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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 6, 1984 - Page 13
Rebuilding after the cuts

More than 18 months have passed
since, amidst Diag protests and cane
dlelight vigils on University President
Harold Shapiro's front lawn, three of
the University's schools were fighting
to survive.
The three schools-art, education, and
natural resources-had fallen victim to
the University's budget ax and were
targeted for cuts inspired by the
University's five year plan to reallocate
$20 million of its general fund budget in-
to "high priority areas."
The University didn't consider these
three schools as high priority areas.
After being scrutinized by review
committees, the art school received an
18 percent cut and natural resources
was cut 25 percent. Finally, in the fall of
'83, the education school was slashed by
40 percent.
Now, however, more than a year
later, school officials say the worst is
over. It's a time for picking up the
pieces, rebuilding morale and reflec-
ting on what happened.
"You felt like you were sitting in a
room with the spotlight on you," said
John Bassett, associate natural resour-
ces school dean.
And Bassett was right. All eyes were
on the three schools targeted for major
It was difficult to avoid the spotlight,
especially "when you have the New
York Times running articles about the
proposed reduction of the art school . .
.," said William Lewis, acting associate
art school dean.
And even today, it's hard to step out
of that spotlight.
"In my own view, the most damage
was done by the negative publicity,"
Lewis said. "Every time you cross
paths with your fellow peers . . . you
have to cross paths again telling them
we're in business.. .," he added.
"We're having to fight the perception.
that the school of education at the

University of Michigan is closed," said
Carl Berger, education school dean.
"(It's) very hard to overcome that
damage - that first flush of publicity,"
Bassett says. "We've had people call in
who heard that the school was closed,"
he added.
School officials admit that their
schools must overcome the effects
created by the publicity which surroun-
ded the reviews. However, in addition
to this, officials in each of the three
schools say they must overcome the in-
ternal confusion caused by the reviews
and rebuild the staff morale which was

about the review.
"At the time, the reactions were of
considerable anger," Lewis said. "(It was)
a 'how could they do that?' routine.',
There were vigils and marches.
School of Natural Resources students
tied green ribbons around trees which
lined the campus; art school students
staged elaborate protests.
Students and faculty members joined
together to fight for their schools.
"(The review) brought the faculty
together like very few things ever have
- faculty and students," Heers said. "I
think the review made people angry.

'The trick is, can you have fewer people,
fewer staff ...and more? We don't know.
We're certainly going to have to be more ef-
-John Bassett
associate natural
resources dean

are contemplating moving. "They don't
have to leave right now, (but) they're
looking," he added.
The situation is similar in the
education school. "I'm sure there are
several that are looking for positions at
other schools," Berger said.
The faculty is tired because they've
been teaching and hanging in there
during two years of strain." However,
Bassett said, "I think the morale is
coming back again. People were kind of
in the dumps."
Now, he said, it's time to rebuild. "I
think we've got our destiny in our own
hands." But no one says "smaller but
better" is going to be easy.
"The trick is, can you have fewer
people, fewer staff. . . and more? We
don't know. We're certainly going to
have to be more efficient," Bassett
Heers said he is ready to face the
challenge. "We have to think of better
ways of doing things," he said. "The
question is, will it be as good as what
we've done before . . ." Heers added.
"We have to do this with less tenured
faculty and less money. And we have to
keep our enrollment up."
School officials agree that it might be
sometime before they know whether or
not they've survived the review.
"I think we'll know in about three
years whether we'll survive or not,"
Berger said.
And until then, everyone will be kept
'I don't think we'll know the effects
of this until years down the line," Heers
It's not going to happen magically
overnight either. "It's going to take
time," Bassett said. You don't just do
this - five years is a minimal period of
time," he added.
For now, however, the worst is over.
"We're glad to have survived the
review. We're anxious to get on with
building a new school. It's a hell of a
hard job," Bassett said.

shattered by budget cuts.
"There are people who still feel
hurt," said Wendel ffeers, acting art school
dean. I don't really understand the
reasons why we were put under
review," he added.
Heers' colleague shares his con-
fusion. "There was no warning that I
was aware of," Lewis said. "It came as
a big fat surprise," he said adding that
he first learned of the review through
reports in the newspaper.
"It arrived like a thunderbolt," he
said. "I couldn't believe they thought
this was a bum school," he added.
"Being angry about it came later."
And people became plenty upset

Tyre were some new types of juices
flowing . . ." he added.
According to Lewis, art school
students became possessive about their
school. "It was not the art school where
they were taking classes, it was their
place," he said.
But even though faculty members
fought beside students to keep the
schools, morale declined. Some faculty
members even left the University.
"The morale is very low and it will be
until we get something going," Berger
"If I had to guess, I'd say we've lost
three faculty to the review to date,"
Bassett said last summer. And more

Don't panic
On any given day, you will find the Diag full of protestors, preachers,
musicians, or as in this day, jugglers practicing their trade.

Helping with scheduling

Selecting classes and planning your next term's schedule
can be a traumatic experience-one false step and you may
never graduate. But don't be alarmed, the University has
several academic counselors to guide students through the
layinhof college life.
Incoming freshmen must ga to a counselor and plan their
" first schedule. But most usually don't return unless they find
themselves in trouble with their classes.
THOSE STUDENTS who go through four-years at the
University without working closely with an academic advisor
",are "missing something that might enhance their experien-
ce," according to Virginia Reese, associate director of the
'LSA academic counseling office.
''Too many students have a vision of academic advisors as
a tool you use only when you're in trouble," Reese said.
'While the academic counselors can help a student who is in
trouble, Reese said the office has a lot to offer other students.
6 During orientation each LSA freshperson spends about 90
minutes in a group counseling session and 20 minutes alone
,with a counselor, but Reese said these sessions allow the
counselors only enough time to explain requirements and
help the students plan their schedules.
AFTER A MONTH or two of classes, a student who came to
the University hoping to pursue a specific career may give up
on that plan after sampling the classes or may want to ex-
:Plore alternatives.
, Each freshman would be well-advised to see a counselor
after the first few weeks to plan or change their goals and
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begin to explore the wide variety of options available, Reese
said. She added that regular counseling visits throughout a
student's years here can be very valuable, especially if a
student develops a close relationship with one specific coun-
The counselors are available in the academic counseling
office on the first floor of Angell Hall. A student who requests
an appointment can usually schedule one for the same day or
the next day, Reese said.
BY THE FIRST term of the junior year each LSA student is
expected to meet with a concentration advisor and declare a
major, and another session with the adviser must be
scheduled just before graduation to assure that all
requirements have been met.
Students who come to the LSA counseling office are often
referred to other offices for additional help. "We're in the
business of trying to teach people that there are a variety of
sources of information," Reese said.
One such source is the Students Counseling Office, a com-
pletely student-run organization whose purpose is to "give
the students a more down-to-earth approach," according to
coordinator Kevin Daleiden.
"We talk to (students) as equals because we are equals,"
Daleiden said. "We like to think of ourselves as the first in a
line of referrals. Students should come here first because
we'll be able to refer them somewhere else." SCO volunteers
help students find the informaton they need and even make
phone calls to get information or arrange appointments for
students who are hesitant to do it themselves.
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