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Detroit News story


A story in The Detroit News Sunday
about two freshwomen at South Quad
has caused one of the women to leave
school and sent dormitory residents in-
to a fury, over the article they say
"seriously misrepresented" the facts,
South Quad officials said.
The lengthy article entitled "Frantic
first days at U. of M.," which appeared
on the front page of the "Accent" sec-
tion, described the first days of school
for Mary Jane Mayer and Betsy
Stockman, high school friends from
IN THE STORY, which was marked
by sharp criticism of the University,
Detroit News reporter and gossip
columnist Susan Whitall referred to
South Quad residents as "inmates" and
compared the dormitory to a, "rundown

In response to the story, a group of
students Sunday night collected the
signatures of 325 South Quad residents
on a letter to the News, charging that
the article portrays South Quad only as
"an impersonal receptacle for incon-
siderate students whose only concerns
are drinking, soap operas, and crude
"Ms. Whitall makes absolutely no ef-
fort to fulfill the criteria for responsible
journalism by balancing these
statements with a true representation
of the Quad and its residents," the let-
ter said. r
THE BUILDING staff also sent all
residents a letter on Monday which said
the article "seriously misrepresented
the feelings, opinions and character" of
the students quoted.
At first, students were enraged at the
two women, blaming them for the in-
sulting remarks in the article about the

University and some even called the
women on the phone. But by Sunday af-
ternoon, the anger had shifted to
Whitall and the News.
Mary Antieau, building director at
South Quad, said she blames the article
for Mayer's abrupt decision yesterday
to leave school.
"I DO NOT believe she would have
left without the article," said Antieau
Although Mayer told Whitall she was
reluctant to come to the University and
that she had been ill with
mononucleosis,Antieau said the article
was the "last straw."
Neither Mayer, who packed and left
yesterday, nor her parents would
comment on the story.
Whitall said she was "astounded" by
the strong reaction of South Quad
residents. "I don't think anything
(Mayer) said was that bad," she said.
See DETROIT, Page 7

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air strikes
in Mideast
From AP and UPI d
WASHINGTON - President Reagan
has authorized Marine commanders in
Lebanon to call in air strikes from the
U.S. fleet if they deem it necessary to
protect American or other units in the
multinational peacekeeping force, his
chief spokesman said yesterday.
White House officials also held out the
possibility that Navy jets, based just off
shore, may support Lebanese army
units, stretched thin in their efforts to
block Syrian-backed Druse militiamen
and their allies from Beirut.
IN BtIRUT, the privately owned
Central News Agency said the Reagan
administration had pledged air and
naval artillery support for the
Lebanese army. The agency, which has
access to President Amin Gemayel's
inner circle, said "If any of the
Lebanese army's current front lines in
See REAGAN, Page 7



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W her e 'R' You Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
We understand that a group of senior editors from The Ann Arbor News collaborated on this sign which is on the .eiast
side of the News building.

Sleep-in on,
Diag. attracts,
25 students
dreaming for
world peace

Bob Paley sleepily looked around the Diag at the
bodies wrapped in blankets and sleeping bags, the
bright chalk drawings and the bucket of tomatoes.
"It's a pretty wild thing to see first thing in the
morning," said Paley, a graduate student and one of
14 members of the Progressive Student Network who
kept a 24-hour peace vigil that ended at noon yester-
THE GROUP staged the vigil to protest the
deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe and
research at the University which helps develop those
Until late Monday night, more than 25 students
gathered by a red candle singing songs by Neil
Young, Arlo Guthrie, and Bob Dylan.
As Paley strummed his guitar a shout went up at
Dylan's lyric about there being "revolution in the
MANY IN THE group said the,-time has come for
more radical actions to stop research at the Univer-
sity which contributes to such weapons as the cruise
Since the Regents turned down a faculty supported
guideline to ban research which might "destroy or

permanently incapacitate human beings," the group
is planning to work without the system now.
"If we can shut down a lab for a day I think that's a
great success. That's one more day," said LSA senior
David Miklethun.
IN THE MORNING the group began banding out
fliers again, as they will do several hours a day for
the next two weeks.
Rod McCreary, a part-time LSA student took the
pamphlets,. but said the group's efforts undermine
the strength of the United States.
"It's not like I'm a warmonger," McCreary said,
"but all this pacifism weakens our position. It's not
only tearing apart what we're supposed to believe in;
I wouldn't be surprised if it's communist backed."
ANDREW BOYD, a Residential College junior who
stayed in the Diag the whole night feels that what
"we're supposed to believe in" must change.
"The system is sick to the roots," he said.
Boyd, who was arrested three times in California
last year for protesting nuclear weapons said
working for the peace movement does not make him
a blind apologist for the Soviet Union.
"The U.S. has accelerated the arms race at each
level, so if you really look at it we're not so naive and
love and honey," he said. -

