1977-04-01; Central Michigan Life
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Volume 58 No. 72 Mt, Pleasant, Mich. 48859 Friday. AdtIM. 1977 $23.8 million for CMU? . *■ i .... i .... . .....—■— State may hike funds byJIMREINDL UFE Ass't. News Editor A bill awarding CMU approximately $23.8 million for 1977-78 - 9.8 per cent more than 1976-77- will go before the Senate next week, a state lawmaker said Thursday. Sen. John F. Toepp, R-Mt. Pleasant, said the bill was reported out of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee for Higher Education Wednesday v**mK\'&« Keepinglhe fyW^ttft^Mebltffiiifl&dae 127 Wednesday is Don Redlich, <if the Don Redlich Dance Company. The Company, which is slated to perform at 8 p.m. today in Warriner Auditorium, conducted several workshops on campus this week for aspiring dancers. Sally Seabeck, Ohio freshman, (below) goes through warm-up exercises to the beat of Redlich's drum (LIFE photos by Kim Vanderveer). and cleared the full Appropriations Committee Wednesday night. The recommendation is $235,400 more than Gov. William G, Milliken's recommendation of $23.5 million for CMU in 1977-78, and about $2.1 million more than this year's appropriation. Milliken's recommendation represented 8,7 per cent more than this year's appropriation, "We're working with our numbers now," Toepp said. The bill still must clear the Senate, House of Representatives and Milliken before it is finalized. The full higher education appropriations bill for state colleges and universities calls for approximately $544 million,. .Toepp said. This is about $300,000 more than the $510,234,903 Milliken recommended in January. President Harold Abel said he was pleased with the recommendation for Central. "At a time when the very existence of some schools is being questioned and the budgets of others are being cut, Central has been treated with comparative generosity," he said in a prepared statement. Abel said the appropriation, if passed, would not return the University to . affluence, but would "offer us the financial security in which to move ahead with our academic plans." "What we're really talking about," Abel said, "is the fact that we've simply been operating on a shoestring." He said academic planning at The University still could face a budget deficit at the start of the fiscal year, Arthur Ellis, vice president for public affairs, has predicted. This would make imposing a fee such as the Health Services charge necessary. In November, Ellis said CMU would need at least approximately $2.9 million more than this year to avoid the deficit. He recently said a $2 tuition increase would generate about $800,000 and that combined with a $2.1 million appropriation increase, would near the needed amount, / Former student claims reports were filed on anti-war activists by PAULA PECK LIFE Editor in chief Allegations by a former CMU student that CMU military science professors regularly reported to Washington Army Intelligence during the early 1970s on anti-Vietnam protestors were denied today by former U.S. Army Maj. Dewitt Dent. Dent, a former CMU military science professor, said, "I never made such reports. We were, never required to report activities of campus activists. So far as I know or recollect no such reports went through my office." Dent, an attorney in Augusta, Ga., was contacted after a letter to CM LIFE from Richard Ropers stated, "I also have knowledge of the fact that Army Officer members of the CMU ROTC have in the past (and may continue to be) been active agents for Army Intelligence keeping dossiers on past and present CMU faculty, staff and students." Ropers' letter, a copy of his letter to President Harold Abel, also threatens legal action .unless "CMU employees responsible for the violation of my constitutional and academic rights be dismissed." Abel had no comment. "I turned the letter over to David Kerr (University attorney) Today's the day for jokes, pranks by MICHAEL MALOTT CM LIFE Reporter Beware! Today is April 1 and there are people lurking about, hoping to make a fool of you. April Fool's Day, or All Fool's Day, is the traditional day for pulling practical jokes on friends and neighbors. The traditional pranks include sending someone on a foolish errand or attempting to persuade someone to do something totally absurd. The origin of this day is obscure and most sources disagree on its development. One possible origin, according to the American Book of Days by George William Douglas, "arose „ from a farcical celebration of the sending of Jesus from Annas 1 to Caiphais, from Caiphais to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod and from Herod back to Pilate at the time of the trial and crucifixion." However, this explanation is not taken seriously1, he added, Another story of the origin says that, in Roman mythology, a young lady, Proserpina, was sitting in the Elysian meadows with her lap filled with daffodils, Pluto found her sitting there " ahd carried her off to the underworld, Proserpina was screaming all the way* Her mother,, Ceres, heard echos of the screams arid attempted to find the girl. This was considered a fool's errand because it is impossible to find an echo. i_ (See''April fool—"page 7) because of the threat of legal " action." During a telephone interview today, Ropers, now a sociology instructor at Western Michigan University, said, "I was told to my face as an undergraduate, I believe by Maj. Dent, that he and other ROTC faculty were continually sending reports in on students and faculty on anti- Vietnam (activities) to Army Intelligence in Washington." Ropers also said ROTC cadets were sent to anti-war movement meetings. "Every student, faculty and community member was welcome; they were . open meetings. But I have no doubt that the purpose of certain individuals to be, so to speak, spies." Dent said he believed Ropers' comments were nonsense. "A number of cadets did circulate in regular clothing-they were free to do so. They were not reporting anything official. It was not an official activity; we certainly never reported anything beyond our office." Current Military Science Department Chairperson