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The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 22, 1984 - Page 5
State investigates degree-buying scam

LANSING - State licensing officials
say they first became alarmed after
being informed that an Alexandria, Va.
businessman had been arrested for,
buying a medical degree for cash.
The man allegedly got his degree
from a Dominican Republic medical
school known as CETEC. The state
subsequently was informed that
CETEC and another school, CEFAS,
had been closed.
Officials have been looking into the
credentials of would-be doctors who
graduated from Caribbean medical
schools involved in a degree-selling
"We are concerned and the Michigan
Board of Medicine has been looking into
the matter," said Dr. James Fenton of
Bay City, chairman of the board.
Fenton said licensing officials have
found no evidence that any of the 180
degrees allegedly involved in the fraud
scheme are held by doctors of applican-
ts of licensure in Michigan.
The state has about seven pending
application for limited licensure from
graduates of CETEC and one from a
CEFAS graduate.
A committee has been formed to
evaluate the credentials of the applicants
and determine whether there was any
evidence of fraud.
Herman Fishman of the licensing
department said action may come as
early as the board's Aug. 8 meeting.
About 30 graduates of CETEC are
working in Michigan now, but all are in
training programs and none have full
licenses to practice, Fishman said.
Their backgrounds will be checked as
well, according to Fenton and Fishman.
"We are considering the necessity ...
of studying the credentials of all
(foreign educated) applicants and
establishing some method of validation,
documentation and authentication," he
said. This does not include graduates of
Canadian schools, which are subject to
the same reviews as American ones.
Fenton said it is "much too early to
tell" whether the board will go this
route, however.
Fishman said about 7 percent to 8
percent of the medical school
graduates who apply
for Michigan licenses each year hold
degrees from foreign schools. That
figure has been "firmly constant," he
said, despite the growing popularity of
so-called off-shore medical schools in
the Caribbean.
- United Press International

WSU president is preferred
choice for Hawaii post
HONOLULU - Wayne State University
president David Adamany is the
preferred candidate for the presidency;
of the University of Hawaii, according!
to an informal poll of the UH board of
Two members of the 11-member
board confirmed for the Honolulu Ad-
vertiser' that the straw vote was
If the university is unable to convince
Adamany to take the post, two Hawaii
candidates have the inside track, the
paper said. They are .interim UH
president Albert Simone, 48, and Mary
Bitterman, 40, director of the Institute of
Culture and Communication at the East
-West Center.
The outgoing president of Michigan
State University, Cecil Mackey, 55, is
also among eight candidates being con-
sidered for the post, the paper said.
Others on the finalist list are Paige
Mulhollan, 49, executive vice president
of Arizona State University; Robert
Bersi, 52, chancellor of the University
of Nevada; Richard Kosaki, 59, UH vice
chancellor for academic affairs; and
Terence Rogers, 59, dean of the UH
John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Mulhollan and Bersi seem to have
made commitments which would make
it difficult for them to accept the
position. Mulhollan was expected to be
named this week to head the new ASU-
West campus. Bersi has just signed a
new two-year contract with the Nevada
UH regent James Gary, who is
leading the search for a new president,
has refused comment on the reports.
He would say only that the new
president probably will be named by
the end of August, although he or she
might not assume the post until
- United Press International
Salvadoran U. holds
classes after 4-year wait
Some classes may be held starting next
month on the main campus of El Salvador's
National University for the first time in more
The campus, in San Salvador, has been
closed since it was invaded in June, 19890 by
govenment troops. Until this May, when
control of the campus was given back to
university officials, it was guarded by 75 ar-
med national guardsmen.
The various schools of the university have
been offering their classes for the past four
years in makeshift locations throughout
Damage and theft by the military during
its stay on campus is estimated at $20

