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N Ninety-six years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVI - No. 21

Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, October 3, 1985

Eight Pages

Liberal profs under

fire of new group

A new conservative group says it has per-
suaded hundreds of college students around
the country to monitor liberal professors,
but-it's not having much success here.
"Close to 500 letters and phone calls have
come in from 110 campuses in four-and-a-
half weeks," said Les Csorba III, executive
director of Accuracy in Academia. "But
I've lost hope in my (two) contacts at the
University of Michigan."
ACCURACY in Academia was formed two
onths ago by Reed Irvine, chairman of
ccuracy in Media, the conservative
Washington, D.C.-based organization that
publicizes alleged leftwing slants in news
Citing a Business Week report that 10,000

known Marxists teach on college campuses,
Irvine said his spinoff group will work to en-
sure "young minds" aren't molded by
Students who feel they have professors whose
teachings are tinged with liberal bias are
requested to send AIA a tape recording or
notes from a lecture, Csorba said. He will
then check out student allegations with in-
structors, and if the charges prove true, ask
them to present a more balanced speech or
retract an inaccurate statement.
IF PROFESSORS fail to respond, AIA will
publicize the incident in its newsletter. It
has yet to be published because the group
hasn't had time to set up a formal member-
ship, Csorba said.
Although AIA will also investigate

charges against conservative instructors,
Csorba said "90 percent of the calls we've
gotten have been about liberal professors
who dominate departments around the
Csorba has received queries from two
students at the University of Michigan. One
of the students who wrote AIA is
not registered at any of the University's
three campuses. And after failing to reach
the second individual by phone several
times, Csorba said he's "lost hope."
LAST WEEK AIA mailed letters to con-
servative student organizations on campus
and other colleges throughout the nation,
asking for their support. But student leaders
here have given AIA lukewarm reception.

LSA sophomore Seth Klukoff, editor-in-
chief of The Michigan Review, said his
editorial board has taken a stand against the
new watchdog. "It inhibits free speech and
it is a mild form of censorship," he added.
Michael Davidson, vice chairman of
College Republicans, said he finds AIA's
approach "almost silly" because "even if
you do put the spotlight on (certain
professors), they aren't going to change."
BUT KARL Edelmann, chairman of
College Republicans, said liberal-biased
professors are a problem on campus and,
therefore, he supports the group's inten-
tions. "But I'm not actively out there
looking for people (to monitor professors),"
he added.

At a College Repubicans meeting Tuesday
night, Edelmann asked if any members had
contacted AIA or intended to. None of the 15
members present expressed interest.
Most University professors dislike AIA's
approach, but say they won't worry until
student sentiment here changes.
"HYPOTHETICALLY, there's a reason
for concern, but I'll suspend judgement until
we actually see it occurring," said Dr.
Robert Green, a medical school professor
and chairman of the Senate Committee on
University Affairs. He said SACUA has not
discussed the issue.
Economics Prof. Daniel Fusfeld, who
some students claim is a Marxist, said he is
"quite concerned" with the creation of a
See PROFS, Page 3

VP Frye
tight 'U'
Listening to University officials
sing the budget woes has become
somewhat of a fall tradition, but this
year it seems administrators are
striking more somber chords than
Although the University's executive
officers have only recently. begun to
consider how much money they will
ask for from the state, top ad-
ministration officials already fear
ey won't be able to garner enough
nds to meet even half of the Univer-
sity's appropriations needs.
THIS YEAR, the University is ex-
pected to request between $40 to $50
million from the state in order to
See STATE, Page 6

in MLB

A power outage at the Modern
Languages Building yesterday forced
the cancellation or relocation of all
the classes scheduled at the building.
Most students cheerfully accepted
news that their classes had been can-
celled for the day. Faculty members
took the incident in stride, noting that
the MLB is known for its unpredic-
THE MLB lost electricity early
yesterday morning when a transfor-
mer caught fire, according to Guy

Daily Photo by JAE KIM
Ron Valentine an LSA freshman, and Alex Garbuio, an engineering junior, gaze at a notice at the MLB
yesterday stating that classes inside had been cancelled. The building was closed due to a power failure.

