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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1983 -Page 19
'U' program fails to
attract minorities

A University program designed to
recruit black students failed this year
to increase the number of black fresh-
person applicants.
Fewer black students applied to the
University this year than in 1982, said
Lance Erickson, associate director of
OUT OF ABOUT 4,300 freshpersons
who had paid their enrollment deposits
as of the registration deadline, only 155
identified themselves as black on their
applications, he said. The figure was
169 last year..
The program, "Each one, reach
one," is one of several University at-
tempts designed to boost the number of
black students since 1970, when officials
pledged to raise black enrollment to 10
But despite these efforts, the percen-
tage has dropped from a high of 6.9 in
1977 to 5.2 today.
Under the six-year-old recruitment
program, currently enrolled minority
students submit to the University's
admissions office the names of high
school seniors and transfer students
AP Photo they consider to be potential applicants.
nesday. ABOUT 1,400 minority students
currently attending the University
were contacted this year, but only 53
n responded, comparedto 300 last year.
These students recommended 186
potential minority applicants.
bove them About 12 percent of the recruits were
bove thk admitted to the University and almost 7

percent returned their enrollment
deposits, said Dave Robinson, assistant
director of admissions.
Final enrollment figures will not be
available until October 1, Erickson
Eighty percent of the "Each one,
reach one," recruits were admitted to
the University last year and 10 percent
actually enrolled.
ALTHOUGH THE program was not
as successful this year, Robinson said
involving currently enrolled students in
the recruitment process is valuable.
Minority students' names are recor-
ded on a computer so they can be cone
tacted throughout the year to help with
student tours or writing letters to poten-
tial applicants, Robinson said.
One reason the University is attrac-
ting fewer minority students is because
top schools nationwide are competing
for black students, he said.
CUTBACKS IN financial aid over the
past several years also have hampered
the recruitment effort, making the
University unable to fully subsidize the
cost of }minority students' educations,
he added.
Increasing financial aid would make
the University more competitive with
other schools and could end the con-
sistent decline in black enrollment, said
This month, admissions officials will
ask minority alumni and other in-
terested alumni to write letters to
potential applicants, he said.
This story was reprinted from the
summer edition of the Daily.

A policeman shows the hull of a hot-air balloon made from raincoats used by a Czech family to flee across the heavily-guarded border into Austria Wedn

.Cz ech famil escapes,
x MISTELBACH, Austria (AP) - A well-known the official quoted Hutyra as saying.
Ezechoslovak cyclist and his family sailed across the Authorities would not release the names of the
borders of their communist homeland in a hot-air other family members. The Hutyras "built their
:balloon patched together with raincoats and asked balloon at home and started in the dead of the night
Jor political asylum in Austria, police said yesterday. just on the other side of the border" where they aban-
Police said Robert Hutyra, 38, brought his bicycle doned their car, the police official said. He asked not
with him in the perilous escape. to be identified.
Hutyra, his 36-year-old wife and their two children, "THE BALLOON WAS made of raincoats sewn
a boy and a girl; ended their precarious, 50-minute together and was kept aloft with lit propane" from a
escape shortly before midnight Wednesday. They canister fastened underneath, he said quoting
touched down in the northeastern border village of descriptions from Drasenhofen police.
Drasenhofen, a police official said. Mistelbach is The duty policeman at Drasenhofen said the
about 18 miles from Drasenhofen. family stood on a platform surrounded by a steel
"THEY GOT OUT and walked into town, where railing. He said the skin of the balloon was "sewn
police were notified," the official said in a telephone together from patches of blue and grey nylon-like
,interview. He said the family then asked for political material."
asylum. According to the officials in Mistlebach, Hutyra told
The night flight had been planned for two years, police that "czech border guards saw the propane



flame about two and a half kilometers a
nnAfiar fnrc ht nrratl nnldi'

and tired tiares but apparently coua nt maze the
thing out."
THE OFFICIAL SAID Hutyra, well known in
Czechoslovakia as a former member of its national
cycling team but now a construction engineer,
brought his racing bicycle with him.
Police in Drasenhofen showed local reporters parts
of the balloon.
Pictures taken by photographers there and later
seen in Vienna showed what appeared to be raincoats
forming the balloon, a wooden platform surrounded
by a thin railing tubular steel and a large propane
canister of the type used for stoves.
In a similar escape nearly four years ago, two East
German couples and their four children rode their
homemade balloon across the border to northern
Bavaria in West Germany.

