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Ninety-Two Years
Editorial Freedom



Cloudy and breezy today,
with highs in the mid-50s.

Vol. XCII, No. 49 Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, November 5, 1981 Ten Cents Ten Pages

Physics prof
.for possible u
By JULIE HINDS "As it stands faculty taises are
Fourteen physics department, faculty last thing the administration settle
members submitted a petition last Longo wrote. "Year after year, we
week to faculty governance groups what is left after the janito
asking for a vote on possible tradespeople, etc. get their share."
unionization of University faculty. BROWN SAID the petition has b
The petition, sent to both the Senate referred to CESF, an arm of SACU
Advisory Committee on University Af- SACUA suggested that CESF collect
fairs and the Committee on the formation on the effects of unionizat
Economic Status of the Faculty, and distribute it to the faculty. SAC
requested that faculty officials also has "no objection to a CE
"organize an election to allow faculty to faculty poll on unionization," Brc
vote on the issue of possible said, adding that the final decision
unionization of the University of either action would be left to CESF.
Michigan." Ralph Loomis, an English profes
PHYSICS PROF. Michael Longo, in the College of Engineering an
originator of the petition, sent an ac- member of the local chapter of
companying letter to SACUA Chairman American Association of Univer
Morton Brown asking that the faculty Professors, said circumstances
group first inform the faculty about the unionization seem "riper now than
effects of unions at comparable univer- any other time in my 28 years her(
0 sities and then allow the faculty to vote Loomis said the AAUP, currentl
on the union question. faculty organization, would probabl3
In the letter to Brown, Longo wrote in contention as a collective bargair
that the petition arose from the "pain- agent if the issue reaches the l
fully clear" problems the faculty has stage. The AAUP presently acts
had in obtaining adequate salary in- bargaining agent for five Michi
creases. Universities, including Wayne St

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Eastern, Western, Northern and*
Oakland universities.
Loomis said the question of
unionization has arisen partially
because of economic concerns, but
more importantly is influenced by the
faculty's relationship with the ad-
"AS FACULTY and administration
drift apart, and as decisions in which
faculty has a large concern tend to be
made centrally by the administration,
rather than in consultation with the
faculty, the issue of unionization
arises," Loomis said.
CESF chairman Ronald Teigen an
economics professor said his commit-
tee hasn't decided what it will do about
the union issue.
BROWN SAID he felt the petition
was not suggesting a binding vote on
unionization, but rather a faculty poll.
Longo, however, said he assumed that
the petition requested a binding elec-
tion on unionization after the infor-
mation and polling process.-
Although the specifics of any
unionization plan have not been set,

Longo said unionization could benefit
faculty by improving faculty salaries
and the faculty's bargaining position.
BROWN SAID it would be difficult to
inform the faculty of the impact of
unionization, since no organization
comparable to the University in size
and reputation has a faculty union.
Brown said there was "no place to
make a close comparison."
"I'm tentatively in favor of
unionization," Longo said. Adding that
he would like to receive more infor-
mation before making a final decision.
Longo said there was a large sen-
timent for unionization among the
faculty "because of the paltry raises
we've been receiving." Longo said the
14 faculty members who signed the
petition represented one-third of the
physics faculty not on leave.
. MANY OF THE other professors
signing the petition were undecided on
unionization, but were interested in ob-
taining more information on the issue.
Physics Prof. Leonard Sander said he
See PROFS, Page 7

Daily Photo by KIM Hi
PHYSICS PROF. MICHAEL Longo discusses his petition requesting: a vote
on the issue of possible faculty unionization. The petition was signed by 14
members of the physics department.

Clogged oil filter delays
shuttle launch a week

From AP and UPI
clogged filter, never refurbished after
Columbia's maiden mission last spring,
shattered a near flawless countdown
for Launch II yesterday, grounding the
shuttle for about a week.
The decision to scrub came with lif-
toff 31 seconds away.
The astronauts' coordinator said the
delay may be long enough that Joe
Engle and Richard Truly would return
to their base in Houston.
L..MICHAEL WEEKS; a shuttle
program officer, said it may be a few
days before NASA experts, can even
examine the problem adequately to set
a new launch date.
Primed and eager to make their first
tour of space, Engle and Truly spent
nearly five hours in the shuttle's cock-
pit, strapped knees-up in their flight
couches. Upon leaving the ship, they
managed wry smiles.
The countdown originally stopped
just short of liftoff because ground
computers detected a low oxygen
pressure reading in Columbia. By the
time that was resolved, engineers

detected evidence of contamination in
the lubrication oil in the spaceship's
auxiliary power system and the launch.
was called off.
"WE DIDN'T HAVE the data and ex-
perience to give us confidence to go
ahead" Flight Director Neil Hutchinson
said. "It all added up to saying 'Hey,
we ought to stop and regroup.' ".
Because the Columbia was fully
fueled, crews needed at least 48 hours to
remove a half-million gallons of liquid
oxygen and liquid hydrogen, ,cleanse.
the tanks and reload. That process
started immediately after the launch }
was scrubbed yesterday.
The technical problem was with two
Auxiliary Power Units-devices that
are crucial to Columbia's guidance.
Clogged APU filters had been un-
touched since the shuttle landed after
its debut flight in April. NASA's exper-
ts thought they didn't need maintenan-
THE SCRUB sequence was almost
the same as April's first shuttle launch
attempt. There the countdown clock
stood at 9 minutes when a computer

