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Court ruling may force the

The Michigan Daily-T
'U' prof. slated for lam

disclosure
By MARIANNE EGRI
A statewide student group won a suit
Monday for public disclosure of staff
salaries at. Michigan Technological
University in Houghton.
The case, tried under Michigan's
Freedom of Information Act, could set
a precedent for opening of salary
records at 4iis University and other
state schools.
The suit was brought by the Michigan
Higher Education Student Association
(MHESA). It went to circuit court trial
in October, 1977.
UNIVERSITY OF Michigan attorney
Roderick Daane disputed the court
ruling against Michigan Tech, saying,
"The disclosure of staff salaries would
constitute a violation of personal
privacy under the Freedom of Infor-
mation Act." He termed the case
"nothing new."
Universiy President Robben Fleming
said, "There are no immediate im-
plications (of the Michigan Tech case)
because the decision is being ap-
pealed."
The Michigan Tech Lobe, the campus
newspaper, quoted unnajmed school of-
ficials as saying the university planned
to appeal the circuit court decision.
Yesterday, however, Michigan Tech of-
ficials refused to confirm that the
school would appeal the case.
MICHLGAN TECH officials also
refused any other comment on the
ruling.
Itn July, 1972, The Michigan Daily
formally requested public disclosure of
all salary information for University of
Miehigan faculty members. The
Regents refused to release the salary
data.
Joined by the Student Government
Council, predecessor of the Michigan

of faculty salaries

tudent Assembly, The Daily filed a
suit against the 'U' for release of the
salary information. The suit was sub-
sequently dismissed.
Former MHESA President Ken
Penokie said he was pleased with
decision because it found Michigan
Tech"wrong on all points."
PENOKIE EXPRESSED disappoin-
tment that the court failed to award at-
torney's fees to MHESA on grounds
that the case was a public question.
According to Don Raby, chairman of
the state student group, the failure to
recdup legal fees might discourage
students at other state universities
from suing for disclosure of staff
salaries at their schools.
MHESA first requested access to the
Michigan Tech salary information in
March, 1976. School officials refused to
release the data, and Michigan Attor-
ney General Frank Kelley issued an
opinion stating such a disclosure would
violate privacy provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act. MHESA
then filed its suit.
Trial Judge Stephen Condon ruled
that "the requested salary records of
defendant (Michigan Tech) employes
are public record and MHESA has legal
right of access to these records."
"This is the age of accountability,"
said Condon. "The more informed our
citizens are, the better off we are.:It is a
matter of credibility-restoring public
confidence in every phase of gover-
nment."
"TECH WAS the best place to initiate
a lawsuit because we had inside info on
discrepancies,' said Don Raby. "The
president had connections, and we
knew someone on the -Board of Con-
trols."
Raby said MHESA felt that since

Michigan Tech was a public institution,
it was not an invasion of privacy to ask
for salary disclosures. "We think it's
important for a college student to know
where his money is going," said Raby.
Eric Arnson, vice-president of the
Michigan Student Assembly, said: "On
the surface, the ruling seems like a
good thing because it's good for the
general public to know what they're
paying public officials."
According to Bruce Rossman,
managing editor of the Michigan Tech
Lode, "this is a landmark decision
because Tech's paranoia to disclose in-
formation is not conducive to a good
atmosphere between students and
faculty."
Changes
likely
for LSA
diSt. plans
(Continued from Page 1)
Although the final product is "very sim-
ilar" to the subcommittee's report, ac-
cording to Subcommittee Chairman
Paul Cloke, hot debate resulted in sev-
eral changes.
Some committee members were ad-
vocating a far less flexible system than
the final proposal. History Prof. Mills
Thornton had called for a very strict
distribution plan, saying "You can't
graduate students from a college of
literature science and the arts if they
haven't been exposed to literature,
science and the arts." Thornton advo-
cated a plan closer to one rejected by
the Executive committee last year.
He was suggesting the elimination of
plan B (with nothing to replace it) and
the combination of plans A and C so that
only one plan would remain..
THOUGH THE committee's recom-
mendation does not do all the things
Thornton wanted, "almost every aspect
of the proposal is a compromise," said
Cloke.
Peak wind gusts near the center, or
eye, of a hurricane can exceed 200
miles an hour.

(Continued from Page 1)
Pleased with his nomination, San-
dalow said he will work towards
"developing the skills necessary for
being a lawyer today, increasing inter-
disciplinary offerings, and maintaining
the traditional fundamentals of legal
education."
Sandalow's nomination results from
the work of an eight-member search
committee, headed by Law Prof. Fran-
cis Allen. Allen's committee reviewed
close to 150 possible candidates since
September before passing on four
recommendations to Shapiro and
University President Robben Fleming
earlier this month.

rhursday, January 26, 1978-Page 9
deanship.
SHAPIRO SAID he was attracted b~y
Sandalow's "distinguished reputatioT
a's a legal scholar and as a teacher. t
thought he had the personal qualities to,:
lead the Law School."
A reknowned constitutional lawyer " .
Sandalow co-authored a brief filed ihii.M
the U.S. Supreme Court's pendin
Bakke case, arguing on the side of the
University of California to defend per-
ferential minority admissions at selec-
tive professional schools.
Sandalow's nomination drew praise
from students. One Law student,,,,,
currently enrolled in one of Sandalow'$
classes said he thinks "an awful lot4
him. I think he's one of the few truly,
brilliant people I've come across here.'
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Pedal.".4
Just for the
health of it.,
Get moving, America!
March 1-7. 1977 is
National Physical Education and Sport Week
Physical Education Public Information ,,
American Alliance for Health
Physical Education and Recreation
1201 16th St . N W. Washington D C 20036
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San dalow

