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Ninety-five Years
Editorial. Freedom




Windy and cold with snow
showers and highs near the mid-

ol. XCV, No. 120 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, March 5, 1985 Fifteen Cents Ten Pages

oses bid
or super-
A National Science Foundation plan
to finance four "supercomputer" cen-
ters across the country has passed over
a bid by the University to locate one of
e centers in Ann Arbor.
The University was in contention for
one of the $40 million machines when
the foundation made "seven or eight"
sight visits last September. However, in
a press conference last Monday, NSF
officials turned down the University in
favor of Princeton University, the
University of Illinois - Urbana-Cham-
paign, Cornell University, and the
University of California-San Diego.
UNIVERSITY researchers involved
in writing the proposal and organizing
the sight visit expressed disappoin-
tment over the selection.
William Martin, a professor of
nuclear engineering said that while
present research projects in the depar-
tment will not suffer, the computers
could have "started some new projec-
ts" at the University.
:Martin had been working with Greg
Marks, the University's computer
systems specialist, and Mathematics
Prof. L. Ridgeway Scott for two years
to obtain the supercomputer for Ann
A Supercomputer allows much faster
access to information and has a greater
memory capacity than any other com-
puter available. Martin said the
machine could potentially accelerate
the University's present system by a
factor of fifty.
APPLICATIONS for the machines
include traditional mathematics and
physics disciplines, but also extend into
social sciences and medical sciences.
Faculty members from the departmen-
ts of economics, political science, and
health physics were among those who
made presentations when NSF officials ,
visited in September.
Jim Bottum, a staff associate at the
foundation refused to comment on why
the University was not selected, but
Martin said the ieason may be that the
University's proposal' asked for a
Japanese-made supercomputer. The
four sites receiving funding had asked
for Ame~rican made equipment.
MARTIN SAID the Univesity had
requested the Japanese-made Fujitsu
computer because it could be most
easily integrated into the University's
present system.
"We could have just dropped it in
UMNet," said Martin, referring to the
network which connects the computer
}systems of various departments across
the University.
See COMPUTER, Page 3

Activists request



Two members of the Progressive Student Network,
released from prison Sunday night after serving a twelve day
jail term for trespassing, met with University President
Harold Shapiro yesterday to try to persuade him to ban
research with potential military applications from campus.
Nancy Aronoff, an LSA senior, and Ingrid Kock, who is
taking this term off, were arrested last March along with
nine other members of the PSN for blockading an
engineering research laboratory.
ARONOFF AND KOCK said they discussed with Shapiro
the dangers of the arms race and the contribution to it made
by the University when research for the defense department
and other government agencies is conducted on campus.
Shapiro said although he thinks "the arms race is the most
important issue of our time", his first priority as University
president is "to do his best to assure the vitality of the
University." He said this job includes making sure the
teaching and scholarship programs are in good shape and
seeing' that health and student services are running
smoothly, among other things.
"I want to see him feel something," Aronoff said.



She said Shapiro seemed "unemotional" and "aloof" about
the issue of the arms race.
IF HE SEEMED UNEMOTIONAL, Shapiro said, it may
have been because he tries "to think clearly and carefully
about a very complicated issue."
"I do have very strong feelings about the arms race," he
"The (campus military research) issue only comes up
when (the PSN) makes a stink,-when we get arrested, when
we hold a forum," Kock said.
also draw attention to such a crucial issue, according to
Shapiro said it is his responsibility to make sure all the
rules regarding University research are followed, but that
the creation of those rules is a responsibility of the Board of
He said "day to day and week to week" responsibility for
the kind of research being done at the University lies with the
faculty and students of the individual's colleges.

University officials announced last
week that Leo Heatley will succeed
Walt Stevens as the University's direc-
tor of safety.
John Weidenbach, the University's
director of business operations, said
Heatley was "a very well qualified in-
ternal candidate." Weidenbach said
that other people were considered to
replace Stevens, who retired two weeks
ago, but none of the applicants seemedj
as well qualified as Heatley. He didn't
know how many other people were in-
terviewed for the position.
HEATLEY, who has served as ,
assistant director of safety since 1979,
said he "is looking forward toy the
challenge." 'He began his new job last

Heatley s
"Our campus is as safe as any in the
Big Ten," leatley said. Although he
doesn't "think the campus is what could
be called unsafe. Heatley said
"there's a lot of things that can be done
to make it safer."
Though he didn't suggest any radical
changes in the University's security
procedures, Heatley said he would like to
increase the number of campus patrols.
HEATLEY is also in favor of the
controversial proposed Student Code
for Nonacademic Conduct which is
currently being discussed by the
University Council.
"(A code) would certainly have an af-
fect and make this a safer campus," he
said. "We would have a vehicle to
remove serious offenders from the
academic community."
See 'U', Page 2

ifety chief

The right stuff Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Wolverine center Roy Tarpley jams one home against Wisconsin last Thur-
sday. His play that night and his 21-point performance against Northwestern
Saturday earned him two awards, and his consistent scoring and rebounding
this season earned him another. See story, page 9.

