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VoI. XCIII, No. 35
Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, October 19, 1982
By NEIL CHASE
Despite the increasing interest in research and high
technology, the University's commitment to the humanities
and the arts "has in no way been compromised," the vice
president for research told faculty members yesterday.
Speaking before the Senate Assembly, the faculty's gover-
ning board, Vice President for Research tCharles Over-
berger said the production of great intellects still has priority
ove the need to make money through research.
OVERBERGER, however, said the controversial areas of
obotics and molecular genetics are "rapidly developing
Wfields that the University must pursue if it is to remain a
great research institution." These new areas of interest
represent "our responsibility and opportunity to help the
state and ourselves," he added.
While maintaining 'that the administration would always
remain committed to -the humanities and the arts, Over-
berger said the lack of money for research in those fields has
put the University in a bind. "Federal agencies are trying to
pass off the cost of doing research to the universities. That's
fine if you have a state legislature that helps you meet these
costs, but we don't."
"SEVERAL YEARS ago, when funds were readily
*available from sponsors, research opportunities were
relatively unlimited," he said. Now, with shrinking research
funds available, Overberger said he must often say 'no" to
those seeking research funds from University coffers.
Overberger also touched on the subject of defense resear-
ch, and whether the University's so-called "classified" or
secret research was sufficiently monitored. "The role of the
University in conducting research is under appropriate
scrutiny," he said.
Overberger, citing recent criticism of the large amount of
money private corporations are pouring into college and
*university research, said "the entity that makes the money
in these situations is the company that puts up the money.
Intellectually, the University makes money."
Where's the mark?
Thousands of runners get set for the start of a 20 kilometer race beginning under the shadow of the
The review proess
Isthere aright way
By NEIL CHASE
For Martha Friedman, the recent budget crisis
of higher education began in 1971, when the
University of Illinois laid off 100 members of its
Urbana campus facility.
Friedman, a professor at Illinois and former
president of the American Association of Univer
sity professors, brought-her experience with cuts
to a campus forum last night, asking, "How should
higher education respond to the funding crisis?"
Straying quickly from its national focus, th
See UNIVERSITY, Page:
By BILL SPINDLE
Tight budgeting at the University
caught up to the College of Engineering
The college is considering closing its
humanities department and having
engineering students fulfill their
humanities requirements by taking
DUE TO , "serious financial
pressures" facing the college, Dean
James Duderstadt told faculty last
week that a committee will be set up to
examine ways the college can save
money by transferring the department
The humanities department was
chosen for possible cuts because it was
considered the least important of any
department in the college, and was a
department that could be transferred to
an already existing part of the Univer-
- sity, said Charles Vest, associate dean
s for academic planning in the college.We
are imbedded in a University with a
world class literature, science, and arts
e programs," Vest said.
"The serious under-funding of our
programs have made it increasingly
difficult to justify a program that is
taught in another part of the Univer-
sity," said Duderstadt. "We can no
longer continue to justify maintaining
the equality of this program at the ex-
pense of other programs," Duderstadt
Some faculty in the department,;
however, feel that if engineering
students are forced to take LSA cour-
ses, which are usually larger and
taught by a teaching assistant instead
of professors, they will lose the advan-
tages the humanities department of-
Some professors Ain the department
were also concerned about whether
tenured faculty would be successfully
relocated in other parts of the Univer-
58 draft protesters arrested
WASHINGTON (UPI)- Police arrested 58 draft
e rotesters in front of Selective Service System
eadquarters yesterday, carrying many away on
stretchers when they refused to walk to police vans.
According to police, about 200 demonstrators mar-
ched to draft headquarters as employees arrived for
work. They were met by police who had blocked the
street in front of the building.
The demonstrators were members of a group
called the October 18 Resistance Campaign, which
threatened to close the building to protest draft
registration requirements for young men reaching
their 18th birthdays.
0 ONE GROUP of demonstrators formed a circle and
'We're not going to shut the
Selective Service down, we're
going to make it obsolete.'
-Draft protest demonstrators
sang softly. "We're not going to shut the Selective
Service down, we're going to make it obsolete." A
young woman said, "We're going to prove that love is
stronger than war."
Asked how long they intended to stand in front of
the building, another woman said, "Until our voices
get tired." Another woman added, "For the rest of
According to Selective Service figures, some
500,000 young men have failed to register.
ELEVEN MEN have been indicted for failing to
register, a felony punishable by a fine of up to $10.000
and five years in prison.
Asked whether the protesters prevented any em-
ployees from entering the building, Joan Lamb
replied, "None at all." She said organizers held a
permit for 1,000 to 2,000 demonstrators and had told
police ahead of time they wanted to have 200 to 300
..."serious pressures" face college
ONE OF THE jobs of the committee
reviewing tlhe department, however, is
to ' make a good faith effort" to
relocate staff members if the depar-
tment is cut.
The promise of a good effort,
however, has not been enough to
prevent concern among the faculty.,
"I'm obviously, concerned about a
good faith effort being made if they
decide that the department should be
abolished, said humanities Prof.
Dwight Stevenson. "I'm particularily
concerned about three non-tenured
faculty whose work and research has
been excellent. If they are lost it will be
a great loss to the University."
The humanities department is broken
into three sections: literature;
technology and science; and rhetoric,
which teaches students writing skills
related to engineering.
