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December 14, 1989 The Michigan Daily - Special Edition
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'U' imposes cap on in-state tuition increase
by Noelle Vance
Daily Government Reporter
Undergraduate in-state tuition
increases will be capped at 6.5 per-
cent next year, University President
James Duderstadt said Tuesday in
unveiling a plan that will set resident
tuition increases at the rate of infla-
tion for higher education.
Though the higher education in-
dex might rise, Duderstadt said he
was committed to the 6.5 figure and
would not ask for a higher tuition
The decision comes nearly eight
months before the University final-
izes its budget, and one month before
Gov. James Blanchard will make his
State of the State of address, which is
traditionally used to outline the state's
Billed as a challenge to the state to
reaffirm its commitment to higher
education, the move could mean
budget cuts for the University if the
state fails to appropriate enough
money to meet the University's stated
needs, Duderstadt said.
All three of the University of
Michigan's campuses have agreed to
the tuition cap, which will remain in
effect for one year. No commitments
were made to limit out-of-state tui-
tion increases, Duderstadt said.
"We have chosen this difficult
course of action because we believe it
to be in the public interest." Duder-
stadt said. "We want to work with
state leaders to develop a plan to ad-
dress the real issue.facing education
in Michigan... that is, the support of
higher education by public tax dollars
rather than student tuition."
Michigan ranks 32nd among the
states in the amount of money the
state appropriates per student and 45th
in total state support, Duderstadt said.
"If state appropriations continue
to fall far short of our needs, as they
have during the past several years, the
action of limiting tuition increases to
the inflation rate will be very difficult
for the University," he said.
In the past five years, the Univer-
sity has increased tuition by up to 12
percent in order to meet needs not
financed by state appropriations. By
capping tuition and committing the
University to budget cuts if it finds
itself underfunded, the University
hopes state legislators will see the
decline in education and appropriate
more funds. But in the meantime, there
could be serious cuts in the
"One of the easiest areas to squeeze
is faculty salaries," said Public Health
Prof. Roy Penchansky, chair of the
committee on the economic status of
the faculty. Though Penchansky said
he supported the University's effort
to keep tuition down, he did have
concerns that University employees
and faculty will become the subsidiz-
ers of tuition.
But University Provost Charles
Vest said until the state makes its
appropriations, the University will not
be able to determine what areas of the
University would be affected by
"We're not operating in a panic
mode," Vest said. There will be no
special recommendations to the deans
indicating how they might want to
draft their budget requests, and the
University will follow its standard
process to determine its budget pri-
orities, he said.
Next month, the University's task
force for cost-cutting at the Univer-
sity will make its first report to the
Budget Priorities Committee; the
report may help the University decide
which areas to trim, Vest said.
The initiative taken by the Univer-
sity is a risky one, Duderstadt said.
There is no way to know how the state
will react or whether other schools in
the state will take similar measures.
"A tuition cap is not exactly a light
step," said Will Curl, an LSA sopho-
more and a governor of the Michigan
Collegiate Coalition. "It indicates a
serious problem with tuition increases.
I hope it will be effective," he said.
But the "University has little or no
control over the amount the state ap-
propriates," said LSA senior Matt
Weber, a former chair of the Michi-
gan Student Assembly's External
The decision indicates a shift in
how the University wants to the issue
to be viewed, explained University
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor).
"Last year the argument was about
tuition. In the future, we want to make
the discussion about how the state can
make higher education more acces-
sible to all kids," he said.
by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
"I've been a very fortunate coach.
I've coached for 37 years, and 27 of
them as a head coach. I was given a
job to coach Michigan football in
"That had to be, when I was in
this room and appointed by Don
Canham as football coach of Michi-
Coach to r
gan, the greatest day of my life.
"Because Michigan is special.
And the opportunity to coach here
was tremendous. I couldn't ask for a
better career. I'm a very happy man
today. I'm not here to shed a tear;
it's not because I'm sad at leaving. I
hate to leave the players, I hate to
leave coaching, but it's time to go.
"And yet, who could ask for a
greater career than I've had? It's not
that I've done everything in football,
but I've coached at Michigan."
- Bo Schembechler
With that statement, the Michi-
gan football coach ended his 21-year
career as head coach and turned over
the title to assistant head coach Gary
The final game for Schembechler
as head coach will be the Wolver-
Reps. from invalidated election take MSA seats
by Karen Akerlof
Daily Staff Writer
The nine LSA representatives de-
termined by this month's contested
elections took their seats on the
Michigan Student Assembly Tuesday
night -- just one night after the
election's invalidation by the Central
Before the new representatives
took their seats, the assembly decided
to fire Election Directors Michelle
Putnam and Sumi Malhotra for their
handling of the elections. The reso-
luti )n for the firing was introduced
by Women's Issues Chair Jennifer
Van Valey, who did not win a seat in
the invalidated election.
The assembly also approved
Aaron Williams' nomination of Stu-
dents Rights Commission member
Christine Chilimigras as assembly
General Counsel John Coleman
and Conservative Coalition rep. Heidi
Hayes filed Tuesday afternoon with
CSJ to reconsider the judiciary's in-
validation of the election. CSJ had
decided Monday night to throw out
the LSA election results due to the
destruction of the ballots.
Coleman announced Tuesday
night that CSJ's decision to invali-
date the elections - denying the nine
candidates seats on the assembly -
could not be enforced until CSJ ad-
dressed the appeal. This opened the
way for the eight Conservative Coa-
lition representatives, and Choice rep-
resentative Ingrid Fey, to take seats
on the assembly that evening.
