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This fall, students will be assessed a $47 Health Service
fee-an increase from last year's $33. However, with a few
exceptions, there will no longer be extra charges for ser-
In the past, students have paid fees-in addition to the per-
term charge-for all medical care, including emergency
service, lab work, and visits to a specialty clinic. Unlimited,
visits to the main clinic were free.
But now, all Health Service care-including lab tests, x-
rays, emergency service, and all clinic visits-are at no ex-
tra charge. There will still, however, be fees for psychiatry,
nutrition counseling, pharmacy, and broken appointments.
Enrolled students are eligible for all services, but a student
cannot just walk in and ask for free lab work or x-rays; these
must be prescribed by a Health Service doctor. Contracep-
tives, allergy antigen, and standard eye exams will incur an
extra fee.
Students will see other changes at Health Service this year
as well. In the past, visiting the building on Fletcher Street
could be compared to walking through a rat's maze: Wait in
line for medical records, go through yellow door and wait in
line, go to cashier's, go upstairs for lab work, wait in line at
pharmacy, go to cashier's, etc., etc. In addition, the wait for
a doctor sometimes would exceed an hour.
THIS YEAR, THE Health Service is renovating its lobby,
adding new clinic space, and establishing a triage system.
Combined with the virtual elimination of the cashier's office,

to wait more than half an hour," he said.
Many University students have held a low opinion of the
medical care at Health Service. But, Briefer said, "The
largest single number of complaints were for billing ac-
tivities," and not for medical services.
STUDENTS ALSO complain about being forced to pay the
per-term fee, whether they use the Health Service or not
"The policy of risk-sharing has always been a part of our
lives," Briefer said, "so as not to place the whole burden on
one person." Briefer reminds students that yearly physicals
and gynecological exams can be obtained free at Health Ser-
The director also pointed out the benefits for students who
don't have medical insurance. "Forty-five percent of the
students we see here don't have insurance at all," Briefer
said. "Even for those students who possess health coverage,"
he said, "the insurance does not pay for everything. We found
that the money did not come from insurance, but out of the
student's pocket."
While the change to no-fee service will eliminate thi4
problem, Briefer recommends that students still carry
medical insurance for emergencies.
Briefer said that most of Health Service funding comes
from the "pre-pay fee." Funds are also obtained from
Washtenaw County for operating the Venereal Disease Clinic
and workmen's compensation for the University, but these
funds are "small potatoes" compared to student funding,
Briefer said. The renovation and new clinic costs will come
out of a general capital fund, he said.

Dr. CAESAR BRIEFER, director of Health Service.
waiting time will be reduced, according to Health Service
Director Dr. Caeser Briefer. "The change will result in a lot
better flow (of patients)," Briefer said. "I hope there will be
very few lines."
Walk-in students will stop first at the triage nurse's desk,
and their medical files will be sent up by a dumbwaiter from
the basement. An electro-writing system will tell the nurse
which doctor has the fewest patients waiting.
Briefer said an on-line computer terminal system may be
installed by the end of the year. "Hopefully you'll never have

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Tenure policy draws
praise and criticism


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denied tenure by the LSA ex-
ecutive committee because of his
pro-Arab stance in the Arab-Israeli
conflict. Executive committee mem-
bers, however, said Henry's political
beliefs were never an issue during the
tenure deliberations.
Some faculty members have conten-
ded that the University faculty is a
"white male's smoking club," and that
if a faculty member makes the right
acquaintances, that member will be
virtually assured of tenure.
Women and minorities, however, of-
ten find themselves on the outside of
this informal system. Thus, even after
a decade in which the university has
said Affirmative Action has been a
high priority, women and minority
academicians insist they have made lit-
tle progress in entering the tenured
Don't wait for a little birdie to tell
- - - _ _ _

however, are not necessarily the
catalysts preventing women and
minorities from advancement. Dif-
ferences in ideology, approach, direc-
tion, personal background, and areas of
specialization can also separate them
from their male peers.
By not being in the mainstream,
women and minorities say they often
find themselves on the periphery of the
power structure in their department,
school, or college. If tenure review
committees weigh their decisions on
what they consider to be the main
priorities of the department or school,
women and minorities can be at a
The scarcity of women and minorities
in most departments, they point out, can
impede the development of their own
support groups and further isolation.
This scarcity also results in a lack of
role models for, new women and
minority. faculty members and both
graduate and undergraduate students.
THE UNIVERSITY has taken a
numaber of Affirmative Action steps to
combat these issues. Administrators,
for example, have opened up the hiring
and promotional process in order to
monitor it more closely. The University
also encourages departments and
schools to compile lists of''qualified
minority and women faculty members
in the country. President Harold
Shapiro has said repeatedly more
measures will be taken to increase
numbers of minority and women

