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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, April 20, 1988- Page 9

13-year regent
debates issues
with protesters
Continued from Page 1
to keep him in a constant state of
exhaustion. But as Roach recalls his
days as a West Quad resident, he
traces the development of his dedica-
tion to the University. He wears a
maize and blue tie.
"When I was a student, I had no
perception of what a great University
this was," said Roach, shutting his
eyes slightly. "I don't think I per-
ceived that until I graduated."
ROACH, WHO lives on a
farm in nearby Saline with his wife,
Sally, and commutes to his office in
Detroit's Renaissance Center, has
practiced law since 1961. Along
with the legal books and papers, he
adorns his 34th floor office with
pictures of Athletic Director Don
Canham, football coach Bo Schem-
bechler, and former basketball coach
Johnny Orr.
Other regents praise Roach's
dedication to the University. "You
will never find anyone as loyal to
the University as Regent Roach,"
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor)
said. "He's tremendously valuable at
regents' meetings. He reads and un-
derstands the agenda, and makes sure
Continued from Page 2
at once," she said.
MICHIGAN Student Assembly
President Mike Phillips, an LSA
junior, said the assembly favors the
idea of a mandatory class which ad-
dresses sexism and homophobia as
well as racism. He blamed the Uni-
versity administration for "dragging
its feet" on combatting racism on
campus and said he would like to see
administrators and faculty members
take the class as well.
Professors interested in the pro-
ject are now developing several
"model course outlines" of discus-
sion topics, syllabi, and bibliogra-
phies, Kimmeldorf said. Once the
outlines are completed, the organiz-
ers will work on a final course out-
"We think this is a responsibility
for the faculty to provide through the
curriculum," Railton said. He and
the others say they want the course
"approved as soon as possible.
associate dean for curriculum, said if
the course is approved by the LSA
Curriculum Committee, the first
p art of a two-step approval process,
it would go to the college's Execu-
tive Committee, the second step, for
final approval.
The process could take as little as
two to three weeks, Meiland said,
but he added that the Curriculum
Committee usually asks for
clarifications before giving approval.

LSA Dean Peter Steiner, a member
of the Executive Committee, was
unavailable for comment.
F "To discuss a social phenomenon,
namely racism, and to understand its
social origin, is to realize that cur-
rent manifestations and current
modes of thinking are plagued with
:mythologies," Railton said.
The course will take a
multidisciplinary approach to study-
ing racism, looking at various as-
pects through history, sociology,
biology, economics, literature, and
f philosophy, among others. Railton
said emphasis in lectures would vary
} depending on the field of the person
teaching the class.
English Prof. Buzz Alexander,
another of the class planners, said a.
w study by the group concluded that
about 3,900 people will be taking
the class each year. The class will be
offered every term and will consist of
* two lectures and two discussions
each week.
SEVERAL professors in differ-
ent departments are developing

the 'i's' are dotted and the 't's' are
Power praised Roach's sense of
humor, recalling last fall's reception
honoring outgoing University
President Harold Shapiro, when
Roach directed the regents in a per-
formance of "It's a small, small 'U"'
- a salute to budget cutbacks
Shapiro made during his tenure.
"Regent Roach wrote the lyrics,
got the music, investigated whether
we had to pay for the copyrights, and
taught us how to sing it," Power
roommate, Terence Benbow - now
dean of the University of Bridge-
port's law school in Connecticut -
said Roach "has the ability to turn
from a serious discussion to a light-
hearted story in the twinkle of an
During a philosophical debate as
an undergraduate, Benbow said,
Roach and his roommates once
"went from a very serious discussion
of why you must take issues like
these seriously to the imitation of an
He characterized Roach's play on
their hall's football team as "gorilla-
like," adding that he was "much to
be feared on the football field, but it
was more determination than skill."
"We were a lively bunch," Ben-
bow said, adding that he and Roach
have kept contact with each other
since their graduation from the Uni-
versity. "A lot of kidding took
said, "I was aware that there was a
Board (of Regents)," because of a
University rule that banned students
from driving on campus. As a law
student, he researched the rule, and

found that the regents had the power
to enforce it.
"I thought it might be occasion-
ally nice to go on a date (in a car),"
Roach said, adding that the rule was
"my only connection of the concept
of the regents. That was the only
place I really disagreed with them."
Roach, possibly the most vocal
regent, with a flair for interpreting
complex legal issues, said he made
the decision to run for regent around

to the eight-member board's final
decisions on University policy and
actions. During the past 13 years,
Roach has sat on the board amid
protests of the University's invest-
ment in companies operating in
South Africa, the proposed code of
non-academic conduct, racism, and
military research on campus.
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit)
said Roach has a unique rapport with
protesters, such as the ones who

Regent Thomas Roach and his West Quad roommates
once 'went from a very serious discussion of why you
must take (evolution) issues like these seriously, to the
imitation of an ape.'
- University of Bridgeport, Conn., Law School Dean
Terence Benbow, Roach's former roommate

