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Page 14-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990
Minority faculty numbers increase... slowly

by Megan McKenna
Daily Staff Writer
"Our country is rapidly becoming
more ethnically and racially pluralis-
tic, and the University must reflect
this change," said University Presi-
dent James Duderstadt.
For years, students have been
pressuring the University to increase
minority representation on campus,
an important part of which includes
the presence of minority faculty.
Dr. John Matlock, director of
minority affairs, emphasizes the im-
portance of minority faculty on the
campus environment. "Having more
faculty makes a difference because it
provides a better campus climate for
minority students," he said.
Since 1970, minority groups on
campus have been demanding the
University increase the percentage of
minority faculty on campus. That
year, members of the Black Action
Movement (BAM) organized a week
long strike and presented the Univer-
sity with a list of demands including
increased minority student enroll-
ment and minority faculty hiring.
- Minority representation improved
'sightly as a result of the student
Protest. By 1977, 7.1% of the Uni-
vcrsity faculty were minorities. Ten
years later in 1987, the percentage of
mninority faculty increased more than

one percentage point, to 8.8% of the
total faculty.
In 1987, members of student or-
ganizations such as the United
Coalition Against Racism (UCAR)
and BAM organized a sit-in at the
Fleming Building and reinstated their
demands which they felt had not
been properly met.
As of Fall 1989, minority faculty
had increased to 9.7% of the total
faculty. Dr. Matlock said the situa-
tion will improve with constant
"pressure by students, the commu-
nity and all those who work at the
University. There's nothing wrong
with student protests. We must keep
the pressure up."
Matlock cites the lack of signifi-
cant improvement in minority fac-
ulty representation as a slacking off
in pressure. "Somehow the com-
mitment got put on the back
In the Fall of 1989, President
Duderstadt issued the Michigan
Mandate in an attempt to remove all
institutional barriers to education for
people of all races, creeds, ethnic
groups, and national origins, with-
out regard to gender, age, or orienta-
tion. It was intended as a new direc-
tion for the University to improve
conditions for minorities on campus.
Some students feel that more

should be done to improve the situa-
tion. UCAR member Latrice Dixon
said "the Mandate is reactionary and
only puts a nice face on things. I'd
like to see concrete changes."
Unusual demands may be placed
on the minority faculty because of
their relatively few numbers, Dr.
Matlock said. This should be avoided
in order to keep the minority faculty
that we have, he said.
UCAR member Tracye Matthews
said that tenure granting tends to be
biased and that changes should occur
in this system to offer more oppor-
tunities for minority faculty.
Matthews also said that recruiting
more minority graduate students
would help increase faculty.
In Fall1989, the Minority Fac-
ulty Development Fund was created
to provide money for research and
other 1-rojects involving minority
The Target Opportunity Program
was developed three years ago to
recruit minority faculty for positions
which are not yet opened, as not to
limit hiring to specific openings for
which there may not be many mi-
nority candidates.
Dr. Matlock recognizes the chal-
lenge put to the University. "We're
in it for the long haul. We must
continue the intensity," he said.

Dr. Charles Moody (left), vice-provost for Minority Affairs and Dr. Henry Davis, original chair of the Black Action
Movement, at last year's conference assessing the progress of Blacks at the University since 1970, when BAM was
founded. While there have been changes, in the past 20 years, many of the problems still exist.


Continued from page 12
ment of a policy that will regulate
how long shanties or any form of
expression can remain in public ar-
eas of the University.
But such regulation could in-
fringe on first amendment rights.
"My understanding of the United
States Constitution is that people
should be allowed to express them-
selves," said political science gradu-
ate student Jeffrey Hinte.
This fall, students and administra-
tors are likely to once again debate
the future of the shanties. But no
matter which way the future is de-
cided, students know that the
shanties presence has served its pur-
Continued from page 10
ation draws near, you lean back from
the screen, put your hands behind
your head, and remember the day you
walked in the door.
Yes, you decide , the first step
was defiantly easier than the last one
will be - the one when you will
walk out the door for the last time.
(Ed. Note: This article was
reprinted, with permission, from the
1989 version of the NSE.)

Continued from page 7

J amm in' FILE PHOTO
A student relaxes in his dorm room while pondering his musical selection. Most likely he will choose a Traffic
album, John Barleycorn Must Die, or Mr. Fantasy, perhaps.

boys and girls leave home and live
on their own among other things
they earn the right to be called men
and women. You'll find most the of
residence staff uses these terms.
Another popular phrase is "first
year student" in place of freshman.
Freshman is said to be sexist as it is
derived from the word man. First
year student is gender neutral. While
it may seem foreign at first, this
progressive language is based, on
important ideas and deserves to be
given a chance.
Q. How did Ann Arbor get it's
A. The name Ann Arbor is a
combination of two ideas. The first
half is derived from the common
name, Ann, of the city's founders'
wives. The second half, Arbor, was
added because of the luscious stands
of oaks that were located on the
banks Huron river in 1837 when the
city was founded.
Q. Can I bring a microwave into
the dorm?
A. While the residence halls rules
prohibit you from keeping mi-
crowaves and large refrigerators in
your rooms, these rules are rarely, if
ever, enforced. It's important to
check with your roommates before
carting your large appliances halfway
across the country, however. While
one refrigerator is a convenience,
three are definitely a crowd.
Q. Where do I get a loft?
A. Used to raise your bed off the
floor, lofts come in a variety of
shapes, sizes and prices. Again, as
this is America, where there is a
market for a product, you can bet

someone is selling it. Lofts are no
diferent. Buying a used loft, no dif-
ferent than a new loft in my estima-
tion, will cost about $100 to $120.
To build a loft of your own will cost
about as much in materials, not to
mention the value of your time. If
you do decide to build your own loft
there are always people on your hall
willing to lend their hands and/or
their expertise. To buy, build or
bunk, the choice is yours.
Q. What things should I need to
remember to take to school.
A. Money is good for starters.R
For the first couple of days after you .r'
arrive the cafeterias are closed, and
unless you've always wanted to try
the starvation diet, a little green can
come in handy. A small fan can save
you from many a sleepless night in
September. If you have carpet from
home, it can help spruce up your
room. While there are always en-
trepreneurs ready to sell you floor
coverings, at their prices it often be
comes a choice between having
warm feet in the morning and paying
your tuition bill.
Q. Can I a visitor from another
college stay the night in my room?
A. While University rules don't
allow students to let take in board-
ers, friends are permitted to sleep
over. Here again, while your RA is
probably not going to tell your*
friend to go home, your roommate is
probably the one to check with. He
or she may be upset if you dont
clear things with them in advance.
While roommates are generally
happy to oblige each other, good
communication is the key to making
things work.


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