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Page 20-A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983
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planned to match the architectural
style of the building. Bricks were
removed from the West Quad courtyard
adjacent to the southside of the building
to allow sunlight to shine through Union
windows, Cianciola said.
Woodwork was re-stained to its
original color and new lighting will

"brighten up" the building, said Cian-
Some of the additions, however, don't
seem to blend in. For example, each of
the fast-food counters are decorated
with bright linoleum tiles which sharply
contrast with the old-fashioned style of
the Union.
But old faithful features highlight the

Union. The "M" shop still sells Univer-
sity paraphernalia and the general
store in the lobby stocks necessities such
as toothpaste and cookies.
The ride board, formerly in the
basement of the Union, is now in the
lobby, but still lists students' needing a
ride or travel companion to practicall
every major city in the U.S.

Corporation to market research ideas

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Yet there has been one rather
prominent detractor to the MRC -
University President Harold Shapiro.
Shapiro thinks the possible conflict of
interest problems can be ironed out, but
doubts the MRC will ever prove to be a
commercial bonanza for the Univer-
SHAPIRO SAID HE is not convinced
that groups like the MRC are the key to
a lucrative patent. He pointed out that
when the University of Wisconsin suc-
cessfully marketed its technique of syn-
thesizing vitamin D in 1927, "there was
nothing even approaching the MRC at
that time."
He also has doubts that the MRC will
be able to lure top people needed to
recognize first-class research ideas and
then find the companies who can make
a success of them. "Those skills are
scarcer than the capital itself," he said.
Thus far, $125,000 has been pledged to
the corporation by one venture
capitalist firm, but considerably more

will be needed if the MRC is to make a
go of it. Diehn said the MRC plans to in-
vest around $1 million a project.
After the University'a initial $200,000
'investment, it will be up to the cor-
poration to come up with investors, or
face closure.
University and for-profit puts a strong
pressure on us to be successful," Diehn
said. "If you're allied with the Univer-
sity you can languish for years and
keep asking the Regents for more
money. Now we swim or sink and I in-
tend to swim."
Some of the first projects the
fledgling corporation will sponsor may
be in the area of research on medical
diagnostic equipment.
Diehn said he had been looking at an
ear device developed in the Medical
School which would signal doctors when
a patient was going into shock. That
deal fell through, however, when the
professor left the University for

If the University does decide- to ap,
prove the MRC idea, it will be following
the lead of two other Michigan schools
which recently took steps to begin more
intensive development of faculty
research ideas.
At Michigan Technological Univers
sity, the school has recently developed
two spin-off firms: one recycles waste,
copper, and the other is a computer
firm. The school expects to add one or
two new firms a year, according to Ray
Decker, vice president for research.
Although the school will receive 33 per.
cent of any royalties generated by
company patents, Decker said there
has not yet been a significant amount o
royalty money.
At Michigan State, The Neogen Corv
poration is supporting one project on
developing bovine insulin, and another
one on how to grow the morel
mushroom commercially. John Cal;
tlon, MSU's research vice president
said it is "much too early" for royalties
to come into the school.

Humanities profs face dim future

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case by case basis. Hubert Cohen, who
teaches film in the humanities depar-
tment, said he hopes to join the Residen-
tial College, but others say they have no
idea where they will go.
Sixteen of the eighteen faculty mem-
bers have tenure and Holbrook said
none of them will be fired if they want to
stay at the University. The fate of the
two non-tenured faculty - one a
professor and one a lecturer - is up to
the college he said. Vest would not
comment on what will happen to those
two, but he did say there would
probably not be any significant changes
in the department during the 1983-84
school year.'

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The majority of the reviews conduc-
ted in the University over the last few
years have had budget savings as their
goal, but the humanities review is not
likely to save a significant amount of
ONE OF THE main rationales the
college offers for closing the depar-
tment, is that attrition has greatly
weakened the department over the past
few years, and the cost to bring it back
up to par would be prohibitive.
The review panel estimated that
$90,000 could be saved by having
teaching assistants in LSA teach in-
troductory courses to engineering
students rather than full-time
humanities professors, and by not in-
creasing the department to its former
Since 1979, seven professors have left
the department, and the college has not
replaced them, concentrating instead
on trying to keep up the college's
technical units.
"THE DEPARTMENT here has been
severely weakened, but that was a con-
scious choice of the administration,"
Beauchamp said.
"The way we put it, is they've been
strangling the department for years,
and then (Dean James Duderstadt) just
decided to lop it off," he said.
When the review began in October,
the college had already made a
"preliminary conclusion" that it would
be moved to LSA, and faculty members

"It does seem that they made their
decision and then looked for something
to support it," said English Prof. Ralph
Loomis, who works in the department:
THE DECISION to not replace
faculty led to mushrooming class sizes,
but administrators at the college hav
contended that they have a respon
sibility in hard times to bolster the
technical areas which are central to the
The College of Engineering should
not be in the business of teaching liberal.
arts, these administrators say,
especially when LSA offers a top:
ranked liberal arts education.
"The whole situation is best if studen-
ts do take their liberal arts educatio
with the wide variety of students in.
LSA," Vest said.
"IF YOU WANT to take art, go to the
art school If you want to take English
go to the English Department," he said.
For engineering students, who have
the highest SAT scores on campus, the
transfer is not likely to be too difficult.
"I think it would be better to take LSA
classes. I feel it's less competitive in
the engineering English classes," said
engineering senior David Compeau.
For some professors, though an
engineering college without a
humanities department means the loss
of something fine. Loomis talks happily
about the feeling he gets when
engineers "find they like something
they hated before." Now, Loomis said,
the future is "all a dark picture."


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