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ets Money from All Over: and Pleads fo

"r More

The University gets its money
from many sources, and spreads it
as fast as it comes in--on new
facilities, new teachers and all
the other necessities to support a
burgeoning institution of educa-
tion and research.
It is currently spending over
$150 million a year to conduct
its myriad operations.
From its students themselves-
30,000 of them-comes a mere
one-tenth of this amount-$15
million. The University relies on
state funds for about $50 mil-
lion and on federal funds for well
over $40 million.
The rest of the University's
funds-about $45, million-comes
from ,private donations and self-
liquidating projects such as the
dormitories, athletic events, and
the University hospital.
Of all its sources of revenue,
the University usually has the
most difficulty obtaining funds
from the state Legislature. This
is not to say that the Legislature
is unwilling to give- the Univer-
sity money. Far from it-the
University will receive over $50
million from the state for oper-
ating expenses thhis year.
The main trouble is that the
Legislature consistently falls short
of what the University wants.
This year, for instance, the Uni-
versity requested $55.7 million

from the state and will probably
wind up with about $51.5 million.
Last year the university re-
quested $47 million and got $44
University officials usually ex-
press less dissatisfaction with
federal and private generosity
than they show when the legis-
lature cuts fund requests.
For the federal government and
private donors have supplied the
University with perhaps its rich-
est source of income ,over the
past ten years. t
Federal research funds-many
of them defense-related-have
come to the University with great
regularity-especially since the
cold war pushed up defense bud-
gets and government research ef-
forts in the early fifties.
The University currently re-
ceives almost a third of its over
$150 million budget from the gov-
ernment, and the amount has re-
cently been increasing by about
$2 million or more a year.
Private endowments and gifts
have been very beneficial to the
University. Currently administra-
tors and friends of the University
in influential spots across the
nation are working full steam on
a $150 million dollar fund drive.
The occasion for the drive-or for
its hopeful successful climax-will
be the sesquicentennial celebra-

Along with the Regents 1964
plea, Gov. George Romney's "blue
ribbon" Citizen's Committee for
Higher Education forecast the
pressures caused by t he baby
boom-and called for an increase
in appropriations. Romney re-
sponded with a 1964-65 appro-
priation and the University even-
j tually got $44 millon of the $47
million it asked.
Though the University got its
r 1964-65 request without severe
cuts, it was not without a strug-
gle. The Senate pondered a mil-
lion dollar slash, but dropped the
prospect at the last moment. The
House Ways and Means Commit-
tee viewed the Senate's $44 mil-
lion proposal and promptly cut
$2 million. But on the flouse
floor the $2 million was reinstated
and the University emerged with
its $44 million appropriation.
of 'U' Financial Team Because of the struggle, the
University had to go through, to
ear of national officials than finally come out with a decent
have the ear of the state legis- appropriation in 1964-65, many
lators or Gov. George Romney. observers thought that the lean
The University's lack of con- years had come to only a tempor-
tact with the state legislature ary end, and that 1964-65 was
has been blamed in part for its merely a lucky year.
difficulty in obtaining budget re-
quests intact in the past. If this Lasting Boom
complaint is true, then contact This evaluation has been prov-
must have improved in the past en wrong by this year's budget
two years, because things have appropriations. Because of .a
not been nearly as bad then as ; booming state economy-in its

President Hatcher and Regent Sorenson-Part4

tion of the University in 1967.
All Smiles
Recent Regents meetings have
been all smiles as the University
has announced that the fund
drive is moving along at a good
'pace. It is the largest drive of
its kind ever undertaken by a
public university. Regent Paul
Geobel is among the most active
of University supporters in the
fund drive.
It has been said of the Univer-

sity that it has better contacts
with officials in Washington and
with private donors than with,
state officials in Lansing. This
is often true. Many University
veterans are serving in Washing-
ton and it is quite probable that
more people favorable to the Urn-
versity's position-such as Prof.
Gardner Ackley of the economics
department, chairman of Presi-
dent Lyndon B. Johnson's council
of economic advisors-have the


PR Office Relays

'U' Image

Situated in a state where tax-
payers chip in over a third of its
budget, the University has a res-
ponsibility for the welfare of
Michigan citizens. Broadcasting
ways the University upholds this
comnittment is the duty of Vice
President for Public Relations
Michael Radock. 7
In August, 1964, Radock, then
direetor of public relations, 'was
officially appointed vice-president
by the Regents. It has been com-
mon practice at the University
to have one man serving as the
director whgo is later promoted
to the vice-presidency.
Radock's Office of Publie Rela-
tions aims to bring to key popu-
lation centers in the state in-
tensive information about the
Ekecutive Officers
The program involves the par-
ticipation of all the University's
executive officers, as well as fac-
ulty members.
Radock has always tried to
r emphasize that in its state-wide
perspective, the University will
maintain, its concern for a cor-

