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Vol. XCI, No. 18
Copyright 1980, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, September 24, 1980
Marwil loses suit
for tenure review
Federal judge dismisses case against 'U'
By HOWARD WITT
A Detroit federal judge yesterday dismissed
a former engineering professor's suit against the
University, ending a bitter year-long legal
struggle for a tenure review that exposed pitfalls
in the University's grievance procedures.
U.S. District Judge Philip Pratt, in a written
decision to be received in the mail by both sides
*today, ruled that former Assistant Prof.
Jonathan Marwil was not unjustly fired from the
engineering humanities department faculty in
his sixth year of employment.
Marwil said last night he was "obviously
disappointed but not surprised" by the verdict
and indicated he and his attorneys were con-
sidering an appeal.
OFF THE UNIVERSITY payroll since May 31,.
1979, Marwil originally sought more than $1
million in damages or reinstatement to the
faculty pending a review of his qualifications to
His unprecedented suit named as defendants
the Regents and three members of the
humanities department administrative commit-
tee: Department Chairman J.C. Mathes and
Profs. Ralph Loomis and Dwight Stevenson.
Marwil charged the committee members
deliberately sidestepped department and
College policies and customs requiring that he be
granted a tenure review in his sixth year as
an assistant professor at the University.
PRATT RULED THAT no University policies
were violated in Marwil's case and that the
popularly-regarded "custom" of sixth-year
tenure reviews "at best finds only tenuous sup-
port in the facts"-an opinion disputed by many
The judge further wrote that department ad-
ministrators were justified in their concern
about the outspoken assistant professor's
"abrasiveness" and inability to work compatibly
with other members of the department.
"Where administrators feel a faculty mem-
ber's association with the University is no longer
beneficial, any means rationally related to the
goal of improving the faculty will weather ...
challenge," Pratt wrote.
WORD OF THE Marwil decision travelled
quickly through the higher echelons of the
University community. University General
Counsel Roderick Daane, like Marwil, said he
was not surprised by Pratt's ruling..He added
that he was pleased, but declined to comment
further until he reads the opinion.
See MARWIL, Page 2
'., not surprised'
A PHOTO RELEASED yesterday by the Iraq News Agency shows one victim of the Persian Gulf area fighti
government-controlled news agency said the girl was severely injured after a rocket: from an Iranian plane fell
By CLAUDIA CENTOMINI
Imagine an entire society func-
tioning inside a transparent
doughnut-shaped spaceship. One
side of the structure is a multi-
level ecosystem: a herd of cattle
grazes below levels of ponds and
Futuristic offices and residential
areas occupy another sector of the
a IS SPACE colony is just one of
the projects of the L5 Society hopes
will be built in the near future.
Space is the "keen focal point for
the future," explained Scott Murto,
president of the local branch of the
international society of space en-
The group meets every month in
the Michigan Union to discuss ways
to promote space exploration and
expansion. Plans include a display
at Briarwood Mall, literature in the
Fishbowl, and numerous trips to
Lansing to lobby for government
"THE MAJOR problem we have
Space cows and
From AP and UPI
Iraqi ground and air forces struck in-
to Iran along a broad front yesterday,
zeroing in on the Iranian oil center of
Abadan as the conflict between the two
Persian Gulf military powers erupted
into all-out war. Iran's U.S.-made war-,
planes hit back with punishing raids on
Iraqi cities and oil targets.
The Iranian parliament declared a
"freeze" on any moves to free the 52
Am'erican hostages and turned its at-
tention to the war with Iraq.
TEHRAN RADIO announced that the
,x captives had been moved to new secret
locations to foil unspecified "plots."
AP Photo U.S. and Iranian officials appeared to
be in agreement yesterday that
ng. The resolution of the hostage crisis will not
I on her be possible as long as Iran's conflict
with Iraq continues.
Secretary of State Edmund Muskie
said in New York any action on the
release of the hostages had been halted
"as a practical matter" by the fighting
between Iran and Iraq.
NONETHELESS, the State Depar-
tment issued an appeal to Iranian
authorities not to link the two issues and
said it is in Iran's self-interest to settle
the question of the 52 Americans held
ached captive in Iran without delay.
could The Carter administration, asserting
limed a "special stake" in the Persian Gulf
imed region, supported a United Nations ef-
er of fort to end the growing conflict.
nique The U.N. Security Council went into
private consultations yesterday
rship evening at the request of Secretary-
nd at General Kurt Waldheim, who called the
fighting "a grave threat" to world
tht SOME DIPLOMATS on their way into
that the talks speculated they might lead to
tially a statement from the council president
shing calling for a cease-fire.
alter- U.S. officials said that while the ad-
,w, ministration wants to maintain strict
oei neutrality, it would back mediation ef-
ce is forts even if they stem from Iranian ac-
Sive cusations that Iraq is largely respon-
our sible for the new fighting.
ential Secretary of State Muskie
acknowledged, however, that the two
warring Middle East nations might
and ignore the Security Council if it called
for a cease-fire.
IRAQ CLAIMED its jets set the giant
Abadan refinery ablaze, destroying it,
and its armor-led ground forces cap-
tured the major Iranian border town of
Qasr-e-Shirin, 300 miles to the north.
