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Colleges change image
to increase enrollment

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 5, 1984- Page 3
Yale workers return
without a contract

(Continued from Page 1) .

freshman spots, and applications
been up "a couple of hundred
year," Hulbert said.

have
each

OTHER SCHOOLS have had less
humorous struggles with image.
The University of Miami for most of
its 59-year history drew smirks as a
haven for the casual student. In 1980,
the image worsened amid Miami's
racial unrest and increasing drug traf-
_ icking.
"Many hundreds of students who had
planned to study here did not," said
president Edward Foote.
While Foote conceded in an interview
,that his school would probably be
associated with nice weather "as long
as there's snow in New York City," the
,university has reversed the slide in ap-
plications, with freshman enrollment
up to 1,772 this fall from 1,463 a year
earlier.
Miami opened an honors college this
fall and boosted the number of merit
scholarships to attract academically
fable students. As a result, the school
claims that mean verbal and math
Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of its
latest freshman class are 1,059, up 97
points from five years ago, placing it
among the 200 most competitive
;colleges in the country.
"Images, whatever they are, change
slowly. But we are emerging from the
negative image that all you get here is a
suntan," said Foote.
Like Miami, part of Brooklyn
College's image problem has to do with
surroundings. To many, Brooklyn is
either a place to be ridiculed or
avoided.
t "WHEN YOU think of Brooklyn, a lot
of people get an image of John Travolta
or Sylvester Stallone," said Jerry Tub-
bs, a 27-year-old graduate student from
Texas who chose Brooklyn College
because of its low tuition, $2,550 for out-
bf-staters, $1,275 for New Yorkers and
the chance to study under Pulitzer
Prize-winning poet John Ashbury.
Brooklyn College's image has had
abrupt ups and downs. In the decade af-
ter it opened in 1930, some called it
"The Little Red Schoolhouse" because
communist and left-wing groups
thrived on campus. In the 1950s until the

late 1960s, it was known as the "poor
man's Harvard" because it charged no
tuition but maintained rigorous
academic standards. Then in 1969, the
city opened its four-year colleges to any
high school graduate who cared to at-
tend, regardless of academic creden-
tials.
The policy made Brooklyn College's
population swell from about 15,000 to a
cramped 35,000 by the mid-1970s. Just
as abruptly, New York City's fiscal
crisis in 1975 forced city colleges to
charge tuition and, later, to require cer-
tain academic standings for admission.
The student population dropped to
current levels of about 14,700.
COLLEGE president Robert Hess
said the school's academic reputation
was "badly shaken" in the 1970s. But he
said a 4-year-old "Core Curriculum," a
10-course liberal arts requirement for
all students, will help the school regain
its former grandeur. The curriculum
gives undergraduates heavy doses of
art, music, chemistry, bioloby, com-
puter science, and humanities.
A report last week by the National
Endowment for the Humanities singled
out its core curriculum as one of a few
"bright spots" among current liberal
arts programs.
The University of Denver's image
problem is more subtle, and serious. In
the 1960s, said chancellor Dwight
Smith, Denver decided to appeal to top
students as an alternative to Harvard
or Yale. It became the classic "safe
school," the third or fourth choice of
academically capable youngsters.
In the 1970s, however, the school
"was sprouting new programs and we
got a confused image," Smith said.
Now, with fewer potential freshman
and top schools dipping deeper into
their applicant pools, Denver's pool is
evaporating - from 5,000 in 1980 to
about 3,000. About 40 percent of its
students drop out before graduating,
and the school has been operating in the
red for three years.
Denver has been taking steps to
clarify its image - eliminating weaker
departments such as theater and its
school to train librarians and nurses.
The key step will be a "core
curriculum," beginning next fall, to
place rigorous liberal arts requiremen-
ts on all undergraduates, including, for
the first time, a foreign language
requirement.
"We plan to become smaller, but bet-
ter," said Smith.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - About
1,500 Yale University clerical and
technical workers returned to their jobs
yesterday without a contract, enabling
dining halls to reopen, libraries to
resume normal hours and classes to
move back on campus.
Members of Local 34, Federation of
University Employees, voted 800-250
last week in favor of the return-to-work
strategy, which is aimed at pressuring
the Yale administration into reaching a
first-ever contract for the union.
STRIKERS, who walked off their jobs
Sept. 26, reasoned that they would be
more effective back at work earning
paychecks during the holiday season,
which includes a winter recess when
many university offices will be closed.
Yale officials said things went
smoothly on the Ivy Leaguescampus
yesterday, but some workers said they
felt uneasy.
"There's some discomfort, but no
confrontations. I'm not speaking to the
scabs, but I'm not hassling with them,"
said Andrea Antonucci, a librarian at
Sterling Library.
ABOUT 1,000 clerical and technical
workers refused to join the strike,

