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Page 4-Wednesday, January 18, 1978-The Michigan Daily
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Eighty-Eight Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 89 News Phone: 764-0552
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
The elusive ten per cent


Euphoria fizzles

in Mideast

A NOTHER JANUARY, and another
report from the Office of Academic
Affairs that black enrollment has failed
to come close to the ten per cent goal set
eight years ago. In fact, this year's an-
nual gloom includes the news that the
percentage has plunged to 6.6 per cent,
the 1972 level, from 7.2 per cent in the
fall of 1976.
In between the stuffy, bureaucratic
lines of the Office's report there ap-
pears a despairing shrug of the should-
ers. "What else can we do?" the report
seems to ask, and the frustration of it
all is that for once, we can't come up
with easy answers to that question.
Bound up in all of this is a residue of
anger left over from the 1970 Black Ac-
tion Movement (BAM) strike here
which came close to shutting down the
campus for eight days. BAM, a group of
Smilitant black students, sat down for a
set of negotiations with Robben
Fleming and other administrators and
emerged with a promise: the Univer-
sity would provide, by 1973-74 enough
financial aid money to ensure a black
enrollment level of ten per cent.
That promise was kept. Blacks cur-
rently receive a very substantial pro-
portion of the University's total finan-
-cial aid. Although it would be conveni-
ent to blame the University alone for
the drop in black enrollment, it can not
be done in good conscience. Officials
must be commended as far as their ef-
forts to enroll black students here over
..the past few years. Despite these effor-
ts, ten per cent enrollment is a long way
off and growing further out of reach.
A surplus fo
HE UNIVERSITY cornmunity will
have to suffer through a new series
of cutbacks this year, it was announced
Monday, because of a projected budget
deficit of almost $3 million.
Officials attribute the deficit to their
overestimating tuition income this year
and warned that departments of
student services, financial aid,
academic affairs and research are to be -
hit hardest by retrenchments.
At an institution of this size, such
'budget miscalculations are certainly
not unusual. Still, one vice president
registered surprise at the magnitude of
the drop in tuition revenues. The Uni-
versity has traced the falloff to a slight
drop in enrollment, but more specifi-
cally, to the discovery that the average
student is taking fewer credit hours and
thus is not paying as much in tuition.
When a University must depend on
the number of courses elected by each
student in order to balance its budget, it
. is a sad and perplexing situation in-
deed. The pitiful state of the University
is not simply due to a miscalculation or
two; it is the end result of a decade of
drastic reductions in state funding to
r education, and a growing dependence
by the University upon revenues col-
lected from students. As it now stands,
if existing tuition and board rates do not

The University has not been success-
ful in its 1970 commitment to provide
the sorts of services that would keep
blacks here on campus once they had
enrolled. The new figures show there
was actually a slight increase in the
number of freshpersons who enrolled
last fall, but it was accompanied by an
increase in the number of students who
drop out or transfer elsewhere. It is the
attrition rate, then, which has sent the
total percentage of enrolled blacks into
a tailspin.
A variety of programs keep Univer-
sity personnel busy working to help
minority students: the Opportunity
Program, the Coalition for the Use of
Learning Skills (CULS), and others.
From the data collected it would ap-
pear that these programs are not
working as well as they should in re-
taining students.
The University needs to find out why
black students are leaving, and that
means talking to the ones who leave. A
joint study is planned with the Univer-
sities of Illinois and Wisconsin to find
some answers. Locally, officials will be
conducting more informal surveys, like
telephone interviews, with former
students. These activities are steps in
the right direction,' and we' hope the
University will find some constructive
results to apply toward next year's
The black student enrollment goal of
at least ten per cent should still stand.
Perhaps it is time to go back to the
drawing board to figure out how to
achieve it.

The Associated Press
Sadat came here two months ago,
Israelis greeted him with a
euphoric burst of emotion.iNow
with thecharshdrealities of the
three decade dispute filtering
back to the surface, a mood of
disappointment, and even
cynicism, is setting in.
As Israeli and Egyptian foreign
ministers opened what promises
to be tough negotiations in
Jerusalem yesterday, divisions
between the old antagonists
dulled the glow of Egyptian
president's history-making ven-
"WHEN SADAT was here it
was a whole new feeling," said a
middle-aged saleswoman.
"Now we know that making
peace won't be so easy. There are
big problems. It's not all white or
One fruit of Sadat's visit
remains unspoiled: The degree of
human contact that has grown
between Egyptians and Israelis.
From Israelis who went to
Egypt during preliminary peace
talks, and from television reports,
Israelis are learning that Egyp-
tians are ordinary human beings
lwho want-as they do-peace and
STILL, one hears much
cynicism in places where people
"It was all a trick," claims
Avishai Klein, 23, a student.
"Sadat made the world hail him
as a hero and now he's talking
tough again."
While we Egyptians say Israeli

