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See Editorials, Page 4


Ninety-three Years of Editorial Freedom


Unseasonable warmth continues to-
day with a high in the mid-60s. Ac-
companying this irregularity is the
chance of rain throughout the day.

Vol. XCIII, No. 47 Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, November 2, 1982 Ten Cents Ten Pages

Governor's race evens as polls open

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Campaign '82 drew to a close yesterday, with
several indications that the race for the gover-
nor's chair may be much closer than originally
predicted. A low voter turnout could deprive
Democrats the office they have seen seeking
fir more than 20 years as well as endanger a
local Democrat's chances of becoming the only
woman in the state senate.
The two most recent polls, released over the
weekend by Market Opinion Research and The
Detroit - News, showed conservative
businessman Richard Headlee closing in on
Democrat James Blanchard, whose lead in the
race has slipped' to only a margin of 5 to 7 per-
centage points.
ONLY TWO weeks ago Blanchard told a
group of cheering, beer-glass-waving

Democrats, "We're going to win, and we're
going to win big." The latest polls, however,
which have contradicted earlier projections
suggesting Blanchard,would win handily, have
had sobering effect on the four-term
congressman's campaign.
"We can't rely on the fact that we're ahead in
the polls," he said recently. Yesterday at one
of his last campaign stops in Hamtramck, he
predicted the election would be decided by a
margin of only 2 to 5 percentage points. Blan-
chard has also expressed fear that a rainy day
combined with Democratic overconfidence in-
spired by his 20-point lead in early polls, may
keep many Democratic voters at home.
For Headlee, who finished up his cam-
paigning in Macomb County, the polls
represented the turnaround he has long predic-

Tax cut crusader and, hiawassee Country
Drain Commissioner Robert Tisch has not
made as much of a splash in the governor's
race as earlier expected. Most opinion polls
show him clinging to only about 1 percent of the
If the latest polls are correct, the Democrats
will have a blowout in the U.S. Senate race that
Headlee is trying to deny them in the gover-
nor's race. Democratic incumbent Donald
Riegle has huge 26-point margin over
Republican challenger Phil Ruppe, a former
six-term congressman from Houghton in the
Upper Penninsula.
In spite of the polls, Ruppe, who was in
Detroit yesterday trying to woo Democratic
voters away from Riegle, said he is optimistic.

"I expect to do well and we'll find out on
Tuesday," he said. Ruppe has been attempting
to attract moderate voters by portraying
Riegle as an ineffective and bungling senator,
and billing himself as a moderate who supports
the Equal Rights Amendment and cuts in the
defense budget.
ACCORDING to the polls, the effort has
largely failed, and Riegle spent most of the last
days of his campaign before friendly crowds in
Detroit, taking every opportunity to criticize
the Reagan administration. "We have to send
a powerful message to Washington and say we
want the direction changed," he said.
In races closer to home, the way people vote
for governor may have an impact on local races.
See RACE, Page 3

ted. The question is whether he can pull off the
same come-from-behind upset he staged over
Lt. Gov. William Brickley in the August 10 GOP
"I DON'T expect a blowout for me and I cer-
tainly don't expect a blowout for him," he said.

-- - -- -- - - -

as review
Public support for the School of
Education continued yesterday, as
close to 300 people gathered to back the
school in the third of four review
bearings for the unit.
The hearing-held in a Rackham
assembly hall-mirrored the trend of
the first two meetings by drawing
students, faculty, and legislators from
around the state and nation, all of
*whom spoke in favor of the school.
CATHERINE Nadon-Gabrion, music
professor and chairman of the program
in Music Education, questioned the
reason for the review, saying "If the
focus of this review is improvement,
then I applaud the effort and encourage
more of it. But if (the focus of the
review) is for closure, I am appalled at
such parochial vision."
See HEARINGS, Page 6

GEO pact
rej ected;




Pop stops at record shop
Rock star Iggy Pop returned yesterday to Schoolkid's Records, his former place of employment, signing autographs
and reminiscing about the good old days. His new autobiography, I Want More, poignantly retells stories of his
childhood in an Ypsilanti trailer park.t

