The Michigan Daily - Friday, June 8, 1984 - Page 5
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By JOAN MEREDITH
The wife of the University president
must be a "unifying force for faculty
wives," former University first lady
Sally Fleming told a women's group at
the Campus Inn Tuesday night. "I tried
to keep them happy, which helped to
keep the professors happy," she said at
a banquet held to honor the University's
past and present first ladies.
Joining Fleming were Aileen Smith,
whose husband Allan led the University
from 1978 to 1980, and Vivian Shapiro,
wife of current president Harold
FLMING reminisced about the size
of the president's house on East
University. "We thought we needed
roller skates to get from one end to
another," she said. "My daughter
thought we should telephone her at the
third floor to come down to dinner."
Fleming, whose husband lRobben was
at the University's helm from 1968 to
1978, said a large part of the first lady's
job is to entertain at the president's
house. She said she often invited guests
and students - including the Daily staff
- to informal evenings by the fireside.
Recalling her term as first lady,
Smith said the University regents com-
plained about never having informal
gatherings to get to know each other.
She said she remedied this by inviting
them to breakfast on the patio.
"The rule was no business, no
speeches, and no publicity meetings,"
Current first lady Vivian Shapiro,
herself a professor in social work, noted
the difficulties of moving into ad-
ministration. "When one moves to ad-
ministration," she said, "a gulf
-develops between you (and the
faculty). It's very difficult when your
own friends and colleagues wonder if
you are the same person you were the
day before," she said.
The dinner was sponsored by Zonta, a
women's public service organization.
Club president Letitia Byrd announced
the group's newest project - a scholar-
ship in honor of the first ladies for
female communication students which
will "support the right of women to a
voice in society."
Two thefts were reported Wednesday
in the campus area, both through
unlocked doors or windows. One was on
the 500 block of E. Ann, where more
than $500.00 of jewelry was stolen, and
the other was on the 700 block of S.
Division, where only a small amount of
cash was taken.
The robberies of unlocked homes
prompted Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Jan
" Suomala to warn residents to be sure to
keep doors and windows locked all
times when they cannot be watched.
- Maria Gold
Disorderly conduct? DOUG
Stoney Burke returned to the Diag to speak his mind on Wednesday after being arrested the day before on charges of
disorderly conduct. Similar charges against Burke, stemming from an incident during the 19880 Republican Convestion,
were dropped yesterday in Detroit because he was not properly arraigned after his arrest. Burke is scheduled to appear
in Ann Arbor District Court in July.
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