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Ninety-three Years of Editorial Freedom
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Vol. XCIII, No. 95
Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, January 26, 1983
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By JIM SPARKS '
The fight against defense research
on campus escalated yesterday, as
nearly 30 students wearing "U-M
military research kills" T-shirts mar-
mched to Vice-President Charles Over-
berger's office and demanded that he
appear at a public forum.
LSA junior Julia Gittleman had an
appointment with Overberger and,
pointing to the crowd sitting on the
floor, said she brought along some
friends. When the group moved into a
conference room, Gittleman asked
Overberger to appear at a forum and
give the adninistration's reasons for
the increasing level of military
research at the University.
THE GROUP SAID Overberger, as
vice-president of research, has the
final say on what projects are ap-
proved, and has a duty to answer
Daily Photo by JON SNOW
Students meet with University Vice President Charles Overberger in his office yesterday to demand a public forum on
military research on campus.
questions about those projects.
"Your decision is final on what
research goes on. Whether it is a
research with killing or not," said
LSA senior Ken Naffziger.
Overberger said a forum would be
"very helpful and useful," but said it
should be organized by the Research
Policies Committee, a group of
faculty and students who advise the
faculty senate on research matters.
WHEN LSA SENIOR Tom Marx
repeated the group's demand that
Overberger give a yes or no answer on
whether he would appear at a forum,
Overberger refused to commit him-
"I'll take that as a no," Marx said.
"He's going to delay like he has for a
According to Marx, the impetus for
yesterday's mass meeting came when
the group learned that George
Gamota, the University's director of
the Institute of Science and
Technology, had cancelled an ap-
pearance at a military research
forum sponsored by Campus Chapel.
See STUDENTS, Page 7
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - President Reagan,
in his State of the. Union speech yester-
day called for a spending freeze on a
broad range of domestic programs and
other "strong medicine" to curb
runaway deficits that have become a
'clear and present danger' to
The president, in the nationally
broadcast speech before a joint session
of Congress, told Americans "the early
evidence" of an economic turnaround is
beginning to come in, but confidence
"must be tempered by realism and
REAGAN, HOWEVER, asked for
corrections in his economic program
that would include a selective freeze on
non-military spending and a $47 billion
reduction in his Pentagon buildup over
Reagan proposed an outright freeze
on most domestic spending programs,
with no inflation allowance. He said
federal pay and retirement benefits,
both military and civilian, should be
frozen for one year, and cost of living
increases in Social Security, veterans
benefits and the like should be delayed
for six months.
"I know this is'strong medicine, but
so far we have only cut the rate of in-
crease in federal spending. . . Taken
GEO: 'U' slowing
By GLEN YOUNG
Negotiators for the Graduate Em-
ployees Organization blame Univer-
sity officials for the lack of progress
being made on a labor contract for
teaching assistants, GEO speakers
said at a Diag rally yesterday.
Almost 40 people gathered in near-
freezing temperatures to hear GEO
speakers discuss the economic and
educational issues surrounding their
efforts to sign a contract with the
AVIsEHRLICH, a member of the
union's bargaining team, told the
group the negotiations are moving
"Our progress has been minimal
and most of it has been fairly
preliminary," Erhlich said "The
University's position has been to stick
to the contract of last summer,"
which the union voted down in
Ehrlich said negotiations did not
cover issues of central importance to
the union until just recently. "We're
finally getting down to economics,"
THE UNIVERSITY is not claiming
poverty," said Joe Graves, a union
steering committee member.
See 'U', Page 3
... calls for "strong medicine"
as a whole, the budget I am proposing
for the next fiscal year will increase no
more than the rate of inflation - in
other words, the federal government
will hold the line on real spending."
REAGAN'S OWN budget for fiscal
See REAGAN, Page 2
Minnesota PIRG bid
to halt draft law fails
ST. PAUL, Minn. (UPI) - A federal
judge yesterday agreed that three
college men may challenge a law
passed by Congress requiring them to
prove they registered for the draft
before accepting federal student aid
U.S. District Judge Donald Alsop said
the anonymous students - "John Doe,
Richard Roe, and Paul Poe" - could
intervene in the case challenging the
law enacted last fall.
BUT ALSOP turned aside a student
group that brought the first challenge to
the law in the nation.
He said the Minnesota Public Interest
Research Group could not file the ac-
tion on behalf of all college students,
since most college men have registered
for the draft.
Government attorneys had argued
that the student group could not bring
the suit because none of its members
have been affected yet. The law applied
to students who seek financial aid for
the 1983-84 school year.
ALSOP SAID waiting until spring
would only delay justice.
Jim Miller, executive director of the
Minnesota Public Interest Research
Group, disputed Alsop's findings rejec-
ting the student group as a party in the
case. "We find it real surprising," he
See MINN., Page 3
Daily Photo by JUN SNUW
Students and passers-by listen to Graduate Employees Organization member Joe Graves yesterday at GEO's rally in
fight state ed. cuts
WMU reporters clarify charges
Orom staff and wire reports
LANSING - Further budget cuts for
Michigan higher education is akin to
"mortgaging the future," the presiden-
ts of the state's four-year colleges and
universities said yesterday.
