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Duderstadt holds
joint conference to
" discuss rising costs

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 25, 1989 - Page 3
Searchers fear 22
dead in explosion

by Mike Sobel
Daily Staff Writer
President James Duderstadt joined
the president of the Association of
American Universities (AAU) and
the acting chair of the AAU's Execu-
tive Committee in a press conference
yesterday to address questions about
price-fixing, rising costs, and neglect
of undergraduates both at institu-
tions across the country and at the
University itself.
Robert Rosensweig, the AAU
President, and William Gerberding,
the AAU chair, spoke with Duder-
stadt at the Campus Inn following a
morning meeting of the group.
Meetings are held by the association
' twice a year at different universities
to discuss issues relevant to research
institutions.
Gerberding, who is president of
the University of Washington, said
the group discussed issues including
rising education costs, future funding
for research, and the perennial ques-
tion of undergraduates' role at a re-
search university.
' "We don't spend a lot of time
talking about undergraduate educa-
tion," he said, referring to the ten-
sion between research pressures and
undergraduate needs, "but the discus-
sion was triggered today."
Rosensweig added that the group
is "probably going to put together a
task force to take a look at the is-
sue."
* Duderstadt emphasized that "the
challenge (of a research university) is
to draw from unique resources of re-
search and give it to the undergradu-
ates."
He attributed the steady rise in tu-
ition at the University to the fact
that state financial support has

dropped below the national average.
Gerberding, whose university's tu-
ition is set by the state legislature,
added that "Michigan has more con-
trol over their destiny because they
control tuition."
Duderstadt suggested that without
tuition increases, which could be
used to pay faculty salaries, the Uni-
versity's quality would drop to the
bottom third of the nation's schools.
He went on to point out that the
University has to keep increasing
costs because it has a host of re-
sponsibilities outside of research
such as commitments to sports pro-
grams and medical care. "The only
way to reduce the cost of an ins titu-
tion like this is to reduce those re-
sponsibilities," he said.
Rosensweig, a University alum-
nus, said that despite a favorable
climate toward education under the
Bush administration, the huge na-
tional deficits are going to force uni-
versities to trim their academic pro-
grams, probably by foregoing ex-
pansion in certain departments.
When asked about recent accusa-
tions of price-fixing among the
country's universities, Rosensweig
said that it was an issue for the at-
torneys of the respective universi-
ties.
Gerberding pointed out that the
focus of the investigation is on in-
dependent and private institutions
while the AAU is made up of both
public and private universities.
"If the question had come up, it
would have emptied half the room,"
Rosensweig said.

PASADENA, Texas (AP) -
Emergency crews searched the
charred, twisted rubble of a plastics
plant yesterday looking for 22 miss-
ing workers feared dead in the fiery
explosion that hurled wreckage miles
away. At least two people were
killed and 124 were injured.
"There's just nothing left," Harris
County Sheriff Johnny Klevenhagen
said after venturing into the still-
smoldering plant No. 5 at the
Phillips Petroleum Co. complex.
Officials located but could not
remove the body of a second victim
yesterday, partly buried in mounds of
concrete and steel beams. They said
it would take heavy equipment to
fully search the ruins. One body was
found Monday.
Fires that followed the blasts and
were fueled by highly flammable
chemicals had been contained in
small areas. Only a thin column of
smoke rose from the plant yesterday,
24 hours after the first explosions,
which shattered windows three miles
away and were felt 25 miles away.
"It is devastated," Klevenhagen
said. "Major, major damage. It's go-
ing to take extremely heavy equip-
ment to remove the debris.

"The problem we're finding is
that there are areas of the plant we
just can't get to. We're going.to
have to bring in a bulldozer to make
a road."
Klevenhagen and a crew of fire-
fighters, safety inspectors and a med-
ical examiner made the first foray
'There's just nothing
left.'
-Harris County Sheriff
Johnny Klevenhagen
into the ruins at the complex outside
Houston.
The plant, which produced 4.5
million pounds a day of polyethy-
lene plastic used in everything from
milk jugs to grocery sacks, erupted
in a series of explosions that began
just after 1 p.m. Monday, sending
debris flying as far as six miles
away.
Phillips environmental director
Bill Stoltz said a seal blew out on an
ethylene loop reactor, in which
chemical reactions take place to cre-
ate polyethylene out of ethylene, a
component of natural gas.
The seal break released hydrocar-
bon vapor which ignited.

What a foursome
Tim Cunnane, LSA sophomore, and Mark Marucci, LSA junior, sit on the
diag yesterday with Annie, a dog, and Missie, another dog.

Homecoming aims to involve students

Daily Staff Writer
In past years, Homecoming has been a week-
end for alumni, a time for former students to re-
turn to Ann Arbor for nostalgic festivities and
reunions.
However, organizers of this year's homecom-
ing festivities, which begin today, are confident
that this weekend will see much more involve-
ment by current students.
"Homecoming is just as much an event for
students as it is for alumni," said LSA sopho-
more Debbie Waxman, co-chair of the Home-
coming Committee, run through the University
Activities Center (UAC). "We have planned it as
an activity for the whole school."
The four-day festivities begin today at 1 p.m.
on the Diag with "Cup Day," where collector's
cups filled with popcorn will be passed out free
of charge for three hours.
Later tonight, O'Sullivan's Eatery and Pub,
this year's "Homecoming Headquarters," will be
hosting the "Kick Off Party," where "specials ga-
lore" will be given out, according to
O'Sullivan's Assistant General Manager Dave
Alford. The bar will lower its age of admission

