The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 20, 1981--Page 5
State en gineer
- schools ailing,
* group warns
LANSING (UPI) - Michigan "Government Day" meeting
engineering colleges have "atrophied" capital to unveil its proposa
in some respects and must be bolstered helping Gov. William Milliken re
if they are to play their expected role of goal of attracting high technol
helping lure high technology industry, a dustry to Michigan.
,professional group said yesterday.
Also included in a white paper on high The governor has made this on
technology released by the, Michigan top goals, seeing it as a means of
Council of Professional Scientific and sifying an economy heavily dep4
Technical Associations were recom- on the auto industry.
mendations for tax incentives, creation
of research centers, improved com- THE ASSOCIATION white
munications facilities and eased en- echoes some of the proposals a
vironmental restrictions. nt fnrwdr by Millikp in lti
e of his
'Currently Michigan 's
engineering schools do
not even have the
faculty capability to
develop programs in en-
trepreneurial studies or
engage in any
significant amount of
consulting with in-
Michigan Council of
and Technical Associa-
put iorwaru y iniLen,i nciudLng 1s
call for establishment of a private
research and technology center in
Michigan and tax incentives for resear-
ch and development.
The paper warns, however, that
Milliken's program and others are im-
plicitly based on the assumption that
Michigan's engineering schools are
capable of significantly cooperating
with industry in such ventures as in-
novation centers and industrial parks.
"While perhaps true in the '60s, this
capability has severely atrophied in the
last decade," the paper said.
engineering schools do not even have
the faculty capability to develop
programs in entrepreneurial studies or
engage in any significant amount of
consulting with industry," it said.
"Finally, due to lack of graduate
students, this state's graduate schools
have shrunk to a ize unable to
adequately' meet the needs of high
technology industry should such in-
dustry locate in Michigan," it said.
The paper called for increased ac-
countability among engineering schools
for their funding and better coor-
dination among universities offering
overlapping 'programs plus tax incen-
tives to encourage contributions. A
higher education cable television net-
work and better pay for graduate
assistants also is needed, it said.
ROCKWELL TECHNICIAN John Bjornstad died yesterday and four others were hospitalized when they breathed pure
nitrogen while working on a flaw in the space shuttle, Columbia. The shuttle is still expected to make its maiden launch
on April 7.
TECHNICIAN DIES IN PRA C TICE COUNTDOWN
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WASHINGTON - President
Reagan's claim that Salvadoran
guerrillas "boast" of killing 6,000
people last year was far from substan-
tiated yesterday in documents released
by the State Department.
The documents, based on -guerrilla
war bulletins and radio broadcasts, cite
4,017 people killed by the rebels in 1980,
and department officials concede that
even that figure may be inflated due to
The documents were provided to The
Associated Press after the department
was asked for evidence to back
Reagan's figure. But one official in-
sisted the president's statement reflec-
ted "the best estimate of our analysts."
Reagan used the 6,000-killed figure at
his March 6 news conference in arguing.
that by sending weapons and military
advisers to El Salvador's ruling junta,
the United States was "helping the for-
ces that are supporting human rights."
Overall, about 9,000 people died last
year in El Salvador's mounting
political violence, according to the
State Department. Some religious,
human rights and labor organizations
have put the figure as high as 12,000, but
blame government security forces and
right-wing paramilitary groups for the
vast majority of the deaths.
In an interview with The Associated
Press this week, Fabio Castillo, a
representative of the insurgents'
Democratic Revolutionary Front, said
Reagan's claim of 4,000 killed by the
guerrillas "is without any basis."
Castillo estimated that Salvadoran
guerrillas had killed "up to 1,000 enemy
troops" in 1980.
Although unable to present full
documentation of Reagan's figures,
State Department official Dave Simcox
said he still believed the 6,000-killed
total was an accurate estimate of
"It is the best estimate of our
analysts, who follow El Salvador and
who have access to classified and un-
classified documents," Simcox said.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) -
A space shuttle worker was killed
yesterday, apparently by .suffocation,
and two others were hospitalized in a
freak accident that marred a suc-
cessful dress rehearsal of the
spaceship Columbia's maiden launch
in three weeks.
The accident occurred when five
workers without breathing apparatus
entered the Columbia's engine com-
partment before it had been cleared of.
the pure nitrogen atmosphere used
during the test completed two hours
earlier. The nitrogen displaced
oxygen needed for breathing and
reduced the threat of fire.
