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Posterity pays
historian poorly

For more than three years City
Historian Wystan Stevens has been in
charge of guiding strolls down Ann Ar-
bor's memory lane.
But due to labor disputes with City
Council, Stevens has not been paid for
his strolls for the past eight months.
AS CITY historian, the University
graduate takes pictures of Ann Arbor
events for slide shows, conducts
walking and bus tours, gathers
historical information and saves con-
temporary items from newspapers,
theaters and even kiosks.
Contract disputes arose last June
when City Council members offered
Stevens a contract to work a full year at
half of his previous salary, Stevens
said. Stevens wanted to work half the
year at full pay.
When Stevens proposed his plan to
City Administrator Terry Sprenkle, he
said, Sprenkle accepted it through a
"gentleman's agreement." Sprenkle
denied an agreement was reached,
Daily photo saying he told Stevens, "I'll see what I
can do."
WYSTAN STEVENS has given tours of Ann Arbor, researched its history, CITY COUNCIL, however, did not
and recorded city events for the past three years. Because of a contract change its position.
dispute, he hasn't been paid for his services since last June. Disputes have surrounded the office

of city historian since Stevens began in
the position in 1977. At that time, the
Ann Arbor Historical Commission
asked for a token payment to establish
the post and was offered $6,000 by the
City Council, Stevens said.
But by August, 1978, Stevens said, the
proposed funding had been reduced to
nothing. After some public protest and
a fund drive that netted $17,000, the city
budgeted $12,000 a year for the position,
Stevens said.
surfaced because the position is not
clearly defined. Neither Sprenkle nor
Stevens could clearly describe the job
Sprenkle acknowledges the need for a
city historian, but believes funds fro the
position should come from sources
other than the city.
Stevens said he believes maintenance
of the office is an "obligation the city
has to itself and future citizens."
Even if Stevens does get a contract, it
is doubtful he will be paid for "services
rendered prior to any negotiated contr-
act," Sprenkle said.
Stevens intends to "wait it out until
May." If, after primary elections, the
city's position remains unchanged,
Stevens said he will leave Ann Arbor.

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New Regent faces tough times

(Continued from Page 1
that the Board of Regents has the
final responsibility for what
programs will be supported, we play a
central role," she said. "But it's hard
for a Regent to play a directing role in a
very decentralized school. We're not
closely involved enough on a day-to-day
basis to say 'This should go.' We play
ohly one part in the administrative
ned about opportunities for women and
minorities in a University that 'is not
doing much hiring. "There will still be
admissions and hiring, due to the

Oakland University
Ramsey Lewis
for -two shows oh
at 8 p.m. qnd 10 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall,
Oakland University
Ticket prices: $5.00 general admission
Tickets available at CIPO Ticket Office, Oakland University Student Center,
377-2000, and at the door the night of the performance.

natural rate of attrition. The oppor-
tunities might not be as great, but they
will be there. Whenwe have the oppor-
tunity to bring a woman or minority
professional in, a special emphasis
should be made to do so," Varner said.
But, she added, "I would hate to see
the many gains made in recent years be
totally wiped out bytoday's situation."
Varner was less optimistic about
minority admissions. Getting more'
minority students to come to the, Un-
iversity will "depend on a vigorous
recruiting program," she said. Varner
noted, however, "that until high schools
in minority areas improve, minority
students of (University) caliber will not
make up a big group."
VARNER SAID SHE is especially
concerned with the high cost of atten-
ding the:University, as financial con-
straints may prohibit students from
poor families from coming to the
"I regret to see (tuition increases)
happen," she said, stressing the impor-
tance of keeping financial aid programs
strong to provide educational funds for,
those who need them.
The issue that has come before the
Regents which stirred the most public
attention since Varner began in
January - concerning University in-
vestments in defense industries -
really was not much of an issue at all,
according to the new Regent.
"IT WAS NOT an issue, to my
knowledge, that a lot of people had any
active interest in," Varner said.
Varner, however, has received a con-
siderable amount of mail from across
the state concerning funding for the
Public Interest Research Group in

Michigan. PIRGIM will be asking the
Regents this week to alter the current
funding system, which would likely
bring in additional revenue for the
Varner, who said she previously had
no. interest in elective politics, decided
to run for Regent "because it was the
only way I could get (to be a Regent),"
she said.
An article in the February issue of the
Ann Arbor Observer alleges Varner
only received her nomination for
Regent from the Michigan Democratic
Party after receiving approval from
the United Auto Workers Union.
Varner said she does not know the
degree of UAW's influence on the party
but admits "it is very important,"
because the union is "one of the major
sources of financial support."
chosen for
engin. dean
(Continued from Page 1)
what our priorities are," he added.
"The overriding goal," he said, "is
the goal of achievement of excellence.
We tend to become distracted by more
immediate goals."
William Martin, another nuclear
engineering professor, called Duder-
stadt "very industrious ... he's forceful
but diplomatic about it."
CITING HIS reputation for "getting
things done," Martin praised Duder-
stadt's interest in the college. "But
anytime you get a forceful person who
has a lot of ideas .. .he can run into op-
position," he said.
Mike Behounek, a junior and a vice
president of the Engineering Council,
expressed pleasure with Duderstadt's
selection. "I think he's a super guy," he
said. Behounek said he looked forward
to more student input under the new
dean by "working with the dean's office
more than in the past."
"It's even better that they picked an
inide man because it will be a
smoother transition," he added. "It will
alleviate some of the problems of ad-
justing to the University."

