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lol. XCV, No. 88 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, January 17, 1985 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages
over last year
By DAVID KLAPMAN
The University is raising its admission standards in
response to an avalanche of applications for next year's
freshman class, according to Lance Erickson, associate
director of admissions. Erickson said that SAT scores
of accepted high school seniors are 30-50 points higher
than last year's applicants, and that grade point averages
are one to two tenths of a point higher. Freshman appli-
cations are up 28 percent, E.r:ickson said. The University
has received 3,857 in-state and 2,902 out-of-state ap-
plications as of late December.
"WE'RE GOING to have to turn down many hundreds
of qualified students this year," said Erickson. Only 3,970
applicants have been accepted so far, he added.
Admissions officers say they are looking for a 3.3 GPA
and an SAT score around 1080 for in-state applicants. Out
-of-state applicants should have an SAT score of 1130 and a
GPA around 3.4.
David Robinson, a University admissions officer, said
that there are lower standards for blacks, Hispanics, and
American Indians in an attempt to bring more of these
students to the University. Students in this group must
have a GPA of 2.7 and an SAT score of at least 800. "These
are just guidelines," said Robinson.
ERICKSON cautioned that other factors are important
in the admissions decision besides raw statistics. "The
strength of a program, the number of courses, and the
trend in academic performance" are all factors in an ad-
mission decision, said Erickson. He also said that ex-
tracurricular activities are not a big factor here. Accor-
ding to Erickson, the admissions office lacks the resour-
ces to evaluate the many different activities in which
students are involved.
Janet Keller, a counselor at Adrian High School in
Adrian, Mich., has not seen an increase from her school in
applications to the University. "I think it is probably down
and I don't know why," said Keller. She said 13 people
from Adrian High have applied to the University this year
as opposed to 18 last year.
Norman Reidel, director of college counseling at New
Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, said he noticed
nothing unusual in the number of applications to the Univ-
See AVALANCHE, Page 2
By KERY MURAKAMI
Governor James Blanchard will call for a $150-
170 million increase in educational spending for
1985 in his Executive Budget Recommendations to:
be released later this month, a state official said
In his budget to be presented to the state
legislature on January 30, Blanchard will adopt
several of the recommendations by the Gover-
nor's Commission on the Future of Higher
Education last month including financial aid in-
creases, a "research excellence" fund, money to
fight crime in schools, and funding to retrain
teachers, said an official who asked not to be
THE PROPOSED increases mark the third
year in a row where education funding has
received greater attention. Last year, the state
legislature increased education spending by $177
million, while the year before spending grew by
$230 million, the largest increases in the state's
Richard Kennedy vice president for Gover-
nment Relations and Secretary of the Univer-
sity, said the increases will be made possible by
increases in state tax revenue.
"Times are better," Kennedy said, "there are
more cars being sold, more people with work, the
increases don't surprise me. They're not out of
line with the revenue projections we've seen."
KENNEDY said that there will be room in the
state budget for the increases only if the
legislature decides not to increase most other
areas of the state budget.
"You can expect significant increases in
educational spending," said an official in the
Governor's office, who also asked not to be in-
dentified, "although the rest of the budget is
The official said the Governor will call for in-
creases in financial aid spending - including the
creation of a state work/study program to
augment the federal program - increases in
state competitive scholarship awards, and a
lower ACT cut-off point. Blanchard will also ask
for money to make financial aid information
UNIVERSITY officials aren't sure how much
of the money will be earmarked for higher
education coffers at this point, but any sign of a
greater committment by the state to education is
good news at a time when the University is im-
plimenting major budget cuts.
"We don't know what the actual numbers are
yet," Kennedy said. "We don't know how exten-
sive the effect will be." He welcomed the in-
creases, though, as "a sign of progress."
Much of the other increases in the Blanchard
budget will aid K-12 education. He is expected to
call for competitive state grants to help schools
with high crime rates hire more security guards.
Also included in the package are funds to retrain
teachers, especially in the math and science
areas.Many of these recommendation were part
of the 70 page report released in December by
the Governor's Commission on the Future of
Outside of these increases and initiative
programs, Kennedy said most of the funding
would go to increase state aid formulas, which
determine how much school districts receive ac-
cording to population.
Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARY
Dianne Mills, one of four clerks who begin the screening of all those
carefully-prepared applications, calculates grade-point averages, confirms
test scores and fills in those ominous spaces marked "for office use only."
LANSING (UPI) - To no one's sur-
prise, the Senate yesterday approved
25-8 a ban on state funding for welfare
The bill, which would halt abortion
payments through Medicaid, now goes
to the house, which is also expected to
BOTHSIDES in the fight conceded
the real battle will come after the
House approves the measure and Gov.
James Blanchard issues an almost cer-
Since 1978, former Gov. William
Milliken and Blanchard have vetoed
abortion funding cutoffs 13 times. Last
year, the House failed by a single vote
to override the veto.
