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Tuesday, August 27; 1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, August 27; 1968



Any attempt to list the Uni-
versitiy's plans for new buildings
in detail would be obsolete before
it was printed. This is not be-
cause the administration doesn't
know what is needed, but because
the University has not committed
itself to a rigid schedule for
University' office planners must
always be able to adjust to the
adversities of lowappropriations
and escallating building costs. The
situation has recently been com-
plicated by the slow movement of
a legal challenge of the state
Legislature's authority to over-
see planning decisions.
This year, the Legislature at-
lotted the University, $8.3 mil-
lion for building projects, less
than one third of the Universi-
ty's capital outlay request. At
the same time, the money avail-
able for federal construction
grants was a 1 s o drastically
slashed. But monies available will
permit continuation or completion
of about 21 projects.
No new building has been ap-
proved with state funds for two
.years while the University has
fought Public Act 124, a state
law which provides that the State
Controller's office must act as
the contracting agent, for all
projects given state support.
Although the University com-
plies with all other state require-
ments and works closely with the
controller's office in determining
estimated costs, officials feel this
threatens the University's tradi-
tional autonomy in handling its
operations. The Regents have re-
fused to comply and have re-
jected new project funds under'
the provision.
This year, however the urgent
need for classroom space made
it advisable to agree to the terms
of P. A. 124 until the long court
'case is decided. The suit is cur-
rently awaiting review in the
Inham County Circuit Court.
A modern language classroom
and office building was given an
initial allotment of $750,000 after
the decision. When completed it
will incorporate many of the lan-

'U' hi
guage operations now conducted
in the Frieze building and Mason
Hall. Following the pattern of
most other projects, the first al-
location is for design and site
studies. Construction will not be-
gin until about March of next
year. With continuing appropria-
tions over four years toward a
total state commitment of $3.5
million, to which apother $1 mil-
lion will 'be added from federal
Stake funds are continuing for
several projects approved before
PA. 124 went into effect, but
other sources of finance have
been successfully cultivated. Ex-
tensive help has come in the
form of housing loans at moderate
interest and grants from federal
agencies such as the National In-
statute of Health. An example is
the $7.5 million, 400 unit, addition
to the Northwood complex of
married student housing on
North Campus. Some units should
be ready early next year.
A great deal of help has been
received from alumni grants for
building and remodeling. A spe-
cial $55 million fund raising drive
has far exceeded its goal and has
provided funding for a new
Graduate Library facility, several
continuing education and research
centers and partial financing for
several projects.
The University has also been
building on loans on profit-pro-
'ducing ventures, such a parking
structures, and its sells long-term
bonds. Student fees finance only
a small part of the total con-
struction program.
The top priorities on the budget
request are for classroom space.
Funds for this type of building
are seldom available and such
badly needed items as an archi-
tecture and design school build-
ing, a science building and a
mathematics building have been
postponed year after year.
Another plan which has been
delayed is the five step move of
the entire engineering college to
the North Campus area. Origin-
ally scheduled for completion
about 1980, the first building has
not as yet reached the tentative{
stage. Eventually, many buildings
on central campus will be re-
modeled for use by the literary




