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sity's practice of granting its top
professors - called academic hotshots
by some - disproportionately higher
The merit-based salary system, as
the policy is called, grants raises based
on excellence in research and teaching.
The hisory of art professors' petition
cited the erosion of faculty income and
salary distribution programs as being
troubling matters to the professors who
signed the statement.
BISSELL SAID he believed there is
uncertainty among the faculty about
the policies guiding the University's
merit-based salary program.
"In a general sense, it's unclear how
salary distribution is established,"
Bissell said. "It's unclear what criteria
are used for giving hotshots a lot and
other professors a little."
Teigen noted that the real "crisis"
among faculty on campus was not that
petitions have suggested interest in a
union, but that the faculty is concerned
about how the recent 5.5 percent
salary increase was distributed.
Teigen said this year's merit in-
creases seemed to have created some
ill will among the faculty.
* "The perception of the average
faculty person is that he's getting the
short end. We hope the faculty will
recognize the questionnaire as an effort
to do something about the inadequate
salary program," Teigen said.
Bissell said professors who signed the
petition had many different views on
unionization, but all agreed the option
should be investigated.
History of Art Prof. Graham Smith,
who signed the petition, said it was
designed to register support and sym-
pathy for the original petition by
physics department faculty.
"It's time to consider the issue,"
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
48 rescued from oil rig
caught in North Sea storm
STAVANGER, Norway- Rescue helicopters lifted 48 stranded men from
an oil platform in the swirling Iorth Sea yesterday after 100 mph winds and
mountainous 50-foot waves ripped the rig from its mooring.
Another rig with 112 men aboard was ripped loose in the hurricane-force
wind and drifted dangerously close to a fixed platform with 82 aboard. But
tug boats secured the errant platform to avert a disaster.
Storm tides 16 feet above normal inundated much of the Scandinavian
coastline and forced 1,200 people to leave their homes.
The drama in the raging sea was played out near an area where the
Alexander Kielland platform capsized last year, killing 123 persons in the
worst offshore oil disaster in history.
Soviets send MiG-21 jets to Cuba
WASHINGTON- The Soviet Union recently sent Cuba 17 improved
MiG-21 jet fighters, which may foreshadow transfer of some older MiGs
from Cuba to Nicaragua, U.S. intelligence sources said yesterday.
The new MiG-21L fighters, most advanced of that type exported by Russia,
are described as equipped with more powerful engines than older versions
which the Soviets have been supplying to Cuba for years.
U.S. intelligence analysts said they believe it likely the new MiGs will
replace earlier types of MiGs for eventual transfer to Nicaragua, which now
has a tiny air force with fewer than a dozen fighters converted from U.S.-
built training planes.
Researchers able to detect
sickle-cell anemia in fetus
NEW YORK- Sickle-cell anemia and other common blood disorders have
for the first time been detected in the fetus during the very early weeks of
pregnancy, a team of British researchers says.
The disorders were found by directly examining the genes of the fetus- a
technique that might also be used to detect cystic fibrosis and other disor-
ders, according to an editorial in the current issue of the British medical
journal The Lancet, where the research was reported.
The researchers found that very small samples taken as early as eight
weeks into pregnancy would provide enough genetic material for an ac-
curate determination of the presence of sickle-cell anemia.
Doctors have been able since the mid-1970s to detect sickle-cell anemia
and other disorders by sampling fetal blood, but the samples cannot be taken
until about four months into pregnancy.
Earlier diagnosis of such disorders is important to the mother, whose
health can be jeopardized by abortion late in pregnancy, according to the
Senate won't investigate
U; GMI consider affiliation
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Frye said there were certain details
that would have to be studied carefully
before any decision would. be made.
Among those details were the question
of finances, relationships between the
University's and the institute's faculty
members, and the comparable quality
of the students at the two institutions.
President Shapiro said "it goes
without saying that there would be no
monetary commitment" between the
University and GMI.
"All our-current programs are under-
funded," Shapiro said. The University
couldn't possibly find any additional
money for new programs, he added.
