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Ninety- Three Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Partly cloudy with a chance of thun-
derstorms and a high in the lower
sixties.

XCII,, No. 153

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, April 13, 1983

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

High-tecW

Michigan's

savior?

By JIM SPARKS
Second of a three-part series

0 It's. a state with the highest unemploymei
rate in the nation. A state that has receiy<
food aid from Germany and suffers from i
image as an old, cold haven for unions and ru
down factories.
But there is a vision of a new Michiga
where the technology of the future rolls out
gleaming laboratories set in tidy resear
parks.
"SAY YES to Michigan" the slogan go(
look at our water and universities aj
development money - and not at our clima
And the high-powered ad campaign is havii
an effect. The word is out across the nation tt
MSA
to buy
*personal
computer
for office
By LAURIE DELATER
Their confidence in high-technology
*steadfast despite computer troubles
with last week's Michigan Student
Assembly elections, MSA members will
soon purchase a computer to modernize
their office work.
Last night MSA members voted to
purchase an $8,190 IBM personal com-
puter through a special deal with the
University's administrative services.
By purchasing the computer through
the University, the Assembly will save
@25 percent on the cost, and have access
to new equipment and service at
cheaper University rates, according to
former MSA treasurer Jimmy Flaun.
THE NEW computer will store and
update information about committees,.
See MSA, Page 3

Michigan is on the hunt for new business.
- "There is a lot more squeaks coming out of
Michigan than from an Iowa or a Florida ...
the state is making an effort and it's not letting
up," says James Meehan, general manger of
General Electric's automation systems
division who has heard the call in his
Bridgeport, Conn. office.
But the public relations blitz is still young, and
transforming a depressed state in the in-
dustrial heartland into a "world-class'center"
for high-technology will take time.
IT ALSO WILL require a profound change in
people's attitudes toward the state, according
to Alex Glass, prsident of the Ann Arbor firm,
KMS Fusion Inc. which researches the produc-

tion of energy by bombarding hydrogen atoms
with a laser beam.
"People in California view the Midwest in
general as an inhospitable and unattractive
place to live. It has snow but no mountains and
the sun doesn't shine much. It's viewed as a
place where unions are in control ... and the
state and local governments are seen as being
anti-business."
To Glass, who moved to Ann Arbor from
California's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory,
"the reality is very different from the
mythology."
DIFFERENT enough for the firm to bring its
medical equipment subsidiary, Covalent
Technology Corp. to the state from Redwood

City, Calif.
Covalent's president, David Wood, says there
are signs of trouble in the golden land of the
Silicon Valley. They've been entirely too
cessful. The Bay Area is now crowded, it's an
extremely expensive place to live. Companies
have had a lot of problems getting people to
move there," he says.
"The price of a house in Palo Alto is at least
40 to 50 percent higher than in Ann Arbor," he
added.
THE STATE is working in a number of
areas to try to lure high-technology firms to
Michigan. Start-up money for new companies,
changes in workers' compensation laws, tax
incentives, and even an offer to recruit and

train workers for firms moving into the state
are all part of the bait.
But the state's offer to train and retrain has-
been mostly taken up by in-state firms ac-
cording to Lana Shafer, deputy director of the
state's Office of Industrial Training.
'The last couple of years have been a little
slower . . . there haven't been a whole lot of
companies moving into the state," she said.
TO JOHN Wallace, chairman of the board for
Prab Robots Inc., the state's largest robotics
firm, the state's efforts to entice new business
have fallen short.
"The state of Michigan could do a lot of things
that it isn't doing to attract new robotics firms,
See MICHIGAN, Page 3

Regents

close

to

divesting

By BILL SPINDLE
Proponents of divestment are only
one Regent's vote away from seeing it
happen tomorrow, according to an in-
formal poll of the University Regents
by the Daily.
As of early this week, four of the eight
Regents said they would favor selling
the University's interests in companies
that operate in South Africa. One regent
was still undecided on the issue, and
another could not be reached for
comment. Five votes are needed to
pass the measure.
NEARLY ALL the Regents, however,
said that if they did decide to divest,
they would want to retain some share of
stock in the - companies so that the
University could challenge in court a
state law requiring it to divest.

Tomorrow will be the third time in
five years that the Regents have con-
sidered divesting from companies that
operate in the apartheid nation.
In 1978 the Regents adopted the Un-
iversity's current policy of withdrawing
only from specific companies tht do not
adhere to a set of anti-apartheid
guidelines. Since that policy was im-
plemented, however, the Regents have
only divested from one company,
although several others in the Univer-
sity's investment portfolio appear to
violate the guidelines.
} A RECENTLY passed law which
requires the University to divest from
all companies operating in South Africa
has revived the issue on campus. Since
1978 Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit);
See SINGLE, Page 2

Daily Photo by JON SNOW

Just pennies a serving

Phi Gamma Delta members Kurt Wolak, Ron Weiner, and Dave Cross help to mix the jello which will be used Friday in
their annual Jello Jump contest. The fraternity, along with Phi Beta Phi sorority are sponsoring the event to help raise
money for Muscular Dystrophy. The contest begins at noon at Palmer Field.

