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Research report
lacks stringency,
opponents says
By MARTIN FRANK
Most members of the University's committee on,.
assified research are pleased with their proposed
'idelines, but other members of the University com-
iunity criticize the lack of enforcement mechanisms in
e recommendations.
The proposed rules call for eliminating panel and com--
ittee review of all research proposals, leaving the
timate decision up to the heads of the departments -
here research is conducted.
CURRENTLY, the enforcement mechanism consists of
vo student and faculty bodies - the Research Policiesx
ommittee, the Classified Review Panel - and the Vice
resident for Research.
Campus activists and one committee member fear suchK
lack of enforcement could lead to defense-sponsored
lassified projects with the potential of harming human
fe. Such research is currently forbidden at the Univer-I
ty but the proposed guidelines eliminate the restriction.
"I signed because, in general, it is a good report and
snsidering the political climate of the Board of Regents, I'
et this would be the best chance of it passing," said
ammittee member and graduate student Sean Laane. ,
BUT LAANE expressed concern about enforcement. ,
I'm not discrediting the department heads, but it's1
Iways good to have an outside check to make sure the
uidelines are being followed," he said.:
Michigan Student Assembly Military Research Advisor f
sgrid Kock feels, "with no enforcement mechanism, the r
niversity is opening the door to professors to do any type
F research that they want."
"The lack of enforcement weakens the guidelines to the
aint where they're meaningless," Keck added. ~
MOST committee members, however, support the Daily Photo by CHRIS TWIGG
limination of the current enforcement process because it Abandoned?
its out bureaucracy. A worker from O'Neal Construction Company sits ina window of the Beta
"Most of the enforcement is up front, so you don't need Theta Pi fraternity house on 604 State Street last month. The house is un-
ammittees to decide whether or not a project should be dergoing reconstruction this summer.
lassified or not," said committee chairman Philip Con-__
erse, director of the Institute for Social Research.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Prof. Ar-
h Naylor, a committee member, said that anyone who ew orm unlikel
uestions the enforcement should, "Go over to the DRDA
Division of Research and Development Administration)
nd read the contract." Under the proposed guidelines, By EUGENE PAK John Fitgeralid, summ
esesrch contracts must be made available for public in- The recent upward trend in the number of RHA, said, "Demographics
pection. applications to the University has prompted student population is rechi,
discussion about the possibility of building a now and the university wou
THAT proclamation does not satisfy MSA's current new dormitory. pty buildings on its hands."
silitary research advisor Robyn Watts. "The DRDA is At a recent Michigan Student Assembly David Foulke agreed. "W
st an administrative processing centei with neither the meeting, MSA members and Residence be sitting around with emp
sclination nor the resources to review projects," Watts Halls Association rep. Bryan Case suppor- being able to pay for them,"
aid in a letter to the Daily last Friday. ted the idea, although no formal decisions CASE SAID the RHA wo
She later added. "This is like having the foxes guard the were made to pursue it. Applications for this construction of a new dorm
hicken coop. year's freshman class have reached a
A minority opinion, written by three committee mem- record high.
ers who dissented, provides no enforcement mechanism, "IT'S out of RHA's control," Case said.
ut also criticizes the majority report's findings. It . "It's really the housing office's
ecommends leaving research projects up to the "in- decision...and they don't have the capital."
egrity of the professors." "Intellectual openness, Currently, the University housing office We dont wa
ealized concretely in the opportunity to publish and has no plans to look into building a new beds and not b
isseminate results without hinderance, is a very great dorm, but financial constraints argued
alue - one almost universally shared and treasured by against it five years ago, when the Univer- -D
erious scholars," the minority report stated. sity seriously considered the idea.
ANOTHER provision of the majority report which Associate Director for Housing Business
lispleases the minority and activists is the time limits in Affairs David Foulke, said, "Maybe it's
which research projects must be published. time to start looking into this possibility."
The proposed guidelines would still require all research "ONE THING that affects us very much is
results to be published one year after the project's com- the off-campus housing market,' said
pletion - as in the current guidelines - but the committee Foulke. "The University houses 30 percent
also added a clause stating that sponsors may be granted of the students, and a lot of what we do is student tuition would ot b
period of six months to review projects to see if anything impacted by what that other 70 percent is cover costs.
sould be classified. doing. Several possible sites e
Converse admits this addition dpes not significantly "Several years back," Foulke continued, residence hall, according
change the current rule, which was considered vague, but "off-campus housing was tight, then they Planner, Fred Mayer. These
he does say that the addition helps clarify the time limits. had a couple of years where the vacancy land on North Campus and t
"We found that it was impossible to fully clarify the rate was in the 7 to 8 percent range; now it's University coliseum on Hilla
time limits, but this is definitely an improvement," Con- gone back, the off-campus vacancy rate is The University hospitali
versesaid. very small." building, but the Board o
Watts thinks the time limits are still vague. "(The new ANY PLANS to build a'new dorm would decide to have it demolished.
addition) is not such a big deal," she said. "It's still effec- also take demographic trends into con- "THE OLD hospital, besid
tively the same." sideration, he added. expensive to heat and maint

