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The Michigan Daily-Monday, October 19, 1987- Page 5


VP Felton
to fill post
(Continued from Page 1)
No one on the assembly will
speculate on a replacement for
Felton, but all agree that the job is a
difficult one to fill.
"The vice president's job is really
tough," said LSA representative Ed
Kraus. "I'm not interested in it," he
LSA representative David New-
blatt concurred. "It will be difficult to
find somebody with (Felton's)
talent," he said.
Felton's resignation came when
the issue of funding the Public
Interest Research Group in Michigan
may be drawing to a close. Assembly
members, and Felton, say the
PIRGIM battle did not play a role in
her decision to leave.
"The PIRGIM stuff had nothing
to do with (Felton's decision),
honestly," said MSA Commun-
ications Committee co-chair Debbie
p Weisman.
"PIRGIM was not a factor -
only to the extent that PIRGIM has
been a big part of MSA," said Kraus.
Newblatt pointed out two of
Felton's strong points as a vice
president: "First, she's very organized
and a hard worker. She took care of
the nuts and bolts that people take
for granted.
"She also has an amazing amount
of enthusiam - she gets everyone
excited about what they're doing," he
Assembly President Ken Weine
praised Felton for her dedication to
the assembly. "Becca's contributed
endles hours for three-and-a-half years
of her life to MSA. It's difficult to
see her leave, but I completely
understand the need for her to move
on," he said.
Newblatt echoed Weine's senti-
ments. "It is a real loss to the
assembly," he said.

Regents approve plans
for realignment of IST

The University's Board of Regents voted Thursday
to restructure the Institute for Science and Technology.
Vice President for Research Linda Wilson said her
office is in already in the process of moving the
institute's eight units to various schools and colleges
and into her office.
The institute still officially exists under the
directorship of Ronald Olsen, assistant vice president
for research.
"I think the decision is sensible as long as it
represents a starting point rather than an ending point.
The main needs continue to exist but can be better
addressed through a different structure," said Regent
Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor).
One reason for realigning IST is because it focused
on technology and science fields rather than all areas of
research. The new plan, Wilson said, will have two
areas of concentration: an office of interdisciplinary
research and an office handling the economic and
industrial aspects of research.
RESTRUCTURING the institute will create a
more effective link between sponsors outside of the
University and the University's research resources, as
well as foster greater cooperation and organization
among different fields of research, Wilson said.
"What we proposed with regard to units in IST is a
first step. We anticipate recurring need to adjust
organizational structure as knowledge, people, needs,
and resources change," Wilson said.
In the past, the institute served as the University's
leading research center for the "hard sciences" like

chemistry, physics and engineering. It also housed
interdisciplinary research and various units like the
University's Transportation Institue which did not fit
well into any paritcular school or college. In addition,
the institute provided industrial companies with easy
access to the University's research resources.
But due to a changing academic climate at the
University, a committee was appointed two years ago
to assess whether IST was appropriate or in need of
change - the regents' decision to change the
institute's organization reflects the findings of the
commitee that a more efficient system was needed.
"THIS IS a plan for response to changes in the
University's research environment...it is part of the
overall direction that I am pursuing to enhance the
environment for research at the University," Wilson
said while addressing the University's Senate Assembly
last month.
Power said that in the past, the University's
academic resources have been ineffectively marketed to
the public, making it difficult to summon the kinds of
service activity needed from a public university. "As a
regent, I'm convinced that Vice President Wilson and
others intend now to address those needs," Power said.
The institute was created in 1959 during the Sputnik
era when the United States wanted to win the
technology race with the USSR.
"There was a great spasm to do something-
President Kennedy said 'I willsend a man to the
moon,' and by God he did! " said Power, who covered
the institute's formation for The Daily 28 years ago.

Daily Photo by GRACE TSAI

For sale
Liz Brown, a student at Eastern Michigan University, displays gag-gifts
she purchased for Halloween at Sam's Jams in Royal Oak.
Baker wants PIRGIM
finane1s investigated

(Continued from Page 1)
Regent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey)
agreed, saying "I don't think we have
looked into any other student group's
But Baker said that MSA mem-
bers were "crying out for attention to
this matter," citing an Ann Arbor
News report that PIRGIM conducted
a deceptive campaign for student
funding last spring.
"I don't think student government
is capable of looking at this issue
independently," Baker said. He said
the group's large canvassing revenue
exceeds the MSA's annual budget,
rendering the student government in-
capable of exercising financial con-
Although the environmental lob-
bying group earned $600,000 can-
vassing last year, last spring's "Save
PIRGIM" campaign stressed that the
group would leave campus unless a
refundable student fee system was

PIRGIM board members said the
campaign was not misleading be-
cause canvassing revenue is separate
from the operation of the campus
"PIRGIM as a statewide organ-
ization would continue," said Gary
Kalman, the group's executive dir-
ector. "But I don't think citizens
want canvassing to go to student
programs. The cost of programs here
must come out of student funds."
MSA members were divided in
their reactions to Baker's request.

Americans fear AIDS
CHICAGO (AP) - Almost half change the fear into informed caution
of the people surveyed by the rather than hysteria," said Dr. James
American Medical Association Sammons, and AMA vice president.
thought it "very likely" that AIDS
would infect and kill a large share of
the nation's population./I


In addition to the 48 percent who
believed it very likely that AIDS
would infect large numbers, 32
percent said the prospect was
"This survey demonstrates that
AIDS has instilled a high degree of
fear in the population and that a great
deal of education needs to be done to

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