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Page 2 -The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 19, 1988

Research group to study racism IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press reports

The University's Research
Policies Committee (RPC)
anPounced yesterday it would form a
subcommittee to investigate
problems of racism and sexism on
'cinpus and to help devise solutions
fdr these problems.
Members formed t h e
subcommittee because they consider
tacism and sexism important issues
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on campus. RPC was originally
formed to discuss classified research,
but since classified research
guidelines were dropped last spring,
the committee is now an advisory
board to University Vice President
for Research Linda Wilson. Wilson
may or may not choose to accept
recommendations made by the RPC,
which is composed of faculty and a
few students.
RPC Chair Joe Miller, the
director of the Kresge Hearing
Research Institute, announced the
formation of the subcommittee at
yesterday's monthly RPC meeting.

Subcommittee Chair Sarah
Newman said the new group would
issue a report that will outline
recommendations to alleviate racism
at the University. Newman, a
professor of anatomy and cell bi-
ology, said the study is important in
light of recent events on campus.
LSA senior and RPC member
Jackie Victor called the RPC
subcommittee unnecessary. Victor
did not attend yesterday's meeting
because it was scheduled on Martin
Luther King Day.
"It seems to me that if the RPC
wants to explore the problems of
racism on campus, we should go to
leaders of minority groups on
campus and use their knowledge to
come up with solutions," Victor
In related matters, the committee

discussed the problems minority
students face when applying to
graduate school or applying for jobs.
Some committee members said
standardized tests, like the GRE, are
not entirely accurate predictors of
The committee will continue to
discuss alternative possibilities to
the "traditional" methods used to
predict future success.
In addition, the RPC will
"informally" review University
Interim President Robben Fleming's
proposed policy to deter
discrimination through academic
sanctions. The University faculty's
Senate Advisory Committee for
University Affairs had asked the
RPC to review the proposal to
gauge faculty sentiment about
Fleming's draft proposal.

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Two Ford family members
elected to company's board
DETROIT - Edsel Ford II and William Clay Ford Jr., both Ford
Motor Co. managers and great-grandsons of founder Henry Ford, have
been elected to the company's board of directors, Ford said yesterday.
The two are the first board members since Henry Ford II took the
company public in 1956 who were not also top Ford corporate officers,
said Ford spokesperson Thomas Rhoades.
However, as board members, Edsel Ford II and William Ford Jr. will
represent the Ford family, along with William Clay Ford Sr., board vice
chair. The family owns 40 percent of the company.
The board election was held Thursday, but Ford Chair Donald Petersen
delayed announcement so company officials could be informed first, Ford
spokesperson Mary Joseph said.
Storm dumps snow on West
A potent storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow in the mountains of the
West yesterday afterhammering California's coast with 12 foot waves
that destroyed a restaurant, washed away part of a hotel, and damaged
celebrities' beach homes.
Seven deaths were blamed on the storm in California before it set off
on a track expected to send it over the Plains today. More than 20 inches
of snow fell at Monticello in southern Utah, with 19 inches at Durango,
Colo., and 17 inches at Flagstaff, Ariz., the National Weather Service
said. Up to 2 feet of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada in northern California.
The heart of the storm was a low pressure system so strong that it sent
barometers plunging to a reading of 29.25, the lowest level measured at
Los Angeles in 100 years of record-keeping, forecasters said.
Toxic dumps devalue property
DETROIT - Bankers and government officials are increasingly con-
cerned over the declining value of property near toxic dump sites in
Michigan as residents fight for lower tax assessments.
Propert.y values are plummeting near former dumps, which exist in at
least 1,778 sites, according to the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources. More than 240 sites are contaminated.with gasoline from
leaking underground storage tanks, DNR officials say.
Last year, the Michigan Tax Tribunal declared at least five homes near
the old South Macomb Disposal Authority garbage dump in Macomb
County worth just $100 each - effective back to 1985.
Reductions on homes in similar circumstances could cost local gov-
ernments a lot of money, and banks worry because collateral upon which
they have loaned thousands of dollars could plunge in value if a contami-
nation problem is found.
Japanese car prices may rise
DETROIT - The price of an average Japanese car may increase $800
to $1000 by the end of the year because of the continued strength of the
Japanese yen against the dollar, industry analysts said yesterday.
"We'll probably see a 6 or 7 percent increase by year's end. Even if the
yen goes to 100 (to the dollar) - a worst case scenario- then we're
looking at a 15 to 16 percent increase," said Chris Cedergren, industry
analyst with J.D. Power and Associates in Westlake Village, Calif.
On Friday, Toyota Motor.Corp. became the latest Japanese automaker
to increase prices, joining Honda Motor Co. in raising sticker figures for
the second time since the 1988 model year began in October.
Japanese automakers have been increasing prices three or more times a
year for the last few years. As the yen and other foreign currencies be-
come stronger and the dollar weakens, imported products become more
expensive in this country.
Samaritans salt sidewalks,
shovel snow for seniors
HOLLAND, Mich., - Armed with snow shovels, salt and spades,
Holland's "Ice Busters" have come up with a novel approach to keeping
sidewalks clear when winter weather strikes.
"Ice Busters" travel to the homes of the elderly and handicapped,
chipping and scraping away until sidewalks reappear.
"The old people just love it," said Tina Jann, a Holland Christian
High school senior who helps coordinate the program. "They gave us
cookies and one lady invited us in to play cards. She was so sweet, just
like a grandma."
About 60 area members, including Holland Mayor Philip Tanis, are
members of the Ice Busters organization, which was formed shortly
after Christmas. Each volunteer eventually will be assigned two
sidewalks. So far about 15 people have requested the Ice Busters service.
Briand Van Der Werff, coordinator for Holland High School, says he
finds the volunteer work rewarding. "Part of the Ice Busters is bridging
the separation of generations," he said.
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