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Ninety-Two Years
Editorial Freedom


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Vol. XC1I, No. 93

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday January 23, 1982

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

Chairmen lament LSA

faculty cuts

The recently proposed LSA faculty reduc-
tion plan, which calls for a 7 percent
shrinkage of the college's faculty, will
seriously compromise the University's
teaching effort, according to several LSA
department chairpersons.
The reduction will include the loss of more
than 50 full-time teaching positions and is to
be implemented over the next five years.
Departments have known of the impending
cuts since last June. Details of the plan,
however, were not officially reported by LSA
Dean Peter Steiner until this month's faculty
UNDER THE college-wide reduction plan,
some departments are slated to lose as many
as five faculty positions. The reduction is to
be carried out on a "non-replacement" basis
as positions become vacant, Steiner ex-
plained. "We're not contemplating dismissals
for the purpose of meeting this cutback," he

Department chairpersons contend that the
effect of the faculty reduction plan wiht be
larger lecture sections as well as reduced
course offerings. "We're very, very unhappy
about it," said Professor Frederick Gehring,
chairman of the department of mathematics.
"It's going to cause a lot of problems."
In recent years the mathematics depar-
tment, which will lose five positions as a
result of the cutback, has worked at getting
more of its doctoral faculty into the lower
level math courses, Gehring said.
"There's now much less chance of an un-
dergraduate being taught by one of our doc-
toral staff. Years of work have been swept
away by one cut," Gehring said.
"YOU CAN'T fight the weather," said
History Department Chairman Jacob Price,
referring to the state's poor economic
climate. "The whole point is to pass the har-
dship around as equitably as possible, and -I

think the administration has tried to do that
...they've hit everybody with the same meat
The "meat ax" came down hard on the
history department, as the reduction plan
calls for four faculty positions to eventually
be cut from the program. "There was no long-
range planning," Price said, citing the fact
that his department was given only a few
weeks early last year to indicate to the ad-
ministration which areas of study were to be
vacated. As a result, the department will not
be able to offer courses in either Southeast
Asian or Latin American History. "Sooner or
later we hope to restore some of these cuts,"
Price said.
The reduction plan "will have an impact on
our teaching program at the freshman and
sophomore levels," said Professor Thomas
Dunn, 'chairman of the chemistry depar-
tment. Courses such as Chemistry 123, 125,
and 126 have traditionally been offered in both

Fall and Winter terms, Dunn explained. The
three faculty positions that are to be
eliminated, however, mean that such
multiple offerings will no longer be possible,
Dunn said.
DUNN INDICATED that if the department
were to take additional measures, such as
eliminating the honors program, it still might
be able to meet only 80 percent of the student
demand. The chemistry department is in the
process of preparing an impact statement for
the administration, Dunn said, to show what
effect the faculty losses will have on its
teaching program.
According to Steiner, the Faculty Redme-
tion Plan does not translate into bigger
classes. Rather, it will "provide relief to
* students by shifting resources around to meet
Departments that have urgent teaching
needs and experience high enrollment

LSA DEAN Peter Steiner proposes Faculty Reduction


rate drops
to,8 89%
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Plentiful food and
a painful recession combined to lower
inflation to 8.9 percent last year, the
slowest pace since 1977 and a drop of 3.5
points from 1980. A White House
spokesman welcomed the figures as
"substantial progress" against the
wage and price spiral.
In Detroit, where retailers are hard-
pressed to ask unemployed auto
workers to pay more for goods, in-
flation last year was just 3.2 percent,
the Labor Department reported yester-
day. In other cities, it ranged up to 153 .
BY HISTORICAL standards, the 1981
increase in the Consumer Price Index,
was still very high- the fifth highest in
three decades.
But it was a significant reduction as.
measured against the clips of 12.4 per-
cent in 1980 and 13.3 percent in 1979. In-
flation was 9 percent in 1978 and 6.8
percent in 1977.
Nearly all economists expect even
smaller increases this year, especially
if management and labor can settle
wage contracts at moderate levels.
PRESIDENT Reagan's deputy press
secretary, Larry Speakes, said "We
welcome the year-end result on this key
indicator of progress against inflation.
A X percent drop (actually 3.5) in the
CPI is substantial progress.
;I The main reasons, by all accounts,
for the 1981 inprovement; bountiful U.S.

