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Friday, September 15, 1989- The Michigan Daily -- Page 5

CampusesUC hL
unite toN
combat
racism

Students to flood Diag
today for annual Festifall

by Karen

Akerlof

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United Coalition Against
Racism steering committee
members and students from Wayne
State and Michigan State
universities made a statement of
~joint solidarity against statewide
campus racism last night in the
Michigan Union.
"We're trying to tie in state-
wide activism working more
intensely in the statewide network
and coordinate protest," UCAR
steering committee member
Kimberly Smith, a second-year
medical student, told the 70-person
crowd at the Union's Anderson
}Room last night.
Smith announced that the
Michigan Alliance of African-
American Students was created
during the summer to provide
support and advice for groups
acting to promote policies of "full
educational access"~ across
Michigan campuses.
Marinna Barnett, a UCAR
steering committee member and a
second-year graduate student in the
School of Social Work, said the
idea for the organization actually
came from the media.
Last spring when Wayne State,
Ferris State, and Michigan State
universities held mass sit-ins to
force the hands of their respective
administrations on policies
regarding racism, "the media made
these incidents seem isolated, and
copycat" said Barnett, when in
actuality, "these protests were in

by Mark Buchan
Still wondering exactly what is
going on at the University outside of
classes? Ever wondered what 36,000
students do in their spare time? Still
unsure of how you would like to
spend yours?
Then take a wander around the
Diag today, between 11 a.m. and 4
p.m. During this year's "Festifall ,"
the representatives of more than 140
campus organizations will attempt,
in a variety of ways, to lure you into
their societies.
For the first time during Festi-
fall, musical entertainment will
highlight the day. Starting at noon,
an hour of music from Zatopan will
perform on the steps of the Graduate
Library. The group, which performs
"Miriachi," a traditional form of
Mexican music, has also been
brought to campus to kick off His-

panic Heritage Week, which begins
next Monday.
Catalin Berdy, the Hispanic rep-
resentative from the Office of
Minority Student Services, which
has arranged the entertainment, said
For the first time during
Festifall,musical enter-
tainment will highlight
the day
she hoped the musical start would
arouse interest.
"We intend to provide an enjoy-
able beginning to a week which is
aimed at increasing student aware-
ness of Hispanic culture," Berdy

This year, Student Organizational
Development Center Student Ser-
vices Associate Rosa Lopez will
oversee the Festifall events. For her,
the work started in April, when the
first applications for tables at the
Festifall were circulated. Since then,
she has allocated the limited amount
of table space to groups on a first
come, first served basis. Twelve
groups were not able to attend.
"Ideally, we would like to ac-:
commodate all the groups who wish-
to be a part of Festifall. But there is- -
a limited area and many safety con-
siderations, such as keeping all the
sidewalks (on the Diag) clear," said
Lopez.
Lopez said she hopes the 5,000 i
students who are expected to flood,
into the Diag take advantage of to-.,.>i2
day's events.

said.

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JULIE HOLLMAN/Daily
Abayoni Azikiwe from Wayne State University describes plans for joining
with University of Michigan students against racism.

the planning stages for a long
time."
Abayomi Azikiwe, a member
of the Pan-AmericantStudents
Union at Wayne State and a
graduate student in political
science, and Darius Payton, a
fifth-year student at Michigan
State, spoke on their experiences
garnering administrative support
on issues of racism.
They said increasing monies
for African-American Studies
programs, percentages of Black
faculty with tenure, and
percentages of Black students on
campuses to resemble the

percentage of Blacks in the state
are some areas that need
improvement at colleges across
Michigan.
Both Azikiwe and Payton said
there are more similarities between
the racial problems on campuses
in the past years than differences.
Even the names of the
solutions proposed to these
problems by administrators sound
similar, Smith said: "The
Michigan Mandate, The Michigan
State Idea, have a lot of parallels
- university responses are
unbelievably the same."

