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The Michigan Daily--Thursday, January 21, 1988- Page 3

Educators criticize
Bennett's comments

Local educators yesterday criticized
statements by Secretary of Education William
Bennett, who said that declining Black college
enrollment is the result of poor preparation by
schools, not financial need.
Bennett, speaking to several hundred col-
lege presidents at an American Council on Edu-
cation meeting Tuesday in Washington, said
better college preparation by high schools -
not more intense recruitment by colleges or in-
creased financial aid - is needed to increase
Black enrollment.
BUT SEVERAL officials interviewed
yesterday said Bennett's statements were a sim-
plistic explanation of a more complex problem.
"I don't believe that there can possibly be
just one explanation for the problem," said Vir-
ginia Nordby, director of the University's Af-
firmative Action office.
Nordby cited a study by Sociology Prof.
Walter Allen, which indicated that financial
problems often prevent Blacks from attending
Allen's study blamed Black enrollment de-
creases on cutbacks in federal financial aid that
began in the mid 1970s; at the same time the
percentage of Blacks enrolled in American uni-
versities began to drop.
"When the money dried up, Black enroll-
ment began to nosedive," Allen said.
"(Minority) students are dependent on financial
BUT DAVID Robinson of the University
admissions office said he agreed with Bennett
that financial problems were not as damaging to
Black students as the inadequacies in high
"Many of these youngsters have great fi-
nancial need," Robinson acknowledged. "(But
the University) can meet almost 100 percent of
the financial need for all in-state students."

Robinson said many Blacks are poorly pre-,.
pared for college because they attend inner-city
schools, which often lack adequate funding and
Many teachers have left inner-city schools
because of problems with crime and over,
crowded classes, which often leaves the students
with inferior teachers, he added.
EDUCATION Prof. Percy Bates attacked
Bennett's statement that a greater focus on
math, science, and other basic skills in high
schools would help increase Black enrollment
"Everybody in school can benefit from
more of that," but that doesn't answer the ques-
tion of why the percentage of Black students
have dropped in comparison to other groups,
Bates said.
Several of the educators placed some blame
for the enrollment drop on the Reagan adminis-
tration, which Bates said has caused "an erosion
of support for minority students in general."
Heyward Richardson, deputy superintendent
of the Ann Arbor Public School System, also
criticized administration cutbacks in student aid.
"There hasn't been a decline in the quality
of (secondary) education over the past eight
years, but there has been a decline in Black en-
rollment," said Richardson.
EDUCATION officials also disagreed
with Bennett's statement that the "pool" of
available Black applicants is too small.
"One of the questions that we have to ask
is, 'are we getting all the students out of the
pool that we can get?"' said University Vice-
Provost for Minority Affairs CharlestMoody.
Blacks comprise 12 percent of the popula-
tion, but less than 9 percent of college students,
according to American Council on Education
-The Associated Press contributed to this:

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Bud Porter, left, and Rich De Borde, maintenance mechanics at a water treatment facility, overhaul one of the plant's tran-
sfer pumps.
Officials call Ann Arbor water
safe despite natural pollutants

Officials at Ann Arbor's water treat-
ment plant say the city's water supply is
safe and is not threatened by contamina-
tion, despite a recent report that one out
of five water systems contain unregulated
chemical contaminants.
Larry Sanford, assistant superinten-
dent at Ann Arbor's water treatment
plant, said the study - conducted by a
Ralph Nader consumer advocate group -
does not apply to Ann Arbor or the sur-
rounding area. Ann Arbor's water source,
the Huron River, is clean and receives
little, if any, industrial or agricultural
pollution, he said.
"The pollution in the Huron River is.
natural pollution. It's swampy water,"
Sanford said. "The stuff we take out is
algae and leaves, mostly."
BUT SANFORD added that water
systems for the Ann Arbor area are
sometimes tainted by rural pollution and
road salt.
In addition, Steve Manville of the