...plans no major changes

Hunter u
City Councilman Larry Hunter (D-1st Ward)
plans to introduce a resolution in two weeks asking
the city council to back a plan to withdraw city in-
vestments in corporations doing business in South
Hunter, the council's only black member, says
he will ask the city to stop buying stocks in con-
troversial companies and to slowly divest present
financial holdings, which total $19 million or about
22 percent of the city's holdings.
,IF THE COUNCIL endorses his resolution, it

rges ivs
would apply political pressure - but force no ac-
tual mandate - to the city's pension board, which
invests the city's funds to be used as retirement
benefits for city workers. The board is
autonomous from the council.
Three of the nine pension board members are
appointed by the city council. The others are
selected by local labor unions. Hunter's resolution
calls for a bipartisan committee of council mem-
bers which would assist the pension board mem-
bers in setting up a schedule for gradual divest-
Hunter said his plan is a spin-off of

tment of S.A. stocks

divestiture in other cities and the 1982 state law,
proposed by Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor),
which required all state-funded colleges to divest
its stocks in firms operating in South Africa,
where a policy of apartheid is practiced. The
University's Board of Regents voted two years
ago to withdraw nearly all of its financial holdings-
in those companies.
THE CITY council's move isa "progressive and
a moral stance," Hunter said, adding that resear-
ch he and local groups have done indicates the
city's money can be reinvested without suffering
any financial losses. ,

"It's the people's money we're dealing with," he
said. "We made sure it was safe."
But Mayor Louis Belcher, who leads the
Republican majority on the council, has criticized
Hunter's resolution as a political maneuver timed
a few weeks before the council elections.
HUNTER, elected to a two-year term last year,
is not running for re-election this year. He said he,
has not met with other Republican council mem-
In other action, the council unanimously decided
last week to dismiss the 917 emergency snow
removal parking tickets given recently.

.. _

Snow slows state

From staff and wire reports
Winter roared back into action
yesterday and brought Michigan to its
knees with blinding show, sleet, ice,
gale-force winds, and scattered
A blizzard dumped about five in-
ches of snow on Ann Arbor and up to
two feet of snow in parts of the Upper
Peninsula. Roads all over the state
were closed due to gusting winds.
A TRAVELER'S advisory was in ef-
fect through last night as more snow
was expected before temperatures
warm up in the afternoon.
All schools in Washtenaw county
and 135 other districts throughout
most of Michigan including the
University's Dearborn campus, were
closed, giving thousands of students
- but no University folks - an un-
scheduled holiday.
Snowplows buried cars parked on
roadsides in snow up to their doors

and other cars were stuck across the
city yesterday.
Blinding snow forced police to close
the Mackinac Bridge at noon yester-
day. Maintenace vehicles were sent
out onto the five-mile span to rescue
two stranded motorists.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport shut
down at 7 a.m. yesterday while snow-
clearing crews tackled 13-inch drifts
on the runways. Incoming and.
outgoing flights were delayed for
several hours.
The'storm maintained its strength
yesterday over the upper Midwest as
snow, heavy at times, fell from the
Dakotas across the northern half of
Michigan, and also fell across New
York state and northern New Jersey.
A. blizzard warning was posted -for
eastern North Dakota, and winter
storm warnings covered much of
South Dakota, Minnesota, northern
Wisconsin and northern portions of

A car sits surrounded by snow yesterday after being parked on East William street over the night. The owner said that she'd get a bunch of friends
together to help dig out her car.

Shakespearean graffiti
SOMETHING IS rockin' in the state of Denmark.
Hamlet spray paints graffiti. He plays with a
Slinky. He Dances to New Wave tunes. It's
all part of a new production that makes Shakespeare's
masterpiece look like a music video. There are video

Hamlet, the prince who struggles with the question of how
to avenge his father's murder, Quinn is despondent but
determined, and he vents his anger like an urban vandal.
His famous soliloquy, beginning "To be nor not to be," is
part spoken, part painted - with Quinn scrawling the first
line on a stage wall with white spray paint.
50-cent troll?

park. The move is expected to drum up an extra $30,000 in
revenue each year, he said. But while the 19-year-old
tolltaker is no troll, some of the folks who encountered him
on his first day on the job acted like he was. "Toll? What
toll? I never paid this before," said one man, who drove his
boat on through without paying. The violater was later cor-
nered by park rangers and paid the fee.
TnlwBc fi,~ 1r~ia]

recently when the planning commission needed legal ad-
vice about a large retirement development. The lawyers for
the project were in Chattanooga, about 100 miles away. "An
attorney not having a telephone at this time in our history is
certainly a unique approach to the practice of law," said
one of the Chattanooga attorneys, Joe Gaston. "I'm really
curious that Putnam County can operate under that kind of
situation." Efforts to reach Burgess for comment were un-




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