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Vol. XCVI- No. 15 C
Professor
of English
Patrides
dies at 56
By EUGENE PAK
University English Prof.
Constantinos Patrides, an expert
in Renaissance literature, died
yesterday morning at age 56
following a lingering illness.
Colleagues and students
. recognized Patrides as a
distinguished scholar and out-
standing teacher. John Knott,
chairman of the English
department, called Patrides "one
of the preeminent scholars of the
Renaissance in his generation."
He was internationally re-
cognized for his work and
published numerous books and
journal articles.
"He received endless honors,"
said English Prof. George
Bornstein, a friend and colleague
of Patrides, "including two
Guggenheim fellowships, which
is really remarkable."
"HE upheld the highest
standards of scholarship. He was
passionately committed to both
scholarship and teaching," Knott
said.
Two of Patrides' most well-
known books are "Milton and
The Christian Tradition" and
"The Grand Design of God: The
Christian Scheme of History." He
had just finished a work about
John Donne's poems.
Patrides' outstanding rep-
utation as a Renaissance
literature expert is matched by his
record as a teacher.
"NOT only was he an excellent
scholar, he was an excellent
teacher too . . . He had won
several teaching awards," said
Patrides' friend Claude Sum-
mers, an English professor at the
University of Michigan-
Dearborn.
Patrides has won the
University's Distinguished
See 'U', Page 3

opyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, September 24, 1986

Ten Pages

Panel to meet
over degree
controversy

Daily Photo by CHRIS TWIGG
Pam Brubaker, non-degree student in the School of Architecture, patiently awaits her schedule from CRISP
worker Inge Westergard. This familiar scene accompanied much frustration, as many students attempted to
enroll in their desired courses.
We shalOVCIVflV
(JilSPing's agaain le

By STEVE KNOPPER
The Board of Regents' bylaw
which precludes jailed South
African leader Nelson Mandela
from receiving an honorary
degree will be reviewed by a
committee to be formed by the end
of this week, University officials
said yesterday.
The bylaw prohibits conferring
honorary degrees on people who
cannot attend the graduation
ceremony. Advocates of a
Mandela degree were outraged
when they learned of the rule a
few weeks before last May's
commencement .
Vice President for
Government Relations Richard
Kennedy, who is a member of the
group in charge of reviewing
potential honorary degree
recipients, acknowledged that the
formation of the committee "grew
out of the Mandela controversy."
He said he does not know who will
be on the committee or when
meetings will begin.
OFFICIALS at the Michigan
Student Assembly said two
students, one graduate and one
undergraduate, will be appointed
to the committee. Rackham
Graduate School Dean John
D'Arms, who will chair the
committee which will review the
bylaw, said he would not
comment until the group is
actually formed.
Mandela has been serving a
life sentence in a South African
prison since 1962 because of his
leadership of the African

National Congress, an anti-
apartheid group. He is seen as a
symbol of the anti-apartheid
movement in South Africa.
The Ann Arbor-based Free
South Africa Coordinating
Committee urged the regents to
grant Mandela the degree last
April before commencement, and
they constructed a shanty on the
Diag, partly to draw attention to
their efforts. The shanty is
modeled after the homes that
South African blacks must live in
under the South African
government's racial laws.
Members of the- Free South
Africa Coordinating Committee
gave Mandela an honorary
degree of their own last April in a
ceremony on the Diag before the
regular commencement
ceremony. Congressman George
Crockett (D-Detroit), a vocal
opponent of apartheid, spoke at the
ceremony.
The regents' bylaw that bars
Mandela from receiving a degree
also prevented University
alumnus Raoul Wallenberg from
receiving the degree last April.
Wallenberg is credited with
saving the lives of hundreds of
thousands of Hungarian Jews
during World War II. He
disappeared shortly after the war
and is believed to be dead.
The Honorary Degrees
Committee reportedly considered
recommending Wallenberg for
the honor last January, but the
regents rejected the proposal
because of the bylaw.

By JULIE RADEN
Getting into classes has become a harder task
than it really should be, students say, but raising a
little hell can sometimes be enough to break into
terminally closed classes.
Consider, for instance, the case of Alessandra
(Sandy) Kellerman, a junior in LSA. For the third
straight semester, she had been put on a wait list for
a class she had to have to get her degree in
psychology.
"I talked to the professor," Kellerman said, "and
she told me that my chances for getting in this
semester were slim."
SO Kellerman took action. She wrote a letter to
University President Harold Shapiro and other
administrators explaining her dilemma.

