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OPINION
Page 4 Sunday, January 16, 1983 The Michigan Daily
Blanchard: New face, same old cuts
then to the Regents. All the above are expectec
g TOOKTHEMatwhewcuseyk tbacked chair s ad changes its mind. A group of citizens are to approve the report with only minor changes.
chauffered limosines, but once they were pressing for a ballot proposal which would
through with all the inaugural wining and declare Ann Arbor a "nuclear free zone."
dining, Blanchard administration officials got The idea may sound somewhat futile
around to the real business of state gover- especially since the proposal, if passed, would
nment: cutting university budgets. not be legally binding - but the Committee for 4
At least that seems like the only thing state a Nuclear Free Ann Arbor takes the issue quite
officials know how to do. Certainly they haven't seriously. They argue that the proposal would -cENERALLY, AN exam has two possible
v ~~express the opposition of the city's residents to -a outcomes: Either you pass or you fail. If
been able to come up with any more creative ere s si of t c iitrsi n you pass, everything's hunky-dory. But if you
the nuclear arms race and to militarism in,
R FM general. If passed, Ann Arbor would become fail, you still have a choice; you can drown
b'" ,the fourth nuclear-free city in the nation. your sorrows in a few beers at Dooley's, or you
The proposal says that the city is opposed to can sue the University.
the nuclear arms race and to the design, Scott Ering chose the latter course. After he
development, production, or deployment of received a very low score on his national
nuclear weapons. It also objects to the tran- medical board examination of June, 1981.
sportation of nuclear weapons through the city. Ewing was expelled from Inteflex, the Univer-
The group is going to ask the Ann Arbor City sity's accelerated medical program.
Council to put the proposal on the April city Charging that he should have received a
ballot, but at least one Democratic coun- second chance to take the exam, Ewing took
cilmember has suggested that the Republican the University to court. Ewing says he is the
ways to solve the state's financial woes in majority may kill the measure. first Inteflex student notPermitted to retake
recent years. Republicans, for their part, have made few the exam, and says the University should "go
It may have been a new decision by an ad- public comments about the idea. Said Mayor back and play the same rules they set uph
ministration. but the result was the same old Louis Belcher: "I don't jump on anything But University lawyers have argued that the
song early last week as Governor James Blan- without looking at it closely. Even the most Bayliss: Good review by comparison dismissal was justified on the basis of Ewing's
chard announced plans to withhold several noble causes can go raw." poor academic record, three warning letters he
hundred million dollars from state schools and Blanchard: A cutting' inauguration would be "punishing" to the school, causing received from the program's Promotion and
cities - including $26 million from the Univer- hcaLessi more possible layoffs of tenured faculty members. and Review Board, as well as what board
sity - ip an attempt to alleviate Lansing's cash is Said art school Dean George Bayliss: "It would member Dr. Henry Gershowitz called on4
crisis. No nukes be punishing, I can't feel happy about any "abysmally poor record on the national board
University administrators reacted with ____ __HE UNIVERSITY art school seems to degree of reduction in the budget." exam."
dismay, realizing that they may never see have gotten off easy. A committee In comparison to cuts recommended for the U.S. District Judge John Feikens heard
much of this so-called deferall returned If the T HE REAGAN administration has reviewing the school for possible budget cuts School of Natural Resources - which will closing arguments from both sides last Friday,
University lost that money permanently, said considered a lot of different locations for has suggested that the North Campus fine arts probably have 30 percent of its budget slashed and will make a decision by the end of the mon-
University President Harold Shapiro, "our the MX: Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, under the institution could get by with 10 to 15 percent by the administration - the art school is faring th.
general fund would be literally broke." Pacific Ocean. But never - to the best of less money than it's living on now, but take extremely well. By most official estimates, a 30 Incidentally, Ewing promised to do better
But one slight bit of good news by week's anyone's knowledge - have the joint chiefs away any more and the school would be in percent budget cut will force drastic changes in next time, if given the chance.
end: The legislature will consider an income looked into plopping the MX down here in Ann trouble. the natural resources school.
tax hike to alleviate the state's tight finances, Arbor. Administrators and students in the school, The Week in Review was compiled by
taking the pressure off already skeletal state Nevertheless, some local residents want the however, say even a 10 percent cut which is The report, if approved by the University Andrew Chapman, Ben Ticho, Charls
programs. city to be ready in case the administration what the committee strongly recommended, uesident fortcadi Ccmffai rs Billy rye, an Thomson, and Barry Witt.

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Vol. XCIII, No. 87

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

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T LONG LAST, the National
A Collegiate Athletic Association
has taken a step to end the ex-
ploitation of college athletes and to
reassert the principle that education
should come first in the nation's
colleges and universities.
This week, NCAA members voted to
require that high school athletes main-
tain a "C" average in a set of core
courses before they may receive
athletic scholarships. The new rule
also would require these students to
score at least 700 (out of 1600) on the
SAT or a minimum of 15 (of 36) on the
ACT.
No one disagreed with the first half
of the new rule, but officials at
predominantly black institutions said
that the test score requirements are
discriminatory because the tests are
biased in favor of white, middle-class
students.
While we sympathize with the
argument of the black colleges, we feel
their position misses the central point
of the NCAA action. That point is that
education - not athletics - is the
primary function of a university.
The new rule does not deny any
college the right to accept any student
who it feels has the ability to graduate.
It only places restrictions on those who
may participate in intercollegiate

