In Weekend Magazine:
Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 52
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, November 18, 1988
Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily
'We have to ensure that
the rhetoric of the
Michigan Mandate turns
- Barbara Argumendo,
chair of the Hispanic
BY JONATHAN SCOTT
In response to complaints stem-
ming from errors in the University's
1987-88 minority affairs report, Uni-
versity President James Duderstadt
told members of the Latino commu-
nity at the monthly regents meeting
yesterday that "no matter how hard we
try, we will make mistakes."
Anne Martinez, president of the
Socially Active Latino Students As-
sociation (SALSA), told Duderstadt
and the University's Board of Regents
she was "very unhappy and dissatis-
fied" with the outcome of Monday's
meeting with the president. "There
was a glimmer of hope when you met
with us. You were the 'great white
hope' for us," she said. "But when
you pushed us away, it hurt. If not
you and the Michigan Mandate, then
MARTINEZ said Duderstadt failed
to see the scope of Latino problems
on campus. Of the 85 Latinos cur-
rently enrolled at the University, she
said, 40 will not get degrees because
they are continually discouraged by
the administration's lack of concern
with Latino problems.
"The administration is complacent
to let the students carry out the pro-
gram of diversity on campus,"
SALSA member Carlos Manjarrez
said. "We want to work with you," he
told Duderstadt and the regents. "We
don't want to workfor you."
Barbara Argumendo, chair of the
Hispanic Alumni Council, said stu-
dents should not have to bring con-
cerns to administrators because
administrators are the ones being paid
to deal with Latino problems.
See Latinos, Page 5
'No matter hard we try,
we will make mistakes.'
- University President
BY STEVE KNOPPER
The University's Board of Regents has reaffirmed its
support for the panel that writes conduct rules for stu-
dents, faculty, and staff - the same panel some
administrators dismissed last summer as "unproductive."
Last summer, the regents voted to suspend the Uni-
Versity Council until next July unless it could come up
with rules to make itself more effective. But yesterday,
ithey complimented a proposal by the faculty's Senate
Advisory Committee on University Affairs and the
I. Michigan Student Assembly to reconvene the council.
"Whether this works or not, it's hard to say," Univer-
sty President James Duderstadt told the regents during
their monthly meeting. "I think the important thing is
that people are coming to the meeting with good will."
MSA PRESIDENT Michael Phillips said the
council's student members would still oppose conduct
rules, but they would be more willing to compromise.
"Students have shown they're ready to come to the table
aind still keep their agenda," he said. "Students haven't.
Until now, the council's future was in doubt. When
the regents voted to suspend the council, they accused
students of stonewalling against conduct rules.
But students criticized the regents for not listening to
the student body, which has consistently voted against
the code of non-academic conduct in MSA-conducted
polls. Students said the regents were hasty in dismissing
the council instead of making it more effective.
In the past, council members have left meetings in
frustration because neither side was willing to compro-
BUT YESTERDAY, the regents pledged their
support for the new council proposal, written by
SACUA. chair Beth Reed and Phillips. The proposal in-
cludes a mediator to resolve conflicts and a secondary
committee, which would vote on rules in case the coun-
cil reaches an impasse.
Several regents, however, took issue with the pro-
posed mediator. "Arbitration is a real nice cop-out, and
probably doesn't achieve a whole lot," said Regent
Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor). "Things get kicked to
arbitrators, and arbitrators split it straight down the mid-
But Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline) disagreed.
"Arbitration can be a fair, economical, and speedy way to
resolve disputes," he said. "Just don't let the arbitrator
fabricate the bargain."
See Council, Page 5
BY LISA POLLAK can interpret the waiver as a non-
Months of frustration and sus- taxable fringe benefit."
pense ended for University graduate GEO. President Don Demetriades
student teaching and research assis- credited University lobbyist Tom
tants yesterday, when University of- Butts "with being instrumental in
ficials said GSA tuition waivers are convincing the Michigan Congres-
tax-exempt under a new federal tax sional delegation that tax waivers
won in contracts are not necessarily
Although Congress passed its tax compensation."
bill more than three weeks ago, the Several members of Congress said
announcement was delayed while last month that the new bill would
University attorneys and outside allow non-taxable waivers.
