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Summer Weekly Edition
Ninety-six years of editorial freedom

Twelve Pages

Vol XCVI - No. 12-S

Copyrigh 986

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, August 8, 1986

effects of
Rule 48
Last of a Two-Part Series
Although the National Collegiate
Athletic Association's (NCAA) new
Rule 48 that took effect last Friday
will tighten entrance standards for
freshman student athletes, it will do
little to ensure that they get an
education while in college.
The measure was approved in
January by the NCAA along with Rule
30, which requires student athletes to
consent to drug tests to be eligible for
inter-collegiate sports.


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could kill
A bill that may pass the U.S. House
of Representatives would remove the
current mandatory retirement age of
70 for university faculty nationwide.
Though officials differed on how the
bill might impact the University,
there are 119 University faculty
members between the ages of 65 and
69 who could be affected.
The bill, which has already passed
the House Committee on Education
and Labor and has yet to be taken up
in the Senate, would let faculty mem-
bers continue to work until they
choose to retire.
HIENRY SWAIN, assistant dean for
faculty affairs and out-placement of-
ficer for the Medical School, said the
bill, if passed, could have a serious
long-term impact on the University.
The most important effect, he said,
would be the lack of faculty positions
for young academics.
Swain explained that the Medical
School can only afford a certain num-
ber of faculty positions. Presently, all
faculty members must retire by.age
70, and their departures open spots
for new faculty. He estimated the
number of 65-70 year old professors to
be around 20, out of approximately
650 faculty in the Medical School.
The turnover is important, Swain
said, because most professors are
considerably less active at age 70
than earlier in their careers. Swain
speculated that, "there just isn't that
much more to accomplish" for elder

RULE 48 requires incoming fresh-
man athletes to score at least 700 on
the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) y b W
and to attain a minimum 2.0 grade
point average (GPA) in 11 "core" Dean Baker (left) and Liz Gottleib celebrate Baker's victory in the Democratic primary for Congress at
courses. Dominick's Tuesday evening. Baker defeated Don Grimes, and will face incumbent Rep. Carl Pursell (R-
Mich) in the general election this November.
University athletic director Don
Canham favors the new rule, but said
it may not guarantee a student
student good grades or a college
teuletn wh'o''hyaefeh Baker trium phs
"If (the NCAA) really wants to bit
the bullet, why don't they make frest.-
men ineligible?" Canham said in an
interview last spring. ' n t to ace urse
Canham is a strong advocate of red-

shirting freshmen athletes, or holding
them out of competition for a season By PETER MOONEY
without costing them a year of Tuesday's Democratic primary in
eligibility, the Second Congressional District
featured a surprising victory by dark
ALTHOUGH the NCAA first adop- horse candidate Dean Baker. Baker's
ted the redshirting rule in 1961 to en- win, over the better-financed can-
sure that an injured athletes could didacy of Don Grimes, indicates the
play a full four seasons, some schools potency of his grassroots campaign
have used it to give the athletes time staffed primarily by local activists.
to adjust to the rigors of college Baker, a University graduate
academic life, student in economics, won primarily
"Athletics is tough enough without because of the 1400 vote margin he
having to compete before even going rolled up in Ann Arbor, where he took
to class," said Canham, referring to 54 of 61 precincts. This margin proved
some colleges that play in the fall too great for Grimes to overcome,
before the shcool year begins, particularly given a lower than expec-
ted turnout in Jackson and Wayne
Redshirting means the student counties.
athlete practices with the team but RESPONDING to his victory Baker
cannot play in games. As a result, he said, "we knew we could do this, it
still spends considerable time shows that people care about the
working out in addition to studying, issues."
For this reason, many athletes are Grimes, though acknowledging that
opposed to redshirting. Baker turned out the vote in Ann Ar-
'There's 0ot a wh oe 0ot of differen- bor. felt his loss was caused by factors
ther than the s,.ue -'Pecle had no

ide- who they were voting for," local campaigns, went to say that he proessorsgsoer iceyu acktye"ie oo
Grimes said, referring to Baker votes hasn't seen activism on the scale of "MOST REALLY bright ideas are
in areas outside of Ann Arbor. "It's the Baker campaign se the s had by people who are 30 or younger,
just like the Larouchies who won in IN THE upcoming campaign, five- said Swain, who is 63 years old. "I'm
Illinois." . term incumbent Pursell will besadSinwhis6yerol."'
Illinois." c heai ed ove rBaker. th not convinced there are that many
GRIMES campaign manager Vickihepeople over 70 who are very valuable
Wallin added, "We were suprised by primary election Pursell, running(academically)."
Jackson in terms of the low turnout." unopposed, exceeded thercombined Without mandatory retirement,
Ann Arbor's strong endorsement of total of Grimes and Baker votes by Swain predicted, a significant num-
Baker resulted from the efforts of his more than 2 to 1. Baker feels, ber of elderly professors might stay
campaign workers, who work from a however,that much othe district is on, leaving few spots for their younger
variety of local peace groups. During dissatisfied with Pursell's leadership. colleagues. "Over time, that will
the night preceding the election' atbve een"sakerhas meta exact a terrible price," he said.
Baker volunteers were up until 5 AM favorable response, Baker said. It
dropping leaflets urging people to would be wrong to say it's just the Charles Allmand, assistant to the
vote. Central America issue, we want to see Vice President for Academic Affairs,
To local democratic observers the military spending cut and social cuts said the University Administration
Baker campaign was encouraging, restored." Baker expects more does not expect the bill to have a
According to Ann Arbor Democratic money to come into the campaign major effect because 'People are
Party Chairman David Devarti, "The with the nomination. He doesn't, beginning to retire earlier rather than
fact that we've seen hundreds of however, expect to change his cam- later." He said the average
volunteers in Baker's campaign is paign strategy. "We're going to- be retirement age for faculty is now 67.
just the sort of energy we could use to using the money for literature, not TV Removal of aging faculty members
overcome Pursell (Republican in- spots. is made difficult by the policy of
cumbent art Purseit R-Mich)." If Baker is to win in the general academi' tenure. The policy is inten-
Devart, a ongime p rtlcipant in See AK 'a, ager 7- HOUSE, Page 11

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