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Ninety-six years of editorial freedom

7 Vol. XCVI - No. 78

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Doily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, January 21, 1986

Eight Pages

Growing b et

bothers Canham

By DAVE ARETHA
It's been an ideal year for Michigan
*athletics. Michigan's football team
finished second in the nation, and its
basketball team may do better than that.
The athletic department is raking in
more money than any other athletic
department anywhere, anytime. So
one might think Michigan athletic
director Don Canham doesn't have a
care in the world.
Or does he?
ACTUALLY, Canham is deeply
concerned about the financial state of
the Michigan Athletic Department -
the only major athletic department in
the country that doesn't receive state

or University aid. The department's
expenditures are growing incredibly,
and Canham isn't sure how he, or his
successor, will balance the budget in
the 1990s. Expenditures have grown
just over $12 million for the July 1,
1984 to June 30, 1985 fiscal year to an
expected $14 million-plus this year.
A fraction of the increase has gone
to improve the women's athletic
program. But most of the rise in ex-
penditures has come in areas out of
Canham's control.
"One of the problems is that you've
got a payroll of almost $4 million and
you have a 10 percent increase in-
that," Canham said. "I've got union

contracts that are jacking that up. My
insurance goes up. Utilities are out of
sight now. Postage went up. Travel
went up. You take 10 percent in-
creases from these and that will take
you to $13.2 million.
"AND OUR scholarships will in-
crease more than 10 percent because
University costs went up more than
that."
The success of the football and
basketball teams - which are
bringing in more money than ever
before - is enough to cover this
year's $14 million-plus expenditures.
However, the department made only
$12.075 million in the 1984-1985 fiscal

year and for the first time in
Canham's 17 years at Michigan didn't
meet it's budget, which was $12.25
million. (The department, however,
missed out on more than $100,000 of
revenue because the ICS - Metro
Sports Network - which covered Big
Ten football and basketball - went
bankrupt).
Michigan's athletic department
isn't the only one that could face
financial problems.
"IT'S A definite concern," said
Notre Dame Assistant Athletic Direc-
tor Brian Boulac. "Expenses are
growing, and I think everyone should
be concerned."

Canham said the first thing he will
do to offset growing expenditures
would be to raise football ticket
prices.
"We can increase more revenue in
football," Canham said. "In football
we are under the market, dollar-wise,
throughout the nation. We're getting
$14 (a ticket) while Notre Dame is
getting $17 and some are getting $20.
"W e're inclined to go to $15 for next
year, but we have not discussed it."
Aside from a ticket increase,
Canham isn't sure how the depar-
tment will handle the growing budget,
which is the largest in the country.
See 'M,' Page 7

Can ham
... keeping Blue out of the red

'Star

Wars'

research

rises
By ROB EARLE
Proposals and funding for Strategic
Defense Initiative research have in-
creased dramatically at the Unvier-
sity since last year, according to a
recently released report.
At the same time, resistance to
"Star Wars" research here has
quieted, as faculty members cir-
culating petitions apparently have
received all the support they're going
to get.
LAST September, only two Univer-
sity researchers were working on SDI
-related projects, together worth just
under $250,000. But according to a
Jan. 14 report issued by the Univer-
sity's Office of the Director for
Research Development and Ad-
ministration, there are now five such
projects valued at $643,000.
In addition, five more proposals
worth $4.5 million are under con-
sideration by the University and the
projects' sponsors.
Of the current projects, electrical
engineering and computer science
Prof.. Theodore Birdsall's is the most
expensive, with a budget of almost
$2.4 million.
BIRDSALL SAID his research can
be applied to more than just SDI. For
instance, he said, his research into a
new way of detecting airplanes - or
missiles - faster and more efficiently

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than radar could be used to improve
air traffic control.
Another part of Birdsall's work in-
vestigates decision-making by
humans and computers when large
numbers of variables are involved,
such as would occur in large-scale
missile attack on the United States.
The result of this research, Birdsall
said, could also be used to coordinate
the flight plans of large numbers of
aircraft.
Birdsall pointed out that this type of
research did not suddenly start after
President Ronald Reagan announced
in 1983 his plan to research a defen-
sive shield against strategic weapons.
"IT'S THE KIND of research we've
been doing for years," Birdsall said,
adding that the "Star Wars" program
seemed to be the best source of fun-
ding for his research.
"We have certain goals," he said.
"It's nice to have a problem and have
a sponsor for finding the solution to
that problem."
Chemistry Prof. Adon Gordus
echoed Birdsall's feelings. His
project, called "Chemical Effects of
Radiation," explores what happens
when chemicals are bombarded with
ratiation.
GORDUS SAID such chemical reac-
tions can be used to meet the high
See 'U', Page 3

Marchers bow their heads in a moment of prayer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before starting a march and rally in his honor yesterday.
Students honorKingsbirthda

