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More colleges
requiring
multicultural
courses
0 A trend inhighereducation finds an
increasing number of colleges across
the country requiring students to take
multicultural courses.
The drive is founded on the belief
shared by many educators that today's
college students mature in an increas-
ingly diverse, polarized and special-
ized society and therefore know little
about cultures outside their own.
Some universities are expanding
their core curricula to include manda-
tory civilization or culture courses. No
two schools have the same core-cur-
ricula plan, but programs seem to share
the belief that students should have less
freedom to choose their courses.
"Now there's more of a wish to
create a common academic experi-
ence for students," said Carol Geary
Schneider, executive vice president
of the Association of American Col-
leges and Universities. "Many uni-
versities think the fragmentation that
they see on campus, and in the coun-
try, has gone too far."
The association has aided institu-
tions in implementing projects that
stress pluralism in American society.
Some schools, like Columbia Uni-
versity, are refining their requirements.
* Columbia, which formerly re-
quired students to take a few courses
outside the traditional European-
American emphasis, is making the
standard more stringent. Students
must choose a minority or non-Euro-
pean culture and take at least two
courses linked to it before graduation.
Debate as to what non-traditional
culture courses should include has es-
calated in the past.
In 1991 the University began re-
quiring all LSA students to complete
one course meeting a race-or-ethnicity
requirement, designed to expose stu-
dents to non-western cultures.
During the late 1980s Stanford
University revamped its curriculum
to include more emphasis on contribu-
tions from minorities and women.
Recent debate at Yale over a grant
emphasises the complexity of curricu-
lum choices. Yale University had
planned to use a $20 million grant from
Lee M. Bass to implement a Western
Civilization program, but indicated on
Tuesday that it would not do so.
Bass requested the money be re-
turned because Yale would not grant
him discretion over faculty appoint-
ments. Yale President Richard C.
Levin said the program was not
scratched because of its content.
- From staff and wire reports

Engler
wantsinflo
network in
new law
LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler urged lawmakers yesterday to
make sure they wire the Michigan
Information Network into their re-
write of the state's telecommunica-
tions law.
Engler proposed the network two
years ago and said the state is ready to
put it in place. The governor said
putting the network's framework in
the state law would allow it to start up
this year.
The network would spur the use of
advanced telecommunications in
schools, libraries, hospitals, small
businesses, and other entities, he said.
Lawmakers revamped the telecom-
munications law four years ago and
wrote that it would expire at the end of
this year.
Committees already have started
work on updating the law again.
Engler also urged local school
boards and administrators to welcome
new technologies into their schools.
"Every parent should be able to
use their home computers or even
their phones, through something as
technologically basic as voice mail,
to check on the progress their child is
making, or to find out what their
child's homework assignment is,"
Engler said.

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 16, 1995 3
Submaster keys
stolen in S. Quad

By Megan Schimpf
Daily Staff Reporter
Locks on two floors of South Quad
were replaced yesterday following the
disappearance of a submaster key over
the weekend.
The key was reported missing from
a resident adviser's room to the De-
partment of Public Safety Friday night.
Residents received a memo about the
incident on Monday.
"The residents of two houses in
South Quad were informed by the
resident education coordinator that a
submaster key had in some manner
disappeared from a staff member's
room," said Alan Levy, the director
of University Housing public affairs
and information.
East Quad resident adviser Chris
McCleary said the keys, which give the

of South Quad, were affected.
The locks were replaced begin-
ning Tuesday using parts the Univer-
sity keeps on hand to circulate through
the residence halls regularly for secu-
rity purposes, Levy said. Extra secu-
rity was added in the interim.
"Generally, the cost is not the
materials, but just the labor. Each
core takes basically a couple of secs
onds to replace," Levy said.
South Quad's coordinator of resi-
dence education, Ellen Shannon, re-
fused to comment yesterday. The RA
involved also declined comment.
Levy said the exact circumstances
of the disappearance are not yet
known, but the DPS report lists the
instance as a larceny from a building.
"It seems like it was taken," Levy
said.

STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Daily
Baby love
Equipped with a big hat and a slick stroller, Kenneth Orser Crimmins
hangs out in the Diag yesterday.

