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Nordby
appointed
to gov't
relations
position
By STEVE KNOPPER
The University's Affirmative Ac-
tion Office - which directs most
anti-discrimination and anti-harass-
ment programs on campus - will
operate without a director starting
this June.
The University's Board of Re-
gents named current director Virginia
Nordby, who has held the post since
1980, as the new associate vice
president for government relations
on Friday.
In addition to heading the office,
Nordby now analyzes University
policies as an executive assistant to
the president. In her new position,
she will work exclusively on policy
matters.
Nordby also will assume several
of Vice President for Government
Relations Richard Kennedy's duties,
reviewing residency applications and
freedom of information requests.
Nordby said the job was a 'new
challenge." Though she has been
working on University policies since
1975, "It's quite a promotion," she
said.
The University will immediately
begin a nationwide search for her
successor as office director, Kennedy
said.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) said Nordby's new position "is
a logical extension of her career.
She's a very capable woman, very
loyally dedicated. "
Student minority leaders, how-
ever, criticized Nordby yesterday, and
requested that her successor be more
receptive to students. "I'm' very
happy that she's gone," said Lesbian
and Gay Rights Organizing Com-
mittee member Carol Wayman, an
LSA senior.
* Wayman criticized Nordby's
position against amending the Uni-
versity's anti-discrimination bylaw
to include sexual orientation. Nordby
said she would not advocate such a
change, but said last term that she
would make recommendations to
former University President Harold
rShapiro "along these lines."
Wayman said Nordby's successor
should be experienced, creative, re-
ceptive, and a lesbian woman of
color.
The Affirmative Action Office's
function, said UCAR member and
Rackham graduate student Barbara
Ransby, "is more or less to make
the University look good. That's
what she's done despite the abysmal
record."

The Michigan Daily-Monday, April 18, 1988- Page 3
Report shows a
wide range of
faculty salaries

Doily Photo by ALEXANDRA BREZ
Cesar Chavez (left), president of the United Farm Workers, urged students Friday to participate in a nation-
wide grape boycott. Barry Checkoway, an associate professor in the School of Social Work who helped
organize the event, stands to his left.
Umted Farm Workers leader

as*5ks students to
By AARON ROBINSON
Asking listeners to "boycott anything that looks
like a grape," United Farm Workers (UFW) President
Cesar Chavez promoted a nationwide boycott of Cali-
fornia table grapes last Friday.
Chavez, who visited other university campuses in
Michigan last week, spoke to about 125 people in the
Pendleton Room in the Michigan Union.
The UFW boycott, he said, is intended to draw at-
tention to the use of hazardous pesticides by grape
growers and the plight of migrant workers.
CHAVEZ SAID grape growers feel "it's easier to
kill the bugs, and to heck with the workers and con-
sumers."
A 13-minute video shown to the crowd in conjunc-
tion with the speech portrayed what Chavez said were
the effects of pesticide spraying in California - birth
defects among newborns and increased cancer among
farm workers and residents.
Chavez stressed that workers are the first to recog-
nize the health hazards, but they do not know exactly
what they are spraying.

boycott grapes
Pesticides are not only hazardous to the workers in
the fields, but to the consumers who buy the grapes,
Chavez said. By the time grapes reach the supermar-
kets, they have been sprayed six or seven times to keep
them fresh, and contain dangerous residues which
"won't wash off," he said.
CHAVEZ ALSO focused on the attempts of farm
workers in California to form unions, frequently
resulting in violence between workers and vineyard
owners. He called for "free and fair elections for farm
workers" to choose a union.
Enid Perez, a second year law student, said the
speech was "really good," and that awareness about the
boycott is better now because "it affects everyone," in-
cluding consumers.
Jose Acosta, a graduate student at the Institute for
Public Policy Studies, said he hoped the boycott would
draw attention to the problems of migrant workers.
Though both of the former boycotts achieved their
goals, Chavez said the current one, initiated in 1984, is
the most organized.

By MICHAEL LUSTIG
Associate professors in wealthier
University departments earn more
than full professors in other areas,
according to a report released by the
Committee on the Economic Status
of the Faculty.
Faculty members in lower paying
positions may grow disenchanted
with the University because of the
disparity, according to the annual
salary report presented to the Board
of Regents Friday.
CESF Chair Jesse Gordon, who
presented the report to the regents,
said before the meeting, "Disparities
within the institution are an over-
looked problem." In the past, CESF
reports have concentrated on recom-
mending raises for the University
faculty and comparing the salaries
with those offered by peer institu-
tions.
PROVOST AND Vice Presi-
dent for Academic Affairs James
Duderstadt, to whom the report was
specifically directed, left town just
after the presentation and was un-
available for comment.
The salaries are determined by
merit and the "affluence" of a
professor's department, the report
said. A "popular" department, which
has a greater ability to attract outside
funding such as grants, has more re-
sources to pay professors higher
salaries.
But not all schools and colleges
at the University can do this, such as
the Schools of Art, Nursing, and In-
formation and Library Sciences,
which have the lowest average
salaries at the University.
The College of Engineering, the
Law School, and the School of
Business Administration pay the
nighest salaries.
ROBERT WARNER, the
dean of ILS, said although "there are
always going to be disparities" in
salaries, if the disparity becomes too
large "it does engender negative feel-
ings on the low part."
Because of the salary inequality,

