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4 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 10, 1994

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'1 really don't know what the Board of Regents is
except that it raises my tuition, which is annoy-
ing.'
- LSA sophomore Audrius Girnius,
responding to the Regent question in the Daily's exit poll Tuesday
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420 Maynard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Edited and managed by students at
the University of Michigan

Jessie Halladay
Editor in Chief
Samuel Goodstein
Flint Wainess

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Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of a majority of the Daily's editorial board. All
other articles, letters, and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.

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TA proficiency tests must be watched closely
e College of Literature, Science and the ing a trial period to study the TA in a teaching
rArts (LSA) has recently raised its stan- environment where an evaluator could view
dards regarding the communication skills of the TA's ability first hand. If only a few stu-
its foreign teaching assistants (TAs), a reform dents feel inconvenienced by the TA, then
that will prove beneficial for both students and there should be no basis for dismissal. If an
teaching assistants. Yet while the new rating entire class seems to be lost from the first
system implemented by LSA is intended to moment, there should be a reevaluation.
providebetterinteraction between student and While the burden for this sort of improve-
teacher, there are several considerations of ment falls on LSA's shoulders, students must
which students must be aware. - also take initiative in their learning environ-
First, this new aptitude requirement must ment. Students need to realize that they might
not be used to discriminate against TAs with be slightly burdened by assistants who do not
accents. Just because a teacher may not speak speak perfect English, but that this will not
perfectly clear,'fluent English, he or she should seriously impair their ability to learn the mate-
not be given a lower rating and therefore rial. Many students have impulsive negative
rejected for a position. Teaching assistants reactions toward teachers on the first day when
should not be viewed as ineligible to teach they can't comprehend every word with per-
simply because of their accents. Many valu- fect ease. In many instances, the student must
able teachers would be lost if this was the only only make an effort to understand. An accent isj
basis of acceptance. not the same as a lack of English proficiency,
A teaching assistant's approval should be and students must recognize and work with the
based on his or her proficiency in teaching and difference.
of the subject to be taught. TAs -and profes- The College of LSA is correct in adminis-
sors, for that matter- who are educated only tering a new policy to determine eligibility for
in their subjects and not in English deserve no foreign teaching assistants. The goal, however,
pity. Students have a right to be in a class should be to provide the best environment for
where their understanding of the main points the student and the teacher, not to disregard all
does not depend on the presence or absence of foreign applicants. In the past, LSA has been
a language barrier. They are not paying thou- vigilant about this danger, and this must con-
sands of dollars to have their children struggle tinue -added to increased new watchfulness
to keep up with a TA because of communica- over communication and teaching ability. The
tion skills. student satisfaction rate has increased over the
, However, TAs who speak comprehensible past few years regarding international TAs.
English deserve an equal chance to obtain With this new system, the rate will only con-
teaching positions. If there are student com- tinue to rise, providing a better teaching and
plaints about a particular TA, those should be learning environment - and that, above all
addressed. LSA could do this by implement- else, should be the main objective of LSA.
Black T sday
Disastrous election leaves Clinton tough choices

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Code editorial
To the Daily:
I appreciate your editorial
of Oct. 18, 1994, on the State-
ment of Student Rights and
Responsibilities entitled, "Can
We Amend The Code?" We
could not agree more with you
that an amendment meeting
needs to take place as soon as
possible. We are interested in
input from all members of our
community, and we are espe-
cially interested in comments,
concerns and recommenda-
tions from our students.
There were, however, sev-
eral errors in your editorial
which I would like to address.
It is true that our office was
unsuccessful at gathering a
quorum to conduct an amend-
ment hearing last year. How-
ever, this should not lead to the
conclusion that we are not se-
rious about the amendment
process. Three amendment
hearings were scheduled dur-
ing the Winter 1994 semester.
The first hearing, scheduled
for January 27,1994, was can-
celed dueto a severe ice storm
which shut down almost every
evening activity in the city of
Ann Arbor. It would not have
been appropriate for us to ask
Judicial Board members, some
of whom were commuting stu-
dents, to participate in a hear-
ing when the County Sheriff
was urging everyone to stay at
home and stay off the roads.
The second hearing was sched-
uled for February 2, 1994.
Approximately twenty Judicial
Board members were present.
Although a quorum was not
obtained, the student board
members present strongly felt
that persons proposing amend-
ments should have the oppor-
tunity to speak and an unoffi-
cial meeting was held. The third
hearing was scheduled for
March 16, 1994. 25 student

