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SDI opponents not
denied DoD funds

By ROB EARLE
University scientists who opposed
President Reagan's Strategic Defense
Initiative say they are not being
denied Department of Defense fun-
ding, despite recent threats by DoD
officials.
Physics prof. Michael Saunders
said he does not know of any Univer-
sity researcher denied funds for
criticizing the politically-charged
program, which is investigating the
possibility of a giant defense shield to
safeguard U.S. nuclear weapons.
SAUNDERS AND 48 other tenured
physics faculty members signed a
statement last fall refusing to do SDI
research an. urging others not to par-
ticipate. They and other opponents
have criticized the program's
technical fea bility and huge cost.
Underseci -tary of Defense for
Research a-id Engineering Donal
Hicks said a sn April issue of the
journal Science that researchers who
opposed the SDI program might be
denied future defense department
funding.

"If they want to get out and use
their roles as professors to make
statements, that's fine, it's a free
country," Hicks said.
"BUT FREEDOM works both
ways. They're free to keep their
mouths shut...(and) I'm also free not
to give the money."
DoD officials have repudiated
Hicks' statements and University
Vice President for Research Linda
Wilson has assured researchers that
the statements are not official policy.
"It's not at all inkeeping with the i
branch (of the SDI program) I'm in- O
volved with," said Adam Gordus, a
nuclear engineering professor
working on an SDI project.
Yet some still perceive a threat.
"When a man at that level says what
he said, it can be intimidating without Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER
having the force of law. It keeps
people quiet," Saunders said. Dead heads
Two weeks ago, a University of
Illinois physicist said he knew one University grounds Department workers Juliet DeLaruz and Andy Carniski plant inca-orange marigolds on
scientist who was denied funds for North University Street recently. The workers cut the blossoms off the flowers to ensure even bloom and fuller
refusing to support SDI. color. The process is called "dead-heading."

Commission proposes vague changes
(ContinuedfromPage1) move on to other commitments they the problems and possible solutions, The commission did not specify how University President Harold
produced 900 fewer application to LSA had made with the expectation that but did not come up with specific many students could be involved or Shapiro has read the report and sent
than the year before, and experts the Blue Ribbon report would be plans for implementing them. It also how much the program would cost. written comments to commission
projected that the number of ap- finished in two years. In addition, the did not provide accurate estimates of Montgomery estimates though, that members.Shapiro was out of town
plicants would fall further throughout only student member graduated. the costs. eventually 10 percent or more of the and could not be reached for com-
the 1990s. "The college wanted a major effort, The implementation plans and the senior class could become involved if ment. Vice President for Academic
The commission spent its first but it really didn't offer the com- cost estimates were absent, Meiland the recommendation is approved. He Affairs James 'Duderstadt met with
semester, Winter of 1984, pinpointing mission members very good terms. It said, because "we weren't equipped also estimated that if people were ap- commission members last week to
the nature of LSA's problems. Com- started to take its toll," Montgomery to do that; we would have needed a pointed to compile the offerings and discuss the report.
mission members spoke to University said, technical staff." Nonetheless he was publish around 8,000 copies of a DUDERSTADT said he is
officials and looked at programs at Montgomery thought the toll pleased with how specific the com- booklet describing them the cost pleased with the report but said ac-
other universities such as Harvard. showed up in the commission's final mission's proposals ended up. might be between $50,000 and tion now would be premature. "It (the
Stanford and Brown. product. "We spent so much time THE LACK OF specifics makes it $100,000. report) still has not been seen or
IN THE FALL of 1984, the com- talking about the ideas that we didn't difficult to determine the feasibility of COMMISSION member and responded to by the LSA faculty," he
mission formed informal subcommit- really get down to the job of writing a' the commission's proposals, biology prof. Lewis Kleinsmith ex- said. This will be the next step, he ad-
tees to develop solutions, though the report." Of the report, he said, "I For example, the SKILL courses pressed doubts about the feasibility of ded. Duderstadt said it was certain,
full commission still met to discuss think we could have done better for with an estimated $1 million price tag the research idea. "I'm not optimistic however, that some recommen-
ideas. ourselves." have produced different opinions that we could handle the demand," he dations would be implemented.
In its final year, commission mem- Meiland explained that the com- from commission members. Some said. Kleinsmith said he regularly has Montgomery thought it "very
bers wrote their report. Different mission's extra year was necessitated would like to see the proposal im- 10 times as many students as he can unlikely" that every proposal of the
members were responsible for dif- by the difficulty of the issues. "We plemented in its entirety, while others handle coming to him for independent commission will go through.
ferent sections. According to LSA have come up with a fairly complex think a trial course would be more study. If they were approved, he said,
Dean for Long-Range Planning and report with fairly complex feasible. One trial course might cost Thus, it is unclear whether or not "there would be quite a big change"
Curriculm Jack Meiland, the com- proposals," he said. Meiland admit- $50,000 to develop and run. the commission's proposals will be in undergraduate education at the
mission's chairman, members ex- ted that fatigue set in, but said in the In a different section of the report, adopted. Meiland confessed that even University.
pressed unanimous views in the final third year "we all became much the commission proposed a plan to get he did not know exactly what will "It would have a big effect on un-
report. clearer about what we were students more involved in research. happen next. The report has gone to dergraduate contact with the faculty.
Despite this unanimity, some com- proposing." The plan calls for a formal members of the LSA Executive
mission members were left un- "I THINK the Blue Ribbon Com- mechanism under which faculty Committee and LSA Dean Peter
satisfied. mission has done a superb job on what members would state the areas in Steiner, who was unavailable for
MATHEMATICS PROF. Hugh it was asked to do: to give the college which they would be willing to super- comment. The Executive Committee
Montgomery said the commission a direction for the future, particularly vise a student researcher. Students does not meet during the sumnmer and 70
met twice a week during its first year in undergraduate education,"' would then be able to select from a therefore cannot act on any of the
of work-with outside reading Meiland said. compilation of the offerings. proposals until fall.
requiring a time commitment of one potential problem with the
around eight hours a week. By the commission's proposals is their* t n r s
third year, members were forced to generality. The commission outlined
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