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Vol. CI, No.1 - The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990 heMiga ao

'U' committee proposes

more student-professor

By Amy Quick
A University committee of fac-
ulty and students released a report
this week containing a proposal
which, if it becomes a reality, will
"provide an intellectually invigorat-
ing, healthful, and enabling under-
graduate experience for its students."
* LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg cre-
ated the Planning Committee on the
Undergraduate Experience - com-
prised of six faculty members and
three students - to provide under-
graduates with an educational atmo-
sphere befitting a prestigious small

college. English Department Chair
Robert Weisbuch headed the com-*
mittee, which met weekly from Oc-
tober 1989 through May 1990.
The growing distance between
students and professors at the Uni-
versity gave rise to the need for the
planning committee.
University student-faculty ratios
have grown to nearly 20 to 1, the
report stated, while comparably pres-
tigious small colleges have an aver-
age ratio of 6:1.
According to the report, one third
of the College faculty comes into no

contact with undergraduates in a
given year.
The report also showed that stu-
dent responses in surveys indicate
they feel the undergraduate atmo-
sphere is "impersonal."
"(Professors) are accessible, but
their office hours are limited and lec-
tures are just too big," said LSA se-
nior Anne Kim. "They need to per-
sonalize the classes. When classes
are so big, nobody cares if you go or
not. In a smaller class, they notice."
LSA Junior Eugene Kwon agreed
and added, "The only real contact

with professors goes to Honors stu-
Other factors noted in the report
that prompted the discussions for
change include an abundance of large
classes with a result;- passivity in
discussion, and intr xdr ztory classes
which stress rote memory and allow
for little critical inquiry.
The report also criticized resi-
dence halls, fraternities, and sorori-
ties, describing them as
"aggressively anti-intellectual."
. The main focus of the proposed
program is a pre-concentration un-

dergraduate college which the com-
mittee tentatively calls the
Atheneum. This would be "a con-
cept, a building, and a wrapping
around various efforts."
The Atheneum could be housed
in an existing or new building, simi-
lar to the Michigan Union, and
would have an undergraduate focus.
Under the proposed program, faculty
members are required to devote one
year of every seven years to the
teaching of small classes of under-
graduate students in the Atheneum,
participating in office hours, coun-

seling, special events, and the cre-
ation of new courses.
Classes would be discussions of
25 people, and about 250 courses
would be offered in a single year for
approximately 6,500 students, the
report said.
Students would probably take one
Atheneum course each year, but the
committee hopes that the
Atheneum's effects would spread
throughout the curriculum generally
if faculty continue to offer their
Atheneum courses in their depart-
See ATHENEUM, Page 16


The June 4 a
uncertainty f
Burnie Leget
by Andrew
Daily Sports'

months of speculation and
:he Big Ten, Michigan, led here by
he conference.
Delaney says retaining the Big
Ten name is a possibility. "Does the
Big Ten mean more than the number
of teams... tradition, stuff like that?"
he asked. "There's a lot of people
who have great affection for the Big
The Big Ten last expanded in
1949 to include Michigan State after
the University of Chicago withdrew
in 1946.
"I don't think we could have
found a member that meshes better
with our overall purpose - both
academic, athletic and research -
than Penn State University," De-
laney said.s th
In a University Park, Pennsylva-
See PENN STATE, Page 151





Ann Arbor officials upset by 'unexpected' move

announcement of Penn State's invitation to the Big Ten ended
or the Nittany Lions. When the traditional powerhouse joins t
te, left, and Jon Vaughn, may no longer be able to dominate t
Te es
Ten invite an

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Reporter
Six to eight deputized police
officers will begin patrolling campus
this month.
The hiring process is continuing
for the officers who are the first of
an estimated 24-member force.
The University's Board of Re-
gents established a University police
force and parking violations bureau
by a six to one vote at their June
meeting, despite requests from two
members and the Ann Arbor City
Council to table the vote for a
Regent Veronica Smith (R-
Grosse Ile) moved to table the vote
until the July meeting to clear up
disputes with the city and at the
request of Regent Neil Neilsen (R-
Brighton) - who was absent when
the vote was taken.
Smith, who claimed the regents
were acting in a "dictatorial fashion,"
said "I'm disappointed that the
regents have chosen to ignore the
city of Ann Arbor, a regent, and the
students. It's a sad day for this
University when we can't wait 30
days to iron out our problems."
City officials were also
disappointed by the regents' action.
Council member Jerry Schleicher
(R-Fourth Ward) said, "At no time
were we told it was coming to a
vote. We were shocked and requested
that the regents delay it."
Several reasons for establishing a
force were cited, the primary one
being the low response time and
inadequate services of the Ann Arbor
Police Department (AAPD).
The University currently pays the
AAPD $496,710 for seven patrol
officers - two per shift - and two
detectives. There is no written

