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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 101 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, February 1, 1978 Ten Cents 8 Pages

UD or-M? Prof

makes his choice

Claiming controversial course mate-
rial has put him on the bad side of the
University administration, history
Prof. Leslie Owens yesterday announ-
ced he will take a leave of absence from
the University to teach full-time at the
University of Detroit.
"I regret having to discontinue
teaching my classes here," Owens told
one of his classes yesterday morning.
"But I have an obligation to my studen-
ts in Detroit who are primarily black,
and I just won't give that up."
LAST WEEK, the University told
Owens-who had been teaching full-
time at U-D and at the University-that
he would have to stop receiving full

salaries from both institutions. Accor-
ding to the Michigan State Ap-
propriations Act, a teacher cannot be
fully employed by more than one
university, and University regulations
prohibit paying the salary of anyone
who holds more than one full-tiqie ap-
Owens, by teaching history courses
several days a week at U-D while
carrying several history and Afro-
Ameican studies classes here, violates
both of those rules. But the professor
has repeatedly hinted the ad-
ministration has other reasons for for-
cing him to make a decision.
"Legally, the administration is right
as far as I understand the situation," he

'Ijust can't compromise principle.'
-Prof. Leslie Owens
'I personally don't think he (Owens) was being
fair with us.'

ACCORDING TO Owens, the Univer-
sity spent far too much time waiting to
issue its decision:
"When I realized there could be some
difficulty, I asked the administration to
make a decision by Jan. 6 before school
started," he said. "I just don't under-
stand what took so long."
But University President Robben
Fleming - who, with Vice President
for Academic Affairs Harold Shapiro,
was responsible for the ultimatum -
denied Owens' allegations.
"From the time I knew of it, the de-
cision was made very quickly," Flem-
ing said,

Several of Owens' students criticized
him for keeping them in the doubt about
the controversy.
"I personally don't think he was
being fair with us," said one student.
"Up until today," she added, "we
knew nothing about his dealings with
other schools. Everyone was grumbling
about it - all the talk about the class
cancelling -- but he wouldn't', tell
Literary College (LSA) Dean Billy
Frye said "contigency plans" are being
made to fill the vacancy, but didn't
specify whether another professor
would be appointed to teach Owens'
classes. The professor will receive com-
pensation from the University, Frye

said. "But this is a matter of principle,
and I just can't compromise principle."
Students in Owens' Civil Rights cour-
se said Owens told the class that there

was still sentiment among some high-
ranking administrators against the
black movement and the teaching of a
course related to it.

Dorm staff positions
could be eliminated

Strapped by bud
sity Housing Offic
dormitory resider
charge room and
maining next fall.
Resident advise
to pay nearly $125
year's proposed d
room and board. I
pay no dorm fees.
ting director of
chances are "bett

ARD BERKE of the proposed cutba
tuted, although he is c
iget woes, the Univer- alterations" will be m
e may squeeze out 24 Office - "planning f
nt staff positions and cording to Hughes-
I board to those re- financial status by late
"I'm sorry to seet
rs (RAs) would have said. "I feel our (dor
- the amount of next provides an extremely
Jorm rent hike - for tion - not only for fr
'he 300 RAs at present tion, but for academ
social advising fors
o Robert Hughes, ac- dence halls."
University housing, Dorm staff cuts wou
er than 50-50" that all tidns in Markley, sic in

Chavez calls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An organ-
ized boycott that kept some Cali-
fornia wines off the liberal cocktail
party circuit for more than four
years and drew support from politi-
cians and trade unionists was called
to a halt yesterday by Cesar Chavez.
The leader of the United Farm
Workers Union said boycotts against
California's lettuce, table-grape and
wine industries were no longer
CHAVEZ said he was stopping the
boycotts because of the effectiveness
of a state law enacted in 1975 that
provides for secret ballot elections on
whether farm workers want a union
to represent them.
More than 550 such elections have
been held. Chavez's union holds
contracts with 117 growers and is

negotiating with 100
victories in certific
Chavez's announ
headquarters in KE
north of Los Angel
second round of prot
bitter boycotts headE
matic union leader
boycotts ended with
the announced goal
formed by Chavez t
ing conditions for m
"THE Agriculturz
tions Act is alive ai
Chavez said in his
California, farm we
places are now able
union of their choice;
bargaining table to
their employers."