wrongly Indicts
Judicial Board members at-
tended this meeting. Prior to
each meeting, our office re-
peatedly contacted student
members of the Judicial Board
to encourage their attendance.
More than 26 students had in-
dicated that they could and
would be present at each meet-
ing. They fully understood the
quorum requirement. They sim-
ply chose not to be present.
Our form of choosing Judi-
cial Board members is unique
to the University of Michigan.
It is important for our commu-
nity to understand that partici-
pation on the Judicial Board
carries a similar requirement to
that of jury duty in that selected
members are expected to ac-
cept the position. The State-
ment allows a student chosen
to serve to be "excused by the
Judicial Advisor if service could
cause undue hardship." Al-
though some students do ask to
be excused for undue hardship,
the vast majority consider par-
ticipation on the Board a part of
their community responsibil-
ity. Over one half of former
board members have served on
hearing panels and have done
so willingly and responsibly.
However, all of the Board mem-
bers do not feel that they are
equally responsible to attend a
meeting to amend the process.
At other universities where stu-
dent members are chosen or
even appointed by the adminis-
tration through various means,
the administration has more
leverage with the members. I
am pleased that we do not have
such leverage, but it is impor-
tant that we all recognize that
this makes it difficult to guar-
antee a quorum.
I am also concerned with
your statement that the admin-
istration "disregarded most stu-
dent input in the process" of

administration
developing the Statement. The
administration actively sought
student input in constructing
the Statement. Student repre-
sentatives from MSA and from
the Student ACLU actively
participated. The Student Re-
lations Committee ofSACUA,
which has student members,
regularly was asked to provide
feedback. This feedback sub-
stantially impacted the devel-
opment of theStatement. In
addition, student input was
sought through a mailing which
was sent to the home address of
every student enrolled in July,
1993. Over 3000 responses
were returned, assessed and
considered. Again, changes
were made. In the fall of 1993,
two open forums and sixteen
student focus groups were held
on campus to seek studentin-
put. While faculty, staff and
members of the community
also were asked to provide feed-
back, the most significant
changes were made in re-
sponses to student groups. In
fact, the requirement that 26
Judicial Board members be
present in order to consider
amendments was a student pro-
posal. The version of the policy
which was sent to the Regents
for their consideration was the
sixteenth draft.
No one believes that the
Statement is a perfect docu-
ment; as you note, the adminis-
tration also has amendments
we wish to propose. We wel-
come your constructive criti-
cism and suggestions about the
SSRR and the amendment pro-
cess. However, to suggest that
we have not obtained a quorum
at amendment hearings because
we are not sincerely interested
in the process, is inappropriate
in light of the facts.
Mary Louise Antleau
Judicial Advisor

A quiz
Hey you all - instead of flipping
past the news and opinion to the
crossword brainteaserthis week, why
not try your luck and test your intel-
lectual acumen (well, more like your
knowledge of meaningless trivia) on
this quiz of the ages. The winner will
be given a free, royal blue, long-
sleeved Michigan Daily t-shirt, cour-
tesy of yours truly, or a copy ofthe
new Monster CD. Good luck, folks!
1. Seinfeld's George Costanza's
real-life parents reside in this South
Florida city:
a) Boca Raton
b) Palm Beach
c) king of suburbia, PBG
d) Fort Lauderdale
e) Miami Beach
2. In Madonna's brief stint at the
'U,' she lived in this dorm:
a) the ever-exciting Couzens Hall
b) South Quad
c) Stockwell
d) Mary Markley
e) East Quad, where she first
penned "Borderline."
3. The only other public univer-
sity in America to charge more for
tuition than our beloved 'U':
a) University of Virginia
b) University of Pennsylvania
c) University of South Florida
d) Lake Superior State
e) U of Cal-Berkeley
4. The last time the Michigan
football team beat the Wisconsin
Badgers:
a) 1993
b) 1992
c) 1991
d) 1974
e) 1965, when the first Americani
ground troops landed at Danang.
5. The new fall fashion wear re-
cently endorsed by The Michigan
Daily Editorial Board:
a) J. Crew rollnecks
b) corduroys
c) torn bluejeans
d) Dpc Martens
e) fishnets
f) backwards baseball caps
6. The number of New Yorkers
(or Jeep Cherokees) in attendance at
the 'U':
a) less than 500
b) between 500-1000
c) from 1000-1500
d) between 1500-2000
e) over 2000 of 'em
7. What makes up a comple
Super Nova at the Bagel Factory:
a) bagel, cream cheese, licorice
b) bagel, provolone cheese, to-
mato and a kosher pickle
c) bagel, cream cheese, tomato,
lox, onions
d) a bagel, lox and whitefish
8. The "ambassador" of R.E.M.:
a) Michael Stipe
b) Mikey "dateless" Mills
c) Bertis "first" Downs
d) Lt. Trent Reznor
e) Jefferson Holt
9. The town U-M's star freshman
goalie hails from:
a) Sioux Saint Marie
b) Birmingham
c) Flint Township

d) Grayling
e) Whitefish Point
10. This South University store
features a "dog" with so much hair
that it is unable to see the light of day:
a) Miami Subs
b) Splash
c) Middle Earth
d) The Princeton Review
e) Urban Outfitters
11. The country responsible for
this columnist's despair:
a) Tunisia
b) Cuba
c) Belarus
d) Espana
e) the soon-to-be independent
Quebec
12. This New York Knicks player
missed a three-pointer in Game 6of
the NBA Finals this past season which
cost the Knicks the championship:
a) Pat Riley
b) Tim Biakabatuka
c) John "can I bag your grocer-
ies?" Starks
d) Patrick Ewing
e) Bill Safire

