2 - The Michgan Daily - Thursday, November 18, 1993
Lipschutz settles in as associate provost,
prepares to focus in on academic affairs
By JESSICA HOFFMAN
FOR~ THE DAILY
Many students do not understand
the ramifications of Susan Lipschutz'
appointment as the University's new
Lindsay Schweil, an LSA sopho-
more, asked, "What's a provost?"
The truth is, Lipschutz herself is
learning the answer day by day as she
gets her hands dirty in her new posi-
tion and gets used to the responsibili-
ties she assumed 18 days ago.
In a spacious office in the Fleming
Administration Building, the former
seniorassociate dean of Rackham says
she's not yet at home in the new
"I am waiting for my books to be
delivered," she said.
When she's not unpacking,
Lipschutz spends her time trying to
implement a process whereby the
University can assess the quality of
academic programs on campus.
She has her hands full with this
new task, as well as othernew respon-
As an associate provost,
Lipschutz' domain lies primarily in
She oversees many essential Uni-
versity departments -the Registrar's
Office, the Center for the Education
of Women, the Extension Service and
the Communicative Disorders Clinic.
Lipschutz also supervises the Spe-
cial Hiring and Recruitment for Se-
nior Women Faculty (SHARE) pro-
This program is designed to expe-
dite the slow increase in female se-
nior faculty members at the Univer-
"There are so few," Lipschutz said
sadly, referring to what she sees as the
insignificant number of women who
hold senior faculty status.
Currently, approximately 8 per-
cent of full professors are women.
Lipschutz said she hopes to see that
number grow as she administers this
Lipschutz first came to the Uni-
versity in the late 1960s, when she
was working toward her Ph.D. in phi-
She said her perspective has
changed greatly since those days.
"I didn't see very far beyond my
nose as a graduate," said Lipschutz.
Those days are over, andLipschutz
finds herself in the heart of a big
university, pulling the reins that drive
University students' lives.
As Rackham Dean, Lipschutz
played an integral part in establishing
a warmer environment for graduate
students at the University.
"They didn't have a sense of com-
munity," she said, adding that she
began working to alleviate this prob-
lem as soon as she realized it existed.
She can be held responsible for
generous deeds, such as establishing
a cafe, implementing health insur-
ance and beginning a convocation
ceremony for graduate students.
Lipschutz said she regrets that her
new job displaces her from students.
"I don't think there will be those
opportunities to help students as much
as in the past." Lipschutz said.
Even though her attention willnow
be focused more on faculty than stu-
dents, students can still catch her when
she serves as an adjunct associate
professor teaching honors Philoso-
Matt Stevens, an LSA senior, took
Lipschutz' course and said he was
pleased to find the instructor "open to
He said Lipschutz' willingness to
help extended beyond the classroom.
"A year or two afterwards I came
to her with a paper and she was very
willing to speak to me," Stevens said.
Jon Harrison, an LSA senior,
worked with Lipschutz in the Na-
tional Endowment for Humanities
Summer Scholarship program in
He expressed full faith in
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Bob Michel of Illinois said. "So let it
be said on this crucial vote tonight,
that we Republicans did not sacrifice
the jobs of tomorrow to the fears of
Democratic leader Richard
Gephardt summed up the agreement
for opponents who fear the pact will
throw thousands of Americans out of
work. "Deficientand flawed,"he said,
"We cannot and must not expose our
workers and our corporations to un-
Free Market Solutions
of the Heartland Institute
Building, room 2114
Supporters said the agreement
would open up a vast new Mexican
market to American goods. Oppo-
nents said the certain result was a loss
of jobs as American firms move to
Mexico to take advantage of lower
wages and lax worker safety and en-
Negotiated by the Bush adminis-
tration and modified through side
agreements by the Clinton adminis-
tration, the pact turned customary
political alliances on their head.
Democrats were more deeply split
as two senior House leaders and doz-
ens of labor-backed lawmakers broke
with their president. Clinton recently
denounced labor for using
"roughshod, muscle-bound tactics"
by threatening to withhold support
from any Democratic voting for the
AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland
fired back, saying Clinton was "clearly
abdicating his role" as leader of the
Democratic party by agreeing to tell
Republican supporters thatDemocrats
wouldn't make NAFTA a 1994 cam-
Joining the opponents was Ross
Perot, who said approval of the agree-
ment could lead to establishment of a
third political party.
Union workers and other foes of
NAFTA staged one final, forlorn rally
in the rain outside the Capitol last
night. Some held up a banner that
read: "That giant sucking sound -
pro-NAFTA careers, 11-3-94," a ref-
erence to determination to defeat
NAFTA supporters in next year's
The Michigan Democratic delega-
tion, including Rep. William Ford
(D-Ypsilanti Township), voted
against the agreement. The five-mem-
ber Michigan Republican delegation
supported the pact.
