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Vol. Cl, No. 153 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, September 23, 1991 Micigan
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Administration Reporter
The President's Advisory Com-
mission on Women's Issues (PAC)
released its report assessing the
climate for the University's female
students late last week.
The report titled, "1991 Report
to the President on Educational Is-
sues Affecting Women Students,"
is the compilation of a year-long ef-
fort on the part of PAC's 26-mem-
The report identifies four goals
to improve the climate for women
at the University, including hiring
more women faculty and staff and
increasing the representation of
women in the highest administra-
Moreover, the commission call-
ed on University President James
Duderstadt to declare 1992-93 "The
UM Year of Women" and sponsor
workshops and conferences geared
The report recommends initiat-
ing a two-year hiring program to
fill areas of underrepresentation for
women faculty - especially in the
math and science departments.
"The single most important step
the University could make to im-
prove the climate for women stu-
dents would be forming a cadre of
female faculty," said Jayne Thorson,
committee member and executive
assistant to the Dean of the Nursing
School. "Women provide an impor-
tant role models for students and
women associate faculty. It would
incorporate -a female perspective
into the curriculum."
According to the report, al-
though the number of University
Assistant Professors increased from
690 to 726 between 1989 and 1990,
the number of women declined from
30 to 28 percent.
The report includes stories from
women faculty, staff, and students
regarding experiences of discrimina-
tion at the University.
Thorson said that although there
are cases of sexual harassment
against women at the University,
most of the discrimination women
face in the classroom is less obvious.
"Most of the discrimination is
very subtle. It results from a lack of
female perspective incorporated
into the curriculum," Thorson said.
Associate Professor of Nuclear
Engineering Mary Brake said she
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Board considers paying Anne
Duderstadt for work at 'U'
by Henry Goldblatt .
Daily Administration Reporter
The University Board of Regents
voted unanimously at its monthly
meeting Friday to give University
President James Duderstadt a 5.5
Duderstadt, who is now entering
his fourth year as University Presi-
dent, will receive an annual salary
of $180,385 - up from $170,981.
In addition to his salary, Duder-
stadt receives use of the President's
house on South University, maid and
gardening service, a car, and a one-
month long vacation.
Shirley Clarkson, special assis-
tant to the President, said Duder-
stadt's raise is consistent with ad-
ministrative pay hikes throughout
When proposing Duderstadt's
raise, Regent Paul Brown (D-
Petoskey) said that Anne Duder-
stadt, the President's wife, also has
made significant contributions to
the University for which she should
Clarkson said that Anne Duder-
stadt plays a key role in the Univer-
sity's fundraising efforts.
"The job just never ends,"
Clarkson said. "She accompanies the
President to ... meetings nationally
and internationally. She is directly
responsible for a lot of the fundrais-
ing events, management of the
houses, capital campaign efforts and
the faculty women's club."
Members of the board agreed to
discuss the possibility of paying
Anne Duderstadt at a later meeting.
Clarkson said there are prece-
dents at other universities for pay-
ing president's wives.
In other business, the regents
passed a resolution leaving the cur-
rent requirements for residency in
family housing in place. The policy
permits married students and single
parents to live in University family
housing. The resolution thwarted
plans to change the policy to allow
same-sex couples and non-married
heterosexual couples to live in the
The discussion was prompted by
speeches from residents of the Uni-
versity's family housing at Thurs-
day's public comments session. The
residents expressed concern that al-
lowing non-wed homosexual and
heterosexual couples to live in fam-
ily housing would undermine the
purpose and change the climate of
"I don't think it is in the best in-
terest of the University to allow
anyone into family housing simply
because people wish to call them-
selves a family," Karen Braun, a res-
ident of family housing, said at the
Public Comments session Thursday.
Jayne Thorson, executive assis-
tant to the Dean of the School of
Nursing and chair of the Study
Committee on the Status of Les-
bians and Gay Men, said she felt the
regents cut off the option of chang-
ing the guidelines before they exam-
ined all options surrounding the is-
sue. Thorson's committee recom-
mended changing family housing
Firefighter Grimmett helps fellow firefighter Bruce Schmidt after he suffered from smoke inhalation.
