The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 15, 1979-Page 3
DEMONSTRA TORS MARCH ON CAPITOL
Angry MSU students
By TOM MIRGA
Special to The Daily
LANSING - A band of more than 150
angry Michigan State University
students chanting "two, four, six, eight
- can't afford to graduate" marched
on the state Capitol here yesterday to
protest a recent surge of tuition hikes
that threatens to send a number of them
out on the streets in search of em-
Protesters said tuition fees have risen
d0 per cent for in-state upperclassper-
sons and 78.4 per cent for under-
classpersons since the 1972-1973 school
year. The rally on the Capitol steps was
prompted by a 9.5 per cent increase ap-
proved by that university's Board of
trustees last July. That same month,
this University's Regents hiked tuition
fees by an average of 8.75 per cent.
"STUDENTS ENROLLED in state
higher education institutions cannot be
forced to dig deeper into their pockets
anymore," Association of Students at
MSU (ASMSU) Chairperson Bruce
Studer, told the group. "Instead of
worrying about our studies, we're
worrying about being bounced from the
Vniversity with the next set of tuition
One of the demonstrators, Tim Yake,
said he would try to find a job during
Christmas recess to raise funds to
cover his soaring tuition fees.
"If I don't make enough money over
Christmas, I don't know if I'll have
enough money to come back," the
freshman agriculture student from
MSU LAW professor Zolton Ferency
told the group the burden of financing
higher education should not rest on the
shoulders of the students but with the
"There was a time we could say a
college education is a luxury," he said,
"but that time is long past. Today it is a
necessity and should be) afforded to
everybody. If the cost of education has
to rise, the people in these halls bear the
responsibility to find those resources."
Ferency also said the nation's
current financial malaise has forced
the legislature to make choices between
funding higher education and other
"WHEN iT comes to making those
choices," he continued, "we have to put
first things first. I would rather
10,000 students than build
missile system or a nucle
Rep. Lynn Jondahl (D-E. L
said shifting the burden of fi
college education to students
critical move that ran contrar
establishment of public educati
"When we fail to support
education," the liberal Democ
educate "we fail to support socie
an MX vestment in getting the
ar sub- skills to help us solve the
problems that confront us.
4ansing) JONDAHL ALSO warne
nancing ts to beware of those peop
was a set them against other gro
y to the state assistance. "Don't h
on. barriers between you an(
higher the poor and the hungry w
rat said, the same sources of fund
ty. It's an in- he said. "Maintaining those kinds of
insights and coalitions is critical." The represen-
multitude of tative added that the issue of state fun-
'' u o ding of education will worsen in the
ad the studen- future, due to last year's passage of the
ple who try to Headlee tax amendment.
ups who seek MSU Board of Trustees member
et people put Aubrey Radcliffe, who voted against
det peolerpy tne July tuition hike, told the protesters
d the elderly,pend o to continue the fight by sitting in on
hoing as dpellon board meetings and by lobbying in the
ina e egislature.
"You are the final determinant of any
course of action," he said. "Change will
occur if enough people aren't afraid to
come out and raise some hell."
ASMSU leader Studer said the protest
marked the beginning of an intensified
lobbying effort aimed at state
legislators. Lobby tactics, he said, will
include periodic visits to the legislators'
offices as well as a letter-writing cam-
paign conducted by the students and
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IRATE MICHIGAN STATE students direct their protests over surging tuition rates and cutbacks in higher education
funding toward the state legislature at a rally held yesterday on the Capitol steps in Lansing. About 150 students
took part in the demonstration.
By CAROL KOLETSKY education of all children
Mediatrics-3 in the Cellar, 7, 8:30, 10 p.m., Michigan Union, Assembly
Ann Arbor Film Co-op-The Touch, 7, 9 p.m., Angell, Aud. A..
Alternative Action Films-,Young Frankenstein, 7, 9:15 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Ann Arbor Public Library-Georgia O'Keefe, 12:10, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Opera Theater-La.Boheme, 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn
Residential College Players-The Alchemist, 7:30 p.m., East Quadrangle
Ark-Rosalie Sorrells, Terry Garthewaite, and Bobby Louise Hawkins,
Women's music and poetry, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
Dept. of Theatre and Drama-Tango, 8 p.m., Trueblood Theater, Frieze.
