The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 16, 1986 - Page3
By JOHN DUNNING
with wire reports
As early as next spring, parents
may be able to ensure that their
children attend a public university by
paying a lump sum to the state when
each child is born.
Gov. James Blanchard introduced
the parent-paid tuition guarantee
program to the state legislature
yesterday with the support of leaders
from both parties. The program,
called Baccalaureate Education
System Trust (BEST), is expected to
pass the House and Senate by this
summer's legislative recess.
The BEST program, introduced by
Blanchard earlier this year in his State
of the State message, would allow
students to attend any of the state's 15
public universities if they gain ad-
mission and if their parents have in-
vested in the program.
STATE Treasurer Robert Bowman
said several factors will determine
the size of the parents' tax-exempt
contributions, including the age of the
child, date of entry to college and the
type of payment plan the parents
If the program were in effect now,
Bowman estimated a parent would
have to make a one-time payment of
between $3,100 and $4,600 to guarantee
tuition for a child born today. Along
with, the one-time initial sum, parents
could also choose to make periodic
payments to the fund and families
could opt to drop out of the program
and get back their full investments.
The program would benefit
"working class to upper-middle class
families who don't have a clear way to
set aside money to assure that their
children attend a public university,"
said Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann .Ar-
Although the plan would not directly
benefit the University, admissions of-
ficials will now be able to accept poor
students they once had to turn away.
Once the program takes effect, "no
university will be able to deny access
to students simply because they can-
not afford it," Bowman said.
Sen. Patrick McCollough (D-
Dearborn), the program's chief spon-
sor in the Senate, said he has 23
signatures from lawmakers wanting
to co-sponsor the legislation. The bill
needs only 20 votes to pass the Senate.
Rep. James Kosteva (D-Canton)
said 64 members of the House have
already endorsed the legislation,
which is eight more than the 56 votes
needed to approve a bill in the 110-
"We think Michigan will now
become a leader in access to oppor-
tunity in the nation," Blanchard said,
adding that the program "removeg
from the parents the worry aboiA
Although no state tax dollars will be
involved in the program Blanchard
said some Republicans are still skep-
tical about whether the Interinl
Revenue Service will allow invest-
ments in the fund to be tax exempt.
March of Dimes
BIRTH DEFECTS FOUNDATION S ,-
Some 75 demonstrators marched in front of the ROTC armory at the University of Minnesota yesterday to
protest the anti-terrorist bombings of Libya Monday.
around Ann Arbor
0 Campus Cinema
Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)I
Hill St.,6 p.m. (pt. 2), Mich.l
Critically acclaimed, this is Lan-
imann's 9 hour Holocaust documen-
tary that was ten years in the making.
License To Kill (1958), BFS, 7 p.m.,
Aud. A, Angell Hall.
Both sides of the death penalty are
brought out in this thought-provoking
The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)1
Hill St., 8:30 p.m., Hill St.
A classic American comedy about a
college grad who is "a little worried"
about his future. Dustin Hoffman falls
in love with Katherine Ross, the
daughter of the woman (Anne Ban-
croft) who seduces him.
The Pirates of Penzance - University
Gilbert and Sullivan Society, 8:15
p.m., Mendelssohn Theater (761-
Directed by Steven Krahnke and
choreographed by Peggy Benson, this
joyous musical tale of a lovestruck
apprentice pirate is set to a vibrant
score conducted alternately by Ed
Lundergran and Francis Cianfrocca
and performed by University School
of Music and local instrumentalists.
Music of the Italian Baroque -
University School of Music Early
Music Ensemble, 8 p.m., University
School of Music organ recital hall
Early music keyboard specialist
Edward Parmentier directs a
program of works by Monteverdi,
Vivaldi, and Giovanni Gabrieli.
John Williams -University Musical
Society, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium (665-
Performing on the same stage
where, less than a month ago, his
former teacher, Andres Segovia, had
appeared, the superb Australian-born
guitarist tonight plays a program in-
cluding works by Albeniz, Asturias,
Bach, and Barrios.
Bars & Clubs
THE ARK (761-1451) - Paul
Geremia, country blues.
