Ninety-six years of editorial freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, November 14, 1985
Vol. XCVI - No. 51
Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN
Niara Sudarkasa, associate vice
president for academic affairs,
yesterday called for a "spirit of
cooperation rather than confron-
tation" in combating problems of
minority recruitment and retention.
At yesterday's Campus Meet the
Press, Sudarkasa commented that
this year's slight black enrollment in-
crease of 24 students - up one-tenth of
a percentage point to 5.2 percent -
was a result of "a lot of hard work and
was not inconsequential."
IN MARCH 1985 she promised to
double black enrollment within 3 to 5
years. But Sudarkasa said her goal
has changed. "We now intend to
double the number of freshman ap-
plications in four years. Our yield
from applications, about 60 percent, is
no different than others, and if we
double our applications, we are on the
way to doubling our enrollment,"
See SUDARKASA, Page 3
Officials urge 2
By JILL OSEROWSKY
University executive officers
recommended this week that two
separate, back-to-back spring com-
mencement ceremonies be held in
Crisler Arena instead of the usual
single ceremony conducted at
The executive officers also
recommended working on methods to
increase undergraduate student par-
ticipation in the ceremony, such as in-
cluding student speakers in addition
to guest speakers.
The recommendations come in
response to suggestions made by an
ad hoc commencement committee
formed to develop ways to eliminate
disruptive behavior at graduation.
However, graduate student Randy
Tharp, a committee member, said not
all of the executive officer's recom-
mendations reflect what the commit-
tee had in mind.
"It's a sharp contrast to what we
discussed," Tharp said. "Our whole
intention was having it (graduation)
in the stadium."
But Vice President for Student Ser-
vices Henry Johnson, an executive of-
ficer and chairman of the ad hoc
committee, said the executive officers
agreed that the graduation committee
should consider both the issues of
moving the ceremony to Crisler and
increasing undergraduate par-
The graduation committee,
separate from the ad hoc commen-
cement committee, will meet within a
couple weeks to decide whether or not
the executive officer's ideas are prac-
tical, Johnson said.
James Shortt, an assistant to the
University president and a member of
the graduation committee said he
favors the move inside to Crisler
Arena to avoid cancellation of the
ceremony due to inclement weather.
But Shortt said the committee was
presently "discussing without any
(final) decisions being made."
The executive officers have not yet
said whether they will split the two
ceremonies by class or rank. It is still
unkown whether one keynote speaker
will address both ceremonies or a dif-
ferent speaker will be chosen for each
The ad hoc committee made several
"organizational and ceremonial"
suggestions to the executive commit-
tee, including the elimination of the
holding the doctoral ceremony
separately, and achieving more
student participation in the event.
"Some members of the (ad hoc)
committee expressed the point of
view that being in the stadium con-
tributed to the game-type atmosphere
that has been evident at the last two
(spring) commencements," Tharp
said. "You can alleviate that by get-
ting the students involved in the
ceremony, "he added.
"It sounds like one of the executive
officers had their own idea," said
Tharp of the suggested move indoors.
"I kind of feel like the committee
wasted its its time."
vigil Daily Photo by JAE KIM
Students, professors, and Ann Arbor residents gathered on the Diag last
night for a cuindlelight vigil in support of Soviet Jews being held as
prisoners in the Soviet Union. See story, page 6.
MSA may reduce funds if committee is formed
By JERRY MARKON
The Michigan Student Assembly may
reduce its use of student funds if a proposed
-committee that plans to pursue alternative
funding for the assembly is approved by the
student body in MSA's special election next
The MSA Development Committee would
.seek funding for assembly projects from
private corporations and University alumni
-to supplement the $5.07 the assembly
.charges each term on students' tuition bills,
according to Bruce Belcher, an MSA
representative from Rackham.
"AT THIS point, I'm not sure we'd get
enough to lower the tuition amount. If we did
raise enough funds to meet our needs, we
would try to lower it," Belcher said.
But Richard Layman, who is alos involved
in the project, said Belcher's idea has never
been discussed within MSA. He added that
he would prefer to redirect any supplemen-
tal funds into MSA's internal operations.
MSA President Paul Josephson said
"there has been no clear goal for the
development committee," but he confirmed
that an eventual reduction of student fees is
"possible" - if the committee can raise
BELCHER and Layman are members of
the assembly's Committee on
Reorganization (COR) which was formed
last summer to evaluate MSA's internal
COR has proposed the Development
Committee and other changes in the MSA
Constitution that will be presented to the
student body this Monday and Tuesday
when the assembly holds a special election
in conjunction with LSA student gover-
According to the existing MSA con-
stitution, the majority approval of the
student body is required to approve the COR
changes, which have been approved by the
assembly and will revise the assembly's
existing committee and representative
COR HAS proposed that the assembly
elect some of its representatives every
November, in addition to the March elec-
tions of the present system. Each represen-
tative would still serve a one-year term.
"This change alone would double the ef-
ficiency of MSA," Josephson said, ex-
plaining that the dual terms would facilitate
training and avoid having all new represen-
tatives elected every March.
Another key constitutional change up for
approval this week is a proposal to increase
the number of MSA representatives by
about 25 percent.
Belcher said such an increase would
provide the assembly with "more human
resources" which he said would spread
work out better and enable representatives
to contact their constituents.
IN ADDITION, the assembly will attempt
to impose stricter requirements on its
representatives, mandating that they each
serve on an MSA Committee, put in work
during MSA elections, and "contact con-
stituents on a regular basis."
