Page 2 -The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 28, 1988
By ROSE MARY WUMMEL
Close relationships between
students and professors are the
hallmark of the Residential College,
and that's exactly what current RC
director Libby Douvan misses.
. Earlier this month, Douvan an-
nounced plans to resign in June -
two years before her appointment
officially ends - to return to
teaching women's studies and
psychology full-time in the
T THOUGH she has taught
classes in the RC every term since
she took office in the fall of 1985,
Douvan told members of the RC
community in her resignation letter,
"I have had less contact with
undergraduates than ever before in
my academic career."
Warren Hecht, an RC academic
counselor and the head of the RC
creative writing program said, "The
strength of people working in RC is
that they put teaching first...
administrative work is a sacrifice."
As director, Douvan allocated the
college's million dollar budget, hired
faculty, and headed planning of the
college's class schedules.
She said her favorite part of the
job was student contact, b u t
meetings and administrative work
prevented her from knowing students
as much as she had hoped.
FORMER RC director John
Mersereau agreed. "It's much more
demanding on one's personal
resources than being a professor," he
But Mersereau, who was director
for eight years before becoming chair
of the Slavic languages department,
said he loved the job. "My door was
open all the time, students visited all
the time," he said.
Douvan complained that she
hadn't written anything besides
memos since she took the job. Prior
to her directorship, she published
many books and articles, mostly on
her research work on families,
marriage, feminism, and adolescence.
STARTING in June, Douvan
said she hopes to spend more time
aid to Contras
... resigns as RC director
on a faculty research group that is
studying the racial tension o n
campus and will consult with faculty
against institutional racism on
campus. The group plans to publish
their theories on conflicts between
individuals and groups, on sexism,
classism, and racism in a book next
Charles Moody worked on the
committee until he was named vice-
provost for Minority Affairs last
Douvan also plans to complete a
study on the early years of marriage,
an intensive research project that
draws its data from interviews of 400
young couples in Wayne County.
STUDENTS and faculty agree
that Douvan's greatest contribution
to the RC was involving students
and faculty in decision-making. She
also implemented the college's first
"There was much more student
representation with Libby," said
David Horste, an RC junior and
member of the college's executive
committee. "Prom what I've heard
there was no student representation
But Horste feels the RC still'
faces some big challenges in
improving student apathy in the'
Herbert Eagle, Slavic languages
professor and associate RC'
professor, has been appointed as'
interim director. He plans to
continue teaching when he becomes
director in June.'
LSA Dean Peter Steiner, with the
help of a yet-to-be formed executive
committee is beginning a national
search for the new director. There is'
no time limit set for the search,
Steiner's secretary, Evelyn Chipps,
By ROBIN MITCHELL
The American media does not
provide the public with objective
news coverage of the Nicaraguan
Contra situation, University graduate
student Thea Lee said at a discussion
last night sponsored by Greeks for
Lee has embarked on her own
crusade to publicize what she calls
the "true story" in Nicaragua. "It's a
joke saying Nicaragua is a threat to
us," she said. "They're basically
puppets; they rely on the U.S. so
much that they can't be much more
LEE said the Nicaraguan threat
of communism is mislabeled. She
said it is a threat of economic
interest, and the greatest obstacle is
trying to break through myths.
Last night's discussion at Kappa
Alpha Theta sorority house, entitled
"Another Vietnam? Contra Aid and
Nicaragua," was just one of a
number of efforts by Lee to protest
the Reagan administration's funding
of the Contras.
Her participation in discussions
and protests has landed her in jail
three times, she said.
Lee said she is stepping up her
efforts to reach more people in order
to change U.S. Rep. Carl Pursell's
(R-Plymouth) vote on Contra aid.
He has assisted the Contras in
obtaining funds and weapons from
the U.S. government, she alleged.
"HE HAS been linked to this
gang of terrorists," she said. "There
are thousands of well-documented
incidents of rape, murder, and
tortures that have been attributed to
Matt Green, an LSA senior and
member of Greeks for Peace, said
Pursell agreed to hold a public forum
over a year ago in order to allow
opinions to be stated openly. But he
said Pursell still has not gone
through with the idea.
After attending the discussion,
Carol Spencer, an LSA senior and
one of 10 students to attend the
discussion, said she thought many
important issues were raised.
"Rather than hearing a bunch of.
different ideas, one concrete focus
was taken here tonight," she said.
Lee is currently a ph.D candidate
in Economics. She lived in
Nicaragua for three months last year.
Goebel dies at 86
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Knight-Bidder chair says
Free Press vote not a bluff
DETROIT - Knight - Ridder Inc.'s decision to close the Detroit Free
Press if denied a partial merger with The Detroit News is a financial mat-
ter, not a pressure tactic, the company chair said yesterday.
"That's not the way our company does business. This is not a bluff,"
Alvah Chapman told a special meeting of the Economic Club of Detroit.
Chapman asked the crowd of 650 to write U.S. Attorney General Ed-
win Meese in support of the limited antitrust exemption the two newspa-
He said the papers will argue in final briefs for Meese that Justice De-
partment Administrative Law Judge Morton Needelman's recommendation
against a joint operating agreement was legally flawed.
For example, Needleman ruled that the newspapers failed to prove the
News, owned by Gannet Co. Inc., was dominant in the Detroit market.
Chapman said that it is irrelevant under the Newspaper Preservation Act
GOP works to select 77
state convention delegates
LANSING - A small group of Michigan Republicans yesterday went
by name through a list of challenges to delegates elected to this weekend's
state GOP convention.
Between them, supporters of presidential candidates George Bush, Pat
Robertson and Jack Kemp challenged every delegate elected to the state
convention, where 1,800 partisans will pick the nation's first 77 delegates
to the Republican National Convention.
