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0I. XC, No..86
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, January 16, 1980
Along with class size, Econ. Dept. anger grows
By ADRIENNE LYONS
Economics-called the "dismal science" by
some-is apparently becoming less dismal and
*ore popular with many University students.
Even upper-level courses in the University's
Economics Department are severely over-
crowded, a condition that some faculty mem-
bers feel may result in poorer quality instruc-
"We're in a boom in economics. It has put us
under pressure," Economics Prof. William
Shepherd said yesterday. "It's nice to be in
demand, but it's tough for the students."
SHEPHERD SENT a memorandum to his
colleagues last month criticizing LSA for not
helping the department.
"We are being forced to carry extreme
pressures as teachers, and yet we are also
failing to provide quality courses for students
who choose economics," Shepherd's
memorandum said. "And we are going belly-up
to an unresponsive LSA ... all we are achieving
is a severe work overload and large numbers of
(justifiably) angry students. How about it,
leaders of the power structure? Shall we all
close our courses next fall at 50 and tell studen-
ts to sit in at (University President) Hal
Shapiro's office? Or Saul's (Department
Chairman Hymans)? or Billy Frye's?"
"The dean's office had eight or 10 positions
open for the whole campus, but really there's
got to be more," Shepherd said. "Normal at-
trition allows for more than that. The dean's of-
fice hasn't gone out of their way to help."
Shepherd suggested the addition of visiting
faculty to alleviate the problem.
Shepherd said he has heard little resonse
from his colleagues. "My memo was saying
'Let's complain.' It's no great crusade. But if
we make a fuss, we might get more (funds),"
UNDERGRADUATE enrollment in
economics courses has increased by almost 28
per cent since 1975. The increases are hitting
the department hardest in its intermediate
level courses, according to Economics
Teaching Assistant Syung Choie.
According to faculty members and students,
the solution to the problem is to increase the
number of faculty - in the department. But
despite repeated increased funding requests,
LSA has been unable to help the department.
See ANGER, Page 2
'We're in a boom in
economics. It's' nice to be in
demand, but it's tough for the,
A worker cleans paint from the crypt of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther
King Jr. yesterday after it was vandalized only hours before ceremonies
marking the 51st anniversary of King's birth. See story, Page 7.
EDITOR OF HARPER'S A T HOPWOOD CEREMONY:
TEHRAN, Iran (AP)-Iran yester-
day ordered American reporters to
leave the country by midnight Friday in
a move one Iranian official said could
help ease the embassy crisis by
"lowering the temperature" and taking
pressure off the militants who hold the
The United States, meanwhile,
moved to build up pressure on the
Iranians by rounding up support from
the NATO allies for economic sanctions
THE CARTER administration also
pressed its court action against the
Iranians. Lawyers for the' U.S. gover-
nment formally presented a lengthy.
legal brief on its case against Iran
before the International Court of
Justice in the Hague, Netherlands. The
court is the main legal arm of the
ABC News quoted unnamed U.N.
sources in New York as saying Iran's
revolutionary Moslem leader,
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, would
accept U.N. Secretary-General Kurt
Waldheim as an intermediary in the
U.S.-Iran crisis. It said Mansour
Farhang, Iran's chief of mission at the
United Nations, had received a
message from the Foreign Ministry
stating Waldheim was acceptable.
The secretary-general made a four-
day visit to Iran two weeks ago to try
and negotiate the release bf the
hostages but Khomeini refused to see
ABOLGHASSEM SADEGH, director
of foreign press at the Ministry of
National Guidance, said the explusion
of reporters for U.S. news organizations
would mean that "the students (em-
Speaker slams today's
W By DOUG FELTNER,
Harper's Magazine Editor Lewis
Lapham, speaking yesterday at the
ceremony for the 1980 Hopwood
creative writing awards; attacked the
authors of contemporary literature for
whom "society at large remains chiefly
In his speech, entitled "The Shattered
Mirror: The Non-existence of Contem-
rary American Letters," Lapham
serted that most American authors
since 1960 have either catered to the
public fad or fancy in an effort to sell
their books and themselves, or have
communicated only to select groups
and not to the American public as a
LAPHAM WAS the key'note speaker
at yesterday's Hopwood Awards for
freshpersons and sophomores. Winners
were also announced for the Academy
of American Poets Award, the Bain-
Swiggett Prize, the Gutterman Award
and the Jeffrey Weisberg Memorial
Prize in Creative Writing, as well as the
Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowships.
Speaking before some 200 people in
the Rackham Amphitheatre, Lapham
criticized modern writers who he said
reduce social problems, to metaphor
and symbol in an effort to keep them-
selves disassociated from the world.
They claim that "nothing is their
fault," Lapham said.
Lapham said these authors represent
a more general trend in American
society. "The nation possesses neither
the desire nor the courage to know it-
self," Lapham contended.
A TOTAL of 13 Hopwood awards were
distributed at the ceremony yesterday.
Freshperson Lisa Rapport was the top
underclass prize winner, winning three
awards, one in fiction and two in fresh-
man essay, totaling $325 in prize
Upon winning the awards, Rapport
expressed shock and surprise. "You're
See EDITOR, Page5
bassy militants) might be more relaxed
and the hostages might be more
relaxed in turn.
