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4 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 13, 1993

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420 Maynard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Edited and managed
by students at the
University of Michigan

JOSH DuBow
Editor in Chief
ANDREW LEVY
Editorial Page Editor

Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the majority opinion of the Daily editorial board.
All other cartoons, articles and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.

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Insight
Studen volunteers needed for SACUA

By HENRY GRIFFIN
Where is the "underbelly" of the
University? A faculty colleague, on
learning that I was beginning a year as
chair of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
(otherwise known as SACUA)
remarked, "Now you will get to see
the underbelly of the University." The
remark showed a familiarity, unusual
for a typical faculty member, with this
institution. So it's not surprising that
few students are familiar with
SACUA and faculty governance
system. Should students care? I think
they should, because there are
important faculty committees that
want and need student input.
To understand SACUA, we should
start with the Senate. The Senate
consists of the professorial staff
(assistant, associate, and full
professors), the research scientists,
and the senior and associate librarians.
Total membership is about 3,500.
The Senate elects representatives
from each unit to a smaller, legislative
branch, the Senate Assembly. The
Assembly considers important, central
and controversial issues of general
interest to the University community,
with the power to advise the
University administration on the
faculty's viewpoint regarding these
issues.
SACUA is the executive arm of
the Senate and of the Assembly, and
consists of nine members elected from
within the Senate Assembly. On
behalf of the Assembly, SACUA
advises and consults with the
President, the Provost, the other
Executive Officers, and the Regents
on matters of University policy.
Students have the opportunity to
become involved in this process by
becoming members of the Senate
Assembly conunittees, which are
formed to discuss various topics and
areas of concern. Some years ago,
students were added to these
Griffin is the Chair of SACUA

committees because of pressure from
the students themselves, who wanted
to have a voice. Now, students are
welcomed and valued on the
committees because of the
contributions they make.
My years on the LSA Curriculum
Committee and in LSA Academic
Advising compel me to affinn the
top priority for academic work. But,
if time allows, working with one of
the Senate Assembly Committees
(listed below) would provide
invaluable experience for a student.
Be forewarned it would take some
time (2-4 hours a month), but it
would be very much worth the effort.
Come join us!
Contact the Michigan Student
Assembly, Room 3909 in the
Michigan Union (763-3241) to
volunteer.
Senate Assembly Committees in
Need of Student Volunteers
Academic Affairs Committee -
1 student
Identifies, advises, and consults
on academic issues of importance to
the entire University in conjunction
with SACUA and Senate Assembly.
Recent Topics: tenuredenial appeal
procedures, evaluation of
administrators, climate for senior
faculty women.
CivilLiberties BoardL- 3
students (2 undergraduate and 1
graduate)
Advises and consults with
University administrators regarding
civil liberties issues on campus.
Recent Topics: e-mail privacy,
sexual harassment, Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Financial Affairs Advisory
Committee -2 students (1
undergraduate and 1 graduate)
Advises and consults with the
Vice President and Chief Financial

Officer on matters of finance. Recent
Topics: Compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act,
purchasing vendor affirmative action
programs, IRS review.
Government Relations Advisory
Committee -2 students
Advises and consults with the
Vice President for Governmnent
Relations on matters pertaining to the
University as a public institution.
Recent Topics: state budget request,
activities of UM's Washington DC
and Lansing offices, dialogue with
state legislators.
Committee for a Multicultural
University.-4 students (2
undergraduate and 2 graduate)
Advises and consults with the
Vice Provost for Academic and
Multicultural Affairs on issues
concerning reducing discrimination
and promoting a more multicultural
University. Recent Topics: quality of
life for international students at UM,
climate for minority faculty.
Research Policies Committee -
4 students (1 undergraduate and 3
graduate)
Advises and consults with the
Vice President for Research on
matters of research. Recent Topics:
technology th ansfer, restrictions on
graduate students' publications. The
committee meets once a month on
Friday morning.
Student Relations Advisory
Committee -4 students
Advises and consults with the
Vice President for Student Affairs
and serves as a means of
communication between the
Assembly and the agencies of student
government. Recent Topics:
Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities, selection of faculty
chairs of student hearing committee.

NAFTA wil b
Under the banner of free trade and
corporate restructuring, American em-
ployers have shifted millions of U.S.
jobs to lower wage foreign production
sites. The reason is clear, equally skilled
foreign workers can do the samejob for
alot less. This is the dark truth lurking
behind thenotion that theNorth Ameri-
can Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
will create high paying jobs. Much
more likely is a slide downward in
terms of wage levels and environmen-
tal standards. Such aresultis inevitable
if the United States links itself to

electoral fraud ...
NAFTA has been negotiated in se-
cret and written in arcane language.
Making things worse is the undemo-
cratic "fast track" process which will
be used for congressional consider-
ation of both NAFTA and the General
Agreement on Trade and Tariffs
(GATI). Under this restricted parlia-
mentary procedure, the power of Con-
gress is reduced to a simple yes or no
vote and time allotted for debate is
severely limited ...
What little debate there is on

inequalit
who lobby congress and pay for the
campaigns or the media that reports it
- talk as though "free trade" always
raises wages and generates good jobs.
The facts indicate otherwise. Since
1973, American trade with other na-
tions has doubled, but the value of
American weekly paychecks has fallen
18%. In the last decade alone, the num-
ber of young men working full time
who earn only a poverty wage has
increased 100% ... Inequality grew
because the American economy was
deregulated and subjected to destruc-

Cheerleaders and
mascots energize
campus community
To the Daily:
"You go girls!"
That's what one fan said after the
University of Michigan Dance Team,
the Wolverettes, placed fourth and
won a trophy in competition at
University Dance and Cheerleader
Association's camp this August.
The 16 member squad, coached
by U of M employee Angie Jordan,
entertained the camp with an original
dance routine.
The Wolverettes' competitors
included teams from Notre Dame,
University of Minnesota, University
of Iowa, University of Miami, and
Ohio State.
Cheerleaders and mascots from
the entire Big Ten and other squads
around the nation also energized the
rnntn 'Thikn .n the fire[ v*,ar at *hic

Clinton ignores his
roots in Catholicism,
contributes to murder
To the Daily:
William Clinton could not have
been elected without the Catholic
vote. Clinton's position on abortion
was in direct opposition to the
teaching of the Catholic faith as
taught to him at Georgetown
University. The Church instructs her
faithful that abortion is murder. This
precept has been taught for 20
centuries. The American Catholic
population knew the Church's
instruction about abortion as
proclaimed by Pope John Paul II but
chose to ignorepapal declarations
because of economic considerations
especially employment.
The consciences of most
Catholics were not troubled by
casting a vote for pro-abortion

election day. It is sad to relate that
the American Catholic bishops failed
to provide specific moral direction
about voting for pro-abortion
candidates. This inaction was truly
the "silence of the shepherds." Their
sin of omission was also morally
grievous!
We Catholics have forgotten that
God is perfect love and perfect
justice. If he did not chastise us for
the horrible sin of abortion, God
would contradict his nature. He can
never do this. We will be punished.
Only prayer, particularly the Rosary,
and penance can reduce the
tribulations.
JOSEPH VANLEY
University of MD

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