Sunny, with a hih of 54 degrees.
Vol. XCIV-No. 113i
Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, February 15, 1984
Rosey Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Linda and Gretel Metzger sell Valentine's Day roses at the University Flower Shop in Nickels Arcade yesterday.
February 14 is traditionally one of the biggest days for florists, and yesterday the line of people exte :ded all the way out
USSR buries Andropov
By LAURIE DELATER
Caught in a cloud of controversy, Michigan State Univer-
sity President Cecil Mackey announced yesterday during a
special meeting of the board of trustees that he will resign.
Mackey, 55, told the trustees he plans to step down from his
$102,700-a-year post no later than June, 1985, but some
trustees hope to place a new president in office. within six
months, according to trustee. Blanche Martin.
IN HIS STATEMENT to the board Mackey said he decided
to resign prior to the recent media hype about his embattled
administration and a secret meeting in December when four
trustees reportedly discussed ousting him from office.
Mackey, president since 1979, submitted a letter of
resignation to board president Barbara Sawyer Jan. 27, but
she asked him not to resign at that time.
According to Ron Tenpas, president of the Associated
Student Union, "there had been speculation and rumor on
campus for some time that (Mackey) was looking for another
DURING yesterday's "well-engineered" meeting, which
drew a crowd of 150, the trustees passed without debate a
resolution to accept Mackey's resignation and expressed
support for the president during the remainder of his ad-
ministration, Tenpas said.
But Martin said the president's announcement was over-
due and that the board will meet within two weeks to adopt a
procedure for selecting his successor. The trustees want to
find a replacement for Mackey as soon as possible to avoid a
lengthy lame duck period, he said.
MSU Vice President Jack Breslin is a possible candidate
for interim president or replacement, although Martin said
the trustees are divided on the issue.
MACKEY, who headed Texas Tech and University of South
Florida before coming to MSU, has sparked controversy sin-
ce his appointment.
Faculty and students have criticized his firm leadership
style and administrative decisions, expecially budget cuts
made in 1980 and 1981.
When three of MSU's trustees who originally approved of
his appointment left the board last year, Mackey's support
from the school's top governing body began to erode. Bobby
Crim, one of the newly-elected trustees, is an outspoken critic
of Mackey. The other critics, Malcolm Dade and Patrick
Wilson, were supposedly present at the clandestine meeting
two months ago.
MACKEY first got into hot water in 1979 when he tried to
bring the alumni association, then an independent group,
back under the university's wing. The effort dragged into a
two-year battle between Mackey and the association's
executive director Jack Kinney.
At the end of 1981 the alumni association became part of the
university again, and Kinney resigned six months later. Sin-
ce then alumni gifts have increased dramatically, fulfilling
one of Mackey's goals as president, said Charles Webb,
current director of the association.
Another of Mackey's goals - reducing the school's budget
- brought him under fire from faculty and students who said
he should have allowed more input from them when making
budget cuts and resructuring departments two years ago.
AND WHILE he was criticized for not listening to their
concerns, Mackey issued a gag order, shortly after assuming
his post, requiring faculty and administrators to speak to him
before they talked with legislators and trustees.
In another of Mackey's controversial first moves he spent
$85,000 to renovate Cowles House, the president's official
home on campus. The improvements included $12,000 for a
new Steinway grand piano. And the university paid almost
$17,500 to upgrade Mackey's private box at Spartan Stadium.
At the same time, students and faculty assailed Mackey for
not paying enoughrattention to athletics, Tenpas said.
Although Mackey hired George Perles to coach the football
team, there was speculation that Mackey authorized a
$175,000 out-of-court settlement in order to entice Perles to
come to MSU instead of coaching the Philadelphia Stars, a
USFL team with whom he had already signed a contract.
Even more recently, Mackey has been blamed for the poor
handling of former band director Stanley DeRusha's
resignation under charges of sexual harassment. DeRusha
plans to sue the university for breaking a questionable
agreement between himself and the trustees that the
allegations against him would not be publicized.
Mackey, selected to replace Clifton Wharton after an 18-
month review of 250 candidates declined to discuss his plans
for the future during the meeting yesterday, saying. his
private life will be as private "as my public life has been
MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union
buried Yuri Andropov at the Kremlin
wall yesterday in a ritual Red Square
state funeral. The Communist Party's
new leader, . Konstantin Chernenko,
delivered the eulogy and then conduc-
ted his first meetings with world
Chernenko spent 30 minutes with Vice
President George Bush, who represen-
ted President Reagan at the funeral.
Bush said Chernenko agreed there was
a need for the two superpowers to
"place our relationship upon a more
THE 72-year-old Chernenko, who has
not had extensive foreign policy ex-
perience, also met with Chancellor
Helmut Kohl of West Germany, Prime
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Three top Reagan
administration officials disagreed
yesterday about why U.S. Navy guns
off Lebanon would be fired in the latest
confusion surrounding the gover-
nment's public justification of the
"There's very definitely been a shift
in emphasis to make it clear that we
will be providing supporting fire to the
Lebanese armed forces," Navy
Secretary John Lehman said. "It is not
linked to specific fire at the Marines" in
BUT THREE hours later, Pentagon
spokesman Michael Burch -told a
briefing, "We are not providing fire in
r direct support of the Lebanese armed
White House deputy press secretary
Larry Speakes called ,Lehman's
statement "incorrect" and said Navy
guns would only shell to protect the
Marines or other Americans in Beirut.
