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Page 2-Wednesday, January 5, 1983-The Michigan Daily
Nat. Resources dean to leave

IN BRIEF

By JIM SPARKS
After heading the School of Natural Resources dur-
ing one of its most difficult times, William Johnson
ended his term as dean last month.
Johnson, who has been dean since 1975, including
the school's current budget review, said he plans to
take a sabbatical and hopes to return to the Univer-
sity as a natural resources professor this fall. ,
"I REALLY NEED a break," Johnson said. "I'm
anxious to do some creative things. I left my own
personal, professional work eight years ago and I'm
thirsty for it."
Reflecting on the review process that has

dominated his work for nearly a year, Johnson found
much to be unhappy about, but said the University is
learning from these first reviews.
"I wish it (the review process) could be more sen-
sitive and less hostile, but I don't know how," he said.
"If you're going to charge a unit with less-than-
adequate performance, you've started a sequence of
events you must face."
ALTHOUGH the review process provides "enor-
mous leverage" for change in a school, he said, the
cost in terms of "lost trust, lost people, and lost ex-
cellent students" is high.

Johnson explained that to a large extent the review
panel reiterated problems the school was already
trying to correct, problems which could have been
dealt with internally.
But he noted that the report commended the
school's integrative approach, where students and
professors go beyond narrow disciplines in solving
problems.
He also said the school did a "remarkable job of
keeping the review on the constructive side, and it
was very hard to do that."

Nat. Resources may be c ut by 30percent

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selective in the students it admits, ac-
cording to the committee's statements.
THE QUALITY of undergraduate
students in the school has been one of
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the major concerns throughout the
review. The average grade points and
SAT scores of students admitted to the
school are below those of the average
LSA student, and reducing the quota of
students will allow the University's
admission's office to be more selective,
according to John Basset, the school's
director of undergraduate programs.
While Johnson agreed with that
recommendation, he opposed the
proposal to boost the school's Pih.D
program.
"Additional doctoral graduates are
needed less than well-trained, effective,
analytic master's-level graduates ..-.

quite simply, where will the expanded
set of Ph .Ds get jobs?" Johnson asked.
WHILE increasing the amount and
quality of research has been an ongoing
effort of the school, Johnson expressed
concerns about the budget panel
suggestions for just how to do it.
Boosting the number of Ph.D studen-
ts and other reorganizations may make
the school too "theoretical," he said,
leading toward simple expansion of
knowledge, and away from training
professionals for careers.
Johnson suggested the public review
process mayu have been unnecessary.
He said the problems of student

quality, research levels, and cost per
student - the main issues brought out
by the reviewers - were already being
dealt with by the school.
"There is some loss of confidence in
the University for allowing the school to
go through the review for the same
reasons we were endeavoring to solve
before the review," he said.
The next step for the school comes
Jan. 17, when the University executive
offices will hold a public hearing on the
budget committee's recommendations.
Then the officers will vote on the
proposal and the final decision rests
with the University's Regents.

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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Release asked for suspected
accomplice in Pope shooting
ROME - The lawyer for a Bulgarian charged with complicity in the shoot-
ing of Pope John Paul II said yesterday he has presented more alibis for his
client and is ontimistic the man will he released.
"My client is innocent and I have asked for him to be released," said
Giuseppe Consolo, lawyer for Sergei Ivanov Antonov, station chief of
the Bulgarian airline. He spoke in a telephone interview.
Consolo, who formally asked Italian magistrates on Monday to release An-
tonov, said he expected a decision within a week.
In the past week, state prosecutor Ilario Martella has interviewed 10
people who said they saw Antonov on the day of the shooting, May 13, 1981,
Consolo said. The lawyer said the witnesses also saw Antonov on the two
days before the attack in his office at Balkan Air, at theBulgarian Embassy
and at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport. Consolo said there "was ab-
solutely no proof" that Antonov was involved in the shooting.
Mehmet Ali Agca, serving a life sentence for shooting the pope, told Italian
prosecutors that Antonov was with him during those three days, helped him
plan the shooting and was in St. Peter's Square at the time of the attack, ac-
cording to testimony leaked to the press.
Rebels in Corsica seek
independence from France
PARIS - President Francois Mitterrand yesterday fired Corsica's two top
police officers and sent fresh police reinforcements to the Mediterranean
island to halt a terror offensive by nationalists seeking independence from
France.
The actions followed a new series of terrorist attacks, many of which have
been claimed by the Corsican National Liberation Front. They included a
shotgun assault Monday on a police station in southern Corsica and three
bomb attacks in Ajaccio, Napoleon's birthplace and capital of the French-
ruled island.
Official statistics indicated there were a record 805 terrorist attacks on the
island of 230,000 inhabitants in 1982, twice as many as in 1981, despite refor-
ms last year that give Corsica a decentralized administration and some
political autonomy.
Salvadoran murder trial stalled
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador- The trial of five soldiers charged with
killing four American churchwomen will be stalled until March, a defense
lawyer said yesterday. The delay was seen as possibly jeopardizing con-
tinued U.S. military aid to El Salvador.
A magistrate in San Vicente, 30 miles east of San Salvador, said defense
lawyers won an appeal Monday to review evidence against the five former
national guardsmen charged with the Dec. 2, 1980 slayings of three Roman
Catholic nuns and a lay social worker.
He said the review will take about a week and then the San Vicente court
will rule if "there are merits" to bring the soldiers to trial in the nearby city
of Zacatecoluca, about 25 miles southeast of the capital.
Zacatecoluca Judge Bernardo Murcia, who has handled most aspects of
the pre-trial review, already has ruled there is sufficient evidence to try the
former guardsmen.
One-defense lawyer conceded that the appeal for the review was merely a
legal tactic to stall the case. He predicted that the trial would not start until
March.
Agnew pays in kickback suit
BALTIMORE- A check for more than $268,000 from Spiro Agnew was
presented to state Treasurer William James yesterday, ending a 6-year-old
bribery suit against the former vice president begun as a student law
project.
The payment represented the money authorities said Agnew accepted in
kickbacks from highway contractors while he was Maryland governor, plus
interest.
"We can't put it any more bluntly," state Attorney General Stephen Sachs
said as he handed Agnew's check to the state treasurer during a press con-
ference. "Crime doesn't pay."
A Maryland Circuit Court judge ruled in 1981 that Agnew, 64, violated his
public trust by accepting $147,500 in kickbacks from 1967 to 1969.
The judge ordered Agnew, vice president under Richard Nixon until he
resigned in 1973 and a leading Nixon administration proponent of "law and
order," to repay the state the money, plus $101,235 in interest.
The payment was more than the original amount of $248,735 because of the
addition of post-judgment interest on the original principal judgment, the at-
torney general's office said.
Israeli army claims Syria is
building new missile sites
TEL AVIV, Israel- Syria is building two bases deep inside its territory for
advanced Soviet SAM-5 anti-aircraft missiles, the Israeli army said yester-
day.
The state radio indicated the missiles would jeopardize Israeli recon-
naissance flights over Syria.
In Washington, U.S. intelligence sources confirmed Syria was making the
missile preparations and said the weapons could seriously threaten Israeli
aircraft within their own air space. The sources asked not to be identified.
One source said at least one of the batteries was under construction near
Damascus.

Neither the Pentagon nor the State Department confirmed the Israeli
military report.
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Wednesday, January 5, 1983
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