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Housing industry dive adds to
drops in income, production
WASHINGTON-A 24.6 percent plunge in the housing industry has cut into
Americans' personal income and contributed to a drop in factory production,
the government reported yesterday.
The effect of the housing slump could be seen on personal income
measured last month. It increased at a 0.7 of a percent rate mainly because
of construction declines. What in January had been a $9.4 billion increase in
income for the category that includes construction became a $300 million
loss in February.
Factory production last month also bore the scars of the housing down-
turn. Overall industrial production was down 0.5 of a percent from January,
the first drop since the recession bottomed out in the middle of last year.
Gunfire hits U.S. embassy
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador-A burst of submachine fire hit the U.S.
Embassy in San Salvador yesterday shortly after a U.S. Rep. Clarence Long
(D-Md.), who opposes military aid to El Salvador, left the building.
No one was injured in the attack, the second on the embassy in less than
two weeks.
Judicial authorities reported at least 35 people were killed in the past 24
hours of political violence in the tiny Central American nation. Some 17,500
people have been slain in El Salvador in the past 14 months.
U.S. negotiators to attempt
to settle Mideast differences
WASHINGTON-American negotiators will head back to the Middle East
this month to try to resolve differences between Egypt and Israel over a
Sinai peacekeeping force which would include more than a thousand U.S.
Complicating the diplomacy is a move by some Reagan administration of-
ficials to lock the force to a strategic shield against Soviet penetration of the
Persian Gulf.
The idea appeals to Israel, which seeks the security of a large U.S.
military contingent in the area. But it could make an agreement with Egypt
more difficult because President Anwar Sadat is wary of strong U.S. ties in a
hostile Arab world.
The peacekeeping force is an essential element for achieving final Israeli
withdrawal from the Sinai by April 1982. If there is no agreement on its pur-
pose or makeup by then, the Israelis will stay on. The 1979 peace treaty with
Egypt could be put in jeopardy.
Polish government faces
new labor unrest in South
WARSAW, Poland-The government reached an agreement late yester-
day with independent unionists in Radom, but faces a new strike threat by
timber workers and a continuing sit-in by militant farmers seeking
agricultural reforms.
Local union leaders agreed to forego further strike threats while the
government commission studies other demands, including providing gover-
nment funds for housing and social projects and investigation of officials
allegedly responsible for suppression of 1976 riots in Radom.
Timber workers in southern Poland near the Czech border announced a
strike readiness. They are angry over failure of local managers to im-
plement agreements signed following the end of last summer's strike wave.
UMW set to strike
WASHINGTON-A'March 27 strike by 160,000 United Mine Workers was
virtually assured yesterday after union negotiators headed for home when
contract talks with coal mine operators bogged down over working hours.
Union spokesman Eldon Callen announced UMW President Sam Church's
decision to send the bargaining council home, saying Church was "aware
that this means we cannot avoid a strike at this time, even a short one."
Callen said the union had been willing to give the mine operators an extra
day and telescope the UMW ratification process in an attempt to avoid a
However, he said it became apparent to Church "and the union negotiators
that the operators didn't or apparently didn't have the same goal. At 5
o'clock this morning it became apparent that they didn't want that extra
Dairy cutback challenged
WASHINGTON-President Reagan's economic program neared its first
test on either floor of Congress as the Senate yesterday took up on his
proposed elimination of an April 1 hike in dairy price supports. Repulicans
delayed a final vote on the measure as amendment proposals surfaced.
Unless both houses of Congress act, the support price will increase 88 cents
on April 1to $13.68 per 10 pounds of the milk used to make butter, cheese, and
powdered milk at rates that will enable the processor to pay the farmer no
less than the support price.
If the increase were to take effect, Agriculture Department officials say,

consumers could expect to pay an extra 7.5 cents for a gallon of milk, about a
dime more for a pound of butter and an additional 9 cents for a pound of
The proposal to repeal the scheduled April 1 boost in dairy supports would
save $147 million in this year's federal budget.
Vol. XCI, No. 135
Wednesday, March 18, 1981
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Managing Michigan's
Lands: A Symposium
Panel Discussion on Use of Public Lands
Thursday, March 19 2:00 Lawyers Club
-Howard Tanner
Director, Michigan Department of Natural Resdurces
-Thoias Washington
Executive Director, Michigan United Conservation Club
Richard Burgess
Director, Michigan Oil and Gas Association
-Ken Sikkema
Executive Director, West Michigan Environmental Action Council

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