'The peace Sadat wants isn't the
same as the peace we want. It isn't
easy to end problems that have built
up for so many years all at once. '

said in en editorial: "We don't
like the way Egypt has begun
talking to us .. put the gun
aside. It won't help either of us."
YEDIOT focused on Sadat's
recent interviews in which he
sounded deeply disheartened by
Israel's response to his peace
Not everyone is bitter. Benny
Paz, 35, says he's not worried.
"Of course we'll have peace. The
peace is coming."
Avram Brill, a treacher, said,
"the peace Sadat wants isn't the
same as the peace we want. It
isn't easy to end problems that
have built up for so many years
all at once."
AS EGYPTIAN journalists
here for the foreign ministers'
talks toured holy sites in
Jerusalem, an old woman hob-
bled up, shaking her fist and
yelling: "You don't want peace.
We gave you the Sinai twice
because you promised peace, and
now you want it back again? So
that our boys can get killed
An Israeli kindergarten
teacher who heard the shouting
hurried over and shushed the
woman and apologized to the
Later, another elderly woman
approached an Egyptian editor
near the Wailing Wall, Judaism's
holiest shrine: Obviously thrilled
to meet a real live Egyptian, she
asked anxiously: "Do you really
think there'll be peace?"
"We are praying," replied the
Egyptian, "and so must you.


Prime Minister Menahem Begin
was too unyielding toward Sadat,.
Israelis complain he was too
ONLY A tiny minority of lef-
tists and mavericks believes
Begin should yield to Sadat's call
for Palestinian self-
determination and disband
Jewish settlements in occupied

Arab land.
"Sadat keeps saying he gave us
everything we wanted by coming
here," says a doctor who asked
not to be named. "I say: thank
you very much Mr. Sadat, but we
didn't need your approval for our
Putting words to the new mood,
the newspaper Yediot Aharonot

Letters to

The Daily

our deficit?
cover the University's financial needs,
officials have no choice but to cut
programs and services and raise rates.
"So what else is new?" we usually
say. We put up with higher bills and
lower quality, because we are told there:
is no alternative.
- The irony is that this year, when
students have to pay higher tuition and
dorm rates, there may very well be an
alternative which is being conveniently
overlooked. Gov. Milliken reported last
week that the state was, at last, in good
financial condition. Milliken announced
a healthy election-year budget surplus,
and proposed a massive election-year
tax cut.{
But while the particulars won't be
known for a few weeks yet, University
officials have been told to expect only a
modest increase in the campus' ap-
propriation from the state.
This is wrong. The University has
suffered long enough and should not
have to start counting the number of
credit hours students are electing just
to see if it will be able to make its mon-
thly payroll. A substantial contribution
from the state this year could prevent
tuition increases and program cut-
Hey Lansing! Let us in on your
budget surplus celebration - we get to
vote in elections too!

women athletes
To The Daily:
I was very disappointed in your
editorial ("A Win for Women
Athletes") supporting a U.S.
District Court decision which,
when one considers all of its
possible ramifications, has a
much greater potential to harm
than to help women's athletics.
Since the enactment of Title IX,
women have finally begun to
realize the long-denied oppor-
tunity to compete in inter-
scholastic athletics at the high-
school level. Given that many, if
not most, high schools, operate
under tight athletic budgets, the
effect of a ruling that women may
compete with men, even in con-
tact sports, could well be to deny
them that opportunity.
Under the logic of this ruling, a
high school might well argue that
it is fulfilling its Title IX
obligations by providing one
team in a sport, with member-
ship being open to all students.
And even if there are separate
men's and women's teams, if
women are eligible to compete on
the men's, team, then it must
follow that men are eligible to
compete on the women's teams.
The very likely result of this
would be to deny all but the
"superstar" women athlete the
right to compete. For every
''woman Rick Leach'' who is able
to make men's team, there will
be many striving women athletes
who will be denied the oppor-
tunity to sharpen their skills
through participation in inter-
scholastic competition.
At this moment in history men
are, in general, athletically
superior'to women. To the extent
that this results from any natural
physical advantages held by men
in a given sport, we can do little
but recognize these differences in
deciding whether women and
men can compete together in that
sport. (Which is not to imply that
men hold physical advantages
which would compel separate
competition in all sports.)
But to the extent that it results
from women having been denied
the opportunity to develop the
necessary competitive skills, we
must seek out and support
solutions which will provide them
with that opportunity. At least for
the present, a program of
separate but equal opportunities
to participate in interscholastic
athletics is better equipped to
achieve that goal.
Finally, I must note that the

ing the denial of tenure for white
male Prof. Joel Samoff, "the only
authority on South Africa at the
U." "Authority" is just the word
to describe Samoff. His arro-
gance, dogmatism and authori-
tarian methods and manner dis-
qualify him for defense by any-
one seriously interested in "liber-
In 1972, I filed a grading appeal
against Samoff after he failed me
for not attending more frequently
a class he'd rendered intolerable
with his domineering. Samoff ac-
tively connived with his Political
Science Department colleagues
to bias the proceedings and make
sure he was whitewashed.
For instance, at Samoff's urg-
ing the review committee heard
Samoff's defense even before it
heard my complaint - and after
my absence was arranged by
promising that only "procedure"
would be dealt with. He pulled a
similar stunt before the LS&A
Administrative Board.

