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OPINION

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Tuesday, February 2, 1982-

The Michigan Daily

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

Those wild and crazy Greeks

Vol. XCII, No. 101

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, M\ 48109

Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

Clarifyingt
THE SENATE Advisory Committee
on University Affairs took a useful
step yesterday in making the Univer-
sity's tenure system a clear and ef-
ficient process.
SACUA approved a report, which
was finished and ready for approval
last April, on how tenure is obtained at
the University. Tenure-job security
for faculty members-was reviewed
by a SACUA report committee, and
then recommendations were made on
how to clarify and regularize the
tenure selection process.
The importance of clarifying the
University's tenure system lies in the
University's current miserable finan-
cial situation. As the administration
struggles to handle large budget
deficits caused by the decline in funds
for higher education, the status of
professors at the University will
become perilous. The University ad-
ministration will be tempted to cut
back on the number of tenured
professors as a way of reducing their
expenditures. A clear and coherent
definition of the tenure system is thus
needed to avoid a potentially
disastrous faculty/administration con-
frontation.
The committee's report claims that

Tenure policy.
a diversified tenure system is needed
at an institution of Michigan's size.
Each University department has cer-
tain specific circumstances that merit
different uses of the tenure system.
The report, however, draws together
these inconsistencies and provides
guidelines and suggestions in order to
giverthe University a more coherent
tenure policy.
Problems such as those of dual ap-
pointments (where a professor
receives part of his tenure from one
department and part from another),
and the length of the pre-tenure period
(departments grant tenure review af-
ter a varying number of years) are
well addressed in the report.
But further clarification is still
necessary. Some tenure issues, such as
promoting an assistant professor to
associate professor without the ac-
companying tenure, are still subject to
intense speculation and deserve proper
attention.
SACUA's approval of the report is
laudable. Department heads will
receive the report next, and they too
should approve it and publicize its
recommendations. A clear and stable
University tenure policy will help the
academic community to prepare for its
uncertain future.

Excerpts from the Fall Term edition of
The Forum, a publication by and for the
University'sfraternities and sororities:
The SDTs have had a lot of excitement this
term with four candlelights (1 lavalier, 1 pin-
ning, and 2 (!!) engagements)! -
And only seven (!!!!!!!) burned fingers!
As always, the brothers were busy with fall
rush, and the hard work resulted in nine
pledges.
Who sprung up nicely in the backyard
after carefulfertilizing and watering.

Howard
Witt

don't waste any of it there should be enough to
go around.
'And you certainly wouldn't want to
waste alot of your valuable time studying
English. Much better to go out with your
fraternity. They is more fun.
Pi Beta Phis are still selling the real "Men
of Michigan" calendars complete with Lam-
bda Chi alum Dave Johnson, Sigma Nu Dave
Mestau, Phi Delt Mike Butts, and other studly
types. You can get your copy at the Pi Phi
house for a small fee of $5.95, or call the house
for more information.
Proceeds go to the Ann Arbor Home
for the Hopelessly Studly.
Needless to say, Sorosis is. coming back
strong-why, we even have our own calendar
girl. Look for her in the month of September
in the new "Women of Michigan" calendar;
She's the one with the white flakes on
her shoulders.
Like the green leaves slowly oranging and
redding, Alpha Xi Delta is changing for the
brighter.
But sometimes rainy days blue us.
On October 15, we had our second annual
Blind-Date Auction Party and raised over $400
for our philanthropy, the Heart Association.
Gee, isn't your philanthropy lucky!
You probably don't spend half that much
on alcoholfor a typical party.
Sigma Nu is having a fantastic year. We
have what you might call some "wild and
crazy" people. Even though we are so "inten-

se" when it comes to studying, we manage to
have quite a bit of fun: Our rush party was
just a bash where the likes of Art "Soda"
Simonette, Ken "The Music Man" Reich.
Steve "Jake" Jacobson, Michael "Jackson"
Johnson, Steve "Seve" Elliot, and Todd
"Crusher" Keiser, our crazy pledges, drank
and danced the night away. Our carry-in with
the Phis was fun along with a riotous "Whore
Corps" serenade by the Tri-Delts. If you ever
want to see Hubie, The Hatchet Man, The
Gash, Kolby, Puppy, GI Joe with the Life Like
Hair, Rupy, Woody, Zalfalpha, Donny
Osmond, Minke, Commonality, or yours
truly, Louie, just stop by any neighborhood
bar.
Thanks, but I think I'll drink at home.
Sigma Nus just recently held a field day for ,
Perry Nursery School. (The children of single
parent families.) The day consisted of
various games in our backyard and cookies
for the little ones. The kids enjoyed them-
selves immensely. They rarely have a chance
to spend time with an adult figure. Although
the project raised no money, we gave the
children something money could not buy.
A chance to spend time with such adult
figures as The Hatchet Man, GI Joe with
the Life Like Hair, and the Whore Corps.
The following day, November 7, was Paren-
ts' Weekend. Mom's and Daol's from as far
away as Connecticut came to spend the day.
Some brought their car's and others.
flew in plane's.
Witt 's column appears every Tuesday.

