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e1ie Air4ian Dalig
Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, M i 48109


Sunday, February 13, 1977

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

Searching for the
University's future

Robben Fleming steps to
podium of the Rackham Audi-
torium tomorrow evening to dis-
cuss the University's future, he
will speak, no doubt, of heady
prospects and great goals. Presi-
dent Fleming, who has served
with distinction, will be sure to
have much to say that is worth
deep consideration. It will be an
important address.
But the occasion of his speech
calls for a reappraisal of goals
on our part as well, and they
may differ significantly from
those of President Fleming. He
will speak on the role of the
University of the future, but we
find it necessary to review the
valuable notions we have left
somewhere in the past.
*In recent decades, the Uni-
versity has sprung like the pro-
verbial beanstalk to a position
undreamed of by its founders.
It stands as a premier Ameri-
can university. But much of that
reputation stems from the Uni-
versity's mere size, from the
hugeness of its graduate and un-.
dergraduate schools, from its
wealthy endowment for research.
The exciting sense of growth has "a
become a dismaying sense of
bloatedness. With that bloated-
ness, we have grown tired of .
getting along with the bureau-
cracy; and many of us look with 'h
only cynicism at the years we
spend in Ann Arbor.
The warmth of the Ann Ar-
bor/University community is
diminishing. Its physical heri-
tage is threatened by the demo-
lition of buildings such at Wa-
terman/B a r b o u r Gymnasium.
The size of the University forcesf
us into isolation, and too many
faces on the Diag are strange.A
The pressures of the world
awaiting us have forced too <
great a commitment to vocation-
al education; we must remem-
ber the value of learning for the
richness it can provide in too
specialized a world.
HE PRIORITIES of the state '
government in Lansing are
in danger of siifting away from
higher education. It Is the re-
sponsibility of Richard Kennedy,
vice-president for state rela-
tions, to ensure that Governor
Milliken and the legislature do
not forget' the importance of
the University's strength.
Academic leaders, such as
Dean Billy Frye of LSA; mustx
remember the stake undergradu-
ates hold in the institution.
Teaching in too many depart-
ments rests too heavily upon
teaching assistants, Arid too
many professors put publica-
tion before instruction.
Budget cuts have set John
Feldkamp's housing office scur-
rying for ways to cut costs, and
our freshpersons and sophomores
in the dormitories are finding
the rug pulled out from under
Will President Fleming speak ~
of these things tomorrow night?
ft Is unlikely. Yet they must be
on the minds of the University's L
leaders. It is close to too late.;

Editorial Staff
t'o-Editors-in -Chief
KEN cARSIGIAN ..........Editorial Director
Managing Editors

Wilson sentenced
ney makes the recommen-
dation that I imprison you for
life," Circuit . Court Judge
Patrick Conlin told convicted
murderer Ricky Wayne Wilson
in a quiet Ann Arbor courtroom
Thursday morning. "He consid-
ers you to be nothing more or
nothing less than a hit man."
Conlin didn't follow the sug-
gestion; he sentenced Wilson to
20 to 40 years in prison bringing
to a tentative close a heart-
breaking story. of desperation
and death. Wilson, a 20-year-
old Kentuckian, confessed last
month to shooting to death Jean-
nine Boukai in the Arboretum
last September 30. The two were
friends. Boukai, said to be a
heavy user of hard drugs and
to harbor a desire for death, of-
fered Wilson her motorcycle and
$50 to kill her. According to Wil-
son, she pleaded "Shoot me!
Shoot me!" That night in the
Arb, as they took a walk, he did.
Was Wilson merely a hit man?
Conlin said Boukai's "contract"
offer cannot be ignored. ButWil-
son, with wrenching self-search-
ing, has declared that the offer
had nothing to do with the slay-
ing, that he cannot understand
why he shot Jeannine Boukai.,
She had badgered him time af-
ter time to kill her, he explain-
ed, and he finally just. said,
"What the hell?"
One feels pain for the tragic
figure of the young woman who
is dead. But there is also a
sense of shocked pity for Wilson,
whose incredibly amoral act
has shattered his' life, and left
him struggling to understand.
He leaves a young, pregnant
wife behind. Should he serve his
sentence, which his attorney will
probably appeal next month, he
will be eligible for parole in
Program cuts
A NY MORNING NOW, the stu-
dents in the University's
Population Planning and Speech
Pathology programs may wake
up without a major.
Because of budget problems in

