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Ninety- nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. IC, 'No. 122 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, March 29, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily





Hit me!
First-year LSA students Debby Wachs (front) and Heather DeGarmo court cars to spray them during yesterday's storm

Citing the University's poor
record in attracting women faculty
and students, President James
Duderstadt presented an "Agenda for
Action" to address women's issues
yesterday before a packed audience of
about 200 people at the Michigan
The "Women's Agenda for the
1990s," a report prepared by a Uni-
versity ad hoc Committee on
Women's Issues and submitted to
the president in December, prompted
Duderstadt's presentation.
Duderstadt said a permanent
presidential advisory committee on
women's issues, to be made up of
students, faculty, and staff, is cur-
rently being formed.
The number of women faculty
who are hired and retained is unac-
ceptable, Duderstadt said, citing a
one percent decline in the number of
female assistant professors in the
last year. Presently, 28 percent of
assistant professors and 19 percent of
associate professors are women,
while only eight percent are full
professors, he said.
"It is clear that over the last 10
years the University has lost ground
for women of color in tenure and in
tenure-track positions, particularly in
LSA," Duderstadt said.
Duderstadt compared the new
agenda to the highly-publicized
Michigan Mandate, which aims to
increase minority recruitment on


campus. One of the goals of both
the agenda and the mandate, he said,
is to increase the number of women
minority faculty.
But some question the effective-
ness of both the agenda and the
mandate. In fact, Duderstadt yester-
day acknowledged the mandate's lack
of specifics.
Some members of the audience
said yesterday that Duderstadt's plans
to address women's issues were just
as vague.
Julie Steiner, director of the Uni-
versity's Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center, said she was
pleased that Duderstadt acknowledged
recent events, but said "he didn't ar-
ticulate specific needs." However,
Steiner said the women's agenda
could be positive because the advi-
sory committee will be able to sug-
gest specific actions to the president.
Others say the mandate has failed
in several cases. They point to the
LSA executive committee's decision
earlier this year to reject a Black
woman candidate for a faculty posi-
tion despite the unanimous recom-
mendations from two search com-
mittees. Duderstadt has refused to get
involved in individual cases, but said
he would hold departments account-
able for their overall recruitment
"If he's not responsible for deci-
sions of those who are doing the re-
See Faculty, Page 3

MSA clears rep. on most charges

An ethics committee last night
cleared Michigan Student Assembly
representative Zach Kittrie of seven
of eight charges involving ethics vi
olations. The committee's repor
also found little evidence for an ac
cusation that several of Kittrie's
violations were racially motivated.
The committee did find Kittri
guilty of the charge that h
"overstepped his authority when
voting on the Board of Student Pub
lications." It proposed that Kittri
"be publicly admonished for this be

t Kittrie, an LSA junior, said the
public release of the report repre-
sented such public condemnation.
- Law Rep. Kevin McClanahan,
t chair of the ethics committee, said
- although Kittrie was found guilty on
s one charge, for the most part the ac-
cusations were "totally outrageous
e and totally erroneous."
e "I'm glad that I've been cleared,"
n Kittrie said, after hearing the report.
- He added that he felt the report was
e "accurate in assessing my sincerity
- in trying to represent students."

Earlier this semester, Advice
Magazine Computer Consultant
Bruce Belcher compiled an
investigative report on Kittrie's be-
havior under the guidance of MSA
president Mike Phillips, an LSA se-
Phillips denied at the time that
the report was an official investiga-
tion. But many assembly members
thought the report was politically
motivated and said it violated the
MSA constitution because the as-
sembly had not authorized it.
Last night's report directly con-

tradicted most of the original
charges. Two of the charges accused
Kittrie of misrepresenting himself to
members of Senate Advisory Com-
mittee on University Affairs and the
Civil Liberties Board. But the com-
mittee interviewed members of both
SACUA and CLB and found the
original charges to be unfounded.
Phillips, however, said that he
"talked to the same people... and
someone should question why these
people changed their story."
McClanahan went on to tell the
See MSA, Page 5

runs in Third Ward

Past councilmember
vies for Epton's spot

Republican City Council candi-
date Donna Richter has seen the
Ann Arbor Z
Elections 89 Li
Third Ward from many different an-
In 1962, she lived there as a Uni-
versity student. From 1980 to 1986,
she served as Ann Arbor Planning
Commissioner. In between, she

viewed the ward from the perspective
of a graduate student, mother and
community activist. The candidate
for the Third Ward council seat says
this gives her a "unique perspective"
on the ward.
But Richter's perspective on the
Third Ward is not her only "unique"
quality. Before this election she was
not a member of a political party.
Party politics, she said, interferes
with decision-making and city is-
sues, and her emphasis on the issues
- not the politics - will help her
See Richter, Page 5

Nelson Meade said he still has
"unfinished business" to take care of
Ann Arbor
Elections 89 Li
in Ann Arbor.
Meade, who represented the Third
Ward on the Ann Arbor City Coun-
cil from 1971 to 1973, is the
Democratic candidate to succeed
Democrat Jeff Epton as the Third

Ward's councilmember. The election
will be held Monday.
While a council member, Meade
said he concentrated on providing
services for his ward's Southeast
area, which contains some low-in-
come housing projects.
"I'd still like to provide more
services for that area that is still un-
derserved," he said.
Meade said he left the council in
1973 because the time commitment
conflicted with his job in the Uni-
versity School of Public Health's
See Meade, Page 5

Donna Richter Nelson Meade
...Republican City Council candi- ...Democratic City Council candi-
date date

Key Soviet leaders face
defeat in free election


MOSCOW (AP) - At least 37
key Communist Party and govern-
ment leaders went down to embar-
rassing defeats in the Soviet Union's
first multicandidate election, accord-
ing to results trickling in yesterday.
The losers in balloting for a new
national parliament included a candi-
date member of the ruling Politburo,
the premiers of Latvia and Lithuania,
and 27 Communist Party leaders
from major cities, regions and re-

publics, according to results obtained
from interviews and various press
The humiliation was greatest for
officials who ran unopposed on the
ballot and still lost because more
than 50 percent of the voters crossed
out their names.
Activists in cities from Leningrad
to Kiev waged "cross-out" cam-
paigns urging citizens to vote
against certain officials by blacking
out their names on the ballots.
Izvestia reported yesterday what it
called the "sensational" result that no
one was elected in 168 electoral dis-
tricts where there were only one or
two candidates because so many
citizens voted against them.
In the weeks prior to the election,
activists carried posters in Kiev il-
lustrating ballots with several names
crossed out.
The defeat of so many top Com-

B-ball fans
find Seattle
Following the Wolverines' Southeast Regional
victory over the Virginia Cavaliers last Saturday,
many students decided they would trek to Seattle to
watch Michigan compete in the NCAA Basketball
Tournament's Final Four.
So before dawn on Monday, a large crowd of stu-
dents began to gather in front of the Athletic Depart-
ment ticket office; each was prepared to pay $55 for a
ticket to the three games this weekend.
The University was allotted 2,000 tickets for the
tournament, said Al Renfrew, the Athletic Depart-
ment's ticket manager. He said everyone who wanted a
ticket was accommodated.
But once they had obtained their tickets, many stu-
dents discovered there was no way to get to Seattle.
Seats on most direct flights were already booked, and
the few seats still available cost up to $1,100.
Inexpensive airfare to Seattle has been hard to find
because students had less than a week to book their
flights. To get a discount, most airlines require that
passengers reserve seats at least a week in advance.

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