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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 30, 1989 - Page 3

Senate panel opens hearings
to consolidate schools
Bill would cut school districts from 562 to 250

LANSING (AP) - A Senate
committee opened hearings yesterday
on potentially touchy legislation
aimed at consolidating Michigan
school districts to improve efficiency
and cut costs.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jack
Faxon, (D-Farmington Hills), would
create a state commission to draft a
plan aimed at cutting the number of
school districts in Michigan from
the current562 to no more than 250.
Now that Michigan voters have
rejected two ballot proposals to
boost the sales tax to provide more
money for schools, consolidation is
one way to improve educational
quality without more money, Faxon
"We can do better with what we
have by restructuring the districts,"
Faxon said, citing duplication of
services, inefficiencies and buildings
serving a small number of students
under the current system.
The bill would set up a nine-

member commission to prepare a
consolidation plan to reduce the
number of districts. The plan would
become law unless rejected by a two-
thirds vote of the State Legislature.

reorganization plan. he proposed that
in rural areas, elementary schools be
kept separate, but high schools be
combined in a larger administrative
district to provide the specialized

"We can do better with what we have by
restructuring the districts."
- State Sen. Jack Faxon (D-Farmington Hills)

State School Superintendent
Donald Bemis noted the proposal is
a "very sensitive issue in many areas
of the state," but acknowledged that
schools have consolidated several
times since the turn of the century.
He urged strong public
involvement in the process and a
public vote on the final

courses needed.
Other officials, however, warned
that consolidation might not work as
well in large, sparsely populated
areas. Combining districts in such
areas may produce huge districts and
scattered residents unwilling to vote
higher taxes to finance the new
district, they said.

Rose lines
Students wait in the cold outside the Ticket Office to
Tickets went on sale yesterday morning at 8:30.

buy tickets for the Michigan-USC Rose Bowl Jan. 1.

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

LSA-SG elections offer little choice

The Student Book Exchange -
mass meeting
SALSA - Socially Active Latino
Student Assoc. meets at 7:30 in
Angell Rm. 221
Michigan Student Assembly
Student Rights Commission -
5:30 p.m. in Union Rm. 3909
Rainforest Action Movement
- 7 p.m. in Dana Rm. 1040
Earth Day Organizing Commit-
tee - 7 p.m. in the Union 4th
MSA International Students
Affairs Commission - 6:15
p.m. in the International Center
Tagar - 7 p.m. in Hillel Rm. 3
Palestine Solidarity Commit-
tee - 7:30 p.m. in the lounge of
the International Center
Campus Crusade for Christ -
College Life meeting at 7 -8:30
p.m. in Kellogg Aud. Rm. 6005;
enter in the dental school
Michigan Student Assembly
Communications Committee
- 7:30 pm. in Union Rm. 3909
Recycling in the Residence
Hall -7 in 1040 Dana
Native American Student As-
sociation - 5 p.m. at the Union
InterVarsity Christian Fellow-
ship - 7 p.m. in East Quad Rm.
"Abnormal Sex Ratios Among
Historic Inuit: Tests of the
Competing Hypothesis" - 4
in the Rackham East Lecture
"Japanese R&D and the
Globalization of Technology"
- Elanor Westney of M.I.T.
speaks at noon in the Lane Hall
Commons Rm.
"Transformations of Theory
and Society: Western
Marxism and Actual
Socialism" - Michael Kennedy
speaks at 8 p.m. in the 4560
"Photographers Role in
Culture" - A.D. Coleman,
author and critic, speaks t 7 p.m.
in the Chrysler Auditorium (2121
Bonisteel Blvd.)
Tong Enzheng - the professor
of history at Sichuan U. speaks
at 4 in Rm. 4518 of the Ruthven
Natural Science Rm.
Lisa Malinowski Steinman -
the poet reads from her works at
5 p.m. in the Rackham Am-
"Malcolm X: The Islamic
Movement in the United
States" - H. Rop Broixim
speaks at 6:30 p.m. in Hutchins
Hall 100
"Pico and Femotosecond
Chemistry: Spectroscopically
Ovsering Transition States"
- L. Grace speaks at 4 p.m. in
Chem. Dept. 1640
"Their Live in the Middle of
Their Fields!: An Archaeolog-
ical Landscape in the Cy-
clades, Greece" - Prof. Jack
Davis of the U of Illinois noon
in Rm. 2009 of the Ruthven

