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LSA faculty examines

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implied that faculty would be "confron-
ted with departmental stigmatization,
persons to whom letters have been sent
have been getting negative signals
from their departments for many
KAPLAN said some faculty members
who did not recieve a letter became
"fearful about their futures."
"It makes you feel that maybe I
didn't get it this year, but maybe I'll get
one next year," he said.,
Steiner said the fears are not well-
founded. "There has been and there
will be nothing coercive. Each letter
contained the following two sentences:
'This offer is intended to give you an
opportunity, not to compel any action
on your part. If you have no interest, no
reply is necessary."
KAPLAN agreed that there are,
several similar incidents a year, "but
it's usually done much more discretely,
and sensitively."
"Usually it's done with one's
colleagues in one's department. A for-
mal letter from the dean is not the best
way to do it."
Mathematics department chairman
Donald Lewis was unavailable for
Letters were sent to those "the selec-
ted department or college could best af-
ford to replace, taking into account all
aspects of their expected con-
tributions," Steiner said.
"The criteria for selection of in-
dividuals were all of the elements by
which we measure contributions:

research, teaching, and service. Age
per se was not the criterion," Steiner
The dean conceded, though, that
"such things as years of service which
affect eligibility for retirement
benefits," and "the fact that social
security benefits become available at
certain ages" were considered."
Steiner said, have a strong need for
more new hiring than normal turnover
will permit.
There were more offers of early
retirment this year because a "com-
bination of circumstances led me to
view that we might broaden the oppor-
tunity somewhat," Steiner said.
LSA received funds to permit up to
six or 10 additional "voluntary
separations," he said. That, coupled
with the fact that several large depar-
tments wanted to hire staff to improve
their research capability, led Steiner to
make the requests.
UNIVERSITY Vice President for
Academic Affairs and the Provost Billy
Frye said the money was obtained by
shifting funds for retirement furloughs
from one central fund to a separte fund
for each college. As a result, each
college had "more flexibilty on how to
use it, as long as they meet their
responsibilities," Frye said.
"If this program is successful,"
Steiner said, "we may be in a position
to do similar things in the future to
other departments."
"Given our limited resources relative
to a potentially large group of faculty

that might be interested, there seems to
be a good case for focusing our atten-
tion on one or two departments at this
ANOTHER TOPIC for the faculty
meeting was the question of whether
the LSA Joint Student Faculty Policy
Committee sould be eliminated.
Philosophy Prof. Donald Munro
proposed to move last month becuae
the LSA nominating committee encoun-
tered "a certain amount of cynicism"
about the body's effect and had dif-
ficulty finding enough faculty nominees
for the group.
Jerry McDonald, a Philosophy
professor on the LSA nominating cbm-
mittee, said the joint committee has an
image problem. As a result, he
said, most departments didn't bother to
submit nominees. They received 18
nominations, the fewest of any LSA
faculty committees.
According to McDonald, he received
two kinds of reactions to his request for
nominations. He said most faculty don't
understand the committee's purpose,
and that those who have served come
away with a "disgusted view."
BUT CO-CHAIRMAN of the joint
committee Louis Orlin, a professor of
Ancient Near Eastern History,.
"Frankly, I don't understand th
elogic of getting rid of the committee
because we have difficulty finding
faculty members," he said.
"I think the proof of the pudding is in
its eating," Orlin said, going on to men-
tion some of the body's accomplish-

ments. He mentioned legislation they
proposed in 1979 where they expressed
the students' concern about foreign TAs
who couldn't effectively communicate
to students, a measure passed last year
requiring LSA classes to have syllibi,
and a study they presented to the
faculty yesterday on the cheating
problem at the University.
Co-chairman Eric Cholack, an LSA
sophomore, agreed. "Don't equate the
faculty's unwillingness to get involved
with us. It's a good place for faculty and
students to meet jointly about policy
Academic Ingegrity" found that 58.9
percent of 220 students interviewed said
they encountered cheating among LSA
students. Only 11 percent said cheating
during exams was a serious problem.
Observing that 52.7 percent of the
students interviewed said that having
students sit in alternate seats would
reduce cheating significantly, the
committee recommended that exam
rooms be big enough to keep students
The faculty committee adopted this
recommendation along with the three
other recommendations: to whereverr
possible pass out two sets of exam
papers, that faculty and TAs should
recognize their responsibilities and
monitor examinations attentively, and
that faculty should not deal with cases
of cheating themselves.
The joint committee added that
they're discussing several ideas in-
cluding an LSA honor code similar to
one in the School of Engineering.
A code or pledge would work, the
committee said, "only if it instills a
sense of pride and discipline in the
students. If students don't naturally
feel such feelings about a code or
pledge . .. then the honor system will
ultimately fail."
60 hold*
s "
About 60 people, showing support for
two women arrested last month for
painting anti-sexism slogans on a
Canadian Velvet Whiskey billboard,
held a vigil last night in fron of the sign
on North Main Street.
The two, Jennifer Akfirat and Mary
Emanoil, are scheduled for a pre-trial
hearing this morning.
"I'm here to show my support for the
two women, to show that they're not
alone," said Marjorie Winkleman, and
LSA sophomore. "It wasn't just van-
dalism," she said. "There's a reason
for it. Things like the billboard makes
us all less like people. All of us are on

