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Ninety-Two Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Mostly sunny with a high in
the mid GOs.

Vol. XCI, No. 35 Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, October 20, 1981 Ten Cents 12 Pages
'U' research corporation proposed

By ANDREW CHAPMAN
SA. task force committee has
recommended that the University set up
a research corporation to recruit in-
dustry supposrt for research activity at
the University.
The proposed Michigan Research
Corporation would serve as a "broker"
between the University and outside
industry to attract high technology in-'
dustry money to research activities at
the University, according to an interim
*report drawn up by the task force on
University/Industry Interaction. ,
TASK FORCE chairman Robert
Howe presented his report to the Senate
Assembly yesterday afternnon.
According to,Howe, the MRC would
be a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation
under the control of the University
Regents. Its main purpose wold be to

r"facilitate the transfer of technology"
from the University to industry, he
said.
The corporation, which would be
funded in part by the University and in
part by the private sector, would help to
stimulate economic growth in the state,
according to the task force report.
THE MRC WOULD also give Univer-
sity faculty a chance to be involved in
research they would ordinarily not
have the funds to engage in, Howe said.
The research corporation would
require an initial investment of ap-
proximately $7.5 to $10 million from in-
dustry ,and the University, the report
said.
In addition to the initial investment '
the MRC would require $1 million an-
nually for a couple of years before it
became self-sufficient.

University may solicit
industry contracts

HOWE SAID the MRC's self-
sufficiency would be achieved after a
couple of years because of its ability to
collect money on patent and license
royalties on all technological in-
novations it produces.
Another benefit the MRC would
provide for the University is its, ability
to pay higher salaries to professors in-
volved in the corporation, said George
Gamota, director of the Institute of
Science and Technology.

The MRC would be able to pay faculty
at rates comparable to those high
technology industries pay because the
corporation would be able to draw such
a large amount of industry money into
its salary fund, Howe explained.
THE IDEA FOR the MRC grew out of
a committee report made to Vice
President for Research Charles Over-
berger last spring calling for increased
interaction between the University and
industry.

The task force report claimed that
the University needs the MRC because
federal funds for research have
declined, the MRC would help boost the
sagging state economy, and because of
the University's recent loss of faculty to
higher-paying industry jobs.
The report will now be followpd up by
an in-depth report to be compiled by
Engineering Prof. Walton Hancock,
and will be released to the academic
community by the end of this winter
term.
HOWE SAID, in his presentation of
the report to the Senate Assembly
yesterday, that the University h4s had
"a bad track record for getting resear-
ch grants.
"We seem to end up with the same
policies as in the past," Howe said.
See RESEARCH, Page 5

Howe
... proposes new research
corporation

New Polish leader
reaffirms ties

to

Warsaw Pact

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
*Surf's upa
A brave surfer (located near lower-right-hand corner of the light house) finds tackling the icy waters of Lake Michigan at Grand Haven a
lonely pursuit. Gusting winds of up to 60 mph and waves reading 14 feet were reported Sunday at this locale.
On-campus, recruiters
*d.o hire on GPA alone

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Premier Wojciech
Jaruzelski, in his first full day as chief of the
ruling Communist Party, reassured Poland's
Warsaw Pact allies yesterday of "fraternal
cooperation" and also conferred with his generals.
The Solidarity labor federation, responding to
the latest shakeup . in the Communist Party
leadership, agreed to end "unjustified" strikes
but thousands of defiant workers continued
protest actions. .
JARUZELSKI, who is a general and defense
minister as well as premier, was elected first
secretary of the party Sunday by the 200-member
Central -Committee that fired Stanislaw Kania
from the top leadership post.
The official news agency PAP reported
Jaruzelski met with the ambassadors from the
Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East
Germany, Romania and Hungary, and stressed
the significance Poland attaches to the...fraternal
cooperation with the states of the socialist com-
munity."
PAP said Jaruzelski also met with the Defense
Military Council and "made decisions about the
tasks of the army," but the agency gave no
details.
SOLIDARITY LEADERS, meeting in Gdansk,'
sent telegrams to local chapters calling strikes
"economically adverse" and saying they would
"see to it that unjustified protests...are eliminated."
Marek Brunne, Solidarity's national
spokesman, issued a statement saying the union
would "make all efforts to achieve agreements
with the authorities before the emergence of ex-
ploisive situations and conflicts."
But he added, "our union cannot agree to any
kind of renegotiation of the agreements" reached
during a wave of strikes last year that led to the
creation of Solidarity as the only independent
union in the Soviet bloc. Some Central Committee
members at their three-day meeting accused
Solidarity of violating the agreements and said they
should be renegotiated.
SOLIDARITY leader Lech Walesa, visiting
France, told a news conference in Paris he hoped
the concentration of power by Jaruzelski would
help Poland act against its economic and social
problems.
The government will be relying on one man, and
we will be dealing with one man," he said. "It
may be more rapid and efficient to take decisions.
It appears to be an improvement, and we are
relaxed about it."
Walesa said "small strikes might continue
because "protest is necessary in a democracy,
but "widespread strikes hurt both the people and
Solidarity.'
SOVIET PRESIDENT Leonid I. Brezhnev sent
a congratulatory message to Poland's new party
chief, saying he had confidence Jaruzelski would
"rally the ranks" during a "crucial 'historical
moment." The telegram also urged Jaruzelski to
fight against "encroachments by counter-
revolution."