Chicago election too close to call

From AP and UPI
CHICAGO (AP) - Rep. Harold
Washington, bidding to become the
city's first black mayor, pushed into a
narrow lead over Republican Bernard
Epton late last night after a record tur-
nout in a racially charged election.
Epton, a white millionaire lawyer,
hoped to -become the city's first
Republican chief executive in 52 years
in his battle against the Democratic
congressman.
With 1,847 of 2,914 precincts reported
at press time late last night,
Washington had 395,331 votes or 50 per-
cent to Epton's 390,638 or 49 percent.
Socialist candidate Ed Warren received
2,338 votes. It was not known which par-
ts of the city were reporting first, so it

was unclear how well the early pattern
would hold up. Detroit television
stations predicted a Washington vic-
tory.
The Chicago Board of Election Com-
missioners predicted as many as 88
percent of the 1.6 million voters would
cast ballots under sunny skies. That
would eclipse a record 77 percent tur-
nout in the Feb. 22 primary in which
Washington narrowly captured the
Democratic nomination in a three-way
race.
"We feel good. It looks solid,"
Washington, 60, said after a deli break-
fast in his Hyde Park neighborhood
where he voted. "We've been ahead
since day one."
Washington planned to campaign

through the day, while Epton-who had
been a quiet candidate in the final
days-headed for the Chicago White
Sox home opener against the Baltimore
Orioles.
"Hopefully we'll start off with a vic-
tory there, and if we're lucky and the
Lord is willing we'll have a victory
when we end the day," Epton, 61, told
reporters at a Near North Side movie
theater where he voted.
As in the primary, assistant U.S. at-
torneys and others monitored for
possible vote fraud. By late morning,
the offices of the U.S. Attorney and the
'Cook County's state's attorney reported
more than 200 complaints. The elec-
tions board reported a quiet election.
THE CAMPAIGN turned on two

issues-race and Washington's legal
and financial problems.
Washington, now in his second term
in Congress, was convicted in the early
1960s for failure to file federal income
tax returns for four years and served a
brief jail term. His law license also was
suspended for failure to provide ser-
vices to clients. And there was a steady
stream of allegations in the campaign
that he had failed to pay utility bills and
property taxes.
Washington, a two-term South Side
congressman, was ahead in final polls.
But Epton was gaining, partly on the
strength of voter concern over his
rival's income tax conviction, suspen-
sion from the legal profession, and un-
paid bills.

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University
center for
learning and
*teaching faces
new review

By GLEN YOUNG
A University program designed to research better
teaching methods has come under review for the
second time in three years, but officials say budget
cuts are not the goal of the current examination.
A committee chosen by the office of the vice
president for academic affairs is currently reviewing
the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
(CRLT). The committee will hold a public hearing on
the center at 7:30 tonight in the Regents chambers of
the AdministrationBuilding.
THE CENTER is being reviewed now because its
director, Wilbert McKeachie, is resigning in August
said Robert Holbrook, associate vice president for
academic affairs. Holbrook said the review is inten-
ded to examine what CRLT does, and whether it
operates as efficiently as possible.
The 1981 review cut the center's budget by $100,000.
The center now operates on an annual budget of
$360,000.

Holbrook said the first review was done hastily,
and "the unit didn't have ample opportunity to lay out
their case."
McKEACHIE, who has directed the center for the
past eight years, said he welcomes the review, and
actually requested it. "I think it's good to let people
know what we're doing."
McKeachie said CRLT primarily helps solve
teaching problems. He said this entails scoring tests,
administering orientation tests, and holding
workshops for both faculty and teaching assistants.
John Cross, chairman of the review committee,
said his group is still a long way from any final
recommendation on the center.
"WE'RE ONLY the beginning of the process,"
Cross said, "we're certainly not the decision point."
The committee has been meeting on the review sin-
ce February. He said he does not know when the
review will be finished.

Daily Photo by RENEE FREIER
Spring Fever
Patty Rice sits in front of the Natural Resources Building and enjoys the un-
expected arrival of spring..

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TODAY-
Congratulations
MOST OF US have trouble enough juggling
classes, jobs, and a social life, but some students
who manage to contribute something extra on
top of all those everyday frustrations will be
honored today by the Office of Student Services. Nine
students have been selected for the annual Student
Achievement Awards, which recognize "efforts which in-
IIIa he di ht7 oani Phann the rihness nf the student

Ruis-Smith, an LSA senior and the editor-in-chief of the
Michigan Journal of Political Science; Charles Schuyler,
and LSA senior, who is transportation coordinator for
Project Community; Benjamin Ticho, a sophomore in the
Inteflex program and Daily arts editor, who helped to
create the "Weekend" magazine; James Wilson, a medical
student and recent Ph.D. graduate who has established
several techniques considered to significant contributions
to the understanding of genetic diseases; and Terri Wright,
a graduate student in Public Health who coordinated
Project Community's Inmate Project at Milan Prison and
developed a new volunteer program at Huron Valley

Gandhi. "We are all for home-made stuff," said a
spokesman for the federal workers, all junior grade office
assistants. "But it is of poor quality and the uniforms are
badly stitched." The scantilly clad protesters, who were
also wearing shirts, marched for about a mile to the
residence of Home Minister P.C. Sethi to demand better-
made uniforms. A government directive issues several
years ago said uniforms supplied to employees should be
made of homespun cotton cloth. The directive was issued to
honor the wishes of Mohandas K. Gandhi, India's indepen-
dence leader, who asked his countrymen to wear homespun
cloth in preference to cloth finished in British mills. "The

the board. Regents bylines stated that only males could
serve on the board, but board members "expressed op-
timism" that the nrules would be changed to accomodate
Berstein's election.
Also on this date in history:
A1942 Ann Arbor police reported the theft of a squad
car from the corner of Jefferson and Maynard. The aban-
doned car showed up later in Ypsilanti.
" 1959 - A student announced the sale of his course
evaluation booklet of 242 LSA courses. He said he made the
booklet because it would be "something valuable to literary
college students who choose electives," and because he
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