The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 20, 1984 - Page 5
Regent stresses faculty's
role im mority programs
By SHARON SILBAR 'WE MUST face the fact that the numbers (of minority
Faculty senate members had the chance to ask two students on campus) is declining," said Power, who frequen-
University regents questions at yesterday's biannual tly speaks out on affirmative action issues.
meeting, but only a few of the 50 attending even raised their Black student enrollment dropped from 5.2 percent in 1982
hands. to 4.9 percent last year.
Education school Prof. Charles Lehmann, however, took "We are losing ground despite our best efforts," she said.
advantage of yesterday's visit by Regents Thomas Roach (D- "The rhetoric of 10 years ago must be replaced with tasks
Saline) and Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor) to get their and goals."
evaluation of the University's five-year plan to cut and Roach said faculty members play a key role in helping
redistribute $20 million. minority students feel more comfortable at the University.
AT THEIR monthly meeting last week, regents approved "THERE IS the perception that the University is not a
the education school's plan to carry out a controversial 40 warm place for minorities in the classroom in the social life,
percent cut in its budget that was issued under the five-year and in the living situation," he said.
plan. "The faculty bear an important role in that regard."
"With response to the whole process," Roach said, "if Also at yesterday's meeting, faculty members voted to ap-
there was a fault, it was the openness of the process. It was point alumni to four key University committees: The Budget
agonizingly long, agonizingly open." Priorities Committee, the University Relations Committee,
"But it was a completely open process and it continues to the State Relations Committee, and the Committee on the'
be. I don't think you can judge this quickly," he said. "It Economic Status of the Faculty.
may take four or five years." FACULTY members also voted to meet only once a year,
"YOU HAVE to let it run a little," added Power, who along instead of biannually.
with Roach has served on the Board of Regents for 10 years. Senate Assembly members elected four members to serve
In 1980, the University began the plan to shift general fund on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.
money to "high priority" areas. Several schools, such as Those elected will replace outgoing members Donald
education, art, and natural resources, absorbed major cuts Brown, a professor of psychology; Andrew Nagy, a professor
under the plan that reduced the number of faculty members of aerospace engineering; Herbert Hildebrandt, a professor
and programs. of business and communication who served as SACUA
Recruiting and retaining minority students is also a top chairman, and David Hollinger, a professor of history.
University priority, accoring to both Power and Roach
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Regents may strip students of vote against code
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disagree with them, but they have the
Shapiro's draft letter to the regents
also contains another point disputed by
sttident opponents of the code.
it SUPPORTS a recommendation by
tih University Council to make the code
apply only to students. The council,
which drafted the code, proposed doing
away with a bylaw requiring that its
regulations apply "generally" to
students, faculty, and staff.
, 'Rules of conduct tailored to these
gioups separately, promise to be much
more useful," a February 1983 letter
from the council to Shapiro said.
The council's chairman,
Communication Prof. William Colburn,
explained that the 1973 University
Rules which apply to faculty, staff, and /
students have been largely ineffective.
Faculty and staff have tougher
guidelines contained in the regents'
bylaws, but students do not yet have a
similar code, Colburn said.
"WE NEED the code to make
(regulations for all three groups)
equal," he said. "We don't have the
third arm in place."
In their 1983 letter to Shapiro the
council recommended changing the
bylaw requiring student and faculty
approval. "We thought that if the
(bylaw) was unreasonable and
unworkable, then it should be
:changed," Colburn said yesterday.
He said they did not suggest the
'The bottom line is that the Regents will
approve (the code) one way or the other.'
- Henry Johnson
Vice president for student services
"If students want a code, they should
write it themselves. We just don't want
their code," said LSA Junior Mary
Garrison, president of "No Code" a
group formed recently to protest the
But the likelihood that students will
be able to vote on the code, let alone
write it, is not great. "The bottom line
is that the regents will approve (the
code) one way or the other," predicted
Vice Presidentfor Student Services
change in anticipation of MSA
opposition to the code.
Code opponents have asked Shapiro
to put students in charge of making
revisions of the code. Some of the
changes student critics want include:
eliminating the phrase about
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"interfering with normal University
activities;" ensuring that students hold,
the post of hearing officer in a case,
rather than an administrator or faculty
member; increasing the number of
students on the hearing board, and
making sure that students are not tried
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guidelines before the committee can
take any action on the code, faculty
members said yesterday at their
"UNTIL (the document) is complete,
it makes no sense to go ahead," said
Prof. Herbert Hildebrandt, chairman of
the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs (SACUA).
Faculty members unanimously ap-
proved a motion yesterday asking the
University to publish the code in the
Daily or the University Record "at the
earliest possible date" to inform more
people about the proposed guidelines.
Siding with student groups that
recently organized to protest the code,
some professors said there are too
many, unanswered questions about the
guidelines such ashowrevisions would
be made and the kinds of incidents to
which it would apply.
"SOME complaints (about the
proposed code) seem entirely
legitimate," said English Prof. Richard
Bailey. "It lacks clarity about the
changes and who makes them.
"And the range of prohibited conduct
is extraordinarily large," he added.
Bailey said it is unclear how far the
section of the code that bars disrupting
any University activity would extend.
"What would happen if someone played
a stereo too loudly?" Bailey asked.
Another professor facetiously added
that under the proposed code the
popular football game "Wave Cheer"
would probably be considered illegal.
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at age 14 answering phones at a small
After learning that a 12-year-old was
already working at the station mopping
floors, Feldman said he felt the heat
and decided to go for the big time.
BUT THE competition gets stiffer
along the road, Feldman said. "It's
tough getting from the position of
making very little money to where you
can live like human beings."
Adams got her start working as a
copy girl at Channel 2 for $2,50 an hour.
Her duties as a glorified "gofer" in-
cluded getting coffee for her bosses and
ripping wire service copy off machines.
"It was frustrating doing all those lit-
tle jobs," she lamented. "But I had to
work at making myself indispensable to
"GETTING YOUR feet wet," even if
it is a little uncomfortable, in in-
valuable, or at least as important as a
college education, Adams said.
Neither Adams nor Feldman
received college degrees. Adams left
college before graduating because of a
"Nothing can go against on-hands
experience. I gave up my college for
that experience," Adams said.
"Besides, everything I was learning in
the classroom was wrong."
FELDMAN ADDED that despite
several years of school he "was lacking
University graduate Jim Finklestein,
who now works as an assistant copy
chief at The Detroit Free Press, told the
audience he didn't go to college to learn
newswriting skills. "I went (to the
University) because I was un-
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College students, however, shouldn't
be discouraged, said Finklestein, a
former Daily reporter. Today, people
applying for jobs need "at least a
bachelor's degree," he said. "Things
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Feldman said. Student interns "learn
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