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Page 2-Saturday, April 21, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Brink er
Earn U-M Credits
While You Are
Home This Summer
Why waste time this summer when you can earn credit
through an independent study course? The University Exten- By HOWARD WITT
sion Service, Independent Study Department, offers dozens of University Financial Vice-President
courses in many subject fields, including: James Brinkerhoff on Wednesday sur-
Literature Accounting prised the faculty committee
examining South African divestment by
Languages Economics alleging that it had "drifted away"
Psychology Geography from the task assigned to it by the
Conservation Writing Regents.
Political Science Math Members of the Faculty Senate Ad-
Each course has an assigned instructor, who consults with visory Committee on Financial Affairs
you through the mail or over the telephone. And don't worry (SACFA) said they were disturbed by
about not finishing up the course over the summer-you may Brinkerhoff's comments. "We should
take as long as a year to complete it. try to keep iri mind that we are a sub-
committee of the (faculty) Senate
Drop into the office, or call today to get full details on how Assembly, not a committee of the
you can make this a credit-bearing summer! Regents," said SACFA member Harold
Johnson, professor of social work.
Independent Study Dept. "IF THEY REFER asmatter to us, it
is a wide-open ball game. t don't think
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to SACFA was prompted by a letter
written by a student on the committee,
warned committee members that the
Regents don't want "an extension" of
the March, 1978SACFA report.
That report, prepared last year at the
Regents' request, recommended the
University divest its holdings in cor-
porations doing business in South
Africa that do not follow the Sullivan
Principles for racial equality.
SACFA WAS again asked by the
Regents to examine University divest-
ment policy after the disruption of last
month's Regents meetings by members
of the Washtenaw County Coalition
Against Apartheid (WCCAA).
SACFA members were surprised not
only by Brinkerhoff's appearance at the
meeting, but also by his explanation
that his comments were prompted by a
letter sent to his office and each of the
Regents earlier this week.
The letter, written and sent by SAC-
FA student member Anne Fullerton,
stated, "SACFA has to date not covered
the same areas that the March Regents
resolution covers. Rather, we are
seeking to extend the scope of Univer-
sity policy on South African investmen-
ts."
Fullerton, a member of the WCCAA,
did not circulate the letter to members
of SACFA. According to Fullerton, the
letter provided a resolution which the
Regents could discuss "if they found
themselves in a difficult position" at
their April meetings.
SACFA CHAIRWOMAN Patricia
Longe, professor of business ad-
ministration, said, "I'm a little sur-
prised at this approach directly to the
Regents."
Fullerton defended her letter, saying,
"I did not submit it to SACFA because I
had no guarantee that the issue would
come up."
Brinkerhoff's warnings to the com-
mittee interrupted what had been
steady progress toward completion of a
report to the Regents. SACFA student
member Yvonne McClenney com-
plained during the meeting,
"Brinkerhoff does his little spiel and
the next thing we know we're in an
uproar."
AFTER TWO hours of discussion,
SACFA members concluded they would
examine the divestment issue in
whatever manner they desire.
At last week's SACFA meeting,
progress had been so rapid that at one
point Longe remarked, "Wouldn't we
surprise everyone if we finished
today?"
It now appears that the committee
will finish its report in mid-May, accor-
ding to Longe.
BRINKERHOFF told SACFA mem-
bers "If the University were to divest
from every corporation (doing
business) in South Africa, the ability to
diversify the investment portfolio
would be greatly reduced. Any moves
which would reduce the stability of the
financial picture would affect scholar-
ships, instruction, research, and other
areas."
The University has investmentssin 197
companies, 99 of which do business in
South Africa, Brinkerhoff explained.
By adhering to what he called "the
original concept of the S.ACFA report
(divestment only from those companies
which refuse to . affirm the Sullivan
Principles)," the University will not be
hurtfinancially.
See BRINKERHOFF, Page 20

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