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The relationship between Black students and the
University administration is tenuous enough. The
cancellation of Saturday's Africenergy events only
adds to the hostility.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. That's what can be said
about the School of Music's production of Pal
Joey at the Power Center. What could have been
great became an exercise in merdiocrity.

-mmmmommmmmm-9

The men's tennis team closed their season with a
bang this weekend - beating Penn State, 5-1,
and sweeping Michigan State, 6-0. David Kass
ended his career with nine straight victories.

Today
Mostlycloudy, t'storms; (
High 73, Low 52
Tomorrow
More storms; High 75, Low 48

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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

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Faculty ,
by Karen Sabgir
Daily Higher Education Reporter
English professors whose de-
partments were ranked among the
best in the country by U.S. News
and World Report say they are flat-
tered by the praise, but do not put
much merit in the "beauty pageant"
style survey the magazine uses.
University English professor and
department chair Robert Weisbuch
said he is disappointed with the de-
partment's 14th place ranking na-
tionwide because the ranking is not
an accurate depiction of the top
schools.
"It's a very good picture of
English departments five years ago,

speak out
but it doesn't mirror present reality
because (the survey) is sent to all
chairs and graduate chairs and some
at less-known colleges don't know
what is going on," Weisbuch said.
"What really bugs me is that I
know we compete equally with all
the schools ranked ahead of us ...
They need to have other criteria.
They do it with professional schools,
they ask about publications of fac-
ulty and the number of students put
in tenure track," he added.
U.S. News and World Report
Senior Editor Bob Morse said the
liberal arts rankings - done for the
first time this year - are based
solely on reputation.

; against university ranking process

'Graduate and professional schools started as a
beauty pageant, but now have a bunch of other
criteria - whether it's valid is a matter of great
debate.'
- Walter Harrison
University relations director

I marked a five on places that I knew
of and heard about."
Ronald Rebholtz, chair of the
English department at Stanford
University expressed some doubt
about rankings in general despite his
school's consistent top ten showing.
"Budget cuts are based by rankings
and I'm grateful for (them) in the in-
ternal sense ... But I have great
doubt on their validity ... It depends
on how pseudo-scientific the basis
for arriving at this rankings may be,"
Rebholtz said.
Buschnel agreed with Rebholtz.
"It's an item of curiosity but I
wouldn't call it scientific."
Executive Director of University

Relations Walt Harrison was a con-
sultant to U.S. News and World
Report in the early '80s when the
magazine only ranked undergraduate
schools.
"Graduate and professional
schools started as a beauty pageant,
but now have a bunch of other crite-
ria - whether it's valid is a matter
of great debate," Harrison said.
Harrison said the starting salary
of a school's graduates - a criterion
used by the magazine - does not
necessarily reflect on the quality of
the lawyer, doctor or engineer.
U.S. News and World Report has
been publishing a list of the nation's
See ENGLISH, Page 2

Morse said the first step in de-
termining the rankings was to find
the disciplines in liberal arts with the
highest graduate enrollments. Then
the graduate chair at each school that
had granted more than five doctor-
ates between 1986 and 1990 was
sent a survey of all the schools in

their discipline to rank on a scale
from one to five.
Rebecca Buschnel, graduate chair
of the University of Pennsylvania
English department - ranked 12th
- said ranking the schools by repu-
tation is "silly."
"I filled out this thing myself and

Students
News
article
by Karen Pier
Daily Staff Reporter
A two-part Detroit News article
on Native American scholarships
0 and admissions policies on college
campuses - particularly this
University - has sparked a minor
controversy among those inter-
viewed by the News.
The article said some students
with little proof of their Native
American heritage were getting spe-
cial attention in admission and
scholarships.
Many at the University say the
article is simplified, although the is-
sues are important. Michael
Dashner, an employee in the Office
of Minority Affairs, complained that
the article was "sensationalized."
Anthropology senior Susan Hill,
prominently featured in the article,
was quoted as saying the University
was a "cold and uncaring place."
While Hill said she was not mis-
quoted, she claimed her remarks
gave the wrong impression about
Steve Parsons, a University admis-
sions officer.
"The article made me sound that
I did not feel that he was doing his
job," Hill said. "That is not true. If I
had been directly asked, 'Do you
feel Steve Parsons is doing his job?'
that is not the answer I would give.".
Similarly, LSA junior Annette
Meredith didn't like the. way she was
See ARTICLE, Page 2

