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OPINION

Page 4

Sunday, March 21, 1982.

The Michigan Daily

Reviewing for dollars:

3 schools hit

THE WORD HAS come down from on
high: The University has spread itself! too
thin.
And, in announcing late last week that
three schools-Natural Resources, Education,
and Art-were to be scrutinized for major cut-
backs or possible elimination, administrators
said "no more.",
The move to review the schools and
colleges is part of the, University ad-
ministration's five-year plan to make the

University smaller but better. Stage One of the
plan involves $20 million in general fund cuts
over the next five years. Stage Two of the plan
will funnel those dollars back into University
programs deemed most worthy.
Charges to the committees that will review
the schools and colleges, and the methods for
review, are still in draft stages.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Billy
Frye admitted, however, that the preliminary
questions directing the changes may need major
revisions. Several vice presidential aides ex-
pressed concern that the questions suggested
bias against parts of the various schools..
"At this point, the initiation of a review
means only that enough questions have been
raised to warrant examinations of the
possibility of significant program changes and.
budgetary savings," Frye said.
The school and college reviews are expected
to begin in the next two weeks and will join
smaller-scale reviews of three other University
programs-the Institute for Labor and In-
dustrial Relations, the Institute for the Study of
Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities,
and the Center for the Continuing Education of
Women.
No more thinning; many more cuts.

And professors collectively agreed in their
CESF responses that they were unhappy over
last year's salary distribution. Professors
labored over the fact that they want more voice
-in determining who gets what salary increase.
This financial discontent may leave the door
open for future faculty efforts to gain clout over
salary decisions-perhaps through a little in-
formal bargaining.
'U' Hospital in trouble
L ATELY IT SEEMS that nothing planted on
Michigan soil can grow, no matter how
well-nourished.
The University's heralded Replacement
Hospital Project, with its estimated fer-
tilization budget of $285 million, is suddenly in
danger of being perilously underfed.
$140 million worth of state-issued bonds
needed for payment on the hospital's construc-
tion have not yet been sold. These bonds must
be sold by the beginning of the 1983 calendar
year, or the budding growth of the project will
come to a screeching halt, according to
University officials.
High national interest rates and a sluggish
Michigan economy are the prime factors
keeping the bonds unsold and the project's
future in jeopardy. In addition, there are $100
million worth of previously issued state bonds
sitting in Lansing that must be sold to the in-
vestment community before the University's
bonds can go on the market.
The project's gardeners were ambigious on
the implications of this latest harvest of bad
news. Most said the hospital was important
enough to state legislators to eventually
receive alternate sources of money if the bond
scheme failed. Other financial green thumbs
would not give odds on the future of the project,
however, and saw little way the state would
find alternate funds.
Report to the Regents
EPORTS AND EXPLANATIONS of
reports. University Regents come to town
two days each month to get a hefty dose of

them. They certainly had their fill this week.
Among now-familiar discussions of budget
crises were two reports presented annually to
the Regents-one on campus minority
enrollment and the second an update of the
University's investments in firms with South
African subsidiaries.
Included in the minority report was the
following: The percentage ofjlack students on
campus has declined from 92 percent in Fall
1980 to 4.9 percent in Fall 1981. Overall minority
student enrollment went up from 9.1 percent to
9.2 percent in the same time period-primarily
because of an increase in the number of Asian
students.
During presentation of a second report, two
Regents complained that the University has
been too lax in enforcing its 1978 anti-apartheid
guidelines governing investment in companies
that do business in South Africa.
The guidelines require that the University
sell its stock in companies that don't move
toward desegregating work facilities,
equalizing pay, and developing training
programs for blacks in their South African
subsidiaries.
Regents Nellie Varner and James Waters
said- investigations of the actions of 42 com-
panies that fell under the guidelines show
disappointing efforts on the part of a number of
those firms. They suggested that the Univer-
sity divest from problem companies.
"We're falling down on our objectives," Var-
ner said.
It's hard to get anything done with so many
reports.
Labor at home, abroad
U NITED AUTO WORKERS President
Douglas Fraser came to campus Tuesday
and said that his union is on a collision-course
abroad and at home-with Japan and with the
Reagan administration.
Fraser came to Ann Arbor to participate in'
this week's U.S.-Japan Automotive Industry
Conference. Speaking at Hill Auditorium,
Fraser blamed Japan for much of the auto in-
dustry's current troubles. Fraser called

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Union poll: A measure of faculty discontent?
Unrest, but no union
THERE'S NO need to look for the union
label on University professors yet. A sur-
vey released Monday by the Committee on the
Economic Status of the Faculty showed that 67
percent of faculty members don't want a union.
The CESF's results also revealed that a sur-
rising number of professors don't even care
about a union-only 33 percent of the faculty
bothered to lift pen to paper to answer the sur-
vey.
The poll was sparked by last term's petitions
from art history and physics professors asking
faculty governance groups to look into union
possibilities. The professors who initiated the
petitions, however, hinted they were more
concerned with airing salary grievances than
in starting up collective bargaining.

