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The Michigan Daily,
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan;
Friday, May 7, 1976
News Phone 764-0552
YourIAYprof:UCI agnt?
AMONG the CIA horror strries which surfaced with the
release of the Fenate intelligence committee report
last week was a brif,. bainely-noticed item which raises
extremely distriirhit'g questions for both students and
faculty at the University.
Senator Frank Church's committee disclosed that
the intelligence a'iency is now using several hundred
American academis in nore than 100 American col-
leges, universites a'd related institutions as links be-
tween the institutions and the CIA. Their activities, ac-
cordine, to the repn-t, ranee from "providins leads" and
"sometimes m-ikinq introductions for intelligence pur-
poses" to oov-rsionnil writing books "and other material
to be used for prnnwoanda nurposes abroad."
"An additio itfew score are used in an unwitting
manner for minor <ativiles," the Church report added
The infor-'ri# in the committee renort is frustrat-
tnglv scanty. for the nnn°' agreed to withhold specifics
at the reniete of of 'citils in the intelligence commun-
ity. Forod therefore into a 'uessing game, we believe
it not nmt'keiv at at, that the CIA maintains an aca-
demie irQ oum ""'here hera at the University. If, as the
renort st os ivor " hundred colleeps and universities
are nre-enttiv 'linvoverd. it is not unsafe to assume ours
merit- ~t in't ons sich "scent".
Tb" ,hi"-o' ren"rt is wvue, but is allows for a con-
siderahie i-o'nt of iiistifiid naranoia. Exactly what ac-
tivities do(e the fC e "'iedemic" at the University un-
dertake ;f 'nosend o e exists? Is he or she one of the
"additiolni fo so-e used in an unwitting manner"?
Do the a-i-itJP z vi'rate the Aeenev's charter forbidding
domesfie 'T n m hat wavs do the intelligence activ-
ities ftoeh the liv,' of stOlents and professors here?
W' are fi'ied "ith eunotions of outrage and help-
lessntese We '-ronp -ixTro< eit any covert abuse of the Uni-
versitv's aedemic commuinity, especially given the high
level of CIA rntfe-sances catalogued during the last
year and as half. VEt to demand an end to vague, un-
known, and -'nunri'edly innocuous activities such as
those outlined in the Senate report would surely be an
exercie i n ulitility - the CIA has demonstrated in the
past that even presicenti ' orders often fall upon deaf
Instead, wee tou live with our fear. While it may be
presumptuous to assume the worst, it is naive and dan-
gerous to expect the best

GEO vs. faculty VS.

Th/ article, ti rittin is an
s >i n l// i I" //i c fa yu lt , i asr
c/i 1 O / /s lhi, ri tfr n , /sci-
I ii a! I/icfineanGE Ciii
the eradtuste student assist.-
'sits it iGEi are ciincerned
about t h atteipt ofi the Uni-
tersits administratian tti use
the faculty against (GEO in the
serrent neguitiations and in the
event that there is a strike
next fall. Recent actions of the
adiinistralion have the poten-
tisl cffect of dividing the edu-
catsirs of the University - fac-
ulty atid graduate student as-
sistants (fGaAs) t-from each
'artictularly serious are two
actions in which the adminis-
tratiiin is asking the faculty to
tmarticipate. The first is to de-
lay making some appointments
for the fall term until much
later than usual, and to make
appointments normally made
for the fall and winter terms
fur fall only. The second is to
develop ways of teaching all
courses currently involving
GSAs without GSAs or to threa-
ten to withhold budget alloca-
tions from departments. (These
actions have not been made in
all departments but they have
been made in some.)
These actions present a num-
ber of serious problems of a
practical and political nature.
On the practical level, faculty
members are being asked to be
prepared to increase their
awirk-loads, without compensa-
tion, and towtaketon jobs too
difficult for one person. The
University hires graduate stu-
dent assistants precisely be-
cause no single faculty mem-
ber can be expected to provide
hundreds of students the kind
of attention they need. Vice-
President for Academic Affairs
trank Rhodes was quotedin a
recent D~etroit News article as
saying that the University
needs teaching fellows to main-
tain the diversity whichmakes
it a world class university.
On the political level: by in-
sisting that departments for-
inulate and prepare strike con-
tingency plans, the administra-
tion is clearly trying to use the
faculty as an arm of manage-
ment in the present and as
strike breakers in the future.
The administration has tradi-
tionally regarded faculty as an

