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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - January 25, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                DECATW PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinoil Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N 16th Voluma 62No 211 Oe a Copy Southern Illinoisan Two Sections Suppleme n fttu Hirrln Dilly jiumit Murphyeboro FRIDAY JANUARY 251974 CarbondaleHerrinMurphyjbort SlUEdwardsvillehas contingency plan not layoffs By Dave Butler Of The Southern Illinoisan Edwarcisville First of two articles No faculty members or civil service employes will be laid off this year on the Edwards ville campus of Southern Illi nois University even though that campus will absorb a million budget cut ac cording to SIUE President John S Rendteman Edwardsville will be able to weather the storm because a special contingency plan and fund were established more than 18 months ago Rendle irtan said in an interview Thursday Money to pay teachers and other employes who otherwise would have to be laid off be cause of the budget cutback will come out of the plus fund he said Of course this money wont Jast forever Rendleman said But it should we hope get us through the current problems Under the plan Edwards yille used money saved over About the article In light of recent budget cutbacks at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale ad ministrators at SIUEdwards ville were asked how they are handling the situation To days article deals with the actual budget cuts at SIUE A story that will appear in Sundays paper will focus on how the cuts have affected Edwardsvilles mission and services the past two years from not filling job vacancies The en tire contingency fund willbe used only to pay employe sal aries Rendleman said He would not comment on budget cutbacks and layoffs on the SlUCarbondale camp us saying if youre going to prepare for something like this you simply have to have a plan and if you dont you dont The Carbondale campus re ceived a million cutback in its budget for rtext year SIUC announced it will lay off 104 teachers next June and an undetermined number of civil service employes SIUC officials have said that they also had a contin gency plan but the mil lion cutback was more severe than they had anticipated and could not be implemented ex cept by layingoff employes Rendleman said that be cause of the budget crunch at Edwardsville that campus will not be able to hire any of the teachers who will be laid off at SIUC And headded because of our size you really cant com pare us to Carbondale Were only about 60 or 65 per cent of Carbondale and its much more complex and has a much more involved budget that is more difficult to work with he said Actually asking how were weathering the storm com pared to Carbondale isnt too fair because we do and will have problems Rendleman said But they dont stack up against those at Carbon dale and people tend to think ours are less important or bad because Carbondales are so severe Edwardsville may be able to get through the year with out laying off a n y employes because of a plan designed more than 18 months ago ac cording to Andrew J Koch man vice president for acade mic affairs and provost Kochman said SIUEs plan for meeting the budget crunch was quite simple Two years ago the university stopped filling most positions and made other cuts where pos sible He said that a portion of the money saved went to each department and the re mainder went to the central administration to put into the special contingency fund That fund will be used to pay the salaries of Employes otherwise would have been laid off because of bud get cuts imposed by the Illi nois Board of Higher Educa tion Nixons Japanese supporters Members of the Japanese Christian groups hold pictures of President Nixon aloft Fri day during a rally In down town Tokyo in support of Nix on The group called upon the American people to overcome the Watergate crisis through forgiveness love and unity APWirephoto AAAA threatens to sue HEW over proposed rules Chicago AP The American Medical Asso ciation threatened today to sue the secretary of Health Educa tion and Welfare if proposed rules are adopted which the AMA sayswould deny health care to the poor and aged It also threatened to file a se cond suit unless proposals for policing the quality of medical care rendered by physicians are altered The threats were made by Dr Russell B Roth of Erie Pa AMA president and Dr James H Sammons of Baytown Tex chairman of AMA trustees at a news conference HEW Secretary Casper Wein berger has published proposed rules which would require a hospital committee to certify the need of Medicare and Medicaid patients to be admitted to a hospital even though the pa tients doctor already has determined that such care is needed These committees Roth noted would not be made up of physicians but of other medical personnel who might not be qualified to judge the patients condition While aimed at cutting costs enactment of the regulation add costs Sammons said because there are about 11 Doctors oppose two plans to regulate medical care million hospital admissions each year under Medicare and Medicaid and studying these patients records would require additional personnel More importantly though he said persons who are nof doc tors would be deciding whether that little old lady or little old man is going to get treated Roth said that