BIRD OF PARADISE (662-8310) -
Ron Brooks Trio, jazz.
THE BLIND PIG (996-8555) - Before
or After, techno-rock dance quartet.
THE EARLE (994-0211) - Larry
MR. FLOOD'S PARTY (995-2132) -
Private Sector, wide variety.
THE NECTARINE BALLROOM (994-
5436) - DJ, dance music.
RICK'S AMERICAN CAFE (996-2747)
- Fast Tracks, jazz, rock, blues,
U-CLUB (763-2236) - Laugh Track.
Louis Seigelbaum - "The Gor-
bachevshchina: Reflections From a
Recent Visit," Russian and East
European Studies, noon, Commons
Room, Lane Hall.
Carolyn Kizer - Hopwood Awards
Ceremony, 4 p.m., Rackham
Carl Cohen - "Abortion, Part II:
The Moral Status of the Fetus," noon,
South Lecture Hall, Medical Science
Steve Jessup - "Speciation and
Geographic Pattern in the Genus
Botany, noon, 1139 Natural Science
Kirsti Simonsuuri - "Sisyphos and
the Mythographical Tradition,"
Studies, 4 p.m., 2009 Angell Hall.
A.H. Harcourt - "Cooperation as a
Means of Competition Among
Primates," 2p.m., 231 Angell Hall.
Jennifer Kitchell - "Dynamic
Feedback Between Predator and
Prey Traits: A View From the Past
and the Present," Biology, 4 p.m.,
Lecture Room II, MLB.
David Garner - "Diagnostic Issues
in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia,"
Psychiatry, 10:30 a.m., Auditorium;
"Perspectives on Psychotherapy
Outcomes for Eating Disorders," 2:30
p.m., CPH Conference Room, Child
and Adolescent Psychology Hospital.
Michael Bradley - "Arizona Water
Policy," Natural Resources, 3 p.m.,
1046 Dana Bldg.
Michael Freedman - "A-B-Slice
Problem," Mathematics, 4 p.m., 3201
Marcia Hall - "Race Con-
sciousness in Black Students on White
Campuses: Preliminary Findings,"
CEW, noon, 350S. Thayer.
Archery Club - 8p.m., Coliseum.
Baha'i Club - 5:30 p.m., Union.
Dissertation Support Group - 8:30
a.m., 3100 Union.
Ensian Yearbook - 7 p.m., Student
Science Fiction Club - Stilyagi Air
Corps, 8:15 p.m., League.
Michigan Gay Union - 9 p.m., 802
Day Without Sunshine - Politics of
Hunger film series, 7:30 p.m., 4070
Women's Rugby practice - 4 p.m.,
Women's Tennis - Michigan State,
2:30 p.m., Track & Tennis Bldg.
dBase III, Part II - Microcomputer
Education workshop, 8:30 p.m., 3001
School of Education Bldg.
Microsoft Word for the Macintosh,
Part I - Microcomputer Education
workshop, 8:30 a.m., 3001 School of
Learning to Use the Macintosh -
Microcomputer Education workshop,
2 p.m., 3001 School of Education Bldg.
Tae Kwon Do practice - 6 p.m.,
Tutoring in math, science and
engineering - Tau Beta Pi, 7 p.m.,
307 Undergraduate Library: 8 n.m..
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"We can agree to a salary increase
but we haven't yet," Gamble said,
referring to the three percent Univer-
HE SAID an agreement may not be
reached until the state budget is
ratified and complications of the
Gramm-Rudman deficit reduction
law are worked out.
"There are still a lot of unanswered
questions from Lansing and Washin-
ton," he said.
Gamble said he undertands GEO's
demand for an 8 percent salary in-
"I would like to see the whole
University package get eight percent
if it was possible," he added.
Gamble said that progress was
being made in the negotiations, and
that neither side has been stalling.
"We've definitely made some
progress in contract language,"
GEO members have expressed con-
cern that they may receive less of a
salary increase than faculty and staff.
They also said that in view of a
possible tuition increase, a 3 percent
pay hike would actually be a pay cut.
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