The Michigan Daily - Friday, August 8, 1986- Page 3
Tally Hall
to open

after delays
By RICHARD KANG
Construction on Tally Hall indoor shopping mall is
scheduled to be completed this week, more than one year
after the structure's scheduled opening.
"It's essentially done," said Jim Jakubus, a construction
manager for the F.J. Jones Construction Coimpany. Only
an elevator shaft remains unfinished, he said.
THE BI-LEVEL mall, located at the corner of E.
Washington and S. Division streets, was originally ap-
proved by the Ann Arbor City Council in 1983. City
and F. J. Jones officials have blamed
each other for the construction delays.
The mall's fast-food restaurants and two stores opened
for business earlier this summer. Several other stores are
close to being leased, according to a building manager.
The restaurants - selling items ranging from steak
sandwiches to frozen yogurt - appear to be prospering,
though some workers and customers dislike'the loud con-
stuction that has continued throughout the summer.
"I'M NOT extremely happy about the construction, but
it's necessary and people seem to be accepting it for what
it is," said Debbie Bak, owner of the Hot Dog Stop.
"But I'm pleased with what's happening," she con-
tinued. "I've only been here for three weeks and I'm
breaking even. Business is good with a lot of positive feed-
back."
Eve Potochick, who owns California Freeze frozen
yogurt, agreed that, "business is picking up everyday."
"I DON'T think (the construction) really bothers us that
much because they do most of it in the morning. I'm very
happy here," she said.
But Duane Richards, an employee at the Steak Escape,
said he "hates the construction because customers have
to repeat their orders and we have to wait until the noisestops."
See TALLY, Page 5
'U' 9 ofc s say
r director of "That's one reason the new hospital was
uggest that the built."
g its apex right Instead of building a new dorm for this
d not want em- year's overflowing freshman class, housing
officials are doing the next best thing -
e don't want to modifying existing dorm space.
y beds and not Lounges in Markley and Mosher Jordan "
he said. will be converted into temporary housing
uld support the for about 60 freshmen.
tory as long as We're setting up temporary spaces in

ie
st
in
ik

nt to be sitting around with empty
eing able to pay for them.'
avid Foulke, Associate Director for
Housing Business Affairs

e raised to help
xist for a new
to University
include vacant
be site of the old
nd Fifth street.
is an available
f Regents may
t.
es being ugly, is
ain," Case said.

residence lounges and will be ready to use
in-residence staff rooms," said Leroy
Williams, director of housing information.
Williams said some of these temporary
spaces may become permanent, depending
on the availability of housing during the
year.
Housing officials must still find about 175
spaces, but Williams remained optimistic
and-guaranteed that all freshmen will be
given housing.

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