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The Michigan Daily

Vol. LXXXV, No. 2-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, May 8, 1975

Twelve Pages

Regental decision prot
Waters claims Administration pressure
By SARA RIMER Women's Commission Chairwoman Eunice Burns
The University Board of Regents' decision Tues- asserted, "We are sorry the Regents acted before
day night to appoint a new literary college (LSA) the community really got a chance to discuss
deanship search committee sparked angry reac- and react" to an investigative panel's extensive
tion yesterday among concerned female officials review of the deanship crisis.
with one Regent charging undue Administration A flurry of protest rocked the University last
pressure to act. quickly. January when the administration failed to hire
Regent James Waters (D-Muskegon) protested Connecticut College dean Cobb after the zoology
the Administration's directive to immediately opt department hastily refused her tenure in a tightly
for a new search committee and its dismissal of guarded decision. The University-wide affirmative
a recommendation to reconsider the black woman action committee underscored the "Cobb affair"
educator, Jewel Cobb, unanimously selected by as its first priority.
the Regents for the deanship last January as The Regents acted on the panel's recommenda-
"unworkable." According to Waters, the admin- tion that Cobb be reconsidered for the deanship
t_ istration urged, "The sooner you act, the better." or that a new search committee be formed with-
out prejudice to any previous candidate.
Godfrey Uzoigwe CRITICIZING the Regents' "rather fast" action, See REGENTAL, Page 1s


Eunice Burns

Creative construction
Construction workers labor at the grad library un der the noon hour sun as textbook-laden students
stroll below, heading for their first humid hours of spring classes.
House unit approves

anticipate 'U'
fee increase
Special to The Daily
LANSING-Legislators indicated a tuition increase
may be unavoidable as they prepared yesterday to act
on Governor Milliken's proposed six per cent cut in
state appropriations for the University over the next
fiscal year.
Rep. Gary Owen (D-Ypsilanti), chairman of the
House Subcommittee on Higher Education, said he
would be "very surprised" if there were no tuition hike.
STATE SENATOR Bill H u f f m a n (D - Madison
Heights), vice-chairman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, said he hoped the increase would be a
"very small, frugal one," adding the actual decision-
which will rest with the University Board of Regents-
"will require some real soul searching on the part of
the University administrators."
"They call themselves professional educators," said
Huffman, "we'll see how professional they are."
Vice President for Academic Affairs Frank Rhodes
called the news from Lansing "discouraging," but said
he had "no comment at this point on what the tuition
structure is going to be."
UNIVERSITY President Robben Fleming said last
night that a tuition increase is "inevitable if the appro-
priations do not come up to what we asked for."
While the University has asked for an approximately
$25 million increase over last year's budget of over
$95.5 million, Huffman indicated that the final appro-
priation will be substantially less.
Huffman said that without even considering new
construction or academic programming, the University
would need nearly $26 million to make ends meet.
"THEY'RE GOING to be getting a hell of a lot less
than that," he said.
Huffman feels that with mounting unemployment,
and the state's deepening financial crisis social service
programs will have to take top priority.
"When you're dealing with basics like bread, milk,
heat and fuel, which is what we've been doing, people
don't want to hear about how we're paying for kids
to get a liberal arts degree that's not going to get
them a job when they get out anyway," said Huffman.
HUFFMAN, whose committee will recommend a
final University budget figure to the legislature within
the next three to five weeks, would not cite specific
figures, but indicated utility costs would be a major
part of any cut.

refugee ai
WASHINGTON (P)--President Ford's $507-million aid
request for up to 150,000 Indochina refugees was unani-
mously approved last night by the House immigration
The full House Judiciary Committee plans to vote
on the measure tonight, clearing the way for House
action next week.
.THF BILL approved by the subcommittee contains
no money figures, but President Ford has estimated
$507 million as the cost of the program it would
An amendment by Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-
N.Y.) to write in a $507 million limit was rejected, 4-3.
"My concern," said Chairman Joshua Eilberg (D-
Pa.), one of the opponents of the amendment, "is that
the situation is changing so rapidly that any figure
would be unrealistic,
"WE'RE IN A guessing game on numbers," Eilberg

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Rep. Holtzman said she had no intention of limiting
whatever money is needed to transport and care for
the refugees, but simply wanted to require that any
spending above $507 million would have to get new
approval from Congress.
Earlier, members of Ford's Indochina Refugee Task
Force testified that the administration will run out of
the $98 million it now has available for the refugees
by the end of this year.
.THEY INDICATED that no food or other emergency
programs for refugees are in danger of being cut off
but that airlifting of the refugees from Guam and
Wake Island could be curtailed and cause severe over-
crowding on those islands.
In a telegram to the Judiciary Committee, Ameri-
cans for Democratic Action urged that the panel re-
spond "quickly and generously" to Ford's refugee aid
Meanwhile, the government took its first step toward
See HOUSE, Page 5

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