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THE MICHIGAN DAILY NEW STUDENT EDITION UNIVERSITY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1994

Page 120 THE MICHIGAN DAILY NEW STUDENT EDITION UNIVERSiTY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1994

Construction
temporarily
scars campus
By LISA DINES
Daily Staff Reporter
Although construction means dirt, noise and inconve-
nience for students and faculty, many believe it will create
a state-of-the-art University.
"Better facilities enable students to have a better
educational experience," said University Planner Fred
Mayer.
Because the University's needs have grown and
changed over time, many campus facilities are now out-
moded.
"The systems of buildings on campus are not designed
for the type of use patterns we have now," Mayer said.
Farris W. Womack, the University's executive vice
president and chief financial officer, said the large amount
of construction on campus is due to the favorable eco-
nomic climate right now.
"We saw this as a window of opportunity because the
interest rates are so low. We could get these badly needed
facilities either renovated or built at a time when the cost
of doing it was lower than it has been in 25 years," he said.
The construction is aimed at improving the facilities
available to both faculty and students. This includes new
classrooms, lecture halls and offices.
Renovation projects in several buildings will upgrade
mechanical systems such as heating and ventilation, as
well as add air conditioning. Ramps and banisters will
also be added in many locations to increase the buildings'
accessibility to disabled students.
"The whole perspective is campus-wide ... Probably
the most impressive thing that I have seen is the classroom
improvements on campus," said Tom Schlaff, director of
construction management.
After this current wave of construction is over, the
Diag will be next. Improvements in lighting, sidewalks
and drainage are planned.
"We are going to go in and try to restore the Diag from
the abuse it is taking," Mayer said.
Changes made to the Medical Campus will increase
the space available for research and patient services.
"Some of the research programs are jammed tight.
They need space that is brought up to the contemporary
methods," said Horace Bomar, director of facilities for the
Medical School.

Minority enrollment
reaches all time high

Sy Iaing4 ag -
DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Construction workers pour cement as part of the expansion
of Randall Lab near the Diag.
North Campus will also be expanded to include new
facilities for the College of Engineering. The Integrated
Technology Instructional Institute (ITIC) will contain a
library and technology center geared toward the needs of
all four schools on North Campus - Music, Engineering,
Art and Architecture.
An expansion of the North Campus Commons to
provide more food options is also being discussed. North
Campus will also receive a bell tower similar to the Burton
Tower on Central Campus.
Mayer said North Campus is a fast-growing part of the
University, and more construction is planned in the fu-
ture. "The image of North Campus as very open will change
dramatically," he said.
With the proposed changes, North Campus will be-
come a "one-stop" campus for students of the four schools,
Mayer said. The new facilities mean that these students
will no longer have to go to Central Campus for their
research or technology needs.
These campus facilities are under construction:.
Angell Hall, C.C. Little, East Engineering,
Engineering Center, Hill Auditorium, Integrated
Technology and Instruction Center, Medical Science
Research Buildings, North Campus Bell Tower,.
Randall Laboratory, UGLi

By LISA DINES
Daily Staff Reporter
Although in 1988 President James
J. Duderstadt officially charged the
University with the commitment to a
rainbow campus, critics say the prom-
ise is hollow.
The Michigan Mandate - a blue-
print for creating a campus reflective
of the nation's racial and ethnic
makeup - charged the University to
recruit minority students and faculty.
University officials said the institu-
tion is a leader in multicultural initia-
tives.
"I believe the University of Michi-
gan stands tall in terms of what it has
done to bring a climate and provide safe
space for people to discuss issues sur-
rounding multiculturalism and diver-
sity," said Vice Provost for Academic
and Multicultural Affairs Lester Monts.
The mandate called for recruit-
ment of minority faculty, students
and staff as well as overall improve-
ment in the environment for diversity
at the University.
Arts senior Brian Meeks, an Afri-
can American, has been at the Uni-
versity for four years. He said the
climate has not improved for minor-
ity students.
"It is an uncaring system in that it
looks for sheer numbers without tak-
ing into account there are people be-
hind those digits," Meeks said. "The
University is still inhospitable for a
lot of Black students, especially from
the inner city."
Meeks cited a need for more mi-
nority support services for students
who come to the University from
poorer school districts.
University officials said the Uni-
versity has indeed come a long way

since the mandate was announced.
According to statistics compiled by
the University, the rate of minority
student enrollment has increased from
6 to 10 percent since the mandate.
Students of color composed 13.5 per-
cent of the student body in 1987. The
proportion reached its highest point
ever last year - 22.8 percent.
"The Michigan Mandate compels
all the components of the University
to work to improve the environment,"
Duderstadt said. "Our schools have
mixed success in doing that. There
still may be some places where
progress is somewhat slower."
Programs designed to help fulfill
the mandate include minority peer ad-
visers in the residence halls, several
diversity education programs, and the
Target of Opportunity Program - de-
signed to recruit minority faculty.
"With regard to multiculturalism
and diversity, we are very concerned
about having some balance within
our academic programs at the Univer-
sity," Monts said.
According to statistics compiled
by the University, the percentage of
minority staff and tenure-track profes-
sors have all increased since 1987.
However, a recent faculty report
criticized the University's progress in
minority recruitment. The Commis-
sion for a Multicultural University -
created by the faculty - said the
mandate's promise is unfulfilled.
The report, which focused on full-
time instructional faculty, said the
proportion of minority assistant pro-
fessors has increased. The proportion
of Black and Hispanic associate pro-
fessors has only remained constant,
and the proportion of minority full
professors has actually decreased.

Asian faculty have fared better
under the mandate: They represent 8
percent of the faculty, according to the
committee report, but only 2.9 percent
of the U.S. population, according to the
1990 census.
Provost and Executive Vice Presi-
dent for Academic Affairs Gilbert R.
Whitaker Jr. questioned the validity
of the study in a written statement.
"The report minimizes the
progress made by the University un-
der the Michigan Mandate and ig-
nores the examples that demonstrate
this progress," he said.
Whitaker said the report failed to
include minorities in higher-level ad-
ministrative positions. He added that
the proportion of minorities with doc-
torate degrees makes recruitment more
challenging.
The Numbers Game
In the six year history of the
Michigan Mandate, as of fall
1993, minority student
enrollment has nearly doubled
to 22.8 percent.
African Americans once
made up the largest minority
group on campus. African
Americans represent 8.1
percent of the total student
population.
Asian Americans now
outnumber African Americans.
They make up 9.4 percent of
the total student population.
2 Hispanic/Latinos and Native
Americans make up 4.5 and 0.7
percent of student enrollment,
respectively.

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