The Soviet Union has kept a close eye on its War-
saw Pact ally during the past year of sweeping
reforms that launched Solidarity, and was critical
of Kania's moderate stance.
Jaruzelski, the third party chief in a little more
than a year, had backed Kania's "line of
agreement" or peaceful solution to Poland's
problems and Solidarity's demands, but recently
took a harder stance, urging the union to moderate
its policies. Kania replaced Edward Gierek on
Sept. 5, 1980, less than a week after the union and
government signed an accord aimed at ending
nationwide strikes.
PAP said in a report that nearly half of
Poland's provinces "are plunged into strikes,
' threatened strikes and strike alerts due to food."
Textile workers in Zyrardow, west of Warsaw, oc-
cupied factories for the seventh day, and thousand
s of workers downed tools in southwest Zielona
Gora province.
Solidarity's Presidium, meeting in the Baltic
port city of Gdansk, sent telegrams to its chapters
yesterday warning "against decisions 'which
might sharpen the situation and be conducive to
social conflict."
Leaders of the 9.5 million-member union were
/ expected to meet Thursday to decide whether to
stage a nationwide warning strike over food
distribution and prices.
The union and government agreed on a price
freeze Sunday pending a new economic reform
plan. It was not known if the agreemtn wold end
the union's plan to stage a nationwide protest.

By MIKE McINTYRE
On-campus recruiting is in full-swing, and
the consensus among company represen-
tatives is that a student will need more than
just good grades to land a job in an ever-
competitive market.
Although most job interviewers say a
strong GPA can bolster a candidate's chances
of getting hired, they cite other factors, such .
as communication skills and leadership
ability, as being equally important.
ACCORDING TO William Mair of Touche
Ross & Co., a "Big 8" accounting firm that
has been recruiting at the business school,
equivalent GPAs among jfb candidates do not
necessarily translate into equal performance.
"Schools differ so much that it's not prac-
tical to look at GPAs," Mair said.
"We're looking for well-balanced people,"
he continued. "Good social skills are
unecessary to function effectively in a flexible
anddynamic society."
Johnson Wax's Barbara ,Reed, who was
recently on campus interviewing prospective
sales management trainees, said she cannot
over-emphasize the importance of interper-
sonal skills.
"GPA doesn't tell us a lot about that per-
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son's ability to communicate and do the job,"
Reed said. "We're looking for a high-profile
type person-somebody who's a self-starter,
very highlymotivated, and possesses leader-
ship ability. We've had a lot of success with
liberal arts majors," she said.
Although many recruiters play down the
importance of grades, others place a great
emphasis on an individual's GPA.
SOME RECRUITERS have a "minimum
GPA" in mind when interviewing prospective
candidates, said Jack Weikart from Exxon.
Although he said he personally deplores the
notion, "There are other recruiters in Exxon
as well as other companies who are very
grade point conscious," and subscribe to the
philosophy that "a 2.5 GPA hasn't got a chan-
ce of a snowball in hell," he said.
Students often come out of an interview
surprised at the informal approach taken by
hany recruiters and the general nature of the
questions asked of them.
"The questions were really, really general,
... like, 'Do you feel that you have been suc-
cessful thus far and why?' and, 'What is the
most demanding situation that you have ever
been confronted with,"' said LSA senior Phil
Rubin. "You really have to tell them what

they want to hear, more or less ... you have to
twist things and make yourself look good."
"IT WASN'T AS scary as I thought it would
be," said Elise Malstrom, an LSA graduate
who recently interviewed with IBM and
Xerox. "I thought that the interviewers would
be really different from me-like Martians-
but they're just regular old people."
Recruiters say that performance in the in-
terview is an important factor in determining
who is invited to the firm for more inter-
viewing and who must look elsewhere for a
job.
"The on-campus face-to-face interview is a
yiticog in the hiring process," Weikart said.
ROBERT SCHARFF of Peat, Marwick,
Mitchel & Co., a top-ranked accounting firm,
said that a successful candidate must convey
everything about himself or herself in a con-
vincing manner during the interview.
"Basically, you have 20 minutes to sell
yourself . . . just like you would sell a
product," Scharff said.
In addition to academic performance and
communication skills, recruiters also judge
candidates by their involvement, in extra-
curricular activities. Employers said in-
See FIRMS, Page 5

A PULISH CIIZEN reads news or the
resignation of Communist Party Chairman
Stanislaw Kania, who was replaced Sunday by
Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski following party
elections.

-TODAY

Red, white and blue
OH, SAY DID you see the American flag hanging
from the Burton Memorial Tower yesterday af-
ternoon? The flag and Carillonneur William
DeTurk's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner

STrivia
Did you ever stop to think about how the attendance num-
ber at football games is arrived at? What's more, are you
afraid to stand up and cheer for fear of ending up on the
lap of one of those 165,000 other people when you sit down
again? Don't worry, there's no real need to panic about a
large attendance number. The attendance figure announ-
ced at the game is an estimate based on the number of
tickets sold-not the actual number of tickets redeemed.
The game attendance estimates also includes the teams,
the band, officials, the press, security and game workers.

accumulating two bachelors degrees, two masters and
a Ph.D. in education. He never finished high school. Cham-
berlain, 48, finally joined the class of '52 when a colleague
recently approached Highline High School Principal Ken-
neth Teller with some of Chamberlain's writings-earning
the deficient scholar his overdue credit in English. "It was,
an emotional moment," Chamberlain said. He was presen-.
ted with the diploma at a party to celebrate his Ph.D. from
Seattle University. "I never in my wildest dreams ever ex-
pected this to happen. I just went right on to college and
kept telling myself that I'd take care of the oversight
someday," he said. Teller presented Chamberlain with a

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