Most debate in the Senate focused on
an amendment proposed by Sen. Harry
DeMaso(R-Battle Creek) to exclude
from the ban victims of rape and incest.
the amendment was defeated on a 23-10
RIGHT TO life of Michigan President
See BLANCHARD, Page 2
Code developers criticize
By ERIC MATTSON
Two key figures in the development
of the controversial code of non-
academic conduct yesterday said the
current Rules of the University Com-
munity are not useful in dealing with
At a meeting of the University Coun-
cil, Virginia Nordby, executive to the
president, and communications prof.
Willliam Colburn, former chairman of
the council, said a more specific code is
necessary today because of the social
changes that have taken place in the
past 10-15 years.
THE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL is
responsible for formulating a code of
conduct for students, faculty members,
and administrators, although the Board
of Regents has the final say over any
change in the 15-year-old Rules of the
According to Nordby, the language
used in the Rules of the University
Community is so vague that "they cer-
tainly have not been enforced."
Nordby pointed to the section of the
rules which prohibits "physical force"
as an example of the ambiguities in the
rules. Nordby said that an act as in-
nocuous as grabbing somebody to get
his attention could be interpreted as
violating the rule. -
AS A RESULT, Nordby said, the
rules are rarely if ever enforced. If a
student or faculty member requests ac-
tion against another student or faculty
member who threatened him, "you
have to say to them, 'there's nothing we
can do. It's very frustrating," she said.
Referring to the past coucil, Colburn
See CURRENT, Page 3
Donovan denied a federal trial
NEW YORK (UPI) - Labor
Secretary Raymond Donovan must
stand trial in state court on fraud
charges and cannot switch his case to
federal court, a federal judge ruled
Donovan, nine other men and two
corporations were indicted by a grand
jury in the Bronx last fall on 137 counts
of grand larcency, falsifying records
and filing false documents.
THE INDICTMENT against Donovan
stems from an alleged scheme by the
Schiavone Construction Co. of
Secaucus, N.J., and a subcontractor to
defraud the New York City Transit
Authority of $8 million on a 1979 subway
tunnel construction job.
Donovan, the first Cabinet officer to
be indicted while in office, was exec-
tuive vice-president of Schiavone
before joining the Reagan ad-
ministration in 1981. He has taken a
leave of absence without pay from his
government job to fight the charges.
Donovan, 54, had asked to have his
trial separated from the other defen-
dants and moved from state Supreme
Court in the Bronx to-federal court. He
argued that the trial would be speedier
in a federal court and he could more
quickly return to his Cabinet post.
JUDGE LLOYD MacMahon of U.S.
District Court in Manhattan rejected
Donovan's argument for a transfer.
"The petition for removal is denied,"
The judge said that while there was a
"strong federal interest" in a speedy
trial, that was no reason to move the
trial or "override the interest of the
state in enforcing its criminal law."
IN OTHER arguements for switching
See DONOVAN, Page 3
Lansing resident Robert Henderson holds up a replica of his prize winning fish. Ned Fogle of the Michigan Department
of Natural Resources presented him his prize for the 34 pound six ounce fish.
. will be tried in state court
Bach around the clock
F YOU'RE A steadfast Bach fan, then this is your
year. In celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's Tri-
Centennial birthday, the Ann Arbor Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists will present a "Non-Stop
Bach" marathon. The marathon will be a five-hour ex-
travanganza featuring over 35 organists from the Ann Ar-
The day of the donkey
MULES MAY BE Stubborn but they're the "backbone
of the country," according to fans who want Congress
to set aside a day of appreciation for the sturdy beasts. The
Lynchberg Mule Traders Association has asked Rep. Jim
Cooper, a Democrat, to present a resolution to Congress
declaring Oct. 26 "Mule Appreciation Day U.S.A." because
of the animal's contribution to U.S. history. On the same
day 20 years ago, the first male donkeys arrived on
American soil, a gift to George Washington from Spanish
King Charles III. The first American mules were a product
can't take a mule into a barn with a shaky floor either. If the
floor won't hold him he won't walk on it." Mule traders here
in Lynchberg, Tenn., are planning an October bicentennial
perty to commemorate the mule. "When you live in a town
of 550 people you have to have something to celebrate,"
An eye for an eye
A MAN WAS held Tuesday in Alpena, Mich. on a
charge of assault with intent to harm by biting a chur-
ch member on the face while interrupting a worhship ser-
vice with mocking shouts of "Praise the Lord" and
probably require skin grafts. Witnesses told officers
Ferrore walked to the front of the church, tore off a piece of
the pulpit, and bit Troupe on the face when Troupe and
other members of the congregation approached him. Police
said they found Ferrari in the back of a van in the church
parking lot. Calo, they said, became abusive during the
arrest. The arrest report said the two appeared to have
re it - -"