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By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN
The future of a student-run en-
vironmental group on campus will be
threatened if a proposal by Regent
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) is ap-
proved by the Board of Regents in
September.
The proposal, which was presented
to the Regents in their June meeting,
would prevent the Public Research
Interest Group in Michigan
(PIRGIM) from continuing to collect
funds through student verification
forms at CRISP.
Students had been able to add $2 to
their tuition bills, which would then be
paid to PIRGIM, by checking a box on
their SVF form. PIRGIM has been on
the form since 1972, collecting about
$13,000 in contributions a year.
Baker's proposal would rescind a
regents' policy that allows any
student group to collect money

through SVF, if they obtained
majority support from students and'
regents.
Removed in 1983
In February 1985, the regents voted
6-1 to remove PIRGIM, citing low
support from students. Since
February, the group has conducted a
"massive" petition drive to rally,
student backing. PIRGIM leaders say
they have collected 16,874 signatures.
The regents tabled Baker's
proposal until their September
meeting because "It's not our history
to bring upon big decisions concer-
ning students in the summertime,"
Baker said. Since the regents'
Since the regents' decision,
PIRGIM has continued most of its
services through contributions from
citizens, foundations, and the
Michigan Divestiture Research fund.
"We've gotten grants from the public

service work that we do," said Andy
Buschbaum, PIRGIM's program
director.
Can't continue without funds
But according to Judy Hyslop,.
PIRGIM's vice chair and an LSA
senior, PIRGIM can't continue
without more funding. "If we don't
get more funds, it's inevitable that
this campus chapter will phase out,"
she said.
PIRGIM leaders further explained
that the group needs student funds to
hire staff members skilled in drafting
legislation relating to the environ-
ment, toxic wastes, and other issues.
According to PIRGIM staff member
Steve Johnson, permanent staff
members would also provide con-
tinuity. He said PIRGIM is trying to
become a "professional
organization."
Bakes does not regard the apparen-

tly positive student response as
reflective of majority student opinion.
"The petition process lacks candor
because of its non-disclosure which
seemed purposely vague so that it
might capture the well-meaning,
fair-minded spirit of most students
who are not particularly informed on
the gross political nature of the
PIRGIM enterprise," Baker said.
Baker regards PIRGIM as a "left-
sided" lobbying organization, though
he acknowledges the group's right to
advocate its viewpoint. He charac-
terized that viewpoint as "anti-free
enterprise and anti-defense."
Baker and other regents also
question the constitutionality of the
funding plan PIRGIM is pursuing,
citing a 1985 Supreme Court decision
regarding a PIRG group at Rutgers
University.
The decision had the effect of fin-

regain S
ding PIRGs "not educational but
ideological in purpose," Baker said.
PIRGIM members, who pursue a
far more liberal ideology than Baker,
a conservative Republican, defended
their funding plan and criticized
Baker's attacks.
"We didn't even get a copy of his
remarks, and the only reason we
knew to come to the meeting was that
President Shapiro's office called to
inform us," Hyslop said.
"We didn't mislead anyone, and his
report has so many factual inac-
curacies that it can't even be an ac-
curate reference," she added. Hyslop
said PIRGIM is still planning to
present its case for funding to the
regents in the fall.
-Daily staff writer Ellen
Fiedelholtz filed a report for this
story.

VF spot

Baker
opposes funding PIRGIM

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Regents raise in-state tuition 4.3 percent

By PHILIP LEVY
For the third staight year, pressure
from Gov. James Blanchard has for-
ced the University's Board of Regents
to limit tuition increases for Michigan
residents - this year keeping it to 4.3
percent.
Out-of-state undergraduates,
however, will pay 8 percent more,
widening the disparity between

Michigan and non-Michigan Univer-
sity students. In-state freshmen, for
example, will pay $1,238 fall term,
while out-of-state freshmen will pay,
$4,024.
Pressure from Blanchard
Ostensibly, Blanchard demanded
the in-state tuition cap to make public
education affordable to state residen-
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it a political attempt to boost his re-
election campaign.
For leverage, Blanchard
threatened in June to veto the Univer-
sity's operating budget. The regents
froze in-state tuition the past two
years after similar threats from the
Governor.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) challenged Blanchard by
proposing a 4.4 percent tuition
increase at the board's July meeting,
but none of the other regents suppor-
ted him. Baker spoke at length about
-the University's need to be
autonomous from the state.
In protest, Baker voted against the
4.3 percent increase. He was joined by
Regent Neal Nielsen (R-Brighton),
though Nielsen objected to any in-
crease in in-state tuition.
"If we continue to raise these rates,
our constituents won't be able to send
their children here," Nielsen said.
Graduate school tuition raised
The vote on in-state tuition was sep-
arated from the vote on other tuitions
at the request of Regent Veronica
Smith (R-Grosse Ile). An 8 per-
cent tuition increase for most
graduate students was approved by a
6-2 vote.
Tuition increases were higher for
business, law, and medical graduate
students because the schools have
greater needs, such as paying for
higher faculty salaries than the rest
of the University.
Smith thought the increase was un-
fair to graduate students and voted
against it. She was joined by Bak-
er, calling the increase an "unfair
burden because we have been forced
to limit in-state tuition."
Regents who voted for the increase
cited the need to maintain the Univer-

raise these rates,
our constituents
won't be able to
send their children
here.'
-Regent
Neal Nielsen

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Nielsen's suggestion of again
freezing in-state tuition, University
President Harold Shapiro said,
would have "a serious impact on out
capacity to sustain programs. Even
with the current budget, we are just
holding our own."
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
supported Shapiro, and speculated
that families would say "yes" if
asked, "Are you willing to bear
another $100 in order to attend a
world-class institution?"
A number of regents who supported
the administration brought up the
dramatic increase in applications this
year. They said it showed that the
University is prospering because of
its high quality and reiterated that

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