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Regent candidates offer variety of ideas
By Laurie Delater
F ONE candidate for the University's
Board of Regents were elected, she'd
push to fill top administrative posts
with women because she says "this
place is a man's club."
Another candidate would step up the
number of research grants the Univer-
sity receives from the military.
And a third would sever the Univer-
sity's ties with the state and abolish the
The three women and three men who
are running this fall for two seats on the
board say they are willing to devote as
little as 5, and as many as 40 hours a
week to being a regent.
Libertarian candidate William
Krebaum said he would only spend five
hours a week with regental concerns
while Democrat Marjorie Lansing and
Republican Veronica Latta Smith said
they would offer "as much time as it
With the exception of incumbent
Regent Robert Nederlander (D-
Detroit), who is the only incumbent,
and Lansing, none of the candidates
have ever attended a regents' meeting.
And many of the candidates know lit-
tle about the major issues facing the
University this year. Republican can-
didate Neal Nielsen and Libertarian
candidate Bette Erwin both conceded
they hadn't read the nuclear free zone
proposal on the city's Nov.. 6 ballot. And
only Nederlander and Smith knew that
the University is suing the state over
a state law passed last January
that forces public universities to divest of
their financial holdings in companies
that operate in racist South Africa.
Moreover, only three took a stand on
the controversial proposed student code
for non-academic conduct. Smith said
she is in favor of some type of rules but
had specific objections to the latest
draft of the code. Erwin and Krebaum
outright rejected any code. The other
candidates would not say whether a
code was needed or if they would sup-
The eight members of the Board of
Regents, each elected for an eight-year
term, officially work at the University
only two days a month when they
gather to review the budget and
requests for state aid, set tuition levels,
and make other general policies.
The Open Meetings Act of 1972
prohibits governing bodies like the
regents from meeting in private and
voting on issues. But even today most of
the issues that come before the board
are decided behind closed doors.
The board is often accused of rubber
stamping budgets, investment
schedules, and appointments since the
details of those documents have been
Candidates for the State
Board of Education and
the governing boards of
Michigan State Univer-
sity, Washtenaw Com-
munity College, and
Wayne State University
appear on page 23.
for regent and
where they stand
C 0 U R T
equipment more extensively, he said. A candid
primary objective, Hood added, is to . 4 to run a
Court of "get current, stay current." Circuit "It's
Voters should "find out about the Ife r
judges' background, expertise. It takes Deake
Appeals more than the law degree to be a good CourtjConli:
judge as far as I'm concerned," Hood positior
said. HE FIRST TIME that andge they wi
WO JUDGES, Harold Hood and Hood graduated from Wayne State Truns, sdontfe
T Richard Maher, are running for University's law school and has 25 nsphe should be elected by the me," he
reelection to the Court of Appeals for years of legal experience, people," said Circuit Court Judge Conli
the 1st district, which includes Maher said that running unopposed is Patrick Conlin. will be
Washtena County.not unusual in the court, adding that no Thereafter, he added, judges should sse
Washtenaw County. no nsa ntecut digthtn run on their records allowin the system
Each is running unopposed. one across the state is opposed. r o the rc a tment c
The 18-member Michigan Court of "Campaigns are expensive and I'm citizens to have the choice to retain or fighting
Appeals helps decrease the number of pretty well-known. I think that my r cthem. Deake are Deak
cases that must be handled by the state record is such that it would be a dif- Both Conlin and Edward their ter- look for
Supreme Court and provides a place for ficult election (for an opponent) to running unopposed to renew hinot easi
people who do not feel that they have had win," Maher said. ms as judges in the 22nd circuit which human
aefair triadina owercht toyhape hadlhMaher said it bothers him that there encompasses all of Washtenaw County. chan
a fair trial in a lower court to appeal .charact
their cases. It is the primary appeals are so many cases awaiting trial, and Judges are elected on a non-partisan compet
court of the state, and the decisions something must be done to keep cases ticket for a six-year term. The powers the job
made in this court are final unless the o stitutioi
case is subsequently reviewed by the "The court should be the last resort. jurisdiction in major cases and appeals Next
Supreme Court. Everybody sues everybody today," from lower courts and tribunals. ting mc
Judges in this court, who can not run Maher said. Conlin said he does not think anybody activity
after they have reached the age of 70, In the future, more judges will really likes judges being elected greater
are elected to asix-r ,probably be added to help relieve the becausethe campaign creates a bad process
Hood said he welcomes the lack of present burden he said. situation. sees his
o itioninthe raceaka chance to Maher said his is the only court in the Deake said, "Generally in smaller upon
"spend more time taking care of state and the only appellate court that communities, I'd favor the elected "I thi]
judging" rather than spending hours completes cases within one year after system, allowing for the public to county,
campaigning. filing. "It takes a lot of work," he said. maintain the right to vote for those who Conlii
For his next term, Hood said he hopes Maher graduated from the Univer- rule their lives. Appointing judges may sity's la
the court can get on top of its backlog of sity of Detroit's law school. He has ser- have more merit in larger cities," he legal ex
Thi beacompisedhe ved ten years as a Court of Appeals added.
cases.Tismay b acmpise, eDeake
saids by increasing the frequency of justice and previously had ten years of dAlthough it is not uncommon to run circuitk
visiting judges or by increasing the judicial experience on other courts and unopposed, Deake said that new the Univ
number of judges on the bench. ten years of legal experience. positions opening up in probate court
Hood also hopes to use modern - Meg Reutter may have alleviated some possible
competition since it is easier for a new
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In 1973, Nederlander sat on the committee that
Student code drafted the Rules of the University Com- Nielsen advocated the right of students to have
munity-the set of conduct guidelines which the a "whole lot of voice" in drawing up a code, but
of non-academ ic proposed code would replace. He refused to take said that he didn't know enough about the latest
a position on the code, saying he would wait to draft to take a position on it. He said the only
conduct judge the final draft. But he said he would have purpose he could envision of such a code would
to be convinced of a need to change the existing be to expel students.
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(Proposal C) said he is against needing seven of the eight proposal, if passed, would have "disastrous ef-
regents' approval for a tuition increase. He has fects"on the funding of higher education, but
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"If the University is going to look for itself in"
industry, this could create a chilling effect." "I haven't concerned myself with it. I don't
Nuclear Free Nederlander said the ban may jeopardize think it's going to pass." The charter amen-
academic freedom and is unclear as to whether dment, if adopted, would not apply to the Univer-
Ann Arbor research at the University would be banned and, sity because it is an autonomous body, Nielsen
if so, whether the University would be legally said.
bound by the ban
"Some day we hope to meet that goal (of 10 "I don't think they should take everybody and
N i o iy r c u t e t percent.)" Nederlander praised the Univer- anybody just to fill the quota... There's a lot of
M ority recruitm ent sity's post in the Office of Vice President for competition out there for qualified black studen-
a rtAcademic Affairs which will work to admit, ts." Nielsen called for recruitment of black
retain, and graduate more minorities. Retention students during their freshman and sophomore
of black students is the biggest problem, he said. years in high school and for more remedial
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