"Photography and Culture"
- A.D. Coleman speaks at 7
p.m. in the Chrysler Auditorium
(2121 Bonisteel Blvd.)
"Transformations of Theory
and Society: Western Marx-
ism and Actual Socialism" -
Michael Kennedy speaks at 8
p.m. in 4560 LSA
Safewalk - 8 -1:30 a.m. in
UGLi Rm. 102; 936-1000
Northwalk -8 p.m. to 1:30 in
2333 Bursley; 763-WALK
German Tutoring - for 100-300
levels; 7-9 p.m. in MLB 2006
"Grant Seeking and Proposal
Writing" - a Center for the Ed-
ucation of Women workshop; 3-5
p.m.; call 998-7080
Free tutoring - all lower-level
math, science and engineering
courses; 7-11 p.m. in UGLi Rm.
307; 7-11 p.m. in the Dow Bldg.
ECB peer writing tutors -
available at Angell-Haven and 611
Computing Centers from 7 to 11
p.m.; Sunday through Thursday
Color National Artists' Book
Project - features artists' books
of more than 200 American
Women of Color; in the Slusser
Gallery; 10a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo exhibit of racial violence
in the U.S. - in Rm. 3 of East
Engineering; 10-3 daily
Women of Courage: An Exhibi-
tion of Photographs by Judith
Sedwick - portraits of 55 Black
American women; Grad. Library
North Lobby; 8am-Spm
Art and Holy Powers in the
Early Christian House - an ex-
hibition of Early Christian Arti-
facts; 9am-4pm in the Kelsey
"Present Laughter" - the
University Players present the
Noel Coward Play at 8 p.m. at the
Power Center; 764-0450
Michigan Leadership Confer-
ence Registration - at the Stu-
dent Organization Development in
the 2202 Union; fee is $12
Ann Arbor Dance Works Fall
Season - 8 p.m. at the McIn-
tosh Theatre; call 763-5460
"Caminos del Silencio" - a
video documenting the communi-
ties of Highland Mayan Indians
who fled the Guatemalan Army
massacres; 7:30 p.m. in Union
Rm. 2209 A&B
"Trotskyism AgainstWStalin-
ism" - part of the Workers'
League-Young Socialist Class
Series; 7 p.m. in Mason 2439
Carillion Auditions - must
have good piano background;
2:15-4 at the Burton Bell Tower
"Rope" - the Hitchcock classic;
7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. at Hillel
"Beyond the Walls" - a film
about the relations between Jews
and Arabs in an Israeli prison;
7:30 p.m. at Hillel
Northcoast--UM Jazz Ensem-
ble - 8 p.m. in the Rackham
Lecture Hall
Arpilleras from Peru and Chile
- distinctive fabric wall-hangings

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Writer
LSA students have a tough
choice today.
From a field of 16 candidates,
students will be electing 15 LSA
Student Government representatives,
a president and vice president - a
total of 17 positions.
Twelve of the candidates represent
the Students for Academic Institu-
tional Development (SAID) Party,
including the unopposed presidential
and vice-presidential candidates.
SAID has maintained a majority on

the government for 11 consecutive
The remaining four candidates are
running as independents.
LSA-SG's main function is to al-
locate funds to campus organizations
to sponsor events that benefit LSA
students. They also appoint students
to various University committees,
such as the Curriculum Committee.
The government has avoided be-
coming a political body, focusing
instead on improving the academic
atmosphere at the University.
"We're trying to get concrete
things done for the students," said

incumbent presidential candidate
Jennifer Clough.
Some current LSA-SG projects
include a CRISP advice table for
first- and second-year students, fac-
ulty-student dinners in the residence
halls, and posting photographs of
academic counselors outside the An-
gell Hall Academic Counseling Of-
"We need to make it easier for
students to get access to not only
professors but also officials within
LSA," said independent candidate Al-
lison Buck, a sophomore.
To increase faculty-student inter-

action, LSA-SG hopes to sponsor a
faculty raffle next term. Popular pro-
fessors would supply prizes, such as
dinner at their homes or a round of
golf, which would be raffled off to
students, said Clough.
Other goals include a mentorship
program pairing first-year students
with juniors and seniors for advipe
and support, Clough said. The coun-
cil has worked with the housing de-
partment and the orientation program
and plans to launch a pilot mentor-
ship program in the fall for 250 stu-

Events to focus on photography's

by Ruth Littmann
One hundred and fifty years ago,
the invention of photography was
formally announced.
For two days, the University's
School of Art and Rackham Graduate
School will commemorate the event
with a symposium on photography
and the cultural climate.
The School of Art has invited
three professional photographer-
artists and critics from across the
United States to display their work
and address photography's future and
"Photography is so important we
couldn't do without it now," said Art
School Prof. Ken Baird.
The camera allows society to ex-
plore itself by creating images which
deal with social and individual is-
sues, Baird said. "The camera has
multiple uses: ethical, personal, fac-
tual, informational, aesthetic."
Baird said photography's future

will lie primarily in the field of
communication. Rackham graduate
student in photography Roxanne
Frith said future photography will
"create some kind of dialogue. It will
not give answers as much as pose
While Baird believes the camera's
association with silver processing
might give way to electronic imag-
ing, he doesn't think that photogra-
phy itself will diminish, "because
man is collectively an expressive,
creative animal."
The announcement of photogra-
phy's birth a century and a half ago,
Baird said, involved "a drama story
between two countries."
The conflict arose between France
and England. In 1839, France
patented the daguerreotype, a type of
photography like instant Polaroid
Simultaneously, in England,
W.H.F. Talbot created the calotype,

a photographic process which pro-
jected images onto film similar to
today's negatives. A patent battle
ensued, restricting Talbot's process
from gaining immediate popularity.
Today, however, the calotype has
had more influence on conventional
photography than the daguerreotype.
A.D. Coleman, a writer, critic,
and photographer, will deliver the
symposium's keynote address,
"Photography and Culture."
Tomorrow, New York-based photog-
rapher Jules Allen will discuss his
work and photographer-artist Dorit

50th year
Cypis will address the representati6n
of women.
The entrance "fee" to tonight's
symposium consists of one picture
to hang on the wall for general view-
ing and a contest.
Baird said participants' pho-
tographs will also be used to "creme
a wall of photographs, reflecting a
diverse range of interests.
Registration for the symposiumn
begins today at 4:30 p.m. in tle
Slusser Gallery on the first floor of
the Art and Architecture Building.

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