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Page Eight


Sunday, January 11, 197 4

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, January 11, 1970

Space shortage: No

(Continued from Page 1)
eryone. One rumor has it that the
University is subtly trying to edge
into the antique business. And the
whispers are not without evidence.
The economics building, for ex-
ample, is a prized University heir-
loom. Its softly creaking stairs and
narrow corridors, knocking radi-
ators and cozy venetilation in the
summer, and fresh cool breezes in
the winter lend the building a cer-
tain charm and have endeared it
to many of its occupants.
Not all of its occupants, how-
ever. Actually, its a matter of pre-
ference in style.
Economics department Chair-

man Harvey Brazer is not partial'
to antiques, and finds himself un-
able to take pleasure in the esthe-
tic qualities of the building.
"You either sweat or freeze," he
complains. "The building is over}
100 years old. It's not conducive
to output of any kind." Brazer al-
so is critical of the crowding in
the building. "We have about six
classrooms available per usable
" hour," he says. "We estimate that
we need eight or nine."
"The office situation is e v e n
worse," he continues. "But most
serious is the 1 a c k of adequate
seminar facilities, especially with
'the graduate curriculum."


face tight job

market in academia

(Continued from Page 1)
departments like Harvard, Stan-
ford and Michigan are doing all
"I'd say job prospects for PhD's
are about the same as they were
five years ago," continues McKea-,
chie. "Enrollment in t h e social
sciences is increasing at a sub-
stantially greater rate than over-
all enrollment.".
Chairmen in anthropology and
sociology agreed their depart-
ments had been unaffected by the
squeeze, though they speculate
they might have similar problems
within the next decade. Geogra-
phy, Chairman Melvin Marcus
says, "'We can't begin to produce
the number of PhD's in geography
needed in the market."
And Dean Allen Britton of the
music school voices a similar view.
"There's no surplus of doctorates
in music at all," he says. "We're
way behind. We can't k e e p up
with the 'emand.".
In some departments, the situa-
tion varies substantially from
specialty 'to specialty. In. zoology,
VP choice
crucial to
student role
(Continued fron Page 1)
a candidate who he believes would
take such a course.
However, the five candidates
recommended to Fleming by the
search committee may not leave
him much of a choice. At least one
search committee member feels
that all the candidates would be
very sympathetic to activist stu-
dents and their causes."
"President Fleming will have a
very difficult choice to make,'
says selection committee co-chair-
man Steve Nissen, "because it is
obvious that none of the candi-
dates will show the kind of un-
questioning loyalty to Fleming
that Mrs. Newell has."

for instance, Chairman John Al-
len says that while t h e r e is a t
tight market in cell biology, it is
easy to place students in ecologyt
and environmental biology, be-
cause of the current upsurge of in-
terest in environmental problems.
In mechanical engineering;
Chairman John Clark notes some
overproduction in the thermal sci-
ences, but a good market for
specialists in materials.
Some people are now advancing
proposals to prevent students who+
have devoted years to the acquisi-1
tion of expertise in a discipline
from being rendered useless by the
vicissitudes of the job market.
Michael Davis, a philosophy
doctoral candidate, suggests 'the
establishient of a national quota
for the number of doctorates in
philosophy to be granted e v e r y:
This, says Davis, could be ac-
complished by a tightening of ad-
mission standards' for philsophy
graduate programs and a require-
ment that any university would
have to get permission to estab-
lish a philosophy doctoral pro-
gram from a national council of
philosophy departments.
English Chairman Fraser sug-
gests that some deliberate,rco-or-
dinated effort to limit the number
of doctorates granted to the num-
ber of appropriate positions which
will be available for them might
be desirable.
"If you admit a han to grad-
uate school," says Fraser, "you
should acknowledge some respon-
sibility to find him a job. Maybe
s we shouldn't admit so many -
maybe we should be more ruth-
We also wri

