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Vol. XCIV--No. 148

Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, April 5, 1984

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'U' council
trying for
'balanced'
Input
on code
By CLAUDIA GREEN
University officials hope a unique
ublic hearing tonight on the proposed
tudent code of non-academic conduct
will provide them with a wide-ranging
sample of student opinion rather than
attract only those who are strongly
opposed to the proposed code.
"Assuming that the 500 (students)
who were invited, attend, it might
assure a better cross-section," said Billy
Frye, the University vice president for
academic affairs and provost.
'Otherwise, those who show up are
those who oppose it. That's not
epresentative."
SOME opponents of the proposed
code, however, say the hearing's
unique structure is designed to play
down opposition to the code.
Last week the University Council, a
committee of students, faculty, and
administrators which originally
See COUNCIL, Page 2

Reagan

calls

for chemical
weapons ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan accused Democratic critics of
his administration's ethics last night of
violating the old American tradition
that people are presumed innocent until
proven guilty.
"We're having an awful lot of guilt by
accusation," he said.
"I REJECT the use of the word
'sleaze,' " Reagan said at his second
news conference this year when asked
about Democrats who cite what they
call "the sleaze factor" in his ad-
ministration. Walter Mondale and Gary
Hart have both accused Reagan of
ignoring violations of ethical standards
in his official family.
With the nomination of White House
counselor Edwin Meese to be attorney
general stalled in the Senate while a
special prosecutor investigates
allegations involving his personal
finances, Reagan said, Without men-
tioning Meese specifically, "I'm not

going to take any actin that is based on
accusations without proof."
"I believe the halls of government
are as sacred as are temples of wor-
ship," the president said. He said he
expects high standards of integrity
among his people.
SPEAKING OF congressional
criticism of his decision to deploy the
Marines in Lebanon and to keep them
at Beirut International Airport even af-
ter many were killed in a terrorist at-
tack on their headquarters last fall,
Reagan said the only thing such
discussion can do is worsen the
situation.
"All this can do is stimulate the
terrorists and urge them on to further
attacks because they see a possibility of
getting the force out....
"Once the force is committed," he
said, "you have rendered them ineffec-
tive when you conduct that kind of a
See REAGAN, Page 7

AP Photo
Construction disaster
Two adjacent buildings undergoing renovation on New York City's Lower East Side collapsed yesterday, killing two
men and injuring at least 19 others. Construction workers were pouring concrete inside the vacant buildings when they
caved in.

Study: Colleges 'spread too thin'

By LAURIE DELATER
Michigan's system of higher education is "spread
too thin" which may force the state to merge or close
some of its colleges to preserve the quality of others,
a' special state education commission reported
yesterday.
In an 80-page progress report, the Governor's
Commission on the Future of Higher Education said
at the mission of each college in the state should be
redefined to limit duplication of programs, but failed
to rule out the possibility of closing some colleges in
order to stretch state dollars.
FORMED BY GOV. James Blanchard last Sep-
tember, the 26-member committee is charged with
assessing the state's needs in the area of higher
education and outlining suggestions on how to meet
those needs. The commission is made up of members
from a wide range of educational and professional
backgrounds. Its final report will be issued in oc-
ber.
The report called for a long-range plan to downsize
the higher education system, but tossed out a highly

criticized proposal for a central governing "super
board."
The idea of a "super board," a powerful board of
either elected or appointed officials which would
coordinate all the state's universities, has been
kicked around for the last two years. But most
colleges oppose the idea and most government of-
ficials say that establishing. a board would be a
political impossibility.
THERE WAS NO evidence that a central governing
body would improve the quality of the state's
colleges, only proof that it would add another layer of
bureaucracy to the system commission member
Philip Power said.
Power, the husband of university Regent Sarah
Power (D-Ann Arbor), added that commission mem-
bers "had to ask ourselves; 'Do we really want to go
to war with the boards of Wayne State, the University
of Michigan, and Michigan State?'"
Instead the commission will be exploring other
ways to streamline the higher education system such
as limiting certain programs to specific schools in the

state, Power said.
RICHARD KENNEDY, University vice president
for state relations, said the report was vague about
alternatives to the central governing body but correct
in its conclusion that the system needs to be down-
sized.
"It's the same old problem of all institutions trying
to be all things to all people," he said. "I just don't
think we can do that anymore."
The University is trying to narrow its own mission
through its five-year plan to redistribute funds to the
most vital units while cutting $20 million from its
general budget, Kennedy said.
OTHER UNIVERSITIES around the state have
also made deep and costly budget cuts.
Kennedy said he thought state colleges would-sup-
port a plan to limit their programs as long as they had
a say in the process.
"The quality of the system is at stake. If in-
stitutions don't go along with it, we may live to regret
See STATE, Page 7

