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Ninety-Three Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Winter returns with a chance of
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ol. XCIII, No. 123

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, March 9, 1983

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Student leaps
lrom third
floor in Law
Quad blaze
By HALLE CZECHOWSKI
A University law student suffered second-degree burns and
a broken vertebra when he was forced to jump from a third-
floor dormitory window yesterday to escape a fire, which
Ann Arbor Police suspect may have been set deliberately.
James Picozzi, a second-year law student from Schenec-
tady, N.Y., woke up at 4:15 a.m. to find his Law Quad room
ablaze. When smoke and flames prevented him from getting
to the door, he climbed out the window and held onto a ledge.
BUT THE LEDGE became too hot for Picozzi to hold onto,
and he fell more than 20 feet to the lawn on the Tappan Street
side of the Law Quad.
"It was fairly obvious it was just too hot-it was an inferno
in there," said second-year law student Greg Frizzell. Friz-
zell and hallmate Jim Martin grabbed fire extinguishers and
ran into the room, thinking that Picozzi was still trapped sin-
ce they could hear him screaming.
A Martha Cook resident, who asked to remain anonymous,
said that she heard Picozzi screaming and other people
yelling at him to be quiet-for about 10 minutes before anyone
realized that he was in trouble.
ANN ARBOR Fire Marshall Wesley Prater siad that
See ARSON, Page 7

Ed.

school

dean hits
review

by BILL SPINDLE
The School ofEducation would have
to eliminate at least 20 tenured
professors if a panel's 40 percent
budget cut recommendation is accep-
ted, the school's dean said yesterday.
The recommended $2 million budget
cut - along with suggestions to
drastically reduce undergraduate
enrollment and save the physical
education department by shifting it to
another school - is the decision of a
special student and faculty panel
reviewing the school.r,
DEAN JOAN Stark said that the
proposals in the panel's report are
"misdirected or at least misinformed."
The school's faculty is working on
alternative budget cuts to offer to the
University's top budget committee,
which presently is examining the
report, she said.
A 40 percent cut would not leave the
school sufficient resources to retain the
quality that the panel making the
recommendation desires, Stark said. "I
don't think the committee had any
rationale for that kind of a cut. (It
doesn't) flow from the goals and
priorities set," she said.
The report, leaked to the Daily early
this week, advised the education school
to cut its regular instructional staff
from 105 to 60. Stark said yesterday that
those figures only represent money
budgeted for salaries and do not
correspond to the number of professors

working in the school.
THE SCHOOL would be forced to lay
off all seven of its assistant professors
and reduce its tenured faculty ranks
from 65 to 45 if the 40 percent cut goes
through, Stark said.
The University has never fired a
tenured professor, although several
have been relocated within the Unive-
rsity after budget cuts. One professor
from the former geography department
was paid a bonus to retire early.
'Firings of tenured professors at other
universities have resulted in many
lawsuits. But administrators at the
University of Michigan hold that they
may lay off tenured faculty when a
program is cut back. They say that they
would be removing a position, not the
professor.
STARK SAID the $2 million cut
recommended by the review panel
really amounts to $2.5 million, when
cuts to physical education and the
Bureau of Student Services are added.
Those cuts are not included in the 40
percent figure, she said.
A cut of that size over three years
would debilitate the school, Stark said.
"It is,-impossible to cut (that much) in
such a short time and not have chaos
and demoralizing conditions in the
school," she said.
ALONG WITH the budget cut, the
recommendation calls for the school to
reduce undergraduate enrollment from
See ED. SCHOOL, Page 2

Daily Photo by JON SNOW
A log remains untouched in the blackened fireplace of a charred Law Quad room. A fire early yesterday
morning injured one student and destroyed much of the room.

*MSA surve
By LAURIE DELATER
Financial and academic problems outweigh social
difficulties as major worries of foreign students at
the University, according to a survey released at last
night's Michigan Student Assembly meeting.
The survey, conducted by the assembly last April
with the help of the Institute for Social Research,
specified and documented for the first time the
problems facing some of the 2,468 foreign students at
the University, according to MSA member Kathy
Hartrick, who coordinated the survey.
THE 105 respondents to the survey said that the
major problem they faced was kee in up with the
developments in their field of study tha take place in
their home country.
Finding work for themselves and their spouses

s foreign
closely followed as a big worry. Many foreign
graduate students are promised jobs as teaching
assistants at the University, only to find themselves
denied a position because they cannot speak English
well enough, Hartrick said.
Looking for housing on campus also created
problems for the foreign students who arrive at the
University in August, long after the spring housing
rush, the study indicated. Hartrick said that campus
housing for foreign students at Baits on North Cam-
pus often complicates the already confusing business
of opening checking accounts, obtaining visas, and
finding classes because it is so isolated from central
campus.
The University sets aside 100 places in West Quad
as temporary housing for foreign students during

students
their housing search, Hartrick said. But often these
students are urged to leave early to make room for
others, only adding to the pressures.
LANGUAGE DIFFICULTIES also handicapped
foreign students' efforts to meet and communicate
with American students-many respondents said
they had trouble making good friends.
"Americans are very businesslike; it is not
possible to be close friends," said one student in the
survey.
Despite the problems they may face, the students
were trying to adjust to their sometimes cold and
confusing environment. "If you want to live here, you
have to adjust, get up every morning with a smile,
and be positive," said one student.
"If you cannot do that, go-nobody likes sad people
and you will soon be even unhappier."
Offic iais
say tax.
increase
necessary
By GLEN YOUNG
Warning of the possibility of further
cuts to the state's higher education
system, State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-
Ann Arbor) called on students and
Ann Arbor residents last night to sup-
port an increase in the personal income
tax, now making its way through the
legislature.
Bullard told a Michigan League
audience of about 30 people that "it's
going to be a fight to maintain the
current level of higher education .. .
Higher education is the one long-run
tool we have for the economic develop-
ment of our nation."
THE TAX increase from 4.6 percent
RENEE FREIER to 6.35 percent requested by Gov.
an League James Blanchard and passed last week
See STATE, Page 2

Signs of spring Daily photo by RENEE FRElER
A professional traveling minstrel known only as Michael warms the Diag
with his music yesterday.

Douglas Roberts, deputy director of the state's department of management and budget, tells a Michiga
gathering last night that if a tax increase is not enacted, it will mean more cuts to higher education.

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TODAY
Breaking away (and out)j
MEASLES EPIDEMIC at Indiana University has
infected up to 320 people, and health officials
say the outbreak is so serious that Wonimmunized
students may be barred from the Bloomington
campus after spring break. State Health Commissioner
Ronald Blankenbaker said Mondav that 170 cases of

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to prevent students from attending college, but to guaran-
tee that they, and those who associate with them, are
adequately protected from a disease which is capable to
killing one in every 1,000 persons who contact it." There
also has been concern for the families of students who go
home for break. Blankenbaker said preventing students
from going home for vacation was "an alternative we con-
sidered too radical" for now. But he said he doesn't rule out
that possibility if the disease continues to spread. Q

the best tables in France, worth a special trip - were
awarded in the 1983 Michelin Guide, which goes on sale
March 16. A spokeswoman for Michelin, as always, refused
to comment on the decisions of the Guide's anonymous in-
spectors. She would only say some of the establishments
have had some problems, including illness of management. []
Thn a ivl nmann acr

* 1963 - City bus drivers voted to strike for a wage hike to
$2 an hour and a 45-hour work week.
" 1970 - 150 University students marched from the Fish-
bowl to the Admissions office to support BAM - the Black
Action Movement - to demand a 10 percent increase in
Black enrollment. C

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