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Thursdvy, July 31, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three

LSA FACING SEVERE CHALLENGE

A long
By BILL TURQUE
Last of a three-part series
By any standard, The Affirm-
ative Action Progress Report
for 1973-74 provides a discour-
aging account of the Univer-
sity's efforts to hire and pro-
mote minorities, particularly
within the instructional staff of
the Literary College (LSA).
Such a report, however, can
only compile data, cite numeri-
cal trends, and point to prob-
lem areas. It cannot reach the
crucial reasons behind the Uni-
versity's sluggish start toward
reaching affirmative action
goals.
VIRTUALLY every Univer-
sity official and department
chairman contacted about the
report and its implications has
emphasized the need to in-

road for affirmative action

crease the national pool of mi-
nority Ph.Ds. Only this way will
minorities be able to penetrate
the "tenure track" ranks of as-
sistant professor and above.
Competition among major col-
leges and Universities for exist-
ing minority graduate students
is fierce.
Department heads complain
that they cannot make offers to
these students comparable to
those extended by such schools
as Harvard, Yale, and Stan-
ford.
"AS THERE is more and
more pressure put on institu-
tions to hire minorities," said

Eva Mueller, associate dean
for academic appointments,
"these people are getting in-
numerable offers. I think the
whole problem is how you pre-
vent affirmative action program
from becoming a competition
for a few outstanding black
people."
Ultimately, the effort rests
almost exclusively on a depart-
mental level. The affirmative
action office cannot hire facul-
ty, nor is it in a position to
judge the relative scholastic
merits of each job applicant.
"Unless department chair-
men start taking it (affirma-
tive action) with the utmost

seriousness, progress is going
to be slow," said John D'Arms,
chairman of the classical studies
department.
WHILE JUDGING the rela-
tive merits of minority job op-
plicants might not be within the
province of the Affirmative Ac-
tion office, there seems to be a
real need for more and better
communications between the
office, the literary college (L-
SA) bureaucracy, and the in-
dividual departments.
The information in the LSA
profile is based almost exclu-
sively on appointment activity
records supplied by the individ-
ual departments.
The records, according to at
least one assistant to Affirma-
tive Action director Nellie Var-
See DEPRESSED, Page 10

'Unless department
chairmen start taking
it (affirmative action)
seriously, progress is
going to be slow.'
-John D'Arms
Chairman, classical
studies d e hart meat

'U,'clerical
talks stalled,
By ELAINE FLETCHER
Negotiations between University officials and
the clericals union yesterday failed to reach
either a tentative contract agreement or an in-
passe, contrary to earlier predictions by mem-
bers of both bargaining teams.
"The significant events did not occur as Neff
(William Neff, head of the University bargain-
ing team) and others expected. We are neither
at an impasse nor anywhere else," stated Jean
Jones, leader of the clericals (UAW local 2001)
bargaining team.
NEFF HAD stated Tuesday that, "By the end
of tomorrow's session we'll have a clear idea of
whether we're going to reach an agreement01
"Econoinics still remains as the issue holding
tip a contract," explained Debbie Morehead, an-
other member of the clericals' bargaining team,
"We had very much hoped to resolve that issue '
today but we didn't."
Morehead also said that "There are plans to
meet at least once more in session the week of
the 11th. If nothing satisfactory happens it pro-
bably will be the last session."
SIIOULD that occur, added Morehead," a
membership meeting would then be called, "to
decide where to go from there."
The Union is expecting another proposal from
the University at their next session, accordin
to Morehead. "Depending on the proposal, on
how close or how far apart we are at that time
we will decide whether there is any hope for an
additional meeting," she said.
Although the Union still maintains a demand
for an 8 per cent wage hike, Morehead said the Senator Ge
figure "was dependent on several other eco- Central Int
nomic issues." ference. TI
Grad library doors
hazardous to health

AP Photo
Castro's report
orge McGovern (D-S.D.) holds up a report from Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro on attempts by the
lelligence Agency to assassinate him. McGovern made the report public during a Washington news con-
he people pictured on the page are captured conspirators, the report says.
House voltes to kill Ford's
compromise oil price bill

By JEFF RISTINE
Warning: The new Graduate
Library front doors may be
hazardous to your health,
"It's the design of them," ex-
plains Bob Starring, acting head
of the library. "People are mis-
judging the extension of the
glass beyond the metal,"
THE 400-POUND glass doors
have caused endless problems
since they were installed earlier
this year and, as Starring adds,
"it needs attention at once,"
Last week a visitor to the li-
brary was rushed to a hospital
after he hit his forehead on a
door. The gash required seven
stitches.
"It puzzles me how he could
hurt himself so badly," Starring
says. But he acknowledges that

many persons entering and ex-
iting through the doors are hav-.
ing trouble making "spacial
judgments" because a small
section of glass extends beyond
the strip of. metal running the
length of the door.
After last week's incident, the
most serious so far, the library
placed bright yellow tape on
the glass and floor, because, as
Supervisor Joanne Spaide points
out, "people don't see the
glass." She added that another
problem - smashed toes - has
also plagued the library since
the grueling gateways were in-
stalled.
STILL ANOTHER persistent
glitch affects practically every-
one who uses the Grad Library,
See GRAD, Page 10

WASHINGTON (P)-The House killed President
Ford's compromise domestic oil decontrol plan
last night, splitting Congress and the administra-
tion even further apart in trying to resolve the
energy impasse.
The vote was 228 to 189.
THE DISAPPROVAL vote came only hours af-
ter the House tacked on to its own oil policy bill
an amendment to set specific price lids on all
U.S.-produced petroleum. Rep. John Anderson of
Illinois, chairman of the House Republican Con-
ference, told members in an emotional speech
that Ford will veto that bill if it also passed by
the Senate.
The rejected Ford plan would have decontrolled
prices for domestic "old" oil over a 39-month
period with a ceiling of $11.50 per barrel. Old
oil is now controlled at $5.25 per barrel.
At the same time, prices for other domestic oil,
now at about $13 per barrel would have been
rolled back to $11.50. It would have been per-

mitted to rise by 5 cents a month beginning
Oct. 1.
A SIMPLE majority vote against the Ford pro-
gram in either the House or Senate kills it.
It was the second time in two weeks that the
House rejected a plan which the President pro-
posed to solve the nation's energy problems.
If no legislation is passed by Congress, all price
controls on domestically produced oil will dis-
appear Aug. 31. Gasoline prices then would be
expected to increase several cents a gallon,
ADMINISTRATION officials said that under the
plan which the House rejected, gasoline prices
at the pump would rise gradually to between S
and 7 cents a gallon by the end of 1978.
Federal Energy Administrator Frank Zarb had
conferred with House and Senate energy leaders
for several days in an attempt to hammer out a
plan that would suit both the White House and
Congress.

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