acks will be insti- one position apiece in Stockwell,
ertain that "some Mosher-Jordan, and Fletcher Halls.
lade. The Housing These cuts primarily involve RAs, but
or the worst," ac- include some resident fellow and resi-
- will know its dent director positions. The remaining
e spring. resident director positions would be un-
this happen," he affected by the proposed budget
m resident) staff changes.
y important func-
reshman orienta- HUGHES, WHO WAS once a South
ic, personal and Quad RA himself, estimates the
students in resi- average dorm student-staff ratio is cur-
rently 41-1.
uld affect 15 posi- The sudden consideration of these
n West Quad, and cutbacks comes at a time when the
Housing Office is confronted with in-
creasing financial troubles. Beginning
with .the present term, total salary fun-
o f f ds for dorm staff members affected by
o the new federal minimum wage level
are raised an additional $7,000 per se-
In addition, the Housing Office is ex-
pecting reduced support from the Uni-
versity's general fund, which faces its
own soaring budget demands. Hughes
said he hopes the general fund support
more following decrease will not be more than $100,000.
,ation elections.
cement at his MOREOVER, since dorm operating
eene, 120 miles costs are expected to increase by 7.4
les, capped. the per cent next year, the University -
racted and often which provides free room and board for
d by the charis- many residence hall employees - faces
reMost of the even greater monetary losses.
achievement of
s of the UFW, The 24 staff position cuts were
o improve work- actually meant to be staff shifts from
igrant laborers. dorm to dorm in order to equalize
student-staff ratio inequalities across
al Labor Rela- campus. However, Housing Office
nd functioning," officials subsequently decided that
statement. "In cutting the positions entirely would
orkers in some be a good idea to cut costs, Hughes
to vote for the said.
and come to the To cut expenses in the Housing
negotiate with Office, Hughes said he also plans to
leave positions vacant as employes
quit rather than cut personnel or
4A reduce salaries.
i O ON A SMALLER scale, the Hous-
ing Office also may begin charging
boarding fees for spouses of resident
Ite directors. Currently,uthere are less
1 than ten such cases.
ato Br Ed Dorm staff members reacted nega
y that rtueHOA tively to the proposed cutbacks,
being extended calling them unreasonable.
"If we have to charge RAs, it
the negotiations wouldn't be worth it to be an RA,"
dmitting officer said Angela Reed, a Markley resi-
facility, parking
s and residents. See DORM, Page 8

Doily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
These persons marched in a protest sponsored by the "Ad Hoc Committee Against Debate with Apartheid Murderers" outside
the Rackham building last night. Inside, members of the South African embassy in Washington addressed listeners as part
of the four-day forum on South Africa.


Protests disrupt forum

on stocks i n S.A

Bargaining exe

on nurses
Negotiators for the University and
members of the University of Michi-
gan Professional Nurses Council
(UMPNC) agreed yesterday to ex-
tend the council's present contract to
Feb. 28.
The contract was originally set to
expire Dec. 31 but had been extended
to midnight last night.
UNIVERSITY bargaining team
member John Forsyth said last night
that the two sides still have several
issues to resolve but are making
"slow but sure progress."
UMIPNC negotiator Margo Barron
said the nurses' demands center
around securing higher wages, better
patient care and an improved work
The council represents over 800
non-supervisory nurses on campus
who provide the bulk of nursing care

tration (VA) Hospital
University negotia
wards said yesterda
contract is currently
on a day-to-day basis.
Unsettled issues int
include pay for the a
of the day at the VA C
privileges for interns

Demands from pro- and anti -apar-
theid groups prompted a panel discus-
sion to break down into a two-man
debate while protests both inside and
outside RackhamAuditorium constan-
tly disrupted the forum on South Africa
last night.
About 60 persons picketed the third
event of the University "Forum on Cor-
porate Investment in South Africa,"
delaying by about half an hour the
debate between Deon Erasmus of the
South African Consulate in New York
and Fred Dubey, a representative from

the African National Congress.
ORIGINALLY, the event was
scheduled to include two represen-
tatives from the South African gover-
nment, a member of the African
National Congress, and a University
faculty member.
Communication throughout the day.
between the South African Consulate in
New York, the African National
Congress and the organizers of the
forum resulted in the compromise
solution of a two-man debate.
Groups opposed to South Africa's
apartheid policies formed a united
front-the "Ad Hoc Committee Against

Debate with Apartheid Murderers"
for the purpose of picketing outside
Rackham last night. Demonstrators
chanted "U of M, USA, out of South
Africa right away."
THE AD HOCCommittee included
members of the Spartacus Youth
League (SYL), the Washtenaw County
Coalition Against Apartheid (WCCAA),
the Clericals for Democratic Union,
and the Committee for a Militant
Graduate Employees Organization.
The debate, scheduled to begin at 8:00
p.m., was delayed by protest inside the
auditorium when Erasmus was in-
About twenty members, all SYL
members, began chanting "Avenge
Soweto--sm ash apartheid." The group
walked through the crowd and collecte
near the exit. Five minutes later they
walked out. Other members of the Ad
Hoc Committee remained for the
"WE DON'T believe in debating
them, and they (the WCCAA) obviously
do," said Mitch Wright, a SYL
spokesman, explaining the breakdown
of the original group of protesters.
"What they do by attending is lend

a aau acaau aa~ .

Concession in the Second Ward

Citing the ward's long tradition of
Democratic strength, city Republi-
cans are apparently conceding the
Second Ward City Council seat to
incumbent Democrat Earl Greene.
With Democrats and Socialist Hu-
man Rights Party (SHRP) members

sible, just as a Democratic win in the
Third Ward is impossible. I just
couldn't find a candidate. No one
expressed interest."
Greene, who was elected in 1976,
concurred with Gudenau about the
futility of a Rcbublican candidacy in'

has brought about a philosophical
awareness in this town for many,
many years. It's primarily because
of age bracket or the student popula-
tion and the University influence in
the ward."
Greene, 41, has lived in Ann Arbor

bureaucracy is more permanent than
the council." Greene said he wants
representatives of the public to have
more influence on city policy.
"If I felt wonderful and comfort-
able about how Council functions, it
would be time to quit, I think," he
Although he is the only candidate in
the wanrdei' IeDtinn (Gree~ne mns nvn

city elections '78


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