The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983 - Page 15-B
Regents top off
By BILL SPINDLE
Two days a month the University
Board of Regents meets. They arrive in
Ann Arbor from all over the state,
authorize construction on new multi-
million dollar projects, accept several
million dollars in gifts, and maybe raise
tuition ten or 15 percent.
Then they quietly disperse and drive
ck to their other jobs around the
state. Beyond that, they don't spend
much time on campus, and leave the
day-to-day University operation to ad-
THE UNIVERSITY Board of Regen-
ts, eight elected officials who in theory
run the University,has final authority
on any decision at the University.
They approve all faculty and ad-
eliminations of schools and departmen-
Its, construction projects, and Univer-
sity investments. The Regents also ap-
prove each year's final budget before it
Although they reserve the final say
bn any University issue, the Regents of-
'ten find themselves somewhat isolated
from the University's decision making
process, and have long been accused of
being a rubber stamping body.
BECAUSE THEY are only on
campus a small fraction of
the time, they rely heavily on
an army of university ad-
ministrators, and committees to for-
mulate almost all of the proposals they
Proposals that come before the
Regents go through months, sometimes
even years of bureaucratic channels.
Some of the more complex decisions go
from small faculty committees to the
full faculty Senate, then to low level
administrators, and finally through the
University executive officers before
they even get before the Regents.
THE REGENTS consider these
committees and administrators ad-
visory bodies, but an overwhelming
majority of the time they are forced to
accept the proposals put before them.
Working part time, they cannot
possibly do the in-depth studies that
administrators and the committees are
able to do. With only sketchy first-hand
knowledge and little time to double
check advisory studies, the Regents
usually accept the word of ad-
Ocassionally, however, the Regents
do take an issue into their own hands.
This summer a controversial set of
research guidelines went to the Regents
for adoption. The guidelines would have
See REGENTS, Page 19
One of the most prepared Regents at
the meetings, Roach usually under-
stands the fine details of proposals that
come before the board. He is a resident
The most recent addition to the*
board, Varner became a Regent in 1981.
When she first joined she spoke out pr-
imarily on women's and minorities'
issues, but recently she has become
more vocal on all University issues.
Waters rarely expresses his opinions
at the public board meetings, but is
more vocal in private discussions.
Along with Dunn, Waters was one of the
strongest proponents of divestment
from South Africa.
Baker, 58, is the only Republican on the
board. He is one of the most outspoken
members, and often clashes with his
collegues. An Ann Arbor resident,
Baker operates a local construction and
real estate firm.
PAUL BROWN SARAH POWER
f the Power, 48, is especially vocal about
Brown, 48, graduated from thefwomen's and minorities' issues. She
University law school. A resident of worked in the Carter administration as
Petoskey, he is one of the quieter mem- deputy secretary of state for human
bers of the board. rights and social affairs.
Nederlander is a veteran board
member, having served for 15 years.
He has expressed particular concern in
the last year about the University's
obligations to the state's citizens and its
role in economic recovery.
Dunn, 48, pushed some of the most
liberal views on the board last year. He
was the only Regent who voted for new
research guidelines and he advocated
complete divestment from South
Africa. He is a lobbyist for the state's
members work behind the scenes
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on enrollments. The president and vice
president of the assembly are chosen by
the whole student body (although only
about 4 percent vote each year).
ALTHOUGH MSA'S name does not
ppear on the posters advertising cam-
events, the assembly is behind
imany campus organizations. Last year
MSA gave almost $23,000 to 100 campus
organizations, helping to fund
speakers, conferences, films, and
There are more than 400
organizations registered with MSA
which are eligible for funds or office
space in the student Union.
But only $1.10 of MSA's $4.25 fee goes
to the assembly for allocation or office
expenses. The rest of the fee is ear-'
marked for three other campus projec-
THE BULK OF the MSA fee supports
Student Legal Services, which curren-
tly receives $2.90 per student. Attorneys
in the office provide free legal counsel
Ten cents of the MSA fee goes to the
Ann Arbor Tenants Union, which
distributes housing information and
counsels landlord-tenant disputes.
The remaining 15 cents pays for the
assembly's ADVICE booklet, which
MSA publishes each term. The booklet
lists student's evaluations of instruc-
tors and professors for almost every
MSA members hope to start a Student
Center for Educational Research and
Innovation this fall if the University
Regents approve a $1.50 fee hike to sup-
port the service.
The centerwould survey student
needs, counsel student groups, and
research current campus issues.
In addition, MSA asked the Regents
in July to approve 25 cent, yearly in-
creases for its fee over the next three
years. If approved, the fee would be
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sticn as a suicide attempt, it is usually
better for the student to get more inten-
sive treatment, Korn says.
The University Counseling Center
and the Psychology Clinic on Huron
Street also offer students therapy for
reduced fees. In many cases, a
student's insurance will cover the costs
Counseling services keeps all records
and information strictly confidential.
tudent records are considered part of
the counselors' personal files.
There are danger signs to watch for
which may indicate you should consider
" prolonged depression;
" loss of interest in things you usually
find pleasure in;
* acting in self-threatening ways,
such as excessive drinking;
" staying away from friends or with-
" loss of appetite and
* rapid mood changes.
If you notice these symptoms in
friends or a roommate, counseling ser-
vices can help you determine if the
changes could be a warning of a more
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priority is to get a degree and get a good
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