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Ninety- Three Years
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Vol. XCIII, No. 112 Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, February 15, 1983 Ten Cents Ten Pages
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Faculty votes
Rally
urges 'U'
out f
SAfrica
By BILL SPINDLE
"The University's investments in
South Africa are an investment in
racism," student leader Cheryl Stevens
told about 150 cheering demonstrators
yesterday in the Diag.
Stevens' remarks set the tone for the
afternoon's pro-divestment rally and
the faculty Senate's near-unanimous
vote to support divestment.
"THE TUITION I pay is an invest-
ment in education, not in racism," said
Stevens, a member of the Black Student
Union.
Chanting "Divest - right now," the p
large crowd of students and faculty
members gathered in the center of
campus to protest the University's
policy of investing in companies that.
operate in apartheid South Africa.
After listening to several speakers,
about half of the crowd marched to the
Rackham Building behind two men Demonstrators in the Diag yesterday rally against South African invest
carrying the black liberation flag. The the issue.
See 150, Page 5

for divestment

Financial committee
proposal rejected

By LISA CRUMRINE
After an hour and a half debate, the
faculty's governing body voted almost
unanimously yesterday to ask the
Regents to divest of its holdings in
companies operating in South Africa.
Only three faculty members opposed
the proposal, which marked the first
time the Senate Assembly has taken ac-
tion on the divestment issue.
Earlier in the meeting, the assembly
debated a proposal by the senate's
Financial Affairs Committee which
recommended the University maintain
its holdings in the apartheid nation, but
play a more active role in encouraging
firms operating in South Africa to im-
prove the social and economic condition
of their employees.
THE SENATE'S action was prom-
pted by a new state law which requires
the University to pull out of its holdings
in companies operating in South Africa.
The University has hinted it might not
comply with the law, saying it is uncon-
stitutional.
Over the hisses of the more than
seventy students who attended the
meeting, Business Prof. Thomas Gies,
chairman of the Financial Affairs
Committee, explained the committee's

tments before the Senate Assembly discussed

University maintenance: A
high cost for inefficiency

decision to reaffirm the University's
investment policy.
"How can we be effective in per-
suading other parts of the world to
make moral decisions if we don't press
for social changes through our invest-
ments?" he said.
THE UNIVERSITY currently
adheres to the Sullivan Principles,
which were endorsed by the Regents in
1978. The principles call for equal pay
and advancement opportunities regar-
dless of race; progress toward
desegretation of the workplace; and
improved quality of life for black em-
ployees in South Africa.
When asked why enforcement of the
Sullivan Principles would be better
than divestment, Gies said, "I can't
give you an answer on that. In the
American tradition we have stayed
with the problem to give assistance to
changing conditions for South African
workers."
GIES DEFENDED actions the
University has taken thus far on com-
panies which did not abide by the
Sullivan Principles, but said it could do
even more. "In fact, the University has
divested of certain securities, but in the
See FACULTY, Page 5
Campus
mail
manager
"e
fired after'
a udi t
By NEIL CHASE
The manager of the University's
campus mail service was fired last
month, but University officials refuse
to disclose the circumstances surroun-
ding the January 28 dismissal of
Douglas, Barnett.
Officials from the University's legal
and personnel departments yesterday
confirmed the action, but refused to
give any details.
BARNETT ALSO declined to com-
ment on his firing.
University recently completed an
audit of the campus mail service and
administrative sources say the firing
was tied to the audit.
A second University department
head, Karen Young, director of the
University's Office of Major Events,
was fired earlier this month as the
result of an audit of major events.

By PAUL RESNICK
Engineering Prof. William Ribbens
sits in his office and sweats a lot. It's
not because 'he's overworked; it's
because the temperature usually ex-
ceeds 80 degrees - and there's nothing
he can do about it.
Ribbens says he's called the Univer-
sity's Plant Department - which is
supposed to take care of such problems
- several times, but his office is still
steaming. "Usually the first thing (the
workmen) do is go get a cup of coffee,
says Ribbens. "Then, they take off the
(thremostat's) cover, tinker with the
heater for a little while, decide they
can't fix it, and leave."
RIBBENS' experience with the Plant
Department is similar to those of other
University faculty and staff members
who complain about the high cost of
maintenance work and the speed (or
lack thereof) with which it is done.
.It took five months for the Plant
Department to construct a small (ap-
proximately 12 feet by 12 feet) office in
the bio-chemistry department. Two of
the four walls were standing before
work began and even the Plant Depart-
ment had told bio-chemistry personnel
that the project was simple.

'Usually, the first thing (the workmen) do
is go get a cup of coffee. Then they take off
the (thermostat's) cover, tinker with the
heater for a little while, decide they can't
fix it and leave.'
- Engineering Prof. William Ribbens

" Another department had to pay '
$150 to have an office painted. One man
completed the job in two hours, using
just one gallon of paint, which cost, at
most, $20.
. THE ANATOMY and cell biology
department of the medical school
received a $1000 verbal estimate from
the Plant Department for building a
wall. The final bill came to $3000.
" The Children's Center in the 400
North Ingalls Building bought a steel
storage shed from Sears for about $200.
The center had to pay another $400 to
have it assembled and mounted on a
wood platform.
. Student Publications paid about"
$300 to put in a wooden mailbox for
campus mail.