Hayes and Coleman both claimed
they had been "substantially affected"
by the invalidation decision, and were
not heard during the previous hear-
ing. Coleman also said he had new
evidence regarding the case, which
he would not disclose.
Coleman said he did not expect
CSJ to reverse its ruling. "The reality
is that LSA student government will
appoint the people (to MSA). My
concern is that everyone have their
full say," Coleman said. "CSJ and
MSA will get good experience out of
it. All of this is precedent setting."
CSJ Chief Justice Laura Miller
said the judiciary would make a de-
cision on the petition to rehear the
case on Jan. 15, before MSA holds
its next meeting. If CSJ upholds its
former decision the actions of
Tuesday's assembly meeting will be
The seating of the nine represen-
tatives opened up hostilities between
assembly representatives from the
Choice and Conservative Coalition
Choice representatives tried to
adjourn the meeting to stop decisions
on controversial chairs. When the
assembly voted down adjournment,
Choice members called for quorum
and left the room in an attempt to
end the meeting.
Coleman termed such actions
"childish antics," and said, "I think
some people on the assembly should
take their toys and go home."
Bo is really gone
Bo Schembechler will not be the coach of the Michi-
gan Wolverine football team again.
Whoa. Let's sit back and wait a while before we take
a big chomp out of that one. Wow. What else can we talk
about in the meantime? Uh, how about that Berlin Wall,
uh, and those Lions in the House of Wayne, boy they're
Alas, there's no beating around the. bush. We've all
thought about it and hoped it would not happen. The
inevitable has finally occurred.
Bo will not be coaching the Michigan Wolverines
anymore. Ever. No more headset throwing, no more
harangues, no more three yards and a cloud of dust, no
more bowing before football games.
No more Bo.
Not that new head coach Gary Moeller will not throw
his headset or scream at players. Believe me, he'll do that.
But Bo is gone.
Walking around campus felt weird yesterday. Going to
study in the library felt strange yesterday. Life felt weird
See EISEN, page 2
Fire and smoke lay seige to Psi Upsilon fraternity
Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler will resign his position after the Rose Bowl, Jan. i. Sche
Athletic Director is still somewhat hazy.
by Tony Silber
Daily Staff Writer
Fire ripped through the attic
floor of the Psi Upsulon fraternity
house on Hill Street last night, caus-
ing an undetermined amount of
smoke and fire damage. The cause
of the fire is unknown, but many
residents of the house believe it was
an electrical fire.
The house was evacutated, and
there were no reports of injuries.
"There's a problem with the
electrical system in that house," said
Chuck Dale, a member of the frater-
nity. "There wasn't power in two
rooms all day."
The rooms in question were on
the west side of the house, where the
fire occurred. Fire officials, how-
ever, refused to speculate on the
source of the fire until an investiga-
tion is conducted.
Several fraternity members
claimed they smelled smoke as early
as 1:00 yesterday afternoon, but
were unsure of its origin. "The
whole house smelled like a fireplace
today," said fraternity member Scott
The Ann Arbor Fire Department
was called later in the afternoon and
police quickly blocked off Hill
Street between East University and
Smoke increasingly began to
billow out of the northwest corner of
the roof and eventually enveloped
the area. "I would imagine there's
real damage," said Fire Chief Char-
les Torrey as he directed crews into
the house. By 7:00, there were seven
fire engines at the scene. Ten min-
utes later, the entire area was im-
mersed in black smoke as fire lad-
ders were raised toward the atttic.
At 7:15, flames shot through the
northwest corner of the roof as fire-
fighters on the third floor of the
house broke through the ceiling to
gain access to the attic. Flames con-
tinued to torch holes through the
roof for the next 20 minutes. Fire-
fighters appeared on the roof of the
house shortly thereafter with axes to
cut off the spreading flames.
The fire began to subside ait
7:45 as the smoke disippated.
"There will certainly be some
flame damage, smoke damage, and
water damage, but I don't know how
much at this point," one firefighter
said. He added that all 26 full time
Ann Arbor firefighters were on the
scene with every fire truck in the
One of the firefighters who was
in the attic said the house's structure
made it hard to get the fire under
control. "Because of the way it's
built," he said, "it was difficult to
get into the attic." The house was
built in 1925 and will now almost
certainly require some major reno-
Moeller primed to accept coach
by Adam Schrager
Daily Football Writer
And George Bush thought he had
big shoes to fill.
Michigan Assistant Head Coach
and Offensive Coordinator Gary
Moeller, who has been at Michigan
for 18 years as an assistant, was ap-
pointed head coach yesterday to re-
place Bo Schembechler, the win-
ningest active coach in Division I-A
Moeller, who has coached with
Schembechler at both Michigan and
Miami (Ohio), was previously the head
coach at the University of Illinois from
1977-79 before being fired.
"I will definitely have a tough act
to follow," said Moeller, who will
take over Jan. 2. "I learned from my
experience at Illinois that the people
on top, like the administrators, the
president, etc. must support the pro-
gram and give you help in many, many
ways. I know I will get that here."
Direct support will come from the
athletic director, Schembechler, whose
history with Moeller is lengthy. After
playing under Schembechler at Ohio
State where he was the team's captain,
the Ohio native served as an assistant
under Schembechler at Miami. When
Schembechler accepted the head spot
at Michigan in 1969, Moeller went
with and has been here ever since,
aside from his tenure at Illinois.