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Linguistics
faculty
* support
new plan
(Continued from Page 1)
' tered."
One of the main thrusts of the report
is getting linguistics more involved in
the campus community. Paz Naylor, a
linguistics professor who studied
.linguistics at the University before it
became a department, said the new
structure facilitates more faculty par-
ficipation.
"The program becomes a common
framework for the discipline. The best
way to maximize the expertise of
linguists within the college is through
the program," she said.
There are problems that still have to
be solved and ambiguities to be cleared
up, and that is what the steering com-
mittee is supposed to do. The commit-
tee, which is now being formed, will be
'chaired by the program's interim
director, anthropology Prof. Robbin
Burling.
Prof. Thomas Toon will be away on a
fellowship next year and will take over
as chairman with a three-year appoin-
tment in September, 1986.
The main concern that continues to
trouble faculty is where they will get
:their appoinments. The only full-time
appointment will be granted to the
director with half appointments for
teaching positions. The program is un-
.der no constraint to retain its current
faculty.
"Some people will be able to continue
in other departments, others will not,"
said associate linguistics Prof. Peter
Hook. Burling, he said, will have a
large input in who stays in the
linguistics program and who does not.
All arrangements with other depar-
tments are to be made through Steiner.
The problem, according to Deshpan-
de, is getting faculty who are pure
linguists to adjust to the needs of a
department - something they may not
enjoy.
"I'm convinced of one thing," Desh-
pande said. "With linguistics, the dean,
the executive committee, and the
associate deans at every forum said
they are not out to get linguistics.

The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 19, 1985 - Page 3
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Poliec tgate
Policenves a
pool break-min

By THOMAS HRACH
Ann Arbor Police are investigating a
break-in at the Matt Mann Pool which
was reported early Wednesday after
men's swimming Coach John Urban-
chek discovered his files and some elec-
tronic timing devices thrown into the
pool.
One or more individuals gained ac-
cess to the pool, located at 613 East
Hoover St. adjacent to the University's
Intramural Building, sometime
Tuesday night.
According to campus Director of
Safety Leo Heatley, most of the damage
was done to swimming records and
recruiting materials in Urbanchek's of-
fice. Though Heatley said it was dif-
ficult to place a dollar amount on the
damges because most of the things
destroyed were from a filing cabinet, he

estimated damages around $1,000.
"We have no direct motive at this
time," said Heatley, "but it looks like
someone had an ax to grind with the
swim team."
Urbanchek had no clue as to the
motive for the crime but said that since
there were no signs of forced entry the
assailant must have had a key.
Urbanchek also said the biggest
problems were merely "fishing
everything out of the pool" and redoing
his entire filing system.
Assistant Athletic Director Will
Perry said that while the destruction
was extensive, nothing was permanen-
tly damaged. The Athletic Department
changed all the locks into the pool area
yesterday.
Heatley said he had no suspects in the
case.

Letter reveals WWII plot

Todd Wyse and Chris Faber sit outside the University's Office of Research, Development, and Administration in the
West Engineering building yesterday with about 80 other students protesting the University's efforts to secure funding
for "Star Wars" research.
PSN leads 'tar Wars 'protest

Christine Tanner said she "thinks
that students have a right to decide
what goes on in a University they pay
money to go to."
In response to appeals from the
protesters, research, development, and
administration director James Lesch
made a brief appearance before the
group. '
"I HAVE VERY LITTLE to say ex-
cept that I welcome you here," Lesch
began. "I appreciate your concerns,

but I don't want to get into a discussion
or debate. I'm not anybody's moral
judge."
Lesch then answered several "infor-
mational" questions from the
protesters, primarily concerning the
specifics of the University's research
proposals, and how students can obtain
copies of them.
Allan Price, the University's
associate vice president for research,
said that "he shares a lot of these con-

cerns," and he encouraged students to
plan an informational symposium in
the fall to discuss Star Wars research.
ACCORDING TO LSA junior Daithi
Wolfe, PSN does plan to initiate a
University-wide forum on the issue in
the fall.

The Associated Press contributed
to this story.