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Reagan unveils plan to repeal sexist laws


WASHINGTON (AP) - President
eagan, accused of foot-dragging on
,his alternative to the Equal Rights
mendment, decided yesterday to ask
Congress to change nearly four dozen
xually.discriminatory federal laws,
Zut to leave intact some others that
live women preferential treatment.
The president took the action at a
Vneeting of his Cabinet Council on Legal

Policy, which considered a 50-page
memorandum that Reagan had
solicited from the Justice Department
and the Office of Management and
Budget on sex discrimination in federal
THE MEETING was prompted by
criticism from Barbara Honegger, the
Justice Department aide who called the
21/2-year-old project to identify

discriminatory laws a "sham" and
later resigned.
After the meeting, William Bradford
Reynolds, assistant attorney general
for civil rights, acknowledged he had
deleted several law changes recom-
mended in a draft report before he
submitted the memorandum to
ONE OF THOSE involved a law that

allows schools to be given arms for in-
struction if the schools have able-
bodied male students to learn to use
Reynolds.agreed- that-most of -the
changes in the 47 laws that Reagan
seeks to have Congress rewrite would
be only cosmetic.



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laid he is pleased with the changes.
"We were spread out a lot before," he
Said. "Although we have less room for
iraduate students (in the new
pcation), it is cleaner and nicer."
Pollock said the move will allow
tudents and faculty to work more
klosely together. But he said faculty
iembers have expressed concern that
pe move may isolate them from the
est of the University.
"THE FACULTY is curious as to how
t will all work out," he said.
Part of that isolation includes an in-
sreased strain on the University bus
System, the main artery between the

classes move to N. Campus

new engineering facilities and Central
Campus. Vest said the college has
reviewed how the changes will affect
students commuting between the cam-
puses and has concluded existing ser-
vices are "adequate, particularly if
students avoid taking the last possible
bus before each class."
He said the University has made
several recommendations to the city to
help prevent traffic problems, in-
cluding timing traffic lights more ef-
ficiently and creating a special "bus
VEST SAID parking should not
become a problem until the college

completes the final stage of its move, a
$30 million structure presently called
the Engineering Building I.
Planners hope to break ground on the
project, which will house the -Depar-
tment of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, this spring. Construction
is expected to take more than three
If the college's humanities depar-
tment, which is up for review, has not
been eliminated entirely by the time
construction is complete, Vest said it
would also be moved into the new
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THE FACT that he considers himself
i performer does not mean Burke
doesn't believe in what he says just as
much as Caulk does, Burke said later in
dn interview.
He continued, "Sure, I believe in
Ievolution. The only thing worth living
for is change." Without his act to coun-
rpoint Caulk, the preacher's speeches
Would merely be a boring, one-sided
sermon, Burke said.
Burke's captive audience was barely
disturbed at 1:05 p.m. when the
progressive Student Network blared a
iren, signalling the start of their first
+ie-in of the year. Only about 30 studen-
4 fell to the ground in an anti-nuclear
rotest, which lasted less than five
THE PURPOSE of the unplanned die-
, according to group spokesman Tom
Sarx, was to increase student
awareness of the dangers of nuclear
afar. "At any time, there can be a
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w performer
nuclear war with no warning," Marx
Michigan Student Assembly
President Mary Rowland, present at
the protest, voiced her support for the
group, and said, "it shows the military
research issue isn't dead."
Daily Opinion Page Editor Bill
Spindle filed a report for this story.

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