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The Michigan Doily-Friday, May 29, 1981-Page 3

New position suits Corbett fine,

Moving to a small college town from
a major city - after having lived there
for a good portion of one's life would be
' challenge enough for most people, but
making a career change that involves
greatly added responsibility would
make it seem almost impossible.
William Corbett took on such a
challenge almost a year ago when he
accepted the position of chief of the Ann
Arbor Police Department, leaving his
position of head of Detroit's inner-city
14th precinct.
have adjusted well to his new location
and position, and his new department
seems to have adjusted well to him.
"Things are running pretty
smoothly," said AAPD Executive
Major Walter Hawkins, who is second-
in-command and added that Corbett is
a "personable guy" and that "the of-
ficers seem to like him."
Sgt. J. Suomala, who has been with
the AAPD for 25 years and has seen
four different police chiefs, said he
thinks Corbett is doing "a hell of a job."
HAWKINS ADDED that there is a
less formal attitude under Corbett,
who, he said, is "blending right in."
Possibly the reason why Corbett has
adjusted so well to his new command is
that he thinks they are good cops. And
he likes them.
"Ann Arbor police officers are very
professional and extremely capable,"
Corbett said yesterday. Comparing
them to the officers that worked under

him in Detroit, he finds Ann Arbor
police "superior."
. HE ATTRIBUTES this partially to
the high educational level of Ann Arbor
. policemen, most of whom are college
"There is a tremendous amount of
pride in the Ann Arbor Police Depar-
tment," Corbett said, adding that there
is a certain respect for history and
tradition present at the department.
"You don't make dramatic changes for
the sake of making a change."
CORBETT SAID he feels his new
position and location has presented him
with new challenges and respon-
He feels he is more "professionally
obligated" outside his regular hours of
duty. He said he now has a "broad
range of commitments to different
types of interest groups" ranging from
academics to small town businessmen.
Corbett has played a major part in
the development of several new
programs, including an extensive
crime prevention program. It involves
"enlisting the community to assist us in
preventing crime," by talking to citizen
groups, businesses, and other com-
munity members about crime preven-
tion, he said. He added that it is being
very well received by the community.
THEY ALSO HAVE initiated an
"aggressive" rape prevention program
which should be fully operational within
a month, Corbett said.
A new firearms training program has
See CORBETT, Page 9

Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
AFTER HOLDING HIS new position of chief of police for almost a year;
Chief William Corbett seems to be adjusting to his new command as well as
they are adjusting to him. Corbett was head of Detroit's 14th precinct before
he came to Ann Arbor last July.

U' School o Nursing aces
possible cuts in ederal support
By PAM FICKINGER Kalisch also cites numerous other MEMBERS OF the University's described by Kalisch as a "cheap
The University nursing program may reasons for the decline in admissions. Professional Nursing Council, the nur- political decision."
soon be feeling the effects of severe One is that women today are drawn into se's unofficial union, feel "great con-Marshall'reportsrthathgraduatesrof
cutbacks in federa) support for nurses' a larger variety of fields and fewer are cern" regarding this shortage. They thed Unversity's nursingtprogram hav
advanced training programs. Accor£ choosing nursing as a career. This, in report that at University Hospital there no difficulty finding positions. Hut, with
ding to Phil Kalisch, professor of turn, is due in part to the fact that nur- are some units that are "very short" of possible cuts in federal support
History and Politics of Nursing, federal se's salaries are relatively low. Also, nurses. These nurses also aided in the resulting in a decrease in available
support has declined from $201 million it's a service profession and the quality fight to save the Michigan State loans and scholarships, admissions will
in 1973 to a proposed figure of around of the working life is low, Kalisch said. University nursing program which was definitely be facing a further decline,
$15 million in 1982.
Norma Marshall, assistant dean of
the University's School of Nursing,
feels that federal support in the form of
loans, scholarships, and internships is
definitely needed. Without this aid, the
number of people in the program and
those seeking admission will decrease,
she said.
CURRENTLY, there are 600 un-
dergraduates and 250 graduates in the
nursing program. Marshall states,
however, that the school is consciously
reducing the undergraduate enrollment
in order to allocate more money to the
graduate program. She said a 10 per-
cent cut in the school's budget, imposed
by University administrators, is part of
the cause for this reduction.
"No one really wants to cut the un-
dergraduate program," Kalisch said,
adding that the Nursing School already
operates on a lean budget.
At present, there is a shortage of
100,000 nurses in hospitals around the
country, according to Kalisch. And, he
added, with "nowhere close to enough Doily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
(federal) financial support," a con- UNIVERSITY NURSES Judy Lutz, Annkarine bahlerus, and Carol Graham review a patient's records in University
tinued decline in admissions and Hospital's intensive care unit. Officials have said a nationwide shortage of nurses may be aggravated by probable cuts
graduates is foreseen. . . . in federal aid to nursing students.

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