Regents discuss future of Med. Tech.

v

(Continued from Page 1)
western, Chicago, Harvard, Princeton,
Columbia, MIT, and Pennsylvania -
the University's faculty made 91 percent
of the-average salaries. In 1979-80, they
made 102 percent relative to peer
schools, she said.
In comparison with six public peer
universities - Illinois, Indiana, Pur-
due, Wisconsin, California, and Min-

-HIAPPENINGS-
Highlight
Don't miss an old-fashioned good time at the Ark tonight with Fennig's All-
Star String Band. The ensemble features tunes on the hammer dulcimer,
piano, fiddle, and banjo. The Ark is located at 637S. Main Street.
Films
Alt. Act-Bananas, 7:30.; Love and Death, 9 p.m., MLB 4.
AAFC-The Haunting, 7 p.m.; Psycho, 9 p.m., Nat. Sci. Auditorium.
C2-Diva, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Aud. A, Angell..
MED-Emmanuelle, Joys of a Woman, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
MTF- Apocalypse Now, 7 & 9:45 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Performances.
School of Music-Scott Erickson, bassoon, 4 p.m., Recital Hall, School of
Music Building; faculty dance recital, 8 p.m., Studio A, Dance Building; I've
Heard That Song Before!, 8 p.m., Power Center.
Performance Network-Extremities, 8 p.m., 408 W. Washington Street.
Ann Arbor Action for Soviet Jewry-Detroit Balalaika Orchestra, "An
Evening of Solidarity with Soviet Jewry," 8:15 p.m., Beth Israel, 2000
Washtenaw Avenue.
Speakers
Biology-Douglas Schemske, "Demographic Consequences of Plant-
Animal Interactions in a Neotropical Herb," 4 p.m., lecture room 1, MLB.
Chemistry-Leo Paquette, TBA, 4 p.m., room 1300, Chemistry Building.
School of Natural Resources-Jerry Partain, "Public Impact on Forest
Regulation," 3 p.m., room 1040, Dana Building.
Industrial and Operational Engineering-Melvin Jeter, "Remarks on
Some Subclasses of Semimonotone Matrices," 4 p.m., room 241, Industrual
and Operational Engineering Building.
College of Engineering-John Quinn, "Gas Transfer Through Skin," 10:30
a.m., lecture hall, 1013 Dow.
Meetings
Regents -9 a.m., Regents' Room Fleming Administration Building.
Chinese Students Christian Fellowship-7:30 p.m., Memorial Christian
Church, corner of Hill and Tappan Streets.
Ann Arbor Chinese Bible Study-7:30 p.m., Memorial Christian Church,
corner of Hill and Tappan Streets.
Ann Arbor Chinese Bible Study-7:30 p.m., basement, University Reformed
Church, 1001 E. Huron.
Korean Christian Fellowship-9 p.m., Campus Chapel.
Union Counseling Services-Dissertation support group, 8;30 a.m., room
3100 Union Counseling Services Building.
International Students Fellowship-7 p.m., for ride call 994-4669.
Miscellaneous
Psi Chi Honor Society-Psychology faculty-student social, 4 p.m., Fireside
Lounge, West Quad.
International Folk Dance Club-Lessons 8 p.m., open request 9:30 p.m.,
Angell Elementary School, 1608S. University.
Residential Library Residency Program Librarians-"Reverberations:
Ethics in Librarianship," conference, 10 a.m., Henderson Room, Michigan

