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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 10, 1983 -Page 7

Protesters lift blockade of radiation lab

AP Photo*
School children cheer and honor guards stand at attention as President Reagan walks the red carpet yesterday at the
Akasaka Palace in Tokyo.
Reagan urges elose ties
in talks wi Japanese

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planes and missiles to continue
operating after a nuclear blast. They
point to Senior's past projects on elec-
tromagnetic pulses, which had a stated
intention of simulating the pulse given
by "a high-altitude nuclear
Senior admits that the pulse given off
by lightning and a nuclear blast are
similar, but he says his curent work is-
only concerned with lightning. "I was
rather upset when I was accused of
lying," he said.
Senior also reacted angrily to the
group's claim that in his past
projects concerned with reducing a
structure's visibility on radar, he was
performing vital work on Stealth
"IF MY WORK was so goddamn im-
portant to the country's defense, why
don't I have (a project)," he said.
Senior said he is working on a project
for the Army to determine whether the
burning of fossil fuels will cool or heat
the earth by attempting to discover how
ice crystals in the upper atmosphere
reflect sunlight and infrared light. He
said the Army hopes to use the project
to aid in its development of
PSN members said the sit-in is the
first of many PSN actions aimed at get-
ting Pentagon-sponsored research off
campus. Although the group is pushing
to restrict: any research which would
"destroy human life or incapacitate
human beings," they see such guidlines
as only a first step.
"UNTIL ALL military research is
eliminated, I won't be satisfied. They
can pass the guidelines and I'll consider
it a small victory," said Residential
College sophomore Naomi Braine.
In June the University Regents voted
down guidelines restricting non-
classified research on the grounds that
they would inhibit academic freedom.
Braine said the group will go to the
faculty assembly and ask that projects
like Senior's be examined. If that ap-
proach doesn't work, future blockades
are planned, she said.
"WHEN IT becomes obvious that it's
going nowhere, that we're being patted
on the head, we'll start another action,"
she said.

David Miklethun, who co-founded
PSN last year, said he hopes the sit-in
wil make t Pentagon think twice
about sponsd g research here.
"I think that the DOD (Department
of Defense) knows that's going on here
now and is concerned about that, and I
think that may make the DOD less
willing to contract with the Univer-
sity," he said.
WHEN THE sit-in began, the
protesters split into whispering groups
staring at computer terminals and a
ten-foot-tall magnetic field generator
they nicknamed "the big thing."
Toward the end of the protest the lab
lost its institutional chill. During their
last hour, Braine and LSA junior Erica.
Freedman lay back on coats, looking
with amusement at the PSN.
renovations. "We've been laughing
that here, on Senior's machine that we
call 'the big thing' there's a yellow

helium balloon," Braine said.
On the chalkboard, the group
christened the room 'the radical lab"
and kept a running tally of how long the
blockade continued.
FOOD WAS never a problem at the
sit-in, as outside supporters supplied
popcorn, tea, coffee and salads, and
yesterday morning, Wildflower Bakery
suppled pastries.
But the last half hour became tense
when President Harold Shapiro walked
up to the blockade at 1:10 p.m., just
before leaving for East Lansing.
After the demonstrators shouted
"shut it down," Shapiro said, "I don't
think it's appropriate for any group, in-
cluding your group, to close down any
University activities."
He said he would be happy to talk with
the group, but not while they continued
the sit-in.

TOKYO - President Reagan, wel-
comed by Emperor Hirohito and flag-
waving school children, cautioned his
hosts yesterday that failure to settle
trade disputes between the United
States and Japan could damage their
political relations.
While U.S. officials discouraged ex-
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"You don't keep the kind of people
you want to keep if you don't pay
them," said Zweifler.
REALITY also means that other
schools will woo University faculty
members with fat pay offers if salaries
,don't remain competitive.
"You can't have salaries way out of
whack with other institutions. You just
don't live in that kind of world," said
Mary Ann Swain, associate vice
president of academic affairs.
Caring about salary doesn't mean
faculty members are not fulfilling their
teaching responsibilites, Swain said.
SHE SAID salaries are determined
by both teaching and research.
But Hornback said every time a
professor earns a raise - even when
President Harold Shapiro receives a
= pay hike - the potential for new faculty
positions is crushed.
At a time when there is such a shor-
tage of faculty members in relation to
the high number of students, salary
raises directly hurt students, he said.
"WHAT bothers me, in a word, is that
this University has become a business.
(And) a business mentality seems to af-
fect the University's judgement'about
the quality of an individual," said
Classical Studies Prof. David Ross.
Students today are foolishly
motivated by what will bring them im-
mediate practical responses to
problems, and they choose careers in
high-paying technical fields.
Students don't enroll in "imprac-
tical" courses such as English or
history because they don't see what it
will do for them?' They are going to get
a damn good education," Ross said.
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pectations of major breakthroughs in
the talks, they disclosed a joint
statement on the yen-dollar ratio - a
key source of economic tension between
the two nations - would be issued
while Reagan Was in Tokyo.
UNIFORMED sentries, part of a
90,000-member security forcedeployed
for Reagan's protection, stood guard on
downtown streets and atop buildings as
the president arrived for three days of
critical talks with Japanese officials on
trade, defense, energy and finance
Immediately after the formal
audience with the Emperor, Reagan
and Prime Minister Uahuhiro
Nakasone began their initial round of
wide-ranging private talks that lasted
nearly twice as long as scheduled.
Japanese Foreign ' Ministry
spokesman Yoshio Karita told repor-
ters that Reagan referred to Asia as the
"new frontier of the world" and
stressed the importance of maintaining
close ties.
REAGAN CAME to Japan not to

negotiate solutions himself, this official
said, but to "put some general im-
petus" into talks being conducted by
other officials of both countries. f
An agreement is expected to be an-
nounced today for creation of a
bilateral working group to address U.S.
concern about the weakness of the
Japanese yen in relation to the
,American dollar. A weak yen makes
American goods less competitive in
Japanese marlets and Japanese expor-
ts relatively expensive in the United
In talks with Nakasone, Reagan was
reported to have cited growing sen-
timent in the United States for protec-
tionist trade policies, exemplified by a
House-approved bill intended to curb
Japanese auto imports by requiring
that cars sold in the United States con-
tain a certain share of parts made in
FOR 3 HIS part, Nakasone expressed
concern about states which calculate an
international company's taxes on the
basis of worldwide earnings rather than
income derived in that state.


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