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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 6, 1984 -Page A-3

Union gets new look

Anyone who has been away from Ann
Arbor for the past year will scarcely
recognize the current Michigan Union.
Renovations in the 1916 structure have
so radically changed its interior ap-
.pearence and purpose that only
ragments of the pre-1980 decor remain.
Previously the Union was merely a
place where students came to buy tex-
thooks twice a year. Though the
Juilding was the third oldest student
union in the country, very little of what
,went on in the structure directly in-
:volved the students.
ACCORDING to Frank Cianciola,
Director of the Union, the goal of the
renovations is to "establish the
Michigan Union as the front door to the
Wniversity." After the 4.6 million dollar
project is completed some time next
year, the Union ought to serve the
University community quite well.
Former University president, James
Angell, originally commisionned the
Union in 1907. His original charter
stated that the new building should
"create an atmosphere where mem-
bers of the University community can
feel comfortable, meet informally and
The recently completed Michigan
Union Grill appears to provide exactly

that kind of atmosphere and has attrac-
ted a number of students to the
STUDENTS MAY now feast on a
variety of fast foods including pizza,
hamburgers, and even a mini
delicatessan for a quick noontime meal.
The six independent eateries have also
provided many opportunites for student
And extensive seating space for up to
400 people has been constructed which
provides extra study space in the Union
after the stores shut down for the
Currently the Union is moving in
tenants for a new miniature shopping
mall next to the MUG and will be the
final chapter in the seemingly endless
construction of the ground floor.
STUDENT ORIENTED services like
typing, copying, travel, photo, and even
hair styling are hoped to draw people
into the Union. The National Bank of
Detroit will even have a small branch
office opening to perform basic needs
like opening and closing accounts.
The Union has also agreed to rent
space to Barnes and Noble, a well-
known college textbook store. When the
student-run University Cellar
bookstore left the building in 1982
amidst disputes over rent f and

restrictions on merchandise sold,
students had no central outlet which
would service their needs.
But Barnes and Noble, which has 45
stores at other college campuses
around the country, expects to do well
despite the space limitations of the
ground floor. Union administrators
have agreed to remove their offices
from the ground floor to give the store
more retail space.
Tentatively, the bookstore plans to
open its doors in early December, just
in time for the Winter term book rush.
Other renovations include
redecorating and rebuilding the U-
Club. After fixing problems with poor
management, a daytime restaurant
service was added to the club.
And the old student bowling alley
was torn out and converted into the
Union computing center. Since early
1983, the center has helped alleviate the
long lines at the other campus
computing centers.
These improvements haven't come
cheaply, however. Costs of the
renovation have been tacked on to each
students tuition. Until the year 2007, we
can all expect to pay an additional
$7.53 per term to pay for the

Students walk through the newly renovated ground floor of the Michigan Union in the area where a mini-mall featuring
stores of interest to the campus community will open.

School of Art

cuts back

The University's School of Art has remained something of
a campus oddity. There, in a modern-looking 10-year-old
building tucked away on campus, students and faculty
members share studio space and aesthetic ideas.
Individualized attention and a personal approach have
long been a tradition of the art school.
NOW, HOWEVER, all of that is changing. The
personalized approach the school was most proud of is being
jeopardized in the bumpy transition to downsize the school.
Beginning in 1985, art students will receive the more
impersonal instruction familiar to students in other colleges.
There are already a few teaching assistants in the art
*chool, but before long, they're going to be more - a lot
WHEN THE ART school was told in 1983 to cut its budget 18
percent over the next five years, it was also told to maintain
its quality. Along with the natural resources and the
education school, the art school is a victim of the University's
five-year plan to reallocate $20 million of general fund
monies into "high priority" areas. And now, it's time to sink
or swim.
The school must reduce the number of its faculty members
and increase the enrollment of non-art students.
Over the next five years, class sizes for undrgraduates will
*icrease. The total enrollment, though, is expected to remain
close to 550 students, as it is now.
'1OWEVER, THERE will be fewer courses available to
students. Concentrations in advertising design and courses in
sensitometry, old photographic processes, light and motion,
and filmmaking will be dropped completely.
*But with these cuts, the school has been directed to
inerease its enrollment of non-art school students. The school
will begin mini-courses to entice LSA students to the school.
The art school is also scheduled to move some classes and
studio space down to central campus where administrators

believe non-art majors will be more likely to enroll in the
However, all of this must be done with less. Over the next
five years, the school, through early retirements, and
voluntary resignations, is scheduled to phase out eight or
nine full-time professors.
THIS REDUCTION, will force the school to rely more
heavily on part-time instructors, visiting artists and
This plan will also force the art school to rely more heavily
on graduate students who will act as teaching assistants.
According to school officials, this means that the school will
have to increase the number of grad students enrolled.
Over the next five years, graduate student enrollment is
scheduled to double. These teaching assistants will be
responsible for instructing about half of the art school
" ... GRANTED, we'll lose the senior faculty being with
freshmen students but we may find a way to circumvent
that," Wendel Heers, acting art school dean said.
According to Heers, students will become more
independent because of their work with teaching assistants.
However, William Lewis, acting associate dean, is more
skeptical about the idea of having grad students instruct the
beginning students.
"Frankly, that's no place to be throwing a lot of TA's in,"
Lewis said. "I'm not enthusiastic about it."
Lewis says that throwing out more grad students into the
dismal job market "doesn't taste good."
"I think there's a real question of how many grad students
you can have if there's no place for them," Lewis said. "We
can't promise a false world to them - it's not there," he
But more graduate students means that the school will
need studio space for these students. As a result, the school
will rent about 5000 square feet in the printing service
building on north campus for studio space.




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