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Ninety-One Years
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Vol. XCI, No. 134 Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, March 17, 1981 Ten Cents Ten Pages Plus Supplement
Test on Sabbath irks student
By STEVE HOOK Friday, June 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Nat. Sci. "This was a gross violation of an individual's
Joel Okner, a University senior and an Or- Aud. No make up final will be given. Please human rights," Edelman said. "The very
thodox Jew, believes his civil rights have been attempt to resolve any conflict well in ad- scheduling of exams on Friday nights
violated. Biology Prof. Robert Beyer, against vance discriminates against Orthodox Jews"
whom Okner's complaint has been raised, Informing Okner that one week before the final
disagrees. was too late, Beyer refused to arrange another "THE PROBLEM WAS that he didn't plan
Their dispute, which has been rumbling time. Okner rushed through as much of the exam ahead," Beyer explained yesterday. "It wasn't a
episodically since last June, is intensifying now, as he could until the Sabbath began and turned religious question. Joel asked for preferential
<r' and will go before the Michigan Student Assem- his exam in unfinished. His grade for the course treatment; I don't believe in preferential treat-
bly tonight. fell to a B-. ment. I couldn't give him the exam early. If I*n
OKNER ENROLLED in Beyer's Biochemistry did, I would've had to offer the same alternate
411scouse 9 prngerm. As tIN A LETTER, dated Feb. 4, 1981, addressed time to the whole class, and it was too late to do
class - a self-paced, independent study course toMAsVcPridnfrSpiaPojts ht.'
- nare is cncusinOknr ralzedth fial to MSAs Vice President for Special Projects that.
- nearle its conclusion, Okner real n Bernard Edelman, Okner explained his ordeal. Beyer said his class is an "adult course." "The
27 fell on the Sabbath. As an Orthodox JewIn the opening paragraph, he wrote: "I am first thing I told them was Welcome to Adult
Okner is required to observe the Friday sundown writing this letter to you out of frustration. I have Education 411. Their fathers won't be along
through Saturday sundown period as a day of had my civil rights abused by a University of holding their hands - it is their responsibility to
rst and t suspendorl ractivities fr 24 Michigan faculty member and no one seems to arrange their lives, to set their priorities. He
rsn un ano a s care." came at the last minute hoping Daddy would
hourseluding the taking oexamseweek before Edelman said yesterday he plans to propose at help him out and I told him that Daddy was out of
Whe Ok er ppr ach d eye a eekbef re tonight's meetng that Okner's case be in- town."
the final, his request for an alternate time was toih'mein tat kersceben- ow.
denied. Beyer referred his student to his vestigated by MSA, and that an investigative "There are two issues here that don't belong
reyersyllabus,whch stated:rd s de t s hearing - involving all parties in the case - be together," Beyer added. "Semitism has nothing 0kner
no preferential treatment The final examination will be given on scheduled. See STUDENT, Page 2 . claims rights were violated

* Mo-Jo
residents
protest
*caulking
By ANNETTE STARON
Angry Mosher-Jordan residents
picketed outside their dorm yesterday,
in the first organized display of op-
position to the University's dorm win-
dow replacement project.
The students complained that fumes
from a caulking compound used to
replace the windows have caused many
residents to become ill.
JOHN MAKSYM, spokesman for the
Mosher-Jordan House Council said 60
percent of the people living in the
popular dormitory have complained to
his organization about the odor of the
caulking materials. About 20 percent of
those people have become "very sick,"
complaining of headaches and nausea,
he said.
The canister containing the caulking'
compound Tremco is labeled: "Do not
allow' fumes to enter occupied
buildings. Do not use in interior of oc-
cupied buildings. For industrial use
only.
See DORM, Page 10

Black,
minority
enrollminent
declines

The beer is always greener
For that bit of the Irish in everybody, Dooley's will be serving green beer, green schnapps, and Irish coffee beginning at
7 a.m. on this St. Patrick's Day. Other activities at the bar today include a photo contest sponsored by Schlitz to find
their next cover girl for a magazine advertisement.

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By NANCY BILYEAU
Minority enrollment fell last year
despite several developing University
programs' efforts to recruit and retain
minorities, according to the annual
minority enrollment report released
yesterday.
Minority students now comprise 9.4
percent of the total University
enrollment, a drop from 9.6 percent in
both 1979 and 1978, according to the
report, which includes statistical data
as well as suggestions and explanations
from University officials.
BLACK ENROLLMENT dropped
from 6.1 percent in Fall 1979 to 5.6 per-
cent a year later. The number of
Hispanic students also decreased
slightly, while Asian and Native
American enrollment both increased.
Between 25 and 30, percent of the
minority population withdraws from
the University during their first two
years, compared to the approximately
20 percent of students in other
racial/ethnic groups.
Included in the report were black
students'. answers to questions on
student adjustment, achievement, and
aspirations from a survey conducted by
Sociology Prof. Walter Allen.
ALMOST HALF of the respondents
reported they "did not feel part of cam-

