The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, November 3,1993-3
$7.9 million budget
cuts target academics,
athletics at Ferris State
President Helen Popovich proposes
eliminating baseball, degrees in television
production, science education
By KAREN TALASKI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
After the Fall 1993 Michigan Student Assembly elec-
tions, the fate of the Ann Arbor Tenants' Union (AATU)
could be transferred into new hands.
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) --
Ferris State University President
Helen Popovich's final plan to cut
$7.9 million from the school budget
includes eliminating 17 academic
degree programs and several sports
at a speech before hundreds of stu-
dents and faculty members Monday
were the university's baseball pro-
gram and bachelor's degree programs
in science education, home econom-
ics and television production.
The plan included few changes
from the one Popovich presented Sept.
30. The university's board of control
is scheduled to vote on the proposal
Nov. 13. Board President Hurticene
Hardaway supports it.
"For the past three years, we've
dealt with our fiscal problems by rais-
ing tuition rapidly and by cutting pro-
grams," Popovich said. "We can no
longer continue that path if we're
going to keep our university strong
and build a solid foundation for the
The plan includes cutting 144jobs
over three years, as well as restructur-
ing some academic programs.
Popovich said flat state funding, a
new requirement that universities pay
a greater percentage of employee re-
tirement costs and declining enroll-
ment in the university of 11,200 stu-
dents led to the current crisis.
College officials project Ferns will
face a $5.9 million budget deficit by
the end of the academic year if noth-
ing is done and that the amount will
grow to $7.9 million by the 1995-96
school year. Popovich said her plan
would put the university in a position
where nofurtherprogram or staffcuts
will be necessary over the next sev-
"I'm disgusted on some points,
delighted on others," said Kimberly
Harvey, student government presi-
Among her main fears is that
Popovich's plan to close out
associate's degree programs in two
years and bachelor's degree programs
in four years won't give some stu-
dents enough time to complete their
She said many first-year students
are scheduled to receive financial aid
over three- and five-year periods, de-
pending upon the degree they are pur-
"It's impeding our students' ac-
cess to higher education," she said.
In addition to baseball, other pro-
grams to be eliminated next year are
men's cross country, men's and
women' s swimming, men's track and
wrestling. The cuts in sports will save
the school $300,000.
Other bachelor's degree programs
to be cut are office automation sys-
tems, technical communication, train-
ing in business and industry, and vi-
sual communication. The plan also
includes eliminating nine associate's
Popovich's final plan spared de-
gree programs in food service man-
agement, hospitality managementand
ornamental horticulture technology.
Once elected, MSA rep-
resentatives have the power
to maintain or cut funding to
the pro-tenant organization,
a hot topic during the
assembly's budget debates.
candidates seems to be "see-
ing students' money going to
the students," said Conserva-
tive Coalition (CC) member
Mark Biersack, referring
Nov. 16 and 17
complaints thatATTUservices go beyond University needs.
Battles between the student government and the AATU
became frequent after MSA President Craig Greenberg
proposed a reduction in AATU's funding by 70 percent.
MSA representatives decided to continue funding for the
next year, as long as the AATU can prove MSA's money is
used only for student services.
The Michigan Party candidate Mike Christie said his
party proposes funding the AATU through the Budget
Priorities Committee (BPC).
"(ATUMshouldn't be funded differently than any other
student organization," Christie said. "If they had to go
through the BPC process for each of their projects, it would
make them more responsive to students because we'd know
where they were spending their budget."
CC also proposes to remove the AATU's funding, with
a provision to reconsider the decision if the tenants' union
acted more professionally and geared services toward stu-
dents, Biersack said.
"If those things aren't there, then we definitely shouldn't
keep giving them special treatment," he said.
But AATU has strong supporters in the Students' Party
and Progressive Party. Candidates from both groups said the
tenants' union is a necessary part of students' lives and
should not lose MSA funding.
"With so many students living off campus, the AATU is
high on our list of priorities," Students' Party member
Darone Ruskay said.
Progressive Partycandidate RogerDe Roo agreed. "With
the service they provide to students, we should never stop
funding them," he said.
LSA senior Paul Barnick rides a ifecycle at the CCRB yesterday.
Police search for suspect in rape,battery of Ann Arbor woman
By WILL McCAH ILL
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's
Department (WCSD) is still search-
ing for a man suspected in the abduc-
tion and rape of an Ann Arbor woman
that took place early Sunday morn-
ing, a sheriff's deputy said yesterday.
Lt. RJ. Smith of the WCSD De-
tective Bureau said there are no new
developments in the case, which he
called "one of the worst assaults" he
has ever seen.
The suspect allegedly forced the
woman into the trunk of his car at
gunpoint in a secluded area of Scio
Township, located west of Ann Ar-
bor, while she was talking to her boy-
friend in his car.
The assailant pulled in behind the
couple, ordered them out of the car,
then told the boyfriend to get back
into the car or he would kill him with
his semiautomatic pistol.
The man then allegedly bound the
woman's hands, feet and face with
duct tape, and put her in the trunk of
his own car.
He cut off the woman's clothes,
then drove around forabout two hours.
The woman was taken to the University
Hospitals to be treated for cuts, bruises and
other injuries sustained In the assault. Smith
said the woman was expected to be released
from the hospital late yesterday.
20 feet above the River Raisin in
Bridgewater Township west of Ann
Arbor. The water was about 10 feet
deep and the woman was able to stay
afloat until she came to rest on a rock.
