1977-10-10; Central Michigan Life
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awr v . i.i^'i up v.'I ll ' b> mi ii wmmv**m i iipufa *i"l>l>r ■• tii ■wsf> p r"t" l> ■■»'■■ Volume 59 No. 18 Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 Monday, Oct. 10,1977 Dean may resign UHS board st by SUE BERG and DAVID N.BR ABO Y LIFE Staff Writers A University administrator may resign his post on the University Health Service (UHS) Advisory Board today. Dean of Students James Hill said Thursday he had decided to inform UHS Director Director Dr. Howard L. Varney of his resignation due to a "conflict of interest" between his administrative and Board positions during a meeting between the two men today. However, Hill said Friday he may not resign his Board post as originally intended. "I have decided to get feedback from other sources before I make a final decision on whether to resign," Hill said. "But if I do resign, then I will ask Dr. Varney if perhaps someone else from Student Affairs can become the representative for the Administration." Hill explained that on the Board he gives the Administration's viewpoint on various UHS issues, including budget allocations. Varney weighs all Board recommendations when, he determines his budget request, which then is submitted to Hill. .,<**&&& i&$!sy**ft**siw&s»«^ Hill must then review the budget request and pass it on to the President's Council. This means he can influence the UHS budget request twice before sending it to the President's Council for final approval. The Board itself is comprised of several medical and nonmedical members, Varney said. Included on the Board are representatives from: the Administration, CMU Health and Physical Education Departments, the Department of Public Safety, the CMU Business and Finance Committee, the Student Advisory Committee, Central Michigan Community Hospital and Central Michigan District Health Department. Also on the Board are UHS Nursing Director Marilyn Demlow, senior physician Russell Ragan and Varney. Meeting only two or three times a semester, Varney said the Board has no decisionmaking power, but acts as an advisory committee for him, the University and the local medical community. "Basically, the Board's purpose is to have communication between all departments so they can help one another and get the job done," V.arin.?y sa*d- "Five-five-five, Who'll give a five?" With a quick tongue and a strong voice, Sam Brannan, full time CMU mathematics instructor and part time auctioneer takes bids on books at the Clarke Historical Library Thursday night Brannan, a professional bid caller since graduating from auctioneering school in 1954, devotes his weekdays to classes but takes Saturdays off to attend auctions all over northern Michigan (LIFE photo by Tom Ward). ;" —Huntington co-owner says failure to return deposits accidental—page £ —Globetrotters cavort their way back to CMU—pageS ^Preview of 1&77 Homecoming Queen candidates—paged -*Chlp grldders squeak by Huskies—page 10 »~MAG cage playoff may become reality— page 12 Also to be discussed in today's meeting,is an Administration plan to survey student opinion on a number of issues concerning the UHS. The meeting also will center on the future financing of the UHS following Hill's Sept. 29 decision to reinstate UHS weekend inpatient care. Hill said Thursday details of the discussion will remain confidential until after the meeting. It's only natural for little boys to get into mischief on a Saturday afternoon, even if that includes damming up the pond by Shorts Stadium.Getting their feet wet are (left to right) Keith Whitehead, John, Kyle McLoud and Hunt Whitehead, all of Mount Pleasant (LIFE photo by Peter Luke). Chlorine harms none here Dow probing gas leak by BECKY HAAKSMA LIFE Staff Writer No injuries were reported on campus Friday afternoon when a cloud of chlorine gas which escaped from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland passed through Mount Pleasant, University Health Services and Central Michigan Community Hospital officials said. An investigation is being conducted by Dow officials into the cause of the leak. The chlorine seriously injured eight workers and forced thousands to evacuate their- homes and schools south of Midland Friday, an Associated Press (AP) report said. The eight workers hospitalized were listed in serious condition following exposure to the gas but later were reported in improved to fair condition, according to the AP. Authorities suspect corrosion on a valve was the cause of the leak in a line leading to a chlorine tank at the Dow Chlor- alkalf plant, the report stated. Twenty to 30 gallons of liquid chlorine escaped from the line at the plant about 9:45 a.m. Friday and turned to gas upon contact with the air. The gas cloud entered Isabella County just after 1 p.m. Friday and reached Mount Pleasant between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. officials said. The area was reported clear at 2 p.m. Friday after the cloud dissipated and drifted north of Mount Pleasant. On-carapus precautions were taken Friday when the cloud More than quick lips needed to run auction by JIM FISHER LIFE Staff Writer The mathematics instructor placed a bowl-shaped hat squarely on his head, stepped onto an overturned wooden crate and called for bids on the first item. Unfortunately for .his students, Sam Brannan was not auctioning high test grades, but rather books from the Clarke Historical Library. Brannan has donned a professional auctioneer's hat since 1954, when he completed auctioneering school in Mason City, Iowa. He presently works for the Jim Brannan Auction and Realty Firm of Charlevoix, which is owned by his brother. Thursday's book auction, featuring volumes which had accumulated at Clark Library, was one of several "community service" auctions Brannan handles each year. His services more commonly are demanded for business liquidation sales, farm and household goods auctions and real estate transactions. For his efforts, Brannan receives a minimum fee plus a percentage