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'U'

undergoes rapid growth

at

BY STEVE KNOPPER
Too many students applied for Creative
Writing 323 this term - it happens every
term. In one section, the professor turned
away about half of the 50 students who
showed up the first day because their writing
wasn't quite as good as the students' who
got in.
"We had to turn away students who
wanted to take that course," said English
Prof. Peter Bauland, who didn't teach the
class. "Why? Because they weren't good
enough.
"God damn it, we're supposed to teach
them to write," he said.
Bauland has been teaching English here
since 1964. 'Since then, he said, the
administrative work and class size has
increased while personal contact with
students has gone down. "It's been going on

for years," he said.
"If you have more administrators, you
have more administrative work," he
explained. "You have more papers to push."
AND THE University does have more
administrators. The administration has
grown by 22 percent since 1980. But both
the faculty and the student body grew by less
than five percent in the same period.
That could mean the University is getting
top-heavy. More money is being funneled
into the administration, while complaints of
overcrowded classes and infrequent contact
with professors abound.
Or it could mean the faculty and
administration are increasingly overlapping.
Professors often take on administrative
duties, and officials often teach classes,
making professors like Bauland push more
paper, and making it more difficult to draw

the line between the two.
Several of the University's 17 schools
and colleges have, in fact, seen sharp
decreases in faculty over the years. The
Schools of Education and Natural Resources
were hardest hit when the University cut
back its budget during the '70s recession,
losing at least one-third of their faculty
apiece.
The declines began when former
University President Harold Shapiro
introduced his "smaller but better"
philosophy, concentrating University funds
on schools like Engineering and Business
Administration.
Both schools have seen consistent growth
since 1980.
In LSA, the numbers of faculty and
students have increased.at about the same
rate in recent years. But professors still find

themselves teaching classes they consider
too large - especially in popular
departments like English, political science,
and economics. More TAs are dominating
students' teaching time, and students are
getting less personal contact with professors.
"IT'S REALLY sad," said graduate
Teaching Assistant Mark Greer, president of
Rackham Student Government. "A lot of my
students don't know any of their professors
at all. Their letters of recommendation have
to be signed by their TAs."
But student needs aren't the only factor in
a complex equation that turns tuition,
student fees, and state appropriations into
spending money. Every year, the University
must spend more to keep up with changing
technology and social pressures.
-The still-growing campus computer
network has demanded millions of

the top
University dollars, as well as prompting the
creation of a new administrator, the Vice
Provost for Information and Technology.
Next year, the University will allocate about
$1.2 million to that office, compared with
$400,000 when it started in 1985.
-Pressure from both the state and federal
government to strengthen affirmative action
guidelines has forced the University to put
more resources toward meeting new quotas.
The Affirmative Action Office's budget for
executive management has doubled to
$423,445 since 1980.
-Demands from students, faculty, and
state legislators made the University take a
more active role in recruiting and retaining
minority students and faculty. One result
was the creation of another administrator, the
Vice Provost for Minority Affairs. The
See Growth, Page 2

Jr iriuun ail
Ninety-nine years of editorial/freedom
Vol. IC, No. 18 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, October 3, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

'Faculty
delays
full code
backing
BY ALYSSA LUSTIGMAN
Only part of the discriminatory
harassment policy for faculty and
staff members went into effect as
scheduled on Saturday because of
unexpected controversy over how to
handle violations.
"Both the language of the policy
itself and the procedures for handling
alleged violations are open for dis-
cussion during the days ahead," said
Mary Ann Swain, interim director of
Affirmative Action and chair of the
ad hoc committee that drafted the
policy, in a letter Friday to members
of the University community.
For now, complaints under the
new-policy will be enforced under
the University's existing procedures,
Swain said.
New procedures for handling its
violations were not implemented
because of "legitimate concerns" by
faculty members about the draft pol-
icy's specific language on academic
freedom and the proposed procedures,
Swain added.
Robert Thomas Lenaghan, vice
chair of the Senate Advisory Com-
mittee on University Affairs, said
the University delayed putting the
entire document into effect because
"a lot of people were upset, and they
wanted to give them a chance to re-
spond."
"The main problem of the docu-
ment," he said, "is structure."
The part of the document imple-
mented Saturday states the intent of
the policy and what type of behavior
is considered discriminatory and
subject to discipline.
All 12 members of SACUA -
the faculty's advisory committee -
recommended that the faculty Senate
Assembly endorse the policy at its
September meeting. But though the
concept of the document was ap-
proved unanimously, the assembly
delayed endorsing it because of fears
that it could curtail academic free-
dom.
Instead, the Senate Assembly
tabled the endorsement for another
month, in order to allow for more
comments and discussion on the
wording of the policy.
But some faculty members still
have fears. "I don't think minor fix-
ing will do it," said Peter.Smouse, a
See Code, Page 2

Student

files

code

complaint

Michigan had Wisconsin on the run all day Saturday, beating the Badgers, 62-14.
Here, Michigan defensive tackle Ron Zielinski chases Wisconsin quarterback Lionell
Crawford.
'M' whips Badgers

