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Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom

VOLUME XCVII - NO. 82

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 1987

COPYRIGHT 1987 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Chemistry,

Physics

face overhaul

By MARTIN FRANK
First of a two-part series
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
has begun overhauling the chemistry and physics
departments, both of which have suffered from
underfunding, old facilities, and a depleted faculty.
The planned changes will take place over the next
20-30 years and include the new chemistry building
scheduled for completion in 1989; renovations of the
current Chemistry Building, the Randall Laboratory,
and the Natural Science Building; and a proposed
underground chemistry library that would span the
Chemistry and Natural Science buildings.

The plan is part of a new initiative to "strengthen
the Natural Sciences," while maintaining the quality
of other departments, said LSA Associate Dean for
Administration and Curriculum James Cather.
Aging natural science facilities have led to
problems of upkeep and office space. For example,
according to Lawrence Jones, chairman of the physics
department, a washroom in Randall had to be
converted into office space several years ago.
Many physics faculty members are old, and many
are near retirement. "We don't have too many (faculty
members) under 40, but we do have too many over
50," Jones said.

The department has been seeking younger faculty
members because of their quality and potential
longevity. "We'd rather get a 28-year-old boy or girl
wonder than someone who'll only be with us for a
few years," Jones said.
Jones said that while federal funding has increased
for research projects and research staff salaries, the
grants have not paid for renovations or laboratory
updating.
'I'd rather have a space problem than a problem of
getting federal agencies to fund research projects," said
Jones.
But he added that insufficient office space and old

laboratories has put a damper on attracting faculty and
appealing to graduate students. "We need to upgrade a
50-year-old building to 1980s standards," Jones said.
The Chemistry department faces similar problems.
Its buildings, erected in 1904 and 1948, are in serious
need of renovations and improvements. Said
Chemistry Prof. Arthur Ashe, "We need extensive
renovations. The structures are inadequate for teaching
and modern research."
The University's chemistry laboratories are the
oldest in the Big 10. "It can't help but influence
scientists' and students' decisions to come here," said
See LSA, Page 5

State

proposes

satellite

system

By MICHAEL LUSTIG
University officials expect the
State Legislature to approve a
$13.2 million proposal to create a
satellite education network which
would allow the College of Engin-
eering to provide graduate courses
to students living in western and
northern Michigan.
The plan would also involve the
engineering schools of Michigan
State University, Wayne State
University, and Michigan Technical
University.
According to University engin-
eering college officials, the satellite
would transmit television signals
and allow students to respond
through high-speed computers.

Since state universities already have
some of the required equipment, the
system would only need an
"uplink" to facilitate satellite trans-
missions and an encoder to allow
students to receive the signals.
The uplink capability is
"relatively inexpensive," said engin-
eering Prof. Dwight Stevenson,
director of television instruction for
the college. The University has had
an instructional television system
hooked up to locations in the
Detroit area for about 20 years.
Gov. James Blanchard will
include the satellite program in his
1987-88 budget proposal, which he
will make to the State Legislature
this Wednesday.

Daniel Atkins, an associate dean
in the College of Engineering, said
the $13.2 million, which will be
given to the universities over a
five-year period, will help them get
needed equipment and meet oper-
ating expenses. Over the five years,
"the state's expenses will go down
and the schools will pick them up,"
Atkins said.
The proposed network originated
with Sen. Harry Gast (R-St.
Joseph), who asked officials of the
University of Michigan, Michigan
State University, Wayne State
University, and Michigan Technical
University to make graduate engin-
eering courses available for
See STATE, Page 5

20,000 march in
civil rights protest

Associated Press
New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms earned MVP honors by setting a Superbowl record in completion
percentage (88 percent). He led the Giants to a 39-20 romp over Denver in Super Bowl XXI.
A Super'Win for Giants 39-20

PASADENA, CALIF. (AP) -
Phil Simms and the New York
defense overcame a one-man show
1by John Elway as the Giants
scored 30 points in the second half
to beat the Denver Broncos 39-20
yesterday in the 1987 Super Bowl.
Considered the lesser of the
two quarterbacks in this game,
Simms completed 22 of 25 for

268 yards, including three
touchdown passes, and was
unanimously voted the Most
Valuable Player.
He also set a Super Bowl
record with 10 straight
completions during New York's
second-half tear. His 88 percent
completion rate was an National
Football League playoff record.

