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

by Taraneh Shafli
Daily Staff Writer

After a year in office, the Daily
takes a look at his hits and misses

In his state of the University ad-
dress last winter, President James
Duderstadt advocated four critical
themes for the future of the Univer-
sity: commitment to quality, the
importance of racial and ethnic diver-
sity and pluralism, management and
control of change, and a return to the
'fundamental values' of the institu-
The Fall of 1989 marks the be-
ginning of Duderstadt's second year
in office and offers an opportunity to
review his progress.
Focusing on diversity, Duderstadt
quickly established the Michigan
Mandate, a policy directive designed
to encourage the recruitment and re-
tention of students, faculty, and staff
of color.
"He has provided significant chal-
lenges to the University through the
Michigan Mandate," said Daniel
Atkins, interim dean for the School
of Engineering.
This year the School of Engineer-
ing recruited three Black faculty -
two men and one woman, in addition
to seven other women, Atkins said.
While 1988 statistics show mi-
nority enrollment has increased, stu-
dents are still concerned that the
Mandate is not enough.
"They seem to be very good
words," said Michigan Student

The president is a busy man. These protesters find that out as they try
to get up the stairs at the Flemming Building to talk to Duderstadt.

Assembly President Aaron
Williams, "but even though you al-
locate a certain amount of money to
the recruitment of Black s or minori-
ties there is no guarantee that you
will get the numbers you want."
Williams added that there is a
limited pool of people of color to
choose from, and to become a com-
petitive contender in today's market-
place the University must allocate
more funds to the cause.
"If they have enough money to
build a chemistry building, they
should have enough money to recruit
and retain more Afro-American and
Hispanic teachers," observed an LSA

sophomore who wished to remain
Former MSA President Mike
Phillips said that since schools like
Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, and
Yale are strongly recruiting minori-
ties, Michigan will have to gear up
it's recruitment. If not, the Univer-
sity may soon fall behind its rivals.
Phillips added that Duderstadt lost
a great opportunity to uphold the
Mandate this past winter when he
failed to encourage granting a Black
woman professor the position of So-
ciology Department Chair. She was
unanimously supported by the
Woman Studies Program and the
Department of Sociology, but not an
LSA administrative committee
which reviews all appointments.
In March, Duderstadt established
the President's Advisory Commis-
sion on Women's Issues, in effort to
improve the recruitment and reten-
tion of women faculty at the Univer-
sity and foster a more comfortable
climate for women on campus.
Phillips pointed out that with the
loss of Linda Wilson, former vice-
president for research and new Presi-
dent of Radcliffe College. The Uni-

versity had no top women adminis-
trators, until the recent appointment
of Edie Goldenberg as LSA dean.
United Coalition Against Racism
member and LSA Senior David
Maurrasse characterizes Duderstadt's
accomplishments so far as "half-vic-
Maurrasse said that Diversity Day
should be called Martin Luther King
Day and will not be a complete holi-
day until University workers, as well
as students, are given the day off.
One major area Williams said
that Duderstadt needs to improve is
student relations. While he admitted
that no one is happy all of the time,
he said that so far of Duderstadt's
student relations, "no one's been
happy any of the time."
Demands from student groups on
campus have not been met,
Williams said. He said there was no
response from the University about
racist fliers that circulated around
campus last spring.
"It was kind of disappointing that
he didn't take a stronger stance for
minority issues on campus," said
He added that each semester there
is an attack on minorities, lesbians
and gay men, or women, and stu-
dents need to be educated and shown
a cultural understanding of ethnic
"The University is the best tool
against any kind of ignorance,"
Phillips said, "and should be advo-
cating liberal thoughts."
One avenue that Duderstadt took
to address the problem of racism on
campus was a letter sent to all Uni-
versity students this past spring.
"It was an interesting note," said
Williams, "but it came at an odd
time." He suggested that maybe the
letter should have been sent out ear-

University President Duderstadt outlines the themes for his administra-
tion as he delivers his first State of the University address.

LSA Junior Sarah Van Looy
agreed that the letter was not enough
but said the problems on campus are
"not all [Duderstadt's] fault."
"He's probably taken a lot of
blame that belongs to the institu-
tion, personally."
Provost and Vice-President for
Academic Affairs Charles Vest said.
that even though a president cannot
dictate a sensitivity to racism, by is-
suing a letter, he can set a tone for
the rest of the University commu-
nity to follow.
Lesbian and Gay Rights Organiz-
ing Committee member Brian Dur-

rance said that there have been some
positive steps taken by the adminis-
tration this year, citing the appoint-
ment of Zaida Giraldo as Affirmative
Action Director and the open hiring
of gay orientation leaders.
However, he added, "we still
think the University has a long way
to go in addressing the issues."
Duderstadt recognized the presi-
dential policy issued by former Pres-
ident Harold Shapiro which states
the University will strive not to dis-
criminate against lesbians and gay
men. However, he has not addressed
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Former Michigan Student Assembly President Mike Phillips protests
President' Duderstadt's inauguration ceremony last fall.

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