A delegation of five university
presidents visited the Capitol to urge
Gov. James Blanchard to choose higher
taxes over more budget cuts when he
announces his financial recovery plans
Wn his State of the State message
THE FIVE, led by John Bernhard of
Western Michigan University, hand-
delivered a letter signed by University
of Michigan President Harold Shapiro
and the other 14 chiefs of state in-
Blanchard was not in his office, but
the letter was accepted by his press
secretary, Sue Carter, who said "He's
very aware of the difficulties we all
face and will give it his consideration."
"We're not saying cut anybody else,"
Bernhard said. "But for the past four
years, we have endured cuts that have
seriously damaged our higher
THE GOVERNOR'S financial crisis
council recently recommended that the
estimated $850 million budget deficit be
dealt with by raising the income tax
and cutting about $325 million from the
state budget - $60 million of that from
four-year colleges and universities.
Shapiro said last night that he
believed the council never contacted
representatives of higher education for
information before making its recom-
By GEORGEA KOVANIS
Reporters at Western Michigan
University's student newspaper, which
has accused the school's board of
trustees of illegally holding private
meeings, said yesterday the meetings
were held in restaurants during an in-
formal breakfast and dinner.
Michael Villaire, editor-in-chief of
WMU's Western Herald, has accused
the board of trustees of illegally making
recommendations and discussing
legislation during the meals. He and
the Herald's staff said an unannounced
meeting they attempted to cover just
prior to the dinner was adjourned
because they were in the room.
THE NEWSPAPER'S staff base their
charges on the state's Open Meetings
Act of 1976 which is intended to open the
deliberations of public policy-making
bodies to public scrutiny.
"I'm not ruling out legal action," said
Michael Villaire, editor-in-chief of
WMU's Western Herald. "Our goal is
to get.the meetings open and we won't
file charges unless we have to."
WMU attorney Kenneth Smythe
denied the newspaper's claim, saying
the paper is probably trying' to
"generate and create" news to cover.
VILLAIRE said the trouble began
last Thursday when student reporters
tried to cover an unannounced meeting'
between the faculty senate executive
board and a committee of the board of
trustees. The meeting was adjourned
before it even began when officials
realized reporters were in the room,
University officials gathered later on
that night for a dinner at the school's
student center, Villaire said. Trustee
secretary Chauncey Brinn blocked the
entrance to the dinner when reporters
tried to walk in, he said.
Reporters said they saw the makings
of a meeting when Brinn stepped aside
to call campus security guards.
"We observed people with folders out
and exchanging notes," Villaire said.
SMYTHE DENIES a meeting was
being held during the dinner.
"We thought (it) was a private din-
ner," he said. "They (reporters)
Later the Herald reporters learned a
breakfast was scheduled for the next
day. Villaire said they entered the
restaurant and "overheard conver-
sation about university, business" bet-
ween trustees and adminstrators.
"At least two of them had notes out and
were holding a meeting," he said.
THE BREAKFAST ended minutes
after reporters arrived, Villaire said.
Smythe said the gatherings could not
be considered "meetings" because a
quorum was not present. He denied
that any official university business
was covered during the gatherings and
See REPORTERS, Page 7
... signs letter to Blanchard
"The council probably was not well-
informed on what the impact of this cut
See UNIV., Page 2
Thief stripped of alibi
N ACCUSED thief appeared in court in Nairobi,
Kenya, wearing only a smile and his shorts
after claiming the rest of his clothes had
would sell them for a loaf of bread," she said. She ordered
Ndung'u held in police custody and set a hearing date on
the theft charges. Nice try Ndung'u! !
Hump Hat hits Metrodome
THE CREATION of a new hat has been inspired by the
rise and fall of the fabric roof at the Hubert Humphrey
Metrodome in Minneapolis,which has collapsed twice from
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computer programs are both only 13 years old. Michael
Cornelison and Scott Emigh are computer buffs who
whispered schemes for a video venture in seventh grade
English class. Corn Software, a division of Texas In-
struments, is their boyhood dream come true. The games
include "Alpine," a slalom on the TV screen through gates
and around the trees, "Missile Strike," a battle in the sky, and
29 others with leaping frogs, hurling meteors, radioactive
snowflakes, wandering camels, lunar landers, all made for
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Also on this date in history:
" 1910 - Boarding house owners threatened students that
if rent prices aren't raised, the houses would be forced to
serve hash more often.
" 1965 - The Interfraternity Council found Trigon guilty
of religious discrimination. The fraternity is given two
weeks to change their rituals.
" 1972 - The mother of communist activist Angela Davis
spoke before the Law School trying to drum up student sup-
port for the Free Angela campaign. The former UCLA