Richard Barton, a Rockwell
spokesman, said the technicians en-
tered the engine compartment area
after a "return to normal work"
signal had come over tIle public ad-
"I DID HAPPEN - to hear the
return to normal work order," Barton
said. "I was down at the bottom of the
perimeter of the launch pad."
He said the men must have
assumed that nitrogen purging had
been completed because about 30
minutes later they entered the area.
The five men inside the chamber were
"Just one breath of it, a heavy
breath, will render a person uncon-
scious," Barton said. "It will knock
ONE WORKER, 50-year-old John
Bjornstad of Titusville, was killed in
the accident and a second worker,
Forrest Cole of Merritt Island, was
rushed in critical condition to the
Shands Teaching Hospital in
A third Rockwell worker was
hospitalized for observation at
Wuesthoff Hospital in Cocoa. Two
other Rockwell employees and a
Wackenhut employee who attempted
to rescue the five technicians were
treated and released.
When yesterday's simulated coun-
tdown was completed, launch director
George Page said technicians were
confident repairs on the orbiter's ex-
ternal tank insulation - the last hur-
dle before launch - will be successful
and the space shuttle Columbia can
make its maiden voyage, tentatively
scheduled for April 7.
"WE STILL HAVE to get through
that one big hurdle of repairing the
external tank," Page said. "Until we
do that, I wouldn't hang my hat on
About two hours after the mock
countdown was completed, the up-
beat mood at the sprawling Kennedy
Space Center sagged when news of the
The National Aeronatics and Space
Administration said the launch pad
accident should not affect
preparations for the shuttle's of t-
delayed test flight.
MEMBERS OF THE association
warned Michigan's industrial base has
deterioriated substantially and said
they will work to aid the state's ailing
automakers but do not consider that to
be a true "growth industry."
The association held a news con-
ference in connection with its annual.
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LANSING (UPI) - The Senate, with
Gov.,William Milliken looking on from
the gallery, voted late yesterday to
place a complex property tax reform
proposal on a May 19 special election
The 28-7 Senate vote followed by 1
hour and 20 minutes 86-17 approval in
the House of the constitutional amen-
dment which slashes local property and
income levies in return for an increase
in the state sales tax. It came only three
and one-half hours before the midnight
deadline for two-thirds approval in both,
Milliken, who played a key role in
drafting the measure, returned to his
office at the Capitol during the evening
session to lobby over the phone for its
approval. The Senate vote capped
weeks of frenzied negotiations which of-
ten appeared on the verge of break-
MILLIKEN AND KEY legislative
leaders were determined to get a
proposal before the voters this spring,
fearing there will be outrage among
homeowners when tax bills are issued
later in the year if nothing is done.
The House and Senate both approvetl
their own versions of the measure
earlier in the week. Differences over
the means of limiting assessment-
based property tax increases were
worked out during House caucuses
An unusual joint meeting of
Republican and Democratic leaders
with their staffs produced the com-
THE GROUP GAME up with a com-
promise plan to limit property levy in-
creases on homeowners, business, in-
dustrial and rural property to 6 percent.
Any amount over that would be rolled
The House earlier this week gave its
approval to a basic plan drawn up by
legislative leaders and Milliken which
gives homeowners a 50 percent tax cut.
Taxpayers in the 16 cities with income
taxes would get an additional 50 percent
Increases in residential, business, in-
dustrial and rural property assessmen-
ts would be adjusted with the rate of in-
The lost revenue would be made up
through a 11/2 cent hike in the state's 4
cent sales tax.
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Sding to Daane.
Meanwhile, ardent Michigan fans can
r still purchase "M-Go-Blue" wine for
about $2.29 a bottle at many local party
Coleman, who is an engineer at Ford
Motor Company and works with Ven-
dramino Vineyards on the weekends,
developed the wine about three years
. ago. It is a white wine, made from
Michigan Delaware grapes, according
COLEMAN ALSO developed Magic
Spartan wine, which was made the
same way as the Go Blue, but had red
wine added to give it a pink color. The
company no longer makes the Spartan
wine because it sold poorly.
Coleman said the M-Go-Blue wine
sells best in Ann Arbor and Lansing,-
especially during football season.
The Regents have asked Coleman to
state on the label that the wine has not
been made in association with the
University. Coleman, however, says he
doesn't have to obey the Regents
because he never claimed the wine was
associated with the University.
"These guys may think they're high
and mighty and they own it (the
slogan), but they don't," said Coleman.
"Theyddon't have anything else to do so
they decided to fight it. They (the
University) may be big, but that
doesn't make them right."
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