counsel interpreted the bill, which "This is a victory won on all lev-
said the waivers would be non-tax- els: from the TAs getting together to
able only if they were not pressure the administration, to the
compensation for services. Congress showing that tax-free
Some TAs had feared their full tu- waivers don't preclude collective bar-
ition waivers - because they are gaining," Demetriades said.
guaranteed in the Graduate Employ- The TA waivers have been taxable
ees Organization's contract with the since early 1988, when the original
University - would be considered federal tax exemption code expired.
taxable compensation for services. At that time, teaching assistants
But John Ketelhut, interim Uni- faced the possibility of seeing their
versity general counsel, said a clause $560 average take-home monthly pay
in the tax code allows for non-taxable drop $150 to $200.
"qualified tuition reductions." While the University optimisti-
"If the students received the waiver cally waited for Congress to re-enact
and not a salary, then the waiver the exemptions this year, it paid
would be taxable," Ketelhut said. taxes on behalf of the GSAs and
"But if we see their salary as billed them for the amounts. Had
'reasonable compensation,' then we See Waiver, Page 5
Going for Blood File Photo
Michigan defensive tackle Mark Messner, shown here against Ohio State last
year, will be looking for blood in his last regular-season collegiate appear-
ance. Today is also the last day you can donate blood in the annual battle be-
tween the two schools. The winner will be announced at halftime.
in Pakistan elect ion
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Benazir
Bhutto's populist party defeated the right wing
in the first free election since a coup ousted
her father 11 years ago, and she expressed con-
fidence yesterday that she can form a majority
Ms. Bhutto said her Pakistan People's
Party "has emerged as the largest single party"
in the National Assembly as a result of Wed-
nesday's parliamentary election.
"Given consultations with different groups
and independent people, we are confident that
we can get a simple majority," the 35-year-old
political leader declared after arriving in this
southern city for coalition talks. She would be
the first woman ever to lead a Moslem nation.
Her party captured 92 seats in the 237-
member assembly, compared with 55 for the
nine-party conservative Islamic Democratic
Alliance. The alliance includes supporters of
Gen. Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, the military
president killed in a plane crash.
'U' Prof projeCts
* conomic slowdown
BY MIGUEL CRUZ that he is lip-synching."
WITH WIRE REPORTS Hymans' predictions in past year
Current economic growth trends have almost always been borne out b,
will continue for the next two years, the actual figures, with the exception
but at an increasingly slower rate, ac-
cording to forecasts revealed yesterday See Outlook, Page 2
by two of the University's top
University economics Prof. Saul i D
Hymans and his collaborator, adjunct.
lecturer in economics Janet Wolfe, " Yssir Arafat, chair f
offered their predictions at the annual s n Liberation Organiz-
Conference on the Economic Out- uld be issued a U.S.
look, held in the Rackham amphithe- yis t speak at the United Na-
Hymans is the first person to re- See Opinion, Page 4
ceive for two consecutive years the o and the Bobs: Two for the
Silbert award, given annually to the mice of one- in more ways than
economist with the nation's most ac
curate predictions. 6ne'ts7.,
BY KRISTINE LALONDE
Students overwhelmingly voted
against paying their student govern-
ment officers in this week's Michigan
Student Assembly elections, while
sweeping six Student Rights candi-
dates into office.
Of 2,200 voters, 92 percent voted
'no' on a referendum that would allow
MSA's president, vice president, and
treasurer to be paid.
"People were uneducated to the
reasons why they should compensate
their executive officers," said MSA
President Michael Phillips, who had
introduced the referendum. "People
don't know what the executive offi-
Another referendum, to replace the
standing Development Committee
with a Committee for Health Issues,
passed with 85 percent of the vote.
In the race to fill nine LSA as-
sembly spots, junior Zack Kittrie
won the largest plurality with 176
...gets most votes
In the engineering college, Inde-
pendence party candidates Dan To-
bocman, a senior, and Aaron
Williams, a junior, won their second
terms as representatives. Junior Bryan
Mistele of the Practical Party also
won a seat.
Kittrie, an incumbent, said of the
new assembly, "I'm hoping the criti-
cal issues will be dealt with by MSA:
keeping tuition down, working on
decreased classloads, increased aware-