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Some, like D'Arms, think it
"The uncertain character of the
economy has made entry level jobs
for B.A.'s more chancy," D'Arms
said. "There are fewer jobs out
there. Until the economy changes,
the people who might otherwise
have gotten jobs are postponing
them by doing graduate work."
Having witnessed the difficul-
ties involved with job hunting, Er-
hardt said her generation under-
stands the need the graduate work.
"All of my friends from my gradu-
ating class at least applied to grad
school," she said.
Many students agree they are
making the right choice.
"With the state of the economy,
I think there's a lot to be learned
from another year of school," said
Rackham student Steve Erlebacher.
Erlebacher is also an undergraduate
teaching assistant who often en-
courages confused students to con-
tinue their education because, "it
could never hurt to get a masters."
Rackham student Mary Wise
disagreed that the bad economy is
the main factor behind the applica-
tion glut because of the high cost of
pursuing such an extensive educa-

tion. "The economics of going to
school are worse than the economics
of looking for a job," she said.
Creative writing graduate stu-
dent Bill Kanapaux said people
shouldn't attend graduate school
just because of a sagging economy.
"They should leave it for people
who really want to go," he said.
Another reason for the increase,
D'Arms explained, is the recent call
for employees with progressives
skills. "Increasingly," he said,
"entry level jobs require more tech-
nical skills. There is a trend to urge
people into all kinds of advanced
training programs."
"It felt like I had more to
learn," said Erlebacher of his rea-
sons for continuing his education.
"I'm studying something that's
more directly applicable (to the job
market). And I'm wiser for my
Many students may also be
seeking university faculty positions
in reaction to research indicating po-
sitions may be available in the next
"We need to increase overall
productions of new Ph.D.s by two-
thirds (to fill vacated faculty posi-
tions)," said William Bowen, co-au-
thor of a recent Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation report on the future
demand for liberal arts faculty.

Authors Bowen and Julie Ann
Sosa suggest that while in the:1970s
it was difficult for young people
studying arts and sciences to find
academic employment, the increas-
ing age of present faculty will make
many more positions available soon.
"For a long time faculty have
been telling students to be careful
about graduate programs as there
may be no faculty jobs available,"
D'Arms said. "They are now more
encouraging about an academic fu-
Associate Rackham Dean Susan
Lipshitz agreed. "We believe there
are going to be more jobs as faculty
positions open up," she said.
Sui and her colleagues at Berke-
ley, dispute the study. "In the top
flight schools they don't think
there will be extraordinary vacan-
cies," she said based on discussions
with other schools at a recent con-
Smaller state universities and
community colleges may begin to
have faculty openings, she said. "But
the rest is just talk."
Most students are looking into
graduate school for the same reasons
they always were, believes Rackham
physiology student Patti Lieber-
man. "I always planned to go to
graduate school," she said. "I enjoy
the challenge."

Congress improves benefits.,

Continued from page 1
media events," Swain wrote. "The
agenda of 'making news'
compromises candid and synergistic
interaction and at times even creates
further problems."
Swain did say, however, that she
would reschedule the meeting for a
later date.
Billie Edwards, co-director of
the Lesbian and Gay Male Programs
Office (LGMPO) said that the
meeting's cancellation was a sur-
prise. LGMPO was the co-sponsor
of the meeting.
"It came as a surprise to us at the
program that the meeting had been
cancelled. There was an understand-
ing at noon today the meeting
would go on," she said.
"I think it is very important for
the community to know that it was
not our idea to cancel the meeting,"
Edwards added.
Both Edwards and LGMPO co-
director Jim Toy attended the meet-
ing in an unofficial capacity.