both departments, "major aca-
demic weaknesses" in the Pop-
ulation Planning Department
(PPD), and some undisclosed
problems in the Speech Patholo-
gy program, the deans residing
over each area of study have re-
commended that the depart-
ments be terminated.
School of Public Health Dean
Richard Remington, who, along
with the school's executive com-
mittee, recommended the pop-
ulation planning department's
closing, predicts a "tailored pro-
gram" for each of the 61 stu-
dents working toward graduate
degrees in that department.
Nevertheless, Remington's re-
commendation, which will be
considered by the Regents in
March, has sparked more than
a flicker of controversy.rt
The (review) procedure was
unethical and unprofessional,"
charged Diani Gurieva, presi-
dent of the PPD Student Asso-
ciation. And an open letter from
the department faculty chides
Remington for "the secrecy with
which he has surrounded this
matter after leading us to be-
lieve that other actions were
being taken."
Similar opposition is mount-
ing in the Speech Pathology
Department of the Medical
School, where students have be-
gun organizing to save the pro-
gram, protesting that Dean John
Gronvall's termination recom-
mendation was based on out-
dated information.
Although Gronvall refuses to
reveal what specific problems
in the program prompted his re-
commendation, financial diffi-
culties in the Medical School
are a factor.
Vice - President for Academic
Affairs Frank Rhodes is now
reviewing the situation and will
make a final recommendation to
the Regents in several months.
AFSCME talks
J'OR A DAY OR two last week
it looked like the campusa
might have to buckle down and
weather the effects of workers
from the American Federation
of State, County, and Municipal
Employes (AFSCME) Local 1583

walking off their University
jobs. The union, trying to nego-
tiate its fourth contract with the
University, has held firm for the
issue of promotion practices.
Until the bargaining teams fin-
ally came up with a compro-
mise on Thursday, it looked like
the union might be takings its
February 15 strike deadline ser-
AFSCME has complained bit-
terly that their contract allows
the University too free a hand
in hiring: whenever a vacancy
appears, the union contends, the
administration hires a replace-
ment from outside of the union,
and AFSCME doesn't like it.
The sides reached a compro-
mise Thursday - the substance
of which they did not disclose
- and now they'll haggle over
economic issues. But the union
appears to have taken a as-
toundingly sympathetic view of
the University's financial prob-
lems, and its leaders have chos-
en to make the push for non-
economic gains and leave the
University to cry alone over its
dwindling coffers.
An AFSCME strike would in-
furiate the University. Repre-
senting custodians, maintenance
workers, food service staffers
and others, the union is the larg-
est on campus and provides ser-
vices without which the Univer-
sity simply cannot get along
easily. But bargainers on both
sides expected talks to be fruit-
ful, and a settlement early this,
week seems likely.
A co-ed dilemma
JT APPEARS AS though resi-
dents in East Quad and
Alice Lloyd dormitories would
rather switch than fight.
Although co-ed bathrooms
have been common features of
both dorms for a couple of
years now, a recent Daily ar-
ticle about them has created a
whole new flurry of opposition
to co-mingling in the johns and
caused dorm residents to vote
against continuation of the prac-
While co-ed bathrooms are
clearly in violation of Univer-


sity policy and may even re-
sult' in the termination of a stu-
dent's dormintory lease, Lloyd
and East Quad citizens took up
the practice as a matter of con-
venience. Because the dorms
were built before the innovation
of co-ed halls, there is usually
only one bathroom to service an
entire hall causing men on a
once all-female corridor to
trudge a- ways to the nearest
male facility. So, why not share
and share alike, they decided.
But now, increased pressure
from the powers that be are
causing the sexes to retreat to
their separate quarters.
"When the Regents authoriz-
ed co-ed corridors it was on
the committment of the students
to keep the bathrooms separ-
ate," barked University Presi-
dent Robben Fleming. "I think
these students are failing to
keep the committment made by
their predecessors."
But students have renewed
the committment now because,
in the words of one Lloyd staff
members, "It's not a big issue
here on the hall but I certainly
don't want my life put on the
line because of it."
Lettuce decision
IN WHAT SEEMS to be the
final chapter in the on-
again, off-again lettuce boycott
saga, the University Housing
Council (UHC) voted last week
to continue the dormitory sys-
tem's five-year boycott of non-
union lettuce.
Although a December advis-
ory referendum from dorm
dwellersfavored :an end to the
boycott, the UHC has twice vot-
ed to bypass their wishes. The
second affirmative vote, cast
last Sunday, will be taken as a
directive by the University
Housing Office.
Markley representative Mike
Synk, who is one of eight UHC
members who voted against the
will of the dorm residents, did
what he did because "we've
been supporting them (UFW)
all along.''
"People in Markley don't
really know what's going on

