THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, December 7, 1969
Page Ten THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, December 1, 1969
LETTER TO FLEMING:
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Pilot Program runs
cheaply, reaps praise
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Students, with minimal staff
(Continued from Page 1) Briggs says this was the only help, have also begun setting up'
personnel office, both say that trouble she encountered at the an arts and crafts center where
she was recommended highly by University. their talent can be developed.
MHRI. This has not been the first In spite of the abundance of
Later in the summer, the socio- charge of discrimination against projects currently underway, the
logy department reportedly be- University, though Reister ad- pilot program has no definite for-
lieved she was not meeting full mits they are "occasional." mulation of policy. "We don't
reiementheofas n-t mandisgewasIn 1965, a University Hospital know where we're going but we try
making typographical e r ros nurse, Mrs. LaVerne Hill, charged to keep all avenues open," Lobe'
mrigcalle ty hitaes r rrthe University with discrimination. frankly admits.
errors that any secretary might Her case is still before the state "From the start we emphasized
make." t civil rights commission. that it would be experimental
Mrs. Hill, then a supervisor in he continues, "and students would
The sociology department in- the hospital operating room, had create their own programs."
formed her she was not competent personality conflicts with her em- In the case of the seminars,
enough to continue as a C-n sec- ployes and resigned, Reister says. students need only to have an idea
retary, gave her two weeks notice Later Mrs. Hill wanted to re- for a course and find a faculty
and referred her case to the per- tract her resignation and return to member to sponsor it.
sonnel office. her former supervisor job. She "As long as room is available,
Chauncey believes the secretary entered into a grievance procedure the students can have the class
"was not given the chance to real- filing complaints with the nursing arranged if they get a faculty
ly develop herself and get used to school, hospital administration arranged ftheygte cuty
the job." Her errors were "normal"
for any secretary, he says, and
believes if she were white the de-
partment would have been more
reluctant to "get rid of her."
In her letter to Fleming, the
secretary charged that Reiss "pre-
ferred not to come into contact
with me" as much as he could,
that "Reiss went to considerable
lengths to convince me that I
should seek lower classifications,,
and ultimately Reister says, with!
Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer Wilbur Pierpont.
The University, explains Reister,
would not give her her former job
but was willing to hire her in an-
other capacity. He believes Mrs.
Hill was not satisfied and four
months later, filed a complaint
with the civil rights commission
charging that the reason she was
not rehired was because of dis-
says pilot coordinator Storey.
Because it is separate from the
literary college, the pilot program
is ableto innovate and experiment
fA governing board of faculty
a n d administration maintains
little restrictive control. "The
board has been extremely gen-
erous," says Storey. "This is not
an overstructured program by any
and that the allegations of typo- crimination. "We don't have any obtrusive
graphical mistakes were exag- The case is still pending before rules here," agrees Lobe. "It's an
gerated. the commission and a hearing easygoing atmosphere. Our con-
"I'm sure that if my color had was held this summer. cept of dorm life is allowing stu-
not been black I would have been --- - --------dents to do what they want."
spared the embarrassment and * This easygoing environment at-
humiliation of being informed of ESIEC. projectS tracts many students who say the
plans for my dismissal on an freedom and unharried life in
eight-party phone," she said in Lloyd makes it the best and "most
the letter. mark rebirth 1 fun" dorm on campus.
"If she sincerely feels she was Wendy Polasky, '73, a student
fulfilling the capabilities of the (Continued from Page 1) in the program, says, "I chose it
position, then there had to be an- and the revolutionary model," he because I liked the idea of having
other reason they wanted to get added. classes in the dorm and special
rid of her," says Briggs. "She feels Although SEA has been working seminars, and because I heard that
it was racial discrimination." mostly with curriculum reform in Alice Lloyd was a cool place to
Fleming referred the complaint the past month, "we do have a live."
to the personnel office which broader vision in mind," Weiss- The fondness the students have
found her a job as a C-4 in the man says. "Next semester we will - - -
statistics department. There were, be working with other projects."il)
at that time, no openings as a C-5 SEA, which was started shortlyU
anywhere in the University, Briggs after the bookstore issue came to
says. He adds that when there is a head in September, is described
an opening the personnel office by Weissman as a group that is
will likely recommend her as a "very liberal but opposed to mili-S ed
C-5. tant tactics." Samples and discon
for the program is indicated by
the large number who stay for
two years. A total of 35-40 per
cent of the freshmen usually re-
turn to the program, which is de-
signed mainly for first year stu-
"The best part of all is the com-
munity spirit," says Pete Gorski,
'73. "There aren't a lot of restric-
tions and everyone is always get-
Storey says there is an advant-
age in the interaction between
students and faculty. "Students
here are involved with a faculty
that is really interested in what
the kids are doing," he said.
Faculty members are able to
have more contact with Alice
Lloyd students because of the spe-
cial sections reserved for them and
also because of the special stu-
The nine-year-old pilot program
differs in many ways from the
For example, the Residential
College has its own staff of paid
professors while the pilot program
relies on graduates, teaching fel-
lows and LSA faculty for its
teaching staff. No teachers are
directly connected to the pilot
"Thempilot program doesn't have
super-resources, like the Residen-
tial College," says one pilot staff
member. "We try to help students
take advantage of whatever re-
sources we have for things that
they are interested in."
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