Washtenaw Evironmental Health Depart-
ment said dioxane - a common, water-
soluble, industrial solvent from the
nearby Gelman Sciences plant - has
contaminated the groundwater.
Andy Buchsbaum, the program director
for the Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan, said the environmental group
receives few complaints about Ann Arbor
water. He said PIRGIM usually refers
such problems to the Washtenaw Public
.Health Department, which refers them to
the State Health Department.
ALTHOUGH city water is consid-
ered safe, Seth Hirshorn (D-Second Ward)
said industrial pollution has been a prob-
lem in Scio Township, just south of Ann
Ann Arbor pipelines have been ex-
tended so that the city water system can
supply better water to some parts of the
The Environmental Protection Agency
said regulating every chemical contami-

taminants found in water are known or
suspected to be harmful, according to the
Center for the Study of Responsive Law.
THE EPA is presently feeling pres-
sure from Congress to test and regulate
more chemicals as a result of the 1986
amendments to the Safe Drinking Water
Act of 1974, according to EPA reports.
The Supreme Court has drawn a timeline
requiring the EPA to set standards for at
least 85 contaminants within the next
three years.
Sanford said water problems generally
occur in small towns since large towns
and cities usually have sufficient water
systems. Small towns often cannot afford
proper regulation of their water sources.
Testing and regulating water systems
is expensive, Buchsbaum said. For
example, Sault St. Marie, a city of
15,000 people in northern Michigan, is
presently paying approximately $6 mil-
lion for a plant to remove salt from their
Lake Superior water.
But Jim Scott, an engineer at Black &
Beach in Detroit, said the construction
expense for a water plant is minimal
compared to its value over time.

First case of Type A
influenza reported at, 'U'

Wintertime to most students means chilly
nights inside by the fire, swooshing down ski
slopes, braving the icy winds on the way to
class - and the flu.
Yes, influenza season is upon us again.
This year's first case of Type A influenza in
the state of Michigan infected a University
student this week, the University School of
Public Health reported.
Dr. Hunein Maassab, professor of
epidemiology at the School of Public Health,
said the community can expect to see more
cases of all strains of the flu in the next few
Although many cases have been reported in
other states, Michigan has not been heavily
hit with the flu yet. Flu season lasts from
December to February or March.

Maassab said that it was not possible to-.
predict how contagious the flu will be this
year on campus, but close confines such as
classrooms and residence halls increase the x
number of cases.
But "some people have antibodies and are.
partially protected," he added. Although there
is a vaccine for Type A influenza, Maassab
said no more than 10 percent of all students
have probably received it.
Symptoms for flu include fever, dry cough,
muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. They.
usually last between three and seven days, and
can lead to secondary bacteria pneumonia if
symptoms are ignored.
"If you follow the doctor's orders, with
fluids, aspirin, and going to bed early, you
will get well soon," said Maassab. "It is
usually a self-limiting disease."

nant in a given water system
ble. In fact, only 190 of the

is impossi-
2,100 con-


what's happening in Ann Arbor today

Campus Cinema
Force of Evil
(Abraham Polonsky 1948)
MLB 4 7:00 p.m.
A corrupt attorney (John Garfield)
tries to keep the numbers racket
from destroying his brother, a
small-time bookie. Compelling
and well-photographed film noir ,
with some of therbest dialogue
around. The careers of both
Polonsky and Garfield were
destroyed in the subsequent HUAC
trials of the '50's. With Thomas
Gomez and Beatrice Pearson.
In a Lonely Place
(Nicholas Ray 1950)
MLB 4 9:00 p.m.
A cynical Hollywood screenwriter
tries to exculpate himself from a
murder charge. With Humphrey
Bogart, Gloria Grahame, and Frank.

Cuyocuyo, Peru: Studying Agri-
cultural Production." Brown Bag,
12:00 p.m. at 2009 Museums
Agape Campus Fellowship
Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. in S.
Quad Ambatano Lounge.
Torah Bible Study Goup -
4:30 Chabad House.
Talmud Study Goup Laws of
Prayer - 8 p.m. at Chabad
U of M Outing Club --
Meeting at 6 p.m. in 2203
Michigan Union.
Baha'is Under the Guardian
- "The Purpose of Life." 7:30
p.m. at 2209 Michigan Union. '
Rainforest Action Move-
ment - 7:00 p.m. at Room 1520

