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Students organize to fight cuts
By BETH ALLEN
Last night's forum on the future of the
University was a direct result of efforts
by members of It's Our University, an
umbrella organization comprised of
students, faculty, and staff concerned
about the University's smaller but bet-
Formed shortly after Acting-LSA
Dean John Knott's January announ-
cement that discontinuance
proceedings had begun against the
geography department, IOU consists
of students from other University
organizations who banded together to
form a cohesive unit to critically
analyze, question, and suggest alter-
natives to the University's current
IOU HELD A public forum last month
which took a hard look at the smaller
but better philosophy. Shortly after the
forum, the group presented more than
30 questions to the administration in an
effort to clear up ambiguities in the
IOU has also attempted to increase
the flow of information on retrench-
ment issues to the University com-
munity by both sending letters to
faculty members, and by having letters
and editorials printed in local
Several concerns raised by the group
*the need for total faculty and student
input in all levels of the retrenchment
process-including participation in
high level committees deciding which
academic and non-academic programs
to target for cutbacks or elimination;
*whether smaller but better will cost
the University its diversity in course
selection and student body and faculty
*issues concerning student-faculty
ratio, counseling services, and housing.
IOU IS ALSO concerned about what is
in store for the University over the next
several years, according to Peter
Railton, IOU member and assistant
professor of philosophy. The group
needs access to information to under-
stand both the University's criteria for
program quality and the "shape" of the
University for the next five years, he
"We don't even have a rough
blueprint," Railton added.
According to Jamie Moeller, an IOU
and LSA Student Government member,
the group doesn't have enough infor-
mation to say that smaller but better is
"bad" for the University.
In addition to studying ad hoc review
committee reports on academic and
non-academic programs, the group has
been attempting to obtain copies of
preliminary budget contingency plans
that were formulated by all University
programs and departments after the
administration's October announ-
cement of 6 percent across the board
However, the group has not access to
the budget plans because they are
preliminary, and thus do not fall under
the Freedom of Information Act which
allows access to final drafts, IOU
member Shawn Goodman said.
Exit members accused of murder
LONDON (AP)-A macabre tale of
"suicide kits" with plastic bags and
sleeping pills unfolded yesterday at the
start of a hearing for two members of
Britain's voluntary euthanasia society
who are accused of helping six people
About a dozen supporters of the
"Exit" society, which aroused con-
troversy last year with plans to publish
a do-it-yourself death guide, unfurled
banners outside the Hendon
magistrates court building before the
MARK LYONS, 69, a member of Exit,
and Nicholas James Reed, 33, the
organization's general secretary, face
a total of 16 charges involving nine
suicidal people, six of whom died in 1979
Lyons was charged with one count of
murder in the death of a 90-year-old
woman last year.
Other charges against the men in-
volved aiding and abetting suicides or
conspiracy to help people take their
THE PRE-TRIAL hearing was to
decide whether there was sufficient
evidence to bring the twormen to trial.
No formal pleas were entered.
"This case has nothing to do with
Exit's views on death," prosecutoreRoy
Amlot told the court. "They are perfec
tly entitled to do everything lawful and
democratic to change the suicide law.
Nor has it anything to do with the
argument as to whether people are en-
titled to advise suicide."
Suicide has been legal in Britain since
1961, but as in the United States, aiding
and abetting suicide is an offense,
punishable here by up to 14 years in
Amlot said Lyons sometimes posed
as a doctor and carried a suicide kit
consisting of a quarter bottle of brandy,
two plastic bags for placing over the
head, elastic bands for the throat and
tablets. He said police found the kit in
Lyons' London home.
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'U' faculty members
wince as budget cut
blade leaves wounds
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
'U' researchers discover
possible cancer link in blood
ATLANTA-University medical school pediatrician Stanley Schwartz said
yesterday that he and University researcher Dr. Madhaven Nair have
discovered a "suppressor factor" found in the blood of cancer patients, and
even some healthy people, that blunts the body's natural defense against
Schwartz told the convention of the Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology in Atlanta that the suppressor factor was found in
small quantities in the blood of most people, but levels were two to three
times higher in cancer patients.
Schwartz said the discovery may help explain the "vicious circle" suf-
fered by some cancer patients, in which the ability of the body's immune
system to resist cancer actually decreases as the size of the tumor increases:
Basque guerrillas release
captive; three others killed
MADRID, Spain-Basque separatist guerrillas yesterday released Sunyer
Sanchez, Spain's version of America's Col. Sanders, who they kidnapped
three months ago, but later shot and killed two retired army officers and a
business executive in the nation's bloodiest day of political violence this
With crack army units sent to the region two weeks ago to combat
terrorism, the new assassinations raised the possibility of a state of
emergency being declared in the Basque region. .
