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doesn't come to the regents and prob-
ably shouldn't come to the regents,"
Harrison said the board usually
seeks the regents' approval of con-
struction, land deals and important
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Ar-
bor) said the business of the Univer-
sity has changed.
"Today we're in the national en-
tertainment business whether we like
it or not. We get into it with athletics.
... It may be that our governance
sometimes is lagging behind where
we are today," Power said.
Power said he welcomes the op-
portunity to re-examine who makes
contract decisions. "I don't think any-
one has a clear idea what is going on."
Deitch said his concern was that the
contract did not come to the regents.
"It seemed to me this contract was
morethan an ordinary licensing agree-
ment. As I gather, only from press
reports, it allows Nike to use Michi-
gan in advertising. I think it is apolicy
question," Deitch said. "I think there
were enough policy questions that it
should have been discussed by the
Board of Regents."
Harrison called the Nike deal good
for the University because it creates
institutional control over athletic con-
tracts. Previously, coaches negotiated
contracts for the team with individual
"It is a good deal for the Univer-
sity. It is a good deal for the students
and it's the appropriate policy that we
ought to be following," he said.
But Deitch raised concerns about
the agreement's merit. "I don't know
enough to offer a definitive opinion. I
have some qualms about it," he said.
Deitch said he is worried about
hurting the University's image.
"If you license our image to Nike,
why not Budweiser, why not a whole
variety of commercial enterprises? I
think that has to be done with great
thought and care," Deitch said.
Regent Paul Brown (D-Mackinac
Island) said the Board of Regents
may want to be consulted on other
athletic department matters.
"For instance, the board may want
to be consulted on the issue of foot-
ball ticket prices," Brown said.
The regents used to have control
over ticket prices, said Regent Deane
Baker (R-Ann Arbor).
"In the Fleming days, we were at
least contacted on football tickets in
at least an informal way," Baker said.
Discussion of the Nike contract
grew out of the athletic board's re-
quest for the regents to approve funds
to renovate Michigan Stadium and
the South Ferry Field. Women's soc-
cer and field hockey will use the field.
The regents approved the measure by
The $2.4 million appropriation will
allow the athletic department to replace
concrete bleachers in the upper level
and replacing seating on the east side.
"This will give both of those pro-
grams very high quality competition
and practice fields," said President
James J. Duderstadt.
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be together again.
"This is not ahappy day for us," said
a somber Nelson at a press conference
in Oakland. "This is not the way we
anticipated the Chris Webber situation.
"We were building a champion-
ship team and Chris Webber was a
part of that but circumstances didn't
turn out that way."
Said Warrior Owner Chris Cohan,
who had met last weekend with
Webber, "He was up front. It was not
a money issue. He wanted to be happy
and he wasn't going to be happy with
the Warriors. He said it was mostly
due to Don.
"There's going to be a coach and a
boss. If you can't work for him, there
are other opportunities."
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound
Webber, the NBA's rookie of the year
last season, had exercised an option,
terminating his 15-year, $75-million
contract and making himself a re-
stricted free agent. He then sat out the
start of the season.
Webber asked for a new contract
with another"out" in two seasons, which
would have made him an unrestricted
free agent by the summer of 1997, free
to leave Nelson if he so desired.
When the Warriors refused,
Webber blasted Nelson, telling Mitch
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"Listen, I've had coaches that were
absolute jerks. I mean, they screamed
at us all the time. But you still have to
respectpeople. You don't yell at them,
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"I talked to (Nelson) about it six or
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He added that the president receives
many perks not figured into his salary,
including a house and transportation.
Baker said the increase was fair.
"I think given where the president fits
in with his peers around the ountry
this will help him fit in on a more
competitive level," she said.
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Ar-
bor) said he agreed with the raise.
"The University is now an enter-
prise that conducts more than $2 bil-
lion each year in business. If you ask
what the CEO of a corporation is
paid, it is more than Jim Duderstadt
makes," he said.
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discussion at the table, it hit me like a
splash of cold water and I think it did
for several of the regents as well."
Duderstadt said, "I certainly agree
that the communication was not well
handled and I accept responsibility
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor), the only regent to vote against
adding sexual orientation to Bylaw
14.06, said the issue should have been
reviewed by the regents.
