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Page 4 Sunday, March 17, 1985 The Michigan Daily

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

CRISP

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favor

juniors

Vol. XCV, No. 131

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

A kink in CRISP

THE LSA STUDENT government
proposal to grant juniors an ad-
vantage in registering for classes
through CRISP is an appropriate
response to a potentially unfair
situation.
Under the LSA-SG proposal, juniors
will CRISP after seniors, but before
freshmen and sophomores. They
currently CRISP in the same group as
underclassmen.
Seniors currently CRISP before all
other undergraduates on the theory
that they need access to specific
classes in order to fulfill their
graduation requirements. Juniors,
although under less immediate
pressure than seniors, still must begin
fulfilling their requirements within
their majors.
Although LSA officials report that
few juniors have complained about
being -shut out of classes they need to
fulfill their majors, the current
situation makes such exclusion
possible.
Juniors, unlike freshmen and
sophomores, have already declared
their majors and in many cases have
mapped out their academic plans for
the next four semesters. Therefore,
they often need to take particular
upper level courses. Freshmen and
sophomores, on the other hand, are
typically unsure of the courses they

will be taking in succeeding terms.
Although they should be permitted to
enroll for any class that is open when
they CRISP, they should not be permit-
ted to do so at the expense of juniors.
LSA officials suggested as an alter-
native proposal that all students
register in order of credits that they
have accumulated. That proposal,
however, puts students who are
slightly behind most of their
classmates at an unreasonable disad-
vantage, and allows others to
capitalize on credits they received
before entering the University.
The LSA-SG proposal would correct
a fault in the current CRISP
arrangement, but would not touch on a
larger, more important cause for
juniors not being able to register for
upper-level classes: an insufficient
number of upper-level classes.
Some critics of the LSA-SG proposal
argue that because it does not touch on
the nature of the courses offered, the
proposal is not adequate.
The question of whether LSA offers
sufficient numbers and types of classes
is distinct from the ordering of CRISP,
although the two are both causes for
Juniors being unable to register for all
the courses they need. The LSA-SG
proposal is an adequate response to the
problem of juniors at CRISP, but it
must not take attention away from the
larger, more-important question.

Students will be able to vote to change the
priority order of 'CRISP' at registration this
term.
The proposal was introduced by LSA
student government member, Jon Corn in
response to being "blocked out of a class."
Corn felt his proposal would help solve the
problems that he felt some juniors faced.
Corn wrote a letter to the Michigan Daily,
which in turn was read and accepted by the
LSA executive committee.
The present system allows seniors register
first, and the remaining students register in a
rotating alphabetical order, with every group
'CRISPING' first once.
There are two alternatives, and space on
The Week
in Review
the survey for students to offer other alter-
natives, or comments, according to Associate
Registrar Doug Woolley. Woolley's office will
turn the information over to Vice President
for student services Henry Johnson, who will
decide if CRISP will be different next year.
The proposal is to have seniors then juniors,
then the remaining students in four groups
rotating alphabetically.
The second choice, recommended by
Woolley, would allow students with the
highesttamount of credit hours to register fir-
st and then other students in decreasing or-
der.
Protesters released
The last five of the remaining protestors
who blockaded the entrance to Williams In-
The Week in Review was compiled by
Daily staff writers Steven Herz, Sean
Jackson, Jerry Markon, and Amy Min-
dell and Daily editor Peter Williams.

ternationai Corp. in Walled Lake - a firm
which manufactures engines for cruise
missiles - were released from prison last
week, after spending 92 days in the slammer.
Sentenced originally to an indefinite jail
term, the protestors, who included two
University students; were apparently
released at the request of Williams.
They vowed to continue their fight against
military spending, and have already planned
another protest at Williams for April 8.
"I'll be out there vigilanting at Williams
again. They haven't phased me. They haven't
changed my views," said Carfon Foltz, a 78-
year-old Pontiac resident who served 92 days
in jail.
"The fact that *we were released is a
recognition by Williams Corp. that indefinite.
sentences are quiestionable," he continued.
"I think we focused attention on the injustice
of holding people in jail for a few minutes in
the driveway of a cruise missile factory."
According to Carter Cortelyou, an LSA
junior released last week: "If we change
Williams' mind about the use of the legal
system in actions, I believe in time we can
change their minds about the actions them-
selves."
The price of fun
The effects of college football's
deregulation were felt at the University this
past week. In an effort to balance the athletic
budget, the Board in Control of Inter-
collegiate Athletics passed a measure
Tuesday evening raising ticket prices one
dollar, up to $14 per game.
Student tickets prices were raised to seven
dollars by the action, bringing season ticket
prices up to $42 for the upcoming season.
The reason for the increase in prices can be
attributed to a Supreme Court ruling last year
pursuant to legal action pursued by the
Universities of Georgia and Oklahoma.
While the litigants in the case felt a
deregulation of college games would bring
more; revenue to those schools, the results
have not been as expected.
Mark Carlson, sports programming direc-