The opposition Socialist Party charged the increased terror campaign by
ETA Basque Land and Liberty guerrillas in the seven weeks since a right-
wing coup attempt was aimed at goading the military into a new rebellion.
Lebanese officials trapped
by Syrian artillery
BEIRUT, Lebanon-Lebanon's prime minister and four members of his
Cabinet were trapped in Parliament yesterday by a four-hour artillery duel
between Syrian forces and Christian Phalangist militiamen.
Government sources said Prime Minister Chefik Wazzan, the Cabinet
ministers and 15 other members of Parliament escaped without injury after
President Elias Sarkis arranged a cease-fire.
Phalangist radio reported three rockets also struck the entrance of the
presidential palace at Baabda in the hills overlooking the capital, injuring a
Reagan team huddles
to plan budget battles
WASHINGTON-President Reagan, determined to gain political leverage
for his economic package while Congress is on Easter recess, met with top
aides yesterday to plan future tax and budget battles on Capitol Hill.
Acting White House press secretary Larry Speakes, refusing to divulge
specifics, called the meeting on the economic package "an in-depth update
for the president" on votes in Congress during his hospital stay.
Among those in the 30-minute discussion were Vice President George
Bush, counselor Edwin Meese, budget director David Stockman, chief of
staff James Baker and congressional liaison Max Friedersdorf.
Coal talks still at impasse
WASHINGTON-Negotiations between the United Mine Workers union
and the soft coal industry to end a strike by 160,000 miners recessed yester-
day until Friday, with industry officials reporting no progress toward set-
Chief industry negotiator Bobby Brown told reporters as he left the session
after five hours of talks that the industry had rejected union proposals to
reinstitute a royalty on non-union coal.
In many coal fields yesterday, miners and their families began to apply
for food stamps. In West Virginia, state Welfare Commissioner Leon Gin-
sberg said his agency expected 30,000 applications. State offices in eastern
Ohio said they have received several hundred applications for food stamps
Bradley laid to rest
WASHINGTON-General of the Armies Omar Bradley was buried on a
rolling hillside at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday among the "G.I.
Willies and Joes" he led from the African desert to the Nazi heartland in
World War II.
The hero's burial followed a solemn service in the National Cathedral
paying tribute to the last of America's five-star generals, who died of a heart
attack at the age of 88 Wednesday in New York.
Vice President George Bush, first lady Nancy Reagan, Secretary of State
Alexander Haig, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, three other Cabinet
officers and two former secretaries of defense led a congregation of 1,500
mourning the "G.I.'s general."
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decrease in the number of teaching
assistants as a definite problem that
adds to the faculty workload.
If engineering professors "don't like
the environment," Wilson said, there
are plenty of jobs waiting in
industry-an advantage instructors in
other fields might not have.
A problem shared by many faculty
members is the rising cost of living with
which their paychecks may not be able
to keep pace.
FOR THE past several years, History
Prof. Sidney Fine said the rise in real
income of both tenured and non-tenured
faculty has not matched inflation rates.
"Our raises barely keep up," agreed
Kenneth Hill, Chairman of the
linguistics department. "Everyone's
Hill was concerned about the Univer-
sity's fall in ranking among other states
seeking federal funds in education.
"IT'S A scandal," Hill said. "Voters
think we're spending a great deal of
money on education, and we're not."
Fine said he feared that departments
may shrink, and classes 'disappear,
when the University cannot afford to
appoint new faculty to the positions of
those who leave or retire.
"We cannot offer the tremendous
variety we used to," Fine said.
HOWEVER, Fine said he was con-
fident that with a core of dedicated
faculty, the University "will survive as
an excellent institution."
Although united in their disapproval
of Michigan State University's
proposed plans to at one time slash
colleges like Nursing and Urban Plan-
ning to balance their budget, faculty
differed over the best procedure to
handle University's own crisis.
Fine commended the "smaller but
better" philosophy-not "distributing
the deficit"-as the best plan to main-
tain the University's superiority.
HOWEVER, English Prof. Lyall
Powers said he was disturbed by the
implication that anything smaller is
"If you're obliged to save money, you
do whatever you can, of course,"
Powers said. "But 'Smaller but better' i
s the saddest way to meet the budget
Powers also disagreed with the im-
portance currently placed on the
market value of a degree since the costs
of graduate school tuition have risen so
"It seems to me that while graduate
students earn a pittance, it's not a job,
it's an apprenticeship," Powers said.
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