SUCH HIGH charges are tough on the
budgets of office managers who are un-
der pressure to cut costs wherever
possible. Many believe they could get
the work done cheaper if they were
allowed to bring in private firms to do
the work.
While charges for regular main-
tenance work are paid for by the
University's general fund, the in-
dividual departments must pay for any
renovation work. Oftentimes, the Plant
Department sends two or three workers
to do jobs that could be handled by one,
office administrators say. And the
department's practice of assessing two-
or four-hour minimum charges for
See 'U', Page 2

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON '
Nature run
Two unidentified joggers'take advantage of yesterday's sunshine in the
University's Arboretum.

Toyota,
G.M. join
to build new
subcompact

DETROIT(UPI)-General Motors Corp. and
Japan's Toyota Motor Co.-the world's No. 1 and No.
3 automakers-announced yesterday a $300 million
deal to jointly build subcompacts at GM's vacant
Fremont, Calif. plant.
The late afternoon announcement of the agreement
in principle was made simultaneously in Detroit and
Tokyo, where it was this morning.
GM IS THE nation's and the world's largest
automaker, while Toyota is the biggest firm in Japan
and the world's third largest. Together, the cars
produced by the companies amount to 25 percent of
the world's auto production.
The deal fills GM's need for an economical sub-
compact and provides Toyota with a relatively low
cost entry into the United States market.
GM Chairman Roger Smith said the two companies
would sign a "memorandum of understanding"

Thursday in Fremont. Detailed agreements will be
negotiated later.
FOR AS LONG as 12 years, the two companies will
jointly build 200,000 cars a year. The vehicles will be
marketed by Chevrolet dealers.
The price of the so-called T-cars would be around
$6,000, according to a trade publication.
"We need a new entry into the subcompact end of
the business that attracts first time buyers," said
Smith.
Smith said the venture will produce 3,000 jobs im-
mediately in Fremont while an estimated 9,000 more
"could be dedicated" to the operation later on. He
said GM believes the agreement is "the best thing to
do" to provide jobs.
A "fast start team" has been assembled to ready
the plant for production, which Smith said could
begin by October, 1984. The cars would then go on'
sale in1985.

Judge blocks rule on
birth controlfor teens

NEW YORK (UPI) - Saying teenage
pregnancies would be certain to rise, a
federal judge yesterday barred the
government from enforcing a rule that
clinics must notify parents when their
young daughters get birth control help..
The controversial regulation
covering health clinics that get federal
funds was scheduled to take effect Feb.
25, but U.S. District Judge Henry
Werker enjoined the Department of
Health and Human Services from en-
forcing the rule until a trial is held.

"THE PARENTAL notice
requirement is invalid because it con-
tradicts and subverts the intent of
Congress," Werker said. "Common
sense dictates but one conclusion: The
deterrent effect ofthenregulation will
cause increased adolescent pregnan-
cies."
The regulation has been attacked by
a number of family planning and
medical groups as well as state agen-
cies that have argued it would
See JUDGE, Page 2

TODAY-
The final buzzer
EAPIN' LEO BROWN came by the Daily Sunday
night to bid farewell to the outgoing senior sports
acetaff that ha sknnred him in its enlumns for so

Corporate dress code
IF YOU'RE planning to become a successful business
executive, you'd better save your brightly colored
clothes for the weekends - wearing a wool suit, preferably
navy, is the way to climb the corporate ladders. "Blue,
gray, and dull are the people who run America," says John
Mollay, the author of "Dress for Success" and "Women's
Dress for Success." Conservative, well-made business suits
with classic lines remain an important ingredient in
achieving corporate success, especially for women, he said

previous owners had skeletons in their closet. Josephine
Hogan, who bought the house early last month from the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, said she was cleaning a
stairway closet when she opened a long box and found the
bones. It was her second discovery of a skeleton in the
house, she said. Earlier, she uncovered a set of bones in an
elaborately decorated casket. "If I was alone that night, I
would have fainted," Hogan said. This time, however, there
was no warning about the contents of the box, because it did
not resemble a casket. "This to me was more frightening
than the first," she added. Both skeletons are professional

Also on this date in history:
" 1933 - An assassinatior. attempt on President-elect
Franklin Roosevelt in Miami was unsuccessful, but
Miami's mayor, Anton Cermak, was wounded in the attack.
" 1949 - Freshman Don Browne ate forty-eight raw
oysters in less than half an hour. He said he could have
eaten more had the osyters been of better quality. After-
finishing, he had dinner at West Quad to settle his stomach.
* 1969 - The University's first co-ed fraternity, Phi Ep-
silon Pi, began its first formal rush. Over twenty-five
women showed up for the initial night of rush. 0

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