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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Saturday, July 23, 1983
Engin. students to
pay for computers
(continuedfromPage1) money's worth," said Mechanical
(MTS) cannot provide.E
Duderstadt said'that MTS does not of- ngineering Chairman Richard Son-
Duesatsi htMSde o f t.fer the speed, graphics, and capacity to ntg. tdnt r kptclta
comu aebe endepartens But some students are skeptical that
communicate between they will benefit from the system, and
S ditin, e ne computers will added that they were angry they had
he more like those an engineering not heard more about the new system .
student might encounter on the job _ before the Regents tacked the $100 fee
each machine will be a self-contained on their tuition hills.,
computer, and not simply a terminal "Since Engin. 102, I've had only two
hooked up to a system shared by many or three computer assignments, said
users liketheMTS.eshrMechanical Engineering Senior An-
PLANS NOW call for installing 400 to thony Searing. "I've used maybe $35
500 computers, although Duderstadt (worth of computer time) on MTS -
said the college may use thousands of now; they want me to pay $100 per
the machines in the long run. term."
The equipment will vary in its "THE IDEA is good, but I can't af-
capabilities - the college is now con- ford the idea," said Searing, who
sidering the Apollo Domain for its more suggested engineering students be
powerful computers, and the Apple charged according to the amount of
Lisa and IBM PC for less complicated computer time theyuse.
work according to Associate Dean for I never use the computer s it's not
Research Daniel Atkins. fair," said Ling Yang, a senior in
The school should be able to install engineering sciences.
200 computers by fall, according to the Other students, however, said they
network's director, Aerospace would welcome the new system. I
Engineering Prof. Richard Phillips. could have used it last term," said
Work stations will be located in the Dow Material Sciences major Robin John-
Building, the Crisler Building, and East son, who added that the computers'
Engineering, with plans to open more world procesing system would be
stations later. beneficial.
i euniversities Jody Van DePolder, president of the
WIILE saioslsome colleges andunvriis EgneigC nclth coee'
have solved the problem of increasing student government said hat shes
dependence on computers by requiring would "withhold judgement until I
their students to buy their own equip- found"outhmreholjutgthensytem.il
ment,sDuderstadt saidrthe college founout re" ad utheystem said
believes it can save students money by engineering council members and other
purchasing the equipment for the students were informally consulted on
students.
"Instead of investing in a personal theplanning of the system.
computer, the college will ask its
students to pay the computer user fee
each term to support a vastly more Correction
sophisticated computing environmen-
t" than they could afford themselves, The Daily incorrectly reported Thur-
Duderstadt said. sday that students could call the Cam-
This approach will also save students pus Information Center to hear a tape
money, college officials say, because it explaining the law linking financial aid
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IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Canadians to protest missile
TORONTO - Peace and disarmament groups are planning demonstrations
across Canada today to protest the government's decision to allow tests of
U.S. cruise missiles.
Organizers predict that marches in Toronto and Montreal will draw
thousands of people to oppose the cruise tests, which have become the chief
target of the Canadian peace movement.
After months of controversy, the government announced last week it
would agree to a request from the United States to test unarmed cruise
missiles over barren land in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia
and Alberta.
The almost featureless terrain - similar to some parts of the Soviet Union
could pose difficulties for the cruise guidance system, which relies on
recognizing landmarks as the missile follows a precise path to its target.
Trudeau, who has made many appeals for disarmament in his nearly 15
years as prime minister, says Canada's commitment to cruise tests is a
logical result of its membership in the NATO military alliance and NORAD,
the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Lavelle cleared of contempt
WASHINGTON - A federal jury found Rita Lavelle innocent of contempt
of Congress for failing to testify about possible wrongdoing in the Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated less than two hours
before reaching the verdict.
The charges stemmed from Lavelle's failure to appear before a House
subcommittee investigating political manipulation and mismanagement of
the EPA's $1.6 billion Superfund toxic waste cleanup program.
The jury apparently accepted the arguments of Lavelle, former assistant
administrator of EPA for toxic wastes, that she was incapable of appearing
before a House subcommittee because of emotional, physical and financial
problems
Reagan replaces Mideast envoy
WASHINGTON - President Reagan replaced Philip Habib as his special
Middle East envoy yesterday, apparently bowing to Syria - which refuses
to deal with Habib - in hopes of stimulating the stalled Mideast peace
process.
After an Oval Office meeting and then lunch with a President Amin
Gemayel of Lebanon, Reagan announced that Robert McFarlane, the deputy
White House national security assistant, would take over for Habib, who had
resigned. Other shifts in Reagan's Middle East team appeared likely.
Habib had been unable to bring Syria into negotiations for the removal of
the foreign forces - including Syrian troops - from Lebanon.
A senior State Department official said it was Habib's decision to step
down from his post, in part because Syria wouldn't negotiate with him.
Senator calls off MX filibuster
WASHINGTON - Sen. Gary Hart, a Democratic presidential contender,
called off his two-week-old filibuster against the MX missile yesterday, set-
ting up a conclusive Senate vote on the powerful new intercontinental
weapon next Tuesday.
Although the Senate is almost certain to give President Reagan a victory
on the MX next week, Hart said he and a small group of Democratic liberals
will re-open the fight in September.
"I think you will see the debate intensifying rather than diminishing," said
the Colorado Democrat, following disclosure of an agreement among Senate
leaders, and MX foes and supporters, on how to conclude an acerbic
legislative battle which began July 11.
Hart has argued that Reagan's plan to install 100 MX missiles in existing
underground silos was impractical because they could be destroyed by
Russian missiles before the United States had decided to launch them.
Hart told reporters he had sought extended debate on the MX during
Senate consideration of a $200 billion defense authorization bill for 1984 to
"make sure the American people understand the implications" of the new
weapon.
Four die in mid-air collision
NEW YORK - A police helicopter and a seaplane collided in cloudless
skies over Brooklyn yesterday, hurtling the chopper through the roof of a
vacant building and the plane into New York Harbor. Two police officers
were killed and two people aboard the plane were presumed drowned.
Two others on the commuter plane, a man and woman on the way to their
jobs with Wall Street firms, kicked open the emergency exit in tht plane and
were rescued. They were hospitalized in stable condition.
Police Chief Patrick Murphy said the helicopter was on routine traffic
patrol when the accident occurred. The Waterfront Airways plane had left
Hyland, N.J. at 8:15 a.m. and was coming in for a landing on the East River
off Wall Street, according to Murphy.
Jorge Martinez, 28, was looking west out his fourth-floor window when he
saw the seaplane and the blue copter collide.
"They spun around and a blade of the helicopter came loose," Martinez
said. "Then the blade hit the wall of my building."

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