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MSU holds tuition hike at inflation rate

While college students can expect a
rise in tuition rates every year, students
* at Michigan State University (MSU)
don't have to worry about excessive
increases this time around.
Starting in September, students at-
tending MSU will face the lowest
increase in the last 10 years. Last
week, MSU's Board of Trustees an-
nounced a 3-percent rise in expendi-
tures for undergraduate students.
Terry Denbow, MSU's vice presi-
dent for university relations, said the
reaction to the tuition hike has been

positive. "We're very pleased to be
holding it down to inflation," he said.
Students' tuition will increase 3.5
percent, and room and board rates will
increase 2.5 percent, which is below
the rate of inflation.
Denbow added that one of the main
goals of the university is to be afford-
able for all students, and he acknowl-
edged that although he could not pre-
dict the future, he thinks MSU is mov-
ing in the right direction.
Associated Students of Michigan
State University (ASMSU) - Michi-
gan State's student government - ap-
proved the increase.

"I think the students are really
happy with it because it's inflationary
and we're not experiencing the 13- to
14-percent increases that we did a
few years ago," said Cathleen Smith,
chair of the academic assembly of
MSU sophomore Jennifer Anchill,
who helps raise funds for the university
by calling alums, said she was told at
work that the low increase was due to
the amount of donations Michigan
State receives from alumns and fam-
ily and friends of the university.
"That's a big reason why the in-
crease isn't that large. It could be

Michigan colleges consider
larger tuition hikes
MSU example will affect
universities' increases also.
See related story on Page 2
worse," Anchill said.
The projected rate an undergradu-
ate student will pay for room and
board at Michigan State is $3,734,
after the 2.5-percent increase.
In contrast, a University of Michi-
gan student will pay $4,659 fora double
as a result of a 3.9-percent increase
decided in February.
See TUITION, Page 2

Smoking policy
.to clear the air r
around campus

Smokers beware!
Next time you decide to light up,
you had better go outside. You might
want to bring a tape measure, too.
The University's Smoking Policy
Revision Implementation Committee
has presented its new smoking policy,
which takes great strides toward rid-
ding the University of cigarette smoke.
Committee members said they expect
the revision to be accepted.
The committee met Monday and
yesterday to review the proposed policy
and to hear comments from concerned
students and faculty.
A key point of contention was a
proposed regulation requiring smokers
to stand at least 50 feet away from the
entrance to any University building.
"I would like to see people encour-
aged to smoke away from the build-
ing," said LSA senior Michele Maurer.
However, Hugh Wenk, a Univer-
sity employee, said he feels that even
half that distance is too much of an
inconvenience for smokers.
"I do feel making people go 25 feet
from the door is ridiculous," he said.
Linnea Nooden, a graduate Engi-
neering student, said she likes the idea
of moving smokers away from door-
ways to ease the discomfort second-
hand smoke may bring to asthmatics
and others.
"If there are too many people out-
side smoking, I go around (to a differ-
New officers
debate MSA
Julie Neenan's first meeting as
Michigan Student Assembly presi-
dent got off to a quick start, with
Public Health Rep. Meg Whittaker
blasting the new MSA constitution.
"The Michigan Party did not fol-
0 low the compiled code procedure, nor
did the election court," Whittaker said.
"We've asked CSJ to throw out the
result of that election and to hold a
new election."
Former MSA Women's Issue
Commission Chair Loretta Lee filed

