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Vol. XCiI, No. 1l Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, September 22, 1981 Ten Cents Ten Pages
ggkF rye warns

faculty

of

impending

Blue Monday
After a long and warm summer, the realities of cool fall are beginning to set-
tle in. Fewer people can be seen relaxing on campus benches. A lonely kiosk
advertises the traditional fall trademarks; fraternity and sorority rush and
football ticket requests. Everyone's pace picks up as students resemble
blurs as they scurry to and from classes. if things seem bleak now, just wait
until winter.

bue
By ANDREW CHAPMAN
Predicting that another executive or-
der from Lansing may call for a five
percent cut in state allocations to the
University, Vice President For
Academic Affairs Bill Frye told the
faculty yesterday that the ad-
ministration is preparing a contingency
plan involving across-the-board reduc-
tions and programmatic cuts.
Last week, the legislature rejected an
executive order from Governor William
Milliken asking for a $6.1 million reduc-
tion in the University's general fund
budget.
BUT FRYE SAID he believes
Milliken will issue another executive
order, forcing the University to respond
with a contingency budget plan in-
volving two phases.
"In phase one we will restrict expen-
ditures from the general fund budget,"
Frye said at yesterday's Senate
Assembly meeting. The Univeristy will
"put off a certain amount of main-
tenance activity, putting the University
another year behind in the upkeep of
facilities," he said.
Phase two, Frye said, will include
both a base reduction in the budget and
programmatic cuts.
FRYE'S OUTLOOK for coming years
was also bleak.
"In the next three to five years we
shall have to retrench and reallocate
another 10 percent of the genral fund
budget," Frye said.
"IN THE FUTURE I would like to see
less across the board reductions," Frye
Continued, and more programmatic
reductions.

Frye said the University must be
realistic in viewing the budget, "but we
must not be driven to too-pessimistic
views."
Frye also told the faculty that he
thought the six percent salary raise for
faculty members was "far from
adequate," adding that it could not
compete successfully with other peer
institutions.
FRYE SAID he wished he could see a
way to boost salaries.
"This budget does not provide for an
See FRYE, Page 2

cuts

Chlorine gas
fells 33 people
at Harvard

Midland
nuke, plant
rating
disputed

JACKSON (UPI)- Consumers Power Co. officials
yesterday disputed an unpublished Nuclear
Regulatory Commission report rating the Midland
nuclear plant construction site "below average."
The report, which also rated reactor sites in six
other states "below average," was released to the
news media by Critical Mass, a Ralph Nader group.
Robert Wischmeyer of Consumers Power's news
and information department called the report
"disappointing and puzzling" and said the poor site
rating was based on outdated information.
HE ALSO SAID the report, which rated the two-unit
Midland construction program from mid-1970 to mid-
1980, "contradicts statements made by the NRC's
own field staff people who personally inspected the
Midland project."
According to the NRC report, a "below average"
facility shows evidence of "significant ad-
ministrative, managerial or material problems in
several activity areas.",
But it cautioned that its ratings "are only relative"
and that "a finding of below average does not imply
that a facility must be shut down or that construction
of a facility must be interrupted."

WEAKNESSES associated with "below average"
facilities occurred in radiation protection, plant
security, radioactive waste management, fire
protection and emergency preparedness.
"Simply stated," the report said, "a below average
facility displays negative characteristics or un-
desireable qualities that are not typical of a majority
of facilities."
Wischmeyer said Consumers Power Co. and
Bechtel Power Corp., its contractor at Midland, have
made improvements since the time period covered
by the NRC report.
"WE WERE AWARE over the time period that this
report covered that there were some aspects of the
construction project that weren't up to our standards
or the NRC's, but we've taken actions during that
time and since then to overcome them," he said.
Wischmeyer cited sworn testimony in July from
James Keppler, the NRC's Midwest director, that an
on-site NRC inspection in May found "clear evidence
that Consumers Powers Co. and Bechtel Power Corp.
had formed an effectively integrated and coordinated
construction and quality management team at the
site."

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) - High
levels of toxic chlorine gas filled a Har-
vard University athletic building
yesterday, overcoming at least 33
people and forcing 800 students to leave
a dormitory one block from crowded
HaryardSquare.
"The leakage has stopped," Cam-
bridge Fire Chief Daniel Reagan said
shortly before noon. "I-don't see any
cloud vapor anymore."
THE INJURED included nine
firefighters, 22 students and faculty
members and two graduates. Sixteen
were suffering from burns, skin
irritation or chlorine inhalation serious
enough to require hospitalization. The
rest were treated and released.
The smell was so powerful it was
easily detectable on the congested
streets in the area up to a block away
from the athletic building.
A spokeswoman for Mount Auburn
Hospital said one Cambridge firefighter

was brought there for treatment and
identified him as Robert Blake, 25, in
stable condition.
The other victims were not identified.
"None are in critical condition," a
university spokeswoman said.
A representative of the state En-
vironmental Quality Control Office
said, "The chlorine gas levels are in-
tolerable in there" and said the facility
would not be reopened before today at
the earliest.
THE GAS CAUSES burns on the skin,
he said, and if a victim is not removed
quickly it can irritate mucous mem-
branes in the lungs and result in death.
The Indoor Athletic Building, a four-
story brick structure occuping a block
and housing a huge swimming pool and
facilities for basketball, weightlifting
and other intramural sports, was
evacuated.
At least 800 students from Lowell
House, a large coed dormitory across the
street, also were evacuated.

TODAY
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on his or her report card and will be charged for the course
unless the Academic Action Office decides that the student
has a reasonable excuse for missing the deadline.
Engineering students have an extended deadline of Oct. 21
to drop or add a class. An engineering student who drops a
course after the deadline will be charged for the course but
won't be given a "W" on his or her report card. Drop/add
forms may be obtained from the Academic Counseling Of-
fice and from the Engineering Record's Office. QJ
Haywire horse race

ployee in Fairfield said that five to 10 minutes after Satur-
day's pre-recorded horse race ended on TV, 11 people were
lined up in the store with tickets showing the winning pony's
number. At other stores in Maine, there were unofficial
counts of up to 25 people holding winning tickets, each good
for a cool grand.
It was unclear yesterday whether they would be allowed
to cash in, and some customers were reported to be livid.
Officials at Hannaford Brothers Co., the parent firm for the
Sampson's stores, declined to comment yesterday. "I don't
have a whole lot to say," Wilson said. "They haven't told us
what to say." QJ

Reynolds said in a statement yesterday. But the state Civil
Liberties Union says it may challenge the action as a
violation of due process rights. "Police chiefs sometimes
feel they can invent laws and pass sentences," said New
Hampshire CLU director Randall Ment. "We heartily
disagree." Police Capt. James Rowe said more names may
be added to the list. "These three individuals have had
repeated contact with the department," Rowe said.
"Anything that can lessen the police load for any com-
munity our size ought to be tried." The law bans the sale of
alcohol to minors, drunks and insane people, or to anybody
else as directed by any court, selectman of a town, chief of
police, overseer of the poor or the liquor commission." E

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