The Iraqi invaders also surrounded
the city of Abadan and the port city of
Khorramshahr, across the disputed
Shatt al-Arab waterway separating the
two nations, Iraq government com-
muniques said. They called it a "vic-
torious march" into Iran.
Initial Tehran broadcasts claimed
Iranian forces repulsed the Iraqis, but
later reports confirmed the Abadan
complex had come under attack.
THE BAGHDAD government said 47
people were killed and 116 wounded
when wave after wave of Iranian jets
bombed the Iraqi capital and other
cities, air bases, and oil installations in
Iraq. Iran issued no casualty reports
from the attacks on its side ofthe bor-
The Iraqi command claimed 67
Iranian warplanes shot down, but the
Iranians conceded the loss of only two.
Iran said it sent 140 planes into battle.
The Iraqi air force for the second
straight day attacked Iranian airfields,
"setting scores of enemy aircraft
ablaze on the ground," the Baghdad
command said. It admitted losing six of
its Soviet-made Mig-21 fighters in the
raids against seven bases in western
By ELAINE RIDEOUT UNIVERSITY Political Science Prof.
The U.S. would do well to stay out of Ali AI'Amin Mazrui said yesterday U.S.
the Iran-Iraq conflict, University ex- intervention might only worsen the
perts said yesterday. Mideast situation. "It is possible the
Although the Carter administration need for spare parts could persuade
yesterday reiterated that the U.S. Iran to free the hostages, but that
would maintain strict neutrality, some seems unlikely at this time," he said.
analysts contend the president had in- Allin Luther, professor of Persian
dicated that the United States may be Studies, called the ill-equipped Iranian
willing to side with Iran. air force a "major factor." It may only
Administration officials have refused be a matter of days before the planes
to elaborate on a statement issued are forced out of action, Luther said. He
Monday suggesting the release of the suggested that such an event could for-
hbstages could lead to a resumption of ce Iran to turn to the Soviet Union.
military spare parts deliveries to Iran. See PROFS, Page 2
had are not economic and technical,
but social and political," said John
Beckerman, a medical
photographer at'University Hospital
and a past president at the local
L5, an international organization,
was formed in 1975 by a diverse
assortment of members including
students, doctors, lawyers, and
L5 is the name of a point in space.
The "L" refers to Lagrange, a 16th
century mathematician who
discovered space could be divided
into five points.
THE GROUP considers the point
L5 the best spot at which to start a
space community. Once they
establish a society in space at this
point, the group says, they will
disband because they will have
reached their goal.
"If you believe in technology,
technology can work miracles," said
Keith Jones, vice-president of the
local chapter. Jones believes that
many of their goals could be ree
within 40 years.
"Anybody in any subject
find something to do on L5," cla
Jones, adding that each memb
the organization has ur
aspirations and interests.
"MY DREAM is to be a sta
commander and cruise arour
light speed," Jones admitted.
The L5 Society members
themselves as the hope for
future. Murto claimed
population is growing exponen
and world resources are dimini:
rapidly, forcing us to find
native ways of living.
"There is no more room to gr
said Murto. Explaining in spa
the only way we can continue t<
without having to give up
technology, he added.
L5 sees technology as an esse
factor of our lifestyle.
"Take away technology
thousands of people would4
... Iran might turn to Soviets .. . Hostage release "unlikely"
F YOU HEAR a knock on your door during the next
few days, it could be just someone hoping to sign you
up-to vote. Students from various organizations
around campus, such as the Michigan Students for
Anderson campaign and the Michigan Student Assembly,
have formed a voter registration drive. Today's volunteers
will be stationed at the Fishbowl from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
and near Auditorium A in Angell Hall before the 7 and 9
the world." The mayor, who just returned from a European
trip, explained that "Automobile racing is a true inter-
national sport." But not every Chicagoan favors the idea.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mike Royko was taking pot-
shots at the race, even before the mayor announced the
plan. Royko suggested that if there had to be a race, it
should be through a maze of potholes, such as those found
on Clybourn Avenue, which has little traffic on a holiday.
"The reason it has so little traffic is that it probably has the
deepest and sharpest-edged potholes of any main street in
the city," said Royko. Hopefully none of the racers will
Pork and beans
Though politicians usually try to avoid any charges of
pork barrel legislation, Michigan state lawmakers pigged
out on free food yesterday at the First Annual Pork Day.
Michigan Pork Producers sponsored the event, providing
seven pigs which were roasted by legislators and staff.
Though the Lansing folk are not easily hogwashed, the pig
producers evidently hope to make them support pig-raising
whole hog. House Speaker Bobby Crim's legislative aide,
Bill Young, was not impressed with the event. "The bean
plans to fuel its Port Everglades plant with marijuana and
hashish seized from drug smugglers. Officials at the plant
explained they are planning a test firing of the pot-to-power
experiment later this year. The extra fuel isn't expected to
lower customers' power bills since the 1.2 million pounds of
marijuana seized in the area last year would equal only
about 1,200 barrels of oil. But the new venture is expected to
help U.S. Customs fight drug smuggling-if the service
doesn't go broke first. Officials said the bales of dried,
cured marijuana burn so hot they damage conventional in-
cinerators; therefore, Customs has generously agreed to