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Ninety-five Years
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Vol. XCV, No. 145 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, April 3,1985 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages

S tate may
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Special to the Daily
LANSING - A House panel yester-
day passed a bill that would extend
eligibility for Michigan Competitive
Scholarships to graduate and part-time
students. Currently, only full-time un-
dergraduate students qualify.
The bill, passed by the committee on
colleges and universities, is one of five
measures designed by House
Democrats to increase the availability
of financial aid.
UNDERGRADUATE students ap-
plying for the scholarships would
probably face more competition if the
legislation is enacted, according to Ron
Jursa, director of student financial
assistance for the state Department of
And if the bill is passed, new tests
would have to be implemented so that
students who failed to qualify for the
scholarships as undergraduates could
still be eligible as graduate students.
The House measure would also allow
students to remain eligible for 10 years
instead of four.
Before the House Subcommittee on
Higher -Education .Appropriations is a
second bill which would increase the
amount of money available for the
competitive scholarships by $8 million,
form $16 million to $24 million.
SUCH A boost would provide 3,000 to
4,000 more scholarships, and lift the
maximum award from $940 to $1,200,
according to Burton Leland, chairman
of the House colleges and universities
Additionally, the funding increase
could allow state legislators to drop the
qualifying American College Test
score from 88 to 85 points, Jursa said.
"There's no magical number (for
how much the ACT score may drop),"
said Leland. "When there's more
money in the pot, more folks will
The House committee yesterday also
discussed the four other bills included
in the Democrats financial aid
package. The bills would: establish a-
inaiciat aid hot line; earmark funds
for an in-state work study program;
and provide Michigan Educational Op-
portunity grants for the most needy




Site, date to be set.

Daily Photo by BRAD MILLS
No place like home
Michigan's Ken Hayward slides in beneath the attempted tag by Bowling Green's catcher Dave Oliverio as batsman C.J.
Beshke looks on. Oliverio dropped the pitch allowing Hayward to steal home for the first run in the second game of their
doubleheader sweep. See story, page 7.
MSA asks for halt of




The Michigan Student Assembly last
night passed a resolution asking the
University regents to table their
decision on the reappointment of LSA
Dean Peter Steiner until he states his
stance on student representation on the
college's executive committee.
MSA President Scott Page said
Steiner's refusal to discuss the issue
with LSA Student Government leaders
was the impetus for the resolution,
which was unamiously passed except
for one abstention.
Steiner's new term be placed on hold
until he "publicly state-his. views on
student representation on the LSA
Executive Committee to the regents,
the LSA faculty, and the LSA students.
Page cited the importance of the

n reappointment
committee, "We feel we should have He added that the resolution will not
students on there because it is the most keep him from presenting Steiner to
powerful committee in the University's reappointment at the regent's May
largest college." meeting.
LSA senior Rajeev Samantrai, a Frye says he continues to oppose any
member of the LSA Blue Ribbon Com- attempt to place a student on the com-
mission, advised on the writing of the mittee because "the nature of the
resolution. He said the executive com- . business of that committee should be
mittee. has not offically discussed the done by the highest faculty members."
issue since the Spring of 1982 and the Steiner had no comment on the
goal of the resolution is to keep the topic resolution.
an issue. EXECUTIVE committee member
"IF WE can keep the issue alive year Prof. Demming Brown said that while
after year, we may at some point make in some respects a student appointment
progress," Samantrai said before the might be good, it would be impossible to
meeting. "We expect this resolution to place students on the committee.
remind the dean-that the issue won't go Brown said the committee considers
away." "delicate matters that students should
The issue has been talked to death not be dealing with," such as faculty
according to Billy Frye, vice president tenure decisions. He says course
of academic affairs and provost. See MSA, Page 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev has "agreed in
principle" to a summit meeting with
President Reagan, but the time and
place still must be worked out, a senior
U.S. official said yesterday.
Two possible sites and times are
Helsinki, Finland, in August, and the
United Nations in New York in Septem-
ber, the official, who insisted on
anonymity, told The Associated Press.
IT WOULD be the first U.S.-Soviet
summit since 1979, when former
President Jimmy Carter and the late
Leonid Brezhnev signed the second
Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty
(SALT ID) to reduce some kinds of
nuclear weapons.
The two sides are stockpiling other
missiles, however, and have been
unable to agree on ways to stop their
arms race. In declaring it was "high
time" for a summit, Reagan said at his
last news conference two weeks ago
that he would try to quicken the pace of
negotiations now being held in Geneva,
Switzerland, if he met with Gorbachev.
But Reagan and the U.S. official said
the agenda would range beyond
weapons to include other issues, as
well. Amongthem, presumably, are
human rights, which the Soviets
pledged to improve when they and 34
other countries, including the United
States, signed the Helsinki agreement
in the Finnish capital in 1975.
REAGAN HAS frequently criticized
the Soviets' record. The Helsinki
agreement will be marked by a 10-year
anniversary observance on Aug. 1. It is
an important accord for the Soviets sin-
ce it climaxed more than a decade of ef-
fort to confirm their influence in

