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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 20, 1987

Regents
By EVE BECKER
At its monthly meeting yester-
day, the University's Board of Re-
gents placed responsibility for
changing curriculum - including
adding a class on racism - on fac-
ulty committees.
In an hour-long presentation to
the regents, the faculty's Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University
Affairs addressed diversity initiatives
and faculty involvement activities
outside the University.
, SACUA Vice Chair and Social
Work Prof. Beth Reed asked the re-
gents to support the group's efforts
to address problems of diversity.
Reed said the faculty feels that the
regents have been divided in their re-
sponse to issues of racism. "Some
of it is old pessimism" left over
frpm last winter when the regents
didn't address incidents of racism on
campus, she said.
But Regent Thomas Roach (D-
Saline) reacted strongly, saying the
regents have been committed to
fighting racism. "It's never been a
question in my mind about the dedi-
cation of the top leadership," he said.

profs.
He said the curriculum commit-
tees of the schools and colleges are
responsible for forming any new
courses. "If there is going to be a
course developed in the colleges, it's
going to come from you. It's not
going to come from us," Roach told
the faculty.
"A lot of things students are ask-
ing for are things we can't do here.
Maybe next time they come in and
yell at us we should invite you to
come sit around," he added.
But SACUA, since it is an advi-
sory body, is not empowered to
make administrative decisions that
would specifically address problems
of racism. In their response to the
regents, members discussed initia-
tives being taken in individual de-
partments.
SACUA member and English
Prof. ThomasnLenaghan said the
English department is reworking
concentration requirements to include
minority issues.
SACUA has addressed some
problems of diversity in more con-
crete ways, said SACUA chair and
Engineering Prof. Harris McClam-

iiscuss diversity IN BRIEF

roch. For instance, SACUA has
worked to make promotion and
tenure decisions more inclusive of
activities which minority faculty are
active in, such as counseling activi-
ties, McClamroch said.
Currently 'there are no minority
professors on SACUA. The group
has made an effort to get increased
representation of minority groups in
the faculty's government, and to es-
tablish committees which will give
special attention to racism and
diversity, Reed said.
In December, faculty Senate As-
sembly members will discuss

whether people accused of racism
should face sanctions or should be
protected by the first amendment. At
the January meeting, the group will
hold another forum on the Univer-
sity's efforts to address diversity.
In the presentation to the regents,
the group also discussed how faculty
should balance teaching, research,
and external service. The regents
were concerned that faculty are not
encouraged to pursue service in
groups outside of the University.
Roach suggested the University cre-
ate an award for faculty which em-
phasizes external service.

UCAR, LaGROC voice
complaints to regents

Semi-Formal Sadie Hawkins Dance
Friday, December 4
9pm-lam-
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Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 during
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sity course on racism and sexism;
- create a sibling school relation-
ship with Soloma Mahlangu Free-
dom College in Tanzania.
Daniel Holliman, a graduate stu-
dent and member of the United
Coalition Against Racism steering
committee, said he commends
Shapiro's efforts to combat racism
by appointing Dr. Charles Moody as
vice provost of minority affairs.
But Holliman said the University
is "too ready" to applaud this year's
one-tenth of one percent increase in
Black enrollment. He said at that
rate, meeting Shapiro's goal of 12
percent Black enrollment would take
65 years.
"Black students will not wait 65
years for this goal to be met," Hol-
liman said as students applauded.
LSA senior Wendy Sharp, vice
president of the Michigan Student
Assembly and a member of La-
GROC (Lesbian and Gay Rights on
Campus) also urged the regents to
change the University's bylaw -
which outlines the nondiscrimina-
tion policy - to include a clause
about sexual orientation.
Linda Kurtz, a graduate student
and member of LaGROC, said the
current bylaw implicitly discrimi-
nates against lesbians and gay men
by not including them.
"If I am discriminated against as a
woman I am included in the

