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Vol. XCIlNo. 8
Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily.
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, September 18, 1981
'U' will benefit
By MARK GINDIN
The University likely will play a
major role in Gov. William Milliken's
Wan to revitalize the state's economy.
in his speech, the governor recom-
mended a high technology fund of $25
million, which has received widespread
support from state officials.It would be
Gov.,, William Milliken's
proposals for improving the
state's economy are outlined on
targeted first at areas of robotics and
olecular biology-two research areas
n which the University excels.
THE UNIVERSITY has established a
strong reputation in robotics and could
become the world's leading center in
robotics research according to Robert
Law, an official in the governor's office.
Because of the use of robots in
manufacturing and other functions,
Ford and General Motors automotive
companies have expressed interest in a
possible robotics center at the Univer-
sity, he added.
Milliken also proposed development
of high technology "incubator centers"
at state universities. Incubator centers
provide low-cost space and equipment
for prospective entrepreneurs. No word
has been given yet about such a center
at the University.
University Vice President for
Research Charles Overberger said the
state's attempt to stimulate high
technology was "highly commen-
Regents approve final
general fund budget
By JANET RAE
A University general fund budget of
more than $262 million earned the
Regents' approval yesterday.
Even though uncertainty surrounding
the state budget still exists, University
officials decided it was time to approve
a plan for fiscal year 1981-82, which
*egan more than two months ago.
APPROVAL OF THE budget, which
relies on student fees and state ap-
propriations, was delayed because of
possible legislative action that could
reduce state funds to the University by
as much as 5 percent.
"At this point in time, we believe
there is no advantage in delaying fur- ,
her that would not be offset by greater
disadvantages," Vice President for
Academic Affairs Billy Frye told the
Frye explained that the state had
pledged a 12.1 percent increase in funds
for the University in March but was
now considering reducing those funds
by approximately 4 percent to 5 per-
Because of differences between the
state and University fiscal years, three-
quarters of this year's appropriation
includes the original 12.1 percent in-
crease and one-quarter is made up of
last year's negative 5 percent ap-
propriation, Frye said. This would
leave an increase of only 2.7 percent for
this year after the subtraction of the an-
ticipated 4 percent to 5 percent, he said.
FRYE ALSO explained that there was
a possibility of a second appropriations
cut by the state this year. University of-
ficials believe that reduction also could
be as much as 5 percent, effectively
reducing the University's state
allocations to a figure that would be 1
percent less than what it actually
received last year.
Because of this loss of revenue, Frye
said, reductions of some $10.4 million
lhave been incorporated into the new
budget. With new tuition increases of 18
percent figured in, Frye said more than
35 percent of the budget comes from
"internal resources," more than ever
"It is imperatiye that the lawmakers
and citizens of the state recognize that
we cannot bear these problems alone,"
Frye said. "The quality of the Univer-
sity, (which is) vital to the long-run and
economic well-being of the state, can-
not be preserved unless we receive a
commensurate level of state
recognition of our problems."
INCLUDED IN the new budget is a
salary improvement:program of 5.5 per-
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By JOHN ADAM
If the United States and Soviet Union continue
their current policies toward one another,
nuclear war is almost inevitable, according to
political science Prof. J. David Singer.
"Nuclear war in the next 20 years is a 90 per-
cent probability, and it may be. sooner than
that," Singer said in an interview Wednesday.
SINGER, WHOSE work centers on national
security, arms control, and foreign policy, said,
both a "powder keg and a "fuse" are necessary
ingredients in a major conflict. The ."powder
kegs" are the United States and the Soviet
Union, he said, while the "fuse" could be any one
of a number of global "hot spots."
Those global "hot spots" include the following:
*Middle East: Singer like other experts, said
he believes this is the most volatile area in the
world. Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and even Jor-
dan, could initiate a war against Israel. On the
War likely if current policy continues
"Nuclear war in the next 20 years is a 90 percent
probability, and it may be sooner than that."
-J, David Singer
political science professor
Singer said. This, coupled with the fact Soviet
troops are bogged down in Afghanistan and
along the Chinese border, prompted Singer to
say the Polish situation "is dangerous but not as
flammable" as the Middle East.
The United States is "quite unlikely" to do
anything militarily if the Soviets invade, but the
American goal should be to boost Polish in-
dependence from Moscow. "If Americans were
doing this for the last 35 years, by now there'd no
be Russian empire in Central Europe. The
trouble is the Americans thought that these were
all very pliable puppets of Moscow."
" Central America: None of the regimes are
doing well in this area, said Singer, but the
region is not a great threat. He said he believes
the situation in Mexico is "considerably worse
than it's been painted," and that "Mexico may
be America's Afghanistan."
See 'U' PROF, Page 2
other hand, added Singer, Israel's sense of in-
security may provoke another strike similar to
its attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor.
As for Egypt, President Anwar Sadat's regime
could be in trouble if the peace negotiations do
not continue. "(Sadat) could certainly be the vic-
tim of a coup in the next few years," Singer said.
The United States' role in the region, said the
policy analyst, should be to get the Saudis and
the Jordanians to play a more active part in the
Middle East peace process.
* Poland: The fact that the Soviets have not
moved yet into Poland should be a source of en-
couragement. It would be extremely costly for
the Soviets to occupy Poland because the Roman
Catholic Church, the Solidarity union and the
Polish armed forces would lead the resistance,
... cites world's "hot spots"
Zbig to watch Wolverines
Z bignew Brzezinski, chairman of the National Security
Council under President Jimmy Carter will be in town
this weekend to watch the Michigan-Notre Dame football
game, according to Prof. Michel Oksenberg.Oksenberg, a
political science professor and expert on China, was also a
Minn., farmstead and the neighbors are not amused. Spike,
you see, is a lion. Mostly, Spike dozes on the roof of a
wrecked car parked next to a vacant farm house owned by
Fred Wroblewski. Now and then, he leaves his perch to
stroll about at the end of a 30-foot steel chain. He dines on
dry dog food or meat scraps supplied by Wroblewski, who
brought in the lion in an effort to put a stop to vandalism at
the farm. Phyllis Fyler, who lives across the road, says
Spike is a menace. "It's come to a pretty pass when you
have to run down there in the morning to see if the lion's
still there or if he's in your house or on the loose." she huf-
War of wits
Daniel Ellsberg and G. Gordon Liddy, the leaker and the
plumber of the Nixon years, still disagree. In their first
debate ever, Wednesday night, the two attacked each
other's roles in the Pentagon Papers case that
foreshadowed the Watergate scandal. Ellsberg, who leaked
the classified documents on the Vietnam war in 1971, told a
Syracuse University audience, "I leaked the Pentagon
Papers to avoid the kind of escalation that Nixon was
talking about, because of the lesson I had learned from two
A bad influence?
When President Reagan emerged from Air Force
One after arriving in Grand Rapids yesterday, he turned to
someone at his side and began to stumble but managed to
catch his balance. The man at his side? Former President
Gerald Ford, who developed a reputation during his ad-
ministration for bumping his head while boarding his
helicopter and stumbling nearly everywhere. Q