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(Johnson decides to certify MSA elections
(Continued from Page 1)'
that the SDO would work with the reviewing the fiscal policy and president, said he feels the election dinary reaction," said Johnson of the
student group in the future. procedures of MSA," said Johnson. process needs to be changed, but did not Regents' request for an administrative
He said MSA experiences difficulties PAC spokesman Jim Sullivan said agree with Johnson's proposed decision on certifying the election.
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with. its structure to carry out ac-
tivities" and has problems with "fiscal
management." Johnson also said CSJ
is "part of the process, structures, and
procedures within MSA that really need
to be looked at."
Johnson said he will continue to hold
funds for MSA - which are obtained
through an annual student assessment
of $2.92 - in receivership until he issues
a comprehensive report on the assem-
bly. He said he plans to present the
report to the Regents by their Decem-
ber 1979 meeting.
"I CANNOT risk the integrity of
student government - the dollars of the
students at the University - without

he objects to Johnson's decision to
review MSA in the fall.
"I'm sure he's going to review the
student organization process," said
Sullivan. "To the extent he's going to
tell them how to operate, he might as
well take over the whole damn student
"MSA HAS TOO much money and is
starting to become too effective (for the
administration) to be comfortable with
us," said Sullivan.
Sullivan said he plans to speak at the
public comments portion of the Regen-
ts' May meeting about "how Johnson's
decision was made."
Eric Arnson, last year's MSA

"IF HE'S GOING into monetary
reform, he's clearly getting into areas
that I don't feel are warranted," said
Johnson claimed he did not want to
intervene in the student decision-
making process, but that it became
necessary in this case.
"I don't want to run MSA," said
Johnson. "Frankly, MSA has had a
sandbox mentality for years. This past
year was an excellent year for MSA,
but this election was the straw that
broke the camel's back."
"I think the Regents took an extraor-
dinary action in response to an extraor-

( AAne report almost read
(Continued from Page 1) t
Sullivan Principles or an equivalent sales of goods or services to the South a faculty member of SACFA. He said he
system of standards; and African government or persistatals favors selective divestment based on
" sell goods or services to the South (government-owned corporations), or the extent of the companies' in-
African government or government- implementation rather than just affir- volvement in South Africa.
owned corporations. mation of the Sullivan Principles.
The tentative report also recommen- LONGE SAID she could not support
ds the University terminate business "WE WANT IT very clear that if a complete divestment and cited incon-
dealings with banks that make loans to company doesn't comply with the sistencies among several points. "I do
the South African government and Sullivan Principles or the equivalent, feel it is a set of recommendations that
government-owned corporations; they can be divested," McClenney said enforces (last year's resolution) and
9 divest itself of bond holdings accor- after the meeting. She noted that a cor- expands it," she said. It maintains
ding to same criteria specified for poration can claim it affirms the prin- "moral commitment by the University
stockholdings; ciples, yet not actually follow them. of Michigan," she added..
" not purchase stocks or bonds in "To agree is one thing, to implement is
corporations or banks doing business in another," she said. A selective divestment policy "gives
Ssouth Africa; us a chance to make a political
" give preference when adding to the Confusion over the role and intent of statement again and again," SACFA
University investment portfolio to the the committee appeared to delay ap- member Physics Prof. Arthur Rich
stocks and bonds of corporations or proval of a final report. Some members said. Divestment in itself by the
banks which have ceased business expressed exasperation over the slow University would have little economic
operations in South Africa. speed of the proceedings. Committee effect on the corporations, he stressed.
THE TENTATIVE resolution also members agreed there were basic in- But by publicizing divestment, the
calls for the establishment of a South consistencies in the draft that had to be University may have a political and
African investment advisory commit- reconsidered before a final vote on the moral impact, according to Rich.
tee composed of faculty, student, and report could be taken. As the meeting neared adjournment
administration members. at 5 p.m. yesterday, McClenney com-
These points are still under con- The committee engaged in heated mented, "We've BS'd for two hours."
sideration and will be discussed further discussion concerning the degree of "This is an extreme divestment
at the May 24 meeting. divestment to recommend to the position," Longe said. She suggested
According to SAACFA student mem- Regents. that the members carefully consider
ber Yvonne McClenney, the March The primary problem with the the draft and be prepared to vote at the
1978, SAACFA report to the Regents did resolution is its implementation accor- next meeting "or we'll be here for five
not deal with the question of corporate ding to Engineering Prof. A. N. Dingle, yedrs."

