Colleges respond to
the call of technology
The Michigan Daily-Saturday, January 15, 1983-Page 3
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NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Karle, a
senior at Chaminade High School in
Mineola, N.Y., faced a tough choice this
winter as he tried to decide what sort of
college was right for him.
His dilemma is shared by many high
school seniors around the country; he
thinks of himself as a liberal arts
student. But he also has a passion for
science and computers and worries that
four expensive years of Greek,
sociology and philosophy ,at a typical
liberal arts school might not prepare
him for a tough job market.
Now a growing number of colleges -
technological schools and liberal arts
colleges alike - are beginning to
respond to that concern.,
AS A RESULT, liberal arts at some of
America's most prestigious schools is
entering a new era - one in which
courses about energy, computers and
engineering may come to share equal
billing with traditional offerings like
history, English and philosophy.
Some examples of what's in store this
" Wellesley College, in-Wellesley,
Mass:, will offer a new "Technology
Studies" curriculum, geared to
humanities and social science students.
.It eventually will include 14 courses.
" Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio, will
offer programs in computer uses in the
humanities and fine arts, as well as
courses to help students with little math
or science background learn the role of
technology in creating and solving
Perhaps the most radical curriculum
restructuring is taking place at
Polytechnic Institute of New York,
which has a reputation as one of the
nation's better technological schools.
Starting next September, the school
plans to offer a unique four-year liberal
arts program aimed at making 60 non-
engineering students, like Peter Karle,
as literate about machines and
technology as about Plato and
."IF YOU LOOK at the curriculum at
Harvard or any other liberal arts
college, nowhere is sufficient attention
being given to the man-made. Sure,
some sciences are required. But the
implication is that all our values come
from science, when in fact much comes.
from technology," says George
Bugliarello, president of Polytechnic.
"The impact of the pill, the invention
of the radio, nuclear weapons - these
things don't get discussed
systematically," he says. Called the
"Contemporary Liberal Arts Core,"
Polytechnic's curriculum will require a
heavy load of technical courses like
"The World of Machines," "Energy,
Values and Society," "Computer
Assisted Introductory Mathematics,"
alongside more traditional social scien-
ce and humanities courses.
Foundations have provided much of
the push in getting colleges to introduce
technology into liberal arts curricula.
Polytechnic's program has a $480,000
Mellon Foundation grant.
Says James Koerner of the Sloan
Foundation: "We thought it was no
longer understandable or defensible to
turn out liberal arts students who have
no grounding in technology."
By CHERYL BAACKE
Closing arguments were completed
yesterday in a lawsuit brought against
the University by an expelled Inteflex
student who failed a national medical
U.S. District Judge John Feikens,
who heard the suit brought by former
student Scott Ewing, said he hopes to
issue a written decision by the end of
EWING WAS dropped from Inteflex,
the University's accelerated medical
program, in July of 1981 after he failed
the national board exam required to
continue in medical school.
He sued the University to be rein-.
stated as a student in good standing so
he may have a second try at passing the
Because Ewing is the first Inteflex
student not permitted to retake the test,
he argued the University didn't abide
by a policy of allowing two chances for
the national exam.
"We want to require the University to
go back and play the same rules they
set up," said Michael Conway, Ewing's
attorney. "I don't know why (he was
kicked out) and neither does my
The University's attorney, Peter
Davis, argued because there are no
written rules about the number of times
a student is permitted to take the exam,
each student should be considered in-
Davis said the Inteflex Promotion
and Review Board, which can dismiss a
student at its own discretion, is basing
its assessment of Ewing on his previous
performance in the Inteflex program.
The Board cited Ewing's poor
academic performance and failure of
the national board exam when it ex-
Cai diDaily Photo by DAVID FRANKEL
LSA freshperson Bar ara Robson pitches a calculator in yesterday's
calculator toss in the Diag, sponsored by the University of Michigan In-
stitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Student Branch. Par-
ticipants payed a quarter a throw to enter the toss, and proceeds will be
donated to the House by the Side of the Road, which supplies clothes for the
young and needy.?
Walesa fails to
GDANSK, Poland (AP) - Lech Walesa tried to return to
work yesterday after nearly a year in detention but was tur-
ned away from the Lenin shipyard. The labor activist ac-
cused authorities of setting up obstacles to bar him and
vowed to fight for his rights.
Nearly a dozen trucks and vans loaded with police were
waiting as Walesa approached the main gate to tell the
management he wanted to return to his job as an electrician.
THE LEADER OF the outlawed Solidarity union was told
that before he could resume work he needed certification he
was not employed elsewhere and a statement from regional
authorities concerning the finances of the banned union.
Walesa, who spent most of the past year in martial law
detention, returned to the shipyard a second time in the early
afternoon to protest the requirements, saying management
was using "special tactics" and "administrative obstacles"
against him. He declared his "readiness to resume work
starting Jan. 17."
About 30 onlookers cheered when Walesa arrived at the
shipyard gate, the spot from which he addressed a crowd of
thousands during the shipyard strike of August 1980.
rfe tried to have
et old job back
IN A STATEMENT read to Western reporters, Walesa declared,
that the law allowing him to return to work ,"is unequivocal
on this issue."
Polish law allows labor leaders to be freed from their nor-
mal work to conduct union activities and officials have said
that people detained under martial law may have their old
Walesa said, "I must stand on the ground of clear for-
mulations and moral principles.
"FIGHTING FOR my rights, I am fighting for the rights of
normal working people."