Eastern Europe.
Finland, as the host, has been con-
sidering invitations to the foreign
ministers of the 35 governments that
signed the agreement.
The opening of the annual session of
the U.N. General Assembly, mean-
while, draws foreign ministers and
other senior officials to New York. Last
September, Reagan chose the session
as a forum for a major speech urging a
new dialogue with Moscow.
THE PRESIDENT'S spokesman,
Larry Speakes, told reporters "there
have been no discussions about
arrangements for a summit, no
meeting set, no time set, nothing along
those lines."
Reagan proposed a 'summit to Gor-
bachev in a letter sent with Vice
President George Bush to Moscow last
month for the funeral of Konstantin
Chernenko, the last Soviet president.
A REPLY was received last week.
"Basically, it's positive," the senior
U.S. official said.
"We'd like a summit," he added, but
he stressed that further diplomatic ex-
changes would be needed to lay the
groundwork for a Reagan-Gorbachev
Reagan is the first U.S. president sin-
ce Herbert Hoover not to have met with
a Soviet leader. He had expressed a
willingness many times to have a
summit meeting, but Brezhnev, Yuri
Andropov and Chernenko all were in
poor health.
But Gorbachev, at 53, appears to be a
vigorous leader. He made a positive
impression during a visit to London for
talks with British Prime Miister
Maigaret Thatcher last winter and has
indicated he is ready to challenge the
Reagan administration on policy and in
world propaganda forums.
say 'Deke'
rumor. is
not true,,
A rumor circulating around campus
that some of the pledges of Delta Ep-
silon Kappa broke their promise to join
the fraternity after walking in on two
members engaged in homosexual
relations is not true, the pledges say.
"The incident definitely didn't hap-
pen," said pledge president Erik
Laumann, an LSA freshman. "Sixteen
people pledged and sixteen people are
still pledging."
CALLS TO THE 15 other pledges
brought the same answer. "It's just a
stupid prank," said pledge Jeff Kline,
an engineering freshman.
The pledges and house members are
uncertain where the rumor began,
though they say it may have been star
ted by another fraternity or by a
comedian during a Laugh Track per-
formance. Other fraternities, however
denied responsibility for the rumor and
officials for Laugh Track could not be
reached for comment.
Other pledges, who refused to be
identified, said they were concerned the
rumor would hurt the fraternity's
reputation. "A frat's rep is all that it
has," said one pledge.


Racism article stirs anger

Administrators at the University yesterday
called an article appearing in last Sunday's
Detroit Free Press "misleading" and damaging
to the University's attempt to increase minority
The article, which was circulated to other
newspapers by United Press International, char-
ged that black students find the campus per-
meated by racism. It says that black students
gave examples of "racist taunts, stereotyped at-
titudes toward black culture, an incident in Oc-
tober in which a watermelon was smeared on a
black artist's mural in the Markley Hall dor-
mitory, and library and bathroom scrawls with
racist phrases." 4
THE ARTICLE also cited MSA minority
researcher Roderick Linzie as saying that the
University's inability to attract minority studen-
ts or faculty gave the campus an image problem.
"It's an article like this that helps to create an
image problem," said associate vice-president
for academic affairs Niara Sudarkasa. "I wasn't
aware.that we had one, but if we didn't, now we
do," she added.
University vice-president for academic affairs
and provost Billy Frye said that 'this article,
despite its good intentions, may precisely hinder
what they and we would like the University's
minority situation to be."
"IT'S UNFORTUNATE that charges made
willy-nilly against us have to undo the efforts
that we're making," said Frye. "Here on the
tails of our new initiative to draw minority
students to this University, one of the largest

