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RegentC
Candidate wants to

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vary in views
Controversial regent
seeks new term

give fresh view
BY STEVE KNOPPER problems, you can't solve the burn-
Democratic regental candidate ing social issues," he said. "I know
Thomas Lewand never attended the what it takes to put together the right
University. Nor has he ever taught or solution to fiscal problems."
worked on campus. One of those problems is student
But that, he says, will make him tuition, which has skyrocketed the
a better University regent. "It's time last three years. Like most current
for a fresh approach to some of the regents, Lewand said the University
University's problems," he said. must receive more funding from the
Lewand attended the University of state legislature.
Detroit and Wayne State University Though the University's strategy
Law School. His son is a University for requesting more state funds is
of Michigan sophomore. different this year - officials will
Lewand said his background in lobby for more higher education
public finance - he was head of his funding in general rather than just for
Birmingham law firm's public fi- the University - Lewand said he fa-
nance department for four years - vors the old plan. "I'd rather see us
gives him a solid perspective on increase the University's share of the
University issues. existing higher education pie," he
"If you can't solve the fiscal SEE LEWAND, PAGE 7
-City attorney aims to
raise money for 'U'
BY STEVE KNOPPER Bush wins, I will probably win
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) is easily," Baker said. "If it's close, I
probably the most controversial probably can survive, while most
member of the University's Board of candidates could not."
Regents. Because state voters elect
His conservative stances, such as University regents, student opinion
his opposition to including lesbians has traditionally had a low influence.
and gay men in the regents' anti- Most voters are unfamiliar with the
discrimination bylaw, have prompted candidates themselves, so they end
harsh responses from student leaders. up voting along party lines.
"I'm sympathetic to the issue and Baker's other views are often
the hardship it creates," said Baker, a overshadowed by the harsh words
regent since 1972. "But because I from student activists. For example,
speak out on it, I become a target he has voted against almost every
that groups focus on and attack." tuition increase proposed by the
Michigan Student Assembly University's administration in recent
President Michael Phillips, for years.
example, once called Baker "the And Baker disagrees with those
most homophobic, racist, sexist, who label him a strong advocate for
paternalistic person I have ever met." the student code of non-academic
But controversy doesn't phase conduct. "Maybe it's one of those
Baker, president of a local things that's not intended to be. i
construction consulting company; in don't know if we need a code right
fact, it probably won't affect his now."
campaign. Baker, however, takes issue when
"If (Presidential candidate George) SEE BAKER, PAGE 7

Lewand Taylor
...gives fresh views ...raise more money

BY STEVE KNOPPER
East Lansing Attorney Clifford
Taylor has some ideas on raising
money for the University and
keeping student tuition down.
Though most current admin-
istrators and regents blame tuition
increases on low state funding, Tay-
lor, a Republican regental candidate,
sees ways to raise more money and
to cut fat from the University's bud-
get.
"But I don't say that with any per-
ception that 'I am the great cleaver-
man,"' Taylor said.
As a regent, Taylor said he would
push to create more evening classes
Incumbent i
minority re
BY STEVE KNOPPER
As the University's first Affirm-
ative Action Director in 1972, Nellie
Varner put a high priority on
minority recruitment.
As a regent, Varner (D-Detroit)
has kept it a priority as she runs for
re-election.
"This University has an image of
a racist, elitist institution where
people of color and minorities have
had to justify their existence on
campus," she said. "It's a major
challenge to reverse that issue."
Varner said the University must
take several steps to increase minor-
ity involvement. For one thing, she
said, it must be more affordable and
accessible to students from middle-
and low-income families.
Varner said the admissions office
could learn recruiting techniques
from the Athletic Department. "If

for students outside the University.
His wife currently attends an evening
opera class at Michigan State Uni-
versity, he said, which is "a pretty
good revenue enhancer" for MSU.
Also, he said, tuition-paying doc-
tors and lawyers in the Detroit area
could hone their crafts by coming to
Ann Arbor to learn new techniques.
Taylor, a 1964 University gradu-
ate, said he would use his influence
within the Republican Party to help
increase the University's state fund-
ing.
Since the Republicans control the
SEE TAYLOR, PAGE 7
urges
uruitment
you're good, and you put the ball
through the hoop, nobody can sax
you're not good," she said.
"But if you're writing a paper,
and you're white and I'm Black, we
write in different styles. The profes-
sor says you're not as good, and you
didn't put the ball through the hoop.
Subjectivity creeps through those
evaluations."
Varner, vice president of a Detroit
real estate firm, has also been the
board's most outspoken advocate for
divestment from companies operat-
ing in South Africa.
In 1983, Varner's third year on
the board, the regents voted to divest
99 percent of investments in such
companies. Last week, the regents
passed Varner's proposal to divest
the remaining $500,000.
Varner attended Wayne State
SEE VARNER, PAGE 7

Baker Varner
...seeks reelection ... more minority recruitment

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