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Single vote may decide
Regents divestment issue

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who favors divestment, has joined the
board, and several members have
changed their minds about the current
investment policy. The current policy
was passed unanimously in 1978 for
stocks and expaned in 1979 to include
bonds.
As of Dec. 31, 1982, the University
owned $70.6 million of stocks and bonds
in 45 companies which operate in South
Africa.
Regents Varner, James Waters (D-
Muskegon), Sara Power (D-Ann Ar-
bor), and Gerald Dunn (D-Garden City)
said they would support divestment to
make a moral statement against South
African apartheid practices.
Regents Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)
and Paul Brown (D-Petosky) said they

would not support divestment, Regent
Robert Nederlander (D-Detroit) said
he was undecided and Regent Thomas
Roach could not be reached for com-
ment.
POWER SAID that the University's
present policy was "a good attempt" to
promote changes in South African
policy, but that it had not worked.
In a letter to one of his constituents
Dunn wrote that the policy "does not
appear to be bringing the kind of
change in South Africa that we need." A
copy of the letter was sent to the Daily.
Baker, however, has made strong
public statements against divestment.
In a public statement last month he said
that the anti-apartheid guidelines -
called the Sullivan Principles - which
the University uses to dictate invest-
ments "is more useful in effecting
change in South Africa than divest-
ment."
ROACH MADE a public statement
several months ago that he was in favor
of the University's present investment
policy.
All the Regents stressed that the
University should challenge the con-
stitutionality of the new state law. To do
that they would have to keep some
stocks in the companies, they said.
Roderick Daane, the University's top
attorney, has said that they law is an
unconstitutinal attempt by the state to
overrule the Regent's authority.
THE REGENTS have said the law in-
fringes on the University's autonomy,
and would set a dangerous precedent if
it is enforced.
No one seems to be able to figure out
how much stock the University would
have to own to bring its case before a
court.
Dunn has said that as little as one

share would theoretically be enough to
get the University into court.
Daane, however, said that that
amount might not be enough for a court
to take the case seriously. He said he
did not know how much stock the
University would have to hold, but
some administrators said that it could
be up to $10 million worth.
THE REGENTS met in closed
session Friday morning to consult
general counsel on the legal im-
plications of divesting. They are con-
tinuing that closed meeting today.
Th head of the University's commit-
tee on South Africa, Leonard Suransky,
said that keeping as much as $10 million
could be an attempt to stay on the good
side of the companies rather than to
assure that the state law could be
challenged.'
"If you don't want to divest and you
want to hold on to some of your best
friends, then you say that you need (to
keep) a substantial amount," Suransky
said.
RENT BROWN favors a third alter-
native to the current investment policy
and divestment.
He said he would like to keep the
University's investments but pressure
the firms into selling their South
African subsidiaries. The University
could apply that pressure by urging
other stockholders to vote to sell at the
companies' annual stockholders con-
vention.
Most of the other Regents, however,
dismissed the idea as too time con-
suming, too expensive, or ineffective.
Power pointed out that many
organizations, especially churches,
have been trying for years to influence
the companies and have gotten
nowhere.

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' clerical workers
may get union vote

By JIM SPARKS
The University's clerical workers
may soon have the chance to decide
whether they want to unionize, depen-
ding on the outcome of a meeting in
Detroit next Monday.
At that meeting, a state commission
will say whether the American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal employees (AFSME) has
collected enough green "show of in-
terest" cards to hold an election.
AFSCME MUST have validated car-
ds from 30 percent of the University's
3,300 clerical workers, a number they
say had already been reached in
January.
Reggie McGhee, public affairs
associate for AFSCME, said he is op-
timistic about Monday's meeting.
"I think there's a growing mood in
favor of the union on campus," he said.

EVEN IF AFSCME does have 30 per-
cent of the clerical workers signed up,
the University and the union must
agree on what workers the union can
represent.
McGhee said one fear he has is that
the University might demand that the
union also represent other staff mem-
bers such as administrators and
technical workers.
But James Brinkerhoff, the Univer-
sity's vice-president and chief financial
officer said "there isn't any particular
problem" with the fact that AFSCME is
only asking to represent the clerical
workers.
If all goes well for the union, an elec-
tion would probably take place three
weeks from Monday, according to Judy
Rhode, an election supervisor for the
Michigan Employment Relations
Commission.

