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Senate to vote
on nomination of
nun to top post

LANSING (UPI) - The nomination
of state welfare director Sister Agnes
Mansour - a "symbol" in a church ver-
sus state battle over government-paid
abortions.. . became a matter for the full
Michigan Senate yesterday.
The Roman Catholic nun, ordered last
month by Detroit Archbishop Edmund
Szoka to relinquish her post, strongly
reiterated that she personally opposes
abortion but can "tolerate" funding of
the procedure for poor women, she said
during her confirmation hearing.
AFTER considering_ Gov. James
Blanchard's nomination of SisteraMan-
sour for more than two hours, the
Senate Administration and rules Com-
mittee narrowly agreed to give the full
Senate a chance to vote on her appoin-
That vote, expected to result in her
official confirmation is tentatively set
for today. With no action, she would of-
ficially take the job Sunday.
The review of the nun's appointment
to head Michigan's largest government
agency drew an overflow crowd of
vocal supporters and equally vocal op-
ponents, including about 75 who mar-
ched in the rain carrying signs reading
"Mansour or Manyslayer," "Mansour
belongs in the convent, not Lansing"
and "Sister Mansour: No longer
"I COME before you also as a symbol
that is beyond myself, but reflects what
some people want me to be and what
others don't want me to be," the nun
said, adding she is concerned the battle
raises questions about church inter-

Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
No Room at the Rack
Mike Fishman, an LSA freshman, unlocks his bike from a tree which had ob-
ligingly agreed to keep an eye on it.
State, 'U' officials see
gloom if tax hike fails

... will fund abortions
ference in state matters.
Szoka has demanded her resignation
because of her approval of Medicaid
funded abortions. The local headquar-
ters of the Sisters of Mercy has endors-
ed her keeping her job, but the matter now
appears on its way to theVatican for
The Mercy College president
acknowledged that a decision from
Rome could result in an order that she
leave the $58,300 per year job, but did
not indicate what her reaction would be
to such an edict.

(Continued from Page 1)
by the House is now in the hands of the
state Senate.
Even with a tax hike, higher
education is expected to receive a $25
million budget cut - including $5
million to the University of Michigan.
Bullard and other speakers warned that
higher education would have to absorb
an even greater cut if the tax hike is not
Addressing the often-heard objection
that the tax increase will hurt those
least able to afford it, Bullard said,
"The tax increase is not going to hit
people who can't pay for it - it's going
to hit people who can pay it," he said.
Bullard said the real issue now is
wJether "we are going to have enough
tax "revenue to get through this crisis,"
Bullard said. The crisis he is referring
to is what he estimates to be the state's
$1.7 billion deficit.
SAYING THAT the fight now is to
convince the Senate to pass the in-
crease, Bullard urged students to write
letters to their hometown newspapers
and the senators from their districts.
:Citing what he called "the residue of
the Tisch-Headlee tax revolts," Bullard
said, "We hve to have cuts going in,"
and that is "not good public policy, but
unavoidable government."
Representing the University at the

PIRGIM-sponsored discussion was
Vice President for State Relations
Richard Kennedy. Kennedy agreed
with Bullard that the passage of the in-
crease was vital, and that without it the
budget deficit would be "un-
KENNEDY SAID that if the trend of
dealing with deficits continued without
an increase, it could cost the University
$30 million dollars in state ap-
propriations. He concluded by saying
that if the increase doesn'thhave im-
mediate effect, it would have "no
Doug Roberts, deputy director of the
state department of management and
budget said that before the tax increase
could have immediate effect, it would
have to be approved by two-thirds of the
Senate and require that eight senators
support a measure for immediate ef-
Roberts, a holdover from the Milliken
administration, said he was confident a
tax increase would pass, though he siad
it may be less than the 1.5 percent
proposed. He said that a lower increase
would result in higher cuts to all areas
of state government, including higher

Ed. school dean slams

review panel
(Continued from Page 1)
about 600 students to only 50 students in
1986-87. The panel advised that those
students be certified in math and scien-
ce related areas, Stark said. But
graduates of such a program would not
be able to get jobs, the dean said,
because they would not be certified to
teach reading.
The school's counter-proposal will
ask for a slightly larger undergraduate
program with a much different em-;
phasis. The school wants to retain 601
students in a two-and-a-half year
program in elementary and early
childhood education. This program
would train students to teach reading,
as well as math, science,and computer
skills, Stark said.
In making its recommendation, the
panel did not realize that primary
school teachers need to be qualified to
teach reading to get a job, said Tom
Switzer, an education school associate
THE PANEL "was respon-
ding... the need for math teachers,"
Switzer said, "They just don't under-
stand the (teaching) requirements.
Their proposal is an attempt to create
technically literate teachers, not
socially literate."
The panel's recommendation to cut

