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Ninety-Two Years
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Editorial Freedom

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Increasing cloudiness
today with a chance of
snow this afternoon, and a
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Vol. XCII, No. 101 Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, February 2, 1982 Ten Cents Eight Pages

LSA to require
English exam
for foreign TAs

By BETH ALLEN
Foreign University students will be
equired to pass an oral examination in
the English language before they can
work as teaching assistants in Septem-
ber, an administrator told LSA faculty
members yesterday.
The exam will be required of all TAs
who received their college diplomas
outside of the United States, according
to LSA Dean for Curriculum Affairs
Jens Zorn. Current TAs and those ap-
pointed for the first time in the fall will
both have to prove their proficiency in
peaking English before they can teach
undergraduate courses.
THE PLAN FOR testing foreign TAs
was spurred by demands by members
of the LSA Student Government, who
complained that some TAs were unable
to communicate with their students,

and has since been endorsed by the LSA
Executive Committee and the LSA
Curriculum Committee, two faculty
policy boards.
Under the plan, TAs who failed the
exam would be required to take classes
to improve their oral English through
either group sessions or private
tutoring while they teach their first
semester of class.
If the TA fails a re-test before his or
her second semester, he or she would
not be allowed to teach.
ZORN SAID TAs who fail the tests
would be offered other monetary sup-.
port to help pay for their education,
such as a position grading papers or
coursework, to make up for the loss of
their teaching job.
The exam would probably consist of a
See LSA,Page 2

Geography
eimination
report
sparks
debate
By LOU FINTOR
A report on the elimination of the
geography department sparked con-
troversy yesterday as LSA Dean Peter
Steiner delivered his monthly message
to LSA faculty members.
Steiner said relocation of the
geography faculty was going smoothly,
and the administration was not having
any difficulty making accommodations
for the displaced geography students.
SOME FACULTY members,
however, were not as positive in their
,remarks on the administration's
discontinuance procedures.
"My feeling is that the University
gained absolutely nothing," said John
Nystuen, cujrrent chairman of the
geography department.
NYSTUEN attacked the elimination
proceedings because recommendations
by more than 300 faculty members to-
keep the department were not followed
by the Executive Committee.
"We are not really a participatory
democracy, we are a representative
democracy," Nystuen said, adding that
not only should members of the
Executive Committee become more
responsible to the faculty in their
decisions, but that a mechanism for
impeachment of the Executive Of-
ficers should exist.
"The Executive Committee should
have responded to that (the LSA vote)
expression of the faculty," Nystuen
said. It means nothing for the
Executive Committee to listen to the
faculty and then make a decision
See GEOGRAPHY, Page 5

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK

To obad

A car locked in by a snowplow's work displays words from a sympathetic pedestrian.

Faculty response to surve

By PERRY CLARK
Response to a questionnaire regar-
ding faculty unionization has provoked
a disappointing lack of response, ac-
cording to Tim Case, a research
associate for the Committee for the
Economic Status of the Faculty.
The questionnaire was prompted by
petitions sent to faculty governance
groups last November expressing
diseontent over salaries and interest in
the possibility of unionization. Mem-
bers of both the physics department
and the art history department
petitioned CESF for more information

about faculty unions.
Some 2,740 questionnaires were sent
to faculty members on Jan. 18, but only
775, or 28 percent, have been returned,
Case said, adding, "It's not as good as I
hoped."
IN A COVER letter accompanying
the questionnaire, CESF Chairman
Ronald Teigen wrote, "Our purpose is
to determine the extent to which the
faculty shares the concerns and desires
for information (about unionization)
that have been expressed to CESF by
the individuals and groups of
petitioners."
The questionnaire concentrated its 23

questions, however, on the University's
merit-based salary system, which
awards increases based on excellence
in research and teaching. Many faculty
members have recently expressed con-
cern over the University's practice of
granting its top professors-called
"academic hotshots"-disproportion-
ately higher salaries.
Faculty members were asked
whether teaching, research, or service
should be rewarded, if salary
distributions are equitable, and if age is
a factor in determining salary in-
creases.
ONLY ONE question, near the end of

y sappointing
the survey, deals specifically with necessary to make a decision.
unionization, although Case described "NO ONE knows for sure wha
it as the most important issue. faculty union would be like," Case sa
"We were careful about the order of 'There isn't a peer university
the questions," Case said. "We wanted Michigan that has been unionized,'
people to begin to think abou the issues. explained.
All issues associated with unionization Case said the questionnaire w
are listed before, so it (unionization) is designed in consultation w
at the end. That's the real issue we were professors and researchers at the
looking at." stitute for Social Resarch to make s
Last November, Teigen said the the questions were appropriatea
questionnaire would not ask directly unambiguous.
whether professors supported A computer analysis of the comple
unionization, adding the faculty lacked questionnaires will begin this Frid
the information on unionization Case said. The results will be availa
by the middle of the month.

