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March 10, 1987 - Image 1

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Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom

votes for
The LSA faculty yesterday voted
25-21 to recommend that James
Duderstadt, University Vice
president for Academic Affairs and
Provost, spend $1 million on
hiring new faculty members.
Duderstadt, however, last night
said he will not implement the
faculty's recommendation. He said
the money - part of an initiative
to improve the freshman and
sophomore years - should be used
to finance "creative approaches to
improving underclass education."
Duderstadt also said that simply
gadding $1 million to the $64
-million LSA budget would not
:make as much of a difference as
'specifically spending it on new
The motion, drawn up by
English Prof. Bert Hornback and
:held over from the February faculty
:meeting, expressed concern that
:LSA departments would- get so
-involved in bidding for the




A freshman student has admitted
he slipped a racist flier under the
door of a Couzens Hall lounge in
January, angering black students
who were meeting in the lounge
and triggering a ,dorm-wide forum
on racism.
The 19-year-old student, whose
name was not revealed, has been
evicted from Couzens, and barred
from using University housing
again, University officials an-
nounced yesterday. He has 30 days
to leave the dorm.
The student's case will now be
reviewed by the three-member panel
investigating racist jokes recently
broadcast over WJJX, a University
radio station.
According to panel Chairperson.
Richard Kennedy, University vice

f lie r
president for government relations,
the panel will recommend to
President Harold Shapiro whether to
further discipline the student.
Shapiro will make. the final
Kennedy said the three panel
members will meet with University
attorneys later this week to
determine if the panel can legally
take further action against the
student. He would not comment
about possible punishments.
The flier distributed by the
student, a facsimile of an Ohio
hunting season notice, declared
"open season" on blacks, used racial
slurs, and then listed "regulations"
on how the hunt should be
conducted. It is one of a series of
recent racist incidents on campus;
See 'U,' Page 3

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
And there is the art museum
RC sophomore Anne Hooghart (left) shows a chilled group of prospective students and parents around campus

Black students call retention efforts limited

Second in afive-part series
"Open it up or shut it down"
For 13 days in 1970, this was the
rallying cry of University community
members who boycotted classes during
the Black Action Movement strike.
The movement, a response to low
black student enrollment (below 3
percent) and inadequate minority support
services, effectively shut down the
University and prompted the
administration and the Board of Regents
to pledge funds for improving these areas.
This first major push paid off.
University black student enrollment
peaked at 7.7 percent in 1976, but by
1983 it had fallen to just 4.9 percent.
The second major initiative came in
1984 when anthropology Prof. Niara
Sudarkasa was appointed associate vice-

president for academic affairs, in charge of
minority affairs. She initiated major
improvements in financial aid and
instituted more personalized recruitment
practices. Black enrollment now stands at
5.3 percent.
Many argue the scope of these efforts
is too narrow. For example, an
overwhelming majority of black
University students from Detroit attended
either Cass Tech or Renaissance, the top
two - out of 22 - Detroit public high,
schools. 'Thisinhibits racial mixing here
because the students from these
predominantly black schools naturally
socialize with their old friends.
So while University administrators say
they are "bucking a national trend" of
decreasing black student enrollment,
others say the increases are miniscule.
Sociology Prof. Aldon Morris said i

"When we get one-tenth of a percent
increase, it's all over the papers... and the
University gives the impression that .l
percent is something to really get excited
"T HIS reflects a lack of a real
commitment when you think about the
discrepancy between 5.3 percent and the
10 percent promised during the BAM
The more pressing area, in the minds
of most students, is keeping black
students here. Forty percent of the 1979
black freshmen left within six years
without a University degree.
Roderick Linzie, a sociology doctoral
student and Minority Organization of
Rackham member, said that for some
time the University's approach has been
on black recruitment, while retention has
been de-emphasized.

Both students and administrators agree
financial aid is the key to retention.
Certainly both white and black
students face financial difficulties in
paying for a University education. But for
black students - about 85 percent of
whom are on some form of need-based aid
- the problem is more pressing.
Many students argue that the
University offers attractive financial aid
packages during their first year at the-
University, but inadequate packages in
"The University promises false
hopes," Ernie Robinson said at a Black
Student Union (BSU) meeting about
financial aid. "After your freshman year...
over the summer you receive a financial
aid package different from the year before,
although your family's financial situation
is the same as it was before."