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the equivalent of 30 full-time professors
would leave the school short staffed,
despite an enrollment reduction, school
administrators said. The school would
not be able to sponsor programs for
students in other schools to earn
teaching certificates, Stark said.
"It is not clear (the panel) linked the
number of faculty with the programs
they want cut," she said.
THE REPORT also suggests that the
Department of Kinesiology (formerly
the Department of Physical Education)
be moved out of the school and change
its name to the Department of Exercise
Science, Stark said.
A large number of students in the
present department are varsity
In the process, the panel said, the
department should drop its recreation
studies program for undergraduates
and cut its professors from 17 full-time
equivalents to nine, Stark said.
The chairman of the physical
education department, Dee Edington,
declined to comment on the report
before the school formally responds
later this week before the University's
Budget Priorities Committee. That
committee will examine,the report and
either accept it or form new recom-
mendations before passing it on to the
University's executive officers for a
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96 die in Turkish mine blast
ANKARA, Turkey-Underground explosions in a coal mine near the
Black Sea killed 96 workers and injured 89 others in Turkey's worst mine ac-
cident, state radio said.yesterday.
Fourteen of the injured were listed in serious condition.
The roof of the mine more than 1,100 feet below the surface collapsed Mon-
day after the two menthane gas blasts.
"I heard two loud explosions. Dust was everywhere. People were running
and screaming 'save us'. A coal cart fell over me," survivor Saban Kardes
said from his hospital bed in Eregli, Turkey.
One survivor, foreman Mehmet Kac, 44, said he believes the disaster in
northwestern Zonguldak province could have been averted. "I suspect we
went down the shaft even though dangerous levels of methane gas were
detected beforehand, because recently a boost in production had been
demanded," he said.
Mine accidents are frequent in Zonguldak, Turkey's largest coal-
producing region. Government records show Monday's toll was the highest
to date in a Turkish mine accident. The previous highest death toll was in
1965 when an explosion in another mine killed 68 peonle.
Chances dim for OPEC accord
LONDON-OPEC oil ministers failed during day and night meetings yesterday
to make progress toward a uniform price cut that might avert a free-for-all
price war in the world oil market.
United Arab Emirates oil chief Mana Saeed Oteiba said the ministers
would try again today, but he rated the chances of success at no better than
That was the same assessment he gave last week when informal talks
among eight members of the 13-nation cartel began in the British capital.
"We still see possibilities for arriving at an agreement " said Indonesian
Oil Minister Dr. Subroto after a 90-minute meeting of all 13 ministers last
night. But when asked if any progress had been made on either pricing or
production quotas, Subroto said, "Not yet."
The cartel is under intense pressure to cut prices for the first time in its 22-
year history because a world oil glut has reduced its sales. Lower prices
would be expected to stimulate demand.
Failure to reach agreement in London could trigger a series of price cuts
by hard-pressed members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting coun-
tries. The result could mean lower energy prices worldwide.
Volcker asks for new oil tax
WASHINGTON-Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker siad yesterday
the economy appears ready to begin "a longer-lasting, non-inflationary
recovery" and suggested new taxes on oil as one means of reducing the
federal deficit.
Testifying before the Senate Budget Committee, Volcker was generally
optimistic about the economic recovery under way, but cautioned that for it
to last, Congress must make further cuts in federal spending.
"The more you can do on the spending side the better," Volcker said.
He declined to say whether the additional reductions should be made in the
defense budget-or in domestic nrorams.
Pope tells Honduran Catholics
to reject violence
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras-Looking tired and hot under a blazing sun,
Pope John Paul II paid a two-stop visit yesterday to impoverished Honduras
and urged its Roman Catholics to reject violence and radical political at-
"We must reject everything that runs counter to the Gospel: hate, violen-
ce, injustice, the lack of jobs," the pope said in a Mass at the huge, un-
finished Basilica of the Virgin of Suyapa, the patroness of Honduras,
overlooking the mountainous capital
He urged the "betterment of the poorest and the neediest," in a country
where the average is $600 a year, and declared, "One cannot invoke the
Virgin as a mother when he maligns and mistreats her children."
Honduras returned to civilian government last year after a decade of
military dictatorship. But some leftist rebels have been active, and rightist'
Nicaraguans opposed to the leftist Sandinista regime in their neighboring
homeland use the country as a base for raids across the border.
After spending the night in Guatemala City, John Paul will visit Belize and
Haiti today, the last day of eight-day, eight-nation tour. He arrives back in
Rome tomorrow.
43 arrested in Poland
WARSAW, Poland-Police arrested 43 "aggressive individuals" in the
southwestern city of Wroclaw yesterday and dispersed groups of young
people who tried to stage demonstrations, the official PAP news agency
It was the largest number of arrests reported since the communist gover-
nment lifted nearly a year of martial law Dec. 31.
The anti-government demonstrations apparently were linked to the 15th
anniversary of a violent protest at Warsaw University in which scores of

students were beaten and arrested by police.
In Warsaw, more than 100 people gathered at midday to lay wreaths at a
plaque commemorating the 1968 demonstration. Dozens of policemen
patrolled the Warsaw University area and no clashes were reported.
PAP's three-paragraph account on the Wroclaw violence said police "ap-
plied preventive measures which made direct application of force un-
necessary" when demonstrators first gathered in the main Grunwald
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Wednesday, March 9, 1983
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