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Reallocation: Who benefits?
AS FRYE stated in his letter to Deans better undergraduate teaching. Others, would fund either of these projects. The
of March 1 outlining the five year plan, however, are troublesome because they longer the administration refuses to
By Jamie Moeller "This plan is proposed not primarily as remain nebulous and undefined. The two define these areas, however, the less
a matter of budget-cutting but as a most obvious examples of this are an credence is given to their assurances
The University's infamous five-year process through which we can improved research environment and that MRC and ITI will not recieve real-
plan, formulated by the Vice President redistribute the resources of the new intellectual developments. Frye located monies.
for Academic Affairs Billy Frye, will University to better meet the highest , has yet to specify what constitutes a The only way to assure that the
reallocate $20 million of University priority needs of the faculty and studen- better research environment or what money garnered from the painful cuts
money over the next five years. Under ts.' types of activities could be classified as now underway goes not to the MRC and
this plan, money will be taken from Although Frye has encouraged public a new intellectual development. ITI but to projects that will improve the
selected units within the University and discussion and debate of these priority A common concern among the quality of education is through full
given to other units. The University needs, there has been none. It is University community is that portions University community participation in
budget base will therefore not be becoming increasingly likely that the of the 20 million dollars will go to fund the reallocation process.
smaller. at the end of the five years, but areas to receive additional funding will the new Michigan Research Cor- This process should begin by Frye
will remain essentially the same. The be those determined solely by Frye. poration and the Institute for issuing rationale and detailed descrip-
fact that this process consists of Because these reallocations will direc- Technological Innovation or Robotics tions of each priority area. The Univer-
reallocation rather than budget-cutting tly effect the future of the University, it center. Certainly the MRC which would sity community must also have the op-
seems to have been lost amid talk of is imperative that the reallocation allow professors to market their portunity to comment upon these as
financial crisis and impending fiscal targets will be decided upon by the research for profit would qualify as a well as suggest alternatives. Finally
doom for the University. entire community, not just the ad- research incentive and would improve the actual decisions regarding the
This reallocation is not being under- ministration. the research development. The ITI amount and manner of each allocation
taken as a way to avert financial In his March letter, Frye also specializing in Robotics could should be made byda committee of
collapse but rather as a way to per- listed his six priority areas. They in- unquestionably be considered a new in- faculty, students and administrators.
manently alter the shape of the Univer- clude; improved faculty salaries, merit tellectual development. Only in this way can the University
sity by concentrating solely on areas graduate student aid, improved under- It is difficult to see, however, how community be assured that we will in-
deemed to be of "highest priority" by graduate teaching, maintenance of either project will benefit students or a deed become better while becoming
the central administration. These high plant and facilities, new intellectual majority of faculty by enhancing the smaller.
priority units will receive augmented developments and an improved en- quality of education or life at the
funding at the expense of units which vironment and incentives. University. It is important to note that Moeller is a graduafe of the
for one reason or another are not of high SEVERAL OF these areas present both President Shapiro and Frye have, University and former student
priority in the eyes of the ad- obvious cases for increased funding on more than one occasion, publicly member of the Budget Priorities
ministration. particularly graduate student aid and stated that none of the 20 million dollars Committee.
The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCII, No. 32-S
Ninety-two Years offEditorial Freedom
Edited and managed by students
at the University of Michigan
AMONG THE REAGAN administration's
marvelous plans to make this country
better able to defend itself is a new emphasis on
civil defense. The strategy is not more bomb
shelters, but rather a "head for the hills" ap-
proach of evacuating major cities.
Washington will most assuredly be on the hit
list of Russian military planners, but curiously,
civil defense planners in that city have left a
rather conspicuous group out of their plans:
Congress members. Apparently the legislators
do not fit under the "critical workers" category
and are referred to as "stay puts."
All of this may be well and good (except for
the "stay puts") were it not for one obstacle.
Planners say they need eight-days notice to
evacuate major cities, while the Pentagon
estimates advance warning time will be
measured in minutes.
More than $4 billion will provide citizens (and
certainly Congress members) with no protec-
tion. Let's prevent nuclear war and spend the
money on the poor.
LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Studying peace for a change
To the Daily y s dosages of violent actions, are
The proponents of past still successful in having their
historical methods of conflict hoary wisdom put into action of
resolution, through variable given preferred attention,
See Reagan the Barbarian
slashing ma cutting needless prga ms
lake education and Social welfare in his
never-ending search for flie Balance -
Budget othe WhlIc mirailously escaping orainarit
er ti.ta ite ae1ero nressmena
5ul i, nl
whenever serious upheavals oc-
I am informed that after 25
years of unprecedented turmoil
on various levels, Congress is
finally trying to establish a peace
academy which will cost less
than one-tenth the construction of
I have.been further informed
by University political science
professor J. D. Singer, that the
science of peaceful conflict
resolution could be taught right
here at the University to qualified
graduate students, at the cost of
$10,000 for each individual.
Why in heaven's name can't the
University and other academic
institutions search for and solicit
funds to teach the most important
discipline of the century?
After the infiltration of the
primarily violence oriented Pen-
tagon into the academic
establishment, why are there no
collective efforts to sponsor a
peaceful alternatives right here
and now, where room and space
July 14, 1982