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One hundred three years of editorial freedom

AATU funding remains major issue in MSA elections

The future funding of the Ann
Arbor Tenants Union (AATU) hangs
in the balance as University students
prepare to cast their ballots for Michi-
gan Student Assembly president.
Funding for AATU - a pro-ten-
ant organization - is a significant
issue in the MSA elections this year.
Since its founding, AATU has re-
ceived line-item priority, or set fund-
decides not
to suspend
''M' coach
Michigan Athletic Director Joe
Roberson yesterday elected not to
suspend hockey coach Red Berenson.
Berensen was charged with
irunken driving and urinating in pub-
lic Tuesday night.
Roberson has not suspended any of
the seven members of the Michigan
athletic program who have run into
trouble with the law since January.
At last night's Central Collegiate
Hockey Association awards banquet in
Detroit, Berenson responded to the
"The only thing I want to say about
his is don't let it happen it to you. It has
been a humbling experience."
Members of the Michigan hockey
team and Roberson could not be
reached for comment. Associate Ath-
letic Director Peggy Bradley-Doppes
would not comment.
Berenson was leaving Banfield's
Bar and Grill at 3140 Packard Rd.
when he was arrested by Ann Arbor
Police Officer Myron Blackwell. "The
Red Berenson Show" airs every Tues-
day evening from Banfield's at 6:30
on WTKA-AM 1050.
Six of the seven incidents involving
Michigan coaches or players have been
alcohol-related. The coaches of both
the football and basketball teams sus-
pended the players involved, but the
athletic department has not leveled its
wn suspensions. Roberson has stated
that disciplinary actions have already
been taken in Berenson's case.
Michiganwillbeginthe CCHAtour-
nament Saturday at Joe Louis Arena
against the winner of the Miami-West-
ern Michigan quarterfinal game.

ing, in the MSA budget. AATU cur-
rently receives about $25,000 from
the assembly, which amounts to about
half its budget.
However, the Michigan Party
plans to treat AATU as any other
student organization - its funding
would be determined by the Budget
Priorities Committee.
"We don't see why AATU is so
special compared to the other 600
student organizations, to receive line-

item treatment in the MSA budget,"
said Jacob Stern, the Michigan Party
candidate for vice president to MSA.
Stern said AATU's services are
duplicated by other organizations such
as the off-campus division of Hous-
ing and Student Legal Services.
"Their services may not be the
same but they are similar," he said.
But Pattrice Maurer, AATU coor-
dinator, said the organization's ser-
vices are not duplicated.

"It would be a conflict of interests
for Housing (to provide such services)
since they are controlled by the Uni-
versity and the University is a land-
lord and Student Legal Services can-
not provide the same services,"
Maurer said.
She also said funding comes from
MSA since it would be a conflict of
interest for AATU to receive funding
from the University.
Doug Lewis of the Student Legal

Services said the matter was not a yes
or no question.
"We could possibly (provide the
same services). However, it would
necessitate changes. ... Student Le-
gal Service is a law office. Its orienta-
tion to the world is different than
AATU's. Our interpretation of the
law is different."
The Protest Party proposes to de-
termine at what level of funding
AATU can function affectively. They

are currently planning to implement a
base fund of $17,500. Additional
funds would depend on the number of
students served by AATU.
"Our concern is whether AATU is
providing quality service to enough
students, however we are open to ne-
gotiation on the base line," said Ben-
jamin Bolger, the Protest Party's presi-
dential candidate.
Devon Bodoh, the Students' Party
See AATU, Page 2


Report: Tuition
pays for growing

While 50 people waited impatiently outside, about 300 excited Wolverine fans watched the Michigan basketball
team at Score Keepers go into overtime to beat the Pepperdine Waves, 78-74.
appr oves heariLlongs on Whitewater

Believe it or not - revenue gener-
ated from recent double-digit in-
creases in tuition has been used to
support the growth of the University
A study presented at the weekly
meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of
the American Association of Univer-
sity Professors (AAUP) yesterday
pinpointed the burgeoning Univer-
sity bureaucracy as one culprit caus-
ing recent tuition increases.
"We found that the expenses at the
University has grown tremendously
in recent years and that money gener-
ated from increased tuition has been
used to supplement any shortfall in
the budget," said Mathematics Prof.
Emeritus Wilfred Kaplan, who headed
the AAUP's Budget Study Commit-
tee (BSC).
The study, which looked at the
University's finances between 1985
and 1993 found that while the Con-
sumer Price Index (CPI) had increased
an average of 3.8 percent since 1986,
tuition had increased an average of
11.3 percent.
While University officials indi-
cate that the increase in tuition results
in part from flat state appropriations,
the study noted that state appropria-
tions had an average increase of 4.6
percent - higher than the CPI aver-
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) said, "The cost of running the
University has increased. In what ar-
eas they have gone up is subject to
discussion. In recent years, the state
has given less money to the Univer-
In 1966, the state paid for 78 per-

