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The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 15, 1988- Page 3


Overhaul of personnel
angers WCBN staff

A controversy surrounding WCBN
disc jockey Chris Daley has led to a
major overhaul of the radio station's
staff that seriously threatens the
quality of the station, representatives
from the station said yesterday.
Daley, who is not a student, was
taken off the air last month within
days after he aired a song called,
"Run Nigger, Run."
In a memorandum submitted
Wednesday to the CBN Board of
Directors, Frank Cianciola, director
of the Michigan Union, ordered the
station to severely limit the
participation of non-students on the
staff and to increase the number of
student personnel.
Last term, slightly over 40 percent
of the disc jockeys were not students,
said Jeanne Gilliland, acting program
director. That proportion was out of
the ordinary, WCBN representatives
said, but they added that the station's
staff has traditionally had a lot of
non-student participation.
"The non-student issue has always
been a sore point" in the station's 15
year history, said Chris Geary, the
former program director, who was
recently fired because of his non-
student status. Geary claimed the
Daley incident gave Cianciola an
opportunity to get rid of the non-
The Daley episode "was the straw
that broke the camel's back", said
Cianciola denied the accusation, but
said, however, that the incident last
December caused him to investigate
the number of other non-students
who work for the station. He found
the proportion to be "substantially
outside the bounds of the (WCBN)
Constitution," which limits non-
student staff to "a small fraction" of
the total staff.
Cianciola and CBN board member
Kevin Gilmartin said the change in
personnel might require some initial
adjustment, but felt the station could
carry on without the high number of

non-student disc jockeys it has.
Geary said the new rule limiting
the role of non-students does not
recognize the work and the talent that
non-students inject into the station.
"Most of our far reaching, most
interesting programs are done by
non-students. They have the time,
the records, and the energy to do it".
He "guaranteed" that listnership
would drop by two-thirds. Other
persons predicted the loss of non-
students would hurt the station's
ability to raise funds, because some
of its most popular personalities
were non-students.
Another CBN disc jockey,
Theodore Grenier, a non-student,
argued with the claim that non-
student personnel were taking the
place of student personel. "I'd like to
see them staff this whole place with
students. I'd like to see them do it,"
said Grenier, who claims he has
survived a couple of these "purges"
in his 10-year history at the station.
"If there are all these rosy-cheeked
students ready to make the place run,
where are they when we need them?"
he asked.
Meanwhile, a United Coalition
Against Racism steering committee
member yesterday called the airing of
the song "irresponsible" and
"inexcusable." But the member,
Kim Smith, said she did not know if
UCAR would take any action against
the radio station because the
committee has not discussed the
Acting WCBN program director,
Jeanne Gilliland has said the song
was racist and that the disc jockey's
actions in playing and not
disclaiming the song were
irresponsible. Daley could not be
reached for comment, but he has
apologized for his action, Gilliland
Written in Georgia iri the 1920's.
the song which generated the current
controversy talks about a Black man
running away from federal

authorities, according to Grenier,
known to his listeners as "Arwulf."
The song is shocking "but (it is) a
part of cultural history," Grenier said,
adding that he was "not qualified" to
evaluate if the song was racist.
"I have played that song two dozen
times over the past 10 years" Grenier
said. In fact, "it was the first song I
played after Reagan got elected."
Grenier added that the song was
"not as racist as I've heard a lot of
punk rock bands sing".
Smith, however, said the song
was inappropriate. "Run Nigger Run
as a title is enough for me to know
the song should not be played."
She also criticized the disc
jockey's actions as "insensitive"
when two callers phoned in to
complain about the song.
Gilliland said that there are two
versions of Daley said to the callers;
one implies that he wondered why
the listener was offended, and the
other implies that he told the callers
that he didn't have time to talk.

A secretary in the offices of LSA Dean Peter Steiner reports to work yesterday morning but is prevented from
entering by students who had occupied the Dean's officer since Wednesday afternoon.
Students occupy office

(Costzuedfram Page 1)
poorly worded and possibly offen-
sive to minorities. But both he and
Steiner refused to call the state-
ments racist.
"How dare this rich white man
presume to tell the Black commu-
nity what is racist," Waller said.
The Michigan Student Assem-
bly, the Rackham Student Govern-
ment, several Black student
associations, the University chapter
of the NAACP, Black and white
faculty coalitions, and Vice Provost
for Minority Affairs Charles Moody
are among those who have con-
demned the statements as racist.
Regents refused to comment at
yesterday's meeting. Vice President

for Student Services Henry Johnson
said, "I do think it would be appro-
priate at this time for President
Fleming to be our sole spokesper-
-son." Members of the LSA Execu-
tive Committee - the college's
governing body - continued to
express loyalty to Steiner.
UCAR also demanded
"significant" student input in
choosing Steiner's replacement
from the regents.
The UCAR demands were for-
mally presented to the regents yes-
terday at 4 p.m. after the group
ended a 26-hour occupation of
Steiner's offices, which he allowed
to remain open for protesters.