Fraser;:Blasts away -
current Japanese competition "lopsided and
discriminatory." Congressional trade restric-
tions should be passed to halt the Japanese
threat, Fraser said, adding, "I don't believe we
should sacrifice our auto workers for the pri i-
ciples of free trade."
Fraser, in an exclusive interview with the,
Daily, hinted that the Reagan administration
was also on the road to destroying the labor:
movement in America. Fraser described''
Reagan's handling of the air traffic controllers'
strike as "one of the most brutal strike-.,
breaking activities in, the history of the labor.
movement." The -president won't destroy the-,:
UAW, Fraser added, because "we are just too.,
strong."
Following his University appearance,
Fraser hurried back to negotiations with -
General Motors, where he will presumably
drive home a few more points.
The Week in Review was compiled by Daily
editors Afidrew Chapman and Julie Hinds -.
and former Daily editor Julie Engebrecht'

Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

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

Detestable violence

As SPECIAL LA
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THEY SUCCEEDED. They drove
the neo-Nazis out of Ann Arbor.
Our beautiful, peaceful, lovefilled
hideaway was preserved from the
violent, repulsive, racist hatred of the
neo-Nazis.
The peace-seeking inhabitants of
Ann Arbor, who came out in full force
today to keep the community free of
hate, created a spectacle as disgusting
as any neo-Nazi could have presented.
They drove the Nazi hatred from our
Ann Arbor streets-with clubs, rocks,
and abuse-all in the best fascist
tradition.
The whole episode was revolting.
From the very beginning of the City
Hall rally, violence was in the air.
Marchers- arrived carrying baseball
bats and nightsticks. Speakers gave
brief explanations on first aid treat-
ment for beating victims. There was
never a doubt as to what those counter-
demonstration groups wanted-and
they got it.
They got action. They got violence.
They got bloodshed. The crowd outside
the Federal Building prepared itself;
for a violent confrontation, and then
put that training to the test. The result

was as ugly a scene as anyone could
wish for the Ann Arbor community.
Almost certainly the various op-
position groups are claiming victory
over the neo-Nazis. These groups
called upon the local community to
help them fight the bigotry and hatred
of the Nazis, and then used the min-
dless fury of the crowd to fulfill their
predictions of confrontation. That was
their victory.
The scene at the Federal Building
was violence for violence's sake. The
Nazis have no copyright on hatred. The
methods of the crowd were as base and
as low as the ideology of the Nazis. As a
minority, the neo-Nazis were an easy
target for people swayed by violent ac-
tions.
So now the neo-Nazis will never
again march in Ann Arbor. Meanwhile,
we all have been saved from the
violence, bigotry, and hatred that
could have overtaken our community.
The irony in this is all too apparent.
When the militant groups proclaim
victory over the neo-Nazis in Ann Ar-
bor, they are, in essence, proclaiming
a victory for the violent ideology of
those very same neo-Nazis, and that is
no victory at all.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY
Invading the oilfields is ridiculous

To the Daily:
I understand that courses at the
University are being reduced, but
I didn't realize that all study of
morality had ceased. Dan
Aronoff's article "Is it time to
move in on Mideast Oil?" (Daily,
March 13) is the most immoral
(and impractical) idea I have
come across in ten years of sub-

scribing to the Daily.
By what right would we "oc-
cupy the Persian Gulf oil fields"?
Just because we need the oil?
Whose oil is it? By the same
reasoning, Russia should occupy
Kansas and Nebraska. They need
wheat just as badly as we need
oil. If we descend to the moral
level of our so-called enemies, we

then become no better than those
enemies..
*Even if you can swallow the
immense immorality of such a
move, it is completely imprac-
tical. If we couldn't even pull off
the rescue. of a few hostages in
that region, how could we occupy
the oil fields? What do you think
the Russians would be doing
during this occupation? A quick
glance at the globe will indicate
that the Russians are a few
thousand miles closer than we

are to the Persian Gulf. It is of in-
terest that the Soviets have the
largest standing army to walk to'-
the Gulf if necessary.
The article just below Aronoff'sI
call to the Gulf was revealing. Its
last sentence was, "A super-
power, in fact, can back up what
it wants with enough space age
influence and metallic manhood
to char our entire world into a
desert." Then nobody would need
oil.
-Ruth Parks
March 16

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Pot shots at leftists

To the Daily:
On Sturdav March 13 T at-

'Delano Roosevelt, Tip O'Neill,

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