Prof to study
wind systems
David Rea, University professor of
geological oceanography, will study the
geologic history of the global wind
systems during the past 65 million
Supported by a $115,000 National
Science Foundation grant, the two-year
program is being carried out with
researchers at the University of Rhode
Island Graduate School of
The theory being tested, according to
Rea, is that "over long periods of time
stronger winds, somewhat like faster
rivers, should carry more and larger
particles. This wind-blown dust is made
up of very small grains of different
minerals that fall into the ocean and
settle to the bottom, along with other
sedimentary materials."
Rea will analyze ocean-floor
sediment samples from drilling cores
collected in the North Pacific Ocean by
the Deep-Sea Drilling Project.
He will look for "any changes in the
size of the dust particles and in their
rate of accumulation that may have oc-
curred during Cenozoic time, a period
of geologic time spanning the past 65
million years.
"Stronger winds should also stir the
ocean surface waters more vigorously,
resulting in an increased supply of
nutrients for the plankton living there,"
he says. "The fossil remains of these
plankton, therefore, should also in-
crease in abundance during periods of
stronger winds." This aspect of the
problem is being studied at the Univer-
sity of Rhode Island.
Eventually, the project researchers
"hope to determine when the global
wind systems became stronger or
weaker, what might have caused those
changes, and what the consequences of
the changes were for the overall
climate of our planet."

Report says
(Continued from Page 1).
led more than 900 cult members in a
ritual murder-suicide by cyanide
PRESENT AT the congressional
session to hear the report on the in-
cident were several members of Ryan's
family, including his daughter, Erin,
and two sisters, Sheila Ryan and Shan-
non Torphy.
The investigators said there is cir-
cumstantial evidence that Jones made
plans with his lieutenants to
assassinate Ryan if he could not be
deluded on true conditions at the set-

Temple 'death squad' can't

"Providing some moderate credence
to the idea of a contingency conspiracy
is the fact that the Jonestown suicide-
murder ritual started before the Port
Kaituma airstrip assailants returned to
confirm the shootings of Rep. Ryan and
others," the report said.
IT SAID there also are unconfirmed
reports that a large shipment of
cyanide used in the mass murder
arrived in Jonestown two days before
Ryan's visit.
"Also related is the reported
statement of a Jonestown survivor that
several days before Mr. Ryan arrived
at Jonestown, he heard Jones say that

the congressman's plane 'might fall
from the sky'."
The investigators agreed with State
Department findings that the depar-'
tment had failed to pursue earlier war-
nings of possible mass suicide at the
AS A RESULT, the House report said,
the State Department had four reports
of potential violence scattered in files
but told Ryan that danger was
Ryan was advised more than once by
his own staff of "gut feelings" that
there might be violence, the report
said. But the congressman discounted
them, believing his position and the
presence of reporters would protect
The House report also concurred with
State Department findings that one of
the department's worst errors was to
take no action on the written warning of
cult defector Deborah Layton Blakey in
May 1978 that mass suicides were being
THE HOUSE investigators also
discounted allegations that former U.S.
Consul Richard McCoy had a sexual
liaison with a woman cult member and

be ruled out
was therefore compromised. But they
said "there are repeated charges of a
sexual liaison between Peoples Temple
member Paula Adams and Laurence
Mann, Guyana's ambassador to the
United States."
The report said the cult could not
have operated without some
cooperation from Guyanese officials,
and there is evidence that some of-
ficials supported the cult because they
liked its socialist philosophy.
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Wednesday, May 16, 1979
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