The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCIII, No. 6-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, May 17, 1983
Profs react to planned cuts
By GEORGEA KOVANIS
Physical education professors said a proposed 30
percent cut to the department is the "lesser of two
evils," since many were expecting an almost 50 per-
cent reduction in its programs.
A key University review panel had originally slated
the department, which is in the School of Education,
for a 47 percent cut.
BUT THE proposed cuts, recommended by a top
University budget committee last week, would nearly
eliminate two of the department's primary
programs, reduce the number of faculty members
and move the department out of the Education
"Anything of a lesser cut helps us to continue to
function," said Merle Foss, physical education
professor. "But I really feel it will be very difficult
for us to carry on with the variety of programs we
Education School Dean Joan Stark refused to
comment on the proposed cuts.
THE COMMITTEE also said the department was
partly responsible for the admission of several
could be cut
athletes in past years with poor academic records.
Professors in the department said that if the ad-
missions are a problem it is not solely their fault.
Currently the department has three programs, but
under the proposed cuts both the teacher education
and leisure studies program would be phased out
over several years, while more money would be
channeled into the exercise science program.
Professors said this shift won't effect most students
in the department since the other two programs have
lost popularity in the past 10 years.
The greater emphasis on physical fitness today is
the main reason that the majority of students in the
department are involved in the exercise science
THE COMMITTEE also said the department has
"historically" been a backdoor to the University for
athletes with poor academic records, but added that
the department was not solely to blame for the
"The University as a whole should deal with the
problem ... the matter should not fall to one depar-
tment," the committee said last week.
Chairman of the Physical Education Department,
Dee Edington said the committee's statement is
"probably a fair assessment," but added that the
recommendations would need more discussion.
"WE'RE NOT taking (athletes) against our will,"
Some professors said the committee overstepped
its bounds in this part of the recommendations.
Physical Education Prof. Rodney Grambeau said
monitoring the admissions of athletes is a problem
which should be the responsibility of the admissions
Grambeau was also critical of the committee's
proposal to reduce the size of the faculty.
"I think in all honesty, it could be done without
layoffs," he said. Edington said it is unlikely that
tenured professors would be laid off.
rally in support
o Arabs, PLO
By GEORGEA KOVANIS TWO University security guards
About 16 pro-Palestinian students positioned on the steps of the Graduate
gathered in the diag yesterday to stage Library monitored the silent demon-
an hour-long demonstration protesting stration while about 20 onlookers wat-
Israeli troops in Lebanon on the 35th ched.
anniversary of Israel's recognition by Sonsored by the Organization of
the United States. Arab Students and the General Union
Beginning at noon, the protesters for Palestine Students, march
marched in a large circle carrying organizers said they were not disap-
placards bearing anti-Israeli, pro- pointed by the low turnout.
Palestine Liberation Organization, and It's just to show our feelings to the
pro-Lebanese slogans. One marcher American public," said one demonstr-
carried a Lebanese flag. tar who refused to be indentified. "We
wanted it to be a very silent and quiet
(march)," he added.
On the Inside.
MANY onlookers ignored the demon-
Page stration which competed with an
Locl e . 3 unidentified diag evangelist for their
Local, ews . a ha.m.bur.e.r3 attention. Those who silently observed
Pin ae the'Uin a mburgerst the demonstration felt it was organized
in reaction to a troop withdrawal pact
Opinion . . . 6 signed by Israel and Lebanon on Sun-
University pol te e should iielude day.
"They're flipping out because they
just lost another Arab country," said
PrE f le . . 7 one onlooker who refused to be iden-
E l ThEa05 tified. "Their interpretation (of the
htaty shares secrets with the 3a'ly issues) and my interpretation clash.
Arts . . . . .. . . . . . It's a touchy subject to talk about," he
review of the Ann Arbor ballet added.
Theatre's prdurtioo of "Beauty and "I don't think they have much sup-
the , aport," said LSA sophomore Jennifer
. . .On June 4, march organizers plan
2 wrp t l Eekend several campus activities com-
sel wt memorating the anniversary of Israel's
f r invasion of Lebanon.
Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
Backers of the Palestine Liberation Organization carry signs in the diag
yesterday, in a protest marking the 35th anniversary of the U.S. recognition