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Page 2 -The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 13, 1988
Steiner calls for minorit

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University while still making it a
place that minorities will attend."
Steiner said he meant that Howard
University and Wayne State
University more "naturally" draw
Black applicants - Howard as a
predominantly Black university and
Wayne State as a regional university
in Detroit.
But "(Steiner) didn't manage to
~refute his implication that if
"minorities were to flock to the
,University of Michigan the quality of
the institution would be degraded,"
Nadasen said.
Steiner, explaining that he is
willing to "take more risks in non-
tenure appointments," told reporters
that "hiring faculty from Harvard or
Princeton is less risky than hiring
someone from a predominantly Black
institution." He added that such
institutions have fewer research
opportunities and are less well
"It makes you angry because you
like to believe that such blatantly
racist attitudes don't exist anymore,"
said UCAR steering committee
member Kimberly Smith.
Steiner explained that he is
prepared to pay competitive salaries
in order to gain more Black faculty
members. He also expressed a desire

to get "more Blacks moving through committee member Mike Wilson,'
the pipelines of the system." who said Steiner just "made the

about how many members of the
LSA executive committee - the
college's governing body - are
"I didn't come here to be
interrogated about my record,"
Steiner said. He added that there are
no minority members on the
Executive Committee, whose faculty
members are elected although Steiner
appoints associate deans.
Sociology Prof. Aldon Morris,
who attended yesterday's conference,
said "it revealed that Dean Steiner
does not fully understand the quality
of the problem at the University of
Michigan in terms of
underrepresentation of Blacks and
other minorities."
Morris said he had a "real, genuine
fear about the implications of Dean
Steiner's remarks. What (the
students) are really worried about is
that the tone of the remarks is going
to intensify an atmosphere of racial
Steiner concluded that he "couldn't
be responsible" for those who call
his remarks and attitudes racist. He
compared the term "racist" with the
use of the term "red" during the
McCarthy era. "Racist is one of the
most loosely used words in the
vocabulary today," he said.

"I am not sure what, but perhaps
something in the environment leads
Blacks... to be less willing to invest
the time in college." He attributed
this tendency in part to attitudes in
the Black community and family -
a remark that elicited hisses and
objections from the students.
"He just kept digging himself in a
hole," said UCAR steering

situation worse" by repeating
statements already considered of-
fensive by UCAR.
Other UCAR members called
Steiner's manner during the hour-
long question session
"condescending," "evasive," and
"dissatisfying." At one point, Steiner
refused to answer Black Perspectives
Editor Roderick Linzie's question

Compiled from Associated Press reports
Israeli troops shoot protesters
GAZA CITY, Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip - Israeli troops shot and
killed a Moslem fundamentalist in a violent demonstration yesterday, and
a United Nations envoy's attempts to inspect refugee camps were
frustrated by soldiers and protesters.
Military spokespersons said the army imposed curfews on five of the
eight Gaza Palestinian refugee camps.
In the Israeli parliament, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres appealed for
an effort to end the violence by political means. Hawkish members
accused him of caving in to Arab demands.
Blanchard says Free Press
may close if merger fails
DETROIT - Gov. James Blanchard says at first he did not believe the
Detroit Free Press would close if denied the joint operating agreement it
seeks with The Detroit News.
Now, Blanchard said, "I don't know. I'm beginning to believe them."
He was referring to statements by some executives of Knight-Ridder
Inc., owner of the Free Press, that the paper might fold if U.S. Attorney
General Edwin Meese rejects the requested partial merger.
But Blanchard said he believes both newspapers could survive if they
would cease severe price competition that has led to losses at both.
"I think we can support two newspapers," he said in a luncheon
meeting Monday with Detroit News reporters. "It's hogwash that the
Detroit market won't support two. I don't believe that."
However, he said he was surprised when Administrative Law Judge
Morton Needelman, who held hearings on the question in August in
Detroit, recommended Dec. 30 that Meese reject a partial merger of the
two papers.
Sen. Levin calls for Japan to
reduce auto exports to U.S.
WASHINGTON - President Reagan should press Japanese Prime
Minister Noboru Takeshita to cut the number of Japanese passenger cars
exported to the United States, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Tuesday in
a letter to the president.
Takeshita arrived in Washington on Tuesday for his first visit since
taking office and will meet with Reagan today.
"I urge you to convey to Prime Minister Takeshita that Japan should
continue its voluntary restraints.on passenger-car exports to the U.S. in
1988, and that the restraints should be set at a level significantly lower
than the current 2.3 million units," wrote Levin.
Blanchard won't raise taxes
LANSING - State government isn't in danger of running a deficit and
doesn't need a general tax increase this year, according to Gov. James
The governor said his proposed 1988-89 budget, to.be unveiled in a
few weeks, will be only slightly larger than the $6.43 billion spending
plan for the current fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.
Blanchard said he'll recommend some agencies get smaller budgets
next year because the Department of Corrections will need more money to
run its new prisons.
Blanchard also rejected, in an interview with The Detroit News, claims
by some outside economists that Michigan faces a $100 million deficit
this fiscal year and will need to cut its budget.
He said an across-the-board increase in personal income or business
taxes shouldn't be needed.




