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OPINION
Page4 Monday, April 4, 1988 The Michigan Daily

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

Kaplan responds to

critic

Vol. XCVIII, No. 124

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board. All other
cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion
of the Daily.
Students should vote

As MEMBERS of the Ann Arbor
community for at least four years,
students should vote on the legislation
such as rent control and the parks
millage which directly effects their
lives.
N oOn P
PROPOSAL A makes it harder for
candidates to run for city council and
mayor by raising the number of signa-
tures required. The city should be

Further, student input on the city
council candidates which best represent
their concerns will guarantee student
rights to participate in the government
of their community.
roposal A

By Stanley H. Kaplan
Although Professor Bert Hornback of
the University's English Department is an
outspoken champion of equal opportunity,
he neglected to extend me the courtesy of
inquiring about the policies and philoso-
phy of the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational
Center (SHKEC). I am confident that, had
he done so, he either would not have writ-
ten the letter to the Michigan Daily
("Kaplan undermines equal opportunity,"
3/7/88), or the letter would have expressed
entirely different observations and conclu-
sions. However, since several outraged
students have brought this article to my
attention, I hope you'll allow me to re-
spond to it now.
Dr. Hornback, if I may break the prece-
dent you set and address you directly, you
claim complete ignorance regarding
"Stanley H. Kaplan - whatever it is."
Yet it is clear form your letter that you
already know two things about me: 1) my
firm prepares students for standardized tests
like the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT and 2) it
is a profit-making company. From these
facts, you manage to conclude that I dis-
agree with the idea of equal opportunity,
that my programs are worthless, and that
my presence on the University of Michi-
gan campus puts the lie to anti-apartheid
sentiment! I have to admire the extent of
the leap of hatred required to reach such
conclusions, if not the sad world view that
prompted it.
Permit me, Professor, to challenge that
Stanley H. Kaplan is the President of the
Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center,-
Ltd.

view and let some light into what must be
a very narrow, mean place from which you
teach young people. With many Ameri-
cans, I view capitalism as a pathway, not
an obstacle, to equal opportunity. I would
like to cite a handy case in point-my
own career, which in a poor Brooklyn
neighborhood of Jewish immigrants and
has ended with my finding myself in the
fortunate position of being able to offer
opportunities to others. Which is why
more than 10,000 students each year re-
ceive Kaplan scholarships. Far from being
worthless, SHKEC has helped thousands
of of disadvantaged men and women
achieve their academic and professional
goals. We have never turned down any
student because of inability to pay if an
advisor confirms that the student is moti-
vated, has a reasonably good GPA, (yes,
GPA is more important than the test
scores) and is economically disadvantaged.
For more than 50 years, I have been
fighting for equal opportunity while at the
same time fighting a battle for main-
tainance of high educational standards.
I urge you, as you proposed to do in
your letter, to contact your Vice Provost
for Minority Affairs. I'm sure his office
will be willing to share with you some of
the many letters of recommendation writ-
ten by the University's Opportunity Pro-
gram for students applying for our schol-
arships. For further evidence of the effec-
tiveness of our programs, feel free to write
the administrators of the MCAT Im-
provement Program at the University of
Texas where minority students take our
MCAT review each summer. Or the pub-
lic school district in Atlanta, Georgia,
which has, for several years cooperated

with us in a scholarship program for mi-
nority athletes facing the SAT. Or the
Manhattan School for Science and Math-
ematics, where General Electric scholars
are enrolled in our PSAT and SAT review.
Or the Police Athletic League in West
Harlem. Or the Albert G. Oliver and the
Columbia University's double Discovery
Programs. Of the City Kids Program.
These are a few of our many co-sponsors
supporting minority and disadvantaged
programming.
So you see, Dr. Hornback, while you've
been "thinking about your commitment to
equal opportunity," I've devoted a good
portion of the last decade to doing some-
thing about mine. I have always felt it a
privilege (far more enjoyable than an
obligation) to return some of the good
fortune I've received. The Rita and Stanley
H. Kaplan Cancer Center at the New York
University Medical Center, the newly ren-
ovated Kaplan House for disturbed young
men, and the Lincoln Center Institute's
inner city arts program constitute some of
the ways I've tried to prove that capitalism
and caring need not be mutually exclusive.
Finally, I invite you to visit our centers
in Ann Arbor and Detroit, or any of the
127 Kaplan location nationwide, for a
first-hand look at the confidence and skill
building that results from our courses.
Better yet, I look forward to your visiting
New York and allowing me to review with
you some of the projects for minority and
disadvantaged students we currently spon-
sor. Perhaps we can pool my resources
with your obvious good intentions to de-
velop some new, worthwhile undertakings
in the Michigan area.

