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The Michigan Daily, Thursday, September 10, 1987-Page 3

Too crowded
LSA officials foresee
overcrowding for
'some time to come'

Daily Photo by GRACE TSAI

Rock out
Members of the local band Difference play to an enthusiastic 1,500-person crowd from the steps of the
Graduate Library during the Spring Thaw benefit last May. Proceeds from the event went to the Ronald
McDonald House.
'to hike tuition about 1000

Despite the appointment of 58
new faculty members this year in
LSA, officials expect the inherent
problem of overcrowded classrooms
will be a problem for "some time
to come."
But LSA Dean Peter Steiner said
he thinks the situation will ease
somewhat in 1992, when fewer
students will attend college. The
number of high school graduates is
expected to decline by as much as
25 percent by then.
"We have a high quality
applicant pool right now in a
demographically shrinking market,"
Steiner said.
He added the shift will be more
dramatic in the Midwest than in
other regions which could increase
the amount of out-of-state students
accepted to the University. Cur-
rently, state officials are debating
whether to limit the number of out-
of-state enrollments, but some
officials say that the realization of
this upcoming shift could sway the
decision in favor of the University's
setting its own in-state/out-of-state
student ratio.
UNTIL that time, however,
LSA does not plan to shrink the
size of the student body to ease the
overcrowding problem so as not to
"send the wrong kind of signals to
the high schools," Steiner said.
"We'd like to keep the current
figures as long as we can maintain
the quality of the student body," he
Between 1980 and 1986, the
LSA lost 55 faculty member, and
only in the past few years has LSA
made a serious effort to replace
them. The cuts were due to the
recession and federal budget belt
tightening that plagued the nation

and the University in the early
LSA plans to continue admitting
3,200 first-year students each year,
while relocating new faculty into
areas that face the biggest problems
in overcrowding like political
science, economics, and commun-
Although this may ease the
overcrowding problem, faculty
members do not think the
demographic shift alone will solve
the dilemma.
"WE'LL be affected somewhat
by the shrinking enrollment (in

'We'll be affected somewhat by the shrinking
enrollment (in 1992), but we'd need a large drop in
enrollments to solve our problems.'
- Prof. John Kingdon,
Political Science department chair

increasing demand for economics
courses, it is the only department in
LSA that created a position to deal
with granting overrides to students
and creating new discussion
Claire Chang, the student ad -
visor for the Economics depart -
ment, said that she grants 200 to
300 overrides a semester for the
introductory classes in Economics.
She added that the number of
sections for 201 has increased frm
38 to 42 in just two years, and the
amount of students taking
economics classes has increased by

The University is not expected to receive the state
funding increase administrators requested this year and
will rely on close to a ten percent tuition hike to
make up the budget deficit, according to Vice
President for Academic Affairs and Provost James
The proposed increase would boost tuition to
$2,700 for in-state students and $8,000 for out-of-
staters, maintaining the University's position as the
most expensive state institution in the country.
Since the University is a state school, it is
supported by the tax payers of the: state but, only
through the amount of state funding the governor and
state legislature decide.
In an estimate of the University's growing
financial needs, administrators requested $45 million
from the state for the coming year, but Governor
Blanchard proposed that state funding go no higher
than $11.6 million. According to administrators, the

only way to remedy the situation is not to trim the
University's budget, but to increase student tuition.
Although the University received the highest
allocation of the state education budget passed by the
House, the increase - weighted in proportion to the
number of students at the University - was the least
among state schools.
State legislators have indicated that the University
receives less funding per student because of its high
out-of-state enrollment.
"Michigan students are the people paying the
taxes," State Representative Morris Hood (D-Detroit)
said. "The student body certainly doesn't reflect that."
- The lack state funds has forced University officials
to depend on higher tuition to balance the budget for
several years. In addition, the ratio of in-state to out-
of-state students accepted is determined by the amount
of funding needed from the out-of-state tuition to
finance the deficit.
See STATE, Page 10

1992), but we'd need a large drop in
enrollments to solve our
problemss," Political Science Chair
John Kingdon said.
Kingdon said that in the 20
economics courses at the 400 level,
there are at least 70 students en -
rolled in most of them, and these
courses are taught by professors and
associate professors with no teach -
ing assistants.
Kingdon thinks that about 30.
students per class would be a
sufficient, and he said the only way
to achieve this would be to hire
significant number of faculty
"We'd like to have as many
faculty as possible because we're
only getting one or- two new
positions each year," he added.
ment suffers from similar circum -
stances. To better handle the

