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Page 6-Tuesday, July 11, 1978-The Michigan Daily

rap conflict
of interest

Members of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
(SACUA) yesterday attempted with lit-
tle success to clarify the duties of the
Conflict of Interest Committee.
The chairman of the committee had
asked SACUA members to offer advice,
but members agreed that they did not
really understand what issues the
committee encompasses.
"THERE ARE ALL kinds of things
you start getting into," said one mem-
ber. The general consensus was that
there is too wide a range of problems
that could fall under the heading "con-
flict of interest," and certain problems
should be handled by special commit-
tees rather than one general commit-
"When you say you want guidelines
on conflict of interest, it's like saying
you want guidelines on sin," said elec-
tronics and computer engineering

professor Arch Naylor, whom SACUA
is planning to suggest as its represen-
tative on the Conflict of Interest Com-
Next on the agenda was the question
of the program discontinuance
procedure. At last month's Senate
Assembly meeting, faculty had voted
heavily in favor of amending present
discontinuance guidelines, thus giving
the faculty more say in decisions.
SACUA MEMBERS expressed their
desire to arrange a meeting with Vice
President for Academic Affairs Harold
Shapiro. "We as a group have to talk to
him," said SACUA Chairman pro tem-
pore Richard Corpron. "This is a hot
potato." Members agreed if they don't
like what Shapiro is planning to say to
the Regents about the matter, they will
meet with theRegents themselves.
SACUA members complained of dif-
ficulty obtaining copies of the Regents
bylaws. Some members had not

received copies of the bylaws, which
are reputed to be "impossible to get."
The considered bringing the matter to
the attention of University President
Robben Fleming. "It seems like a
trivial thing to bring up before the
president, but.. ." one member said
with a shrug.
This year's faculty salaries will be
one topic discussed at SACUA's
meeting with Shapiro. "We are very,
very, very concerned, and faculty
salary is a crucial issue," said Corpron.
"If the increase (in faculty salaries)
is less than six or 6.5 per cent this year,
it's getting to be a bad situation," said
one member. "I think it's important to
meet with Shapiro before the Regent's
Social work and psychology professor
Jesse Gordon said inadequate salaries
may be one reason the University is
having a hard time recruiting new

Energy officials admit leaking information

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Energy
Department employees yesterday ad-
mitted leading internal agency infor-
mation to an industry trade
organization, but denied they did
anything illegal.
"It was unprofessional and
unethical," one of the officials, Scott
Bush, told the Senate Energy Commit-
tee. He said that as a result of the con-
troversy, procedures at the Energy
Department have been tightened.
BUSH, WHO IS the department's
deputy assistant administrator for
regulations, said procedures governing
the flow of information within the
department had been fairly lax in the
As a result, much information and a
number of documents under study by
the department managed to find its way
to the oil industry, he testified.
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Ohio), in charge of the committee hear-
ings, says the oil industry stands to
make millions of dollars by getting ad-
vance word on government regulations
affecting them. He says consumer
groups have not had the same access to
In a memo to his superiors and in
testimony to the committee last month,
John Iannone of API said he was privy
to inside Energy Department infor-
He listed names of a number of his
government contacts whom he said.
gave him information, including Bush,
Peter Holiham and Gerald Emmer.
BUSH SAID he gave- Iannone infor-
mation on a proposed motor gasoline
monitoring system.
Holihan, an "industry specialist" in
the department's economic regulatory
administration, testified he gave Ian-
none an advance copy of a proposal to
deregulate propane and natural gas
And Emmer, who Iannone had in-

The Senate committee is studying
allegations that advance word of many
Energy Department decisions was
leaked to the American Petroleum In-
stitute, (API), a major oil industry
trade association.
SEN. HOWARD Metzenbaum (D-

dicated was one of his key sources,
acknowledged giving Iannone verbal
information on a number of matters as
well as an advance copy of a depar-
tment proposal to deregulate gasoline
A fourth department employee,
Charles Perry, a petroleum engineer in
the office of fossil energy, testified he
-had given information on a proposal for
pricing hard-to-drill oil to another API
The witnesses all said they saw
nothing ,illegal with their actions and
that in most cases, the information tur-
ned over already was general
knowledge in industry circles.
But Metzenbaum said the depar-
tment should not be in the business of
dispensing advance information to th-
very industry it regulates. He said "in-
ternal documents are being leaked
routinely to the oil industry."
John Rockefeller 3rd, the eldest brother
of a family whose name is synonymous
with wealth, was killed yesterday in a
car accident near the family estate at
Pocantico Hills, police said.
A spokesman for the Mount Pleasant
Town Police Department, which
patrols the area, confirmed that
Rockefeller, 72, had died in a three-car
accident shortly before 6 p.m.
HUGH MORROW, a Rockefeller
family spokesman, said Rockefeller
was a passenger in a car driven by his
secretary, Monica Lesko. He said
Rockefeller was killed in a head-on
collision in which the driver of the
second car also was killed and Miss
Leskowas injured.
A third car also was involved in the
accident, and the driver of that car also
was injured. The family spokesman
said that car's role in the accident was
not immediately known, and the con-
ditionsof the injured wereunavailable.

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