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Director of Information Programming Bob Whitman gets a report from Flint at
station has developed a four-year plan to expand service.
New space cente,
By NICOLE DEAN ronmental Research Institute of
A new space center announced by Michigan (ERIM).
the National Aeronautics and Space The University, Industrial Tech-
Administration last week "will be nology Institute, KMS Industries
used as an additional leverage for and GeoSpectra Corp will all com-
more funding for the University bine their efforts to help ERIM or-
from NASA," said George Carignan, ganize the center, which will be lo-
asspiate chair of the Atmospheric cated on the corner of Huron Park-
and Oceanic Science Department. way and Plymouth Road near North
The facility will be called the Campus.
Center for the Commercial Devel- "The center is interested in doing
opment of Autonomous and Man- research that will increase the capa-
Controlled Robotic Sensing Sys- bility for doing things in space
tems in Space, and it will "foster the which will lead to commercial via-
development of robotics an d bility," said Carignan.
automation technology that will be But ERIM's involvement with
usable in automating processes in the project is not approved by all. "If
space," said Robert Sampson, direc- ERIM is involved, I assume they are
tor of the Algorithms and Robotic up to no good," said Ann Arbor City
Division Department in The Envi- Councilmember Jeff Epton (D-Third
r to bene
By LISA GEBAUER the station's programs more appeal-
For 40 years WUOM (91.7 FM) ing to its listener-supporters, and to
has broadcast classical music from put a much greater emphasis on
the University of Michigan campus, WUOM's connection with the Uni-
operating under the supervision of versity of Michigan."
the University's Board of Regents. Emphasis on the station's Uni-
But last week WUOM announced a versity connection is evident in pro-
plan to strengthen and better utilize posed programming. Planned
that alliance as part of a four-year changes include increased broadcast-
goal to improve programming and ing of concerts from the University's 4
increase the station's audience. music department, lectures from
Developed by Station Manager professors, and greater coverage of
Joel Seguine, an outside consultant, academic advances in all fields.
and other members of the WUOM "The station is making an effort
staff, this long range plan is the first to better tap the resources available
proposed in the station's history. within a University setting," said
Specific goals include improvements Eric Anderson, WUOM's develop-
in the areas of programming, mentandmarketing director.
technical support, and financing. Musically, WUOM plans to
Seguine describes the plan as maintain their present format, offer-
having two major thrusts: "To make See STATION, Page 10
fit 'U'Y funding
"The space center will provide and half by industries. Eventually it
additional resources to the Universi- will be funded entirely by industry,"
ty, particularly in robotic guidance said Sampson.
products and vision systems," said Carignan said he is "confident
Sampson. the space center will develop tech-
It will he "half-funded by NASA nologies to aid space exploration."
Students say housing
laws must apply to 'U'
his only demand is to change the Heidke said the University views it-
contract. self as a "very enlightened and rea-
According to Sutherland's attor- sonable landlord. Students have the
ney, Gary Victor, the University is opportunity to get lots of informa-
likely to claim itself exempt from tion (about the meal contract) before 4
state housing laws - similar to the they come here. It is well explained
claims of autonomy from the state to them."
divestment bill. "The University Sutherland said the meal service
tends to take the position that limitations were not explained to
everything the legislature passes in- him, and that supplemental
fringes upon their role as an information not printed on the con-
academic institution," he said. tract itself is not sufficient to clarify
Associate Housing Director John the policy.
Ward). "Half their work is more
concerned with the destruction than
the preservation of society."
But Epton added that the center
"will create employment opportuni-
ties of all types" in the area.
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-
First Ward) also thinks the space
center will stimulate the economy.
"Total payroll in the area will in-
crease. It will be an additional shot
in the arm."
In addition to employment bene-
fits to the city, many think the cen-
ter is expected to have a positive ef-
fect upon the University. According
to Carignan, professors will be en-
couraged to do research and students
will be permitted to observe, as well
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