NWROC, Dental workers
put 'U' on trial for racism

holder access to any resident room in the Signs were posted in South Quad
affected area, pose a security risk if lost. yesterday asking the person with the
"That is a major security issue," he keys to call a security investigator ai
said. "If there's any breach of security, DPS. The sign's writer claimed to
if it's lost, misplaced, or any compro- have been accused of the theft and
mise occurs, they have to change all the expects to be charged.
locks in the building." LSAfirst-yearstudent SerenaBruni-
Although South Quad's submaster replaced her lock yesterday morning.,
keys only open doors in certain areas "Some people took showers,
of the building, Levy agreed that lost locked their doors, came back, and
keys pose a serious problem. were locked out," she said.
"We certainly treat possession of Residents with the new locks re-
submaster keys as a very substantial ceived their new keys at the front desk
responsibility," he said. when they showed their IDs.
Only Thronson and Huber houses, "It was an inconvenience, but it
covering the seventh and eighth floors wasn't too bad," Bruni said.
II
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MICHAEL FITZHUGH/Daily
Jodi Masley listens to former Dental School employee Delano Isabel speak
at last night's tribunal In the Michigan Union's Pendleton Room.

By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
In the waning hours of the Ides
of March, a group of self-proclaimed
"militant civil rights activists" took
a stab at the University administra-
tion through a "tribunal" on racism.
The National Women's Rights
Organizing Coalition and three Den-
tal School employees dismissed by
the University in December sponsored
the tribunal in the Pendleton Room of
the Michigan Union. NWROC wants
to "investigate charges of racist and
sexist discrimination by the U-M Ad-
ministration against workers, students
and faculty," the group said in a writ-
ten statement.
Despite a delay of more than 45
minutes at the outset, more than 70
members of the audience heard a re-
counting of the Dental workers' story
and charges of racism against the

University.
"We charge the U-M with practic-
ing systematic and institutional rac-
ism," said Shante Driver, a national
organizer for NWROC. "We want to
make clear that these policies are far-
going and absolute."
While the organizers of the tribu-
nal said University administrators
were invited to "testify" at the meet-
ing, University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said prior to the tribunal that
the University had not been notified
of the event.
"I don't know about the meeting
tonight, but we continue to say that
we strongly oppose racism every-
where and that we constantly strive to
deal with it here on campus," Peterson
said. "We stand firmly behind what
we have said about the Dental work-
ers' situation and we did not find their
dismissal to involve racism whatso-

ever.
The three Dental School workers
claimed their dismissals were due to
racism on the part of a supervisor and
filed a $1 million suit against the
University in January. The case will
be heard in Washtenaw County Court
April 13.
Candidates from the Voice for
Black Freedom and Student Power
party also spoke of their campaigns
for the Michigan Student Assembly.
MSA presidential candidate Jodi
Masley, an NWROC member, co-
chaired the event.
Audience members also passed
without opposition "resolutions" for
the tribunal to follow, although two
had one abstention.
"I abstained because without
knowing where the University stands,
I cannot vote," said LSA sophomore
David Sinkman.

Parties gear up for nearing LSA-SG elections

By Spencer Dickinson
and Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporters
With LSA Student Government
elections one week away, 32 students
are competing for 17 slots in the gov-
erning assembly of the University's
largest school.
Recently, LSA-SG has dealt with

issues like the foreign language and
race-or-ethnicity requirements and
the pass/fail option in the fourth
semester of a foreign language se-
quence as part of its main focus of
representing students on academic
issues.
Other programs have included a
candidates' forum before last

November's general election and many
forum discussions on issues concern-
ing LSA students.
The elections will take place in
conjunction with MSA elections March
22-23.
Traditionally, LSA-SG has been
what Ryan Boeskool, sitting LSA-SG
president, calls "a non-political gov-

Corrections
The comedy troupe Without a Net was misidentified in yesterday's Daily.
University astronomer Richard Teske is not involved in radio telescope research to determine if life exist on other
planets. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

ernment." Though last year's LSA-SG
elections saw four parties run, Boeskool
said "party lines dissolved immedi-
ately (after the election)."
"I see potential for politically-ori-
ented activity," he said, noting the
recent entries of the Michigan Party
and the Students' Party, both of which
were previously active only in MSA.
The Michigan Party is running a
full slate this year in "an expansion
of its effort to improve student life
and student governments on cam-
pus," the party said in a written
statement.
The Michigan Party accused
LSA-SG of having been "too inac-
tive in the past," in a statement that
promised "a reemergence of a pow-
erful and active LSA-SG." The party
is running LSA juniors Rick
Bernstein and Steve Madhavan, nei-
ther of whom has served on the
assembly, for president and vice
president, respectively.
In response, the MSA's Students'
Party has enlisted LSA-SG veterans
James Kovacs and Sara Derringer -
both current LSA-SG representatives
- to run for the executive seats.
The Students' Party is counting
on the candidates' experience to win
votes.
"The government must have a
strong foundation to build on (and)
our experience is that foundation,"
said Kovacs, a sophomore.
Derringer, a sophomore, ques-
tioned the Michigan Party's candi-
dates' ability to effectively run the

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