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Ninety- Three Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Reactionary
Back to Michigan's par today.
Cloudy with a chance of snow
today and tonight's highs will be
in the upper 20s and lows will hit
the lower 20s.

Vol. XCIII, No. 123 Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan- Thursday, March 10, 1983 Ten Cents Eight Pages

EPA

chief

Burford

resigns

Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
Art school students rallied on the Diag yesterday in a silent symbolic protest Committee. The students plan to march on Monday evening to the Michigan
of the proposed 25 percent budget cut recommended by the Budget Priorities Union where a public hearing for the school will be held.
Ar studentsA stage silen protest

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Anne McGill Bur-
ford resigned as chief of the troubled
Environmental Protection Agency
yesterday, while the White House an-
nounced it would release all documents
congressional investigators had
demanded in their investigations of the
EPA.
Despite the resignation and President
Reagan's agreement to surrender the
documents, House investigators said
their inquiries into EPA management
of the $1.6 billion "superfund" would
continue.
Rep. Mike Synar (D-Okla.), chair-
man of one subcommittee investigating
charges of mismanagement and
political manipulation of the fund, was
asked if Burford's resignation meant an
end to the EPA investigations.
"IT MAY in the media, but it won't in
the Congress," he said. "Burford's
departure is not the issue. The issue is
the operation of the Environmental
Protection Agency and the implemen-
tation of our environmental laws."
The resignation of. the EPA chief
came as chairman of House in-
vestigating subcommittees exerted
new pressure for release of the
documents, which Burford had con-
tinually refused to supply, leading to a
contempt of Congress charge against
her amid a widening investigation of
the agency.
Burfor'd said she resigned "with
great regret, but it is now clear that my
resignation is essential to termination
of the controversy and confusion
generated by the outstanding dispute
over congressional access to certain
EPA documentary materials."
"WITHOUT AN end to these unfor-
tunate difficulties, EPA is disabled
from implementing its mandate and
you are distracted from pursuing the
critical domestic and international
goals of your administration," she ad-
ded.
President Reagan, noting he accep-
ted her decision "with great regret,"

By CHERYL BAACKE
About 300 art school students and faculty held a silent
rally yesterday as part' of a visual statement
protesting proposed budget cuts for the school.
The protesters wore signs saying "art" and mar-
ched silently from the Diag to Regents Plaza, the
Museum of Art, and then back to the Diag. At each
stop they lined up and a student with a large replica
of an X-acto knife "cut out" every fourth row of
people, symbolizing the 25 percent cut recommended
by a key University budget committee.
"THE SILENCE" is a symbolic gesture of
not being around anymore if they cut
us," said art school sophomore Frank
Young.
In addition to cutting $350,000 from the art school's
. budget, the Budget Priorities Committee recommen-
ded the school cut its undergraduate enrollment frm
the current 571 students to about 300 students, cut the

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number of faculty members from 37 to 22, and move
to enroll more non-art majors in the school's classes.
Both the Budget Priorities Committee and the sub-
committee which initially reviewed the school noted
in their reports that the art school is not visible to the
rest of the University, said Andy Keenan, the school's
representative to the Michigan Student Assembly.
"WE'RE GOING to make it visible. We're going to
clear up one of those (the committees' complaints
right now," he said.
Keenan said he thought the rally was very
emotional. "It was a good way for everyone to ex-
press the feelings that they've had all year," he said.
Some students complained that the money saved
from cuts to the art school was insignificant. "(The
proposed cuts) are such a small fraction of the
University, yet they're killing us," said art school
student Amy McCarter. "I'm a junior and it's even
scared me. Can you imagine if they cut 40 percent of
the LSA faculty?"

NON-ART SCHOOL students also marched in the
rally. "Everyone concerned with redirection (of the
University) should be here," said music school
sophomore Matt Shevrin.
Despite the committee's recommendation, the art
school students are not giving up. "Everybody's
pulling together to show what a good school we are
and that we are an asset to the University," said art
school sophomore Hollie Luter. "We're going to carry
this as far as we can. We're not going to quit just
because cuts are made."
Echoed Keenan: "This is not the last thing we'll do.
If this isn't effective we're going to keep doing it
(protesting)."
The students plan to hold classes in the Diag today.
and will march Monday night from North Campus to
the Michigan Union where a public hearing for the
school will be held.

