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Continued from page 1
Mary Ann Swain, vice president
for student services at the
University, said, "There has been a
recommendation by our task force
for a policy to cover the Greeks."
"The current policy," she adds,
"only covers students on campus."

Continued from page 1
making stops at Northwestern Uni-
versity, the University, and the U.S.
"I've always described myself as
being a 'Roads' scholar," said Molin
with a chuckle.
Molin held a long line of politi-
cal positions before coming to the
University in 1979. He served as di-
rector of the Michigan departments
of Commerce and Labor, and has
worked on several gubernatorial and
presidential election campaigns.
This long history of involve-
ment in state politics has created
many connections for Molin. "You
don't spend a lot of time introduc-
ing yourself," he said.
Campbell agreed that Molin is a
well known figure in Lansing.
"He's very well respected by
legislators," Campbell said. "He's
always extremely nice and he's al-
ways very helpful."

His visibility in the capital helps
Molin represent the University's
voice at the government level, said
his boss, Richard Kennedy, Univer-
sity vice president for Government
"He has really made it possible
for the University of Michigan to
hold its own in the sometimes hos-
tile environment in Lansing," he
said. "When you look at his back-
ground, he has enormous experience
in the world of state government,
particularly the political aspects of
state government."
While some might assume a job
in University public relations in-
volves lobbying for funding dol-
lars, Molin said his position entails
convincing people of the Univer-
sity's value to the state.
"We have a tremendous public
service component that we deliver,"
Molin said, listing projects from
Cheboygan to Monroe. "That's
pretty much the message of this
place - no matter where you go,

there we are."
While representing student con-
cerns is an obvious part of his job,
Molin said he also has to look out
for the interests of the University
as a whole.
"Everything that we do with
success affects the quality and capac-
ity of what's available to students,"
he said.
While Campbell said Molin
does a good job of addressing stu-
dent issues, she noted that MCC
was formed to assume some of that
"The universities represent
themselves as an institution and not
necessarily as individual students,"
Campbell said.
When it comes to lobbying,
Molin has his own personal style.
He said he doesn't ask people for
their votes; instead, he merely tries
to explain the stances of the Uni-
"My definition of lobbying is

making sure that our position is un-
derstood," Molin said.
The fiscal problems facing the
state have forced Molin to re-exam-
ine the way he approaches his job.
"Bitching and begging won't do
it anymore," he said. Instead, creat-
ing, designing, and envisioning new
forms of policies are need.
Buildings and growth is one pol-
icy area Molin said he wouldrlike to
see improved. The state is rapidly
reaching the point where it is unable
to fund the University's physical
growth, so it may be time for the
government to step aside, Molin
"The University of Michigan
cannot be forced to wait for a physi-
cal facility until the state provides
one at the other 14 colleges," he
In addition, all of Michigan's 15
public universities face less state
support in coming years.
"Education fared very well in

this last cycle in a time of very lim-
ited resources and strong political
pressures," Molin said. Education
was one of the few programs not to
receive significant state cuts in the
last fiscal year.
"How long they will be able to
hold education harmless will be de-
termined by the kind of revenue pic-
ture that comes in," he said.
With all his political experience,
Molin said he has never seriously
considered running for an office.
"There are players and there are
coaches. If I've developed a skill
over the years, it's in being a coach,
not in being a player," he said.
Yet Molin said he finds a certain
excitement in politics.
"You remain driven not by the
challenge to survive, but by the
drive to succeed," he said. "There's a
certain delight in seeing the policy
you worked on presented in com-


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the University in 1977 to serve in an
education post in the Carter admin-
istration and remained there until
1981 when he returned to the
Although Butts said he has spent
three-quarters of his time in Wash-
ington, D.C. during the last 10
months, he still "commutes" to
Ann Arbor and calls the city home.
Butts said he finds a straight-
forward and honest approach to
lobbying most effective. He concen-
trates on disseminating factual in-

formation as quickly as possible.
"There are always issues that pop up
of great concern. The principal thing,
one tries to do is to provide accurate,
straightforward information and to
be available to answer questions,"
Butts said.
"What we try to do is make in-
formation available in a timely and
accurate way. Through doing our job
right, we try to build confidence of
what we're all about," he added.
Moreover, Butts said the office
provides a base in the nation's capi-
tal for Michigan students, faculty,
and staff - including the Univer-
sity's Public Service Intern Pro-
gram. He added many students often

come into the office to finish up re-
sumes and prepare for interviews.
Butts said he keeps student con-
cerns at the forefront of his agenda.
The most important issue he is cur-
rently working on - the Higher
Education Reauthorization Act -
would increase the amount of stu-
dent aid available.
"I hope the reauthorization
turns the course in the imbalance
that has developed between grants
and loans," Butts said.
Butts said that 10 years ago a
student aid package of 60 percent
grants and 40 percent loans and
work was average. Now the percent-
ages have reversed. The act would
take the commercial lender out of
the loan process, so loans would go
directly from the government to the
student, saving students a 5 percent
fee charged. by the commercial
lender, Butts said.

