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Ninety-five Years
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Vol. XCV, No. 96 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saturday, January 26, 1985 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages

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By KERY MURAKAMI
Gov. James Blanchard will recommend that the'
University receive a sizeable chunk of the $300
million state education budget increase he proposed
Wednesday, The Daily learned yesterday.
Blanchard will request a $16.3 million increase in
the University's operating fund as well as monies to
renovate the Chemistry Building and Natural Science
Building, according to Bob Naftaly, director of the
state's management and budget office.
THIS IS an increase of about 9 percent from the
$182 million the University is currently receiving
from the state.
The governor is scheduled to make these recom-
mendations on Tuesday.
In addition, Blanchard will request that the

for University

University receive "the largest chunk of the research
excellence fund,"-a special fund designed to
promote research-Naftaly said.
The fund was recommended in a report by the
Governor's Commission on the Future of Higher
Education, which was released last month.
RICHARD KENNEDY, the University's vice-
president for government relations had not heard
anything about Blanchard's expectedrecommen-
dations. However, he did say that if the requests
outlined by Naftaly are accurate, they will serve as
"an extremely helpful boost" to the Univer-
sity-especially if the funding from the research ex-
cellence project is not included in the $16.3 million in-
crease.
In his State of the State speech Wednesday night,
Blanchard urged universities to keep tuition in-

creases below the inflation level.
However, Kennedy said that the $16.3 million in-
crease will not be enough to check tuition levels. But,
he added that if the research fund comprises an "ap-
propriate share" of the budget, "then we'll-see."
LAST FALL, the University requested $40 million
in appropriations from the state legislature. And
although the increase of about $16.3 million falls short
of that figure, Kennedy said that it is hardly a disap-
pointment.
Last year, the University received an increase of
about $16 million. However, this figure did not include
the research excellence funding or the approximately
$40 million needed to renovate the two buildings.
State money will be used to pay the full $10 million
needed to renovate the Natural Sciences Building,
See GOV., Page 3

'U' exar
By ERIC MATTSON
It took quite a jolt to get things going,
but it seems that the University is
finally going to take a comprehensive
look at the problem of rape in Ann Ar-
bor.
The catalyst for the study was an ar-
ticle appearing in this month's
Metropolitan Detroit magazine which
quoted an administrator as saying that
the University downplays the problem
to "present an image that is receptive
and palatable to the student cohort."
VICE PRESIDENT for Student Ser-
vices Henry Johnson, the ad-
ministrator quoted in the article, later
said his comments were taken out of
context, but he said the furor following

nines city rape problem

'Women on this campus are constant,
chronic victims of sexual assaults.'
- Anne Ryan
graduate student

University, Michigan State University,
Ohio StatecUniversity, and the Univer-
sity of Chicago. .
Johnson said he supported the
protesters, who spoke out against what
critics say is a decentralized, un-
publicized, and underfunded rape
prevention program.
Graduate student ,Anne Ryan; a
member of the protest group and chair-
person of Michigan Student Assembly's
Women's Issues Committee, said she
and other committee members will be
keeping tabs on the progress Johnson's
office is making on the study.
IF THE PROCESS is too slow and the
recommended programs aren't im-
See 'U', Page 3

Daily Photo by STU WEIDENBACH 0So e l eItc d
Some like it cold iyPoob T
The University's Power Center captures the frozen tundra of the campus in
its reflective glass yesterday during a brief moment while it wasn't snowing.

the story may actually lead to new ap-
proaches to the problem.
He also noted, however, that "the fact
that it led to dialogue has little to do
with its journalistic merit."
The article sparked an eight-hour sit-
in in Johnson's office, and the 30
protesters presented a list of

suggestions to fight the rape problem.
THE UNIVERSITY'S executive of-
ficers reacted by asking Johnson to
head a study of the situation. The study
will focus on the problem in Ann Arbor,
but will also take a look at programs at
other universities, including Cornell

'U' officials request new
nuclear reactor license

WHYT hoax
'Takeover'is a prank

By JERRY MARKON
University officials have filed a request with the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission to renew the 10-year-old operating
license for the Phoenix nuclear reactor on North Campus.
The Phoenix Project, which was licensed in 1957 as the
"first nuclear facility devoted to the peaceful use of nuclear
energy," according to James Duderstadt, engineering school
dean, will continue operations during the NRC inspection.
THE INSPECTION, which is expected to take six months,
will check for violations in several key areas of the reactor's
operation.
Inspectors will insure that the reactor has operated within
the constraints of its license-in such areas as power level
band temperature control-and on schedule.
Gary Cook, assistant reactor manager, said he places
special importance on the subsequent test for radiation ex-
posure.
"THE POSSIBILITY of radiation over-exposure is always

there," he said, adding that "we have a responsibility to con-
tinuously watch for mistakes and run a clean operation."
Despite the remote possibility of human error, Cook repor-
ts that the nuclear facility has never had any problem with
radiation leakage.
The "special nuclear material" that the reactor uses will be
monitored, Cook said, as the commission will insure that fuel
rations have been safely followed.
THE NRC also mandates an emergency plan in case the
reactor building ever has to be evaculated because of the
"fall out from Three Mile Island," Cook said.
Finally, he said, security procedures will be examined,
since "the threat of sabotage or theft is real."
Despite these requirements, the reactor has proved
relatively mistake-free in its operations, Cook said.
"OUR RECORD is good in terms of NRC compliance, and
we have been inspected regularly," he said.
See REACTOR, Page 3

