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differences are socioeconomic. "It's
probably true, but it doesn't mean that
Asian Americans don't deserve con-
Lester Monts, vice provost for
multicultural affairs, said the Uni-
versity must work together to im-
prove the situation for Black stu-
"This just can't be an admissions
office effort. We must have a con-
certed effort throughout the entire Uni-
versity. We must continue to work
harder," Monts said.
Besides the problems with increas-
ing the enrollment of Black students,
Duderstadt said the University needs
to work to increase the number of
Black faculty.
Black faculty compose 4.6 per-
cent of the total at the University
compared to 3.5 percent in 1989. Asian
Americans make up 6.8 percent of the
faculty, compared to 5.1 percent in
"In the last two or three years it's
fallen off with respect to faculty.
We're not hiring as many new Afri-
can American faculty as we were in
the early years," Duderstadt said. "I
met with all the deans on Monday to
talk to them about it.
"It's much more competitive to
recruit African American faculty....
Some of the programs that were very
successful in the early years are no
longer quite as successful."
Monts said the lack of Black fac-
ulty members has an impact on the
climate for Black students.
"If I was a student at this time I
would certainly want an opportu-
nity to be mentored by an African
American faculty member. I think,
yes, there is a correlation," Monts
said. "I would not like to be the lone
African American faculty member
in a department where there's no
appreciation for my teaching or my
The graduate rate for Black stu-
dents at the University also trails that
of other students.
After six years, 65.1 percent of
Black students who entered the Uni-
versity in 1987 had received degrees
compared to 85.4 percent for the total

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like to work to build a consensus on the
assembly. "It's really important that we
work together," she said.
Melissa Anderson, Michigan Party
member and newly elected LSA rep-
resentative, said she would like to
improve campus safety. She also said
she would like to find other ways to
publicize elections and get more stu-
dents involved.
Independent Angie Kelic, who was
re-elected as an Engineering repre-
sentative, said she would like to im-
prove safety on North Campus.
"I would like to get the Engineer-
ing representatives to work together
on North Campus issues, like campus
safety," she said.
"I would also like to improve MSA
services on North campus in general,
everything from group registration,"
to access to forms for requests for
funding, Kelic added.
Michigan Party member Adam
Clampitt said his first priority on
the assembly is improving student
representation on the Board of Re-
"Students should have some say
in tuition raises, as well as with the
proposition on tenants" union fund-
ing. Students voted for a 25-cent fee
raise, but that's all up to the regents
(to approve), not up to us," Clampitt
-Daily Staff Reporter Ronnie
Glassberg contributed to this

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Dante Stella (S)

Amy E izabeth Andrtekus (M)
Brian Elliott (S)
Angie Kelie (l)
D. J. Kroeger (M)
Roger De Roo (S)
Remco von EeuwIjk (S)
Paul Check (WI)
Paul Siguiers (WI)
Public Health
Brett Penf i(S)
Nicholas D. F. de Abruzzo (M)
Joshua Uy (W)
Jeffrey Brown (M)

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"We're adding an upper-level cog-
nate course and we're implementing
changes to move people beyond the
large concentration courses into
smaller seminars," Dillery said.
Near Eastern studies
The department of Near Eastern
studies has been working for several -
years to develop both a new under-
graduate program and concentration,
which was modeled after the classical
civilization concentration's absent
language requirement.
The department combined many
courses which had previously stood
alone into three main divisions.
"We went through everything with
a fine-tooth comb and with the enthu-
siastic participation of undergradu-
ates to make the field more acces-
sible," said department chair Norman
Prof. Piotr Michalowski agreed
that the object was to widen the
department's appeal.
"We are really trying to give a
broader selection of courses and we'll
be giving more of both ancient and
modern classes," Michalowski said.
"Our enrollment has risen re-
cently," Michalowski said. "There has
been a renewed interest in the Near
East and in older cultures."
Biological chemistry
The biological chemistry depart-
ment is also adding courses for its
new biological chemistry concentra-
tion. Beginning next fall, the depart-
ment will introduce the first two
classes to focus solely on biochemisty.
Prof. Henry Griffin, the associate
undergraduate chair of the biological
chemistry department, suggested that
the University is responding to the
additional emphasis that has been
placed on biological issues over the
last 20 years.
"Bio-chem is a well-defined aca-
demic discipline and its aim is much
broader than professional purposes.
This is a course that is definitely tai-
lored to the needs of the students,"
Griffin said.