By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN
The dream, they say, can still become reality.
Hundreds of people attempted to unify what
they feel is a campus divided by prejudice and
discrimination as they marched hand in hand
yesterday to commerorate the birthday of Martin
Luther King, Jr.
THE MARCH WAS followed by a rally
on the Diag to celebrate the first national ob-
servance of King's birthday as a holiday. John
Gibson, president of the Black Law Students
Association, said the designation of King's birth-
day as a holiday "presents a challenge to make his
dreams a reality."
"Our responsibility is to make sure that his
*dying wasn't in vain, Gibson said. "We need to

work for an awareness that cuts through the dif-
ferences that color, language, class, and culture
produce."
Gibson University Prof. Aldon Morris, and
Mayor Ed Pierce compared current problems
they see between blacks, other minorities, and
non-minorities-to King's hope for unity.
FOCUSING ON the issue of black recruitment
and retention at the University, Morris asked the
crowd why there seems to be a problem finding
enough black students when there isn't a problem
finding enough black athletes.
"In some ways the holiday presents a danger,"
Morris added. "It costs far less to praise and
honor King than to make the changes that he

called for."
Gibson and other organizers of the "Com-
memoration of a Dream" events had hoped the
march would present an opportunity for all groups
to show solidarity. But 'as Pierce, who is white,
addressed the crowd, he expressed a wish that
"there were three times as many people of my
color here" to witness this day of "rememberance
and commemoration of a dream."
NIARA SUDARKASA, associate vice-president
for academic affairs, said she thought that more
students and staff should have participated. "I
was very gratified to see the minority par-
ticipation that I did, but it would have been nice to
See RALLY, Page 3

Faculty examines
'U' smoking policy

TAs to pay tuition tax unless act renewed

By KYSA CONNETT
Unless Congress renews legislation
sheltering teaching assistants from
paying taxes on their tuition waivers,
the University will eventually begin
withholding the tax from paychecks.
The legislation, part of the Em-
ployee Educational Assistance Act,
expired Dec. 31. Congress has several
plans which would revalidate the
legislation. One proposal would ex-
tend the act for a limited time and
another includes the legislation as a
permanent addendum to the tax
reform bill.
ALTHOUGH the act has expired,
the University has decided not to

withhold taxes in January.
Because University officials an-
ticipate a renewal of the tax shelter
legislation, they are hesitating to
withhold taxes, said Colleen Dolan-
Greene, the University's assistant
personnel director. "We are planning
to see what happens before we decide
what to do in February," she said.
Steven Grossbart, Graduate Em-
ployment Organization president,
estimated that 1,000 graduate studen-
ts are affected by the legislation.
Each would pay about $1,000 per year
in taxes if the waiver is not renewed.
BUT Grossbart feels confident that
Congress will renew the act. "We're

optimistic that Congress will pass an
extension at least through June," he
said.
Thomas Butts, the University's
Washington lobbyist, said there isn't
any opposition to the act in Congress.
Because Congress ran out of time
before its Christmas break, the law
was allowed to expire, Butts said.
"Our hope is that they take care of
this thing as soon as possible," he
said.
DOLAN-GREENE is also op-
timistic, but added, "It's very dif-
ficult for anyone to predict what
Congress will do and when they will do
it."

The last time the act expired -
December 1983 - the University'
withheld taxes until it was renewed in
October 1984. Many other Univer-
sitys, however, chose not to withhold
taxes. The University reimbursed
graduate students when the act was
renewed.
The teaching assistants' union ob-
jected when the University withheld
taxes in 1983, and Grossbart said
yesterday the tuition waiver is not{
taxable. But University officials say
it is and that not withholding taxes is
punishable by the Internal Revenue'
Service.
See 'U,' Page 2

By JILL OSEROWSKY
The University faculty Senate
Assembly yesterday voted to "ap-
prove in principle" a draft of a policy
that could restrict smoking in the
workplace.
The University may join other
schools, such as Stanford University
and Central Michigan University, in
establishing rules to regulate smoking
areas in all campus buildings.
THE PRESENT proposal would
prohibit smoking in University work-
places except "where space is not
shared with non-smokers and is fully
enclosed to prevent exposure of non-
smokers to passive smoke."
The assembly will continue
discussion of the guidelines next mon-
th. It will also solicit feedback from
the administration.
"Today was just another piece of
input, and that's why the resolution
isn't binding," said Patricia Yocum, a

senate member. "It doesn't mean it
will be policy," she added.
THE PROPOSAL, which could ban
smoking in private offices,
classrooms, lounges, and hallways, is
restricted to faculty and staff in the
present draft, said Beatrice Kalish,
chairwoman of the ad hoc committee
that drafted the proposal.
Although the draft does not ex-
plicitly include students, everyone
would have to abstain from smoking
in designated areas.
Also at yesterday's meeting
Athletic Director Don Canham
discussed the new NCAA rule
Proposition 48.
CANHAM said he supports the con-
troversial rule that requires incoming
freshmen athletes to score at least 700
on the SAT and maintain a "C"
average in certain academic courses.
"Below that he or she can't practice
or play," he said. Canham added that
See CANHAM, Page 2

TODAY-
Garlic gala
rn HE NOT-SO-SWEET smell of success hasn't

"Down through history, garlic has actually been used
to repel vampires, by wearing a garlic necklace or put-
ting a garlic braid in the building." The festival is
scheduled Feb. 6-8 at the restaurant.
Hoax
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inquiries and pressure from the Oregon attorney
general's office, the council began broadcasting spots
acknowledging that the car did not exist. The ads un-
veiling the hoax had not been scheduled to air until
next week. "We are in the middle of looking at the
situation," said Jan Margosian, consumer information
coordinator in the financial fraud division of the attor-
ney general's office. She said the advertising cam-
naign for a nonexistent nroduct apneared to violate

-INSIDE-
OVERDONE: Arts has its say on political
drama. See Page 5
THE CODE: Opinion examines the proposed
code of non-academic conduct. See Paae 4.

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