The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 14, 1985- Page 3
Overcrowding troubles Michigan Union eateries
By THOMAS HRACH
Now more than a year and a half old,
the Michigan Union Grill has boomed
as the center for student study and fast
food needs. But complaints of slow ser-
vice, overcrowding, and a high student
employee turnover rate trouble the
Chris Harrison, an LSA senior, said
he comes to the MUG to study or eat an
average of four times per week and
likes the MUG except for its over-
"THE MUG is a great idea for the
University," said Harrison, "but many
times especially at dinner it's hard to
find a seat."
"I like the variety (of the MUG)
because it gives several choices," said
Elizabeth Dherty, an LSA junior. "But
one time it was so crowded that I had to
sit with people I didn't know."
AHan Brown, administrator of the
food operations at the Union, reported
that the MUG averages 75,000 to 100,000
patrons per month. Frank Cianciola,
" the Union director, said that the MUG
in recent weeks has served over 5,000
customers on the average weekday.
THE SIX stores and dining area
opened in the summr of 1983 on the
ground floor of the Union as part of the
$4.6 million renovation plan for the
Brown said he hopes to alleviate
Photo by KATE O'LEARY some of the overcrowding problems by
Doily Pincreasing the table space for the peak
study eat and socialize, it can be hard periods around final exams.
Another difficulty the MUG is facing
is complaints about slow service and
inefficiency. Because the MUG is run
Med. school interest down
with only two full-time professionals,
the Union has hired 250 part-time
student employees to run the operation
on a day-to-day basis.
"WE'RE currently exploring
alternatives to speeding up service at
the counter," said Cianciola, "but
student employment has always been
Cianciola feels that a priority of the
Union is to move students up into
management positions instead of sim-
ply hiring professionals to run the
stores. Cianciola also said he em-
phasizes student managers interacting
with the customers in the dining area.
Brown, who does all the hiring of
part-time students at the MUG, said
that though there never has been a
shortage of applications the difficulty
comes in choosing students who will
take the job seriously and stay on the
job more than a few weeks.
"MY JOB is to separate the people
who think they want to work and those
who really need to work," said Brown.
"The situation is totally unique in that
we only hire students who are currently
Brown admitted that he has fired a
few students for poor performance, but
the biggest problem is students who
decide the MUG is not the place for
them. According to Charles Nelson,
one of the full-time managers at the
MUG, the operation went through 500 -
700 employees last year.
Students normally begin working at
minimum wage performing the service
functions of the six stores and
monitoring the dining area.
Though the MUG's popularity has
steadily increased over the past year
and a half, Cianciola did not predict a
financial windfall for the Union. If in-
deed the food service operations move
into the black, Cianciola said the profits
will contribute to the general overhead
of the building.
Cianciola said he hopes the MUG will
finish at the break-even point by the end
of the University's fiscal year on June
This year officials at the Union raised
the prices of most of the food at the
MUG for the first time since the MUG
opened. Yet Nelson, who spent several
years previous working at commercial
fast food restaurants, said the prices at
the MUG are still "competitive to
slightly cheaper" than at other local
There's hardly a chair to spare at the MUG during lunchtime. Between those who'
to find a place to sit.
Vatzlav, a political satire play by Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek con-
tinues at Performance Network. The play begins at 8 p.m., with student
discounts on tickets. Performance Network is located at 408 W. Washington
AAFC-Faster Pussycat... Kill! Kill!, 7 & 10:15 p.m., Beyond the Valley
of the Dolls, 8:30 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Alt. Act.-A Very Curious Girl, 7 p.m., Aud. B, Angell.
Cinema Guild-Triumph of the Will, 7 p.m., The Great Dictator, 9 p.m.,
Nat. Sci. Building.
Michigan Union Cultural Program-Valentine song program with Joan
Morris' class in Vocal American Popular Songs. Special guest Percy "Mr.
Bones" Danforth, 12:15 p.m.,Pendleton Room, Union.
School of Music-Jazz band, Lou Smith, conductor, 8 p.m., Rackham Lec-
ture Hall, Rackham Building.
Washtenaw Comm. College's Music department-"Grupo Espana,"
Flamenco dancing, music, and song, 8 p.m., College Theater, Liberal Arts
and Sciences building, Washtenaw Community College.
Ark-Children's concert with Sharon. Lois, and Bram, 7 p.m., Ark.
Museum of Anthropology-Richard Ford, "The Zuni II Legal Case," noon,
2009 Museums Building.
Computing Center-Forrest Hartman, "Intro to Pattern Matching, Part
II: Using Pattern Matching," 12:10 p.m., room 165, Business Ad-
Chemistry department-Ki-Gook, "The Raman-Active Longitudinal
Acoustic Mode Studies of Polymer Morphology," 4 p.m., room 1200,
English Language and Literature/Rackham Graduate School/School of
Music-Enoch Brater, "Beyond Minimalism: Beckett's Late Style in the
Theater," 4 p.m., West Conference Room, Rackham Building.