WASHINGTON - The long-delayed Senate debate on arms control
nominee Kenneth Adelman began yesterday as Republican leaders sought
support among a few members yet undecided. At best, they said, he could
win confirmation by one or two votes.
"It's too close to call" because several Republicans remain troubled about
Adelman's qualifications, said Ted Stevens of Alaska, assistant leader of the
GOP majority.
Adelman's name was called up on the Senate floor exactly three months
after his nomination by President Reagan to be director of the Arms Control
and Disarmament Agency.
Reagan, Secretary of State George Schultz, Defense Secretary Caspar
Weinberger, national security adviser William Clark and other ad-
ministration officials were telephoning wavering senators to lobby for their
votes, White House spokesman Larry Speaks said.
Stevens said the vote, set for tomorrow, looks much closer than he had
thought last week when Adelman's backers were predicting he would win by
a 48-42 margin.
Weather slows rescue efforts
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Snow in the mountains and clouds in the valleys
yesterday hampered Air Force pilots searching for a B-52 and its crew of
seven that disappeared on a practice bombing mission in southern Nevada.
Planes began scouring the rugged terrain at dawn, but some had to turn
back because of the bad weather which was expected to continue through
today.
An Air Force spokesman said A-10 attack planes and F-15 fighters were
flying a search pattern, but two C-130 cargo planes were grounded because
of rain, snow and gusty winds.
The missing B-52 took off Monday morning from Robins Air Force Base in
Georgia. It was last heard from at 1 p.m. PST when it descended to begin a
low-level practice bombing run at the Nellis range.
Thailand readies for invasion
ARANYAPRATHET, Thailand - Red Cross and U.N. agencies set up
emergency shelters yesterday to receive 100,000 Cambodians following
reports that Vietnamese soldiers were poised to strike two guerrilla-
controlled camps along the Thai-Cambodian border.
Thai military sources in this border town said sizable Vietnamese forces,
backed by tanks and artillery, are just outside the sprawling settlements.
Ban Sangae is a narrow encampment that runs along the border- and has
some 23,000 civilians. Nong Samet, which reliable Western sources say spills
over into Thailand, has more than 77,000 people.
The Khmer People's National Liberation Front, one of three groups united
in fighting communist Vietnam's forces in Cambodia, controls both camps.
The front and another faction are non-communist. The third partner is the
Communist Khmer Rouge, whose brutal government fell in the Vietnamese
invasion of Cambodia in 1978.
The Vietnamese ousted the Khmer Rouge government of Pol Pot and in-
stalled the communist government of Heng Samrin. But the Khmer Rouge
continued a guerrilla war.
Habib attends Mideast talks
President Reagan's Middle East envoy Philip Habib joined the Israeli-
Lebanese troop withdrawal talks for the first time yesterday and an Israeli
official said the intensified talks might produce an agreement within a few
weeks.
The 29th session of the 15-week-old talks was held in the central Israeli
resort town of Netanya with negotiators meeting in two subcommittees for
discussions on security problems and mutual relations.
In Jerusalem, an Israeli official briefing foreign reporters said Israel at-
tached no special significance to Habib's surprise decision to attend the talks
for the first time since they began Dec. 28.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State George Shultz blamed the setback in Mid-
dle East peace talks on the Palestine Liberation Organization yesterday and
called on the Arab world to reconsider its decision to designate the PLO to
represent the Palestinian people.
Reagan said the United States "will not permit the forces of violence and
terror to exercise a veto over the peace process" in the Middle East, and
called on Palestinian leaders to disregard the radicals he blamed for the
deadlock there.
House considers emergency
loan measure for unemployed
WASHINGTON - The House considered yesterday whether the gover-
nment should offer emergency loans to thousands of unemployed Americans
facing loss of their homes because they can't keep up with their mortgages.
The measure, strongly opposed by the administration, would establish a
$760 million loan fund to be parceled out by the Department of Housing and
Urban Development.
Although it is aimed primarily at laid-off workers who have a good
prospect of regaining their old jobs, any homeowner who "has incurred a
substantial reduction in income" through no fault of his or her own would by
eligible for a loan.
The amount advanced could vary widely from case to case, depending on
the need. The homeowner would be expected to pay 38 percent of the family
income toward monthly housing expenses - including utilities - and the
government loan would cover the difference between that and the amount of
the mortgage payment.
Republicans opposed the bill on grounds the loan program would
degenerate into an administrative nightmare for HUD and run counter to the
interests of all homeowners by adding to the federal deficit.
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Wednesday, April 13, 1983
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MOSCOW (AP)-The new U.S.
proposal for an MX missile system is a
"rather sinister" step forward in an in-
creasingly dangerous arms race, a
leading Soviet arms control specialist
said yesterday.
But the specialist, Oleg Bykov,
acknowledged at the same time that the
Soviets are readying their own new
missile that would counter the U.S.
deployment of the MX.
MEANWHILE in Washington, the
congressman who led the successful
fight to deny the Defense Department

money to produce the MX missile
predicted that the new intercontinental
weapon will finally go to its grave this
year.
The MX critic, Rep. Joseph Addabbo
(D-N.Y.) also said he believes the
margin of defeat for the missile will be
far closer this time than the 245-176 vote
last December by which the House
deleted the $988 million earmarked for
House Appropriations subcommittee on
defense,

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