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Ninety-six years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVI - No. 2

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, January 16, 1986

Eight Pages

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'U' plan
spurs new
change in
NCAA rule
By STEVE HERZ
A new National Collegiate Athletic
*Association rule that tightens
academic standards for student-
athletes has attracted a plethora of
media attention this week, but the
University administrator who wrote
the rule said yesterday much of that
attention is misplaced.
At its annual convention in New
Orleans, the NCAA overwhelmingly
approved a minimum requirement of
a 2.0 high school grade point average
nd a cumulative SAT score of 700 for
all college athletes. The new rule is
flexible, however, because it allows
students who fail one requirement to
make up for it by doing well in
another. Thus, a student with a 2.5
high school G.P.A. and a 660 on the
SAT would qualify for athletic com-
petition.
Undergraduate Admissions Direc-
tor Cliff Sjogren, who drafted the
proposal in 1982, said a more
significant part of the new rule is that
student-athletes will be required to
complete at least 11 academic courses
in high school and maintain at least a
2.0 in those courses -.regardless of
the students' SAT scores.
"This is the meat behind the plan,"
Sjogren said. He added that he old
rule, which did not require college
athletes to have taken academic cour-
ses in high school, discouraged them
from taking hard courses.
0 Sjogren acknowledged that the rule
still is flawed because high schools
can simply designate "blow-off"
courses as academic. "The high
school can say that 'Fun with Num-
bers' is an academic course if they
choose to. There will be some of
that," said Sjogren.
LEADERS OF southern black
universities have ' charged that the
rule discriminates against blacks
because the SAT is racially biased, but
OSjogren and NCAA Chairman Walter
Byars maintain that the SAT
measures skills needed to succeed at
college.
Michigan basketball player Steve
Stoyko, a sophomore with a 3.4 grade
point average in pre-med, said "I
think their proposal is a good idea,
he said. "But then again, I got like a
1200 on the SAT."
Senior Butch Wade took a different
See 'U,' Page 2

Tutu
Ues. 4

seeks
aetion

in S.Afia

By EVE BECKER
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - Bishop Desmond Tutu
winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize,
spoke in Detroit last night as part of
his three week visit to the United
States to rally support to oppose South
Africa's apartheid system.
Tutu, the Anglican bishop of Johan-
nesburg and spokesman for black
South Africans, said the U.S. could
promote change in South Africa by
imposing economic sanctions on
South Africa's government.
"IF REAGAN was to treat South
Africa the way he would treat
Nicaragua, apartheid would end
tomorrow," Tutu said. President
Reagan has imposed a trade embargo
on Nicaragua and is backing rebel
contra groups there, but he opposes
economic sanctions on war-torn South
Africa.
Tutu, under restrictions of his
government, was not allowed to
discuss divestment of economic funds.
Tutu said he was on a three-point
mission to come to the United States.
He said he wantefl to "say thank you
to people all over the country...who
have committed themselves to our
struggle of peace, justice, and recon-
ciliation," to intensify the awareness
of the struggle in South Africa, and to
raise money for two scholarship funds

he has set up to aid South African
refugees.
EIGHT OF the recipients of the
scholarships attend American
universities. He is also raising money
to help South African political
prisoners and their families.
Tutu said black South Africans are
helped by any sanctions opposing the
South African apartheid government.
He said a "cumulative effort (of
smaller countries) will affect the
morale of victims of apartheid...to
show the world does care."
"It's not so much the quantity of
policies, but the psychological im-
pact," he said. "We're not cam-
paigning for civil rights, we are cam-
See TUTU, Page 2
Bomb threat
An anonymous caller to The Daily
last night said that three bombs
were set to go off around campus
today.
The caller said the first bomb
would explode in the Undergraduate
Library at 8 a.m., the second would
go off at 11 a.m. in Angell Hall, and
the third would go off at 2 p.m. in the
Michigan Union.
The caller, a woman who spoke in
an Arabic-sounding accent, refused
to identify herself, saying only,
"Khadafy reigns."

Daily Photo by DEAN RANDAZZO
Bishop Desmond Tutu speaks in Detroit, gathering support to oppose South Africa's apartheid policies.

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Regents not yet expected to act on code

By KER Y MURAKAMI
University administrators and members of
the Board of Regents said yesterday they do
not expect the regents to act on a code of non-
academic conduct at their monthly meeting
this afternoon.
University President Harold Shapiro, accor-
ding to students on the council, said in private
meetings last October that he might bypass the
University Council and ask the regents to ap-
prove a code this month if the council hadn't
finished its work.
SHAPIRO and several regents have felt the
council has been stalling in coming up with a

code, the students said.
But apparently, councilmembers placated
these fears last week when they announced
they will release "emergency procedures" for
discussion by the end of the month. These
guidelines would regulate how the Univeristy
responds to life-threatening situations.
According to Paul Josephson, president of
the Michigan Student Assembly, Shapiro said
in a meeting this week he felt the council was
making progress, and had showed "good faith"
by planning to release the emergency
procedures.
SHAPIRO declined to comment last night.
Another University administrator, Virginia

