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build the reputation of their school."
OLSON, WHO was the school's dean
from 1974-75 said he also has been con-
tacted and interviewed by other univer-
sities but he hasn't left the University
because he doesn't want to leave
teaching and his specialty - remote
sensing - behind.
"It's my belief that were I to leave,
the program would disapper," Olson
said. "If I let it die, I would sort of see
one of my creations die," he said.
Olson said he and many faculty
members see the restructuring of the
school as a challenge.
"ONE OF the reasons many of our
faculty members have stayed is to cap-
ture the excitement of what we're
trying to do," Olson said.
BUT THE plan is risky,
"The plan has a high risk in terms of
succeeding because there are no
models which can be copied,"
Polakowski said. "If it succeeds, it can be
unique and in no doubt replicated to
One of the biggest changes in the
future of SNR is the plan to phase out
freshmen and sophomores in the
school. Instead of being a four-year
program requiring 120 hours of credit,
it will eventually become a two-year,
upper-level program, open to juniors
and seniors from other parts of the
University and transfer students from
SCHOOLofficials say they don't
know when they will stop admitting
freshmen but John Bassett, associate
dean for academic programs, says it
won't be for at least two years.
They say their plan calls for leveling
off the school's enrollment at about 500
after the transition period and they are
undertaking a high-powered public
relations campaign to attract students
and tell the rest of the academic com-
munity that the SNR is still alive.
Just knowing that the school is still
operating isn't enough for some studen-
ts. According to school administrators,
many qualified students turn away
from the University because they can-
not afford tuition costs and can get
more attractive financial aid packages
THE NEW curriculum plan places
more emphasis on graduate programs
than undergraduate. Undergraduate
students are being groomed for
professional degrees, and the courses in
which they enroll are geared toward
environmental problem-solving rather
than specific job preparations.
THE FOCUS on problem-solving will
make natural resources graduates
more marketable, school officials say.
"We think it will be (better) because
in the long run students are going to get
more skills - problem-solving and
communication," said Sandra
Gregerman, a counselor in the school.
"Certainly when students leave
school and are in the work world ... the
balance of the tasks in that job is to help
solve environmental problems," said
Linda Sorbo, the school's academic
THIS YEAR, new curriculum
requirements were put in place for
freshpersons. Previously, the school of-
fered two undergraduate degrees, a
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resour-
ces (BSNR), and a Bachelor of Science
in Forestry (BSF). After selecting one
of those concentrations, students
could choose between a number of
biophysical or socio-behavioral concen-
trations such as wildlife or fisheries.
The school now offers only the BSNR
degree, but students still have a choice
between the socio-behavioral or
Graduate students can choose bet-
ween three concentrations:
management, planning, and policy;
resource ecology; or resource in-
stitutions and human behavior. The
shift here is also toward environmental
problem-solving, faculty members say.
Requirements for the masters program
will be increased next year from 30 to 40
UNDERGRADUATES are also
facing more stringent course
requirements and admissions standar-
Freshmen admitted into the school
this year are required to take one year
of chemistry and one semester of
calculus. Previously students needed
only one semester of chemistry and an
Accordng to Bassett, the new
curriculum is causing some students to
leave the school. He said he expects
about half of the school's new 71 or 72
freshmen to transfer out because of the
"I FULLY expect half will transfer,"
he said "It's the people that really don't
want to be here in the first place. . . I
don't think they're really committed
because they transfer out because
we're making them take harder stuff."
According to Bassett, some of the
students applied to SNR in order to get
into the University through the "back
door" because admissions standards
were not as high.
Now, however, admissions standards
in SNR are tougher. Students still need
a grade point average of at least 3.0,
Bassett said. Occassionaly, promising
students below the standards are ad-
mitted, he added, but the school is
clamping down on those.
"OUR curriculum is a bit different
now and we want to make sure our
students who are coming in now can do
well," Sorbo said.
"Students are indeed having dif-
ficulty meeting the new standards,"
"We started getting some bad vibes
(about the tougher classes) around
midterms," he said, adding that more
than just one or two students were
.. . 4,A'
ts, dean says
from the University, the school has
been actively soliciting private gifts
from alumni and other interested
Five years ago, the school managed
to pull in $14,000 in individual gifts from
alumni, according to Tanya Bernard,
the school's new development officer.