Afghan rebels try

to negotiate
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Muslim fierce resist
rebels seized more territory yesterday and occupation 1
tried to put aside rivalries to avoid a bloody Islami factio
scramble for power. But one rebel leader re- ganized gro
newed his threats to attack the besieged capital. Islamic holy
A non-communist official took charge of "The situ
ousted President Najibullah's crumbling journalists a
regime, but the government's power was virtu- Kabul. "I th
ally gone.
Leaders from 10 rebel groups met in
Peshawar, Pakistan, and agreed to form an in- Afghani
terim council to negotiate with the remnants of claimed
the Kabul government. A Pakistan Foreign
Ministry spokesperson, Javeed Hussein, said forced n
there was a "broad consensus" on an orderly flee hon
transfer of power to end the 14-year-old civil Pakistai
war.
However, the most fundamentalist. rebel-
faction, Hezb-i-Islami led by Gulbuddin neutral go
Hekmatyar, rejected the interim council plan. mujahedeen1
"We don't see any prospect for a (peaceful) - Some ret
solution," said Hekmatyar's spokesperson in not participa
Pakistan, Nawab Salim. "It is not a joke. Either Pashtuns, o
the government in Kabul surrenders or we will have domin
attack." years.
Hekmatyar's faction was once one of the Afghanis
biggest recipients of U.S. military aid despite proxy battlel
his strong anti-American' stance. He opposed - has claim
any backing from Iran. than 5 milli
No violence was. reported yesterday in or Pakistan or I
around Kabul, which was shrouded by mist The blo
and heavy rain. are creating
Masood has announced plans to form an United Sta
Islamic government comprising all rebels - Whether eit
including Hekmatyar's group - as well as certain as thi
militia commanders and a high-ranking general Kabul.
from Najibullah's old government. Masood Enemies
held talks with Foreign Minister Abdul Wakil U.S. embass
outside Kabul Friday and Saturday. the two nai
Masood, whose faction was backed by Afghanistan
Washington and Saudi Arabia, is known for his will prevent1

peace
ance during the nine-year Soviet
that ended in 1989. His Jamiat-e-
n is considered one of the best or-.
cups among the mujahedeen, or
warriors.
uation has changed," Masood told
t his base about 40 miles north of
hink there is no need to create a
stan's civil war has
S2million lives and .
more than 5 million to
nes to neighboring
n or Iran
vernment. It is better that a
government comes to power.".
bel groups have vowed they would
ate in a-coalition that excludes the
r Pathans, the tribespeople who
ated Afghanistan for nearly 300
stan's civil war - once a major
between Washington and Moscow
ed 2 million lives and forced more
lion to flee homes to neighboring
Iran.
odstained politics of Afghanistan
a new opportunity for Iran and the
tes to find common ground.
her country will grasp it is as un-
he outcome of the fighting around
since Islamic militants stormed the
sy in Tehran nearly 13 years ago,
tions seek the same outcome in
- a coalition government that
the country from breaking apart.

BiUOStra~eier -KENNETH SMOiL~t:M/aly
Blue s traveler
John Popper of the Blues Travelers sings at the Michigan Union during the Spring Thaw show
held Saturday.

I. - _________________

Administrators moonlight as profs.
'U' policy-makers work extra hours to maintain contact with students

by Nicole Malenfant
Daily Staff Reporter
* It is difficult to imagine why anyone would
add a demanding job to an already full-time
schedule, but this is just what many University
administrators do by doubling as professors.
Walter Harrison, executive director. of
University relations, and English professor said
he does most of his class preparations between 9
p.m. and 2 a.m. "It's really hard," he said, "but
it's really worth it."
"The three hours I. spend in the classroom are
the best things.I do here," he said.
"Teaching reminds me of why I became in-
volved in higher education," Harrison said, "It is
easy to get wrapped up in the administrative
Men fmd rewa
y Gwen Shaffer and a Sexu
Daily Staff Reporter Awarenes

trivia in life, and teaching helps me hold on to
the more important things in life."
Many of the administrators said they felt
teaching was important to their administrative
position.
John Cross, associate dean for budget and
administration and economics professor, said
"Teaching is absolutely critical. One of the worst
things someone in a position such as mine can do
is get out of touch with the-classroom."
John Chamberlin, associate dean for academic
appointments and political science and -public
policy professor, agreed. "I don't want to lose
contact with' the students," he said.
Chamberlin said the extra work is both
"rewarding and tiring," and said he must spend

his weekends preparing for his class.
Connie Cook, executive assistant to
University President James Duderstadt, teaches a
graduate seminar in Public Policy. "Teaching is
very important to me," she said.
She added she is motivated to continue
teaching by both. her love for the profession, ex-
cellent students and intellectual stimulation.
Cook added both jobs compliment each other.
"The subject I am teaching fits nicely with the
work I am doing for the administration. I'm deal-
ing with higher education in my position and it is
appropriate that I am teaching it."
Virginia Nordby, associate vice president for
Student Affairs and professor of education, said,
See TEACHERS, Page 2

Ord in 'women's organizations'

When many people hear about
abortion rallies or organizations
speaking out against sexual assault,
they automatically assume these

educator.
commit th
cause if tl
in it," Bro

ual Assault Prevention and
s Center (SAPAC) peer
"People usually only
emselves to fighting for
hey have a personal stake
yles said.

mother forced him to question his
own role in sexism. "I figured, if I'm
not part of the solution, I'm part of
the problem."
Kata Issari, SAPAC interim
coordinator, said men usually come

care of and that's my focus."
Although Broyles described
himself as "concerned" about sexism
before he began volunteering for
SAPAC - he was previously a
Safewalk volunteer - he said his

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