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OPINION

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Thursday, March 8, 1984

The Michigan Daily
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'U' blacks still

face hostilities

By Patrick Louthan

Much has been written and discussed
in recent months about the University's
commitment to increase black
enrollment and to insure success for
blacks who are matriculating. The
University has finally hired a much
needed associate vice president who is
responsible for insuring that there is a
significant increase in black students.
This person is also responsible for
recruiting black faculty and stiff that
can serve as role models for these
students in an effort to attract them as
well as increase the retention rate. But
this is not enough.
It is very difficult to encourage black
students, faculty or staff to come to the
University when it appears that the
University is not serious about its
commitment to black students and af-
firmative action. How can, the Univer-
sity expect its black students, faculty or
staff to encourage other blacks to come
to the University when it is known that.

they will be faced with hostility and
treated like third class citizens?
One only has to look at the composition
of the University's job families and the
attitudes of some of the decision
makers to realize that the University is
not serious about attracting and
retaining black students, faculty, and
staff.
The admissions office is not to blame
for the lack of black students. Trying to
recruit black students to the University
is like trying to recruit black students to
KKK University. Think about it. Look
at the lack of progress that has been
made toward bettering race relations
at the University over the last 10 years.
It is not enough to'place a black in a
position of authority if that authority
cannot be exercised.
If the University is serious about its
commitment to black students, faculty,
and staff, then there must be some
drastic changes immediately. Why
didn't the University make a conserted
effort to retain professors Joseph

Vaughn, Dee Kilpatrick, and Otelio
Randall as reported in the Ann Arbor
News, February 19, 1984.
Why are blacks always more severly
penalized for the same or similar offen-
ses for which their white counterparts,
are usually forgiven? Where are the

der the Office of Student Services
(OSS), none of which are headed by a
black. There have been at least eight
opportunities to hire a black director.
Now that the assistant to the vice
president has resigned and one director
was forced to resign, we will see what

'The admissions office is not to blame for
the lack of black students. Trying to recruit
black students to the University is like
trying to recruit black students to KKK
University.'

division under the OSS that has made
reasonable progress in its commitment
to hiring black staff. Where is it written
that a vice president cannot hire staff of
his race?
. The University Personnel Office (ex-
cept for the Medical Center) is another
office that has done little to improve its
racial composition, or attitudes toward
blacks or minorities. There is inequity
piled upon inequity regarding salaries
of blacks and other minorities. While
the personnel office may be aware of
inequities, they will not investigate
unless an employee complains. Let's
face it, how many employees are going
to complain and it is obvious that the
personnel office is afraid to question a
vice president, dean, director or depar-
tment head.
How many black head coaches have
been hired in the major sports? While
no one can question Don Canham's suc-
cess, whose to say that he would not
have been as successful or more suc-
cessful if he had at least one black head

coach? He could start with hiring a
black female basketball coach. This
would provide a great opportunity for ai
black coach to succeed.

Institutional racism is at an all time
high at the Univeristy. The regents
must first get their own house in order
before inviting black students to enroll
or before it can expect to retain those
that are presently matriculating. Until
the University takes some 'serious
measures to correct the racial
problems on campus, they cannot ex-
pect present students, staff or faculty to
recruit others to become a part of the
University family.

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black professionals in the Office of Af-
firmative Action? How can this office
monitor affirmative action when it has
set such a poor example? President
Ronald Reagan must be very proud of
their lack of progress.
There are eight major divisions un-

happens. It is a little disheartening to
hear that the vice president for the OSS
is black and to find that he has done vir-
tually nothing to improve the racial
composition of his immediate office as
well as the eight divisions that report to
him. The housing division is the only

The only way to -get to the bottom of
the problem is to have an investigation
team look into the racial problems. It is
obvious that the present University of-
fices that are responsible for doing this
very thing have not been doing their
job.

