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ISMRRD elimination
draws mixed reviews

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spare the Child Development Clinic was
based on the subcommittee's
evaluation that CDC was the best of
ISMRRD's several programs. Also, by'
saving CDC, research on mental retar-
dation could continue on campus, he
"Without the physical presence on
campus (of some research on mental
retardation) it's too easy to forget that
it is an extremely important field,"
Hawthorne said.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Billy Frye also said that mental retar-'
dation "is a very important field-one
that the University should be commit-
ted to and should continue."
HAWTHORNE said that if it is con-
tinued, CDC will probably be integrated
into the Medical School's pediatrics
BPC Chairperson Mary Ann Swain
likewise said she expects CDC, if con-
tinued, to be incorporated into the
Medical School, but added that the
clinic might have an interdisciplinary
approach, possibly involving the
Schools of Education, Nursing, Social
Work, and the Department of
Psychology in LSA.
Chris Kolb, the only student on the
review subcommittee, said CDC was
kept "because we (the reviewers) felt
the University needed a commitment to
mental retardation and related disor-
ders, and in this economy, if we cut
everything, then there wouldn't be any
KOLB SAID the subcommittee
suggested not only the continuation of
CDC, but also the creation of a Univer-
sity-wide committee to represent
disciplines directly related to develop-
mental disabilities, which would then
advise and direct the clinic as well as
advise the University in such matters.
"If everything were closed, the
possibility of expansion would be dif-
ficult," Kolb said. "This way we have
something on campus-a place to
"We thought the needs of society
demanded that the University address
the problem (mental retardation)," he
ISMRRD'S 1981-82 budget was
$290,447. According to Frye, if the BPC
recommendation is accepted, the

savings to the University will be more
than $200,000. Frye said, though, that
the annual budget understates the
savings because it doesn't take into ac-
count the space and energy that would
be saved when ISMRRD's offices are
converted to other uses or sold. Frye
said this amount of hidden savings
would be "substantial."
A $200,000 budget savings would
represent approximately one percent of
the University's five-year plan to
reallocate $20 million. When asked if
eliminating almost an entire institute
was worth the one percent savings,
Frye said. "One hundred steps across a
field is a pretty small field."
ISMRRD staff members remained
noticeably quiet during the review
process. Upon announcement of the
review in February, ISMRRD Director
Herbert Grossman told the Daily that
"I initiated some of this (the review)."
He was unable to be reached for com-
ment yesterday.
GROSSMAN said in February that
although the problems faced by the
mentally retarded "should be a major
concern of universities across the coun-
try," he realized that the University's
financial condition made a review of
the institute necessary.
Frye said Grossman was "very
cooperative" during the review, but
stopped short of saying that Grossman
initiated it. "The review, as it was
carried out by the BPC, was not
initiated by Grossman," BPC Chair-
person Swain said later.
ISMRRD currently has four tenured
and 19 non-tenured staff members,
most of whom have appointments with
other schools or colleges. "The reviews
were conducted with the idea of caring
for the staff that will be displaced,"
Hawthorne said.
He and Swain also expressed op-
timism that the review committee
recommendation will be implemented.
"I think what's been recommended will
be accepted if at all possible,"
Hawthorne said.
Frye said the recommendation now
will be sent to the executive officers,
who will "substantively review" the
The executive officers will then sub-
mit their recommendation to the
Regents, Frye said, though probably
not until September.

The weather
Enjoy the sun in the morning and then retreat indoors for thundershowers
in the afternoon. Temperatures will reach the unoer 80s. Q
Hobos in style
ALMOST 100 HOBOS from as far away as Alaska and Pennsylvania
gathered for the 74th Annual Hobo Convention held this year in
Birmingham, Ala. And not a one hopped a freight train to get there. "Hobos
ride the cushions now, instead of a side-door Pullham box car," said Horace
Hampton, a 67-year-old hobo from AttallIa, Ala. The hobos, who arrived in
first class jetliners and by luxury cars, assembled during the weekend to
recall the time when 300,000 "knights of the road" rode the rails during the
Depression. The annual Hobo Ball, preceded by a business meeting and an
open-pit style barbecue, highlighted the convention. Story swapping, cigar
smoking, and the like occurred throughout the weekend. It seems hobos are
living it up these days, because next year's convention is expected to be even
bigger. i
Riding high
T O CELEBRATE HER 82nd birthday, Helen Giere took a ride 350 feet
over the Gulf of Mexico-hanging from a parachute as it was towed by a
motorboat. "My sister disapproves of me and my bright colors," the white-
haired woman from Albuquerque, N.M., said, smiling. "Wait until she hears
about this." Giere, dressed in a lavender bathing suit, took the parasail ride
and said: "It was absolutely wonderful-marvelous up there." She said she
had thought about taking such a ride for some time. "Every year I come
here I see them going up and down the beach," she explained. "I've always
wondered what it would feel like." She was strapped into a harness, similar
to those worn'iy skydivers. On the back of the harness was a rainbow-
colored parachute. Mike Bomar of Parasail, Inc. said he had never taken an
octogenarian for the ride, which lasts 12 minutes. "She's got more guts than
I do," said an onlooker. Another added: "I know you couldn't get me up
there." e.
AAFC- The Wicker Man, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Aud. A., Angell.
Cinema Guild- The Circus, 7:30 p.m., Modern Times,.9p.m., Lorch Hall.
CFT- American Graffiti, 4, 7, & 9 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving- meeting, 7-9:30 p.m., Washtenaw Coun-
ty Service Center.
Hopwood Reading- feminist author Valerie Miner, 4:00 p.m., Angell Hall.
Scottish Country Dancers- beginning class, 7 p.m., intermediate class, 8
p.m., Union.
Health Psychology- seminar, "Sex Differences in Behavioral and Brain
Asymmetrics," 12-1 p.m., VA Med. Center, Room A-154.
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