discrimination policy. But if I am
discriminated against as I lesbian, I
have no backing," Kurtz said.
Paul Lefrak, an LSA senior and
LaGROC member, said, "Opposing
the bylaw change is giving a green
light to anti-gay activity on this
campus."
Lefrak said LaGROC supports
UCAR's demands: "LaGROC
stands in complete union with other
groups. We're coming together -
gay people, minorities - and we're
demanding that we be protected from
anti-gay bigotry on this campus."
Shapiro and other regents quietly
and quickly slipped out of the meet-
ing without calling for adjournment
or comments.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
said he does not think the tension
and unity at the meeting represents
the atmosphere on campus and said,
"I think it's a coalition of three dif-
ferent interest groups."
Roach said he does not support
LaGROC's demands. "I don't see
anybody that supports that," he said.
He added that the University is
"making good progress" on UCAR
demands.
But Regent James Waters (D-
Muskegon) said the "rally" appears
to represent the campus atmosphere.
"It looks like there are significant
problems."
Waters said LaGROC's demand
for a change in the bylaw is reason-
able. "I think it should be seriously
considered. Right now I can't see
any reason why it shouldn't be
added."
He said the University has been
slow in meeting UCAR's demands.
"The problems have been preva-
lent for so long- no matter how-
fast we're moving, it's not fast
enough," he said.
Waters was the head of the coali-
tion of Black law students in the
first BAM strike 20 years ago.
Earlier yesterday, students repre-
senting the UCAR andathe Black
Student Union spoke at an anti-
racism rally on the Diag to encour-
age students to attend the Regents'
meeting.
Kristine LaLonde and Martha
Sevetson contributed to this story.

Compiled from Associated Press reports
Officials grapple with budget
WASHINGTON - Bargainers from the White House and Congress
said yesterday they were closer to agreement on a deficit-reduction plan,
but divisions in Republican ranks imperiled efforts to avoid Gramm-
Rudman budget cuts today.
President Reagan pushed for the negotiators to settle on a package of
deficit cuts. Some Republicans, however, said they'd just as soon see the
widespread automatic slicing begin as required by the Gramm-Rudman
deficit reduction law.
"While the final package may not be all that I might want, it will not
be all that Congress wants, either," Reagan told the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce. "But it is vital that the negotiators complete their work
now," he said.
The Gramm-Rudman law requires $23 billion in deficit reduction in
fiscal 1988, which began Oct. 1.
Soviets give missile data to U.S.
WASHINGTON - The Soviet Union has provided the United States
with detailed information about itstmedium-range missile arsenal in
another step toward completion of a treaty to be signed at the December
summit, Reagan administration officials said yesterday.
But the information turned over Wednesday to U.S. negotiator in
Geneva dealt mostly with deployed missiles and did not include all the
specific data the U.S. side wants on SS-20s and SS-4s that might be in
storage and where they are being kept, the officials said.
In the meantime, there were growing indications that Secretary of State
George Shultz would go to Geneva next week to meet with Soviet
Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze on a summit agenda.
Officials investigate causes of
London subway station fire
LONDON - The government on Thursday announced a public
inquiry into a sudden and quick-spreading fire that raged through London's
largest subway station, killing 30 people and injuring about 80 others.
Survivors of Wednesday evening's blaze told harrowing stories of
people on fire and of being carried on an escalator into the flames.
People collapsed from smoke and many pounded helplessly on win-
dows of passing trains in search of an escape from Britain's worst subway
fire.
An assistant fire chief, Joe Kennedy, said fighting the flames was like
"going down a roaring chimney."
Fire officials said they could not explain how a small fire could spread
so quickly. Investigators descended into the cavernous, fire-ravaged tick-
eting plaza of the multi-tiered King's Cross Station to search for clues.
House passes ticket quota ban
LANSING - Michigan motorists might get a break from overzealous
ticket writers as the state House voted 102-0 yesterday to prohibit police
departments from requiring their officers to meet a traffic ticket quota.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) was ap-
proved without debate and moves to the Senate.
Bullard said the legislation will go a long way to stop the rash of
ticket writing that some departments have forced on their officers to raise
money for local governments.
He said his goal is to convince departments to spend more time fight-
ing serious crimes.
"I am very hopeful... this will focus more resources on assaultive
crimes, ranging from mugging in the streets to sexual assault to breaking
and entering," Bullard said. "These are the crimes that people are really
concerned about."
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City finds fame through flu
Does it make you break out in a Maize 'n' blue rash?
Does it give you an irresistible desire to sing 'Victors?'
No, the "Ann Arbor Flu" is symptomatically similar to most other flu
viruses, said University Health Service Director Dr. Caesar Briefer. But
this particular cause of high fever and cough was isolated in the Univer-
sity's School of Public Health several years ago, thus the name.
Dr. Stanley Schwartz, a University professor of epidemiology, said the
Ann Arbor ailment is expected to be one of the most prevalent viruses in
the country when the flu season begins in December. Last week the
University of Toledo reported an Ann Arbor flu outbreak.
"But it was just a false alarm. They had the flu, but it was a different
flu," said Briefer. Yeah, it's just like those Ohio residents to go blaming
their flu on us.
-by Lisa Pollak
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