Page 2-Wednesday, June 6, 1979-The Michigan Daily
State panels hear 'U' request for money
By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
University officials criticized state
officials yesterday for placing higher
education on a low priority level, and
told appropriations subcommittees that
they need more money than has been
proposed to operate the University's
Administrators from the University
said Gov. William Milliken's proposed
$144 million budget for the coming
fiscal year is $3 million short of what
the University actually needs to
operate, according to Rep. Gary Owen
(D-Ypsilanti), chairman of the House
Higher Education Appropriations Sub-
OWEN SAID University officials
reported that they plan to increase
faculty salaries by only seven per cent,
instead of ten per cent as originally
proposed, to keep in line with President
Carter's inflation guidelines.
He also said the University men-
tioned inflationary pressure as one of
the key reasons for requesting ad-
While Owen said it was difficult to
judge the total amount the University
eventually would receive from the
state, he said he expects the University
would be allocated an amount "fairly
close to what it needs" - above the
THE LEGISLATOR also said sub-
committee members were critical of
the University's energy conservation
efforts, claiming it had the highest
energy costs of any state college or
Owen said he and Sen. Bill Huffman
(D-Madison Heights), chairman of the
Senate subcommittee, will write a let-
ter to the University Board of Regents
requesting that an intensive study be
done on energy consumption. Owen
said legislators were concerned about
energy matters and want the Univer-
sity to "substantially reduce costs."
However, Interim University
President Allan Smith and Vice-
President for Academic Affairs Harold
Shapiro said a study on energy con-
sumption at the University was done
recently, and the University has taken
measures to reduce usage significantly.
"WE HAVE MADE substantial
progress in reducing energy usage by
the square foot," Smith said. "The
legislature is looking very hard at
energy (concerns), and we agree with
Smith said the University has many
buildings which are great consumers of
energy - specifically, the computer
building, which is used 24 hours per
day, seven days per week.
Shapiro said the University's use of
energy is bound to be greater than that
of other institutions because of its
heavy emphasis upon computers and
research, and is expected to be "con-
siderably in excess of a teaching
BOTH SMITH and Shapiro, who ap-
peared with University Dearborn
Chancellor Leonard Goodall, Flint
Chancellor William Moran and
Vice-Presidents Richard Kennedy and
James Brinkerhoff, said in addition to
presenting the University's needs to the
legislators, they requested that higher
education across the state be given
higher priority in terms of funding.
Smith cited figures which ranked the
state of Michigan 34th in terms of fun-
ding for higher education.
He also said the legislators gave a
separate hearing to the University's
medical and dental schools. The state
likes to consider health services
education on a different basis, accor-
Even though Shapiro, who is chair-
man of the University Committee on
Budget Administration, said he could
not estimate what the impact of the
legislative hearings would be, he said,
"We certainly feel we need con-
siderably more than has been recom-
Smith said the hearing, which took
one-and-one-half hours yesterday mor-
ning, was done "very expeditiously"
and that legislators were in "kind of a
hurry to complete the hearings."
The University's fiscal year begins
July 1, and officials have said that if the
budget is not completed by then, they
will probably ask the Regents for
authorization to continue spending at
Salary info by position
called inadequate by state
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Smith said, "The U-M Regents' present
directly confront the issue of name- policy is one of non-disclosure of name-
linked salary disclosure. linked salaries, a policy position sup-
ACCORDING TO Schnetzler, state ported also by our faculty Senate
attorneys were consulted yesterday to Assembly."
see if the University could legally If appropriations committee attor-
release names under the conditions of neys decide the University can release
their pending litigation, salary information by name, Schnetzler
According to University General said she is not certain what the commit-
Counsel Roderick Daane, "the Univer- tee would do to force the University to
sity could release names without submit the requested information.
violating any restraint of the court." One of Hart's aides said Monday that
Smith said the question was one of committee could ask the attorney
policy, not legality. "We haven't general to intervene and procure the
treated it much as a legal matter," he salary information from the Univer-
said. In a statement released Monday sity.
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And, while Nederlander, chairman of
the Regents' selection committee,
would not say whether or not he was
meeting with the students on Sunday,
he said he makes it a policy to get
together with the committees, and that
he tries to get other Regents to come
along if they can.
REGENT DAVID Laro (R-Flint),
said he was not meeting with the group.
Other Regents, along with alumni
committee chairman Sam Kruglak,
could not be reached for comment.
Both Nederlander and Laro said the
process is going "fine" and that they
are in no hurry to choose the new
president by any specified date.
Laro said he was not worried about
competition for candidates from the
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP)-By
the year 2000, an estimated 85 per cent
of America's farmland will go un-
plowed, according to Phillips Chemical.
Crops on this land will be planted
using a method called "minimum
tillage," the company says, adding that
10 per cent of the nation's farmland
employs minimum tillage today.
Minimum-tillge machines, expected
to have wider use in the 1980s, have
knife-like prongs which slice into the
soil, leaving a protective blanket of
crop stubble behind. The same machine
then fertilizes the soil, drops in seeds
and pressed the earth closed.
Today, farmers plow up their fields
two or three times a year, exposing
them to radiation.
Rich topsoil is being blown to dust at
a rate of 4- to6-billion tons a year, com-
pared with the Dustbowl Era of the
1930s, when the nation's soil was blown
away at a rate of 3 billion tons annually.
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many other universities across the
country conducting searches because
"I think that the University of Michigan
is important enough that we can be
called... 'one of its kind.' We don't
have a great deal of competition."
The Regents refuse to commit them-
selves to a time by which they will
choose the new president.
NEDERLANDER said the Regents
were pleased with the job Interim
University President Allan Smith was
doing, so they could feel secure about
almost any arrival time for the new
Smith said yesterday that he had
earlier agreed to stay in the post until
the Regents announce a successor, but
that he has not been asked to stay past
the summer, even though he could
arrange his schedule to do so.
The Regents have maintained a
policy of not revealing any details of the
search since early in the process.
Faculty, student, and alumni commit-
tees have, for the most part, gone along
with the Regental policy, but have been
willing to give out some information,
while the Regents answer questions
about the search with a "neither con-
firm or deny" or "I really don't care to
comment on that."
Search committee members and
Regents have said that public
discussion of candidates would impair
the search. They often cite problems
with Michigan State University's
(MSU) presidential hunt, which has
continued for over a year and one-half,
as something they do not want to hap-
pen here. MSU's selection has been
hampered because candidates whose
names have been leaked often dropped
out of contention.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Voiume LXXXIX, No. 25-S
Wednesday, June 6, 1979
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