12 students fired in
Health Service shakeup

Conflicts over the University Health
Service's administrative
reorganization apparently have
resulted in the resignation of two
Health Service administrators and the
planned firing of all 12 student em-
ployees in the- Medical Records Depar-
Students employed in the Medical
Records Department will send petitions
and letters of protest today to President
Harold Shapiro, University Regents,
Vice President for Student Services
Henry Johnson, and Health Service
administrators, employees said.
IN ANOTHER point of controversy, a
health service administrator, who
resigned Jan. 12 said this week he left
because of conflicts with other officials
over the reorganization of the student
health center.
Medical Records DirectorThomas
Holly, who will leave officially at the
end of the month, also complained of
the lack ofmanmonitoring system for
University Health Service and a drop in
the quality of patient care.
Health Service administrators
neither directly informed students of
the termination decision nor gave them
any indication of what was behind the
firings, said Jocelyn Copley, a student
employed in the Medical Records unit.
"MEDICAL Records Manager Becky
Brown informed each of the students
(in the department) this past week that
there would be changes and they (the
administration) would be letting go of
all the students as of the second week in
February," Copley said.

"She told me that it wasn't a reflec-
tion on our performance because she
had already succeeded in weeding out
inefficient workers," she added.
"I really think that they would have
known about this decision in Decem-
ber," Copley said, adding that had
students been notified earlier, they
could begin seeking other employment.
KIM KELLY, a student who will be
affected by the termination, said Brown
told her officials decided to reorganize
the department to increase the quality
of patient care.
"They are replacing 12 part-time
students with two 'full-time em-
ployees," Kelly said. "I would think
that the department will be chaotic."
Kelly said the students affected have
worked in the department from three-
and-a-half months to five. years and
most do not have other sources of in-
"IT'S A REAL difficult time to find
another job and I know jobs are hard to
find in Ann Arbor," Kelly said.
Kelly said that although she believes
Health Service administrators have
good intentions, dedicated employees
have not been treated fairly.
Thomas Wilson, Health Service
building manager, said he believed that
in the long term, the elimination of
part-time student positions in the
medical records division would im-
prove the quality of patient care.
"THE NUMBER of bodies in that of-
fice have aggravated the problem of
space," Wilson said.
Ellie Puffe, director of patient care
and public relations at Health Service,

.. protests firings

said there appeared to be "problems
with the efficiency of the unit."
"In order to .keep up our quality of
patient care," the terminations became
necessary, Puffe said.
"IF YOU'RE there only a few hours
it's hard to keep up with new policies,"
she added, referring to the part-time
work of the students.
Henry' Johnson, vice president for
student services, said he had not been
See TWO; Page 3

Daily Photo by MIKE LUCAS
Michigan Student Assembly Vice President Amy Hartmann, right, collects
Jennifer Lo's signature on a petition protesting a state bill that would reduce
student loans. The petition opposes a bill, upcoming in the State legislature,
that would reduce student loan appropriations for the fall 1982 budget.

"~ Nurse
aid doctors
"and' patients

You wake up one morning and know you need a
doctor. Your throat hurts, your head throbs, and you
can't eat anything. Since you've already paid for it, a
health service visit awaits.
Most patients expect to see a doctor, but now
another possibility exists. At University Health Ser-
vices-and around the country-nurse practitioners
are beginning to take over many duties of doctors.
NPS ARE "registered nurses with advanced
training in physical assessment skills and com-
munity health problems," said Arlene Loucks, NP at
University Health Service. Terry Tubbs, a colleague
of Loucks, said a major role of NPs is to take medical
histories and conduct physical examinations.
Registered nurses generally don't do this, she said.
"We focus on health maintenance and health
teaching," Tubbs added. Her ideas were echoed by
another Health Service NP, Terry Maclean, who
said, "People want to stay healthy and need support
and encouragement to do so."
Most problems NPs handle at Health Service are
ailments that will disappear of their own accord, such
as colds, sore throats, and stomachaches. More
serious problems, requiring a detailed diagnosis, are
referred to physicians. I
EACH NP AT Health Service has a preceptor, a

