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Ninety-Two Years
Eiof
Editorial Freedom

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DREARY
Partly cloudy, with a chan-
ce of snow flurries and
rain, highs near 40.

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Vol. XCII, No. 69

Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, December 3, 1981

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

Reagan
to review
* status. of
air traffi
controliers
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan, lamenting that he has become
"estranged from labor," asked AFL-
CIO leaders for a fresh start yesterday
and promised, for his part, that he will
review the mass firings of air traffic
controllers.
But despite the optimism expressed
by union leaders over Reagan's
remarks in an Oval Ofice meeting, a
later written notice from the White
House press office appeared to rule out
any prospect that the 11,500 fired con-
trollers would be brought back to their
old jobs.
ACCORDING to the AFL-CIO con-
tingent, including president Lane
Kirkland, Reagan promised a full
review of the controllers issue. The
union officials said they took that to
mean that not only might he lift the
three-year ban on any other gover-
nment employment for the fired
strikers - a prospect he raised a day
earlier - but that they might actually be
returned to their old jobs:
I At first, deputy press secretary Larry
Speakes said "there are no plans now to
put them back in the towers." But he
agreed that Reagan didn'trule that out,
either.
But later, in a written notice to the
press, the White House said Reagan "is
not considering rehiring these in-
dividuals as air traffic controllers."
Rather, the notice said, the issue
remains whether to lift the ban on any
federal employment.
See REAGAN, Page 2

Solidarity
issues alert
in new crisis

From AP and UPI
WARSAW, Poland - Solidarity
issued a nationwide alert and called its
leaders into emergency session yester-
day after government commandos
stormed a firefighters' school, routed
protesting cadets, and arrested nine
unionists, in the biggest show of force
since the labor crisis erupted 18 months
ago.
Solidarity chief Lech Walesa ordered
local union chapters to await word form
national leaders before declaring a
strike, and cautioned them to be on the
guard for other police actions.
ALTHOUGH THERE was no blood-
shed, the blitzkrieg assault threatened
to snowball into another major confron-
tation between the Communist gover-
nment and Solidarity.
Solidarity's Warsaw chapter con-
sidered a general strike call for its
900,000-member region, but said it
would await the release of Seweryn
Jaworski, one of the unionists seized at
the school.
The Warsaw branch warned it would
shut down the capital with a general
stike if about a dozen local union of-
ficials detained in the assault were not
released by noon 6 a.m. EST this mor-
ning. One deputy union chairman was
freed.
THE 90-MINUTE raid began when
the commandos jumped onto the roof bf
the five-story building from a huge
helicopter, and burst through street-
level doors at 10 a.m.
"It was nonviolent and we offered no
resistance to give them an excuse,"
said one of the 320 cadets ousted after a

week-long occupation. "They didn't
beat us, they just pushed a bit."
Witnesses said some 500'commandos,
backed by 4,000 to 5,000 police and army
troops, were on hand during the
operation.
THE CADETS, who had sought
civilian status so they could be covered
by a new law on academic reforms,
were told to go home. But many defied
the order, and flocked to Solidarity
union offices.
The raid was conducted in full view of
the residents of the northern Zoliborz
district, suggesting, that the authorities
wanted their new "get tough" policy to
be apparent to all.
As rumors spread like lightning
through the city, a crowd of several
thousand people converged on the
scene. When police took the cadets
away, the crowd whistled and jeered
derisively and shouted epithets at
police.
SOLIDARITY worker guards,
wearing red-and-white armbands and
carrying bullhorns, worked furiously to
calm the crowd hours after the raid,
assuring the people that no cadets
remained in the building or had been
beaten.
The striking students had been
demanding the academy be transfor-
med into a civilian institution like other
universities.
The state news agency, PAP, whicht
reported the assault briefly in stories
about the "unblocking" of the school,
said there were no casualties. The only
damage visible at the scene was a'few
broken windows.

