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Fr~Ad, M y ; 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three
'U' proposes cutback in dorm services
By GLEN ALLERHAND met three times so far to dis- is tied up in food and labor. mittee, Area Director Norm plan were equivalent-to raising
In an attempt to avert a pro- cuss measures that would re- These are the ones going to have Snustad said, "It's a deliberat- dorm rates, Feldkamp respond-
'ected quarter -isllion dollar duce the operating expenses of the strongest impact." ing kind of body. Decisions are ed, "No, I view it as a require-
operating deficit for the upcom- the University's residence halls. made at administrative levels- ment of the Housing Office to-
ing year,the University Hous- Some of the 82 ideas proposed REFUSING to say whether or Feldkamp an one level and maintain good management
ing Office is studying a cost- in a memo by housing staff in- not any of the proposed mea- someone else at another.". policy"
cutting plan that would reduce lude: purchasing less expen- sures wil be implemented Student committee member Objecting to several of the
student services in dormitories. sive dishes and glasses; remnv- Feldkamp stated, "It is very Irving Freeman states, "The proposed measures, Freeman-
In an April 14 memo to vari- lg centrexs phones from St- definite that we are going to committee isn't necessary. The commented, "I'd say it's uns-
eus housing officers, Housing dent rooms; abandoning the try to balance budgets." ynly reason they have it s fair to the returning people who.
Director John Feldkamp stat- lettuce boycott; eliminating of N o n e t h e 1 e s s, Feld- when in September everybody have gotten used to certain
ed . . . the budget estimates meal rebates; , curtailing em- kamp's statement strongly im- complainsFeldkampcan sa things and know what to expect
prepared for the rate discussion ploye dinners and parties; and plies that some of the ideas a committee decided en the when they sign a lease."
with the Regents disclose thatplethtsm ofteies ac mteedied nte
an accumulative deficit of reducing custodial and mainte- tossed around by his commit- measures." Feldkamp responded that stu-
S258,59lwill be generated." He nance, service. tee will be instituted. Feldkam admits that he can dents will be informed of
added, "A special committee North Campus Area Director ie did. note, however, that override a group decision, but changes in dorm policy.
effective way atp this time to Edward Salowitz, speculating the dorm telephone removal will he says, "I hope decisions made He added that his committee
explore cost reductions." on which of the fat-trimming "definitely not" occur. are the consensus of the com- will. probably finish its reco m-

F E L D K A M P 'S Com-
mittee on Cost reductions has

suggestions would have the
strongest effect on cost reduc-
tions said, "Most of our money

COMMENTING on the func-
tion of the Cost Reduction Com-

ASKED if the cost reduction

mendations "well before school
opens in September, possibly by

'Fire hazards'
concern city, 'U'

Second of two parts
The potentially hazardous fire
safety condition of many cam-
pus buildings has raised con-
cern from both city and Uni-
versity officials, as they work
to correct the shortcomings.
Despite their tack of jurisdic-
tion, at least one city official
would prefer to see the c i t y
govern University buildings, for
which the city provided fire-
fighting services.
"THE FIRE codes that we
use are supposedly the best as
developed by national experts,"
says Sylvester Murry, the city
administrator. For that reason,
he says, the University should
adhere to city, not state stand-
But Murry said he did not
know if University ouiid'ngs are
adequately inspected.
However, Fred Davids, direct-
or of the University's Depart-
ment of Safety, said that Uni-
versity buildings are regularly
inspected by both insurance
agents and the University's own
safety officials.
"I DON'T propose t let our

guard down for one umnmte,"
Davids said. As part of what
Davids termed an "ongoing
safety program," the Safety
Department regularly checks
and replaces fire extinguishers
in all buildings and is actively
working to eliminate fire haz-
Davids mentioned chained
doors as a narticulav hazard-
ons situation sometimes occur-
ring in large Universi-v rooms.
Citing the danger of clnoed
exits during a fire, Darris waid,
"they're not supposed to do
that. We oppose this violently."
Exits, he explained ar' often
chained shut to prevent persons
on the inside of a room from
allowing persons -n the out-
side to enter unnoticed.
Davids declined to say which
University buildings are t h e
least safe, but did umention that
the constroction of Barbour and
Waterman Gymnnsiim makes
their safety conditions tess than
HOWEVER, he pointd out
that people do not send t he
night in classrooms. t sacs
he believes the bigger risk lies
in the dorms, where firs alarms
are sometimes turned off after
See BULDINGS, Page 9

