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"Simply opening the doors and
providing access is not enough," he
The Agenda is intended to aug-
ment the Michigan Mandate, a simi-
lar plan implemented five years ago
to increase representation of minori-
ties among faculty, staff and students.
The new initiative includes plans to
address the specific challenges women
students of color must face.
Duderstadt acknowledged that the
Agenda calls for a reallocation of the
proverbial "pieces of the pie," but
added that "in the long run, white
males will benefit just as much as
He stressed that radical changes
will occur in the way the University
functions, promising to move away
from rules and structures created by
white men for the benefit of white
"What we have to do is change the
culture," Duderstadt said.
Asked if the Agenda would create
a quota system, Duderstadt said no,
but added that some sacrifices would
have to be made.
Vice President for Student Af-
fairs Maureen A. Hartford said quo-
tas would not be necessary.
"Some of us believe if women are
given room to compete equally, they'll
earn 50 percent (of faculty and lead-
ership positions) - if not more," she
Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr.
said he anticipates that the policies
for granting tenure will become more
flexible, to take into account family
and personal demands.
Asked if the present system dis-
criminates against women, both
Duderstadt and Whitaker were eva-
sive until LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg
and School of Nursing Dean Rhetaugh
Dumas strongly answered.
"Of course," Goldenberg said.
Dumas agreed. "We have to con-
clude that women are disadvantaged."
Duderstadt declined to put a price
tag on the Agenda, claiming its im-
pact should not be measured mon-
etarily, but he admitted that it would
result in higher expenditures.
He also cautioned that the Agenda
is in its working stages, but did pro-
vide some specifics, calling for
changes such as:
expanded roles for women in
establishment of a presidential
commission to restructure faculty ten-
® appointment of 10 new senior
women faculty over the next five
creation of an awards program
to recognize the significant contribu-
tions of women faculty members;
appointment of more women to
proportional gender equity in
a campus-wide education pro-
gram aimed at eliminating violence
development of a plan to make
the University the national leader in
the study of women and gender is-
evaluation of jobs within the
University that are dominated by
women in order to improve opportu-
nity for advancement.
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Currently, the average tenure for
university presidents nationally is
three and a half years. And Duder-
stadt has served nearly six years. As
his tenure winds down, Duderstadt
has staked his reputation on this bold
initiative. "This is the highest priority
of my presidency ... I'm putting my-
self on the line."
With only one vice president and
less than a quarter of faculty female,
the foremost goal of the program is
clear: gender parity in faculty.
The Agenda commits the Univer-
sity to appoint 10 senior women fac-
ulty over the next five years and to
"develop and implemented atargeted
strategy specific to each unit for dra-
matically increasing the presence and
participation of women faculty and
staff at all ranks where women are
underrepresented," by Fall '94.
But making good on the promise
will be difficult.
Duderstadt noted the current situ-
ation: Of the 3,500 faculty, only 22
percent are female. And fewer women
continue to get into the "pipeline" of
In order to reach gender parity by
2000 as the president hopes, the Uni-
versity would have to displace nearly
1,000 male professors with female
No one is suggesting as such, but
the reality is that the program will
place intense pressure on departments
to hire women for new openings or
face review from the provost's office
if targets and goals are not met.
And that threat was reiterated by
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correctness created by the codes, rules
and regulations on the University cam-
pus has silenced nearly all critical
comment on homosexual and lesbian
conduct. Over the past decade, the
University administrations have con-
sistently demonstrated reluctance to
offend homosexual individuals even
when that conduct is in violation of
the law and discomforts or embar-
rasses or threatens members of the
He further chastised the Univer-
sity for allowing illegal activity to
continue despite an advertisement in
an international gay publication that
lists the Mason Hall restroom as a
prime pick-up spot.
"It is demeaning to the University
that it is recognized in national homo-
sexual publications as an important
'cruising' spot for those interested in
finding 'sex' in Ann Arbor."
Regent Baker's remarks disturbed
a number of the regents including
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann
Arbor) who said, "For far too long,
Regent Baker has had the last word on
In an interview after the meeting,
McGowan said, "I believe he is tak-
ing this opportunity to try and make
the larger point that he has repeatedly
tried to make time and time again that
there is some secret agenda by the gay
and lesbian community at the Univer-
Regent Baker responded to Re-
gent McGowan's remarks.
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Trying to allay fears that the pro
gramn would negatively affect males,
Duderstadt said in the end, all would
benefit, even if not in the short term.
"This is a white male world. There
is a need for reallocation. And there
are some who will feel threatened,"
Duderstadt said. "But in the end, al
will be better off."
The program will no doubt invite
criticisms of quotas and progress by
numbers. Many male faculty mem-
bers this weekend interviewed pri-
vately questioned the measure. And
one male department chair said he has
"a profound distrust of the measure."
Duderstadt rejects such criticisms
and comparisons to quotas. "This is
not a quota measure," he said flatly
"We are opening opportunities to al-
low women to compete equally."
When one reporter asked how
women would be better off in 2000
besides the numbers of female fac-
ulty, Duderstadt and the others fell
silent. Finally, another participant
talked of "empowerment" and "bet-
tering the climate."
But progress will difficult to mea
sure with vague terms like "empow-
erment." They will surely give way to
annual reports and press conferences,
trotting out statements highlighting
the numerical success of the program.
"To achieve the vision proposed
by the Agenda, it will be necessary to
change the University in very pro-
found, pervasive and permanent
ways," Duderstadt said.
Despite what nearly all call admi0
rable goals, Duderstadt will have a
long way to go to gain the program's
acceptance and ease some faculty
members' concerns that this is the
best way to go.
"I don't know what she's talking
about. If she want to defend and con-
done the behavior, then she's misin*
formed. I have been concerned with
this for the past 10 years. It has never
been fully addressed. I'm trying to
make this University a safe place for
its students and staff.... This is not an
indictment of the homosexual pro-
pensity. I know many homosexuals
and have routinely voted for their
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) said, "We need t4*
look at this from the common sense
approach. Sexual acts at public places
The University has taken several
steps to stop the illegal sexual activity
in the restroom.
The University formed a 12-mem-
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is expected to report early next month
on ways to address the problem. Some*
solutions the committee has discussed
include redesigning the stalls to dis-
courage sexual activity in the
"What we'd like to do is increase
visibility while maintaining privacy,"
DPS Sgt. Dave Betts said.
In the past, the University tried
removing stall doors. After receiving
numerous complaints from students,
the doors were reattached. '
DPS officers have increased pa-
trols of the area in response to in-
crease in complaints and non-students
have been ticketed for trespassing.,
DPS Capt. James Smiley reported
that no arrests were made last year for
criminal sexual conduct.
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emotions of all those who have ever
watched a loved one die a slow, agoniz-
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demise and who believe Kevorkian rep-
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matter how overwhelming the evi-
dence is, to let a person go free," said
Stephen Safranek, a constitutional law
professor at the University of Detroit
Mercy. "The jury in this case might
do it." If Kevorkian's lawyer,
Geoffrey Fieger, is right, "no jury
will ever convict Jack Kevorkian."
"When they have a videotape of
Jack Kevorkian saying, 'I assisted
Thomas Hyde in a merciful suicide,'
there can be no doubt about that,"
Fieger said. "Those words ring in my
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