'U' humanities place in

top ten

University departments in the humanities ranked
impressively in a survey recently released by a bran-
ch of the National Academy of Sciences. Overall, six
University humanities departments placed in the top
ten in their fields, including two in the top five.
The remaining three departments surveyed, Ger-
man, English, and linguistics, placed 15th, 16th, and
21st in their fields respectively.
THE SURVEY, which ranks the quality of
graduate humanities programs, is the second of five

reports to be issued by the Conference Board of
Associated Research Councils, and follows a similar
report on mathematics and the physical sciences
released in late September.
Nine departments were ranked in this survey: art
history, classics, English, French, German,
linguistics, music, philosophy, and Spanish.
In general, department heads contacted expressed
satisfaction with the results gained by their depar-
Frank Casa, romance languages department

chairman, expressed satisfaction not only with the
showing of the Spanish and French departments un-
der his chairmanship, but also with the performance
of the humanities in general.
"It's very important for the University to
recognize, especially in this time of retrenchment,
that many of the departments are nationally
recognized, and it would be a shame not to keep them
at that level," he said.,
THE ART HISTORY department, rates seventh in
See SURVEY, Page 6

Graduate teaching assistants have
turned down their proposed contract
with the University, casting into
question the entire relationship bet-
ween the University and the graduate
assistants union, the Graduate Em-
ployees Organization.
Early results of last week's vote on the
contract, tabulated yesterday, showed
that just about half of the union's voting
membership cast ballots. Even if all of
those ballots had supported the
proposed contract, some members
claimed, there still would not have been
enough of them to make up the majority
turnout necessary to pass the contract.
THE NEXT step for the union and the
University is uncertain, spokesmen for
both say. But some GEO members
have even raised the possibility of a
strike against the University if new
bargaining falls through. And there
have been suggestions - unconfirmed
by University officials - that the
University might seek to decertify
GEO's union status, pointing to low tur-
nout on the contract vote as proof that
GEO is not supported by most of the
1,600 graduate assistants it represents.
The actual number of valid ballots
cast in the vote, which took place over a
two-week period, will not be announced
until Thursday, according to GEO
leaders. But that number will probably
be between 320 and 370, most leaders
Forthe proposed contract to be
ratified, at least half of the union's 700
voting members have to approve the
proposal. And, while the final tally was
not completed last night, it was clear
the contract was far from pulling in the
necessary "yes" votes.
SOME GEO leaders claim the con-
tract's clear defeat - and the
resulting talk of a possible strike - will
send a message to the University ad-
ministration that the union is a force to
be reckoned with.
But other GEO officials say just the
opposite, pointing out that the weak
turnout - in spite of an extension of the
voting deadline - will send a signal to
the administration building that GEO
has lost the support of its rank and file.
That signal, these union leaders say,

could encourage the University to try to
have GEO decertified as a union,
something they say the University has
wanted for some time.
University officials, told of the vote
results last night, expressed surprise
and said administrators would meet
soon to decide what course of action to
take. John Forsythe, the University's
representative in the contract
bargaining, said last night that the ad-
ministration could either go back to the
bargaining table with GEO or seek to
have it thrown out as the graduate
assistants' bargaining agent, but that
both options have yet to be discussed.
GEO'S NEXT step is also uncertain
and members say the appearance of a
deep split in its leadership over the con-
tract complicates the decision. Some
members blame the contract's defeat,
and the resulting uncertainty about the
union's future, on a group of GEO
members who lobbied against
ratification of the contract worked out
by their own bargaining committee.
Membership for a Fair Contract, the
group formed, to lobby against
ratification, is now discussing starting
the process which could eventually lead
to a strike. Some group members are
calling for the formation of a strike
committee, which would in turn con-
sider the feasibility of a strike by
teaching and staff assistants against
the University.
GEO called such a strike in 1976 and
pressured the administration into
negotiating a contract.
But members of an opposite camp in
GEO insist the talk of a strike is empty
because the union simply lacks the sup-
port of its membership. Even if the
union leadership were to call a strike,
they say, most TAs and GAs would
ignore the call.
"HOW ARE they (GEO leaders)
going to get 50 percent (of TAs and
GAs) to vote for a strike, when they
can't even get 50 percent to vote on a
contract?" asked Marty Burke, a
member of GEO's election committee.
"There is a limited amount" of energy in
GEO and it can be either be used to
fight amongst ourselves and tear the
union apart, or it can be used to work
toward organizing, and getting people
See GEO, Page 5