"WHEN I was warming up I
told everyone 'I've got it today.' I
was throwing real well today,"
Simms said. "Our offense had a
lot to prove today. Nobody said
anything about us all week."
"This ought to dispel any
myth about Phil Simms," Giants
coach Bill Parcels said. "He was
See NEW YORK, Page 9

By DAVID WEBSTER
Special to the Daily
CUMMING, GA.- A chain of
Georgia National Guardsmen
flanked over 20,000 civil rights
marchers on both sides of Old
Buford Road as they walked to the
Forsyth County courthouse in this
town Saturday. The Guardsmen,
equipped with riot helmets and
batons, separated the marchers from
crowds of white supremacists yell-
ing "Go home, niggers."
The march was the largest civil
rights demonstration in America
since the 1960s. It attracted civil
rights activists and politicians from
across the country, as well as 30
members of the Guardian Angels
from Atlanta and New York.
"The civil rights family has not
been together like this since we
buried Martin Luther King Jr.," said
the Rev. Hosea Williams, a mem-
ber of the Atlanta City Council.
DOZENS OF Confederate

flags and signs with messages such
as ''James Earl Ray - American
hero" reminded marchers that they
shared the road with about 1,000
counter-demonstrators, including
members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Williams helped Forsyth County
resident Dean Carter organize the
march after a "brotherhood march"
commemorating King's birthday in
the all-white county was scarred by
violence one week earlier.
"I've never seen as much hate
and violence as I saw in Forsyth
County last Saturday," Williams
said, referring to the first march.
"We are going to stay in Forsyth
County until justice trickles down
like water from a mighty stream."
THIS WEEKEND'S march
saw relatively little violence. Three
marchers were struck with rocks and
suffered minor injuries. Fifty-six
people were arrested for obstructing
justice, weapons charges, and
threats of violence. One state troop -

er sprained his ankle wrestling
with a counter-demonstrator.
But the potential for violence at
the march invoked the largest
display of law enforcement officials
in Georgia history. National
Guardsmen, Georgia State Patrol
officers, Georgia Bureau of Invest-
igation agents, and county and local
police departments comprised a
force of over 2,300 members.
"There's more security here than
I've seen in probably two decades,"
Curtis Sliwa, national leader of the
Guardian Angels, said.
THE ONE and one-quarter mile
long march, which culminated in a
rally at the courthouse, was delayed
three hours as organizers waited for
busloads of marchers to arrive from
the Martin Luther King Center for
Nonviolent Social Change in
Atlanta. Atlanta residents were
carried to Cumming on 160 buses
and 4,000 more people were
See CIVIL, Page 3

Teachers abducted in Beirut.

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - An anonymous caller
yesterday claimed the weekend abduction of three
American teachers and an Indian professor in the name
of an underground group linked to Iran and threatened
to kill them if the United States helps Iraq.
An earlier caller, also claiming to speak for the
Organization of the Oppressed on Earth, said the
educators were grabbed on Saturday to prevent the
extradition from West Germany to the United States

of Mohammed Ali Hamadi, a Lebanese man sought
in a 1985 TWA hijacking.
Twenty-three foreigners now are reported missing
and believed kidnapped in Lebanon, including eight
seized since Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite
arrived in Beirut on Jan. 12 on a mission to seek the
release of hostages.
See HOSTAGES, Page 3

Students
hunt for
alternate
housing
By ELIZABETH ATKINS
A student searching through
listings of available housing for
next year described a "huge
paranoia" among other students in
search of off-campus housing. He
and his friends looked at three
houses in one day, but all were
taken. They had to settle for a huge
house and are looking for more
roommates. "We have five people
for a seven-bedroom house," he
said.
"About 20 people have come by

Interdisciplinary

research g
By MARTHA SEVETSON
Psychology Prof. Jacquelynne
Eccles has been weaving research
from different departments into her
own fabric of studies for ten years.
Her current work, combining
political science, economics, and
developmental psychology, comes
as the University is about to place
new emphasis on interdisciplinary
research.
At present, in order for profes-
sors to get funding for interdisci-
plinary research, they must make
proposals to peer review boards in
one of the disciplines involved.
Because there are no panels designed
to handle interdisciplinary research,
the projects are less likely to be
funded.
"WE HAVE to make
rnmnrnmie~ee t iilu tnnre ci rh

ts support
million fund last December. The
money, provided by the Kellogg
Foundation, will be granted to
faculty members who present
proposals for either innovative or
See GRANT, Page 2
INSIDE

Proposition 48 bolsters the
image of collegiate athletics
but discriminates against
student athletes,
OPINION, PAGE 4
Computers are becoming the
Van Goghs of the future... but
is it really art?
ARTS, PAGE 7

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