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Ninety-four years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCIV, No. 14-S Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, June 8, 1984 Fifteen Cents Sixteen Pages
Age, growth plague Chem Building

The University's Chemistry Depar-
tment has been waiting, for years -
make that decades - for a new
The University has approached the
state for funds to build a new building,
but for the time being, the chemistry
department will have to live with the
overcrowded conditions in their current
building, a structure built in 1909.
"It's a sound old building," said Fred
Mayer, University planner. "(But)
we're using that building to it's
maximum capacity."
"IT'S A difficult situation," said
chemistry prof. Richard Lawton. "The
facilities are outmoded and there is no

room to put instruments."
"The overcrowding situation has
been an ongoing problem," said David
Curtis, professor of chemistry. "But,
it's not the University's fault."
Believe it or not, the Chemistry
Department has been in this same
situation before. Back in 1946, the four
story structure was crowded "in a
manner approaching proverbial sar-
dine can conditions," said one prof.
back then. The professors had to build
shelves over the doorways in order to
store all the equipment.
Plus, some of the equipment had to be
piled outside until it was used. An ad-
dition to the original building, com-
See AGE, Page 11

Senate votes to ban
mandatory student fees

The State Senate yesterday passed a
bill which may affect funding for
groups such as PIRGIM and the
Michigan Student Assembly.
If passed by the State House of
Representatives and approved by
Governor Blanchard, the bill would end
mandatory fees imposed on students
for political organizations.
"IT WOULD have the effect of
preventing institutions from allocating
money to political organizations," said
Richard Kennedy, vice president for
state relations. He added that MSA
would not be considered a political
Kennedy also said, however, that he
is not sure whether MSA will continue
to be able to support politically active
MSA president Scott Page said "it
would be possible ... for someone to
challenge MSA."
PAGE SAID he isn't worried about
the effect the bill could have on student
governments if it is passed.
"I don't see MSA being in jeopardy
right now," he said.
The bill could also affect PIRGIM,
although the University's group would

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Police escort
Ricardo Hart is ushered out of the Washtenaw County Courthouse yesterday
after a session of jury selection in his trial for the murder of Nancy Faber.
See story, Page 2.

not be affected directly since students
voluntarily give money to the group.
The bill, which was passed by the
Senate 22-9, was opposed by both
PIRGIM and MSA, who said the law
would interfere with the autonomy of
the University.
The bill appears to be specifically
aimed at the PIRGIM branch at Michigan
State University where the ad-
ministration requires the group to use
either a mandatory fee system or no
system at all.
At the University, PIRGIM has tried
twice in the past three years to have the
so-called refusable/refundable system
implemented here, but its request was
refused both times.
Under the refusable/refundable
system, a student is automatically
assessed a fee unless he explicitly
rejects it. If the bill becomes law,
however, that system would become
Proponents of the bill say it is a mat-
ter of protecting the civil rights of
students to avoid supporting causes in
which they do not believe, but one
PIRGIM member said the bill, spon-
sored by a conservative Republican, is
aimed specifically at the consumer
advocate group.
* The Pretzel Bell has been
closed again by the health depar-
tment. See Page 3.
* PSN has the right idea but
they're going about it the wrong
way. See Opinion, Page 6.
" Two Wolverine batsmen were
among the college players selec-
ted in the major league baseball
draft. See Sports, Page 16.
Hot and humid with scattered
thundershowers and a high

FBI to enforce draft registration

Some men who have not yet
registered for the draft will receive
unexpected guests in the coming
months: FBI agents will visit non-
registrants at their homes to offer them
a last chance to sign up before the
government turns them over to a
federal grand jury.
The Justice Department announced
last week that it had abandoned its
"passive enforcement" of the Selective
Service Act, whereby only those non-
registrants who publicly declared their
refusal to comply with the act were
considered for prosecution.
ACCORDING TO John Russel of the

Justice Department, groups of 100
randomly-selected non-registrants will
be sent letters urging them to comply.
FBI agents will appear at the homes of
those who reject the advice or who fail
to respond.
Russel said that most of the 150 men
contacted by mail so far have
The Selective Service System reports
that 99% of the nearly 12 million men
eligible for registration have complied.
"I'M NOT sure how many non-
registrants there are;" Russel said,
"but I don't think we'll ever exhaust the
The announcement of the end to

passive enforcement followed a
decision by the United States Supreme
Court to hear an appeal in the case of
Californian David Wayte, who claims
he was unfairly singled out for
prosecution under the passive
enforcement program because he
spoke out against registration.
Wayte said it was unfair that he was
one of the only 16 people indicted for
refusal to register. Russel said only six
of those cases are presently pending
and might be affected by the outcome of
the Wayte case.
University student David Miklethun,
who vocally resists registration but who
See FBI, Page 7

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