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United Press international reports
Ind gov't sues Union Carbide
NEW YORK - The government of India filed suit yesterday against th
Union Carbide Corp. seeking unspecified damages for the December
chemical leak which killed more than 2,000 people and injured tens of
thousands of others in the city of Bhopal.
The suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan said that "because of the
enormity of the Bhopal disaster, plaintiff is not currently able" to specify a
dollar amount on the damages. A number of American lawyers, however,
have filed separate suits seeking an estimated $15 billion in damages for
Bhopal victims.
The suit asks the U.S. court to award punitive damages "in an amount suf-
ficient to deter Union Carbide or any other multinational corporation frorn
the willful, malicious and want on disregard of the rights and safety of the
citizens of those countries in which they do business."
The suit charges Union Carbide with designing the plant negligently and
with misrepresenting the safety of the facility.
Protesters urge missile freeze
LONDON - Europe's anti-nuclear protesters, marching by the tens of
thousands in traditional Eastertime peace rallies, called on Washingto
yesterday to match Moscow's freeze on deploying medium-range missiles
Arrests of trespassers and demonstrators were reported outside U.S.
missile bases in Britain, Italy, and West Germany, but police reported no
major incidents linked to the anti-nuclear rallies.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rejected the call made by
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Sunday for a freeze on deployment of
new U.S. cruise and Pershing 2 missiles in Europe.
Tatcher said to end NATO deployments now would "freeze in" an enor-
mous Soviet advantage, estimated by the White House at 10-1.
Other U.S. allies in Europe declined specific comment on Gorbachev's an-
nouncement of a freeze, made in an interview with the Communist Party
daily Pravda.
Gorbachev said the Soviet Union would halt deployment of SS-20 medium
-range rockets in Europe until November, but would resume the sitings i
there were no similar action taken by the West.
Sudanese end general strike
KHARTOUM, Sudan - Doctors and other professionals ended their
general strike yesterday after Sudan's new military ruler, Gen. Abdul-
Rahman Swareddahab said strike promoters would be charged with
In one last outburst after nearly two weeks of riots, demonstrations, and
strikes, thousands of professionals marched on army headquarters after
union meetings Sunday night and yesterday morning.
At the time of the march, heads of 31 professional unions summoned by
Swaeddahab, were inside the building discussing with him their conditions
for ending the strike.;
A statement from the United Professional Unions, read repeatedly over
the official state radio, expressed their belief that Swareddahab would
return power to civilians as promptly as possible. The statement urged union
members to return to their jobs and to "produce more.
Agreement by the unions appeared to resolve successfully the first serious
test of Swareddahab's junta, which took power Saturday while Nimeiri wa
on a jetliner bound for Cairo on his way home from a nine-day visit to the
United States.
Firefighters contain N.C. blaze
CRESWELL, N.C. - Wildfires that stretched in a 25-mile line, consuming
90,000 acres of coastal brushlands and destroying about two dozen homes,
were "mostly contained" yesterday, a North Carolina forestry official said.
The outbreak in three eastern counties "still poses a threat to unburned
adjacent areas," said E.F. Corr, spokesman for the state Forest Service:
"The perimeter of the fire is approximately 70 miles. About 75 percent of this
area contains ground fire.
"Mostly contained means it is not spreading. We think we have it down ..
It's really too smoky to see the area yet."
Meanwhile, dry, windy weather persisted and damage from the fires
climbed toward $5 million. Joseph Dean, the state's public safety secretary,
said the fires were the worst in North Carolina since 1963.
Officials estimated that in the past week fire has destroyed 20,009
woodland acres in South Carolina; 22,000 acres- in Kentucky; 11,600 in
Alabama; 10,000 in Tennessee; 7,000 in Georgia; and 3,000 each in Virginia
and West Virginia.
Poland erects war monument
WARSAW, Poland - The government has discreetly erected a 12-foo
marble cross in memory of 4,000 army officers who died in World War II
massacre blamed by some Poles on the Nazis but by others on Soviet troops,
dissident sources said yesterday.
The monument was erected in the Warsaw Powazki Cemetery about a
week ago. The unveiling ceremony took place in complete secrecy, apparen-
tly to avoid drawing crowds and attention to the event, the sources said.
Poles had gathered for years near the area where the monument was ereo-
ted. The site had become a symbolic tomb for the Polish army officers who
were taken prisoner by Soviet troops in World War II and, according to wit-
nesses, shot to death by Soviets in 1943 in the Katyn Forest in the Soviet

A mass grave containing the bodies of the Polish officers was found years
later. The Soviets and the Germans blamed each other for the execution.
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