cent of the University's general fund,
now the state makes up about 42 per-
cent, Baker said.
"The primary cause for the tuition
increases are from inflation and re-
duction in state and federal support,"
he said.
Over the eight-year study, student
enrollment increased from 46,725 to
51,742, or 10.7 percent.
"This alone accounts for an aver-
age increase in expenditure of 1.5
percent a year. Thus CPI and enroll-
ment growth would justify 5.3 per-
cent average increase in most expense
items," Kaplan said.
With these figures, Kaplan claims
that the cost of higher education is
rising faster than the cost of inflation.
"With its average 11.3 percent
growth, tuition has enabled the Univer-
sity to keep the General Fund balanced,
despite the large percentage increases
in all expense items," Kaplan added.
In addition, the committee found
that the increase in administrative
services - 9.3 percent for adminis-
trative services and 12.6 percent for
institutional support - has had a sig-
nificant affect in increasing cost in-
flation at the University.
Committee member and English
Prof. Leo McNamara said, "The ma-
jor factor causing the cost increases at
the University has been from the ex-
pansion of the administration."
The Budget Study committee was
created in 1992 to better understand
University finances.
"We set out to find out why the
cost of financing higher education
has increased so rapidly in the recent
past," Kaplan said.

WASHINGTON - The Senate,
after weeks of fierce partisan wran-
gling, unanimously approved a reso-
lution late last night calling for even-
tual congressional hearings into the
Whitewater controversy.
The resolution, adopted 98-0, said
simply that the leadership of both
parties "should meet and determine
the appropriate timetable, procedures
and forum" for hearings into the mat-
In other Whitewater developments
yesterday, White House adviser
George Stephanopoulos was subpoe-
naed to testify before a grand jury
called by Robert B. Fiske Jr., the
Whitewater special counsel.

In a brief statement last night,
Stephanopoulos said: "I welcome the
opportunity to give Mr. Fiske the
Seven White House aides now
have been subpoenaed to make grand
jury appearances.
Outgoing White House Counsel
Bernard Nussbaum appeared before
the grand jury earlier in the day to
answer questions about possible ad-
ministration interference in a federal
investigation related to Whitewater.
Fiske is looking into allegations
that President Clinton and first lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton may have
benefited improperly from their asso-
ciation during the late 1970s and 1980s
with James B. McDougal, owner of

the failed Madison Guaranty Savings
& Loan and partner with the Clintons
in a failed Ozark real estate invest-
ment known as Whitewater Develop-
ment Corp.
Fiske is also investigating the role
played by Mrs. Clinton and the Rose
Law Firm in Little Rock, Ark., in
representing Whitewater and Madi-
son Guaranty and the apparent sui-
cide last July of deputy White House
Council Vincent W. Foster Jr., who
had worked on Whitewater as a Rose
partner and later at the White House.
The Senate resolution was the re-
sult of a compromise worked out dur-
ing day-long negotiations between

See TUITION, Page 2

SACUA to elect 3 faculty members

When the 70 votes of the Senate
Assembly are tallied Monday to fill
three empty seats on the Senate As-
sembly Committee for University
Affairs (SACUA), the new members
will be charged with continuing the
advancement of the faculty's needs to
the administration.
Running for the three-year terms
are: David Blair, Mark DeCamp, Tho-
mas Dunn, Charles Kelsey, Ronald
Lomax, Alfredo Montalvo and
Charles Olson.
Although most faculty members
will not be voting, the issue most

cess needs to change.
Mark DeCamp, an LSA faculty
counselor said, "We, the faculty, with
the input from the students, should be
setting the agenda. Not the central
Prof. David Blair said, "Making
good decisions requires the informed
participation of all 'stakeholders' in
the University - the students, the
administration and the faculty.
"A strong SACUA and a strong
faculty governance process means
that the faculty have effective means
by which to participate in and assist
this decision-making process," he

stance in dealing with the administra-
"The structure of the University
should be a constructive dialogue
between all parts of the University,"
said SNRE Prof. Charles Olson.
He also said communication
should take a "collaborative, rather
than confrontational" form.
Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr.
agreed that a constructive dialogue is
necessary between the faculty and the
"The faculty governance system
and the administration need to work
together, because higher education
faces significant issues such as fund-

0 David C. Blair - Associate professor of computer and Information
systems, School of Business Administration, and associate professor of
Information and library services:
Blair thinks a re-organization of the University information infrastructure is
necessary to allow for an increased flow of ideas. He also thinks a strong
SACUA and Senate Assembly provide necessary forums for the faculty.
® Mark R. DeCamp - Faculty counselor in LSA and associate professor
of chemistry, Dearborn campus:
DeCamp thinks faculty members need to retake the initiative in the
decision-making process at the University. He also wants to set up a
stronger link between the University's Ann Arbor campus and the Flint and
Dearborn campuses.
Thomas M. Dunn - Professor of chemistry:
Dunn thinks faculty governance needs to be expanded in order to include
more individuals. He feels the University should focus on long-range
educational goals and emphasize ideas and concepts.
Charles C. Kelsey - Professor of dentistry:
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