A woman living near the river
came to the survivor's aid after she
heard the survivor's screams, police
said. She had been able to free herself
from the assailant's bonds after he
had apparently left her stranded.
The woman was taken to the Uni-
versity Hospitals to be treated for
cuts, bruises and other injuries sus-
tained in the assault.
Smith said the woman was in im-
proving condition and expected her to
be released from the hospital late yes-
Smith said although he does not
believe the man will attempt another
assault on the woman, WCSD will
take precautions to protect her.
"We are making arrangements to
keep her safe," Smith said.
Composite sketches of the subject
have appeared in local newspapers
and police are hoping to receive in-
formation thatmight aid them in their
The assailant eventually stopped
the car, threw the woman to the ground
and repeatedly raped her.
Meanwhile, the boyfriendwas able
to make it to a telephone and call
police, who immediately began
searching for the woman.
Just before daybreak the man al-
legedly threw the woman - still
bound with duct tape - off a bridge
Assembly hears alcohol policy presentation
Dean Sloan, IFC President Wagner ask for input on
By KAREN TALASKI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
After hearing the University's
0 policy on alcohol and other drugs at
its meeting last night, Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly representatives won-
dered if the only keg party allowed on
campus would be a political group.
Associate Dean of Students
Delories Sloan and Interfraternity
Council President Polk Wagner pre-
sented the assembly with the latest
draft of the policy to get feedback on
* how it could be improved to fit stu-
The purpose of the policy is to
define the philosophical framework
for the University's values and to
define acceptable behavior in refer-
ence to alcohol and other drugs.
After seven drafts and fivemonths
of committee meetings, the 15-page
policy includes a definition of stu-
dents' rights within the University
community, methods of prevention
for alcohol and substance abuse, and
possible sanctions if a student is found
in possession of an illegal substance.
"Our intent is to create a policy
thatmeets the needs of federal (laws)
but also meets the needs of students,"
Sloan said. "It's not-prohibition. It's
prevention and assistance."
Sloan fielded questions from the
assembly about whether the proposed
policy would create tougher sanctions
than those already outlined in the
Statement of Student Rights and Re-
sponsibilities, the University's code
of non-academic conduct.
"We attempted to not bring in more
sanctions. We didn't want the alcohol
policy to be another code," Sloan re-
Wagner was one of eight students
to serve on the committee involved in
writing the policy. The Engineering
senior was quick to defend the policy
against questions regarding its neces-
"This is your policy. It's going to
cover you," Polk said. "There's no
new enforcement mechanism in the
policy itself. It just flushes out (state-
ments made in) the code."
MSA Vice President Brian Kight
said he hopes the policy will not be a
way for the administration to try to
control students' rights. Kight, who
served on the policy committee, said
he sees room for improvement.
"If we're going to get into the
subject of regulating groups on alco-
hol, then we get into the subject of
regulating groups in general," Kight
said. "It's not something the adminis-
tration has the authority to do just
through a policy."
Student arrested for theft,
property damage at UGLi
By WILL McCAHILL August allegedly stole another
DAILY STAFF REPORTER student's jacket - valued at more
A University student stands than $70 - from the UGLi. He also
charged with twomisdemeanorcounts allegedly attacked a door at that li-
following an investigation by Uni- brary, with the estimated damage to-
versity Department of Public Safety talling about $300.
(DPS) detectives. August was arrested yesterday
Scott August, a first-year student morning by DPS officers and was
in the Division of Kinesiology, is arraigned in 15th District Court be-
charged with two counts stemming fore Judge Elizabeth Pollard shortly
from an alleged incident at the Under- thereafter.
graduate Library (UGLi) last month. August is being represented by an
The specific charges are for lar- attorney from the University's Stu-
ceny under $100 and malicious de- dent Legal Services (SLS).
struction of a building with damage SLS could not comment on the
valued at more than $100. case yesterday afternoon, and August
DPS Capt. James Smiley said could not be reached for comment.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
U Anthropology Club, graduate
student panel, LSA Building,
Room 2553, 7 p.m.
U Hindu Students Council, meet-
ing, MichiganUnion, Andreson
Room, 8 p.m.
U Lutheran Campus Ministry,
Jesus Through the Centuries
study/discussion, 6 p.m.;
Evening Prayer, 7 p.m.; 801
South Forest Ave.
O Marxist Study on Current
Events, MLB, Room B 129, 7
O Ninjutsu Club, IM Building,
Wrestling Room, 7:30 p.m.
O Rainforest Action Movement,
weekly meeting, Dana Build-
U Students of Objectivism,
'Galt's Speech, Part II', MLB,
U Tae Kwon Do Club, beginners
and other new members wel-
come, CCRB, Room 2275, 7-
O Undergraduate Law Club, of-
fice hours, Michigan Union,
Room 4124, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
U Annenberg School for Com-
munication, sponsored by Ca-
reer Planning and Placement,
Michigan Union, Pond Room,
O Federal Reserve Bank of Chi-
the International Center, 3-5
O Health Insurance Workshop,
sponsored by the International
U Hllister Civil RIghts
LGMPO, Michigan Union,
Room 3116, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Q On-Campus Recruiting Pro-
gram Information Session
Winter term early registra-
tion, sponsoredby Career Plan-
ning and Placement, Angell
Hall, Aud. C, 5:10-6 p.m.
U The Rand Corperation, spon-
sored by Career Planning and
Placement, 3200 Student Ac-
tivities Building, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
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