Vol. Cl, No. 33
Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, October, 18,1990
, ,nas. - F U M inority enrollm ent
.:~''u gure increases 10.8 %
by Matthew Pulliam
Daily Staff Reporter
Minority enrollment at the University has increased
for the tenth consecutive year, bringing the total num-
ber of students-of-color at the University to 6,044.
The figure - which represents 18.2 percent of the
University excluding international students - is the
greatest number of minority students since 1974.
The enrollment figures, compiled by the University,
were released to the Daily yesterday.
African-Americans and Asian-Americans figures
showed the largest increase with increases of .6 percent
each to 7.1 and 7.5 percent, respectively.
Hispanic enrollment increased by .3 percent, to 3.2
While Native American enrollment went from 138
to 157, but the percentage of the student body remains
the same as last year at .5 percent.
Minorities currently represent 21.6 percent of the
class of 1994, or 991 out of 4,588 students.
University President James Duderstadt stated in a
University press release, "Increasing the number of stu-
dents of color...is only the first step. Our fundamental
objective must be to build a cohesive and productive
learning community that draws strength from its diver-
sity. This will require a major personal commitment
from every one of us."
Within the University, the LSA and Engineering colleges experienced the
greatest jumps in minority enrollment. Minorities represent 711 of the
3,118 first-year students in LSA, as well as 222 of the 1,023 first-year stu-
dents in Engineering. These numbers reflect increases of 14.1 percent and
16.2 percent respectively.
See ADMISSION, page 14
Annual fiures dip
for 'U' enrollment
from Staff Reports and the Associated Press
The University, along with
Michigan State and Central Michi-
gan, is one of the three state univer-
sities with declined enrollment this
Enrollment dropped to 36,306
students this year, down 32 students
from last year. Of the total there are
20,201 men and 16,105 women.
Of the 23,115 undergraduates,
70.2 percent are Michigan residents.
This is the highest percentage of in-
state undergraduate students in recent
The other 12 public, four-year
universities in Michigan experienced
an increase in the number of students
this year. A total of 257,000 stu-
dents are enrolled this year, up from
See ENROLLMENT, page 14
Happy centennial anniversary!,
A banner over State street welcomes over 700 Daily alumni who have returned to celebrate
100 years of publication. The alumni work at such places as Time Magazine, ABC News, and
the New York Times.
College Dems, GI
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Staff Reporter
It's that time of the year again.
As the autumn weeks wear on,
*he first Tuesday in November
looms on the horizon as College
Democrats and Republicans try to
garner extra student votes that could
make the difference in this year's
Congressional and Gubernatorial
In the major races this fall, stu-
dents will choose between the
Democrat incumbent James Blan-
,hard and State Senate Majority
Leader John Engler for governor of
Michigan. Also in the campaign for
U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. Con-
gressperson Bill Schuette is chal-
lenging Democratic incumbent Carl
College representatives of the
two major political parties are
preparing for the elections through
campaigning to raise student aware-
ness and combat apathy.
"Right now we are in the process
of canvassing all 14 precincts trying
to inform students about candidates,"
said Jon Polish, campus co-coordina-
tor of the College Democrats' Levin
and Blanchard campaigns.
"We organized a registration
drive which registered about 2,800
students," said Dana Miller, co-coor-
dinator of the same campaign.
On election day, November 6,
College Democrats will sponsor a
"Get Out the Vote Drive" to get stu-
dents to the polls.
College Republicans have taken a
different approach to reaching stu-
dents to inform them of the issues in
this year's elections.
"Our attention for this year is to
get out the information... we do in-
formation tables every week, as well
as postering... so the campus is sat-
urated with information," said Col-
lege Republican President Karen
College Republicans are opti-
mistic for the success of their candi-
dates. "I feel strongly about both of
up for election campaign
their chances...If you look at support abortion will be a key issue," Burke education. If you read in between the
on campus, it is very strong for both said. lines... what you're seeing is ,an
of our candidates," said Melissa The ever increasing costs of imminent decrease in education of
Burke, Vice Chair of College Re- higher education is another student the state if Engler is elected," Polish
publicans. issue that both groups expect will said.
"Although both candidates have a
comfortable lead, that does not mean
that we are not nervous... the decid-
ing factor will be student turnout be-
cause students tend to vote 65%
Democratic," Polish said.