with the UFW . . . (but) if I sit
down and talk for a half hour
with people who complain about
the boycott, then they under-
stand," he said.
But according to UHC repre-
sentative Barry Lippitt, voting;
yes on the boycott is no way to
make friends in the dorm.
"The council members who
voted to continue the boycott ig-
nored their responsibilities,"
charged Lippitt. "Their decision
can only aggravate growing dis-
satisfaction . . . with student
And student government can
hardly afford any more of that.
A new nominee
man "who has his com-
plete trust" to be director of the
CIA last Monday. He no doubt is
praying that the Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence can
match his faith in Admiral
Stansfield Turner, commander-
in-chief of the armed forces in
southern Europe.
For the President cannot eas-
ily sustain another wound from
the Senate committee on the
matter of the CIA directorship.
With the rejection of Theodore
Sorensen last month, the com-
mittee made Carter look weak
and his judgment shaky. Soren-
sen's withdrawal from consider-
ation at the last moment saved
the Georgian from great em-
barassment on the eve of his
Turner appears to be a good
man. A Rhodes scholar and a
classmate of Carter at Annapo-
lis, he was referred to by Car-
ter as "a military person who
in the future could be the next
George M arshall," the Army
chief-of-staff who became Sec-
retary of State under Truman.
That's probably the sound of
Jimmy Carter getting carried
away. At anyrate, what is re-
quired of Turner is a thorough
house - cleaning at the CIA, a
sound reordering of priorities,
and to get the hell out of domes-
tic affairs in the U.S. Sorensen
would nave aone such a po.
Perhaps Turner can too.

President Robben Fleming

LSA Dean Billy Frye.



the Daily

ice-President Richard Kennedy

capital punishment
To The Daily:
RE "TO THE RIGHT, MARCH" by Chuck Anesi
(2/8/'77): Morality is not public mandate. At various
times- in our history there has been general approval
of slavery, of massacring Native Americans and of
relegating women to an inferior position in society.
But public approval did not, make these things right.
Today, public approval of capital punishment does
not make it right.
That a "solid majority" of Americans favor the
death penalty shows not our wisdom but our naivete.
The same fast answer philosophy of expedience that
brought us three hundred million gallons of radioactive
effluvium now brings us the out-of-sight, out-of-mind
cure for the sickness of society. Unfortunately, merely
alleviating the symptom does not cure the disease. It
allows it to grow worse through neglect,
DAILY WRITER CHUCK ANESI argues that public
demand for capital punishment demonstrates its "use-
ful social function." According to a recent Harris Sur-
vey, most Americans would favor capital punishment
even if it were proven that the death penalty did not
deter crime. The "social function" served thereby is
not justice but revenge, not freedom from crime but
In, response to an argument that innocent people
may be executed, Mr. Anesi claims: ". . . they are
the price we have to pay. .. '." I wonder if innocent
Mr. Anesi would be willing to be the price paid.
Laurence Kahn
February 8
look it up
To The Daily:
I AGREE WITH the philosophy regarding freedom
of the press as expressed in your editorial on Feb-
ruary 10.
However, I take exception to your paraphrased
quotation from an "American patriot." One version
of this statement is "I disapprove of what you say,
but I will defend to the death your right to say it,"
and it is attributed to Voltaire, a Frenchman who
died in 1778.
While I do not doubt that some American patriot
at some time repeated this remark, I would like to
suggest that you heed the following quote from an
American teacher who once said, "It only takes a
minute to look it up."
Charles Ellis
February 10 e
To The Daily:
STU McCONNELL'S ARTICLE about the attempt
of Jimmy Carter to repeat the success of FDR was.
one of insight and thought as to our current political
situation, and the man whom we have made its head.
Mr. McConnell, however, does show a lack of under-
standing of FDR's use of media.
In 1932, radio was no "weak link" tying the coun-
try together. In fact, it was the single most power-

directly with the people via radio., If it doesn't sound
impressive now, it was back in 1932. But figures say
it better: during 1934, when FDR declared a "bank
holiday," one of his fireside chats garnered 120 mil-
lion listeners at a time when there were only 40 mil-
lion radio sets in America! How many people watched
Carter last Wednesday?
The other important point contributing to radio's
power in the early Thirties was the distinctive lack
of "media choices." Today we are bombarded by all
types of media; back in 1932 there was no television,
records were not the force they are today, and the
motion picture was something you had to go to see.
But radio had a captive and interested audience. And
the radio audience used its imagination. You didn't see
FDR, you heard him. So you drew your own picture
of him from his confident, sonorous voice. You didn't
need to see a sweater, a fireplace, or a toothy grin
to get the message.
Maybe it was all those imaginations that FDR had
going for him, that no other president has ever had,
before or since.
G. Ludwig Laudisi
February 4
To The Daily:
THANKS FOR RUNNING the story on January
26 on the Co-op Council, fraternities and sororities. We
at ICC appreciate the exposure.
A few corrections are in order. First, membership
in the Inter-Cooperative Council is around 580, not 520.
Second, our charges this winter range from $135 to
$145. Third, these charges are not "rent," but rent,
utilities, phone, food, household supplies, laundry, news-
papers and magazines, and parties. Fourth and most
important, the co-ops are not "by far the cheapest way
to live on campus." These are several rooming houses
less expensive than co-ops to live in. There are houses
for rent at a lower per person charge. A surprising
number of students find cheap housing in attics, boiler
rooms and large closets.
Money is only part of the cost of living in a co-op.
Another part of the bargain is time spent in various
work activities, which can range from cooking to keep-
ing books. Each member is committed to approximate-
ly four hours of work each week.
Dan Wilder
ICC Membership Secy.
North Campus Division
February 2
Pierce pot-shots

