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o1. LXXXX, No. 1


Ninety Years of Editorial Freedom


Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, September 6, 1979

Free Issue

Eighty-Two Pages

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Harold Shapiro, currently vice-president for academic
affairs, will become the University's 10th president on Jan. 1,
1980. The announcement of the nationally-prominent economist's
appointment to the post came July 27 after a 10 month search for
a successor to former University President Robben Fleming.

After months of delays, the University
ceived a big boost last Friday when a
red-down $200 million version of its
spital renovation project was ap-
oved by the executive committee of
e Comprehensive Health Planning
)uncil of Southeastern Michigan
;HPC-SEM). But the University con-
nds the project will cost more than
00 million.
ro gain the committee's approval,
,e University had to accept several
mncessions that included reducing the
imber of beds and agreeing to con-
der alternative facilities for the
edical school's use.
THE COMMITTEE'S action now
akes it possible for the state Depar-
ient of Public Health to vote on the
"oject. The agency could accept all of
e plan's provisions, make amen-
ients, or reject it entirely. University
icials expect the department to
ach its decision within the next few
4athough the committee held down
a project's cost to $200 million-down
I million from the original
imate-University pfficials say that
ure is npt realistic.
The analyses of our architects and
nners show us that the project sim-
i cannot be constructed for that
ount of money, taking into account
effects of inflation to 1983," said
iversity Hospital Director Dr. Jep-
it an important victory was gained
'yen regional planners made it known
tat they realize the project's cost.
.ay increase while it's being built.
Among the concessions approved at
+e committee meeting were:
" limiting service to 856 beds until an
.cupancy rate of at least 91 per cent is
-hieved for 12 months;
", reducing proposed operating rooms
om 35 to 30; and
* studying operational alternatives
,nd the concept of shared services
long with increased use of Wayne
ounty General Hospital near
IAestland. .
See PLANNING, Page 2

Shapiro, 44, has enjoyed what is
described by some as a "meteoric" rise
to the $75,000-per-year top ad-
ministrative post. He has served as
University academic vice-president for.
two years and was chairman of the
Economics Department from 1974 to
THE REGENTS made their final
decision on July 23 during a marathon,
session after they had consulted ad-
visory groups about the remaining can-
The announcement that Shapiro
would be the next president culminated
months of virtually unbroken silence by
those involved in the search: the
University Board of Regents and its
student, faculty, and alumni presiden-
tial selection advisory committees..
The Board's selection of Shapiro end-
ed more than 10 months of intensive
searching during which 240 candidates
were considered for the post.
"It is. . . both a challenge to accept
this position and a distinct honor for me
to be able to participate in the future of
such a great University," Shapiro said
after receiving rounds of praise from
the Regents and Interim University
President Allan Smith at a special
meeting called to announce his appoin-
AMONG THE reasons for Shapiro's
selection were what participants in the

search process called his proven ability
to perform administrative duties, his
knowledge of budgetary matters, his
familiarity with the University, and his
rapport with state officials and
colleagues around the nation.
Although the later months of the
presidential search were marked by
tight-lipped cooperation among the four
groups, the earlier search phase -
from September to December, 1978 -
was characterized by conflict over how
much access the advisory groups would
have to presidential candidates.
Student leaders expressed fears that
their access to candidates would be
limited, and that the Regents would
"pick a president from their own damn
list," as one Michigan Student Assem-
bly member (MSA) put it.
When Harold Shapiro assumes the
University presidency Jan. 1, he will
vacate the post of University vice-
president for academic affairs. See
Page 7 for a story on the vice-presi-
dential search process.
MSA, WHICH was asked by the
Regents to select 10 students to form an
advisory committee, refused to par-
ticipate in the search process tmntil last
Dec. 2, when they received a guarantee
of what they termed as "adequate
The eight Regents adopted a "no
comment" stance toward almost every
question about the search, and faculty
and alumni groups said next to nothing.
Student committee members slowly
acquiesced to the policy of silence. The
Regents defended the secrecy orders,
pointing to the tumultuous 18-month
search at Michigan State University,
during which several candidates with-
drew because of publicity.
Shapiro said after the announcement
of his promotion that he would not have
even wanted to be considered for the
position if the search process had been
any less confidential.
MEMBERS OF the University com-
munity lauded the choice of Shapiro as
the next University president.
"I think the Regents were suc-
cessful... they found the best person
in the United States," said interim chief
Smith. "He's been a joy to work
with ...and I'm delighted with the ap-

Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
Harold Shapr

'U' holds back on MSA fundi'ng

Last year, the Michigan Student Assembly (MSA)
had little trouble with finances and doled out nearly
$50,000 to student groups. This year, however, may be
different. '.
University administrators currently monitor MSA"
funds, and the Assembly's allocation process must be
changed before the administration will return
authority to spend money. As a result, some
organizations previously funded by MSA may no
longer receive money.
MSA PRESIDENT Jim Alland, treasurer Brad
Canale, and Vice-President for Student Services
Henry Johnson were scheduled to meet yesterday to
discuss changes in MSA's funding allocation process.
This summer Alland worked with Johnson and Office
of Student Development (OSD) staff members to
develop a set of allocation guidelines satisfactory to
MSA and the administration.

Johnson said he was "very pleased" with the
group's progress and doesn't see any barriers in
giving the Assembly full control oyer its operations
soon. Former MSA member Jim Sullivan, who
.worked with the Assembly this summer, said he ex-
pects the group to have control of its funds by the end
of the month.
The issue is just one in a series of predicaments
MSA has run into in recent months. Six weeks after
its spring election, for instance, no one knew who the
Assembly's next president would be, much less
whether there would even be student government
when the students returned in the fall.
THESE PROBLEMS were not borne simply out of
a minor election oversight or slow ballot tabulation,
but rather they were produced from.an entire elec-

tion process laden with controversy.
The MSA April election was declared invalid by the
students' judiciary body charged with sanctioning
the election, but was certified in May by the Univer-
sity's Vice-President for Student Services Henry
Johnson's decision came after the University's
Board of Regents approved an unprecedented review
of the student government elections. At the same
time, the Board placed MSA's funding into Johnson's
receivership, giving him control until he decides MSA
is "responsible enough to handle its own affairs."
MEMBERS OF the campus-wide student govern-
ment have had to deal all summer with some of the
repercussions from the election and its resulting ad-
mipistrative decisions. It appears as though the

See U', Page 7 See REGENTS, Page 2

TheUio IT hi y4~'-

Student o
An organization for all students, a pl
t them to meet, the unification of vari
,ctions of student interest-that was
ream of University student Edwi
arker in 1904. By 1907 the Michigan Uni
the "student union"-was first opene
n old home on State Street.
But over the years the Union, houses
ie current building since 1917, beca
'more of an alumni center and hotel i
ice ...less of a student center," acct
ig to Henry Johnson, University v
resident for student services. In the y
f the Union's diamond anniversi
=arker's dream is being rejuvenated-
fichigan Union is undergoing a faceldi
ructure and philosophy.
The renovations now in progress are
sult of a year's worth of efforts
tudents and administrators to change
)uilding's emphasis back to student


nter getting
books, bowling, and bus tickets are all
available at the Union. 'There is also a box
office, an art gallery, movies, and
theatrical productions. Administrative of-
ficers for a wide range of student
organizations and services are also housed
in the Union.
This fall, for the first time, students will
be living in the Union. Renovations are
being completed on 91 hotel rooms and 127
graduate students and students over 21
have signed leases.
All University students this fall will
automatically be members of the Univer-
sity Club, a restaurant on the first floor.
Formerly only dues-paying students,
faculty, alumni, and staff were members
of the club, and relatively few students,
chose to join.
PLANS ARE ALSO being made to move
and expand a section of the University
Cellar into a snack bar. The new food ser-
vice will be similar to the "MUG" (the
Michigan Union Grill) which was a
popular place for students to meet until it

a facelift
was closed in the early 1970's.
A 24-member task force of students,
faculty, alumni, and administrators was
appointed in February to assess the
operations of the campus landmark. Sub-
committees of the task force submitted
recommendations for programming, food
service, and physical changes.
. A report detailing the recommendations
of the task force was delayed during the
summer and is expected to be released
next week.
Despite the "slow progress" made on
the report, feasibility studies were conduc-
ted this summer and renovations and
clean-up have already started, according
to Jeff Lebow, a member of the task force
who is serving as an intern in the Office of
Student Services (OSS) working on Union
"I'VE BEEN working all summer long
to make sure they don't forget it's a
student union," Lebow said.
In January, the University Board of
Regents voted to transfer control of the
See UNION, Page 2

Daily Photo by LISA KLAUSNER
THE UNION GALLERY, located on the first floor of the Michigan Union, is one of many offerings in the
student center. The Union is presently undergoing extensive renovation to make the building and its programs
more student-oriented.


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