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Ninety-four Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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It will be sunny early today with a
high in the low 30s. But watch out
tonight - the light snow will
change to sleet an dthen freezing
rain. Low around 27.

LVol. XCIV-No. 72

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saturday, December 3, 1983

Fifteen Cents

Eight Pages

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Canham
sells hoop
television
rights
to cable
By JIM DWORMAN
Wolverine basketball fans won't be
able to watch their team free on
television this fall.
Michigan Athletic Director Don
Canham has sold the broadcast rights
to 12 basketball games to Nashville
based SportsView Co., a pay-per-view
organization, leaving Detroit-area
Channel 50 out in the cold.
CHANNEL 50 originally was
scheduled to telecast 15 Michigan
games as part of a network formed by
Consolidated Telecommunications, Inc.,
(CTC), the company which arranged
this fall's tape-delayed broadcasts of
Michigan football.
CTC, however, couldn't piece
together a network but Channel 50 still
planned to televise the games before
Canham sold their rights to Spor-
tsView.
George Williams, vice president and
general manager of Channel 50, said he
thought Canham had given the produc-
tion rights to CTC. Williams said CTC's
ob Lipson agreed to give the rights to
Channel 50 after his own network failed
to develop.
"WE HAD A verbal agreement," said
Williams. "He (Lipson) came to us and
said, I'm in trouble,' and we said we'd
take it (the broadcast rights).
Somebody came in at the 11th hour and
offered more money.,,
Lipson said, "In the process of
discussions, the SportsView people
came in with a better offer."
Canham would not reveal the exact
terms of Michigan's agreement with
Sports View. He said it contained a flat
guarantee plus 25 percent of gross
revenues.
SPORTSVIEW, WHICH also bought
the rights to the cable telecast of last
month's Michigan-Ohio State football
game, plans to charge $5.95 per game
for the basketball broadcasts. Crisler
Arena seats cost $6.00.
The games will only be available
See JOBLESS, Page 2

Officials fear
recalls will
hurt 'U'

At a press conference in the Chrysler Center yesterday, Steve Jobs (right) founder and president of Apple Computer
Inc., says students will soon use computers as routinely as they now use calculators. Engineering Dean James Duder-
stadt sits to his right, and Apollo Computer Chairman William Poduska is pictured at the far left.
Computer firms kick of

By JACKIE YOUNG
As two Democratic state senators
clean out their desks in Lansing and an-
ti-tax group celebrate their victories in
recent recall elections, University of-
ficials and state legislators are warning
that the new tax revolt will threaten
higher education in the state.
University President Harold Shapiro
was noticeably cautious in his appraisal
yesterday of the recall situation, saying
that the University "will just have to
wait and see what happens."
BUT OTHER University officials
took a stronger stand against the two
recent votes which ousted State
Senators Philip Mastin and David
Serotkin who voted for the 38 percent
temporary tax increase earlier this
year. That tax increase, University of-
ficials have said, enabled the state to
restore some of the appropriations to
higher education that have been cut
over the last four years.
The University administration
"doesn't view this as a positive step in
the arena of public politics," said Keith
Molin, assistant to the University vice
president for state relations. When the
government comes to a halt and
legislators lose the ability to act on
crucial bills, then it goes beyond a mat-
ter of simply partisan politics, he said.
"If the legislative process becomes
one that is vindictive and highly
political, then it will be hard to get the
legislature to fund capital outlay
projects and to make rational
judgements on appropriations
decisions," he said.
"WE ARE somewhat uncomfortable
with the future because we don't know
who we will be working with," Molin
added.
Lawrence Lindemer, president of the
Alumni Association and a former
University regent, said yesterday that
the use of recall on single issue cam-
paigns is an abuse of the process that is
intended for it in the state constitution.
Earlier this year, Lindemer distributed
a letter to the University community

calling the recall process disruptive
and inappropriate.
"The problem with government is
that it is complicated. Issues bear upon
other issues. You cannot judge.issues
singly, in isolation," Lindemer said.
"The legislature is going to be in
paralysis. There won't be any hard
issues decided."
STATE REP. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor), speaking at East Quad yester-
day, said the recalls "are going to hurt
the University budget. It's going to
make it harder to get the appropriate
funds for higher education."
Bullard, who also voted for the tax in-
crease and has been named by anti-tax
groups as a potential candidate for
recall, said the recalls may teach the
legislature "never to vote for a tax in-
crease," even if it's the responsible
thing to do. And, he added, the long
term economic problems in the state
which effect education, human ser-
vices, and economic development will
be worsened. Some legislators will
learn caution is far more beneficial to
them than the overall need of state
citizens, Bullard said.
"The Republican position is no more
taxes regardless of human need,"
Bullard said, and "now they may be
able to take control of the Senate."
BUT STATE Rep. Edgar Geerlings, a
Republican from Muskegon, said that,
although he voted against the tax hike,
he "wouldn't have voted to recall" the
two senators who were just ousted.
He said that the impact of recalls
on the legislature may be demonstrated
in the next five to six years when con-
troversial topics draw fear of further
recalls to mind.
Geerlings said he didn't believe
education appropriations would be af-
fected. He said most Republicans un-
derstand that education has been cut
short over the past years. "Our attitude
is to reverse that trend," Geerlings
said. But this doesn't mean that
See OFFICIALS, Page 7

