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Black Perspectes
University students create minority newsletter

University-wide pressure has
prompted the creation of an
Affirmative Action initiative that
will target at least $1 million
toward solving its continuing mi-
nority problems.
Vice president and Provost
James Duderstadt will announce the
program next month. The interim
president hopes to involve the
entire University community in
combating a problem many see as
top on the University's agenda.
And although nothing is official
yet, it appears to be working. The
Michigan Student Assembly and
the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs have joined to
put additional pressure on the Uni-
versity to move even more quickly.
By forming a working relationship,
MSA and the faculty senate hope to
generate ideas that will soon be
implemented through the program.
ing from all over, everyone is
converging on this urgent prob-
lem," said William Stebbins, chair-
person of SACUA. "All that MSA
and SACUA want to do is see that
it gets absolutely top priority -
March is a great target to aim for."
Improving both Affirmative

Action and the recruitment and
retention of minority students has
been a major goal of University
President Harold Shapiro's for
many months, said Robin Jacoby,
assistant to Provost Duderstadt.
Despite President Shapiro's ab-
sence for the past two months,
Jacoby said all of Duderstadt's init-
iatives are the result of months of
preliminary planning along with
the president.
The initiative will mainly
concentrate upon improving tradi-
tional Affirmative Action efforts to
increase the employment of under-
represented minorities, but its
resources will also target proposals
to help fight racism and increase the
retention of minority students at the
A recent outbreak of open
racism is speculated to be a major
motivating force behind the urgency
of the initiative's measures. "It's
disgusting that we have a little
Georgia right here in Ann Arbor,"
said MSA president Kurt
recent incidents of racism on
campus have only made it clearer
that this is an issue that needs to be
See MSA, Page 3

After a year's hiatus, a small group of
University students are again publishing the
campus magazine Black Perspectives.
The four-page magazine features stories,
information and poems written by and about
blacks, focusing on black student issues. They
have written about financial aid, Martin Luther.
King Jr.'s birthday, and career opportunities and
internships for minority students.
Yvonne Perry, Black Perspectives' co-editor
in chief, said she felt that students -- including
herself - are often unaware of minority student
" I missed a lot of opportunities last year,"

Perry said. "Minority Student Services has a
newsletter, but it often came out after the
events had happened... and The Daily does not
always do very much about minority affairs on
Other Black Perspectives staffers share this
"We need something other than the tradi -
tional newspaper stories so we can air our
views," said stafferr Alyson Hinton.
LAST MARCH, after learning about
Black Perspectives from Minority Student Ser -
vices Associate Barbara Robinson, Perry decided
to bring the magazine back into circulation.
Perry was editor in chief of her high school

S newspaper.
t Black Perspectives first appeared on campus
in the late 1970s and, according to Robinson,
"was at its prime" in 1981 when it was a four-
page newsprint tabloid with outstanding pho -
But a lack of interested students resulted in
its temporary lapse in February 1985.
"Students come in cycles," Robinson said.
"'You have x' number that are interested, then
those students graduate and no one picks it up
for awhile."i
See MAGAZINE, Page 5

Socialist author to
speak on economy r

Three battle for Fifth

Western industrial economies
intrinsically tend towards stag-
Ination; this stagnation must be
counteracted by such artificial
stimulants as large deficit spending,,
socialist author and journalist Harry
Magdoff will argue in a speech
tonight at Lorch Hall Auditorium.
Magdoff will speak at 7:30 p.m.
on "Debt, Stagnation, and the
Economic Crisis."
The growth of private and go-
vernment debt is an irreversible
trend under the present economic
system, Magdoff writes in his latest
book. tagnation and the Financial
vote to
strike, if
The University of Michigan
Professional Nurse Council
(UMPNC) voted last night to allow
their negotiating team to call a
strike if it becomes necessary.
UMPNC represents more than
1,400 registered nurses at the
University Hospital and other Uni-
versity health care facilities.
The nurses' contract expired Sep-
tember 30, and they have been

Magdoff co-edits the Monthly
Review , one of the oldest and re-
spected socialist magazines. He be-
gan his political and journalistic
career in 1931 with the publication
of a prophetic article warning
against the rise of the Nazis in
Germany. His continued work in
radical journalism led to his ex-
pulsion from City College in New
He went on to a successful career
in government, becoming an aide to
Henry Wallace, secretary of com-
merce in the 1940s. His go-
vernment career came to a halt with
the rise of McCarthy and the House
Committee on Un-American Activ-

Magd off
... socialist writer

ities. Magdoff, exercising his Fifth
Amendment right, refused to testify
before the investigatory commit-
See ECONOMY, Page 2

The winner of next Mon
Fifth Ward Republican primar
face a formidable task in the
Arbor City Council election
April: defeating Kathy Edgren.
Edgren, the popular Demo
incumbent, won her 1985 ra
1,237 votes- a huge margi
city elections. And she pla.
campaign harder than ever
"I'm still going to work
even though I don't feel
threatened by any of the Reput
candidates," Edgren said.
Edgren will face one of
Republicans: Bob Ferrn, a f(
city employee, Jeff Gallatin, a
realtor, or Phil Spear, also a rf
Spear, who has been endors
Republican leaders, ran foi

GER council last year and lost to current
DN councilmember Doris Preston (D-
day's Fifth Ward). He concedes that hey
ry will "has no political experience," but
e Ann feels that "if you try something and
is this lose, that doesn't mean you're not
allowed to try again."
cratic LIKE LAST YEAR, Spear's
.ce by priorities are fighting crime,
in for providing more housing, and free-
ing city departments from council
He called for more "citizen 4
7ivolvement" in preventing crime,
but acknowledged that the Ann
Arbor Police Department has
already successfully implemented a
.ns to neighborhood crime watch program.
r this Spear said he fears crime may
increase in the Fifth Ward due to a ... wane
hard, low-cost housing project approved
lreal by city council last week. The counci'
blican project, designed to ease the city's city hour
affordable housing crunch, may inappropi
three trigger a "floodgate" of low-income hire depai
:ormer residents from Detroit and other the job."
local nearby cities, Spear said. Gallat:i
eealtor. Spear acknowledged that Ann because1
sed by Arbor faces a housing crunch, but going on
r city said he does not support the See RE]


nts consistent inspections
songoing review of the
zsing code. "I think it's
iate," he said. "We should
artment heads who can do
tin, who said he is running
he is "tired of what is
in the city," charged that

LSA fills two vacant
associate dean spots

LSA Dean Peter Steiner filled
the two vacant associate deanships
this past week. The new appointees
face the challenge of maintaining
the quality of the college, and
rebuilding areas that need help.
Steiner pointed to reworking the
undergraduate curriculum and re-

Cross, the new associate dean for
faculty appointments, is replacing
Jack Walker effective July 1. Cross
is an economics professor and a
Research Associate for the Mental
Health Research Institute.
At the close of his term, Walker
is leaving to assume the position of
chairperson of the politicalI science

Jae Kim's case proves that a
code of non-academic conduct is
Platoon, A Room with a View,
and Hannah and Her Sisters are
neck and neck and neck in the
Oscar race.
Winger Joe Lockw ood's hard


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