1987-02-18; Central Michigan Life
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fight for permanent city-party injunction BY MARCIA McDONALD UFE Staff Writer ; Laws keep.u)g. large parUea off M.sin Street are necessary, sccordiag to Tuesday testaimony from .ares resident**, aad CMU aiid city offidala. The trial, d*rtermini^ whet.ber the Isabella County Prosecutor's Office will obtain a pennanent ii-du-octitm preventing targe parties in the Main Street area, began Tuesday. The injunction would be effective every year during the Wednesday tlirough Saturday of CMU's last week of schooL A .similar temporary injunction was issued last spring to prevent Um End of the World party. Police cordoned off Main Street and issued special pnisew to keep people out of the are*. Isabella County Prosecutor Joseph Barberi called witnesses induding City Manager Thomas MarUn, City Police Chief Martin Trombley and Janus Hill, vice president for Student Affairs. They explained the rireumstancea behind the temporary u-jjunction. "Tm not .sure we're here to stop parties. We're here to stop potential riots. Students had a habit that has been token away ratter quickly. It takes time to adjust Some never do," Hill testified. Judge Paul J. Clulo limited .Barberi's use of residents as witnesses to five, declaring it cumulative testimony. Residents testified the 1984 and 1985 End of the World parties were frightening .and the broken glass, noise and drunken partiers were annoying. The yard was an open urinal, .and people took pieces of our white picket fence aa souvenirs," High Street resident James A. Bonnell said. His mailbox was taken off his house, shrubs were removed, and Please See PARTY Page 9 Marcia Thaisen. Mount .Pleasant Junior, along wtth other students take .advantage of the poster/art sal*, sponsored by Trent Graphics and the Bovee University Center, in ballrooms B ■and C Tuesday. Some faculty leery of Dow divestment While Dow Chemical Company's decision to leave racially and politically troubled South Africa may be good news for CMU, two faculty members are questioning the company's motives. In the midst of the Midland company's d.ecision to divest part of ita South Afriacan holdings, concern still exists about whether Dow is complaCtely withdrawing its assets. Dew's action partially severs CMU's ties to South Africa via Michigan Molecular Institute, a Dow stockholder. Tm a little leery about these divestments as to whether companies hare completely pulled out or just reorganised," said Vetflon .Scbubel, assistant professor of religion. Schubel said he remains unsure whether Dov/» divestment intentions are aimed at a complete withdrawal, or if its intentions are to divert criticism of the company's South African .assets. "If it's a real move, I'd be pleased," he said. Tm not pleased if companies are divesting to make it look like they've divested. Shuffling papers around doesn't really accomplish anything," added Schubel, a member of Creative Peace Movement, which protested CMITs affiliation with MMTs South .African interests last semester. The company announced Friday it sold ita drag manufacturing plant However Dow still owns two branch sales offices in Johannesburg. Dennis Machnik, assistant professor of physics, said Michigan law prohibits universities from having stock in companies invested in South Africa. Through CMU's affiliation with MMI, both Schubel and Machnik said the University has linked itself to the apartheid crisis in .South Africa. "MMI has Dow stock in its portfolio. (CMU) is now .affiliated with MMI (through its offering of an undergraduate degree in polymer .science)," Machnik said. "(CMU President Arthur) EUis has ignored requests to look into MMFa portfolio," Machnik added. "Ellis has stated divestment is not an issue. He has basically danced around the divestment issue." Ellis could not be .reached for comment Tuesday. ..... . ' - .••*-■ ~ .._.... --FHrumcial-ana rrurnan- -rights considerations prompted .Daw's decision to sell its Mer-NationsJ plant in Clayville, 40 miles northeast of Johannesburg, Machnik said. "It only becomes necessary to pull out when they possibly .see it ia saving more money than they are losing." he said. "(Dow) may have just been cutting its losses. "I don't envision any impart on this area (economically). If this put (Dow) in any economic danger, I think they could use it as a tax write-off,* Machnik added. Schubel agreed that Dow and other corporations may be basing divestment decisions on economic factore. He said the potentially explosive political stability of the country may be another factor in weighing the pros and cons of American corporate divestment "I think the.se companies see the writing on the wall, and they are trying to cut their los.ses,* .Schubel said. "Kodak actually pulled out Please See DOW Page 13 Seminars set University employees straight about on-the-job chemical hazards BY MIKE HEREK UFE Staff Writer CMU employees axe taking a crash .course In chemistry that could cost f 100 to $200 per person. Through the use of seminars, University officials are giving all permanent, part-time and .student employees who work with chemicals an overview of the new Michigan Right To Know Law — a program which keeps employees informed of on-the-job hazardous chemicals. Melvyn .Remus, chairman of the Business Division Safety Committee, which oversees implementation of the law at CMU, said although no cost projections are available, he haa heard predictions CMU's program could