'U'group,flight service in dispute

Canadian constitution
spurs separatists

By BETH ALLEN
A student group protesting military research on
campus may file suit against the flight service it
hired to carry a banner over the Nov. 21 Michigan-
Ohio State football game.
Liz Galst, spokeswoman for the Committee for
Research on Intelligence and Military Endeavors,
said yesterday the group is "dissatisfied" with Acme
Flight Service's refusal to make amends for what
Galst claims were infractions of their agreement.
ACCORDING TO Galst, the company said the
plane would fly over the stadium for 30 minutes, but it
only circled the stadium for 18 minutes during the fir-
st half of the game.,

Galst said she then called the company, asking for
a refund or additional flight time during the second
half.
The company said that it wasn't interested in either
option, according to Galst, and invited her to " 'have
your lawyer contact our lawyer,' " she said,
BUT ACME FLIGHT Service owner Greg Smith
said yesterday that the whole incident results from a
"misunderstanding" about what was expected of the
flight.
Smith claims that the 30-minute figure he states to
clients includes the five-minute flight from Willow
Run Airport in Ypsilanti to the stadium.
Galst also maintains that the banner was flown too

high over the stadium to be easily read.
ACCORDING TO Smith, however, the Federal
Aviation Administration monitored the altitudes of
the planes, and none could fly lower than 1,000 feet;
the five-foot letters on the sign would be hard to read
even at that minimum altitude, he said.
CRIME has sent Acme Flight Service a letter
outlinging its complaints. Galst said the group will
wait a week or two for a reply and, if the two parties
can't work out their difference, CRIME will file suit
in small claims court.
"We're hoping to settle out of court," Galst said.
Smith said he intends to reply to CRIME's letter.

[D noPlTEHE
By PERRYCLARK
Computers. Their presence is a per-
vasive force at the University. They
contain information about everything
from payroll to financial aid to
academic records to CRISP.
The University Computing Center
has a reputation among experts as one
of the best in the country and, accor-
ding to its director, Dr. Aaron Finer-
man, the reputation is well-deserved.
"I REGARD our computing center as
one of the finest, if not the finest,
university computing centers in the
country," said Finerman, who recently
received the Distinguished Service
Award from the Association for Com-
puting. Machinery. It was that
reputation, he said, which drew him to
the University from NASA, where he
had worked for 15 years.
The core of the center is its
programming (software), identified on
every printout by the familiar "MTS."
The Michigan Terminal System

They're everywhere at the 'U'

OTTAWA (AP) - The House of
Commons, in an historic vote, over-
whelmingly approved a major con-
stitutional reform yesterday that
would give Canada a true national
charter for the first time.
But the vote, a personal triumph
for Prime Minister Pierre Elliott
Trudeau, could also spur on the
French separatists of Quebec
province, where Premier Rene
Levesque ordered provincial flags
flown at half-staff yesterday in
protebt.
AFTER A resounding voice vote,
the Commons took a roll call, recor-
ding 246 votes in favor of the con-
stitutional reform resolution and 24
against. Eleven members either ab-
stained or were absent.
All present then stood in the oak-
and-stained-glass chamber and sang
the national anthem, "O Canada."
The resolution asks the British
Parliament to end a legal
anachronism by giving up control of
Canada's constitution, after first in-
serting a U.S. style bill of rights and
other new provisions in the
document.
THE REFORM proposals appear
certain to win easy approval in the
largely powerless Canadian Senate
and later in the British Parliament.