DUDERSTADT said the University-
particularly the engineering school-is
interested in GMI's cooperative
education program. At GMI most of the
students spend half of their time in
class and the other half at on-the-job
Students spend three months on cam-
pus and three months getting work ex-
perience each term, Duderstadt ex-
"They have extensive experience in
cooperative education. We might give
them assistance in academics," Duder-
stadt said of the possibility of an infor-
mation trade-off between the two in-
STUDENTS AT GMI currently
receive $6,000 to $8,000 per year on their
cooperative education jobs, all of which
are funded by General Motors, Duder-
"The quality of students at GMI is
superb," Duderstadt added.
Winters said he imagined the Univer-
sity would like to admit many of the
students that ultimately go to GMI.
"They (GMI) accept only the best
students," he said.
THE UNIVERSITY has no target
date for a decision on a possible af-
filiation with GMI, but Frye said the
administration would probably have
more information on the progress of the
discussions within thenext few weeks.
Winters said General Motors has not
prepared a timetable for the possible
financial release of the institute, but he
added that the car company wants to
implement changes by next summer.
It was announced by GM in Septem-
ber that GMI would attempt to increase
its first-year enrollment by 50 percent
for the coming fall semester. The in-
crease is planned, Winter said, because
the institute wants to gain a broader
base of financial support through
students' tuition. GMI, which currently
enrolls 2,300 undergraduates, also wan-
ts to attract other industries to sponsor
cooperative education programs at the
Winters said no matter what happens
to the institute, GM will make sure that
all its students receive the chance to
continue their education.
"It's all a bit premature at this
moment," Winters added. "But we
hope something positive will happen in
the near future."
There have been no talks between
GMI officials and the University ad-
ministration, one GMI administrative
official said yesterday. The only
discussion has been between General
Motors and the University.
L oudon '5 lectures
bring space home
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moons of Jupiter and Saturn, let alone
what they are made of and how-big they
Loudon's, major concern at the
moment is the NASA budget, which he
said the Reagan administration is
planning to cut by 30 percent, or $2
billion, over the next two years.
"He (Reagan) wants to reduce NASA
to a caretaker agency, running the
space shuttle for business and the
military," he said. The cuts would in-
volve shutting off Voyager II, currently
enroute to Uranus, he added.
PUBLIC SUPPORT for the space
budget is high, Loudon said. Citing
recent public opinion polls that show
two-thirds of those questioned favored
more money for the space program, he
said, "the people are in advance of their
so-called leaders." Loudon termed the
country's leaders "stupid and idiotic."
Loudon said he thinks the media have
done a poor job covering space. "I'm
convinced it was the terribly bad mass
media coverage of the Apollo moon
program that killed it," he stated
unabashedly. "It was on the level of a
sports reporter not knowing what the
term third base means."
Media coverage of space has im-
proved recently, Loudon said, at-
tributing the advancement to Carl
Sagan's Cosmos series.
"Cosmos finally brought home to
people who run the mass media, most of
whom have no science background
whatever, that there is tremendous
public interest in science if it is presen-
ted to them well and in a way they can
understand," he said.
LOUDON'S WANDERINGS take
him all over the country, giving him a
loner's lifestyle. He has spend many
nights in campgrounds during his
travels. He doesn't complain, however.
"I'm a loner by nature, not a real
gregarious type," he said. "I have
nothing against people, though. Some
of my best friends are people."
Loudon said he had never been
without a job. "It might not have been a
well-paying job, but as you can see, I'm
not starving,' he quipped, pointing to
his expanding waistline.
"There are all these auto workers
making far more money than I do, and
believe me, I feel they deserve it, but
they hate the job so much. I get paid for
doing what I love," he said.
"It sure beats working for a living."
CIA head s personal stocks
WASHINGTON- The acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Com-
mittee refused yesterday to expand the panel's investigation of William
Casey to include a review of the CIA director's control over his personal
Casey, who has access to the government's secret data on international
economic developments, has broken the precedent of the past two CIA direc-
tors and maintained control over his stock portfolio.
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) dismissed concerns that Casey
could use his insider-type knowledge about international economic
developments to-increase his wealth, saying the CIA "knows about as much
as Forbes" business magazine.
At anews conference, Moynihan added that the Intelligence Committee
will meet next week to review a draft report on the panel's four-month in-
vestigation into Casey's fitness and vote on whatever recommendations the
committee intends to make.
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Wednesday, November 25, 1981
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