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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition -Thursday, September 6, 1990- Page 17
' y MSA denied
...funding increase
by 'U' regents

Faces
his wall on the side of David's Bookstore is the source of much discussion and argument among members of the University of Michigan community. One
*of the faces resembles Woody Allen, about that there is no doubt. Another of the heads may be a perverted Mark Twain-Barney Miller combination, this is
less sure. The identities of the other four people represented on the wall are very much open to interpretation. Some believe they are the ancient leaders
lof an alien race that once ruled Eastern Island. Others contend they were used car King, Mel Farr's leading dealers in the greater Detroit Metro area for
the 1985 model year. Still others believe these are the many faces of James Duderstadt. Welcome to Ann Arbor, welcome to the University, this is just one
of the many mysteries that awaits you. Solve it, and you'll go down it history with the other great University alumni (Arthur Miller, Tom Hayden, Gilda
Radner, James Earl Jones, Anne B. Davis; Gerald Ford, Roger Smith, Mike Wallace, Janet Guthrie, John DeLorean) of our time.
Duderstadt to take action on policies

by Michael Sullivan
Daily Staff Reporter
Citing a history of fiscal irre-
sponsibility, the University's Board
of Regents denied the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly's annual request for a
student fee increase. The proposal
was defeated four to three.
MSA President Jennifer Van Va-
ley presented a request for a 44 cent
increase to $7.21 at the Board's July
meeting. Van Valey said MSA
needed the increase to hire an ac-
counting assistant, buy a computer
for the MSA office, raise the salaries
of Student Legal Services' employ-
ees and add a part-time position at
the Ann Arbor Tenants Union.
Regents Neal Nielsen (R-
Brighton), Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor), Thomas Roach (D-Saline), and
Veronica Smith (R-Grosse Ile) voted
against the fee increase, saying Van
Valey should devote more funds to
deficit reduction.
MSA must repay $32,834 on a
loan it took out to cover a deficit in-
curred two years ago, when the
assembly overspent more than
$72,000 due to an accounting error.
The assembly's budget earmarks
$1,910 a month to repay the loan
which will be retired in February
1992.
"It is still my belief that new
students should not be saddled with
(repaying the debt)," Nielsen said.
Regents also criticized Van Valey
for overturning a $10,000 debt pay-
ment made by former MSA Presi-
dent Aaron Williams on his last day
in office.
"I don't really see where you felt
that was your prerogative to spend
that (money)," Smith said.
Van Valey told the Board that
William's action had been illegal,
and would have left MSA short of
money for the spring and summer
terms.
Regents also took issue with Van
Valey's opposition to the Board on
deputization of campus securi.ty offi-
cers and the Anti-discriminatory Ha-
rassment Policy.
"If the University in its dealings
with the legislature, acted in the
same way as MSA acts in its deal-
ings with the regents, we wouldn't
get appropriations," Roach said.
"Why should we give you any

money at all?"
"I can't tell you you that I'm go-
ing to agree with everything you do
just to get money," Van Valey re-
sponded. "I represent the students."
Nielsen questioned MSA's award
of $1,000 to the Palestinian Solidar-
ity Committee (PSC) to help fund a
trip for two students to the West
Bank.
"I'm concerned a little bit when I
hear about MSA funding trips to
Palestine," Nielsen said. "I'm not
going to impose a tax on students to
pay for things like that because I
don't think its proper."
MSA awarded the PSC funding at
a meeting earlier this summer by a
six to one vote. Participants in the
trip will meet with students at Bir
Zeit University, in the West Bank,
to strengthen ties between the two
universities. Bir Zeit University has
been closed since 1988.
At the time, Van Valey said this
is a "good issue for a student gov-
ernment to deal with. It's strictly a
'If the University in its
dealings with the
legislature, acted in
the same way as MSA
acts in its dealings
with the regents, we
wouldn't get;
appropriations. Why
should we give you
any money at all?'
-Thomas Roach,
University Regent

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Reporter
The University has taken action
pf some of the controversial issues
on campus and may be acting this
,rm on the others that continue to
remain in a state of limbo.
, , The issues - an anti-discrimina-
y harassment policy, a code of
-academic conduct, and a campus-
Nide drug and alcohol policy, -
,eve generated a great deal of contro-
Iersy among students, faculty, and
idninistrators.
- University President James Dud-
erstadt said that he will keep the in-
erim anti-discriminatory harassment
policy in effect for two to three more

years and combine it with an in-
creased educational effort directed at
students and staff.
Duderstadt revealed his plans just
before the student advisory commit-
tee on the policy announced that
they would not submit their recom-
mendations until the University
Council - a student-faculty-staff
policy-making committee that was
disbanded by the University's Board
of Regents last December - was re-
convened.
Duderstadt said he would still fol-
low through on his plans without
the committee's recommendations.
Regents indicated there was little
chance they would reinstate the by-

law that provides for University
Council, because the council was in-
effective in developing a Code of
Non-Academic Conduct.
A code would allow the Univer-
sity to impose academic sanctions
for non-academic activities. The con-
troversy surrounding the code reared
its head in February when Duderstadt
placed hockey player Todd Copeland
on academic probation for starting a
fight and damaging a sorority house.
Duderstadt used regental bylaw
2.01 as justification for the action
taken against Copeland. The bylaw
allows the president to take any nec-
essary action to protect the Univer-
sity community.

Duderstadt said he will continue
to use the bylaw until a code is
adopted.
"It's my responsibility for the
campus and for protecting various
elements of the campus in the ab-
sence of any kind of rules or codes
for student behavior," Duderstadt said
in March.
One policy that some contend
approaches a code is the University's
Drug and Alcohol Policy which is
currently being developed.
The policy is mandated by federal
law which requires that it include "a
clear statement that the institution
will impose sanctions on students
and employees, and a description of
those sanctions, up to and including
expulsion or termination of em-
ployment." If the University does
not comply with the law, it will not
be able to receive any federal funds,
including student financial aid.

human rights issue. We as students
of privilege have a responsibility to
speak out."
Williams was the lone dissenting
vote at that meeting, saying he is
"always against foreign road trips."
The PSC sent six delegates to the
occupied territories in July 1989,
with partial funding from MSA.
When Williams was elected to head
MSA, he vowed that his administra-
tion would not fund international
trips.

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