He added the new process would
simplify much of the red tape stu-
dents must go through to apply for
financial aid.
Ken Holdsman, legislative direc-
tor for Congress member Rob An-
drews, said that Butts' efforts in
this area demonstrate his commit-
ment to student concerns. He added
that Butts is fighting many large
lobbying groups in order to get this
bill passed.
"Tom has no qualms about
putting forth a proposal that would
anger (commercial lenders) and help
United States Student Associa-
tion (USSA) President Selena Dong,
describing Butts as "one of my fa-
vorite people," said he is a leading
advocate of student aid. "It's rare in
a city where you get jaded and cyni-
cal to find a person like Mr. Butts
... He is one of the most student-

oriented lobbyists," Dong said.
Butts said that he tries to keep in
touch with student concerns
through working with USSA and,
depending on the year, the Michigan
Student Assembly External Rela-
tions Commission.
Both Holdsman and Vice Presi-
dent for Government Relations
Richard Kennedy said Butts leads a
team in Washington, D.C. that is at
the head of higher education lobby-
"He has a lot more experience.
The University representatives
from some of the other big schools
are here strictly with their own in-
terests in mind," Holdsman said.
"He has a better working under-
standing and sense of history about
how policies developed and how
they changed over the years."
"He's a super guy to hang with,"
Holdsman added.

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fighters and are reacting negatively,
but Feldman said, "We had to make
cuts somewhere. Unlike the federal
government, we can't allow our-
selves to run a huge deficit."
Yet Michigan and Maryland are
by no means the only states con-
fronting financial binds.
Public programs are being
threatened in budget arenas across
the nation. The Federal government
mandates state funding to certain
programs, such as those giving
money for prisons, unemployment
and education.
Although no state other than
Michigan has cut general assistance

programs entirely, many have this
type of welfare for re-organization
and cuts.
Citizens falling between
poverty guidelines in Ohio used to
automatically receive assistance.
But in October, the state began ex-
amining the health of all recipients.
Those people deemed physically dis-
abled can begin receiving a $115
monthly check from the state. Ohio
will support able-bodied citizens
for a period lasting no longer than
six months in any 12-month period.
Paulo DeMaria, assistant direc-
tor of the Ohio Office of Budget and
Management, said the state had to
reorganize the program to remedy a
$1.5 billion deficit.
Massachusetts replaced its $250
million General Relief program,

which provided for 38,000 people,
with one called Emergency Relief
to the Elderly, Disabled and Chil-
dren (EAEDC). But state budget di-
rectors have capped funding for
EAEDC at $163 million and will
readjust the program if necessary to
avoid spending more.
Former criminals, undocumented
aliens, and other groups havebeen
eliminated from state assistance and
officials expect the case load to
drop 12 to 15 percent, said Mary
Claire Kennedy, spokesperson for
Gov. William Weld, a Republican.
"Rather than eliminate the pro-
gram entirely," she said, "the Gov-
ernor decided to devise a scaled
down version that would benefit
the truly needy."

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the Michigan Republican State
Committee, was less confident for
an easy Republican victory.
"I never take any election for
granted. I am confident that the
American people will vote for the
leadership of President Bush," he
"All the Democratic candidates
are presenting the same liberal so-
lution to the problems that got
America into problems in the first
Continued from page 1
officially declared his candidacy.
"We are now doing the ground-
work to be prepared and ready as it
gets closer to election time," said
Karen King, past president of Col-
lege Republicans.
The plans she described include
increasing the group's grass-roots
membership, organizing literature
drops, arranging for speakers, and
working hand-in-hand with the re-
election committee in Lansing.
Kennedy explained that the na-
ture of College Republicans is not
to work unilaterally, but to be an
extension of the state party. He
added that the Democratic opposi-
tion does not worry him.
"Until they can prove they can
put together a national agenda, they
are not much of a threat," he said.
Kennedy said that the accusation
that Bush has no domestic agenda is
"Whenever he sends anything to
Capitol Hill, the Democrats block
it," he said. But he gave credit to
the Democratic party, explaining
that the tactic will be effective
during the election year.
"The problem is that the
Democrats have made the attacks,
but what do they offer?" King said.
Pat Rose, interim director of
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place," Flood said.
"There is a very large stature
gap between the six announced
Democratic candidates and George
Bush," Koops said.
Yet he agreed with Flood and
said that the Republicans still an-
ticipate a tough political fight and
that they will not take victory for
Both men said Mario Cuomo is
the Democrat for Bush to beat.
"It appears that Mario Cuomo
is the front-runner. ... He leaves
the state of New York as a natural
disaster area with his tax-and-
spend policies," Flood said. He
added that if he wins the
Democratic nomination, it says lit-
tle for the party.
"He's probably the biggest un-
known of who will get the
Democratic nomination. He is

viewed as the 800 pound gorilla,"
said Koops.
And the Democrats may not be
Bush's only competition. In the
Republican primary, Bush may face
Pat Buchanan. Truscott explained
that Buchanan would run only to
keep the President in touch with
the conservative wing of the party.
Dr. Michael Traugott of the
University's Institute for Social
Research said that the Republicans
appear confident because they are
betting that the economy will not
worsen. He added that even if it
nose-dived further, he would still
want to be in Bush's position.
And he said, however, Bush
should be concerend about the me-
dia's portrayal of his not being in
control of domestic issues.

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