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by Karen Pier
At a university as large as this
one, it is easy for students to become
content into settling into their own
little niche of running from the
dorm to class and back again. How-
ever, in their blind routine, these
students may pass by some of the
school's finest facilities.
For over the Diag and through
Angell Hall lies untapped pots of
gold, unsmoked bundles of herbs,
and undusted books documenting
histories even Bill and Ted failed
venture upon.
Perhaps the most buried treasure
along the undergraduate path re-
mains the Alumni Center's Emer-
gency Aid fund.
But Leslie Douglas, adviser to
the Student Alumni Council,
stressed the path to Emergency Aid
money is inevitably marked with
obstacles - an injury, the loss or
breakage of a necessity like eye
glasses, or an emergency trip.
While the maximum allotment
is $200, and the council is fairly dis-
criminate about how it distributes
the money, Douglas said any student
facing an "unbudgeted expense"
should apply.
The Alumni Center also has
other facilities that can help under-
graduates through the career maze.
For example, the Shadow Pro-
gram, in which alumni in various
fields are matched with interested
students, is a unique sort of tempo-
rary-apprentice project. Students
"shadow" the alumnus at work for
an entire week, experiencing first-
hand all the pros and cons that fail
to make the employment descrip-
tions in the Help-Wanted ads.
And because school is a job for
many new students, the Alumni
Center also runs a program of
"Panels." LSA senior Geoffrey
Jones, president of the student
alumni council, said the Panels al-
low older University students to

meet with prospective first-year
students and tell them about the ins
and outs of college life.
Although many alumnae iay
deny any experimentation with
herbs in their distant collegiate
past, little do they know that .toey
could have passed offtheir crazy
party days as research for the J.Jni-
versity Herbarium.
The Herbarium, located near the
end of the walking bridge that leads
to the Hill Area, has an estimated
1.8 million dried specimens of
plants dating back as far as the 16th
century. The plants are kept on
sheets of paper in envelopes, and
stored in boxes stacked in dark
green cabinets, faintly resembling
gigantic high school lockers.
But don't get any ideas about
rolling and lighting up the Herbar-
ium's collection in the name in sci-
ence, for Anderson said the students
and faculty allowed to use the facil-
ity are as hand-picked as the plants
"The selectivity is because of the
fragility of the specimens," Ander-
son said. "If you can convince me
you should use the Herbarium, you
And while Anderson can 'help
you find out everything you ever
wanted to know about plants; to
find out more about specifically
American flora, fauna, art and' his-
tory requires a trip to the William
L. Clements Library.
Named after a former Michigan
regent, this 68-year-old library is
'located near the Undergraduate Li-
brary, and houses only primary
sources, meaning that you will see
the information firsthand. F6r in-
stance, you wouldn't find a bi'ogra-
phy of Benjamin Franklin, but you
might find his diary.
But don't plan on taking Behji's
lusty personal accounts homd for
bedtime reading, for Clements li-
brary books do not circulate.

Michigan Student Assembly president Jamie Green looks amused at an MSA meeting in April. Green's party, the Conservative Coalition, won
a majority of seats in the last MSA election. The party has stirred controversy during the.first part of its administration.

Conservatives take MSA

by Julie Foster
Daily Staff Reporter.
Over the past year, the Michigan
Student Assembly stood for Mock-
ing the actions of the administra-
tion, Sensationalizing national and
international issues, and Arguing
across partisan lines.
Many students said they feel
such actions lend little credibility
to the 48-member elected body of
student officials. But newly elected
Conservative Coalition (CC) Presi-
dent James Green said he hopes to
change that image. In the spring
elections, CC won a majority of
representative seats, beating out the
more liberal parties for the first
time in party's five year existence.
However, with an average of
only 12 percent of students voting
in elections every semester, MSA
still faces a great deal of student ap-
athy and criticism.
Yet, the assembly has the power
to spend a fixed amount of student
tuition every year. Each July, the
MSA presents a funding request for
the entire year to the University
Board of Regents at their July meet-
ing. The money is used to fund the
organization, Student Legal Services
(SLS) and the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union (AATU).
Last year, due to conflict be-
tween former MSA President Jen-
nifer Van Valey, the leader of the
liberal Action party, and the admin-
istration, the regents gave MSA
$6.77 per student instead of the re-
quested $7.21.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) said he felt Van Valey ap-
proached the regents inappropri-
ately. "Miss Van Valey said, 'Look,
you're going to listen to me or
else,"' Baker said. "That is no way
to treat people. (The student fee)
was decreased a little last year be-
cause Miss Van Valey angered the
regents so much."
Van Valey could not be reached

for comment.
However, Van Valey's budget
woes marked only the beginning of
last year's MSA problems. Last
fall, after the regents approved dep-
utization of 10 University police
officers, the assembly sponsored
anti-deputization rallies which
drew approximately 1,500 students
and faculty.
In addition, 15 students were ar-
rested for-staging a 24-hour sit-in in
the Fleming Administration Build-
ing. The sit-in began as an attempt to
discuss the deputization issue with
Baker said the rallies created ten-
sion between MSA and the adminis-
tration because "it never appeared to
me that the majority of students
were opposed to deputization like
(MSA) said."
While the protests were in part
organized by MSA, some conserva-
tive members did not agree with the
ideologies behind the rallies.
Many representatives from the
CC party bickered with the mem-
bers of the Action party during and
outside of meetings.
Green said he felt protest was
not always the best method of ex-
pressing discontent.
"Instead of sit-ins and protests, a
good deal more meetings (with the
regents) might have better ex-
pressed student point of view," he
However, Van Valey said last
winter she felt her meetings with
the regents and the administration
were futile: "The regents are not re-
sponsive when students try normal
methods of communication."
Rackham Rep. Jeff Hinte said the
problem with the administration is
not with communication, but with
"The administration knew ex-
actly what the students wanted
(during the deputization process),
and they just chose to ignore it,",

Hinte said. "We can't have success-
ful negotiation with the regents."
More recent problems between
the assembly and the University
have come about as a result of an an-
nual audit of MSA by Plante &
"The auditor's letter to the man-
agement said the (MSA) was one of
the worst-organized organizations
it had ever seen," Baker said.
At the June regents meeting, the
regents considered a suggestion of
hiring a professional bookkeeper to
look after MSA.
Green said he felt having a book-
keeper would be beneficial since
each yearly audit has reported that
MSA does not keep accurate finan-
cial records.
In addition, Green said he hopes
to open the lines of communication
between the assembly and the re-
gents. He said he also plans to make
a smaller budget request than in the
past years.
"The general impression among
students is that MSA does abso-
lutely nothing," Green said. "I
think we need to prove over the year

that we deserve the money before
we go asking for more."
Some members of the adminis-
tration said they think relations
might improve under the new MSA
"James Green and his colleagues
appear to be making every effort to
establish good communication
channels with the administration,"
Duderstadt said.
However, Hinte said the admin-
istration is more communicative
with the new MSA president be-
cause former President Van Valey
was more opposed to the regents'
"The real bottom line is the ad-
ministration felt that MSA was
much more antagonistic toward
their policies (under Van Valey),"
he said.




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