dent - except, by an
congressional general

through the state legislature in December to plug that
loophole in the law,"a recount could have taken place
without any fuss. But Republican support was needed,
and Pursell refused to give the OK which would have
given the bill bipartisan support.

titude has been that he would rather, just be a con-
gressman than to find out for sire who really won
the race. It has been the attitude of a cynical pro-
fessional politico, hardly what you would expect of a
man who had the gall to call himself "Mr Integrity"
during the campaign.
Dr. Pierce; on the other hand, has cated with re-
straint during the ordeal. He could have opposed Pur-
sell's seating in the House in light of the highly ques-
tionable nature of the election outcome. Instead, to en-
sure the district continual representation, he has pur-
sued the matter quietly and with an intention only to
discover who the actual winner was.
The fact that Carl Pursell would distort this mat-
ter is not at all surprising. His entire campaign strate-
gy, or course, was to distort the record and policies of
Ed Pierce. What is surprising is that The Daily would
let him get away with it without giving the slighted
person a chance to respond.
George Hastings
January 30
good grammar
To The Daily:
IN A SMALL BOX on your editorial page one reads,
from day unto day, that "the Daily reserves the right
to edit letters for length and grammar." There's a
gratifying, constitutional sort of ring to that whole
reservation, of"which only the grammar part is in-
The right to edit for grammar may be, for all one
knows, among the inalienable ones - wherefore re-
serving it would be an obligation of yours, as in "the
least that you can do." Like, say, the pursuit of hap-
piness, such a right means different things to dif-
ferent folks - wherefore asserting it would be capri-
cious for all but the wisest of editors.
It can't be your meaning that in editing for gram-
mar you will defend your readers against the creative
spelling or frolicsome punctuating of your correspond-
ents. If it were your meaning, you would say so.
NOR CAN ONE BELIEVE that editing "for gram-
mar" is your euphemism for petty censorship - for
deleting, say, taboo locutions, In these parts, some
rights are more inalienable than others. Should little,
old Daily-reading persons in Peoria or Dubuque re-
serve a right to take offense - well, shucks, that is
(in words they would understand) tough apples.
Surely you wouldn't claim a right to mess with
your correspondents' actual grammar. Or would you?
And if you did, which editor's own grammar will be
the norm - as editors (with sundry dialects) come
and go, as that same right goes on being reserved
from day unto day, in that silly little box on your
editorial page.

unfortunate quirk in the law, for
elections. Had a bill been passed

ousing Director John Feldkamp
Ezabeth Slowik, Torn Stevens, Jim Stimpson,
Mike Taylor, Pauline Toole, Mark wagner, Sue
Warner, Shelley W(isnn, Mike Yellin, Laurie
Ycung and Barb Zahs.
Bmi,,ess Staff
'JtBORAH DREYFUSS ........ Business Manager
KATHLEEN MULHERN Ass't. Adv. Coordinator
DAVID HARLAN ..... ... ...... Finance Manager
DON SIMPSON ............ . . Sales Manager
PETE PETERSEN .... Advertising Coordinator
CASSIE ST. CLAIR......... Circulation Manager
BETH STRATFORD......Circulation Director
Photography Staff
PVTLINE LUBENS.Chief Photographer
ALAN BILINSKY............. Picture Editor
BRAi) BENJAMIN ..........Staf Photographer
ANDY FREEBERG .Staff Photographer
CHRISTINA SCHNEIDR. ....Staff Photographer
rihnrty C /R, ff

To The Daily:
I WAS SURPRISED to see in the Daily's Sunday
Magazine on Jan. 30, that Jeff Ristine allowed a cheap-
shot artist like Carl Pursell to make derogatory com-
ments concerning Dr.,Ed Pierce, without giving Pierce
the change to respond.
It seems that Pursell thinks that Ed Pierce is some
sort of a "poor sport" for pursuing his efforts to get
a recount after Pursell was sworn in as congressman
in the aftermath of their near dead-heat election bat-
tle for the House of Representatives.

.-I -I.-

LOIS JOSp MOVICH.. . ................Art Editor

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