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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 16, 1993 - 7

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in'U' survey
Large. Chalenging. Prestigious.
Admitted students used these four
words most frequently in their re-
sponses to a survey focusing on their
perception of the University.
The findings of the newly released
"Survey of Freshman Admits" showed
Atudents admitted in 1992 felt the
University had an excellent academic
reputation, outstanding facilities and
a diverse field of concentrations.
But they also felt that University
faculty members do not focus on un-
dergraduate teaching and rarely offer
students personal attention.
"We didn't find any major sur-
across the board," said Frank
ildiams, director of strategic plan-
ning for University relations.
The survey is given to admitted
first-year students once every four or
five years and the findings are used by
the Office of Admissions for recruit-
ment programs.
Marilyn Knepp, director of the
Office of Academic Planning and
Analysis, said monetary costs and time
&onstraints preclude conducting the
urvey every year.
"Our assumption is things don't
change a lot year to year," she said.
Among the survey's findings:
Michigan residents listed tradi-
tion of academic excellence, good
programs in theirchosen field of study
and cost as reasons for enrollment.
Non-residents listed tradition of aca-
Uze of the University. Both residents
and non-residents listed cost and size
of the University as reasons why they
didn't enroll.
Six of 10 admitted Michigan
residents planned to enroll. Fewer
than three of 10 admitted non-resi-
dents planned to enroll.
0 For in-state students, Michigan
State University (MSU) is the top
ompetitor. Forty percent of all in-
'"tate admitted students were also ad-
mitted to MSU.
University recruiters use the re-
suIts to determine how to better com-
municate with potential students.
"What they are doing is to convey
information to students and to con-
vince them that Michigan is a place
for students to come and be success-
'ul,"Knepp said.
Williams stressed the importance
of providing information to students
at recruiting seminars.
"Students will come and listen to
a recruiter and have a question in their
mind and never ask it," he said.


'Uopposes part
of sexual assault
Survivors bill

Ryan Rezmierski drains an '87 Chevy Cavalier. The car will be stripped and its parts will be scrapped or recycled.
City to IreinVest;inA. Afica

The University has officially ob-
jected to proposed language in the
Campus Sexual Assault Victims' B ill
of Rights Act of 1993. The protest
came in a letter to Glenn Stevens, the
executive director of the Presidents
Council of the State Universities of
Vice President for Government
Relations Richard Kennedy said the
University is concerned that federal
law may already cover certain aspects
of the bill, and that the University
may be held responsible for non-com-
"The lawyers have some ques-
tions that we have to get squared
away," Kennedy said. "We support
the concept of the bill but still have to
get some of the legal stuff fixed."
The bill is sponsored by Rep.
Tracey Yokich (D-St. Clair Shores)
and has more than 100 co-sponsors. A
similar version of the bill sailed
through the Michigan House last
Novemberbut died in the Senate when
the session ended.
The proposal would establish aset
of standards for survivors of sexual
assault within 120 days of passage of
the bill.
Bill Drake, an aide to Yokich,
said his office is willing to make
changes to the bill to accommodate
"We don't want to hurt universi-
ties that are already working to make
sexual assault an important issue," he
said, noting that the University's Flint
campus sent a copy of its sexual as-

sault policies.
Drake said he sent a copy of the
bill to Stevens last Wednesday and is
waiting for a response.
"Most universities have responded
by sending us their policies or for-
warding complaints to the Presidents'
Council," he said.
Erika Gottfried, an LSA junior
and co-chair of the Michigan Colle-
giate Coalition's (MCC) Women's
Affairs Commission, noted that the
University is not in compliance with
the Higher Education Act Amend-
ments of 1992, which mandate a fed-
eral version of the "victim's bill of
"The University (under the act)
would be required to print copies of
the act in bulletins and make people
aware of their rights," she said. "I
think they think it will costtoomuch."
Currently, Gottfried is working
with Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness CenterDirectorDebi Cain
to form a University policy.
The bill has been referred to the
House Committee on Higher Educ-
Rep. Kirk Profit(D-Ypsilanti), th
Democratic co-chair of the commit -
tee will hold hearings throughout the
month, beginning today.
Members of MCC will testify in
today's hearing to introduce the bifl
before the committee. No University
students will attend.
With the legislature's attentioO
focused on the governor's plan for K-
12 funding, neither the University nor
state officials believe the bill will be
considered until after Jan. 1.

