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Ninety-One Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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LAID-BACK
Mostly sunny and mild
today, with a high around
50.

Vol. XCI, No. 120 Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor Michigan--Thursday, February.19, 1981 Ten Cents Ten Pages

'U' minority.
enrollment
laggig
By NANCY BILYEAU
Although the number of minority students enrolled in
Michigan colleges increased by nearly 10 percent over the
past two years, University of Michigan records indicate
minority student enrollment here increased by only three
people between fall 1978 and fall 1980.
In fact, black student enrollment has dropped by nearly
two percent in two years, despite University efforts to attract
more black students through expanded recruitment
programs and financial aid packages.
STATE-WIDE MINORITY enrollment-which includes
black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, and non-
resident alien students-was up by 5,707 since 1978, according
to a report released yesterday by the Michigan State Board
of Education.
The University's own minority enrollment report, which
will detail enrollment figures for each of the minority groups,
will probably be presented to the Regents at their March
meeting.
Education Board and University officials attribute the
University's lag to higher expenses, selective admittance
requirements, and the scarcity of qualified minority students
available.
UNIVERSITY Associate Director of Admissions Lance
Erickson said yesterday that the University's well-known
competitive atmosphere makes it difficult to attract a large
number of minority students.
State Board assistant Supervisor Tom Farrel said that
other factors, such as the University's distance from Detroit
and financial worries, may keep University minority
enrollment down.
Although the number of minority students admitted to the
University is comparatively low, one University official said
that the black students enrolled in the past few years are of
very high quality.
THE RATE OF minority student attrition has been slowed,
the official added, through use of counseling and student ser-
vices such as the Opportunity Program.
The state board's report indicated 65,132 minority students
were enrolled in Michigan's 95 colleges and universities in
fall 1980, an increase since 1978 of 5,707, or nine percent.
"Minority enrollments have more than gained back the
I loss of enrollments which was reported between 1976 and
1978," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Philip
Runkel.
"The rate of increase of minority enrollments was greater
than the overall increase in college enrollments last fall,"
Runkel said.
The report also noted that state community colleges and
private institutions experienced the highest increase, as
compared to a four percent increase among the 15 four-year
public colleges and universities.

President
says cuts
will halve
inflation

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Venice' of theJWest? Daily Photo by DAVID HARRIS
A University student deftly leaps over a puddle on the diag yesterday. A combination of
melting snow and falling rain has turned the normally passable campus walkways into a
network of canals. It'll be marvelous when it all freezes again.
Zoning board nixes
halwayhouse plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan, proclaiming the need "to act
forcefully, and now," urged Congress
last night to chop $41 billion in federal
spending and enact tax reductions wor-
th $1,500 to a middle-income family of
four over the next three years.
Before a nationally-televised joint
session of Congress, Reagan said the
tough fiscal steps were necessary to
reverse the course of a government
"somewhat out of control." He said his
program would halve the inflation rate,
create 3 million new jobs and balance
the federal budget by 1984.
"THERE IS NOTHING wrong with
America that we can't fix," he
declared.
If substantial portions of Reagan's
''Program for Economic Recovery"
are approved, the government would be
put on an untested path leading away
from spending and regulatory trends
that date back almost 50 years to
Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.
Reagan's far reaching fiscal
program is designedrtotrim the fun-
ctions of government and stimulate,
business growth. "The taxing power of
government must be used to 'provide,
revenues for legitimate government
purposes," he said. "It must not be
used to regulate the economy or bring
about social change."
NONETHELESS, HE vowed, the
nation's poor can "rest assured that the
social safety net of programs they
depend on" will not be cut.
The presidentnunveiled his program
in a nationally broadcast address to a
joint session of Congress, saying: "We
can no longer procrastinate and hope
things will get better. They will not. If
we do not act forcefully, and now, the
economy will get worse."
Miehigai

Spending cuts would be coupled with
a $44 billion reduction in individual in-
come taxes in fiscal 1982. Businesses
would receive a $9.7 billion cut in their
federal tax bite.
His proposed cuts in the fiscal .1982
budget, which takes effect in October,
represent the greatest reduction any
president has recommended in federal
spending, although the budget of $695.5
billion would be the largest in the
nation's history.
Reagan's proposals would:
" Provide a net increase in 1982
defense spending of $4.3 billion,
boosting the Pentagon's share of the
federal budget from 24.1 percent to 32.4
percent by 1984.
" Reduce individual income tax rates
by 10 percent a year for three years
beginning July 1. This would save a
family of four, with wages of $20,000,
28.7 percent of their tax bill, or $1,456 by
the end of 1984, a treasury official said.'
" IRevise business depreciation
schedules to provide speedier tax
writeoffs at a cost to the treasury of $9.
billion in fiscal 1982.
" Project a budget deficit of $45
million in 1982 and $22.9 billion in 1983,
' and a $500 million surplus in 1984.
" Increase the percentage of, the
federal budget spent on what the ad-
ministration calls "safety net"
programs protecting the truly needy
who need government assistance to
survive.. This figure would rise from
36.6 percent in 1981 to 40.6 percent in
1984.
" Reduce some subsidies and
benefits for middle and upper-income
people. But it would not cut various
features of the tax laws that benefit
special groups such as homeowners,
who are allowed to deduct mortgage in-
terest.
n1 Media