State schools may soon
find faculty in short supply

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Christian group's fest draws 100

LANSING (AP) - Michigan
universities, used to having athletic
coaches lured away, might have to
play defense to hang on to professors
if a predicted faculty shortage
materializes.
Officials at Michigan State Uni-
versity say they are seeing early
signs of a faculty shortage that is
expected to hit U.S. higher education
by the late 1990s, but other state
universities said they gave yet to
have such problems.
"It's sort of like watching a wave
out on the horizon. People are
watching it but it hasn't gotten here
yet," said Bob Banks, assistant
provost at Michigan State Univer-
sity.
A study released Wednesday by
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
said college enrollment growth be-
ginning in 1997 will cause demand
for faculty to outstrip supply. By
1997-2002, the study said, only
30,934 new faculty members will be
available to fill 37,091 positions.

Applicants for job openings in
engineering, business, medicine, and
the sciences are already scarce, but
liberal arts faculty are expected to be
in short supply in a few years be-
cause students have had little eco-
nomic incentive to pursue graduate
degrees in those fields, he said.
"Folks in those disciplines (the
liberal arts) have not been able to
command the dollars to justify pur-
suing graduate degrees," Banks said.
"If you are an accountant, you
have an alternative, going into pri-
vate practice. Our engineers with
bachelor's degrees start at salaries of
$35,000 a year. If you are in the
arts, letters, and humanities, essen-
tially you don't have an alternative
market that helps drive up the rates."
John Cantlon, vice president for
research and graduate studies at
Michigan State, said cuts in federal
support for graduate education

by, Mary Anne Chase
First, Inter-Varsity Christian
Fellowship built an ark.
Then, it held bible discussions on
e Diag.
And last night, the group - a
multidenominational religious orga-
nization - drew more than 100
people to its lively, song-filled
meeting at the Union's Pendleton
Room.
Rolland Derenzo, associate pastor
of the Calvary Baptist Church in
Canton, lectured on the importance
of works, not words, of faith. He
couraged all who were new to the
-group to explore, exercise, and chal-
lenge their faith every day.
"You can't be a cafeteria Chris-

tian," Derenzo shouted. "There's no
room to pick and choose what you
like about the Christian faith," he
exclaimed. "We need people who are
sold out on Jesus Christ."
The theme of Noah's Ark was
chosen as a way to promote the pre-
tense and cause of Inter-Varsity at
the University. It helped to clarify
the organization's goals to people,
said member Chris Claasen, a
sophomore in the School of Music,
.in that Noah's unquestioning-faith
was both a means and an end to the
problems he faced.
Led by executive committee
member Amy Walker, a University
student, the crowd began with a
round of songs.

Members then shared their expe-
rience with the small group bible
studies. These "family groups" are
the stronghold of Inter-Varsity.
Members gather to share in their
faith, sing, and conduct biblical
teachings.
"We live in a day and age that is
very similar to when when Noah
lived," Derenzo said. "As it was in
the days of Noah, so it shall be in
our last days," with violence, indif-
ference, and ridicule of the Christian
faith running rampant.
Derenzo called the University a
great laboratory where debate and
discussion of religion exists, but
said acceptance of the Christian faith
is still lacking.

trimmed the numbers of doctora+<'
candidates in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Since it can take a decade to earn.
a doctorate, little can be done to head
off the shortages immediately, he
said. .,
"The response largely has been an'
effort to go out and recruit one an=a
other's football coaches and bio-v;
chemists and microbiologists," said <
Banks.
Faculty in high-demand fields can"
be offered not onlythigher salaries
but also relief from teaching obliga-
tions, staff support, laboratory space,,
and equipment, hehsaid, adding
Michigan State has had to counter
such offers from other institutions to
keep professors.
"We're talking now about setup
packages for biochemists and micro-
biologists that can cost $500,000,'
Banks said.
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Machon L'Torah
The Jewish Learning Network of Michigan
Cordially invites you to attend a
delicious deli dinner ...
Date: Sunday, September 17, 1989
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: University of Michigan
Markley Hall
Concourse Room
...to be followed by a thought provoking
discussion,
"The Pleasure Principle
and The Jewish Family."
No Charge
To R.S.V.P. and for more information
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