The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 21, 1986 - Page 3
Students demand better financial aid
By EUGENE PAK
More than 100 students filled the
egents' room in the Fleming
Administration Building yesterday
to demand better financial aid for
minority students and University
recognition of Martin Luther
Most of the students stayed after
the regents left to discuss plans to
picket this morning's regents
"Out of this may grow a larger
ovement on campus," said Black
tudent Union member Roderick
Linzie, "because the University is
not adequately responding to (other
issues) on campus." He and other
students spoke during the public
comments section of the regents'
LINZIE SAID that in addition
to financial aid problems and
Martin Luther's King, Jr.'s
rrthday, the University must
address racism on campus, minority
enrollment, military research, and
the refusal to grant an honorary
degree to jailed South African
activist Nelson Mandela.
Second-year law student Carl
Anderson, who spoke about King's
birthday, said, "I think it's just a
laek of commitment on the part of
he University. We're asking them
o recognize and encourage people
to participate in the activities we
are planning by cancelling classes"
on King's birthday, Jan. 19.
Students have said they are upset
that the University attracts minority
students with tempting financial aid
packages, but then reduces the
amount of money in subsequent
DAVID FLETCHER, a
member of the Free South Africa
Coordinating Committee, said,
"One problem is that attractive,
alluring financial aid packages are
offered the first year, but are
diminshed to inadequate levels in
the second, third, and fourth years."
Linzie, a graduate student in
sociology, called for "no more
business as usual" on the part of
'dministrators and the University's
Board of Regents. "Business as
usual would mean the regents not
talking to University students on
our concerns," he told the board.
After the meeting, students asked
regents and administrators to stay to
discuss problems in financial aid,
but most of the regents, University
President Harold Shapiro and Vice
President for Academic affairs
James Duderstadt left immediately.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-
Saline) said it was "inappropriate"
for students to expect them to stay
on such short notice. He added that
the public comments session,
which takes place on one of the two
days the regents meet each month,
is not intended to be a forum for
Roach said the regents could not
stay because they were scheduled to
attend a banquet honoring the
University administrator in charge
of minority recruitment and
retention, Niara Sudarkasa, who is
leaving to become the president of
Lincoln University in
Pennsylvania. Roach said Sudarkasa
"has done more than anyone in
helping recruit and retain black
But Barbara Ransby, an FSACC
leader, said, "Niara Sudarkasa, I
should hope, would understand the
gravity of the situation here and
would not be terribly upset by the
(temporary) absence of eight tol0
"I think once again they showed
insensitivity to student concerns,
the struggle against racism, and the
democratic process which the
University supposedly espouses,"
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FSACC asks regents
to give Mandela
By MICHAEL LUSTIG
About 100 students, wearing
placards bearing the names of
people they believe are illegally
held prisoner in South African jails,
jammed the regents chamber for the
public comments session of
yesterday's Board of Regents
Five representatives of the Free
South Africa Coordinating
Committee (FSACC) asked the
regents to reconsider their position
on giving anti-apartheid leader
Nelson Mandela an honorary degree.
The University did not give
Mandela a degree last year, citing a
regental bylaw that prohibits giving
honorary degrees to people unable
to accept them in person. Mandela
has been in jail since 1962.
FSACC member Anthony
Vavasis challenged the regents to
explain the Mandela decision. "It is
time for the University to answer
responsibly," he said.
BRETT STOCKDILL, an
FSACC member, said the use of
the bylaw to deny Mandela the
degree "was the use of a technicality
to promote racism." He also
accused the honorary degree review
committee, which was established
last year to study the University's
policy of giving honorary degrees,
of being "racially and sexually
skewed and not truly representative
of the University."
"Not honoring Mandela is
giving comfort and aid to the
enemy," the government of South
Africa, said FSACC member
Hector Delgado. He urged the
University to follow the example of
businesses that have recently ended
their business ties to South Africa.
The University divested most of
the $50 million it had in South
Africa-related investments in 1983,
but it kept ,1 percent as a basis for
challenging a state law that ordered
all universities and colleges to
The Mandela degree was not the
only issue that produced sparks at
the regents' public comments
session. Residents of the University
Terrace apartments, a 197-unit
complex owned by the University
near the new University Hospital,
complained to the regents about the
impending destruction of the
Jerry Huntley, a U-Terrace
resident, accused hospital planners
of deciding to tear down the
apartments to build an additional
parking structure for hospital
employees without informing the
Housing Division or the residents.
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by spending increases
By MARTIN FRANK
University research expenditures increased by 14.4
percent this fiscal year, according to a report Vice
President for Research Linda Wilson presented to the
Board of Regents yesterday.
The total spending for 1986, $182,399,792,
includes research sponsored by both federal and non-
federal agencies and University funds.
Nationally, the University has moved up from ninth
to seventh in total research expenditures, and from third
to second place among Big Ten schools in federal
Interim Associate Vice President for Research Alan
Price predicted that research expenditures will continue
to rise, enhancing the University's reputation.
WILSON'S REPORT centers around three areas
of research that "capture and communicate the
excitement and dynamic quality of research." These
4include research that is not funded by external sponsors,
interdisciplinary research, and technology transfer
activities that benefit industry.
Topics that do not require external funding include
researching the nature ' of long-term, intimate
relationships between people and the significance of
scientific laws and theories. This makes up $23.5
million of the research expenditures for fiscal 1986.
Wilson pins the success of this type of research on
the ability of researchers here to communicate with
each other to an "extraordinary degree."
The report cites interdisciplinary research as a way
to meet the demands of diverse and overlapping fields
of study. Although Wilson is encouraged by this type
of research, she says external pressures often keep
faculty members within their own disciplines.
The last type of research that deserves more
attention, according to Wilson, concerns ways to
strengthen the relationship between the University and
external agencies, such as businesses.
Petition proposes wc
By STEPHEN GREGORY of the Senate Natural Resources
Members of PIRGIM yesterday Committee, "have not been willing
presented state Sen. Lana Pollack to negotiate in good faith." She
with a 2,525-signature petition that also singled out Senate Majority
calls on Gov. James Blanchard to Leader John Engler (R-Mt.
support a package of Pollack- Pleasant) as an "obstructionist of
sponsored reforms that would environmental legislation."
oughen the penalties for dumping , As Senate majority leader,
oxic waste in the state. Engler controls appointments to
Addressing a group of 15 in the Senate committees. "He's the most
Vishbowl, Pollack (D-Ann Arbor) powerful person in the Senate,"
laid she appreciates the signatures Pollack said.
eind that she will present them to Dennis Schornack, a spokesman
;Blanchard when the Senate for Engler, said Engler is hoping
reconvenes.in January. that a bipartisan compromise on the
Kathy Doyle, chair of the Public bills will allay some of the
Interest Groups in Michigan's concerns they have fostered. He
:Environmental Task Force, said she added that Engler has not taken a
vas "surprised at the strength of the final position on the bill.
student support for these bills." I don't think there's anyone
Voyle and 40 other volunteers over here who wishes to see our
circulated the petitions yesterday streams and rivers polluted,"
and Wednesday. Schornack said.
Pollack introduced six bills S C H O R N A C K said some
known as as the Environmental businesses have voiced concern over
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