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Page 12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 4, 1986


Although the Board of Regents
make the final decisions at the
Diversity, it is the University's ad-.
ntiistrators that "recommend"
policies for approval.
'1's rare when the regents - who
pffmarily stay off of campus - con-
ttdict the administration.
c,-dministrators, officed in the fun-
4-looking building by the Cube, are
fterts in every aspect of running a
?;e r(The president -
-bThe head of the University is
President Harold Shapiro. A noted
Ibnomist, Shapiro has the appearance
09n quiet scholarly man.
*ItAt a roast in his honor in 1983,
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
said he would repeat all the funny
things Shapiro had said at the last 68
kegents meetings, and followed with
al moment of silence. Shapiro respon-
ed, "Someone has to take the Regen-
Shapiro has clashed often with
student activists who oppose his sup-
port for a code of nonacademic
dtudent conduct, and his desire to
keep the University out of such
political issues as the Central In-
telligence Agency's involvement in
(Wntral America.
"While some students accuse him of
bkng an arch-conservative, he
describes himself as a "liberal
Iemocrat," and this summer joined
other University presidents in op-
08ing the clampdown on political
cUsent by the South African gover-

Vice presidents
After thecpresidency, the ad-
ministration is broken down into five
vice presidents and their staffs. Each
vice president is responsible for a cer-
tain area.
For example, the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost James
Duderstadt is considered the second
most powerful administrator. In
charge of all decisions involving
education, Duderstadt's main respon-
sibility lies in determining the
University's budget, including the
tuition rate.
Duderstadt's predecessor, Billy
Frye, was responsible for a five year
budget cutting plan that slashed $50
million from the schools of art,
education, and natural resources.
Duderstadt, who was promoted to the
vice presidency from engineering
school dean last May, must face
shrinking financial resources and
rising costs. Budget reallocations are
expected during Duderstadtd's
Working closely with Duderstadt in
the budget process is Vice President
for Government Relations Richard
Kennedy. Roughly half the Univer-
sity's operating budget comes from
state appropriations, and Kennedy is
in charge of lobbying state leaders to
meet the University's financial needs.
Kennedy's office also lobbies the city
and federal government.
Kennedy was also voted the Univer-
sity's "cutest" administrator by the
female reporters and editors of the
Daily two years ago.
Student, services
In charge of keeping students happy

0 i
is Henry Johnson, vice president for
student services. Johnson's office is in
charge of running such programs as
counseling services, and often deals
with Michigan Student Assembly on
issues like rape awareness and
prevention. Johnson is the only
minority among the University's

the pres
One a
last fa

in mnng University
ve officers - which includes brunt of student criticism of weapons James Brinkerhoff, vice presid
ident and the vice-presidents. research on campus. Wilson main- and chief financial officer.
f the newest and most con- tains that the University does not go Cosovich is concerned prima
ial administrators is Linda out of its way to secure defense depar- with securing contributions and g
vice president for research. tment-related research projects. while Brinkerhoff overseesI
who came to the University The least known administrators to University's finances, such as its
ll from the University of students are Jon Cosovich, vice vestments.
Champaign, has taken the president for development, and


Nellie Varner (D -Detroit) *

Paul Brown (D-Petoskey) Neal Nielsen (R-Brighton)

Veronica Smith (R-Grosse Ile)

Pm' - ,

Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)

James Waters (D-Muskegon)

Thomas Roach (D-Saline) Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor)