ent entrance)," Nooden said.
Along with the distance regulation,
the panel and audience members dis-
cussed other statements in the pro-
posed code, specifically, the enforce-
ment of the new regulations.
Committee chair Wendy Powell
said if violations of the policy are found,
"progressive discipline could result."
She said violators could receive warn-
ings "up to and including discharge."
She noted, however, that the effec-
tiveness of the policy relies on whether
individual departments and building
managers enforce it.
Maurer said she would like to see
stricter discipline for policy violators.
"If we have a place where smokers
can smoke ... we don't have to worry
about enforcement," she said. She sug-
gested a separate room or outdoor shel-
ter to remedy the situation.
"All they get is a slap on the wrist,"
Maurer said. "I'd like to see more en-
Wenk disagreed. "It's like Big
Brother watching you," he said of the
policy, likening it to George Orwell's
utopian novel.
Wenk said if no one in the room at
the time objects, a smoker should be
allowed to smoke inside.
The policy summarizes its purpose
by stating: "The right of a non-smoker
to protect his or her health and comfort
will take precedence over another's
desire to smoke."
Smoking in the residence halls was

MSA votes
to restore
Before changing hands, the Michi-
gan Student Assembly voted last night
to restore $11,000 in funding to the
Ann Arbor Tenants' Union (AATU)
and put the issue to rest.
At least for the time being.
In a 23-13 vote, the assembly ap-
proved returning the money to the
pro-tenant organization. The action
came under the old assembly.
Following the meeting, the newly-
elected assembly took office, with
LSA junior Julie Neenan assuming
the position of MSA president from
LSA junior Craig Greenberg.
After AATU missed a deadline
for a report to MSA, the $11,000 was
returned to the internal budget of the
assembly. AATU Director Pattrice
Maurer said she did not know of the
AATU then filed a suit with the
Central Student Judiciary (CSJ) -
the court governing MSA.
Following yesterday's action by
the assembly, AATU Board Presi-
dent Ann Wilson said the tenants'
union will drop its CSJ suit.
"We're pleased that there was such
broad support on the assembly to re-
turning the money," Wilson said. "I
think that we've demonstrated that
we've been accountable."
Despite having strong support in
the assembly, the motion was not sup-
ported by Neenan or Vice President
Jacob Stern, who were LSA represen-
See FUNDING, Page 2

According to a proposed policy regulating smoking on campus, LSA junior Jenny Foster and LSA sophomore Matt
Chicoine would be too close to the main entrance of Angell Hall.

also an issue yesterday. Powell noted
that although students can request a
smoking room on their housing appli-
cations, the University is considering
banning smoking in the dorms as well,
but not as part of the currently pro-
posed policy.
The changes to the smoking policy
have already been approved by the
executive officers of the University,
and should be enacted into University
policy in about a month, Powell said.
Meg Whitaker, a School of Public
Health representative, suggested a dif-
ferent approach.
"We should concentrate on getting
people to quit smoking," she said.

C. Everett Koop to teach fall seminar

Former U.S. Surgeon General C.
Everett Koop is building his reputa-
tion for being a public servant who is
in touch with the public - most re-
cently, University students.
This fall, Koop is coming to the
University as a DeRoy visiting profes-
sor, andwill teach Honors 493, "Health
Care Revisited: Reform," a one-credit
course. The catch is, the seven hours of
lecture will be held within a 24-hour
Honors Program Associate Direc-

tor Liina Wallan said Koop was nomi-
nated by staff, students and Honors
Program directors. After his name was
proposed as a potential candidate,
Ruth Scodel, director of the Honors
Program, sent Koop a letter inviting
him to lecture at the University.
"We were looking for someone who
has been in government, policy-mak-
ing, someone who involved with a very
current issue. (The selected speaker) is
meant to be someone who is prominent
in government, business, politics, in a
policy position, and he seemed to meet
all of those criteria," Wallan said.

One of Koop's more notable moves
was sending an informative booklet
titled "Understanding AIDS" to every
household in America late in his term
- a beginning step in the education-
based campaign against the disease.
Although 60 students have already
applied for the 20 seats in the class,
Wallan said she expects to receive about
80 applications by today's deadline.
Applicants are asked to submit an es-
say describing their academic and ca-
reer plans, and an an explanation of
See KOOP, Page 2

Blackmun to announce retirement from court


Bader Ginsburg to the court last year.

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