THE MICHIGAN DAILY
ridoy, January 23, 19 l6
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RC teacher hits 'erosion' of innovations Explosion in grain
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means not e n o u g h people
broken in by the system,' 'not
enough institutionalized teach-
ers,' " he said. At the time of
the committee's recommenda-
tion there were two junior fac-
ulty members for every tenured
teacher, according to Egnatios.'
"That proportion is being re-
versed now," he added. "And
it introduces all the evils of the
old system back into the RC:
impersonality, rigidity, and a'
concern on the part of faculty
with publishing, prestige; and
Egnatios accused Housing Di-
rector John Feldkamp of mak-1
ing repeated attempts to wean
East Quad resident staff mem-
bers from their roles as advo-
cates for RC students.
HE QUOTED an interview he
said he had with Feldkamp in
1974 in which the Housing Di-
rector talked of a move away
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"adjustments" of the dormitory
staff toward the Housing Office
(and away from positions of
student advocacy), and a "firm-
er concentration" on "financial
However, Feldkamp yesterday
contended that he has no recol-
lection of any interview with
Egnatios, and claimed he hadt
only seen him on two occa-
sions: once in a meeting con-
cerning East Quad's snack bar,
and once in conference witht
In addition, Egnatios says,
Feldkamp attempted to havej
building directors use behavior,
modification t e c h n i q u e s on
members of the Resident Staff,
and left them with the impres-
sion that doing so would be
good for their careers.
IN RESPONSE to that charge,
Feldkamp said, "Behavior mod-
ification are two words that
aren't even in my vocabulary."
He declined comment for the
time being on all of Egnatios'
Egnatios claims that Resident
Staff and Resident Fellows were
made to feel a divided loyalty
between the students and the
bureacuracy which paid them-
to feel that standing up for stu-
dent participation was somehow
a bertyal of their employers.
"I'm not going to call this a
conspiracy," s a i d Egnatios.
"But I think that a gradual
pattern began to form itsela
gradual erosion of the princi-
ples of Residential College and
a desire to see those principles
submit to the same kind of
faceless, monolithic structure
that the rest of, the University
has to deal with."
"WHAT YOU have here is a
group of people who are saying,I
'Fuck you, we don't care about
you, we don't care about yourt
goals; East Quad is a dorm like r
other dorms and you're going'
to have rules like everybodyI
else's r u I e s'," Egnatios de-I
clared. "And what we end up-
with is a sterile, crappy, unin-c
tegrated, unexciting living ex-
Egnatios suggested that ways r
of combatting t h i s problem
right be to encourage support
for change among students andt
faculty, and to prompt the resi-
dent staff members to advocate t
student participation in the RC.(
Egnatios said he thought there
were many smpathetic people,t
espcially in LSA, who had de-t
fended the RC against' the al-s
leged attacks. He said memberst
of Acting Dean Billy Frye'sI
office were among them.i
"BUT IT'S not going to be
enough without popular sup-
port," he added. "Remember,
we're paying for this kind of
crap. Your tuition pays for it,
my taxes pay for it. And ifI
we're going tobe content with
it then we deserve everything
Reactions from Egnatios' lis-
teners varied only slightly. ;
"I think that this kind of con-
spiracy talk doesn't help the
situation," said Peter Ferran, ;
an RC faculty member, to Eg-
natios. "But in principle I agree
with you-something has to be
done about this, and quickly."
Resident Fellow Terry Gal-
lagher said, "Very few people
over there (in the Housing Of-1
fice) know much about resi-
"I THINK he
said a junior
the RC, who
named. "But he's right.. Beau- By AP and UPI
vais (Kathy Beauvais, Building ZILWAUKEE - An explo-.1
Director at East Quad) an-d sion so powerful that it show-I
Feldkamp are against the Col- ered broken concrete over anl
lege, and are undermining it area covering more than a
over decisions about the dorm." square block wrecked a 240 foot:
"Obivously those people re- tall grain elevator yesterday
gret ever creating the RC in killing at least four workers and;
the first place," said Sherri injuring another 10.
Walts, an RC student. Authorities said two workers
Professor Marc Ross, direc- were missing and another man,
tor of the RC, admitted there was trapped about 200 feet
was "some validity" to Eg above ground while rescuers at-
tios' charges of harrassment tempted to reach him.
from housing. thWe have crews out there andt
fromr housing towok o they're still searching for moreI
"We're trying to work on Ibodies," said Sgt. Frank Gra-
that," he said. He also admit- ham of the Saginaw County
ted to the gradual replacement sheriff's department.
The grain elevator,a located
between Zilwaukee and Carroll-
ton just north of Saginaw
housed two million bushels of
grain in the lower 120 foot por-
tion of the tower. The upper
120 foot portion housed a work
area and grain scales.
ALTHOUGH the cause of the
explosion was not immediately
known, officials speculated that
it may have been ignited by
grain dist in the elevator shaft.
The blast was reported at 11:15
One Farm . Bureau Services
employe, who asked not to be
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teachers, but felt it was a good
thing and, in fact, was proceed-
ing "too slowly."
"I can see how this might be}
resisted by people afraid of be-
ing eased out of their jobs," he
JOHN MEEKER, coordinator'
of academic affairs for LSA,
conceded that the RC had been
"a source of contention and cri-
ticism since its inception ten
years ago" in LSA circles. He
said recent budget cuts had
aggravated the situation.
"But I feel we still have a
good working relationship with
Residential College," he added.
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the place and apparently they
had been blown right through
the walls and the windows."
said Deputy John Dankert.
"There were other people, who
had been knocked down, walk-
ing around in a daze."
FIREMEN rescued one man
as he clung to a wall left stand-
ing after the explosion.
The blast at the Michigan
Farm Bureau Services elevator
touched off a major fire that
raged through an adjacent
warehouse and office building
in the complex located on theI
the hell out of there.' he said.
A SAGINAW County Sheriff's
deputy, one of about 40 area
police officers sent to the scene
of the explosion, said the blast
blew away about half. of' the
elevator portion of the complex
causing rubble to fall on the
north side of the adjacent build-
He said rescue workers were
hampered by cars and on-
lookers, but were able 'to
control the resulting fire quick-
ly because there was little wind.
The area around the grain
complex was later cordoned
off as rescue teams continued
their efforts. Heavy equipment
was called in to dig through the
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