See U.S., Page 3'
Minister Indira Gandhi of India, Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain
and other leaders who gathered in
Moscow for Andropov's funeral..
Speaking to reporters after the 30-
minute meeting, Bush said the tone of
the discussion was "excellent," but did
not give him ground to make any
predictions about a possible resumption
See BUSH, Page 5
By SUSAN ANGEL
The Soviet Union's new leader, Kon-
stantin Chernenko, will be more
willing to negotiate with the United
States than his predecessor, Yuri An-
dropov, according to University
Political Science Prof. Alexander
In the past Chernenko has been "one
of the most ardent proponents of deten-
te," Yanov said.
See BETTER, Page 5
ASA holds meeting to
hear gay students views
By MARCY FLEISHER
Michigan Student Assembly mem-
bers tried something new at last night's
regular weekly meeting by inviting two
students to share their experiences
MSA's "Gay Rap" was a move by
Assembly members to improve their
ties with gay students at the University,
said Julia Gittleman, volunteer coor-
dinator for MSA.
ALTHOUGH other minority groups
keep in regular contact with MSA, in
the past, gay students have not, said
Last night was a step toward bridging
that gap, she said.
"Our purpose is to give a message to
the gay community that they are being
represented in MSA and to also give the
message to the straight community
that gay people are important to MSA,"
said Diana DeVries, an LSA sophomore
who works at the University's human
DeVries and' LSA senior Greg
Prokopowicz, who works in the human
sexuality office and is a leader of the
Michigan Gay Undergraduates, posed
several questions to the group members
such as how they would react if they
found out their mother were gay, to
challenge their opinions on gay-related
"The goal of this rap program is not a
discussion or a debate," DeVries told
the group. "Try to tailor (the informa-
tion) to a personal experience to find
See MSA, Page 3
...... . ...
By PETE WILLIAMS
Is Reagan planning a nuclear war?
That is the question Prof. Michio
Kaku, a guest speaker from the City
College of New York, addressed in front
of about 40 people at the Rackham Am-
phitheater last night.
Kaku, a professor of nuclear physics
who has done extensive research on
nuclear arms, said that the only thing
the Reagan administration is afraid of
is public opinion in the event of a
"THERE IS only one thing our
president fears more than hydrogen
bombs, only one thing he fears more
than the Soviet Union," Kaku said.
"The one thing he fears the most is the
But Reagan is -not the first to ad-
vocate a first strike advantage.
"Deterrence has never been our
national strategy," Kaku said.
Kaku used various examples in
recent history - including the Vietnam
conflict and the nuclear bombing of
Hiroshima - to show that the United
States defense system is dependent on a
first strike advantage.
See PROF., Page 2
Nobodyn Daily Photo by REBECCA KNIGHT
Wavy Gravy, who rose to fame as the master of ceremonies at Woodstock,
pushes his "Nobody for President" campaign and recalls his travels around
the country yesterday night in his speech at the Michigan Union. See story,
H ERBERT HILDEBRANT might have been king.
He also could have been chairperson, chair-
creature or speaker, but the faculty's Senate
Assembly finally decided to call the business
administration professor "chair" in a unanimous vote.
Monday's vote by the faculty was meant to eliminate the
venerable but sexist title of "chairman" of the assembly.
Nurshing Prof. Cheryl Easley suggested the titled used in the
black University students. An award of $50 will go to the
best paper in the graduate/professional and undergraduate
category on any topic related to the Afroamerican and
African experience. The essay, which should be no more
than 6,000 words, may be drawn from a wide range of fields
including: anthropology, history, psychology, urban plan-
ning, education, economics, health, literature, art,
sociology, music, political science, and law. Papers should
be typed, double-spaced, with one original and two copies.
The title page should include name, class, address and
.telenhone number. The essay must be in to the CAAS office
$14,000 to $20,000. Four teenagers found the pot, containing
$5, $10 and $20 gold pieces dating from 1870 to 1897, when
they were working in a crawlspace under the kitchen
Friday. "I was at a meeting out of town and I didn't find out
until about 10:30 Friday night," Poehling said Monday. "I
couldn't believe it, I am lucky." Poehling, president of the
La Crosse Plumbing Supply, said he thinks the coins were
hidden by the man who built his 18-room house 120 years
ago. "The strange thing about the home is Mons Anderson,
the gentleman who built the home, was a large merchant in
La Crosse. When he died in 1905 he had lost his forune and
speak at state universities. "Communism is an ideology out
to subvert the basic principles of this country," he said.
Also on this date in history:
"1949 - The Engineering Honor Council found six studen-
ts guilty of violating the honor code by cheating on their
" 1956 - University researcher Thomas Francis began
work on a $287,000 grant to develop anti-polio drugs.
* 1972 - A fire broke out in a restroom in the Ad-
ministration Building from an ignited pool of spilled oil. A
similar attempt was made in South Quad, making the two