The government has provided no funds to
- The Chronide of Higher Education
Baptist minister criticizes
Baylor University profs
Phillip Johnson, an associate
professor of Spanish and Portuguese at
Baylor University in Texas, was
criticized for being a Mormon by the
fundamentalist Baptist minister Zig
Ziglar. Bob Patterson, a professor of
religion, was named by Ziglar as one -
who praised Charles Darwin as one of
his "scientific heroes."
According to Baylor president Her-
bert Reynolds, Ziglar belongs to "a
group within the Southern Baptist Con-
vention who apparently would like to
assume the role of a priestly class to in-
struct and direct the rest of us."
"The issue is the teaching of the Bible
as the inerrant word of God by men and
women who believe that it 'is the
inerrant word of God," Ziglar said.
"Young men and women going to a
Baptist college should be given the
assurance that their faith will not be
Although Baylor University is
operated by the Southern Baptists'
Texas Convention, Ziglar
acknowledged that neither the national
convention nor any of its officers has
any authority over the university.
- The Chronicle of Higher
Senator criticizes MSU
Michigan State University is facing
serious financial problems due to poor
administrative decisions, according to
a Michigan state senator.
"The administration is conveniently
using the Legislature to blame for their
fiscal problems," said Sen. William
Sederburg (R-East Lansing). "The
blame should be shared (by MSU and
the state(.
MSU is expected to receive $182.3
million in state appropriations in 1984-
85 - $200,000 more than the University
will receive.
But MSU will continue to have finan-
cial troubles because the ad-
ministration relies on forward funding
to get through the school year, Seder-
burg said.
"Unfortunately, MSU's budget
decisions last year cause (1984-85) to be
a catch-up year," he said.
Forward funding refers to the money
a university receives for the first quar-
ter of its fiscal year, which begins 'July
1. The state's fiscal year begins Oct. 1,
so it lends money to the university and
then deducts it from the following

year's budget allocations.
- The State News
S.C. school sued over
student's death
A $5 million lawsuit has been filed
against the University of South
Carolina, a fraternity, and a private
security service, by the mother of a
student shot to death at a 1979
homecoming weekend party.
Annie Louise Benjamin, mother of
slain student Terrell Johnson, is suing
USC, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., and
Southern Security Services Inc.
Johnson, a 21-year-old senior, was
shot in the head Oct. 6, 1979 at a Kappa
Alpha Psi party in the social room of
Bates dormitory.
USC sophomore John Houston fired
shots at the party, killing two students
and wounding six others.
John Aiken, wounded in the back, is
suing for $500,000.
Both lawsuits claim that security
measures for such a large party open to
the public were inadequate and that
USC, Southern Security, and Kappa
Alpha Psi were aware of complaints
about campus security prior to the in-
USC Legal Counsel Paul Ward said
USC has not been served with the suit.
He said a suit was filed for Johnson in
1979, but it was dismissed without
prejudice, which means it may be filed
again within the statute of limitations.
"We simply weren't ready to go to
trial at that time. We are ready now.
The obvious question is whether or not
USC is protected by sovereign im-
munity," said attorney Frederick Hill,
who is representing both Johnson's
estate and Aiken.
South Carolina state law provides
that state agencies have sovereign im-
munity from lawsuits, which means
they can only be sued in a limited num-
ber of cases or if they give their per-
Houston pleaded guilty to the murder
of Johnson and 19-year-old Patrick
McGinty, who was killed on the
pedestrian crosswalk outside of the
dormitory. He is serving two con-
secutive life sentences.
- The Gamecock

Republican Senate race unknown to most voters

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politician that a person can be," said the
48-year-old candidate, who spent 25
years in the Marines and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Lousma rejects the carpetbagger
label and has tried to recast that issue
to his advantage as well. People who
serve their country in the military, he
says, should not be barred from public
office, "nor should they become people
without a state."
IN EARLY July, Lousma began
making more responses to Dunn's at-

tacks. He criticized the negative tone
of his rival's campaign, and made a few
jabs of his own, suggesting that Dunn
had a poor record of supporting
President Reagan when he served in
the U.S. House.
Despite his late start, Lousma has
been ahead in fund raising.
He has raised $518,262 this year,
compared with Dunn's $220,888. Dunn,
however, also took in about $100,000 last
year before Lousma even announced
his campaign. Much of the Dunn cam-
paign's money has come from the can-

didate himself.
DUNN AND Lousma both style them-
selves as conservative supporters of
President Reagan, although Dunn
breaks with the president on abortion
and both favor the Equal Rights Amen-
Lousma believes President Reagan
wants too much for the Pentagon,
calling for a "strong, lean, mean, tough
defense." He does not support the over-
throw of the Nicaraguan government,
and believes the United States must
"take every opportunity to bring the

Soviets to the negotiating table."
Domestic content legislation and im-
port quotas should be used as "levers
in order to bring fair and free trade
back to the auto industry with Japan,"
Lousma believes. He says the state
needs to grab a bigger share of the
defense contracts and thinks the state
can double its farm exports by 1990. He
also calls for creation of a Great Lakes
authority to both preserve and develop
the waterway.

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