Prof. J o h n Cross, associate
chairman of the department views
the situation even more critically.
"What we need is a. whole new
building," he says. "There isn't
much that can be done with this
Some people are difficult to
please. Actually, the problem is so
large, it seems as if everyone is,
being difficult, although this year,
there has been a change in mood.'
Department chairmen have shift-
ed to a resigned approach, accept-
ing the wade through the com-
plaints as a necessary p a r t of
their work.
"Sure its a problem here," re-
sponds Englishdepartment Chair-
man Russell Fraser, "but its way
down on our 11 s t of priorities.
When you h a v e a million other
problems you tend to push this
English department offices are
especially cramped. At present,
only full professors are allowed a
single office, and even some of
them are now doubling up.
"The University is a very utili-
tarian place," Fraser says. "Most
of the offices are relatively crum,
my. No frills. I'm working in a
chicken coop, a very small, fairly
dirty office, but its all right. Its
bound to be a problem in a big
Compared to the faculty's, the
students' complaints are minimal.
and are -usually centered around
crowded lectures and corridors. In
the more popular courses there is
often a shortage of seats on days
when attendance is high, as dur-
ing the first days of classes or ex-
Most irritating to students is
having to take noontime, evening,
or Saturday classes - a result of
the spacial shortage. Thecolleges
have had to compensate by inno-
vative scheduling, attempting to
utilize their space as much as pos-
Sauve considers t h e student's
complaints legitimate. "We are a
nine-to-five society, and .like to
finish work at 5 or 6 p.m. just as
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everyone else does," says Sauve. |
"Some of the men in Lansing
disagree, expecting us to t e a c h
classes until 10 in the evening. It'st
a relative thing," he adds.
Literary college Associate Dean
Hayden Carruth reports that, on
a 44-hour basis, the college's space
utilization approaches 90 per cent.
A standard of 80 per cent is con-
sidered "efficient and effective,"
he says.
At certain hours of the day the'
space is being used at a level of
115 p e r cent capacity, Carruth
notes. This means that, in addi-
tion to regular classrooms, classes
are being held in professors' of-
fices and other makeshift class-
The obvious solution to the space
shortage is to construct more
classroom and office buildings. But
for three years, from 1965 to 1968,
the Regents had declined to accept
state funds for new construction
in a dispute over the University's
constitutional powers.
The controversy began with the
passage of Public Act 124 of 1965,
that year's capital outlay appro-
priations act. The law stipulated
that the state budget director must
approve the architect for state-
financed University construction
projects, and that building plans
must be approved by the joint
Senate-House Committee on Capi-
tal Outlay.
Contending that the act in-
fringed on their constitutional
guarantees of fiscal autonomy, the
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Regents brought suit against PA "Meanwhile,"
124. And under the advice of at- are scrambling."
torneys, the University declined: The Clarence
to accept any new construction is being cleared
funds under the act while the school, and ren
suit was pending. make space for tl
But in September 1967, with the and geology dep
legal challenge still bogged down dition, the Phar
in the -courts, the University move into the r
switched legal counsel and was leaving behind
advised that acceptance of funds for the chemist
under the provisions of PA 124 its own building
would not hurt the court case. The education
In March 1968, then, the Uni- one of the bigge
versity accepted funds for the first lems, is being
new building - Modern Lan- renovation of tl
guages - on which construction School.
has begun since the passage of Officials expe
PA 124. 1 throughout the t
Completion of the new building, tinue for the nex
which will add 40 classrooms to hope that by th
the 170 now in use by the literary will have been b
college,. Is expected in about two In the meantil
years. who have foun
The University is now asking situation just th
the State Legislature for funds "I like it," rem
for a number of buildings, includ- fellow, who sha
ing mathematics, chemistry, psy- with about 50
chology and architecture and de- friends are he
sign. cozy.'

says Sauve,

t the

Cook Little Bldg.
by the medical
ovation will soon
he zoology, botany
partments. In ad-
macy College will
enovated building
some extra room
ry department in
school, which had
st crowding prob-
relieved with the
,he old University
ect the crowding
University to con-
:t four years. They
en more buildings
me, there are some
d they enjoy the
ae way it is.
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