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OPINION

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Sunday, October 23, 1983

The Michigan Daily

Gen. Haig didn't need the Marines

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T HE MILITARY machine was a bit creaky
when former Secretary of State Al Haig
rolled into town Thursday. First, due to a
* lgistical error he was bivouaced at East Quad,
that hotbed of radicalism and insurgency. As
iaig tried to settle down into his quarters,
studients serenaded him with chants of "Money
fgr jobs, not for war, U.S. out of El Salvador."
The planning broke down again Thursday
night, when hundreds who had come to see
the man with the steely blue eyes, were locked
out of a packed Rackham Auditorium. Outside

about politesse when the end is near.
Haig's siege of the 'U' ended yesterday, with
a bird's eye view of the football game. Earlier
Haig said the Wolverines should be victorious,
but we have to shore up that secondary. It
makes sense - after all, they are on the side of
the defense.
Computer dating
It sounds like a marriage made in heaven.
Or, at least, not made in the bowels of the ad-
ministration building.
Faculty from the colleges of LSA and
engineering are working out the details of a
merger between the two schools' computer
departments. The idea has been around for a
few years, but it took a faculty review of the
graduate computer program and comments
from folks like the National Science Foun-
dation to push it along.
Under the plan, LSA's computer department
would be abolished, and engineering's will be
rebuilt into a department of electrical
engineering and computer science with a
curriculum that will allow LSA students to
major in computers without leaving the
literary college. Faculty members say the con-
solidated department will be stronger than the
present ones and will be big enough to under-
take major projects.
Before the marriage license is approved,
however, the faculty will undergo some
strenuous testing. LSA professors will probably
be receiving partial or complete appointments
to engineering, and it remains to be seen how
they will be paid and who will control their ap-
pointment, assignments, and tenure.
Somebody will have to have control of the
department, and even though it will be within
engineering the folks in the LSA building don't
want to lose their say.

ministration has faced with students -
students can continue to blame the
ministration" as well as the new
ministrator."

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students staged a "die-in" on the Rackham
steps to protest Europe's peace movement as a
ease of "nuclear schizophrenia."
Haig's was not the only voice heard in the
auditorium, though, as hecklers jumped the
gun on the question-and-answer session with
repeated interruptions, prompting Haig to say
the University is unique: at Princeton, Yale,
and Columbia he "didn't have to face this non-
sense."
But the free speech question didn't die away
after laig made his strategic exit from the
building Thursday night, and moved his camp
to Campus Inn.
In the Diag, Friday, things got hot and heavy.
with Stoney Burke telling Haig supporters to
take the barricades out of their minds, and
Haig supporter telling Burke he was full of that
smelly stuff. All we are saying, is give Haig a
chance, the supporters said. Stoney responded
that this is a revolution and you don't mince

These students were intent on taking former Secretary of State Alexander Haig's visit lying down.
While others pounded on the doors of Rackham Auditorium, these students chose to hold a "die-
in" outside. They missed quite a show inside as Haig traded barbs with several active hecklers.

Hefner's sad case
Last Thursday marked the end of the Univer-
sity's first formal investigation into a sexual
harassment charge against a professor.
University President Harold Shapiro announ-
ced the resignation of the accused professor,
Robert Hefner, formerly of the psychology
department, before Shapiro could make a final
decision.
Hefner, who was accused of seven separate
charges of sexually harassing female students
and staff members, has worked at the Univer-
sity since 1954 specializing in mathematical
social psychology.
The case began with complaints filed to the
LSA grievance committee. When LSA Dean
Peter Steiner became aware of the complaints
he sought the advice of Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost Billy Frye, and
they both agreed that the case should be
brought to Shapiro's attention. Shapiro then
asked the top faculty committee, the Senate
Advisory Committee on University Affairs
(SACUA), to investigate the matter. After
hearing testimony from witnesses representing
both sides of the case, SACUA's subcommittee
on tenure ruled that Hefner should be
dismissed for misconduct. The case was sub-
sequently appealed to the full SACUA which
upheld the subcommittee's judgment. Shapiro
accepted Hefner's resignation aftertentatively
deciding to dismiss him.
The week in Review was compiled by
Daily staff writers Neil Chase, Jim Sparks,
and Jonathan Stewart and Daily editor
David Spak.

