CHAIRMAN SPEAKS TO REGENTS
The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 21, 1980-Page 7
By JAY MCCORMICK
The faculty held the ears - at a respectable
istance - of the Regents yesterday as they
presented their plans and methods for facing a
reduced budget for the next two years.
Arch Naylor, chairman of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs, said the com-
mittee must educate the rest of the faculty on
issues involved in reducing the University's
budget, and told the Regents at yesterday's
meeting of the board that he hopes the ad-
ministration and faculty will maintain a climate
Pf confidence between them.
"WE'RE GOING to need all the good ideas we
can get," he said, stressing the importance of
SACUA has been considering the University's
options in handling budget cuts, and the methods
that would be most fair and effective. Naylor
said, "We want to use the Senate Assembly as
one of the few University-wide forums for
discussion," he said, adding that the assembly
actions hopefully will inspire other groups to
discuss the budget as it applies to the University
as a whole.
Bruce Friedman, a member of SACUA and
professor of pathology in the medical school,
said there are two methods of handling budget.
cuts; program reduction and "The theory of
"I THINK that (the shared poverty theory)
can lead to much more damage," Friedman
said, adding that he believes the shared-
poverty" method would fail to meet the extent of
budget cuts the university faces.
"I THINK THAT (the shared poverty theory)
can lead to much more damage," Friedman
said, adding that he believes the "shared pover-
ty" method would fail to meet the extent of
budget cuts the University faces.
Regents and SACUA members that a wide
discussion of methods for handling budget reduc-
tions is very helpful and necessary, but, "we are
not going to eliminate the level of uncertainty.
We're going to have to walk up to that and make
a decision, and I hope we have the courage to
make that decision.
"If we accept this as a negative challenge,"
Shapiro said "we will have a negative results." A
more positive approach to budget cutting will
lead to more constructive ideas, he added.
REGENT GERALD DUNN (D-Lansing) war-
ned his fellow Regents and the SACUA members
that if the University is unable to solve its budget
woes on its own, the state legislature might be
tempted to try its had at the problem.
The decisions the administration will make on
what programs will be reduced or discontinued
will affect the University as a whole for at least
ten years, Naylor said.
It really is a situation where we are at a tur-
ning point," he said. Universities around the
country are shifting from a period of rapid
growth to a period of equilibrium, he added.
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five percent below what the University- received in
alloeations from the state last year.
0 Ae higher education budget bill is currently in the
stae legislature's House-Senate conference commit-
tee4The conference committee has not scheduled any
netings, but Rick'Bossard, a House Fiscal Agency,
official said yesterday there is "no question" that the
appropriation will be finalized by January. The con-
ference committee has only informal timetables
aimed at finishing the budget bill, Bossard said.
SIAPIRO ESTIMATED yesterday that- the
legislature would finish the state budget by Christ-
As big a problem as the six-month delay in ap-
proving the state budget might seem, it's nothing
compared to the difficulties the University has faced
in trying to pare down its budget to accommodate the
decrease in state funds.
Staff layoffs - some this year and even more next
year - will inevitably result from the budget cuts,
University officials agreed.
The state has generally contributed just under 60
percent of the University's general fund money. The
rest of the money comes from tuition and other sour-
ces, including donations.
GIVEN A 10 percent inflation rate - which
Shapiro, an economist, says is conservative - the
University effectively has 15 percent less state sup-
port this year than ithad last year.
''That is a very major adjustment for us to deal
with in one year," Shapiro said. No one currently
working at the University has ever had to adjust to as
drastic an appropriation decrease as the one expec-
ted to be handed down this year, he said.
As late as a month ago, the University's "worst
case" budget projection anticipated a zero increase
in state allocations.
UNIVERSITY UNITS, including schools and
colleges, have been asked by the administration to
reduce their budgets. Once the state appropriation is
finalized, administrators will distribute the cuts:
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer James
Brinkerhoff and Shapiro told the Regents yesterday
that the administration would need more than one or
two months to make those selective cuts.
For instance, the Financial Aid office's budget
probably won't be cut much because of the in-
creasingly heavy workload there, Brinkerhoff said.
"THERE ARE HARD priority choices being
made," he told the Regents. "We're putting extreme
pressure on the directors of -units."
Even the request for a state appropriation increase
of 9.6 percent next year is unrealistic, University
administrators concede. Although the 9.6 percent
figure is a "maintenance" figure based on estimates
of the inflation rate, the state's economy will not
recover quickly enough, they say.
Fred Whims, director of the education division of
the state budget office, said most of the state colleges
and universities will have next year's appropriation
requests within the next week. The state hopes to cat-
ch up to its usual schedule, and Whims said he expec-
ts the 1981-82 budget recommendations to be presen-
ted to the legislature in late January. The University
has already gone through hearings with the State
Department of Management and Budget, and
Shapiro met with Milliken Wednesday.
Shapiro said he told Milliken there is no question
that during the financial adjustment process the
University will dismantle programs that have taken
generations to build. He also told the governor there
is no guarantee that the University will be able to
bring these programs back again when money is
Got To Say?
SAY IT IN THE
EVENTS incooperation with
pleased to announce in concert
in trespassing case
A judge yesterday entered a plea of
not guilty for two Michigan Daily
editors who were charged with
trespassing in connection with an at-
tempt last month to enter a closed
meeting of the University athletic
Editor-in-Chief Mark Parrent, 21, and
Joshua Peck, 23, an editorial page
editor, stood mute in the 15th District
Court arraignment before Judge
George Alexander. According to attor-
neys, standing mute can possibly offer
procedural advantages to actually
pleading not guilty.
PARRENT AND Peck were arrested
October 28 when a contingent of Daily
staffers insisted that they had the right
to cover a closed meeting of the Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Daily editors have contended that the
board determines policy and therefore
should open its meeting to the public in
compliance with the state Open
University administrators, however,
insist that the Regents are the only
University policy-making board and
therefore should be the only group to
fall under the Open Meetings Act.
A pre-trial hearing has been
scheduled for January 13.
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