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OPINION

Page 4 Sunday, September 18, 1983 The Michigan Daily

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BY UNANIMOUS vote Friday the Univer-
sity regents finished off a year long fight
between the School of Education and its sup-
porters and Billy Frye, the University vice
president for academic affairs and provost. As
expected, the education school lost.
Over the next five years the school's budget
will constrict by 40 percent, the faculty will
shrink by about 30 positions, and the variety of
graduate course sequences will be whittled
down to a fraction of their present number.
Now that he has won the battle, however,
Frye's main goal will no doubt be to make up
with the other side. He has to if the school is
ever going to surface as a quality unit.
He has started by appointing a new dean,
Prof. Carl Berger, to replace Joan Stark, who
decided not to seek another term in the middle
of the school's budget review.
Berger brings a burst of much needed en-
thusiasm to the deanship - as opposed to Stark
who seemed to be constantly frustrated by the
review - but whether he can pull together a
frustrated and somewhat angry faculty
remains to be seen.
Already, three professors have begun to
draw new battle lines which any changes in the
school will have to overcome. Speaking for
three members of the schools faculty executive
committee, Prof. Ann Hungerman told the
regents that Frye's usual practice of forming a
faculty transition team preempted the
authority of the executive committee and was a
violation of University bylaws.

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Harold's allowance
Daddy, daddy, how come I'm only getting a
quarter a week and Jonny down the street gets
35 cents allowance?
Well, son, these are tough times for your
mother and me, you know. We've had to make
a lot of sacrifices in the last few years. We've
had to cut down on basics: food and other
natural resources; the family art gallery; and
even the savings for your very education.
Before that, we even cut back on our
recreational sports budget.
I know Pa, but I've sacrificed, too. I've had to
stay up late while all those protestors ran
around outside my window. And I've had to cut
down on the number of international trips I
could take. And worst of all, I've suffered the
indignity of having Jonny down the block wave
those 35 cents in front of my face every Satur-
day.
But you're just going to have to realize son
that unemployment has been terrible, a lot of
people have been out of work, we haven't
bought a new car in years, and all your
brothers and sisters have had only meager
raises in their allowances too. Even this year,
they only got a nickel more.
But Daddy, daddy, I deserve more than the
rest of them. And if you don't, I'll run away.
Okay, how's $10,000 sound?
Well, it'll do . . for now.
Who's teaching who?
Why can't little Johnny read?
In Ann Arbor, it's because little Johnny can't
go to school. Ann Arbor's school teachers and
school board still haven't reached an
agreement to end the teachers' 12 day strike,
making people wonder who the real children
are.
The big children at the negotiating table hav-
e yet to agree on much, but the insurance policy
arrangement is the major Lincoln Log in the

President Harold Shapiro and his wife Vivian, always a happy couple, have even more reason to
celebrate now.The regents raised Harold's allowance by $10,000 this year.

The tree of education: Can it survive without
the branches?
On the surface the debate over whether the
school's executive committee or a Frye-
appointed transition panel oversees the
changes may appear strictly procedural. From
another angle, however, it appears to expose
how threatened many professors in the school
feel by many of the radical changes Frye has
put forth.
No one knows how great those tensions will
get to be, or if they will prove too devisive for
the school. But everyone agrees that Frye and
Berger have their work cut out for them.

way of a settlement. Teachers got so upset with
their school board playmates' ideas on in-
surance that they threw a collective temper
tantrum and left the playroom.
The little children left out in the cool fall air
by all of this have been behaving much better.
And parents have not been complaining about
having their babies home for a few extra days.
Instead, they have been complaining about the
babies who are supposed to be teaching their
children how to be adults.
Humanities shuffle
After 10 months the engineering college
finally got what it wanted: to be rid of its
humanities department.
Last winter the college came to the
"preliminary conclusion" that the department
should be closed, and students should take their
humanities requirements in LSA.
And after an extensive faculty review of the
idea, all of the regents agreed. So as soon as

administrators work out a plan for transferring
all the classes to LSA, engineers will be
packing their books up and heading to central
campus for at least some of their classes.
Unlike most of the recent department
eliminations at the University, the reasons for
closing the humanities department have in-
cluded everything but money, although ad-
ministrators do expect to gain some in the long
run.
Instead, Billy Frye, the Universtiy vice
president for academic affairs and provost,
and engineering school Dean James Duder-
stadt have stressed the positive aspects of
engineers moving to LSA for some classes.
They told the regents that engineers would
get better literature instruction, and under-
stand more fully the world of the English major
if they moved to LSA.
The Week in Review was compiled by
Daily editors David Spak, Bill Spindle, and
Barry Witt.