athletics. It does not prevent univer-
sities from granting any form of finan-
cial aid besides athletic scholarships.
Simply put, colleges still will be able
to welcome students with sub-700 SAT
scores; the NCAA is only saying that
the time of those students is not best
spent on football fields or basketball
courts.
Through the new rule, the NCAA is
sending a message to its constituent
athletic programs and to high schools
across the nation. The NCAA wants an
end to inflated grade points for
athletes; it wants prospective college
students to be judged on the basis of
their scholastic - as well as athletic -
prowess.
But equally important is the
message the NCAA is sending to the
student-athlete. The association is
taking steps to put the "student" back
in "student-athlete." It is signalling
high school and college athletes that
colleges are more than mere training
grounds for the pros.
The real test for student-athletes is
not how they perform on the playing
field, but how they perform in the
classroom. That's where lifelong suc-
cesses are fought for and won.
Victories on the playing field are
hollow without victories in the
classroom. Chalk one up for the NCAA.

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J

Mormons point proudly to the
fact that there is a checkout line
but no cash register at the
"supermarket" run by the Chur-
ch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints at Welfare Square in Salt
Lake City. Here, at one of dozens
of Mormon welfare facilities
spread across the country, the
hungry show up daily for free
groceries while others arrive
seeking jobs in the store of the
nearby church-owned dairy.
The Mormons are fond of
quoting one of their early
leaders: "Anreligion that has not
the power to save people tem-
porarily and make. them
prosperous and happy cannot be
depended upon to save them
spiritually and to exalt them in
the life to come."
WELFARE RECIPIENTS,
however, may bear more than
the burden of being down on their
luck: In Mormon country there's
often a sense that it's a sin to be
poor.
Although President Reagan
has cited the impressive Mormon
program as an example of how
private initiatives can fill the gaps
created by his attack on publicly
funded programs, others are not
so sure. Welfare agencies and
community workers in Salt Lake
City note that the church's
longtime hostility to public
welfare and disdain for welfare
recipients has led some church
members to seek assistance
elsewhere.
Speaking of the Mormon
program, church spokesman
Jerry Cahill rattles off an im-
pressive array of statistics.
Church members are involved,
mostly through volunteer labor, in
600 food production projects.
These projects include 20 can-
neries and numerous meat-
nacking and dairy nerations

Mormnons find
charity, and
guilt, begins
at home
By Bob Gottlieb and Peter Wiley

533,000 man-days of labor were
donated by members and welfare
recipients, and 27,000 people were
placed in jobs through some 30
employment offices. More than
20 facilities run by Deseret In-
dustries provide work and shelter
for the elderly and handicapped
while providing cheap secon-
dhand goods for the general
public.
Decisions about who is eligible
for free food and employment are
made by church bishops (local
ward or parish leaders). The
bishop also decided whether to
provide aid to nonmembers.
Cahill emphasizes, however, that
"we can't treat all of the ills of
the world. We don't have the
resources to feed everybody."
In fact, while the scope of the
Mormon social welfare programs
is generous, the attitude toward
the needy here sometimes is not.
THAT IS WHY in another part
of Salt Lake City the nonsec-
tarian Crossroads Urban Center
is nrnvidina fnd for 1 0O. n onnl

even put people up in their
homes," Fox says. "Others are
not."
A Mormon at the center who
had converted to Mormonism
seven years earlier was recently
turned down by her bishop for
short-term financial assistance.
She was bitter about the bishop's
response because she and her
husband had been full tithe-
payers since they joined. After
they presented the problem to a
higher church official, their
bishop apologized and helped
them with their rent utilities
The woman also noted that some
people were being sent to the
Crossroads Center by their
bishops despite the church's
claim that it.takes care of its own.
A SECOND REASON for
avoiding the church welfare
system, according to Fox, is the
moral stigma of poverty. Church
leaders impress upon their
folowers that the welfare system
is a way to asc. "the evils of the
dole" and "the curse of

to get help a local bishop insisted
on transferring title to their
property to the church.
The church's history - its
highly successful 19th-centur
experiments with cooperatives
and communes and its hostility
toward the federal government
stemming from the government's
attack on polygamy and church
political power in Utah - has led
in the 20th century to an ideology
of self-reliance. In recent years,
though, the church has portrayed
itself as an organization of suc-
cessful achievers and has con-
tributed significantly to an ant"
public welfare attitude in Utah
and other parts of the West.
BOB ABGLE, A Concaw Maidu
convert to Mormonism who
heads the Indian Center in Salt
Lake City, notes that this city is
the only one in the country with a
major Indian population that
does not "have an adequate In-
dian center or adequate Indian
programs."
"The conservative mood i
Utah, which is based on the
teachings of the church, means
that there is something wrong
with social programs," observes
Angle. "They 'are' socialistic,
somehow anti-Mormon or anti-
American. They emphasize that
to such a point that they are
keeping the poor poor."
Although the Mormon church
can rightfully claim significan
successes with its welfare
program, the pervasiveness of
the attack on social programs has
contributes to attitudes of
hostility toward the poor.
With the number of destitute
growing and federal assistance
down, the church may find itself
overwhelmed by aid seekers
which organizations like the
Crossroads Urban Center with its
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