for most of the 35 million or so patients served by Medicare or Medicaid the withholding of such benefits would mean that these in dividuals would be denied hospitalization because they have no other means to pay Roth asserted also that Wein berger is exceeding the authority granted him by Congress under the Medicare Medicaid law What Congress has given the secretary now seeks to away he said adding The secretary has no authority under the guise of regulations to amend the law and reduce benefits The proposed regulations could become effective next month as cnuld proposals for policing medical quality The second threatened suit involves the socalled pro fessional standards review organizations PSROs These are supposed to be groups of doctors organized under government mandate set up to review the quality and medical necessity of care given under medicare and Medicaid Sammons accused Weinberger of gerrymandering P S R 0 districts He said the secretary ignored previously established and effective organizations already existing in some The AMA officials said suits would be filed to enjoin the secretary on the day he pro mulgated the proposed rules on PSRO and on preadmission certification for hospital care Rendleman and Kochman both agreed that the contin gency fund will last only one year and possibly a portion of another But they pointed out that they expect increas ed budget fromthe state in the future The higher board cant continue to give out these reallocation budgets or we wont have a university Ren dleman said And were hop ing that lowerenrollment will end and well start moving back up in a year or two Under current higher board guidelines a universitys bud get is reduced as enrollment declines and is increased when enrollment moves up For the past three years both SIU campuses have lost enrollment Edwardsville has dropped from nearly 14000 to fewer than 12000 students and Carbondale has dropped from nearly 24000 to about 17000 Rendleman said he hopes the Edwardsville campus can prevent ever laying off any teachers or civil service em ployes adding weve faced budget cuts before and have had to cut some term people but never any faculty and pos itively no tenured people Edwardsville has 675 full or parttime teachers and 214 ad ministrators according to the institutional research office Of that total 424 have perm anent academic tenure with the university The university also has 850 civil service employes and nearly 300 gradute or teaching assistants Rendleman said he sees his plan as preventing us from laying off some people now and then rehiring them when enrollment is up The million cut from Edwardsvilles million budget will have to be made across the board Rendleman said And he addled its not go ing to be easy when I say we wont lay off anyone that sure may change if the budget changes or something really terrible happens Rendleman declined to com ment on charges mady by John S Rendleman some Carbondale faculty members that no contingency plan existed in the SIU C campus Well we predicted some time ago that enrollment and state money would drop and simply acted accordingly Rendleman said It only makes good sense to plan on how to cope with a situation Andrew J Kochman like this We dont take any pleas ure in Carbondales Prob lems Kochman said And we sure arent any pinnacles of anticipation He also said Weve got problems and a plan we only hope that we really plan ned well enough to survive the worst Oil price rollback proposed Washington AP Sen Adlai E Stevenson D HI said today that he and Sen Warren G Magnuson DWash plan to introduce an energy bill that features a rollback of oil prices and creation of a government corporation to develop oil and gas resources on public lands The American people to put it bluntly are being ripped off by the major oil companies Stevenson said FPC gets blame for gas prices I Washington AP Expensive natural gas from abroad has been sold in Uhe United States over the past few years while the Federal Power Commission was barring some sales of far cheaper domestic supplies The commission which regulates theprices charged for natural vgatf sold to interstate pipelines rejected many of the proposed sales of domestic gas on grounds that the projected price was too high Yet the commissions own figures show mat frequently the rejected domestic gas prices were as little as onethird the eventual price of the foreign shipments j The result was price increases for gas consumers Rush Moody Jr vice chairman of the FPC charged that many commission rate decisions amount to regulatory capriciousness If somebody stands back Barred domestic natural gas sales while allowing more costlyimports member says away from us and looks at many of the things we do I dont think we can be logically defended Moody said in an interview Moody submitted vigorous dissents in several rate cese decisions last year among them denial of permission for the Tenneco Oil Co of Houston to sell five million cubic feet of gas per day to the Northern Natural Gas Co of Omaha The proposed base rate was 47 cents per thousand cubic feet more than double the FPCs approved rate ceiling of 215 cents Northern claimed an emergency saying it was critically short of supplies but a majority of the commission said Northern failed to My support its claim and rejected the re quest In his dissent Moody ques tioned how the FPC could turn down a 47cent rate to be paid to a domestic producer when we