33 percent in nine years. There were
over 4,200 students taking econO -
mics in last winter term, she said.
"There has been a dramatic
increase in (economics) majors and
students - but not enough of an
increase in faculty," she said.
Stafford thinks the increase in stu -
dents taking economics is due to
the fact that business and law
schools prefer students who have
some knowledge of economic
He also said that he has to alter
his teaching style when he teaches
in front of a 600-student lecture.
"A class with 35 students is
more discussion oriented so we can
get more in depth, but in large
lectures, students only learn basic
themes. I give them a road map for
See FEWER, Page 11


Topp I
The University's Office of
Disabled Student Services (DSS)
operated for 14 months without a
director until the University hired
Darlys Topp to assume the position
last December.
But before she took the position,
disabled students criticized the
University for providing inadequate
services and questioned the the
administration's commitment to
providing equal education.
Since her arrival, however, Topp
has turned the department around
and has brought about a drastic
improvement in the quality of
services offered to disabled students.
But more importantly, Topp has
brought a sense of excitement to
the office generated by her
commitment and sincerity in
wanting to help disabled students.
"It's great, absolutely fantastic,"
Topp commented on her newly
acquired position where 60-hour or
more work weeks are common-
place. "Students and faculty have

been very responsive."
Topp has initiated clo
action with student gro
organizations resulting i
creased student awarenes
volvement in helping the
on campus.
Less than a year ago d
had a shortage of quality
readers for visually impa
blind students. But aft
arrived, the problem w
reversed. "Last semester
more people volunteerin
readers than we had ax
readers," Topp said.
Although the office ca
use volunteers, the inc
student willingness to 1
allowed Topp assign partic
aid disabled students w
academic interests like sv
and other recreational activ
But in light of all the]
Topp is the first to point
there is a long way t
achieving a barrier free env
at the University. The barri

hope to di
plans to topple are not just physical
se inter- barriers but mental barriers as well.
ups and' "We are charged with ridding the
n an in- University of Michigan of its stairs
s and in- and stares," Topp said. "Of the two
disabled types, the attitudinal barriers are the
more difficult to overcome. With
he office appropriate funding, architectural
student barriers are easily removed. The real
ired and issue is not the width of doors but
er Topp the width of minds."
'as soon By expanding her efforts to make
we had the University's student body more
ig to be aware of the needs of the disabled,
need for Topp plans to conquer all the
barriers facing handicapped students.
n always "Within the next academic year
rease in we will be offering a 15-minute
help has training program (on disabled
ipants to students) to all departments,
ith non- divisions, and offices on the
wimming University campus," Topp said.
ities. "With these efforts, people will
progress, recognize that there is no such
out that thing as a disabled person.,We are
o go in all people who happen to have
ironment handicapping characteristics,
ers Topp whether it be hidden or visible, a


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... turned disabled office around
learning disability or mobility,
Doug Thompson, an LSA senior
who is blind, agrees that increased
awareness and involvement is

See TOPP, Page 7

Campaign for Mich.
passes funding goal

With three months left to go in
the Campaign for Michigan, a drive
designed to solicit private donations
for the University, campaign
workers have already surpassed their
$160 million goal and plan to raise
an additional $20 million.
According to campaign director:
Roy Muir $80 million of the gifts
and pledges will be set aside for the
construction, improvement, or
maintenance of selected facilities,
and another $80 million will go
toward endowments for faculty,
students, research, and libraries.
So far donations have gone
toward the construction of seven
facilities such as the W. K. Kellogg
Eye Center, the Kresge Business

donations, raised $46 million. In
fact two years into the program, the
campaign raised two-thirds of its
- Muir said the response from
University alumni, providing
approximately 60% of the
donations, is the main reason for
this success. "The Michigan
Alumni have responded in a
spectacular way," he said.
Although the University is
ranked high among colleges in the
amount of private donations it
receives, campaign leaders felt
pledges could be increase even
more. According to Muir, one of
the most successful goals of the
campaign has been to boost alumni
giving to a much higher level on an


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