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budget assigns $844,220 to the
office in the coming year, more
than four times its initial allocation
* The budget itself has doubled to
$490 million since 1980, and the
University has hired more financial
administrators just to keep tabs on
Other factors include a new
University phone system, a stronger
General Counsel's Office, and
improved communication and public
relations. Also, said Regent
Veronica Smith (R-Grosse Ile), "A
new position is created every time
you plan a new policy." The student
discriminatory acts policy is one
example, she said.
But some of the growth has been
to accommodate students. The
technology boom has made
computers more accessible, and
records can be kept more efficiently.
Many of the increases in minority
recruitment efforts, in part, have
been responses to student demands.
AND THOUGH Greer's
outlook - that administrative
growth can only hurt students - is
common among student leaders,
some say it may have positive
effects as well.
Senior Barbara Eisenberger,
president of the LSA Student
Government, said more officials
means more people working in
specific areas. "I've found it helpful
to go to deans and assistant deans
who handle one problem," she said.
Others say administration can be
helpful under certain circumstances.
Senior Cathy Kilborn, president of
the student Engineering Council,
said bureaucracy "makes things get
done faster when someone can say,'I
put my foot down.' I don't think
there's any resentment toward that."
Some faculty budget watchers
have refused to comment on the
issue because they say the statistics,
compiled from Affirmative Action
Office reports, can be misleading.
The definitions of "faculty" and
"administration" are changing, they
"The implication is that the
University is growing at the expense
of the faculty," said Dentistry Prof.
Richard Courtney, a member of the
Committee on the Economic Status
of the Faculty. "I'm not sure I buy
that right now."
THE FACULTY numbers
include full and part-time professors,
assistant and associate professors,
clinical teachers, lecturers, and
instructors. The administration
includes top executive officers, as
well as positions like the director of
housing food services.
The figuresdonot include faculty
or administrators at the hospital,
Flint, or Dearborn campuses.
Other faculty members say the
management increase isn't noticeable
in their departments. "I can't say the
University is more administratively
efficient than it has been in the
past," said CESF member Sam
Meisels, an education professor.
"Perhaps it is, but it doesn't
communicate that to the average
University officials have studied
this issue for years, without much
success. In 1978, Shapiro, then-Vice
President for Academic Affairs,
created a committee to compare
growth in faculty and administration.
The committee's 46-page report drew
no clear conclusions except that the
study was difficult to perform.
The issue will probably emerge
again. CESF chair Lawrence Root, a
social work professor, brought the
issue up to CESF at its last
meeting, and said it will come up
again during this week's meeting.
THE TRENDS are hard to
analyze. But despite some ambiguity
in the statistics, the 22 percent
increase in administration reflects
more than misleading statistics, or
increases in computers and
telephones. It shows that the
University is concentrating its
people into areas beyond the
classroom - areas most students
and teachers don't usually think
Some say the changing trends can
only help the University, because
they provide strength in many
departments, and help the University
respond to societal and governmental
Others say the University has to
go back to the basics, and
concentrate more on teaching and
learning. The trends, they say, are
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professor of genetics. "We have to
rethink the whole policy."
Smouse said that although he ap-
proved of the concept of having a.
policy on discrimination and ha-
rassment for faculty members, "this
is not the document we want."
"In our very honest urge to do
something about discriminatory ha-
rassment on campus, we have gone
overboard," he said.
Revisions of the interim policy
will be discussed at the October as-
sembly meeting. The full policy
will go into effect after "sufficient
time to give attention to the con-
cerns raised," said Swain.
The University's current proce-
dures to enforce discriminatory ha-
rassment cases vary.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Estonians demand reform
TALLIN, U.S.S.R. - Members of an Estonian nationalist group
accused the Kremlin yesterday of sapping their republic's resources and
demanded that Moscow give them greater control over their land and-
Thousands of supporters cheered the speakers at the first congress of
the fledgling People's Front.
"We have been reduced to the level of slaves in a manor," farmer Enno
Peets told more than 3,000 delegates.
Some speakers objected to what they called the Kremlin's "colonialist"
policy, which they said syphons off Estonia's agricultural output and.
The People's Front, formed in April, says it does not challenge the
authority of the Communist Party and is not interested in breaking away
from the Soviet Union. But some members say privately that their
ultimate goal is independence.
Church challenges closing
DETROIT - St. Ignatius Catholic Church celebrated 40 years of
existence in a poor neighborhood Sunday as church leaders pledged to
fight an archdiocese proposal that would close it and 42 other inner-city
The church was named Wednesday as one of 43 to be closed, dealing
another blow to a decaying city losing people, business, and institutions.
St. Ignatius would merge with a church 10 blocks away.
The shakeup affects about 10,000 Roman Catholics. All the churches
are in Detroit except for one in the suburb of River Rouge.
The Rev. Anthony Helinski, pastor of St. Ignatius, concluded Mass by.
saying he has responded to the archdiocese's proposal with a letter of
appeal. "We are disappointed with the report," Helinski said, quoting the
letter. "We find it inconsistent with previous archdiocise directives."
Shuttle comes home today
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - The Discovery is to return home
today from a four-day, one-hour flight, landing at Edwards Air Force Base
in California at 12:33 p.m. EDT.
The shuttle will swoop across California's coast at 4.37 times the.
speed of sound, slow to subsonic speeds and drop at a steep angle before
As result of the Challenger disaster which killed six astronauts and one
school teacher, changes have been made to eliminate mechanical and heat-
caused brake damage, improve steering to provide better control in
crosswinds or if tires blow out and prevent bending of main landing gear
axles caused by brake overheating.
Thus far, no problems have been reported by the astronauts during
pre-landing testing of flight control systems.
plague Navy, Air Force jets
WASHINGTON - The Navy and Air Force, each puzzled by an
unexpected increase in accidents this summer involving high-performance
jets, have failed to find a common thread to explain the mishaps, officials
From a historical standpoint, the current accident rates for Navy and
Air Force fighter and attack jets are not out of line, officials say. Indeed,
the Navy is actually enjoying one of its all-time safest years for aviation.
Both services have launched careful monitoring campaigns because of
accident spurts involving the Navy's F-14's and the Air Force's F-16's.
Officials say several of this year's F-16 accidents involved pilots who lost
consciousness as a result of fast aerial maneuvers or who became
disoriented and lost track of where they were.
The Navy hasn't detected any equipment problems, either, but has
made no change in pilot training.
Baring-all bull blows
in wind, back to closet
EASTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Many Eastford residents consider
themselves country folks, so town officials decided they could cope with the
bull that came out of the closet.
A cast-iron bull on a weather vane was hidden in a closet for more than
15 years because one official thought it looked too much like an
anatomically correct bull.
City official James Whitehouse found the weather vane last spring and
had it mounted on the town office building. "This is country, not the middle
of the city," he said.
But others thought the bull too explicit. "Up close, it's very apparent it's
a bull," said Edwin Cooper, a local writer.
So the bull went into the closet.
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