The Michigan Daily--Tuesday, June 9i,1981-Page 11
GEOGRAPHY DEPAR TMENT DEFENDED AT OPEN HEARING
Public voices criticism
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"There are better ways for the University to
achieve its objectives (of budget cutting)," said
University mathematics Prof. Wilfred Kaplan of the
University's attempts to save money. "The Univer-
sity has chosen an unfortunate way of attaining this
objective," Kaplan said.
SPEAKERS FROM the University's faculty shar-
ply criticized not only the budgetary reasons given
for the department's proposed elimination, but also
the administration's apparent disregard of April's
LSA faculty vote rejecting the Geography Review
committee's discontinuance plan.
"Going against an LSA faculty vote is most un-
wise," said Kaplan. "Not following this vote is a
tremendous slap in the face of the faculty," he said,
adding that "the administration is going through
democratic processes only when it is forced to do so."
George Piranian, a University professor of
mathematics, s.Kd the administration's decision to
recommend the geography department's discon-
tinuance shows "that the administration has little
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professor's salaries, University-spon-
sored research, and heating and
The indirect cost money which ac-
companies a grant comes in addition to
the grant. For example, if the Depar-
tment of Energy gives a $1,000 grant for
a particular research project, an ad-
ditional $580 is sent in indirect cost
Another disincentive as viewed by
about 26 percent of the faculty mem-
bers was Lesch's own DRDA. "We're a
necessary nuisance" Lesch joked, and
said that a centralized research ad- Saturd
ministration was necessary because it ned wi
is "cost efficient" and can do a better remem
job than a group of fragmented depar-
tmental research administration units.
"THE SPONSOR doesn't want to talk
to 15 different professors," but rather
one project representative, said Lesch.F
That is, a DRDA projsct representative
who desls with one sponsor like the
National Science Foundation, can coor-
dinate things better than NSF working C
directly with many differet
The report by Rutledge's committeeC
surveyed nearly 75 percent of the
regular, full-time professorial faculty
covering all departments from LSA and
Engineering to the Medical School and
Rutledge said he believes the full im- CO
pact of the report won't be felt until thel
fall term. The report is a follow-up on a Dye
1979 document which emphasized the Dale
erosion of the research environment at NardEt
It is only a matter of time to see how In
the administration responds to thet
Rutledge said, adding that there have
already been queries from individual
departments requesting more infor- 76
mation on their particular units.
respect for the faculty. If so, the faculty will return
"THE LSA FACULTY vote can be interpreted as a
sign of tremendous discomfort among the faculty,"
said University English Prof. Robert Super.
"'Discontinuing the geography
department would be a mistake
and would take decades to rec-
Chairman, geography dept.
The value of the geography department to the
University was also disputed.
LSA Dean Knott said, "compared with the social
sciences departments, the geography department is
at the bottom."
Martin Lee, a representative from Secretary of
State Richard Austin's office, read a letter from
Austin addressed to Shapiro. The letter said, "The
geography department at the University has served
the state government well.
"LEGISLATIVE apportionment data is prepared
by the University with the help of the geography
department and John Nystuen," Lee read, adding
that the geography department "has supplied over
$73,000 worth of computer contracts to the Univer-
James Moeller, a member of the LSA Student
Government, said that University students were
ignored in the geography review process and general
controversy. Moeller said, "Despite the clear disap-
proval of both the student body and the LSA faculty,
the administration recommended discontinuance."
"Students, faculty, staff, and administrators must
all be considered in an issue such as this," Moeller
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