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INTERVIEW
Continued from Page 24
There's another daughter who's in
the graduate program here at the
School of Social Work, and my one
daughter has just graduated from
New York University.
D: Do the traveling and public
appearances which fill your
schedule as the president's wife
make your role as a professor more
difficult?
S: Definitely yes, that's why I only
work part time. You have to
understand that I really choose to
teach. The University has been very
supportive of my own work, and to
a large extent I have made a choice
myself to participate as the wife of
the president. I've learned a lot, and
I think it's been helpful to me and
helpful to the University.
D: Would you say that your
position as a faculty member makes
your role as the wife of the
president different?
S: Yes, I think it keep me in touch
with students. You forget that you
are in a community where the
major part is 18-26 years old. I used
to say it was sort of like reading
comic books- only the reader gets
older. It's very helpful to be in
touch with what younger people are
thinking about things. Also, I hear
what faculty people are thinking
about as colleagues. Sometimes it's
difficult because I'm really mainly a
listener; I'm certainly not a doer. I
can listen, but I can't really
respond. And I don't try to. I think
it's best all around if I just
participate in my special field.
D: Have you found that your
colleagues come to you in hope
that you'll communicate their
concerns to your husband?
S: I think they do, but what I try to
do is, if somebody really wants to
ask me something, I usually try to
help them get in touch with who I
think they ought to be getting in
touch with.
D: Your free time must be very
limited, what do you do when you
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have free time?
S: Free time is really rare, es-
pecially at certain times of the year.
Really free time we like to spend
with family and friends. We like to
bike ride and walk, and we like to
travel.
D: You are one of a minority of
women faculty members at the
University, do you think this
makes your position at all different
than a male faculty member's?
S: I'm not the best person to ask
about that - I came late to the
academic world as a career. I also
only work part-time, and I don't
have a tenured position. I do think
that there are some oustanding
women on the faculty, and I think
that this year a large percentage of
the faculty hired in LSA are
women. I do think that they're
really valued in the University, but
they have to work very hard. They
may also be married and have
children, and they have to compete
in a very equal manner with men. I
think they do, but I think it's very
difficult to put it all together.
D: Do you think the lack of women
faculty hurts female undergraduates
in terms of having role models?
S: I don't know. I think there are
increasing numbers of role models.
One of the things that I see
happening is that many young
women do have the aspiration to,
members at a University is another
issue. I believe that we are
responsible to encourage them to
get a higher education.
D: You are in a unique position as a
professor and wife of the Uni-
versity's president, do you have any
input or say in administrative
decisions?
S: This is a very complex in-
stitution - there are 15 or 17
colleges, and each college is
structured with a dean and many

decisions are made within the
college by the faculty. The kinds of
situations which come up there I
really don't know much about. But
I am very interested in issues of
how a community lives together,
like the situations we have seen
recently. I think it's important to
support an environment where
people can talk about different
things. I try to provide an op-
portunity for that. I do, in the sense
that the house is a place where
people can meet. That's probably
not very clear, but the University is
a very different kind of organ-
ization. It's a body of self-
governing groups, so really a
president's wife doesn't really get
involved in all of those levels of
academic or organizational de-
cisions. U
LOGIE
Continued from Page 24
Liberace - No question
about it. Furs, rhinestones, rings,
feathers, and candelabra everywhere.
This man understood the word
lavish, and pushed its definition to
new peaks.
The B-52s - Check the
hairdos. Check the goofy skirts.
Check Fred in the big-ass suits.
And tell me you don't want to look
like that, at least some of the time?
RUN-D.M.C. - The hats
are classic, and the heavy-duty
commitment to leisure wear
provides a welcome respite from
necktie-mongerers.
Parliament-Funkadelic -
Must be seen to be believed. Check
out the album covers next time
you're at the local disc-o-mat.
The Detroit Tigers at Ti-
ger Stadium - They look so
good, with the Old English "D" on
crisp, white polyester. Normal
people should be allowed to go to
work dressed like this, but I'd skip
the protective cup.

Harpo Marx - Nice over-
coat, nice hat, nice hair, nice horn.
The Gabor Sisters -
Cumulatively, these women are the
feminine equivalent of Liberace.
Gaudy, gaudy, gaudy, but let's face
it, a whole lot of fun.
Transvestites - Anyone
with a shred of honesty will admit
that deep down, these people are

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