As expected, an alliance of Bush and Kemp supporters was prevailing
in the challenge process.
The special committee had been created Monday in an agreement by
backers of Vice President George Bush and Rep. Jack Kemp of New
State may win superconductor
WASHINGTON - Energy Department officials rank Michigan high
among the seven states seeking the multibillion-dollar superconducting
super collider project, House Energy Chair John Dingell said yesterday.
Dingell, a Trenton, Mich. Democrat, and others representing the state
in Congress met for two hours with Gov..James Blanchard to discuss
ways in which the delegation could help advance the Michigan cause.
Michigan's senators and representatives believe the question should be
considered on its'merits and not on the political clout of the states bidding.
for the project, Dingell said at a news conference.
"So far, the delegation has worked together to ensure no political
intrusions occur," Dingell said. "We've taken steps to ensure the decision
is not one skewed by any unfortunate political influences."
Economy grew at brisk rate
WASHINGTON - The economy expanded at an unexpectedly brisk
4.2 percent annual rate from October through December despite the steep-
est decline in consumer spending in more than seven years, the
government reported yesterday
While the Reagan administration saw signs that the economy remained
strong even after the October collapse of the stock market, some private
analysts contended virtually all of the strength came from a sharp
accumulation of business inventories at the same time consumer spending
Such a development has in the past been the harbinger of a recession.
Man fights against city to
keep his multicolored home
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The owner of a brightly multicolored Victorian
home says his house looks the way it ought to, and he won't bow to
pressure that it sport the more conservative tones of neighboring
"I'll give up when I stop breathing," said Charles Hall, a 48-year-old
hair stylist who adds that the pink, lavender, rose and slate colors of his
home are historically correct for Victorian structures.
His argument hasn't washed with the city's Historical Review Board,
which determined his home clashes with the others in Savannah's historic
A judge fined Hall $100 last week for violating a stop-work order
issued last month after the board ruled on the home.
"I don't want to own it is they won't let me paint it the way I want,"
said Hall, who is trying to sell the house. "I'll donate it to the federal
If you see news happen, call 76-DAILY.
By STEVE KNOPPER
Former University Regent and
all-American football player Paul
Goebel, chair of one of the
University's largest fundraising
drives, died Tuesday at age 86.
"He was probably one of the
most devoted alumni the institution
ever had," said Vice President for
Government Relations Richard
Kennedy. "He was a very decent
human being, and he never could do
enough for the University."
Interim President R o b b e n
Fleming agreed, "Anything about
the University was the main interest
of his life. He was the most active
fundraiser we had. He could go
Fleming was University President
at the end of Goebel's term.
"Although he was somewhat
conservative politically, he was a
very tolerant person of other points
of view. I have just the fondest
memories of him," Fleming said.
Goebel, a regent from 1962 to
1970, and national chair of the $55
Million Campaign that netted
almost $73 million for the
University, graduated from the
University in 1923.
In 1973, he received an honorary
degree, and the first endowed chair
for the college of engineering was
created in his name.
While at the University, he was
an all-American football player and
received a B.S. degree in mechanical
engineering. In the process, he won
the Big Ten Medal for Combined
Excellence in Scholarship and
"Though he was a great athlete,
he was absolutely dedicated to the
proposition that it had to be within
the rules," Fleming said.
His devotion to the University,
never faded, though he gained
prestige around the state. Goebel was
mayor of Grand Rapids three times
during the 1950s, and he was a
boardmember of the Michigan
Consolidated Gas Company, the
Peninsula Broadcasting Company,
and the Canteen Service Company.
Goebel's wife, Margaret Callam,
died last December. He is survived
by his son Paul, and daughter
Ann Arbor Police are investigat-
ing a break-in that occurred Tuesday .
night at 1100 Bates, on North Cam-
pus, said Sgt. Jan Suomala. The
perpetrator - whose method of
entry remains unknown - stole a
$2,000 basset horn, a lamp and a
-By Melissa Ramsdell
Bi City to
move to film
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"semi-autobiographical persona" as
the protaganist. Instead, the story is
told through the eyes of a young
The excerpts he read revealed the
novel's world of night clubs and
cocaine, and the sense of a life that
moves too fast and yet also not fast
enough for the characters in it. This
style and the humourous manner
through which McInerney tells his
stories runs through all his novels,
and "The Story of My Life" seems
to be no exception.
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THE 12 UCAR demands,
released last year in response to two
racist incidents, included a call for
the "immediate removal of all those
involved in incidents of racial
harassment from University
LSA senior Kim Smith, a
member of UCAR's Steering
Committee, said this demand should
be enforced against those responsible
for the flier distributed to staff
members at Mosher-Jordan residence
"The first step is to find out who
the people are that are doing this,"
she said. "If the person is living in
the dorm, that's an attack on staff
members. They should be expelled
from the dorms at least."
Steering Committee member
Tracye Matthews, an LSA senior,
said, "It always has been UCAR's
position that there should be some
kind of sanctions." But she criticized
Fleming's draft for being too vague,
granting too much power to the
deans, and not applying to,
member Dan Harrilson, a Rackham
graduate student, agreed, saying there
should be sanctions, but he added,
"Students should be involved in the
process of determining sanctions. I
don't think the code is the answer."~
Smith said UCAR was currently
trying to formulate alternative rules
of student conduct to Fleming's
But Steering Committee member
Barbara Ransby, a Rackham graduate
student, denied that UCAR was
involved in writing an alternative
draft. "That's not our job," she said.
Weine said Fleming was trying to
'create a schism among students" by
proposing conduct rules against
racism. But, he said, "That hasn't
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