See MSA, Page 3
LSA parties compete for
By NANCY DRISCOLL
For the first time in four years,
three student parties are competing
for the top spot in next year's LSA
,student government elections.
A fourth party is fielding can-
didates for LSA representative
positions but has not nominated a
presidential or vice presidential can-
THE CAMPAIGNS have focused on
the effectiveness of the currentLSA-
Michelle Tear, the current
president of LSA-SG is running for re-
election with the SAID (Students for
*Academic and Institutional
"Experience is the biggest issue of
the campaign," Tear, a junior said.
According to Tear, this is the first
time an incumbent president has run
for a second term.
HER RUNNING mate is junior
Michael Rolnick, who has been a LSA
representative since September.
"We're running on the fact that in
the past we've listened to students and
*id what they wanted us to do," Tear
Steve Herz, a sophomore, the Ac-
tion party's presidential candidate
disagrees: "We don't think that the
present administration is in touch
with students. Most people don't know
who's running the show in LSA gover-
nment. Until this week, no one knew
what LSA-SG achieved."
HERZ'S RUNNING mate is junior
be ore e
"My goal is to get more students in-
volved," Herz said.
"We can encourage participation
through surveys, and by talking to
people," Herz said. He questioned the
use of the $100 student computer fee.
"The University should be accoun-
table to every dollar. We should know
it is going to benefit the students."
"THE CAUSE (Concerned About
University Student Education) party
also has a platform of increased
"We will make sure that we are
constantly available to the student
body," said Keith Titen, CAUSE's
Titen and his running mate June
Kirchgatter want to institute the idea
of holding LSA-SG office hours in the
Fishbowl. "You can't represent the
student body if you don't know what
they want," Titen said.
CAUSE'S BIGGEST concern is
campus security. According to Titen,
his party would like to improve the
Night Owl and set up a system of
escorts in the major libraries. He
would like to see a specified area in
the library for escort volunteers and
as a gathering place for students
walking home, so they will not have to
The SAID party is stressing its ac-
complishments of the past year. Ac-
cording to Tear, her administration
worked toward increasing teaching
assistant proficiency and was suc-
cessful in getting a student on the TA
testing committee. Tear also said that
her administration was effective in
reprioritizing CRISP, allowing
juniors as well as seniors to have
registration priority over freshmen
Tear's administration is working on
getting a lounge back in the Un-
dergraduate Library and on
reorganizing graduation cermonies.
"I have a stake in making sure these
things get done," Tear said and called
her one-and-one half years as a
representative and term as president
"(THE OTHER candidates)
haven't been involved in any kind of
student government. You can't just
come in and take over and be effec-
tive," Tear said.
All three parties oppose the
proposed code of non-academic con-
duct. The ACTION party would like to
see a student bill of rights instead of
Onthe issue of granting LSA
students credit for ROTC courses,
both CAUSE and ACTION support the
idea, while SAID is still investigating
"ONLY DEAD fish go with the flow.
Vote for a change," is the slogan of
SDS (Students for a Democratic
School), the fourth party running a
slate of candidates in the election.
"Our party thinks things have been
stale. We want to make it more in-
teresting so that students want to get
involved," said senior, Annette
See THREE, Page 6
Daily Photo by JAE KIM
Author Tom Wolfe wears his trademark white suit as he prepares to address a crowd at Rackham last night.
He joked about modern society and spoke of his upcoming novel.
Wolfe satirizes modern society
By ALAN PAUL
Tom Wolfe, author of a dozen
books including The Right Stuff,
spoke last night to a standing room
only crowd of over 1,100 at Rackham
Auditorium. After an introduction
by LSA Dean Peter Steiner, Wolfe
took the podium clad in his
trademark white suit.
The first half of Wolfe's talk
resembled a standup comedian's
monologue and from the beginning
Wolfe had the crowd in his pocket.
"WHY HAS the great novel about
the American University not been
written?" he asked. "I would start
with an established large Mid-
westernschool. I'd have to pick -
Smiling and obviously ap-
preciative of the crowd's favorable
response, Wolfe proceeded to parody
amateur, particularly college,
"The term amateur athletics can
only produce snickers today," he
said. "Major college athletes are
encouraged to live like mercenaries
so what does anyone expect from
them? No one should be dumbfoun-
ded by the recent 'scandals.' "
WOLFE WENT on to lampoon
modern society from pornography to
Rambo to the high divorce rate.
"I'm really a pollyanna," Wolfe
said after his talk. "I really don't get
See WOLFE, Page 3
Graduating to Gorbachev
T AST YEAR, University seniors got to listen to
Gov. James Blanchard speak at commen-
seniors already had signed petitions endorsing Gor-
bachev as their choice and more names are added
every day, said Mark Fleischauer, an organizer of the
"Draft Gorbachev" movement. Despite the list of
student recommendations, university President
Donald Kennedy gets the final choice. What are the
chances of Gorbachev coming to the University?
in the nation, reflects "common sense," but opponents
call it misguided and argue that "parents ought to
decide and not the government." At issue are perfor-
mances at the Convention Center Arena, owned by San
Antonio, the naton's 10th largest city. The ordinance,
which comes up for debate Thursday, would bar anyone
younger than 13 from concerts at which sadistic or
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SCHIZOPHRENIC: Arts tries to say everything
about Simple Minds. See Page 5.
PACKER: Sports profiles former Michigan