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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Volume XCVII -No. 5 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Wednesday, September 16, 1987 Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily


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Dorm shortage
forces students
into lounges
Most high school seniors who apply to the
University don't expect to live in converted triples,
shuffle from temporary to permanent rooms, or live in
residence hall lounges refurbished into living space.
But this has become a reality for several first-year
students because of a 112 percent occupancy rate in
residence halls. Currently, 15 students live in residence
hall lounges, and 402 doubles in South Quad have been
converted into triples.
"We receive figures from the admission office that
are based on projections to determine the percentage of
students who will return to the traditional housing
system," said Director of Housing Information Leroy
"Unfortunately, those figures change, and a greater
number of freshmen who were admitted to the
University than projected decided to attend," he said.
There are always more residents than originally
planned for, Williams said.
Housing officials expect some cancellations in
residence hall leases. "If every student who signed a
lease decided to live in a residence hall in the.fall,we
would have over 100 students put in temporary
housing. Right now, we only have 15," Williams said.
Additional dorm space is usually found when
students fail to show up or voluntarily give up their
When enrollment is beyond expectations, the
housing office converts designated "surge rooms" into
triples. According to South Quad Building Director
Marion Antieau, "All of the surge rooms were used in
South Quad this year."
See CAMPUS, Page 2

Understaffing to
factor in MD
contract dispute
Resident physicians at University Hospitals allege
violations of a two-and-a-half year contract signed with
the hospital administration on Sept. 8.
Dr. Ronald Bradley, chief negotiator for the House
Officer Association (HOA) of residents, said yesterday
that the Veteran's Administration Hospital of Ann
Arbor has not honored an agreement to provide an on-
duty nurse to assist residents in the walk-in/emergency
clinic between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Because most University Hospital residents also
rotate at the VA Hospital, the HOA contract included a
letter of understanding that residents would be assisted.
by a nurse 24 hours a day.
Dr. John Sheagrean, Chief of Staff at VA
Hospital, acknowledged yesterday that a shortage of
nursing services has "put us in a difficult position -to
provide a regulated level of personnel, and frankly, we
just can't hire the nurses."
But Sheagrean added he had not yet seen a copy of
the contract letter - a document Bradley said contains
Sheagrean's signature.
Dr. Scott Gitlin, president of the HOA, said a
resident on the late night shift at VA Hospial works
only with a nurse's aide - a person unqualified to draw
blood, administer intravenous medication, and conduct:
other nursing duties.
"A nurse's aide is in no way a nurse," said HOA
Vice-president Dr. Alan Brown. "It's only a set of
hands with usually not more than a high school
education whose function is to help out nurses with'
things like bedpans."
See CONTRACT, Page 2

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY

First year LSA student Mike Robinson stands in the doorway of his Mary Markley residence ball dorm
room - a converted lounge. Robinson and 14 other students were forced to live in lounges because of the
112 per cent dorm occupancy rate.


Bork says his
are apolitical
as Senate
hearings begin
WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee
Robert Bork, denying that his judicial philosophy is
either liberal or conservative, said yesterday that judges
must be dedicated to restraint and respect for democratic
The federal appeals court judge, in an opening
statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee considering
his nomination, said, "My philosophy of judging is
neither liberal or conservative. It is simply a philosophy
of judging which gives the Constitution a full and fair
interpretation, but where the Constitution is silent leaves
the policy struggles to Congress, the President,
legislatures and executives of the 50 states and to the
American people."
Meeting head-on some of the attacks of liberal critics,
Bork said he values judicial precedent and singled out for
special praise the 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown vs.
Board of Education, that outlawed school segregation.
"IT IS ONE THING as a legal theorist to criticize
the reasoning of a prior decision, even to criticize it
severely, as I have done," he said. "It is another and more
serious thing altogether for a judge to ignore or.overturn
a prior decision. That requires much careful thought."
Bork said judges who impose their own values rather
than interpret the Constitution deprive the American
people of liberty.
In response to questions from Judiciary Committee
Chair Joseph Biden (D-Del.), Bork defended statements
he has made criticizing an important Supreme Court
ruling in 1965 that struck down a Connecticut law
barring the use of contraceptives even by married
See BORK, Page 5

More than 100 members of the
University community crammed into
the basement of the William Monroe
Trotter House last night for the
United Coalition Against Racism's
first meeting of fall term.
Messages prevalent at the meeting
were that institutional racisrp
permeates American society and that
only with grassroots movements can
changes in the system be rendered.
UCAR member Barbara Ransby
told the audience, "Racism has not
gone anywhere since last spring."
She added the group received seven
complaints detailing racist incidents
on campus over summer.
"We have our job cut out for us,
Ransby said.
To underscore this point, UCAR
played a15-minute video of a
morning television talk show which
featured three members of white
supremecy groups, discussing their
views on minorities.
As meeting attendees watched
with concern, one of the show's
guests advocated shipping all non-
white Americans to their countries of
origin, while another said he would
See RANSBY, Page 3

United Coalition Against Racism members Kendra Orr, Barbara Ransby, and Regina Gemison (front
video on white supremacy at the group's first meeting last night.

Daily Photo by SCOTT IITUCHY
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Michigan vies for super collider

The state of Michigan officially
entered its bid to host the world's
largest superconducting super collider
last month when Governor Blanchard
submitted a site proposal to the U.S.
Department of Energy.
"Those of us who have worked

oval-shaped super conducting mag-
nets which accelerate protons at close
to the speed of light, causing the
particles to collide at several points
along the ring.
These collisions will recreate the
enormous energy present when the
universe was created. It will allow

Jones said Michigan would make
an excellent host for the facility be-
cause of the proximity of both the
University and Michigan State Uni-
versity to the sites, highly accessable
transportation provided by the Detroit

search and boost its economy by cre-
ating 2,500 new jobs in the site's
community. Michigan proposed
Monroe County and the area between
Lansing and Ann Arbor as its two

would be attracted to the place - all
of the top universities in the country
from a scientific point of view have
had that type of facility near them,"
Kane said.
Currently, a committee of 12 ex-
perts established by the National
Academy of Sciences is working to
weed out sites failing to meet the
criteria A chort list of candiiates

Who is going to be held account-
able for illicit arms sales?
Students interested in literary orga-
nizations have a wide variety o
groups in which they can get in-

Vri rcnn Pn~rt an awful lot ofhenefitc hPr crnia large.

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