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'U' selects
new Student

y Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Eunice Royster Harper, assistant
to the University Vice President for
Academic Affairs and assistant to the
Dean of the College of LSA, will be
recommended this month to take the
position Vice President for Student



Eunice Royster Harper
University Provost Gilbert
Whitaker will make the recommenda-
tion to the University's Board of
Regents at its December meeting. If
approved, Royster Harper will take
office Jan. 1.
The position opened when Henry
Johnson, who was serving as Vice
President to Student Services, ac-
cepted a position as Vice President
of Community Relations.
"She enjoys a great deal of sup-
port from the University commu-
nity," said Mary Ann Swain, interim
vice president for student services.
Swain sat on the selection commit-
tee which chose Royster Harper.
While working as assistant to the
Dean of LSA Edie Goldenberg,
Royster Harper's duties included in-
terviewing students and advising
Goldenberg on decisions. She has
also served on the Committee on the

Undergraduate Experience, Golden-
berg said.
"I think she is a wonderful choice
for the job. She has a strong sense
of standards and values, which I
think is essential," Goldenberg said.
Royster Harper said she plans on
making improvements in communi-
cation between students and the ad-
ministation her number one priority.
After the student protests of deputi-
zation, several administrators, in-
cluding Swain, admitted to a break
down in communication between.
students and the administration.
"I have spent all my life working
with students. I plan on opening up
lines and stabilizing communication
so students have an opportunity
early on to participate in decisions,"
she said.
Royster Harper said she wanted to
reach out to students.
"The student services organiza-
tion is about service to and for the
student. We plan on redoubling our
effort to reach out to students and
bring them in," she said.
Royster Harper came to the Uni-
versity in 1978, and has since filled
many positions. These posts include
serving as an academic counselor,
assistant director and director of the
Opportunity Program, and, director of
academic services and programs for
the Comprehensive Studies Pro-
Swain said she felt Royster
Harper was the best choice for the
appointment because she met all of
the committee's criteria.
"We looked for someone with the.
ability to bring some creative ideas
about student life, excellent interper-
sonal skills, and administrative expe-
rience. (Royster Harper) is very

by Bethany Robertson
Daily Staff Reporter
In response to a $12.6 million
cut in higher education funding, the
University has formed a committee
to examine which areas of the
University will face cost reductions.
University Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs
Gilbert Whitaker announced the for-
mation of the Provost's Advisory
Committee on Excellence in an Era
of Revenue Constraints (PACE) at a
Faculty Senate Assembly meeting
The state legislature passed the
cuts last Wednesday in an end-of-the-
session attempt to diminish a state
deficit estimated to be as large as
$1.3 billion.
The cuts will result in a $2.47
million loss in revenue for the
University's approximately $600
million general fund.
"I will ask PACE to assist me in
setting priorities and recommending
processes for reducing our expendi-
tures, if necessary, to bring them
into line with our revenue,
streams..." Whitaker said.
Whitaker said the ten members of
the committee, composed of faculty,
staff and students, will be announced
by next Monday.
Incoming Director of the Institute
of Public Policy Studies Edward
Gramlich will chair the group.
Gramlich said one cost-cutting
area PACE will examine is simpli-
fying workloads.
"There's just a lot of paperwork
that goes on at the University and
the question is: Is all of that neces-
sary?" Gramlich said.
Whitaker did not discuss any spe-
cific University cuts, but said stu-
dents can expect a tuition increase.
"(Tuition) will continue to go
up," he said, adding mid-year tuition
rises are unlikely unless "the state
hits us really hard" in upcoming
funding cuts. Tuition is the largest
revenue source for the University's
general fund.
Whitaker also said staff and fac-
ulty cuts are "inevitable."
Whitaker and other administrators
said they were pleased higher educa-
tion cuts were not as severe as other
state program cuts. They expressed
certainty that more cuts will occur
early next year when Gov.-elect John
Engler takes office.

Second-year law student Hans Schreier sits in the Law Quad surrounded by many books and papers to cram
for his exams yesterday afternoon.

Angell Hall computing site suffers system error

by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
Angell Hall Computing Center
operated at less than full capacity for
more than two hours yesterday.
At 4:45 p.m. a system error oc-
curred at the computing site. The
center monitor waited for two hours
to avoid further problems, then re-
booted the system.
Students - in the midst of the
term-paper season - were unable to

start Microsoft Word or other pro-
grams on the computer server.
Users already on the system did
not incur any problems. They were
still able to save their work as long
as they did not quit the program. If
the user quit the program, it was
impossible to get back onto the
Jim Sullivan, Senior Computing
System Specialist, who is responsi-
ble for the Macintosh networks on

campus, said, "The server did not
crash, as such. What happened was
that new people could not get on."
An Angell Hall worker, who
would not give his name, said, "The
server wouldn't allow anyone to
open any programs. Once in a while
the whole darn thing will crash."
The cause of the system error is
not known. Sullivan added,
"Basically what it was, was a glitch.
We've had servers out there for a

couple of years now. There are peri-
odic problems. There is a problem,
but we're not altogether certain (of
the cause.)"
The continual use of the facilities
at Angell Hall may have attributed
to the system error, said Sullivan.
"The Angell Hall Macs are one
big network, so there are well over
200 machines sending out packets of
information," said Sullivan. "There
is a very large volume of traffic. The

volume of traffic could certainly be
one of the problems. There's a con-
stant flow of information going back
and forth between the machine and
the server."
The server has crashed before.
The system error yesterday was
more serious than usual. In the past,
a system error message would ap-
pear, but once the user attempted to
start the program again, the problem
would disappear.

Hostages return;


Cheney lash out at Iraq

Bush Administration yesterday
cautioned against counting Iraq's re-
lease of foreign hostages as a step
away from the brink of war.
In a speech clearly aimed at limit-
ing Saddam Hussein's publicity
gains from the hostage release, De-
fense Secretary Dick Cheney called
the Iraqi president "the world's all-
time hostage taker" and said the mil-
itary threat is growing.
Despite its decision to free the
thousands of foreign captives, the
Baghdad government made its most
bellicose statement in weeks on
Kuwait, saying it would "not com-
promise one iota" in its claim to the
emirate it seized on Aug. 2.
President Bush, speaking at a cer-
emony proclaiming Monday as Hu-
man Rights Day, lashed out at Sad-
dam for inhumane treatment of the
Kuwaitis and their nation.
"The eyewitness accounts that I

would soon ask Congress for $12
billion to $20 billion to help pay
the costs of Operation Desert Shield.
The extra money is needed to pay for
the estimated 200,000 reinforce-
ments that President Bush ordered to
the gulf on Nov. 8, a move Bush
said would give the United States an
offensive military option against

Some weekend reports had said
Iraq had redrawn its border with
Kuwait in possible preparation for a
partial pullout.
"In these past few days as he has
released hostages he simultaneously
continued to build up his deploy-
ments in Kuwait, to enhance his for-
tifications and to add additional
forces to the region," Cheney told a
defense industry conference.
In spelling out the administra-
tion's reasons for committing Amer-
ican troops to the gulf and threaten-
ing to use them against Iraq, Cheney
put special emphasis on the global
economic interests at stake.
"There is no nay-saying the fact
that one of the major concerns we
have is the very real possibility that
should Saddam Hussein succeed in
his aggression, should he be allowed

The request would meet most ex-
penses of the gulf operation for the
current budget year, but the extra
money would not cover the cost of a
war with Iraq, officials indicated.
The latest show of Iraqi defiance

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