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Ninety-One Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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CLOUDY
Increasing cloudiness this
afternoon with a high in the,
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Vol. XCI, No. 67

Copyright 1980, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, November 20, 1980

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

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f Ninety
percent of
U'law
bar exam
- By ANNETTE STARON
For about 100 University students
each July, passing the state's bar
exam is the la~w of the land. And this
summer about 90 percent of the
University students who took the
exam received a passing grade.
While those who took the July 1980
test did as well as those in the
previous class, their success rate far
surpassed the 74 percent national
level and the 73 percent state
figure, according to Dennis
Donohue, the assistant secretary to
the State Board of Law Examiners.
OTHER SUCCESS rates around
the state were: 84 percent for Wayne
State University, 69 percent for Cooley
Law School and The University of
Detroit Law School, and 63 percent
for The Detroit College of Law.
"I am pleased that Michigan
always leads the pack," said
University Law School Dean
Terrance Sandalow. He said the
large variance in state-wide scores
is due to the "different mix of people
from the schools" taking the exam.
"Michigan and Wayne State
traditionally have better students,"
Donohue said, adding that "their
students come in with the highest
LSAT scores."
THE EXAM takes two days to
complete - one day is devoted to
essays and the other is spent on
multiple choice questions.
Across the nation each July, bar
candidates take the same multiple
choice test. The state's schools
usually score higher than the
national average on this section,
Donohue said. Each state has its
own essay questions.
Michigan's results in the bar
exams rate it among the top "ten or
twelve states in the country,"
Donohue said. He said the New York
and New Jersey tests are probably
harder, with California having
"probably the hardest in the coun-
try," citing its 52-53 percent passing
rate.
Michigan's bar exam is offered
every February, as well as in July.
The February scores should not be
compared to the July scores,
however, since the type of student
taking the exam during the two
dates is usually quite different, ac-
cording to Sandalow. He specified
that the February testing usually
draws fewer students and more
people who are repeating the exam.

Kennedy offers.

Reagan support
Liberal pledges aid
inrebuiding economy

Fropm UPI and AP
WASHINGTON - Ronald Reagan
yesterday won a limited pledge of sup-,
port from Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-
Mass.), visited the Supreme Court, and
addressed House and Senate
Republicans at lunch in the Capitol.
Kennedy, who symbolizes the liberal
Democratic policies the president-elect
has promised to end, and who is likely.
to lead the liberal opposition to Reagan
programs in the Senate, met with the
president-elect at a government-owned
townhouse where the Reagans are
staying.
REAGAN IS to meet with President
Carter today.
Kennedy played down the wide
philosophical differences between him
and Reagan, and said he hopes to help
Reagan rebuild the economy, negotiate
a new nuclear arms control treaty, and
eliminate waste in the federal gover-
nment.
But Kennedy stressed he could not
support cuts that would create human
suffering..
"WE HAVE TO be sensitive to the
areas of human needs, the particular
needs of many people within our
society," he said.
Kennedy, who requested the meeting,
told reporters, "I believe the American
people want cooperation and it was in
that spirit that I came today."
Earlier, Sen. John Tower (R-Texas)
- reported to be the leading contender
for the post of secretary of defense -
met with Reagan but refused to com-
ment on what was said.
MEANWHILE, A Reagan transition
team spokesman said the president-
elect has hired a black former aide o
help him hire minorities to his

presidential staff.
That aide, one of the few blacks on
Reagan's transition team, said yester-
day he expects no problem finding
qualified candidates eager to join
Reagan's conservative White House
team.
"Blacks are much more conservative
than their voting record indicates,"
Melvin Bradley said in an interview af-
ter his appointment was announced.
And despite what he conceded is a
common perception to the contrary, he
contended that Reagan "is not that
much different on the issues from most
blacks."
HE SAID JOB applications have been
pouring in from blacks.
Bradley said he expects Reagan to
"break new ground" in minority ap-
pointments, naming blacks and other
minorities to high offices other than
"the positions we traditionally get" in
such departments as health and human
services and housing and community
development.
He would give no specifics on what
jobs blacks might get or on who might
fill those jobs. But he said Reagan had a
good record of appointing blacks when
he was governor of California, "and I
don't expect he'll operate any differen-
tly here."
Even Reagan's critics agree he hired
more members of minorities than any
previous California governor, °but none
was among his six-member state
cabinet or his inner circle of about 25
advisers. And critics such as Virna
Canson, NAACP lobbyist in Sacramen-
to during the Reagan governorship,
contend many of the appointees were
not representative of the minority
community or its concerns.