Nonetheless, a majority of the
Ad Board (but not the two-thirds
needed to take action) held that I
had not received a fair and lawful
hearing. The LS&A Student Gov-
ernment unanimously con-
demned both the Poli Sci Depart-
, . ment and Samoff personally for
countless violations of due
process and common courtesy.
The department was embar-
rassed enough to pack Samoff off
to Africa until I graduated and
things simmered down.
Does this sound like a man who
cares about liberation? Samoff's
falling out with his co-conspira-

tors need not concern -the rest of
us. Students have nothing to gain
or lose by family quarrels among
faculty oligarchs. Neither Samoff
nor anybody else should be ten-
ured. Tenure only institutional-
izes incompetence. Before learn-
ing, becomes possile here, the
entire mandarinate will have to
be overthrown.
The Southern Afric'i'"Libera-
tion" Committee has forgotten
that liberation begins at home -
and that the enemy of your ene-
my is not necessarily your friend.
- Bob Black '73

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made to do so. Publication is based on con-
ciseness, clarity of thought and writing and
overall appeal.

I-----Health Service Handbook






QUESTION: Is there any way to remove un-
wanted pubic hair? I've tried shaving but it grows
back thicker (and itches). When I wear a bathing
suit, it is quite embarrassing. (Please answer soon
as I am going to Florida for Christmas).
ANSWER: Really sorry we couldn't get this
answer in before your vacation but you got it to us
too late to prepare before the last issue of the
Daily. Too bad you didn't include your name and
address! We hope you had a good vacation
anyway and recommend another one very soon so
you can use the information.
We pooled resources with our Dr. Barbara
"Adams and surfaced with the following:
To begin, we're not going to mention that it is
only our societal hangup that makes normal
amounts of body hair seem excessive or embar-
rassing. Nor will we mention that the extension of
pubic hair onto the inner aspects of the upper
thighs signals complete development of secondary
sex characteristics. But we will say that many
consider hair from private sources to be embar-
rassing when it shows itself in public places.
The only way to rid oneself permanently of un-
wanted hair is by electrolsysis, but we wouldn't
recommend it in this case because of the expense
and the likelihood of infection in the area. Shaving
is simplest and quickest but it is true that it can
end up being awfully prickly when growing back.
However, keeping up with the shaving daily by a
quick once-over with a lady's electric shaver, will
tend to minimize the stubble. (By the way, shav-
ing doesn't really cause hair to grow back more
thickly - it's just that the blunt ends of stubble are
more obvious than the tapered ends of unshaved

to use plenty of sun screen on vacation - a bad
sunburn also looks terrible in a bathing suit!
QUESTION: Why does it take an hour to get a
lost prescription replaced?
ANSWER: According to Ms. Shelia Farmer,
our ombudsperson, all prescriptions for medica-
tion must be written by a physician, and so if you
have lost a prescription before it is filled you will,
have to see a physician to have another one issued.
While it may seem that having a prescription re-
issued is a minor request" for such a real incon-
venience to you, we feel that we must be conserva-
tive when replacing lost prescriptions. We know
how easy it is to lose a prescription. Unfortunate-
ly, for some people, a "lost" prescription may be a
coAvenient means of obtaining more sedatives or
tranquilizers than the physician feels should be
dispensed at one particular time. As any medica-
tion has the potential to be hazardous if, for ex-
ample, it is taken in greater dosages than may be
warranted by a particular illness, or at times
other than those specifically indicated, we hope
you will understand if we feel it is best to err on the
side of cautiousness when replacing lost prescrip-
We are genuinely sorry that you had to wait an
entire hour for your second prescription since we
really try to do everything that we possibly can to
minimize the waiting time of all students using the
Health Service. Generally, if you have specified
that you have come in for a refill or a lost prescrip-
tion, you will be directed to our Express Clinic
with a short waiting time. However, if you happerr
to come in on a busy day or at a busy time (e.g., 10
a.m. and 3 p.m. are always bad), you will, unfor-
tunately, have to wait to be seen as will any of our
other patients. In addition, if you wish to see,'
without an appointment, the specific physician
who issued your original prescription, your

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