The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 15, 1993 - Page 3
'U' ranks third in Gourman Report
by Janet Burkitt
According to a 1993 report, the
University is ranked third in the
country in undergraduate 'and gradu-
The 1993 Gourman Report, is-
sued by California State University
Political Science Prof. Jack
Gourman, provides an academic
ranking of American and interna-
The University's undergraduate
program placed behind top-ranked
Princeton and second-ranked
Harvard, while the graduate program
followed Harvard and second place
University of California-Berkeley.
Factors such as quality of faculty,
students, curriculum, and library re-
sources were taken into account for
The University received a score
of 4.93 on a five-point scale in both
In addition to ranking institutions
overall, the Gourman Report also
rates individual disciplines. The
University's undergraduate Anthro-
pology, Marine Biology, and Natural
Science departments all received a
number one rating, as did the
graduate departments of Anthro-
pology, Industrial Engineering, and
This report contradicts the
September U.S. News and World
Report college edition, which ranked
the University 24th overall in under-
Executive Director of University
Relations Walter Harrison, however,
argues that the discrepancy in the
rankings is relatively insignificant.
"It's terrific that Michigan ranked
so high in the Gourman Report, and
our rating is attributable to the high
quality. of our professors and stu-
dents," Harrison said.
"However, rankings should be
read with great caution - they sim-
ply tell you the top group of uni-
versities, and Michigan is consis-
tently in this top group. So it's not
really important if Michigan is rated
number three, four, or twenty, just as
long as we are among the top
schools in the nation," he added.
Harrison further stated that the
methodology Gourman uses in rank-
ing schools tends to favor large uni-
versities, whereas U.S. News and
World Report's criteria often penal-
izes larger institutions.
Gourman, however, attributed the
differences in the two reports to a
lack of validity in his counterpart's
ranking. He called his report the
only completely unbiased assess-
ment of American colleges and
"Other ratings such as U.S. News
and World Report are unscientific,"
Gourman claimed. "As a result, they
undermine the University of
Michigan as an academic institution.
Michigan is strong - so strong it's
unbelievable. You might even be
stronger than your football team."
University students have mixed
reactions to this latest rating. LSA
sophomore Courtney Flora maintains
that the ranking is justified.
"I'm glad to see Michigan finally
get the credit it deserves," Flora said.
"I chose to come to Michigan from
out-of-state over a lot of other good
schools because I knew that this was
" " ra kin
-This is the ranking of
undergraduate education at
U.S. universities based on
criteria such as quality of
faculty and students
according to a report issued
by California State University
Prof. Jack Gourman:
where I could get the best possible
But other students consider the
rating to be meaningless and even an
"The rankings are so arbitrary
and subjective that it is hard to ac-
cept their validity," said Nursing
School sophomore Caroline Boch.
Liz Brater kicks off her re-election campaign.
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
Ann Arbor's Democrats started
their push to get Mayor Liz Brater
re-elected in a gathering at the
Michigan Theater yesterday with a
vigorous campaign against the
Ann Arbor News.
While Brater emphasized that
she has kept her campaign
promises from two years ago and
would like to continue her work,
the other participants in the festivi-
ties concerned themselves with
trashing the city's largest
"The thing I'm most proud of
is everything I promised to do, I
have done," Brater told the group
of more than 100. Showing their
support with "I V Liz" buttons
were Democratic council candi-
dates, four councilmembers, and
state Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor), Ann Arbor state Reps.
Mary Schroer and Lynn Rivers,
and gubernatorial candidates state
Sen. Debbie Stabenow and former
Michigan Rep. Howard Wolpe.
Brater repeated many of her
campaign goals from two years
ago, when she defeated Jerry
"I promised more efficient
government at least cost and no
raise of property taxes and I did
that," she said. "Government for
the '90s has to be doing more with
less. We have strained economic
conditions and our budget is con-
strained, but we have balanced the
budget and had the healthiest fund
balance this city has seen in
But while Brater listed her past
accomplishments, the others in the
room seemed intent on slamming
the coverage of the city's
Sen. Pollack berated the News
for its slanted coverage of Brater's
"Liz is not running against the
Ann Arbor News, although the
Ann Arbor News is running
against Liz," she told the crowd.