A AP Photo
VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT George Bush, Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, and President-elect Ronald
Reagan walk outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington yesterday after their meeting there.
"
Regents to examine
'U' S.'Africa holdings,

By SARA ANSPACH
A once-fiery campus issue will be in
the limelight again this week when the
Regents conduct their annual review of
the - University's investments in cor-
porations that do business in South
Africa.
At tomorrow's portion of their mon-
thly meeting the Regents are expected
to examine reports of the South African
labor practices of corporations in which
the University has stock. They are also
expected to vote whether to divest from
one of those corporations - Owens-
Corning Fiberglas - which reportedly
does not follow University-approved
standards of providing fair treatment
to black employees.
OWENS-CORNING Fiberglas, ac-
cording to a report listed in this month's
regental agenda, has refused to ascribe
to the Sullivan Principles - fair labor
guidelines that have been adopted by
many American corporations doing
business in South Africa.
In September 1979, responding to
student unrest stemming from the
University's investments, the Regents
amended an earlier policy to monitor
firms in South Africa and to divest from
those that do not ascribe to a set of
minimum guidelines for fair treatment
of black employees.
This month's regental report on in-

vestments says Owens-Corning
Fiberglas owns 25 percent of a South
African firm that has made "only
minimal" efforts to improve labor
practices. A separate wage curve is
used for low-skilled black workers,
leaving them with considerably lower
pay than white employees, the report
states.
IN ACCORDANCE with the regental
policy, therefore, the University should
divest from Owens-Corning, according
to University Vice-President and Chief
Financial Officer James Brinkerhoff.
Regent David Laro (R-Flint) said
yesterday he will reiterate his position
before the board that divestment is not
a constructive way to: affect change in
South Africa. He said, however, that he
expects most of his colleagues to sup-
port the current policy and vote to
divest from Owens-Corning Fiberglas.
According to Laro, the sale of the
Owens-Corning bond could mean a loss
of $50,000 to $60,00bfor the University.
LARE SUGGESTED other, and what
he called more effective ways to change
the apartheid system of government in
South Africa, including contributing
time and money to organizations that
are fighting the country's system of
legalized racism. ,
WHile Laro is trying to convince his
colleagues not to divest from Owens-

PIRGIM proposes

Laro
... to oppose divestment
Corning a group of concerned students
will be trying to convince members of
the board to divest from all cor-
porations that do business in South
Africa. /
The question of whether and to what
extent the University should divest
from companies with business -in South
Africa has been the topic of more
See REGENTS, Page 9

all night L
By BETH ALLEN
About 30 members and supporters of
a local consumer advocacy group
presented a proposal for all night Dial-
A-Ride service for Ann Arbor residents
to members of the Ann Arbor Transpor-
tation Authority Board of Directors
during their meeting last night.
The Women's Safety Task Force of
the Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan, responding to growing public
awareness for late night protection
against assault in Ann Arbor, requested
that AATA extend;Dial-A-Ride services
past its present times of 11 p.m. on
weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends.
THE TASK FORCE members, asking
that the extension be instituted before
January 1, 1981, added that AATA
should investigate the possibility of ob-

l ial-a -Ride,
taming a subsidy from the University to
fund the program. The group explained
that many potential Dial-A-Ride
customers are students who live off-,
campus.
Task force member Leslie Fried said
she felt AATA is a public service, and
that the proposed service is something
the city needs. "To lock us in our apar-
tments at night is unfair," she said.
AATA board member William Mc-
Connell responded to the proposal,
saying the board has asked its
executive director, Richard Simonetta,
to estimate the cost of such a service.
But McConnell also said AATA has
limited funds, and in order for it to
provide such services "something has
to be cut out." The AATA board took no
formal action on the request last night.

