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The Michigan Daily - Saturday, May 21, 1983 - Page 5
WCBN wins short-term power hike

(Continued from Page 3).
THE 10-DAY test is a key move by the
FCC, which last year put a power freeze
on FM radio stations nationwide that
broadcast on frequencies between 88
and 92 megahertz.
When these stations, including WC-
BN, tried to add power in the past, the
increase intefered with local WJIM-
TV Channel 6 television broadcasts.
The freeze was proposed to give the
FCC a chance to investigate the inter-
ference and find a solution.
UNDER A FCC proposal officials at
WJIM in Lansing would have to give
final approval before WCBN could in-
crease its broadcast power from 10 to
200 watts.

The power increase has become a
political issue, said Mike Kopka,
general manager of WCBN.
"It's a question of whose toes are
being stepped on," Kopka said.
OFFICIALS AT WJIM said the power
increase is not a political issue, but the
added watts would interfere with its
"They're cutting out our signal," said
Phil Sherck, vice president of WJIM.
"The people trying to watch us are not
getting any sound. We get complaints
about the sound quality."
There have been lobbying efforts by
Channel 6 against National Public
Radio, which represented WCBN,

recommending that the FCC not allow
the station to increase its power.
FOR WCBN, HOWEVER, the power
increase to 200 watts would improve the
radio's sound quality dramatically said
Jim Paffenbarger, senior engineer at
WUOM radio station.
To alleviate the interference with
Channel 6, WCBN installed a television
translator on the roof of the Graduate
Library in 1977. The translator allows
Ann Arbor residents to receive Channel
6 broadcasts on UHF Channel 67.
Although most people don't know this
translator exists, the Channel 67 broad-
casts are much clearer than those seen
on Channel 6, said Hazen Schumacher,
director of Media Services at the

THE INTERFERENCE is only in the
video broadcast and doesn't affect sound
quality, Schumacher said. WCBN will
"fight" if the station is denied the extra
power, said Schumacher.
"WCBN is a first-class station, a
great outlet for students," Schumacher
The station is an alternative to both
commercial and non-commercial radio
stations in Ann Arbor, said Larry
Bram, WCBN disc jockey.
Currently WCBN is classified as an
educational radio station, but Bram
said its programs include a variety of

'U' Regents delay vote on non-classified research

(Continued from Page 1)
Policies Committee, would establish
guidelines for non-classified research
similar to classified research restric-
tions currently in effect.
As written, the proposal prohibits the
University from supporting or
engaging in research which has the
"substantial purpose ... to destroy or
permanently incapacitate human
IN MARCH, the proposed policy was
approved by faculty governing bodies
(Continued from Page 3)
summer to balance the budget.
"While I think in the short run it was
kind of shallow behavior by the other
party, in the long run there's going to be
some serious action," said Council-
member Raphel Ezekiel (D-Third
"If we get the facts, I think we can
come to some of the same conclusions,"
Chesbrough said.
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and more recently gained support from
University deans.
If adopted, the proposal would
require that each school or college
establish a committee to monitor
research projects in an effort to see that
the policy was being properly enforced.
Roger Kerson, military research in-
vestigator for the Michigan Student
Assembly, told Regents that although
wording of the proposal is "flawed," he
favors adoption of it.

BUT ENFORCEMENT of a policy is
more important than just establishing
one, Kerson said. Because the
guidelines might infringe on the
academic freedom of researchers,
precautions must be taken to ensure
that the proposed restrictions cover any
research which may have the potential
of harming humans, he added.
Genetics Prof. Donald Rucknagel
said he is concerned about the restric-
tion of academic freedom, but even
more important, is the way committee

may be set up for monitoring the
If the committeewas made up only of
people from the individual schools and
colleges, he said, there would be a
tremendous conflict of interest. If there
were people from outside the discipline,
he said, there would be less pressure on
the deans of the schools, and the com-
munity would be reassured that the
research being performed was not


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