Pollack added that the cam-
paign has too many other issues
voters need to know about.
"I don't think Ingrid Sheldon
(Republican candidate for mayor)
is in any way, shape or form going
to rip off the city. This election is
about. a philosophy, an approach to
how we solve ... problems."
Barbara Perkins, editor of the
city's newest publication, an-
nounced the formation of a new
group, Ann Arbor Citizens for
Responsible Journalism and its
newsletter, Ann Arbor Today.
Lee Gunn, Brater's campaign
manager, said the group plans to
distribute the letter-sized paper by
giving it to council candidates to
take with them on their door-to-
door campaign trips.
"We are challenging the Ann
Arbor News," Gunn said. "You
can't print inaccurate stuff."
Brater also mentioned the vi-
tality of the downtown area,
something she says has concen-
trated on and greatly improved.
But Brater also got in her shots
at the News, saying the
Republican power structure has
had a hard time letting go.
"I'm not going to be put off by
clumsy attacks, dirty tricks, or in-
timidation. I've talked straight and
gotten the job done," Brater said.
She also mentioned her dedi-
cation to cooperation with other
governments and her efforts to
protect the environment through
the Gelman case.
by Peter Matthews
Daily News Reporter
Danish photographer Jacob
Holdt spent the weekend in Ann
Arbor, crashing in the homes of
those who invited him over after
Holdt presided over his five-
hour slide presentation called
"American Pictures: A Personal
Journey Through the American
Underclass," a six-hour workshop
on racism, and books documenting
his five-year vagabond wander-
ings in the early 1970s through
poor Black rural towns in the
south to ghettos in the north.
Holdt came to the United
States after he was expelled from
high school in Denmark.
Shortly after he arrived, Holdt
said "a Black woman in a coffee
bar invited me home and that
changed my life." Holdt said this
encounter propelled him on his
quest to understand the repercus-
sions of American racism.
During his odyssey, he lived on
the streets or with people who in-
vited him into their homes. With a
pocket camera he tried to record
the misery, desperation, and hu-
manity of the people he
Holdt met the extremes of
America's economic and racial di-
vide. Although he hobnobbed with
J.D. Rockefeller and Ted
Kennedy, Holdt spent more time
sharing meager meals and floor
space with impoverished junkies
and other outcasts.
He also spent time with Black
militants and a Ku Klux Klan
member who admitted to killing
Holdt said he considers the
harm caused by the KKK as in-
significant when compared to the
silent racism of mainstream
America - "The KKK cannot af-
fect the system, they are also
losers. ... While our racism kills
thousands and ruins the lives of
PETER MAT T1EWS
Jacob Holdt gives a six-hour racism workshop in his "American
Pictures" photo journey in the Michigan Union.
millions each year.
"Self-blame is the worst thing
I've seen in the ghetto. ... The
highest form of oppression is to
make the oppressed feel they are
to blame for their misery," Holdt
For all of his hardships and the
ugliness he has witnessed, Holdt
said he retains profound love for
Americans and an undaunted
He said his optimism is main-
tained by his conviction that no
one is inherently cruel or racist.
Reflecting on his conversations
with thousands of people Holdt
said, "I've never ever met anyone
in whom there wasn't a human-
ness that could be reached."
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upper two levels. However, this plan
"Originally we had planned to
have a food court and a family
amusement center, but the amuse-
ment center reneged on the lease,"
Sterling said. "As a whole, the
concept of the food court without the
amusement center was weak because
South University itself is one big
Miller said the food court plans
fell through because of poor man-
agement decisions by Campus
"When I was scoping out a spot
for Wings of Westwood, I spoke to
Campus Commercial Properties, and
they were not interested in individual
restaurants. They were looking for
entertainment center concepts, an
entire package of shops run by one
owner that would occupy the entire
Sterling said the owners of the
property are currently working on a
Sales positions open at
Aaron's Books for a
-Experience preferred but
-Located on campus
lease with another amusement com-
pany. She said the whole food court
concept has been eliminated from
Sterling said Campus
Commercial Properties is suffering
because of the weaker businesses in
the mall. "We're working real hard
to keep it going. It's hard times for
everybody," she said.
- News editor Lauren Dermer
contributed to this report
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