4'U,

deal worth millions

By NANCY GOTTESMAN
Top executives from two major com-
puter firms - including Steven Jobs,
one of the founders of Apple Computer,
Inc. - came to North Campus yester-
day to announce ah agreement to sell $8
million worth of computer equipment to
the College of Engineering.
The University will purchase some
800 computers from Apple and Apollo
Computer, Inc. at what college officials
say are "substantially reduced prices."
Earlier this week, college officials said
the purchase price would be somewhere
between $4 million and $7 million.
ENGINEEERING Dean James
Duderstadt, at a news conference
yesterday, said that the goal behind the
purchase "is to move rapidly to the
level in which each student, faculty,

and staff member of the College is
provided with a personal computer
workstation, all integrated into a
sophisticated communications net-
work."
Jobs said that the University's wide-
scale use of the computer system will
give his company a chance to witness
the interaction of a "large community
of computer users" with the company's
technology and that a great deal of
computer software will be produced
from the venture. "Individuals can do
gret things if you give them great
tools," Jobs said.
Among the advantages of the new
computer system, Duderstadt said, is
the opportunity for students to use
elaborate computer graphics rather
than committing designs to paper first.
He also said that "the companies' new

state-of-the-art computer equipment
will be incorporated into ongoing in-
structional and research programs
ranging from robotics and automation
to biotechnology and materials
processing."
THE COLLEGES' new computer
Aided Engineering Network, which is
made up largely of the new computers,
will have 40 times the computational
power of a large mainframe computer,
college officials said.
Although Jobs said he was unsure
whether the company will reap any
financial profit from the sale, William
Poduska, chairman and chief exectuve
officer of Apollo Computer, said that his
company "is not a philanthropic
organization, and we do not view our
participation here as a gift. We are in-
See 'U', Page 2

-Unemployment dips to

1981 levels

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Unemployment fell to 8.4 percent in
November, the lowest rate in two years, as 743,000 Americans
1 found work and swelled the overall job force to a record 102.7
million. The White House called the report "the best Christ-
mas gift this country can receive.
The new civilian jobless rate, down 0.4 from October's 8.8
percent unemployment, was far below the fourth-quarter
estimate which had been projected by the Reagan ad-
ministration last July.
THAT assessment predicted unemployment would
average 9.6 percent in the last quarter this year, and dip no
lower than 8.6 percent a year from now.
But the seasonally adjusted civilian rate for November
came in at 8.4 percent, and total unemployment fell from
more than 9.9 million to about 9.4 million.
Deputy White House press secretary Larry Speakes said
that "as each month passes, the . . economic improvement
becomes stronger and the prospects for sustained job oppor-
tunities becomes greater."
The drop in the unemployment rate "points toward
economic good times in 1984," said GOP national chairman
Frank Fahrenkopf.
MARTIN FELDSTEIN, chairman of the president's coun-
cil of Economic Advisers, said the unemployment report "is
really quite remarkable. It is a dramatic drop, two months in
a row. Today's news is more indication of a strong
economy."
Meanwhile, the government reported that factory orders

Unemployment
Seasonally Adjusted
11.0- Percent of Work Force
10.5-
10.0-
9.5-
90-
8.5-
8 NDJ FMAMJ JASONDJ FMAMJJASON
81* 1982 1983
Source Dept of Labor AP
for new manufactured good rose 0.7 percent in October, and
that sales of new single-family houses the same month jum-
ped 8.2 percent while prices slid from the record set in Sep-
tember.
Robert Ortner, the Commerce Department's chief
economist, said the three economic reports yesterday were
good news. "The only one who possibly doesn't like them is

Alm ost! Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Freshman forward Dan Goff appears to have a sure goal in lasts night's Wolverine victory over Lake Superior State,
however the shot fell wide of the net. For the results of the game, see Sports page 9.

TODAY
No, thanks
ECIDING THAT the paperwork needed to accept
a $7,000 check from the federal government
wasn't worth the money, a Salvation Army unit in
Westminster, Calif., returned it. "At this time ofn
year, we are too busy," army secretary Al Solivan said.
"We don't have the time to fill out the forms...so we retur-
ned the money." The federal Housing and Community

to document statistical information on the money's
beneficiaries if the Salvation Army accepts the check, Hun-
tington Beach city official Steve Kohler said. The Hun-
tington Beach City Council had allocated the federal funds
to the Westminster Unit on the recommendation of the
city's Human Resources Board. The board decided Wed-
nesday to give the $7,000 to the Huntington Beach Com-
munity Clinic, a family planning center, instead.
TT^v-4 .4-n 1.na,4.

was out on the street, I would go up to someone and shake
his hand and explain to him it was the Day of Love. I think
we're talking about consideration of our fellow man here."
But City Clerk Doug Eads thought differently. "Well, you
can't print the first thing I thought of," he said. "There are no
massage parlors left, so that could kind of make it difficult,
I guess." Love Day was the brainstorm of a retired real
estate broker who wrote to all the country's governors and
U.S. Senators asking that his wife's birthday - which was
yesterday - be recognized as Love Day. Aww, how sweet.

ficers to avert a sit-in by 30 students at the Administration
Building. A confrontation did not take place.
" 1975 - Arrests for possession of marijuana in Ann Arbor
increased 28 percent between 1973 and 1974 at the same
time the national rate increased by only 5. percent. Police
Sgt. Harold Tinsey attributed the difference to the city's
new "$5 pot law."
" 1979 - Residents of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority
were evacuated from their house for the evening when an
anonymous caller threatened to blow up the building.

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