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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 7, 1988

'U'

standards continue to rise

BY JESSICA STRICK
The influx of applicants for the class of 1993
has allowed the University to be more selective,
but at the same time is forcing the admissions
office to "overbook."
"The rules of the game have changed a little
bit as some schools have become more selec-
tive," said University Director of Admissions
Donald Swain.
The University accepts more students than it
can accommodate, gambling that enough will
decline to prevent overcrowding. Swain said he
generally relies on statistics which show that two
out of every three resident and one out of every
three non-resident applicants who are accepted,
will enter the University. "Overbooking" is just
a part of the game of dealing with the numbers

and statistics.
While Michigan, as one of the top universi-
ties nationwide, is able to take the cream of the
crop from its 19,000 applicants, other schools,
such as Michigan State and Eastern Michigan
have had to grapple with their own applicants as
well as those that will be deferred or rejected from
the Michigan.
Swain explained that the way in which stu-
dents are admitted causes a "ripple effect."
"As our requirements become more selective,
some of the people we selected four years ago
would not be accepted now, so those people ap-
ply to a different group of schools," causing the
standards for this second group of schools to shift
upward, Swain said. In general, he said, students
are being more careful by applying to more

schools.
While applications are up significantly at
other state universities, Swain said that was not
the case at Michigan. The University has received
about the same number of applications as last
year and the first-year class is expected to remain
at 4,500.
"In 1968 we probably admitted every applicant
with a 'B' average and 1000 on the SATs but
those people aren't even put on our waiting list
now."
Today's average first-year student ranks in the
92nd percentile of their high school class, has a
GPA of 3.6, and an 1190 SAT or a 27 ACT
score, reflecting the dramatic shift in qualifica-
tions for admission that has taken place over the
past 20 years.

Student book group offers alternative

BY MARION DAVIS
The newly-founded Student Book
Exchange-Textbooks for Less orga-
nization will allow students to earn
more money than they would re-
seling their books to campus com-
mercial bookstores.
Founders of the program stressed

their role as a concerned student or-
ganization that wants to help stu-
dents get the best deal when they are
buying and re-selling books.
The SBE, started by LSA junior
David Krone, held its first mass
meeting last night in the Michigan
Union and will have a book drive

HEALTH 8&FITNESS

from January 4-12 in the Michigan
League.
"Ulrich's and Michigan Book and
Supply are owned by the same com-
pany, which reduces competition and
makes it easy for bookstores to
charge higher prices," said LSA ju-
nior Steve Bleinstein, a co-founder
of the group.
"We want to provide used text-
books for students at prices lower
than those of the bookstores," he
said. "We are doing this because we
want textbooks to reflect market
prices and not inflated prices."
Ulrich's general manager Paul
Rosser said that when students resell
books that will be used in the fol-
lowing semester at his store, they
will receive up to 50 percent of the
original price. Rosser said this book

buy-back system allows everyone to
benefit: students make a little
money, the next term's students pay
less for the re-sold books, and the
store saves money on postage that
would have been spent to order new
books.
Bleinstein, however, said that
when students sell books through
his organization, they can eliminate
the "middleman" profits bookstores
tack onto prices of resold books,
thereby saving money.
SBE won't actually buy books
from students, but rather will pro-
vide a marketplace where students
can set their own prices and sell the
texts. If a book is sold, the owner
will receive 85 percent of the asking
price, with 15 percent going to SBE.

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IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Bush fills top positions
WASHINGTON - President-elect George Bush, once more calling on
friends and government veterans to fill key positions, yesterday selected
Texas oilman Robert Mosbacher to be commerce secretary, said he would
keep William Webster as CIA director, and named Washington lawyer
Carla Hills as trade representative.
Hills, 54, who was secretary of housing and urban development in
1975-77 under President Ford, is the first woman Bush has designated for
a high-level position in his administration.
Bush also named Thomas Pickering, a career diplomat who is currently
U.S. ambassador to Israel, as U.N. ambassador. However, he decided that
the post will no longer carry Cabinet-level status.
The vice president said he was completing his economic team with the
naming of Stanford economist Michael Boskin as chair of the Council of
Economic Advisers.
Ex-Jackson aide enters race
to become Democratic chair
WASHINGTON - Ronald Brown, Jesse Jackson's chief operative at
last summer's Democratic Convention, entered the race for chair of the
party yesterday saying he was seeking the office as "my own man.
Brown,who also worked on the presidential campaigns of Sen. Edward
Kennedy, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, said at a press conference
he was an "independent, mainstream progressive Democrat."
Brown said he considered himself the front-runner in the race to succeed
Paul Kirk, the Democratic National Committee chair.
Also running or expected to run for the party post were Michigan
Democratic chair Richard Wiener and former Reps. Michael Barnes of
Maryland, Jim Jones of Oklahoma and Jim Stanton of Ohio.
Instead of philosophy, the ability to run the party machinery would be
foremost, the outgoing president of the Association of State Democratic
Chairs said.
Shuttle mission is successful
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Atlantis streaked out of
orbit and glided to an afternoon landing yesterday after 4 days, 9 hours,
and 5 minutes in orbit, as a small band of spectators cheered the five as-
tronauts' safe return from a secret spy satellite mission.
Yesterday's landing was closed to public viewing. Only a few hundred
journalists, NASA employees and invited guests were witnesses.
The flight was the 27th shuttle mission and the second since the 1986
Challenger explosion.
Anonymous sources said Monday that the astronauts had successfully
deployed the $500 million Lacrosse satellite during the weekend, and that
it was operating well in an orbit that allows it to make radar pictures of
80 percent of the Soviet Union.
The satellite is said to be designed to help American intelligence
agencies monitor Soviet compliance with arms control treaties, and also
to serve as the "radar eye" for the new B-2 bomber.
Patients may have been
killed for 'emotional release'
WALKER, Mich. - A former nursing home supervisor charged with
killing two patients told police her alleged accomplice killed six elderly
patients at the home, all but one for the "emotional release" it provided
her, according to court documents.
Catherine Wood, 26, was charged Monday on two counts of open
murder and held without a bond pending a Dec.16 preliminary hearing.
Gwendolyn Graham, 25, was arrested on Sunday near her home in Tyler,
Texas and arraigned on one count of open murder. Held on $1 million
bond in the Smith County Jail, Graham was fighting extradition to
Michigan.
Walker Police Chief Walt Sprenger said yesterday that six more deaths
were being investigated and that more charges against the two women
were likely. Sprenger would not discuss possible motives in the case, but
has ruled out mercy killings and financial profit. -
EXTRAS
'Dangerous' dog ordinance
deemed discriminatory
All kinds of "dangerous" dogs may soon be banned from the city, or
else severely restricted, if a proposed ordinance is approved by the Ann
Arbor City Council. The measure, introduced by Councilmember Kathy
Edgren (D-Fifth Ward) at Monday night's council meeting, would be Ann
Arbor's "alternative to banning pit bulls."
"Addressing this problem in a broader sense than just pit bulls seemed

the logical way to go," Edgren said.
Other councilmembers seemed less enthusiastic about singling out
dangerous dogs. Liz Brater (D-Third Ward) commented that dangerous cats
would not be affected by the ordinance.
"There's a feeling that this ordinance does discriminate against dogs,"
Brater said.
David Schwartz
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