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OPINION

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Sunday, February 14, 1982'

The Michigan Dal

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Robots coming in;

U-Cellar going out

T'S FINAL. The robots are com-
ing.
After three months of uncertainty, the
word came that Ann Arbor will be the location
of the $200-million robotics research center.
And, to further the ties between the planned
robotics center and the University,
Engineering Professor Arch Naylor was
chosen as its first director.
That revelation came only one day before the
University announced that it had acquired 400;
acres of woodland beyond North Campus for a
high technology research park. The park, ac-

cording to University officials, could be the site
of the massive robotics center that Naylor now
-heads.
Although the relationship between the
University and the private high technology
park has not been precisely defined, officials
said University scholars would word closely
with industry representatives on research
projects.
The park is also expected to inspire commer-
cial development in the area, including the
construction of new restaurants, a drug store,
and a hotel.
State and private industry officials on a
special High Technology Task Force appointed
by Gov. William Milliken had said for months
that Ann Arbor was the likely site of the
multimillion robotics research center, but final
word on its location did not come until Thur-
sday, via Naylor.
The center is the key to the governor's plan to
diversify- the state's economy by attracting
new, fast-growing high technology research
and industrial firms.
According to that plan, private industry, the
state, and the University would cooperate in
rebuilding the state's economy through major

Raking in the robots
breakthroughs in robotics that could be applied
in southeastern Michigan's manufacturing and
automobile industries.
Sweet sorrow of parting
THE UNIVERSITY CELLAR found out
there's no place like home-except if you
happen to live at the Michigan Union.
Although the two had survived a rocky,
decade-long coupling, the U-Cellar formalized
its split from the Union last week by signing a
new location lease. The U-Cellar will vacate the
Union by June 15 and move to a new site on
East Liberty and Division.
The student bookstore was forced out of its
Union home when negotiations with Union
Director Frank Cianciola bogged down over a
problem that breaks up many good
marriages-money. An impasse occurred
when the Union proposed hiking the
bookstore's rent by 65 percent. The financially-
strapped U-Cellar felt somewhat cheated by
such demands, especially after previously
agreeing to pay for some current renovations.
A reconciliation was hoped for by many
students. The U-Cellar, operated by students,
kept its textbook prices low,thus forcing down
prices of competitors such as Follett's and
Ulricb's.
The U-Cellar's new location may also
discourage some of its regular customers from

making the trudge off campus. U-Cellar
management, however, is discussing setting up
a shuttle service, so it can still see the kids
during bookrush.
At the week's end, however, the store's
newfound freedom was marred by a union em-
ployees' "sick-out." Roughly 85 percent of the
labor force stayed home for a day, protesting
large discrepancies between management and
employee salary levels.
Breaking up is hard to do.
Trying to lend a hand
THEY JUST CAN'T leave the dirty work
to the administration.
The students at the Michigan Student
Assembly claim that they, too, should be
allowed to discontinue departments and
eliminate programs-just like administrators.
In conjunction with the administration's
"Five-year-plan," MSA leaders would like to
provide their own list of students to sit on
program and departmental review commit-
tees, which will examine University academic
units and eventually decide whether or not to
eliminate them.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Billy
Frye, a spoilsport of the worst kind, yelled foul.
MSA could suggest a poolrof students, Frye
said, and the executive officers would choose
the student committee members from that
pool.
At last report, however, MSA still was
pushing for its own way and Frye still wasn't
being very compromising.
If the students pushed too hard, Frye argued,
they would lose all their representation, and
the elimination fun and games would be solely
the administration's to enjoy. Maybe Frye, in
exchange, could start a pool of departments
he'd like to see cut, and allow students and
faculty to decide which will go the way of
geography.
New delay for Kelly trial
N OW SCHEDULED for early May, the trial
of Leo Kelly was postponed yet again last
week.

Kelly, 22, has been held without bail in
Washtenaw County Jail since the shootings and
has undergone psychiatric testing at the
forensic center in Ypsilanti.
Fighting for financial aid
F ORMING A MOST unusual duo, di's-
tradught student leaders 'and panicky
University administrators emerged as allies
last week to wage war against the Reagan ad-
ministration's proposals to cut federal finan-
cial aid to students.
Those worried about how the suggested
wholesale cutbacks in loans and grants will af-
fect higher education-and the Univer-
sity-publicly declared a "state of emergency"
last week.
In a session attended by more than 100
students from the University and other colleges
across the state, officials began a campaign
directed at informing students about the
Reagan administration's recommendations to
cut financial aid almost in half by 1984.
The plan of attack includes urging students to
write letters to congressional representatives,
deputizing 55 students as voter registrars to
garner University support, and sending a
busload of students to Washington March 1 for
a national financial aid cut protest.
,The pending cutbacks promise to affect
nearly all of the 20,000 University students who
receive loans or grants from the federal gover-
nment.
As University President Harold Shapiro told
a national television audience on Tuesday, "A
college education will not be available, to
everyone who is academically qualified. Some
students will have to leave college."
Those students who rely most heavily on such
educational subsidies don't need experts to tell
them that access to the University will be
limited and that enrollment is likely to fall.
It seems as if the Reagan administration
finally has come up with a cure to overcrowded
classrobms.
The Week in Review was compiled by
Daily editors Andrew Chapman, Julie
Hinds, David Meyer, and former Daily
editor Julie Engebrecht. The Week in
Review will be featured every Sunday.