nesota - the University's faculty have
slipped from 1978-79, when they earned
113 percent of the average. Currently,
University faculty salaries sit at 104
percent of salaries at these public peer
institutions, she said.
BILLY FRYE, the University's vice
president of academic affairs and
provost, attributed the decline to a loss
of state funds.
"We've lost state support over the
last ten to fifteen years, while we have
not raised tuition and other revenue
enough to make up the loss."
Frye added that this year's budget
outlook didn't bring much hope for im-
mediate improvement. "I can't say yet,
" said Frye, "we hope to do no less than
the increase in inflation, but its too soon
to say." -
Reed and other members of the
committee also complained about the
inequalities in salaries due to market
demands. "We realize that the Univer-
sity must weight competing demands
for resources in the face of inadequate
funding from the state," she said. "But
we have become concerned during the
past several years that the cost of
inadequate resources is not being borne
evenly throughout the faculty; that
some individuals are paying a
disproportionately higher price."
CURRENTLY, faculty salary in-
creases are determined by a merit
system which takes into account
factors such as teaching and research
performance. Reed says that she's not
attacking the system but that "efforts
to meet competition for personnel
(from other schools and the private sec-
tor) are draining the salary program
and leave insufficient funds to reward
everyone."
Reed says thatsenior faculty are hurt
most. "As we have noted before, senior
faculty are less mobile for many
reasons.rTheys mayhavernarrow
specialities for which markets are
thin, their contributions to the Univer-
sity may have been in the areas of
teaching and service, leaving their
marketability reduced, or they may
have stronger ties which restrict their
mobility."
Reed warned that "we may lose
quality faculty if what we perceived to
be a short-range problem becomes a
long range one. As the faculty become
convinced that the state has opted for a
permanently lower level of funding, she
said, they may consider alternative po-
sitions which would not have been
worth considering if the funding cuts
were temporary.
"IT'S HARD TO say if the faculty
we've lost over the last 10 years have
been because of these salary inequities,
but you have to consider that it has to be
a factor."
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In other action, the regents discussed
the proposed discontinuance of the
medical technology program, focusing
on concerns that freshmen would be
denied enrollment.
A peer review committee originally
proposed the discontinuance of the
training program for medical
technologists because of the high cost
and a decreasing job market for the
technologists.
"IT'S A DIFFICULT problem for me
to have students come here expecting to
enroll in this program and not being
able to do it," said Regent Paul Brown
(D-Petoskey). The joint program
between LSA and the medical school
accepts students at the end of their
sophomore year.
Regent Veronica Smith (R-Grosse
Ile) also spoke of an "obligation to
these students".
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Detroit)
agreed "that's what drew them to
Michigan. That's why they're here."
"WE DO NOT believe this program is
central to the overall University", she
said. "It is a peripheral program."
The vote on whether or not to discon-
tinue the program will come before the
regents this morning.
In other action on the first day of the
two-day monthly meeting, the regents
approved the reappointment of LSA
Dean Peter Steiner to another five-year
term.
After the meeting the regents went
to the site of the University Medical
Center's new $5.5 million Burn Center
for a ground-breaking ceremony.
The new center, once it opens
sometime in 1986, would consolidate in
one building all aspects of burn care
from the time of the accident to
rehabilitation, as well as providing
resources for research and education.
Currently, there are several services
housed in various sites, including the
Chelsea Community Center 20 miles
away.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) - U.S.
military experts considered poisoning
500,000 Germans during World War II
with radioactive food, according to a
letter released Friday from atomic
bomb father J. Robert Oppenheimer to
physicist Enrico Fermi.
Oppenheimer wrote to Fermi, an
Italiand-born physicist working in Ch-
icago, on May 25, 1943, about the plan to
poison the Germans' food with radioac-
tive strontium.
THERE IS no evidence the plan was
ever carried out.
Oppenheimer, who was in charge of
the Manhattan Project - the top secret
atomic bomb development team -
recommended that Fermi delay work
on the plan until some of the technical
problems could be worked out. .
"I should recommend delay if that is
possible," said Oppenheimer in the let-
ter. "In this connection I think that we
should not attempt a plan unless we can
poison food sufficient to kill half a
million men, since there is no doubt that
the actual number affected will,
because of non-uniform distribution, be
much smaller than this."
BARTON J. Bernstein, a professor of
history, at Stanford University who
discovered the letter, said he was not
sure why Oppenheimer requested a
delay.
Bernstein discussed his findings in
Technology Review, a magazine
published by the Massachusetts In-

stitute of Technology.
The fact that U.S. scientists
"seriously considered" the plan, he
said, is largely unknown. He said he
showed the letter to 16 Manhattan
Project scientists including Edward
Teller and Frank Oppenheimer, J.
Robert's brother, and none of them said
they remember hearing about the plan.
The letter's first paragraph specifically
mentions Teller.
BOTH Oppenheimer and Fermi are
dead.
However, Philip Morrison, a member
of the Manhattan Project, said the con-
troversy is "very sensationalized."
"I don't think there were any plans.
There was some military inquiry to find
out what could be done, but no one
thought it was very practical," said
Morrison, who teaches physics at MIT.
Bernstein said the letter is important
because "it illustrates an important
fact."
"Amid the horror of World War II, in-
cluding German concentation camps
and the mass killings of Jews, many
U.S. scientists, like rank-and-file
iviians, were willing to devise new
ways to kill the enemy by the thousands
and even hundreds of thousands.
"The evidence suggests that some of
these scientists may have had qualms,
but they used their intellectual know
how anyway in developing these
weapons of mass death," Bernstein
said in the article.

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