The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 5,;1986- Page 5
'U' musical society hires
new executive director
By SARAH GRAY
A former University graduate
student has been hired as the new
executive director of the University
Kenneth Fischer, who studied
at the University's Center for the
Study for Higher Education from
1966 to 1970, will assume the post
June 1. The society has been
searching for a year for a successor
to Gail Rector, executive director
since 1957 and president since
1968. Rector is retiring in July.
Rector said he was "very
pleased and satisfied" with the de-
cision of the society's Board of
Directors, a 14-member group of
representatives from the University
Fischer worked with Rector in
the summer of 1967 on the musical
society's Fairlane Music Festival
- an eight-concert celebration of
the University's 150th anniversary
- at the Henry Ford Estate in
FIS CHER, who grew up in
Plymouth, called the musical
society's productions "part of my
musical upbringing." When he
studied at the University, his wife
was Rector's assistant. Fischer said
he attended all the musical society
Fischer is currently working in
Washington, D.C., where he has
been both a management consultant
and an independent producer in the
arts. He has been a consultant to
the National Symphony Orchestra,
the Washington Bach Consort, and
other performing ensembles.
Fischer is eager to work for the
University Musical Society because
it has "an openness to change, to
exploring new possibilities, and
thus attracted someone like me."
Fischer said the fact that the
Society surveys its audiences
indicates its openness to change,
and added that he wants to take a
close look at the surveys.
Fischer said he is excited about
working with the musical society
productions, calling them "a series
that is very highly regarded around
the country with producers" and one
that "parallels other major cities in
quality and quantity."
Rector predicted, "There will
be a very smooth transition of
duties." He will be working with
Fischer intermittently during the
next six months as Fischer travels
back and forth from Washington,
D.C. Rector believes the transition
will be easier because Fischer is a
Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
rEighteen-month-old Justin Beeman (left) watches her cousin Patrick
Wednesday's basketball game against CMU.
Kelly, three-years-old, eat popcorn at
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Campus Safety, said alcohol-related
incidents do not increase during the
hgljdays. And area liquor suppliers
said they do not usually notice any
bem in sales.
o encourage "responsible"
drinking, University Health Ser-
vices sponsors a Peer Alcohol
ducators program consisting of
students who conduct workshops
The group held a seminar
Tuesday evening at Alice Lloyd
Hall stressing "Responsible
Drinking During the Holidays."
s cause 'depression
a senior nursing student and peer
alcohol' educator, said at the
seminar, "Realistically, alcohol is
here to stay in our society so why
not teach people to drink
LSA senior Chris Wysong, also
a member of Peer Alcohol
Educators, said, "Especially over
the holidays people go home and
have parties. That's what you do.
You get smashed on New Years
Eve, that's all I've ever seen.
Alcohol is everywhere, but we're
saying that you don't have to drink
it, and, if you do, you should try to
The Washtenaw County Health
Department is also emphasizing
responsible drinking during the
holidays. Dec. 14-20 is National
Drunk and Drugged Driver
Police will step up enforcement
of drunk driving during the week
and the Ann Arbor chapter of the
Red Cross is sponsoring a safe rides
program. The week will focus on
safety belts as well as the
designated driver program.
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Former State Senator wants judgeship
LANSING (AP) - Former state
Ste. David Serotkin says Gov.
James Blanchard owes it to him to
name him to the state Court of
Apeails because he was recalled in
19$3. for supporting Blanchard's
proposed income tax increase.
A Democrat from Mount
CGemens, Serotkin said Wednesday
_will ask Blanchard to appoint
im to fill the vacancy left by the
late appeals court Judge Jerome
Bronson, who committed -suicide
last month after being charged with
rn a letter to Democratic
senators, Serotkin urged them to
write the governor on his behalf.
"It is a chance to stand for the
principle that a legislator who goes
down in the line of duty should not
be left lying in the ditch by the
governor of the same party who
caused it," Serotkin said in the
Serotkin supported Blanchard's
proposal for a 38 percent income
tax increase, designed to erase a
budget deficit pegged at $1.7
billion. The Legislature adopted
the measure in 1983.
Serotkin and then-Sen. Philip
Mastin (D-Pontiac), who also
supported the tax boost, were
recalled by angry constituents.
Republicans won elections to fill
the vacancies, giving the GOP a
Serotkin complained that neither
he nor other Democrats "have ever
received much comfort or
recognition for the heavy sacrifices
we all made in supporting the
governor in the crisis days of
Blanchard's office called
Serotkin's approach "unique."
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