The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 16-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, May 29, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
New LSA policies Ford promises strong
give students more commitment to NA TO
By SUSAN ADES
First of a two-part series
Literary College (LSA) students can expect to
have academic opportunities this fall they've
never had before. These new options result from
the recent Regental approval of the Graduation
Requirements Commission's (GRC) revised LSA
faculty code which provides for major changes
in distribution requrements, grading systems,
counseling structures and course offerings.
The changes will have a wide-ranging effect
on students for they encompass innovations in
plus and minus grading, expanded pass-fail op-
tions, revised residency requirements and more
flexibility in course selections.
THIS SUMMER, administrators will put the
finishing touches on some areas of the report
that are still uncertain and will determine dates
for implementation of the report's revisions.
"It is our goal and sincere intent that the
majority of the (GRC) provisions be operative by
September," said Academic Actions Director
Eugene Nissen regarding implementation dates
for the 70 new GRC measures. "But there hasn't
been any formal action yet," he added.
It remains unclear whether students presently
enrolled will be affected by the changes. While
incoming freshpersons will definitely be counseled
by the new package of rules, "There has been no
decision yet as to whether these issues will be
:etroactive (apply to students currently enrolled)
and they will have to be examined on a one by
one basis," eyplained Nissen.
THE PROSPECTS for implementation by this
summer are slim according to Associate LSA
Dean Charles Morris. Because some Spring term
^ourses carry over into the Summer term,
"Changing over to a plus and minus grading
;ystem in the middle of a term for example is
'estionable," he remarked.
When the new provisions take effect, they will
have a far-ranging impact on undergraduate
For example, those students who shudder at the
thought of enrolling in a laboratory science
ourse, will find that burden lifted since the
distribution requirement system has been con-
UNDER THE revised distribution set-up stu-
dents seeking B.A. and B.S. degrees will merely
See LITERARY, Page 6
BRUSSELS, Belgium W') - President Ford told
America's European allies yesterday that the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remains the "cor-
nerstone" .of American foreign policy.
Arriving for a North Atlantic summit meeting, Ford
stated, "I have come to tell my NATO colleagues and
the people of Europe that our great alliance remains
strong and to guarantee that vitality, we must vigor-
ously address the problems confronting us."
FORD SAID he also came to tell the allies "that the
United States is convinced that detente with the East
can only proceed on a foundation of strong and secure
alliance defenses, that NATO is the cornerstone of
U. S. foreign policy and has the unwavering support
of the American public and of our Congress and that
our commitment to this alliance will not falter."
* President and Mrs. Ford were greeted by King
Baudouin of the Belgians and Queen Fabiola. The sun
was just setting on an unusually warm spring day for
Brussels and the white plumes of the honor guard,
from the Belgian military school, swayed in a- light
In a brief welcoming address, the king told Ford:
"Your presence at this meeting emphasizes the im-
portance which your country continues to attach to
our joint effort, and provides the closest demonstra-
tion of the United States determination fully to assume
the responsibilities incumbent upon it.
"I AM particularly thinking of your efforts to-
wards a just and equitable peace in the Middle East,
a region which has suffered too much for too many
Ford's trip here was his first to Europe as presi-
dent, and a key mission was to steady a North Atlantic
alliance torn by internal troubles and nervous about
"I want to reaffirm at this time and will do so again
in Brussels," the President said as he left Washington,
"the United States' commitment to the North Atlantic
treaty which is vital to American security and well-
See PRESIDENT, Page 7
KING BAUDOUIN of Belgium and President Ford review troops during arrival ceremonies yesterday at
the Brussels airport. Ford came to Belgium to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Summit
which begins today.
City budget set; Council stll displeased
By ANN MARIE LIPINSKI Council members voted to accept the budget visions we have made, I am not at all
Six weeks of political haggling and name- as modified. pleased with this budget."
calling within City Council concluded early However, seven votes were not awarded Murray's budget, as modified Tuesday
yesterday morning as City Administrator to any alternate budget proposal, therefore night, will keep layoffs of existing city hall
Sylvester Murray's proposed budget be- Murray's budget will go into effect July 1- personnel to what Council feels is a mini- 'Even w i t h the revi-
came law-a prospect most Council mem- the beginning of the 1975-76 fiscal year. mum. While approximately 45 jobs will be
hers had already accepted as inevitable. Although none of the Council members eliminated, only 10 to 15 of those will re-
Murray's budget, which was severely cri- expressed satisfaction with the adminis- quire actual layoffs, with the remainder of sons we have made, I
ticized by all three parties on Council, was trator's proposal, six of the members, in- the eliminations coming through natural am not at all pleased
subjected to nearly three hours of negotia- eluding Democratic Mayor Albert Wheeler, attrition.
tions at Tuesday night's meeting. Debate, symbolically okayed the final budget pro-
however, which continued until 2 a.m., pro- duct. ONE OF THE layoffs made necessary by with this budget.
dced only $60,000 in alterations, and left budget cuts in the administrator's office
Murray's proposal virtually unscathed. "FORGET YOUR constituencies and their provoked nersonal regret in Murray, who -'avor Albert
UNDER CITY charter provisions, seven
votes are needed to modify the adminis-
trator's prepared budget. While these votes
were mustered to achieve the $60,000
amendment to Murray's budget, only six
votes," Councilman Louis Belcher (R-Fifth
Ward) urged Council, "and cast this vote
for Sy Murray."
Prefacing his affirmative vote with a
final jab at the administrator's proposal,
Wheeler told Council, "Even with the re-
told Council last night that assistant ad-
ministrator Harold Rothbart would be pink-
"I have talked to Mr. Rothbart, and he
See CITY, Page 7