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RESIDENTS OF South Quad have
been crying "wolf" about a
Detroit News article which portrayed
the dorm's residents as rowdy, loud, and
non-stop partiers. Instead of com-
plaining about that well-deserved
reputation, South Quaddies should
realize that they are the wolves.
The dorm's residents and staff are
raising the roof over the article,
"Frantic first days at U. of M," that
presented a day in the life of two South
Quad freshwomen roommates. The
story concentrated on one of the
women - Mary Jane Mayer - and her
mostly negative impressions of the
dorm and its inhabitants.
The article depicted the poor, defen-
seless dorm as a "rundown hospital"
with "inmates ... living in grotesque
quarters." That sounds like a pretty
accurate description to us.
South Quad is known as the jock
dorm and the party dorm with good
reason. The freshman football team
inhabits the place, as well as other
scholarship athletes. One can hardly
every walk through the hideous struc-

ture - it IS an eyesore - without being
blasted by the sounds of AD-DC or
catching the aroma of several
variations of controlled substances.
Where else do residents lean out the
window on Madison street and yell,
"West Quad sucks cock?"
South Quad residents shouldn't be so
oversensitive. There is nothing wrong
with having a good time in your dorm.
They do in most other dorms, although
not quite as good.
What South Quad people should be
upset about and ashamed of is that
some residents saw fit to harass the
two women, constantly calling them on
the telephone to make nasty commen-
ts. The harassing - not the article -
probably contributed to Mayer's
decision to leave the school this past
week.
The Detroit News story was an ac-
curate picture of one freshwoman's
first impressions of life at the Univer-
sity. It never pretended to be anything
else.
South Quad residents should stop
crying in their beer and drink it.

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Menachem Begin is ill, tired,
despondent over the death of his
wife and increasingly depressed
by the news each day from
Lebanon. But that is not why he is
resigning as prime minster of
Israel.
The central issue in Begin's
life is not how he feels; it is the
West Bank. He knew some four
years ago, when he first annon-
ced that he would retire in 1983 at
the age of 70, how much time he
would need to make a fact of the
territorial integration of the West
Bank to the rest of Israel.
In his own judgment, which is
confirmed by his severest critics,
that is exactly what he has
achieved, and on schedule.
THE annexation of the West
Bank has been Menachem
Begin's central agenda from the
very day that the state of Israel
was declared. On the morning af-
ter the U.N. resolution of Septem-
ber 1947 which partitioned
Palestine between Jews and
Arabs, Menachem Begin, the
leader of the Irgun un-
derground, issued a defiant order.
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West. Bank
success is
why Begin quit
By Arthur Hertzberg

politician than the pragmatists to
whom the West is accustomed.
On the contrary, Begin is an
historic mystic who believes,
against rational calculation, that
the ideal to which he is dedicated
will vindicate itself, despite the
odds.
What is crucial to the under-
standing of Menachem Begin is
that he is a Polish Jew. Abe
Rosenthal, the executive editor of
the New York Times, wrote that,
on a recent trip to Poland, he
finally understood the defiance
by the Polish people of com-
munist oppression. The Poles
know that they have no rational
hope, but they harbor a mystic
faith that -(despite Russian un-
willingness to free them - an in- 4
dependent Poland will somehow
be restored.
As a Jew, moreover, Begin
grew up believing that in every
age, the odds were against the
survival of his people - but
somehow the Jews have per-
sisted. It is no large leap of faith
for a political leader brought up
as a persecuted Jew in Poland in
the 10sf .and whn witnessed the

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Housing has been made available
to settlers on much more
favorable terms than are
available elsewhere in Israel.
Hence the widespread percep-
tion that Begin has completed his
agenda, through a de facto an-
nexation process which appears
irreversible.
Secretary of State Shultz and a
host of other unnamed high sour-
ces have observed that the set-
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facts as well as his critics, that he
chooses to resign: The bills for
his achievement are coming due.
THE most immediate
obligations are the war in
Lebanon and the economic
situation in Israel, but much
larger problems loom over the
horizon. Begin knows that he has
created a Jewish state with a 40
percent Arab population. He
realizes that the alternatives
which this demnranhic iat

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