East Quad breakfast
plIan draws criticism
(continued from Page 1)
According to Morrow, the breakfast weekday mornings for breakfast.
plan may mean "increased business for Commentingson the breakfast option
the Halfway Inn . . . people with ex- menu resident Patrick Goggin said, "I
perience have made guesses and if think it's really expensive considering
their guesses are correct the Halfway it's all snacks."
Inn won't lose money." "I've been here too long to have much
Tickets for the optional breakfast faith in people who cook," added East
deal can be purchased by East Quad Quaddie Scott Tanner. "By the time I
residents on a monthly basis. For 65 get up for my ten o'clock lunch is just at
cents per breakfast, students can 11:00,"said JillArnow.
choose from fruit or juice, toast, bagel, Ken Laferle, however disagrees. "I
English muffin or cereal, cream like to eat something when I get up. I
cheese, jelly, butter or honey, coffee, starve in the morning. There's that big
tea or milk. break between dinner and lunch."
STUDENTS MAY also use their Fax Bahr, another Quaddie who may
breakfast tickets towards any other sign up for the breakfast plan, stated
items on the Halfway Inn's regular "Breakfast is my favorite meal. I
breakfast menu. Even before the always have, eaten a big breakfast until
breakfast option was instituted last I got here and it was a big disappoin-
week, the Halfway Inn has been open tment."
* -hifas&/nfffos Power
SPEAKERS:
DR. RICHARD MOUW
Prof. of Philosophy, Calvin College
MR. WES M/CHAEISON
/ Managing Editor, "Sojourners "
"Who's Got the Power?" Fri. Jon. 27-8 p.m.
MODERN LANGUAGE BUILDING, Lecture Rm. 2
"What Are the Possibilities?" Sat. Jan. 28, 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
CAMPUS CHAPEL, 1236 Washtenaw Ct.
Morning Worship Services Sun. Jan. 29
CAMPUS CHAPEL, 1236 Washtenaw Ct.
/ UNIVERSITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1001 E. Huron/
. Sponsored by Campus Chapel and University Reformed Church
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Muriel Humphrey
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(Continued from Page 1)
holding the positipn only to Novem-
ber, Perpich said Tuesday he would
make no offers with such conditions
attached.
MRS. HUMPHREY, whose hus-
band served 23 years in the Senate,
said she believed she could "help
complete some of the very important
legislative business that Hubert had
hoped to finish." Humphrey was
closely associated with the pending
Humphrey-Hawkins bill that, sets as
goal keeping the nation's unemploy-
ment rate at four per dent or lower.
The appointment scrambles the
1978 political picture in Minnesota. If
Mrs. Humphrey seeks election, it
would put other Democratic-Farmer-
Labor contenders in an uncomfort-
able position because of her popular-
ity. Republican challengers also
could find it tough to run against the
memory of Hubert Humphrey and
his widow.
Rep. Donald Fraser had already
announced he would seek the Demo-
cratic nomination for Humphrey's
seat, apparently assuming Mrs.
Humphrey would play only a care-
taker role until November. Other
Democratic - Farmer - Labor candi-
dates are expected to emerge if Mrs.
Humphrey does not run.
THE APPOINTMENT means nei-
ther of Minnesota's U.S. senators
was elected. Wendell Anderson
stepped down as governor 13 months
ago and had himself appointed to the
Senate by Perpich, his lieutenant
governor. Anderson succeeded Vice
President Walter Mondale and will
seek a full six-year term in Novem-
ber.

Mrs. Humphrey's popularity could
ease Anderson's own election bid this
year, because critics who want to
attack his appointment would have to
mention Mrs. Humphrey's in the
same breath.
Mrs. Humphrey said she had been
urged by Mondale to take the
appointment. Mondale said of Mrs.
Humphrey, "No one is better suited
to carry on the great Humphrey
tradition of service to the people of
Minnesota or of the nation."
AIDES OF Perpich said that both
Mondale and President Carter urged
him to appoint a Humphrey succes-
sor who would be "supportive" of the
Carter administration on issues such
as the energy bill and the Panama
Canal treaties. Mrs. Humphrey de-
clined to say how she would vote on
the treaties.
In her acceptance statement, Mrs.
Humphrey said: "It has been a great
honor to be part of the public life of
Minnesota and its people. Hubert and
I always have had gratitude in our
hearts for the opportuynity you have
given us to serve and work with you."
BLACK GRADUATE
ALLIANCE FORUM
"HOW TO SURVIVE
AT MICHIGAN"
RACKHAM,
E. Conference Room
FRIDAY, January 27
4-6 p.m.
Office of Minority Affairs
Rackham Student Government

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NOON LUNCHEON
Homemade Soup and Sandwiches 50C
Friday, Jan. 27
with PHIL KREITNER
"Food Coops:
Problems and Prospects,
at GUILD HOUSE
802 MONROE corner of Oakland)
SALE
Still in Progress
Men's Formal Wear
from our rental inventory
Dinner Jackets $15 to $50
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