Faculty complaints force can es
,in engineering humanities review,
By BILL SPINDL Kaplan, local president of the Associate Engineering Dean Charles
In an attempt to alleviate fears that a American Association of University Vest said the objective of the commit-
decision to close the engineering Professors, expressed those fears in a tee would be to evaluate the
humanities department had preceded a letter to Engineering Dean James "preliminary conclusion" to move
review of the program, engineering of- Duderstadt last week. The letter asked humanities into LSA, as well as
ficials made several changes this week whether the school's executive commit- examining methods of making the tran-
in the instructions for the review. tee had tentatively agreed to move the sfer if they decide it is necessary.
Two weeks ago the engineering department. The review committee is VEST ALSO said the new instruc-
college announced it was considering given the power only to recommend tions, which will be given to the com-
elimination of its humanities depar- methods of transferring the depar- mittee tomorrow, would contain
Wment due to a lack of money. tment, not the power to decide if it promises of a commitment to education
Shortly after the initial review was should be transferred, he pointed out. in the humanities within the
announced some professors expressed The changes in the review instruc- engineering college.
concern that the reveiw committee was tions were made to clarify the fact that Also in response to faculty fears,
only examining ways to move the no decision to move the department has engineering officials pushed the com-
department to LSA, having already been made, although it is one of the op- mittee's tentative deadline back one
concluded that its stay in the tions open to the committee, said Vice month to the end of fall term.
engineering college was over. President for Academic Affairs Billy Kaplan, however, said that the extra
MATHEMATICS Prof. Wilfred Frye. See HUMANITIES, Page 6


Humanities closure up to committee

Tax-cut witch
EATH AND taxes may be a certainty in the
minds of some, but a self-proclaimed witch says
the "tax-cut spell" she cast over Paterson, N.J.
will prove the adage wrong. Joyce Luciano,
known as the "Official Witch of Paterson," said the spell
she brewed up in a 15-minute ceremony attended by about
h 100 hopeful residents and city workers would slash taxes by

King, Mac's call truce
THE FAST-FOOD front-runners have called a cease fire
in the "Battle of the Burgers"-at least, on the
national level. Burger King has agreed to discontinue its
aggressive advertising campaign against Wendy's and
McDonald's. The ads said consumer taste tests proved
people prefer Whoppers to Big Macs and Wendy's Singles.
In response to Burger King's profferment of the peace pipe,
Wendy's and McDonald's said they would lower their legal
guns-lawsuits challenging the claims in the ads. Guerrilla-

hurricanes, tornadoes, fire ants, pesticides, and condo
sprawl. That's the irreverent word from the publishers of
Florida's 1983 Calamity Calendar, an annual tongue-in-
cheek effort to discourage tourists and new residents by
pointing out the state's past and present calamities and
possible future dangers. Some members from the founding
organization, the Florida Conservation Foundation Inc.,
say they try to make sure "that we never say anything nice
about Florida to someone who may want to come here." A
featured cartoon in the calendar depicts a concrete-and-
steel flower as the state's symbol. Another shows

were driven away by security guards wielding fire hoses.
Also on this date in history:
* 1942-The University was criticized by a Navy,
lieutenant for not having enough students enlisting in the
armed forces.
" 1954-The Literary College faculty voted to ask the
school to grant severance pay to a professor who was
dismissed for refusing to testify before the House Commit-
tee on Un-American Affairs.
" 1974-Michigan Gov. William Milliken announced he
would keep his running mate, James Damman. after




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