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Yes on P

making is easier to run for office, not
harder. The greater the diversity of can-
didates, the more people will want to
become involved in city elections.
.oposal
increasing development, Ann Arbors
recreational land is rapidly decreasing.
This should be passed this year, before
it is too late.

THIS IS A MILLAGE to fund the
formation and expansion of city parks,
a good use of city money. With
Yes on F
ANN ARBOR needs rent stabilization
to maintain the city for people of lower
incomes and keep the cost of attending
the University in reach. Rent control
will ensure that the landlords make re-
pairs and make it more difficult for
landlords to harass tenant organizers
with unfair rent increases.
The landlords argue that rent stabi-
lization causes a decrease in property
value which will force the city to in-
crease property taxes and dispropor-
tionally tax homeowners. Under the

rO osal C
proposed rent stabilization, however,
rents will still increase as will property
values which follow rents. In addition,
the influx of Ann Arbor offices in-
creases tax revenues so that no home-
owners tax increases are necessary.
Currently, high rent drives low in-
come workers out of Ann Arbor and
prevents low income students from at-
tending the University. Further, the
poor state of repair of the majority of
Ann Arbor rentals will only be
improved if increases in rent are linked
to repairs.

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First. Ward: Larry Hunter

DEMOCRATIC COUNCILMEMBER
Larry Hunter has served the First Ward
since 1982. He has continued to receive
support because of his effective
advocacy of more city involvement in

providing human services. He
supported the proposed minimum-
wage housing facility on Liberty Street.
Hunter has also criticized the police
department for instances of racial
harassment.

LETTERS:

I

Amend Regental Bylaw

Second Ward: Seth Hirshorn

DEMOCRAT councilmember Seth
Hirshorn led the Off-campus Crime
Commission. The commission brought-
city officials and students together. It
succeeded in getting lighting increased
in several dangerous alleys and parking
lots near campus. Hirshorn has also
been a persistent critic of the police and
succeeded in getting an resolution
Third Ward:
THE DAILY ENDORSES Democratic
candidate Liz B rater as a strong
supporter of student participation and
the rent stabilization proposal. Last
year Brater effectively mobilized.
students in East Quad as current

passed that would require monthly re-
ports on police performance.
Hirshorn's Republican opponent, In-
grid Sheldon, says she "supports the
police," and criticizes her opponent for
not doing so. But city council's role is
to be a watchdog, and Hirshom better
embodies that role. .
Liz Brater
councilmember Jeff Epton's campaign
manager.
Isaac-Jacobein Campbell is a moder-
ate Republican, but shows little interest
in student issues and the student vote.

Fourth Ward: David DeVarti

To the Daily:
The Lesbian-Gay Male Pro-
grams Office wishes to thank
the members of the Lesbian &
Gay rights Organizing Com-
mittee (LaGROC), members of
The Michigan Daily staff,
MSA, University Housing
Resident Staff, U-M Task
Force on Sexual Orientation,
Parents-FLAG/ Ann Arbor,
Guild House Executive Board
& staff, and all others who
support amendment of Regen-
tal Bylaw 14.06 so as to pro-
hibit discrimination based on
sexual orientation.
We founded our Office in the
Fall term of 1971. Our first
large-scale attempt to obtain a
Bylaw amendment was
mounted in 1972-73. A second
attempt was carried forward in
Republican
To the Daily:
"The Local Republican Party
is resorting to last minute dirty
tricks in its effort to defeat
Democratic candidates in next
Monday's city election," de-
clared Democratic City Coun-
cilmembers Ann Marie Cole-
man, Dave DeVarti, Kathy Ed-
gren, Jeff Epton, and Seth Hir-
shorn. The five Democratic
councilmembers were referring
to a Republican campaign
brochure which was received
Thursday in at least four of the
city's five wards.
"The brochure contains bla-
tantly false and misleading
statements about Democratic
Council actions on taxes and
police," the Democrats
claimed.
'ra na n 44A --t -