More than 150 student activists
- led by the UCAR steering
committee - slept in the offices at
the LSA Building Wednesday night
and yesterday blocked employees
from entering. They were monitored
by two campus safety officers, who
did not interfere with what officials
called a "peaceful and orderly"
"We're doing this to protest
racism... there will be no business
conducted in the Dean's office to-
day," the students told administra-
tive assistants and other employees
who attempted to enter.
See GROUPS, Page 7

Last remnant of
Old Main to fall


Profs. teach, cancel on MLK day

While calls have gone out from
some student groups and faculty
members to cancel classes Monday in
commemoration of Martin Luther
King Day, most classes will function
as usual.
The University treats Monday like
any other day, and many deans and
department heads agree. But individ-
ual professors may decide to cancel
classes or devote class time to topics
that deal with King.
Referring to the position of de-
partment chair, economics depart-
ment chair Richard Porter said, "We
do not make decisions on closing
classes." Porter said faculty in his
department may cancel classes on
their own, but that any missed class
Monday will have to be made up at

some other-time.
Both Romance Language Chair
Thomas Kavanagh and Political
Science Chair Jack Walker said their
departments have no plans for any
formal ceremonies on Monday, but if
professors or teaching assistants
wish, they, can tailor their classes to
incorporate the King holiday into the
"If it's relevant, and they want to
do it, it's certainly in their bounds to
do it," Walker said.
Some other schools and colleges-
are marking the King holiday.
Lemuel Johnson, director of the
Center of Afro-American Studies,
said the center's faculty met last
weekend and decided to cancel all
classes on Monday. He said that the
CAAS library and lounges, however,

will be open.
In the College of Architecture and
Urban Planning, Dean Robert
Beckley said there will be an ar-
chitecture symposium for faculty and
alumni Monday afternoon, with a
contest for students to submit ques-
tions for a discussion that is planned
as part of the symposium.
Afterwards, Beckley said, there
will be a dedication of a model city
designed by David Byrd, a Black
AUP alumnus who recently died. A
reception follows the dedication.
Classes will still run in the
Medical School on Monday, but on
Wednesday, Dr. Andrew Zweifler
moderates a discussion as part of a

Something will be missing on
Observatory Drive next fall.
The University Board of Regents
yesterday approved the demolition of
the Old Main Hospital Complex's
administration building. ,
The hospital itself, but not the
administration building, was ap-
proved for demolition last January,
almost a year after the new replace-
ment University Hospital opened.
The 62-year old complex will now be
demolished with explosives late this
University Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer James
Brinkerhoff recommended the wing's
destruction after deciding that it
would cost less to destroy the build-
ing than to keep it. Continuing to
use the building would require com-
pletely renovating both the interior
and the exterior of the building, and
would cost about $3.2 million.
"Studies over the last five to 10
years show it is more economical to
tear down the building then to
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renovate it," said Brinkerhoff. "It's a
worn-out building."
While some have speculated that
the Administration Building should
be converted into a dormitory, Brin-
kerhoff said this was not feasible.
."It is the wrong location, and the
wrong function for the building," he
said. "It would be less expensive to
build a new one than to rebuild this
one." Brinkerhoff added that the
See HONORARY, Page 5

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(The Chaplaincy of the
Episcopal' Church to the
U-M Community)
218 N. Division St.
5:00 p.m. Eucharist at Canterbury
(supper follows)
Morning Prayer
7:30 a.m., Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m., Saturday
Evening Prayer
5:15 p.m., Monday-Sauday

Study shows decline in teen drug use

The number of high school
seniors using cocaine and many other
illegal drugs dropped slightly last
year, according to a study released
Wednesday by the University's Insti-
tute for Social Research.
The study of more than 16,000
high school seniors and 10,000 high
school graduates was conducted by
University social psychologists
Lloyd Johnston, Jerald Bachman, and
Patrick O'Malley.
Johnston said, "We are pleased to
be able to report that the unhealthy
romance between many of America's
young people and illicit -drugs con-
tinued to cool in 1987." Drug use
among high school seniors has drop-
ped steadily since 1982, according to
the study.
The number of high school sen-
iors who have used drugs at least
once dropped from 58 percent in
1986 to 57 percent in 1987, the stu-
dy reports.
Also, students who have tried co-

caine dropped from 16.9 to 15.2
percent, and the number who have
tried marijuana dropped from 50.9 to
50.2 percent.
Johnston attributed the reduction,
at least in part, to a greater concern
about the use of drugs by society and
an increase in education about drug
However, Johnston said that Am-
ericans still use drugs at a higher rate
than any other industrialized country.
Johnston also expressed concern
that the number of smokers has
remained high, albeit stable, in light
of the increased knowledge of the
dangers of smoking.
The study reported that about two-
thirds of high school seniors have
smoked cigarettes in the past, and
nearly 20 percent are regular smo-
In addition, the study reported:
-5.6 percent of high school seniors
have tried crack cocaine.
-39 percent of high school graduates
in their late twenties have tried co-

caine, and 6.7 percent have tried crack

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