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Ninety-four Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Cloudy today, chance of rain, and
a high in the mid-40s.

ol. XCIV-No. 60.

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, November 15, 1983

Fifteen Cents

Ten Pages

'Nuclear
Saints'
take over

Senior's

lab

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Professor Thomas Senior watches the

Members of the Nuclear Saints of America begin their "research" yesterday as the man they call Pr
second sit-in in as many weeks in his East Engineering laboratory.
Facirulty hdge n ee
Research Policies Committee (RPC), to decide
By THOMAS MILLER whether they wanted to look at the issue again or
Although the Unversity's Board of Regents rejec- merely make a statment to the regents that "ex-
ted the faculty's proposed guidelines for non- presses discontent with the decision taken by the
classified military research last June, the issue could regents," Hildebrandt said.
arise again pending the action of the top faculty The proposed guidelines would have prohibited
governing committee.
Business Prof. Herbert Hildebrandt, chairman of non-classified research which had a "substantialte
(SACUA), said yesterday that the commiteee will human beings." Each school or college would have
consider a number of options including asking the set up a panel to monitor non-classified research, and
regents to reconsider their decision. a central committee would have overseen the
HILDEBRANDT SAID the committee's action has monitoring procedures of each school.
nothing to do with last week's student takeover of RPC decided against further research into the
Engineering Prof. Thomas Senior's radiation issue, Hildebrandt said. "RPC spent nearly two years
laboratory or a similar sit-in at the lab yesterday. on the subject. Many people feel that if people were
Earlier this year, SACUA asked members of the not persuaded by now, then they aren't going to be
committee that originally drafted the guidelines, the persuaded. There has been a complete venting of the

rophet

trch dbt
issue."
HE ADDED that RPC could draft a statement ex-
pressing their displeasure with the regents' decision
at their meeting Friday.
RPC Chairwoman Edith Gomberg, however, said
last night that she was not aware the issue would be
raised at the meeting. According to Gomberg, a
professor of social work, research guidelines are not
one of the group's major priorities this year.
Hildebrandt said SACUA will have several options
once it receives the research committee's statement.
"WE MAY SEND the statement back to the regents
asking them to reconsider the non-classified research
proposal. We may wish to pass the document along
without further comment. Or we could send the letter
to the regents recommending that there be additional
See RESEARCH, Page 6

By SUE BARTO , I
Engineering College Prof. Thomas
Senior and the rest of the researchers in
the East Engineering Building's
radiation laboratory had some com-
pany again yesterday when 12 students
walked in insisting they be allowed to
do "around-the-clock military resear-
ch."
The students, donned in white lab
coats, Walkman headsets, and
sunglasses, are calling themselves the
"Nuclear Saints of America," and
remained in the lab as of press time last
night.
SINCE BEGINNING their effort at
about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, the students
have not let down their veil of sarcasm.
They are calling for the University to
require students to conduct applied
military research and are insisting on
pursuing their own brand of research to
make up for time lost last week when 26
other students staged a more straight-
forward sit-in in the lab to.protest Pen-
tagon sponsorship of Senior's projects.
Friends of the group inside the lab
say the new demonstrators are not af-
filiated with the Progressive Student
Network, which staged last week's sit-
in, but that they are sympathetic to
PSN's cause.
Although two University security
guards remained in the labs, University
officials last night made no indication
that they would force the students out.
University President Harold Shapiro,
who is responsible for deciding how to