But Robert Holmes, assistant vice-
president for academic affairs, said the
amount the University receives from the
federal government (two-thirds of all aid)
varies from term to term, so the financial
aid office makes an"informed guess" on
how much students and their families,
must contribute.
In order to determine this contribution
and receive aid, the University must'
follow rigid federal guidelines.
Administrators argue the University's
own financial aid contribution is one of
the best in the state, and University
President Harold Shapiro has suggested
that the financial aid problem is not as
severe as believed.
Currently the BSU and Holmes are
working together to find long-term
solutions to the the financial aid problem,
See 'U,' Page 2

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Ann Arbor Mayor Ed Pierce and
city councilmembers questioned
city police chief William Corbett
on the increasing crime rate in Ann
Arbor at last night's council
Corbett said the increase in
crime - particularly burglary,
robbery and auto theft - is due to
an increase in drug use and outsiders
from other cities who come to Ann
Arbor to steal. "People steal and
rob to buy narcotics," said Corbett.
He also attributed the problem to

prison overcrowding. People are set
free to be looked after by
understaffed parole officers.
Corbett said the solution to the
city's crime problem is to have
more visible police officers. If
criminals see a police car in the
area, he said, they will be less
tempted to commit a crime.
The number of Ann Arbor police
officers has remained* constant at
180 over the past three years while
the figures for robberies, burglaries
and car thefts have gone up. Police
officials have asked for 52 more

additional officers, patrolmen, and
administrative assistants in next
year's city budget.
Corbett said there is no one
cause for the increasing crime rate.
He said responsible factors include
population growth, increasing drug
use, prison overcrowding, and
easily available firearms.
Councilmember Jeff Epton
argued that these conditions have
been characteristic of Ann Arbor for
the past 20 years. "This doesn't
make sense to me at all," said

PIRGIM question held

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Black greek
In an effort to increase understanding of the
Black Greek Letter System on campus,
members of one Black Greek organization
conducted the first in a series of open forums
last night.
The forum, entitled "Black Greek Letter
Societies: Where's The Leadership," was
organized by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity for the
purpose of improving the quality of leadership
among the eight Black Greek fraternities and

system evab
A panel of four Black Greek members told
an audience of about 25 that their collective
organizations have great influence and power.
Lorne Brown, a Phi Beta Sigma member and
forum organizer, said, "It is time that influence
was channeled in positive directions."
The speakers said Black Greek members
serve as role models.
"(Black Greeks) should be able to lend more
of a helping hand to the black community on
campus," said Alan White, an architecture
junior and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member.

Liates its role
Thomas LaVeist, a sociology graduate
student and Phi Beta Sigma member, said, "We
represent a great potential to do a lot of good
and our influence far outweighs our numbers."
Greg Hardin, a graduate student in social
work and psychology and Alpha Phi Alpha
member, said, "We are Black Greeks with an
African heritage. Our behavior, values, and
attitudes must reflect that heritage."
"Your role is to promote academic excellence
and scholarship," said Ruby Beale, a business
school lecturer-

The Central Student Judiciary
last night granted an injunction to
hold a question regarding PIRGIM
funding from the March Michigan
Student Assembly ballot pending a
hearing scheduled for Thursday.
The referenda question would ask
students to choose either a positive
checkoff system or a refundable fee
system to finance the Public
Interest Research Group in Mich-
igan through the assembly.
The referendum was held because
Sonia Schmerl, an assembly
member who voted against a
proposal to rescind the question last
week, was not a voting member
under MSA's compiled code.
Schmerl was elected to represent the
School of Public Health, but she is
currently enrolled in Rackham.
The assembly vote on the
proposal last week ended in a tie,
and MSA President Kurt
Muenchow broke the tie against
rescinding the question.
The hearing Thursday will
determine where the vote stands and

consequently whether remains on
the ballot.
LSA sophomore and chair of
MSA's Budget Committee Ashish
Prasad said CSJ does not have the
power to take a question off the
"It seems to me that MSA is the
body to decide what questions go to
the students," Prasad said. In
addition, Prasad said that the
assembly's constitution allows the
president to vote in all matters
which, if confirmed by CSJ, would
keep the vote at a tie.
Bruce Belcher, chair of MSA's
Rules and Elections Committee,
said that the judiciary body has the
authority to decide whether the vote
passed or failed, and consequently
determine the status of the
"It's not clear whether or not
Kurt Muenchow has the authority
to vote," Belcher said. "He did not
vote until he was told it was a tie."
The referenda question, initiated
within MSA, is the second ballot
question regarding PIRGIM.
The U.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Service's policy
toward illegal aliens is unfair.
The Ann Arbor 16 mm film
festival kicks off its 25th year of
competition tonight.
Michigan hockey player Brad

Blue party: MSA needs
to interact with students

MSA to pass petition
slamming aid cuts

The Michigan Student Assembly
must have closer contact with
students if it wants to be taken
seriously, say the Blue party
candidates in this year's election.

"MSA seems to believe that if you
can just publicize all the good work
at MSA, people will change their
mind about MSA," Vogel said. "To
MSA representatives that approach
makes sense, but that's just not
Klukoff, editor in chief of The
Michigan Review, and Vogel, its

Postcards protesting President
Ronald Reagan's proposed cuts in
student financial aid will be passed
out at a Michigan Student
Assembly table in the Fishbowl
The President's budget proposal
for Fiscal Year 1988 would cut

however, is not expected to pass,
said Joan Huffer, an assistant to
U.S. Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Mich).
The President's package includes
$600 million in income-contingent
loans. The payment schedule, but
not the total amount, depends on
the student's income after
graduation. This presumably would





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