Kelly: Trial postponed

Kelly, a former LSA student charged in the
shotgun deaths of two Bursley Hall residents
last April 17, is scheduled to go on trial May 10
before Circuit Judge Ross Campbell. Kelly's
attorney has said his client will plead temporary
insanity.
Early on that Good Friday morning last
year, the 6th-floor Douglas House hallway in
Bursley Hall filled with smoke after someone,
allegedly Kelly, lobbed a Molotov cocktail at an
exit door. A resident of the house pulled a fire
alarm, and in the smoky confusion that
followed, others groped their way toward the
exit.
Two students, Edward Siwik, 19, and Douglas
McGreaham, 21, a resident advisor ;from
another house who had come upstairs to help
with the evacuation, never made it outside.
Several gun blasts allegedly fired by Kelly,
who was reported standing in the doorway to
his room wielding a sawed-off shotgun, cut
down Siwik and McGreaham. Police found
Kelly sitting in his room after the shootings, a
shotgun on his bed.

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Primary
S ANN ARBOR faces an increasing
economic pinch, the candidates
who merit support in tomorrow's city
council primary are those offering the
most feasible solutions to financial dif-
ficulties. Good intentions are not
enough for this year's race.
In the only two contested primaries,
the Daily endorses incumbents Earl
Greene and David Fisher-who both
offer socially-responsible economic
planning.
Democrat Earl Greene, running in
the First Ward, is currently attem-
pting to form the Downtown Develop-
ment Authority, a task force designed
to revitalize the city's lagging
economy. The DDA's goal will be to at-
tract new investment to Ann Arbor by
encouraging commercial growth.
Greene proposes using the increased
tax revenue generated by the DDA to
offset declining federal and state sup-
port for social aid programs. Greene's
opponent Larry Hunter expresses
similar concern for supporting 'the
city's underprivileged. Hunter,

selection
however, has focused his campaign on
impractical policies, such as
relocating vagrants.
In the Third Ward Republican con-
test, incumbent David Fisher
represents a more humane mix of
business and social concerns than his
opponent Gary Hann. Newcomer
Hann, who admittedly has no political
background, says he represents
professionals and the middle class-a
severely limited constituency. Hann
criticizes the current abundance of
public programs and seems eager to
start making aid cuts if elected.
Fisher, while a financial conservative,
stresses preserving essential city ser-
vices and safeguarding conditions for
student tenants.
These incumbent candidates present
Ann Arbor with the best hope of
boosting its economy while keeping
sight of the citizen's needs. As the city
makes tough choices concerning its
critical economic condition, it will
require leaders who exercise financial
common sense with a socially respon-
sible twist.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Witt erred with Greek generalizations

To the Daily: that I c
Usually, I would choose not to bunch
expend such valuable com- consum
modities as time and energy alcohol
rebutting one of Howard Witt's acader
vacuous, prejudiced columns. regular
But as he has chosen to be of Maz
especially presumptious in his sororit
recent article criticizing the Howe
Greek system, I feel compelled to of frien
reply. of livin
Three years ago I was faced to occ
with a decision. Ighad failed to be writing
selected in the Mosher-Jordan Greek
dormitory lottery, which left me Andc
with the task of securing housing To my
elsewhere. I then had to choose rich br
between living in a 'non-Greek' who en
form of housing (ie. apartment, ce in a
house, co-op) or in a fraternity. But th
But as I came from a background are th
ignorant of the fraternity grades
organization, I quickly decided But th
Frat men worthy
To the Daily:
I'm glad to see that Howard As a
Witt got a chance to inform the intellig
public of his unprejudiced opinion each fr
of Greek life. The way Witt im- that th
plies that the Greek system is one be crit
big Kappa Kappa Kappa (Klu experi

ould in no way live with a
of snotty, rich brats who
ne exorbitant amounts of
, cared little or nothing of
!mic success, and who
ly thrashed about in pools
zola corn oil with lewd
y women.
ever, due to the persuading
ids, and due to the prospect
ig in a house with nothing
cupy my free time but
critical articles on the
system, I decided to rush.
do you know what I found?
horror, there are snotty,
rats in the Greek system
dure most of their existen-
state of intoxicated stupor.
iese are exceptions. There
ose who care nothing of
and flunk out of school.
ese are the exceptions.

And there are those who spend a
great deal of their free time
engaged in immature, lubricious
activities. But again, these are
exceptions.
You see, in the Greek system,
as in any other organization,
there exist both positive and
negative aspects. But to
generalize on the basis of a few
incidents would be presum-
ptuous, for a whole is only as good
as the sum of its parts. Not one,
or two, or a few of its parts, but
the entire sum.
Alas, the Greek system provides
an easy target for the mediocre
journalist. Fraternity and
sorority members are part of an
organization, and if one is to at-
tack an organization, what easier
way than to comment on the
isolated acts of a few of its mem-
bers?
This raises a question: Should
one seek to generalize for other
groups of individuals who are not
so tightly organized? On the
basis of a few incidents of van-

dalism, a few cafeteria food
fights, or a few drug overdoses,
should the competent journalist.
wield his pen and write, "Oh,
there go those decadent dormies
at it again"? I think not. Indeed,
is the Mosher-Jordan "Slave
Auction" more or less lewd than
the Delta Gamma "Anchor
Splash"?
You have erred, Mr. Witt, not
because you have written a con-
troversial article on the
organization of fraternities and
sororities, because controversy
breeds interest and interest is
good, for business. For this I
thank you. You have erred
because you have committed one
of the cardinal sins of journalism
- making sweeping generalities
on the basis of a few isolated in-
cidents. I respectfully suggbst
that you amend your methods: of
acquiring reliable information,
or I would guess that your career
in journalism will be decidedly
short-lived.
-Randal Stephenson
February 9

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respect

columnist, Witt should be
gent enough to know that
raternity is different, and
e whole system should not
icized because of one bad
ence.

Try comparing it to Pope

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