Economics department-D. Gordon, "Africa's Economic Crisis and the
World Bank,".12:30 p.m., room 340U, Lorch Hall.
Rackham Graduate School/Pharmacy/Warner-lambert/Parke-Davis-T.
iDelia, "Pyrimidine Annelation Reactions," 4 p.m., room 3554, CC Little
Japanese Studies-Susan Long, "Roles, Careers, and Femininity in
Biomedicine: Physicians and Nurses in Japan," noon, Lane Hall Commons,
Political Science department/LSA/Law School-Judge Ruth Ginsburg,
"Evolving Law in the United States on the Changing Roles of Women and
Men," 8 p.m., room 120, Hutchins-Hall, open forum, 3 p.m., room 250, Hut-
chins Hall, Law Quad.
Research on Social Org.-Aldon Morris, "Tactical Innovations in the Civil
Rights Movements: Examination of Misconceptions," 12:10 p.m., room
4051, LSA Building.
Student Pugwash-Alexander Yanov, "The Soviet Union's Approach at
the Bargaining Table," 7 p.m., Kuenzel Room, Union.
Museum of Zoology-Robert Trivers, "Progress Since 1971 in the Study of
Reciprocal Altruism," 4 p.m., MLB 4.
"Saccadic Eye Movements Preparation," 12:15 p.m., room 2055, Mental
Health Research Institute.
Center for Eating Disorders-Support group, 7 p.m., First United
Methodist Church, State and Washtenaw Road.
Psychiatry-Anxiety disordershsupport group, 7:30 p.m., 3rd floor Con-
ference Room, Children's Psych. Hospital.
Medical Center Bible Study-12:30 p.m., Chapel, 8th floor, Main Hospital.
Baptist Student Union-Bible study, 7 p.m., Room D, Michigan League.
AGAPE Christian Fellowship-Bible study, 6:30 p.m., S. Quad Minority
Intervaristy Christian Fellowship-7 p.m., Michigan League.
Regents' Meeting-1 p.m., Regents' Room, Fleming Administration
Communications department-Careers in Communication: Michael Mc-
Donald, Vice President of J. Walter Thompson Advertising Company;
Warren Anderson, National Sales Manager for WDIV, Channel 4; Claudia
Caos, Travel Editor from the Detroit News; and Jerree Martin, Assistant
Stockholder Relations Manager for Ford Motor Company, 4 p.m., Pendleton
Residential College-Isabel Bradburn, slide lecture presentation about
Pigmy Groups in the Ituri of Zaire, 7:30 p.m., room 126, East Quad.
Scottish Country Dancers-Beginners,.7 p.m., intermeds, 8 p.m., Forest
Hills Community Center, 2351 Shadowood.
Michigan League-International night, Italy, 5 p.m., Cafeteria, Michigan
Museum of Art-Art Break with Thomas Gainsborough, "British Master-
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of visits in exchange for a flat fee from
But Davis warned that these changes
in the workplace would probably not
translate into more iobs.
"I think they ("for-profit" clinics) are
going to have an effect on the medical
job market," Davis said. "But that af-
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community question (her) commit-
ment to resolving the challenges for
Linzie said in a written statement
that he encouraged Sudarkasa's per-
sonal advancement and was concerned
that not enough money or staff is
provided by the University for
Sudarkasa's office to effectively work
toward improving minority enrollment.
"THE UNIVERSITY'S commitment
to the Black Action Movement goal of 10
percent Black student enrollment is
jeopardized by the conflicting signals
emerging from the administration's of-
fices," Linzie wrote.
"One has to wonder whether the ab-
sence of a budget and staff are factors1
in her applying for the job" in Florida,
"That's a totally irresponsible and
uninformed remark," said Billy Frye,
University vice president for academic
affairs. "She's never expressed any
dissatisfaction with me. She's not
leaving because of anything about us."
"CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS get
offers all the time," said Frye. "We'd
be in a sad state if we didn't. It
shouldn't be construed as any
dissatisfaction. (Linzie) should've
spoken to her about how she feels."
Frye said he hoped Sudarkasa
wouldn't leave, but said if she did leave
someone would be found to fill the job.
The position was designed by the ad-
ministration to exist for three years.
Sudarkasa, who is recovering from
emergency surgery in a Florida
hospital, was not available for com-
ment. Rockman said the surgery is not
expected to interfere with her up-
Members of Florida A & M's
presidential selection committee
refused to comment on Sudarkasa's
chance of winning the position.
fect will be in the form of a shifting of
emphasis, not in an addition of jobs.
"Health maintenance organizations
and ambulatory units will give
physicians a greater choice than
they've ever had before" about where
they want to work, he added.
Like other future professionals, new
physicians can expect to use more
computers and scientific machinery.
But Davis stressed that medicine will
remain a "judgemental" science'
requiring a significant amount of doc-
tors despite technological advances.
Tomorrow: Getting a job with a
liberal arts degree.
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