Ninety-six years of editorial freedom
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Vol. XCVI - No. 93
Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, February 11, 1986
By NANCY DRISCOLL
The LSA curriculum committee may
recommend that faculty limit the
amount of college credit students can
receive at the University for scores on
AdvancedPlacement tests taken in
The committee has asked all depar-
tments to review their policies regar-
ding AP credit.
IN A LETTER to department
chairman, LSA Associate Dean Jack
Meiland wrote, "The college
curriculum committee is concerned
that AP credit may be having an im-
portant and perhaps deleterious effect
on the quality of our liberal arts
Ten departments in LSA offer bet-
ween two and 12 credits for scores of
three, four, or five on each test. The
history department only accepts
scores of four or five for credit.
The Educational Testing Board in
Princeton, N.J. administers tests in
subjects such as chemistry, calculus
and English 21 to high school students
across the country.
'It's called Advanced Placement, not extra
- Rudi Lindner
Curriculum committee chairman
MANY COLLEGES and univer-
sities grant some credit for doing well
on the tests, but the curriculum com-
mittee said it was concerned that the
University has consistently ranked
number one oir two in the nation in
number of AP scores received.
David Shappirio, a non-voting
member of the committee and direc-
tor of the honors program, said a
negative effect of granting so much
AP credit is that "distribution
requirements are met before coming
to college and you don't take courses
of the same nature in high school."
The committee also questioned
whether students who receive AP
credit for a specific college course can
handle the material in the next
sequential course the University.
LINDNER said for example, that he
doubted that receiving a three on an
AP history test is the equivalent of
taking a University course.
But Donald Swain, assistant direc-
tor of Admissions disagreed, "The
studies that we have done show that
students who get credit for AP cour-
ses do as well if not better (in the next
See LSA, Page 5
Awaiting the tallies
A large crowd waits at the National Assembly in Manila yesterday for delivery of the tally sheets from Friday's
presidential election. A special session of the Assembly opened yesterday to make the only legally binding vote
count in the Philippine election. See In Brief, Page 2.
Retailers to distribute
By ADAM CORT
The University has struck a deal with
local computer retailers which allows the
- retailers to sell computers at discounts that
are only available through the University.
The agreement culminates eight months
of strained negotiations between the
University and the retailers. The controver-
sy centered around whether the University
was monopolizing the local market by of-
.fering discounts that were not available to
IN RESPONSE to complaints from the
retailers, state House of Representatives
Margaret O'Conner (D-Saline) sponsored a
proposal that would make it illegal for the
University to sell computers.
Burton Leland (D-Detroit), chairman of
the committee of Colleges and Universities
said he initially agreed to review the
proposal in his committee, but upon reading
it he decided that the wording was uncon-
stitutional and vague.
The problem is not so far-reaching to take
it to the legislature. We don't need to pass
legislation wit such a broad scope for a local
problem," Leland said.
O'Connor said she will try to get the bill in-
troduced in the Senate.
BEGINNING in February. 1984, the
University has offered members of the
University community Macintosh and IBM
computers for up to 40 percent off the retail
price. Local retailers criticized this as un-
fair competition because they could not
match the low prices.
"It's impossible to compete... especially
in the area of Macintosh," said Rick Weir,
president of Complete Computer Center.
Weir's company was not part of the
agreement between the University and the
Inacomp, Computerland, and The Lear-
ning Center are the only local retailers who
agreed to sell Apple and IBM computers at
discounts through the University.
SOME retailers who will participate in the
agreement object to the University playing
any part in the retail business. "This is a
grave assault on the free enterprise
system,"ssaid NancyReding, education
manager of The Learning Center. "It's
betraying public trust to use the money
designated for education to run a retail
store," she said.
Greg Marks, the University's deputy vice
provost for information technology, coun-
tered by saying, "Computers are becoming
an intrinsic part of the University. It is our
obligation to make the cost of getting them
as low as possible."
Officials also said no tax dollars are used
to supplement the computer discounts. Ed
Sanders, director of Microcomputer
Education Systems, said the University
breaks even in computer deals. "We've
tried to fully recover the operation costs of
providing service," he said.
