By MARTIN FRANK
The University was awarded three
major Department of Defense projec-
ts this summer that could significan-
tly increase the amount of research
money the University receives from
University officials currently
negotiating with the defense
department predict researchers
will receive between $20 and $25
million, although the amount could be
as high as $32 million.
The contracts, which are part of the
University Research Initiative - a-
federal program designed to:
revitalize the nation's research"
universities - have raised fears that
this research would "militarize"
Defense funding totalled $7.7
million in 1984-85, about 5 percent
of the University's research budget.
The URI contracts could more than
double that amount.
"Those projects are shaping the
dependence of the University towards
accepting military contracts which
will tie up the University with the
Pentagon," said Ingrid Kock, former
military research advisor for the
Michigan Student Assembly.
Thirty students held a brief
picket outside the laboratory of Elec-
trical Engineering and Computer
Science Prof. George Haddad in July
after the awards were announced.
Haddad, whose $14.6 million project
was the largest of the University's
URI projects, will study methods of
increasing the speed of computer
"This is one of the best projects
available," he said. "It is badly
needed as I will be working with
graduate students who will definitely
help with such a highly competitive
'These projects are shaping the indepen-
dence of the University towards accep-
ting military contracts, which will tie up
the University with the Pentagon.'
-Ingrid Kock, former MSA
military research advisor
- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 4, 1986 - Page 3
s defense contracts
of the University's total federal
Naval Architecture Prof. Robert
Beck is supervising another URI
project, a $9.9 million endeavor that
will study the problem of fluid
movement around ships, with the goal
of improving hull designs.
The other project, supervised by
Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering Prof. Ronald Gibala,
will focus on improving lightweight
materials that are reliable for high
temperatures for aircraft engines,
frames, and skins. Gibala's project
will cost $8.4 million.
Haddad was not present at the
Despite the opposition, University
officials support the research and are
optimistic about the grants. Only 71 of
the more than 1000 proposals submit-
ted nationwide were selected, and the
University won three of the largest.
"I'm very excited about these
awards," said Engineering Dean
Charles Vest, "URI is very important
to research universitiesslike ours
because it provides funds for
graduate students as well as equip-
ping our new laboratories with
Vest added that he does not con-
sider the URI a military endeavor,
though it is funded through the defen-
"The URI deals with areas impor-
tant to us and we are not using it for
weapons development," he said.
Vest and University Vice President
for Research Linda Wilson could not
estimate how much the new projects
would increase the Universities per-
centage of defense funding, but they
did say it would be by "some
Increases called significant
Wilson says the increases will not
be significant compared to research
funding increased from other federal
sources. She noted that the National
Science Foundation (NSF) programs
and National Institute of Health
(NIH) programs rose 25 percent last
year, compared to a 16 percent defen-
se increase. NIH provides 41 percent
Doily rnoto by ANDI SCHREIBER
LSA freshmat 'isanna Gerneth, left, and Michelle Binienda stand in the
Butler Loung in Mary Markley residence hall. They are among 11
freshmen lip * in temporary rooms because of a shortage of spaces in
Housing crunch in
By EVE BECKER lounges are equipped with stan-
and EUGENE PAK dard dorm furniture and are
A record number of freshmen shared by two to four women.
admitted to the University this fall Williams said the Housing Office
has forced housing officials to push was prepared to move students in
available space in residence halls with resident advisors as a last
to the limit in c:der to guarantee step, but the lounge space is suf-
freshmen housing. ficient. Last year a few students
But the crunch for dorm space is did live with R.A.s temporarily.
a little better than expected, ac The women were given T-shirts
cording to Director of Housing In- embelished with, "I wanted a
formation Leroy Williams, room but all I got was this darn tee
because of a large number of "no- shirt," on the back.
shows" and lease cancellations. LSA FRESHMAN Michelle
Two weeks ago 200 students still Binienda, who is living in a conver-
had not been assigned housing, ted lounge in Markley, said she
Williams said. These students feels comfortable in the lounge
were sent notices instructing them, because it has a lot of space.
to check in at the housing office "I don't really care. I like it.
when they arrived to receive a We'll be placed (in permanent
housing assignment. rooms) by September 12," she
BY AUGUST 30, only 11 women said. "I was really mad, but I got
were assigned temporary housing, here and it was nice."
but sufficient housing was found Two of the four students
for the men. Spaces became assigned to the Markley lounge
available because of a large num- have not moved in yet, so Binienda
ber of "no-shows," conversions of and roommate Lisanne Gerneth
double rooms to economy triples, have moved out the extra beds and
and . allowing students in taken over the extra bureaus and
traditional residence halls to can- portable wardrobe closets in the
cel their leases. room.
The dislocated students are Although the space is adequate,
living in lounges in Mary Markley, the women complained that there
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