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Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom




forced retirement

The careers of many elderly University
professors could be lengthened if a bill
coming before the Michigan Senate
Judiciary Committee on Wednesday pas-
The legislation, as it is now written,
would remove the current retirement age
of 70 for University professors as soon as
it is signed into law. Although figures for
this year are not available, 125 University

professors were over age 65 last year.
University Vice President for Gov-
ernment Relations Richard Kennedy said
he is unsure how the University will react
to the bill. He is also unsure whether the
University will take a formal position on
the legislation. Kennedy said if the bill
moves quickly, it will still take a few
weeks to pass, but administrators at the
University "won't be dragging our feet."

(D-Detroit), who introduced the bill
during the last congressional session, said
forced retirement is discriminatory. He
added that 31 of Michigan's 38 senators
now support the legislation.
The legislation would not have a
major effect on the University because
many professors retire before age 70,
according to Charles Allmand, assistant
to the vice-president for academic affairs.
During the 1984-1985 fiscal year most

professors retired at age 65, according to
Donald Thiel, assistant director of
personnel-staff benefits.
But Terrance Sandalow, outgoing dean
of the law school, feels that banning
forced retirement would be "unwise,"
since it saves the University from
dismissing unproductive professors. If a
professor is forced to retire at age 70, "it
has nothing to do with them as a person.
But if someone has made a judgment that

you're not a capable human being, to me
that's a lot worse," he said.
Some faculty members believe that
mandatory retirement is unfair. Samuel
Eldersveld, a political science professor,
said "you've spent all your life working
and teaching and then they turn you out
to pasture."
See LAW, Page 2

gun down
'M 83-67,
Special to the Daily
coach Bill Frieder has cried about
his team's weaknesses since
October. They became very evident
yesterday, as Indiana pounded the
Wolverines, 83-67, in Assembly
The Hoosier frontcourt outscored
Michigan's, 51-36, and the.
Wolverines shot just 42 percent for
the game. Indiana swept the season
series and defeated Michigan at
home for the first time in three
A 12-point Indiana halftime lead
r shrunk to no lower than 10 during
the final 20 minutes.
AFTER BEING shut out for
the first 10 minutes of the game,
Steve Alford came back to lead the
second-ranked Hoosiers (19-2
overall, 10-1 Big Ten) with a game-
high 30 points. Center Dean Garrett
added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Gary Grant, Garde Thompson, and
Glen Rice led Michigan (15-8, 6-5)
with 13 each.
"We were getting everything that
we wanted and we were doing it the
way we wanted to do it," said
Indiana coach Bob Knight. "I
thought we played well."
"There's not a lot to say," said a
dejected Frieder. "They made the big
See INDIANA, Page 10
City consl
After a two-year search by city
officials, Ann Arbor's low-income
residents are finally going to get a
place of their own.
Bi-partisan support is expected
tonight when the Ann Arbor City
} Council considers a resolution to
build a low-rent structure on W. Li -

By EVE BECKER cussion wou
Representatives from the medical this week. TI
school's student council are plan- discussed an
ning to file an appeal against the utive commi
executive committee's decision last ents present
week to change their academic Dr. Jose
calendar. school dean,
The change in the calendar, the issue ca
effective next fall, will begin and ittee last wee
end the school year later in order to Associate
better coincide with the Univ- who chaired
ersity's undergraduate calendar. It ittee meeting
will shorten the students' exam the student
period by three days and vacation appeal the d
time by one week. calendar cl
Four representatives of the committee d
medical school student council were the calendc
supposed to make a presentation to students were
the executive committee at last Tom Ma
Thursday's meeting, explaining medical sch
why they opposed the change. representativ
But Ronda Oram, a first-year were leftc
medical school student, said she process. "Ii
was told the Tuesday before the the studentsi
meeting that the issue would not be change, is
discussed at that time, and dis- blatant slap i


uld be postponed until
he calendar change was
nd passed by the exec-
ittee without any stud-
at the meeting.
ph Johnson, medical
was out of town when
me before the comm-
Dean Dr. Giles Bole,
the executive comm-
in the dean's absence,
s will be allowed to
ecision to approve the
hange. He said the
iscussed alternatives to
ar changes, but no
e present.
agill, a' second-year
ool student and class
e, said that the students
out of the decision
think what's angering
more than the schedule
that it seems like a
n the face," he said.