DETROIT (UPI) - The president
of a Detroit radio station has admitted
what many listeners probably already
suspected - a disc jockey's
"takeover" of the WHYT-FM studio
was a hoax.
In a prepared statement read over
the air Thursday night, WHYT
President Ron Pancratz said: "Ob-
viously it was not funny, as sub-
sequent events and the degree of at-
tention the incident has received
made clear."
Pancratz, who also presides over

sister station WJR-AM, added:
"WHYT is sorry for any voncern or
inconvenience those events may have
caused our listeners... You may be
sure that events of this kind will not
occur on our station, in the future."
The episode started Wednesday af-
ternoon when J.J. Walker, the drive-
time DJ for WHYT-FM, locked him-
self in the station's broadcast booth
and said over the air he would not
leave until they reinstated morning
DJ Bobby Mitchell.

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Dude rstadt
.supports reactor relicensing

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Lorch employees ponder move
By ARONA PEARLSTEIN

Reagan
may cut
medical
research
grants

By THOMAS HRACH
University medical school research
grants could become tougher to obtain
next year if President Reagan follows
through on several budget-trimming
measures.
In order to combat the growing
federal deficit, the Reagan ad-
ministration may attempt to curtail the
number of new research grants given
by the National Institute of Health
(NIH), the New York Times reported
on Monday.
NIH GRANTS amounted to 29.5 per-
cent of the research money received by
the University medical school in the
fiscal year that ended last June, which
translates to about $43 million, accor-
ding to the University's Division of
Research Development and Ad-
ministration (DRDA).
Officials at NIH refused to confirm

the reports this week. Storm Whaley,
an institute spokesman, said, "at this
stage the rumored cuts are purely
speculative."
If the cuts are implemented, existing
grants will not be affected, only the
number of new grants offered, Whaley
said.
REAGAN IS scheduled to release the
details of his 1985 budget early next
month.
NIH gives money to universities and
private institutions for research
specifically dealing in health and
medical related areas. The 98-year-old
agency is a division of the U.S. Public
Health Service which is under the
jurisdiction of the Department of
Health and Human Services.
Jim Randolph of the DRDA said NIH
cuts could make it more difficult for
See MEDICAL, Page 2

Office workers annoyed by construc-
tion in Lorch Hall may have a chance to
temporarily move to other quarters of-
ficials said yesterday.
In addition to complaints of asbestos
in the air and excess noise, a light
fixture fell last week outside the center
for Afro-American Studies (CAAS) of-
fice, narrowly missing students in the
hallway.
"WE ARE relocating people. We are
giving them the option of what to do in
the future," said Bland Leverette, the
LSA administration manager. "One of
the options is to move offices tem-
porarily to other space in East
Engineering."
Another solution could be to move the
offices to other parts of Lorch Hall
where there is less noise due to con-
struction, Leverette said.
But Gary Fleming, associate project

director for CAAS, said he was not
pleased with the alternatives presented
yesterday.
"I'M FROM the ounce-of-prevention
school," Fleming said. "We're faced
with options that aren't positive op-
tions. They're not conducive to getting
our work done-and safety is a
problem. There are a number of minor
inconveniences that shouldn't have
existed in the first place. These things
keep piling up. They have a cumulative
effect."
Leverette said Lorch Hall is safe.
"Accidents can happen in any
building."
Other University officials also down-
play safety concerns.
"WE DON'T have any problem with
Lorch Hall," said Kenneth Schatzle,
University Director for Occupational
Safety and Environmental Health.

Schatzle also said the building's
asbestos levels are not a problem.
But safety concerns still persist
among the people who work at Lorch
Hall. A phone call to the Film and Video
Office will be answered with the recor-
ding: "Thank you for calling the Film
and Video Office. Due to hazardous
conditions in Lorch Hall, we are closed
indefinitely."
The construction noise is annoying,
said Anne Manikas, an assistant who
made the recording. She added that
there are plans to move the office to
another part of the building.
"Other people were moving out of
their offices (in her part of the
buildings, and I just wanted to make
sure it's safe here first."
Lorch Hall is currently being
renovated to house the Institute for
Public Policy.

. . . . . . . . . .

TO0DAY
Millionaires' disease
hat happens to million-dollar winners of
lotteries after the big thrill wears? Boredom,
with a capital B. Mike Wittkowski, who won $40
million, the single biggest prize known in lottery history,
says he's bored and might buy a bowling alley. Wittkowski,

winter. Harris was decked out in a white. fur coat and
matching hat. She had spent 30 years sealing cans for a.
packing company. "At last, I finally got my mink," she said
said.
BB cult
C OLLEGE COURSES just keep getting harder and
harder. One of the most popular classes at Middlebury
College in Vermont is "The Cult of Brigitte Bardot," a four-
week study of the French sex symbol and her influence on

has intellectual content," said Karl Lindholm, Mid-
dlebury's associate dean of students. "The mistake we
made is we should have had limited enrollment. This is the
biggest number of students I can remember in a course, at
least this year."
Tourist lampoon
ure, tourists pump $4 billion dollars a year into
Colorado's economy, but would you want one to marry
your sister? That's the tongue-in-cheek thrust of the state

"test to see if you dislike tourists as much as you claim."
"If it is true that a sense of humor creates a sense of per-
spective let our perspective be that tourism brings us new
opportunites for a better lifestyle in Colorado," said
tourism board chairman Gerald Groswold.
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