yesterday granted two import authorizations for emergency gas at and per thousand cubic feet to be purchased from a foreign source What kind and quality of consumer protection is that Moody called the Tenneco case far from unique would have to say that we have cleared a number of emergency imports like that probably in the range of six or seven every year he said All of them are in the same general price range and I just have a great deal of difficulty in ra tionalizing that kind of decision The FPC decision to turn down the TenneccNarthern proposal did not save consumers money In fact it cost them money A spokesman for Ten neco confirmed in a telephone interview that as soon as the FPC denied permission for the interstate sale to Northern Tenneco sold the gas at a higher price on the intrastate market where price is not regulated Gasoline outlook too accurate Washington AP Federal Energy Chief William E Simon said today predictions of a 20 per cent shortage of gasoline are becoming only too accurate However Simon declined to make any new predictions on the likelihood of gasoline ra tioning Testifying before the Senate Permanent Investigations subj committee Simon said he is encouraged with the trend public conservation efforts and cited figures showing a 98 per Marijuana smoking lowers resistance New York AP Regular smoking of marijuana weakens the bodys defenses against disease a medical team reports It said the defect was found among men and women 16 to 35 years old who had smoked either marijuana or hashish at least once a week for more than one year The average was four times a week for four years Specifically one finding was a decreased ability of certain white blood cells which defend Increasing cloudiness and wanner tonight with chance of showers later Lows 38 to 43 Mostly cloudy Saturday with showers and thunder storms likely INDEX Classified 1316 Religion 5 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 1 Editorials 4 Family Living Records U17 Sports H12 WiahSer map 17 the body against illness to in teract with foreign substances in a testtube Cell division in this type of cell also was in hibited in marijuanausers compared with nonusers said the specialists from Columbia Universitys College of Physi cians and Surgeons The study represents the first direct evidence of cellular damage in humans from mari juana said Dr GabrielNahas research professor of anesthesiology and head of the team cent savings in gasoline sumption for the past week Simon declined to endorse any of the current legislative pro posals for a rollback in the price of domestic crude oil However he said that reducing the price of crude to a barrel can be accomplished Current domestic prices range from a barrel for socalled old oil still controlled by the Cost of Living Council to around a barrel for socalled new or decontrolled oil Subcommittee chairman Henry M Jackson DWash told Simon that unless a checkis1 put on oil prices were going to see the most devastating infla tion that the nation has ever been up against A Senate vote on emergency i con Jackson predicted the Senate would pass She bill next week Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield had filed a cloture petition Thursday aimed at thwarting the threat of a filibuster This was withdrawn after an agreement to vote on the bill at pm Tues day Thebills controversial excess profits provision would authorize the President to set prices on petroleum products that would prevent windfall profits by the oil companies Three of the nations largest oil companies Thursday reported large profit increases in 1973 Mobil Oil Co the nations se cond 0 largest oil company energy legislation authorizing reported a 47 per cent profit in President Nixon to order i crease in 1973 compared to 1972 gasoline rationing is scheduled while Texaco the industrys for Tuesday third largest announced a 45 The White House openly I per cent gain and Shell seventh worked to prevent the bills size said its profits were up passage last month because ofjby 28 per cent certain excess profit provisions j Other oil companies have an but today Simon told the nounced similar gains this week committee that we completely including a 59 per cent increase support the bill as an interim by Exxon Corp the nations measure biggest oil company The lights got dousedbut not the bills Springfield AP Turning off the spotlights that once illuminated the state Capitol dome apparently hasnt helped much to conserve energy The states most recent elec trical bill for the Capitol com plex shows there have been no savings despite a directive issued in November calling for all unnecessary lights to be switched off More kilowatt hours of electricity were consumed in November and December 1973 under the new directive than were used in the same months of 1972 long before concentrated efforts were being made to save energy A memo from Warren B Manker administrator o f buildings and grounds says It is impossible to conclude from the data that there has been any savings in the electrical energy that can be directly attributed to our electrical energy saving program The Manker memo said the Capitol complex used 362 million kilowatt hours of elec tricity in the November December period of 1973 at a cost of A year earlier the bill for the same period was for 358 million kilowatt hours It looks like the program just Isnt working Johnson said   

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