Black faculty criticize
Steiner in open letter

(Continued from Page 1)
minorities on campus - but notes
that any changes thus far have been
Steiner has not yet responded to
the letter, said Sociology Prof.
Aldon Morris, who signed it today.
Much of the text criticizes
remarks for which the United
Coalition Against Racism has
demanded Steiner apologize -
remarks UCAR calls racist in their
connection of Blacks with lower
standards and attitudes.
A part of the letter read, "This
racist context underlies the dean's
remark (Sept. 17) that he would not
want to make Michigan the 'kind of
institution where minorities would
naturally flock.' This statement
betrays a callousness one does not

expect of someone holding a high
position in a major university. His
choice of words (animals, not
humans, "flock") is as inappropriate
as the idea apparently behind his
The letter also criticizes Steiner's
assertion that his remarks have been
taken out of context. "Indeed, it is
precisely the continuing context of
racial insensitivity that w e
condemn," the letter said.
Besides Steiner's comments, the
faculty condemned the institutional
racism that "does not make for
strong personal commitments to the
University among the faculty." Such
conditions, the letter alleges, have
led three tenured Black faculty to
resign and take positions elsewhere
over the last three vars.

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Homeless struggle to
find shelter from cold

(Continued from Page 1)
"Pride keeps some of the people
away. Some people simply don't
want to sleep in a room with thirty-
five other people. Others simply
don't know about the shelter," she
Cold related health problems are a
critical problem for the homeless
people, but Assistant Head Nurse
Karen Ruhlig of Emergency Services
at the University Hospital said she's
noticed no increase of homeless with
frostbite or other cold weather related

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Robert Pifer, assistant director of
University public safety, said he
hasn't noticed any increase in the
number of vagrants seeking warmth
by trespassing in University build-
Deputy Chief Walter Lunsford of
the Ann Arbor police said the de-
partment has experienced an increase
in the number of calls about people
found sleeping in stairwells, or
refusing to leave a restaurant. .
"In really extreme weather, the
true magnitude of the homeless
situation becomes noticed, as more
people have to get in somewhere,"
he said.
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Detroit councilmember says
T-shirts attack city's image
DETROIT - Souvenir T-shirts can give a city a shot in the arm,
but a Detroit official says suburban stores are trying to shoot the city in
the back by selling derogatory shirts.
Detroit city councilmember Mel Ravitz objects to shirts that he says
paint a distorted portrait of the nation's sixth largest city. He said they
could lead to resentment between residents of the city and the suburbs.
"We've all seen 'Virginia is for Lovers' and I Love New York.'
Well Detroit is for psychos...up to a point," said the designer of a
holiday shirt that depicts a machine gun-carrying Santa Claus aboard a
sleigh pulled by pit bull terriers. "Merry Christmas from Detroit," it
Ravitz added, "It's unfortunate, but there are these mercenaries out
there who'll do anything to make a buck. It certainly doesn't help
Detroit. All it helps is their own businesses," he said.
But people who make and sell the shirts say the designs are not t'iat
far out of line. One Birmingham store has sold hundreds of shirts chat
depict a man holding a dog at gunpoint. "Say something nice about
Detroit," is written on the shirt.
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