THE AGREEMENT reached by the
See 4U,' Page 5
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN
"Any person who is excited about
bringing in poet Alan Ginsburg and
comedian Yakov Smirnov is not
likely to be a typical rabbi."
Michael Brooks, director of B'nai
B'rith Hillel Foundation is describing
Phyllis Zarren, a young, liberal, open-
minded woman who has overcome
past struggles with the existence of
God and the necessity of Judaism - or
See WOMAN, Page 3
lounge may be
finished by fall
Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER
Phyllis Zarren, current program coordinator of B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, will begin a five-year study
program at the Reform Rabbinical School in Jerusalem this July.
By PHILIP LEVY
The University's Executive Officers
have given preliminary approval for a
lounge in the Undergraduate Library,
according to Carla Stoffle, assistant
director of the University library.
Stoffle and Vice President for
Student Services Henry Johnson are
currently working on the logistics of
THE LOUNGE will probably be
located in the lobby of the library,
where the copy machines are now.
Stoffle said she expects the lounge to
include four to six vending machines,
and that the whole area may be
retiled or carpeted.
The entire renovation is expected to
cost between $25,000 and $27,000. In
addition, annual .cleaning and
security costs are projected at $17,000,
Stoffle said, but vending machine
revenues should cover part of that ex-
A lounge on the fourth floor of the
UGLi was removed in 1984 to make
room for a microcomputer center and
to cut down the amount of food in the
THE REMOVAL of the lounge was
timed to coincide with the renovation
of the Union's basement. Officials felt
that the Union could replace the
lounge as a place to take a break from
But this solution proved unsatisfac-
tory, said Diane Melnick, the LSA
Student Government representative
on the LSA Library Committee,
because it isn't safe for women to
walk alone between the library and
the Union. "Even the walk from the
UGLi to Stop-n-Go involves an unsafe
corner," she said.
Besides, she said, "People should
be able to take a break after four to
six hours of studying and get
something to eat."
OTHER students apparently felt the
same way. During the winter 1985
term a petition with approximately
500 student signatures was presented
to the Executive Officers asking for
the replacement of the lounge.
LSA Student Government member
Gregg Brauer circulatedna similar
petition this year and gathered about
Michelle Tear, LSA Student Gover-
nment president, said she is pleased
with the University's receptiveness to
reopening a lounge. "I think this is a
very positive thing, a big accom-
plishment. We worked together with
the administration to get something'
See ADMINISTRATION, Page 2
Housing considers evicting student
By EVE BECKER
University housing officials notified a Couzens
resident last Thursday that they would terminate
his lease within 24 hours because he exhibited
conduct "which could jeopardize life, limb, and
But housing officials yesterday said they have
engaged in constructive talks with the student,
S and may re-evaluate the conditions of terminating
The student, engineering freshman Greg
Brown, circulated a flyer last December issuing
what some have called derogatory and offensive
comments about Jerral Jackson, building director
of Couzens. The flyer also included statements
that Brown's friends said were perceived as
threats by Jackson. "I am watching and waiting to
make your life a living hell," the flyer read.
SINCE THE incident, however, Brown has
talked to Jackson, his resident director, and the
associate director of housing. During those
meetings, Brown formally apologized for
distributing the flyer and offered to do community
Brown said he wrote the flyer "because I saw
ambiguities in the policies." He declined to
See HOUSING, Page 2
11 N YSTERIOUS disappearances have been
Ulrich's bags, full of empty beer cans, were taken out
of a "catcher" full of cans in the North Lecture Hall.
Ada Kusnetz, head of the medical fraternity's Arthritis
project and second year medical student, became con-
cerned, and contacted campus security. She began
locking the catchers up in a storage closet overnight.
don't disappear," Kusnitz said. "There are just people
who don't care. Maybe I'm naive. Not everyone's
honest. I wish they were." Tim Shannon, investigator
at Campus Security, said, "It's not likely it's someone
off the street ... There's definitely some kind of pat-
tern there and it is definitely getting our attention."
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