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*ike aplague, Republicans swept the coun-
try in Tuesday's midterm elections, seiz-
ing control of both the House and the Senate as
well asgaining asolidmajority of state houses.
As tempting as it is to spin the victory as some
sort of trend toward anti-politics, some star-
tling truths emerged on Black Tuesday: the
Republican victories transcended demograph-
ics, and were not solely a result of low voter
turnout.
Some gaps came to light. A majority of
women voted Democratic, while a solid ma-
jority of men went to the GOP. The more
troubling fact is that in the south, this election
may have solidified the slow realignment to-
ward Republicanism. In Tennessee, for in-
stance, Rep. Jim Cooper and Senator Jim
Sasser were slaughtered in their respective
races for the Senate, the former by an actor and
the latter by a heart surgeon. Both are conser-
vative Democrats, and Cooper actually led the
fight to present an alternative to the Clinton
health care plan. He was surely no lackey of
the president, but he found himself being
"morphed" into Bill Clinton on television.
Simply put, the anti-Clinton sentiment in the
south precluded any hope that Cooper could
have an election based on issues.
In the midwest and the west, the trends
were less pervasive, but nonetheless disturb-
ing. In our own backyard, Spence Abraham
slid his way past Rep. Bob Carr, and in Ohio,
the outgoing Senator Metzenbaum - per-
haps, along with the defeated Mario Cuomo,
representing the golden days of liberalism-
watched his son-in-law go down in flames.
Yet, compared to the naked nativism demon-
strated in the west, this means little. Califor-
nians, by a two to one margin, passed Propo-
sition 187, which disallows illegal aliens from
rarnaiu.. cr mee nnlao+ ea 1 v.or. 70 ant: nr.

unconstitutional. And they gave Gov. Pete
Wilson a second term, ensuring that the Brown
dynasty didn't extend into its third era.
What does all this mean for the president?
Most immediately, it means he is to be faced
with an important decision. Should he turn
bipartisan rhetoric into an honest attempt at
coalition-building, turning away from closed-
door task forces and restrictive congressional
rules and embracing incremental change -
even when it is not the optimal outcome? Or
should he take the Truman tack, hoping that
Republican in-fighting and an aggressive use
of the veto, will allow him to run against the do-
nothing 104th Congress?
This page thinks the choice is clear: bipar-
tisanship that harks back to a gentler time in
Washington will be necessary to bring about
change. Yes, the Congress will be more con-
servative, as states like Pennsylvania and Okla-
homa not only switched to the Republicans,
but elected staunch conservatives. And the
president should not accept a capital gains tax
cut, or other trickle down measures designed to
help millionaires and to plunge the country
back into Reaganomics. However, the two
most dangerous candidates - the Constitu-
tion-shredding Oliver North and Michael
Huffington, who had a dream of buying his
way into the Senate - were defeated, and as
Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich will
most likely relax his ultra-right rhetoric. In
addition, there are health care and welfare
changes that are wholly necessary, and are seen
as essential for passage on both sides of the
aisle.
If the president truly embraces these modest
changes, and the Republican leadership balks,
the GOP will feel the wrath of the voters in
1996. In other words, bipartisanship is a win-
win situation for the president. As long as
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Alternative Spring Break responds to column

To the Daily:
We are writing in response
to Erin Einhorn's column titled
"ASB and Cuba" published on
Nov. 7,1994. As site leaders of
Alternative Spring Break, we
would like to explain our posi-
tion on the selection process.
Firstofall, we were pleased
to see that there were so many
people interested in participat-
ing -in the program. But, we
feel that it was unfortunate that
it had to become a competitive
process, and we made every
effort to try to eliminate the
competitive attitude. We ac-
complished this by explaining
to applicants that there was no
one applicant more qualified

ing a diverse and cohesive
group, which was the purpose
of having group interviews in-
volved in the selection process.
We understand that this method
had problems, but we were un-
able to find an alternative way
to accomplish our goals. Your
opinion, of accepting people
"first come first serve," simpli-
fled and belittled our process
and didn't take into account the
goals of Project Serve. One of
the main goals of Alternative
Spring Break is to make a
participant's experience a
memorable one, so, therefore,
it is necessary to create groups
like these. Whatis important, is
that we never stressed that our
program is the only program,

the help of Project Serve.
There will be an informa-
tional meeting on Thursday
Nov. 10th at 9:15 in the Ander-
son Room in the Union to talk
about participating in another
spring break program. It is true
that we almost doubled the
numbers of students that can
participate in Alternative
Spring Break, and we hope that
those students who are not ac-
cepted are not discouraged and
will continue there activity in
community service, and we
urge students to come and seek
options available at Project
Serve.
Thank you.
Julie Lub-c

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