The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 22, 1992- Page 5
Black leaders voice qualms
with'U'; Hartford responds
by Mona Qureshi adding that the University attempted one held Monday.
Daily Staff Reporter to cancel the Black Student However, Ponte said the lun-
Black Student Union (BSU) Leadership Conference earlier this cheons do not work toward meeting
leaders and Vice President for month. the desires of students. "It's an op-
Student Affairs Maureen Hartford "If it was up to the University, it portunity for the University and h
agree on one thing - they have dif- would have been canceled. The rea administration to say, 'We're talking
ferences in opinions and would like ~ w and everything is fine,"' he said.
to share them.
Otherwise, the two sides have
clashed on many issues recently, in-
cluding the cancellation of an
African music festival called
Africenergy last week.
BSU speaker Devlin Ponte said
he wishes Hartford would be more
of an advocate for students of color.
"She's not here to be Maureen
Hartford, but a part of the
University. What the deal is with the
University and African American
students," Ponte said.
Ponte said Black students deserve
more credibility and greater pro-
gramming freedoms, referring to
Africenergy's cancellation two days
before the event.
Tonya Clowney, who will take
office as the new BSU speaker
Monday, echoed Ponte's concern,
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Committee which I think is very
important," Barlett said. "I want to
run again because I want
consistency. It's important to have
beople to carry over who know
|what's going on and have worked
with this in the past."
Rackham Rep. Roger De Roo
beat Engineering Rep. Brian Kight
for Rules and Elections chair after
MSA President Ede Fox broke a tie
;vote of 20-20.
"I want to bring a holistic ap-
proach to the updating and upkeep of
MSA's rules," De Roo said. "Too
often rule changes become a partisan
battle because changes in rules can
'benefit one party or group of repre-
sentatives over another. I will be ac-
tivly seeking different viewpoint on
,new rules before they are introduced
:to the assembly."
LSA Rep. Steve Stark beat LSA
'Rep. Todd Ochoa by a vote of 21-20
for the position of chair of the
Stark said he hopes to get MSA
meetings televised on community
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Black students from other universi-
ties like New Mexico," Clowney
Hartford said her position re-
mains with the University as an ad-
ministrator and her job is to address
the concerns of students.
"I am an administrator of the
University, and I think sometimes
there can be some confusion about
what that means. What students ex-
press does not necessarily mean that
I'm always in agreement with it,"
She said she and Associate Vice
President for Student Affairs Royster
Harper have joined together in en-
couraging student leaders to voice
concerns at luncheon forums, but
added that Ponte did not show up to
access andhave a permanent MSA
announcement board placed on the
Diag to publicize the activities of the
"We should work as hard as we
can to get everybody informed about
MSA and know what's going on,"
LSA Rep. Scott Gast beat LSA
Rep. Tobias Zimmerman by a vote
of 21-20 for the position of External
Relations Committee (ERC) chair.
"External Relations is one of the
more important committees on MSA
and I believe I'm the best person for
this position," Gast said. "I think I'm
familiar enough with the assembly
and the workings of the University
and familiar with government of-
fices outside of the university to do a
good job as chair of ERC."
LSA Rep. Amy Ellis put the
Resolution of Support for Victims of
Discrimination at Olivet College on
last night's agenda to pledge MSA's
sympathy for those adversely af-
fected by the recent racial.attacks at
The assembly had not voted on
the resolution as of press time.
"The racial abuse and discrimina-
Ponte said the BSU has ap-
proached the University in a profes-
sional fashion, but without success.
"They blow us off. What should we
do? Well, we've done all we can do.
What are they going to do?" Ponte
Hartford said the University is
continuously working toward fulfill-
ing the Michigan Mandate, a plan
created in 1988 to increase ethnic
"The question with the effort is,
'Is bringing more numbers enough,
or does the environment need to
change?' The Michigan Mandate is a
very, very extensive list. It's not
somethi.g that may change
overnight," Hartford said.
tion suffered by African-American
Olivet students is a sad example of
how far society has not progressed.
That students trying to get their edu-
cation can be forced to flee for their
own safety is a travesty," Ellis said.
"As students at the University of
Michigan ... we must ... give our
full suppport to the African-
American students at Olivet
Ellis said the resolution's inten-
tion is to offer emotional and physi-
cal support to the victims at Olivet
College and communicate this reso-
lution to students there as soon as
In other business, LSA student
government appointed Scott Gast as
an LSA representative to the assem-
bly for the upcoming fall term, fill-
ing a seat vacated earlier this term
by Heather Johnson's resignation.
"We are confident he will do an
excellent job and the replacement
should take place immediately," said
an LSA student government memo
Commission chairs and commit-
tee vice chair results were not avail-
able by the Daily's deadline.
Kim Kramer, who will be graduating with a BS in Chemistry May 2, tries on a cap at Jacobson's yesterday.
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challenges that his generation
"Things were slow economi-
cally. To have a job offer was a
pretty lucky thing - kind of like
today ... Each generation has its
challenges," he said. Debler added
that he has confidence in the
"Our students are by and large
some of the best students in your
generation. If they can't make it
then we're really in trouble ...
They're people who can put two
and two together and get at least
Kerin Borland, associate direc-
tor of Career Planning and
Placement, said there are job oppor-
tunities for students not pursuing
"Media attention on the reces-
sion, especially on large corpora-
tions, has affected people's mind-
set," Borland said.
For better or worse, some se-
niors are ready to graduate. "I'm
definitely ready to leave here," LSA
senior Beatriz Gonzalez said. "Four
years is enough. It's time to go."
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don't unduly disturb benefits."
The survey was a positive step by
the administration, but it should have
been accompanied by more informa-
tion, said Associate Professor of
Natural Resources James Diana,
chair of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs.
Diana said, "Information like
how salaries would be increased and
how long it would take to fix build-
ings - those are the kinds of infor-
mation I think the faculty and staff
didn't know when they filled (the
However, he added, "I do hope
this idea of consulting faculty and
staff and getting their opinions on
major concerns continues."
Robert Zajonc, director of the
Institute of Social Research (ISR)
and the person who suggested the
'For one thing, this is
rational in many cases
because these are
actually often pretaxed
- Robert Holbrook
survey idea to the administration,
said he was concerned the survey
was not scientifically designed to
reach a fully representative sample
of the University.
But, he said he was pleased by
the high number of responses and
the possibility for comments.
"I think they got quite a big re-
turn given the circumstances.
Faculty are notorious for taking
something that came from the ad-
ministration and putting it in the
trash," Zajonc said.
Holbrook and Whitaker said the
survey results and the comments will
be considered in all future budget
"I think there's a lot of possibili-
ties from the comments that are
worth investigating for saving
costs," Whitaker said.
Holbrook said, "I have a very
definite flavor of (the survey results
and comments), and they are already
having an impact on how we think
about budget matters."
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