Ford explained his vote in a press
release, "Now that NAFTA has
passed, we must take other measures
to prevent the exodus of jobs from
areas such as my 13th Congressional
district. We need effective retraining
programs that will put my people into
the new jobs the president says
NAFTA will create."
Lipschutz, who served as his mentor.
"She'll do a good job whatever it is."
Lipschutz said she doesn't plan to
teach this year in order to acclimate
herself to her new position.
"I thought I'd see how demanding
the job was before I started teaching,"
Lipschutz said, adding that she plans
to teach Philosophy 357 again Fall
Lipschutz' former position, senior
associate dean of Rackham, has re-
cently been filled by Elaine Didier.
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new jobs would be created under this
"This NAFTA promises that more
American jobs will be threatened by
competition with low-wage Mexico,"
Ford said. "With savings like this,
you can be sure that our largest export
to Mexico will be American jobs."
Robert Stern, an economics pro-
fessor and co-author of several stud-
ies on the effects of NAFTA, pre-
dicted the treaty would pass by two
One University study which drew
wide attention focused on the dis-
placement of workers was used by the
Bush Administration to assuage con-
cerns that the treaty would displace a
large number of workers.
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Observers said the ANC and gov-
ernment both made concessions to
complete the protracted negotiations
and satisfy demands by an alliance of
pro-apartheid whites and conserva-
tive Black groups boycotting the talks.
The boycotting groups, known as
the Freedom Alliance, want greater
autonomy in a post-apartheid South
"For South Africa, this is a disas-
ter," said Corlea Kruger, chief nego-
tiator for the conservative white
roaded this deal through."
Government spokesperson Dave
Steward called the agreement an im-
portant step to get the boycotters in-
volved in the transition process from
apartheid to democracy.
"The spirit that guided the bilat-
eral negotiations was that of give and
take," said ANC Secretary-General
Cyril Ramaphosa. "All this has been
done with the aim of ensuring that we
reach a settlement."
Talks had progressed rapidly over-
night Tuesday and yesterday after a
meeting in Pretoria between de Klerk
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he tries to give blood whenever pos-
"I had surgery three years ago and
there was a possibility that I might
need a blood transfusion," he said. "I
didn't end up needing one, but it re-
ally showed me how important it is to
Each university is aiming for a@
target goal based on the amount of
blood needed in the school's region.
At press time yesterday, the Uni-
versity had collected 1,674 pints of
blood, totalling 65 percent of its goal.
Ohio State students had donated 1,190
pints, only 58 percent of its goal.
This head start gives the Univer-
sity an excellent opportunity to re-
claim the Blood Battle trophy from
the Buckeyes, who won the Blood
Battle last year for the fourth time
since the contest's inception in 1982.
Frye said students have been
spending an average oftone hour and
15 minutes to donate blood.
Austin said he spent about two
hours at East Quad when he gave
blood Friday, adding thathe was proud
tocontribute to the University's cause.
Frye said, "The culture down there
is not good for our blood trophy."
"In the longterm, the NAFTA will
benefit the economy," he said, noting
most economics professors on cam-
pus support the treaty. "The small
displacement of workers by the treaty
can be compensated by unemploy-
Stern said organized labor's op-
position to the treaty was motivated
in part by declining importance and
displeasure with a host of issues.
"Real wages have been stagnant
in this country for 20 years. They're
trying to prove their influence, but a
win tonight would by no means be a
death blow to labor," he said.
Stern said he had been interviewed
by The New York Times, Harpers
magazine and National Public Radio.
"I don't think I'm going to watch
much of the debate. I've been work-
ing on this for three years so I'm
getting pretty sick of it," he joked.
The negotiated agreementincludes
an interim constitution and bill of
rights, an electoral law, and legisla-
tion establishing a 400-member na-
tional assembly, a90-member senate,
nine regions with their own legisla-
tures and amultiparty Cabinetheaded
by a president and at least one vice
The agreement will be sent to the
last session of the all-white Parlia-
ment for its rubber stamp.
Issues approved overnight include
a plan to reform the army by integrat-
ing it with members of black anti-@
apartheid forces, and the creation of a
two-tier police system, with police
answerable to regional governors in
addition to the national police.
The council also approved a reso-
lution to reincorporate into South
Africa four so-called "independent"
Black homelands, created -in
apartheid's vain attempt to perma-
nently separate blacks and whites.
The states, whose sovereignty was
recognized only by South Africa, are
Venda, Ciskei, Transkei and
Bophuthatswana. Ciskei and
Bophuthatswana are part of the Free-
dom Alliance and have threatened to
reject any attempts to impose agree-
ments on them.
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