Proposed Modern Language Building

Despite the delays, funding
problems, and many strikes, ac-
tual construction today dots the
campus and signs mark the loca-
tion of other major facilities
which are approved, funded and
soon to be built.
Of these, the 'most obvious is
the Graduate Library going u13be-
hind the General Library build-
ing. When completed next sum-
mer, it will rise eight stories and
house over 700,000 volumes. This
will relieve a space shortage which
has forced storage of more than
300,000 volumes in the past few
years. Among its features will be
a 100,000 volume rare book room,
a map room and 740 new study
Newly completed this year is
the administrative office building
located directly in back, of the old
administration building. While
University offices are relocating
in the new facility, the old build-
ing is being converted to pro-
vide much-needed lit'erary col-
lege office space.
The largest project on the med-
ical campus is Medical Science
II which will be completed early
next year. This building has class-
room and laboratory space which
will permit the completion of a
transfer of medical school depart-
ments not now on the medical
campus area. The East Medical
building will then be converted'
for use by overcrowded literary
college and pharmacy units.
The C. S. Mott Children's hos-;
pital scheduled for completion by
the end of the year, was spon-
sored in large part by the Mott
foundation. It represents a major4
addition to the University Hospi-
tal's, clinical facilities and will.
allow expansion of pediatrics
studies while relieving sections of
the Hospital building.
Another.privately funded pro-
ject is -the Upjohn center for
Clinical Pharmacology. Bids for
this project are currently being
reviewed by the Regents.
A $6.6 million first phase of a
new School of public health build-
ing has also begun in the medical
center. Funded by federal and
private grants, it will be com-
pleted in 1970 at which time the
$4.5 million second phase will be-

Northwood for married students

Now is the time to sell books.

gin. After expansion the school
will be able to double its enroll-
An entire section of North Uni-
versity street near the construc-
tion has been closed to t'affic and
work on the ten story building
is contiuuing although somewhat
delayed because of construction
strikes and bad weather. The
building is being financed by
state appropriations but addition-
al monies are coming from both:
federal and private agencies.
The University's newest project
is the Peach Mountain Observa-

tory, which had been among high
priorities for many years. The
48-inch reflecting telescope is be-
ing built several miles outside ofr
Ann Arbor and will replace a 50-'
year old observatory located ac-
ross from University Hospital.
Among priority items which
may soon be funded without state
appropriations are a University
Theatre, to be located on the
corner of Huron and Thayer
streets. It has been designed to
be a combination of modern and
traditional stage and is to be
funded through gifts and partly


from student fees. Construction is
still being held up until financial
arrangements are completed.
Work on site acquisition and
planning is going ahead on a
School of Architecture building
for central campus and School of
Education building for North
Campus. But the future of these
projects remains cloudy.
And even these projects repre-
sent just a fraction of the ex-
pansion possibilities under consid-
eration by the administration. A
list for the next 10 years covers
over 100 needed facilities.


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Trauma out of fall registration
By DAVID WEIR age time spent going through ( and late registrants would there-
Don. Beach is trying to take the Waterman was reduced fron 28 by be reduced.
om Butofegisratio. minutes to seven minutes per stu- A major change this fall will be
iumaoutof egisraton, dent. The big advantage of "The initiation of a new system for.
Beach, director of registration Easy Way", however, was elimin- handling students who have ele-
the University, is streamlining ation of an hour's waiting outside tion drop-and-adds.
e traditional three-day event the Gym in lines which sometimes "With approximately 12 to 13
to an efficient procedure which stretched as far back as State thousand advance classified stu-
omises reductions in time, trou- Street. dents, we can count on around
e, and,mental anguish for most But Beach Is still far from sat- 50 per cent who will have election
Undergraduates got a taste of isfied. "We sent 24,377 students changes," says Beach. "Normally,
Undhera ones' loastwiner othrough regular registration for this latte' group -would not .be
ach's alterations last winter the winter .term. I'd like to see able to take advantage of the ab-
hen he initiated "The Easy. Way' that figure increase to 27,000 this breviated registration procedure.
rough Waterman Gymnasium to fall," he states. "But this year, if they follow
parate students who had pre- ) I the right method,' most of these
assified from those who had not. The significance of the in- students will be .able to register
The result was that the aver- creased totals is that special cases the 'easy way' too," he continues.
-_Election changes must be ap-
proved by a counselor before these
students can enter the line.
"These who try to 'beat the sys-
tem, and register before their
schedule changes have been ap-
proved will have to wait until
classes start to, drop and add
The main reason for including
W eCOm e P actstudents with election changes in
abbreviated registration is that a
"two-week log jam" was created
at the counselors' offices early last
_ winter.





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