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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, August 11, 1979-Page 5'

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"is probably the most informed in-
dividual on campus, or should be, on
everything that goes on at the Univer-
sity," and so holds the most important
job on campus, next to the president.
Shapiro entered the select group of
University vice-presidents when he was
42 and when then-University President
Robben Fleming was around 60.
Fleming often mentioned that he plan-
ned to stay at the University only about
ten years, and indeed, he stepped down
last Jan. 1, 11 years after he succeeded
former University President Harlan
Hatcher. Shapiro was the heir apparent
to Fleming's job, an heir with charac-
teristics that fit the needs of the
University devised by the Regents with
recommendations from three advisory
search committees. The timing
couldn't have been better for Shapiro.
Haber stressed that the academics
affairs post is not an automatic spring
board to the University presidency, but
the nationally-respected economist
Shapiro did a "remarkable job" in the
second most powerful position on cam-
pus. And many Regents cited
Shapiro's agility in the vice-
presidency as a deciding factor in their
decision and dismissed the notion that
Shapiro had been earmarked early for
the top post.
No one is sure exactly who or how
many people vied with Shapiro for the
University presidency, although
Regent James Waters (D-Muskegon)
indicated the day before Shapiro's ap-
pointment was announced that a can-
didate from outside the University had
been runner-up. Throughout the low-
key search process, only five people
have been confirmed as contenders for
the presidency: Cornell's Rhodes, LSA
Dean Billy Frye, recently-appointed
Secretary of Health, Education, and
Welfare Patricia Harris, Indiana
University Vice-President Robert
O'Neil, and Shapiro. At the special
Regent's meeting July 27, Regent
Robert Nederlander (D-Birmingham)
indicated that the search began with a
list of 250 names. Little else has been
made public, and only as the search
process recedes farther into history will
those connected with it be willing to ex-
plain how Harold Shapiro from Mon-
treal became president of the Univer-
(Continued from Page 4)
well as its tax-exempt status. The city
stood to lose between $800,000 to $1.4
Murray apparently was not aware of
the arbitrage transactions until the
scandal broke in September. The state
Municipal Finance Commission (MFC)
and the federal Securities Exchange
Commission conducted separate in-
vestigations. The MFC admonished the
city, and ordered that it devise an in-
vestment policy to prevent a recurren-
ce of the debacle. Council reprimanded
Murray, Merrill Lynch replenished all
the lost funds including interest, and
Murray designed a city investment
policy which Council approved. Merrill
Lynch was not on the list of investors
with which the city deals.
The U.S. Treasury Department and
the Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) are investigating
a former Planning Department
technician's contention that he was
fired because of race discrimination.

University Hospital have been the subject of controversy all summer. See rest of story, Page 14.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission
investigated the case and found
probable cause to believe race
discrimination was involved in the
firing. John Morton was fired in Oc-
tober 1976. The Civil Rights Com-
mission recommended Morton be rein-
stated with back pay.
The city stands to lose over $1.5
million in federal revenue sharing fun-
ds if it loses a case pending in U.S.
District Court.
However, the dollar figure may
change since city officials will
negotiate it with federal officials, ac-
cording to Morton's attorney Jean
King. City officials claim none of the
federal revenue sharing money was
allocated to the Planning Department,
and therefore it should not be withheld
if it is spent by other departments.
City Clerk Jerome Weiss who
presided over the 1977 city elections in
which several township voters did so
illegally was fired in 1978 by Murray.
He is suing the city because City Coun-
cil must vote on hiring and firing ac-
tions before they are taken. Murray
said Tuesday, "I didn't want to em-
barrass him with a vote. I do not doubt
what the vote would have been."
Despite these incidents, Murray is
considered quite competent as a city
administrator. Each of the three
mayors with whom he worked during
the six-year span voiced nothing but en-
thusiastic approval of his ability to run
the city. None of the seven politicians or
12 bureaucrats contacted disagreed
with the mayors.
"He can easily run a city this size all
by himself, he doesn't need Lou Belcher
and six Republicans," Councilman Ken
Latta (D-First Ward), said.
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