According to the student
representatives, Johnson and James
Taren, associate dean for academic
programming, told the students at
an informal monthly meeting that
they would have input on the
'Students have already had input
at various levels," Taren said last
Thursday. "Students, if they wish,
can appeal the decision. The
executive committee didn't wish to
get student input at that time."
Thomas Gelehrter, internal
medicine and genetics professor and
a member of the executive comm-
ittee, said the students discussed the
proposal last term in the Basic
Science Phase Committee, a group
of faculty and student represent-
atives who oversee programming
for the first two years of medical
Alex Lin, a first-year rep-
resentative, said the subject had
See CALENDAR, Page 3

Three vie for seat inf
studet-filled ward

Bursley Blues Daily Photo by GRACE TSAI
Art McClellan plays his trumpet in front of over 300 people at Saturday's
16th annual Bursley Show. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the
Bursley Family, will benefit the upcoming minority freshmen weekend.

ders low-co
berty Street. The 40-room building,
to be constructed with donated labor
and financed by state and private
funding, would be managed by the
Salvation Army.
-"There's evidence that Ann
Arbor could certainly fill those 40
spaces," said Councilmember Jean-
nette Middleton (R-Third Ward). "I

st housing
think there definitely are people
who are either making minimum
wage, or who can't find housing for
the price they can pay.-
Councilmember Gerald Jernigan
(R-Fourth Ward) agreed with
Middleton, but said he may with-
hold his support if surrounding
See COUNCIL, Page 3

Editors' note: For the next week,
the Daily will be examining the
issues in next Monday's city
primaries. The stories will cover
Wards 1-5, in addition to the
mayoral race.
The first ward has a history of
voting Democrat and in this year's
city council election primary, two
Democrats will be on the ballot and
one Republican will face no
The primary contest in the first
ward is between the two Democratic
candidates, Ann Marie Coleman and
Robert Elton. Ron Witchie, the
only candidate for the Republican
party, has lived in Ann Arbor for
six months.
The first ward has a large student
population and affordable housing
is a major issue for the 77 percent
of residents who rent. The ward
includes most of north campus and

a large part of central campus.
Coleman has lived in the ward
for 14 years and is currently the co-
director of Guild House campus
ministry. She said there is a need
for more communication between
the city and the University,
especially when building affordable
housing. She believes the
University should build more
student housing to keep costs
Elton, a designer for General
Motors in Pontiac, supports the
housing milage proposal on the
April ballot which will utilize tax
dollars to subsidize building costs
and make houses cheaper.
Witchie is an environmental
technician with Chester Engineers.
He wants "affordable housing"
better defined before the city takes
action on the issue. He agrees with
the two Democrats that housing is
one of his major concerns.
Both Democrats and Republicans
stress city development downtown.
Elton feels that the development
of the area is one of the most
significant first ward issues. In his
fight against the University Center
mall proposal to be built near

Problems exist for
Duderstadt's plan

... runs uncontested in primary
North Campus, Elton stressed
control of development.
Witchie feels that the city must
grow or face stagnation. "We need
controlled growth," Witchie said,
"People want to have more control
about what is built."
Witchie said that the city does
MSA needs to increase its
student support and allow
international issues in its forum
rather than limiting its agenda.
The Martha Graham Dance
company put on an unforgettable
The~ hockev team m e aa

Interim University President
James Duderstadt's ambitious plans
to involve students in strategic
planning and improve undergraduate
life have run into some unexpected
Resignations from the long-term

Student Assembly passed a res-
olution condemning the caucus and
forbidding assembly members to
The resignation of caucus
chairperson Paul Josephson last
week has added to the controversy
caused when MSA President Kurt

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