Nordby, who has been reporting the council's
progress to Shapiro, said yesterday she doesn't
expect any action on the code today.
"The University Council is working effectively
and making real progress. Its co-chairs are to
be commended for their leadership and its
members for their perseverence and hard
work," she said.
HOWEVER, THE administration's decision
not to pursue a code this month is by no means
a carte blanche for the council.
Regent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey) yesterday
said he doesn't expect any action on the code
today, but he added that the regents would not
hesitate to pass an interim code if they felt

progress was not being made.
Josephson said he was hopeful the regents
will continue to be patient. "I think they've
grown impatient because they haven't seen
anything come out of the council. I expect that
by mid-February, discussion will be able to
begin taking place on the emergency
procedures," he said.
But as for problems that are not emergen-
cies, the council has discussed leaving rule-
making up to individual units of the University
- dormitories, libraries, and sports facilities,
for example. Such a plan would not be ready to
implement until at least the fall.

Steiner appointed
rape crisis center

to

Students struggle to stifle
the sting of sophomore slump

By LAURA BISCHOFF
Almost a year after a student
rotest at a top administrator's office
rought a promise for the establish-
ment of a rape crisis center, Julie
Steiner was named coordinator of the
center.
Steiner, who begins her new job on
February 3, is a 1976 University
graduate of the Natural Resources
Environmental Advocacy Program.
She said she does not yet have a
blueprint of programs for the center.
- "THE FIRST thing I want to do is
meet with as many people as possible
a- nd find out what people have been
doing and where they'd like the center
to go," Steiner said.
The 31-year-old coordinator was in
town last weekend to find a place to
live and to review what has already
been done.
"I'm not coming in saying 'I know.
everything we're going to do here,"
.Steiner said. But she did say that the
center will focus on education and
4 awareness programming, victim

assistance, and safety issues on
campus, she said, but declined to get
anymore specific than that at this
point.
THE PUSH for the rape preven-
tion and awareness center began last
year when 30 students demonstrated
in the Vice President for Student Ser-
vices Henry Johnson's office with a
list of demands for a safer campus.
Johnson drew up a proposal for a cen-
ter, and the University executive of-
ficers approved $75,000 funding in
May.
The hiring committee started
looking for a coordinator over the
summer andtdecided on Steiner
earlier this month.
A group of students, faculty, and
administrators organized a workshop
program focusing on date and
acquaintance rape, the most frequent
rape situation. The workshops, run by
student facilitators, began this fall.
STEINER SAID she will continue
these workshops. She said peer
See STEINER, Page 3

By LAURA COUGHLIN
At a time when their parents may
be experiencing "mid-life crisis,"
many college students may be suf-
fering their own mid-career doldrums -
that trauma popularly known as
"Sophomore Slump."
It struck LSA sophomore Susan
Kraus last September. During her fir-
st year at the University, Kraus says,
she and her friends never thought
about majors. And now with the
decision drawing closer, Kraus ad-

mits she's a little apprehensive about
choosing her major.
"I HAVEN'T had enough classes to
really experience different areas,"
she says. "I don't think I'm going to
be able to pick a major within next
year."
Sophomore Paul Lyon has had his
major - engineering - picked since
he enrolled two falls ago, but so far he
hasn't seen how his class lessons will
relate to the real world.
"I don't have the slightest idea what

an engineer does, but I'm in
engineering," Lyon says. "My goal is
to get through."
"SOPHOMORE year turns out to be
confusing," says psychology Prof.
Charles Morris. "There is lack of a
sense of direction."
That state of confusion is similar to
the "mid-life crisis" many adults
exerience, Morris adds.
Sophomores' anxiety about picking
a major is valid, he says, but he is
See SOPHOMORES, Page 2

State ed. spendigmay' icrease
By AMY MINDELL He projected a 5.5 percent increase in spending for
Wire wire reports education at all levels, which include a small increase in
Gov. James Blanchard yesterday unveiled a "hold-the- student aid for college students.
line" budget proposal for 1986-87 which actually reduces Bob Endris, a budget analyst in the state budget office,
spending $11 million from this year, but increases wouldn't reveal exact figures yesterday. "If he's not going
education spending. to give out numbers, I'm not going to either, he said.
ebillion in general tax Blanchard's "hold-the-line" stance means the Univer-
The governor's budget totals $.99 bisity almost certainly will not receive the 18 percent ap-
spending for the year. propriation increase administrators say they need. In-
Blanchard released highlights of the budget and an- stead, Blanchard is expected to recommend an 8 percent
swered only a few questions. Full details will be released increase in funds for higher education, which would fall
next Tuesday. See BLANCHARD, Page 3

Steiner
... appointed to post

TODAY

to get him out. When he was finally released, however,
the unfortunate boy was taken into custody on
suspicion of burglary. Nor further details were
available, other than that he was taken to a local
hospital and treated for cuts and abrasions.

tained in a survey commissioned by Times Mirror Co.,
which owns the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and other
newspapers, and conducted by the Gallup
Organization.
The survey concluded that "the vast majority of the
citizenry believes that the major news organizations in

-INSIDE-
SHOP AROUND: Opinion urges students to
select courses carefully. See Page 4.

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