"Students were lined up outside the professor's
office, crying and pleading for the class," she said.
"What sort of system do we have here? If seniors
are allowed to register first for classes, then why
can't the juniors go next to obtain their classes?"
Kellerman wrote.
Lo and behold, she was soon offered a place in
the class. Most students who find themselves in
that situation, however, are not as lucky.
THE PEOPLE who run CRISP don't have much
to say about the wait lists that plague several
departments in LSA.
Carolyn Hardy, an administrative assistant at
the registrar's office, said CRISP operators don't
really pay attention to how long wait lists are
See STUDENTS, Page 3

i

CANVASSINC FLOURISHES IN CITY
Residents sympathetic to causes

By KATHLEEN HAVILAND
Large numbers of liberals,
middle-class workers, and
single-family homes have en-
abled several political grassroots
organizations to thrive in the Ann
Arbor area, according to local
group members.
Greenpeace, the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan
(PIRGIM), the Michigan Citizens
Lobby, and SANE, also known as
the Committee for a SANE
Nuclear Policy, all have
successful fundraising bases in
Ann Arbor.
Greenpeace, an environ-
mentalist organization con-
pcerned with issues including
toxic and radioactive waste
dumping, came to Ann Arbor last

"We are able to come to their doors and say
'Here is another victory accomplished
because of support from people like you"'
-David Shevrin
State Canvass Director
Michigan Citizens Lobby

"We're speaking to them one-
on-one, not through the mail,"
said John Else, canvass director
for Greenpeace.
BART BRUSH, canvass
director of SANE, said success
depends on community support.
"Ann Arbor itself is so supportive.
The large liberal constituency
lends itself fo a great base of
support," he said.
Brush said that'Detroit has the
highest density of single-family
dwellings in the nation, a factor
which increases a group's
opportunity to raise money. "This
leads to a lot of space to canvass,"
he said.
He also theorized that the
See ANN ARBOR, Page 5

May hoping for a successful
summer fund drive. The group
fared well, raising $16,000 in one
week- a feat which broke its
national fundraising record of
$15,000 in one week. Greenpeace
decided to stay here permanently.
THE GROUPS rely primarily
on the fundraising method of
canvassing, for which staff

members go door-to-door to
request donations and educate
citizens about particular issues.
Canvassing is one of the most
effective ways to solicit
contributions; mailed funding
requests can often be overlooked
or forgotten, but a knowledgeable
person standing on the doorstep is
more difficult to ignore.

New 'U' telephones cause dissatisfaction

By JIM HERSHIISER
The University's Office of Telecom-
munications is still receiving about 80
complaint calls a day about the University's
new $32 million phone system, but the calls are
less frequent than when the system was
initially installed over the summer.
University Hospitals spokesman Dave
Friedo said calls at the medical complex cannot
be transferred and people still have to shout
down the hall to relay messages. It is also
impossible for anyone to tell when another call
is coming in, he said, and numerous requests
for changes- such as installing call waiting-
have gone unanswered, even though some
requests were filed last spring.
The emergency room had the entire new

phone system torn out and replaced because the
new phones were inefficient and complicated,
Friedo said.
STEVE MAYO , administrative manager for
the Office of Telecommunications, was in
charge of the emergency room's phone system
and replaced it with another network similar to
the old one.
Mayo said hospital employees complained
that the new phones worked slowly and could
have endangered lives by wasting precious time
in the emergency room.
"I'm not going to have that responsibility on
my shoulders," he said.
Mayo said his office is receiving
"substantially more" complaints than when the
old system was in use.

BUT he added that the office receives many
"repair" calls because people didn't attend
training sessions before the 27,000 phones were
installed.
Alan Levy, West Quad building director,
said the biggest problem was that Centel
Systems, the company contracted to install the
new system, didn't tell anyone that they were
going to tear out all the old phones before putting
the new system in.
University employees and students living in
dormitories over the summer complained about
Centel installation workers. The workers
rarely notified students before entering rooms,
prompting residence staffs to hire students to
watch them.
See PHONES, Page 5

Associated Press

Soviet leader

Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shavardnadze gestures during his
address to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. See in Brief,
Page 2.

TODAY-
Shower power
C

Deba Patnaik, this is no easy matter-these
showers have been without pressure for the past
10 to 13 years, due to calcium deposits in the
shower heads , and fixing them will be "a major
undertaking." But Patnaik said maintenance
workers would check the showers early today.

one-hundredth of a percentage point for each
point the Hawkeyes scored more than their
opponents. During the first two weeks of the
season, Iowa trounced Iowa State 43-7, followed
by Iowa's 57-3 clubbing of Northern Illonios.
"We went through the schedule and we did our

-INSIDE-
DOWN PAT: Opinion criticizes right-wing
fundamentalists running for education
boards. See Page 4.

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