pus life," the survey revealed. Reasons
given for limited participation were
"racial discrimination and inadequate
numbers of black students."'
Vital to any increase in the wavering
minority enrollment is the continuation
of the University's wide-reaching
recruitment programs, services that
monitor student progress such as Op-
portunity Program, and more "effec-
tive coordination of . services for
minority students," the report said.
"A review will be conducted of
minority student supportive services
programs to determine the effec-
tiveness of current programs and to
identify future directions," the report
concluded.
AFTER THE report is presented to
the Regents this week, each college and
school's academic and/or service unit
will be asked to examine its recruit-
ment, enrollment, retention, . and
graduation of minorities procedures.
The Opportunity Program, which
provides special services to
educationally disadvantaged students,
was praised in the report for the sue
cess of its student follow-up services.
The percentagerofmOpportunity
students dismissed from LSA for un-
See BLACK, Page 2

Tiseh ag ain in May?

By RITA CLARK
An attractive tax proposal must be
presented to the state legislature before
Thursday midnight, or another Tisch
tax plan stands a good chance of
passing if it makes the ballot in May,
according to Douglas Roberts, Deputy
Director of the State Department of
Management and Budget.
Roberts, who spoke to the Senate
Assembly yesterday, also said the
state's poor economy has had a
detrimental effect on state ap-,
propriations to higher education.
THE STATE auto industry produces
the wrong kind of cars, he said. Roberts
noted that, people are not buying the
large cars that Michigan automakers
have traditionally produced. Con-
sequently, this causes a decrease in
state revenues from sales taxes, and
thus forces, a reduction in state ap-
propriations.

Senate approves
program reduction

On an upnote, however, Roberts
predicted the percentage of the state
budget allocated for higher education
will remain constant over the next few
years.
Meanwhile, the Assembly yesterday
passed a proposal A calling for faculty
endorsement of selective program
reduction and discontinuance as one
mechanism of maintaining academic
quality for-the University of Michigan."
THE ASSEMBLY decided to table
debate until April on Resolution B,
which defines the faculty's role in the

retrenchment process.
In other developments , SACUA
passed a resolution supporting a policy
for the University to continue equal op-
portunity for all students in University
athletics.
Bishop, the Medical School professor
who introduced the resolution, said,
"Im not sure what can be accom-
plished by this (the proposal)."
However,he explained he is hoping the
resolution will influence the Athletic
department to continue to support
equal opportunity in sports for women:

PATHOLOGY PROF. Bruce Fried-
man said he felt Judge Joiner's ruling,
which states that any athletic depar-
tment that does not receive federal fun-
ds does not fall under the Title IX
jurisdiction,might,"de-emphasize the
importance, of equal opportunity
programs."
Jesse Gordon, professor of social
work, said he saw the SACUA proposal
as necessary to let people know the
judge's ruling holds true "legally" but
not "principally."
Deming Brown, professor of Slavic
languages -and literature, said the
Bishop-introduced proposal received
strong support and he saw its purpose
as an attempt to inform the public that
SACUA supported equal opportunity for
women.
The March meeting was the last
meeting for some Senate Assembly
members who have served three terms.

MINORITY
ENROLLMENT
Fa 111978 .10.4 %

BLACK
ENROLLMENT

Fall 1978

7

Fall 1979 .10.3% Fall 1979
Fall 1980 .10.0% Fall 1980

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ODAY-
Clean cut boys and girls-
OST PUBLIC schools in America have.
abandoned dress codes. But in China, school
teachers have asked barbers to stop making
the hair of young people "look so weird"
because they think the stylish hairdos make their students
lazy. The teachers, who made the request to the barbers

magazine has put together a list of the six people who
entqualify" for the six"Worst Headache" jobs in
thenaton.In its latest edition, the magazine says David
Stockman, 34, director of President Reagan's Office of
Management and Budget, has a tough assignment, working
a 110-hour work week while cutting $48 billion from federal
programs and making powerful enemies. The magazine
said other "headache jobs" are held by: O.A. "Bum"
Phillips, 58, new coach of the New Orleans Saints, a team

Young executives
The company president was laid up with tonsilitis, the
second-in-command was missing a few teeth, and the
giggling seemed a bit out of place in the world of high finan-
ce. Nevertheless, the first-graders, second-graders and
third-graders of Harper Trading Post Inc. successfully
completed their first major transaction with a local finance
company. Last Week, the pint-sized tycoons got their first
taste of big business when they were granted a $38 loan

also decided they could pay back the loan in 90 days.
Galster turned to his adding machine and then calculated
that a 90-day note at a 36,percent annual interest rate would
cost the students a total of $3.15 for-the loan.

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