By ADRIENNE LYONS
State representatives deferred a vote
last night on a bill to eliminate
Michigan's presidential primary.
Michigan's primary permits party
cross-overs, and therefore does not
provide a clear indication of leanings
within the parties - a situation Rep.
Alfred Sheridan (D-Taylor) said his bill
"I don't think a primary has an effect
one way or the other," Sheridan said
yesterday. Under Sheridan's proposal,
state primary votes for party delegates
would be cast only by party caucus
members -instead of the entire elec-
SHERIDAN SAID excessive costs of
holding primaries also justify
elimination of the election. "It costs $3
million to run a primary which turns
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defers vote on primary
out to be a popularity contest," he ad- 30 days of the election, Winograd ex- the legislature would require voters to
ded. plained. register in advance of the primary.
While many informed observedrs ANOTHER BILL in the legislature on However, in this bill voters could
said the bill has strong support in the the presidential primary would require register as independents.
state House, Rep. Perry Bullard (D- voters to declare party preference on
Ann Arbor), and local party officials voting day. Winograd contends this bill, Winograd is skeptical about this
have voiced opposition to the idea, sponsored by Rep. Michael Bennane proposal, introudced by Sen. John Kelly
"We're going to work hard to defeat it," (D-Detroit), is "the solution" to the (D-Detroit). "Kelly's (bill) establishes
Bullard said. issue. a system of registration but doesn't
Only Michigan, Wisconsin, and Mon- Sheridan disagreed with Winograd. restrict voting," Winograd said. The
tana have open primaries, which "The Bennane bill hasn't got the votes purpose of a primary is to nominate the
means voters do not have to register as to get out of committee," he said. most popular candidate, not designate
a Democrat or Republican and then "Secondly, the governor has indicated party favorites, Winograd added.
vote for a candidate from the party with he'll veto it, so it's just a waste of
which they are registered, state time." Winograd emphasized that rules
Democratic Chairman Morley Sheridan also said he disapproves of must be changed in compliance with
Winograd said. The National Bennane's bill because voters would the National Democratic Party rules.
Democratic Party's rules currently have to publicly declare party "The national rules say if a statute is
"require the declaration of party preference. "Ifa person takes the effort not in conformity (with the rules), the
preference and the ability to record it," to vote (and then must declare his par- party must disobey state laws and go
Winograd added. The only restriction ty), he might say 'the hell with it.' " ahead with its own process," Winograd
on Michigan voters is registering within The third bill on the primary before said.
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, RECRUITMENT MAY BE FACTORS:
Minority student enrollment declining at 'U'
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students are enrolling in college
nationally," explained Clifford
Sjrogren, director of Undergraduate
"We are not unique-there is a
national phenomenon," said Interim
University President Allan Smith.
Smith also said both the number of
qualified applicants and the Univer-
sity's ability to retain minority students
But Randy Potts, LSA Junior and
programming director of Trotter
House, said claiming a national trend in
declining enrollment "is not an ex-
"THEY'RE (THE University) only
committed on paper, primarily to avoid
legal action," said Potts. "I cannot be
convinced that this University that has
limitless funds for research doesn't
have the means and know-how to in-
crease black enrollment to 1oper cent."
"For a ten-year period they've come
up with half of what we're demanding,"
said Potts. "They increased it (black
enrollment) up until 1976, then it went
Margueritta Torres, Hispanic coun-
selor from Minority Student Services,
cited a decline in services to recruit
minorities. In the past minority offices
in both the school of natural resources
and the school of social work have been
closed, said Torres.
"FOR HISPANICS, there aren't
recruiters," she said. "The un-
dergraduate admissions office has one
recruiter-at the graduate level, there
just aren't any."
Out of the BAM strike came the
agreement to have a Hispanic and a University brought by Native
Native American recruiter on the staff. Americans who used to inhabit the
Sjogren said the efforts of the Un- area, which claimed that the University
dergraduate Admissions office are as violated a 1818 treaty between three In-
strong for the other minorities as they dian tribes and the University. The
are for blacks. treaty gave the University land in
An adjunct office to the Un- return for free education for tribe
dergraduate Admissions office is members.
operated in Detroit, from which coun- WASHTENAW CIRCUIT Court
selors actively recruit minorities. Judge Edward Deake ruled that no
THE HISPANAIC recruiter spends evidence supported the claims of
mnuch time in migrant workers camps University graduate Paul Johnson, a
in the western part of the state, while Chippewa and Ottawa descendent, who
'They're only committed on paper, primarily
to avoid legal action.'
-Randy Potts, programming director
of Trotter House
Lyons, Asian American counselor in the
Office of Minority Student Services.
"Education is also seen as a means of
getting to a position you might want as
THE SINGLE federal law applying to
the recruitment of minority students is
Title VI, which simply requires that the
University's educational policies not be
discriminatory. The Affirmative AC-
tion laws themselves apply only to em-
"There is no specific requirement for
students with regard to what normally
is considered affirmative action," said
Charles Allmand, acting director of the
Affirmative Action office.
But Allmand said the University's af-
firmative action policy, which his office
is now reviewing, "will include students
as well as faculty and staff."
SJROGREN SAID the approach of
the Undergraduate Admissions Office
is "to vigorously recruit qualified
"I can assure you that we in this unit
have not let up in our recruiting," he
said. "We have increased our efforts
since the Bakke decision-we've never
had the quota system here."
the Native American recruiter travels
to the reservations in northern
But Jonathan Cannon, Native
American recruiter, feels that the
University's statistics on the number of
Native Americans on campus are in-
"There are 75 Native
Americans-undergrad and grad,"
said Cannon. "The University always
says it has 122 on campus."
CANNON SAID he includes only
those who are one-quarter or more In-
"What we have at the University is
just tokenism," he said. "The Univer-
sity is not committed towards the
Native American students on campus."
Cannon referred to a suit against the
filed the suit, that the Treaty of Fort
Meigs was being violated.
While enrollment has 'declined for
some minorities, the number of Asian
Americans increased from 415 in Fall
1976 to 485 in Fall 1978.
"Traditionally education has had a
high value in Asian culture," said Ann
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