U.S. sends first
cruise missiles

_.. _._ ~ h:,

handle the demonstrators, sai late last
night that he had no comment on the
situation.
NO ONE IN THE LAB was sure when
the students entered yesterday after-
noon or'whether the group was sincere
in its request to assist in the research.
But it soon became apparent that the
group was there in opposition to the
operations of the lab, where Senior and
his students study the effects of an elec-
tromagnetic pulse on aircraft. Op-
ponents of Senior's work say that such a
pulse is being studied because of its
similarity to a nuclear detonation, but
Senior said last week that he was only
studying the effects of lightning.
None of yesterday's demonstrators
would identify themselves by their real
names. One, calling himself Randell
McMurphey, said the group would stay
in the lab until they had completed a
"reasonable amount of research" or
until they had received
acknowledgement from President
Shapiro.
Soon after the group arrived, the
students began work on so-called
military research projects. One, who
called herself Doris Petri, began knit-
ting a maize and blue "nose cone war-
mer" to protect missiles from the cold
of winter.
ANOTHER STUDENT said he was
trying to create life from Frito's Corn
Chips and refried bean dip. "I'm trying
to create life. In the event of a nuclear
See NUCLEAR, Page 6
'U' admits
errors in
list of
GEO
members
By JAN RUBENSTEIN
University officials yesterday admit-
ted that mistakes had been made in
determining the membership of the
Graduate Employees Organization,
causing delays in the union's vote on a
proposed contract.
Most teaching and staff assistants
join GEO by asking the University to
deduct union dues from their payroll
checks. But GEO officials charged over
the weekend that the University in-
correctly failed to credit more than 100
prospective members as having paid
their dues.
GENE Goldenfield, GEO's elections
committee coordinator, said the union
has submitted to the University a list of
169 graduate student assistants with
unclear membership status or inac-
curate payroll deductions. Goldenfield
estimates that about 126 people from
that list should be union members,
See 'U', Page 6

-. _ .

/

to Britain

From AP and UPI
LONDON - An Air Force 'cargo
plane yesterday delivered the first of
the new U.S. medium-range nuclear
missiles due for deployment in five
European countries, provoking outcries
from Britain's opposition lawmakers
and anti-nuclear protesters who called
the step "a major tragedy." ,
BUT THE BRITISH government said
it could easily withdraw the low-flying
missiles if American and Soviet
negotiators reach an arms-control
agreement in Geneva. The talks are
scheduled to last six more weeks.
The C-141 Starlifter, carrying two
long crates covered with canvas,
arrived at the Greenham Common Air
Base 50 miles west of London. The
cargo - ringed by armed paratroopers
- was then transported toward missile
storage silos at the base.
Several hours later, Defense
Secretary Michael Heseltine informed
Parliament of the missiles' arrival,
shouting to make himself heard above
opposition lawmakers who screamed

"shame! shame!"
HESELTINE DID not say how many
missiles were in the first shipment.
They are the first of 572 cruise and
Pershing 2 missiles that the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization plans to
deploy starting next month if the
Geneva talks remain stalled. The next
round is scheduled for today.
The Soviets have threatened to quit
the Geneva talks if the NATO
deployment proceeds and say they will
install more missiles in response.
NATO has said that arrival of the U.S.
missiles in Europe does not constitute
deployment.
"THE NATO deployment is planned
to be completed over a 5-year period. It
can be halted, modified or reversed at
any time," Heseltine said.
Each 20-foot-long missile, designed to
fly like an airplane at slow speed and
hug the ground, will give NATO the
ability to strike a target hundreds of
miles inside the Soviet Union.
Heseltine said "the delivery of these
See FIRST, Page 2

AP Photo
A U.S. Air Force Starlifter is surrounded by tight security yesterday at England's Greenham Common air base. The
plane was believed to be carrying the first of the U.S. missiles which will be deployed in Western Europe.

TODAY
Protesting protests
W HILE ONE student group danced around a research
laboratory yesterday to show its opposition to
military research by supporting it, another group sat on the
Diag to show their support for military research by op-
posing it. Confusing? You bet. Both the left and the right
figured they could make their point by trying to show the

and AIDS are both due to scientific research," he said.
Wrong Decade calls itself a "thoroughly democratic,
communistic, socialistic, equal-opportunity, feminist,
masculinist organization made up of persons of all codes,
creeds, and sexual tastes. The protesters did have their
troubles. In their literature, the mock-liberals made a
James Watt-like slip of the tongue by referring to Native
Americans as "Injuns." That was a mistake, said Lawren-
ce Lane, another LSA freshman, "we're not going to use
that word again."

annual economic predictions, which showed the nation was
in for a "mild" recession.
* 1974 - The regents warned University officials not to
purge confidential information from student files. The vote
came in response to a new federal law that granted students
4access to their files.
* 1971 - University President Robbin Fleming announ-
ced the University would sever its ties to Willow Run labs,
which conducted most of the military research on campus.

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