dial and functional relationship
with the local citizenry in Ann
"People think that the Univer-
sity moves through self-interest
and a lack of planning. There are
concerns such as acquisition of
local property and community re-
l'ationships with students on
which relations could be im-
proved. We want the community
to recognize that we are respon-
sible," Radock explains.
Academically, the University
relations office presents state-
wide educational offerings.
Faculty Promotes 'U'
"We have asked departments
to nominate professors who will
be willing to go around th'e state
two or three times during the
year and talk about the Univer-
sity," Radock says. '
Much attention is being given
to the whole area of University
expansion over the next 10 years
and "for this the Development
Council must be expanded," he
Closely conected with the office
is the Development Council, a

group of alumni who work
throughout the country raising
money for the University.
Radock adds that at present
plans for the University's Sesqui-
centennial Anniversary celebration
to be held in two years are being.
carried through.
Fund Drive
Such activities as a major fund
drive and world wide commemor-
ative programs are being planned.
The public relations office also
operated WUOM, the University's
FM station in Ann Arbor and
WGPR in Grand Rapids. The
stations present 10 hours of news,
classical music, both r:ecorded and
live from the University, drama,
lectures and special interest pro-
grams originating here.,
The television Center is also
under the direction of the of-
fice. Not a broadcasting station,
the center i n s t e a d produces
filmed programs for use on com-
mercial and other educational
Relating the clay-to-day activi-
ties of the University is News
Service, The office also arranges,

they were in 1957-63-the seven fourth straight year of boom, as
years called the "lean years" for is the nation-and because of a
the University's state appropria- newly Democratic Legislature,
tions. more sympathetic to University
Troubles s needs, the University has received
The troubles the University ran at least as, good treatment this }
into during these years were typi- year as last.
fied by 1958, in which officials As it looks now, the University Stu dents Pay Their S
requested $37 million fromh e will receive over $51 million from
Legislature and got only $ 0 the Legislature for 1065-66 opera- building up the trimester system,
million. tions-a $7 million jump from the year-round calendar under
which the University operat'ed for
In 1959 the University again ls yea Uhuher mil shorttthe first time last year.
'sought $37 million and got only Eventually, through trimester,
$33 million. The early sixties were Many observers argue that the ' administrators hope to be able to
no better, so that by 1962, the University will need many "fat". educate far more students than
state was appropriating $37 mil- years such as the last two to now with comparable or better fa-
lion when the Regents felt they make up for the seven lean years. cilities for each student.
needed $4 million to properly run They point out that other insti- 'U' Needs
the University. Many officials tutions such as the University of In making the 1965-66 request,
even privately complained that California as well , as the Ivy' Vice-President for Academic Af-
the $4 million request was insuffi-|League schools have been waving fairs Roger W. Heyns noted that
cient. larger pay envelopes at Univer- the University needs more than

Share at Registration
The University's library facili-
ties also receive high priority on
the lisp, of needs. Library Direc-
tr Frederick Wagman has placed
new staff and new boks as the
major needs for the next aca-
demic year.
Wagman also points to a, need
for raising library salaries and
replacing library equipment.
The University also needs in-
creases in the funds available for
maintenance. John McKevitt of
the ┬░Office of Business and Fi-
nance has noted that the main-
tenance of new buildings-plus
the increased use during the tri-
mester-requires ,substantial in-
The Universitys "public service"
institutes-such as the Institute
of Science and Technology-are
also badly short of funds to meet
optimal requests. IST has as-
serted that it needs an increase
of $500,000 this year alone to de-
velop programs for upgrading
science and conducting activities
benefiting industry and business.

The end of the lean yea, s forI
the University came in _ 1964.
When they called for a $47 mil-
lion allotment for the University
appropriation in that year, the
Regents said: "Our own studies
clearly demonstrate that since
1957-58 there has been a steady
erosion of the strength of the
University. The resultant deter-
ioration and demoralization, if
permitted to continue, seriously
threaten to endanger excellence
in teaching, competence in re-
search and continued high pro-
ficiency in public service."

sity- professors.
\No More
Where the University once
ranked among the top five uni-
versities in salaries, it has now
fallen out of the top ten.
Whether some irreparable dam-
age has been done the University
by the lean years will be a mat-
ter argued for years to come.
Meanwhile, administrators are
deciding with rplish just what to
do with the large amounts of
money they are finally getting.
First priorities are being given to
faculty salary increases and -to

85 new teachers, mostly above the
teaching fellow level, to establish
the University at a ratio of one
teacher for every fourteen stu-
The ratio is currently one
teacher for every 14.6 students,;
he estimated.
"We made substantial gains
during the past year," he said,
emphasizing the hiring of assist-
ant professors. But the Univer-
sity wili) continue to shoot for
the 1:14 ratior-"and it still hasn't
gotten there yet," according to

Michael Radock
with The Daily that the Daily
Official Bulletin, a rundown of
all events, job interviews and
foreign visitors on compus, be


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