House passes $165 billion
Social Security package

Bu rford
... resigns under pressure
said she had "faithfully and honestly
carried out your mission of helping this
nation cleanse its air and water and
makes wiser use of its lands.. ."
"Your resignation today is an oc-
casion of sorrow for us all," Reagan
said. "But it is more than that: It is an
act of unselfishness and personaj
courage that once again demonstrates
your loyalty to the nation."
BURFORD HAD been under con-
siderable pressure to quit, but Reagan
had continued to defend her. He said in
Klamath Falls, Ore., last Saturday that
she could "stay as long as she wants
to.
The 40-year-old Burford, whose cont-
servative policies had angered many
environmentalists, had also said
repeatedly that she would not quit
despite calls for her resignation from
such prominent Republicans as House
Minority Leader Bob Michel of Illinois.
Larry Speakes, the chief deputy
White House press secretary, said Bur-
ford met with Reagan at 5:25 p.m. EST
to hand in her resignation.
See EPA, Page 5
Panel on
humanities
holds final
hearing
By NEIL CHASE
The committee reviewing the College
of Engineering's humanities depar-
tment held its final public hearing last
night, but student turnout was nowhere
near the room-filling crowds charac-
teristic of other recent review hearings.
Only 17 people came to discuss the
future of the department, which faces
possible elimination, because "a lot of
students don't really seem to care
where they get their English education
from as long as they get one," said
engineering senior Bryan Aupperle.
AUPPERLE WAS one of four studen-
ts who signed up to speak at the
meeting to offer ideas on possible
changes in the department.
He told the committee that there
"seems to be a weakness" in the Great
Books courses, which every freshper-
son must take for two semesters, and
See HUMANITIES, Page 5 ,

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House,
ending two years of party warfare,
passed 282-148 yesterday night a bipar-
tisan, $165.3 billion plan to pull Social
Security from the brink of bankruptcy
and raise the retirement age to 67 in the
next century.
The bill, which would make all
American workers and retirees alike
share the burden of bailing out
system, now goes to the Senate, which
likely will vote next week.
The measure would make affluent
retirees pay income tax on half their
benefits; delay this July's cost-of-living
increase for six months; accelerate
payroll tax increases; boost the levy on
the self-employed; and force new
federal workers to join Social Security
in 1984.
THE HOUSE wrapped up work on the
rescue plan after approving, 228-202, an
amendment championed by Rep. J.
Pickle, (D-Texas), to make today's 40-
year-olds wait until age 66 to draw full
Social Security benefits. And today's 23-
year-olds - and those younger - would
have to wait until 67.

'Nobody wants to cut benefits but, I think
the American people expect us, the
Congress, to make structural changes.'
- Rep. J. Pickle
(D-Texas)

That tally was reaffirmed later on a
nearly identical 230-200 procedural vote
forced by opponents of the change.
The lawmakers also soundly rejected,
296-132, a rival amendment sought by a
tearful Rep. Claude Pepper, (D-Fla.),
to leave the retirement age of 65 intact
and rely instead on a 0.53 point payroll
tax hike in 2010 to solve the final third of
the system's long-term, $1.9 trillion
deficit.
THE 82-YEAR-OLD Pepper appealed
to his colleagues not to mar the
"magnificent package" by raising the
retirement age, which he called just
"another way of cutting benefits."

"If we reduce benefits from the struc-
ture that now exists. . . we will leave a
taint upon its character that has never
been put there by any previous
Congress," declared Pepper.
But Pickle rejoined, "We know that
we cannot just keep on raising taxes ...
Nobody wants to cut benefits but I think
the American people expect us, the
Congress, to make structural changes.
We have raised taxes three or four
times in this bill."
Rep. Barber Conable Jr., (R-N.Y.),
urged passage of Pickle's amendment,
saying, "The issue is whether Social
See SOCIAL, Page 3

Engineering humanities review committee members, James Carlson and
Professor Ilene Forsyth, listen to students testify at last night's meeting.

TODAY

All systems go
HE LIFTOFF OF Campus Meet the Press was
aborted last week when the featured guest came

Name games
IF SISTER BOOM Boom ever wants to run for San
Francisco's board of supervisors again, he will have
to enter a convent and change his name to do it.
The board, fed up with weird candidate names on the
city ballot, gave intitial aproval earlier this week to a
measure which would require candidates to use their legal
names when running for office. The proposal must be
anproved a second time to go into effect. Sister Boom Boom

is a way to register a complaint against the choice presented
by other candidates. Passage of the bill could endanger two
planned mayoral campaigns-by candidates calling
themselves James Bond Zero and Ronnie B. Foxy. Q
The Daily almanac
N THIS DATE in 1941, a poll of 50 engineering

" 1966 - Students flocked to the Fourth Annual Ann Arbor
Creative Arts Festival to see experimental films, including
"The Flicker", which consisted of twenty minutes of
flickering blank film.
a 1970 - 300 people took part in an "environmental
scream-out" sponsored by the public health school. The
scream-out was part of a five day teach-in about the
environment.

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