Gordon said members of different
departments will grow less concerned
about the University as a whole.,
Gordon, a social work professor,
said one option disenchanted faculty
members have is early retirement,
and if conditions persist, more olier
professors may exercise that option.
The report states: "It is unlilgly
that the relatively low-paid individu-
als in the faculty of an affluent
school are more meritorious in such
matters as publications or other in-
dices of knowledge production" than
high-paid members of poorer
schools, indicating that salaries are
determined more by market forcs
and the economic climate of ihe
country than by merit.
IN ADDITION, the report
compares University salaries to ei t
public and ten private peer institp-
tions. Against public institutions,
the University ranks the first in two
of the three faculty salary categories.
But compared to private institution,
the University ranks last for "i
professor salaries and fifth for lih
other two categories.r
The report recommends seveml
actions the University could take ;p
improve the working environme,
including:
-help new faculty members p'
off past loans and relocate to A
Arbor;
-provide child care assistance ajĀ¢
expand child care leavepolicies; *
-review and possibly revise mvot
determination policies;
-review options for pay-outsjp
retirees; and
-give more attention, and po~i-
bly economic assistance, to already.
retired faculty members.
But Gordon added, "the reportis
not intended to propose solutions."

WUOM to revive faculty program

By MICHAEL LUSTIG
Faculty members will soon be
speaking their minds over the air-
waves, as University officials plan
to resurrect a popular radio
commentary program on University
radio station WUOM.
The Faculty Commentator's Pro-
gram, which gives faculty members
three to five minutes to speak on a
topic of their choice, was cancelled
several years ago because of budget
constraints.
Joel Seguine, WUOM's manager,
said professors' voices will start
beaming from the top of the LSA
Building - from WUOM's studio
- "as soon as possible." The pro-
gram could start next month, he
said, but it might not begin until
September, when students and pro-
fessors return to campus.
THE FACULTY'S short
commentaries will be repeated sev-
eral times a day. Past topics,
Seguine said, have addressed public
health, crime, education, race rela-
tions, and "major public policy con-
cerns that touch the lives of people."
"What we're trying to do is to re-
sume a popular feature," Seguine
said. The plan to revive it is part of
the University's long-term plan for
the radio station that was drawn up
last year.
Many members of the faculty and
the community felt the radio station
was separated from the intellectual

climate of the University when the
program was dropped, said Harris
McClamroch, chair of the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs.
Seguine agreed with McClam-
roch, saying the program was a way
to extend some of the University's
resources and expertise, namely pro-
fessors, to the community.
'It's something everyone
wants. I don't see any re-
sistance.'
Joel Seguine, WUOM
manager, on the prospect
of a faculty commentary
show
THE PROGRAM used to pay
about a dozen faculty members to
broadcast commentaries weekly, said
Director of Broadcasting and Media
Services Hazen Schumacher, who
supervises WUOM. The program
was just one feature cut from
WUOM when the budget of Michi-
gan Media, which funds the station,
was cut by nearly one-third in 1981.
Seguine hopes to find 20 to 25
people who want to participate, and
he has asked campus deans, directors,

department heads, and SACUA to
publicize the program.
But this time participating faculty
members - who will volunteer
once a month - will not be paid.
The radio station is not trying to
take advantage of anyone, Seguine
said, adding "I don't think once a
month is too much to ask."
Schumacher said some people
might be paid if they are asked to
comment more than once a month,
but "there's only so much (money)
to go around."
"There always were faculty who
were willing to do it without being
paid," he said.
SACUA is not trying to recruit
faculty broadcasters, McClamroch
said, but "wants to be very helpful"
in a supporting role.
WUOM already invites faculty
members to comment at times on its
two news programs, "The Midday
Program" and "4:30 Report." The
station broadcasts classical music
and other news programs, including
"All Things Considered" from Na-
tional Public Radio.
Seguine said he thinks the pro-
gram will be a success. "It's some-
thing everyone wants," he said. "I
don't sense any resistance." Even if
people don't want to participate, he
said, they want to hear their col-
leagues.

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THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
Michael Maroney -
"Spectpgscopic Investiogation of
Dinuclear Iron Proteins," 4 p.m.,
Chemistry building, room 1200.
Prof. Giorgio Montaudo -
"Structure and Degredation of
Polymers Studied by M a s s
Spectrometry," 4 p.m., Dow
Building, room 1017.

tutoring service for 100 and 200
level German students, 7 p.m.,
Mason Hall, room 2408.
Furthermore
Computing Center Courses
- Monday Programmer's Seminar
(C++), 7 p.m., 4003 S E B .
Registration not required.
"The Animals' Film" - a

Swedish
royalty
arrive in
MIDchigan
DETROIT (AP) - The king and
queen of Sweden arrived in Michigan
yesterday for a day-and-a-half visit
that includes stops at an automotive
seminar, an art school, and a chil-
dren's hospital.

" head and
shoulders above
the rest"
THE TIMES
"in the first
rank internationally"

"a significant
international
opportunity"
FINANCIAL TIMES
' the School
for good value"

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