Engin. Council
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From staff reports
The Engineering Council last night
passed a resolution requesting the
Michigan Student Assembly concen-
trate on issues more directly related
to students.
The resolution came on the heels of
a proposal passed Tuesday night by
MSA, said Rick Frenkel, engineering
council secretary.
MSA'S PROPOSAL stated their op-
position to next week's scheduled
campus appearance by Vice
President George Bush, who will give
a speech to commemorate the 25th
anniversary founding of the Peace
Frenkel, who is one of MSA's
Engineering Council representatives,
said members of the council felt that
MSA was going beyond their limits as
a student government.
"They (engineering council mem-
bers) feel that every week MSA
brings up a proposal that causes con-
troversy," Frenkel said. "They

should deal with issues more directly
related to students."
OF THE 40 people present for the
meeting, 32 voted for the proposal, 4
voted against, and 4 abstained, he
Mike Sovel, an engineering senior
who is also an MSA engineering coun-
cil representative, said that coun-
cilmembers were fed up with many of
MSA's proposals.
"I was happy to see them take a
stand," Sovel said. "MSA has no right
to restrict anyone from speaking,
regardless of their views."
Sovel said he realized that MSA's
resolution was symbolic, but said that
their condemnation of Bush points to a
larger problem - that MSA's views
don t reflect those of the majority of
"There are more moderates and
conservatives on campus that may
not be vocal, but they should still be
represented," Sovel said.

Hurbutt of the University's electrical
Ann Arbor Fire Department Bat-
tlion Chief Bob Murphy said the fire
was caused by a short circuit inside
the transformer.
The fire was extinguised within an
hour, Murphy said, and damage was
reported as minimal.
WORKERS from the electrical shop
were at the scene most of the day, and
they expected to have a replacement
transformer in place so classes could
See POWER, Page 2
'U'fee on
LANSING, Mich. (UPI) - State
Budget Director Robert Naftaly said
yesterday he has asked the University
for financial data concerning a con-
troversial fee for computer
On a related subject, Naftaly denied
published reports that the ad-
ministration is holding up college
research grants because of the
Senate's refusal to participate in a
special review panel. The reviews will
be conducted and grants issued with
or without Senate participation in the
disputed process, he said.
ON MONDAY, Rep. Morris Hood,
chairman of the higher education
budget committee, sharply criticized
the University Board of Regents for
levying a $100 per semester fee to
acquire computer equipment.
The Detroit Democrat called it a
"thinly veiled tuition increase" enac-
ted at a time when Michigan and other
colleges had agreed to a tuition
"We share Rep. Hood's concern,
because his concern and our concern
is accessibility ... for students," Naf-
taly said.
"I'VE REQUESTED the University
of Michigan data they presented to
their board that necessitated the in-
See STATE, Page 3

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ford Library
president's life

It could be one of the best-kept secrets on campus.
Ask students where and what the Gerald R. Ford
Presidential Library is and a good number of them
probably won't be able to tell you.
"I HAVE no idea what the Ford Library is," said Mark
Wolok, an LSA sophomore.
"Sorry, I've never heard of it before," said Craig Van-
dervest, an engineering school senior.
"I don't know? What is it?" asked Steve Leiken, an LSA
WHERE IS the library of the 1935 University graduate?
It's on north campus, and it's one of only seven
presidential libraries in the country. So far this year, over
See LIBRARY, Page 3

Daily Photo by JAE KIM
Please sign here
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fraternity. Tonight is the last night of rush for aspiring fraternity mem-

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unharmed, near the stadium. They speculate it was
driven only about 300 yards, just far enough to get
someone to the game on time.

liking to the woman's other cat, a male named
"Cheeta", and the pair mated while Salvio was on her
honeymoon. Salvio discovered the pregnancy when she
returned and reported it to the SPCA, which claimed
the woman breached her contract with the

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