The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 12, 1979-Page 3
State panel considers 'U' funding cutbacks
By ADRIENNE LYONS
A joint House-Senate conference
committee met for the second time
yesterday in Lansing, but did not reach
an agreement on a final level for state
appropriation to colleges and univer-
University officials, however, said
they are optimistic final cutbacks will
be smaller than those recommended.
ASSISTANT University Vice-
President for State Relations Lawrence
Fincher said he believes it is "unlikely"
legislators would cut $30 million from
the total $686 million higher education
bill. Legislative leaders in both houses
hae set $652 million as a target figure
for higher education appropriations.
The state legislature initially
suggested a $15 million, or 11.2 per cent,
increase over last year's funding to the
University. The legislature recommen-
ded the University receive $148,926,200
for the coming year.
Final figures have not been set yet,
Fincher said, although the joint com-
mittee has been meeting for two days.
"They've had conference committee
meetings, but not seriously. They've
been meeting for five minutes (on each
day)," Fincher said.
FINCHER explained that the com-
mittee usually does not acomplish
much until the day before summer
recess, when legislators stay up all
GE O decision
night finalizing bills. This year the said. "I almost refuse to think of that
legislature recesses tomorrow. Fincher (happening)."
predicted final appropriations also will IF THE conference committee cuts
come tomorrow. higher education funding by $30 million,
According to Fincher, the $30 million the University could take measures
cutback will not be reached. "It's too such as raising tuition.
severe," he said. Fincher said he believed tuition could
But Interim University President be increased between eight and 9.5 per
Allan Smith admitted the results would cent. Fincher said if the University
be "disastrous" if such cutbacks were receives the suggested $148,926,200
enacted. "We'd be up all night," Smith See STATE, Page 6
By ADRIENNE LYONS
A court decision on whether graduate teaching assistants are University
employees or students probably will be delayed three months, said a Graduate
Employees Organization (GEO) official yesterday.
GEO President Greg Scott said the decision, originally expected in August, has
been pushed back to December because of "the court system itself."
"THE COURT secretaries aren't getting the transcripts out fast enough for the
attorneys to get their briefs out," he explained.
The case revolves around the University's claim that Graduate Student
Teaching Assistants should be considered students, and the GEO contention that
teaching assistants are University employees.
The case, now before Administrative Law Judge Shlomo Sperka, was ordered
See GEO, Page 6
prot est j,\
By BETH PERSKY
More than 60 people, many of them
disabled, protested proposed reduc-
tions in public transportation at a
meeting of the Ann Arbor Transpor-
tation Authority (AATA) last night.
Most said they feared possible reduc-
tions in Sunday and evening Dial-a-
Ride (DAR) service would deny the
handicapped access to shopping areas,
a social life, and evening classes, as
well as preventing some disabled
people from getting to night jobs.
CURRENTLY, Dial-a-Ride service
within the city is availble Monday
through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 10
p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from
8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The proposed
changes, which would go into effect this
fall, would eliminate evening and Sun-
See DIAL-A-RIDE, Page 6 While tight]
Searching for victims of
American Citizens for Honesty in Government is
looking for people who were part of an experiment
with the drug "BZ" during a tenure in service. The
experiment involved 7,000 people given various
drugs at the U.S. Army's Edgewood Arsenal in
Maryland from 1950 until 1975. If you or someone
you know was involved in these experiments,
American Citizens for Honesty in Government asks
that you write 3905 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak,
Michigan, 48073, or call 585-8924.
And the winner is...
A few weeks ago the Daily mentioned a group of
Ann Arbor residents placing bets on the date Skylab
would fall. It turns out the winner, Matthew Turner,
is on his way to Colorado, and doesn't know that he
won the $12. In fact, according to Howard Pikstein,
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s and gusty winds drenched Southern Louisiana as Hurricane Bob swept the Mississippi Coast yesterday morning.
ly moored shrimp boats at DeJean's Packing Company in Biloxi, escaped undamaged; automobiles parked next
who engineered the Skylab betting ring, Turner
doesn't know the date on which he placed his bet,
because Pikstein simply picked one for him. "He
heard Skylab was headed for Michigan, so he took
off for Colorado," Pikstein joked. Twelve people
paid a buck to get in on the action. Pikstein said he'll
hand onto the money until Turner returns, even
though "it's not enough to buy dinner."
... but don't count on it
If you placed a bet on the time that Skylab would
fall, don't pay up yet. While the North American Air
Defense Command (NORAD), which tracked the
doomed space station, said Skylab ceased to be in
orbit at 12:32 p.m. yesterday, the last radio signal
was received at 12:11 p.m. NASA will gather reports
on data and eyewitness sightings before nailing
down Skylab's re-entry time. Meanwhile, Skylab
bookies across thew world are waiting still.
... it's the last day for the Red Cross blood
donating clinic, from 11 am, until 5 p.m., in G 1320
Towsley Center . .. an Alaskan menu will be
featured at American Heritage night at the
Michigan League from 5 p.m. until 7:15
p.m... . Ann Arbor Advocates for Safe Alter-
natives in Childbirth offer a workshop on "Planning
Your Birthing Experience" at 7:30 p.m. at the
Wesley Foundation Lounge, 602 E. Huron
St.... Theatre Lambda presents the second per-
formance of "The Lady of the Camellias;; at 8 p.m.
in the Pendleton Room in the Michigan
Union . . . FILMS: Michigan Media Resour-
ces-Miracle of Life; Newborn; Adapting to Paren-
thood; Who Are the Debolts, and Where Did They
Get 19 Kids? Program begins at 7:30 p.m., Aud. 3,
MLB ... Ann Arbor Film Co-op-The Spy Who
Loved Me,7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
On the outside ...
Partly cloudy today with scattered thunder-
showers. High temperature will be in the upper 80s,
low near 60. Old Thor can't seem to keep away from