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Students
grade
profs
leniently

By DAVID MEYER
Professors, who often are the strongest critics
of grade inflation, are now the beneficiaries of
the trend away from strictness in grading.
The results of the Michigan Student Assem-
bly's course/instructor evaluation project in-
dicate that students were, on the whole, lenient
in grading their professors. An overview of the
results, compiled in a "Course Encounters"
booklet distributed earlier this week, suggests
that the average grade students assigned their
professors was between and A- and a B.
THE DISTRIBUTION of the free booklet is the
culmination of almost 10 months of planning and
effort, according to the project's co-coordinator
Jay Fiarman. Although "Course Encounters"
contains evaluations of only LSA courses, Fiar-
man said the apparent success of the project will
allow MSA to continue its work, eventually ex-
panding the evaluations to cover all University
classes and instructors.

MSA President Marc Breakstone said the
Course Encounters booklet is a "good first step"
toward a more comprehensive project. "We
wanted to see if (the project) is viable,",
Breakstone told MSA members in their meeting
Tuesday night. "Now, we're talking about ex-
panding it, moving it into other schools and
colleges."
LSA-Student Government Vice President Jim
Lindsay, who also helped coordinate the Course
Encounters project, said the program might be
expanded as soon as next semester. "The goal of
the project is to expand it to a University-wide
basis," Lindsay said. "Hopefully, we can do it
next semester." But, Lindsay cautioned that
several barriers remain to be hurdled before the
project can be fully expanded.
BREAKSTONE EXPLAINED that the project
could not be expanded immediately "because we
need time to evaluate the response" of students,
faculty and administrators. Breakstone also ad-

ded that expansion of the project would cost
students more money. The total cost of the Cour-
se Encounters booklets was about $11,000, accor-
ding to Lindsay, who added that much of the ex-
pense was due to "initial costs" which would not
be incurred in any additional projects.
Every University student paid about 15 cents
for the course evaluation project, although
Breakstone estimated the true cost of each
booklet was closer to 35 cents.
Many students seemed to respond favorably to
the booklet, which was released just in time for
registration for the Winter 1981 term. One
student, who thought the results were "too
general," noted that one of the surprises in the
results was University President Harold
Shapiro's relatively low grade. Shapiro, who
taught Economics 588,' received a C + from his
students.
The Course Encounters booklets are available
at the LSA Course Election Office in Angell Hall.

IW, MIN .: O
u.: Env% ' .....x.

TODAY
Buckeye blues
EMEMBER THE familiar tune of "Across the
Field," the Ohio State fight-song? The words for
Ann Arborites went something like: "Liquidate
Ohio State and humble Woody Hayes. They've
got a lot of cattle in Columbus-send themout to graze.

Car sick
The citizens of Springfield, Ill. are making sure they don't
take any rides in the perfectly normal-looking, blue 1979
Ford LTD parked in the city garage. The car is being
avoided like the plague because five of 18 people who have
ridden in the vehicle have come down with a flu-type
illness, according to Springfield officials. The auto, dubbed
"Typhoid Mary" by the local media, has city officials, Ford
consultants, state chemists, and public health experts puz-

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Talk of the town
Navajo, Arizona is a 7.5 acre town with a motel, a service
station, a trailer park, a grocery store, and 14 families. But
if Elena Suhomlin has her -way, it will become the
retirement home of aged strip teasers, go-go girls, and
exotic dancers. Suhomlin, owner of Baltimore's X-rated
Two O'Clock Club, has offered to buy the town from its
owners for $657,000. "There would be a big demand for this.
I could provide them with a place to stay-and make a little

cement officials think so. For example, a key question in
jury selection for a recently-ended Los Angeles mafia trial
was whether jurors had seen the movie "The Godfather."
According to secret transcripts of jury selection in the U.S.
District Court, most jurors had seen the flick and were
repelled by only one scene-a severed horse's head left in a
movie mogul's bed. "My opinion of the mafia, from what I
have heard, is not very good," one prospective juror said.
"I really never heard anything good about them." Other
unsealed government transcripts revealed that the gover-
nment's star witness in the case calmly discussed commit-

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