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Women
warn of
security
.problems
in dorms
By PERRY CLARK
Incidents of sexual harrassment
have become such a problem in
University dormitories that many
female residents feel unsafe, accor-
ding to several women who spoke
last night at a dormitory student
government meeting at East
Quadrangle.
According to sophomore Barbara
Sinnett, who was one of 38 people
who gathered at the East Quad
Representative Assembly meeting
last night, reports of "Peeping
Toms" and sexual assaults are
becoming more and more frequent
in campus dorms.
THE HILL area dorms have been
having security problems for mon-
ths, Sinnett said, but recently in-
cidents have become increasingly
common at East Quad, where she
lives.
"Men have been in almost all the
girl's bathrooms," Sinnett said.
"The incidents have been creeping
up. Some people (female residents)
want to go to the bathroom and
shower in pairs," she said.
See EAST, Page 5

Polish authorities hike
pp
prices to post-war high

From AP and UPI
WARSAW, Poland- Polish
authorities imposed massive price in-
creases on food and household
necessities yesterday, and the port city
of Gdansk was placed under new
restrictions because of weekend riots.
Under the new pricing, p pound of
sugar is to cost 29 cents, up from the
previous 7 cents and a pound of ham is
$3.45, compared to $1.15.
MOST SHOPPERS greeted the
highest prices in Poland's post-war
history with a mixture of resignation
and mild shock. Warsaw streets were
quiet and there were no apparent

protests in big factories on the city's
outskirts.
Due to the communications blackout
isolating Warsaw from other Polish
cities since martial law was imposed
Dec. 13, it was impossible to determine
the reaction to the price hikes
elsewhere in the country.
Many observers cautioned that reac-
tion to the price hikes might be subdued
until people felt the impact on their
budgets.
THE LAST major attempt to raise
food prices,-in July 1980, triggered
strikes that launched the now-
suspended independent union

Solidarity. Previous attempts to raise
prices in 1970 and 1976 resulted in
bloody riots, and in leadership changes
in 1970 and 1980.
There were no new reports on the
situation in Gdansk, where 14 people
were injured and 20 arrested when
youths clashed with police Saturday in
the Baltic seaport where Solidarity was
spawned as the first independent labor
federation in the Soviet bloc 18 months
ago.
While martial law authorities relaxed
controls elsewhere in Poland, Gdansk
came under tighter restrictions.
See POLISH, Page 3

James Joyce's 100th celebrated

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By DAMIAN KASSAB
Where is Leopold Bloom? At least until
Friday, James Joyce's lovable charac-
ter will be at the Canterbury Loft,
where the Univesity and the Center for
the Advancement of Peripheral
Thought are presenting a Centenary
Celebration of Joyce.
Born in Dublin 100 years ago, Joyce
loved and hated Ireland. Rebelling
against both church and state for the
conventions they placed on society, he
has always been a highly controversial
literary figure. Yet, critics consider
Joyce - along with T. S. Eliot - one of
the primary forces in the emergence of
modern English literature. Among his

most popular works are Ulysses and
Portrait of An Artist as a Young Man.
THIS WEEK'S Centenary
Celebration features a series of lectures
by University English Prof. Bert Hor-
nback. Today's presentation will be
"Joyce and Einstein: The Creation of
the Universe."
The connection between Joyce and
Einstein is simple, Hornback ex-
plained. "In 1904, Joyce ran away with
Nora Barnacle from Dublin to Zurich,"'
he said. "It just so happened that Ein-
stein was staying at the same inn as
they were. We also know that Joyce
made love to Nora for the first time at
the inn and, strangely enough, nine

months later the theory of relativity
was born," he quipped.
"Seriously," Hornback continued, "it
is their concept of simultaneity that so
closely relates the two." By comparing
the two, he said, it is easier to get a bet-
ter understanding of Joyce.
FOLLOWING the final lecture on
Friday, the Loft will host a free per-
formance of "Yes to the Universe: A
Dramatic Clarification," complete with
a Henry Moore reclining figure. Hor-
nback wrote the play, and will star in it
as Bloom.
The film version of Ulysses, preceded
by a reading by English Prof. Frances
See JOYCE'S, Page 3

Doily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
LANCE MORROW, the building director of East Quad dormitory, discusses
methods of rape prevention and security on the University campus at a meeting
last night in East Quad.

-TODAY-
Changing of the guard
T HIS IS IT. Today's Daily is the first issue published
under the direction of the 1982 senior editors. The
Daily's new managing desk is headed by
Editor-in-Chief David Meyer, a junior history
student from St. Louis, Mo.; Executive Editor Charles
Thomson, a junior political science student from Charles
City, Ia.; Managing Editor Pamela Kramer, a junior from

from Ann Arbor majoring in Communications; and
Business Manager Joe Broda, a fifth-year art student from
Dearborn.
Fashion-conscious profs
Isn't it bewildering that some University professors can
manage to look like they walked off the pages of a Saks Fif-
th Avenue catalogue on their meager salaries? Help us
determine which of these mod mentors deserve recognition
for acquiring this stylish skill. Send your nomination, in-
cluding the name of your favorite fashionable professor, his

country is in for six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't
there will be an early spring. This year, a Southern
challenge to Phil is being mounted at a wildlife area at
Stone 'Mountain, Ga. "We're tired of this snowbound
Yankee groundhog predicting our weather," said Art
Rilling, director of the Wildlife Game Ranch at Stone Moun-
tain. "So we decided to set up our own central groundhog
forecasting center." Rilling said five "good old boy
Southern groundhogs" ought to be able to get together and
predict the weather as well as the Pennsylvania groundhog.
As usual, Punxsutawney Groundhog Club President
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anymore in the superstition about ladybugs being lucky.
Someone released four bags full of ladybugs Friday night in
the bar of Dixon's restaurant, the Kirklander, in Kirkland,
Wash. Dixon figures he lost between $2500 and $3000 in bar
and dinner receipts. As the ladybugs spread throughout the
restaurant, he said, he had to send about 35 diners away
from their dinners. Dixon had to close his restaurant and
call a fumigator. Dixon said a reward of $500 plus a dinner
for four will be paid for information leading to the arrest of
those responsible for the crude joke. Q

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