The review committee will be set up
to examine the possibility of moving the
See ENGIN., Page 5
Suicide prevention: Should the
By BARBARA MISLE
On Sept. 26, University sophomore Alisa
Principe ended her life. She packed up all her
belongings in her single room at Stockwell
*Residence Hall, left a note, and then over-
A resident adviser found Principe's body
three days later.
THE AFTERMATH of the unexpected
suicide has been extremely difficult for the
staff and residents of Stockwell, according to
Kathy Beauvais, director of the hill area dor-
When a suicide occurs, she explained, people
feel guilty and look for someone to blame. Of-
ten that blame lands unfairly on resident ad-
visers and directors, she said, because they are
the only link between the University's coun-
seling services and the depressed or suicidal
The building staff is trained to pick up on
symptomatic behavior, Beauvais explained,
but "you can't prevent a conscious choice on
nother person's part."
ANOTHER problem, she said, is that it is of-
ten difficult to tell whether the problems a
student is coping with are from normal stress
or from something more serious.
"What signs let you know is different in every
case," said Kim Eaton, a resident director at
the University's Oxford Housing. "It's nearly
impossible to differentiate suicidal symptoms
from other expressions. It's hard to know-what
"An RA is not a policewoman," she said.
"They are also students and have other things
UNIVERSITY administrators say they are
aware of the school's high-pressured environ-
ment, and there are a number of services
available to help students cope with that stress.
The problem, according to several RAs, is that
the services aren't publicized enough.
"It's a problem getting people to use the
counseling services," said an East Quad RA
who asked not to be named. "There needs to be
more emphasis saying it's okay to go to coun-
seling." The RA suggested that the University
might send its service listings directly to
students, rather than only to building staff.
"A lot of students see a stigma attached to
counseling;" said a South Quad RA who also
asked not to be named, "if they knew it was
common to have problems they'd be more
likely to seek out help.
"AS MUCH of an ideal RA someone would
like to be, you might not see every person on
the hall," she said. "It would be better to make
each individual aware of counseling-it would
make it more effective."
University officials, however, say they don't
think more publicity can have a direct effect on
"An individual because of his or her in-
dividual personality isn't responsive to that in-
formation-giving," said Henry Johnson, vice
president for student services. "People find
ways to deal with stress and don't expect the
system to be a solution to their concerns," he
"DATA SAYS if a person decides to commit
suicide there is nothing anyone can do to
prevent the attempt," Johnson said.
"Behaviors may indicate that an individual is
experiencing stress, but you can't act on every
indication-one symptom doesn't make you
'sick,' it's a syndrome."
Johnson said the University doesn't expect
RAs to be "suicide preventors or psychiatrists
junior-grade," but to serve as monitors for
behavior that is "out of the normative."
"Their (RAs) job is related to giving infor-
mation, advice and being supportive in nor-
mative concerns," he said, "and 90 percent of
what they encounter is normative behavior."
THE UNIVERSITY may have no actual ex-
pectations of RAs, but there is an "implied ex-
pectation," according to Judy Howe, ad-
ministrative RD at Markley.
"As individuals, RAs feel a sense of respon-
sibility (to a student) and are in a bad position
when someone won't go to counseling," she
Howe said the University should encourage
faculty and academic counselors to make
See SUICIDE, Page 2
Where to go far help
University Counseling Services
(8 O.M.-a P.. ) , . . . . .....764-8312
On weekends or after 5 pm.
Psychiatric Emergency Service,
't' Hospital ... ..... . 996-4747
Counseling Center ......... . 764-9466
Health Service .......... ....763-5265
Ann Arbor Community Mental Health
Center ............ ... 761-9834
CONSERVATIONIST playing the part of the
Environmental Protection Agency administrator
Anne Gorsuch marched to the altar in a mock
ceremony to exchange marriage vows with "Phil
T. Pollutor." The Greenpeace organization staged the
mock wedding Wednesday at the Seattle Trade Center
while Gorsuch was inside speaking to the local Rotary Club.
The bride, played by Kathy Ray, carried a bouquet of black
roses, while the groom, played by Wally Rosa, had money
T HE PRESIDENT of a Houston-based telecommunica-
tions company gave his employees a reward for being
"good, loyal people." He brought them to Las Vegas for a
Texas-style party. Texas International Airlines had offered
a chartered jet for a trip anywhere in the United States or
Mexico as part of an auction for a Houston public TV
station. Robert Resnick, 39, made the highest bid-$8,300.
With pilots and stewardesses dressed in party hats, the
plane headed for Las Vegas Saturday where Resnick reser-
ved five suites at the Flamingo Hilton and bought drinks
says she doesn't expect to do it overnight. Gayle Elkin, 50,
predicts it will be at least April 1983 before the organization
she has founded for the task will raise enough money to
meet its goal. "In two months, we can have this economy
turned around," said Elkins, whose dining room serves as
national headquarters for FOCUS '83, a group with about
1,300 members in six states. Her husband, Ralph, 55, an in-
surance claims adjuster, serves on the organization's board
of directors. Mrs. Elkin has written President Reagan,
Gov. John Brown Jr. and the chief executives of scores of
corporations. She has even asked musicians to give benefit
performances for the cause. One country singer, Mary
" 1972-Ann Arbor's American Massage Parlor was back
in business after a police raid 3 days earlier. A sticker on
the front door announced that the parlor was now
registered with the Fraternal Order of Police.
" 1957-A Wolverine drive in the fourth quarter broke a
tie game as Michigan beat Northwestern 34-14.
" 1920-A preliminary registration count revealed that
8,137 students were attending Michigan, nearly half of
which were in LSA.E