from 21 to 18 beginning tonight through Satur-
day night.
Tomorrow, the Diag will be host to more
homecoming hype when maize and blue pom
poms and balloons are given out. Then, tomor-
row night, Dooley's will host a Go Blue Bash.
The hysteria should reach its climax Friday.
First, unrelated to the UAC events, The Evans
Scholar House will host its traditional Car Bash
on the Diag from 3 to 5 p.m, when passers-by
can take a sledgehammer and hit an old car for
charity.
At 6 p.m., a Homecoming parade consisting
of current and alumni Michigan Marching Band
members, present and past Michigan cheerleaders,
three or four floats, and local boy scouts and girl
scouts will make its way down South University
to State Street.
Led by grand marshall Willy the Wolverine,
paraders will eventually end up on the Diag for a
pep rally, where they will be addressed by Michi-
gan Athletic Director Bo Schembechler and the
two captains of the football team, Derrick Walker
and J.J. Grant.
Finally, Saturday morning at 10 a.m., home-
coming traditions continue with the Mudbowl at

SAE Fraternity at the corner of Washtenawand
South University.
AtSthe same time, a Go Blue Brunch atthe
Track and Tennis Building, usually frequented by
alumni but open to all students, will conclude
the pre-game hype. Box lunches for $8.50 will
be available.
The Michigan-Indiana football game will be-
gin at noon.
Homecoming Committee Co-chair Steve
Joppich hopes that this year will "bring backthe
homecoming spirit."
"It will be nice to see the return of pride, and
pep that you should see at these events, but
hasn't been seen in years," he said.
In addition to the UAC- and Greek-sponsored
activities, South Quad is hosting Cafeteria Mad-
ness Days. Organized by the South Quad Coun-
cil, individual sections of the residence hall will
compete against each other in events such as egg-
tossing, jellow-slurping, and contributing tothe
making of the South Quad float. The wining
house gets a new VCR and a $200 donation to
the charity students voted to support at the.be-
ginning of the year.

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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

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Meetings
UM Asian Student Coalition
- 7 p.m. in Mason Hall Rm.
2413
Women's Lacrosse - 9-11
p.m. at Tartan Turf
Women's Lacrosse - practice
from 9-11 p.m. at Tartan Turf
Women In Communications
4:10 in 2050 Frieze Bldg.
Latin American Solidarity
Committee - 8 p.m. at the
MichiganUnion; ask at the front
desk for the room
Women Worshipping in the
Christian Tradition - 7 p.m. at
218 N. Division; sponsored by
Canterbury House Episcopal Stu-
dents
Asian Studies Student Associa-
tion - 7 p.m. in the Lane Hall
Commons Rm.
Stilyagi Air Corps - science fic-
tion and fantasy club; 8 p.m. in
Union Rm. 2209
Speakers
"The Soviet Crisis and the
Tasks of the Fourth Interna-
tional" - national secretary of
the Workers League David North
Frankfurt Book Fair - Chris-
tian Hart-Nibbrig, visiting Max
Kade pi-fessor, 4:30 in the 3rd
Floor Conference Rm. of the
MLB
"Entrepreneurship In Russia,
China & The U.S." - Prof.
Kiesner, winner of the 1989/1990
Zell/Lurie Fellowship; 4:30 p.m.
in Rm. K1310 of the Business
School
"Thinking Media: Culture and
Communication in the Work of
Armand Mattelart" - Timothy
Brennan; 2d lecture of the Collo-
quium on Critical Theory; 8 p.m.
in Rackham's West Conference
Rm.
"The discovery, excavation
and study of Jiangzhai prehis-
toric village settlement" -
Prof. gong Qi Ming, Director of
the Shaanxi Institute; 4-6 p.m.; in
Rm. 4518 of the Natural Science
Museum
"Roots and Prospects of the
Palestinian Uprising" - Saleh

thesis" - Jae Don Lee of the
Chemistry Dept.; 4 p.m. in
Chemistry 1640
"Friends Helping Friends:
How to Support a Survivor of
Sexual Assault" - a brown-bag
discussion led by Kata Issari,
SAPAC counselor; noon in the
South Quad West Lounge
"Parameter Estimation in the
Poisson/ Gaussian Regime -
Prof. Alfred Hero; 3:30 p.m. in
1443 Mason Hall
Furthermore
Central American Beans &
Rice Dinner - a chance to sup-
port groups which do direct aid in
Central America; 6 p.m. at the
Guild House
Fine Art Videotapes - shown
at noon in the UM Museum of
Art; today's artist is Nevelson
Pre-Interviews - Caterpillar
Inc. 5:15-7:15 p.m. in 1301
EECS
Safewalk - the night-time walk-
ing service is open seven days a
week from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30
a.m.; 936-1000
Northwalk - North campus
night-time walking service, Rm.
2333 Bursley; 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
or call 763-WALK
"Ojibwa Basket Making: The
Tradition Lives On" - the ex-
hibit is on display from 9-5 at the
U-M Exhibit Museum
ECB peer writing tutors -
available at Angell-Haven and 611
Computing Centers from 7 to 11
p.m.; Sunday through Thursday
French House Open House -
5-8 p.m. at 613 Oxford
Free Tutoring - for all lower-
level math, science and engineer-
ing courses; UGLi Rm. 307 7-11
p.m.; South Quad Dining Hall 8-
10 p.m.; Bursley's East Lounge
8-10 p.m.
CP&P Programming - Inter-
view Lecture, 6-7 p.m. in the
CP&P Library; Employer Presen-
tation of Annenberg School of
Communication, 3:30-5 p.m. in
MLB 2011; Employer Presenta-
tion of Rand Corporation, 4-5
p.m in CP&P Conference Rm.

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