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Ninety-six years of editorial freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, April 9, 1986


Vol. XCVI - No._129

Ten Pages

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily


Vest named
interim dean

Charles Vest, associate dean for
academic affairs in the College of
Engineering, has agreed to fill
outgoing Dean James Duderstadt's
spot until a permanent dean can be
found for the college. Vest is also a
strong candidate for the permanent
Duderstadt was recently recom-
mended by University President
Harold Shapiro to fill the University's
No. 2 position as vice president for
academic affairs and provost. Duder-
stadt's nomination is expected to be
approved by the Board of Regents
later this month.
BILLY FRYE, vice president for
academic affairs and provost, an-
nounced Vest's decision yesterday at
an engineering faculty meeting in
Chrysler Auditorium. "Chuck Vest
certainly has the understanding and
knowledge that makes him a wonder-
ful choice for this position," Frye
"It is very important to act
quickly," Frye said. "The
Engineering College is in a state of
enormous momentum."
Duderstadt's and Vest's five-year
administration has seen dramatic
changes within the college, including
the completion of its move to North
Campus, a 30-year process, the in-
stitution of several major high-tech
labs, the recruitment of 110 faculty
members - over a third of the entire

faculty composition - and the con-
troversial elimination of the
engineering humanities department.
"I DO not intend to lose this momen-
tum," Vest said. "I will take this
position with energy and pur-
posefulness. My sleeves are rolled up
for the next few months."
Duderstadt commemorated Vest's
appointment by giving him a rubber
chicken to "call the house to order," a
gavel, and a samurai knife.
"This is what we call a symbol of
leadership in engineering these
days," Duderstadt said as he gave
Vest the knife. "'It is for the 'Samurai
Dean,' or 'Shogun.' "

Duderstadt hinted that as vice
president he might have to reject
budget requests from the engineering
college and that Vest might find the
knife "handy in detail budget
ALTHOUGH Vest has been appoin-
ted only to the interim dean position,
several engineering professors have
speculated that he is also a leading
contender for the permanent post.
In a letter to engineering faculty
members last week, Frye wrote that
the college would probably benefit
most from an internal appointment
rather than an outsider picked by a
See VEST, Page 3

Duderstailt sprogram

James Duderstadt, President
Shapiro's choice for vice president for
academic affairs, outlined his
strategies for the job yesterday, em-
phasizing that the University must
build up its academic programs if it is
to become a leader among its com-
"I believe the University has the
resources and opportunities to
become the flagship of public higher
education in the country," Duderstadt
said to an audience of engineering


faculty gathered in Chrysler
Currently the dean of the College of;
Engineering, Duderstadt has been
recommended to replace outgoing
Vice President Billy Frye.
SINCE Duderstadt took over as
dean in the summer of 1981, the.
engineering college has made strides:
in increasing its budget sources, im-
proving academic requirements, and,
bringing in new faculty.
Duderstadt's philosophy as dean
See V.P., Page 3

Daily Photo by PETE ROSS
Krishna families
Hare Krishna devotees Pancha-Tattva and her father Apurva-das enjoy an afternoon together. For a look at
Hare Krishna families see the photostory on page 8.

'Regents may refuse

honorary degree to

Jailed South African leader Nelson Man-
dela will probably not receive an honorary
degree at the University's commencement
ceremony next month because a Board of
Regents bylaw prohibits giving an honorary
degree "in absentia."
In addition, a member of the University's
honorary degree committee, who refused to
be identified, said the regents, in a closed
session in January, rejected the panel's
recommendation that Raoul Wallenberg be
given an honorary degree, because Wallen-
berg would be unable to accept the honor in

WALLENBERG, a former University
student, who saved the lives of hundreds of
thousands of Hungarian Jews in Nazi Ger-
many, disappeared shortly after World War
II. He is believed to be dead.
Mandela, a black South African, has been
in prison since 1962, serving a life sentence
for leading the revolution against the
nation's white regime. He is recognized as a
symbol of the anti-apartheid movement in
his country.
A group of University students called the
Free South Africa Coordinating Committee
(FSACC) has been urging the University to
give Mandela the degree. One of the reasons

the group constructed a shanty on the Diag
was to draw attention to its request that
Mandela be honored.
MEMBERS OF FSACC said they would
ask the regents to change the bylaw. "It ex-
cludes a whole series of people who are in
jail precisely for what they should be
honored, for taking a stand," said sociology
teaching assistant Hector Delgado.
Degree committee members have
received over a dozen letters of support for
Mandela, including ones from South African
author Nadine Gordimer, U.S. Sen. Ikon
Riegle (D-Michigan), and State Represen-
tative Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor).

But the committee member said the panel
was deadlocked over the decision of whether
to give Mandela the degree. He said the
panel decided to stop discussing the matter
until members learned how the regents feel
about it.
TWO REGENTS yesterday affirmed that
the board does not give honorary degrees to
people who can't come to campus to accept
them. Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
said mime Marcel Marceau was not given a
degree last May after henmissed a plane,
and hence could not attend the commen-
cement ceremony.