cost about $100 to $200 per employee. He added the prediction might be too high. He ssid "less than $10,000" haa been committed to the project already. Remus, Physical Plant director, aaid the money comes out of a University contingency fund and is being used for reproducing information material related to the new law, and the purchasing of videotaped training programs and equipment Please See CHEMICAL Page 13 Clearing the court docket causes crowding at Isabella County Jail BY LORRAINE F1NLEY LIFE Staff Wnter The county crime rate may have risen sharply in recent years, but the overcrowding problem at the Isabella County Jail haa actually improved, the jail administrator says. However, the situation is beginning to change with the addition of temporary courts to Isabella County 21st Circuit Court. The flow of G<wr^$JGwotUr* inmates into the county jail is steadily increasing because cases are being tried faster.' In December, the jail averaged 32 inmates a day, leaving plenty of room, .said Thomas Recker, Isabella County jail administrator. But, with 15 sentences handed down from circuit court during the first week of January, crowding was created, he said. The jail currently is at capacity, Recker said, with 40-t.o-41 inmates each day. "Cleaning up the ciiruit court docket has created a problem," Recker .said, referring to the temporary cinruit court. The temporary court was added in response to a significant increase in felony crimes in the county in the 1980s, lobelia County Prosecutor Joseph T. Barberi said in an earlier interview. The temporary court and extra judges will cost the county an additional $32,000. Recker said the jail gets the overflow of inmates coming through the extra court "It creates a strain on the stoff because we are overcrowded," he said. The jail had a 40-to-50 person waiting list to serve sentences in August 1985, and some convicts were serving their time in neighboring county jails. But, Recker .said, there is no longer a backlog of individuals waiting to serve their sentences in the Isabella County Jail. The situation haa most definitely improved," he said. At one time, 168 people were on the waiting list Recker said no one who was a threat to society Please See JAIL Page 13 Bettering ties Ellis says Board-administration relations improving BY MARK ALLEN LIFE Assistant News Editor CMU President Ai-thur Ellis told the Ac^emic Senate problems between the administration and the Board of Trustees are, for the most part, over. "I really think the relationship of the .Board and the administration is good and improving," Ellis said responding to a question about the .Board's commitment to a new presidential search. "I won't say I haven't had at some times some disagreements (with Board members)," he said. "Every disagreement has come down on my side." Ellis said he told the trustees he would deal with the Board as a single group. "I told them I waa not going to be influenced by any single members of the Board of Trustees. That's how the Board has operated for the past six months," he said. "Most of the problems (of friction between the Board and the administration) are rapidly getting behind us." Ellis' commenta came during a question and answer period on the North Central .Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation report at the A-Senate's regular bi-weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Acting .Provost Janice Reynolds fielded questions from senators concerning the accreditation report on CMU, finalized in September. Senator Gil Starts asked Reynolds what authors of the report meant when they said they "heard considerable praise" for Central's system of academic advisement. "It's not my feeling it's very praiseworthy," said Starks, associate professor of biology. Reynolds said the University's student advisement programs, because the University uses "specialized advising." The University hss separate advisers for different areas like vocational, academic and persona) counseling, she said. Problems result from difficulties in communication between the various areas of advising. .After the meeting, Starks said studenta should meet with advisers at least once each year. With more contat-t, more advice can be given and more referrals can be made, he said. Senator Vernon Schubel, assistant professor of religion, said faculty have a difficult time having their views heard concerning the proposed recreation facility. Many faculty .have complained the University needs otter projects before they needs a new recreation building. Please See ELLIS Page 12 LIFE LINE INSIDE INDEX Briefly The musical GodspeT wfll t* prttacnud tn the Suc-H«irig lobby Thunday. Friday and Safcsday be£nrang M 8 pm h adrJUon. < Saiwday maane* be^rs at 2 am. .Adnata to d *ow * he. New quarters Motor Pool penonnd plan move out of "lenpocvy oflccs Shades of success /Page 3 Daap PispW conftwes htrd-eod*. tad*r- •on *ah bent rdnst Rose showdown SadJout expected for Central-Western grudge match Side show /Page 7 M-rafc dm/Pa* c lurtei ttejak ntafctap adra Swot to men s hoop mma UFE-wtre P«g«2 wamm—mmamm— OntheJob page3 Comment page 4 ./PaQe 14 BloomCounty page4 0 Entettfnment page 6 SpotWe page7 Poke Reports.. page 10 Sports page 14 Chippewa Profile page 14 CbwtfWdt page 17 /Page 14 j V I .-..-.. -. I.. -I, ■A*..
|Title||1987-02-18; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, February 18, 1987 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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