physician available for advice and guidance. This
allows, for ready consultation while, freeing
physicians to deal with major problems.
Physician Robert Reinhardt called the health ser-
vice staff of NPs "a big plus for me. It leaves more
time for physicians to look at the more difficult or
time-consuming things."
Not only can NPs diagnose illnesses, but they also
can prescribe medication. Loucks said this is done
with the consent of the preceptor, whose name ap-
pears along with the NP's name on the prescription
form. NPs cannot perform surgery.
THE FIRST NPs were pediatric nurses. Mary
Burkhart, an instructor in the School of Nursing; and
also a pediatric NP, said that in 1963, two
pediatricians, Loretta Ford and Henry Silver, got the
idea that nurses could perform some of the duties
physicians had done. Because they saw healthy
children for routine checkups, the work of the NPs
allowed doctors to concentrate more time on sick
children, Burkhart .said. The result was that more
children benefited.
Training for NP ,status varies, but all NPs are
registered nurses. Dr. Lois Gage, professor of nur-
sing, said NPs could have as little background as an
associate degree, plus a year of training in a cer-
tificate program.
See NURSES, Page 2

Super Bowl'boosts
local businesses

This weekend's Super Bowl
XVI festivities mean more to
southeasterri Michigan than just'
good football. It means an
estimated income of about $60
million to the areas around the Pon-
tiac Silverdome.
The impact on Ann Arbor
businesses was apparent this week
as hotels and inns began filling up.
Susan Stony of the Ann Arbor
Chamber of Commerce said that the
Chamber has been exceptionally
busy during the past few weeks and
that they had some difficulty
relocating the forty reservations at a
local motel which recently closed.
THE CROWDS in Ann Arbor this

week are different than those ap-
pearing on football weekends in the
fall, Stony said. At Michigan
Wolverine football games, 90 per-
cent of the people are familiar with
the town, she said, but this weekend
the people are from all across the
United States.
"This weekend, business in Ann
Arbor will be three times what it was
during the Republican convention,"
Stony said. "There has been a great
boom in expectations," she added.
The $60 million income estimate
for the area may even be a conser-
vation one, according to Debbie Hart
of the Detroit-based Michigan Host
Committee, a hotel booking agency.
THE ECONOMIC boost is unusual
See LOCAL, Page;3

Nicotine fit
LEN AND HARRIET Plumlee of Eureka Springs,
Arkansas, have given up on their personal cam-
paign against cigarettes after wiearly a year of
hanning smoking at their Good Eats Cafe. The

Sayit with flowers .,..
Has your romance wilted? Say it with flowers-dead, rot-
ten, reeking roses. Ron Gardner, 25, of Pittsburgh says,
"Other florists think I'm crazy," of this Dump-A-Date
arrangements offered at The Garden of Eden florist shop.
"Most shops are owned by a husband and wife in their 50's
who sit around and wait for people to come in. But I do dif-
ferent things," said Gardner, whose shop is in Mount
Oliver. Most of ,Gardner's business comes from the
traditinna lnsorces holidavs. anniversaries wedding and

and you could be in love by Feb. 14, predicts psychiatrist
Morris Sklansky of Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.
"Providing you are ready and the right person comes
along, you will fall in love," he said Thursday. "Everyone
has an unconsciuos program that helps determine to whom
he or she is attracted," he said. "When we say, ' I love her
but I don'tsknow why,' we are honest. In fact, the subcon-
scious has done the screening for us." Though some knock
"love at first sight" as romantic pap, Sklansky says in-
fatuation can develop into a long-term love relationship.
Romantic love, though, is more than sexual attraction, he

reach the Super Bowl. Anyone who would actually want turf
of one of the true "fluke" teams in professional football can
reach Patrick Cassidy, of San Jose, Calif., who is
marketing the boxes of turf. Cassidy noted that the buyer
may even be purchasing the sod on which "Dwight Clark
caught the winning touchdown" in the Dallas game. There
is a precedent for the sales. In New York, after the Mets
won the 1969 World Series, ambitious city dwellers took to
the field and grabbed large hunks of turf. Within hours plots
of grass were spotted on sale on numerous Manhattan
street corners.




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