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Page 6--Tuesday, April 12, 1983-The Michigan Daily

Faculty
attacks
lunanities
review
report
(Continued from Page 1)
students and rhetoric seminars for
juniors and seniors that are in place
today.
"The proposition that is before us is
regression," he said. Twenty years ago
the students disliked composition
classes because they closely resembled
high school courses, he said, and
''unless there is a massive saving we're
crazy."
THE REVIEW committee's plan,
which would eliminate most of the
humanities department courses over a
seven-year period, would not accom-
plish a major money saving.
The report was criticized im-
mediately after its release two weeks
ago for dealing with the department's
curriculum rather than the issues
brought up in the review committee's
charge. Those issues involved the
quality and financial benefits of
abolishing the department and whether
humanities is a central part of the
college's mission.
Engineering College Dean James
Duderstadt said last week that the
Executive Committee will try to decide
on the report and forward its decision to
the University's executive officers
before the end of the month.

Thai forces get new
artillery from U.S.

BANGKOK, Thailand (UPI) - With
Vietnam battling Cambodian guerrillas
along its border, Thailand took delivery
yesterday of eight of the most advanced
artillery pieces in the American ar-
senal.
More of the long-range howitzers
were headed for Thailand aboard the
merchant ship SS Benjamin Harrison
as the United States continued to rush
weapons to Thailand to counter a Viet-
namese threat to its borders, military
sources said.
BANGKOK requested the stepped-up
deliveries last week following a series
of intrusions into Thai territory by
Vietnamese forces pursuing Cam-
bodian guerrillas.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman said the
howitzers, taken from the inventory of
the most advanced U.S. artillery, were
modified to match the 18.5 mile range of
the Soviet-built 130mm guns Vietnam is

using along
der.

the Thai-Cambodian bor*

Vietnam, which invaded Cambodia in
December 1978 and ousted the Khmer
Rouge government of Pol Pot, began its
largest offensive against Cambodian
rebels March 31.
GEN. SAIYUD Kerdphol, Thai armed
forces supreme commander, said U.S.
and Thai forces would hold joins
maneuvers in June to test Thailand's
ability to transport military personnel
and material in the event of war.
Thai and Vietnamese gunners have
repeatedly exchanged artillery fire
across the border since Hanoi stepped
up its drive against Cambodian
guerrillas.
The Thai army reported during the
weekend that more than 500 Viet-
namese artillery rounds have land
inside Thailand since Hanoi began its
offensive.

Write-on candidateA
Two youngsters make sure everyone knows who they support at a weekend rally for Chicago Republican mayoral can-
didate Bernard Epton. In today's election, Epton opposes Democratic nominee Harold Washington, who would be the
first black mayor in the city's history. If Epton wins he will be the first Republican mayor in 50 years.

High-tech:
(Continued from Page 1)
for high technology. The problem,
though, is that so does everybody else.
Some 3,000 towns, cities, and states
are after about 200 high-tech firms right
now, according to a researcher at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mesmerized by stories of billion-dollar
industries created in basements and
garages, recession-poor cities are
desperately turning to high-tech.
"A LOT OF states are embracing
high-tech as their savior . . the danger
is that everyone is going after the same
slice of the pie," says David Merkowitz,
from the Northeast-Midwest
Congressional Coalition, a regional lob-
bying group.
Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,
Pennsylvania and just about every
other northern industrial state hit hard

Can Michigan be another Silicon Valley?

STUDENT ACCOUNTS:
Your attention is called to the following rules passed
by the Regents at their meeting on February 28, 1936:
"Students shall pay all accounts due the University not
later than the last day of classes of each semester or
summer session. Student loans which are not paid or
renewed are subject to this regulation; however,
students loans not yet due are exempt. Any unpaid ac-
counts at the close of business on the last day of classes
will be reported to the Cashier of the University and
"(a) All academic credits will be withheld, the grades for the semester or
summer session just completed will not be released, and no transcript of
credits will be issued.
"(b) All students owing such accounts will not be allowed to register in any
subsequent semester or summer session until payment has been made."

by the poor economy are all looking to
found the next Silicon Valley. Even
South Dakota is advertising its non-
existent personal and corporate taxes
to lure high-tech industries to the state.
Former Michigan Gov. William
Milliken created a High Technology
Task Force to develop plans for diver-
sifying the state's technology, a theme
which Gov. James Blanchard has
picked up. Blanchard and the state's
commerce director recently courted of-'
ficials of the Microelectronics and
Computer Technology Corporation to
locate in the state.
OF COURSE, Blanchard was not
alone in his attempts. Twenty-four
other suitors also were campaigning for
the company, which is expected to em-
ploy about 100 scientists and have a
budget of more than $50 million.
"State and local officials are in a
state of near panic," says Merkowitz.
"Not only are people unemployed ...
but states and localities are out of
money. But they have to be careful that
they don't give away the store in trying
to attract a firm - it may end up
costing them more than the firm con-
tributes."
As the new war among the states
brews, each party involved is sure it
will come out a winner. The question of
whether there will be a sufficient sup-
ply of firms remains. It may come
down to the matter of who is the fittest
to survive.
MOST PEOPLE in the high-tech in-
dustry agree that certain ingredients
are essential for companies to locate in
a state. Philippe Villers, president of
Automatix, Inc., a Massachusetts

robotics firm, lists: "Workers skilled in
the newest technology, a ready supply
of venture capitalists, and a certain
'quality of life.' "
That "quality" can include warm
climates, attractive tax structures,
non-union shops, good schools, and a
low cost of living. Because high-tech in-
dustries are very mobile, they can give
greater weight to "quality of life" fac-
tors in deciding where to locate, says
Villers.