But Weine said Roach "works in
this abstract notion that the Univer-
sity should be run to the interests of
the state. They should look to stu-
dents for direction. I wouldn't con-
sider him to be a student advocate in
any sense."
expressed their discontent with his
role in University policy-making.
"Regent Roach has a disquieting
smugness which broadcasts his au-
thority," said law student Eric
Schnaufer, a vocal anti-code activist.
"Roach is more tightly connected
with the administration than perhaps
any other regent."
Wendy Sharp, an LSA senior and
member of the Lesbian and Gay
Rights Organizing Committee, ex-
pressed discontent that Roach voted
with the board against amending the
regents' anti-discrimination bylaw to
include sexual orientation last Jan-
uary. She said, though, that Roach
"seems to listen more than the other
regents did"
After the regents' decision, La-
GROC members protested vehe-
mently against the regents and the
Despite his accessibility, Roach
has aroused students' ire over a
number of issues. For example,

when the' regents voted to divest 90
percent of University funds from
South Africa in 1983, Roach dis-
sented, saying U.S. operations can
be used to help the South African
He has been a strong proponent
of "academic freedom," which many
define as the University researcher's
right to research any topic, even if it
can be used to harm other humans.
Last year, the board contradicted vo-
cal student opposition in voting to
relax the guidelines barring research
which could be used to kill or maim
human beings.
RECENTLY, the board's sup-
port of Interim University President
Robben Fleming's anti-discrimina-
tion proposal has prompted the
loudest student protest. Many stu-
dent groups, such as MSA, maintain
the policy is nothing more than a
code of non-academic conduct to
control student behavior.
Roach, among others, maintains
that academic punishments can be
used to prevent behavior which is
"outrageous." When he attended the
University, he said, "The policy then
was much more intrusive on student
freedom," citing the driving ban as
an example.

1972. Regents, as public officials
elected by the state, often participate
in the Democratic National Party in
order to receive votes for the nomi-
In 1972, Roach became a national
platform member, and eventually he
moved up to executive vice-chair of
the party. The convention floor, he
said, was "exciting and grueling" and
he worked 20 hours a day on the
floor and in committee meetings.
But being a regent, he said, is a
"stepping stone to political obliv-
ion. A lot of political figures use the
office as a bullypulpit... a launching
pad to a higher office. But the role of
a regent is to work for the Univer-
sity, to try to make it even better.
And that isn't the kind of thing that
receives a lot of press."
LOCALLY, however, students,
faculty, and staff pay close attention

forced the regents to relocate their
meeting last week. "He's the type
who will engage them directly, and
challenge them. He seems to get a
kick out of it... Students seem to
appreciate that, and he's not frayed
by that. He can jockey with the stu-
Roach said debates such as the
divestment issue are "exhilarating,
like a runner's high."
Student leaders, though, say they
should have a larger role in the re-
gents' decision-making process, in-
stead of merely debating the issues
among themselves. Former MS A
President Ken Weine said Roach "is
by far the most hard-working regent,
and the most familiar with the day-
to-day activities on campus." Weine
said Roach is a "big gun" on the
board, and that other Democrats of-
ten vote in his direction.

model course plans around five core
areas: concepts of racism, the history
of racism, institutional discrimina-
tion, social change, and parallel
forms of discrimination, Kimmeldorf
These core areas will then be put
into a general framework of varying
concepts of race, the historical expe-
rience of minorities, current aspects
of discrimination, including sexism
and institutional racism, and social
Organizers will recommend that
students take the class during their
sophomore year, Alexander said.
This will give students a year to ad-
just to life at the University, but the
class will be taught early enough so
that its principles will be applicable
to future courses.
Getting all sophomores through
the class will require four lectures for
500 people each term, Alexander

said. A limit of 20 students per dis-
cussion section will make 200 sec-
tions necessary.
THE GROUP made a rough
estimate that the course will cost
$563,000. Alexander said about
$100,000 will be needed to pay the
professors' salaries.
The group would prefer graduate
teaching assistants to lead the dis-
cussions. Each section would be
considered a one-quarter appointment
on the salary scale, so the course
would have to budget the full salary
of 50 TAs, based on 200 sections.
At $9,260 a year for a full TA
salary, about $463,000 would have
to be allotted for TA salaries.
Alexander said using undergradu-
ate facilitators and graders in the dis-
cussions would cost less than half
the amount needed for TAs, but
most group members prefer having
graduate students over undergradu-

ates. "We're going to propose teach-
ing assistants," Alexander said.
Alexander said he wants students
to be graded in the class because "we
don't want people blowing it off."
But, he said, this issue has not yet
been decided on by the group.
will "very likely" be finalized soon,
Vest said, is discussion of "diversity
and racism" in Engineering 103, a
class that all first-year engineering
students are required to take.
Implementing the LSA class
could positively affect the Univer-
sity's minority faculty recruitment
goals. Kimmeldorf said course de-
signers want "minority and women
faculty members to do most of the
teaching, or at least a large share of
it," but the planners realize there are
few minority faculty available to
teach the class.

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