During the '83-84 school year, the school
received $44,000 in private gifts. This
year, Bernard says her goal is to secure
$60,000 more in private gifts and for
1986, her goal is $50,000.
HER CAMPAIGN is part of the
school's fundraising program called
The Hewlett Challenge. The Hewlett
foundation will match every dollar of
the $110,000 expected to be collected.
These contributions will be used for
financial aid programs, recruitment
programs, research programs, and im-
proving the teaching and training
programs in environmental problem-
Bernard said her office wil be able to
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
James Crowfoot, natural resources school dean, says his school will be bet-
ter after being cut by 25 percent than it was before the University instituted
its five-year plan.
having problems with the new courses
he calls "building block" classes.
"WE REALLY honestly thought we
were doing them a favor by getting
them on track," Bassett said. "It's a
tougher undergraduate program. We
have faith our students can overcome it
because we're getting students who can
In order to help offset the budget cut
raise the money. "I think there's a
loyalty which is pretty direct," Bernard
said. "I think we've got that kind of
support out there," she said. "The
alumni understand the need for having
"Now we're going to become ex-
cellent or go down the tubes trying,"
IN BRIEF M
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
New pact may end Yale strike
.NEW HAVEN, Conn.-Yale University and white-collar worker
yesterday reached a tentative agreement that they hope will end the 10
week-old strike that bitterly divided the Ivy League school.
Students were jubilant at the prospect of an end to the labor dispute that
shut down dining halls, forced classes off campus and curtailed library:
hours during the fall semester.
University Director of Information Walter Littell would not reveal details,
of the settlement, which was reached in the 91st negotiating session at 5:3
a.m., following around-the-clock talks under the threat of a renewed strike
The proposal will go before union members for a ratification vote
The 2,600 members of Local 34 of the Federation of University Em-
ployees-most of them women in technical and clerical jobs-went on strike
Sept. 26, charging Yale with economically discriminating against women
Navy to axe six F-14 fighters
WASHINGTON - A reduction in the Pentagon's fiscal 1986 budget.
already approved by President Reagan will force the Navy to chop its pur-
chase of F-14 fighters by 25 percent, according to a high-ranking official.
Instead of proceeding with a plan to acquire 24 of the front-line jets during
the year starting next Oct. 1, Navy Secretary John Lehman and Defense
Secretary Caspar Weinberger have decided to submit a budget that calls for.
the purchase of 18 of the aircraft, even though the change will ultimately
prove more expensive, said the source.
The cut, to be formally unveiled when the president's budget is submitted
to Congress on Feb. 4, will save about "one-third of a billion dollars in fiscal
1986, but it will drive up the unit cost by $3 million per plane and in the long
term, end up costing more for the taxpayer," said the source, who agreed to
discuss the matter only if not identified.
New Caledonia remains split
despite Mitterrand's meetings
NOUMEA, New Caledonia-French President Francois Mitterrand
yesterday wound up a whirlwind visit to this troubled French territory in the
South Pacific and predicted the dispute over independence would be
resolved within months.
40,000 anti-independence protesters turned out to jeer Mitterand, defying a
state of emergency ban on political meetings of more than five people.
Independence leader Yeiwene Yeiwene, said his group's meeting with Mit-
terrand had been friendly, and that the French president backed indepen-
Yeiwene is a senior official of the Kanak Socialist National Liberation
Front, which claims to represent almost all of the native Melanesian
population, who are known as Kanaks. "The president recognizes com-
pletely the right of the Kanak people to have independence," he said.
Leaders of the anti-independence movement, which represents most of the
European, Polynesian and Asian settlers, said after their meeting with Mit-
terrand that France must continue its 131-year rule.
Gandhi aide resigns, post
I NEW DELHI, India-A top aide to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi resigned4
after the arrest of his personal secretary in connection with an alleged spy
ring, government sources said yesterday. Four more suspected spies were
detained, bringing the number of arrests to 11, they said.
Press reports and government sources said the arrests were part of the
biggest crackdown on espionage since India gained independence from
Great Britain in 1947.
Among those charged under India's Official Secrets Act were three men
working in the prime minister's office, an employee in President Zail Singh's
press relations department, and five Defense Ministry officials, said the:
senior government sources, who spoke on condition they not be identified.