Daily Photo by KIM HILL
DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL candidate Robert Tisch, drain commissioner from Shiawassee Countf, outlines
his proposal for a part-time state legislature last night at a Viewpoint Lecture in the Michigan Union.
Tisch urges part-time legislature
-i tschP g

anomaly caused a scrub. The shuttle
lifted off perfectly two days later, and
made the first flight of the world's only
reusable spaceship a triumphant suc-
The first problem arose when the
computerized control system detected
a low oxygen pressure reading and
stopped the countdown clock with just
31 seconds to go to launch. The coun-
tdowh is controlled by computer in the
closing minutes because if there is a
problem, humans can't respond fast
When the first problem was fixed, the
computer would not restart the clock.
Again, when that was corrected
another problem - the high oil
pressure - cropped up.
Ironically, the major worry for
yesterday's launch had been the
weather, which had been marginal all
week. But at the scheduled 7:30 a.m.
liftoff time there was no rain, there was
little wind, and-though heavy clouds
blanketed the sky - there was suf-
ficient visibility..
Haig: More
arms vital
to SALT -
WASHINGTON (AP) -Secretary of
State Alexander Haig Jr. told Congress
yesterday that its support for MX
missiles and B-1 bombers "will make or
break" efforts to negotiate a new
strategic arms treaty with the Soviets
next year.
At the same time, Haig disclosed
there is a NATO contingency plan to
fire a nuclear weapon "for demon-
stration purposes should conventional
war erupt in Europe.
HAIG TOLD the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee that U.S.-Soviet
talks for a new SALT "can begin as
early as next spring."
And he said Reagan's decision to
deploy MX missiles and resurrect the
B-1 bomber may worry the Soviets
See HAIG, Page 2

Tax-cut proponent and Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Robert Tisch
outlined his ballot proposal to make
the legislature a part-time institution
last night at the Michigan Union.
Tisch said he is trying "to cause the
state legislature to govern with a dif-
ferent attitude" by requiring that
legislators meet for only 90 session
days as opposed to the present full-
time system.
Commissioner offered his plans in a
Viewpoint Lecture Series speech
before about 75 people.
Tisch said he also intends to gather
enough signatures to place a property
tax relief package-similar to his'last
two proposals that failed-on the
November 1982 ballot.
The revamping of the legislative
system, Tisch said, would include
eliminating the current pension plan

for state legislators "because no one
deserves that much support" for ser-
ving as a legislator.
His ballot proposal would also
reduce a legislator's present salary of
$27,000 per year to a maximum of
$14,300 annually for a 90-day session.
HE SAID the plan would make the
legislature "philosophically more in
tune with the people of Michigan"
because lawmakers would have to
compete in the labor market to sup-
plement their income.
"We will get the amount of gover-
nment we want if the proposal goes
through," Tisch said.
Although his two prior ballot
propositions failed, Tisch said "the
message seems to be getting through"
on property tax relief because of
problems with Michigan's public
school system and the
mismanagement of state funds.
"WE NOW READ of the Alpenas,

the Taylors (and others) that need
money not to benefit the kids but just
to balance the books," Tisch said.
He said the time has come to "ask
them (state legislators) what they've
been doing-why haven't they been
doing their job?"
"It appears the culprit in large
measure is the size of state gover-
nment," he said.
ANOTHER PART of his proposal to
cut the legislature would be to design-
ate the lieutenant governor as direc-
tor of the state's department of com-
merce in addition to his job as leader
of the state senate.
"We have got to demand more of
the people who serve us," Tisch said,
"and the lieutenant governor is right
now a useless job."
The Democratic gubernatorial can-
didate also said he did not like thei
label "Tisch III" for his next tax plan
See TAX-CUTTER, Page 2

AP Photo
SECRETARY OF State Alexander Haig told Congress yesterday that
legislative support for MX missiles and B-1 bombers is essential for
developing a new SALT treaty with the Soviets. Haig testified that SALT
talks "can begin as early as next spring."

Geography prof. gets award
T HE GEOGRAPHY dept. will be discontinued at the
end of this year, but that doesn't mean its outstan-
ding faculty have stopped receiving prestigious
awards. George Kish, prof. of geography, has
received the Jomard Prize of the Paris Geographical
Society for his contributions to geography and cartography.
Kish, who holds the William Herbert Hobbs Professorship
at the University, is the first non-French citizen to win the

received an MS. degree from the Sorbonne, an M.A. and
doctor of science degrees from the University of Budapest,
and a Ph.D. degree from the University.E
Wyoming blues
The energy industry has given Wyoming another kind of
boom'-a plethora of single men. Unmarried men outnum-
ber single women in Wyoming by nearly a 2-1 ratio, accor-
ding to census figures cited in a copyright article by The
Casper Star-Tribune this week. Men accounted for 62 per-'
cent of the 80,260 singles in the state in 1980, and women just

other cheek and temporarily suspended three football
coaches for responding to the jeers of alumni by dropping
their pants. The coaches-Donald Laborden, Michael Byr-
nes and Darrell Wily-"bared their behinds" after being
provoked by several members of the 1971 class during
Marksville High School homecoming activities last week,
said Ron Mayeau, Avoyelles Parish school superintendent.
It was "an act unbecoming school employees,' Mayeau
said Tuesday. The coaches were on the football field when a
float carrying members of the 1971 class strayed from the
parade route and went on the football field, the superinten-

Service issued a penalty notice to rancher Jack Sinton
demanding $80,000 for the cost of removing the plane and
$4.8 million in unpaid taxes on the 6,000 pounds of
marijuana found aboard the demolished plane. Sinton, part
owner of the plane that crashed in 1976 killing two people,
has 30 days to pay, protest the notice or seek to have it
reduced. The case would then be turned over to the U.S. At-
torney's Office, which would seek a federal court judgment.
Goblesaid no criminal charges have even been filed in the



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