"I thinkit will be good for Iran, the'
United States and the hostages," he
said, adding that the move could "lower
the temperature ... and might help the
situation as a whole."
The 50 or so American hostages have
been held prisoner at the embassy since
Moslem militants seized the complex
Nov. 4, demanding the return of the
exiled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
in exchange for their hostages'
IRAN'S RULING Revolutionary
Council and Cabinet ministers decided
Monday to eject the 100 or so
Americaan reporters here from the
See IRAN, Page 10
From the Associated Press
Anti-communist rebels, reportedly
fighting a losing battle against a
modern Soviet force, claimed yester-
day to be disrupting movement along
three roads into Kabul, forcing the
Soviets to airlift troop reinforcements
and supplies into the Afghanistan
capital, a Pakistani newspaper repor-
On the political front, the Soviets,
angered by a U.N. General Assembly
resolution calling for withdrawl of their
troops from Afghanistan, denounced
the action as intervention in
Afghanistan's affairs. America and its
Western allies planned additional
reprisals for the Soviet intervention.
THE DAILY newspaper Nawae Waqt
of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, carried the
report of the rebel action against the
highways. It quoted rebel sources
across the Pakistani border in
Afghanistan. The same sources said
rebels had killed the governor of the
northern province of Baghlan.
It has been impossible to verify such
rebel battlefield claims independently.
Western diplomats in Kabul have
said, however, that the Russian troops
have clamped down to a large degree
on the Moslem rebellion and there was
little fighting anywhere.
LSA student wins coveted
$15,000 Rhodes scholarship
By BILLY NEFF
What do Kris Kristofferson, Howard K. Smith, Senator
Bill Bradley, and Ihor Fedorowycz have in common? They
are Rhodes Scholars and will have spent two years of their
lives studying in Oxford, England.
The latest addition to this illustrious list is Fedorowycz,
a senior in LSA and the first University student in 13 years to
receive this, coveted honor. Seven students from Michigan
State University have been awarded Rhodes schoalrs in the
past 10 years.
WINNING THE award means that Fedorowycz will
tceive a $15,009 scholarship annually for the next two years
d the opportunity to study at Oxford University. This
award "opens up new doors for the future," Federowycz
And for Federowycz the doors have already begun to
open. He said he has received congratulatory letters from
congresspersons, much publicity, and a letter from the
assistant dean of the University's Law School informing
Fedorowycz of the school's interest in him.
"By the time the choices were made I was very relieved,
surprised, and dumbfounded. You're really sad for people
who didn't make it," he said.
DURING THE ARDUOUS selection process Fedorowycz
never stopped believing in himself. "I thought my chances
were good since I was well-rounded. My interests include
everything from hunting and fishing to making and seeing
films. But even then, you know it's an unbelievable longshot.
There are so many people for so few slots."
Fedorowycz, a political science and Russian and East
European studies major, has played soccer for the Univer-
sity club while also participating in several different sports
for the Ukranian Sports Club in Detroit.
When Fedorowycz was informed in mid-December that he
had won the award, he said he wasn't sure which thrill was
bigger, his game-winning goal gainst arch-rival Michigan
State or the Rhodes Scholar. During his sophomore and
junior years Fedorowycz, a Livonia native, led the soccer
club in scoring and during his four year career has tallied
over 20 goals.
THE LATE CECIL RHODES had a very special sort of
person in mind when he founded the award. He was looking
See FEDOROWYCZ, Page 5
Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
Rhodes scholar Ihor Fedorowycz plays soccer, skis .and is a Political
Science and Russian and East European Studies major at the University.
U I m
zas among four people. If they had won a football game on
New Year's Day, they might have had trouble dividing up
Pasadena's roses. Di
Students for a Progressive Government on Sunday
strung a banner in the Diag that announced the
group's voter registration campaign, but yesterday mor-
ning all that was left was a charred stick. "It's the wrong
type of representation for U of M to have," said Stacy
Stefanopoulois, who is running for the Second Ward Coun-
cil Democratic nomination. The registration drive at the
ployer, closed earlier this month. "I thought it was a hell of
a gesture," said Hamtramck Mayor Robert Kozaren. "I
know his intentions are good." Qi
Can they be bought?
A Minneapolis millionaire who often spends thousands of
dollars on philanthropic projects has offered the Ayatollah
Khomeini $50 million for the release of the American em-
bassy hostages in Iran. Percy Ross, a 63-year-old known for
his unconventional give-aways, said on Baltimore's WJZ-
TV "People Are Talking" show Moday that he sent
Khomeini a telegram detailing his ransom offer. Ross, who
once spent $20.000 on a retirement party for his favorite.
hour, the forecast on the national Weather Service's local
FM radio station was followed by a salty expletive every
four minutes. "It was very unfortunate and we're very em-
barrassed," said Des Moines office chief Perry Baker.
Baker said the forecaster, making the tape for the Sunday
broadcasts, made a mistake in the recording, tried to
correct it, and then cursed. "He thought he had it erased,
but he was making two tapes at the same time and the wor-
ds got on the second tape," Baker said. He added that
someone in the office noticed the remark after it had run for
about 40 minutes. Baker declined to name the forecaster. Q
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