Sikwood: More questions than ansuers - lauyer

By ANDREW ERIKSEN
Daniel Sheehan, chief counsel in the
controversial Karen Silkwood
plutonium contamination case, told a
crowd gathered in Rackham
Amphitheater last night that the recent
movie and surrounding plublicity has
only exposed a fraction of the issues in
the case.
"I'm going to use the movie as a
springboard," he said to the crowd of
about 300.
HE SAID that about half of the issues
in the Silkwood case have not even
reached the courts.
Karen Silkwood was a laboratory
analyst at the Kerr-McGee Nuclear
Corporation's Crescent, Oklahoma
facility, who reportedly was going to
turn over evidence of plant safety
violations and falsified reports to cover-
up the dangers.
She was killed in an auto accident on
Nov. 13, 1974 on her way to meet a New
York Times reporter and a union of-
ficial.
A RECENT MOVIE based on Silk-
wood's experience starring Meryl
Streep and Cher has captured con-
siderable media attention for the case.
When Sheehan asked the audience
how many of them had seen the movie,
almost everyone in the crowd raised his
or her hand.

But even the media blitz surrounding
the movie and the case has only brought
one-half of the case's impact to the
public, Sheehan said.
"THE SUPREME Court only ruled
on the one count of contamination," he
said.
He said he wants to see more irr-
vestigation into Silkwood's death and
surveillance of her union activities by
Kerr-McGee.
Sheehan said that in his investigation
of the case he found that Kerr-McGee
had failed to report the loss of 40 pounds
of plutonium, falsified reports to the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and
monitored Silkwood's activities with
electronic surveillance.
Sheehan said that the documents that
Silkwood reportedly was carrying with
her when she died were x-rays showing
faulty welding on plutonium rods and
other rods which could leak radiation.
He said the documents would have
proved that Kerr-McGee knew the 40
pounds of plutonium was missing but
failed to report it.
Sheehand is currently working to
change the Atomic Energy Act to give
states and local governments authority
to create work and environmental
guidelines.

Doily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Jack Lousma talks with reporters on North Campus yesterday about high-
technology, education, and Ann Arbor as it used to be.
Lousmavist'U
for himgh-techaeducati on

By NEIL CHASE
Jack Lousma brought his campaign
for the U.S. Senate to Ann Arbor
yesterday, visiting the University and
several other schools to "learn more
Election'54
about the problems in education.,,
Lousma, a former astronaut who has
lived outside of the state for 25 years,
said he is taking the next five weeks to
look into what he believes are the
state's five major issues -
education, unemployment, taxes,
crime, and better use of the Great
Lakes.
."CLEARLY I can't learn all about

education in one week, but I would like
to at least get an overview," Lousma
said after a tour of high-technology
research projects on North Campus.
Looking like a curious graduate
student,'the candidate went to two Nor-
th Campus meetings with spiral
notebook in hand to ask about robotics
and computer manufacturing.
After meeting with the 'Michigan
Technology Council and the president
of the Industrial Technology Institute,
Lousma praised the state's high-
technology research efforts, and said as
a senator he would work to increase the
amount of g'overnment money suppor-
ting such programs.
WHEN LOUSMA graduated from the
University in 1959, a wind tunnel was
the only sign of what would become
See LOUSMA, Page 7

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Daniel Sheehan, chief counsel in the Karen Silkwood plutonium contamin-
ation case, speaks to an audience of 300 in Rackham Auditorium last night.
Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing juries to impose punitive
damages for radiation injuries, Sheehan said there are still a lot of
unanswered questions about the Silkwood case. .

-ODAY
Rapunzel, Rapunzel

against the coach's guidlines for the team. School Principal
Garvin Smith said he met with the coach and the girl's
parents in September. "I thought that was the end of it until
we got served with the (legal) papers Friday," he said.
Smith said he told the parents that the coach "agreed she
has made a mistake and assured me it wouldn't happen
again." "I don't think there's any question that (the coach)
snipped a little hair and it was a dumb thing to do. I'm not
going to defend what she did," Smith said. "I don't condone
what she did, but, my god, we're talking about a couple
snips of hair." D

week. Consignments also have been shipped to Greece,
Barbados, and Ireland. "The whole thing is absolutely
ludicrous," Diane said. "It started as a joke and now all of a
sudden we're selling on an international scale." The Lewises
started making hedgehog chips 18 months ago. Animal
lovers were incensed, believing real hedgehogs were being
used, but the Lewises assured them the flavor was ar-
tificial. Graham Aaron, general sales manager for Bensons
Crisps, denied rumors that other weird flavors are being
considered. "We have no plans to make mole or curried rat
or anything like that," he said.

* 1933 - Several area stores began stocking special
tobacco for women after several women were sighted puf-
fing on pipes.
* 1972 -- Ann Arbor's pot law, which set a maximum $100
fine and/or 90 days in jail for possession of small amounts,
was declared unconstitutional by a local distric court judge.
* 1980 - A group of thirty demonstrators from the Com-
mittee Against War staged a sit-in near North Hall to
protest the ROTC rifle team fund raiser.

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