papers in one of our main recruiting grounds,
turns around and hurts us."
Dave Robinson, assistant director of ad-
missions, however didn't think the article would
hurt his efforts to draw blacks to campus, even
though he says he already encounters an image
problem when recruiting students.
"I really don't think there are hordes of stud-
dents that are scared of us," said Robinson,
"these students are used to taking it on the hide,
enduring hardships. We lose a lot of students'
because they can't afford it, and we're im-
plementing a lot of measures that are going to
'U' officials
The recent recommendation made by Niara
Sudarkasa, associate vice president for
academic affairs, to put more emphasis on high
school grade point averages than test scores
when considering black students for admittance
has been a source of concern for some ad-
Billy Frye, vice president for academic affairs
and provost, said the proposal would not mean
the quality of incoming black students would
'drop, but more students who may not have been
admitted because of low standardized test scores
- but who have high GPAs - could be admitted,
he said.
FRYE STRESSED that the University does
not intend to repeat the mistakes of its effort in

improve that."
THE ARTICLE also charged that "fueling the
students' fire are what they see as unresponsive
and secretive attitudes among University ad-
"It's an enormous misrepresentation," said
Frye. "We're as frustrated as anybody (about
the University's low black enrollment)."
"I know that the small number of students has
to make a difference in the way students feel,"
said Sudarkasa, "my efforts are to get an en-
vironment that will be satisfying to them."
See ARTICLE, Page 2
question bla
the 1970s to broaden the pool of eligible black
students.simply by dropping admissions stan-
dard across the board. That effort resulted in a
dropout rate commensurate with the number of
students admitted with lower GPAs and test
scores. According to Dave Robinson, assistant
director of admissions, some students were ad-
mitted with GPAs as low as 2.3.
Since then, admissions standards have stif-
fened somewhat. Today, black students are ad-
mitted without a waitlist as long as they have at
least a 2.7 GPA, 17 ACT score, or a score of 800 on
the SAT.
"If we do this, because of that 1970s we'll be
more cautious," said Frye. "We don't want to
admit students to have them flunk out."
UNDER THE experimental admissions

Detroit Free'Press article stirs anger among 'U'
ck admission.
program proposed by Sudarkasa, students who
have GPAs of 3.2 or above and low test scores '
would be given special consideration for admit-
Robinson said test scores should not be thrown
out the window, but that often standardized tests
are biased to the white middle class student and
that this can be reflected in the scores of an
otherwise bright student.
He said admissions counselors would have to
pay closer attention to the quality of the high
schools from which black students graduate
when placing greater weight on GPAs, because
test scores ''have some predictive value."
Retired psychology Prof. John Milholland,
who has researched the importance of GPAs and
See 'U', Page 3

Question MSA candidates
DOYOU have a beef with student government
leaders at the University? If you do, here's your
chance to make candidates for the highest
position on the Michigan Student Assembly listen

sas has voted 9-1 to overrule planning commission staffers
who wanted the hamburger shop painted a nice plain beige.
-The commission staff in this Kansas City suburb said the
proposed fast food restaurant should be beige so it would be
compatible with its surroundings in a development. The
commission itself split 3-3 on the proposal March 11, but
Monday's council vote settled the matter once and for all.
The hamburger chain, which serves distinctive 212-inch-
square hamburgers, says all of its 192 stands are white with

Frederick Parsons claimed 320 pounds ($384) on his home
insurance policy, arguing that the fish were personal effec-
ts like a lawn mower or garden chair. Bur Judge Richard
Toyn accepted the insurers' contention that the goldfish
were livestock that would not be covered by home insuran-
ce. Parson, 59, a lawyer, has decided not to appeal. "It has
already cost me about 500 pounds, 600 dollars, more than
the fish were worth," he said. Only six fish are left in Par-
son's pond, but he said he takes some consolation from his

Building or in a boat parked in a driveway, according to a
telephone survey conducted for the New York Post. A 29-
year-old man from Brooklyn said he made love in a
telephone booth, the Post reported this week. A 22-year-old
Nassau County-man said he had sex on the Long Island Rail
Road. A 30-year-old Manhattan man reported having sex in
a giant cereal ,box that was being used as a stage prop.
Some other places where New Yorkers claimed to have
made love included a baseball diamond, a golf course, a




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