By DEBI DAVIS
In a move to block a proposed halfway house
near North Campus, the city's Zoning Board of
Appeals last night unanimously defeated a
petition that would have permitted the
establishment of the corrections facility.
Dr. Arnold Kambly, owner of the property at
1700 Broadway, and spokespersons from the
state Department of Corrections, were con-
spicuously absent from the public hearing, at-
tended by about 140 Ann Arbor residents.
TECHNICALLY THE ZBA, which is the city's
highest authority in the case, could be overruled
by the state and the halfway house could be
established.
However, Mayor Louis Belcher said he has

been told by state officials that the state willnot
overrule the decision. The mayor added that
"the city has already prepared its case and
would be in court immediately if any move were
made by the state to override."
The controversial corrections center proposal
has been a hot issue for over two months, since
the plans of the Department of Corrections to
establish the center became public. Soon after, a
series of crimes committed by local halfway
house residents enraged the community.
IN LATE DECEMBER, a halfway house in-
mate allegedly murdered a cab driver. Then, in
late January, two halfway house residents were
charged with the armed robbery of China Gar-
See HALFWAY, Page7

cutbacks debated

By JANET RAE
If the proposed plan to eliminate
$250,000 from Michigan Media's budget
goes forward, a vital part )f the
University's 'educational resources
could be endangered, speakers told a
Budget Priorities subcommittee
yesterday.
Approximately 75 interested persons
attended yesterday's meeting.
Although some dissenting opinions
were presented, most of the comments
made to the subcommittee by the 16
speakers were supportive of the cen-
ter's work and urged leniency in the
cutting process.
MICHIGAN MEDIA, one of four non-
academic units being reviewed for
major budget cuts, is responsible for
coordinating all aspects of the visual
media at the University, including
management of an extensive rental
film library and video and film instruc-
tion and production.
The goal of the subcommittee, under

the direction of Chairwoman Mary Ann
Swain of the School of Nursing, is to
determine the impact of suggested
major reductions in Michigan Media's
$663,000 general fund budget.
Faculty, students, and community
members said that outside services of
the same quality would cost many
times what Michigan Media now
charges them. They also cited the in-
structional value of the center's library
and the quality of technical aid
available.
"MICHIGAN MEDIA is saving the
University gobs of money by providing
top quality services," said John Bider-
man, a teaching assistant for the depar-
tment of communication. "They bend
over backwards to accomodate us at a
fairly low cost."
Edward Wall, director of audio-visual
services at the University's Dearborn
campus, said that if his department had
to rent films from sources outside
See MICHIGAN, Page 7

whc--------bad t negatvely, sayig AA'tA cannot inan- ANN ARBOR TRANSPORTATION Authority Board Chairman William Mc-
w approache t dject with potential AATA Connell considers a proposal made at yesterday's meeting. The board voted
pan in November said they are not budget cuts coming from various levels to send a proposal to the Urban Mass Transit Authority subsidizing an all-
sure the decision is a victory. "To an See AATA, Page 7 night taxi service.

-TODAY

Moody Blues
COLUMBUS MAYOR Tom Moody has the blues.
The conservative Republican leader of what
some consider the nation's biggest small town
says he watches blue movies on the cable
television hookup in his office - but with good reason.
"There are several different degrees of pornography," saidj
Moodv. a 51-year-old pipe-smoking attorney and father of

Feeling the good vibrations
The Beach Boys can now honestly say they brought down
the roof at a concert. Actually, the Beach Boys can thank an
emotional sell-out crowd that packed the Bicentennial Cen-
ter in Salina, Kan., to hear the famed rock 'n' roll group this
week. The crowd was so enthusiastic in its appreciation of
the music that its stomping, screaming, and applause
caused ceiling materials and lighting fixtures in the
auditorium's hallways to fall Monday night. Mickey
Yerger, director of the concert, said he is conferring with

thought the disaster was real. The Public Broadcasting
Station at the University of Utah, KUED-TV, didn't tell
viewers that the quake was only a simulation until halfway
through the telecast, which appeared to many viewers to be
an actual newscast. By that time, reporters were scurrying
to get details of the bogus tremor from the seismatic station
at the University of Utah. A major fault runs through the
middle of Sugar House and Salt Lake City, and emergency
officials have warned that a quake of significant propor-
tions could someday strike the area. One would think the
media had learned their lesson with Orson Welles. L0

who returned for the money the day after he discovered it
missing, told police he, too, was a finder. He said he found
the money five days earlier in a paper bag near a parked
car in north Minneapolis. More complications arose when
police, who had some doubts about Bunker's story, notified
the Internal Revenue Service, who said Bunker owes Uncle
Sam $33,963 in back taxes. The IRS thinks it should get the,
cash. Also, both the company that owns the land and
building on the Excel Inn and the motel operators have filed
claim to the money. Once again, the validity .f finders
keepers will have its day in court.0

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