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Eroding financial support for
graduate student programs from
private foundations and federal govern-
ment agencies may lead to a future
decline in graduate student enrollment,
according to Thomas Butts, assistant to
the University vice-president for
academic affairs.
Proposed cutbacks in the Guaranteed
Student Loan program may cause
special problems for grad students,
who currently receive 21 percent of the
financial aid dollars appropriated to the
University, said Butts, in a telephone
interview from Washington, D.C. where
he is gathering information on federal
budget cuts.
A PROPOSAL Butts calls "Disas-
trous" which is now being considered in
committees from both the House of
Representatives and the Senate would
restore a test of financial need to GSL
applications. A $25,000 income cap is
now being considered in the House
committee. If approved, this measure
would make many middle-income grad


students ineligible for aid, University
officials fear.
Looming federal cutbacks coupled
with the University's own budget
crunch may make it increasingly dif-
ficult to attract high quality grad
students, Rackham Graduate School of- .
ficials said. Due to the high tuition in
most graduate studies areas, most
students already need sizable amounts
of financial aid to obtain their masters
and doctorate degrees.
Rose Hooper, coordinator of
Academic Affairs in the University's
graduate school administration, said
the "pinch" is felt most acutely in
departments which are already
"critically short of funds for entry-level
students." These departments cannot
make "prime offers" to top students
because of a lack of funds, Hooper said,
adding that prospective grad students
sometimes choose to attend other
universities that can offer better finan-
cial packages.
Jarrett for the graduate school ad-
ministration explained that although
funding sources have remained
relatively stable, tuition prices have in-
creased. "It (tuition) is like the cost of
living," Jarrett said. "It goes up faster
than anyone's raise."
For next fall, grad student
enrollment at the University is higher
than it has been in the past five years,
according to Rackham Graduate
School Dean Alfred Sussman.

Both Sussman and Hooper point to
the School of Engineering as the place
of the largest enrollment increases.
Hooper said there is currently a great
need for engineers, who are "snatched
up" by industries as soon as they get
their degrees.
THE SCHOOL of Education has n
been so fortunate, Sussman said. Low
admissions in education graduate
school programs caused most of the
over-all enrollment declines in the past
five years, the dean said.
The inability of education students to
obtain even student teaching positions
in the last academic year was led to a
lack of incentive in the educatio
programs, Hooper explained. .
One interesting development is that
the number of foreign student applican-
ts has increased by 25 percent while the
number of domestic students has
decreased, both Hooper and Sussman
SUSSMAN SAID that even though
some of the graduate fields are ex-
periencing tough times, the "programs
have stronger students now." Applican-
ts still consider the quality of the school
as well -as the amount of financial ai
available, he said.
Butts, who was Director of University
Financial Aid several years ago, said
that the proposed changes in GSL
programs aren't law yet, andsthat grad
students should continue to apply for

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for care on an appointment or walk-in basis; Gynecology, by
appointment only. SPECIALTY CLINICS: Allergy, Immunization,
Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, ENT (Ear, Nose, and
Throat), Orthopedics, Nutrition and Psychiatry; for visits by
appointment, upon referral from one of the Primary Care
Clinics. ANCILLARY SERVICES: Laboratory, X-Ray, Physical
Therapy, Infirmary and Pharmacy.

Each semester, enrolled students pay a mandatory Health
Service fee. This fee entitles students to care throughout the
term in virtually all the clinics and departments of the Health
Service at no additional cost.
Students' spouses or dependents 14 years of age and over, and
also non-enrolled or former U-M students may use the Health
Service on the some basis as enrolled students, by paying the
Health Service fee to UHS each semester.
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