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FT he M cht . D Ily Vol. LXXXIX, No. 55-S
The Michigan Daily 3
Twelve Pages plus Supplement.
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
Conflict, silence marked presidential search

The announcement last Friday that Harold Shapiro
would be the University's next president culminated
months of silence virtually unbroken by those involved
in the search: the University Board of Regents and its
three presidential selection advisory committees.
The Board's selection of the University's vice-
president for academic affairs ended an intensive,
nation-wide quest of more than 10 months, during
which 240 candidates were considered for the post. The
process was marked by two distinct phases.
THE LATTER began last January, when student,
faculty, and alumni committees - as well as the
Regents - began reviewing candidates, most of whom
came from government, academia, and corporate sec-

In the end, they turned to a candidate within the
University - the man who has directed the Univer-
sity's academic affairs for the past two years.
But while the later months of the search were
marked by tight-lipped cooperation among the four
groups, part one of the search - from September to
December 1978 - was characterized by conflict over
how much access the advisory groups would have to,
presidential candidates.
THE SEARCH BEGAN almost immediately after
former University President Robben Fleming announ-
ced his resignation on Sept. 14. University officials
quickly began to assemble the advisory committees
that would help select his permanent successor.
But at the same time, student leaders expressed
fears that their access to candidates would be limited
and that the Regents would "pick a president from

their own damn list," as one Michigan Student Assem-
bly (MSA) member put it.
MSA, which was asked by the Regents to select 10
students to form an advisory committee, voted to
boycott the search until "adequate representation"
was guaranteed. Faculty members also asked the
Regents to guarantee their opinions would carry some
weight, but they rejected a student call to join the
THE REGENTS tried to assure both students and
faculty that their advice would be heeded, and on Oct.
20 issued a list of 17 guidelines for the advisory commit-
tees, promising that the three groups would have ac-
cess to candidates nominated by the Regents. Point 12
of the document, however, stressed that the "advisory
committees are not to conduct any interviews. This is
the prerogative of the Regents Selection Committee
See CONFLICT, Page 2

'U' Cellar employees
discuss walk-out to
spur dragging talks

Volcker answers AP Photo
Paul Volcker, nominated by President Carter for chairman of the Federal
Reserve Board, answered questions from the Senate Banking, Housing, and
Urban Affairs Committee in Washington yesterday. See story, Page 2.
Profits counted in art al

University Cellar employees may
strike in order to spur dragging union.
negotiations, a union representative
said yesterday, and they considered
that possibility at a meeting last night.
A vote on the "possible" strike has
been scheduled for Aug. 6, "after
weekend negotiations," union
negotiator Felicia Cassanos said
yesterday afternoon.
Workers of the World (IWW) Local 660
declined to comment on whether a
strike - if union members do vote to
strike - would occur during the Sep-
tember book rush. A strike at the
bookstore in September would affect
thousands of University students who
buy textbooks at the Cellar. The
University Cellar handles about 60 per
cent of the textbooks sold on campus.
The meeting was scheduled last night
so union negotiators could determine
"what people (union members) ac-
tually want by next Sunday," Cassanos
said. Negotiating sessions with the
ir's wake
heard, the weather had no effect."
Richard Brunvand, promoter of the
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, said
weather this year was typical of the art
fair weather "syndrome" of past years.
But despite the rain, "It didn't affect
the people who came out for the fair."
"They were there whether it rained
or not. They kept coming," said
Kresge's manager Steven Field, who
reported business was up from last
SINCE THIS year's fair was held
during the fourth week of July, instead
of the third, merchants may have been
inclined to lower prices on summer
merchandise more than usual,
speculated Campus Bootery Manager
See ART, Page 2

management team are set for tonight,
Thursday, and all day Saturday and
About 70 University Cellar employees
have been represented by the IWW sin-
ce January. Bargaining sessions bet-
ween the union and the bookstore's
board of directors have been
proceeding slowly since March in effor-
ts to write the union's first contract.
Both the union and management teams
have reported frustration at the slow
pace of the talks due to disagreements
on several fundamental issues.
A STRIKE depends on this week's
negotiations and the results of the vote
Monday, according to Bill Vargo, union
negotiator. "It appears we are heading
towards one (a strike)."
"I think their heads are in the sand,"
Vargo said. He said some progress was
made at the last negotiating session,
but most of the major issues were
still up in the air."
Members of the management
negotiating team and board of directors
could not be reached for comment
No agreement has been reached on
issues including the definition of the
bargaining unit, organization of the
decision- making structure, job
security, policies on discontinuation of
departments, and grievance
Cassanos called the last bargaining
session "very productive," and said she
hoped the new progress was a good sign
for future talks.
The article on health and safety was
discussed and "management seemed
much more willing to discuss things in a
serious way," Cassanos said. Until the
last session, she said, "they haven't
taken negotiations very seriously."
Cassanos said an "exciting" effort
was made by bargainers at the last
session and "we got work done."
If the employees vote to strike, they
will have to decide the "most effective
time," Cassanos said. "We don't want
to strike.. . we want a contract," she

The booths are down, the crowds
gone, and the city and campus are
recovering in the wake of the 1979 Ann
Arbor Art Fair. And behind the
cleaned-up store fronts, area merchan-
ts are relaxing and smiling while coun-
ting the profits from last week's on-
slaught of art fair spenders.
Official figures aren't in yet, but an
informal sampling of merchants in the
art 'fair areas indicates most
establishments enjoyed a booming-
business during the annual four-day af-
fair. Many reported profits even higher
than during last year's fair, despite the
first two rainy days.
BUSINESS, - -WAS , ."extr'emely

phenomenal," said Bob Baker,
manager of Marshals on S. State St. "It
was unbelievable, especially as far as
beer is concerned. We couldn't keep it
cold. They were buying it warm."
"It was pretty crazy here," said
Dooley's Kitchen Manager Christy
Rishoi. The bar sold almost 4,000 25-
cent hot dogs to hungry fair-goers,
Rishoi added.
Nothing, including the weather,
stood in the way of business, according
to coordinators of the fair and owners of
local business.
THE NUMBER of people and the
volume of sales were "possibly even
more" than last year, according to
John Schreer, coordinator of the. State
Street Area Art Fair. "From what I've

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