of the auction's gross receipts. He maintains, however, his interest in auctioneering primarily is philanthropic. "I enjoy helping people. There is a certain satisfaction in successfully converting items to new buyers," Brannan says. During Brannan's 14 years at CMU, his weekdays mainly have j been devoted to his classes, but j Saturdays he takes to the road j to attend auctions throughout * northern Michigan. "fye traveled as far as 200 miles to do an auction, but I usually cover an area between ' Grayling and Sault Ste. Marie," Brannan said. Brannan cites the tools of the auctioneer's trade as knowledge of current market -values and, not surprisingly, a strong vriice. In contrast to his reserved personality as a math instructor, Brannan becomes a whirlwind of noise and motion when he hops on his "stage." "Five-five-five-Who'll give five? Do I hear four? Four-four- four-Anybody four? Three and a half-three-three-Help me! Anybody give three-twc-one-a dollar bill-Who'll give a dollar?" Brannan says more than' a quick tongue is needed to master the art of auctioneering. "Anybody can learn the lingo. Success depends on one's knowledge of business activities and merchandise values." At Thursday's auction, Brannan resembled an aspiring politician, wringing his hands before darting a pointed finger directed at those in the crowd. Experienced auction-goers concealed their bids with brief nods or glances, but Brannan picked up every one without altering his frenzied pace. What kind of bid would be required for an "A" in Brannan's math class? "That all depends on how much money you've got," he quipped. Then the unassuming math instructor used the tools of his second trade to let out a hearty laugh. was reported headed for the area, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) official said. One precaution taken by the DPS was to notify the Physical Plant. Officials were told to turn off all intake motors in residence halls and classroom buildings so air would not be brought in from the outside, Capt. Ronald Williams said. Robert B. Long, Physical Plant director, said building mechanics were instructed to turn off ventilation systems after the Physical Plant was notified at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Custodial foremen were told to check for open windows and two housing officials were notified so resident assistants could be asked to check for open windows in dorms, Long said. Married housing residents were instructed to keep children inside while the cloud passed and DPS patrol cars watched for children playing outdoors, Williams said. "We were told young children and people with severe respiratory ailments would be most likely to feel ill affects," Williams said. "Our efforts were concentrated in areas affecting these people first." According to Williams, the Health Center was notified the cloud would be passing through the area but there were no reports of persons suffering any affects from the cloud. CMU waits for Social Security bill changes (Editor's note: New legislation for revamping the U.S. Social Security law has been proposed in Washington. In the last of a three-part series on Social Security and how it affects CMU's budget, CM LIFE today assesses the proposed changes to the Social Security program and how CMU administrators, officials from the local branch of the Social Security Administration and federal lawmakers feel about the changes./ byPAULRAU LIFE Managing Editor CMU officials know the University will be §aying a greater portion for employee's Social ecurity benefits soon, but are maintaining a calm attitude as the proposed changes advance to the early planning stage in Washington, D.C. "We made a percent estimate of how much more we will have to pay, and rolled that guess into the budget," Arthur Ellis, vice president for Public Affairs, said. "We've done a careful analysis and we're not worried about the situation." ' While projecting optimism, Ellis did note one proposal brewing in the federal government could have a substantial impact on the CMU budget. Under a plan apjproved Tuesday by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the wage base, the level up to which employers and employees * would contribute matching Social Security payments, would be raised to $19,900 in 1978, Under current law the wage base is $16,500 and is scheduled to be $17,700 in 1978. "If the wage base goes to $19,900, that's the kind of substantial change which could affect our budget," Ellis said. "It's not going to happen, but if it did, I'd cry a lot." Currently employers and employees pay matching Social Security shares of 5.85 percent of the employees salary; this figure will increase to 6.05 percent Jan. 1. If the wage base is increased to $19,900 by the House bill, CMU would pay approximately $133 more than it had anticipated for each of the University's employees making at least $19,900. Ellis said a figure representing the total amount of Social Security payments made by the University is not kept, but is included within other totals. For instance, he said CMU expects to pay out $3.5 million in Social Security and retirement benefits to CMU employees during the 1977-78 school year. ' He also declined to release the amount which CMU budgeted for Social Security payments for faculty members during the current school year. "Once we start putting the numbers out, people start to have the building blocks to work backward to what we budgeted for faculty salaries. I'm not willing to talk about it," Ellis said. ' Members of CMU's faculty union have been bargaining a new contract with the University since May 25. All economic areas of that contract still are unsettled. (See "Social Security—" page 8) ; .'J. L-~**l. _ MVii*J*.*SUife4Ml^*-M.fc. *.*U..aii-,*>ii.^..«*i^i'i^.'.i#V.-*4i«4"y;^t»«t X^.'^l'^-tHt.^i. ..*. VhW1^I.U-^»V«h^ -fc-«.. .
|Title||1977-10-10; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, October 10, 1977 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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