1976-77. the third attempt was
organized by LaGROC, then a
new student organization
growing out of a campus and
community coalition sparked
by lesbian and gay male law
students. This attempt was
instrumental in obtaining the
Presidential Policy Policy
Statement set forth by then-
President Harold Shapiro in
March 1984: the Statement
covers "educationalandem-
ployment decisions" affecting
U-M students, staff, and fac-
ulty. Since the beginning of
the 1986-87 academic year,
members of LaGROC and
other activists have engaged in
a spirited campaign to convince
the Regents to vote for a By-
law amendment.
The U-M appears to support
'dirty tricks'
lican Committee's."
"The brochure falsely claims
that Democrats on City Coun-
cil have resisted millage de-
creases. In fact, we have initi-
ated or supported millage de-
creases in each of the last five
budget years, once over
Republican objections."
The brochure also claims
that Democrats passed an ordi-
nance that "makes it legal to
file false reports with the po-
lice department." "That's ab-
surd, and they know it," the
Democrats said. "The only
thing our ordinance did was to
make sure that citizens who
complained in good faith about
alleged police misconduct
would not face retaliation from
the department."
"An Arrx - n.t~ re hav

civil liberties for the members
of its community on the basis
of equality. It is clear, then,
that the Regents must demon-
strate this commitment by ap-
proving a By-law change so
that our human and civil rights
will be supported without dis-
crimination on the basis of
Clarifying
To the Daily:
In the Daily, 3/7/88, an edi-
torial appeared that was highly
critical of the requirement of
participation in research for
students enrolled in introduc-
tory classes. A number , of
points raised require clarifica-
tion.
The experiments are not un-,
related to class material since
all involve principles basic to
introductory psychology. Great
care is taken to insure that the
students understand the content
of the study in which they par-
ticipate, and its significance.
Detailed written feedback and
relevant references are provided
at the conclusion of each
experiment. For the past sev-
eral years, participating stu-
dents complete an evaluation of
the experiment: year after year
the overwhelming majority
explicitly rate that participation
as both worthwhile and of edu-
cational value regarding psy-
chology and psychological re-
search. For those who do not
opt to participate, the alterna-
tive assignment is to do a cri-
tique of a research article. By
regulation , the alternative as-
signment requires no more
time than the research nartici-

DEMOCRATIC CITY councilmember
David DeVarti is the candidate who
represents community interests in the
fourth Ward. He favors rent stabiliza-
tion and tenants rights, student partici-
pation in city government, and is will-
ing to examine police behavior criti-
cally. Most of all, DeVarti is honest,
unlike his opponent, Mark Ouimet,.
Ouimet sent a flier to voters Friday,
which asserted "When it comes to rent
control, it seems that Dave DiVarti [sic]

14.06
sexual orientation. Please help
us continue in our effort to
create a just and equitable cam-
pus environment for us all!
-Billie Edwards, M.A.
Jim Toy, M.S.W.
Lesbian-Gay Male
Program Coordinators
March 24
Psych. tests
committee that reviews the ex-

just can't decide which side he's on.
Besides not knowing how to spell his
opponents name, Ouimet's claim is an
outrageous lie. DeVarti's campaign lit-
erature clearly states his support of rent
stabilization and he is on record as
speaking for it at numerous public fo-
rums, including the board of realtors.
DeVarti represents democratic re-
sponsibility and a genuine concern for
the citizens - including the low
income people and students - who live
in Ann Arbor.

periments has a strict priority
system of assignment since the
requests far outnumber the stu-
dent hours available for
participation. Almost all the
experimenters assigned subject
hours are either students (87%
of the total last year)-under-
graduates in laboratory courses
or honors courses or graduate
students-or young faculty
who do not yet have grants.
Thus, they arc researchers,
most of them fellow students,
who do not have access to pay
for participation of students.
Since the university has seri-
ous commitments to both edu-
cation and research, student
participation in research is a
way to facilitate both of these
purposes.
Finally, there seems to be a
misunderstanding of the term
"deceptive experiments." De-
ception is not to be equated
with pain and suffering. Our
regulations, stricter than federal
as well as university guide-
lines, simply prohibit experi-
ments involving pain or
suffering. For experiments that
involve deception, it is required
that the participants be thor-
ouhly informed of the natnre

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Fifth Ward: Ethel Potts

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE Ethel
Potts is a longtime Ann Arborite
dedicated to creating more affordable
housing in the city. She supports rent
control and the minimum wage housing

facility.
Republican Thomas Richardson lacks
Potts' experience in Ann Arbor politics.
He opposes rent control but has not
presented a viable alternative to Ann
Arbor's skyrocketing rents.

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