Schmidt was later removed to the University Medical Center by ambulance, treated and r -'_sed.
Cause of Monroe St.
'fire remainsun ow
by Tami Pollak
Daily Staff Reporter
City fire inspectors have not
discovered the cause of last
week's house fire at 522 Monroe
St., but have decided to close in-
Ann Arbor Fire Department
Fire Inspector Dennis Hasley said
yesterday both city investigators
and claims adjusters from the
owner's house insurance company
had determined that the flames
began in the bedroom of a base-
ment apartment. However, they
were unable to uncover anything
more about what sparked the fire.
"We know it was not the fur-
nace, but we really don't know
much else," said Ann Arbor Fire
Department Battalion Chief Dean
Kapp was among the approxi-
mately 35 fire fighters that re-
ported to the blaze shortly after 7
p.m. Thursday night.
While at least two tenants
were home when the fire first be-.
gan, none of the residents were in-
jured in the fire, although Fire-
fighter Bruce Schmidt was treated
for smoke inhalation and released
from University Hospitals.
The house, which is owned by
Ann Arbor resident Thomas
Clark, was split into at least nine
apartments. First-year MBA can-
didate and former resident Anne
Lynch, who was in the home at the
time of the fire, said Thursday
night she thought most of the
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Students avoid monthly
cable fee with cords, pliers
by Merav Barr
There are thieves among us. They
aren't gun-toting masked bandits,
but rather students armed with pli-
ers and cable cords.
University students are pirating
Columbia Cable services approx-
imately 50,000 of the 80,000 resi-
dents in Washtenaw County and
parts of Ypsilanti. With relatively
little ingenuity, students are skirt-
ing Columbia's monthly fee of
$17.50 for basic cable by installing
General Manager of Columbia
Cable Ron Harmon denies rampant
pirating of cable. "In and around the
campuses it's no worse and no better
than anywhere else," he said. Ac-
cording to on-going audits con-
ducted by Columbia, Harmon esti-
mates less than 1 percent of the
population illegally obtains cable.
Yet "an awful lot of people do
it," said a student who wishes to
remain anonymous. In the past 3
years, he said he has illegally wired
cable for more than 20 friends,
mainly by splicing into existing
live cable lines from neighbors or
housemates. By attaching a "Y-
splitter" to the spliced line allow-
ing for multiple recipients, crimp-
ing the end, and connecting it to a
cable-ready T.V. set, illegal cable is
channeled into countless campus
"Just buy these tools at Meijer's
or Kmart for about 10 bucks," said
another anonymous student who
also taps friends into Columbia's
cable, "It's not that hard."
Harmon concedes, "If you want
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guidelines to permit housing of
Thorson said the regents only
considered the issue of housing ho-
mosexual couples while ignoring
possible uses for family housing
such as housing unwed heterosexual
couples, or restricting access to cou-
ples who are both students.
The resolution passed by a 7-0
margin with Regent Philip Power
(D-Ann Arbor) abstaining.
LANSING (AP) - Michigan
voters are split almost evenly on a
Democratic property tax cut plan
aimed for the 1992 ballot, according
to poll results released today.
Of those surveyed, 44 percent
said they'd vote for the plan while
41 percent said they'd vote against
it. Five percent said it "depends,"
while 10 percent were undecided.
The poll was commissioned by
the political newsletter "Inside
Michigan Politics." Its editor,
William Ballenger, said the poll re-
sults are bad news for the
Democrats because public support
historically erodes as opponents
mount their campaigns.
"It's the same old thing. If vot-
U.S. Surgeon General advocates
by Sarta Kaza
The School of Public Health cel-
ebrated its 50th anniversary
Saturday with a day-long sympo-
sium featuring U.S. Surgeon General.
can be dealt with through more pre-
vention-oriented programs, she said.
"We must seek a balance be-
tween preventing disease and treat-
launching an advertising campaign
and adjusting the hours of operation,
the immunization rate jumped to 90
percent of the population.
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