extension of management, has
i'strated by their request for
fticulty to join the bargaining
team. The strike contingency
mlans ga seterot steps further
in attempting to undtermine the
dserstry process of collective
h-reaining by stacking the
deck, saking it sljbstantially
triae diffici't for GEO to bar-
gn in gniod f-iith at the table.
We know, and the administra-
titmn kn s, that issues are not
won in bargrining only by vir-
tie of the rightness of one side
or the other but by the strength
of each participint away from

the table. By trying to marshall
the faculty against us, the ad-
ministration hopes to weight
the balance of power against us
so that solidarity and conviction
on the part of our membership
and the university community
will have little impact.
We urge faculty members to
t-lk to each other and to GSAs
about these issues. We urge
people to think about their own
and their departments' strike
contingency plans, and about
the consequences of these plans
for the whole university com-

Sabotaging the
Dems' convention
Summer Co-Editorial Director
WHAT WITH JIMMY CARTER'S uncanny momentum
threatening to bring some order to the Democratic
race for the first time in recent memory, it'll take more
than a little party bickering to create the chaos we've
come to expect at the Dem's nominating convention.
Some Republican heavies, fearing the worst, will re-
sort to the shadiest of tactics to stir some feathers within
the Democratic ranks. Just last week one GOP biggie,
eyeing a vice-presidential bid, paid a visit to New York
Mayor Abe Beanie, with hopes of throwing a wrench into
the Dems' plans of conventioneering at Madison Square
Garden in July.
really in a hole right now and you're the only person
who can bail us out."
"Oh, now you come running to me," retorted Beame,
"and when I went running to your man in the White
House for a little financial aid, I can't begin to tell you
of the hassle I got."
"Simmer down, Abe," the Republican soothed, "that's
all forgotten now. "You help us out, and maybe we'll
make it worth the city's while, you know what I mean?"
THE MAYOR SMILED as visions of greenbacks danced
in his head, and agreed to discuss business.
"I'm glad you see the light," said the Republican.
"Now, what can you fine people plan the week of the
convention that'll screw up the Democrats?"
"Well, how about a transit strike? They always do
the trick," suggested Beame.
"A TRANSIT STRIKE, HUH?," the Republican ut-
tered to himself. "How can you swing that?"
"Oh, easy," said Beame, walking toward his hotline.
"I'll just give the transit commissioner a ring and after
a little maneuvering, we'll be able to shut off the mid-
town buses and the IRT."
"And then the delegates won't be able to get to the
Garden!", the Republican cried, realizing the mayor's in-
tent. "Abe, you're a genius. But what about the taxi cabs?
With a million and one cabs in this city, surely they'll
have some way to get there."
"NOT IF WE PLANT MUGGERS in the back seat
of every hack," said 'Beame. "That way, nobody will make
it alive to the convention."
"You're wonderful, Abe," "but I don't think a transit
strike and muggers are enough."
"Well, you know I do have connections with the man-
agement at the Garden," Beame informed him. "Maybe
we can .. .
".-.. WHY DON'T YOU BOOK a Ranger-Flyer game
on the first night of the convention," interrupted the Re-
publican. "A good, grawling hockey game at the Garden
would really upset their convention!"
"I don't know about that," said Beame, scratching
his chin. "It might be a little rash. Anyway, do you know
what kind of salaries those guys get?"
"Oh, Abe, c'mon, be a fella ... with all those fans and
all the fights, they'll never get their convention off the
ground. And maybe Carter will even get hit in the head
with a puck ...
"WELL, I'LL LOOK into it," Beame said, "but I can't
guarantee a hockey game. At best, we can book a Stones
concert, and throw the convention out on Seventh Avenue.
But I'll have to let you know."
"Fine," said the Republican. "Now, I've got an idea.
When the delegates tour the harbor on the Staten Island
Ferry, we'll sink the boat."
"That's horrible," uttered the Mayor. "Those boats are
worth too much money to sink in the harbor. What we
can do is float them off to the Statue of Liberty, and
leave them there."
"O.K., Abe, I see where we have a lot more plan-
ning to do," said the Republican, reaching for his over-
coat. "But we've got to try our hardest this time to screw
them up. Say, Abe, is it possible to bomb the Garden?"

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