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Ninety-One Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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GLOOMY
Cloudy with a chance of
showers this afternoon.
High in the upper 40's.

mow;. Vol. XCI, No. 119

Copyright 1981, Ihe Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, February 18, 1981

Ten Cents

Eight Pages plus Supplement

Clericals
vote not
+to unionize
By LINDA RUEKERT
University clerical workers voted not
to unionize in a five-day election that
ended last night.
The Organizing Committee for
Clericals-which would have represen-
ted the University's 3,500 clerical
workers-lost the election by a vote of
1376 to 1125.
UNIVERSITY Attorney William
Lemmer said he was not surprised by
the outcome. "I predicted that they (the
OCC) would lose," he said. "Under
Michigan law public employees have a
right to form a union if they want to and
at this time they didn't want to-just
like before they didn't want to."
University clericals have not
belonged to a union since 1976 when
they voted to disband from their af-
filiation with the United Auto Workers.
The OCC tried to organize the
clericals in 1978 but lost by a vote of 1335
to 1103. Shortly after that election four-
teen months ago the 0CC began
organizing for this week's election.
UNDER UNIVERSITY rules the OCC
cannot hold another election for a year,
but they may begin to organize for
another election at any time.
0CC spokespersons would not com-
ment on the outcome of the election.
All part and full-time University
clerical workers (including secretaries,
typists, receptionists, operators and
clerks) except for temporary 'and
student employees were eligible to vote
in this week's election.
Although about 3,500 employees were
eligible, 2511 clericals actually voted
this week. Ten ballots were challenged
by OCC or University personnel.
THE OCC HAD hoped a union would
be. able to gain better wages for
clericals, according to Patty Schwar-
tzman, recording secretary for the
OCC. University clericals are currently
earning less than clericals at MSU,
Wayne State University, Washtenaw
Community College, and the Ann Arbor
public school system, Schwartzman
said.
But Lemmer contested OCC's
capability to win higher wages for
clericals. "I don't really think they
would get much more money than they
See CLERICALS, Page 3

Faculty nixes

suspension
geography
review

of

SARAH BYRNE, a registered nurse who uses University recreational sports facilities weekly, spoke yesterday at a
hearing on the recreational program which is targeted for funding cutbacks. Byrne said she learned diet and exercise
through the program.
U COmmuity pleads to
a -

Save recreai
By BARRY WITT
The "mental health" of University community members
will severely deteriorate if substantial cuts are made in the
Department of Recreational Sports budget, students and
faculty and staff members said yesterday.
More than 120 people attended a budget priorities sub-
committee hearing and listened to 25 of their peers relate
experiences with the department and offer proposals for
salvaging it.
RECREATIONAL SPORTS is one of four University non-
academic departments currently under review for extensive
budget cuts. If approved by the Committee on Budget Ad-
ministration, Rec Sports could lose up to 53 percent 'of its
$475,000 General Fund budget, according to Public Health
Prof. Frizell Vaughan, subcommittee chairman.
The Department of Recreational Sports - which receives
no direct funding from the Department of Intercollegiate
Athletics - supervises all campus recreational facilities, the
club sports program, and the Intramural Sports program.
Sailing Club Coach Kirk Nims, expressed concern for both

Ional sports
his program and the welfare of the University. "Athletics is a
way to get out of the pressure cooker (of University life),"
Nims said. '"It provides a safety valve for people."
AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS of the impact of cuts in the
department is not enough, according to Nims. As an exam-
ple, he said the potential for more suicides exists if com-
munity members are not allowed adequate opportunities to
participate in athletics.
"Intramurals provide a chance for a release of tension and
promote a sense of unity and community," said Mary Jane
Ferrick, a South Quad Resident Director. "Intramural sports
has added tremendously to the quality of life in the dorm,"
shesaid, . . ..,
Mike Bovino, athletic director of Scott House in Mary
Markley Hall, echoed Ferrick's comments. "Sports are a
good aid for freshmen adjusting (to the University)," he
said. "It promotes a sense of house pride, which is important
for someone first coming into a large school."