Tracey Ore, a doctoral candidate
in sociology, said she thought Swain
was reacting to radio announce-
ments which were broadcast yester-
day advertising the meeting. She
added she thought University ad-
ministrators were embarrassed by
the media coverage which the Uni-
It came as a surprise
to us at the program
that the meeting had
been cancelled'
- Billie Edwards
LGMPO co-director
versity has received regarding the
recent regental affirmation of the
current family housing policy.
Swain did not return phone calls
to answer questions regarding her
attitude toward the media coverage
the University has been receiving.
Shirley Clarkson, special assis-

tant to University President James
Duderstadt, said Duderstadt was not
involved in the planning or the can-
cellation of the meeting.
Ore said she found Swain's can-
cellation an example of the Univer-
sity's lack of attention to lesbians,
gay men, and bisexuals.
"I just find it really appalling.
This is a serious issue. We need to
have the forum. I used to think it
was apathy, now I think it is a pas-
sive-aggressive violent type of atti-
However, Toy said he believed
Swain's cancellation was not indica-
tive of her views toward the lesbian,
gay male, and bisexual community.
"I don't think (the cancellation)
really has anything to do with gay
men and lesbians. She had to make a
pragmatic decision. She's been very
supportive of our office," Toy said.
Associate Vice President for
Student Services Royster Harper
was originally supposed to facili-
tate the meeting, but when she be-
came ill, Swain stepped in to fill her

Congress yesterday overwhelm-
ingly approved legislation provid-
ing up to 20 extra weeks of benefits
for the long-term unemployed,
pushing the lawmakers toward a
new veto showdown with President
The House sent the $6.4 billion
legislation to the White House on a
300-118 vote; a few hours earlier,
the Senate voted 65-35 to approve
the bill.
"Feel their pain, see their suffer-
ing, put aside the question of parti-
Continued from page 1
Public Health, said the regents do
not usually interfere in housing pol-
"When (the Housing Division)
makes changes ... there is no need to
go through the regents," she said.
The group also discussed rumors
that the regents are considering re-
pealing the 1984 Presidential Policy
- implemented by former
University President Harold
Shapiro - which prohibits discrim-
ination on the basis of sexual orien-
"I have heard rumors, but I don't
know if it is true," said Co-director
of the Lesbian and Gay Male
Programs Office Billie Edwards.
Both University President James
Duderstadt and other administra-
tors have said this policy is ample
protection to prevent discrimina-
tion on the basis of sexual orienta-
However, gay men, lesbians, and
bisexuals have spearheaded an effort
to amend the University's regental
bylaw 14.06 which prohibits dis-
crimination on the basis of "race,
sex, color, religion, creed, national
origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
Continued from page 1
or dress. Everything hanging in my
closet was a suit," she said.
Rider also wondered if problems
would arise from the fact that she is
older than some of her professors
and TAs.
"There is a certain difficulty
when a professor is younger. But I
just make an effort to get to know
my profs and let them know I will
need their help," Rider said.
Non-traditional students fre-
quently have more demands in their
life, making college even more
stressful than for the average stu-
"They have been out of school
for a long time, so they are not as
confident of their scholastic abili-
ties as younger students," Reis said.
Being able to handle the course-
work is something older students
said they felt like they may not be
capable of doing anymore.
"I was terrified," Rassi said.

sanship," Rep. Thomas Downey, (D--
N.Y.), one of the measure's chief
sponsors, said in remarks aimed at
the president. "Recognize one plain
and simple fact: that the people who
elected you president of the United
States need your help."
The victory margin in the House
was 11 votes beyond the 289 sup-
porters would need to overturn a
Bush veto, should all 433 House
members vote. Fifty-five Republi-
cans joined 244 Democrats and one
independent in voting for the mea-
sure; 11 Democrats and 107 Repub-
handicap, or Vietnam-era veteran
status," but omits sexual orienta-
City councilmember Ann Marie
Coleman (D-st Ward), who at-
tended the meeting, said she was
outraged that University President
James Duderstadt has not spoken
out against the regental decision.
'I'd like to ask people
on the U of M faculty
with tenure to get
- Julie DeLaurier
Ann Arbor resident
Coleman told the meeting she
will be introducing a domestic
partners legislation to Ann Arbor
city council regarding same-sex
couples. Coleman said she was not
ready to discuss the details of the
plan, but said she would probably
introduce the legislation at the sec-
ond city council meeting in October.
Participants formulated future
courses of action to protest both the
regental bylaw and family housing
"My first semester I only took 12
credits because I thought I was go-
ing to flunk out."
Rider said, "I had not studied for
such a long time, I wondered if I
could still do it."
Childcare was a big concern for
Gokee, as she had a two-year-old son
when she first returned to college.
"Good childcare is expensive and
hard to find. I hadn't worked since
my son was born, so I worried about
how it would affect him," she said.
Most schools provide counseling
and support groups to help older
students cope with some of the
added pressures they face.
At the University, the Center
for the Continuing Education for
Women (CEW) advises women who
are returning to an academic atmo-
sphere after several years. This
semester, CEW is starting a support
group for women over 30 working
on a bachelor's degree.
"Women between the ages of 21
and 30 especially may feel a sense of
isolation. They may feel quite dif-