"More than anything else, I think the
board feels that honorary degrees are more
an actual part of the ceremony than the
University honoring someone," he said.
"In the years I've been on the board I can
think of three or four prominent people we
didn't give degrees to because they couldn't
come," he added. "It would be an exercise
in futility to offer someone an honorary
degree when we knew they couldn't come."
ROACH AND Regent Deane Baker (R
Ann Arbor) refused to confirm or deny that

See MANDELA, Page 2

Music school puts halt to acting program

A high faculty turnover rate has
forced the University's School of
Music to temporarily suspend ad-
missions to its Master of Fine Arts
program in acting.
School of Music Dean Paul Boylan
said the suspension will last two or
three years and will give the school a
chance to strengthen the un-
dergraduate program in theater.
Only five first-year students and 13
full-time faculty remain in the M.F.A.
"IT IS necessary to start over with
a strong faculty base teaching the un-

dergraduate program, and then build
on that base for the graduate
program," he said.
Boylan has assigned Benedict
Nightingale, a former drama critic
for the the New York Times, to
redesign the undergraduate program.
Associate theater and drama Prof.
Phillip Kerr said that although he
regrets the program's suspension, "It
will strengthen the undergradaute
program, which in the long run will
help us."
Boylan said he hopes to build a
solid faculty on the undergraduate
level and increase the performing

locations available to students in the
Currently, theater students can only
produce performances in the
Trueblood Theater, a small theater in
the Frieze Building. Boylan said
gaining access to the Power Center
and the Mendelssohn Theater would
give students better experience in
stage design and technical theater.
"WE WEREN'T as welcome (in the
Power Center) as I would have liked
and we are instituting the broader
reorganization so that the interest of
the students would be served,"
Boylan said.

Boylan plans to add other fields to
the M.F.A. program, such as
dramaturgy, which encompasses all
aspects of theater. He also wants to
increase the MFA program's full-time
staff, although he could not say by
how much.
But the music school must improve
the undergraduate program before
expanding the graduate program,
Boylan said. "Other things such as
design and technical theater must be
set on the undergraduate level
because they are solid fundamental
foundations of the (graduate)
program," he said.

Minority leaders ask for more cooperation

Campus minority leaders stressed last night
that cooperation is the key to solving the Univer-
sity's problems of racism, retention, and recruit-
ment of minority students.
"What most of us don't know is that all of our
participation is needed to make a more equitable
atmosphere for both minorities and non-
minorities," said Roderick Linzie, the Michigan
Student Assembly's minority researcher, at a
forum on racism last night in the Union.
SPONSORED by the Student Organization and

Development Center, last night's forum was only
the second time this year that leaders from dif-
ferent minority groups have gathered to discuss
their common problems - and search for com-
mon solutions.
The panel outlined the effects of racism on
retention and recruitment of minority students.
"Although this University may be at the forefront
of many things, it is not at the forefront of dealing
with major racial problems that exist within it and
society," said Howard Jacobson, an LSA senior
who is a member of the United Commnity Against

Racism (UCARe).
The Minority leaders said they are disappointed
that the University stresses minority recruitment
over minority retention. "Although Niara
Sudarkasa, the associate vice president for
academic affairs had committed the University to
increasing applicants by 60 per cent, it has vir-
tually forgotten about retention efforts once the
students are enrolled at the University," said
LSA senior Dean Goto, a member of the Asian
American Association.
See RACISM, Page 3

Recognition awards ""aily" "Poto"by MA I
Terrence Brown, Associate Director for the Comprehensive Studies/Op-
portunity Program, announces recipients of Student Recognition Awards
last night at the Michigan Union Ballroom. See story, Page 2.

TUDENTS WHO have been concerned about
the administration cracking down on protesters
can breath a sigh of relief. Bureaucratic jargon
seems to be thwarting any intentions to step up

sity employees who are responsible to you. This
delegation of authority, together with similar
delegations to the Director and Assistant Directors of
the University Department of Safety, supersedes the
authorization on the subject contained in any and all
prior memoranda issued by me and prior University
Presidents. It does not supplant the intrinsic authority
nf Ulniversity nersnnnela 2tinL in the onure nf thira

Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy. According to Ed-
ward LaPlante of Racine, Wis., the crew has written
"The Khadafy Shuffle," a spoof of the Chicago Bear's
"Super Bowl Shuffle." "If the Super Bowl champs can
have a shuffle, so can the Navy," LaPlante wrote his
mother, Joanne Tamblingson, from the carrier which
was among those on maneuvers near the Gulf of Sidra
uMarch 2dm wh n hrnc n e n frnntatitn n hemwan ITS

SOUPS ON: Opinion salutes Campbell's
recognition of farmworkers. See Page 4.
u EMna. (&GHANDI: Arts lauds "Turtle



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