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Friday, May 9, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven
Minorities hit 'U' Cobb case stance

(Continued from Page 1)
WITH THE Regental decision
to appoint a new LSA dean
search committee, Frye indi-
cated last night that he had
"the impression" he would be
asked to continue as acting dean
and asserted his willingness to
comply. He added, "It would be
tough to go out and get some-
one new to learn the ropes
now."
In light of the current uproar
over the University's weak
stance on affirmative action,
Classical Studies Chairman John
d'Arms observed last night,
"Frye has made heroic efforts
to lead the whole college in the
direction of affirmative action."
The Cobb investigation char-
ges University President Rob-
ben Fleming, Vice-President for
Academic Affairs F r a n k
Rhodes, and the zoology de-
partment with negotiating in ap-
parent bad faith and proceeding
unjustly with Cobb.
C O B B yesterday called on
the University to review and
correct our procedures to work
fairly for all groups, not just
white males. She asserted,
"Such procedures are not work-
ing for women and minorities."
Bernard Rogers, of the Office
of Civil Rights, Department of
Health, Education and Welfare,
said that the investigative re-
port had been sent to him yes-
terday.
Rogers indicated that the
Cobb offer had created more
impact than any other case
within the University. He ex-

plained, "There is a fear that
this is one of the most serious
violations of the University's
commitment to affirmative ac-
tion." .
OUTLINING possible HEW
action, Roeers said yesterday,
"We'll look at the report and
evidence and make some deci-
sion as to the University's af-
firmative action posture."
Sonnorting one of the affirma-
tive action nanel's recommenda-
tions to re-onsider Cobb, the
"nanino's egental choice for
dean, RFSA explained, "We feel
that the gross orocedural viola-
tions sirro""ding the considera-
tion of Cobb's annointment com-
nel the Association's endorse-
ment."
The BFSA signled out and in-
terpreted the probe's important
findings:
0 "Fleming and Rhodes were
predisposed to appoint Acting
Dean Frye.
* They recommended Frye
over Cobb to the Regents with-
out having any meaningful in-
te"irw with Cobb;
* The tentre review process
sws a sham;
0 The chairman of the Zool-
ogy Denartment indicated that
('.)bb woild have been given
tenure if Rhodes had asked his
tenure question differently;
* The process of negotiations
with Cobb was unprofessional
and rude;
. The proposed two year con-
tract was a sham offer; and
" The possibility of tenure in
the Medical School was never
pursued, even though the dean

there indicated that Cobb would
qualify for tenure at the Medi-
cal School.
Members of the zoology de-
partment's executive committee
that refused Cobb tenure in a
24-hour decision last January
indicated yesterday that the
group had met recently and ex-
pected an official statement
early next week. Several mem-
bers of the committee have as-
serted their willingness to de-
fend their actions.
The University Board of Re-
gents' decision to appoint a new
search committee has received
general approval from LSA fac-
ulty members who urge the col-
lege to "move onward." How-
ever, it has also raised the ques-
tion of appointing an insider vs.
an outsider.
THE COBB probe reveals
spotlighted the virtual absence
of black or women department
or administrative heads, lead-
ing Varner to comment, "We
have a very strong tradition of
appointing fro mthe inside."
While not "personally oppos-
ing that policy," Varner claim-
ed past discriminatory practices
"have not allowed enough wo-
men and minorities to move in-
to second level positions in or-
der to benefit from an internal
promotion policy."
Varner added, "To make any
significant progress on affirma-
tive action, we have to modify
our traditions of promotng pri-
marily from the inside."
REGENT James Nederlander
(R-Birmingham) last night ex-
pressed deep concern on the
part of the Regents over affirm-

ative action. He urged "the
whole University to look at it
and implement it."
Nederlander added, "It's not as
easy as people think it is."
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor), downplaying the re-
port's charges that the Univer-
sity has taken a weak stance on
affirmative action, said last
night, "There has been a pro-
gram of affirmative action at
the University. While there has
been criticism from time to
time, progress has been report-
ed also."
While the University differed
widely in its response to the
Cobb probe, it's apparently
united in its strong urging that
the new search committee seek
out the most qualified candi-
date for LSA dean.
BSFA declared, "Because of

the controversy surrounding the
Cobb affair, we anticipate a de-
sire on the part of President
Fleming to solicit advice and
counsel from broadly - based
segments of the University com-
munity when selecting and ap-
pointing a new search commit-
tee-
We are confident that we
share a mutual concern with
Fleming in avoiding a repeti-
tion of the Cobb affair.
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