Prof. Charles Yocum, chair of the
committee developing the biochem@
istry major, emphasizes that the new
concentration is a response to student
"It was a little strange that Michi-
gan didn't already have a bio-chem
concentration. This is something that
came from interested students,"
Yocum said.
Last year's additions
The general biology concentra-
tion introduced last year also added
courses to the previous curriculum.
targeting pre-med students for the new
The concentration requires fewer
credits than the regular biology ma-
jor, yet it requires a cognate course
offered in a non-science field, like
women's studies or history.
The concentration will give pr
med students the flexibility to ex-
plore other areas, said Prof. Barry
O'Connor, the associate chair of un-
dergraduate curriculum in the biol-
ogy department.
"This may be viewed as a wa-
tered-down form of the original biol-
ogy concentration, but it really is de-
signed to give students more space,".
O'Connor said. "I think there is *
relatively small number of students
who feel like they may be able to
squeak by in a general biology con-
The A.B. physics concentration
also lessened the degree requirements
of the typical B.S. physics major. The
A.B. concentration is aimed toward
students planning to double concen-
"We know that the requirement
are slightly less than for a B.S. in
physics," said Robert Tickle, the as-
sociate chair of the undergraduate
program. "This is really for a student
who wants to broaden their education
but who does not plan on going on to
graduate school for physics."
Martin agreed that students should
have the opportunity to explore the
field of science, without a concentr*
tion commitment.
"This represents a real effort to
make science accessible to the non-
science population," Martin said.

student body. For Asian Americans,
88.2 percent had received degrees.
"It's a relative problem. Our Afri-
can American students graduate at a
higher rate than white students at
Michigan State," Duderstadt said.
Monts said the University needs
to improve the climate for Black stu-
"I think that students have to
know that their presence is appreci-
ated. Students must know that
they're not here simply as statistics,
but as contributing members to the
intellectual and social climate of
the campus community," Monts
Bashshur said retainment is an-
other problem for Black faculty rep-
resentation on campus.
He has seen the early results of
the faculty's Committee on
Multicultural University's ongoing
survey of the minority faculty about
the climate at the University, sched-
uled to be presented to a faculty board
Dec. 12.

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"I think the problem of retention is
more difficult than the problem of
recruitment because it has many fac-
ets," he said.
Bashshur said minority faculty
opinions on the climate differ.
"The views are somewhat in the
middle," he said. "The majority of
faculty who answered said, 'Yes, the
climate is supportive."'
The results vary by school, col-
lege and gender, Bashshur said.
"Women are more critical than
men. They rank the University's
achievement in these things as lower
than men do," he said.
Bashshur said some schools and

colleges are more committed than
others to the Michigan Mandate.
"The policy is explicit and its
strong.... The problem is the policy
did not filter through the various lev-
els of the University," he said.
Bashshur said the University does
not reward the activities of minority
faculty members.
"They spend more time with stu-
dents as far as advising and teach-
ing. They do more committee work
and these kinds of activities are not
rewarded by the University," he said.
"As long as we maintain these stan-
dards, minority students will suf-


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asked Zia to speak about her life as an
activist so that perhaps others would
"pick up the bug."
LSA senior Emily Shei said she
was inspired by Zia.
"It makes me want to go out and be
active," she said. "We need more role
models like her."
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from us on capital gains, particularly
in connection with GATT," Panetta
said on CNN's "Late Edition."
Officials have said Clinton is con-
sidering a middle-class tax cut of $40
billion to $50 billion as part of a budget
review in the wake of the elections.
Dole did not explicitly state the
assurances he is seeking, but said that
in the GOP view, cutting the capital
gains tax does not result in a loss of
tax revenue but an increase. Under
conventional estimating, the reduc-
tion in the tax on capital gains sought
by House Republicans in their "Con-
tract With America"- which would
exclude half the profit from taxation
- would cost the Treasury more than
$50 billion over five years.

Gail Nomura, director of the Asian
Pacific American Studies Program,
said Zia's life experience reminds stu-
dents of the true reason for being in
"This connects academic knowl-
edge to the real world," she said. "It
gives relevence to what we are study-
ing here."
Zia's speech was also sponsored
by Minority Student Services.
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modify the filibuster rule. Even sev-
eral prominent former senators, in-
cluding Charles McC. Mathias (R-Md.)
have rallied to the cause of repeal.
Critics claim that filibusters, once
used only for major legislative battles,
are now used almost routinely in petty
and parochial disputes as well as par-
tisan warfare. According to one study,
there were 35 filibusters in the 102n
Congress, compared with 16 during
the entire 19th century.
While he is still working on final
details, Harkin said he anticipates keep-
ing the rule requiring 60 votes on an
initial cloture motion but gradually
ratcheting the number down for subse-
quent cloture votes, providing eventu-
ally for passage by a simple majority.

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