"I requested it be brought back
and the president said it would be
brought back," Baker said. "I think
when you read the minutes, you'll see
I raised the question."
But Regent Rebecca McGowan
(D-Ann Arbor) said the issue did not
need to return to the regents.
"It was left to you as the presi-
dent of the University, that the board
gave you the responsibility for
implementing that position that was
reaffirmed in May," she said. "You
consulted widely and considered this
When the regents added sexual
orientation to the bylaw, Democrats
held a 6-2 majority on the board.
This will change in January when
Republicans Andrea Fischer of Bir-
mingham and Daniel Horning of
Grand Rapids replace two Democrats.
Both Fischer and Horning in their
campaigns opposed extending ben-
efits to same-sex couples.
Outgoing Regent Paul Brown (D-
Mackinac Island) said some regents
who supported adding sexual orienta-
tion to the bylaw did not favor extend-
"I supported the bylaw amend-
ment. It was my understanding that
the board would be kept informed. ...
I did not receive any notice of it,"
Brown said. "It was my understandl
ing that it was going to come bac O
for further consideration. ... I sus-
pect it will be revisited in the fu-
With the split on the board, it is
unlikely the regents will remove
sexual orientation from the bylaw.
But opponents may have other
options to block benefits for same-
The University's budget need*
the approval of a majority of the
regents to go into effect. The issue of
same-sex couples likely will divide
Republicans and Democrats into a 4-
"It takes five votes to approve the
budget and there wouldn't be enough
votes to approve the budget," he said.
Baker said it would be premature
to comment on such a tactic.
"What we all look for is what is in
the best interest of the University,"
Vice President for University
Relations Walter Harrison said he
thought such a move would be un-
precedented for the University.
"I don't know any other time a
group of regents or one regent
would hold the University budge"
hostage over one issue, but it i
possible," Harrison said. "I have
faith that all of the regents will act
in the best interests of the Univer-
sity and not be governed by single-
Ronni Sanlo, director of the Les-
bian, Gay, Bisexual Programs Of-
fice, said she also hopes the regents
do not take such action.
"That seems to me like holding1
program or human being in hostage
and that to me is despicable behavior
that I hope the regents are above,"
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Alma Wheeler Smith pledged her sup-
port of the bill and urged students to
continue their efforts by contacting
"You as students have the abso-
lute power to affect this bill this year,"
she said. "We can move this legisla-
tion if you use your power.
"It is time to stop allowing institu-
tions to give women the message that
sexual assault is their fault."
Paradis said that while no one is
against the bill, legislators and uni-
versities have found problems with
some elements of the bill.
Sen. Bill VanRegenmorter (R-
Georgetown Township), chairman of
the Senate Judiciary Committee, said
the bill will likely pass in either this
session of Congress or the next.
However, he added, "I strongly
support the goals of this bill but it
needs some fixing to make sure it is
VanRegenmorter said the com-
mittee has found problems with the
language of the bill. He said there are
also issues of constitutionality in-
volved since the bill calls for the state
to withhold funds from universities
that fail to comply.
"Our state constitution provides
universities with a great deal of au-
tonomy," he said.
University spokeswoman Lisa
"My understanding is that (the
University is) in support of the bill in
principle," she said. "But we would
want to make sure how it is applied
that it would not interfere with our
autonomy under the state constitu-
Although the University already
has a sexual assault policy, many stag
universities do not.
Central Michigan University stu-
dent Suzanne Stevens said her school
does not have such apolicy. She added
that the reaction of her university to a
recent gang rape on campus has an-
gered many students.
"A woman was raped by seven
men; the courts dropped the case since
she had been in a similar situation
before," she said. "The presidentcW
the university won't talk to the woman
or her parents and the board of trust-
ees is ignoring the issues."
Stevens said students held a vigil
in support of the woman.
"We go to school for-an education,
not to be in fear; we are in fear," she
Michigan State University senior
Sarah Rosenthal said the bill wouO
guarantee that victims will not be
further victimized by the university.
"This bill is something we should
have at the very minimum," she said.
"Every campus should have a rape
policy, but we should be about 10
steps ahead of this."
About 20 students from the eight
invited universities attended the event.
Berry said, both the House and th.
Senate were scheduled to be in ses-
sion yesterday when the rally was
originally set. However, they later
She said the groups proceeded with
the rally in hopes that senators would
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