The 39-year-old labor activist was employed at the
shipyard from 1967 to 1976, when he was fired for trying to
organize the workers. He won reinstatement in the August
1980 strike that led to the creation of Solidarity, and took a
leave of absence in 1980 and 1981 as he rose to leadership in
the union, the only independent labor federation in the Soviet
Solidarity was suspended with the imposition of martial
law in December 1981 and outlawed last October.
LANSING (UPI) - A study released
by the state Thursday concludes
robotics will cost Michigan between
13,500 and 24,000 jobs by 1990, while ad-
ding only 5,000 to 18,000.
"Robotics: Human Resource Im-
plications for Michigan" also noted that
the jobs being eliminated are largely
unskilled and semi-skilled positions,
while those being created require sub-
It warned of a possible shortage of
engineers which could hamper
Michigan's effort to become a "world
class center of excellence in robotics."
THE REPORT was prepared for the
Michigan Occupational Information
Coordinating Committee by the W.E.
Upjohn Institute for Employment
Research in Kalamazoo.
The study said more than 75 percent
of the job loss due to robotics will be'im
the auto industry.
Labor markPt cntrants, it said, "will
find more and more factory gates
closed to the new employee."
NEW JOBS created will be in the
fields of robot manufacturing, direct
suppliers to robot manufacturers, robot
systems engineering and corporate
robot user, the study said.
It said a projection that Michigan will
provide 20 percent to 40 percent of all
U.S. robotics production is "optimistic"
but "not unreasonable."
But it warned Michigan already has a
shortage of the needed electrical
engineers and a potential shortage of
industrial engineers. Noting that
enrollments in engineering colleges
have been unstable, the report warned
"it is quite likely that 'a shortage of
engineers could compromise expansion
of robotics technology."
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Monday, January 17, 7:30 pm
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The wife of
a religious zealot tried to commit him to
a mental hospital the day before he and
six followers seized a policeman and
tortured him to death, a judge said
yesterday. All seven were killed when
police stormed the house.
Police, meanwhile, defended their
actions in ending the 30-hour siege
Thursday in which Patrolman R.S.
Hester, 34, was beaten to death.
Some police officers complained the
Sattack should have come shortly after
Hester was seized. A civil rights group
said too much force was used.
PROBATE JUDGE Joseph Evans
said the law prohibited him from com-
mitting Lindberg Sanders, 49, the
leader of the religious band, even
though his wife, Dorothy, had called the
county Hospital Social Services office
Monday and asked if he could be com-
Evans said she was told her husband
could not be picked up immediately
unless he became violent and she was
told to call police. "She said that won't
do," Evans said.
On Tuesday night, Sanders and his
followers engaged in a shootout with
police and took Hester hostage. Friends
and relatives told authorities the tiny,
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nameless religious group believed
police officers were "anti-Christ" agen-
ts of the devil and that the world was
coming to an end.
POLICE STORMED the house with
automatic weapons and tear gas,
killing Sanders and the six men. Hester
had been beaten to death about 12 hours
earlier, police said.
Relatives said Sanders, who had a 10-
year history of mental illness, and his
followers began a vigil Jan. 7, expec-
ting the end of the world on Monday.
City officials said Sanders thought of
himself as the "black Jesus."
Authorities said Hester and his par-
tner, R.O. Schwill, 32, were lured to the
Sanders' residence by a telephone
caller who said a purse snatcher was at
the house. In the shootout, bullets hit
Schwill in the face and hand but he
POLICE surrounded the house,
although negotiators were unable to
talk to the zealots.
Police Director John Holt said an
assault on the Sanders' house was or-
dered after officers using sensitive
electronic eavesdropping equipment
concluded that Hester probably was
One policeman, who asked not to be
identified, said the police tactical squad
should have been sent in immediately.
"IF SOMEONE calls for help - a
civilian or a woman screaming for help
- the TACT squad could have busted in
there," the officer said. "He was
screaming for help."
"I don't see how it could have been
handled any differently," said Capt.
O.B. Holcomb, executive officer of the
precinct where the assault took place.
The Jensen Alliance for Mayor is sponsoring a rally at noon on the Diag to
oppose the proposed repeal of the city pot law.
Alternative Action - The Elephant Man, 7 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
Cinema Guild - Ordinary People, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Lorch Hall.
Cinema II - Arthur, 6:15, 8:05 & 9:55 p.m., MLB.
Hill St. - Midnight Express, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Gargoyle - Rebel Without a Cause, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Hutchins Hall.
Mediatrics - Suspicion, 7 p.m., Psycho, 8:45 p.m., Nat. Sci. Auditorium.
Music at Michigan - voice recital, Iris Proctor, BM mezzo soprano, 4
p.m., harpsichord recital, Jillon Stoppels Dupree MM, 6 p.m., piano recital,
Toni-Marie Montgomery, DMA, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
U-Club - Soundstage Jazz in the Club, Meantone, 9:30 p.m.
University Musical Society - Tamburitzans, 8 p.m., Power Center.
Alpha Phi Alpha - Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, guest speakers
Shirley Chisholm and Detroit Judge Myron Wahls, 7 p.m., Mendelssohn
Ann Arbor Go-Club - Meeting, 2-7 p.m., 1433 Mason Hall.
Graduate Christian Fellowship - Skating Party, meeting 1 p.m., 1328
Tae Kwon Do Club - practice, 9-11 a.m., martial arts room. CCRB.
Women's Aglow Fellowship - guest speaker, Anne Johnson, wife of
Pastor Leon Johnson of Bethesda Bible Church in Ypsilanti, 9:30 a.m.,
Holiday Inn West, 2900 Jackson Rd.
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711 N. University (near State St.), Ann Arbor * 995-4242
co-directors: Christopher Watson & Kathleen Smith
day, evening & weekend classes
begin January 10
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