yesterday to support Bush.
"There needs to be a very strong
gay and lesbian alumni organization.
The alumni organization is not de-
pendent on the University. The
(alumni) director said he would
support the organization equally
with any other alumni organiza-
tion," said Associate Professor of
English Marlon Ross.
Participants will be sponsoring a
Diag rally Friday at noon, and a kiss-,
in held at the site of family housing.
Moreover, the group decided to
write letters and to lobby tenured
faculty members to support changes
in family housing rules and the by-
"I'd like to ask people on the U
of M faculty with tenure to get in-
volved. I'd like to see people with
job security lobby the regents,"
DeLaurier said.
The group is having another
meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the
Wolverine Room.
Following the meeting, the
-group protested in front of'
Duderstadt's house on Soutlrf
"We want to make a point that
the President has ample housing'
while we don't have a place to live,"'
said Rackham graduate student
Pattrice Maurer.
ferent, but not look any different,'.
Patricia Soellner-Younce, a master
of Social Work intern, said.
Non-traditional students often
tend to be more focused, having al-
ready figured out what they want
from college.
"People who have been out of
high school for a while are more se
rious and motivated," Gokee said.
Rassi said working for 18 years
gave him a better perspective on col-
lege than younger students.
"It's easier because you know
what your goals are. I know what,
it's like working nine to five and I
am so thankful to be here - school
is much more fun," Rassi said.
Rider said although she enjoys
the new information she is learning
in her classes, she misses working.
"I miss being in the work force
and being with people my own age
that I have more in common with,"
she said.
Rider added that she is glad for
her college experience. "It's a new
adventure and I like adventures,"'
she said.

licans opposed it.
Republicans declared the bill
dead because its Senate supporters
fell two votes short of the 67 they
would need should all 100 senators
participate in a veto-override vote.
They urged Democrats to accept a
less expensive, GOP-written pro-
posal Bush supports.
The Senate vote represented a
victory for the White House because
five of 13 Republicans who voted
for a similar bill a week ago chose



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ciary (CSJ) - the judicial unit of
MSA - said automatic student
group recognition will result in in-
creased complaints filed to CSJ.
CSJ handles disputes among stu-
dent organizations, students and
MSA, and students and student or-
"Since this amendment, we'll
probably see more cases," she said.
"This goes back to electing mem-
bers to MSA that not only are
knowledgeable of the code, but also
what student organizations have the
power to do on campus as student
The battle over automatic stu-
dent recognition started when many
groups were derecognized in
the1988-89 academic year.
The Cornerstone Christian Fel-
lowship (CCF) was derecognized in

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February,1989 because CSJ ruled
that the group violated the anti-dis-
crimination stipulation by not al-
lowing homosexuals to attain lead-
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the judiciary failed, but the group
was rerecognized in the spring of
CCF member and LSA senior
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was treated unfairly and explained
that he had felt homosexual tenden-
cies and was not persecuted.

"My own experience in that was
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because of the environment," he
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Colleen Tighe, who works in the'
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student group recognition. "You
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