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WANTS INPUT FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD
Union committee hears students
By JULIE SELBST
A student group drafting a gover-
nance charter for the Michigan Union
conducted the first in a series of open
hearings last night to gather advice
from its constituents. '
Greter student participation in the
executive board decisions of the Union,
however, took only a small step for-
ward, as only three students attended
the hearing conducted by the Michigan
Union Student Interim Advisory Com-
THE GROUP is hoping to obtain a
student mandate to continue with the
- process through feedback gathered in
the hearings. The second and third sets
of hearings are scheduled for tomorrow
and Thursday nights.
Members of the committee, which is
primarily concerned with giving
students an influential role in an ad-
visory executive board of the Union,
answered questions from students con-
cerning the governance charter and the
negotiations process itself.
The ad hoc committee, which was
formed last June, sees itself as
representative of the student body as a
whole. After incorporating any changes
wrought by the hearings, the group will
seek the approval of the Michigan
Student Assembly at its Oct. 7 meeting.
WITH THE support of the student
body behind them, the group members
will ask the Office of Student Ser-
vices-the body currently delegated
with authority over all Union
issues-for its approval of the charter.
Members of the group met informally
last week with Vice President for
Student Services Henry Johnson and
Assistant Vice President for Student
Services Thomas Easthope.
Results of that meeting were not en-
couraging, according to committee
member and panel speaker David
Schaper. "Basically we've agreed to
disagree for the time being," he ex-
Committee members said they hope
more can be accomplished when they
have evidence of support from their
constituents through the open hearings
and next week's meeting with MSA.
The proposed charter would give
students 11 of 18 seats on an executive
board that would make policy decisions
on the Union.
The biggest problem facing the
committee is the accountability of the
executive board. The charter the
students have drawn would give the
board authority in areas of ad-
ministration directly pertaining to
students. But Johnson said "no matter
is that exclusive," and therefore that he
is not likely to approve the charter.
Rainfaill in Arabia averages only two
to five inches a year and two-year
droughts are not uncommon.
Still, the committee remains hopeful.
"This is not just a power issue. What we
want is an effective Union," Schaper
The trial of Second Chance boun-
cer Edward Abbott, charged with
assault to commit great bodily harm
less than murder, was adjourned
yesterday by Judge Edward Deake
until "sometime in January," his
secretary said. Judge Deake was
unavailable for comment.
The postponement marks the
second time the trial has been
rescheduled. Deake's secretary said
this is often the case in criminal
trials because the docket sometimes
has more important cases to con-
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U.S. poorly prepared for
oil emergencies, report says
WASHINGTON-The United States is no more prepared for a disrup-
tion in foreign oil supplies than it was in 1979 when the Iranian revolution
slowed imports, according to a new congressional report.
The report, released yesterday by the Government Operations sub-
committee on energy and the environment, said emergency energy planning
in the United States is "woefully inadequate at all levels of government."
Rep. Toby Moffett (D-Conn.), chairman of the subcommittee, noted that
the study was prepared before the outbreak of war between Iran and Iraq.
But he said the war creates exa~ctly the kind of conditions that the report
"We can see how fragile the supply situation is," Moffett said in
releasing the report.
The report says that well over a year after the Iranian revolution,
brought about long lines at service stations and sent prices soaring, planning
for energy emergencies is still low on the nation's list of priorities.
League cancels V.P. debate
WASHINGTON-The League of Women Voters, its invitation rejected
by two of the candidates, yesterday canceled the vice presidential debate the
organization had planned to hold in Louisville, Ky. later this week.
League President Ruth Hinnerfeld sais she will keep trying to arrange
two remaining planned debates among the presidential candidates.
Republican George Bush followed the lead of GOP presidential nominee
Ronald Reagan in turning down the debate invitation. Vice President Walter
Mondale said he would debate only if Bush accepted.
Aides for both candidates stayed away from a league meeting called to
make arrangements for a vice presidential debate in Louisville yesterday,a
nd the meeting was canceled. A few hours later, the league abandoned plans
for the Lousiville debate.
The Met cancels season
NEW YORK-Directors of the Metropolitan Opera announced yesterday
that the opera has canceled its 1980-81 season because of failure to reach
agreement with the striking musicians union. It is the first cancellation of an
entire season in the opera's 97 years.
"We simply cannot afford to put on a patched-together season and ex-
pect to live up to the artistic standards our audiences and contributors
demand," opera executive director Anthony Bliss said at a news conference.
Met president Frank Taplin said the decision to cancel was "made with
great reluctance, but it is a decision we have been forced to make."
The cancellation at the nation's leading opera house affects not only
thousands of New York ar-ea fans but millions who hear live Saturday after-
noon performances via national radio broadcast.
Hepatitis vaccine discovered
NEW YORK-The world's first vaccine against hepatitis B is 96
percent effective and will help reduce the risk of ivr fection among den-
tist, hospital workers, surgeons and patients on artificial kidneys, resear-
chers said yesterday.
The vaccine was put to the test in field trials using homosexual men, a
high risk group, as subjects, said Dr. Wolf Szmuness, an epidemiologist at
New York Blood Center.
He said the vaccine produced antibodies, chemical agents in the blood
that can be programmed by immunization to knock out hepatitis B virus in
96 percent of the subjects.
The disease hits 150,000 Americans a year, incapacitating some. On oc-
casion, it is fatal.
Nation unprepared for major
earthquake, study says
WASHINGTON-The government yesterday said the nation is not
prepared for a catastrophic earthquake and, as a result, as many as 23,000
people could be killed if one hit the Los Angeles area.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released the results of a
study that said there is two percent to five percent chance of a major ear-
thquake hitting southern California each year and a 50 percent chance of one
occurring within the next 30 years.
The agency studied San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego and the Los
Angeles area from San Bernardino to Santa Monica.
A major earthquake is one with a magnitude of seven or more on the
Richter scale and capable of causing widespread extensive damage in a
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