BY KRISTINE LALONDE
A University student who was
offended by a limerick read in his
business school class last week filed
the first formal complaint under the
discriminatory acts policy Friday,
saying it would tdst the policy's
ability to check anti-homosexual
harassment.
"It's not just racism; homophobia
will not be tolerated either," said
Mark Chekal, a business school se-
nior who filed the complaint. "A lot
of things happen that people don't
stand up about - I'm standing up
with this policy."
Under the discriminatory acts
policy approved by the University's
Board of Regents last April 15, a
student could face sanctions includ-
ing a formal reprimand, community
or educational service, and in ex-
treme cases, suspension or expulsion
if convicted.
THE LIMERICK, read by a
student during a videotaped En-
trepeneurship 483 class, poked fun at
alleged homosexual acts of Olympic
diver Greg Louganis.
Immediately after the student told
the limerick, Chekal approached him
and read him part of the discrimina-
tory acts policy, which prohibits any
verbal or physical behavior that cre-
ates an "intimidating, hostile, or
demeaning environment for educa-
tional pursuits" on the basis of
"race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual

orientation, creed, national origin,
ancestry, age, marital status, handi-
cap or Vietnam-era veteran status."
The student then apologized for
the limerick.
"He did apologize," Chekal said.
"But I still don't think that's
enough. The damage has been done."
Chekal added that if the policy
worked, the student would have real-
ized his comment could result in
formal action.
HIS COMPLAINT, the first
formal hearing request since the pol-
icy was implemented May 1, will be
a litmus test of its viability, he said.
"People will form an opinion about
whether the policy is right or
wrong."
Student Policy Administrator
Cindy Straub c'onfirmed that this
was the first such request for a for-
mal hearing, but she emphasized that
a request does not mean a hearing
will follow.
After a formal complaint has been
filed, the policy says the student
policy administrator has 20 days to
investigate the complaint, which
will include talking to all involved
parties and watching the tape. The
investigation will determine whether
the issue has been resolved infor-
mally and if there is enough evidence
for a formal hearing or mediation.
"ONE OF my main jobs is
conducting the preliminary investi-
See Policy, Page 5

BY PETE STEINERT
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
MADISON - Who ever said
you can't have the same dream
twice? Or in Wisconsin's case, the
same nightmare.
Wisconsin strong safety Pete
Nowka said in Saturday's
Wisconsin State Journal: "Last. year
Michigan came to play football. We
were a little hesitant. That won't
happen this year."
Nowka couldn't have been more

62-14 wvin
easy as
cheesecake
wrong.
Michigan's 42-0 lead at the half
Saturday at Camp Randall
Memorial Stadium looked
hauntingly familiar to the Badgers.
They trailed the Wolverines by the

same halftime score last year in
Ann Arbor before losing, 49-0.
"Is it still Saturday?" asked
Wisconsin coach Don Morton,
almost in a trance-like state. "Is it
still October first? It seems like
we've been on that field for a couple
of days. That was the longest game
I've ever been involved in."
The final score: Michigan 62,
Wisconsin 14. The Badgers
See 'M', Page 11

Mentors provide
helpful insight

Man shot
near Stop-
N-Go store
BY MARK KOLAR

BY MARION DAVIS
An investment banker who rarely
lets colleagues into his own office
gave LSA senior Ida Byrd a privi-
leged look at the fast-paced world of
investment banking. After clearing
her through tight security, Talmadge
Gunn let Byrd shadow his daily rou-
tine and take a first step toward her
future career.
The experience, Byrd said, was
similar to watching a child walk in
its parents shoes. "I learned a lot and
my eyes were opened to what reality
is about (in the professional world),"
she said.
Byrd - one of 100 minority stu-
dents paired with professionals by
the Comprehensive Studies Mentor-
ship Program - was given Gunn as
a role model who could introduce her
to life as a minority in the banking
world.
THE PROGRAM, which is
entering its third year, teaches stu-
dents how to take negative experi-
ences. such as racism. and turn them

will face in the business world,"
Williams said.
TO BECOME a "mentee," stu-
dents fill out an application, naming
the field they are interested in and
persons they would like to have
mentor them.
Tammie Bully, an undeclared
first-year student, said mentorship is
a big help because "it is a benefit to
know someone who has experienced
what you're about to go through."
As members of the program, stu-
dents have a minimum of three con-
tacts through the semester with their
mentors. The contacts may. include
telephone calls, lunches, attending a
campus event together, or job-shad-
owing for a day, as Byrd did.
"It's a big brother, big sister type
program," said Toni Booker, LSA
first-year student, "with someone to
pave the (professional) way."
THE 100 mentors are Univer-
sity alumni who volunteer their
time, advice, expertise, and friend-
shin tn the t1ndntQ Their nalis tn

A 33-year-old Ann Arbor man was shot in the back
of the neck early Saturday morning in front of the
Stop-N-Go store on East University St.
The victim, who asked to remain unidentified, was
walking on South University at around 12:15 a.m.
when two males in their mid-20s asked him to give
them money, police said. When he turned and began
walking, one of the men shot him in the back of the
neck with a small caliber revolver, police said.
Witnesses said the shot man left a trail of blood as
he ran to the Brown Jug restaurant,where he remained
until police and paramedics came.
The man was taken to University Hospitals
emergency room and later lodged in the hospital. He
sustained a superficial neck wound and was released
Sunday afternoon, said Catherine Cureton, director of
Public Relations for the Medical Center.
Stop-N-Go employee Tony Johnson said he didn't
hear the shot after the victim bought a cheeseburger and
left the store. "It must have been a small caliber
handgun," he said.
LSA senior David Manchel was eating in the Brown

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