, "We didn't injure anybody, we
didn't over-expose anybody and we cer-
tainly didn't kill anybody. The radiation
off-site was absolutely miniscule."
Herbein said radiation readings in-

Cionservatives favored
in British election

JULIE SIPLING AND 13 mponth old Debbie walk outside their home near the Three Mile Island nuclear plant Wednesday
afternoon. An accident at the plant near Harrisburg, Pa. on Wednesday caused some leakage of radioactive material into
the atmosphere. Government and plant officials have assured residents that there is no danger of overexposure to radiation.

Student Republicans eye MSA

Third in a five-part'series
The Michigan Republicans Club
(MIRC) is running for the first time in
the April Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) elections as the first party in
recent years that has aligned itself with
one of the nation's two major political
MIRC was formed in February
because of a strong interest of.students
who had worked on Republican cam-
paigns last fall. These students said
they felt some sort of group should be
formally organized by the time the 1980
elections roll around. MIRC members
say they feel that their organization,
now 80 members strong, will be able to
draw Republican presidential hopefuls
to speak on campus.
THE BASIC ISSUE which the 15
MIRC candidates stress in their MSA
campaign is a return of student gover-
nment to dealing with only issues which

directly concern students. The can-
didates said they don't believe MSA
should be involved in state, national,;
MSA elections '79
and international affairs unless they
concern University students.
The group said it has received a lot of
support from students and is en-
couraged by a "good student respon-
se," according to MIRC campaign
manager Julie Weeks. "MSA seems to
be increasingly involved in non-
University related issues," Weeks said,
"and we oughttto return MSA to talking
about things that are related to the
She and MIRC candidates said they
have found people are surprised when
they hear about a Republican student
organization on campus. David Fan-
tera, a Literary College (LSA) junior

running for representative said, "We
give students a choice -- a good choice
- other than a choice which is very far
MIRC IS NOT running any presiden-
tial or vice-presidential candidates.
The group claimed it is not yet a strong
organization, and can spend its time
more effectively in trying to get
representativeds elected. Some can-
didates have said they would support
Student Alliance for Better Represen-
tation (SABRE) presidential candidate

Jim Alland and vice-presidential can-
didate Laurie Tyler, even though the
parties differ on many issues.
Although MIRC's strongest emphasis
in the election is returning MSA to
dealing with student issues only, it also
has taken stances on other election
issues. The MIRC party platform is not
clear-cut, but most candidates agree on
several things. Most MIRC candidates
support student input in tenure
decisions but disagree on the extent.
See STUDENT, Page 8

LONDON (AP)-Queen Elizabeth II,
fulfilling a centuries-old duty, received
formal word from Prime Minister
James Callaghan yesterday that his
government had fallen and she set May
3 as the date for a general election to
choose a new House of Commons.
The latest public opinion polls in-
dicate the Conservatives of Margaret
Thatcher will sweep into power easily,
ending five years of Labor Party con-
trol and making the 53-year-old Mrs.
Thatcher Europe's first female prime
"MY TROOPS ARE ready," said the
Conservative leader, scenting victory.
Callaghan, leaving his 10 Downing St.
residence for the short drive to
Buckingham Palace to notify the

Meiland receives Hoors

queen, declared, "I always look for-
ward to a good fight."
Later, in a television broadcast to the
nation, the prime minister said, "It
would do great harm if the country
were suddenly to go into reverse on the
range of policies that have brought us
through so far." Thatcher is to reply
tradition, scheduled the election for the
date named by the outgoing prime
minister, who needs all the time
available for Labor to recoup its
dramatic loss of popularity following
months of industrial strife and
economic stagnation.
" Despite recent charges of.
unsanitary conditions at Ypsilan-
ti State Hospital, a mental health
official said yesterday that the
food preparation process is
"generally clean." See story,
Page 14.
" Three time gubernatorial
candidate Zolton Ferency is en-
dorsing the housing platform of
fictitious mayoral candidate
Louise J. Fairperson. See story,
Page 14.
r Reed the Today
column, Page 3

Group fails to halt
private school funding

The recently appointed head of the
Literary College's Honors Program
said yesterday he hopes to strengthen
the program and attract outstanding
students to the University during his
five-year stint as Honors director.
Philosophy Prof. Jack Meiland will
succeed Prof. Otto Graf, who will-retire
in July after guiding the Honors
Program for the past 18 years. Meiland
said he is confident about his new
position and added that he hopes he can
build on Graf's accomplishments.

"IT IS CLEAR that the University's
Honors Program is highly respected,"
said Meiland, "but it can be
strengthened, and I hope to strengthen
it further."
Meiland has served as the director of
the philosophy department's Teaching
Apprentice Program for five years and
is currently chairman of the Committee
on Graduate Studies in philosophy.
Approximately 11 per cent of all
students in LSA are enrolled in the
Honors Program, which is designed for

students of exceptional academic stan-
ding. Students invited into honors
receive special counseling, have the
opportunity to become involved in
special research projects, can enroll in
honors courses, and special sections
within some courses.
"I THINK ONE of the primary fun-
ctions of an honors program is to at-
tract very good students to this Univer-
sity," said Meiland. "This is very im-
portant because in the 1980s the total
number of college students will be
See MEILAND, Page z

LANSING (UPI)-An anti-parochiaid
group conceded failure yesterday in
its drive to overturn a new state
program providing'tuition grants to
students in private colleges.
The Council About Parochiaid said it
collected only about 100,000 signatures
on referendum petitions, far short of
the 143,310 needed to force a statewide
vont nn the grant nrnram in the next

grant program.
"We have been confident all along
ghat thehpetition drive would fail, sim-
ply because the effort was inconsistent
with the wishes and needs of Michigan's
tax-paying citizens," "said John Gaf-
fney, president of the association.
URGED BY GOV. William Milliken,
the State Board of Education and Rep.

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1st ward candidates
exchange accusations
By KEVIN ROSEBOROUGH tion to what he claims are con-


mill y ' 'The fight for Ann Arbor's First Waird

tradictions in incumbent Kenneth Lat-

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