Carl Berger, assistant dean of the
education school, was named yesterday
to take over the troubled school's dean-
ship. The announcement from the
University's central administration ac-
companied a report from University
executive officers that virtually
guarantees that the education school
will undergo a 40 percent budget cut
over the next five years.
Billy Frye, vice president for
academic affairs and provost issued
both announcements yesterday,
bringing closer to an end the school's
18 month traumatic review process.
Berger's nomination must still be ap-
proved by the Regents at their monthly"
meeting this Thursday, but there is lit-
tle doubt that the recommendation will
BERGER WILL serve only a three-
year term instead of the standard five
years,'Frye said. At the conclusion of
Berger's term, the University will con-
duct a nationwide search for a
Berger replaces Dean Joan Stark,
who decided last winter against per-
suing a second term as dean. Berger
was selected from a search within the
In their report,.the executive officers
largely approved the recommendations
of a faculty and student budget panel
that undertook a year-long review of
the school last year. The panel's

budget; the phasing out of existing un-
dergraduate programs; enhancement
of professional education programs by
reducing the number of Masters degree
tracks and reinstating the Doctor of
Education professional degree; and
eliminating most awards of the Ph.D.
THE PANEL based its conclusions on
their perceptions that the school was
concentrating too much on graduating
a limited number of teachers and not
enough on research to help improve
educational systems, especially at the
Kindergarten through 12th-grade
levels. The quality of the academic
work in the school rated poorly, the
panel said.
In their report yesterday, the
executive officers differed with the
panel's recommendation in three ways:
the phasing out of undergraduates ;
continuation of a Ph.D. program;
maintenance of the Bureau of School
Services, which is involved in ac-
creditation of Michigan's elementary
and secondary schools.
The executive officers "believe that
undergraduate degree programs within
the School of Education should not be
entirely phased out . . . but con-
sideration should also be given to the
alternative that selected degree-
granting programs in both elementary
and secondary education, and possibly
programs offered jointly with other
schools and colleges, be primarily ad-
ministered through the school. . ." the

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A NN ARBOR'S NEWEST popcorn palace is rewarding
victims of the city's mighty metermaids and men.
Otto's on East Liberty, is offering a free bag of popcorn to
anyone who presents unpaid an Ann Arbor parking ticket
at the counter. Manager Mike Tines said the idea sprung
from the numerous tickets Otto's employees received!
during the summer when they were readying the store forI
business. As of mid-afternoon yesterday, only three
customers had taken advantage of the special, which star-

til they oggled the reptile - alive and well and toothy as
might be expected - through binoculars themselves. "We
aget many calls like this - many of them crank calls," said
Bernard Shinbara, head of the state Department of
Agriculture plant quarantine branch, which was asked to
check out the report. Honolulu Zoo officials have guessed
that the reptilian intruder is a caiman, a South and Central
American relative of the American alligator. "They can be
ferocious and are a lot fiercer than their American cousin,
although the American alligator is larger," said Jerome
Marr, curator of the zoo. Marr said he has no idea how the
one, or possible more, caimans - if that is indeed what it is
- made it to Hawaii. And, for the time being anyway, it
looks as if the creature will be staying put - Nuuanu is a
wildlife refuge and is supposed to be off limits to any poten-
tial human meals for the animal. Q

constructed in six hours. Charles Ginnever designed it.
Also on this date:
S1964 - Literary College Dean William Haber promised
the college's faculty that despite growing enrollments, the
college would not lower its educational standards.
" 1968 - Denny McLain captured his 30th win in a game
against the A's at Tiger Stadium.
" 1981 - The alumni board of Theta Xi voted to allow the
fraternity to stay co-ed, despite pressures from the national
organization against it.
On the inside...
The Opinion Page offers a Daily report card...Arts greets
royalty in the form of Queen Ida.,.and Sports tells all about


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