Encouraged by the prospects of
free elections in South Africa, the
Ann Arbor City Council voted last
night to renew trade relations with the
nation as it breaks from its racially
divisive past.
A resolution sponsored by
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-1st
Ward) passed unanimously after a
brief discussion and no debate.
The move carries little economic
weight as Ann Arbor's sole invest-
ments in South Africa were in the
form of pension funds.
In 1986, the council voted to sever
ties with South Africa in protestof the

country's policy of apartheid - the
enforced segregation of Blacks and
whites. A more liberal South African
government has gradually abolished
the tenets of apartheid and declared
its intention to hold free, non-racial
elections early next year.
In his resolution on the council
table last night, Hunter added a caveat
allowing Ann Arbor to pull its money
out of South Africa if the political
situation there deteriorates.
"This is a difficult first step for us
to take," Hunter said of reinvestment.
"This is an issue we'll need to revisit
in another four or five months, which
will make us more aware of the situ-
ation at that point."

Sunday night, Hunter half-jok-
ingly offered his council colleagues a
position on the U.N. team monitoring
the South African elections.
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon noted in an
interview that Ann Arbor is following
a precedent set by other governments
nationwide. Heeding a call by South
African Black leaderNelson Mandela,
many governmental bodies-includ-
ing the University Board of Regents
-have voted to reestablish economic
links with the nation.
The political and economic pres-
sure exerted on South African leaders
by sanctions like Ann Arbor's played
a major role in that country's racial
reforms, Hunter told the council.

Didier to join Rackham, leave SACUA

Clinton struggles for NAFTA votes

Graduate students should be pre-
pared to welcome a new face to the
Rackham family Dec. 1.
Elaine Didier, formerly of the
Business school, has been appointed
to the post of associate dean of
"I'm very excited and I'm looking
forward to this move. This is a won-
derful opportunity," Didier said.
Rackham Dean John D'Arms ap-
pointed Didier two weeks ago to fill
the vacancy created when Susan
Lipschutz became associate provost
of academic affairs.
Didier, director of Information
Resources in the Kresge Business
Administration Library, will become
the chief operating officer of the

graduate school. She will oversee the
school's budget and its 55-member
The appointment is subject to ap-
proval by the University Board of
Regents, which will meet later this
Didier will leave more than just
the Business school behind when she
takes her position at Rackham. Be-
cause of her move to the administra-
tion and her "full plate in that role,"
Didier said she felt compelled to re-
sign her seat on the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
(SACUA), the executive branch of
the faculty's government, Senate As-
"In my new position, I will still be
working with the faculty. I will cer-
tainly miss the things that SACUA

gets involved in," she said.
Yesterday, the Senate Assembly
unanimously approved Jean Loup to
fill Didier's seat on SACUA.
Lqup, who is the assistant to the
dean of the University Library for M-
Quality, will serve out the remainder
Didier's three-year term, which ends
in 1995.
Loup has servedas SACUA's vice

gling for votes with time running out,
President Clinton leaned on Demo-
crats opposing a trade agreement with
Mexico yesterday and tried to hold
Republican supporters. The White
House tried to pick up farm-state votes
with a wheat deal.
Two days before the showdown,
the outcome rested with 42 House
members who said they were still
Clinton argued there was nothing

to lose by giving the agreement a
chance. "If all the nay sayers turn out
to be (correct), the treaty gives us a
right to withdraw in six months," he
The White House claimed to have
picked up 15 votes over the weekend.
An Associated Press count found
206 lawmakers saying they would
vote against the agreemen. On the
other side, 186 lawmakers said they
would vote for it; 42 were undecided.
Clinton needs 218 votes to win.

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