Michigan say the state is not so bad af-
ter all. In fact, they say, a combination
of factors just might give Michigan the
best potential to succeed in the high-
tech race.
"THIS MAY be real or just my per-
ceptions, but Ann Arbor has a high-tech
environment - one of the few taken
seriously in the Midwest," says William
Gauthier, president of DeVilbiss Co., a
robotics company that moved to the
area two years ago from Ohio.

"Michigan has an image problem. The heavy in-
dustry orientation, cold climate, high wages, unions,
and inner cities are a big negative against Michigan"
- Dieter Heidreich, high-tech entrepreneur

Companies developing a new
technology create a need for part sup-
pliers. Smaller firms form to fill that
need and still others spring up as com
petition. Some workers defect from the
original company to begin work of their
own, thereby creating even greater
growth. This mushrooming effect made
the Silicon Valley and Route 128 areas
so successful.
Michigan needs to do something.
With several hundred thousand people
on permanent laywoff, the state must
diversify its economic base. State of-
ficials are playing for high stakes in
bidding wars forenew industries. The
development of these industries is fuli
of promise, but it appears to be a long-
term solution to more immediate con-
cerns of unemployment and budget
deficits.
Tomorrow: Michigan 'schances
in the high-tech sweepstakes.

On the surface, Michigan seems to
rate very poorly on the "quality of life"
scale. As seen in the eyes of a Colorado
venture capitalist who grew up in
Michigan and attended the University,
"Michigan has an image problem. The
heavy industry orientation, cold
climate, high wages, unions, and inner
cities are a big negative against
Michigan."
SAYS DIETER Heidreich, now
working in office automation in
Boulder, Colo.: "I worked for Sycore
(an Ann Arbor computer terminal
firm) for several years. That experien-
ce left a bad taste in my mouth. I
remember hiring and training workers
only to have them leave when the auto
companies would put a new line on.
What they could make on the union
scale was far more than I could pay
them."
Michigan's image possibly could
submarine the efforts of state officials
to rebound from the current recession
via the high-tech route.
But many who already have come to

The state also is taking the right steps
by promoting its colleges and univer-
sities as bases for high-tech develop-
ment. The state's Industrial
Technology Institute, which is resear-
ching "the factory of the future" in-
volving robotics and automated
manufacturing, is located on the
University's North Campus. The
Metropolitan Research Center, an in-
cubator for high-tech firms, is located
near the Wayne State University cam-
pus. And in East Lansing, the
Molecular Biology Institute will soon be
researching the agricultural side of
biotechnology, including the develop-
ment of new chemicals from trees,
cloned plants, and insect-resistant
trees.
In addition to in-state development,
the state will have to recruit
established small firms, in hopes that
they will grow and "spawn" even
greater development.
"SPAWNING," sometimes referred to
as "spin-offs," is a highly promising
aspect of high-tech industry.

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Restaurants little and big
Are not quite in our "League";
Glad I'm back I Pass a plate and the forks
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Located in the heart of the campus.
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Dinner 5:00 to 7:15
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STUDENTS
Send your League Limerick to:
Manager, Michigan League
227 South Ingalls
You will receive 2 free dinner
tickets if your limerick is used in
one of our ads.

Girl assaulted
A 10-year-old girl walking through the
woods with a friend was sexually
assaulted by a teen-aged male late
Friday afternoon, Ann Arbor polic
said. The girl and her seven-year-old
friend reportedly were approached by
the male youth on the 2900 block of
Hubbard, where he helped them across
a wet area. The youth then ordered the
seven-year-old to leave. After the
younger girl left, the youth fondled the
remaining girl police said. The friend
ran to a nearby business and called the
police. Ann Arbor police have no
suspects.
Rash o'robberies
Three businesses on the 1700 block of
Plymouth were robbed within minutes
of each other Friday night. The back
door of Mr. Reids, a beauty salon, was
pried open and $1200 in cash was taken.
Nothing was taken from Albert's Office
Supply when the rear door was forced.
One Hour Martinizing also had a back
door pried, but nothing was taken.
Arcade invader
A video game was stolen from Double
Focus Amusement at 623 Packard, late
Saturday night. Ann Arbor Police
believe the game may have been loaded
on to a rental van because one was spot-
ted later in the area. There was no
estimation of the game's worth.
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