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to Shapiro

Members of It's Our University student group presented
University President Harold Shapiro a list of questions ad-
dressing the administration's smaller but better policy
"In submitting this draft we have established a dialogue
with the administration," said group spokesman Jay Rorty,
a Residential College sophomore. Rorty said he felt that
IOU's forum last Thursday may have been beneficial but that
it did not provide adequate communication between the ad-
ministration and IOU.I
SHAPIRO TOLD GROUP members yesterday that the
University intended to answer the questions publicly and
would be addressing the answers to the entire University
Rorty said that he hoped the public statement would covera
all of the questions. Shapiro indicated that he is preparing a
statement and would be revising it to address IOU's

"A broader statement addressed to the community would
not be sufficient if it did not address these questions. They're
specific questions that need specific answers," said Rorty.
The questions were drafted last Saturday at East Quad and
included issues discussed at Thursday's forum at Rackham
Auditorium, where concerned students and faculty gathered
to hear views of those opposed to budget cut procedures.
Some of the 36 questions include:
* Which faculty and staff positions are slated for
* Is the University interested in improving the research
environment at the University?
* What priority has the University assigned to maintaining
a diverse curriculum?
* What effect will budget cuts have on student services
such as housing, counseling and recreational sports?
* What role will students, faculty and staff be playing in
the budget cutting procedure?
* Will the University make information more available to
the University community?



Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
MSU students charged with

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Student, PI
(Continued from Page 1)
to do with this case. Joel came in
blaming anti-semitism rather than
taking the responsibility himself. If the
guy had been blue, or green, or purple,
or black, Jewish or Christian, or
Unitarian .., he would have been treat-
ed the same."

rof, at odds
"WHAT BOTHERED me was the
way he (Beyer) dealt with me," Okner
said. "It was his attitude more than
anything else..His tone was hostile; he
was pretty mean."
Since spring term, Okner said he has
discussed Beyer's treatment of him
with a family lawyer and several
University officials, including
President Harold Shapiro, former ac-
ting Vice President for Academic Af-
fairs Alfred Sussman, and LSA
Associate Dean Jens Zorn.
All sympathized, according to Okner,
but offered little assistance in rec-
tifying what he perceived to be an in-
justice. He went to MSA "because I.
really had nowhere else to turn," he
"The University calendar is set
trying to account for special holidays,"
said Virginia Nordby, executive
assistant to the president and the
University's director of affirmative ac-
tion. "But it's up to the discretion of in-
dividual faculty members. We try to
give them maximum discretion in these
matters, and it usually works out better
than trying to issue mandates from on
She added that the University is

over exam onSabbath

"caught in a bind" concering this issue:
The constitution calls for a separation
of church and state, which does not
obligate Beyer to make special
arrangements for students such as
"On the other hand, citizens are en-
couraged to enjoy religious liberty,"
she added.
BEYER SAID HE sees no distinction
between religious affiliations and other
types of extracurricular activities that
may involve students.
"People set their priorities, whether
it be their religion, intramural sports,
or whatever. At the University, the

reason that students are here is to learn
- everythjng else is extracurricular.
"You make your choice," he added.
"If you're a football player, you don't
have to play the game. Your first com-
mitment is your class."
Okner disagrees. "How can you
equate your religion with intramural
sports? I don't consider my religion as
equal to playing intramural basketball.
This goes much deeper; it's part of my
"It bothers me that this can go on
here, and sours my feelings about the
whole University," he said.

Black, minority
enrolimefit down

(Continued from Page 1).'
satisfactory academic performance
has fallen dramatically from 11:3 per-
cent in 1977 to four percent in 1980, a
study referred to in the report revealed.
ACCORDING TO the report, the
College of Engineering's pre-college
recruitment and enrichment services
'"should serve as a model for other
The Detroit Area Pre-College
Engineering Program, a five-college
consortium, offers services for over 600
students in grades 7-12 in over 30
Detroit schools.
The report noted that although Black,
Hispanic, and Native American studen-
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ts continue to have the highest rate of
attrition, "the gap between these
students and others appears to be
The minority report also points out
that the University has the second
highest percentage of minority students
enrolled in the Big 10, after North-
western University.
Student hit
by auto
A senior engineering student was hit
by a passing car early Sunday morning
as the car approachedthe intdrsection
at South University and East Univer-
sity, according to Ann Arbor Police Sgt.
Harold Tinsey..
Sherry Jacobson, 22, of Ann Arbor,
was driving westbound on South
University when Robert Fisher, 21, ap-
parently jumped out in front of the car
as she began to slow down for a stop
sign, Tinsey said.
There was no sign of hazardous
driving, according to Tinsey. "There
are indications that Fisher ran out in
front of the car," he said.
Fisher was taken to University
Hospital, treated and released.
-Daid Spak