Lt. Col. Joseph Brown, said, "There. is none of that going on now. We are teachers." Brown stressed he was not inferring such reports had been done in the past. JhsMe; —New laws take effect today—page 3 —Speaker discusses historical research—page? — Top gymnasts com' pete in Rose Arena—page 8 Army Intelligence officials at the Pentagon said they did not know if campus ROTC military personnel reported on anti-war activists during the early 1970s. Officials in Washington are checking if such reports were required from ROTC faculty members. "If it wasn't required we would have no file on it," an Army representative said. Dent was transferred from CMU at former President William Boyd's request after Dent pressed charges against a student for desecrating the American flag. "We were trying to keep uniformed officers out of sight unless there was serious threat to life or property. We wanted to use campus methods to resolve conflicts. (See "ROTC—"page 5) CMU has been limited to the amount of money available and two or three years of increased funding would restore stability to higher education funding. Abel and Rep, John Engler, R- Mt. Pleasant, both said they thought the increase would hold in the legislature. "I'm optimistic for the largest part of it to hold," Abel said, adding a "few dollars" may be cut. The president said he still is uncertain whether it will be necessary to tack a general Health Services charge onto student fees next year, despite the appropriation increase and a proposed tuition hike. Policies on sale similar in state byJOHNGROGAN CM LIFE Reporter CMU does not stand alone in its policies on the sale and distribution of literature on campus. According to spokespersons for five .other major universities in the state, they all follow policy similar to Central's regarding such sales. Of the universities questioned, all require a group or individual selling on campus to be recognized as a student organization or to be sponsored oy a recognized student organization, the spokespersons said. The universities' policies also all require selling of literature only to be done in designated areas. However, the stringency of "designated areas" varies from school to school. The universities also differed on their policies regarding the free distribution of literature. _ "' Michigan State University for example, although offering stipulations on selling, allows free distribution by anyone without restrictions, according to Associate Dean of Students Lou Hekfuif. "Any John Q. Citizen can come on campus and hand out leaflets," Hekhuif said. He added distribution can take place anywhere as long as it does not impede pedestrian traffic. The University of Michigan, on the other hand, is much stricter in regulating the distribution of literature on campus. All rules which apply to the sale of literature also apply to free distribution, Lee Tuck, secretary for the Michigan Student Assembly, U of M's central student government, said. U of M also requires selling permits be obtained each time a recognized group wishes to sell or distirbute anything. Additionally, their designated areas are limited to one enclosed space on campus commons, Tuck explained. However, both Michigan State University and U of M are able to enforce the policies only on a complaint basis due to their large size, Hikhuif and Tuck said. "They do it (break selling policy) all the time but they're not supposed to," Tuck said. "If people complain we will enforce it." Northern Michigan University's only stipulation for both on- campus and off-campus groups is that the group be registered with the Student Activities Office, according to Ron Stump, director of student activities. Western Michigan University, like U of M, prohibits selling and distribution on campus by individuals not affiliated with the university. "There is no solicitation on campus by individuals outside the community," Bev Focer, secretary to the director of student activities, said. Eastern Michigan University takes a more lenient stance, allowing off-campus individuals to sell or distribute literature on campus after registering with the student affairs office and being endorsed by a recognized student group, Dean of Students Bette White said. (See "Sale rules—" page 5) Student Affairs begins election investigation by JIM FISHER CM LIFE Reporter An investigation into the March 7 and 8 student body election is being conducted by the Office of Student Affairs. The investigation is the result of a letter sent to Glen Starner, associate dean of students, from Richard Kerr, who ran 'unsuccessfully for a graduate at- large seat on the Student Association (SA) Board of Directors. Kerr, Mt. Pleasant graduate student, was defeated in the election by write-in candidate Robert Schneider, Port Huron graduate student, 26 to 21. Also in the election, Ellen Martin, Grand Rapids sophomore, was the winner with 74 votes in her unopposed bid for the SA Board sophomore-at- large seat. After the election, Elections Director Vicki Bazan revealed 331 of the 1,067 ballots cast were invalidated because 4 students had voted for both sophomore and graduate candidates. The ballot specified students should vote only for candidates of their proper grade classification. Kerr said Thursday in his letter to Starner he questioned whether the SA had the right to invalidate 331 ballots and call it a valid election. Kerr also said he questioned the voting procedure which does hot require voters to prove what grade classification they are in. Starner confirmed Thursday he had received a letter and Was in the process of investigating the election. "I received a letter from one of the candiaates requesting that we take a look at the results," Starner said. "I'm in the process of doing that right now." Starner added the results of his findings will be released (See "Election investigation—" page 2) r% ii'iiTii. sHii)-'"'111-'—- mMiMiaM»tMmmismM-mM^k*'4 I -"--I-- ■■■- -V_~*.J..jS..iir-..
|Title||1977-04-01; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, April 1, 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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