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And he talked about the percent-
age of minority students at the Uni-
versity. "Minority enrollment is
clearly one of the most important
concerns," he said in 1980, "but it
does not stand above all others."
He also talked about research -
he encouraged professors to more
actively solicit national funding -
and undergraduate education, saying
"perhaps we could do a little better
in the future.".
But Shapiro did more than talk.
"He worked so hard at what he did,
he simply compelled you to follow
his example," Kennedy said.
His first initiative was to trim
University programs, eliminating
the geography department and cut-
ting funds to the School of Educa-
-tion and the School of Natural Re-
sources. The cutbacks were prompted
by a severe shortage of state funding,
the result of a waning automobile
"The only way the University
could get better was to get smaller,"
Shapiro recalled yesterday. The
selective cuts met with fervent op-
position from students and faculty
members, but Shapiro maintains
that "the benefits greatly exceeded
These cuts constituted Shapiro's
first step outside the limelight of
popular opinion, but they were not
his last. In his eight years as presi-
dent, Shapiro promoted a code of
non-academic conduct, tore down the
University Terrace student housing,
and failed to reduce class size in un-
"Students aren't any better off to-
day than they were eight years ago,
and arguably they're worse off," said
Eric Schnaufer, a law student and
campus politician. Schnaufer cited
the budget cuts, the proposed code,
Shapiro' term IN BRI E F
and the low ratio of minority stu-
dents at the University as examples
of Shapiro doing "nothing for stu-
The level of minority enrollment,
admittedly not Shapiro's highest
priority, has dropped since 1980 -
from about 6.1 percent when he took
office to 5.4 percent today. Last
March, protesters from the United
Coalition Against Racism and the
Black Action Movement III groups
denounced Shapiro for this lack of
progress, threatening to shut down
the University if he did not address
"President Shapiro has failed to
exert leadership in the recruiting and
retention of Black students," said law
school student Charles Wynder last
April, after Shapiro announced his
decision to leave the University.
Kennedy countered that "it's al-
most a truism for students to make
that claim that he or any of us are
insensitive to student concerns."
He said the adversity stems from
the students' limited access to the
president. "There's no way for stu-
dents to know how much time and
effort we do put into issues that
concern students," said Kennedy.
Shapiro agreed. "I'm sure it's true
I haven't been as accessible as they
would like, but there is a limited
amount of time you have to be ac-
cessible," he said.
Schnaufer acknowledged that
most students would probably not
expect a more responsive president.
"Most students feel about Shapiro
like they feel about President Rea-
gan," he said. "He's our president,
wave the flag, M go blue."
Those students are not alone. As
Shapiro wraps up his final weeks in
office, University officials and fac-
ulty members have given his presi-
dency nothing but the highest praise.
"He clearly exceeded our expecta-
tions," said Regent Paul Brown (D-
Petoskey). "He did a better job of
marshalling the resources of the
University through those tough
times than we really had a right to
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Trade gap reaches new high
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit widened to a record $17.6
billion in October, the government said yesterday in a report that
confounded experts and sent the dollar plunging to new post-war lows.
The October deficit was an astonishing 25.3 percent higher than the
$14.1 billion imbalance in merchandise trade recorded in September,
according to the Commerce Department figures.
Many analysts had been expecting the trade figure to worsen modestly
in October, perhaps climbing by $500 million, given the fact that
retailers normally step up their orders of imported goods to be ready for
Christmas. But no one had expected the $3.56 billion surge that did
"You are sitting there looking for one thing and here comes a hurricane
that almost takes your head off," said Jay Goldinger, an economist with
Cantor, Fitzgerald, a Los Angeles bond house.
FBI: Gunman in plane crash
wrote death messagea to boss
CAYUCOS, Calif. - A fired airline worker furious over his dismissal
boarded a jet carrying a gun - and possibly explosives - to kill his
supervisor and wrote him a death message on an airsickness bag, the FBI
and court documents disclosed yesterday.
"Hi Ray, I think its sort of ironical that we end up like this," read the
unsigned message, which authorities say was written by David Burke to
Raymond Thomson. "I ask for some leniency for my family, remember.
Well I got none and you'll get none."
Investigators found the message written on an airsickness bag at the
site where Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashed on Monday,
Los Angeles FBI Special Agent In Charge Richard Bretzing said.
A .44-caliber Magnum pistol found Wednesday at the crash site was
linked yesterday to Burke.
Deaver perjured, says counsel
WASHINGTON - Lobbyist Michael Deaver gave false testimony to
bury allegations he improperly traded on his White House influence, the
prosecutor in the former presidential aide's perjury trial told jurors
Deaver "started on a plan of deliberate cover up and perjury was a part
of it" to counter allegations he used his long association with President
Reagan to get six-figure lobbying contracts, independent counsel Whitney
Seymour, Jr. told jurors in closing arguments in Deaver's trial.
News stories that questioned Deaver's lobbying activities helped
scuttle the planned sale of Deaver's firm to a London public relations
company for up to $16 million, Seymour said.
Ceremony honors laureates
OSLO, Norway - Costa Rican President Oscar Arias accepted the
1987 Nobel Peace prize yesterday, saying he hoped it would boost the
chances of success for the Central American peace plan for which it was
Arias called on the superpowers to let Central Americans resolve their
own problems. "In the name of God, at least they should leave us in
peace," he said.
At a white-tie ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, meanwhile, King
Carl XVI Gustav handed the Nobel prize in literature to exiled Soviet poet
Joseph Brodsky and gave seven other laureates their awards for economics,
physics, medicine and chemistry.
Hundreds gathered outside the ornate 560-seat auditorium to watch a
glittering line enter the hall, including the royal family headed by
Norway's popular 84-year-old King Olav V.
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