By SUE INGLIS
LSA faculty members yesterday
narrowly defeated a resolution that
would have suspended the discon-
tinuance proceedings against the
geography department.
Yesterday's special meeting was
called by Acting-LSA Dean John Knott
after he received a petition signed by.
100 faculty members calling for the
meeting.
THE RESOLUTION, which ex-
pressed disapproval with the manner in
which the college initiated the discon-
tinuance proceedings, would have for-
ced the Executive Committee and the
LSA Dean to reconsider whether prior
consultation with the geography depar-
tment was necessary before its decision
to go forward with the discontinuance
proceedings.
The resolution was originally in-
troduced by mathematics Professor
Wilfred Kaplan at the regularly
scheduled February 3rd faculty
meeting. Faculty members, however,
cannot vote on a resolution during the
same meeting in which it's introduced.
Yesterday's meeting was attended by
more than 250 faculty members, one of
the largest meetings in the last ten
years, according to Paul Cloke,
professor of geology.
FACULTY MEMBERS again stood
divided on the issue of program retren-
chment at yesterday's meeting.
Discussion focused on the college's ap-
proach to budget cuts, as well as the in-
.terpretations of the discontinuance
guidelines established by the Regents
in October, 1979.
"If they want to do away with the
geography department because it isn't
any good, that would at least be a prin-
ciple thing," English Professor Bert
Hornback said.

"If they want to abolish geography
because geography itself isn't any
good, isn't worth studying on its own,
then we could argue that on principle,
he said. "But when the Dean's reason
for abolishing the geography depar-
tment is that we're short of money, then
all he's doing is acting expediently."
ALTHOUGH THE actions taken by
the college were criticized by many
faculty members, an equal number of
faculty members supported the LSA
Executive Committee, arguing that at
no point before discontinuance
proceedings were announced could the
committee have consulted the
geography department.
"They (the committee members) are
not malevolent individuals, they are
ourselves," noted Bradford Perkins,
Professor of history.
Knott concurred with executive
committee members who said they
have approached the task of meeting
budget cuts "conscientiously" and
"seriously."
Faculty members also discussed the
precedent-setting nature of inter-
preting the previously untested Regen-
ts' guidelines for program discon-
tinuance.
ACCORDING TO Nystuen, the
college used the following criteria in its
decision to commence discontinuance
proceedings against the geography
department:
d the University's ability to relocate
geography faculty within the Univer-
sity;
" student demand;
" the department's "centrality" to
the college;
" quality of the department; and
" recoverable resources (how much
money, the college would save or
generate by eliminating the depar-
tment).

See COMMUNITY, Page 8

Tire trap
Packard pothole the pits

for
By DAVID SPAKR
What is 4 feet long, 2 fee
ches deep and takes over
fill?
A pothole on Packard n
wood-as several un
motorists found out yesterd
Some of these drivers en
flat tires and bent wheel ri
of the missing pavement.
almost 30 other drivers wh
tingly left hubcaps behind a
some unhappy citizens.
NOT ONLY THAT, di
residents of the area who c
to get action, say they w
downright rudely.
Beth Jackson, an Ann Arb
said police asked her to driv
the station as proof. Her c
flat tires.
One man, who asked that
witheld, said he called the
vice number at 4 p.m
emergency number at 6

angry area m
finally called with a couple of others
t wide, 6 in- who got flats in the cavern at 7:30 p.m.
512 hours to ANOTHER MAN, Phil Godwin,
called from his Packard residence
near Green- across the street from the pothole and
suspecting said police were, "to put it mildly, im-
ay. polite."
ded up with Eventually, a police car arrived on
the scene-at 8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor
ms because Police Officers Mark Rouse and John
Add to that Pear told peopleof the scene theyjust
o unsuspec- happened ay.
nd you have Susan Anthony, who lost a new, $91
tire and hubcap to the hungry hole, said
rivers and police "told me to call a tow truck"
alled police when she called at 7:30.
'ere treated
ANTHONY AND five or six other
or resident, drivers who met police at the scene,
ve her car to think the city owes them some money
car had two for the damaged tires, hubcaps, and
wheel rims.
his name be Vikki Finkle, recipient of one flat tire,
police ser- is planning to go to the city street main-
, the 911 tenance department today and
p.m., and "demand money for my car."