arson for dormitory fire
EAST LANSING-Two Michigan State University students were charged
with arson yesterday in a "prank" that touched off a $50,000 dormitory fire
and resulted in injury for a firefighter.
Christopher McCarthy, 20, of Grand Ledge and Timothy Collins, 19, of
Brookfield, Wis., were arraigned before District Judge Daniel Tschirhart.
They were released on $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Preliminary examination for the two, whom authorities said are room-
mates, was set for April 14.
The two are accused of setting off a blaze that broke out about 2:15 a.m.
Sunday. MSU officials said they allegedly tossed a firecracker-like device
under the door of a room on the sixth floor of North Case Hall, where the two
share a room.
The fire forced the evacuation of 1,100 students from the dormitory in the
early morning hours. Those living on the sixth floor where the fire started
were not allowed to return to their rooms for several hours..
Attempt to overthrow military
government in Mauritania fails
DAKAR, Senegal-An attempt to overthrow the military government of
Mauritania failed yesterday after bloody clashes that left some dead, broad-
casts said.
Two exiled colonels led the insurgents and one was killed in an assault on
the presidential palace in Nouakchott while the other was captured, accor-
ding to reports on state-owned Radio Mauritania.
Mauritanian leaders accused neighboring Morocco of masterminding the
failed coup attempt apparently in retaliation for Mauritania's decision to
stay out of the war in the Western Sahara, Radio Mauritania said.
Fighting raged at the presidential palace, around the radio station and
elsewhere in the streets before the attempted coup was put down after two
hours, the radio said.
"The situation is entirely in the hands of our forces," an official gover-
nment statement broadcast on the radio said. "The commando-suicide has
been annihilated."
Forest fires rage across South
Wildfires by the hundreds crackled through tens of thousands of acres of
woods and brushland of the South yesterday, fueled by blustery storm winds
and unchecked by a sprinkling of rain.
The fires, many of them deliberately set, have killed one man, injured
several firefighters, and razed several buildings in a renewed outbreak that
began over the weekend in Alabama, the Carolinas and the Virginias.
In Alabama, where 5,488 fires so far this year have charred about 210
square.miles-more than was claimed all of last year-47 of the state's 67
counties wereunder a fire alert, including three added Monday. More than
$5.7 million in timber already had gone up in smoke, officials said.
Cynthia Page of the Alabama Forestry Commission said thunderstorms in
parts of the state Sunday night did more harm than good.with inconsequen-
tial rains and high winds "drying out the land that much faster and
spreading the fires that were already burning." She said 201 fires covering
19,828 acres were burning yesterday.
Israel opposes Saudi plane deal
TEL AVIV, Israel-Israel reacted angrily yesterday to reports that the
United States plans to equip Saudi Arabia with flying radar stat ions, which
Israeli military experts claim will allow the Saudis to scan Israel's most
secret defenses "like a closed-circuit TV camera in our bedroom.
Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir told Parliament that because of.the sale
of new weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, "friendly relations with the United
States are being clouded." He was referring to a U.S.'plan Israel contends
could expose all military movements in the Jewish state.
Reports of the AWACS (Airborne Warning and Command System) deal
surfaced last Wednesday, a few days after the Israeli government decided to
avoid a head-on collision with the new U.S. administration over the sale of
extra equipment for Saudi Arabia's American-built F-15.je fighters.
The United States decided to upgrade the Saudi air force in an effort to
discourage Soviet expansion in the oil-rich Persian Gulf region, according to
Reagan administration sources who said the United States had decided to
sell four of the radar planes to Saudi Arabia.
Miners continue contract talks
WASHINGTON-The United Mineworkers of America, negotiating into
the night with the soft coal industry, yesterday extended its informal
deadline on reaching a tentative agreement to avert a nationwide strike.
Eldon Callem, a spokesman for the union, said the union now could have a
new contract ratified by March 27-the day the current three-year contract
with the bituminous coal industry expires-provided a proposed settlement
is reached by late today.
Union officials had said earlier that at least 10 days would be needed for
ratification by its 160,000 members, and set an informal deadline of midnight
yesterday for a tentative settlement.
But Callem told reporters, "We think we can dio it in nine days," in effect
extending the informal deadline 24 hours.
Callem said all the minor aspects of the proposed contract had apparently
been resolved but said about a half dozen "life and death" issues for the
union remained unresolved.

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Vol. XCI, No. 134
Tuesday, March 17, 1981
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