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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 7, 1989- Page 3

by Taraneh Shafii
Daily Staff Writer


Dean named

After a seven month closed-door
search Edie Goldenberg, political
science professor and director of the
Institute of Public Policy Studies at
the University, has been named the
Dean of the College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts.
Goldenberg will succeed current
LSA Dean Peter Steiner at the start of
the fall semester. Steiner drew strong
criticism last year for his refusal to
apologize for remarks that many
students deemed racist.
Nominated on July 12 by the
search committee, the University
Board of Regents unanimously ap-
proved Goldenberg for the post a'
their July meeting. Her appointmen.
is to last initially for five years.
Goldenberg said that she is
honored by the selection and is look-
ing forward to working with the fac-
ulty and students. "The first thing I
need to do is to take some time to
understand the issues and consult
broadly," said Goldenberg.
The new dean said that she wants
to "maintain and build on the excel-
lence in the college that is there right
One of Goldenberg's goals is tc
understand the undergraduate experi-
ence through "broad involvement
with faculty and students."
"I think it's an excellent educa-
tion, but I also think it's worth tak-
ing a look at. It's time," she said.
Goldenberg has been with the
University for 15 and is highly
thought of by both students and fac-

Political Science Prof.
Goldenberg takes over

"I'm really happy there is a
woman of her stature in a high ad-
ministrative position," said Tracy
Weisler, a recent graduate of the In-
stitute of Public Policy Studies.l
Weisler said that to her, Goldenberga
was not only a professor and ad-
ministrator but also a mentor.

United Coaltition Against Rac-1
ism member Kimberly Smith hopesl
that the change of deans will also a
bring a change of policy. "It's a1
positive thing that Steiner is out of
the position," she said.
"But if the policies of the Uni-
versity don't change it won't matter
much. It'll just be a different person
enforcing the same policies."
President Duderstadt praised the
selection. "I am absolutely delighted
that Professor Goldenberg, one of our
most distinguished faculty members
and academic leaders, has agreed to
serve in this important role.
"Her strong commitment to ex-
cellence in teaching and scholarship,
coupled with her experience from
numerous leadership roles, will serve
both the College and the University
well," he said.
Kip Banks, a third-year Institute of
Public Policy graduate student
characterized Goldenberg as impres-
sive instructor and capable leader.
"I think one of her greatest
strengths in her sensitivity to the
students," Banks said. "She's very
receptive to student concerns."
As director of the Institute, Gold-
enberg held brown bags on a regular
basis to talk with graduate students.
Goldenberg earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in political science
from the Massachusetts Institute of

Technology in 1967. The next year
she received a master's degree from
Stanford University. She went on to
achieve her Doctorate from Stanford
in 1974.
After joining the University in
1974 as an political science associate
professor, Goldenberg quickly rose to
the position of associate professor of
political science and public policy in
1980. In 1985 she was promoted to
When Goldenberg takes over in
September, Steiner said he would take
a "long over due sabbatical leave."

Steiner praised the selection of his
successor. "I'm sure that Dean
Goldenberg will have the enthusiasm
and cooperation of the faculty and
college that I had," he said.
Goldenberg strongly supports
University President James Duder-
stadt's commitment to diversity and
said that she will put recruiting and
hiring of people of color high on her

The LSA Dean Search Committee
formed last December. Headed by
William Kelly, professor of geologi-
cal sciences, the committee was
comprised of eight faculty members
and two students.
The group first had to define the
dean's role and then had establish the
criteria to look for in the pool of 130

A room with a view, pleaseR
The demolition of the University's Old Main Hospital is nearly finished.
At a cost of $8.1 million, the demolition was financed entirely by profits
earned by the Hospital since the opening of its new $285 million complex.

'Affordable housing issue
splits City Council members

y Diane Cook
ly Staff Writer
Troubled by the lack of affordable
hlousing in the city, the Ann Arbor
pity Council Democrats this sum-
mer consistently set an agenda aimed
towards the maintenance and devel-
dpment of low-cost housing in Ann
At the July 17 council meeting,
fpllowing four hours of public
outcry and debate, the council passed
an amended housing policy. The
original directive had much stronger
*Orovisions for increasing the amount
qf economical housing
Although an instrumental provi-
sion of the policy was removed by
leayor Jernigan's Republican major-
ily, several important provisions
Particularly vocal during the pub-
lc hearing were members of the Ann
Arbor Housing Coalition, a non-
profit, non-partisan group of people
6ho advocate affordable housing.
"The intent of the original policy
*as to make the city available to
pleople of all income levels," said
glaudia Green, a member of the
ooalition and an Ann Arbor Tenants
anion staff member. "I feel a signif-
icant part of it was gutted."
The key removed clause urged
developers to create moderate-priced
h omes or apartments in high-priced
d istricts by zoning restrictions or
subsidies. The policy does call for
the strict enforcement of existing
codes for new or rehabilitated hous-
ipg, whether public or private.
Two amendments were added to
the policy. The first preserves afford-
able housing in the city by requiring
developers to go before a review
loard prior to demolishing a build-
ing. The second amendment focuses
on helping senior citizens and people
with disabilities afford housing.
Mayor Jernigan opposed the lan-
guage of the original policy, arguing
that it didn't look at long-term con-
cerns that council members might
have as the city develops.

Council member Larry Hunter
(D-lst Ward) insisted that the afford-
able housing issue is still an impor-
tant issue despite the council's final
"The free market issue has bro-
ken down with the issue of afford-
able housing," Hunter explained.
"Affordable housing is important and
ought to be a goal for the city of
Ann Arbor.
Reinforcing their stand for af-
fordable housing a second time, city
Democrats successfully blocked the
Downtown Development Author-
ity's plans to build a new 600-700
car parking structure at the intersec-
tion of William and Ashley Streets
at their July 24 meeting.
Council Republicans were one
vote short of the City Charter's re-
quired 8 votes for a property transac-
tion for the sale of the three homes
at William and Ashley Streets.
Terry Martin (R-2nd Ward) was
"annoyed" by the last minute reser-
vations about moving ahead with the
project. She advocated construction
of the structure, claiming it would
keep the city flourishing.
But Anne Marie Coleman (D-
1st Ward) argued that homes in the
downtown area would be a more fa-
vorable step in the direction of city
"We are building houses for
cars, not for people," said Coleman.
"We have a different way of getting
at the same agenda."
The proposed structure is pro-
jected to cost approximately
"You can get an awful lot of
housing for that kind of money,"
said Larry Hunter (D-lst Ward).
"It's welfare for the downtown
merchants. They certainly don't need
it as much as the people living in a
shelter who don't have a home or a
car to put in the structure," said
Larry Fox, a member of the Home-
less Action Committee.
Liz Brater (D-3rd Ward) was
"not convinced that additional park-

ing is needed" and suggested that the
city make use of the vacant Detroit
Edison parking area in the structure
at William and Fourth Streets which
is not used in the evening.
Republican Mayor Jerry Jerni-
gan warned the opposition council
members that only six votes are
needed by the council to endorse the
construction of a modified structure.
Advocates of affordable housing,
however, maintain their position.
"It just seems as though in
terms of what is needed now, park-
ing structures should take a back seat
to affordable housing," Fox added.
Moe Fitzsimons, a staff mem-
ber of the ann Arbor Tenants Union
said, "We think that the city needs to
spend some money on affordable
housing before they build anymore
parking structures."

City council Democrats, responding to community pressure such as this demonstration, scored many victories
for low-cost housing this summer.


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