contract between the city and the
University for these services. The
relationship is termed an "agree-
ment" by both city and University
"I was a little distressed at what I
perceived to be an insensitivity to
the idiosyncrasies of an academic
community," Paul Boylan, chair of
the Campus Task Force on Safety
and Security, said. "I don't think
they understand - when we have a
student protest or a faculty protest
- the issue of first amendment
rights, the delicacy of debate over
City officials, however, contend

'police may not
enforce 'pot-law'

the University receives more from
the AAPD than it pays for.
"The City's actual cost to provide
the UM with police service con-
tinually exceeds what the UM ac-
tually pays the city," City Admin-
istrator Del Borgsdorf wrote in a
memo to council members.
Borgsdorf cites expenses that are
not covered by the $500,000
payment, including holiday pay,
overtime, mileage costs, labor con-
tract changes, and court overtime.
The city presented four payment
alternatives to the University, inclu-
SeeCITY, Page 15


The Big Ten banner hanging
above University of Illinois Presi-
dent Stanley Ikenberry at a June 4
press conference will probably have
to be changed.
The council of Ten - the confer-
ences' governing body of president's
and chancellors - announced June 4
that Penn State University will be
officially invited to join the Big Ten
"We're proud of their academic
standing, but we are also pleased
with the integrity with which they
have conducted their intercollegiate
athletic programs over the years,"
Ikenberry, chair of the council, said.
"Those were the two motivating fac-

Big Ten commissioner Jim De-
laney said the name of the conference
will probably be changed within 60
days. Recently, however, Delaney
said the name would not be changed
until 1991, when Penn State begins
conference competition.
Delaney has given the task of
finding a new name to his Promo-
tions and Marketing committee,
which is collecting ideas and will
make it's recommendations in
September. "We're gathering ideas
from staff and booster groups," said
committee member Christine Voelz,
Minnesota women's athletic director.
"We're going to share those ideas
with one another the first week in
September. On September 11 in
Chicago we will make out final rec-

by Michael Sullivan
Daily Staff Reporter
As University administrators
draw up plans for a University police
force, they will face a decision with
significant repercussions: whether a
University police force will enforce
city ordinances.
Currently, University students are
subject to three layers of law: fed-
eral, state and city.
Usually, the different layers don't
conflict, but in some instances city
or state laws specify different
punishments for a single offense.
One notable example is Ann Arbor's
once $5, now $25, marijuana
In such cases, the law enforced is
determined by who makes the arrest,
not where the offence takes place.
The action request authorizing a
University police force approved by

the Board of Regents describes the
deputized officers as "deputy Sheriffs
authorized by the Washtenaw
County Sheriff," who will "enforce
Michigan law and Regental ordi-
The University has not yet de-
cided whether its officers will enforce
city ordinances, said Executive
Director of University Relations
Walter Harrison.
"I suspect those are things that
will have to be decided as we enter
this transition," Harrison said.
Officers of the Washtenaw
County Sheriffs Department don't
prosecute under city statutes, said'a
Department spokesperson, but they
do have the power to make arrests
under state law, within Ann Arbor.
"The enforcement of city ordi-
See CAMPUS, Page 15
by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Writer
Business School Dean Gilbert
Whitaker will be the next University
Provost and Vice President for Aca-
demic Affairs. The University's

City's homeless
Local band scene rocks
the house.
The Code: to be or not
to be? We ask the

1990 tuition hike to
reach nine percent

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Reporter
Students will be facing tuition
bills at least 6.5 to nine percent
higher than last year.
At their July meeting, the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents approved
tuition increases, raising consider-
ably the cost of an education at the
Tuition hikes, combined with
housing rate increases approved by
the regents in February will take a

$392.50 increase over last year.
Out-of-state students will pay
more than $1,150 above last year's
All costs include $60 for registra-
tion and $78.25 in Health Service
"It's never a happy occasion for
regents to have to raise tuition -
which is already admittedly high,"
said Regent Paul Brown (D-



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