Both groups feel that abortion
and tuition increases will be the ma-
jor issues in November's election.
"Our feeling is that a woman's
right to choose is an important issue
in this election." Polish said.
"Either way that students vote,
bring people to the polls.
"Obviously, there needs to be
more emphasis on education where
money is concerned...There is a lot
of fat in the state budget... there
could be more emphasis on student
loans," Burke said.
College Democrats feel Engler's
election would lead to tuition in-
"Engler is masquerading as a real
populist to reduce property tax -
one of the sole sources of money for
.Regents in Flint-
Call for open forum
by Daniel Poux
Special to the Daily
FLINT - Concerned student activists trav-
eled to Flint yesterday for the University's
Board of Regents' monthly meeting to speak
out about the arming of University security of-
In a follow-up to the September meeting,
where more than 200 students packed the Re-
gents' Public Comments session, three mem-
bers of the Michigan Students Assembly's
Student Rights Commission (SRC) criticized
the administration's "propaganda campaign" to
promote the deputized campus police force.
The students challenged the Regents to par-
ticipate in an open forum to discuss deputiza-
tion of campus security officers, an issue
which has ignited student activists across cam-
on campus police
However, several Regents said they were
hesitant to agree to the forum, because of the
ineffectiveness of previous mass meetings.
"Last time I was asked, I was happy to
meet with the students," Regent Phillip Power
(D-Ann Arbor) said. "However, those students
who requested the meeting took advantage of
the way the meeting worked, took my remarks
out of context, and misrepresented my com-
"Understandably, I'm a little gun-shy this
time," he said.
Executive Director for University Relations
Walter Harrison agreed with Power that an-
open discussion would be a waste of time.
"I think that the open forum they are sug-
gesting would generate more heat than light,"
See DISCUSSION, page 14
Both groups have reported that
they have found considerable student
interest in the election.
"The pro-choice issue has done
away with apathy. We've seen a lot
more interest because of woman's
right to choose is in danger," Polish
King echoed Polish's opinion,
"We have been very surprised. Each
day we get between 25-50 new peo-
ple who sign up at our tables."
see ELECTION, page 14
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Senate rejected efforts yesterday to
tamper with a bipartisan deficit-re-
duction package that would double
gasoline taxes to 18 cents a gallon
and cut Medicare and other federal
In a close vote, lawmakers
dumped an attempt to scale back the
gas tax increase and substitute a se-
ries of tax increases on the wealthy.
"Let's go and get it from those
who've got it," said Sen. Barbara
Mikulski (D-Md.) but her plea was
That vote appeared to clear the
way for final approval of the bill by
evening, and weary lawmakers said
they were prepared to seek a com-
promise with the House and White
House immediately in hopes of end-
ing the government's months-long
The House has approved legisla-
tion that relies heavily on tax hikes
on the wealthy to close the federal
deficit. It contains no change in the
current nine cents a gallon. gasoline
At the White House, spokesper-
son Marlin Fitzwater said the Presi-
dent was prepared to sign separate
legislation keeping the government
in funds for another five days, and
House leaders made plans to approve
such a bill swiftly. Its passage
would avert the threat of a second
government shutdown in two weeks.
U.N. debates Iraqi war
reparations for Crisis
Associated Press Shevardnadze, arriving in Vienna for talk
r Members of the U.N. Security Council
yesterday were weighing a war-reparations
measure against Iraq. The Baghdad government,
battered by global sanctions, ordered rationing
of medicines and offered to sell oil - cheap.
High oil prices, fueled by the 12-week-old
Persian Gulf crisis, pushed up the cost of
living for Americans and helped widen the
U.S. trade deficit, the government said
Wednesday in two reports.
In a renewed diplomatic bid to break the
tiuif imase. Secretary of State James Baker
yesterday with his French counterpart, Roland
Dumas, was asked about prospects for a
"It's difficult to talk about new ideas. I have
not brought any ready-made concept with me,"
Shevardnadze said. "Nobody has one."
At the United Nations, diplomats said the
five permanent Security Council members had
reached general agreement on a measure that
would allow nations hurt economically by the
invasion of Kuwait to seek compensation from
Ricky Powers carries the ball against Wisconsin during his most productive day as a
Wolverine. Another 100 yard game by him tomorrow could lead to a Wolverine victory.
Hawkeyes provide Blue
tough homecoming test
by David Hyman
but we won't win it with two losses,"