English Department
By ROSE MARY WUMMEL to a former Hopwood wi
Eleven students split $2,900 died last year; his new
worth of prizes in the prestigious progress, Enter from
Hopwood Underclassmen Awards which vividly describes t
ceremony last night, while the En- of English playwright C
glish Department awarded $3,900 to Marlowe.
ninestudents in other literary con- Though the audience h
tests. ten during the beginni
The Hopwood Underclassmen comic and satirical baccal
Contest, established in 1967, grants dress, some spectators -
awards to first year students and turned off by Garrett's pol
sophomores for fiction, essay, and and comments on femin
drama as an alternative to the major before the end.
upperclass Hopwood awards held i Garrett was the firstc
April. the MFA English progra
GEORGE GARRETT, a poet, ative writing at the Univ
novelist, editor, and playwright, re- left four years ago to b
placing the previously scheduled Pe- Hoyns Professor of Creati
ter Taylor, read at the ceremony in at the University of Virgi
Rackham Auditorium. THE HOLLYWOO
Garrett read from a poem dedicated were established in 1930

inner who
novel in
the Sun,
he murder
aughed of-
ng of the
aureate ad-
itical satire
ism- left
director of
m for cre-
versity but
ecome the
ive Writing
)D awards
when Av-

ery Hopwood, a successful broadway
playwright, left one-fifth of his es-
tate to his alma mater to encourage
young writers to create.
Individual Hopwood winners are
as follows: in the essay category;
first year LSA student Stephen
Adams $325; Natural Resources first
year student, Sharon Jackson, $325;
LSA sophomore Mary Glover,
$250; first year LSA student David
Lubliner, $225; in the fiction cate-
gory; Residential College first year
student Kristin Fontechiaro, $350;
first year LSA student Stephen
Adams, $250; LSA sophomore,
Laura Sagolla,$225; first year LSA
student, Wendy Sherrill,$225; and in
the poetry division; LSA sopho-
more, Aime Ballard, $200; RC
sophomore, Carrie Brown,$200; RC
sophomore, Monica Scherer, $200;

presents Hopwood awards

LSA sophomore Joshua Charlson,
WINNERS IN other contests
sponsored by the Department of En-
glish are; graduate student Joseph
Clements, $100, Academy of Amer-
ican Poets; RC junior, Meredith
McGhan, $125, Bain-Swiggett Po-
etry; graduate student Richard Terrill,
$100, The Michael R. Gutterman
Award in Poetry; graduate student
Gail Gilliland, $75, The Michael R.
Gutterman Award in Poetry. Recipi-
ents of the Roy W.. Cowden Memo-
rial Fellowship included: graduate
student Joseph Clements, $750;
graduate student Linda Miller, $750;
graduate student Christina Shea,
$750; RC senior, Kristin Herron,
$500; graduate student Anne Sheaf-
fer, $500.

Speakers Furthermore
Ellen Silbergeld - "Dioxin: Linda Bradley - School of
From Receptors to Risk Assess- Music violinist performing
ment." 1040 Dana, The School of Schumann and Moussorgsky at
Natural Resources. 12:15 in the Union.
Bill Moore -s "The Cost o f Ladyhouse Blues - Presented
Commitment." InterVarsity Christ- by River of Understanding En-
ian Fellowship meeting at the semble at 8 p.m. at the Perfor-
Kuenzel Room of the Michigan mance Network, 408 W. Washing-
Union at 7 p.m. ton.
Fiona Marshall - "The Lesbians of Color Collect-
Beginnings of Pastoralism in East i v e - Third Floor of the
Africa." 3:30 p.m. in 3207 Angell Michigan Union at 7 p.m.-
Hall. Midwestern Music Con-
W. Harmon R a y - "The ference - Gala Opening Concert
Dynamic Behavior of Polymeriza- at 8 p.m. at Hill Aud.

Council opposes deputization
(CondnoedfromPage1) work exclusively on campus, b
campus safety officers the necessary spend only about 20 percent of th
power to enforce their authority. Be- shifts there. The rest of their time
cause they cannot make arrests, devoted to answering off-camp
Heatley said his officers are some- calls.
times put into dangerous situations
while waiting for police officers to Once approved, Heatley said
arrive. two year phase-in period would
Heatley said the University required before establishing the ca
spends $500,000 each year to rent pus police force. The senate bill sa
seven officers from the Ann Arbor all officers will have to attend a tw
Police Department to patrol the year police academy.
campus. The officers are paid to.,


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