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The Michigan Daily, Thursday, September 10, 1987-Page 11

The,

regents

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They exercise the ultimate
authority at the University
By TIM HUET academic, "We wouldn't pass a code "Your rhetoric makes it sound like year per student in last spring's
Although administrators run the that violates civil liberties. But you're trying to create two classes MSA elections, the regents only
eryday managerial affairs of the expelling or suspending students if of citizenship here, and that's not allowed the assembly to receive an
iversity, the three Republicans they break our rules doesn't violate right." administration-recommended $7.00
dsix Demncras who comnrise anyone's rights." In June, Roach was the prime per student.

Thomas Roach Nellie Varner
(D-Saline) (D-Detroit)

eve
Un
ane

James Waters
(D-Muskegon)

Paul Brown
(D-Petosky)

the University's Board of Regents
exercise ultimate authority over
nearly every aspect of the
University.
Administrators initiate proposals
that come before the regents during
their monthly meetings, and the
regents vote on them. Board
members have the power to pass or
reject whatever administrators put
in front of them like appointing
professors, setting salaries, and
creating or disbanding entire
academic departments.
Michigan voters elect the regents
to eight-year terms, and a regental
candidate's success is determined
largely by the candidate's political
affiliation. A successful Republican
gubernatorial candidate usually
means the regents elected that year
will be Republican. Democratic
Gov. James Blanchard's successful
bids last year and in 1982 for the
state government's top spot are
mainly responsible for the board's
current Democratic majority
ISSUES of student concern
which have been pending before the
regents in recent years include
racism on campus, minority enroll -
ment, military research, an hon -
orary degree for Nelson Mandela,
discrimination against homo -
sexuals, and a code of non-academic
conduct. Of these issues only two
have received concrete regental
action. The regents granted Mandela
a degree and weakened restrictions
on University-related military
research.
Although the regents have yet to
act on the other major issues, many
have discussed their sentiments on
them. Regent Paul Brown (D-
Petoskey) has said of a code of non-

'We wouldn't pass a code that violates civil liberties.
But expelling or suspending students if they break
our rules doesn't violate anyone's rights.'
- Regent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey)

Students have traditionally
opposed a code of non-academic
conduct as an illegitimate abridge -
ment of their rights. However, the
regents have communicated their

actor in a regental move to deny
retiring economics professor Daniel
Fusfeld his emeritus status.
Emeritus standing, which is always
awarded to professors upon retire -

Veronica Smith
(R-Grosse Ile)

Neal Nielsen
(R-Brighton)

willingness to approve a code if
University president Harold Shapiro
presents them with one before he
leaves to assume the presidency of
Princeton University in January.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor) has made clear his oppo -
sition to any University statement
supporting gay rights. Baker said,
"I know of examples of
homosexual conduct on campus
which I have not and will not
condone. If the University approves
of the homosexual lifestyle, it
makes the public judgement that
homosexuality is acceptable on
campus."
BAKER has also publicly criti -
cized Univerisity minority recruit -
ment goals as infeasible and feels
that increasing the numbers of
minorities at the University will
decrease the quality of the school.
Many regents have expressed
dissatisfaction with Baker's stance.
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit)
has been the most vehement in her
criticism. "I think its a disgrace that
you (Baker) sit here every year and
make these comments that reflect
negatively on the Black people
particularly in this state." Regent
Thomas Roach (D-Saline) added,

ment, was withheld from Fusfeld
due to comments he made in 1979
concerning the regents.
While addressing the board about
divestment, Fusfeld quoted a friend
to the effect that "The regents are
not evil people, just stupid."
Fusfeld eventually received his
emeritus status after objections
from faculty and students.
AMONG the latest actions of
the regents was to deny the
Michigan Student Assembly
(MS A), a fee increase requested by
the student body.
Although students voted in favor
an MSA fee increase to $8.37 a

The funding curb was interpreted
by many as a sign of the regents'
disapproval of the politics of some
groups MSA supports. Baker, who
owns real estate in Ann Arbor, said
he disapproved of the MSA-
supported Student Legal Services'
rent control advocacy. Brown said
he objected to the political
lobbying of some MSA-supported
groups as well.
Varner and Veronica Smith (R-
Grosse Ile), the only women on the
board, are unique among their
collegues in possessing teaching
experience. Smith has taught at the
elementary level and Varner is a
former University professor. Smith
is a former co-owner of an
insurance agency and Varner left
teaching for a profession in real
estate.
Roach is currently a lawyer but
has worked in the military, banking
and corporate sectors.
The three other lawyers on the
board are James Waters (D-
Muskegon), Brown, and Neal
Nielsen (R-Brighton).

Lai

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(D-Ann Arbor) (R-Ann Arbor)

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(Continued from Page 3)'is not crowded, like Persian studies, overcrowding problem through anymore. Students, when they
vhat they can learn in their creates a vacancy in LSA that shifting faculty allocations. apply to college, will be looking us
ections," he said. Steiner can fill in Political Science, over - so our curriculum better be
Stafford, like Kingdon, thinks he said. "We're not in a sellers' market strong," he added..

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future faculty appointments should
be targeted on upper level courses
which do not use TAs. He also
thinks that new faculty should be
able to teach many different facets
of economics to make them more
versatile.
Steiner believes that reallocating
hirings can ease the overcrowding
problem in some courses. A
professor who leaves in an area that

"We had little flexibility 10
years ago because no one was
retiring, but now they are so we can
shift our replacements, even though
it will be a slow process," he said.
Steiner is hoping for a "steady-
state" hiring policy in which a
constant number of faculty are hired
each year. This will provide the
college with more flexibility and
enable Steiner to ease the

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and Campaigners also plan to raise
an another $20 million for the
student and faculty endowments.

buildings
According to Muir, the need for
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numerous campuses accross the
country. He said the need arose
during the late '70s in responseto
declining state aid to public schools
and rising inflation.
Although a similar, successful
campaigns took place once before at
the University in the '60s, Muir
does not see the need for such a
campaign arising again for some
time.

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