UAC-Soundstage Coffee House, music and poetry, 8 p.m., U Club,
Center for West European Studies-Dirk Pauls, Consul of the German
Federal Republic, "Contemporary German Political Problems," noon,
Center for Japanese Studies-Janet Goff, "The Tale of Genji as a Source of
the No," noon, Lane Hall.
Turner Geriatric Clinic-Dr. Joseph Vaughn and Shirley Jones, R.N.,
"How to Winterize Your Aching Bones and Joints II," 1 p.m., 1010 Wall Str-
Trans, Res Senminatr Series-Theodore Keeler, University of Califor-
nia-Berkley, "National Aggregate Model of Rail and Trucking
Deregulation," 3:30 p.m., Rackham.
Cellular and Molecular Biology-Dr. Mark Willingham, "Neoplastic
Transformation of Cells by Animal Viruses," 4 p.m., 5330 Med. Sci. I.
CICE-Dr. Stanley Butman, California Institute of Technology, "The
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," 4 p.m., 1508 E. Engineering.
Dept. of Engineering-Barbara Herrnstein Smith, "Narrative Transac-
tions and Fictional Disclaimers," 4 p.m., MLB Lee. Rm. 2.
Washtenaw Community College-Julian Bond, 11:30 a.m., Washtenaw
Community College, Liberal Arts and Science Building, Lecture Hall II.
Dept. f the History of Art-Eleanor Nunro, "Ame;can Women Artists,"
4:30 p.m., Art School Aud.
Michigan Economics Society-Gavin Wright, "Survey of Southern
Labor History," 5 p.m., Third Floor, Econ. Building.
Chemistry-Prof. Fred Lytle, Purdue University, "The Use of Lasers in
Applied Spectrocopy," 8p.m., 1300 Chem.
College of Architecture and Urban Planning-"Canada-History through
Architecture," east exhibition corridor, Art and Architecture Building.
Jewish Hunger Task Force-Hunger Awareness Evening, 6 p.m.,
Markley, Concourse Lounge.
Michigan International Relations Society, 7:30 p.m., Michigan Union,
Michigan Christian Fellowship-7 p.m., Michigan Union, check at main
entrance for exact location.
FED-Rally to kick off the picketing of the Regents' meeting, noon, East
side of the Administration Building.
GEO- membership meeting, 8p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre.
UAC-Mini-course: Dream Analysis, 3:15 p.m., tickets from Ticket Cen-
tral, Michigan Union.
Forty-three per cent of all black
students who enroll in the University
drop out, according to the director of a
major children's public interest group
Speaking on "Education and the
Minority Child," Marian Wright
Edelman, founder and director of the
Children's Defense Fund, addressed
more than 150 students at the Modern
Language Building yesterday.
THE DEFENSE fund has earned a
high reputation on Capitol Hill and in
the administration for its contributions
to the child advocacy field.
"Today is the anniversary of Brown
vs. the Board of Education. Twenty-five
years later, we're hearing that affir-
mative action is no longer needed. But
Brown's point hasn't stuck," Edelman
There is one black high school student
who disenrolls for every two who
graduate, Edelman said, compared to
one white "drop-out" for every four
graduates. She said school suspension
is three times greater for blacks than
for whites and one-third of all black
students attend schools which are 90
per cent black.
EDELMAN SAID, however, there
are, more whites on the average
receiving poor education and living
below the poverty level than blacks.
She also pointed to increases in studen-
ts' use of drugs, alcohol, in suburban
schools. Suicide too is on the rise, ac-
cording to Edelman. For these reasons,
the organization has appealed to
whites, she said, "since it is clear that
the same policies can further the
The term "minority implies a wide
variety of children, she said, including
not only poor, gifted, black, handicap-
ped, and retarded, but also foster
Edelman's group conducts research,
monitors federal programs and lobbiesa
on Capitol Hill on behalf of children.
The group, The Children's Defense
fund, lobbied successfully for the Child
Welfare Reform Amendment of 1979,
designed to give states advance notice
of federal funding and subsidies for
adoption. Defense fund staff plan to
push Congress to extend Medicaid to
foster children, regardless of the in-
come of their parents.
EDELMAN SA)ID strong opposition
to a Child Assessment Program has
come from Michigan Congressman
David Stockman (R-St. Joseph). The
program would provide aid, such as
funding for dentist appointments, to
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