remaining on the job since the walkout.
Antonucci was among the minority of
union members who opposed the plan to
return to their jobs until mid-January,
then walk out with members of an af-
filiated blue-collar union if contracts
aren't settled by then.
"I'm not happy to be back at work
without a contract, but I'm doing what
the majority of the union voted to do,"
she said.
"EVERYTHING was quiet,
Everyone was well-behaved," said
Steve Kazarian, a Yale spokesman.
"Things were back to normal."
However, the office workers who
walked off their jobs were supported by
about 950 members of Local 35, a union
of food service and maintenance
workers, who honored the picket lines
and refused to work.
Yale had been trying to force blue-
collar union back to work and a
grievance filed by the university is
pending.

Bugge congressman Associated Press
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who also is in the extermination business, takes a
look < on the floor of a Capitol Hill office yesterday for mice and cockroaches.1
DeLay said the House office buildings are crawling with these pests and that he
should be made chairman of the committee in charge of the maintenance of the
buildings.

Hackers
pursue
electronic
revenge
(Continued from Page 1)
best bulletin boards in the country, and
other hackers were leaving messages
for him, Sandza said. But by the time
the story hit the streets, some of the
hackers knew he was a Newsweek
reporter; others were upset.
His phone started ringing with hun-
dreds of calls from hackers, some
threatening to blow up his house,
disconnect his telephone or turn off his
power.
In a piece in this week's Newsweek
describing his computerized night-
mare, Sandza said he was put on
teletrial on a Gainesville, Texas,
bulletin board known as Dragonfire,
with a prosecutor called Unknown
Warrior and a judge known as Ax Mur-
derer. Possible sentences ranged from
"life exile from the entire planet" to
"kill the dude," Sandza wrote.
"It was sort of a game. They were
calling me up, I was talking to some
and hanging up on others," he said
yesterday. "Some realized disclosure
about their methods and sources would
only lead to public awareness and that
should lead to somebody doing
something about it."

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HAPPENINGS
Highlight
Tatiana Mamonova, the editor of the first underground feminist journal in
the USSR, will lecture today at noon in the Commons Room in Lane Hall.
Mamonova is speaking in the Center for Russian and East European Studies
brown bag series.
Films
MTF - Just a Gigolo, 7 p.m., Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, 9 p.m.,
Michigan Theater.
Hill St. Cinema - The Way We Were, 7 p.m., Hill Street.
Performances
Ark - Hill Sixteen, 8 p.m., 637S. Main.
School of Music - University Players, "As You Like It," 8 p.m., Power
Center, Early Music Ensemble, 8 p.m., St. Thomas Church, Piano Depar-
tment Recital, 8 p.m., Recial Hall.
University Activities Center - Laugh Track, 9 p.m., U Club, Impact Dan-
ce Workshop, 7 p.m., Michigan Ballroom.
:Speakers
Division of Biological Sciences-Dr. Bruce Carlson, "Studies of
Teratocarcinoma Differentiation With Cloned Probles" 4 p.m., Lecture
Room 2, M.L.B.
Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering-William Maxwell,
"Graphical Description, Control Logic Development, Simulation Develop-
ment, and Animated Display of Materials Handling Systems", 4 p.m., room
241 IOE Bldg.
Department of Chemistry-Stephen Brewer, "Determination of Toxic
Heavy Metals in Acidic and/or Briny Aqueous Solutions with Electrically
Vaporized Thin Gold", 4 p.m., room 1200 Chemistry Bldg.
Psychiatry Department-Maria Kovacs, "Longitudinal Studies in
Childhood Depression", 10:30 a.m., CPH Auditorium.
Meetings
Academic Alcoholics-1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
Ann Arbor Support Group for Farm Labor Organizing Committee-5:30
p.m., 4318 Michigan Union.
Science Fiction Club-8:15 p.m., Michigan League.
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship-8 p.m., room 225 Angell.
ACS-Meeting for students interested in Chemistry, 5 p.m., room 3005,
Chemistry Bldg.
Michigan Gay Undergraduates-9:30 p.m., 802 Monroe St.
Miscellaneous
U-M Computing Center-Computing for Poets, Part II, 3:30 p.m., room
177, Business Administration.
Committee Concerned with World Hunger-7:30 p.m., Michigan Union.
Tau Beta Pi-Tutoring in lower level math, science, engineering, UGLI,
room 307; 7-11 p.m.; 8-10 p.m., 2332 Bursley, Red Carpet Annex.
Muslim Student Association-Islamic Lecture series, noon, room D
Michigan League.
Lutheran Campus Ministy-Christmas Cantata rehearsal, B p.m., wor-

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