tor for CBS sports in New York pointed out,
"They're all making less."
With such a glut of college games on
television, Carlson says, "the advertising
time is being devalued."
With less advertising money coming in the
networks are paying less for the rights to
televise, and as Carlson says, ". . . Th
Universities are the only ones who are
losing."
Minority report
The Board of Regents praised the minority
recruitment and enrollment report presented
Thursday by Niara Sudarkasa, associate
vice-president for academic affairs.
Sudarkasa's report- calls for increase
communication with minorities before and
during the admissions process, expanded
financial aid for minorities, and deem-
phasizing standarized tests for exceptional
students.
The questions from the board centered on
the recommendation to play down stan-
darized test when reviewing minority ap-
plications for admissions.
Regent Deane Baker (D-Ann Arbor) said
the University had modified the admissio4
standards in the 1970's in hopes of improving
minority enrollment, but that backfired as
many such students never graduated.
Regents Nellie (Varner (D-Detroit) and
Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor) both felt the
idea was worth a try. "My own particular
background says that to give a greater weight
to grades Would be very beneficial," Varner
said.
"It's worth a try, a try, or another try,"
said Power.
Sudarkasa's goal for her recommendations
is 110 percent improvement of un-
derrepresented minority enrollment. Curren-
tly, minority enrollment is at 11.3 percent.
Black enrollment, at 5.1 'percent, needs to be
doubled in order to fulfill the University's
stated 10 percent goal.
Sudarkasa says that whether or not his is a
feasible goal will be determined by 1989. If the
University does not reach its goal by then
Sudarkasa says she will be satisfied that it is
unrealistic.

Wasserman
Which defense industry dog have
taxpayers been asked to pay for?

BMW hypocrisy

ALTHOUGH the President has
repeatedly said he wants to cut
government spending, his top aides ap-
pear more interested in cutting their
own personal spending - on BMW
sports cars.
In a practice which can be called un-
diplomatic at best, at least 15-20 senior
administration members have used
their positions to acquire the expensive
automobiles at "diplomatic discounts"
of up to several thousand dollars, ac-
cording to informed White House sour-
ces.
Ranging as high up as chief White
House aid Michael Deaver, these
elitist consumers merely have to "pick
up the phone and order it at the White
House and send a copy of their
diplomatic passports to the company,''
in the words of one White House of-
ficial.
Aldthough White House counsel Fred
Fielding officially cleared Deaver of
any illegality, the term guiltless ap-
plies to him in only the strictest legal
sense of the word.
Morally guilty in the extreme, the
BMW-buyers contrast strikingly with

the image the Reagan Administration
has tried to present to the public.
In his attempts to "get government
off the backs of the American people,"
Reagan has continually insisted on the
need to control government waste and
inefficiency.
Patriotic slogans have permeated
administration rhetoric, as the
president has urged Americans to
stand up to foreign competition, both
militarily and economically - in-
cluding the. challenge of foreign cars.
BMW's of course, are made in West
Germany.
The most laughable contradiction of
all is Reagan's evoking of the
"American work ethic" in trying to
produce a stronger economy. In the
case of his '-aides, the American
laziness ethic would be more ap-
propriate.
If Reagan truly wishes to cut federal
spending, instead of working from the
bottom of the socio-economic scale by
cutting welfare and medicade
programs, he should start from the
very top of that scale - his own
cabinet.

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To the Daily:
In response to Ms. Smith's
justifiable anger over the
statement "Rape springs from
loneliness," let me say that the
phrase is not mine. The Daily
usually titles my articles, and I
don't see what they've chosen un-
til the article appears in print. I
agree whole-heartedly that rape
does not spring from loneliness,
and that there's no point in
feeling sorry for rapists until af-
ter they're punished and society
is safe.
My original title, "Date Rape
and the Lonely Campus -
Isolation" was probably not a

for date rape. But when all these
things appear together on a
single campus, then I think we're
entitled to say that the social en-
vironment is sick, not just in-
dividuals.
I hope that the body of my three
part article makes clear that I
was exploring factors in the
university climate which en-
courage date rape - a crime
which often escapes punishment.
My point was that maybe we can
lower the incidence of date rape
and other symptoms of social
breakdown such as loneliness or
alcholoism, by reducing the
pressures on students and

rapists deserve to be put away for
a long time.
- Robert Honigman
March 12
Editors' Note: We apologize .
for any misunderstandings
which may have resulted from .
C a $ WL
JUT NAE To MT

the headline on Honigman's
article. The phrase, "Rape
springs from loneliness," ad-
dressed one aspect o
Honigman's argument but
was a misrepresentation of his
overall thesis.

Letters to the Daily should be typed, triple-spaced, and
signed by the individual authors. Names will be withheld
only in, unusual circumstances. Letters may be edited for

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