But the regents make the final o


Twice every month, the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents wade through
an inch-and-a-half thick agenda filled
with the more important matters in-
volving the University.
The issues facing the five men and
three women that now make up the
board range from approving
cafeteria renovations to accepting a
code of nonacademic conduct.
The proposals themselves are for-
mulated and compiled by ad-
ministrators. But the regents, who
are elected by Michigan voters to
oversee the University, must give the

final stamp of approval before
policies are implemented.
The diverse group of regents,
though, tend to be outspoken, and are
not always a rubber-stamp body for
the administration.
The five Democrats on the board
hold a majority, but voting is non-
partisan, with each regent appearing
to be independent of each other.
Deane Baker
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) is usually cited as the most con-
servative regent. Elected to the board
for his first eight-year term in 1973,
Baker is one of the few regents who
did not graduate from the University.
Baker holds a Master's degree in
Business Administration from Har-
vard University.
Now the president of a local con-
struction/development company,.
Baker finds a point to raise on almost
every item on the agenda. He also of-
ten raises issues, such as last October
when he proposed a controversial
resolution supporting the right of
University faculty members to do
research for the Reagan ad-
ministration's Strategic Defense
Nellie Varner
Seemingly the opposite of Baker is
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit).
Varner seldom speaks during the
board meetings. But her record
doesn't support her quiet image. Var-
ner, one of two blacks on the board.
has made strides as a woman and a
minority throughout her career. She
was the University's first director of
Affirmative Action in 1972, in addition
to serving the University as a
professor and an administrator.
Varner now is a vice president of a
real estate investment brokerage
firm in Southfield, Michigan, which
has reportedly made over $100 million

for its clients.
At a recent regents meeting, Var-
ner asked why most of the faculty
recommeded for tenure was
predominantly male. After the
meeting, Varner said, "I am in-
terested in anything relating to
women and minorities, as I am a
woman and a minority."
Sarah Power
Parelling Varner on women's
issues is Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann
Arbor). While most of the regents are
politically active, Power's resume is
expecially studded with governmen-
t posts. She was the Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State under the Carter
Administration. She has also
represented the U.S. in a variety of
conferences in Paris, Nairobi,
Geneva, Copenhagen, and Mexico
James Waters and Paul Brown
Joining Power and Varner as
liberals on the board are James
Waters (D-Muskegon), and Paul
Brown (D-Petoskey).
Waters, who received a law degree
from the University in 1970, has been
on the board for 15 years. In 1972,
Waters offered to go to Hanoi, Viet-
nam as a hostage until the U.S. stop-
ped bombing the city.
Also elected to the board in 1970,
Brown cites women and minority
issues as his chief concerns. Brown
initiated the public comments session
in 1971, where an hour is set aside so
that speakers can express their con-
cerns to the board.
Many have criticized the regents'
sometimes apathetic response to
speakers. While some appear atten-
tive, others close their eyes, ap-
pearing disinterested.
Brown says these charges are un-
true, but adds "maybe you've heard it
all before."

Thomas Roach
Perhaps the hardest working
regent on the board is Thomas Roach
(D-Saline). Stating his opinion and
asking questions often, Roach is also
the chairman of the University's
Campaign for Michigan project. The
campaign is, trying to raise $160
million in private gifts to the Univer-
Veronica Smith
While the others on the board have
had some connection to the Univerl
sity before becoming a regent, none
have had as much as Veronica Smith
(R-Grosse Ile). Not only has she ang
her husband both graduated from the
University, all of her six children are
now University graduates. A,
Smith, like Power and Varner, un-
derstands the problems of women in a
male-dominated society. In 1950, slp
took over her brother's insurance
business, and had to contend with the
stereotypes and prejudices against
women running her own business.
Smith is one of the newest regenes
on the board, being elected in the 1984
elections. Joining her was Neal
Nielsen (R-Brighton), who at 34, is
the youngest regent on the board.
Because of his age, Nielsen says he
can relate well with students, though
campus activists oppose several of
his stances, most notably his support
for a code of nonacademic conduct.



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long they can see patients. According
to Robert Winfield, assistant director
of clinical services, patients witt
relatively uncomplicated problen
like the cold, are seen for an average
of only 15 minutes. For more serious
complaints - like infections or chest
pains - doctors allow 30 minutes.
Limited appointment times anti
triaging at the front desk seem urt-
comfortably impersonal to most
students, especially to those used to'A
familiar family physician.
"You can tell they've git
everything scheduled," said law
school graduate Marty Itin. "I dont
fault them. It's just a function of the
volume of people (they see)."



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