Climbing high
A Tallahassee, Fla. construction worker is silhouetted against the late afternoon sky as he
climbs the lattice work of scaffolding near the new capitol complex.
German Dept. ordered to
hire Union TA's in spring

Scientist claims bias
in dismissa from'U'

Ten teaching assistants (TA's)
scored an apparent victory last
week in a group grievance
against the German Depart-
The TA's, who charged De-
partment Chairman Valentine
hubbs with discrimination in
hiring en the basis of their
union membership and strike
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participation, have all been
given spring-summer teaching
NINETEEN graduate students
were available for the summer
positions, but when the depart-
ment announced the appoint-
ments last February, only the
nine TA's who had not partici-
pated in the G r a d u a t e
Employes' Organization (GED)
strike were accepted.
John Forsyth, a designee of
Vice President for Academic
Affairs Frank Rhodes, decided
that the German Department
must employ all ten grievants
but found no violation of the-
two-month-old GEG contract.
"The union definitely regards
this as a victory," said George
Schober, who initiated the griev-
ance. He said the no-discrimina-
tion finding by Forsyth "was
essentially face-saving on the
part of the University."
BUT FORSYTH said yester-
day his decision was "right by
virtue of the (GEO) contract"
and included nothing of a face-
saving nature.

Hobbs, contacted by telephone
last evening, refused to com-
ment on the affair.
Schober said Forsyth's deci-
sion was the first "positive"
finding under the grievance pro-
cedure of the GEO contract.
THE CONTRACT clearly de-
fines three steps in the process
-the German TA's were the
first union members to pursue
a grievance settlement through
step 3: a binding solution from
a Rhodes designee.
FORSYTH'S findings, released
by Schober, state that "Al-
though the German Department
did not violate any Contract,
provisions in the employment
of teaching assistants for the
Spring-Summer term, the ques-
tion will remain a divisive issue
among faculty as well as teach-
ing assistants in the department
unless further a c t i o n s are
The document continues: "In
the interest of good employe,
as well as departmental rela-
tions, the German Department
See 'U', Page 9

A University research scient-
ist who has worked in the High-
way Safety Research Institute
(H.S.R.I.) for seven years was
fired Tuesday before grievance
proceedings for issues related
to the dismissal were completed.
Philip Carroll, unsuccessful
Human Rights Party candidate
for the Second District congres-
sional seat last fall charged in
his grievance complaint that
"harassment and other errors
in management" by his depart-
ment head James O'Day and.
H.S.R.I. Director Robert Hess
"have resulted in a constricted
atmosphere . . . and reflect on
(his) performance of duties."
HE CHARGED the discharge
was "unjustified and motivated
by their reaction to my candi-
Carroll is meeting with his
lawyer to discuss possible legal
actions. O'Day and Hess yester-
day refused to comment, term-
ing the issue a personnel matter.

There has been miich conflict
between Carroll and his super-
iors sine last summer when a
regental by-law forced Carrot
to leave his position while cam-
nalening for public office. The
Institute insisted Carroll take-
his accumulated vacation days
during the campaign.
CARROIL. however, contends
he still deserves these 48 vaca-
tion days.
On April 24, Carroll filed his
grievance with Vice President
for Academic Affairs Frank
Rhodes, sent copies to Hess and
O'Day, and took the vacation
time to which he claimed he-
was entitled.
Department head O'Day, in a
memo dated March 31, request-
ed Carroll explain the uniauth-
orized vacation, but Carroll re-
fused since. he said he felt the
memo was a "harassment, an
avoidance of the common prac-
tice of coming, in a friendly
way, to the emploves and asking

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