Dear Aphrodite:
I live in an apartment but am a fraternity
pledge. The fraternity has alot going on and I
spend alot of time with them. The guys I live
with want me to party with them too, but I
don't always have time.
Social Sam
Dear Sam:
You have to plan your time so that you can
do all of the things you really want to do.
Perhaps you can spend one weekend night
with the bros, and another with your apar-
tment-mates, or flock to the bars on Thur-
sday with the rest of the Greeks. It's up to
you who you spend your time with, and if you

Weasel

By Robert Lence

Deplorable detention

A MERICA'S longstanding
reputation as a haven for the
politically oppressed is currently being
tarnished by the Reagan ad-
ministration's prolonged detainment
of Haitian refugees.
Haitians who recently fled to the
United States in hopes of finding
freedom -have been sorely disappoin-
ted. Currently, some 2,177 Haitians are
being held at detention centers across.
the country-many of them have been
held for more than six months.
Immigration law binds the United
States to grant asylum to aliens facing
political persecution at home. The
Reagan administration, while admit-'
ting that the regime of Haitian
President for Life Jean-Claude
Duvalier is authoritarian, denies that
it practices severe enough repression
to fall under this ruling.
The refugees would disagree. Many
political opponents of the regime claim
they moved to escape imprisonment,
torture, or even death at the hands of
the secret police. The Haitians agree
that if they are deported, the mere fact
of having originally left Haiti will in-
cite the regime's retaliation.
The Reagan administration has

refused to grant the Haitians a blanket
asylum, however, thus allowing the
refugees to languish for months in
crowded, poorly-equipped camps until
their cases are reviewed with all due
speed. Last year, this speed amounted
to 49 cases out of thousands reaching
review, with only five among them
being awarded asylum.
This prolonged detention is con-
sidered by the administration to be a
deterrent to further immigration. So
far it has proved effective, for fewer
and fewer Haitians are now willing to
risk the imprisonment that accom-
panies fleeing to the United States.
But the Reagan administration can
cut down on Haitian immigration
through more humane methods. Haiti,
dependent on foreign economic
assistance for its survival, could be
persuaded by the United States into in-
troducing into its government certain
political reforms crucial to halting the
flow of refugees.
The Reagan administration should
end its shameful detention of the
Haitian refugees, a practice that in-
sults American principles of liberty
and signals that the oppressed
throughout the world are no longer
considered welcome.

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Loss of a Soviet middleman

By George Breslauer
The death of Soviet Politburo
member Mikhail Suslov was not
unexpected. At the age of 79, and
in failing health, this Soviet
leader could hardly have been
expected to live very much
longer. For at least five years, his
day-to-day functions have been
performed by younger, more
energetic men. So we might con-
clude that his death is incon-
sequential.
This conclusion, however,
would be premature. Politics is
far more than the oversight of
day-to-day operations; it is also,
and more importantly, the
definition of grand alternatives
and the choice among policy
directions. In this process,
Mikhail Suslov probably played a
significant role until near the end
of his life.
FOR SUSLOV WAS the gray
eminence of the Soviet leader-
ship. He was already at the
highest levels of the party hierar-
chy during Stalin's last years
some three decades ago. He
played an important role in sup-
port of Khruschev in 1957 and he
later directed the organization of
the cabal against Khrushchev in
1964.
During the Brezhnev years, he
has consistently been one of the
three or four most influential
members of the leadership. He
was older than all but one

relatively undistinguished mem-
ber of the Politburo. As gray
eminence, he enjoyed influence
and deference that exceeded the
raw power he could claim as
secretary of*the Central Commit-
tee.
Suslov was often portrayed as a
right-wing, Soviet-style reac-
tionary-a man in favor of tur-
ning back the cloch to the good
old days of terror, cold war, and
personality cults. This portrayal
is fundamentally incorrect.
Suslov's policy orientations
evolved over time into those of
the conservative, par excellence.
INDEED, HE was a consistent
opponentofreformist tendencies
within the leadership after
Khrushchev's ouster. He lent his
weight to the unraveling of
reformist experiments
associated with the late Prime
Minister Alexei Kosygin, and ur-
ged the crackdown on dissidents.
But he was also an opponent of
right-wing extremism-of efforts
to elevate Russian chauvinism
over Soviet patriotism, and of a
return to terror and personal
leadership. In sum, Suslov was
against rocking the boat, either to
the left of the right. In this sense,
he was a Breshnev supporter.
What impact might his death
have on Soviet policy in the early
1980's? We know that the Soviet
leadership has some important
choices to make in order to im-
prove its economy. We also know
that contending forces within the

pected him to help choose both
the successor and the policy
directions to be pursued in the
1980s. That is no longer a
possibility.
THUS SUSLOV'S death could
have two importantrconsequen-
ces. First, it may remove the
possibility of an interim leader-
ship under the direction of
another old man. With the-,gray
eminence gone, the Soviet
leadership has lost a potential
kingmaker and a potential vetoer
of younger successors.
Second, Suslov's death
removes one of many im-
pediments to significant changes
in policy direction. It increases
somewhat the chance fora more
polarized political leadership af
ter Brezhnev by removing one
impediment to the forging of
either a moderate reformist
coalition, or a right-wing reac
tionary coalition. In this respect,
Suslov, had he lived, might have
tried to perform- the function of a
middleman between contending
forces.
Without someone of Suslov's
stature to perform that function,
political situations have a ten-
dency to polarize with bolder'
choices gaining support.
Breslauer, a professor of-
political science at the Univer-
sity of California, wrote this.
article for Pacific News Ser-
vice.

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political establishment advocate
different choices. Some advocate
a sharp turn to the right; others
advocate renewed experimen-
tation with moderate reformist
policies (but not political
democratization). Standing bet-
ween these forces were the
Brezhnevs and Suslovs, who
sought compromise choices in
hopes of muddling through the
problems of the day.
Assuming he outlived Brezhnev
it was taken for granted among
many Western observers that
Suslav would play an important
role in the succession. Few
people expected him to succeed
Brezhnev, but many people ex-

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