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Weekend Magazine:



*Picks of '87

*The List

*John Shea

*Interview: Barry Levinson

Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 73

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, January 15, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily


students confront regents

Speakers address
discrimination, code

About 300 students from three
University groups joined in a cry of
outrage about discrimination on
campus and Interim President Rob-
ben Fleming's proposed policy of
academic sanctions, before the
University's Board of Regents yes-
In a collective attack upon the
administration, yesterday's eight
speakers condemned LSA Dean Peter
Steiner's recent "racist" remarks and
Fleming's proposed policy against
discriminatory conduct, and demanded
that the University's affirmative
action logo be changed to include
sexual orientation.
A packed crowd at the Anderson
Room of the Michigan Union battled
for control of the proceedings with
Fleming during the public comments
session of the regents' monthly
meeting. The student speakers fre-
quently became hostile, and the
crowd augmented most of the
speeches with applause and chants of
"Hey, hey, ho, ho, Dean Steiner's
got to go.
Alicia Lucksted, a member of
LaGROC, led off the session
yesterday by presenting a list of
speakers different from the regents'
prepared list. Fleming accepted it,
and helped her recognize people in
the crowd who had questions after her
Then, Michigan Student As-
sembly representative Michael
Phillips, an LSA senior, went to the
microphone accompanied by a person

dressed in a kangaroo outfit. The
outfit was labelled "justice," and the
kangaroo banged a gavel loudly to
silence the crowd.
Phillips said the kangaroo, who
did not speak, represented a
"kangaroo court" that would be
created by Fleming's proposed policy
for non-academic conduct. After his
speech, Phillips told the regents,
"There's a lot of people who respect
(Fleming) and respect this body. I'm
not one of them."
The UCAR members spoke last,
receiving the largest response from
the audience. LSA junior Lillien
Waller had to pause for more than a
minute during her speech as students
clapped and chanted.
Throughout the session, the
regents and executive officers listened
patiently to student criticism, not
commenting on the concerns.
Before the public comments
session, MSA sponsored a rally in
Regents' Plaza to protest Fleming's
document. Nearly 100 students
attended the rally, which joined a
UCAR rally on its way to the
Although the students attempted
to unite their demands, Vice
President for Communication Jon
Cosovich, in an interview after the
session, questioned whether their
causes were connected. He said the
students' arguments "logically were
not well put together," saying they
contradicted themselves by

Third-year law student and UCAR member Carl Anderson delivers a demand to the University's Board of Regents for the removal of LSA Dean Peter
Steiner yesterday. "At least for today, the defense rests," he said, adding that UCAR will not give up its struggle against institutional racism.
Fedral oficial to itigcharges
! "of racim, pssbl civil aw violatio

See GROUPS, Page 5

A U.S. Department of Justice
official has come to the University
to investigate allegations of racism
and possible violations of civil law
within the administration, members
of the United Coalition Against
Racism told Interim President
Robben Fleming and t h e
University's Board of Regents yes-
UCAR members said William
Hall, from the Chicago bureau of
the justice department, contacted the
group yesterday during a sit-in that

began Wednesday after LSA Dean
Peter Steiner refused to retract al-
legedly racist remarks.
UCAR steering committee
member Barbara Ransby said Hall
will meet with both administrators
and group members today.
cheered on by more than 300 stu-
dent supporters - demanded
Steiner's removal and administra-
tive condemnation of his remarks
during public comments at yester-
day's regents meeting.
"The final nails in the coffin of
racial inequality at the University of

Michigan are being hammered into
place by everybody sitting at this
table," said UCAR member Carl
Fleming, however, expressed
loyalty to Steiner. "We do not fire
deans in this fashion," he said. It is
unknown whether Fleming will re-
spond to UCAR's demands at this
morning's regents' meeting.
Three UCAR members gave
impassioned speeches calling the
University administration institu-
tionally racist, citing Fleming's
failure to denounce Steiner's al-
legedly racist remarks and writings;

UCAR demonstrators, who led the
entire room in a anti-Steiner chant
for more than five minutes, domi-
nated a meeting characterized by
student protest against allegedly
discriminatory University actions.
"The fact that Steiner can pro-
ceed with impunity, if not the tacit
approval of the administration,
demonstrates the rampant institu-
tional racism present among Uni-
versity administrators," UCAR
member Lillien Waller said.
FLEMING described some re-
marks made by Steiner this year as
See STUDENTS, Page 3

Duderstadt predicts steep tuition hike

Predicting significant tuition increases, Vice
President for Academic Affairs and Provost James
Duderstadt told the Board of Regents yesterday
that deteriorating state support will force the
University to pass its rising costs to the
Officials doubt they will receive the $50.2
million, an 11 percent increase, they requested in
October. "We are already hearing warning signals
from the state that suggest appropriation
increases in the range of 0 to 4 percent at best,"
said Duderstadt.
Fiscal concerns assume great importance as
officials await Gov. James Blanchard's State of
the State address next week. At that time, he will
unveil his proposal for state appropriations to the
University for fiscal year 1988-89. The

University's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June
"While we will work very hard to find other
means to balance our revenue and expenditures,
there is no doubt that we will once again have to
turn to our students and their families to make up
for the inadequacy of our state support," the
report said.
Last summer the regents raised resident tuition
8.4 percent and non-resident tuition 9.4 percent
in response to a disappointing 5.6 percent
increase in total state appropriations. Due to
constantly changing revenue projections by the;
state, Duderstadt could not put a specific figure
on a tuition increase.
New buildings and costs stemming from the
new contract with the teaching and research
assistants will contribute to a $7.1 million in

"unavoidable expenditure increases" that
Duderstadt cited.
Duderstadt noted a recent 0.75 percent
reduction in state appropriations for the current
year, changes in the federal tax law that will
affect the taxable status .of teaching assistant's
tuition waiver, and the recent move to reduce
non-resident enrollment as events that hurt the
University financially.
Reporting on the University's current fiscal
condition, Duderstadt said the University needs to
make internal cuts to accomodate an unexpected
$1.7 million state cut. In a cut "almost equal...
to the entire budget of a unit such as our School
of Information and Library Studies" Duderstadt
said the University will have to made up $1.2
million of the $1.7 million in the current fiscal
See 'U',, Page 7

Grant, Mills lead Wolverines in
triumph over Spartans, 90-72

University students participate in yesterday's 'No-Code' rally in the
Regents' Plaza. About 100 students gathered to condemn Interim
President Robben Fleming's proposed solution to the University's
discrimination problems.
PLO may recognize

It A e n iner should resig m~
Arts provides entanmenL.
ARTS ag,8

Special to the Daily
guard Gary Grant knew how tough it
had been to win at ancient Jenison
Field House in recent years. The se-

27-point performance. Grant talked
back and forth with the fans all game
and gave them a big wave when he
was taken out in the final minute
after missing a dunk.
"I wasn't waving at the end to try

and Ken Redfield each scored 12.
Grant held point guard Andre Rison
to two points. Rison was making
his first start since joining the bas-
ketball team after the football sea-

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