I regard our computing center as one of the
finest, if not the finest, university computing
centers in the country.'
-Aaron Finerman,
University Computing Center Director

"allows the user to interact with the
computer," Finerman said. He ex-
plained that the system enables
operators to simultaneously write and
run a program at a terminal. Before
MTS was developed, they had no
recourse other than working with "bat-
ch jobs"-punching up IBM cards and
waiting for the results.
The system was developed in the
1960s by the center's staff as a stop-gap
measure, while the University was'
waiting for software from IBM. MTS
ended up working better than IBM's

software, according to the center's
associate director, Eric Aupperle. Now
it is used by several universities around
the world.
DESPITE ITS uniqueness and com-
plexity, however, the Computer Center
does not fail to provide headaches for
some of the people who use it.
Even the Regents have run into
problems with the system. Computer
operators were breaking into confiden-
tial records in MTS, until those records
were removed from the academic sec-
tion. "The Regents did not want con-

fidential stuff in a highly accessible
place," explained Blanchard Hiatt, the
principal writer for the University's
Research News.'
Students using MTS encounter dif-
ferent but extremely frustrating
problems with the system. Sue Hunter,
a junior in electrical and computer
engineering, said she doesn't like to go
to the center because, "You spend most
of your time waiting to get on a ter-
minal orreceive your output," she said.
"I try to go to East Engin. or someplace
else where I can get on a terminal
easier."s
THE OVERLOADED facilities
frustrate faculty members, as well.
Prof. Uwe Pleban of the Department of
Computer and Communications Scien-
ce Department said he has problems
getting access to a terminal, par-
ticularly during the day when use is ex-
tremely heavy. In addition to the access
problems, he said, response time
See COMPUTERS, Page 2

Levesque
.. plans fight in courts

speaking provinces, and of last
minute struggles over the rights of
women and Canadian natives.
The last remaining problem is the
opposition of the Quebec gover-
nment. Levesque plans to go to the
Canadian courts one final time in a
desperation bid to block a con-
stitution that he contends
diminishes the provincial powers of
French-speaking Quebec. The cour-
ts have ruled against him before.
No statements were made on. the
constitutional issue in the Commons
yesterday, but after the vote
Progressive Conservative Party
chief Joe Clark, the opposition
leader in Parliament, told reporters,
"While we can all celebrate ... I
think every Canadian would rather
have a situation where the people of
Quebec can ... feel at home."

Trudeau's Liberal Party
nment hopes to have the
completed by February.
The constitutional plan,
Canadian leaders for more
years, was the product of
promise between Trudeau

gover-
process
goal of
than 50
a com-
and the

premiers of Canada's nine English-

TODAY
Extraordinary people
THE 14 PEOPLE who do the cleaning at the
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum are a little
bit out of the ordinary. One is legally blind, while
others are partly paralyzed or suffer emotional
disabilities. All are disabled. The U.S. General Services
Administration which runs the museum, awarded a $200,000
maintenance contract to Pine Rest Christian Rehabilitation
QnXrn. - S1 Tnn ,- - r - a f h ---.- eni thek -,

crypts as a joke has been sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.
Oakland County Circuit Judge Frederick Ziem imposed a
one- to 10-year sentence Tuesday on David Campbell, 18, of
Pontiac. Campbell said he took one of the skulls to his home
and left the other one next to a headstone at the Pontiac
cemetery June 30. "He stated that his intent was to play a
practical joke, such as placing the skull in the refrigerator
or on his sister's bed," Ziem said. Hoping to receive a
reward, Campbell called Pontiac police July 1, and repor-
ted he had found a skull, Ziem said. He was arrested that
day, and has already served 154 days in the Oakland County
Jai sine hs e rrP-t C mmnhaan nl2aadp i ly a r renl

suffered a heart attack yesterday, but White House officials
quickly denied the reports. The rumors caused no
noticeable affect on trading. White House spokesmen said
they had been swamped with calls about the rumor.
"There's just nothing to it," said deputy press secretary
Peter Roussel. "I just saw the man 20 seconds ago, and he
was fine. Working hard and healthy as ever." Q
The prince understands women
Prince Charles, explaining the freqiuent absences of the

to find out what they are." Meanwhile, in London, Princess
Diana has been credited with sparking a new awareness of
fashion among British women by the head of the British Tie
Manufacturers' Association. "Her Royal Highness the
Princess of Wales has given style a new meaning and British
women have been quick to follow her lead," said Gordon
Drew. British men, however, remain "among the world's
worst dressers," Drew said. i d

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