Symbols and action
Blacks and other minorities on campus got
not one, but two big pieces of news this week.
The first came on the national level when the
U.S. Senate finally approved a bill making the
third Monday in January Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day after the slain civil rights leader. The
House of Representatives had already passed
the measure which President Ronald Reagan
said he will sign.
Closer to home, the University regents took a
more concrete move toward bolstering
minority concerns. They voted to create a new
post - an associate vice president for

academic affairs that will be responsible for
coordinating efforts to increase minority
enrollment.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Provost Billy Frye, who will be the new
associate vice president's boss, said that in or-
der to lessen the burden on the new ad-
ministrator he or she will have other respon-
sibilities. Frye didn't want the whole burden of
the minority enrollment heaped on one un-
suspecting soul. He also didn't want other
University officials shirking their respon-
sibilities toward minorities.
One would guess that this means if the new
effort to boost minority enrollment - long one
of the stickiest problems the University ad-

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W ILL THE LSA computer depart-
ment's transfer to the engineer-
ing college further exacerbate the
problems non-computer majors face
when trying to get a basic computer
education? It is too early to tell for
sure, but some early signs do not look
good.
Administrators of both colleges were
given permission by the University's
executive officersthis week to plan the
merger into the engineering college of
the two departments.
Although both schools say non-
computer majors will have access to
the courses, there seems to be cause
for worrying about how effectively this
will be carried out.
Currently, LSA's computer depar-
tment is not a hospitable place for non-
majors. Even the most fundamental
courses are often filled with students
majoring in computer science. In-
troductory courses teach program-
ming which is far more in-depth than

non-majors want or need. The result is
that most non-majors forego any com-
puter education because the necessary
commitment exceeds the benefits they
receive.
Under the merger plan problems
may get worse. The new department
will be located in the engineering
college. This will even further isolate
LSA non-computer students from the
department. It may mean more
paperwork to take computer courses
from LSA. It may mean the courses
will be listed in different time
schedules and class description books.
Professors' and administrative offices
may be in out-of-the-way places for
most LSA students - possibly as far as
North Campus when the engineering
college completes its move there.
Some. of these problems can be
worked out. But with this merger it is
difficult to see how a basic computer
education will be any easier for non-
computer majors.

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To the Daily:
An open letter to the man who
earned two purple hearts:
I don't know your name, sir,
but I want to thank you. I want to
thank you for your two purple
hearts, presumably earned in
World War II. You sacrificed
your body in service of our coun-
try and humanity, and I honor
your sacrifice.
I'm sorry if my fellow demon-
strators and I enraged you as we
chanted "peace now" while you
filed out of Rackham Auditorium
Thursday night after listening to
General Haig speak, but we had
to keep chanting.
It's our way of fighting against
inhumane, undemocratic dic-
tatorships like the one fought
against in Germany. Our stand is
not as heroic as the acts of
bravery that earned you two pur-
ple hearts, but it is still a stand.
Our pledge of allegiance ends

during World War II, our gover-
nment is working against us.
However, I do share your anger
at the heckling that went on
during Gen. Haig's speech.
There is no excuse for such rude
attempts to curtail his freedom of
speech.
We who oppose the militaristic
policies Haig espouses were
allowed the freedom to express
our opinion as people entered and

left the auditorium, and Haig
should have been allowed the
freedom to speak to those who
chose to go hear him.
The hecklers did a great
disservice to the growing peace
movement of concerned, respon-
sible Americans. After hearing
Haig speak, many people would
have understood why we were
demonstrating against his

policies. Instead, they came
away thinking of the peace
movement as a bunch of radicals
who respect neither common
courtesy nor this nation's con-
stitution.
No thanks, hecklers, you're not
the leaders of my peace
movement.
- Paul Resnick
October 21

...And a botched security mission

To the Daily:
After the way that the Univer-
sity and the University com-
munity handled the visit of for-
mer Secretary of State Alexander
Haig, it would not surprise me one
bit if prominent personalities
pass up the opportunity to speak
here. To put it bluntly, it was a
zoo and a disgrace to the intellec-
tual freedom which the

Once the doors opened, there was
not way to control the amount of
people entering the auditorium.
This chaos was only a hint of
what was to come. Certain in-
dividuals took it upon themselves
to mercilessly heckle the former
secretary of state in the name of
causes ranging from El Salvador
to Euromissiles to Vietnam. The
usual cries of "fascist. im-

learn from Mr. Haig. What is ap-
palling to me is that the Univer-
sity security guards took no ac-
tion to remove these
troublemakers. The University,
committed to pluralism of
thought, had a duty to uphold its
principles and failed miserably.
Students disagreeing with the
views of Mr. Haig should have,
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