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Senate meddling

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PPARENTLY THE state legislature
has decided to take on the most in-
ternal governing responsibilities of
public colleges and universities. While
the legislature's move to force univier-
sities to divest of their holdings in
apartheid.South Africa was justified on
the grounds that the state has the
power -to enforce its civil rights
legislation, the latest intrusion is sim-
ply taking direct power away from the
regents.
Republican Senator Alan Cropsey
has proposed a bill which, in rough
form, prohibits universities from
requiring student fees or donations to
"any political advocacy group or non-
profit organization" without prior
written approval; It is good that the
state Senate is so concerned about
students getting charged a few dollars
here and there for political groups they
may not support. But there isn't any
real evidence that this is a problem
university regents or trustees cannot
handle. The University's supposedly
autonomous governing body, the
Board oftRegents, has not even had a
chance to meet and discuss the issue.
Could it be that public colleges and
universities, traditional liberal
strongholds, have students which are
supporting political causes that the
now Republican-controlled Senate
doesn't want funded?
It seems strange that Cropsey or
other senators would step in so quickly
to correct a problem that hasn't even

been identified by students or univer-
sity officials.
Robert Gardella, a Michigan State
University sophomore who is working
to promote the Cropsey bill, said it is
not aimed at restricting student gover-
nments. Instead, he said it is aimed at
political interest groups outside the
University which, he says, some MSU
students are forced to fund.
But if, in fact, some MSU students are
being coerced into funding political
organizations unconnected to the
University, why haven't they taken
this complaint to their trustees?
No student on this campus is
required to fund any political
organization unconnected with the
University. But the wording of this bill
seems to have the potential to restrict
such mandatory fees as those imposed
by the Michigan Student Assembly
which gives out money to student
organizations that are often political.
It appears Cropsey has jumped the
gun. Why such a bill when students
have not yet brought the issue to their
autonomous governing body? How
does Cropsey know where most studen-
ts stand on this issue anyway?
Senators did a good job of keeping out
of University budget-cutting
procedures but now they want to
decide on an issue that the regents
haven't even discussed. They should
stick to defending more obvious
violations of students' rights if they are
going to go over the regents heads.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:

Hart rejuvenates

Democrats

to the Daily:
I'd just like to express my
views on a topic of recent in-
terest, the startling victory of
Senator Hart in the New Ham-
pshire primary. I , like everyone
else except'"Gary's Guerillas,"
was ready to concede the
nomination to former vice
President Mondale and had
resigned myself to political
boredom until after the conven-
tions. However, I have felt for
some time that Hart is the best
Democratic candidate, and has
the best chance of beating the
president in November.
Hart certainly has a better
chance than Mondale, who is
connected with failed policies and
any special interest that can af-
ford a post office box; Glenn, who
induces such deep slumber in his
supporters that they won't wake
up in time to vote for him;
Jackson, whose rhymed couplets
cannot disguise his lack of
political expertise, not to mention
a sense of tact on par with James
Watt; and McGovern, the man
who carried Massachusetts, who
can only be described as the most
masochistic American policitian
since Harold Stassen.
Apparently Democratic voters,
esneciallv the vnner nnes have

embalmer, but I'm sure they're
working on this.
Second, his campaign strategy
is almost perfect for running
against a popular incumbent. If
you tell people often enough that
you have new ideas, many are
bound to believe you. Kennedy
himself did very well with the
theme of "getting the country
moving again." Hart's vagueness
would make Jimmy Carter proud

and also help focus attention on
image at the expense of substan-
ce.
Alas, if he does manage to get
nominated, that substance will be
examined under the hot, bright
light of the media and Hart will
be found to more nearly resemble
"Son of McGovern" than "The
Great Innovator." He will also be
missing Carter's main advantages
which were running against the

ghost of Nixon embodied in the
man who pardoned him and
being able to attacka stagnating
economy.
For the time being, however,
we should all be grateful to Hart
for restoring Democratic Party
politics to its rightful status as
the most amusing spectator sport
on the planet.
- Thomas Arrison
March 3

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Cieerless cheerlead

To the Daily:
It recently came to my atten-
tion that the Michigan Athletic
Department has decided that the
four cheerleaders who did not at-
tend the Purdue basketball game
over spring break will not be
allowed to cheer in post-season
games. I find this apalling. These
individuals have been practicing
since last spring, through the fall
and winter, for this season. For
missing one game, these in-

dividuals will probably be
replaced by football cheerleaders
who will reap the benefits of the
others' hard work for post-season
play.
To my knowledge, these
cheerleaders were not told that
the Purdue game would be man-
datory to cheer until the week
before the game. Some of the
cheerleaders had been planning
their spring break vacations for
months on the basis that the

ers
spring break games would not be
mandatory since they were not
the year before.
It should be noted cheerleaders
volunteer their services. They do
not receive credit for their work
like the pep band members, nor
do they get varsity letters. I won
der whether the pep band will at-
tend the post-season games since
the W.C.C. Jazz Band replaced
them for the Purdue game.
- Glenn Smith
March 2
by Berke Breathed

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