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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 28, 1987- Page 5

Goodbye
Reception honors Shapiro's departure

By KATHERINE BEITNER
The peaceful melody of Pacabel's
Canon and the aroma of maize and
blue flowers filled the Michigan
Union's Kuenzel room yesterday as
President Harold Shapiro bade
farewell at an afternoon reception.
The Student Organization
Development Center and the
Michigan Student Assembly co-
Ssponsored the event.
Tradition dictates the president to
host a tea at his house every fall but,
since this will be Shapiro's last
term, the students decided to hold a
frception for him.
, MSA President Ken Weine said,
"We planned this reception to give
students their last opportunity to
express their feelings and opinions to
Dr. Shapiro, hoping he will relay
these feelings to the next president."

Vice President for Student
Services Henry Johnson said, "I'll
miss the president and I enjoyed
working with him. He's done a fine
job and I wish him well."
Several students attended the
reception. "I wanted to say goodbye
to Harry and I couldn't resist the harp
music," said graduate student Basil
Kiwan
LSA sophomore Andrea Adler
said, "I went to the President's open

LSA junior and co-president of the
East Quad Bridge Club, Belinda Pett
said "I decided to come because I
thought it would be interesting to see
the people that run this University."
Both Bridge Club presidents attended
the send-off.
Not everyone came just to say
goodbye to the president. "I came to
talk about important issues. Shapiro
has a responsiblity to help the new
president understand the key issues.

Michigan Video Yearbook
executive producer Brenda Aaronson,
was at the reception and said the
event will appear in the '88- 89
edition of the video yearbook.
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
member and MSA representative
George Davis said "Although we've
had our differences I'd like to send
Shapiro off knowing we do respect
him."
Although the crowd consisted
mostly of students, University of
Cincinnati professor, Alvin
Crawford,. who is in the middle of a
four-day stay as a Martin Luther
King/ Ceasar Chavez/ Rosa Parks
program visiting professor, said, "I
made this reception a part of my
agenda so that I could have the
opportunity to visit briefly with
President Shapiro."

'I'll miss the president and I enjoyed working with
him. He's done a fine job and I wish him well.'
- Henry Johnson,Vice President
for Student Services

house freshman year and had a great
time talking to him so I thought I'd
come back."

Yet when I talked with him today he
skirted the issues," said LSA junior
Ben Esner.

Colleagues admire Fleming

(continued from Page 1)
In 1942, Fleming's career as a
labor lawyer ended. He married Sally
in the spring and was drafted a few
ponths later. "The army rescued me.
( got drafted so I couldn't be exposed
for how little I knew," he said.
M When World War II ended,
Yleming took a "stop-gap" job in
Washington. He had "never ever"
considered teaching law, but a
rofessor-on-leave he met in
Washington told Fleming to look
into academia.
"I sort of dismissed the idea," he
said, folding his arms. "I really
Honestly couldn't see why anybody
yould like me to teach."
But "out of the clear blue sky,"
the University of Wisconsin offered
Fleming the opportunity to teach in
their new unit on labor management
problems. He and Sally decided that
Madison was a good place to raise
Aheir first child, Nancy, and he took
,the position.
; "Had the war not intervened, I
probably would be practicing law
,somewhere today," he said
pensively.
AFTER teaching for 17 years at
.Madison and the University of
Illinois, Fleming became the
chancellor of the University of

Wisconsin. Three years later, he
received simultaneous offers to
become president of the University
of Minnesota and the University of
Michigan.
"I decided to come to Michigan
because its reputation as a university
was very high, and I thought it was
more like Wisconsin," he said. "I
had lectured here occasionally in my
years as a professor, but I really
didn't know the University at all."
Fleming arrived just in time for
the Vietnam and BAM protests, but
unrest was nothing new to him.
University administrators,
regents, and student leaders agree that
Fleming's labor management skills
brought the University through the
turbulent 60's with minimal
damage, no a simple feat in the days
when the Wisconsin suffered full-
scale riots and bombings.
"My first recollection of him was
in (the administration building) on
the night we had about 3,000
students down on the Regents' Plaza
protesting, of all things, the
bookstore issue," said Vice President
for Government Relations Richard
Kennedy. The University's Board of
Regents was hesitant to grant
students complete oversight of the'
bookstore in the Union, and the

protesters staged a sit-in in the LSA
Building.
"I remember Bob Fleming in the
lobby of the second floor... kind of
watching the whole affair," he said.
"I remember him nacinao and

"That threat was always with you
- the fear that something like the
bombings at Wisconsin could
happen here," said Kennedy.
"(Fleming) was masterful in the way
he managed to get the University
through those years without any real
disasters."
Even students who protested
against Fleming were quick to praise
his ability to handle dissent. During
the BAM protest in 1970, Black
student leader Evelyn Moore repeat-
edly told Fleming, "You don't
understand what I'm telling you."
He countered, "Oh I understand
what you're telling me. We just
don't agree."
Seventeen years later, Moore
maintains Fleming was a fair, open
administrator. "You knew where he
was coming from, and what his
position was," she said.
Henry Grix, the 1969-70 editor of
The Daily, agreed. "He was able to
keep the faculty calm, and the
students calmer than they otherwise
would have been," he said.
DESPITE the many protests,.
Fleming remained unflappable.
According to his wife Sally, "He
never panicked during all of that
period. He knew there was some way
of working through this thing."

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MORE than 100 students were
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(Continued from Page 3)
"The College Republicans hope to
increase student awareness of the
situation in Nicaragua. We want
people to hear the side of the story
that is most often neglected on
campus."
But any disruptions last night
were tame compared with protests
that postponed an appearance by the

two Contra officials Monday at
Wayne State University.
"The meeting turned into a
shouting match between Contra
supporters and opponents, and had to
be moved to a new location, with
the demonstrators not being allowed
in," said Vince Kern, editor-in-chief
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