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Ann Arbor, MI
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Vol. XCVI - No. 137
Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, April 21, 1986
By AMY MINDELL
University researchers requested
more than $90 million in Pentagon
funding in the last week in February,
according to a recently released
University report. The proposals
represent more than a 100 percent in-
crease over the University's requests
for defense dollars in all of 1985.
Officials say the increase is due to
last-minute entries to meet deadlines
for a new Army program designed to
strengthen science and engineering in
the nation's universities.
TILE officials say the University
does not expect to receive the full $90
million from the Department of Defen-
se. Professors from five engineering
departments have applied for grants
of between $10 million and $14 million
to be distributed over the next five
"It's very unlikely that we will
receive funding for more than one
project. Submitting a proposal does
not equal receiving the award," said
Dan Atkins, an associate engineering
Last year, University researchers
received 15.5 percent of the military
funding they requested.
This year, Atkins said, researchers
nationwide are vying for the awards,
and the Pentagon has received more
than 200 proposals for the new Army
THE PROJECT, University
Research Initiative, is aimed at
establishing "centers of excellence"
in American universities in areas of
interest to the Army. One criteria for
acceptance is that the proposal be ap-
'When research is of interest to the
faculty, they apply for it. We don't direct
research, we arrange for people to know
what is available.'
Vice president for research
plicable to "the Army mission." "This represents very heavy
Each center will be funded for up to graduate support," said Charles
five years, receiving no more than $3 Vest, interim dean of the engineering
million per year. The centers alsomust college. "These projects. would
establish fellowships for American enhance the ability to do research in
graduate students, who would receive major areas of the college."
up to $15,000 a year for three years Vice President for Research Linda
plus tuition costs.
Wilson said the Army project will
benefit commercial technology as
well as defense. "The research is as
easily supported by the Department
of Defense as the National Science
Foundation," she said.
Some students and faculty mem-
bers are upset by the increased poten-
tial for military research on campus.
They believe that the Department of
Defense could sway the Universtiy
even further away from teaching un-
dergraduates and make it a center of
Wilson said she has opposed the
federal government's plan to double
funds for defense research and halve
funding for civilian research. She also
said in a letter to the Daily last week
that she knows of no commitment by
the University administration to in-
crease the percentage of defense fun-
"When research is of interest to the
faculty, they apply for it," she said,
referring to the $90 million military
research proposals. "This is not in-
consistent with my statement. We
don't direct research, we arrange for
people to know what is available."
Wilson agreed that it is unlikely that
each of the five Army proposals will
be accepted by the Pentagon.
Before researchers applied for the
special Army project, the University
had reported about $20 million in
defense research proposals for fiscal
year 1986. In fiscal year 1985, Univer-
sity proposals for defense department
research came to $41.5 million, down
from more than $49 million in 1984.
Daily staff writer Rob Earle
filed a report for this story.
By KERY MURAKAMI
Students urging the University to give jailed South African activist
Nelson Mandela an honorary degree won a minor victory Friday,' when
the Board of Regents ordered a review of the University's policies on the
Mandela, however, was not included among an unknown number of
degree recipients the regents approved Friday for the University's com-
mencement ceremony next month.
APPROXIMATELY 100 students occupied the Regents Room of the
Fleming Administration Building all night Thursday and disrupted the
board meeting Friday by chanting, "Don't refuse Mandela a degree
because of a technicality." But they left the building shortly after the
regents moved to University President Harold Shapiro's conference
room to finish the meeting in private.
Members of the group were shocked later in the weekend when campus
security reported a shanty, built on the Diag to call attention to apartheid,
had been destroyed. A spokesman for security said a security officer
reported seeing the shanty in pieces at 2:55 Saturday morning. The
security officer didn't see anyone in the area.
Roderick Linzie, the Michigan Student Assembly's minority affairs
researcher who supports granting a degree to Mandela, said the attack on
the shanty and the regents' decision added to an uncomfortable feeling
among blacks on campus. The shanty has been repeatedly attacked in
recent months. It was rebuilt Saturday night.
Instead of staying in the Regents Room Friday to try to take over the
administration building, as students at some other universities have
recently done, the protesters said they would concentrate on an alter-
native commencement ceremony on May 3, the same day as the Univer-
Before leaving, the protesters passed a resolution to give Mandela an
honorary degree at the alternative commencement. Hector Delgado, one
of the leaders of the protest, said a member of Mandela's South African
See REGENTS, Page 2
Andy Moeller (49), Ivan Hicks
See story, Page 8.
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
(17), and Dieter Heren (35) celebrate Jack Walker's fumble recovery in Saturday's spring intrasquad football game.
Students suffer year-
end computer crunch
By MICHAEL LUSTIG Mastering the art of under-
statement, if not the art of time
Procrastination is the name of the management, Bob Lazich, an LSA
game in computer programming freshman who had been waiting for a
classes at the University. Students computer for two hours and faced
who wait until the last minute may not another hour wait, said "I'll be here a
pass through long lines - and they while."
may not pass in their programs.
Most introductory computer THE situation was no less grim at
programs are due tonight at midnight the Undergraduate Library computer
and apparently most students waited center. While Zenith computers were
until this weekend to get on a ter- available in the early afternoon, 20
minal. people waited on line for Macintoshes
and a monitor predicted the line
AT THE North University Building would grow.
Computer Center (NUBS) yesterday
fternoon, all 75 Apple Macintosh and Some claimed it was the result of a
Ontel terminals were in use. A computer science professors' plot to
monitor said it was the "businest day jam the centers and make them pay
of the year. People are waiting three for procrastinating.
to four hours for a terminal and then But Jerry Turner, a computer
another 45 minute to an hour for a science professor, said professors did
printout." not plan to have all the programs due
When engineering junior Susan on the same day and that it is "up to
Gamble found a two-hour wait yester- the students to get started early." He
day at the Union Computing Center added that the computing centers get
she called her situation a "night- jammed because many students
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN
A recent attempt to clean up the
graffiti-laden walls of East Quad has
stirred a debate among residents over
whether the scrawled messages
represent a form of art or an act of
"Graffiti can be an art, but some
recent attacks cannot be called anyth-
ing but abusive," said LSA freshman
Peter Schuur. He cited a large sign in
the dormitory library that reads "Kill
Reagan" as an example of harmful
THERE EXISTS a sentiment;
though, that says graffiti adds
character to East Quad. "A graffiti
wall could provide a form of art that is
lacking in the Quad," said William
Pflaum, an LSA freshman.
See MANY, Page 2
Doily Photo by CHRIS TWIGG
East Quad's latest graffiti attack has focused on the television in the dormitory's Madrigal Lounge. A recent
rise in graffiti has caused concern among residents and staff about a growing vandalism problem in the Quad.
T eI medi a o ut o tod 's
Born to eat wild
C RIMINAL mischief charges against self-
proclaimed "Wildman" Steve Brill, who led a
plant-tasting tour through Central Park, were adjour-
said he'll "encourage people to select only the most
common weeds where they're growing in great abun-
When you care enough ...
UNTOUCHABLE: Sports looks at softball pit-
cher Vicki Morrow's no-hitter. See Page 7.