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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 28, 1986- Page 3

MSU moves up application

deadline

By LAURA COUGHLIN
Due to a 43 percent increase in ap-
plications, Michigan State University may
stop accepting applications for next fall's
freshman class about four months early.
MSU director of admissions Bill Turner
expects to receive as many as 18,000 ap-
plications for 6,700 spaces in the freshman
class.
TURNER said the admissions office may
stop accepting applications in April.
Although the admissions office receives
most of the applications by then, Turner
said it usually accepts late applications
through late August.
Turner predicts that MSU will have to
turn away many "fundamentally qualified"

applicants because of the increase.
The University of Michigan has also seen
an increase in applicants, although it is not
as drastic as the increase at MSU. Accor-
ding to University Directory of Admissions
Cliff Sjogren, applications to the University
have increased by 40 percent over the last
three years.
THIS YEAR applications are up 7 to 10
percent from last year. Sjorgren expects to
receive about 17,000 applications for 4,400
spaces in the freshman class. Ap-
proximately 8,000 of the applicants will be
accepted to the University, Sjorgren said.
Of the 9,000 who will be denied admission
to the University, about 75 percent are fully
qualified to do work here, Sjogren said. The

admissions office refers those students to
the University's Dearborn and Flint cam-
puses.
Proportionally, the University will refuse
admission to just as many students as MSU.
TURNER noted that MSU's increases
have come largely from in-state students,
while the University of Michigan's in-
creases came from both in-state and out-of-
state students.
Sjorgren credits tuition freezes and an
improved state economy for the applicant
increase at both universities.
"We've frozen tuition. This has made
Michigan schools much more attractive to
the Michigan resident," he said.
Both Sjorgren and Turner agree that with

increased numbers of applicants, the
academic standards at the two colleges will
rise.
AS a Michigan land grant university we
consciously see a role of serving quite a
broad spectrum," Turner said. "But in the
end I have no' doubt that the increase will
lead to a freshman class that reflects rising
academic standards."
According to Sjorgren, "The number of
applicants drives the threshold either up or
down, although this year we think there is a
corresponding increase in academic quality
of the applicant group."
Figures from the University of Michigan's
admissions office predict that the typical
Michigan high school senior admitted to the

University will have a 3.4 grade point
average and a 25 on the American College
Test (ACT).
The typical out-of-state student will have
a 3.6 grade point average and 25 on the ACT.
MSU's typical freshman will come to
college with a 3.3 grade point average and
a 23 on the ACT.
Both Turner and Sjogren agreed that
because the two universities are so dif-
ferent, comparing their increases it poin-
tless.
"When you have two major research
universities, the fact that both are
flourishing is a compliment to the state,"
Turner said.

Honduran army displays Nicaraguan bodies; Ortega condemns aid

CAPIRE, Honduras (AP) - The
Honduran army displayed the bodies
of five Nicaraguan soldiers and
dozens of Soviet-style weapons
yesterday at this dusty camp about
six miles north of the Nicaraguan
border.'
About 70 reporters, photographers
and cameramen were taken to the
camp in two Chinook helicopters,
flown by Americans, in an attempt by
*Lappe
defends'
Sandinistas
(Continued from Page 1)
rebels, on the other hand, have an ex-
tensive unpunished pattern of human
rights abuses, she said.
"There has been some press cen-
sorship, but there remains a lively
amount of debate. The opposition
press, however, doesn't choose to
support freedom of the press," Lappe
said.
SPEAKING OF the often
discredited Nicaraguan elections,
Lappe said U.S. election coverage
was inaccurate.
"There was an article in the New
Yorker Book Review that said the op-
position was forced to stay in the elec-
tion by the Sandinistas for cosmetic
reasons, but I read a letter from the
opposition leader himself who said he
had trouble keeping people in his par-
ty because the U.S. government was
bribing them to fall out of the elec-
tions," she said.
Lappe applauded the Sandinistas
for their land reform policy, where
landlowners have an obligation to put
their land into production. Because
idle land can be confiscated, she said,
60 percent of peasants have received
more land and 15 times more land is
cultivated than during the Somoza
regime.
In her closing remarks, Lappe
congratulated the Ann Arbor com-
munity for getting the Central
American peace initiative, also kn-
Sknown as proposal A, on the April 7
ballot.

the Hondurans to prove their conten-
tion that up to 1,500 Nicaraguan
soldiers invaded their country last
weekend.
Nicaragua has denied its troops en-
tered Honduras, but has said its
soldiers are engaged in a battle with
rebels near the border. It has said the
reports of fighting in Honduras were
made to bolster President Reagan's
request for congressional approval of
$100 million in aid to the rebels, called
Contras.
LT. COL. Danilo Carbajal Molina
said fighting was continuing about six
to 10 miles northeast of his camp, but
was confined mostly to sporadic en-
counters.

But Carbajal also said that
Nicaragua was reinforcing its men in-
side Honduras with MI-8 helicopters.
The five dead Sandinista soldiers
were laid out in a gulley near the
helicopter landing pad. They were
shirtless and shoeless and covered
with flies.
THEY WERE killed within the last
48 hours," said Maj. Miguel Perez, as
he walked down the line of bodies,
pausing to kick thefeet of each. "They
were killed by Honduran troops on our
soil not far from here."
Honduran military intelligence
sources said the rebels killed 200
Nicaraguan soldiers and wounded 150
others as the soldiers tried to return to

Nicaragua.
Earlier, a Nicaraguan military of-
ficial said the army plays a defensive,
not offensive role and by policy does
not cross borders to pursue rebels.
BUT Nicaraguan sources familiar
with military developments said that
in the past fighting between the army
and the Contras had spread across the
ill-defined, mountainous border into
Honduras.
The sources said such incursions go
no deeper than several miles. Most of
the border area is sparsely populated
and lacks clear markings to indicate
where one country ends and the other
begins.

In Washington, the State Depar-
tment said yesterday Honduran for-
ces were conducting "mop up"
operations against the remnants of
Nicaraguan forces who crossed the
border, and fighting was "tapering
off."
State Department spokesman
Charles Redman said it was not clear

how many Sandinista troops
remained on Honduran territory
following the "deepest, largest most
serious penetration of Honduran
territory ever."~
For the fourth consecutive day, the
Nicaraguan Defense Ministry issued
a statement denying that its t ops
were battling Contra units inside
Honduras.

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