Two businessmen were also taken into custody and interrogated in New
Delhi by Indian intelligence officials, said the sources.
The new sources said some of the arrested officials had the rank of deputy
secretary and under secretary, including one they identified as T. N. Kher, a
personal secretary of Gandhi's closest aide, P.C. Alexander.
Peking plane crash kills 38
PEKING - A Soviet-built domestic airliner crashed while landing at Jinan
airport in Eastern china, federal aviation authorities said yesterday. Thirty-
eight people, including two Americans, died in the crash.
The twin-engine turboprop Antonov 24 was en route from Shanghai to:
Peking when it crashed late Friday afternoon, officials said. It had stopped
in Nanjing prior to flying to Jinan, capital of the east coast province of Shan-
dong, about 220 miles, southeast of Peking.
Officials gave no explanation for the crash, or for the delay in reporting it.
A Jinan Dolice officer said in a telephone interview that the weather was:
cloudy at the time of the crash._
Three people survived the crash, officials said. They were seriously in-
jured and under treatment at a hospital, China's official Xinhua news agen-
The names of the American victims were not immediately released. But
U.S. Embassy spokesman Tony Sariti said the two Americans were
businessmen, according to preliminary identification by the Civil Aviation
Administration of China.
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Washington parties through Inauguration Weekend
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the capitol, while 12,000 elite of the
inaugural crowd went to Washington's
Convention Center to join Reagan in a
gala staged by dozens of stars, many of
them friends from his acting days in
Frank Sinatra led the entertainment
that included Pearl Bailey, Mikhail
Baryshnikov, the Beach Boys, Ray
Charles, Crystal Gayle, Charlton
Heston, Rich Little, Dean Martin,
Wayne Newton, Tony Randall, Lou
Rawls, Don Rickles, Tom Selleck, Dona
Summer, Jimmy Stewart, Mr. T,
Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Wagner.
Despite the pomp and glitter,
Reagan's inaugural committee tried to
scale down the four-day extravaganza,
which they said would cost only $12.5
million compared to $16 million for the
first inaugural four years ago. The
costs are paid for with private funds.
The Center for Russian and
East European Studies
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
A Lecture Presented by
PROFESSOR ROBERT DANIELS
JAN. 21, 1985, MONDAY, 4:00 P.M.
RACKHAM EAST CONFERENCE ROOM.
Anniversary sparks rallies
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Supreme Court following Tuesday's
Yesterday, anti-abortion protests
were held in Atlanta, Pensacola, Fla.,
St. Louis, Mo., Augusta, Ge., Concord,
N.H. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Reagan has proclaimed today "San-
ctity of Human Life" day, and hundreds
of churches nationwide plan to mark
the day with sermons, vigils and special
observances. Protests also are planned
in scores of cities nationwide.
Curt Young, executive director of the
Christian Action Council, an
evangelical anti-abortion group, said
the movement is "most grateful to
President Reagan for his second term
of leadership in the struggle to end
Volunteers from the National
Organization for Women have been
maintaining an around-the-clock vigil
at 20 selected abortion clinics in an ef-
fort to prevent bombings of the
NOW was holding vigils at the family
planning institute in Tempe, Ariz.,
where it was reported "fairlycalm,"
and in Tidewater, Va., which was the
scene of an arsonist's attack in 1983 and
a pipe bomb last year.
Quebec party officials split
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weakening of the Quebec people it-
self." The next provincial election must
be called by April 1986.
Laurin, speaking to the convention
before the walkout, said Levesque's
proposal amounted not just to putting
the "option" of Quebec independence
aside, "but putting it to death."
The stormy exit of the hard-liners
recalled a walkout led by Levesque
himself in 1967 from a Liberal Party
convention after his proposals for
Quebec sovereignty were turned down.
Leveque, who then quit as a Cabinet
minister in the Liberal provincial
government, founded the Parti
Quebecois the following year.
He has been premier since his party's
surprise election victory in 1976, but his
party now trails far behind the Liberals
in public opinion polls.
There also have been questions
raised about Levesque's health, and a
recent poll found 47 percent of
Quebecers thought is was time for the
62-year-old premier to leave public life.
Gov. James Blanchard's proposed
budget reportedly includes an $80
million increase for higher education.
An article in Friday's Daily incorrectly
stated the increase was $800 million.
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