)torists
Officers Rouse and Pear said they
took several complaints from the
motorists. They also put up a barricade
and some flares so other motorists
could avoid falling prey to the rubber-
eating tar jaws.
"WHEN WE HIT IT, it was just
shocking," said Anna Vedouras, who
was riding with Finkle when Finkle's
car hit the hole.
Godwin said the pothole has been
there for two days, but people weren't
getting flat tires until yesterday.
"If they (police) would have respon-
ded when we first called, this situation
could have been avoided," he said.
One person noted that the pothole
could make a bundle of money for an
enterprising soul because of the hub-
caps lying around. He said the lost discs
could be worth a couple of hundred
dollars.
The culprit pothole was unavailable
for comment, as a city repair crew
finally arrived on the scene to fill the
cavity at about 9:30 last night.

Police
keep youth
from Pope
MANILA, Philippines (AP)-A long-
haired young man dashed toward Pope
Paul II after he spoke in a stadium at
Santo Tomas University early today
and was immediately subdued by
police. National television reported the
young man was unarmed and apparen-
tly was only trying to get the pope's
blessing.
'The incident, televised nationally,
appeared to be an attempt to attack the
pontiff and some viewers said they saw
what appeared to be a knife in the
young man's hand.
THE POPE, on the second day of a
six-day visit to the predominantly
Roman Catholic Philippines, had just
finished delivering a speech to tens of
thousands, of cheering students when
the young man dashed up the stairs and
toward the podium.
Security guards grabbed him only a
few feet away from the 60-year-old pon-
tiff and pushed the youth aside. There
were screams from the crowd and other
security guards rushed to the scene.
The pope, looking concerned, walked
See MANILA, Page 3

Doily Photo by DAVID HARRIS
Shapiro sets an example
UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Harold Shapiro sets an example for the
University community by donating blood. Shapiro gave the blood yesterday
,afternoon in the Michigan League.

TODAY-
Toyland
I F YOU THINK the kids of today have everything,
just take a walk through the annual fair of the Toy
Manufacturers of America, running this week in
New York City. There you'll find a motorized rocking
horse. It's mounted on wheels, battery-powered and moves
in forward and reverse. You can even steer it by pulling its
reins. Retail price-$1,400. For the doll collector, House of
Nisbet, a British company, features costumed dolls of

closes Feb. 28 when a distinguished panel of judges can

Graduation gimmick
Advertising seems to
pay off. At least it did for5
the 18 graduating seniors
at Fort Jones High School
in Fort Jones, Calif. Last
year the keynote speaker
at commencement was a
retired woodshop
teacher. This year the
seniors had to icnik a

nessee Ernie Ford, Rep. Pete McCloskey (R-Calif.), and
California Secretary of State March Fong Eu were soon
vying for the honor. "I've been offered any general I want
from the 6th Army," boasted Principal Robert Novo, but of-
fers went "downhill from there. A lot of yo-yos really." Eu
won the starring role on the podium at graduation June 4.
Ford and McCloskey were told they could hand out awards
at a pot-luck banquet in the school gym May 30. El
Newsworthy ice cream
W~ho av~w nzrr~nt ,i,~nta ihinnam Li inthe, 4b cn ri.

closes Feb. 28 when a distinguished panel of judges can
meet to savor the "cream of the crop." D
Toeing a ride
Some people will do anything to get noticed. A Virginia
hitchhiker turned himself upside-down to attract the atten-
tion of passing drivers. Donald Anders was passing through
east Tennessee on his way home to Raven, Va., when he
decided to stand on his head in the emergency lane of Inter-
state 40 east of Knoxville, police say. The 20-year-old spent
a few hours in jail after he was arrested by the Tennessee

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